February 8th-15th

Welcome to the inaugural Valley Nerd Watch!


In a town with 5 colleges and 500 grad students per square foot, it can get difficult keeping up with all the events in town that cater to the vaguely defined sub-cultural group we’ve decided to call nerds.

We’re here to help! We’ll let you know what trivia, gaming, science, comic, and just plain interesting events are happening in our fair Valley!

We’ve split it up like this: any one-off events around the Valley that are only happening this week, only happen a couple times a month, or any interesting updates to existing events will be up top in “This Week”. Anything that happens every single week without fail or much in the way of alteration will be in the “Weekly Events” section at the bottom.

THIS WEEK


Art:

Sunday, February 15th
Westhampton Public Library [1 North Road Westhampton, MA 01027] at 2:00pm
Art in the Face of Mortality: A Sampling of Gravestone Art in the CT River Valley
What it says on the tin! See some of the interesting and we’re guessing skull-filled artwork decorating local gravestones.

Books:

Thursday, February 12th
Forbes Library [20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060]
Friends of Forbes Raffle
Enter all week for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other gifts! $1 per entry, $5 for six entries! The raffle drawing is on Thursday at a time they’ve chosen to keep secret. Just camp out I guess?
Sunday, February 8th – Saturday, February 14th
Edwards Library [30 East Street, Southampton, MA 01073]
Have a Blind Date with a Book
Read a book without judging it by its cover, then complete a review form to either introduce another reader to a great book or save them from great pain!

Card Games:

Saturday, February 14th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00pm
Fate Reforged Game Day, Day 1
All participants receive an exclusive promo while supplies last. Top 9 players receive an exclusive full-art promo card. In addition, the first place will receive an exclusive limited-edition playmat. 
Registration begins at 1pm, play begins at 2pm!
Sunday, February 15th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00pm
Fate Reforged Game Day, Day 2
See above!
Registration begins at 1pm, play begins at 2pm!

Computers:

Saturday, February 14th
Owl and Raven Co-Working Space [2 Conz St Unit #42 Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00pm
Code-In
A Valentines day Code-In! Owl and Raven is a co-working space where you can bring a laptop and an idea to work on and just hang out learning and working in the company of others. Even if you don’t know how to code yet, you can help other people out! Everyone needs documentation and design help.

Science:

Sunday, February 8th
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary [127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA 01027] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Winter Crows
Slide program on crows followed by a trip to see one of their nighttime roosts! Play your cards right and you might get elected Crow King by the crafty corvids.
Monday, February 9th
Eastworks [2 Conz St Unit #42 Northampton, MA 01060]
Two interesting talks in a friendly setting! 
‘Welcome to Your Brain: Reality is a Biologically Constrained Illusion’ by Kristina Curro, a PhD candidate at Umass
‘Profound Games: Empathy, Community, and Teamwork at the Table’ by Joshua Yearsley, a freelance editor specializing in board games.
Thursday, February 12th
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards St Springfield, MA 01108]
Live Birds of Prey
Tom Ricardi, of the Mass. Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, gives this Thursday’s a la carte lecture.
$4 to attend.

WEEKLY EVENTS


Board Games:

Thursday, February 12th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Board Game Playing and Learning Night
Experts available to teach and play board games with you and your friends! They take requests, too! No experience needed.
Saturday, February 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Board Game Night
Come hang out and play board games from the stock at Modern Myths! Try something new or just get the players you need for an old favorite.

Card Games:

Monday, February 9th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Magic Booster Draft
Play Magic, maybe win prizes! $10 cover.
Tuesday, February 10th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Legacy with Unlimited Proxies
Play Magic, maybe win prizes! $5 cover goes to the prize pool. Anyone with a positive record gets a prize!
Wednesday, February 11th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Commander/EDH night Magic
Buy-in is $5, everyone gets a participation pack and a chance for prizes. If you don’t want to buy in, you can play for free but you don’t get a shot at prizes!
Thursday, February 12th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday Night Modern
Play Magic again! Constructed Modern event similar to Friday Night Magic. Entry is $5, and there are booster pack prizes.
Friday, February 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday Night Magic
Play magic, meet new people, maybe win foil prize cards. $16 entry fee, tax included. Draft format. Prize pool: 1.5 packs per player, everyone gets at least one prize pack and top players get one or two more.
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday Night Magic
Play magic, meet new people, maybe win prize cards. $5 entry fee. Constructed Type II (Standard). Prize pool: booster packs and store credit.

RPGs:

Monday, February 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Ongoing RPG Night
Join people at Modern Myths for their regular evening of ongoing campaigns! It’s a great time to join another group or find players for your own ongoing game. You can also join people for Dungeons and Dragons Expeditions using your Adventurer’s League character or contact Modern Myths to set up your own game! Admission is by Day Pass, $5 that you get back in store credit. DMs/GMs play Free!
Tuesday, February 10th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
D&D Encounters
A D&D adventure one short encounter at a time. Great for new players and old hands. New storyline every couple months.
Wednesday, February 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm
D&D Encounters
A D&D adventure one short encounter at a time. Great for new players and old hands. New storyline every couple months, $5 entry fee that you get back in store credit.
Sunday, February 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
Epic play in the world of Golarion over the course of multipe seasons, during which you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 4-hour adventures. $5 entry fee that you get back in store credit. NOTE: Modern Myths is looking for Pathfinder GMs! GMs get free passes and store credit for running full tables. Contact them for details.

Trivia:

Monday, February 9th
The Quarters [8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035]
Trivia Night
Teams can be 1-5 people, and it’s $5 per person to enter. There are cash prizes and gift certificates for the top 3 teams. Nerdy trivia in general, probably up your alley if The Quarters itself appeals to you.
Tuesday, February 10th
The Harp [163 Sunderland Road, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00pm
Trivia Night 
Teams can be as big as you feel like! Usually lots of undergrads, for good or ill!
Thursday, February 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00pm
Trivia Night
Teams can be 1-5 people, and it’s $5 per person to enter. There are cash prizes for the top 3-5 teams. The trivia is well-curated and idiosyncratic due to the fact that it has been put on by the same person for 5 years. It’s also hard as all living heck most nights, don’t get discouraged!

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