People of Wake Robin

We’re a hands-on community. Meet the Sawdust Sisterhood.

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sawdust-sisterhood-lgIf you come to live at Wake Robin, the Sawdust Sisterhood can make you a bookshelf, a dining-room table, or a new leg for that treasured old couch. In our woodshop they’ve created mailboxes for the Burlington Land Trust, a farmstand for kids at Shelburne Farms, and over 100 projects for fellow residents here.

“I love wood — and I also like to create,” says Barbara, whose career took her around the world as a nurse battling polio. “And I don’t happen to knit!”

Others in the Sisterhood are: a retired classics professor and archeologist, a newspaper editor and educator, and a nurse with several master’s degrees. To each, making and fixing things is another way of doing good work in the world….and of making and keeping good friends.

“If you’re careful and precise, everything fits together,” says Ellen. “Which to me, is the most wonderful thing.”

Coming to Wake Robin to live — not to retire.

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Bill PolkA longtime business owner, Bill has continued working part-time since moving to Wake Robin. He oversees investments, accounts and operations for two Vermont non-profits. He also serves on several boards, as do many of his Wake Robin neighbors.

“Moving here can be a great new beginning — that’s the way I look at it,” Bill says. “We’ve developed so many friendships here, and had so much fun that we never would have had. It’s a wonderful group of folks at Wake Robin, and very diverse.

“I enjoy being where I am. And my life is not geared to retirement!”

Green living.

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garden with woman in itWake Robin is part of the Vermont Fresh Network. “We source as much local food as possible,” says Tim, chef. The resident Pyramids group – which advises the dining staff – enthusiastically supports this philosophy.

“We also contract with two local farmers. They set aside acreage for us; we tell them what our needs are, and they raise produce for our kitchens.”

Wake Robin residents designed and built three and a half miles of walking trails, and make Vermont maple syrup each spring in a sugarhouse built by local high school students. Residents compost, plant gardens, harvest honey from hives they brought to Wake Robin, and serve together on the Green Team. The Team, made up of residents, staff and Board, has developed a strategic energy plan. With input and active resident involvement, the Community reduced its electricity use 6.4% in the past year.

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