And for the next three months, it's a bring a friend theme!
Open to the public, but especially for volunteers, the first Support the Pink House meeting of the New Year will be held on Wed, January 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, MA. 01951
If you've already signed up to help and are ready to pitch in, in small, meaningful ways - or want to - come! (You can sign up to volunteer and tell us what your interests and available time is by filling out out CONTACT form on this website!)
Just want to learn more about TPH? This meeting is for you too!
Come hear about our progress - or come to get more involved, whether you are someone who just has a a few hours here or there to devote, or someone who really wants to take on a big more of a role:
This will be an opportunity to put YOUR OWN sunshine into the next 2 gray months & make a difference in your community!
We've 3 easy things we need help with, in either Feb or March...
* Update on Meetings with Senator Tarr
* 3 ways you can help in the next 60 days! Sign up for 1-3 hrs of your time in Feb or March.
*Hear about our writing and historical research and social media needs if that's what you love to do.
*Learn about our next local event - set for July 11th.
* Refreshments and cookies!
* Door Prize Drawing!
* Get Pink House Tees, stickers, keychains
* Sign the petition
Another way you can help: BRING A FRIEND, especially one who lives in Ipswich, Rowley, Beverly, Peabody, Merrimac,Rockport, Glouchester, Marblehead, Salisbury, Seabrook, Hampton, Dover, Rye, Exeter, Haverhill, etc...
At this meeting, we're hoping forsuggestions about various coffee shops, libraries, and central public places in Salisbury, Seabrook, Ipswich, Rowley, Beverly, Peabody, Merrimac, Hampton, Rockport etc..
Is that you? Or can you do a little asking around before you come? Just that alone is a way to make a contribution to save the pink house. Come and you'll see why we need them.
The Pink House HOLIDAY Art Show and Auction is less than a week away! It's being held at PITA Hall, just past the Plum Island Grill, next Thursday, November 17, starting at 6:30 PM.
Local merchants and artists have come out of the woodwork to Support The Pink House! Many photographers and painters are offering their own works to be bid on in both a silent and live auction, as The Pink House has captured the imagination of many through the years. The Pink House is such a popular subject that it made the Boston Globe's list of "10 Places to Paint the Town," written by Laurie Bain Wilson --and it even scored the cover image!
Each auction piece bought becomes a donation to Support The Pink House, while participating artists will also be selling some of their other works with a portion also going to the cause. This is a great time to knock some items off your holiday shopping list!
In addition to the art auction, there will be chances to win some fantastic raffle prizes, such as a custom-designed men's shirt from stylist Rochelle Joseph, and a stunning piece of pink jewelry by Pam Older Designs, a gold and chrystal necklace and earring set by Bella Beads Studio, a pair of Snowy Owl Christmas ornaments, Main Stage tickets and drinks to Stoneham Theatre, a Wine tasting for 6 from Mill River Winery, NBPT Brewing Company's VIP tour basket for four, $50 gift Certificates from Amesbury Industrial Supply and more!
There's something for everyone on your list - including YOU!
Come eat pink moon pies made specially by Chococoa Baking Company, sip craft beer from Newburyport Brewing Company, browse and bid, while listening to live strains of Bossa Nova guitarist John Tavano!
We hope to see you there at 6:30 pm on November 17, 2016 at PITA Hall. Invite your friends, spread the word. RSVP To our Facebook Invitation HERE.
We continue our series highlighting some incredible people who stepped forward when Support The Pink House was in it's infancy, and selflessly gave their time and talents to carry us to the point that we are at. They did it for their own love of The Pink House, but also on your behalf - and the behalf of the entire North Shore community (and beyond) who expressed the same desire to preserve and protect this iconic landmark.
If you're on our Facebook page, have been visiting this website, opened our brochure, visited our booth at Yankee Homecoming, etc, chances are great that you've seen the work of this next person and may not realize that. It was Jon Elcock's photo was on the cover of April's North Shore Magazine which featured our story! In fact, the one at the top of this page is also shot by Jon! And you could take it home as it will be up for auction at our upcoming Pink House Holiday Art Show and Auction coming up on November 17 at PITA Hall.
