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Creative expression is integral to our philosophy at Ode. On the second Friday of every month, we host ARTS NIGHT OUT, a soiree featuring artists of all ilk and inclination: poets, dancers, designers, makeup artists, and musicians. Bring a friend, have a drink, and surround yourself with art and community.

Hawthorn

August Arts Night Out at Ode was filled with music, beauty, and harmony...the sweet sounds of Hawthorn, the dream duo of Taylor Holland and Heather Scott. It was the best end of summer, pre-solar eclipse celebration: songs about the natural world and wild feminine power. Thank you to Heather and Taylor for singing summer into the sunset. (Plus, Ode turns 7 this month, so thank you for the birthday gift!)

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Auction for Action

Inspired by the artists and activists all over the country who are finding creative ways to be proactive, we organized our Auction for Action, featuring jewelry, art, and clothing to support the LGBTQ community, near and far. All proceeds to be donated to two non-profits working for the LGBTQ community: Out Now, a non-profit in Springfield which provides a safe space to LGBTQ youths through education, community, and outreach, and to the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization for transgender people. To support the LGBTQ community is to support our friends, our family, our sisters, our brothers, our trans-feminine daughters, our trans-masculine sons, and our gender non-conforming children. WE RAISED OVER $9,000, ALL OF WHICH WILL BE DONATED TO OUT NOW AND NCTE. THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE’S SUPPORT!!!

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MarKamusic

Want to know the perfect mid-summer band? MarKaMusic. With their latin flavor and festive vibe, this musical crew delivered the perfect June tunes at Ode. Dancing ensued, as well as an overall atmosphere of warmth and community. We loved having them once again to fill our boutique with worldly music. Until next year!

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Flower Potluck

April showers bring May flowers, so what better month to gather together our friends and their foliage for our annual Flower Potluck. Lucky we had Alison, our resident florist and beauty arranger to help turn the simplest stems into works of art. As always, we loved to see the creativity and thought you all put into your creations. 

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A Night of Poetry with Debora, Dora, & Amy


April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
Memory and desire, stirring 
Dull roots with spring rain. 
                 -T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland"

April may be the cruellest month, complete with rain and dull roots, but it was made less cruel by Debora Kuan, Dora Malech, and Amy Dryansky, who read their poetry amongst friends and fans at Ode. Making the night a bit sweeter was the blooming photo-scape by Chattman Photograph. 

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Signs of Spring

Okay, so it's still snowing. And we can see our breaths conmingle when we whisper outside. But it's coming! No, not winter (though we are Game of Thrones' fans). Spring!!! We decided to welcome Spring—and help it on its way—by giving new life to fallen logs and branches by filling them with living plants. Artist Todd Lynch of Ecotropy Landscape Design brought homegrown tea and creative inspiration to the party. Then you brought your scarved selves and your creativity...and the living centerpieces brought Spring to Ode.

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Love Songs with Kimaya Diggs

Hearts aplenty at Ode with Kimaya Diggs and her three part musical exploration of the Stages of Love: New Love, Messy Love, Enduring Love. And she made us Valentines! Nothing sweeter, or more needed, than a warm heart on a cold night. And there were so many at Ode our windows fogged up. Love is all, and music by Kimaya Diggs just adds to the all. 

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Wingmasters and “The Bird Lady” Julie Anne Collier

There is not better way to start a new year, especially this year, than with Julie Anne Collier and her Birds of Prey. Wingmasters is a birds of prey rehabilitation center dedicated to helping injured raptors back on their wings. We spent two hours filled with awe, appreciation, and reverence for the resilient nature of Nature, when it is deeply cared for. A lesson for us all. And those owls are the cutest!

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Jewelry Wonderland

'Twas a sparkle-fest at Ode at this holiday party, featuring jewelry from Shana Gulati, Love Heals, and K/LLER Collection. K/LLER's very own Katie deGuzman showed up, decked in sequins and her awesomely rock-n-roll self. And because we have been both naughty and nice, GlamSanta arrived to say hello and "ho ho ho". Then we all made memes (and memories) together! Here are some stills from our winter wonderland soiree. 

