June 3rd – 9th


A brand-new game night! The best possible event of the week! That’s right, at Easthampton’s own extremely strange indoor park “Mill 180 Park” which has an enormous indoor mushroom and in which no you may NOT climb on anything no matter how much it looks like it would be incredibly fun has Thursday Game Night now! Run by Easthampton’s own Game Ambassador Justin Dowd!

Justin’s done the excellent Wednesday Game Night at the Brass Cat for a very long time, and we assume that this will basically follow the same pattern of being a lot of fun and having a lot of very nice people. Easthampton’s a hell of a place to hang out if you like board games, just chock-full of events!

Also we just saw Comics N’ More’s new location and it was wonderful! It’s so bright and clean and above the ground, and it’s got a little parking lot out back, it’s really the perfect place to go buy comics! And then you can go read them at whichever nearby restaurant is chill with someone reading a ton of comics at the table. Technically that’s any restaurant, but take it from us there’s a distinct vibe you get from a place that wishes you weren’t just hanging out reading comic books at their place.

We bought a ton of comic books that we’re excited to check out, plus an amazing giant artbook of James Stokoe’s stuff, one of our favorite artists. You, the general public, should also go check out Comics N’ More! They have all the major publishers, plus a bunch of local folks! We also picked up a second copy of KC Green’s Church Funnies because it’s good and now we can give it to a friend!

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, June 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artists Reception
“Photographs by Paul Redstone; Botanical Portraits by Pat McDonagh; photographs by Ken Kipen” Come! Eat snacks! Look at art!
Tuesday, June 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Coffee and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Thursday, June 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
June’s featured speaker is Marta McDowell, speaking about Emily Dickinson’s Garden. “Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led Marta McDowell to Emily Dickinson for Emily Dickinson’s Gardens and children’s author/illustrator Beatrix Potter for Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. In 2017, All the Presidents’ Gardens, a book that relates the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds, made The New York Times bestseller list and won an American Horticultural Society book award.” June’s featured artist is Kandy Vermeer Phillips, talking about Poetry in Silver: The Language of Flowers in the Works of Emily Dickinson. “This pop-up exhibition features a series of silverpoint drawings that compares specimens found in Dickinson’s herbarium to those housed in the U.S. National Herbarium. Dickinson collected her specimens in the 1840’s from the woods, fields and bogs that surrounded her Amherst, MA home as part of her formal botany education. Poetry in Silver highlights several of these cherished woodland flowers that inspired Dickinson’s poetry along with her use of the popular Language of Flowers. Silverpoint drawing is a Renaissance technique and is ideal for close observational botanical drawing. A silverpoint drawing’s unique tendency to develop a patina over time also provides a metaphor for a plant’s evolving environmental status from the mid-19thcentury to the present day. Although Dickinson’s herbarium is now over 175 years old, it continues to speak, and remains a significant part of her letter to the world.”
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, Smith College at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
“Trash Talks” with the Author
“Meet the author of Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish (Oxford University Press, 2016)! Author and philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman will talk about her “deep dive” into trash to discover who we are and what we value. Scavenging with abandon from sundry sources, including Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, and Locke, the author explores the extent to which people rely on trash and waste to make sense of their lives and to shape connections with others. Elizabeth V. Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, Smith College.”
Friday, June 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
“Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required. Call 413-772-1544 for more details.”

Board Games:

Monday, June 3rd
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 to that grizzly bear. It was extremely kind, but incredibly dangerous!
Tuesday, June 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 7
“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. Last week, a band of strangers took the roll of heroic adventures flushing out a perilous raider encampment in an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, across the room, spells were being cast and reversed at lightening speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duked it out.”
Thursday, June 6th
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.”
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Games – Imhotep!
“Holy Cow! What is going on here. A game night on a day other than Wednesday? Who even am I? Well, I’m the guy taking over Mill 180’s Adult Game Night, that’s who! Folks who’ve attended my events at the Brass Cat over the past 3 years should know what to expect. If you’re coming to one of my events for the first time, I’ll be running bi-weekly events with a featured game along with an absurd pile of hobby games for you to poke at after you play the feature or in place of it.To kick things off, I’ll be featuring the very simple, incredibly clever Imhotep. In Imhotep, each player takes on the role of a master builder in Egypt trying to erect the amazing monuments that will stand for millennia. Watch It Played walks through Imhotep! https://youtu.be/KIr7BeF5jL0! Come and get to know some of the awesome people playing games in the valley! Mill 180 also has Beer, Wine, Cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and great sandwiches and snacks, too! See you on Thursday!”
Friday, June 7th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
BattleTech Organized Play
“Off The Wall will be running Organized BattleTech on Friday nights. We will be following the rules in the Mercenaries supplement. Each player will generate a Mercenary Group consisting of 4-6 Mechs, and will play 2 Missions a week, one with their company and one as a random set of Mechs to fulfill someone else’s Mission. Each game will be clocked at 2 Hours with the intention of keeping games moving and finishing. The campaign will start in the 3030’s with Level 1 Tech and will build toward 3050 and the Clan Invasion. However, this is a longterm goal.”

Books:

Wednesday, June 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Glynn
“Out East is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John’s own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond. Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt’s The Big House, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang’s The Lonely City, Out East is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment. John Glynn is an editor at Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. He grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Out East is his first book.”
Thursday, June 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Michele Filgate with Cathi Hanauer
“As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Author Reading: Annita Sawyer, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir
“Annita Sawyer’s memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as “unimproved” The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. That is, until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it’s a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness.”

