Help us Plan for Tomorrow!
On behalf of the Friends of Whittemore (FOW), I am honored to share our deepest gratitude for your generous support, along with an update on our many achievements in 2022. Thanks to your patronage, Whittemore - Community, Culture & Conservation is able to serve all members of our community through programs and activities that inspire and nurture a profound connection with the gardens, woods, and trails that epitomize the very soul of this 180-acre sanctuary.
The steadfast support of our partners and community is the lifeblood of WCCC. As a volunteer-led organization, about 50% of FOW’s time is devoted to fundraising. This year, I invite you to join me in making a Multi-Year Commitment, which will allow FOW to focus more attention on its signature programs – the heart of WCCC – serving the community of Tewksbury and its surrounding neighbors.
This year was exceptionally special with a diverse array of offerings, and it is rewarding to look back at all we have accomplished together! Check out WCCC By The Numbers 2022 and be sure to scroll through the entire message for additional details about this amazing year. Thank you again for being part of the WCCC family and considering your investment in our future.
WCCC By the Numbers 2022
The Arts & Sculpture Gardens
15 Artists exhibited at Whittemore
2 permanent installations added to the Sculpture Gardens of Whittemore
2 ephemeral pieces installed on the Whittemore Property
1 pop-up piece installed by an unknown Artist
Fall & Spring Plein Air Painting Classes
Over 50 Artists have walked the Gardens & Galleries of Whittemore
12 Musical Groups/Musicians played the Gardens of Whittemore
2 were from Europe!
Wellness & Nature
Over 250 Wellness & Nature Programs offered in a variety of practices
The Community Gardens, Trails & Property
Donated over 350 pounds of organic produce to local food pantries
Over 150 people attended Native Plant & Gardening programs
2 rare Native plants discovered
Over 400 native shrubs and plugs planted
Educational Programming: After School Clubs, Field Trips & Summer Nature Camps
Educated and enriched the lives of 350 pre- and elementary school children
Food Makes Friends
29 Chefs roasted, grilled, and cooked over open fire in the Gardens of Whittemore
Served over 300 people
Hosted 3 Garden Concerts
Hosted 2 Fundraising Dinners
Hosted 1 SquirrelFest
Building 1 Earthen Oven
168 people gave generously of their time to help with a variety of projects
Raised over $500 for the Tewksbury Family Assistance Program
WCCC was honored to be featured in The Black River Journal, an award-winning quarterly publication that showcases the best of what makes our area of New Jersey the unique and special place that it is.
Over 3000 people walked the grounds of Whittemore in 2022!
What is in the works for 2023 and beyond!
THE ARTS & SCULPTURE GARDENS
In Partnership with The Tewksbury Land Trust "Vertebra", a collaborative work created by David Horowitz and Jeff Mase, will be installed on the Lance Property of the 10-mile trail, sponsored by Friends of Whittemore. “Vertebra” is a gateway destination representing the mission of the Trust: to protect and support life and a way of living.
In partnership with The Hunterdon Art Tour (THAT) – which is moving to a biennial format – WCCC will present “Then & Now” with artists who have exhibited at Whittemore since 2017.
WELLNESS & NATURE
Installation of Labyrinth, designed by Carl Klemme
The Whittemore Labyrinth
We are excited to announce the installation of a walking labyrinth in the center of Blue Bird Field here at the Whittemore Center. Stay tuned for progress updates as we break ground this spring.
We plan to expand our Wellness & Nature offerings with Forest Bathing, Yoga – Bowls, Wand & Walking Stick Workshops.
Leslie Weinman, MS, CNS, LDN, CHC - Functional Nutritionist, Herbalist – Living Well Nutrition will be joining our Team. Leslie will be coordinating monthly wellness salons, including Guest Speakers, working hand in hand with our Director of Wellness and Food Makes Friend Team, as well as be on hand as a Functional Nutritionist for Consultations.
Kicking off our 2023 Garden Concert Series:
Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Nick Dunbar somehow made his way to Tewksbury where he lives with his family. He is no stranger to the Wild West and the culture that comes with it.
Bringing together some of the best musicians in the area, it is always a treat to see him live. Check out his new video Hanging by a Thread
FOOD MAKES FRIENDS
Expanding of Foraging Program
We are building an Educational Component into all our School Field Trips, which will include eating from our Gardens, hosting Guest Chefs, and providing nutritional snacks from our Gardens and/or Partner Regenerative Farms.
We cannot wait to unveil our Earth Oven! Made with over 600 clay (from the grounds of Whittemore) tiles, it will be used at our Garden Concerts by Guest Chefs creating fresh pizza, grilled vegetables - and whatever they choose to invent - using all locally sourced ingredients.
We are uplifted by the ongoing, steadfast support of our community that has fostered and sustained our efforts since 2016! It is with great pride that Whittemore has reached a point where we can give back to others, and we are doing so by providing assistance to Tewksbury Family Assistance, Clinton Open Cupboard Food Pantry and Flemington Area Food Pantry.
We are beyond grateful to our Founding Sponsors: Black River Roasters, Evening Shade Landscaping,and Kelly Gordon, Sotheby’s International Realty (formerly Leaf Realtors) for their continued support.
In closing, I cannot thank you enough for your support and generosity. As always, we thank those of you who have already given. For your convenience, we are pleased to offer a new Multi-Year Commitment option: simply choose your level of annual support and pledge to renew at (or above) that level for FIVE years. This will better ensure stable funding for the quality signature programs and activities WCCC has become known for since 2016. Click HERE to confirm your investment in WCCC’s future now!
I look forward to seeing you at Whittemore.
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Friends of Whittemore
PO Box 26, Oldwick 08858
President - Friends of Whittemore
Whittemore - Community Culture & Conservation
To Make a 5-year Pledge, please click HERE!