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Wishlist Party w/ The Sea The Sea

"She's made a list, 
we've checked it twice, 
so shopping for her 
will be easy and nice.
It may be cashmere, 
or it may be laced...
You know she'll love it 
(she has good taste)!"

Thank you to everyone who shared a warm, music filled night making wishes with us. The Sea, The Sea brought their beautiful harmonies and friends to Ode, and once again we were in the company of our favorite people.

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Hand to Home: A Gathering

It was the Friday after Election Day. It had been a really hard few days for a lot of us. But you all dragged your puffy eyes and heavy hearts into Ode and gathered for a night of beauty, art, support, and friendship. Cara Taylor of Taylor Ceramics and Kim Rosen of Fayce Textiles led the way with their artisan, handmade homewares and their generous spirits. We've never hugged or been hugged by so many at Ode than this night. Thank you, our Ode Tribe. We are always stronger together. 

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Georgia Rae

With that voice, that sound, and that name, Georgia "Gigi" Rae made us certain we were in the presence of a burgeoning greatness en route to some big stage. She graced our humble one at Ode on a Fall night, alternating between sweet acoustic and bluesy electric sets, accompanied at times by The Sun Parade's Chris Jennings. We can't wait to hear more from Georgia Rae...we know we will. 

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Art Bar with Thea

Thea Price-Eckles—artist, bar-queen, and wood-turner—mixed and muddled the night away with us. We were invited into her laboratory of cocktails and cherry wood accoutrements: reamers, muddlers, hairpins, and honey-dippers (all as fun to look at as to say), and handed a tasty test tube. Just the night (and nip) we needed to welcome fall's arrival.

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Garden [Birthday] Party!

Charlie Chaplin wrote, "As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow." That's been our mantra this year at Ode, and it inspired our Garden Birthday Party, a night of celebrating a place made possible by you. Ode turned the BIG SIX amidst blossom bundles, petal punch, Kiera's Cookies, a floral photobooth, and our beloved Tribe. Everything surrounding us has continually invited us to grow. 

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Flower Potluck

With summer come flowers. With flowers come bouquets. Our second annual Flower Potluck at Ode was a blooming success, full of friends and color, petals and leaves. We love our Tribe coming together to make creative, beautiful things. Thank you to all who brought your gardens to us!

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Stories & Stones: Paintbox Theatre and K/LLER Collection

A Double Feature at Ode this June: K/LLER Collection trunkshow AND live storytelling by Tom McCabe of Paintbox Theatre (the non-profit recipient of our June's Fashion with Compassion). Tales were told, laughs were had, chokers were fastened, and cuffs were worn. A dazzling performance all around!

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Shana Gulati

Nothing could stop Shana Gulati from getting to Ode: not five hours of grueling traffic, not jetlag from traveling back and forth from India to New York, not the fact that it was Friday the 13th, a day famous for its inauspicious lore. Despite all, Shana got here. And we're so glad she did! Her jewelry is enough to make you fall in love with her, but getting to spend some QT time with her will reaffirm your affection. She's a badass with a soft glow, a business woman with a creative flare, and just the person you want to have a drink with after a long day. Thank you, Shana Gulati, for your no-nonsense, all-glitz way of being and way of making. 

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Poetry with Dora Malech and Sadie Dupuis

It was lot of poetry and a little Smutt on the second Friday in April at ode. Dora Malech and Sadie Dupuis provided the rhymes, meter, and verse, while Jessica Rice, self-proclaimed "Smuttynose Brewery Brand Ambassador", poured sour beer and spread sweet cheer. What better way to honor poetry month than to raise a glass and listen to the work of two professional wordsmiths. 

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Feb ‘16: Break Into Blossom

Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.
                                 -James Wright

Love, flowers, poetry, and creative play. Not a bad way to kick off Valentine's weekend. Armed with pressed flowers, glass frames, and a line of poetry, you all created beautiful pieces of art. You are all so ever-inspiring to us!

