Fitchburg Art Museum and CMAAC Farmers Market

PRESS RELEASE

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
CMAAC
Market Manager
(978)582-9382
slumi@verizon.netImage

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A New Natural Pollinator Habitat is Born

I am thrilled to share that Mary Ellen Ryall, Butterfly Woman Publishing owner and Happy Tonics, Inc. board member, will be offering environmental education programs at Gateway Park along the Nashua River in Fitchburg, MA. Shelia Lumi, director, Central Massachusetts Art and Agriculture Coalition, will work with Ryall in offering environmental projects and gardening talks at the park. There is a Community Garden within the park that Lumi will be in charge of. She is the director of the monthly local Fitchburg Farmers Market at Fitchburg Art Museum.

Both Lumi and Ryall are excited to collaborate on Environmental Education at Gateway Park in the summer of 2013. Stay tuned for more news.Image.

Writing and Community Events

This weekend I was busy writing an article for a new magazine. I don’t want to talk about it at present, at least until the quarterly magazine is published.

That was fun.

My Name is Butterfly

My Name is Butterfly

I will be selling one of my books, My Name is Butterfly, Farmers Market at Fitchburg Art Museum.

February 7, 4 pm – 7 pm

The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book is on order. The winter event is an interesting time for food shoppers and crafters alike. There is always something new and exciting happening at the museum. Nick Capasso, Director, will be greeting visitors. Capasso recently came on board and wants to get to know the community. 

I feel pretty confident that Vee Lashua, organic farmer, will be selling award winning chili. I tried it last month and I am coming back for more.  It is absolutely delicious. Wish I had more details. I heard there might be music, but don’t hold me to it.

If you are in the area, stop on by. FREE admission to Fitchburg Art Museum on First Thursday. What a wonderful opportunity to  come out and enjoy art, culture and to support our local farmers. Kindred spirits meet each; old friends enjoy meeting new people.

Local farmers support local food security. 

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.