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Singing Out Against Hunger 2016 Series

Founded in 2003, Singing Out Against Hunger was created to provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need and to raise awareness of their ongoing plight.  In cooperation with local merchants, volunteer musicians, and civic-minded people, Singing Out Against Hunger raises thousands of dollars each year through free musical events, raffles, and donations.  “We believe that self-expression, through music and the arts, a volunteer spirit, and the talents of individuals will help to rid the East Bay communities of hunger”.

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Since their inception, SOAH has raised more than $165,000 and has provided over 100,000 pounds of food to community food banks and suppliers. Their impact has aided over 3,500 households and over 5,000 individuals in the East Bay area.

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Each year, Singing Out hosts free, local concerts for the enjoyment of the community, while raising money and showcasing local merchants & musicians. This year, SOAH will be hosting their free concert series at Evelyn’s Drive-In, as well as events at The Sakonnet Collective, Coastal Roasters, Art Cafe and South Shore Beach just to name a few venues. “You may think that food insecurity isn’t a factor in the neighborhood that you live in, yet 1 in 6 children are living in poverty right here in Rhode Island”. Hunger affects the old, the young, single individuals & family’s alike. Come support this grassroots organization, enjoy an afternoon of fun, all for an amazing cause!

Upcoming+EventsFor all event info, and more information on volunteering, hosting an event, or seeing what they are all about, visit their website at www.singingoutagainsthunger.org and follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Sakonnet Collective Concert Series– Saturday, June 11, 2016- 
The Art Cafe Concert Series-

Evelyn’s Drive-In Concert Series-

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Coastal Roasters Concert Series-

South Shore Beach Concert Series-

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Sandywoods Concert Series-

 

Hitting the Trail on the FarmCoast: Cornell Farm

We’ve all seen a friend or two post beautiful photos clambering up suspension bridges, walking down the boardwalks, or sitting on one of the many perfectly placed benches, but few the name where those photos were taken, the story behind the land, or what to really expect when visiting Cornell Farm.  Cornell Farm is a property that came to being in 2009 when The Trustees of the Reservations and the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust worked in partnership to acquire and preserve the property for conservation and public access.  Before preservation, the land had been owned by its namesake, the Cornell family, and had most recently served as a dairy farm, and the remnants of the Farm stretch throughout the property.

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The property contains marvelous woodlands, and stunning scenic views over its wetlands and salt marshes as part of the Little River watershed.  Cornell Farm is joined with the DNRT property Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve and the Dartmouth Town owned “McBratney” Property to create an over 500 acre Conservation Area with miles of trails stretching throughout the property.

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“But how do I get to the cool stuff?” you may be asking.  Well, to enter directly onto the Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve, there is a parking area and trail head on Potomska Road in South Dartmouth, just before getting to the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Be prepared however, to get to those spectacular bridges and board walks that you see here, you’ll be walking for at least a mile, with some climbs over the remnants of stone walls.  During the wetter and warmer times of the year, you may have to traverse some very soft ground, and if your looking to spend some serious time out there, Bean Boots might be warranted.  That’s not to say the walk isn’t worth it.  The trails from this entrance are much more numerous (always take a map), with great forested views, old home and farmsteads (some seen here), and small bridges and brooks.  Starting from Potomska Road is just the more adventurous path.

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            The easier walk, while offering some of the best views in the Reserves is the entrance through Cornell Farm, off of Smith Neck Road.  While the long boardwalks are technically on the DNRT property, they are much easing and seemingly quicker to get to this way.  The trails are well established, at a smaller grade, and well-groomed, if only a little muddy (you may have to put the Bean Boots to use if it rains, but otherwise you should be fine), but thankfully boards are stretched over the largest puddles.

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As you can see, the views alone are worth any amount of walking on these properties.  And while you can’t hear them, its a wonderful place to birdwatch, as you see plenty of foul, shore and song birds, and maybe a bird-of-prey, but often with the attention that the landscape demands, you’ll hear them first.

