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Fall festivals bring food, music and opportunity to catch up

Hello neighbor.

Grandson Justin and I went to the Pumpkinfest this weekend in Turners Falls.

The food was great — we got loaded nachos from Cliff’s Smokin’ Backyard Barbeque and Catering in Amherst and I think Justin ate more than I did.

The entertainment was sensational. We sat and listened to several bands — yes, my one-year-old grandson actually sat still for quite a while and listened to the bands. He loves music.

There were many vendors with interesting wares.

And, there were pumpkins, though not as many as I thought there would be.

Justin loved looking at them as we walked up and down Avenue A several times while it was still light out, but he got really excited as dusk hit and organizers began to light them.

But, you know what was the most fun, besides watching Justin’s eyes get wide and hearing him ask “What’s that? What’s that? What’s that?” and exclaim “Wow!”?

It was running into old friends.

I bumped into one couple, Rocky and Kathy Foley from South Deerfield — I hadn’t seen him in years and I’d seen her briefly maybe six months or more ago.

They were the first couple I met when I moved to South Deerfield many years ago to raise my children. We met on the first day of kindergarten and their son Shane became good friends with my son Dan all the way through high school.

So just remember that there are plenty of events that happen weekly throughout the county and even though you might skip over many of them, because you don’t have an interest, take the time to give some of them a chance and you may just find out differently — or you may run into someone you haven’t seen in a long time and rekindle an old friendship.

Get out of your comfort zone and explore. What have you got to lose?

IF YOU WANT TO PRIME YOURSELF FOR HALLOWEEN, why not go to Bernardston’s Scarecrows in the Park on Saturday?

There will be a food booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be kid games, a tractor parade, a Halloween party with music by Bobby C a, hayrides, fireworks at 7 p.m. and scarecrows.

WORLD EYE BOOKSHOP IN GREENFIELD will host a book signing by Bernardston author and 20-year survivor of breast cancer, Susan Cummings, on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Her new book, “Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman: Reclaiming My Moxie After Cancer,” was just released by Booksmyth Press of Shelburne Falls.

In the book, Cummings shares her up, down and sideways journey, sometimes poignant and sometimes quite funny, over the course of almost seven years following her mastectomy.

This particular topic is near and dear to my heart, as my best friend Judy has had to deal with some of the same issues, and more.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? If you’d like to contemplate with others, attend the Green River Yoga and Movement Arts’ (158 Main St. in Greenfield) talk on the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky work on Nov. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The talk, which will be led by Dr. Rosemary Christoph of Shelburne, is part of a monthly series held the first Sunday of every month.

For more information, contact Christoph at 413-625-0257 or rosemarychristoph@comcast.net. Also contact Ana Bennett at 978-544-5225 or anabennett@gis.net.

THE FIRST DIXIE DOGS OF THE SEASON have arrived at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and will be available for adoption starting Thursday in Leverett and Springfield.

October is National Adopt A Dog month, so if you are thinking about getting a four-legged friend for yourself or your kids, now it the time to do it.

I can tell you that some of the best dogs I’ve had throughout my life were adopted from a shelter. They need good homes, so consider it.

For more information about adopting a Dixie dog and the fee, visit: www.dpvhs.org or one of the facilities.

GREENFIELD SENIORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER/TRIAD will hold a free community shredding event on Saturday in the Guiding Grange parking lot at 401 Chapman St. in Greenfield.

The program, for Franklin County residents, not businesses, is an attempt to prevent identity theft.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call Chris Geffin at the Northwestern District Attorney’s office at 413-437-5747 or Karen McCormick at the TRIAD at 413-772-0306.

THE ANNUAL CIDER DONUT 10K WALK-RUN TO BENEFIT AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER will be held Nov. 4 from the Mill River Recreation Area on Montague Road in Amherst.

The Amherst Survival Center is a regional center that provides food, health services, and clothing through volunteer efforts.

For more information about the center or the walk-run, visit: www.survivalcenter.org.

ON NOV. 3, BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH on Cheney Street in Orange will hold its annual fall festival from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be baked goods, crafts, a coffee can auction, a coffee shop, hot dogs, hamburgers and baked potatoes.

Swedish meatballs will be for sale and available to take home.

ON NOV. 10 AND 11, Colrain artists and artisans will once again open their studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow shoppers and visitors to take self-guided tours.

Those who have attended past Crafts of Colrain Studios Tours have said they “wouldn’t miss it.”

Attendees will see the latest work done by a diverse group of artists and artisans.

For more information or to download a brochure and map, visit: www.craftsofcolrain.com/studiotour.

THE WORK OF ARTIST MARY FREEMAN HERNANDEZ will be displayed at CopyCat Print Shop, 180 Main St. in Greenfield until Nov. 1.

Freeman Hernandez put together the art exhibit in memory of local youth she knew, and didn’t know, with the hope, she said, that it will touch the hearts of all who view it.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261 ext. 280 or her cell at 413-388-6950. You can also reach her on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com at least a day before you want it to run.

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