Greenfield Notebook: Sept. 23, 2021

  • The regular Canasta crowd convenes at the Greenfield Senior Center/John Zon Community Center in August. The Senior Center is launching weekly games of Rummikub starting Oct. 5. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 9/23/2021 4:19:47 PM
Program planned on city’s involvement in Underground Railroad

GREENFIELD — ECHO Greenfield (Exploring and Creating Histories Ourselves) and Joan Featherman will lead a program Saturday about Greenfield’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and other anti-slavery activity during the 1800s.

The program, called “The Road to Freedom: Greenfield and the Underground Railroad,” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield and on Zoom.

According to a LAVA Center press release, the grant partners — Greenfield Human Rights Commission, Greenfield Historical Commission and the Pioneer Valley Institute of Greenfield Community College — sponsored 10 public events and presentations, in collaboration with local historians, educators and human rights activists. This workshop will describe the creative, multi-disciplinary approaches used to make this history accessible to audiences diverse in age and background, including research of original source materials, interactive performances and the arts such as visual art, music and textiles as well as a walking tour of local Underground Railroad and anti-slavery sites.

This workshop will be simulcast at The LAVA Center and on Zoom. Register for the Zoom meeting at

ECHO Greenfield is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information is available at

SHINE rep to discuss Medicare

GREENFIELD — Lorraine York-Edberg, program director for the Western Massachusetts Regional SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program, will discuss the Medicare prescription drug annual open enrollment period at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St., on Monday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m.

According to a notice from Senior Center Activities Director Kathy Dunn, York-Edberg will be accompanied by June Wilcox, the new SHINE counselor now working at Greenfield Senior Center. The presenters will be available after the program to answer questions and to set up SHINE appointments, if needed.

Advance registration is requested. Call 413-772-1517, ext. 0, or stop by the center’s front desk to reserve a seat to this free program.

Former hospice nurse shares book

GREENFIELD — Herbalist and former hospice nurse Ellie Atherton will discuss her book, “Stepping Stones,” at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St., on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Atherton spent decades caring for the dying and has written two books of heartwarming stories, a notice from Senior Center Activities Director Kathy Dunn states. Atherton will recounts some of the great people she met along the way and the valuable lessons they taught her about living and what matters most.

Signed books will be available for purchase. To register in advance for this free program, call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or stop by the center’s front desk.

Weekly Rummikub games starting at Senior Center

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Senior Center at 35 Pleasant St. is launching weekly games of Rummikub, which combines the game of Rummy using suits and runs, with tiles similar to Mahjongg.

The games will start Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and will continues weekly as long as there is interest, according to a notice from Senior Center Activities Director Kathy Dunn. A Senior Center membership (which is free) is required to participate.

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