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Sat, May 25


East End Beach

May-Whistles and Other Toys (FREE!)

Learn how to make slip-bark whistles, and other stick-based toys.

May-Whistles and Other Toys (FREE!)
May-Whistles and Other Toys (FREE!)

Time & Location

May 25, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

East End Beach, East End Beach, Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101, USA

About the event

Toys are important! Humans have been making toys for fun using organic, natural materials for hundreds of thousands of years.  One such toy is the slip-bark whistle.  Argue about how old it is, but there's no disagreement when it comes to how much fun it is to use these musical instruments, also known as May-whistles for the season in which they are most easily made.

Learn to make a slip-bark May-whistle, along with ring-and-stick (reminiscent of cup-and-ball,) and a few other stick-based toys.  We'll also cover the basics of safe knife carving. This event is free! Bring your own knife, or don't worry: all tools and materials provided. Everyone will make a brand-new toy to take home!

We will meet in the little patch of grass next to the beach, behind the bath house. 

Space in this class is limited. Preregistration, along with a paid deposit, is required to reserve a spot in the class. Deposits may be fully refunded in the event of a cancellation a week or more before the class, if the space is filled. Refunds for last-minute cancellations are unfortunately not available. Please plan accordingly. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or if you have any questions.

Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are always available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please contact us. All donations are tax-deductible.

Instructor: Zack Rouda


  • Whistles and Other Toys




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