The Greenfield Beat: JessecaTimmons – Be sure to catch Oktoberfest

  • Jesseca Timmons

Published: 9/20/2022 9:02:32 AM
Modified: 9/20/2022 9:01:52 AM

It continues to be a very busy time in Greenfield! Everyone reports that the Mindful Homesteading event was a great success for all who attended. Coming up this weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 8 pm, is the fabulous third annual Greenfield Oktoberfest, sponsored by Friends of the Greenville Community Meetinghouse. 

If you have not yet purchased your tickets, now is the time. Adults over 21 are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Under 21 are $10, $15 at the door, and kids under 7 are free. You can purchase tickets online at, or send a check to Kathy Seigars, Treasurer, FGCM, at P.O. Box 214, Greenfield, NH 03047.

You can also scan the QR code on the ad in Tuesday’s Ledger-Transcript and it will take you right to Friends of the Meetinghouse website. Oktoberfest is a fundraiser for the upcoming renovations to the 227-year-old Greenfield Meetinghouse.

Ten Talents on the tour

For the first time this year, Ellen and Conrad Dumas’ farm, Ten Talents at La Bergerie Dumas, will be a stop on the New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour on Oct. 8 and 9. The Dumases produce an array of products from their sheep, including natural colored yarns, felt hats, hand-crocheted slippers, lamb skins, freezer lamb and more.

Ellen is planning to demonstrate her spinning wheel, but apparently, spinning wheel parts – who knew! –  have also been affected by the worldwide supply-chain issues. When we spoke, her spinning wheel parts still were on back order, but Ellen was expecting them in time for the tour.

Ten Talents will also host several demonstrations. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Greenfield resident Kate Dean will exhibit natural wool-dyeing, and Holly Motzko of Milford will demonstrate her spinning wheel with various fibers and blends of wool. At 1 pm, Malcolm Cooper, a Peterborough resident and New Zealand native, will shear two ewes kept back from spring shearing just for the tour, and Ellen and Conrad will then demonstrate washing the fleece and creating wet felt.

“The whole day is an introduction to sheep raising and woolcraft for people who might be interested in learning more about it and giving it a try,” Ellen says. “We invite people to get really messy, to get their hands wet! Whatever people are interested in – fiber arts and crafts, homesteading or woolcraft – we’ll have something for them.”

Along with spinning and shearing demonstrations, six local vendors will be selling farm-made wool and fiber products, ranging from alpaca, Angora and and Icelandic wool items to crochet arts, Mary Iselin’s sheep paintings and herbal oils and tinctures. For a complete listing of vendors, please go to the Wool Arts Tour New Hampshire website,

Greenfield Historical Society dinner

Mark your calendar for another October event, the Greenfield Historical Society’s dinner and radio hour. The Greenfield Players will perform two vintage radio murder mysteries live on stage while Historical Society volunteers serve a home-cooked four-course meal. The first play is “Johnny Dollar, The Man With the Action-Packed Expense Account: Murder is a Merry-Go Round,” and the second is “Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209: The Case of the Black Cat.”

This event is at the Greenfield Meetinghouse, Saturday night, Oct.15, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per ticket, $35 per couple. Please call 603-547-3451 to reserve tickets.

In other news, the Greenfield Fire Department has announced the theme of this year’s Fire and Ice parade: “Christmas Classics—Movies or Music!” To register a float in the parade, which will take the place the evening of Dec. 3, please send email to

Please email me at with Greenfield news and events or ideas for this column, and thanks for reading!


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