Neighbors: Halloween fun and snow predictions

Hello neighbor.

Here we are nearing the end of October and Halloween is on Thursday.

Many of us will be out that evening with our children and grandchildren, who are eagerly counting down the hours at this point. I will be spending my time with Spider-man (2-year-old grandson Justin) and Superman and Clark Kent (1-year-old twin grandsons Travis and Owen). They’ll be coming to Greenfield to watch the Rag Shag Parade, which will travel from the Mohawk Mall on Main Street to the Energy Park on Miles Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. The boys aren’t quite old enough yet to be getting excited, and they won’t be eating any candy on Thursday, but I’m sure they’ll have fun all the same.

Also, we have two full moons left this year: the Full Beaver Moon or Full Frosty Moon on Nov. 17 and the Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon on Dec. 17. I love looking at the full moon each month — I’m always in awe, and I’m not sure why, but it brings back a lot of wonderful memories.

And, I’ve sent a request to our prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, asking her for the news (I’m hoping good) — how much snow can we expect this winter? I’ll let you know as soon as I hear, but until then, have a great week.

A SPECIAL NOONTIME SERVICE will be held in Veterans Mall on Main Street in Greenfield on Wednesday to commemorate the ongoing “prisoner of war” status of Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, currently being held captive in Afghanistan. Ted Aub, Connecticut State Coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families, will speak.

Local and regional veterans groups will tie a yellow ribbon on a fourth tree in Veterans Mall following remarks by Aub and Mayor William Martin. They will also place roses at the base of the fourth tree and adjoining monuments.

THE SHELBURNE GRANGE WANTS children in that area to have a safe and fun Halloween, so it is sponsoring a Halloween party in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Movies,” and children and their families will walk down the “red carpet.” There will be children’s games, guessing jars, fun and refreshments for the entire family. Someone might even win an “Oscar,” I’m told.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will hold its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature local crafters, quilted items, jewelry, handmade soaps and wood-turned items. There will also be baked goods and local produce for sale and there will be a silent auction. A lunch of turkey pot pie, corn chowder, sandwiches and more will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM The Wall Nuts will hold its first Chili Cook-off on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the South Deerfield Polish Club. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The team currently has 17 contestants signed up and are hoping for a lot of “tasters.”

So, if you love chili, make your way to the club, pay your $5, sample all of the entries, and vote for your favorites.

The team will also hold a coffee can raffle that day.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Long Avenue in Greenfield will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be craft tables, button and bead jewelry, German sausage, soup, baked goods including pies, a coffee can raffle, plants and Swedish ornaments, as well as other decorations. I’m told there will be something for everyone.

OUR LADY OF PEACE WOMEN’S GROUP will hold its annual Dove of Peace Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 90 Seventh St. in Turners Falls. There will be handmade crafts, a multi-raffle table, baked goods, homemade apple and meat pies, attic treasures, a children’s room, Christmas ornaments and much more, I’m told. Lunch will be available at the Christmas Cookie Cafe.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GEMS, MINERALS AND FOSSILS? If so, the Pioneer Valley Institute is holding its annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale in the Dining Commons in Greenfield Community College on Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Several people will speak and more than a dozen vendors will sell minerals, gemstones, fossils, jewelry, books and videos.

Dr. Robert Herbert will be the featured speaker, he spoke last spring at GCC on Dexter Marsh and his “forgotten museum,” and Patrick Getty, a paleontologist from the University of Connecticut, will be joining the fourth annual Jurassic Roadshow.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHORUS will continue its fall semester concert series with a full performance, under the direction of Margery Heins, of “British Choral Music: From Medieval Times to the Present” on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Sloan Theater in GCC’s main campus building. Marilyn Berthelette will accompany the chorus. The chorus will present sacred and secular music from the late medieval period to the present.

The concert is free, but cash donations to benefit the GCC Food Pantry will be accepted at the door.

THE ANNUAL CRAFTS OF COLRAIN STUDIO TOUR is happening Nov. 9 and 10. I’m told it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

The studios will be open for touring from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Brochures and maps will be available throughout the area, or may be easily downloaded at:

Also visit the website if you’d like more information about who will be showing their wares. Sixteen studios will be open both days. All sorts of crafts, including wood, metal, fiber, paper, jewelry, clay, beer and jams and jellies, will be available.

THE ARCANA CHAPTER NO. 50 ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR annual Snowflake Bazaar will be held Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 215 Munson St. of Greenfield. Lunch, which will consist of corn chowder, a half or whole chicken salad sandwich and old-fashioned spice cake with butter frosting will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be crafters, goodies, a food table, a coffee can auction and more. Stop by and check it out.

You can also bring gold and silver jewelry and receive cash for them.

SAVE THE DATE, because Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Employee United Way Campaign Committee is teaming up with Hallmark Institute of Photography bring us a family portrait opportunity at the institute on Industrial Boulevard off Millers Falls Road in Turners Falls on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sitting will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals and students from Hallmark will be taking the photographs.

There is a sitting fee of $25 for 15 minutes. A sitting fee of $40 will be charged for families requiring more than 15 minutes. All proceeds will go to United Way of Franklin County.

For more information, call 413-773-2254.

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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