Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

Start a Study Circle

Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

Community Contra Dance

Come Dance with the
White Mountain Ceilí Band

Saturday, September 23rd
7pm – 10pm

 

This Saturday, September 23rd is our next GALA Community Contra Dance, at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10pm.

No partners needed, family friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening. This month’s caller is the local favorite, Byron Ricker of Holderness. We are so lucky to be joined by the White Mountain Ceilí Band.

Dexter first came to Irish music when he played for contra dances around the valley, and the session at May Kelly’s deepened his focus on the Irish tradition. Fiona grew up playing flute through Mountain Top Music Center, and went on to study music at Loyola University.  While in New Orleans she began playing at Irish sessions, and now plays and sings with a few groups around New England. Siena grew up playing classical violin and viola and switched to fiddle in college when she discovered the Boston Scottish and Cape Breton music scene. Mike has played a wide range of musical styles, from classical to rock, and more recently bebop.  He and Siena have both enjoyed branching out into Irish music with the White Mountain Ceilí Band.

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome! Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors.  For volunteering or more information contact Josh at: josh@galacommunity.org, 603-539-6460.

Upcoming Re-skill-ience Workshop

Friction Fire
Using the Bow & Drill Method

With Tom Belluscio

Saturday, August 26th
From 9-11am
At 3 Pork Hill Rd
Ossipee, NH

Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2017 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  The next workshop, Friction Fire – The Bow and Drill Method with Tom Belluscio, takes place on Saturday, August 26th from 9-11am, at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee, NH.

The ability to create fire has long been held as a one of, if not the most significant development in human history. From cooking our food, providing us with life sustaining warmth or warding off wild animals, to lighting a candle when the power goes out or even the internal combustion that propels our vehicles; fire has shaped our lives. While modern implements and technology have made the process of fire lighting an endeavor easily taken for granted, the age old skill of breathing a flame to life is still as important today as it was thousands of years ago. To fully understand and appreciate this process we must travel back in time and start at the beginning, the way that our ancestors did.

Fire by friction is the age old and often romanticized method of rubbing two pieces of wood together in order to produce a red hot coal. The coal is then used to create a flame. Learning the proper form and technique is as important as being able identify the materials ideally suited to the task. Join us as Registered Maine Guide and Founder of Northeast Wilderness Company, Tom Belluscio, shares his knowledge of this time honored traditional wilderness skill.

Students should come prepared with a sharp fixed blade knife, and an enthusiasm for hands on learning. Everyone will leave with a functioning bow-drill set and a more complete knowledge of what it takes to create fire with consistency and efficiency.

 

This workshop takes place from 9-11am, at The Grange Hall at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee. The cost to participate in the workshop is $18.00. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register HERE, or by calling 603-539-6460.

DONATE to Makerspace Building Capital Campaign

Donate Here:

 https://fundly.com/gala-s-makerspace-building-campaign

Since G.A.L.A.’s very first potluck in 2007, the seed was planted to one day create a space where people could gather in a collaborative working environment with access to tools, equipment, and workshops that help build sustainable, thriving community. Today, we are closer than ever before to this vision becoming reality, arguably at a time when it needed most.

In celebrating our 10-year anniversary we are launching a 3-year capital campaign to raise 1 million dollars; the total project cost of

a) purchasing a building

b) designing and renovating the space based on community feedback, and

c) furnishing the space with the equipment, tools, and infrastructure resulting fully operating Community Makerspace.

Today, we are more than 80% toward reaching the first milestone – buying the building. We have a fully executed purchase and sale agreement to purchase 23 Bay St. for $400,000 with a closing date set for September 8th, 2017. Last week we received the exciting news that G.A.L.A. has been selected among a very competitive grant application process to receive $250,000 from the Northern Borders Regional Commission. Several very generous supporters and private foundations have already made generous pledges to that positioned G.A.L.A. to receive this grant. Together, with grant funding and pledges, we have $325,000 available to put toward the building purchase price.

That leaves three weeks to raise the remaining $75,000 necessary to purchase the building on September 8th – and we can do it!

DONATE HERE

We have come so very, very far and now it’s up to all of us to leverage this momentum and reach the first major milestone in realizing this long held vision of a Community Makerspace. Time is ticking. Just imagine a space offering businesses incubator services alongside independent studio time, educational workshops, and a collaborative environment to mature ideas and passions into lasting, viable ventures.

Imagine a Tool Library, Repair Cafe, and Community Bike Share. The facility at 23 Bay St. is well suited to make all of this possible, and G.A.L.A. is ready for the challenge. Donate today to have a direct and immediate impact on creating a hub for people of all ages and walks of life to deepen sense of purpose and connection, fine-tune employable skills, prototype or scale up new or existing entrepreneurial ventures, and otherwise move us closer and closer to what it means to live in thriving, creative, resilient community.

This project is a physical representation of G.A.L.A.’s mission to “Strengthen community by bringing people together to discover passions and cultivate skills that enrich rural lives and livelihoods.” Let’s bring this mission to life. After you donate, take the next step of sharing this donation page with friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers in the street! We have three weeks. Ready? Go!