July 1st – 7th

It has always tickled us that while the Valley is correctly proud of a music tradition that includes such wonderful bands as the Pixies but there’s not much acknowledgement that it is also the source of a lot of artwork that has managed to travel to every corner of the world without folks recognizing the creator.

Specifically, you know that dog in a house on fire saying “This is fine.”?

Local comic artist KC Green did that! That thing that became so ubiquitous that everyone and their grandparents have seen it! Wild, right? We were reminded by this Vulture article:

“And yet, there’s a counterexample that should inspire hope for anyone whose content has been ganked for the lulz. Another cartoonist, KC Green, similarly saw one of his characters meme-ified for political purposes. The figure was initially named Question Hound but has since been dubbed the This Is Fine Dog. Across social media, we see him sitting in a burning room with a dumb smile on his face, musing to himself, “This is fine.” It’s a simple, potent image that captures the tenor of our chaotic times and the reactions of those who refuse to accept awful reality, and it’s been used far and wide. What makes Green’s story different from those of folks like Furie is that he has, astoundingly enough, been able to harness the meme’s success for profit and greater recognition, and is surprisingly renowned as its creator. He says the trick is vigilance, luck, and not being afraid to steal from your thieves. “

“But most of all, Green has stolen from the people who stole from him. “I can write to Redbubble, or Etsy, or any other place, to ask them to take something down, but I think the best way to try and take it back yourself is to steal other people’s ideas,” he says with a laugh. “Like, Oh, they wanted a tote bag with this on it? Then I’ll make a tote bag with that on it. I’ll stop them. Like, they want a shirt print with just the two panels on it, so they go to Etsy to make a dumb version of the print. Then here” — that is, on his site and on his store at creator-friendly merch site TopatoCo — “we offer a print with just the two panels, or we offer a shirt with just the two panels, because that’s all people fucking want.” Turnabout’s fair play, after all.”

Good on him. It’s important to remember that art is created by people, and that we make it incredibly hard to not die while creating artwork. Pay folks for the things you love, and credit artists when you share their work.

Speaking of doing good things with money: Donate what you can to these organizations fighting against the concentration camps that our government has created for asylum-seekers.

RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/donate/

The Florence Project: https://firrp.org/donate/

The National Immigration Law Center: https://secure.immigrantjusticefund.org/np/clients/immigrantjusticefund/donation.jsp?campaign=7&

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!


Board Games:

Tuesday, July 2nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 12
“From dungeon delving to spell casting, Tabletop Tuesdays have your board game fix covered for the week! 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. Interested in joining the fray? Tabletop Tuesdays are only $5 for access to our wide tables, extensive boardgame collection and of course lots of dice. If you’re a DM looking to lead your own band of adventurers, you get in for free! Plus you get access to countless DM resources, like map tiles and over 300 pre-painted token for heroes and monsters. Adventure awaits you at Prodigy.”
Thursday, July 4th
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, July 5th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dice Appreciation Night!
“That’s right. This is all about dice, folks. Bring your best dice. Dice puns are welcome all night. Dice gaming. Dicey situations. Nice dice. Bad dice. Round dice. Many sided dice. Fuzzy dice. Old dice. New dice. Killer dice from outer space! Dice-o-rama! But really, we like dice and if you do to, come see some people’s cool dice and bring your own. We will be appreciating between 7pm and 10pm during our normal hours and admission price.”
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, July 7th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
X-Wing Monthly Tournament
“X-Wing Tournament! 200 Points! $10 Entry Fee! Registration @ 11:00! Flight @ Noon”