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Jan.‘16: Wingmasters

Julie Anne Collier and her beautiful birds did it once again. Men, women, and children came from near and far to hear the sounds of the screech owl and listen to the teachings of a woman who literally lives birds. As in: lives with and lives for the raptures she saves through her Wingmasters rehabiliation organization. Mark your calendars for next January, and come early. The house gets packed from wing to wing. 

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Dec ‘15: Holiday Party w/ ARC IRIS

A magical, gold-winged, glammed out holiday party with ARC IRIS. Nothing warms the heart and ignites the spirit more than the coming together of beautiful music and wonderful people. It was a wonderful year with all of our friends, and this was a great way to finish it off. Happy Holiday to all...and to all, many good nights like this one.

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Nov ‘15: Brewmasters - Blue Dragon Apothecary and New City Brewery

Lavendar and lemongrass sugar scrub? Chamomile and elderberry honey? Spicey ginger beer? We'll take one of each! Thanks to Emma Donelly and Carrie Desmarais of Blue Dragon Apothecary (you must go there in Greenfield!) and to New City Brewery, it was an evening of mixing, concocting, and exploring all things medicinally beneficial and deliciously sweet. 

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Wish List Soiree

She's made a list,
We've checked it twice, 
So shopping for her
Will be easy, and nice.
It may be cashmere,
Or it may be laced,
You'll know she'll love it
(she has good taste)!

This was the first of our private, Tribe Wishlist Soiree, a night where our loved ladies can make their wishlist, raise a glass with a friend, open a bottle of champagne with a sabor (thank you Sebastien of Convino), and indulge in some beautiful food (thank you, Kevin of Electric Cocktail Party) to really start off the holiday season with style. 

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Oct. ‘15: Madness & Poetry

A beautiful night of poetry, complete with bejeweled headpieces and masks, as is the Ode way. Arda Collins, Ish Klein, and Greg Purcell read from their trove of poems and we "Came as Our Madness." We listened to the honed tones and surprising lyrical turns made possible by the genius of these three poets as we shared drinks, laughter and our own mad, lovely, human experience.

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Sept. ‘15: Ginger, Jeans, & the “Ode” West

Locally brewed Ginger Libation, a slew of jeans, and a Wild West Photo Booth [Chattman Photography] all came together to put the best kind of hitch in our giddyup. Most impressive was the ferocity and grit with which each Wild West woman (and man) wore their denim, swung their lassos, and whet their whistles in this Ode saloon. 

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August ‘15: Ode Turns 5!

Ode celebrates the big Cinco with music (thanks MarkaMusic!), custom sheetcake (with your pretty mugs!), horse balloons (giddyup!), and all of you! It's been such an inspiring, colorful, fashionable, heart-filled, and art-filled adventure with our Tribe. We can't wait for the next half of our decade with you. 

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July ‘15: K/ller, Cider, Sea

It was a trifecta of good taste at Ode this July, featuring K/LLER Collection and Seaworthy jewelry, along with libations from The Artifact Cider Project, all small USA-based companies gaining reputations for providing artisinal insights into what people want to wear and drink. Katie deGuzman, a rising rockstar (along with co-designer Michael Miller) in the jewelry and eco-fashion worlds, showcased her newest Evolution collection, and Portland based designer Marisa Howard traveled across the country to bring us her wear-everywhere-always accessories. We were in some very very good company. Cheers!

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June ‘15: Festival

Festival season brings all good things to the stage: fringe, fashion, friends, and music. Our mini-Festival at Ode brought people together for a night filled with all those good things. With alternating sets by The Dire Honeys and The Kuhns, followed by an impromptu encore of "House of the Rising Sun" by converging duos, there wasn't a minute unfilled. Julie Hogan of Julie Lillian jewelry set up a headband and braiding workshop in the back, so one could wear flowers (or crystals or fringe) in one's hair. Nothing better than being in Ode when people are playing dress-up and dancing to great music with friends and family. Here's to a summer filled with festivals, big or small.

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May ‘15: Gypsy Hair

As the summer temperatures rise, so too does our hair. We wanted to expand our horizons past top-knots and ponytails, so we asked stylist Laura Acerra to join us at Arts Night Out to show us the many other ways. By the end of the night, it was a parade of "undone" up-dos, wraps, and braids. On top of our hands-on hair tutorials, our racks were filled with our made-in-the-US Gypsy05 Trunkshow: dip-dyed and tie-dye dresses, tops, and scarves. We literally had "bohemian" down to a tee...and a knot.

