If anyone plans to move here from the city, they need to know about the roosters and the donkeys.

Notes from Nan: Roosters and Cowboys
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

Photo credit: Desiree Robertson-DuBois

The only good thing is that I figured out the purpose of winter:  That’s when you close your window so that you get to sleep until the crack of 8.

You know the rooster alerts everyone that he’s having trouble sleeping, which gets the Stupid Bird going.  They, together start up the crows (or whatever those screechy things are) and then this owl starts up.  And what does all that give way to?  Donkeys!  I don’t even know who in my neighborhood has donkeys, but they sure like imitating roosters!

If anyone plans to move here from the city, they need to know about the roosters and the donkeys.  That is an important deterrent.  Add that issue to the limited DSL and cell phone service up here and that should pretty effectively keep them in the city where the sirens go all night and they get so used to them they never hear them.  I’m not complaining.  I’m just sleepy and grouchy.

Hey! Here’s what’s for dinner:


  • Honey thyme dijon glazed
  • BBQ Chicken breast over white bean and smoked ham stew

Vegetarian: Thursday and Friday

  • Mushroom Ravioli w/Sage Butter YUM!!
  • Squash * Onion* Tomatoes


  • Pan seared Salmon Roasted red pepper coulis
  • Pesto mashed potatoes
  • Roasted Cauliflower


  • Hot dogs and Macaroni and Cheese! (there is a kid-event going on here that night—you can read about it under the special events further down.)

But first, here’s the Rob Report!

The Rob Report


I do love me some fine guitar…

Meet Ross Bellenoit. Ross who? Well, let me back up a bit. A while ago, I was doing something somewhere and the stereo was playing some bouncy little country western number with girls harmonizing all cute-like when WHAM! This guitar solo comes bursting out the speakers in what I can only describe as a fifteen second Wild West saloon brawl interpreted on a Fender Telecaster.

I ran over to the iPod. You’re Gone Again by something called “The Sweetback Sisters” (not to be confused with “Sweetback”, who was Sade’s band) Well, I’ll be! Did you know they’re going to be playing right here at Elmer’s? June 14, on the street, no less! Oh, this is going to be good, alright.

So I started listening to the CD just to hear the guitar and, let me tell you, this guy is amazing. But don’t take my word for it, get yourself a copy of Chicken Ain’t Chicken and hear it for yourself.

Ross Bellenoit

Performing with the Sweetback Sisters on “A Prairie Home Companion (but I won’t hold that against him. I mean a gig’s a gig, right?)

And speaking of The Sweetback Sisters, they got a song on the radio called Cowboy Girl where the last line of the chorus is “jump on my pony and ride”, except at the end of the song they change it to “jump on my cowboy and ride”. That’s naughty! We might have to get approval from the select board before we host such “hussies”.

Short week, short Rob Report. See you next week.

Cowboy Festival!
Sunday, June 14th in the afternoon
At Elmer’s
With The Sweetback Sisters

Click here: The Sweetback Sisters on MySpace Music – Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


Girl Howdy!

Click here: GiRL HOWDY on MySpace Music – Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

I’m working on having Pony Rides!  And real cowboys!  And more!  (And I think it would be really cool if people rode their horses to the festival and tied them up outside Elmer’s to the railing!)

It’s going to be outside unless it rains, in which case it will move to Town Hall.  Tickets will be $12 and are available in advance at Elmer’s.  Food will be separate (and great but never too expensive) and Jim will be rustling up (I hate when they say that, but this is a cowboy festival so I have to) chili and Indian Tacos and all kinds of Southwestern, and Cowboy food.

And you should dress like a cowboy or a cowgirl!

Concert and Exibition featuring “The Peace Travelers” from Mountain View Educational Collaborative (May 30th, 2009)

Click on poster to discover more information.

This Saturday night at Elmer’s we have

a Fundraiser Concert and Exhibition featuring “The Peace Travelers” – the children of the Mountain View Educational Collaborative performing Multi Cultural Peace-Oriented Songs, ASL, Poems, Puppets and showing their Around-the-World Art Work.

Elmers will be offering a kid friendly dinner of hotdogs and mac and cheese

The Voysey Inheritance

a play by Harley Granville-Barker

adapted by David Mamet

on stage at the Ashfield Town Hall,

directed by Martin Shell

May 29, & 30 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $12.00

Starring: Jim Lobley, Julie Sarsynski, David Knowles , Elissa Gallup, Rich Warner, Mike Epstein , Sarah Siff, Michael Fitzgerald , Kirby Langford, Andy Wallace , Dolores Griel, Marc Kaufmann.

Tickets are available at the door or they can be reserved online at www.ACTh.org.  The theater, on Route 116 right in the center of beautiful Ashfield , Massachusetts  is handicap accessible and a large-print program is available.  Call 413-628-4574 for more info. Supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through Local Cultural Council Grants.


Nan Parati - Elmer's StoreNan Parati

Nan is the proprietor of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, MA. A New England transplant from the Deep South, Nan shares her southern wit, wisdom and charm every week in her column, “Notes from Nan.” Share dinner with her every Friday at Elmer’s. Menu’s are posted with her column. nanparati@aol.com

One Comment on “If anyone plans to move here from the city, they need to know about the roosters and the donkeys.

  1. Nan, i have looking for your parents for two years and obviously have found you. please respond to my email address so we can communicate directly. so glad to have found you; i found tim’s bio on line but could not get in touch with him. let me know how i can get in touch with your mom and dad.


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