April 28, 2017

An opportunity for family fun will be happening on Friday, April 28. From 3:30-4:40, Carla Miller, of Mt Blue Music Together, has offered to conduct a program of music and movement for children from infants through age 6 and their parents or caregivers. The event will be held at Cushing Elementary School, Wilton, in the gym. Suggested donation is $10 per family, with all proceeds going to Western Maine Play Museum. For more information, contact Carla Miller 778-9983.

Looking for a great family outing during screen-free week? A Family Dance with a Hawaiian theme is scheduled for May 6 at the Granary in their upstairs events room. Dan Ryder will DJ the event, and there will be snacks and activities available for children. Cost for the event will be $5 per person, $15 for a family of 4, (and $5 for each additional family member). For more information, contact Jessica Lewis, 207-491-6497, email:

Some wonderful news to share from Western Maine Play Museum!
The construction goal for Phase I of their renovation is near completion, and their Spring Gala was a huge success. Upcoming events include a Music Together class at the end of April, and a Family Dance is planned for May. More exciting summer events are in planning stages.
It seems hard to believe - but Western Maine Play Museum is now only about $9,000 away from their initial goal of $500,000 to complete Phase I of the building reconstruction, thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many supporters. Early in the project, the Sandy River Charitable Foundation pledged $150,000 to WMPM, with the stipulation that the museum needed to raise $350,000 themselves to access the foundation's grant. Phase I of the project will be the opening of the main part of the house, featuring a Nature Room, a Smart Technology Room, a Trains Room, a Magnet Room, a working kitchen for food labs and party preparation, a Construction Room, an Invention Room, and many more areas for hands-on interactive learning through play. Energy and confidence are high that the museum will achieve this $9,000 goal in the next few months, and be able to open the museum later this year.
Fundraising will continue to meet the final goal of $700,000 to complete Phase II of the project, which is the reconstruction of the carriage house, which will become the future Play Village. This area will feature "businesses" including a garage, a restaurant, a grocery store, a vet/doctor's office, a costume shop, a puppet theater, a stage for children's performances and for guest speakers, a climbing wall and more. The board's grant writers have been regularly and continually submitting grants, but once the museum is open, WMPM is eligible for many more grant opportunities.

Recently, the board hosted a dinner and "Experience Auction" Spring Gala, where supporters could bid for the chance to win a large variety of "experiences' donated by area businesses, including ski passes, vacation time at local camps, spa treatments, special pet pampering, and many more. The WMPM board is grateful to Calzolaio's for their generous support, and Dan Ryder and Jeff Bailey who were the enormously entertaining auctioneers. The event raised an astonishing $8000. Nancy Prince, who attended the event said "This has been the most fun I've had all year! Certainly since the election!" Organizers are hoping to make this fun occasion an annual event.

Several other fun events are being planned for the summer to continue the fundraising efforts. Your support is still needed to complete this project. Maybe your donation will be the one to close this gap? Make it possible for them open soon, by donating, or donating again! The museum appreciates your help!

WMPM is very fortunate in the support it has received from Upright Frameworks, owned by Josh Wojcik, which has been doing the reconstruction work at cost. On a recent visit to the museum to check on the workers' progress, board president Angela McLeod caught sight of their daily slate of jobs for the day - and saw, at the bottom, that the foreman had written in, "Do it for your kids." That kind of affectionate and generous work ethic makes everyone smile in appreciation. Many, many thanks to Upright Frameworks.
Western Maine Play Museum is a registered non-profit that incorporated in November 2013 and is led by a 12-member volunteer board of directors. Community members interested in supporting this project can visit the museum’s website for donation options or email them at: Project updates can be found at: and on their website:
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Edited by Samantha Taylor, Upward Bound
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