Life & Times

"Hummingbirds" teacher Cailey Bloomgarden-Bredin shows Elizabeth Hoffman, 5, a water creature found in Fire Pond during a summer camp session for 5-year-olds at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. 
Kevin Gutting photo/Adam Orth illustration

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. Some dropped to their knees as they examined a huge brown mushroom protruding from the pine needles on the forest floor. Moments later, Frank Grindrod of Conway knelt in the middle of the group and began to inspect the fungal wonder. “See how it’s all shaggy on top and on the stipe? This is called ‘The Old Man of the Woods.’” he said. “Oh, and look at … 0

Hooked: Reporter David Rainville reels in a good time on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

The first rule of fishing in a rented boat on the Quabbin Reservoir is simple: get there early. Gate 31 off Route 122 in New Salem opens at 6 a.m. and that could already be too late depending on the day and the number of cars already in line when the lock comes … 0

What you need to know if you want to go fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — If you want to rent a boat at the Quabbin Reservoir and spend the day on the water, you’ll need two things: cash and an alarm clock. Rentals start at 6 a.m. and it’s best to show up before the gate opens. Even on a weekday, it’s not unusual to see cars lining up before 5:30 a.m., since boats are … 0

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & … 0

Hitting the hill without hitting the Wall: a running tour of the Bridge of Flowers 10k

Friday, August 1, 2014

As packs of runners leave the shade of Water Street next Saturday, two miles into a 6.2-mile run, they should see the village’s main street thronged with cheering crowds for the 36th running of the biggest race in … 0

Paul Franz, Franklin County's photographer

Friday, July 25, 2014

One recent morning when senior Recorder photographer Paul Franz was driving his daughter to school, he saw a man riding a bicycle in the pouring rain, one hand on the handlebars, the other holding an enormous umbrella the … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The power of an idea and community: The 10th annual Free Harvest Supper of locally grown food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A month ago, at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greenfield Farmers Market, I sat on the Greenfield Town Common with two of the market founders, Juanita Nelson and Ann Kretzenger, and talked … 0

Dining with History: Always up for a good potluck, Heath residents also serve up tasty stories

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Heath Historical Society has been going strong since 1900. It owns and maintains four historical sites in town. Its membership roll numbers more than 200. Its all-volunteer staff maintains three buildings with archives that include letters, diaries … 0

Between the Rows: “Coffee for Roses,” a book review

Friday, August 8, 2014

C.L. Fornari book “Coffee for Roses” is subtitled “and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening” (St. Lynn’s Press $17.95. Fornari covers a lot of ground in this book, which gives more than it promises. I had to … 0

Speaking of Nature: The eastern phoebe

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Phoebes have been of special interest to me ever since I moved into my red house. Prior to that I never had the physical structures in any of my previous homes or apartments that would entice a phoebe … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater parking lot. Four common loons, two great egrets … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Beets; a root for all seasons

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By VINSULA HASTINGS (Mary’s Note: I’m on vacation this week. Vinsula’s a recent UMass graduate and great cook who aspires to involve food and local eating in her work.) Since mid July, I’ve been scouting my local farmers markets for beets. Perhaps this sounds strange, since most people … 0

‘Regent’s Punch’

Friday, July 18, 2014

Occasionally, the organizers of Dining with History like to feature food of past days. Kara Leistyna prepared this punch for one evening; she adapted it from “Saveur.” Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup cubed pineapple 2 lemons 2 … 0