Join us on September 21st from 5:30-8:30 PM for the CONNECT event, held outdoors in the beautiful New England fall weather at the Wyman Tavern Yard off of Main Street in Keene, NH.

Guests will enjoy culinary creations by CC & D’s Kitchen Market, a fashion show, and live music by the bluegrass band Poor Monroe.

This year’s theme is:

FARM, FOOD, and FASHION: Taking our Place in the Circle.

Farms create community, sustain livelihoods, and provide food & fiber – nourishing our souls as well as our tummies. When carried out conscientiously, this Food and Fashion bounty can be returned to the soil to nourish the earth in a reciprocal relationship, a concept known as Circular Economy.

This year at our annual CONNECT event, hundreds of attendees have the opportunity to see “what’s next”, as we celebrate the land with delicious local foods and a Fashion Show featuring farm-to-closet and sustainable fashions.

Come and immerse yourself in our very own Circular Economy.  See what is working and what gaps we have in our ecosystem, as you eat, drink, and CONNECT with other innovative thinkers from across the country.

Those who have registered for the summit already have this included in their ticket price.

Those from the community who would like to join just for CONNECT can purchase separate tickets.



Meet the Fibershed Team.

Laura Jacoby & Cyrus Brooks

Muriel’s crafts quality knits with New England wool & other responsibly sourced fibers right here in Vermont. By growing a market for local wool we’re supporting our neighbors who sequester carbon by intentionally managing their farmland.

Mary Ewell

Locally Dressed seeks to encourage local fashion sustainability and the associated economic benefits by raising up the conversation around clothing. Locally Dressed educates readers about the environmental and economic regional benefits of investing in locally created clothing and fiber industries.


Nichole Bainer

Sustainability through conscious consumerism, style services, holistic events, nourishing recipes and helping you navigate life connected to spirit.



Meet CC&D’s Kitchen Market.

Good food made with love and laughs. Charcoal Charlie Pini, an award winning chef and BBQ pitmaster, Denise Meadows a catering powerhouse and passionate localvore. Together they share decades of experience, stories and scars in cooking between them, running kitchens and restaurants, creating magic, and taking care of their guests and yours.
CC&D’s Kitchen Market is your spot for mouthwatering take-out lunch, dinner, Charlie’s famous barbecue and a market stocked with grab & go items including local cheeses & charcuterie.
The Market is home to Charcoal Charlie Productions and Free Range Chick Catering for all your catering needs. It’s about remarkable food and happy faces, serving a neighborhood, a community and the Monadnock Region.

Meet Poor Monroe.

Formed at the start of 2021, Poor Monroe is a New England-based bluegrass collaboration of long-time friends with nearly a century’s worth of performing experience (cumulatively speaking). Drawing from distinct musical paths, this energetic group of seasoned players bring a unique approach to their performances, delivering unmistakably tight vocal harmonies and scorching tempos that are the benchmark of the genre.

Performing original and traditional material with a deep sense of honoring the legacy of bluegrass music while also forging their own unique voice, this group of fiscally-bereft individuals shows how the love of music and a good sense of humor can transcend trying times.


Hannah Grimes Center and the Keene Sentinel came together in 2016 and 2017 to stage CONNECT, an event initiated by Hannah Grimes in 2007 to connect graduates of one of its business programs and grew to include graduates and participants in HG programming, funders, board members, and the local business and community.

The new approach and concept of CONNECT, to showcase the innovation and entrepreneurship in the Monadnock Region, drew crowds of 400 to network in a fusion of art, food and music. This success suggested something bigger was possible: A small town summit at which experts in the arts, downtowns, entrepreneurship, land use, clean energy, healthcare and journalism could gather and share thoughts on sustainable, thriving rural communities. Radically Rural was born with an emphasis, as its name suggests, on inventive, contemporary approaches that attendees could absorb and take home. Radically Rural has kept CONNECT as a key part of the event to this day.

CONNECT is taking place at Wyman Tavern Yard. Read more about the historic site in atHome Magazine.

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