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music schedule

Meet Some of the People Who Make this Market and Our Music Possible

Heywood Healthcare

The Country Store


Handmade Soap by Patsy

Golden Egg Farm

Kiwi Meadows Farm

The Little Chicken Factory

New Salem Preserves

Niemi Apiary

Pick &  Shovel Farm

Rick Wilkey Produce

Roger Varnot Produce/Honey

Sam Sherer Wood Bowls

Sweetwater Farm

Sunset Valley Farm

Walnut Kitchen Homestead

Hartman's Herb Farm

Petersham Grange


Nancy Carruth
Bob Haywood Garlic
Peter and Grace West
Sheila Youd

clayton phelps

ear of cornThe organizers, vendors and fans of the Petersham Friday Market want to thank Petersham Town Meeting voters for approving a donation in support of the market's 2017 music program. There will be 20 weeks of live music from the bandstand during market hours on Friday afternoons again this summer.

The weekly market has become a community event presenting fresh local food from area farmers, offering a regular opportunity to sit awhile and enjoy visiting with the neighbors and featuring live music in a wide range of styles. The town common is accessible and welcoming to all.

party of 2

This year, each weekly musical performance will feature at least one Willie Nelson song, a tip of our hat and our
tribute to Willie Nelson for his years of work with Cambridge-based
to support small farms and farmers nationwide.


The Petersham Friday Market receives welcome support from Heywood Healthcare, from the Petersham Cultural Council, Petersham Grange 95, The Country Store, Waterwheel Realty, from voters at the 2017 Petersham Town Meeting, and  from local donors like you. All proceeds go directly to pay the musicians who perform at our market.

The Petersham Friday Market opened for the seasons on June 9, 2016 with 17 vendors offering fresh local produce, local eggs, garden plants and flowers, baked goods, hand-crafted soaps and more.  During the summer, we present music on the bandstand ranging from acoustic folk to Zydeco. Social service and health care organizations are welcome to join us as well.

Clayton Phelps at the Friday Market June 24

Guitar stylist Clayton Phelps from Winchendon joined us on June 23.

Party of 2 at the Friday Market June 16

Guitar and vocal duo Party of 2 performed from the bandstand at the June 16 Friday Market. These two professionally trained vocalists have years of experience ranging from musical theater and opera to some of the areas most popular rock and roll bands. Keri and Andrew have a repertoire of romantic duets and solo selections covering modern pop, country, Motown and a few surprises along the way.

The Water's Edge at the Friday Market June 9.

The Waters Edge from Petersham brought their original take on folk music and contemporary tunes to the Friday market on June 9.

The Friday Market began its sixth season on the common on June 9 and is open to both regular and occasional vendors and to information booths staffed by social service and healthcare agencies who want to share information about their programs and services with the public. There is no charge to be a vendor.

Athol Hospital is scheduled to offer blood pressure screening. The Friday Market offers a free, 20-week program of music with major support from Heywood Healthcare, Petersham town meeting voters,  The Petersham Cultural Council, the Memorial Library, the Country Store, the Petersham Grange, Waterwheel Realty, Buell Snow Plowing and from individual local donors.

The music schedule features a wide range of musical styles.  In 2016, they ranged from the Barrett Anderson Band, the Reprobate Blues Band, The Hip Swayers, The Equalites, Zydeco Connection, Roger Salloom, The Green Sisters, LTC (bluegrass), Jubilee Gardens, Chuck and Mudd, The Waters Edge and more.

Market vendors vary each week and include Sweetwater Farm (organic produce), Golden Egg Farm (fresh local eggs and chickens) Patsy Buck Soaps, The Little Chicken Factory (mobile coops), Bob Hayward's Local Garlic,  Pick and Shovel Farm (plants and produce), Kiwi Meadows Farm (produce), Walnut Kitchen Homestead (produce, meat and other items), Rick Wilkey from Orange (fresh Valley produce). Sunset Valley Farm, preserves and syrups from New Salem Orchards, plants and herbs from Hartman's Herb Farm, Tracey's Traditionals (herbal remedies) and more.

The Friday Market is on the Petersham common from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and does not charge vendor fees. For information, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail:
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It is easy to support Music at the Friday Market.

With your PayPal Account you can e-mail a contribution in any amount to:

Your donation will be confirmed by PayPal and will will come from Roy Nilson. You can also send a contribution to The Friday Market at P.O. Box 854 in Petersham.

All proceeds go directly to the musicians who play at the Friday Market each week.

NOTE: If you would prefer to make a tax deductible contribution, we can tell you how to do that - it's easy. Send us an E-mail. We will get right back to you.

Reprobates at the Petersham Friday Market Oct. 21, 2016

Petersham held its final farmers' market of 2016 on Oct. 21. Over summer, the market attracted up to 12 vendors each week offering fresh local produce, valley-grown produce of all types, preserves and
craft items and presented 20 weeks of free live music.

The Reprobate Blues Band opened our season in June last year and came back to close our season with their signature brand of blues from the bandstand.

                                                                         The Reprobates

The Friday Market is on the Petersham town common from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 21. For information or to join our market, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail:

Here's a video of Bella's Bartok performing on our bandstand on August 7, 2015.piano jazz



Suzanne Cabot and Pamela Hines Jazz Duo took the stage at the Petersham  Friday Market on Oct. 14.








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