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September 1, 2016

We Appreciate All of Your Support!

Check out all of the local support WMPM has received in the past few months- and check out some more opportunities for you to help!


If you are wondering just when Western Maine Play Museum will open, the answer is - it all depends on funding. Board members have been working hard since November 2013 writing grants and doing fundraising activities, but most of their funds have been from generous individual and business donations.  
The thermometer pictured, made by Upward Bound volunteers through UMF this summer, indicates the $61K gap remaining before the $150K Sandy River foundation grant is awarded, which will meet the museum's reconstruction goal of $500K. After that goal has been reached, $200K for exhibit construction still needs to be raised, but progress is certainly heartening. It's exciting to see the thermometer filling up as WMPM approaches its goals. The museum board appreciates the many community supporters who share their vision.
From top to bottom: the whale drum, African amadinda, and chimasaur.
Check out all of the fun activites that WMPM hosted during the Blueberry Festival this year! WMPM's movie night featured a showing of Inside Out- and brought great success! Along with the movie was a box fort event right in the museum's courtyard. Here, kids could explore construction right along side the reconstruction of the museum! 
Many great things were sold at the Blueberry Festival, including lemonade! The lemonade was sold by Evelyn and Clara, the daughters of our very own board member, Marylena Chaisson! The girls raised over $150- an amount that was matched by Wilton Hardware store, owned by their father!
Thanks for all the help, girls!
Everyone is pitching in to support WMPM! Check out this letter we received from Rory Whitmore- with a check of $60 included! Thanks Rory!
"I am Rory. I am six. I live in Wilton. I saved this money in my piggy bank. Please open soon. Love, Rory."
This bright thermometer was painted by students that participate in UMF's Upward Bound program!

Several months ago, the Farmington Rotary approved the donation of funds to purchase a Chimasaur for Western Maine Play Museum.  That instrument is getting two friends: a whale drum and an African amadinda. The museum board was just informed by the Maine Arts Commission that our grant for funding for these instruments was approved.  These outdoor instruments are made here in Maine for children's museums, so that means that they can not only survive the wear and tear of enthusiastic kids, but can also survive a Maine winter.  The instruments will be placed in the new courtyard so that kids can be as noisy as they please!  
 
WMPM's movie event was a huge hit! Many people watched right in front of the screen; others chose to watch from the edge of the lake in their boats!
Several weeks ago, Matthieu Forget of Polycor New England approached Angela McLeod, the board president  of Western Maine Play Museum,to ask  how his company could help with  this ongoing community project.  A Polycor representative came to the site to view the building the building, and ask questions about the board's  plans. As a result of these conversations, Polycor astonished the museum board by granting every wish on their dream list:  they will donate over $10,000 worth of granite for a variety of museum projects: curbing for the parking lot;  floor tiling in the kitchen, two bathrooms, and entrance; granite countertops at the front desk, kitchen, and in the two bathrooms, and a granite table. Western Maine Play Museum is delighted by Polycor's initiative and generosity in reaching out to them.  They are a great example and inspiration for other area businesses. Polycor, a company based in Canada, owns and operates over 25 quarries throughout North America, including the Jay Granite Quarry.  
Michael G. Stair, Chief Operating Officer of Care & Comfort Home Health Services recently presented a check for $840 to Nikki Knowles, board treasurer of Western Maine Play Museum.  The organization raised this money through casual Friday Jeans Day donations.  This gift has closed the museum's reconstruction gap to about $62,000.  WMPM is extremely grateful for their  generosity and community support.

Care & Comfort "provides quality assistance for clients of all ages in the least restrictive environment possible. Skilled, caring professionals who are fully insured and have been screened through background checks, including criminal, provide services to children, adolescents, adults, families and seniors. The Home Health Division provides services to clients of all ages in their place of residence."
 WMPM will have a booth in the Exhibition Hall at the Farmington Fair from September 18-24, and will also participate in the Apple-Pumpkin Festival in Livermore Falls on September 24 where museum Tshirts, hats, new LLBean jackets, harp CDs and more will be available for sale.  

Western Maine Play Museum is a registered non-profit that incorporated in November of 2013 and is led by a 13-member board of directors. Community members interested in supporting this project should see the museum’s website for donation options or email them at: westernmaineplay@gmail.com. Project updates can be found at: www.facebook.com/WesternMainePlayMuseum and on their website: www.westernmaineplay.org
Copyright © 2016 Western Maine Play Museum, All rights reserved. 
Edited by Samantha Taylor, Upward Bound
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