June 27th – July 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!

First order of business: Finding Dory was adoryble.

So hey it’s Steam sale time! That’s a fun time, right? Might we recommend that if you have a backlog of games that you haven’t yet played you devote a large portion of your purchases to pals? It’s always nice to make someone else happy! And not to worry, in 4-6 months everything you’re into will be on sale again.

This is also the perfect time to mention that Local Creator and Excellent History Person Rebecca Slitt has a game on Steam! That’s right, for the duration of the sale Psy High is only two danged dollars! Buy 30 copies! Send them to everyone you know!

So we finally “won” a COIN game, by default. We got 0 points to our opponents -1, -1, and -2. It was Falling Sky, the Gallic Revolt Against Ceasar, and it’s probably our favorite of the ones we’ve played. First of all, because we’ve always been interested in the time period. Second, the mechanics slotted together quickly and easily and produced a lot less decision paralysis than prior games we’ve played in the series. Though that might be because more of the players had played several COIN games already. Still,  a very good time and we got to kill Ceasar with Vercingetorix, kicking off an awesome alternate history!

Hey did you hear that Nerd Nite is back? It’s been a little bit, but wow have we got a great one lined up for July 11th at the World War 2 Club! It’s going to feature discussion of Philosophical Zombies and the vagaries of Digital Preservation! The speakers are both really excited to share their expertise and we’re excited to learn!

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!



Tuesday, June 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Make Your Own Night Light (Ages 5+)
Campers young and old and presumably in between, come decorate a jar to make a great night light! There’s a $5 supply fee per child or a purchase of a book to attend, and you need to pre-register now! Call 413-534-7307 to sign up!
Wednesday, June 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Young Writers Group
A select group of 8 you writers, ages 10-14, can sign up for some summer sessions with author and teacher Nell Wright to work on their Wrighting! A theme is going to be determined at the first meeting! Be sure to register as soon as possible, the space is limited! Call 413-772-1544 extension 5 for more info!
Thursday, June 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Candy Sushi Workshop
Learn to make delicious candy sushi! You’ll be starting from scratch, putting together a complex candy ecosystem to provide the ingredients necessary. First come the candy plankton, which feed larger candy organisms all the way up through a great candy chain to the delicious Candy Tuna.Then comes the Candy Rice farming! It’s a long process but it’s worth it.
Friday, July 1st
Historic Deerfield [84B Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Rainbow in a Pot: Making Dye with Natural Materials
Daily, from July 1st – August 14th! Drop-in anytime! Join the folks at Historic Northampton to explore dye-making! Plant parts from roots to leaves to stems to flowers can be turned into beautiful pigments! Even mushrooms and insects can help! Prepare the dye pot by gathering dye plants, and leave with a lot of new learning and a hand-dyed project!


Tuesday, June 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Emily Barton, The Book of Esther
Emily Barton brings her inventive historical novel to the Odyssey! It’s an alt-history where the empire of Jewish warriors existing between the Black Sea and the Caspian has never fallen, and was now standing between Hitler and the conquest of Russia! It follows the daughter of the Chief Policy Minister figuring out how to fight for her traditionalist nation after realizing what an existential threat it’s under. Which involves possibly magically being changed into a man by a secret village of Kabbalists. It sounds like a pretty dang densely packed book!
Thursday, June 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Reading Relay: All Ages Read Aloud
Reading Relay is a story-time for all ages! A new theme every week with puppets, felt boards, and short plays during an hour in which everyone can read! Get your young readers involved, and bring along even younger listeners!
Friday, July 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Community Input Session
Let the library know what you’d like to see! They’re creating a new long range plan, which will establish their goals for the next five years. This is your chance to get your pet concept into the plan! Want the library to spend more time investigating the ghostly wails in the Old Archive? Maybe you’d like them to put locks on any book that glows for longer than an hour with unspeakable runes? Get out there and ask!


Monday, June 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Quidditch on the Library Lawn
Play Quidditch on the Library Lawn! It’s gotta be ground-only, unfortunately. We know we know, flying is a huge thrill but hey we need to include the folks who can’t. The Valley might be a magical place but it’s not a Magical place, you know? Very few Wizards around here. Impossible to get enough flyers together for a decent flying league. But hey, it’ll still be fun!
Wednesday, June 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Teen Takeover
No! RUN! They’re coming, they’re coming so much faster than we anticipated! The traps only slow them down, it’s like they don’t even feel pain anymore. What? Who? The TEENS, reader! The teens are coming, and they’re upending the old order! We grew complacent in our grandeur and now they storm the library, a just punishment from the Gods for our hubris. Nothing to do now… nothing to do but watch these Teens hang out, game, and talk while holding an informal meeting of the Teen Advisory Board. It’s drop in, so no sign-up required.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amherst-Northampton Small Business Internet Marketing Meetup
A presentation about marketing your local business online! Followed by a Q&A. Roger Montti, an Internet Marketing consultant, will help you learn about marketing and make connections with fellow business owners in town!
Saturday, July 2nd
Historic Deerfield [84B Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: In a Pickle
Pickles and jam and lemonade and switchel and pickleade and switchjam. Learn how people in early New England kept cool during hot summer days and kept their produce from getting gross! Open hearth cooks will demonstrate for you!


Wednesday, June 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night at the GPL – The Fault in Our Stars
Come weep with the GPL! These teens are so adorable, yet so tragic! Be aware that this very sad love story about dying teens is PG-13, and will make you all watery-eyed.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on the Lawn
Indiana Jones and Not One Of The Good Ones But Not The Worst One is playing on the lawn! Bring a blanket and some snacks, enjoy a movie on a beautiful evening in the summer. It’s free, and you can pee at the pizza place nearby but you should probably at least buy a soda in thanks if you do so.
Sunday, July 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Defiant Requiem
In the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, imprisoned conductor Rafael Schachter led his fellow inmates to fight back with art and music, including a performance of one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The film also tells the story of conductor Murry Sidlin, who decades later brought the Requiem back to Terezin in tribute. Students can get in for $4, Members for $6, and the rest of us for $8.


Saturday, July 2nd
Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church [121 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01004] at 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Changeling: The Lost LARP – Mind’s Eye Society
No site fee charged for new players or for students of the Five Colleges! Donations beyond request fee count as donations to the domain and may be eligible for prestige! This Changeling game is about climate change basically! Bad magical climate change? Maybe? Figure it out when you get there!


Tuesday, June 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Exploring the Natural History of the Bridge Street Cemetery
Join naturalist Laurie Sanders for a walking tour during your lunch hour! Disturb the unquiet dead! Experience the terror of knowing skellingtons are directly beneath your feet! Learn about history and respectfully observe residents of the town gone by! 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.

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