Friday, June 26, 2020

non versus not for profit

It's been suggested that we get official, so I've been doing lots and lots of reading and research, looking at how others have accomplished similar goals without going broke when they are first getting started! Though we relate to statements in both categories, it looks like eventually if we do any paperwork, we will do the paperwork to operate as a not-for-profit. But for now, until others find their way to us and get involved, we are funding this ourselves. So please see my little "peddler links" in the righthand sidebar if you want to contribute even a tiny amount by making a related purchase. And the tea room at the Sugar Tree does accept tips!

In case you are wondering what the differences are between the two, there are four main bullet points:

  • - Nonprofits are formed explicitly to benefit the public good; not-for-profits exist to fulfill an owner’s organizational objectives.
  • - Nonprofits can have a separate legal entity; not-for-profits cannot have a separate legal entity.
  • - Nonprofits run like a business and try to earn a profit, which does not support any single member; not-for-profits are considered “recreational organizations” that do not operate with the business goal of earning revenue.
  • - Nonprofits may have employees who are paid, but their paychecks do not come through fundraising; not-for-profits are run by volunteers.

Monday, June 22, 2020

the Hayden Brook camp

Because it is right upon the brook, we are presently calling it "the Hayden Brook camp" but eventually maybe we'll find it another name. 

At number 18 Olive, this camp sits across from the beautiful land at the Perkins House and is backed along Hayden Brook. So far we have noticed a very abundant supply of blueberries growing along the shed, and, of course, that the neighbor's incredible flowers' fragrance carries right in the door!

This will be another "artist in residence" cottage.  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

the Perkins House

We are so proud to have added the Perkins House to our Olive Street spaces! This cheerfull white cottage sits right on the very end curve of Olive Street at number 15, and has a fantastically large yard that is going to be great for gardens, or mini outdoor concerts/performances, or both!!! Visitors won't help but notice the neighbor's beautiful flowers growing! 

Unlike the Tower House, which we hope will be a true community living and work space, the Perkins House will be for an artist in residence. Beginning next year, and for each year thereafter, we will be looking for an artist (and thier family) to apply to spend an entire summer season, and in exchange for housing we will ask that they share thier craft, whatever it might be, with the community by means of offering lessons, creating an installment, or perhaps giving performances. 

This house is another piece of Lakewood Theater history.  Charles F. Perkins was a very renowned and longtime (from 1912-1955) scenic designer at Lakewood.  His son, James, was an actor in several productions from 1932 - 1940. We purchased the house from James' daughter Barbara.

It will be decorated in the spirit of these eras and we hope to transport the residents of it back to a simpler'll find no microwave or WiFi service here!