Drop ceiling

Why we remove drop ceilings

We’ve invested quite a few person-hours over the past few years removing the ubiquitous drop ceilings from the Huss Project, as well as the commercial carpeting that covered the original maple floors.  Some of the drop ceiling materials made their way to a local church, and some of the carpeting is keeping the weeds down…

Huss ice

A rough winter: Drifts and leaks

Last fall after almost all of the leaves had fallen off the trees, I donned my red rubber boots and got up on the roof (or shall I say “roofs” — Huss has seven of them) with Jay and Rob to clear the drains of debris before winter set in.  For those unfamiliar with large,…

Seamus Heaney

Inspiration: Seamus Heaney, poet

“I learned that my local County Derry [childhood] experience, which I had considered archaic and irrelevant to the ‘modern world,’ was to be trusted.” Seamus Heaney For my birthday last fall, my husband Rob bought me a used volume of poetry by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.  I’d first heard of Heaney in high school…

Kindergarten Room

Occupy Huss: The kindergarten room

In September, we announced the next Brick Campaign goal: to occupy Huss — specifically, the old kindergarten room on the north end of the main floor.  The primary advantage of occupancy is that we’ll be able to do year-round programming, building on our successful summer activities.  Another important advantage is that occupancy would relieve us…

Friday work day

Fall Friday work days

Last Monday was definitely our last *cino volunteer staff meeting in the un-heated Huss Project building — in spite of the space heaters, I was shivering so much, I couldn’t write legibly.  We are SO looking forward to having a heated room, hopefully by the end of this year! In the meantime, we’ve continued to…

Huss Project launch!

Brick Campaign update: Occupy Huss!

We’ve been pretty quiet on the Brick Campaign front for the past few months while we focused on summer programming, including interns, Huss Future Fest, Triple Ripple Community Garden, Family Fun Nights and the summer lunch program.  It’s been good to get outside, kick a ball around, paint some murals, grow some vegetables, sing some songs…

Removing fence!

Hussagram: Good fences make good scrap

This past Tuesday, the staff of the Calvin College Service-Learning Center joined us at the Huss Project as part of their orientation process.  We are always honored by their annual visits to Three Rivers as it’s a joy to host such wonderful, helpful, thoughtful people for a day to tell stories about how we got…

Bench dedication

Upon a Bench: A dedication

In the mid-morning light on July 20, as the tents were rising from the ground for Huss Future Fest 2013, friends and neighbors gathered to witness the dedication of a new garden bench for the Huss Project.  The bench, donated by Peggy Deames from Love Your Mother, is made of recycled milk jugs and, as…

Future Festival 2013

Fourth annual Huss Future Fest a delightful success!

Wow!  We can hardly believe that, after many weeks of planning and work, the fourth annual Future Fest is over.  We had a wonderful time on Saturday eating, playing, creating, listening, working out and rummaging together, as neighbors from near and far.  Over 350 people gathered to support the Huss Project, Triple Ripple Community Gardens…

Future Festival food

Future Fest: The Food

One thing is for sure: we in the *cino community love food.  We love growing, cooking, blessing, eating and sharing it (not so much the doing-the-dishes part).  And so, one of the things we all delight in is the range of delicious food and beverages featured each year at the Huss Future Festival.  You can…

HFF 2013 workshops

Free workshops at 4th annual Future Fest!

Each year, Huss Future Festival gets bigger and better and 2013 will be no exception.  In addition to past favorites like a rummage sale, food vendors, a farmer’s market, craft activities, art vendors and live music, this year’s committee has organized a series of free workshops led by local experts. The morning segment will feature…

Rummage sale

Give Huss your stuff!

The inaugural Huss Future Festival in 2010 featured a GIGANTIC rummage sale.  Now, after narrowing the focus to books and clothing for a couple of years, the 2013 festival will see a return to the secondhand glory of the first year!  We’re now accepting donations for the mega-sale, which will take place on July 20…