With spring in the air, Easter can be just around the corner, and the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is once again planning to offer a favorite of the season — the Batik Easter Egg decorating workshop.
This year, the workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second-floor classroom at the museum. Two workshops are being offered this year, on March 2 and March 23.
The classes will be led by Ukraine native and museum volunteer Maria Skaskiw, who is returning for another year after teaching the class last year.
Participants will learn the ancient Ukrainian method of decorating Easter eggs using simple, primitive tools to “write” intricate designs in beeswax. This method is traditionally used to make the much-admired European-style Easter eggs.
The process involves using beeswax to cover the egg before carving designs in the wax and dying it different colors.
It is a technique that has been used for centuries.
“The tradition for making these eggs goes back hundreds of years. We have a new member at the museum who offered to teach the class. Maria is a native of the Ukraine, but has moved to Mount Airy. We were excited to hear that she wanted to teach the class,” said Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum.
The class is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. The registration fee covers all supplies.
This year’s workshop is limited to 15 participants, aged 12 and older.
Registration for the March 2 workshop should be received by Feb. 26, and the deadline to sign up for the March 23 class is March 19.
For more information, call the museum at 786-4478.
Take-home kits are available for participants at a cost of $20 each, and must be ordered at the time of registration.
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.