Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends of Weymouth is to conserve the Weymouth longleaf pine forest, gardens and grounds as a natural preserve and park, and to preserve the Boyd House as a literary and cultural center.

FRIENDS OF WEYMOUTH, INC.
APRIL 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

Organizational Goals

  • Work together to improve the entire organization
  • Continue updating and streamlining business practices
  • Expand membership and invite businesses to join
  • Write sizable srants
  • Establish Development Committee and Planned Giving Team
  • Become financially stable
  • Serve our community through great programming
  • Continuously expand our digital media footprint

Physical Campus Goals

  • Professionally deep clean interior twice/year
  • Refurbish hardwood floors
  • Renovate Bride’s Powder Room
  • Interior painting
  • Continue remediating basement water issues
  • Put a new roof on Carriage House
  • Paint and repair exterior of the kitchen wing
  • Replace white fence on Ridge Road
  • Refurbish Carriage House to Educational Center

Accomplishments

  • Updating and streamlining business practices
  • Computer dedicated to membership and tax letters (donated)
  • Updating website and all digital media marketing
  • Updated and improved Writer-in-Residence areas
  • Refurbished Gate House
  • Built new fence
  • Improved grounds
  • Programming/event collaboration with Arts Council, Moore Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph of the Pines, Pinecrest High School, Moore County Elementary and Middle Schools, EbZb Productions, SALT, Philharmonic Junior Strings, and Sandhills Community College
  • Brinkley Boyd book and character created by Annie Hallinan (Turnberry Press) to benefit Weymouth
  • New business office furniture and other house pieces and decor
  • Planted 334 longleaf pine seedlings and 550 wiregrass seedlings in the urban forest
  • Continue to improve basement water issues and improve drainage
  • Debris removal from property
  • Cherry trees
  • Engaged students through Young Musicians Festival, Write-On Camp, AIMS, Moore County Writers’ Competition, Junior Strings, Native Son Production
  • Featured as a filming location for a movie, a trailer for a theater production, and for an MTV National TV show
  • House has been deep cleaned by a professional team and the windows done. This will continue.
  • We work together as a team to make the best decisions for the health and future of Weymouth. Sometimes these are hard decisions.

Financials: Fiscal Year Ending June 2016

Total Revenue $393,259

Total Functional Expenses ($380,453)

Net Income $12, 806

Notable Sources of Revenue   (Percent of Total Revenue)

  • Contributions (12.4%)
    • $48,731
  • Program services (40.8%)
    •  $160,590
  • Investment income (4.5%)
    • $17,782
  • Bond proceeds
    • $0
  • Royalties
    • $0
  • Rental property income (14.9%)
    • $58,647
  • Net fundraising
    • $0
  • Sales of assets (27.3%)
    • $107,509
  • Net inventory sales
    • $0
  • Other revenue
    • $0

Notable Expenses   (Percent of Total Revenue)

  • Executive compensation (32.4%)
    • $123,280
  • Professional fundraising fees
    • $0
  • Other salaries and wages
    • $0

Other

  • Total Assets
    • $1,362,800
  • Total Liabilities
    • ($4,740)
  • Net Assets
    • $1,358,060

Financials: Fiscal Year Ending June 2015

Total Revenue $368,423

Total Functional Expenses ($411,001)

Net Income ($42,578)

Notable Sources of Revenue   (Percent of Total Revenue)

  • Contributions (36.9%)
    • $136,018
  • Program services (32.2%)
    •  $118,491
  • Investment income (4.8%)
    • $17,769
  • Bond proceeds
    • $0
  • Royalties
    • $0
  • Rental property income (12.3%)
    • $45,214
  • Net fundraising
    • $0
  • Sales of assets (13.8%)
    • $50,931
  • Net inventory sales
    • $0
  • Other revenue
    • $0

Notable Expenses   (Percent of Total Revenue)

  • Executive compensation (35.3%)
    • $145,023
  • Professional fundraising fees
    • $0
  • Other salaries and wages
    • $0

Other

  • Total Assets
    • $1,463,213
  • Total Liabilities
    • ($8,114)
  • Net Assets
    • $1,455,099

Thank You to our Volunteers and Donors!

