Summer Commune’s Shady Bunch
University of Idaho Arboretum
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Summer Commune’s photo spread in the Inlander
A recent Associated Press article pointed out that, for the first time since 1920, cities are surpassing suburbs in population growth. It’s a change that can be traced back to the 18-to-29-year-old demographic either moving to or remaining in their bustling metropolis of choice. Public transportation, an abundance of nightlife activities, and access to employment are part of the appeal, but this group is also particularly prone to holding down low-wage jobs, being unable to own real estate, and many are crushed under thousands of dollars worth of student loans.
It’s this sort of stalemate climate that Heller says is, in part, facilitating Summer Commune in the first place. It’s an opportunity — or, for some, an excuse — to make a change that’s as simple as dollars and cents.
“The entry-level concept [of Summer Commune] is that the rent is too damn high, and that you can live somewhere else cheaper,” says Heller. “It’s a very economical decision.” —
The Inlander: Communal Vibe
Very real material reasons for Summer Commune
Come to Moscow’s PechaKucha this Friday night!
Why hip, young creative folks are spending the summer in Moscow
We’re featured in this Pacific Northwest alt-weekly!
Summer Commune Facebook stats as an infographic
People keep asking us, “What do you guys do exactly?”
Answer: Some of us spend our days working via the internets (shout out to One World), some of us have jobs here, & some of us are hanging out. We hang out at bars, on farms, and on porches. We volunteer in town sometimes. We’re learning about 60s radicalism, organic farming, Idaho geology, mandolin, and Buddhism from our new local friends. We’re hosting a reading series and some artsy meetups. We got the spirit of ‘76 at our 4th of July Bicentennial BBQ (thanks for coming!), and have communed with nature at Weir Springs, Elk River Falls, the Kamiak Butte, and what used to be Elberton. We welcomed new Communers from LA, London, San Jose, and Boston, and we talk a lot about how the things we learn about ourselves this summer will inform the ways we choose to live once Summer Commune is over.
Very special thanks to Steve Streets & David Giese, who threw us some very cool parties, where we met some of Moscow’s most interesting people.
And we hope to meet more of you! Here’s how you can find us:
WEEKLY OPEN MEETING
Wanderers’ Tavern (Washington & 2nd, downtown) - Tuesday, JULY 10, 6 PM
Over cheap beers & homemade snacks, we’ll welcome new Communers & show Tando & Nicole some love. Have an event you want to plan? Come tell us about it. [ RSVP/Invite Your Friends ]
SUMMER COMMUNE READING #1
Book People of Moscow (Main Street) - Wednesday, JULY 11, 6:30 PM
The first reading of the Summer Commune Reading Series will feature dangerous fiction by Kevin Taylor (Moscow), wander-ful essays by Joshua Heller (LA), and salacious fiction by A. Nicole Kelly (TN). The entertainment is free & so are the drinks! The reading will begin at 7, but come early to browse the stacks & sip on sangria. [ RSVP/Invite Your Friends ]
ARTS EN PLEIN AIR
Friendship Square (Main Street) - Friday, 10 AM
Bring your pencils, pastels and paintbrushes to Friendship Square this Friday morning to visually explore the many facades that surround our downtown center! From the playground to the historic buildings there is something for everyone- within arms reach of coffee and refreshments! [ RSVP/Invite Your Friends ]
SUMMER COMMUNE BASTILLE DAY FETE
1004 Jefferson Street - Saturday, JULY 14, 8 PM
We might not actually be Francophones, but we like to take advantage of any excuse for a party, and since “le quatorze juillet” happens on a Saturday we’re basically obligated to throw a French themed event. Petit French snacks and some B will be provided, but help us out and BYO. [ RSVP/Invite Your Friends ]
- Summer Commune