Neighbors: Scarecrows coming soon to Bernardston

Hello neighbor.

I promised you back a while ago that I would tell you more about Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event when I had more information. Well, I have it.

It sounds like the event is going to be bigger and better than ever.

First, it’s going to last two days, instead of just one.

On Oct. 26 and 27, beginning at 9 a.m. each day, scarecrows will fill Cushman Park and vendors will sell their wares. There’s going to be a road race, a huge tag sale and raffle, live music, dinosaurs, games and pumpkin painting, hay rides, demonstrations, lots of delicious, homemade food, beer and nonalcoholic beverages and more.

On Oct. 26, two movies, sponsored by the Bernardston Council on Aging, will be shown in the park — “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be shown at 6 p.m. and “Hocus Pocus” will begin at 6:45 p.m. They will be shown in the senior center if it rains, but let’s hope it doesn’t.

As of Oct. 5, there were almost three dozen crafters and artisans signed up to participate. Some of the demonstrations include blacksmithing, chain saw sculpting, dinosaurs, panning for gold, hooping and Shriners clowns throughout the weekend.

Scarecrow in the Park is a fundraiser for the Bernardston Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

You can visit the event on Facebook for more information and for a schedule.

See you there!

GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1936 is having its 74th reunion lunch at the Country Club of Greenfield on Country Club Road on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. If you are a member and are interested in attending, please call Art Gilmore at 413-659-3079.

Have a great time!

SUZANNE FLYNT WILL PRESENT from her recently published book, “Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield” and the exhibit “Skilled Hands and High Ideals” on Thursday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield. There is no charge.

For more information, call 413-774-7476, ext. 10 or visit:

WHO DOESN’T LIKE A GOOD SPAGHETTI DINNER? The First Congregational Church of Greenfield at 43 Silver St. is holding its “all you can eat” spaghetti dinner on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (continuous serving). Adults are $8 and children ages 3 to 12 are $3 and ages 2 and under are free.

There will also be a 50-50 raffle and there will be some great stuff from Mo’s Fudge Factor in Shelburne Falls.

THE WILLIS FAMILY RELAY FOR LIFE team will hold a Pampered Chef Bingo to benefit the American Cancer Society at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mary Lyon Church in Buckland. Prizes will include Pampered Chef items.

The cost is $10 a person and you will receive five bingo cards — additional cards may be purchased. You will have the opportunity to purchase Pampered Chef items during Bingo or orders will also be accepted online at: Twenty-five percent of the money spent on orders will also go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information, visit Facebook at: or call Judy Willis at 413-625-2649 or Betsey Clifford at 413-522-3027.

HARMONY LODGE OF MASONS is having a 5K run on Saturday, which will start at 9:30 a.m. from the lodge on Masonic Avenue in Montague City. The lodge would like to invite you to participate.

The run will follow the bike path to The Patch and return back to the lodge. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

There will also be an open house at the lodge for both Harmony Lodge and Mount Sugarloaf Lodge of Masons. That will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can see what the Masons are all about and ask any questions you might have for the group.

ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY would like to invite all of you who are interested in local history, international travel and photography to a special program and exhibit about archaeologist John Henry Haynes on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the society.

I’m told Haynes was one of the county’s most famous residents, born on a farm in Rowe in 1849. He graduated from local schools and traveled extensively, going on to become widely recognized as the “father of archaeological photography.”

The program will be presented by Haynes scholar Robert Ousterhout from the University of Pennsylvania.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY: Archer Mayor, author of the New York Times bestselling Vermont-based mystery series featuring Detective Joe Gunther.

Mayor will be in the LeVanway Room at the library on Main Street on Oct. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. He will be reading from and signing his new novel, “Three Can Keep A Secret.”

For more information, call Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544, ext. 110 or email her at

I TOLD YOU ABOUT THE 1 IN 8: The Torso Project last week and just wanted you to know that there will be a book launching on Oct. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 9 Mill St. Studio. Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by Loren Feinstein.

The Torso Project was named after the fact that one in eight women, over the course of her lifetime, will have breast cancer.

For more information, visit:

ALSO ON OCT. 23, Montague library trustees, staff and friends are planning a retirement-welcoming part for library Director Sue San Soucie, who is leaving, and David Payne, who is the incoming director. The event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. I’m told they’d love for you to attend and share your stories.

To help with desserts, contact Bunny Caldwell at 413-824-0439 or

OUR NEIGHBOR LYNN CLYDESDALE of South Deerfield has just published her first children’s book, “A Stepmom for Beth,” and would like to share it with the rest of us.

The book is an attempt to dispel the myth about wicked stepmothers and present a new picture.

Lynn is a retired special education teacher and counselor who taught at Gill Elementary School for 29 years. She says the book is appropriate for children ages 5 to 8, though she said older children would also benefit.

“I wanted to create a story from a child’s point of view, so that young children could relate,” Lynn told me.

The book may be purchased at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, The Day Lily in South Deerfield, Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, and Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. It is also available at: for $8.95 plus $3 for shipping and handling.

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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