Late fall harvest at Wintergreen
Support sustainability education and kick away the mid-winter blues at the Red Boot Benefit, taking place at Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall, on February 1, 2014, from 2-5 pm. Join us for a lively afternoon with Lorna Crozier and the Swamp Ward Orchestra, take part in the silent and live auctions, and enjoy local food and libations. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online. A charitable receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price.
For more detail (more detail than you can possibly imagine, actually!), click here to see the page under the Events tab. Experience the art of living sustainably.
We’ve made the leap to “power on a pole”… another 1.8 Kw of solar power is now feeding the batteries at Wintergreen. This means that we’ll almost never need to use our propane back-up — to say nothing of not having our good-natured volunteers risk life and limb by climbing up on the roof to sweep the panels when it snows. An exciting day, indeed. And the sun came out to celebrate.
Treat yourself to a week with Lorna Crozier.
This is an invitation for you to take part in a facilitated retreat for poets with Lorna Crozier. Yes, you.
Write, reflect, be nourished by Lorna’s teaching, conversations with other poets, and the beauty of Wintergreen in mid-winter. The workshop takes place from January 27-31. For details see the full descriptions under our workshops tab, or click here.
Application deadline has been extended to November 30. If you’ve been sitting on the fence, wondering if you should submit (am I really good enough?), then hop off the fence, print out five pages of poetry from your computer, and toss them in the mail. You really are good enough! Give yourself a holiday gift that will sustain you throughout the year … it doesn’t get better than this!
Join us at WIntergreen on Saturday evening for a lively discussion with Andy Fisher on the topic of “Radical Ecopsychology.” Dinner will be served at 6 pm (chili, spinach salad, cabbage salad, quesidillas, guacamole and apple crisp, featuring much of our fall produce!). Andy’s presentation will begin at around 7:30 pm. Sign up under “Events” or just pay at the door. $40 includes dinner and conversation (HST, too).
Yesterday was Wintergreen’s annual appreciation lunch for volunteers, staff, and donors. We enjoyed yet another ridiculously warm fall day. Our leisurely lunch was accompanied by much laughter and story-telling of Wintergreen events over the past year. We enjoyed an amazing tomato salad straight from the garden — tomatoes, basil, nasturtiums — we haven’t yet had a frost at Wintergreen. The potato leek soup and spinach egg casserole rounded out the meal. We also watched a slide show of the assembly of this year’s “Hermit Hut” – over an hour of stills and video documenting pretty much every detail!
After lunch, several groups of people wandered the trails — the youngest of whom was scarcely three weeks old!
Thank you to all of our steadfast supporters. We couldn’t do it without you.
An aRc Theatre will present When I Get Home, a play by Tracey Guptill for a week-long run in March 2014. This presentation will serve as part of her master’s thesis in Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. When I Get Home is the story of Cara, a young woman who drops out of school to find her birth father but ends up in prison. Cara’s story is driven by her response to current environmental crises. Tracey is a friend of Wintergreen (and a Hobbit House dweller!).
Tracey is looking for collaborators to take part in the show’s unique creative process. To learn more about this opportunity, download the call for participants.
The Story of Stuff is one of the videos that we show as part of the Simple Abundance learning series, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. A few weeks ago, Annie Leonard, the creator behind the video, wrote an article for Yes! Magazine, a publication with the tag line “Powerful ideas, practical actions.” There’s a free e-news version of Yes! in case you’d rather not clutter your world with yet another magazine. Some good “stuff” there. And one of the tabs on the Yes! website is “happiness.” How often do you see “happiness” on a website menu?
Volunteers, that’s what! Yesterday we spent one of most glorious fall days we’ve had so far putting the green roof on the cordwood cabin we built earlier this summer. As usual, we had a cadre of able-bodied and skillful volunteers (OK, it doesn’t really take that much skill to hump sod up onto a roof!), fortified by a delicious lunch and lots of laughter and sunshine.
Yesterday we also heard about a project that of one of our volunteers is launching (you never know what volunteers are doing when they’re not at Wintergreen until you ask…). Gerry Capelle, one-time cartoonist for the National Lampoon, has written two charming children’s books. They are quite amazing, and you can view the “Kickstart” video to learn more, or click here for the Kickstart page. And here we thought that Gerry’s skill with a paintbrush was limited to painting the cabin porch and spiffing up the meadow outhouse!!!
For those of you in the Toronto area who are interested in adventures, mountaineering, and extraordinary humanitarian feats, Wintergreen Studios Press author Zeke O’Connor will be reading from Journey with the Sherpas this Saturday at the Toronto Mountain Equipment Co-op from 11 am – 2 pm.About Journey with the Sherpas…
Join Zeke O’Connor as he takes you through the many journeys he has travelled over the past six decades, first as a remarkably successful athelete (yes, it’s the Zeke O’Connor who scored the winning touchdown with the Toronto Argonauts in 1952), then as a friend and companion to Sir Edmund Hillary as the two towering men scaled Mount Everest, and finally to the most amazing journeys of all. As the founding President of The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, there is no one better equipped than Zeke O’Connor to tell of how this foundation enabled the Nepalese Sherpas to build their own 13 medical clinics and 17 schools over the past few decades, to establish literacy programs for women, and to spearhead a reforestation project that saw the planting of over 2 million seedlings over a 30-year span. Each journey described in this unique memoir is told with grace and humility. It is a celebration of the human spirit and lives well lived.
Join us on Saturday, September 21 for a concert by the jazz-blues-gospel-sweet harmonies trio, Together in Time. Rumour has it there will also be a drummer and sax player joining Brian Yealland, Debra Easter, and Carol Hegadorn.
Dinner will feature our autumn harvest from the garden … sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, kale…
To reserve tickets online click here.