Stone Soup Workshop Descriptions 2023

Workshops do require children under the age of 14 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the individual workshop room. 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


AI Exploration Students in grades 4 - 8, no fee – New this year! Due to rescheduling, had to be cancelled.

Host: Steve Malone  - Join us for a night of AI exploration and creativity! Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and use cutting-edge AI tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E. Together, you'll embark on a series of interactive activities that will challenge your problem-solving and teamwork skills. These activities will be designed to be engaging and fun for both parents and children, and will provide a unique opportunity for you to work together through your discovery of some of the world's most sophisticated AI models. Parents/guardians must bring a cellphone that can receive text messages for two-factor authentication.


Color Changing Slime DIY  Age range: 4 and up – No fee  Due to the rescheduling, we currently have 1 space available in session 1.

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

Slime is squishy and fun! We’ll learn to make a room temperature affected slime that changes color when it gets hotter or colder. 4-5 year olds may benefit from caregiver assistance.  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 CLOSED FOR REGISTRATIONS FOR 2023 - BOTH CLASSES ARE 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 Blue Heron that will be surprisingly realistic. No experience necessary.


CrossFit Kids Host: Crossfit Pawling - 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. THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR.


Cupcake Decoration - Suitable for all ages - Supply Fee: $2.00 Due to rescheduling we now have 5 spaces available in session 2.

Host: Pawling Middle School Band Teacher & Cupcake Queen: Mrs. Nace and her assistant Mrs. Dolan

You can learn how to make beautiful and fun cupcakes. Mrs. Nace will be demonstrating how to make an adorable little Tiger Cupcake as well as a Minion 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. Due to rescheduling, had to be cancelled.

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!








Dessert Drawing: Ages: Students in grades 2 – 6  Fee: $2.00 Due to rescheduling, had to be cancelled.

Host: Sara Paden - We will create Wayne Thiebaud inspired still life drawings including a cake, cupcake and an ice cream sundae.


Karate: Bushido MMA

Session 1: Interactive demonstration in which kids will participate in learning basic martial arts. (Ages: 6 – 11)


Session 2: Martial arts introductory class for teens and adults who will participate in learning basic martial arts and basic self-defense. (Ages: Teens and Adults)


All participants should wear t-shirt and sweatpants. Necessary equipment will be provided.


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

Hosts: Andrea Hunt - 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 Rain Stick - A Latin American Percussion Instrument Ages 8 and Up - Materials Fee: $3.00

Host: Brianne Chasanoff

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.


Positively Penny Tees! All ages     Supply fee: $5.00 1 tee shirt provided for each participant or $3.00 if you prefer to supply your own tee shirt. New for this year! Due to rescheduling we now have three openings is session 1.

Host: Rachel Seitz – Design your own unique tee shirt by combining random (family friendly) iron-on words!  

Ironing will be done by the workshop host.


The Art of Origami Ages 7 & up- No fee Due to rescheduling, had to be cancelled.

Hosts: PHS Seniors & Art Club Members will be holding a workshop to teach the art of origami and assist participants in creating their own paper sculptures. Participants will learn folding techniques and get to take home their own creations.


The Legend of Stone Soup Brought To Life With Children - Suitable for ages 5 – 12. (It's back! Haven't been able to do this since 2020!)

Host: Camille Ludington - Several local student actors and actresses will be portraying the characters in the book as Mrs. Ludington reads the story to all the Community Fest participants as they enjoy their soup at 8pm. We'll need some  children to portray the townspeople in the story. Please come to the Cafetorium stage at 8pm.

Treasures from the Beach Art – Ages 2nd grade and up. Materials Fee: $3.00 New this year!            

Host: Mariah Warren - Learn how to turn beach-found treasures into inspiring art for your home or for gifts. Using tumbled glass, stones, and even wood, participants will create a simple image for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or Family. Simple lines and quotes will be hand-written on the canvas to complete the art, turning found objects into keepsakes to cherish. 

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will be working with adhesive, so should wear clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty. If you have any beach glass or flat, thin stones you would like to incorporate into your project, feel free to bring them with you.


Yoga Suitable for all ages Due to rescheduling, had to be cancelled.

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 you are invited to join us in the cafetorium for a cup of Stone Soup (this year we'll be serving Mexican Chicken Soup) as Camille Ludington reads Marcia Brown's The Legend of Stone Soup. The story will also be brought to life on the stage by local children.  





Stone Soup Community Fest - 3/10/2023

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


Enjoy an evening of fun workshops!

Date: Friday, March 10th, 6:00-8:30 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, this year at  8:00pm we will once again be able to gather in the cafetorium to enjoy our Stone Soup together. This year's soup will be Mexican Chicken Soup. In addition, Camille Ludington will once again be reading The Legend of Stone Soup as the story is brought to life with the help of local children. 

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.  We'll also need time to gather the needed supplies for some of the workshops. 


Stone Soup Paper Registration Forms

Online Registration - Stone Soup Community Fest