by fallsneighbors on June 22, 2013

Happy summer, everyone! The water is now on at Beachgrounds Park every day from 10am to 8pm, a sure sign of the change of seasons. Time to break out the bathing suits, grills, sunscreen–and, coincidentally, a new look for our website.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things that are in store for us this summer:

The South Hadley Farmers Market is in full swing at the Town Common, every Thursday from 1-6pm. In addition to local food and crafts, they’ve got music and information about local groups. Also on Thursdays at the Gazebo: the Recreation Department’s free summer concert series, which begins June 28 at 6:30pm.

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The Massachusetts Walking Tour comes to town on Wednesday, June 26. This quartet of folk musicians travels on foot along the New England National Scenic Trail, performing at venues along the way where they are often joined by local musicians. Two South Hadley classical duos will be making guest appearances: the viola duo of Scott Slapin and Tanya Solomon and the violin-piano duo of Gillian Woldorf and Heather W. Reichgott. We are proud to sponsor their concert at the South Hadley Public Library and are grateful to the South Hadley Cultural Council for a Local Cultural Council grant supporting this performance.

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FallsFest 2013 will fill Beachgrounds Park with music, food, art, and fun activities on Sunday, July 27, from noon to 10pm. If you thought last year’s block party was awesome, hold onto your hats for FallsFest! The lineup of musicians is, in a word, amazing. You can dine on food from South Hadley restaurants and learn about the various nonprofits in our town. Proceeds will benefit the USO of the Pioneer Valley and Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry. FallsFest 2013 is co-sponsored by the Falls Neighborhood Association, the South Hadley-Granby Chamber of Commerce, and the South Hadley Recreation Department, with financial support from a Local Cultural Council grant from the the South Hadley Cultural Council, and from a fine list of businesses and individuals.

Town fireworks will be at Michael E. Smith Middle School on July 3 (raindate July 5). Activities begin at 6pm, fireworks at 9pm.

More information about summer activities throughout South Hadley can be found at the Recreation Department’s website!

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