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Introducing Kim Love, Programs Coordinator

Kim Love, Programs Coordinator, Rest.Stop.Ranch

Since September 2018, Kim Love of Topsfield, MA, USA has been working with us part-time each week as a Programs Coordinator.  She is helping with office administration, outreach, and events management. Kim brings a beautiful, kind & friendly spirit, along with great experience with volunteer management.   She is the contact person for folks interested in volunteering in four areas:

  1. Programs/Hospitality
  2. Outreach/Marketing
  3. Administration/Office
  4. Gardens/Horticulture

We have a new process for recruiting, interviewing, on- boarding, and managing volunteers.  The process begins with filling out our application and returning it to us via e-mail or U.S. Post.

Please visit our Volunteers Page to access the application and more information about volunteering.

Say hi to Kim at her new e-mail: admin (at) rest-stop-ranch.com !  She is also receiving e-mail sent by interested volunteers: volunteer (at) rest-stop-ranch.com

Welcome Kim!

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

~ Mary

 

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Pavers and Peaches! Stop by & Say Hi, Today, 10am – 2pm!

Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project

Fuzzy Peaches Ripe for Picking
Fuzzy Peaches Ripe for Picking
Peaches are super ripe for picking. There are still several on the tree for our friends to pick – please stop by today, say hi, and pick peaches! Also ripe – raspberries – second batch!

Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project
Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project
Karl is on his second day of vacation. He started the MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project yesterday afternoon, after finishing the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Project in the morning. As I write this post, I’m reaching to plug my ears as Karl uses a wet saw to cut the pavers to fit the trail.

Thanks again to you who have made a financial contribution to help us build accessible trails. 100% of your funds help to pay for materials right now as we do the work without professional landscaper help. Please learn more about our project and consider a contribution at our GoFundMe Page: Accessible Gardens North of Boston

We are making history here! Visit us today, anytime between 10am – 2pm, to say hi, to witness the actualization of our vision, and to pick peaches and raspberries free-of-charge! (Please bring your own containers for picking)

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry and action,
~ Mary

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6/21, 10am – 4pm, Open Garden Day on the Longest Day

Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.

Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.
Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.
SPECIAL EVENT: 6/21, 10am – 4pm: Open Garden Day on the Longest Day.
Stop by anytime during this event to:

  1. Enjoy our Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens
  2. Experience our Memory Café in the Garden Program
  3. Learn more about our Free Programs for Dementia Care-Partners and People Living with Dementia
  4. Donate to Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH
  5. Donate to Grow our Accessible Gardens
"Mister Lincoln" Rose, MargFMac Front Garden Loop, 0.1 mile
“Mister Lincoln” Rose, MargFMac Front Garden Loop, 0.1 mile

ACCESSIBLE Rose Rodeo List
ACCESSIBLE Rose Rodeo List
The Rose Rodeo 2018 List features 78 plants – 40 are wheelchair-accessible. The four access categories are:

  1. Wheelchair-Accessible (green)
  2. Walker/Cane-Accessible (blue)
  3. Walk on Uneven Flat Grass (yellow)
  4. Walk up/down hill or steps (red)

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 6/21, 10am – 4pm.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Free Programs for Care-Partners! June Updates

Rose Rodeo Begins! Peonies Finishing...

Rose Rodeo Begins! Peonies Finishing...
Rose Rodeo Begins! Peonies Finishing…
GROUP SUPPORT: “I was dying for information and support when I found (and joined) this group…” a member from our dementia-caregiver support group emphatically expressed recently. Dementia Care-Partners: please know we have opened our support group (meeting twice monthly) to all ages of care-partners, dealing with all types of dementia. We continue to be specialists (survivors) of young-onset dementia (onset between ages 45-65), and the group will always have this specialty as long as I am the facilitator. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 6pm – 7:30pm. Our groups are sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT: Any care-partner, age 8-88+, may schedule with me, free-of-charge:

  1. A Spiritual-care visit (30 or 60 minutes)
  2. 2 Hour Respite Retreat
  3. 2 Hour Forest or Garden Therapy

MEMORY CAFE in the GARDEN®: Our next event is July 21, 10am – 12pm. We want more families living with dementia to join us at this monthly event!
Here’s a few highlights from this past weekend (Sat):
We served five people. Three residents and two staff from L’Arche Haverhill. Drums & Dancing was the favorite activity. One resident chose to not participate.

Opting Out, at the Welcome Area
Opting Out, at the Welcome Area

"Band of Hope" Drum Group
“Band of Hope” Drum Group

SUNDAY STROLL: Our next event is July 22, 11am – 2pm.
We want more families (with a member with wheels) to join us at this monthly event!
Here’s a few highlights from this past weekend (Sun):
We served five people. Two residents and two staff from MA DDS Topsfield House. One resident chose to not participate.

