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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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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.

Officials Encourage Residents to Enjoy Locally Grown Blueberries

From a Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs press release:

Summer is here, and that means locally grown blueberries are back on the market and ready for picking. This year, Massachusetts is home to 67 pick-your-own-blueberry farms and to hundreds of farmers’ markets and roadside stands.

Mutton & Mead Seeks Feedback

From a Mutton & Mead press release:

Montague’s Medieval Festival in search of knowlege and understanding.  The 2012 Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival has come and gone in a flurry of horse hooves, pixie dust, laughter and amazement... and the festival organizers would like to know the patrons, volunteers and vendors thoughts and dreams about the event.  MuttonAndMead.com/index.cfm?p=x.11

Greenfield Swimming Area Opens TOMORROW!

This just in from a Greenfield Department of Public Works (DPW) press release:

The Green River Swim Area is proud to announce it will be open to the public for the season on Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Christy Moore the Recreation Director wishes to thank all patrons for their patience during this difficult time.

Where's Waldo? Greenfield Hunt Begins Sunday!

From a World Eye Bookshop press release:

Where's Waldo? In Greenfield, of course! He's turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more.

Remember, To Bee or Not To Bee in our Studio Tonight!

Adapted from a Piti Theatre Company press release:

"To Bee or Not to Bee" is Piti Theatre Company’s new play blending puppetry, dance, and live music to tell the comic, tragic, and ultimately hopeful tale of a farmer and his bees.  This free performance will be filmed for airing on local cable access channels and for the To Bee DVD. Audience members will receive a DVD of the show.  6pm.  More at www.ptco.org

Learn About Edible Heirlooms This Weekend

From a Historic Deerfield press release:

June 23-24, 12-4:30 p.m., drop in anytime, History Workshop Garden

Learn about heirloom vegetables and have fun outdoors as you help us plant and tend the History Workshop Garden.  Find out what makes something an "heirloom," and learn about some of the vegetables that were important to the diet of early New Englanders.  You can plant a seed to take home, make a trellis out of natural materials to help your plant grow, and also take away a recipe booklet for your harvest.  Included with general admission.

2nd Annual Mutton & Mead This Weekend

From a Mutton & Mead press release:

The Mutton & Mead Tavern is hosting its annual festival for your enjoyment! Come partake in merriment and play as our shire transports you to another time: Merchants hawking their wares, Games to test the skills of both children and adults, Stages showcasing the realm’s finest entertainers! Wander the streets listening to minstrels infusing the air with music. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men as well as Maid Marian! But watch out for the Sheriff!  Mutton and Mead is a fundraiser for the Montague Grange and the Foodbank of Western Mass. Bring non-perishable food to donate at the gate!  Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM daily, 210 Turners Falls Road, Montague, MA 01351.

2012 Fireworks Collection Starts Today!

From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

The Greenfield Recreation Department and the Recreation Commission will be on the intersection of Main & Federal streets collecting Fireworks donations from Monday, June 18th to Tuesday, July 3rd from 12:00-1:00 PM and 5:00-6:00 PM. Please support this community-wide celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 7th, with a rain date of July 8th.

Arbors Celebrates 5th & Historic Deerfield Honors Dads

Two tidbits for you from press releases by The Arbors at Greenfield & Historic Deerfield:

*The Arbors at Greenfield is celebrating its 5th Anniversary!  On June 19th at 6:30pm we are hosting a free community concert featuring Dan Clark, better known as "The Singing Trooper".  The evening will include great entertainment, free face painting, raffles, and light refreshments.  We do ask that those planning on attending please bring their own blanket or chairs to sit on.

*On Father's Day, June 17th,  treat that special man in your life to a day in Deerfield.  Free Admission to Historic Deerfield for Fathers & Grandfathers on that day.

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