The Glad Fest: celebrating Pollyanna in Littleton, New Hampshire

Dick and Debbie Alberini receive the annual Pollyanna Signature Award for their service to the community and spirit of positivity. Photo by Zachary Sar

Do you remember the classic children’s novel Pollyanna? Written in 1913, it’s the story of a young orphan with an optimistic outlook who, after losing her father, is sent to live with her stern aunt in a small New England town. Pollyanna’s cheerful personality and Glad Game win over everyone including, eventually, her aunt Polly.

Every year in June, the town of Littleton, New Hampshire (just up the road from our Franconia headquarters) celebrates Pollyanna Day.

Author Eleanor Hodgman Porter was born and raised in Littleton, moved to Boston to study music, and later wrote a series of novels including her most famous — Pollyanna.

The town in the novel bears a strong resemblance to her hometown, and Littleton residents happily commemorate Pollyanna, and Porter, every year. This year, to mark the day’s 15th anniversary, it was a weekend-long Glad Fest!

Here’s a glimpse into the weekend’s festivities, captured by our friend, photographer Zachary Sar.

A passerby accepts the piano’s invitation to “Be Glad… Make Music”. Littleton’s Main Street boasts a number of brightly colored pianos for impromptu performances. Photo by Zachary Sar

Commemorating the weekends festivities with photos on the library lawn. Photo by Zachary Sar

A candid moment with Pollyanna host Rebecca Colby in front of the bronze Pollyanna statue at the Littleton Library. Photos by Zachary Sar

Local band Not Your Mother providing live music during Friday night’s events. Photo by Zachary Sar

Garnet Hill’s own Jae Kim performing with Not Your Mother. Photo by Zachary Sar

The Upstage Players entertain with a selection from Pollyanna, the Musical. Photo by Zachary Sar

Members of the Upstage Players enjoying the festivities. Photo by Zachary Sar

Young GladFest goers wore their favorite Pollyanna-style hats. Photo by Zachary Sar

Taking a break in front of the Littleton Diner. Photo by Zachary Sar

Everyone’s feeling glad! Photo by Zachary Sar


Megan Cunningham, Miss White Mountains Region 2016 (left), Jere Eames (center), and Natalie Cartwright, Miss Littleton Area’s Outstanding Teen 2016 (right). Photo by Zachary Sar


All smiles, playing at the Riverwalk. Photo by Zachary Sar


A local artisan demonstrates his wood-burning technique. Photo by Zachary Sar


Taking in the day in true Pollyanna style. Photo by Zachary Sar


Natalie Cartwright, Miss Littleton Area’s Outstanding Teen 2016, posing with a friend. Photo by Zachary Sar


The Positively Pancakes Breakfast at the First Congregational Church was absolutely delicious! Photo by Zachary Sar

We loved this photo of Glad Fest Photographer Zachary Sar, as illustrated by local artist Kaio Scott, during the weekend’s festivities!

Zach, in his own words: “A small-time local photographer living in Littleton, always walking to capture the street life and dogs of Main Street.”

Turning plastic bottles into backpacks: the NEW Eco Backpack Collection

The 2017 kids backpack collection is in!
And this year they’ve got a special, eco-friendly twist.

While still packed with the ergonomic features parents love (including curved straps, padded backs, and sized-to-fit proportions), the collection now uses recycled PET fabric — made from discarded plastic bottles and reclaimed poly.
Garnet Hill Eco-Friendly Kids' Backpack Collection

Did you know?

Americans use roughly 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour.
Only about 30% of plastic bottles are recycled.
It takes between 500 and 1000 years for plastic to break down in a landfill.
It’s predicted that by 2050, the plastics in the oceans will outweigh the fish.

Those statistics are disheartening to be sure, but there’s a lot that we can do. Like avoiding plastic packaging when possible and recycling plastic when we do use it.

We love that these packs give new life to reclaimed plastic, which helps to keep it out of our landfills and water supplies! They’re also made to last, so be sure to hand them down to siblings, cousins, and friends when you can.

To learn more about all of the smart features in our backpack collection, check out our kids’ collection.

For games, activities, and more kid-friendly info about recycling and protecting the environment, check out EekoWorld from PBS Kids, the EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources, and the Recycle Roundup from National Geographic Kids

Sources:

Recycle Across America
The Balance – An Overview of Plastic Recycling
World Economic Forum – The New Plastics Economy

The Great Hamptons Escape

Enter the Great Hamptons Escape Getaway Sweepstakes
For a limited time, you have the chance to win the ultimate getaway for two to the fabulous Hamptons. Winners of the giveaway will receive a prize package that includes airfare, three-night accommodations at Baron’s Cove, a $500 shopping spree at the Garnet Hill store, gift certificates for dining, and a summer gift basket with Garnet Hill beach essentials, Tate’s Bake Shop cookies, and a luxury spa kit from LATHER. All you have to do is enter!

