Do you believe great partnerships can help build your business?

Posted June 7th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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What’s your vision?

We believe that the strength of our company comes from the strength of our community both inside and out. To inspire EVERYONE we touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture we set out on a journey to develop a world class team and started experimenting with a new business system. We are now ready to share the fruits of our experiences and want to INVITE YOU to join our journey in our new Seminar Series We’re Better Together.

About the Series

During our journey we discovered new ways to interact with our clients, work with our partners, saw from a new perspective how to engage our employees, and a new perspective of how business systems can be applied. When we shared our experiences during our first event this past May with local industry businesses, we were blown away at the feedback:

“We look forward to implementing some of the materials from this event with the team at Lywood!”

Chief Estimator, Lywood

“It’s great to see a company with the understanding that every employee plays a role in marketing and sales”

“Great presentation! We are really interested in learning more about the Untangled Minds Foundation – would be a great opportunity for our business!”

Owner, REC

During the event we examined key client generating areas of business such as Marketing, Pre-Sales, Sales, Servicing, and Client for Life and took a closer look at business challenges and client needs that identify:

  1. Key areas in your systems that would build your business into a profit center
  2. Pressure points to focus on in your current business systems to ramp up your client generation and better qualify them
  3. Network with other professionals in your industry
  4. AND MORE…

Guest speakers Jennifer Tibbs and international speaker and author Rosanna Boersma also spoke on the importance of these systems and how our personalities play a role in our successes as a team and in working with our clients.

What’s to Come?

JOIN US for our next event, How to Convert More Prospects into Clients Faster! If you thought this event was interesting, wait until we get into more detail and dissect what makes a business successful!

For more details contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or join our network and subscribe to our email newsletters to keep up to date on events HERE!

What was your childhood dream home?

Posted May 12th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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When you were a child, did you dream of owning a home with a bowling alley or movie theater or greenhouse in your home?

Do you still want one?

Housed under this beautiful 40,000 square foot home rests a racquetball court, bowling alley, media room and more! What could they POSSIBLY be missing?

During construction of their dream home the architect was tasked with designing several of the home’s unique rooms; then the idea of a greenhouse arose so the architect reached out to partner with Tanglewood to take over this aspect of the renovations!

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The client had big ideas, dreaming of an old world industrial look with a twist – but how do you incorporate almost impossible elements designed over 100 years ago?

We laboriously researched books of old buildings and historic old world greenhouses that inspired our designs and as the great conservatories and greenhouses stood long ago, this greenhouse would reflect a decorative steel structure with curved rooflines bringing a “light” feel to the room.

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The use of circular motifs in the steel beams, stained glass and in the architectural details lighten the framework. The copper roof and dark stained mahogany on the interior and exterior and gutters disappear into the open glass room. As elements came together the greenhouse held a transparent feel, just as old world conservatories/greenhouses had displayed.

Now take a closer look…

Specially requested by the client, designed within the stained glass and steel beams four leaf clovers showcase her native Ireland, bring a piece of her into its structure.

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No matter the lengths we are dedicated to our partnerships with our clients and our partners to turn every dream into a reality. Our skilled craftsman’s strong background in historic structures allows us to relate, NOT replicate, each and every design, creating TRUE ONE OF A KIND works of art.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Let’s get your dream started – Call us at 410.479.4700 and click here to get your project started!

An Extraordinary Partnership

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… getting a letter years later from a client who falls more deeply in love with the home you designed and built for them; thanking you and telling you how they still appreciate the small details and added time you put in at the beginning to give them added benefits of discovering new details in the project as the months and years march on.

Trout Design is dedicated to bringing this kind of added value to all those they serve. NOT ONE PROJECT THE SAME, quality and value is what drives them to create beautiful architecture for those in the D.C. area and throughout the country. Their most recent project led them to partner with Tanglewood to create a unique conservatory to maximize the amount of light entering the heart of the client’s home.

