Thursdays

Play @ the Farm

A collection of free and ticketed events to feed your soul

Get to know Abbey Farms all over again during our Thursday evening Gather & Sip programs.

Gather at the Farm – with family and friends, for fun, to play, to learn, to meet and greet – and enjoy unique classes while sampling the best of craft cocktails, ales, wines, and great food.

Select from a rotation of painting, cooking, and photography classes. Or, would you like to mingle with monks? And learn about their service-based lifestyles? And sample their monk-made wines and ales?

Are you ready to connect? Are you ready to reconnect? Let it begin at Abbey Farms.

Personal Pet Portraits

We love all things arts & crafts at Abbey Farms! And we know some of you do too – that's why we're bringing back our painting classes as our First Thursday events, with the amazing Ashley as your guide.

And we're kicking this off with a "paint your pet" class! Do you love your pet? What better gift to give them (or someone else who loves them too), then a painting you made of them! Register for this class and our instructor will guide you through the steps of creating a beautiful likeness that you can sign at the end of the class.

Just Click to Reserve Now – then send us a photo of your pet by January 31, 2022, to info@abbeyfarms.org.

 

What’s Included:
A appetizer at the beginning of class!

Glass of beer, wine or a nonalcoholic beverage (plus cash bar for all other beverage needs)

Cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers + Beer, wine & soft drinks for purchase!

All class supplies including a sketch of your pet photo

Plus time to browse the Emporium Shop!
  • Where?

    Abbey Farms
    Nagel Farmstead Emporium
    2855 Hart Rd Aurora IL

  • When?

    February 3rd
    6:00-8:00PM

  • Cost

    $59

  • Reserve Tickets!

Second Thursday Classes – Variety!

There are so many different classes we want to bring you at Abbey Farms, that we're reserving our second Thursday for a variety of offerings we're sure you'll love!

Mixology – February 10, 2022

This is a 21 year old and over event only!

Do you love to entertain? Do you want to elevate your entertaining to an art form? Then you need to know how to make the perfect cocktail!  Join us @TheFarm on February 10 as you'll learn the art of mixing drinks from one of the best mixologists around. Learn how to transform a classic drink into a unique beverage that has your own personal signature on it. Learn how to complement dining trends (or your own menu for the evening), and learn some tips and techniques to make your drink concoctions special! A fun night for sure, with ample tastings to ensure an evening of fun for all! 

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What's Included:

•A delicious charcuterie board appetizer

•Tastings of select drinks made

•All class supplies

•Plus time to browse the Emporium Store!

•Our cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers, plus beer, wine and soft drinks for purchase!

 

Home Interior Design – March 10, 2022

Do you have a home improvement project that you want to move forward, but you just need a little design inspiration? Our interior design expert will guide you with tricks-of-the-trade, real-life before and after photos, success stories and tips to help ensure you achieve the outcome you're hoping for.  Think "class consultation" – well worth the cost, plus it'll be fun!! Reservations coming soon!

What's Included:

•A delicious charcuterie board appetizer

•Tastings of select drinks made

•All class supplies

•Plus time to browse the Emporium Store!

•Our cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers, plus beer, wine and soft drinks for purchase!

 

Garden Prep & Vegetable Gardening – April 14, 2022

Well here's a topic we know a little about. And we're excited to bring you a bit of know-how in the area of gardening, just in time for your spring planting! Be sure to see our May gardening class as well, and make it a double! Reservations coming soon!

What's Included:

•A delicious charcuterie board appetizer

•Tastings of select drinks made

•All class supplies

•Plus time to browse the Emporium Store!

•Our cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers, plus beer, wine and soft drinks for purchase!

 

Perennial Gardening & Container Gardening – May 12, 2022

We're continuing our gardening classes with more information about how best to plant and care for perennials, whether inside or out of the home. A must for the gardener of the house! Reservations coming soon!

What's Included:

•A delicious charcuterie board appetizer

•Tastings of select drinks made

•All class supplies

•Plus time to browse the Emporium Store!

•Our cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers, plus beer, wine and soft drinks for purchase!

  • Where?

