Think Spring and Sign-up for Spring Break Workshops at the Schoolhouse!

March 10th, 2014 Comments Off

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SPRING BREAK WORKSHOP WEEK HAS HAD A FACELIFT!

OUR AFTERNOON SESSION HAS A MORE MATURE THEME FOR OUR OLDER ARTISTS. 

 

Sign up for all 5 and receive Friday Free!(That’s $100!)

Have more than one child?  Sign up for four workshops per family, and receive the 5th FREE!

Sign up for all 10 for only $200! (This is like a camp- they can bring their lunch.)

Single workshops are $30 each, or, $25 with the friend/sibling discount

 

MORNING For Ages 5 and up from 9-12

Animalia!  Our third year of animal-inspired art for Spring Break!

Monday, April 21:  Here Kitty, Kitty!  Mixed-Media Kitties on Canvas

Tuesday, April 22:  Horsin’ Around!  Make a Dollhouse-style Stable with Ponies

Wednesday, April 23:  Hippity Hop!  Sew-A-Bunny to Cuddle

Thursday, April 24:  Picasso Puppies!  Painting Dogs Ala our Favorite Famous Artists

Friday, April 25:  Cock-A-Doodle-Doodle!  Animal Drawing and Painting on the Farm

 

AFTERNOON For Ages 7 and up from 1-4

Art Around the World!

Monday, April 21:  Parisian Painting

Tuesday, April 22:  Egyptian Mummies

Wednesday, April 23:  Fashions of Milan

Thursday, April 24:  African Masks

Friday, April 25:  Russian Matryoshkas (nesting dolls)6343006-fresh-spring-and-easter-borders-isolated-on-white-eggs-daisies-daffodils-and-green-grass

SPRING MUSICAL THEATER!

February 27th, 2014 Comments Off

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We have lots of fun in the Rumphius Theater Troupes!  This Spring, it is all about

MUSIC!  So, if your child loves to sing and act, this is the place for them!  And,

this year, there is an historical element to each show.  This is a fun way to learn

about American history!

 

To register, reply to this email or call 978.995.7002.

 

SPRING MUSICAL THEATER!

 

Long Road Home: Kids Sing and Tell the Story of Us!

 

Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15 at the Parish Center for the Arts Main Hall and Music Room

March 4-May 23

For ages 5-12 (ages 5-7 and 8-12 will be split at rehearsal)

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performances: Friday, May 23 at 5pm and 7:30pm at the PCA

 

We will take a trip back in time telling the story of American children from the

early settlers through today. There will be lots of singing, fun costume changes

and a time-traveling storyline for those who love drama!  We will visit the early

days of swing music, 50s poodle skirts and even learn pre-Civil War spirituals.

There will be Jazzy flappers, 60s hippies and yes, we will even visit the 1980s!

(and MORE!) This will be a great learning experience for all who love history and

music.  Emily Piper directs with Christina Kennedy as musical director.

 

or . . .

 

GERSHWIN FOLLIES CABARET

 

Thursdays from 4:30-6pm at the Parish Center for the Arts

March 6-June 6

For ages 10-adult

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performance: Friday, June 6 at 7pm at the PCA (cabaret style with nibbles!)

 

Ahhh, Gershwin- my fave!  Students will perform a solo cabaret song as well as take

part in duets, trios and group numbers.  AND, we are adding short funny plays ala

the 1920s Follies for those who also love to act!  Everyone will get all dolled

up for a vintage night never to forget!  Christina Kennedy is the musical director

with staging by Emily Piper.

 

All events are with Emily Piper and Christina Kennedy who are CPR and First Aid

trained and CORI certified.

February Break Workshop Week is almost here! Sign up today!

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Our third year of workshop weeks is here!  To sign up, email rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002.

WINTER BREAK WORKSHOP WEEK: 
Sign up for all 5 and receive Friday FREE!
Fabulous Fairytale Magic Playsets, Painting, Sewing and More!

 

Junior Workshops are for ages 5-7 and are from 9am-12pm

Senior Workshops are for ages 8-12 and are from 1pm-4pm

Workshops are $30 or $25 with the sibling/friend discount

Make it a mini-camp and sign up for the week for only $100!

