How About A Hobby? We’ve Got Some Ideas…


Photo Credit: Madison Wool

I used to have so many hobbies, and the last few years they’ve dwindled to exactly zero, so I’m on the hunt for a new one. I’ve been looking around at some of the fun social-slash-crafting events on the Shoreline and pulled together this list.

Spring Equinox Wreath Making at Shell & Bee Studio, Deep River. Welcome Spring by creating crescent moon wreaths!  March 17th, 6:30 – 8:30. Beer & Wine available for purchase. More fun workshops on the website here.

Essex Paint and Sip: choose by date or by painting: sunsets, lighthouses, florals, even a Paint-Your-Pet night. More here. 

You Me and the Sea, Essex: Craft your own driftwood pineapple? Why not? On March 10th at 6pm. Info here. 

Spring Arrangements at Best Buds Flower Farm, Lyme, April 13th and 14th. Create a centerpiece for your holiday table or a vase arrangement. Flowering quince, forsythia, daffodils, tulips! Whatever’s blooming! Vase, flowers, greenery, homemade cookies and wine are all included in the cost of $78. Sign up here.

Writing and Drawing Workshop at Gather, Branford, March 21 from 9:30 – 12:30 Award-winning writer, certified expressive arts educator, and Branford resident Amy J. Barry will use creative prompts, exercises, and art materials to help you get your creative juices flowing and experience the joy of writing and drawing from the intuitive, imagistic right-side of the brain. More info and sign up here.

Indigo Dying Workshop at BSK Design at the Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, March 13th. Call 203.314.3250 to reserve your spot.

Build Your Own Cheese Board at Crystal Ridge Winery in Glastonbury with Make Food Lovely: Wed, March 23, 5:30 – 7pm. Sign up here.

Woodworking! Make a Fish Cutting board at Nautical Arts Workshop in Deep River on 3/24 and check out other upcoming workshops here.

Earth & Fire Pottery Studio now at 180 Main Street, Old Saybrook: Go throw some pots! Classes and Open Studio time available. Visit the facebook page here.

Mara Dowler, Bluebird Home: Organizer extraordinaire, Mara Dowler, will be giving a workshop on The Sunday Basket System and how to FINALLY corral all those papers on at the Scranton Library in Madison on Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Learn more about Mara here.

Learn To Knit with The KnittyGrittyYarnGirl Get the details here.

Guilford Art Center Spring Schedule: Beading, blacksmithing, ceramics, weaving, stained glass, collage, you name it you’ll find something you’ll love here:

White Gate Farm, East Lyme, March 13th: Learn how to make sourdough bread and herbal teas: Info Here.

Legacy Theater in Stony Creek offers Adult Improv and Cabaret classes. Info here. 

Make a Rope Bowl at Spark Makerspace, New London, March 20th 1 – 4pm. How to sew a round rope bowl from start to finish discussing other shapes and details possibilitiesMore info here.

Learn the fundamentals of still life, landscape and figure painting in the inspiring studios of the Lyme Academy. See the workshops available this spring here.

Screen Printing Workshop at the Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, 3/23 & 3/30, 6 – 8pm Learn about mid-century modern design and printing with the special exhibition Norman Ives: Constructions and Reconstructions, then make your own print inspired by Ives.

Learn to knit, crochet, spin, felt and more at Madison Wool. Workshops, classes and private instruction available. See the schedule here.

Try a Virtual Watercolor Class with NYC Artist Marika HahnMore info here.