Chef Brent Battis of B&W Catering Company (Mascoma Class of 1998) was the featured chef at the Friends Feeding Friends Pop-Up Dinner at 56 Main Street Bar & Grill on May 1st. The reception and dinner featured local foods and libations including cider from Farnum Hill Cider and Eden Ice Cider with pairing talks from Steve Wood, pork from The Stewart Farm, Sunset Rock Farm cheese, Brabant Farms micro-basil, and much more. Special thanks to Dick Dumez and Kim Quirk, the Energy Emporium, Gen Y Creative, Blood's Catering & Party Rentals, Mascoma High School Radio - MIX 96.6, Captured Moments Photography by Bridget, Safflowers, all volunteers, donors and attendees.
During NH Gives this year we are raising money for our scholarship program. The Class of 2018 will be the third class to receive scholarships from FOM and this day of giving will help insure we can meet our minimum goal of distributing $7,500 in scholarships next year.
Fun fact: over half of our donations have come from outside our district! The image below shows states in green, these states are where donations have come from. We have even received a donation from outside the country!
Please share the word about NH Gives (especially if you have family and friends living in states where we have not received donations from, we would love to fill in this map)!
Holly Howes, IRS media specialist and the Grade Five teachers of Indian River School received a mini-grant from Friends of Mascoma that enabled every student and teacher to receive a hardback copy of "The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place", Bill Doyle's entertaining book about a fifth grader's family quest to win a contest. The IRS Library Book Sales fundraising helped also. All the students knew they were going to meet the author via Skype, so they all kept questions to ask, as they were reading. And.... they came prepared. Bill told them all about being a writer and some tips, also, to help them write. The students were insightful and Bill was inspirational. Thank you donors for making very special projects like this happen.
To read more about Bill Doyle go to www.billdoyle.net .
Friends of Mascoma Foundation celebrated our art initiative "Art All Around" and our volunteers at a well attended reception. This is a great example of how community artists and volunteers support our school district and link together to offer more opportunities and resources.
Gary Wood, a Canaan master wood craftsman, collaborated with Dave Shinnlinger's wood shop students to build this beautiful cherrywood bench that graces the front lobby. This project was supported by Friends of Mascoma Foundation and the Guild of NH Woodworkers.
Our Canaan and Enfield Food Pantries are celebrating our Year One. We are grateful for all of our partnerships, our donors, our volunteers and our shoppers who motivate us to find the best resources we can bring to our community.
Sneak peak at our 300 square foot Kraatz & Russell multi media mural that is one of our Art Initiative projects. A surprise of connecting the old with the new..............
This wall is outside of the media center and lower level auditorium entrance.
We are getting lots of community service help to organize, weigh and pack our donations of food for the upcoming winter break food boxes that are Indian River School's Helping Hands project and the MVRHS Making a Difference project.
We are proud mini-grant sponsors of two documentary films and forums. if you missed "the Hungry Heart, a documentary film on prescription drug addiction and recovery,please don't miss this one!
One of our annual fundraising auction items in September was to treat the first three Students of the Month with an ordered lunch from Mickey's Cafe in Enfield delivered to them by an FOM board member. They also received VIP parking for the day. This auction item was won by Kate Plumley Stewart. Who will be the next three lucky and deserving students?
Tuesday, December 27th: Over 100 Friends of Mascoma Supporters turned out for our 2nd Annual Night of Homegrown Talent featuring Mascoma alumni Brooks Hubbard and Hannah Hoffman at Whaleback Mountain. Many thanks to both artists for sharing their talent for another fun night celebrating community! You can see live video from the event on our Facebook page. Hear more and support the artists by downloading music through their webpages [linked above].
We are grateful to Whaleback for their partnership and to Donnie Dunkerton, a Mascoma alum and owner of Dunk's Concessions, for serving up delicious fair food for everyone at the event. We were thrilled to have Mascoma's Best Variety Mix 96.6, a radio station run by Mascoma students, broadcast live from the event. Listen to Mix 96.6 online and show them some love on Facebook.
