Give the Gift of Music
Since 2012 it has been an annual tradition for Mother Myrick’s Confectionary owners, Ron Mancini and Jacki Baker, to donate $1 from each box of their Buttercrunch sales towards the scholarship fund of MMF’s Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, offering lessons in violin, viola and cello. About one-third of the 32 students currently receive financial aid. The students get lessons from highly trained professionals, but also participate in recitals, family concerts, master classes, ensembles and other events.
Mother Myrick’s shop opened in 1977 and the connections with the Manchester Music Festival dates back to the early 80s when the late Michael Rudiakov, cellist, and his wife Judith became fast friends with Ron and Jacki. For many years, Young Artists of the MMF summer program played numerous concerts on the porch of Mother Myrick’s former location. The ice-cream shop is certainly missed in the community, but the Buttercrunch, Lemon Lulu, chocolates and cakes remain everyone’s favorite. In 2000 violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov became the new Artistic Director of the MMF and his wife, violinist Joana Genova was named Education Director in 2011. They remain close friends with Ron and Jacki and understand how important it is for local businesses and organizations to support one another in order to maintain a vibrant and meaningful fabric of community. Stop by the Mother Myricks’ store at 4367 Main Street, Manchester Center, from December 1 to 11 to get some sweet treats and help the area’s budding young musicians. For more information, visit mothermyricks.com and mmfvt.org.