Past Events

past events at the meetinghouse

The Wendell Meetinghouse has hosted an array of programs and events and we look forward to many more! If you would like more information about booking your event at The Meetinghouse, please head here.

Mondays, Feb. 5 to Apr. 11, 3-6 pm – Merry Band Mondays with Laura Doughty
Community members gathered for Tai Chi practice with Henry Geddes, a master class/tutorial for beginner and other singers by Laura Doughty, and choral group singing of early music classical choral gems. Sponsored by the Wendell Cultural Council/Mass Cultural Council.*

April 7, 1:00-5:00 pm – Dying Before You Die – A Path into Joyful Living (Kai Carol Jud)
Kai Carol Jud offered a workshop focused on understanding death in ways that enable participants to live more joyous lives. A wide range of issues were addressed, including how to talk about death with friends and family, beliefs about death, experiences of death with loved ones, unfinished business before we die, fears of aging and death, and practical steps and support that may be helpful in preparing for our own death.

Saturday, Mar. 16, 7:00 pm – Salaam Ak Jaam Senegal (Abdou Sarr, Thioko Afia Diagne, Mountakha Latif, Jafar)
A special taste of the true range of Senegalese music and dance … over a hundred people rocked the Wendell Meetinghouse with this family-friendly performance. “Salaam ak Jaam” means “Peace and Peace” (a common greeting in Senegal), and Sarr sees his music and dance performance as a way of helping local communities feel the power of being musically and rhythmically in sync, of coming into harmony regardless of difference.

Sunday, Mar. 10, 9:30 am-1 pm – Wendell Post Exhibit Open House
Community members joined us for a last chance to check out the enlarged covers of the Wendell Post at the Meetinghouse, during the daytime, with morning light streaming through the Meetinghouse windows … while sharing a little cup of something warm and a snack with a neighbor or a friend.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 at 4:30 pm – No Assaults & Batteries/FWM Community Dinner
An inspiring evening – community dinner (thanks to volunteers!), music by the Leftovers (Doug Tanner, Tom Randall, Mark Ricker) and John Sheldon
, speakers Delta Carney, Dan Leahy and Anna Gyorgy, with emceeing and music by Court Dorsey.

Friday, Feb. 9 and Mar. 8, 2024 at 6:30 pm – Wendell Dance Party
Wendell’s new freestyle Dance Party, organized by an energetic and talented team (Seal, Cori, Shell, Ezell and Deb T) as a fun way to connect with community, enjoy inspiring DJ’d music, and dance into spring in this safe and welcoming space.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 at 5:30 pm – Wendell Post exhibit, reception
Exhibition of Wendell Post covers (thanks to Jerry Barilla), music by Fran Doughty, and stories from Wendell Posts artists and contributors (including Annie Diemand and Jonathan von Ranson) and community members. Sponsored in part by the Wendell Cultural Council/Mass Cultural Council.* Montague Community Television video, thanks to Janet Masucci: https://vimeo.com/914906812

Dec. 21, 2023 7 pm – Circle Dance with Gwyn Peterdi
Celebrating the Winter Solstice with Gwyn Peterdi’s Circle Dance at the Wendell Meetinghouse, December 21, from 6 to 8 pm, by donation. Beginners are welcome. We uplift our bodies, minds, and spirits with movement and music from many cultures.

Sunday Dec. 10 at 3 pm – Kai Jud Book Release Party, celebrating Life of Kai
An event celebrating the release of Kai’s newly published book, Life of Kai, a memoir of awakening. She read excerpts from her book, responded to questions and shared music and refreshments, along with books and a raffle drawing.

 

Sat., Dec. 9 at 7 pm Wendell Meetinghouse is the beneficiary of the Green Sisters Full Moon Coffeehouse
The fantastic four Green Sisters’ sound spans a wide range of bluegrass, barbershop, blues, and country, with lots of original songs too. Two great things in one event – a wonderful show, and support for your local Meetinghouse, all at the same time!

 

Nov. 4 – Acting Workshops for Youth and Adults with Court Dorsey
Did you ever want to see what it felt like to be on stage, to imagine yourself as someone else, to enjoy the fun of acting?? Well, this was your chance, in a fun and informal setting! These free workshops will focus on theater skill-building and games, scene work and improvisational acting exercises, as well as vocal and physical training. 

Oct. 27 7 pm – Halloween with the Gaslight Tinkers
We were delighted to have the Tinkers with us for a great Halloween evening of music and dance! African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music … the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

Oct. 25 7 pm – Spirit Circle with Sara Schley: Readings from Secrets of the 7th Day
At the request of a dear Catholic friend who said, “Sara, you have to teach us how to do Shabbat,” Sara authored Secrets of the 7th Day with an intention to make it accessible to all people. In addition to hearing excerpts from the book, participants were offered copies of the book and teachings on creating rituals that can be used at home.

Oct. 24, Nov. 15 and Dec. 14, 2023 – Public meetings to Stop the New Leaf Battery Storage Project in Wendell
The No Assaultin’ Battery Citizens Committee (Laurel Facey, Anna Gyorgy, Tim Sheehan, Lynn Waldron, Court Dorsey) invite the public to a meeting to learn about the proposed Battery Storage Project, to discuss the ideas gathered on how to stop this project and to make plans for community action and protection. Montague Community Television video of 10/24 meeting, thanks to Janet Masucci: https://vimeo.com/879478022

Sep. 25 – Oct. 23 6-8 pm – Monday evening crochet/knitting classes with Gail Krutka
New series, designed for both beginners and more advanced folks of all ages who want to work on crochet or knitting projects. Gail helped new folks work on a scarf or similar project; others brought other work and enjoyed the conversations.

Oct. 14 7 pm – Sound Journey with Nirmal Chandraratna
Layered textures of the voice, cello, and world percussion weave a tapestry of melody and mantra. As we come together as a community and connect with our intentions, we can help each other to collectively align our lives with our vision for a better world.

Oct. 12 7 pm – Honoring Elders with Gail Mason, celebrating Dorthee
Connecting community members and honoring elders in Wendell and beyond for their wisdom, experience and all they’ve done to build our communities. We sat in circle and shared stories, love and gratitude. Montague Community Television video, thanks to Janet Masucci: https://vimeo.com/875665695

Oct. 1 4 pm – Cymbal Bath with Matt Samolis
An immersive sonic experience – the sound that issues from his assemblage of bowed cymbals and tuned steel rods was at turns contemplative, awe inspiring and other-worldly.

Sep. 30 10 am – Caregivers Gathering
Welcoming all past, current and future caregivers to gather, enjoy morning coffee/tea/juice and breakfast goodies, and to share stories and questions.

 

Sep. 28 7 pm – Court Dorsey reads selected Eddy Stories
“Eddy is a character that is both laughably simple and wildly cosmic,” Dorsey writes.  “Whether he is pitying his potatoes, chewing on nails, walking the stars or breaking his heart over a peach tree, he reminds us that life is both extraordinarily ordinary and deeply magical.” An evening of readings and discussion.

Sep. 14 7 pm – Honoring Local Elders with Gail Mason, celebrating Susan and Jonathan von Ranson
Connecting community members and honoring elders in Wendell and beyond for their wisdom, experience and all they’ve done to build our communities. We sat in circle and shared stories, love and gratitude. Montague Community Television video, thanks to Janet Masucci: https://vimeo.com/865658174

Aug. 29 7 pm – Circle Dance with Gwyn Peterdi
Uplifting our bodies, minds and spirits – fun, joy and multicultural adventure.

 

8/12/23 – Open House on Old Home Day. We loved connecting with many who came to reminisce, see the results of all the volunteer and community member-led renovations, and imagine what might come in the future. Gratitude to Annie Hassett and Court Dorsey for willingness to do a Community Sing!

7/9/23 – Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse Annual Meeting. Reporting on Meetinghouse successes, inviting input on FWM/Meetinghouse future. We awarded the FWM Community Spirit Award to Dan Keller, and enjoyed music, film, refreshments and community.

7/11/23 – Sound Journey with Nirmal Chandraratna. Ritual and sound healing come together, layered textures of the voice, cello, and world percussion weave a tapestry of melody, mantra and rhythm. When we commune in music and intention, we can help each other to collectively awaken to the aliveness of the present moment.

6/24/23 – Memorial Service for Peter Gallant

6/22/23 – Thursday Series: Spirit Circle with Joshua Jay Waffles – Transmogrify, Discover Your True Self. Sharing photos, stories, sculptures, poetry and more – this exploration focused on the Josh’s beautiful booklets and the 10 Condiments for a Delicious Life.

 

6/15/23 – Thursday Series: Some Like It Dark, Dark Rhymies with Court Dorsey. Reading from Court’s original poems and circle exploration of the possible value of darkness in the arts, what makes a difference in whether it’s good or harmful and how we deal with different reactions to darkness.

 

6/8/23 – Thursday Series: Spirit Circle with Alistair MacMartin – Called Wendell, How Did We End Up Here? An evening of storytelling with neighbors. Alistair’s hope was that we discover themes that tie all our stories together because it doesn’t feel like an accident.

 

6/1/23 – Thursday Series: Rilke and Toad with Jim Perkins and Court Dorsey. Jim read selected readings from Rainer Maria Rilke and Court shared poems from his original Toad series – exploring psycedelics, mystical connections and poetry.

