August 18-20, 2017 (re)Evolution at Sterling

Come back to Craftsbury Common to kickoff Sterling’s 60th year with a weekend-long celebration of our past, present and future!

Reconnect with this special place, hear from the voices that shaped our past and those that will chart our future, and reunite with classmates and old friends over a weekend of activities, meals, and events to bring you closer to your alma mater and classmates. Let’s break trail on the next 60 years!



Friday, August 18

6:30 pm Picnic, Bonfire, & Music Cedar Cottage.  Alumni & past faculty & staff join the current faculty & staff for a casual gathering at the President’s house, Cedar Cottage. Special musical guests Ned Houston & Don Houghton.

Saturday, August 19

(all morning events through 11:30 am + evening music & dinner at 6 pm are open to the public!)

8:30 am Community Pancake Breakfast Dunbar Dining Hall – A hearty breakfast also open to Craftsbury community members. Sterling merchandise will be available for sale in the Dunbar Foyer.

9:30 am

  • Draft Animals Farm Demo– See the teams in action!
  • Walking Tour– See what’s new on campus with our Admission staff
  • Challenge Course– Get up in the air on the ropes course with Anne Morse, faculty of Outdoor Education
  • School of the New American Farmstead Presentation– Learn about Sterling’s continuing education program

10:45 am

  • Draft Animals Farm Demo– See the teams in action!
  • Walking Tour– See what’s new on campus with our Admission staff
  • Nature Walk in Virginia Russell Woods with Farley Brown ‘85, Faculty of Ecology
  • Global Field Studies Presentation– Learn about Sterling’s faculty-led, immersive, and environmentally-focused Global Field Studies courses with David Gilligan, Faculty of Ecology

11:45-1 pm Recognition Luncheon, Dunbar Dining Hall– A summer lunch where we honor long-time faculty, staff & community members who have shaped generations of environmental stewards.  Presented by the Alumni Board.

1:30 pm Sterling Skills Competition, On Campus– This afternoon event will include competitions featuring crosscut saws, knot tying, and fire starting.  With ice cream, of course!  Facilitated by Allison Van Akkeren, Faculty of Sustainable Food Systems, and Adrian Owens, Faculty of Outdoor Education

3:00 pm Expedition Stories, Dunbar– Listen to and share your own Expedition stories in this alumni-led event, emceed by Sydney Flowers ‘01

4:30 pm Three Thousand Cups of Tea, Common House Film Screening with Jennifer Jordan ‘76

6:00 pm Dinner & Music On the Common

  • Grab food and ice cream from vendors on the Common, and a drink from Blackbird Bar Catering. A portion of your food truck purchase will be donated to Sterling’s Annual Fund.
  • Music from local string band Granite Junction starts at 7 pm. This musical event is sponsored by Sterling as part of the annual Kingdom Food & Farm Days.


Sunday, August 20

8:30 am Continental Breakfast, Dunbar Dining Hall

9:30 am Alumni & Friends Work Project, Lower Gardens.  Help the Farm Crew dig and shape new raised beds.

11:oo am Depart Campus

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(re)Evolution is being planned with the help of the Sterling Alumni Board:

  • Annie Gaillard
  • Andre Sandison
  • Caroline Alves
  • Christina Goodwin
  • John Babson
  • Justin Parks
  • Laura Berry
  • Rita Hennessey
  • Will Shakespeare

If you’d like to join the board and assist with planning and outreach, please contact Micki Martin at

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