Event Details

Light Up Northfield!

January 1, 2023

We are very close to our big year of celebrating Northfield! The first activity is "Light Up Northfield". Starting January 1st at 5pm, we will have our first town-wide celebration activity.

On January 1st, beginning at 5pm, we invite you to line your streets and driveways with luminaria. Start saving your candle stubs, tea lights, battery candles, milk jugs, and just paper bags, etc. There are several safe ways to create luminaria. Light your space in your own way. Let's celebrate! For more detail, click here.

Where is Northfield? Boundary Changes Over Time

February 16, 2023 - 5:30 PM - Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street

In acknowledgment of Northfield's 350th anniversary since settlement by Europeans in 1673, Sara Campbell, local civil servant and Erving resident, will lead us through a variety of maps that describe Northfield's boundaries over time. One unique conundrum, Hack's grant, was an area of 180 acres in Northfield which became completely surrounded by land in Erving. Learn about this and other bits of our hidden history!

Kids & Family Fun Day - Morning

February 18, 2023 - 9:00 AM - Northfield Elementary School -104 Main Street

Birds of Prey Demonstration by Tom Ricardi. Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.

The Sokoki: Their Response to Colonization and Their Role in Northfield's Beginnings

February 19, 2023 2:00 pm. - Trinitarian Church - 147 Main Street: Archaeologist Peter Thomas of South Deerfield will talk about the Squakheag/Sokoki people who lived here before the English arrived. Peter uses written English and French sources, plus information based on the last Sokoki village in this part of the Connecticut River Valley which he partially excavated in the 1970s. Snow date is February 20. A reception will follow the presentation. This lecture is co-sponsored by Historic Deerfield.

King Philip's War in Your Backyard

March 11, 2023

Mill Brook Trail Walk

May 7, 2023, 1 PM, Mill Brook Trail.

Notes from this interesting talk can be found here.

Sacred Music by Timothy Swan

June 10, 2023, 3pm, Trinitarian Church, 147 Main Street

A house has many stories, just as people do. The house at 88 Main Street, built in 1807, is gone now but the people who lived there and the things they accomplished live on. This is the first event in a three-event series celebrating the rich history of 88 Main Street.


The group Swan Singers was formed to bring to audiences the unique form of music used in the 18th century known as ‘shapenote singing'. In his time, Swan’s songs were sung and performed throughout the early American colonies making him as famous in his time as the Beatles have been in ours. "The Swan Singers will perform 12 pieces by Timothy Swan which likely have not been sung in over 200 years". Click here to enjoy the recording of this performance. Thank you BNCTV for providing the recording.

Trains of Northfield

June 11, 2023, 2-4pm, West Northfield Playground, 687 Mt. Hermon Station Rd.

Philip Johnson - Presenter. Talk and slides of Northfield's trains and many train stations. Click here to view the session. Thank you to BNCTV for the film.

Pioneer Valley Symphony Concert

June 25, 2023

Due to a stormy weather forecast, this concert has been moved to PVRS Auditorium. New start time is 5:30! See you there!

Presenting Pops on the Green: "At the Movies with PVSO". Featuring music from Star Wars, Encanto, E.T., Frozen and more. Anthony Ferreira conducting.

Based in Greenfield, MA, the Pioneer Valley Symphony has been "Building Community Through Classical Music Since 1939". The music of the Pioneer Valley Symphony sets the mood for this 350th signature program. The accomplished musicians draw from classical, popular and familiar tunes that will complement the beautiful setting.

Northfield Then & Now

July 7 - August 19 , Fiddlehead Gallery, 105 Main Street

Thursdays 12-5:30pm , Fridays and Saturdays 12-5pm

An exhibit of vintage photos of Northfield buildings and landscapes with contemporary depictions of the same locales.

