Saturday April 9 – Urban Bee Keeping

Kristine, Edie, and Jill from Pullman Apiary came to the Op Shop to discuss honey bee basics at this fun, informal workshop. We learned about beekeeping in the city and what is entailed in starting your own hive.

Uber Tuber! with Eric Bartholomew

Eric Bartholomew, renowned potato lover of Chicago, brought his potato postcards, Uber Tuber T-shirts and potato diorama table installation to the Op Shop this past Sunday! It was a huge success. Thank you Eric!
It was a balmy beautiful night of Spring, the windows fogged with seedling breath and the little kids spilled out on the lawn, proud to play with the big kids (in their 20’s and still full of child-like energy and spirit). The kids carved potatoes for prints and made their own potato creatures, from left: Henry, Clement,Tai-hei and Basti.
The potato dishes were all wonderful, only three real potato salads and it was too tough to choose which was best from them, they all won the potato cook-off! It was really a beautiful, fun and full evening! Thank you everyone.

Re-Con/ De-Con workshop with Janice Bees

Shwishy dress and wheat grassThe racks of wheat grass and seed trays supported a new crop last Thursday night: used clothing, draped on the wooden beams alongside scrap cloth and torn pants. Over cake and lemonade Janice Bees taught us budding DIY seamstresses and seamsters her own renegade tricks of the trade. While we made our own patches and saved our pants from the scrap pile with some “industrial stitches,” others went around the room exchanging shirts and hats and knitting strips of old dresses together with the biggest needles I’ve ever seen. The workshop predictably refused to wind down by our designated closing time, and once again we found ourselves lingering well later than we’d intended in the warmth of the Op Shop community. It was past 10 by the time I left with an excess of exciting plans for the weekend as well as some premature marital advice, bags of clothing left over for charity nestled together under the grow lights.
– David Durstewitz