|Re: ADDENDUM Re: Need information on Common House use (Barbara Smith)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diana Carroll (dianaecarrollgmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:09:28 -0700 (PDT)|
I picked a random two week period from last year (pre-covid) and looked on our calendar. Here is what we had scheduled Sept 1-14. (Note that not everything that happens is scheduled, and not everything that gets scheduled happens. - 6 Common meals - Kid thing (not sure what this is. I think a kid friendly potluck?) - Trustees meeting - Steering committee meeting - Society for Creative Anachronism Meeting - Guest in guest rooms (8 nights) - 3 Sewing events - Facilitation team meeting - Four reservations labeled "AGT" (not sure what this is, I think a sporting event on TV) - 5 private events (details not specified on calendar) - Watching a dem primary debate on TV - General meeting - Membership team meeting - Process team meeting - "The Good Place" on TV (dang, how did I miss that?) - Role playing game (recurs every two weeks) - Book club On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 3:28 PM Karolyn/Richard Mangeot < richard.mangeot [at] usa.net> wrote: > SORRY!! > > I knew I would forget somethings – > WEEKLY – in inclement weather our Monday morning coffee on the log cabin > porch is moved inside the common house > OCCASIONAL – > Annual talent show > Lecture or presentation (most recently on local Native American history) > > THANKS, > > Karolyn > > ------ Original Message ------ > Received: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 02:35:04 PM EDT > From: "Karolyn/Richard Mangeot" <richard.mangeot [at] usa.net> > To: > Subject: Re: Need information on Common House use (Barbara Smith) > > To Barbara Smith and the Middlesex Senior Cohousing folks: > > Others have answered this well and I apologize for the late response; but I > will add our experience at Elderberry Cohousing, a rural senior community > of > 18 townhomes north of Durham, NC. > > 1. How often is your common house used -- on a daily, weekly or monthly > basis? > > > During the pandemic, because we are rural and we live in North Carolina, > many > of our normal Common House activities have been moved outside. Pre-covid, > we > held probably between 8-9 scheduled activities per week. Even with the > pandemic we are still scheduling a minimum of 4 activities per week inside. > > 2. For what purposes do people use your common house? (As many uses as > possible!) > > Here is what we do in Elderberry's Common House (which we have nicknamed > The > Hive, because one of our community values is to live in a beehive of > activities). > > DAILY - every day people walk through the Hive whether to do a laundry or > put > something in someone's cubby or to get something out of the two shared > freezers or to work on a puzzle that is always out on the table or...(see > occasional uses below) > > WEEKLY: > 2 self-directed yoga sessions > a tai chi class led by a member > TGIF share-a-pizza or bring your own supper & drinks > meditation > at least one committee meeting > > TWICE A MONTH: > Potluck followed by a Music night (we have a soundproof media room where > this > group sings and plays) > Potluck followed by a game night (the common area has tables that are used > for > board games, cards, whatever) > > ONCE A MONTH: > Craft night - people bring projects to share or do individually > Plenary meeting followed by a meal - either potluck or catered by members > Guest room - probably used at least once/month for out-of-town prospects > visiting Elderberry or for members' family visitors > Book club > Party - we strongly believe that a community needs to have fun together - > this > could be anything from Mardi Gras to Winter Solstice > > OCCASIONAL (BUT IMPORTANT) USES: > Working out on the exercise equipment > Sitting by the woodstove in the winter > Canning or freezing garden produce on the big stoves > Using the internet (people who share the internet in their home sometimes > prefer to work here) > Group watching of a movie or streaming events like the Olympics > Emergency gathering place - we have a generator so that when there is an > area-wide power outage, the Hive still has electricity (freezers, lights, > gas > stove, woodstove, fans, etc.) > Family events - we've had everything from a bridal shower to a memorial > service > Holiday dinners - e.g. Thanksgiving/Christmas with anyone who's here > Quiet place to read/wait (perhaps while you have workers/cleaners in your > home) > Using our "library" of field guides, how-to books, games and puzzles > Storing the community's archives - hard copies of landscape plans, > equipment > manuals, photo albums, etc. > Storing shared items like big pots, dehyrdator, ice cream freeezer, etc. > Luckily, Elderberry has a number of outbuildings - but lacking these we > would > need the Common House for storage of tools, touch-up paint, etc. > > Okay, that's more than you wanted to know - but we do want you to have all > the > ammunition you need to get your common house approved. > > Best of luck! > > Karolyn Mangeot > http://www.elderberrycohousing.com/ > > > > > > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > >
ADDENDUM Re: Need information on Common House use (Barbara Smith) Karolyn/Richard Mangeot, August 28 2020
- Re: ADDENDUM Re: Need information on Common House use (Barbara Smith) Diana Carroll, August 28 2020
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