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AWE - Artists Window Exhibit

The Artists of Franklin County are presenting Greenfield with their extraordinary art for the entire month of May. Storefront windows up and down Main, Federal and Miles Streets will offer amazing artwork as local artists share their work with the community. The exhibit will begin on May 1 and run until June 1. This display of art is presented free of charge to the community by the Artists of Franklin County in conjunction with the Greenfield Business Association and Fostering the Arts in Franklin County. Anyone interested in purchasing art on display is asked to contact the artists directly.

The Artist Window Exhibit (AWE) has been showcasing artwork in Greenfield since 2006. AWE brings together area artists and local businesses to enhance the experience of Greenfield by seeing artists' work in downtown windows. These exhibits have been very successful in the past, with positive feedback from artists, residents, visitors and shop owners.

Margaret Soussloff is displaying her work with AWE for the first time. Margaret says, "I work in Greenfield and walk down Main Street almost daily. While I walk I gaze in the windows, looking with my artist's eye. I've enjoyed immensely the artwork displayed in store windows. It occurred to me, I could show my own art. That prompted me to take the plunge and have my art on display as part of AWE."

Any artist or business interested in getting involved should call Diane Clancy at 773-7333 or email her at: diane@dianeclancy.com. Special thanks goes to all the participating business owners and the amazing artists who have worked to make this possible.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Greenfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Photographer, Cynthia Yachenchick, says, "Since I joined the Artists of Franklin County Artist Group in September of 2008 and became a participant in the Artist Windows Exhibition, my photography has taken me in directions I never imagined possible. This exposure has provided me with numerous new photography experiences from art exhibits to being the featured Artist in the Rowe Camp and Conference Center Catalog."

Greenfield businesses taking part in this Spring's Artist Window Exhibit from May 1 to June 1 are: All About Beads, Copy Cat Print Shop, Country Jeweler, Forbes Photo and Frame, Greenfield Business Association, Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield Games, Greenfield Public Library, Magical Child, Schaff Opticians, Simon's Stamps and Town Crier, all on Main Street. The building owned by Greenfield Savings Bank at 39 Federal Street, Money Concepts, Ruggeri Real Estate and Valley Tees are all on Federal Street. On Miles Street is L Salon, which is on the way to the Energy Park. Network Chiropractic of Franklin County is located in the mall at 21 Mohawk Trail.

The Artists of Franklin County is open to visual and multi-media artists of all mediums and forms including painting, photography, sculpture, fine art crafts and performance art. They meet regularly at the Greenfield Business Association Meeting Room at 395 Main Street. Anyone interested in getting involved should call Diane Clancy at 773-7333 or email her at: diane@dianeclancy.com.

It's . . . . .Groundhog Day!

Pothole Pictures begins it new spring season and its fifteenth continuous year of presenting classic films on the BIG screen on the weekend of May 1 and 2 with a showing of one of the best comedies of modern times, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

As a special treat, at the Saturday screening, Conway resident Mike Haley, who was assistant director on this movie, will be present to take questions and discuss the making of the film.

Groundhog Day concerns a smug TV anchorman (Murray) in Punxsutawney, PA covering the Groundhog Day ceremony who somehow gets caught in a loop of living the same day over and over and over again until he discovers how to get life, and love, right.

Some viewers of Groundhog Day consider it a profound experience that has changed their lives and given them a Zen-like explanation of how life should be lived. Some find it simply a delightful, laugh-filled farce. No one who has seen it can ever hear Sonny and Cher's song I Got You Babe the same way ever again.

It was released in 1993 and also stars Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. It is rated PG and was directed by Harold Ramis. Running time is 101 minutes.

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Mike Haley has been an assistant director in Hollywood for many years and has worked extensively with director Mike Nichols, as well as several movies with Groundhog's director Ramis. He is known for his humor and storytelling prowess and will undoubtedly will regale the audience with tales about how this classic film was created and developed into the much-loved icon that it is considered today.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights but, as always, there will be live music on stage before the film. This weekend, Landslide, Actually,

a rock band made up of four teenaged students from the Academy at Charlemont will perform starting at 7 p.m.

Pothole Pictures is located in the historic Memorial Hall Theater at 51 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12. Purchased season tickets are also accepted. The theater is fully heated, air-conditioned, and handicap accesible.

For more info, call 625-2896.

Flea Market and Gas and Engine Show

The 33rd Annual Flea Market and Gas Engine Show will take place Friday, May 22-24, on Route 10, in Bernardston.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 22 6 p.m. Auction, food booths open, raffle tickets sold Saturday, May 23 6 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast 9 a.m. Flea Market and Gas Engine Show, food booths all day 5 to 7 p.m. Ham and Bean Supper, Can Auction, raffle tickets sold Sunday, May 24 6 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. Church Service

9 a.m. Flea Market and Gas Engine Show, food booths open all day, Can Auction (drawn at 2 p.m. on Sunday), raffle tickets sold (drawn at 3 p.m. on Sunday), and 1 p.m. Engine Awards

All proceeds to benefit United Church of Bernardston. Stay posted for more info.

The Pop Stars at Mocha Maya's

The popular dad band will be performing songs from their first two releases: The Pink Album and the Blue Album at Mocha Maya's on Sunday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m.

Based in Holliston, the band of fathers perform original songs about the joys, trials and tribulations of parenthood. Their upbeat music gets little ones dancing and parents laughing, with topics ranging from sleep deprivation and spilt milk to minivans, potty training and unwanted advice from the in-laws.

Mocha Maya's is located at 47 Bridge Street, in Shelburne Falls. Call 625-6292 for info. You'll find the POP Stars online and where you can also buy their CD's at: thepopstars.biz, at: reverbnation.com/thepopstars, and you can friend them on facebook as well.


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