Hands-on Activities for Groups

Personalized Birdhouse at B&L Woodcraft – $16 pp incl
Vist B&L Woodcraft Amish furniture shop and custom make your own souvenir birdhouse. Members of your group will get boxes to put their names on, then proceed through lines to select colors, decorations and make customized sayings. The Amish family will physically put the birdhouse together, place it back in the box, ready for you to load onto the coach. After selecting their birdhouse design, guests can explore the numerous furniture and gift areas.

Make-Bake-n-Take Shoofly Pie at Amish Acres – $7 pp incl
Groups can now learn first-hand the secrets to baking “The Best” Shoofly pie, as picked by the Chicago Tribune, when combined with the PastPort or other popular group packages at Amish Acres. All ages are welcome to participate and will be hosted by Old Order Amish Bakery Manager, Frieda Miller, in Amish Acres’ 8,000 square foot kitchen that produces, as an example, 1,000 pies during the four day Arts and Crafts Festival every August. Each participant gets their shoofly pie and a souvenir recipe card.

Amish Quilting Bee & Family-Style Meal at an Amish Homestead – $30 pp incl

Join Elaine Jones, her family and friends in an Amish quilting bee. First sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked, two meat, traditional Amish meal. Then pull up a chair around one of four quilts pieced by Elaine. Feel free to ask the Amish quilters how they piece, mark and get the quilts in frames – and enter your name for the quilt give-away! Sit beside them as they lead the novice and experienced quilter in an old fashioned quilting bee – participate, watch, learn or just chat. For those not interested in quilting, head out to the barn with Elaine’s son, Seth, and take a buggy ride up and down the lane.

“Make-Your-Own” Pretzel at Jo Jo’s Pretzels located inside The Davis Mercantile – $5 pp incl
Visit the Davis Mercantile featuring over 24 shops located on 4 floors easily accessible by elevator. Do you know the story of the pretzel? Groups love to hear it – it has lots of twists! And they can add a few twists of their own! At JoJo’s Pretzels in Shipshewana, owners Joanne & Levi King tell the intriguing story of the pretzel and give groups a hands-on lesson. Just a few twists and a few minutes in the oven and soon everyone has a piping hot treat ready to roll in their favorite topping. Delicious!

Cookies & Canvas “Artsy Party” – $20pp incl
The world is your canvas at this “Artsy Party” where everyone has a great time expressing their inner Renoir. It’s fun; it’s easy. Sip a favorite drink (alcohol available for individual purchase) while a talented artist gives step by step instructions on how to complete the night’s featured painting. this party is a brush stroke of genius for groups!

Pumpkinvine Quilt & Fabric Shop From Fabric to Blossom Hands-on Project–$8 pp incl
Groups will love the fun and fast “Make and Take” fabric flower project.  Each person makes a fabric flower with no sewing machine or prior sewing knowledge required. Materials are provided. Best yet it takes just 30 minutes to complete and everyone takes home their flower creation!  Discover how fast fabric flowers bloom at Pumpkinvine Quilting.  Allow 30 minutes.

The Magic of Quilting at the Pumpkinvine Quilt & Fabric Shop–$15 pp incl
Discover the magic of quilting and see how fabric becomes a beautiful quilt at Pumpkinvine Quilting. From the label to binding, batting, and backing, groups learn what goes into creating a quilt. This fun discussion also includes Q&A time and samples of quilt making. Plus everyone receives a special keepsake.   Program is 30 minutes.

Pumpkinvine Quilt & Fabric Shop English Paper Piecing Hands-on Class–$8 pp incl
English paper piecing has been around for a long time. Pumpkinvine Quilting introduces groups to a fun new way to create something using the old tradition of paper piecing. Learn how to make a hexagon block and how to join blocks to make a larger project. All materials are provided for this hands-on project. Allow 30 minutes.

Lavender Patch Quilt Shop Origami  Fabric Folding–$15 pp incl
Learn an ancient Japanese art and open your eyes to the world of embellishment of quilts & wall hangings.  Watch fascinating demonstrations on various folded fabric techniques and embellishment options.  Each class member is given the necessary fabric and instruction to make their very own origami embellishment.

Lavender Patch Quilt Shop What’s In Your Tool Shed?–$15 pp incl
New quilters and veteran quilters increase your piecing skills and proficiency in quilting with this workshop that covers the use of quilting rulers and several other tools all designed to get great results. Select your fabric and try cutting a block of your very own.

Hands-on Tour Options

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