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    Mohawk Trail Regional School students rehearse "In Good Spirits" Contributed image

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Staff Writer
Published: 3/23/2020 9:08:42 AM

In the wake of event cancelations and venue closures across the Franklin County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local musicians, artists and performers of all kinds are finding ways to bring their entertainment to those staying at home.

Some artists are creating “Online Open Mic” events or broadcasting school plays on public access television, while others are taking their music to your front door.

“Serenade for Health: Easing Isolation in a Difficult Time”

One local performer is launching “Serenade for Health,” a new project offering to perform live music outside of peoples’ homes upon request to keep spirits high while they remain home during the ongoing public health crisis.

Eveline MacDougall said she wanted to find ways for the group to continue bringing music and support to people. According to MacDougall, Serenade for Health adheres to stringent public health practices while bringing live music to those who feel ill or isolated.

“I fully support the practice of social distancing while we get a handle on the current health crisis,” MacDougall said. “At the same time, I’m aware that the need for art and emotional support increases when challenges arise.”

A lifelong performer and founder of the Fiery Hope Chorus, MacDougall initially felt stymied by the need to avoid social gatherings. She started brainstorming with other members of the chorus when, due to public health concerns, they had to postpone a concert at the Franklin County House of Correction. The chorus will be forced to suspend rehearsals and concerts for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean they will stop singing.

“We simply need to change the way we share our songs,” MacDougall said.

The Serenade for Health will be comprised of singers, standing at a safe distance from one another, performing as they let others know they are not alone during this time. MacDougall, who plays several instruments with local music groups, is working to recruit fiddlers, guitarists and others for this project. She will also be offering handcrafted stationery and envelopes so that recipients can send a note of support to someone, free of charge.

“I’ll do what we can to meet requests,” MacDougall said when asked about reaching a capacity. “If nothing else, I’m happy to sing them a song over the phone and ask how they’re doing. There’s still so much we can do to show we care.”

Anyone wishing to request the Serenade for Health visit their home may call MacDougall at 413-773-8655.

Mohawk Trail Regional School musical comedy to broadcast on Falls Cable

The Mohawk Trail Regional School performance of the original musical comedy “In Good Spirits” will be broadcast via Falls Cable for free on March 23, following the cancelation of its live audience performance. The book, lyrics and music for the play were written by Howard Odentz. Orchestrations are by Bruce Zimmerman. Vocal arrangements, stage and music direction are by Amy Roberts-Crawford.

According to district Communication Specialist Carla Potts, “In Good Spirits” is a musical comedy that features five colorful spirits who have their eternal peace disturbed as the Community Players seek a new space following the flooding of their town. While the ghosts haunt them or welcome the change?

The play was performed and recorded on short notice during the school day Friday, March 13. Starting on Monday, March 23, it will be broadcast on Falls Cable channel 17 in Buckland, Shelburne and Greenfield. It will also be available to view at A specific air time has not yet been scheduled or March 23 but will be posted at

The LAVA Center

The LAVA Center will be hosting its first Online Open Mic that will “go live” Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. on its YouTube channel. It will be posted as a public YouTube playlist that will be shared that day via email and on the LAVA Center’s social media platforms. Submissions to join the open mic line-up are being accepted with a deadline of Monday, March 23.

To participate, performers are asked to submit a video of themselves playing a song, reading a poem or other piece of art. Short video projects are also accepted. The LAVA Center asks that videos are five minutes or less and be family-friendly.

Send videos via Dropbox or Google Drive to In the file name, include the performer’s name, the title of the song, video or read material, and other information that is appropriate to share with the public.

■To send via Dropbox, share the file with Alternatively, videos can be uploaded directly to Dropbox. Please email for login info.

■To send via Google Drive, share the file with

■Another way is to send a YouTube link if the video has already been uploaded publicly on a different YouTube account. Email the link to

■For anyone who has trouble sending the file, please email for assistance.

While it is free to participate and view the Online Open Mic, the LAVA Center is accepting donations for future events. The LAVA Center is run by Local Access to Valley Arts, a non-profit corporation. It is a black box theater and community space in Greenfield, located at 324 Main St. in downtown Greenfield.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-930-4579.


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