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            Before embarking please remember that dogs must be on leash at all times, and all waste (yours included) must be taken with you.  Remember to use bug spray, especially in the warmer months, and always look out for ticks while walking the property.  Finally, on the “McBratney” Property and when permitted specially by the Trustees on Cornell Farm, hunting is permitted in season, so dress accordingly with 500 square inches of blaze orange.

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            Finally, what should you do once you get off the trail, now that you’re a little warm from the walk.  Well the added bonus of parking and entering from Cornell Farm, you can stop by Salvador’s Ice Cream, located less than 2 minutes to the south on Smith Neck Road.  Open in the summer season from 11:30AM-9:00PM daily, and cash only, who doesn’t want to stop and get ice cram from a giant milk jug? Overall, the trip to Cornell Farm in South Dartmouth is worth the views, and maybe some ice cream when you’ve worked hard to get them.

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More information about the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust visit dnrt.org

Written by: Scott Mason

Photography by: Scott Mason

to see more of his work @scottarthurmason

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Festivals on the FarmCoast

Summer is a time to celebrate, and here on the FarmCoast there are plenty of chances to join in the festivities. FarmCoast festivals highlight the unique people, art, food, and landscape of our four towns and are happening here all summer long!

The Westport Fair July 16th– 20th

Here’s where you can experience a good old-fashioned summer fair right on the FarmCoast. Think local crafts, BBQ, 4H, carnivals, and music. In partnership with Lee’s Supermarket the fair grants scholarships each year to community recipients. The fair is located at 200 Pine Hill Road Westport, MA. For more information visit the fair website.

Arts and Artisan Festival July 19th

The 27th annual Arts and Artisan Festival is the longest standing art fest on the FarmCoast and is one of the many FarmCoast traditions that only gets brighter with age. The festival features over 75 New England artists showcasing everything from textiles to painting to photography and more. Live entertainment and amazing food by the Acacia Café food truck will be there all day long. The festival is held on lawn behind the behind The Mill Pond Shops in historic Tiverton Four Corners at 3998 Main Rd Tiverton, RI from 10-4pm. The rain date is Sunday, July 20th. To learn more about the festival and vendors, click here.

Padanaram Village Celebration July 26-27th

Explore Padanaram and the “Days of Yore” in this two-day celebration commemorating Dartmouth’s 350th anniversary. Saturday enjoy sidewalk sales, nature walks, a SEMAP culinary presentation, historic reenactments, concerts, tractor rides and more. Sunday brings more historic presentations, a baseball game, and family centered events. There will even be a birthday cake! For more information about this two-day event, click here.

SouthCoast Artists Tours July 19th & 20th AND August 16th and 17th

Now in their 11th year, the South Coast Artists are once again opening their doors during the Open Studio Tours this summer, providing visitors a glance at the life and work of established and unique area artists. Grab a tour map and wander through the FarmCoast towns on your choice of two weekends this summer to see live multi-media painting, sculpting and pottery, mosaic and more. The SouthCoast Artists are a non-profit organization working together to preserve and enrich the community through art. Click here for more information or to download a map.

Cultural Survival Bazaar July 26th and 27th

A traveling Bazaar of indigenous art and culture, this celebration of native people is the most colorful of the FarmCoast festivals. Here you will find tribal crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, carpets, and accessories, not to mention live music, Native American storytelling, cultural presentations, craft-making demonstrations, and short films all on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House in Tiverton Four Corners from 10am to 5pm. Dedicated to the principals of fair trade the Bazaar facilitates the expansion and access to American markets. In the past seven years alone the bazaars have generated over $3 million for indigenous artisans, fair trade businesses, indigenous communities’ programs, and Cultural Survival’s work on behalf of indigenous peoples. For more information on the mission, the artists and performances click here.

