October 29th – November 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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Also there’s still time to get out the vote! It’s a fun time to see dogs, and you’ve got to love any reason to see a dog. Also it’s a good way to see a neighborhood you’re not usually in!

We know we’ve been mostly focusing on voting for the past couple months but to be clear supporting Democratic candidates and supporting equal rights for trans people is something important you can do to support Valley Creators.

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, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Danez Smith
“We will discuss the work of poet Danez Smith who is giving a reading at Smith College on October 30th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Craft
Craft Halloween so that folks can have fun! If you don’t do it by the afternoon oh no people won’t be able to trick-or-treat!
Friday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Extra Life Fundraiser Tournaments
Two tournaments! First off: “Warhammer Shadespire Tournament – 12 PM. Requires $10 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3 rounds (best of 3 games) – 1.5 hours per round. Prizes from Quarter 2 Shadespire Prize Kit” Then! “X-Wing 2.0 Tournament – 5 PM Requires $5 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3-4 rounds, based on attendance. Prizes include promo Lando card” There are also “Story encounters for Warmachine/Hordes, Malifaux, 40K Killteams. Free play with a wide selection of board games, or bring your own board games to play with others. Everyone who plays in one one of the organized events, or plays board games for 1 hour or more will receive a raffle ticket toward prizes. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1.00. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30PM”

Books:

Tuesday, October 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suzanne Matson, Ultraviolet
A novel about three generations of independent women, beginning in 1930s India and ending in modern Boston! Suzanne Matson was born in Portland, Oregon and her first novel Hunger Moon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Lilly Library [19 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Edward Maeder
“Local Author Edward F. Maeder will be at the GPL on October 30 at 6 pm to discuss historic shoe collections and his book on them. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer’s extensive private collection, assembled over three decades.” Shoes! We never really think about them but dang would we miss them.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reading Gender and Sexuality in Frankenstein
“Lise Sanders will lead a discussion focusing on gender and sexuality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, drawing on the biographical and historical context of Gothic literature, women’s writing, and feminism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and reading the novel in light of modern scholarship exploring issues of monstrosity, power, and difference.” Ooh we hand’t really thought of this aspect of the novel!
Saturday, November 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
View from a Bridge Book Reading
“Come hear–and see–some of the Valley authors and artists from both sides of the river, whose widely varied personal stories, essays, poetry and artwork in VIEWS tell much about “old age”. (Note: Books will be available at discount price.)” wait are they saying that it tells facts about something that ISN’T “old age” but they’re pretending it is, or are they saying that “old age” is a fake concept? This is confusing!

Card Games:

Monday, October 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Community:

Monday, October 29th
The Arts Block [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trial of the Century: Solidarity in Greenfield
“Twenty-one youth, ages 11 to 21, are suing the U. S. government, contending that through the government’s actions that cause climate change, it has violated their generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources. Concurrent with demonstrations of support at federal courthouses through the nation on that day, Greening Greenfield is holding a rally and panel discussion to inform our local community about the history and basis of the suit, the impact of climate change on local youth, and Greenfield’s own record with regard to safeguarding public trust resources.”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Tetsuo: The Iron Man
WATCH THE FILM FIRST! “Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) Our next movie is the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk horror gem Tetsuo : The Iron Man, written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-mAzGvcJS0 Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also view this film if you have a Forbes Library card on the streaming service Kanopy : https://forbes.kanopy.com/video/tetsuo-i-iron-man
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Frankenstein: It’s Alive with Barry Deitz
“Just in time for Halloween, join local presenter Barry Deitz for an exploration of Frankenstein, the man, the monster, the legend.” We can confirm that Barry Deitz is an old hand at presenting things, Barry will do you proper.
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Spooky Ghost Stories for Halloween!
Dramatic readings by professional actors! Ellen Morbyrne will be reading “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley! Linda Putnam will be reading “The Corner Store” by Cynthia Asquith!
Thursday, November 1st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Tim Maycock
“Tim Mayock of Northfield Music in Granby, CT. Born and raised in Connecticut Tim, has been a student of music, a guitar player and professional musician for more than 30 years. He plays original music and songs from the great American songbook. He was part of a band “The Mayocks” which put out 3 original CD’s and toured New England for over 10 years.” Weirdly they were named after a different Maycock.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
“5:30 pm performance by the Bluestockings a capella group. 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. 6 pm: Open mic begins. Featured readers follow the open mic” Art! Excitement! Fun! Dickinson!
Saturday, November 3rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Diwali Celebration with Bharat Babies
“Join publishing house Bharat Babies for a fun-filled day of programs celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all across the world. Programs will include storytelling, dance, music, and artmaking for the whole family.” Diwali is a lot of fun! There will be performances, music, dancing, workshops, storytimes, and more music, and lights! It’s a fun as heck holiday give it a go you should hang out at more holiday celebrations!
Sunday, November 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dickinson’s Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble
“Join us for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson’s musical, poetic and natural worlds.” A multimedia experience about how neat Emily Dickinson used to be!

