Title /blog/category/area-updates/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:10:00 -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 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 Run, Walk, Volunteer, or Cheer at the 40th Annual Bridge of Flowers Races! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/08/run-walk-volunteer-or-cheer-at-the-40th-annual-bridge-of-flowers-races/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fa6779-7fff-b275-7972-c494ddc0d9b1"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018BridgeOfFlowersLogo.png" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 186px;">This Saturday, August 11, marks the 40th Bridge of Flowers Classic Races in Shelburne Falls. Mike McCusker started the races in 1978 and the 3K Walk/Run and 10K Run have been staple events in the village ever since. &nbsp;Each year thousands of runners come out to compete on one of the toughest courses in New England. The infamous Crittenden Hill makes this course both a challenging and rewarding experience. For the first time ever, the 10K Run has been changed to an 8K, but the 3K Walk/Run remains the same. Online registration for the race has closed but you can register in person at the Friday night Spaghettifest at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School or Saturday morning before the race.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fa6779-7fff-b275-7972-c494ddc0d9b1">The race supports five local charities and is made possible by many local sponsors and the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. Hundreds of volunteers contribute their time and effort to make the race safe and fun, by directing traffic, serving food, handing out water to the runners, and more. The race can always use more volunteers so if you want to help, go to <a href="https://shelburnefalls.com/index.php/upcoming-events/bridge-of-flowers-road-race" target="_blank">shelburnefalls.com</a> to find open volunteer positions.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fa6779-7fff-b275-7972-c494ddc0d9b1"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bof%20race.JPG" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 167px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" class="featured">If you&rsquo;re not running or volunteering, you can still be a part of the action by cheering on the runners. The course is a figure 8 loop, starting and ending on the Iron Bridge, making it a very spectator-friendly race. The 3K starts at 8:15 am and the 8K starts at 9 am. After the race, head down Deerfield Avenue to the Glacial Potholes for the Post-Race Party and awards ceremony. Runners will also get free pizza courtesy of Pondside Pizza and a free beer from the Blue Rock if they are over 21. Plus, don&rsquo;t forget to purchase a race shirt to remember this special event.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fa6779-7fff-b275-7972-c494ddc0d9b1">The weather is forecasted to be perfect for race morning so come out to the village of Shelburne Falls and participate in the 40th Annual Bridge of Flowers Classic Races. For more information, <a href="https://shelburnefalls.com/index.php/upcoming-events/bridge-of-flowers-road-race" target="_blank">visit the race page here.</a></span></p> Area Updates Western Mass Shelburne Falls Wed, 08 Aug 2018 23:08:58 -0400 Shop Local For Massachusetts Sales Tax Free Weekend https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/07/shop-local-for-massachusetts-sales-tax-free-weekend/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/MassachusettsTaxFreeWeekend.jpg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 210px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">This Saturday and Sunday, visit your local shops and take advantage of Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend. On August 11 and 12, the state&rsquo;s 6.25% sales tax will be eliminated for all retail goods. Exceptions to this include meals, motor vehicles, motorboats, tobacco products, and any single item over $2,500. After two years without this holiday, Gov. Charlie Baker has decided to sign a bill that brings back this tax exemption.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">With schools starting up again in less than a month and autumn just around the corner, this weekend is the perfect time to get your shopping done. Check out <a href="https://www.wilsonsdepartmentstore.com/" target="_blank">Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store</a> in Greenfield for name brand clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, houseware, toys, and more. Also in Greenfield is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Outlet-Store/154101254625933" target="_blank">The Outlet Store</a>, which carries heavy-duty work clothes and boots from brands like Carhartt and Dickies.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">If you are looking for more unique, handcrafted items, there are several small boutiques and shops in Franklin County, such as <a href="https://bridgestbazaar.com/" target="_blank">Bridge Street Bazaar</a>, <a href="https://www.storeenjoy.com/" target="_blank">Enjoy</a>, <a href="https://www.marjoriemoser.com/" target="_blank">Marjorie Moser Print &amp; Dye Workshop</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aheartforart28/" target="_blank">A Heart for Art</a> in <a href="https://shelburnefalls.com/" target="_blank">Shelburne Falls</a>. Turners Falls also boasts several small shops, such as <a href="https://www.facebook.com/shophoneywine/" target="_blank">Honey &amp; Wine</a>, a women&rsquo;s clothing store, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StenhouseFurnishings/" target="_blank">Stenhouse Furnishings</a>, a vintage consignment shop.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">If you&rsquo;re looking for something new for your home, the Greenfield area has several furniture and antique stores. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/andysandtheoakshoppe/" target="_blank">Andy&rsquo;s and The Oak Shoppe</a> in Greenfield offers quality-made finished and unfinished wood, pine, and oak furniture. You can also score some incredible antiques at <a href="http://www.whitneyhillantiques.com/" target="_blank">Whitney Hill Antiques</a> in Greenfield, Freight House Antiques in Erving, and <a href="https://www.5and10artsandantiques.com/" target="_blank">Arts &amp; Antiques on 5 &amp; 10</a>.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">Enjoy saving that extra money you would&rsquo;ve spent on sales tax and buy yourself that extra little thing you wanted. Happy local shopping!