UMaine Extension offering crafts around the world 4-H SPIN club starting Nov.18 

Calais, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a three-session, in-person 4-H club about seasonal crafts from around the world designed for young artists to explore their creativity and learn about different cultural traditions. 

Geared towards youth ages 6-12, the special interest, SPIN, club will meet from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m on Saturdays, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and 16, 2023 at the Calais Free Library, 9 Union St. Each session will delve into the fascinating world of seasonal crafts, showcasing techniques, materials and designs used in various parts of the world. Participants will have the chance to create unique and personalized crafts associated with different seasons, such as autumn wreaths and winter ornaments. 

“We are thrilled to offer this special interest 4-H SPIN club to the youth in Calais,” said Gabby Brodek, UMaine 4-H Youth Development Professional. “Crafting not only provides an outlet for fun and creativity, but it also offers a unique opportunity for young individuals to gain insights into diverse cultures and traditions. Our hope is that this club will inspire their artistic talents and foster a deep appreciation for the beauty of diversity.”

The club sessions will be led by experienced instructors who will guide participants through each project, providing step-by-step instructions and sharing interesting facts about the cultural significance of the crafts. The free club will also provide a platform for young artists to connect with their peers, share ideas and develop friendships. 

4-H is committed to provide engaging and educational opportunities for youth, fostering personal growth and development. The seasonal crafts around the world workshop is part of Extension’s SPecial INterest club, where participants ages 9-18 along with a volunteer for at least six sessions learn about a subject of interest. Topics range from the natural world, heritage arts, science and technology to photography, music, gardening, sports and more.

Spaces are limited to ten participants, early registration is encouraged. To sign up visit the program’s webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Tara Wood,, 207.255.3345.