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!
Eleven years ago, Tasha Tudor admirer Clarice Fox-Hughes of the Storybook Woods blog, dubbed Tasha Tudor’s August 28th birthday Tasha Tudor Day. She said ““Really I would love it if the whole world would stop and remember her. This could simply be sitting in your garden with a cup of tea, reading her books, doing a sketch or just stopping to smell the roses. On Tasha Tudor’s birthday, let us all remember her and how she has inspired us to live.” Her idea caught on and people the world over began celebrating Tasha’s birthday.
This year, on what would have been Tasha Tudor’s 104th birthday, we encourage you to reflect on what Tasha’s life meant to you. You may wish to pull out her books, whether you have one title or a large pile, and sink into their pages once again. Perhaps make a pot of tea and take a moment to look upon all the good in your life with Tasha’s example of ‘taking joy.’
Or if you prefer a more lively celebration, gather friends and loved ones to make a craft, enjoy cake, ice tea and watch the documentary Take Joy.
If you are fortunate to live near one of our existing Chapters, you are invited to join in the festivities. Remember, you do not need to be a member to participate.
The following Tasha Tudor Society events are scheduled this year:
~August 24 Yamanashi, Japan Tasha Tudor’s birthday celebration at the Tasha Tudor Museum Japan
~August 24 Medford, NJ A celebration of Tasha’s birthday
~August 24 Macedon, NY ECHOES OF HER VOICE: Inspired by the Joys of Tasha Tudor program
~August 26 Wilmington, VT “1 is One” Storywalk® Debut
~August 28 Lititz, PA High tea at A Tea Affair to celebrate Tasha’s birthday
For more information about each event, please visit our Events page.
Tasha was known for saying she had no message to share. She was essentially simply living her ideal life which has made a world of difference to countless millions.
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.
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.