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West County Notebook, October 12, 2018

  • An image from the latest Robert Strong Woodward calendar. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/BUCKLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Friday, October 12, 2018
Last call for Colrain Farmers Market

COLRAIN — The final Hilltown Farmers Market this year will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at Lefty’s Garden, 1 Coombs Hill Road. Many of its season-long vendors will be returning with food, home goods, and crafts for local shoppers and autumn visitors.

This was the first year of this Colrain farmers market, and at least a dozen farms, craftspeople and vendors, from Colrain and surrounding towns participated.

Other vendors with family-oriented products, services and activities may join the market if they contact Kim at: hilltownfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 413-768-8370 by Oct. 15.

Hilltown Farmers Market is a nonprofit, volunteer-run business league.

Irish concert to benefit Colrain history group

SHELBURNE FALLS — Irish music and local brews will highlight a benefit for the Colrain Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center at 53 Main St. Ikey’s Crossing is a duo that features Colrain native Martha Hollister Aschmann and her husband James — an upstate New York couple that retired from dairy farming and have been performing Irish music across New York since 2015. This will be their first performance in West County. Sponsors for the evening include Colrain’s Stoneman Brewery, West County Cider, and Catamount Country Store. There beverages will be available that evening. Kevin Hollister, Martha’s brother, will be emcee. Tickets, on a sliding scale, are $10 to $20. They are available at Catamount Country Store, Boswell’s Books, Hager’s Farm Market and at Nancy Dole Books and Ephemera.

Calendar time forRS Woodward fans

BUCKLAND — The Buckland Historical Society’s 2019 Calendar of Robert Strong Woodward’s beautiful West County scenes is available for $20, with proceeds to benefit the Historical Society. The calendar is on sale at: Andys’s and The Oak Shoppe, Deerfield Street, Greenfield; Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls and at the Buckland Public Library, Upper St., Buckland.

Woodward (1885-1957), a Buckland artist, was famous for his New England pastels and paintings, which were acquired by such celebrities as George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, poet Robert Frost, and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. At age 21, Woodward was injured by accidental gunshot and was paralyzed from the waist down. He went to live at his uncle’s farm in Buckland and during his life, he painted 600 oil paintings and 285 pastels.

More of his work can be seen online at: www.robertstrongwoodward.com

Three join Buckland panel

BUCKLAND — Carol Cone, Jim Bonham and Clarissa Spawn are the newest members of the town’s Cultural Council. They were appointed to that board on Oct. 10 by the Selectboard.

Forest talk Thursday at Mohawk

BUCKLAND — The North Woods speakers’ series continues with “Massachusetts Forests: A 21st Century Vision,” on Thursday, Oct. 18, with a talk called, “Saving Massachusetts Forests for Climate, Nature and People.”

The talk is presented by the Greenfield-based Concerned Citizens of Franklin County and Concord-based RESTORE. It takes place at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The presenters believe state forests are vital in storing carbon to fight climate change, and providing critical natural habitat, but they fear forests are currently open to resource extraction and need protection. Speaker Michael Kellett is cofounder and executive director of RESTORE: The North Woods — a Massachusetts-based conservation organization. With at least 30 years experience working to protect forests, wildlife, parks, and wilderness, he will review current challenges and suggest strategies for solving them. RESTORE’s website is: www.restore.org