Title /blog/category/arts/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:06:33 -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 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 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 Get Ready for the Holidays With These Festive Events in Franklin County, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/06/get-ready-for-the-holidays-with-these-festive-events-in-franklin-county-massachusetts/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/specialday%20in%20northfield.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;">With the <strong>holidays</strong> being right around the corner, all of the towns in <strong>Franklin County</strong> are lighting up with holiday festivities and cheer. This weekend in particular, two seasonal events are happening: <strong>JingleFest in Downtown Greenfield</strong> and <strong>A Special Day in Northfield</strong>. Support your local community and enjoy either or both of these festive events.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>JingleFest | Greenfield, MA</h3> <p>On Friday, December 8, the Greenfield Business Association and downtown merchants of Greenfield are hosting JingleFest from 5 to 8 pm. The theme for this year&rsquo;s event is &ldquo;Light the Way,&rdquo; as festival goers will enter a totally lit up downtown. There will be tons of kid-friendly activities such as holiday crafts, a Children&rsquo;s Holiday Parade, and visits with Santa Claus at Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store.</p> <p>Also during JingleFest, GreenFields Market will sell hot chocolates for just 25 cents and luminarias will be lit throughout Main St. Plus, businesses will compete for the best-decorated display window, voted on by shoppers themselves. All voters will be entered into a drawing for a free shopping spree.</p> <p>Of course, our local passionate art community will be represented at JingleFest, with the reveal of several art displays in storefront windows. Local artists created these works to beautify Main Street for all the shoppers and celebrate the holidays. New this year is the Greenfield Holiday Pop-Up Market, thanks to Yankee Candle, which will be filled with local artisans, music, food, and libations.</p> <p>For more information on JingleFest, visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/181729822383295/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>12th Annual A Special Day in Northfield |&nbsp;Northfield, MA</h3> <p>Since you can never have too much holiday fun, the next day, Saturday, December 9, head over to Northfield for their 12th Annual A Special Day in Northfield: Olde Fashioned Holiday Celebration. &nbsp;Happening from 10 am &ldquo;through the evening&rdquo;, this event is produced and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Northfield and the Northfield Area Tourism &amp; Business Association. Blue and white snowflakes, signs and holiday wreaths on utility poles will guide people to event locations.</p> <p>There are several new events this year such as dinner at Cameron&rsquo;s Winery, the Friday eve before A Special Day and the strolling players from the Pioneer Valley Regional High School Band. Also new this year is the Buxton Christmas Barn with fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, and accessories and the Indoor Farmers and Craft Market downstairs at the First Parish Church.</p> <p>A Special Day will also boast a ton of kid-friendly activities. Mim&rsquo;s Market is offering free gingerbread people decorating plus live music by Phil Watson and Friends on the Porch. Kids can also make winter-themed crafts at Dickinson Memorial Library and pine cone bird feeders at Kidder &amp; Co. Other special events will include horse-drawn wagon rides, live theater, WHAI Radio Personality Nick Danjer, and even a bonfire at Northfield Golf Club.</p> <p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Come%20and%20Enjoy%20Our%20Tenth%20Annual%20Holiday%20Celebration.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the full event schedule.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Holiday Season, everyone!</p> <p>Photo: Getting Ready for Santa at Centennial House Bed &amp; Breakfast</p> Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:12:00 -0500 Shop Local this Small Business Saturday in Western Massachusetts https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/22/shop-local-this-small-business-saturday-in-western-massachusetts/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/shop%20small.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;">Living in Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by tons of small, <strong>locally-owned businesses</strong>. It is easy to regularly <strong>shop local</strong> and support small businesses. However, this Saturday, November 25, is a particularly special time to visit these stores, since it is <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/small-business-saturday" target="_blank">Small Business Saturday</a>, a national shopping holiday. You can finish all of your <strong>holiday shopping</strong>, while supporting our local economy.</p> <h3>Here a few stores that I highly recommend for Small Business Saturday:</h3> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WilsonsDepartmentStore/" target="_blank">Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store</a>: Wilson&rsquo;s has been a fixture on Main Street in downtown Greenfield for over 125 years. It is one of few family-owned department stores left in the country and boasts 4 floors of name-brand merchandise.