June 24th – 30th


Hope you have a great week! We had a busy weekend and we’re really looking forward to a nice game of Root later in the week.

Also we finished Cadence of Hyrule! What a fun game, a perfect follow-up to Crypt of the Necrodancer if you’ve already played that, and a perfect introduction to that game if you’ve never given it a shot!

You should go to Wednesday Games this week! It’ll be even better since it’s the anniversary. Well, the anniversary that doesn’t fall on a Stanley Cup game night.

“And away we go (again!). Thank you all again for your patience as we deftly tiptoed around the Stanley Cup Finals. Here now, is the TRUE 3-Year Anniversary Event.

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: https://youtu.be/4a-qW7FsiMM

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! “

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:

Thursday, June 27th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Open Studio with SCMA Artist-in-Residence Amanda Williams
“Williams’ creative practice employs color as a way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place and value in cities. Williams’ installations, paintings and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space and citizenship in America.”
Saturday, June 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Astronaut and Alien Soap Making
“Ages 5+ with an adult! Space Limited, Registration Required! Each participant in this workshop will make their own creation using glycerin based soap. Once the concoction has cooled slightly, we will add cosmetic grade glitter, colors, embed an astronaut or alien rubber ducky toy, and decorate the tops with green soap curls to make it look like grass!” You know, space grass.

Board Games:

Wednesday, June 26th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
3 Years Old Again!
“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 27th
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 28th
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.”
Sunday, June 30th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Day at the Deuce
We’re just guessing on this one, because they put up the event like a day ahead of time most weeks. But! There has been one every month before this, so why not this month?

Books:

Tuesday, June 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Deborah Harkness: Time’s Convert: A Novel
“On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.”
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Deborah Harkness, Time’s Convert.
“On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.”
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!
Wednesday, June 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Book Club Night 2019
“The Odyssey Bookshop invites book clubs for an evening of special, targeted programming. Publishing house sales representatives and Odyssey staff members will be on hand to talk about their favorite new releases in paperback, as well as to make recommendations for book club discussions. Additionally, books purchased in store at the event will qualify for a 20% discount. There will be numerous giveaways as well as refreshments. Come join us for a night celebrating book clubs and new releases!”
Thursday, June 27th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Parable of the Sower book discussion + dinner
“For our June book discussion we’ll be reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. CLICK HERE ( http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/ ) for a list of all the books we’ll be reading in 2019! Synopsis: When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny.”

Card Games:

Monday, June 24th
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 25th
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”
Friday, June 28th
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!
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“While the church has generously provided us with a wonderful space to use, we are not affiliated with them. The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves. On the first Friday of each month we do something different (and usually free). It could be Commander, or cube draft, or some other format picked by the members present at the previous meeting. There are no membership dues or requirements, other than a sincere desire to play friendly games of M:tG.”

Comics:

Saturday, June 29th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Head Lopper #12 Comic release With creator Andrew MacLean
“Join us for an evening with Head Lopper creator Andrew MacLean!” That should be fun! We hear Head Lopper Creator Andrew MacLean has… a …. GOOD HEAD ON THEIR SHOULDERS

Entertainment:

Monday, June 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Kaili Blues
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is Kaili Blues, the dreamy debut from Chinese director Bi Gan. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCkx4wzBh6U! This film is available to stream with your Forbes library card here : https://forbes.kanopy.com/video/kaili-blues”
Tuesday, June 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
50+ Years of Broadway!
“Please join us for this one-man show which highlights the best of Broadway from 1921 to 1978!”
Wednesday, June 26th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Exploring Northampton Series: Mineral Hills & Turkey Hill Road Quarry
“Join local experts Mark Carmien, Paul Foster-Moore and Laurie Sanders for a tour of the Turkey Hill Road Quarry and learn the story of how this area was protected and its natural history. $8 members and donors; $12 all others. Pre-registration required. Limited to 20. Meeting place upon registration.”

Kids:

Monday, June 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Giant Balloon Art Sculpture Show!
“Chip Rascal creates enormous sculptures out of balloons! Come watch as he puts the finishing touches on an awesome creation that will be on display in the library when complete. Kids can take a picture with the finished sculpture!”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Blast off Event for Summer Reading- Stories of the Night Sky
“A planetarium type show with Kevin Kopchynski of Springfield Science Museum brings the night sky to life with stories of the constellations and how the sky changes with the seasons. Mr. Kopchynski will offer one two programs, one at 4pm for families with children, and one at 6pm for ages 11 to adult. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.”
Tuesday, June 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Space Helmet Drop-in Craft
“Make and decorate a space helmet using recycled materials!”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Blast off with Ed the Wizard
“Build and Fly Air Powered Rockets and Airplanes with Ed the Wizard. Start summer off with a blast!! “
Friday, June 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lego Club and Movie (ages 5 and up)
“Join us for an hour of creative Lego building followed by a screening of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (rated PG). Legos will be provided, and you are encouraged to create a spaceship. This program is recommended for kids ages 5-up.”

Moves:

Tuesday, June 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Book to Movie Series: Love, Simon
Love, Simon is a movie! “The film stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner. It centers on Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school boy who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate with whom he has fallen in love online.”

Movies:

Tuesday, June 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wonder Park
Wonder park! An animated film that looks cute based on the poster. We like the bear.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adult Summer Reading Movie
“ON THE BASIS OF SEX: Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.”
Saturday, June 29th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Family Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
“Join us for a family movie “How to Train Your Dragon the Hidden World” Rated: PG, 144 minutes long. When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. Snacks and drinks will be provided. No registration is required”
Sunday, June 30th
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Preview Screening: Chasing the Moon
“Enjoy a preview of the new PBS and American Experience documentary Chasing the Moon. Directed by Robert Stone, this three-part series reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material—much of which has never before been seen by the public—the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events.”
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta”
“Conductor Zubin Mehta was born in India and has had a dazzling international career. He is most identified by his affiliation with Israel since Mehta has developed strong ties with the state and become the face of its cultural excellence. Produced on the eve of Mehta’s 80th birthday, Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta is a timely celebration of the maestro’s life and work. Germany, 2016, 89 mins., directed by Bettina Ehrhardt, English, German and Italian with English subtitles COST: Student | $4, Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members | $6, General Admission | $8”

Teens:

Monday, June 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
YA Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!
For ages 11-18! Pizza! Soda! Sign up for summer reading! Be entered to win cool prizes!
Tuesday, June 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 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, June 26th
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.
Thursday, June 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 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
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.!
Saturday, June 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
YA DIY Galaxy T-Shirt Craft!
“For ages 11-18, create a galaxy of your own design using bleach and fabric paint on a dark colored T-shirt.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Gaming Afternoon (ages 11-17)
“Enjoy board and table top games followed by Jackbox Party Games! Snacks will be provided! Jackbox Games are hosted on digital platforms like Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PS4 to name a few! Up to 8 players (and an audience of up to 10,000) join the games using their phone or other mobile device as their controller. Mobile devices can be provided, just let staff know when you register for the program if you will need to borrow a device. “

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