Sing out Against Hunger  July 26th through October

A series of music performances by local musicians will once again take the stage on the FarmCoast to raise awareness and gather canned goods for the Tiverton Food Drive. In cooperation with local merchants, volunteer musicians, and civic-minded people, Singing Out Against Hunger raises thousands of dollars each year to help rid the community of hunger. Their main event at Evelyn’s Drive In will take place September 12-14th where you can find raffle prizes, a silent auction, and great local bands. Other concert locations and dates can be found here.

Hope to see you at one of the many Festivals this summer!

Summer Yoga on the FarmCoast

What’s better than yoga class in the summer time? Yoga class in the summer time on the FarmCoast! And we’re happy to report there are many spots offering you a chance to soak up some good vibes amidst a peaceful landscape this summer. Most classes are for all levels of practice, so pick your venue and bring your mat!


Gray’s Daily Grind- Little Compton

Saturday mornings before your cup of coffee, join Grays Daily Grind behind the mill for a morning of relaxing yoga practice next to the stream. Instructor Angela Denham from the Dancing Feather will guide a gentle Hatha yoga class designed to deepen your connection to mind, body, and spirit. Class will be held every Friday morning from 8-9am and the cost is $10. Grab your favorite cool drink from the grind after class for a refreshing start to the day.

Blue Sky Yoga- Westport

Meet at on the lawn outside the Deddee Shattuck Gallery and Partners Village Store for an hour of uplifting Kripuli yoga starting Saturdays at 8:30am. This early morning, donation-based class is open to the public and supports various levels of practice. Instructor Jeff Costa unfolds traditional yoga principles with special attention to both alignment and ease. Find yourself surrounded by art and nature, the perfect combination for a meditative yoga practice.  For more information click here.

Summer Yoga at Slocum River Reserve-Dartmouth

Jeff Costa will also be teaching Wednesday mornings beginning July 2nd
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from 8-9am. This FREE class will take place  at Angelina’s Overlook, providing ample open space and gorgeous views of the nature preserve.  Parking is available on Horseneck Rd. in Dartmouth at the Slocum River Reserve Parking lot. Click here to see the poster.

Yoga at the Stone Barn- Dartmouth

Nurture your body and mind surrounded by all the natural beauty FarmCoast has to offer at Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary at the Stone Barn.  Join Juliet Fridays at 10am and Tania Saturdays at 9am for an uplifting practice to start the weekend. Drop in classes are $15 or you can purchase a six-class punch card for $75. For more information click here.

ABC Studio- Tiverton Four Corners

If you’re looking to add a little more power to your practice, stop by the ABC studio in Tiverton Four Corners Sunday mornings at 8:30 am for power vinyasa class with David. Various vinyasa classes are also offered throughout the week. To see their full schedule, click here.

Make wellness part of your summer and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful Farmcoast. See you at class!

 

Summer Music on the FarmCoast

FarmCoast summers are here which means fresh eggs on the roadside, clam cakes on the beach, open shop doors, beautiful sunsets, and of course, live music. Many of our members are offering summer evening concerts and we hope you get out to join them!

Westport Rivers Sunset Concert Series

A gorgeous vineyard with a long family history is bringing back their much-loved Sunset Concert Series starting this Friday June 20th with a fabulous entertainment line-up. Bring your picnic blanket and food if you want, but you may want to save your appetite for the Cuttyhunk raw bar or catering by Compton Clambakes. Beer and wine are also available to purchase, but bring your own glasses! The outdoor concerts will be every Friday from 6-8pm and a few Saturday nights as well. The cost is $10 per carload. For more visit westportrivers.com



Apponagansett Summer Concert Series

Find your spot on the lawn of the Apponagansett park overlooking the Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30pm to enjoy  a lively line-up of local music.  “The Bucket” will be serving your favorite backyard cooks plus ice cream and cold drinks. The cost is $5 per person or $4 in advance; children under 12 are free. Rain date will be on Thursdays. Find details about the bands and series here.

