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Waterford farm cultivates serendipity


If someone happens to be traveling through Waterford, they may discover the town's secret, whether by accident, happenstance, fate or luck. Maybe it's serendipity at work; at least that's what Tom and Sharon Cerny, owners of Serendipity Farm, hope for.

"Serendipity means finding great things by chance. That's how we feel about the farm," Sharon says. "We read about the farm in a newspaper ad. They also had an article on a couple who talked about serendipity. That day we came out to look at the farm."

Sharon says the couple bought the historic homestead -- which she believes was built around the 1850s -- in 1993. Since then, the Cernys have been restoring the buildings on the property and planting several gardens. But most of all, the they have been trying to create an experience for people who visit the farm.

Citing themselves as eccentric, Serendipity's owners have plenty to share with those who visit.

"If you were to know us, my husband is extremely eccentric. He's never held a real job; he's an artist. He's had many years to be himself and never had to change or adapt to anyone. People find him very interesting," Sharon says. "I think I'm eccentric too because I love the blend of classic with whimsy. That's what this farm is all about now."

Serendipity Farm is open to the public but only four times a year.

"We just try to make it special, make it more of an event," Sharon says. "When people come they think it's a special thing taking place and we try to pick the times of year people would enjoy the gardens most."

Besides the gardens, the couple shows their own creations as well as the odds 'n' ends that Tom finds.

"Tom is a hunter for treasures and he's always finding great, great things. Lots of old interesting things here," Sharon says. "(People) can find crafts and unique handmade things."

April 27-30, the farm opens for its spring celebration with the theme "Discovery at the Beach -- Rediscover the Beachcomber in You."

"Tom had come home last summer with a huge collection of sea shells. Boxes and boxes of sea shells that he had found at a rummage sale" Sharon says. "So I was trying to figure out what we could do with those. We all have that beachcomber in us. Anything that sparkles, we'll pick up and examine."

Some of the pieces to be sold during the spring celebration include shell and bead mirrors as well as conch shells that Sharon plans on turning into vases.

The Cernys say they want visitors to have a wonderful experience at Serendipity Farm.

"Mostly what I hope they see is a piece of life they might not have experienced before," Sharon says. "The most common thing people say when they visit is it feels like heaven, it's so tranquil and peaceful. People from the city just love coming out here."

If you can't make it to the farm during one of the celebrations, the Cernys sell their artwork at flea markets and art fairs. The couple is also will to make appointments for visitors to see the farm.

Serendipity Farm's Web site is serendipityfarmltd.com.

Talkbacks

OMCreader | Sept. 11, 2006 at 11:44 p.m. (report)

Jeff Purcell said: This will bring you to think that you're in a surreal place. I have been there and it is worth the journey to find it and experience the place. No Joke!

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OMCreader | May 26, 2006 at 7:16 p.m. (report)

Diane said: How can the public enjoy this place when it is open only 4 times a year?

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OMCreader | April 27, 2006 at 7:25 a.m. (report)

Sharon Cerny said: To IG, We are not opening a restaurant. We are a farmstead but there are some good restaurants nearby! Thanks, Sharon (Serendipity Farm)

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OMCreader | April 26, 2006 at 4:38 p.m. (report)

Ig said: Are the owners of this farm also opening a restaurant? I remember a message posted on a Bay View site about a Serendipity restaurant.

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OMCreader | April 25, 2006 at 9:44 a.m. (report)

Sharon Cerny said: Heather, A really nice article. Thank you so much. Sharon

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