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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

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

Friday, March 20, 2015

The package arrived mid-December, just as the boxes of presents from my more forward-thinking relatives began to arrive. It was addressed in the square, neat printing of a designer or architect. Inside the plain, brown wrapping was what … 0

Between the Rows: trees

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees are an important part of our domestic landscape, giving it substance as well as beauty. Planting a tree requires more thought than planting a perennial or pots of annuals. A tree cannot be moved at will. No … 0

Holy Week Services: all are welcome

Friday, April 3, 2015

Editor’s note: We would like to thank area churches for their help in putting this list of services together. If you do not see your church here, please contact it directly to learn what it has planned. Easter … 0

Kids & Critters: the wood duck

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

People will tell you that the robin is a sure sign of spring. This, I think, is more a matter of association than truth. The fact is that some robins spend the winter with us every year, though … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 1, 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

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Stepping Up…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I’ve lived in my house for almost 31 years, but I’m still a newcomer in Conway. Like other small towns in Franklin County, in Conway being an “oldtimer” isn’t counted by years. “Oldtimers” are folks whose families have been in town for generations. I am grateful for the … 0

Book review: ‘The Nightingale Bones’ by Ariel Swan

Friday, March 20, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Nightingale Bones” by Ariel Swan (Bell Bridge Books, 256 pages, $14.95) In “The Nightingale Bones” Ariel Swan of Greenfield has woven a supernatural tale that will keep readers riveted. The … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

Friday, March 27, 2015

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in mid-air, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for the … 0