5 Things to Do in the Winter in Western Massachusetts

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"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.

Ring in the New Year!

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As 2017 approaches, you might be contemplating how to ring in the New Year. How about hosting a neighborhood party? A New Year’s Eve party isn’t just a way to have some fun; it’s a chance to get to know your neighbors. Read on for some ideas on how to host an extra-special soiree in your home.

Make Your Own Bubbly Bar

If you really want to dazzle your friends and neighbors, transform your bar cart into a mobile bubbly bar. Fill it with all kinds of beverages: wine, champagne, and ready-to-mix juices and soda. Use drinkware in different sizes to add a touch of whimsy. Here’s a fun extra: Include a fortune cookie inside each glass. Before guests sip their beverage of choice, they’re treated to a prediction about the year ahead.

Go Glam

If there was ever a time to get glitzy and glamorous, it’s New Year’s Eve. But don’t just think about your wardrobe and jewelry; look to your party decor. What’s an easy way to jazz up your party and make it festive for a midnight toast? Add some sparkle to your wine, martini and champagne glasses (and even your bottles of bubbly). Check out this tutorial on how to make your own sparkling drinkware. It’s an interesting idea that adds a sophisticated touch to your New Year’s celebration.

Get Inventive with Photos

If you want to go all out, spring for a photo booth at your party for a fun way to document the festivities. Don’t want to go that route? Designate an area in your home as a photo zone. Bring in some creative props (colorful boas, cowboy hats, and 2016 glasses are all musts). Ask your guests to put their goals in writing on a chalkboard square, and then snap a photo of their resolutions. It’s a great memento and a fun reminder of what they hope to accomplish.

Happy New Year

This New Year’s Eve, make a connection with your neighbors by hosting an unforgettable bash. By implementing a few of the ideas above, it’s easy to ring in the New Year in style.



Northampton Holiday Stroll 2016

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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:

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.


Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors Agent Phil Pless claims victory at the 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

Over 160 participants and 113 volunteers made this year's 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon the best yet. Hosted by Berkshire East Ski Area, racers could do the event solo in the Braveheart Laddie or Lassie category, or join with others in teams of 2-5. The race consists of a 4.5 mile trail run, an 18 mile four lap criterium bicycle leg, a 5 mile downstream paddle in the Deerfield River, a 2 mile obstacle course run and a climb to the top of Berkshire East and ski down to the finish. 


Phil had all positive things to say about this event:

"My team is The West County Old Stars. We regained our title in the 50+ 5 person team category. We beat last year's winner, Mighty Molitia, our friends and rival, The Zephyrs, and a new team this year, 4 Lesbians and a Guy in a Skirt. Overall winning team was Team Thunder. In the Under 19 category, Varsity M, from Mohawk, edged Tenacious Turtles from Amherst RHS.  Another thing that made it such a great event is how many of us know each other on various teams and have many friendly rivalries.  John McCarthy from Ludlow won the Braveheart Laddie, first male solo."


We're proud to be part of this great community event and are rooting for The West County Old Stars to continue their claim on the First Place title in the future! Way to go, Phil!

We're a proud sponsor.

We're a proud sponsor.

Phil Pless at the finish!

Phil Pless at the finish!

All Breed Dog Show at Big E

Great Barrington Kennel ClubFor Western Massachusetts Dog  Enthusiast, the Great Barrington Kennel Club will host the 95th/96th Annual All Breed Dog Show on January 31st and February 1st at the Big E.   Show starts at 8:30 in the Better Living Center and is FREE to the general public.

Check out the Great Barrington Kennel Club Fan Page by clicking HERE, or their website by clicking on the logo.  More information may be found at the Big E website by clicking HERE






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Veteran's Day 2014

American FlagVeteran's Day 2014 the Pioneer Valley is filled with opportunities to thank the men and women who serve in our nation's military.  If you are looking for a way to remember our veterans, follow the link below.

Veteran's Day Parade in Greenfield, Mass. will be on Tuesday, November 9th. The Parade will begin at 10am, travel down Federal Street to the Veterans Mall on Main Street.  The community is encouraged to join the event.

At 11am in Northampton, MA a parade will begin at Lapron Park, then head down Bridge Street to Main Street, ending at Memorial Hall.  Another event to support our troops.

For a complete list of Veteran's Day activities click HERE.




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We Are #1 in the State!

Coldwell BankeColdwell Banker | Community Realtors No1r Upton-Massamont REALTORS received the destinction of being the #1 Coldwell Banker Affiliate in the State of Massachusetts at the National Convention in California last night!  We work hard to serve our Buyers and Sellers with the best tools available in the real estate industry today.  We are happy to share this service in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  Check us out at or call one of our 4 convenient locations today.  Deerfield (413) 665.3771, Shelburne (413) 625.6366, Northampton (413) 586.8355 or our Amherst office (413) 461.3650.

GSFABA - 18th Annual Auction

GSFABA_Auction_2014_11X17 Saturday, April 5th at 6:00 PM

Shelburne / Buckland Community Center

53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA

Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Chef Margaret Fitzpatrick. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are only $20 per person and include one free drink. Tickets at the door will be $25 per person.

To make reservations:  mail checks to the GSFABA office at P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

Cash payments can be made at the GSFABA office located at 75 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls.

Credit card payments can be made in person or by calling 413-625-2526.

 If you have questions or need additional information please contact the GSFABA office at 413-625-2526 or email

Table Top Expo

Table Top

Mike Packard, David Santos, Brian Megliola, Dave Ryan and not pictured Timothy Parker

Over 700 people attending the Table Top Expo held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke last night.  This event was sponsored by the Northampton, Easthampton and Holyoke Chambers of Commerce and opened to the public

With over 175 exhibits there was no shortage of information to be learned.  Our booth sponsored our Commercial Division, Emerson Way Development and several other areas of real estate were featured for attendees to see.

If you caught our booth and need to contact one of our agents you can contact Mike Packard at (413) 522-2220, David Santos at (413) 362-9250, Brian Megliola at (413) 575-3932, Dave Ryan at (413) 977-9784 and Timothy Parker at (413) 923-2900.


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Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

BJP-logoApril 5, 2014 - Charlemont, Mass.

The annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon features many of the best outdoor adventures in our area.  The five events - a 10k trail run, 18 miles of road biking, 5 miles of kayaking, a mile to the top of the mountain and a downhill ski to the finish - can only happen on the same day at the turn of the seasons. It may be a bit cold for road biking and kayaking and a bit warm for skiing, but here else can you do it all on the same day?

For additional information; how to sign up, team types, cost to enter, where to register, click over to the Berkshire Highlands Events Website.

2014 Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont has 2 agents competing on different teams.  The excitement is brewing in the Shelburne Falls Office as Phil Pless and Tim Parker prepare for Event Day!


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