West County Notebook: May 11, 2023

Published: 05-10-2023 5:33 PM

May 11: Meet the Candidates Night

SHELBURNE — In cooperation with the Senior Center, the town will hold a “Meet the Candidates Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the Senior Center, 7 Main St.

Meet the candidates running for elected positions in the May 16 election. Light refreshments will be served.

Shelburne Fallsauthor reading at Arms Library

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library at 60 Bridge St. will host a book reading with Shelburne Falls author Joan Livingston on Friday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Livingston will discuss how the hilltowns of western Massachusetts have inspired her writing and read from her latest books: “Following the Lead,” the sixth in her Isabel Long mystery series, and “The Sacred Dog.” Books will be available to purchase.

Plein air painting workshop being offered by Shantigar Foundation

ROWE — French-Canadian artist Helena Vallée-Dallaire will lead a plein air painting workshop at the Shantigar Foundation farm at 63 Davenport Road on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All experience levels are welcome. The $60 fee includes a catered lunch. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. To register, visit shantigar.org/plein-air-painting or call 413-339-4332.

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Vallée-Dallaire will start by sharing techniques of how to capture light and build a strong composition. After lunch, attendees will choose their spot to paint, with Vallée-Dallaire providing one-on-one support.

Vallée-Dallaire completed her master’s degree in fine arts at the New York Academy of Art in 2018. She works as a cultural mediator and drawing teacher at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Friends of the Brick Meetinghouse to meet Saturday

COLRAIN — The second meeting of the Friends of the Brick Meetinghouse off the town common, formerly the Congregational Church, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at 7 Main Road.

Interested parties can attend and become part of the endeavor to preserve the building. For more information, call 413-624-8818.

Trolley museum holding volunteer training days

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. is recruiting volunteers to help with its trolley car operation as well as ticket sellers, painters, carpenters and grounds maintenance.

There will be two training days on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 21. Both will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The trolley museum will provide hands-on and “classroom” training for all trolley and pump car crew members. The day is geared toward requalifying returning crew members, but new volunteers should attend as well. The program will cover safety issues, the proper operation on Trolley No. 10 and the pump car, and sharing the history of the trolley with guests.

For more information, visit sftm.org or call Safety and Instruction Supervisor Joshua Redenz at 413-682-4591. People who plan to attend should email trolley@sftm.org with SFTM in the subject line. Please include your name and a brief message. Lunch is provided at the volunteer day.