Photos by Don Nelson Luc Reynaud of Luc and the Lovingtons performed during Little Star’s fundraising event at the Winthrop Barn. His sister Dani is the executive director of the school.

Little Star Montessori School’s fundraising “barn bash” at the Winthrop Barn last weekend moved the school much closer to its campaign goal.

“Our event was a tremendous success,” said campaign chairman Steve Hirsch. “We received over 200 donations at the event, that puts us at 332 towards 360 gifts, which would unlock a $100,000 challenge grant.”

The barn was packed with a convivial crowd that enjoyed music by John Sinclair and Luc and the Lovingtons, fronted by Luc Reynaud. Sinclair and Reynaud are both accomplished professional musicians who grew up in the Methow Valley.

Photo by Don Nelson

John Sinclair brought his high-energy performance to the Winthrop Barn in support of Little Star’s fundraising campaign.

The campaign goal is $2.08 million, and Little Star was more than 70 percent toward that goal before the barn bash. The funds will be used to support and expand the school’s services at its new building in Winthrop and at its second location on the TwispWorks campus; to create a long-term scholarship fund; and to expand community partnerships. Little Star plans to serve up to 126 children per day and 170 families per year.

Little Star was founded in 1982 by Rayma Hayes, who died in 2017.