as I sit on this rainy winter’s day, my mind wanders to warmer seasons and I was reminded that I had yet to share this little snippet. you may already know that I have a huge business crush on chive events - I love their business model and whether a wedding or one of their suppers, I truly enjoy working with them. the day was perfection and I had my husband in tow…we juggled cocktails and cameras and enjoyed an amazing view, the late afternoon sun, and a nosh or two all while benefiting charity at Thomas Jefferson’s summer home in Manchester-by-the-Sea. each supper supports a non-profit and on this day, proceeds from the Supper On the Sea were donated to Change Is Simple, Inc., whose approach to educating about our environment is quite inspiring. chive’s “hooked” event was quite amazing too if you missed that post here…along with some “behind the scenes” in their kitchen…and a wedding of one of their own, here.
I was introduced to Christmas Tree Santas at a small community fundraiser – I was so moved by what they are doing that I offered photography coverage of their 1st [of 3!] Christmas tree giveaways this season. I think that I fit into the category of most – thinking of those in need at the onset of holiday season – donating coats, canned goods, or Christmas presents for children of local families…and the regular deposits into the salvation army bucket every time I pass one. so it never occurred to me that the seemingly simple process of purchasing a Christmas tree could be out of reach for those fallen on hard times. and how the absence of that tradition could create a more difficult holiday for the children of those families. Christmas Tree Santas estimates that they will give away 500 trees this month in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Georgia. they work with local agencies to determine those in need, and the families are given vouchers for their tree and also leave with a stand and a bag of ornaments. on the day of our 1st snow, families were greeted by santa, candy canes, trays of cookies and treats, and lots of amazing volunteers that gave hugs, helped to select trees, ran chainsaws, and tied trees to cars. and the cars………they just kept coming……..a reminder to be thankful for what we have, and for what we are able to give. there was a bit of magic in the air blowing around with all that snow and I was truly moved by the spirit of Christmas.
nikon F100 | 85mm 1.8 | kodak portra 160 | film processing + scanning donated by The Finer Image
The women of Chive – innovative, committed, crazy talented – and all served up with a side of grace. They hosted their 2nd Sustainable Sunday Supper “Hooked” in late July where I was introduced to their focus of sustainable event design and catering. The event included local purveyors who not only donated their time, but their wares as well… and the proceeds helped raise the needed funds to purchase a tractor for the Food Project, a Boston-based non-profit which provides urban youth the opportunity to experience sustainable agriculture. I am enamored with their commitment to the community and responsible business practices without comprising style and of course, fabulous flavor. Their next Sunday Supper, Fire + Flannel, is planned for October 30th and should be a must-attend on your calendar…see you there!
Thank you, Ladies, for welcoming me into your community… and I look forward to your next creation.