Title /blog/posts/2018/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 It's Cold Outside: Fun Things To Do Indoors in Franklin County https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/12/it-s-cold-outside-fun-things-to-do-indoors-in-franklin-county/ <p>As the days get shorter and darker, many of our favorite outdoor activities become less appealing. Fortunately, we live in an area with a variety of things to do, even when it&rsquo;s dark and cold outside.</p> <p><b>Candle Villages</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/E1FC4BD7-CB05-4FB4-B93C-3530F0AD64F3.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 250px;" class="featured">With the holiday season fast approaching, <a href="https://www.yankeecandle.com/south-deerfield-village" target="_blank">Yankee Candle Village</a> and <a href="https://www.kringlecandle.com" target="_blank">The Shoppes at Kringle Candle</a>,&nbsp;are both packed with great gifts, holiday decorations, and holiday-themed events. Starting now through December 23, you can have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Yankee Candle Village, located in South Deerfield. Then, meander through the various shops and eateries, which spans over 90,000 square feet.</p> <p>At Kringle Candle in Bernardston, there is plenty to see and do, as well. Pick out your favorite scent of their brand of candle, Country Candle. Visit the Shoppes at Kringle Candle to find unique gifts, home decor, toys, gourmet foods, and more. Then, sit down for a nice meal at The Farm Table, a gourmet restaurant which serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.</p> <p><b>Galleries</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/C4229F0D-275E-4A77-889E-2BEE18E14939.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 157px;">Now is a great time to check out the many local artist galleries in Franklin County. Shelburne Falls boasts several great artists shops and galleries, including <a href="http://SalmonFallsGallery.com" target="_blank">Salmon Falls Gallery</a>, which sells Josh Simpson glass planets, amongst other local works of art. The <a href="http://Shelburneartscoop.com" target="_blank">Shelburne Arts Co-op</a>, which is run by local artists, is constantly rotating the works for sale, and features different exhibits monthly. Also, in Shelburne Falls, you can find beautiful handcrafted art in <a href="http://Annbrauer.com" target="_blank">Ann Brauer Quilt Studio</a>, <a href="http://www.wandering-moon.com/" target="_blank">Wandering Moon</a>, <a href="http://aheartforartonline.com" target="_blank">A Heart for Art</a>, and more.</p> <p>If you find yourself in Greenfield, take a walk through the <a href="http://Greenfieldgallery.net" target="_blank">Greenfield Gallery</a>, a boutique art gallery featuring fine art and collectibles. You will also find great local works of art at <a href="http://Artspacegreenfield.com" target="_blank">Artspace Community Arts Center</a>, a non profit educational and creative space or people of all ages. Their gallery shows off the works of local artists and has rotating exhibits. Down the road in Montague, is <a href="http://Sawmillriverarts.com" target="_blank">Sawmill River Arts Gallery</a>, a quaint gallery on the Sawmill River, by the waterfall and next to the Montague Book Mill.</p> <p><b>Bowling and The Movies</b></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/E6CEF3CD-536E-4521-9F7B-804A3FAFC7B1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 313px;">Of course, there&rsquo;s always the classic favorite way to spend time indoors - bowling and the movies! In Franklin County, you can still support local businesses while you do. In Erving, visit the <a href="https://www.bowling4fun.com" target="_blank">French King Bowling Center</a>, or go to the second oldest bowling alley in the country, the <a href="https://www.shelburnefallsbowling.com" target="_blank">Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley</a>! This alley uses duck pins and you keep your own score. Around the corner from the bowling alley&nbsp;in Shelburne Falls is <a href="http://shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/" target="_blank">Memorial Hall</a>, where Pothole Pictures has some great films lined up over the next few months, including Julie and Julia, Ratatouille, and Babette&rsquo;s Feast. Arrive early for some live music before the film starts. For new releases, go to the <a href="http://www.gardencinemas.net" target="_blank">Greenfield Garden Cinemas</a> in Greenfield.</p> <p>So, although it is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, remember there is still plenty to do and ways to get out of the house and enjoy all Franklin County has to offer!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Franklin County Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 Historic Deerfield Hosts Fun Fall and Holiday Events for All https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/09/historic-deerfield-hosts-fun-fall-and-holiday-events-for-all/ <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-afa37a0d-7fff-28df-55e8-aceaa6fcab5b"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/150C7C32-78CB-4C7F-A1BC-EBC09A46CE21.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 167px;">With Thanksgiving and the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to head over to <a href="http://Historic-Deerfield.org">Historic Deerfield</a>. They have a variety of upcoming events and demonstrations that are great for the whole family and for the cold weather. Located in South Deerfield, Mass, Historic Deerfield is an outdoor museum that exhibits life and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley.