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Artist Interview

Gloria Pacosa of The Curtis House

December 10, 2018

Need a beautiful sprawling lawn on which to say your vows? Or do you prefer a cozy, warm barn, complete with greenery and lights? Maybe you're imagining a glass greenhouse where you'll have your first wedded kiss. And what about floral arrangements? You want something untamed and cascading, or romantic and vibrant? Or maybe you're hosting a party that calls for ornate headpieces, adorned with chicken bones and foliage. Well, Gloria Pacosa of Gloriosa & Co. is your woman. For everything above, and pretty much anything else you can come up with that is magical, wonderous, and wild. She will be hosting our holiday Wreath Making Workshop this Wednesday and Thursday night, 12th and 13th, from 6-8pm. There are a few spots still available, so call or stop by to sign up! 

Where do you find magic?
With a glass of wine and a man named Chris.

What’s the most beautiful celebration you’ve ever attended?
Wigilia, a traditional polish Christmas eve dinner, with my family.

Talk to us about your glass greenhouse!
It's a Lutton glass house, built in 1906, that was moved from a property in Marion, MA. We have restored all of the original cypress parts. It's similar to, of the same era as, the Smith College greenhouses.

Best gift you’ve ever received:
A series of antique tiny dolls from my dear friend, Phyllis Kirkpatric. I've made tiny shadow boxes for them. My favorites are the two sets of couples that were made from wishbones, and hazelnuts.

Best gift you’ve ever given:
The years spent with my children when they were young. Making costumes, candy, gardens. That was magic.

What’s your favorite holiday memory?
Cutting down a Charlie Brown tree from the power lines in Ashfield and decorating it with ornaments that my girls and I made.

What’s in your wreath?
We have gathered as much local material as possible. Evergreens, azalea, balsam, laurel, holly, juniper.
As well as material from our local floral supplier. Pepperberry, brassicas, huckleberry, heather, and eryngium to name a few.

Talk to us about the Curtis House!
We plan, arrange, and cater events—weddings, bat and bar mitzvahs, showers, reunions, small gatherings, memorial services, or anything you can think of, indoors or outdoors.
We host events here at the Curtis House, our 1850s home built by George William Curtis, the then editor of Harpers Weekly. It’s a charming, sprawling old house that abuts the town green.

During warmer months, events take place in our gardens as well as our fully restored late-19th century barn. When it's a bit chilly we host smaller events in a heated section of the barn or in the house itself. Whatever you imagine for your event, we're here to help you realize your dreams. We help every step of the way, from planning and budgeting to coordinating the day. We open our home to you and take away all the stress of planning your dream day. We want to make your day about who you are.

Who would you want caroling at your door?
Nate King Cole

What brings you peace?
A glass of wine and a man named Chris.

Photos By: Chattman Photography, Melanie Zacek, Emily Delamater