</span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Shelburne Falls Greenfield Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:08:00 -0400 Celebrate Shelburne's 250th Anniversary this Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/06/19/celebrate-shelburne-s-250th-anniversary-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/shelburne250.png" style="width: 250px; height: 200px; float: right;">Celebrate with Shelburne as it turns 250 years old! There is a full weekend of events planned including dinner, dancing, farm tours, a parade, food and craft vendors, live bands, square dancing, children&rsquo;s games, militia re-enactment, fireworks, book sale, and more. It is sure to be a great time for family, community members, and anyone else who wants to join in the celebration of this wonderful town.</p> <p>Shelburne is located in Franklin County, west of Greenfield along the Mohawk Trail (State Route 2). It was first settled in 1756 as part of Deerfield, MA and was later incorporated as a town in 1775. Much of the history of Shelburne is based in the vicinity of Shelburne Falls, a small village composed of part of Buckland and part of Shelburne. Shelburne has been largely an agricultural town. However, the manufacturing industry thrived in Shelburne Falls due to the railroad through town and the existence of Lamson and Goodnow, a cutlery manufacturing company. Today, Shelburne Falls is geared more towards the tourism industry with a variety of shops, galleries, and eateries. The rest of Shelburne remains beautifully natural, with dairy farms, sugarhouses, orchards, and majestic rolling hills.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss the chance to celebrate this milestone for Shelburne this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here is the full schedule for the weekend:</p> <p><strong>Friday, June 22</strong></p> <p>5:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony, Baptist Corner Lot, Main Street</p> <p>6-10:30 p.m. Reception dinner and dancing at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, tickets $25</p> <p><strong>Saturday, June 23</strong></p> <p>All day - self-guided tours of 100-year old farms</p> <p>10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - crafts &amp; skill from yesteryear on display, plus quilt show at First Congregational Church</p> <p>1 p.m. - militia camp set-up at Shelburne Historical Society</p> <p>3 p.m. Parade starting at Cricket Field and ending at Buckland Elementary School</p> <p>4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Food &amp; craft vendors, children&#39;s games, square dancing, live bands at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School</p> <p>9:30 p.m. Fireworks</p> <p><strong>Sunday, June 24</strong> (rain date for Saturday events)</p> <p>10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Militia re-enactment - 10th MA Volunteer Infantry Militia Company C</p> <p>11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open House at Historical Society</p> <p><a href="https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/2182/File/Shelburne250th.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the event flyer.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Shelburne Falls Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:06:14 -0400 Register Now for the 2018 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/06/13/register-now-for-the-2018-hilltown-youth-theatre-summer-workshop/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/hilltown%20theatre%20sillouhette.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 134px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">The Pioneer Valley is a hub for the creative arts. It&rsquo;s a place where many musicians, artists, performers, and creatives come to gain inspiration for their work and to find an artistic community where they can thrive. This is not only true for adults, but for children and teens as well. There are many opportunities in the Valley for kids to follow their artistic intuitions and to gain experience working as a team to create something wonderful. One opportunity in particular is right here in Franklin County, specifically in Charlemont. Since 2010, the <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/" target="_blank">Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs</a> has been running their <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/summer-workshop/" target="_blank">Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop</a>. Their mission is to build a supportive community for youth to develop personally and artistically and to train and collaborate on theatrical productions at a high level, therefore giving them an appreciation for hilltown life and a passion for the arts.</p> <p>This program, for youth aged 10-18 years old, is an intensive arts experience for aspiring actors, musicians, dancers, and set designers. Guest artists and master teachers, direct participants to create performances which incorporate movement, puppets, mask making, voice work, circus arts, and work on large apparatus such as stilts, aerial fabrics, spools, flying trapeze, and more. At the end of the workshop, the performance takes to the streets, or rather the mountains for audiences to enjoy. This year&rsquo;s production of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be hosted by <a href="https://berkshireeast.com/" target="_blank">Berkshire East Mountain Resort</a> in Charlemont.</p> <p>The 2018 Summer Workshop runs from July 16 to August 8, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/product/2018-summer-workshop/" target="_blank">Registration</a> is open now and financial assistance is available. No previous experience is necessary but the ideal candidates will be artists, musicians, athletes, or any other active creative types. For more information, <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/summer-workshop/" target="_blank">visit their website here.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hilltown%20Youth%20Summer%20Workshop.jpg" style="float: left; width: 500px; height: 761px;"></p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:06:33 -0400 April Real Estate Sales Report for the Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/05/28/april-real-estate-sales-report-for-the-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/33413476_10155458542605233_3187708565129265152_o.