The Root Schoolhouse:
A Community Space
Our vision is to provide a unique venue for our community to enjoy educational, social and cultural gatherings, in a building that has a special place in the history of Norwich, Vermont.
Step into history! Enjoy the Root Schoolhouse, a community space
2023 Annual Membership Drive!
Join the Root District Game Club (RDGC) and support
our newly restored community space!
By joining the RDGC, you are supporting a community asset and preserving the historic Schoolhouse.
Annual General Membership, $35. Supporting Membership, $75.
The Spring 2022 Membership Drive yielding 34 new members at both the $35 level and the $75 level. Thank you all!
2023 Calendar of Events
ROOTS AND BLOOMS on May 20, 1:00-3:00
May Day basket making, Climate Farmer Stories Project exhibit opening, music by Red Clover Band, refreshments, and raffles (kids gardening set and custom built raised garden bed). Raffle details here.
CLIMATE SPEAKER SERIES: The Roots of Community Resilience
6/2 Climate Farmer Conversation with Norah Lake, Sweetland Farm & Leslie O’Hara, Hogwash Farm, 6:00
7/9 Climate Church, Climate World with Jim Antal, 5:30 Pot luck supper, 7:00 presentation
Our Generation’s Call To Address the Climate Emergency
Norwich resident the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal has preached or spoken on climate change since 1988 in over 400 settings. He will share from the just released, revised and updated edition of his 2018 book, Climate Church, Climate World. World renowned climate scientist, James Hanson, writes, “Jim Antal is among the most knowledgeable and passionate advocates of creation care, and he captures the complete story in Climate Church, Climate World.” The book offers countless examples of what we can and must do to leave a fair and stable planet for our kids and grandkids and all future generations. Jim will welcome and respond to questions. He will also sign books that will be available for purchase.
Jim Antal serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. From 2006-2018, Antal led the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts as their Conference Minister and President. He has preached on climate change since 1988 in over 400 settings and has engaged in non-violent civil disobedience on numerous occasions.
8/9 Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience, 7pm
How can we take steps locally to address the coupled crises of climate change and biodiversity loss? In this talk, your neighbor Dr. Morgan Peach, lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department at Dartmouth College, will introduce nature-based solutions as a key part of a hopeful vision of a climate-resilient future.
9/6 Electrify Everything: make an action plan with the Norwich Energy Committee, 7:00
COMMUNITY POTLUCK & OPEN MIC NIGHTS:
Root District Music and Arts Fair, Sunday June 18, 6:00
Come join your neighbors and friends for an evening of music, art and a pot-luck dinner!
There are also talented performance artists in the area and we are hoping that people will come and perform. Nathan Margolis will mix sound and host an “open mic”. Basic musical sound equipment will be available. Learn More here!
Rent the Schoolhouse!
Our quaint one-room schoolhouse overlooking the beautiful fields of Hogwash Farm is ideal for classes, meetings, performances, children’s activities, and more!
Root Schoolhouse is located at 987 Union Village Road, north of the intersection of Union Village Road and Goodrich Four Corners Road in Norwich, VT.
Root Schoolhouse by the Numbers:
Thank you for your support!
We would like to thank our local contractors and artisans who generously donated their time at reduced rates or as an in-kind donation: Graham Webster of Webster and Donovan, Paul Derkson of Turning Leaf, and Blake Spencer of Spencer Associates, Rye Keller for the iron railings on the front steps, Jeff Wilmot for the inside painting and John Vincent former board member and retired engineer instrumental as a project manager during the foundation replacement phase.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please see our donation information. Thank you for your support.
Root District Game Club
A 501(c)(3) Not for Profit
PO Box 42, Norwich, VT 05055