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Worthington performer Mariam Massaro’s Goddess Show slated for Oct. 12

Stilt dancer Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield will be one of four stilt dancers performing at the 2nd Annual Gaea Star Goddess Show that occurs at the Academy of Music on Friday, Oct. 12. 
LAURA RODLEY

Stilt dancer Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield will be one of four stilt dancers performing at the 2nd Annual Gaea Star Goddess Show that occurs at the Academy of Music on Friday, Oct. 12. LAURA RODLEY Purchase photo reprints »

Singing her original songs of hope and wearing her trademark goddess dress, Mariam Massaro of Worthington will take the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Oct. 12 with her Gaea Star Band. The show’s highlights will include stilt dancers and elaborate costumes.

Just a few days after the second annual Gaea Star Goddess Show, Massaro will be in Yosemite, Calif., recording her songs at the Messenger Summit Conference II. The juried conference, from Oct. 18 through 21, promotes messages for healing humanity online.

“I feel good about uplifting lives through music and art. I’m really excited,” said Massaro, speaking recently at her Worthington business, Wiseways Herbals. “I get to wear these beautiful dresses,” she added, referring to the costumes she creates for her performances.

The Academy of Music show will feature stilt dancers Ana Wolf of Worthington, Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield, Ezell Floranina of Shutesbury and Michael Henderson of Lowell, all wearing ornate costumes.

Gaea Star Band members who will perform include Diana Nobel of Worthington as backup vocal goddess, Robin Rooney of Worthington, also backup vocals, Dameron Midgett of Worthington on guitar, Jeff Hinrichs of Florence on drums, Robert Sherwood of Springfield on piano and Rudi Weeks of South Hadley on bass.

“It’s a bigger and better show. We’ve had a whole year to work at it,” Massaro said. The band has been performing monthly in locales such as Arts Night Out in Easthampton and the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen.

“We feel inspired to sing beautiful songs that revere Gaea, an ancient name for Mother Earth,” said Massaro, “for her natural elements and other beauty inherent in life, while expressing creativity in healing, peace and gratitude.”

A sampling of Massaro’s music can be heard on the Gaea Star Crystal Hour at dreamvisions7radio.com, on Revolution Boston 1510-AM radio, Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. The show, hosted by Deborah Beauvais and recorded live at Massaro’s Worthington home, reaches 5,000 listeners.

“It has songs for kids and themes appropriate for the day, for whatever cycle of life we’re in,” said Massaro. A recording prior to the 9/11 anniversary included peace songs, for example. August’s blue moon prompted “Blue Moon” songs.

The Gaea Star Goddess Show will take place at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $11 at the door.

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Almost there

The Old Creamery Cooperative awaits final approval for the transfer of the Old Creamery Grocery’s existing package store liquor license to the new member-owned co-op to finalize its purchase of the Cummington store, according to Kimberly Longey, president of the co-op’s board of directors.

The liquor license transfer was approved by Cummington officials in mid-July and is now in the final stages of review at the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission in Boston, she said. “Once that happens, we can proceed to closing,” Longey said.

The purchase price of $1,261,500 includes the property, business, inventory, renovations and cash on-hand for purchases.

Florence Savings Bank is providing the co-op with a commercial loan of $536,500.

There are 538 co-op members, a number that is steadily growing, according to organizers. Members’ equity is part of the financing, as well as outright gifts from donors that will cover the remaining $725,000.

“The business takes on the debt,” Longey said. “Profits from the store are sufficient enough to pay for the cost of running the store and the debt.”

For information, visit www.OldCreamery.coop.

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Farming in stone

“Farming in Stone,” the final installment of four free history adventures sponsored by the Plainfield Historical Society’s Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills program, will take place Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. behind Shaw Memorial Library on Route 116 in Plainfield. Participants are encouraged to wear cool-weather walking gear and bring a compass, if possible; some compasses will also be available for borrowing. For information, call 634-2250.

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Hilltown Junior Olympics

Past participant Meaghan Carey of Chesterfield will carry the homemade Olympic torch this year for the 33rd annual Hilltown Junior Olympics, slated for Saturday at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield. Carey took part in prior Hilltown Junior Olympics, which are open to competitors from ages 5 to 14 from Cummington, Goshen, Chesterfield, Plainfield, Windsor and Worthington. Now 16, she is too old to compete, but will carry a torch that will be used to light a larger torch that will burn until the event ends.

So far 162 children are signed up, said Janet LaRoche of Chesterfield, one of the event’s organizers. “Everyone gets a participation medal,” she said. The top three children in each category also get medals.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school at 30 Smith Road. Participants should arrive by 8:30 a.m. Lunch is provided for participants. To sign up call LaRoche at 296-4714.

Laura Rodley can be reached at lrodley.gazette@gmail.com.

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