December 3rd – December 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re excited to tell you that finally we’ve almost finished Bloodborne, which is a game that’s pretty good we think. Like a lot of the Soulsian games it’s a bit annoyingly hard at parts but then it’s also not all of a sudden because in the end all the enemies basically telegraph all the stuff they do!

It’s fun though it’s like you’re beating up the Nightmare Before Christmas.

We haven’t talked as much about this as we should have: The Fifth World is a really neat RPG setting by local notable Joshua A.C. Newman! Check it out at thefifthworld.com!

The Fifth World presents an open source shared universe — a vision of a neotribalecotopiananimist realist future created by a growing community of authors, artists, designers, gamers, and dreamers. We create the setting together in our encyclopedia and explore it in storiesgames, and whatever other media you can imagine. We publish everything on this site under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, so not only can you use it for your own creative projects, we can’t wait to see what you’ll create with it.

In the Fifth World tabletop roleplaying game, you and a handful of friends explore what happens to your descendants living beyond civilization in the Fifth World, amongst the familiar places of your own life, transformed by four centuries of change. You’ll trace the history of your family and learn the customs that helped them to survive and thrive, and then take on the roles of the members of that family as they struggle to balance the web of kinship all around them and find the right path into their future. Afterwards, add your stories to the wiki to make them part of the growing history of the Fifth World.

It’s free to play! But you can AND SHOULD support them at https://www.patreon.com/thefifthworld. It’s neat and you should have fun playing it!

ALSO after like four years we finally got something from The Beast Peddler and it’s cute as hell we got a little crow and we love the little crow. You should get your own little pal!

The familiar market will restock next on: Sunday, December 2nd at 6pm EDT
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Welcome to The Beast Peddler Familiar Shop.
We specialize in magical handmade companions!
Are you in need of an imp to help you cast your circles?
Do you need some assistance conversing with the dead?
Would you just like a friend to binge watch Ghost Adventures with?
Look no further, The Beast Peddler has a magical plush friend for you!
All handmade with love in the mountains of Massachusetts.
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All beasts ship with an adoption certificate
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Follow our blog at www.thebeastpeddler.com for updates!
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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, December 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, December 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
AUTHOR TALK | “Saving Mona Lisa” with Gerri Chanel
“Saving Mona Lisa tells the compelling true story of art, intrigue, and remarkable courage in the face of one of the most fearful enemies in history. In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world’s most famous painting into a special red-velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. At times Mona Lisa slept at the bedside of curators who were painfully aware of their heavy responsibility. ” Suggested donation $5
Thursday, December 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Eileen Myles Poetry Reading at Mount Holyoke College
“Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, public talker and art journalist. Their twenty-one books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they’ll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX. Free and open to the public.”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out at the Dickinson Museum!
“The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Each month enjoy the following: 5 to 8 pm: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead, 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 ” This month the Featured readers are the Writers of The Literacy Project, and the Featured Artist is Nancy Meagher!
Saturday, December 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration 2018
“You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 188th birthday at her home – the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 8, join us for a festive open house. Tour the Homestead and The Evergreens at your leisure for free; enjoy the Holiday decorations and traditional music; decorate an ornament with a special birthday message and hang it on the tree at The Evergreens or take it home; and of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required.” See the full schedule at: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/birthday2018
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Exploring Color and Texture with Printmaking! (ages 8-11)
“Make unique art works for gifts and framing using a variety of printmaking techniques with art instructor Leslie DiCurcio-Marra.”

Books:

Wednesday, December 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
First Editions Club Presents Idra Novey, Those Who Knew
“On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who’s been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.”
Thursday, December 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Sylvia Chan-Malik, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam.
“For Sylvia Chan-Malik, Muslim womanhood is constructed through everyday and embodied acts of resistance, what she calls affective insurgency. In negotiating the histories of anti-Blackness, U.S. imperialism, and women’s rights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Being Muslim explores how U.S. Muslim women’s identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition.”

Community:

Monday, December 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Restorative Justice for Youth [Volunteer Meeting]
There’s no description but we’re pretty certain this is a good thing.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, December 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Talk: Daniel Yalowitz
“Local author, Daniel Cantor Yalowitz will discuss his book, Journeying with Your Archetypes: The Search for Deeper Meaning in Daily Life.”
Wednesday, December 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
Just get together with some folks and go to town on some stuff with gavels
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Barry Deitz — Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol
“Come to the GPL to hear the story behind Dickens’ writing of this beloved tale, discover how it created the modern concept of Christmas and, in the process, became an iconic tale of charity and humanity.”
Thursday, December 6th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
Learn to toast! Finally, figure out how to make bread hot!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching My Hero Academia right now and it is very fun, if slightly melodramatic!
Friday, December 7th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality w/ Pioneer VR – feat. XMas Song Beat Saber!
“Admission: $12 for access from 4pm to midnight, VR from 7pm to 9pm Ages: 13+ Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! This time… we are centering on a game called Beat Saber; essentially Guitar Hero with a light saber. XMas songs will be the subject.” Oh shoooot we’ve heard a lot of good things about Beat Saber, get on that.
Saturday, December 8th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Orville + Star Trek Discovery Shorts
“Join us for a potluck followed by premiere episode of Orville and the first 3 inter-season short episodes of Star Trek Discovery (the 3 shorts are less than an hour in total). Please bring something to eat or drink (sugar and gluten free please) or $5.” Join the Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/256615011/ to find out you know where this is and such.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Fountain of Ukes
Come see the fantastic Fountain of Ukes! The magical musical wonder that provides us all with what we crave: fresh, hot, well-tuned ukuleles! This is your chance to snatch one out of the stream of ukes that constantly pours from this enormous fountain! It’s your one chance this year, and no one knows where the Fountain may appear next!

