Live Music and New Activities Highlight PMA Fun Fest

September 23, 2016

 

by Tom Tollefson

Presentation of Mary held its 21st Annual Fun Fest event last Saturday.  Even after two decades, PMA still managed to add a variety of new activities to entertain the community.  Instead of playing recorded music as in years past, you could hear a live band on the campus grounds.  PMA seventh grade student Nate Fondakowski of Pelham played drums in his band called Aqua Toxic.  The group played covers of a mix of popular rock songs.

Another new addition to the day was a bungee jump and a mechanical bull ride.

“I thought it was pretty good.  It whips you around a lot,” said Max Moynihan, 8, who enjoyed a ride on the motorized and rocking bull.

The day also featured the classic flavor of family-friendly fun that everyone has come to enjoy over the years such as pumpkin and face painting, kids games, a bounce house, food, games, sand art, a live petting zoo (featuring farm animals such as chickens, goats, ducks, and rabbits), and a craft sale, penny sale, raffles, and a bake sale for adults.

“The weather couldn’t be more perfect.  It’s not too hot and not too cold.  We had a great turnout and it’s not just family from PMA.  It’s nice to have other members of the community here in addition,” said Danielle Toupin, co-chair of the PMA Parent Group.

While many people have returned to this event year after year, there were a good amount of first timers who enjoyed the event as well.

“It’s beautiful.  This is the first time I’ve been here and I love the way they put the games in the shade for the kids so that they’re comfortable,” said Helen Cheyne, who came from Nashua with her grandson.

The proceeds raised from the games, food, activities, and sales go to support PMA’s construction of the Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts.  Construction on the new facility was started within the last week.  The project will total $8 million.  The school has already raised $1.8 million in pledges and donations with a goal of getting to $3 million in total.  PMA has secured the other $5 million in funds through borrowing and previously saved money.

The following local businesses helped PMA put on their event this year:  McDonald’s (Hudson), Nan King, Naji’s Pizza (Amherst), Hamblett and Kerrigan Law Office, MacMulkin Chevrolet Cadillac, Connexa Communications, Spindel Eye Associates, Phillips Remodeling, Practically Perfect Designs, Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, and Century 21 North Shore.