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April ‘15: Forestbound & Co.

A night with old friends and old bags...well, new bags made out of older, repurposed materials. Alice Saunders of Forestbound & Co. brought her beautifully durable and nostalgically one-of-a-kind collection of tote bags to Ode for Arts Night Out and we got to see, feel, and buy these pieces of history. They say "to love and be loved is the greatest gift of all." But to be loved twice is even better. Thank you to Alice for giving well-loved fabric a chance to be loved again.

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March ‘15: Dream Weaver

We love craft nights! It turns adults into kids and kids into dreamers and makers. We decided to take the wall-hanging trend that's all over Pinterest into our own hands and create personalized home decor. Deconstructed dreamcatchers and prettified sticks were just part of what came of the night. We invited all our guests to add their own spin on our communal wall hanging, which turned out so incredible that we now have it featured in our window. Thank you all for your artistry, "tapestry", and company. 

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February ‘15: Secret Holiday & Co.

Yes. It's Ok. Be Brave. Be Kind. Stay True. Such simple words of wisdom, advice, and reassurance from Ashley Brown Durand's hand-made banners started so many long conversations at Arts Night Out about what we need to tell ourselves, and what we need to hear from others. What speaks to you? Are you a "Yes" kind of person, or do you need a little "Be Brave" in your life? These deceptively uncomplicated banners provide forays into the spirit. Thank you to Ashley and her Secret Holiday & Co creations for starting the conversation, and reminding us daily that "it's ok", or it's going to be. 

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January ‘15: Wingmasters

We were once again en"raptor"ed by Julie Anne Collier and her live birds of prey. Educational, magestic, the adorable (those owls!), the night made January and all its blizzards and blustery winds totally worth it. We'll see all our feathered friends again next year! For the month of January, we will be donating 5% of our profits to Wingmasters, Julie Anne Collier's raptor rehabilitation facility.

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Dec. ‘14: Holidays with The Sea The Sea…and GlamSanta

Our holiday was made merry by the sounds of The Sea The Sea, harmony driven indie-folk duo from New York. And it was made even happier by the appearance of a very special sky-high-heeled someone...GlamSanta! For the second year in a row, GlamSanta has graced us with his "presents". While the intricately sweet sounds of The Sea The Sea filled the room, he composed his list. Results are in: the Naughy list is veeeerrrry long. 

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Nov. ‘14: Fall Wreath-Making

Some people go into the woods to live deliberately. At Ode, we brought the woods...along with some accoutrements...to us. Full foliage in effect this November, along with artisan-like craftsmanship, as we wrapped, cut, twisted, feathered, and twined our holiday grape-vines. As always, the Ode Tribe proved to be inspiringly creative, demonstrating that beauty is in the hands of the wreath-maker. 

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Oct ‘14: The Royal Frog Ballet

It was a night full of magic, brought to us by the Royal Frog Ballet. In front of a rapt (and fashionable) audience, a chorus of other-worldly spirits and woodland creatures sang songs, told stories, and recited poetry in praise of mold, earth, life, dirt, and...very convincingly: winter. They also gave us a lot of good ideas for Halloween! 

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September ‘14: All Things Liz

Liz Sandler helped us greet the arrival of Sweater Weather with her handmade scarves, wall hangings, and blankets. With fire for hair and a smile like hot cider, warmth seems in Sandler's DNA. Now she's clothing us (and the walls) with cozy cables and knits. What better way welcome Fall than with All Things Liz. 

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August ‘14: The Sun Parade Birthday

Ode turns four! Serenaded by The Sun Parade and fed A LOT of cake, the night couldn't have been sweeter. The Ode Tribe once again hammed it up in the Chattman Birthday Photoscape, with handmade garland by our Liz Sandler. Nothing better than celebrating another year full of fashion, art, beauty, and heart with our growing circle of friends. Our wish came true!

