25 Original Hippies and 60 Lovers in Ashfield

Notes from Nan: And the Music Continues
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

To those of you who found yourselves at the wrong end of grouchiness at Elmer’s on Sunday or Monday, I want you to know that the curmudgeonliness was a direct result of all the love, peace and harmony that was being flung about all day Saturday.

We began at 7:15 Saturday morning (meaning of course that the cook, waitresses and counter people had to get there well before that) to serve a Dawning of the Age of Aquarius breakfast to about 25 original hippies, some of whom came dressed in outfits similar to the ones they first heard that song in. They sat at one long table and sang and expressed love and harmonium to each other for as long as we let them. Then we made them leave so that we could get the next group of 20 young Double Edge students in. Never trust anyone under 30.

Then, that night, we seated 60 lovers for our annual Valentine’s Day Night Dinner and had to stay up late, late for that. Jill Connolly and her band was so good that no one took their traditional Hilltown 9pm leave and people stayed and stayed—which was good! But the poor staff was starting to wane by about 10.

Then the next morning everyone had to be there again for breakfast and then Monday we were all there again for an overwhelming President’s Day crowd. I think Obama has really given people something to celebrate for Presidents’ Day or something—I never saw so many people decide to celebrate the day with breakfast!

By the end of the afternoon we were barely speaking to each other, too much love can just wear you out.

But thanks for coming, every one of you! And I wish you a pleasant thousand years Aquarius.

Unfortunately, one victim of the Love Squabble was the information about what we’re serving for dinner this week. Jim was too tired for me to even ask about it, so watch the website (www.elmersstore.com) to learn what it is.

For our Age of Aquarius Breakfast we tried offering 1968-appropriate vintage dishes such as:

  • Granola with orange juice on it
  • Whole-wheat pancakes that weighed 12 pounds each
  • Lentil Mush
  • Or, for those who had been up all night: Fruit Loops with Peanut Butter

Apparently tastes have changed, as no one ordered any of that and asked for the regular menu, instead.

So, you may know about the Inn across the street from Elmer’s: We’re taking that big white house across the street from Elmer’s (the one on Norton Hill Road) and turning it into a Bed and Breakfast and Other Community-Oriented Things House.

We’ve had a number of Bed and Breakfast guests, so that’s going well. But we’ve also got other things going on, too. And here’s something you might want to know about:

Ashfield Yoga Vinyasa at the Inn at Norton Hill

  • Wednesday Evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • with Melinda Buckwalter
  • Feb 18 thru March 18; 5 class series: $50; drop in: $12
  • The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road in Ashfield, (across the street from Elmers)
  • For info: (413) 634-5003
  • mbuckwa@earthlink.net

The bed and breakfast part is upstairs, the yoga is downstairs and to the right when you walk in the front door. If you’re interested in the B and B (actually, the first B is at the house, the second B is full breakfast at Elmer’s!) then call Elmer’s at 628-4003.

Don’t Forget!

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

are (is?)

going to come and play during dinner

at Elmer’s

This Thursday night!

It’s kind of a spontaneous jam with them and some friends of theirs that they want to play with.  Thursdays are dinner nights at Elmer’s and they are going to play during dinner from about 6 to 8 pm.  Dinner on Thursdays generally costs less than $10, so come on and get some good food and some great music!

Unfortunately, I don’t have Thursday’s menu yet, but I will try to get it on Wednesday and put it on the website:


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