This past weekend Memorial Hall and Wilmington were abuzz with holiday events thanks to the efforts of many in the community. Thursday night the Toronto based band Enter the Haggis rocked the Hall for a free concert. Thanks to the promoter George and Diane Lair and daughter Jennifer from Jezebel’s, over $2,500 was donated to the food pantry. Friday night the annual food pantry concert organized by Gary Henry and Skip Morrow showcased incredible talented musicians who provided an awesome energized concert and concert-goers donated mountains of food supplies for the food pantry. After the concert, Rotary Club members helped to remove all the chairs in order to transform the hall into a craft show on Saturday, organized by Ellie Roden of the Bright Lights Committee, who donated the vendor fees of over $800 to Memorial Hall. Saturday night the Village Stroll Committee elves, Shelley Park, Kit Cincotta, Lisa Sullivan, Mary Wright, and Renee Galle were hard at work adding to the holiday spirit by decorating the River Bank Park with additional lights and ice globes scattered around the village and offering hot drinks and holiday homemade goodies. The fire department volunteers set the chairs back in the hall, and put up wonderful holiday decorations on the stage while families gathered outside and lined up inside, awaited Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. On Wednesday, Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by the Pettee Memorial Library and Wings at DVES, provided 12 different crafting lessons to kids of all ages.
In case you missed any of the above holiday events at Memorial Hall, you can still get into the holiday spirit by attending a musical program and carol sing on Sunday, December 16, at 3 pm, provided by pianist Barbara Lipstadt, a women’s singing group directed by Susan Maddern and a flute quartet with Robin Matathias followed by a carol sing. Any donations will go toward the ongoing Memorial Hall restoration projects. The last scheduled holiday event is the Twin Valley High School Concert on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:30 pm.
As you can see, Wilmington’s historic Memorial Hall continues to serve as a fantastic venue for an array of different events and purposes. The building is a treasure in the Deerfield Valley and it is our hope that more people in the community and beyond will decide to hold events there that will appeal to all ages. Thanks to everyone who added to the magic of this holiday season.
PS- special thanks and farewell to Doris Horton, a member of the Memorial Hall Board who for many years was in charge of ushers for The Center for the Arts and in charge of costumes for so many of the events at Memorial Hall. You will be sorely missed.
PPS- as a result of Doris’ move, there is a vacancy on our active board which meets at the town offices at 3 pm on the second and fourth Mondays. Come join in the fun.
Carlotta Gladding, on behalf of the Memorial Hall Board