Blog :: 12-2014

Welcome to our blog! Here you will find posts about can't miss properties, local events, and more! Here at Maple and Main Realty we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the Northampton area. Feel free to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us

Amtrak Train Connecting Northeast Corridor Reopens in Northampton

After years of hearing rumors of the Amtrak Train "The Vermonter" extending service to include Union Station in Northampton, MA, the day has finally arrived! We realtors at Maple and Main Realty, have been speculating and wondering how this new development will effect real estate inventory and value in the Pioneer Valley. We will certainly continue to remark upon this change, and it's effects, as time marches on. In the meanwhile, it is very exciting that we can now take a train from NYC to Vermont, and beyond. Though, it seems (based upon the attached article from The Daily Hampshire Gazette), that we can expect some delays, and some glitches still to be worked out. Nevertheless, this is great news!

Back on line: Amtrak’s new Vermonter draws capacity crowd for first public run

 

JERREY ROBERTS<br/>The Vermonter stops in Greenfield Monday.

Photo Credit: Jerrey Roberts

 

NORTHAMPTON — With years of planning, construction and preparations leading to this day, a collection of eager passengers braved the cold Monday at Union Station to wait for the first passenger train to and from Northampton in decades.

 

Ruth Klepper of Florence was one of the first passengers to arrive at the station off Pleasant Street. Thirty minutes before the Vermonter was supposed to arrive, Klepper was standing on the platform waiting.

 

Not only was she among the first passengers to arrive to greet the train, she was also one of the first ones to buy a ticket, which she bought in person in Springfield, she said.

 

“I like trains. I always do go by train and this is the first, so I definitely had to get on this one,” Klepper said, bundled up and holding her suitcase.

 

She was headed for Brattleboro, Vermont — $18 one way — where she planned to stay for a few days and come back on New Year’s Eve. Previously, if she wanted to catch the train, she generally drove down to Springfield to do it.

 

“To get to Springfield, it’s taxi to the bus, bus to the train, it’s terrible,” she said. Now she doesn’t have to do that, she said.

 

A few minutes later, the Wheatley family arrived. Justin and Laura Wheatley had their two children, 5-year-old Owen and 2-year-old Layla, along to ride the train with them to Brattleboro.

 

“We just thought it would be so much fun to do this on the very first day of service, and with two little children we thought that would be an easy first trip,” Laura Wheatley said.

 

Justin Wheatley said he has always enjoyed riding trains and the children like playing with trains. 

 

“There is just something magical about them,” he said.

 

The family, who now live in Northampton, used to live in England, where Justin Wheatley is from, and took many more trains there, they said.

 

In Brattleboro, they planned to stay the night and return the next morning, also by train.

 

Grace Campbell, a freshman at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, was getting on the train to return to school for a few days. She planned to visit her roommate for her roommate’s birthday, she said. If the train was not running, Campbell would have her parents drive her there, a four-hour trip one way.

 

Campbell did take the train when it was in Amherst, which is closer to her home in Belchertown, but she is happy that the train will move quicker now, she said. The train also had plenty of room for Campbell’s skis, which she brought with her to school.

 

Campbell’s mother, Ellen Campbell, said she would eventually like to take the train up north, as well.

 

“I want to go to Montreal,” she said.

 

Looking at her phone, Grace Campbell read an email that said the train was going to be nearly an hour late. Few complaints could be heard, however, as most were so excited to ride any train at all.

 

Bob Jeffway Jr. said he was watching the tracks get laid down for the past two years near his office in South Deerfield, and decided he had to ride the first train. He boarded at Northampton and got off in Greenfield, where his parents picked him up.

 

“There’s probably more buses and it’s probably less expensive, but I do like trains and you can just get on and go, and now they’ve got wireless and power,” said Jeffway, who lives in Leeds.

 

The train soon arrived, only about 10 minutes late, and people gathered to make a line to board from the platform. Campbell kissed her dog, Bear, goodbye.

 

President on board 

 

The doors opened and passengers from points south spilled out. Among them was Eric Olson, who traveled from Northampton down to Springfield by train that morning, got a drink and rode back, he said.

 

Passengers filled nearly every seat on both sides of the train cars. Passengers getting on in Northampton squeezed in where they could.

 

Though most passengers likely didn’t know it, Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Boardman rode the train along with them. In a special car near the back of the train, Boardman answered questions about the future of the service to Northampton, Greenfield, and eventually Holyoke.