Your support and commitment is the backbone and future of Weymouth.

Weymouth Committees

  • WRITERS IN RESIDENCE/LITERARY
  • LITERARY HALL OF FAME
  • WOW (WOMEN OF WEYMOUTH)
  • CHRISTMAS HOUSE
  • YOUNG AFFILIATES
  • MUSIC
  • HOUSE
  • MEMBERSHIP
  • GARDENS AND GROUNDS
  • LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
  • JAMES BOYD BOOK CLUB
  • WRITE-ON CAMP
  • LANDSCAPE
  • PUBLICITY
  • MOORE COUNTY WRITERS’ COMPETITION
  • AIMS

AIMS (Authors in Moore Schools)

For three years, Weymouth has been lucky to partner with AIMS (Author in Moore Schools) in cooperation with The Country Bookshop.

AIMS arranges visits with children’s book authors in Moore County Schools and gives autographed books to the students. The mission is “To promote the love of reading by bringing students, parents, schools, communities, and authors together through great books.”

AIMS received grants from three private donors, two Weymouth members, and one Country Bookshop patron.

AIMS served 15 schools and 1252 students this school year.

Nine donors sponsored events including two individuals who honored a loved family member through an AIMS event. The Mebane Foundation’s generous donation funded events at three elementary schools for a total of 313 autographed books distributed to young readers following the authors’ presentations. Following these events teachers and parents report students having a greater interest in books, reading more words and longer hours, and checking out a greater number of books from school libraries, therefore continuing AIMS goal of developing a love of reading that will improve reading proficiency, fluency, and performance that will translate into school success, college acceptance and future positive community contributions.

In the three years, the AIMS program has been in cooperation with the Friends of Weymouth, 34 bestselling and award-winning authors have presented to 37 schools and 3,789 students received personalized autographed books from the authors.

In 2018-19, AIMS will become a standalone literary nonprofit with a board composed of a professional bookseller, a middle school principal, two reading specialist teachers, an author and a local community representative. AIMS goals for the 2018-19 school year are to hold events in every K-5 school in the county as well as the three middle schools providing books to more than 1,700 students in order to promote the love of reading by bringing students, parents, schools, communities together through great books.

A grant from the Mebane Foundation for $4,420 will fund an event for K-2 students at Aberdeen Primary with New York Times Bestselling author Grace Lin for her new picture book Big Mooncake for Little Star as well as a similar event for K-2 students at Southern Pines Primary school. These events are tentatively on the schedule for the publishers, but their actuality is contingent upon AIMS funding.

Writers-in-Residence

Thank You to Our Donors!

  • Saint Joseph of the Pines
  • Harbinger Wood Floors
  • The Frye Foundation
  • Patricia Riverie-Seel
  • Kelly Mustian
  • Kathryn and John Talton
  • Margaret Baddour
  • Anne Barnhill
  • Todd Berliner
  • Cathy Smith Bowers
  • Catherine Brandes
  • Kathy Bundy
  • Sam Brooks
  • Bernie Bo Brown
  • Cathleen Carey
  • Kirsten Krueger
  • Anita Collins
  • Joan Conwell
  • Kurt Corriher
  • Nancy Davis
  • M. Scott Douglas
  • Clyde Edgerton
  • Jolene Erlacher
  • Linda Erlich
  • Janet Ford
  • Therese Fowler
  • Christa Gala
  • Joseph Gomez
  • Molly Haile
  • Nancy Henderson
  • Virginia Howard
  • Jason Howk
  • Marjorie Hudson
  • Andrew Hutson
  • Sharon Kurtzman
  • Dawn Reno Langley
  • Tara Laskowski
  • Dana Lindquist
  • Jayne Long
  • Karon Luddy
  • Consuelo Marshall
  • Travis Mulhauser
  • Marion O’Malley
  • Dave Owen
  • Soren Palmer
  • Simon Partner
  • Robert Phillips
  • Christina Askounis
  • Patricia Prince
  • Karen Pullen
  • Amy Reed
  • Melissa Seligman
  • Janet Silber
  • Sister Pamela Smith
  • Adam and Heather Sobsey
  • Deonna Kelli Swain
  • Sharon Swanson
  • Ann Taft
  • Candace Tippett
  • Turnberry Press
  • Annie Hallinan
  • Emily Wallace
  • Marsha Warren
  • Tammy Wilson

