Melissa O’Brien

Beer Glass Trio to perform at event.

The Charlotte News and Philo Ridge Farm invite you to join us in a family-friendly community gathering on Sunday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with local music, delicious food and farm tours that will offer the inside scoop on the workings of Philo Ridge Farm before it officially begins its new spring season on Monday, May 6.

The News is offered to its readers free of charge, but producing and distributing it is paid for by advertising and charitable contributions. The Philo Ridge Farm gathering will be the first of a handful of fundraising events hosted by The Charlotte News over the course of the coming year.

The focus at this kickoff event is to help us to expand our coverage of Charlotte and Charlotters. “We want to increase our coverage of local events and profile more people in town. To do this well we need to hire more writers and interns,” says News publisher Vince Crockenberg.
Charlotte News board members have agreed to match up to $3,300 in donations received at the event, and Dave Quickel of Stony Loam Farm has contributed a half share in his CSA, valued at $475, that will be raffled off to support the paper.

Philo Ridge Farm is contributing the space for the event, and members of the farm staff will be on hand to conduct farm tours. Charlotte musician Julia Beerworth and her trio partners, Joshua Glass and Tim Swanson—Beer Glass—will provide enchanting sounds, with food prepared by the talented Philo Ridge Farm chefs. Switchback Brewing Company is partnering with us for this event, as is Barb Cote of the soon-to-be Charlotte Tap House, which will cater a cash bar with local craft brews and cider.

Please join us for an early spring evening of community building and farming fun. Help your local paper deepen its roots and learn more about how our farmers are raising their crops and livestock. All donations at every level will support community-based journalism, an endeavor that is more important today than ever.

A suggested entry fee of $20/family or $10/individual will help us cover the cost of food and drinks. Because there is limited space please RSVP by May 2, either online or via voicemail at (802) 425-4949.

We look forward to seeing you on May 5!