Easter Events in Western MA, 2015

Easter Events in Western MA 2015

During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Check our list of Easter events for an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances.

Community events that celebrate Easter take place over the next few week.

We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back: Easter Events in Western MA 2015.

Just Roots Community Farm Fosters Youth Collaboration

Innovative farm program uses accessible skillshare as community builder

Just Roots Community Farm isn’t “just” anything – never just this or just that, the farm incorporates many different projects, practices, and goals into its overarching purpose. Located on the former Poor Farm in Greenfield, MA, Just Roots works to promote knowledge of, demand for, and access to local food in Franklin County. Through a variety of offerings including community workshops, affordable CSA shares, volunteer workdays, and educational programming, Just Roots serves as a community-centered vehicle for resiliency, self-sufficiency, sustainability, and endless learning.

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Greenfield: A Town with an Innovative Past, Present and Future

Take an educational trip right into Greenfield’s innovative past, present and future

Taken from the upper story front porch of the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls, this image shows the trolley near Second Street and Avenue A (c.1890), an example of trolly use in the Pioneer Valley. – Courtesy Image.

The Pioneer Valley Institute is offering a day tour of the highlights of Greenfield on Saturday, June 7: “Spring into Greenfield: A Trolley Ride Through our Town’s History and Architecture.” The town’s trolley bus will be the mode of transportation for the day, and is a reminder of the active trolley system available 100 years ago throughout the Connecticut River Valley.

Greenfield, its buildings, its industries, and farmland, offers a complex story. This hub town for Franklin County is the site of fine examples of architectural design, of industrial innovation, and of current efforts to retrofit Greenfield’s fine older buildings to conserve energy for the coming decades. Greenfield was a crossroads for train freight service and will soon see restored passenger service. Waterpower and fine farmland attracted early settlers and investors, and innovators and businesses continue to recognize opportunities in the town.

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Easter Events in Western MA, 2014

Easter Events in Western MA 2014

During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Check our list of Easter events for an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances.

Community events that celebrate Easter take place through April 20th. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back: Easter Events in Western MA 2014.

Easter Events in Western MA, 2013

Easter Events in Western MA 2013

During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Find an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances.

Community events that celebrate Easter take place through April 13th. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back.

Saturday, March 16th

In Great Barrington at 3pm, earn to make naturally-dyed eggs with the Berkshire Co-op! Families will learn how to use food, flowers, leaves, and more to create beautifully decorated, all-natural holiday eggs. You’ll get to take the eggs that you dye home, and make sure to wear clothes that can get messy. 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street. (FREE)

In Otis at 10am, the town of Otis will host an Easter Egg Hunt and Games event. BYO basked and arrive at the town hall. For more info call 413-269-4541. (FREE)

In Whatley at 12noon, Marion Abrams will be leading a Family Batik Ukrainian Egg Workshop at the Whately Library. Children ages 8yo+ will learn basic skills for beautiful traditional Ukrainian Pysanky. 413-247-9807. (FREE)

Saturday, March 23rd

In Adams from 10-11:30am, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum will host an Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt with hard boiled eggs colored by Daisy Troop 40054 for kids up to ages 12yo. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road.

In Amherst from 12noon-3pm, Atkins Farms hosts an Easter Egg & Candy Hunt with the Easter Bunny.  Photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. BYO basket.  Under the pavilion. 413-253-9528. Corner of RTE.116 & Bay Rd.  (FREE)

In Easthampton at 10am, there will be an Egg Hunt at Daley Field. Bring a camera for photos with Easter Bunny. BYO basket. For kids ages 10yo and younger. Easthampton High School. Williston Ave. (FREE) – Rain/Snow Date: 3/30

In Great Barrington from 10-11:30am, Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host an egg hunt. Toddlers to age 6yo are welcomed. BYO basket. Pre-register. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. (>$)

In Huntington at 2pm, the Huntington Recreation Committee will host an Egg Hunt at Pettis Field for Huntington kids (& grandkids) 10yo and younger. BYO basket. 413-667-3500. (FREE) – Rain/Snow Date: 3/24, 2pm.

