PEACH CLUBS

Festivals and Celebrations
The Pan-European and American people are a vast diverse group of European ethnic cultures. Many of our festivals and celebrations have existed for thousands of years. As different groups or tribes coming together we share similar rituals, history and heritage. Though it would be impossible to honor all we have experienced throughout history most that remains alive today has always been with us. Therefore as a people the list of celebrations below are the most common in practice. In America and locally, some may prove to be more pronounced than others, this depends solely on what our kin brought with them from their native home to the new world. Some of what we celebrate have been created anew in the land we have adopted and shaped. In order to preserve our heritage, pass on to our posterity these gifts from our ancestors must be practiced in order to remain alive so that we too can pass down our endowments for generations to come. Through the cycle of the year we continue to breath new life into these celebrations and festivals, we continue to connect with our past in order to enlighten our future and preserve our golden heritage. Come, join your people.

July – American and French Revolutions. 4th of July Picnic, 24 Hour Bike Race and French Follies The Olympics.
August – Farragusto. The Assumption of the Virgin. The Family.
September – Medieval Harvest Dinner and Festival, Autumnal Equinox. Michaelmas.
October – Allhallowtides. The Perilous Path.
November – Martinmas. Thanksgiving.
December – Advent, St. Nicholas, Santa Lucia, Winter Solstice, Christmas. New Years.
January – Great Mysteries. Norse Myths and Legends, Wind Ensembles Performances. Winter Open House.
February – Americana: Valentines and President’s Day Dance.
March – Sadi St Patrick’s Dance, The Vernal Equinox. Easter.
April – Blessing of the Fields, Farmers and Animals. Planting.
May – May Day Fair and May Pole Dancing. Memorial Day Picnic. The History of Labor.
June – Ulysses on the Steps. Bloomsday Dance. Saint John’s Tide. Summer Solstice. Summer Open House.

Check the Calendar often and please sign up to volunteer.
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Father’s and Son’s Club
The St. Joseph’s Father and Son’s Club is the organization that arranges extended trips and outings for our community members (Ages 9 through 16). Activities include; bow and arrow, S&W 22c shooting range, rock climbing, fishing, weekend camping, ending with a week long survival camping trip. St Joseph will conduct an orientation during our Open Houses explaining how the program works. We also have onsite volunteers and staff members who will work with Fathers and Sons in the areas of: gardening, building maintenance, bee and butterfly keeping, animal husbandry, woodworking, black-smithing, glass-blowing, ceramics and print shop.

There are fees for these trips, workshops, and materials. Please check with the registrar for the complete list of costs, fees and how to offset some of them through the Time Bank. there are some funds set aside for struggling families through the St. Joseph Collection, PEACH Legacy and on-line campaign funds.

Our large office conference room will be a place for dads and sons to organize trips and onsite activities. At the back there is a changing room and cupboards to store any personal items while Father’s and Sons are on any of the organized trips or participating in any of the onsite workshops.

In the maintenance area we also have a few extra tents, rods, bows, and other sports equipment that were kindly donated by other members and Sports Outlet USA.  We are also looking into the idea of a program called Adopt a Dad. This program is for children ages 9 through 16 who have suffered the absence or loss of a father.

Note: We are currently planning to start an Energy Free Club. The focus of this club will be Off-Grid-Living and Self-Sustaining Perma-culture. Helping to make our facilities self-sufficient and energy free this will prove to be a wonderful opportunity for our Fathers’ and Son’s Club Members. Please contact the Scheduling Office if this is an activity you would like to take leadership in and develop.

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Mothers and Toddler’s Club
This club is intended for moms with children under the age of 6 as well as expecting mothers. We also have a couple of knitting grandmas who will keep an eye on the children playing or help put to rest a new mother’s arms. The group meets twice a week for 3 to 4 hours (unless there is a special event taking place at our facilities – please check the schedule often).

This club is a great way to meet up with other moms, as well as, creating some play time for tiny children. The Mother and Tot Room is very large, light and airy. There are comfortable seats and chairs and an old fashion pot belly stove for the winter months. There is also a bathroom with a large sink and changing table. In the alcove there is a small wooded kitchen set for the children to play house made by our Father and Son Woodworkers and there are some very lovely dishes created by the Ceramics Club for traditional house play. There is also a beautiful cradle for visiting dolls and a small closet for traditional dress-up play.

