Wanda Mooney

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Take an Online Course at Greenfield Community College This Winter

online study classes greenfield ma community collegeDid you know that Greenfield Community College isn’t just for undergraduates? They also offer a wide variety of online non-credit courses, which are available to the public. These courses are part of their workforce development and community education program and are offered by GCC’s online education partner, ed2go. A new session begins monthly, so you can choose the session which suits your schedule. Plus, since these courses are not for credit, they are very affordable.

Wintertime is a great time to take an online class and expand your knowledge in a certain subject or skill. Improve your daily life with classes like Conversational French, Mindful Relationships, or Everyday Math. If you are a small business owner or looking to boost your skills in your current employment, you could take classes like Accounting Fundamentals, Creating Web Pages Using HTML, or Discover Digital Photography.

Browse GCC’s online course catalog at www.ed2go.com/greenfieldcc.

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Plum Boutique in Greenfield Seeks to Inspire and Enrich Local Community

plum boutique greenfield mass shop localChristmas is almost here and if you’re doing any last minute shopping, remember to support our local shops! One local shop that I’m happy to support is Plum Boutique in downtown Greenfield. More than just a retail store, Plum carefully selects products made by mission-based organizations, women-owned enterprises, and local artisans. As a member of the downtown Greenfield family of shops, they seek to enrich the community and to provide us with an ever-evolving gallery of fashion, design, and art which inspires, nurtures, empowers, and delights.

Check out their Perfect Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration on unique gifts for friends and family and get free shipping through the month of December on their website with code FREE2020.

 

 

Visit their website, plum413.com, and follow them on Facebook to stay updated on what's in the shop! 

Located at 281 Main Street in Greenfield, MA

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The Power of Kindness During Covid-19: Give Back to Franklin County

giving back covid 19 pandemic 2020Recently, I came across a blog post in Coldwell Banker’s blog, Blue Matter, about the Power of Kindness in the Age of Covid. Check out the post here. The post evoked the question that in a time of such uncertainty, what can we do to make the world around us a better place to live? 

One of the reasons I love living in Franklin County is because I constantly see the community supporting each other and boosting itself up. There are various opportunities and events throughout the year to give back. In times like these, I don’t think we need to wait for a particular day or event to give back, but rather that every day can be an opportunity to make our home a better place for all. 

One organization whose mission I really appreciate is Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County (BBBS). BBBS is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. The organization matches children in the area facing adversity with carefully screened and professionally supported mentors. 

The Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted them in many ways, from reducing their income from events and fundraising to causing layoffs within the organization. The pandemic has also sent local youth facing adversity further into isolation, poverty, and food insecurity. 

BBBS Franklin County has set a goal to reach $10,000 in donations to be able to continue their mission of keeping youth connected, to match waiting youth with mentors, to provide wrap around pandemic services to youth and families, and to avoid further layoffs within the organization. 

Visit their website to make a one-time donation or to join their Monthly Giving Program, which allows donors to decide what they can afford and spread it throughout the year. Your donation reduces juvenile delinquency and crime, improves school attendance and higher graduation rates, and helps local Franklin County youth achieve their full potential.

Donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County today!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light Up the Fairgrounds: Holiday Lights Drive Thru in Greenfield

The Franklin County Fairgrounds will host a festive display of lights this holiday season to spread cheer to the community and raise funds for three organizations. They are working alongside Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Franklin County and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter to organize a light display lasting three weekends. Over 30 groups from the community of 4 people or less are putting together the various light displays and are competing for a cash prize of $1000. We have two weekends left, December 4-6, and December 11-13, for the public to drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy the light display. 

Each car is asked to donate a minimum of $5 and each night one of the three organizations will receive 100% of the proceeds. These local non-profits have been hit hard by Covid-19 due to canceling events to stay safe and this creative fundraiser is a way to recover some of those funds and spread joy to the local community. 

For more information about this event, visit the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Facebook!

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Reverse Advent Calendar: Give Back This Holiday Season

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Although this year has been particularly difficult, today is a great reminder to appreciate what we are fortunate to have and to be grateful for the positive people and things in our lives. As we approach the end of the year, we can all think about ways to show our gratitude and to boost up the community around us.

