History Fair Weekend

History Fair Weekend

October 23, 24, 25

Come see, learn, and explore Hadley’s history.

The weekend is full of fabulous events.

You can watch re-enactors on the Common,
take a ride in a stage coach,
visit a one room schoolhouse, hear talks,
have dinner in Hadley’s historic church,
watch an original play about Hadley,
and much more.

The Souvenir Shoppe in Town Hall will be open October 24. 

 “Angels of Hadley” play.
This wonderful original play will be performed
by the Hopkins Academy Drama Club, and is sure to be a hit.
Get your tickets at the Hopkins Academy office, the Goodwin
Memorial Library or the 350th Souvenir Shoppe.

On Friday

7:30 PM  Original Play “Angels of Hadley” featuring the Hopkins Academy Drama Club at Hopkins Academy, 131 Russell Street.
The playwright, Brian Marsh, teaches at the PVPA, and is descended from several of Hadley’s founding families.  Tickets are
$10 adults, $5 students and seniors, on sale at the Hopkins Academy office during business hours, 7 AM to 3:30 PM, the
Goodwin Memorial Library and the 350th Souvenir Shoppe.

On Saturday

All day:

Living History Display and Demonstrations on the West Street Common 9AM to 5PM with Firing Drills, Crafts and more.
Featuring Benjamin Church’s Recreated Company, The Society of the 17th Century and two Native American re-enactors, Ken Hamilton
and John Santos.  Firing Drills will be at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.   In case of heavy rain, please go to the Most Holy Redeemer Church.

Stagecoach Rides at the Farm Museum 11 AM to 3 PM, weather permitting, $5 Adult and $1 Child, plus demonstrations of blacksmithing,
beekeeping, weaving and corn shelling.  Items for sale include popcorn, baked potatoes, beverages and valley produce.  The farm museum
provides a wonderful glimpse into the town’s farming history, with many unusual objects waiting to be discovered.  For a video clip of the museum
produced by masslive.com recently.

Open House at the Historical Room of the Hadley Historical Society Collection located on the 2nd floor of the  Goodwin Memorial Library,
10 am to 3 pm.  Come see this amazing collection of old photos, clothing, furnishings, documents, pictures, and more.

9:00 to 10:00         Talk and tour of the Hockanum Schoolhouse, Hockanum Rd (Rt 47 S).  Come see the newly renovated schoolhouse.  The desks,
charts and pictures from the 1930s are on display, and former students will talk about going to school there.

10:15 to 11:15         “Eastern European Talk and Video” by Jeffrey Mish, at the Historical Society Room, Upstairs in the Goodwin Memorial Library

12:00                        Representative John Scibak will read a proclamation from Governor Patrick, proclaiming October 24th Clarence Hawkes Day, on
the Common.  Read about Clarence Hawkes below.

12:45 to 1:45           Native American talk by Allan Zuchowski, Porter Phelps Huntington House Barn, 130 River Drive

2:00 to 3:00           Tour and talk about the North Hadley School and North Hadley Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s by Dr. Joseph
Zgrodnik,  North Hadley Hall, 237 River Dr

2:00 to 4:00           Historical children’s games at the Goodwin Memorial Library.  Also at the library will be a display of models of some of Hadley’s
historic homes, the models were made last spring by Hopkins Academy 8th graders for a science project.

5:00 and 6:30        Fall harvest supper at the First Congregational Church, reservations required.  Menu: Chicken-n-gravy, biscuits, potatoes,
green beans, squash,  rolls, apple or pumpkin pie, and beverage.  Seatings at 5:00 and 6:30 PM.  Cost at door: $12 adults, $7 children
under 12.  Pay in advance $11/$6.  For reservations contact Pat Osip 584-6741 or the church office 584-4117.

7:30                         Original Play “Angels of Hadley” featuring the Hopkins Academy Drama Club at Hopkins Academy.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, on sale at the Hopkins Academy office during business hours, 7 AM to 3:30 PM, at the
Goodwin Memorial Library and the 350th Souvenir Shoppe.

On Sunday

9:00 AM       Coffee hour and displays, Most Holy Redeemer Church, Parish Hall, 120 Russell Street

1:00 PM         Book signing at Barnes & Noble for the book Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts, a publication in
celebration of the town’s 350th anniversary in 2009. On hand will be the editor and many of the authors.  From 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

3:00 PM        Original Play “Angels of Hadley”  featuring the Hopkins Academy Drama Club at Hopkins Academy.  Tickets are
$10 adults, $5 students and seniors, on sale at the Hopkins Academy office during business hours, 7 AM to 3:30 PM, plus at the
Goodwin Memorial Library and the 350th Souvenir Shoppe.

4:00 PM        Hadley Village Music.  “Songs of Inspiration.”   Featuring “The Creation – A Rock Contata” by Bobrowitz & Porter.  Special Guests:
Justina Golden, Clifton J. & Kara Noble, Jim Henry, Rob Terreden, Evelyn Harris, Hadley First Congregational Church Bell Choir,
The North Hadley Congregational Church Choir & Friends.  North Hadley Congregational Church. Donations appreciated.

Who is Clarence Hawkes?
by James A. Freeman

Clarence Hawkes lived from 1869-1954. Although related to William Clark Smith, first sitting President of the University of Massachusetts, and to William Cullen Bryant, Cummington’s renown poet, he was born in Goshen to a poor farm family and had to make his own way. Tragedy assaulted him: he lost half of his left leg at nine and was blinded at thirteen by a gunshot accident. Hawkes began his recovery at Boston’s Perkins Institution for the Blind. There he became a friend of Helen Keller and impressed celebrities like Julia Ward Howe. He returned to the Valley and supported himself by giving lectures in cold churches and hot barns. Soon his poetry began to appear in print. After his move to Hadley in 1892, and his marriage to Bessie Bell, his nature books were published. 60-some volumes, like Noah’s ark, transported stories about bison and sled dogs and broncos to an estimated five million readers. In addition, he wrote four novels and several autobiographies. The French government used one to comfort their soldiers blinded in World War I. Translated into Braille, Danish, French, Chinese, Finnish and Japanese, these books won the admiration of naturalists for their truth. Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, zoo directors and four colleges (Amherst, Hobart-William Smith, Syracuse and A. I. C.) honored him. To celebrate his birthday in 1943, United Press furnished its 1400 newspapers with a flattering notice. /Time /magazine summed up the national admiration by saying, “Unfortunate the boy or girl who grows up … without reading about Shovelhorns, the Moose monarch; Shaggycoat, the astute beaver; Black Bruin, the genial bear, and a score of other wild personages whose biographies have been set down by the typewriter of painstaking Clarence Hawkes” (19 April 1926). His life benefited that of his small town, too. Once the dog of actress Sarah Bernhardt, who was appearing in Northampton, found its way to his home. Hawkes returned it but wrote a successful book about its further adventures. He designed floats for the 1909 celebration of Hadley’s 250th anniversary. He composed the anthem for Hopkins Academy that students sing today. In addition, he could recognize eighty birds by their calls. He became an authority on baseball and football, regularly attending games at Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. Today his house still stands on the West Street common and the grave marker for him and wife Bessie in Old Hadley Cemetery sums up their life: “They loved animals and little children.”