The Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College, Craftsbury, Vermont, begins Wednesday June 11 and goes through Sunday June 15. The hands-on program emphasizes the heritage of Wendell Berry in terms of language, place, and rural community. Details are on the web site: http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/rhi.html.
Good news: Even if you don’t sign up for the conference, there are terrific parts that are open to the public, and some of them are free. Kingdom Books will be on hand for the Friday evening presentations from sister and brother authors Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Leland Kinsey. Here’s the list of “Community Events” at the institute:
Wednesday June 11: Keynote Address 7:30 pm - Willem Lange, author of Where Does the Wild Goose Go? and Intermittent Bliss and commentator for Public Radio.
Thursday June 12: Regional Music 7:30 pm - "Fireside;'with Bennett Konesni. A musical hybrid of old-time Appalachian songs and Scandinavian fiddle tunes.
Friday June 13: Building Bridges Open House 4:00 pm - An expo of local and regional rural heritage, education, and agricultural organizations, including:
• Rural Vermont· Vermont Land Trust· Earthwise Farm and Forest· Hawk Circle· The Meeting School • Old Stone House Museum· Wisdom of the Herbs· Kroka Expeditions· Stone Soup Institute • Northwoods Stewardship Center· Timber Framers Guild· Vermont Earth Institute • Greensboro Historical Society· Craftsbury Historical Society· Jeff Gold Graphics· Lazy Lady Farm • Ploughgate Creamery· Broadwing Productions· Dave Brown
Local Foods Banquet, 6:00 PM - Learn more about regional foods systems by enjoying afine dinning experience full of local foods. Please RSVP by Monday, Jun 9th! Call 802-586-7717 ext. 759 ($25 per person.)
Northern Vermont Writers, 7:30 PM - Leland Kinsey, poet and author of several books including: Sledding on Hospital Hill: Poems and The Immigrant's Contract.
- Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, children's author of several books including: As long There are Mountains, The Canada Geese Quilt, and The Bear that Heard Crying.
Saturday June 14: Artist's Reception, 7:00 pm - John Miller, Along a River Valley Close to Home: Photographs from 1973-2005
Artist's Presentation, 7:30 pm - John Miller, photographer and author of Granite and Cedar and Deer Camp.