March 18th – 24th


First off: sorry if you signed up for the email newsletter in the past… 3 months or so and wondered why you weren’t receiving it! It’s a thing we need to actively do, the subscribe button just sends us an email reminder. An email that in New Gmail goes straight to “Promotions”… we didn’t realize we got like a dozen new subscribers! Our sincerest apologies!

Second: Root – a game which we helped playtest at Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat and which features the work of local editor Joshua Yearsley– won Best Tabletop Game at SXSW! Which is neat because it’s a great game more folks should try playing!

LARPers! Big things coming up on the 29th! It’s the start of the Magestry Spring 2019 season!

First game of the spring season!

Welcome back to Elmerton just before the New Year when the blood begins to thaw and New Life emerges from the depths of Winter. Come join the heroes of this small township as they work to overcome the problems they face. Combat, role-play, political intrigue, and more await you on Magesta!

New Players can play their first game for only $40 and NPCs always play for free.

Email us at Info@Magestry.com to make an account on our database and sign up for games!

Visit www.magestry.com for more info

Find us on facebook.com/magestry

Also! The David Ruggles historical center in Florence has some big news about a public comment period on the 20th:

The David Ruggles Center has applied to the Community Preservation Committee of Northampton for a $30,000 grant to create a Florence Abolition and Equal Rights National Historic District and an accompanying Summary of Historical Context: African Americans, Abolition, and Equal Rights in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1835 – 1900. Please consider speaking on behalf of the request. For more information email us at info@davidrugglescenter.org
Time TBD

Also we’re really excited about Comics N’ More‘s big party on the 24th!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon! And don’t forget to check out the Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, March 20th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Reception for the BagShare Project
“Celebrate the installation The BagShare Project: Creative Reuse in Action. Participate in a bag-making workshop while learning more about this local initiative.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Work and Why We Do It
“Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric.”
Saturday, March 23rd
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!”

Board Games:

Tuesday, March 19th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Games at Off the Wall Games
“Weekly Board Game Night! This week’s board game is Munchkin or Cutthroat Caverns then player’s choice from our games library. As always there is an optional $5 for pizza if there’s enough interest, and all boardgames are 15% off. Any questions, feel free to contact Mayham Games or Isaac Gibbs”
Wednesday, March 20th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Electric!
“Alright folks, this week we are digging into something a bit heavier than I’ve featured recently. I’m doing it because A) This game is great and B) I haven’t played it in nearly 10 years, which means it is more than due! This week I’m featuring the VERY Green classic, Power Grid! Power Grid is a resource management auction game by the very green haired madman, Friedemann Friese. Your goal is to supply the most cities with power. Players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.”
Thursday, March 21st
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night.”
Saturday, March 23rd
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All Day Game Day!
“This is a full day of tabletop gaming goodness! There will be 2 sessions of scheduled events and a growing game library available all day. The scheduled sessions will run from 11:00 AM to 4PM and from 5PM to 10:00PM. During these sessions, there will be friendly and experienced GMs available to teach a variety of tabletop games. You are also welcome to bring along any games of your own that you would like to play with new friends.” It costs $5 and it’s not technically in the Valley, but folks in the Berkshires need help too!

Books:

Wednesday, March 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, March 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amy Rodgers, A Monster with a Thousand Hands: The Discursive Spectator in Early Modern England
This is really neat! A book about how the imagined spectator in early modern England affected the cultural practices that were attended by early modern English folks. Like, how did playing to the crowd affect what sorts of stories English playwrights told? Really neat! “Amy Rodgers’ research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies.”

Comic Books:

Sunday, March 24th
Galaxy [60 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
“Move On Up” Party + Silent Auction
A party to celebrate the new place that Comics N’ More is getting! It’s going to be much better and more fun to shop at and more accessible to customers! And this party will have a silent auction to help support move costs! Support the best comic shop within 100 square miles!

Community:

Wednesday, March 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Swipe Left on Your Inner Critic: 5 Techniques for Quieting the Voice of Unhelpful Judgment
“Is there a voice inside your head that sometimes tells you that you’re not good enough? Through wise and wise-cracking stories and easy-to-do, fun interactive exercises, President and Founder of Happier Valley Comedy Pam Victor provides practical and immediately-applicable techniques for “swiping left” – disempowering – the inner critic, so you can better reach your full potential and live with more joy and ease. So ask yourself this: “How would your life change if you stopped listening to the internal voice of unhelpful judgment?” In this presentation, you can find out … and laugh a lot in the process too!”
Saturday, March 23rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Western Mass Fandom
Maybe this is a convention for folks who are huge fans of Western Mass?

