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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Highlights of the Cooks' Garden Walking Tours July 2012

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

July 14, 21, 28, 1-4 p.m., drop in anytime, Cooks' Garden (directly behind Hall Tavern)

Join an open hearth cool to learn about herbs and seasonal vegetables that were used for both food and flavor in the past. Included with general admission.

Flax Dressing Demonstration at Historic Deerfield

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

July 7, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Made-by-Hand: Trades of the Past

To complement the daily hands-on activities "Fun with Flax: The Seed that we Sew," Historic Deerfield is offering a series of historic trades demonstrations starting with Flax Dressing with Gina Gerhard. This will be followed by a demonstration of Tailoring with Henry Cooke on July 28, and Letterpress Printing with Carl Darrow on August 4.  Included with general admission.

Fun with Flax: The Seed that we Sew

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

July 1-August 19, 12-4:30 p.m., drop in anytime, History Workshop

This summer we will explore the ancient and versatile flax plant and its many uses.  Today flax is the source for linen thread, cloth and paper, as well as paint, oilcloth, linoleum, ink, and even health foods.  In the past, flax had as many uses too.  It was one of the earliest crops introduced by European colonists to North America, and growing and processing flax was a common part of life in 18th-century Deerfield.  Flax fiber was used to make sacks and shirts, thread for the cobbler, rope for the farm, and bedding, towels and tablecloths for the home.  After a long life in the home, used linen rags were saved and sold for making paper.  See our crop of flax growing in the History Workshop Garden.  Try your hand at braking, scutching and hetcheling last summer's crop and learn about all the steps and tools involved in dressing flax, or turning it into cloth. Make paper from flax fibers, and handcraft a journal to take home.  Included with general admission.

GPS Gives Partnership Award to World Eye Books

From a World Eye Bookshop press release dated 6/13/12:

On June 7th, World Eye Bookshop was presented with the 1st Annual Partnership Award from Greenfield Public Schools at a special breakfast ceremony.  This award is presented to a local business that has shown dedication to their schools and students.  World Eye has presented Middle School Author Nights for two years, facilitated the Pen Pal Program for two years, offers a progressive discount for all school book orders, and runs book fairs, providing an alternative to large, mass-produced book fairs.

Busy Week for Big Shoots

Highlights from this week include:

*Our Station Manager using a lot of our equipment to film Sunday's Greenfield High School graduation at Greenfield Community College.  (If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it here.)

*The amazing band Who'da Funk It headlining "Valley Homegrown" on Monday night.  They really rocked the house with their blend of many different kinds of music.  (Click here to enjoy their performance.)

Reading Dinosaurs in Our Local Cemeteries

From a Historical Society of Greenfield press release:

Sarah Doyle and Ed Gregory to present “Reading Dinosaurs in Our Local Cemeteries” for the Historical Society of Greenfield * Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.  *Greenfield Public Library, LeVanway Meeting Room (downstairs)

Cemeteries can tell some interesting stories, if you take the time to read them. In 2006, when she first visited the Federal Street Cemetery in Greenfield, Sarah Doyle was looking for the gravestone of Dexter Marsh, the day laborer credited for discovering birdlike footprints in a slab of sandstone on Bank Row in 1835. Looking around, she was surprised to recognize several names she had come across in researching the life of Dexter Marsh: Alvords, Newcombs, Tuckermans, and others.

Historic Deerfield Patriot's Day 2012 Muster & Parade

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

April 14 * Special Event * 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hall Tavern Visitor Center

Travel back in time and rediscover the revolutionary past and the "shot heard round the world."  This new special event will offer a full day of activities for visitors of all ages throughout the village. Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster by The Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums.  Historic Deerfield guides and cooks will interpret open hearth cooking and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern.  Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring.  Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade, and then take it home as a memento.  Family-friendly food will be available at Historic Deerfield and at the Bement School.  Admission is $12 for adults (18+), $5 for youth (6-17), under 6 and members are free.

Absentee Ballots Available for 5/1/12 Debt Exclusion Vote

From a Greenfield Town Clerk's Office press release:

Absentee Ballots are available for the Special Town Election which will be held May 1, 2012. Voters are reminded the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for this election is 12:00 noon on Monday April 30, 2012. Voters may vote at the Town Clerk's Office until that date and time or may request an absentee ballot by mail. Requests for Absentee Ballots should be submitted well in advance of the Election date.  For information on how to apply, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 772-1555 x 112.  The Greenfield Town Clerk’s Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Food & Gardening on Menu to Mark Milestone, Pt. 3

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

Sandra L. Oliver will present the lecture, "Banbury, Succotash, and Bannocks: Transplants, Natives, and Universals in New England Cookery," on March 18.  Oliver is an Independent Food Historian, and author of Food in Colonial and Federal America.

Trying Something New

That seemed to be our theme this week as we Tweeted Tuesday's election results for the first time, the mayor recorded an episode of his show with a different format, and eight producers worked on their inaugural projects.