Neighbors: Franklin County treasures waiting to be discovered by you

Hello neighbor.

I’ve said this many times, but, I’ll say it again: we live in a wonderful place, so full of exciting events and destinations.

I happened to visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Web page on Monday morning, and though I know about each of the places and events listed or featured there, I was amazed to see all of them in one place — it made me realize just how lucky we are to be living here.

Think about it — there’s everything from the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls to a cruise along the Connecticut River on the Quinnetukut to Great Falls Discovery Center, with its exhibits of our natural, cultural and industrial histories.

There are numerous craft fairs each year, including one that features the word “garlic” prominently in its title.

We have several fairs, including the largest, Franklin County Fair in Greenfield, and there’s Historic Deerfield, if you’d like to delve deeply into our rich colonial history.

You have your choice of Yankee Candle or Kringle Candle, or both.

There’s the Green River Festival in July, which attracts music and balloon lovers from all over the world, and there’s Cider Days in early November.

You can take a zip line through the forest, bike and hike hundreds of trails throughout the county, listen to live music performed by local musicians in a number of clubs and coffeehouses, and enjoy some of the best maple syrup I’ve ever tasted.

There’s always that leaf-peeping drive up the Mohawk Trail every fall, and, of course, my favorite, the Quabbin Reservoir.

Believe it or not, I’ve only touched on the treasures that await our discovery.

Get out there this year and explore and then share your favorites with me, please, and I will share them with your neighbors.

GREENFIELD GARDEN CINEMAS will show “West Side Story” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as part of its “Midwinter Movies and Reel Musicals” program, which benefits Greenfield Business Association’s Holiday Lights Program.

The cost for everyone is just $5.

“BARTON COVE EAGLES: The Year of Three,” will be presented by William Dean, an author and amateur photographer, on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area, 99 Northfield Road in Northfield. The event is free and open to the public.

GREENFIELD GARDEN CLUB will hold its annual meeting on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, 281 Greenfield Road in South Deerfield. The public is invited.

A luncheon buffet will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and a business meeting will follow. There will be a guest presenter and a tour of the conservatory.

The cost is $25, which includes the lunch buffet and the conservatory visit. Send a check for $25 to: Jean Wall, 40 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

For more information, visit:

TURNERS FALLS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER is starting the new year off with a series of free arts and crafts workshops each Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the center at 41 Third St. in Turners Falls.

Creativity can change a person’s perceptions of their world, so the center will explore all types of arts and crafts with small groups of six to eight women at a time.

Women will learn how to make piano hinge books this coming Friday and learn how to create a get-away guidebook using collage on Jan. 24.

To learn more about “Playing Hide & Seek withe Your Creative Side,” visit: turners-falls-womens-resource-center.

POTHOLE PICTURES will present “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” on Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. There will be live music from 7 to 7:30 and the movie will begin at 7:30.

Adults are $6 and children are $4.

For more information, call 413-625-2896 or visit:

THE AMANDLA CHORUS will present “Come Let Us Sing,” songs of celebration and freedom from around the world, on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. in Greenfield.

Admission will be waived for those people displaced from their homes by recent local fires.

The chorus will be singing in Zulu, Spanish, Xhosa, Hebrew, English, SiSwati and French, according to Director Eveline MacDougall.

“The concert features original material, as well as a collaboration with the duo Fire Pond,” said Eveline. “It’s an eclectic and high-energy show!”

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $5 for children under 8.

Tickets are on sale at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St. in Greenfield.

I’ve been to Amandla concerts and can tell you the group is fantastic. You won’t be disappointed. The chorus has performed in concert halls, schools, jails, soup kitchens, elder communities, hospitals and at the bedsides of people at the end of their lives.

For more information, visit:

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

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