Title A blog feed. en-US Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:11:00 -0500 Drive Off the Beaten Path to Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/05/drive-off-the-beaten-path-for-crafts-of-colrain-open-studio-tour/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fedd7325-7fff-c5f3-2f8f-014068d0e533"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/77078A4A-4D72-4936-91FF-155BFF5D9F15.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 187px;" class="featured">Franklin County is a wonderful place to explore a variety of art and handmade crafts, since it is home to so many artists and creatives. Colrain, specifically, is a very concentrated area of talented artists and craftspeople, since it is such an inspiring place, with beautiful rolling hills, and preserved natural areas. Every year, the artists of Colrain open their doors to the public for a self-guided open studio tour. This year, <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/index.html" target="_blank">Crafts of Colrain</a> will take place&nbsp;Saturday and Sunday November 10 and 11 from 10 am to 5 pm both days.</p> <p dir="ltr">Grab a map and drive through Colrain to as many as 18 artisans&rsquo; studios. You&rsquo;ll see a wide variety of art, from craft beer to woodworking, fiber art to photography, and more. <a href="http://keldaby.com/home.html" target="_blank">Kedalby Farm</a>, home of Moonshine Design, raises angora goats to provide the mohair for their hand-dyed, hand-woven goods. Visit their farm and learn about this process, which takes place entirely on-site. See a variety of art in one stop at stop #17- Sarah and Hans Schoedel. Hans makes scratchboard illustrations and prints, wooden bowls using wood from local trees, and decorative and functioning fishing lures. While Sarah makes handwoven baskets and jewelry using recycled fence wire, copper, silver, and gemstones. If you&rsquo;re a collector or even just an admirer of pottery and stoneware, you&rsquo;ll want to check out Cliff Daniels&rsquo; studio. Cliff&rsquo;s original and decorative designs uses a broad color palette and durable glazes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/07DDC44B-7AF3-49CB-A9BA-0BD933026AE8.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Before you hit the road, be sure to print out a map, located <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/directions.html" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also find all the <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/artists.html" target="_blank">participating artists</a>, sponsors, and partners at craftsofcolrain.com. Support local artists and farms, while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colrain, hopping around to these open studios.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Arts Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:11:00 -0500 24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/29/24th-annual-franklin-county-cider-days/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/51282F2F-3BE3-4C89-A465-E34304884987.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">For a long time, cider has been the traditional drink of New England. Right here in Franklin County, we are lucky to be surrounded by wonderful orchards and cideries, who make this delicious fall drink. For 24 years, Franklin County has celebrated cider with their Annual CiderDays. This 3-day event, always occurring on the first full weekend in November, brings together cider lovers across the county. This year, CiderDays is happening November 2-4 and includes 19 participating venues.</p> <p>From Friday evening to Sunday evening, there will be a wide variety of events all based around cider, but not necessarily just based around drinking it. There will be talks around cider and apples, demonstrations and cider-making workshops, orchard rides, cider and cheese pairings, and more. You can view the full schedule of events at <a href="https://www.ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">CiderDays</a>.org, but here are some highlights:</p> <p>The Shelburne Buckland Community Center will hold talks, tastings, and workshops Saturday and Sunday for beginner through advanced cider lovers. The events at the Community Center will be FREE!</p> <p>Check out the world&rsquo;s longest-running hard cider tasting at the Cider Salon in Unity Park,&nbsp;Turners Falls. There will be two sessions on Saturday (3:30-5 and 5:45-7:15) where you can try 120 different ciders from across North America and Europe. Make sure you purchase your tickets for the salon soon because this event sells out.</p> <p>Bring the whole family to the Cider and Apple Festival, hosted by New Salem Preserves and Orchards on Saturday and Sunday. Attend free workshops, child-friendly apple pressing, and browse local artisan exhibits and farm products.</p> <p>For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets for specific events, visit <a href="https://www.ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">ciderdays.org.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/693ED6A4-54C0-4B40-8943-76DEB5963F34.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 83px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Ashfield Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Shelburne Falls fair Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:10:00 -0400 September Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/27/september-real-estate-market-report-for-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/44559792_10155774763905233_1555951000756420608_o.