The Lehrer Report: Sept. 11, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Garden report: It’s time to pull out the dead tomato and cucumber vines. The sugar snap peas have sprouted. The zinnias and celosia are still blooming. I baked eggplant and butternut squash to freeze. I will probably make one more batch of spaghetti sauce.

The days are getting shorter.


Jeff Bohne, moderator of the South Amherst Congregation Church sent an email saying the church is having a Fiddler’s Pantry sale of jams, jellies, pickles and fruit crisp on Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Call the church at 253-2877.

The proceeds will be shared with the Survival Center and the Western Mass Food Bank. This somewhat replaces the Sleigh Bell Fair that was a major fundraiser for the church.

Many faith communities held craft fairs but can’t this year because of the pandemic.


The First Congregational Church is raising funds to create a scholarship at the Hart School of Music to honor Minister of Music Dick Matteson. So far, over $15,000 has been raised but a total of $25,000 is needed.

Donations, payable to the University of Hartford, can be sent to the church or given to a parishioner. Online donations: hartford.edu. Dick graduated from Hartt in 1973.

For more years than I can remember, Dick has organized the Music at Main concert series at the church, as well as other musical events. I enjoyed every one.


Cynthia Holmes sent me a postcard of the Memorial Middle School of Sun Yat-zen in China from Florence, Mass. She wrote from the Florence Recreational Field on Spring Street: “A nice place for a lunch meet up with friends. We sat in the pavilion at proper distance and grabbed for hours.” She said it is a hidden gem near the community gardens.

Evan Ane O’Neill sent a postcard of the Mass MoCA sign against a blue sky. Evan ventured into the “wilds” of the northern Berkshires to visit the museum and attend an outdoor concert of an Afro-Dominican fusion band. “It was wonderful. It was great to get away from our house for a bit.”


The Valley Light Opera is selling face masks to raise funds for a much-needed costume storage facility, according to Phyllis Jordan, VLO board president and mask -sewer. The cost is $10. You can click on the donate button at vlo.org or send a check made out to VLO to: VLO Box 2143, Amherst 01004. Please provide an email or phone number to arrange pick up. Masks can be mailed for a $2 shipping fee.

I have mine.


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