Events and Activities

Please join us as on October 17th at 2:00 pm as we celebrate the life and legacy of Olive Cheney who attended the McIndoe Falls Academy from 1932 to 1936. Learn about Olive’s life, love of community, and her generous support of the planned McIndoes Academy Community Center. Cider and donuts will be available for all.*October 24th Rain Date

We are excited to welcome Jay Craven as a speaker at the upcoming Olive Cheney Legacy Celebration on Sunday, October 17th at 2:00 pm at the McIndoe Falls Academy!

Jay is an award-winning writer, director, and producer, who makes place-based narrative feature films and curates the Northeast Kingdom’s KCP Presents performance series, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, and the Woodstock Film Series.He teaches screenwriting and film directing at Sarah Lawrence College and produces workshops for kids and teens in playwriting, filmmaking, circus arts, and sketch comedy. Jay will be speaking about the importance of honoring history and celebrating our local people, buildings, and landscape that makes Vermont special.We hope you will join us at this special event!

We will be welcoming Ben Doyle, President of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, as a speaker at the Olive Cheney Legacy Celebration on Sunday at 2:00 pm!

Ben has served as Chair of Vermont Humanities board, President of the Vermont Community Development Association, and currently is on the Boards of VSECU, the Public Assets Institute, and the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds an MA in the Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

Ben has spent his entire professional career in service to rural communities as a Peace Corps volunteer and administrator, high school educator, and most recently in a variety of leadership roles at USDA Rural Development. Raised in the Northeast Kingdom, Ben is passionate about the history of, and potential for, Vermont’s communities.

Ben lives in a historic fixer-upper in Montpelier with his wife Angela and three young children, Sal, Rosemary, and Frances.

Hatchland ice cream was served following the performance!

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Community involvement in planning the future use of McIndoe Falls Academy

More than 25 community members took the time to take part in our first visioning session with Cynthia Stuart from Stuart Consulting. Participants brainstormed how we could most effectively use the McIndoes Academy building and grounds to bring our mission statement to life. The ideas generated centered on four topic areas: Appreciation of History, Educational Purpose, Events and Activities and Sustainability. Look for an opportunity to share your ideas at the upcoming McIndoes Market, Music and more that will be held on June 27th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on the Academy front Lawn.

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