That's a beautiful instrument, it definitely wants to be played!
I'm up here in Winchendon, which isn't all that close to Westfield but I suppose closer than some! There are other Massachusetts members lurking about too, and a New England meetup was proposed in this thread last year... maybe it's time to renew that discussion! I think there are loose plans in the works for a get together after the Minstrel in the Banjo Era lecture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on December 6, but I don't know if that will be a bring-your-instruments sort of affair.
I think the Pioneer Valley would be a great spot for a central New England meetup; easy access via route 91 from CT and VT, easy access from upstate NY and eastern Mass via the Turnpike. For round 1 I think we could start simple; all we would need is a date and a venue.
That is a great looking banjo! I built a Boucher-style banjo myself two years ago:
I live in Holden in Central Mass. Andy and I just figured out that he grew up in the same town as my wife and that his brother is friends with my wife's sister. So we were hoping to get together one of these days. I am still a beginner, but I can certainly help you tune it and show you the simple tunes I know. If I can learn to do it, anyone can!
I am also hoping to be at the MFA on December 6, but I work in Cambridge, so it is easy for me to get there.