A Smashing Good Time

Stephanie Bailey, early intervention technician, left, and Nicole Hoskins Jones, director of recreational therapy, help 20-month-old Bryan create a painting by rolling a rubber ball over a piece of paper covering another piece of paper that was splattered with paint. The activity helps Bryan improve his range of motion. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. 

“How about yellow?” Nicole Hoskins Jones, St. Mary’s director of recreational therapy, asked as she held up a brightly colored bottle of paint.  

“No,” 9-year-old Carrington replied.

“Green?” Jones asked next. 




“Do you like pink?” 

“Yeah!” said Carrington, who then also gave her approval to blue. 

Her colors chosen, Carrington was ready to begin the task at hand: Creating “smash” paintings for potential display at the Fall 2010 Homearama Charity House. Profits from the sale of the house will benefit Carrington and more than 80 other children and young adults who live at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

Twins Brandon and Bryan, 20 months, joined in the fun as first-time Homearamabuilder Scott Crumley visited St. Mary’s today to display the model of his Homearama entry — the Spanish Colonial-style home called “Santa Maria” — and chat with media representatives about the project. The 2,800-square-foot home will feature a courtyard with a pool and outdoor fireplace. 

“The proceeds from the beautiful home Scott is going to build are going to be used to make St. Mary’s Home more beautiful,” said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO. St. Mary’s will use the funds to redecorate and personalize the children’s bedrooms to make them more inviting and homelike.

William C. Giermak, CEO of St. Mary’s Home, left, and builder Scott Crumley with the model of the Charity House. 
Crumley Group, Inc. needs help from suppliers and subcontractors. To donate materials or labor, contact Jill Woolard, who is following the Charity House project on the Crumley Group blog.\

Read more about today’s event at the blog of The Tidewater Builders Association. Watch a video here:

Spring Concert & Dedication

On Sunday, St. Mary’s Home continued celebrating its 65th anniversary with a free, public concert by The Rhythm Project. The acclaimed world percussion youth ensemble is the primary community program of the Virginia Arts Festival. “We love this music,” Martha Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, said in introducing the group. “It’s the kind of music you can feel.”

After the concert, we dedicated a number of recent additions to the Home, including a koi pond, library, refurbished family room and our signature mermaid statue, “Embrace.” Crystle, who happened to be celebrating her 21st birthday on Sunday, pulled a red ribbon with Scott Crumley, who is building the Charity House at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall Homearama. Proceeds from the home will benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home. “What a great way for us to help you celebrate your 65th anniversary,” said William H. Halprin, president of the Tidewater Builders Association, noting the organization’s long tradition of giving back to the community.

Also during the event, Karen Hibbard, president of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s, presented the Home with a check for $10,000 for scholarships to send children from the Home to summer camp. Most of the money was raised during the Auxiliary’s auction in February, with the Auxiliary kicking in $500.  

In a nod to history, members of The Cape Henry  Model A Ford Club displayed their beautiful antique cars in front of the Home throughout Sunday’s events.

To see more photos from the spring concert and dedication, check out this slideshow: