November 27th – December 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We finished Vacationland by John Hodgman, a former resident of Massachusetts who once met Black Francis. It was a collection of good essays, with more cairn-building stories than we had expected but fewer cairn-building stories than we had hoped.

It’s always interesting reading how other people deal with death, because we all think about it and most of us have had some sort of traumatic experience with the death of a loved one. John Hodgman does you the courtesy of being up front about it, and not presuming he can make it any less terrifying.

If you are looking to purchase a game on Steam that’s cheap before the next time it’s cheap we recommend taking a look at Tacoma. It is a lovely followup to Gone Home with well-realized characters, interesting interactive features, and an understanding of the importance of labor unions.

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:

Monday, November 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
Writer! Write with others! Tackle your novel at an event that encourages writers of all skill levels and experience to tackle the challenge of writing a novel! This is led by Forbes Writer in Residence Naila Moreira. Prizes will be awarded to NaNoWriMo writers who finish their novels!
Tuesday, November 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Art? Make art at the club!
Thursday, November 30th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after-school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Saturday, December 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Susan Shea Artist Reception
Susan Shea, an artist, will be having a reception! See her beautiful and excellent artwork while eating some fancy cheeses we’re guessing!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Creative Papermaking
A half-day workshop exploring how to create beautiful handmade paper with recycled paper scraps and cotton pulp! All materials provided, costs $25!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Saturday, December 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Books:

Monday, November 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Reading – John Clapp
Thoreau enthusiasts! Join John Clapp at the GPL as he shares readings from his book “A Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life”. Find out some new things about a wonderful local author from a wonderful local author! Delightful.
Wednesday, November 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Joshua Max Feldman, Start Without Me
“The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.” Was it this past Thanksgiving day? Yes! The book was written over the course of less than a week, quite impressive.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Community Discussion of Democracy in Chains
From the site: “Join economist and educator Francisco Perez (Center for Popular Economics, UMass Amherst) for a community discussion of MacLean’s award-winning book, Democracy in Chains. Organized by Forbes Library, the Center for Popular Economics and the UMass Amherst History Department.”
Thursday, November 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Are There Cougars in Your Backyard? The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
This seems like the sort of question you really want to answer sooner than later. Like, we’d take a look out back if we were you. Our backyard is currently mostly Cougar-free, but we usually wait until there are absolutely no cougars there to head out to the car. For real though it’s fascinating that it’s this difficult to say 100% whether a giant cat exists in a given range of hundreds of miles!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Night of Books, Trails, and Music
From the site: “The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Jones Library invite you to come spend an evening learning about the history of canoes in North America, and how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. By land, find out more about the New England National Scenic Trail and then get serenaded by music inspired by this long-distance trail. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.”
Saturday, December 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Author Talk
From the site: “Join Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple for a celebration of their books about birds! The acclaimed mother/daughter author team will also talk about other stories they’ve written, and about what it’s like to be a writer.” Excellent local authors telling you about their books!
Sunday, December 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Talk with Ed Orzechowski: You’ll Like It Here
Ed Orzechowski tells the story of Donald Vitkus, who was committed to Belchertown State School in 1949 when he was six years old. He was clinically labeled a “moron”, and spent a lifetime convincing others and himself after the dehumanizing experience of schooling that he wasn’t something less. To register for the talk, call 413-283-3330 ext 0!

Card Games:

Friday, December 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Computers:

Monday, November 27th
Click Workspace [9½ Market St Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Conversation on DevOps and Secrets Management – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Managing secrets is a big part of deploying any app that relies on the cloud. API Keys, database credentials, AWS keys, etc. How do you manage them and keep your app secure? How do you scale up as your app gets more complex? Geri Jennings, a software engineer at CyberArk, will talk about it!

Entertainment:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Naked Lunch
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how there was that one joke in the Simpsons about this film.
Friday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Music of Claude Debussy Performed by Amherst College Student Chamber Musicians
Performances of the music of one of the most famous Claudes, performed by Amherst College student musicians. This is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries.” Free and open to all!
Saturday, December 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
End-of-Year Celebration at Historic Northampton
Historic Northampton invites you to celebrate Northampton’s history, enjoy excellent refreshments, and hear the latest news about their state-of-the-art collections storage!
Sunday, December 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Talk: Have I Got a Story for You: More than a Century of Fiction from the Forward
Editor Ezra Glinter combed through the archives of the Forward to grab some of the best stories from the newspaper’s 120-year history! Wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, satirical sketches of immigrant life, it’s got it all!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 8-9 & Potluck
Potluck! Star Trek! Bring something for eating or drinking, pitch in a couple bucks to pay for the streaming service, and enjoy! Join the Meetup group here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/

Kids:

Tuesday, November 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Book Club: Bring Your Own Book Edition
Share what you’ve been reading with other people and get some recommendations! Next month, they’ll be reading The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Friday, December 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge: Movie – The Dark Tower (PG-13)
The Dark Tower is a very well-regarded book series and an extremely not well-regarded film! But it’ll be fun to watch regardless.

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 29th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Paper Stars with Luna
“Learn how to fold kite paper into translucent starts! Perfect for decorating your windows or sending to friends in the mail. 100 times easier than origami but just as cool!” Picking a fight with Origami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, November 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Video Games:

Sunday, December 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: Holiday Jamboree!
The last and most casual meetup of the year for local game devs! Play games on the big screen and just hang out and chat with wonderful people! Gang Beasts is a fun one for the big screen, if you’ve got it! Oh, or the Jackbox games!

 

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