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HOMESTEADING WORKSHOPS

Homesteading is a term for a "lifestyle of self-sufficiency" which describes the life of the Mather family back in 1778 when Deacon Joseph and Sarah Mather built the Homestead. Their surrounding 100 acre farm provided everything an 11 person family needed to be self-sufficient.   They raised animals, grew vegetables and other crops, cooked, sewed and embroidered their clothing, canned fruits and vegetables, made candles ... and more.  Our workshops give participants knowledge and hands-on experience with activities that would have been undertaken by Homesteaders.  Join us!

Mather Homestead drawing

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    Mon, Jun 17
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    The Pink Rhubarb returns to the Mather Homestead with summer workshops featuring cooking, gardening and crafts. Kids will learn essential skills in the kitchen, develop a green thumb in the garden, and explore the beautiful Mather Homestead property. Mixed ages 4 to 13. Hi
  • Summer Solstice
    Summer Solstice
    Sat, Jun 22
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 22, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Wed, Jun 26
    Mather Homestead patio (rain go away)
    Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The National Park Service launched a project in March: "You Are Here: Poetry in Parks." This initiative will feature site-specific poetry installations in seven national parks.  We will be discussing the seven featured poems with Samantha over three sessions.
  • Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Sat, Jun 29
    Mather outdoors!
    Jun 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Outdoor expert Will Heyne will be here to teach kids the essential skills required to explore the great outdoors, including orienteering (learning to use a map and compass), building a campfire - plus the basics like what to pack and safety protocols. Be prepared to hike and explore the MH outdoors!
  • Music at Mather:  Griffin House takes the Mather Stage (lawn!)
    Music at Mather:  Griffin House takes the Mather Stage (lawn!)
    Sun, Jun 30
    Mather Homestead lawn
    Jun 30, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    We are thrilled to welcome American singer-songwriter and storyteller, Griffin House, to the Mather Homestead for a concert on the lawn! Touring and making records for over 20 years, House has a discography that includes over 13 albums. His music is described as "rootsy, atmospheric Americana".
  • Book Club with Samantha:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
    Book Club with Samantha:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
    Wed, Jul 17
    Mather Homestead patio
    Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Join our literary guru, Samantha Gault, for a discussion of "Mrs Dalloway," one of Virginia Woolf's best known novels published in 1925. It details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional upper-class woman in post-First World War England.
  • Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mon, Aug 05
    The Mather Homestead
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Writing workshop inspired by 18th & 19th century poets, storytellers, letter writers, journalists, nature writers, and travel writers. Samantha will lead kids through the process of writing -- selecting topics, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their original work! Reco ages 8 to 13.
  • Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Sat, Oct 26
    The Mather Homestead
    Oct 26, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Fall Harvest Festival is in its sixth year! Join us for hay rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, games, cider & donuts, live music & a special visit from George Washington! Tickets - members: $15 adult/$10 child, non-members: $20 adult/$15 child.
  • Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood  - RESCHEDULED - STAY TUNED FOR DATE
    Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood  - RESCHEDULED - STAY TUNED FOR DATE
    Date and time is TBD
    Start in the MH Barn!
    Date and time is TBD
    The national parks are simply spectacular and you can capture the beauty even with your iPhone! Whether you're planning a trip to a stunning park or simply want to capture the beauty of Darien’s local parks and beaches, this hands-on workshop will elevate your landscape photography.
  • Yoga with Mary Ann
    Yoga with Mary Ann
    Mon., Weds. 9:30 am
    Mather Barn
    Mon., Weds. 9:30 am
    Vinyasa style yoga in the barn. No class Pres. Day Week Feb 19 & 21.
  • Field Trip to the New York Historical Society
    Field Trip to the New York Historical Society
    Date and time is TBD
    New York
    Date and time is TBD
    In the works ... fall field trip to the New York Historical Society, New York's first museum which covers 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, outstanding collections, immersive films, and more. Stay tuned for details.
  • Exhibit: Stephen Mather and the National Parks
    Exhibit: Stephen Mather and the National Parks
    by appointment
    The Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Cntr
    by appointment
    Learn about the life and legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service and the owner of the Homestead from 1906 to 1930. Exhibit geared towards adults PLUS "kids corner" for kids of all ages. Open hours Thurs. 6 to 7:30, Sat. 11 to 1, Sun. 1 to 3
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