Spring Community Potluck & Auction

Join us at the schoolhouse Saturday, April 12th at 6:00 pm. for a fun social eating party and hilarious auction afterward! Don't worry if you can't bring a donation for the auction...you can bid on items too!

Meet & Greet + Informal Potluck

Come visit with our Swedish guest, Robert Carlberg, on Thursday, March 20 from 5-7:00 pm. Robert is a photography student who is interested in learning about the history of our area. He would appreciate information on early Swedish immigrants to Venersborg but is interested in meeting people of all kinds. You are welcome to bring a snack or dish for an informal potluck - vegetarian (eggs, dairy, fish OK) a plus!

2014 Sweetheart's Dance

This year's dance will be on Saturday, February 15th from 7:00-10:00 pm. Several genres of romantic music, from classic rock, hip hop, jazz, country, blues, classic and more. Refreshments. Casual, yet romantic and classy. An easy, fun environment for even the most die-hard non-dancing partner! Dress ballroom formal or jeans and tees. Digital pictures under the arch for couples or just friends.

Door prizes and Raffle prizes - so far - include  Bones in BG Village, $25 gift card, South Pacific Cafe, $25 gift card, flowers, chocolates with more to come! You must be at least 18 years old to attend. Raffle prizes containing alcohol, if any, may not be consumed on site and may only be won by someone 21 years or older with alternate prizes offered.

FREE with a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per couple. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, 7 for $5 or 15 for $10. Show your community support and have a great time too!

Like Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse on Facebook and get up to date information and to view pictures from a variety of past events.

Seed Swap & Soupapalooza 1-4:00 pm, Sunday, January 26th

Seed giveaway/exchange. Planning a garden? Bring your extra seeds, if you have any to share or come get some from the schoolhouse if you don't. Lots of vegetable and flower seeds to choose from. Stay for an informal soup-style potluck. Your favorite soup or other snacks are welcome - but not required!

Holiday Meeting

Next Meeting is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 11:00 AM and will be held at the Schoolhouse…this is a change from the initial planned meeting place.

This next meeting will include an end of year elections for our 2014 Board Officers and a celebration of the Holiday Season, so please join us! 
1. If you would like to participate in a fun white elephant gift exchange, please bring a modest item (for example, an ornament, candle, scarf or something from home that someone else could enjoy…including homemade goodies, etc), gift wrapped without a name and we will have a fun exchange at the end of the meeting.
2. This will be a no-hostess, so if you’d like, please bring a dish or goodies to share with everyone. Beverages and table service will be provided.

If you have questions or need directions, please call: Kathy Holtby 687-7071 or B.J. at 687-0626.

Wreath Party 2 Raffles + Door Prizes

Risto Road is dry and clear and the woodstove will be keeping everyone warm and toasty. No purchase is required but you can buy tickets for the 2 different raffles: Mary Jo's quilt and the Presents Under the Tree. All drawn at the party!
Here is a list of the Presents Under the Tree - feel free to patronize our donors!
Les Schwab-(2) 55 pc. Emergency Road Kits
Trader Joe's - $40.00 gift bag
BG Safeway - $35.00 gift basket
Yuletide Plate/Mug basket
Olive Garden gift basket
Big 5 - (2) $25.00 gift cards
Starbuck's - mug bag
Thornton's Treeland - gift certificate for tree

And MORE!

Windy Hills Tree Farm in LaCenter donated the Grand Door Prize - free prizes! - a beautiful noble (decorations not included) tree. Other door prizes were donated by clients of Always P&P Estate Sales, Gene Shafir (think lots of new teddy bears!) and several others!