 

On the platform and beyond, many people have expressed interest in commuter service with multiple trains traveling north and south through Massachusetts, but Boardman said commuter service would likely take a big investment of money.

 

“Just because we sell out a train does not mean we’ve covered all our costs,” Boardman said. “Unless there’s a policy decision that goes along with that expansion, it’s not going to happen.”

 

At the same time, Boardman said this country needs to spend more money on infrastructure to keep up with other countries in rail, air traffic and highways.

 

“We spend billions globally on defense and we argue locally about millions,” Boardman said.

 

Boardman said the inaugural run was going well, and the train being late did not surprise him, with the volume of passengers getting on and off, as well as the conductors getting oriented with the new route. 

 

Overall, the benefits of the train service would be mostly economic development, Boardman said.

 

“This line connected to the northeast corridor is probably the biggest advantage you could have,” he said.

 

Behind the president’s car was a theater car. Set up like an actual movie theater, the car’s rear wall was a floor-to-ceiling window, which allowed for a view of the track the train passed by. Rear-facing seats held company executives watching the show. Such seats are not open to the public because they do not meet train safety standards, according to an Amtrak spokesman.

 

After a short ride, the train arrived in Greenfield at about 4:50 p.m., nearly a half-an-hour late after stopping for so long in Northampton. Passengers staying on board to points north didn’t seem to notice, as most of them had their laptops, phones or books, or were taking naps in their seats.

 

Off the train, Tupshin Harper had ridden up from New York City, where he lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He grew up in Greenfield and was excited to be able to take the ride he just took.

 

“I’ve been looking forward to this for years since I first heard that they were making this change maybe two or two and a half years ago,” Harper said.

 

He vowed at that time to be on the first train up from New York, and he kept his promise, he said.

 

This spring, he plans to move up to Greenfield from New York, and is looking forward to making the return trip, he said.

Comments

  1. Julie Zuckman on

    I was there. The train was only a little late (ten minutes) pulling into Northampton, which was explained by the large crowds in Greenfield and the presence of visiting dignitaries and their extra cars on the train. The river views in the stretch between Mt Tom and downtown Holyoke are spectacular! Now our city is fully plugged into the Northeast Corridor without needing a car. Next, speedy train to Boston -- in another 20 years?

    Tipping During the Holidays

    We recently got a dog - a 1 one-year-old mixed breed rescue dog from Tennessee.  It feels like "52 pick up" a lot of the time, and I feel so grateful to the people who have helped me with the transition to dog ownership - most especially, the people I pay to help her work out her puppy energy, and learn some doggie manners.  This time of year, I always make sure to tip the people who help make my life run more smoothly - such as our dog walkers and our wonderful house cleaner.  Before we moved from NYC to Northampton, it felt as if we relied on a myriad of people to help make hectic city-living feel easier, and we made sure to tip those people come holiday time.  I would say the list is smaller, living here in the Pioneer Valley, but there are certainly any number of people whom we want to be sure to thank at this time of year.  To that end, I came across this piece on the Apartment Therapy blog about holiday tipping. 

     

    A Real Life Holiday Tipping Guide for the Rest of Us

     

    When I was a teenager, I was mystified by the holiday tipping guides in magazines: do all grownups have a hairdresser/dogwalker/doorman, and fret annually about how much/whether to tip them? Growing up- nd 14 years in customer service- has taught me that it doesn't have to be so fraught...

    1a. Tip whoever you want.

    1b. Think about who made your life better this year, and tip them. 
    The barista who starts making your usual when she sees you cross the street and hands it to you as soon as you walk up to the counter. The library clerk who spent 45 minutes teaching you how to use email. The daycare worker who really seems to get your kid. The hairdresser who comforted you through a breakup. The friendly, efficient bus driver who drives so smoothly on your morning commute.

    2a. Tip however much you want/can afford...

    2b. ...But perhaps consider the recipient's income level.
    The library clerk probably makes minimum wage, and there's a good chance the barista does, too, while the hairdresser at a swanky salon might make big bucks. Tip whatever you want, but don't bow to the perverse pressure to give higher tips to people who make more money/work at fancier places.

    3. A tiny treat can do the trick. 
    Cash is great, and always helpful, but a little thoughtful something can make such a difference in someone's day. During insane holiday seasons at a bakery and a candy shop, customers dropped off bottles of wine for us to enjoy once our loooooong shifts were over. So fun! Cards are incredibly meaningful, and dollar store chocolate can provide exactly the burst of goodwill needed to get through the rest of the day.