In New Marlborough at 10:30am, the New Marlborough Library will host a Spring Egg Hunt at the New Marlborough Central School for children up to 11yo.  BYO basket and camera to take photos with the Easter Bunny. 413-229-6668. – Rain/Snow Date: 3/24, 1pm

In Northampton at 1pm, Marion Abrams will be leading a Family Batik Ukrainian Egg Workshop at the Forbes Library. Marion will teach basic skills for beautiful traditional Ukrainian Pysanky. Children ages 8yo+ are welcomed. 413-247-9807. (Free/>$)

In South Hadley at 12noon, the Odyssey Children’s Department will be hiding 100 eggs in store for an Epic Easter Egg Hunt! Two simultaneous Egg Hunts will happen, one on each floor, divided according to age. Spring Storytime follows hunt. BYO baskets. All ages welcome. 413-534-7307. 9 College St. (FREE)

In Wendell from 10am-12noon, Diemand Farm hosts their annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be egg coloring, crafts and an egg hunt for your children to enjoy. A variety of baby animals including rabbits, goats and lambs will be there to pet–and maybe even feed! 126 Mormon Hollow Road. (FREE)

In Westfield at 11am, the Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt happens at Shaker Farms Country Club. Kids can search for eggs filled with treats – BYO basket! The Easter Bunny will visit at 11:30am, and kids can get their faces painted. 413-572-1260. 866 Shaker Road. (FREE) – Rain/Snow Date: 4/1, 11am.

In Wilbraham from 10:30am-1pm, the Wilbraham Children’s Museum will host an egg hung for kids ages 5yo and younger. BYO baskets and come hunt for over 400 eggs, enjoy indoor crafts and story time. Hunt begins promptly at 11am. 678 Main Street. (>$) – Rain or Shine.

In Williamstown at 10am, Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center hosts their 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children up to 10yo can join in. There will be Easter baskets and plastic eggs filled with candy to hunt for on the grounds. 413-458-8371. 1561 Cold Spring Road. (FREE) – Rain/Snow Date: 3/24, 2pm.

Sunday, March 24th

In Ludlow at 12noon, Randall Boys and Girls Club host an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 3-11yo. Pictures with the Easter Bunny at 12noon. Hunt begins at 1pm. Must register by 3/22. Rain date: April 7. 413-583-2072. 91 Claudia’s Way. (>$) – Rain/Snow Date: 4/7.

In Sunderland at 2pm, Sunderland Recreation host their 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sunderland Elementary School. 413-665-1439. 1 Swampfield Dr. (FREE)

Friday, March 29th

In Health from 10:30-11:30am, the Heath Library will host an Egg Hunt on the Town Common in lieu of their weekly story hour. They ask that all participants RSVP. 413-337-4934 x7 (FREE)

Saturday, March 30th

In Agawam at 10am, the Great Easter Egg Hunt happens at the Bethany Assembly of God. Kids ages 1-12yo can join in an Egg Hunt, win prizes and enjoy a performance by the TNT Puppet Team. 413-789-2930. 580 Main Street. (FREE)

In Cheshire from 11am-6pm, Whitney’s Farm Market hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Kids ages 5yo and under search at 11am.   Kinds ages 6yo and older search at 3pm. 413-442-4749. 1775 S. State Rd. (FREE)

In Chicopee from 10am-12:15pm, the Chicopee Parks Dept hosts their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Szot Park. Kids are invited to make a silly pair of bunny feet during the event and prizes will even be awarded. In the upper fields at the park, thousands of eggs will litter the field, with good luck eggs sprinkled throughout! Call to register: 413-594-3481. Upper Szot Park. (>$) – Rain site: Chicopee Academy.

In Dalton, the Dalton CRA host an Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn. Open to kids 11yo or younger. Easter Bunny visit too. BYO basket. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. (FREE) – Rain site: CRA gym.