Our clients had just moved back to Washington D.C. from California. Although the property they found did not meet all of their criteria, we helped them see the potential for extraordinary unrealized outdoor space on the roof and they fell in love with the house and the potential there. They love spending time in the sun and gardening, we want to bring them a space that combines their passions and allows them to do what they love year round.”

Michael Lee Beidler, Principal Trout Design

To combine their love of natural light and gardening, Trout Design developed the concept to construct a glass penthouse/greenhouse roosting above the main central staircase of the home leading to a full roof garden! This design will be a first for Trout and Tanglewood, but when talking with Michael we can hear the excitement in his voice and are ready to take on the opportunity.

Although we face some challenges such as zoning and historic preservation ahead of us, the main reason we partnered with Tanglewood was due to their extraordinary problem solving partnership and their specific expertise in glazing. We welcome them as a partner for design. Their commitment to extraordinary detail and unique capability to customize work,  fitting with our philosophy of adding unique detail and thus value to our work,  is very valuable to us as it aligns with our goal in providing the highest quality and project value to our clients. We believe that even the way you make a simple joint can be a work of art and Tanglewood shares that vision with us.”

With this intimate scale of a project, HOW each element of the conservatory is crafted is extremely important. In designing this concept, Michael and his team thought about how their client would experience the pathway up through the home to the roof deck, the conservatory skylight on the deck itself, and how the introduction of natural light will affect the quality of life throughout the entire house as this element transforms the existing dark central circulation core to a light filled escalier. By placing the roof lantern in the central part of the home, the interior is flooded with natural light. It’s attention to details like this that allow Trout to bring unique value to their clients for years to come.

As our partnership develops, we are excited to see this project to hit the drawing board! To LEARN MORE about Trout Design or to start a project of your own, don’t hesitate to give Trout Design a call, fill out our contact form, or visit www.troutdesign.com!

Michael Lee Beidler, Trout Design 202.659.0600

 

Who is the leader in American Classicism?

Posted April 26th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Insights, latest, Uncategorized
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Who is John Russell Pope?

Best known for his design of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, John Russell Pope set the precedence for monumental architecture. Pope designed the National Archives Building, Constitution Hall, and the Temple of the Scottish Right. Renowned for his interpretation of European classicism in a new American form, Architect and historian, Stephen M. Bedford, described Pope as a “leader in the development of highly refined and restrained American classicism.

Why he is such an important figure in the world of classical design? Take a look at some of the works he’s completed in his lifetime. Great conservatory architecture invites you to linger and enjoy its rich details, fanciful embellishments, and sensuous curves just as these historical details allow.

House of the Temple – Washington D.C. 1915

 

Tate Gallery – London, England1897

 

British Museum – London, England

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial – Washington, DC 1943

 

Skylands – New Jersey 1922

 

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce the 2017 John Russell Pope Awards, recognizing excellence in classical architecture, artisanship, interior design, and landscape architecture.

The Awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid Atlantic region. On April 21, 2017, the ICAA hosted the Awards ceremony. Tanglewood is honored to be a supporter and sponsor.

As classical architecture becomes increasingly re-discovered, the ICAA offers a forum for practitioners, enthusiasts, and students.

 

 

Legacy Conservatories: What will yours entail?

Posted March 1st, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Dynamic Glass, Pool Enclosures, Steel Structures, Uncategorized, Windows & Doors
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Imagine… creating a legacy that transcends generations. What would yours entail?

Does the combination of modern buildings and old world architecture inspire you? How would you make an impact on your home?

Aspiring to leave a lasting legacy is one of our clients driving forces behind creating a conservatory. They love the uniqueness of the architecture, the combination of historic beauty and modern technology while still possessing the ability to transform the structure into anything they dream of; to create a room that truly has no replica.

