June 10th – 16th

The third anniversary of Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat is here! What joy! It’s at the Brass Cat – natch – and runs from 7:30PM – 11:00PM!

Who’s that banner wearing the jaunty celebratory hat!? Oh right, it’s us! As of this event, Wednesday Games is 3-Years Old!

I’m sure I’ll be saying this a lot next Wednesday, but THANK YOU so much for coming out and playing games. Running this event is such a rewarding experience for me and I’ve been so lucky to meet so many awesome people through it. You are all amazing and the reason this event is still going strong after 3 years.

For this event, I’ll be featuring one of my absolute favorite games (and one that has been in my collection nearly the longest), Eminent Domain!

Eminent Domain is is a civilization-building game in where you start with the same deck of cards and become more focused toward a strategy after every turn. This game has a bunch of paths to victory and is super intuitive once you start playing!

Watch It Played walkthrough:

Also, I will have an utterly gratuitous pile of giveaways and Joe won’t be able to win ALL of them (I’m learning!). I’ll post pictures soon!

FINALLY: There is a little thing called the Stanley Cup happening right now. Keep your eye on this page. If the series goes to Game 7 we may have to pivot. I’ll let you know by no later than Sunday night!

Also thanks to checking the Ruggles Center events we found out who Lydia Maria Child was! One of many excellent abolitionist figures who were once citizens of our own lovely Florence! She and her husband spent time working to figure out how to make sugar out of Sugar Beets so that it would be possible to get it without trading with slaveholders for cane sugar, and she wrote the poem with the line “Over the river and through the wood / To grandfather’s house we go”! Delightful!

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, June 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Friday, June 14th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Imprinted by Plastic: Use interesting bits of plastics, light sensitive paper, and the sun to create an artwork that reminds us of the lasting imprint of plastic on our environment. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.” Refreshments!
Sunday, June 16th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Peter Sís
“Join award-winning artist Peter Sís for a gallery talk in his exhibition The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís. A book signing will follow the program.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, June 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 9
“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.”
Wednesday, June 12th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – 3 Years Old!
“Who’s that banner wearing the jaunty celebratory hat!? Oh right, it’s us! As of this event, Wednesday Games is 3-Years Old! I’m sure I’ll be saying this a lot next Wednesday, but THANK YOU so much for coming out and playing games. Running this event is such a rewarding experience for me and I’ve been so lucky to meet so many awesome people through it. You are all amazing and the reason this event is still going strong after 3 years.”
Thursday, June 13th
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.”
Friday, June 14th
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.”
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – feat. Magic Maze
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost), but BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE if you’re here for the co-op games. Please let us know at the door. Ages 13+! Open 4pm to midnight! Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! MAGIC MAZE: After being stripped of all their possessions, a mage, a barbarian, an elf, and a dwarf are forced to go rob the local Magic Maze shopping mall for all the necessary equipment they need for their next adventure. They agree to pull off their heists simultaneously, then dash to the exits in order to evade the guards who eyed their arrival suspiciously.”

Books:

Tuesday, June 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Author Talk with Ed Orzechowski “You’ll Like it Here”
“Through the eyes of young Donald Vitkus, ‘You’ll Like it Here’ exposes the de-humanizing environment of a Massachusetts Department of Mental Retarcation institution of the mid-1900’s. Misdiagnosed and clinically labeled a “moron” with an I.Q. of 41, six-year-old Donald Vitkus is committed to Belchertown State School. In 1949 as patient #3394, he begins a lifelong battle to convince others – and himself – that he is not a moron. This is a story of the resilency of the human spirit.”
Wednesday, June 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Randy Susan Meyers, Waisted
“Randy Susan Meyers will be in conversation with Dori Ostermiller, director of Writers in Progress. In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Draw the Lines, Make the Rules
“When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, Democrats thought changing demographics would make them a majority party for a decade. It didn’t work out that way — because Republicans realized the 2010 election mattered more. They focused down-ballot, on state legislative races in swing states, so that they could control redistricting. The brilliant plan worked — and has changed our politics forever. Citizens have battled back nationwide, frustrated by abuses of this process by both parties. This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide. Where does the battle for fair maps go from here?” We’re going to say that based on the current makeup of the supreme court “Nowhere good”.
Thursday, June 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change
“Since 2012, Pfeiffer has become the leading U.S. investigative journalist on the growth of and controversies surrounding Lyme disease, a hidden menace that, she argues, has been fostered by a warming world while being vastly underestimated and poorly managed by American medicine. For her Lyme reporting, Pfeiffer was honored with a half-dozen awards, including the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award in 2013 from the Society for Professional Journalists, one of her two Sigma Delta Chi awards.”
Saturday, June 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jonathan Shay and Michael Shiner: Homer Told the Truth About Leadership
“In the forthcoming book by Jonathan Shay and Michael Shiner Homer Told the Truth About Leadership, the authors expand on the need for ethical leadership called for by Shay in his books Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America. Homer builds on Shay’s study on trust for the U.S. Marines, supervised by (then) BGen James N. Mattis, social science, and the latest in the leadership field. Shay and Shiner illuminate portraits of leadership found within Homer’s epics and apply them to issues of practice and developing ethical and expert leadership today.”

