North Quabbin Notes, Dec. 7

Published: 12-06-2023 5:00 PM

Accessories sale to benefit the Friends of the Athol Public Library

ATHOL — The Friends of the Athol Public Library’s Accessories Sale is back and scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 9. The sale will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

The Friends, a non-profit group that helps support programming and special events at the library, has put together a collection of pre-loved jewelry featuring bracelets, earrings, rings, pins, brooches and more. There are indoor fashion scarves, winter scarves and hats, purses, pocket books, ties, and totes. Items are priced to sell. Stop by and shop for that special someone.

The Friends Book Sale Room will also be open. Take the opportunity to stock up on winter reading choices in all genres. As ever, the Book Sale Room is ‘pay what you wish.’

The Friends will be selling canvas tote bags ($10), notecards featuring images of the library ($5), and Booklover’s Brew by the pound ($12-regular and $12.50-decaf), a coffee roasted by Dean’s Beans in nearby Orange. Fair trade, organic, and kosher.

Proceeds from the sale will be used by the Friends to help the library continue to provide free, quality programming and activities to all members of the community. The Athol Public Library is located at 568 Main St. in Athol. Visit online at www.AtholLibrary.org or call 978-249-9515 for more information.

Witty’s Holiday Decorating Contest

ORANGE—South Main is one of the main entrances into Orange and Witty’s is holding a holiday decorating contest for anyone on South Main Street only. First place is $800, second place is $400 and third place is $200. Have your home decorated by Dec. 9. Judging will be done by Dec. 18 so participants can be paid by Christmas.

Calls From Santa event returns

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The Valley of Greenfield Scottish Rite (which meets at the Athol Masonic Lodge) will once again be doing its annual Calls from Santa event. If you have a child who would like a phone call from Santa Claus, visit http://bit.ly/callsfromsanta. Calls will be made on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 4-7 p.m.

Petersham Interfaith Committee announces Christmas Eve services

PETERSHAM- The Petersham Interfaith Committees announces the services on Christmas Eve at all five locations in town:

■4 p.m.-First Unitarian Parish at 1 Common St.—Candlelight service and collection for food pantry.

■4:30 p.m.-St. Scholastica’s Priory and St. Mary’s Monastery at 271 N. Main St.—Christmas Eve Vespers.

■6 p.m.-St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church at 18 North St.—Christmas Eve Mass.

■8 p.m.-Most Holy Trinity Maronite Monastery at 67 Dugway Road.—Christmas Eve Mass.

■9 p.m.-Orthodox Congregational Church at 21 N. Main St.—Classic carols and lessons service and food pantry collection.

■10 p.m.- St. Scholastica’s Priory and St. Mary’s Monastery at 271 N. Main St.–Christmas Eve Vigils

■11:30 p.m.-Orthodox Congregational Church at 21 N. Main St.—Classic carols and lessons service and food pantry collection.

■12 a.m.-St. Scholastica’s Priory and St. Mary’s Monastery at 271 N. Main St.—Midnight Mass

Quabbin History Calendar’s 39th edition now available

The 39th edition of the Quabbin History Calendar is now available at stores through Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region.

The calendar, crafted annually by Athol resident J.R. Greene, includes historic photographs of the towns and villages that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the late 1930s. While the same photo of Enfield Town Hall — site of the 1938 Farewell Ball — has always been featured on the front cover, the inside has 12 new scenes from Greene’s collection.

In particular, Greene highlighted the photos for June and October, featuring local people at Dana Center — one with Town Hall in the background and the other in front of the Eagle Hotel and old Shattuck store. Keeping with the traditional format, there are winter scenes on the January and December pages, a school on the September page and a summer hotel on the July one.

The Quabbin History Calendar, published by Highland Press in Athol, retails for $16.95. It can be purchased at Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst, Haley’s Antiques in Athol, the Quabbin Visitor Center in Belchertown, Flis Market in Erving, Federal Street Books and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, the New Salem General Store, Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Bates Crafters Gallery in Orange, Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Quabbin Woods Restaurant in Petersham and The Kitchen Garden in Templeton.