Watch the Video!
Here is a link to YouTube video (3 minutes) of a walkthrough tour of the MCC, construction zone and all.
Octoberfest: October 11, 2014
Octoberfest 2014 was held on Saturday, October 11, 2014
It was quite 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.
There are some photos from Octoberfest 2014 in the slideshow above.
Thank you for your participation; we all had a wonderful time.
Community Center Program Summer 2014
The MCC held some "interim" programs this summer at the Community Center property (468 Main Road). There were: a landscape painting workshop taught by artist Joe Baker; a nature study morning with naturalist Bonner McAllester; and two outdoor yoga sessions, one led by Connie Wilson and one by Kathleen Kraft.
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.
The fundraising campaign is going very well! Check out the "fundraising thermometer" on the Funds page. We are more than two thirds of the way there.
We received a huge boost when in the summer of 2014 we received word that we have been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council from their Capital Facilities Fund. We have already started using some of the grant money for our current bills, and the remainder is earmarked to pay for the purchase and installation of the wall panels.
Our best estimates point to our needing about an additional $100,000 to open our doors. We will be posting more information about our budget projections, timeline, etc, quite soon.
Please make your checks to FWMH and mail to: FWMH, PO Box 302, Monterey, MA 01245. OR
Make a secure online donation.
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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Over the Threshold Campaign
All 27 new windows for the Community Center have now been sponsored. These are new energy-efficient, double-hung windows, with wood frames clad on the exterior with prepainted weather-resistant coating.
We are still welcoming donations toward other specific items in the center. Click the link below to learn more.
Sponsor Building Items
Repairs of the first floor structure and subfloor are complete, as are the second floor supports and structural steel reinforcements.
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 cold weather delayed completion until late April.
During the summer structural steel members were fabricated and installed, and the second floor was strengthened by the addition of more floor joists and a layer of plywood. There is a new stairway to the second floor. Preparations have begun for the installation of SIPs (structural insulated wall panels) which have been delivered and are about to be installed. Installing the new windows (see above) will complete the closing in of the building before winter.
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, still wrapped in tarps to keep the weather out.
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.
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).