Hillary Chase to play at Petersham Friday Market

  • Hillary Chase of Orange returns to the Friday Market on June 15. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Athol Daily News
Published: 6/13/2018 10:21:15 PM

PETERSHAM — Hillary Chase of Orange will bring her soul/folk music to the Friday Market this week.

Chase has performed in and around western Massachusetts since she was 10 years old. She grew up in Orange and is a 2014 graduate of Bennington College. She released a full-length album in the winter of 2016. She mixes complex imagery with poetic lyrics and musical structures that range from simple to intricate, and writes songs of love and change, soul-searching and travel. She has played frequent gigs at the Deja Brew Cafe & Pub in Wendell, Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, BYTE in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and at The Montague Bookmill.

The Friday Market provides fresh locally grown food, craft vendors, information from healthcare and social service groups and live music on the Town Common each Friday afternoon for community members from 3 to 6 p.m.

This week, register your email address with the market coordinator for a chance to win “$10 worth of real good stuff.” Redeem the winning coupon at any vendor’s stall after the 5 p.m. drawing.

At the Petersham Friday Market, more than a dozen local farm families offer organic produce, fresh corn and other produce, plants, locally raised meat, chicken, local eggs, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, local honey, handmade soaps and other craft items. The market receives support from the local Cultural Council, Town Meeting voters, individual donors, Heywood Healthcare, Petersham Grange 95, private foundations and local donors. Sponsors include Berube Real Estate, Waterwheel Reality and Waterwheel Village.

Each summer, the performers offer a musical tribute to Willie Nelson for his long career in music, and for his work as a founder and president of Cambridge’s Farm Aid. Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system.

For more information about joining the market, becoming a sponsor or the market, in general, contact Roy Nilson at 978-724-6662 or by email fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com

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