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June ‘14: Find Your Spirit Animal

Creative energy roared through ode at our Spirit Animal event as we channeled our inner wolf, fox, peacock, panda, or horse. There was quiz taking, journal making, print perusing, and art happening everywhere. Helen Miller brought her tribal/folk inspired greeting cards and helped the aesthetic direction of our cutting, pasting, and collaging. There was a cameo appearance by Scout Cuomo, whose Spirit Animal art/photo collaboration with Jo Chattman graced the walls. We had a howling good time at ode that night. And yes, we do know now what the fox says.

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May ‘14: Fiesta!

What better reason to throw a party than the arrival of Spring? So throw a party we did. MarKamusic helped put on our dancing sandals, and a Chattman Fiesta Photobooth threw sombreros on our heads. Add a few Frida's and some salsa, and we had ourselves a fiesta!

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April ‘14: Lila Rice

We just took a class in Geometry this past Arts Night Out. The teacher: jewelry designer Lila Rice, whose dramatically simple designs prove that a circle is not just a circle and a triangle is not just a triangle, but they're platforms for possible beauty. And in this case, they're also all wearable. Yep, it's official: we're hot for teach. Lila Rice's geometric jewelry collection is still available at Ode.

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March ‘14: Charm and Lore Workshop

Once again, our customers and friends wowed us with their flair and creativity at our Charm and Lore Workshop. Inspired by our Spring '14 "Folklore Collection," March's Arts Night Out was all about telling your story and showcasing your unique style by creating one-of-a-kind pieces: talismans, keychains, earrings, necklaces, and other accoutrements. We provided the workings, you provided the spirit, heart, and artistic expression. We're ever awed by our  Ode Tribe. 

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February ‘14: LOVE FEST

It was a total Love Fest at Ode on Valentine's Night as we indulged in frosting-laden cupcakes from SugarBakers Cake Truck, draped our bodies in Love Heals jewelry, and kissed our loved ones (and maybe a few cute strangers) in our Chattman Kissing Photo-Booth. Thanks to all who spent their night with us. We heart you.  

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Jan. ‘14: Wingmasters and “The Bird Lady”

We officially reached capacity at Ode this January. It was a feat in and of itself, but considering it was snowing that afternoon, and human hibernation reaches its apex this time of year, it must really mean something: we've got a thing for birds. Raptor guru Julie Anne Collier would stop us right there with a correction: we've got a thing for birds of prey. Falcon, eagle, hawk, owl, kestrel--they were all here at Ode, along with half the town, as Julie Anne Collier, raptor rehabilitator and educator, enlightened us in the wild and fascinating ways of her feathered compatriots. Wingmasters--we'll see you again next January! 

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December ‘13: “Fa La La” with Dennis Crommett & Friends

Happy was merry and winter a wonderland at Ode's Holiday party this December. Musician Dennis Crommett and friends performed festive songs with complete originality and heart--there was a rock 'n roll Let It Snow, a bluesy Merry Christmas, Baby, and an extra special Santa Baby, featuring our very own Jess Lauren. As if that wasn't enough...Ode had a very special guest fly in on his glam sleigh and sit down with all those naughty and all those nice folks at the party. Happy New Year to all of you!

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November ‘13: Wreath-Making Workshop

This month, the featured artist of the night was YOU: the wreath-makers, branch-cutters, ribbon-twisters, and leaf-braiders. We got cozy and crafty all over Ode. Sticks were strewn, berries were flung, and all your beautiful creations were given life. No better way to welcome the season of family, friendship, and festivity.

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October ‘13: Masquerade Ball w/ The Intimacy Dance Project

It was a night of romance and intrigue, masquerade and mystery. Lead dancer Troy David Mercier walked (or, floated) into Ode with an inimitable elegance and, like a troubadour, presented each of us with an fiery orange rose. Black lace adorned the eyes of many, and dance erupted in every dark corner (and window). The Intimacy Dance Project lived up to its moniker, and we were all encouraged to experience with close proximity the energy of their improvised dance. Chattman Photography captured the fleeting moments and movements. The whole night was a wonderful dark dream. You had to be there. We hope you were.

