The Newfield secret is out! The former Stella’s Restaurant, 1346 Elmira Road, has been bought by Amy Gaines Scholl, and after weeks and weeks of renovations, the building has become Louella’s Space, a rental venue for all kinds of events, and DarlingCake, Amy’s baking business.
With the name Amy honors her great-grandmother Louella, who she considers to be her guardian angel. Amy has lived in Ithaca for the past 7-plus years but is originally from the Buffalo area. Amy and her husband, John, are parents to Cameron, 13, an enthusiastic hockey player.
Amy attended culinary school at Le Cordon for Patisserie and Baking, and for the past 13 years has been developing a name and a business for DarlingCake. When Stella’s went up for sale, Amy fell in love with the space. As she typically caters 40+ weddings a year, she knew she needed a good kitchen space to grow in to, and a space to hold receptions, graduation parties, holiday parties, and more.
Louella’s Space can hold up to 100 guests, and is decorated in a modern and elegant design. Amy will not be operating the kitchen just yet, as all events held at her new space will be a la carte, meaning her clients can choose to bring in their own caterers, florists, photographers, event coordinators, and so on.
For more information and updates due to safety restrictions, please contact Amy at 607-564-6282.
Danby Church news
There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the Danby Community Church, 1859 Danby Road.
It is sad news that the beautiful Christmas Eve service at the church will not be held this year due to the pandemic. Please watch for more information about this in my Dec. 17 column.
Jessie Gray’s farm school located in Danby, the Morning Glory School, welcomes children ages four-six. Her program is intended to nourish the spirit, body, and mind of the child, weaving music, art, mindfulness, nature connection and farm life into one. With acres of surrounding land, the playground is the natural world.
Jessie has worked with children for over eight years, with influence from Primitive Pursuits, the Montessori School and her own personal work with yoga, herbalism, and music. This is a Pod Program, meaning there will never be more than six children per day. The school runs from Monday-Friday, September-June. For more information, please send a message to Jessie at [email protected].
Parks and campfire cooking
The Parks Project was created to transform park enthusiasts into a movement of park champions, by donating a portion of everything they sell to fund projects and by hosting volunteer days for clean-up efforts.
Emma Frisch’s beautiful book, “Feast by Firelight”, has been included for sale on the Parks Project’s website. Emma and her family run Firelight Camps behind La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road. Please visit parksproject.us and firelightcamps.com.
Cider and more
South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road in Danby, will now be open only for bottle and food sales to go. Their meals to go will begin Thursday, December 10, and remain available every Thursday-Saturday.
A craft market will be running from Saturday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 24 (check out the website for times). I know this season for Steve Selin and team has been busy, successful and fun! For more food information please visit https://southhillcider.squarespace.com/menu?mc_cid=a43cee15b3&mc_eid=420bfe39e2. For more information on South Hill Cider please visit southhillcider.squarespace.com/.
Suzanne Johnson of Willseyville, New York, has a passion for the natural world and our place in it, and is enthusiastic about helping other women achieve healthy bodies, hearts and minds. She has studied wilderness skills, practiced bio-intensive gardening, and has read up on how to develop emotional and spiritual health. Suzanne says, “I love sharing the skills and tools I have learned (and continue to learn) that have helped me see and feel this connection and hope that it does the same for those who attend my program.” And with those feelings, Suzanne’s program, The Women’s Gardening Apprenticeship at Wildmoon Homesteading LLC, was born.
At one time, Suzanne and her husband, Jeff Joseph, a woodworker and builder by craft, decided to grow all their own vegetables for a year in their small garden space, with twin goals of saving money and eating as organically and locally as possible.
Then, during Suzanne’s years as a buyer at GreenStar, she learned much about supplements and nutrition that added to her own research in those areas. She loves to share the garden food meals that she prepares for her classes, keeping it simple but delicious. For more information please call Suzanne 607-659-5995 or email her at [email protected] or visit the website at wildmoonhomesteading.com.
Not this year
The Greensprings Natural Burial site, 293 Irish Hill Road in Newfield, will not be offering any holiday greens this year, due to the virus restrictions. It is hoped that this offering can resume in 2021.
For me, the best story of this holiday season so far has been about Rockefeller. You might as, “Who or what is Rockefeller?” It is the name given to the adult Saw-whet, the smallest variety of owl in the Northeast, who unwittingly traveled from Oneonta, New York to New York City, nestled in the tree that is to become this year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center!
When the owl was discovered, having not eaten or drank in days, she was transported to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in the town of Saugerties, New York. “Rocky” has since been released into the forest at the edge of the Catskill Mountains, from where it is expected she will migrate to a warmer area.
And yes, I am referring to Rocky as “she” because although first identified as a male, she is in fact a female! No big surprise when you figure how tough and brave she has been through this rather scary adventure, right, ladies?
My thoughts are with Karen VanEtten of Newfield, and her family, on the passing of their loved one, Jerry VanEtten.
Southern Tompkins Town Talk appears every other Thursday in the Ithaca Journal. Please contact Gay Huddle at 273-6530 or [email protected] with stories from the Danby, West Danby, Newfield, South Hill and Brooktondale neighborhoods.