Title /blog/category/hilltowns/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Sun, 25 Nov 2018 16:11:00 -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 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 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 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 It's That Time of Year for Festivals and Fairs! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/22/it-s-that-time-of-year-for-festivals-and-fairs/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cummingtonfair%20banner.jpg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 232px;">As summer winds down, fairs and festivals are popping up all over Western Mass. Last weekend, hundreds came out for the 101st Heath Fair. This coming weekend marks the 150th Cummington Fair in Cummington, MA. The Fair was started in 1868 but was initiated in 1883 as the Hillside Agricultural Society. Today, the Cummington Fair remains true to its agricultural roots with events based around livestock and tractors, such as the livestock shows, horse draws, and antique engine and tractor shows.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2">But that&rsquo;s not the only reason to go to the Cummington Fair. This year&rsquo;s 4-day event will include a bike stunt show, fireworks, a craft barn, demolition derby and more. The stages will fill with live entertainers such as Zoe Darrow, Presley and Taylor, Jose Duddy, and others. Plus, there will be all sorts of vendors selling food, crafts, and other items. The Cummington Fair starts Thursday, August 23 and runs through Sunday, August 26. Purchase tickets online and get more information at <a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">cummingtonfair.com.</a></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2">Here are some other great festivals and fairs coming up soon:</span></p> <ul> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://www.shelburnegrange.org/shelburne-grange-fair.html" target="_blank">71st Annual Shelburne Grange Fair</a>, Shelburne - Saturday, August 25</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://www.apexorchards.com/" target="_blank">Fit &amp; Fun Family Weekend at Apex Orchards</a>, Shelburne - Saturday &amp; Sunday, August 25 &amp; 26</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="http://fcas.com/" target="_blank">Franklin County Fair</a>, Greenfield - Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="https://www.3countyfair.com/" target="_blank">Three County Fair</a>, Northampton - Friday-Monday, August 31-September 3</span></li> <li><span id="docs-internal-guid-f582dc51-7fff-d8b9-6ffe-89534c0ba2a2"><a href="https://www.thebige.com/" target="_blank">The Big E</a>, West Springfield - September 14-30</span></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:08:00 -0400 The Heath Fair Returns for a Weekend of Community, Food, Music, and Agriculture https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/14/the-heath-fair-returns-for-a-weekend-of-community-food-music-and-agriculture/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">The Heath Fair is one of the few country fairs still around that stays true to its agricultural roots. For over 100 years, it has offered events such as the ox draw, sheep shows, and various trade demonstrations to teach the community about agriculture in an engaging way. Every year the residents of Heath and visitors from surrounding towns look forward to this end of summer event. This year, the 101st Heath Fair will take place this weekend, Friday, August 17th to Sunday, August 19th.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">It is truly incredible to see how a large event like this with a variety of activities comes together in such an organized way. It is because of the commitment of volunteers who run each of the events that the Heath Fair is so successful. This year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/schedule/" target="_blank">lineup of events</a> include the antique tractor pull, rabbit show, goat show, horse draw, truck pull, and sheep show. Bring the kids because there will be so much for them to do too like the zucchini races, wagon rides, demonstrations, and the parade!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">Make sure you come hungry because there will be plenty to eat! Join the organized meals such as the Church Ladies Ham and Bean Supper on Friday, the Heath Firefighters Association BBQ on both Saturday and Sunday, or the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. There will also be a great <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/vendors/" target="_blank">group of vendors</a> selling food, including Lucia&rsquo;s Latin Kitchen, Kailash Kitchen, and of course Hager&rsquo;s Farm Market&rsquo;s fried dough and maple cream.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">A country fair needs music and this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/music/" target="_blank">artist lineup</a> is spectacular. On Friday night, check out Upstate Rubdown and then join in on the square dancing, led by Doug Wilkins. On Saturday, the music starts at 11 am with The Uncles of the Pioneers and continues through the day with The Green Sisters, Li&rsquo;l BeeDee &amp; The Doo-Rites, and The Whiskey Treaty Road Show. On Sunday, the Ageless Waves of Rhythm will kick off the day with their drumming, followed by the Shelburne Falls Military Band, and Banish Misfortune.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-15021c4c-7fff-ddf0-b3c5-9d84a00f0b85">For the full schedule of events, visit <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/" target="_blank">heathfair.org</a>. The Heath Fair is presented by the Heath Agricultural Society. Admission is only $8 or $6 for seniors and free for children 9 and under. See you at the Heath Fair!