April 4, 2015



The Western Maine Play Museum is pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation.  The grant will be used to create a new heating and cooling system in the museum building, located on Main Street in Wilton.
A detailed quote was provided by A. Maurais & Sons, a Jay company, which was submitted along with the grant. Receiving this grant is a big part of a planned energy overhaul of our building, which also includes insulating and replacing single pane windows. 

For more information on the Davis Family Foundation can be found here.

So, how much have we raised?

We know people are so interested in knowing how much we've raised and we wish the answer easier to explain!  

The thermometer is probably the best way to stay updated.  We must raise $350,000 to access the $150,000 grant from the Sandy River Charitable Foundation.  The money from SRCF will push us over $500,000, which will allow us to start renovations.  

We're at around $165,000 currently, and this includes almost $16,000 in our 10,000 Families Campaign (check out our GoFundMe page here!).  Every donation counts!

Stay up to date on the status of our thermometer by visiting our website on a regular basis.

We are so moved by the local community support we are receiving for the museum.  Nancy Prince, of Wilton, is the latest community member who has stepped forward and generously offered to donate 50% of the profits from the sale of her children’s book, Libby’s Loons, during the year 2015. 
Libby’s Loons is a well-researched story, based on Prince’s own observations; her work with Patrick Keenan, wildlife biologist for Biodiversity Research Institute; and other resources. On her website she states that the book “is a story of a young girl who watches the extraordinary pair of birds and their brand new baby from her kayak, and grows fascinated with the young chick learning to become a loon.  As the loon family’s daily life develops through the seasons, Libby becomes determined to protect them.
Through Libby’s eyes, young readers will learn about these remarkable waterfowl and discover the inspiration to advocate for animals they love.

An educator and conservationist, Prince facilitates school programs that promote awareness of the vulnerability of loons to interference from natural and human invasions of their habitat.

Libby’s Loons is illustrated by professional water color artist Luann Wrenn, also of Wilton.  The book may be purchased locally at Devaney Doak & Garrett’s Booksellers and The Calico Patch, both in Farmington, or through her website (http://www.nancyprinceofmaine).
Don't forget about our engraved bricks!  What a great way to permanently display your support of the Play Museum!  These beautiful bricks will be lining our outdoor courtyard area.  Head HERE to order yours today!
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