    Abbey Farms
    Nagel Farmstead Emporium
    2855 Hart Rd Aurora IL, 60502

  • When?

    Date: February 10
    6:00-8:00PM

  • Cost

    $35

  • Coming Soon!

Charcuterie Board Cooking Demo

Abbey Farms has a rich tradition of cooking classes, with Chef Dave, Fr. Eusebius, and now Chef Dana! She's bringing some delicious demos your way, but kicking off with a Valentine's Day hands-on class! All of these class include tastings and your first drink on us – ensuring that our Third Thursday events are always a fun night out for a couple or friends, for sure!
February 17, 2022
Hands-On Valentine's Day Charcuterie Class
Gather @The Farm on Thursday, February 17, 2022 with a special Valentine's Day-themed charcuterie board cooking class. Come between 5-6pm to mingle and enjoy a shareable – and the cooking fun begins at 6 pm (until 8:30 pm). You'll get shopping tips, learn how to "style" the board, plus the essentials of shareables. Style your own board then enjoy your work!
March 17, 2022
Shepherd's Pie Demonstration Cooking Class
What better cooking demonstration class to have in March than Shepherd's Pie for St. Patty's Day! Chef Dana shows us how to do comfort food made easy, such as vibrant green pea bruschetta and more – when you Gather @The Farm with us on the third Thursday in March. Reservations coming soon!
April 21, 2022
Cinco de Mayo Demonstration Cooking Class
It's fun to cook for Cinco de Mayo, right?!? Well, it is if you know what to do! Chef Dana shows us how to make tamales and enchiladas for this fun Mexican holiday. Plus great salsa and guacemole, too! Gather @The Farm with us on the third Thursday in April! Reservations coming soon!
May 19, 2022
Barbecue and Sides Demonstration Class
Did someone say "barbecue"? It's that time of year! Get your grills ready and come out to the farm as Chef Dana prepares her pulled pork for sammies, mouthwatering kebobs, plus the perfect sauce and slaw on the side! Don't worry – you'll get to try every last bite when you gather @The Farm with us on the third Thursday in May. Reservations coming soon!
What’s Included:

Small Appetizer at beginning of class

Glass of beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverage. Cash bar for all other beverage needs.

All class supplies to style your board and enjoy at the end of class!

Plus time to browse the Emporium Shop!

Cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers + Beer, wine & soft drinks for purchase!
  • Where?

    Abbey Farms
    Nagel Farmstead Emporium
    2855 Hart Rd Aurora IL, 60502

  • When?

    February 17th
    6:00-8:00PM

  • Cost

    $59 per person

  • Reserve Tickets!

Monk Mixers - Meet a Marmion Abbey Monk!

Our Fourth Thursday events are Monk Mixers! They offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives and individual stories of our Marmion Abbey monks – their hobbies, passions, and interests. Their many talents will surprise you, as the titles below will attest. Each Monk Mixer is a delightful way to learn more about the monks and also the overall community that is Marmion, in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. Join us!

February 24

Our first Monk Mixer of 2022 is "A Day In the Life Of A Monk" with Brother Theodore of Marmion Abbey!

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March 24

Our second Monk Mixer of the year is called "I was a Monk in Uncle Sam's Army" featuring fascinating stories with Father Paul. Reservations coming soon!

 

April 24

Our April Monk Mixer is entitled "The Monk's French Kitchen," featuring Father Eusebius. His cuisine is delightful! Reservations coming soon!

 

May 26

Our May Monk Mixer is entitled "Monk Music," and features our the most musical monk of the abbey. Reservations coming soon!

 

What’s Included:

Two glasses of beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverage

A fun mixer to meet a Marmion Abbey Monk

A small presentation on What it means to be a monk today! 

Plus time to browse the Emporium Shop!

Cafe is OPEN to order snacks and appetizers + Beer, wine & soft drinks for purchase!
  • Where?

    Abbey Farms
    Nagel Farmstead Emporium
    2855 Hart Rd Aurora IL, 60502

  • When?

    Date: February 24
    6:00-8:00PM

  • Cost

    $20

  • Coming Soon!

Painting Classes | Cooking Demonstrations |Mixology Classes | Monk Mixers and More!