Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday Open House at Pompanuck Farm December 6

(White Creek, NY) Pompanuck Farm invites the community to a seasonal celebration and a visit to the Pompanuck Store on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Enjoy a warm beverage; sample something delicious from the kitchen and chat with your neighbors while you customize some gingerbread at the gingerbread construction table. And of course, don’t miss the Store. Pompanuck Store offers simple, beautiful and practical gifts many of which are made on site or by local artisans and craftspeople.

The store was conceived of as a means of funding Pompanuck programs and as an outlet for Pompanuck-made items. Revenue from the store helps fund Pompanuck Farm’s educational and mentoring programs and other youth organizations and supports the continuing education in environmentally sustainable practices that work in rural Washington County. An underlying ideology of the store is that it is an integrated part of Pompanuck’s educational program, which is inspired by the model of Berea College in Kentucky. Young people of all ages are taught the step-by-step process of making handmade, beautifully crafted products. Most materials for these products come from the land or local recycled resources. Pompanuck hopes to draw on the many teachers of indigenous crafts in our area to expand the line of handmade items and to keep local handcrafts alive. Merchandise includes: Pompanuck’s organic garlic, traditional babkas in three sizes, wood-fired Rosemary bread, clothing adorned with Pompanuck’s logo or vintage quilt blocks, house wares, jewelry, books, and cds from diverse artists who have performed at Pompanuck.

Several items in the store are made from recycled materials. For example, the Birch Tube - at first glance it appears to be a length of birch tree with a smooth papery skin but in fact it is a sturdy, highly versatile cylinder which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used for everything from extra seating (with an optional sturdy lid) to storing kibble or holding umbrellas. What makes this item unique is that it was designed around available resources. The basic structure consists of a heavy weight cardboard tube or core, the type discarded from paper factories in our area. Another example is the industrial-strength pot holders constructed of recycled bath towels. This useful item is designed using geometric shapes in pleasing patterns and is sure to protect your hands from the heat.

The Pompanuck Store is open Thursdays- Sundays from 10 – 6, December 4 –Dec. 24 or by appointment. Please call 677-5552 to preorder holiday-baked goods. Pompanuck Farm is also hosting A Solstice Celebration on December 21. Please visit

Pompanuck Farm is a 501c3 eco-retreat center dedicated to experiential education and sustainable exploration in a range of performing, healing, movement and nature arts, located at 494 Chestnut Hill Road in Cambridge NY. Call 518-677-5552 or email: for more information.

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