Cardboard Art Day!

Tomorrow is Cardboard Day! Owl & Raven is hosting a Community Imaginative Cardboard Art Building Day tomorrow morning for adults, kids, everyone to come make something fun from cardboard! We will gather at Owl & Raven in Northampton, MA at 11 AM on October 6th and make art from cardboard together until 2.

We will supply lots of big cardboard, please bring your ideas and collaboration enthusiasm, and perhaps some masking or duct tape, a cutting tool that is safe for your level of cutting skills, and anything you would like to add to our creation(s)! Some tools and tape will be provided. If you would like to bring small cereal or shoe boxes and cardboard tubes to make features and details or other art supplies, feel free!

All ages are welcome to help plan and build, full family participation is expected! We will be outside right in front of Owl and Raven to the left of the Maplewood Shops, weather permitting. If it’s too rainy we will be inside. Either way we will be easy to find. Click here for Map and Directions to Owl and Raven.

 

Outdoor Edibles!

In a skillshare held mid-September, Owl and Raven members and new friends learned what’s edible in the wild in the fall and a couple of things to plant in the garden as it gets cooler.

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Some plants, such as Wormwood, have a distinctive scent.

We headed out with a Peterson’s guide to the bikepath to check out the growing habits of grapes and see what else we could identify. It was a great opportunity to talk about only eating what you’re very sure of, where to (and not to)  gather from, and how much to leave behind for foraging animals. Read more

September MTG Tournament

Magic CardsOn Sunday, August 12th at 2:00pm, Owl and Raven will be hosting another casual Magic the Gathering Tournament. The tournament is open to responsible players of all ages, and we welcome both beginners and experts.

Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. The tournament will run until about 5:30pm. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament! Cards go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set.

Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available.

Owl and Raven is a donation-funded space. We kindly ask that participants contribute what they can to support our future events.

Community Code-Ins

ComputerSaturday afternoons, 2:00-5:00pm

Programmers and tech enthusiasts of all levels and backgrounds welcome!  Drop by with a laptop, a project (if you have one), and an open, inquisitive mind.  Help a beginner, pick up a new skill, or just enjoy working in the company of others.

Even if you’ve never written a line of code (and aren’t interested in learning), there are many ways you can participate – free and open source projects are always looking for help with documentation, design, translation, and community outreach to name a few.

We’re happy to connect you with something that’s right for you.

Sunday Magic the Gathering Tournament

Eventide Foil Print SheetsOwl and Raven is hosting a casual Magic the Gathering tournament on Sunday, August 12th, at 2:00pm. This tournament is open to responsible players of all ages, and we welcome both beginners and experts.

Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. The tournament will run until about 5:30pm. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament!

Cards sets in the random packs go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set. Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available. We ask people who are very familiar with the game to be aware that this is a casual format, which is meant to be beginner friendly.

August 2012

Hi folks! Lots of exciting transitions happening at Owl and Raven. No skillshares have been scheduled this month, but we’re continuing with our regularly scheduled programming: ear acupuncture, game night, and Wednesday/Saturday open hours.

We’ll be posting more updates within the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our recent pancake skillshare!

 

Pancakes and Potluck!

This week at Owl and Raven, join us for a Wednesday pancake skillshare and a special potluck brunch on Saturday. Details below!

Wednesday, July 25th

Open hours (11am – 3pm)

Stop in to work on a project, sip tea, and share some good conversation!


Banana on pancake

Pancake Skillshare (7pm – 9pm) $5 suggested donation

Being able to make a great pancake from scratch is a kitchen skill that everyone who owns a spatula should have. Yet many people – including those who love to cook – consider pancakes to be either too simple to bother thinking about, or so complex that it’s best to defer to pre-made mixes and short-order cooks.

In this skillshare, pancake-aficionado Joe Riedel will show us how to make pancakes, and will discuss every step along the way. He will demystify the parts you may have thought complicated (like ingredients) and mystify you with parts you may have thought simple (like mixing or prepping the griddle). Attendants will learn how to make a simple mix to keep on-hand, learn what the ingredients do and why, how to mix and when to add variations, when to flip, how to store leftovers (which is always recommended), and stacks of other pancake-lore. And perhaps best of all, there will be pancakes to eat at the end.


Saturday, July 28th

Potluck Brunch (11am – 2pm)

We’re welcoming any kind of dish or non-alchoholic beverage.

If you’d like to join us, please bring a list of ingredients, and your own plates/utensils to serve with and eat from.

Game Design Workshop

diceStarting July 22nd, Owl and Raven will be hosting a 6-session game design workshop, run by designers/publishers Emily Boss and Epidiah Ravachol.

The workshop will focus on designing tabletop roleplaying and board games. No previous design experience is necessary to join the workshop.

During the workshop, you will:

  • “Playstorm”, or take a nascent game idea and try out and test ways to make it fun,
  • Workshop game techniques by trying out a game or parts of it that have been already designed, or
  • Workshop game texts by reading what’s been written or made for a game and give feedback or try it out!

Each session will focus on one or two games, with small group discussion at each meeting. The workshop will meet on Sundays from 1-4 on the following dates:

Jul. 22 and 29
Aug. 5 and 26
Sept. 9 and16

The cost for the entire series is $35-50, on a sliding scale.

If you’re interested in joining this class, or have any questions, contact us by email or phone (413)-341-6494.

Hope to see you here!