Title /blog/category/area-updates/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:04:30 -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 Attend the Auction, Support Your Local Businesses! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/04/04/attend-the-auction-support-your-local-businesses/ <p>As a former board member of the <a href="http://www.gsfaba.org" target="_blank">Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association</a> (GSFABA) and a resident of the hilltowns, I love to support this association. The work they do benefits the hilltowns of West Franklin County, by boosting tourism, exposing businesses, and working together with the towns to make it a great place to live.</p> <p>That is why I am excited that this Saturday, April 7, GSFABA will host their 22nd Annual Auction. Attend the auction and bid on exciting items donated by local businesses such as getaways, glass by Josh Simpson, and bike passes to&nbsp;Berkshire East&rsquo;s Thunder Mountain Park. There will also be a variety of local food and beverage gift baskets and restaurant gift certificates.</p> <p>The evening starts at 6 pm at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center with a silent auction, followed by an exciting live auction. Plus, enjoy live music and local food, beer and wine while you bid.</p> <p>Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The proceeds from the auction will go towards GSFABA&rsquo;s non-profit subsidiary, West County Arts &amp; Culture, which supports the region&rsquo;s creative economy. Contact Angela Varilly at 413-775-8281 for more information or visit <a href="http://shelburnefalls.com" target="_blank">shelburnefalls.com</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/auction.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Shelburne Falls Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:04:11 -0400 February Real Estate Sales Report for the Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/04/02/february-sales-report-for-the-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/unnamed.png" style="border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 130px;">What a difference a year can make.&nbsp; Inventory is at an all time low and average sales price is on the rise.</p> <p>Franklin County sales were up 36.4% and the median price went up by 45.8% in&nbsp;February, 2018&nbsp;compared to February, 2017.&nbsp; The sales and median price also increased in both Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 31.1&nbsp;percent from 1,668&nbsp;single family listings at the end of February&nbsp;2017, to 1,149&nbsp;single family listings at the end of February&nbsp;2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market dropped 26.6% from 114&nbsp;days in February&nbsp;2017 to 84&nbsp;days in February&nbsp;2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 17.2&nbsp;percent from 361&nbsp;in February&nbsp;2017 to 423&nbsp;in February&nbsp;2018.</p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>The following reports are provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></span></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/RAPV%20Sales%20Report.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 341px;"></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/FC.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>&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/PV.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 342px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Franklin County Real Estate News Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:04:25 -0400 Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning at the North West New England Home Show https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/15/get-motivated-for-spring-cleaning-at-the-north-west-new-england-home-show/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/NWNE-home-show-logo.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 139px;" class="featured">Spring is just around the corner, which for homeowners means time for spring cleaning. Before you start scrubbing, building, or make changes to your home, head over to the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">North West New England Home Show</a> this weekend, March 17 and 18. Local businesses and contractors will be there for you to give advice and new ideas for your home and garden this year. Get inspired and motivated for your spring cleaning by attending the home show.</p> <p>All of the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/138-2/" target="_blank">exhibitors</a> are local businesses, including Classic Kitchens, A.R. Sandri, and Yankee Home Improvements. There will also be a number of green and solar companies, including Pioneer Valley Squared, Greening Greenfield, and Valley Solar. Some of the exhibitors will offer workshops throughout the weekend. Norwex will present Chemical Crashers, a workshop on how to clean your home without harsh chemicals, only water. PV Squared will talk about Going Solar in Mass for Homes &amp; Businesses, how to save money and have your solar project pay for itself. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/workshops/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more details and to view the full list of workshops.</p> <p>Admission to the North West New England Home Show is free! The show will happen at the Franklin County Technical School Gymnasium in Turners Falls. The show runs Saturday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">Visit their website</a> for more information: homeshow.recorder.com</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSC_0015.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Smart Home Wanda Mooney Franklin County Renovations Greenfield Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant Opens for the Season https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/12/davenport-maple-farm-restaurant-opens-for-the-season/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28616406_10159983906990655_2189781219069882926_o.