WIR Reading Series 2017-2018

Wednesday, August 16, 5:30 pm: Tara Laskowski read from her short story collection Bystanders, which won the Balcones Fiction Prize in 2017. Tara is also the author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies.

Art Taylor read from On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. His work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University, and he contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine.

Thursday, September 21, 5:30 pm: Daniel Wallace, author of the best selling novel, Big Fish, among others, read from his hilarious new novel, Extraordinary Adventures. Professor Wallace is the director of the Creative Writing Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 pm: Dawn Reno Langley, author of several novels, read from her latest, The Mourning Parade. Set in Thailand, its themes of grief and healing and focus on elephants appealed to many.

Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm: Murray Dunlap, short story writer and poet, read from his work created before and after a traumatic brain injury. During his reading to a full room, Murray discussed the ways in which a life-changing accident affected his life and eventually led him to the love of his life and back to writing.

Friday, January 12, 3:30 pm: Pat Riviere-Seel, author of three poetry collections, including The Serial Killer’s Daughter, read to residents at Belle Meade from her memoir-in-progress. 

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 pm: The publisher and editors of KAKALAK journal presented a reading of poetry from their latest anthology. Several poets participated. KAKALAK, a journal of poetry and art published annually, showcases work by poets and artists of North and South Carolina. This year’s presenters included Dorothy Baird, Beth Copeland, Sarah Edwards, Valerie Macon, Ty Stumpf, and Nancy Young.

Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 pm: John Amen, the author of four poetry collections read from his acclaimed, Strange Theater and Illusion of an Overwhelm . He is the founder and editor of Pedestal Magazine and his work has been translated widely throughout the world.

Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 pm: John Kessel will read from his latest novel, Pride and Prometheus, published by Simon and Schuster in February of this year. His other works include The Moon and the Other, Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 pm: Aaron Ballance will read from his award-winning stories. Ballance is the recipient of the 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his entries of “Sugarfoot,” “Old Trouble,” “The Peaks,” “One-Eyed Jenny,” “The Brink,” “Leading Flash to the Barn – January,” and “Rust.” Originally from Winston-Salem, Aaron Ballance is a lecturer in English at Appalachian State University. He is the winner of the Noel Callow Poetry Award, the Amon Liner Poetry Award, and his work has appeared in The Greensboro Review and Poetry Daily. He is also an accomplished musician and was the dobro player for the band Dehlia Low, whose fifth album, Ravens and Crows, was released on Rebel Records in 2011.

Wednesday, June 27, 5:30pm: Erin Chandler will read from her memoir, June Bug Versus Hurricane. Erin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and a Masters in Theatre from UK. Her play June Bug Versus Hurricane was produced at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles. Erin lives in Kentucky, is a professor at BCTC, and teaches playwriting at the Carnegie Center in Lexington.

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

The WIR program had a presence at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance conference in New Orleans last September. Kimberly Daniels Taws invited me to the conference as their Author Event Liaison, representing both the Country Bookshop and the Weymouth Center. I was able to connect with several North Carolina authors and attend informative panels.

House Improvements

Max Perkins room received a fresh coat of paint. Many thanks to Kathryn who helped me paint. Kathryn and I also bought a new bed frame and dresser for this room, the room most in need of updating

Whole House Deep Cleaning: The Carolina Cleaning Company cleaned the windows, inside and out, as well as the inside of the house in great detail in support of our excellent regular housekeeping staff.

