Request for old photos and recipes
We hope to involve all Amherst County citizens as we build a more prosperous community. CA!! is creating a series of activities leading up to a fall 2017 outdoor dining event that will celebrate food as a connector within families and communities, as a spark of memory and history, and as a way to understand our shared culture.
CA!! is looking for historical photos of citizens and events and treasured family and church recipes. Specifically, we need photos of holiday and social gatherings, church socials and agricultural scenes of harvesting, planting as well as stories and recipes. If you have items that you would like to share, please bring them the Amherst County Historical Museum on Wednesdays between 1-4pm. The Museum is located at 154 South Main Street in downtown Amherst. Museum Director Octavia Starbuck will ask you to fill out an information form, safely scan your items, and return them to you all in one visit. This project will also help build the Museum’s collection and archives.
If you or a family member is willing to share an oral history or if you have any additional questions, please contact Second Stage | Amherst at 434-941-0997. Find us at www.secondstageamherst.org
February 15 - 28, 2017
Food acts as a connector within our community and Amherst County restaurants bring our community together to gather around a table to celebrate, make memories, and share stories. The Cultivate Amherst!! initiative will celebrate these restaurants through a food event we're calling OUR TABLE. During this multi-week event, participating county restaurants will feature a traditional local, family-inspired or internationally based menu item in addition to the regular fare. A dollar contribution from each CA!! meal sold will go towards programming for CA!! and Second Stage | Amherst.
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Cultivate Amherst!! (CA!!) is a community initiative hosted by Second Stage | Amherst. The purpose of CA!! is to demonstrate the strength of art and artists as catalysts for development and transformation in healthy communities.
Based on the outcomes of our very successful first Cultivate Amherst! event in April of 2016, we have chosen to focus in 2017 on food and agriculture within the region as a way to open dialog and memory about our shared home, Amherst County.
CA!! is creating a series of 2017 events that will celebrate the role of food ...
CA!! initiatives are almost entirely volunteer led. CA!! seeks partners. Individuals and organizations who participate will be those whose focus is on community development and economic sustainability and groups whose focus is on food accessibility and sustainability such as FFA, Dept. of Agriculture, the Health Department, Amherst County Public Schools, local churches, fire and rescue squads, the Garden Club, Sweet Briar College, VCCA, and professionals and students from academic centers whose work seeks to understand the role of arts and food in human experience.
Upcoming Events in 2017
Agri + Culture Market
Numerous food and agriculture events will happen throughout the summer of 2017 in conjunction with the 5th season of the 2nd Street Farmers’ Market. The market starts April 27 and is weekly on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 6:30 into October. Scheduled events will be posted as planned.
Saturday, September 30 | A fall food festival & community gathering for all
This will be an afternoon celebration of Amherst food heritage & culture. A 100-foot lighted table featuring photos provided by citizens ... a map of Amherst, stenciled on the street, identifying disappearing communities ... tents with elders who will tell stories, share memorabilia ... samplings of favorite church social & home cook recipes ... these are the activities being planned.
Would you like to participate?
Bring recipes and photos of family/community food events to any Thursday afternoon 2nd Street Farmers' Market at Second Stage, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, or to the Amherst County Historical Museum, 154 S. Main St., Amherst, on Wednesdays between 1 and 4. The items will be scanned and returned to you. They will become a part of the exhibits at the Community Dinner.
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