To the Editor:

Now, I am a “glass half full” type person and not a gambler, but I would wager a pint that all 100 people who attended the 4th annual IPA Tasting and Dinner to benefit the Village Center for the Arts left feeling good about helping the mission of VCA — to provide a nurturing environment for artistic creativity and development through educational fine art programs and events for all ages.

Or, at the very least, left feeling good after enjoying 38 different types of beer, arranged by Nejaime’s Wine & Spirits and New Milford Spirit Shoppe, and a delicious menu prepared by the Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut.

The event tapped the generosity of the community, raising $10,000 for the programs and services of VCA.

On behalf of VCA’s board of directors I wish to thank VCA co-founder Jayson Roberts, who conceived this event, along with John Nejaime and Andrew Mastrianni, the culinary school’s executive director Dawn Hammacott, Chef Justin Elander and assistant Nixon Landivar.

Major contributors include our gold sponsors Yard Apes, Wetmore’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Bob and Sue Cooper, JC Merritt, Inc. and The Cookhouse, and our silver sponsors The Book Nook, Gronbach Law Offices and O’Connor’s Public House.

And to our media sponsor, 98Q/WLAD, and to our host, St. John’s Episcopal

Church in New Milford, thank you.

Many thanks to our volunteers, including Jenna Mancini and Cassandra Bielmeier for serving, Robin Dann and Jess Baker for graphics, Shari Barron of J&J Printing for signage and the book, and Bill Petkanis and Nancy Janutolo for their live music.

Next is VCA’s 5th annual Paint the People on the John Pettibone School field June 11.

Kevin Bielmeier

Board chairman

Village Center

for the Arts

New Milford