You are probably already familiar with the advent calendar. Used for counting down the days until Christmas, these calendars usually offer some sort of treat behind tiny doors on each day, typically chocolate. They are a great way to build excitement leading up to Christmas. 

But have you heard of the reverse advent calendar? Rather than having a treat for yourself on each day, these calendars inspire you to give back. Every day you can collect a food item or donation to add to a box. Then at the end of the calendar, bring your box to your local food bank or donation center as a way to give back to your community. Reverse advent calendars are a great way to spread holiday cheer and to teach children that the holidays are not just about receiving gifts and eating chocolate, but also about making a positive impact on your community. Check out the reverse advent calendar below for ideas to fill your donation box.

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Plus check out this list of thoughtful holiday gifts whose sellers will donate part of the profits to different charitable organizations.

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Shop Locally Online for Small Business Saturday and the Holiday Season

In past years on Black Friday, the village of Shelburne Falls has come alive with vendors, performers, lights, and festive decor to kick off the holiday season with their annual Moonlight Magic event. Shops would stay open later and offer special deals to encourage holiday shoppers to support the small local businesses. Unfortunately, there will be no Moonlight Magic this year. Therefore, it is more important than ever to support our local businesses this holiday season. Many shops have expanded their online stores, making it easy to purchase items from them without having to enter the store.

Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 28 this year. Support our local economy by shopping local on this day and throughout the season. Here are some shops in Franklin County with online stores where you can find great locally made gifts for your loved ones this holiday season:

small business saturday shop local western massSalmon Falls Gallery - Gallery in Shelburne Falls representing 90+ local artists and the glass art of Josh Simpson

Shelburne Artisans Coop - A Gallery in Shelburne Falls of Fine Arts and Crafts owned and operated by regional artists

Ann Brauer Quilt Studio - Original modern art quilts that capture abstract landscapes using fabric and color made by Ann Brauer in her studio in Shelburne Falls

Molly Cantor Pottery - Handmade pottery inspired by New England nature and life

Zawalich Woodwork + Design - Custom woodwork including electric guitars!

Bridge Street Bazaar - Bohemian lifestyle boutique in Shelburne Falls

Love Marjorie - Ethically handmade gifts that are beautiful and functional

KeenEye Photo & Collections - Film photography supplies, antiques, and collectibles

Al Ladd, Woodworker - Fine edge woodworking

Marilyn Beal, Dyed Naturally - naturally dyed scarves

Morrell Metalsmiths - Handcrafted ironwork for your home

Rag Hill Farm - Functional fiber art

Moonshine Designs at Kedalby Farm - hand dyed, hand woven goods using mohair

Pegathus Design - Calligraphy and Color Judaica and more

Mason Willard Photography - New England nature photography

Inge Jockers Jewelry - Handmade jewelry by local artist

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Crafts of Colrain Online Studio Tour 2020

al ladd crafts of colrain studio tourThe 2020 Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour has moved online! This weekend, November 14 and 15, from 10 am to 5 pm, most artists are offering 10% off when you shop their online store (using discount code: colrain10). There will be many new items offered for the first time this weekend. Plus, view videos about the artists on the Crafts of Colrain website to tour their studios virtually. 

Colrain, MA is a scenic town, just below the VT state line. Its expansive area of forests, streams, and farms has made it a desirable place for artists and creative people to live and work. They draw inspiration from the town's natural beauty to bring their art alive and offer it to the community. 

Crafts of Colrain is an annual event which usually brings the opportunity for these tucked-away artists to open their doors to the community. The artists normally spend the weekend hosting workshops, giving tours of their space, and then selling their products. Support these artists and this wonderful community event so that it may happen again next year, hopefully in person! 

View videos of the artist and links to their online stores at CraftsofColrain.com/artists.

(Photos source: craftsofcolrain.com)

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marilyn beal silk scarves crafts of colrain

 

Give a Franklin County Gift Card This Holiday Season

Franklin County Gift Card Greenfield MassachusettsEarlier this year, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce released a new Franklin County Gift Card. Now, as the holidays approach, consider gifting one of these versatile gift cards to your friends and loved ones. They can spend it at the participating Franklin County business of their choice - so they are guaranteed to love their gift! Plus, you’ll be supporting our local small businesses and the local economy.