Golf Tournament

July 8, 2023, 8am, Northfield Golf Club

Northfield Chateau

July 11, 2023, 4:30pm to 7:00pm, DVAA (Fiddlehead Gallery), 105 Main Street

Nearly six decades after the Northfield Chateau’s demolition and three since local artist Jack Nelson immortalized it in clay, the to-scale replica will be on display at Fiddlehead's Gallery. Sculptor Jack Nelson offered a talk about the history of this beautiful Northfield landmark. View this informative session by clicking here.

Thank you BNCTV for the film.

American Youth Hostel; Memories and Song

July 15, 2023

Vintage Fashion Show

July 20, 2023, Fiddlehead Gallery/Community Bible Church, 105 Main Street

4:30-7pm - Meet the Artists and Celebrate Northfield's 350th (Reception sponsored by Cameron's Winery)

5:00 - Tour of the Exhibit with Historical Commentary by local historian Joel Fowler

5:30-6:45 - Music by the Fall Town Band

7:00 - Vintage Fashion Show - Community Bible Church (Clothing courtesy of Piper Pichette).

Wearing vintage clothing during the artist reception is option but encouraged. Contact margedvaa@gmail.com

Movie: 'Out of the Storm'

July 21, 2023, 6pm, Community Bible Church, 105 Main Street

‘Out of the Storm” documents how a Pocahontas County, West Virginia lumber company came to New England after the 1938 hurricane to clear fallen timber in Northfield MA. After the downing of a billion trees in the northeast, Northfield’s hurricane devastation offered opportunity to the hardworking lumbermen who found hard work, honest wages, and in some cases wives.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0846056/

Life of D.L. Moody

July 23, 2023, 2pm, Trinitarian Church, 147 Main Street.

Kevin Belmonte, biographer of Dwight L. Moody, will talk about Moody's humble birth and early years in Northfield and the international reach that his educational, evangelical and ecumenical mission to spread the Gospel had on so many levels and individuals. Northfield has been forever changed by Dwight Moody. Come and learn about him! Reception and book signing will follow.

Musicians of Northfield: 'Crowd the Plough'

July 28, 2023, 6pm, The Brewery at Four Star Farms, 508 Pine Meadow Road

The third installment of The Musicians of Northfield Series presents "Crowd the Plough", a local band from Franklin County who play a wide variety of American, Canadian, Celtic and original folk songs along with a spattering of re-imagined acoustic rock songs from the 80's to present day. Local Northfielders include Terry McKeon (guitar/Harmonica & vocals), Shawn Foster (guitar & vocals), and Karina Berenson (fiddle). They'll be joined by Stephanie Ciccarello (Vocals/percussion) of Bernardston, Ben Woodard (stand up bass & guitar) of Gill, and local hero, retired astronaut, Cady Coleman (flute) of Shelburne Falls.

Hymns of Northfield

July 30, 2023, 2pm, Community Bible Church, 105 Main Street

Many well-known Christian hymns were written by Northfield residents and frequent visitors, or first introduced at the Northfield Summer Conferences begun by D.L. Moody in the 1880’s and drawing thousands to the town each summer well into the twentieth century. Pastor Bob Emberley and others will talk about the history of the hymns that have local significance. Audience participation is encouraged in the singing of the hymns. Pastor Emberley will also speak of Mr. Moody’s relationship to the place where the Community Bible Church (CBC) now stands. This event is co-sponsored by CBC and the C.S. Lewis Study Center as part of Northfield’s 350th celebration year. Historical memorabilia will be on display, including several editions of the Northfield hymnals, a vintage pump organ, and biographies and photos of significant composers and hymnwriters such as Ira Sankey, Fanny Crosby, P.P. Bliss, May Whittle Moody, and Daniel Towner.

To listen to a sound clip from this wonderful concert, click here.

