Woodstock, VT, November 21, 2020 – The Ottauquechee Health Foundation is working hard this holiday season to support their friends and neighbors by offering two free community-focused events. Sharing the Warmth and Sharing Food and Fun offer multiple opportunities for community members to help those in need while at the same time offering some fun and food as a means of relief during the pandemic.
Sharing the Warmth is a community knitting event that invites community members to share the warmth by creating hats, mittens, and scarves for people in need in the Woodstock area. The completed items will be given to children and adults at various sites, including schools, community buildings, food shelves and churches in the Foundation’s nine service area towns. Knitters and crocheters are asked to provide their own yarn as well as time to make the items. This event runs through December 30th, 2020 and will have multiple collection days including Saturday, December 12, 1-2pm and Wednesday, December 30, 9-10am.
“This event supports the very soul of what OHF stands for,” said the OHF’s Executive Director Tayo Kirchhof. “OHF wants to ensure that everyone has access to warm clothing, and this is just one small way we can do just that. We have already collected over 90 items to distribute, but the need does not stop there – we want your help to keep the warmth going.”
The second community event, Share the Food and Fun, invites community members to two tasty community cooking events. The first, offered by Tory Millstone from the Farmhouse Inn in West Woodstock, will be a virtual demonstration of how to make donuts. This event will take place on Sunday, December 6, from 3-4 PM. The second scrumptious opportunity is with Claire Mayock from Heart Rock Kitchen in Woodstock. During this virtual class, Clare will demonstrate how to make Buche de Noel, a yule log cake, with meringue mushrooms. Claire’s class will be on Sunday, December 20, from 3-4 PM.
The recipes will be shared prior to each event. The demonstrations will be pre-recorded, but presented live. The OHF board and community members will host the event, and there will be a question and answer session after the presentation with the chef’s available to share cooking techniques and answer questions.
With the weather getting colder and the holidays approaching OHF believes that, especially now, community connection is what will get folks through these unprecedented times.