Monterey Community Center
The Monterey Community Center - artistic, cultural, educational and social activities
Monterey Piece-makers Quilt made to benefit the MCC
Monterey Piece-makers Quilt made to benefit the Monterey Community Center - link to buy your raffle tickets at right

Octoberfest: October 11, 2014

Octoberfest 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014. 12 - 4 p.m. Rain or Shine

Please join us for a family day of fun and enjoyment: brats, hot dogs, desserts, juice, locally-brewed beer, live music, games, pumpkin rolling, tour the Community Center construction progress, and more.

On October 12, 2013, Between 400 - 500 people joined us at the Community Center property for a day of fun - music, wacky events, food, beer, tours of house and garden, and that good old community feeling.

View images from Octoberfest 2013

Thank you all for your participation; we all had a wonderful time.

Community Center Summer Program
Opens with Painting Workshop

The MCC will initiate a "pre-program" program this summer at the Community Center property (468 Main Road) with a Painting Workshop on July 12, 2014, taught by Monterey painter Joe Baker. The workshop will focus on plein air, or outdoor, painting, and will be held rain or shine. All levels of painter and all mediums are welcome at the workshop. Registration will be limited, and there will be a modest fee as a donation to the Community Center. To sign up or request more information please email Joe Baker at

Community Garden Water Supply

The garden now has a water supply for the first time. We collect rainwater from the Community Center roof, pass it through a filter to remove any contaminants, and store it in a large fiberglass cistern. The tank is uphill from the garden so we have gravity feed and pressure in our faucets at the garden. Admittedly the current setup is a bit temporary until construction on the center has been completed. At that time we will be able to install a more permanent set of pipes from the gutters down to the tank, and also to create a level platform for the tank to rest upon.

Fundraising Campaign

The fundraising campaign is going very well! Check out the "fundraising thermometer" on the Funds page. We are about halfway there.

We received a HUGE boost when the May 4, 2013, Town Meeting voted to contribute $45,000 to our campaign. A matching-funds grant from the Turkeybush Foundation in March 2012 kicked off our Capital Camapaign, and then at the 2012 Town Meeting the citizens voted to support us with $10,000 of Town funds. We are very grateful and also strengthened by the enthusiasm shown at the meeting.

Our fundraising goal for the renovation of the house is a total of $225,000. Please see the Plans page for more details and for links to documents such as cost estimates, budget projections, timeline and work list.

Please make your checks to FWMH and mail to: FWMH, PO Box 302, Monterey, MA 01245.   OR

Secure Online Donation by Credit Card or PayPal account Make a secure online donation.

Conceptual rendering of Wilson McLaughlin House with new East entrance
conceptual rendering: Monterey Community Center w/ East entrance

The Monterey Community Center is a joint project between the townspeople of Monterey, MA, and the Friends of Wilson McLaughlin House, Inc. (FWMH), a private, non-profit corporation formed for the express purpose of creating the Center in the spirit of Edith L. Wilson's bequest to the Town.

FWMH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; all donations are fully tax-deductible.
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Benefit Quilt Raffle

The Monterey Piece-makers have created a magnificent 72" x 98" quilt that will be raffled as a benefit fundraiser for the Monterey Community Center. The quilt was pieced, appliqued, stitched and quilted by our local quilting group for a queen-sized bed and will also cover a king-size bed.

Raffle tickets are on sale now; the cost is $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. You will find someone selling tickets every Saturday and Sunday morning in downtown Monterey, and you may also contact any FWMH Board member. You may also purchase tickets online with your credit card through

the Quilt Raffle page.

The drawing of the winning ticket will take place at Octoberfest, October 11, 2014; you do not need to be present to win.


The first floor structure and subfloor are complete.

Progress began in early January, 2014, on work specified by our structural engineer: repairing the foundation, adding a concrete partial wall, footings and floor, and replacing the old moisture-damaged subfloor assembly and subfloor.

The work was done by Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc, Middletown, CT, who were the low bidders for this contract, and whose experience and reputation in this kind of work are unparalleled.

The cold and snow prevented work in February and early March, but the crew returned and had the job complete by the end of April. See the progress page for photos.

The W-M House

It was incredibly dusty and noisy, and at times seemed endless, but we did it.

Over the final weekends of October and then early November 2013, volunteer work parties put on an amazing show of support and willingness to get into the dustpiles. We stripped all the plaster and lath off the walls and ceilings of both floors of the house and fit the debris into two dumpsters. Then in early December we pulled out all the old obsolete electric wiring. What remains is the proud and sturdy post and beam frame, ready for hoisting and repairs (still wrapped in tarps to keep the weather out). Next will be fixing the foundation, replacing the main floor supports, replacing frame members where necessary, installing braces and trusswork to support the ceiling of the main floor, and installing insulated wall panels along with new windows to complete the 'closein' of the house.

FWMH completed the repair and reshingling of the roof of the Wilson-McLaughlin House in 2009. In 2011 we hired professionals to remove all traces of hazardous materials such as asbestos, and the removal of the lead contaminated wood in the house was completed in May 2013. Please see photos on the Progress page.

Community Garden

The Community Garden, between the house and Main Rd (Rt 23) in the field that you glimpse as you drive by, has been bountiful since its inception in 2010. Plots are used by citizens and by the Monterey Kindergarten, and the vegetables and flowers are fantastic! It's a growing scene...

New gardeners welcome while plots last. See the Garden page (status menu).