Stone Soup Community Fest - 3/4/2022

The Stone Soup Community Fest will be in person this year!

Due to Governor Hochul’s announcement today, face masks will be optional at Friday night’s Stone Soup Community Fest.

An evening of fun workshops for students, parents, and guardians.

Enjoy an evening of fun workshops!

Date: Friday, March 4th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Pawling Middle School

6:00 Check In

6:15 to 7:00 1st workshop        

7:15 to 8:00 2nd workshop

At the conclusion of the workshops, at 8:00pm bring home a cup of this year's Stone Soup (this year's soup is creamy tomato) - At home you'll be able to enjoy a video recording of The Legend of Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown, read by Camille Ludington in English and by Mark Marmolejo in Spanish

To share in the tradition of the legend of Stone Soup, please bring a non perishable food item to Pawling Middle School which will be donated  to the Pawling Resource Center.

Register for TWO 45 minute workshops. Unless indicated children under 14 must be partnered with an adult during the workshops, a great opportunity for family members to explore an interest together.     

Please register early as sessions for some workshops have limited seating. You'll also need time to gather the needed supplies for some of the workshops. 


Reading of The Legend of Stone Soup in English and Spanish

You are invited to watch and hear a  reading of The Legend of Stone Soup - read in English by Christ Church Nursery School Director Camille Ludington and in Spanish by PHS ELL teacher Mark Marmolejo. 


Stone Soup Workshop Descriptions 2022

Workshops do require children under the age of 14 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the individual google meet workshop. The event is intended to provide a bonding experience over shared interests.

We will have bilingual high school students translators available to accompany families who would would like assistance with Spanish translation


Acrylic Painting Class with Georgia O’Keeffe Style Flowers All ages - Supply Fee: $3.00 

Host: Pawling Middle School Art Teacher Crystal Walters

This is the style of the paintings:   


Hosts: Neena McBear & Maureen Meltzer-McGrath, Children's Program Coordinators - Pawling Free Library

Slime is squishy and fun! Learn the recipe for Cloud slime, a fluffy slime with a bumpy and poofy texture. This program is great for beginners or slime experts looking to try a new recipe. Smocks will be provided but participants should be comfortable with mess.


Clay Making Workshop -Limited Seating - Sign up early    Fee $2.00 Suitable for all ages. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. PLEASE CHOOSE ANOTHER WORKSHOP

Host: Cherie Ingraham - Clay is a way back to nature. In this clay making workshop sponsored by The Chuckie Goodnight Foundation for The Environment, you'll be creating an adorable River Otter that will be surprisingly realistic. No experience necessary.


CrossFit Kids Host: Chris Dale - This workshop is designed for all children ages 3-17 years old, and introduces them to the fundamental techniques and concepts of CrossFit in a way that is fun, exciting, educational and always leaves them wanting more. The session will look like fun and games where your child won't even realize it is exercise. *weights will not be incorporated. Kids should bring: athletic attire, sneakers and water.


Cupcake Decoration - Suitable for all ages - Supply Fee: $2.00 THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. PLEASE CHOOSE ANOTHER WORKSHOP

Host: Pawling Middle School Band Teacher & Cupcake Queen: Mrs. Nace  & her assistant Erin Sutton (Cupcake Queen In Training)

You can learn how to make beautiful and fun cupcakes. Mrs. Nace will be demonstrating how to make an adorable little sheep cupcake as well as a rainbow in the clouds cupcake. This year we need to ask each participant to bring a can of vanilla icing as well a small spoon. Siblings can share the same can of icing. Each participant will be able to design two cupcakes; one of each design.   


Dance! Dance! Dance! Suitable for All Ages - Bilingual  *Parents do not need to accompany their children to this workshop. Ages 5 - 12.

Host: Pawling High School Varsity Dance Team – Get your dance on! Students from the PHS Varsity Dance Team will work with children teaching dance moves and technique, including a short dance routine. Learn the latest Hip Hop moves as well as jazz and some classics too!








Knitting Clinic - Suitable for all ages, no fee (unless you need needles)                    

Hosts: Caroline Bennett - Get help with your own project, learn new techniques, or simply learn the basics of knitting. Bring your own needles if you have them, yarn is available. *Knitting needles will be available for purchase.


Lego Mania Suitable for all ages.      

Host: David Roberts - Got Legos?  Bring your spare bricks. We’ll make new things, create new worlds, explore new territories, and build new empires. If anyone not attending the workshop would like to donate some of their old Legos, this group will put them to good use! 


Make Your Own Bird Feeder From A Plastic Bottle  - Suitable for all ages – No fee.      

Host: Camille Ludington – We’ll be making bird feeders! We’ll provide the bird seed and some twine to hang them with. Please bring the following: a 12-ounce empty plastic bottle with a cap that has been cleaned and dried, two sticks (6-7 inches) to use as perches (you should be able to find these on the ground), and a sharp pair of scissors (to be used by an adult to cut the holes).


Make Your Own Rain Stick - A Latin American Percussion Instrument Ages 8 and Up - Materials Fee: $3.00

Hosts: Brianne Chasanoff & Mary Gardner

In many cultures, summoning rain often included the use of musical instruments. One well-known example is a rain stick, an instrument that mimics the sound of rain.  In this workshop, you will be given the tools and materials needed to make your very own Rain stick that sounds very realistic! You will also be given the opportunity to decorate it and take your creation home! 



Marshmallow Creations Ages 5 & up, Supply Fee: $2.00

Host: Pawling Boy Scout Troop 34 This is a fun craft using toothpicks and marshmallows. The children can build different creations from animals to cars, trucks or even buildings using marshmallows and toothpicks.


Theatre Workshop Students in grades 1 - 8

Hosts: PHS Drama Club Members invite you to play theater games with us! Have fun acting and becoming characters in our Theater Workshop.  


Create Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting All Ages - No fee

Hosts: PHS Seniors & Art Club Members Just in time for Spring, we will be making and instructing participants on how to make quick, DIY, Origami Flower Pots from recycled newspaper. Making your own paper pots is not only eco-friendly but will save you money too. Ideal for half-hardy annuals like cosmos, zinnias and antirrhinum, the newspaper pots are completely biodegradable. When the plants are ready to go outdoors, the whole pot can be planted into the soil. Each participant can make up to two biodegradable pots.


Yoga Suitable for all ages

Host:  Julia Harrer will lead you in a short, 10-15 minute, traditional practice, incorporating surya namaskar (sun salutation) with a game or two to make it interesting and applicable off of the “mat”. Come connect with mind, body and spirit, along with community in a fun and lively atmosphere. Bring a mat if you have one. We’ll be able to provide one if you don’t.



At 8:00pm we will distribute a cup of creamy tomato soup to participants as they leave.

At home they'll be able to enjoy a video recording of Marcia Brown's The Legend of Stone Soup

Camille Ludington will be read the story in Englishand Mark  Marmolejo will read it in Spanish.






Online Registration - Stone Soup Community Fest

Delicious Soup Recipes

We weren't able to serve soup at last year's virtual event, so I attached are some great recipes you might like to try: 

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe.docx 

Vegan Zucchini Cashew Soup Recipe.docx 

This year we will be serving a Creamy Tomato soup, but in the interest of safety, we will be giving all participants a cup in a "to go"container for their enjoyment at home.