Organ Concert by Gary Garletts

August 6, 2023, 4 pm, First Parish Unitarian Church, Parker and Main Streets

Gary Garletts, renowned organist and Artistic Director and Conductor for the Chester County Choral Society, gave a beautiful performance on First Parish's historic organ. The Hook Organ is one of the oldest unaltered two-manual organis in the country. It was built in 1842 and arrived at First Parish in 1870. Garletts has been Director of Music and Organist at Ardmore Presbyterian Church since 1999.

Click here for more information about the concert and the unique Hook Organ.

Softball Game Northfield vs. Deerfield

August 12, 2023, West Northfield Playground, 687 Mt. Herman Station Road


Come join in the fun of a friendly softball game - Northfield vs. Deerfield. West Northfield Playground will provide food and drink for sale. This event has been organized by the Northfield Recreation Commission with the help of West Northfield Playground. Rain date 8/13.


Coffee Hour: Northfield Chateau

August 19, 2023, 10-11am, Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street

Facilitated by Peter Weis, the subject is the "Northfield Hotel and Chateau". Come by the library to reminisce with fellow Northfielders' and share your memories and knowledge. Coffee and treats will be provided.

Spirit of the Flesh

August 19, 2023, 1-5pm The Brewery at Four Star Farms, 508 Pine Meadow Road

A house has many stories, just as people do. The house at 88 Main Street, built in 1807, is gone now but the people who lived there and the things they accomplished live on. This is the second event in a three-event series celebrating the rich history of 88 Main Street.


John Sullivan a musician with the Spirit in Flesh band and his friends will play songs and tell stories of the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune located at 88 Main Street in the 1970s. Part of the Biography of a House series. Click here for a bit of history of the "Brotherhood of the Spirit " Commune.

Bike Rodeo and Hike

August 20, 2023 9:30am to noon, Northfield Mountain Recreation Center 99 Millers Falls Road

Bring your kids, hiking shoes and bicycles! Family hike, with a lot of fun stuff for kids along the way. Morning includes a bike rodeo, bike check up and speed check.Refreshments and prizes!

Organized and hosted by the Northfield Police, Bernardston Police Departments and First Light.

Coffee Hour: Rustic Ridge

July 29, 2023, 10am, Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street

Come by the library to reminisce with fellow Northfielders and share your memories and knowledge. This topic will be presented by Margie Conner and Jeannie Bubriski, both 6th generation Ridge summer residents. Coffee and treats will be provided.

Rustic Ridge is a community of both seasonal cottages and year-round homes in Northfield Massachusetts. Many of the cottages date back 100 years and have been passed down from generation to generation, often remaining within the same family. Today, Rustic Ridge remains a home away from home where we reunite annually with some of our oldest and dearest friends.

Visit the Rustic Ridge website for more information.

Northfield Chateau Exhibit and Talk

 

Northfield History Museum Open

Sunday, August 13th, August 27th and September 10th from 1-4p.m., 13 Pine Street

Come, learn and enjoy the collected history of Northfield!

Welcome to the Graveyard!

Film: 'Free Spirits'

Friday, August 18, 2023, 6pm, Community Bible Church, 105 Main St
 

‘Free Spirits’ documents the 20 year history of the Brotherhood of the Spirit/Renaissance Commune, a large intentional community of the 1960s and 70s. At its peak it held real estate in four western Massachusetts towns including on Main Street in Northfield, had 400 members, a rock band and a million dollar a year income. Filmmaker Bruce Geisler and Renaissance members will be in attendance.


 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1100090/plotsummary
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350th River Paddle

 

Geological History of Northfield

Friday, August 25, 2023, 6pm, Trinitarian Church, 147 Main Street
 

This well illustrated and sometimes humorous lecture will explore and explain the hidden history of local rocks and landscapes. Northfield has a diverse and dramatic history that includes the birth and death of the Pangea supercontinent, the rise and fall of dinosaurs, as well as glaciers and Lake Hitchcock plus more recent events. All of these have produced the landscape we all see and love. It is an impressive story.


 

Lecture will be about 2 hours to allow for questions. He will bring samples (including the rare armored mud balls) plus copies of the 2 books he has written to be sold at a discount.