In Florence at 9:30 & 11am, Look Park hosts two seatings for families to have a breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny at the Garden House. Tickets sold first come first served. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main St. ($)

In Florence from 1-2pm, the Northampton Rec Department host their annual EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt at Look Park for children ages 10yo and younger. With over 10,000 eggs with goodies inside, kids can scramble for eggs according to age group. BYO basket, get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, and even win prizes. Be sure to arrive early! 300 North Main St. (FREE/>$ Parking)

In Granby at 11am, the Granby PM Club hosts an Egg Hunt for kids 12yo and younger at the Dufresne’s Park Gazebo. BYO basket. (FREE) – Rain Cancels.

In Hadley from 10:30am-12noon, Hadley Park & Rec. to host an Easter Party at the Hadley Elementary School. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts and fun activities. BYO basket to collect eggs! 21 River Dr. (FREE) – Rain or Shine.

In Holyoke at 10am, Holyoke Parks and Recreation hosts an Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration at the Holyoke Heritage State Park. Easter egg hunts for four age groups, great prizes, face painting, gift bags and a t-shirt decorating station (t-shirts and gift bags included for the first 500 children), pony rides, craft stations and of course a chance to meet the Easter Bunny! BYO basket. 413-322-5620. 221 Appleton Street. (>$) – Rain or Shine.

In Ludlow at 11am, the Hubbard Library host their annual egg hunt. Kids of all ages are invited to the Library’s egg hunt, sponsored by the Friends of the Library! Children will search the grounds for colorful eggs, and a chance to win prizes. Kids who have food allergies can swap for non-candy eggs. BYO basket. 413-583-3408 x3. 24 Center Street. (FREE)

In Pittsfield at 10:30am, the Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble will be held at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School. Five different age categories beginning at 10:30am-11:25am, open to all Pittsfield children. One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize! BYO baskets. Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. 100 Burbank Street. (FREE) – Rain or Shine.

In Springfield from 11am-1pm, The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center hosts a Spring “Egg”stravananza. Collect eggs along the “bunny trail.”  Meet live animals that all come from eggs, and bring your camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave.

In Stockbridge at 11am, the Stockbridge Library host an annual Easter Egg Hunt to follow a spring story time and book giveaway. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. (FREE)

In West Springfield at 9:45am, West Springfield residents are invited to join the search for over 7,000 eggs at the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mittineague Park. Children ages 7yo and younger are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a candy treat between 9:45-10:30am in the tennis court area and then the Easter Hunt will begin sharply at 10:30am. Children will be divided into three color-coded age groups. 413-781-3020. Mittineague Park. (FREE) – Call if rain/snow.

In Worthington at 10:30am, Worthington Easter Egg Hunt takes place at R.H. Conwell School.  Kids hunt followed by teen/adult hunt.  All are welcomed. 413-238-5500. (FREE)

Sunday, March 31st

In Deerfield from 10am-3pm, celebrate Easter at Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle! There will be delicious food (some from local farms!) and the Easter Bunny will stop by to visit! Reservations suggested. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. A ($$)

Saturday, April 13th

In Turners Falls at 1pm, the 8th Annual Peter Cottontail’s EGGstravaganza takes place at Unity Park. Children ages 4-12 are invited to take part in this great community tradition. Activities include face painting, egg coloring, pictures with Peter Cottontail, and a 5,000 Egg Hunt! BYO basket. Unity Park, First Street. (FREE) – (Originally scheduled on 3/23)

[Photo credit: (ccl) Jose Chavarry]

Grow Food for Local Hunger Relief with Just Roots this Summer

Families Can Help Grow Food for Hunger Relief
in Greenfield this Summer

Just Roots’ Food for All Garden awaits volunteer to help plant starts donated by local farmers.

Western Massachusetts is lush with farms, making locally grown and produced foods relatively easy to find.  However, there are many local families who are not able to enjoy locally grown produce, for a variety of reasons.

