Title /blog/category/ashfield/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:10:00 -0400 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 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 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 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 One Long Weekend, Two Fabulous Festivals https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/06/one-long-weekend-two-fabulous-festivals/ <p>This Columbus Weekend, the Pioneer Valley will host two popular festivals. On Saturday, October 7 through Monday, October 9, the Paradise City Arts Festival will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Meanwhile, only 30 minutes Northwest of Northampton, Ashfield will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 up and down Ashfield&rsquo;s Main Street.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/paradise%20city%20arts.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 225px; height: 159px;"></p> <p>Founded by two artists 23 years ago, the Paradise City Arts Festival now fills up three buildings, an outdoor sculpture promenade, and a festival dining tent. Many artists apply to have a booth at the festival, but only some are selected to attend. Their works for sale range from wearable arts to furniture and home d&eacute;cor to fine art and sculpture. Under the dining tent, local food vendors bring flavors from around the world. Enjoy live music while you dine from The Jazz Divas, The O-Tones, and The Blend. Returning this year is the Silent Art Auction to benefit WGBY/57 public television.</p> <p>The Ashfield Fall Festival also features arts and crafts exhibitors, but with more of a hometown feel. More than 50 exhibitors will line the Main Street in Ashfield. You can also pick up some locally grown and prepared foods, enjoy live music and dance, and participate in fall-themed games, like pumpkin bowling! Although the Ashfield Fall Festival has been around for almost 50 years, the purpose of it is still to celebrate Ashfield, showcase local business, fundraise, and provide opportunity for the town&rsquo;s youth to practice creative, social, and business skills.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ashfield%20fall%20fest.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 174px;"></p> <p>For more information on the Paradise City Arts festival go to <a href="https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show" target="_blank">https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show</a></p> <p>For more information on the Ashfield Fall Festival go to <a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/</a>.</p> <p>Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend!</p> Recreation Community Ashfield Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass northampton fair Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:10:04 -0400 Pioneer Valley Moving Into Seller's Market https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/07/27/pioneer-valley-moving-into-seller-market/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2878.JPG.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 229px; float: right;">An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a &ldquo;seller&rsquo;s market&rdquo;.&nbsp; This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.</p> <p>According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.</p> <p>So what does all this mean for you? In a seller&rsquo;s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller&rsquo;s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.</p> <p>For more advice on how to act in a seller&rsquo;s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com">wanda@wandamooney.com</a>.</p> <p>To read the full article on masslive.com <a href="http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/07/sellers_market_home_sales_slow_across_pi.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2766.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; float: left;"></p> Ashfield Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Market Statistics Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:07:14 -0400 Beautiful 7 Acre Building Lot in Ashfield, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/07/03/beautiful-7-acre-building-lot-in-ashfield-ma/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSCN4171.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Looking for that special piece of property to build your dream home? &nbsp;Take a look at this beautiful open meadow that is located on a scenic town road and near the charming downtown of Ashfield.&nbsp;The approximate 7 acre building site has southern exposure, current percolation test, over 1166ft of road frontage and there is power at the street.&nbsp;This would make a perfect home site and the open land is ideal for animals or gardens.&nbsp;You are less than 30 minutes from Northampton, Greenfield, the Berkshires and only 10 minutes to the Village of Shelburne Falls.&nbsp;The town has 2 golf courses, Ashfield Lake, Double Edge Theater and everyone&#39;s favorite, Elmer&#39;s Store.&nbsp;Asking $79,000.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Check out the video!</strong></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3850480" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_umuc2.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3850480" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Email Wanda today for more information at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com"><strong>wanda@wandamooney.com</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Ashfield acreage land agriculture Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:07:32 -0400 Ashfield Fall Festival and Open House Weekend https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/10/10/ashfield-fall-festival-and-open-house-weekend/ <h3><span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;">While you enjoy the Ashfield Fall Festival come take a tour of this beautiful antique Colonial home from 12:00 to 2:00 on Saturday. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3><span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;">Located at 339 Norton Hill Road, just a short walk from the charming downtown!</span></h3> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3573784" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_ks1rm.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3573784" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table><h3><span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;">You will appreciate the quality workmanship, period details, hand planed paneling, crown moldings, custom cabinetry, wide pine floors and built-ins. &nbsp; It is tastefully renovated and in a great location.</span></h3> <h3><span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;">&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3><span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/download.jpeg" style="width: 381px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px 2px; float: left;">Come see what Ashfield is all about and enjoy a day at the Ashfield Fall Festival. &nbsp;It has arts and crafts exhibits, fabulous food, live music, dance, children activities, and more! &nbsp;The festival is open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/">Click here for more information</a>.&nbsp;</span></h3> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> Ashfield Fall Festival Franklin County Hilltowns Antique Home For Sale Colonial Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:47:18 -0400