Card Games:

Monday, June 3rd
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!
Tuesday, June 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tuesdays
“Tuesdays night are the place to be for magic! We are holding three different events. Standard showdown @6pm/ $5 / Three rounds. Every 3-0 wins a standard showdown pack. Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack. Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Prize Support for 8+ players. 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack. 2-0-1 $12 store credit. 2-1 $9 store credit”
Wednesday, June 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Draft
“Thursday Draft// 6:30 p.m. // $14” Cards! At Off the Wall!
Friday, June 7th
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”
Saturday, June 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Modern Horizons Prerelease Draft
“Modern Horizons Prerelease// First Event Noon! // $30! Come draft the new modern set a week early! Everyone who participates in the draft will receive a special stamped promo (not usable in the draft) We will be firing pods starting at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. Prize Support is Based on record: 3-0 $25 store credit! 2-0-1 $20 store credit! 2-1 $15 store credit!”

Community:

Tuesday, June 4th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thrive
“Thrive, a program of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, will serve to strengthen the financial capacity of community college students and area residents by promoting, supporting, through community collaborative efforts, access to a one-stop center offering financial literacy and coaching, workforce development referrals, and public benefit screening and enrollment assistance.”
Wednesday, June 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Voices for Resistance – A Celebration
“Confirmed readers include Andrea Hairston, Nicole M. Young, Theresa Vincent, Christopher J. Sparks, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Doug Anderson, and Patrick Donnelly. More info coming soon! Would you like to read (four-minute limit)? – Deadline to sign up – May 6. Send an email to ellenmeeropol@gmail.com! A Straw Dog Writers Guild Social Justice Writing Event”
Thursday, June 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”
Friday, June 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Volunteer in the Garden
“As warmer temperatures arrive in Amherst, it’s time to wake up Emily Dickinson’s garden. We invite you to join a group of volunteers from Amherst and beyond who return each year to aid in the cultivation and growth of the historic Dickinson family landscape. You do not need to be an expert gardener for this “all levels” program. Learn from volunteers who have tended the gardens and be a part of a new generation of caretakers for this historic landmark. In addition to working with master gardener Marta McDowell, volunteers will have the chance to tour the archaeological field school occurring at the Emily Dickinson Museum.” Another time June 8th, 9AM – 2:30PM

Entertainment:

Wednesday, June 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet Victory Players’ Composers-in-Residence at the Holyoke Public Library
“Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Project at the Holyoke Public Library on Wednesday, June 5, at 6pm for the opportunity to meet Victory Players’ Composers-in-Residence: Christian A. Quiñones, Tony Solitro, Omar Surillo, Carlos Carrillo, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Liliya Ugay. The two-week residency by the Victory Players will culminate with two public concerts. This event is the second project of the MIFA Victory Theatre International Arts Academy.”
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXII – 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!”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series — Voices From Inside
“Voices from Inside (VFI) runs writing groups for currently or formerly incarcerated women. Through creative writing workshops and public readings, VFI empowers women who have been incarcerated to make changes in their lives and to engage positively with the communities to which they return.”
Thursday, June 6th
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 Land of the Lustrous right now and it is both strange and wonderful.
Saturday, June 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet
“Take a break from holiday chaos and relax with some free string quartet music at the library! The Quark Quartet is a group of local musicians who enjoy sharing a variety of string quartet music with the public. They will perform quartets by Maurice Ravel and Joseph Haydn, as well as modern and seasonal selections.”

Kids:

Tuesday, June 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!
Thursday, June 6th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes at SCMA: Contemporary Kids
“Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. We’ll explore a different theme each session, in the museum’s galleries and the Smith College campus. Each session offered twice, on a Thursday + Saturday of the same week from 10:15–11 am.”
Saturday, June 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes at SCMA: Contemporary Kids
The second event!

RPGs:

Thursday, June 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, June 8th
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!

Science:

Monday, June 3rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Future of Polymers: from single-use plastics to life-saving medicine
“Repairing materials with smart-droplets! Why does the world depend on single-use plastics? If all plastics are polymers, then why aren’t all polymers plastic? Is it true that the same polymers used in shaving cream are revolutionizing medicine?” Learn the answers to all these questions and also where the diamonds were hidden from Todd Emrick, who earned a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Technology:

Tuesday, June 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 tim where you can talk to folks who mostly know what you’re complaining about when you talk about your work.

Teens:

Monday, June 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Collage
“Combine images and text (if you choose!) into your own creations! As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, June 4th
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.
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
Thursday, June 6th
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.
Friday, June 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Teen Drop-in Craft: Solar System Bracelets (ages 11-17)
“Stop by the library to make a solar system bracelet in celebration of our summer reading theme, a Universe of Stories! While you’re here, learn more about summer reading and upcoming teen programs and sign up for fun at the library this summer!”

Video Games:

Friday, June 7th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Retro Cartridge Swap and Cleaning Workshop!
“Do you have doubles; triples; quads? Are you looking for some classics that you just don’t have and can’t find? Need to test them before trading? We’ve got you! Come by on this evening and display your goods, trade with others and fulfill your dream collection… Then, we will have supplies to clean your carts to get them back to new working condition. We will even give lessons on how to properly clean them. Please limit your collection to 20 carts/games due to space. We will clear tables for a 6pm start. “

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