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Women Who Inspire Us: Pam Reino

May 2, 2012

Pam Reino is a name synonymous with goodness.  Every time we see her--at Ode, on Main St., around town--she is always doing two things: 1. wearing fabulous boots, and 2. planning a way to help someone.  From organizing a toy drive for families all over the Valley or finding a way to provide shoes to a teenage boy who has been wearing his sisters' hand-me-downs, Pam is making a difference in people's lives.  Her heart is so fully in the act of generosity that she winds up thanking us for helping her help others.  We think it's time to introduce you to Pam Reino, and it's time to thank her for all she does.

Pam Reino

Can you tell us about CSO and the kind of support the organization offers?
Clinical & Support Options (CSO) provides social and behavioral health care services to the residents of Franklin, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.  To learn more, you can check out the website at www.csoinc.org.  My current role at CSO is to provide outreach services.  I provide individualized support assisting people in accessing the community and gaining supports in the area of life skills.  Services offered are as follows: providing emotional support, symptom management, assisting in obtaining good medical care, conflict resolution, budgeting, advocacy, service coordination, and crisis intervention.  Prior to this, I worked for The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

What are some of the events you helped organize? 
This past year I coordinated a children’s Christmas toy drive for CSO, with several local businesses including Serio’s Market, Ode, and The Northampton Athletic Club.  My sister-in-law, Karen Boyden, was instrumental in assisting by asking her church (Faith Baptist) to sponsor specific families.

In the 1980s, my dear friend William Conroy was diagnosed with brain cancer.  I organized a benefit in his honor, to assist with his medical costs.  This was the starting point of the fundraising I have coordinated.

Aside from my work at CSO, I have coordinated numerous fundraisers and benefit concerts.  These were to benefit people and animals who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and the people in Haiti after the earthquake.  My most recent collaboration has been with Richard Richardson of the Goodtime Stove Company and The Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA.  Musicians have included the incomparable Charles Neville, Peter J. Newland and his band Radio Exile, Andrew Woodland & Appalachian Still, Matt Hebert, the Drunk Stuntmen, the Lonesome Brothers, Michael Gregory and Robert Markey and Lalit. The proceeds from these benefits went to the Humane Society of Louisiana, the Red Cross, Pure Water for the World, and Noah’s Ark.

What is one of your favorite stories from work?
Paul from Michelson Galleries told me that Leonard Nimoy was in Northampton to promote his upcoming project and was looking for people to photograph for his book. I was able to convince one of my clients to sit for some photographs.  Although she didn’t make it into the book, just meeting him made a great impact on her life.

What are some of your goals for the future?
I plan to continue to coordinate with Richard Richardson of the Three Sisters Sanctuary, to plan summer fundraising events.  We are particularly interested in working with the Wounded Warriors Project, Homes for Heroes, Shriners Children Hospital, and the Boston Children's Hospital Oncology Unit.

Are there any upcoming events or programs you would like to mention?
Richard’s website will include information of upcoming events: http://www.threesisterssanctuary.com

Three Sisters Sanctuary

Who are people who have inspired you?
Doctor Roy DeLamotte, my mother’s cousin, who fought for desegregation and civil rights, Cleveland Amory (The Fund for Animals), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Emmylou Harris, Dana and Christopher Reeve, and Andy Chapin (the Association, Steppenwolf, the Rick Nelson Band) for following his dream.

Artist Interview

Flora Reed and Philip Price of Winterpills

April 20, 2012

What's better than cozying up with a book, a soft blanket, and a hot tea on a rainy day?  We know: listening to Winterpills, the Northampton-born band, who will be playing at Ode on our lucky Friday 13th in April. Flora Reed and Philip Price of the dreamy Winterpills let us into their world for a few brief beautiful moments:

Flora Reed and Philip Price of Winterpills

How did Winterpills get started?
The band started very casually in the fall of 2003 as a few friends hanging out after shows and playing cover songs -- lots of Beatles, Neil Young, The Magnetic Fields, Leonard Cohen. It was borne of a mopey, rough winter for some of us, a song circle of heartache that eventually became Winterpills.

