July 11th – July 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

So we had another wonderful time at the TopatoCo Drink and Draw last Wednesday!

The person doing the bar-tending turned out to be an artist too! Though working more in metal than in paper and pencil. Heather Beck makes absolutely awesome work, and also teaches classes! You can find her stuff here!

Like, check this out and say you don’t want to see more, it’s impossible:

Mercurial nature 06

Speaking of artwork, you should check out local artist Elizabeth Popolo! Based on our extensive secret demographic survey of the Valley, we’re guessing a significant portion of our readers will think this image is extremely cute:


Also OF COURSE we’ve been playing Pokemon Go and it’s imperfect and silly and not even really a whole game but it’s also delightful to see a bunch of people wandering around historical sites happily exclaiming and twirling around with their phones. It’s cute as heck and we love our little animal fight babies. Team Instinct forever!

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, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Animal Collages with author/illustrator Micha Archer
Create collages of an animal you love in its natural habitat! Local author/illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem and generally excellent person Micha Archer will teach children how to make collage papers the way she does for her books! There’s a nonrefundable $5 supply fee, or you can get 2 kids in with the purchase of a book. Register NOW by calling 413-534-7307 or emailing kids@odysseybks.com!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Henna Tattoo Summer Crafts
Have fun with Henna! All ages are welcome to get this interesting plant-based temporary body art applied in complex, beautiful patterns! It’ll slowly fade as all your skin falls off. And is replaced. Like, the natural process of skin sloughing, not a horrific consequence of henna where your skin all falls off. Look this got out of hand the point is: pretty art for all ages! Yay!
Wednesday, July 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Lawn Concert by the Pangeans featuring Brian Bender
World music! You into it? If so, these musicians will have something you enjoy. Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk, Afro-beat, Strange Quark wait sorry different list. If you don’t love world music but you do like to dance, good news! You’ll find all this music super danceable and great. There will be Sweet Spoken Bicycle Patisserie treats for sale as well!
Thursday, July 14th
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Woven Gardens: Floral Motifs and Decoration in on Early New England Bed Coverings
Huh. Real specific. Interesting though, we never really though about what exactly determined the motifs used in these sorts of items. Why not just idiosyncratic stuff distinct to your family? Why not animals? Which flowers? Now we’re going to be on Wikipedia all week.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom
Enjoy an hour in Emily Dickinson’s creative space! Get inspired! You can bring a laptop and a power cord, but you can’t bring any writing implements beyond a pencil. Sessions are limited to one or two people, and the door will stay open so no funny business! Annnnd it’s $75 for one hour, and for that price we can only assume there’s some sort of hidden amulet in the room that grants you poetry powers? If you’d like to write in our living room we only charge $25 per hour!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A huge festival celebrating Yiddish history and culture! There are far too many events to list here taking place over the whole weekend, from the 14th – 17th, so check out the site to find out more! http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Sunday, July 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
A tour giving deeper insight into the connections between Emily Dickinson and the famed playwright, exploring her journey from totally thinking he was terrible to being a huge fan and how that influenced her own work!


Tuesday, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Serena Burdick, Author of Girl in the Afternoon
Serena Burdick will present a fabulous debut novel of historical fiction about an impressionist artist and also mystery and war and drama and a lot of conflict and dang this sounds pretty excellent actually. Buy a copy and get it signed!
Thursday, July 14th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
YA Panel: Root for the Rookies!
The Jones Library and the Odyssey Bookshop present the YA panel, featuring Carrie Firestone, Karen Furtunati, Jennifer Mason-Black, Shannon Parker, and Rebecca Podos! Aspiring writers and YA junkies are encouraged to meet this flying squad of debut authors and also buy all their books because come on help an author out!

Card Games:

Friday, July 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Midnight Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you have a hankering for the Moon, but Eldritch style? Why not give this Magic: The Gathering pre-release event a shot! It’ll fulfill each and every moon-related request you might have. Also! The ACTUAL MOON will be out during this midnight pre-release, giving you an extra boost of power!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you want
Saturday, July 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
To play some excellent games of pre-release?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Magic: the Gathering?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Then there are some events this weekend
Sunday, July 17th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
That you may want to check out
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
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Wednesday, July 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Yo-Yo Trick Demonstration
Join some friendly folks from A2Z as they showcase amazing yo-yo tricks from some of the best yo-yoists in the land! Learn some of the basics of how to throw them and why yo-yos in the modern area can spin so well! Spoiler: trapped ghosts.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza!
This extravaganza we can only imagine will be out of this danged world! We’re thinking probably a lot of different stories about travel, from various cultures?
Thursday, July 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake War. Cupcake War never changes. It’s been years since the final Cupcake War. The Cupcake War to end all Cupcake Wars. We live with the aftermath. With the frosting. Decorate the best cupcake as decided by what we assume will be a subjective judging process and not a horrific protracted conflict, and win a prize!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History
Tommy Shea will talk about his book chronicling the 101 most memorable home runs, and he’ll talk about how they affected the game. Book signing to follow!
Saturday, July 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creatures of Bliss and Mystery, a 19th Century Children’s Circus
An annual celebration of the memories of Emily Dickinson’s childhood “circus” with her niece and nephews! It’s going to feature performances and storytelling by TheatreTruck, a juggling workshop with the Ringmaster, a parade of the grounds, mini tours of the Emily Dickinson bedroom, readings by young writers, and gingerbread treats! And face painting! AND GOATS! All the necessities!


Wednesday, July 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night at the GPL – Divergent
Movies at the GPL! Divergent is the story of a YA Novel protagonist finding love and community in an unexpected place set against the background of a dystopian future society! Also revolution, but like a family-friendly mostly bloodless revolution. It’s PG-13!
Saturday, July 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Million Dollar Baby
Hot, and also tired of not crying? Why not see this critically acclaimed but also VERY SAD film at the library! They have AC!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Book to Movie Club – Emma & Clueless
Book discussion of the classic work by Jane Austen followed by a screening of the classic movie about excellent fashion and timeless 90’s decisions about what constitutes coolness and also it’s basically Emma, Clueless!


Monday, July 11th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo!
We’re back! And better than ever. See Julie Rose talk about philosophical zombies and John Vilk speak about digital preservation! It’ll be excellent and based on the fact we’ve not had to speak in public for the past two months you’ve got even odds of seeing our heart explode mid-intro so you know bring your slickers if you’re in the front row.
Thursday, July 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
ScienceTellers “Race Against Time!”
Join the science-tellers for a fast-paced adventure about science! Take part in a bunch of hands-on experiments that will help you learn about a bunch of scientific fundamentals like inertia, surface tension, and chemical reaction! Also, they’re going to involve a lot of explosions and such so it’ll be fun as all get out. Kids grades K – 5!
Saturday, July 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tom Ricardi, “Birds of Prey”
Holy dang! Falcons! Predatory birds! The real-life Pokemon, except we suppose they’d mostly kill and eat the vast majority of Pokemon. Avian expert Tom Ricardi operates a rehab center for a variety of birds in Conway, MA. He showcases this, the coolest possible thing to do with your time, by giving lectures to people around New England! See some sweet as heck birds at the bookshop!
Sunday, July 17th
Normal Hall at Laurel Park [North King Street, Northampton MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Surprising Natural and Cultural History of Laurel Park by Laurie Sanders
Laurie Sanders, Naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton, will present a slide presentation and guided walk as part of Chautauqua Weekend at Laurel Park!

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