Exquisite c.1790 antique Colonial on 9 picturesque open acres is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and majestic trees. This antique treasure is a true representation of a well preserved museum quality home. The interior features many period details including 7 fireplaces with beautiful handcrafted mantels, detailed moldings, wainscoting, wide pine floors and an impressive Palladian window. The owners have tastefully blended the modern conveniences of today with updating the bathrooms, creating a family and laundry room, and adding solar for electricity and hot water. There are separate guest quarters that was once an antique shop and is perfect for a home based business. The open land is ideal for animals to roam and plenty of space to grow your own food. There is frontage on the South River and it does abut conservation land. This special property is conveniently located only 20 minutes from I-91, 30 minutes to Northampton and 10 minutes to Shelburne Falls. This one is a gem!
Summer is winding down but there is still plenty of exciting summer events happening in the valley. Thursday, August 24th kicks off the 149th Cummington Fair, in Cummington, Massachusetts, which will run through Sunday, August 27th. The Fair was initiated in 1883 with the purpose of spreading agricultural knowledge. Today, the Fair holds true to this with a variety of farm-themed events, such as Horse & Ox Draws, various animal showmanships, and judging of livestock.
However, that is not all there is to see at the Cummington Fair! Each day there will be a motorized event, like the tractor pull and Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby. Live music will fill the air with country acts such as Jose Duddy and Truck Stop Troubadours. There will be over 50 vendors selling everything from food, to crafts, to agricultural products. Plus, entertainers such as Kenya Acrobats, Christopher the Magician, and Wayne from Maine will perform multiple times throughout the weekend.
Whether you are a resident of Cummington, or the Pioneer Valley, or you are travelling from surrounding areas, you won’t want to miss this huge event. Purchase your tickets ahead of time at cummingtonfair.com to receive a discount and save time waiting in line. Also visit their website for a full listing of events and other information such as directions, parking, and camping. Hope to see you at the Cummington Fair!
While Shelburne Falls might have fewer places to eat than the surrounding larger towns, we pride ourselves in the fact that the places we do have are all outstanding. In 2017, two new eateries opened their doors in Shelburne Falls and our taste buds are excited about it.
Delicatesse on Bridge Street is owned and operated by Alice Lee. She calls it a “café-deli-eatery.” Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm, the menu is a simple and delicious selection of Jewish cuisine and New York deli-inspired breakfast and lunch options like bagel and lox with “schmear” or roast beef sandwich. I have developed a personal weakness for the roast beef sandwich, which is served on fresh, homemade bread. Her daily specials are always creative and beautifully presented like the recent, Crepes Suzette, rye crepes with local husk cherries and a Grand Marnier sauce. When you stop in, make sure to also peak inside her deli case for an assortment of salads, antipasti, or even chocolate mousse!
Around the corner is another new breakfast and lunch spot, Gretchen Gerstner’s bakery, Baked. Their menu is more traditional American, with a twist, like their mixed portabella beef burger. No matter what delicious meal you order, always save room for one (or two) of Gretchen’s delicious baked goods. From cinnamon rolls, to cookies, to cakes, there is something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Baked also has a full coffee and tea menu, making it a great place to grab something on the fly.
The only downside to these two places is that they are both so close to Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont’s office. I could eat at either one every day and it is so tempting to do so…
As a native of Heath, Massachusetts, I look forward to the Heath Fair every year. This community event, filled with music, food, and agricultural-inspired activities, truly emanates the spirit of the Town of Heath and the surrounding Hill Towns. The 2017 Heath Fair, happening Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20, is extra special because it will be the 100th one!
In honor of this milestone, the organizers of this event, the Heath Agricultural Society, have added some new activities. On Saturday, there will be a zucchini race, where participants will decorate a zucchini, plug a set of wheels into it, and send it down the track in hopes it will cross the finish line first! Click here to see all the new added events for 2017, including a goat parade and a raffle for hot air balloon ride.
Traditional Heath Fair events are planned for this year, as well, such as the tractor pull, fireworks, horse draw, cattle pull, wagon rides, square dancing, and more. Live music will include performances by Small Change, Sweetback Sisters, and Patty Carpenter & the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, to name a few. View the full schedule of events here.
On top of all the fun and excitement, it is the time spent as a community and the memories made each year that make this event so spectacular. The Heath Fair is just one of the many reasons that residents of Heath love their town.
For more information on The Heath Fair go to www.heathfair.org.
Photo: Heath Fair 100th Keepsake Print, Heath Fair at Twilight by Scott Prior: Purchase your own limited edition keepsake print and support the Heath Agricultural Society and the continuation of the Heath Fair. Click here for more information.
The 39th Annual Bridge of Flowers Road Race is this Saturday, August 12 – less than a week away! For almost 40 years, this event has been a staple of Shelburne Falls. Over a thousand runners come from near and far to compete in either the 3K Walk/Run or on one of the toughest 10K courses in New England. The course starts on the Iron Bridge, overlooking the Bridge of Flowers, and then winds through the village of Shelburne Falls, back over the Deerfield River, up the infamous Crittenden Hill (also known as Heartbreak Hill!), up Route 112, and then back down to the village. The course’s figure 8 loop makes it viewer-friendly. So even if you can’t brave Heartbreak Hill, you can come out and cheer on the runners.
Over 130 volunteers make this event possible. They can be spotted in their brightly colored race shirts directing traffic, setting up the finish line, serving food, timing the runners, and more. Some of the volunteers come from one of the five charities supported by the race. This year’s supported charities are DIAL/SELF, Cancer Connection, The Art Garden, Friends of Children, and Academy at Charlemont. The race is also a fundraiser for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, who coordinates this event.