A recent client put it best, “every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”

Building Inside Out

Have you ever traveled to the Schönbrunn Palm house Conservatory in Vienna, Austria? This magnificent structure is one of the most unique, historic conservatories in the world and is known best for its exoskeleton design. That exoskeleton is rare, and makes the conservatory look more massive and strong from the outside. Inside the glass seems connected mostly by its edges, presenting smooth sheets of transparency.

It is also the inspiration for a couple’s grand pool enclosure in the San Juan Islands.

Drawn to its unique look of strength and permanence, the family wanted to echo the exoskeleton design with a few upgrades. While we are quite familiar with building glass conservatories, we have never done one like this before! Normally the frame of a building is hidden between the inside and outside walls, but this design exposes everything.

 

In a typical glass conservatory, the frame or skeleton is on the inside with the glass hung or attached outside as the skin of the building. Of course, the glass not only creates the temperature controlled inside, it allows you to see the frame, but inside the glass. With the exoskeleton design, the interior of the conservatory glass is smooth and uninterrupted. In truth, we spent about six months consulting with engineers and brainstorming in order to create exactly the pool house our clients wanted.

The result is amazing. Although much smaller than the Schönbrunn, its exoskeleton creates exactly the look and strength the client wanted. The exoskeleton sparkles in the sunlight, just as the glass and the water in the pool shines in total concert with the harbor’s – all in an enclosure that’s about 1,900 square feet.

So, how would you create your legacy?

Let us help you create a structure that will awaken and delight for generations. Schedule a consultation or call 1-410 479 4700 to discuss your vision.

70 Percent of medicines come from the most common of plants. Why not grow some for yourself?

Posted January 25th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Gardening, Greenhouses, Uncategorized
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When people think about adding a greenhouse to their property they are usually thinking about growing fresh or exotic foods, or flowers in mid winter or just extending their growing season. And a greenhouse will make all these things possible. Often overlooked is the ability to grow some of your own medicine.

Have you considered a living green wall?

Our partner, Dea Schofield, writes about growing your own medicine in a blog she titled Are YOU Growing Your Medicine this Winter? Dea is an expert horticulturist we met through a client who was an avid plant collector.

Dea managed his exclusive collection of edible plants. He was passionate about nature and wanted a greenhouse to show off his extensive plant collection. To relate to their existing home we designed a “Horticultural Jewel Box” as it had often been referred that combined all the elements of a gardener’s dream; a seating nook, delectable and edible plants, overlooking the water, and a little touch of the client’s unique design touch that made this greenhouse so unique.

To allow the greenhouse to house a multitude of plant species it required substantial heating and pumping equipment to make the climate consistent year ‘round. To hide the system and still keep the integrity of the design, we integrated a wall of living plants rather than the typical stick-it-outside-and-hope-no-one-notices approach. Few people realize that plant wall actually hides the mechanical equipment! Our plant collector loved the solution, and loves showing it off to visitors.

Dea talks more about the plants our collector grew and more in her blog “Difficult Challenges & Great Rewards.”

Wild Medicine

Dea is not alone in recognizing the value of medicinal plants. Starting Jan. 21, 2016 the Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens is hosting Wild Medicine in the Tropics. Many of the plants exhibited there would work well in a home greenhouse and you can even get some tips and tricks on which are best for your area!


Well respected Dr. Mercola points out that few  people recognize that roughly 70 percent of the medicines we use in the U.S. are derived from plants and other products from nature. He lists seven underappreciated medicinal plants, some of which you may already be growing. All of them, listed below, can also be grown in a greenhouse year around.

·       Ginger ·       Peppermint
·       Garlic ·       Lavender
·       Chamomile ·       Thyme
·       Dandelion

 

A greenhouse with all the plants you cherish, from flowers through edibles and on to medicinal is a magical place, for you, your family and for your legacy.

Now’s the best time to start planning your conservatory or greenhouse so download our e-brochure or schedule a no obligation consultation with our team to learn more!

What does Tanglewood’s Commitment to Building a World Class Team Mean to You?

