Ashtabula Skillshare

Ashtabula Reeds and Roots Skillshare

Saturday, September 17, 2022
9am – Dark

Blakeslee Log Cabin
441 Seven Hills Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004

Join us in Ashtabula County for a full day of FREE Earthskills workshops!!
(Cash donations appreciated at the event)


Blacksmithing Demos, Wild Mushroom ID, Living the Sweet Life: Beekeeping Q&A, Drop Spindle & Beginning Basics of spinning wool, Fly Tier (how to tie fishing fly), Foraging for the Heart of Cravings, Intro to Earthen Building with Uncle Mud, Fix Your Own Brakes & Save Hundreds!, Intro to Herbs, Intro to Meditation, Night Skies, Easy Recycle/Upcycle Household Goods, Library Storytime for Kids,  Permaculture: Saving the World One Backyard at a Time, Tai Chi & Qi Gong, Stop Treating your soil like dirt, Free Form Weaving on Grape Vine, Homesteading 101, IPride Self-Esteem Workshops for Youth, Connecting with Nature, Getting Started in Beekeeping, Planting Mini Forests in Northeast Ohio, Intro. to Earth’s Water Cycle, Making Fermented Hot Sauce, Drum Circle!

PLUS! In the Healing Tent:

  • Massage by Sarina Bowers, LMT
  • Reiki and Aromatherapy by Leah Hartman, Nourish mind, body & spirit
  • Monochord – Harmonic German made instrument; played by Jennifer Pierce from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm

AND! We have community friends offering info in the vending booth area:
Community Cats Coalition of Ashtabula County will have information on low cost options to spay/neuter, how to use humane traps, the trap/neuter/release help they offer, and info on the cats they have available for adoptions.

* Signup for Classes w/limits will be at the Registration Table * NOTE: Do not fret if you cannot arrive until class time and it's a limited class - no one will be turned away and we have never had this be a problem in the past*

Skillshare Schedule

9-9:30am:  Check-In, Welcome
9:30-10:30am:  1st Morning Workshop Block
10:45-11:45am:  2nd Morning Workshop Block
12-1pm:  LUNCH: Pita Bar! Paid option (more below)
1-2:30:  First Afternoon Workshop Block
3-4:30:  Second Afternoon Workshop Block
5-6pm:  DINNER: Potluck style! Bring something to share!
6-7:30pm:  Evening Workshop Block
8-10pm: DRUM CIRCLE!! 

LIVE MUSIC! 2-6pm! Join the Jam!

Old Time Jam hosted by Pickle Milk Old Time String Band. Remember to bring a chair and join us in the jam circle. Hope to see you all there with your listening ears, dancing feet, fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, bass fiddlers, and a friend.

For Youth!

Most workshops in the Skillshare are "Family Friendly" and potentially interesting to ALL ages, but in addition to workshops we also have a "Kids Fort." This is a pop-up canopy space we set up for youth to enjoy, away from the road, and within eyesight of most of the workshops.

Can YOU Offer a Kids Activity?
We are still soliciting programs for kids and youth.  Offer a fun activity for kids to do while their parents attend workshops within eyesight.  Can be something that requires you to be there, or NOT! We prefer activities that promote creativity, connection to nature, and learning new skills, but pure entertainment is fine too! 🙂 (NOTE: Childcare is not provided at the Skillshare) Contact us!

Blakeslee Log Cabin

Thanks to the Ashtabula County Historical Society for their sponsorship and use of Blakeslee Log Cabin! This venue features an historical log cabin, barn, small spring house, outdoor kitchen pavilion, and more! We encourage all attendees and teachers to make a donation or join the historical society today! Learn more about the 1810 log cabin here!

441 Seven Hills Rd, Ashtabula, OH. Conveniently located just off Rt 11, very near I-90. Click here for the map point.


Thanks to Harbor Gardens! for providing an optional paid lunch to attendees on site.  Chef Sarah Brower will be offering a delicious mouth watering PITA BAR!

Made from scratch vegetarian cuisine is Sarah’s specialty.  Ingredients are locally grown and sourced.  We are DELIGHTED Sarah is sharing her culinary skills providing healthy nutritious food packed with flavor! 

LUNCH: The Pita Bar will cost $10 each and include options for your pita pocket such as:

  • dill humus
  • falafel
  • tzatziki
  • cucumber salad
  • tabouli
  • pickled vegetables

DINNER: We are inviting all attendees to bring food to share, and snacks for yourself and family.
We are planning a potluck-style dinner where everyone brings food, and those who want to share a dish do so.  Please list ingredients of dishes you plan to share.

Anyone wishing to get food off-site, the closest town is Ashtabula, only a 5 minute drive away. Ashtabula has restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.

What to Bring – Water – First Aid

Please bring your own chair, sun protection, note-taking tools, possible face mask, and everything you need to be comfortable outside.

Prepare to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather to plan accordingly.

FOOD to share. See above.

Please bring your own drinking water. This site does not have any running water. Organizers will have drinking water available.

We will have regular porta-potties and handwashing water available for use. There are no bathing or swimming facilities.

There IS cell reception.

At past events, we’ve had wonderful medic volunteers for First Aid needs – this event does NOT have such accommodations. Please bring all your own first aid supplies. (note: “First Aid” labeled at event is location of First Aid supply kit – its in outdoor kitchen)

Several of our awesome teachers will be vending – bring cash for the vending booths.

Bring instruments for community jam sessions!


What NOT to Bring



Pets – are highly discouraged but not prohibited

Illegal substances

Sickness! If you aren’t feeling well or have been around someone with COVID recently, please stay home.

A bad attitude – this is a no judgement safe space. READ OUR FULL COMMUNITY CARE AGREEMENT HERE.


We are camping for free 10 minutes away from the Skillshare at the farm of one of our organizers. We learned through experience it’s more pleasant than camping at Blakeslee (which has a train track w/in feet of the whole property and trains that run through the night, and heavy traffic on Rt 11, and loud close neighbors).

Red Beet Row is located at 2889 E Maple Rd, Jefferson, OH 44047. Map point here. 

TRY TO COME FRIDAY, 7pm, and set up your tent or car camp spot. On Saturday, we will have lights prepped for setting up tents in the dark.  We will not have someone there during the skillshare Saturday to point you where to pitch a tent (we apologize, it’s just outside our capacity). 

Camping is welcome Friday and Saturday nights (Sept 16 and 17). Most campers will bring all their own gear.  Contact us with any questions.


Learn more about Red Beet Row here.

Thanks to our Community Sponsors!