2013 Workshops

Enjoy your choice of a wide variety of workshops while at the Highlands Festival at Waterloo. Held at the Museum Shop, unless otherwise noted, most are free of charge, although donations to the presenting organizations are certainly welcome.

Saturday 
11 a.m.Wild Edibles Walk
Sure, the wild animals can find something to eat all winter- but could you forage successfully? Bring sharp eyes and a taste for adventure on this walk to learn about wild edibles in this ecosystem.
Walk Leader: Debbie Naha, Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township
12 noonCooking Whole Grains with Ease
Learn how fast and easy it is to incorporate whole grains such as brown rice into your diet. The health benefits are many, and now you will learn doable ways to make whole grains a regular part of your weekly menus. Christine will prepare a super fast Colorful Rice Salad using Lotus Foods Bhutan Red Rice. You will get to take home your very own sample bag of rice so you can try the recipe at home!
Presented by: Christine Waltermyer, The Natural Kitchen Cooking School.
1 p.m."The Highlands Rediscovered,” a New Jersey Network production
The Highlands are part of the great sweep of the Appalachian Mountains that shadows the East Coast. Federal studies in 1992 and 2002 reported that development in the forested "green belt" around the most densely populated region of the USA in NJ and NY was threatening the Highlands water supply, a source of naturally clean water for millions of people who live both within and outside the region. With breath-taking landscape photography, The Highlands Rediscovered explores the forests, waterways, wildlife and significant cultural history of this region. Q&A following the film.
Presented by Wilma Frey and and Ingrid Vandegaer, New Jersey Conservation Foundation,a founder of both the Highlands Coalition in 1988 and the Highlands Trail in 1993.
2 p.m.Highlands Trail Hike
Hike a steep, rocky segment of the long-distance Highlands Trail ascending forested Allamuchy Mountain one mile to a spectacular view including Waterloo Village, lakes and the Musconetcong River valley. Appropriate footwear required (hiking boots preferred, no flip flops, heels or open sandals). Maximum 25 participants. Total time 1 ½ to 2 hours. Rain cancels.
Presented by Wilma Frey and and Ingrid Vandegaer, New Jersey Conservation Foundation,a founder of both the Highlands Coalition in 1988 and the Highlands Trail in 1993.
2 p.m.Alternative Economies and Self-Reliance: Time Banking 101
Transition Newton is part of a world-wide grassroots movement exploring how our community can create a life-affirming response to living in a rapidly changing world and how to thrive while reducing reliance on fossil fuels, striving for food and resource self-sufficiency, and strengthening relationships with each other and with nature. Transition Newton has recently launched the Northwest NJ TimeBank to help rebuild and transform our communities and local economies. Time Banks are a way of exchanging services that use units of time rather than money as the measurement tool. Members of a Time Bank share their skills with other members within the community and are given time credits for the work they do. Come learn how Transition and Time Banks increase local self-reliance and resilience as well as build relationships and trust in a community.
Presentation by Kim Latham, leader and co-initiator of Transition Newton.
3 p.m.Welcome to the Past
Immerse yourself in this entertaining and informative presentation of tales, songs, poetry and ghost stories about our history. This timeless, multimedia presentation celebrates the layers of history in our landscapes, which can be truly magical places where the past is very much alive and entwined with the present.
Presented by Gordon Thomas Ward, author, A Bit of Earth
4 p.m.Hands-On Fly-Tying Workshop
Enjoy an introduction to the art of fly-tying with some of the best known experts in New Jersey. Limited to 16 participants; sign up at the Shannon's Fly & Tackle Booth near Smith's Store.
Presented by Shannon's Fly & Tackle.
5 p.m.Why Solar?
Learn the ins and outs of using solar energy in NJ, including money savings, environmental impact, home value increases, etc. Find out how solar works, available incentives and whether your home is right for solar.
Presented by Geoscape Solar
6 p.m.The Beauty Of Live Foods—Food Styling & Photography Essentials
Capture the beauty of your culinary creations in photographs! Learn the basics of food styling, including how to plate food to show it at its best. Get food styling tips, tricks and techniques for writers, bloggers, culinary professionals, anyone who wants to learn how to improve their food photographs.
Presented by Dorothy Salvatori, Chef Dosa
7 p.m.The Silent Majority: Moths of NJ
Learn about some of New Jersey’s 2,000 species of moths. Blaine Rothauser, a naturalist, photographer and environmental consultant, will catch moths on a sheet back-lit by a bright light and relate fun facts about their lives and habits.
Presented by Blaine Rothauser, BR Environmental LLC
Sunday 
10:30 a.m.PhotoWalk Workshop
Bring your camera for PhotoWalk Workshop and join Dwight Hiscano as he explores the forests and waterways surrounding Waterloo Village. Pre-registration and additional fee required.
Presented by Dwight Hiscano, Photographer
11 a.m.Invasive Species Plant Walk
We will do some identification of local invasives, discuss invasive plants common in landscaping and offer Q&A.
Presented by the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
12 noonHealthy and Gluten-Free Snacks
Learn how to make alternative, healthy and delicious gluten-free and raw snacks/desserts.
Presented by Dorothy Salvatori, Chef Dosa
12 noonEdible Plant Walk
Come join herbalist & plant enthusiast Reid Giacomarra and stroll about and look for historically relevant medicinal and edible plants. Bring a note pad or just your memory. Searching for plants is like a good treasure hunt. It's always rewarding!
Presented by Reid Giacomarra, Ridge and Valley Learning Circles
1 p.m.Beginners Photo Walk
So, you brought a camera to the fest--now what? Join us on a short walk through the streets and alleys of Waterloo Village to see what magical images you can capture on this tip-filled adventure. We'll talk about photography in general, composition, color, the "rule of thirds," what to do after you've taken the picture, and much more.
Presented by Gary Szelc and Padma Inguva, Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township
1 p.m.Inviting Wildlife into Your Backyard
Learn about native plants that are beneficial to wildlife, feeders and when/where to put them, nest boxes and when/where to put them. There will be time to ask questions regarding your own landscape.
By Lauren Theis, Raritan Headwaters Association
2 p.m.Wellness begins with Whole Foods, Organic and Locally Grown
With 30 years experience as a Whole Foods Chef and Health Counselor, Delia Quigley can answer your questions and explain the importance of eating an organically inspired diet. Join Delia for an interesting and entertaining look at the state of our food supply and how you can support the move towards locally grown foods in your area. Food samples and recipe handouts will be shared with the audience.
Presented by Delia Quigley, Stillpoint Schoolhouse
3 p.m.Hands-On Fly-Tying Workshop
Enjoy an introduction to the art of fly-tying with some of the best known experts in New Jersey. Limited to 16 participants; sign up at the Shannon's Fly & Tackle Booth near Smith's Store.
Presented by Shannon's Fly & Tackle.
4 p.m.Greystone's Kirkbride Building: The Greenest Building?
A magnificient public heirloom, the pride of the nation in the 19th century...underfunded and stigmatized in the 20th century...Now, the subject of a 21st century re-use feasibility study...Its days as a hospital are over. How can we use this opportunity wisely? What current and future needs can we fulfill with this enormous stone building? What are some of the limitations on its re-use? What are the benefits? What are the costs? Find out why the enormous stone Kirkbride Building might be the greenest building in New Jersey.
Presented by John Huebner, Preserve Greystone