June 13th – June 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

JiffyCon was a ton of fun! It was possibly the most tiny and focused con we have ever had the pleasure of attending. It feels like we’re insulting it to talk about the size but we legitimately think we can say that of every convention experience available this is the one for folks who are super into tabletop games, particularly indie RPGs. It was literally nothing but a series of chances to play either brand-new or in-development games, often with the creators themselves!

We got to get almost murdered by ghosts in Murderous Ghosts by D. Vincent Baker which to be frank was unexpected! See, we expected to be murdered by ghosts. Then we had a great time playing Epic Bronze Age Horrible Heroes in Heart of Bronze, a tiny game by Joshua A.C. Newman. It all ended in flame and terror and punches and a volcano, as mythic conflicts are wont to.

In the morning while we were at the table and spending a bit of time working, we also got a chance to speak with some great folks from Glowlime, and play some of their more recent games! They turn out impressive work under what we can only describe as extremely difficult schedules, and we can’t wait to see more of their finished products!

It was a great time and we cannot emphasize enough what a rare treat it is to play these games and at the same time see them taking shape underneath your feet. Thank you to everyone involved with JiffyCon for letting us set up our comically tiny little table with an embarrassing overabundance of flyers! We hope everyone who needed local event info got it, and everyone from out of town thought “Wow, what a hard worker. That sign made of two short-box tops is cute and definitely not super ugly looking!”

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!



Saturday, June 18th
Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room [Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Story of the Hestia Mural
You know that mural downtown that depicts the history of women in Northampton? It’s real nice, and educational. It was created by a group called the Hestia Art Collective with the aim of bringing the contributions of women back into the public eye. You can hear the full story of who, what, why, and how from some of the people who made it happen!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St., Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:30 AM to 12:30pm
Make Your Own Dichroic Fused Glass Pendants
No longer do you need to hunt down and trap an ancient Lich to unlock the secret! Learn how to use the tools you need to create awesome art and make your own pendants! Deenie Pacik will teach her techniques to guests ages 8 and up! There’s a limit of 30 participants, so please register at 413-420-8101!
Sunday, June 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Yiddish Fight Club
Curator Eddy Portnoy shares the story behind the oft-ignored history of Jewish boxers and wrestlers and the colorful Yiddish slang of that worl! Portnoy is a senior research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where this exhibit was first presented.

Board Games:

Sunday, June 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dicemasters 101
Dicemasters! A game about throwing dice and then figuring out who won. It’s similar to a lot of games in that sense, but it also has special little packs of dice with weird images and such on them that you can buy, and that seems fun. It’s always pleasing to have a die with the ability to roll “explosion” and “Wolverine”. Learn how to play this game with the friendly folks at Modern Myths!


Monday, June 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tiny Book Making Workshop
Not a tiny workshop about making books, a workshop about making tiny books! Adorable little babby books! There’s also the accompaning Tiny Book Show, which again is a large exhibit of many small books, not a small exhibit of normal sized books. Gosh this looks real cute. Stop by any time to look and learn!
Wednesday, June 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
The Odyssey welcomes an extraordinary debut author to their shop! Homegoing is a sweeping epic encompassing three hundred years in Ghana, and winds up becoming a truly great American novel as well. Beautiful, sad, monumental, worth reading! Buy a book at the shop and get it signed!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Nautilus II: Journal of Poetry and Art by Young Mothers Studying at the Care Center
The 14th edition of the annual journal of art and poetry by the young mothers at the Care Center is ready for release! Come buy a copy for the event and experience some excellent readings from the collection!
Saturday, June 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Event: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Come to GPL to experience Percy Jackson’s Summer Camp Party! Children 7 and up are invited to interact for an hour with some demigods just hanging out and having a rad time at summer camp. It is your job to ensure your kid doesn’t accidentally eat anything that traps them in Hades 6 months of the year!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
April YA Panel: Jennifer Mason-Black, Lori Goldstien, Trisha Leaver
We’re not entirely sure why this is called the “April YA Panel”. One possibility is that they’re trying to throw people off the scent of this June event. Possibly there’s a bounty hunter on their tail? Either way here’s a chance to see three exciting YA authors discuss the business and creative ends of YA fiction! The panel features Jennifer Mason-Black, Lori Goldstein, and Trisha Leaver!

Card Games:

Saturday, June 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Eternal Masters PPTQ
The Eternal Masters return. They have always been here, really. They are Eternal, after all. They’ve been observing us. And now… now comes the Pretty Powerful Terrible Quiet. We enjoyed speaking, while it lasted. That or it’s a Magic the Gathering thing. We’re honestly never really certain which events are Magic events and which are you know magic events. Either way, exciting!


Monday, June 13th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
CHEF! Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Fraser Pollock, the Solution Architect (much less fun than being the Problem Architect) at CHEF will be joing the meetup to talk about their product! They do IT Automation, which is probably useful to a lot of folks!
Thursday, June 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Intro to Computers: The Internet
Are you a regular surfster? You maybe don’t need these tips. Probably someone you know could totally use these tips though! Learn how to use the internet safely, how to pick a browser, and … well it says “internet culture” but we’re hoping that that’s a euphemism for “the less terrible parts about internet culture”.


Monday, June 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
What to Say, and How to Say It
Western Mass SCORE presents a free workshop about how to create Good Content for your Social Marketing Sphere that will Engage The Singularity and Bring About the Final Collapse of the Scattered Beings into the Beautiful Oneness of All-Knowing. Also they’ll show you some useful apps! You need to pre-reg at http://www.westernmassachusetts.score.org/localworkshops!
Wednesday, June 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The O-Tones Perform
Hot, cool, and everything in between, the O-Tones have the music you need to dance the night away!
Thursday, June 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Grace Coolidge as the First Lady of Baseball? It’s more likely than you think! Join Archivist Julie Bartlett Nelson and Information Services Assistant Dylan Gaffney to find out more about how Grace Coolidge was a big deal for Baseball!
Saturday, June 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Frozen Princess Party
Join Princess Elsa, the only Disney princess who is also a mutant with ice powers, for singalongs, stories, and pictures! Anna will also be there! Wait, Anna’s also a princess, right? We’re not 100% on the movie or frankly the mechanics of what constitutes a Disney princess. Costumes are encouraged and adorable!


Saturday, June 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Free RPG Day
Do you like role-playing games but have an aversion to paying for things? Wow, this is a weird coincidence. We have literally the perfect event for you. What are the odds of that, right? Hunh. Well, it’s a fun day full of RPGs at Modern Myths and you don’t gotta pay for none of it, so it is basically impossible to be disappointed by this event. Have a good time!


Tuesday, June 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Natural History Walking Tour of Historic Northampton
Join naturalist Laurie Sanders for a walking tour during your lunch hour! Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. There’s a suggested donation of $5 if you’re a member, $10 if you aren’t. If you’re feeling generous though feel free to gift them a new wing or a 5-year research grant.
Wednesday, June 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday Wizards Science Fun
Learn Science! Do an Activity! Read a Book! All this and exactly this and not a single thing more and you’ll dang well like it at Wednesday Wizards Science Fun!

Video Games:

Thursday, June 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft exists. If you have children, they have already exhaustively informed you of the ways of this game. Get them out of the house for a bit to see if they can make new friends via the medium of excitedly explaining Minecraft to each other!

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