__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

April 2019 Volume 5 . Issue 5 golocalmagazines.com

local with a flair knock it out of the park april showers bring may market

It’s a party at

the eclectic peacock


2 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


new this month APRIL 2019 . VOLUME 5 . ISSUE 5

THE ECLECTIC PEACOCK

23

It’s a birthday party down at The Eclectic Peacock in Enfield, and everyone is invited. If there’s anything owner Audrey Poynton enjoys, it’s a celebration and a smile on the faces of every person who walks through the door of the Palomba Drive location. This month, Audrey is celebrating one year of being the owner of “a unique boutique.”

6

A NOTE

8

GO ON, YOUR SAY

10

SUFFIELD GARDEN CLUB

13

GO EAT

From The Editor 15 Minutes Of Fame May Market

Moroccan-Spiced Stew

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 3


APRIL 2019 . VOLUME 5 . ISSUE 5

16

GO LOCAL PICKS

19

LOCAL events

23

it’s a party at

29

kNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK

33

SUSTAINABLE EASTER

36

local with a flair

42

local einstein

46

FINAL COUNTDOWN

Cool Stuff Just Outside Your Door April Happenings The Eclectic Peacock Corkum’s Baseball

Easter Fun Without The Waste

36

Flair

Put Your Thinking Caps On

7 Springtime Outings

10

29

You no longer have to imagine your dream kitchen or bath. We have it in VIRTUAL REALITY! WE ARE THE ONLY KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING BUSINESS IN THE AREA THAT HAS THIS NEW

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY!

Set up an appointment to visualize your new kitchen or bath today!

CALL 413-783-0913

Showroom Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 • Sat 10-3 | We also schedule evenings by appointment.

“Works of Art that Work” 4 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

1045 Boston Road, Springfield, MA | kitchensandbathsbycurio.com

Kitchens by Curio

Serving Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires, & Northern Connecticut since 1960


GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 5


a note

FROM THE EDITOR . STEPHANIE TROMBLEY EDITOR

Spring is finally here. As I opened the windows of my apartment and baked a lemon lavender cake this month, there was definitely a spring in my step. While April may bring showers, I am looking at this from a glass-half-full perspective: at least April doesn’t bring snow. The season of spring is riddled with imagery of awakening and new beginnings. Last year, this was the time that I was hired on to the Go Local staff. Last month, I focused on the great coworkers I have had the pleasure of working with in the last year. This month, I’m focusing on the great people I have met out in the field. I couldn’t possibly begin to name every person or mention every story that I have been told over the last year. I’d need a whole separate publication for that. However, I can say what I have learned that’s truly stuck with me and made an impact on my life. Alpaca socks help keep your feet warm. Bamboo toothbrushes help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. Throwing an ax at a target is oddly therapeutic. Stuffing goes great on a sandwich. If life gives you apples, throw a festival. There’s something really cool about standing under an arch made out of books. Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. Reindeer do exist (and they’re not related to unicorns.) There’s something calming about being surrounded by crystals and good people. And Jessica Vogelgesang (who truly does a million things in Connecticut!) will likely be a friend long after my time with Go Local is up. All I can say is thank you. I look forward to meeting more of the great people of Massachusetts and Connecticut. I’m happy to have added everyone in this issue to my list of wonderful people I have met. Audrey from The Eclectic Peacock is operating a unique boutique with a dash of her bubbly and original personality. Cristine from Flair is on a mission bring profits back to makers. Chris Corkum of Corkum’s Baseball is making sure baseball is fun for everyone and the Suffield Garden Club is bringing beauty to their beloved town. I hope the welcoming of spring finds you well and that you find your happiness in family, friends, experiences or the great outdoors this month. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you take the opportunity of the sunny weather to get outside and do something fun. Whether it’s an egg hunt, outdoor concert, or even jumping rope… spring is all about fun in the sun. 6 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Stephanie Trombley

MANAGING EDITOR G. Michael Dobbs

QUALITY CONTROL Carolyn Napolitan

CREATIVE

Beth Thurber, Manager . Leigh Catchepaugh Elizabeth O’Donoghue . Susan Bartlett

ADVERTISING

Barb Perry, Manager . Amy Allen . Kim Barba Lisa Nolan . Paula Dimauro . Scott Greene Nancy Holloway . Jeanette Grenier . Matt Mahaney Greg Pudlo . Victoria Owen

PHOTOGRAPHY

Leo Pilares . David Hosmer 

THE GO LOCAL COMMUNITY

CONNECTICUT EAST WINDSOR • ELLINGTON ENFIELD • SOMERS SOUTH WINDSOR • STAFFORD SPRINGS SUFFIELD

MASSACHUSETTS AGAWAM • EASTHAMPTON EAST LONGMEADOW • FLORENCE HAMPDEN • LONGMEADOW NORTHAMPTON • WEST SPRINGFIELD WILBRAHAM

A CREATION OF

CONTACT US! 280 North Main Street • East Longmeadow, MA 01028 Tel: 413.525.6661 • Fax: 413.525.5882

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM Send local story ideas to our Editor, Stephanie Trombley: stephaniegolocal@gmail.com

STEPHANIE TROMBLEY is the editor of Go Local Magazine and is preparing for a big Easter dinner with family.


Feels Like Home

NOW OPEN!

The Ivy at Ellington is the newest assisted living residential community from The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities. Ellington has its roots as an agricultural community as well as a resort community with Crystal Lake within its boundaries. Conveniently located at 123 West Road in Ellington, CT, our community offers 79 one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as Reflections, our specialized memory support environment. In our elegant home-like environment, residents can enjoy many amenities, including dining on local culinary favorites, participating in engaging and enriching social opportunities, and quality personal care services daily. The Ivy Ellington offers many levels of care. Please contact us for more information.

The Ivy at Ellington 123 West Road, Ellington, CT | 860-926-0222 theivyassistedliving.com

NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

- PREVENTIVE - RESTORATIVE - COSMETIC • Implants • Crowns • Bridges

Emergency Dentistry

Dr. Keith Hollinger Dr. Julia Reilly Dr. Stephen Scannell

DRS. SCANNELL & HOLLINGER, INC. 79 MAPLE STREET, EAST LONGMEADOW, MA COMPREHENSIVE CARE SINCE 1962

(413) 525-6821 www.scannellandhollinger.com

CALL OR REQUEST APPOINTMENTS ONLINE • PATIENT PORTAL Hours: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 8-5 • Tues. & Thurs. 8-7 • Sat. by Appt • EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 7


your say

MACKENZIE

BECAUSE EVERYONE DESERVES THEIR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

BRENDON CPA

Student

Promotions Manager

GEORGE

AMANDA

HANNAH

What is your favorite Walking outside or hiking in springtime New Hampshire activity?

Hikes and playing baseball and golf

Going out to get ice cream

Running

Reading in my hammock

Walking my dog outside

Brenna Sigfriedt Who is your She has inspired biggest me to follow inspiration? my dreams.

My parents, they are motivating and inspiring.

My mother

My friend Ashley, who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Equal parts my mom, Shakespeare, Poe and my dog

My mom

All of them!

Peppermint Stick ice cream

Chocolate chip cookies

Sour Patch Watermelon

Ice cream, hands down

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

What has been your biggest accomplishment this year?

Completing my 100th class at Pure Barre

Getting my new job

Getting into graduate school with a full ride scholarship

Keeping the same Chapstick until it runs out

Eating better and going to the gym

Applying for jobs

What movie did you most recently see in theaters?

A Star Is Born Absolutely amazing!

Captain Marvel

On the Basis of Sex

Captain Marvel

Five Feet Apart

Incredibles 2

Italy

New Zealand

Italy

Australia

New Zealand

Goo Goo Dolls

Walk the Moon

J. Cole

Carrie Underwood

The Maine

I’m a good cook. People always want me to make guacamole!

Playing the recorder with my nose!

Student

What is your favorite sweet treat?

If you could travel any- Australia, where where in the I was born world, where would you go? Who is your favorite artist/band?

John Mayer And I will be seeing him this summer!

Do you have a secret/ I’m an excellent baker. unusual talent? 8 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

CHAD

Student

If you consider I can irritate my siblings in three crying on demand a talent…yes. words or less.

Student

I’m really good at scooping ice cream.


we are local. FIT NUTRITION HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER

• Healthy & Delicious Meal Replacement Smoothies • Sugar Free Energizing Tea • Snack Bars • Smoothies to go • Products for home

Email us to set up your FREE 10 Min. Wellness Evaluation and receive a FREE SMOOTHIE upon completion! FitNutrition860@gmail.com 139 West Main Street • Stafford Springs, CT Hours: Mon-Fri 7-2 • Sat 8-12 • Sun closed

Enjoy A Fresh Farm Share! It’s time to sign-up for the 2019 CSA Season! We grow a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs throughout the season (normally 20 weeks).

