Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. (Submitted photo)

Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. (Submitted photo)

Hello neighbor.

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls.

The action-packed performance will include more than 50 dancers from the valley and beyond.

Director and choreographer Cara Leach, a Greenfield resident with more than 25 years of Celtic dance experience, said she will present a fresh take on traditional Irish dance, bringing a modern and colorful flair to the stage with her dance company.

Four Sisters and the Farmhands, based in Hubbardston, will provide the music.

I hear that Celtic Heels has sold out this show in the past years, so this year Cara has decided to offer two shows on March 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m.

If you’d like to get into one of the shows, reserve your ticket or tickets now. You can email Cara at: or purchase them at World Eye Bookshop. They are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children under age 5 are $3.

It should prove to be a great show with students from the Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance in Greenfield performing. Many of them come from a number of our Franklin County towns, so I’m sure you’ll recognize some.

Good luck to all performers, and the rest of you enjoy the show.

You can visit Celtic Heels at:

I RECENTLY TOLD YOU about Erving Elementary School throwing a birthday party for Dr. Seuss on Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. It will be held at the Erving Community and Senior Center, which is just north of the school on Route 63.

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

THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK OF Deerfield Valley Art Association’s winter show at Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield, so get over to the Abbott Gallery to see it Saturday through March 8.

The show includes works by local artists.

OUR NEIGHBOR CAROL PURINGTON, a well-known local resident who lives on a dairy farm in Colrain, will be at Boswell’s Books, 10 Bridge St., in Shelburne Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to present her recent work, “Faces I Might Wear.”

Carol is a prolific and widely published poet, who, disabled by childhood polio, uses a voice-operated computer to write her work.

The event is free and open to the public.

ON MARCH 10, YOU CAN HELP a student head to college by joining Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Upward Bound at the movies in Greenfield Garden Cinemas.

The NMH Upward Bound Parent Advisory Council will sponsor a 10 a.m. showing of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”

The cost is $5 per person at the door and proceeds will benefit the Upward Bound scholarship fund.

SHELBURNE FALLS AREA WOMEN’S CLUB will welcome Amanda Lange, who will present “Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlor” at Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls on March 12 at 7 p.m. (There will be a short business meeting at 7 and the presentation will follow).

Amanda’s presentation will explore the history and material culture of tea and tea drinking in America.

Amanda is curator of historic interiors and curatorial chair at Historic Deerfield.

The presentation is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit:

ALSO ON MARCH 12, Karen Idoine and Penny Kines will read during New Salem’s Reading Aloud for Grown-ups from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the library. The event is sponsored by the Friends of New Salem Public Library, so attend and let someone read aloud while you relax and enjoy.

GUIDING STAR GRANGE IN GREENFIELD is now sponsoring a clothing drop-off shed as a fundraiser and service to the community. Clothing will be collected in the shed at 401 Chapman St., and that clothing will be distributed all over the United States and the world.

Guiding Star Grange will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated.

The program will keep clothing out of landfills, help those in need, and help fund grange functions.

OVERLOOK HOSPICE IN GREENFIELD will hold a monthly bereavement group on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. It might be just what you need.

For more information, call Louisa or Mark at 508-434-2200.

OUR NEIGHBOR JAMES MURPHY FROM ASHFIELD will exhibit his work in The Daylily Gallery on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield throughout March. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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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