May on the Hill
Academy Opening Day
The work day at the Academy on April 30 was a huge success with 20+ residents pitching to tidy up the inside and the grounds of the Academy. It only took about three hours. As we worked many of us realized that we can direct some of our energy and precious resources to improving the interior of the building. The kitchen floor needs sanding and repainting, and the cabinets need to be cleaned inside and out, and perhaps painted???
As we begin to rent the building this year, we may need to upgrade appliances and other features in the kitchen to make ready for caterers. None of these projects are time sensitive, and many can be done by volunteers or through small donations. More later on those plans.
Mike Morin will be donating his time and equipment to mow and keep the grounds tidy. Thanks.
Time Talent and Treasure. That’s how things get done on Paris Hill.
Academy Grand Drape
Several Board members will be taking the Grand Drape on the upstairs stage down for eventual restoration. We are having some sheetrock work done on the stage, so removal of this 100 year old painted drape is critical. The group that restores these “Grand Drapes” in New England is from Vermont, and has done a previous estimate of the cost to restore ours. The restorer will be present in mid June when the drape is removed and wrapped and will give a current estimate. Isn’t this room stunning?
First indoor dinner
Our first indoor dinner since COVID was held on Saturday, May 7. After we put out a notice about considering masking and social distancing, we may have reduced our numbers, but those who came were treated to quite a feast of pot luck dishes. BUT ONLY ONE DESSERT!!!! Can’t recall that every happening. We counted about 20 diners who enjoyed gathering and chatting. Donations from the event were generous both from those who came and those who sent checks before and after. Last count is about $750. Thanks everyone.