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Lowell Mason House donations to double via $25,000 Challenge Grant

 

MEDFIELD, MA—Lowell Mason House President Thomas Reynolds and Treasurer Thomas Scotti announced today that the non-profit received a $25,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor that  will match dollar-for-dollar all donations made from Nov. 15, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017, doubling the impact of contributions.

 

“The Lowell Mason House has been making tremendous progress with construction getting the house available for music students of all ages –all of which has been made possible by our loyal supporters,” said Reynolds. “Whether through time or dollars, the generosity of Lowell Mason House supporters is bringing us closer to preserving Lowell Mason’s birthplace and transforming it into an active space for music making. We are grateful to our anonymous donor for investing in a way that encourages both current and new donors to help preserve Lowell Mason’s Medfield legacy.” Scotti explained that the  next phase of construction will encompass installing new windows, exterior doors and re-side the entire house, at an estimated cost of about $50,000.

 

To make a tax-deductible donation, checks can be made payable to the Lowell Mason House and mailed to PO Box 913, Medfield, MA 02052.  Donations can also be made online at www.lowellmasonhouse.org.  “Thanks to the match, donors large and small will allow us to proceed with the next round of construction and then move forward more quickly on the interior of the house.”

 

Lowell Mason was born in Medfield in 1792, and is considered the Father of Music Education in America due his efforts in teaching both students and teachers of music. In 1838, he became  the first music superintendent in the Boston public schools, and was instrumental in making music a part of the regular school curriculum in America.

 

Through the work of a team of volunteers, the Lowell Mason House was saved from demolition in 2011 and moved from its original location on Adams Street.

 

“We’re one step closer to making the House  a major cultural hub in Medfield where it will serve as a living museum that not only honors the father of music education, but also provides practice and performance space to further encourage artistic expression, and strengthen the value of the arts in the community,” noted Reynolds. For more information, please contact either Tom Reynolds at treynold@worldpath.net or Tom Scotti at tscotti@lowellmasonhouse.org.

Lowell Mason House Music Center

Also from Rick Abecunas –


The Lowell Mason House Music Center

The Mission: The Mission of the Lowell Mason House Music Center is to preserve, restore, and promote Lowell Mason’s birthplace as a significant historical and educational resource.

The Purpose: The Lowell Mason House will be a major cultural hub. It will serve as a museum honoring Lowell Mason, while advocating for the importance of music education, and offer a diverse selection of music instruction and performance in facilities that encourage artistic expression and strengthen the value of the arts in the community.

Lowell Mason: Lowell Mason is credited as the Father of Music Education in America’s schools through his successful effort to get music instruction added to the regular curriculum of the Boston schools in 1838. He was its first Superintendent of Music and a champion of teacher training. If it were not for Lowell Mason, we would not have music in our schools as we know it today. A prodigious composer, his published works of 1,600 hymns and tunes includes many still sung today, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb” “Nearer, My God, To Thee” and “Joy to the World.”

The House: Lowell Mason’s home in Medfield, Massachusetts is a significant 18th century landmark containing examples of early American architecture and workmanship. As such, the house combines important architectural, historical, and social features. Testing has found that two reused beams in the attic date to 1650 and 1651. These timbers are considered some of the earliest existing examples in the United States.

The Center: The Center’s vision calls for building up-to-date rehearsal and performance space which will include music technology and recording facilities, able to support a diverse mix of musical traditions. Additionally, we will partner with local arts organizations by providing office and meeting space to support their advocacy of arts and arts education in our schools. Finally, we intend to create a Lowell Mason museum, showcasing our growing collection of papers, images and Lowell Mason possessions, many of which have been digitized for the public good by Digital Commonwealth.

There will be something for all ages at the Center. From early childhood music programs to youth and adult lessons in instrumental music, voice, and composition. Within 15 miles of the Center are 30 communities, including the underserved populations of Framingham, Bellingham, Stoughton and Milford. The arts are important to the health and well-being of a community; consequently, it is important to the mission of the Lowell Mason House to encourage artistic
expression and strengthen the value of arts and creativity in students regardless of economic status. Programming could include:
 Early childhood classes
o Introduction to piano, guitar, strings, and percussion
o Music & movement
 Private & group lessons
o Piano, guitar, voice, strings, brass, woodwind, marimba, and percussion
 Ensembles
 Music theory
 Music composition
 Visiting performer “master classes”
 Classes on the use of music technology
 Classes on the use of recording equipment
The Need: The house had not been properly maintained for decades. We need to:
 Build office and meeting space on the ground floor
 Build sound proof and acoustically tuned practice rooms
 Replace the roof
 Strengthen framing of floors and roof to meet today’s code
 Repair/replace windows
 Support sagging floors on both the first and second floors
 Repair water damaged ceiling and walls
 Install plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and humidity control systems
 Remove old knob & tube wiring and install up-to-date electrical wiring
 Install bathrooms
 Install new siding

