For her eighth birthday, Meredith McCabe asked for one thing–a mommy-daughter date.
“I was at a loss,” shared her mom, Marney Cumming McCabe ’90. “I loved the idea of spending this time with her, but I had no idea what kind of experience to create. But that afternoon, Lincoln School dropped the perfect mommy-daughter date right into my lap.”
This gift came in the form of an email invitation to a Lincoln Connect in Person event at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In a departure from its traditional events and thanks to the help of Pam Vose Voss ’66, a Lincoln alumna and a long-time member of the MFA’s Board of Trustees, the Advancement Office was excited to offer its community an adventure with Winnie-the-Pooh.
“Historically, the Lincoln events that I’ve attended have been for my benefit,” shared Marney, “but this time the school created an opportunity that I could share with my eight-year-old. There is such a sense of pride that comes with bringing her into a piece of my life and my history, and I was able to do that while exploring this exhibit at the MFA that was designed for kids and adults to enjoy together. Why would you not take advantage of that?”
Marney was the first to sign up, and on Saturday, December 1, she, Meredith, and almost 50 other alumnae and little loved ones did just that, gathering at the MFA for a specially-curated event with the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit at its center. After Head of School Suzanne Fogarty greeted guests, they were treated to a private discussion with Meghan Melvin, the Jean S. and Fred A. Sharf Curator of Design, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, during which they gained an inside look at the thought process behind the exhibit’s curation and design. Armed with this insight and a few fun facts, guests were then allowed into the exhibit to explore.
“At Lincoln, we want to be a resource and provide fun, exclusive opportunities for our alumnae community,” shared Courtney Trafton, Associate Director of Advancement. “We strive to support alumnae at all stages and places of life, providing ways for them to engage with and learn from the school and each other. The Winnie-the-Pooh event, made possible by our alumna connection to the MFA, was so unique, and was the perfect way for us to enjoy a morning with our alumnae and their littlest family members.”
From explaining the Lincoln uniform after seeing the kilt fabric on the registration table, to introducing her daughter to all of the women she’s worked so closely with at Lincoln as a member of the Alumnae Board, moments for connection filled the morning but never took away from Marney and Meredith creating an adventure that was uniquely their own.
“Meredith is curious about Lincoln and my childhood,” said Marney. “It was great to be able to share parts of that with her at such a cool place. Lincoln did such a wonderful job–I can’t imagine all the work that goes in to something like this–and I am so grateful for the opportunity that my school gave me to have this special morning with my daughter. It was a very proud moment for me.”
Marney and Meredith, who are annual members of the MFA, were so inspired by their time in the Hundred Acre Wood, that they continued their date well into the afternoon, exploring parts of the museum they had never experienced before and completely immersing themselves in their one-on-one time.
And as they left the museum together that afternoon, Meredith, who’s initial request prompted this adventure, had one more important question for her mom, “Can you tell me more about what it’s like to go to an all-girls school?”