Parties & Openings
April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
Trade Secrets: It’s A Good Thing For Gardeners And WSS
Lisa Green reports from Sharon. “Has anyone seen Martha?” called out a portly matron in canvas sunhat to no one in particular early on at Trade Secrets. No one answered her, but everyone knew who she meant, because everyone knows Trade Secrets, the rare plants and antiques extravaganza in the Litchfield Hills, is Martha Stewart’s preferred plant sale of the year. And, indeed, she was there, but so were legions of gardeners who come to Elaine La Roche’s Lion Rock Farm each year to gild their gardens with items proffered by vendors that come from near and far. (At left, Kent Hunter of Hunter Bee, who was on the planning committee, and Vicki Kirkpatrick, the event coordinator.) Most important, they shop and engage in plant talk for a vital organization, Women’s Support Services (WSS), which focuses on domestic violence intervention and prevention in northwest Connecticut and surrounding towns in New York and Massachusetts. Now in its 14th year, Trade Secrets is a well-oiled machine and the foremost fundraiser for WSS, but there’s always something new to see. Antique pig troughs, anyone?
Martha Stewart inspects the merchandise.
From Women’s Support Services, the beneficiary of Trade Secrets: Liz Davis, a counselor advocate, and Jamel Bonello, a volunteer with WSS; Italian Terrace‘s Liz Goodrich partnered with Roy Mattson of Tectona Garden Furniture for the event.
John Thomas and Richard Yurko from Sharon didn’t have far to travel; Christine Owen, who chaired the sign committee, with artist Beck Oakley, who creates bronze figures.
Barbara Beringer traveled from New York City and Robin Robbins from Scarsdale; Mark VandenBosch and Hunter Runnette from the Berkshires.
Libby Horn comes from Chicago each year to go to Trade Secrets with her daughter, Brittany Horn Bromley, who lives in Westchester.
Makristo Farm’s Christa Stosiek enjoys the sunshine; Pom Schillingford takes a break with Heidi Hendricks, who co-chaired the antiques committee.