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Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Hello, neighbors.

Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so.

Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program.

James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, is a student at Deerfield Academy. He studied photography and glassblowing while in the program — I’m sure he was a step ahead of other participants in the glassblowing.

Henry, who is the son of Phoebe Walker and Denis West, is a student at the Academy at Charlemont. He also studied glassblowing, but decided to go with metalsmithing during the two-week program.

James and Henry joined other creative teens from around the country on the 50-acre Snow Farm campus, an historic 1700s farm that once belonged to the Snow Family.

The intensive workshops include six hours of daily instruction with an artist or instructor, with many additional hours of open-studio time.

Sounds like it’s a great program and the young men had a lot of fun.

For more information about the program, visit: www.snowfarm.org.

CALLING ALL LOCAL HISTORY BUFFS — Ed Gregory will return to Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a fascinating audio-visual presentation on the evolution of the Turners Falls Power Canal.

I grew up in Turners Falls, but I bet I could learn a few things from Ed.

HEAD ON OVER TO CLUB CAFE in the John P. Olver Transportation Center at 12 Olive St. on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cafe, which is being run by Green River House, will be open Monday through Friday. So stop in for a cup of Pierce Brothers coffee.

Green River House is a community-based program supporting adults who are recovering from mental illness.

JEREMIAH PATTERSON of South Deerfield will have his artwork exhibited during regular business hours at The Day Lily and Greenfield Savings Bank, both in South Deerfield, from Tuesday through Sept. 30. He teaches painting and drawing at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including in six one-person shows at the Sherry French Gallery in New York City . A reception will be held Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in The Day Lily at 8A Sugarloaf St.

ON SEPT. 6, MASS SLAVERY APOLOGY, a Franklin County-based nonprofit, will present “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality,” a film by Shakti Butler, at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. in Greenfield. The film will begin at 10 a.m. — doors will open at 9:30.

The showing is free, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit: www.massslaveryapology.org.

ST. PATRICK’S PARISH in Northfield will hold a Hawaiian Chicken Supper on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the church. The menu will include chicken, rice, vegetable and dessert.

The cost for adults is $10 and children is $5.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the parish at 413-498-2728.

ARE YOU READY TO FALL into a mesmerizing book? If so, visit the Friends of Greenfield Public Library Fall Book Sale on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s basement. There will be more than 11,000 books to choose from that day. As usual, there will be a nice selection of children’s books, as well as movies, music and audio books. For the true bargain hunter, there will be a section of books that you can fill a bag with for just $2.

Proceeds from the sale go to the library and its programs.

SPEAKING OF FRIENDS OF THE GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, the group will be at the Franklin County Fair this year. It will be selling raffle tickets in the Roundhouse to help support the library. Stop by if you’re interested in the prizes or would just like to support the library.

THE ARBORS AT GREENFIELD is looking for vendors for its Craft Fair & Bake Sale, which will be held Nov. 8. Applications may be picked up from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Also, call 413-774-4400 or email: greenfield@arborsassistedliving.com.

THE 2014 BOSTON MARATHON JIMMY FUND WALK will happen on Sept. 21 this year and Millers Falls resident Wendy Gaida says her sister Brenda Martin will be walking the entire 26-mile route in honor of their uncle Phil, who is courageously battling cancer at the moment.

Brenda’s goal is to raise $2,700, because Phil’s birthday is on the 27th of the month (she didn’t want to say which month). Brenda is halfway through the training for the event — keep going, Brenda.

If you would like to donate to Brenda’s cause, visit: www.jimmyfundwalk.org and click on “give now,” then “support a walker” and then enter Brenda’s name.

Donations fund the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

If you donate at least $10 by today, Brenda will place your name in a drawing for Red Sox tickets for the Sept. 7 game against Toronto.

GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN Massachusetts is looking for girls and adult volunteers to join. Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest, cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning and helps foster a lifetime passion for learning.

For more information, call 800-462-9100 or email: info@gscwm.org. Also visit: www.gscwm.org.

DILLON CHEVROLET IN GREENFIELD, as part of the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has teamed up with Greenfield Recreation Department’s youth soccer programs this year. Dillon will provide the program with soccer equipment and $500.

Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said she, the town and the program appreciate Dillon’s support.

If you or your children are interested in participating in the program, call 413-772-1553 or visit: www.greenfieldrecreation.com.

COLRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY is asking friends and neighbors to root through their attics, closets and drawers for choice items to contribute to a tag sale the society will hold on Columbus Day weekend this year.

Proceeds from the sale will support the preservation of artifacts from the town’s history and the buildings exhibiting them.

The society is looking for gently used vintage and antique furniture, tableware, tools, clothing, jewelry, collectibles and art. No electronics or plastic toys.

Contributions will be accepted at the home of Joan McQuade, 7 Main Road in Colrain. Pickup can be arranged. Call 413-624-8818 after Sept. 12.

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR parking superintendent Deb Gordon needs a half dozen people to help with parking during the fair, next Thursday through Sunday. Parking attendants are paid and get tickets to the fair. Hours vary and are needed for different days and locations.

If this interests you, call 413-522-0956.

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

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