Chad and Courtney Devoe of Dryden told us about the process of building an “Earth Ship,” a house that reuses materials like car times and aluminum cans to decrease the impact on the environment. The house uses passive solar heat and a number of water conservation technologies. Earth Ship is the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds. The Devoes purchased plans from Reynolds’ firm. They have had a lot of help from volunteers. Chad is a teacher in Groton schools and Courtney teaches in Ithaca schools.
Lesley Williamson, the new director of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, was our guest by phone. She started her new job in November 2011 and has been seeking to raise the visibility of the foundation in the local community. The primary mission of the foundation is to give visual artists and writers a retreat, where they can work without interruptions. She has been holding salons and open houses at the property on Ellis Hollow Creek Road and letting people know that the studio facilities of the foundation are available for a reduced fee during their off-season (October-April).
Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen, our regular guest on the first Sunday of the month, stopped in to talk about movies and the local theatre.