History:

Thursday, November 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Black Cats of Amherst: The Story of a World War I Ambulance Unit
“Shortly after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, a group of Amherst residents, including townspeople, students, and professors, enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in an ambulance unit supporting French soldiers. Driving Model T and Fiat trucks, this unit, nicknamed the Black Cats of Amherst, served with distinction in France and Belgium during the last year of World War I. Jim Hamilton has recently completed a book on the Black Cats and will describe their exploits using contemporary photographs, diary accounts, and letters. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.”
Saturday, November 3rd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activity Hour
“Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and a craft. Registration required, space is limited. Ages 4 and up.” Contact pbrose@westath.org! Good times!
Wednesday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Families are invited to participate in a town-wide scavenger hunt on Halloween! Visit the Sunderland Public Library any time the week before or on Halloween to pick up your scavenger hunt cards and clues. Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations, return to the library having visited at least half of the locations for a special prize!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trick-or-Treat at the Library!
Add the library to your Northampton Trick-or-Treat route! They’ll have a ton of great candy and they’re all really excited to see your excellent costumes!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Storytime and Parade
“Show off your halloween costume at the library. Join us for this story time followed by a parade and trick or treating through the library. Registration is required.” Contact mregan@westath.org! Candy, costumes, damned souls! All the best Halloween stuff!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Saturday, November 3rd
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame [1000 Hall of Fame Ave Springfield, MA 01105] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WGBY Kids Fan Day
“WGBY Kids Fan Day brings your favorite PBS Kids characters to life. At WGBY Kids Fan Day, children get to meet (and hug!) some of their favorite characters. This year, PBS Kids visitors include: Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat! PLUS! Dress up in PBS Kids-themed costumes and join a Costume Parade. PBS Kids-inspired songs in Spanish and English from Jose Gonzalez *AND* a special performance from Community Music School of Springfield. See original drawings from some of the best storytellers in children’s literature. Community partners, such as Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries, present children’s literature and illustrations. Activity stations are set up throughout the venue. Each station is themed to a PBS KIDS show or children’s book author/illustrator. Each station is hosted by an education-focused community or cultural partner.” Also Lisa Yee, author of the DC Super Hero Girls series will be in attendance!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
“Meets first Saturday of the month in the Teen Area. Beginners welcome, materials provided and free! For ages 13-18.” Learn how to sew! What a good thing to know.
Sunday, November 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween Haunting Movie @ the Library
“A special viewing of the 1963 classic, The Haunting. For adults who love Halloween but not the trick or treating.” Don’t you dare ask for candy!
Saturday, November 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Coco
Coco! It’s supposed to be really good, it looks gorgeous. It’s about guitars! Everyone loves guitars. It’s also about death! Fewer people are fans of that, but we figure there may be some necromancers in our audience.

RPGs:

Saturday, November 3rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Technology:

Thursday, November 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“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.” High speed internet! A bunch of the rest of the world has it, why don’t we?

Teens:

Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Casper
The newest Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) choice is Casper, the film that’s about a dead child but it’s supposed to be cute instead of sad all the time! But it’s still mostly sad!
Thursday, November 1st
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

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