    4. Did they sacrifice their holiday so yours could be better? Tip.
    If you're thrilled and grateful that your favorite coffee shop or restaurant or museum is open on a holiday, consider expressing that gratitude to the employees. Chances are, working on that holiday is mandatory, they're probably missing out on celebrating with their family and friends, and they're probably not being paid any special overtime. A verbal 'thank you' is lovely, as is cash.

    5. Good cheer is the greatest gift of all. 
    Working a 12-hour shift with no breaks? Fine. Missing all of the holiday festivities? That's okay. No holiday pay? No problem. Getting yelled at because the store you work for is out of Cabbage Patch Dolls/yule logs/wreaths on Christmas Eve? So, so terrible. I have had profanities yelled at me because the shop I worked for closed at 3pm on Christmas eve (information that had been readily available for weeks) and those few minutes broke my heart. I'm missing seeing my grandparents for this? I know that all of you are kind, civilized, and delightful, but remember that some of the people in line with you are not. An extra smile or friendly greeting goes along way towards erasing the damage done by jerks. Cash helps, too.

    6. Don't worry about doing it wrong.
    Every holiday tip, treat, and thanks, no matter how large or small, meant so, so much to me. Knowing that a customer or patron had gone out of their way to sign a card, or bring us a box of candy, or give an extra dollar warmed my heart to no end. Thank you, and happy holidays!

    (Image credits: Natalie Grasso)

     

    Comments

    1. No comments. Be the first to comment.

    Rising Costs of Natural Gas and Electricity in Western Massachusetts

    tech &lt;div&gt; &lt;p&gt;I am always cognizant of whether or not to bring extra layers when visiting certain friends houses in the wintertime. I often I travel with my fuzzy slippers, an extra fleece and a hat (for indoors)! Having lived in the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://mapleandmainrealty.com/other-ma-real-estate/pioneer-valley-real-estate/&quot;&gt;Pioneer Valley&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;for 8+ years, I now know what to expect from specific friends with regard to level of house warmth. Some people run hot and like to keep their houses cool. Many (most? all?) people are concerned about the cost of heating their homes, and, therefore, keep the thermostat to 66 degrees or lower. Some people have pellet or wood stoves which creates a warm and toasty environment within their homes. Many people in the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://mapleandmainrealty.com/northampton-area/northampton-area-real-estate/&quot;&gt;Northampton, MA&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;area live in older homes that are underinsulated and/or have older windows - so a draft exists regardless of where the thermostat is set. We recently moved to a new house that is&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=MA99F&amp;amp;re=0&amp;amp;ee=0&quot;&gt;Tier Three level of energy efficiency&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;- for some reason, 68 degrees on the thermostat within our highly insulated home feels more like 75 degrees! But, I digress. I came upon this interesting article on the BusinessWest blog about the rising costs of energy and wanted to share it.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;EDC Sounds Alarm on Rising Costs of Natural Gas, Electricity&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;CHICOPEE&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;-- The Economic Development Council of Western Mass. voiced its concerns Tuesday regarding the rising costs of natural gas and electricity in the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;More expensive energy affects all of us negatively. All of us need to be concerned. Individuals face a reduction of disposable income and increased hardship,&amp;quot; the agency said in a prepared statement. &amp;quot;Businesses face reduced competiveness that threatens job growth and retention. Municipalities face increased energy costs while facing decreasing revenues. Hospitals and higher-education institutions must divert more resources to energy purchases, thus diverting resources from their core missions. Shrinking business and consumer spending reduces investments in those things that define quality of life in Western Massachusetts.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Through a series of meetings and discussions with entities familiar with the issues, the EDC infrastructure committee released the following findings:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Recent and future closings of oil- and coal-fired plants have boosted, and will continue to increase, Massachusetts&amp;#39; dependency on natural gas for electric power generation. Nearly 50% of all electricity in Massachusetts is generated by natural gas, and that proportion is rising. These conditions, when combined with inadequate supplies of natural gas, are resulting in dramatically increased power costs during the winter.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Gas companies serving this region are reaching the limits of their capacity to serve new customers. Berkshire Gas will stop adding customers in Greenfield at the end of 2014, and in Amherst in 2016. Columbia Gas is reaching the end of its capacity to serve Northampton and Easthampton. It could serve 10,000 more customers in the region if it had additional capacity. The inability to serve new customers will negatively affect economic growth in the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Kinder Morgan is proposing a pipeline-extension project through Northern Mass. that will increase natural-gas supply to Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire counties as well as Eastern Mass.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;NU/Spectra proposes an expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline that would increase natural-gas supplies available to the Springfield area and Eastern Mass.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Several New England states have been working to bring electricity generated by Hydro Quebec to the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;EDC Infrastructure Committee Chair Paul Nicolai summarized the committee&amp;#39;s work, suggesting that &amp;quot;supplying cost-effective, responsibly clean energy for our people and businesses is a complicated problem requiring balanced approaches and moderate thinking. EDC has struck that balance and encourages policymakers to do so as well.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;At a recent meeting, the EDC board of directors approved a resolution supporting the following actions, which, if implemented, will help to provide an adequate, stable supply of energy at competitive prices:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Increase natural-gas supply by permitting both natural-gas pipeline-expansion projects proposed for the region and state;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Increase the sources of power generation by enabling the purchase of hydro-generated electricity from the north;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Continue support of conservation and renewable-energy technologies; and&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Encourage a regulatory environment that promotes market stability and competitive outcomes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;