Weekly pickups at the farm or at your workplace. website ✽ visitforourdetails ✽ 46 Bailey Road, Enfield, CT

farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com Family Owned & Operated since 1951

(860) 763-FARM | Easypickinsorchard.com

MESSAGE TO PATIENTS OF MERCY HEARING CENTER

Pizza • Grinders Appetizers Wings Calzones Salads • Wraps Sandwiches Hamburgers Omelets • Desserts

Now that the Mercy Hearing Centers in Springfield and Agawam have closed, you might be concerned about your options for hearing care. Rest assured that we are accepting new patients. Our Doctors of Audiology would welcome the opportunity to help you. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings and service for adults. We want to be sure that you are hearing your best. When you need us, we’ll be here.

$ The Finest Hearing Care by Doctors of Audiology

00 OFF 4 Order of $15 or More

– Since 1984 –

Pick-up only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 4/30/19.

200 North Main Street • North Building, Suite 103 East Longmeadow, MA

112 Pearl St. • Enfield, CT • 860.741.3679 • 860.741.3670 www.enfieldpizza.com

413-525-7979 • www.hampdenhearing.com Office hours by appointment, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Hop Into Pete’s Sweets Today!

32 Shaker Rd., East Longmeadow, MA 413.525.6062 | Petes-sweets.com

All Homemade with The Freshest Ingredients!

Spring is for TRUCKING!

1-800-466-2503 • WWW.FAMILYFORDINC.COM Rte. 190 • Enfield, CT • 860-741-2151

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 9


April Showers bring May Market ! STEPHANIE TROMBLEY  DAVID HOSMER

I

f you ever go for a drive around Suffield, it’s likely you will see some of the work completed by the Suffield Garden Club. The group is responsible for helping keep historic Suffield in tip-top shape. By planting trees and flowers, the team ensures that residents can call a beautiful town their home. The Suffield Garden Club is responsible for maintaining the plant life in places such as the center of town, the monument, the gazebo, the library, two islands and the Suffield sign. In order to make it all happen, the Suffield Garden Club counts on fundraisers like the upcoming May Market to make sure they can continue to purchase everything they need to continue to plant around town, fund scholarships and complete community services. Go Local sat down with Suffield Garden Club members Rita Chmura, Joyce Zine and Joanna Mahoney to talk about the work done by the Suffield Garden Club and to discuss their upcoming May Market, which will be hosted on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Phelps-Hatheway House Barn in Suffield. “We’ve been very active in town doing many activities and 10 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

plantings around town. May Market is our biggest fundraiser. We depend on the May Market to fund a lot of the scholarships and activities that happen in town,” Rita shared. The Suffield Garden Club was established in 1934 and closely follows the club purpose: “The objectives of the Club shall be to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and the art of flower arranging; to aid in the protection of trees, plants, and birds; to encourage civic beautification and to instill a respect for the environment.” “The purpose really summarizes what our club is about,” Joyce said. The Suffield Garden Club participates in a number of activities that bring the joy of gardening to the entire community. The club visits nursing homes such as the Parkway Pavilion Health & Rehabilitation Center in Enfield and The Suffield House in Suffield to teach residents floral arranging. The club supplies the flowers. “It’s always amazing when you go into one of these sessions that all the residents of these nursing homes are totally involved with putting together a beautiful arrangement that will be placed on


their dining room tables for them to enjoy for weeks. The way it is arranged is beautiful,” Rita said. The Suffield Garden Club also supplies the public library with a weekly floral arrangement, a reminder to the town that the garden club is present all over Suffield. “It’s always been nice to have the library display our arrangements,” Rita shared. The Suffield Garden Club also works with Suffield youth to bring a love for horticulture. “We have a junior’s program where we go into the schools and work with other programs. We’ve done projects with the Brownies and the Scouts. We’ve been involved in after-school programs. We truly enjoy working with the youth and elderly,” Joyce said. It’s not only flowers and plants that keep the Suffield Garden Club busy. “Presently, we’re doing a lot with the trees in town. There’s a tree project going on and one of our members works at the Bartlett Tree Experts. He’s putting in a lot of effort to make sure the trees on the main street stay in good shape,” Rita said. Joyce added, “Main Street is a historic district and the garden club started planting dogwoods there about 75 years ago. We have replaced many that have died over the years. We’ve been maintaining the dogwoods. We’ve also gotten grants over time to plant other trees. We use money that we’ve raised at our fundraisers.” Rita smiled and shared, “We’re kind of all over the town.” This is where the club’s big event, the 42nd May Market, comes in. The free event contains separate booths from paid vendors and club members. About 25 vendors purchase space at the annual event and garden club members occupy about nine spaces. “We have a close affiliation with the Hatheway House. It works out to be a very nice relationship,” Rita said. Guests can expect to find items such as collectibles, specialty plants, garden and household tools, locally grown flowers and hanging baskets, geraniums, crafts and home décor items. A feature item this year will be the Spear Head Spade, a garden-

ing shovel that has been popular at the May Market in the past. Hungry guests can enjoy pies, cakes and cookies at the event. Vendors will be on site selling items such as heirloom garden plants, herbs, honey, preserves, home and garden décor, artwork and crafts. “It’s a great place to buy Mother’s Day gifts,” Joyce shared. The May Market is just one of the reasons why Rita, Joyce and Joanna said they enjoy being involved in the Suffield Garden Club. “I just love being involved with the town. The garden club makes the town pretty. There’s so many things that we do in town that people really are not aware of, but we do it. We are out there behind the scenes working. I think people are really appreciative of that,” Rita said. “Because the majority of us are gardeners and have that love of horticulture, we have that commonality and that really helps to build a nice comradery. We really enjoy working together for the greater good. We’re all contributing to our community and doing something we love to do at the same time,” Joyce shared. Rita added, “I love the educational part of it, too. Every meeting we have, we learn something because we have these great speakers. The educational aspect is phenomenal.” “That’s my favorite part of every meeting, it’s that speakers come in and we learn something every single time,” Joanna said. The Suffield Garden Club is always seeking new members. To join, please contact Membership Chair Connie Murray at 607591-9256. The club meets formally October through June. The club meets informally in gardens and in town during the summer. In the case that April showers spill over into May, no worries. The dedicated members of the Suffield Garden Club host the May Market in rain or shine, so make sure May 11 is penciled in on your calendar!

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 11


E-bills.

It couldn’t be easier to manage your bills in Bill Pay! Featuring • E-Bills ~ click & pay or auto pay • Payments ~ One time, auto pay, & expedited • Custom Alerts and Reminders • Reports ~ print, view, and download • Record search & category management can make tax time easier Visit www.staffordsavingsbank.com to sign up or to view our Bill Pay Demo. Serving the Towns of Stafford, Ellington, Union, Tolland, Ashford, Willington and Somers.

Local Banking from People You Know And Trust. 12 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

STAFFORD SAVINGS BANK Centre Office 860-684-6321 www.staffordsavingsbank.com

NMLS ID #474362


go eat

! RECIPE SUBMITTED BY SUSAN BARTLETT

MOROCCAN-SPICED CHICKPEA AND SWEET POTATO STEW

Fragrant spices and colorful vegetables punctuate this exotic stew that satisfies all the special diets at your table! This vegan, gluten-free medley is so hearty and delicious, even carnivorous folk will enjoy it! Serve as a side with Easter dinner, or as a main course over rice or couscous.

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, garlic and ginger. Cover and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the sweet potatoes, green beans, chickpeas and tomatoes. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and season with salt and pepper to taste, add cayenne if you like more heat. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover, stir in the parsley or cilantro and lemon juice, and cook for 10 minutes longer. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve hot.

1 tbsp. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 ½ cups vegetable broth Salt and freshly ground pepper Few pinches cayenne pepper optional 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley or cilantro 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 13


Whether you are looking for a REALTOR®, contractor, property manager, house sitter or someone to help with cleanouts and estate sales, the KW Cardinal Team and I are here to assist you. We will do whatever it takes.

WE BUY HOUSES TOO!

Now Offering

Please contact us for a free no obligation consultation. We are licensed in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

VIDEO WALKTHROUGH FREE to our clients

Janice Kocot LaBroad | Associate Partner • Realtor • Investor | 860.882.4969

GMH Fence Co. Residential & Commercial Located in East Longmeadow, MA

FREE ESTIMATES • Chain Link (Vinyl & Galvanized) • Cedar Fencing • Dog Kennels • Ornamental Aluminum • PVC Fence • Tennis Court & Swimming Pool Enclosures • Construction Site Temporary Fencing • Wood & Steel Guard Rails CT Lic. 605923 MA Lic. 147115

Landon Hastie says “The only Hastie’s in the fence business”...GMH Fence!

Sales, Installation & Repairs Fully Insured 14 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

413.525.3361


Environmental Design &Landscaping Creating Landscaped EnvironmentsYou Deserve &Desire

Vaca tio n

Over 20 Years in Business • Landscape Design & Construction • Outdoor Living Spaces • Paver Walks, Patios & Retaining Walls

Reserve your weeks now. A favorite beach awaits you! Preview cottages at CTBEACH.COM designandlandscaping.com

413-525-3712 Fully Insured

860-434-1695 info@ctbeach.com

MEMBER CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND

Thousands of Years of Food Wisdom in Twelve Months The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition Offering a One-Year Certification in Sustainable Health & Nutrition

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

This innovative school integrates the Science of Nutrition with:

Time in the Garden Grow nourishing food and herbs

Moving into the Kitchen to create delicious food

Using Food and Herbs to make Kitchen Medicine

Identifying and using nutrient dense Wild Foods in delicious dishes

Embark on this life-altering journey and be part of the movement to change the paradigm of our food for future generations. Join our experienced staff one weekend a month as you use hands on education to delve into and explore diverse aspects of how food and herbs enhance the health of your clients, family, yourself and the environment.

