Typical schedule at the Community Center is: 1st Friday Bingo. Usually, 3rd Friday Crafts for all ages and skills. 3rd Monday Potluck Dinner. These all at 5:30pm. 4th weekend Brunch 11:30am. Full Moon Meditation. Plus any classes or special events offered — In September, Doreen is offering Tai Chi on Thursdays at 5:15pm through Oct 5th. And Cat is offering an Apples and Honey and Challah blessing and sweet tastes for Rosh Hashanah on 15th. And the community gathers at the Town Library for Book Club discussion every 2nd Wednesday at 5:30pm (9/13).
Dates on the variable events this month: Crafts 9/15. Brunch on Saturday 9/23. Full Moon on Thursday 9/28 at 6:30pm. For Brunch sign-up link, or to subscribe to getting weekly calendar updates, go to our more interactive website at: https://blossomcenterma.org/
The usual schedule (with slight variations): >>> 1st FRIDAY is BINGO night at Blossom-Center 5:30pm Aug 4th …or, can carpool with Tamarin to 1st Fridays’ Sacred Circle Dance, leave BC at 5:15pm. >>> Trying a NEW Event: Collaborative Cooking 3pm Sunday Aug 6. Bring a favorite recipe (or a new and experimental one), plus ingredients. We’ll try making and eating things!. >>> 2nd WEDNESDAY Monthly Book Club at the Library (188 Skyline Trail) is 5:30-7:30 discussion of whatever you and everyone else is reading, or has enjoyed in the past. No assigned topics or titles. Come just listen, if you want. Remember Cat brings home-baked goodies every Wednesday evening to the library, too.
Middlefield Fair is Fri-Sunday Aug 11, 12, 13 across the street from Blossom Center. Always the 2nd WEEKEND in August, and the big annual event for the wider community of Middlefield.
>> Blossom Center’s Arts & Crafts with Sue is 5:30pm 3rd FRIDAY Aug 18th. Sue brings the supplies. >>> Blossom Center’s Monthly Potluck is always 3rd MONDAY at 5:30pm (since area restaurants closed on Mondays), on Aug 21. No coordination of what’s brought, but it always works out. This month, try to invite someone who’s moved into town recently. Donations always welcome.
KID’s PIZZA MAKING is for Wednesday lunch on school vacation times. Last week of summer vacation means WEDNESDAY Aug 23, 10am for rolling out dough, saucing, and topping pizzas. 11:30 for everyone eating pizza for lunch. >>> Followed by Sign-Language class/ games ~12:30pm.
4th weekend of month BRUNCH will be Sunday Aug 27 at 11:30am. Please RSVP through the calendar link at www.BlossomCenterMA.org so we know how many to cook for. >>>Followed by Board Games (& puzzles) at 12:30pm-3pm Sunday Aug 27. >>> FULL MOON Meditation Tuesday Aug 29 at 7pm, in the pyramid.
….PS, the annual kid’s and all ages campout in July was lovely! Thanks Buffie for organizing it.
1-5pm hang out & enjoy live music (~2-4pm) of Lady Di and the Dukes under the big tent, or spread out across the lawn with your friends. BYO chairs, picnic, drink coolers, shade pop-up, lawn games, swim gear, potluck table items, donations, information or vending tables.
The standard Blossom Community Center schedule is: First Friday Bingo at 5:30pm. Third Monday Potluck Dinner 5:30pm. 3rd Friday 5:30pm special event or BYOB hang-out. 4th Sunday Brunch 11:30am. <–only the Brunch requires RSVP so the amount of food can be shopped for 2 days ahead. And sometimes the 3rd Friday event needs RSVP, if supplies sufficient for attendees are needed. For RSVPs, go to the other website, and link will be on the event listing on the calendar page: https://blossomcenterma.org/calendar/
EXCEPT… April 22, 4th SATURDAY for the monthly brunch, instead of 4th Sunday.
In April, like February, there was a school vacation week, so the Wednesday lunch becomes Kids’ Pizza Making, starting at 10am. And everybody eating at 11:30am. If you do Facebook, also become a member of the group: Middlefield Events at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/900148721255407
or become friends with the “person”: https://www.facebook.com/blossomcenter.middlefield
^^ filling Eggs and craft tables for Middlefield’s town Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th. <Kids Pizza dough rolling.
Photos from recent activities: Yule log crafting, pasta and pizza making:
We’ll be doing Vacation Week Pizza-making with kids again for Feb 22, Wed, 10am to help make them, and 11:30am to help eat them! (photos from December vacation week)
Cat is expanding the capabilities of the new website. Check out: www.BlossomCenterMA.org for calendar, and contact form for volunteered help and ideas, and email list.
Cat’s January Brunch was so popular that everyone voted to make Brunch a monthly meal. Every 4th Sunday, Brunch, at 11:30 –Next one: Feb 26th.
