Intergenerational Learning takes Center Stage this Mother’s Day

mom and daughter proudly display their completed crochet baskets

Marine Mills Folk School classes on May 11 are open to a variety of ages

On Mother’s Day weekend 2024, the mission of Marine Mills Folk School (MMFS) will come to life through a variety of intergenerational class offerings. From macrame to needle-felting, basket-weaving to barn/hex signs, students young and old are invited to “discover the joys of creating together from a folk school tradition.”

Taking a class with a family member is popular at MMFS year-round but especially at holidays and on special occasions. “We welcome a lot of moms and daughters, mother-in-laws and their daughters-in-law, aunts and nieces, and sisters at our hands-on folk art classes,” says Kirsten Skoglund, MMFS program director.

“Classes at Marine Mills Folk School are intimate, hands-on opportunities to learn traditional skills while enjoying conversation and community,” Skoglund continues. That makes them appealing to family members who are close knit as well as those who may be seeking an activity to help them build stronger connections.

Multiple classes are being offered at MMFS on Saturday, May 11 along with two drop-in community events. Individuals and groups are invited to register for the following hands-on traditional folk art classes:

  • Macrame Plant Hanger (ages 12+)
  • Needle-Felt a Goldfinch 
  • Barn/Hex Signs
  • Boro Mending with Sashiko Stitches (ages 10+)
  • Round-Reed Lidded Basket
  • Polymer Clay Trinket Dish (ages 10+)

Two drop-in community events are also taking place on Saturday, May 11, at the folk school:

  • Open Carving
  • Bluegrass Jam Session

Both community events are a perfect way to explore what Marine Mills Folk School has to offer without pre-registering for a class.