Just Roots, a Greenfield organization whose mission is to provide the community with the knowledge of farming necessary for food production, is growing a “Food for All Garden.”  The purpose of the one-acre garden is to produce, through community effort, locally grown food to donate to local hunger relief organizations.

However, the veggies can’t be grown without volunteers!  Currently, the garden is waiting to be planted with starts donated by local farmers.  Throughout the summer, volunteers will be needed to help with weeding, harvesting, etc. Participating in community service with your family at the Food for All Garden can help kids and their adults learn about hunger in our community, and how access to food (especially local food) can depend on economic status.  It’s a great summer community service project!  Work sessions will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Sundays from 9am-12pm through the harvest.  For more information on volunteering, visit justroots.org.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Susy Morris]

Easter Events For Families in Western MA

Easter Events in Western MA 2012

During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Find an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances.

Community events that celebrate Easter begin this weekend. We’ll be adding to this list as events come in, so be sure to check back.

Saturday, March 31st

In Easthampton at 10am, an annual Egg Hunt of 18,000 eggs (many with prizes) happens at Millside Park. Hunt begins promptly, so arrive early and BYO basket! Easter Bunny will make an appearance too. Great photo opportunity. 413-529-1440. 2 Ferry Street. (FREE)

In Granby at 11am, the Granby PM Club hosts and Egg Hunt for kids 12yo and younger at the Dufresne’s Park Gazebo. BYO Basket. Rain cancels. (FREE)

In Huntington at 2pm, the Huntington Recreation Committee will host an Egg Hunt at Pettis Field for kids 10yo and younger. 413-667-3500. (Rain Date: April 1st, 2pm). (FREE)

In Lenox at 10am or 12noon, families can learn to make beautiful decorated Easter eggs in the traditional Eastern European style at Ventfort Hall!  The process includes drawing intricate designs with wax on eggs and dying with colored dyes.  Kids must be 12+ and accompanied by a parent.  The workshop is a great opportunity to learn about Czechoslovakian cultural traditions!  Registration required.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  ($)

In Monson from 1:30-3:30pm, kids ages 3-10yo can gather at Veterans Field for spring activities.  An Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2pm. BYO basket. (FREE)

In Wendell from 10am-12noon, Diemand Farm is hosting an Easter celebration.  There will be egg hunts, egg dying, and more holiday-related fun!  Celebrate both Easter and local egg production.  Bring a donation for Operation Touch of Home for care packages being distributed to overseas soldiers. 978-544-3806.  126 Mormon Hollow Road.  (FREE)

In Westfield at 11am, come hunt for eggs at the Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt at Shaker Farms Country Club!  Kids can search for eggs filled with treats – BYO basket!  The Easter Bunny will visit, and kids can get their faces painted.  413-572-1260.  866 Shaker Road.   (FREE)

In Williamstown from 10am-12noon, Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center hosts their 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children up to 10yo can join in.  There will be Easter baskets and plastic eggs filled with candy to hunt for on the grounds. 413-458-8371. 1611 Cold Spring Road. (FREE)

Sunday, April 1st

In Ludlow at 1pm, kids can hunt for Easter eggs with the Easter Bunny at the Ludlow Community Center!  The Easter Bunny will meet egg hunters at the center’s pavilion and will be available for pictures afterwards.  Open to kids in preschool through fifth grade.  Registration required.  413-583-2072.  91 Claudia’s Way.  (<$)

In Southwick from 12noon-2pm, the Southwick Park & Rec will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Prifti Park. Activities include arts & crafts, sweet treats, display from the fire dept., Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt divided into age groups. 454 College Highway.  (FREE)

Friday, April 6th

In Heath from 10:30-11:30am, the Heath Library will host an Egg Hunt on the Town Common in lieu of their weekly story hour. They ask that all participants RSVP by April 2nd. 413-337-4934 x7 (FREE)

