Our vision is a world where people value connections with each other and nature and human life contributes to the life of the planet. 
 
Want to know about what RCE members are up to? Check out our blog  – there are new posts several times a month!

We’re joining the fun of National Cohousing Open House Day

In Person Introductory Session on May 4th from 11 to 1 pm
@ Kearns Conference Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA
 
Rachel Carson EcoVillage joins cohousing communities across the country to celebrate National Cohousing Open House Days. We will be hosting an in person informational session – our first in-person info session since 2020 – on May 4th from 11 am to 1 pm. The event will feature a slide presentation, Q&A, and a tour of the land. Light refreshments will be served. Please spread the word! Founders and Explorers are all welcome to attend, too. RSVP requested: rceintro@gmail.com   
 
Rachel Carson Ecovillage has been featured in 2 recent Triblive articles that you can view here: 
Proposed EcoVillage hosts informational session in McCandless  April 18, 2024
 
Rachel Carson EcoVillage planned for 2025 opening in McCandless  March 28, 2024
 
Where are we now??? 
With 7 of our 35 homes available, we are rapidly approaching being a full house – or at least a full community. We’re moving forward with the permit process as we move through May and June. We’re hoping that by the end of July we’ll be ready to lay the physical foundations of RCE. The foundations of RCE as a community are already well established!



Visitors

 April may have brought showers, but it also brought visits from Explorers Maryanne, Jon and Rees and later from Founders Mark, Sarah, Luba Nataliya and Monay.



We’re getting ready to welcome Founding member Beth in May.
 
Would you like to be the next visitor? Our local Hospitality Team is happy to help. Let us know by filling out this google form so we can make a plan.  We encourage you to plan on the first or third weekend of a month (and perhaps adding a day or two to that) as we have meetings on the second and fourth weekend. In general, we have more members available on the weekend than weekdays. But if that doesn’t work for you, we will certainly do our best to accommodate you.

Art that makes a difference: Blackwood Arts 
By Founding member, Jim Robertson
 
Over the past 34 years Blackwood Arts (BA) has been promoting the arts, both visual and performing, in the Greater Pittsburgh area through music concerts and art workshops held at the Blackwood estate. Located in Butler County about an hour north of Pittsburgh, it was founded by and is the home of Ben Robertson, brother of RCE Founding member Jim Robertson.  
Music events  – including jazz concerts, piano recitals, silent films, and organ concerts – have raised close to $1,000,000 for charitable causes.  
 
Since 1991, BA has raised over $500,000 for Make-A-Wish, granting the wishes of over 100 children with life threatening illnesses using the 1200 pipe Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ installed in the unique music room at Blackwood. Over $407,000 has been awarded to high school seniors wishing to pursue a career in music education or performance, and over $40,000 has been raised for the local underserved elementary school for the purchase of band instruments and lessons. 
 
For photos, videos, and list of the programs BA offers, visit the website www.blackwoodarts.org. Enjoy an afternoon of good music, refreshments, touring the grounds, and meeting new friends by attending one of the events held this year.

Founders Corner
 
Congratulations to Kelly and Melvin! They’ve sold their Statesboro home and are one step closer to moving to Pittsburgh!  See Kelly’s article below.

Many thanks to Founding member Monay, who invited RCE’ers to her Cleveland home to view the eclipse. Can’t figure out who they are in the photo? Probably cuz they all have on some funny glasses…

After an illustrious career as Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division, Sarah Vick retired from the US Airforce in a moving ceremony held in Washington DC on Friday April 5th. Jim and Judy Robertson, Stefani Danes and Doug Cooper, joined husband Mark Paine in celebrating Sarah’s service, which included work with Anthony Fauci, former Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States. Following the ceremony, Sarah and Mark hosted a guided sunset tour of monuments around the city followed by a Saturday bus tour of behind-the-scenes Washington. Congratulations, Sarah!!!


Selling Our Home: Essential Lessons from Georgia
 
By Kelly Leonard, Founding Member
 
As we begin our multi-step transition to Rachel Carson EcoVillage, our experience selling our home in Statesboro, Georgia has offered profound insights into the importance of early preparation. With less than a year until many of us move to RCE, starting now is crucial – as our journey to this point has taken nine months. Reflecting back, an even earlier start would have eased several challenges.
 