Ray & Char continue Game Night Bingo every 1st Friday, 5:30-7:30pm. Feb 3, and Mar 3.
Doreen extended Tai Chi – Qi Gong class thru Feb. Tai / Qi Thurs 4:30-5:30pm Feb 2, 9, 16, 23.
Potluck dinner: Every 3rd Monday 5:30pm.
Potluck Snacks and games / activities every 3rd Friday 5:30pm. Roxanne & Dave organizing the fun for Feb 17th
Eating together in other locations: Sunday Feb 12th 8-11am Middlefield Fair’s next pancake breakfast at Town Hall, 188 Skyline. (All other events at Blossom Center, 16 Bell Rd if no location mentioned.)
The Community Center members are brainstorming, and volunteering for, the various activities for the New Year. So far… Doreen volunteered to run a 6 week series of Qi-Gong & Tai Chi sessions from Jan 5th thru Feb 9th, Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm. Come attend if you want to see this continue after the 6 weeks. Gratitude basket, single class drop-in basis. And contact: wellnesseducation123 at gmail.com –to express interest, or ask questions. See more info on Facebook site: Blossom-CenterMiddlefield
Ray & Char continue to run 1st Friday of the month Bingo night at 5:30 –except this month it was delayed 1 week to Friday, January 13th for Bingo. February Bingo will be back to Feb 3.
Last Sunday of the month is the date for January’s community meal Sunday, January 29, for Brunch at 11:30am (to help prep, start at 11:00, help clean up by 12:30-ish). Rsvp on Facebook or by phone message to Tamarin at 413-623-2155 x111. Or contact Cat directly, or come to the Blossom Center dining room to put your party’s names on the sign-up sheet –no later than Jan 27. Donation of sliding scale from $4-up. Menu: Cat’s world-famous baked French Toast, Scrambled eggs from local chickens, Choice of Vegetarian or Pork Sausage, Fruit, probably pineapple, Coffee, Orange Juice / BYOB Mimosas.
Other chance to eat together: Middlefield Fair fundraiser Pancake Breakfast on Sunday January 15th, taking place at Town Hall from 8-11am, with coordinated meeting time being 9am.
In-person “Re-Imagining” session Sunday January 29, 1-2pm to share goals, values, interests, and do further planning of Community Center activities. This will follow the January 29th Brunch.
Our 3rd Fridays at 5:30pm shared meal this month is Dec 16th, and will feature Diane’s German family food traditions. Come earlier if you want to join in making the noodle dough and cranking it through the heirloom pasta maker. __ After the meal, Dave will offer a sing-along. He’ll bring song sheets. __ And Sue is organizing a ‘Yankee Swap’ of re-gifted items. Bring a wrapped gift if you want to participate.
Watch the community kids in concert with a trip to regional school’s Gateway Performing Arts Center to see Jazz Band and Chorus perform on: Tuesday Dec 13th plus the Middle School concert. or Monday Dec 19th plus the High School concert. Both days at 6:30pm.
Join the Middlefield Community Service Group’s tradition of filling and delivering holiday boxes to area households. Box assembly and visiting assignment will take place in Blossom Center dining room 1pm Saturday Dec 17.
Doreen has volunteered to offer more Qi-gong / Tai Chi classes if people let her know of their interest. Proposed date: Friday Dec 9th at 4:15pm. Contact her or message on Facebook to solidify future dates.
Juniper has re-started Sacred Circle Dances on 1st Fridays in an adjoining town, and would be willing to discuss holding one on a different day at Blossom Center. Contact Tamarin if interested in these no-partner dances that draw on folk traditions around the world and got popularized by the Findhorn Community.
Jessica started tree decorating in the daycare room. Sue made a poster for 3rd Friday reminder. Check Facebook for latest developments. https://www.facebook.com/blossomcenter.middlefield
Thursday Nov 24th at 2pm, the Turkeys will be ready, and other dishes are by potluck by those who come. There is a sign-up sheet to try to coordinate/ communicate what others are bringing, but don’t fret if you forgot to sign up.
AND on Friday 25th, Cat is hosting an afternoon of board games, and a more impromptu pot-luck of whatever left-overs people want to bring. 1-5pm for drop in on games. 5pm for dinner. Let Cat know if you have game requests, because she has many to choose from.
And we’ll be beginning the decorating for mid-winter holidays, like the tree of lights that floats over the nighttime hill from the 2nd floor pyramid room and temple space.
Congregated Trick-or-Treating in a warm, bright place with non-candy food/ snacks; a chance to chat with other candy dispensing neighbors; and one-stop candy gantlet for kids; and a fun time to dress up. 5-7pm during the Town of Middlefield’s designated Trick-or-Treating hours on Saturday, Oct 29. download a flier if you want a reminder for yourself or friends.