West County Notebook: June 7, 2023

Published: 06-06-2023 7:06 PM

Colrain Historical Society hosting industrial history talk

COLRAIN — The Colrain Historical Society will host an industrial history program following its business meeting on Thursday, June 8, in the Stacy Barn, located behind the Pitt House at 8 Main Road.

The expansion of Griswold Manufacturing Co. in Colrain was made possible by the creation of the industrial canal in Turners Falls after the Civil War. A recent video made by the Montague Historical Society, “The Canal at Montague,” traces that history, how Turners Falls grew around the canal and how the Griswolds joined this industrial complex. The video will be shown and discussed with videographer Chris Clawson.

The industrial history program will start at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Music, swing dance lesson set for Thursday

ASHFIELD — The O-Tones will provide music, coupled with a swing dance lesson led by The Lindy League of Western Massachusetts, on Thursday, June 8, at Town Hall.

The swing dance lesson begins at 7 p.m., followed by live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a break.

Participants are advised to wear soft-sole shoes to protect the wooden floors. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance at Ashfield Hardware. The sliding-scale admission rate is $10 to $20.