What are some of your influences?
The Go-Betweens, Lisa Germano, Elliott Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Eno, X, The Sundays.

Latest studio album from the Winterpills, all my lovely goners

What are your plans for the future?
Tour Europe, direct a movie, become master gardeners, raise a goat.

What is your dream project?
Build a memory farm in the desert.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

From "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas
Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me
Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand,
In the moon that is always rising,
Nor that riding to sleep

Photo Credit: Winterpills Flickr photostream

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
Philip: It's a sexy alarm clock. It can be either sex, and it can wake me up whenever it wants.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
That's a funny question for us. But we'll go with "Thirteen" by Big Star. Not a happy song, though.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
The other night when we watched the Macy's Day Parade float warehouse sequence in "Broadway Danny Rose".

If you were a piece of clothing what would be and what color/pattern?
Flora: A black and white chevron scarf.
Philip: a single black tube sock.

Flora let us play dress up!
Photo Credit: Chattman Photography

Where do you find inspiration?
Farmers, teachers, babies.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
"It was decidedly not a dark and stormy night. It was actually a very sunny night, and the weather was fine. Only, it was really weird. Because it was night."

Shipwrecks at low tide inspire us.

Artist Interview

Jillian Greg

March 23, 2012

The nature of Jillian Greg is a wonderfully complex one.  She is sweet, calm, gently spoken.  And then you meet her art: wildly elaborate and intricately imagined pieces of jewelry given second lives as wall hangings.  It's that kind of compelling juxtaposition that makes Jillian the best of both worlds: the understated meets The Statement.  Her WildFiber jewelry collection incorporates natural and found materials, freely exploring their artistic potential. Our March Arts Night Out fashion show--"The Wilds"-- showcased her work alongside the vibrant colors and prints of our new spring collections.

How did you get started?
I have been collecting beads and natural fibers for many years.  About six years ago I learned to weave the necklaces and they just reached out for exotic adornment.

What do you love about your job?
As a social worker, I am repeatedly struck by the strength of the human spirit, as well as a person’s capacity to change.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration from the people I love, music, beachcombing, Banyan trees, exotic beads, natural fibers, and tribal artifacts.

Jillian Greg's Jewelry/Wall Hangings will be on view at Ode for the month of March.

For more on Jillian Greg and her collection, visit www.wildfiberarts.com


Women Who Inspire Us: Emma Evans

March 14, 2012

Emma Evans is a lover of life.  You can see it in her face--and in the way she interacts with the world--exuding that elusive, infectious je ne sais quoi.  What's her secret?  Emma finds joy in so much: nature, fashion (we happen to know firsthand what a style-enthusiast she is), philanthropy, and community. She does what she loves and loves what she does.  Because of this inspiring lady, Ode chose Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for our "Fashion with Compassion" campaign--we will be donating 5% of our profits to it this March.  Emma graciously agreed to educate us about the what/when/where/why of the organization, and to share some of the secrets behind her spirit.

Can you tell us a little about Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary?
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the statewide non-profit, Mass Audubon. With the help of its generous members and dedicated volunteers, Mass Audubon protects over 34,000 acres of land – a number that is continuously growing. Each site is different, but Arcadia is a particularly special one. With approximately 700 protected acres of land, Arcadia is comprised of over five miles of trails, including one that is universally accessible. We offer an extensive education program that includes preschool, day camp, and a range of public programs for children, families, and adults. Arcadia is an incredible gem, set right between Northampton and Easthampton, easily accessible from main roads, and is the perfect place to come and learn about nature and wildlife, even if you don’t consider yourself an “outdoors person.” There is truly something for everyone here. The staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary also manage three other sites: Laughing Brook in Hampden, Lynes in Westhampton, and Graves Farm in Williamsburg.

