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Thursday, September 19

12:00pm EDT

Lunch and Networking with the Climate Crowd
Join us for a buffet lunch of artisan sandwiches, salads, and dessert at the Alumni Center at Keene State College.
Panelists from Renewable Energy's second session, "Charge It: Electric Vehicles are Here. Are we Ready?"  will be on-hand to share their experiences and vision for the future of electric vehicles. Posters and handouts explaining "eV 101"  basics will prepare you for the afternoon session's deep dive into how eVs have the potential to address rural communities biggest energy cost; transportation.
* RSVP required | REGISTER NOW!

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Alumni Center

12:00pm EDT

Making Makerspaces Part of Your Rural Development Plan: Cookies, Coffee, and Conversation with the NH Makerspace Network
Limited Capacity full

If there is a thriving business on your block, there is a good chance a makerspace was behind it. While there is no pat definition for makerspace (they are far too adaptable to fit into a prescribed mold), we can think of them as hubs for creativity, collaboration and community. Many provide tools and other resources to enable artists and entrepreneurs to create new products; some offer technical training to prepare a workforce-ready population; others act as sites to explore innovative solutions to community challenges, such as housing and renewable energy. Whatever the model, makerspaces are a key component of robust rural communities. We invite you to join members of the NH Makerspace Network at Make It So, Keene’s downtown makerspace, for a tour and conversation about how makerspaces can be part of your rural development plan.

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Make It So

4:00pm EDT

Meet the Finalists: Entrepreneurship Mix and Mingle
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the finalists from the Entrepreneurship Track's PitchFork Challenge after their final pitch! Talk with them about their ideas and startups before the CONNECT event, where the two winners will be announced.

Enjoy light refreshments at this mix and mingle before CONNECT2019: What's Next!

The PitchFork Challenge provides money and momentum for local rural entrepreneurs to apply to be part of a business pitch competition. Over the summer, local entrepreneurs are coached to create a compelling pitch and pitch deck describing their business opportunity in pursuit of cash awards. There are two different tracks and awards; one $10,000 cash award to a rural startup business (less than 3 years old) and one $1,000 cash award to kick off and support one business idea.

Interested in attending the PitchFork Challenge? Learn more here.

4:00pm EDT

Meet the Keene Sentinel
Join us at The Keene Sentinel, 60 West Street, for a soft drink, beer or glass of wine; meet our staff; network among colleagues before we head off to CONNECT. All session and Radically Rural attendees are invited.

Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
The Keene Sentinel

4:00pm EDT

Uniting Art & Climate Change Awareness
Fine craft relies heavily on natural elements and inspiration from the world around us. Members and crafters for The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen store in Keene create beauty from wood, fibers, found objects, and develop designs that have organic flair. It's no wonder that Keene store owner Taryn Fisher sees the resonance between her shop and the powerful local environmental movement.

At Thursday's mixer, you are welcome to drop in for conversations on our current climate crisis, and solutions your rural communities are implementing to make a difference, one policy, one activity, one purchasing choice at a time. There will be an interactive survey on the topic as well as art-making that celebrates your vision for a carbon neutral community.

Partners in hosting:
Taryn Fisher, owner of Keene's League of NH Craftsmen store. The League of NH Craftsmen was established in 1932 to help artists during an economically challenging time. Today, the League is recognized as one of the country's foremost fine arts organizations, setting the standards for fine hand crafts - made right here - and highly valued for their creativity, authenticity, and technical expertise. The Keene Fine Craft Gallery is one of nine galleries across NH that showcase and sell the works of over 750 juried artists.

Georgia Cassimatis, owner of 17 Rox. 17 Rox is an artist studios collective located in downtown Keene. Begun just one year ago, the space is a much sought-after location for makers to work in a private but connected studio community. Georgia also runs the community group Friends of Public Art.

Ann Shedd, member of the City of Keene's Energy and Climate Committee. The committee was created In order to protect Keene’s public health, safety and welfare, as well as the economic vitality of the community, and exists to monitor and advocate for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; promote energy conservation and efficiency, as well as the use and production of renewable energy; and increase awareness of and resilience to the expected impacts of a changing climate.

Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Keene Fine Craft Gallery

4:15pm EDT

Magical History Walking Tour - West Side
Join us for a Magical History Walking Tour of the Walldogs Murals on the West Side of Downtown Keene with Executive Director, Alan Rumrill, of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The tour will begin with the Abenaki Mural and end at Keene State College for CONNECT. Hear the stories behind many of those beautiful Wall Dogs murals in downtown Keene.  Learn some of the amazing but true stories of the people, places and businesses that have contributed to Keene’s rich history and character.    

Thursday September 19, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431
Friday, September 20

11:15am EDT

Magical History Walking Tour - East Side
Join us for a Magical History Walking Tour of the East Side of Main Street, beginning with the Keene Sentinel Mural and ending at the Jeannie B Powers mural. We will stop to eat lunch along the way, so bring your picnic lunch or plan on choosing a place on Main Street. Hear the stories behind many of those beautiful Wall Dogs murals in downtown Keene.  Learn some of the amazing but true stories of the people, places and businesses that have contributed to Keene’s rich history and character.    

Friday September 20, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

11:15am EDT

NH Commission on Rural Affairs (RSA 9-A:5) Listening Session
Join us and listen in on a NH Commission of Rural Affairs Session. During this session, the Department of Economic Affairs for the State of New Hampshire will give an update on progressive access to broadband. The Commission will then lead a session on how to function as a conduit between the citizens of New Hampshire and Legislature. 

Friday September 20, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

11:30am EDT

CreativeGround Mixer with NEFA
Limited Capacity seats available

***** REGISTRATION REQUIRED Click HERE to Register *****

Rural communities have vibrant arts and culture that can be under the radar. Join representatives from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) for a presentation on CreativeGround, NEFA's free directory of New England artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses. This workshop will explore ways that you can use CreativeGround to grow and show your creative network online as well as access powerful resources through NEFA’s performing arts grant programs including New England States Touring (NEST), and New England Dance Fund.

In addition, you’ll learn how to use CreativeGround to:
  • Create a free public profile and promote yourself or your New England enterprise's activities, connections, and services to a broad audience.
  • Find potential collaborators and resources in the New England creative community using the Search and Explore functions.
  • Explore and quantify the creative spaces, enterprises, and artists at work in your community.
This event is offered as part of the Radically Rurual Conference, and is open to the general public.
Professional artists and creatives, cultural nonprofit staff, creative businesses and those who want to connect with them might find the content of this information session to be particularly useful.

Important Information: Radically Rural Conference Lunch
Please plan to pay for your own meal during this mini-mixer.

Friday September 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Luca's Mediterranean Cafe

11:30am EDT

Relate to Your Plate: Working Lands Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Chef Jordan Scott and Machina Kitchen have a passion for high quality food and cultivating strong relationships with the local farmers and food entrepreneurs that produce it. Scott will share his perspective on the role of a chef in the local food system and how nationwide chefs are creating change in communities. Stonewall Farm, a vendor of Machina Kitchen and also the newest New England Savory Hub, will be highlighted. Scott is a board member of this educational working farm and he will shed some light on their land management efforts - demonstrating the connections of rural land conservation, and culinary enjoyment, to the economic vitality of a community.


On the Menu:
*Each option is served with a mixed greens salad, garden veggies, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

- Cubano Sandwich with VT grown mojo marinated pork loin, North Country Smokehouse ham, stone ground mustard, and pickles
- Roasted Butternut Squash Sandwich with goat cheese, thyme aioli, arugula, and caramelized onions

About Chef Jordan Scott
Partner & Chef Patron, Culinary Director

Jordan Scott is a classically trained chef with a passion for globally inspired seasonal food made with local ingredients. Jordan has described his wine dinners as a study in simplicity. He finds great joy in creating simple, elegant dishes built on a foundation of technique and with care given to each ingredient. His dishes delight the most sophisticated palate, balancing rustic charm with an innovative and artistic twist. Jordan has a great deal of respect for the traditional French style of cooking and uses that as a foundation from which to explore modern and progressive methods and flavors. Jordan cares deeply for our local community and has been a passionate advocate for local foods and has worked tirelessly to build long-term relationships between our restaurant community and our local farms.


Friday September 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Machina Kitchen & ArtBar