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East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench

Thanks for your Holiday Contributions! + Winter Programs!


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 […]

Mary and Ben, Buddies, Match and Echo

Support Report: Drum Circle Memory Café


Our Drum Circle Memory Café program on Saturday hosted a party of nearly 30. One third of the group were individuals and dementia-care duos, 1/3 were L’Arche community members, and 1/3 was our team of eight (facilitators & program assistants/volunteers). The 60-minute facilitated therapeutic program included playing a Theme and Variations on the tune “Little […]

Advent, Weeks 2 and 3 ~ Joyful Connections


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


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 Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library

Topsfield Holiday on the Green ~ Sat. Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm


Join the holiday fun this Saturday, 3pm – 7pm, in our town center. The Holiday on the Green event offers something for everyone. We, Rest.Stop.Ranch & Memory Café, will be in the Topsfield Plaza, next to Curves, in a dedicated space for non-profits, the “North Pole.” Karl and I will offer our presence at the […]

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

Little Drummer Snowman Ready for Install


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 […]

Accessible Lily Fest Design

Lily Fest 2018 ~ Planted!


On Saturday, 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Karl and I planted and insured (with Vole Scram) a few hundred lily bulbs… Fragrant Orientals, Chinese Trumpets, Naturalizing Species, Asiatic, Tigrinum Lilies… The design of all of these bulbs took about six hours! The Accessible Lily Fest 2018 is funded 100% by donations in loving memory of Debra Amidon […]