Winter roof

A view from the rooftop

It can be easy to lose sight of something in the winter. Snow obscures it, covering it up and burying it from our eyes. We hunker down in our blankets, trying to keep in the body heat and keep out high heating bills. In these times, it is difficult to remember why you did something…

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…

Hussagram: Last of the Season’s Harvest

These last few weeks of January have been difficult for all of us, and feels like it was ages ago that we were in our garden at Huss digging up the last of our vegetables. But we have been reminded of those days recently when we made Potato and Kale Skillet Gratin with the last of our…

Huss Project launch!

Brick Campaign: Only two more days!

In 2013, you helped *culture is not optional raise more money than ever to secure ownership of the Huss Project building in Three Rivers. But the year isn’t finished yet!  Thanks to our year-long Brick Campaign, we currently have $21,600 to begin tackling our architectural planning and renovation goals in 2014.  Could you help us raise that amount to $25,000…

Kennedy's Kitchen at the Riv

Kennedy’s Kitchen at the Riviera Theatre

We filled up most of the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers this past Friday night for a fundraising event to help the Huss Project. There was dancing from the Celtic Fire Irish Stepdancers, appetizers from the *cino crew, and all the drinks you could handle from the fine folks of the Riviera. Oh, and…

Hussagram: Supper Club behind-the-scenes

It is true that the members of the *culture is not optional community love food. We meet together and eat food on a regular basis, particularly our Friday night community dinners. We all have our specialties, so we usually make dishes that play off those specialties. For a Supper Club it’s a bit different, because…

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…

Underground Supper Club 6

A Supper Club on the river

This past Saturday evening, folks of Three Rivers and beyond gathered in a house downtown that is literally a short stone’s throw from the Portage River (you can chuck ice out the window into the flowing water) for an autumnal Supper Club to try and beat the upcoming winter doldrums and to help out the…

Kennedy's Kitchen

Join us for a fantastic night of Irish music and dancing!

The Huss Project is hosting a concert with Kennedy’s Kitchen and the Celtic Fire Irish Stepdancers on December 13 at the beautiful Riviera Theatre in historic downtown Three Rivers.  Tickets start at only $10 and include free appetizers. You can purchase tickets online or at the Riviera. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing Huss Project…

Karla's fundraiser

Hussagram: Giving back (and forth)

On Saturday, September 21, we gathered in the historic barn at Maple Tree Meadows for an Underground Supper Club to raise money for the Huss Project.  The *cino staff ran around the barnyard like chickens with their heads cut off cooking, serving, bussing and pouring drinks.  Our gracious host for the evening was Karla Kauffman,…

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…

1919 postcard

Postmarked Sep 12, 1919

We recently received a note from a friend (thanks, Jim!) with a link to a listing on Ebay for a postcard with a picture of Huss School on the front — postmarked September 12, 1919.  The school building first opened its doors on May 19, 1919, so we knew this photo must be one of…