Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help) August 21, 2022
Meeting at 3:00
Concert at 4:00
Potluck at 5:30
Who could ask for anything more?
We are hoping for a good turnout for this FREE concert, and the associated festivities! We know the price is right, and we know both the concert and the potluck will be tasteful…
All the information about the concert is on the Grange website calendar here, including the musical pieces on the program; we’ve gotten the piano tuned so we’ll be at our best.
We hope you will join us at 3:00 PM for the Grange meeting as well as coming to the concert. This will be an informal gathering, but we will get an update on the finances and status of the Grange, the property tax bill we did not expect to get from Berlin, the Champlain Valley Fair exhibit, and our need for a new Grange Secretary. We’ll be meeting in the lower level, while David Feurzeig and his helpers set up in the Main Hall.
The potluck will be in the lower level as well, using the Grange’s selection of vintage china, melamine, flatware and more–we avoid disposables! Make your favorite dish to bring, or pick up something on the way–ice cream? Chips ‘n’ salsa? Surprise us! We’ll all have a rich variety of choices.
Champlain Valley Fair–preview the “rough draft” of our display
I’ve been working my way through the many pictures I’ve accumulated, showing the many uses of the Grange for community groups and community service. We’ll be setting up the computer and monitor (the latter donated by generous Grange member Charles Mayhood) to show the ones I’ve selected in a slideshow–if any of you have great pictures you’d like me to include, send them my way!
Alison Forrest has volunteered to bake another bread-sculpture version of the Grange sheaf-of-wheat emblem, and I’m starting to decorate the tri-fold display board with more info about the Grange. If anyone can help improve it, we’re ready for more help.
All of this will be set up in the VT State Grange exhibit at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction on Friday, Aug. 26th, and will be up until September 4th, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Stop by if you get a chance to go to the Fair! We can always use more folks to staff the VSG exhibit–and get free Fair parking and admission in return for a 5-hour shift.
The “Challenge Fundraiser” is underway–with plants!
Anyone who’s been around the Grange for a while knows that we need the support of the community of Hall users, as well as active, involved Grange members. The Friends of the Capital City Grange Hall is our “fundraising arm”, as well as providing project management and grant-writing help. Working with the Montpelier Contra Dance, the FCCGH challenges the dance community that loves the Hall, plus everyone else, to match $2,000 in contributions pledged by a group of especially generous donors during the month of August. The fundraising efforts will climax at the Montpelier Contra Dance on Sept. 3rd–Saturday of Labor Day weekend–which will be extra festive, and feature a “dessert potluck”–outside this year.
Each year, also Rob Nichols–a dedicated contra dancer and Hall supporter–makes his hand-raised, beautiful house-plants available in return for donations. He’ll bring a small selection to the Hall to inspire contra-dancers to donate at dances on August 20th and the big finale on Sept. 3–but his plants will also be available at Farmhouse Flowers, in Moretown on Rt. 100B. We appreciate Farmhouse Flowers helping the Grange in this way–proceeds from the plant sales go to this fundraiser! For directions and more info about them, click the link!
To donate online to this fundraiser, simply click this Donate link, which will take you to the Grange website page and a simple Paypal donation button. There are also descriptions of the major projects the Friends have helped us accomplish–and our “wish list” for future ones. Your donations will not be wasted! The Grange, the Friends and the Montpelier Contra Dance committee are all-volunteer, working together to maintain and improve this community Hall for everyone’s benefit.
Mark your calendars: Pete’s Posse will play their farewell event at the Grange!
Vermont music-lovers, including many contra dancers have enjoyed the music of Pete’s Posse for many years. We are sorry to announce that the Posse will soon be no more–but very honored that they are willing to play their last gig for the Montpelier Contra Dance on Saturday, Sept. 3rd.
The Posse, shown below playing when the Contra Dance had a musical “float” in the July 3rd Montpelier Parade (with a troupe of intrepid dancers following), consists of Oliver Scanlon, Pete Sutherland and Tristan Henderson. Pete and Oliver continue to perform together, but since Tristan has moved to Canada, the Trio has–unfortunately for music lovers–come to an end.
But! Don’t miss their Reunion Concert on Friday evening, Sept. 2 at Farmhouse Flowers (see above), and on Saturday evening their Contra Dance Reunion for the Montpelier Contra Dance with Nils Fredland calling! This will be the celebratory final event for the Challenge Fundraiser, when we hope to go “over the top” to meet our goal! It will also be the Farewell event for the Posse, long-time supporters of the Grange and the Montpelier Contra Dance.