On a breezy, warm, Vermont August morning, 45 children and adults gathered at the picnic pavilion in Molly Stark State Park to celebrate what would have been Tasha’s 104th birthday.
Angela Yakovleff, Pettee Memorial Library’s youth librarian led us in an opening song, then guided us all along the trail of Tasha’s pages. The kids giggled at the idea of a duck swimming in a dish, exuberantly told us how many sisters they themselves have, and ran through the grass to be the first to find the next page in the series. When the walk and story were finished, we blew out a candle for Tasha all together, and shared mini chocolate cupcakes in her honor.
Next, the children were given a list of natural items to find…one blade of grass as long as your hand, two acorns, three pebbles, four pieces of bark from the ground, etc. When they had collected all ten items, they made their own counting books with simple template books that we made ahead and bound with sticks and hemp.
It was a magical morning and a great pilot event for our newest initiative, the Tasha’s W.O.R.L.D project (Walk Outside, Read, Learn, Discover). We are looking forward to taking the next steps, collaborating with educators, artisans and naturalists, creating free curriculum and making these events and materials available worldwide!
Special thanks to Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, creator of The StoryWalk® Project developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Join us on August 26th at 10:30am for a Tasha Tudor StoryWalk® in Molly Stark State Park in Wilmington, VT. The Tasha Tudor Society in partnership with Pettee Memorial library, will present “1 is One” to commemorate what would have been Tasha’s 104th birthday. Come walk along with us as we read this Caldecott Honor book and discover Tasha’s counting treasures. We’ll have nature-based, Tasha-inspired activities for kids of all ages and a birthday snack. This is a family-friendly event, and grown-up kids are welcome too! All are welcome and admission is free. Meet at the picnic pavilion.
This event is a pilot for the Tasha Tudor Society’s new project collaborating with local educators, artisans and experts, as well as with libraries across the U.S., to promote literacy, exercise and appreciation of nature. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing all the details, so stay tuned!
Imagine a beautiful, family-friendly, public walking trail lined with the pages of one of Tasha’s most beloved children’s stories, accessible to all and free of charge. This was the vision of Carol Elaine Deys, chapter leader for the Tasha Tudor Society’s Finger Lakes Western New York Chapter, with her local library. Last fall, that vision became a reality.
The Macedon Public Library’s Storybook Trail was erected at the Macedon Canal Park – Lock #30 in October, 2018. Permanent display structures built by community members, Roger Hotel and Richard Deys, Sr., were placed along the walking trail to hold the pages of each chosen book. The first book selected for display was Tasha Tudor’s “1 Is One.” Since then, the trail and Tasha’s story have been enjoyed by countless Macedon residents and was even made an element of Macedon’s community Easter celebration this spring. According to Library Director, Stacey Wicksall, Tasha’s work is so harmonious with the trail’s natural surroundings that they plan to stay with the Tudor theme and display an ongoing series of her books there.
The Tasha Tudor Society was so inspired by this chapter’s project that we are developing a new Tasha Tudor StoryWalk® program to be launched next month. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting collaboration with Vermont educators, artisans and experts as well as libraries across the United States.
As the air turns crisp and the fall colors glow here in southern Vermont, the Tasha Tudor Society chapters have been celebrating autumn in true Tasha style.
The Central New York Chapter, one of our newest, served a “Harvest of Tasha Tudor Traditions” supper and washed it down with tea and Switchel. The meal was served overlooking gardens and a field of pumpkins. Former New Hartford, New York librarian, Barbara Brown, shared her knowledge and her private Tasha Tudor collection while Mary Spencer of Truxton, New York shared flower arranging tips and sent each guest home with a handmade harvest flower centerpiece.
In Mechanicsburg, the Pennsylvania Chapter commemorated the 80th anniversary of Tasha’s first book, Pumpkin Moonshine, with candle-dipping, cider pressing and a charming reenactment of the story. In the barnyard, guests read in unison while 4 year-old “Sylvie Ann” and dog, Cooper, chased a large, orange ball down from the cornfield with homemade, cardboard animals looking on. Finally, “Sylvie Ann” got to carve her pumpkin moonshine.
Keep your eye out for more fun and creative events hosted by our Society chapters this season, and if there’s a chapter near you, come join the festivities! Chapter events are open to all.
Do you think you’d like to apply to be a chapter leader? Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
As winter’s end approaches, the Tasha Tudor Society chapters are filling the calendar with many wonderful spring events. Contact a chapter leader near you to join in the fun!
On the weekend of April 20th-22nd our New Jersey chapter is organizing a group trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, an event Tasha used to attend regularly with friends.
On April 22nd our South Shore, Massachusetts chapter will host a “Potluck and Play” event including a beginner lap dulcimer lesson taught by the chapter leader in her home.
On April 28th our Pacific Northwest chapter will meet for tea and then a trip to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, a National Historic Site in Woodland, WA.
On May 1st our Pennsylvania chapter is returning to the Fashion Archives and Museum at Shippensburg University for this year’s exhibit, “The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby.” The exhibit will dress famous historical characters and bring them to life based upon descriptions from the books.
For detailed information and contacts for these upcoming chapter events as well as summer and fall offerings, visit our website’s Events page.
It has been a busy spring and summer for the Tasha Tudor Society chapters. The Pennsylvania chapter has hosted four events since May including a visit to the Fashion Archives & Museum at Shippensburg University, a lovely midsummer garden party at a member’s 1835 farm, a picnic luncheon preceding a tour of the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and a grand celebration of Tasha’s birthday.
The New Jersey chapter began their year by attending a Revolutionary Tea: a costumed, living history presentation of tea lore, history, songs and poetry at the Burlington County Historical Society. In April they held a lunch to welcome a new member and old friend of Tasha’s. And in July they attended a show of quilts and dollhouses at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA.
The Pacific Northwest chapter, our newest, hosted a gorgeous garden tea party in Puyallup, Washington last month in celebration of Tasha’s birthday and followed it up with a visit to the Portland Doll Show.
This month we are looking forward to two more exciting events: the New York chapter’s big, annual Gathering, “ROSES ARE RED” held at Macedon Public Library, and a visit to the new conservatory at Hershey Gardens hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter.
Our chapter leaders are doing a marvelous job of sharing Tasha’s work and making personal connections through the celebration of her way of life. If you are interested in joining a chapter, visit the Affiliate Chapters section of our website to find a chapter near you.