SCOSA Classes at Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic

What is SCOSA?
The Stockton Center on Successful Aging promotes education, research, and services to respond to local, regional, and statewide needs related to population aging. The Center’s core mission is to encourage older residents to “age successfully” through vital involvements and engagement in their community.

Who can come?

Although these classes are designed with seniors in mind, ANYONE is welcome to sign up. 

How to Register

The easiest way to register is either email Niki from this site or or call  (609)652-0366.  There is no need to send a deposit.  We just ask that if you register and then decided not to come please contact us so we have the opportunity to fill your spot.   You will receive a confirmation email or phone call for any message that you leave.  

Niki Giberson partners with SCOSA

Niki Giberson has been asked to partener with SCOSA to bring classes to her classroom and farm in Port Republic.

The following classes will be taught by Niki Giberson at her Folk Art School and sheep farm in Port Republic, NJ, where she will be sharing her love of baking and cooking along with her desire to instruct participants in creating their own heirloom pieces

 Swan Bay Folk Art Center was established in 1988, located on Gary and Niki Giberson’s property in Port Republic, NJ which they share with their flock of sheep and laying hens. 
The folk art school was started primarily to teach children and adults to create their own pieces of history.

 Niki specializes in basketry and wool crafts using fiber from her own sheep.  Niki has a BA in Early American Crafts and Culture from Stockton University.

SCOSA Classes 2017
at Swan Bay Folk Art Center

Message Center Basket
 Saturday, January 21 at 10am-12pm $34.00
      Each participant will weave a rectangular basket 4”x10” that attaches to the wall with a wipe board and pen incorporated into the design.  Samples of Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Cake will be served and the recipe will be included.  This basket is perfect for organizing your life


Heart Basket, 

Saturday, February 4 at 10am-12pm.  $30.00

Enjoy samples of homemade fudge while creating a heart shaped basket for Valentine gift giving.  Fudge recipes will be available.

Irish Soda Bread
 Saturday, March 11, 10am-12pm $30.00
Each student will create an 8”round basket with green accents to serve Irish Soda Bread.  Samples of the bread and a recipe are included in this class. 

   Deviled Egg Basket, Saturday, April 8, 10am-12pm $35.00

     This round basket with a sturdy wooden bottom will hold 24 deviled eggs.  The basket includes a molded egg insert for your serving pleasure.  Enjoy some tasty deviled eggs while you create your new serving piece. 

Picnic Pal Basket, Saturday, May 20, 10am-12pm $32.00

      Each participant will weave an 14”x 10” rectangular basket with center handle, perfect for organizing your picnic serving necessities.  The basket includes a plastic insert for your relishes, or plastic ware and napkins.  Creme Brulee will be served with a little fresh fruit along with the recipe.

Cookie Basket, Saturday, June 17, 10am -12pm $30.00

      Thumb print cookies using homemade jam will be served along with creating a 10” round cookie gift basket with colorful accents.

Blueberry baskets, Saturday July 15, 10am-12pm  $30.00

      Participants will weave two 6" round baskets with wooden center handles.  One can be kept and the other given away.  It makes a perfect gift when filled with baked goods, or soaps, or candles.  Blueberry Buckle will be sampled along with receiving the recipe for this delicious treat.

Zucchini Bread Basket, Saturday, August 5, 10am-12pm $32.00

     Zucchini bread is a perfect way to use this abundant crop from your garden.  Each participant will create a 6”x12” rectangular basket with handles on either side for easy serving.   A sample of this wonderful summertime treat and gift giving and serving ideas will be given.

Double Pie Basket Saturday, September 9, 10am-12pm $40.00
       Perfect for serving your two best apple pies, this 12” square basket with accents of your choosing will surely please your family.  A wooden platform with legs is inserted to accommodate two pies.  Samples of apple pie along with the recipe will be given to each participant.

Pumpkin Roll Basket, Saturday, October 28, 10am-12pm $35.00
     This round basket, has a wooden bottom and lid which can be woven with orange reed to serve your fall treats.  Homemade pumpkin rolls will be served along with the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Muffin Basket, Saturday, November 11, 10am -12pm $30.00

     Students will create an oval serving basket with side handles using an oval slotted wooden base perfect for serving cranberry orange muffins. 

Woven Christmas Tree,  Saturday, December 2, 10am-12pm  $30.00

     Using an 8” wooden base and upright spokes, students will create a woven Christmas tree which can be be decorated to your liking.   A variety of Christmas cookies will be served along with the recipes.