Come and try out something new!  Spend the afternoon with a great group of kids and adults.  Learn something you’ve always wanted to learn.  Our Thursday workshops are open to all people aged 10 to 18.  All are welcome: traditional students, homeschoolers, and anyone else who is free on Thursday afternoons!  Past workshops have included digital photography, archery, video production, chess, Shakespeare reading and performance, geochaching, and more!

To register:  please call 223-1010.  Pre-registration is required.  Workshops with insufficient registration may be cancelled.

How to be a fantastic Dungeon Master

You’ve gone on epic D&D adventures with your friends; you’ve battled dragons; IMG_7752 (640x472)your wizard has hurled magic missile at an undead creature; your rogue has mastered the art of sneak attack. But now you want to take it to the next level and learn to create these adventures for yourself! Our next Thursday workshop, led by Dungeon Master Donald DeVoil, will start you on the road to being a fabulous DM. We’ll start with the basics: knowing your players and what they are looking for, communication, and expecting the unexpected. Then we’ll dive into the art of story-telling as we consider how to create worlds and adventures that players will care about. Lastly, we’ll consider how to create exciting encounters that will keep our players coming back for more. This workshop assumes some familiarity with D&D.   Please bring any 5th edition D&D manuals that you have.

Days and Time: Thursday November 29, December 6, 13. 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Donald DeVoil

Fee: $55 for enrolled Pacem students, $60 for all others. (Fee is included in Pacem full-time tuition)

Please register by emailing by November 26

In the words of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax:  “You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.”

It doesn’t get better than that!

Olympic Style Fencing

This course will introduce students to the various skills and IMG_3173smrules associated with Olympic style modern fencing.  The course will include an introduction to the basic footwork, strategies, and scoring – think chess at 300 mph!   Modern fencing is the current expression of the centuries old use of swords in combat and in defense of one’s honor. Of the three weapons used in modern fencing, epee and foil are direct descendants of rapier and court swords used in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Session 1 will consist of basic footwork and an introduction to the weapons of fencing.  In sessions 2 through 4 we will focus on the epee and its rule set.  We will learn basic attacks and defenses as well having time to refine our technique.  We will also have time to fence each other using modern electronic scoring.

All equipment and instruction will be supplied by the Upper Valley Fencing Club.  (We are very grateful to them for this opportunity!)

Days:  Four Thursdays (1/10; 1/17; 1/24; 1/31) 1:15 – 2:45

Fee:  $40 for enrolled Pacem students, $45 for all others   (The cost is already included in full-time Pacem tuition)

Instructor: Neal McBain from the Upper Valley Fencing Club.

Please register by emailing by January 3.


Please note:  Please note that our instructor will be driving from the Upper Valley, and therefore, if the weather is poor, we may have to cancel a session.  The cost is based on the assumption that we will lose one of the 4 sessions.  If we end up being able to meet all 4 times, we’ll count ourselves lucky, and enjoy the extra time fencing!


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