To the Editor:
As the 25th consecutive season of summer music comes to a close at Maudslay Arts Center in the Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, it is time to recognize and thank the many volunteers, sponsors, and news media that make this amazing non-profit outdoor venue a reality each summer. This year truly was a Silver Jubilee, a quarter of a century.
First we salute the local bank that has supported the center and the arts for many years and allows us to continue to offer excellent musical programs for reasonable cost – The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, which sponsored the Saturday night series. This year attendance was up once again thanks to the fine entertainment offered at MAC and the continued publicity by so many media outlets – all the newspapers, magazines, radio stations, cable TV and online services that helped get our message out to the community to insure increasing attendance.
I would like to personally thank Carol Feingold, publicist; Robert Schledwitz, our valiant gardener; Irene Johnson, our most talented graphic designer; Steve DeGuglielmo, accountant; Tia Costello, printing weekly programs, and MAC Board of Directors: Cynthia Costello, vice president; Nicholas J. Costello, president; Tia Costello, treasurer. A special thanks to Marie Messner, who recently retired from this challenging position after 25 years.
A special “shout out” to this year’s volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make this series happen: Marjorie Anderson, volunteer coordinator; the Rev. Michael and Edna Shirley; Rena Roseman; Jean and John Lambert; Sue Tiernan; Nancy Brogden; Mary LaPlante; Regina Branco; Sharyn Russell; Rosey Werner; Charlie Costello, and Jeanne Smith.
We thank our patrons, many of whom signed on as financial supporters as Friends of MAC for 2017: Amesbury Industrial Supply Co.; Gould Insurance, Agency, Inc.; Newton Greenery of Newton, NH; Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury; David and Renee Hamel; Robert Evans family; Al Rousseau; Sue McComb; Linda Young; Joy Duperault; Marge and Skip Motes/Fidelity matching grant; Jack and Rosemary Werner; Dirk Hillyer; Marsha Coogan and last, but not least, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, particularly Ron Kovacs and staff at Maudslay State Park for their continued support of this most important regional resource, and the Friends of the Maudslay State Park.
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets this summer. The winner of the sugar shack birdhouse was Andrew Lessman of Norwood ticket number 1776. The winner of the season pass for 2018 was Lorraine Kelly of Wakefield.
On behalf of all of us at Maudslay Arts Center, our deepest thanks and best wishes to all. We hope to see all of you again next summer for our 26th season and in the meantime check our website to purchase gift certificates and for future events at www.maudslayartscenter.org
Nicholas C. Costello
Executive Director, Maudslay Arts Center