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Halloween At Highland Park in Greenfield: A Drive-Thru Experience

halloween trick or treat massachusettsThe Greenfield Recreation Department has saved Halloween! Alongside businesses and agencies throughout Greenfield, they have planned a socially-distanced drive-thru Halloween experience at Highland Park. Load up your household into a vehicle and enjoy a ¾ mile drive full of fun and scary Halloween sights, including ghosts, goblins, zombies, witches, and skeletons! 

Enter Highland Park via Highland Avenue and continue through the display, driving at 5 mph. Once you’ve reached the finish, exit via Crescent Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and masks are required. 

Plus, the first 2000 children through the entrance will receive a free Halloween Treat Bag full of goodies! 

This special Halloween event is happening Friday, October 30th from 4-6 pm. Visit franklincc.org for more information and RSVP to the Facebook event!

Happy Halloween!

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Explore the Franklin County CiderDays Cider Trail 2020 All Season Long

headwater cider hawley massachusetts New England is known for its delicious varieties of apples - and New England cider is one of my favorite ways to enjoy these magnificent fruits. This year’s Franklin County CiderDays might not have cider salons or workshops, but you can still enjoy the regions’ wonderful ciders by hopping in your car and visiting all the great spots on the CiderDays Cider Trail. The event has been extended through the end of the season this year, so you have more time to stop by every point on the trail. 

All of the venues on the trail can be found at ciderdays.org/venues. Most of them are found in Franklin County. However, a few are found in the surrounding areas, such as Berkshire Cider Project in North Adams. Opened in July of this year, Berkshire Cider Project is a new craft cidery focused on dry sparkling ciders, located in a beautiful former textile mill with adjacent café and distillery. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 6 pm. Check out their website for special CiderDays events!

Hawley’s own Headwater Cider Company is also on the list of cideries participating in CiderDays. Headwater prides itself on doing every step of the cider-making process (growing, pressing, and bottling) all right there at the orchard. With over 2000 apple trees in the orchard at 1800 feet elevation, Headwater has a short but ideal growing season, with plenty of sunlight. This makes for perfect apples for hard cider with lots of flavor and natural sugars. Headwater is open on the weekends starting October 10 to November 8 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Check out their website for more information! (Photo right taken from Headwater Cider Company's Facebook Page.)

west county cider shelburne massachusettsDid you know that the oldest running cider house is located right here in Shelburne, Massachusetts? West County Cider was started in 1984 by the Maloney family. Today, they continue to make small-batch ciders using local apples, working with the variety of flavors that come from each year’s distinct apple harvest. The community is welcome to their tap room and bottle shop, located on Peckville Road, and as well to wander along their hiking trails and picnic grounds with an incredible tri-state view.  For their open hours, directions, and to check out their different styles of cider, head to their website. (Photo left taken from West County Cider's Facebook Page.)

Find out who else is on the CiderDays Cider Trail, plus more information about the 2020 Franklin County CiderDays at ciderdays.org

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Art Market at The Mill at Shelburne Falls this Saturday October 10th!

Resident makers and artist tenants at The Mill at Shelburne Falls are hosting a Harvest Makers and Art Market on

Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The outdoor market features work in a multiple of mediums including oil and acrylic, fine woodworking, glass, pottery, textile arts, handwoven goods, weathervanes, metal fabrications and sculpture. The Mill has onsite parking at 49 Conway Street and is located on the Buckland side of the Iron Bridge at Shelburne Falls. Admittance is free and the wearing of masks and the observation of social distancing protocols is required of all attendees.

 

Two dimensional artists include Ann Lofquist and Yani Counelis. Lofquist’s painted landscapes begin with what she describes as "an intense observed experience." Having taught for several years at Bowdoin College in Maine, she became recognized for her New England paintings that combined a contemporary visual awareness with the evocative subtleties of George Inness. Note cards and prints of her originals will be for sale. 

A native of Greece, mixed media artist Yani Counelis spent much of his professional life as an architect. Many of his paintings reflect his architectural sensibility combined with the written word.  He translates and  illustrates famous poet’s books which he custom frames.

 

Sculpture and metal artist Bruce Fowler never lost touch of the joy and wonderment of making objects out of discarded parts from interesting machinery or consumer products. For Fowler, taking things apart is just as much fun as putting things together with a focus is on finding things that fit together to make an original object. Weather vane maker, Marian Ives graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 1972 Ives has made the creation of custom copper weathervanes her primary focus. Her work adorns homes and barns in the New England area. With a lifelong love for birds and wildlife she started making ornaments about thirty years ago.

