Just a reminder ...
the Land's Sake Harvest Dinner! It is loads of fun and great community
building as we create floral arrangements using flowers from Land's Sake
Welcome New & Returning Members!
Dear Friends and Fellow Garden Club Members,
What a glorious summer it has been in New England! I hope this letter finds you all savoring these last moments of summer, and looking forward in anticipation to the change of season. This change shifts us into full planning mode for fall gardens and holiday decorating.
It is such an exciting year for the CGCW, as we are entering our 60th year as a club! Our club has made such an impact on the various gardens and community spaces in Weston over the past 60 years. I am proud to be a part of it's heritage and it's future. As some of you know already, I will be your President for the next two years, with new member, Mary Alice Karol serving as membership chair, taking the presidency in 2016. Thank you all in advance for your continued support and commitment to the CGCW as we move the club forward in our community efforts and education. We have a very exciting year planned in programming, and will celebrate in style in May at Anne O'Neil's gorgeous home with our 60th Birthday Celebration!
Please join me in welcoming our newest members: Sharon Alphas, Annie Bourne, Claire Callewaert, Tracy Cohen, Liz Gilbard, Julie Greenberg, Donna Hazard, Trisha Howard, Mary Alice Karol, Donna Pearlstein, Tina Peters, Amy Riedel, Jordan Tobey, and Susan Weiss. It's so exciting and invigorating to have 15 new members! Many of these new ladies have stepped up and joined our board and committees in leadership roles already. Thank you for sharing your expertise, energy and time.
Make sure to check the yearbook, review your contact information and mark your calendars for all of our meetings, Paine Garden and High School Courtyard work-days, Golden Ball Tavern Decorating and Party, Bloom'in Art, and Garden Mania. To make our club strong it takes enthusiasm, participation and commitment from everyone.
I am honored and humbled to work with each and every one of you at the Country Garden Club of Weston, as we come together as a group to celebrate 60 years. This awesome collection of women today share in the same goal: To learn and encourage, and to further the knowledge to beautify our lovely town.
MFA - Art in Bloom
MFA Boston - April 26-28, 2014
Members Linda Angelucci and Mary Jean Keany represented our club at this year's Art in Bloom at the MFA.
Linda and Mary Jean created a stunning and bold floral arrangement inspired by a traditional Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask. What may seem to be a daunting creative challenge for many, these ladies seem to take in stride as can be evidenced by their floral creation. They describe below the Mummy Mask from which they drew artistic inspiration and how they translated that into the bold and strikingly beautiful floral arrangement.
MFA's background on our piece - The Mummy Mask
The traditional Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask was made to fit over the head of a wrapped mummy. This face, modeled in plaster, is bland and idealized, and represents the deceased transformed into a god. The gilding and glass inlays are quite dazzling. Yet the black hair emerging from beneath the headdress lends a human touch to this shining icon. The traditional lappet headdress is painted with age-old funerary motifs. A winged sun disk with uraei, image of the celestial Horus, crowns the head like a diadem, and rows of seated deities, Anubis jackals, and solar uraei adorn the sides. The broadcollar is a kaleidoscope of rosettes and geometric patterns imitating rows of beads. The scene on the chest depicts the resurrection of Osiris. The god reclines on a lion bier, with Isis in front of him and Nephthys behind him, gesticulating with grief and uttering magic spells to bring him back to life. Above him hovers a falcon holding in its talons the shen-ring of eternity and a feather fan. Below are the Red Crown, the Double Crown, and the White Crown — the emblems of his power. Magic seems to take effect before our eyes as the shrouded one, the great god Osiris — his flesh of Nile silt, ram’s horns of divinity on his head — sits up in bed and turns to face his sister-wife. The god is reborn.
Our Take on Manny the Mummy:
Inspiration was drawn from the structure of the mask, in particular the distinct sections - or bands - used to tell the story of resurrection and the journey to the after life. The striking colors and strong use of vertical and horizontal planes were also a major influence in our floral design. The container is a simple “earthenware” type vessel, representative of the types of vessels used during Egyptian times. Plant material was selected on the basis of color & texture, with a nod to plants that symbolize some of the main figures on the mask:
- Black Calla Lilly to represent Anubis, the protector of the dead
- Bird of Paradise: the falcon which hold the shen-ring of eternity
- Red Dendrobian orchids: Osiris, reborn
Outstanding job, ladies!!!
Joint Meeting of Weston Council of Garden Clubs - April 17
Bloom In Art - Feb 27th
Thank you to the members who participated in "Bloom In Art", it was a for a spectacular showing of art and flowers. The reception was well attended featuring nine works of art curated by gallery owner and garden club member, Julie Mussafer of Jules Place of Boston. These art works were florally interpreted by nine teams of garden club members. The show ranged from tonal landscapes to vibrant, graphic works.
If you missed Bloom In Art, you can still what our talented members created by visiting our Gallery page.
Thank you, Julie!
We would like to extend a special "Thank You" on behalf of the club to Julie Mussafer, for providing the fabulous pieces of art which served as sources of inspiration for each design team.
Notes from "Compost: The Sweet Smell of Success" - If you are interested obtaining notes from our last meeting, please click the link below.
CGCW Members Donate to Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center
In November and December, numerous members of the club donated mittens, hats and scarves to the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. This drive was organized by Helen Stock. The club has since received a kind note thanking all of you who so thoughtfully donated items. Thank you everyone who participated. A special thank you goes to to Helen Stock for organizing this meaningful drive! Here's the note:
We are thrilled to receive the Country Garden Club of Weston's in-kind donation of children's clothes for the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. Please convey my gratitude to all who generously contributed.
