Sept. 21 BBQ and dance to benefit youth project in Starksboro

STARKSBORO — Unbound Grace, a Starksboro-based nonprofit, will host a community benefit on Saturday, Sept. 21. Its fourth annual Community Big Barn Dance will include a country potluck with chicken BBQ, family field days, a silent auction, and all-ages square and contra dancing with a little bit of rock-and-roll. Music is provided by talented local band Gumbo YaYa. The event will be held at Sentinel Farms, 4118 VT Route 116 in Starksboro, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
Many local individuals and businesses have contributed a substantial number of items and services for the benefit’s silent auction. Attendees can expect offerings from Prescott Galleries, Toad Hall Bed & Breakfast, Brown Dog Books, Green Peppers Restaurant, Lantman’s, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, H&M Auto, Green Mountain Pet & Tack Supply, and many more gifts, talents and lessons offered by a wealth of abundantly supportive Vermonters.
This family-friendly benefit supports the ongoing growth of Sentinel Farms Arts, Agriculture & Equestrian Programming offered at the working farm in Starksboro. The two goals of the fundraiser are to build funding for the Unbound Grace Scholarship Fund, which assures all youth the equal opportunity to follow their learning interests, and to build the Four Season Indoor Programming Space and Arena, which will allow youth to continue their training and remain involved and supported throughout Vermont’s cold dark winters.
Kerry Kurt, Unbound Grace’s executive director, said, “In the tradition of an old-fashioned barn raising and the community inclusive format of Habitat for Humanity, we will be working together to create a positive learning environment for generations to come. We have a wonderful team of plumbers, electricians, excavators, carpenters, and designers who are stepping forward and offering their gifts and talents to help raise this much-needed space.
“What we need to add to this list of community leaders are individuals and businesses who can join their gifts and talents to assist in gathering the building materials needed to make this health-focused legacy become a reality,” Kurt added. “Together, we can raise all of our community youth to engage in lifelong learning and make healthy life choices. Your contributions and presence are welcomed.”
For more information, contact Tizzy Giordano at 703-967-0211 or [email protected] or visit www.unboundgrace.org.

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