Mattresses: Thanks to a generous donation from The Frye Foundation, and a considerable discount from Keith at Sweet Dreams, we were able to purchase five new mattresses for the writers’ rooms. Thanks also to Kathryn, who went out and purchased and assembled a new bed frame when it was discovered that the frame in the Paul Green room was too small for the new mattress.

The NC Poetry Society board members were the first to sleep on the mattresses and they all reported an excellent night’s sleep.

More donated items: two boxes of silverware for the writers’ kitchen, five new mattress covers, three new bed skirts, four new pillows, a new pan, a small side table, and a small throw rug.

Writers-in-Residence Financials

  • Donations:  $18,064.50
  • In-kind:           $1,019.23

Total:            $19,083.73

  • Receptions:      ($2000.00)
  • Mattresses:        ($1500.00)
  • Housekeeping: ($1650.00)

Total:                   ($5,150.00)

Total Income After Expenses: $13, 933.73

Write-On Camp

Experienced writing instructors, Beth Copeland, Laurie McKay and Karen Poppele were joined by artist, Ellen Burke, forming an outstanding team under the direction of Chair, John Amen, for last year’s Write-On Camp.  Copeland is a highly acclaimed author, poet and essayist whose work has been featured on PBS Newshour.  McKay is the author of the popular young reader series, The Last Dragon Charmer. Poppele is a skilled writer and editor, specializing in creative writing.  Amen, the author of multiple books of poetry is currently on tour with his highly acclaimed, Illusion of an Overwhelm.

The focus was on observation and developing the skills to see the world and translate that vision. Burke, an experienced educator and local artist taught the art of “in-depth observation by exploring not only what they see, but what they think.”  Students also explored inspired writing using personal experience, imagination and the beautiful gardens and grounds at Weymouth Center.

The students gave a fabulous performance for parents and guests at the end of the camp.

The cost for the camp was $50.00 per child. The cost included instruction, snacks and drinks.

Thank you to Turnberry Press, who underwrote scholarships for students unable to meet the cost.

Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction Annual Report 2018

Submissions: We received a little over 40 submissions. This fellowship was open during the months of June and July. Submissions closed July 30th.

Winner: Anita Collins for her story “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe.”

A late starter to writing fiction, Anita Collins won the 2016 Doris Betts Fiction Prize with her story, “The Anderson Kid,” published in the North Carolina Literary Review. Anita was also a named a Finalist (2016) and awarded an Honorable Mention (2015) for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction competition held by North Carolina State University. She completed a two-week residency at the Weymouth Center in August and is looking forward to another residency next spring as the Cos Barnes Fellow in Fiction. Anita will be taking her residency in the spring when she will also receive her stipend.

A copy of Anita’s story is available in the front office for anyone who wishes to read it.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sea Change by Cathy Larson Sky
  • Wendell Berry’s Peace by Heather Bell Adams

Financial Breakdown:

June:

  • $165.85
  • ($72.00) Submittable Fee
  • TOTAL = $93.85

July:

  • $399.98
  • ($72.00) Submittable Fee
  • TOTAL = $327.98

August:

  • $20.00 Donated by Katrina Denza
  • ($72.00) Submittable Fee
  • TOTAL = $93.85

Total fees collected after Submittable was paid: $421.83   This total will go toward paying  $500 stipend.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. It is more than a museum housing photographs and archives. Working closely with libraries and schools, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame honors North Carolina writers through programs, services, and opportunities for children and adults.

In the spirit of those who over the centuries have graced North Carolina with literature of such quality, beauty and power, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame proudly honors writers who have achieved enduring stature in their devotion to their writing and to their state.

The State Committee for the Literary Hall of Fame, led by Ed Southern of the N.C. Writer’s Network met in early 2018 at Weymouth after the new inductees for this year were chosen: 

  • James W.(Jim)  Clark
  • Randall Kenan
  • Jill McCorkle
  • Penelope Niven,  (deceased)
  • Marsha  White Warren

Moore County Writers’ Competition

Funded by a grant from the Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation, this program gives local writers of all ages the opportunity to be published.  Judged by professional NC writers, the number of entrants is rising and the size of our publication is growing.  Last year’s award ceremony was attended by 100+ people. Last year 200 entries were received.

