HWMC February Newsletter
Photos from 2nd Annual Taste of the Towns
Left- Bidding time...
Right- A word from Amy Waterman and Early Childhood Partners
Message from the HWMC President:
Many conversations I've had lately with other moms have been about the "balancing act." How
do we balance familiy, friends, work, church, organizations and committees we are a part
of...and still stay"happy?" The only balancing I am great at is holding my ice cream in one hand
while I change the channel with the other. There is so much more to being a mom than just
changing diapers, searching for missing lovey's,wiping off dirty faces and playing barbies or
cars for what seems like hours on end. It's about juggling,searching, maintaining stability,
happiness, reinventing yourself and so much more. Feeling balanced or not, just remember
that you are a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and it's not easy to stay balanced
but know that you are doing the best you can. Probably the part of your life that seems the
most unbalanced is the "you time," so please join us for the next Mom's Night Out when all
we'll talk about is SEX! It may just be another part of your life that isn't balanced either! You
deserve it...a night with great friends, good food, wine and perhaps getting out of bedtime.
At the end of each day keep in mind that "Life is a balancing act. When your life is in balance,
things run smoothly and you roll along with a sense of well-being and contentment. You are
able to make decisions and set priorities in keeping with your unique life circumstances.
Everyday stresses seem quite manageable."
Children’s Event at Strike One
Let’s Talk About Sex
Daddy and Me Bowling – March
Update: 2nd Annual Taste of the Towns
On Saturday, January 24th, the second annual Taste of the Towns was held at the Community
House. The Cocktail Party and Silent Auction raised money for Early Childhood Partners, an
information center providing financial support and other resources for families with preschool-
The Hamilton Wenham Mothers' Club would like to extend their gratitude to you all, as well as to
other community members, restaurants, and businesses who helped make this event possible.
Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated!
Grace Skin Care Heather Reid
Sun and Air Driving Range Heather Murray
Strike One Sail Loft
Jump Start to Green The Hungry Fox
Jolan Bon Bouche
Scribe Timothy S Hopkins Catering
Helene M The Exchange
French Lessons Black Cow
Making Faces Daniella’s
Giraud Studios Jumbo House
M. Lekkakos Spa and Salon Bertucci’s
Red Wagon Marcorelle’s
Marybeth's Mercury Brewing Company
Tri City Sales Blush
Sportsmen's Barber Shop
Inside Out Health and Wellness
Oliver Gulf Station
Paul Gamber, DDS
Children's Event at Strike One, Danvers Tuesday,
Feburary 24th 10:00-12:00 pm
We had a great turnout and success last month getting the
kids out to play together at Strike One in Danvers that we
have chosen to repeat this event during these long winter
months. We will again have the
turf reserved for the kids to run freely and play with the sports balls, crawl
tunnels, bounce houses, soccer nets, hippoty hop balls and baseball tees.
There will be a cost of $7.00 per family and Strike One will have the
concession stand open for anyone who would like to feed their kids lunch after
All You Ever Wanted to Know about Relationships - But Were Afraid to
February 21st at 7:00pm
Mom's Night Out at the Wenham Tea House!
The Invite is out- let us know if you didn't receive it!
Buy your tickets now! Tickets are available first to Mothers' Club members for
$25. We will open to the public the week before the event and tickets will be
$30 at the door. We expect they will go fast!
Join us for wine and a delicious light dinner at the Wenham Tea House and a
discussion with famed world-renowned sex therapist Dagmar O'Connor!
Daddy and Me Bowling- Save the Date
Sunday, March 15, 5-7PM
Please join us for our first "Daddy & Me" Children's Event! Dads: Join us for
"Bowling Night" with your little ones! Sunday March 15th from 5-7 at Cape Ann
Lanes in Gloucester. $10 per person includes shoes and lane time.
Snacks/Dinner will be available for purchase.
Moms: Take the night off!
Evite will follow.
Community Events and Announcements
February 5th, 2009, 7-9 PM, Hamilton-Wenham Early Childhood Partners
For Parents and Teachers: What's Love Got to Do With Cognition
$10, Gordon College- Jenks room 406
Recent findings related to emotional development-along with general brain
development-have indicated that without the feeling of being loved and
accepted a young child may suffer not only from the lack of attachment and
nurture but the brain may not have the proper stimulation for optimal growth.
While much has been documented and researched regarding attachment and
bonding, the rather esoteric and therefore difficult to measure concepts of love
and acceptance have not received the same kind or amount of consideration.
