Title /blog/category/greenfield/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning at the North West New England Home Show https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/15/get-motivated-for-spring-cleaning-at-the-north-west-new-england-home-show/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/NWNE-home-show-logo.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 139px;" class="featured">Spring is just around the corner, which for homeowners means time for spring cleaning. Before you start scrubbing, building, or make changes to your home, head over to the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">North West New England Home Show</a> this weekend, March 17 and 18. Local businesses and contractors will be there for you to give advice and new ideas for your home and garden this year. Get inspired and motivated for your spring cleaning by attending the home show.</p> <p>All of the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/138-2/" target="_blank">exhibitors</a> are local businesses, including Classic Kitchens, A.R. Sandri, and Yankee Home Improvements. There will also be a number of green and solar companies, including Pioneer Valley Squared, Greening Greenfield, and Valley Solar. Some of the exhibitors will offer workshops throughout the weekend. Norwex will present Chemical Crashers, a workshop on how to clean your home without harsh chemicals, only water. PV Squared will talk about Going Solar in Mass for Homes &amp; Businesses, how to save money and have your solar project pay for itself. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/workshops/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more details and to view the full list of workshops.</p> <p>Admission to the North West New England Home Show is free! The show will happen at the Franklin County Technical School Gymnasium in Turners Falls. The show runs Saturday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">Visit their website</a> for more information: homeshow.recorder.com</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSC_0015.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Smart Home Wanda Mooney Franklin County Renovations Greenfield Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Greenspace CoWork Brings a Collaborative Work Environment to Downtown Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/07/greenspace-cowork-brings-a-collaborative-work-environment-to-downtown-greenfield/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/greenspaceCowork.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 300px;">Recently, I had the opportunity to tour <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">Greenspace CoWork</a>, Greenfield&rsquo;s first co-working space. I was very impressed with the style and feel of this space, one which seems to me would allow someone to focus and work all day. Located on the third floor of <a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/25/hawks-and-reed-performing-arts-center-brings-good-music-and-good-times-to-greenfield-ma/" target="_blank">Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center</a> in downtown Greenfield, Greenspace offers memberships for use of their open work environment, free WiFi, and free coffee. Its members are people in a variety of careers, who desire a secure place to work independently, while having the ability to interact with other professionals and meet with clients in a presentable space.</p> <p>Jeremy Goldsher and Jeff Sauser opened the space in February of this year, with open tables, couches, and a kitchenette. They kept the industrial style of the building, preserving the 170-year old wood floors and brick walls, and adding decor that embellishes that style. Goldsher and Sauser received a $100,000 collaborative Workspace Program grant from Mass Development, which they will use to add a conference room, private office pods, and soundproof phone booths.</p> <p>So if you are looking to get out of your home office or that crowded coffee shop and into a clean, quiet, open space, then take a free tour of Greenspace CoWork. Memberships cost $150 a month, or $125 a month with a 6-month commitment. You can also purchase a one-day membership whenever you want for only $20. Visit their website for more information: <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">greenspacecowork.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:10:32 -0500 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 All-Inclusive, Affordable Fitness Center Opens in Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/05/all-inclusive-affordable-fitness-center-opens-in-greenfield/ <h3><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018-01-15_10.43.34.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;" class="featured">Common Ground Fitness Center</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s a new fitness center in Greenfield that opened up at the beginning of the year! Locally owned by Eric and Hannah Mosher, the gym is called Common Ground and occupies the space that was formerly ACD Women&rsquo;s Fitness, a gym that was just for women. The Moshers are taking a different approach to the center. They want the space to be all-inclusive, an environment where everyone feels comfortable to exercise and be healthy. Hence, they chose the name Common Ground.</p> <h3>Classes and More</h3> <p>Common Ground offers a variety of classes, plus personal training ,and exercise equipment. Their classes range from PiYo which is a combination of pilates and yoga, TRX, Boxing, Zumba, and more. Eric also teaches a class called Basic, where he draws on his experiences as an Army Sergeant to push his students to their limits. They plan to add spinning classes and P90X in the near future.