Now Accepting Applications for 2019-20. Call 860-764-9070 Today! West Granby, CT • www.tiosn.com GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 15


go local picks

COOL STUFF JUST OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR

GLASS BOTTLED MILK OAKRIDGE DAIRY • ELLINGTON, CT WWW.OAKRIDGEDAIRY.COM

Fresh Oakridge Dairy milk is now available for delivery in Ellington through The Modern Milkman. Here’s how it works: customers choose a box and customize it to their needs. The subscription is automatically renewed 4 days prior to your next delivery. Receive your box delivered to your home in insulated packaging. You can leave empty glass bottles at your doorstep for recycling! Their milk is something consumers can feel good about. Oakridge Dairy cows are never treated with rBST and every eight hours, the parlor is shut down for a 1-hour cleaning. Visit their website for more information!

HAND-PAINTED WOOD EGGS MOMMACRAFTS413 • EASTHAMPTON, MA ETSY.COM/SHOP/MOMMACRAFTS413

Theresa Price of MommaCrafts413 on Etsy makes it easy to celebrate a sustainable and dairy-free Easter this year. Price creates hand-painted eggs, sold in sets of six and in your choice of colors, made to match your holiday décor. She also offers the option to add a word on the eggs. Colors can also be mixed and matched. Why not try these for an Easter egg hunt or at the center of the Easter dinner table this year? Alternatively, white eggs would make for great kitchen décor year round.

16 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

POETRY DAY PERFORMANCE SOUTH WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY 1550 SULLIVAN AVENUE • SOUTH WINDSOR, CT

Join the South Windsor Public Library on Sunday, April 28, 2pm for a performance by Hungrytown to celebrate Poetry Day. Admission is free to this event. Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall are Hungrytown, a Folk duo from West Townshend, Vermont. Hungrytown has toured worldwide for over a decade and have released three albums. Enjoy tracks such as “Highway Song,” “Rose Or The Briar” and “On The Other Side” in the comfort of the local library.


Great Service... Huge Savings!

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Your #1 Choice! Our commitment to high quality products and excellent customer service make all the difference. • Organic Lawn Programs • Custom Fertilization Programs • Tree & Shrub Treatments • Weed & Crabgrass Control • Insect & Disease Control • Flea & Tick Control • Mole Control • Slice Seeding & Aeration • Topsoil and Lawn Installation Call today for a FREE lawn estimate and brochure 866-94-GREEN or 860-871-1025 www.greencarpetlawn.com Family Owned & Operated • CT Bus Lic. # B-1870

25% OFF Grub Control with 5-Step Program

• Up to 10% Prepayment Discount • Senior Citizen, Military & Public Service Discounts Police, Fire, Town and State workers

• $50 Referral Credit (This Offer Valid for New Customers Only) Offer does not expire. Good with this ad. Try our 4-step “Just The Basics” program GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 17


Ryan D. Jacque - Western Mass Pencil Artist Original Art and Commission Portraits

10

%

OFF

FOR NEW CUSTOMERS April 2019

Interior/Exterior Painting & Staining Pressure Washing • Carpentry Repairs EXPERIENCED WORKMANSHIP

Family Owned & Operated

413-525-4842 • 413-596-4841 AardvarkPaintingServices.net

ENFIELD ADULT ED (860) 763-7032 We are so excited to hear about how we can help you get started on a new educational adventure today! Call us to find out more information or visit us online at www.enfieldadulted.sharpschool.com

High School Completion Programs Credit Diploma GED National External Diploma ——— Citizenship & ESL ——— Driver's Education ——— Certified Nurses Aid ——— Lifestyle, Fitness, World Language, Bus Trips & More!

ryanjacque.com |

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES - IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Asst. To VP of Equity and Inclusion Accounts Payable Specialists Academic Budget Manager Custodians Instructional Technologists Kitchen Assistant – Anticipated Openings Culinary Assistant – Anticipated Openings Senior Leadership Giving Officer Stable Assistant Equestrian Center Windows System Administrator Campus Police Officers (4) Qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to visit our website to view job descriptions and to apply.

http://jobs.mtholyoke.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately. Diverse candidates are strongly encourage to apply. Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

1 Allen St., Hampden, MA

(413) 566-8324

di Hampden House

Easter at the Greenhouse

BRUNCH BUFFET Seatings 11:30 & 2:00

FREE CHILDCARE! Mon–Wed 9am–11am Ages 6mos–5yrs

Parents can have children nearby while they study and learn themselves. Must register ahead!

18 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

ryan@ryanjacque.com

$28 per Person $14 Kids 10 & Under • Carving Station • Candy Bar for Kids • Many Items plus Breads & Desserts

Meet the Easter Bunny!

Easter at the Restaurant FULL SERVICE PLATED

BRUNCH & DINNER MENU 11am-4pm • Traditional Eggs Benedict or with Smoked Salmon • Belgian Waffles • Steak & Eggs • Prime Rib and more • Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar • Mimosas & Bellinis

Full Menu available on our website lacucinahampden.com Lounge Open & Pizza 7 Days • Lunch Served Tues-Sun


AGAWAM, MA

BLANEY BROTHERS Murphy’s Pub, 664 Suffield Street April 27, 9p.m. – Have a bite to eat, a cold brew and a performance by The Blaney Brothers. Enjoy the acoustic duo performing in old time Celtic and Appalachian playing styles.

EASTHAMPTON, MA

5TH ANNUAL EASTHAMPTON BOOK FEST Easthampton City Arts, Easthampton April 13, 9a.m. – Easthampton Book Fest is a city-wide festival celebrating literary culture in the Pioneer Valley through forums, workshops, exhibits and events. Throughout several venues in Downtown Easthampton, guests will enjoy author talks, workshops, performances and more. For more information, visit easthamptoncityarts.com/eventsfestivals/easthampton-bookfest/

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA

ARBOR DAY FEST Heartsong Yoga, 264 North Main Street April 28, 1p.m. – Enjoy a Sunday afternoonat Heartsong Yoga hosted by Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Caribbean music with Trio Candela and Cuban dance with Miguel Periche featuring Daniel Cohen, Aimee Gelinas, Juan Basillio-Sanchez, Chris Hairston and “Zubie” on flute. Drumming by the Valley Rhythm Keepers, a youth tree art exhibit and tree activities with Tamarack Hollow and more! All ages are welcome. Free tree sapling with a donation of $10 or more. Visit tamarackhollow.com for more information.

FLORENCE, MA

SYRUP STAMPEDE 5K RUN/WALK Look Memorial Park, 300 N Main Street April 7, 10a.m. – Syrup Stampede is a 5K run/walk to benefit Empty Arms Bereavement. Prizes will be awarded for top male, female, youth runner and top fundraising individual. A pancake party is to follow. Register at syrupstampede.com

HAMPDEN, MA

JONNY TAYLOR LIVE Gio’s Pizzeria and Lounge, 9 Allen Street April 19, 9p.m. – Partake in a great slice of pizza and unique music with Massachusettsbased performer Jonny Taylor. Acoustic music from a wide variety of genres and he is sure to perform music everyone can enjoy.

NORTHAMPTON, MA

NORTHAMPTON PRIDE Downtown Northampton/Three County Fairgrounds May 4, 11a.m. – Northampton will celebrate their annual Northampton Pride Parade. The parade starts from downtown Northampton and ends at the Fairgrounds. LADY JANE ALBUM RELEASE The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic Street May 2, 7:30p.m. – Signature Sounds presents the Lady Jane album release at The Parlor Room. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/lady-janealbum-release-at-the-parlor-room-tickets-57137059483

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA

J.R. MOORE 2019 TOUR Lattitude Restaurant, 1338 Memorial Avenue April 26, 7p.m. – Story Tellers Unplugged Series featuring musician J.R. Moore. Doors open 6 p.m. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at the door.

WILBRAHAM, MA

SAGE KING DUO The Daily Pint, 2523 Boston Road April 26, 8p.m. – What better way to spend a Friday night than with good food, a delicious drink and a high-energy performance? Sage King has opened for acts such as Aaron Lewis, Hinder, David Allan Coe, Drowning Pool, Trapt, John Corabi, Mike Tramp and more. Don’t miss this diverse artist.

EAST WINDSOR, CT

GOING PLACES ART SHOW K. Simon Center for the Arts, 98 Main Street April 26 & 27, 6p.m. – “Going Places” will be an artist exhibition and opportunity to sell merchandise. The event is sponsored by Outbreak Skateboards, with a focus on showcasing artists with themes of urbanism, new contemporary, “art-post internet,” alternative, graffiti and graphic design. For more information, visit facebook. com/events/2036571476462505

ELLINGTON, CT

MUSIC VIDEO BINGO Cold Creek Tavern, 175 West Road April 17, 8p.m. – Join Miss Klonk for a music video challenge. Miss Klonk will play music videos from numerous genres on the big screen, bringing a unique twist to bingo. Expect hits from the 70s to today.

