To the Editor:
As the 26th 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.
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 partially 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; our new gardeners Mary and Bob LaPlante who stepped forward after the sudden passing of our longtime gardener Bob Schledwitz; Irene Johnson, our most talented graphic designer; Steve DeGuglielmo, accountant; and our volunteer MAC Board of Directors: Nicholas J. Costello, president; Cynthia Costello, vice president, and Tia Costello, treasurer.
A special “shout out” to this year’s volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make this series happen: Sunday volunteer coordinator Marjorie Anderson, Saturday night volunteer coordinators the Rev. Michael and Edna Shirley, Rena Roseman, Jean and John Lambert, Nancy Brogden, Regina Branco, Sharyn Russell, and Charlie Costello.
We thank our patrons, many of whom signed on as financial supporters as Friends of MAC: Greg Jardis, Amesbury Industrial Supply Co.; Gould Insurance, Agency, Inc.; Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury; David and Renee Hamel; Robert Evans family; Al Rousseau; Sue McComb; Linda Young; Joy Duperault; Marge and Skip Motes; the late Natalea Brown; Jack and Rosemary Werner; Maestro Dirk Hillyer; Marsha Coogan, Bob and Ruth D’Entremont; Sandy and Bud Manley; Bill and Yoma Ingraham; Lorraine Kelly; Tom and Fran Gradzewicz, videographers (history online at our website); Linda Burciaga, 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.
We would like to pay tribute to family, friends and followers of two amazing artists who passed suddenly in early July – Rebecca Parris and Paul Broadnax, who have performed for over 20 years at MAC. Paul performed his final concert at MAC on July 16, and Rebecca unable to open for us on July 15. We will never forget them and their amazing talent and friendship.
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 27th season. In the meantime check our website maudslayartscenter.org to purchase gift certificates in any amount for every occasion. For rental information for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events and memorial celebrations, please text or call me at 978-857-0677 after 5 p.m.
Nicholas C. Costello
Executive Director, Maudslay Arts Center, Inc.