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 169px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">It&rsquo;s March! For New Englanders, this means sugaring season is upon us. One of my personal favorite places to visit in Franklin County for delicious maple syrup is <a href="http://www.davenportmaple.com/index.php/home" target="_blank">Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant.</a> I highly recommend taking a scenic drive there&nbsp;on the weekends to enjoy their homemade breakfast or lunch.</p> <h3>Fresh Maple Syrup</h3> <p>When you visit the restaurant, you can see the sap evaporation process first hand. Their sap comes from over 3,500 taps on their property. Once the sap is made into maple syrup, they use the syrup to make maple spread, maple covered nuts, maple sugar candies, maple lollipops, maple granulated sugar, and more. Of course you can also buy the pure maple syrup to take home or sit down for breakfast and enjoy it atop pancakes, waffles, or french toast.</p> <h3>Family-Owned and Operated</h3> <p>The farm dates back 200 years and has been in the Davenport family since 1913. Davenport Maple Farm was founded by Russell and Martha Davenport.&nbsp; Today the farm is run by Norm and Lisa Davenport and their daughter Meagan and her husband Nate own and operate&nbsp;the restaurant business.&nbsp;</p> <p>Located down scenic Tower Road in Shelburne, the restaurant is now open every Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm through the end of April. So head over to Shelburne soon for delicious Davenport Maple Syrup.</p> <p>Check out their <a href="http://www.davenportmaple.com/index.php/home" target="_blank">website</a>&nbsp;or follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DavenportMaple/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28515267_10159996865775655_649655037070773601_o.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; float: left; margin: 10px;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28423425_10159994239615655_2979142199093512572_o.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 10px; float: left;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:54:42 -0400 Greenspace CoWork Brings a Collaborative Work Environment to Downtown Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/07/greenspace-cowork-brings-a-collaborative-work-environment-to-downtown-greenfield/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/greenspaceCowork.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 300px;">Recently, I had the opportunity to tour <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">Greenspace CoWork</a>, Greenfield&rsquo;s first co-working space. I was very impressed with the style and feel of this space, one which seems to me would allow someone to focus and work all day. Located on the third floor of <a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/25/hawks-and-reed-performing-arts-center-brings-good-music-and-good-times-to-greenfield-ma/" target="_blank">Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center</a> in downtown Greenfield, Greenspace offers memberships for use of their open work environment, free WiFi, and free coffee. Its members are people in a variety of careers, who desire a secure place to work independently, while having the ability to interact with other professionals and meet with clients in a presentable space.</p> <p>Jeremy Goldsher and Jeff Sauser opened the space in February of this year, with open tables, couches, and a kitchenette. They kept the industrial style of the building, preserving the 170-year old wood floors and brick walls, and adding decor that embellishes that style. Goldsher and Sauser received a $100,000 collaborative Workspace Program grant from Mass Development, which they will use to add a conference room, private office pods, and soundproof phone booths.</p> <p>So if you are looking to get out of your home office or that crowded coffee shop and into a clean, quiet, open space, then take a free tour of Greenspace CoWork. Memberships cost $150 a month, or $125 a month with a 6-month commitment. You can also purchase a one-day membership whenever you want for only $20. Visit their website for more information: <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">greenspacecowork.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:10:32 -0500 Real Estate Sales Report For January https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/04/january-real-estate-sales-report-for-january/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/unnamed.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 130px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid;">Franklin County sales were up&nbsp;27.0% and the median price was down 2.1% in January, 2018&nbsp;compared to January, 2017.&nbsp; The sales and median price went&nbsp;up in Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory fell 32.6 percent from 1,725 single family listings at the end of January 2017, to 1,162 single family listings at the end of January 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market dropped 11.3% from 94 days in January 2017 to 83 days in January 2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 8.9 percent from 360 in January 2017 to 392 in January 2018.</p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;">The following reports are provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley</span>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/PV.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/FC.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 777px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/PValley.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 998px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Real Estate News Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:03:08 -0500 39th Annual Pottery Seconds and More Sale https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/26/39th-annual-pottery-seconds-and-more-sale/ <p>This Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd, check out the 39th Annual Pottery Seconds and More Sale! Purchase beautiful, hand-crafted items at low prices. Meet the talented artists behind the pottery. Enjoy performances by Artspace Strings for Kids students. Plus, you could win a door prize donated by one of the artists!