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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Author Dan Cerow to Read at Boswell's Books

Adapted from a Boswell's Books press release:

On Thursday, October 10th, at 6:30 PM, at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, author Dan Cerow will discuss his fascinating and provocative book, "When the Dragon Wore the Crown".  When our ancestors gazed upon the skies thousands of years ago, they saw a huge dragon circling ceaselessly above them.  In his book, Cerow takes us from 7000 BC to classical astronomy in 200 AD, following the mythology of various cultures as it evolves into modern astronomy.

Noah’s Ark: Celebrate Animals!

Adapted from a Second Congregational Church press release:

On Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the front lawn of the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield will resemble an ark complete with live animals, a rainbow balloon arch, music, and many activities for children and families. Crafts will include creating cardboard animals for children to decorate and hold in a 11:45 a.m. parade through the Farmers’ Market.  Children will also have the opportunity to make face masks and puppets. Entertainment will feature Karen’s Dance Studio companies dancing to animal songs, Old MacDonald’s Minstrels performing animal themed sing-alongs, the 4-H club will bring several animals for children to enjoy, and members of the Massachusetts State Police will conduct a demonstration with K-9 dogs.

October 5 is Free Teacher Day at Historic Deerfield

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Because a visit to Historic Deerfield can help teacher curriculum planning, Historic Deerfield invites all pre-K through grade 12 teachers to visit the museum on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teachers can meet members of our education staff, to find out more about social studies resources at Historic Deerfield, and use their complimentary general admission ticket to enjoy a lovely fall day at the museum.

Have Apples? Make Cider!

Adapted from a post on the Montague Calendar at

If you have more apples than you know what to do with, why not bring them to the Montague Common Hall for Cider Making Day this Saturday, September 28th, at 10:00 AM?  This has been a splendid year for apples, and those people with apple trees have falls galore!  A local cider maker has agreed to bring his most excellent cider press to the common hall for this event, the public should bring their own apples and containers.

Learn About Our Region's Unique History of Furniture-Making

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

The exhibition, Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts, will open to the public on Saturday, September 28th, and will highlight 150 years of furniture-making in the region, from the 1680s to the 1830s. Nearly 60 objects from Historic Deerfield's collection will help to tell the story of the region's contribution to American design history and the emergence of a national identity.

World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down

Adapted from a Boswell's Books press release:

Northampton-based author, poet, and workshop leader Christian McEwan will be appearing at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, at 6:30pm, on Thursday, September 26th.  She will read from and discuss her book, "World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down", which examines the trade-offs one makes in life: the cost of maximizing achievement and financial and material gains versus the pleasures of the slow life. No matter your personal lifestyle and choices, she will offer discussion of ideas that we all should contemplate.

Historic Deerfield Has a Lot to Offer

Adapted from two Historic Deerfield press releases:

Historic Deerfield will host a special lecture entitled "The Line of Forts and the Consumer Revolution", on September 21st, and is introducing two new programs this fall that will bring visitors up close to the museum's collection.  "Focus Fridays" is a monthly program that gives visitors the opportunity to study in-depth an object in Historic Deerfield's collection. The program runs on the first Friday of the month and examines a different type of object among the furniture, ceramics, silver, and textile collections.  "Art & Craft" gives visitors who are of a creative nature the chance to study an object in the collection and make a project inspired by the visitor's own take on the past.

Pop Up Park

Adapted from a joint press release:

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), Greenfield's Sustainable Master Plan Committee, and the Greenfield Business Association (GBA) will be temporarily transforming a metered parking space on Main Street into a public park as part of an annual worldwide event on September 20th called “PARK(ing) Day".  These groups will convert the parking space into a public park for the day and promote local sustainable and alternative transportation activities that are occurring in Franklin County. Greenfield Mayor William Martin says about the event, “This is a great way to allow people stop and enjoy our downtown, while learning about the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan effort and the Franklin County Bikeway.”

Soapbox Derby '13: One Week Left to Enter

Adapted from two Montague Soapbox Races press releases:

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!  The racer deadline to register is next Monday, September 16th.  Don't let it pass you by, racer applications will NOT be accepted on the day of the race.

Montague Center Supper & Contra Dance Returns

Adapted from a press release by Tim Van Egmond:

The tradition of a Sunday evening potluck supper, followed by a contra dance, will take place once again on September 15th, at the Montague Common Hall (formerly the Montague Grange), on Main Street, in Montague Center.  The potluck will begin at 6PM and the dancing will start at 7PM, with lively music provided by the “All-Comers Band” and dance instruction and calling by renowned caller/fiddler David Kaynor. Admission will be by donation and all proceeds will help pay the running expenses of the Montague Center Hall, a valuable community center. Dancers are encouraged to bring soft-soled shoes.