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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Craigieburn Alpaca Farm Field Trip - INSTEAD OF the Shutesbury playgroup on Friday, April 27 we will head over to the Alpaca Farm in Shutesbury, 243 West Pelham Road. 9:30-11am. We will get up close and personal and learn about the alpacas from Susan and Steve Rice, owners. Wear mud boots and farm clothes to explore the pastures. CNC will provide a light snack. Enjoy a simple craft with farm materials. For more information and to register contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. This program is sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children.
~Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell families) - Wednesday, April 4 at Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road from 6-7:30. Free child care and potluck dinner. Registration required.
~Noticing Nature with Young Children in Your Own Backyard - Parent / Caregiver workshop to be held at the Erving Elementary School, 28 Northfield Road, Erving on Thursday, April 12 from 6-8pm. Free child care and dinner. Registration required.
~Birds, Beasts, and Bugs - series for children preK-3rd grade to be held at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road on Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30-11:30am. Registration appreciated.
~4-H Babysitting Workshop - Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road on Friday, April 20 from 9:30-4pm. For ages 12-18 years of age. Registration required.
In order to register for any of our programs or to be put on our mailing list, please contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. We look forward to hearing from you!
Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair
Co-Sponsored by the Gill-Montague, Mohawk, Greenfield, Pioneer, Union #28, and Union #38 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs, PCHP and First Church in Greenfield.
Come learn about options for preschool, Head Start, family childcare, out-or-school time programs, playgroups, story hours, and other community resources in the Franklin County Area. Each family will receive a FREE book. Refreshments available. A special visit with Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey!
This is a FREE event. To be held on Saturday, March 24 at the First Church in Greenfield, 43 Silver Street from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information, contact Deb Wood, Pioneer Valley Schools CFCE Coordinator, 413-498-2660
Mutton & Mead, the Medieval Festival in Montague, MA, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 2012, is looking for Day, and Pre-Faire Volunteers.
Day Volunteers will work a four-hour shift within the festival, on either day (or both) and then have four hours access as a guest on that day.
Pre-Faire Volunteers will assist with the creation and set-up of the festival on weekends and some evenings leadig up to the Festival weekend, at their availability, on tasks such as set design, construction, materials transport and management, or committee work. All pre-faire volunteers who put in at least eight hours of volunteer time will gain access to the festival for one day. Those who put in at least 16 hours of volunteer time will gain access to both days of the festival.
All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a certificate of appreciation from the festival.
Everyone wishing to register as a volunteer for the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival should go to the online application form, located on the Festival's official website.
Our playgroups and story hours are happening regularly in all 5 towns in our school union nearly every day of the week! Check out the Shutesbury Story Hour (Mondays 10-11am) at the MN Spear Library and the Shutesbury Playgroup (Fridays 9-10:30am) in the Elementary School Gym.
Also this month, Happiest Baby on the Block parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 6 from 6-8 at the Erving Elementary School. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.
Toileting Tips parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 20 from 6-8 at the Swift River School, New Salem. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.
"Things That Go!" Pajama Story Time with Shutesbury's own Jennifer Swender - Sunday, March 25 from 5-6pm at the Erving Public Library. No registration required.
Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair - Saturday, March 24 from 12:30-2:30 at First Church, 43 Silver Street in Greenfield. Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey will be there to entertain!
Any questions or to be on our mailing list, please call 978-544-5157 and speak to Jessica or Gillian!
As many of you know, a Shutesbury family lost their house to a fire and a mom and her two girls are homeless and in need of clothing, shoes, and some toys. Any donations can be dropped off at Wilburn Chiropractic.
They need: Girls clothing size 9 or 10/12 in blues/blacks; shoe size 2. Girl clothing size 6 or 7/8 in pink, girly colors. Shoe size 13. Women's clothing size XL with feminine style, solid colors, shabby chic; size 10 shoes. Thank you for helping this family!!!
SHUTESBURY — It was the terrified growl of a cat named Spooky that alerted Sinneh Rose to the fire that ravaged the home she and her two daughters lived in.
Rose said that she and her daughters had gone to bed about 9 p.m. Sunday and about two hours later, Spooky had come into the bedroom, growling and crying, waking her up.
It was then she saw the flames from the living room.
Pajama Story Time at the Wendell Free Library, "Just One of Those Days!" for children 3rd grade and younger and their adult caregiver/s.
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wear your PJ's, bring a pillow or cozy teddy bear. Hear some stories and enjoy a cozy night out with family and friends. Small snack and take home activity provided too!
Sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children. Questions? Contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 or email@example.com.
Wendell Free Library
7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell
The Shutesbury Elementary School PTO is holding their annual Holiday Marketplace THIS SATURDAY at the school. This is a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping and support local artisan crafters and fair trade purveyors. I don’t have a list of all the venders.(over 30) but I know there will be glass, fiber, fabric, maple syrup, photography, holiday ornaments, quilts, wood and so much more. I will be there as usual with heat/cold natural therapy pillows, market totes, beaded dragonflies and spiders, and cuddle dogs. This is such a fantastic community event - it’s really a "do not miss"! In addition to all the artisan crafters there will also be soups donated by Karma, Hope And Olive, Mango Mango, and The Black Sheep along with bread from Wheatberry and Bread Euphoria.
I hope to see you there! The Marketplace is in the school gym and will be open from 10 am - 3 pm. There is no admission charge.
MA State has one of the most lucrative solar programs in the country! Representatives from a local solar energy company (based in Ludlow) will show you how to get started with solar electric (PV). They will explain how the technology works, how much it costs, what incentives and rebates are available to you from State and Federal governments, and all about Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). Come to this free presentation to learn how you can start turning the sun into money today!
Where: Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA
The 2011 Montague Soapbox Derby will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, in Unity Park, Turners Falls. Race Applications are available on the website, as are the Race Rules. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, August 31st.
Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the race last year, and the potential to have more racers than can be handled, the committee is capping the number of entrants to 100. If you plan to enter you are urged to get your application in early. Racers who raced last year may apply for the same racer number, and may also enter the same cart if they wish. Racer fee: $25.
A Brazilian drummer, Ricardo Frota, is leading a drum circle on Thursday nights at the Rebel Café on Rt 202 in Pelham from 7 to 9pm. Everyone is welcome to join in or just listen.
I went last Thursday. Took my dumbek (Middle-eastern drum) and had a fun cross-cultural evening. Folks are bringing their own drums or borrowing his. He also welcomes other people's music and song. Ricardo does accept a small donation for his time but I get the impression he'd rather have people participate regardless of their financial situation.
How about predator drone attacks in North Waziristan and Libya? Can they be toxic to humans? Can they contribute to environmental pollution? Probably not as much as cherry bombs over Lake Wyola! Having said that, I am requesting that no one exhales - your carbon emissions will contribute to Global Warming, and as a consequence, the planet will melt. Where will we be then? Thank you for your kind cooperation, and have a nice day. :)