Learning center is off and running
Corrine Young is a licensed art teacher, lives on a farm just outside of Stockholm, Wis., and, in 2008, built a cabin on her property so that she would have a "space to do my art," she said.
For Young, all of that seemed to point her in one direction:
"Well, why not start a learning center?" she said.
Running Dog Ranch will officially open its doors this weekend -- during the 100-Mile Garage Sale -- with an open house and instructor demonstrations on things like knitting, horsemanship and painting.
"People can come and check it out," Young said.
Going forward, the new center will be open every year from May through October and will offer classes on topics ranging from art and food to meditation and animal care.
"The goal is to inspire people so they can discover things they didn't know were in them," Young said.
Young, the center's director, has been working on getting Running Dog Ranch up and running for the last couple of years, she said.
"Any kind of arts thing I've been to, I've talked to people," Young said.
She also has asked artist friends to come and teach courses.
"I want to bring people in that are experts," Young said.
Already on the calendar for this year is a wood fire oven building class, and introduction to natural horsemanship, Reiki classes and a make your own drum workshop, among others.
"It's a lot of different things," Young said.
In the future, classes will include things like jewelry-making, painting, winemaking, photography, stained glass, spoon-carving, pottery, yoga, meditation and even pet grooming. Young also plans to bring in music instructors, including African and Native American drummers.
"We're going to do our best to get as filled up as we can," Young said of the center's calendar.
The classes will mainly be aimed at adults. But Young said that there will be a couple geared for children ages 12 and up. Those include a clowning and juggling class and a sheep-care class, which will show students the basics of caring for sheep and teach them how to begin a knitting project using sheep's wool.
For now, most of the classes will the taught in the cabin that Young had built for her studio. But construction is nearly complete on a workshop just a few yards away. That space boasts a large lower level -- which will be home to looms -- and an upper level thatYoung has dubbed "the Raven's nest."
Young said the ranch, situated just outside of Stockholm, is in a perfect location. She said the area -- named by national publications as one of the top scenic drives in the country -- attracts tourists from as far away as Europe and Canada.
"For some reason, the area draws a huge number of cultures and people," Young said.
Running Dog Ranch, Young hopes, will provide those tourists with another attraction to the area and a place for them to gather.
"I want to bring people together," she said.
The ranch's location, nestled along Pine Creek and away from large cities and busy freeways, is also an advantage, Young said.
"It should be a calming experience so that they feel like they're getting away," she said.
What: Running Dog Ranch Folk Craft and Learning Center open house
When: May 4-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: N293/N295 197th St., Stockholm, Wis.
More information: runningdogranch.org, 651-206-6719, email@example.com