August 8th – August 14th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re excited for this week! So many fun events. Obviously Nerd Nite is the best, but there are others! We’ve loved every Drink and Draw so far and we don’t imagine it’ll change this week.

Also we got Pokemon Y this week after being real into Pokemon Go and wanting the Real Deal and oh gosh Pokemon Go is fun but it can’t compete with a game that gives us the fuzzy lovekins that is the Bidoof! We’re going to talk to everyone at the PVGD meetup/potluck today about how great they are, and they will nod in agreement!

Also we’ve had a couple articles this week you should totally check out! Dank Dungeons is a funny, KC Green should by all rights be able to cartoon in peace forever off his meme money so make that happen, and Mass DiGI has produced some amazing games this year!

Also Legends of Fomora is back on, check that out! Local Creator Pat Nietupski is doing good work.

Also also check out Mother of Beasts! She makes incredible work and you need a familiar. You need a little goat-person to help you with your spells, that’s gonna up your combat potential and your ability to heal your pals a lot. You can get these awesome dolls made to order!

The end! Take a look at our Patreon folks, thank you!

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!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, August 10th
The 121 Club at Eastworks [116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
TopatoCo Presents Drink and Draw!
Drink and Draw has been nonstop excellent, so come to this Drink and Draw! It’s amazing! The special guest for August is Danielle Corsetto! Best known for her long running comic Girls With Slingshots, Danielle has also written Adventure Time comics for Boom! Studios. This is so much fun regardless of your capacity to draw well, check it out!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tiny Tour with tinydance
Join tinydance as they present their newest work – still we climb – during their tiny tour! This is a free performance! We hope the no-caps thing is what they actually want and it’s not just a mistake on the part of the Forbes listing!
Friday, August 12th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Norwood Engineering Building: A Florence Landmark
Built in 1870 by the eccentric artist Anthony Sheffield, the building has been occupied by business people and local entrepreneurs for 150 years! Photographers Paul Griffin and Peter Norman have documented the current community of artists, artisans, teacher, craftspeople, skilled tradespeople, business people and secret magicians! Reprints of historic images and documents from Historic Northampton and Forbes Library will give historic context! Learn about Florence!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
See the museum for only the amount of money they can guilt out of you! But for real it’s a great museum and if you didn’t have a couple bucks to see it before, no excuse not to check it out now!

Board Games:

Saturday, August 13th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Tabletop Game Day
Check out tabletop games with some very fun people! They tend to like Euro-style games with all those little cubes but they’re up for whatever you want to bring! Also the community room is actually a decent space it’s not like just everyone in the middle of the Burger King, it’s a separate place!

Books:

Friday, August 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Summer Reading Closing Ceremony
Everyone is invited to join the librarians at Forbes in celebrating the last days of summer reading! There will also be Knucklebones games and activities and the Oasis Puppet Theater!
Saturday, August 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Terry Tempest Williams, Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
National Parks are breathing spaces in a world where such spaces are disappearing rapidly, which is why so many people visit and love the US National parks. Williams writes lyrically about the grandeur and special character of each part of the park system while also discussing what it means to shape these wild spaces into something of our own making. Memoir, history, social critique, this has it all!

Card Games:

Saturday, August 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Eldritch Moon Game Day
On this the day of the Eldritch Moon we will gather to play probably Magic: the Gathering? It’s a $10 sign-up feed with standard decks, Dragons of Tarkir – Eldritch Moon. You can probably expect some fabulous prizes as well!
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eldritch Moon Game Day Saturday
Standard format, FREE event event entry. All participants also get a free game day promo with the top 8 getting additional promos! The champion gets a Game Day Champion playmat! Also for this day, around half of the magic cards with just be standard cards like from a poker deck for added difficulty.
Saturday, August 14th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Eldritch Moon Game Day Sunday
Standard format, FREE event event entry. All participants also get a free game day promo with the top 8 getting additional promos! The champion gets a Game Day Champion playmat! Also for this day, no one is allowed to open their eyes while playing, making for an exciting game of imaginary Magic!

Comic Books:

Sunday, August 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Talk to your fellow comic fans and creators and fans of creators and play some games about making comics and getting better at your work on your comics! It’s a top-notch opportunity to talk to people who have skills you’ll envy and who will envy your skills!

Computers:

Monday, August 8th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
AWS Lambda – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Jim Chevalier, who works as Rails team lead at Common Media will be here to discuss Lambda, an environment he uses for small isolated tasks. He’s going to show you how to go from zero to full Lambda-backed API endpoint!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
I See You Have Studied Your Agrippa: The Princess Bride Sword Demonstration
Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord, the TOP JEFFS will show off the real historical techniques presented in The Princess Bride during the duel between Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black! They’re from the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship and they know their stuff.
Friday, August 12th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Fun Friday
You’ll get free self-guided tours of the museum, garden and grounds! You’re welcome to eat food and drink on the grounds but not in the Homestead! Take a look around the home of this artist who probably would not have wanted to hang out with you when she was alive because she just generally didn’t like hanging with most folks it’s not really a value judgement about you specifically.
Saturday, August 13th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Walking Tour with Wendy Sinton of the Sojourner Truth Statue Committee
This tour will teach you about the history of the Valley!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Duct Tape Bags – Summer Crafts
Make a duct tape bag out of some duct tape and then use it as a bag to carry things around! No problem for duct tape, the most versatile material on the planet!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Grass Hair Funny Face Jars
Decorate jars filled with seeds with mustaches, boys, googly eyes, google mustaches, google bows, bow eyes, etc! As the hair grows, you’ll see the face get funnier and funnier! There’s a nonrefundable $5 supply fee or a book purchase for two children to attend. Pre-register TODAY! Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com
Wednesday, August 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Puppets will play instruments! People will also play instruments. Toes will get jammed!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Drive-In Movie: Zootopia
Bring a little cardboard box to sit in because that’s your car and then you can decorate it and then they can watch a cute movie and they’ll make you popcorn and aaaaaaaaw this is the most danged adorable thing in the world aaaaw dang.
Thursday, August 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
We Heart Books + Art
Pack a lunch to experience a full day of experiments and fun! Join the friendly staff at the Carle to get into some great picture books like Inside/Outside by Lizi Boyd, Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems, and Papa, Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle! Then make some artwork! Books, art, creativity, the best day!
Saturday, August 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Ed the Wizard: Reading is Magic!
Interactive magic performance with an emphasis on the true power of the wizened wizard: reading! Spells all gotta come from somewhere, right? Lots of volunteers will have the chance to participate! Grades K-12 are all invited! Free, no RSVP required!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night @ GPL – Mockingjay PT 1
See this classic YA novel adaptation on the semi-big screen at the GPL! The surrounding books give it extra power!
Saturday, August 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire is a historical drama about the Olympics! It’s about Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, both running for their own reasons. It explores the motivations of the men who ran incredibly fast after an enormous amount of training.
Sunday, August 14th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film: The Wandering Muse
This movie explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the ever-changing music of the Jewish diaspora. Taking the music beyond the concert hall, the documentary shows us artists in their daily lives and in performance, highlighting the spontaneous magic of the creative process that transcends the struggles of a musician’s life. Featuring musicians Basya Schecter. Daniel Kahn, Enosh Marinag, Vanessa Paloma, Socalled, and others. Students for $4, Members for $6, General Admission for $8.

Science:

Monday, August 8th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
This month will be awesome! You should come. It’s about both race relations and software debugging! Also we’ll have special prizes for you this month just like last month!

Video Games:

Monday, August 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Minecraft is the game your child is already spending more time on than any other single activity so you might as well try to get them to talk to some other danged children in the process.

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