I know, it's hard to believe, but spring is next week! It's time to start thinking about gardening, outdoor projects, and even indoor projects! It's also the start of a few expos, such as the Western Mass Home & Garden Show (http://westernmasshomeshow.com), and the Valley Home Expo (http://homegarden.gazettenet.com).
The Valley Home Expo will be held at Smith Vocational High School Gymnasium in Northampton, MA on Saturday, March 18 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, March 19 from 11am-5pm. There are "How To" workshops on installing ceramic floor tile, choosing the best alternative heater for your home, installing faucets and toilets, and maintaining your wood or pellet stove. You can also learn about optimizing your solar investment, the right floors for your home, the flooring of the future, and home composting. On Saturday, March 18th the Northampton Winter Farmers Market is also taking place at Smith Vocational High School, so make sure to stop by there as well. Admission to both the Expo and the Farmers Market is free!
The Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show takes place at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield, MA on Thursday, March 23 from 1pm-9pm, Friday, March 24 from 1pm-9pm, Saturday, March 25 from 10am-9pm, and Sunday, March 26 from 10am-5pm. The show is located in the Better Living Center, the Young Building, and the outdoor area between the two buildings. Parking is $5 (cash) per vehicle and general admission is $10 per person, children under 12 are free. There is a special discount coupon available on their website (see above).
In addition to the many vendors at the Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show there are cooking shows with some of the finest chefs in the Pioneer Valley. There is also a designated kids area with clowns, animals from the Zoo at Forest Park, arts and crafts activities, a butterfly display from Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, and various other activities sure to amuse any child.