Welcome Summer ‘17

At Blossom Center, the community hub for local food and activities, Summer is shaping up as follows…  (Co-creation by participants is the key to what happens, so jump in with your help & ideas.)

LOCAL FOOD: Twice Weekly Meals continue. Tuesday Dinners at 5:30pm, and Thursday Lunches at 12:30pm. Donate what you feel appropriate; no one turned away for lack of funds.  There’s side dishes, vegetables, salad-bar, soups, dessert, home-made bread, plus the Menu for June main dishes for Tuesday dinners is: Chicken 5/30; Lasagna 6/6; Pot Roast 6/13; Turkey 6/20; Meatloaf 6/27.  Menu for Thursday lunches: Pulled Pork 5/25; Mac & Cheese 6/1; Quiche 6/8; Ham 6/15; Sandwiches 6/22; Grilled Cheese & soup 6/29.

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Area Events: 43rd Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, May 27 & 28, at Cummington Fairgrounds.  Heather Baylis, who works her rug loom at Blossom Center, will go with her curly wool rug creation.  She’ll be working on more creations at the loom. Stop in and see the progress.

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Plant Swap: Hilltown Seed Savers Network had its annual spring plant and seedling swap on May 20th (also in Cummington). But all the remaining seedlings and bonus plants were passed on so the plant swap could come to Blossom Center. So there’ll be a place for Gift-Economy sharing of plant abundance. Take some plants to give them a good home. You can also bring some gift plants if you are thinning your garden beds.  Bring pots/ containers too. 

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Green Construction: Blossom Center is located in the Green-design, energy-efficient building at 16 Bell Road in Middlefield.  Going on now is completion of the pyramid room. It will be for class space, meditation, yoga, tai chi, Reiki, and available for health practitioners who want to sign up for time (massage, etc.).  

Tai Chi Class will be offered by Joan on Fridays 2pm and Wednesdays 6pm, starting June 2, 2017, on drop-in basis. When the pyramid is done, classes will move into the pyramid room.



Solar Electric Tracking Poles: Just completed the install of a system of 5 solar power (PV) arrays that track the sun.

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October 2016

TUES Dinners 5:30pm & THURS Lunch 12:30pm meals by donation menu:  Tues dinners 10/4 Stir Fry.  10/11 Chicken Tetrazini.  10/18 Baked Ziti.  10/25 Lazy Golumpkie.  Always with fresh bread, soups, salad bar, sides.  Thurs lunches – 10/6 Sloppy Joes.  10/13 Chicken Pot Pie.  10/20 Ham & scalloped potatoes.  10/27 Beef Stew.

Turkey dinner this month will be for the monthly Potluck Dinner, 2nd Friday of the month –10/14 at 6:30pm.  Bring whatever you wish.

Local food available weekdays in the form of Soups, salad bar, and left-overs are always available –self serve.  Coffee Hours are Mon-Fri 1-2pm and Sat 10-11am.

The art display of Norman Rockwell collection will continue for part of the month.  See it before it’s gone.

Exercise equipment available for members to use.  Not a member yet? Fill out the form and drop it off. BlossomCenter-member-form

Haunted House – Oct 29, 30,31 open 6:30-8:30pm.  It’s back this year, and bigger too!  There is other space to hang out for those who choose a less scary time while their friends go through.

Congregated Trick-or-Treating (indoors) will be during the Town’s set hours — Saturday eve 10/29 from 5-7pm.  If your household misses out on seeing all the Trick-or-Treaters come by, bring your candy to Blossom Center to set up.


Cook’s job open, apply now

Blossom Center has been hosting dinners every Tuesday at 5:30pm, which get between 60-80 attendees, and Thursday lunches at 12:30pm, which get around 30 diners.  Mary, who has been the cook, is leaving us after Thurs Sept 1st to go work for her mom in FL. She made great food, and also added that friendly hostess quality that makes community members and new guests feel welcome, plus enjoyed involving the kids in cooking activities occasionally.  (scroll down for an idea of past activities)

We are seeking a new cook –quick!  If you’d just like to try out a week or 2 before long-term commitment, that might work too.  Wellness is a theme, so health-conscious cooking knowledge is a plus.  Pre-prep food to be available on other weekdays, in addition to the 2 main meals.

