Watertown Foundation Connects Older Residents to Local Arts & Entertainment Programs

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Watertown Family Network and Brigham House team up to provide a Halloween Happening.

Watertown Family Network and Brigham House team up to provide a Halloween Happening.

Watertown’s older residents had many opportunities to engage in a variety of free,
enriching and engaging activities this fall thanks to the Marshall Home Fund.

The group sent out the following information:

The MHF, established in Watertown 12 years ago, provides small grants to local organizations and agencies, in an effort make Watertown a more age friendly community. This fall, programs supported by the fund included workshops on theatrical production and fun, intergenerational events.

Page to Stage: With funding from the MHF, New Repertory Theater’s Associate Artistic Director, Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, was able to offer a free 5-session workshop for residents 55+, focused on all aspects of directing and producing the play “Oleanna,” by David Mamet. Premiered in 1992, the play’s theme of sexual harassment made it well-suited to the kind of engaging, lively discussions O’Leary encourages among workshop participants. In addition to the 5 sessions, which were held at the Senior Center, participants had the opportunity to attend the production.

Halloween Happening at Brigham House: The residents of the Brigham House teamed with the MHF-funded Watertown Family Network to provide a triple-fun Halloween event for young children. The costumed kids started in the Brigham House’s Music Room where a band and singing puppets taught songs and games, then moved to a Glitter Room to decorate ornaments, and ended by receiving trick-
or-treat bags the residents had filled for their visitors.

High school students from the Lexington Chamber Music Center perform for Brigham House residents and guests.

Chamber Music at the Brigham House: Residents were treated to an hour of chamber music performed by area high school students trained at the Lexington Chamber Music Center. The audience was clearly moved by what Director Randy Hiller describes as the “common shared pulse” of the four chamber music performers who are trained to listen and respond to each other rather than rely on a conductor.

For more information about these events or the MHF, please visit www.marshallhomefund.org or email info@marshallhomefund.org.

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