This session will offer insight into some current research related to how sharing
love and warmth of feelings with young children actually promotes
neural/cognitive development as well as alleviates certain behavior concerns.
Along with the brain development, feelings of being loved and accepted also lay
down the connections for true empathy and later strong mental health. All
participants will benefit from coming to understand how their interactions with
young children help to nurture the child but also lay the groundwork for a strong,
compassionate, and cohesive society.
Salt Marsh Pottery- Baby Prints, contact 800/859-5028
email@example.com if you are interested.
Sunday, February 8, 10 - 4, Danvers MA , Comfort Inn
Saturday, February 14, Boston, Isis Maternity, Prudential Center
Saturday, February 7, 9:30-11:30, Winter Wildlife Prowl
Explore the snowy Grass Rides in search of owls. Discover tracks and signs of
our wild winter residents. Learn how local plants and animals adapt to life in the
Thursday, Feburary 19, 3-5PM, Cows in their Winter Home
When snow covers our pastures, the Appleton dairy herd loafs around the
farmstead. Visit the cows up close and watch the afternoon milking. After the
milking, enjoy old-fashioned butter-making.
Friday, February 20, 10AM-12, Bluebird Nest Box Building
Join us as we build nest boxes to add to our colony for one of Appleton Farms'
coveted residents. You're invited to stay to help hang the boxes along our
bluebird box trail, the most productive in Essex County. You may even catch a
Fees: Members: $5. Nonmembers $8. Notes: Minimum recommended age for
all prorams is 6 (16 without adult). Please preregister at 978-921-1944 or email
February 17, 2009- February 18, 9AM-12, WinterQuest for Kids
Location: Castle Hill
This February vacation, kids can experience the winter landscape, follow tracks
in search of wildlife, sled if there's snow, and end each day with cocoa.
Fees: Members $10 per child per day. Nonmembers: $15. Space is limited.
Bring your own sled. Telephone 978-921-1944 x8815 or email
February 19, 2009, Hermit's Tales on the Trails, 1-3PM
Location: Ravenswood Park
Walk in the century-old footsteps of Mason A. Walton, the Ravenswood Hermit.
We'll visit hte site of his cabin and share tales from his book, A Hermit's Wild
Friends, along the way. Recommended for families.
Fees: Members $4, Child free, Nonmembers: Adult $5, Child free. Please pre-
register at 978-921-1944 x8815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 26, 2009, Small Wonders Winter Pre-K Club, 11AM-12
Location: Coolidge Reservation
Kids will enjoy the outdoors on guided explorations around lovely Coolidge
Point. This program is for young children accompanies by their favorite adult.
Fees: Members, Adult: $8, Child free. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child free.
Please pre-register at 978-921-1944 x8815 or email email@example.com
February 18, 10AM-12, Mardi Gras Mask Making, please pre-register
Free with admission.
Visit Face Time mask exhibition and make a Mardi Gras mask to wear to the
Hamilton-Wenham library party from 1-4PM.
February 19, 11AM, or 1PM, Lego Palooza, please pre-register.
A Lego Brick-fest of fun, back by popular demand.
March 1, 3-5PM, Baby Boogie Oogie II, Ages: Walkers to 7, Pre-registered:
Members: $9, Non Members $11. At the door: Members $12, Non Members
$14. Museum Admission included.
Little feet get the groovy beat of Mom and Dad's favorite songs from the 80s
with DJ Lanie Mac in a baby-size disco. Check out the many styles of dancing
shoes in The Sould of the Shoe exhibition. Light refreshments will be served.
New! Parent and Tot Story Time, Peabody Essex Museum,
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 10:30 am
First and third Wednesdays of each month
Included with museum admission
Meet at the information desk. Meet other parents and introduce your young
child to the wonderful world of museums through stories and related activities in
Check out www.pem.org for wonderful February Vacation programs for children
from the exhbit Wild About the Poles!
Ocean Detectives, Saturday February 28, New England Aquarium, 2:00
PM - 3:30 PM
Children will work with parents and peers to unlock the secrets of the deep
while developing their math, science and literacy skills. We may track turtles,
study crab movement or look for trends in penguin behavior.
Junior Detectives: Ages 5-7
Theme: Reef Fish
Advanced Detectives: Ages 8-12
Theme: Water Discoveries
Central Reservations 617-973-5206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Harborside Learning Lab