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Friday, October 18 2013

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.

Adapted from multiple press releases:

Friend to Friend, Inc. which recently became a non-profit corporation but has been active for more than a year and a half, provides quick financial support to individuals and families that are affected by life-altering circumstances. The western Massachusetts-based group works by pulling the circle of friends and family that surround the family in crisis together, primarily using social media. In addition, Friend to Friend, Inc. participates in fundraising events for projects that will better the communities in which we live.

Stop by the Friend to Friend, Inc. booth at Pumpkin Fest this Saturday, October 19th, to learn more and see how you can support the group’s mission to help local families. Volunteers will also have a fun photo booth set up, complete with props, and there will be over 40 raffle prizes that people can win.  Pumpkin Fest, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3-9 p.m. on Avenue A in downtown Turners Falls. 

For more information, or to donate, visit our website ( or check us out on Facebook by searching A Friend to Friend.

The Pioneer Valley Symphony's Gala 75th Season Opening Concert, featuring Geoffrey Burleson, piano will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 7:30pm at The Academy of Music in Northampton.  The program includes Nelson's "Jubilee", Strauss' "Artist's Life Waltz", Harbison's "Great Gatsby Suite", Saint-saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, the "Egyptian".  Tickets are available from the Academy of Music Box Office,, or 413-584-9032.

Archaeology Days in Deerfield, part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, will be held Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, in Old Deerfield Village.  Archaeology Days in Deerfield is hosted by The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Historic Deerfield.  All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Archaeological Tour of Deerfield Village
(led by Dr. Robert Paynter, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts).
Location: Tour starts at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield. 80A Old Main Street.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road
Location: Meet the Claire Carlson , Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield, at the Old Burying Ground. At the end of Albany Road.

11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
Interactive Mock Dig for Children
Location: The Indian House Memorial Children's Museum. 117 Main Street. This free interactive archaeology dig for children will be led by archaeologist Dr. Aaron Miller and members of the Sanford Tavern Archaeology Excavation and Education Project. Co-Sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and the Western Mass Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Sanford Tavern Site and the Taylor's Fort Site - Artifacts on Display
Come see artifacts and learn about these two important historic sites from Western Mass!

Sunday, October 20, 2013
2:00 p.m.
The Pocumtuck Fort Site: An Illustrated Slide Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Chilton, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dr. Siobhan Hart, Binghamton University.
Location: The Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield. 80A Old Main Street.

For More Information Contact: Claire C. Carlson, Education Program Coordinator, Historic Deerfield; 413-775-7217;  

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside. Admission is $14 for adults (18+), $5 for children (6-17), free for children under 6, members and Deerfield residents. For more information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit

The Orange Republican Town Committee will once again be collecting signatures, on the Referendum calling for the Repeal of the Indexed Gas Tax, on Monday, October 21st, from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Athol Town Meeting (outside the building).