Proposals for programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences are all welcome provided they benefit the Wellfleet community. These grants can support a wide range of local projects and activities such as exhibitions, live performances, publications, workshops, classes, special events, and more. Last year, Wellfleet Cultural Council made 36 grants totaling $8,600. The application deadline is Monday, October 17.
The Council accepts proposals either in paper or, new this year, online at wellfleet-ma.gov/cultural-council. The application deadline is firm. All proposals must either be completed online, postmarked, or stamped received at the Wellfleet Town Hall Clerk’s Office by the October 17th deadline. Late applications are disqualified.
The Wellfleet Cultural Council is funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council and by the Town of Wellfleet. For questions about the proposal, contact the Council by email to: [email protected]
Soup Kitchen In Provincetown (SKIP) Names Kitchen Director
The Soup Kitchen In Provincetown (SKIP) will open on Monday, November 7, with a new kitchen director. Bethany Marie Gregory comes to the job with more than 20 years of food-service experience, including more than 10 years in management. She has most recently been a chef at Nor’east Beer Garden in Provincetown. She has also run her own fresh-fare restaurant and worked for both Courtyard and Hilton hotels. Gregory has associate degrees in restaurant management and culinary arts.
As SKIP kitchen director, Gregory is responsible for the management and oversight of all kitchen operations and volunteer co-ordination. She will manage the daily operation of SKIP’s Winter Lunch Program. Responsibilities include budgeting, menu planning, food procurement, prep and serving, as well as expense control, inventory and clean-up.
SKIP depends on the generosity of individuals and such organizations as United Way to fund its operating budget. “We find it particularly difficult to raise funds for capital-improvement projects,” said Philip Franchini, SKIP treasurer. “We’re nonetheless committed to improving the safety and efficiency of our operations.”
In the coming year, SKIP will contribute to the renovation of the kitchen at Provincetown’s United Methodist Church, where SKIP meals are served.
In 2014 and 2015, SKIP replaced its 15-year-old chest freezer with more efficient upright units. These new units help reduce electric bills, while providing much-needed additional space. “We can now accept more food donations from local restaurants when they close for the season,” said Elias.
To be a SKIP volunteer, please attend the orientation to be held in October at the United Methodist Church, 20 Shank Painter Road. To donate please send your tax-deductible donation to SKIP at PO Box 538, Provincetown, MA 02657. For more information, please contact SKIP [email protected]
Established in 1992, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) is entering its 25rdyear of service to Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet, Massachusetts-area residents. From the beginning of November through the end of April, SKIP provides a hot, nourishing lunch at which all are welcome. It covers a time period in which unemployment soars due to the region’s seasonal economy. As a summer-resort community, the hotel, restaurant and other jobs tied to tourism decline dramatically, roughly between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
As a result, many residents of the communities SKIP serves find themselves short on funds to purchase food for themselves and their families. The area’s off-season economic decline, coupled with regional and national economic challenges, have led to a sharp increase in the number of residents seeking SKIP meals. SKIP serves an average of 100 to 125 meals daily, marking an increase of roughly 10 percent in each of the past three years.
SKIP’s goal is to provide its nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. Its meals are open to those who are in need and/or seek a sense of community. Providing proper nutrition to many in the Provincetown community is an ongoing challenge, particularly as it relates to the region’s seasonally unemployed. SKIP’s daily meal also serves as a resource for referrals to social programs. Case in point: SKIP shares its office one day a week with a representative of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless. The rep is present to offer housing assistance to anyone in need.
Jo Hay Open Studio, a gallery in the west end of Commercial Street, is hosting a fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Artists for Hillary will feature a silent auction with works by 30 Provincetown artists in support of the Hillary Victory Fund, and an appearance by Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who represents the fifth district of Masschusetts. The event is hosted and organized by John Clark, Alix Ritchie, Marty Davis, Joe DeMartino, Gabby Hanna, Carolyn Kramer, Dawn McCall, and Daniel Mullin. Work on display includes this portrait of Hillary by artist Jo Hay. The event is on Saturday, October 15, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., at Jo Hay Open Studio, 167 Commercial St., Provincetown. For more information call 508.776.0503 or visit johayopenstudio.com.
FAWC Day of the Dead Workshops Begin This Week
Provincetown’s 1st Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival is a community event honoring life and death through art. Inspired by the traditions of El Día de los Muertos, the Festival includes art workshops, an ofrenda exhibition, a traditional Day of the Dead procession and an evening of performance art on Wednesday, November 2. This week, the first part of the event begin with a slate of workshops, including: Mask Making with Gail Morrison, October 13, 20 & 27, 6 – 9 p.m. at The Provincetown Theater (sliding scale: $10-$20 per class, plus $5 materials fee); Sugar Skull Decorating with Kate Wallace Rogers, October 22, 4 – 6 p.m. at the UU Meeting House (free, or suggested donation of $10); Silkscreen Printmaking with Vicky Tomayko, October 23 & 30, 1 – 4 p.m. at The Fine Arts Work Center (sliding scale $20 – $25 per class); Literary Calaveras with Elizabeth Bradfield, October 25, 6 – 9 p.m. at The Fine Arts Work Center (free, or suggested donation of $10); and Making an Ofrenda with Dawn Walsh, October 26, 6 – 9 p.m. at The Provincetown Theater (free, or suggested donation of $10). Full workshop descriptions are available at provincetowndayofthedead.com. To register, email: [email protected]