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November 12th – November 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


 

Thank you for voting! It was important and you did it. Have this congratulations from the folks at Freedom Massachusetts:

We did it: Dignity and respect for our transgender friends and neighbors remains the law in our Commonwealth!

We may not know the final margin until tomorrow, but right now Yes on Question 3 is leading—a powerful, unmistakable message from Massachusetts voters that we value our transgender friends and neighbors, and want everyone to feel safe and welcome here.

The voters said something else too, to the entire nation: We will not let the forces of discrimination use fear and lies to turn us against our neighbors. Because of the team we built, we can say tonight that Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to uphold protections for transgender people at the ballot box! 

That team included 70 paid employees, 1,500 local coalition partners and more than 4,000 volunteers who filled more than 15,000 volunteer shifts. Collectively, Yes on 3 staff and volunteers knocked on more than 300,000 doors and made more than 2 million phone calls, resulting in more than 100,000 conversations with voters across Massachusetts.

To celebrate, you should attend Wednesday Games this week! It’s a ton of fun and you get to play excellent games picked out by people who really know how to pick fun games!

Also you should check out Magestry! It’s a local LARP that seems nice and fun, and it’s free if you want to go play an NPC. Which is kind of win-win if you’re nervous about trying out a new fun time, because it gives you some structure while you’re exploring your new LARP!

Oh! And we haven’t told folks to go check out The Beast Peddler’s shop recently! It’s so neat! You can get a custom-made Mandrake Root pet or Three-Eyed Goat Person pet!

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:

Tuesday, November 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Write-In for National Novel Writing Month
Open to the public! Come write your danged novel, it’ll be great!
Wednesday, November 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Crafternoon: Decorative Paper Pumpkins
Well, you start with the decorative ones. Once you get a bit more advanced you can move on to the edible paper pumpkins! Limited spots available, call 413-283-3330 ext. 0 to reserve a spot!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Teeny Zines, Clean Zines, Spleen Zines, Green Zines, Mean Zines, Tambourine Zines! All sorts of zines!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Wistiriahurst Museum Visit for Teens
“Teens are invited to see a new textile exhibit at the Wistariahurst Museum. We will be meeting in the Teen Room, and walking to the museum as a group.” Textiles! Very good and neat to look at and learn about.
Thursday, November 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Reading of Shanti Arts Authors
“Join us for a poetry reading by four Shanti Arts Authors: Susan Currie, James B. Nicola, Karla Van Vliet, and Wally Swist. Shanti Arts founder Christine Cote will provide the introduction. Books will be available for purchase and signing.” Books will also be available for reading and touching!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stitchin’ Group
Stich! That’s what you do when you’re stitchin’.
Friday, November 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson’s Planet
“When Emily Dickinson wrote to Thomas Wentworth Higginson about “Planetary Forces,” was she thinking about astrophysics? geopolitics ? environmental changes? Something more philosophical? What did the idea of earth’s planetarity mean to Dickinson and her circle, and what does it mean to us?”

