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Free Fun Friday!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

hd free friday

The Highland Street Foundation has enabled 67 museums and cultural venues to be visited with no admission charge on every Friday throughout the summer. Under their generous auspices, Historic Deerfield and Memorial Hall museums will be open absolutely free to all-comers on Friday, August 15th!

 From 9:30-4:30, visitors will have the opportunity to experience everything from period re-enactors, the first floor of the museum houses, historic trades and handicrafts, and artifacts and objects delineating this village’s history.

There will be lunch served at Champney’s starting at 11:30, but you can always bring a picnic, bring the dog, bring the children, and enjoy the visual experience of this National Historic Landmark Village laid out in 1671 and still lined with 18th- and 19th-century houses on their original sites. Wear comfy shoes if you don’t want ‘museum feet’ by the end of the day!

Summer Fairs & Fun in Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

After the seemingly endless, brutal winter, we and our visitors are more ready for summer shorts and Chacos than ever before.

Luckily there are loads of fun summer events around here in Western Massachusetts, from various town fairs to the Eastern States Exposition. Thank you to masslive.com for the useful listing below.

There is a lot to do with horses in our neck of the woods, as well as arts and crafts and music. We are 20 minutes north of Northampton, and close to the I-91 corridor, so the Deerfield Inn is a good middle spot to stay. Not only family-friendly, but dog-friendly, too! Please call ahead to see if one of our dog rooms is available for you. The walks around here in our state forests are a marvel of streams, lakes, interesting geology and rare flora and fauna. All good stuff for dogs and dogparents.

Glasgow Scottish Festival: Celebration of Scottish and Celtic Culture; Look Park, Northampton; July 19; $16. (413) 862-8095

Northampton Sidewalk Sale Days: Downtown Northampton, July 24-27 (413) 582-0723

Western Massachusetts Apaloosa Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 25-27. Free. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese

Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 31-Aug 2. 413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 8-10. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival: Aug. 9, Court Square, Springfield springfieldjazzfest.com

Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 12-16. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese

Westfield Fair: Russellville Road, Westfield, Aug. 15-17.

Dog Shows: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 20-24. Free. (413) 737-2443thebige.com/ese

Cummington Fair: 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, Aug. 21-24.
Springfield Indie Soul, Books, and Art Festival – Riverfront Park, Aug. 22-24; (413) 200-8870

Northampton Arts Council Transperformance: All-day rock concert to benefit Northampton Schools. Pines Theatre, Look Park, Northampton. 4-9:30 p.m., Aug. 26; (413) 587-1269

Three County Fair: Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, Aug. 29-Sept. 1; (413) 584-2237 www.threecountyfair.com

Summer Fairs in Massachusetts

 

Another Reason to Visit Deerfield – Memorial Hall Museum

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The oldest museum association in the country is opening again for the season. Located right here in Deerfield on Memorial Street, this three-story building, founded in 1870, in the original 1798 Deerfield Academy building, is filled with remarkable objects relating directly to Deerfield and its immediate environs. The native Pocumtuck people, Eastern European immigrants, and the African American experience are interpreted and presented here. Deerfield’s Arts & Crafts Movement, quilts, Hadley chests, paintings, photographs, tombstones, the famous 1704 hatchet-scarred door from the Sheldon house, as well as Bangwell Putt, the oldest-known rag doll in America who survived for so long partly because she was handled very gently by the little blind Clarissa Field who owned her, are just some of the things here to tell their stories. The impact of the continuum of history is very real and engaging in this special place which so lovingly preserves and documents Deerfield’s past. We invite you to stay with us at the Deerfield Inn when you visit this remarkable piece of history.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays, June through October (closed Mondays).

Hours: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6-21, and the little museum shop has some special pieces by area artisans.

And of course set aside plenty of time to visit Historic Deerfield and its absorbing exhibitions in the Flynt Center.

Memorial Hall Museum

On Your Bike!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

country bikes to rent

Thanks to our friend Henry – our Champney’s equivalent of Cheers’ cerebral Frasier Crane – we have two extraordinary and special country bikes that guests can rent. These bikes have big fat tires and a high gear, so you can sail up Eaglebrook hill like a Tour de France pro.

Recall the joy and wonder of the first day you (successfully) balanced and navigated a two wheeler? Well, our new ‘Large-Tire Country Bikes’ are guaranteed to replicate those feelings exponentially. We affirm this from personal experience!

These bicycles are as simple, stable, and maneuverable as they are fun. They have all terrain tires for sand, mud, slush, and easy road riding. A rental from morning to noon or noon to sunset is $39 for the pair; $25 for just one bike for a half day. We have a lock and key for you, as well as go-faster racing green bike helmets.

Ride them in confidence and comfort as you savor fresh country air and enjoy one of the most beautiful historic regions of New England.

The Inn will provide you with a custom-drawn map and a choice of some fascinating self-directed half day bicycle tours. And, for a nominal cost, picnic lunches are available for your bike baskets.

What a fun way to explore the area! You can put a sandwich and a bottle of water in the basket on your way to West Deerfield with a stop by the Deerfield River for a paddle and a bite to eat, before riding onward to Clarkdale Fruit Farm to fill the basket with apples and peaches for the downhill back. Or, if you prefer, just pedal about Historic Deerfield and the meadows at your leisure.

This is far and away the best and most memorable way to experience the rich history of Old Deerfield. Come ride with us!