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Apple Pie and Leaf Piles!

Two sure signs of Fall were on display at the Macomber Center this week - piles of apples being turned into fragrant, delicious pies for lunch, and piles of leaves being constructed for jumping into! Many hands made short work of peeling enough apples for four delectable pies, which, served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream, disappeared in short order.

Our Center is encircled by woods full of falling leaves calling out to be raked and gathered into piles high enough for jumping in, and that was the activity of choice on this beautiful crisp autumn day. We are surrounded by such a wealth of natural beauty at the Macomber Center, and the kids find many ways to engage with and enjoy this lovely corner of town.

Macomber Center, Last Week!

We had an extra-busy week last week, as we prepared for the Saturday Movie Premier and dinner party here at the Center.  The weather was beautiful all week long, resulting in many outside activities - games of capture-the-flag and four square happened almost daily, with one such four square game involving roving players on rip sticks and roller blades, to add to the excitement! Walks were taken in the beautiful Spring-green woods which surround our building, while some inside games happened too.  Settlers and Bananagrams are among the favorites, along with ping pong, plain and musical!

We had a delicious spaghetti feast on Wednesday, making a lovely meat sauce from scratch. Nicole Gareau came by after lunch to show interested kids how to make fabulous fabric flower clips for their hair. Then on Thursday, Mihoko, from Saori Worcester Studios brought two of her looms to the Center, and the kids learned how to weave Saori-style - unique woven pieces were produced, one of which was long enough to grace our buffet table on Saturday evening.  Many kids had a hand in making this colorful runner, and it certainly added a note of beauty to the table!

Saturday evening was our big night - two movies, made by Mark and the kids, were shown here at the Center, after a wonderful meal of quiche, plentiful salad, and ice-cold lemonade made from fresh lemons squeezed by Nell! She worked hard! As the sky darkened after everyone had eaten their fill, the tables were cleared and put away, the move screen was pulled down into place, and the room was transformed into a theater. The two movies that followed were the perfect end to a lovely evening, and were enjoyed by everyone! What a talented bunch of actors appeared on screen - huge thank you's to all of them, and to Mark, for creating such excellent entertainment!

This Week at Macomber Center!

What a packed week! Filled with Magic playing, cookie baking, airplane making, and flying too, of course! And then on to capture-the-flag games, skate board, unicycle, scooter and rip-stick riding, four-square games, and all manner of card games, British and Scottish accents included as a requirement!  And let's not forget the delicious waffle feast for Tuesday lunch; toppings on hot-off-the-griddle waffles included fresh strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and two kinds of syrup - maple and blueberry. Wednesday started with a flurry of interest in building model airplanes, necessitating a trip to the crafts store to get supplies of balsa wood and glue.  A couple of high-flying, creative designs resulted, with aerodynamic adjustments being made along the way to successful flight. The beautiful weather prompted outside art work - our fabulous easel, generously donated to us at the start of this year, is easily moved outdoors for landscape painting.  Another lovely Open House happened on Wednesday afternoon, with 15 new kids visiting the Center, and having a wonderful time meeting our members and exploring our beautiful grounds - until the torrential rain arrived at the end of the day!

Thursday evening saw our first Macomber Center Social, an event including good food and music and fun for all who attended. The rain storms that raced through the day stopped for our evening, which allowed people to enjoy being outside and inside at the Center.

Friday morning we set off for a trip to Skyzone, a trampoline gym in Norwood, for a ninety minute jump session. We have been to the gym twice this year, but have not reserved such a long session before today. It included a 3-D dodge ball game, played by about twenty kids for at least 45 minutes - non-stop action! Everyone had a fabulous if exhausting time, to finish our week at Macomber, which included one new member and a visiting teen, hopefully soon to be a member!

Macomber Music

At the Center, kids are able to play music any time they want.  We have a beautiful upright piano, two acoustic guitars, one violin, one electric guitar and two amplifiers. Several of the members are accomplished musicians, and many times each day you will hear the piano being practiced by different people.  Occasionally guitar, harmonica, piano and vocal collaborations can be heard coming from the music room - most enjoyable!

Making Apple Pie!

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On a lovely fall morning at the Center, with a kitchen full of ingredients, we made four delicious apple pies. At one table, flour and shortening, water and salt, and an egg were stirred into pie crust.  The dough was rolled out into four shells and four tops, ready for filling. Another table was surrounded by children peeling, coring and cutting up apples, then adding the spices and sugar needed to make a fabulous filling. The pies were piled high with fruit, covered, given a light dusting of sugar, and put in the oven to bake. A long, fragrant hour later, everyone sat down to incredibly delicious hot apple pie, with ice cream!