Be sure to put your tickets in the correct container for the raffle you want to win. All tickets cost $1.00 = 1 ticket, $5.00 = 7 tickets, $10.00 = 15 tickets

Christmas Wreath Making Party 1-5:00 pm Sunday, December 8th

Yes it is that time of year again. Holiday commercialism and consumerism got you down? Let us help with BOTH! The annual wreath making party is coming on Sunday, December 8th from 1-5:00 pm at the schoolhouse. If you still have a grapevine wreath foundation from last year please bring it with you to re-decorate with fresh greens. Each person will get a foundation and bow upon entry - supplies are limited so only ONE foundation and ONE bow per person please!
Everything is free and shared. If you want to bring extra decorations, bows or treats to share please do so. Gently used or new decorations adorning the building will be given away as door prizes.
Donations are always welcome but there will also be 2 different raffles: Presents under the tree are gift wrapped items donated by local businesses. The other raffle is for the Christmas quilt donated by Mary Jo Lewis, a master quilter and quilt instructor. All winners are drawn during the party but need not be present to win. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 360.666.4829. You don't need to purchase tickets to make a wreath. All proceeds go towards future events and maintenance of the building. Hot cider, coffee and tea provided so come join us for a fun time at the old schoolhouse!
Quilt made and donated by Mary Jo Lewis

Nominations

You can make a difference! Nominate or volunteer to serve the best interests of the schoolhouse and community. Volunteers are dedicated to preserving the schoolhouse as a community center and event venue. VCC/VHPS volunteers organize events to raise funds, materials and items for building maintenance in addition to helping other non-profits such as the North County Community Food Bank. I would like to personally thank everyone who volunteers for large and small needs. Although I will continue to serve as a volunteer, last month I resigned as the president of the Venersborg Community Club/Venersborg Historic Preservation Society. Kathy Holtby is acting as interim president until the next election. Please contact her at 687-7071. Nominations for 2014 executive officers/board members will be at the next meeting, 11:00 am, Saturday, November 9th at the schoolhouse. 
~Kristine White

Autumn Potluck and Auction

Gather together to meet new and old friends, enjoy good food and help support the schoolhouse. Bid on goodies being auctioned after eating. Potluck starts at 6 p.m. Saturday October 12th.

Homestead Day, 11-4:00, Sunday, September 22nd

Ever wanted to learn how to preserve pickles, bake bread, grow a garden or even slaughter a chicken? Homestead Day volunteers will be sharing their knowledge and demonstrate some basic old-time skills including soap making, animal husbandry and the proper way to start a campfire. Learn how to spin wool, save seeds and more. WA extension volunteers will share how to make flavored vinegar and host a kid's bread and jam camp with bread in a bag and freezer jam for the kids to take home. Seed saving suggestions, seed giveaway and more coming! Interested in volunteering? Easy work! Call 360.666.4829


Activities/demonstrations - I'm sure I've forgotten someone here

Scheduled:
* Food Preservation classes - pickles  (1, 2 and 3:00 pm) 
* Kid's Bread & Jam camp - 10 per session (1:00 pm & 2:30 pm)

Throughout the day:* Leather working with a stitching horse
*Homemade
 soap
* Butter churning in a jar
*Flavored vinegar
*Spinning fiber
*Seed saving + giveaway
*Apple cider press
*How to build a campfire
*Heirloom poultry
*Gardening advice
*Poultry Butchering/Dressing
*Fresh corn on the cob
*Popcorn too!

Volunteers Needed

Skilled or just have a little extra time? You are needed! There are many opportunities available for volunteers. Homestead Day coming September 22nd. This day is to share old skills that can still be used. Know anyone who gardens, sews, spins, cooks, understands animal husbandry or can just be an extra set of hands for us? It would be great to have a working blacksmith this year! Please call 360.666.4829 to volunteer.

Go Now!

Go outside now and check your flowers and garden beds for seeds to save. Chances are you have viable seeds if the veggies are overripe or the flowers have faded. Place the dried seeds in a paper bag, label it and keep them from getting moist this winter. Bring whatever you have to share for next January's Seed Swap & Soupapalooza. Don't worry if you forget...you can get some in January!