Saturday, April 7th

In Agawam at 10am, The Great Easter Egg Hunt happens at the Bethany Assembly of God. Kids ages 1-12yo can join in an Egg Hunt, win prizes and enjoy a performance by the TNT Puppet Team. 413-789-2930. 580 Main Street. (FREE)

In Chicopee from 10am-12:15pm, the Chicopee Parks Dept hosts their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Szot Park.  Kids are invited to make a silly pair of bunny ears during the event and prizes will even be awarded.  In the upper fields at the park, thousands of eggs will litter the field, with good luck eggs sprinkled throughout! Rain site: Chicopee Academy. Call to register: 413-594-3481. Upper Szot Park.  (>$)

In Conway from 10am-1pm, the Conway’s Annual Thelma French Easter Egg Hunt happens on the Town Field. 413-625-0041. (FREE)

In Dalton from 1-2pm, the Dalton CRA lawn will be filled with eggs for their annual egg hunt!  Kids can scour the grounds and look for eggs filled with treats.  413-684-0260.  400 Main Street.  (FREE)

In Florence at 1pm, there will be eggs galore at the Northampton Rec Dept. annual Easter Egg Hunt at Look Park!  BYO basket for egg collection- you might find a lot!  There are scheduled times for different age groups, so check the schedule.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  (FREE)

In Greenfield at 11am, kids can come hunt for eggs at the Rotary of Franklin County’s annual egg hunt!  The event takes place at Beacon Field, and kids will be divided into three different age groups for hunting.  Beacon Street.  (FREE)

In Hadley from 10:30am-12noon, the Hadley Park & Rec Dept host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can hunt for eggs at the Hadley Elementary School, and along with the egg hunt, there will be crafts for kids, a visit from the Easter bunny, and other activities!  BYO basket for eggs.  413-586-6375.  21 River Drive.  (<$)

In Holyoke from 10am-12Noon, is an Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration at the Holyoke Heritage State Park.  There will be many fun activities for the family, including pony rides, t-shirt decoration, prizes, and the Easter Bunny will be visiting too. Egg Hunts are on the half hour from 10-11:30am, and divided according to age group. Allow time to register for the egg hunts. 413-322-5620. 221 Appleton Street. (>$)

In Lenox at 11am, Lenox Community Center Easter Egg Hunt happens at Lilac Park.  BYO baskets and come visit the Easter Bunny.  Egg hunt begins promptly at 11am, so arrive early! Rain location: Lenox CC Ballroom. (FREE)

In Pittsfield at 10:30am, the Pittsfield Parks & Rec host their annual Easter Egg Scramble at Morningside Community School for kids 2-9 years old. 413-499-9370. 100 Burbank Street. (FREE)

In South Egremont from 11am-1pm, Blue Rider Stables will host an Easter Egg Hunt at their barn. There will be pony rides, face painting, hay bale maze, refreshments and Easter sweets. 413-528-5299. 15 Farm Lane. (>$)

In South Hadley at 11am, the South Hadley Rec Dept is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt & Hat Parade at Buttery Brook Park.  Kids are invited to come with creative Easter hats for the parade (prizes will be awarded!).  Following the parade at 11:30am will be an egg hunt (BYO basket!).  (FREE)

In Springfield at 11am-1pm, kick off Forest Park Zoo’s season at the annual Eggstravaganza!  Kids can collect treats along the bunny trail, and bunnies will be distributing extra treat-filled eggs around the park.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  (FREE)

In Stockbridge at 11am, the Stockbridge Library hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for pre-school-elementary school aged kids. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street, (FREE)

In Turners Falls at 1pm, the Montague Parks & Rec Dept invites kids to hunt for eggs at Unity Park!  There will be a visit from Peter Cottontail, and kids can get their faces painted, dye eggs, and do other fun activities!  BYO basket for collection.  413-863-3216. First Street. (FREE)

In West Springfield from 9:45am-10:30am, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Mittineague Park for kids ages 7yo and younger. Easter Bunny will be handing out candy treats and an egg hunt begins sharply at 10:30am (BYO basket),  413-781-3020. (FREE)