The Request: The Lowell Mason House is more than an historic building at 59 Green Street in Medfield, Massachusetts. By providing modern music facilities within an historic home, the Center will not only attract notable musicians with a desire to perform and teach in the birthplace of music education in America, but also become a hub where budding artists from varying cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds can use modern facilities to practice and grow. We invite you to join us to:
 Provide office and meeting space for arts and arts advocacy organizations
 Provide modern facilities for music teachers and students
 Reach out and maintain the “community” in musical arts
 Ensure opportunities for students of all ages for music instruction
 Create a museum to honor Lowell Mason, the House and his legacy

Contact Us: All inquiries or requests for further information should be directed to one of the following individuals:
Russ Hallisey
President
Ph: (508) 733-9995
rhallisey@lowellmasonhouse.org
Thomas Scotti
Treasurer
Ph: (857) 919-3942
tscotti@lowellmasonhouse.org
Mailing Address:
Lowell Mason House
PO Box 913
Medfield, MA 02052

Lowell Mason House Gala 5/17

From Rick Abecunas –


Lowell Mason House Gala
Building the Ground Floor

Come celebrate Spring at The Lowell Mason House inaugural gala, Building the Ground Floor, on Sunday, May 17th, 11:00 a.m., at Chiara Bistro in Westwood. The Gala will include a sit-down brunch with cash bar, and silent auction. Space is limited to 100 guests, so don’t miss out!

Our fundraising committee has been hard at work getting fun and exciting silent auction items. These include:
 A private behind the scenes tour of the American Antiquarian Society
 Tickets to “Crossing” – music and libretto by Medfield native Matt Aucoin at the American Repertory
Theater
 Red Sox Tickets
 A BOSE SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® speaker and Skull Candy headphones
 Greens fees and lesson at Maplegate Golf Course
 A selection of fine wines
 Tickets to Handel & Haydn’s performance of “The Messiah”
 A tour with lunch of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company

We are also excited to partner with our friends at the Woodland Theatre Company by offering special discounted tickets for that afternoon’s 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of TITANIC THE MUSICAL, at the Lowell Mason Auditorium at Medfield High School. Come see how Woodland incorporates Lowell Mason’s beloved song, “Nearer My God to Thee” into the most poignant moment of the show!
 Gala: Chiara Bistro, 569 High Street (Rt. 109), Westwood; 11:00 a.m.
 Tickets are $60 per person, inclusive of one drink ticket*.
 Served family-style: gather some friends for a table, or make new friends!
 Gala attendees are entitled to purchase a ticket to the 2:00 p.m. matinee of TITANIC THE MUSICAL for the special price of $25 (a $30 value). The purchase of play tickets is done only in conjunction with the purchase of Gala tickets and are only available through April 17th.

Reserve your spot by contacting Karen Scotti at 508-359-6439 or emailing Tom Scotti at tscotti@lowellmasonhouse.org. Please specify if you would like tickets to the play. If you are trying to put together a table, please let us know as soon as possible.

Funds raised will go towards the ongoing renovation and restoration of the Lowell Mason House.

We hope to see you there!

*From a special “Building the Ground Floor” drinks menu.

Lowell Mason House
lowellmasonhouse.org
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Busy Saturday coming up

This from Chris McCue –


 

Lots of fun in Medfield on June 14!

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, there’s no reason to leave Medfield for it! Here’s what your Saturday could look like:

