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It is time once again to pack away our sand pails and beach umbrellas, and roll those charcoal grills back  into the garage, because as of September 22, summer 2017 has come to an end and autumn has officially  begun. For many, fall is the greatest time of the year. Living in New England during autumn is full of  wonder, especially in the Pioneer Valley where we are surrounded by majestic mountains and enveloped in  picturesque foliage. Curbed Boston has recently reported that the weather for the last few months has  created the perfect conditions for the brightest, most vibrant foliage New England has seen in the last few  years. To truly grow an appreciation for the environment and the New England terrain, you and your  families should explore the best areas in New England to marvel over the leaf peelings. Curbed Boston   acclaims: Vermont through U.S. 7 through the Green Mountain and Finger Lake National Forests, up  through Maine on U.S. 201 off I-95 is Baxter State Park which is also home to Maine's highest mountain top, Mt. Katahdin, and of course, Massachusetts's 10-mile Minuteman Trail through Cambridge, Arlington, and Lexington, to be some of the most panoramic vistas in our part of the country. After you have had your full of leaf-gazing, enjoy many of the most popular events and fall inspired activities this area has to offer all throughout October and November 2017. Funtober reports all of the Massachusetts Festivals, enjoyable to all families and friend groups, throughout Boston, Springfield and Worcester. This weekend the Big-E of West Springfield comes to an end on October 1. The Big E is the largest fair in the Northeast, where in the recent past, around 1 million to 1.5 million people attended over the 2 weeks of its course. At the Big E, you will be delighted by the Mardi Gras parade, the circus spectacular, food contests, arts & crafts, and agricultural competitions. Some of the Oktoberfests throughout Mass are coming to an end this weekend too, on October 1. Catch the last few days of the Duxbury and Mashpee Oktoberfests and Boston's Harpoon Oktoberfest. This year marks Boston's 27th annual Harpoon Oktoberfest where Bay Stators partake in "Harpoon beer, German food, Oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest," located on 306 Northern Avenue, Boston. Later on throughout October, the cities of Douglas, New Bedford and Hadley are hosting their renditions of Oktoberfest, which will take place on October 7 and the 14th respectively. Other than Oktoberfests, food lovers may particularly enjoy WGBH's Food and Wine Festival in Boston, October 5th-8th, where there will be a "Chef's Gala, Wine and Craft Beer Paired Dinners, Brunch Bar, tasting event and Food Fight chef competition," this may well suit a twosome's day out and satisfy those with an appreciation for culinary. For those into performances and live music, Somerville's Honk! Festival will elate your musical palate. Honk! Is best described as, "a festival of activist street bands. You'll hear honking horns, beating drums and see flags waved by people of all ages, classes, ethnicities and backgrounds," which will run from October 6th-8th.  For all of the athletes and sports enthusiasts, partake in the Head of the Charles Regatta, at the Charles River in Boston, where hundreds of thousands gather to row or watch the Regatta, which will be held on October 21st-22nd.  What would autumn be without some form of appreciation of apples? For all of you apple lovers, Franklin County CiderDays has just what you need! Head to Deerfield, Massachusetts on November 3rd-5th and enjoy Franklin County's 22nd annual tribute to all things apple, "Orchard tours, cider-making, apple cuisine, amateur Cider Competition, hard cider tasting, cider making workshop, apple pancake breakfast," is all but some of what to expect at this delicious event! As you can tell, autumn in New England and Western Mass is a remarkable time. No matter if you decide to stay near the PV, venture throughout Western Mass, or troop out to Boston, any of these experiences will leave a lasting, positive impression on you and your family's hearts, and further deepen your love for autumn in New England.

By Tiffani Rice, Intern, UMass, Isenberg School of Management




We are delighted to welcome Luke Dunn to our Amherst Team!

A native of southern Florida, I relocated to Amherst attending Amherst Regional High where I played lacrosse and golf, and fell in love with the beautiful Pioneer Valley.  During summers I enjoyed working for the local property management company, Jones Properties which opened my eyes to the possibilities of living and working in the Five College Area.   However, Florida called me back where I earned a Bachelors' of Science in Political Science and Business from Florida State University.  So, I can empathize with those going through the relocation process - I am back in Amherst and ready for action! 

My experience as a six-year lacrosse coach and lifetime athlete has taught me three things; use your instincts, trust your decisions, and execute flawlessly.   I will bring that passion to every interaction of my professional real estate career.   Whether you're looking for your dream home, investing,  or relocating, the primary focus of my business is to advise clients throughout the transaction life cycle utilizing reliable market analysis and confident negotiation strategies.  I pride myself on remaining completely genuine, self-aware and intuitive in all of my interactions and appreciate the same qualities in my peers.

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We are delighted to welcome Cheryl Sharpe to our Amherst team!  

"I obtained my real estate license in 1982 before turning to a career in nursing.  I have been a registered nurse providing health care coordination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within our community for 30 years.  I am an advocate for the inclusion of the people I support into the greater community.  Their voices are not always the loudest so we have to learn to listen harder and add our voices to theirs.  Nursing requires organization, effective time management and attention to detail.  I am a caregiver at heart and nursing has been a great career.  I have found that I am able to use that same sensibility and skill set in real estate.  Whether it is making sure that the tenants who live in my investment properties are provided the very best service, helping a buyer find the right property that they can call home, or working with a seller to develop an effective marketing strategy, I have the heart of a teacher and want to make sure that my clients understand the process from start to finish. 

My husband and I have lived, worked and raised our four children in the pioneer valley for over 40 years.  They attended local schools and were very involved in sports, music and theater.  There are so many positive activities for kids to do (adults too) in this community.

I enjoy power walking, working out and traveling the world with my husband, world class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe, to watch him perform.  We currently live in Plainfield as empty nesters."

Email Cheryl at for your real estate needs.