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Grand Opening + 6th Birthday + World Autism Month = The Blue Party!

Grand Opening + 6th Birthday + World Autism Month = The Blue Party!

April 2nd  is World Autism Awareness Day and April is World Autism Month, so it’s the perfect time for a spring celebration! The Blue Party (blue for autism awareness) is on Saturday, April 16th, 11:00am – 3:00pm at our NEW teahouse location: 226 Pleasant Street, Housatonic, MA – our grand opening! All community members are invited to wear blue, post party pictures to their social media channels (tag @extraspecialteas #lightitupblue #brewbelonging), and come into the teahouse to sample an “ExtraSpecial” brew of our signature “Blue Skies” blue tea and sample gluten-free brownie bites made by our ExtraSpecialServers and staff. Of course, hot, iced and bubble teas are always available for purchase!

The day’s schedule includes face painting and music, including Berkshire Bateria at 2:00pm, along with visits from friends, community members, and local officials like Representative Smitty Pignatelli.

Come and celebrate our sixth birthday of providing vocational services to special needs adults offered through our first teahouse at 2 Elm Street in Great Barrington, and the grand opening of our second teahouse in Housatonic. ExtraSpecialTeas supports, trains, and empowers young adults with diverse learning differences, such as autism Down syndrome and sight impairment to learn, work and thrive in the Berkshires.

As Patrick says: “It is a magical place! It is awesome!” ExtraSpecialTeas offers opportunities for Patrick and all participants to cultivate community and provides a place to grow essential skills and find purpose in a work setting.  Patrick thinks a lot about his future and finds meaning in his everyday life.

“I have more confidence now and that is a really big thing for me. I don’t feel so nervous, and I can meet people and make friends. I get a nice feeling in the morning when I know I am coming here to work with my friends.”

Learn more about our programs.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @extraspecialteas and #brewbelonging !

Shop our products and merch, including Blues Skies loose-leaf tea.

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