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 400px;">Franklin County sales were down&nbsp;11.8% and the median price went up by 9.7% in April, 2018&nbsp;compared to April, 2017.&nbsp; The sales were also down and median price up in both Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 31.3&nbsp;percent from 1,832 single family listings at the end of April&nbsp;2017, to 1,258&nbsp;single family listings at the end of April&nbsp;2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market dropped 18.5% from 95 days in April&nbsp;2017 to 78&nbsp;days in April&nbsp;2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 16.6&nbsp;percent from 578&nbsp;in April&nbsp;2017 to 674&nbsp;in April 2018.</p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/PV%20Sales.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 535px;"></em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em><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;"></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em><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;"></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em><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: 798px;"></em></span></p> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Franklin County Real Estate News Mon, 28 May 2018 18:05:51 -0400 Northfield Drive-In Celebrates 70 Years https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/05/22/northfield-drive-in-celebrates-70-years/ <p>As a lifelong resident of Franklin County, I always appreciate seeing older businesses that are still running strong. One in particular is the Northfield Drive-In, located on the Northfield, MA/Hinsdale, NH line. In August of 1948, the Northfield Drive-In began showing their &ldquo;movies under the stars.&rdquo; Now, they will celebrate 70 years of business with their opening for the 2018 season. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 25th, 26th, and 27th, Northfield Drive-In will be showing Solo at 8:50 pm and Avengers: Infinity War at 10:50 pm.</p> <p>This drive-in is 1 of only 20 drive-in theaters still in operation in New England, and the only one remaining of the 15 that the original owner, Carl Nilman, owned. Although the original screen was damaged by a hurricane in 1951, the second screen built kept the same dimensions and is still the one that exists today. In 1967, Northfield Drive-In changed ownership to the Shakour family, who still operate it today. They pride themselves in having a family-run business, where even the children would lend a hand at the snack stand and ticket booth on summer nights.</p> <p>So take a drive out this weekend to the Northfield Drive-In and support this locally-owned gem. They are located in a beautiful scenic area and have a variety of delights at their snack bar. Plus, the rates are much lower than any indoor movie theater. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $7 for children (cash only). <a href="http://www.northfielddrivein.com/index.php" target="_blank">Visit their website</a> for more information and to see what other films they will feature throughout the season.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/northfield%20drivein.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates Hilltowns Western Mass Tue, 22 May 2018 18:10:55 -0400 Local Western Massachusetts Potters Open Their Doors to the Public This Saturday and Sunday https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/04/26/local-western-massachusetts-potters-open-their-doors-to-the-public-this-saturday-and-sunday/ <p>Liv<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/avpt%20molly.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 219px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">ing in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, we are so fortunate to be able to take a short drive and visit a bunch of different talented artists right in their studios. This Saturday and Sunday, you can take advantage of this when 9 local potters will open their doors to the public for the <a href="http://asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/" target="_blank">Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail</a>. The artists will also be hosting 13 guest potters from as far away as North Carolina.</p> <p>From 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, this free event will feature sales and demonstrations right at the artists&rsquo; studios. In the beautiful village of Shelburne Falls, two local potters are participating in the trail. Molly Cantor of Molly Cantor Pottery will have her doors open to the public and is featuring guest potter Liz Rodriguez from Rockland, MA. You can also stop by Stephen Earp&rsquo;s studio and see the work of his guest, Evelyn Snyder of Florence, MA. Down the road in Greenfield, Lucy Fagella will be showing off her work along with her guest potter, Martha Grover of Bethel, MA. View the full list of participating potters <a href="http://asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/potters/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Before you take the drive along the Pottery Trail, be sure to pick up a Trail Passport. Bring it with you to any of the participating studios and have it stamped. If you receive at least 7 stamps, you will have the chance to win a piece from one of the potters on the trail.</p> <p>Plan your route ahead of time using the <a href="http://asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/trail-map/" target="_blank">trail map</a>. Don&rsquo;t forget to make your last stop the <a href="http://asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/party/" target="_blank">2nd Annual Pottery&nbsp;Trail After Hours Party</a>, Saturday 5:30-8:30 pm&nbsp;at Snow Farm in Williamsburg. Check out some more potter demos, a kiln opening, and enjoy food catered by Local Burgy and the Pottery Trail Ale made special for this event by Lefty&rsquo;s Brewing Company. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.</p> <p>For more information about all the happenings this weekend, visit the <a href="http://asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/" target="_blank">Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail website</a>.</p> <p>See you on the trail!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/avpt%20pottery.jpg" style="float: left; width: 400px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; height: 153px;" class="featured"></p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Shelburne Falls Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:04:30 -0400