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Mardi Gras Season is Jan 7-Feb 13, 2018.

Reminder: Feb 3 Memory Café and Mid-Winter (Mardi Gras) Burn

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Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 3 In Topsfield: At Trinity Church and/or At our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch, to celebrate LOVE and HOPE via a non-verbal communication workshop and a Bonfire! (details below) Thanks to the Topsfield Cultural Council for funding me as the Creative Director of our Topsfield Memory Café at River Road this 2017-2018 […]

East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench

Thanks for your Holiday Contributions! + Winter Programs!

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Spring is 10 Weeks Away Spring arrives March 20. Our Rest.Stop. bench is not quite white-outed. Look closely to see the eastern sun piercing through the pines. Fundraising for 2022: Bigger and Better Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens Our friends have contributed $875.00 over the past few weeks towards bigger and better wheelchair-accessible gardens in 2022! Janet Brown […]

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 […]

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