Title /blog/category/recreation/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:01:25 -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 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 Don't Miss The Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/20/don-t-miss-the-great-falls-festival-pumpkinfest/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Great%20Falls%20Festival.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;">On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Great Falls Festival will fill Avenue A in Turners Falls from 2-9 pm. Formerly known as Pumpkinfest, the event organizers decided to change the name of the event to pay tribute to the village&rsquo;s pre-colonial era name, the falls on the Connecticut River, and of course, the season.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for food and craft vendors who will set up booths along the street, or for tickets for the beer tent.</p> <p>Show your Halloween spirit by wearing your costume and bring your own carved pumpkin to display. You can also decorate your own pumpkin for free from 2 to 6 pm.</p> <p>Remember to bring your dancing shoes! There will be live music all event-long on either of the two music stages. Musical acts include Blue Prints of the Heart, Honey Badger, and Jimmy Just Quit, to name a few. Check out the live performances by the North County Line Dancers, Zumba Dancers, Fire Dancers, and more.</p> <p>Easily avoid the hassle of parking near the event. There will be a free shuttle from Turners Falls High School from 2 to 10 pm.</p> <p>For more information on the Great Falls Festival and a full schedule of events, go to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival/" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival</a>.</p> Recreation Pumpkinfest Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass fair Greenfield Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:23:06 -0400 One Long Weekend, Two Fabulous Festivals https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/06/one-long-weekend-two-fabulous-festivals/ <p>This Columbus Weekend, the Pioneer Valley will host two popular festivals. On Saturday, October 7 through Monday, October 9, the Paradise City Arts Festival will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Meanwhile, only 30 minutes Northwest of Northampton, Ashfield will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 up and down Ashfield&rsquo;s Main Street.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/paradise%20city%20arts.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 225px; height: 159px;"></p> <p>Founded by two artists 23 years ago, the Paradise City Arts Festival now fills up three buildings, an outdoor sculpture promenade, and a festival dining tent. Many artists apply to have a booth at the festival, but only some are selected to attend. Their works for sale range from wearable arts to furniture and home d&eacute;cor to fine art and sculpture. Under the dining tent, local food vendors bring flavors from around the world. Enjoy live music while you dine from The Jazz Divas, The O-Tones, and The Blend. Returning this year is the Silent Art Auction to benefit WGBY/57 public television.</p> <p>The Ashfield Fall Festival also features arts and crafts exhibitors, but with more of a hometown feel. More than 50 exhibitors will line the Main Street in Ashfield. You can also pick up some locally grown and prepared foods, enjoy live music and dance, and participate in fall-themed games, like pumpkin bowling! Although the Ashfield Fall Festival has been around for almost 50 years, the purpose of it is still to celebrate Ashfield, showcase local business, fundraise, and provide opportunity for the town&rsquo;s youth to practice creative, social, and business skills.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ashfield%20fall%20fest.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 174px;"></p> <p>For more information on the Paradise City Arts festival go to <a href="https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show" target="_blank">https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show</a></p> <p>For more information on the Ashfield Fall Festival go to <a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/</a>.</p> <p>Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend!</p> Recreation Community Ashfield Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass northampton fair Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:10:04 -0400 Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center Brings Good Music and Good Times to Greenfield, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/25/hawks-and-reed-performing-arts-center-brings-good-music-and-good-times-to-greenfield-ma/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/hawksandreed.png" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; width: 200px; height: 200px; float: right;">Greenfield, the capital of Franklin County, is a vibrant arts community. With this year&rsquo;s addition of Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, this statement has become even truer. Owned by Steven Goldsher, this popular new business is a restaurant, bar, and concert and event venue all in one. Locals and visitors alike have been drawn to this spot, located in the Arts Block building on the corner of Main St and Court Square in downtown Greenfield, for a full night out. You can come for a delicious meal and then stay for a night of dancing in the ballroom to a live band, or head downstairs to The Wheelhouse, the speak-easy style bar.</p> <p>In its short life so far, Hawks and Reed has hosted some incredible artists. Lee &ldquo;Scratch&rdquo; Perry, ranked one of the 100 greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004, and Subatomic Sound System performed with The Alchemystics for its grand re-opening in May. Past acts have included artists of styles ranging from Latin big band, to electronic, to swing, and everything in between. Some acts you won&rsquo;t want to miss coming up this weekend include The Dead Collective on Saturday, September 30, and The Joe Belmont Experience on Sunday, October 1.