Youth Workshops & Lots of Programming

We’ve reached halftime in our Youth Summer Workshops. Two weeks down and two to go (after taking next week off). If there was a way to keep score, I’d say we’re winning.

When our Youth Outreach Coordinator Kaileigh Bernardo and I sat down a couple months ago to talk about our new expanded program (going from 2 hours a day to 6!), we wrote down 3 goals: Make it fun for the kids; develop programming to show the parents what we were up to; and develop programming to show the general public. Judging by the smiles and feedback we’ve been getting, things are working out.

Kids have been learning studio cameras, field gear and editing. They’ve learned about music, sound effects and graphics. Oh, and they’ve spent a LOT of time in front of the green screen.

Thanks to Kaileigh’s guidance (and patience!), the kids are churning out all sorts of programming. See below for some segments they put together. And click here for a link to some pictures on Facebook.. It’s also been great to see a lot of our staff chipping in to help, whether it be with interview advice, editing or coming up to the Town Common to help organize the shoots we did outside.

Our final two weeks in August are full. But we do have after-school programs and our Saturday program starting back up in September. So if this looks like fun, stay tuned for updates!

The latest Where’s Wilmington highlights a community leader who many of you are familiar with. Unofficially dubbed “Mr. Wilmington”, Bernie McNally talks with Lisa Kapala about his cancer diagnosis, community service and his positive approach to life.

It was Wilmington Night at the Lowell Spinners game on Tuesday night. The Rotary Club helped organize the event and members of the 4th of July Committee threw out the First Pitch(es). Tom Pazyra picked up the footage and Cam Quinlan edited it together.

It’s called “Over the Edge”. Wilmington resident (and WCTV member!) Walter Collings recently rappelled down 22 stories in Boston, all to help raise money for the Special Olympics. Donate to his fundraising page here: http://tinyurl.com/zs39sbz. And watch his trip down, recorded by Don Leard.

We actually have TWO a cappella shows to share this week. The first is the Concert on the Common from July 13th. “Ball in the House” is the performer. Thanks to Paul Hipple for getting these concerts recorded. Look for another one next week!

And March-a-Pella is also hitting our air! This is the annual a cappella concert held at Wilmington High School featuring WHS a cappella groups and others from the area. George Breslin has been putting the final touches on this show and it’s finally ready to premiere.

The Board of Selectmen met this past Monday. Among the topics discussed: a new restaurant, Yentile Farm and a “Thank You” for a long-time member of the Board of Appeals. Note that on this upcoming Monday at 7PM, the Board will hold a special session to interview candidates to fill that Board of Appeals position. You can watch the process live on WCTV’s Government Channel (Comcast 22 / Verizon 38 / Online at http://wctv.org/WCTV-G-Online)

Have a good weekend!
Shaun

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