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Jaclyn’s Tea Party

Jaclyn’s Tea Party

When I was first trying to come up with a name for this creative community of ours, the Hearth was the easy part. A Hearth isn’t actually the fire, it’s the bedrock underneath the fire, the place where fire happens. It’s the center of the home, of community, of warmth.

But the symbol of a Hearth wasn’t enough on its own, it needed a story and a presence to go along with it. I searched through the Greek gods and Shakespearean characters, through the litany of famous artists and musicians, looking for a name that we could claim as our own. But all of these felt too impersonal. We were a community built of real people sitting next to each other playing music, drinking wine, and (making art or just something).

I resisted giving the Hearth my name for fear of sending the wrong message, that the community would be about just one person, but eventually I went with it. Because people show up for other people and, at the beginning, Miranda’s Hearth was just a group of my friends showing up because they cared about me.

In the past four years, those people have grown so far beyond me. Now, they show up for the vision, for the community, and (most importantly) for each other.

This past Sunday, during the Hearth Tea Party, I was at Jaclyn’s Hearth. Her food, her aesthetic, and her vision filled the room and our community came to enjoy it. It was the purest example of what Miranda’s Hearth was always meant to be: a supportive community where people express their vision and build their own Hearths with each other.

The Hearth Tea Party was one of the most successful events that we’ve had. Not only did it hit and surpass it’s fundraising goal, but it deeply engaged both long-time community members and first time attendees. People came because the cared about the community but also because they cared about Jaclyn.

Despite 90 degree weather, the room was filled with people dressed in their finest tea outfits (complete with lots of fancy hats) who eagerly dined on Jaclyn’s gluten-free and vegan sweets. Our four incredible organizers circled the room pouring cup after cup of MEM’s Tea, provided for free by the company. Conversation flowed as freely as the tea as the scones, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and sandwiches quickly disappeared.

At the end of the night, it wasn’t just the Embers who offered to help clean up. People who had never been to the Hearth before brought their plates and tea cups into the kitchen, asking if they could help, recognizing that this is a place where people help each other.

I know Jaclyn’s mind is already whirring about how we can do it even more extravagantly for next year, and I, for one, can’t wait to be back at her Hearth to see it happen.


Join us for our fourth birthday party on July 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm, all are welcome!

What kind of music can you waltz to?

What kind of music can you waltz to?

When I mention the Hearth’s monthly Waltzday event to people who’ve never waltzed before, they tend to imagine one of three options: 1.) Ballerinas in the Nutcracker: 2.) Dreamy princesses like Cinderella: 3.) Or the old school flirting of movies like Anna Karenina: While all of these are true, they’re a small cross section ofContinue Reading

Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Hearth Ember Rebecca D’Antonio is at it again! For the Comfort Foods Potluck on March 12, she’ll be making beef stew in the slow cooker. Below is her recipe for a meal that will immediately make you want to curl up in a cuddly ball and fall asleep: This is one of those recipes that is highlyContinue Reading

Dancing Across Disciplines

Dancing Across Disciplines

When I first moved to Boston five and a half years ago, I was eager to dive into the creative worlds I had spent so much time preparing for in college. Figure drawing nights and open mics, art workshops and theater performances. As an interdisciplinary artist, I started going to as many different events as IContinue Reading

Cook to Impress: Pears Poached in Pinot Noir

Cook to Impress: Pears Poached in Pinot Noir

Pears Poached in Pinot Noir (6 half pear servings) This month, Hearth Ember Rebecca D’Antonio is pulling out her Pinot Poached Pears for the Cook to Impress Potluck. Read her recipe to learn how to make it for yourself, and don’t forget to bring your signature date night dish next Sunday! Ingredients 3 cups PinotContinue Reading

Learning How to Talk to Each Other

Learning How to Talk to Each Other

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling This past Friday, The United States performed what is possibly the most impressive of our ceremonies: the peaceful transfer of power. The following day, an equally American tradition swept through the nation and across the world: the peaceful assembly in dissent of that power. Following last year’s seemingly endless,Continue Reading

Year 2 of Waltzdays!

Year 2 of Waltzdays!

written by Hearth Ember, Matthew Reese I love waltzing. It is a dance form that is easy to learn, because of its simple structure, but is interesting because of the freedom to improvise within that structure. Much as I like “looser” forms of dance, the starting steps of waltzing make it more accessible for dancersContinue Reading

How to Write a Passage

How to Write a Passage

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling at Write a Passage on August 2, 2016 inspired by the prompt “Write a Set of Directions”  Step one: Decide what you’re going to write about. Step two: Start writing, even if you haven’t decided yet. Step three: Continue writing in hopes that you’ll think of something while your fingersContinue Reading

Making Zines: Part Punk, Part Nerd

Making Zines: Part Punk, Part Nerd

-written by Laura Meilman I have been looking forward to this Hearth Dinner for months now, ever since Miranda invited me to help out with a zine making focus. In anticipation, I have been making zines based on directions I found online, but I did catch myself wondering, “am I punk-rock enough to make zines?”Continue Reading

Learning how to dance again

Learning how to dance again

It wasn’t until quite recently that I began thinking of myself as a Dancer. Labels like this take a lot of confidence to claim. I’ve finally found that Artist fits me, as does Painter. Potter, in the past sense. Musician, sometimes. Writer, sometimes. I’ve been trained, at least a little, in all of the above. Dance, onContinue Reading