The Lehrer Report: July 7, 2023

Published: 07-06-2023 12:28 PM

Fauna report: There are two bunnies in the yard. I haven’t seen them touch the snap pea vines. They sit in the middle of the yard and eat the clover.

A deer and fawn came through the yard. Mom took a bit of some leaves on the way through and left.

They moved so quickly I didn’t get a chance to take a photo. I didn’t move as quickly either, since I was so surprised to see the pair.

I do see deer and fox run across roads at time, but this is my backyard.


Pianist Amy Gates of Amherst will perform Sunday, July 9 at 3 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield. The program includes works by Mozart and Albeniz. Pianist Ken Forfia will also play.

A reception in the garden follows the concert.


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Pam Ledoux of Amherst is facilitating Knit/Crochet for a Cause on Mondays, July 10-Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Jones Library. Hats will be made for babies and children in the state’s care.

Patterns and yarn will be available, or use your own yarn (machine wash and dry only). Hats in preemie size through adult are welcome.

Finished hats can be brought to the session each week, or dropped off at the reference desk at other times, from July 10 through Aug. 14.


Barbara Schumann of Amherst sent me a postcard “dalla Sicilia” that featured photos of 12 towns on the island. The photos included a cathedral, a castle, a beach, and Roman and Greek ruins, as well as the volcano Etna, where she climbed around five craters.

She wrote that the volcanic soil is great for growing: “much agriculture and huge lemons.”


For many years, Janine Roberts has sent me an email about her daughter’s coming to the area to perform. The tradition continues.

“Natalya Weinstein (aka Zoe of the band Zoe & Cloyd), daughter of Janine Roberts and Jerry Weinstein, will be fiddling and singing with her award winning songwriter husband, John, on Friday, July at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley. They will be joined by their colleague at Warren Wilson College, renowned musician, composer and ethnomusicologist Ben Krakauer, on banjo and guitar.”

Tickets are a $20 suggested donation.

Their latest album, “Songs of Our Grandfathers,” is on Organic Records. It pays homage to their respective musical roots of klezmer and bluegrass through the repertoires of their grandfathers, David Weinstein and Jim Shumate. Songs from this new project will be performed at the concert, she wrote.


There is a free lunch! The Amherst Survival Center is hosting a community cookout on Wednesday, July 12 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Mill River Recreation Area. The event includes music and activities besides great food. The cookout will be held at the Survival Center in case of rain.

I’m sure tipping will be allowed.


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