Feel like winter is just getting into high gear? Perhaps it is, but the 10th annual Rhubarb Festival is just around the corner. Slated for Saturday, June 1st, it promises to be exciting as a milestone year using the new Ground Floor. Many hands make light work! so we’re looking for folks new and old, old and young (and the rest of us who feel somewhere in between) to help carry out this special event. Traditional focus areas include rhubarb pies (and variations on that theme), books, luncheon, plants, “bling” and scarves, and kids’ stuff. Behind the scenes activities like soliciting and picking up donations, creating the poster design, poster distribution, advertising, pie and sweets baking, and more are other ways to help while connecting with each other. Day of the event activities include setup, cleanup, selling, cashier, and food service “cowboys” (of all genders). I am willing to be the overall “Top Stalk” again this year, but am looking for an apprentice to shadow me this year in hopes of being willing to take a more active leadership role in the future. Volunteers, inquirers, seekers – contact Mary Hadley at hadleyme@juno.com (and if you just have ideas about potential do’s and don’ts – those are also most welcome)

2018

CVUUS opened its doors Sat. June 2, 10 am – 2 pm to the community for Rhubarb Festival 2018. The festival planners appreciated the many contributions of our members and friends to create this event. See Rhubarb_Festival_Poster_2018

Pies: These are always the hallmark of the Festival, and were front and center again this year.  Brett Millier recruited pie makers and bakers and organizing two “pie bees” at Fenn House. Rhubarb pies sold at $18 and strawberry rhubarb at $20. We sold over 120 pies. Record! Thank you!

You could prepare pies with directions like these:   http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2010/12/09/freeze-the-fastest-way-to-fresh-baked-fruit-pie/. The festival planners sell, on average, about 100 pies.

Lunch: Julie and Neil Chippendale, along with the Youth Group and others, ran a Café featuring sandwich and salad, drink, and rhubarb pie dessert for $10 per person.  The Café opened at 10:30 am.

Books: Last year we focused on children’s books. This year, we sold select children’s and adult used books. We particularly sought donations of books on spirituality, nature, the environment, justice issues, natural health, history, gardening, biography, mystery, poetry, recent notable novels, art, and illustrated children’s books. Hardcover and over-sized books were priced at $2 and paperbacks at $1 each. Leftover books are free for the taking after worship. If interested in any, please contact Elizabeth at 802-598-2388 or elizabethgolden@shoreham.net

Bling:  The “Bling Sisters” (Pat Schmitter and Mary Ann Deverell) sold jewelry, scarves and ties.  Everything was Bling-tastic!

PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS! Please consider donations to our plant sales table, always a popular feature at the Rhubarb Festival. Dig a few new babies from your own yard or from your indoor plants and hold them until June 1. Rhubarb babies would be great! Got questions? Ask Dinah Smith, Barbara Drapelick, or Martha Soderberg.

Sweets and savories, plants for your garden, and live music and activities for children happened again. Face painting began at 10am.

New this Year! Puppet Show and Special Pie Auction: Modern Times Theater (husband and wife team Justin Lander and Rose Friedmont) performed a puppet show between 11-12, out on the front lawn, weather permitting. For more, see moderntimestheater.com

No entry fee. Profits supported a local charity. Rhubarb Festival 2016 raised about $3000 for HOPE. RF 2017 raised $600 for our Youth Group and $1500 for HOPE.

Please consider helping our next Rhubarb Festival.  Contact Mary Hadley (hadleyme@juno.com or (802)377-2270). We need people to help with 1) the pie making, 2) sweets and savories sales table, 3) sorting books for the used book sale,  4) collecting rhubarb donations, and 5) furniture moving.

Enjoy the people, the food, the fun, and help raise funds for a local social service group and for CVUUS. It’s a great way to celebrate our community and the season of Spring!