"The first time I visited Plum Island, I was a bird photographer headed to explore the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The Pink House instantly caught my attention and I began to envision the house in all sorts of scenes and conditions. From then on I began to carry my wide angle lenses with me when I went out to Plum Island, welcomed each time by the house. Two years later my photographic interests have shifted to landscapes, and I credit much of my 'eye' for these scenes to that lonely house out in the marsh. It seems fitting that my first framed print sale and my first published photograph were both images of the Pink House. This house continues to be an inspiration through my journey as a photographer and I would love to see it preserved and maintained so others can appreciate it in the same way!"
Jon is a physical therapy graduate student at Northeastern, and has found success in his hobby as a photographer; a number of his landscape images were published in the last year. His full portfolio of work, featuring many scenes from Plum Island, can be found on his website. Jon came aboard in the spring of 2016 and took a leading role in our Social Media Committee, created our website, volunteered at Yankee Homecoming, and continues to donate portions of his art sales to the cause.
The first Pink House Art Show and Auction is planned for 6:30 pm on November 17, 2016 at PITA Hall -- within sight of the pink lady herself!
Jumping in to the spirit of the season, we figure it's perfect timing. We planned it to happen before all the travel, cooking, shopping and multiple holiday events have crammed your schedule. Warm up on a blustery evening, stroll with something to sip on and enjoy taking in all the extraordinary art done by local photographers and painters of the icon that is all our own. And you can do some gift shopping while it goes to a good cause and supports our local artists!
There will be donated pieces for auction, and additional pieces for sale with a percentage also going to Support The Pink House. There will also be a chance to win a bona fide custom made men's shirt the recipient can design themselves along with Wardrobe Stylist Rochelle Joseph, as well as a stunning piece of jewelry from our own Pam Older Designs.
There's something for everyone on your list - especially that hard to buy for category. And we have a feeling, you may end up leaving with something just for YOU!
PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR. Visit/Like our Facebook Page and see the event invite there!
The final monthly meeting of Support the Pink House for 2016 will follow our Art Fundraiser on November 30, at PITA Hall at 7 pm. We expect to celebrate the success of this event, talk about what we can do in 2017 and then we're all going to enjoy the holidays - with some lucky people unwrapping Pink House art!
We're counting down to Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm at PITA Hall for the next monthly meeting for Support the Pink House! The meeting is for our volunteers and those considering getting involved, as well as the general public. At these meetings you"ll hear the progress we have made in the prior month but we will also be forming committees and working toward our next steps - one of which is our exciting first Pink House Art Show and Auction slated for November 17 at PITA Hall from 6:30 pm. Spread the word!
The first official meeting of Support the Pink House took place last month and was a resounding success! It was attended by over 60 people in addition to our Steering Committee and primary volunteers (those folks with the pink name tags above) who helped facilitate the meeting. Also in attendance were an impressive show of support from both State Senators Tarr and Ives, who have been instrumental in our options moving forward, along with Congressman Moutlon (whose rep, Morgan Bell, was also in attendance), both Representatives Kelcourse and Mirra, Councilman Greg Earls from Newburyport and Selectman Chuck Bear from the town of Newbury, where the Pink House lives. You can all read about it HERE.
That kicked off what now will be monthly meetings for everyone who is part of this grass roots, community love movement. If you'd like to volunteer pls take a moment to fill out our interest sheet by clicking HERE.
The last meeting of the year will be November 30, PITA Hall, 7 pm, so please put it on your calendars.
Tee shirts and bumper stickers will be available always at these meetings, as will our petition if you still have not yet signed it. And because everyone is talking about The Pink House, there will also be fact sheets available too - because one way you can help is to speak accurately about the Pink House on her behalf.
This is a great way to contribute and make a difference, visit with neighbors and make new friendships. It's a warm and wonderful group of people, gathering together over something good - to preserve and protect a special piece of what makes where we love to live, work, visit and play so very special.
So spread the word, bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you there!!
Did you know that the current Pink House Tee Shirt is a limited edition? The tee shirts were designed by Steering Committee Member Eric Hoover, of NBPTArt, who also created the striking Pink House logo that is on everything from brochures to banners to bumper stickers.
