Friday – December 2 - 7:00 pm
Mount Toby Concerts - 194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA www.magpiemusic.com
With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.
Magpie's songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg's sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry's guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.
This performance will focus on the story of John Brown. It will draw from their CD featuring 11 songs about the famed abolitionist, his family, friends and associates. Plans are in the making for the presentation of their one-act play of the same name on May 6, 2022.
In Greg's words: We have also tried to raise some questions about violence. Our national history is rife with violence. In our present day most of us deplore violence and take a lofty moral view of U.S. history as if our nation all along was non-violent. Nothing could be further from the truth, and slavery represented one of the most violent aspects of that history, far more violent than anything Brown ever did. So the question is: when is violence, and further, violent civil disobedience, appropriate? When is a law or a government so wrong and so intransigent that it may be deemed appropriate to resort to it? Which is a greater "immorality" or a greater "evil," pro-active violence aimed at a redress of injustice or silent complicity in the injustice? How do we as a racist society deal with this story and with the legacy of slavery? From our point of view, Brown’s most important and most disquieting legacy is a call to direct action, not to violence. We believe, as people who have had the benefit of the great leaders Gandhi and King, that non-violent direct action is always best. Indeed, as we enter a new century there remain many problems in our society rooted in the negative aspects of our history which still require us to take direct action. We encourage everyone to search their own conscience and find their own way to take that action for the things they believe in. In particular, we encourage people everywhere to become involved in learning and practicing anti-racism, not just what is euphemistically referred to as non-racism. In our opinion, if you’re not part of the solution to racism, you’re part of the problem.
COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is no longer required. Measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use two room purifiers.
The last Wendell Monthly Market will be Saturday October 5th for the 2019 season. Pull on your warm sweater for brisk fall weather when you go to the north common by the gazebo from 10-1 for a fun time with vendors, musicians and Shell Hines doing bodywork. The Friends of the Wendell Library will have their Table Top Sale and food too!
The Wendell Monthly Market will be held at the gazebo on the Wendell town common this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will repeat the first Saturday of each month.
Come to buy, come to sell, come to browse, come to make music with neighbors and friends. Vendors will be joined by a bodywork practitioner in the gazebo.
For an idea as to what to expect, there will be organic veggies, cut flowers, starts, eggs, maple syrup, crafts, bric-a-brac, jewelry, locally made herbal remedies, artisan soaps, woodenware, native pollinator/wildflower plants and food, with a Table Top sale to benefit the Friends of the Wendell Library too!
My partner and I found a chocolate labrador on Lakeview Road this evening 9/5/16) at 9:40PM. He was a large male, with no collar. We tried to approach him, but he was too skittish.
If anyone is missing a lab or knows of someone who is, the dog was walking fast towards the corner of Lakeview and Lockes village road.
We hope that someone finds him soon.
Hi everyone! Tomorrow on the Wendell Town Common from 10-1pm:
Sugarbush Farm will have maple syrup and cookbooks.
Joyfarm will have organic, free-range fertile pastured eggs, fruit-infused
maple syrup and assorted plants.
Laughing Dog Farm will have collards, kale, chard, beet greens, lettuce,
beets, garlic, shallots, snow and snap peas, cut flowers + (lil' white
bunny holding) ...and more!
New Wendell Farm will have, in addition to CSA distribution, the following
extras to sell:
bunched greens, hukurei turnips, snow and snap peas, culinary sage bunches,
and head lettuce. *Head lettuce will be on sale this weekend, 2 for $4*!
Don't forget to eat your veggies this weekend, folks! The romaine is huge--
make some big, crunchy caesar salads to go along with your BBQ. Romaine
also gives the perfect crunch to fresh-grilled burgers.
In addition: Shelley Hines here, of Wellness Shines. This Saturday, July 2nd, I shall be offering Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu) and Energy Healing for the Body, Mind & Spirit. I'm available from 10am-1pm and shall be booking onsite, as well as ahead of time with a call from you, to me, at 508-631-6376. If anyone who has already experienced my healing work and feels inclined to share some feedback, that would be awesome.