Posted January 11th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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In the New Year, we are taking action to transform our already great team into a truly World Class, dynamite team. Our vision is to empower everyone we serve through transformational living spaces that will awaken and delight for generations. Our goal is to be better stewards of our talents for creating the most luxurious glass conservatories in the world and provide the highest standard of service to our clients and partners

Business Fundamentals for Success

Alan Stein, co-founder and co-owner of Tanglewood Conservatories began his career as a woodworker. When he thinks back on how he came to lead the business that has re-kindled the love of glass conservatories he says, “When I started the company years ago, I could do anything our team could do. I would often pick up a tool, and show them how to do it.”

“Those days are long gone,” Alan admits. “Now when I take complicated conservatory designs to our production department, the team tells me how they would like to build them. It’s a group that exudes a real ‘can do’ energy and enthusiasm.”

Tanglewood has recognized that in addition to creating the glass conservatories they are so well known for, to increase their already high standard of excellence and service, they need to expand their understanding of how to develop an elite business. To that end, they’ve been working with Executive Business Coach Mark Boersma to learn what makes an outstanding business so outstanding, and precisely how we can implement that in our business.

Understanding these fundamentals allows our staff and management to put systems in place that help every member of the team make sure not only are they doing what they should, but that nothing gets overlooked – every day in all ways possible. The result is an elite product and service you deserve.

 

Success in Numbers

As we expand our knowledge in all phases of our business it opens up the opportunity to form partnerships to not only empower some of our dreams and goals, but also passions of others in our community. One way we are helping to empower our community is through shared passions to empower kids by teaching them entrepreneurial and life success skills necessary to compete in the global business environment. Together with Caroline County Public Schools and local business owners, we’ve developed the AMP program to actively get students more involved in the community, thinking like business owners, and developing their skills beyond the technical need to do a job; they will also have the emotional intelligence to successfully work with a team and manage operations and teams efficiently and effectively through high level leadership skills. We are working hard to ensure students have the best chance of success in the workforce as either employees or successful entrepreneurs.

We soon will be reaching more kids; we recently met and partnered with The Crossing, an Indiana state accredited academic school program dedicated to show struggling students how to become contributing members of their communities. The Crossing has a vision:

 To transform lives through education by focusing on the heart and mind

The Crossing has developed an engaging entrepreneurial system that not only teaches students the technical skills to do the hands on work, but combines their training with essential everyday life skills to develop students beyond expectations and make them an ideal member of any company; this is what Tanglewood is working to accomplish with the AMP program

Continually learning and strengthening our team’s skills and developing innovative designs are how we create a unique journey for you as you design and create your conservatory.

We hope 2017 is your best year yet and we look forward to enjoying it with you! Please, feel free to get in touch. You can call us at 410.479.4700 or use the form on our contact page.

 

Happy New Year!

Team Tanglewood

How can we turn our dreams into reality?

Posted December 14th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Palmhouse ConservatoryGoals, informed by life vision are recognized ways successful people achieve what they want. It’s the way dreams turn into reality.

Daydreams inform our goals

Although daydreaming is frowned on by some, others recognize daydreams as the key to creativity. Last year, an essay in The New York Times reminded us that Albert Einstein was known for his daydreaming – his thought experiments.

EntreArchitect™ quoted motivator and coach, Tony Robbins as saying, “… Brainstorm everything worth pursuing. Then pick a goal that excites you the most, something that will get you up early and keep you up late…”

We dream with our clients

As we work with our clients and examine how the best results happen, we notice that we always start with their dream and work make their dream come true through our craftsmanship and attention to detail. This is true in every case. Without the dream, nothing would be built.conservatory dreams

Of course, the fruition of the dream starts when someone chooses to move forward. It’s in the moving forward that dreams begin to manifest, first in design and the plans and then in the actual creation of the glass conservatory or magnificent skylight, or exciting greenhouse.

Small step by small step the dream turns into a goal, complete with plans and deadlines; before long the dream is realized, often in ways that are better than first imagined.