How did you get started working at Arcadia, and what is your role there?
After a year of pursuing a master’s degree in Fashion Merchandising straight out of college, I decided to take some time off from school to reassess what makes me who I am. I started searching for jobs within organizations whose values align with my own. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary was seeking a Visitor Services team member, and I applied for the job. I’ve been working for Mass Audubon at Arcadia for just about one year now. On any given day, I answer phones, take program registrations, share information about the benefits of a membership with Mass Audubon, as well as generate and manage a lot of the public relations around the sanctuary. I am currently growing in a role in fundraising and marketing the sanctuary. At the moment, our team is also working on planning the most fabulous gala dinner to celebrate the success of our great blue heron rookery, which is the where groups of herons nest in the springtime. We had 54 successful nests last year, and there are generally two baby birds per nest.

What are the best ways people can get involved or make contributions?
There are three great ways to get involved with Mass Audubon – become a member, contribute, or volunteer. A membership includes discounts on day camp and public programs, a subscription to Mass Audubon’s great publications like our Sanctuary and Connections magazines, as well as the ability to visit any of our sanctuaries free of charge as often as you’d like. Most importantly, becoming a member helps Mass Audubon fulfill its mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts. If you are able to contribute above the membership level of giving, the money goes directly to supporting your local sanctuary. When you make a gift to Arcadia, it goes directly to helping local children and adults, and protecting the local landscape. Because of our heavy involvement with our members and our incredibly small staff, the infrastructure cost is very low, which allows us to keep gifts in the education program or land stewardship. Arcadia is always in need of volunteers for a host of different projects. If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering, contact Jean Frances, Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at jfrances@massaudubon.org.

Are there any upcoming events or programs you would like to mention?
There are three especially incredible events coming up! The first is “Big Night,” a family program at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on March 31st, beginning at 5:30 pm. This program is a great way to learn about vernal pools and the unique opportunity for breeding that they provide obligate vernal pool species, like salamanders, frogs, and fairy shrimp.

An opportunity for a hands-on experience helping out is our Statewide Volunteer Day, taking place on Saturday, April 28th. Two sanctuaries in this area will be participating – Laughing Brook and Arcadia. For more information, you can visit www.massaudubon.org, or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.
Last, but certainly not least, on Thursday, April 12th, we are holding a gala dinner at the Garden House at Look Park to celebrate the success of our great blue heron rookery. All ticket sales support land stewardship at Arcadia. This event is by registration only. If you’re interested in finding out more, send me an email at eevans@massaudubon.org.

Photo Credit: Leah Duran

Where do you find inspiration?
As you might imagine, I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. As far back as I can remember, I have loved drawing trees and leaves. In college, I would sketch them in the margins of my notebooks. The reverence I feel for nature is reflected in my style as well. I love simple, organic pieces of jewelry. My jewelry tree is adorned with pendants made of geode sections, bracelets carved into feathers, necklaces of silver and gold leaves, and one made of dried acai berries. My favorite piece used to belong to my Grandmother. It’s an heirloom silver cuff bracelet etched into the shape of a bald eagle with a piece of turquoise set in the center. I tend to choose garments made from rich, nature-hued textiles; silk patterned with gorgeous floral, loosely knit cotton dip-dyed in shades of blue, mimicking the sky or the ocean. I find it awe-inspiring that the rich purple mountains not so far off in the distance are the backdrop to my everyday life. It’s hard not to be inspired by the wonders of this vast, gorgeous planet!

Who is your role model?
I have so many role models. I especially admire my mother and father: both talented and gifted in completely different ways.

What is your dream project?
One of my deep passions is darkroom photography. I love hand-developing film and making prints. My visual studies usually surround different shapes and textures, and I love to photograph women. I have always wanted to shoot the cover of Vogue. Soon, I’ll actually be completing a more attainable dream project of mine – setting up a raised bed garden! I do my best to eat local, sustainable produce, and love the idea of subsistence farming!

What are your plans for the future?
In terms of the immediate future, my partner and I are lucky enough to have been offered the live-in caretaker position at another Mass Audubon sanctuary, Laughing Brook, in Hampden, MA. There, we hope to continue carrying out the organization’s mission of conservation, advocacy, and education in the Springfield area. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my love of nature, and continue to be inspired by the truly great things that Mass Audubon does for Massachusetts and our community.

