Food

Future Fest preview: Food!

Here at the Huss Project, we love food! All through the day on July 19, enjoy the colorful variety of tasty things to eat. Looking for a sweet treat to start the morning? Stop by the coffee house for homemade baked goods and delicious beverages, including specialty coffee made while you wait. When your tummy…

Community Fun Night!

Summer starts: Free lunches and Community Fun Nights

The summer at Huss is off to a great start! The garden is flourishing, the kids are coming, and this past week marked the beginning of Huss’ hosting of summer lunches and the start of our Community Fun Nights. Monday June 16 was our first hosting of the “Meet Up and Eat Up” summer free…

June Storytelling

June storytelling night: Origins

“Where does it come from?” is at the heart of all childhood curiosity. This question leads to truths children are both prepared (where does the mail come from?) and perhaps unprepared (where do babies come from?) to know. Similarly, as adults the question “where does it come from?” can yield answers we are both ready…

Storytelling

Storytelling Series to resume in June

In The Republic, Plato says, “Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.” We at The Huss Project make this same invitation. Come educate our heroes, or yourself be educated. We will begin our summer of storytelling on June 6 at the Huss Project….

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Huss payoff

The deed is done: We’re keeping Huss!

In June 2009, after an unbelievable $25,000-in-40-days fundraising campaign, *culture is not optional (*cino) purchased Huss School on land contract.  The contract stipulated a balloon payment of almost $50,000 in June 2013, after four years of monthly mortgage payments.  In December 2012, we launched a Brick Campaign to raise $100,000: $50,000 to pay the balloon…

Chad Morgan-Sterenberg

Buy music, support the Huss Project!

Now through June 15, Chad Morgan-Sterenberg is offering a set of songs for sale in support of the Huss Project; if you purchase the album “Lundgren Tree Farm,” you’ll also receive a bonus track when you download!  Read on to learn more about how this collection of music is connected to the project and hear…

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…