Building, Event, Fundraising, People, Video

Video update: Huss Future Festival

The first annual Huss Future Festival was a great success! Check out the video below, then read Kirstin’s overview of the event on the Imagining Space blog (with links to photos and news stories).

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Building, Event, Organization, People

Huss Future Festival – July 24!

Huss Future Festival 2010 will take place on Saturday, July 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stop by 1008 8th St. in Three Rivers to browse the rummage sale, to enjoy free coffee and live music at the bake sale and to purchase handmade art. Visitors can also learn more about *culture is not optional’s future plans for the Huss School property through tours and art exhibits, including the Tripple Ripple Community Gardens. All proceeds from the Future Festival will benefit the renovation of the historic Huss School for an off-campus program for college students and a community center. Bake sale donations, volunteers and art vendors are still being accepted; please contact us for more information about donating.

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Englewood visitors

About two weeks ago, we had a group visit from Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, to help work at the church. Here’s a little glimpse of our day together:

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Planting

Several folks got together last night at the Triple Ripple Community Gardens at Huss School to begin planting vegetables … and then it rained all day today to water everything!

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Building, People, Video

Video update: Plowing

Last Saturday, Ron and Del Buckhold brought over a tractor to plow the ground for the Triple Ripple Community Gardens. While they technically used a tiller, it seems right to call turning over new ground for gardening “plowing.” Check it out below:

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Garden blessing

A little over a week ago, we gathered in the backyard of the school with members of the community to bless the land designated for the Triple Ripple Community Gardens. Here are a few highlights from the event:

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Building, Video

Video update: Gardens and wild areas

In an attempt to tell more by showing, we’re starting a video update series that we hope will give you an idea for the people behind *culture is not optional and the projects we’re doing. Our first installment is a bit of a test, so it’s on the simple side (technically speaking).

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Building, Event, People

Spring Break 2010

Five Calvin College students are currently spending the week in Three Rivers to work on the Imagining Space project at Huss School. Additionally, they’re meeting several local folks and exploring the meaning of place.
For more, read the daily entries at the Imagining Space blog and check out photos on Flickr.

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Building, Fundraising

A building for *cino?

Yep, that’s right. We’re looking to purchase a building in Three Rivers, Michigan, where we could do a number of things–including local community development (in partnership with existing organizations and groups already working in Three Rivers), an off-campus program for college students, seminars and workshops for church groups, and kinds of other things we’re just beginning to dream about.
In fact, we already have an accepted offer in on Huss School, an historic school building on four acres of land that would be an ideal location for all kinds of unique and service-oriented programming. The (initial) tricky part of the offer is that we have until May 27 to raise the $20,000 down payment. Should we be able to manage that, we’ll move forward with other challenges posed by the Huss building.
Regardless of whether the current offer is completed, we’re looking to move forward on finding a physical space for *cino to do its work. For more, take a look at our Imagining Space web site, where we offer a vision for what we hope to do with a building like Huss, introduce the property itself, tell the story of how we’ve gotten to this point in *cino’s development, and intend to keep folks updated on our efforts.
We’re hoping we’ll be able to complete the purchase of Huss and move forward, but we’ll need your support to do so. If you’ve enjoyed *cino’s work and are interested in this new opportunity for its incarnation, please consider donating for our campaign. We would very much appreciate your contribution!

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