Month: June 2016

June 17 Gala Menu

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A Community Meal to Remember… and It’s Free

The community really comes together for this event and the headliner is Sarah Natvig of Black Krim Tavern in Randolph. Clearly one of the most creative chefs in the region, she has lined up an inspiring menu featuring a majority of foods produced locally. The l menu sarah natvigwill feature caprese style salad; focaccia; barbecued pulled pork from Back Beyond Farm; Vermont turtle black beans & blue cheese polenta; vegetable slaw from Pebble Brook Farm; strawberry mint pie; crème fraiche and mascarpone from Vermont Creamery; ginger toasted granola using oats from Hunger Mountain Coop; and caramel from Fat Toad Farm.

To entertain you while you eat and visit your neighbors, Randy Leavitt, John McHugh, and Justin Parks (otherwise known as Stones Throw), will provide fiddle, guitar and mandolin music. Bethel Elementary and Whitcomb School students are pitching in to create table decorations.


Investing in Local and Sustainable

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White River Investment Club

The White River Investment Club (WRIC) is a group of local residents dedicated to creating a better future through local investing. Our mission is to enable its members to make local investments which help themselves and their communities – and improve the overall quality of life in the White River watershed.

Started only last year, the Club has already made investments in EC Fiber (a community owned fiber option network for high-speed internet to every home) and Kiss the Cow Farm (for a USDA-certified mobile chicken slaughtering facility).

The Club operates democratically: Each member has one vote, and an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members is required to approve an investment. Prior to voting on investments, club members evaluate investment opportunities using a club-developed tool that screens potential investments relative to the club’s values. The screening tool uses six criteria chosen as important by our members: (1) Risk, (2) Return, (3) Environmental Effect, (4) Local Character, (5) Social Impact, and (6) Local Economic Impact. Members rank potential investments using a transparent scale from one to five for each of these criteria.

WRIC is also accepting applications for membership. Members are required to invest at least $1,000 and be willing to actively participate. Regular meetings of the members are held about once a month. If you have questions or are interested in joining the club, please contact Steve Aldrich at 802 234-5140.

BALE’s Community Gala June 17

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Great Food, Great Sounds… All Free or the Whole Community

For the past two years, BALE has produced a Summer Gala to raise much needed funds to community mealsupport our work. For our 3rd annual gala, BALE – in partnership with The Community Meal – is offering an ambitious two-part Community Gala on Friday, June 17 beginning at 5:30 pm. The first portion of the Gala will feature a free Community Meal at The White Church in Bethel, open to all free of charge! As with other recent community meals at the White Church, local foods produced at local farms will be featured, prepared and served by local volunteers. For this meal, guest chef Sarah Natvig of the Black Krim Tavern in Randolph will l prepare an amazing meal. And as with previous meals, accomplished local musicians Randy Leavitt, Justin Parks, and John McHugh will provide live music while we dine! And as always at The Community Meals, 100% of diner donations (collected in a glass jar at the door) will be donated to the Bethel Food Shelf (serving the towns of Bethel, Barnard, Pittsfield, and Stockbridge). As we adjourn the meal around 7:45 pm, the second portion of the Community Gala will commence right next door at the Bethel Bandshell – a free bow thayer and banjoconcert featuring local icon Bow Thayer and his band celebrating the work being done by locally-based community organizations like BALE, The Community Meal, and our local food shelves. Although we are making the gala free of any charge, we still need the event to attract financial sponsors whose support is critical for carrying out our work and mission. Please give as generously as you can by clicking on our crowdfund site BALE 2016 COMMUNITY GALA HERE!! Then be sure to join us on June 17 in Bethel.