September 5th – September 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have you heard of the Legacy series of games? Basically they’re brilliant takes on one of the facts about boardgaming that few people really play with: mostly we don’t play boardgames dozens and dozens of times. Usually like 10? More obviously if you’re the sort that has a particular desire to play never-ending Catan but still usually most board games don’t get played a hundred times. So, acknowledging that, why not make the most of those dozen playthroughs?

What the Legacy series does is allow you to permanently alter the playing field with your actions over the course of each individual game. Play a game of Risk where use of a nuke actually leaves behind a radioactive wasteland! Play a game of Pandemic where failing to stop that superbug might kill one of your characters! Rip up cards, put stickers on the board, write on things! It’s a thrill and a half.

These brilliant games are the brainchild of Valley Creator Rob Daviau! He’s having a hell of a career making fun things. He made one of our favorite childhood games, Risk 2210, as well as the absolute classic Betrayal at House on the Hill, a game that we’ve enjoyed with many of our friends over the years.

You should head over to Off The Wall, Modern Myths, X9, or Worlds Apart Games right now to pick up one of the brilliant games Rob Daviau has contributed to!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and 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:

Tuesday, September 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
DIY Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are neat! Wait they were invented by LUSH? Huh. Didn’t realize that there was like an R&D department working on new ways to be lush. They’re used to add essential oils, scent, and color to baths! You can put together your own at SPL! Call 413-665-2642 to sign up!
Wednesday, September 7th
The 121 Club at Eastworks [116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
TopatoCo Presents Drink & Draw
Special guests this week: Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja and Marvel Comics, and Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics and BOOM! They’re both funny people and they’re going to put on a great night of hanging out drawing things and generally having a great time! Tip your bartender well! She’s a Valley Creator!
Thursday, September 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mead Reimagined: Opening Reception
On Thursday, the Mead unveils a renovated main gallery and opens six new exhibitions and installations that offer a fresh perspective on the collection! The reimagined space will cause you to engage more deeply with the artwork on display, as well as creating a powerful binding seal to hold back the Dread Beneath for another century!
Friday, September 9th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Utopia to Paradise? An Exhibition by Anna VA Polesny
Anna Polesny blends the old and the new by working with a variety of leathers and leather working techniques and miniature locally-found objects and decorative materials. So if you’ve lost anything in town recently it might have become art! She makes wearable artworks from suede, leather, silk, combined with glass wooden and plastic beads. She’ll exhibit her own work alongside items from the Historic Northampton collection including a pair of moccasins from the 1600’s.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Like art? Bereft of cash? Check out this awesome museum for totally free! It’s a really good deal but also consider donating anyway because this is a great museum.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out Reception for Landscapes in Photograph and Pastel
Chalk pastels by Elizabeth Slade, photographs by Paul Yandoli, and Camera Obscura by Amaru Pareja will all be on display at the Forbes Gallery this arts night out! If you see a dim figure in the distance of any of these landscapes that appears to be slowly approaching you, drawing nearer every time you turn away from the picture, no worries! It’s not a big deal, don’t even sweat it.

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Games for Teens
Take a break from the first week of homework to play games wiht friends! There’s a big collection of new games and old favorites for you to try out!
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Boardgame Night at the Brass Cat
Excellent local boardgame nerd Justin Dowd will once again put on a night of fun featuring games from his extensive collection! This week will highlight Five Tribes and Mystic Vale, alongside plenty of others! Justin is always happy to explain rules and get people started, so come play!
Friday, September 9th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play some tabletop games with friendly folks! They mostly do Euro-style stuff. We’ve gotta recommend you give Tiny Epic Galaxies a try, it was a ton of fun and quick to teach!

Books:

Saturday, September 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aaron Becker, Return
Local author/illustrator Aaron Becker concludes his critically acclaimed picture book trilogy with Return! Enter the world of Pallonezia for the final time! It looks absolutely beautiful and interesting! There will be an off-site artist reception at Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst aftward where you can buy the books!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown
To Celebrate 100 years since the birth of the famed author of beloved childrens stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Carle’s having a celebration! In the Splendiferous Showdown, children will get to play a live game show inspired by Roald Dahl, filled with fun facts, trivia, and challenges that celebrate his books!
Sunday, September 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Find out more about the relationship between Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson! She took inspiration from his work to such a degree that it’s hard to understate, and from her love of his work became more engaged with her own impulse toward poetry. Admission is $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students K-12

Comic Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Get together with your fellow creative types to discuss the business and the art of making comics! Lots of locals have done some really impressive and interesting artwork and they’re happy to talk to you about what works for them! Plus you get to play fun drawing games to get the creative juices flowing and you’ll probably make a friend!

Community:

Tuesday, September 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
How to Find the Perfect Job
The first of a series of workshops helping adults find the perfect job for them! They’ll be led by Library Director Katherine Hand. Don’t forget to attempt to pull the sword from the stone at least one time to see if your perfect job is the One True King of England.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Coders creative rendezvous makers web a, and regular coders of.
Wednesday, September 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Sherlock Holmes with Barry Deitz
Barry will present a talk on Sherlock Holmes, just in general! The books, the films with Basil Rathbone, the television series with Benedict Cumberbatch, or the other one with Lucy Liu! Learn about this classic character in all of his incarnations!
Saturday, September 10th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Second Saturday Walking Tour
Led by Tom Goldscheider, of the David Ruggles Center Committee! Learn about the history of your town! The tour starts at the Sojourner Truth Statue at the corner of Park Street and Pine Street in Florence and take you along the African American Heritage Trail!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Forbes Library Doctor Who Club
What doctor? Which doctor? Where’s this doctor? We don’t see any doctor at all, just some strange man who keeps pointing a penlight at us! Bring snacks for yourself or to share while hanging out and watching classic Doctor Who!

Movies:

Friday, September 9th
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
PAPRIKA
Dr. Atsuka Chiba is a genius scientist by day and dream-warrior PAPRIKA by night! She’s going to need to investigate the theft of a new device that allows the user to enter dreams! It’s like Inception except significantly more vibrant!

Science:

Thursday, September 8th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Snake, Rattle, and Roll
Remember how Rattlesnake Island seemed like a weird horror movie premise that someone decided we needed in our Valley for no reason? Turns out it actually serves a super important purpose, and helps preserve a critically endangered native species! That’s right, timber rattlesnakes are NATIVE to Mass, we just never see them because nearly 100% of them are dead! Learn from grad student Anne Stengle about the history of timber rattlesnakes and why it’s essential that we protect rattlesnake populations not just here but everywhere!

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