Why take lessons at DeKoven?

1. We offer high-quality swimming lessons taught by veteran instructors.

2. Small class sizes that allow for more one-on-one instruction and close monitoring of swimmers.

3. Our tiered swimming system follows the nationally respected “American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.” We have lessons for children of all ages and abilities.

4. Affordable prices for lessons that will teach your children to swim.

Spring 2010 Newsletter is here!

Our Spring 2010 Newsletter is here! Click the link to read about upcoming events, recent news and ways you can help the DeKoven Center.

Director’s Note

It’s odd writing a note for a spring newsletter right after a foot of snow has fallen on campus. Our spring is so exciting though. Abbot Andrew for the Lenten Retreat, the DeKoven Day celebration bigger than ever and Kathleen Norris for New Wine in May, Spring will be an exciting time for DeKoven.

If you haven’t been to Taylor Hall recently, please come and see the Bookstore/Gift Shop. Julia Peyton has done a great job in transforming this corner of our building into an inviting place with extremely unique items for sale.

A little further down this page you will see our wish list. Please contribute generously, as we need these items to continue our work but they are beyond the budget.

As Lent arrives, we know that preparation is key for the gift of Easter. May you prepare your hearts as we prepare the DeKoven Center Campus for Easter and Spring.

Max Dershem

Expanded Gift Shop

Expanded Gift Shop

DeKoven Bookstore and Gift Shop

We are so excited about the expanded offerings in our bookstore and gift shop that we can’t contain the enthusiasm! Next time you are visiting Taylor Hall, please allow some time to browse our Treasure Trove. We have books and gifts for all ages and many items exclusive to our shop. We’re sure that you’ll find something for yourself as well as gifts that will delight your family and friends. A sampling of our wares:

♦ Inspirational and specialty books, book accessories and cards

♦ One-of-a-kind items by local artists, including handbags, paperweights, boiled wool slippers, cards, labyrinths and prayer beads

♦ Fairly-traded coffee from Haiti and handiwork of the Kuna People of Panama

♦ Imported French hard-milled soap in a variety of fragrances (Samples given to all guests upon arrival)

♦ Celtic jewelry and vibrant Celtic scarves

♦ Children’s items, including adorable Snuggle Duffles, sock monkeys and magical bubble wands

♦ Stylish wine purses and snazzy umbrellas

♦ Irresistible animal kingdom-inspired bookends and paperweights

♦ DeKoven logo satchels, tote bags, aprons, sweatshirts, jerseys

♦ T-shirts and travel mugs

New unique and fanciful treasures appear regularly!

Adopt a DeKoven Project

For those of you who donated so generously to the Adopt a Taylor Hall Space campaign, we would like to give you the opportunity to finance necessary repairs and improvements campus-wide. Below is a list of goals that could be met with your help.

New boilers for St. John’s Chapel $20,000

New catering kitchen for Great Hall $50,000

New 3 basin sink for Assembly Hall kitchen $ 3,000

60 ft. lift for maintenance of buildings $15,000

Floor refinishing & painting in DuPriest Library $ 6,000

150 Stacking chairs for Taylor Hall $15,000

Painting & refurbishing of Taylor Hall stairwells $ 5,000 each

Painting & refurbishing of Taylor Hall bedrooms $ 5,000 each

32″ flat screen TV & stand for multi-purpose use $ 750

47″ flat screen TV & cart for Taylor Hall groups $ 1,000

A plaque thanking you for your generosity will be placed in either a room or prominent place.

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