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LAlaniz - Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 6:14 P
Crafted Cloth Exhibit And Pop-up Weaving Room Lca
Every Thursday during July at Leverett Crafts and Arts from 2-5 PM, the Barnes Gallery becomes a pop-up fiber studio. children with Adults are welcomed to weave, spin and make rope. No money, but smiles and some know-how are exchanged.
Call me with questions, at 413 409-1609. Leonore

Exhibit at LCA: Crafted Cloth tells stories about cloth for every day use, and about the people who grow fibers, weave, make felt, surface-design and sew cloth. They follow their vocation in New England and distant lands, making yardage, garments, shoes, chair covers, blankets, rugs, accessories, even masks.
Conceived and curated by Leonore Alaniz, this exhibit traverses segments of global textile history and fiber-scapes. While indigenous
textile arts are endangered, re-generative practices implemented by members of the “fibershed” movement for example, steady this decline and foster the emergence of modern fiber economies. Members subscribe to permaculture practices, cooperative product development and dialogue with consumers. Cloth as metaphor teaches that the regard a society affords to artful cloth making, is a reflection of that society’s stability and potency.
Through July 31st 2017.

OPEN Thursday - Sunday from 1:00 - 6 PM and by appointment.
The POP-UP classroom is open Thursdays 2 - 5 PM for children and adults wanting to try their hands at spinning, weaving and rope making.
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joy - Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 8:54 P
Pottery Classes Offered!
Hi Neighbors,
Just want to let you know that I’m offering pottery classes at LCA that start next week.
If you’re interested please let me know. They are a lot of fun and you will bring home your own beautiful pottery! I'm teaching Tues. afternoons from 3-5:30 and Wed. evenings from 6-8:30. I hope you can join!
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DO - Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 4:39 P
This Website
Keep me posted, Mik. I can help with promotion. It would be good to do another run of those handbills/cards with the state road sign graphic on front.
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mmuller - Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 3:51 P
This Website
Thanks, Don. Yes, it takes a village, and a certain amount of intention and follow-through, to untangle yourself from corporate ... anything. Though I am a frequent user of Facebook (I'll be the first one to admit it's a far easier platform to use) I still view it as the Wallmart of social media.

Back in 2009, when was in its hey day, that website was getting over 2000 page views a day, and at least 20 or more posts a day. The community was very involved in it, and I was told that pretty much everyone in Town Hall and the FD and PD would pull it up to read while they drank their morning coffee. It was responsible for the ouster of two selectboard members, and the surfacing of several issues that had been hiding below the surface in town.

It would be difficult to get that site back up to those numbers, but it's certainly worth trying, and the impact can still be the same. It all depends on whether people want to give it a go.

In February we will give this website its first facelift in a very long time. At that point we will have a meeting to show everyone what the site can do, and how it can be used. It really has a lot of capabilities.
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DO - Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 11:40 A
This Website
Thanks for all you do, Mik and you're right, I've been distracted by the larger world. Facebook hasn't gone micro local yet, though the Village Co-op FB page used to get a little traffic.

I'm going to make an effort to post area events once again. We'd all do well to remember now, given the growing need to go local in a world gone mad. :/
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mmuller - Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 5:16 P
This Website
Hello everyone,

It's been a while since anyone posted here. Facebook has pretty much crushed any local community websites, including this one and the others like it.

However, we are committed to improving the interface of our community websites over the next six months. Please stick around and check out the changes as they happen.

And please use this community website. POST SOME STUFF! You have a corkboard, and a calendar. Go for it.


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joy - Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 9:03 P
Pottery Studio Sale Sat. Nov. 12th
You're invited to my Open Studio Sale
Sat. Nov. 12th 10-5
at Leverett Crafts and Arts.
Come browse the large variety of pots. There will be 2nds too, food and drink!
Enter to win a free bowl!!
Good low studio prices!
There are lots of mugs, bowls of all sizes, garlic graters, garlic jars, pie plates, sponge holders, berry bowls, dip and chip platters, yarn bowls, ikebana, creamers/sugars and lots more!!
It would be wonderful to see you!
I am so grateful to be able to do the work I love!
Blessings, Joy

Fall Studio Sale!
Sat. Nov. 12th 10-4pm
Joy's studio at
Leverett Crafts & Arts
13 Montague Rd. Leverett, Ma. 01054
Enter to win a free Bowl!
Micro-wave and dishwasher safe pottery!
Refreshments and drinks will be served.
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benno - Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 8:21 P
Please Come Give-away This Weekend
Hi Folks … Please come to my give-away this weekend. I’m downsizing my shop and have an array of shop items, material, and supplies to give away.

Location: 177 Cave Hill Rd in Leverett - on the corner of North Leverett Rd.
Time: 10 - 3 each day

There will also be a few larger shop tools for sale.

