August 19th – 25th


We finally learned how to play Dominos, and that’s a fun game. Good job, millions upon millions of people who’ve played Dominos forever! We often give pretty short shrift to standard card/board games because we first encountered them in our youth and they seemed intensely boring compared to sticks. Now that sticks are only moderately entertaining and people are a lot less charmed when we wander around pretending to fight monsters, we can better appreciate these old standards!

Also! We just got the Apocalypse World Extended Refbook, because we’re Patrons of Vincent Baker. It’s neat! It’s a stripped-down straightforward reference for all of your Apocalypse World character-creating and character-playing needs. All that, just for tossing a few bucks at a Patreon!

We also got to see a preview chapter from the upcoming Fifth World RPG, detailing some of the great and terrible Monsters that live in said Fifth World. They’re all unique and interesting, but also all generally like to eat people so take care. And we got it all just for tossing a few bucks toward Joshua A.C. Newman! Why not do the same, and share in the bounty of interesting art?

Is there someone you know that we should be giving money to in exchange for artwork on Patreon? We’d love to hear about them! Because we love artwork and also giving artists money so they can live.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, August 23rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Fun Friday
“Join us for Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum on Friday, August 23! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, this series allows free entry to museums goers at many museums across Massachusetts. Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum on August 23 for free admission to the Homestead, where Emily Dickinson wrote nearly all of her poetry, and her brother’s home, the Evergreens. Read on for tips on how to make your Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum the most fun possible! https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/free-fun-friday-august-23-2019/”

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 21st
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Medici
“Well here we are folks, the last Wednesday games before we have to skip a week because I’m ‘responsible’ and ‘have a full time job.’ To celebrate we’re going to play a truly fantastic auction game from the most prolific game designer of all time, Reiner Knizia. In Medici, players take on the role of merchants during the profitable age of the Medici family. Players, in turn, reveal lots of valuable trade goods for auction. After a once-around bidding process, players fill their boats with these goods. At the end of each round, money is earned for the highest valued ships, as well as for having monopolies in each type of goods. Medici is full of player interaction and boasts an innovative scoring system that has players bidding on goods with their end game points. If you liked Modern Art, there is a very good chance you’ll like this one, too! Zee Garcia’s reivew https://youtu.be/EYlyYfZChlU! Like I said at the top. We’ll be taking 2 weeks off instead of the usual one after this. So come out and get all your game on, because there’s nowhere else to play games until I’m back! See you Wednesday!”
Thursday, August 22nd
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, August 23rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 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:

Tuesday, August 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Richard Russo Ticketed Event
“Join us on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00pm for a reading and book signing with one of our favorite fiction writers, Richard Russo, who is celebrating the release of his latest novel, Chances Are. Click here to purchase your ticket to this event. With this purchase, you will receive one copy of Chances Are… by Richard Russo and will be granted admission for one to his book talk at the Odyssey Bookshop on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00pm. If you would like two tickets, please purchase two Book + Ticket packages (etc.). The book reading will be limited to the first 125 people who purchase a Book + Ticket which can only be done online through Brown Paper Tickets. If you purchase a book in-store or online through the regular book page, please note that this does not count as a ticket. If you have questions, please call 413-534-7307.”
Wednesday, August 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lucille Benoit: Milk Matters
“Join us on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm for Milk Matters, a presentation of dairy farms, food, and all things bovine with Lucille Benoit, author of Come, Bos, and Denise Barstow of Barstow Dairy. Journalist and dairymaid Lucille Benoit speaks about the current crisis for small dairy farms and the importance of public awareness, consumer knowledge and constructive debate for the survival of dairy farms, cows and sustainable local food production.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Writing Club with author Jennifer Swender
“Join us for a special meeting of the monthly writing club! This month, we’ll be joined by local author Jennifer Swender, who published her middle grade book, Solving for M, this year. For ages 8-12. “
Thursday, August 22nd
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hugo Award short fiction finalists + dinner
“For our August science fiction book discussion we’ll be reading the short stories and novelettes that were nominated as finalists for the Hugo Awards this year, and we’ll meet to discuss them Thursday, August 22, 2019. 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! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance. See https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/263325467/ to RSVP and find links to all the stories!”

Card Games:

Monday, August 19th
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, August 20th
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, August 23rd
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 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Commander 2019 Weekend!
“August 23rd Commander 2019 releases! Four new decks are coming out and the details we know so far they are all based off on keywords. Populate, Morph, Madness, and Flashback. On Saturday we invite you to join us in celebrating this release by coming by, picking up a new deck and playing with others. For each win you get you will win a foil promo card! We will be starting this around 1 pm on Saturday only. “
Saturday, August 24th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Commander 2019 Weekend!
The second day!

Community:

Tuesday, August 20th
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.”
Thursday, August 22nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
Same thing, different day!
Saturday, August 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
“Forbes Library offers a wide range of services and collections spread over four floors in a grand Victorian building. This can also make it a daunting place to navigate. Please join us for a guided tour of the library where we will be presenting an introduction to the library’s history and an overview of what awaits you on each floor. Preregistration is appreciated but not required. Meet us in the library’s front lobby.”

