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Dedication of the Pathways Butterfly Garden

This morning the dedication of the new butterfly garden at Pathway’s for Children was celebrated with speeches of thanks, and a song and poem performed by the Pathways children. The sun was shining, the bees and butterflies were on the wing, and there were lots of smiles of joy on the faces of the children and attendees. My most heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciation to all who have given so much to make the garden a success!

Pathways for Children butterfly garden -3 ©Kim Smith 2014

Pathways for Children butterfly garden -4 ©Kim Smith 2014

Just some of the wonderful people who made the garden possible: Andrew, Bernie Romanowski, Beth Graham, and Peter Van Demark

Pathways for Children butterfly garden sunflower ©Kim Smith 2014

Pathways for Children butterfly garden before ©Kim Smith 2014

Before Photo Pathways for Children

Pathways for Children butterfly garden -8 ©Kim Smith 2014

Pathways for Children butterfly garden -7 ©Kim Smith 2014

See previous GMG post on the new butterfly garden at Pathways here: HOORAY FOR PATHWAYS FOR CHILDREN’S BRAND SPANKING NEW BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Hooray for Pathways for Children’s Brand Spanking New Butterfly Garden!

Pathways for Children we ©Kim Smith 2014HOLY CANNOLI and WOW–look how fantastically the Pathway’s Staff is taking care of their brand new one-month old butterfly garden–every plant looks well-loved!!!

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden BEFORE ©Kim Smith 2014 copySpring 2014 Before Photo

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden  After ©Kim Smith 2014.

Same View After Photo ~  July 18, 2014

Elizabeth's Toad ©Kim Smith

Toads Welcome!

My sincerest thanks to Caroline Haines for her vision to create a butterfly garden for the children at Pathways. 

Thank you to the many donors who have made the butterfly gardens at Pathways possible. 

Thank you to the Manchester Garden Club for their tremendous assisitance in planting the garden.

Thank you to the volunteers from Liberty Mutual for tearing out the old plantings.

And special thanks to Bernie Romanowski, Pathways for Children facilities director, for all his hard work and his extraordinary care and attention to detail, from the project’s inception through its continued maintenance. Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Zinnia ©Kim Smith 2014. Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Sunflower ©Kim Smith 2014.Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2014.Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) ~ Notice the pretty moth nectaring from the milkweed in the upper right. The gardens are alive with pollinators of every species imaginable, including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, songbirds, moths, and sundry insects!Bernie Romanowski ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

 Bernie Romanowski

Manchester Garden Club at Pathways ©Kim Smith 2014Manchester Garden Club

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Antennae for Design ~

The architectural details of the trellis and picnic table were designed to be a coordinated focal point in the garden and planned to be stained a classic seaside blue. Why would we want to paint or stain the trellis and not simply allow it to gain a weathered patina? From an aesthetic point of view, the wood used for both the picnic table and trellis are two different types and will age very differently from each other. If this were a very large garden, it wouldn’t matter so much, but in a cozy garden room such as this, the difference will become quite noticeable and unappealing over time. Additionally, the blue will offset the flowers and foliage handsomely and is a cheery choice with children in mind.

From a very practical standpoint, untreated wood will quickly degrade in our salty sea air and neither piece will last more than ten years without protection. An opaque stain is the best solution because as the trellis and picnic table age, the obvious differences in wood will be disguised. An opaque stain also requires the least amount of effort to maintain over time.

Rotting untreated trellis ©Kim Smith 2014The above is a photo of untreated trellis, allowed to weather, and was installed approximately ten years ago.

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On Behalf of Pathways for Children and Myself ~ Thank You to the Beautiful Manchester Garden Club Ladies!!!

Manchester Garden Club at Pathways ©Kim Smith 2014After months of planning and coordinating, this week we installed the new butterfly garden at Pathways for Children. We’ll be bringing you more updates from the garden but I wanted to first thank our super hard-working, fabulous and fun, beautiful team of volunteers from the Manchester Garden Club. We planted the garden in record time due to their can-do-attitudes. Thank You Ladies–you were simply the BEST!!!

