Editorial: This time, last year

  • Dan Young of Michigan, one of the founders of the Peoples Pint in Greenfield, returned for last year’s Cider Days, bringing his ciders for tasting at Loot in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 11/20/2020 8:45:24 AM
Modified: 11/20/2020 8:45:10 AM

O, what a difference a pandemic makes in county life. One has only to compare the pages of the Greenfield Recorder of a year ago with recent coverage to remind us that county life used to be full of holiday bazaars, concerts, sports competitions and gatherings of all kinds. Every weekend, if not every day, residents had their pick of fun ways to engage with their neighbors and make new friends. Some of us could kick ourselves for not taking advantage of more of them.

Many of the following events could not have happened this year because of coronavirus restrictions. How many of them do you remember from the pages of The Recorder, Nov. 14-25, 2019?

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019: Wild Irish woman: Local songwriter and harpist Rosemary Caine to perform at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019: The Bodacious Bovines team was one of the 30 competing at the 14th annual Mary Lyon Foundation spelling bee held at Mohawk Trail Regional School. The Board Varks team won in the championship round by correctly spelling the word “xeric.”

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019: Tenney a millenium man. Mahar running back surpasses 1,000 yards for season. Jake Tenney reached a milestone for the Mahar Regional Football team in a 22-6 win over Mohawk Trail Regional on Friday night under the lights at the Woodward Complex.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019: Jubilation: Frontier volleyball players react after they scored the final point in the fifth set against Rockland to win the MIAA Division 3 state championship Saturday at Worcester State University. The Hawks closed out a wild 11-25, 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13 victory at Worcester State University, taking home the school’s second state title in three years and eighth in 10 years.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019: Berkshire East has earliest ski season opening ever. Unseasonably cold weather last week gave Berkshire East an early start on its snowmaking, allowing the mountain to start its ski season on Saturday.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019: Color ad: Home for the Holidays Sale at Wilson’s. Twenty-five to 50 percent off all Fiestaware dinnerware, holiday and home décor, bakeware, towels and bath essentials, elecctrics, Cuisinart specials, bedding basics, Columbia and Pendelton sportswear, cotton chamois and flannel sports shirts, misses and women’s fleece jackets, cashmere mufflers, Carter’s Oshkosh playwear and sleepwear.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019: New home for Festival of Trees at Wilson’s this year. The Festival of Trees has a new home this year, on the third floor of Wilson’s Department Store.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019: Editorial: Garden Cinemas enters new era. Last Friday, former owners George Gohl and Bill Gobeille passed ownership of the Garden Cinemas to attorney and outgoing At-Large City Councilor Isaac Mass and his wife, Angela, a math teacher and Student Council advisor at Greenfield High School. “This is a new beginning for us,” the Masses said.

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019: Silver Bell Bazaar returns Saturday. The Mary Lyon Church’s Silver Bell Bazaar, a decades-long tradition that includes a luncheon, crafts for sale, more than 25 raffle items and a silent auction will return on Saturday.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019: Chamber celebrates growth of Cider Days. This year was the 25th anniversary of Cider Days, and although the event has come and gone, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce decided to celebrate it one more time at its monthly breakfast Friday at the Whately Inn with speakers who have been involved for many years.

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019: Festival of Trees kicks off at Wilson’s. For the first time, the Festival of Trees is being held at Wilson’s Department Store — not Yankee Candle — and, according to organizers, it’s symbolic. “We had been looking to bring the event closer, to bring it to downtown Greenfield,” said Brian Smith. “It gives us a chance to re-imagine the event and keep it among our neighbors.




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