“Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.” -Harvard Medical School, Mental Health Letter, 2011

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hikers in the forest of the Abbey Arboretum

We are entering the season of gratitude and in a year that has been like no other in recent memory, gratitude is something we wish to honor and celebrate.

The annual December Open House is one of our favorite ways to celebrate our community each year. And with the generosity of many local artists and businesses, our silent auction fundraiser has been a festive way to support our programming. But we cannot invite you to celebrate with us in person this year.

In place of our auction fundraiser, we ask you to consider an extra donation of $20.20 (or $2.020, $202.0, $2020, as it were) as we bid farewell to the strange, difficult, and beautiful year that was 2020. We look forward, with excitement and continuing gratitude, to seeing you again in 2021.