GUILFORD — This is a different kind of election year, people say, and in keeping with that sentiment, for its annual fundraiser, the Kopkind Colony is doing something different. On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9, at the Organ Barn in Guilford, Kopkind will hold its Harvest Festival, but instead of featuring a single speaker or performer following the delicious late-brunch spread, it will hold what it hopes to be a spirited forum on the press, politics, "this reality show called Election 2016" and the future. "What's Going On?"

This will be the 19th Harvest fundraiser for the seminar/retreat project, a living memorial to political journalist and former Guilford resident Andrew Kopkind. In 1998 the project began with a group of Andy's friends gathered over food, drink, a shared commitment to political thought, action and pleasure. Their support launched the project. Since the summer of 1999 Kopkind has brought some 400 journalists, activists and documentary filmmakers from around the country and the world to Guilford, while also presenting free movies and lectures for the public. Patty Carpenter performed at that first Harvest Late Brunch.


She will be at the event on Sunday — this time to participate in a collective discussion on some of the major questions the people of this country face, along with Al Giordano, Gilbert Ruff, Dottie Morris, Kweku Toure, John Scagliotti, JoAnn Wypijewski and others.

"What does the reality-show nature of Election 2016 say about America today?" will be one of the questions discussed at the event. "What does it say about the media, about political thought and organizing? If ever there was a time for thinking out loud — and together — about what it all means and the challenge for progressive politics whoever wins in November, this is it."

The event begins at 2 p.m. with a late-brunch feast, followed by the community forum. Tickets are $35, $25 for students. This is the only local benefit put on by Kopkind. For reservations, more information or directions, call 802-254-4859 or email or