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Blog :: 09-2019

Delap Will Bike 4 Food

 

Hello! 


Delap is participating in an exciting local event! Bike 4 Food is an annual bicycling event in Hatfield, MA. Bikers of all levels can ride to raise money to alleviate hunger. Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the Bike 4 Food Benefit boasts bringing hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations together to raise funds for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 

Cyclists can choose from 10, 25, 50, or 100 mile riding routes through the bright fall colored pioneer valley. Anyone can ride alone, with friends, family, or coworkers. Every $1 raised will provide 3 meals to our neighbors.

To date, Bike 4 Food has provided 1 million meals across Western Massachusetts. 

Sign up to volunteer, ride, or just donate if you can’t make it out to the event on September 29th!

Delap will be volunteering and riding in the event. Come out and join us on Sunday, September 29th :) 
 

WillBike4Food → Will Bike 4 Food Facebook Page

https://www.bikereg.com/wb4f2019  → Registration

https://www.pledgereg.com/wb4f2019  → Donate

https://www.foodbankwma.org/events/wb4f/volunteer/ → Volunteer
 

We hope to see you there!


- Delap 

Attracting Fall Home Buyers

Hello All!

Are you considering putting your house on the market soon? Buyers are looking. In Autumn, Buyers and Sellers are more motivated to take the real estate process more seriously, before Winter really closes in. 


Here are some tips to attract the Fall home buyer:
 

  1. Clean up your yard. Make sure to cut and pull those persistent summer vines, bittersweet especially. 

  2. Get creative with curbside flowers. Decorate with Autumn decor. Marigolds, mums, pumpkins.

  3. Wash your windows, inside and out. Remove the screens, if you can, and clean those as well.
    They may not look dirty but they are.

  4. Change your furnace filter. Better for you and your family’s health.

  5. Consider cleaning out the fireplace, if you haven’t already. Decorate inside with lit candles for the showing. 

  6. Bring in the light, turn on the lights. Ensure your home is well lit. Lighting improves a home’s atmosphere.

  7. Prepare some autumn snacks to enjoy and share with potential buyers. The smells of apples and cinnamon
    are just an added bonus.

  8. Consider playing soft background music if you can.
     

Remember, in the end, everyone involved wants to say goodbye
to a good home and hello to a good home. Let’s all work together to make that happen.

 

- Delap

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Art in the Orchard

Happy Thursday! Looking for something to do this weekend? Have you ever been to Art in the Orchard at Parkhill Orchard? There’s an outdoor art gallery in our community! Parkhill is a working fruit farm and walking sculpture exhibition. This year’s exhibition is the fourth biennial featuring all new works by exciting artists. 

Walking the sculpture trail is free! Art in the Orchard welcomes voluntary donations with a suggestion of $5 per person and $20 per group. If you can, of course, please support this local family farm through donation, Pick Your Own Fruit, or by purchasing any of the yummy produce and goods sold at their farmstand. Art in the Orchard is open until Thanksgiving 2019. 

Take a stroll through the winding fruit gardens, pick your own apples, and experience incredible visual art. One of my favorite pieces is the Big Red Frame near the parking area. One of my favorite artists performed an acoustic cover of her song there, with incredible views surrounding her. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aFqnlOGytE&t=269s

Plus! On Sunday September 8th, at 3pm, Bread and Puppet Theater will present The Diagonal Life Circus. Admission is by donation, $10-25 suggested.
 

Parkhill Orchard
82 Park Hill Rd
Easthampton, MA

Art In the Orchard on Facebook
AIO Photo Gallery

Bread and Puppet Theater
Glover, VT

 

https://breadandpuppet.org/tour-schedule

 

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    Fall Home Maintenance



    Welcome back from vacation! Best wishes to those heading back to school. Whether you’re getting ready to move, staying exactly where you are, or unsure where to go next, Autumn is a time of beginnings. For one, fair season is upon us! Just one of the many Fall traditions that makes Western Massachusetts a charming exciting place to live. 

    As you know, Fall is the perfect time to dive into any home repairs that can improve your carbon footprint and save you money. Don’t forget to take care of your home as winter approaches! :-)
     

    Fall maintenance tips:

    • Clean your gutters.
    • Don’t start wood burning season without a clean chimney! It’s a fire hazard :)
    • Make a day of cleaning up the yard and/or garden. Celebrate with a bonfire!
    • Plant some bulbs!
    • Plant perennials!
    • Winterize your Home

      • Caulk around windows if there are cracks.

      • Close up your fireplace, all the way.

      • Replace weatherstripping around doors.

      • Add drapes and heavy rugs to your home, providing extra insulation. 

      • Buy a water heater blanket at a local hardware store to keep your tank from losing heat

      • Clean furnace

        • Change the furnace filters

      • Shut off outdoor water so your pipes don’t freeze!

      • Consider window insulation film for added protection.
         

    For those of us who don’t know everything, I find that a quick google search and a Youtube how to are very helpful with getting tips and insight from people who have found solutions already. Why stress when an answer exists? Head to your local library if you’re in need of a computer or internet!

    Remember deep breaths and to spend time outside in the fresh fall air. Next post on Thursday!
     

    - Delap :)

     

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