Title /blog/tag/Turners%20Falls/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:23:06 -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 Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning at the North West New England Home Show https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/15/get-motivated-for-spring-cleaning-at-the-north-west-new-england-home-show/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/NWNE-home-show-logo.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 139px;" class="featured">Spring is just around the corner, which for homeowners means time for spring cleaning. Before you start scrubbing, building, or make changes to your home, head over to the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">North West New England Home Show</a> this weekend, March 17 and 18. Local businesses and contractors will be there for you to give advice and new ideas for your home and garden this year. Get inspired and motivated for your spring cleaning by attending the home show.</p> <p>All of the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/138-2/" target="_blank">exhibitors</a> are local businesses, including Classic Kitchens, A.R. Sandri, and Yankee Home Improvements. There will also be a number of green and solar companies, including Pioneer Valley Squared, Greening Greenfield, and Valley Solar. Some of the exhibitors will offer workshops throughout the weekend. Norwex will present Chemical Crashers, a workshop on how to clean your home without harsh chemicals, only water. PV Squared will talk about Going Solar in Mass for Homes &amp; Businesses, how to save money and have your solar project pay for itself. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/workshops/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more details and to view the full list of workshops.</p> <p>Admission to the North West New England Home Show is free! The show will happen at the Franklin County Technical School Gymnasium in Turners Falls. The show runs Saturday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">Visit their website</a> for more information: homeshow.recorder.com</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSC_0015.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Smart Home Wanda Mooney Franklin County Renovations Greenfield Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Shop Local For Massachusetts Sales Tax Free Weekend https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/07/shop-local-for-massachusetts-sales-tax-free-weekend/ <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/MassachusettsTaxFreeWeekend.jpg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 210px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">This Saturday and Sunday, visit your local shops and take advantage of Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend. On August 11 and 12, the state&rsquo;s 6.25% sales tax will be eliminated for all retail goods. Exceptions to this include meals, motor vehicles, motorboats, tobacco products, and any single item over $2,500. After two years without this holiday, Gov. Charlie Baker has decided to sign a bill that brings back this tax exemption.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">With schools starting up again in less than a month and autumn just around the corner, this weekend is the perfect time to get your shopping done. Check out <a href="https://www.wilsonsdepartmentstore.com/" target="_blank">Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store</a> in Greenfield for name brand clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, houseware, toys, and more. Also in Greenfield is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Outlet-Store/154101254625933" target="_blank">The Outlet Store</a>, which carries heavy-duty work clothes and boots from brands like Carhartt and Dickies.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">If you are looking for more unique, handcrafted items, there are several small boutiques and shops in Franklin County, such as <a href="https://bridgestbazaar.com/" target="_blank">Bridge Street Bazaar</a>, <a href="https://www.storeenjoy.com/" target="_blank">Enjoy</a>, <a href="https://www.marjoriemoser.com/" target="_blank">Marjorie Moser Print &amp; Dye Workshop</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aheartforart28/" target="_blank">A Heart for Art</a> in <a href="https://shelburnefalls.com/" target="_blank">Shelburne Falls</a>. Turners Falls also boasts several small shops, such as <a href="https://www.facebook.com/shophoneywine/" target="_blank">Honey &amp; Wine</a>, a women&rsquo;s clothing store, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StenhouseFurnishings/" target="_blank">Stenhouse Furnishings</a>, a vintage consignment shop.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">If you&rsquo;re looking for something new for your home, the Greenfield area has several furniture and antique stores. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/andysandtheoakshoppe/" target="_blank">Andy&rsquo;s and The Oak Shoppe</a> in Greenfield offers quality-made finished and unfinished wood, pine, and oak furniture. You can also score some incredible antiques at <a href="http://www.whitneyhillantiques.com/" target="_blank">Whitney Hill Antiques</a> in Greenfield, Freight House Antiques in Erving, and <a href="https://www.5and10artsandantiques.com/" target="_blank">Arts &amp; Antiques on 5 &amp; 10</a>.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e61b1d8f-7fff-c6a6-e841-9d34170cc046">Enjoy saving that extra money you would&rsquo;ve spent on sales tax and buy yourself that extra little thing you wanted. Happy local shopping!</span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Shelburne Falls Greenfield Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:08:00 -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