County Fare: Dalton horsewoman honored; MayFest; Egremont gardeners

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Judy Voll of Dalton, a longtime member of the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association, was recently honored at the Virginia 100, a three-day competitive trail ride, held in Hot Springs, Va., from April 12 to 15.

The Virginia Trail Ride Association, which sponsors the 100-mile ride, presented Voll with the Charles S. Whitehouse Memorial silver tray in recognition of her many contributions to the event for nearly half a century. The award, named after the late Virginia congressman, was established in 2002 and has been presented to only nine recipients.

A longtime horsewoman, Voll has been riding since she was in the first grade.

After completing her first 100-mile event in Virginia in 1972, she continued to support and complete in the next 30 consecutive 100-mile rides until 2002. After sustaining a knee injury, she supported and completed the next four 50-mile rides.

She continues to return to Hot Springs every year where she participates in the event as a scribe, a mile marker and trail crosser. She also transports horse tack and lunches, hands out goodies on the trail, and drives judges. An EMT, she also transported a rider to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Overall, Voll has completed 115 100-mile rides in states from Florida to Maine. She hopes to return to Hot Springs in 2019 where she says "the trails are to die for and the views are incredible."

MayFest to raise housing fun

Construct Inc. will present its annual MayFest event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

MayFest features a taste of the south Berkshires with music by The Lucky 5 to raise much needed funds to create affordable housing for all Berkshire residents. Deborah and Bill Ryan will be honored for their dedication to furthering Construct's mission, generosity and leadership in the south Berkshires.

"Deb was one of the first people I met who was willing to step up and address obstacles to housing that's affordable for all," said Jane Ralph, Construct executive director. "Having now gotten to know Bill as well, I see their fingerprints on so much of the good work of the south Berkshire. They embody the reality that none of us achieve much alone, but together, we can meet so many needs."

Tastings will be offered by Aegean Breeze, Allium Restaurant and Bar, Aroma Bar and Grill, Baba Louie's Pizza, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Barrington Brewery and Restaurant, Big Elm Brewery, Cafe Adam Bar and Restaurant, Cantina 229, Chez Nous Bistro, Domaney's Liquors and Fine Wines, GB Eats, The Great Barrington Bagel Co., John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, Nejaime's Wine Cellars, No. 10 Steak House, The Marketplace Cafe, Rawson Brook Farm, The Old Mill, The Prairie Whale, The Red Lion Inn, Rubiner's Cheesemongers and Grocers, The Stagecoach Tavern, Tangier Cafe, and The Marketplace Kitchen.

Tickets to MayFest are $95 each. For tickets and information, call Lisa at 413-528-1985 or visit www.constructinc.org. Tickets may be available at the door.

Egremont gardeners wanted

Egremont families are invited to adopt one or more of eight raised organic garden beds now installed at French Park. The stewardship process is being handled by Greenagers.

The gardens are limited to Egremont residents and priority is given to families with children or grandchildren who will learn the importance of growing their own food. Two beds have extra elevation for gardeners with disabilities.

The beds will be filled by Greenagers with organic soil to encourage organic farming; beds are available for planting in mid- to late May.

Those interested may inquire by emailing Greenagers Front Lawn Food Coordinator Aretha Whitehead at aretha@greenagers.org, or by calling Whitehead at 413-644-9090. Indicate in the email if there are children in your family or family members with physical limitations.

The French Park Community Garden has been developed through a collaboration between Greenagers and the Egremont business community, an effort led by Kenver LTD owner Lucinda Vermeulen.

Businesses who have contributed to the French Park garden project include Kenver Ltd., John Andrews Restaurant, The Old Mill, 41 Main Antiques, Inn at Sweetwater Farm, Egremont Village Inn, Egremont Land Trust, Karner Brook LLC, North Egremont Country Store, Red Chair Press, and Only in My Dreams.

Further funding will be raised to pay for fencing and a gardening shed.


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