LIVE at the Sail Loft

This Padanram hot-spot hosts live music Thrusdays and Sundays and just released a brand new menu. By the way, Padanaram is a must-see stop on the Farmcoast, so before dinner stroll the shops of this quaint and historic boating village. Discover the harmony of local music and local food together at the Sail Loft. To get updates on Sail Loft performances follow them here.

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard Summer Concert Series

Surrounded by the beauty of Little Compton’s favorite vineyard, park your family and pets on the grounds of Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard for an evening of spirited music and superb local wine. Concerts will be held Thursday evenings from 6-8pm through Sept 18th and food and drink will be for sale at Carolyn’s Cafe. Dancing barefoot is encouraged. To see the full band line-up visit sakonnetwine.com.

Back Eddy

Long-time local favorite The Back Eddy has reserved Sunday nights for fresh seafood, spirited cocktails, and live music. Expect amazing performances like that of acclaimed singer-songwriter Rebecca Correia, in an entirely relaxed atmosphere. Stop by throughout the summer for waterfront seats, local food, amazing views, and great local music.

Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center Concert and Food Truck Festival

The Meeting House in Four Corners has made welcome hundreds of community festivals over the years and will be hosting this year’s not-to-be-missed Art Center Food Truck Concert Festival. Be there for one, or all three, concert dates June 29th, July 27th, and Auguest 17th and find delicious local creations from the Acacia Food Truck each time. The Concert line-up is as follows: Smith & Weeden on June 29th, Kate Grana & Friends on July 27th, and Abbey Rhode on August 20th; per ticket cost is $14 at the door. Alternatively, you can purchase a season pass for all three concerts for $30 which grants you discounts to 5 other concerts happening at the art center. This venue is an iconic stop for visitors and locals on the summer Farmcoast trail, we hope to see you there!

Hayrides and Superheros are Autumn’s Best Friends at Patchet Brook Farm

It’s true, fall has arrived, vibrant foliage and all. But here on the FarmCoast nothing says autumn like an old fashioned, slow and jostled hayride through the open fields. And if you like just a tad more excitement on your hayride definitely find Pachet Brook Farm where a hidden cast of characters await you in a surprising assembly along the 30 minute ride through the Pachet Brook forest.

It’s not quite haunted but surely a crowd and kid pleaser. Everyone from Spider-man to Shriek can be spotted if you keep your eyes open. Jean Bento is in charge of the operation and the farm, which has been in her family for some 107 years. That’s almost as impressive as the collection of costumed characters she’s amassed since her inheritance, not to mention the fact that she hides them single handedly along the 20-acre farm trail.

Traveling to Pachet Brook Farm is a small treasure in itself. After journeying the scenic Route 77 you will come to a small sign welcoming you to Pachet Brook. Turn into the drive and find a family of ducks frolicking in the autumn sun and a long dirt road ahead. When you finally make it to the top, rest assured, their are cookies– as well as pumpkins galore and some friendly farming faces waiting to greet you.

After the hayrides, kids are invited to pick a pumpkin from the scarecrow-lined field and play to their hearts content in the adjacent play yard complete with a slide, sandbox, and more spooky decor.

Even though the hayrides will only last through October, there’s no need to dismay. Next up will be tagging one of Pachet Brook’s 7 varieties of Christmas trees which are already filling the open space on the farm making for a charming addition to autumn hayrides and a welcome abundance of clean air. As we’ve been told, the smaller the Christmas tree the more oxygen they give off, so skip the small ones and head right for the big guys! Tagging starts in November.

We think Pachet Brook Farm is the perfect family outing for the autumn season. What’s your favorite fall tradition?

