I believe there is magic in spaces. Whether it be in a sprawling forest, an intricate mansion or a bubbling swamp, you can always find it in the little crevices. In my lifetime, I have tried to foster magic where I could find it. I’ve found it in our little town of Ashfield. I’ve found it in the dimples of my children. And twelve years ago, I found it in the big gray house above the town fields, inhabited by a sweet old woman named Angela O’Donnell.
I fell in love with the location, the sheer scale of the house, the apple trees in the backyard, but I really fell in love with the potential of the space—what I knew I could bring to it. So every day after I walked my daughters home from preschool, I would bring Angela baked goods and vegetables and chat with her about anything and everything. When Angela couldn’t manage to live on her own, she gave me her blessing and bequeathed her beautiful home to me. Over the past twelve years I’ve done my best to pull the magic out of it—with new coats of paint and fairy trees and my mother’s paintings. I feel blessed that I can share the magic of my home, my space with people who want the most important moments of their lives to be beautiful and intimate.
Emma, Communications & Catering Manager
Emma loves to grow, harvest, cook, and eat food. She relishes any opportunity to share food with others, especially against the beautiful, varied backdrop of Gloria’s exquisite gardens. In the past, she has worked on vegetable CSAs, urban farms, and one memorable orchard, and she has cooked for folk dancers, choral singers, Suzuki string players, and high school students. Shepherding you through the process of throwing an unforgettable party, from answering your initial inquiry to preparing your delicious seasonal feast, is the most fun job she’s had yet. Emma is thrilled to be living the agrarian dream in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts, where she cooks and eats with her farmer husband and three children, all hungry.
Beverly, Floral Designer & Grower
Clark, the pup
Weighing in at 140 pounds, Clark is Gloria’s 5th Great Dane puppy. He’s a bit of an oddball. His favorite things are chasing his tail and watching television.