Caring for Wooden Architectural Features

1-4 p.m. March 10, 2018

Give your finished wooden surfaces some TLC. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to touch up existing finishes, fill in small cracks and holes, and “in-paint” scratches and abrasions. Then you will get to practice your new skills on some of the wooden components around the estate. Tickets are final, no returns or exchanges.


Early Spring Pruning Workshop

1-4 p.m. April 14, 2018

Do you know how much to take off and when? This workshop will help you assess the pruning needs of your trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. Feel more confident in your cuts, and know when to get professional help. There will be hands-on pruning activities, and with time for questions about your own landscape. A tour of the grounds is included… Read More


Landscape Design Concepts Talk and Tour

1-3 p.m. June 9, 2018

What makes the landscape at Fair Lane so beautiful and unique? Take a guided tour with Fair Lane’s Director of Landscapes Karen Marzonie and learn about the inspiration behind the design of the grounds and gardens. She will discuss the two distinct eras of landscape design at Fair Lane, and our current approach to landscape preservation, along… Read More


Stonework Preservation Workshop

1-4 p.m. July 14, 2018

Learn how to properly care for your house’s stonework. Expert artisans from National Restoration have been working at Fair Lane to restore the stonework throughout the home. At this workshop, they will show you how to diagnose and treat your stone problems, including detecting moisture issues, how to clean the stone, and how to re-point brick…. Read More


Caned Furniture Workshop

1-4 p.m. Aug. 11, 2018

Learn to identify various types of caning and the wide variety of patterns. The local artisan who is working on re-creating caned furniture for Ford House will lead the workshop. Guests may bring in a piece of furniture to get advice from the expert. There will be an optional house tour at the end of the workshop. Tickets are final, no returns… Read More


Trims and Tassels Talk and Tour

1-3 p.m. Sept. 8, 2018

Learn about the small touches that add interest and luxury to the furnishings at Fair Lane. The term passementerie refers to narrow trims applied as borders on clothing and furnishings. Learn about different types of passementerie throughout Fair Lane, including elaborate trims and edgings, applied braids and cording, gimps, and tassels. Find… Read More


Conserving Historic Furniture

1-4 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018

Learn tricks and tips to best care for your treasured antique furniture. Experts working on Fair Lane’s restoration will focus on older finishes, hardware, and basic simple repairs. Participants may bring in a small piece of furniture, drawer, or element to show our expert and ask for advice. There will be an optional house tour at the end of… Read More

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