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Wednesday, December 31 1969


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.

Stewart Balk Presents a History of Local Farming

Adapted from a Historical Society of Greenfield press release:

Since 1977, three generations have run Northfield’s Balky Farm, offering meats, wool products and mulch hay. They pasture-raise goat, sheep, and pigs and sell fresh eggs. In addition, they have beautiful 100% wool yarns in natural and hand-dyed colors, and rovings ready for spinning or needle felting, which they sell at the farm stand. Roving samplers and needle feltings supplies also are available, as are wool blankets, hats, scarves, needle felted items, and sheepskins, along with farm-fresh vegetables, blueberries, and jams.  On Tuesday, June 18th, Stewart Balk will talk about Northfield’s Balky Farm at the Historical Society of Greenfield.

Biking for Buddies 2013

Adapted from a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (BBBSFC) press release:

Please join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County on Sunday, July 28, 2013, for a fun filled day of biking in the hills of Franklin County!  From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, the 2nd annual Biking for Buddies event will feature 10, 25, and 50 mile cycling routes, beginning and ending on the campus of  Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill.  Additional festivities include prizes, raffles, and lunch provided by Hillside Pizza.

Academy Award Winner Invests in Local Hunger Project

This just in from a Stone Soup Cafe press release:

Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges announced today that he is pledging a matching grant up to $10,000 per year for three years to the Stone Soup Café in Greenfield.  To build awareness and support for hunger relief in Franklin County, the Stone Soup Café will host a screening of the new documentary starring Bridges called A Place at the Table, on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30pm at the Greenfield Garden Cinema.  Bridges connected to the Pioneer Valley program through Zen Master Bernie Glassman, a resident of Montague, whose Zen Peacemakers started the Café in 2010.  The screening will be followed by a panel on the Café’s past and future with Bernie Glassman, Chef Isadora Sarto, and Executive Director Ari Pliskin.

2013 Classic Postcard & Ephemera Show

Adapted from a Historical Society of Greenfield press release:

It's time once again!  On Saturday, April 20th, dealers from five states will be selling postcards and ephemera of local town scenes, historical vistas, and specialized topics.  Doughnuts, coffee, and pizza will be available to purchase on site as well.  Admission is $3.00 and both entry fees and refreshment proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Greenfield.

Prom Dresses Help Relay for Life

From a Charlie's Angels Relay for Life Team press release:

The Charlie's Angels Relay for Life Team will be hosting a Used Prom/Formal Dress Sale on Saturday, March 16th from 10 - 2 at Kameloht, 1 North Main Street, Templeton.

Reminder: Mutton & Mead Auditions Next Weekend

From a Mutton & Mead press release:

 The  Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival, a Robin Hood themed event, will be holding auditions on January 12th and 13th, 2013, at the Montague Grange, 34 Main Street, Montague Center, MA.

Last Minute Holiday Gift?

From a Buckland Historical Society press release:

The Buckland Historical Society is still offering a beautiful, full color, 2013 Calendar of Robert Strong Woodward's Paintings.  Celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns, and Robert Frost owned paintings by Robert Strong Woodward and now, so can you!

Mutton & Mead 2013 Looking for Local Talent

From a Mutton & Mead press release:

Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival seeks Actors, Singers, Musicians and other performers for Shire Cast Auditions,  January 12th & 13th 2013.

Mutton & Mead is a Robin Hood-themed festival held in Montague, MA, at the Millers Falls R&G Club on June 22nd & 23rd, 2013. We will create a medieval shire (Nottingham) & Tavern (The Mutton & Mead Inne), populate it with characters (our Shire Cast), and then tell the exciting tale of Robin Hood through stage and street performances over the course of a day filled with great shopping, great food and great fun!  The festival will include an Armored Joust, a variety of Stage & Street Shows, Historical & Artisan Demonstrations as well as games and activities for all ages.