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Yankee features Franklin County

Yankee Magazine features Greenfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Yankee Magazine features Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — If you’ve been thinking about picking up a copy of Yankee Magazine, the September-October issue is the one you want, because it’s chock-full of scenes and stories of Franklin County and Greenfield.

The fall foliage issue goes on sale Tuesday.

One article by Annie Graves, which is titled, “Greenfield, Massachusetts,” opens with Poet’s Seat Tower and talks about Greenfield as the state’s first Green Community. It mentions everything from the town’s Main Street to its mayor and the John W. Olver Transit Center.

The Recorder is mentioned twice in that article and one of its reporters and local “sprawlbuster” consultant Albert Norman are also mentioned. The article begins on Page 118.

“Greenfield’s citizens have a strong sense of community — enough to support a daily newspaper, The Recorder, since 1792,” it says. It cites the town’s active downtown, which it credits the community and Norman for helping preserve over the years.

The article covers Greenfield’s social scene, some of its restaurants, shopping opportunities, real estate, the Franklin County Fair and a couple of its inns.

The story on Page 66 is called “Cider Days” by Amy Traverso. It talks about that one weekend each fall in Franklin County when New England’s apple heritage is celebrated during “the ultimate harvest festival.” It includes several recipes at the end and mentions several of the county’s orchards.

Beginning on Page 84, Ian Aldrich writes the magazine’s feature article, “The Mohawk Trail Turns 100,” in which he talks about America’s first “scenic tourist route.”

Aldrich takes readers from Erving through Charlemont and beyond, offering some of the trail’s richest history.

Readers will recognize many of the spots and people photographed, including a rafting expedition led by Zoar Outdoor near the bridge that crosses the Deerfield River on River Road in Charlemont.

Beginning on Page 36, Yankee’s editors take readers on a ride through western Massachusetts, which includes Sunderland, Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield, Riverside Cemetery on Route 47, the Montague Bookmill in Montague, and Shea Theater, The Rendezvous, 2nd Street Baking Company and Great Falls Discovery Center, all in Turners Falls, plus North Cemetery in Gill and the Northfield Drive-In.

A panoramic view of Greenfield from atop Poet’s Seat Tower, an inside shot of Hope and Olive restaurant and an outdoor shot of Gould’s Sugar-House restaurant, a bustling Greenfield Farmers Market and the Montague Bookmill are just a few of the photographs featured throughout the magazine.

Executive Editor Mel Allen talks about the Mohawk Trail and Cider Days in his editor’s note on Page 12.

Allen writes about the “brave new world of ‘leaf peeping’” that began when the Mohawk Trail opened in 1914.

“The Mohawk Trail Turns 100 is a reminder that even though car travel today would seem as otherworldly to people in 1914 as a spaceship, a beautiful road through a history-drenched landscape retains its allure.”

Allen asks readers to “slow down” and take in the scenery of Franklin County — our own backyard.

The September-October cover of the magazine reminds readers of what some say looks and feels more like the “old Yankee.”

As a bonus, the Franklin County Fair, Old Deerfield Craft Fair and Riverside Blues & BBQ are listed in the magazine’s calendar at the back of the issue.

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