Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Here at the Homestead, the storm windows are secure, the wood box is full, and the tea kettle is on! As we hunker down for the winter and reflect upon the past year, I must thank you for your participation and enthusiasm throughout 2018.
Guests at Homestead community events this year mingled with friends and neighbors while enjoying music in the garden, wine in the barn, and dancing in the pavilion. In hands-on learning programs for local schools, ninth through eleventh graders laughed and joked as they worked together to make candles and books the old fashioned way, seventh graders practiced team work while clearing leaves and dirt from the high arch bridge, and third graders joined forces to lift a bucket of water with a pulley in the barn for a lesson in simple machines. Children in our after school play group worked together to gather the chickens into the coop. Neighbors helped one another drill holes and make measurements in a cigar box guitar making workshop. Volunteer docents shared stories and knowledge as they collaborated on research about the Homestead. Staff and volunteer hands lifted and moved new timbers for the restoration of the front porch. And children taught younger children how to make campfire donuts at our fall gathering. Visitors to the Woods, as always, explored nature, played, and exercised with family and friends. This is what I love most about what we do at Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead – cultivating life-long learning and building community through simple and joyful shared experiences, meaningful work, and the opportunity to be together in the natural world.
At VWHH we take pride in nurturing our already strong community, a community in which my own family and friends, as well as you and yours can continue to thrive. As always, we depend on you to make this possible.
Your gift this year will support:
Thank you again for your support and for being a part of our community. We wish you the best this holiday season and hope to see you out on the trails this winter!
Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead
P.S. Take a look at our most recent newsletter: VWHH FALL 2018 NEWSLETTER
Artwork above by Ed Buonvecchio
Ed Buonvecchio is a plein air painter who lives in Manchester, Maine and loves the adventure and challenge of painting outdoors. He first began making art while living in Arizona, was captivated by the unique natural setting. In 2012, Ed and his wife moved to Maine where he now travels the state painting its blooming springs, bucholic summers, beauteous autumns and snowy winters! Ed painted the Sun House in the garden at Vaughan Homestead, depicted on this card, in the summer of 2018. To see more of his plein air impressionist landscapes, visit www.edbuonvecchio.com.