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The Greenhouse School: Bid on Captain Goodluck!

The Greenhouse School

Fall Festival was a Great Success

Thanks for coming in to take a peek inside “the place with the flags,” participating in our raffle and auction, kids’ room, face painting and other activities. Our silent auction was available online for the first time in our history, and we received many high bids.

Thanks to all the local artisans who donated handmade soaps, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and artwork. This event wouldn’t be possible without their help and the help of all the volunteers who spent the weekend with us.

Bid on Captain Goodluck!

World Series Art for Charity
Local artist pays homage to Sox’ series run

Final bid was $175, by an anonymous donor who is donating the Crazy Creature to Dana Farber [see accompanying story at right]

[This story also appeared in the Lynn Item]

When Greenhouse School Directors Dan Welch and Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde watched the Red Sox clinch the ALCS in a local pub, they shared the fans’ sense of jubilation—until a bit of dread crept in. You see, the couple also runs the small, independent Greenhouse School in Salem, and plans for the annual Fall Festival Fundraiser are already set for Saturday night. When the game schedule came out, sure enough the event came smack into conflict with Game Three.

“I can’t believe our luck,” says Nambalirwa-Lugudde. “We’ve never had it at night before, and now when we do, everyone is going to be home watching the game!” For the past 20 years, the event has always been a daytime affair. This year, the couple decided to change the format to an evening, Gala event.

“We’ll adapt,” says husband Dan Welch, adding dryly, “We always do. Someone has a huge TV—we’ll just make it the best series watching venue on the north shore, I guess.”

Indeed, Nambalirwa-Lugudde has another idea to make fortune smile on the school’s silent auction. Crazy World Creations, her fine art and crafts label, will be donating a very special item to the auction this year: a limited edition of her renowned Crazy Creatures with a Red Sox theme. Made by hand from repurposed cotton sweaters, each Crazy Creature is always a one-of-a-kind work of art. But the Sox being in the Series prompted her to make this one extra special, and donating it to the school’s auction seems appropriate. “I’m hoping it will be the most sought-after item in the auction,” she muses.

Fall Festival Gala is this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at the school on Loring Ave. The school will also hold a yard sale and other festival activities earlier in the day—another concession to the conflict with Game Three. School officials stress, however, that you don’t have to come to the Gala to bid on Ms. Julia’s “Captain Goodluck” and can get in touch through the school’s website at

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