Fitchburg Art Museum and CMAAC Farmers Market


Friends, Locavors, and Supporters of the Arts

Please join us at the “Art of Buying Local” Farmers’ Market
Fitchburg Art Museum
Thursday, July 11, 3 – 6:30 pm
25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA

There will be fresh local fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, locally made soaps and lotions, local honey, fun activities for the kids, live music, locally made soy candles, photography and local artists, live cooking demos, free fresh salsa and more.

Mary Ellen Ryall, author of The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book and My Name is Butterfly,
will be selling and signing her books and talk on importance of pollinators.

See the 78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft, one of the oldest exhibitions of its kind in New England. This special exhibition includes all medium of expression including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed-media, and crafts  (including jewelry and fiber art). The aim of this exhibit is to encourage, discover, support, and display the best regional talent.

Admission to the Farmers’ Market and Art Museum is FREE from 3 – 6:30 pm

Bring the whole family!

For more information contact:
Sheila Lumi
Market Manager

Post from Massachusetts

Greetings Butterfly Woman Publishing friends,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

I am in MA, USA this summer with family. Too many health related issues to write about on my publishing Blog. I will post here when I have the physical strength and time to do so. Today a little girl named Emma came to swim in my sister’s pool. She is extremely shy. Sue Larkin, her grandmother, bought My Name is Butterfly and has read the book to Emma on several occasions as well as her other grandchildren. I did walk out to where Emma was getting her shoes on to walk home through the woods and said, “Hello Emma. We are butterfly friends.” I gave her a post card of the next book the Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book. Sue will order the book for her on Amazon. I knew Emma was too shy to speak on a personal level but we connected through the transforming monarch butterfly and all is well. Opening lines of communication with the next generation is imperative to my work seeing as they will inherit the Earth.

You can follow more current butterfly and environmental posts at until I am able to contribute more to the publishing side of my work on this Blog.

Be well Butterfly Woman friends where ever you are.

Mary Ellen


On the wings of butterflies

NOTE: For some reason I am unable at present to double space part of this message. It was cut and pasted to WordPress from Facebook post. Sorry!
Book project request from Michele Darmanin
PROJECT: Donate A Book to the Viwa Island District School, Fiji
I would like to ask for your support with our project in helping the school children located on Viwa Island, Fiji.
“Learned through Google that Fiji has the monarch butterfly in residence. Naturally I sent my book, My Name is Butterfly, to Michele. It is about the life cycle of the butterfly. Story is about a girl in her garden who discovers a monarch caterpillar.  Author,” Mary Ellen Ryall.
This tiny island community is approximately 48 nautical miles northwest of Denarau, it is the most western island located at the bottom of the Yasawa Group.

To travel to Viwa Island it takes two boat trips and 3.5 hours to arrive on their tiny remote island.

Viwa Island has two small village communities and their children attend their island schools.

The main school educates approximately 66 children from Kindergarten through to Year 6, on the other side of the island they have a tiny school with 6 kindergarten children only.

This small island school provides their children with the opportunity to obtain an education whilst living on their isolated island home.

I believe it is absolutely essential for the Viwa Island children to have access to quality books so they might improve their english, reading and writing skills so in turn will ultimately assist them in gaining access to higher education or employment opportunities once they finish their schooling on the island.

By way of background this project began with a small idea wanting to help the school children of Viwa Island to receive quality books they cant afford to buy themselves.

I am not involved with any charity or connected to any organisations.

The plain simple truth is I am wife, a mother of two grown up children and currently unemployed.

My husband and I visited Viwa Island for the time in November last year.

When we returned home to Sydney we decided to organise two boxes of books to be sent to the school before Christmas.

We received positive feedback from the teachers and students, they were absolutely delighted to receive a 130 second hand reading books to add to their tiny library.

We would greatly appreciate your support and participation with this project in making a difference for the school children of Viwa Island.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I thank you in advance for considering my request and look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards
Mrs Michele Darmanin
Mobile: 0405 326 080