ENFIELD, CT

THE MYSTERIES OF BELTANE BY GAYLE NOGAS Alchemistica Magick Emporium, 90 Pearl Street April 25, 6:30p.m. – Beltane is a celebration of the coming new life and growth that is born with springtime. This workshop taught by Gayle Nogas (former owner of Gayle’s Thyme) will teach the meaning of May Day, its history and the traditions associated with it. Guests will also create two crafts. This event costs $20 and preregistration is required. Registration is available at squareup.com/store/alchemistica_magick_emporium

SOMERS, CT

COPPER HILL FARM POP-UP FARMER’S MARKET Copper Hill Farm, 144 Hall Hill Road April 27, 12p.m. – Visit the Copper Hill Farm store for a pop-up market. Numerous Ellington Farmer’s Market vendors will be in attendance. The rain date for this event is May 4.

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT

WINGMASTERS: ART ON THE WING Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main Street April 27, 2:30p.m. – Birds of prey have inspired artists from prehistoric times to the present day. This unique program is to allow audiences to draw birds from life. The presentation focuses on four live birds of prey. Cost is $15 per person and pre-registration is required. Visit woodmemoriallibrary.org/index.php/event/wingmastersnative-american-artifacts-birds-of-prey.

STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT

HAIR (THE MUSICAL) The Stafford Palace Theater, 75 W Main Street April 7-14 – Phoenix Theater Company brings the hit musical Hair to the Stafford Palace Theater. Stop by the theater to see what has made Hair a hit for decades. Tickets start at $22 and are available at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1816873 GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 19


we are local. Let us help you with your next party!

A NEW COLOR FOR

• Birthdays • Graduations • Anniversaries • Baby Showers • Communions • Office Parties

Spring!

50% OFF HAIR CUTS WITH ANY COLOR SERVICE With this ad. New Customers Only. Offer expires 4/30/19.

20% OFF HAIR PRODUCTS WITH A HAIR CUT With this ad. Offer expires 4/30/19.

CATERING LUNCH - DINNER DINE IN OR TAKE OUT

HAPPY HOUR Tues.-Sun. 3-6

546 Main St., Hampden, MA 413.566.1466 Casabellarestaurant.net Tues.-Thurs. 11:30-9 • Fri. 11:30-10 • Sat. 12-10 • Sun. 12-9

BEST OF North Central CT Reader’s Poll

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 S A L O N 860.749.3200 | 95 South Road Somers, CT | CuttingLooseSomers.com

GRINDERS • SMOKED MEATS PIEROGI • KIELBASA

RETIREMENT

SALE

20% OFF

“Food like it used to be”

All Regular Price Shoes

4 ALDEN AVE., ENFIELD, CT 860-745-5390

WWW.THEOLDCOUNTRYDELI.COM

MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-6PM • SATURDAY 10AM-2PM

$ 00 OFF

With this ad. Expires 4/30/19.

SEAFOOD & MARKET

HOURS: WED., THURS., FRI. 11AM-6PM SAT. 10AM-2PM

465 TAYLOR ROAD • ENFIELD, CT 860.763.0522 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK 20 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Big Y Plaza, 433 Center St., Ludlow 583-0374 Store Hours: Wed.–Fri. 9:30-5 • Sat. 9:30-3

Heirlooms, treasures and special occasions.

Our Famous Lobster Rolls

2 Cold Harbor

Comfort Shoes

We specialize in the creation of custom, handmade jewelry fashioned from fine metals and gems. Begin the journey toward creating your dream piece today.

104 Main Street, Northampton, MA | 413-586-5050 northamptonjewelersinc.com | nohojewelryinc@gmail.com


Made in The USA

Fine Landscapes & Irrigation

860.749.2100 • FranksLandscapeDesign.com Available in 14kt Yellow and White Gold and Sterling Silver

Solid Gold, Heirloom Quality

CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS

Poolscapes • Patios • Walkways • Irrigation

807 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA (413) 567-7977 | michaelszwedjewelers.com Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10 - 5:30, Thursday 10-7, Saturday 10 -4

Water & Fire Features • Outdoor Sound Systems Outdoor Kitchens • Landscape Lighting

Free PICK-UP AND DELIVERY • 30% OFF first 30 days • Built in discounts • All Battiston's & competitor coupons accepted • Automatic billing

Currently Servicing Homes & Offices Throughout: South Windsor • Windsor • Bloomfield • Windsor Locks West Hartford • East Hartford • East Windsor Enfield • Suffield • Longmeadow • East Longmeadow

…And Now Serving Somers! Scheduled

HOME or OFFICE PICK UP AND DELIVERY Call for details - 860-289-0134 Save Time. Save Gas. Save Money.

760 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor

Value Guaranteed!

SmokeRestore@cs.com

www.BATTISTONS.com

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 21


“Booking” Summer Exams

Spring Specials! We specialize in stump grinding and in all types of tree work with special equipment. 70' arm – minimal damage to lawn. Fully insured. Free estimates. Free advice.

Call Robb Wallace

413-782-8733 wallacetree@gmail.com 382 North Main St., Suite 101, East Longmeadow • 413-525-8601 299 Carew St., Suite 201, Springfield • 413-736-1833

Open until 7pm Thursdays for Appointments & Optical Shop Physicians’ Office Building at Mercy Medical Center

July 8 - July 12 Tennis Camp • Algebra Boot Camp

July 15 - July 19 3-D Printing Camp • Study Skills Camp Theatre Camp • Baseball Camp

July 29 - August 2 Study Skills Camp

August 5 - August 9 Basketball Camp

August 12 - August 16

Register now through June 10th!

Soccer Camp

Full program descriptions and registration available at

popefrancisprep.org 99 Wendover Road, Springfield, MA

All Aspects of Training for Youth Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer with the Area’s Best Coaches. ● Birthday Parties ● On-Ice/Off-Ice Training ● Parent/Player Guidance

153 Springfield Street, Agawam, MA |413-301-6040 trainingcenter.massconnunited.com 22 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Over 40 yrs. experience in all phases of tree work!


it’s a party at

The Eclectic Peacock

! STEPHANIE TROMBLEY  DAVID HOSMER

I

t’s a birthday party down at The Eclectic Peacock in Enfield, and everyone is invited. If there’s anything owner Audrey Poynton enjoys, it’s a celebration and a smile on the faces of every person who walks through the door of the Palomba Drive location. This month, Audrey is celebrating one year of being the owner of “a unique boutique.” Audrey dreamed up The Eclectic Peacock in 2018. While there may not be balloons or a cake, the shop contains just about everything else one can think of. To refer to the shop simply as a boutique would be a major understatement. Peacocks are known for their bright colors and ability to stand out from the crowd, and The Eclectic Peacock does just that. The location is full of unique décor and fashions just waiting to be brought home and enjoyed. When Audrey purchases items for the store, she only buys a few pieces and then will not purchase them again. There’s always something new on the shelves. For Audrey, who is currently in her 50’s, The Eclectic Peacock came after a different type of career. “I worked in corporate for 30 years. My first job out of college was actually selling gifts. I GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 23


enjoyed that for a couple years and then worked for the phone company for 25 years and then there was a lot of transition,” Audrey said. After leaving the corporate world, Audrey was seeking something different. “I said to my husband ‘You know, I really just want to do something fun. Something that I can get joy out of and other people can get joy out of.’ I’m big on clothes and I’ve always liked supporting local businesses. In my travels, I always shopped in boutiques and cool stores,” Audrey said. Audrey continued, “I’ve been very lucky and blessed in my life. I didn’t hate my career; I was just tired of it. Tired of the rat race of the corporate field. Constantly going, going, going and it doesn’t change and is never enough. What I did was good, but it was time for me to move on.” With a passion for all things unique on her mind, Audrey dived into the local business profession. “That was my goal. I started repurposing furniture and then selling it and then I reupholstered and did fun things like that. I said to my husband, ‘I want to open up a store.’ He said, ‘Go ahead,’ and here it is,” Audrey shared. Audrey is big on artisans, locally and globally. Her shop contains items from local artisans such as Oh So Pretties from Wilbraham, Sew Fetch from Greenwich and This Old Bird House from West Springfield. Audrey also includes items from places such as Southern California and Israel in her shop. “It morphed into clothing and gifts and I wanted it to be a really cool environment where you could just come in and just read about artisans,” Audrey said. While Audrey does include international items in the store, she said that over 80% of the shop contains US made items. “I try to get artisans in here that are either trying to launch their brands or trying to get the word out about their cause because I’m big on causes,” she said. Audrey is passionate about providing brands where a portion of the proceeds is donated to an important cause. “A lot of the stuff that’s in the store is for a cause. We have products where there is a donation to domestic violence or veterans, for example. Just giving back to the community. I always seek out those types of brands because I want to give back to the community and the environment and things like that,” Audrey said. Audrey said she prides herself on making sure there’s something for everyone in stock at The Eclectic Peacock. “It took me awhile to look at different companies. I brought in high-end brands too just for regular customers who like to have the high-end brands. I tried to bring in something that’s, price point wise, good for somebody that wants to spend $10 and good for somebody that wants to spend something like $400,” she shared. Audrey continued, “I just love it. It’s fun. I love when people come in and they’re just happy and enjoying it and they’re reading about the artist and how they got there or what the company’s about. It’s fun and I think people enjoy it.” For Audrey, being the owner of The Eclectic Peacock is not just 24 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


about running a business, it’s about creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere for her customers. A visit to the shop is like a visit to Audrey’s own home. “I offer tea or a coffee or cider. I offer little snacks so when people come in, they can just feel like it’s at home. If they find something they like, then great. But if they don’t, it’s okay. At least they came in and enjoyed and saw what I had to offer. If they just tell people about it, that’s okay too,” Audrey shared. In addition to Audrey, customers are likely to meet one of her friendly staff members during their visit. Audrey said the girls that she works alongside have each brought special personalities to the store. “It’s so fun. I have a good group of girls working with me. In the beginning, it was just me all of the time,” Audrey said. “We have a single mom who comes in and helps and she loves it. I have a friend of a friend and she enjoys working because she wants to get out. She’s a mom and Saturdays are her getaway days. She used to live in New York and she was like ‘This store reminds me of a New York boutique and I just love to work here!’ They have passion about the business too, which is nice. It’s fun. We make it so fun.” she shared.

