Archive | Fundraising

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

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


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!


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 […]

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 […]

Pat & Christina Rolsma with Marsha & Tom Saucy at the Accessible Picnic Table, Pear Tree Patio

Our Memory Café in the Garden: Beginnings


My heart was filled with joy seeing these two duos, Pat & Christina, with Marsha & Tom, sharing and connecting over the picnic table. This is the essence and common goal of the Memory Café movement across the globe: to reduce the social isolation of people with memory loss with their care-partners, and to increase […]

2007, Margaret F. MacDonald, Ruby Tuesday's, Syracuse, NY

Open Garden Day on The Longest Day, Today, 10am – 4pm


Margaret, my mom, is who we honor today during our “The Longest Day” fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Association. This photo was taken in September 2007, ten years ago, at a Ruby Tuesday’s. I had just left my corporate career to manage mom’s care, and I didn’t know how long this role was going to last. […]

The Longest Day ~ Alzheimer's Association Fundraising Event Worldwide ~ June 21

Open Garden Day on the Longest Day 6/21 – Tomorrow!


Join us tomorrow, 10am – 4pm, for our Open Garden Day on the Longest Day. Our gardens will be optimized for wheelchair-access similar to our Sunday Stroll events. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack (carry-in, carry-out). Enjoy smelling the roses, watching fish, birds and butterflies, playing music and dancing… A wheelchair-accessible port-a-potty […]