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


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


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


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!


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 […]

Fall Blooming Crocus

Fall Blooming Crocuses Surprise!


If you’re a local Topsfield senior, please join us at Octoberfest this evening, 5pm at Trinity Church, 124 River Road. Contact the the Topsfield COA for more info. We will be presenting to the attendees around 5pm about our four support programs here at Rest.Stop.Ranch, and also speaking more about the new winter-season Topsfield Memory […]

Pumpkins await Decorations & Carving

This Weekend: Events in the Garden!


Enjoy fellowship and fun in our wheelchair-accessible garden… with still-blooming roses, rose-hips, Chinese lanterns, dahlias, mums, and pumpkins. We’re harvesting tomatoes, squash, beans, and corn. Join us Saturday, 10am – 12pm, for our Memory Café in the Garden. For anyone with memory hiccups, or memory loss at any stage, and care-partners, age 8-88+ Join us […]