Winterfest weekend coming to Ashfield

  • Pottery by Maya Machin, who is holding an open studio Dec. 2 and 3 in Ashfield. Contributed photo/Dee Brochu—

  • A group arts and crafts show will be held at St. John's Corner House during Ashfield's Winterfest. Contributed photo/Dee Brochu—

  • Glass work by Ed Branson, who will have an open studio during Ashfield's Winterfest. Contributed photo—

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/27/2017 5:17:43 PM

ASHFIELD — On Saturday and Sunday, Ashfield will become a place of horse-drawn rides through the town center, Christmas tree shopping, arts and craft shows, open studio demonstrations, music, cider tastings and food.

The annual Winterfest takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with events throughout town center and beyond. “Arts, Evergreens and Practicalities” is the theme, with dog sledding demonstrations, two-horse open-sleigh rides, farm gifts, children’s activities and a community band concert and sing-along.

Group shows of arts and crafts take place at the Congregational Church, St. John’s Corner House, the Curtis House, Spruce Corner Schoolhouse and at 339 Main St. Glass artist Ed Branson, potter Maya Machin, with weaver Scott Norris hold open studios both days. Also, Greg Ruth and Jen Smith will be showing original art, books, prints, photography and more at 395 Main St.

It’s not too early to pick out a fresh and locally grown tree at one of the town’s three tree farms: Cranston’s, Pieropan’s or Wolfie’s tree farms. Spring Water Farm features children’s activities, farm products and miniature Christmas houses. There will be cider tastings and sales at Bear Meadown Farm Cidery or Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery.

Here are the events scheduled for each day:


Children’s stuff at the Belding Memorial Library includes story time for toddlers and preschoolers from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Listen to winter stories and make a book to take home. Winter stories and games for children ages 5 and up from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Hilltown Dog Sledding Demonstration, snow or no snow, on the Town Common from 2 to 4 p.m. with Maria BB of Hilltown Sleddogs.

Two-horse open sleigh rides will be available from Elmer’s for round-trip rides around town, both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m.


Double Edge Theatre, music, art and tours of the facility, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ashfield Community Band concert and sing-along, 3 p.m. at Community Hall.

Art opening: Architectural renderings of notable 19th-century area buildings by Andrew Quient, 1 to 3 p.m. at Elmer’s.

Recital at St. John’s Church, featuring contralto Beth Sperry, singing songs of Robert Schumann, accompanied by Christopher Haynes on piano.

Nan Parati of Elmer’s and Jill Rierdan of St. John’s Church are coordinating events.

Fliers with addresses and maps of participating places are available online at:

The weekend-long event is partly supported by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council.


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