September 30th – August 5th


This is coming up in a bit, but we figure we’ll highlight it because it sounds fun! It’s at Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp, 22 Sugar Hill Rd · Williamsburg, MA from Friday, October 11, 2019, 5:00 PM to Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:00 PM! That’s a lot of board games!

“Having trouble finding people to join you for your favorite games? Let Tolgy Wood do the looking for you!

We are excited to introduce our exploratory episode of Table Wars! Table Wars at Tolgy Wood will be a recurring gathering of board game, video game, CCG, and tabletop RPG enthusiasts doing what they love, usually spanning an entire weekend: Friday evening to Sunday evening. (Participants need not attend for the entire duration.) If this series of events sounds interesting to you, please show your support by joining us for Episode Beta!

Our snack bar will be open, serving a variety of food options at reasonable prices. Sadly, we cannot allow outside food to be brought into the gaming areas. Alcohol is allowed but is BYOB. There are several cabins on site where you are welcomed to stay overnight for a low cost (see below).

Admission to Table Wars is $5 for the day or $10 for the entire weekend. A bed in a cabin with electricity and heat is $5/night. It is $20/night for a bed in a cabin with more amenities, including a bathroom en suite. Online registration will be available soon, and we will also be accepting payment at the event itself, both cash and credit (credit is a small additional fee).

In the days leading up to the event, please check back here often to see the listing of games being offered. If you would like to bring any of your own games and lead one or more gaming session, please let us know by emailing us at [masked] or messaging Tolgy Wood on Facebook. Game runners will have our appreciation, and that appreciation will take the form of free food!

Assemble your allies and foes alike and join us for Table Wars at Tolgy Wood!”

Also in case you’re ever looking for a scary movie to watch, don’t make it Insidious! Jeez is that boring as heck. It’s like watching an episode of Unsolved Mysteries except three times as long and half as fun.

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:

Tuesday, October 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Zine Club (ages 11-17)
“A new monthly meet-up to come together & create, collaborate, draw, design, cut, collage, glue, mix media, photocopy, bullet journal, etc. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own projects to work on!”
Friday, October 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carle Writing Group
“Aspiring writers. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Positive criticism only. “
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artist meet and greet With Bill Campbell
“We are very excited to announce that Bill Campbell will be joining us again for an in store signing and meet and greet for the release of his newest graphic novel Baaaad Muthaz! “These women are truly baaaad. They’re rough. They’re ready. They’re space pirates. They’re a James Brown cover band. They are the Baaaaad Muthaz. Follow Afro Desia, Cali Vera, Alley Bastard, Candy Ass, Katana Jade, and Snake on their madcap cosmic adventures as they funk up the galaxy in search of the almighty booty!” Bill is the founder of Rosarium Publishing in Washington DC which is a fledgling publisher specializing in speculative fiction, comics, and a touch of crime fiction—all with a multicultural flair. He is also the writer of many comics over the years, as well, as editor and publisher. “

Arts:

Thursday, October 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic with Cameron Awkward-Rich
“Featured Reader Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Dispatch (Persea Books, 2019). A black/trans poet and critic, his work can be found in American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Narrative, Signs, American Quarterly, and elsewhere. Featured Artist Chrissy Howland was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She has held solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Italy, and Maryland. Howland seeks to recreate the archetype of the female artist/academic/intellectual as a positive icon without a major association to neurosis, mental illness, and romantic love. Featured Musicians The Jazz Mesmerizers perform at 5:30pm!” The Jazz Mesmerizers, to be clear, play polka. It’s just that they play polka at the exact frequency that mesmerizes Jazz music.

