Swan Bay Folk Art Center & Farm
in Port Republic, NJ
Nestled in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey is Swan Bay Folk Art Center, a place where people can come to learn skills from days gone by in order to create pieces of their own history. For 31 years, Niki Giberson and her husband Gary have run Swan Bay Folk Art Center out of their home, a sheep farm settled on land that has been in Gary's family since 1637.
We currently do not have "open house" hours for farm tours. Please follow us on Facebook for information on upcoming events at the farm.
Summer at Swan Bay
Summer is just around the corner and here are the events that you are welcome to join in.
Make it Take it Tuesdays
Every Tuesday morning from June 28 until August 27 from 10am-12pm come to our outdoor picnic pavilion to try your hand at a variety of crafts. Every week we will offer simple baskets, needle felting, stuffed animal making (with designer T-shirts) and at least two other projects to choose from. The cost will be between $8 and $20 depending on the project. Every Sunday preview of projects for that Tuesday will be posted on this site and Facebook. Adults and Children are all welcome.
Jersey Fresh Fridays
Eight classes will be offered this summer at 10am on Fridays and will focus on Jersey Fresh or summer fare recipes along with a featured basket. You are not obligated to make the featured basket, but the recipe and tasting will still be offered. Go to the Jersey Fresh Tab for dates and details.
Needle Felted Nativity Set
It is never too early to think about Christmas! This nativity set has 18 pieces and will take four class. Each class is $25.00 and will take four classes to complete the set. It includes a woven creche and storage box, and all of the pieces to tell the story of Jesus' birth. The class will be July 10, July 17, August 7 and August 14. Each day the classes will be offered at 10am and 7pm so you can pick if you want to come in the morning or evening.
I teach basket classes every Tuesday night and one Thursday night a month and one Saturday a month.
Check the calendar for available dates.
For every friendship class booked and completed, we will be donating one dozen chickens to someone in the world through Samaritans Purse.
Last year 41 families received this gift and we hope for more this year.
Thank you all for your generosity as many donated to this cause last year.
New in 2019.....a Delicious Addition to Friday Night Friendship Classes
Sign up with 5 or more friends and come for an evening of basketweaving and snacks. Tasty homemade treats, water, and tea will now be served during each of these classes. Please see calendar for available open dates. To see a picture description of baskets you and your friends can make, click here.
To celebrate our 31st year here at Swan Bay Folk Art Center, for every friendship class completed this year, we will be providing a needy family with a dozen baby chicks. They will grow up to lay hundreds of eggs every month, blessing a family with a rich source of protein, a steady source of income, and daily reminders of God’s faithfulness through Samaritans Purse.
NEW BASKET CLASS SERIES:
On the Second Tuesday of every month, Niki will be featuring a basket, complete with a recipe and tasty treat to sample. See what classes are being offered by going to the calendar