Thanksgiving 2022

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.

Halloween 2022

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.

Voter Empowerment info / Meet Candidates

Sunday, August 21 at 4pm, come to an indoor / outdoor meet and greet prior to voting in Sept 6th Primary.  Candidate for MA Senate, Paul Mark, and candidate for Governor’s Council, Tara Jacobs, will be there to answer your questions.  Information on other races, candidates, and issues will be available.  Invite your friends to this social tea-time at Blossom Community Center, 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield MA, with lots of room to spread out. The Governor’s Council district covers Western Mass generally.  Picture below of the newly re-drawn MA Senate district, which covers the Hilltowns, Berkshire County and more.  Facebook link:    https://www.facebook.com/events/468000918149356/

Please send invitations out to your friends, and spread the word by email, by social media, by word-of-mouth.  If you want a handy half page reminder sheet to give out, or put on bulletin boards, download this pdf: 2up-Voter Empow

Looking Forward

Sunday, July 17, ’22 <<< Mark your calendars; our Band & Picnic block party returns in 2022! Third Sunday in July  from 1-5pm.  It’s the party that fits any size because it’s BYO everything.  We’ll have the tent and lawn, and pond, and some lawn games. The band “Hotshot Hillbillies” will play (approx 2-4pm).  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, coolers, food, drink, more games or kites, and friends.  Sit close to the band if you want to listen.  Sit farther away if you want to have background music for your conversations.  Vendor or information tables are allowed (no charge, no amenities, BYO sun shade).  Topics of interest meet & greet for future affinity groups.  Get to know others with your interests!

BE A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR by downloading and handing out reminders to your friends and acquaintances. Color 

or Black & White half-page flier JulyBand22-2up

[Banner picture above is of a previous year’s block party.]

JULY 21 – NOV 17 Farmers’ Market drop-off Thursdays  (drop location has been moved to Chester) from online orders placed at Hilltown Mobile Market.

Meals suspended until further…

Our fabulous cook, Lana, is on hiatus for a time.  Rather than bring in an unknown person (and their contacts) we will be suspending regular, weekday meal pick-up. As volunteers coordinate some foods, those will get delivered, or availability posted on facebook at: Blossom-CenterMiddlefield.

Covid-19 changes

Food options will be by take-out only, for pick-up between noon-2pm weekdays, instead of the usual large community gatherings for Tuesday dinners or Thursday lunches.  Community center volunteers are encouraged to be aware of the needs of high-risk/ home-bound neighbors and work out delivery of food as needed, or just to check in by phone for a bit of the social connection now hampered by “social distancing”.   …  Gatherings for events such as the Crystal Singing Bowl Equinox have been suspended until further notice.

2020 Winter

Community Meals 2x/week: Tuesday dinner 5:30pm and Thursday lunch 12:30pm. Main entrees listed below, but every meal has some vegetarian options, homemade soups, bread, salad bar, beverages, desert, and varied side dishes. Donation jar & box by the meal sign-in sheets.  Newcomers always welcome.  Advance sign-in not required. All ages event.

Special events in the pyramid room: Crystal Singing Bowl sound meditations — On Full Moons at 6:45pm with Aimee, and with shamanic drumming with Dawn & John on Saturday 1/25th at 3pm.  More updates at Facebook @Blossom-CenterMiddlefield

  

MARCH 2020

3/3 – Chicken Francais                3/5 – Quiches

3/10 – Corned Beef & cabbage   3/12 – Calzones

3/17 – Golumpkies                       3/19 – Swedish Meatballs

3/24 – Pasta Carbonara               3/26 – Reubens

3/31 – Pork Chops                       4/2 – homemade ravioli

 

FEBRUARY 2020

2/4 – Bourbon Chicken             2/6 – Sloppy Joe’s

2/11 – Pork Loin                       2/13 – Stir Fry

2/18 – Roast Beef                    2/20 – PIZZA (kid’s vacation)

2/25 – Alfredo or red sauce      2/27 – Stuffed peppers or tomato

 