Customers are often invited to join Audrey and her team for girl’s night festivities. “A group of girls could come in and have wine or champagne and snacks and they can just browse. Sometimes, I’ll do an event where there’s shopping for an hour and then we will have a psychic medium for two hours. It’s been fun doing that,” Audrey said. She continued, “It gives people an out to enjoy each other, I get to know people, and people are nice. If my regulars come in, I know them by name and it’s just really nice to get to know them.” Audrey quickly becomes a friend to her customers. “I’ve had customers come in here sad, telling me stories and when they left, they’d give me a hug and enjoyed the experience. When somebody leaves here happy, it makes me happy.” When it comes to being a local business, Audrey said she is happy to be a part of the community. ““People love supporting local businesses. They’re just super excited about it. They were excited when I came and they were like ‘Finally! There’s nothing in Enfield to go to. We don’t have to go to Northampton or West Hartford.’ It’s something that’s here.” Audrey continued, “I always try to bring in things that you can’t GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 25


find at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, or even in some of the other stores that are in Longmeadow. I try to keep it different. The more we have shops like this, the better off our community is. I just think it makes a cozier community.” Audrey followed her dream, and she encourages others to do the same. “I always encourage people if they want to do it. Some people say, ‘Oh, I would love to have a boutique,’ and I say ‘You could! Just open one, there’s an empty spot right in the corner!’ So I always encourage them,” Audrey said. Overall, Audrey said she hopes her customers find something they never knew they desired in her shop. “When you come in here, I hope you have nothing in mind and you find things you love. Sometimes, I have clients who say they have so much, they don’t know what to get. I tell them to pick and choose what they like best. Once in awhile, it’s nice to buy that little thing to have that you want,” Audrey said. It’s not about the profit for Audrey, but feeling good. “I want everybody to enjoy something. For me, it’s not about the profitability; it’s about the enjoyment. I’m in my mid-50’s, so this is a second career of enjoying,” Audrey shared. Audrey continued, “I get enjoyment out of coming to work every day and doing something that I love. When people come in the door, I love the interaction with customers and just seeing them go through the process of buying something in the store and feeling good about it.” Next time you’re driving down Palomba Drive, make sure you stop by and celebrate The Eclectic Peacock’s birthday with Audrey and her girls. When it comes to shopping, it’s always a good time at The Eclectic Peacock. THE ECLECTIC PEACOCK • 74 PALOMBA DRIVE, SUITE J • ENFIELD, CT HOURS: WED. - FRI. 11:30AM-6PM • SAT. 10AM-5PM • SUN. 10AM-3PM 860-965-7911 • ECLECTICPEACOCK.COM

26 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


Residential & Commercial Washing

IT’S TIME FOR SPRING CLEANING!

BEFORE

DOES YOUR ROOF HAVE BLACK STREAKS OR GREEN MOLD? AFTER

With our Soft Wash methods, you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors!

SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THE LEADER IN ADVANCED POWER WASHING SINCE 1985

NOW OFFERING LOW PRESSURE ROOF WASHING!

860.872.2729 • 860.851.9432 RS RUNNING 3 YEA

$

www.mrtspowerwash.com COLONIAL ........................................ $350 2019 BASE HOUSE CAPE & RAISED RANCH .............. $250 WASHING RATES RANCH................................................ $225

20 OFF

$

FREE ESTIMATES

10 OFF

ROOF WASHING

POWERWASHING

Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons. Offer valid through 4/30/19.

Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons. Offer valid through 4/30/19.

ABOUT US Mr. T's Powerwash is a family owned and operated business with over twenty years of experience in the industry. We're based in Stafford, CT, but our service area includes most of North-Central Connecticut. We share a strong commitment to family values, and it comes across in the way that we do business. We always make an effort to treat customers as a part of our extended family - with courtesy and respect. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide high quality services at fair and competitive prices. One thing that helps us stand out from our competition is that we enjoy good conversation. We strive to answer every phone call personally, although that keeps getting harder as our business continues to grow. But rest assured, if you have to leave a message, WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL at our earliest opportunity. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and we will do our best to explain things in a manner that makes you feel comfortable to have us service your home, business, or property. GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 27


en Now Op for the ! Season

Golf Center Rt. 83 - Somers, CT • 860-749-5868

Golf Park North Street - Enfield, CT • 860-763-4202

march 1 - April 30, 2019 RECEIVE Up TO A $70 General Tire Visa Prepaid Card with the purchase of 4 qualifying tireS

47 1972

28 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Years

115 W. Main St., Stafford Springs, CT

(860) 684-7182 2019

631⁄2 Windsor Ave., Rockville, CT

1350 Park St., Palmer, MA

(860) 872-6198

(413) 283-5500

STEER-RITE, INC.


! STEPHANIE TROMBLEY  DAVID HOSMER

I

f Chris Corkum had his own baseball card, it would be packed with stats. The Broad Brook resident has been playing the game since he was a child. Dreams of being a baseball player encouraged him to get outside and play. “I’ve been involved with baseball since I was about seven years old. I did the normal thing of playing Little League,” Chris shared. His history with the sport is expansive. Little League was the kickoff that led to playing baseball for Enfield High School and Providence College. He played in the Western Mass Tri-County League for over three decades before retiring in 2009. Chris has received awards such as the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Mass Tri-County League and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pioneer Valley Umpires Association. In 2008, he became the first player in the 71-year history of the Western Mass Tri-County league to amass 1000 hits. Chris has also focused on a career in education, receiving a degree from Providence College in 1974. In 1977, Chris received a Masters Degree in Education and Recreation. He went on to

teach Social Studies at East Windsor High School. In his education career, he has received awards such as the 2004 East Windsor High School Student Council Teacher of the Year award and the 2005 East Windsor Walmart Teacher of the Year award. As if Chris wasn’t busy enough, he also works as an expert witness in baseball liability cases. Okay, so maybe all of these accomplishments wouldn’t fit on a small baseball card. But there’s no doubt it would be a collectible. While Chris has retired from playing baseball and teaching Social Studies, this doesn’t mean he has stopped interweaving his passion for the game and education. For 36 years, Chris Corkum has been the owner of Corkum’s Baseball, a business offering private lessons, camps and coaching clinics. Since 1984, Chris has enjoyed teaching local baseball players and coaches alike the skills that make for a fun game. Now in his 60s, Chris spends his time taking all of the knowledge and skills he has developed in the sport and trains players ranging from children to adults in the All-American pastime. But Chris has always kept busy. “I did three things full-time. I GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 29


was a high school teacher, I played baseball every night and we ran our camp 363 days out of the year,” Chris explained. As busy as running Corkum’s Baseball keeps Chris, he said he is thankful for his job every day. “I feel very fortunate that this is my work,” Chris shared. Corkum’s Baseball summer camps run from June to August in towns including Granby, West Hartford, Haddam, South Windsor, Stafford, Tolland and Longmeadow. Each summer camp is one week long. Mini-camps are two days long. This year, a mini-camp will take place on April 15 and 16 in Haddam/Killingworth and April 17 and 18 in Longmeadow. At the time of publishing, Chris said space was still available for the mini-camps, but he explained that space could fill up fast. “We usually have 65 players on average but last year, we got 95. We have to limit it for safety,” Chris said. The private and semi-private lessons that Chris offers help players improve their hitting, throwing, pitching and fielding skills. Chris personally instructs these lessons. During training, students can expect to practice skills such as fielding, throwing, hitting, pitching, catching, base running and game play. Students leave the program with developed sportsmanship skills and a broadened knowledge of gameplay. 30 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Coaching clinics are available for team coaches to develop skills in subjects such as practice planning, coaching philosophy, throwing, pitching, hitting and defensive play. As Chris described of the coaching clinics, “Learning by actually doing is the best way to learn and improve skills for both children and adults. At the conclusion of a coach’s clinic, so many times coaches will express that they have not had so much fun playing baseball since they were a kid. It is that feeling we want the coaches taking back to their teams and practices.” Chris explained that one of the goals of the coaching clinics are to help coaches better understand what it is like for a child to learn a baseball skill. “I want them to have the experience of what it’s like to be a kid and go through things for the first time,” Chris said. While camps are exclusively for youth players, Chris encourages baseball players of all ages to sign up for private lessons. “Last year, my lessons ranged from 6 years old to 55 years old,” Chris explained. The main goal of any baseball training conducted through Corkum’s Baseball is that players and coaches have a lot of fun doing it. “We want you to go for it. We want you to be carefree,” Chris said. Chris is also involved in the Western Mass Fall Baseball League.


