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Kick Start for Kids pig roast raised funds for Wonderfeet Children’s Museum

RUTLAND-Last summer Roots the Restaurant hosted a pig roast in downtown Rutland to raise money for post Hurricane Irene reconstruction efforts. This year, the restaurant once again teamed up with its neighbor, Earth Waste and Metal and local organizations to raise money for a good cause. It was dubbed a "kick start for kids" and the beneficiary was Wonderfeet Children's Museum; the family atmosphere of the event was greatly enhanced by the activities for children. 

Wonderfeet has been a popular part of Rutland's Friday Night Live music celebrations for two years. Called a "museum without walls," thousands of visitors have enjoyed the interactive exhibits and activities. Their Friday evenings were so popular that Wonderfeet began looking for a permanent downtown home and recently secured 17 Center Street.

Chris Ettori, on the board of directors, said "the space is a good size for this next stage of our existence… We have had inquiries about birthday parties and things like that, so hopefully this space will enable us to do that."

Rutland Mayor Chris Louras was one of the volunteers serving food inside the large tents set up for the pig roast on Wales Street, "I am happy to see this initiative of the Rutland Creative Economy succeed. The Downtown Rutland Partnership is also pleased, as an event like this pig roast might bring a thousand people downtown today."

Ingredients from local farms like Radical Roots and Brown Boar Farm were prepared by Roots Chef Donald Billings. "I am impressed by all the donations and volunteers that the event brought in; it is great to help out our friends at Wonderfeet," said Billings of the event.

Cooperation and community development were certainly the central themes for the day and all the volunteers were happy to be there.

Long Trail Brewing was present, serving up beer to compliment the slow cooked pork.

For more information about Wonderfeet visit wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org