</p> <p><a href="https://greenfieldfarmerscoop.com/" target="_blank">Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange</a>: Located on High Street in Greenfield, the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange sells thousands of products for the home, farm, garden, pets, and more. Over 800 farmers comprise the co-op, which is almost 100 years old!</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Shelburne-Farm-Garden-283827791676515/" target="_blank">Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden</a>: Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden is another great store for finding home, garden, and pet supplies. It is located on the Mohawk Trail/Route 2, close to the village of Shelburne Falls. Check out their end of fall specials and other deals for the holiday season.</p> <p><a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-outlet-store-greenfield" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/downtown%20greenfield.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 269px;">The Outlet Store</a>: The Outlet Store on Chapman Street in Greenfield is the go-to spot for work shirts, boots, Carhartt brand clothing, and other heavy duty outdoor and work attire. It&rsquo;s a small store with friendly staff who will help you find anything you&rsquo;re looking for. Plus, the prices are very reasonable.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/salmonfallsgallery1/" target="_blank">Salmon Falls Gallery</a>: Up on the hill, overlooking Shelburne Falls and the Deerfield River, Salmon Falls Gallery represents over 100 local artists. Owned by local glassblower, Josh Simpson, the gallery has rotating exhibits, so there is always something new to see. You will be sure to find something special for a loved one or yourself, since there is such a wide range of art; woodwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShelburneArtsCooperative/?hc_ref=ARTvYZ24-euKMaDv4K6a31UqqoGG3lrJd6kBUn8LEDafkohs8D9cDgw3jMRWETy-72s" target="_blank">Shelburne Arts Co-op</a>: The Shelburne Arts Co-op is another great source of fine crafts and art in Shelburne Falls. The Co-op has been owned and operated by local artists since 1998, who are ready to help you find something special.</p> <p>To find more local small businesses in the area, type in your location on the <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/maps/near=Greenfield,MA,01301/cl=42.587915,-72.59941040000001?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-globalheader-map&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank">Shop Small Map</a>. Happy shopping!</p> Holiday Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:11:56 -0500 Moonlight Magic Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Shelburne Falls This Friday! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/19/moonlight-magic-kicks-off-the-holiday-season-in-shelburne-falls-this-friday/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Moonlight-Magic-2013.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 226px;" class="featured">Thanksgiving is this Thursday! While I am looking forward to spending time with family and reflecting on what I am grateful for, in the back of my mind I am thinking about <strong>Moonlight Magic</strong>. Moonlight Magic is the annual holiday kick-off event in <strong>Shelburne Falls</strong>. Every year on Black Friday, which this year is November 24th, from 4-9 pm, the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association closes off Bridge Street and the Iron Bridge to host this magical event.</p> <p><strong>Vendors</strong> will line the streets, selling crafts, candles, maple and other farm products, wreaths, and other delightful things perfect for gifting for the holidays. Barberic Farm will be selling their delicious frozen meat pies, jams, jellies, pickles, plus their handmade wool and leather products. Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden will also have a booth, selling birding supplies, pet toys, hats, and gloves. You could get all your holiday shopping done without having to even look at a mall!</p> <p>School groups and other non-profits will also set up to fundraise for their special projects. Colrain Central School will be raffling off gift baskets, and Hawlemont Elementary School will sell baked goods and offer cookie decoration as a fundraiser for their Nature&rsquo;s Classroom trip. Of course, don&rsquo;t forget to look for the Salvation Army kettle to make a donation.</p> <p>While you&rsquo;re shopping around, there will be a bunch of <strong>performances</strong>, both indoors and out. Keep your ears open for roaming performers, Welcome Yule, a group of carolers, and Tom Crean, banjoist. At 5:15 pm, be sure to be outside to watch the Parade of Lights come down Conway Street to Bridge Street. Wave to <strong>Santa Claus</strong> and his crew, plus a special horse drawn wagon courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank. Then, pay Santa and Mrs. Claus a visit at the Mason&rsquo;s Lodge on Main Street. Some other acts you won&rsquo;t want to miss include Ageless Waves of Rhythm, the Senior Center&rsquo;s drumming group, who will perform in Greenfield Savings Bank, and Celtic Heels, Irish step-dancing group.</p> <p>My favorite part of Moonlight Magic are the beautiful lights and decorations throughout the village of Shelburne Falls. Luminaria line the streets and <strong>christmas lights and garlands</strong> drape overhead, making this cozy village even more serene.</p> <p>For more information and specific event details, go to <a href="https://shelburnefalls.com/index.php/upcoming-events/moonlight-magic" target="_blank">shelburnefalls.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls fair Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:11:36 -0500 Colrain Artists Open Their Doors This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/09/colrain-artists-open-their-doors-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ruby-rice.