Interview with Candy O’Terry on “The Story Behind Her Success"

Our founders story as told on “The Story Behind Her Success”

Raised in the backwoods of Montana, completely off the grid, Heather Anne Cook learned the necessary skills to keep herself alive. In this interview, she shares the details of her adventurous life, including the many times she took 3 matches into the woods to see how long she could survive.  Now a wife and the mother of twins, Heather is a pastor, a survivalist, a long distance runner, a bee-keeper, a chicken lady, a horsewoman, a gardener, a children's book author, an illustrator, an international traveler, and the force behind Three Match Creations. Her next adventure is to run the Pacific Northwest Trail which spans 1200 miles through the wilderness, high desert, and coastline.   #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

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Three Match Creations hoping to "spark" Creativity

On Oct. 7, Three Match Creations, a cooperative (or co-lab) of “Visionaries,” opens at 55 Sterling St.

The old mill building, by the railroad tracks, features open space for artists, a workroom for “creative learning,” a studio space for self-filming and DIY skill videos and a downstairs marketplace that will feature a year-round farmers/artisans market on Sundays, plus space for community events.

“I was raised off the grid in Montana,” Cook said. “My first day of school was my first day of college. My upbringing was ‘out of the box.’ I remember learning to sew moccasins from a real Indian. We had no electricity, no phone. We were survivalists and needed our community to share resources to survive. One of my favorite things when I was little was to take three matches and see how long I could last in the woods. If I could start a fire, I could boil water to drink. I would build myself out of the woods.”

That is the genesis of the name of the cooperative: Three Match Creations. Cook said she still has her three matches that help her thrive: “My relationship with people, creativity, which is a massive one, and my faith.”

While her life has been a series of challenges, including her husband’s cancer, mental illness in her family, and the birth of her twins, she “survived” because of her matches, that help her build her way out.

To read the full article, follow the link below.

Matchstick Market Opens October 7

The Matchstick Market is setting out to support the local food producers in the community and increase the accessibility of fresh, local produce and handmade products in the central Massachusetts community. A high-quality selection of local farms, artisans and makers who prioritize sustainability, environmentalism, and ethics as a part of their business model will make up the weekly vendors. Fresh produce, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, locally-made foods and products, ready-to-eat foods, art, live music, community groups, family-friendly activities, workshops, and more are lined up throughout the year. In an effort to remain accessible for all, they’ll be partnering with farms that accept SNAP, WIC, HIP, Senior Coupons, and other government subsidy programs.

“Our hope is to cultivate an empowering space that is family-friendly, supportive of our local economy, and gives artists and entrepreneurs a platform to positively contribute to our community,” said Nicole Melone, Matchstick Market manager.

To learn more, follow the link below.

PRESS RELEASE: Year-Round, Weekly Farmers & Artisans Market Coming to Clinton this Fall

Clinton, MA - The Matchstick Market Grand Opening will be held on Sunday, October 7 from 10am-2pm and will kick off the new, weekly plant-based farmers and artisans market. The Matchstick Market will be located at 55 Sterling St. or Hamilton Square Park (as weather permits) in Clinton and will be held year-round. The market is the first of many initiatives coming from Three Match Creations, a new community-based creative workspace also located at 55 Sterling St., whose opening day will coincide with the market’s grand opening.

To learn more, please download the PDF below.