As I watch the cities and towns turn from green to yellow, I’m reminded that patience is important. I miss being in the classroom; I miss the closeness that comes from sitting opposite a student and pulling a pot up together; I miss the close interaction with a child who is frustrated and needs a helping hand; I miss so much that this pandemic has forced us to press pause on.
The upside of pressing pause and rethinking how to teach has provided new opportunities for personal growth and adding technical tools to my teaching regime. This can only be a good thing. Here are some of the teaching opportunities available to students of all ages.
“The sales tax holiday for 2020 will occur on August 29 and 30. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.” YES! That means …. shop and support your local businesses.
Legislation was signed into law in 2018 that established an annual sales tax holiday for one weekend each year. This year, the sales tax holiday will occur on August 29 and August 30, 2020. On the sales tax holiday weekend, purchases by individuals of most retail items are not subject to the state sales tax.
Who qualifies for the sales tax holiday? The sales tax holiday applies to individuals purchasing retail items for personal use only.
What about internet sales? Do those sales qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption? Yes. If you order and pay for an eligible item over the internet on the sales tax holiday, Eastern Daylight Time, that item will qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption. No sales tax is due on that purchase, even if delivery of the item occurs after the sales tax holiday weekend.
Do all retailers have to participate in the sales tax holiday? Yes. All businesses normally making taxable sales of tangible property in Massachusetts or to purchasers in Massachusetts that are open for business on August 29 and 30 must participate in the sales tax holiday, including internet vendors.
Please support local businesses and take advantage of this tax free holiday in Massachusetts #ShopLocalMA.
When you can’t host a sale for customers, the next best thing is a private video tour of new work. I set up a sale on my back porch and using my phone, give a talk (make sure the volume is on and up!) about my new summer collection and spring Barbados Collection. As all the sales I planned for were canceled, it has been since February when I have had the opportunity to share my vision for the work that I am creating. All pieces are for sale and can be purchased directly from me. I provide contactless buying options, curbside pick up, delivery and shipping. Please email me at email@example.com to discuss any of the work.
Below are pictures of my pottery next to the source of inspiration.
If you are interested in purchasing pottery from me and are unable to visit me at the Potters Place show and sale over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, please email me to discuss additional options for purchase.
The Dedham Square Artist Guild will be featuring work by member artists at the Boston State House. Thanks to Dedham local, Representative Paul McMurtry the exhibit will be on display through the end of the year. A reception on Wednesday, November 18th from 3:30pm until 5pm will showcase paintings, photography, mixed media, glass and ceramics. Click over to the Guild facebook page for more details.
The leaves are turning; the days are shorter; Fall is in full force. It is a time when we turn our thoughts to making soups and squash pies and slow roasts. We will gather as families and friends for fall events indoors and celebrate Thanksgiving.
Powisset farm has completed it’s summer season and moved onto winter shares. This weekend marks the first winter distribution. What’s in the share: lettuce, lettuce mix, spinach, broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, garlic, winter squash, gourds, celery, fresh herbs, potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot pepper/tomatillos, radishes & more!
handmade mugs in pretty colors
In the barn alongside the newly picked veggies, Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will sell their collection of handmade functional pottery from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, November 7th. You don’t have to be a member to visit the farm stand and purchase veggies, milk, cheese, eggs and so much more. The tri-town hike is on Saturday and includes Powisset Farm. It’s always a great day at Powisset – come join us at the farm located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, MA.
More about my guild: Founded in October 2011, the Dedham Guild is Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members. It is a cooperative home for member art and an opportunity to connect with the community, while striving to enrich the cultural life of all residents, through classes, workshops, art openings and more. The collection of work at the Guild encompasses a diverse style of art, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, monotype, wood, glass, textile and much more.
Westwood Land Trust hosts its ninth annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for Westwood community’s natural beauty.
The Exhibit opens Wednesday, September 30 at the Westwood Public Library The new venue will allow for the Exhibit to be viewed through October 16.
Founded in 1999, Westwood Land Trust is a charitable organization dedicated to preserving open space, forests, and habitat in Westwood. WLT currently holds conservation restrictions that protect 210 acres of land in Westwood.
This Saturday, I will be selling my functional handmade pottery alongside Susan Brum of Hog Wild Pottery at the lovely Powisset Farm. We will be set up in the Powisset Farm barn… you can’t miss it when you turn off at 37 Powisset Road in Dover, MA. The big barn door opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.
In the barn, CSA members will be collecting their vegetable shares; visitors to the farm may purchase local produce in the farm stand. This week there are local apples and the first of the fall choices: acorn squash! The two together will made a delicious meal. The farm stand also includes local honey, breads, cheese, welsh cakes, and hand towels by Lucy Two Shoes – just to name a few. There is a freezer filled with pork, chicken and meats all locally sourced. Crescent Ridge milk and ice cream plus local farm eggs are welcome additions.
Two piece bowl and platter by Hog Wild Pottery
Dark blue prelude mugs by Lisa WB Walker
The farm to table approach to living is simple and easy when you have a farm like Powisset where the farmers are friendly, the food is local and varied by season, and the community is cherished. Pottery is the handmade “ingredient” that holds your food and makes your experience complete. One of a kind, user friendly, created within 5 miles of the food that will go on it and in it: that’s farm to table.
It is always a great day when we sell pottery at the farm! See you Saturday!
Stop in to see the newly installed Local Inspirations show in the Dedham Square Artist Guild’s extended gallery space in the lower level of the Dedham Community Theater. The show will be up through the end of October. More information here.