The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. TAKE JOY! ~Fra Giovanni
WELCOME to the Take Joy Society. We are a group of ladies who first met because of our love of Tasha Tudor's art and lifestyle. We are broadening our focus to include other artists/writers/people of interest who embody Tasha's philosophy to Take Joy in all the good that life has to offer. Here you will find a record of our get-togethers and resources to help you see that the gloom of the world is but a shadow so that you, too, can Take Joy!
Mary Mason Campbell writes in her book, "The New England Butt'ry Shelf Almanac" illustrated by Tasha Tudor, "On the Fourth of July, we tug at the bell rope in the barn and put up the flag to wave in the hot breeze, remembering that after John Adams signed the Declaration of Indepen- dence on the first American Fourth of July, he wrote his wife Abigail that he hoped Americans would always make this day one of rejoicing and merry- making. We follow his wishes willingly."
Ms. Campbell tells us that the Fourth of July signals the start of the clambake season in Rhode Island. Here is her recipe for Clam Fritters. . . .
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Tasha Tudor shows us how her family celebrated in her book "A Time To Keep" with the traditional firing off of fireworks as well as watching them being set off at the fairgrounds in the village from the vantage point of their high pasture. A picnic on a little island in the Black River reached by canoe was also part of their celebration. . . .
In Tasha Tudor's "Around the Year" she celebrates the 4th of July. . . .
When I was a child we'd always go to my grandparents' farm to celebrate the 4th. The cousins would be there and we'd have sparklers and firecrackers. The cats would hide under the porch and us girls would cover our ears. Watermelon and homemade ice cream could be counted on being a part of our celebration. . . .
How did your family celebrate the 4th of July when you were growing up?