Looking forward to our time together!
*Sugarbush* Farm will have 100% maple syrup and maple cookbooks! (That's me!)
*Laughing Dog Farm* will have chard, beet greens, kale, collards, lettuce,
garlic, snow peas, flowers and more, (Danny and Divya!)
*Lori Mars will be offering Integrated Bodywork*
Unwind from your busy week with Integrated Bodywork by Lori Mars. I meld
various techniques to relieve muscular skeletal tension and pain, bringing
balance and ease to your body. You may call me today, Fri. to sign up
early, or sign in @ the market tomorrow....or just show up between 10 am
*New Wendell Farm* will have head lettuce, bagged salad lettuce, bunched
greens sugar snap peas and kitchen herbs (sage, thyme, etc)
New Wendell Farm is Caro's. Come meet our newest CSA!
The Wendell Farmers Market (Saturday mornings, Wendell Common, 10-1:00) is a unique, weekly offering of high-quality, home-grown produce, plants, flowers, herbs, syrup and more, conceived in Wendell's inimitable spirit of diversity, generosity, creativity and mutual support. The vendors and practitioners of the Wendell Farmers Market aim to provide healthy, fresh and locally-grown sustenance (and services) to our friends and neighbors as well as other regional visitors to Wendell, especially those who value and are otherwise isolated from other good food sources. As well as fine produce, the Wendell Farmers Market often includes an on site healer/bodyworker, drummers and/or other minstrel musicians. Patrons include food lovers, friends, as well as local neighbors who come not only for the incredible, fresh, (largely organic!) produce, but as well to barter, kibbitz and talk gardening/food with the passionate farmer-teachers, onsite.
The Wendell Farmers Market welcomes other local growers, crafters, musicians and healers to participate, whether as "vendors", consumers, barterers or just to enjoy fellowship and a lovely view from the historic Wendell Common. Stop by and see us, Saturdays 10:00-1:00!
Sugarbush Farm features premium maple syrup crafted by Wendell farmer Bill Facey (who built a post-and-beam sugarhouse in Wendell. Laurel markets his syrup and can usually be seen on Saturdays at the Wendell Farmers Market as well as at the house at 47 Davis Road, off Mormon Hollow Road.
Laughing Dog Farm (of nearby Gill), run by Wendell "ex-pats" Divya Shinn and Dan Botkin, is a five acre, permaculture-inspired market farm, sanctuary and learning site, producing a wide variety of heirloom, seasonal and storage produce (plus herbs, flowers and garlic) to share with neighbors and friends... (CSA shares still available for summer.) 413-863-8696
Sarah Kohler's Joyfarm from New Salem and Caro Rozwell's new CSA will be there too!
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1997 Volvo 960 wagon. $700. Runs, but has several issues. Passed inspection last year. Solid body with almost no rust. HUGE back when the seats are down. Good for a contractor, station car, or first car for new driver. Put a tow hitch on this baby and haul that trailer anywhere! There may be several issues with the car, but they can be overcome. Have an open mind, and come take it away.
Come And Hear About High Speed Internet Choices For Shutesbury
Come and hear about High Speed Internet choices for Shutesbury
A meeting will be held at the Shutesbury Athletic Club
Tuesday, 21st January 2014, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
1. Robert Brooks will give us the details of the cost/benefit analysis that inclined 83% of the Leverett voters to choose to install their own Fiber-Broadband (BB)- to-the-Home system. (owned by their Town and run as a Municipal Utility)
2. He will also tell us about the progress Leverett has made with the installation phase, and how they anticipate completion by the end of this year.
3. Becky Torres will update us on the current understanding of Wired West’s efforts. (expected to be owned and run as a Municipal Utility Cooperative)
4. Question and Answer segment.
5. General discussion - of how to evaluate and make the best choice for the Town of Shutesbury?
This meeting is being organized by Graeme Sephton at the request of a bunch of other town residents. He is the cable plant engineer at UMass, responsible for installing and maintaining all fiber and copper communications cable on that campus.
