Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

A butterfly sits on a flower at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in South Deerfield on Wednesday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

A butterfly sits on a flower at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in South Deerfield on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Hello neighbor.

Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be open to it, welcome it and disregard winter’s last attempts, because the sun is shining a little later and a little higher every day. As one of my colleagues said this morning, “Please find a puddle and jump in it.”

Speaking of the end of winter, I heard from Andriena (Lundgren) Crowe from the Athol-Orange area recently. As usual, a group of people from the North Quabbin area who travel to Florida for the winter each year met again this year at the Elks Lodge in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Andriena said the “snowbirds” gathering started many years ago and has kept its momentum over the years.

She said people get together for a social hour, catered lunch, door prizes, a raffle, and for some “great socializing.”

“It’s always fun,” she said. “We start out reminiscing and then we move on to finding out what everyone’s doing,” said Andriena.

She said 66 people attended on Feb. 18. She said that number includes wives, husbands and partners.

“I went for the first time four years ago and got to see people I hadn’t seen in 50 years,” she said. “It was great.”

Andriena said the next reunion will be held Feb. 17, 2015.

If you would like to attend, call her at 863-937-3883 or email her at:

Here’s what’s happening:

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to get on a bus to Mohegan Sun and benefit the American Cancer Society at the same time. The YMCA in Greenfield has its own team and will be sponsoring a trip there on Saturday. Pick-up time will be a 8 a.m. in the Staples parking lot on the Mohawk Trail and at 8:15 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield. Tickets are $40 each and you will get $10 worth of tokens and a $10 food voucher. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and there will be raffle prizes. Just be in one of the parking lots.

THE MUSEUM OF OUR INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE in Greenfield will host a Mud Season Day of Dance on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. There will be free entertainment featuring teams of Molly Dancers. All are welcome. The museum at 2 Mead St. will be free and open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 413-336-8275 or visit:

THERE WILL BE A BOOK SIGNING and Yarn Trunk Show on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sheep & Shawl on Routes 5 and 10 in Deerfield (Tibetan Plaza). “Adventures in Yarn Farming” by Barb Parry will be featured. I hear the book is full of heart, skill, art, hard work and joy.

Barb started with two sheep in South Deerfield and has grown her farm to 60 sheep, three llamas and three miniature donkeys and a goat in Shelburne Falls. She owns a yarn and fiber CSA.

The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.

There is limited space, so register at 413-397-3680. For more information, visit:

ICE STARS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS will hold a beer and win e tasting at Chandler’s Tavern (Yankee Candle) in South Deerfield on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be appetizers and a silent auction, which will include items signed by famous actors.

Tickets are $20. They will be available at the door or by calling 413-863-8797. They are also available at the Spirit Shoppe in South Deerfield or through Fran Togneri, Sherri Kerber and Tim Farrell.

This is the final “pre-event” before Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors’ main event, which will be held at UMass on April 26 with two ice shows.

For more information, visit:

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL’S Music Department will treat the community to three continuous hours of live music on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium (North Main Street in South Deerfield).

The fifth annual Music Telethon will be held to benefit the music department. The school’s student ensembles, including the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and the Rockin’ Redhawks and Acoustic Warrior, will perform.

Community members will also be sharing their musical talents.

Fancy Trash will kick off the evening at 6, and there will be a tribute to the late folk legend Pete Seeger. David Faytell will be the master of ceremonies.

There will be a raffle, and winners will be announced at the end of the telethon.

Funds raised will be used for trip scholarships, awards, equipment and enrichment programs.

Tune in to FACT Channel 12 or head to the school on Thursday and be a part of the studio audience. Phones will be open for pledges from 6 to 9 p.m. To make one, call 413-665-2118.

ALSO ON THURSDAY, BOSWELL’S BOOKS in Shelburne Falls will feature Wilson Roberts of Greenfield, who will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, “All That Endures,” at 6:30 p.m.

The novel is set in the fictional town of Keetsville in the 1960s. I’ve been told the story will resonate with those who lived through those times, whether they lived in western Massachusetts or elsewhere.

THE GROUP 4D1G will have a gospel hymn sing on March 29 at 4 p.m. in Greenfield Alliance Church at 385 Chapman St. The event is a sing-along and is free and open to the public.

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH on the Town Common in Greenfield will host an “Expect A Miracle” spring gospel concert featuring Moonlight Davis with Morning Star and the Gospel Star Singers and Band on March 30 at 3 p.m. in the church. Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers will make a special appearance on sax.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Stone Soup Cafe, a pay-what-you-can community meal program, at All Souls Church.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Children 10 and under are free.

For more information on Moonlight and Morning Star, visit:

THE INSPIRE SCHOOL FOR AUTISM in Brattleboro, Vt., will hold its annual gala at Greenfield Community College on March 30 and Hillside Pizza is helping by collecting gift certificates from local people who own businesses or offer services. The gift certificates will be raffled off to raise money for the school, which has students who attend from Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Gift certificates may be dropped off to Hillside Pizza on Route 10 in Bernardston today through Sunday and next Thursday through March 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or contact Craig White, one of Hillside’s owners, at 413-387-9343 and he will pick gift certificates up from you.

OUR NEIGHBOR, VETERINARIAN JAMES L. CARPENTER of Deerfield, has received Iowa State University’s Stange Award for Meritorious Service. Established in 1970, the award honors alumni for outstanding professional achievements in education, government, industry, practice, or other professional endeavors in veterinary medicine.

His expertise is in pathology, and from what I understand, he has influenced countless pathologists and veterinary clinicians throughout the United States.

The majority of his career was spent at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.

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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