Position is Part Time, unless applicant is also willing to do various mail-order fulfillment jobs between kitchen tasks.  Then it could be Full Time.  Fill out Job Application and attach any resume or additional explanation you wish. And/or call Tamarin 413-623-2155 x111. EmploymentApp

Annual Block Party / Band / Picnic 7/17 1-5pm

band 057-Lft side crowd & band This was last year’s event. Come this SUNDAY 7/17/16. Ozzie’s will serve food 1-3pm, and the Band (Picky Bastards) will play 2-4pm, under the tents. Free event, sponsored by Middlefield Community Service Group.  Bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, coolers, etc. 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield. It’s a great time. Potluck deserts encouraged.


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Dinners & Lunches by donation are very popular!  Enjoy the Local Food, and the chance to meet and chat with new folks and old friends. Every Tuesday at 5:30pm, and every Thursday at 12:30pm. (also self-service lunch options on other weekdays)

JULY 17, 2016, Sunday afternoon, will be the big annual picnic and Live Band outside under the tent, beside the pond. Sponsored by Middlefield Community Service Group, but open to other town’s residents too. (the banner picture for www.Ezmereld.org are from previous year’s picnic/ block party.)


Winter 2016 News

Jan 012-exercisevacWk 022-eat pizza More happening all the time at Blossom Center! The mission of improving life in our area has led to: Chances to eat and socialize with your neighbors — every Tuesday dinners at 5:30pm, and every Thursday lunch at 12:30pm. Donations for meals welcome.  Health and wellness — exercise equipment now available whenever the building is open (M-F 7am-6pm, and Sat 9:30-11:30am).  Elliptical, treadmill, weights machines, inversion board.

Last school vacation week had cooking classes each day for all ages. (Here Melinda, Carson, and Michael made pizza for lunch for 40 people.)  Feb vacation week ideas?

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Blossom Center community center encourages building links between people –whether simply over coffee hours (M-F 1-2pm & Sat 10-11am), or by belonging to the membership who make, or participate in, the varied activities to improve our shared part of the world. Membership forms available at the building, 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield Ma, or this link: BC-intro-member-waiver2013

Skill-Share: Nutrition

Our first volunteer in the skill-sharing, mini-workshop chats is Sandra, who gathered lots of great info about eating healthier. She’ll be offeringing this after the Tuesday dinner 10/13, and Thursday lunch 10/15. Tuesday dinner starts at 5:30pm, and the Nutrition Chat will start at 6:45pm. Folks can come to either or both. Thursday lunch starts at 12:30pm and the chat/ question and answer sharing will start at 1:15pm

Dinners by Donation

Blossom Center dining hall is now providing weekly dinners at 5:30pm every Wednesday in September, and every Tuesday in October.  Mary is cooking menus subject to change, but updated on Facebook at: Blossom-Center Middlefield.  Community feedback is encouraged –either by voting with your feet by attending the nights that work well for people, or by comment on facebook site or this website: www.Ezmereld.org or leave a message at 623-2155×111. There is a sign-up sheet in the dining room, but more food is made than needed so RSVPs are not required. Left overs will be available for take-home meals or lunches.

Newly cooked lunches are every Thursday at 12:30pm for both September and October.

Donations can be in dollars, or –if you coordinate this with Mary– donate food abundance from your gardens, or help with prep and clean-up.

The Community Center’s mission is to improve quality of life for Middlefield and surrounding area. One thought is that a local place to get home-cooked food might improve life, and strengthen community (for those who stay to eat with neighbors and friends).

Blossom Center would also like to host mini-workshops on subjects like nutrition, sharing recipes, and other health and wellness, or fun topics. People with recipes or interests to share should be in touch. So should people interested in adding an after-dinner music element. Blossom Center is at 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield, upper rear entrance.