by Betsy Natter
Three area businesses are taking on the task of teaching vintage skills to modern children, like the etiquette expert making sure that manners are not a lost art or the local seamstress teaching children how to enjoy the joys of sewing. Read on to see how these local businesses are sharing their passions and valuable skills with the next generation.
Sew Much Fun Studios
650 Durham Rd #6, Newtown, PA 18940
Studio owner and seamstress Lisa Shull has been sewing since she was in middle school. She enjoyed it so much that she ran a custom window treatment and design business for over 30 years. But now, she passes along the fun of creativity by teaching young students how to sew and create their own projects.
A century ago, knowing how to sew well was a social and practical necessity for young women. Over the years, learning these skills became designated to classroom time in school and most recently, many schools don’t even offer this practical aspect of “education.” Lisa, however, has been able to take her love of sewing and ignite interest in her students as they create special one-of-a-kind projects of which they can be proud.
Lisa teaches students how to use a sewing machine and works on hand stitching as well. They make a variety of projects such as shoulder bags, pillows, stuffed animals, felt hats and doll clothes. The studio runs classes after school, on Saturdays and for birthday parties.
Summer sessions are running from June through August for four days each week. Morning and evening one and half hour classes are available. Check out Lisa’s website and sign up by clicking here.
378 North Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901
Lots of people get passionate about food, but Denis Chiappa has turned his love for cuisine into a thriving business. As a chef, cooking instructor, caterer and cookbook author, Denis not only knows his way around a kitchen, but can teach others as well.
Conquering Cuisine offers a wide range of services. For adults there are cooking classes, bus trips to foodie hot spots and a variety of catering options. But Denis also inspires kids to try their hand at cooking. He teaches food safety, recipe procedures and proper use and care of kitchen tools.
Denis is offering a series of Kids and Teen camps this summer. The kids’ camp is for students age 10-12. Young chefs will learn to prepare foods in the vegetable, seafood, meat and sweets categories. Teen chefs ages 13 and 14 will learn proper knife skills and how to make soup and salad and learn to sauté, steam, grill and poach a variety of foods.
Learn more about the offerings at Conquering Cuisine by visiting Denis’s website at www.conqueringcuisine.com.
Your Charming Child
26 Endslow Ln., Perkasie, PA 18944
Does your child know how to properly and respectfully greet someone they are meeting for the first time? Can you take them to a fancy restaurant and not cringe because they stay seated? Are they respectful of others and sensitive to other people’s feelings?
Teaching children the importance of respectful and gracious communication is Lisa Butowsky’s passion. She strives to help children learn the basics of meeting people, interacting respectfully and developing good manners.
As a certified etiquette instructor, Lisa teaches a variety of classes emphasizing social skills, dining etiquette and communication and conversation skills. Learning is achieved through role playing, humor and fun exercises. The dining etiquette classes are usually completed at a restaurant where children can put their newly learned skills to practice.
Lisa’s classes run periodically throughout the year, but you can always gather a group and schedule your own program. Visit the website at www.yourcharmingchild.com for more details on programs and how to schedule a session.