Entertainment:

Monday, August 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch
“Throw the Quaffle, dodge the Bludgers, run as a Seeker and chase down the Golden Snitch! Join the Greenfield Public Library’s game of wizards. Takes place at Hillside Field! Registration through Recreation Department website.” We really feel like they should be doing this with hangliders.
Friday, August 23rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Developer Night!
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for improvement and publicity! Get feedback from fellow developers and passionate gamers alike! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.” There are so many great developers in the Valley, this is a great opportunity to help them out!

History:

Tuesday, August 20th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
The Flood of 1955
“Watch ‘Five Feet and Rising’, a 26-minute documentary on the historic Westfield flood and view our selection of artifacts from that time. This runs from Tuesday – Friday!
Wednesday, August 21st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
History Chat – Memories of the Flood of 55
“Join us for a Talk on the History of the Flood of 1955 and add your memories!”
Saturday, August 24th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Sylvester Graham Olympics – A Family Program
“Embrace your inner Graham-ite – compete in a Graham cracker toss, build a Graham cracker tower, and challenge your Graham cracker-wielding dexterity. Learn about Sylvester Graham and how his philosophy influences the food on our plates, then participate in brain teasing events to put that knowledge to the test! Outside on Parsons Lawn, Historic Northampton Kids are free – $5 per adult or $10 per family” Sylvester Graham is such a great example of how rich people get taken way too seriously. What an odd person.

Kids:

Tuesday, August 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kid’s Chess Club
“For K – Grade 12. ALL SKILL LEVELS! Sign-ups are not necessary and drop-ins are welcome. Hosted by: William Nolte”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, August 23rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Make Your Own Picture Book Art
“This one time, it’s okay to write in the book! Come turn picturebooks into your our works of art with stickers, glitter paint, and more. Your picturebook is yours to take home with you for your own personal storytime. Registration is required and space is limited. Ages 3-6 years old”

Movies:

Wednesday, August 21st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night – The Public
“A Cincinnati librarian helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library in order to survive a brutal winter night.” More movies should be about heroic librarians!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The Birds on the Lawn
“Cinema Northampton presents a free Forbes Library Lawn screening of The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren! Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and we’ll roll the film once it’s dark!” And of course soon after, the audience will be vicously assaulted by owls.
Friday, August 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Walk-in Theater: Grease
Outdoor film! See the classic story of 25 year-old high schoolers singing songs about the 50’s and how fun everything was. It’s a movie we’ve seen about 14 times, under duress.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
FREE Film Screening of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” based on novel by Kent Nerburn
Sunday, August 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Birobidzhan”
“In 1934, the Soviet Union founded the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, an independent communist state for Jews in a remote corner of Russia near the Chinese border. At its peak, this “Soviet Zion,” where the official language was Yiddish, attracted more than 5,000 foreign Jewish migrants from all over the world. Did Jewish pioneers come up with this idea and get approval from Stalin or did the Soviet dictator have his own reasons for supporting this migration? Belgian filmmaker Guy-Marc Hinant went to Birobidzhan, the former capitol, to ask these questions and explore this remarkable slice of history. What’s left of Jewish culture there and who’s living in the city now? Hinant focuses on the now-elderly people whose parents settled there and finds their memories tell a very different story from what is seen in the city today.” Student | $4. Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members | $6. General Admission | $8

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 20th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 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, August 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tree Survey
“A neighborhood survey is being coordinated by a graduate student from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in collaboration with the Greenfield Tree Committee. We would like to learn what you think about your neighborhood’s visual appeal, your feelings of safety, and your overall satisfaction living in your neighborhood. We will offer the results to the Greenfield Tree Committee, the Franklin Land Trust, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and other local programs to help with planning and organizing community projects in your neighborhood.” Help out a graduate student AND your community!

Technology:

Tuesday, August 20th
32 Industrial Dr. E, Northampton MA at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Distilling conversations into ready stories
“NEW LOCATION! August topic: Techniques and Tools to distill conversations into great and ready stories. Teams of the Valley! Maybe you’re not on an Agile team or you work on your own, but if you’re responsible for producing work (or want to be), come, share and learn. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc. This is a NERD event. https://nerd.ngo”

Teens:

Monday, August 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Wand-Making Workshop
“Join us for a fun and creative craft! Create a wand of your own design for cosplay or to display in your room” OR to perform magic with!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Constellation Jars
“Fill a jar with stars. As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.” We feel like this is really courting disaster. Starts are notoroiously volatile. Did you know the sun outputs approximately 38,460 septillion watts/second? We don’t know what your electrical outlets are rated for, but ours just can’t handle it.
Tuesday, August 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] 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
Thursday, August 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Another day? They’re up to two a week? Dang, we’re pretty sure this “Pokemon” thing is going to wind up being pretty popular.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Podcasting Workshop for Teens!
“Learn how to record and edit audio! Start a podcast, record a family oral history, or make sound art. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. All skill levels are welcome! Sign up required. Visit us at the Young Adult and Children’s Desk, call (413) 587-1010 or email csieh@forbeslibrary.org.”
Saturday, August 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Make Your Own Book of Monsters Notebook!
“Create your own Monster-Book-of-Monsters in a practical notebook for to use for taking class notes, as a journal, for cosplay, room decor, or a very cool gift!”

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