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Easter egg dying Latvian way at Coastal Children’s Museum

Lieldienu olas traditional Latvian Easter eggs dyed using onion skins.
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Lieldienu olas traditional Latvian Easter eggs dyed using onion skins.
Posted March 27, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Want to try a natural and traditional egg dying technique this Easter? Liga Jahnke will be sharing the way she and her Latvian family dye Easter eggs, onion skins, 11-noon Thursday, April 10.

When making ‘Lieldienu olas’ ( Easter eggs in Latvian) the onion skins create a natural dye turning the eggs to a gorgeous burnt orange color and are wrapped around the eggs. Jahnke’s process of wrapping with fabric creates eggs that are truly one of a kind and devoid of any artificial dyes or chemicals.

Liga Jahnke was born in Riga, Latvia and moved with her family to New York City after World War II at 6 years of age.  Retired from 27 years of teaching and 16 years of running the Harbor Hill Bed and Breakfast with her husband Chip in Friendship, Jahnke calls upon her great experience as an educator in her role as volunteer for the Coastal Children’s Museum and other local organizations.   “Miss Liga” leads a weekly story hour on Thursdays at the museum where she thoughtfully selects and reads books that are chosen specifically for the time of the year.

“We are so lucky to have Liga Jahnke as our ‘Miss Liga.’ She is one of those people who you love as soon as you meet her, “ says Program Coordinator Megan Rogers, adding  “ She has such great knowledge, talent, and overwhelming kindness that draws children in and inspires them. This workshop will be a real Easter treat!”

This workshop is included in the price of admission and free for members. Space is limited to 12 children, so sign up is strongly encouraged. To sign up please email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org or call the office at 596-0300. Located in Sharp’s Point South at 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, the Coastal Children’s Museum is a 501 c3 non-profit dedicated to providing an opportunity to explore, discover, and learn, through play, about the natural world, the arts and sciences, and the diversity of Maine’s coast. FMI visit CoastalChildrensMuseum.org or find them on Facebook.

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