April 12th’s ham and bean supper was a successful fundraiser for the historical society, resulting in over $800 for the restoration of the East Grafton Union Church. That money will help the society match the $42,000 LCHIP grant received in January. Combined with a recent $7,000 grant award from the Byrne Foundation, there is approximately $29,000 left to raise.
Dartmouth College a cappella group, the Sing Dynasty, serenaded a crowded town hall during the supper. The dozen students, all dressed to impress in their flannel, sang various songs, including a traditional Dartmouth ditty.
The supper also marked the end to the third annual work weekend between the Grafton Historical Society and Bowdoin College. This year, several Bowdoin students made the trek to Grafton to assist in cleaning out the Union Church and hauling brush on the church-parsonage property. Through this three year partnership, the society has been fortunate enough to welcome over forty college students to town. Past tasks included planting trees at the museum, painting the Pines Schoolhouse, cleaning the interior of the Pines Schoolhouse, and site clearing at the carding mill.
The ham and bean supper would not have been possible without the generosity of volunteers who made pies, baked ham, and prepared side dishes. We would also like to thank Bowdoin College and Emily Lacroix (of Canaan) for wrangling up her Sing Dynasty friends for an evening of collegiate entertainment.
For a glimpse at the poster explaining the East Grafton Union Church, please follow the link below. Please note, it’s insanely large.