We would also like to thank our amazing team of volunteers of all ages for being wonderful ambassadors for Friends of Mascoma and to everyone who took the trip out to the Whale - it's fun and now you all know it's actually not that far! The event raised over $600 to support Friends of Mascoma's ongoing work in our community.
Did you miss it? Watch for other #MascomaMixer events throughout the year and pencil us in for Christmas break next year!
Did you know? Whaleback is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit community foundation. They are open for skiing now and also rent out their facility in the off-season. Hit the slopes at this family friendly mountain and enjoy reasonable rates and the new snow while it lasts!
Please consider a donation to Friends of Mascoma Foundation! We are busy working on our 2016 Annual Newsletter. We hope you will be part of our support system in 2016. Let's ring in the New Year with strong commitments!
Thank you all; we are excited about 2017. Look for the grand installation of the Kraatz and Russell multi media mural to be revealed in January! This is one of our Art All Around Initiatives.
Cameron Jesperson-Pecor had a great ride to IRS in a big red Canaan Firetruck thanks to the Canaan Fire Department for generously donating their time for an auction item for our annual fundraising dinner in September. Christine Jespersen had the winning bid and she awarded this experience to her grandson.
Alton Hennessy, John Hennessy, Cameron, Chief Bill Bellion ready to get to school!
Rachel Dargie, an eighth grade student at Indian River School, was Co-Principal for a day with Principal Kevin Towle, who generously donated his time to give Rachel a wonderful experience that was the result of our annual fundraising auction item that Linda Paulsen of Canaan won and awarded to Rachel. We thank you for supporting our efforts to offer more opportunities to our staff and students.
We raised over $1400 at Margarita's Lebanon On November 11. We are so appreciative of all of the support. Thank you to Margs for hosting and generously donating to FOM, to everyone who came out to dine and celebrate community with us, and to our awesome volunteers who greeted restaurant goers all day.
Pictured are board members: Andrew Cushing, Carolyn Cusick and Theresa Sabol
Raffle winner of FOM swag: Jayden Montebianchi of Canaan
Veteran's raffle of a $25 gift certificate to Margs: Steve Josephson of Virginia
Fourth graders at Canaan Elementary School participated in King Arthur's Bake for Good program. The fourth graders and their teachers, Mrs. Naranjo, Mrs. Landry and Mr. Henry were proud to donate their home-baked bread loaves to two local charities: End 68 Hours of Hunger and Friends of Mascoma Foundation. We were delighted to offer this fantastic contribution to our Friends Feeding Friends Food pantries. Thank you for caring!
Some of the participating Fourth Graders with their take home kits.
Mrs. Kim Naranjo, fourth grade teacher at CES, handing off some of the Bake for Good bread to Carolyn Cusick, representing FOM.
James Frost, a first grader at Canaan Elementary School was Co-principal for a day with Principal Isabelle. He was awarded this honor and experience from the highest bidder, Meredith Frost, on this FOM auction item at our Annual Fundraising dinner recently in September. Thank you for participating in this fun item.
Join us Friday, November 11th at Margaritas Lebanon and have some fun for a great cause!
20% of your DINNER receipt WILL BE donated to us if you do one of the following 4 things:
- Save this voucher on your smartphone and show it to your server,
- Print your voucher and show it,
- Mention that you are dining to support "Friends of Mascoma" or
- Grab a voucher in the entryway to give to your server while you are signing up to win Friends of Mascoma gear in our FREE RAFFLE!
Many thanks to Margaritas of Lebanon for graciously hosting this fun event!
This Blue Wall is there for an amazing reason! Michael Kraatz and Susan Russell, mixed media artists of Canaan, actually started our Art Initiative by donating their awesome talents within a week of the bond being passed by our five towns to create an art installation in the renovated high school. They have been working on a 300 square foot creation since then. FOM has funded all materials and added the "blue reinforced wall". We will keep you in suspense!
Many thanks to all who donated items and to the many volunteers who helped organize the donated clothing and blankets to the Friends of Mascoma Warm Winter Clothing Giveaway. We had lots of happy shoppers who found some great items. In the Spirit of sharing, leftover items were donated to other Upper Valley charities. We thank the Community Lutheran Church of Enfield for the awesome space to use and for allowing us to collect and sort items ahead of time right on site!