Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

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Kevin Gifford from Greenfield plays his violin during the Artspace first annual String Celebration held at Greenfield High School.

Submitted photo Kevin Gifford from Greenfield plays his violin during the Artspace first annual String Celebration held at Greenfield High School.

Hello neighbor.

I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it.

ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s auditorium and would like all string players in the area, ages 8 to 18, to participate.

There will be several rehearsals in April and then the concert. There is a $25 registration fee per child to cover the cost of sheet music and a T-shirt.

If you are interested, call Artspace at 413-772-6811 or email: You may also visit Artspace’s website for information about rehearsals or other information:

PIONEER VALLEY SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY EXPO will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s dining common. If you would you like to see young people’s vision of the future, that is where to see it.

The noncompetitive event is being organized by Greening Greenfield to encourage teachers and home-schoolers to engage youth in projects that foster mutual inspiration and understanding of sustainable living.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, The Oak Ridge Detachment-Marine Corps League will hold its fifth annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Bernardston Veterans Club, 16 Hartwell St. in Bernardston. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children under age 14. Children under age 5 are free.

For tickets, call 413-648-0047 or 413-522-5517.

IF YOU LOVE DR. SEUSS and would like to celebrate his birthday, head to Erving Elementary School Library on Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There will be birthday cake, party favors and entertainment by folk singer and storyteller Tim Van Egmond. It’s a multi-generational party, so organizers are hoping to see everyone from children to great-grandparents there.

For more information, call 413-423-3326 ext. 103 or email:

THE AMANDLA CHORUS will present a concert at Trinity Church at 17 Severance St. in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 2 p.m. The chorus will sing songs from around the world.

Eveline MacDougall, the chorus’ founder and director, said the group is excited because some of the Amandla’s friends from Holyoke will attend.

She said Amandla has established a beautiful connection with several people who are residents of a head injury unit at Holyoke Rehabilitation Center.

So, please join them at the concert.

DON’T FORGET, “SHADOWS OF LIBERTY,” a documentary film by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, will have its debut screening on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. in Bernardston. The filmmaker will answer questions after the screening, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit:

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL PRESENT “Gun Culture: A Hunter’s Perspective” on March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St. Part of the college’s Senior Symposia, “Gun Culture” will be presented by Amherst College sociologist and avid hunter Jan Dizard, who will reflect on ways in which hunting traditions and the gun control debate have figured in politics over the past two decades. He is widely published on the topics of wildlife, conservation, animal rights and the ethics of hunting.

The cost of the symposium is $10.

ARTSPACE’S ANNUAL POTTERY AND MORE SECONDS SALE will be held March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Greenfield Community College dining commons. The sale will benefit Artspace’s Strings for Kids program, which offers free violin and cello lessons to children in Greenfield public schools. Admission to the sale is free.

For more information, call Artspace at 413-772-6811 or email: Also visit:

THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION will present its spring gardening symposium on March 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield.

Andrew Keys will present “Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?”

The cost for the day is $35. There will be an $8.50 fee for lunch.

For a workshop topics overview, visit: You may also contact Lucy Alman at 413-665-7174 or email her at:

TRUSTEES AND FRIENDS OF TILTON LIBRARY in South Deerfield will hold “Tiltin’ for Tilton” on March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The benefit will be a tasting of wine and microbrews at Chandler’s Restaurant (Yankee Candle Co.) and proceeds will benefit the library’s initiatives.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance and may be purchased at the library or South Deerfield Spirit Shoppe. If there are any tickets left, they will be sold at the door for $25.

For more information, contact the library at 413-665-4683 or visit:

LOOKING AHEAD JUST A BIT, I wanted to tell you about a bus trip to Mohegan Sun casino, which is sponsored by Dick’s Angels Relay for Life team. Proceeds from the trip’s cost will go to the American Cancer Society.

A bus will leave Kuzmeskus Bus Co. in Gill at 8 a.m. March 15 and will leave the casino at 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and that includes a food voucher and bet at the casino. There will also be snacks and beverages on the bus, as well as a door prize.

Payment is due by Friday. The first 50 people to pay will be on the bus and all others will be placed on a waiting list. For more information, contact Ruth Snow at 413-498-2819 or Linda Baker at 413-772-2606.

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS IS SEEKING artists, crafters and food vendors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park on Oct. 25 and 26. All proceeds from the event go to the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. If you would like to receive an application for booth space or have any questions about Scarecrow, contact:

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY is looking for quilters to help beautify the library’s walls, so get the word out.

Each quilter will design and sew a quilt incorporating a word that describes something people can do for their library: read, laugh, dream, learn, etc. Quilts will begin being displayed during National Library Week (April 14 through 19).

For more information, contact the library at 413-772-1544.

OUR NEIGHBOR BETTY HOLLINGSWORTH said robins have been foraging in her yard since the end of December, so she has had just a little taste of spring since then. She’s thinking they read the wrong weather report. Spring is almost here, everyone!

LITTLE BIG HOUSE in Shelburne Falls was featured recently on Chronicle (Channel 5 in Boston).

Little Big House is Glenn Ridler’s original design and construction, first conceived in southern California in 1968. The house has three floors and 3,000 square feet, despite the appearance, from the outside, of being a one-room cottage.

The ground floor of Glenn’s house is a gallery and workspace. The main living area is on the middle floor. The third floor is a large attic used both as a studio and bedroom.

Glenn began construction in 1972 and in 1995, built an addition. He finished his vision in 2005.

You can see the show at:

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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