And, success! As Bernie Romanowski, the facilities director, and I were tidying up, not one, but two butterflies stopped by to investigate the new garden, a Cabbage White and a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. I wished our volunteers had seen that. Plant and they will come!

New Butterfly Garden at Pathways for Children!

Pathways before -2©Kim Smith 2014Breaking Ground!

Pathways Before ©Kim Smith 2014Pathways for Children “Before” Photo

This week we broke ground for a butterfly garden at Pathways for Children. I think it has been several years since Caroline Haines, the COO of Pathways, and I, first began discussing the possibility of a pollinator garden for Pathways. Then in the summer of 2012 we had an amazing Monarch Butterfly program for the children, and believe me when I write that it was truly a fabulous event because it just so happened that very day, several of the caterpillars pupated right before the children’s eyes! Caroline, the teachers, and the students had the “bug.”

After meeting with Caroline, Pathway’s Bernie Romanowski, and teacher Sandra, we determined the best use of the space would be to create an outdoor classroom within the flowering pollinator garden—no easy task as the front elevation is one long narrow sliver of space. Fortunately, though, the front of the building also faces primarily south, which is ideal for planting the most fun and colorful of butterfly, bee, and songbird attracting plants.

Pathways Liberty Mutual Volunteers ©Kim Smith 2014Liberty Mutual Volunteers

Bernie secured a bobcat for exactly two hours and proceeded to rip out the overgrown and diseased trees and shrubs. Under Bernie’s direction, we were then joined by a dream team of volunteers from Liberty Mutual who, in less than five hours, completely transformed the front to the beautiful canvas you see below. A fence, two- foot wide trellised pergola, and table are yet to be installed. And, the Manchester Garden Club has graciously offered to lend a hand with the planting!

Bernie Romanowski ©Kim Smith 2014 copyThe Amazing Can-Do Bernie Romanowski

Pathways new butterfly garden ©Kim Smith 2014Our Canvas

Stay tuned for more updates to come!

The Landing @ 7 Central ~ Chelsea Berry: Celebrity Bartender for Pathways for Children.

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 This Wednesday, über-musical talent, Chelsea Berry steps behind the bar to bartend for Gloucester’s Pathways for Children from 6 to 8pm.There will be a raffle with 100% of the proceeds going to Pathways. Tickets will be 1 for $10 or 3 for $20 and prizes will include Landing gift certificates, bottles of wine and liquor.Come out and support Chelsea and Pathways for Children!

7 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massach

Treetop Yoga Benefit for Pathways for Children

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Hello,

I am excited to announce that Treetop Yoga has chosen Pathways as the beneficiary of this month’s Karma Class.  The class will be held on Sunday, January 26th, 6:30-8pm at Treetop (7 Parker St. in Gloucester).  This class is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to try yoga or the long-time yogi, every level is welcome.  Come out on Sunday evening to show your support for Pathways and Treetop and enjoy a relaxing, restorative evening – I guarantee you will leave with a smile. Treetop Yoga also hosted a toy drive for our Holiday Store this year.

Join Katie to honor Pathways for Children with a sweet, playful flow to warm the body preparing you for a soothing restorative sequence to open the heart and calm the mind. All levels will benefit from this heartfelt class dedicated to the children of our community.

All Karma Classes are donation based. Minimum donation of $10 recommended.

Katie O’Malley has been a devoted student of yoga for over a decade and became a certified yoga instructor with Kim Valeri at YogaSpirit Studios. She is also a certified mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer. She holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

http://treetopyoga.com/workshops.html

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Please don’t be shy – I just started yoga last year and Katie was my first teacher, she is friendly, patient and very welcoming.

I hope to see you there!

Best, Jill Cahill

Communications & Special Events Coordinator

Pathways for Children

29 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

978.281.2400, ext. 154

Pathways For Children Power of Reading Workshop February 6th

Pathways for Children is offering a free parent/caregiver workshop: The Power of Reading, on Monday, February 6th at 29 Emerson Ave. Gloucester,MA.  Coffee and refreshment will be served at 8:30 am  followed by an informative and compelling presentation at 9:00 am  by children’s librarian and educator, Martha Morgan of Rockport.