Our Topsfield Neighbors Enjoy Sitting under Norwegian Spruce Trees
Our Topsfield Neighbors Enjoy Sitting under Norwegian Spruce Trees

SPECIAL EVENT: 6/21, 10am – 4pm: Open Garden Day on the Longest Day.
Stop by anytime during this event to:

  1. Enjoy our Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens
  2. Experience our Memory Café in the Garden Program
  3. Learn more about our Free Programs for Dementia Care-Partners and People Living with Dementia
  4. Donate to Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH
  5. Donate to Grow our Accessible Gardens

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Please, help us raise funds to support the great works of Alzheimer’s Association!
Visit Our MaryMac Missions Longest Day Online Team Page

We’ll also be taking cash and check donations at our event on 6/21:
Open Garden Day on the Longest Day, 10am – 4pm

Free-of-charge June Programs for Care-Partners and People Living with Dementia or Disability (Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month):
June 2 & 16 – Memory Café in the Garden®, 10am – 12pm
June 14 & 28 – Group Support for Dementia Caregivers (all ages, all types of dementia, including FTD and Younger Onset ALZ), 6pm – 7:30pm
June 17 – Father’s Day Sunday Stroll for wheelchair-users and care-partners, 11am – 2pm
June 9 – Topsfield Strawberry Fest, 10am – 4pm (at the Topsfield Common)
June 21 – Open Garden Day on the Longest Day (Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association), 10am – 4pm.

Download and Print our June Programs Flyer

Please consider posting our June Programs Flyer at your local Place of Work, Library or Community Board North of Boston! We want more participants enjoying and benefitting from our programs- all free-of-charge!

Thanks!
Mary

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

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

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

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 winter season!

Please share these events (Free of Charge) with people who may enjoy and/or benefit.

Date: Feb 3, 10am – 12pm (If snow storm, our Alternate date is Feb 17)
Where: Trinity Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield, MA (Wheelchair-Accessible)
What (Title): Memory Café: Share the Love with Partner Yoga
What (Description): Learn & Experience Body-Based Non-Verbal Communication Skills (bring a friend or come alone)

Date: Feb 3, 1pm – 4pm (If wind prohibits a bonfire on Feb 3, our Alternate date is Feb 11)
Where: Rest.Stop.Ranch, 202 Haverhill Road, Topsfield, MA (Not Yet Wheelchair-Accessible)
What (Title): Mid-Winter MardiGras Burn
What (Description): Enjoy fellowship and a bonfire at the Caretaker’s Cottage at our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch. We are celebrating spring arriving soon (see also: Imbolc, Candlemas; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc )

Bring your self as-you-are: your love, your laughs, your light. Below is a flyer for our Saturday events.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary
Interfaith Chaplain

2018 Mid-Winter Mardi Gras Burn Invite
2018 Mid-Winter Mardi Gras Burn Invite
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Thanks for your Holiday Contributions! + Winter Programs!

East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench

East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench
East Lawn White-Out Doesn’t Cover Bench

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 of Topsfield, MA
Nancy Hocter of Middleton, MA
Peggy Rochon of Sun City, AZ
Jean Perreault of Stoneham, MA

Thank you so much! Our 2022 fundraising goal is now: $99,125.

Winter 2018 Programs

Individual Support for Caregivers, age 8-88+
PRIVATE RESPITE RETREAT (2-hours)

At a Time Convenient for You (subject to availability)

Schedule a winter respite getaway! Meet with me, Mary, interfaith chaplain, at the Caretaker’s Cottage, and/or enjoy quiet time outdoors walking the winter gardens and wild woodland. Don’t deprive yourself—schedule time now for self-care!

Group Support for Caregivers, under age 65
Our support groups are now 1 year old. We have space in the groups, and are recruiting caregivers under age 65, caring for loved ones under 65 living with young onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).

“FTD Boston North” and “Topsfield Younger Onset” Caregiver Support Groups, at our Rest.Stop.Ranch Caretaker’s Cottage
January 11, 5:15pm – 7:30pm
January 25, 5:15pm – 7:30pm

Topsfield Memory Café, for people with memory loss, and care-partners
Dance with us into the new year! Dance/movement therapy benefits body-mind-heart-spirit, reduces stress, and promotes loving connections.

“Dance Into the New Year” Memory Café at 124 River Road Topsfield (Trinity Church)
January 20, 10am – 12pm

All programs are free-of-charge. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information or to register, call 978.887.4202 or email me.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

Reindeer in Our Backyard

Winter Red Winterberry
Winter Red Winterberry
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 the walking path.

As the North American earth quiets down, how might you practice stillness?

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Reindeer in Our Backyard
Reindeer in Our Backyard

Our Gift of Love: All Programs are Free of Charge
Winter-Season Program Reminders (December – March)
Individual Support for Caregivers, age 8-88+ (by appointment)
Group Support for Caregivers under age 65, caring for loved ones with memory loss, under 65 (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month)
Memory Café at 124 River Road, Topsfield Trinity Church (1st Saturday, or 3rd if a snow event)

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Help us create Accessible Gardens North of Boston! Please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!