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September ‘13: Gail Travis of NFP

September's featured New Form Perspective clothing collection is both down-to-earth and other-worldly: architectural, intellectual, mutable...and totally wearable. Which makes Gail Travis a kind of fashion god. Ethereally beautiful with her halo of blonde hair and radiant smile, it wasn't hard to pay attention to Gail as she twisted, turned, snapped, and wrapped her clothes from one form to another. It was a night of transformation...and of course, some wine and laughs. We are so grateful (and a bit in awe) that Gail traveled to Northampton to meet and dress our Ode tribe.

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August ‘13: Sugar, Love, & Honey

Ode turned 3 in sweet, sweet company. Not only were we surrounded by our beautiful and ever-inspiring friends, customers, and Tribe members, we were serenaded by the Dire Honeys, fed a haute desert by Philip Kruta of Whisk, and layered in Love Heals jewelry. Music, decadence, fashion, and friends...we couldn't ask for better birthday gifts. Thank you to everyone who continues to make Ode a place of community, art, goodness, and beauty. 

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July ‘13: Trifecta Effect

According to the rule of three, everything is inherently better when more than two and fewer than four are at play. That must've been why we had such a packed, happy house this July at Ode. Designers Katie deGuzman of K/LLER Collection and Erin McNally accessorized the place with handmade jewelry lines, and Perry Huntoon provided the set with her art installation: "Not Quite Here." It was a bona fide triple rainbow at Ode, complete with a pot of gold...and brass and silver.

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June ‘13: Flower Potluck

Ode was abloom in June with our Flower Potluck, featuring bouquet-making demos by garden maven, Gloria Pacosa. Friends and families foraged for flora and shared their findings with Ode's Arts Night Out community. All we needed to make the magic happen: some stems, some scissors, a little jar, and personal flare. We came, we shared, we created.

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May ‘13: Tat2 Jewelry

It was a star-studded night this past Friday at Ode. The star: Briana Erin. The stud(s): Tat2, Briana's elegantly edgy jewelry collection, complete with swarovski crysals, vintage coins, and yes, delicately adorned cascades of studs. California born Briana Erin was a ray of sunshine, all warmth and sparkle, and we're grateful she let us keep a little of that light here at Ode. We had another star leaving his spark that night: Greg Sagan, Ode's own Fabio, is leaving Northampton to brave the western wilderness that is Colorado. We will miss his drink-slinging, his romance-novel looks, and his big, kind heart.

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April ‘13: Ode Spring Fashion Show, featuring poet Dora Malech

April is poetry month. It is also the month for Spring to show her pretty colors and for wardrobes to lighten and brighten. What better way to highlight Ode's Spring Collection than with a fashion show full of stunning women led by our poet/muse, Dora Malech, author of Shore Ordered Ocean and Say So. The night was ripe with inspiration, fashion, and beauty. Some words were rhymed, some wine was poured, and dresses were in full bloom. Spring, we are ready for you.

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March ‘13: Tarot

Thanks to sage Carolyn Cushing, and a Chattman Photography photo booth, the Tarot became us March, Arts Night Out. Informed and inspired by our past, present, future, our wants and desires, couples became The Lovers, a girl turned into Empress, women were crowned as High Priestesses, friends morphed into Magicians. Turns out, Ode is full of a bunch of cards.

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February ‘13: Songbird Sings

A snowstorm may have postponed February's Arts Night Out, but it could not stop the songbird from singing. Robin Lane and her lovely entourage sung songs with a healing message. Part rockstar, part philanthropist, Robin Lane is the embodiment of what we love at Ode: inspiring art and a generous heart. Not to mention a voice that won't quit. Thank you, Robin, for sharing with us a life that touches many and songs that lift the spirit. [And, Happy Birthday Viveca.]

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January ‘13: Wingmasters

Even the icy grip of winter couldn't stop people from flocking to Ode for the return of "The Bird-Lady" (Julie Anne Collier) and her feathered friends. Owls, falcons, eagles, kestrels—ranging from 7 ounces to 7 foot wingspans—spread their wings, and we were once again awed. Thank you, Julie Anne, for your compassion, for your knowledge, and for those majestic birds of prey. Maybe next time, you'll let us keep the owl? For the month of January, Ode will be donating 5% of profits to Wingmasters.

