Printed: 5/31/2020 11:37:47 AM
Listed here are some temporary ideas on latest happenings in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.
Many readers are nostalgic for a spot most of us by no means even visited: the lately demolished Bernardston bar and nightspot generally known as The Hollywood. Its title alone appears tongue-in-cheek for such an unprepossessing construction. However again when it opened greater than 70 years in the past, the Hollywood Cafe, with its picket bar and fieldstone fire, was homespun cozy. It was initially a part of Sundown Motor Courts, lengthy since demolished. An outdated postcard from the early 1950s exhibits cabins and rooms that beckoned motorists alongside state Route 5. A long time later, a poster out entrance proclaimed “Bikers welcome.” Derided by some as “a dive,” the Hollywood however had its area of interest in the neighborhood. Bernardston resident Robin Davis recollects as a child sitting within the subject to look at the individuals dancing and take heed to the music. She even labored there briefly: “We used to do lots of benefits here. They had community meals for people who didn’t have any place to go on the holidays.” John Remillard of Bernardston recollects a mural painted by an artist as a solution to repay his bar tab. City Coordinator Louis Bordeaux informed the Recorder, “I’ve been shocked by the nostalgia for the place.”
Each city had its Hollywood and/or its locally-owned cafe, and some of them even stay. You already know the place they’re. They’re worth a go to.
Little by little, life as we knew it returns, type of, with the reopening of salons, seasonal ice cream stands and bank lobbies.
Many previously well-coifed residents are nonetheless sporting their overgrown pandemic locks as they await their flip for appointments at busy salons, which have been allowed to reopen — with restrictions — final week. Whereas they have been closed, workers have been onerous at work turning into “Barbicide-certified” to learn to forestall the unfold of COVID-19. Meaning plenty of modifications within the salon expertise, nevertheless it also needs to guarantee a measure of consolation for anxious shoppers.
Equally, “ye old ice cream stand” appears to be like just a little totally different this summer season, as reported final week. Visiting your native creamee is now not a easy little tour to get pleasure from with your loved ones. Like salons, the homeowners and workers of ice cream stands have spent weeks incomes the go-ahead from native boards of well being to reopen. Masks-wearing for all is de rigueur and social distancing guidelines prevail. If all this appears incompatible with consuming a creamee, you’ll simply need to strive it. Apparently, prospects are keen to go alongside. “Knock on wood — right now, it’s working,” Supervisor Beata Bielicki at 5J Creamee in Whately mentioned. “Everybody is ready to do something different.”
Banks and federal credit score unions, too, are reopening their lobbies to the general public for the primary time since closing in March. Within the interim, prospects have been in a position to entry drive-up tellers, ATMs and on-line cellular banking, and a few of us have develop into newly adept at transferring funds between checking and financial savings accounts with a click on of the mouse. Banks, after all, have an historic antipathy towards mask-wearing guests, so if you present up, you may be requested to drag down your face masking briefly and provides your finest “security camera smile” to confirm your identification. Apparently, for each banks and the newest sensible telephones, mask-wearing and facial recognition are incompatible.