Monterey Community Center
Monterey, MA 01245artistic, cultural, educational and social activities


Construction Update

As the new year begins we are nearly ready to apply for our final inspections in order to obtain our Certificate of Occupancy and open our doors for public use. On New Year's Eve we completed laying down the pre-finsihed oak flooring with the donation of labor and expertise from Mark, Matt and Mitchell Amstead. Final trim is bein installed, and the last remaining tricky pieces are the final electrical work and the installation of handrails and guardrailing on the main stairs.


Our Fourth Annual Octoberfest took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

We're glad you joined us for a family day of fun and enjoyment: brats, hot dogs, desserts, juice, locally-brewed beer, live music, games, pumpkin rolling, touring the Community Center construction progress, and more.

2016 Octoberfest Sponsors:
Prairie Whale   Berkshire Functional Fitness   Berkshire Property Agents     Bidwell Houses Museum     John B. Hull, Inc.     Karen Allen Fiber Arts   Dressr-Hull Co Building Supplies

Watch the Video!

Here is a link to YouTube video (3 minutes) of a walkthrough tour of the MCC in the summer of 2016.

Community Garden

Our garden is wintering nicely, and all will be ready for activity come spring. 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.

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

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-deductable.
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MA Cultural CouncilWe received a huge boost when in May of 2016 we not only were granted $40,000 from the Monterey Town Meeting but also received word that we were awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council from their Capital Facilities Fund. The unexpected expense of installing a new septic system depleted these funds, but we will be able to complete the renovation with what we have remaining.

In order to have funds for the startup costs for operating the Community Center, we are still in need of your donations.

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

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