      Comments

      1. No comments. Be the first to comment.

      Rising Costs of Natural Gas and Electricity in Western Massachusetts

      tech &lt;div&gt; &lt;p&gt;I am always cognizant of whether or not to bring extra layers when visiting certain friends houses in the wintertime. I often I travel with my fuzzy slippers, an extra fleece and a hat (for indoors)! Having lived in the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://mapleandmainrealty.com/other-ma-real-estate/pioneer-valley-real-estate/&quot;&gt;Pioneer Valley&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;for 8+ years, I now know what to expect from specific friends with regard to level of house warmth. Some people run hot and like to keep their houses cool. Many (most? all?) people are concerned about the cost of heating their homes, and, therefore, keep the thermostat to 66 degrees or lower. Some people have pellet or wood stoves which creates a warm and toasty environment within their homes. Many people in the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://mapleandmainrealty.com/northampton-area/northampton-area-real-estate/&quot;&gt;Northampton, MA&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;area live in older homes that are underinsulated and/or have older windows - so a draft exists regardless of where the thermostat is set. We recently moved to a new house that is&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=MA99F&amp;amp;re=0&amp;amp;ee=0&quot;&gt;Tier Three level of energy efficiency&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;- for some reason, 68 degrees on the thermostat within our highly insulated home feels more like 75 degrees! But, I digress. I came upon this interesting article on the BusinessWest blog about the rising costs of energy and wanted to share it.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;EDC Sounds Alarm on Rising Costs of Natural Gas, Electricity&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;CHICOPEE&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;-- The Economic Development Council of Western Mass. voiced its concerns Tuesday regarding the rising costs of natural gas and electricity in the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;More expensive energy affects all of us negatively. All of us need to be concerned. Individuals face a reduction of disposable income and increased hardship,&amp;quot; the agency said in a prepared statement. &amp;quot;Businesses face reduced competiveness that threatens job growth and retention. Municipalities face increased energy costs while facing decreasing revenues. Hospitals and higher-education institutions must divert more resources to energy purchases, thus diverting resources from their core missions. Shrinking business and consumer spending reduces investments in those things that define quality of life in Western Massachusetts.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Through a series of meetings and discussions with entities familiar with the issues, the EDC infrastructure committee released the following findings:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Recent and future closings of oil- and coal-fired plants have boosted, and will continue to increase, Massachusetts&amp;#39; dependency on natural gas for electric power generation. Nearly 50% of all electricity in Massachusetts is generated by natural gas, and that proportion is rising. These conditions, when combined with inadequate supplies of natural gas, are resulting in dramatically increased power costs during the winter.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Gas companies serving this region are reaching the limits of their capacity to serve new customers. Berkshire Gas will stop adding customers in Greenfield at the end of 2014, and in Amherst in 2016. Columbia Gas is reaching the end of its capacity to serve Northampton and Easthampton. It could serve 10,000 more customers in the region if it had additional capacity. The inability to serve new customers will negatively affect economic growth in the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Kinder Morgan is proposing a pipeline-extension project through Northern Mass. that will increase natural-gas supply to Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire counties as well as Eastern Mass.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;NU/Spectra proposes an expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline that would increase natural-gas supplies available to the Springfield area and Eastern Mass.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Several New England states have been working to bring electricity generated by Hydro Quebec to the region.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;EDC Infrastructure Committee Chair Paul Nicolai summarized the committee&amp;#39;s work, suggesting that &amp;quot;supplying cost-effective, responsibly clean energy for our people and businesses is a complicated problem requiring balanced approaches and moderate thinking. EDC has struck that balance and encourages policymakers to do so as well.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;At a recent meeting, the EDC board of directors approved a resolution supporting the following actions, which, if implemented, will help to provide an adequate, stable supply of energy at competitive prices:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Increase natural-gas supply by permitting both natural-gas pipeline-expansion projects proposed for the region and state;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Increase the sources of power generation by enabling the purchase of hydro-generated electricity from the north;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Continue support of conservation and renewable-energy technologies; and&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;p&gt;Encourage a regulatory environment that promotes market stability and competitive outcomes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;

