Tanglewood’s Untangled Minds Foundation AMPLIFIES new trade talent in 2019

Posted June 13th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Get Inspired, latest, Preservation Maryland, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Have you explored all the talent in your community?

Tanglewood strongly believes in the development of a vibrant, thriving community. Through our non-profit organization’s AMP program, our mission is to build a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

In its second year, students of the AMP program have designed and built some incredible products alongside local business partners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Watch the development of their latest project in the video above.

We hope they inspire you as much as they have our team.

For more information about the Untangled Minds Foundation or the AMP program, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

Meet Ann Green, the Rawlings Conservatory’s New Director!

Posted March 21st, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest
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Article by Teresa Cook, Content Director | baltimorecooks@yahoo.com

Image courtesy of Rawlings Conservatory

Ann Green says she gets to work in a tropical paradise, so what’s not to like?

As the new director of that paradise, the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, she loves to watch people’s reactions when they visit.

People are so blown away” by the plants and the building, and seeing that reaction is a real treat for her, she said.

Ann is not new to the Conservatory. She was the Volunteer Coordinator and Webmaster for seven years before her promotion to the top job.

Ann Green, Rawlings Conservatory Director

She’s always loved gardening. Growing up in the suburbs of Howard County, Ann said,

We three children were my mother’s and father’s little work horses. We did vegetable and flower gardening. It was the most fun chore there was, even weeding.”

Gardening has been a life-long passion since then. She tends ornamental, vegetable, and herb gardens in her yard in Baltimore, and cares for an extensive collection of houseplants.

With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary’s College and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Ann has a background in non-profit management and community engagement that she is eager to put to work to grow the Conservatory.

For her graduate degree, she had an internship with the Friends of Druid Hill Park and helped get the farmers’ market established. From there, she was offered the volunteer coordinator job at the Conservatory.

Working with volunteers is so rewarding! Their work amplifies what our staff does in really remarkable ways,” she said.

She appreciates those volunteers, too — “We have so many dedicated volunteers” who make contributions in caring for plants as well as providing programming and visitor services. 

Now in her new post, she said she’s extremely busy, taking care of the plants and the facility with a staff of just two full-time and six part-time employees.  “The staff are awesome.” And don’t forget the four-legged staff – Conservatory cat, Mango, is a favorite of Ann’s.

The programming at the Conservatory has made a name for the Rawlings, she said. Seasonal shows, cocktail events, children’s programming and other educational programs bring in visitors. Local art teachers bring students to do painting or illustration projects which are then shown in the Conservatory. It’s a busy place, even on a winter afternoon.

For the future, Ann said a big capital project is in the planning stages: The original 130-year-old glass Palm House needs renovation. Re-design of the outdoor gardens and enclosing it in a deer-proof fence is another hoped-for improvement on her wish list.

Ann invites visitors to keep coming back. “The Conservatory changes all the time, even if you’ve been here, there is something different in bloom now. It’s a wonderful place to visit throughout the year.”

Spring events coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory

Image courtesy of the Rawlings Conservatory

“The Gnome and Garden Show” – April 6-21. The Conservatory’s annual spring show features hundreds of flowers grown from bulbs arranged with other spring plants and, this year, a scattering of garden gnomes. See how many little guys you can find among the blooms! Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Tree Baltimore’s Fruit Tree Fair, noon – 3 p.m. April 13. This year’s family-friendly atmosphere features a fruit tree giveaway, nature play space for kids, various environmental and community non-profit groups, food, and drink. Local emcee Alanah Nichole introduces various artists of all ages performing spoken word poetry and live music. Visit the vendor tents to learn about honey bees and native pollinators, plants for the orchard, and more! 

Community Gardening Day – May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help other volunteers, students and community members plant the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and enjoy lunch provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory.

Visit Rawlingsconservatory.org for details on these and other events.

Inspiring the next generation – Maryland Manufacturing

Posted February 15th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News
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“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch…

For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.”

-Anonymous

Manufacturing gets another look…

To celebrate the real value of Manufacturing in Maryland, we must look beyond just recognizing great companies that bring value to our community.

