I am feeling very happy and proud to look over the last year of activities and accomplishments of the Scranton Beets as I uploaded pics for Plant Pure Nation for a pod event in November. When we started out, I wasn’t sure I could sustain the group, but with the love, support, and assistance of friends and family, we haven’t missed a month of meeting. It has been a lot of fun and I hope we can continue into the coming year.
Here is a summary of what we did in our first year:
Nov 2015: Our first gathering to meet one another and brainstorm about the vision of the group and ideas for activities
Dec 2015: Lunch at Eden, A Vegan Café and discussion about choosing our first public event
Jan 2016: Potluck at Kathy’s house, hummus making lesson, made our intro vide, and chose a name for our first event
Feb 2016: Potluck at Cathy’s house, made teams and planned the format for our first public event
March 2016: Met to share our posters and handouts for our first event in April and organize volunteers for the food sampling table.
April 2016: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition! Our first educational event at the Abington Community Library. We had information tables with posters and members to answer questions, a table of tasty treats, a table with plant-based kitchen staples, and a table with books and handouts. We had a great turn out and lots of fun.
May 2016: We joined the NEPA Vegans and friends for a pot luck. It was planned for a local park, but due to weather, we met in the food court of the local mall
June 2016: Balsamic vinegar tasting and refreshments and a local balsamic and olive oil store called Thirteen Olives. The owner is a chef who made us oil free plant-based treats and a drink called a “shrub” made with fruit juice and balsamic vinegar and he demonstrated how to make muhummara, a wonderful red pepper dish. This event was very well received.
July 2016: “Relax, Renew, Restore” We met with a friend who is a nurse and yoga therapist for a yoga session for beginners and then enjoyed a plant-based lunch together that I prepared in advance. Everyone loved the yoga!
August 2016: Edible Plant Hike with Hiking Jane. We walked along a trail in Scranton and our friend Jane Frye who is a nature and hiking enthusiast identified edible and poisonous plants for us and shared her enthusiasm for her new plant-based diet following Dr. Esselstyn’s program to prevent and reverse heart disease.
Sept 2016: A Taste of Mindfulness in the Park. My friend Lisa Rigau, an RN with a masters in nutrition led us on a meditative walk and did a sampling of mindful eating outdoors in the beautiful Lackawanna State Park.
October 2016: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Tour and pot luck. We had a fantastic tour and visit with the animals led by Indra Lahiri, the passionate founder of the sanctuary. After the tour, we had a pot luck in the barn, made new friends, and did some brief video interviews with some of the members of our group.
Coming up November 2016: Top 10 Vegan Hits with Marty Davey! Marty is an RD, who has been on staff at Main Street Vegan Academy with Victoria Moran and does cooking demos at local farmers markets and often appears as “La Diva Dietitian.” She is funny, smart, and engaging and we can’t wait to have her speak and do a cooking demo for us!
Please let us know what kind of activities you would like to see in 2017, new activities and also if there are any you would like us to repeat!