A Summer Day on the Buckland Common

A Summer Day on the Buckland Common
2019 Summer Day

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
17 Upper St. Buckland MA and other locations along the street

2023 Summer Day on the Buckland Common

The seventh annual “Summer Day on the Buckland Common” event will be held Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., rain or shine, with most vendors and activities open throughout. Summer Day on the Buckland Common provides an opportunity for families, friends, and the community to gather, to celebrate what makes our community so special, and celebrate beautiful Buckland Center. Visitors enjoy the simpler pleasures in life through conversation, participation, food, arts, engineering, and fun for all ages.

The festivities take place on the historic Common located at the corners of Upper and Cross Streets in Buckland. Admission and parking are free, and there will be activities for all ages on the common in front of the Mary Lyon Church and several other venues along Upper Street. Kids will be able to explore their many skills and talents, learn something new, and have a grand time. Adults can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of friends, music, and local lore.

The Common will be host to games appropriate for all ages with prizes; music by David Herrera, the Riverbenders, and the Shelburne Falls Military Band; vendors; kid’s bubble mania table; mosaic demo by Cynthia Fisher; and more. Friends of Robert Strong Woodward will also be there with lovely gifts depicting local artisan Robert Strong Woodward’s works. The Buckland Riders Snowmobile Club will have a display with information about membership and the trails they ride. The Buckland Fire Department will be on site with their equipment and valuable fire safety information. Smokey the Bear or Sparky may also make an appearance!

The Mary Lyon Church will be open to display the Monday Nighters Quilting Group and their winning quilts. You can also see the new and lovely stained glass windows that have recently been restored. Hot dogs and Burgers will be grilled up behind the church for the perfect July lunch. Adjoining the luncheon booth will be tag sale items and Cindy Stetson with some of her beautiful watercolors.

Buckland Historical Museum will be open throughout with an option scavenger hunt, just to give a challenge! Famous Blueberry Buckle with Snow’s vanilla ice cream will be available out front and served with a smile by Historical Society Members. Arnold Purinton will be back again with his models of some of Buckland’s Historical buildings. He spends many, many hours on each one and would love to talk to you about them. There will be a Colonial Washer Woman exhibit, and two Historical Walking Tours will be done, as well, for those that want to learn about this peaceful hamlet.

The Buckland Public Library will host Jules Skloot for a Dance-Along Storytime, thanks to a grant made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. There will be a tea-cup auction of some local crafts, a book sale, and the library is a great place to come and cool off. Out front there will also be spinning and weaving demos and friendly farm animals.

The Buckland Public Hall will be open for the event with many fun family activities! The Buckland Union Cemetery Association will have refreshments, face painting, and tractor rides around their properties. The Buckland Public Hall will be holding a Bake Sale from 10-3 and Cakewalks from 11:30-3. This Hall will also be a great place to cool off if the weather is hot. There will be a kid’s craft table where kids can make a creation or two to bring home. Youth Climate Action Now will also be at the Public Hall telling of their mission and ways that kids can get involved.

This event is hosted by the Mary Lyon Church, the Buckland Historical Society, the Buckland Union Cemetery Association, Buckland Public Hall, Buckland Public Library, and Friends of Robert Strong Woodward. For more information about ‘Summer Day on the Buckland Common,’ email summerdaybucklandcommon@gmail.com or check out the event on Facebook.

Donations from the public and our Business Sponsor, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, help make this event possible, as well as many volunteer hours from the community.