For more information on hayrides, the tree farm, and birthday parties visit www.pachetbrook.com

ANNOUNCING “QUARTET” at GALLERY4

Solo exhibitions can unearth the unbound essence of an artist –their process, foundation, nourishment, and growth– with intensity and valor. While this earnest presentation of art is often liberating, a selective group exhibition can likewise illuminate new waves of understanding. So is the case with a new foursome exhibition at Gallery4 on Main Rd. in Tiverton Four Corners where Turkish slippers, fine jewelry, and wall-sized canvases flourish together side-by-side. Here four prominent south coast-area women have been chosen to exhibit their work in a showing titled, “Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance,” which will run through August 12th, exposing not only the depth of each female artist, but the “harmony and dissonance” between them.

The works of Jane Tuckerman, Gayle Wells Mandle, Susan Strauss, and Sarah Benham adorn eager white walls filling the gallery with familiar excitement and a new sense of importance. The four women who live as neighbors along the south coast have now come together in a poignant display of their experiences apart, in separate corners of the world.

“It’s a clever name,” says Sarah Benham reflecting on the title amidst a backdrop of opening-night attendees and her bold, figurative oil paintings. Showing are both early and late works by Benham who likens her process to a lucid puzzle, “it’s about finding a solution” she says. Inspired by the simple pleasures of life, Benham has spiraled through style and medium during her honored career as an artist, always considering the wise words of a friend: “to always be astonished by what you do. And I am astonished” she says. There are many ways to be astonished by Benham’s paintings. First it’s the figures that grab you, then the density and depth of the scene. They are faceless jolts of color and mood awakening the senses and mesmerizing in their perfection.

The exhibit, orchestrated by gallery owners Bob Smith, Elaine Hill, and Alix Cambell struck a chord of enthusiasm in the community with over 150 people gathering last Sunday for the opening reception. The works handpicked and juxtaposed in the four-room gallery gave enough space for each artist to breathe while infusing one another with vibrancy and contrast.

Tucked away in one nook of the gallery last Sunday was Susan Strauss whose landscapes and floral masterpieces float effortlessly on the walls as if growing there on their own. A master of decorative arts, Strauss is a fresh face in the gallery, yet her plein air paintings are exuberantly lived in. Their immediate transparency morphs into luminous and muddled movement the longer you let them in, drawing forth intellect, grace, and wonder. Strauss describes a satisfying fluidity to her path of “pushing back and painting over, pushing back and painting over,” and eventually pulling forward her work into a new dimension. That is when she knows her work is complete.

Neighboring Strauss was artist Gayle Wells Mandle present at the opening with husband Roger Mandle, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design. The couple spent time in Qatar, inspiring Gayle’s striking selection of collaged fragments from this land of wealth and discord, elegantly blended with color, texture, and cultural artifacts in a rousing display of gender clash and blunt symbolism. Fascinating is how she recreates a history of travel, human rights, and cultural tribulation while still speculating on the future of this oil-saturated part of our world. Gayle’s work is piercing as she pieces together parts of humanity we might choose to ignore, extracting for the viewer something imperative to consider.

Lastly, former chairman of photography at Harvard University, Jane Tuckerman, took the right wing of the gallery with chilling mixed-media photographs of her lifelong study in the mystical world of death rituals. Since 1984 she’s been returning to Benares, India, the last existing site of cremation ceremonies and one of the world’s most sacred spiritual hubs. Here she began capturing religious rituals, rights of passage, and celebrations with vigor through film and photograph. With an anthropological twist, her layered photographs peer with sharp eyes into a world frightfully unknown. Astounding is the way she shapes darkness into something primitive and eloquent. Her work puts forth a magnetic pull of emotion into the descending layers of each photograph.

Even still, Tuckerman emphasizes, with deep understanding, connections within humanity; “We’re all so displaced and haunted by memories—memories become our own special ghosts.” Growing up in rural Westport spawned an obsession with the energy and history of a land; “Westport has this extraordinary connection to this history, Indians, colonists, pre-historic people…It’s about connection to the land, something our culture is loosing,” says Tuckerman. “There’s something very primal about art. Artists connect with each other and with a greater world. I’m appreciative and in awe of Gallery4 for their foresight and sensitivity to this exhibit and the world of art.” she says.