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games! Specifically, this night is for Citadels! We’ve tried that and we loved it so maybe you will too! You can also give $5 to eat some pizza. Also it says here that you get 15% board games that evening… so… hm. Uncertain what that means. 15% of all board games? You just… lop a piece off? You’ll need to ask!
Wednesday, November 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Wednesday Games! The best game night in all of the Valley! A great bunch of folks who all play games and hang out and that’s nice. This week: “For any of you who know me and my gaming tastes, you’ll know that the ZMan Deluxe Card game series is one of my favorite go-to lines on the market. I’ve positively worn out my copies of Arboretum and Parade! Well this week, I’m bringing you another game from that line, Archaeology: The New Expedition! Archaeology is a set collection game about searching for treasures to sell to nearby museums. With a little bit of luck, you may even find a secret monument filled with valuable treasures! Watch the weather though, sandstorms are on the horizon and they will blow away your precious discoveries for other industrious archaeologists to collect themselves! No Pun Included Reviews – Archaeology – The New Expedition https://youtu.be/1BOC-rQLE8g As always there will be a great big pile of games on offer for you to dig into. Bring your friends, enjoy a beverage, play some games! See you on Wednesday!”
Friday, November 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Monthly Game Developer Demo Night #4
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local 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 attempting to make great games! 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.” That sounds so fun! There are a ton of folks who make amazing games in the Valley, and this is a great opportunity to see what they have on offer!
Saturday, November 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
A Song of Ice and Fire Tournament
“$15 entry free includes pizza lunch (please inform TO of dietary restrictions as you will be accommodated) Pre-registration begins at 11 AM; dice roll promptly at 12 PM! 50 pts., 2 lists! 3 rounds – 2 hours per round! No painting restriction! Scenarios TBD. This event is open to players of all skill levels and experience” Pizza! White Walkers! What more could you possibly want? Also wait we had no idea this game existed. We tried the card game a ways back, that was nice!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Tuesday, November 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Janet Bowdan, Making Progress
“Bowdan’s poems pay attention to behaviors we may not want to notice of ourselves, woven with humor & affection into the story of her blended family against a backdrop of society’s evolving expectations of girl, woman, wife & mother.” Janet Bowdan grew up in South Hadley, 1.1 miles from the Odyssey. In fact her parents settled here largely because of its proximity to the Odyssey. Janet got most of her exercise walking to the Odyssey, selecting a book, charging it to her account, and walking home. She’d have read the book by the next day and therefore had to walk back again. It was always her goal to write her own book and give a reading at the Odyssey.” That’s so nice! Excellent job chasing that dream!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
From Bensonville to Buxton: Two Florence Families’ Flight After the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
“A historical talk by Steve Strimer at the Edwards Library in Southampton on two Florence families’ flight to Buxton, Ontario after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850. Presented in conjunction with the All Hamptons Read series of events.”
Wednesday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Darkest Star
“In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. #1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn’t understand finds herself confronted by long-buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart…and Armentrout’s most swoon-worthy book boyfriend yet.” We’ve always striven for swoon-worthy but we tend to land at moon-worthy. It’s a hassle having to deal with all these orbits!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Event: Allen Young
“Local author, Allen Young, will discuss and read from his new autobiography, Left, Gay and Green: A Writer’s Life, on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library. Having grown up during the sixties and early seventies, when political activism was at an all-time high, Young chronicles his full and rich life with stories and photographs that reflect his strong social commitment and dedication to making a difference in the world.” We’re pretty sure we’re giving the 60’s a run for the money when it comes to activism!
Thursday, November 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suparna Roychoudhury, Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science
“Professor Suparna Roychoudhury will read from and discuss her book, Phantasmatic Shakespeare. What was Shakespeare’s understanding of imagination, and what made his depictions of imagining so vital and rich? Roychoudhury describes how, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, imagination was an element of early modern cognitive psychology—it was the faculty of the mind that produces mental images, or phantasms.” This sounds neat! We don’t often grapple with the idea of how contemporaneous people understood what we think of as kind of eternal art.
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
“The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets,” by Charles C. Mann ’76
“Charles C. Mann ’76, a local author, will give a talk on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet. In 40 years, Earth’s population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups– wizards and prophets, as Mann calls them.”
Saturday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Mike Curato and Little Elliot at Yankee Candle!
“Mike Curato is bringing Little Elliot to Yankee Candle on November 17th for their Tree Lighting Event! At 1:30pm, 2:15pm, and 3:00pm he will read, do a drawing demo, and sign books. This event will take place at Yankee Candle in conjunction with other Tree Lighting events throughout the day. The lighting will take place around 5:00pm. Mike Curato loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!). ” Adorable! We like writing less than we like cupcakes and ice cream, but that’s not a bad thing it’s just a fact!

Card Games:

Monday, November 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 Entrance. 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, November 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 16th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Complimentary Lives: The professional and personal relationship between Booker T. Washington and Samuel E. Courtney
“Presented by Holly Robbin, this book covers the professional and personal relationship between Booker T. Washington and Samuel E. Courtney. Both born into slavery and both dedicated their lives to educating the Negro in the late 1800s and into the 1900s. Courtney was educated at the Westfield Normal School from 1882 to 1885. Later attended Harvard Medical school and became a practicing physician in Boston.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Rub Wrongways Sixth Musicians in Residence Event
“On November 14, Ryan McGovern Quinn will discuss how music can present complex ideas concisely, and how the songs have proven malleable enough to stay relevant a century later. Featuring performances by: Henning Ohlenbusch, Lesa Bezo, Thane Thomsen, and Ryan McGovern Quinn” Free and open to all! The last one!
Thursday, November 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday Morning Club: Philippe Simon: Bonobos and the Evolution of Happiness
“The Thursday Morning Club welcomes Philippe Simon presenting Bonobos and the Evolution of Happiness. The Thursday Morning Club features local people with interesting hobbies, skills or something to share with the community.” Happiness is a very vital predator in a lot of ecosystems, so it’s a good thing that Bonobos helped it evolve!
Saturday, November 17th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Time for Pie
“Who doesn’t love pie? As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes both— with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie” You can put ‘come and learn about pie’ at the end of any paragraph and we’re there. “We will whisper the sharp secret to you that flenses flesh from bone! Come learn about pie!”

