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You are invited to visit the last surviving 1700's structure of its kind in Virginia's Northern Neck!

The story of this tavern and its relationship to the development of Northumberland County and Virginia's Northern Neck reflects what happened in countless court house villages throughout Virginia and the nation.

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Summer into Fall, 2024

 

Beginning Weaving, Three-day workshop: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This three-day class is an introduction to the process of handweaving on a floor loom. All materials and equipment are provided, and no previous weaving experience is required. Students will be provided with ample support from two experienced instructors as well as current members of the Tavern Spinners & Weavers Guild.

- Instructor: Tavern Spinners & Weavers Guild; Classes will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building."
- Maximum of 10 students.
- $225 for the 3-day class.

This Class is FULL. Click here to be put on the waitlist.

 

 

Coffeetime Sip and Paint: Kingdom of the Seashell, Thursday, August 15, 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Participants will draw and paint seashells from their own collection or those provided by the instructor.  Learn about their origins, structure and how they are referred to in art and literature.

- Instructor: Celeste Johnston; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building", which is located directly behind the Tavern.
- Maximum of 10 students.
- $35. All supplies will be provided but a small material fee of $5 will be payable directly to the instructor.
Stroll over to the Tavern before class for a bite to eat.

Click Here to Register for this class and more information.


 

 

Next Steps in Coiled Pine Needle Baskets, Friday, August 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm

For students who took Vicki Cornish's "Beginning Coiled Pine Needle Baskets" on July 19th, this class will take you through additional techniques, such as more advanced stitches, how to dye pine needles, incorporating beads and other materials.

- Instructor: Vicki Cornish; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building".
- Maximum of 8 students.
- $35, the majority of which the instructor is donating back to the Tavern Foundation. All equipment will be provided but a small material fee of $10 will be payable directly to the instructor. 
Stroll over to the Tavern after class for a bite to eat.

Click Here to Register for this Class and More Information.


 

Fun with Coiled Baskets, Friday, August 30, 9 am - 3 pm

Learn how to use braided sea grass and waxed cord to design and make beautiful coiled baskets. Then continue learning, now using foraged items such as dried lily leaves and other found objects to make a truly one-of-a-kind basket. No experience is necessary.

- Instructor: Donna Silvestri; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building".
- Maximum of 8 students.
- $55, the majority of which the instructor is donating back to the Tavern Foundation. All equipment will be provided but a small material fee of $15 will be payable directly to the instructor. 
Stroll over to the Tavern at lunch time for a bite to eat.

Click Here to Register for this Class and More Information.

 

 

Coffeetime Sip and Paint: Botanical Arts and Illustration, Friday, September 13 and 20, 9 am to 12:30 pm

In this 2-day class, students will learn history, technique and procedures for creating a true botanical work of art. The two sessions will be held on successive Fridays. The first class will cover background information, making sketches and developing values. You will then pick your plant or flower, make thumbnail sketches, learn it's anatomy and begin drawings. In the second class, you will critique and tweak your drawing, transfer it to watercolor paper and paint. Finally, we will share your beautiful botanical work of art with classmates.

- Instructor: Celeste Johnston; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building", which is located directly behind the Tavern.
- Maximum of 10 students.
- $125. All supplies and materials will be provided.
Stroll over to the Tavern after class for a bite to eat.

Click Here to Register for this class and more information.

 

 

Beginning Woodturning, One-day workshop - Friday, October 4, 9 am - 4 pm

In this introductory class, students will gain an understanding of the skills necessary to safely use spindle gouges and embellishing tools while operating a woodturning lathe. Partipants will turn a handle for one of several kitchen tools, such as an antique pepper grinder, honey dipper, ice cream scoop, bottle opener or wine bottle stopper.

- Instructor: Tavern Woodworkers Guild; Classes will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building."
- Maximum of 5 students.
- $80. An additional material fee ($5 to $25, depending on selected kitchen tool) is payable to the instructor at the class.

This Class is Now FULL. Click here to be put on the waitlist.

 

 

Decorative Woodburning, Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn the decorative art of woodburning with Penny Mace.  Woodburning can be the source of decorative items for the home as well as thoughtful gifts for family and friends.  During this class, you will spend the day learning tips and techniques, then experimenting so that you can complete two works of art, suitable for framing. Open to all levels of experience. Those who wish to can go to lunch at the Tavern Café! 

- Instructor: Penny Mace; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building", located behind the Tavern.
- Maximum of 8 students.
- $60. An additional $10 material fee is payable to instructor at the class.

Click here to register for this class and more information.

 

 

Della Robbia Wreath, Saturday, November 23, 9 am - 12 noon

Participants will learn the art of crafting a traditional Williamsburg-style Della Robbia wreath.  According to information found on the Colonial Williamsburg site, "In a 1926 House Beautiful article about the Colonial Williamsburg wreaths, the writer stated “This idea was undoubtedly suggested by the gorgeous Italian carvings and terra cottas of the Renaissance.” When decorators added fruit a few years later, it was declared the “Della Robbia” style."

- Instructor: Liz Walker; Class will be held in the "Tavern Meeting Building", which is located directly behind the Tavern.
- Maximum of 8 students.
- $35. Plus a $45 material fee which will be payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class. Check registration form for additional requirements.
Stroll over to the Tavern after class for a bite to eat.

Click Here to Register for this class and more information.

 

 

 

 


 

 



 

 


 

 

 



 

 

 



 



The Heritage Arts Classes are sponsored and supported by the Rices Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern Foundation, Inc.

Heritage Art Classes

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Contact Information

RH/HT Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 579
73 Monument Place
Heathsville, VA 22473

Phone: 804-580-3377

Located on Route 360 behind the old courthouse.


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