Montague Notebook: July 25, 2023

Published: 07-24-2023 12:59 PM

Church holding pancake breakfast

MONTAGUE — The First Congregational Church of Montague will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage and a drink, will cost $10. Proceeds benefit the Deacons Fund.

Psychic fair set for Saturday

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance will sponsor a psychic fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Thompson Temple, 2 Montague Ave.

To register and find more information, visit

Exhibit focuses on missing and murdered Indigenous people

TURNERS FALLS — Athol-based artist Nayana LaFond will have her art exhibit, which recognizes missing and murdered Indigenous people, on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, from July 29 to Aug. 30.

The center’s event listing notes the murder rate for Native American women is about three times higher than that of most other women. Additionally, 98% of Indigenous people experience violence in their lifetime, with only a 6% prosecution rate.

LaFond began painting a portrait, “Lauraina in RED,” in 2020 to draw attention to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.

“The response was overwhelming,” the event listing reads. “She painted another with a more overwhelming response.”

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After putting out a call to anyone who would like to be the subject of a painting, LaFond “received over 25 responses that first day … and the messages never stopped coming,” the listing continues.

Two bands performing at Peskeomskut Park on Wednesday

TURNERS FALLS — The Jenny Burtis Band and David Bulley Band will perform a free concert at Peskeomskut Park on Wednesday, July 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Library hosting summer reading celebration

ERVING — The Erving Public Library will host a summer reading celebration with Carrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club Band on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Erving Cultural Council.