Our deepest thanks go out to everyone who has donated to our April membership drive. If your membership has expired (check your member card if you’re unsure), and if you’d like the summer newsletter to arrive in your mailbox, remember to join or renew your membership today.
You’ll be able to read Leigh Madalinski’s account of turning toward the call of a Tasha Tudor lifestyle in our featured article, Patience and Wonder.
Read about the discovery reported to us by members Linda and David Berg and scholar Jeanette Knazek’s preliminary research.
Hear the joyful accounts of chapter gatherings, upcoming events and find out about the newest chapter.
We enjoy preparing new original content for each issue but we can’t do it without you. Make a donation today In thanks, The Tasha Tudor Society P.S. Memberships are valid for one year from your donation date. If you’ve joined or renewed in the past 365 days, then no worries; you’ll be on the mailing list. P.P.S. We are seeking submissions for our Winter 2019/2020 Issue. Find our more over on our submission guidelines page.
We are so very pleased to introduce our limited edition member thank you gifts. After a good hearty search for the very best, we have come away with an array of lovely gifts that you’ll most certainly want for your very own.
The new First Delights basic membership level (now $35) will receive a membership card, subscription to the biannual printed newsletter and an acknowledgement in it. At the Forget-me-not level, we add the popular round stickers with images chosen from those used in the newsletters.
For Brighter Garden members, you’ll receive all the above plus the new limited edition gift tags and 10% off goods in Tasha Tudor Society’s online store.* Available items in the online store include back issues of the newsletters, exhibit prints, exhibit postcards and more.
At the Springs of Joy level, we now offer a special diminutive tote bag which was crafted with certified organic cotton, fair wages and fair labor in India. The tote bags were then printed in Vermont by a company that uses environmentally friendly ink cleaners, collects packaging from the local community for re-use and offsets their electrical usage with solar power credits.
Common Hours members will receive all of the above plus two of our new notebooks which are made using recycled or responsibly forested paper and are printed with vegetable-based inks by a company that goes on to do more good for the planet: planting at least one tree for every order received; eliminating toxic cleaners in their printing house; reducing wasteful use of paper and using power entirely generated by the wind.
Mother Goose members will receive all of the above plus the new tea towel made from 100% organic cotton that was grown and processed in the U.S. before being printed in Michigan.
We hope Tasha’s example of living in harmony with the natural world, one of the foundations of her lifestyle, will inspire you as you use the thank you gifts in your daily life.
We send heartfelt thanks to our 450 donors who gave in 2018. You donated your time, goods and/or money and by so doing, voted to say ‘Yes, Tasha’s way of life remains important.’
I’ve seen reports that children know up to 200 logos, but can’t identify one leaf. I know of many adults who dream of being in touch with their creativity, but can’t see a way. With our new member benefits project done, Chapter offerings shored up and growing, we’re ready to move on to developing programs. I’m so grateful to do this work together.
Sincerely, Amy Tudor Director
P.S. The ONLY way to procure these new items is by becoming a member or by renewing your annual membership between January 1 and December 31, 2019.
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.
Every day you are making a difference in the world by taking Tasha’s messages to heart. Every time you show optimism in the face of difficulty, you are living Tasha’s message of “Taking Joy.” Every time you choose to add beauty to your day, you are living Tasha’s message.
Tasha, in turn, felt resonance with an Oscar Wilde quote:
“We are all of us are in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Whether he meant to encourage us to always see the optimistic view of life or meant for us to pursue our loftiest goals, undeterred by challenge, the message has a resounding impact on how we think and therefore live.
Thank you to all of those who support the Tasha Tudor Society’s mission of connecting and inspiring people through Tasha’s world by making a donation. Please consider becoming a new member or renewing your current membership today.
Issue #8 of the printed newsletter is now shipping to your mailbox! For history lovers, we recommend starting with Discovering Tasha’s Family Heritage written by consulting curator Jeanette Chandler Knazek. This issue also contains reports of the Society Chapter events, news from Japan, annual member recognition and more! There was so much news to report, this issue burst forth from twelve pages and became a sixteen page newsletter.
Every once in a while, we print extra and ship to the entire mailing list. Email us to be added to the traditional mail list or, more reliably, become a member to receive these beautiful pages in your very own mailbox.
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.
Although it has been a difficult decision for us, we have opted to let our exhibition space rest for the 2017 season and, in its place, we are opening up new opportunities for participating in Tasha Tudor’s legacy.
While Tasha Tudor was still living, plans for having a Museum ‘in town’, separate from her home and gardens, made sense. Now that Tasha’s home is more or less maintained by her family as a privately owned museum with a limited number of tours each season, the general public frequently assumes that the “Tasha Tudor Museum” refers to her home. Visitors from near and far have arrived at the Museum and only then understood that the building was not her home. Her actual homestead cannot be run as a typical house museum due to residential zoning regulations and limited driving access on single lane, dirt roads.
Your support over the past ten years has given us courage to face this challenge head on. First, we are changing our name from the Tasha Tudor Museum to the Tasha Tudor Society. We believe that Tasha Tudor, like Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter, for example, is deserving of an organization to champion her life and legacy. Additionally, newly hired Sarah RobbGrieco will support and grow our chapter offerings as Director of Chapter Affiliations. Having 10 years experience as a director of non-profits herself, Sarah brings professionalism, warmth, creativity and budgetary awareness to this position. We know that Tasha Tudor lovers are eager for us to operate a place to visit. So, we are considering working with local libraries, organizing pop-up exhibits and other ways to keep Tasha Tudor’s work accessible to all. There will also be a concerted effort to produce Newsletters and other communications on a more regular basis.
As we steer this ship into a different current, there will be some choppy seawater before we emerge onto the calmness of a new, righter course. Think of Tasha in her 50s: leaving the red clapboard New Hampshire home she’d restored and raised her family in, the gardens she’d cultivated, the familiar landscapes she’d painted. She dug up her mature, prized plants and drove them in her old Land Rover to the new homestead in Vermont. In order to fulfill her dream of living in Vermont, she was willing to depart from her previously traveled path.
We invite you to navigate this path with us as we implement these changes incrementally. We want to hear your voice. We invite you to continue writing notes about what is important to you; we love reading them and want to hear all perspectives as we forge a strategic plan for the Tasha Tudor Society.
P.S. The next eighty donations of $25 or over will receive a packet of Tasha’s Welsh Breakfast Tea in thanks for your support of this transition!