Mark your calendars now for Sustainability Weekend May 31 – June 2, presented by the Arkansas Craft School in partnership with Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT. Activities for the weekend include classes in craft, foodways, and sustainable agriculture, artisan lunches prepared by local cooks, a farm-to-table candlelight dinner, and concert by the band Finnegans Wake. All activities will take place at Tomahawk Creek Farm in beautiful rural Stone County, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View. Participants must pre-register, and may choose from various components to create a fun and enlightening weekend.


Craft workshops include From Potpourri to Procion, a class in dyeing cloth and yarn taught by Dana Shaeffer, Building an Earth Oven, where students acquire hands-on experience in the building of an outdoor oven suitable for home-made bread or wood-fired pizza, taught by Pete Klinkhammer, and Ultimate Organic Skincare, taught by Amy Hazel, and from which students will come away with natural lipbalms, creams, and other skincare essentials. The foodways workshop, taught by Carrie Marry, will be Fermented Foods, focusing on the art of making kimchee. For sustainable agricultural practices, Maureen Brennan Skinner will show students the procedure for Straw Bale Gardening, and Missy Brown will teach a short course on Mini-ponics 101, a class in building a miniature hydroponic system. Class prices range from $30.00 for a ½ day workshop to $275.00 for a 3-day workshop, depending on the course.


Artisan lunches will be prepared all three days by some of the county’s favorite cooks – R.C. Schroeder, Kayt Matheson Fosler, and Patricia Stewart, who have dreamed up some delicious noon meals. In addition, Patricia Stewart will be preparing the Saturday night meal, a complete farm-to-table dinner. Cost for lunch is $12.00 each day; the Saturday night dinner is $25.00. You do not need to be enrolled in classes to share a meal with us, but you will need to purchase meals at least three days in advance, to allow our cooks to purchase supplies. A reminder: meals are not included in the cost of a workshop.


Saturday night will be topped off by a concert from Finnegans Wake, a musical ensemble whose repertoire is composed of traditional and contemporary folksongs and dance tunes of America and the British Isles accompanied by an array of instruments including guitars, fiddles, concertina, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and tin whistle. Members Bill Rintz, William Furry, and John Van Orman began playing to together in Springfield, Illinois during the Fall of 1973, and therefore are approaching their 40th anniversary which they are celebrating somewhat prematurely with concerts that include a very special performance during Sustainability Weekend near Mountain View, Arkansas. The Stone County concert will be held in a sheltered, open air patio at beautiful Tomahawk Creek Farm on Saturday, June 1 at 7:00pm. Bring folding chairs, blankets or cushions. Admission $10.


Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, for more information on craft or foodways classes, meals, and the concert during the weekend, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. Find out more about the sustainable agriculture classes by visiting Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT’s website, Students may also sign up for classes, or purchase meals or concert tickets by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 269-8397. The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College which offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.