Local author, musicians coming to Green Fields Market

  • Eveline MacDougall and her 15-year-old son, Gillis, perform at the Northfield Creamie. Along with 15-year-old Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thomsen, the two will lead a musical performance and story session at Green Fields Market on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Gillis MacDougall, left, and Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thomsen play together as young musicians during a community garden event in Greenfield in 2012. The two, now both 15, will perform together at Green Fields Market on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Eveline MacDougall will share stories from her new book, “Fiery Hope: Building Community with the Amandla Chorus” at Green Fields Market on Thursday. The book was released this fall by Haley’s Publishing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Report
Published: 12/3/2019 5:02:16 PM

GREENFIELD — The Green Fields Market’s meeting space will be brought to life Thursday with a free musical performance and story session featuring a local author and musicians.

Located at 170 Main St., the meeting space will welcome local author and fiddler Eveline MacDougall at 6:30 p.m., according to a press release. MacDougall will kick off the event with live music featuring young artists Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thomsen, 15, playing mandolin and Gillis MacDougall, 15, playing guitar. The two teenage musicians have played together since they were young children.

At 7 p.m., the author will share stories from her new book, “Fiery Hope: Building Community with the Amandla Chorus.” The book was released this fall by Haley’s Publishing, the release states.

At the reading, Eveline MacDougall will share amusing vignettes from a time when she worked as a co-op cashier, back when the store operated out of a small space on Chapman Street. She will also share stories of “local heroes” Wally and Juanita Nelson, Suzy Polucci and others, including stories about the Pleasant Street Community Garden — formerly located on the site of the John Zon Community Center.

MacDougall is the founder of Fiery Hope, the local chorus formerly known as Amandla. The group sings material gathered from around the world, promoting peace and social justice. Its members have collaborated with Pete Seeger, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, César Chávez, Malala Yousafzai and many others.




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