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An Open Letter to the Community

By February 25, 20193 Comments

It’s amazing to me that I’ve been here at Hubbard Hall for five years in April. Time flies when you’re super busy, engaged in your work, stressed out, tired – and having the time of your life.  Many people – including Jon Katz – encouraged me over the years to write about my experiences online.  So why did it take so long?  I’m not sure – but I partially feel it just took me a while to get to know the lay of the land, to become truly a part of our tiny village of Cambridge, and to know enough about what happens here – and why – to be able to speak out.

Since I arrived we’ve done dozens of shows – from The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee to Madame Butterfly to the Farming Plays Project to A Walk in the Woods.  We’ve presented dozens and dozens of music concerts, hosted exhibits of hundreds of pieces of visual and textile arts, shined a light on dozens of amazing young dancers and educated hundreds and hundreds of students – young and old.  We’ve served about 40,000 people over the past five years.  We replaced the floor in the Hall, installed the Round House Bakery Cafe into the first floor and gained the Community Garden as part of Hubbard Hall.

We’ve done so many things – and there’s so much more to come.  In the coming months and years I’ll be writing about past and present triumphs and challenges, what’s next here at the Hall and around the country and what we need help with.  I’ll be responding to questions and rumors.  I’ll be giving you insights into how we work – and how hard we work – behind the scenes.  So you can feel even more a part of Hubbard Hall.  Because you are part of the Hall.  We could not do what we do without you.  Send me your comments and suggestions for this forum to or just comment below.  It’s all good.  I hope you enjoy this forum as much as I do.   Welcome.

Thank you for your support, your spirit and your engagement in our community.


  • Victoria Napolitano says:

    Great job David! We love Hubbard Hall and are so fortunate to have you at the helm. The programming you guys have put on is so diverse, Hill quality and extraordinary. (From Madame Butterfly to the Crucible to the most recent Walk in the Woods!)
    Looking forward to enjoying your blog!
    Victoria and Paul

  • Heather says:

    Love the blog. What a great idea.

  • Robert McIntosh says:

    I’m interested.

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