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Advent, Weeks 2 and 3 ~ Joyful Connections

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All are invited to my version of a community holiday party: I’m facilitating drum circle tomorrow, Saturday, 10am -12pm, at 124 River Road, Trinity Church Topsfield, in the “COA room”. Come as you are. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bring your favorite drum! We will also provide a choice of instruments. This space and […]

Reindeer in Our Backyard

Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

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The Gardens have been put to rest. The Winter Red Winterberry plants are peaking. Just a few weeks ago, we swapped plants in this bed: the Montauk Daisies are now in the back of the bed, directly in front of the shrubs, and the evergreen Lenten Roses (Hellebore) now greet folks at the edge of […]

Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16

Little Drummer Snowman Ready for Install

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Our hip snowman will join others on the lawn of the Topsfield Library from November 29 to December 11. He’s practicing now for the Drum Circle Memory Café, which will happen December 16, 10am – 12pm, at Trinity Church, facilitated by me and Laura Proctor (Music Director at Trinity). With our snowman design, we hope […]

Reminder: Mums the Word Event for Vets and Families, 11/11

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Today we are hosting veterans and military families from 10am – 2pm. Also welcome are people who are in recovery from difficult and/or complicated experiences (i.e. mine was dementia-caregiving for mom, Marg). We will host the event at the Caretaker’s Cottage. The wheelchair-accessible MargFMac Front Garden Loop is available for those undaunted by the chilly […]

Dawn Illumines Fall Foliage in Our Garden

Mums the Word Event for Vets and Families, 11/11, 10a – 2p

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Karl and I are welcoming veterans and military families on Veterans Day, Saturday, 11/11, 10am – 2pm. Barb Bodengraven, a local Topsfield author, will assist us as an expressive writing facilitator. – Experience and enjoy our wheelchair-accessible garden (now blooming: chrysanthemums). – Enjoy a picnic in the garden (carry-in; carry-out; a wheelchair-accessible port-a-potty is available […]

Peter & Mary Dowdell with Collette and John Hanlon share laughs at the Koi Pond.

Memory Café in the Garden Illustrates Our Hopes, 2017

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Saturday, October 28, showered sun and blue skies. Friendly new- and re-connections between two dementia-care duos were enjoyed in our garden. Two siblings, Jeanne Maurand of Hamilton and John Yntema of Atlanta, surviving the memory-care of their dad, Bob Yntema (d.2017), who was a guest at our garden, enjoyed a tour of the gardens and […]

Jim cuddles with his kitty-pumpkin

Pumpkin Parade Party 10/21 Serves 39!

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This past Saturday’s Memory Café in the Garden, 10am – 12pm, served a total of 39 people – our biggest gathering to date. In addition to our usual wheelchair-accessible Open Garden offering, we hosted a Pumpkin Parade Party. The party included offering small, medium, and large-size pumpkins for painting with oil-based paint markers, and decorating […]

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