We were pleased to host Full Barrel Co-op Brewery and Taproom's recent strategic planning retreat! Over a dozen volunteers, pledges and investors spent the day diving deep into their mission, vision, and values. They also hammered out bylaws and worked on marketing ideas.
Dear Common Ground Community,
Season’s Greetings to you and your family! I hope this letter finds you warm and well.
At Common Ground Center, we create a space where people can connect across differences. During the holiday season, we find ourselves connecting across faith with a universal message of love, cheer, and togetherness. Participants in our programs and groups that rent our site represent a multitude of faiths and spiritualities, and it is truly a blessing to be a part of the rich community that celebrates these differences.
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we're re-publishing letters that we received from campers in the early years of Camp Common Ground. Many of these can be found in the commemorative Common Ground Center cookbook, which was published in Spring 2014. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase a copy!
(Pictured at right: Camp Common Ground circa 1995!)
By Neily Jennings
As someone who has been enjoying and brewing kombucha for 8 years, I am glad to see it’s been catching on and growing in popularity! Many of our campers are into it, and some of our staff even brew it in their free time at camp.
We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome the recently elected members of Common Ground Center’s board of directors, including two who are renewing terms and three new folks!
We had a lot of great poems and stories come out of camp this year...here's one of our favorites!
A Montrealer’s “Ode to Camp Common Ground”
By Suzy Hanna, August 2013
‘Twas the day before vacation
And our family couldn’t wait
To cross that Canadian border
And enter Vermont state!
We are accepting nominations for Common Ground Center's board of directors. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting, to be held Sunday, November 3 from 9:30 am to Noon, followed by lunch.
By Elizabeth Lorris Ritter
Reposted from Manhattan Times, August 21, 2013
For more than a decade, I’ve been going to a family camp in Vermont called Camp Common Ground. It’s not just a fun place, it’s an important place.
People often ask us, "What do you do at CGC when we're not doing camp?". Perhaps a more appropriate question would be, "What don't we do?". For one, we've been busy all winter working with groups that want to host programs on our site.
This post is the first in a series highlighting Common Ground Center community members--many of whom you can get to know better at family camp! Carole Blane recently had the opportunity to catch up with the busy-bee Calia Marshall. Enjoy!
Well, we've made it through the solstice, the hectic holidays, and the end of 2012! In the last few weeks of December, our gorgeous site transformed from a grassy meadow complete with a rainbow to a snowy winter wonderland! We've been sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing since the snow started flying.
To say that Common Ground Center had a busy year in the rental department would be putting it mildly. We’ve had unprecedented traffic from such varied groups of people, and by the looks of it, 2013 will be even busier! Twenty-four different groups came to see the beauty of our site, some of them for multiple trips!
Common Ground Center has recently had the pleasure of hosting two of our favorite school groups: The Schoolhouse in South Burlington and Robinson Elementary in Starksboro. Energetic students from The Schoolhouse spent the day playing on the playground, blowing bubbles, and using the tennis courts, basketball courts, and ping pong table.
Energy independence has been a topic of conversation a lot lately in Vermont because of news that a federal judge blo
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