Sunday, April 8th

In Cheshire at 12noon, 12Noon, kids up to 10yo are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Cheshire Police Association at the Cheshire Elementary School.  BYO baskets! Cheshire, MA (FREE)

In Florence at 9:30am or 11am, have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Look Park!  Enjoy delicious breakfast foods and celebrate Easter.  Reservations strongly suggested!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  ($)

In South Deerfield from 11am-3pm, celebrate Easter at Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle!  There will be delicious food (some from local farms!) and the Easter Bunny will stop by to visit!  Reservations suggested.  413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road.  ($$)

In Whately from 12noon-2pm, learn to make Pysansky, a traditional Ukranian decoration made from egg shells, beeswax, and dye!  The Whately Library is hosting the workshop, which is open to kids ages 7+ and their adults.  BYO eggs and paper towels and learn about a holiday tradition from a unique culture.  Regsitration required.  413-665-0054.  218 Chestnut Plain Road. (FREE)

[Photo credit: (ccl) Jose Chavarry]

Greenfield Winter Fare Celebrates Local Food in Franklin County!

5th Annual Winter Fare in Greenfield
Kicks off on Saturday, Feb 4th for a Weeklong Celebration

There will be four local food community potlucks scheduled throughout the week, including the towns of Greenfield, Gill, Ashfield and Conway. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Greenfield’s annual Winter Fare will take place on Saturday, February 4th! Along with the farmers’ market, workshops, and barter market that Winter Fare offers, there will be several events happening across Franklin County to celebrate local food, too!

Greenfield’s first Winter Fare took place five years ago, spearheaded by Juanita Nelson, and was designed as a celebration of local food during the season when local farms are least visible.  However, despite the cold, ice, and snow, there’s still an abundance of local food available during the winter!

At the Greenfield’s Winter Fare, community members can come together to enjoy local foods, share their own home-preserved foods, and learn more about growing, preserving, composting, etc. at the many workshops offered.  The main Winter Fare event will take the place of the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market at the Second Congregational Church (Main Street) from 10am-1pm.  Other events include a local foods brunch spotlighting local honey and a new show from Piti Theater Company on Feb 5th., a screening of the documentary, “King Corn” on Feb. 8th, a seed swap and composting workshop on Feb. 12th, and four different local food potlucks throughout the week.

Greenfield’s Winter Fare celebrates delicious locally grown and produced foods, and provides numerous learning opportunities to the community.  Visit the farmers’ market and explain to your kids how it’s possible to buy local greens, squash, carrots, and apples during the winter when nothing grows outside, or teach them some kitchen skills and create a local dish to contribute to a potluck.  You could even do some canning with your kids to trade at the barter market!  The possibilities are endless.  To learn more about the many events taking place all over Franklin Count, visit www.winterfare.org.

Greenfield Hosts Franklin County’s 200 Year Celebration

Connecting the Past, Present, and Future in Franklin County

Franklin County celebrate 200 years in Greenfield, July 22nd-24th, 2011. A family friendly celebration, kids will have many opportunities to play and explore – from the dinosaur and fossil exhibits on Main Street and the Library Walk in the woods, to Saturday afternoon music and dance activities at Energy Park. And there’s an Energy Park family picnic on Sunday afternoon and evening for all ages.(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Downtown Greenfield will be bustling with activity from Friday afternoon, July 22, through Sunday evening, July 24 as the county seat welcomes exhibitors and performers, craftspeople, farmers, history buffs and vendors from throughout the area to celebrate Franklin County’s 200 years.

LIVE MUSIC

The weekend will be book-ended by musical events. It will start with a Friday afternoon women’s barbershop quartet performance, followed by an evening concert with Jennie McAvoy and Michael Nix; and will close with a Sunday evening concert in the park with Lucy Kaplansky. There will also be music throughout the day on Saturday – both at the Veterans’ Mall on Main Street and at the Energy Park on Miles Street.

