As Kipling’s home is now 112 years old, it deserves care and attention to normal wear and tear. Just his past week, we had the painters scrapping, cleaning and painting the north and south ends as well as the porte-cochère. The house looks great, ready for the next six years! Come and have a look!
Here is the link to the press release describing the award ceremony and the challenge. This news piece was released to many regional news media.
In early May, we launched this award as a way to promote The Landmark Trust USA’s 25th anniversary. We secured help from 3 teachers to frame the submissions, 5 judges to read & evaluate, and a venue in the main theater in the Latchis. The judges are all accomplished authors and teachers who divided the works by the 3 categories of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The challenge was open to all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders in Windham County, VT, or the southeast corner. We received 89 submissions from 90 students; 14 poems, 8 non-fiction, and 67 fiction. Eleven efforts were truly remarkable, with the overall best winning a one-night stay at Naulakha and the winners in poetry & fiction received one-night stays at Kipling’s Carriage House. There has been great enthusiasm about this event from parents, teachers, and students, so this will become an annual event.