Don’t these cookies remind you of the Virginia Lee Burton children’s story The Little House?
My friend Briar made this gorgeous gift of fabulously delicious baked treats for my family. The bursting-full-of-yumminess box contained gingerbread cookies, Willowdale signature cookies, pumpkin bread, and apple cake (her Italian grandmother’s recipe), which Briar enhanced to include cranberries.
Imagine, as the prorpietor of Willowdale (she employs over 100 local people), Briar still makes time to bake and hand decorate cookies and treats for her friends and family. Very fortunately for we, her friends, she bakes throughout the year, not just at Christmastime!
Briar has perfected her gingerbread cookie recipe. The “Little House” cookies not only look amazing, they are actually super delicious as well (which isn’t always the case with gingerbread house dough).
What The Little House would look like on a snowy day just like today!
Virginia Lee Burton daisy sun detail.
The Little House images are courtesy of a google image search.
This year I was lucky enough to acquire one of the limited-run wall hangings created in printer Julia Garrison’s studio & shop, The Sarah Elizabeth Shop, in Rockport. The piece hangs near our dinner table and I stare at it during every meal, surprised every time by the beauty and the level of detail in the design.
The wall hanging was printed from a block carved in 1950 by local artist Delores Rapp, who was trained by Virginia Lee Burton, the founding member of the Folly Cove Designers, so it is only fitting that over six decades later, prints are being made from the block using the same Acorn Press that was used by the Folly Cove Design Collective, which Julia uses in printing both archival and her own original designs.
Julia prints this piece in a few different colors. Mine is printed in red ink on a natural linen background.
This year, the current owner of the vintage block (Delores Rapp passed away a few years ago) came to Julia and they worked out an arrangement that allows Julia to print a limited run of wall hangings from the block. All the wall hangings are hand-printed and sewn locally, using archival ink on linen, which lasts forever, so your descendents will still be enjoying this pieces many Christmas moons from now.
You can purchase the hanging (and see other options for ink/background colors) directly from Julia online HERE. Or better yet, go see her in her studio/shop this weekend at 5 Whistlestop Mall in Rockport to see the wall hangings — and her other wares — in person.
This piece is bound to be an heirloom in our own family — I am already attached to it more than pretty much any other holiday item I have — and will no doubt be equally as meaningful in the homes of every one else who gets their hands on one. It is beautiful both for the amazing design (when you consider that every detail was hand carved!) and for its connection to our local and current artistic heritage.
I’m sorry my photos don’t do it justice. Check it out at Julia’s online shop or in person to get the full effect of these limited-run pieces.
Just some of the detail of the design.
I’m going to break this down to one a day. It is in reference to the Massachusetts Municipal Association has awarded the Gloucester HarborWalk with the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award in which Gloucester competed against 351 other communities and won.
Catherine Ryan writes-
Here are some of the story moment markers as they appear on ghwalk.org on line that the Massachusetts Municipal Association mentioned in their release for the HarborWalk award.
T.S. Eliot, Virginia Lee Burton, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Greasy Pole St. Peter’s Fiesta
There’s content generously provided from many sources including Good Morning Gloucester contributors (Joey, Fred, EJ, David, Fr. Matthew Green…)!
Virginia Lee Burton HarborWalk Story Moment #30
On Saturday, September 25 from noon to 3p.m. Cape Ann TV is having a unique fundraiser event at the Gloucester home of Virginia Lee Burton, a Folly Cove artist and beloved children’s book author. The events will include a sing-a-long with the Plum Cove School children; Jojo from the children’s television show “Jojo’s DreamCart” will lead children in interactive drama games based on “Katy and the Big Snow”; arts activities with Art Haven and Valerie McCaffrey; storytelling with Lucille LePage; scavenger hunts; picture taking with wooden cut outs of Burton’s storybook characters; and a chance to bid on a rare original Virginia Lee Burton linoblock print, printed by the Sarah Elizabeth Shop. No on site parking, parking is available at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester where a CATA trolley will pick you up and bring you to the event.
Chickity Check it!
Special family event scheduled: “Honoring Virginia Lee Burton:
A Family Arts Celebration” on September 25
Cape Ann families and visitors are invited to join in an exciting special event,
“Honoring Virginia Lee Burton: A Family Arts Celebration,” on Saturday, September 25 from Noon to 3 p.m. At this event, visitors will have the unique opportunity to explore the grounds of Folly Cove designer and author Virginia Lee Burton on 1255 Washington Street where she created her timeless children’s books.
Some of the special arts activities planned for the event include: touring the grounds of the beautiful Gloucester home of Virginia Lee Burton; taking pictures with characters Little House Katy the Snowplow, and Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel, Mary Anne; blockprinting activities for all ages with Art Haven from noon – 2:30 p.m.; art projects with Valerie McCaffrey, Drama games with JoJo from JoJo’s DreamCart at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; a Family Scavenger Hunt at 1 and 2 p.m.; and the Plum Cove School singers perform children’s music at 1:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and plan a picnic or enjoy light snacks that will be available to purchase. The suggested donation is $5-$10 per family to benefit Cape Ann TV.
The event will be a fun and enjoyable way to celebrate the work of a beloved local author and her life in the City of Gloucester.
The event will be held rain or shine and a CATA shuttle bus will transport visitors from the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester to and from the grounds – no parking is available at the site.
The event will benefit Cape Ann Television, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public access television station that offers many educational and training programs and resources to the Cape Ann communities. We invite everyone to share in what should be a very memorable event! For more information, call Cape Ann TV at 978-281-2443.