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Western Massachusetts Fairs, Festivals and Special Events!

Make your plans now and mark your calendar for upcoming fairs, festivals and special events happening in Western Massachusetts.    
Chicopee Kielbasa Festival: May 21-25;  Szot Park, Chicopee, k-fest.com
Paradise City Arts Festival: May 23-25, Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, paradisecityarts.com
Militaria and Firearms Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 6-7; $12; (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
Granby Charter Days: Dufresne Park Recreation, Route 202. June 12-14;www.granbycharterdays.com
Summer Brewfest: Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, June 13;thesummerbrewfest.com
Vermont Classic Morgan Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 18-20; (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
Taste of Amherst: Town Common, Amherst, June 18-21, info@amherstarea.com
Worthy Craft Brew Showcase: June 20, noon to 4 p.m.; Worthington Street, Springfield, $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event. theworthybrewfest.com
Armory Day: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, June 20, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.www.nps.gov/spa
New England Arabian Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 25-27. Free. (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
New England Fire/Rescue/EMS: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 26-27. Free. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese
Fireworks for Freedom: Stanley Park, Westfield, June 27 from 4pm - 11pm. Rain date June 28.
Lavender Festival: Local artisans working with lavender; Johnson Hill Farm, 51 Hog Hollow Road, Buckland. June 27-28. (413) 522-9068.
Cityblock Concert Series: Downtown Springfield; Thursday nights, July 2-Aug. 27. (413) 781-1591.  springfielddowntown.com
Monson Summerfest:  Fireworks, June 27; Summerfest celebration, July 4.
East Longmeadow Carnival: June 28 - July 3. Fireworks on July 3 at 10pm at the East Longmeadow High School; parade on July 4 at 10 a.m.;  eastlongmeadow.ma.gov
Yankee Classic Dog Shows: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 1-5. Free. (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
South Hadley fireworks display: Michael Smith Middle School, July 3 with a rain date of July 5.
Old Sturbridge Village Independence Day Celebration: July 3-5; $10 for members; $14 for non-members. 1-800-SEE-1830. osv.org
Star-Spangled Springfield: July 4; fireworks at 9:30 p.m., downtown Springfield. (413) 733-3800.
Independence Day Celebration: Beacon Field, Greenfield, July 5 from 4pm - 10:30pm. Rain date July 5.
New England Sale and Northeast Youth Sheep Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 10-12. Free. (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
Green River Festival:  Music, crafts, food; Greenfield Community College; July 10-12; $99.99 for all weekend pass in advance; $19.99 for Friday, $59.99 for Saturday, $59.99 for Sunday; per day www.greenriverfestival.com.
Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show:  Route 20, Brimfield; July 14-19; (413) 283-2418.
Glasgow Scottish Festival: Celebration of Scottish and Celtic Culture; Look Park, Northampton; July 18; $16. (413) 862-8095.
Northampton Sidewalk Sale Days: Downtown Northampton, July 24-27 (413) 582-0723.
Southwick Days: July 24-26; Southwick Recreation Center, Powder Mill Road. Southwickdays.com.
Hampden County 4-H Fair: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 25. Free. (413) 737-2443.thebige.com/ese
Celebrate Ludlow: Ludlow Fish & Game Club, Sportsman's Road; July 25.  
Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 30-Aug 1. 413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 7-9. (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival: Aug. 8, Court Square, Springfield;springfieldjazzfest.com
Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 12-15.  (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
West Side Taste of the Valley: August 13-16, West Springfield Town Common,www.westsidetaste.com
Dog Shows: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 19-23. Free. (413) 737-2443. thebige.com/ese
Westfield Fair: Russellville Road, Westfield, Aug. 21-23.
Cummington Fair:  97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, Aug. 21-24.
Northampton Arts Council Transperformance: All-day rock concert to benefit Northampton Schools. Pines Theatre, Look Park, Northampton. 4-9:30 p.m., Aug. 25; (413) 587-1269.
Old Sturbridge Village Family Fun Days: Sept 5-7; 1-800-SEE-1830. osv.org
Three County Fair: Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, Sept. 4-7; (413) 584-2237. www.threecountyfair.com
Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show: Route 20, Brimfield; Sept. 8-13; (413) 283-2418.
Franklin County Fair:  Franklin County Fairgrounds. Sept. 10-13; (413)774-4282.
Glendi: Greek Cultural Center, 22 St. George Road, Springfield; Sept. 11-13. (413) 737-1496
Mattoon Street Arts Festival: Mattoon Street, Springfield. Sept. 12-13; (413) 736-0629.
The Big E: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Sept. 18-Oct 4; (413) 737-2443.thebige.com/ese
Belchertown Fair: Sept. 18-20. Town Common; free admission.www.belchertownfair.com
Old Deerfield Craft Fair: Old Deerfield Village; Sept. 19-20. (413) 774-7476.

Greenfield Farmers Market opening Saturday, May 2nd 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Spring has arrived! 

