May Fair and Concert with The Nields in Ashfield, MA

HF listserv member, Patricia Donohue of Ashfield, MA writes:

The Ashfield Community Preschool will hold a May Fair Celebration and a benefit concert with The Nields at the preschool on Saturday May 16th in Ashfield, MA. At 10 a.m. the grounds will open to Maypole dancing, a woods walk through a fairy forest, a baby animals barnyard, crafts, music and food. The event is meant to celebrate spring and the preschool’s 25th anniversary. Lady Spring herself will greet the children wearing her long, green cloak. Other cloaked figures will guide visitors through the activities.

Following the May Fair, Katryna and Nerissa Nields, a dynamic sister duo known simply as The Nields, will perform in an outdoor family concert beginning at 11:00. The Sunday Republican calls the Nields: “two of Western Massachusetts’ brightest voices.” The Washington Post describes their harmonies as “tight and soulful.” The sisters have been performing and recording together since the 1980’s, singing both their own original pieces and classic folksongs that they color with their own vibrant hues. In the Fall of 1994, the Boston Globe called them “young…hip…hot.” Now, as mothers of young children the sisters say that “having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way.” In their latest recording, Sister Holler, they playfully recycle favorite folk tunes: “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal,” they admit on the cover.

Following The Nields will be other young performers, some of them Ashfield Community Preschool alumnae. Seven-year-old Clarissa Pollard will play her violin, 15-year-old Irene Soulos will play viola and a trio of teenagers will perform acappella.  Bread Euphoria will sell pizza and baked goods and the preschool will sell smoothies and lemonade. Admission to the May Fair is free. A $1 fee will be asked for some crafts. Admission to the Nields Concert is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the preschool.

Ashfield Community Preschool is located at 103 Baptist Corner Road in Ashfield, MA.  For more information call :  413.628.3248 or email

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