The workshop will include; the “Do’s and Don’ts to remember when reading aloud, how to choose a great read aloud book, answers to questions parents often ask and much more.  Parents/caregivers of children under the age of six can register to attend with Amy Larsen at 978 281-2400 x120 or email alarsen@pw4c.org.  This is made possible through a MA Department of Early Childhood Education & Care grant and Pathways for Children.

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Rare Albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Many thanks to Caroline Haines, the director of Pathways for Children, for forwarding the photos of the rare albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The photos were shot by Kevin Shank and four of his sons over a several day period in late August. Caroline has a love for butterflies and birds, and nature in general, and brings her passion to the programing provided for the children at Pathways.

The above photos were taken in Virginia at the beginning of the hummingbird’s annual southward migration; it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that we may see an albino hummingbird visiting our Cape Ann feeders and flowers as we are in the same migratory corridor.

A true albino hummingbird, as is the above bird, has snowy white plumage and it’s eyes, legs, and bill are pink. True albinos are extraordinarily rare. Leucistic hummingbirds are still rare but are seen more often than true albions. Like the common Ruby-throated Hummingbird, leucistic forms have black, feet, bills, and eyes, but their feathers are some version of white, gray, buffy, and tan; not the typical shades of green.

Leucistic form and common Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Image courtesy Hilton Pond Center.

Pathways For Children Snow Ball Dec 17th

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SAVE THE DATE:  Pathways for Children is hosting a Snow Ball on Friday, December 17th from 7:00 – 11:00pm at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square.  Please join us to eat, drink & be merry!  Sumptuous appetizers and cash bar available.  Tickets, $40 each, will be available beginning November 22, and can be purchased in Gloucester at the Deborah Coull Salon (116 Main Street), Pathways (29 Emerson Avenue) or by contacting Pathways at 978.281.2400×154 or cdellaporta@pw4c.org.  We hope to see you there!

Parent & Baby Walk & Talk on Thursday, October 14th at Pathways for Children

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The Cape Ann Partnership for Children and Families is hosting a Parent & Baby Walk & Talk on Thursday, October 14th at Pathways for Children located at 29 Emerson Ave., from 10:00am to 11:30am – rain or shine!  All parents and children, 9 months and younger, are encouraged to join us to meet new families, enjoy fresh air & exercise, learn more about programs for families on Cape Ann and share a healthy snack and social time.  For more info or to register please contact Amy Larsen at 978.281.2400 x 120 or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Thanks for helping us spread the word,

Carla

Pathways For Children Annual Coat Drive

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The Pathways for Children Social Services Department is beginning the annual coat drive. If you have very gently used or new winter coats, please think of the children of Pathways; ages range from birth to 12 years. Coats can be dropped off in Gloucester at our 29 Emerson Avenue location or at Kid’s Closet located at 205 Main Street. For more information, please contact Diana at 978.281.2400 x320.

Pathways for Children Mini Cooper Car Raffle

Hi Joey,

Would you please post the below info and attached photo on
Good Morning Gloucester when you get a chance? Thanks so much!

Pathways for Children is thrilled to kick-off a car raffle
for a 2010 Mini Cooper in support of all Pathways programs. Ticket price
is $100 and only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are selling quickly so don’t
miss your chance! Tickets can be purchased in Gloucester at:

Pathways for Children @ 29 Emerson Ave.
Willow Rest @ 11 Holly St.
Gorton’s @ 128 Rogers St.
Deborah Coull Salon @ 114 Main St.

Official Rules and Tax Information can be found online @ ww.pw4c.org. Raffle drawing: October
20, 2010. Winner need not be present to win. For more information,
call 978.281.2400×154.
Good luck!
Carla Dellaporta
Development Associate
Pathways for Children
29 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
978.281.2400 x 154

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com