Greenfield Notebook: Sept. 13, 2023

  • The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 9/12/2023 11:56:21 AM
Historical Society welcomes speaker

GREENFIELD — Steve Signell, who has been researching the summer colony of Heron Island Maine that was started by a group of wealthy, well-known investors from Greenfield in 1886, will speak in the meeting room of the Episcopal Church of James and Andrew on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

As part of a Historical Society of Greenfield talk, Signell will share the story of this planned resort community within the larger context of the golden age of manufacturing in western Massachusetts, the decline of the fishing industry in Maine and the advent of the “Rustication” movement of the late 19th century.

Photographs, a map and other documents relating to these men, their families and others who vacationed on Heron Island from 1886 to 1917 will be included, as well as the story of Charlotte Fitch Roberts, who grew up to have an illustrious career as head of the Wellesley College Chemistry Department.

LAVA Center to host Constitution reading, discussion

GREENFIELD — Inspired by the Greenfield Public Library’s announcement that it will be distributing Pocket Constitutions for Constitution Day, The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. has decided to hold a participatory reading of the Constitution on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

All are welcome to bring their copy and help read the document aloud or listen as others read. There will be copies on hand to share for those who don’t have one.

Following the reading, there will be a discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, comments and concerns. Capping the afternoon’s activities is a chance to record thoughts about the country’s foundational document at a story booth.

The reading will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to take up to an hour, followed by discussion and story booth recording. There is no charge to participate, though donations are welcome.

Valley Medical Group hosting Health and Wellness Fair

GREENFIELD — Valley Medical Group is hosting its inaugural Health and Wellness Fair for patients and their families on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to a Valley Medical Group email newsletter, practitioners will share their expertise and answer questions. There will be an “Ask a Provider” table where patients will have the opportunity to review preventative health recommendations and schedule screening tests. Organizers also expect flu vaccines will be available to Valley Medical Group patients. Additionally, child-friendly activities include check-ups for stuffed animals, an art table, games, a fire truck to explore and a raffle with prizes.

Visit for more information.

Cultural Council seeks funding proposals

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Cultural Council is accepting grant proposals from organizations, schools and individuals seeking funding to support community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs.

Greenfield received an allocation of $19,400 for this year’s funding round. The city’s funding priorities are to support Greenfield-based artists, performers and venues, although others may apply. The Cultural Council is particularly interested in proposals that include a public art component, that enhance the local economy or add value to existing initiatives, and that reach the broadest possible audience.

Grant proposals are due Tuesday, Oct. 17. To apply, visit

LAVA Center seeks exhibit submissions

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center is seeking submissions for its fourth annual Community Art Show.

This year’s exhibit theme is “Reclamation,” encouraging use of reclaimed materials, reclaimed words or emotions, etc. Artwork needs to be able to hang on the wall, so sculptures will not be accepted.

To submit, email with the title of your piece, your full name and an image (JPEG or PNG file formats are acceptable) of the piece. The due date for submissions is Friday, Oct. 13.

Pieces will be chosen and artists notified by Oct. 19. The exhibit will be on display at The LAVA Center in November and December, with an opening reception Saturday, Nov. 4, from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information or to view the archive of past Community Art Shows, visit


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