Mark DiFranco of DiFranco Realty Inc. in East Longmeadow founded the league. Fall 2019 will mark its eleventh year. Chris chooses players from the students that come to the baseball training camp throughout the summer. The team is typically made up of players from Longmeadow, East Windsor, Somers and other surrounding towns. As Chris described, “It’s our favorite time of the year.” No matter where Chris’s career takes him, it’s evident that his love for baseball will never change. In a message on the Corkum’s Baseball website, Chris explained, “Baseball is one of the greatest lifetime companions anyone could ask for. The season itself plays out like a long running serial or soap opera whether it is the team you’re playing on or the major league team you are following. You can collect cards, read box scores or take in games at various ballparks stretched across North America. Numerous fine authors write books on the intersection of baseball and history. But most of all, baseball helps form connections between people of different generations, continents as well as the kids down the street. For all these good things to happen, we have to remember, ‘It has to be fun!’” For Chris, being able to combine a career in baseball with a passion for education is like hitting a homerun. Coupling his favorite sport with his passion for teaching, Chris said he is happy to make a difference in the community. “It’s like teaching school. You feel you have a hand in making the world better. You’re doing something that really matters.” The 2019 Longmeadow April Vacation Baseball Mini-Camp will take place at the Greenwood Community Center Field. Players age 7 to 12 are encouraged to sign up. The cost is $75 for Longmeadow residents and $85 for non-residents. For more information on signing up or to learn more about Corkum’s Baseball’s training, please contact Chris Corkum at 860-623-1027 or via email at corkumsbaseball@cox.net

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 31


OPEN HOUSES STARTING MID-APRIL 2019 Pecoy Homes | NEW 55+ Community in Enfield, CT Building Now – View Lots Available

Now Taking Reservations

413-781-7008 | www.pecoy.com

32 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


Have a Sustainable, Local Easter! Many ring in the start of spring with the Easter holiday. Children often receive baskets from the Easter Bunny. Eggs are colored and then strategically hidden. Families gather to enjoy a meal. Easter is an enlightening and happy holiday. While it can be a happy and vibrant holiday, it can also tend to be wasteful. Do you struggle to eat all of those colored eggs before their expiration? Do you find yourself vacuuming that cellophane basket grass for months after? Try some of the below methods to celebrate sustainably this year.

Eggs There are several swaps for traditional Easter eggs available. 1. Wooden eggs can be used in place of those plastic, non-recyclable eggs often used in hunts and for storing treats in Easter baskets. They can even become a fun craft idea for kids to paint with fun designs. See our Go Local Picks for a great example! 2. If real eggs are still your go-to tradition, try purchasing local eggs for your annual hunt! Massachusetts and Connecticut are packed with great small locations offering eggs fresh from their farms. Try D’Agata’s Family Farm in West Suffield or Granny’s Place in Agawam for farm fresh eggs. 3. Even dyes can be sustainable! Did you know many vegetables can be used to naturally color eggs? Turmeric can be used for yellow, chopped beets for pink, purple cabbage for blue and yellow onion skins for orange. 4. Have too many leftover eggs? Why not crack off the colorful shells and turn them into a delicious meal? Bring out the old recipe book or try creating something brand new.

Baskets A plastic basket may look pretty, but they often serve little purpose after Easter is over and cannot be recycled. 1. Plant pot Try filling a planter with Easter treats this year! Kids will be overjoyed to find gifts inside with the added fun activity of planting something in it for the summer once it’s empty. Container Crazy CT of Broad Brook offers lots of great information about pots and planting at containercrazyct.com 2. Try a bucket! While buckets may still be plastic, they can be used all summer to build sandcastles, carry gardening tools and store small toys.

Grass Plastic Easter grass may make for quick basket filler, but the hundreds of tiny shreds of plastic are both messy and non-recyclable. 1. Yarn Especially for those who crochet or knit, yarn is always in abundance. Why not fill the bottom of a basket with colored yarn to create a bright pop of color that can still be used for crafts? Stop by Northampton Wools at 29 Pleasant St. in Northampton or Knitting Criations at 60 Springfield Rd. in Somers for large selections of vibrant yarn. 2. Ribbon Colored ribbon is another item crafters have no shortage of. Try mixing an array of ribbons to make great filler! 3. Fabric remnants For those who sew, sometimes you end up with pesky fabric pieces that seemingly have no purpose. However, if cut into shreds, fabric can easily fill an Easter basket. Alternatively, leave the fabric bunched up for use later. 4. Newspaper and Magazines Not that we are encouraging destruction of your copy of Go Local, shredded magazines and newspapers make for great basket stuffing that can later be recycled!

Animals Each Easter, chicks and bunnies are given to children as pets. While the idea may seem sweet, oftentimes, these animals are difficult to care for and may not be a good fit for the family. 1. Petting Zoos and Farms Rather than purchasing an animal, why not pay them a visit in their homes? Many expert farmers in the area care for chicks and bunnies and welcome visitors to come say hello.

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 37 33


Frankie’s Firehouse Restaurant located on Main Street in Somers, CT was part of a “Mitten and Hat Giving Tree” started by Frankie and Amy Desso. Together they were able to donate over 250 pairs to surrounding shelters to those in need this past January 2019.

Serving CT & MA for 36 Years Complete Tree Care & Removal Service Stump Grinding • Crane Work • Expert Pruning Insect & Disease Control “Working with People Who Care About Trees!” 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE • Fully Insured • FREE Estimates

CT Licensed Arborist #62445 • MA Certified Arborist #1676

860.749.7365 • 413.525.3916 www.mtsne.com

This coming April and May, Frankie’s will be putting out donation boxes in different locations in Somers to collect items for toddlers and preschool age children such as diapers, shampoo, clothing, pacifiers, etc. for those families in need that serve our country. We are hoping to collect more than 300 items!

For more info call 860.849.6771

Come for your Bra fitting, and

413•566•8015

leave feeling Spring-y!

Let The Bra Ladies put Health, Comfort and Beauty back in your life! We offer custom sizes that offer comfort and style!

Full Bar Menu BASEBALL IS BACK!

Anita • Enell Sports Bra Hanky Panky • Conturelle • CosaBella Hollywood Tape • Panache!

Come out & watch the games in our Lounge!

NBA & NHL Playoffs too! Save Time… Save Money…

ORDER ONLINE! DAILY SPECIALS Mondays: Tuesdays: Wednesdays: Thursdays: Fridays & Saturdays:

Martini Mondays 50¢ Wings 1/2 Off Apps Trivia Night! $3 PBR Bottles Live Music

635 Main Street • Somers, CT

FREE Delivery to Hampden, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Sixteen Acres, East Forest Park and parts of Longmeadow, Enfield & Somers, CT!

thebraladies.com

Grinders • Giant Calzones • Seafood Salads • Wings & More

413.244.5731

Schedule your appointment online or by phone. Your privacy is important to us!

MENTION THIS AND AND GET 5% OFF YOUR PURCHASE! 34 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Beer · Wine • Spirits · Cocktails

High-end shapewear bras, lingerie and consignment bags & shoes

ESSIONAL BRA FIT TIN PROF E E G! FR

BOOK YOUR BRIDAL PARTY FITTING!