WOW (Women of Weymouth)

For decades, the Women of Weymouth have gathered monthly to enjoy informative programs and plan activities for the Weymouth membership in order to raise funds to care for the Boyd house.   This work continues in full measure today.

Activities of the Women of Weymouth include:

  • Christmas House
  • Ladies Wine Out
  • Supper on the Grounds
  • Strawberry Festival
  • Philharmonic Junior Strings Concert

WOW’s current initiative is to raise funds to replace the veranda external curtain/surround

Revenue generated by Women of Weymouth

Fiscal Year 2016-2017

  • Ladies Wine Out
    • $376.90
  • Supper on Grounds
    • $888.30
  • Christmas House
    • $17,539.45
  • Stay Home Tea
    • $2,191.31
  • Ladies Wine Out
    • $1,749.43
  • Strawberry Festival
    • $1,020.00
  • Tapas
    • $735.16

Total = $25,742.18

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

  • Carolina Philharmonic Jr. Orchestra
    • $645.00
  • Supper on the Grounds
    • $820.28 & one family membership sold
  • Christmas House
    • $15,241.81

Total = $16,707.09

Christmas House 2017

A Christmas love story a centure old, celebrating the 100th wedding anniversary of Katharine Lamont and James Boyd

  • Tour days exceeded 680 volunteer hours, involved 195 volunteers, 72% filled by our local garden club
  • From planning to execution, Christmas House exceeded 800 volunteer hours (process changes should reduce substantially in 2018)
  • Profit of $15,241
  • Historic view:
    • Christmas House 2017 $15,241 – weather impacted 3 days of ticket sales at door
    • Christmas House 2016 $17,500
    • Christmas House 2015 $12,700

Young Affiliates

Young Affiliates brings a dynamic group of young business people and young families to Weymouth.  Their energy and cooperative spirit is a welcome addition.

Back by popular demand, SOUNDS ON THE GROUNDS returns!

House Committee

  • House Maintenance
  • Interior Décor
  • Fall Tag Sale

The committee is excited about new initiatives. From light bulbs to painting, the changes are coming. We want the treasures your family doesn’t want. 

Whether we use them or sell them, your gift supports Weymouth!

Archives and Library

PastPerfect 5.0 museum collections management software is now up and running.

Eventually, it will provide complete information storage and retrieval for the Boyd Archives, the FOW Archives, Weymouth’s four book collections, and all House furnishings.  It is also used in Weymouth front office for membership, etc.

 Original FOW by-laws and amendments for 1978, 1993, 1998, 2001, and 2010 (currently in force) were located. Information was needed at previous annual meeting to underscore current Board compliance with bylaws.

Provided background information and historical photographs for the Christmas House 100th Anniversary of the wedding of James Boyd and Katharine Lamont; for Annie Hallinan’s book Brinkley Boyd of Weymouth, and for docent guides.

Corresponded with 3 Boyd family descendants:  Julia Sokoloff (daughter of Nancy Boyd Sokoloff), Pamela Boyd Binder (granddaughter of Boyd sister Eleanor Boyd), and Brenna Boyd (granddaughter of Daniel Boyd).

At the September meeting of the Women of Weymouth, I gave a talk on the history of the Boyd family and Weymouth going back to the early 1900s, with a power point photo presentation.

Toured Inchalene, home of Eleanor Herr Boyd, James Boyd’s mother, with Bill Sahadi.

Continue to receive photographs and papers relevant to Boyd family history.

