Montville, Thank You and Farewell

Thursday is my last day; I'm heading off to make my fortune as an artist

Thursday will be my last day as editor of the Montville Patch.

As many of you know, and many others have no doubt surmised from seeing me around town in my paint-splattered clothes, in addition to running the Montville Patch website, I make and sell paintings.

My painting business is doing well. Remarkably, even in this time of economic weakness, it’s doing better and better.

My work is selling in galleries and through my blog, The Accidental Artist. And I am getting into some of the best shows in New England and across the country. This weekend, I’m in the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA, which is ranked No. 3 in the country by American Style magazine. (Going to the show? I’m Booth 837, in the main building).

So I’m taking the big leap. Peter and I are selling our home here, and moving to Wachapreague, VA, a tiny village on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

It’s an area we adore, and a place where life is pretty simple and decidedly less expensive than here in Connecticut.

And I am going to make our living by making and selling art.


IN THE YEAR AND A HALF that I’ve been writing about Montville for Patch, I’ve come to love the town and the people in it.

At the beginning, I wasn’t so sure. No one had heard of Patch. No one trusted it or me. Former Mayor Joe Jaskiewicz spent most of a week contemplating whether I should be allowed to talk to people in town hall, and whether they should be allowed to talk to me.

When other Patchers and I began to build the directory, businesses were suspicious. Pretty nearly everyone thought we were trying to sell them something, trying to get something from them, trying to pull something over on them. A few told us to get out.

But then, here and there, as time went on, I began to find people who had heard of Patch. It was a few weeks after the site had launched that I ran into the first person who had seen the Montville Patch. What a thrill!

In the months since November 2010, when we launched with a story about artist , the Montville Patch has brought you 4,799 stories about Montville. I’ve written 3,088 of them. This one makes 3,089.

They’ve not all been ground-breaking. They’ve not all been big. But with some minor exceptions, they have all been about Montville.

And those stories have found their mark. Thousands and thousands and thousands of you have come to the Montville Patch. You’ve read the stories, you’ve posted events and announcements, you’ve become bloggers. You’ve written letters to the editor, you’ve made comments and remarks, and you’ve let me and Patch in to your community.

In fact, you’ve welcomed me, and made me feel at home, and for that, I will always be grateful.


WHEN I TOLD ONE FRIEND what I was doing, leaving a steady job to go out and make my living unprotected by the corporate shield, he shook his head at me and told me I have “the guts of a burglar.”

Maybe I do. But often, it doesn’t feel like it. What I’m doing is pretty terrifying, if I stop to look at it.

So I don’t stop. I’m 56. Life is short. I love to paint. It is the song of my soul and it’s the longing of my heart. It’s what I was placed on this Earth to do.


THERE ARE a couple days left, and a bunch more stories to write!

On Wednesday, come back to the Montville Patch for a selection of my favorite stories.

And on Thursday, the Daily 5 will be Five Reasons I Love Montville.

Start thinking now about what you want to add to that list!