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 267px;"></p> <p>Franklin County sales were down 9.9% and the median price down 5.5% in September, 2018 compared to September, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sales were also down in&nbsp;both Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 14.3&nbsp;percent from 2,107&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September 2017, to 1,806&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September, 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market increase 3.7%&nbsp;&nbsp;from 63&nbsp;days in September, 2017 to 66&nbsp;days in September, 2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are down 5.2% &nbsp;from 520&nbsp;in September,&nbsp;2017 to 493&nbsp;in September, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/SF%20Home%20Sales%20Sept%202018%20(dragged).jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 329px;"></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 617px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Franklin County Western Mass Real Estate News Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:10:00 -0400 Scarecrow in the Park: Happening This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/18/scarecrow-in-the-park-happening-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/scarecrowinthepark.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 250px;">Looking for something fun and fall-y to do this weekend? Head to Bernardston for the 6th Annual Scarecrow in the Park, hosted by the Bernardston Kiwanis Club! This two-day event, happening Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st has become an annual tradition, where Cushman Park becomes filled with artists and craftspeople, live music, food vendors, a Halloween dance party, and of course, handcrafted scarecrows, on top of much more.</p> <p>The scarecrow contest is a signature part of this event, where participants can pay $10 to enter their scarecrow and could win a cash prize. This year, scarecrows will be judged based on the categories of&nbsp;scariest, funniest, prettiest, most interesting use of materials, and best art. The radio station, Bear Country 95.3, also gives a prize to the best &ldquo;Bearcrow.&rdquo; Enter your own specially made scarecrow or simply walk around and enjoy viewing&nbsp;all of the amazing ones made by other people. For more information on the contest, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/464393434048901/" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p>Be sure to bring the whole family because there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Browse the artists&rsquo; booths, featuring fiber arts, preserves, gourd art, seasonal decorations, home adornments, and more. Listen to live music by local favorites Appalachian Still and enjoy a live performance by Celtic Heels, local Irish step dancers, as well as the Tractor and Rag Shag Parade. There will also be hay rides, a visit and demonstration with local canine police officers, and face-painting and balloon-sculpting by Melha Shriners clowns.</p> <p>For more information on Scarecrow in the Park, visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/scarecrowinthepark/?eid=ARBE-IhzbmyW6iHRjSjQVMKPR3_Li1l7-iMAySXL0Llfl4xyOXB-_A0c0hoKr_LJbfB6OK9Jj-7JGqlQ" target="_blank">Facebook page.</a>&nbsp;Don&#39;t miss this awesome event!</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/scarecrows.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p> <p><br> <br> &nbsp;</p> Community Fall Festival Arts Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:10:00 -0400 August, 2018 Sales Report for Single Family Homes in Western Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/07/august-2018-sales-report-for-single-family-homes-in-western-mass/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Monthly%20Sales.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 148px;">Pioneer Valley single-family home sales in August, 2017 had 699 closed transactions and&nbsp;659 in August, 2018, down 5.7%.&nbsp; Franklin County had&nbsp;90 closed transactions&nbsp;in August, 2017 and 74 in August, 2018, down 17.8%.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pioneer Valley average days of market was&nbsp;down to 56 days in August 2018 vs. 63 days in August 2017.&nbsp; Pending sales are up and inventory of homes for sale remains down.</p> <p>For more information regarding single family sales in August&nbsp;review the following provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Single%20Family%20Sales%20Report.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 335px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 457px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 777px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Wanda Mooney Franklin County Sun, 07 Oct 2018 11:10:00 -0400 Fall Festivals in Franklin County! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/01/fall-festivals-in-franklin-county/ <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/greatfallsfestival.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" class="featured"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820">It&rsquo;s October! That means pumpkins, cider, foliage, and Fall Festivals! Next weekend, October 6 and 7, Ashfield&rsquo;s main street will be filled with people for the Ashfield Fall Festival. Admission is free to this annual event, which started in 1970. Celebrate Ashfield and browse over 50 arts and crafts exhibitors, book sales, and tag sales. Enjoy locally-grown and prepared foods, live music, and dancing. There will also be plenty of kids&rsquo; events, including the annual Pumpkingames! For more information, visit</span> <a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org" target="_blank">www.ashfieldfallfestival.org</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820">Another great fall festival that you won&rsquo;t want to miss is the Great Falls Festival aka Pumpkinfest in Turners Falls on October 20th. From 2 to 9 pm, Avenue A in Turners Falls will be filled with over 150 food and craft vendors, 3 live music stages, 2 performance stages, a beer garden and of course, a pumpkin display! Bring your own pumpkin to add to the beautiful pumpkin display or carve one there for free. There will also be free kids activities. For more