April 22nd – 28th


Sunless Skies is super good! It’s fun, it’s a bit less punishing than Sunless Sea, though still probably will involve your sky-train imploding more than a few times. It’s a good way to read some interesting stories in a sort of pseudo-Victorian surrealistic hellscape.

Our favorite port so far is the one built on a single staggeringly enormous flower… that’s unfortunately situated quite close to a very active hive of enormous sky-bees.

Also! Attend Hampshire Valley Con this weekend! It’ll be a ton of fun! It’s a great chance to see some excellent games with excellent people!

“ValleyCon is a one day student organized games conference at Hampshire College taking place Saturday, April 27th.

The purpose of the conference is to bridge the various communities of people critically engaged with games in the Pioneer Valley, such as students/professors across the 5-Colleges and local game developers. We also hope to encourage people to discuss issues surrounding representation and accessibility in game design.”

Registration is now open!

(ALL DAY)
VALLEYCON TABLETOP LIBRARY (GAMES ROOM WITH HOURLY LOCAL SPOTLIGHTS WITH JUSTIN DOWD)
JIM LIKES GAMES RETAIL BOOTH
(9:45AM-10AM) CHECK-IN/REGISTRATION
(10AM-10:15AM) OPENING REMARKS
(10:15AM-11:00AM) KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY MEG BAKER
(11:05AM-11:25AM) HOW TO PITCH YOUR GAME TO ANYONE BY TYLER HENDERSON-NEAL
(11:27AM-11:45AM) DEFINING GAMES BY ISAAC BURG
(11:47AM-12:05PM) NETWORKING IN GAMES BY TIMOTHY ADAN
(12:10PM-12:45PM) LUNCH
(12:45PM-1:30PM) TEACHING GAMES (PANEL WITH GAMES PROFESSORS)
(1:30PM-2:20PM) KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY TREAANDREA RUSSWORM AND JEN MALKOWSKI

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:

Monday, April 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Button Making
Make unique buttons with a button maker! We suggest you make a button that says “By looking at this button you have agreed to give me $5”. It only has to work a few times to pay off!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
“Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short, short stories and personal essays. Everyone attending the reading will be eligible to submit to the spring/summer edition of WriteAnglesJournal (https//writeanglesconference.com/wajournal/).The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact writeanglesjournal@comcast.net”
Wednesday, April 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Are you a fiend for zines? Go to this club! Write a zine about your favorite game! Or your favorite person! Or your favorite zine!
Saturday, April 27th
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, April 23rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Free Trial Run
“Ages 13+. $5 admission. Low music, no video games, no TVs, no minigolf, no pub sports… just game tables, analog games and good lighting. D&D, Magic, puzzles, board games, games that require some concentration and calmness to get into are all welcome. Bring your own or take on one of the games from our large board game selection here at Prodigy! DM’s… get in touch if you want a table reserved. Please email Alessandro at tabletop@prodigyminigolf.com with any questions or requests. “
Thursday, April 25th
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, April 27th
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:

Monday, April 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation With Local Author Linda Leary
“Linda Leary was born in Holyoke, MA and was the fifth of six children. She attended Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke and then Holyoke High School. Linda received degrees from HCC, Umass and Our Lady of the Elms where she graduated with a BSN.”
Tuesday, April 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Thursday, April 25th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Infomocracy book discussion + dinner
“We will be meeting at Packard’s, which is located at 14 Masonic St in Northampton, in the Library Room. Just go past the bar into the restaurant area and head to your right; if you don’t find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the Library Room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. It is expected that those attending will order a meal. There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion. Please RSVP before it fills up! If you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.”
Saturday, April 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Independent Bookstore Day
“Independent Bookstore Day marks its fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 27th, with literary parties around the country. We hope you’ll join us at the Odyssey for our celebration featuring entertainment, refreshments, kid’s crafts, and giveaways throughout the day! We’ll also have an audiobook listening station set up as well as a photo booth where you can pose with your favorite book. If you needed even more of an incentive to drop by, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.” Not during, in fact! Deal with it, folks, you can’t even have gotten them after, or plan to get them before! You can only never have received!

Card Games:

Monday, April 22nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Modern Mondays at Off the Wall
“Monday Modern! // 7 p.m. // $5 to play! 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”
Friday, April 26th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!
Saturday, April 27th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 AM to 9:30 PM
War Of The Spark Prerelease at Off the Wall
“5 great events! Apr 27th at midnight! Apr 28th 11:30 a.m. and 2 headed giant @ 5 p.m. $26 + pizza! Apr 28th 11:30 a.m. and 2 headed giant @ 5 p.m. $26 + pizza! Send us a FB message, email offthewallgamestore@gmail.com, or call 413-586-5451 to reserve a spot, this event will be very popular! Prereleases are Sealed Deck format events, where you build a minimum 40-card minimum deck using the contents of a themed Prerelease Pack (6 War of the Spark booster packs and a Premium foil date-stamped promo card, spin down life die.) plus basic lands that may be provided to you by the store. (If you are not here 15 before the event starts your spot will be given away if you did not pre pay for the event). Prize Support based on second and number of rounds of the event.”

Comics:

Friday, April 26th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
LGBT+ N’More: Comics & Community
“Come join other LGBT+ folks for a fun 90 minutes of chatting, chilling and comics! Hosted every 4th Friday. 5-630pm. Accessible and intersectional. Free event.”

