The Green Mountain College Creative Composters are putting on a free meal from extra food prepared in the dining hall. Our food safety training is from the Food Recovery Network, which works with over 195 other colleges in the nation to recover food and serve it in their communities. The food has only been handled by the chefs that prepared it, and the trained people that recover and transport it. Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Poultney United Methodist Church, 108 Main Street in Poultney.
Model United Nations is a GMC club that introduces students to key international issues related to migration, water scarcity, gender equality, politics and negotiations, and diplomacy skills. Spend a week in New York City, meet and socialize with over 5,000 college students from all over the world, engage in international negotiations with fellow students who are passionate about world issues, and visit the United Nations headquarters. Meets Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 7-8 p.m.
Instead of going home for Fall Break, some students elected to stay in Poultney to make a difference for community members as part of GMC’s Alternative Break program.
Julia Harcourt ‘20, Chelsea Wimble ‘19, Sydney Hill ‘19, Chris Surdam ‘19 and Brianna Alimonti ’17 partnered with Slate Quarry Park, Stone Valley Arts, and Poultney 2020 to facilitate the CommUnity Project (an interactive public art project) while residents and visitors came through Main Street to explore local treasures and trinkets.
Diversity & Inclusion VISTA worker Becca Wolfgang ’16, with help from 11 GMC students, facilitated a community dinner at the Farmhouse featuring locally harvested squash.
Community members Paul Hancock, Ruth Ann Fischer, Larry Jensen, Richard Rupe and others helped with the “Art in the Park” installation and Bob Williams donated time and space to the materials. (If you would like to participate in the CommUnity Project, inquire at Williams’ Hardware for free yarn to weave your identity among the others strung up. The project will remain up until October 26).
Students Emanuel ’20 Spitalny and Ellen Sanders ’18 staked out spots along Main Street for the Town Yard Sale, facilitating the CommUnity Project, and aiding Poultney Community Garden manager Claire Londagin in putting the garden to bed for winter. Emma Miles ’18 opened the gallery at Stone Valley Arts for an Open Studio session and hosted a performance of the Poultney Community Jazz Band. Marjuk Ahmad ’17 worked with the Pyles family (Jesse, Laura, Addison, Hazel, Ruby) and farmer Ginny at Smokey House Center in Danby, Vt., to harvest 484 pumpkins and many squashes.
Thank you to everyone who contributed this weekend: you served a total of 80 volunteer hours! If you are interested in being part of an Alternative Spring Break, contact Bianca Zanella, email@example.com.
Green Mountain College has the rare treat of hosting The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra at Ackley Hall, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The program features a rousing set of works by some of the great Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Prokofiev. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor, Matthew LaRocca. Featured on the program will be Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by 18-year-old piano virtuoso, Gareth Cordery. As a rising young artist he has performed on both piano and cello and was recently the guest soloist (on piano) with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Bemidji, Minn. The orchestra will also perform In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin, Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italienne. The Champlain Philharmonic is a community orchestra that performs regularly in the Addison and Rutland regions of Vermont. Tickets are available at the door for $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 students.