In the back center of the room are a set of doors that open out onto to large breezy patio surrounded by a beautiful garden, which is tended by the moms, dads and the older children. A few yards from the patio is a large sandbox, and off to the east is a cluster of trees which is part of our perma-culture area. Our room volunteer will show mothers and guests what plants are good and safe to eat, as well as, help keep an eye on the little ones in the sandbox and alcove. During the summer months we have a small wadding pool and a gentle sprinkler for the children to romp through and enjoy water play. Moms are also encouraged to bring their knitting, crocheting, sewing or other relaxing hand crafts.

The Mother’s and Toddler’s Club Members will make arrangements within the group to bake a snack for the children during their visit; usually fruit muffins and fresh fruit juice or fresh raw milk will be served. This room also has a small utility kitchen and a very large round table in the far corner. Moms not baking will take the children for a walk across the field to the tiny farm in order to fetch the milk. A nurse practitioner comes by for about an hour each visit to answer any questions or concerns a mom might have and with permission look in on the children’s health as they grow.

At the end of each gathering we ask moms to do a thorough job cleaning before they leave because the room is shared with the Quilting Club. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for this club you can contact our Scheduling Office we will put you in touch with our room volunteer. There is a small fee for the snacks and a donation jar for those who can contribute more to keep the facilities in shape and help cover building expenses.

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History and Philosophy Lecture Series
Our resident historian John David Ebert will offer a weekly series on the topics of Western Civilization, Philosophy and History. From Economics to Art, Laws unto Death.. Many of these lectures are in conjunctions with the Festival and Celebrations along with a number of other special activities offered at the PEACH. The Speaker will shares our culture and heritage from his unique perspective and welcome guest speakers who specialize in a number of particular areas that reflect our culture, history and heritage. There will be time for questions and on occasion extended conversations can be arranged. Each event will last approximately 2 hours. Donations are welcomed and books by our resident and guest speakers will be offered for sale outside the event and in the co-op. Unless designated otherwise all lectures will be offered in the Lecture Hall, check the calendar for any changes. Come early and enjoy the lovely live music offered by our resident musicians.

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Garden Club
We have a beautiful large working garden and the sweetest small animal farm in the world. There is an area for our bees, and butterflies and we are moving towards starting a worm colony. The perma-culture area is currently tended by a friend of the Center, Retired Botanist Dr. Linnaeus who taught at the University and now he is restoring an area of the property working hard to bring back local and edible plants. There’s plenty to do and to learn about working in the garden, with the animals and in nature. If you see yourself as someone who likes to be outdoors, who is a lover of nature or if you simply wish to learn how to be a good steward of the earth the Garden Club is for you.  All areas will be covered throughout the year and the cycle of the seasons. Also, on occasion there will be guest speakers who will offer lectures on why we use the garden methods we use and why these methods are so important to the planet and life at the Center.

We are currently looking for someone who is interested in the field of apothecary and would like to help us begin growing more medicinal plants.

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.-Cicero

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Book Clubs
The Weekly Book Club is held in the Great Room in front of out beautiful stone fireplace created by our resident retired Mason Kipling Sibelius Scott. For smaller Book Club groups there are a number of available meeting rooms, as well as, the library, please check with the Scheduling Office. We ask that participants please clean up after their meeting replacing chairs, wiping tables, sweeping and vacuuming so all is clean and orderly for other group meetings in the future.

If you would like to use the Salon for a private monthly meeting please coordinate your request with the Scheduling Office at least a month in advance. There is a piano in the salon, however, live music can be provide by our resident musicians. Our chef and his staff are also available to serve o’dourves, small cakes, coffee, tea and brandy. There is an adjacent veranda with an over-hang and two comfortable benches with a standing sand pit if you care to smoke or vape. This room is limited to 12 guests.