Monday, February 17:  Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (a board game on canvas)

Tuesday, February 18:  Hansel and Gretl (the witch’s tasty house with dolls playset)

Wednesday, February 19:  Little Red Riding Hood (illustrate the book)

Thursday, February 20: Cinderella (fabulous doll sewing)

Friday, February 21:  The Little Mermaid (underwater painting on canvas with easels)

Rumphius Theater 2013-2014!

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RUMPHIUS THEATER AND MUSIC

For more information, email rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002

Directed by Emily Piper with Music Direction by Christina Kennedy

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT THE PCA

 

FALL: A Christmas Carol on the Farm Musical

Junior Production (Comedic): Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15pm

September 17- December 7

Ages: 5-10 (ages 5-7 and 8-10 will be split at rehearsal)

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Production at Meadowbrook Farm in Westford on Saturday, December 7 at 4 and 6pm

Senior Production (A Bit More Serious): Thursdays from 4:15-6pm

September 17- December 6

Ages 10-15

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Production at Meadowbrook Farm in Westford on Friday, December 6 at 5pm and 7pm

 

SPRING: Long Road Home: Kids Sing and Tell the Story of Us!

Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15

March 4-May 23

For ages 5-12 (ages 5-7 and 8-12 will be split at rehearsal)

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performances: Friday, May 23 at 5pm and 7:30pm at the PCA

 

GERSHWIN CABARET

Thursdays from 4:30-6pm

March 6-June 6

For ages 10-adult

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performance: Friday, June 6 at 7pm at the PCA

All Dolled Up! Summer Tea Party at beautiful Meadowbrook Farm

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Friday, June 28 from 1-4 pm at Meadowbrook Farm, 5 Gould Road in Westford.

 

Chef Gail and Emily Piper are back at it again! And this time, it is an All Dolled Up! Tea Party at beautiful Meadowbrook Farm!

 

We will sew pretty summer dresses, adorn bonnets and make cupcake purses for our favorite dolls and stuffed animals! Then, all guests will sit down for a fabulous tea party complete with vintage linens, china tea cups and tiered servers.

 

Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. For ages 4-104! Perfect for adults and children alike. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

We can accommodate allergies with advance notice.

 

To purchase tickets, please email rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002. Seats are limited. We accept cash, check or Visa, MC or Discover.

 

Saturday, June 29: RAIN DATE

 

Pre-registration for Rumphius Summer Camps 2013!

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I’m proud to announce that our 2012 summer season was a huge success, and we are so excited to offer another summer of fun and learning on the farm! We are now offering pre-registration for our 2013 Summer Season. Learn more here!

 

While you are at it, make sure you check out all the exciting classes and workshops happening at The Rumphius Recycled Schoolhouse and Parish Center for the arts for the 2012/2013 season. Classes and workshops fill up quickly so register early. There are still plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun!

 

Why I LOVE my work . . .

June 8th, 2012 Comments Off


This 1850s schoolhouse found its true calling exactly a year ago- when I opened its doors and welcomed children in to let loose and let their creativity and imaginations thrive! These four walls have seen much this past year- and have been scrubbed dozens of times as the paint sure loves to fly! From recycled dollhouses to barnwood signs to painting huge canvases to choral music and to sewing projects, hardly a day has passed when something was not created here.


People ask me all the time where I get my ideas, where I was trained, how long I have been doing this, and, I get to say, FROM MY CHILDHOOD! Few people get to make a living doing what they have loved since they were very small. I made dollhouses, sewed strippy quilts, played with crayons with my art teacher mom and sang until my hearts content since I was 2 or 3. Little did I know that my childhood would provide me with so many tools for my adult life. And now, I am inspired everyday by children and their wonderful imaginations.


And, of course, my job and the schoolhouse would NOT be the same without our bunnies, chickens, Charlie-the-cat and Wallace, my adorable, affable hound. I pinch myself everyday that I get to go to work with all of my animals surrounding me. It is a happy life. (By the way, the picture above is from a favorite workshop- Dollhouse Day: One Room Recycled Dollhouses. Too much fun!!!


