MCH Winter 2018 Newsletter

News, Thanks, and Upcoming Events

Happy New Year!

Jared from Hilltown Hardwood Floors surveys the newly refinished floor.New Floors

First, we wanted to share with you a super-encouraging end-of-year report to the MCH Board from our treasured treasurer Chris Wise:

Hi All - I just crunched the numbers for 2017, and I’d like to congratulate the board on a very successful year! While we had an unexpected windfall in the form of a large donation, even without that, our income from rentals and donations exceeded our expenses for the third year in a row, and we were able to build a solid financial cushion. As we all know, there are lots of ways the hall could require a large emergency expenditure at any time (roof springing a big leak, furnace crapping out, etc.), so this was a MAJOR accomplishment in my eyes.

The most important accomplishment, however, is the sheer number of events that we hosted in the last year. I tried to count them all using the rent income entries, but gave up because it was going to take too long. I’ll just say that we’ve provided a venue for concerts, open mic nights, weddings, parties, dances, yoga classes, lectures, film screenings, political gatherings, and rehearsals for dance groups and acting troupes, among other things. It’s really quite impressive, and my congratulations go out to all who have worked so hard to facilitate all this wonderful community engagement. In this era when so many folks feel disconnected from their neighbors, and the divisions in our society seem gaping, we’re offering a place where folks of all stripes can come together. It may seem like a small thing, but it’s really important.

Here’s to 2018!


Upcoming Events

This Saturday January 13, 2018 - 7pm

Open Mic Night #20
For featured artists, we're bringing back The Taylor Hill Duo (Norman Bolter on trombone and cellist Mark Fraser). Works from the baroque to the post-contemporary.

They amazed us during Open Mic #16 with their musicianship and humor. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us this Saturday!

After the Taylor Hill Duo at 7, we'll have open mic, with 15 minute time slots. Sign up before 7 to guarantee a spot. All types of performance welcome. BYOB.

Come share your art. We will clap - a lot.

P.S. You will be the first to see our newly-refinished floors! They are still curing, so…
Please remove your shoes in the hallway to help protect the new finish. Thanks!

Sunday, January 14, 11:30am

A community birthday party for Elaine Cuthbert, long-time Grange #141 Member, and Montague resident. Music by David Kaynor and friends, light fare and cake, of course! Come celebrate this beloved nonagenarian, and see some of the improvements to the Montague Common Hall she has helped make possible!

Friday, January 19 –

Two Events with visiting Hawaiian elder, Kalani Souza

Kalani Souza1-5 p.m. Workshop
Wisdom Teachings of the Moon, Indigenous Practices from Hawaii (Sliding scale $30-$75. Pre-registration required- please contact Becca Martenson)

7-9 p.m. Discussion
Neighborhood Response to Climate Change and Other Unpredictable Challenges of Our Times: An Indigenous Perspective ($10 admission)

For more info on either of these events, or to register for the workshop contact Becca Martenson


Many thanks to ALL of our awesome donors in 2017!
We would especially like to thank our

  • Sustaining Members, whose monthly donations give us the stability to pay our bills on time, and make more programming available to you. (To sign up or learn more, visit our sustaining membership page).
  • Mutton & Mead, who every year uses the hall for auditions, rehearsals, costuming and more, and who each year gives a sizeable donation to the hall (in addition to taking loving care of it when they use it!)
  • Elaine Cuthbert, long-time Grange #141 member, who surprised us with a very generous donation-
  • and the friends and family of Frances Hemond, who gave a number of donations totalling more than $600 to the Common Hall in her memory.

Thank you, Thank you! Without you, there would be no Montague Common Hall!

We would also like to thank Jared Mizula and his crew at Hilltown Hardwood Floors for making our dance floors new again, and GORGEOUS! Here's the before and after:

The floors before and after refinishing

And here's their website in case you have floors of your own you would like to refinish: