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Kate Voss

Kate Voss

KATE VOSS

Hearth Ember

Traveler, Writer, Adventurer

What’s your story?

For someone who grew up in one place, I really love to move around. I caught the travel bug in my early twenties and I haven’t stopped wandering since. I was in college when I got this itch to see more, and after studying abroad in Israel I realized I had only scratched the surface. I moved to San Francisco for two years and while it was an adventurous time, it wasn’t enough. So I quit my job to travel around the world, from Europe to the Middle East, then Africa and East Asia. After fifteen months of trying to find myself I realized I was in fact lost. I needed roots, I needed a community, and I missed the clam chowdah. For now I am “settled” in Boston, but I still travel whenever I can. I regularly hop around the world to adventure in foreign places, and adventure closer to home when I don’t have time for a flight.

What do you make?
I make adventures, near and far. Many of them are fun in the moment, most are fun afterward, and a few are not fun ever. But all of them are worthwhile, I’ve learned more from the harder challenges than I have from the easy successes. I write about my (mis)adventures on my travel blog and I convince other people that traveling and adventuring is much easier than they think.

How did you get involved with the Hearth?

I was (willingly) conned into being a Hearth Ember by Miranda. I went to the first Waltzdays event and she invited me to the Hearth Book Club and, after a few months of bookclubs and waltzing, I was hooked on Hearth Events. I don’t identify as an artist in the traditional sense, but being a part of the Hearth Community has made me realize that while I may not be able to draw I can still create and contribute in my own way.

Kyla Alterman

Kyla Alterman

KLYA ALTERMAN EMBER What’s your story? I grew up in Manhattan where my parents had my older brother and I constantly enrolled in some sort of arts activity. I started with chorus at the age of four and piano at five. Outside of my weekly music lessons I spent seven summers in Sweden, Maine atContinue Reading

Erin Gum

Erin Gum

ERIN GUM Member Dancer, Photographer, Artist What’s your story? I spent my childhood playing pretend in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, learning how to notice and appreciate the little things from my dad and how to create a comfortable space for people from my mom. As foundational as my parents are in myContinue Reading

Matt Pacewicz

Matt Pacewicz

MATT PACEWICZ Member Educator at the Museum of Science What’s your Story? I lived all over the US as a child. I’ve only been in Massachusetts since my last year of high school, but it’s where I chose to be as an adult and it’s what I identify with as ‘where I’m from’. I’ve spentContinue Reading

Matthew Reese

Matthew Reese

MATTHEW REESE Member Aspiring philosopher, dancer, writer of some brand, folk musician What’s your story? My limited concertina and whistle skills unexpectedly propelled me into the New England folk community. Away from my home in the hills of East Tennessee, I found my unsettled-self playing music for my sister’s Morris team at a dance weekendContinue Reading

Nathaniel Bearg

Nathaniel Bearg

Nathaniel Bearg Member Glass-blower, dancer What’s your story? I was raised in historic Concord, Massachusetts by an actress and an engineer who built his own home. I enjoyed many afternoons and weekends helping my father with his carpentry projects around the house, which is where I started to get my experience with tools and creating.Continue Reading

Jaclyn Wood

Jaclyn Wood

Jaclyn Wood Member Baker, Maker, Painter 1.) What’s your story? I grew up in a cookie cutter suburban house in Manchester, NH. Having been raised with modesty and classic values college rocked my world. I was still the same old me that could get lost for hours alone with some art supplies, but another partContinue Reading

Kara Kulpa

Kara Kulpa

KARA KULPA Founding Member Musician What’s your story? I am a midwestern-native, Boston-based folk musician and multi-instrumentalist: Kara Kulpa.com. I have composed and played music for as long as I can remember. My mother likes to say “from the time she could climb up onto the piano bench by herself.” I only have vague memoriesContinue Reading

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

ROBIN MILLER Founding Member  Baker, Knitter, Brewer, Master of Science and Business What’s your story? I grew up as a navy brat, spending my childhood collecting shells along the beach and looking for elusive four-leaf clovers amidst the meadows of ever changing places. This sense of wonder, and wander, continues to follow me as I moveContinue Reading

Cory Allen Staats

Cory Allen Staats

CORY ALLEN STAATS Founding Member Musician What’s your story? I grew up first on California’s central coast. My family moved to the northeast when I was in high school and I’ve mostly stayed here since. I found a brochure for the “Summer Sax Weekend” at Berklee College of Music my junior year. After that IContinue Reading