The Mill’s fine woodworking studios are represented by the Conway Chair Company and Kuklinski Woodworking. Pat Moriarty is the guiding hand behind the Conway Chair Company, a family owned woodworking company that makes heirloom quality hand sculpted chairs. His chairs and stools are recognized not only to be of the highest quality but for their ability to stand the test of time and to be proudly passed down and enjoyed through generations. Tom Kuklinski uses the finest local materials to create handmade furniture and accessories that are functional works of art. He strives for his work to deepen the connection to ourselves, with others, and to Nature.

Textile artists Heather Wynne and Sue McFarland share a cooperative studio in the Polishing building at the mill. With a focus on upcycling and sustainability, Heather Wynne creates one-of-a-kind pieces, limited-edition collections, and PDF sewing patterns.  Her work includes canvas bags and packs, pillows, unique accessories and cloth facemasks. Sue McFarland, a hand weaver and felt maker produces functional fashion accessories, sculptural and hanging work. Featured work for the market includes handwoven and felted scarves and seasonal home decorative accessories.

Artist Jeremy Sinkus uses flameworking to manipulate glass. A specially designed oxy/propane torch gives him point control of both tiny details and larger masses of glass. By kiln casting. Sinkus achieves larger more architectural forms of glass and coldworking the glass like you would cut and polish gemstone allow him to produce unique nature inspired forms and sculptures.

Other featured participants include students and interns from The Handle Factory Clay Studios founded in 2019 by Molly Cantor, potter and pottery teacher, with ceramics for sale in a variety of different styles. Additionally, stylist Kirsten Oxboel will present a carefully curated collection of vintage fashion and home décor. The former visual merchandiser for Urban Outfitters is known for her unique and whimsical taste.

More information is available at www.themillatshelburnefalls.com or by calling 413-522-4944.

Virtual Ashfield Fall Festival 2020: Support The Vendors!

Ashfield Fall Festival Virtual Event MassachusettsIn a normal year, the hilltowns would be gearing up for the Ashfield Fall Festival at this time. Unfortunately, for the first time since 1970, Ashfield has had to cancel the festivities due to COVID-19.  

While they can’t host the festival in person this year, the Ashfield Fall Festival has made it easy to support its vendors. They have a dedicated page on their website to support their vendors at www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/support-our-vendors. This page provides a description and photos for vendors with a link to their websites or online stores. Follow the links to discover crafts such as glass art, handmade leather products, paintings, photographs, custom clothing, jewelry, woodwork, and more. There are also agricultural product vendors such as Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery, and Gray’s Sugarhouse.

Another way the Ashfield Fall Festival will support their vendors is through their social media pages. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ashfieldfallfestival and Instagram (@ashfieldfallfestival) to see their featured vendors. A new vendor will be featured every day for the entire month of October.

Typically, the Ashfield Fall Festival is also a fundraiser for the Ashfield Citizens Scholarship & Community Fund. Proceeds from parking fees and a portion of vendor sales make up this fund which is then awarded for these need-based scholarships. Since this year there will not be any funds coming from this event, the Ashfield Fall Festival has instead started a T-shirt sale to raise funds. The shirts are available now at bonfire.com/store/ashfield-fall-festival/ and feature 2 designs in a variety of colors and sizes.

The Ashfield Fall Festival is expecting to return to normal festivities in 2021 and is planned for October 9-10. Until then, enjoy the Virtual Ashfield Fall Festival and support their vendors online so that they may return in full force next year.

For more information visit ashfieldfallfestival.org.

(Photo taken from Ashfield Fall Festival's Facebook Page)

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Get Lost in These Franklin County Corn Mazes!

The annual corn mazes are back in Franklin County, with new designs! Every September, people from around the region love to get lost in these fun creative mazes. This year will be a little different with covid regulations but will still be a fun experience for all.

Mike's Maze Warner Farm Sunderland MassachusettsMike’s Maze at Warner Farm

Over the years, Mike’s Mazes have gained national attention for their creativity and intricacy. Every year is a different thematic experience, with games, activities, and amusements to pair alongside the design of that year’s maze. Mike’s Maze spans 8-acres with installations and trivia along the way. Located in Sunderland, Massachusetts, the idea for Mike’s Maze was born over 20 years ago at a Christmas party. Farmer Mike Wissemann and artist Will Sillin teamed up to create incredible corn art. In 2015, Mike’s son David Wissemann and his wife, Jess Marsh Wissemann, took over for Will, and have since created mazes that have gone viral, such as “Alice in Sunderland.” 

This year’s theme is “Vote 2020: The Stalks Have Never Been Higher.” They will be celebrating democracy with a variety of games and rides, including the voting game, pedal carts on the “Presidential Election Racetrack” and the “Election Landslides.” Mike’s Maze is open September 11-November 1 on Thursdays (starting in October), Fridays, Saturdays, and Columbus Day from 9 am to 5 pm. The rates of entry are $15 for adults, $12 for kids under 12, and kids aged 4 and under go free! 

