By Liz Johnson

We’re freshly into the New Year when resolutions haven’t quite yet faded into the rearview mirror. Rather than hunkering down under a comfy blanket, it’s a good time to learn a new skill, dabble in some adult playtime or take up a hobby. (In fact, January is National Hobby Month.) Here are a few places to start in Hunterdon County.

Engage Those Idle Hands

Knitting, crocheting or quilting are a great way to keep hands and fingers busy while making new friends. The Hunterdon County Quilting Guild offers lectures, workshops and monthly get-togethers. The Spinnery in Frenchtown hosts weekly knit and chats or a monthly knit and tea. The Courthhouse Quilters offer workshops and charity quilting opportunities along with bi-yearly show at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton. And the Hunterdon County Knitting and Crocheting Guild welcomes anyone looking to take up the practice.

Hunterdon County Quilting Guild

When: Third Friday 9:30 a.m.

Where: Readington Reformed Church

124 Readington Road, Whitehouse Station

hcqgnews.tripod.com

[email protected]

Courthouse Quilters Guild

When: First Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Where: Darcy Masonic Lodge #37

Everittstown Road (Route 513), Frenchtown

www.courthousequilters.org

Hunterdon County Knitting and Crocheting Guild

When: Third and fourth Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Raritan Township Police Department, Municipal Courtroom

2 Municipal Dr., Flemington

hunterdonknitcrochet.com

The Spinnery

When: Thursdays 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; fourth Sunday 2 p.m.-4p.m.

Where: 33 Race Street, Frenchtown

908-996-9004

spinnery.ajmmobilesolutions.com

Indulge your Inner Eclectic

Winter is a great time to try something completely different. How about a basket weaving or drum making workshop? Learning how to do a voiceover? How to get the best deal at flea markets? How to make a meal in 30 minutes or less? Or even how to speak a new language? Check out the program offerings at these two county institutions:

Hunterdon County Polytech Adult Education

8 Bartles Corner Road, Flemington

908-788-1119

www.ssreg.com

Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation

County Arboretum

1020 Route 31, Lebanon

908-782-1158

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing

Play time doesn’t have to end with childhood. Drawing, painting, working with clay are just as fun in adulthood. Here are several organizations offering classes.

Artyard

62 A Trenton Ave., Frenchtown

908-996-5019

artyard.org

Learn how to make a crankie device or a bird costume or take part in a poetry intensive weekend. Or just stop in for a movie or to view an exhibition. Hunterdon County’s newest artspace is definitely worth a look.

Hunterdon Art Museum

7 Lower Center St., Clinton

908-735-8415

hunterdonartmuseum.org

Drawing, painting, photography and pottery are just a few of the extensive adult classes the museum offers.

Get Moving

Frigid temperatures make winter the ideal time to try an indoor activity such as archery, fencing or ballroom dancing. Here are a few Hunterdon County champions who invite beginners to give them a try.

 X-Ring Archers School of Archery

287 S. Main St., Lambertville

908-399-9757

www.x-ringarchers.com

Beginner classes are taught by national champion Jon C. Bach.

Manchen Academy of Fencing

547 Route 22 East

Station Center, Unit 9, Whitehouse Station

908-691-3029

Offers private classes and competitions for various age groups.

Ludo’s Ballroom

93 Old Route 28 (above the firehouse), Whitehouse

908-532-3223

www.ludosballroom.com

Tango, cha cha, rumba, foxtrot, waltz, you name it, there’s a class at Ludo’s. In addition, the school hosts practicals and dance socials.

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