Community:

Thursday, April 25th
Smith College, Stoddard Hall at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LECTURE: Reducing our plastic footprint: Experiences from the European Union
“Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement. “

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XV – 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, April 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Or witches! We really really enjoyed “Love Is War”. Just funny as heck.
Friday, April 26th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality Night w/ Pioneer VR! (Oculus Rift)
“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!”
Saturday, April 27th
Mount Sugarloaf at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Community Hike on Mount Sugarloaf
“Join us for a silent hike up beautiful Mount Sugarloaf, in celebration of our Community Read of “Stranger in the Woods”. We will split up into two groups, one hiking the main trail and the other walking up the road. At the top of the mountain we will share our experiences hiking in silence as well as light refreshments.” Gonna be hard to share experiences while in silence! Ha.
Sunday, April 28th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
“Join us for a day of events. Featuring the Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: “America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today,” presented by Pamela Nadell! All events are free and open to the public.”

History:

Wednesday, April 24th
First Congregational Church [125 Elmer St, Westfield, NJ 07090] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Westfield Wednesdays – How Westfield Became known as the ‘Baseball Town’
Simple: Westfield is where Vollyball was invented.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens
“The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) of Holyoke, MA brings to the community a series of history talks about pre-Stonewall era LGBTQ individuals who lived in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. The series is titled Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors. The SMA’s team of researchers, led by Curator of the SMA, Ben Power, who is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, has recently completed extensive original research and compiled it into a new history talk.”
Saturday, April 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gregory Wilson Postcard Talk
“Gregory Wilson has been collecting and selling Northampton area post cards and trade cards for decades. In 2017 the Gutterman-Pohlman family purchased 1500 cards from Wilson to donate to the Forbes Library Special Collections. Greg will give an illustrated talk about the history and collecting of local post cards and show highlights of the collection. For the month of April a selection from the Gregory Wilson Northampton Area Vintage Postcards/Trade cards Collection will be on display in the Hosmer Gallery.”

Kids:

Tuesday, April 23rd
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, April 27th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
art babes @ scma: Plastic Play
“In April, mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson’s sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler! Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap: bring a gently-used toy in working condition that your child has grown tired of, and trade it for something new to you! Any unclaimed toys will be donated to the Northampton’s ReCenter Swap Shop.”
Sunday, April 28th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Comic Workshop with artists Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik
“$35 (Members $29.75) Ages 9-14, drop-off program. Join comic artists Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik in a workshop designed to celebrate creativity and the exhibition Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Using the artwork in the gallery as inspiration, participants will be guided through the process of crafting characters, environments and stories to create their own page of finished comics.”

Movies:

Monday, April 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night at GPL: A Little Chaos
“A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, and directed by Alan Rickman. A female landscape gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which puts her in the centre of the court of King Louis XIV, where secrets and sadness are buried beneath the glamour.”
Wednesday, April 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The People vs the Politicians
“The People vs the Politicians spotlights some of the local “people’s rebellions” across the country aimed at strengthening our democracy. Made by Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, author, and documentarian for Frontline and PBS, the featured states and causes include a people’s movement against voter North Carolina ID laws, which disproportionately impact people of color and people with lower incomes; Florida’s citizen-led efforts to address gerrymandering; and Connecticut’s now decade-old system of public financing for state elections that has led to more diverse candidates running and being elected and also less lobbyist influence in the legislative process. Also profiled is South Dakota’s citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives. The film has been purchased by MSNBC but not yet shown.”
Friday, April 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Hate U Give (PG-13)
A movie based on a book a lot of people like!

RPGs:

Thursday, April 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, April 26th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 2
“Second game of the spring season! Welcome to year 129 of the Age of Fortune! Now the thaw has begun in earnest and all of Magesta is shaking off the frost! The month of Newgreen comes to an end and the sweet sounds of Petalsong drift just off in the distance! What could ever go wrong during this sweetest time of year? Join our heroes in Elmerton as they face combat, intrigue, mystery, and more! Our focus on storytelling will have you enthralled and eager for more! New Players play their first game for only $40 and NPCs always play for free! Email Info@Magestry.com to create an account on our database or to ask questions! Visit http://www.magestry.com for more info Find us on http://www.facebook.com/magestry”
Saturday, April 27th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 2
Second day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!
Sunday, April 28th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 2
Third day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!

Science:

Monday, April 22nd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: What is limestone good for?: Scientific significance and cultural history of this important natural resource
“What is limestone? How does limestone form? Who cares? Are there any fossils in limestone? What’s so special about caves? What is the oldest stone ever quarried? What are the pyramids in Egypt made of? How about ancient Mayan temples? Can we eat limestone? What about marble?” Who cares? That’s a bit harsh.

Teens:

Monday, April 22nd
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 in that pit with the pendulum. They weren’t judgemental but frankly it didn’t feel safe.
Tuesday, April 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tween and Teen Art Club
“Do you love to draw? Mix paint? Invent colors? Sarah Ahearn Bellamare, author of Painted Pages, will be on hand to lead an art, color, pattern workshop. Each month features a different and cool medium. Open to all middle school and high school students.”
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, April 24th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Afternoon at the Museum for Teens
“Library youth are invited to attend a FREE two-part field trip to the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College! Transportation is provided by Amherst College.”
Thursday, April 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Garden Girls Gardening Program
“Garden Girls is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe space to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID, and gardening allow us to connect to each other and the land.” Fire tending does come in handy.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk or call (413) 587-1010.!
Friday, April 26th
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!”
Saturday, April 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Comic Drawing Workshop with Maddy Dye (ages 11-17)
“Tap into your creative Force with this comics workshop in celebration of Star Wars! Please pre-register in the Kids Room or 413-259-3091/teens@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

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