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.
Abbey, Marketing Manager & Events Coordinator
Abbey believes the greatest way to foster community is through bringing people together around the dinner table; to eat nourishing food and relish in meaningful conversation! At Gloriosa & Co. Abbey dedicates herself to creating these moments of warmth in our gardens, in our home, and in our barn. She’s the one holding your hand through the planning of your special day… making sure getting hitched goes on without a hitch. As our marketing manager she’s responsible for any cute updates on our favorite employee, Clark, and creating conversations through our social media platforms. Adept at cultivating honest relationships between clients and coworkers, Abbey holds dear the values of inclusivity and sustainability through communication and career. In the past she has worked as a bread baker, studied marketing, and sustainable food systems.
Beverly, Floral Designer & Grower
Beverly loves plants. She has been cultivating vegetables, flowers and fruits from which she feeds herself, family and friends for many years. The herbs and flowers she grows grace her home with seasonal bouquets, while many more find their way to the Curtis House, enhancing events and creating magical spaces. Beverly, a botanical painter and illustrator by trade, is thrilled in helping develop the arrangements for the many events at Curtis House, especially when employing the growth within her local community.
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.