Manufacturing is a MINDSET; it is the creation of innovative ideas. How do we inspire the “excitement for CREATING things” in our future workforce?

From the building of extraordinary glass architecture to custom, hand-crafted boats to beautiful architectural mesh, manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance of relevance.

In Maryland, manufacturing is responsible for over 104,000 jobs and the generation of $23.4 billion in gross state product. With such a strong impact in our community, the sustainability of a vibrant, skilled workforce is imperative. The next generation is inspired by this industry and our work with the Untangled Minds Foundation and the AMP Program are examples of just that!

We are honored to be recognized as Maryland MEP’s Manufacturer of the Month for the contributions to our community, clients, and partners. In our 25+ years of business, our mission to inspire everyone we touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture continues to touch lives around the world!

To learn more about our product lines and services, talk with Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700!

Are We A Sustainable Company?

Posted January 17th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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What does sustainable mean?

Some think sustainability means you recycle, reduce energy, and are more efficient in operations. But at Tanglewood, we define sustainability differently. All of the efforts toward energy conservation and recycling are necessary but…

What is the goal of sustainability?

We believe to be sustainable means belonging to a vibrant, thriving community that will be a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

What are we doing to accomplish that?

The Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program created through our 501c3 Untangled Minds seeks to help students acquire the skills and perspective every business owner wants to see in their employees. Bundled into a three semester course, the AMP program’s primary focus is to develop students who (1) Take ownership and initiative, (2) Seek to understand what owners and managers of a company are passionate about, and (3) See and do what is required without having to be asked or told.

Does that sound like an employee you would like to hire?

It is these skills wrapped around the technical skill component along with the strong partnership of community members, community businesses, and education that advances student skills, perspective, and ways of thinking.

After all, to establish a sustainable community, we first must develop a sustainable workforce for our growing business partners.

For more information about the AMP program and to become a partner, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

2018 Champions of Manufacturing STEM Awarded to Tanglewood’s Foundation for Education!

Posted December 4th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Tanglewood News, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Caroline County AMP students, founder of Untangled Minds Foundation, Alan Stein, Dr. Patricia W. Saelens Superintendent of Schools, Keith Hale, AMP classroom instructor receive the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing award for Stem Student Advocacy from Mike Galiazo (center), President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Have you heard AMP in the news?

To celebrate those in the manufacturing industry advocating for its growth in Maryland, each year the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) recognizes several companies across the state of Maryland doing amazing things in the manufacturing industry in areas such as STEM Student Achievement and Recruitment, Innovation, and Community Engagements.

This year, the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program of Caroline County Public Schools recently won RMI’s 2018 Champions of Manufacturing Award for STEM Student Advocates! Awarded to those striving to impact student achievement in manufacturing, we were humbled to have received the award from our peers out of 280 nominations from across the state of Maryland.

AMP was developed by the Untangled Minds Foundation, the brainchild of Alan Stein, founder of Tanglewood Conservatories in Denton, MD. The AMP program goes beyond the typical career and technology center manufacturing program. In addition to technical education, students learn about time and project management, cost estimating, team building, quality improvement process, communication, presentation, marketing and salesmanship.

A blend of training in modern manufacturing process-driven thinking and the Life Success Skills that employer’s need, the AMP program relies on industry partner companies to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to project based learning that brings real-world experience into the classroom.

Visit untangledminds.org to learn more

Highlights from the Gala

Over 600 Manufacturing Stakeholders Enthusiastically Celebrate 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing
 

 

On Thursday night at Martin’s West, RMI’s 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Awards ceremony drew over 600 stakeholders from around the State. The evening awards program touched on the themes of togetherness and family as we celebrated a variety of different leaders from young students to business executives.
Champions received their awards and also saw their Champions features in the newly published 2018 Champions Yearbook. Many Champion companies brought their respective teams of employees to the event to share the celebration.  It was obvious that all had a very good time.
There were many poignant moments, from the embracement of the attending employees from GM Baltimore Operations to Suzy Ganz and Mike Galiazzo’s tribute to Aris Melissaratos as the 2018 Grand Champions of Maryland Manufacturing.  Aris received a beautiful glass- blown bowl, see below, created with Maryland colors infused throughout, from Baltimore’s Magma Build Studios.