A summer party in the Hamptons

Garnet Hill Bridgehampton Store Summer Party
Despite what the calendar says, it is officially summer at Garnet Hill! We kicked off the season with a fantastic party at our Bridgehampton location hosted by KDHamptons’ luxury lifestyle magazine editor, Kelli Delaney. Designers, tastemakers, and Garnet Hill fans were in attendance celebrating and shopping our new summer collection and our exclusive Home Collaboration with esteemed textile designer and artist Judy Ross.
Judy Ross

Highlights from the event included savory farm-to-table bites, a signature “Pink Cloud” cocktail made just for us, and a delicious dessert bar from Janet O’Brien Caterers. Musician Christiaan Padavana serenaded guests with his ukulele and enchanting voice.
Champagne Glass and Pink Flowers.

Check back in with the blog, and look for more events to come all summer long!
Garnet Hill Bridgehampton Store Summer Party

June 5 is World Environment Day – “the people’s day.”

June 5th is World Environment Day

Garnet Hill from Sugar Hill – Photo by Jason Tors

1974 felt like the year that would never end.

Inflation topped 11%. Richard Nixon was impeached.
And just as this writer got a driver’s license, the national speed limit dropped to 55.

The United Nations, however, was exhibiting admirable forethought in ‘74 by introducing World Environment Day.

In the UN’s words:

“World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.”

Two years later, Garnet Hill was founded. Our passion was splashed across the masthead of early issues: “The Original Natural Fibers Catalog.” Today more than ever, we design with sustainability in mind. On World Environment Day and every day, natural fiber stories are woven here.


Here’s what our designers and merchants are passionate about in 2017.

Organic Cotton

It’s farmed without harmful pesticides, GMOs, or chemical defoliants, to avoid adverse impacts to land and water. More of our cotton products – soon to include a new Signature Flannel sheet – are made with organic fibers than ever before.

GREEN COTTON

GREEN COTTON® is the vendor that’s been with Garnet Hill longer than any other. Its passion for environmental stewardship never wanes. Its cotton is harvested without chemical defoliants, and dyed and finished to minimize pollution.

Organic Linen

Our organic linen is crafted from extra-long fibers of certified-organic French flax, for comfort without chemicals. The coastal climate and well-drained soil of the Normandy region where it grows yield what is considered to be the finest fiber of its kind.

Alpaca

Alpacas are indigenous to the Andes Mountains of Peru. Through the centuries they’ve adapted to the altitude and cold temperatures by evolving a rare and luxurious fleece. They are gently sheared by hand once each summer, yielding what was thought to be “the fiber of the gods” by the ancient Incans. Alpacas graze freely in the highlands, which helps preserve open land and prevent overgrazing.

Cashmere

Long ago, our supplier established relationships with herdsmen who raise Kashmir goats on multi-generational family farms in Inner Mongolia. These purebred goats are treated like pets; never crossbred for higher yields, they’re responsibly herded to preserve the land.

The workspace where our cashmere sweaters are made is energy-efficient and spotless. Solar panels generate 60% of the company’s electricity.

We use only Oeko-Tex®-certified eco-friendly dyes, which require fewer chemicals, less water, and less energy.

And our Eco Cashmere selections are made from natural white, beige, and brown fibers. Undyed and unbleached, they are processed with very little water and zero chemicals.

TENCEL® lyocell

Made from wood pulp harvested from eucalyptus trees that are grown without harmful substances, TENCEL® lyocell is one of the most eco-friendly fibers on the market today. The fibers are harvested from responsibly managed, renewable forests. A closed-loop production process uses less water and energy, for minimal impact on the environment. We like the softness and drape of TENCEL, and are including the fiber in more products than ever this year.

Eco Merino

Coming soon to our best-selling Signature Merino Cardigan sweaters are merino wool fibers processed a new way: with eco-friendly oxygen.

Our path to everyday sustainability and a healthier environment continues.
Stay tuned for new collections that are green in every color.

Six sweet surprises for your summer-camp packing list

Summer Popsicles

Even experienced campers can feel apprehensive about setting off for another season.

So beyond the standard swimsuits and shorts, we thought it would be fun to pack a few unexpected surprises. Thoughtful items to help them get settled, get to know their new friends, and remind them that you’re never too far away.

