GIRL REPORT: SPRING 2019

THE SPRING THAT CAME AND WENT

The nice warm weather meant that we were able to get out and going! Spring time happenings included having fun hiking! We learned a lot from Columbia Land Conservancy (thank you, Heidi Bock!) and got to make real authentic mud facials.

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Also, if you’d stopped by our clubhouse anytime in May, you may have noticed a bunch of very interesting and intricate hats on display. The girls had a grand time working on and getting to walk the Mad Hatter Parade. Needless to say, they really caused quite a stir when they showed up in the Basilica during Farm & Flea- everyone was in awe! Thanks to Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn of Processional Arts for including us in this magic. 

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Speaking of Farm & Flea, we hope you managed to stop by our table at the market. We sold girl made coloring books, zines, jewelry (thank you Shana Lee), and scarves. Also, it was raining cats and whales as Farm & Flea’s youngest attendants got to decorate and take home some beloved stuffed animals. If you missed our table this year, don’t worry - we’ll be there again in November for Thanksgiving weekend; just look for the table surrounded by the most empowered and enthusiastic girls this side of the planet.

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With spring, there’s a new smell in the air and the girls of Perfect Ten are now leaving their mark on the scent world with a collaboration with 2 Note!  The Perfect Ten inspired fragrance is called OPUS 10, available for purchase at 2 Note’s store on Warren St. Many thanks to Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger for hosting a fundraiser in their inspired space, and for donating the proceeds to us!


A special thank you to Laura and Rachel and the High & Mighty crew and volunteers for offering up their time and resources and welcoming Perfect Ten girls to the world of horses. The girls had the opportunity not only to meet, learn about and groom the horses, they were also given riding lessons throughout the school year.  They learned so much and got so comfy with Nemo, Sophia, Shorty, and many of the other horses. Watching them mount, ride and direct the horses with such ease at the end of their session was a great pleasure. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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We’ve been meeting some awesome women in the community, like Vicky Boulay who lives in Ghent. Vicky hosted us at her lovely home to show us her live bees! We learned a lot about beekeeping and got to snack on raw honey- it’s pure gold! We also got to know Planned Parenthood educator Eloise McAviney who led a weekly workshop on sexual health out of our new teen space, plus interns Salma Ibrahim and our very own Alissah Mahoney! 

To add to our great and growing list of accomplishments, we also walked the entire Rip Van Winkle Bridge, to Catskill and back! This trip is definitely the very best way to get over fear of heights! We also built our confidence on-stage; many girls were busy throughout the spring semester doing hip-hop with Melanie George of Lumberyard. Our whole crew attended their fabulous dance showcase.

Some days, some of us stayed indoors knitting with Candace Bachrach. We are slowly but surely piecing together a blanket, plus girls are making their own scarves! Knitting is such a meditative activity. Have you tried it!? On days where we just couldn’t get enough of the sun, we’d park ourselves in the library garden, enjoying girl made zucchini bread and playing fun water games and hunting for the badminton balls after a bad serve (oops!). 

Throughout the springtime, many Perfect Ten teens had ongoing internships through our Workforce Development program: Lillianna at Hudson Clothier with MaryVaughn Williams; Quianna Brown and Zarria Miller at Basilica with Sarah Roberts Hale and Kate Hewett; Zarria Miller also working with Denise Spencer helping at the Field & Supply Market in Kingston on behalf of her clothing line ichiche; Melina Jeune working with Marie Balle at LOOK, Alissah Mahoney at Planned Parenthood, and Legacy Rivera with Perfect Ten Sprouts! We are so grateful for the community love and support. 

 

With the end of the semester, we don’t say “Farewell” but “see you later” because we’ve got a lot of stuff going on during the summer. Summer sun brings out summer fun!

 

Amid much anticipation, we hosted our annual Cookout for Camp at Whitney and Steve Spooner’s lush garden. Much thanks to the Curry House, Applestone Meats, Harney & Sons, Talbott & Arding, Made in Ghent, Chaseholm Farm, and Sparrow Bush Farm for all their contributions towards making our event a smashing and gobsmacking success. Plus Amy Adler who made delicious desserts! 

 

Thank you to all who continue to grow with us; we could not do it without you! Stay tuned for our summer Girl Report… 

Tina Dipper