Northfield, Massachusetts and neighboring towns of Gill and Bernardston lie at the intersection of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire on both sides of the majestic Connecticut River.
Across the wide flood plain, the land rises on the east and west to form miles and miles of rolling hills and state forest. In the 17th century, the area was one of the earliest places English settlers explored after arriving here from Europe. The grand homes they built in Northfield create one of the most dramatic and classic streetscapes found anywhere in New England. The area's considerable natural and man-made beauty foster numerous outdoor activities, local agriculture and a lively and growing arts community that offers special events throughout the year. Centrally located literally in the heart of New England, our three towns comprise an ideal base from which to experience the lively and scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
Whether you begin your own exploration of our area from points north, from Boston and Albany via Route 2, or up from Connecticut, New York and points south on Interstate 91, you will know immediately that you have entered a special place. The strikingly beautiful landscape, the range of recreational activities available and the area's rich culture, artistry and history, coupled with a slower pace and country charm, are here to savor and enjoy again and again.
Open Hearth Cooking Classes
February 07, 2015 - March 21, 2015 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Are you interested in historic foodways? Do you want to learn how to cook in your fireplace? Do you have a beehive oven and ever wondered how to heat it and bake in it? Please join us this winter to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes under the guidance of our experience open hearth cooks.
A series of seven one-day classes, each with its own theme, has been scheduled for Saturdays in February and March 2015. Classes are held in the kitchen of the 1786 Hall Tavern. The hearth cooks will teach you a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on 18th- and early 19th-century food preparation, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. While the food is cooking, a visit to a kitchen of a historic house ix part of the experience. A bibliography on open hearth cookery will be distributed.
North American Alpaca Show
April 3rd and 4th
The North American Alpaca Show is a livestock show like other livestock shows, but the big difference is we feature those cute and loveable alpacas. Stop by to see and touch them for yourself. Whether you would just like to come by to give your grandkids or children the experience or maybe you are considering alpaca ownership for yourself, all are welcome and free of charge as well. The show will feature farms from all over the country, educational seminars, internationally renowned judges, and alpaca related vendors, including clothing sales for all that attend. Don't miss this opportunity to come and discover alpacas!