A spare pillowcase (in white or a light solid color) and fabric markers

Sheets in the Wind

She and her campmates can get creative — adding their signatures and doodling all summer long. When she returns home, she’ll have a meaningful keepsake.

Tip: Other ideas for personalizing include a small wooden picture frame (minus the glass) and markers if there’s space, or quilt squares if you’re crafty.

Notes from home, photos, or other treats

Note and Orange Bowls
From parents, siblings, and friends. Invite anyone you know your child will miss to write a little note or send along a favorite photo.

Tip: Try to sneak them into inconspicuous places so they’ll stand a small chance of not being opened right away.

A new skill

Teach her how to make friendship bracelets ahead of time and send along some string for making them at camp. And be sure to make one for each of you to wear while she’s gone. It’s a sweet and simple way to help you both feel connected while you’re apart.

Ice breakers to help her get to know cabin-mates

Paper Heart
Include some easy conversation starters to help with initial awkwardness or rainy day doldrums. Check out your local bookstore for boxes of questions, joke books, yoga cards, or one of the many fun National Geographic books for kids.

A journal for recording camp memories

Pack it with colored pencils and a flashlight, for writing and sketching until lights out.
Green and Blue Pencils

Pre-addressed post cards to give to new BFFs at the end of the summer (and some blank ones too)

Because knowing it’ll be super-simple to stay in touch may make saying goodbye just a little bit easier.

What are your favorite ways to make your camper feel at home, away from home?

For camp-ready tees, shorts, water shoes, and UPF 50+ swimwear, check out our kids’ collection.

5 swimwear designers, in their own words

Kenneth Cole

“I’ve always felt that if I can make what I do not just what you stand in but what you stand for, not just what you wear but of what you are aware, then my relationship with you is so much more profound and so much more meaningful.”

Kenneth Cole High-Neck Mio One-Piece Swimsuit
Kenneth Cole High-Neck Mio One-Piece Swimsuit


Michael Kors

“My mother always had a very sporty, very spare, streamlined edge to her. My grandmother, on the other hand, was full-on glamour. She believed in jewelry at the pool, high heels in all situations, loads of makeup, lots of color, all of that. I think I kind of learned about the blend of the two from them.”

Michael Kors Regatta-Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit
Michael Kors Regatta-Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit


Carmen Marc Valvo

“I give the same attention to detail [to my swimwear] as I do with the gowns, during their construction. It’s not just a little piece of Lycra® that shows every bump and imperfection that a woman is trying to hide…”

Carmen Marc Valvo Draped Tankini
Carmen Marc Valvo Draped Tankini


Vince Camuto

“The Vince Camuto woman is many different women. She has taste, intelligence, and fashion flair. She knows what she wants.“

Vince Camuto Fiji Bikini
Vince Camuto Fiji Bikini


Trina Turk

“Summer is about spending a lot more time outdoors, hanging out with people, and drinking Rosé. We’re pretty adventurous about mixing pattern. In a way, it’s part of the DNA of the brand.“

Trina Turk Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit
Trina Turk Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

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Now open for the season: the Garnet Hill store in Bridgehampton, New York

Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NY
The art is up, the designs are out, and the doors are open for the start of the summer season at our Bridgehampton store. We are thrilled to be able to showcase our favorite pieces and designers for an in-person shopping experience. As President and CEO Claire Spofford describes it:

“We’re debuting new summer styles for women and more home designs than ever, including bedding, bath, and decor. The opportunity to touch and feel before buying, plus a new roster of book signings and other exciting events, should make the store a Hamptons destination again this year.”

Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NY
In addition to the classic designs that customers have come to expect from us, we are pleased to carry Haus Candles, Be Home tableware, and Minor History leather accessories in store.
Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NY
Stop by and greet summer in a breezy linen dress, a handcrafted accessory, or an EILEEN FISHER exclusive. Or take home a set of rich new towels and exquisite bedding for summer guests!
Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NY

Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5:00 pm

5 artisans of jewelry, in their own words

Robindira Unsworth

“One of the things I love to do is mix hues, textures and shapes. Pieces like this remind me of the days of charm bracelets and the tradition of collecting life’s memories and wearing them as special totems.”

Robindira Unsworth Layered Cluster Necklace
Robindira Unsworth Layered Cluster Necklace


Chan Luu

“I like simple things that speak to you. I want to have a connection with what I wear. When things are handmade, they have a certain personality, a certain character that you really can’t get if you do it by machine.”

