Season of Thanks: Smiles and Giggles

Hopstop event in Claremont, New Hampshire on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Children dancing, singing, and laughing at the Claremont Hopstop , Photo by Rob Strong

Welcome to the first post in our new series, the Season of Thanks, we’ll be posting 1-2 times per week through New Years Day to share with you why we are thankful for you! Please consider making a donation to support our continued work in the community, click here


Audience at Little Red Riding Hood the Opera, performed by Opera North

Happy Thanksgiving! What better way to kick of the Holiday Season than by starting this blog series today. We are thankful each and every day for you, and we are so happy to share with you the wonderful things we accomplish in the community because of you.


Festive Hats worn by children at the Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon

Thank you for making it possible for us to work with these glorious, inspiring young people, and hundreds of others.

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A young piano student performs at the Firehouse Six holiday performance.

Thank you for helping to make it possible for local students to have a place to grow, perform, and experiment with music, and for helping to fund programs for students in poverty to have access to everything we offer.

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

Thank you for giving them access to incredibly talented artists from around the world, and supporting our Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative to give access to all, regardless of income.


Audience for the Burlington Taiko student recital, and performance

Thank you for being there to enjoy their journey along with us!

Please help us continue spreading smiles and giggles by donating to WCCMA. We deliver high caliber programs in true yankee frugal style, but we need your help to keep these programs alive.

If you would like to make a donation to the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, please visit, or contact Donations are tax deductible, and come with an unlimited supply of joy and smiles delivered all year long.


Cookies, Dixieland, and more coming up!

Dear Friends,

That time of year is here, where we particularly embrace joy, togetherness, and giving. It has been a great year for us here at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, and we hope that you will join us for some or all of the festivities and events in the coming months to experience the magic of local arts.

_MG_8479The Joy of Giving: We hope that you will consider making a tax deductible donation (click here) to help us keep the fires burning in 2016. We’ll be sending emails starting this week as part of our Season of Thanks blog series, but please consider adding WCCMA to your list of giving this year. It truly changes lives, and we can’t wait to share with you how you have helped to make magic this year.

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The Joy of Food: 5th Annual Baking Competition
December 5th and 6th
Entrants needed!
Join us for this delicious tradition It is free to enter the competition (apply here), and there are great prizes for the winners. Everyone is invited to cast their ballot for their favorite entries, will be at the Holiday Bazaar and Chowder Luncheon at Union Church on Dec 5th and 6th. Find more information HERE.

Sponsors needed! Are you able to donate an item for the competition prizes? Please contact

_MG_8766smThe Joy of Togetherness: Christmas with the Firehouse 6
December 20th

5th Annual Event
Dixieland classics and Holiday tunes with a Dixie twist, with special musical guests. Join us for this magical holiday event, the final WCCMA concert of 2015. Click here for more information.

Stay tuned for more information about a very special concert in January to benefit Syrian Refugees, featuring local professional musicians and students.

Melissa Richmond
Executive Director
West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts