Title /blog/category/franklin-county/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:12:00 -0500 Your Local Winter Farmers' Markets for the Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/12/09/your-local-winter-farmers-markets-for-the-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/1BA8AFC6-0961-40CE-A08F-FA5DC110A849.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;" class="featured">Summertime in the valley means local farmers markets full of fresh produce, artisanal products, and handcrafted items. Just because the winter months are upon us doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to say goodbye to this wonderful part of living in the valley. Here are some local winter farmers&rsquo; markets where you can still get your farm fresh fix:</p> <p dir="ltr">On one Saturday per month, the Greenfield Winter Farmers&rsquo; Market will pop up in Four Corners Elementary School. Check out this wonderful market on the following dates from 10 am to 1 pm: December 15, January 5, February 2, and March 2. Buy lots of goodies from local farm vendors such as Clarkdale Fruit Farm, Barberic Farm, and MycoTerra Farm. Plus a few other local favorites will be there too such as M&amp;G Kettle Korn selling their delicious non-GMO kettle corn, Comida Latina selling delicious Latin cuisine, and Prospect Prints with their fun, hand-screened shirts. For a full list of vendors visit <a href="http://Www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com" target="_blank">www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you&rsquo;re more of a once-a-week Farmers&rsquo; Market goer, head south to the Northampton Winter Farmers&rsquo; Market, every Saturday until April 20th. Located at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, this market is open from 9 am to 2 pm. The vendor list changes from week to week, but you can find the updated list at <a href="http://www.northamptonwintermarket.com/" target="_blank">www.northamptonwintermarket.com</a>. Some vendors you might find include Red Fire Farm, Holyoke Hummus Company, Bread Euphoria, and Winter Moon Roots. Plus, enjoy different events from week to week such as live music by local artists, storytimes, and craft workshops.</p> <p dir="ltr">Happy Farmers&rsquo; Market-Going!</p> Community Hampshire County Farm Franklin County Western Mass northampton Greenfield Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:12:00 -0500 These Upcoming Events in Franklin County Are Sure to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/12/07/these-upcoming-events-in-franklin-county-are-sure-to-get-you-into-the-holiday-spirit/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7b3452f8-7fff-e729-06ca-065ccb8e66d3"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/151030_pla_wintersale.jpg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px;">With Hanukkah already upon us and Christmas only a few weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing! Franklin County has lots of great holiday events coming up in the next few weeks, which are sure to bring our community lots of joy and cheer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Coming up this Friday, December 7th, downtown Greenfield will be the place to be. Jingle Fest, coordinated by the Greenfield Business Association will feature all sorts of holiday merriment. From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, shop around the Pop-Up Holiday Market in The Pushkin. Of course, Santa will make an appearance at Jingle Fest and will be welcoming visitors at Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Other exciting happenings include a tree-lighting at Veterans Mall, carolers, pop-up performances and more! Visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/186102008990892/" target="_blank">facebook page</a> for more information.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you still have a lot of holiday shopping left to do, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to check out the Shutesbury Holiday Shop. For 7 years, the Shutesbury Holiday Shop has brought together an array of local artisans all from Shutesbury or the surrounding towns, to offer affordable, handmade gifts. There will be an assortment of jewelry, quilts, ornaments, woodcrafts, fiber art, artisanal food and much more. Plus, the Shutesbury Holiday Shop lasts for 3 days, starting Friday, December 7th, so there really is no excuse to not stop by and shop local for your holiday shopping. <a href="http://chamber.franklincc.org/events/details/shutesbury-holiday-shop-12-07-2018-13421" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information.</p> <p dir="ltr">Turners Falls will host their annual holiday event on Friday, December 14th. It&rsquo;s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls will bring together downtown businesses for a night of holiday cheer. Art exhibits, live music, restaurant specials, and holiday shopping are all part of this wonderful event. Plus, Santa will arrive at Spinner Park at 6:30 pm to collect notes of hope from event goers. Visit the <a href="http://www.turnersfallsriverculture.org/" target="_blank">Turners Falls River Culture</a> website for more information.</p> <p dir="ltr">I hope you enjoy some or all of these wonderful holiday events coming up in our local community. Happy holidays!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/9E120ED0-42E3-4C0C-A22A-DC78C45AEE45.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 287px;"></p> Community Holiday Arts Franklin County Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:12:00 -0500 Wanda Mooney Selected as Franklin County's Favorite Real Estate Agent https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/12/01/wanda-mooney-selected-as-franklin-county-s-favorite-real-estate-agent/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-9f9d4657-7fff-d118-b331-ff6319a2a124"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/E12963AF-526F-4746-B059-9EDD6C8D74F7.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 360px;">Recently the Greenfield Recorder held&nbsp;their reader&rsquo;s choice award, Franklin Favorites. I am so honored to have been voted the winner for the category of Best Local Real Estate Agent. Out of all the awards I have received in my career, this one means the most to me. Franklin County is a place I will always call home and it is such a joy to be selected by my neighbors for this award. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and congrats to all of the other winners. I look forward to continuing to serve Franklin County.</p> Area Updates coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Real Estate News Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:12:00 -0500 Serene, Private, Underground Contemporary for Sale in Hawley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/25/serene-private-underground-contemporary-for-sale-in/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/CBC3316D-57F5-4CEF-ABE2-F05E6F7A76A1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;" class="featured">Experience a serene and private underground living on a 83 acre setting with long range 3 state views and beautiful open preserved farm land. The seller worked closely with earth sheltered home designers known as Formworks Building, Inc. who are featured on Underground Living DIY Network. This safe haven is quality built incorporating local materials and unique details you must see in person to appreciate. The sheltered environment is energy efficient and fully insulated with solar panels and an outside wood boiler.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <br> It has a welcoming interior with gorgeous cook&rsquo;s kitchen that is open to the sunlit dining and living area with 22ft ceiling and a gas fireplace. The spacious first floor master suite has a beautiful full bath with tiled walk-in shower. The second floor has a bedroom, half bath and sitting area with exterior access. The bonus is the third level sun room where you can sit back and enjoy the surrounding views as wildlife abounds. In addition there is a propane boiler, radiant floor heat, attached 2 car garage with storage and an amazing front porch!&nbsp;<br> <br> For those who need shop space or storage the 26 x 40 Morton Building is fabulous. It has high ceilings, concrete floor and heated.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://49forgetrd.com/" target="_blank">Click here for more information</a>!</p> <p>Or contact Wanda today at wanda@wandamooney.com or 413-768-9848.<br> <br> This unique home is truly one of a kind and one you would love to call home!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/A2F11DEB-3305-44D9-916C-80A22FA40256.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 171px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/06FF847A-9DA9-4810-9648-E545844265D8.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/43471B0F-DCBE-47BD-B5AF-6942AB1B7293.jpeg" style="margin: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/A6D3C65D-6D1C-402F-8059-092C7EDA09BC.jpeg" style="margin: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/forget%20road%20hawley/D5465479-CA68-4172-8FB2-CBC02D5ED474.jpeg" style="margin: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"></p> Contemporary Pioneer Valley Green Living coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass woods land Sun, 25 Nov 2018 16:11:00 -0500 October Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/25/october-real-estate-market-report-for-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/a0cb370c-f6df-4970-8729-1079e632ae7c-large.jpeg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p> <p>Franklin County sales were up 18.9% and the median price up 21.7% in October, 2018&nbsp;compared to September, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sales were down in Hampden County but up in Hampshire County.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 17.1&nbsp;percent from 2,045&nbsp;single family listings at the end of October,&nbsp;2017 to 1,696&nbsp;single family listings at the end of October, 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market are down slightly&nbsp;by&nbsp;0.7%&nbsp;from 65&nbsp;days in October,&nbsp;2017 to 64&nbsp;days in October, 2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 18.3 from 507 in October,&nbsp;2017 to 600&nbsp;in October, 2018.</p> <p><em>The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/October%20Sales%20Report.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 315px;"></em></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><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 411px;"></em></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><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></em></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><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></em></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/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Franklin County Real Estate News Sun, 25 Nov 2018 14:11:00 -0500 Moonlight Magic Kicks of the Holiday Season in Style in Shelburne Falls https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/19/moonlight-magic-kicks-of-the-holiday-season-in-style-in-shelburne-falls/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5eaa4fac-7fff-40ef-2792-a0e396b01a19"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/88780803-1C7E-4810-9BBF-D4D032257F0C.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 388px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">This Friday, many shoppers will head to corporate stores across the country for Black Friday shopping. However, here in Franklin County, we like to do things differently by supporting our local businesses and kicking off the holiday season in style with Moonlight Magic.</p> <p dir="ltr">This annual event known across the region will take place in the beautiful village of Shelburne Falls. The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association has worked together with local businesses to put on this magnificent event. The village has already been beautifully decorated with holiday lights and garlands spiraling up the lamp posts along with pole tags with sponsors&rsquo; names showing their support. On the eve of Moonlight Magic, luminaria will line the streets directing event goers to various points of interest throughout the village.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moonlight Magic is also one of the few times of the year where Bridge Street and Deerfield Ave will be shut down to traffic, allowing pedestrians to wander the streets, browsing vendor tents and businesses, which will stay open later for the event. Soon after sunset, the Parade of Lights will make its way down Conway Street, over the Iron Bridge and down Bridge Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be part of the parade, greeting shoppers and then ending at the Mason&rsquo;s Lodge, for visits and photos. Throughout the event, there will also be various performances, including one of my favorites, the Ageless Waves of Rhythm, Shelburne Senior Center&rsquo;s drumming group.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moonlight Magic starts at 4 pm, giving you plenty of time to sleep in the day after Thanksgiving! Visit <a href="http://Shelburnefalls.com" target="_blank">shelburnefalls.com</a>&nbsp;for more information or pick up an event brochure the day of to find out what&rsquo;s happening around the village.</p> Community Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Shelburne Falls Greenfield Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 Should You Keep Your Home on the Market in the Winter? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/15/should-you-keep-your-home-on-the-market-in-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/images.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 259px; height: 194px;" class="featured">Your home is still listed for sale. You might be&nbsp;thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However&nbsp;if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.</p> <p>1.&nbsp; If you remove your home from the market, you will have less completion on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from.&nbsp;You actually might sell at a higher&nbsp;price in the winter&nbsp;than if you wait until spring when you&#39;ll&nbsp;have greater competition.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase.&nbsp;They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when&nbsp;life gets busy with&nbsp;kids&nbsp;getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.</p> <p>4.&nbsp; Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers&nbsp;like it used&nbsp;to be in the past, traveling to view different homes.&nbsp;Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.</p> <p>I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Winter Selling!</p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Selling Tips sellers Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 It's Cold Outside: Fun Things To Do Indoors in Franklin County https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/12/it-s-cold-outside-fun-things-to-do-indoors-in-franklin-county/ <p>As the days get shorter and darker, many of our favorite outdoor activities become less appealing. Fortunately, we live in an area with a variety of things to do, even when it&rsquo;s dark and cold outside.</p> <p><b>Candle Villages</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/E1FC4BD7-CB05-4FB4-B93C-3530F0AD64F3.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 250px;" class="featured">With the holiday season fast approaching, <a href="https://www.yankeecandle.com/south-deerfield-village" target="_blank">Yankee Candle Village</a> and <a href="https://www.kringlecandle.com" target="_blank">The Shoppes at Kringle Candle</a>,&nbsp;are both packed with great gifts, holiday decorations, and holiday-themed events. Starting now through December 23, you can have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Yankee Candle Village, located in South Deerfield. Then, meander through the various shops and eateries, which spans over 90,000 square feet.</p> <p>At Kringle Candle in Bernardston, there is plenty to see and do, as well. Pick out your favorite scent of their brand of candle, Country Candle. Visit the Shoppes at Kringle Candle to find unique gifts, home decor, toys, gourmet foods, and more. Then, sit down for a nice meal at The Farm Table, a gourmet restaurant which serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.</p> <p><b>Galleries</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/C4229F0D-275E-4A77-889E-2BEE18E14939.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 157px;">Now is a great time to check out the many local artist galleries in Franklin County. Shelburne Falls boasts several great artists shops and galleries, including <a href="http://SalmonFallsGallery.com" target="_blank">Salmon Falls Gallery</a>, which sells Josh Simpson glass planets, amongst other local works of art. The <a href="http://Shelburneartscoop.com" target="_blank">Shelburne Arts Co-op</a>, which is run by local artists, is constantly rotating the works for sale, and features different exhibits monthly. Also, in Shelburne Falls, you can find beautiful handcrafted art in <a href="http://Annbrauer.com" target="_blank">Ann Brauer Quilt Studio</a>, <a href="http://www.wandering-moon.com/" target="_blank">Wandering Moon</a>, <a href="http://aheartforartonline.com" target="_blank">A Heart for Art</a>, and more.</p> <p>If you find yourself in Greenfield, take a walk through the <a href="http://Greenfieldgallery.net" target="_blank">Greenfield Gallery</a>, a boutique art gallery featuring fine art and collectibles. You will also find great local works of art at <a href="http://Artspacegreenfield.com" target="_blank">Artspace Community Arts Center</a>, a non profit educational and creative space or people of all ages. Their gallery shows off the works of local artists and has rotating exhibits. Down the road in Montague, is <a href="http://Sawmillriverarts.com" target="_blank">Sawmill River Arts Gallery</a>, a quaint gallery on the Sawmill River, by the waterfall and next to the Montague Book Mill.</p> <p><b>Bowling and The Movies</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/E6CEF3CD-536E-4521-9F7B-804A3FAFC7B1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 313px;">Of course, there&rsquo;s always the classic favorite way to spend time indoors - bowling and the movies! In Franklin County, you can still support local businesses while you do. In Erving, visit the <a href="https://www.bowling4fun.com" target="_blank">French King Bowling Center</a>, or go to the second oldest bowling alley in the country, the <a href="https://www.shelburnefallsbowling.com" target="_blank">Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley</a>! This alley uses duck pins and you keep your own score. Around the corner from the bowling alley&nbsp;in Shelburne Falls is <a href="http://shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/" target="_blank">Memorial Hall</a>, where Pothole Pictures has some great films lined up over the next few months, including Julie and Julia, Ratatouille, and Babette&rsquo;s Feast. Arrive early for some live music before the film starts. For new releases, go to the <a href="http://www.gardencinemas.net" target="_blank">Greenfield Garden Cinemas</a> in Greenfield.</p> <p>So, although it is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, remember there is still plenty to do and ways to get out of the house and enjoy all Franklin County has to offer!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Franklin County Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 Drive Off the Beaten Path to Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/05/drive-off-the-beaten-path-for-crafts-of-colrain-open-studio-tour/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fedd7325-7fff-c5f3-2f8f-014068d0e533"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/77078A4A-4D72-4936-91FF-155BFF5D9F15.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 187px;" class="featured">Franklin County is a wonderful place to explore a variety of art and handmade crafts, since it is home to so many artists and creatives. Colrain, specifically, is a very concentrated area of talented artists and craftspeople, since it is such an inspiring place, with beautiful rolling hills, and preserved natural areas. Every year, the artists of Colrain open their doors to the public for a self-guided open studio tour. This year, <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/index.html" target="_blank">Crafts of Colrain</a> will take place&nbsp;Saturday and Sunday November 10 and 11 from 10 am to 5 pm both days.</p> <p dir="ltr">Grab a map and drive through Colrain to as many as 18 artisans&rsquo; studios. You&rsquo;ll see a wide variety of art, from craft beer to woodworking, fiber art to photography, and more. <a href="http://keldaby.com/home.html" target="_blank">Kedalby Farm</a>, home of Moonshine Design, raises angora goats to provide the mohair for their hand-dyed, hand-woven goods. Visit their farm and learn about this process, which takes place entirely on-site. See a variety of art in one stop at stop #17- Sarah and Hans Schoedel. Hans makes scratchboard illustrations and prints, wooden bowls using wood from local trees, and decorative and functioning fishing lures. While Sarah makes handwoven baskets and jewelry using recycled fence wire, copper, silver, and gemstones. If you&rsquo;re a collector or even just an admirer of pottery and stoneware, you&rsquo;ll want to check out Cliff Daniels&rsquo; studio. Cliff&rsquo;s original and decorative designs uses a broad color palette and durable glazes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/07DDC44B-7AF3-49CB-A9BA-0BD933026AE8.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Before you hit the road, be sure to print out a map, located <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/directions.html" target="_blank">here</a>. You can also find all the <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com/artists.html" target="_blank">participating artists</a>, sponsors, and partners at craftsofcolrain.com. Support local artists and farms, while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colrain, hopping around to these open studios.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Arts Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:11:00 -0500 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