Sticks and Stones (and maybe bones)


Photo Credit: Jody Hyndman

When:  Thurs. Aug. 8 from 9:30 until 3:30

Where: meet at Kerry Farm, Stone Church Road near Abernethy

Who: All ages are welcome. In all-ages PLAYshops we move at the rate of the younger participants. Older participants are always welcome to step out and take some quiet time if they would like to, or to participate when they can and hang out when they can’t.

What? We will spend the morning hiking and exploring Pheasant Creek Coulee, and looking for walking sticks or special stones. No guarantees, but we might also find bones, skeletons, feathers and other treasures. We will spend time together, and there will time for you to be apart from the group if you wish. We will talk about what to take (if anything), how to do so in a sprit of reciprocity, and what should be left behind. Depending on the weather, we could enjoy a picnic lunch at Pheasant Creek. (If it is too hot, we will return to Kerry Farm for lunch.) In the afternoon, we will paint or decorate what we collected in the coulee. Once again, depending on the weather, we could  stay at the farm and build forts out of found wood. Or,  if it is really hot we could take our painting projects and swimsuits to Katepwa Beach.

Accessibility: If you have difficulty walking and like to be in nature, we could set you up in a lawn chair near the creek. Alternately, there is a 5 – 10 minute walk across the  field  pictured above (flat surface but uneven ground) where you could sit at the top of the hill and keep your eye on everybody below. The morning hike has lots of steep inclines.

Cost: Please note that there is always a sliding scale in PLAYshops from 0 to the suggested price below. It is important to me that cost does not stop you from coming. Please register by letting me know if you can make use of the sliding scale. Per person: $60  For an adult and a child together: $100  (each additional child $20 when an adult is coming too). If you have a big family, let’s work something out!!. To register please send a deposit of $20 by e transfer to or a cheque to Sue Bland, Box 128, Abernethy, Sask. S0A 0A0.

What to bring: Bring a bag lunch and bottle of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hat and really good walking shoes (maybe socks since the grass and thistles scratch legs).

What is supplied: Some snacks, additional water, all paint supplies