Life & Times

Young@Heart's Prison Program helps inmates break out in song

Friday, May 22, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, … 0

‘The life of things says a lot’

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they focused on the legs of an intricately-carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of her small flashlight danced across its mahogany surface for a few seconds. “I’ll definitely have to check that one out … 0

'Don't Worry About Rules': Kristin Nicholas urges us all to not be shy about color

Friday, May 8, 2015

You’d never guess it from the Yankee-white exterior of the Kristin Nicholas’ 1751 Leyden Glen 1751 farmhouse, or the gray sheep you might find outside ... or even the black-and-white border collies around the yard. But, inside, a kaleidoscope of color bursts forth. The bold oranges, greens, reds, yellows inside are Nicholas’ signature … 0

Between the Rows: two good books

Friday, May 22, 2015

There comes a time when a gardener just throws up her hands and says “I can’t do this anymore!” She doesn’t really mean she can’t do it at all, she just can’t do it all the way she … 0

Bewteen the Rows: Bridge of Flowers marks 85th year

Friday, May 8, 2015

This year is the 85th anniversary of the Bridge of Flowers. There have been many changes since the trolley was discontinued and Antoinette Burnham declared that if an abandoned bridge could grow weeds it could grow flowers. It … 0

Speaking of Nature: The mink

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It was day one of my visit to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island and things were looking good. I was up at 5 a.m. and the weather was certainly going to cooperate, but there was … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Clay-colored Sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mt. Greylock. Groups of white-winged scoters have been seen on the Quabbin Reservoir, Cheshire Lake and Pontoosuc Lake. Olive-sided flycatchers were reported … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cold River Cafe and Restaurant: ‘Everybody’s Main Street’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Michael Sisum and Kristie Faufaw of Hawley are very happy and very busy with their new business and culinary venture. Sisum is the owner and manager of the Cold River Cafe and Restaurant on Main Street (Route 2) … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Old Depot Garden farm stand celebrates 25 years MONTAGUE — In the spring of 1990 Ryan Voiland started selling vegetables on the front lawn of his family’s home on Turners Falls Road. On Saturday, Voiland, along with his wife, Sarah, will be hosting a Garden Party from 10 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More goat!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love hearing from readers! Thank you for your kind words about my new job! As I told the many people who asked, my new job is part-time and I’ll continue writing this column. In fact, I’m thrilled that The Recorder is taking a step to expand what … 0

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white … 1

Between the Rows:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who wouldn’t want friends who like to play in the dirt? Who are always learning new things? Who like to get out and about and see new beautiful places? Who every day notice and appreciate the glorious world … 0