Dreamers, Do-ers, Farmers And Producers

“Give to the world the best that you can and the best will come back to you,” is a motto that Eleanor Buck Wolf of Wethersfield learned in second grade and then followed throughout her life as an artist, author, historian and activist. Macaw.“Give to the world the best that you can and the best will come back to you,” is a motto that Eleanor Buck Wolf of Wethersfield learned in second grade and then followed throughout her life as an artist, author, historian and activist.

“Merlin” the macaw now lives in the nature center that bears her name, a legacy and the realization of a dream Eleanor had for her beloved hometown – to “unite the community by sharing an interest in natural sciences and the environment”. Located at an entrance to the 110-acre Mill Woods Park and overseen by the town’s park and recreation department, the nature center proved a haven during a recent torrential downpour. Carol Harrison provided a warm welcome and led an impromptu tour to meet some of the furred, finned, shelled, legged and winged critters that are cared for inside. (More about “Fluffy” the tarantula another day.) A striking carved-of-wood macaw on site is the work of Bruce Harrison, her husband – who also created the whimsical and functional bird house he donated to raise funds for the center.
Wood carved artistry - a birdhouse and a more than life sized macaw.

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” – John Lennon

Angora rabbit.

See, you never know what may be found if you follow the small still voice and listen to where it leads – even on a stormy New England day when the intent was a hunt for old-fashioned scented roses and help a broken heart. Follow your dream and do your best – these twin beliefs are cultivated by many of the kindred people met in journeys across the state and in the region – at farms, farm stores, farmers markets, parks, trails, businesses – and libraries, which to me are the heartbeat (and reflection) of a community.

To discover local goods, dreamers and doers, farmers and artistry, take a drive and wander around your own backyard. Sample a product, ask that question, don’t be shy. You’ll be amazed at what can be discovered with a little bit of curiosity.

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