The House with a Heart

Heart shaped rocks have become a signature trademark of Alice’s House. Guests find these treasures when walking along the beach and leave them at the house to be shared with all who come to Alice’s House. Sometimes there are messages and words of love and hope painted on them.

Some are perfectly shaped hearts, others are misshapen and show signs of brokenness.

Some sit alone atop a table or nightstand, some decorate the deck and stairways to the house. Singularly, stacked, broken – they are precious gifts of the sea – meant to be cherished and shared. They are manifestations of the love that is infused within the walls of Alice’s House. When fire destroyed Alice’s House in 2012 – all that remained amidst the ashes was a portion of the chimney upon which the metal lining had melted and formed the shape of the heart. Stacks of heart shaped rocks were left along the empty and devastated site by unknown people sending their own messages of love and support.

This tradition continues with each new guest – sharing this small token of gratitude and hope.

A Collaboration of Hearts

In the Summer of 2017, Marcia Ballou organized a special gathering of local artists at her studio located in Marshfield, Ma. Donna Rosetti Bailey, Kristine Brennan, Laura Harvey, Nancy Colella, Dottie Penthany, Debbie Cornwall, Sally Dean and Mary Curran worked together painting hearts.

A Banner of Hearts

While they painted with bright cheerful colors, they remembered and wished for peace and healing for those who are struggling. As a result, the vibrant ” Banner of Hearts” was created to hang in the stairway of Alice’s House.

A Banner of Hearts