Board Games:

Tuesday, October 1st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 24
“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, October 3rd
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Adult Game Night – Silk
“Alright folks, this is straight up one of my favorite box covers of the entire year and I’m ready to share its silky smooth content with you! This week I’ll be featuring the brand-spanking new Silk from alos new designer Luis Ranedo! In Silk, Players move their silkworms to the optimal spaces to feed on the best grass, while pushing other players’ into less desirable grasses. Players roll dice to determine which of the six actions they can take during their turn. Shut Up and Sit Down Review! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_tOQ84adic&feature=youtu.be So come on out have a nice hot tea, eat a delicious pretzel (organizers of events also like delicious pretzels, FYI) and let’s make some silk!”
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, October 4th
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.”
Sunday, October 6th
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”

Books:

Wednesday, October 2nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grounded Goodwife: We’re an Open Book presentation
“Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban, the mother daughter force behind Grounded Goodwife, are offering an interactive book signing in celebration of the release of their book How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal. Drop in for a fun-filled evening, including a Brazil trivia quiz with Serenata de Amor candy prizes, and discussions about meaningful quotations from the book discussed by the audience in relevance ottheir own lives. Books will be available for purchase.”
Sunday, October 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
AUTHOR TALK | “The Book Rescuer,” with Sue Macy and Stacy Innerst
“Author Sue Macy will talk about her children’s book, The Book Rescuer, a story about the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, which explores timely themes of identity and immigration. Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written in Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he’s finding more every day.”

Card Games:

Monday, September 30th
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, October 1st
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, October 4th
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:

Thursday, October 3rd
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.”
Saturday, October 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cross Generational Spanish Conversation Group
“Come join all ages in learning and practicing Spanish! All ages and levels welcome”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Town of Amherst: Energy and Climate Action Committee
“Public outreach forum; free and open to the public.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Project Native Plant Trust
“Project Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization, will offer a plant conservation lecture at the Greenfield Library. The program, entitled, “Plant Communities of Massachusetts,” will provide an overview of the extraordinary diversity of native plant communities in the state, with example plants and environmental features. The goal is to raise awareness and appreciation of the area’s habitats, to educate about plant communities’ current status, and to encourage ways to conserve local natural resources. This program has piloted as a webinar, with successful engagement. Greenfield Library’s program will be part of a larger state-wide initiative called the Plant Conservation Lecture Series, which will offer the program through libraries in several towns throughout Massachusetts. “
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Upcycling Clothing Workshop/Drive
“The Paper Project is taking a bigger step in mixing art and recycling with a clothing drive/upcycled clothing workshop. During this event, participants are encouraged to bring clothes they don’t use anymore to give back to the community while learning how to bring new life to old outfits. With the use of fabric markers, tie-dye with bleach, stencils, and maybe a little sewing and cutting, they can revamp their whole wardrobe. Admission to workshop is free, but participants are highly encouraged to bring clothing to donate.(Rain Date for 9/28/19). This event will be held on the back lawn of the library. Because it is being held after the library is closed, there will be no access to the building.”

Entertainment:

Monday, September 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: The Falls
“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 Peter Greenaway’s first feature-length film from 1980 : The Falls. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKNMR9KDZg Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept.”
Wednesday, October 2nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash #44 – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…This event will feature two main brackets; Smash Ultimate Singles and Smash Melee Singles. Every second Wednesday will feature PM instead of Melee! To enter there is; $5 Venue Fee. $5 Bracket Entry Fee. *Cash only, there is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. **Venue fee will be waived if you provide a FULL set up. Streamed by Team Spilled Fries: https://www.twitch.tv/teamspilledfries
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Holocaust Collection and Education Center
“Darrell English will share items from his personal collection of Nazi artifacts numbers 3,000 — photos, propaganda posters, passports and uniforms of soldiers and prisoners that have been displayed to document the systematic killing of citizens by the Nazi regime during the 1930s and ’40s. Formerly the director of The New England Holocaust Institute English, who has no Jewish heritage, was born in North Adams, and housed his museum there and focused on outreach and education. “My vision is this:” he said, “to eventually have a museum big enough to tell the full story, side by side: WWII, and the buildup of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. So that people get a clear visual of what went on,” he said.”
Thursday, October 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Abnormal America
“Every state in the union has its own spooky stories and unsolved mysteries – alien abduction, bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, the Mothman, and more! Come hear some of the strangest and spookiest stories the USA has to offer.” The Jersey Devil is just a name, it actually spends most of its time in California.
Sunday, October 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
“Some Favored Nook”: A Song Cycle by Eric Nathan
“The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present “Some Favored Nook,” a song cycle by Eric Nathan inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Eric Nathan’s original composition places Dickinson and Higginson’s writings at the center of the music, using these pivotal texts as a lens through which to view the social, political, and cultural issues of this chapter in American history. Filled with themes of abolition, civil rights, women’s rights, the effects of war, love, and death.”
Another Castle [30 Olive St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: GAME NIGHT @ Another Castle!
“Hey Devs! Bring yourself, a family member, a friend and a foe for the October installment of our monthly game dev & design meetup, MAKE TALK PLAY! This month, we’re putting the focus on good old fashioned play. If you have a game you’d like to demo, please show it! If you have a board game you’d like to play, please bring it! If you have a video game you’d like to play, let’s play it!”