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December ‘12: Holiday Party featuring Zumbyes

For Arts Night Out in December, we sang goodbye to 2012 with a little help from the Zumbyes, who charmed us with their songs, smiles and novelty ties. A look back at these photos will have you wishing you could relive the songs and celebration, so don't forget to watch the video. Thanks to all the friends who came to toast the holidays with us!

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November ‘12: Coco Bijou

We got an early dose of holiday sparkle on November's Arts Night Out, thanks to maker-of-all-things-beautiful Nicole Racicot of Coco Bijou. Queen of the understated statement pieces, Nicole takes organic shapes, adds a feminine touch, and creates modern classic jewelry. The night was filled with "oohs" and "ahhs" and so much laughter that some people lost their voices. Thank you, Nicole, for traveling all the way from Montana to grace Ode with your art and lovely self.

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October ‘12: Beauty Tricks and Treats

This October, we decided to trade in ghouls and goblins for pretty things and talented beautiful women offering up beauty tricks and sweet treats. Thanks to Laura Acerra, Katie Clifford, Andrea Waller for braiding us into goddesses; My Nguyen for making masterpieces of our nails; Jess Lauren for massaging our hands with her magical Olive Natural Beauty products; and last but not least, thanks to Persia Garland for her all natural, vegan, and extremely delicious chocolate confections. "Trick or Treat" has never sounded—or looked—so good.

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September 2012: ON THE ROAD Fashion Show

With the Adventurer as our muse, we took our fall collection On The Road for this September's Arts Night Out. Our beautiful nomads walked the "road" at Ode and then headed out the door to spread a little beauty to the women of Northampton. Where will this season take you? We hope somewhere beautiful and inspiring. From boots to coats and scarves to skirts, we're here to adorn you for whatever adventures are in store.

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August 2012: Ode turns 2!

This August, Ode turned 2 and we celebrated in style with the Women of the Loft, 10 jazz vocalists led by the fabulous Brenda Hickson, accompanied by a jazz trio. We were serenaded, and we were painted (thanks to face-artist Catalina Lapointe). Music begot dancing and dancing begot Ode's first ever conga line. A BIG THANK YOU to all our customers who have become wonderful friends over these last two years. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by beauty and heart. Ready for our Terrific Two's!

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July 2012: Ode BAZAAR

Wearable art is our favorite kind. That's why this July--on Friday the 13th, no less--we were some very lucky ladies. Set to the beats and visuals of DJ Ahmed Samy (who has quickly become a staple and favorite of ours), Ode became the pop-up locale for 5 beautiful and talented designers featuring their "wears."

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June 2012: Rabid Fox/Fleathers

There's a palpable wilderness about Linda Smyth, artist/designer of Rabid Fox and Fleathers.  A combination of of-this-world and otherness.  Her jewelry harnesses the ferocity and exotic beauty as only found in nature.  Each design takes on a life of its own. A seemingly innocuous octopus engulfs an entire finger.  Two bees buzz and kiss below knuckles.  And those earrings!  It was a night of totemic proportions.  Ahmed Samy stopped in to spin for us, and we were under his spell.  Everyone was moving, everything was alive.

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May 2012: Improv Sewing Book Launch

Arts Night Out in May was a night of "firsts": first working sewing machines at Ode, first rainbow in the window...and the Valley's official first look at Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut's creatively instructional DIY book, Improv Sewing. Nicole and Debra encouraged us to take what we know about sewing and "break the rules" (didn't take much to convince us) and throw pattern and caution to the wind. The result: a table of tapestries adorned with beautifully abstract squiggles and circles and expressive shapes. It's a lesson kid and adult alike can learn: sometimes our mistakes can be our greatest creations.

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April 2012: Winterpills

Ode was Under the Amazing spell of Flora Reed and Philip Price of Winterpills as they filled the room with their voices, harmonies, and captivating presence.  The darkly luminescent duo were, in the words of Shakespeare: "such stuff as dreams are made on."  Despite it being Friday the 13th, we were infinitely lucky to have them here. Thanks, Flora and Philip: from the moment you started to sing and we were all lovely goners...