Saturday, July 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reading Frederick Douglass Together in Northampton
“Mass Humanities’ Reading Frederick Douglass Together program is coming to Northampton! Join us at Historic Northampton at 26 Bridge Street, on July 6th, at 11am, for a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Part of a series of statewide events supported by Mass Humanities, the speech challenges us to consider whether the American past, and the American present, live up to our founding principles. Members of the public will take turns reading parts of the speech until they’ve read all of it, together. Everyone is welcome to read.”
Sunday, July 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
AUTHOR TALK | “On the Landing,” with Ellen Cassedy
“Ellen Cassedy, an alumna of the Yiddish Book Center’s Translation Fellowship program, will discuss and read from her new translation, On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash. Yenta Mash (1922-2013) was a giant of Yiddish women’s writing, a prize-winning writer whose work has never before been available in English. Her largely autobiographical stories are engaging and keenly relevant to our current moment, when displaced people seek refuge across the globe. A book signing will follow the reading and talk. Admission: Suggested Donation: $5. Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members: Free”

Card Games:

Monday, July 1st
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, July 2nd
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, July 5th
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!
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Core 2020 Prerelease
“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 Core 2020 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.”
Saturday, July 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Core 2020 Prerelease
Day 2!
Sunday, July 7th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Core 2020 Prerelease
Day 3!

Comic Books:

Tuesday, July 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 11-17)
“We’ll discuss Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence, and create our own mini comic books! Pick up a copy of the book and pre-register in the Kids Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org! Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”


Tuesday, July 2nd
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.”
Wednesday, July 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Introduction to American Sign Language
“These classes are free to attend. Participants may purchase an optional $10 course book from signing basics on the night of the class!”


Tuesday, July 2nd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.


Monday, July 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Nyckelharpa presentation with Earl Holzman, nyckelharpa builder
“The nyckelharpa is a Swedish folk instrument that has been played, in one form or another as it evolved, for more than 600 years. At least four different versions of the nyckelharpa are still played today. Earl Holzman, a full time Nyckelharpa builder from Eau Claire Wisconsin, will be giving an illustrated presentation on the history and development of the Nyckelharpa. There will be several instruments available for people to try after the presentation. The nyckelharpa has wooden keys that act like frets to stop (shorten) the melody string to make different pitches. It has bowed strings and sympathetic strings that vibrate on their own, creating a unique resonance. If you’ve never heard one, check out this nyckelharpa being played at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OtEu_D8c-c”
Tuesday, July 2nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
From Northampton to the Boundary Waters ​(or at least the boundary with Hatfield)
“Historic Northampton is teaming up with Paradise City Dragon Boat and running a trip on the Connecticut River. As in past years, we will begin at the entrance of the former New Haven-Northampton Canal and paddle upstream to the Hatfield boundary. Betsy Powell, head coach of Paradise City Dragon Boat, will begin the outing with a paddling lesson. Once we’re a ways up river, Laurie Sanders, naturalist & co-director of Historic Northampton, will teach us about the environmental and human history of the stretch of river between Elwell Island and the Hatfield boundary. All equipment provided, no prior paddling experience necessary. This is an active outing. Participants are expected to paddle, and be fit enough to handle themselves in the boat. For ages 18+.”
Wednesday, July 3rd
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!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ice-Bird Magic Show
“The Incredible Jonathan “Ice-Bird” Nelson returns to dazzle both young and old with his signature brand of magic.”
Saturday, July 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sessa Brazilian Folk-Pop
“A long-time fixture of both the US and Brazil’s music scenes, Sessa debuts his solo work for the first time in 2019. His album, Grandeza, points to new directions for Brazilian pop, with a perfect balance of subtlety and euphoria that harmonizes its traditional and modern elements. The album displays a deep, minimalist, almost insinuated use of the rich textures and rhythms that define the songwriting history of Brazil, captured perfectly by the simple but lush atmosphere of the new single Dez Total (Filhos de Gandhy). Sessa describes being inspired to write the song after watching Filhos de Gandhy, the traditional Afro Brazilian drum ensemble, rehearse one day in Salvador, Bahia. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to live music! The lawn opens at 6 pm for picnicking. Music 7 to 9. Ginger Love Cafe food truck will be on hand selling Ginger-fied foods.”