JANUARY 2020

12/31 – no dinner New Yr’s                1/2 – Perogies & Kielbasa
1/7 – ham                                           1/9 – Chicken Pot Pie
1/14 – lasagna                                  1/16 – Korean Beef
1/21 – grilled Pork                             1/23 – baked potato bar
1/28 – Turkey                                     1/30 – breakfast for lunch

Fall-Winter 2019

Find us on FaceBook @Blossom-CenterMiddlefield

COMMUNITY MEALS (fabulously cooked for you by Lana) are every week, TUESDAY DINNER at 5:30pm (80-100 attendees typical) and THURSDAY LUNCH at 12:30pm (35-45 attendees). Although monthly menu (see below) lists only the main course of the day, there are always vegetarian options, full salad bar, 2 choices of homemade soups, fresh baked bread, vegetables, desert, beverages, and take-away containers in case delivering food to your other household members who didn’t make it, or other households (shut-ins you visit, etc.) Donations to offset food costs keep this going, and are greatly appreciated.  The twice weekly meals are set out buffet style. For other times during the week, soups and salad bar and left-overs are available on a self-serve basis. Ask for direction if you can’t find things.

  

HOLIDAY EVENTS: Halloween congregated Trick-or-Treat in the dining hall takes place during the Town of Middlefield’s designated door-to-door hours, which are usually on the Saturday before Halloween, from 5-7pm.  This year it’s Saturday 10/26.

  

Thanksgiving is by advance RSVP so enough turkeys can be cooked. Attendees are welcome/ encouraged to bring potluck side dishes, deserts, appetizers, beverages, etc.  This year it’s 11/28 at 12:30pm like our usual Thursday lunch-time.

Christmas / Solstice / New Year’s Eve or any other mid-winter bright spot are open for members of the community to organize whatever they’d like.  (so… To Be Determined)

HEALING ARTS & SPECIAL WORKSHOPS: Full Moons Crystal Singing Bowl sound meditations have been led by Aimee of @RogueYoga413 once a month (arrive 6:30-6:50 to start the meditation in the pyramid at 7:00pm).

Shamanic Divination & Candle Reading workshop by Itzhak Beery from 11am-6pm on Saturday Nov 16th. Reserving a place in advance needed.  Itzhak is the author of Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Transformation and The Gift of Shamanism.

Menus

DEC Tues Dinner 5:30 & Thursday Lunch 12:30pm menu

12/3 – pasta Carbonara               12/5 – oriental beef

12/10 – chicken Cordon Bleu       12/12 – Salisbury steak

12/17 – pork chops                       12/19 – quiches

12/24 – (Christmas Eve potluck?) 12/26 – Filipino dishes

12//31 – (New Year’s Eve skip unless members make party??)

 

NOV Tues Dinner 5:30 & Thursday Lunch 12:30pm menu

11/5 – chicken legs/ thighs         11/7 – taco bar

11/12 – meatloaf                         11/14 – breakfast for lunch

11/19 – pork loin                         11/21 – meatball & sausage grinders

11/26 – ham                                11/28 (sign up in advance for Thanksgiving)

 

OCT Tues Dinner 5:30 & Thursday Lunch 12:30pm menu

10/1 – corned beef & cabbage   10/3 – quiches

10/8 – enchiladas                       10/10 – beef stroganoff

10/15 – pork ribs                         10/17 – Reuben sandwich

10/22 – stuffed chicken               10/24 – Kielbasa. Mac & cheese.

10/29 – lasagna                          10/31 – quesadillas

 

SEPT Tues Dinner 5:30 & Thursday Lunch 12:30pm menu

9/3 – ham                                9/5 – perogies

9/10 – chicken parmesan        9/12 – Swedish meatballs

9/17 – golumpkies                   9/19 – Filipino pork

9/24 – turkey                           9/26 – chicken pot pie

 

AUGUST Tues Dinner 5:30 & Thursday Lunch 12:30pm menu

8/6 – pork loin                         8/8 – baked potato bar

8/13 – drumsticks                   8/15 – breakfast for lunch

8/20 – stuffed shells               8/22 – kids’ make PIZZA

8/27 – chicken Francais         8/29 – stuffed peppers & tomatoes