Neighbors: Away this week

This replica of the Mary Lyon Church (shown here in front of the actual church) was built by Arnold Purington and is on display Saturday afternoon at the historic Griswold House, 8 Upper St., Buckland. Submitted photo/Tina Peters.

This replica of the Mary Lyon Church (shown here in front of the actual church) was built by Arnold Purington and is on display Saturday afternoon at the historic Griswold House, 8 Upper St., Buckland. Submitted photo/Tina Peters. Purchase photo reprints »

Hello neighbor.

I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not yet sure whether I’ll be able to get another column in for Tuesday. I apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have something that must get in by then, please call the newsroom at 413-772-0261, ext. 270.

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

EACH WEDNESDAY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, people gather at the Pleasant Street Community Gardens in Greenfield from 4 to 7 p.m. to help maintain the gorgeous flower plots, get to know each other and share snacks, some of which is grown in the vegetable gardens.

Everyone is invited! If you have any questions, call Eveline at 413-773-8655.

JOIN METAPHOR YARNS at Greenfield Farmers Market on Saturday morning for Worldwide Knit in Public Day. The local yarn shop will arrive on Saturday with its community blanket project — many people have a hand in this.

When the blanket is completed, Metaphor Yarns will donate it to the market to be raffled for the benefit of the SNAP doubling program, which allows people who use food stamps to get double value on the market’s fresh food. All knitters are invited to participate. The farmers market opens at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, visit:

VISIT THE SUMMER KITCHEN in the Major Joseph Griswold House, 8 Old Upper St. in Buckland on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an afternoon of refreshments and fun.

It’s a fundraiser to benefit the Steeple Fund of the Mary Lyon Church in memory of friend and neighbor Edie Gerry. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Hosts are Sue and Hand Samoriski.

Please RSVP by emailing:

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT OTHER COUNTRIES without leaving Turners Falls? Professional filmmaker Tim Lindop will be at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to share some of his fascinating videos, narratives and personal tales from his trips to Third World countries.

Light refreshments will be served.

THE ANNUAL FRANKLIN COUNTY TRIAD PICNIC is being held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the White Eagle Picnic Grounds on Plain Road in Greenfield.

Tickets, which are available at Greenfield and Montague senior centers, are $6 and there will be door prizes and a 50-50 raffle.

For more information, call 413-773-7778.

ERVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO will end the year with a potluck barbecue on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. At 6, the school band will perform.

The barbecue is the PTO’s way of saying “farewell” to three staff members who are retiring: Emily Samuels, the music teacher, Kathleen Bridgewater, a sixth-grade teacher, and Sarah Meuse, office assistant.

To RSVP, email Jill at:

Happy retirement and best wishes Emily, Kathleen and Sarah.

THERE WILL BE A TOUR OF HAWLEY’S rocks and gardens on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will emphasize rocks and foundations Hawley was built upon.

The tour will begin at the corner of Pudding Hollow Road and Middle Road in West Hawley. You should arrive by 9 a.m. for coffee.

Suggested donations are $10 for the tour and $12 for a special luncheon at the Poudrier’s home on Stone Edge.

For tickets, contact Pamela at 413-339-4091, Melanie at 413-339-5347 or Lorraine at 413-339-4903.

WORLD EYE BOOKSHOP AND GREEN RIVER YOGA and Movement Arts are joining forces to offer a chair yoga class and book signing with area yoga and meditation teacher Jean Erlbaum to celebrate her new book, “Sit with Less Pain: Gentle Yoga for Meditators and Everyone Else” on June 28.

It will be held at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. in Greenfield from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Libby at 413-772-2050 or email: Also visit:

FOLK LEGEND BILL STAINES will perform at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square in Greenfield on June 29 at 3 p.m.

Fire Pond will be the opening act.

Staines has been touring and playing concerts for more than 41 years. He has 26 recordings.

Tickets, available at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St. in Greenfield, are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Children 10 and under are free.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Literacy Project of Greenfield.

For more information about Staines, visit:

THERE’S A NEW CARD GAME being taught at the Gill-Montague Senior Center each Thursday at 1 p.m. Five Crowns is a five-suited rummy-style card game that I’m told is quite easy to learn.

If you’d like to know more about it, call Elsie at 413-863-9172.

ONE MORE TIME I’D LIKE TO REMIND YOU: If you would like to share the story of how you met the person you married, please contact supplements editor Chris Harris so she can add the story to The Recorder’s Celebrations supplement.

Call Chris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at:

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: 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: up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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