Common Folk Launches Literary Journal

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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Common Folk Artist Collective will release the first edition of their literary journal, Folktales on Nov. 20, 2020. 
 
Pre-orders will be available for $10 which includes the physical journal and digital download. Those interested must order by Nov. 10 to receive the digital copy.
 
Pre-orders will be available starting Nov. 1 at https://commonfolk.org/literary.
 
Pre-orders can be shipped directly to homes or picked up from Common Folk's storefront at 12 Holden St. Physical copies will be available for pick up starting Nov. 20.
 
Featuring cover artwork from North Adams artist Danielle Klebes, Folktales is a compilation of poetry, fiction, and hybrid from local literary artists. 
 
The literary artists include Kirsten Connelly, Sarah DeFusco, Isaiah Frisbie, Christopher Hantman, Hanna Lauerman, Nate Massari, Allison O'Keefe, Kit Riemer, Jade Schnauber, Michael Williams, Jennifer Wise, and Isaac Wood. 
 

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State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.
 
To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to fulfill their holiday decorating needs.
 
"Our administration believes in the importance of supporting our farms by shopping locally and purchasing holiday decorations from one of the commonwealth's many family-operated Christmas tree farms," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Now more than ever, it is a great time to spend quality time with your family while partaking in this outdoor activity which allows for proper social distancing."
 
Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at approximately 264 Christmas tree farms on approximately 2,801 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The sale of more than 82,524 state-grown Christmas trees contributes approximately $3.5 million to the commonwealth's economy each year. Christmas tree farms, which are often sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil, which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies. When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch, or composted.
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