Bonus Sessions This Spring! Begins April 23

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Due to popular demand, I am adding a short bonus session of Rumphius classes this Spring at the Recycled Schoolhouse.  This is the perfect time to try out a class or for your young artist to try a new art form!  All classes are taught by Emily Piper at the Schoolhouse at 5 Gould Rd. Westford, MA.
Classes are $50 each and include all materials.  10% sibling/friend discount.
Mondays:  April 23- May14
4-5:15pm:  Get Crafty! for ages 5-8
Each week, we will complete a new project and learn new craft skills.  We will sew, glue, cut and craft to our heart’s content!  Perfect for boys and girls!
5:30-6:45:  Get Doodly! for ages 8-12
I have been asked to teach a drawing and cartooning class for awhile now.  And, now is the time!  Each class will focus on a new drawing skill.  We will focus mostly on drawing figures and learning about perspective.  Each child will receive a sketch notebook, drawing pencils and eraser to keep.
Wednesdays:  April 25- May 9
4-5:15pm Spring Watercolors for ages 7-12
Weather permitting, each week we will plant ourselves outside here at Meadowbrook Farm and learn to watercolor paint the beautiful Spring flowers, farm landscape and animals.  On rainy days, the big windows in the schoolhouse will have to suffice!
TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE CLASSES, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS E-MAIL OR CALL 978.995.7002

Menu for All Dolled Up! Vintage Valentine Tea Event

January 28th, 2012 Comments Off


Only a few tables left for this fabulous tea! I want to tantalize one and all with Chef Gail’s menu for the All Dolled Up! Vintage Valentine Tea at the Parish Center for the Arts. The date is Saturday, February 11 from 1-4pm. Music, art, delectable treats . . . can’t wait! Please review the previous blog posting for information on this exciting event!


Take a sneak peek at Chef Gail’s proposed menu!


Savories:
English Cucumber Sandwiches- sweet cucumber with cream cheese and chives on crustless wheat bread (vegetarian)
Mini Crustless Carrot Quiches- Vegetarian and Gluten Free
Roasted Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese and Basil with a Balsamic Vinegar reduction on soft rolls (vegetarian)
Chicken salad in mini wonton tart cups- diced chicken with celery, grapes and scallion with light mayo in a bite size tart (can dress without mayo if requested)


Traditional Tea Fare:
Cream and Strawberry scones served with clotted cream and premium jams


Sweets:
Petit Fours- Genoise cake filled with vanilla bean buttercream and glazed- topped with a sweet buttercream rosebud
Very Special Valentine Frosted Sugar Cookies
Mini Fruit Tarts- buttery tart shells filled with honey-citrus cream cheese and fresh fruit
Strawberries dipped in El Ray Bittersweet Chocolate from Venezuela


Beverages:
Tea
Berry Lemonade
Water



Allergy (General): Gluten, Eggs, Milk
Prepared in a kitchen that uses nuts. No nuts in this menu
Westford Board of Health Certified Kitchen


Tickets now on sale for Vintage Valentine Tea at the Parish Center for the Arts with Rumphius and Sweet Visions Patisserie!

January 1st, 2012 Comments Off


Emily and Gail are at it again! All Dolled Up!
Vintage Valentine Tea at the Parish Center For the Arts, Westford


Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 1-4pm
Fee: $100 for a group of 4 (all inclusive) | Limit: 14 groups of 4


Come out and celebrate old-fashioned romance in your prettiest dress at a beautiful and delicious tea event with vintage and antique tablecloths, china teacups and more. Bring your favorite doll, and we will create fancy vintage accessories for her. Plus, join us for a vintage Valentine-making workshop filled with Victorian scraps, old buttons, lace and more. Emily Piper will sing some favorite old-fashioned love songs for all to enjoy and to sing along to! And, of course, we will top it all off with a fabulous tea server for each table filled with romantic treats (sweet and savory) made by Gail Flannery of Sweet Visions Patisserie. This event is especially perfect to share with your child or grandchild, or for your child and her best pals. Please give us advance notice of any food allergies. We are happy to accommodate! This event is appropriate for ages 4 and up. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.


To book your table ticket, please contact Emily Piper at 978.995.7002 or e-mail tickets@creativityunhinged.com. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your table. The balance will be due the day of the tea.


our mission…

Henry David Thoreau could not have said it better than in his quote, “The World is but a canvas to the imagination.” At Rumphius, we provide the canvas in a communal, eco-conscious and grassroots setting, and you provide the imagination!