‘A Summer Day on the Buckland Common’

  • Arnold Purinton with his model of the Mary Lyon Church. Photo provided by Tina Peters and used with his permission. Contributed photo—

  • A painting of the church on Buckland’s common,Heart of New England,” by Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957). Contributed image/Mark Puriton

Staff Writer
Published: 7/25/2019 11:59:06 AM

Buckland will host its fifth annual “A Summer Day on the Buckland Common” Saturday in the center of town at the corner of Upper and Cross Streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Spilling over from the common, there will be activities throughout town appropriate for fair-goers of all ages, according to a press statement about the event.

In front of the Mary Lyon Church and at several other venues along Upper Street, there will be a “Kid’s Market” and an area with activities and games intended for children. Later, organizers have planned a scavenger hunt with prizes for the winners. Smokey the Bear (who is this year celebrating 75 years of preventing forest fires) will be on hand as well.

Among other activities, the event will feature tours of the more historic sections of town; a free concert by the Shelburne Falls Military Band; children’s activities; displays and demonstrations. Throughout town there will also be tag sales, raffles, art on display and art and craft sales, the statement says.

Admission and parking is free.

The Buckland Public Library will open its doors as usual at 9 a.m. with “coffee and conversation” in the Community Room. A tent outside will shade a book sale. The Library is also hosting members and exhibits of The Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization that supports the creation of locally sourced sustainable clothing and textiles in Western Massachusetts. Fibershed members are farmers, weavers, spinners, dyers, designers, knitters and sewists who work together to grow and make their own clothes. (More information is available at fibershed.com.)

At 9:30 a.m., Buckland Historical Society members will be on-hand outside the museum at 20 Upper St. serving coffee and cider donuts. The museum opens at 10 a.m. The society’s locally famous Buckland Blueberry Buckle will be available for sale throughout day.

Town resident Arnold Purinton’s many models of local historical buildings and landmarks will be on display. Historical characters are expected to be wandering around and knowledgeable guides will lead a hstorical walking tour of Upper Street at 10:30 a.m.

The Mary Lyon Church will open at 10 a.m., officially kicking off the festival, with displays throughout the sanctuary.

The gallery and studio of local artist Robert Strong Woodward (who lived from 1885 to 1957) at 43 Upper St. will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The studio has been kept in the original condition when Woodward, a well known New England painter who lived in town, was alive. The gallery contains historical information of the artist and the property, which Woodward renovated to meet his needs. On display will be many paintings, chalk drawings, prints and other memorabilia. Historian Brian Miller will be at the studio to give informal lectures and answer questions.

Also on the common and beginning at noon, Buckland artist Cynthia Fisher of Big Bang Mosaics will demonstrate her craft. Fisher creates fine art mosaics and mosaic murals in residential and public settings throughout the United States, conducts school residencies and community projects and teaches mosaic workshops at several art centers. Her accomplishments include a residency in Ireland as well as projects in Guatemala and Chile. More information is available at bigbangmosaics.com.

A chicken barbecue lunch will be held at cost from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the same place. Call 413-628-3231 for reservations. Adults: $ 12; Children 6-12 - $6; Children under 6 are free. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform a free concert at 1:30 p.m. The Buckland Riders Snowmobile Club will have a display with information about membership and the trails they ride. The Buckland Fire Department will be on site with equipment and fire safety information. Additionally, the Buckland Union Cemetery Association will be selling raffle tickets for prizes. This festival is hosted by the Mary Lyon Church, the Buckland Historical Society, the Buckland Union Cemetery Association, and the Buckland Public Library.

Andy Castillo can be reached at acastillo@recorder.com.




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