Glass House in the Desert?

Posted November 29th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Get Inspired, latest, Travels
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Are you thinking… a “glass house”… in the desert? Wouldn’t it be much too hot or too cold? Seems like it would be impossible.

But watch this video about a house built in Spain in the Gorafe desert.  Though set amid spectacular views of mountains and desert landscape, a building in this remote and inhospitable location would have been unthinkable without specialized glass.

 

 

Architect Spela Videcnik of OFIA Architecture says: “The goal of this project was to show that with the right glass, great indoor spaces can be created anywhere”. “Designed with the help of experts in glazing technology, this project in the Spanish desert was planned so that the house would not need any heating or air conditioning. Just open the windows!”

Technical Manager, Guardian Glass, Tamas Kovacs says, “just imagine being out here and spending a night under the starry sky. Basically being in a glass house is not much different from sleeping right under the stars”.

 

If a conservatory, greenhouse, orangery or custom skylight is in your dreams, talk with our team at 410.479.4700 or share your vision HERE.

How do you sell a $29M unfinished masterpiece?

Posted November 15th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Community, Conservatory Projects, latest, Pool Enclosures, Uncategorized
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Can an unfinished construction site be merchandised to inspire the buyer with its possibilities?

This unfinished 16,800 Sq. Ft. Grosse Ile, MI Manor with a spectacular Tanglewood Conservatory listed for $29M

 

 

This expansive 16,800 square foot Manor Home sitting just across the street from the Detroit River in Gross Ile, Michigan has hit the real estate market priced at $29,000,000. According to Sotheby’s International Realty, “one of the home’s most intriguing spaces is the 300 foot cast iron and glass Tanglewood Conservatory which comes prepped for a pool and cascading waterfall”.

The home has been sitting unfinished awaiting the right buyer to complete its old world grandeur. Among it many features are a five car garage, 8 bedrooms, 9 fireplaces, 8 bathrooms, 9 bathrooms, and marble and limestone details throughout the home. The Tanglewood Conservatory features numerous stained glass windows designed by architect M. Selman, beautiful steel and cast iron and custom copper work throughout.

 

 

See more of the property HERE!

To learn more about this conservatory project or to start one of your own, contact our team via online or call 410.479.4700

We look forward to talking with you!

Rawlings Conservatory Celebrates 130th Birthday

Posted November 8th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest, Uncategorized
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A Message from Rawlings Conservatory: 

The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore is 130 years old this year and it will celebrate its birthday in style this December. Built in 1888, the Conservatory is the second oldest glass house in the United States.

To celebrate, the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory are hosting

 

“A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace”

Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 PM

 

The party will be set amid hundreds of flowers in the annual holiday poinsettia show, with a spectacular variety of poinsettias of all colors. The event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.

The party begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, available through the Conservatory’s website.

 

Come celebrate at one of Baltimore’s jewels!

RawlingsConservatory.org.

 

 

Upcoming Events At Rawlings

In December…

The Conservatory’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Show runs Dec. 1 to 30. Poinsettias, including many unusual varieties and colors, will be for sale throughout the show. No longer is red the main attraction, we have orange, pink with splashes of white, and variegated as well. The gift shop is also well-stocked with books, cards, and house plants.

Visit with Santa! On Dec. 2, visitors can meet Santa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

 

In January…

The conservatory will host an Orchid Show with the Maryland Orchid Society, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday, January 11 – 13. Admission is free, $5 donation appreciated.

 

The orchid – the largest and most diverse flowering plant family on earth, loved for its unmatched exotic beauty – will be in the spotlight. The Conservatory, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society (MOS) is hosting the show exhibiting MOS members’ prize-winning plants. Meet with the Conservatory’s Orchid Specialist Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

 

For more information about events, the conservatory, and more visit

RawlingsConservatory.org

Tanglewood Amplifies Local Trade Talent through Untangled Minds’ AMP program!