If you haven’t already registered for the race, online registration is open until Wednesday, August 9 at ShelburneFalls.com. Runners get a free race shirt, spaghetti dinner on Friday night, and access to the post-race party/awards ceremony; plus other free goodies donated by sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful race, which brings so many new people to our beautiful village. Look for our logo on the mile markers along the racecourse. Good luck to all the runners!
An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a “seller’s market”. This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.
According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.
So what does all this mean for you? In a seller’s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller’s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.
For more advice on how to act in a seller’s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or email@example.com.
To read the full article on masslive.com click here.
Last Saturday, June 10 was the start of Western Mass Beer Week, a week long celebration of craft beer and those who create it, support it, and love it. Only in its second year, Western Mass Beer Week has over 50 participating breweries, restaurants, venues, and more, covering four counties: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties. At the core of these events are the values of keeping it local, supporting small businesses, and promoting your neighbor.
I encourage you to explore neighboring counties, but there are also many exciting things happening right here in Franklin County this week! All week long, Element Brewing Company & Distillery in Millers Falls is giving away a free Element pint glass with the purchase of a tasting flight and Hope & Olive in Greenfield is featuring The Valley Flight, six 4 oz pours of their favorite local brews. From 5-8 pm daily, Ryan & Casey's Liquors in Greenfield is offering samplings from various Western Mass craft breweries.
Normally only open on Saturdays, Berkshire Brewing Company in South Deerfield will have open tap room hours on Wednesday, June 13, 3-7 pm. Also on Wednesday, The Rendezvous in Turners Falls is throwing a party from 6 to 8 pm for the release of Element's new IPA brewed just for them, Voo P.A.
On Thursday, June 15, The Lady Killigrew is combining two of their favorite things: waterfalls and beer. They will host a relaxing afternoon featuring Brick and Feather's In Absentia on cask and draft from noon to 4 pm. Then from 6 to 8 pm, Champney's Restaurant & Tavern in Deerfield will host a "talk & sample" with Hitchcock Brewing Company's owner and brewer, Rich Pedersen.
Even the library is getting involved with Western Mass Beer Week! On Thursday, the friends of the Montague Public Libraries and Element Brewing Company will host Booz, Books, and Brews at the Millers Falls Library from 6:30-7:30 pm, where you can learn about the brewing process from the breweries and access books that give more information on brewing.
On Friday, June 16, Artisan Beverage Cooperative in Greenfield is having a party in the parking lot from 4-7 pm, with tasting room full pours of mead, kombucha, and libations. Also on Friday, and again on Saturday from 5-11 pm, Margaret Fitzpatrick will serve up some special, creative dishes to be paired with local brews, plus live music at Underdogs Lounge in Shelburne Falls.
Check out all of the events at westernmassbeerweek.org.
Living in the country does not get any better than this. Come take a look at this impeccably maintained quality built brick Cape on 11 beautiful acres that overlooks protected land & picturesque views. It is the ideal setting to have animals, gardens or just sit back and enjoy the fabulous setting. The interior features a very nice kitchen w/cherry cabinetry, a center island, granite counter tops and it is open to the dining area. There is a large living room w/cathedral ceiling and a handsome brick fireplace. In addition this home has a fabulous sunroom, first floor bedroom & full bath, pantry, laundry, and a second floor master bedroom complete w/walk-in closet and full bath. If more space is needed, the full walk-out basement has two finished rooms that make a great family and recreation room. The bonus is an in-law apartment located above the 2-car garage that is perfect for guests or can be used as a studio or home office. Located 30 min to Northampton & the Berkshires. Located in Plainfield, Mass. Asking $349,000 Must See!
Ever dream of owning your own timber frame home that is perfectly sited on a gorgeous south facing hilltop setting? This is the one for you. The massive oak frame is exposed throughout every room in the home and comes with cathedral ceilings, oak hardwood floors and a handsome center brick fireplace. The 10.25 acres has open rolling meadows that overlooks picturesque mountain views and there is a valuable extra building lot that is included. The interior features a large kitchen with center island, beautiful dining room, large living area, first floor bedroom, full bath and laundry. The upper level has large master bedroom, full bath with jacuzzi tub and a loft bedroom or office. In addition this home has a full basement, attached 2 car garage, and radiant heat. It is surrounded by beautiful perennial gardens and there is plenty of room for animals to roam. Whether you are looking for a second home or year round living, it doesn't get any better than this. Call today for details!
Enjoy the country life in this Antique Colonial settled on 20 picturesque acres of protected (APR). The land comes with open meadow, maple trees, and stone walls. Located on 8A in Heath makes for a low traffic count, with a total population of approximately 706. This house has the character of being built c.1808, but the livability of a modern home with updated electric, insulated windows, newer roof, and much more. Whether you're looking to garden, raise livestock, care for horses, or just enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, this property is just for you. There is ample living space, bedrooms on the first and second floor and a full bath on each level as well. There is also a two car garage and a 20 x 12 out building for tools or a possible stalls. Located near Berkshire East Outdoor Resort and many recreational and cultural activities. $299,900
Welcome to your own riverfront sanctuary! Come take a look at this Antique Colonial that is located less than 2 miles from the Village of Shelburne Falls and has 1225ft of frontage right on the picturesque North River. This is a perfect location and you will love the beautiful 8 acre setting. This wonderful home is well maintained and has all the charming appeal you are looking for. It features a good size kitchen with dining and sitting area, separate dining room, open living & sitting area, first floor bedroom, full bath and large entry. The second floor has 3 bedrooms, full bath, playroom or office area and walk-up attic. Attached to the spacious home is an oversized 2 car garage with a large heated second floor that makes a perfect crafts room, studio or home office. There is a front porch that overlooks the lovely yard, an enclosed back porch, small barn & garden shed. The land is mostly open and the ideal spot for gardens & animals. $395,000