Saturday, October 11, 2014

CHS Fall Events/Updates About Current Projects

Cemetery Tour: Sunday, Oct. 12 is the last day the Museum will be open. It's also our annual cemetery tour. We will be exploring the Old Revolutionary Cemetery recently cleaned by Kem and Svetlana Phillips. If you are interesting in going on the tour, be at the Museum by 2 pm. The Museum is open from 2-4 pm.

Dias de los Muertos Workshop: Nov. 1 is our annual Dias de los Muertos workshop, from 3-5 at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church off of Depot Street. Activities include: Sand painting, skull cookie decorating; sugar skull decorating (they're made of plaster); papel picado (Mexican paper cut banners); paper flowers; and creation of a community altar. 

Both of these activities are free, though donations are always appreciated

Fall Supper and Sale: Nov. 8 is the first of what we hope will be a tradition of annual fall supper and sale. The menu will include pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegan option for main dish, green beans, butternut squash, applesauce, homemade biscuits, dessert (crisps, pies and ice cream) Gluten free options. Sale items, beside the normal CHS books and photographs, we will also be selling some of the “crickets” wooden kneelers from the Cavendish Stone Church. Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for children under 6.

Solzhenitsyn Project: The children's book  The Writer Who Changed History: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  is getting closer to publication. We're working on Internet outreach, which will include study guides that teachers, librarians and others can use. While a website and Facebook will be available on-line in the very near future, the Pinterest site is up and items are being posted daily. 

This wouldn't have been possible without the incredible dedication of the Solzhenitsyn family, Svetlana Phillips, Katie Hamlin, Julia Gignoux  and the financial backing of the Cavendish Community Fund, Vermont Humanities Council and private donations. A special note of thanks to Isabelle Gross who was the inspiration for the book. 

We're still waiting to hear whether we've received a grant to help with the repairs at the Stone Church, which will be the permanent home of the Solzhenitsyn exhibit. Until some of the work on the roof and belfry is complete, we are hesitant to install the exhibit. 

Donations are always appreciated and can be made by sending a check, payable to CHS, and mailed to PO Box 472, Cavendish VT 05142. For additional information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. 

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