Celebrating Black History Month!
Showcasing the talents of a local artist
Leslie Babbitt Belcher
My name is Leslie Babbitt Belcher, known as “Babbitt.” I am a Cape Verdean American. My four grandparents immigrated from the small island of Brava, Cape Verde Islands, a former Portuguese colony off the west coast of Africa. My paternal grandparents left the islands with their three small children and had ten more children after arriving in the United States. My father was one of the ten. They arrived in the United States in the early 1900s in the port of New Bedford and settled in Wareham, Massachusetts, where I was born. As an adult and as a single mother of two children, I moved to Boston where I began Babbitt Designs, Inc. After a successful 36-year career, I met, fell in love with, and married James Roland Belcher of West Point. We built our home in Barhamsville, where I have my current business, B and B New Beginnings. My deep roots and powerful awareness of my Cape Verdean heritage have enhanced every aspect of my passion for dynamic colors, whether brushing a canvas, cutting cloth or creating Cape Verdean inspired recipes. As a board-certified healing arts practitioner, I am deeply connected to the energy of supporting, healing, and inspiring those in need, and I thank my father and his authentic Cape Verdean legacy for instilling in me those very abilities. I hope that the personal wisdom I have gained as a full-time caregiver and as a student of life shared in my series entitled “In the Meantime” has touched the hearts of many with comfort so needed during this pandemic. My new Relax, Release, and Rejuvenate classes, which include yoga, isometrics, meditation, and hydrotherapy, affirm my commitment to mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being. https://bandbnewbeginnings.com/