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Film Club
From great opera performances, historical films regarding Western Civilization, to the History of the camera and the development of photography and moving pictures, the Film Club will meet weekly in the lecture hall or theater. Each films will be preceded by a brief introduction on the topic and then followed by the history of the film, the significance it has had in our modern society, what was depicted as true, exaggerated, symbolic and what really stood out then and stands out now. These lectures will be provided by our resident film scholar.

Film Club a.k.a. Film Friday occurs every Friday night or during a Saturday matinee coordinated with the availability of the lecture hall or theater (see monthly calendar schedule for details). Popcorn, Hansen Sodas and bottled water will be available.  More Information and a list of films coming soon.

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. Edison

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Bakers Club
One of the most wonderful places inside the PEACH Center is our 2 incredible fully functional glorious kitchens. They were both designed in the late 1950s for Betty Crocker. Although there have been a number of significant appliance updates, all the wood cupboard and closets are the original and are still in great shape. Our resident master carpenter, Hosea “Hutch” Kristofferson, has restored everything that has shown excessive wear and tear, he continues to do an incredible job, the cabinets both in function and color look seamless.

The windows in the cabinet area and booths look out into our fabulous gardens. There is a short walk to the chicken’s coop where our farmers collect fresh eggs every morning, and from spring through autumn we have as a visiting resident our milking cow, Milky. We now have three resident ducks and what looks to be a very protective rabbit family living in the brie patch. When a fox or coyote pass through one of the rabbits, we think it’s the father, dart past the coop and across the field.

Within the center we have a resident chef, Paul de Blanc, who creates not only the most delicious meals you have ever tasted, they are also simply incredible to look at and far too beautiful to eat, but in the end, we must. We are in desperate need of a resident photographer to capture his work.

We offer two 4 hour bi-monthly cooking classes that create what can only be titled as, simply delicious. Yes, you get to take the meal you make home, so make sure to bring an empty dish and warming bag, or if you wish to donate your creations and efforts to the residents who live on campus this is always greatly appreciated.

Day one will be sitting down with Paul and begin setting the menu, purchasing ingredients and preparing parts of the dish in advance. Day two will be cooking and talking about what to serve with the meal or desert: grain, vegetables, wine, coffee. teas.

Members will learn how to make a baked Alaska, put together a beef Wellington. Fish. How to make home made ice cream and custard. How to brew beer and make wine, the perfect lasagna and the art of the crepe. All the rules for measuring, toasting, boiling, steaming, baking, sauteing, etc… will be addressed or experienced. Those who participate in the club will have a final family dinner in the dinning room. Music, wine, dinner and desert along with a troupe of our theatre actors who will perform a short play, something lighthearted and food related. Last year one of the theatre members wrote the play entitled, Rossini Takes the Fork in the Road

The working part of the kitchens includes 3 giant double door refrigerator, 2 giant freezers, 2 industrial stoves; with 6 burners each, 3 large gas ovens, a warming oven, an industrial dishwasher, 2 12qt. Hobart mixers and yes, a Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Cappuccino maker recently donated by the Capone Family. The kitchen is loaded with stainless steal tables and it is absolutely perfect for cooking on a massive scale.

All the cafe foods are prepared in the smaller kitchen which has its own stove, over, refrigerator, freezer, a utility sink and 2 stainless steal prep tables. Some of our past club members now work in the cafe creating their own creations. The larger kitchen is where the Baking Club meets.

The big kitchen is also where our elves bake all our co-op, cafe, festival, holiday cookies and deserts. We hope those who join the Baker’s Club will also become an elf.

This year we will be offering a Friday Fish Fry and Sunday Spaghetti Dinner created by our local community members. Details will be announced soon.

If cooking is what you love or if you just want to know how to make a particular dish keep an eye on our Baker’s Club Calendar for details.

There are fees for the food (hair net included) and we ask for a small donation to keep our facilities going. It is also expected of everyone to help keep these areas clean and sanitary at the end of each class. Bon appétit!