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March 2012: The Wilds

What does a taxidermy fisher cat, horse skull, crimped hair, beautiful women, shells, feathers, coral, and aggressive eyeliner have in common?  They were all there for Ode's Spring fashion show, The Wilds, featuring Jillian Greg's Wildfiberarts wall-hangings-turned-statement-jewelry-art.  Our favorite ladies of the Ode Tribe took the runway with prowess and power in maxis, minis, stripes and solids. Thanks to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the non-profit we're supporting for the month, for lending us some of their wildlife relics.  They also informed us that a "fisher cat" is actually just a "fisher," of the weasel family.  So there you have it: art, fashion, and a little natural history lesson.

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February 2012: Hearts in Hand

Our Valentine's ANO at Ode could not have gotten any sweeter. Liz Sandler and Jacob Porst of Hearts in Hand crooned...and we swooned. What's better than chocolate with roses? Love songs with a little rock-n-roll center. Against the backdrop of our Romance Window (a stallion, a saddle, a bare-chested man, a beauty and an exploding typewriter), the dreamy duo won over our hearts, our hands, and everything in between. Liz and Jacob, we heart you 4Ever.

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January 2012: Wingmasters

We only had to utter the words "The Bird Lady is Back," and people literally flocked to Ode despite the bitter cold. Parents, kids, "big kids," fashionistas, and fowl fanatics listened in rapt silence as Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters once again introduced her feathered friends to us. When asked how long she has been interested in birds, Collier, not missing a beat, replied, "I've always been interested in predators." It was Julie Anne's unparalleled way with words...and her love of birds...that made for a night of fun, education, spectacle, and heart. Oh, and those raptors weren't so bad either.

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December 2011: Home Body

This holiday season, Ode was given the gift of a night with Home Body--the musically inclined brainchild of incandescent visionaries Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow.  Their magnetic and prismatic performance lit up the place.  If you missed it, here are a couple videos and pics beautifully produced by Chattman Photography. And if you need more (and you will) buy their album here.

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November 2011: Saskia Larraz

Saskia Larraz made artists out of all of us on November 11th. Because there's an art to wearing her jewelry--an element of creative play. One woman paired the brass square wrap bracelet with the goldenrod and rose beads. Another layered the pearls with carnelian and violet hues. Necklaces became bracelets and bracelets became infinite color combinations. That's the thing about Saskia Larraz jewelry: the more the better. And Saskia couldn't be more beautiful or sweet--another combo we quite love.

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October 2011: Payal Luthra

It was a night of getting cozy with the stunning Payal Luthra and her eponymous collection of cashmere scarves. Overheard: "This is like wearing a couture teddy bear on your face."And: "I want to go to bed in just this." Thanks to our bevy of beauties—Kate, Bridgette, Sarah, Kayla, Thurayya, Izzy, and Alex—whose spontaneous window dance party made the event complete.  And thanks to Payal for traveling from Brooklyn to Noho to be with us, right before heading off to India, where she'll no doubt be inspired to create more beautiful, wearable (sleep-able) art. Payal's Fall '11 collection is available at Ode.

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September 2011: K/LLER Collection

Katie deGuzman is a goddess, and we've got the pics to prove it. Part of the dynamic duo who created K/LLER Collection (with co-designer Michael Miller), deGuzman brought edge and grace to September's Arts Night Out event. Leather and quills. Feathers and chains. The perfect fusion of darkness and light.

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August 2011: Ode turns One

Butterflies and winged creatures, half monsters and decorated dogs, flying cupcakes...and more than a few fabulously well-dressed guests. It was no boring birthday bash on Arts Night Out with the Ode crew. The Electric Cocktail Party fed us, Catalina LaPointe decorated us, and Joanna Chattman was there to capture the flora and fauna (and facepaint) of our fun. Photo Scape design by our very own Liz Sandler and Jenessa Cintron. Thanks to all who hammed it up! And a heartfelt Thank You to our beautiful customers/friends who've been celebrating with us all year. Ode to you!

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