The Greenfield Farmer's Market is opening 

this Saturday, May 2nd 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

at the Court Square in Greenfield

The Greenfield Farmers' Market runs every Saturday starting the 2015 season on May 2nd.  Spring is finally here and our vendors are excited to see you.  We have a lot returning regular vendors and have added a few new folks this year so be sure to come by and meet them.  As always, the market will be accepting SNAP benefits, credit and debit cards.
For the past 40 years, The Greenfield Farmers' Market has been providing fresh locally grown products featuring organic and conventional produce for you along with local craft vendors such as herbal ointments and salves, hand-made wooden bowls, home-made soap, handcrafted jewelry and much, much more. The market is held in season on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm in Court Square in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts.
For more information visit the website at:  www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com

Delight Farmhouse For Sale in Shelburne Falls, Ma

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This delightful Farmhouse style home is located on a dead end street and not far from the thriving village of Shelburne Falls.  The sun-filled interior is light and airy and has all the charming details you desire in an older home.  The interior features a good size kitchen with pantry, dining room, first floor bedroom or office, living room, two bedrooms, large full bath and wood floors. In addition, there is a spacious room that has a separate entrance and would make a perfect studio, home office or first floor master suite.  It has a large closet, woodstove, and a full bath.    There are front and side porches and a 1-car garage with spacious workshop or potential studio space.  The yard has lovely gardens and the location is ideal.   Call today for more information and set up an appointment and take a look! $225,000

Charming Bungalow on 13 acres for sale in Shelburne, Mass

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This Shelburne location doesn't get any better than this!  Less than 10 minutes from Greenfield you will find this charming Bungalow style home that is secluded from the road and comes with 13 beautiful acres.   It is perfectly sited atop of a knoll where you could remove some trees and enjoy westerly views of scenic farmland and the hills beyond.  The spacious interior features a good size kitchen, large living area with handsome fireplace, dining room, sitting room or office area, first floor laundry, plenty of built-ins, 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, and hardwood floors.  In addition there is a large unfinished space that would make a fabulous studio or master bedroom suite.  There is also an enclosed porch, outside patio and an attached 2 car garage.  The surrounding grounds have mature trees, nice open lawn area and plenty of room for gardening.  If you are looking for a special home in a prime location, this is one that must be seen. $375,000

Spacious Colonial For Sale in Charlemont, Mass

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Many updates have been done to this spacious Colonial home. The fabulous 1 acre yard is all open and is perfect for gardens.  The first floor has a large eat-in kitchen, full bath, living area, bedroom, office and front and back porches!  The second floor has 3 bedrooms, full bath and a porch.  In addition there is a 1 car garage and an attached outbuilding which is perfect for storage or workshop space.  This home is perfectly located near Avery's General Store, Elementary School, post office, cafe and pizza place.   There is plenty of nearby recreational activities including Berkshire East Ski Area, white water rafting, fishing, zip lines, mountain coaster, hiking and more.    Make an appointment today to take a look at this wonderful home. $169,000

Beautifully Maintained Antique Colonial For Sale in Ashfield, Mass

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You will appreciate the quality workmanship in this beautifully maintained antique Colonial. It was tastefully renovated incorporating period details that include hand planed pine paneling, crown moldings, custom cabinetry, wide pine floors and built-ins. The spacious interior includes a kitchen, 4 bedrooms, formal living room w/ a restored period fireplace, dining room w/cherry sideboard, and 2 1/2 baths.  It provides a comfortable living environment as a large single family home or it can be used as a 2-family with an apartment that includes a kitchen, full bath & living/sleeping area. Perfect for guests, rental income, home office or convert to a fabulous master suite.  You will enjoy relaxing outside on the back patio that overlooks the picturesque 3 acres w/views of the lovely gardens.  Come take a look and see why the Town of Ashfield was recently featured in Yankee Magazine. This home is conveniently located near the charming downtown and nearby recreation & cultural activities. $415,000

March Real Estate Update for the Pioneer Valley Region - Sales are Up!

March 2015 Single Family Sales Report



Key Points - Pioneer Valley Single Family Homes
  • Sales - Up 14.2  percent from 246 in March 2014 to 281 in March 2015.
  • Median Price - Down 2.8 percent from $185,225 in March 2014 to $180,000 in March 2015.
  • Inventory is down 6.1 percent from 2,067 single family listings at the end of March 2014 to 1,941 single family listings at the end of March 2015.
  • Supply - At the end of March 2014 there 8.4 months of supply at the current rate of sale.  At the end of March 2015 there were 6.9 months of supply at the current rate of sale.
  • Days on Market - The average days on market is down 4.5 percent from 156 days in March 2014 to 149 in March 2015.
  • A Six-Year View - The median price remains the same from $180,000 in March 2010 to $180,000 in March 2015. 
  • Mortgage Rates - 30 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.69 percent with an average of 0.6 points for the week ending March 26, 2015.  Last year at this time the 30 year FRM averaged 4.40 percent with an average 0.6 points. (Source: FreddieMac.com)
This information is provide by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail - April 25th and 26th

Perfect weekend to check out some pottery!  
11th Annual Asparagus 
Valley Pottery Trail
April 25 and 26, 2015
10 am - 5 pm
The Pottery Trail is a self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts. 
There will be many guests in addition to the 9 potters that will welcome visitors to their studios.Bring along a friend and visit the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this spring.
For more information and directions check out the website by clicking here!

Franklin County Better Living Show this weekend April 18th & 19th

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Greenfield Business Association are pleased to present the 34th annual lifestyle trade show and green fair to be held on April 18 & 19 at the "dome" at Indoor Action Sports from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.  FREE Admission.
The Franklin County Better Living Show is an eco-friendly event combining a home show and green fair that highlights businesses, products, leisure services, green living, and information available in the greater Franklin County area in a trade show setting.