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

Heywood Healthcare


The Country Store

AND OUR VENDORS

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

Grange PRODUCE  DONORS

Nancy Carruth
Bob Haywood Garlic
Peter and Grace West
Sheila Youd







Reggae on the Bandstand This Friday Afternoon
Stop by the Petersham Common and kick off your summer weekend from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 with a shot of  Reggae on our bandstand and take home a bag of fresh local veggies grown by local farmers.
The Equalites will be here to get  you going and your toes tapping with a musical shot from the Caribbean and beyond.

The Equalites are a staple in the Pioneer Valley entertainment scene. The band has been performing in the region for more than 25 years.

In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on five years with a sound that moves people to dance and more. With four-part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizziling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more. Original compositions are performed in unforgettable fashion, and the covers they play of classic reggae and soul music have the Equalites unique stamp on them that make them sound like fresh goodness.

The band is lead by David Boatwright, on lead vocals and guitar. Dave was a founding member of Loose Caboose and has played guitar and vocals in many other groups, he has released original music with the Equalites and is a true one of a kind musician. Some of his songs include “she makes a riddim”. “make a difference”, and “one summer night”. His melodies resonate deep with his voice, as do his unparalleled guitar snarl. 

This summer, Friday Market performers are each offering at least one cover song borrowed from the Willie Nelson song book. From "On the Road Again" to "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" to "You Remain" and with the new "Still Not Dead Today," Willie Nelson continues his long career in music and his work as a founder and president of Farm Aid. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land.

That work continues with a concert in Pittsburgh on Sept. 16. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a farmaid
strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Cambridge-based Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization that works to help keep family farmers on the land.


At our Petersham Friday Market, a dozen local farm families offer organic produce, fresh corn and other produce, started plants of many kinds, locally raised meat, chicken, local eggs, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, local honey, handmade soaps and other craft items each week until mid-October.

The Friday Market offers its program of free music each Friday thanks to major support from Heywood Healthcare, the Wild
Geese Foundation, Petersham Town Meeting voters, the Petersham Cultural Council, The Country Store, Waterwheel Realty, Buell
Plowing, the Memorial Library, from Earthlands and from individual local donors.

Our market is open to regular and occasional vendors and to information booths staffed by social service, health care
agencies and others to share information about their programs and services.

Friday Market vendors vary weekly and include Petersham's Sweetwater Farm (organic produce, meat), Golden Egg Farm
(fresh local eggs and chickens) Patsy Buck Handmade Soaps, The Little Chicken Factory (mobile chicken coops), Pick and
Shovel Farm (local mushrooms and plants), Kiwi Meadows Farm (produce), Walnut Kitchen Homestead (produce, meat and other
items), Rick Wilkey from Orange (Pioneer Valley produce). Sunset Valley Farm, plants and herbs from Friendship Farm,
Tracey's Traditionals (remedies) and more.

The Friday Market is on the Petersham town common from 3 to 6 p.m. each Friday in season. For information,
contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail: fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com

 
Definite Maybes Were at the Friday Market August 11


The Definite Maybes brought their signature blend of rock, blues, and rhythm and blues to the Petersham Friday Market at 3 p.m. on August 11. 

Driven by singer Melanie Mangum and Charlie Mallet's guitar,definite maybes the band's recent CD “Leaving The Station” showcases original 
songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band features Connie Putnam on bass and Doug MacLeod on drums. Both are 
journeymen musicians who play extensively in New England. The DM’s always give a high energy, rockin’ show of originals and 
classic covers, with heartfelt ballads thrown in the mix — a good time for all musical tastes.
 

Sunlea on the Bandstand August 4

Worcester Jam Band Sunlea at the Friday Market August 4 -- 3 to 6 p.m.SUNLEA

Sunlea is a Worcester rock n roll band that brought ings original music, improvisation and classic rock cover songs to the Petersham Bandstand on Aguust 4. Sunlea just released a new 4-song EP of original tunes titled "Unbuilding." The EP compliments Sunlea's full length album titled "Shades of Rhythm."

Sunlea started as a two-man duo comprised of Mike Dunlea and Mike "Sunny" Albrecht playing acoustic cover tunes at college bars. At the end of their senior year (2005) at Assumption College, they dubbed the duo "Sunlea." After a few years of playing music
around Massachusetts Sunlea added a rhythm section consisting of more Assumption alumni, Brad Zepko on bass and James Fuccione on percussion. Brad Simmons (Uncle Billy's Smokehouse, White Chocolate, Gorilla Radio) joined the band as the drummer. Sunlea's original tunes have catchy rock n roll riffs and lyrics that will satisfy the need for edgy, psychedelic rock n roll.

The Friday Market is on the Petersham town common from 3 to 6 p.m. each Friday in season. For information, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail: fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com

Barrett Anderson Band July 28 - Blues Music to Write Home About

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The market will be presenting information about the Asian Long-Horned Beetles that are chomping on ash trees by the thousands in central Massachusetts.


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.

The Green Sisters contemporary folk and acoustic Music on July 21

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Josh Levangie and the Pistoleros Brought Outlaw Rock on July 14


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The Friday Market was back on the Petersham Common at 3 p.m. July 14 with the signature sounds of Josh 
Levangie and the Pistoleros -- Pioneer Valley outlaw rockers who evoke Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and 
Merle Haggard songs.
The Definite Maybes on August 11

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The Definite Maybes play a blend of rock, blues, and R&B. Driven by the sweet, soulful voice of Melanie Mangum and spirited guitar dynamics from Charlie Mallet, their recent CD “Leaving The Station” showcases original songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band features Connie Putnam on bass and Doug MacLeod on drums, both journeymen musicians who play extensively in New England. The DM’s always give a high energy show of originals and classic covers, with a few heartfelt ballads thrown in the mix.

chuck and mud at the market

Chuck and Mud Were at the Friday Market July 7 -- With Walter


The Friday Market returned to the Petersham Common July 7 with Worcester's iconic folk duo,  Chuck and Mud and Walter Crockett on the Bandstand. Chuck & Mud have been playing folk music, Americana and original songs in the Worcester area for 38 years.



clayton phelps

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
FarmAid.org
to support small farms and farmers nationwide.

“We started out to save the family farmer. Now it looks like the family farmer is going to save us.” — Willie Nelson


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The Petersham Friday Market receives welcome support from Heywood Healthcare, The Wild Geese Foundation in Waltham, from voters at the 2017 Petersham Town Meeting, the Petersham Cultural Council, Petersham Grange 95, The Country Store, Waterwheel Realty,  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.

Worcester's dynamic folk duo - Chuck and Mud and Walter - will be on the bandstand on July 7 from 3 to 6

Clayton Phelps at the Friday Market June 23

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.

pistoleros
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: fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com
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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:
fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com

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: fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com

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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