Meet the folks whose big ideas caught our attention and who are likely to accomplish great things this year.By Maria Allen | Photography by Jack Foley and Kjeld Mahoney
Craft Brews and Community
MATT ELDER, KRISTIN GREENE + KYLE HANSEN – UNTOLD BREWING
The latest brewery to join the South Shore’s vibrant craft beer scene, Untold Brewing opened its doors on October 13. Owned by Scituate natives Matt Elder, his sister, Kristin Greene, and their friend and fellow brewer, Kyle Hansen, the business has quickly become a community gathering place.
Untold Brewing has 12 tap lines, which feature a few signature beers as well as a rotation of seasonal options. Elder and Hansen met while working at Georgetown Brewing in Seattle, Washington, so it’s no surprise their affinity for piney, Northwest-style beers can be tasted in their flagship brew, East by Northwest. Some of the other local favorites include Rebecca brown ale and Abigail blonde ale, named after Scituate’s famous “army of two” whose courage and musical dexterity helped deter the British ships from coming ashore during the War of 1812.
Guests can sip their drinks in a renovated 19th century schoolhouse that has been converted into a taproom. If folks want to take their beer home, 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce crowlers (a comically large can) are also available. Untold Beer is also on tap at several local restaurants and bars.
The name of the business comes from the Maya Angelou quote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” “Building this brewery has felt like our collective stories being told,” says Greene. “The three of us all had very different paths that led us to craft beer, and a desire to create something we could share with others.”
Connecting Farmers to Foodies
ADRIENNE ROWLES – SOUTH SHORE WINTER FARMERS AND ARTISANS MARKET
For the past few months, Adrienne Rowles has been working hard to pull together a collection of local farmers and artisan vendors for the January 2018 launch of the South Shore Winter Farmers and Artisans Market. Sponsored by the Scituate Chamber of Commerce, the new indoor market is designed to showcase locally grown and crafted products with an emphasis on organic agriculture, conservation and sustainability. The majority of the products being sold at the market are sourced from the South Shore, with a few others from around New England. Food products include homemade jams and pasta sauces from Kiss Flower Farm in Norwell, organic produce from Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, Hippy Pilgrim gourmet salts, Foxboro Cheese and homemade fudge from the Egypt Country Store in Scituate. The market will also support local artisans selling home décor items, sea glass jewelry, soaps and more.
“We believe in giving back, so we also offer a table where local nonprofits based around conservation and agriculture can share their mission and raise awareness for their cause,” says Rowles. The market will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first and last Saturday of the month from January to April, at St. Luke’s church, located at Route 3A and First Parish Road in Scituate.
Celebrating Local Business
AMY NAPLES – PLYMOUTH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Whether attending ribbon cutting ceremonies at the openings of new local businesses or promoting public art initiatives like Plymouth’s Lobster Crawl, stepping into the role of executive director of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce seemed natural to Amy Naples. Having served on the chamber’s leadership team for the past 12 years, including as chief operating officer, Naples has helped to organize many networking opportunities, educational programs, community events and business initiatives.
“I am honored to take on this role,” says Naples, who was promoted in October. “The chamber’s work is vital to the region’s business community and I look forward to working with our board of directors to strengthen our partnerships and create new initiatives to accommodate the needs of our members and the communities we serve.” Born and raised in Plymouth, Naples is excited to be serving her hometown and supporting the small businesses that make the community such a vibrant place to live.
Music for the Masses
IAN CAIN + WALTER HUBLEY – PORCHFEST QUINCY
It was a love for live music and for their hometown that inspired Quincy City Councilor Ian Cain and Woodward School headmaster Walter Hubley to launch Porchfest Quincy two years ago. Modeled off a popular event that takes place in Somerville, Porchfest Quincy is a free public music event that hosts numerous performances on porches around the city. The festival has grown from 70 bands and 43 porch locations in its first year, to 110 bands and 70 porch locations in 2017.
“Porchfest Quincy highlights talented local artists, our beautiful neighborhoods and the great people who live here,” says Hubley. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on June 23, in the Wollaston Hill, Beechwood Knoll/Beach Street, Squantum and Merrymount neighborhoods. Listeners are once again invited to stroll from house to house to enjoy everything from aspiring singer-songwriters strumming guitars to performances by professional bands. Catch local acts like the rock ‘n’ roll band Up the Downs, notable blues artists Cheryl Arena and Joe Bargar, and young vocalist Lil’ Miss Sofia Hurley. Porchfest Quincy is run by volunteers and all donations and proceeds from T-shirt sales help pay for liability insurance and marketing expenses. Bands that are interested in taking part can register through the Porchfest Quincy website beginning in March.
MIKEY WALKER – KERRY JON WALKER FUND
Mikey Walker, the head of school at Old Colony Montessori in Hingham, is known for her spectacular smile, passion for education and commitment to civic work. She is the founder of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a nonprofit organization created in memory of her late son, which aims to bring awareness to the devastating poverty faced by children in West Africa. The group, which was recently named a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 award recipient, has shipped thousands of pounds of books, educational supplies, medicine, clothing, toys and eye glasses to the country of Guinea and holds annual mission trips.
Last summer, the fund sponsored five underprivileged Boston students so that they could travel abroad and give back to orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The trips are both educational and enlightening for students, promoting intercultural sensitivity and providing them with a sense of satisfaction from being able to help others. By exposing young people to these opportunities, Walker is helping to nurture the next generation of global citizens.
Art for Everyone
PATRICE MAYE – SOUTH SHORE ART CENTER
South Shore Art Center is a cultural institution beloved by talented artists and art lovers from around the South Shore. But one of the center’s challenges has always been finding ways to attract younger audiences and program participants. That’s where Patrice Maye, South Shore Art Center’s new executive director, intends to make her mark. Maye previously worked as a development director at Artists for Humanity in Boston and also served as the executive director of the Scituate Harbor Cultural District. She is helping to expand programming to make the art center inclusive to all audiences.
One of the newer programs being offered is Preschool Picnics in the Galleries, which engages and delights young children with storybooks, songs and sensory-rich artmaking, while giving caregivers a communal experience surrounded by beautiful artwork in the Bancroft Gallery. “The idea is that little ones are invited into a traditionally adult space and that their caregivers have an opportunity to experience our exhibitions without needing a babysitter,” says Maye. “Classes conclude with picnics on the gallery floor under our warm skylight.”