Posted October 3rd, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, latest, Tanglewood News, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine… changing the lives of students, teachers, business leaders and an entire community…

Students of the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) program dream of becoming a Master Craftsperson. One student’s passion for working with his hands led to a summer internship at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood intern awarded Golden Saw from Tanglewood Engineer and AMP Teacher/Mentor, Mike Panschisin

 

Throughout his internship, he experienced woodworking, metalwork, handling glass, painting, construction, and CNC machining, while helping craft Tanglewood’s luxury conservatories.

 

“He is a wonderful asset to our team. He has a great outlook and attitude. The students in the AMP program learn what we call “Discovery Development”; how to take ownership, think like a business owner and be coachable. We are excited and look forward to having him back in the Spring.”

Alan Stein, Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture

 

A Program of Opportunity

Working alongside and learning from local industry professionals, students are currently designing and constructing a Cajon while preparing to take their Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification; a nationally recognized industry program for advanced manufacturing professionals. The Cajón is the most popular and widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument for the last 200 years and is now used not only in Cuban and Peruvian music but by folk musicians, Flamenco musicians, acoustic groups, street musicians (buskers) and increasingly, professional mainstream artists. Students went all out on this project! The intricate detailing of this Cajon will test their skills.

AMP student learns the intricacies of dovetail joinery as they work on the final assembly of their custom designed Cajon project alongside a master craftsmen from partner Hinckley Yachts.

 

 

By the end of the semester, students will pursue internships with local businesses specialized in the trades.

To follow the AMP students’ progress, subscribe to their newsletter HERE.

 

Giving Back

AMP is just one of the many ways Tanglewood is giving back to our community and passing on our skills to the next generation. The program’s advanced approach to project-based learning fused with personal development is preparing students well in advance to walk into well-paying jobs and good benefits right out of high school.

To learn more about the AMP program and the Untangled Minds Foundation, visit https://www.untangledminds.org/amp-1

To support our youth in discovering their life vision and passions through advanced manufacturing and woodworking, donate here.

 

Tanglewood, Untangled Minds, and the AMP program are proud partners with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Caroline County Public Schools, and several industry partners across Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Unique Conservatories – What Is The Attraction?

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Is it a trend… or a lifestyle…?

 

 

According to Mansion Magazine,

“Home designers are turning to a time-honored transparent transition: the conservatory… these spectacular bespoke glass houses were symbols of wealth from the 17th through the 19th centuries, [and have] become an integral architectural element in luxurious homes and high-rises around the globe”.

 Nancy Ruhling, writer for Mansion Magazine, recently interviewed Tanglewood President, Alan Stein, to understand why people are incorporating these unique structures into the design of their homes. Why?

When he and his wife, Nancy Virts, founded Tanglewood Conservatories over 25 years ago, they discovered this growing trend for the fascination of conservatories and greenhouses and our client’s desire to live in them. In their 25 years, the major shift they have seen is in their use; from traditional living spaces attached to the home to a more exotic space not only for living but for growing plants. Conservatories have become a part of their everyday lives, creating memories and living out their passions daily.

 

According to Alan,

“Today, greenhouses are much more popular at the high end of the market than they were 15 to 20 years ago.”

As the conservatory lifestyle grows, designers, architects, and owners are incorporating these glass room as key design features when remodeling or designing new homes.

Alan mentioned,

“They add a magical sense—the light coming in from above allows you to see the room in a significantly different way… every element is exposed, it’s a piece of art, not just another room. And that is exactly why people are falling in love with the conservatory.”

 

So how are owners around the globe using these rooms?

Elegant steel and glass pool pavilion, which became the highlight of a large renovation project. Cast iron and aluminum details stylishly complement the work.

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The conservatory is one of three focal pieces in the Pagoda Garden project conceptually designed by Gilkey and Jannopoulo. The project consists of different vignettes or “rooms” that present unique aspects of Asian design — a grouping of authentic Chinese Pagodas, a one of a kind koi pond, and a greenhouse in the conservatory style.

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Designed and built using cast stone and copper, this unique garden bar is the focal point of every gathering.

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Are you fascinated by the conservatory lifestyle?

Call us today to talk about your vision for bringing this timeless piece of art to life.

We look forward to working with you and your team.

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