Rupert is a town located in Bennington County, of the Manchester-Bennington region of Vermont. Historians agree that the town was probably named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, even though he had been dead nearly 80 years by the time of the Grants, because he was a national hero beloved by all Englishmen.
One of Rupert's first settlers was Reuben Harmon, a metalsmith, who was given the right to mint coins, called "Vermont coppers," for the Republic of Vermont. The coins were first struck in 1785 and continued to be minted until Vermont's admission to the United States in 1791 as the State of Vermont.
Some notable people of the area include: Frederick Buechner, writer & theologian; and Israel Smith, lawyer, politician, & fourth Governor of Vermont.
Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Ian Vair, local wild mushroom expert and chef, to lead this workshop. Hen of the Woods, Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Blewits and Lions Mane mushrooms will all be on the list of possible finds. “Pound for pound my best yielding months are always September and October.” Ian will begin the foraging adventure with a discussion focusing on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join our workshop to gain knowledge, skills, friends and a memorable experience! Pre-registration is required and costs $25. Please wear comfortable shoes for hiking the woods and sloping terrain. Bring a water bottle, insect repellent, and a bag for collecting your finds. For more information or to register, please call the GMALL office at (802) 867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.