Wednesday, July 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Social History of Baseball
“Join us for a fascinating history of America’s game with UMass Lowell professor Frank Morris. Learn how baseball galvanized a divided nation in the 19th century and developed into “America’s Pastime” as an allegory to our cultural identity in the decades to come. Includes a history of the Boston Red Sox and a look at how the game both reinforced and challenged cultural themes over time. The First Wednesday Speaker series is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library and is free and open to the public.”


Tuesday, July 2nd
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Star Wars Bingo
“Children ages 6-10 years old are invited to an out of this world Bingo game. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is required and space is limited.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
STEAM TEAM Arts and Engineering Challenges from Space
This time: Astronauts!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, July 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Magic by Scott Jameson
“Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat!” You still have to pay for the whole seat though. Actually you probably don’t need to pay!


Monday, July 1st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Movie Monday
A movie! War Games (1983) PG, 113 minutes! You can watch it!
Tuesday, July 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
A movie! A good movie for children, and even for adults! It’s about dragons and also about dragons falling in love we think? And about being a good friend and about being a good friend to dragons!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Book to Movie Series:Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters
It’s Greek Mythology Harry Potter! Greek myths are in the public domain, in case you’re looking to make Jercy Packson and the Exact Same Set of Adventure Premises.
Saturday, July 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinée: Apollo 13
“Stay cool this summer and join us for our Saturday matinée series, inspired by the summer reading program theme of “A Universe of Stories”. This 1995 film tells the story of the 1970 lunar mission, which suffered an explosion in space that disabled the ship, leaving the astronauts and Mission Control to work frenetically on devising a plan to get the men home safely. Based on actual events, this film features Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. This film is rated PG. Free & open to the public. “


Tuesday, July 2nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon


Monday, July 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Out of This World Dish Cloth
Knit a Sci-Fi or Fantasy themed dishcloth! Simple techniques like long tail cast on, knit and purl. Materials and tools provided! Take your project home to complete it and come back to the library for help and encouragement! Available patterns: TARDIS, Golden Snitch, and Star Trek Insignia (we assume AHEM they mean a Starfleet insignia AHEM!) Pre-registration at the library required!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Stranger Things Escape Room
“After your Fourth of July party, your friend Sam goes missing. Then strange things start happening… Another kid goes missing, the lights flicker all the time, and a mist has started coming out of the Stanley Park woods. When Sam doesn’t show up for game night, you know something is wrong. You and your friends decide to start looking for Sam. Sam was smart enough to leave behind a sneaker outside the Westfield Athenaeum leading you to the Upside Down. Time is running out, and the Demogorgon has set puzzles and clues to keep you from rescuing Sam. Figure out the clues before it’s too late!” There will be six (6) sessions to choose from. Each session will only allow six (6) participants. If you want to complete the escape room with a group of friends be sure to figure out what day and time you will sign up for. Each person must sign up. Registration is required! Free and open to students going into grades 5 – 12
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Make a Moon Phase Calendar
“Make a moon phase calendar! As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, July 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
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, July 3rd
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley MA] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Spider-Man Movie Party
“Come to our screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming and you could win tickets to see Spider-Man: Far From Home! We’ll have pizza, popcorn, and prizes. This event is FREE and open to ages 11 and up. Costumes encouraged! Note to parents: Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are rated PG-13.” Another note to parents: Spider-Man is great!
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, July 5th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Video Game Afternoon
“Hang out in the Loft and play video games. There will be rotation of video game consoles, and a bunch of different games! For grades 5-12! No registration”

Video Games:

Thursday, July 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An All Ages, All American Family Morning!
“We are planning an ALL AGES Thursday morning for families on Independence Day! We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult. At Prodigy, we want to encourage deep thinking, allow for teaching strategy and create/fine tune brain skills so sit down at a chess board with your tot or teach them some Super Mario strategies that you learned with your spent weeks of attempts when you were young. Teach them the proper way to hold and swing a putter or just simply destroy them in air hockey. :-)”

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