Donations will be gratefully accepted with all proceeds going to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, sustainable initiatives and organic farming organizations.

Hi Folks … For my birthday this year I’m hosting a giveaway on November 12 and 13th at my shop. I simply have too much stuff and I would be happy if you could make use of it. It should all probably get thrown away, but of course there is no “away”, so, you, my friends, are the closest thing I’ve got.
But ... if you are a homesteader, sculptor-of-found-objects, vintage hardware aficionado, or can use random piles of lumber, plywood, fasteners, paints, solvents, adhesives, painting supplies, and a variety of random shop supplies and gizmos, then this event is for you.
Everything offered is free except for a few power tools and a few select objects which I would like to sell.
On the other hand, contributions of any amount will be happily accepted, with proceeds being donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, sustainable initiatives, and organic farming organizations.
The shop is located at 177 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Mass. Keep in mind that GPS takes you about a quarter mile up the hill beyond the actual address. !77 is actually on the corner of North Leverett Road and Cave Hill Road,. The Driveway is about a foot past the Mill River bridge on the right. My shop is the front section of the red barn.
Hope you can make it …
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COOP - Tue, Oct 11, 2016, 11:15 A
Membership Appreciation
October 29th Come and see us for our member appreciation Day! We will have music and tastings and all sorts of fun stuff!
Members get a discount at the reg for qualifying items! See you there!
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JTHK - Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 11:10 A
Rainy Sunday? Come Dance!
What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon? Come down to the Unitarian Church in Amherst Centre for some Irish dancing. No previous experience necessary! A professional dance expert, Rebecca McGowan, will be there to help out!

2:00pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Amherst Centre
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joy - Wed, Aug 31, 2016, 1:44 P
Want Take Pottery Class?
Hi Neighbors,
I'm excited to start teaching again!
Come get your hands into some clay and create colorful and useful pots!
Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in signing up!
Taught by Joy Friedman
Wed. Evening Mixed Level Class
Adults and Teens
Sept. 14th- Nov. 9th
(no class of Nov. 2nd)
$340 includes all materials and firings.
At the Leverett Crafts and Arts
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Laurel - Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 5:36 P
Wendell Farmers Market
Hi everyone! Tomorrow on the Wendell Town Common from 10-1pm:

Sugarbush Farm will have maple syrup and cookbooks.

Joyfarm will have organic, free-range fertile pastured eggs, fruit-infused
maple syrup and assorted plants.

Laughing Dog Farm will have collards, kale, chard, beet greens, lettuce,
beets, garlic, shallots, snow and snap peas, cut flowers + (lil' white
bunny holding) ...and more!

New Wendell Farm will have, in addition to CSA distribution, the following
extras to sell:
bunched greens, hukurei turnips, snow and snap peas, culinary sage bunches,
and head lettuce. *Head lettuce will be on sale this weekend, 2 for $4*!
Don't forget to eat your veggies this weekend, folks! The romaine is huge--
make some big, crunchy caesar salads to go along with your BBQ. Romaine
also gives the perfect crunch to fresh-grilled burgers.

In addition: Shelley Hines here, of Wellness Shines. This Saturday, July 2nd, I shall be offering Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu) and Energy Healing for the Body, Mind & Spirit. I'm available from 10am-1pm and shall be booking onsite, as well as ahead of time with a call from you, to me, at 508-631-6376. If anyone who has already experienced my healing work and feels inclined to share some feedback, that would be awesome.
Looking forward to our time together!

See you there!
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Laurel - Fri, Jun 10, 2016, 11:51 A
Wendell Farmers Market
The Wendell Farmers Market (Saturday mornings, Wendell Common, 10-1:00) is a unique, weekly offering of high-quality, home-grown produce, plants, flowers, herbs, syrup and more, conceived in Wendell's inimitable spirit of diversity, generosity, creativity and mutual support. The vendors and practitioners of the Wendell Farmers Market aim to provide healthy, fresh and locally-grown sustenance (and services) to our friends and neighbors as well as other regional visitors to Wendell, especially those who value and are otherwise isolated from other good food sources. As well as fine produce, the Wendell Farmers Market often includes an on site healer/bodyworker, drummers and/or other minstrel musicians. Patrons include food lovers, friends, as well as local neighbors who come not only for the incredible, fresh, (largely organic!) produce, but as well to barter, kibbitz and talk gardening/food with the passionate farmer-teachers, onsite.

The Wendell Farmers Market welcomes other local growers, crafters, musicians and healers to participate, whether as "vendors", consumers, barterers or just to enjoy fellowship and a lovely view from the historic Wendell Common. Stop by and see us, Saturdays 10:00-1:00!

