Kennedy's Kitchen

Kennedy’s Kitchen to play for Huss

If you’ve never heard of Kennedy’s Kitchen, we here at *cino and the Huss Project are about to open your eyes because this is a band that will knock your socks off and then gently serenade them right back on. Two words: Irish music. Need I say more? Who doesn’t love the melodic magic of…

Learning the Art of Face-Painting

Few things add a spark of festivity to an event quite like a fancy swirl or a superhero mask on your face! We’ve had several opportunities this summer and fall to grace the faces of event attendees with all manner of decoration, led by *culture is not optional volunteer staff member Liesje Brouwer.  Tigers, princesses,…

Rustic Italian Supper Club

Rustic Italian Supper Club: A delicious and beautiful evening

On Saturday, September 21, as the sun sent its last orangey-red rays into the sky, attendees gathered at Maple Tree Meadows, eagerly anticipating the ‘Rustic Italian’ four-course meal and the lively conversation that awaited them at the fifth Underground Supper Club fundraiser for the Huss Project Brick Campaign. Appetizers (antipasti) of fresh bruschetta and toasted…

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…

Cymantha Channey

Huss Stories: Affirming the dream

Above: Cymantha Channey-White and her son collaborate on a mosaic at Huss Future Festival 2012. Reverend Luther D. Channey’s first trip to Three Rivers, Michigan took place in a dream. A renowned evangelist in Detroit in the 1960s, Rev. Channey had no intention of leaving his ministry on the east side of the state when…

Carole Boulette

Huss Stories: Bringing back the friendliness

I’m sitting in Carole Boulette’s kitchen. Dishes line the counter next to the sink. There’s a small bag of cat food in one corner, and a large yellow sign on the wall that reads, “Beware of cat.” Carole sits in a chair next to me. I’ve told her beforehand that we were going to talk…

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…

Family Fun Night

Hussagram: Only two more Family Fun Nights!

As it always does, summer has flown by … and so have this year’s Family Fun Nights! Last week we created murals (as seen above) on the window coverings of The Huss Project. There have also been many other craft activities like bag puppets, collages and monster feet! We have been playing basketball and kickball…

Huss Future Festival 2013

Future Fest 2013 in video, photos & prose

How does an organization like *culture is not optional measure the success of an event like Future Fest? Is it successful if we make a bunch of money that we can pour back into the school? Is it successful if we get big numbers and meet lots of people? Is it successful if we make…

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…

2013 Future Fest art

Future Fest: The Art

Feast your eyes! This year’s Future Festival features a gourmet collection of colorful art pieces in and around The Huss Project. We’ve worked really hard to bring the creative spirit of The Huss Project to life through our hand-painted signs and in the artwork that have been created at Huss. Come check out our funky,…