PIZZERIA & LOUNGE

9 Allen St. • Hampden Mini Mall • Hampden, MA (413) 566-8015

Open 7 Days | www.giospizzeria.com


GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 35


! STEPHANIE TROMBLEY  LEO PILARES

W

hen you have a bright idea, sometimes it is that first step that can be the most daunting. Cristine Levitre is no stranger to this. Her next adventure all started with a phone call. Cristine is a jewelry artisan, creating handmade pieces that include gemstones from the late 1800s-early 1900s. She was involved in several shows and felt there was an unfair gap that made it difficult for makers to succeed. “I kept thinking that it shouldn’t be this hard. I had a lot of ideas, but I was too busy making my own living to do them. A few years ago, I had the thought ‘I need to do something.’ The political climate is so bad and people are so depressed. And I actually thought ‘if we all elected ourselves president and we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted, what would I do?’” Cristine said. What was Cristine’s first course of action in her personal oval office? A phone call to Thorne’s Marketplace in Northampton. “I asked them for a store and they said yes. I thought, ‘Man, this being president stuff is good!’” Cristine said. In 2016, Cristine’s goal was to open a holiday pop-up shop that would house several local makers. Artisans were invited to display their products. Instead of paying an outrageous fee to be featured, Cristine offered makers 80% of the profit from sales of their products. This is how Flair was born. “It totally changed my attitude about trying new things and taking a risk. I learned a lot in terms of the fact that you can’t create a store overnight. I mean, you can, but you can’t create

36 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


a cooperative. You can’t pull strangers and say ‘let’s play well together’ because everybody is so different,” Cristine said. At the conclusion of 2016, Cristine decided to rent a booth at a show in Boston for the 2017 season. After a tumultuous experience, Cristine knew it was time to take her craft back home. “I said to myself, ‘You know, I think it’s time to go local,” Cristine said. Cristine met Nick Behrens, a maker in his twenties who sold wooden boards under the name Behrens Boards in March 2018 at the Whitingham Maple Festival in Vermont. The pair became friends after being booth neighbors and quickly exchanged their big ideas. Keeping connected through the spring and summer, the friends decided to amplify Cristine’s business pursuit of 2016 and make it bigger. In 2018, Cristine joined forces with Nick to create a holiday popup shop at a storefront located at 18 Center Street in Northampton. The shop housed items from over 30 local vendors. The popup shop met all holiday shopping price points, from $5 to over $1000. Paintings, photography, chocolate and jewelry, among other items, packed the shelves of the storefront. The shop began with just simplicities, such as fixtures made from plant stands that Cristine personally owned. Cristine also sells her handmade jewelry in the store. “It was the same kind of belief of bringing it back to local. It’s not the customer’s responsibility to walk into a store and think something is handmade when it’s not. If people walk into here and have a question, I want to be able to have all of us answer it from a human perspective,” Cristine said. Cristine and Nick knew they wanted to offer artists something

that was atypical of the industry. “Artists are never given anything, they’re always asked questions like ‘Will you donate?’ or ‘Will you stay late and clean up?’ It’s really crazy. So we decided we would turn it around and basically tell artists ‘We like your work, we want you in the shop and you don’t have to do anything.’ We offered to give them 80% of the revenue, which is unheard of. They didn’t have to do any work in the shop,” Cristine said. The work put in by Cristine and Nick paid off. “One of the most exciting moments is watching somebody come in and looking at work that wasn’t ours even and purchasing multiples. Somebody came in and bought six mugs. Nick looked at me and I looked at him, and we both got these big smiles on our faces. It was as exciting as if we had sold our own work,” Cristine said. The shop opened for the holiday season on Nov. 15, but Cristine decided not all good things must come to an end. “We were open for the holidays and I decided I didn’t want to start fresh next holiday, I wanted to see if we could make a go of it year-round,” Cristine said. Cristine shared that it was tricky and a different process to keep the shop up year-round. “The way to keep the shop open was to reach out to part of the group and basically ask people who felt they wanted to keep it open to contribute to the rent for three months to get through the wintertime. Once people know we are here, they are so excited that we are here, it’s just about getting them off of that main street,” Cristine said. While Nick has since separated from the business to pursue other opportunities, Cristine is thankful to have joined with him to create the now blooming business. “He was the best business partner I’ve ever had. He totally renewed my faith that a potential business partner does not have to be anything like you. You

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 37


just have to have the same values to work together. We decided we weren’t going to make a cooperative; we were going to pull a shop together on our own. No financial help or asking for help from anybody. And we did,” Cristine shared. Cristine said she does admit that making the move from Thorne’s Marketplace, located on Main Street to Center Street, which is a side road, has had an impact on foot traffic to the location. “We had to take turns going out and handing out postcards. People immediately came in once they knew we were here. It was a slow go, but we realized that people want to buy local,” Cristine said. Cristine said she feels that shopping local has a unique transparency that isn’t typically found in big box store shopping. “If you pick up, for example, the glasses with confetti designs that we sell, I can tell you everything about the maker like how he started, where he fell in love with glass and how having a baby influenced some cheerful new designs. I think that’s the thing that Nick and I both loved: introducing a customer to a maker,” Cristine said. Cristine continued, “Purchasing something became more than buying a product. You’re buying a little bit of getting to know a neighbor.” When it came to diving into her dream, Cristine said realizing that there may be bumps in the road is important. “I think if you want to do something, no journey is ever completely straight without any bumps. You can give up or you can find solutions and then get excited,” Cristine said.

38 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

Cristine recalled the first time she saw her previous location at Thorne’s Marketplace. “He said, ‘Cristine, let’s go look at your store,’ and at that moment, life changed. It felt real, real and scary,” Cristine said. As Flair continues to grow, Cristine is looking to the future and the larger opportunities that the shop could hold. “Part of the larger plan is to offer workshops for the community, provide support and information and opportunities for local artisans and the public to become an active part of Northampton’s arts community,” Cristine said. Cristine said Flair would always be about sticking to their mission statement: “Support local makers and buy local — the fairest trade of all.” Flair will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to help with operating expenses. “We receive no funding and are driven solely by the important of supporting our many talented makers to earn a sustainable income locally and to provide more local economic opportunities,” Cristine said. Cristine continued, “We have done a great job of supporting our local farms over the years and the time is right for extending that support to all of our talented local makers.” Currently, Flair is open Thursday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m at 18 Center Street, Northampton, MA. To contact Flair, please email flairholidaymarket@gmail.com. Cristine said, “If anyone is inspired to jump in and offer support of any kind, it would be gratefully welcomed.”


we are local. Come Join Us In Celebrating Our

FIRST ANNIVERSARY on Sat., May 4th!

We would like to thank everyone for making our first year a GREAT SUCCESS!

ENFIELD PAINT 401 Enfield Street • Enfield, CT

860-745-3721 enfieldctpaint@gmail.com

Wed – Fri 11:30-6 | Sat 10-5 | Sun 10-3

$

74 Palomba Drive, Suite J • Enfield, CT 860-965-7911 • eclecticpeacock.com

Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30 Sat 8-3 • Sun closed

5.00 OFF

a gallon of paint

Supreme Auto Service Center 68 South Rd. (Rt. 83) Somers, CT

860-763-0831 Computer Diagnostic Testing • A/C Work Timing Belts • Alignment • Battery • Emissions Cooper & Hankook Tires

QUALITY USED CARS

COMPLETE FOREIGN & DOMESTIC AUTO REPAIR

Headlight $ Restoration

99

50 OFF!

$

Complete countertop refinishing job (30 sq.ft. min.) One coupon per project through 5/31/19. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

541 Center St., Ludlow, MA

413-589-0769

95

Timing Belt Service

$

50 OFF

Headlights not clear, yellowed, clouded, frosted? We can restore proper road illumination!

*With coupon. Expires 4/30/19.

*With coupon. Expires 4/30/19.

SPRING INSPECTION

WILD CARD

WILD CARD

$

$

15 OFF

20 OFF

Any service over $100

Any service over $200

*With coupon. Cannot combine with any other offers or coupons. Exp. 4/30/19.

*With coupon. Cannot combine with any other offers or coupons. Exp. 4/30/19.

FREE We’ll Check Your A/C, Battery, Brakes, Coolant, Front End, Suspension, Muffler, Tires & Wheels *With coupon. Expires 4/30/19.

AN ENCHANTING LITTLE COUNTRY GIFT SHOPPE

Serving Northern CT & Western MA

Memory Lamps • All-Occasion Specialty Baskets Handmade & Specialty Easter Candies • Gifts

License #0502206

$

100 Off

Let us make you the Starr of the neighborhood. Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured

www.hastarr.com

Your order of $1000 or more with this coupon Offer expires 4/30/19

111 Main Street, Somersville, CT • 860.265.2282 Delivery to most area towns, including Massachusetts Open Tue–Fri 10-6 • Sat 10-4 (Call for extended hours in April!)

www.somersvillagegifts.com GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 39


Open to the Public

No Medical Card Needed

#1 Locally Grown/Produced CBD Tinctures, Vape Oils, Edibles All Natural CBD (Cannabidiol) products available for purchase online or at our cafe! CBD Infused Teas & Coffee • Baked Goods • Honey • Chocolates Tinctures • Lotions • Soaps • Grow Supplies • Apparel • Cooking Classes Massachusetts State Hemp Cultivation licensed All Naturally Produced - No Pesticides State tested plants/products

EASTHAMPTON, MA

@ Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St. 413-203-5354

SPRINGFIELD MA oracare.squarespace.com

878 Sumner Ave. 413-747-1863

NEW LOCATION OPENING SOON in Stafford! 24 hour Emergency Care for Large Animals The Finest in Veterinary Care Small Animal • Large Animal • Equine Dr. Scott D. Morey | Dr. Heidi Morey Dr. Kathryn Garner | Dr. Weston Brown Dr. Tracy Locke Zulick

OFFERING: Lameness Exams Dental Floating • Digital X-Ray Ultrasound • Endoscopy Joint Injections Laser & Shockwave Therapy

Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 8-5 Thurs. 8-7 • Sat. 8-12

Serving CT and South Central MA

860-870-8701 fentonrivervet.com 9F Fieldstone Commons, Tolland, CT

40 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


AZ

Preparing to Downsize?

to

Moving & Storage, Inc. Since 1985

“Happy Feet Move Faster”

IF YOU’RE REMODELING OR MOVING, WE’RE YOUR GUYS! FREE ESTIMATES Family Owned and Operated • Serving the Community for 35 Years 380 Union Street • Suite 1 • West Springfield, MA 01089

(413) 736-4440 www.A-Z MOVERS.net

GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 41


local einstein

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE - NO GOOGLING!