James Boyd Book Club

2017-2018 Book Selection

  • Charlie Lovett, The Lost Book of the Grail
  • Charles W. Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and other Tales
  • Carole Boston Weatherford, You Can Fly   poems about the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Ron Rash, Something Rich and Strange   short stories
  • Tom Wicker, On Press    published in 1974, but relevant today
  • Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till     1955 murder of black teenager
  • 3 NCLHOF Poets:   Kathryn Stripling Byer, Helen Bevington, Jonathan Williams
  • Diane Chamberlain, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes   and   The Stolen Marriage
  • James Boyd, Marching On

This is not a “membership” book club.  Everyone is welcome. There are several people who show up every month, some who come only for a particular book or author.  Attendance varies month to month, low was 8 participants, highest was 16. 16 is top number of people who will fit into the Weymouth Library!

Landscape

  • Maintain the Gardens & Grounds
  • Preserve the Unique Historic Property for the Use of Generations to Come
  • Dirt Gardeners
  • Spring Plant Sale

Gardens and Grounds Annual Report

Aside from the routine maintenance of  the Weymouth property, the Dirt Gardeners highlight the following accomplishments:

  • From April  2017 to March  2018,  29 registered  Volunteer Dirt Gardeners who come and go depending on their schedules logged 3190.25 hours for the  12 month period.  Many more undocumented hours go into planning as well.  For the first time, a Pinecrest H.S. student did a  65 hour internship to satisfy a volunteer requirement.
  • PLANT SALE: The annual April 14, 2018 fundraiser plant sale grossed just over $10,000.  These funds will finance landscape activities for the year ahead.
  • CHERRIES: Aged and declining weeping Higan cherry trees were removed from the lower lawn and replaced with younger Higan trees from the property.
  • ENTRANCE PLANTINGS: Ailing foundation plantings by the front entrance were removed, and a new garden better suited to the changed light conditions was designed and installed.
  • POETS CIRCLE GARDEN by the brass plaque poem Walking Into April by Sam Ragan was refurbished with plants that bloom in April.   The popular retreat pergola was repaired.
  • BULB PLANTING ongoing each fall added another  275 daffodils to the grounds.
  • Thanks to a generous donation an addition was made to the greenhouse which provides shelter for plants in propagation.
  • The Carriage House underwent major repairs by talented volunteers to window sills and the decaying garage door, also power washing and repainting.
  • The Gate House underwent repairs, cleaning and painting  to prepare  for a new tenant.  The fence was replaced and  overhanging trees were removed.
  • Several matching benches were selected for the property, many of these from donated funds. The Dirt Gardeners and the Landscape committee which have worked together as one has become the Gardens and Grounds committee.

Arts and Humanities

  • George Ellison
  • Native Son
  • Banned Books in America
  • The Power of the Press
  • Co-sponsored by Sandhills Community College

September 10, 2017

The Wilderness Poet, George Ellison read from his book of poetry and his wife, Elizabeth Ellison, an artist exhibited her paintings of illustrations of George’s poems published in his books.

October 30, 2017

There was a collaboration with Moore County High Schools and Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities of NATIVE, (EbZb Production) which was filmed at Weymouth in the spring. There will be a theatre workshop with students from all the Moore County High Schools and a free performance for the student body during the day. That evening there was a performance of NATIVE for the public at Robert E Lee Auditorium for $10.

2018-EVENTS- A Collaboration with Sandhills Community College

Banned Books in America – The Politics of Sex, Misogyny, and Religion

FEBRUARY 11: Larry Allen, a retired professor of English at Sandhills Community College and founding member of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series opened with an overview centered around the history of banned books and how that history parallels the development of the nation.

MARCH 11: Lois Holt, a past president of Friends of Weymouth joined Ron Layne, professor of English and film at Sandhills, providing a gendered perspective on banned books in America. They discussed addressing the Venus/Mars viewpoints.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15.   Stephen Smith, poet, essayist, and literary critic focused on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and how Anderson’s psychological character studies and thematic explorations offended readers, angered critics and led to the banning of a book that’s now considered an American classic. Anderson was a close friend of the Boyds and a frequent visitor at Weymouth. Smith is also a retired professor of English at Sandhills. 