A fondness for the quest, the solution, and the layers of aesthetic, social, and spiritual life give harmony to these four women. But the beauty is in the dissonance.

Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance is open for viewing Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5 at 3848 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. For more information about this exhibit visit www.gallery4tiverton.com

The River Project Invites You to Stop and Stare

On an early summer morning dozens gathered quietly crunching grass under their boots in a guided hike through the Slocum’s River Reserve as part of The 2012 River Project’s opening day festivities. Six stops along the hike posed questions and answers to extrodinary sculpture works designed and installed by local artists, many of whom were present on the walk sharing their work and vision with friends and visitors alike.

The much anticipated 2012 Slocum River Project is a local area collaborative weaving together art and nature in a friendly and thought-provoking series of events. A commendable partnership between the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, the trustees of reservations, U-Mass Datmouth College of Visual Arts, the Gustin Gallery, and the Dartmouth Cultural Council created the platform for this year’s River Project. According to the program’s curator, Stacy Latt Savage, the River Project is “about connections explored between art and nature; connections between organizations and communities; and connections between individuals walking at the Slocum’s River Reserve and individual artists who created inspired artwork about their experience of the same place.

After exploring the reserve, each of the six artists had a year to conceptualize and construct their sculpture in a self-selected location along the trails fitting to their individual vision. This exhibit encourages visitors to awaken their appreciation for the delicate, expansive, and often mysterious natural world.

Elizabeth Dooher, Mary Frank, Lasse Antonsen, Danielle Krcmar, Ron Rudnicki, and Steve Whittlesey are the six local contributing artists. “I kept finding forms and putting them together; after it was done I knew it was done because I was chuckling inside,” said Lasse Antonsen reflecting on his “Garden Spirits.” Antonsen found all the materials for his sculptures in the reserve using trunks and branches to “create creatures in a vocabulary that we all know.”

If you missed the walk on June 16th there will be more chances to soak up the sculptures. October 20th is the next guided hike, and on September 22 the Slocum’s River Reserve will host a Family Day with hiking, music, and activities for kids. A wonderful way to experience the process and connection between the artists and their work,is at the Gustin Gallery, 231 Horsenek Rd, just up the road from the reserve, where you’ll find “Thoughts and Processes,” a cumulative display of drawings, sketches, and models from each artist.


An easy day trip to Dartmouth can be spent romping through Slocum’s River Reserve and Gustin’s Gallery, and is a perfect way to show your support for our land and all the different ways we see it. The sculptures will remain intact through May 2013, and Gustin’s Gallery will be open with sculpture materials through November 2nd. For more information on the River Project visit slocumsriverproject.com.

 

First came the Wagon, then the Farm

It was a day for the ladies…and gentlemen, but mostly just the girls. A tasting/signing/presentation took place last Thursday at Young’s Family Farm in Little Compton where a delightful group of women gathered around fresh cut flowers, autographed cookbooks, sweet iced tea, and a succulent lunch buffet…not to mention a few good laughs.

Organized by Karla Young, the summer event took place under the Young’s greenhouse and kicked off with a jovial floral arranging presentation by Kathy Melven. Kathy is a talented English florist who specializes in quick and easy but very elegant tricks, like how to use scotch tape to create a floating floral arrangement. Between her good humor and animated demonstrations, Kathy wowed the audience with over a dozen creative arrangement techniques to suit several occasions, and best of all, saved one bouquet for each guest. Kathy prepares arrangements for special events and custom orders at Youngs using the sophisticated selection of flowers grown on the farm.