"Facing anticipated demolition of this beautiful iconic landmark, I designed the pink house T-shirt with the intention of increasing awareness of this imminent threat, while conveying guarded optimism that the structure could be saved," Eric said of his concept. "Right now, the shirt and house are black, as the house is in need of our help. Only the windows of the house have color, but the sky is bluish. The front of the shirt only has the three pink windows, begging the curious viewer to inquire. On the back of the shirt it says, THE PINK HOUSE 2016."
With a twinkle in his eye, Eric added, " As we make progress, the tee shirt will change to reflect that. "
In future years, as we try to breathe life into this old house, I anticipate more colorful designs incorporating the pink house logo, each annual addition will have the year, and the design will reflect the status of the PINK HOUSE.
Interestingly enough, as we investigate repurposing the house, the T-shirts are made from 100% recycled materials: 50% recycled cotton and 50% recycled plastic bottles!!
We even have onesies!! You can order your tee shirt through our website by clicking on the SHOP menu, or find them at our meetings, events and booths.
The Pink House herself Tweets in her own voice on Twitter (@SupprtThePinkH), but after our Kickoff monthly meeting Wednesday, the PH was being Tweeted about by some VIP's!
State Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives has been there with encouragement - so it was no surprise that sheTweeted about Support The Pink Houseafter attending last Wed's kickoff Monthly meeting at Pita Hall with a photo by PH member Rocco S. Coviello/ Rocco's Photo Tavern including, from L to R, Jon Elcock, Social Media and Web Chair, Senator Ives, Rep. James Kelcourse, Rep Lenny Mirra, our Rochelle Rock Joseph, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Congressman Seth Mouton's regional rep Morgan Bell, our Alison Odle, our David Dempsey, and NBPT Councilman-at-Large Gregory Earls. Steering Committee member Eric Hoover was wording out of town but is present by his design of the banner behind us, and the most excellent PH Tee worn by David... !
We SO appreciate Senator Tarr's availability to us, advice and solution-oriented efforts. Photo by Rocco S. Coviello/ Rocco's Photo Tavern.
Support The Pink House’s first formal public meeting to galvanize efforts to spare the iconic Pink House was a huge success! Last night Plum Island’s PITA Hall was warm with community collaboration and good will as federal, State, and local officials joined the Support The Pink House group and 60+ caring local attendees.
All gathered to both hear the compelling behind-the-scenes story of the intense work done by the grassroots citizens group on behalf of the concerned public. As a real vote of confidence and show of solidarity, a VIP list of elected officials were in attendance: Congressman Mouton's rep Morgan Bell, State Senators Tarr and O'Connor Ives, House Representatives Mirra and Kelcourse, as well as Chuck Wik, a Selectman from the town of Newbury, and Newburyport Councilman-At-Large Greg Earls as well as Plum Island Tax Payers Leader Ron Barrett, Greg Jardis of Amesbury Industrial, among others.
The Steering Committee has been meeting regularly, at times once a week, for the last year. They realized early on that before marshaling the interested public, that they needed to accomplish the first step: Securing the house from imminent plans to demolish it. And they have succeeded, thanks to the help of many of the elected officials seen here.
The Pink House is currently owned by the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, managed by Bill Peterson. Scheduled for demolition in March of this year, STPH worked with Peterson to get a stay until May -- at which time they met with Peterson to get yet another extension. All through, our Steering Committee worked overtime, calling, meeting, and writing everyone they could who might help. While the Refuge agreed to keep the Pink House up until after the summer, it was clear this was the finale -- unless Support The Pink House could come up with something significant by September 1.
We nearly needed a miracle - and it came thanks to the involvement Senators Ives and Tarr and ultimately a conference call between Congressman Moulton and Senators Markey and Warren's offices and the Wildlife Refuge. The end result was that Support the Pink House was granted at least a year to work on solutions!
This meeting was held to kick off the effort. Senators Tarr and Ives spoke at the top of the meeting. Newer to the effort, Reps Mirra and Kelcourse were welcomed and also said a few words. Then all took their seats to watch Support the Pink House's
This is the first of monthly meetings that will be held by Support The Pink House. The next is at PITA Hall on October 26, 2106 from 7-9 pm.