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Theatre Club
The Theatre Arts Club is certainly one of the most enjoyable clubs we offer. The itinerary of theatrical plays is vast and endless and our resident director will either provide direction or welcome guest directors who will guide members through the history of the theatre and the work and dedication they are about to undertake. If the directors feels the group is able to perform in front of an audience arrangements will be made to open our doors to the public. Otherwise, scenes from plays covered will end with a brief performance for the members, their families and our residents. We hope to develop a committed troupe or artisans in the years to come. The areas of study are as follows:

July – The Greek Theater, Comedy and Tragedy.
August – The Romans, The Stoics and the Circus
September – Medieval Play and Harvest Festival.
October – The Scottish Play, Ghost Stories from the Hebrides to Limerick.
November – St Martin, Children’s Theater.
December – Santa Lucia/St Nicholas – Oberufer Trilogy.
January – Reading of the Edda, in Costume.
February – Renaissance Weekend.
March – European Plays: 1600 – 1800.
April – American Plays: Of Good and Evil, Blood and Soil.
May – Late 19th through early 20th centuries Plays: Modernity.
June  – Joyce, Ulysses on the Steps – Shakespeare, Mid-Summer’s Night’s Dream.

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Music Club
Music is truly one of the greatest gifts ever created, the history and evolution of western music is magnificent. We welcome anyone interested in the variety of genres that have evolved through the influence of western civilization and hope you will share your talents with us. Membership is open to anyone who can play an instrument well. The music room is also open to singers who wish to rehearse for any of the festivals or celebrations. Please cheek the room Schedule. If there are any time conflicts we will do our best to make other arrangements for rehearsal.

Fine Arts Wind Ensemble, every weekend in January.
Summer Patio Concert Band – bring a blanket, wine, crackers, cheese.
Sunday Cafe, String or Wind trios.
Traditional period, concert instruments and voices in conjunctions with theatre arts, festivals, celebrations and our lecture series.
Fun Time Accordion, The Great Race and follies. Banjo Cat n’ Fiddle stroll at will during the summer months. Beltzar Domingo guitar, strolls whenever the sun is shining or a fire is lit. Please donate generously into their hats or coffers.

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Quilting Club
This is a gathering for people who love quilting. Meetings are once a week for 5 hours, more time can be set aside, day or night, if the room is available. We also have a resident fabric artist, she will visit from time to time to aid in the sewing and discuss American Settler’s Quilting techniques. She will also help with assembling designs people are interested in creating for the coming year. Lastly, she will arrange a trip to one of the quality quilting conventions in the country. Fun time!

There is a special closet behind the little kitchen just for the Quilters, we encourage members to bring in or donate fine beautiful fabrics or scraps to share in the making of quilts. There is no fee to be a member in the club, but we ask that at least 2 quilts are produced each years, one given to the local shelter and one to put up for auction or sale in the gallery. Proceeds will go to help maintain the PEACH center facilities. All other quilts will be given to new moms and to members with the most donated hours.

Each week we will have delicious baked goods for sale made from the loving hands of the volunteers in the Baking Club, good coffee and lovely teas will also be available.

We ask those in the club to spend some time cleaning up scraps and making sure they have scoured the floor for straight pins. As a reminder the room is also shared by the Mother’s and Toddler’s Club so this task is very important.

 

We have also attached to the Quilting Club The Spinners. There is no requirement to spin with the spinners, truly loads of fun. During the spring we visit the sheep at the farm up the road and help with the shearing for the wool. We get a discount by the pound for our help. We take the raw wool to the maintenance area and wash it many many many many many times and over the summer we let it dry and wash it a few more times. When autumn arrives a few of our resident knitters card and spin the wool into gold (j/k). This is also one of our community classes. Some of the wool is died with natural plant colors, some is also used by our knitting residents, however, the bulk is sold at the co-op. We do the same with the butterfly silk. The business of wool and silk is hard work, but very rewarding. This area of the Center could provide a great opportunity for a budding entrepreneur to take on and expand.

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Time Bank
Phase 1 In Progress.
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Energy Free Club
Initiated!
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Dance Club
In Development.

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Studio Time
Proposed.

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Goethean Science
Proposed.

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Sun Watcher’s Club
Phase II – At will.

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Apothecary
Purposed with conditions.

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Worm Farm
Phase 2 In Progress
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“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” R Buckminster Fuller
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