Variety of classes offered by LLBRV

Fall Weekend planned for September at Briggs Woods Park

With the arrival of August and the start of school just around the corner, Legacy Learning Boone River Valley has been busy putting together some late summer-early fall workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Tonight and next Wednesday, learn about the basics of food preservation in a workshop called “Preserving Summer’s Bounty; Canning Basics,” presented by Iowa State Extension and Susan Schmitz.

The program will be held on two Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Webster City High School. A light dinner will be provided. Tuition for the workshop is $25.

Canning has changed a lot since we helped in the kitchen growing up. The science behind keeping food safe has been updated and the workshop will explore new techniques. Bring in a your canning lid to make sure the pressure on gauge is truly the pressure happening while canning. The workshop will also provide some new recipes from ISU Extension and Outreach and participants will have a chance to try canning one of the simpler recipes together.

Advanced Copper Repousse

Robin Hamer will present the Advanced Copper Repousse workshop on two Sundays — Sept. 8 and 16. The sessions will run from noon to 6 p.m. both days at the Produce Station Pottery. Tuition is $100 with a $50 material fee.

The first day each attendee will work with a piece of copper to create repousse using specialized tools to make their own unique project. These are large pieces of art you will be creating. The second day you’ll create the finished look and frame the piece. It will be ready to hang in a place of honor. This course is designed primarily for advanced students wanting to hone skills and work on a larger format product. If you have a family crest or design of your own, bring it to explore how you can use this novel art form to create a beautiful masterpiece. The tools are provided, the copper is ready to work and design choices are available.

Fall Weekend

There are many choices on for the weekend of Sept. 29 and 30. Participants will learning in Briggs Woods Park, meet new friends, and create new memories. Choose one or two or three and have a fun filled weekend!

Cabin Building


Mike Brandrup will lead a workshop at the Hickory Cabin in Briggs Woods Park. The sessions run Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $100

Participants will be introduced to the beauty and practicality of log building using native Iowa timber. They will learn basic cabin building techniques and have a chance to try your new skills on a group project.

Pine Needle Baskets

DeLayne Segar will lead a Pine Needle Basket workshop Sept. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. The sessions will be held at the Oak Cabin at Briggs Woods Park. Tuition is $50 and there is a $15 materials fee, payable to the instructor.

Pine needle basket weaving is among the oldest known Native American crafts; Cherokee and other Southeast Indian baskets were traditionally made using bundled pine needles. During this course participants will complete a basic pine needle basket and learn a basic stitch to create beautiful pine needle baskets of their own.

Unbeatable Baking,

Iowa Style

Darcy Maulsby will lead Unbeatable Baking, Iowa Style on Sept. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Legacy Cabin in Briggs Woods Park. Tuition is $100 and there is a $15 supplies fee, payable to the instructor.

There’s nothing more comforting than the tempting aroma of homemade bread, pies and other yummy baked goods filling your kitchen, right? Join blue-ribbon baker, food writer, farm cook and Iowa author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby to explore the art of Midwestern baking. There will be not only plenty of hands-on learning as you bake versatile yeast rolls, fool-proof pie crust, classic Dutch apple pie and scrumptious cake, but participants will take home treasured recipes that will become staples for years to come.

Fall Watercolors

Dick Hanson will lead a Fall Watercolors class on Sept. 29 and 30 at the Red Barn in Briggs Woods Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition is $75 with a $10 materials fee paid on the first day of class to the instructor.

Enjoy the fall foliage in beautiful Briggs Woods Park and experiment with various watercolor techniques to record that beauty in a personal keepsake painting. Work with an engaging, talented artist in a relaxed and casual setting to learn several simple techniques that will allow you to express yourself in this medium.


Tom Eddy will lead a caning workship on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Red Barn in Briggs Woods Park. Tuition is $65 with a $25 fee for a basic chair caning kit and practice frame, paid to the instructor.

Meeting during the Fall Weekend, allowing Eddy to guide you through the four stages of completing an heirloom worthy project.Participants will receive the full evening to work it, ask questions, and get comfortable. Providing the tools, instruction, motivation, and support to fully complete your first project and the skills to do more at will.

Herbal Soap

from Scratch

Ann Staud will conduct a Herbal Soap workshop on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park. Tuition is $25 and $20 for supplies, paid to the instructor.

Explore the art and science of making handcrafted soap from scratch! Using the centuries-old cold-process soapmaking technique, students will combine plant-based oils and lye to create soaps that are mild, moisturizing, and eco-friendly. This workshop is very hands-on, with each participant making and taking home 1 pound of their own custom batch of soap.

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