Taking a class at The Clearing is a wonderful and truly memorable experience, but not everyone can participate in a Clearing class every year. If you can't join us for a class this year, maybe you can join us for one or more of many special events planned for 2013. Below is a list of some of those events and activities. You can also view these and the entire Clearing calendar, including classes, by clicking the calendar link to the left.
Take a look. If a class isn't in your future in 2013, maybe one of our special events is!
Olde Ellison Bay Days Parade
June 29 | 11 AM | Downtown Ellison Bay
Join your Clearing friends as we celebrate our wonderful community. Each year, The Clearing participates in the grand parade with our very own Clearing parade float! We always need help throwing candy, waving, walking and having a grand olde time. Give us a call if you can help.
In addition to the parade, Olde Ellison Bay Days includes a pie baking contest, talent show, arts & craft fair, live music, BBQ and picnic-style food and refreshments, and activities ranging from childrens’ games to our signature slow-bike race and water golf shoot-out from the Ellison Bay Park pier.
Play "FORE!" The Clearing Golf Outing
T.B.A. | Peninsula Golf Course
Dust off your driver, polish those irons and pull up your argyle socks! If golf is your game, this is The Clearing event for you! Come join fellow Clearing students, instructors and friends in supporting The Clearing at the 4th Annual 'Play "FORE!" The Clearing' Golf Outing. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Clearing's Blacksmith Forge.
Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Social
July 17 | 7 - 9 PM | Jens Jensen Center
Come and enjoy a cool treat on a warm summer evening! The Clearing's Annual Ice Cream Social takes place on Wednesday, July 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center. Six flavors of ice cream will again be available with all the treats to top off your very own edible masterpiece(s) including The Clearing kitchen's homemade chocolate sauce! Last year's social included a bit of competition between the kids and the adults for what could only be described as "best of show" concoctions. Bring the family as we all scream for ice cream!
Friends & Volunteers of The Clearing Annual Gathering
September 7 | 1 - 7 PM | Homestead Meadow
Every year The Clearing community gathers to celebrate this special place and the people that are connected to it. Every year we hear stories of how this landscape can transform and renew the human spirit. Whether long-time friend or "newbie," this place calls. And although it calls us for many different reasons, we all come together once a year to share and celebrate that common bond.
Join The Clearing community for this fun filled afternoon & evening! Evening activities include highlights from the past year, honoring outstanding volunteers, and recognizing incredible instructors.
Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl
October 25 & 26 | 10 - 4 | Ellison Bay Area
The artists, galleries and schools in Ellison Bay can’t wait to show off all the new art, classes, clothing, household furnishings, Asian antiques, cheese, pottery, paintings, cider and refreshments at the Ellison Bay Arts Fall Art Crawl October 25 & 26 in Ellison Bay.
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Christmas Open House
December 5 & 6 | 10 - 4 | Jens Jensen Visitor Center
Ahh. Wintertime at The Clearing. Get yourself on over to The Clearing this December and enjoy homemade treats and mulled cider, gaze upon The Clearing Christmas tree and register for your Winter Program classes - all in one stop! And don't forget The Clearing Bookstore for your holiday shopping. We have many high-quality, locally-made craft items, unique greeting cards, a nice selection of nature-related books (including many for children), clothing items and much more.
Welcoming Winter Celebration
T.B.A. | 4 - 7 PM | Jens Jensen Visitor Center
Join us for a special seasonal celebration in December. Enjoy fine wines, gourmet and artisan cheeses, holiday sweets and seasonal music in the glow of The Clearing's Christmas forest in the Jens Jensen Center.
Winter Program Potlucks
T.B.A.6 - 8 PM | Stella Maris Parish, Sister Bay
"Taste of The Clearing" potlucks are almost as much a part of The Clearing's Winter Program as the classes themselves. Meeting new friends and enjoying lively conversation during meals is a long-standing tradition of The Clearing's Summer Program. Taste of The Clearing potlucks help extend this tradition into the Winter Program. All students, instructors and one guest are invited to attend this social event in conjunction with The Clearing's Winter Program. Please bring a dish to pass able to serve 6-8 people. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner is at 6:00. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and food!
The Clearing Speaks: Project Council Ring
May 4 - December 19, 2014
The Clearing Speaks is a combination of two unique exhibitions celebrating both visual and written work inspired by The Clearing’s beautiful landscape, charming buildings and creative spirit. Initiated in 2010 to help celebrate The Clearing’s 75th anniversary, The Clearing Speaks gained instant popularity and quickly became an annual fund raising event.
This years’ exhibition theme is The Clearing’s council rings. Council rings are a Jens Jensen motif, intended as a spiritually powerful symbol of fellowship, unity, and equality. The Clearing property contains three circular stone council rings. The Small Council Ring was built in 1925 by Jensen's son-in-law, Marshall Johnson, and a friend of his. The Dance Ring was built in 1938 with stones from the Schoolhouse quarry and was designed for folk dancing, which was part of Jensen’s Danish heritage. The Buchholz Council Ring was built by students in 2000 in honor of long-time resident managers, Don and Louise Buchholz.
Instructors, students and friends are invited to share their artistic interpretations and perspectives of these wonderful historic landscape elements through unique and inspirational works of art and writing.