Burroughs Community Day planned June 13 in Roxbury

Roxbury — Peter Forbes, a writer, photographer, farmer and conservationist will be the featured speaker at John Burroughs Community Day on Saturday, June 13 in Roxbury. The annual event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Roxbury Arts Group’s gallery and performance center on Vega Mountain Rd., one block off Roxbury’s Main Street. This free celebration of nature, heritage, and the spirit of community is held each year by Woodchuck Lodge Inc. to honor revered literary naturalist and Roxbury native John Burroughs.
The public is invited to the event which will feature music by Stamford musicians Pamela West and Leland Door, who will perform original songs inspired by Burroughs, a buffet of local foods; and “The Face of Farming,” a multi-media exhibit by artist Ellen Wong on some of the last dairy farm families in the area.
A silent auction will feature some very special items, including paintings of Woodchuck Lodge by Jody Primoff and Ellen Wong; a hand-crafted bowl made from the wood of an oak tree that stood next to Woodchuck Lodge; and a catered picnic supper for four on the Lodge’s porch.
The Watershed Agricultural Council and several area businesses are co-sponsors of the event. They include The Delaware National Bank of Delhi, National Bank of Delaware County, Wilber Bank, Alta Industries and Lamont Engineers.
Woodchuck Lodge, Burroughs’ summer retreat from 1910-20, will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. that day. The lodge is located on Burroughs Memorial Road, two miles off state Route 30 just north of the hamlet of Roxbury. For information, call 586-4973.
Peter Forbes, founding director of the Center for Whole Communities in Fayston, VT, will discuss the role of story as a force in bridging divides and re-shaping the conservation movement to be a stronger player in the new politics of America. He will explore the role that specialization, race, power and privilege have played in keeping the conservation movement from leading with its strongest vision and values.
Recognized as a champion of a new brand of community-based conservation where the health of the people and the health of the land are viewed as equal, Forbes was honored in 1998 as the “Environmental Friend of New England,” the highest award given to an individual by the Environmental Federation of New England.
In 2003, Forbes and Helen Whybrow founded the Center for Whole Communities, a retreat and leadership center for environmental and community groups in the Mad River Valley of Vermont www.wholecommunities.org. The center is located at Knoll Farms, where Forbes and his family raise organic blueberries, vegetables and Icelandic sheep.
Peter’s photography and essays have appeared in many books and journals. He is the editor of Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place and is the author of The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society.