Robert Brooks serves on the Leverett Broadband Committee, which is in charge of their fiber installation.
Becky Torres is Shutesbury’s delegate to Wired West
Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!
Visit our website www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.
We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.
Good News For Local Businesses
We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.
We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.
For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.
If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.
My name is Devin Hickman. I am starting a small dairy selling 100% grass-fed organic raw cows milk here in Montague. I am trying to gauge community interest for raw milk being available in Montague by conducting a small survey
If you are interested in healthy, great tasting, raw milk from grass-fed pastured cows being available right here in Montague, please take this small survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MTGQSMM
The survey is short, you don't need to register to take the survey, its free, and no demographic or personal information is required. The information will help me to figure if there is a good market for raw milk here in Montague.
Montague WebWorks will be moving its servers to a cloud environment in March
After five years of hosting our websites on a single server (or even a shared server, back in the old days) Mik Muller of Montague WebWorks decided it was time to take the next step in the evolution of Montague WebWorks -- to move up to the cloud.
The big move will start Friday morning, March 15th, and continue through Sunday evening, March 17th. Every website and email we host will move from our existing servers to our new Cloud Servers. There should be no interruption of service, though we ask you to bear with us.
What are Cloud Servers?
Cloud Servers are the same as regular servers, except that a very large number of them are tied together through networking and software to act as a larger, faster single server, that you can then take a "slice" of as a virtual single server.
The main benefit of this is that upgrading to more processing power and storage is literally a mouse-click away, rather than physically cracking a server case open and adding resources to a single box.
This means that, for Montague WebWorks, we will be moving from ONE server that hosts all our websites, our databases, our email server, to TWO cloud servers that will each actually be multiple processors spread across many machines. One of the servers will now be dedicated to only hosting the websites, and the other server will host the databases and the email server.
The plan is to further expand, by the end of the year, to a third cloud server so we can split our databases and email server onto separate machines.
And while we're moving up to two cloud servers, we're also upgrading all the software. Our web hosting server software will get a double upgrade -- from IIS 7 to IIS 8, and from ColdFusion 8 to ColdFusion 10 -- and our email server software will upgrade from SmarterMail 8 to Smartermail 11, which has major improvements for mobile devices.
What's the Bottom Line
The bottom line is that everything will become faster. This website will load faster, and if we also host your email, your email will send and arrive faster, and the webmail interface will run faster, and on all your mobile devices.
Montague WebWorks is moving up, and expanding. By the end of April we should have around 150 RocketFusion websites, with a goal of 200 by the end of the year.
If you're ready to switch your website over to Montague WebWorks, please call Mik at (413) 320-5336. We can get started early next week.
The “Made in Shutesbury” Holiday Shop is going to be fantastic! The Function Room at the Shutesbury Athletic Club will be filled with beautiful handcrafted items, books, gift certificates and more. The Shop will be open Dec. 14 from 6-9; Dec. 15 from 12-6; Dec. 16 from 1-6. Cash, Check, and Debit/credit are welcome. The Shutesbury Athletic Club will be open for business during shop hours so feel free to grab a beer, glass of wine, coffee, tea, soda, etc to sip while you shop. It’s located at 262 Wendell Rd., a little over a mile from the Post Office. Call 259-1474 if you need directions.
We have had some great new developments.
• Ron and Adrian Meck will be performing on guitar and fiddle from 1-3 on Saturday.
• Sales of Shutesbury logo items (t-shirts, mugs, etc) will benefit the elementary school 5/6 grade.
• The Shutesbury Afterschool Program will have small craft items made by the children for sale.
