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Crafting at the Library

Crafting Circle. Each week, a friendly group of crafters meets in the Petersham Memorial Library in the alcove near the fireplace and we share ideas, knowledge, encouragement, and supplies. We knit, weave, mend, and make items of all sorts. This is a fun and casual meet up and we’d love for you to join in, whether you are a newbie knitter looking for advice, a non-crafter determined to darn those moth holes before fall, or if you are a seasoned maker looking for community. Please stop in on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the library.

Petersham Jams Returns in August


The next Petersham Jams will be held on Saturday, August 12th.


It will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., outside on the front lawn at the Petersham Center School if the weather is good. If not, the Jams will be held on the same day, but at 7:00 p.m. at the Davis Hall (3 West Street, Petersham, just off the town Common, adjacent to the Unitarian Church)


We will send an email that week to confirm where the event will take place.


We would like to thank the Petersham Center School for the use of the property and ask that guests take out everything that they bring in with them. We would also like to thank the Unitarian Church for the use of the Davis Hall and the Petersham Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council for their financial support.  Please email us with any questions you may have.  

 If you are planning to perform


Sign-up opens at 4:30 p.m. – All musicians are asked to sign up in person beginning at 4:30 p.m. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two songs or ten minutes – Musicians are limited to two songs or ten minutes. (You should be tuned up and ready to go when you hit the stage.)

Bring your own mic – As a protective health measure, we encourage you to bring your own microphone if you have one. If you do not, no worries; we will clean the microphones with an antibacterial wipe between each performer.

Want to perform but need back-up? – If you want the talented and adventurous Petersham Jams House Band to accompany your performance, send a YouTube or Spotify link to the song(s) you plan to perform to Arny Spielberg. Please send the link(s) ASAP and be sure to include a pdf for a lyric/chord sheet and the key you want to sing in.)

Please feel free to share this email with family, friends and fellow musicians. Thank you and hope to see you on Saturday, August 12th, either at the Petersham Center School or at the Davis Hall

How We Got Here?  Why, When, and How People Came to Petersham

To access the deeper meaning of the history of a community, one can pose a question: Why did you and your family come here? In America -- a place defined by immigrants and migration -- the answers can be wide ranging, diverse, dramatic, or just simple.
Asking this question of some of the current residents of Petersham will be the focus of the annual "History Under the Tent" program presented by the Petersham Historical on Petersham Common on Sunday, July 16, at 5:30 PM.
The program will feature sharing of stories by members of local multi-generation families Invited  families include Barnes, Coolidge, Amidon, Buell, Cooley, Anderson, LaPointe, Legare, Woolsey, Day, Nelson, and others who may have come to Petersham very recently.
A special part of the program will be a visit by James W. Brooks (1833-1912) as portrayed by Bob Bellefeuille of the HIstorical Society. Beginning in the mid 1800s until his death in 1912, James Brooks was a major influence in his hometown including roles in the Center School, Library, churches, the NIchewaug Inn, Harvard Forest, and much of the community's open space, among other areas of interest and all of which continue to benefit Petersham to this day.  Brooks also influenced a number of families to set down roots in Petersham.
Local historian Larry Buell will facilitate this program with the assistance of other Petersham Historical Society members.  For information, contact Larry Buell at  or 978-855-1420.