Educational Programs Expanding
As of July 1st this year, Dan Lyons has returned to Hawthorn Hollow as the very first Director of Education with the help of generous grants from the Mary Frost Ashley Charitable Trust and the Brookwood Foundation. Education has long been a part of the mission of Hawthorn Hollow, being part of the long term vision handed down to us from the Teuscher sisters. As school teachers themselves, they understood the need for quality educational experiences in a natural setting like Hawthorn Hollow. This vision for The Hollow as an educational resource for the community is being taken to the next level with the introduction of the Director of Education position.
“There are a number of projects to do, the first of which is to assess the feasibility and design of an observatory to house the 6” refractor,” says Lyons. Two years ago, a generous Kenosha couple, Emma and Bob Grno, donated a semi-professional 6” refractor telescope suitable for small scale research and outstanding astronomical photography. “We’re hoping that with our lower light pollution level, being just outside the city and next to a green corridor, we will be able to work on projects similar to those of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). We’re still in the light dome between Chicago and Milwaukee, but we can see the Milky Way out here at The Hollow and that also makes it a great place for public observing nights.”
The other big program to be unveiled right away is the Hawthorn Hollow Heritage class series that will eventually run year round. This is another series that will embody the sisters’ vision of preserving our local and natural history. By bringing in experts in traditional crafting, food preparation and preservation, and traditional gardening techniques, we’ll set up hands-on workshops where these activities are connected to our local historical heritage.
Fall 2014 Heritage Craftwork Series!
This fall we’re adding a new lineup to the classes offered at Hawthorn Hollow with the addition of our Fall Heritage Craftwork Series. In each of these classes, we’ll connect with our local heritage dating back to the settler days before rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty with some modern twists on traditional craftwork. Here’s the lineup of the first few classes slated for fall.
Bees & Waxwork Candle Making August 23rd, 10:00am
“Sewcial” Barn Quilting September 20th, 10:00am
Harvest Time Pickling Party October 18th, 10:00am
Keep an eye on our website for upcoming classes For more information please visit www.HawthornHollow.org
Getting Into Organic Farming
This year Hawthorn Hollow has entered the realm of vegetable gardening, our first step delving into agriculture and organic farming to expand on our sustainable practices. This opportunity has been made possible through the generous offer of the Heide Family to let us use the plot of land at the northwest corner of Green Bay Road and Highway A for the garden.
The 3000 square foot garden consists of a variety of heirloom and specialty vegetables, most of which were started from seed early in the year. The garden was designed with many swirling paths in an effort to maximum edge exposure of the vegetable beds for easy access and aesthetic appeal. Look for us at farmer’s markets this summer!
Hawthorn Hollow is currently seeking volunteers to help with the garden. If you are interested in helping, please contact TJ through www.hawthornhollow.org or call 262-552-8196.
Firewood Shelter Underway
Soon to be Eagle Scout, Alex Henshaw (far right), has chosen Hawthorn Hollow as the beneficiary for his Eagle Scout project. He has decided to build a much needed firewood shelter for use during our maple sugaring program. Along with a group of volunteers, he’s already broken ground where he will build the shelter. Alex plans to complete the project in several stages with the final stage to be completed by this September. This service project will complete his requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Teepee in the Prairie
This summer a teepee was donated to Hawthorn Hollow by history enthusiast, Jim Moses. Teepees along with wigwams were used by Native Americans in this area for shelters. The 14’ diameter, canvas, and cedar pole teepee will be a welcome addition to our Jambeau Trail educational programming. We plan to set up the teepee in the prairie near the historic buildings some time before the end of summer.
Pike River Benefit Concert Series
Rythme De Vie, pictured on the right, performing in the Hawthorn Hollow Amphitheater. Don’t miss Georgia Rea Family Band for the final concert of the season Friday August 8th, 6pm.