In June the world is your oyster....
I hear that summer just has come to New England and it is making me think about the dawn of delight I feel at this time of year.

I like to wake up early in the morning.  When the house is quiet and streets are empty I feel as though I have been let in on a magical secret and life is full of promise.  This started when I was a child and we would leave our house at the crack of dawn in order to make it down to our boat on the Connecticut shore with enough time to enjoy a full day/weekend on the sound.  It is an exciting feeling.  I have it early any morning and all day, every day during the month of June. 

Whether it is the seedlings breaking through the earth to enjoy the light of day, or road side stands offering rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus, the month wets your appetite for the long and languorous days ahead.  The anticipation of meals outside, summer holidays and days at the beach, June is a beacon of hope and promise.

To herald in the month our showroom will be open from 9am to 1pm this Saturday the 1st.  With a small donation to our local food pantries 50% will be taken off your total purchase.
And.... if you are looking for things to do this month or more ways to help your neighbors in need join us in supporting these events.



  • Saturday June 29th - The 2nd Annual "Jonno" Gray 5k, at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks.  The event is in honor of Jonathan Gray, who left us far too soon.   Last year his family and friends used the even to purchase two defibrillators for both Holyoke High and Dean Technical High School, sponsor a cardiac screening  for young athletes in Holyoke and surrounding communities and award three $2,500.00 scholarships and supported the UMass Men's Crew Team.  Visit their Facebook Page to learn more.


This June I hope you enjoy that early morning feeling all month long...




Here are some recipes to make the most of the month:


Where can you find things made just for you?

Where can you find things made just for you?

Merriam-Webster defines local as:

1: characterized by or relating to position in space : having a definite spatial form or location
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place : not general or widespread

Pilgrim Candle Co.

Local products by and for local people....
In an age of Big Box stores, Made in China and camping out for Black Friday, have we lost sight of the joy in giving what is made in our own back yard?

Just north of Westfield's new bridge are places where you can actually find treats made with you in mind.  From snacks that will excite your sweet tooth to scents designed to enlighten your mood, you will find goods and gifts unique to the place where you call home.

A journey north on routes 10 & 202 takes you on a path to three spots where shopping is once again a pleasure.  The designers and craftspeople of Pilgrim Candle, Beantowne and Terra Americana take pride in making your time worth the trip.

  Whip City Candle Co.

Terra Americana

  • 382 Southhampton Rd.
  • Westfield MA, 01085
  • (413) 562-2042 
  • Open Daily -  11/26-12/23 - 11am-5pm and late on Thursday

Beantowne at Whip City Candle Co.

  • 28 North Elm St.
  • Westfield MA, 01085
  • (413) 568-9700
  • Open Daily

Pilgrim Candle

  • Depot Square 
  • 16—36 Union Avenue 
  • Westfield, MA 01085
  • 800—697—2135 
  • Open Daily


Photo Credit: Jon Goodwin

Video Published by: Jon Goodwin