“Next door at The LAVA Center, there were several other vendors, a crafting station for children and community art pieces on display.
“‘I like that it’s on the earlier side so we’re not out until 10,’ said Colrain resident Marika Weissman, who had her two children with her. ‘We’re just happy it’s going on.’
“Vendors like Susan Worgaftik and Patti Williams had set up shop to sell their organic products.
“‘It’s wonderful to have a community space right downtown,’ Williams said.
“LAVA Center Manager Vanessa Query noted the center had worked with neighboring businesses in the past, but Jinglefest was the first time it was involved in a city-wide, coordinated effort.
“‘I was really excited to participate,’ Query said. ‘Local economy is very important, now more than ever.’
“Query added it’s great to get people to come out and socialize even as ‘we’re still in the pandemic.’
“‘We need to get out and get a sense of community,’ Query said. ‘It’s really rewarding.’
“She said the community art will be available for viewing and purchasing until Dec. 18, the same day as Hawks & Reed’s next pop-up event.”
Chris Larabee for the Greenfield Recorder, 12/31/21
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