Rose Friedman and some friends decided to start making free meals on Wednesday nights for anyone who wants them. They set up outside the East Hardwick Grange Hall. A lot of people around here are making food for neighbors during Covid. But Rose isn’t making food because of Covid. Or not exactly. She wants to see what will happen. Who will come and get the food and what will it be like when they come to get the food and if a lot of really different kinds of people come to get the food, what will they all talk about in front of the grange hall? It’s like a combination of science project and putting on a show, which is one reason why I like Rose, and why I wanted to watch her make soup.
VPR show about Rose and Justin and Modern Times Theater
Music for this show by Brian Clark
Thanks to Tobin Anderson and Amelia Meath
This is an extraordinary time for gathering. I really love the idea of nourishing people with your presence and caring, symbolically with soup. Inspiring, Erica.
Free food is suspicious at first, then Rose turns it into an inspired, strange party. I loved this. I say MORE parties like these. The people will come.
Erica, you are a gifted producer of great stuff.
I’m not just sayin.
This piece makes me very happy.
Good on Rose and her friends! The story filled me with hope for humanity but also with a wistful loneliness.
Thank you Érica, for an inspiring, seamlessly edited edit
Rose Et.al., souphug.
I bowdeep grateful to the
Tzadikim Nistarim with a ladle and a mic.
Do you have episode transcripts? Thank you!
I do not. They are expensive to produce and my shows are pretty long. I’m sorry!
This was lovely. I ran a community supper in New Hampshire for 11 years and in the beginning it was very hard to get people to come because they thought it was just for the desperate. I miss it still but ever week was a lot of work! Great storytelling.
This episode made me cry. The way you capture people in Vermont, like this community – their optimism, their generosity, their honesty, their kindness, the way they witness each other in season after season, the ways in which they decide to be present no matter what…I don’t have people like that in my life. I don’t have that life. I don’t think I realized how much I longed for that life until listening to Rumble Strip.