Maker’s March

Activities, Arts, Blog, Finger Lakes, wellness // Bryan Peck // 7 February 2018

Aurora is filled with and surrounded by passionate and talented makers — herbalists, potters, painters, book artists, cocktail crafters, and more. We’re excited to dedicate the month of March to these skilled doers, who use their talents to make our quiet corner of the world a healthier, more beautiful, and more delicious place to be. From Crochet lessons to yoga and meditation classes and letterpress printing workshops, March in Aurora is chock-full of opportunity to leave behind your hectic everyday lives and have fun delving into a new skill or discovering a new passion. Join us!

Make a Lavendar Sachet

Join Director of Serenity Laura Coburn in the parlor at the Aurora Inn and make a soothing lavender sachet to delight the senses. It pairs well with our Purple Haze Cocktail featuring lavender simple syrup, available for purchase just steps away in the Aurora Inn Dining Room. This workshop is free for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $5. Reserve your space to make a lavendar sachet.

Make Vanilla Extract

Join local maker Katie MacIntyre at the Aurora Inn for a fun and flavor packer vanilla-making workshop. All supplies will be provided, and you’ll leave with a bottle of extract to use in your home baking, cocktails, or to give as a gift. Stay after this workshop and learn to make a cocktail with our culinary team featuring Katie’s vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, and local spirits. This workshop requires pre-registration. This workshop is $5 for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $15. Reserve your space to make your own vanilla extract.

Make a Simple Journal

Join Alex Schloop, Creative Director for the Inns of Aurora, for a hands-on workshop sewing a simple pamphlet stitch book — great for writing shopping lists, collecting inspirational quotes, or giving as a hostess gift! Learn basic bookmaking terminology and concepts while crafting your own take-home book with cover paper imported from Italy. An alumnus of the Wells Book Arts Center, Alex has produced artist books that have shown internationally and often hosts printing and binding workshops across the Finger Lakes region. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. This workshop is $5 for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $15. Participants will leave with their hand-made book and an instructional hand-out to make more books at home. Reserve your space for the journal binding workshop.

Make a Spice Blend

Spring can be a challenging season for staying well. As we move from a wintery chill through the wetness that precedes new growth, we must keep warm and nourished. Join Laura Coburn, Director of Serenity, for a hands-on spice blending experience that will give you a handy shaker full of goodness to add to your meals at home and on the go. This workshop is free for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $5. Reserve your space for the spice blend workshop.

Learn to Crochet

Join Ana Philips for a primer in Crochet. Beginners will learn how to chain stitch, how to yarn over, how to double crochet, how to make a “magic ring,” and how to make a granny square — the base for all kinds of projects like blankets, scarves, and pillow covers. This workshop is free for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $10. Reserve your space for the crochet workshop.

Make a Craft Cocktail

Join our master cocktail makers and explore the ins and outs of creating a great libation. During this relaxing and informative workshop, you’ll learn about base spirits, what compliments them, and how to reach the perfect balance between heat, acid, and sweetness. Participation includes a taste of the final product. Additional full cocktails will be available for purchase. This workshop is free for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $10. Reserve your space for the cocktail workshop.

Make an Acrylic Scene

Create an acrylic painting on canvas in the relaxed and inspiring atmosphere of the Loft at the Inns of Aurora. Instructor Jessica Stanton of Yes! will lead you through a painting experience that will leave you feeling accomplished. We’ll supply everything you need to have a creative adventure. No prior experience is necessary. This workshop is $10 for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $20. Reserve your space for the painting workshop.

Learn to Read a Wine List

Join Sommelier and Director of Food and Beverage, Meryl Eriksen, as she explains how to interpret a wine list and shares tips for ordering and asking questions to get the best outcome from your selections. During this workshop, you’ll also be invited to sample wines and learn about their unique characteristics and the types of foods that pair well with each. This tasting is free to Inns of Aurora guests and open to the public for a $10 tasting fee. Reserve your space for the wine list workshop.

Letterpress Print Cards

Join Richard Kegler at the Wells Book Arts Center to make your very own personalized notecards with the 15th century art form of letterpress printing. This workshop is $10 for Inns of Aurora guests and is available to the public for $20. Reserve your space for the letterpress workshop.

Explore Spring Herbs

Join Jesse Ball, herbalist and Licensed Massage Therapist, for a two-hour workshop on spring herbs that help detoxify the body and digest and nourish from the inside out. Recieve information about both the body and plants and delve into the anatomy and physiology of the body systems and organs. Learn how to support the body’s systems and organs to optimal functioning with the use of three herbs readily available locally in the wild. Discussion about the herbs will include name and identification of each plant, its constituents and medicinal uses, and how to source and use the plant including preparations and dosages. Time for a Q&A session will allow for specific examples and discussion. Samples of each herb in various forms will be shared throughout the workshop, and participants will leave with handouts for future reference. Preparations will be available for purchase following the class. This class is open to guests of the Inns of Aurora for $20 per person and the general public for $40. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your space for spring herbal workshop.

See a Pottery Demonstration

Join Potter Robert Warren in the Lakeside Room and try your hand at throwing a simple piece of pottery or simply watch pottery being turned on his wheel. Robert’s work will be available for purchase during the event. This event is free and open to public. Reserve your space for the pottery demonstration.

Finger Lakes Wine Exploration

Join Sommelier Erin McElhinney, Aurora Inn Dining Room Manager, as she takes you on a wine tasting adventure through the Finger Lakes — all without ever having to leaving your barstool. During this workshop, you’ll sample Finger Lakes wines and learn about their unique characteristics and the types of foods that they pair well with. All you need to bring is a curious mind and a ready palate! This tasting is free for guests of the Inns of Aurora and is open to the public for a $10 tasting fee. Reserve your space for the Finger Lakes wine tasting.