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HoeDown at the Farm
September 26, 2009

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Approximately 150 people participated in the College Farm hoedown, where they enjoyed live music and a potluck dinner featuring local food.

The College Farm's hoedown was a toe-tappin', lip-smackin' success.

Approximately 150 guests braved rain and cool weather to attend the event, which brought together local farmers, community members, neighbors, students and staff for healthful, down-home fun.

It all began when a nationally recognized roots band, Hoots & Hellmouth, inquired about performing at the College Farm as part of its Harvest Tour. During the two-week tour, the band performs at regional farms and related venues to help promote community-driven sustainable agriculture, farm markets and other local-food initiatives.

They found an enthusiastic audience at Dickinson, reports Jen Halpin, director of the Dickinson College Farm.

"We thought that this was a great idea and we wanted to support their initiative by creating a community celebration," says Halpin. "It was inspiring to see such a diverse crowd gather over food and be inspired by such vibrant music."

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The event brought together community members, regional farmers, students, faculty and staff.

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Perrin Allen '11 (third from left) presents a birthday cake to Jen Halpin, director of the Dickinson College Farm. Student farmer Kalyn Campbell '10 (left) used carrots from the College Farm to create the vegan carrot cake from scratch. "The cake was a thoughtful surprise," Halpin later said.

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Hoots & Hellmouth performs at the Dickinson College Farm.

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The hoedown was well-attended, despite rain and chilly weather.

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Hoots & Hellmouth included Dickinson College in its two-week Harvest Tour. During the tour, the band visits farms, participates in harvest activities and performs at the site. Additional venues include regional farm markets and farm-school centers.

 

At left: The band's rauckous take on roots music inspired some dancing. Based in Philadelphia, Hoots & Hellmouth has been featured on National Public Radio and has performed its highly charged hybrid of roots, gospel and soul on WXPN's World Cafe.


Text by MaryAlice Bitts
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71