Now that we have some time, and our research has produced some concrete directions to work toward, our work has begun. We have several options to explore in addition to the need to raise minimal operating funds. The Steering Committee, who works on behalf of the overwhelming interest by the public, needs folks to pitch in and help. While 40 people signed up at this meeting alone, we are rapidly growing in our needs.
If you're interested click CONTACT US, give us your information and check off any boxes describing your skills or what kind of things you'd most enjoy working on. Thank you!
This Wednesday, September 28, citizens from all parts of Northern New England who have been expressing increased interest in the Pink House will be gathering for the first of what is to become monthly meetings.
It will start at 7 PM at PITA Hall on Plum Island, within sight of the iconic Pink House whose planned demise has raised the passion of enough people to successfully postpone the intended. Thanks to the bi-partisan efforts of state and federal officials and various stakeholders stepping up to join Support The Pink House in the cause, the Pink House will now stand for another year, thanks to the cooperation of the owners, US Fish and Wildlife/Parker River Wildlife Refuge.
The meeting will begin with an informational presentation to tell the compelling story, which is expected to include a few words from Senators Tarr and Ives, culminating in the opportunity for all interested in pitching in to to sign on to the effort. And they are needed, as the challenges are not over.
It has taken a handful of people on the Support the Pink House Steering Committee a year to arrive at this turning point. Now a new year to work on solutions lies ahead. Momentum, interest and options continue to build on a daily basis. As a result, the group will go forward to meet each month, expanding outreach and continuing their research and exploration of proposals to shepherd The Pink House into a scenario that will keep the her in the community in perpetuity.
An Art Show and Auction is also in the works, set for November 17th at PITA Hall.
We've mentioned in our brochure and on the FB page that in February 2016, a walk through of the Pink House by a local HIC/CSL builder, along with Rochelle Joseph from our Steering Committee, and Parker River Wildlife Manager Bill Peterson produced a report that the Pink House was structurally sound.
That builder was trusted Newbury resident Bill Barrett.
Bill's company, Plum Island Construction, is well known in the area. Not a day goes by when you don't see his trucks driving by, or parked in front of one beautiful home or another that he and his crew are creating.
Back in October 2015, when the Support the Pink House movement was in it's infancy, the Parker River Wildlife Refuge held a public meeting in answer to the growing public interest in the Pink House's fate. Bill was there out of his own personal concerns. At that time he asked if he might be able to go through the house - a request not granted to many. Nothing came of it at that time, but Bill went on to become an early member of our Facebook Discussion Group based on the issue, and was one of the first to buy STPH bumper stickers - 5 in fact - to go on every vehicle he owns!
STPH realized the first step was to learn the reality of The Pink House's condition by seeing it first hand with an experienced, reliable professional. After the holidays, Rochelle, who had been in regular touch with the Refuge Manager, asked if Bill could get into the house on STPH's behalf. In mid-February, Peterson allowed Barrett and she to walk through it with him. Together they looked into every nook and cranny from the basement to the cupola, as Bill Barrett opened every door, stuck his head out of key windows, surveying it inside and out.
After exiting the house, Bill reported that he was pleasantly surprised to find that the house was structurally sound, noting that the fireplace was well in tact - unusual due to it's size. He expected that the foundation might be cracked due to deterioration but none was visually seen. The external patio floor was slanted a bit, but Bill said that was just superficial and easily improved.
STPH greatly appreciated that Refuge Manager Peterson arranged for this, and continued on to comb maps with Rochelle at his office for two hours after the walk through, coming up with some options for retaining the Pink House in the community. Two of the three initial solutions focused on land swaps, as Federally owned land can't just be sold.
As the Steering Committee set out immediately to pursue the vast challenge of finding swaps to fit the criteria, Bill met with them in April, contributing both perspective and advice, and directed some valuable web research that made a major shift in their early efforts to understand the lay of the land.
When the time comes that the house would be refurbished, Bill has said he would head the project if called upon, and aid in getting donated materials and licensed and insured workers if needed. We don't quite know yet which iron in the fire will come to fruition, but we continue to prepare to be able to act on what we'll need once a solution is reached.
We get a great deal of confidence having people like Bill Barrett on board, working on behalf of his community. That's a volunteer extraordinaire!