We did it again!
On June 10th, 2018 we hosted our second annual fundraising event, The Ranger
A Ranger is someone who actively patrols and protects a specific plot of land. We love these four towns affected by the NewVistas development and everything that makes every rural community in Vermont so special. We wanted people at the event to be a part of our effort to protect these communities, even if they weren’t from the area.
To be a Ranger one must patrol their specific plot of land to enforce its protection. There is no better way to patrol efficiently and still be completely immersed in one’s surroundings other than by bike. 200 cyclists left the Tunbridge Fairgrounds on a tour that would take them on some of the most scenic roads through and around the area most threatened by the proposed NewVistas development.
After the ride riders, community members and anyone wanting to join were invited to our ‘Party In The Pasture” celebration. Local bands, Haywire, and Sensible Shoes kept the vibe light and fun while our friends at NOFA-VT, Farmers & Foragers and Kiss The Cow Farm served up some delicious eats. Our 1987 Ford Falcon photo booth, equipped with costumes, and Cow Pie Bingo kept folks entertained and of course we can’t forget the beer…
“It was inspiring to see so many community members and visitors coming together to lend a hand and have a good time!”
We are so lucky to have the good people at Brocklebank Craft Brewing and Upper Pass Beer Co. in our communities. We are lucky to have such incredible beer right in our backyard (Tunbridge is known as the town with the most breweries per capita if you did not know). We also have two breweries that care so much for where they live. The Alliance for Vermont Communities has stuck to the phrase ‘Together We Can’ since the very beginning. The message stems from our work to prevent one man’s dream to bring an out of scale development into these 4 towns, but it has begun to take on much more meaning for our organization and our communities. Brocklebank and Upper Pass took this message to a new level and literally brewed a beer together ‘Together We Can.’ The resulting ‘Vermont Summer Ale’ rightfully coined ‘Together We Can’ was released at the event. A friendly reminder of not only the current threat to all rural Vermont communities but also what incredible things we can do together.
Both Breweries decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Alliance for Vermont Communities and we are so thankful for them and what they have done for their communities and beyond.
This was an incredible event and one we hope to continue every year! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this happen.
It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.
We hope to see you next year!
Together We Can!
“A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable
community is made up of neighbors who cherish and
protect what they have in common.” ~ Wendell Berry