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Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Hello neighbor.

Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county.

According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, spring on the Connecticut River offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the migration of shad, sea lamprey and other anadromous fish. The Fishway, which is located on First Street off Avenue A, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

We’ve also got the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, ziplining in Charlemont, kayaking all over the county, Quinnetukut naturalist cruises, farmers markets, and don’t forget the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem.

HOW DID YOU MEET the person you married? Share your story with readers in The Recorder Celebrations supplement by sending them to supplements editor Chris Harris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or emailing her at: charris@recorder.com.

Chris tells me she has already received two wonderful stories and is hoping for three more. You could be one of them!

COLRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY will hold a program on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. discussing how water was turned into power in the early mills in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House. Charlie Lotspeich, park supervisor at Holyoke Heritage State Park, will discuss the mechanics of water power and the transition to turbines and steam in the third of a series of programs on water power and mills in Colrain.

A business meeting of the society will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the program, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be serviced.

For more information, call Joan at 413-624-8818.

THERE WILL BE A GIANT TAG SALE at Unity Church at 6 Arch St. in Greenfield on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be books, collectibles, a bake sale, children’s toys, furniture, jewelry, kitchenware, electronics and more. No early birds. All proceeds will go to the church.

1 IN 8: THE TORSO PROJECT, will be on display in the Northampton branch of Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King St. on June 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to see the torsos made by some of the area’s breast cancer survivors. Refreshments will be provided and Loren Feinstein will provide music for the event.

The exhibit is offered by Greenfield Savings Bank, Cancer Connection and 1 in 8. The exhibit will run through July 10.

For more information, visit: www.torsoproject.org.

KNIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! will be held June 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. when the fourth annual Mutton and Mead Festival brings the Shire to downtown Turners Falls. There will be wandering minstrels, knights, damsels and Medieval demonstrations. There will be performances and a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Mutton and Mead will be held June 21 and 22 in Turners Falls.

For more information, visit: www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Also visit: www.muttonandmead.org.

THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF EVA BASSETT’S LIFE on June 21 from noon to whenever at Kiwanis Park on Brattleboro Road in Bernardston. Eva died at the age of 55 last October.

There will be a chicken barbecue at 2 p.m. and a Chinese auction to benefit Hospice of Franklin County.

Please bring your own beverage, lawn chair, and favorite side dish or salad. Also bring a photo or memory to share.

RSVP by Saturday to: evabassett@aol.com. You can also call 413-648-5228 and leave a message.

WORLD EYE BOOKSHOP IN GREENFIELD will feature Barbara Parry, author of “Adventures in Yarn Farming,” and Gail Callahan, author of “Hand Dyeing Yarn & Fleece,” on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. They will sign their books and answer questions. World Eye is at 156 Main St.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold an opening reception on June 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. to unveil and celebrate the art quilts created by local crafters for its “Library in Stitches” project. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

“A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYS SEY,” an exhibit of 20 photos by Ginny Newton of Erving, will open on June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue through July 25 at Base Camp Photo at 22 Riddell St. in Greenfield. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery’s summer hours are Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Beth Reynolds at 413-475-3409.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY, based in Greenfield, was one of 27 American orchestras that were honored with the 2013-2014 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras National Conference in Seattle, Wash.

The local symphony was selected because it featured the works of such contemporary composers as John Harison, Peter Lieberson, William Perry and Paul Phillips during its 2013-2014 season.

For more information, visit: www.pvsoc.org.

FOUR RIVERS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL will present “Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark” by Ariel Dorfman, directed by local activist Court Dorsey, and featuring Four Rivers juniors, about “the struggle for dignity and human rights in the Pioneer Valley.”

The play examines human rights with issues as far ranging as political rights, free expression, honor killings, demilitarization, environmental activism, mental health, women’s and children’s rights, and national self-determination. It will be on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst High School. All proceeds will go to the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding in Amherst.

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

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