April 2nd – April 8th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


In extremely distressing news, Modern Myths in Northampton is going to close down at the end of May.

We love Modern Myths, and we appreciate all of the hard work that went into making it such a wonderful place to visit. We wish there was more we could do to make this better, but it just stinks.

Dear Modern Myths community, customers, suppliers, and friends,

After more than fifteen years of serving readers and gamers in two locations and at conventions around the Northeast, we’ve made the difficult but ultimately necessary decision to retire. We will be closing both of our physical locations and attending our last conventions over the course of the next several months.

Our plan right now is to close our Northampton location at the end of May, and our Mamaroneck location at the end of June. We’re hoping you’ll join us in both locations on Free Comic Book Day (May 5) for an informal all-day retirement party and the usual piles of free comics.

We’ll have details for how we’re handling orders and liquidation sales in our next update. We know this announcement will come as a surprise for a lot of you. It’s important that you know we’re ok, and we’re doing this because we want to bow out while we’re still happy and healthy enough to do it gracefully. There’s some proprietary numbers we obviously can’t share, but we’re looking forward to chatting with as many of you as we can in the coming weeks, in part to say good-bye, but mostly just to say thank you.

-Jim, Melissa, and Bishop

Just… dangit. What a wonderful place. What a shame to see it go. Keep supporting your local shops while they still exist, folks.

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:

Wednesday, April 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
14th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme for this year’s poetry pageant is “Rivers”. In addition to making a $25 donation to the library, readers are asked to choose a poem about rivers to read aloud. Interested in reading a poem or sponsoring a student who wants to read? Contact Denise Fontaine-Pincince: 413-244-3290.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Artist’s Reception
Participating visual artists can submit one piece of wall art, any medium. For more details, contact Denise Fontaine-Pincince: 413-244-3290 or dcfontaine@yahoo.com.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Warrior Poets
Some poets will come fight you? We assume? There’s no description so we’re going to say it’s like chess-boxing. Or maybe a poetry slam followed by a … foe trying to slam you?
Thursday, April 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April Arts Night Plus
Arts Night Out! See artwork and walk around, get out and have a good time! A contemporary art exhibit! Open mic! Featured readers! So much nice stuff!
Saturday, April 7th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
Join Smith Museum for a Community Day with music and dance and drop-in art and workshops and so much else inspired byt the exhibition Modern Images of the Body from East Asia. Free light refreshments, a food truck, all ages welcome! There’s a Taiko performance, story time, so much to do! What a spectacular time at the museum!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists Reception: Fiberistas
From the site: “The many nuances of the color blue inspire the eight members of the Fiberistas. Working in several fiber media including quilting, felting, tapestry weaving, dyeing, surface design, stitchery, and paper and fabric collage, they explore traditional techniques as well as contemporary artistic trends including graffiti, illumination, and re-purposing of materials.” A good opportunity to see blue things!

Board Games:

Saturday, April 7th
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! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!
Saturday, April 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chess Club (Ages 7+)
Play chess if you’re 7 or older!

Books:

Tuesday, April 3rd
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall [50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
From the site: “So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Brittney Cooper writes a popular monthly column on race, gender, and politics for Cosmopolitan.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry
Barry McColgan will be on hand to discuss John Hersey’s Hiroshima! Copies are available at the library! Start your new year right by meeting our local Barry!
Wednesday, April 4th
Northampton High School [380 Elm St Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Rachel Simmons, Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives
From the site: “Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.” Sounds like a useful and kind work to be doing!
Thursday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
I am a Bag Lady: Adventures in Travel – Body, Mind, Spirit
From the site: “Local blogger and world traveler, Wendy Iseman, will share her unique travel experiences and”… and it ends there! Presumably that’s when the monster devoured the person writing the description.
Friday, April 6th
Gamble Auditorium [50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Marcella Hall, Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Freindship
From the site: “UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship is a collection of essays written by women from across the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial female friendships. Marcella Runell Hall became dean of students at Mount Holyoke in 2014, moving to the Pioneer Valley from Brooklyn, New York. She is a social justice scholar and accomplished author.”

Card Games:

Friday, April 6th
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:

Tuesday, April 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.
Thursday, April 5th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
From the site: “Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others. We’ll have a representative from either Wired West or Crocker Communications to discuss the financial, logistical and political efforts for doing this in Northampton. We’ll figure out next steps and give our group an official name.”