</p> <p dir="ltr">Every weekend, there is something exciting to do at Historic Deerfield. This weekend and next (November 10-11 and November 17-18), their Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration will be all about pie. Come and learn about savory and sweet pies, a fall/winter treat since early New England. While you&rsquo;re there, you can also check out the hands-on workshop about&nbsp;brooms. Learn about brooms and broom making, try sweeping with a handmade broom and even make your own whisk broom to take home. You can drop in to this workshop, titled A Clean Sweep, any time between 12 and 4:30 pm and entry is included with the price of admission.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/AF66E5A2-EC72-461D-B0D0-3F136CC4F99F.jpeg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 182px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Later on this month, Historic Deerfield has even more awesome events planned. On Friday, November 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, see live historic trade demonstrations by local artists. Learn about redware pottery with Stephen Earp and paper marbling with Regina St. John from Chena River Marblers. There will also be&nbsp;a lot of great events for the holidays in late November/early December, such as wreath making, gift making, horse drawn wagon rides, and make your own hot chocolate mix.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all there is to do at Historic Deerfield. Go any time of the year and take a tour through twelve preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850 with authentic furniture, art, textiles, and other original decorative pieces on display. You can also view exciting exhibits at the Flynt Center for Early New England Life and do some research of your own at the Henry N. Flynt Library, which has over 21,000 volumes on the history and culture of the region.</p> <p>For the calendar of events and more information on Historic Deerfield, visit their <a href="http://Historic-Deerfield.org">website</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Holiday Arts Western Mass Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:47:35 -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 24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/29/24th-annual-franklin-county-cider-days/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/51282F2F-3BE3-4C89-A465-E34304884987.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">For a long time, cider has been the traditional drink of New England. Right here in Franklin County, we are lucky to be surrounded by wonderful orchards and cideries, who make this delicious fall drink. For 24 years, Franklin County has celebrated cider with their Annual CiderDays. This 3-day event, always occurring on the first full weekend in November, brings together cider lovers across the county. This year, CiderDays is happening November 2-4 and includes 19 participating venues.</p> <p>From Friday evening to Sunday evening, there will be a wide variety of events all based around cider, but not necessarily just based around drinking it. There will be talks around cider and apples, demonstrations and cider-making workshops, orchard rides, cider and cheese pairings, and more. You can view the full schedule of events at <a href="https://www.ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">CiderDays</a>.org, but here are some highlights:</p> <p>The Shelburne Buckland Community Center will hold talks, tastings, and workshops Saturday and Sunday for beginner through advanced cider lovers. The events at the Community Center will be FREE!</p> <p>Check out the world&rsquo;s longest-running hard cider tasting at the Cider Salon in Unity Park,&nbsp;Turners Falls. There will be two sessions on Saturday (3:30-5 and 5:45-7:15) where you can try 120 different ciders from across North America and Europe. Make sure you purchase your tickets for the salon soon because this event sells out.</p> <p>Bring the whole family to the Cider and Apple Festival, hosted by New Salem Preserves and Orchards on Saturday and Sunday. Attend free workshops, child-friendly apple pressing, and browse local artisan exhibits and farm products.</p> <p>For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets for specific events, visit <a href="https://www.ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">ciderdays.org.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/693ED6A4-54C0-4B40-8943-76DEB5963F34.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 83px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Ashfield Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Shelburne Falls fair Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:10:00 -0400 September Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/27/september-real-estate-market-report-for-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/44559792_10155774763905233_1555951000756420608_o.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 267px;"></p> <p>Franklin County sales were down 9.9% and the median price down 5.5% in September, 2018 compared to September, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sales were also down in&nbsp;both Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 14.3&nbsp;percent from 2,107&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September 2017, to 1,806&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September, 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market increase 3.7%&nbsp;&nbsp;from 63&nbsp;days in September, 2017 to 66&nbsp;days in September, 2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are down 5.2% &nbsp;from 520&nbsp;in September,&nbsp;2017 to 493&nbsp;in September, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/SF%20Home%20Sales%20Sept%202018%20(dragged).jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 329px;"></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 617px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Franklin County Western Mass Real Estate News Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:10:00 -0400 Scarecrow in the Park: Happening This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/18/scarecrow-in-the-park-happening-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/scarecrowinthepark.