 

Richard Little is Adjunct and Professor Emeritus from Greenfield Community College.

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Dickinson Library's Birthday Party

 

Architectural Tours

Saturday, September 16, 2023, 11:15 and 1:00
 


 

Tour #2 with Eric Gradoia, Northfield Resident and Former Historic Preservation Director at Historic Deerfield.

Registration required. Email dmemlib@gmail.com or call 413/498-2455.

Coffee Hour: West Northfield

Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10 a.m. Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St
 

Bring your memories and join in a lively exchange. Discussion facilitated to Dickinson Library Director Misha Storm. Refreshments provided.

The Tale of Bloody Brook

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 2:00-3:30 pm

A Tale of Bloody Brook: An Early Event During King Philip's War September 18, 1675

A Talk by Peter Thomas

Discussion and Refreshments Click here to view poster with details.

Frontier Regional High School Auditorium

Brian Bender and Robby Roiter

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 3:30-6pm, The Brewery at Four Star Farms, 508 Pine Meadow Road
 

Brian Bender (piano, vocals, trombone, melodica) and Robby Roiter (guitar) serve up a tasty blend of Jazz standards, Swing, Bossa Nova, Blues, Reggae, and an occasional Pop tune. Come and enjoy!

Harvest Moon Dinner Dance

 

Grand Parade

Northfield's 350th Anniversary Grand Parade
 

Saturday, September 30, 1-3 pm, Down Main Street, from Pine to Maple

Local floats, antique cars, horses, music, tractors, Shriners, clowns

Vendors will be selling crafts and other items in front of Adria's Flowers

Many 350th commemorative items 1/2 price!


 

FUN!

*****Come before road closes at 12:30 to find parking and seating along the route.


 

*****After the parade, come on down to the Brewery at Four Star Farms beginning around 4 pm for music, food, drinks, and kids activities (Touch-A-Truck and sandbox donated by Northeast Paving!) Fireworks will begin about 8pm.


 


 

Fireworks and Finale!

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 4-9pm, The Brewery at Four Star Farms, 508 Pine Meadow Road
 

Music, food, drinks, and kids activities (Touch-A-Truck and sandbox donated by Northeast Paving!), 350th memorabilia sales. Fireworks will begin about 8pm.

Postcards of Northfield Coffee Hour

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 10 am, Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street
 

Join Northfield Historical Society Board Member and local history expert Joanne Gardner for a walk through Northfield history through postcards. Refreshments served.

Lenny Zarcone

 

Wagon Rides!

Saturday, November 4 2023, 11-2 or 12-3 (Time TBD) Trinitarian Church, 147 Main Street
 

Wagon rides sponsored by First Light:TCC and Environs. In conjunction with the Trinitarian Community Church Hollyberry Fair.

The People vs. The Pipeline

November 12, 2023

The Northfield Oral History Project presents a multi-media production we call “The People vs. The Pipeline”, the story of the diverse strategies and actions that took place between 2014 and 2016, as told by the participants in their own words, and helped stop the Northeast Direct (NED) fracked gas pipeline proposed by the Kinder Morgan company to traverse Massachusetts through Berkshire and Franklin counties and beyond, siting compressor stations to push the gas on its way to export. One of those stations was planned for Northfield. For more detail, click here.

Geology of Northfield Field Trip

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 12:00-2:00pm, Riverview Picnic Area on Ferry Road off of route 63.
Rescheduled from October 21st Cancellation.

Join Richard Little, an adjunct and Professor Emeritus from Greenfield community College as he leads a tour of the geological history of Northfield. Participants will be able to carpool and caravan throughout the tour. Space is limited.

Registration is required - email dmemlib@gmail.com

Make Your Own Gingerbread House!

 

DeCamera Singers

 

Darkness Comes to Dawnland

 

Butterflies and Marionettes

 

 

Light Up Northfield!