Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day
Music Director Joe Toritto conducts members of the Eventide Singers and participating audience members during a benefit concert for the First Congregational Church of Greenfield on Silver Street in 2012.
Cheryl Johnson from Taylor’s Tavern team makes a splash as she slides a pint of beer down the table during the 2012 Bartender’s Shootout held at Taylor’s sports bar to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project in 2012. (Recorder file/Peter MacDonald)
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day with that special person or those special people.
I’ve got a lot to tell you about, so here goes:
THERE WILL BE A VALENTINE’S DAY FESTIVAL at Greenfield Community College today to dance for and demand an end to violence against women and girls.
The college’s Women’s Resource Center, NELCWIT, The Salasin Project of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center, Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center and Visioning Bear are sponsoring the festival of dance.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Drum Circle with Strong Oak will dance in Room C208. From noon to 1 p.m., the GCC Dancers will be in the dining commons, and after that, there will be a journey dance and art workshop with Lorena Norwood in Room C208.
Sounds like a lovely time and a nice way to spend part of your Valentine’s Day.
GUIDING STAR GRANGE will hold a fundraising buffet breakfast on Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the grange at 401 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Sharon Call will be the chef.
The cost is $8. Children under 5 years old are free.
ALSO ON SATURDAY, Friends of Gill will hold a chicken, biscuits and gravy supper with salad at 6 p.m. in Gill Congregational Church. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children 7 years old and younger. Reservations are required to eat in or take out, so call now: Ronnie at 413-863-9240 or Kathy at 413-863-2212.
Money will be raised for scholarships for Gill students, as well as requests different groups for Gill activities.
THE NOLUMBEKA PROJECT will present the documentary, “Great Falls: Discovery, Destruction and Preservation in a Massachusetts Town,” at Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls on Saturday. The event will begin at 11 a.m., with the documentary beginning at 11:45. A discussion will follow and refreshments will be sold. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Nolumbeka Project.
The Nolumbeka Project bills itself as a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation whose preservation mission includes the “promotion of a deeper, broader and more accurate depiction of the history and culture of the Native Americans of New England.”
The film chronicles how in 2009 Turners Falls attempted to expand the runway to its airport. The plan called for the removal of a low hill that contained what Native American tribal representatives identified as a ritual site or ceremonial stone landscape.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN ANNUAL BARTENDERS SHOOTOUT will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. This year, its 17th, will benefit the Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center, a renovated home for abused children.
Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the contest begins. The tavern will open at 10 a.m. Registration forms may be picked up at Taylor’s, 238 Main St. in Greenfield.
The cost is $20 per person, so get your teams together now — and the good news is, you don’t have to be a bartender to compete.
THE EVENTIDE SINGERS WILL HOLD a benefit concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. The concert is being sponsored by The Arbors at Greenfield and Buckley Nursing Home in Greenfield. Charlene Manor in Greenfield is providing additional support.
The all-volunteer ensemble of local singers’ purpose is to sing for anyone whose illness confines them to their home or a care facility, as well as for the terminally ill and their caregivers. This concert is in celebration of the group’s sixth anniversary.
Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of between $12 and $15. For more information, call 413-774-5828 or email Music Director Joe Toritto at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE that some of our neighbors who work at L.S. Starrett Co. in Athol did a wonderful thing recently. Through their generosity, they raised $2,736 for Charlie and Luanne Pierson, the couple who lost their Orange home to a fire recently. What a kind, generous, neighborly thing to do.
A MAN WHO GREW UP IN Shelburne Falls and graduated from Arms Academy in 1967 has received the Joseph Levenson Prize for nonfiction for his book “Taipei: City of Displacements.”
Joseph R. Allen, now a professor of Chinese literature and cultural studies at the University of Minnesota, dedicated the book to his mother Marguerite M. Allen, who lives in the Arbors at Greenfield.
Congratulations Mr. Allen!
SPEAKING OF THE ARBORS, its staff is looking for local artists who would like to participate in its annual art show in April. If you are a potter, tole painter, photographer, painter, or any other type of artist, please contact Crystal at 413-774-4400. The art show is free and open to the public, and I’ll have more information about it as the date approaches.
OUR NEIGHBOR RYAN O’SULLIVAN of Greenfield recently arrived in Zurich, Switzerland, I’m told. He will be attending college there as part of a foreign exchange student program.
The Greenfield High School graduate (2011), a third-year student at Fitchburg State University, was awarded a one-year visa, so he will be attending St. Gallen University. He is majoring in marketing.
Ryan is the son of Stephen O’Sullivan of Florence and Lynn O’Sullivan of Greenfield. His grandparents are Francis and Bonnie O’Sullivan of Greenfield and Donald Anders and Brianne Tool of Florida.
BE SURE TO GET OVER TO TD BANK at 324 Main St. in Greenfield, because Historic Deerfield has installed its Barnard Tavern exhibition there this month.
For more information, call 413-775-7176 or visit: www.historic-deerfield.org.
UNITY PARK SKATEPARK COMMITTEE needs your skateboards. It is preparing for a major art exhibition in April in Turners Falls. Artists will create original art directly on or with skateboard decks, and that art will then be auctioned.
All funds raised will be used to build the Unity Skatepark.
You can drop off skateboards at Madison on the Avenue, 102 Ave. A in Turners Falls Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Arrangements may also be made to have your skateboard picked up.
For more information, call 413-863-9296 or visit: www.unityskatepark.com.
To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: email@example.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org up to noon two days before you want it to run.