Entertainment:

Wednesday, March 20th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XI – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…There will be two brackets and you may only enter one; one for Smash Ultimate and another for Smash Melee. Either bracket will be a $5 bracket entry. Cash only; cash prizes. There is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. Admission to Prodigy Gameroom: $5/human (cash, credit, mobile) if you will be entering one of the brackets. Venue fee waved if you bring a full Ultimate setup (Switch, Adapter, and Monitor). $10 for regular admission without entering a bracket. Ages 13+. With admission, you are granted full access to all 1100+ plus games in the room from 4pm to 10pm so come early and take advantage of the admission. Brackets will begin at 7pm sharp. Please let us know if you will be running behind so we can account for your entry. Bring your own controller!”
Thursday, March 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Centennial Celebration!
“Our Centennial Celebration, a kick-off event that ushers in a year of special programs, exhibits, and more marks the official 100th anniversary of the Jones Library’s incorporation! The reception for all ages begins at 6PM with refreshments, with cake-cutting and toasts to follow at 6:30PM. We hope you can join us.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time. This month is a celebration of our beloved fish, Paco, in the Children’s Department. We’ll have a very special Paco coloring sheet, and a showcase of photos of Paco (and friends) over the years. You can submit your photo ahead of time to childrens@forbeslibrary.org, or bring it with you on the day!
Saturday, March 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Exploring Northampton: A Sunset Amble in the Northampton Meadows
“Join co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders for a walk down Hockanum Road to the site of the former Hockanum Ferry on the Connecticut River. ​During the walk, you’ll learn more about the natural and human history of this impressive landscape, which defined and shaped so much of Northampton’s early history. On the return leg, our timing will coincide with the sunset, which is one of the most beautiful times to be in the Meadows and view the Holyoke Range. ” Learn more and register here: https://www.historicnorthampton.org/explore-northampton-sunset-amble.html

History:

Tuesday, March 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Geneaology Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Wednesday, March 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A History of the Book: The Early Years
“Join Professor Debbie Felton of the UMass Department of Classics for a look into the earliest beginnings of the book. We will diiscover the earliest writings known in variou ancient civilizations around the world, the development of writing and books in Greece, and how the book was further developed in ancient Rome.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – They Called Her Reckless: The True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary
… Horse? “When the U.S. Marine Fifth Regiment’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition up the steep hills to the front lines, they got a real-life warhorse, the courageous and indomitable Reckless, who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.” Yes, horse!
Thursday, March 21st
John M. Greene Hall, Smith College [Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amy Goodman on what can one person do?
“Award-winning independent journalist and host of the daily news program Democracy Now! Amy Goodman will give a talk in honor of Frances Crowe on her 100th birthday. Sponsored by Smith College’s Special Collections, Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History, which holds Frances’ papers.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Centennial Event: Share Your Story Listening Sessions
“Help us celebrate our centennial by becoming a part of history. Here’s your opportunity to share a memory about the library or to talk about what the library means to you. Register for a 15-minute session recorded by UMass oral history students taught by Dr. Samuel Redman. Prompting questions will also be on hand if you’re not sure what to share. To register, please call 413-259-3097 or email specialcollections@joneslibrary.org.”
Sunday, March 24th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series – Native Voices: Recovering American Histories
“This winter’s series is devoted to re-centering indigenous peoples’ experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories.” This week will be “ Through an Indian’s Looking Glass: William Apess, Pequot,” Presented by Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University.

Kids:

Monday, March 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!
Tuesday, March 19th
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!
Saturday, March 23rd
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Enchanted Circle – Explorology
“Join us for this series of three SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH (STEAM) workshops. Enchanted Circle Theater will lead these family friendly, hands on sessions with fun, interactive theater games, combined with engaging content centered around a non-fiction book. Space is limited. Registration is required. You must register for each session!!! For children ages 5-8 years old and their families.”
Sunday, March 24th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
“Celebrate the Caterpillar’s 50th birthday at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, a visit from The Caterpillar Lab, a storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi, and more! All Very Hungry Caterpillar items will be 15% off in the Shop! “

Movies:

Tuesday, March 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 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!

Science:

Saturday, March 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Mysteries of DNA Explained – Part 1, with Dave Robison
“DNA testing for family history research has conquered many brick walls, but is it for you? Perhaps you are still deciding whether to not to test, or maybe you already have your results. In either case, Dave Robison’s two presentations will answer many of your questions and help you make informed decisions about next steps regarding DNA testing.”

Technology:

Monday, March 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WordPress 101
“Even though WordPress runs roughly a third of all websites on the internet, it can be frustrating to deal with. Bring your WordPress problems to this Q&A session with a seasoned WordPress professional! Both general questions & specific issues are welcome – expect troubleshooting on the big screen so all can follow and learn. John Paganetti has been designing WordPress websites since 2006, and will help you get your website up and running quickly.” Please just get a WordPress site, every small organization. You do not need to painstakingly maintain your HTML if you get 100 visitors a week.

Teens:

Monday, March 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Games and Gab
“Come by the Teen Room to play games and hang out with Laura from River Valley Counseling! Laura will be on hand to answer your sex education questions in a safe and judgement free environment.” Dang that’s better than our experience asking our sex education questions while skydiving. No one was judgemental but frankly it didn’t feel safe.
Tuesday, March 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
The Pokemon 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
Wednesday, March 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holyoke Media Pop-Up Recording Studio
Come to the Teen Room to learn about media literacy and gain hands-on experience recording songs, doing interviews, and sound mixing with Iohann from Holyoke Media.
Friday, March 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
“Do you write poetry or short stories? Adventure, romance, comedy or sci-fi? Do you want help with revisions or do you want to try something totally new? Then bring your rough drafts and empty notebooks to Forbes. Drop in on Fridays for funky creative prompts and space to write!”

Video Games:

Friday, March 22nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
1 Year Anniversary – VR Night!
“1 year later, Prodigy has more than tripled it’s game library. Come down and join in the festivities with contests all night! 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! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!” VR stuff is super impressive now! Beat Saber looks so fun.
Sunday, March 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning!
All ages, all people, come to Prodigy to play games! $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult!

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