We know that in every case someone has to begin. You can start on making your dream of a conservatory or a special pool house, or a dome that invites light by getting in touch with us. Call us at: 1-410-479-4700

Or fill in the form on our Contact page.

Do you know how glass conservatories can enhance your children’s health?

Posted October 5th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Greenhouses, Insights, Uncategorized
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For many, glass conservatories and greenhouses are valued primarily for the availability of natural light they bring, particularly in the fall and winter months. What most families don’t realize is the major positive impact conservatories and greenhouses can offer to families anywhere in the world.

Although the tendency is to think of these spaces as primarily adult places, children of all ages can benefit greatly by spending time in there as well. In fact, family time in a home conservatory or custom greenhouse is not only healthy, it’s absolutely delightful.

Health Benefits No Matter the Weather

childrenWhat do you and your children do on a sad, rainy day? Sit around and watch tv, do homework, or drive you crazy! What about the fall or winter months when the harsh winter weather arrives or during the summer when the heat advisory is through the roof? Natural light is essential to your family’s well-being, not only for their physical health, but your mental health as well!

According to Dr. Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in an article at Health Day, “There is increasing evidence that exposure to natural light, during the day – particularly in the morning –is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism.”

Greenhouses and glass conservatories allow everyone from infants on up to benefit from natural light year around. The natural light and the abundance of plants stimulate all the senses – seeing, hearing, touching, and smelling. By stimulating your senses in the natural environment it creates a sense of awareness and, in children especially, helps to develop capacities for creativity, problem solving, intellectual development, and gross motor skills.

The Benefits of Play

Conservatories and custom greenhouses provide natural light. They also offer protection from harsh winter weather, allowing fun outdoor -like play to continue all year long. Play in these protected special places allows children plenty of opportunities to be where plants, soil, and light mimic an almost natural environment. Play and learning of all sorts can take place in these marvelous spaces.

According to the Department of Education & Training in a recent article,

“Sensory stimulation derived from interacting with natural environments allows children to learn with all of their senses… in recent review of literature concerning children play outdoors… [There is a link between] time spent outdoors to increased physical activity, healthy development and overall wellbeing. Research also shows that children having trouble concentrating benefit from playing outdoors, as after playing these children are better able to concentrate on tasks.”

The glass conservatory creates an ideal way to bring the natural environment into the home and custom greenhouses can be designed to encourage children and adults to enjoy nature while protected from unforgiving weather.

Physical activity like hide and seek, creating Tiny Gardening Terrariums, trimming plants, planting and more are all possible in these, protected, almost-natural environments. Greenhouses and the conservatories mimic the outdoors, allowing the whole family to experience healthy benefits even when the wind is blowing and the outside air is cold and wet.

Kids in Conservatories and greenhouses

Play in a conservatory or greenhouse isn’t much different than play outside. Or it needn’t be. Even areas for safe rough-housing can be included. Certainly the light and the plants bring benefit to even the quiet activities that absorb the full attention of children.

When you couple great natural light with children at play you have an ideal combination because children benefit from both play and play in nature.

According to Richard Louv, 2008 Audubon Medal Recipient and author of Last Child in the Woods , reported in a Washington Post Article,  “(his book refers to) many studies that have shown that spending time in nature has tremendous health benefits, among them improved concentration, a greater ability to engage in creative play, an aid to help treat mental illness (in particular ADHD and children-in-greenhousedepression), and exercise that beats out organized sports with its hour-to-hour physical activity. Children who spend more time in nature develop better motor fitness and coordination, especially in balance and agility. And the benefits of the mind are not to be overlooked; greater time in nature can help children develop a healthy interior life, greater mental acuity, inventiveness, and sustained intellectual development.”

The greenhouse and glass conservatory offer additional ways to be almost outdoors and garner the same benefits. And play can be anything from a quiet place to read or be read to on to activates including planting seeds and plants and caring for them. Both greenhouses and glass conservatories bring nature closer to home for children. In fact, creating their own Tiny Gardening Terrariums allow kids to explore the science behind growing plants in an ecosystem, use their creativity, and learn about responsibility while keeping their ecosystem running!