Chan Luu Mixed-Stone & Crystal Wrap Bracelet
Chan Luu Mixed-Stone and Crystal Wrap Bracelet


Jane Diaz

“I’ve been collaborating with Nepalese silversmiths for over 20 years. It’s been a magical relationship to be able to doodle and draw and have these drawings brought to life by these skilled hands. My mission in this place
is to keep their crafts alive.”

Jane Diaz Hoop Earrings
Jane Diaz Hoop Earrings


Mickey Lynn

“Charli is a very talented metalsmith. She brings a unique flair to all of our handmade metal pieces as well as brass castings seen on many Mickey Lynn pieces. She has an abundant understanding of the materials and manipulates them to make the most beautiful jewelry.“

Mickey Lynn Cuff Bracelet
Mickey Lynn Cuff Bracelet


Évocateur

“We are an American-made company. Everything is handmade in our studio in Connecticut. It’s an ancient hand-gilding technique that I adapted for jewelry; it actually took me 18 months of trial and error to come up with our proprietary technique. We have a group of artists who handcraft each piece, and because of that, each one is very unique. No two are alike; they’re almost like snowflakes.“

Évocateur Munich Cuff
Evocateur Munich Cuff

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Dressed for dinner: the barbeque edition

Justine Dungo, the blogger behind Pretty in Pistachio, gives us the inside scoop on some of her favorite recipes for a delicious Memorial Day BBQ.

I love when I start to feel the months warm up, because this means it’s officially the season of outdoor BBQs and summer get-togethers. In fact, Memorial Day weekend is coming up soon and it’s the perfect excuse to try out some new seasonal recipes!

When I am cooking or baking for crowds, I like to keep dishes simple. This means, recipes with only a few ingredients and none that are too overwhelming or extremely strong in flavor. Reviewing the prep and cook time of a recipe beforehand is also important – the last thing you want is to be stuck inside on a gorgeous day making a three-hour dish!

Once the menu is set, the next stressful dilemma arrives: what to wear! Personally, I like to pair basics with bold pops of color. With a simple solid dress, I’ll choose a bright accessory to add a little character.
Justine Dungo, the blogger behind Pretty in Pistachio

Justine Dungo, the blogger behind Pretty in Pistachio
I also love a denim jacket, especially if the party runs late into the evening.

Justine Dungo, the blogger behind Pretty in Pistachio
Here are some of my favorite recipes for you next BBQ bash:

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Misc Time: 30 minutes (for chicken to rest in marinade)
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Makes 10 Chicken Skewers
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and roughly chopped (discard stems)
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon marjoram
2 medium bell peppers (use a mix of colors)
1 red onion
10 skewer sticks

Directions

Clean the chicken thighs and remove any excess fat. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces, about 1in squares.

Place the chicken pieces in a medium bowl. Add in the onion, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, lemon juice, and marjoram. Mix until everything is well combined. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This could also be made ahead and left in the refrigerator overnight.

Wash the peppers and cut off the stem. Discard the seeds. Cut the peppers into roughly 1-inch squares. Cut the onion so that you have pieces in a similar shape and size as the peppers.

Assemble your skewers by alternating between peppers, onions, and chicken until all 10 skewers are full and the ingredients are all used up.

Fire up the grill or stove top to medium-high heat. If you are cooking on the stovetop you can use any cast iron surface or a large nonstick frying pan. Cook the skewers for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.

Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
No cooking required

Fills a 12” dinner plate, adjust the quantities of citrus based on your liking and number of servings you desire

1 large naval orange
2 blood oranges
1 medium grapefruit
¼ tsp sugar (optional)
handful fresh mint

Directions

Remove the peels from the fruit. Lay the fruit on a cutting board so that the segments (carpels) are parallel with the cutting board. Use a large chef’s knife to slice the citrus so that you end up with circular pieces. Arrange the circles of citrus on a large service platter.

If you want to add a little sweetness to the citrus you can sprinkle sugar on top of the fruit. Then garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Pudding Parfaits

Strawberry Blueberry Pudding Parfaits

Prep Time: 20 minutes
No baking required
Makes 4 cups of parfait

1 cup mini vanilla wafers, crushed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 box instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
2 cups cool whip
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix with the milk and whisk for 5 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thick. Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 5 minutes.

Combine the crushed wafers with the melted butter until the mixture starts to resemble wet sand. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of a serving dish and press down with your fingers until the crumbs come together and are firm.

Spoon pudding into the dishes and spread it out evenly. Add a layer of cool whip. Add a layer of fresh fruit. Continue to layer the parfait alternating with the ingredients until you reach the top. I like to end the layers with whipped cream and then use any remaining fruit to add a fun design or decorative top. The red, white, and blue is a great way to be festive for the holiday!