Here’s where you can purchase a Franklin County Gift Card:

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main Street, Greenfield
Franklin First Federal Credit Union, 57 Newton Street, Greenfield
Ciesluk's Market, 55 North Main Street, South Deerfield
ENJOY. 4 Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne Falls
Greenfield Savings Bank branches: Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, Turners Falls, Conway, South Deerfield, Northampton-King Street

More locations to purchase coming soon!

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Gift card can be used at the following locations:

Andy's and The Oak Shoppe
Baker Office Supply
Berkshire Brewing Company Tap Room
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Centennial House Bed & Breakfast
Ciesluk's Market
Crumpin-Fox Golf Course
ENJOY.
Greenfield Community College Bookstore and Bursar's Office
Greenfield Farmer's Cooperative Exchange
Greenfield Games
Hamel's Creative Catering
Institute for Wilderness & Emergency Medicine
Ja'Duke Theater
Mesa Verde
Northfield Golf Course
Northfield Mountian Recreation Area
Plum Boutique
Richie Richardson FAB
Ryan & Casey Liquors
Thai Blue Ginger
Upper Bend Cafe & Bruncheonette
Zoar Outdoor

More locations coming soon!

For more information about the Franklin County Gift card, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce online or follow them on Facebook!

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Help Shelburne Falls Shine, Donate Now!

bridge of flowers shelburne falls massachusettsIn Shelburne Falls, businesses are accustomed to the ups and downs of tourism in the village. Summertime usually brings buses and cars full of tourists from around the world to come and marvel at the magical village with the river running through it. Visitors love to walk across the world famous Bridge of Flowers, a volunteer-run garden on an old trolley bridge, and down to the glacial potholes, a geological phenomenon. They support the local economy by dining out at the cozy cafes and on the outdoor patios of the fine restaurants. They purchase unique artisanal art, clothing and books, from the galleries and shops and local fresh food from the markets.  

After the flood of leaf-peepers in Fall and holiday shoppers in November and December, the businesses are familiar with the lull that happens in the start of the year, until visitors come back out once again to enjoy the fresh maple syrup and blossoming spring flowers. The profits earned from those busy months usually sustain them through these months so that they can enjoy the quiet time to rest and prepare to once again take advantage of the busy season. Plus, the appeal of a visit to Shelburne Falls helps support the economy of the region, by drawing thousands of annual visitors to drive along the Mohawk Trail and to stop in the small towns along the way. This year has been different. With the lack of travel this past summer due to Covid-19, some businesses were unable to meet their profit goals, which normally helps sustain them through the rest of the year.

But we, the people who love the Village of Shelburne Falls can help! Mass Development has offered a grant of $30,000 to the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (SFABA). The conditions of the grant are that the SFABA raise $30,000 to match the grant dollar for dollar - giving the Association a total of $60,000. If awarded, this money will be put towards the Shelburne Falls Initiative: Making Downtown Shine. This initiative consists of two projects: the Economic Recovery Fund and Downtown Revitalization Project. 

Economic Recovery Fund

The Economic Recovery Fund would be used to help area businesses who are struggling or are in need of immediate cash to get back on their feet. The fund would also support artists and nonprofit cultural organizations which enrich village life, as well as serve to promote the village and area as a great place to live, work, play and visit.

Downtown Revitalization Project

The Downtown Revitalization Project would enable the implementation of a new lighting project and restore existing village decorations which would attract people to the village year-round. It would also enable the SFABA to hire a part-time coordinator to work with village businesses on the annual event, Moonlight Magic, a festive Black Friday event which promotes shopping at small businesses for the holidays. 

Donate Now!

If you want to see Shelburne Falls continue to shine, donate now to help reach the $30,000 goal at patronicity.com. There are only 66 days left to vote, so act now. Share the link below with your friends and fellow Shelburne Falls fans to help get even more donations. Together we can make sure Shelburne Falls continues to thrive.

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