Franklin County, MA Events

Sunday Funday at the Shutesbury Athletic Club

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Want to help veterans in need? How about pets in shelters? How about a fun place to bring the kids for a few hours? We have just the event for you! Sunday Fun Day at the Shutesbury Athletic Club! This great, family fun event happens on June 11 from 2-5pm. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets. Listen to live music, enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, a raffle, and catch up with friends and neighbors. Kids can enjoy face painting and other fun activities!

How can you help veterans in need? Bring and donate any household items (see list below). We have partnered with Homeward Vets for this event. They have a simple mission: to help veterans in need. They do that by providing previously homeless veterans with home furnishings when they transition from homelessness and move into the community. They make a difference in every life they touch. You, too, can make a difference! Here is a sampling of the items needed:

Bed Frames – any size
Mattresses (NEW ONLY)
Night stands
Couch/ loveseat - clean and in very good condition and in move-in condition
Chairs – Dining room and living room
Kitchen Table with chairs
Pots and Pans                                                                                        
Cups/Plates (Dishes)
Curtains/ Shades                                                                                                                 
Shower Curtain (NEW ONLY)
Coffee Pot

If you would like to help animals at Dakin Humane Society, bring any of the following items to Sunday Fun Day and we will deliver to Dakin in Leverett.

Cats and Kittens

  • Canned cat food (cats prefer pate-style, rather than chunks-in-gravy)

  • Dry cat food (opened bags are okay; we give them to feral cat colony feeders)

  • Human baby food (chicken or turkey, meat & gravy-style only, no vegetables, please)

  • Cat litter (clumping and non-clumping)

  • Cat toys

  • Small ceramic cat bowls (busy kitties knock regular bowls over!)

Dogs and Puppies

  • Freeze dried beef liver (for training)

  • Kong rubber toys (to keep dogs busy)

  • Bully sticks (to keep dogs busy)

  • Hot dogs (for training)

Birds, Bunnies, and Other Small Animals

  • Large cages in excellent condition

  • Bird perches (varying sizes)

  • Washed greens

Maintenance Supplies

  • Large trash bags

  • Paper towels

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Dish soap

  • Bleach

  • Liquid laundry detergent

  • Facial tissues

Office Supplies

  • Postage stamps

  • Copy paper

  • Pens

The Shutesbury Athletic Club is located at 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury, MA.




  1. Mary Godfrey. Athol. Mass 01331. on

    if we have none off the items you mentioned. Then can a monetary donation be giving to help buy the things you need. For the poor animals. Who do we make the check out to and where do we mail it. Thank you.
    • Debra Thompson on

      Hi as a volunteer at the Franklin county regional dog shelter in Turners Falls we are always looking for donations like Dakin Thank you

      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.

      Apple Picking in Western Massachusetts

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      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, 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.



      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!

      Seussical The Musical at Mohawk Trail Regional High School

      Seussical The Musical PosterPlenty of time to order your general admission tickets to the Mohawk Trail Regional High School presentation of Seussical.   Tickets on sale now by calling 413.625.9811 x1364 with three showings beginning Friday night at 7pm, Saturday night at 7pm and through Sunday at 2pm.

      Tickets are $5.00 for Seniors & Students with children under 2 years FREE.  Adults $10.00 per person.

      This is a great family fun musical, hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it this weekend!

      Crafts of Colrain 2014


      Crafts of Colrain Annual November Studio Tour

      November 8th-9th

      Colrain, Massachusetts is one of the last, great "undiscovered" places. Tucked beneath the Vermont state line and above the Deerfield River, Colrain has long been a refuge for artists, artisans and others looking for someplace beautiful and affordable in which to do their work, while appreciating and preserving the area's pastoral past.

      Colrain's diverse artisans invite you up to their hilltops and vales to demonstrate their crafts and display and sell their wares.

      Colrain's artists hold an annual Studio tour and participate in other events to exhibit their work. Many of the artists studios are also open all year round.

      Phamplet with directions and self-guided tour may be found by clicking HERE.

      CiderDays 2014 - Franklin County MA

      cd14homeimageCelebrating it 20th year, this event offers Three days (Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 2nd) of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the Falls. CiderDays is a great event in the fall for the whole family throughout Franklin County, MA.  For a list of Venues and Events click HERE.

      Halloween Fun For Your Teenagers

      LookingZombie-Ad-BOIHAZARD-MOON for some Halloween Fun for your teenagers?  When the Trick or Treat days are over, many teenagers struggle with how to have fun on Halloween. Mike's Maze at 25 South Main Street in Sunderland, MA is providing an event just for you.  "Zombie Paintball Night Patrol".  Check out their website and plan your evening with the best fun in town.

      CiderDays held November 2nd & 3rd, 2013

      Time to check out this years Annual CiderDays in Franklin County, MA.  This is a great community event held at Apple Orchards throughout the county.  The schedule is filled with tours, cidermaking, tastings, workshops and more.  Many child-friendly events and most activities are free, click  Cider Days 2013 Schedule for a copy of the schedule and list of all the Franklin County Orchards.