For more information about the exciting events at Mike’s Maze, visit mikesmaze.com.

 

Hick’s Family Farm & Corn Maze in Charlemont

Hick’s Family Farm also hosts an annual corn maze which is a Franklin County Favorite. Their farm is conveniently located on the Mohawk Trail/Route 2 in Charlemont. The corn maze is open September 5 through October on weekends and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. Entry is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Check out their haunted weekends in October starting October 10th and get ready for a scare! If you scare easily, you can enjoy a milder nighttime version of the maze with their Flashlight Fridays on September 18 and October 2. Go to their website for more information on the Hick’s Corn Maze at Hick’s Family Farm, www.hickscornmaze.com

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Celebrate 25 Years of CiderDays This Weekend

For 25 years, CiderDays has been a Franklin County staple event of all things apple. Every first weekend in November, events pop up all over the area to appreciate and learn more about ciders, cidermaking, and orchards. There are cider tastings, workshops, and tours, hosted by various orchards, cideries, and other cider professionals. This year, CiderDays will be held November 1-3. Some of the events are free; others require tickets purchased in advance, such as the Cider Salon. 

The Cider Salons will once again be held in the large tent in Unity Park, Turners Falls. Sponsored by the United States Association of Cider Makers, the Salons will feature over 130 ciders from a range of producers around North America and Europe. Buy your tickets in advance for either Round 1 or Round 2 and enjoy the opportunity to sample ciders from near and far.

Some events will be happening throughout the weekend and you can drop in anytime to check them out. Check out an art exhibit at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, 25 Years of CiderDays, which will display historic cider presses and images honoring cider producers. While you’re in Turners Falls, you can also stop by the official Cider Days Bookstore at Two Birds on Avenue for books about orchards and cider and even some author signings. Several tasting rooms will have their doors open to the public throughout the weekend, including West County Cider in Shelburne, Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery in Ashfield, Headwater Cider in Hawley, and more. 

See the full list of tastings and other events happening throughout the weekend here and find everything you need to know about CiderDays at CiderDays.org

Happy CiderDays! 

Franklin County Cider Days November 2019 Massachusetts


 

Have a Great Time at the Great Falls Festival aka PumpkinFest

Great falls festival turners falls MassachusettsCelebrate a decade of fall fun at the Great Falls Festival aka PumpkinFest on Saturday, October 19. This fall-themed festival will be held on Avenue A in Turners Falls from 2-9 pm and is great for all ages. 

Bring your own carved pumpkin to display or decorate one there! Hang out at the beer garden and drink some local craft beers and pair it with food from various food vendors. You’ll also want to bring your dancing shoes because there will be musical bands and performances all event long. See the full lineup below:

More information on their Facebook page.

Crafts, Food, Pumpkingames and More at the Ashfield Fall Festival

It’s time for the wonderful annual Ashfield Fall Festival. This Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, Ashfield’s Main Street will be filled with crafts, food, and music from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. 

Check out more than 50 local exhibitors including, Tom Kuklinski woodworking, Ed Branson hand-blown glass, and Walter Cudnohufsky watercolors. View the full list of arts and crafts vendors here. They will be stationed on the town common or the Upper Town Hall.

You’ll find lots of tasty autumn treats at the festival, such as home-made pumpkin donuts, apple pie, and applesauce sundae. Get your savory fix as well with warm chili, burgers, crawfish pasta, or vegetarian and kids options, too.

Bring the kids because there will be tons of entertainment and games, including the pumpkingames! Check out the full lineup of performances, as well, here. Don’t miss out on this amazing community event, with the backdrop of the beautiful fall foliage. 

For more information go to www.ashfieldfallfestival.org.

Ashfield Fall Festival Main Street Massachusetts

Crafts, Food, and Music at the Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair

Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair Massachusetts 2019This Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, check out the Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair. Held on the lush and beautiful grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA, the Fall Craft Fair features 150 artisan craft booths from all over the area. You will find every kind of craft from fiber to pottery to jewelry and more! Plus, specialty food offerings, live music, and free craft activities for all ages, provided by Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. You can also stop by the Yankee Candle booth, one of the festival’s long-time sponsors, to find beeswax candles, enter to win a raffle prize, and get a $20 off coupon. 

The craft fair hours are Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Visit www.deerfield-craft.org for more information and to view the list of crafters. 



 

24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays

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.

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 CiderDays.org, but here are some highlights:

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!

Check out the world’s longest-running hard cider tasting at the Cider Salon in Unity Park, 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.

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.

For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets for specific events, visit ciderdays.org.

 

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