The possibilities are endless under a glass conservatory or greenhouse. When it’s time to plan yours, we know you’ll be delighted with the lasting legacy you’re creating for your children and grandchildren., We’d be happy to talk with you and your family about a glass conservatory or custom greenhouse. Please fill out the contact us form or call us at: 410.479.4700.

 

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Opportunity for a Change in the Educational World

Posted September 28th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Insights, latest, Uncategorized
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Rise Richardson, Director of The Village School in Royalston, Massachusetts, talks about Philanthropic Investing, saying,

When they give to the Village School, high net worth individuals are investing in the future, both in terms of the opportunity for ‘normal’ childhoods, and in terms of changing the educational world.”

The Village School

The Village School is a wonder. In 1989 a group of parents, farmers, scientists, writers and local business people gathered and over time created a new kind of school.

It was designed to be a “…model for people in rural areas to give opportunities for community and kids to achieve,” according to Richardson.

village-school-kids-1Serving preschool through 6th grade, the school recognizes the need for children to be part of a community and to be connected to the farming, forestry, stewardship and conservation with the land around them. This is facilitated by bringing balance to the student’s physical, emotional, and mental capabilities.

Using mixed-age classrooms, the school take advantage of the fact that “kids learn from other kids,” she said.

From the start – their students are told they are leaders & held to a high standard, Richardson continued. “Our kids have a strong sense of confidence and know who they are and are eager about learning… they do not just study to get a good grade. The students are actually interested in the material and want to learn more.”

The first graduates from The Village School are now 26-27 years old. Most have gone off to the college of their dreams and have succeeded in their fields – they are leaders, according to Richardson.  “They take ownership and responsibility,” a skill taught at the school, she commented.

Funding and building

When the school was established it was housed in an old town-owned schoolhouse, nicely melding tradition with new ideas. However, the city has developed a need for that property and has set a tentative deadline of September 2017 the village school planfor the school to vacate.

Back in 1998 the school was able to buy some 55 acres on which to build a new, expanded school (in May 2017), and eventually, a future campus for adult learning.  The city’s needs created the opportunity for The Village School to start planning how to use their property.

Now the plans are in place, permits just issued, and groundbreaking for the new school is scheduled for Spring, 2017.

Funding and financing is in place, but subject to some strict deadlines. Richardson said,

Good news, we just raised another 200K!  We need 200K more to get to the total of 500K that the bank wants to see before their loan of 750K kicks in and we can break ground and start building. We are building the complete five classroom school for the low price of $1,800,000 (!) using local contractors and skilled volunteers.”

The sooner that additional $200,000 + can be raised, the sooner they can actually start building, subject to Massachusetts weather of course. Larger contributions can help free the school from the burden of a huge bank loan with large payments, so the school can focus energy and resources on children and developing programs for them.

Why we love this project!

We love what’s been done at The Village School. Even more impressive are their plans for the new campus. We support their goals of connecting kids to the land and teaching meaningful conservation and are impressed and delighted with their goal of endowed scholarships.

We were delighted to make an initial contribution of $15,000 to The Village School!

In many ways our commitment and support of both the Caroline County Public Schools and County Economic Development Department to assist in training and providing resources thorough their AMP program for high school students are similar because of their focus on The Village Schoolstudent achievement. Each one invests in our youth’s future and the future of our communities.

That’s why we are standing behind The Village School and encouraging everyone to speak with Rise Richardson to learn more about their efforts at 978 249 3505.

There is also the possibility of naming rights to their new school with the right contribution. Imagine the whole school named for someone you love and respect, or highlighting your company’s vision.

Discover more specifics about The Village School building plans here. You can also make a tax deductible donation on that page. For setting up substantial donations and pledges, contact the school directly.