One of my favorite places in the world, with my love. Happiness, love, beauty – so deeply inspiring.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book? 
“The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost is a poem I’ve loved my whole life. My dad used to read it to me when I was young. My favorite part:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern? 
I think I’d be a beautiful scarf. A dear friend recently told me that they’re my trademark piece!

What's the first line in a book about your life?
Gosh, I just don’t know…! I think you’ve got to know how it ends to know the beginning, right?

What is your favorite word, and why?
I love the word, “lively.” For me, it conjures up images of spring! Grass growing, buds opening, wind dancing lightly.

What's your go-to "happy" song? 
I absolutely adore the song, “Stay Young, Go Dancing,” by Death Cab for Cutie.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Be patient.

What super power would you like to have, and why?
I’d like to have the ability to be in two places at once! I’d love to be able to travel the world, while also remaining local and tending to my day-to-day responsibilities.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I am so lucky to have a partner whose sense of humor keeps a constant ache in my cheeks from smiling so hard. We laugh every day. It’s a great life.

Artist Interview

Hearts In Hand

February 9, 2012

As a very special treat for February's Arts Night Out Liz Sandler and her ukulele return to Ode, this time with her friend Jacob Porst accompanying her on the guitar. Liz is very dear to our hearts here at Ode, she has been with us since we opened and never fails to make us laugh. We are looking forward to their cheerful style and listening to renditions of classic love tunes from the likes of AC/DC and Steve Martin.

Hearts In Hand will perform live at Ode on Friday, February 10th from 6-8pm

What are some of your influences?
J: Volume, words, and sounds are a few.
L: Guilt and whimsy.

What are your plans for the future?
J: Provide a good service and express myself.
L: I’m hoping to take some interior design classes and see where that goes.

What is your dream project?
J: Two cellos, electric guitar, two drumsets, one electric bass guitar and everybody sings, sometimes all together and sometimes not.
L: Sandler sibling band.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book? 
J: “At a wedding, you realize, the distance between family members.” –Porcelin by American Standard (Porcelin is spelled like that)

Where do you find inspiration?
L: So many things inspire me, but I get really excited about architecture. I love being in a well designed space and feeling the thought that went into it.
J: Sadness, objects, stories.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
L: Don’t make excuses.
J: Aim high, stay low.

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
J: Eliminates dust from my room. Actually the robot is a room that eats dust and turns it into light.
L: It’s a tiny robot that lives in my ear and whispers correct answers to math problems. It also tells inappropriate jokes.

What is your favorite word, and why?
J: “Uuuhhh.” Because it is does not have a definition.
L: Umlaut. It’s fun to say. But I don’t know if I pronounce it correctly.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
J: “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen
L:“King & Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men. I’m going to see them in April, and I’m crazy excited.

If you were a piece of clothing what would be and what color/pattern?
L: Something with stripes and pockets.
J: Dark purple pants.

What is your least favorite board game?
J: They are all my least favorite until after I start playing one.
L: I like most board games. But I dislike almost all card games.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
J: Welcome to the most uninspiring book you will ever start and then never finish.
L: You’ll have to buy the book.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
L: Yesterday, at something my coworker, Jenessa, said, or possibly sang. It’s hard to remember exactly what it was because this happens almost every day.
J: This past December in my garage with three friends. One of them said another “owed pushups” because we play a game in which losing requires doing pushups. Except someone suggested that Pushups was a person and that we actually owed them money. What really got us crying was describing to each other our imagined appearance and characteristics of Pushup. Who is your Pushup?

A picture of something that inspires me:

L: This is a photo of a manatee and some fish from National Geographic. I love sea creatures and I love the ocean. I also really like the idea that photos like this can capture scenes and moments I would never see in person, but they can still make me really happy.

J: I find this picture inspiring because I am in awe of this creature. I met it last summer and maybe we'll run into each other again when the weather is nice.