Sugarbush Farm features premium maple syrup crafted by Wendell farmer Bill Facey (who built a post-and-beam sugarhouse in Wendell. Laurel markets his syrup and can usually be seen on Saturdays at the Wendell Farmers Market as well as at the house at 47 Davis Road, off Mormon Hollow Road.

Laughing Dog Farm (of nearby Gill), run by Wendell "ex-pats" Divya Shinn and Dan Botkin, is a five acre, permaculture-inspired market farm, sanctuary and learning site, producing a wide variety of heirloom, seasonal and storage produce (plus herbs, flowers and garlic) to share with neighbors and friends... (CSA shares still available for summer.) 413-863-8696

Sarah Kohler of Joyfarm in New Salem and Caro Rozwell's new CSA will be there too!
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JennyB - Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 7:06 A
House Share Beautiful Bdrm House
Seeking one person for a 2 bdrm house share in a unique and beautiful home. Looking for someone interested in participating and collaborating in making the household work. A great fit is a person who enjoys connecting and communicating, and who also loves cats! Please view my ad on Craigslist for all the details:
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Laurel - Wed, Jun 1, 2016, 10:38 A
Wendell Farmers Market
The Farmers Market is in full swing on Saturdays from 10-1:00 on the north Common in Wendell. See you there!
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joy - Thu, Apr 28, 2016, 9:23 P
Spring Pottery Sale This Sat.!!
You are invited to my Open Studio this Sat. April 30th.
It would be great to see you!


Saturday April 30th 10-5 pm

Leverett Crafts and Arts 13 Montague Rd. Leverett, Ma. 01054

Dip and Chip Platters, Lots of Mugs, Garlic Jars,

Berry Bowls, Garlic Graters, Lace-Bowls, Vases, Pitchers, Ikebana, Plates, and much more…

Gifts for all occasions or just for you!
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LAlaniz - Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 11:30 A
For Rent, House Sharing.
Looking for one or two individuals to share 3 BR, energy efficient house on large property on Rt 63. Land / garden / attached green house, common spaces indoors are ideal for practicing healing arts and/or permaculture. Parent and child are welcomed. Reasonable rent plus utilties; first and last mo plus security. Share with mature woman who values neatness and good communications. Available now. Eight month lease requested. Leave message at 860 605 6705.
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joy - Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 1:48 P
Wanted: Potter’s Apprentice
I’m a production potter in Leverett and I’m seeking a part-time apprentice.
For the right person, this is a great experience!
Flexible hours. Approximately 8-10 hours/week.
Preferably to work 2-3 days/week (not weekends) but hours are flexible.

You’ll receive free studio space, equipment to use, glazes and firings,
as well as 50% discount for pottery classes.
You will have the opportunity to learn about wheel-throwing,
hand-building, glazes, kilns, firing, and running and marketing your
own business.

Some of the work that you would be doing include: Making Glaze, Clay Preparation, Kiln preparation,
Kiln loading and unloading, Cleaning the studio, Packing and shipping the pottery,
Preparing for shows, Putting handles on pots and more.
If you are not interested but know someone who might be interested in
this, I'd really appreciate it if you could pass this email along to

For more information call Joy Friedman at 413-548-9673
e-mail -
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joy - Mon, Aug 31, 2015, 10:16 P
Fall Pottery Classes
Get your hands into some clay!
Wheel Throwing and Hand-Building Instruction
*Weekly Demonstrations and Projects
*Beginners and all levels of experience welcome
*Lots of individual attention- Class limited to 8 people

1) Evening Mixed Level Class
Adults and Teens
Tues. Evenings Sept. 15th- Nov. 3rd

2) Daytime Mixed Level Class
Adults and Teens
Thurs. Mornings 10:30am -1:00pm
Sept. 17th- Nov. 5th

$300 includes all materials and firings
At the Leverett Crafts and Arts

There will be Open Studio Time available on Sat.'s 10:00-12:00am
Call Joy at 413-548-9673 or email:
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Diane - Mon, Aug 31, 2015, 3:01 P
Charlie King Concert 9/19/15
CHARLIE KING - Saturday - September 19 - 7:30 pm
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee of Mount Toby Meeting presents Charlie King in concert on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 pm. We are located at 194 Long Plain Rd. (Route 63), Leverett, MA.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. He
sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. In addition to a full time career of concert touring, Charlie has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, economic justice and environmental sustainability.

