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Entertainers: Book a gig at fair, get free tickets

Hello, neighbor.

I started thinking about my younger years this past week ... I sound so old when I say that, don’t I?

Every year, I looked forward to going to the Franklin County Fair. I’d meet my friends there, and we’d spend the night stuffing ourselves with fried dough and riding all of the more exciting rides.

I was going to take grandson Justin last year, but he was still a little too young to really enjoy it, so I will take him this year and we’ll do it up right.

By this time, I imagine you are wondering why I’m talking about the fair, especially since it’s still almost six months away.

Well, Steven DeJoy, chairman of the Franklin County Fair Attractions Committee, said the committee is looking for musicians, bands, singers, dance groups, magicians, jugglers, and other types of performance artists who would like to perform at this year’s fair in exchange for admission tickets. I wanted to give you plenty of time to contact Steve.

He said he would love to be able to pay performers, but there “just isn’t enough money to go around.”

But think about the exposure you will get by performing in front of the thousands who attend our local fair each year. Not to mention the wonderful feeling it will give you to perform for your neighbors and those who have traveled from outside Franklin County to see quality acts.

“I love to see the smiles on children’s and adults’ faces while they watch performers,” Steve says.

He told me he has about 25 slots that need to be filled over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). He said performances typically start around 11 a.m. and finish as late as 10 p.m. Each act lasts between a half-hour and an hour, depending on each of their needs.

Steve also wanted me to remind you that his committee, as well as the Agricultural Society, is always looking for volunteers to help before, during and after the fair.

If you are interested, please call him at 413-225-3030 or email him at:

By the way, you are probably looking out your window at snow, and maybe sleet, right now. Not to worry! Temperatures are supposed to warm up soon, and this stuff, which we think is so beautiful at the beginning of the winter, will be gone in no time.

Have a great week, and happy spring on Wednesday.

THE GREENFIELD GARDEN CLUB is hosting Tom Sullivan on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Masonic building at 339 Main St. Tom will cover the key elements of native bee habitat design and attendees will learn the basic tools for increasing pollinator resources in their gardens and neighborhoods. The event is free and open to the public.

The LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and allies) will welcome spring at Great Falls Discovery Center on Thursday with its breakfast social for elders and allies from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The breakfast will be catered by 2nd Street Baking Co. There will be gluten-free items included. RSVPs would be welcome, but are not required. Sponsors are Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Elite Home Health Agency Inc.

For more information or to respond, contact Anna Viadero at 413-522-2231 or: Also visit:

THE SHELBURNE GRANGE, along with the Farm Bureau, Northeast Big Bucks Club, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Virtual Archery, will present an “Outdoor Night” on Friday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center.

“The Cougar Returns to the East,” a presentation by natural history and tracking expert Susan Morse, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Susan is the founder of Keeping Track, a nonprofit devoted to providing technical training to professional biologists, citizen scientist volunteers, land trust officials, and conservation planners.

COMEDIAN, AUTHOR AND SONGWRITER DON WHITE will perform his own brand of thoughtful humor and song on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. in Greenfield to benefit temple programs. A working-class family man from Lynn, Don has performed at the temple each year for the past 13 years. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at World Eye Bookshop. They may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Doors, on Myrtle Street, will open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold. For more information, call Marsha at 413-773-0201 or 617-538-7478.

DICKINSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN NORTHFIELD is displaying the watercolors of Deborah Putnam now through the end of April.

Deborah told me that her one-woman art show, “A Sampling,” features local landscapes and flowers. She said the space where her paintings hang was donated by Doug and Marty Jones.

The library, which is at 115 Main St. in Northfield, is open Tuesday 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 1 to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TRINITY CHURCH IN SHELBURNE FALLS will hold its annual Easter Bake Sale on March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Keystone Market on Bridge Street. The Women of Trinity Church are sponsoring the sale. Proceeds will benefit Trinity Church and its community outreach projects.

“Let us help you do your Easter baking,” say organizers.

OUR NEIGHBORS LAURIE AND CHERYL GRIFFIN have joined others in a quest to raise money for children with cancer.

Laurie and Cheryl will be raising money for the “Kids’ Cancer Buzz-Off” this year. The money they, and everyone else, raises will go to kids’ cancer programs at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Laurie and Cheryl will travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on June 9 to have their heads shaved, but before that can happen, they must each raise $300 to be a part of the event. That’s where all of you come in.

Laurie and Cheryl are asking for your help by donating, in their names, to the cause.

Laurie, who worked for Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange for many years, said businesses and individuals may donate. The exchange was Laurie’s first sponsor.

“Cheryl, who is disabled, saw the event advertised on television and said, ‘Let’s do it,’” Laurie told me. “We want to make a difference.”

For more information, call the sisters, who live in Greenfield, at 617-901-8864.

If you would like to donate, you can send a check to: One Mission, P.O. Box 600157, Newtonville, MA 02460. Please put one of the sister’s names on the “memo” line of the check.

You can also donate online at: Don’t forget to make your donation in care of Laurie or Cheryl Griffin’s team.

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM III , “You’ll Never Walk Alone:” the Dwight family and friends, will hold a corn fritter and pancake breakfast Sunday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Bernardston to benefit Relay for Life. Pancakes, corn fritters, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served at the church at 58 Church Street in Bernardston.

The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 13, and children under 3 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

There will also be a bake sale and 50-50 raffle drawing.

For more information, contact Jean Dwight at 413-773-8278 or email her at:

THE POLISH AMERICAN CITIZENS CLUB in South Deerfield will be honoring Deerfield veterans by hanging plaques along the walls of the club.

John Cycz said male and female veterans will have a spot on the wall; they just need to be members (in good standing) of the club and have served in the military.

John, who is a trustee of the club, told me he never served in the military, but his father and his two sons are veterans. John has been actively involved with veterans’ issues for many years — he has served on the Memorial Day Committee in Deerfield and was involved in the town’s Veterans Street Sign Project.

“I have a great interest in the military and believe it is very important to honor our vets,” he said.

For more information, call the Polish American Citizens Club at 413-665-8735.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. 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 on the day before you want it to run.

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