Entertainment:

Friday, April 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Living History Series: A Conversation & Songs by Local Music Legend Jim Armenti
A special evening with local legendary musician Jim Armenti, who will share his reasons for settling in the Valley, his roots in music, local events that inspired his songs, and just his views on community in general! Seating is limited, so RSVP to lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. $25 including VIP pre-event reception, apps included! $10 for just the Jim Armenti event!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Swing into Spring Cocktail Party/Mini Golf 21+
From the site: “Join us for the 3rd Annual “Swing into Spring” party, with Food (and Cash Bar) by Brennan’s Place, and an opportunity to play Mini Golf in the Library! ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca! $20 per person. Purchase via Eventbrite, or at the door. A “Lucky Ticket” Auction will be held during the party. Funds raised will be benefit the Library – especially programs for youth.”
Saturday, April 7th
Springfiled Public Forum [34 Court St. Springfield, MA] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Brick By Brick: Building Your Imagination
Dan Steininger, a former Master Model Builder at LEGO, will talk about LEGO! Kind of predictable, but he had a real inside track having worked at LEGO for 24 years. He was one of only 8 Master Model Builders in the world employed by LEGO, so he did a bunch of build events. He’ll talk about how he became a master builder and what his process was for building gigantic models!
Saturday, April 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The West African Kora (Harp) and Its Music
From the site: “Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire, in addition to some of his own personal compositions. “
Saturday, April 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:00 AM to 10:15
Mini Golf Tournament
From the site: “Teams of 4 are invited to compete for Prizes and bragging rights. “Shotgun” start at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:45 am to sign-in/register. Advance registration required. $80 per team. Please register via EventBrite online (or contact Nancy Kocsmiersky, HPL Development Office, 413-420-8109, nancy@holyokelibrary.org by noon Thursday April 5), or contact Kathy McKean April 6 to learn if space is still available. Limit: 18 teams.”
Sunday, April 8th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly & Potluck
Watch Firefly and eat some delicious food! Some of that food you will need to bring, of course. Join at the meetup to find out where it is held! It’s a fun time for all involved. https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/249193229/

History:

Wednesday, April 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sarah’s Garden: Jonathan Edwards’ Flower
An illustrated talk by Elise Bernier-Feely about the life of Pastor Jonathon Edwards’ wife, Sarah Pierpont Edwards, and the gardens she grew at their home in Northampton, which is a town you might know today!
Saturday, April 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
A Tree Grows in Northampton: Notable Trees on the Lyman Estate
Bob Leverett, an expert on Historic Trees and a Big Tree Hunter will talk to you about the extremely impressive local trees! Some of the biggest and most impressive in Massachusetts are in our own backyard! Take a walk around and learn about the local Ents. It’s just $15 to attend, but pre-register at https://forbeslibrary.org/friends/events/garden-tour/ to make sure you get one of the 25 spots!

Kids:

Monday, April 2nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Wednesday, April 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ukulele Club! (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, and have fun! Ukuleles will be provided.Please pre-register in the Kids Room or 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories! Crafts! What more could you ask for?
Thursday, April 5th
Munson [1046 S East St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Stories! Crafts! Delightful!
Saturday, April 7th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
The Carle will host a presentation by the children’s book historian, author, and critic Leonard Marcus! This presentation focuses on Randolph Caldecott, the inventor of the modern children’s picture book!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Mini Golf in the Library
From the site: “Come play 18 holes of miniature golf INSIDE our beautiful Library! Families welcome. Children under 5 play for FREE. Ages 5-12, $3. Adults, $5. No experience necessary. No need to register. Just come!”

Movies:

Monday, April 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Thor Ragnarok
Teens only! Come see one of the best of the recent Marvel movies! Lots of fun, some good jokes, Tessa Thompson’s very cool in it, Jeff Goldblum gets to be weird, all in all a nice time at the movies.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Mansfield Park
Park YOUR mansfield at this great library to watch a movie based on the Jane Austen novel Emma. Wait not, Mansfield Park. That makes more sense!
Tuesday, April 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Sunday, April 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film | Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women
Six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century get a documentary hosted by four of today’s funniest women! A saga about what it means to be female, Jewish, and funny!

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 4th
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!
Thursday, April 5th
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’.
Friday, April 6th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The spring event for the Creative Roleplaying Organization, PCs and NPCs can preregister at crolarp.com. If you want to help set up, head over around 2pm at the earliest on Friday. Otherwise arrivale is at 5pm. New and returning players get 40xp, qualifying players get 50xp. Contact Zak at zak@crolarp.com to discuss group benefits if you’re bringing pals! Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577106485740202/
Saturday, April 7th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The second day of the CRO LARP!
Sunday, April 8th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The third and final day of the CRO LARP!

 

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