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Alchemy to Innovation

The Fiddlehead Fling Gala: A Benefit Event

Friday, May 3, 2024

The Fiddlehead Fling Gala was an evening of celebration, community and philanthropy to help move forward the Montshire’s mission of forging and empowering lifelong learners through engagement with science. Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and community members for such a successful evening in support of the Montshire Museum of Science.

View photos from the 2024 Fiddlehead Fling Gala HERE!

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The Fiddlehead Fling Gala: Alchemy to Innovation was a fundraising event to help move forward the Montshire’s mission of forging and empowering a community of lifelong learners through science.

Tickets included delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, two drink tickets, plus a complimentary cocktail between 6-6:30pm. Interactive experiences over two floors, music, and a live auction were a success.

All proceeds from this benefit event support the Montshire’s science exhibits and education programs, which provide meaningful and empowering science engagement for thousands of children and families across Northern New England and beyond each year.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Event Raffle

The 2024 Fiddlehead Fling Gala RAFFLE WINNER was CONTACTED. Thank you for supporting the Montshire Museum of Science.

Designed and created by Von Bargen’s Jewelry, these 18 karat yellow gold and diamond drop bezel earrings feature elongated yellow gold hooks with a single bezel set round brilliant cut diamond at the base of each earring. The two diamonds weigh 0.87 carats in total and are F in color and VS2 in clarity. The earrings are finished in high polish. Value: $4960

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Fund a Need

Fund a Need is a special component of the event that allows you to make a donation in support of community needs.

Your generous donation will help the Montshire develop relevant and innovative science exhibits, education programs, and community engagement events to support families, teachers, schools, and students in our communities throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and beyond. Please support science and Fund a Need!

You can Fund a Need during the event, or in advance. Click HERE to make a fully tax-deductible donation. Choose Fund a Need in the options.

Thank you!

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Gala Catalog

Download this year’s Gala Catalog to read a message from our Executive Director, a preview of the menu, and detailed explanations on each of the elements of this special evening. 2024 Alchemy to Innovation.


​Learn more about each of our exciting Live Auction Packages:

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Pottery Pallooza

Explore your creative side with this fun and artistic opportunity! Learn the traditional craft of wheel throwing with Farmhouse Pottery and make your very own piece of stoneware. Then savor your morning coffee or tea in a Silo Mug gift set, Farmhouse Pottery’s most popular design.

Value: $550

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Montshire Extravaganza

An overnight adventure at the Museum…just for you! Enjoy exclusive, after-hours access to the Montshire all night long! Collect a group of up to 20 -family or friends- for an overnight extravaganza at the Montshire.

Explore your favorite exhibit and engage in hands-on discovery, choose special activities supported by the expert assistance of a Montshire Education team member. Gift cards from the Coop Food Store and Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery round out the fun.

Value: $2300

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Alchemy to Innovation Dining Experience

Treat yourself and your friends (up to a party of eight) to an evening of laughter, good food, good wine and good company. Community and cuisine make for a fantastic way to enjoy life! The very best four-course traditional Italian dining experience with this unique and private dinner in your own home, provided by Hanover resident and food writer, Teresa Lust.

Value: $2000

Plus (click or tap to expand) + A Weekend Retreat at Summer Point on Lake Champlain

Enjoy a long weekend with your family or friends on beautiful Lake Champlain with uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Split Rock Mountain State Park. This 4-bedroom home sleep 8 and is located in Ferrisburg, Vermont at the mouth of Kelloggs Bay.

Summer Point is the oldest camp on Lake Champlain, renovated in 2020 featuring a gourmet kitchen, living room, plus separate dining area, expansive deck with firepit, and much more. Kayaking, walking, and swimming abound right out the back door.

Enjoy the region’s many outdoor activities or touring charming Vermont villages— cafes, and browsing, climb Camels Hump, or swing the racket or clubs at Basin Harbor. A getaway that is sure to delight! (Vergennes Laundry gift card and two Pendelton blankets included)

Value: Priceless


2024 Event Steering Committee

Honorary Gala Co-Chairs: Kristine and Patrick McDevitt

Rima Al-Nimr

Emily Anderson

Julianne Austin

Jana Barnello

Kate Nautiyal Bulthuis

Lindsay Coe

Anita Mohandas Drake

Kathy Welling

Andrea Wolffing

View photos from the 2024 Fiddlehead Fling Gala: Alchemy to Innovation!

(Special thanks to Rob Strong Photography and Elizabeth Humphreys Photography)

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