History:

Saturday, October 5th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Making Books on Main Street: Publishers, Printers, Bookbinders, and Booksellers in Northampton
“Historic Northampton trustee Barbara B. Blumenthal will tell the story of publishers, printers, and binders in Northampton from the 18th century to the present. She will concentrate on 18th-19th century bookseller Simeon Butler and his successors; The Hampshire Bookshop (in Northampton 1916-1971); and the ongoing legacy of book arts in the Connecticut River Valley.”
Sunday, October 6th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Historic Significance of Flax and Sugar Beets
“Grow Food Northampton will co-sponsor a workshop with the Ruggles Center at the Florence Community Garden on Sunday, October 6, from 11:00-1:00. Ruggles Center members will present on the uses and historical significance of two crops we have grown at the garden this year: flax and sugar beets. Register with Grow Food as space is limited. Contact us for further information. “

Kids:

Tuesday, October 1st
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!
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”

RPGs:

Friday, October 4th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Blessing Season 2- Fall Event 1
“This October 4th kicks off a weekend of tricks, treats and the radioactive madness that you would expect at a Blessing weekend expedition. The mysteries of Echo Point continue to be revealed, but every answer we find two more questions that may have been better left unknown. Grab your weapons and prepare for the most fun you’ve ever had fighting for your survival! Ticket prices start at: $75.00. To make a character visit :https://blessinglarp.com. Purchase tickets at: https://blessinglarp.com/event-tickets
Saturday, October 5th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Blessing Season 2- Fall Event 1
The second day!
Sunday, October 6th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Blessing Season 2- Fall Event 1
The third day!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 1st
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, September 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: DIY Sleep Masks
“Make a sleep mask! As always, snacks and materials are provided. This event is for teens only. “
Tuesday, October 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 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
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Pizza and Movie Night
“The House with the Clock in its Walls. Enjoy a slice of pizza and see what happens when an orphaned boy moves into his warlock uncle’s house… which happens to be haunted by the sound of ticking clocks.” Our warlock uncle was haunted by digital clocks so luckily it didn’t impact his daily life too much.
Wednesday, October 2nd
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, October 4th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Video Game Afternoon
“Relax, have a snack, and play video games! There will be a variety of games to choose from for PlayStation 3. For grades 5-12. Just drop in, no registration!” Ooh you could also bring a Switch if you’ve got one, we really love the Jackbox games for that.
Saturday, October 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make Your Own Interactive Graphic Novels
“Do you love graphic novels? You can create your own stories with your favorite characters! If you want, you can incorporate your own drawings into your stories! Want ot learn to code? Ren’Py is simple to learn but also offers options to incorporate more complicated Python code. At this workshop you will learn to use Ren’Py, a Python-based tool, to easily create visual novels with words, images, and sounds.”

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