Speaking about pollinators

February 12,  2013 – I had the great pleasure of giving a talk to Fitchburg Rotary Club at the Fay Club, Main Street. It was a wonderfully attended lunch meeting, with a chef prepared meal of broiled Brussels sprouts, thin spaghetti with veggie sauce. There was also a beautiful salad, a meat selection and roasted potatoes with skins.

The talk was about pollinators. The audience had lots of questions; I was delighted to answer them and was encouraged to learn that individuals want to be part of the solution. Postcards and business cards were distributed. I even met an elder retired teacher who taught lower grades years ago. She is ordering the books on Amazon and told me how much she enjoyed the talk. Books: My Name is Butterfly at http://www.amazon.com/Name-Butterfly-Mary-Ellen-Ryall/dp/0981694993/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360979644&sr=1-2&keywords=My+Name+is+Butterfly 

My Name is Butterfly

My Name is Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book at http://www.amazon.com/Monarch-Butterfly-Coloring-Book-2013/dp/1481952056/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360979744&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Monarch+Butterfly+Coloring+Book

Cover design by Cindy Dyer

Cover design by Cindy Dyer

 

I am terribly happy that I relocated to Fitchburg, in the fall of 2012. I see so much good work going forward from groups such as Fitchburg Rotary Club. With “Can Do” people like this, Fitchburg in its re-urbanization, can grow in its efforts towards a  Higher Purpose.

This is also known as the “Butterfly Effect.” Do good work; it’s like a pebble in a stream, it just resonates out.

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Night at the Fay Club

Fay Club

The Fay Club, Fitchburg MA

The Fay Club, a private club, in Fitchburg, MA, was created in 1902. It is a beautiful Victorian historical home. The Fay Club history can be read at the following link at

http://www.thefayclub.com/fc-history.html

I am discovering that early women of Fitchburg, MA, were leaders in their community. Their vision has made it possible for me to walk through doors that normally are not open to the public. “Architect Richard Upjohn (Trinity Church, New York City) designed The Fay Club in 1883. The Fay Club was commissioned as a private residence by George Flagg Fay for himself and his daughter, Lucy.” Years later, his only surviving daughter willed the home to the Park Club which later changed its name to Fay Club and moved to this location to honor the generous donor.

Christmas tree at Fay Club

Christmas tree at Fay Club

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the once a year event. Copies of my first book, My Name is Butterfly, were sold. Several buyers told me of their own butterfly stories. I was delighted to speak to residents and meet young children. One little girl came over with her grandmother. She pointed to the book and said, “I want that book.” Her grandmother mentioned that she was an avid reader. Later when the child was engaged with her mother, the grandmother returned to buy a book. It did my heart good to see a child pick out the book.

The Fitchburg Farmers Market is an interesting group of entrepreneurs who are farmers and artisans.

Sheila Lumi

Shelia Lumi, Director of Fitchburg Farmers Market.

Sheila Lumi, Director, organizes where the Farmers Market will take place. She is a natural at marketing and a local honey producer. I noticed that Sheila has an eye for beautiful hand crafts. Soft knitted alpaca bags, gloves and socks were a delight to buyers. Sheila’s honey went fast. I am happy I was able to purchase one bag, as a Christmas gift, for my niece Amelia.

She is helping me scatter native seed at a new Wild Butterfly Habitat and Wildlife Sanctuary I am implementing, on my sister’s property, in the Fitchburg Hills, within a protected watershed area.

handcrafted bag

Knitted Bee Bag by Mary Anne Troxler

I think Amelia will get a kick out of the bumblebee that is felted within a sunflower on the bottom of the bag. There is a butterfly in the bag’s design also. The wool is soft and inviting. I think the bag will make a creative water bag. Matter of fact, I am going to put a bottle of water in it before I give it as a present.

Vee Lashua, proprietor, Brookside Family Farm, was instrumental in greeting guests and selling product. She personally knew many of the Farmers Market crafters. Vee also knew many guests. I assisted in promoting the monthly Fitchburg Farmers Market, at the Fitchburg Art Museum, first Thursday of each month, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

My Name is Butterfly

My Name is Butterfly

I am venturing towards assisting the Fitchburg Farmers Market and by being a member; I will have an opportunity to sell my books at the monthly Farmers Market. I am enjoying it already. It didn’t take long for me to flutter towards like minded spirits.

Be well butterfly friends where ever you are.