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/heathfair2018.png" style="width: 500px; height: 166px;"></span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:08:00 -0400 Celebrate Shelburne's 250th Anniversary this Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/06/19/celebrate-shelburne-s-250th-anniversary-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/shelburne250.png" style="width: 250px; height: 200px; float: right;">Celebrate with Shelburne as it turns 250 years old! There is a full weekend of events planned including dinner, dancing, farm tours, a parade, food and craft vendors, live bands, square dancing, children&rsquo;s games, militia re-enactment, fireworks, book sale, and more. It is sure to be a great time for family, community members, and anyone else who wants to join in the celebration of this wonderful town.</p> <p>Shelburne is located in Franklin County, west of Greenfield along the Mohawk Trail (State Route 2). It was first settled in 1756 as part of Deerfield, MA and was later incorporated as a town in 1775. Much of the history of Shelburne is based in the vicinity of Shelburne Falls, a small village composed of part of Buckland and part of Shelburne. Shelburne has been largely an agricultural town. However, the manufacturing industry thrived in Shelburne Falls due to the railroad through town and the existence of Lamson and Goodnow, a cutlery manufacturing company. Today, Shelburne Falls is geared more towards the tourism industry with a variety of shops, galleries, and eateries. The rest of Shelburne remains beautifully natural, with dairy farms, sugarhouses, orchards, and majestic rolling hills.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss the chance to celebrate this milestone for Shelburne this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here is the full schedule for the weekend:</p> <p><strong>Friday, June 22</strong></p> <p>5:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony, Baptist Corner Lot, Main Street</p> <p>6-10:30 p.m. Reception dinner and dancing at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, tickets $25</p> <p><strong>Saturday, June 23</strong></p> <p>All day - self-guided tours of 100-year old farms</p> <p>10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - crafts &amp; skill from yesteryear on display, plus quilt show at First Congregational Church</p> <p>1 p.m. - militia camp set-up at Shelburne Historical Society</p> <p>3 p.m. Parade starting at Cricket Field and ending at Buckland Elementary School</p> <p>4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Food &amp; craft vendors, children&#39;s games, square dancing, live bands at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School</p> <p>9:30 p.m. Fireworks</p> <p><strong>Sunday, June 24</strong> (rain date for Saturday events)</p> <p>10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Militia re-enactment - 10th MA Volunteer Infantry Militia Company C</p> <p>11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open House at Historical Society</p> <p><a href="https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/2182/File/Shelburne250th.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the event flyer.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Shelburne Falls Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:06:14 -0400 Register Now for the 2018 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/06/13/register-now-for-the-2018-hilltown-youth-theatre-summer-workshop/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/hilltown%20theatre%20sillouhette.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 134px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">The Pioneer Valley is a hub for the creative arts. It&rsquo;s a place where many musicians, artists, performers, and creatives come to gain inspiration for their work and to find an artistic community where they can thrive. This is not only true for adults, but for children and teens as well. There are many opportunities in the Valley for kids to follow their artistic intuitions and to gain experience working as a team to create something wonderful. One opportunity in particular is right here in Franklin County, specifically in Charlemont. Since 2010, the <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/" target="_blank">Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs</a> has been running their <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/summer-workshop/" target="_blank">Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop</a>. Their mission is to build a supportive community for youth to develop personally and artistically and to train and collaborate on theatrical productions at a high level, therefore giving them an appreciation for hilltown life and a passion for the arts.</p> <p>This program, for youth aged 10-18 years old, is an intensive arts experience for aspiring actors, musicians, dancers, and set designers. Guest artists and master teachers, direct participants to create performances which incorporate movement, puppets, mask making, voice work, circus arts, and work on large apparatus such as stilts, aerial fabrics, spools, flying trapeze, and more. At the end of the workshop, the performance takes to the streets, or rather the mountains for audiences to enjoy. This year&rsquo;s production of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be hosted by <a href="https://berkshireeast.com/" target="_blank">Berkshire East Mountain Resort</a> in Charlemont.</p> <p>The 2018 Summer Workshop runs from July 16 to August 8, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/product/2018-summer-workshop/" target="_blank">Registration</a> is open now and financial assistance is available. No previous experience is necessary but the ideal candidates will be artists, musicians, athletes, or any other active creative types. For more information, <a href="https://hilltownyouth.org/summer-workshop/" target="_blank">visit their website here.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hilltown%20Youth%20Summer%20Workshop.jpg" style="float: left; width: 500px; height: 761px;"></p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:06:33 -0400