Area briefs: Plainfield barbecue; Easthampton city hall reopens; Transhealth fundraiser

Published: 08-21-2023 1:11 PM

Firefighter’s Barbecue in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD — On Sunday, Sept. 3, the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association (PVFA) will host the 52nd annual Plainfield Firefighter’s Barbecue behind the Shaw Memorial Library on Main Street.

Meals will be served starting at 1 p.m., consisting of barbecued chicken, baked potato, local corn on the cob, homemade coleslaw, dinner roll, slice of watermelon and a beverage.

Tickets are $17 per adult and $9 for children under 12. Day-of-event ticket sales are very limited at best.

A slice of anniversary cake will be offered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department. There will also be a limited supply of 70th anniversary T-shirts available for purchase.

Along with the meal, there will be a Silent Auction of many locally donated items, gift certificates and cards. Raffle tickets are on sale at the gate.

The 46th annual Road Race, a short, but difficult 1.1-mile run around the center of town, will take place at 1:20 p.m. Sign-up is under the tent.

Live music, sponsored by the state and Plainfield Cultural Councils, features the Curtis Rich Review from Buckland, making a return visit this year.

Additional activities include a book sale in the library’s basement and ArtsFeast, with work displayed in the library conference room and under a tent outside.

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The event is a major fundraiser for the town’s volunteer fire and EMS department.

For more information: 413-634-5470, or stop by the Public Safety Complex on North Central Street any Thursday from 7 p.m. on.

Area artisans invited to Sept. show and sale

HAYDENVILLE — The Haydenville Congregational Church has put out a call for artists to participate in an Art Show and Sale this fall.

The show will be Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church at 143 Main St. The popular show was curtailed during the COVID pandemic.

The show will benefit the church and the Williamsburg’s Take and Eat Program, which provides weekend meals to seniors.

Church trustee Megan Jewett said the art show gives area painters, potters, woodworkers, textile artists and other artisans a chance to display their work and meet their customers.

Details on the set up, space assignments, and registration information can be found on the church website at haydenvillechurch.org or by calling Megan Jewett at 617-833-5665. The deadline for signing up is Aug. 30.

Transhealth hosts noncompetitive aerobics to raise awareness, funds

Transhealth will take part in a National Pony Sweat event, a noncompetitive dance aerobics class, on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 12-2 p.m. The free event will raise awareness and funds to expand access to gender-affirming care and impact policies that protect the rights of trans and gender-diverse people.

This event will be held behind the Garden House at Look Park in Northampton and will be live-streamed nationally and around the globe.

Pony Sweat is a nationally acclaimed dance aerobics practice that celebrates anti-perfectionism and radical self-acceptance with the goal of cultivating freedom of movement and thought, to take care of ourselves and to take care of each other.

Transhealth’s goal is to raise $50,000. Participants can get involved by attending the free Pony Sweat aerobics class on Sept. 9, giving a donation, and/or fundraising as an individual or part of a team.

At the event, participants will Pony Sweat alongside hundreds of ponies (Supporters), with aerobics moves led by some of local celebrities including Sen. Jo Comerford and Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa.

Founded in 2021, Transhealth is an independent and comprehensive healthcare center that supports and empowers trans and gender-diverse individuals and families.

Easthampton Municipal Building reopens Wednesday

EASTHAMPTON — Closure for nearly a month due to air quality issues, the municipal building has begun to resume city services within the building, and will officially reopen to the public on Wednesday.

Services had been temporarily relocated to the Public Safety Complex following safety concerns and violations amidst HVAC repairs at 50 Payson Ave.

A new HVAC system has been installed, with final adjustments to take place over the next few weeks.

The entire building will undergo a deep cleaning by ServPro on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The following returned to normal offices on Monday: Planning Department, DPW Engineering, Health Department, Building Department, Human Resources, Department of Public Works, Mayor’s Office, and Procurement.

The city clerk’s office will open by appointment only on Monday and Tuesday.

Treasurer and payroll will return to City Hall on Wednesday.

The collections office will close on Tuesday for equipment to be moved back into City Hall. In the meantime, residents can also pay via USPS, the drop box at the front entrance of City Hall, or online.

The auditor’s office will be open at 32 Payson Ave. until Thursday, with equipment scheduled to be moved on Friday.

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