“With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” – Billboard

“One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” – Pete Seeger

For more about Charlie, go to

Suggested donation is $10 to $20. For more info and reservations, call Diane Crowe at 413-548-9394 or go to:

Diane Crowe
Mt. Toby Concerts, Manager,
Music of the People, DJ
WMCB 107.9 FM, Greenfield, MA, Wednesday 4-6 pm, Rebroadcast Thurs4 am, Sat 8 pm and Sun 8 am and on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ, 103.3 FM Northampton, MA, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 am - Playlists at:
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glowUrchin - Sun, Aug 2, 2015, 1:51 A
Looking Move?
**** Seeking 1 more housemate for a group in spacious 3500 sq ft beautifully updated 1700’s Leverett house! ****

THE AVAILABLE ROOM -  Very large first floor room with working fireplace, white painted paneling, beautiful afternoon light, built in cabinet, many windows (4), cedar closet/storage just off room.  Share full bath with one other person on this floor. 
Rent $650 + utilities -  or are you seeking studio space?   If so, there is an adjacent large room you could choose to also use for a total of $750 + utilities. 

Common Space / just some of the many Amenities  -  roomy, lovely, spectacular! -  

Wood floors throughout [except where tiled]

SKYLIGHTS -  sunny vaulted ceilings with loads of skylights - 2 in kitchen, 3 in living area

Kitchen = Beautiful, gourmet kitchen with blue & white painted tiles, large 6 burner Viking gas range, many cabinets, and a breakfast table area.  

Living room = Open design area with wood stove, lots of quality windows. 

Wood stove plus working fireplaces - plus Zoned oil heat !  

Washer & Dryer on first floor - behind bathroom, but with outdoor separate entrance. Laundry line right next to it for nice weather use. 

Large, sunny beautiful backyard with big shade trees & mature ornamental plantings, possible garden space. 
PLENTY OF SPACE to relax.  Open pasture / 5 acres for hiking or to walk out. 

* [There is also a HOT TUB which can be used if any or us/ or collectively decide to take care of this and pay for the expense of using it.] 

LOCATION -  very close to Leverett center - can bike to library - a beautiful resource, hiking trails behind. Also right near Leverett Pond, if you like to kayak or canoe. 

the group =    We are mature, respectful, quiet, peaceful, environmentally minded people - (into recycling, green unscented cleaning soaps, etc). NO SMOKING
A gardener, a carpenter, an artist/dancer/teacher. We seek joyous, mellow times together, respect privacy. 

This is not an owner occupied house, but there is a restriction of no dogs…

Please contact Sarah or Will at 413-367-2001  

or email Bonnie at 

We look forward to hearing from you & meeting you SOON

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DO - Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 9:52 A
Thursday July 30, 9am Herbicide Demo??
Have you read this:

< that Eversource has scheduled an herbicide application demonstration
for Thursday, July 30th at 9:00am at the pull off on Shutesbury Rd. in Leverett where the
power lines crosses the road. The location is just a little way up
Shutesbury Road towards Shutesbury from the Shutesbury and Cushman roads
intersection. This demonstration is the result of some resident concerns
about the herbicide application that were expressed at a recent Selectboard
meeting. All residents are welcome. Again the date is July 30 at 9:00 am.
on Shutesbury Road. >>

I'm bringing my "Say it: Don't Spray it Sign". You? Please pass it on!
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LAlaniz - Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 1:12 A
Apartment For Rent
This is a reply to the couple looking for an apartment. We have a ground floor 1BR apartmt available, located on Rt 63 near the Quaker Meeting House. It has Kit, Sm LR, BR, bath with tub. Its part of a larger house five people share. Surrounded by Nature / woods. It is warm in the winter. Carport. Lots of garden area avail. to be cultivated. Rent is $ 800. Utilities included. Owner occupied. Call Llan Starkweather at 413 548 9434.
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LAlaniz - Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 1:08 A
Room For Rent
Share a quiet household with common space that is enjoyed for healing, yoga and meditation. Ideal for vegetarian who values neatness, sounds of surrounding nature, hikes in adjoining woods, uplifting music, and mutual growth through harmonious exchanges. There is much opportunity to garden outdooors and in the adjoining greenhouse. You'd share this unique house with one mature woman. Owner lives in the nearby mainhouse. The available room is small and empty, furnished common areas are ample. The kitchen is equipped. Utilities included. First and last month rent, $ 525/mo. Available now. Call 413 548 9434.

Leonore Alaniz.
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joy - Fri, May 22, 2015, 10:18 P
Pottery Classes Offered This Summer!
I want to let you know about my pottery classes that are starting up in June.
It is a fun and creative class where you can learn to throw pots on the wheel or hand-build beautiful pieces.
Make mugs, plates, bowls, night-lights, pitchers, butter dishes and casseroles. Learn surface decoration, altering, and glazing.
I hope you can join in this class or can pass it along to someone you think might enjoy it.
1) Tues. Mornings 10:30am-1:00pm
June 2nd- July 21st
2) Wed. Evenings 6:00-8:30
June 3rd - July 22nd

Call JOy-413-548-9673
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