By Mary Heyl

Now that winter is here and the New Year is right around the corner, there’s no better time to consider a New Year’s resolution that is uniquely rewarding, such as expanding one’s creative skills during the snowy months ahead. Visit the historic village of Randolph this winter and experience something new to beat the winter blues. Visitors in town for just the day or the season are invited to explore their creative side in Randolph—there’s no shortage of fun things to do!

If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting the friendly herd of alpacas at A Slice of Heaven Alpaca Farm, located at 11144 Pope Road in Randolph, then you’ll love learning how to use the FeltLOOM Lexi, which allows you to take some of the oh-so- soft alpaca fiber home with you! Owners Mike and Sue Bean recently purchased one of these looms, of which there are only six in the entire United States. The FeltLOOM Lexi is a needle felting machine that bonds fiber to fabric and is a great way to use the leftover alpaca fiber that is not suitable for yarn and clothing. The loom is very user-friendly and is safe enough even for children to use—there is no danger of fingers getting caught in the machine. Sue is taking sign-ups for classes in making rugs, pillows, and scarves. Absolutely no experience is necessary, and students can make something to take home in just one hour-long class. All materials are provided; call Sue at (716)358-5242 to get started.

Yarn for Ewe, located at 129 Main Street, offers knitting and crochet classes year round for the newbie and the seasoned knitter/crocheter. Knitting classes run regularly throughout the winter from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

During these on-going classes, students can learn to create socks, hats, and mittens, or get help on any works in progress. On Jan. 7, 14, and 21, students can learn how to knit a Fair Isle mitten on these Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be an advanced knitting class in knitting with beads on Saturday, Jan. 28. Visit Yarn for Ewe’s Facebook page to see pictures of class projects or call the shop at (716) 267-2070 for more information on classes and gift certificates.

Senn-Sations Salon and Day Spa, located in one of Randolph’s most beautiful Greek Revival historic homes, has recently added aromatherapy to their menu of relaxing services. The 60-minute aromatherapy treatment heals aches and pains, boosts immunity, and supports homeostasis through the use of essential oils and massage. Lisa will show you which oils are most effective at alleviating headaches, promoting good sleep, and even reducing allergies. Essential oils are available to order through Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, where seminars will soon be taught so that you can effectively use the oils at home! Call the salon at (716)358- 2265 to sign up or visit their web site at

At Randolph Retail Company, located at 127 Main Street, Vicki Reding teaches painting classes to students at all levels: learn how to paint on canvas, use watercolors, or learn a beautiful technique with colored pencils! Reding’s Thursday night classes and Tuesday daytime classes meet weekly throughout the winter months, and special all-day workshops are taught during the week as well, such as the Clematis Watercolor Workshop and the Moonlit Night Shutter Painting Class. For more information on Reding’s winter class schedule, contact her at (716) 358-3023.

As you visit Randolph this weekend to finish holiday shopping, remember that class gift certificates are a great gift idea and are available for all of these classes! To learn more about the different businesses and events in Randolph, visit or follow “Enjoy Randolph” on Facebook.