Ferrisburgh news for Sept. 5

Sept. 3 and 17: Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meetings 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 6: First Friday Movies, “Paddington 2,” 6 p.m. Bixby
Sept. 7: Friend’s Book Sale, 9 a.m., Bixby
Sept. 8: “When the Church and Republicans Were Radical,” 3 p.m., Rokeby
Sept. 9: Mary Brevda Photography exhibit at Bixby
Sept. 14: “Cook the Book,” 12 noon – 2 p.m., Bixby
Sept. 14 and 28: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: “Engaging Across Difference,” 3 p.m., Bixby
Sept. 21: Rokeby Century Trees walk, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rokeby
Sept. 22: “Black is the Body Stories,” 3 p.m., Rokeby
FERRISBURGH — Interested in trying a new recipe and sharing it? Join the Bixby Library’s Cook the Book Club. Every month, home cooks can sign up and receive a recipe from a cookbook that is housed at the Bixby. Then just make the recipe and bring the final dish to share at a potluck event at the Bixby. This month the recipes will be from “One Pan Wonders” from “America’s Test Kitchen.” A special challenge, in coordination with the 2nd Annual Exploring Food in Your Backyard (a partnership between the Vermont Department of Libraries and Rooted in Vermont (,) is to use as many local ingredients as possible. At the potluck, cooks can share information about which ingredients they grew in their own garden, bought at a local farmer’s market, or even foraged while out on a hike. To register and for more information, call 802-877-2211.
The “King Pede” card parties as held by the Ferrisburgh Grange are scheduled for the Saturdays of Sept. 14 and 28. These get-togethers are held at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center and begin at 6:30 p.m. with a sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede is an unusual game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. This is a game of fun and skill so come prepared to use your strategic thinking!
On Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m., Elise Guyette will present an illustrated talk entitled “When the Church and Republicans Were Radical: Reconstruction 1862-1895,” delving into the widely misunderstood history of Reconstruction using South Carolina as an example. Guyette focuses on Radical Republicans and missionaries who flocked to South Carolina even before the war ended to assist freedmen and women in creating better lives. The talk features Vermonters, including a man who once worked at Rokeby, and explains many actions and policies still affecting the nation today. Elise Guyette is the author of “Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790–1890” (2011), and is the co-founder of the Burlington Edible History Tour.
Difficult conversations — are there ways to bridge the differences? Renee Wells, director of education for equity and inclusion at Middlebury College, will lead a discussion titled “Engaging Across Difference” on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., at the Bixby. The workshop will explore the difficulties and tensions associated with trying to talk across difference — difference in race, religion, gender, nationality, sexuality, morality, ethics, faith, or politics. Structured as a facilitated dialogue, participants will identify the conversations that are most challenging for them and will focus on identifying ways to bridge difference and build community with others.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., join naturalist Jacob Holzberg-Pill on a nature hike to Rokeby’s massive oak trees, each well over 100 years old. These trees provided shade to otherwise open fields long before new growth filled in the surrounding areas. Learn about how large trees survive and prosper, how the environment affects them, and how they benefit the environment. Participants will help to take critical measurements (circumference, height, crown width) of the trees for the Vermont Big Tree registry. With degrees from Yale and Harvard, Jacob Holzberg-Pill teaches ecology and land stewardship in a variety of settings, and he’s back at Rokeby due to popular demand. Participants should dress for the outdoors.
Emily Bernard will present “Black is the Body: Stories from my grandmother’s time, my mother’s time, and mine” on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. “I am black — and brown, too,” writes Bernard. “Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell.” In a collection of 12 deeply personal and interconnected essays Bernard explores the nuances and paradoxes of her identity — as a woman who grew up black in the south and who married a white man from the north, as a black professor teaching mostly white students in Vermont about race, as a mother who adopted two babies from Ethiopia. Emily Bernard is the author of “Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten,” and is professor of Critical Race and Ethnic studies at the University of Vermont.
Our area schools are now in session for the year and we wish the best to all the students and their families. Please visit the schools’ websites and social media to learn of events and volunteer opportunities and other ways in which we, as a community, can support our children and schools. Ferrisburgh Central School: Vergennes Union High School:
The Lake Champlin Maritime Museum has a full agenda of tours, classes and workshops throughout the fall. Visit their website for the dates and detail of their rowing trips, blacksmithing and bladesmithing workshops, and many more opportunities to learn about our Lake Champlain and its history.
The Lake Champlain Celebrating Sacred Waters Canoe, Paddle and Trail Walk will be on Sept. 7 at the museum. This will be an opportunity for paddling a canoe up river or exploring nature trails. Educational and spiritual activities will be guided by faith leaders, field naturalists, educators, artists, and other talented souls. On Sept. 7 and 8, there will be a weekend rowing trip to Westport, N.Y. On Sept. 12 and 13, the museum will host an overnight Moonlight Row. Also, remember to visit the ongoing exhibits and demonstrations as listed on
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