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December 2022 – Happy Holidays

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

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