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Year in Review: 2020

In March, as the pandemic took hold, a post with a photograph of Tasha Tudor went viral on Facebook. Why? Tasha embodies fortitude and perseverance, and the post brought strength and inspiration to those needing support during difficult times. 

Here is just a sampling of what we’ve been up to over the past year:

We’ve produced two 20-page, full-color issues of The Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, thanks to our supporters who made this gift to each other! The Fall/Winter issue featured a look at Tasha’s love of literature as revealed by her library, a subject suggested by a member. As Tasha said, “There are certain books that you enjoy as a child, but when you read them again as an adult you find there’s nothing to them. But then there are others that you get just as much pleasure out of.” 

Sharing Tasha’s New England legacy, we recorded an interview with the Brattleboro (Vermont) Words Project, to be released in 2021 as part of the Brattleboro Words Trail, an audio trail enjoyable from anywhere in the world.

The Society also presented our work to Marlboro, VT residents through a virtual meeting facilitated by the Marlboro Community Center. Townspeople shared recollections of Tasha, including her drawing demonstrations at the annual town fair; inviting local children over to try on her antique dresses; marionette shows; Stillwater parties and much more.

Around the country, Tasha Tudor Society chapters found safe ways to celebrate what would have been Tasha’s 105th birthday in August, embodying her spirit of ‘Taking Joy’ in the deep connections chapter members have made.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter’s Valentine meeting (before the pandemic.)

All year long, we share Tasha’s illustrations on social media, injecting bits of brightness and peace into an often charged atmosphere. Though we mourned postponing Phase II of our W.O.R.L.D. Storywalk project in this tumultuous year, we are grateful for all the joy and delight we were able to share.

Illustration from Tasha’s 1961 book Becky’s Christmas.

We extend our full gratitude for your support this year. We send our very best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Last Chance for Issue #14

If you’re excited to read the Fall/Winter issue of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, we remind you to join or renew your membership, starting at $35, today! 

With the pandemic canceling so many of our events, we need your help in raising the last $1300 today, November 1st. Can you help us share Tasha’s world of peace and contentment? 

Make a donation today, and you’ll also enjoy our adorable 2020 Membership gifts before they’re gone (scroll below to see them). Please go to our Levels and Benefits Page for more details.

In appreciation, 
The Tasha Tudor Society

P.S. Membership current up to Nov. 1st? No worries, you’ll be on the mailing list for Issue #14. If you have a question about your membership, e-mail Cheri@tashatudorsociety.org.

Get Ready for Journal Issue #14!

If you’re as excited as we are to read the Fall/Winter issue of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, here’s your reminder to join or renew your membership on or before November 1! 

As the days grow shorter and colder, isn’t it nice to have a reason to come indoors and enjoy a quiet moment to ourselves? Tasha’s world of peace and contentment will be arriving in your mailbox by late November. The next issue of our ad-free, full-color, 100% member-supported, printed Journal contains:

  • Have you ever wished you could spend an afternoon in Tasha’s home library? Enjoy the feature article about her library, by member request.
  • Photographer Richard Brown’s memories of his time with Tasha.
  • Chapter activities
  • Book Anniversaries
  • Your letters and more!

Your donations help make the Journal happen, so we send many thanks to all our generous 2020 donors. We couldn’t share Tasha’s inspiration without you!

Make a donation today, and you’ll also enjoy our adorable 2020 Membership Benefit gifts before they’re gone (scroll below to see them). Please go to our Levels and Benefits Page for more details.

In appreciation, 
The Tasha Tudor Society

P.S. Membership current up to Nov. 1st? No worries, you’ll be on the mailing list. If you have a question about your membership, e-mail Cheri@tashatudorsociety.org.

New Jersey Families Enjoy Tasha Tudor’s Holiday Traditions

The Tasha Tudor Society’s mission is to connect people through the world created by Tasha, and our chapters do an incredible job of bringing Tasha’s world to life for people young and old.

Last week, New Jersey families flocked to the Hamilton Township Library for Story Hour where Deborah Walker, Outreach Coordinator for the Society’s New Jersey Chapter presented a program called “The Animals’ Christmas” for local preschoolers. Children and adults alike enjoyed hearing about the charming and unusual ways that Tasha included her animals in her holiday preparations and festivities. After the presentation, the children decorated paper trees with animal sticker ornaments.

This was just one of many Society chapter events held around the country this holiday season. Because of the work of our chapters, every day more and more people are introduced to the special magic of Tasha’s world and welcomed into her circle of kindred souls.

If you’d like to learn more about Society chapter events and activities or to find some near you, visit our website’s Events page. And if you think you might like to start a chapter in your area, click here to download application materials.

Tasha’s Birthday: A StoryWalk® Celebration!

Photo by Kelly Fletcher

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. 

Photo by Kelly Fletcher

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.

Photo by Kelly Fletcher

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!

Photo by Kelly Fletcher

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.

Celebrate Tasha’s Birthday with StoryWalk®!

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!

Tasha Tudor Day Celebrations

from Tasha’s 1956 Caldecott Honor book 1 is One

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.

A Tasha Tudor Storybook Trail

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.

Macedon families enjoy reading “1 is One” while walking along their new Storybook Trail

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.

A springtime walk along Macedon’s new storybook trail

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.

Last Day of Spring Membership Drive

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.

Summer 2019 Newsletter


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.

New Membership Benefits

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.

*The 10% discount only applies on www.tashatudorsociety.org website, not on http://www.tashatudorandfamily.com website.