We recently saw this lovely painting of herbs, annuals, and perennials that are good for the bee population. Most of these we already plant at Wintergreen, but this year, we’re going to plant them all. Come to Wintergreen and see the bees in action!
So while you’re dreaming about spring, grab one of those seed catalogues that seems to come in the mail at this time of year (whether we order from them or not!) and make sure that heliotrope, cleome, and zinnias are on your list.
Red boots, red coats, red sweaters, red scarves, red books, red guitars, red socks (not the baseball team)… it was a red letter day for sure! Thanks to everyone who contributed to make the Red Boot Benefit and Festival such an extraordinary success. Save those boots for next year … sometime in February, we’ll kick up those red heels again.
Spectacular snow day (If you didn’t have to drive).
And we didn’t have to drive. Today was the first full day of Lorna’s winter writing retreat, and those of us staying at Wintergreen were completely snowed in. A foot of snow on the lane way, with some drifts waist high.
All of us happy. Warm. We enjoyed a splendid ratatouille and polenta lunch (with tomatoes harvested from the garden late in the fall). Walks in the woods. Poems. More poems.
The Red Boot Benefit is just around the corner. Wintergreen is buzzing with activity, as Lorna Crozier’s workshop begins in earnest tomorrow morning. On Saturday, we’ll hear her, along with Swamp Ward Orchestra, in Kingston’s spectacular Memorial Hall (with the red rug). The afternoon will be filled with delights—we’re completely overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm around this first-time event.
Some people have asked… can we buy tickets at the door? YES! Absolutely!
Do we have to wear red boots? NO! (but it would be fun if you did—there have been some delightful postings on Facebook of boots we can expect to see).
Is it possible to follow the event on Facebook and Twitter? YES! #redbootbenefit
Most people reading this post will know that Wintergreen is an off-grid educational retreat centre. Powered by the sun. Fed by the nearby gardens. Energized by the people who come through our doors. Our programs in the fine arts, outdoor arts, and domestic arts focus on mindful living and simple abundance. We love re-claimed materials—like the recycled glass and architectural artifacts in our buildings, and the twice loved furniture that graces the lodge.
But some of our programming happens off-site, too. Today, there were several workshops held at Queen’s on Sustainable Food and living mindfully. They’re all downloadable from the education tab. Learn more about our workshops at the Red Boot Benefit! #redbootbenefit
There’s nothing like the perfect food and wine pairing – except, perhaps, for the perfect celebrity and lunch pairing. Silent auction “pairings” for a private lunch include Peter Milliken at (with?) Casa Italian, Helen Humphreys at Le Chien Noir, Steven Heighton at Dianne’s Fish Bar, and Larry Scanlan at the River Mill. Each a perfect pair. For more information about the Red Boot Benefit and the silent auction, click here for details. Tickets available at Tara, Novel Idea, Trailhead, Sustainable Kingston, and online.
Wondering about the silent auction items at the Red Boot? One set of items features entertainment: tickets to the Kingston Symphony, the production “RED” (yes, really!) by Theatre Kingston, Kingston WritersFest, and Cantabile Choir concerts. Or if you’d rather enjoy music in the comfort of your own home, Triola will perform in your living room, playing the music you most want to hear! Check out all of the possibilities at the Red Boot Benefit page under the events tab. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online. Part of the ticket price will be receipted for tax purposes.
You may have noticed that we’ve been posting lots of news about the Red Boot Benefit on Facebook lately — we’re ramping up for the big event! If you live in Kingston, Westport, or Perth, you may have seen our posters around town. Thanks to all of our partners who have been telling people about the Red Boot, including Living Rooms, Novel Idea, Sustainable Kingston, Tara Foods, Westport Well, and Trailhead. It’s getting close… if you don’t have tickets yet, you can get them from our partners, or online.
But what is the Red Boot Benefit about, you might ask? Well, it’s all about supporting our work in sustainability education. Workshops for future teachers. Growing your own food (even if you live in an apartment). Reducing consumption. Reducing use of non-renewable energy. And most important of all — enhancing quality of life. Because sustainability isn’t about deprivation. It’s about abundance. Simple abundance.
Join us on February 1 at Memorial Hall and experience the art of living sustainably.
The Red Boot Benefit is only 48 sleeps away!
Join us for a lively afternoon and experience the art of living sustainably. Learn, listen, and linger with Lorna Crozier and the Swamp Ward Orchestra, take part in the silent and live auctions, and enjoy local food and libations. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online. A charitable receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. The event takes place at Memorial Hall, 2-5 pm, February 1.
Click on the images to learn about some of our contributors and exhibitors!