And Montville, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Thank you, Karen - the pleasure has been mutual. And while your humor columns always made me laugh, I know I'm not the only one. Keep blogging!
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Thank you, Bree. You've been an amazing help, an inspiration and a friend. I've appreciated it all, and will miss you, too.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Thanks, Dana! We had chili last night for dinner, too! You've been a friend to me and to Patch, and you have certainly helped to make the news coverage far more interesting! I have to say, I have enjoyed coming into rooms and hearing you holler, "Hey, Patch Lady!" Best of luck, and thank you.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Thank you, Chris. We all need dreams, don't we? I appreciate the note.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Joe! Keep smiling, buddy. If journalism hasn't killed us yet, I guess it's not going to! It's been great to do the Montville Patch, knowing that you were out there doing Patch on Long Island...
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM
That was the nicest, most touching "goodbye" letter I've ever read. I don't always like to say goodbye to friends, so I'll say "so long and hope to see you again one day along the road of life." Wishing you and Peter THE BEST of what a new venture has to offer. xo
Dawn Gilday May 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Good luck Carrie! Thanks for all you've done for me in the short time I've been doing business in Uncasville!
Mark T. Kalinowski May 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Carrie, While I just started in the blogging world on the Patch I'm lovin' it and YOU are the one responsible. Your effervescent personality and encouragement has me hooked. I wish you well in your future endeavors and my prayers go with you. We will miss you in the area and certainly on the Patch. Paint on!
Nancy Russell May 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Carrie - Bravo!!! How wonderful to follow your dreams! I wish you the best and thanks for bringing us Monville! And I'll look for you and your paintings on Memorial Day at Northampton (super Paradise City show!).
wilson May 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Carrie, thank you for giving so much time to Montville, it has been a pleasure getting to know you and you will be sadly missed not only by me but most of by Jasper. I hope that you find all your happiness in VA.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Mary-Clark, it's been a real pleasure. You and Lorraine, and all the people in town hall, really, have been as pleasant and helpful to me as you could be. Thank you, also, for giving up the No. 1 dog tag for the Patch Best Dog contest. Enter Jasper! Please give my best to him, and to Dick. And again, thank you.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hi, Nancy! Thanks for the nice comment, and for your good wishes. I'll be Booth 837, in the main building, at Paradise City this weekend. Please do stop by and say hello! Thanks for your help and kindness.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Mark, your blogs are a Fantastic addition to Patch! In a short time, I've come to truly appreciate your sunny disposition and your ability to speak and write easily about difficult subjects. Keep on blogging, and thank you for the good wishes and the prayers.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
You are very welcome, Dawn! I appreciate the zest and enthusiasm with which you've started your business, and jumped into Patch, too! Thank you so much for your kind note.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Ah, Fay, you and I do not say goodbye, just so long, and see you down the road. You've been such a friend to me. xo
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Best wishes to you in your new adventures - love your paintings!
Paul Singley May 23, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Carrie: Wishing you all the best in your journey. Your experience with Patch in Montville - going from something nobody knew about to something fairly big in the community - sounds a lot like the experience many of us on the ground can relate to. I loved that part of this column. Looks like your talent as a painter is as solid as your gift as a writer. I hope you continue to do both and let us know where to read your great work or view your awesome paintings. Best from the Naug Valley.
Carrie Jacobson May 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Thank you, Paul. I know that my experience with Patch echoes all over Patchland - going from nothing to something... it couldn't happen without the people in the Montvilles all over America. We are lucky to be part of such an experiment.
Betty Allard May 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Carrie, I wish you well in your new venture in Virginia but I know that you will excel in anything you set your mind to do. You will be greatly missed by the Montville residents and it will be so hard to replace you in the Montville Patch. The best of good times to you and continue to follow your dreams.
Carrie Jacobson May 24, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Jaime, thank you so very much. I'm so glad you like my paintings, and I sure appreciate your good wishes.
Carrie Jacobson May 24, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Betty, thank you so very much. I appreciate your note and your good wishes. It's been a pleasure to meet you through the Montville Patch, and I appreciate your help and participation.
Pem McNerney (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Best of luck always and see you later!! xoxox
Mike Pendergast May 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Carrie- BRAVO, BRAVO! Your your hand prints are all over Montville Patch and its success will always be linked to your hard work and dedication during the building years. Much congrats on following your dream, we wish you the best! Thank You!
Michael Dinan (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Big fan from afar, Carrie. Best of luck to you! Next time, the other part of CT will win the donut haiku battle.
Jim Andriote Sr. May 24, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Good Luck Carrie in your new adventure. It’s nice to see you’re going to do something that you have desired to do for many years. You will be missed by me and a lot of Patch readers and writers. I hope whoever takes your place will be as friendly as you have been to the people of Montville. You will be missed. Jim
Elizabeth May 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I'll miss you Carrie! Best of luck on your new adventures. VA is lucky to have you. You'll be missed around these parts ♥ I'll never forget some of the fun times, like our donning of mini tiaras!
Carrie Jacobson May 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Thanks, Michael! It was good to get to know you and see the work you and your team are doing for Patch. Keep it up!
Carrie Jacobson May 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Donut wins will stay here Our Patch battle warmed me like spring sunshine Second place for you, my friend
Carrie Jacobson May 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thank you, Jim! Appreciate your support!
Carrie Jacobson May 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Thanks, Elizabeth. Best wishes to you and the kids.


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