  •  Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., take a one-of-a-kind trolley tour led by Town Historian Richard DeSorgher to learn about “Art, Culture and Mystery; the life style of Medfield’s Rich and Famous.” This event, part of Medfield’s Annual Discover Medfield History Day, is sponsored by MEMO and always gets rave reviews. Six one-hour tours on the Boston Old Town Trolley will run on Saturday, June 14. Tickets are $9 adults; $6 for children & seniors, and are on sale at Needham Bank through Friday, and then at the departure point of Lowell Mason House on Green Street (if not sold out), with parking at Hinckley Pond. The tour will be filled with interesting information about the likes of Kennedy, Roosevelt, Disney, Babe Ruth and many other famous individuals who have been linked with Medfield. Before or after your trolley ride, be sure to check out the Lowell Mason House, home of the father of music education, and make a donation toward the restoration efforts.
  • Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., pop into the Dwight-Derby House “Dads & Grads” sale, where most of the items are handmade by local artisans, and you can purchase custom-made Medfield items such as historic coasters and notecards, Dwight-Derby House trivets, cutting board, key chains and posters. All proceeds support the continued restoration of the historical gem on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the Dwight-Derby House, go to www.dwightderbyhouse.org.
  • From 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., head over to the Medfield Fire Department for the Annual Chicken BBQ. For just $5-$7, you can have a delicious slab of BBQ chicken (eat there or takeout), while also supporting our amazing team of Medfield firefighters. If you have little ones, they’ll love checking out the fire engines and firehouse!
  • After you’ve finished your dinner, head over to the 5th Annual Zullo Art Festival & Party under the tent behind the gazebo where festivities will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Medfield is fortunate to have the Zullo situated in the heart of downtown Medfield providing free exhibits throughout the year, 1st Thursday gatherings out on the deck, and affordable art lessons (and so much more). Despite so much change in Medfield, the Zullo Gallery remains a constant, and the art festival is critically important to the gallery’s ongoing sustainability. Tickets are $75 per person, and the price includes Sam Adams beer and an assortment of wine, small plates of local cuisine donated by virtually every Medfield restaurant and dining establishment, and music by the surf band “The Fathoms”. You also have the opportunity to peruse the art sale featuring original, affordable paintings by many of the Zullo’s exhibitors. Tickets can be purchased at the Medfield Public Library, at the Zullo, online at www.zullogallery.org, or at the door if still available.

 

Kids concert at 2PM on 4/26

This from Lowell Mason House Foundation –

Stacey Peasley Kids Concert
The popular Stacey Peasley will be performing this school vacation week in Medfield

Where:

Dale Street School Auditorium
45 Adams Street
Medfield, MA 02052

When:

April 26, 2014 Saturday, 2:00pm

Cost:

$10 Adult, $8 Child
Purchase online at www.lowellmasonhouse.org or at Park Street Books

Bring the kids to a fun concert just for them at Dale Street School this Saturday during school vacation week.

Stacey Peasley has been entertaining families in the Boston area since 2008. In that short time, she has won the Creative Child Magazine 2012 Top CD of the Year Award, the 2011 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents Connect Parents’ Pick Award for Best Party Entertainer, and her music has been heard on radio programs nationwide, including Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.

Her talent and love of children has connected with families, and she has gained a loyal following in the Metrowest area! Stacey performs at many events including preschools, fundraisers, and birthday parties, and has been a part of premier local events including Boston Greenfest, Boston Medical Center’s HalloweenTown and Halloween Fest, and the Fenway Park Entertainment room for the children of the uniformed players!

She has played notable venues including The Regent Theater, Coolidge Corner Theater, The Center for the Arts in Natick, the Amazing Things Arts Center, and the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks and Musikfest in Pennsylvania.

May School Library Journal says, “Peasley’s style is joyful, playful, and inventive. These will become a favorite of the preschool set during rest and play.”

Tickets for this fun concert are $10 for adults and $8 for children.  If you are bringing more than 2 children, there is no charge for the 3rd or more children.   Tickets can be purchased online at www.lowellmasonhouse.org, Park Street Bookstore at 504 Main Street, Medfield or at the door.

About the Lowell Mason Foundation

Lowell Mason (1792-1872) was born in Medfield, Massachusetts and is considered the Father of Music Education in America  He was instrumental to introducing music as part of the regular curriculum to America’s public schools as well as professionalizing the teaching of music.  The Lowell Mason Foundation was formed in 2010 by a group of concerned Medfield citizens and music educators after it was learned that Lowell Mason’s birthplace had been sold and was slated for demolition.  In one year the group successfully moved the house to safety, which occurred on April 19, 2011.  The Foundation continues to raise funds to restore and expand Lowell Mason’s birthplace for use as a historic, cultural and educational site.

Lowell Mason Card

I picked up my Lowell Mason Card from Rick Abecunas Saturday at the Dwight-Derby House Holiday Fair.  Looks like a win win set of discounts that will more than pay me back for having purchased the card, as well as contributing needed monies to the effort to preserve the house.  Rick has created a great fund raising and awareness tool for the Lowell Mason House.  I shared with him that I would have personally participated as an attorney, but had been advised of potential ethical issues when I had asked regulators about a similar promotion years ago.  Get a Lowell Mason Card or information from Rick at thelowellmasoncard@yahoo.com or 508-785-5369.

I also bought some note cards made from a watercolor of the Dwight-Derby House, to support their work, and was delighted to learn after my purchase that the art work was done by Dwight-Derby House restoration champion, Cheryl O’Malley.

My final stop was to buy some books from the sale at the library from Sue Wilson to support the Friends of the Medfield Memorial Library.

Lowell Mason House website

Lowell Mason Foundation has a website with tons of photos.  My favorite was a  great close up one of the pegged fitted roof beam timbers in the center of the house.  http://lowellmasonfoundationphotos.shutterfly.com/