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The Squire Tarbox Inn Reawakens

A new season in the Inn’s life has begun

Inn view from the barnRenovations were completed last year, and the historic Squire Tarbox Inn has begun its newest island life. Tyler, the innkeeper is in residence, the rooms and dining spaces are ready and welcoming, weddings are booked, and a schedule of special events is underway. Today’s Inn is a blend of bed & breakfast; special event site; and venue for community workshops and exhibitions.

To get a flavor of the workshops offered by the Inn, here’s a peek at participants’ fare at this season’s first workshop in June — “Foraged Floral Workshop” with Floral Designer John Sundling of Plant Office in Portland.

John Sundling began his professional life as a set designer and became an accidental floral designer when he moved to Maine. An artist by training, he had worked as a set designer in Chicago, New York and Maine; but discovered his new artistic passion while working in a floral shop in Maine. Now, he John Sundling leads workshopis a floral artist who operates the “Plant Office”, a floral shop offering services that range from blending flowers and art to create “full service florals” for weddings, special events, and theatrical set design — to providing tailored fresh floral decorations for businesses and restaurants or floral design workshops — to creating full-scale floral art installations.

Sundling came to Westport Island to provide a workshop for 14 participants in creating floral arrangements from the trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers around us — with a dash of farm raised flowers for color, because the local variety were not yet in summer prime. His philosophy: nature is beautiful. Be fluid, think balance — it doesn’t have to be perfect, it can look a little weird, because “nature is both beautiful and weird”…

Participants toured the inn, foraged the grounds for raw materials, had fun and were all successful under the tutelage of Sundling in creating beautiful floral arrangements.

Note: The following opening event has been postponed to a date yet to be announced; but the art exhibit will still be open from 12 pm to 6 pm through the month of August. …The Inn’s next event will be a solo exhibit showcasing the artwork of Brien Kliewer on Friday, August 2, from 4 pm to 6 pm. For more information and to view a sampling of his work, see “Brian Kliewer Solo Art Exhibit.” The event is free, open to the public — and a great opportunity to check out the beautiful Squire Tarbox Inn.

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