WHICH U.S. STATE HAS THE MOTTO “LIVE FREE OR DIE” ON THEIR LICENSE PLATE?

WHO SANG THE TITLE SONG “GREASE” IN THE 1978 MOVIE? [A] Frankie Avalon [B] Ricky Nelson [C] Frankie Valli [D] Edd Byrnes

IN CHESS, HOW MANY PAWNS DOES EACH PLAYER START WITH?

DENDROPHOBIA IS THE FEAR OF WHAT? [A] Bears [B] Thunder & Lightning [C] Trees [D] Water

5

[A] Eight [B] Six [C] Four [D] Two THE HOOVER DAM (ON THE BORDER OF ARIZONA AND NEVADA) IS BUILT ON WHAT RIVER?

THE ISLAND OF COZUMEL IN THE CARIBBEAN IS PART OF WHAT COUNTRY? [A] Jamaica [B] Cayman Islands [C] Dominican Republic [D] Mexico

7

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S MONA LISA IS ON DISPLAY IN WHAT EUROPEAN MUSEUM?

[A] Snake River [B] Colorado River [C] Hoover River [D] Columbia River

8

WHAT IS THE HIGHEST SCORE POSSIBLE IN TEN-PIN BOWLING?

[A] Uffizi Gallery, Florence [B] National Gallery, London [C] The Louvre, Paris [D] Prado Museum, Madrid

WHAT WAS THE NAME OF ROY ROGERS’S PALOMINO HORSE?

[A] 400 [B] 300 [C] 200 [D] 100 # CORRECT

IQ

RANK

7-9 5-7 2-4 0-1

160 110 50 3

Prodigy Egghead Meh Simpleton

[A] Scout [B] Silver [C] Topper [D] Trigger

ANSWERS:

1)C 2)A 3)C 4)A 5)D 6)B 7)C 8)B 9)D

3

[A] New Hampshire [B] Rhode Island [C] Maine [D] Vermont

All-American Automotive Solution Center

Lube, Oil & Filter

Car Rentals from

26

$

per day

29

$

95

NEW & USED

95

Up to 5 Qts. Non-Synthetic

860-684-8888 | 121A West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs, CT | BollesDodge.com 42 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019


SERVING WESTERN MA & NORTHERN CT

413-566-2224 Hampden, MA

DUMPSTER RENTALS JUNK REMOVAL HOME/OFFICE CLEANOUTS

DUMPSTER RENTALS 10cy - 15cy - 20cy - 30cy - 35cy

Same Day

JUNK REMOVAL SERVICES Call us today for a free estimate on all of your junk removal needs for your home or business. We sort, load, haul, recycle, donate and dispose.

Chris LoMascolo, Owner

www.AllWasteRemoval.com LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED OUT OF HAMPDEN, MA GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 43


Your Local, Family Owned Kitchen Experts. Kitchen • Bath • Laundry • Home Office Quartz • Granite • Corian • Laminate FREE Design, In-Home Measuring & Estimates • Full Remodeling

Kitchen Encounters offers friendly, local service. We will help you visualize your new kitchen or bath with our expert design service and we are ALWAYS a better value than the big box stores. You can trust Kitchen Encounters because our families are local, just like yours!

Visit Our Beautiful Showroom

Over 20 Years in Business!

15 RAILROAD AVENUE, WILBRAHAM 413-596-6535 | WWW.KITCHEN-ENCOUNTERS.COM

Collision Repair 149 NORTH ROAD, RTE 140, EAST WINDSOR, CT TEL. (860) 623-2100 or (888) 457-7778

ESTATE AUCTION EVERY THURSDAY AUCTION & EVENT CALENDAR APRIL 2019

Thurs Apr 4

• We guarantee the collision repair as long as you own the vehicle • 35 years experience – locally owned • Reasonable rates 34 West Street, Stafford Springs, CT

860.684.9229 rossicollisionrepair.com 44 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

5:30pm 7:00pm Sat Apr 6 12 Noon 10:00am Thurs Apr 11 5:30pm 7:00pm Thurs Apr 18 5:30pm 7:00pm Thurs Apr 25 5:30pm 7:00pm Sat & Sun Apr 27, 28 12 Noon 9:00am

Early Bird Auction Estate Auction Toys/Collectibles Auction Preview Early Bird Auction Estate Auction Early Bird Auction Estate Auction Early Bird Auction Estate Auction 2 Day Gun & Military Auction Both days (Over 2,000 Lots) Preview both days

1000’s of pictures at www.goldengavel.com Email with questions goldengavel@att.net or visit auctionzip.com and search our Auctionzip Auctioneer ID#: 2791

Terms: Cash, Checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover, Debit Cards. Subject to errors and omissions. 18% buyer’s premium, 3% discount for cash or approved check, all sales final.


ECFCU VISA Credit Card Benefits STOP IN OR APPLY ONLINE

• No Annual Fee • No Balance Transfer Fee • Cash Advances • Fast Credit Approval • Cards Made On Site

Extra Awards Earn points for each signed purchase! Redeem points for cash, travel, gift cards and more! Remember, we're here for all your loan needs… Vehicles • Mortgages • Refi's (Home & Auto) • Personal VISA • Bill Consolidation • Tax Liabilities

*Cannot be used to refinance existing ECFCU loans. Promo can be cancelled at any time. Actual rate may vary depending on individual credit worthiness.

LET US REPAIR & PAINT YOUR BODY

15% OFF

any mechanical service with this ad!

45 YEARS & STILL KICKIN’! Thank you for the years of friendship & patronage!

10% Veterans and Senior Citizens Discount

Must present ad at time of service

Car Sales & Service Bob Mercier, Owner & Licensed Used Car Dealer Mercier’s Kustom Auto Body, Inc. Visit us at our new location 231 Field Road, Unit 1, Somers, CT

860-749-0055 GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 45


The Final Countdown

7 Springtime Outings

Finally, the sun is out, the grass is green and only a light sweater is necessary to enjoy the outdoors.

Welcome the month of April with fun events for all ages!

EARTH DAY & 50TH ANNIVERSARY

DENNIS POND, 5 ICEHOUSE ROAD STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT Join the Stafford Conservation Commission on Sat., April 27 from 10am-1pm for Earth Day and the Commission’s 50th anniversary. Dust off your bell-bottom pants and rainbow beads, the Commission will be hosting a hippie costume contest! Admission is free.

OF FOREST & SEA SHOW

EASTWORKS WEST END 116 PLEASANT ST • EASTHAMPTON, MA Fri., April 19 at 8pm. See a night of Germanic, Slavic and Nordic traditional culture, folk and fairy tales through dance and music. Event is the spring fundraiser for the Faces of the Goddess research trip to Southern Italy in summer 2019. Tickets are $20 until Apr. 17, and $30 at the door. Advance tickets at luminaradance.com

EASTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST

100 BIDWELL ROAD • SOUTH WINDSOR, CT Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee on Sat., April 13 from 8am-11:30am with the South Windsor Jaycees and the Easter Bunny at Nomad's Adventure Quest. Free activities such as crafts, photos and face painting. No registration is required and admission is free. Donations are accepted to benefit Hartford Bags of Love. 46 GO LOCAL APRIL 2019

VERNAL POOLS AT LAUGHING BROOK

793 MAIN STREET • HAMPDEN, MA Join naturalist Kevin Kopchynski on Sat., April 20 from 10am-11:30am to observe animals such as salamanders and wood frogs, egg masses and more. Member cost is $5 and nonmember cost is $7. Register at massaudubon. org/program-catalog/arcadia/62462-vernalpools-at-laughing-brook.

FLOWER POT CLASS

EAST WINDSOR PARKS & RECREATION 25 SCHOOL STREET • EAST WINDSOR, CT Create a one-of-a-kind decoupage ceramic flower pot on Thurs., April 18 from 5pm-7pm using tissue paper and mod podge. This activity is suitable for children of all ages. Children will also receive a bag of dirt and seeds to plant inside the pot. Cost is $15 per student.

EARTH DAY FAIR

ENFIELD TOWN GREEN • ENFIELD, CT Celebrate Earth Day in Enfield on Sat., April 13 from 10am-5pm with eco-friendly vendors, live music and entertainment, food and more. Meet Captain Planet, the Planeteers for story time and Khalypso the mermaid. This event is free to the public with a suggested donation for the Enfield Food Shelf.

EGG HUNT

HERITAGE PARK • EAST LONGMEADOW, MA ELREC.RECDESK.COM Join the community for the free (East Longmeadow residents) event on Sat., April 20 from 10am-12:30pm! Activities such as DJ entertainment, children’s crafts, pictures with the Easter bunny, food trucks, face painting and a magician will be offered! Bring your own basket for egg collections. Pre-registration is strongly suggested.


GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 47


Profile for Go Local Magazine

Go Local | APRIL 2019  

Go Local | APRIL 2019