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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Greenfield to be Featured on Channel 40 Monday

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

On Monday, December 16th, Greenfield will be the featured community on the WABC/Channel 40 nightly broadcast, live on the town common from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The broadcast will highlight a variety of happenings around the town, from holiday shopping at Wilson’s to construction of the new Greenfield High School. A local charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, will be the focus of donations during the broadcast, not just from passersby but also via a link on the WABC 40 website.

Oh Beautiful Star!

Adapted from a Greenfield Harmony press release:

The 75-member Greenfield Harmony Community Chorus will hold its annual holiday concert in an exciting new location, on Saturday, December 14th, at 7:30pm.  Wesley Methodist Church (98 Maple Street in Hadley) is a beautiful new church with vaulted ceilings known for its extraordinary acoustics. Led by Mary Cay Brass, Greenfield Harmony is a multi-generational chorus that performs an eclectic mix of community-based music from many cultural and musical traditions.

Art in Buckland

Adapted from Buckland Historical Society and The Friends of Robert Strong Woodward press releases:

Two notices related to Buckland painter Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957), have come our way recently.  The first let us know that Deborah Wheeler will be presenting a free program on artist Gardner Symons, who Mr. Woodward sought advice from, on Thursday, November 14th, at 7PM, at the Buckland Public Library on Upper Street.  In the second, The Buckland Historical Society reminded us that they are offering a beautiful, full color, 2014 calendar of Mr. Woodward's paintings.  Celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns, and Robert Frost owned paintings by Robert Strong Woodward and now, so can you!

Pioneer Valley Fight for Air Climb 2013

Adapted from an American Lung Association press release:

On November 9, 2013, the American Lung Association will hold its annual Fight for Air Climb, at One Monarch Place in Springfield, to help promote healthy lungs and air.  Participants donate and raise money that goes toward research, education, and advocacy about chronic lung disease and air quality.  At the event, each participant will climb to the top of the building to raise awareness, as well as benefiting their own lungs.

Calling All Crafters!

Adapted from a The Arbors at Greenfield press release:

The Arbors at Greenfield is now accepting vendor applications for their Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale to benefit TRIAD, Meals on Wheels, and FCHCC Winslow Wentworth Congregate Living.  This year's event will take place on November 16th, from 9am to 2pm.  Please call (413) 774-4400 to have an application mailed to you or come by the Arbors' front desk between 8am and 8pm to pick one up!

Fall Festival Friday

Adapted from a Salasin Center press release:

This Friday, October 25th, from 4PM to 7:30PM, at the RPX (1 Osgood Street in Greenfield), The Salasin Center will be hosting a Fall Fun Festival.

Another Busy Weekend

In addition to the Greenfield Annual Word Festival, Double Take Fringe Festival, and One Minute Fest Greenfield taking place in town, several other interesting things will be going on in nearby communities.  During Pumpkin Fest in Turners Falls on Saturday, the nonprofit Friend to Friend will be staffing a booth to raise awareness and much needed funds; on Saturday night, the Pioneer Valley Symphony will begin their season; Archaeology Days will go on both Saturday and Sunday at Historic Deerfield; and the Orange Republican Town Committee will have another petition drive on Monday night.

Walk to Prevent Suicide on Sunday

Adapted from an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) press release:

This Sunday, September 29, 2013, the Springfield Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be held to raise money to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  There are more than 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place across the U.S. this fall.  Funds will support vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives, and programs to support those impacted by suicide. More than 2,000 survivors and walkers from cities and towns in Western Massachusetts, including the Berkshires and Franklin County, as well as from Northern Connecticut, are expected to join together for a day of community, hope, and support.

Historical Society Presents Daniel Botkin

Adapted from a Historical Society of Greenfield press release:

Daniel Botkin, manager of Laughing Dog Farm in Gill, will speak about Backyard Permaculture at the Historical Society of Greenfield on Tuesday, September 17th.  Backyard permaculture seeks to integrate the concepts and practices of ecological design with practical four-season food production, even on marginal land or in small spaces. Daniel will describe innovative "guerilla gardening" and season extension techniques that he has honed on his five-acre lot, including low-till, vertical farming, and winter tunnels. For over ten years, Daniel and his wife, Divya, have been hand-raising diverse produce, flowers, herbs, fruits, rabbits, and goats. They operate a small CSA and teach a variety of do-it-yourself farming and food-oriented workshops from the farm and beyond.

The End of An Era

Adapted from a "County Fair" press release:

For almost three decades, the gifted playwright, lyricist, and director, Dorothy Johnson, has written and produced a series of memorable and exuberant musical comedies staged locally by large ensemble casts.  Since her first play "Small Town Life" (1983), crowds have poured into the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem for two weekends in September, happy to endure church benches that would have made even the early Puritans wince, anticipating another evening of surprise and hilarity. Fans return for each production from as far as Texas, Chicago, Maine, and New York City.  Come next month, magic will reign for one last round and Johnson, Andrew Lichtenberg, and a cast and crew of almost fifty will stride the boards for five performances of "County Fair".   Afterwards, the lights will dim and the house will go dark.