</p> <p>To stay updated on events and happenings at Hawks and Reed, visit their website, <a href="https://www.hawksandreed.com/" target="_blank">HawksandReed.com</a>, or follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HawksAndReed/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Recreation Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:18:30 -0400 Kick Off Fall at the Old Deerfield Fall Arts & Crafts Festival https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/18/kick-off-fall-at-the-old-deerfield-fall-arts-crafts-festival/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2017-Fall-Festival-Cover-4.jpg" style="width: 273px; height: 318px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" class="featured">Looking for something fun to do for the first weekend of fall? <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall" target="_blank">The Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival</a> is taking place this Saturday, September 23 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. Held on the grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum, this festival features crafts of various mediums, including woodworking, jewelry, apparel, glass, and pottery. <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall-crafter-listings" target="_blank">Over 140 vendors</a> from all over the region will be present, each offering their own handmade creations.</p> <p>Browsing and shopping won&rsquo;t be the only activities to do there. <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/special-performances" target="_blank">Live music</a> will fill the air on Saturday with back-to-back performances under the food tent. On Sunday, make puppets with Caravan Puppets and enjoy live puppet shows. Plus, all weekend long at the Children&rsquo;s Activity Area, take part in free dinosaur-themed crafting activities.</p> <p>The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association organizes the Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival and provides the free craft activities. For more information on this wonderful event, visit <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall" target="_blank">Deerfield-craft.org</a>. There you will find details on parking and shuttles, vendor listings, and you can even download a printable map. See you there rain or shine!</p> Recreation Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass fair Greenfield Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:09:00 -0400 The Cummington Fair is This Weekend! Celebrating 149 Years! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/08/24/this-fair-is-almost-150-years-old-and-is-right-in-the-pioneer-valley/ <p>Summer is winding down but there is still plenty of exciting summer events happening in the valley. Thursday, August 24th kicks off the <a href="http://www.cummingtonfair.com" target="_blank">149<sup>th</sup> Cummington Fair</a>, 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 &amp; Ox Draws, various animal showmanships, and judging of livestock.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Whether you are a resident of Cummington, or the Pioneer Valley, or you are travelling from surrounding areas, you won&rsquo;t want to miss this huge event. Purchase your tickets ahead of time at <a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">cummingtonfair.com</a> 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!</p> <p><a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">www.cummingtonfair.com</a></p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cummingtonfair%20banner.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 464px;"></p> Recreation Community Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Hilltowns Western Mass northampton agriculture fair Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:08:27 -0400 The Heath Fair Celebrates 100 Years https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/08/16/the-heath-fair-celebrates-100-years/ <p>As a native of Heath, Massachusetts,&nbsp;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.&nbsp; The 2017 Heath Fair, happening Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20, is extra special because it will be the 100<sup>th</sup> one!</p> <p>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! <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/new-for-100th/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see all the new added events for 2017, including a goat parade and a raffle for hot air balloon ride.</p> <p>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 &amp; the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, to name a few. View the full schedule of events <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/schedule/" target="_blank">here.</a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>For more information on The Heath Fair go to <a href="http://www.heathfair.org" target="_blank">www.heathfair.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/heathfair%20keepsake%20print.jpg" style="width: 588px; height: 446px;"></p> <p>Photo: Heath Fair 100th Keepsake Print,&nbsp;<em>Heath Fair at Twilight&nbsp;</em>by Scott Prior: Purchase your own limited edition keepsake print and support the Heath Agricultural Society and the continuation of the Heath Fair. <a href="http://www.heathfair.org/100th-keepsake-print/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information.</p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Arts Farm Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass agriculture fair Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:08:33 -0400 It's Western Mass Beer Week! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/06/13/western-mass-beer-week/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/WMBW%20logo.png" style="float: right; width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 10px;"></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 &amp; Distillery in Millers Falls is giving away a free Element pint glass with the purchase of a tasting flight and Hope &amp; Olive in Greenfield is featuring The Valley Flight, six 4 oz pours of their favorite local brews. From 5-8 pm daily, Ryan &amp; Casey&#39;s Liquors in Greenfield is offering samplings from various Western Mass craft breweries.</p> <p>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&nbsp;for the release of Element&#39;s new IPA brewed just for them, Voo P.A.</p> <p>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&#39;s In Absentia on cask and draft from noon to 4 pm. Then from 6 to 8 pm, Champney&#39;s Restaurant &amp; Tavern in Deerfield will host a "talk &amp; sample" with Hitchcock Brewing Company&#39;s owner and brewer, Rich Pedersen.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out all of the events at <a href="https://westernmassbeerweek.org" target="_blank">westernmassbeerweek.org</a>.</p> <p>Cheers!</p> Recreation Community Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass northampton agriculture fair Greenfield Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:06:21 -0400