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Youth-Led Organizing

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Here's a description of the recently formed Hardwick Skatepark Collective,

written by Jasper & Dean.

What is the Hardwick Skatepark Collective?

The skatepark collective is a group that was recently formed for the sole purpose of getting a skatepark built in the town of Hardwick. We have weekly Wednesday meetings where we plan and problem solve. We have made some good progress and are eager to get this thing built! We are working on fundraising to raise as much money as we can. 

 

It’s a small town but the spirit of skateboarding is strong! There are many younger kids (and adults) that skateboard as well as others that bike, roller skate and more. You may see that the only place people have to skateboard in the town of Hardwick are the streets, this is not only a nuisance to drivers on the road, but highly unsafe. Having a skatepark in Hardwick would keep the skateboard community off the streets. A skatepark also provides a space for other sports like bikes, scooters and more, a recreational place is just what this town needs!

 

The collective currently consists of only a few members: Dean Burns, Jasper Regan, Sawyer Holmes, Fred Daniels, and Rose Friedman. We would love to have new members join, all you have to do is show up to the Civic at 3:30 on Tuesdays.

Our first big event!

On January 31st, Wednesday’s free community supper at 5:30pm will be hosted by the “Hardwick Skatepark Collective”. All donations collected at the meal will go towards the group's work on the creation of a skatepark in Hardwick. After supper, at 7pm special guest Jason Liggett will do a slideshow presentation on skatepark culture and history. The collective members will talk about what they are working on and how to get involved!

 

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Every Tuesday, a group of young people get together at the Civic to play "Magic the Gathering", hosted by the Civic's program assistant Dean Burns. The game begins at 6pm, and new players are always welcome to join. Reach out with any questions.

TRIVIA 

On the last Thursday of each month at the Village Restaurant from 6-8pm, hosted by a rotating roster of locals. Lynn is generously opening the door just to host this monthly community game, and will be offering a limited menu of burgers, wings and appetizers. This is a first come, first serve event, with room for roughly ten teams.

 

 

HAIKU CLUB

All are welcome the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30- 7pm at the Civic. During our time together, we will read some published haiku and review suggested guidelines for writing haiku. Feel free to bring a piece you are currently working on to share with the group. Hardwick Haiku strives to be a supportive and fun environment. No previous haiku experience is needed to join. This event is hosted by Mark Scott in collaboration with the Civic Standard. Soup and snacks will be provided.

OLD-TIME JUNKET

With a vision to revive community fiddling and a regional old-time music repertoire, all are welcome to join us on the last Wednesday of the month for an old-time jam session at the Civic! All players of string band-style instruments - fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin - are encouraged to attend. Repertoire will be based on southern and northern old-time fiddle tunes. All levels of proficiency are welcome. (As per session etiquette, if you are an absolute beginner, please play on the periphery.) The session is free of charge, but donations are welcome. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and listeners are welcome to attend. 

 

OLD-TIME FIDDLE CLASS

Every third Monday at 7pm. This group class is for beginners and up! Thanks to the generous support of Dana Robinson and Cabot Arts this class is free, though donations are always gratefully accepted.  Get in touch with any questions.

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