      Comments

      1. Brenda Valle on

        I am 71 years old and I keep my temp. at 62 degrees. I cannot afford to raise it higher.

        Who Needs a Buyer Agent? You do!

        Before I became a realtor, I had no idea how real estate agency was structured, who represented whom, etc. When we were looking for our first home, all those years ago, sometimes there would be a second realtor at a showing in addition to our realtor, other times not. I never gave it much thought at the time.

        DLR_0842

        As a realtor, I feel that having a buyer agent as your personal advocate and guide through the process of purchasing real estate is invaluable. Agency relationships can be confusing if you don't understand the structure, and I often take time with clients to explain these intricacies.

        When a seller forms a listing contract with a seller or listing agent, they agree on a brokerage fee (same as a sales commission) for the sale of their property. The brokerage fee includes payment for both a seller agent and a buyer agent and is built into the purchase/sale price of the house. A buyer can proceed with the purchase on his or her own, without the help of a buyer agent, and some people choose to do this - but you may find yourself in unchartered territory in doing so.

        The Benefits of Working with a Buyer Agent:

        1.  You have an advocate who knows you, knows what you are looking for, and has their ear to the ground helping you to pinpoint houses that may be of interest.

        2.  You have a professional advocate who knows the market, the geographical area, many other realtors and people in the area - so that he or she may help you fine tune your search.

        3.  If you find yourself in bidding war, your agent can be invaluable in helping you make the most desirable offer to get the house you want.

        4.  Your agent will help you negotiate a fair price for the home, and they will help you negotiate if any issues come to light during inspection.

        5.  Your agent will stay on top of important dates such as the signing of the purchase and sales agreement, the finance commitment date (the date by which the bank states that you will officially be receiving your mortgage for the purchase of the home), and anything you need to do to prepare for your closing date. In addition, if you need more time for your inspection period, or your mortgage commitment date, your agent will help negotiate extensions for these deadlines, so that you are still protected within the sales agreement.

        6.  You have a knowledgeable person who can recommend any number of resources for you in your move, whether it be related to the home you are purchasing, or the town/city you are moving to itself. From finding a home inspector, to finding a real estate attorney, contractors for your home, recommendations of local services, etc -- a buyer agent is a wealth of information.

        7.  Your agent provides a buffer between you and the seller, so that when any question or issue comes up, they go to bat for you to get your questions answered, and your issues sorted out, to the best of their ability.

        8.  A buyer agent will connect you directly to the MLS (Mulitple Listing Service), so that you can be aware of houses coming on the market in real time. Other real estate sites can have outdated information or even misinformation. This access to the MLS makes looking for a house much easier for the buyer.

        9. You have a personal (and confidential) advocate who can explain every nuance in the process of locating and purchasing a home.

        So, if you are looking for a home - ask around to find a buyer agent with whom you feel connected. You will be happy you did!

         

         

        RECTANGLE Textiles Pop-Up Shop at Maple and Main Realty

        We are excited to be hosting a pre-holiday Pop-Up shop at the Maple and Main Realty office (28 North Maple Street in Florence) next Thursday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm - featuring local artist Adele Mattern's new line of textiles for the home, Rectangle Textiles (Facebook and Instagram as "Rectangle Textiles", www.rectangletextiles.com website to be launched soon!).  Special guest, Local Interior Designer Sally Staub will be on hand with photos of some her inspired interior design projects as well!  RSVP to Julie Starr.

        photo 2

        Rectangle Textiles is a contemporary line of home textiles: simple yet bold, handmade with natural dyes.  Local Artist Adele Mattern updates traditional techniques with fair trade and artisan groups to develop pillows, placemats, napkins, tablecloths and more.