 

5/25/23 – Thursday Series: Spirit Circle with Nina Keller – Outside the Circle. Explorations of how emerging sense of self and understanding spirituality do not always fit comfortably within a defined space or circle – personal stories, art and poetry.

 

 

5/18/23 – Thursday Series: The Path of Bernadette with Court Dorsey. The Path of Bernadette weaves together practices and mythology from Hindu and Buddhist traditions, as well as the Stations of the Cross and the Twelve Steps of AA, four of the most influential strands of modern American mysticism. Reading and discussion.

 

 

5/11/23 – Thursday Series: Spirit Circle with Deb Tyler – Broken Mirrors, Infinite Grace and Surrender. Journey tales and insights from Deb FlyingHorse’s ongoing Spiritual evolution, quotes from wise Elders and Spiritual Masters for contemplation, a guided meditation and an invitation for other attendees to share their personal insights into the Sacred Inner Cosmos. 

 

5/4/23 – Thursday Series: Community Sing with Annie Hassett and Court Dorsey. An evening of sing-alongs with beloved valley musicians who’ve been playing together for over forty years, sure to warm your heart.

 

 

4/30/23 – Celebration of Life of Gretchen C. Smith

Memories were shared of this wonderful community member. 

 

3/21/23 – Sacred Rhythm Circle Equinox 

The community was welcomed to the monthly Sacred Rhythm Circle, celebrating Spring Equinox and evoking healing energies, while stress was released. Drumming and percussion, songs shared, stories, poetry, astrological energies spoken, while the group envisioned and manifested our new world together.

 

1/25/23, 6/13/23 – Circle Dance with Gwyn Peterdi

Dances from around the world, danced in a circle, joining hands, a range of dynamics from meditative to lively, with beautiful music from many cultures. All participant donations went to the Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse.

 

Winter 2023 – Dance Your Dance! – Adult movement class with Seal LaMadeleine 

Classes of expressive movement connected participants with themselves. Guided imagery, movement suggestions, and beautiful and groovy music inspired participants to move in expressive, playful and healing ways.

 

12/21/22 – Solstice Circle Dance with Gwyn Peterdi

Solstice dances from around the world, danced in a circle, joining hands, a range of dynamics from meditative to lively, with beautiful music from many cultures

10/16/22 – Pamela Means Concert

Pamela Means presented The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day. This concert explored the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and effects continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired–and continue to inspire–movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice.

  8/14/22 – Cymbal Sound Bath Offering

Matt Samolis offered an immersive sonic experience in the newly renovated building.  The sound that issues from his assemblage of bowed cymbals and tuned steel rods is at turns contemplative, awe inspiring and other-worldly.

9/11/21 – Wendell Meetinghouse’s 175th Birthday Celebration

What a splendid gathering of community at our 175th Birthday Celebration of the Wendell Meetinghouse to celebrate our Wendell community, honor this historic building from past to present, recognize the people who have brought it so far, and an opportunity to share plans for the future. More about this special day here.

6/3/21 – Wendell Meetinghouse Spirit Circles

The Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse 2021 programming began with four Spirit Circles presentations, all were free, open to the public, and accessible via Zoom during four evenings in June and offered presentations and gatherings that support the diverse spiritual lives of its participants through shared exploration, celebration, and practice. Read more about Spirit Circles here.

5/22/21 – Bowers Wedding

​With all major demolition tasks accomplished, the Friends building committee and volunteers cleaned up the great room in preparation for the wedding of Jon and Danelle Bowers. The groom was born and raised in Wendell and requested the Meetinghouse for the couple’s nuptials. Although unfinished, the Meetinghouse still offers a sacred space for those who wish to mark life’s passages. See more here

2019 – Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse

The FWM 2019 fundraising campaign was kicked off by the Gaslight Tinkers, with a blend of global rhythms that created a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music. They performed at the November 2019 Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse. Bass guitarist and founding member of the Tinkers, Garrett Sawyer, is a FWM Board member. Proceeds of the sumptuous Dessert-O-Rama were donated to the campaign.

2019 – Old Home Day in Wendell

The Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse booth at the August 2019 Old Home Day welcomed a steady stream of community members attracted to photos by Paul Godfrey, posters by Adrian Montagano, FWM T-shirts, and cookies, popcorn and refreshments … along with FWM Board members. Read more about this lovely day here

 

2019 – Misfit Parade and Costume Ball

Thanks to previous FWM Board member Linnea Winter, Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse was a grateful beneficiary of the 2019 Misfit Prom, sponsoring a successful raffle to support our Phase 1 Renovations. Read more about this fun event here.