Rhubarb Festival–pies and so much more!

CVUUS will open its doors to the community for our 10th Rhubarb Festival Sat., June 1, 10 am to 2 pm. The festival planners count on the many contributions of our members and friends to create this event.

Pies: These are always the hallmark of the Festival and will be front and center again this year.  Lise Anderson is recruiting pie makers and bakers and organizing “pie bees” over two evenings May 30 and 31 at Fenn House and our new ground floor kitchen. We welcome your donations of rhubarb stalks, preferably pre-cut into chunks for pies to store in our fridges this month. Rhubarb pies will be priced at $18 and strawberry rhubarb at $20.

Lunch: Julie and Neil Chippendale and others will run a Café featuring sandwich and salad, drink, and dessert for $10 per person.  The café opens at 10:30 AM.

Books and Art: We are ‘GOING BIG’ this year, expanding our Book Sale to include MORE BOOKS, as well as ART OF ALL KINDS! This expanded effort is designed to RAISE MORE MONEY to benefit the library by BUILIDNG NEW LIBRARY SHELVING in our new Fellowship Hall ‘Blue Room’. So, this year, we are accepting an unlimited number of books of all kinds, for all ages, hard and soft cover. The only exceptions are encyclopedias, older travel guides, magazines and damaged books. We also accepting DVDs and CDs, but not cassette tapes or VHS videos. Tell your friends that they can donate books and art, too!

And new for this year, we are accepting ANY KIND OF ART – framed or matted, sculpture, ceramic, woven, mobiles, wood carvings, carved walking sticks, 3-D, handmade cards, stained glass, press flowers, knitted clothing, quilts, and more. The art will not be sold off cheaply, and some of the larger, photo-filled books will be priced above the usual 50 cents – $2 prices.

DONATIONS can be dropped off at CVUUS on Sunday, May 12, 19 and 25th. There will be boxes in the sanctuary foyer to collect books, or if you have a LOT of BOOKS and/or ART to donate, you can pull up to the drop off point on the street after service and bring them directly into the Fellowship Hall. We will have people to assist you and a rolling cart. Feel free to tag any especially valuable books or art with a recommended price, to guide us in our pricing.

We will also be extending the book sale for the following Sunday and two Sundays afterward, to sell as many books and art as possible, to maximize our fundraising. Helpers are needed to sort books, bring books inside, and assist at the Book and Art Sale. To volunteer, and for more information, contact Elizabeth Golden at 802-598-2388 or elizabethgolden@shoreham.net.

Bling: We plan to again be collecting and selling jewelry, scarves and ties and are looking for some new and additional “bling folks” to help. Look for Pat Schmitter’s “Watermelon Basket” to place donations.

Sweets and savories, plants for your garden, and live music and activities for children have been features of past festivals and will likely happen again. See Dinah Smith or Sue Rasmussen about plant questions. We need people to organize the  sweets and savories sales table.

No entry fee. Proceeds will be split between CVUUS and a local charity. Previous festivals have raised thousands of dollars for HOPE and additional income for our Youth Group and our general operating budget.

Please consider helping to prepare for our next Rhubarb Festival.  Contact Mary Hadley (hadleyme@juno.com or (802)377-2270). It’s a great way to celebrate our community and the season of Spring!