Selecting a realtor who matched our needs and values was our first step, guiding us through detailed preparations and necessary inspections. We learned the importance of flexibility and the utility of modern technology in streamlining decisions, especially when unexpected repairs extended our timelines and potentially complicated negotiations.
 
This process has reinforced the idea that our homes are significant investments, impacting not just our financial futures but also our environmental footprints. For anyone embarking on this journey, our key advice is to begin preparations immediately. Expect the unexpected, and embrace the educational curve of this life-changing process! 


From all of us @ RCE to our new  communitarians! 
 
Carla J. from AZ and Kim S. from PA  have joined the dozens of others that are exploring all that RCE has to offer. Want to know more about some of RCE’s other members? Check out the “Meet Some of Us” page on our website. 

Goings on in Pittsburgh 
The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books is a relatively new annual festival taking place in East Liberty (a Pittsburgh neighborhood), featuring the work of local authors and other writers with a connection to Pittsburgh.  In addition to readings, there will be free workshops on everything from creating a comic to self publishing, to writing a memoir. Plenty of kids activities for children of various age groups. May 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. Register on their website for specific activities. https://www.pittsburghbookfestival.org/
 
Contra Dancing – Lots of events listed at https://pittsburghcontra.org/schedule/, but I’d like to highlight May 17th – RCE Explorer Cindy H. is featured! Teaching at 7:30; dancing from 8 – 11 pm Wightman School (5604 Solway St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217).

Where will you be this summer?
You might want to consider meeting up with a gathering of community builders, seekers and cohousing professionals who are committed to a more connected, sustainable and democratic future at the 2024 National Cohousing Conference: Rooted in Belonging.
 
Where is this gathering taking place?  In Denver – where Cohousing US began – as the Rocky Mountain Cohousing Network  . 
This biennial conference, will be a space for connection, learning and growth. Participants will listen deeply, share openly and reflect on the past, present and future of the cohousing movement. While grounded in a commitment to belonging, participants will explore strategies to make cohousing a more equitable and diverse space.
 
The main conference is August 2-4 with pre-conference intensives and tours beginning on August 1. Click here to go to the conference website.


April Events

RCE Virtual Happy Hour
Friday, May 3rd from 7:30 – 8:30pm EDT
Ain’t No Party Like an Animal Party!
Calling all who love animals—both domestic and wild! The Animal Policy and Advisory Group is hosting this month’s CLG Happy Hour! How about some Show & Tell? We can show our current pets on camera and/or share pictures of our favorite animal encounters: pets past and present, and farm critters and wildlife, too.
Register

In Person Introductory Session
Saturday, May 4, 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us onsite for the first in-person introductory session since 2020! Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested to rceintro@gmail.com

RCE Introductory Meetings
Tuesday’s, May 7th & 21st  5:30 – 7pm EDT
and
Saturday, May 25th 10:30 – 12 pm EDT
 
Warm welcomes await at our introductory sessions where new faces can explore the enriching opportunities of our ecovillage. These meetings are perfect for building connections and gaining a deeper understanding of our community values.
Register

Development Forum 
Saturday, May 11th 12:30 – 1:30pm EDT
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, join the Legal & Financial Planning Group to cultivate our community’s future together in our Development  Forum. Hop into discussions, share your thoughts, and  stay informed as we cover the blossoming opportunities and the exciting steps forward for our community. This is your opportunity to gain insights, ask questions, and contribute to the shaping of our community’s future. It’s a fertile ground for ideas and dreams to take root!
Register

RCE Monthly Membership Meeting
Saturday, May 25th from 12:30 – 2pm EDT
After our introductory session, we warmly invite you to our Monthly Membership Meeting. April’s Monthly Membership Meeting is a bouquet of community achievements and collective aspirations. Each meeting features a special Rachel Carson Moment, where we reflect on our namesake’s legacy and explore themes related to environmental awareness and sustainability that inspire our ecovillage’s ethos.
Register

Newsletter staff
Coordinating Editor: Judy Trupin
Calendar Editor: Kelly Leonard
Contributing writers this month: Kelly Leonard, Jim Robertson, Judy Trupin
Information manager/Newsletter layout: Grace Astraea