Title /blog/tag/Fall/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:10:04 -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 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