Saturday, August 28, 2010

Art, food, and music at the church this Sunday!

Tomorrow night!
Arts in Ripton

Art Show & Sales
plus Gourmet Refreshments

August 29th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Ripton Community Church
& Ripton Community House

Enjoy an evening viewing the works of some of Ripton’s
many artists in the Ripton Community Church and socializing in the Community House while sampling some of Ripton’s summer bounty
and other delicious foods prepared by Lisa and Joe Durante. Some of the artwork is for sale. Admission is by ticket at a minimum suggested donation of $20 per
adult and $5 per child under 13. Profits will benefit the restoration and improve-
ment of the church building.

Ripton Artists and Exhibited Works

Sara Wesson—Cards & Paintings
Molly Hawley—Paintings
Jean Cherouny—Roller Rugs
And more............

Sponsored by Friends of Ripton Community Church
(image: Roller Rug—J. Cherouny)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School Potluck Aug. 31 and First Day of School Sept. 1

It's time again for our Back to School Community Potluck at Ripton Elementary School on Tuesday August 31st at 5:00pm. Please bring a dish to share and your own utensils. FORS (Friends of Ripton School) will provide drinks and dessert. All community members are welcome. We especially look forward to seeing families of Ripton students grades PK-6. The first day of school for students in grades K-6 is Wednesday September 1st. The first day for PreK is Tuesday September 7th. School begins promptly at 8:00am.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Andrea Chesman on canning

Ripton resident Andrea Chesman appears in the Burlington Free Press today, in an article about canning food:

Andrea Chesman, of Ripton, is a longtime canner, a cookbook editor and
author. She has noticed a resurgence in home preserving during the last few
years. Her first book, “Pickles and Relishes, 150 Recipes from Apple to
Zucchini,” was published in 1983; she is working on a revised edition, expected
out in 2011. Chesman moved to Vermont from upstate New York in the 1970s during
the “whole back to the land thing.” She said her interest in canning and
preservation was greeted with great amusement by neighboring farmers’ wives:
“They got a big kick out of us.”

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The latest on Ripton school planning

Our school planning process is reported on by the Addison Independent.

a series of Ripton school board-sponsored forums... began on May 18 and
most recently convened on July 19. Residents have been invited to offer any
short- and long-term ideas to keep the small community school viable in wake of
shrinking student numbers, a trend that is affecting most schools in the Addison
Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) and indeed throughout Vermont.

Lee Sease, ACSU superintendent, said Ripton’s K-6 enrollment was 61 children in 2003, a number that shrank to 45 this year and is projected to descend to 27 by 2013.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bill McKibben on another podcast

Ripton local Bill McKibben was interested on the Speaking of Faith podcast this week.

Topics include Bill's love of nature, world travel, and, of course, his new book.

Bill had another fine podcast interview earlier this summer.
You can play the audio from that link directly, or download the file to your desktop for listening later on.