Almost as enchanting at the flowers themselves, was the story of how Kathy and Karla met, by chance, underneath a tree where the Youngs used to sell out of a wagon. That’s where the farm started after all. “It started with one wagon, then two, then three,” said Karla’s Mother-in-Law, “and here we are.” The 180 acre land was bought by Tyler and Karla Young in 1997, and by 2007 the couple had a fully operating retail/farm stand now known for its colorful bounty. The stand has everything from seasonal produce to beautiful flowers and herbs to cooking essentials.

Also on the scene that day were authors Elaine and Karin Tammi who are all too familiar with starting something from scratch. While guests flipped through the pages of their beautifully photographed cookbook, Scallops A New England Guide the mother and daughter team shared the story of their 15-year-in-the-making book and the friends, colleagues, and celebrities who inspired them most. “It took all of New England to write this cookbook,” said Elaine, as well as encouragement from Julia Child who became a personal aquantaince and mentor for the pair. Julia urged them to produce what they had set out to accomplish: an independent, very authentic and reverent assortment of recipes. Both Elaine and Karin were on hand to sign and answer questions while the ladies enjoyed lunch made from Young’s fresh produce, including a mouth watering recipe of fresh grilled local scallops and nectarines with a mango glaze, prepared in person by members of Young’s.

To close the afternoon, guests at Young’s savored a homemade sweet dessert while bending an ear to Dorrie Brownell, as she told the story of her grandfather and his rose business, “Brownell Roses.” An exceptional hobbyist gardener, Dorrie’s grandfather developed a unique and beautiful crop of hybrid roses in the early 1900s that have survived thanks to the hands of his successors, including Dorrie who is the last family member to breed the gorgeous varieties. Dorrie showed guests how to propagate the roses, a two year project start to finish. Rest assured, the results are well worth the wait. Dorrie is passing the varieties on to Karla and Young’s Family Farm because the richness of their soil, and because she says she knows they’ll be in good hands.

 

Drifting in and out of rural counties along the New England Coast it’s not hard to find fresh strawberries and tomoatoes in the summer months. Farm stands, ready by the dozens, are something to be grateful for. But it’s not often you find one that offers you a little something more…Young’s Family Farm has this unique charm. Stop in and smell the roses.

A Day in the Kiln at Gustin Ceramics

It’s a sooty job, but someone has to do it. Good thing there were lots of people at Gustin Ceramics this past weekend to unload the latest firing. Over 1000 pieces of pottery were removed from the Anagama Wood Kiln at Gustin’s Dartmouth studio. Helpers gathered in assembly line form to take the pottery piece by piece from the 3-chamber kiln. Many were participating in “kiln-shares,” others– friends, family, and pottery enthusiasts–came for the hands-on, up-close view of a day in the life of a potter.

The bi-annual unloading event takes place behind the renovated chicken coop where Gustin Ceramics has made a home for ceramic artwork. Owner Chis Gustin built the Japanese, tunnel-style kiln and renovated it in 2005 to include 3 chambers, making firing more efficient. With this ancient wood-run structure, potters relinquish part of the creative process to naturally occurring “weather” inside the kiln; ash created by wood firing creates unique glazing not achievable through gas or electric firing. Gustin does stick around, almost around the clock however, to make sure the temperature stays optimal during the process. “The kiln takes three days to load, six days to fire, and a week to cool and unload.”


Under such a delicate and lengthy unfolding, no wonder participants were enthusiastic to take part, even in the heat the day. As pieces came out from the kiln, volunteers shouted the name of the artist and the work made it’s way down the line, to its respective resting place under a tent or on a table. The long-awaited results were glorious.

Gustin Ceramics is located along the open fields of the Farmcaost on Horseneck Rd. Chris Gustin’s background and lifetime experience in ceramic manufacturing has earned him international recognition. Perhaps one of the most satisfying honors is the success of his tile company featuring handmade and uniquely durable tile solutions. Gustin is also known for his sculptural ceramic artwork. Whatever the creation, his work exhibits natural elements at their most beautiful.

The next firing will be in September. To learn more about kiln shares, and studio events visit www.gustinceramics.com.