The real goal: Will we lose Huss on June 15?

When we first launched the Brick Campaign, we set a very ambitious goal: to raise $100,000 by June 15, 2013.  Why June 15?  That’s the date that the balloon payment is due on the mortgage for the Huss Project property — about $50,000.  The campaign has been going very well, with many generous contributors helping…

First walk through

A mortgage story

Many folks have asked us about the logistics of purchasing the historic Huss School as the headquarters for *culture is not optional’s work in Three Rivers.  How could a scrappy, upstart organization afford such a fine palace as this?  Well, I’ll start from the beginning… Rob was actually searching for the sale price of another…

Stephen Wirzylo

Huss Stories: We need each other

Stephen demonstrates a homemade drum as part of his session for making musical instruments out of recycled materials in the art tent at Huss Future Fest 2012. Around the time we were raising the funds for *cino to purchase Huss School in 2009, we received an out-of-the-blue blog comment from someone named Stephen Wirzylo in…

Double your dollar

Double your donation dollars!

Yes, you read that correctly: right now, you can double your donation dollars to the Huss Project!  We are thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match donations between now and May 15 up to $4,500.  If we reach our goal, that’s a whopping $9,000 toward our ambitious Brick Campaign goal! If your…

Community Garden

Is it spring yet? Get involved in the community garden!

There may be snow on the ground, but just as snow provides necessary moisture for spring growth, winter planning is a must for Triple Ripple Community Gardens! Now is the time that we’re gathering resources for the coming growing season, including volunteers and organizers.  Check out this nifty online form you can fill out to…

5 minutes for $5,000!

Music, play, art, food, gardening, community fellowship, storytelling, kickball: what’s NOT to love about the Huss Project?  You can love us back right now by taking just 5 minutes to … Watch the cool 3-minute video we put together featuring Huss Project footage and the song “This House” by kindlewood (above). Vote to help us win…

Huss Project launch!

Brick Report: 2.13.13

Well, as we expected, brick sales have slowed down a bit after Christmas, but we are still greatly encouraged that we’ve sold 194 bricks!  That’s $19,400 we’ve raised so far toward our goal, which is just amazing.  As a volunteer staff, we are working on fundraising events, grant writing and strategies to keep the momentum…

Huss Project launch!

Brick Report 12.29.12

Hi, folks.  In this morning’s brick report, we have … 170 bricks sold!  Even as many folks have headed out of town and attended special celebrations around Christmas, they’ve continued to support the Huss Project through the Brick Campaign.  Thank you! In the meantime, we toured the building with a friend who has experience in…

Huss Stories 2: Extending a legacy from Boston to Three Rivers

This post is part of a multimedia series over the next several months of the Brick Campaign telling many of the stories that surround Huss School and the Huss Project.  Our second story comes to us from our friend Ryan in Boston.  Ryan went to college with some of *cino’s volunteer staff members and has…

Huss Project launch!

Brick Report 12.20.12

Well, we thought we should post one last update in case the world ends tomorrow — we wouldn’t want to leave you wondering how many bricks we’d sold.  It’s 164!  Yep, we’ve made it to $16,400 on our way to the $100,000 goal! We’ve been so encouraged by supporters near and far who have taken…

Huss Stories 1: Remembering our history

This post is the first in what we hope will be a fascinating multimedia series over the next several months of the Brick Campaign telling many of the stories that surround Huss School and the Huss Project.  Our first story comes from Marilyn Bullard Abshire, who attended Murray J. Huss School in the late 1930s…

Huss Stories: A Play explores past and future

Twinkling lights hung from the half disassembled drop ceiling in the kindergarten room as crowds gathered this past Friday and Saturday evening to enjoy Huss Stories: A Play. Christina, a *cino intern and theatre major at Calvin College, spent her summer interviewing, transcribing and organizing for the reader’s theatre-style production, which explored stories from the…