In 1995 with her three daughters, Julie, Joan and Jennifer, Betsy started Revelations Café and Book Store, a popular Fairfield meeting spot.
Previously, Betsy lived in upstate NY, where she was a foster parent for 17 children, started a Montgomery Ward sales agency and private department store, was a successful Mary Kay consultant, started a commercial cleaning service, served as co-president of PTA, chaired the local cancer society, served on corporate board of Montgomery Ward, ran a saw mill.
“Everyone creates their world either by default or by deliberate intention. Those that live by default get up each morning, put on clothes, walk, eat, drink, perform daily activities, go to bed. Like a driver without a destination, without clear intention these people can end up anywhere or nowhere. Alternatively, we can create by deliberate intention by choosing a direction. We put our attention on the goal, know why we want it to happen, and do what’s necessary to achieve it.”
Fairfield is a wonderful place to live, and Betsy Howland can claim partial credit.
When Betsy arrived in Fairfield in the mid-90’s, she found it hard to meet people. Betsy would see people at the meditation dome on campus, but the dome is a place for silence.
Betsy recognized the need in Fairfield for a gathering place. With creating community in mind, Betsy started Revelations Café and Bookstore. In parallel she served for two years as Executive Director of the Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk and was instrumental in launching the Fairfield Maze of Murals project. [Read more…]