MAY 2, 2018: The Power of the Press: Frank Daniels Jr. former Publisher of Raleigh News & Observer and David Wornonoff, Publisher of The Pilot will talk about the Power of the Press in our current political climate. Frank Daniels was a friend of Catherine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post.

COMING SPRING 2019: The Great Dismal Swamp. The Underground Railroad with Bland Simpson

Music Committee

Five performances were given in the regularly scheduled Chamber Music Concerts so far in the 2017-2018 season:

Pianist Thomas Sauer on October 1, 2017, sponsored by the Charlie Cook and Martha Parsons

The Boylan Bridge Brass on November 5, 2017, sponsored by Jane and Josiah Stevenson

The Blue Mountain Ensemble (flute, piano, bassoon and percussion) on February 4, 2018, sponsored by JoAnn and Dale Erickson

The UNCG Vocal Ensemble on March 4. 2018,  (all Mahler German lieder music sung by a bass/baritone and mezzo soprano accompanied by piano) was sponsored by Elaine and Milton Sills

The Larkin Duo Plus One performed on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The trio (including cellist Bonnie Thron, principal cellist at the UNC Symphony) performed a broad-based classic repertoire. Ray Owens and John and Catherine Earp were the sponsors.

Two additional concerts remain in this concert season:

The All Gershwin Evening played by John Hatcher and Friends will feature fine voices, Megan Causey and Dr. Marc Bernard, on June 7, 2018.

Young Musician’s Festival

The Young Music Festival held auditions on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for 18 entrants. We had two highly qualified judges this year: Kevin Lawrence, violinist and string department chair at UNC School of the Arts and Inara Zandmane, collaborative pianist at UNC Greensboro.  Twelve students were chosen as finalists to be presented at a recital on Sunday, February 18. An overall winner, as well as a first place winner from each of three divisions, was chosen by the judges. There was a full house for the recital on Sunday. After the students played, certificates and award money were distributed to each winner and finalist. An anonymous donor gave a $100 scholarship in honor of Ruth Sinclair, a local teacher who has recently retired after teaching for many years in the area. Mrs. Sinclair has entered students in the Festival every year since its beginning.  This scholarship will be given to all senior finalists each year. This year’s recipient is Charlotte Cox.

Weymouth’s  Yamaha G7 grand piano received a major rehabilitation by Ruggiero Piano Service of Raleigh, rebuilding parts, replacing hammers, shanks and flanges, regulating action and alignment, and regulating damper timing. The $5,964  cost was covered by the Benefit Jazz Concert and private donations. Music Committee members Sue Aceves and John Hatcher monitored the project.

Plans are under way for scheduling the 2018-2019 concert season including a jazz concert. Concert sponsors are needed at the $500. $1000 and $1500 levels.

Publicity

  • The Pilot:  We receive fantastic coverage and placement by The Pilot, up to 4 articles per month plus best bets, calendar and photos of events
  • We will be increasing our local print and digital advertising presence.
  • PineStraw:  We have been featured in several long articles this year with several more already planned
  • Radio Talk :  We had a full hour dedicated to Weymouth in November
  • Regional Papers:  We have news and calendar coverage in newspapers from Fayetteville to Asheboro and Sanford to Rockingham.
  • We are fully updating our website for publicity, marketing, sales, membership and donations
  • We are fully updating and integrating our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts
  • We continue to seek new ways to improve our profile and spread our message

Thank you to the Weymouth Board and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Denise Baker
  • Glenn Bradley
  • Kea Capel
  • Katrina Denza, Secretary
  • Shane English, Vice President
  • Carol Haney
  • Morgan Hawk
  • Barbara Keating
  • Myles Larsen
  • Mike Malone
  • Talmadge Ragan
  • Brent Sexton, Treasurer
  • Dotty Starling
  • Josiah Stevenson
  • Kathryn Talton, President
  • Donna Verrilli
  • David Woronoff, Honorary

WEYMOUTH STAFF

  • Marianna Grasso, Office Manager
  • Alex Klalo, Property Manager

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