Day: June 18, 2018

Home Sweet Host

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Running through the sprinkler in the grass. A jaunt around the block with the dog. When the sky’s clear, you’ll count shooting stars – and when it’s not, well, the sky’s still the limit. Welcoming a child to your home for a week or two isn’t about planning lots of activities. It’s about grass-stained knees and sandy feet. It’s about opening your heart, sharing your home, and changing a life.

Celebrate summer differently this year. Take a Fresh Air child along for the ride.

Contact Erika Desantis at 203-253-0833 for more information. Call now Fresh Air kids arrive in the area on July 1.

Time to Celebrate CT

Easton’s Michelle Falcone has certainly come up with a hit with “Celebrate CT.” I took my second excursion with this wonderful local company and I enjoyed every moment. My first trip was all about visiting the nooks and hideaways of beautiful Easton. This time I joined an intimate group as we visited with local artists on the Art Lovers Tour.

We all met at the Easton Village Store for a delicious continental breakfast before we boarded our luxury bus.

First stop was at the home of Easton Artist Robert Brennan. Whether it be an abstract, a New England landscape or a covered construction, Robert Brennan has it mastered. A prolific artist and well loved teacher, Brennan’s art filled me and took my breath away. Rob and his lovely wife, Pat, opened their home for us to explore.

Our next stop was at NEST Arts Factory which is a loft building filled with artists studios. We split into groups to visit several artists including Redding’s Denise Susalka. We were treated to wine cheese and local honey while we browsed. The artists were eager for us to see and hear about their work. There were painters, sculptors, fabric artists, musicians jewelry makers, photographers and more. We were fortunate to have this  private time at the Nest because they are only open to the public a few times a year.

Our next stop was to Nichols Pottery where Barbara gave us a lesson on throwing a pot on the wheel and showed us how to stack a kiln. Her wonderful creations were inspiring.

All I wanted to do when I got home was to create something!

Take a CelebrateCT day trip soon. You’ll feel relaxed and pampered and return with a greater appreciation for our lovely state.

Michele was interviewed on WTHN. Watch the video here.

Check out the future tours here.

Remembering Nick

Amy Fulton and Lou Tiseo sit on the bench dedicated to their late son, Nick Tiseo, in a new pollinator garden at JBHS following the dual dedication for the garden and bench to Nick on June 12th. Nick, who passed away in June 2017, would have graduated this Sunday with Barlow’s class of ’18. His parents are surrounded by students and faculty of Barlow’s Unified Wellness Class, of which Nick was a member, and which created the garden and raised funds for the bench by creating and selling seed paper. The Unified Wellness group is the vision of Barlow teacher Jeff Brown (far right), in an effort to enable students with disabilities to participate in a general education setting with typical peers to nurture an authentic, inclusive environment. Barlow teacher Dr. Katherine Nuzzo secured a small grant from the National Wildlife Foundation, Lego and the CT Forest and Parks Association to creation a garden to enhance the monarch butterfly population.

The garden, which was begun in 2016, is now certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a schoolyard wildlife habitat.  Special thanks to the Easton Learning Foundation, for a grant to help purchase the bench, and Flo Vannoni and Sally Pfeifer, master gardeners with the Redding Garden Club, for their guidance and assistance on every aspect of the garden design and execution.