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5 Things to Do in the Winter in Western Massachusetts

"The weather outside is frightful!" but there's still so much to do in Western Massachusetts in the winter!

1. Yankee Candle, of course! Located in South Deerfield, MA, you will find more than 400,000 candles in over 200 scents! This is a special place where magic comes to life. From watching animated, singing characters to celebrating Christmas year 'round, this is a place where your whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. 

2. Elmer's in Ashfield for a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. They tout themselves as "Big time breakfast and Friday night dinner joint, Old Timey Natural Foods Grocery and Art Gallery". There's also The Old Creamery in Cummington, a retail store and cafe, but also a hub of activity and a social gathering place. If you're in the mood for a cup of fair trade coffee, craft beer, or some live music, head over to Shelburne Falls and Mocha Maya's!

3.The Botanic Garden at Smith College. This garden was founded over 100 years ago and is home to thousands of plants. They are open year round from 8:30am-4pm and a donation of only $2 is suggested for admission.

4. Ice Skating at UMASS Mullins Center. It's only $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Check their calendar for dates and times.

5. The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner's Falls shows the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center’s building and exhibits are fully accessible and are free and open to the public. Inside the main building, walk-through dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes of this 410-mile-long river from its arboreal source near the Canadian border, through forests and farms, past villages, towns, and cities, all the way down to the estuary at the Long Island Sound.

 

Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

Northampton Holiday Stroll 2016

The 2016 Northampton Holiday Stroll takes place Friday, December 9, 2016 from 5-8pm. Main Street, Northampton will be closed down to vehicles from the Academy of Music to Strong Avenue. Attendees can enjoy music, hay rides, food and drink from local cafes, face painting, street entertainers and so much more!

Get there early for even more fun! In addition to the following schedule of events, there are also many ongoing activities which can be found here: http://www.northamptonholidaystroll.com

3pm – Get an early start to the Stroll with the Smiffenpoofs!

4pm -  Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music

4-8pm - Smith College Museum of Art -- Free Second Friday

  • 4:15-4:45pm Smith College Campus School Chorus performs at the SCMA
  • 4-6pm  Art making for all ages - Journey Journals: make your own travel sketchbook
  • 6-6:30 Guided conversation exploring a work of art in the SCMA
  • Plus Holiday Shopping at SCMA all day long (10am-8pm)!

5pm - Sticks & Bricks Holiday Trunk Show!  Stroll on down for one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts by local artists (head to Market Street, just under the railroad bridge on your left!)

5-6:30pm - Sam the Minuteman!  Look for him walking up and down Main Street.

5:30pm (or so) - Local's burger eating contest!  In Main Street, near Local

6pm   - Local Chorus inside UU Church
           – Smithereens, 6-7pm; Location tbd
           - ringing of the Smith College carillion

6pm - Valley Rock Choir!  Location tbd


6-7:30 - Live greek music in the street in front of Filos Greek Taverna

6-8pm - Book launch and First Annual Bad Rap Contest at the Parlor Room: Celebrate the publishing of 'The Pencil Bandits' by local youth author Henry Reade and enter the first annual Bad Rap Contest.  Anything goes; just for fun!  15 and under category; prizes awarded.  Bring your friends! 


6:15pm – Mayor Narkewicz - book reading (a selection from Wind in the Willows) at 
Broadside Bookshop

6:30pm – Nota Bene – inside Silverscape

6:30pm - Pioneer Valley Capella; location tbd

6:30pm – Celtic Heels performance – in the street in front of City Hall

7pm – Spirit of the Heart martial arts demonstration; in front of City Hall

7-10pm - Rise Up and Sing -- Hope & Courage Sing-along; Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center St.

7:30pm – Community carol sing-along with Jonathan Harvey (Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus) in the Unitarian Universalist Church

7:30pm – Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music

 

 

Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

 

Apple Picking in Western Massachusetts

The leaves are starting to change and we are smack dab in the middle of apple picking season! This is a perfect time to take a leisurely drive down a quaint New England scenic route, enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and stop at a local orchard.

My kids are older now but every year when they were little we would pick apples at the local apple orchard, go home, peel and core them and bake fresh apple pies. The kids loved it! The whole house smelled amazing and it’s the perfect cozy dessert to share on a chilly New England fall evening.

Making an apple pie is as easy as pie! And also, I cheat. I buy the ready made pie crust so what could be easier than that? Click on the picture below for a recipe I found on Pinterest that is basically the one I use but with gorgeous pictures. 

Check out these local apple orchards:

Franklin County

Apex Orchards, 225 Peckville Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 

Bear Swamp Orchard, 1209 B Hawley Road, Ashfield, MA 

Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA

Dole Farm, Peckville Road, Shelburne, MA

Hamilton Orchards, 22 West Street, New Salem, MA

Mohawk Orchards, Colrain-Shelburne, MA

Pine Hill Orchards, 248 Greenfield Road, Colrain, MA

Quonquont Farm and Orchard, 9 North Street, Whately, MA

 

Hampshire County

Atkins Farm, 1150 West Street, Amherst, MA

Bashista Orchards, 160 East Street, Southampton, MA

Dickinson Farms, 134 South Street, Granby, MA

Kielbasa Orchards, 290 Bay Road, Hadley, MA

Outlook Farm, 136 Main Road, Route 66, Westhampton

Round Hill Orchard, 1 Douglas Road, Southampton

Small Ones Farm, 416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

South Hadley Farm, 10 Pearle Lane, South Hadley, MA

 

For detailed information on the above orchards, http://www.pickyourown.org/MAwest.htm. Enjoy!

 

Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

 

 

The Story of Our Home

I couldn't agree more with this commercial.  This commercial shows such a simple story but one many of us relate to or make us think of our own story.  My home has a story that started many years ago, it is where all my memories are -  from getting married, bringing the babies home, running to the ball games, plays and even doctor appointments.   It all happened starting at home, the biggest and best purchase I have every made.

https://youtu.be/Jf0MJ0LX90g

How about you, what is your story?

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