Plan out your extra time during lunch breaks and between events! Mini-mixers range from meeting artists to entrepreneurs, and from historic mural walking tour to learning about rural land conservation through the perspective of a professional chef.

Check out extra events happening in Keene surrounding Radically Rural: The Stonyfield 2020 Presidential Forum on Climate and Agriculture, and the Keene International Festival!

Thursday, September 19 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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!

Alumni Center at Keene State College, 222 Main Street

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

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.

Make It So Makerspace, 12 Eagle Court


Thursday, September 19 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

The Keene Sentinel, 60 West Street

Uniting Arts & 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 this 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.

Keene Fine Craft Gallery, 41 Central Square

Meet the Finalists: Entrepreneurship Mix and Mingle

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.

The Hive: Co-Working Space at the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury Street


Thursday, September 19 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Magical History Walking Tour – West Downtown Keene

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.

Meet the the Old Cheshire County Courthouse, 12 Court Street


Friday, September 20 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Magical History Walking Tour – East Downtown Keene

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.

Meet the the Old Cheshire County Courthouse, 12 Court Street


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.

Delegation Hall, Old Cheshire County Courthouse, 12 Court Street


Friday, September 20 | 11:30 am – 12:30 am

Relate to Your Plate: Working Lands Lunch

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 gorwn 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


Friday, September 20 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

CreativeGround Mixer with NEFA

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:
o Create a free public profile and promote yourself or your New England enterprise’s activities, connections, and services to a broad audience.
o Find potential collaborators and resources in the New England cultural community using the Search and Explore functions.
o Explore and quantify the creative spaces, enterprises, and artists at work in your community.

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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