The Recorder – ‘Vintage Days’ all weekend in Greenfield
GREENFIELD – In an effort to showcase the town’s ‘vintage vibe’, local authorities are teaming up with the Greenfield Business Association to organize the first Vintage Days.
“Vintage Days celebrates our city’s rich industrial history, its courage and its many local businesses that embody vintage,” said Mayor RoxannWedegartner. “We hope this weekend will be fun for all involved, a boon for the business community and a great launch for an annual event.”
The three-day event kicks off Friday with a classic car show in Court Square at 4:30 p.m., sales on downtown sidewalks and the opening of The Goods, a new pop-up store at 357 Main St., featuring The Rainbow Rack.
“I can’t wait to be there,” said ACS coordinator Rachel Roberts. “It’s a really eclectic mix, showcasing those vintage vendors as well as Greenfield’s history.”
Roberts said the idea for the event, for which she is a consultant, belongs to the mayor.
“She was noticing that there was a lot of vintage space along Main Street … and the whole kind of vintage vibe around Franklin County,” Roberts said. “With me as a consultant, we made the connection between the city and the GBA.”
She said there will be trolley rides every hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., a parade of vintage tractors and a barbecue fundraiser at 11 a.m. for the new fire station museum. firefighters.
“I always try to include different organizations around town … to involve them in the things that we do,” Roberts said. “I feel like the GBA and the city — we’re working together for the good of the community. I was talking to people at the fire station and… then I read the paper about some things about the museum and the funding and the craziness that was going on… I felt like it was a way to help .
Roberts was referring to the fire station’s new budget shortfall after receiving offers last month.
Captain Alex Cooley said the firefighters were grateful for the fundraiser and delighted to be part of Vintage Days.
“We hope to make this part of a fun event for everyone,” Cooley said.
He said the museum will help preserve and promote the history of the fire department.
“We owe a lot to the firefighters who came before us,” Cooley said. “And it’s an opportunity to both preserve and learn from what happened in the past and to honor that history.”
Roberts said she hopes the community is as excited as she is to enjoy downtown this weekend.
“I think people are thrilled that people are wandering the streets again,” she said. “It really is an opportunity for us to create an annual event to really celebrate Greenfield’s roots as well as who we are (today).”
Journalist Mary Byrne can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.
Greenfield Vintage Days Schedule
■4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Classic Car Show – Place de la Cour
■Downtown sidewalk sale
■ Official opening of Goods, 357 Main St.
■9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Historic tram rides
■Parade of vintage tractors from the Franklin County Fairgrounds to Court Square, with a prize for the best in display, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and back to the fairgrounds from 12:30 p.m.
■10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “Greenfield History Pop-up” with exhibits from the Greenfield Historical Commission and Greenfield Historical Society and flax spinning demonstrations with Historic Deerfield and blacksmithing by Pierce Street Ironworks on the Common
■10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Open house at the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage on Mead Street
■2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Review of books and articles with Steve Finer in the “Antique Tenthouse” on Court Square
■11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Fundraising barbecue for the new fire station museum hosted by the Greenfield Fire Department with vendors, music, a fire truck and safety exhibits
■1:30-3:00 p.m.: Famous bartender at Hawks & Reed with vintage drink specials
■3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Swing dancing in Court Square with the O-Tones hosted by Hawks & Reed
A full list of Vintage Days events can be found on the city’s recently relaunched travel and tourism website, https://visitgreenfieldma.com/.