Card Games:

Monday, June 10th
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”
Tuesday, June 11th
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 12th
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 14th
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!

Community:

Monday, June 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
World Cafe: Climate Change
“What emotions does climate change bring up? What holds us back from responding to global warming? What inspires us to make big changes? Engage in conversation with others at this World Cafe, a structured conversational process for sharing knowledge and generating ideas in a welcoming and convivial space. “
Thursday, June 13th
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.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, June 12th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXIII – 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
The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast
“Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? Jana Milbocker will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden’s highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.”
Thursday, June 13th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“Join drag queen entertainers Jenayah De Rosario and Liz every second Thursday of the month, starting at 8 p.m., for Drag Queen Bingo! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway—there’s no door charge”
Friday, June 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Blugrass Jam All Stars
Blugrass music! Free! For you! Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be there sponsored by Millstone Market.
Saturday, June 15th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
SATURDAY NIGHT STANDUP: A QUEER SHOWCASE
With Jon Ross! $10 in advance – $15 day of show! Hosted by Monk Kelley and Woozy Kurtz!
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
DRAG BRUNCH WITH HORS AND FRIENDS FOR FRANKLIN CO. PRIDE
“Think of Drag Brunch with Hors and Friends like dinner theater. While you enjoy a buffet-style brunch, or get your fill of adult drinks at the cash bar, drag performers will dazzle you with lip syncs, high energy dance numbers, feats of acrobatics, comedic routines and more! Drag Brunch with Hors and Friends may contain adult language and content. Parents, please use your best judgment and email with any questions. Ticket includes buffet provided by The Brass Buckle and Drag Show” It’s $30!
Sunday, June 16th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bloomsday Literary Festival
Irish Music and Readings from James Joyce’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, ‘Dubliners’, and ‘Ulysses’. Musicians: Rosemary Caine, Chris Devine, Corki Demers, Michael Morgan, Brooke Steinhauser. Readers: Chris Devine, Johnny Reilly, Mike Haley, Tom Reney, Cathy King, Ann Steinhauser. Proceeds help fund adult literacy classes at The Literacy Project. $10 at the door!

History:

Wednesday, June 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jewish Genealogy for Beginners
“Finding your Jewish roots- an introduction and how to get started with your Jewish genealogy research presented by the Western Mass Jewish Genealogy Society.”

Kids:

Tuesday, June 11th
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!

Movies:

Wednesday, June 12th
Pulaski Park, Northampton MA [01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Postponed. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. -We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these free outdoor screenings. -Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view. -If a screening is postponed due to rain we will update this event page. -We will have subtitles on. -Screening times are based on when the sun sets. The screen can not be seen during daylight.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Resistance Film: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup)
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup) is a documentary about the April 2002 coup attempt on thedemocratically elected Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez which briefly deposed him. The documentary says that the coup d’état by an American-backed opposition party was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.”
Sunday, June 16th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Beating the Odds: the Al Rosen Story”
“After an early childhood in South Florida in which he suffered from severe asthma attacks, Al Rosen emerged as one of the most feared sluggers in baseball in the 1950‘s. A tough, tenacious player, Rosen has generally been considered as one of the three top Jewish baseball players of all time, behind Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax.”

RPGs:

Friday, June 14th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 4
“As Spring turns into Summer, the heroes of Elmerton gather again to face the new (and old) problems that seem to creep up in this epic township! You’ll find combat, in-depth storytelling, political intrigue and much more as you immerse yourself in the world of Magesta. New Players play their first game for only $40 and NPCs always play for free. Email Info@Magestry.com to get a free account on our database or for more information! Visit http://www.magestry.com for more info”
Saturday, June 15th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 4
Second day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!
Sunday, June 16th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 4
Third day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!

Technology:

Wednesday, June 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
“June Topics: Team Roles/Composition: Come prepared to share how your team is setup, and any challenges and goals you have. Retrospectives: Come prepared to share a Retro you like or would like to learn more about. We will also look at various resources online for finding more retro ideas and formats.”

Teens:

Tuesday, June 11th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Tech Tuesday
“A variety of tech toys will be available for you to tinker with! Grades 5 – 12! Location: Teen Loft”
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 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers.”
Friday, June 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Knit Wits Jr.
“Have you always wanted to learn to knit or do you want to improve your skills? Students will learn to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Kids will take home their knitting needles and yarn to continue building their skills at home. Registration is required and space is limited. You must register for each session!!! Ages 8 – 16.”

Video Games:

Sunday, June 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning – Dad Edition
All ages, all people, come to Prodigy to play games for Father’s Day! $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult! We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.

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