History:

Thursday, December 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Need for Iconic Photographs: Race, Images & Representation presented by Kent Alexander
“In conjunction with Historic Northampton’s current exhibit, Chaotic Freedom and the Scars of Slavery, Kent Alexander will explore why iconic photographs of slavery were so useful as instruments of change and why this need still seems to be woven into the fabric of our times. Kent Alexander is a playwright, writer, humanities professor and an anti-racism and workplace culture consultant. He serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant for the ValleyCreates program initiated by the Community Foundation of Western MA. ​He lives in Northampton. $5 donation suggested.”
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Mr. Potter’s 19th Century Magic Show
“Robert Olson will recreate the magic of 19th century magician Richard Potter in an engaging performance at the Deerfield Community Center. Olson uses recreated and original props, 19th century costume, and the early language that appeared in the magic books of Potter’s time to transport the audience for an evening of magic and fun. Potter first performed on his own in 1810, at the Columbian Museum in Boston. Advertised as “An Evening’s Brush to Sweep Away Care, or a Medley to Please,” the show consisted of magic with cards and coins, ribbons and boxes, and a variety of other tricks of magic from over 150 years ago.” The most impressive trick? Robert Olson died one hundred years ago this very night
Saturday, December 8th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Sugar and Spice
“Traditional holiday treats have their origins in rarity. Though today it is easy enough to go to the store for chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, ginger or sugar, in the past such ingredients were the expensive results of trans-oceanic trade. The use of these ingredients during holiday times signified a willingness to splurge in honor of the occasion. Join our Hearth Cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice. “
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstrations: Letterpress Printing with Carl Darrow
“Visitors will learn about printing and the operation of a press as they watch Carl print holiday cards. Every visitor gets to take a card home with them. Envelopes, pens and other supplies are available to embellish your special card.”

Kids:

Tuesday, December 4th
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!
Wednesday, December 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM
Make a Glittery Snowflake
Welcome winter with a sparkle snowflake! Popsicle sticks, glue, ribbon, and glitter all provided! For ages 4-8!
Saturday, December 8th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime: Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple
“Join award-winning authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple for this program all about birds! Jane will read from her new picture book Crow Not Crow, a gentle tale of a father introducing his daughter to the joys of bird watching; and Heidi will read from her new book Counting Birds, a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count that introduces kids to the idea of citizen science. The program will include bird watching activities and owl calling!”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Special Storytime: Bweela Steptoe
“Join Bweela Steptoe, daughter of author and illustrator John Steptoe, for a storytime in the special exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Steptoe was a model for several of her father’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, which she will read to guests in the gallery.”

Movies:

Tuesday, December 4th
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!
Thursday, December 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Get Out!
“Join us for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate you, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism. In this speculative thriller from 2017, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.” Rarely do you become ensnared in nice things.
Sunday, December 9th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Der Dibuk” (“The Dybbuk”) – Newly Restored!
“The Dybbuk is a Yiddish film classic based on the celebrated play of the same name by S. Ansky, written during the turbulent years of 19121917. Boundaries separating the natural from the supernatural dissolve as ill-fated pledges, unfulfilled passions, and untimely deaths ensnare two families in a tragic labyrinth of spiritual possession. Filmed on location in Poland in 1937, it brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry—script writers, composers, choreographers, set designers, and actors. The film’s exquisite musical and dance interludes evoke the cultural richness of both shtetl communities and Polish Jewry on the eve of World War II.”

RPGs:

Thursday, December 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, December 8th
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!

Science:

Monday, December 3rd
Union Station, Northampton [125 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Turning unwanted guests into powerful research tools: Modeling human disease in the fruit fly.
“How do you make a fruit fly disease model? Do fruit flies even have brains? What can a fruit fly tell us about Alzheimer’s disease? How do you actually say Drosophila melanogaster?” It’s actually pronounced “Throat-warbler Mangrove”.

Technology:

Monday, December 3rd
Free Press [40 Main St. #301, Florence, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“If you are interested in creating a community network for Northampton, we really need your ideas and help! A successful outreach campaign only works if we can get more people involved. We have the support of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, at least two city council members, NCTV and others, but we need your help!” For real folks, a modern and happening town like Northampton could use actual infrastructure.
Tuesday, December 4th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders! It’s a fun time where you can talk to folks who mostly know what you’re complaining about when you talk about your work.

Teens:

Monday, December 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Hour of Code
“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”
Tuesday, December 4th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, pokemon games, pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters. We’ve been playing a bunch of Let’s Go and so far the best part is that Eevee keeps saying what sounds a lot like “yaaa booooi” and it’s great
Wednesday, December 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Library Club
“At each meeting we’ll do something different like crafts, games, snacking, and much more! For students in grades 5-12.”
Thursday, December 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Saturday, December 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Craft: DIY Snow Globes
Make your own snow globes! Capture the spirit of Winter in a jar, unleash it upon your enemies whenever you like! Super useful if you’re trying to go toe-to-toe with Thor.

 

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