Upcoming Workshops: Sewing, Cards, and Characters!

needle-and-thread-1419661WCCMA is proud to announce a variety of upcoming crafting and arts session, rsvp to melissa@wcc-ma.org to participate:

Drawing Club: Design your own character pattern!
Saturday, April 23 at 2 PM
Union Church hall (upstairs), 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Create a character (maybe drawing one that we already know and love) that you’d like to create as a stuffed toy. This drawn character will become a pattern we can use on May 1 at a wonderful new class offered by WCCMA – Felt Toy Making! More info here.

Fiber and Craft Monthly Meetup
4th Sundays of the month: next meeting April 24th (free)
11am, at Union Church hall (downstairs), 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Bring your projects and join us for conversation and project/technique sharing. This is a monthly gathering for community fiber arts and crafting. Any project type is welcome, and beginners are welcome to join to connect with more advanced craftspeople for tips and tricks. Bring your own supplies, bag lunches welcome.

Felt Toy makingFelt Animal Workshop
Sunday, May 1 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Union Church hall (downstairs), 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
$10 suggested donation, family discounts available upon request.

Join us for a workshop making your own felt stuffed animals! All materials and patterns will be provided (or attend our drawing club event to design your own pattern), and all participants will be able to take home their creation and enough supplies for another project. Animals will be sewn by hand, and no experience is necessary. More info here.

Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A fun craft sessions making paper flowers, handmade Mother’s Day Cards, and decorating hats. Bring your own hat to decorate or use one of the provided paper hats. Supplies will be provided and attendees can do one or both activities. More info here.


Other upcoming events:

Local Student Recital 
Sat, April 16th – 2pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Donations welcome

Celebrate our blossoming young musicians! A performance by voice, flute, harp, and piano students from the studios of Angela Biggs, Melissa Richmond, and Amanda Sweely. Including works by Saint-Saen, Bizet, Bach, and more. For more information visit wcc-ma.org

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Sat, May 14th – 12pm
Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
$15 Adults/$10 for 13 and under

Join us for this family friendly event, sponsored by Century 21 Highview Realty. Delicious Luncheon, Tea, activities, music, games, prizes, and more! For more info and to buy tickets in advance click here.


Coming up: Concerts, Annual Meeting, and Workshop!

Join us for our busiest winter yet!

This week: 

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Thursday, January 28th, 6:30pm
Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Only a couple spaces left! Have you always wanted to play the harp, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to navigate a harp, some harp-y techniques, and play a simple tune. No music experience necessary. Harps are provided; fee is by donation (suggested $10): For more info click here.


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Sunday, January 31st, 3:00pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Admission by donation

Celebrate the the expressive power of music at this performance, featuring Angela Biggs, soprano, half of a two part journey for performer and audience. For more information click here

Events in February:

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

Claremont HopStop Free Family Show
Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Claremont HopStop: Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble & the Dartmouth Swing Dancers

Saturday, February 6th, 3:00pm
CSB Community Center, 152 South St, Claremont, NH
FREE admission

Big Band Swing 
Get “In the Mood” and ready to “Jump, Jive and Wail” with local jazz musicians and swing dancers. While the music swings, dancers demonstrate their moves. Audience members get an introduction to the sounds and steps so they can keep swinging after the show.


WCCMA Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 11th, 6:30pm
Union Church Hall (upstairs), 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 03743
Light refreshments will be served

Join us to hear about and celebrate a tremendous 2015, and hear about some exciting projects coming up. Friends and community members are invited to join us and meet members of the board.

Songs of Grief, Hope, and Love, part 2
Saturday, February 13th, 2:00pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Admission by donation

Celebrate the the expressive power of music at this performance, featuring Angela Biggs, soprano, half of a two part journey for performer and audience. Featuring music by Schubert, Caplet, and more. For more information click here.


print-floor-mediumThe Great Arc: Dana Lyn, violin; Kyle Sanna, guitar

Friday, February 19th – 7pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Admission by donation

Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers in New York City’s rich musical community and their deep admiration for traditional Irish music. For more information click here


Season of Thanks: Community and Food (#GivingTuesday)

This is the second 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

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Cookies and baked goods for sale at a past baking competition

As we prepare for this weekend’s 5th Annual Baking Competition, being held at Union Church’s Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon, we are reflecting on the joy of community and gathering around food.


Melissa Richmond, ED and teacher, with flute students Hayley and Riley after performing at the annual Firehouse 6 Concert

A part of our community is the people who spend so many hours of their time making music together, making art for the public, volunteering, baking, cooking, and making a financial contribution to us. They are the heart of WCCMA, you are the heart of WCCMA. If you would like to make a contribution in any amount for #GivingTuesday or any day of the year, you can click Here. Even a few dollars makes a difference.

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Baking competitors on display for sampling and voting, yum!

People tend to gather around food, and that is certainly the case at WCCMA! We love exploring the culinary arts with you and the community. Whether it is welcoming those from the community into the Baking Competition, enjoying a meal with musicians at our performances, or having you bring home a piece of that love with you by purchasing cookies to share with your family.


Luncheon at the Spring Tea Party.

We are so grateful to have the wonderful people on the board of the WCCMA and our volunteers that tirelessly cook, and bake with love for our major fundraisers. And for the support of Hannaford Supermarket for being such wonderful community supporters of our events (including providing some much needed veggies for the table!)


Friends and Community Members enjoying the Spring Tea and Luncheon

Although food is an important element in our year, with fundraisers including the Spring Tea and Luncheon, the Multicultural Buffet, the Baking Competition and Sale, and the lunch at our annual Artisan fair, what it’s really about is community and togetherness.


Weaving the ribbons of the maypole

Great things happen when we work together! Will you consider making a donation to support our work together in the community?

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The Drawing Club decorating houses for the 2015 Holiday Bazaar


The Newmont Military Band gather from all across New England to rehearse at the Union Church Hall, and each year they offer a benefit concert for WCCMA’s Youth Programs.


Students from the Stevens High School band participate in the recital of Burlington Taiko’s Residency participants.

We as a community just love to see local youth involved, and it is especially wonderful when they perform. This is all possible because of your support of WCCMA performances and education programs.


Piano student Adelyn participates in a masterclass with Mary Jane Rupert.

With your support not only do participants in our programs learn directly from teachers, but also from others in their community of student musicians. They perform for each other, help each other, and participate in a caring community.


Community members gather for a post concert discussion by organist Rhonda Sider Edgington

Not only does your contribution make professional musicians available to students, but to you as well. After performances, while the experiences is still sizzling in our hearts and minds, the audiences are invited to gather for post performances chats, Q & As, cookies, and conversation.


A full house at the Yankee Brass Band’s performance.

Your support makes the performances happen – it really is vital to that piece – but just as importantly you make the performances available not only for yourself, but for your neighbors. With your donations we can continue the mission of offering outstanding music performances with not required admission. That means that you are making it possible for that struggling single mom to bring her kids to the concert, or that curious high school student whose family may not have the extra funds for a concert ticket.


The delicious spread provided by WCCMA volunteers, talented cake maker and decorators (Rhonda and Ashley) and 2 chefs (Jim and Alex) in honor of our 5th Anniversary in 2012

So grab a plate, pull up a chair, and please consider joining our table of donors. You can make a donation by clicking here, or you can join us this weekend on Sat-Sun (Dec 5-6) at the Baking Competition and Sale at the Holiday Bazaar and leave a contribution there. We’ll save you a seat. 🙂