We have a truly amazing group of talented artisans, authors, and businesses. Here is some of what you can expect…
• Assorted paintings, soaps (John Walter)
• Barn hoodies, cowl neck scarves (Debra Pichanick)
• Beaded hair clips and jewelry (Kaya LeLacheur, Peace, Love, and Platypuses
• Book of poetry (Robert Clark)
• Candles in birch (Jen Dolan)
• Chenille weaving (Susan Loring Wells)
• Children's books (Paul Jacobs & Jennifer Swender)
• Crochet blanket, hats, and more (Colleen Chudzik)
• Dishtowels and other Christmas crafts (Michelle Wheeler)
• Felted scarves, small felted animals, felted soaps (Nina Compagnon, Nina's Fiber Arts)
• Gift certificates for holistic healing (Kristen Avonti)
• Gift Certificates for integrative acupressure (Karen Traub)
• Hazelwood necklaces (Kristen Lee)
• Herbal formulas (Jade Alicandro, Milk and Honey Herbs)
• Holiday ornaments, potholders (Jody Powell)
• Impressionistic nature photography (Leslie Cerier)
• Jewelry and knit hats (Sue Essig, Natures Hues)
• Jewelry from Metal and Stone (Joie Ciepala, Tre Sorelle Jewelry)
• Jewelry from upcycled items, paintings (Tani Anaya, EcoTai Jewelry)
• Klezmer music CDs (Brian Bender)
• Massage and body oils, bath Salts, floral Waters, organic healing salves, organic lip balms (Tanya Shersnow, Moon Butterfly Herbals)
• Natural therapy pillows, tote bags, cuddle dogs, beaded dragonflies and Christmas spiders (Melinda LeLacheur, Dragonfly Designs)
• Nature Photography (Maili Page)
• Painted glassware (Colleen Campbell)
• Painted tables, knitted baby hats/mitts (Liz Armstrong)
• Photographs of the Lake Wyola Area and notecards (Cathy Lawlor)
• Pouch puppets, butterfly marionettes, holiday cards (Ana Sobel)
• Shutesbury Cookbook (Shutesbury Community Church)
• Wampum Jewelry (David Dann)
• Watercolor paintings (Edith Hunsberger)
• Braided Bracelets to benefit Smile Train ( SES 6th grader Larkin Campbell Morton’s Bat Mitzvah project)
• Commemorative items from Shutesbury's 250 celebration
• Dean’s Bean’s Shutesbury coffee (S-Curve, etc) – sales benefit the Friends of the Library
• Shutesbury logo merchandise (sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, mugs...) Sales benefit the elementary school 5/6 grade
• Small creations by students in the SES Afterschool program.
Reading Celebration for the public, students and families with young children
"Reading Celebration! For the public, students and parents with young children"
Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury
Thursday, June 14 from 1-3pm
Author/illustrator talk with Jef Czekaj. Handmade book-making, a story walk, nursery rhyme olympics, book bingo, refreshments, summer reading information and more! Funding provided by Friends of the MN Spear Memorial Library, Union 28 Community Network for Children, SES PTO, and Community of Readers' grant with federal funds from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. For more info contact the school librarian, Marcia Bernard, at 413-259-1212.
Local Political Communes of the 1960s: a multimedia talk by Dan & Nina Keller
Friday April 20, 7pm (followed by Q&A, refreshments and social) at the Wendell Free Library
The Sixties, remembered as a decade of social change and turmoil (the Civil Rights Movement, assassinations of national leaders, the Vietnam War,) also saw widespread experiments in “back to the land” communal living. Many such communes or “intentional communities” existed in our local area.
Dan and Nina Keller will discuss the history and influence of such local communities with a focus on two where they were members: the Montague Farm, from which the alternative media Liberation News Service operated and Jimmy's Popcorn, which Dan founded in Wendell. Using a selection of books about the Montague Farm and documentary film footage taken by Dan and others, they will reflect upon how these communities extend a long utopian tradition in Massachusetts. In discussion afterwards we can compare this history to current local agricultural and protest movements.
Refreshments will be served after the program to continue the discussion and reminiscence.
Dan Keller, documentary film maker and organic farmer, also a long-time member of the Wendell Selectboard.
Nina Keller, educator, organic farmer, writer, political and NO NUKES activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell for 43 years.