</p> <p>The Pottery Seconds and More Sale, which supports Artspace Community Arts Center&rsquo;s programs will be held at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA. Entry is $2 on Friday and free on Saturday.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.artspacegreenfield.com" target="_blank">www.artspacegreenfield.com</a> for more information!</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/23172693_1135733796529282_7897051427678682412_n.jpg" style="float: left; width: 500px; height: 188px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Artspace</strong></p> <p>Artspace&rsquo;s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the arts by offering programs and instruction, and by advocating the importance of the arts in education and in the community.</p> Community Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:02:25 -0500 All-Inclusive, Affordable Fitness Center Opens in Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/05/all-inclusive-affordable-fitness-center-opens-in-greenfield/ <h3><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018-01-15_10.43.34.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;" class="featured">Common Ground Fitness Center</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s a new fitness center in Greenfield that opened up at the beginning of the year! Locally owned by Eric and Hannah Mosher, the gym is called Common Ground and occupies the space that was formerly ACD Women&rsquo;s Fitness, a gym that was just for women. The Moshers are taking a different approach to the center. They want the space to be all-inclusive, an environment where everyone feels comfortable to exercise and be healthy. Hence, they chose the name Common Ground.</p> <h3>Classes and More</h3> <p>Common Ground offers a variety of classes, plus personal training ,and exercise equipment. Their classes range from PiYo which is a combination of pilates and yoga, TRX, Boxing, Zumba, and more. Eric also teaches a class called Basic, where he draws on his experiences as an Army Sergeant to push his students to their limits. They plan to add spinning classes and P90X in the near future.</p> <h3>Affordable Rates</h3> <p>Another way that Common Ground allows its center to be all-inclusive, is by offering affordable rates. Eric and Hannah want to offer the lowest rates possible so that their clients feel financially comfortable. In this way, they believe they can make a difference health-wise in the community by making their fitness center accessible to all. On top of their low membership rates, they also offer low drop-in rates for non-members who want to occasionally come in.</p> <p>So if you are looking for a quality, all-inclusive, affordable gym in Greenfield, stop by Eric and Hannah&rsquo;s fitness center on High Street or check out their website, <a href="http://www.commongroundfitness.com" target="_blank">www.commongroundfitness.com</a>. Common Ground Fitness is just what our community needs to start off a healthy new year.</p> Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:02:21 -0500 K9 Keg Pull at the Greenfield Winter Carnival | February 2nd - 4th https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/01/greenfield-winter-carnival-february-2nd-4th/ <p>The 96th Annual&nbsp;<a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Greenfield Winter Carnival</a>&nbsp;is happening this weekend with fun&nbsp;events scheduled for the entire family. Here are just some of the events to look forward to, but check their website or Facebook page for a full listing of events.</p> <p>Starting on Friday, browse the various&nbsp;live ice carvings on display throughout&nbsp;Downtown Greenfield. Then, vote for your favorite sculpture at the ballot box on Town Common. At 7:00 pm, look towards the sky for a fireworks show, being shot from Poet&#39;s Seat Tower.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday at 10 am, runners will line up for the Sleigh Bell Run, a 4 mile scenic road race. Then at 2 pm, the bicyclists will come out for the Fatbike Group Ride, led by the local bike shop, Bicycle World.</p> <p>On Sunday, enjoy Breakfast with Olaf at The 99 Restaurant. Then work off your meal with a Snowshoeing Trek, meeting at Highland Park at 10 am.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other events for the Winter Carnival&nbsp;will include&nbsp;youth basketball games, an art exhibit, face painting, photography contest, dancing, parade of lights,&nbsp;and so much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont Realtors" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Millie_edited-1.jpg" style="float: right; width: 175px; height: 265px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;">You will especially not want to miss the popular K9 Keg Pull starting Sunday at 1:00. Dogs of all sizes will be racing to pull&nbsp;kegs (empty ones, of course) across the finish line.&nbsp;The agents at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont will be&nbsp;handing out this attractive bandana (photo left) being modeled by Millie!&nbsp;Stop by to say hello and pick one up for your furry friend.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ongoing events throughout the weekend will include sledding, outdoor ice skating, snowman village, snow sculpture contest, and marshmallow toasting by the warming fire.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Click here for more information about this weekend&#39;s events.</a></p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival February 2-4" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018_WinterCarnival_Flyer.jpg" style="float: left; width: 400px; height: 618px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:01:25 -0500