Exciting day. After almost a year since the retreat was founded, we now have a home online. There's something strangely official about this, as if everything that came before carried less weight—though, of course, that's not true. I suppose it's more a matter of documentation, of firming what was previously in motion. Either way, it feels great to be settled.
Several thanks are in order.
The first goes to Alexandra Sellick, whose taste is unmatched. She advised on the look of the site, provided several photos (including the wintry scene with Loki above), and offered moral support.
Next is my friend Robert Earl Stewart, the first local author to participate in our reading series, and an accomplished photographer. Several of his photos are included among the banners, including the black and white photo of the record player. The excellence of his work stands out so clearly.
Many, many thanks go to our friend Kim Fahner, the retreat's second resident, who wrote lovely words about her stay here last August. I'm so proud that she recently chose to submit her poem "A Week at Woodbridge Farm" to a prestigious national award. For more on Kim, her poetry, and her work at the Poet Laureate of Sudbury, visit her frequently updated website here.
Summer Block, Dawn Kresan, Carl Shura, and many others offered advice about hosting services, design, and other important matters, which was greatly appreciated.
Finally, thank you to Marty Gervais and Cathy Masterson for their unwavering support, enthusiasm, and council. We're looking forward to working with both in the year ahead.
Stay tuned for exciting announcements very soon.