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; width: 150px; height: 220px; float: left;">Colrain, Massachusetts is a beautiful town in northern Franklin County, just below the Vermont line. The town draws many artists who seek inspiration from its natural beauty. There are so many artists, in fact that each year they all come together to host Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour. Grab a map and a friend and take a tour around Colrain this Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12.</p> <p>18 artisans will open their doors to showcase their art and offer live viewings of their processes. Their crafts include woodwork, fiber art, metalwork, painting, pottery, and more. One particular artist whose work I always enjoy is Ruby Rice. She creates visionary healing arts ranging from pillows to wall hangings to notecards and more. Her sanctuary and gallery has the feel of a chapel and is meant to comfort and make guests feel at home.</p> <p>For more information and to download a free map and schedule, visit <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com" target="_blank">www.craftsofcolrain.com.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/crafts%20of%20colrain.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 111px;"></p> Recreation Getaway Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls fair Greenfield Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:11:16 -0500 Franklin County CiderDays Coming This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/01/franklin-county-ciderdays-coming-this-weekend/ <p>Fall in New England is such a favored time of year; the bright colors of the foliage, a chill in the air, and of course, all things apple. Every fall on the first full weekend in November, I look forward to CiderDays, a Franklin County celebration of apples. Many of the events are free and range from workshops to talks to tastings to festivals with music and more. This weekend, November 3-5 marks the 23<sup>rd</sup> Annual CiderDays.</p> <p>Here are a few events happening this weekend that caught my attention:</p> <p>On Friday from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center will host &ldquo;How to Taste Hard Cider.&rdquo; Learn from cider educators Eric West and Nicole Leibon of Farnum Hill Ciders the thought process behind tasting and evaluating cider. Then, be guided through a tasting of various cider styles. The cost is $30/ticket and includes light hors d&#39;oeuvre.</p> <p>On Saturday, the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center will host free workshops, talks and tastings from beginner through advanced for cider makers, home orchardists and cider aficionados.</p> <p>Then, on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield, learn how to make Spanish style cider (Sidra) from cidermakers Scott Heath (Tilted Shed, CA), Ryan Burk (Angry Orchard, NY), John Reynolds (Black Duck Cidery, NY), cidermaker/restauranteur Sam Fix (ANXO, Washington DC), and beverage director Brian Rutzen (The Northman, Chicago, IL). Join moderator Darlene Hayes for discussion and samples. Tickets are $30.</p> <p>Plus, I am very excited about this year&rsquo;s Cider Salon &mdash; the world&#39;s longest-running hard cider tasting. This year, the Salons will be held in a large tent in Unity Park, on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls, with more than 90 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe. There will be two sessions &mdash; 3:30 - 5:00 and 5:45 - 7:15. Tickets are $30 per session.</p> <p>For more information, to purchase tickets, and to download the full schedule, visit <a href="http://ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">ciderdays.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cdhomeimage2017.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 368px;"></p> Recreation Community Ashfield Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls agriculture fair Greenfield Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:04:17 -0400 Don't Miss The Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/20/don-t-miss-the-great-falls-festival-pumpkinfest/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Great%20Falls%20Festival.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;">On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Great Falls Festival will fill Avenue A in Turners Falls from 2-9 pm. Formerly known as Pumpkinfest, the event organizers decided to change the name of the event to pay tribute to the village&rsquo;s pre-colonial era name, the falls on the Connecticut River, and of course, the season.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for food and craft vendors who will set up booths along the street, or for tickets for the beer tent.</p> <p>Show your Halloween spirit by wearing your costume and bring your own carved pumpkin to display. You can also decorate your own pumpkin for free from 2 to 6 pm.</p> <p>Remember to bring your dancing shoes! There will be live music all event-long on either of the two music stages. Musical acts include Blue Prints of the Heart, Honey Badger, and Jimmy Just Quit, to name a few. Check out the live performances by the North County Line Dancers, Zumba Dancers, Fire Dancers, and more.</p> <p>Easily avoid the hassle of parking near the event. There will be a free shuttle from Turners Falls High School from 2 to 10 pm.</p> <p>For more information on the Great Falls Festival and a full schedule of events, go to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival/" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival</a>.</p> Recreation Pumpkinfest Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass fair Greenfield Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:23:06 -0400