HISTORY

History will be a major theme of the weekend, dating back as far as prehistoric times, with noted paleontologists on hand for the Jurassic Road Show & Geology Display at the top of Main Street, and the Dinosaurs Library Walk along Poet’s Seat ridge. There will also be walking tours featuring historic downtown landmarks; an exhibit of classic cars along Main Street; demonstration of an old-fashioned pumper at the Greenfield Fire Station and of a blacksmith’s coal forge on the Town Common; also on the Town Common, a live-time Franklin County oral history project for those who wish to share their memories of the area; and tours through the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage on Mead Street.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a 2-hour bike tour of the area on Saturday morning, a special Franklin County geocache designed to mark the celebration, a Sunday morning group hike to Sachem’s Head from Highland Park, and free admission on Sunday afternoon to the Green River Swimming and Recreation area.

FOOD, FARMS & VENDORS

Welcoming hungry visitors to town will be the Loyal Order of the Moose, with their roast pork dinner on Friday evening; the Second Congregational Church with its Saturday pancake breakfast right on Court Square; and the American Legion with a chicken barbeque on Saturday afternoon. For those who wish to take home armloads of local produce, the Farmers’ Market will be extending its hours from 8am to 2pm on Saturday. – Saturday shoppers will have multiple vendors, crafters and sidewalk sales to choose from, including the annual tent sale at Wilson’s department store and a fashion show sponsored by Maurice’s.

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Play Ball! A Home Run for the Greenfield Minor League Baseball

Play Ball! To Raise Funds for Artspace & the Greenfield Minor League Baseball

Win or lose, we love our teams and cheer till our throats are dry for the kids who pour out their hearts to little league baseball. (Photo credit: Reynolds & Burden)

Artspace in Greenfield, MA will host a opening reception for Play Ball!, an exhibit of photography by Beth Reynolds and Thom Burden of Northfield on Saturday, November 20th from 4-5:30pm. This photography exhibit will bring to life the Greenfield Minor League Baseball 2010 season around Lunt Fields in Greenfield, MA.

Local photographers Beth Reynolds and Thom Burden photographed on and off the fields to create memorable images of this timeless game. This exhibit is sponsored by the photographers and net proceeds will be split 50/50 between Greenfield Minor League Baseball and Artspace.

The exhibit will be on display in Artspace’s gallery from November 15th to December 17th, 2010, from 1-6pm (M-F). The Reception is open to the public free of charge. Artspace is located at 15 Mill Street, Greenfield MA.  For more info call 772-6811 or info@franklyarts.com.

Safe & Green Campaign Asks Hilltown Residents To Act Locally: Retire Vermont Yankee

Randy Kehle of Colrain, MA writes:

If you live in one of the towns within 20 miles of the “Vermont Yankee” (VY) nuclear reactor in Vernon, Vermont–a.k.a. the “evacuation zone” (see list of towns below)–and,

If you would like to see this aged, accident-prone reactor retired on schedule when its original 40-year license expires in March of 2012, rather than allowed to operate for another 20 years, until 2032(!), as VY’s Louisiana-based, mega-corporate owner, Entergy Nuclear, is pushing for

Then, please click HERE to read and sign onto our letter to the members of the Vermont legislation, who may soon be casting an historic vote re Vermont Yankee’s future.

And then, please share this message with others who live in “Evacuation Zone” towns (list below) and urge them to send it out to their friends and neighbors. We need everyone’s help with this, ASAP.

The letter will be carried – by hand and on foot – to the Vermont State Capitol and personally presented to legislators by people from the evacuation zone who will be participating in a 120-mile walk, January 2-13, 2010 from Brattleboro to Montpelier, entitled “Step It Up to Shut It Down.” To join or support the walk, go to: www.safeandgreencampaign.org

Towns within (or partially within) 20 miles of the VY nuclear reactor:

VERMONT: Brattleboro, Brookside, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Whitingham, Wilmington

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Chesterfield, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Richmond, Roxbury, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, Winchester

MASSACHUSETTS: Athol, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell

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