Hopewell Centre’s recent “Simple Gifts Dinner” was a great success; we raised $2500 toward our goal for the interior restoration of our Clear Brook meeting house. Riley Robinson and Robinne Gray from BYM were among our guests, along with those from Preservation of Historic Winchester, Inc. Everyone enjoyed the candlelit dinner served by our young Friends; fiddle music and shape singing; and a talk by our restorer David Logan that left us all with an intricate understanding of the miracles of limestone. On the final leg of our fundraising is our Peace Fest scheduled for sometime in June (tba). We invite all peace and social justice groups in BYM to attend and participate, if they wish, with a booth and activities. The day’s highlight will be a late-afternoon Live Auction; a silent auction will run throughout the day. This is a start of a new tradition for Hopewell! If you’d like to be involved, contact Clerk Linda Wilk at Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-279-2295. All else goes well as some of us look forward to attending this May’s FCRP conference; as we continue with our growing interfaith and community outreaches; and as we watch the red buds blossom along our country roads.