information check out their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARC5YkY_3FoO5IBDH1yxanEq_cSdsYi3u4yq1yPojNpIlEedUsRM-Gb1t30JPmQKVSjOWCyl-H6f3u_9ayceTNiZ3Lc501AcICieQlQ6SvkCPRwtRogj3B9au7dauBBzft56N8w4tn7Pot73LTmD-Ed_JACWx4Gu4LmjuTMymfux63et_UiW&amp;eid=ARA4eBY_xX0p8JuMBAeUIIDqCZ92pwNBB0SGbf8bCASyhq9xmdlwXCh3_5Xb3ofuvdUkzD513vYTjQc7" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</span></p> <h3 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820">Here are some other exciting fall festivals in Franklin County coming soon:</span></h3> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820"><a href="http://www.riversidebluesandbbq.com/" target="_blank">8th Annual Riverside Blues, Brews, and BBQs</a> - October 6 - Greenfield</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820"><a href="http://old78farm.com/" target="_blank">Old 78 Festival</a> - October 6 - Orange</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/scarecrowinthepark/" target="_blank">Scarecrow in the Park</a> - October 20 - Bernardston</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba0b8601-7fff-9544-ff36-a10a4930e820"><a href="https://www.ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">24th Annual Franklin County Cider Days</a> - November 2-4 - Various locations throughout Franklin County</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ashfield%20fall%20festival.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 139px;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Ashfield Fall Festival Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:10:00 -0400 Painting for Bid to Benefit Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/09/12/painting-for-bid-to-benefit-bridge-of-flowers-in-shelburne-falls/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/light%20showers.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">If you stop by Salmon Falls Gallery this month, you will see a special painting on display. &ldquo;Light Showers&rdquo; a 42 by 64-inch pastel work has been donated by the artist Peter London for silent auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Bridge of Flowers&rsquo; maintenance and upkeep. The bidding started at $500 but London estimates the work to be valued at $2,500.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">London has had much success in his career as an artist, becoming internationally known and having his work exhibited in galleries across the country. Him and his wife, Marion, have a home in Shelburne, where she is also a volunteer gardener on the Bridge of Flowers. London has also taught workshops at Rowe Conference Center.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">If you are an art lover/collector and want to support the beautiful Bridge of Flowers, Salmon Falls Gallery is accepting bids by telephone, email, or in person at the gallery, 1 Ashfield Street in Shelburne Falls. The bidding will close on Sunday, September 30 at a floral themed gala at the gallery. All are invited to attend and are encouraged to come dressed in &ldquo;floral finery.&rdquo; There will be refreshments and live music by Einstein&rsquo;s Little Homonculus.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">Contact Salmon Falls Gallery at 413-625-9833 or</span> <a href="mailto:salmonfalls@megaplanet.com">salmonfalls@megaplanet.com</a>. Visit them online at <a href="http://salmonfallsgallery.com/index.html" target="_blank">www.salmonfallsgallery.com</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Arts Shelburne Falls Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:09:00 -0400 Completely Renovated Colonial For Sale in Ashfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/30/completely-renovated-colonial-for-sale-in-ashfield/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/front%20yard.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 234px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Serenity surrounds this completely renovated 1817 Colonial that combines period details of yesteryear with the modern conveniences of today. State of the art green technology features a geothermal heating/cooling system, solar array, high rated foam insulation and Pella Low-E Argon windows while attractive woodwork, restored mantels, original wood floors and exposed posts and beams enhance the interior. There is a gorgeous kitchen w/soapstone countertop, fabulous great room with cathedral ceiling &amp; gas fireplace, dining room, formal living room with original fireplace, first floor bedroom &amp; full bath. Three&nbsp;additional bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with slate and soapstone open shower &amp; custom built vanity are upstairs. In addition, there are 3 outbuildings, 2-3 car attached garage, screened-in porch and&nbsp;a deck with views of the pond, stream and hills beyond. A nature lover&#39;s oasis, the private 11.8 acres is mostly open, perfect for gardening &amp; animals. Less than 30 min to Northampton/Greenfield.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/backyard.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 169px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" class="featured">&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/living%20room.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 155px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 150px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/dining%20room.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 150px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bedroom.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 155px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bathroom.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 162px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72385531/1594-west-road-ashfield-ma/" target="_blank">Click here to view the full listing.</a></p> <p><strong>Contact Wanda Mooney today for a tour!