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 250px;">Looking for something fun and fall-y to do this weekend? Head to Bernardston for the 6th Annual Scarecrow in the Park, hosted by the Bernardston Kiwanis Club! This two-day event, happening Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st has become an annual tradition, where Cushman Park becomes filled with artists and craftspeople, live music, food vendors, a Halloween dance party, and of course, handcrafted scarecrows, on top of much more.</p> <p>The scarecrow contest is a signature part of this event, where participants can pay $10 to enter their scarecrow and could win a cash prize. This year, scarecrows will be judged based on the categories of&nbsp;scariest, funniest, prettiest, most interesting use of materials, and best art. The radio station, Bear Country 95.3, also gives a prize to the best &ldquo;Bearcrow.&rdquo; Enter your own specially made scarecrow or simply walk around and enjoy viewing&nbsp;all of the amazing ones made by other people. For more information on the contest, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/464393434048901/" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p>Be sure to bring the whole family because there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Browse the artists&rsquo; booths, featuring fiber arts, preserves, gourd art, seasonal decorations, home adornments, and more. Listen to live music by local favorites Appalachian Still and enjoy a live performance by Celtic Heels, local Irish step dancers, as well as the Tractor and Rag Shag Parade. There will also be hay rides, a visit and demonstration with local canine police officers, and face-painting and balloon-sculpting by Melha Shriners clowns.</p> <p>For more information on Scarecrow in the Park, visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/scarecrowinthepark/?eid=ARBE-IhzbmyW6iHRjSjQVMKPR3_Li1l7-iMAySXL0Llfl4xyOXB-_A0c0hoKr_LJbfB6OK9Jj-7JGqlQ" target="_blank">Facebook page.</a>&nbsp;Don&#39;t miss this awesome event!</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/scarecrows.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p> <p><br> <br> &nbsp;</p> Community Fall Festival Arts Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:10:00 -0400 August, 2018 Sales Report for Single Family Homes in Western Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/07/august-2018-sales-report-for-single-family-homes-in-western-mass/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Monthly%20Sales.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 148px;">Pioneer Valley single-family home sales in August, 2017 had 699 closed transactions and&nbsp;659 in August, 2018, down 5.7%.&nbsp; Franklin County had&nbsp;90 closed transactions&nbsp;in August, 2017 and 74 in August, 2018, down 17.8%.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pioneer Valley average days of market was&nbsp;down to 56 days in August 2018 vs. 63 days in August 2017.&nbsp; Pending sales are up and inventory of homes for sale remains down.</p> <p>For more information regarding single family sales in August&nbsp;review the following provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Single%20Family%20Sales%20Report.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 335px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 457px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 777px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Wanda Mooney Franklin County Sun, 07 Oct 2018 11:10:00 -0400 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 Painting for Bid to Benefit Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/09/12/painting-for-bid-to-benefit-bridge-of-flowers-in-shelburne-falls/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/light%20showers.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">If you stop by Salmon Falls Gallery this month, you will see a special painting on display. &ldquo;Light Showers&rdquo; a 42 by 64-inch pastel work has been donated by the artist Peter London for silent auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Bridge of Flowers&rsquo; maintenance and upkeep. The bidding started at $500 but London estimates the work to be valued at $2,500.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">London has had much success in his career as an artist, becoming internationally known and having his work exhibited in galleries across the country. Him and his wife, Marion, have a home in Shelburne, where she is also a volunteer gardener on the Bridge of Flowers. London has also taught workshops at Rowe Conference Center.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">If you are an art lover/collector and want to support the beautiful Bridge of Flowers, Salmon Falls Gallery is accepting bids by telephone, email, or in person at the gallery, 1 Ashfield Street in Shelburne Falls. The bidding will close on Sunday, September 30 at a floral themed gala at the gallery. All are invited to attend and are encouraged to come dressed in &ldquo;floral finery.&rdquo; There will be refreshments and live music by Einstein&rsquo;s Little Homonculus.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b113f6ac-7fff-a622-614c-c0bfb6b12f8b">Contact Salmon Falls Gallery at 413-625-9833 or</span> <a href="mailto:salmonfalls@megaplanet.com">salmonfalls@megaplanet.com</a>. Visit them online at <a href="http://salmonfallsgallery.com/index.html" target="_blank">www.salmonfallsgallery.com</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Community Arts Shelburne Falls Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:09:00 -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