Grange Notes, 12/15/13: benefit, cookies and bathroom design

Benefit for Richard, Charles & Gary on Jan. 18th
Don't forget: Bake some cookies for Dec. 21st
Also remember: The Great Dance Clothes Swap!
Improving our Hall—bathroom design focus
What's happening with our Mission Statement?
Lights on the sign!

Benefit for Charles, Richard and Gary on January 18th: Our Hall is hosting a benefit in mid-January, organized by the North Branch Grange in Worcester, which will be an opportunity to help. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, we will have live music (so far including piano players, a brass quintet, recorder music, and more), a silent auction, and food for sale.
If you'd like to help out, we're looking for more donations of items and skills for sale—both objects (handmade pottery? Vintage clothing? Homemade pickles? Brownies?) and services (already pledged: knife sharpening [by me with my Japanese sharpening stones] and transcription of an oral history tape [by an professional transcriber]). We know there are lots of talented people in our Grange/dance community, who have lots of crafts, products and skills that could be valuable to attract bids. Figure out a minimum bid, and let me know!
We're also looking for people to make food for sale, and to help staff the benefit. After the holidays, you'll be looking for something to do, and nothing will make you feel better than helping out! Give me a call, or send me an email.

Don't forget: Bake some cookies for Dec. 21st: Remember that the special request from Charles (and Richard) is to make some cookies to be distributed to low-income and homeless people. I'll be at the Grange Hall from 6:30 PM on the 21st, to collect cookies and other “finger-food” treats made by YOU to help those less fortunate. Hope I'll see a lot of you that evening!

Also remember: The Great Dance Clothes Swap! Also Dec. 21st: Come and buy an “experienced” piece of clothing, to rejuvenate your dance wardrobe, to benefit the Grange Hall. If you want to bring in some donations to clean out your closet, please contact Janet Cathey, at janetensiaatgmail [dot] com .

Improving our Hall—focus on the bathrooms: Back in March, the Friends of the Capital City Grange Hall convened a “focus group” of designers/carpenters/architects/contractors to discuss possible improvements and renovations for our Grange Hall. The group surveyed the whole building and came up with a great list of suggestions.
Shortly after that meeting, the Fire Marshal's inspection visit led to a new list of priorities, to keep the legal capacity of our Hall sufficient to meet our needs for rentals, and to host the spectrum of community events which are part of our mission.
Currently, the FCCGH is preparing to begin a fund-raising campaign, and to apply for grants to make the changes required by the Fire Marshal, and also to make other needed improvements. To help decide exactly what we should include, we're going to focus on possible designs for improving the downstairs bathrooms—we know there is universal desire for improvements! Look for a meeting announcement soon after the holidays, for a design meeting at the Hall during January.
As we proceed with this process, we'll be looking for help with estimates, project management and volunteer coordination, too—we'll post the ideas as we develop them.

What's happening with our Mission Statement?: still working on this, but we aren't letting this stop the Grange or the Friends from working on improvements—ones which will help our current renters, the general public who come to the events here, and will encourage more people to join us in the Grange and the Hall. Keep in touch with your thoughts!

Lights on the sign!: I'm pleased to report that Lewis Neill got the malfunctioning light on the Grange sign working again—we'll look at electrical improvements when the weather is warmer. Now that it's dark for more hours than it is light, we're happy to have the sign lights functioning.

Tim Swartz, Master (with everyone's help)
Capital City Grange #469
802-225-8921
swartztim15atgmail [dot] com

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