&nbsp;<br> <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com?subject=1594%20West%20Road%2C%20Ashfield"> Wanda@Wandamooney.com</a> or 413-768-9848</strong></p> House For Sale Ashfield Post and Beam Pioneer Valley Green Living buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass acreage Antique Home For Sale Colonial Renovations Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:08:00 -0400 It's That Time of Year for Festivals and Fairs! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/22/it-s-that-time-of-year-for-festivals-and-fairs/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cummingtonfair%20banner.jpg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 232px;">As summer winds down, fairs and festivals are popping up all over Western Mass. Last weekend, hundreds came out for the 101st Heath Fair. This coming weekend marks the 150th Cummington Fair in Cummington, MA. The Fair was started in 1868 but was initiated in 1883 as the Hillside Agricultural Society. Today, the Cummington Fair remains true to its agricultural roots with events based around livestock and tractors, such as the livestock shows, horse draws, and antique engine and tractor shows.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2">But that&rsquo;s not the only reason to go to the Cummington Fair. This year&rsquo;s 4-day event will include a bike stunt show, fireworks, a craft barn, demolition derby and more. The stages will fill with live entertainers such as Zoe Darrow, Presley and Taylor, Jose Duddy, and others. Plus, there will be all sorts of vendors selling food, crafts, and other items. The Cummington Fair starts Thursday, August 23 and runs through Sunday, August 26. Purchase tickets online and get more information at <a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">cummingtonfair.com.</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2">Here are some other great festivals and fairs coming up soon:</span></p> <ul> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://www.shelburnegrange.org/shelburne-grange-fair.html" target="_blank">71st Annual Shelburne Grange Fair</a>, Shelburne - Saturday, August 25</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://www.apexorchards.com/" target="_blank">Fit &amp; Fun Family Weekend at Apex Orchards</a>, Shelburne - Saturday &amp; Sunday, August 25 &amp; 26</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://fcas.com/" target="_blank">Franklin County Fair</a>, Greenfield - Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="https://www.3countyfair.com/" target="_blank">Three County Fair</a>, Northampton - Friday-Monday, August 31-September 3</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="https://www.thebige.com/" target="_blank">The Big E</a>, West Springfield - September 14-30</span></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:08:00 -0400 The Heath Fair Returns for a Weekend of Community, Food, Music, and Agriculture https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/14/the-heath-fair-returns-for-a-weekend-of-community-food-music-and-agriculture/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">The Heath Fair is one of the few country fairs still around that stays true to its agricultural roots. For over 100 years, it has offered events such as the ox draw, sheep shows, and various trade demonstrations to teach the community about agriculture in an engaging way. Every year the residents of Heath and visitors from surrounding towns look forward to this end of summer event. This year, the 101st Heath Fair will take place this weekend, Friday, August 17th to Sunday, August 19th.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">It is truly incredible to see how a large event like this with a variety of activities comes together in such an organized way. It is because of the commitment of volunteers who run each of the events that the Heath Fair is so successful. This year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/schedule/" target="_blank">lineup of events</a> include the antique tractor pull, rabbit show, goat show, horse draw, truck pull, and sheep show. Bring the kids because there will be so much for them to do too like the zucchini races, wagon rides, demonstrations, and the parade!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">Make sure you come hungry because there will be plenty to eat! Join the organized meals such as the Church Ladies Ham and Bean Supper on Friday, the Heath Firefighters Association BBQ on both Saturday and Sunday, or the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. There will also be a great <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/vendors/" target="_blank">group of vendors</a> selling food, including Lucia&rsquo;s Latin Kitchen, Kailash Kitchen, and of course Hager&rsquo;s Farm Market&rsquo;s fried dough and maple cream.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">A country fair needs music and this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/music/" target="_blank">artist lineup</a> is spectacular. On Friday night, check out Upstate Rubdown and then join in on the square dancing, led by Doug Wilkins. On Saturday, the music starts at 11 am with The Uncles of the Pioneers and continues through the day with The Green Sisters, Li&rsquo;l BeeDee &amp; The Doo-Rites, and The Whiskey Treaty Road Show. On Sunday, the Ageless Waves of Rhythm will kick off the day with their drumming, followed by the Shelburne Falls Military Band, and Banish Misfortune.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">For the full schedule of events, visit <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/" target="_blank">heathfair.org</a>. The Heath Fair is presented by the Heath Agricultural Society. Admission is only $8 or $6 for seniors and free for children 9 and under. See you at the Heath Fair!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/heathfair2018.png" style="width: 500px; height: 166px;"></span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:08:00 -0400