With our signature events, we aim not only to raise funds for our grants, but to provide activities that engage and entertain the Durham/Middlefield community. Every other spring, we hold an immensely popular Trivia Bee, with teams of all ages in full costume: at the 2015 bee, at which 27 teams matched wits, a sharp fifth-grade team named Are you smarter than your Fifth Grader? provided genuine competition for their high school and adult rivals. In the end, the trophy went to Church of the Epiphany’s The Bee Attitudes.
On alternate springs, we hold an evening gala featuring a silent auction for themed items hand-rendered by local artists — in 2013 and 2015, fanciful birdhouses. In 2016, artists created planters for “Flights of Fancy in the Garden,” a garden party held at beautiful Gastler Farm in Durham, home of The Kalmia Garden Chamber Music & Arts Foundation .
In late autumn, we sponsor an event called “Talk of the Towns” at Middlefield’s Indian Springs Golf Clubhouse, at which four community members give 10-minute talks each to a packed house. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our many interesting residents — past speakers have included Egyptologists, a vulcanologist, a science poet, an ER doctor, a science teacher whose classroom is Nature, and a professor who gave us a glimpse of the Multi-Verse.