</p> <h3>Affordable Rates</h3> <p>Another way that Common Ground allows its center to be all-inclusive, is by offering affordable rates. Eric and Hannah want to offer the lowest rates possible so that their clients feel financially comfortable. In this way, they believe they can make a difference health-wise in the community by making their fitness center accessible to all. On top of their low membership rates, they also offer low drop-in rates for non-members who want to occasionally come in.</p> <p>So if you are looking for a quality, all-inclusive, affordable gym in Greenfield, stop by Eric and Hannah&rsquo;s fitness center on High Street or check out their website, <a href="http://www.commongroundfitness.com" target="_blank">www.commongroundfitness.com</a>. Common Ground Fitness is just what our community needs to start off a healthy new year.</p> Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:02:21 -0500 K9 Keg Pull at the Greenfield Winter Carnival | February 2nd - 4th https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/01/greenfield-winter-carnival-february-2nd-4th/ <p>The 96th Annual&nbsp;<a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Greenfield Winter Carnival</a>&nbsp;is happening this weekend with fun&nbsp;events scheduled for the entire family. Here are just some of the events to look forward to, but check their website or Facebook page for a full listing of events.</p> <p>Starting on Friday, browse the various&nbsp;live ice carvings on display throughout&nbsp;Downtown Greenfield. Then, vote for your favorite sculpture at the ballot box on Town Common. At 7:00 pm, look towards the sky for a fireworks show, being shot from Poet&#39;s Seat Tower.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday at 10 am, runners will line up for the Sleigh Bell Run, a 4 mile scenic road race. Then at 2 pm, the bicyclists will come out for the Fatbike Group Ride, led by the local bike shop, Bicycle World.</p> <p>On Sunday, enjoy Breakfast with Olaf at The 99 Restaurant. Then work off your meal with a Snowshoeing Trek, meeting at Highland Park at 10 am.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other events for the Winter Carnival&nbsp;will include&nbsp;youth basketball games, an art exhibit, face painting, photography contest, dancing, parade of lights,&nbsp;and so much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont Realtors" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Millie_edited-1.jpg" style="float: right; width: 175px; height: 265px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;">You will especially not want to miss the popular K9 Keg Pull starting Sunday at 1:00. Dogs of all sizes will be racing to pull&nbsp;kegs (empty ones, of course) across the finish line.&nbsp;The agents at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont will be&nbsp;handing out this attractive bandana (photo left) being modeled by Millie!&nbsp;Stop by to say hello and pick one up for your furry friend.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ongoing events throughout the weekend will include sledding, outdoor ice skating, snowman village, snow sculpture contest, and marshmallow toasting by the warming fire.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Click here for more information about this weekend&#39;s events.</a></p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival February 2-4" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018_WinterCarnival_Flyer.jpg" style="float: left; width: 400px; height: 618px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:01:25 -0500 Why Smaller Homes are Making a Big Impression https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/16/why-smaller-homes-are-making-a-big-impression/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Greenrivercommons.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 155px;">A survey done recently by Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, showed that more and more homeowners prefer small houses, 1,000 feet or less. Often the smallest home in the neighborhood, these homes are relaxed and easy to keep clean, according to the owners. &nbsp;</p> <p>However, these homeowners use certain tactics to utilize their space and make their home still feel open. One method is having a lot of natural light. Another way to make the space feel less constricted is having an open floor plan, and expanding the living space to the exterior, as well.</p> <p>In line with this trend, I am proud to be a part of a new project in Greenfield, Green River Commons (pictured right). Construction of these seven sustainable, ground level townhouses began in early November, just steps from downtown Greenfield. These low-cost condominiums are designed to be energy-efficient with LED lighting, roofs to support solar panels, energy star appliances, and more. They also have sensible floor plans that utilize the smaller space to maximize comfort.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today to learn more about these new affordable, sustainable homes or visit <a href="http://www.greenrivercommons.com/home.html" target="_blank">GreenRiverCommons.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.houzz.com/photo/108092060-2017-us-houzz-small-homes-trends" target="_blank">View the survey here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community House For Sale Contemporary Pioneer Valley Green Living Business Opportunity Area Updates Smart Home buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Low Maintenance Single Level Living Greenfield condominium Real Estate News Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:12:40 -0500 Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/24/benefits-of-listing-your-home-during-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/snow.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 259px; height: 194px;">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> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Holiday Hampshire County Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:11:43 -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 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