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Cheers for the Holidays Ahead!

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Classic Cars Deerfield MA Inn

Classic Frazer Nash cars at the Inn.

Such fun seeing a slew of adorable little 1930s Frazer Nash cars at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast on an autumn afternoon! They call a cruise around a “raid” which is very different to the raid we all know about in Deerfield.






Classic Cars Deerfield MA Inn

More cars, more fun!



Halloween fun in Deerfield MA

Spooktacular fun!

Meanwhile, although the frost is not on the pumpkin, we are looking beyond Hallowe’en with some spooktacular Deerfield, MA specials to add to the dinner menu, beyond Thanksgiving (where we are offering turkey-to-go for the first time), to holiday parties! Please see the menu choices on

We lost all our wreaths, garlands, indoor trees, grapevine deer, giant wooden nutcracker soldiers, all baubles and other bits and bobs in the great flood, so I will be trawling for more. We have people who are here at our Deerfield, MA inn with us who are mad for festivity, decorating, and holidays, so Hallowe’en will be a blast, and just wait for December!

Christmas lodging Deerfield, MA

The Inn at Christmas.


Old Deerfield Fall Crafts Fair

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

cfpcThis weekend, September 21 and 22, the Old Deerfield Crafts Fair will be in the grounds of Memorial Hall on Memorial Street.  Called one of the most beautiful crafts fairs and chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the Top 20 Events in Massachusetts, this is a sweet event right here in town.

There is a wide array of juried crafts, but not so many you feel absolutely overwhelmed: theorems, jewelry, quilts, baskets, woodwork, pottery, soaps, music, dolls, bird feeders, teddy bears, purses, clothes… It is a feast for the eyes and Champney’s is open from 12 noon on for a bite to eat and to rest your fairgoer feet.

You can park at one of Channing Bete’s car parks on 5&10 and get a free shuttle in. The price of admission is only $6 and if you go to you can download and print out a discount on admission.

Hours are 10-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday, and much of the cost of the admission ticket goes towards funding the Deerfield Teachers’ Center educational programs and Memorial Hall Museum, the oldest museum association in the country.

Hot Car Flash Mob

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cruise nights are a fun event in this neck of the woods. The summer nights bring out all kinds of cars: vintage, unusual, fun, rare, silly; all cherished and shiny, and some park with the bonnet up so you can see an engine so pristine you could eat off it.

We went to one in near  the New England Air Museum the other night. The evening air was redolent with petrol fumes, revving, tooting, and – rather delightfully – a whole field of snickering mules and horses leaning over their fence on the other side of the action.

We thought a cruise night and Old Deerfield would be a great match. We are definitely at least four of those adjectives above! I think we will shoot for Saturday, September 14th, 5-8.

Franklin Festivals for the Family

Monday, July 8th, 2013

large_butterflygirlSIZEDThe Green River Festival on July 20th and 21st, is the summer music event in western Massachusetts, with hot air balloons, two stages of music, a dance tent, local arts & crafts, food stalls, and special events for children (free admission under 12).


On stage this year, among many others, Brandi Carlisle, Gogol Bordello, The Skatalites, and the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Everything from blues, country, rock, gypsy swing, zydeco, punk and folk, it is fab foot-stomping fun, and absolutely family friendly.

And the following weekend is Charlemont’s turn to shine with their annual Yankee Doodle Days, on July 26-28, another family-friendly fun time with the famous Atlas firework show, a bang-up demolition derby, petting zoo, chainsaw sculptures, arts & local crafts, good food, zydeco, line dancing, sheep, oxen, horses! A real rarity of the kind of country fair that is hard to find nowadays, where it is all about the land and the community.


Mutton & Mead – mmm-mm!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

In nearby Montague on the third weekend in June, there is this splendid Medieval Festival & Fair. Carousing, fighting, hawkers, wares, wenches, knights, jesters, music – all good, high spirits fun and to collect for The Food Bank. (Check out our Dine at Nine if fun and food sound like a good match.) Robin Hood is ready to swoop in with his Merry Men if the Sheriff tries to exact tax on the collected food!


To…See the a full armored joust on horseback  To…Be entertained by sword fighters, mud beggars, wenches, belly dancers, singers, minstrels, jugglers and More! To…Shop the shire’s market and adorn yourself with gifts from over 65 merchants and artisans selling fantastic leather work, jewelry and other treasures! To…Play with the faeries and wood sprites of the enchanted Sherwood Forest. To…Partake in the shire’s fine mead, smoked turkey legs and other tasty victuals of the land! To…Meet the wonderful people of our shire, including Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion as the legendary tale unfolds around you.