Your gift was immediately put to work at the Grow Clinic. In-kind donations directly enhance the well-being of our patients.
Your support speaks volumes to our mission, our talented staff and most of all the importance of healthcare for our patients. Thank you for standing with us with your donation."
VP of Development
Boston Medical Center
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual holiday luncheon. It was wonderful seeing familiar faces and meeting new members! A special thanks goes out to Anne Peacher for hosting the luncheon at her beautiful home; Helen Stock, who created the stunning floral arrangement ( left), and the hospitality committee, Barb Burgess, Sally Marrer, Cathy Dinardo and Pam Dennehy.
We hope that you had a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday.
Happy New Year!
- Lisa Larkin
November 20, 2013
Helen Stock, Bobbie Bradley & Leslye Fligor
Thank you to those of you who came to our last meeting. Wow! What was a fabulous turn out and wonderful floral demonstration given by our distinguished guest, Peggy Mussafer (see large rotating picture at top). It was truly inspiring to see this gorgeous holiday table arrangement unfold before our very eyes. All the recipes that were circulated during the meeting have been posted on our Recipes page. So check it out! I was particularly happy to see our Honorary member, Bobbie Bradley, join the meeting. It brings such a great sense of joy and gratitude when we get to see Honorary members. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it was exciting to meet new faces which members brought along for our "Bring a Friend" meeting.
As we begin to gear up for the holidays, please note that the December events are coming up quickly. For those of you who are new to the club (and old), please member to visit our website often. If you need the password to certain pages, like the Member Directory, please send an email to Elizabeth Kim or click on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
We hope to see you at the Golden Ball Tavern Decorating and Champagne Party on December 6th! Please also remember to RSVP for the Holiday Luncheon.
CGCW Happenings ...
Lots of great things are going on in the club -- and so many of you have been contributing your time and energy to the success of our endeavors. Special call-outs to Suzanne Vocatura and Michelle King for spearheading the Paine Garden and Lands Sake efforts last week -- and those who volunteered: Leslye Fligor, Lisa Bellinger, Elizabeth Kim, Donna Goulart, Marie Forbes, Anne Peacher, Linda Angelucci and Linda Linsalata. I hope I got you all. Thank yous all around!
Weston 300 Sign Ups:
Our next club-wide effort is next week at the home of Marion Mussafer to make scarecrows for the Founders Day event. Marion asks that all interested parties meet at her Pool House on Monday, September 30 at 9am. Also, please email all creative ideas for our scarecrow to her this week. We discussed building a scarecrow that represents our garden club (think gardening tools, flowers, pots and other accoutrements). Next Friday, Founders Day decorating committee will meet to put the finishing touches on our parade presentation. More on that in another email.
Any questions, please feel free to email me!
"Farm to Table" Meeting, September 11
Farm produce from Land Sake
Thank you to everyone who came today. It was a fabulous turn-out and a real feast for the eyes and palate! Ed Barker and Melanie of Land Sake did a wonderful, healthy cooking demonstration. The eggplant salad, roasted Fairy Tale eggplant with Tahini sauce and kale salad were amazing. We hope to get the recipes soon! We will keep you posted.
A big "thank you" to Cathy Dinardo for opening up her lovely home and providing the perfect setting for such an occasion. Thank you to Barry O'Laughlin for the thoughtful and poetic arrangement, and, as always, a big thank you to the Hospitality, Lisa Casey, Suzanne Vocatura and Cristy Brackett, for a delectable and beautiful spread of food and refreshments for everyone to enjoy!
Tips from today ...
Heirloom Eggplant Rosa Bianca
Lisa Larkin, President
As the summer draws to a close, I hope all of you had a fabulous summer. As we begin to look forward to fall, I am excited for our new season and am already thinking about the colors and scents of fall. Our hollyhocks and hydrangea will make way for sunflowers and sedums, colorful kales and cabbages, mums and more. How lucky we are to live in New England, where we can enjoy the colors of the four seasons!
September also begins a new season for the Country Garden Club of Weston! You should be receiving your yearbooks shortly. Our Programming Chair, Terri Hupalo along with past President Julie Callaghan and I have been listening to the membership and have assembled a year of speakers, workshops and activities that should interest everyone. I want to give many thanks to Terri who has worked diligently in the past months to create this year’s schedule. Our year kicks off Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30am with a lecture demonstration featuring Ed Barker, Executive Director of Land’s Sake Farm. We hope this won’t interfere with any special remembrances of the day.
In September we will also introduce some new faces to the club. Please help me in welcoming Cheryl Alpert and Marie Forbes. Both ladies were voted in at our last Board meeting in June and come with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm.
As you are marking your calendars, please make sure to include dates for the Paine Garden, High School Courtyard, the Golden Ball Tavern and GardenMania events. These commitments are fun for the members and integral to the club’s reputation and for community building too!! We have also added an additional community event this year with the Weston 300 Founder’s Day Parade on Saturday, October 5. This is a one-time event that will be spearheaded by Marion Mussafer and will require support from the entire club. It promises to be a terrific event and we will be coordinating our efforts with the other Weston garden clubs – so lots of fun and social.
I wish to thank all of you in advance for all the time each member will donate to the club over the next ten months. I am proud and humbled to be representing the club as your President. I want to stress an open line of communication with all of you in order to best serve the members and look forward to working side by side with you this year.
You will be receiving more updates in the coming days from our Corresponding Secretary, Elizabeth Kim. Please keep on the look-out for those communications.