Sustainable Summer Activities

By Amanda Kuhnert

This summer, as we hit the trails and head to our local farmers’ markets, we’re reminded of the importance of maintaining the health and vitality of our local ecosystem. We hope you’ll take advantage of these fun and informative programs offered by community organizations.
10th Annual Trek to Taste: Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keeton
This celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living will be hosted at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park and Billings Park. Guided walks start at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Or grab a map and venture out on your own. Along the way sample free, delicious foods from local producers. Enjoy family games, arts and crafts, demonstrations, an ice-cream social, music, and more. Free event. For info:

Fertile Ground Art Exhibit: All summer.
The Mezzanine Gallery at the Norman Williams Public Library is holding its annual group exhibition of area artists. This year’s topic is “fertile ground.” For info:
“Chasing Ice”: Wednesday, June 6, from 7 to 9 Woodstock Town Hall Theater
Join Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle for a free screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice.” The film tells the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. For more info:
Sustainable Woodstock Energy Action Meeting: Mondays, June 11, July 9, and Aug. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Woodstock Town Hall Theater
This group’s mission is to promote energy efficiency, conservation, and the development and use of renewable energy sources in our community. Meetings are open to all. Contact:

The Second Annual Duck Derby: Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come watch 500 rubber duckies make their way from Elm Street bridge to the finish line at East End Park. Fabulous prizes have been donated by many Woodstock businesses. Party in the Park is a fun event for the whole family with activities for kids and live entertainment. Bring a picnic lunch. Sustainable Woodstock will be serving cake! Sponsor a duck for a $5 donation. Tickets will go on sale in late June.
Green Drinks: The third Thursday of every month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming dates: June 21, July 19, and Aug. 16. On June 21, we will meet at the Taftsville Country Store for a wine tasting and to learn about Mennonite Sustainability Action in Taftsville. The Taftsville Chapel/Mennonite Fellowship received a Pam DeYoung Net Zero Energy Fund grant to put solar panels on the chapel roof. The panels were installed last spring and have been generating renewable energy ever since! For info:

Vermont Forest Carbon Assessment with Dr. William Keeton: Thursdays, June 21, July 19, and Aug. 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
This Carbon Work Study series is free and open to all. Dr. Keeton’s long-term research has shown that it is possible to manage forests in a way that sequesters and stores carbon. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Keeton as he talks about his research, his recently completed carbon assessment of Vermont forests, and his project with his company, SIG, in northwestern Vermont to aggregate landowners into a larger carbon credit scheme. For more info:

Bookstock: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29
This annual festival weekend includes free talks, readings, a poetry jam, and the new and used book tent in Woodstock village. For more info:
10th Annual Naked Table Project: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19
This annual event includes a table workshop, forest walk, and a localvore three-course meal on the Middle Covered Bridge. A keynote speaker will discuss an environmental topic. Organized by Shackleton Thomas. Proceeds from the lunch benefit Sustainable Woodstock. More info:

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