History:

Thursday, November 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Cookies with a Curator – Sojourner Truth in Florence
“‘I Will Shake Every Place I Go To: Sojourner Truth in Florence’ Exploring Sojourner Truth’s life while living in Florence 1843-1856 and the lessons she gives us for our times. We will explore some children’s books about Sojourner, introduce the walking tour of her house and environs in Florence, and lead discussion on her importance to us now.” Plus cookies!
Friday, November 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator: A Film by Stan Sherer
Learn about the history of the Masonic Block, that big stretch of Main Street in downtown Northampton that has Fitzwilly’s in it. And specifically, about how they installed an elevator that was powered by the Northampton city water pressure until 2016! Apparently a pretty standard thing at the turn of the previous century, this one was distinguished mostly by being fancy as heck. Sherer’s film shows you exactly how this works and speaks to elevator operators and service-people about how neat it was. Free and open to the public, with a second showing at 4pm!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Josiah: The Story that Sparked the Civil War
“Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life. Though immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and catapulted to international fame in 1852, his story has been largely lost to history. Until now. Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, JOSIAH is an unmissable documentary about one of history’s greatest lost figures. Narrated by Danny Glover.”
Saturday, November 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Census (almost)
“Join us for an introduction to one of the most useful sources for family history research: Census records. Hillary Schau will delve into the history of the U.S. Federal Census and explore how the census questions and census-taking changed over time. She will demonstrate how to search census records and interpret what you find, pointing out the most common pit-falls and problems. Hillary will also explore some U.S. Census substitutes for the 1890 Census (destroyed by fire) and show participants how to find non-U.S. census records using Ancestry Library Edition. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration strongly recommended: (413) 420-8107.”
Sunday, November 18th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, November 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Friday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Children’s Classical Music Concert with the Quark Quartet
The Quark Quartet will present a concert for all ages featuring classical and contemporary music! Franz Josef Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Jim Henson, Sam Pottle, Coldplay, and Pharrell Williams! Violin, Viola, and Cello (known as Violot by many) will go through a bunch of wonderful music in a kid-friendly setting!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Bilingual Mandarin Storytime
Hear stories and songs in Mandarin and English!
Saturday, November 17th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime: Randall de Sève and Pamela Zagarenski
“In Zola’s Elephant, New York Times bestselling author Randall de Sève and two-time Caldecott-honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski tell a tender, witty friendship story of imagination gone wild, and show how assumptions often cause us to misjudge—and miss out. But with a little courage, new opportunities and new friendships can be made.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!
Sunday, November 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
From Story to Stage: The Littlest Matryoshka Comes to Life
“Join author Corinne Demas, illustrator Kathryn Brown, puppet maker and show creator Therese Brady Donohue, and composer Karen Tarlow as they give a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the process of bringing The Littlest Matryoshka from book to stage.”

Movies:

Tuesday, November 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Eyes on the Prize: Power!
“Tonight’s screening delves back into history with an episode of “Eyes on the Prize”, the award-winning documentary. The episode is: Power! (1966-1968) This will provide a context for discussing the way that many white people’s fears of people of color taking power and outnumbering white people seem to be driving much of the hate-based, divisive politics today. A discussion follows. Free and open to the public” We like that the phrasing makes it seem as though the discussion isn’t something planned or desired, it’ll just roll in like the weather.
Wednesday, November 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Dark Money
“Dark Money a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. First shown on PBS POV, this Sundance award-winning documentary, released July 13, 2018, is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM)Hosted by the Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars,Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Represent Western MA Trailer: https://www.pbs.org/video/dark-money-trailer-20vifr/” Hey we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that there may be problems with the US system of electing representatives!
Thursday, November 15th
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Russian Film Screening: “Life is Full of Fun” (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА)
“Life is Full of Fun (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА) directed by Petr Todorovsky • 2002 • 98 minutes! The extraordinary lives of several ordinary families who share a communal apartment in a provincial town during the early 1990s! This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.”
Sunday, November 18th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “My Mexican Shivah” with Q&A
“Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, this is a gentle comedy about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life. The film, based on a story by Ilan Stavans, is a festival favorite and features a musical score performed by The Klezmatics. Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of the NPR podcast “In Contrast.”” As always, student $4, members $6, general admission $8.

RPGs:

Friday, November 16th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
“It is a time of warm fires, mulled cider, colorful leaves, crunching bones, and cries in the night… Elmerton boasts a rich environment where you can engage in lots of combat, explore the world at your leisure, and participate in intellectual and role-play heavy plots. There is something for everyone in this small town! Now is a perfect time to join Magestry as either a PC or an NPC and meet great new people!” You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!
Saturday, November 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!
Sunday, November 18th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!

Science:

Tuesday, November 13th
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:15 PM to 5:15 AM
Assistant Professor Daniel McCarron, University of Connecticut: “Taming Molecules with Light”
“Laser cooling and trapping have revolutionized atomic physics, enabling a wide range of advances in science and technology. In recent years, it has become clear that general methods to produce ultracold molecules would have a similarly broad scientific impact. The rich internal structures of molecules make them versatile tools for a variety of experiments in ultracold chemistry, precision measurement and quantum simulation. However, this same structure poses challenges once believed to be fatal to any attempt at laser cooling.” Learn about how they’re working on it!

Technology:

Tuesday, November 13th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Come to the meetup! Be a part of the discussion and join a team working with an organization working on issues in our communities! Join the Slack group to participate in the online discussion: https://h4wmslack.herokuapp.com/” They do good work for folks around the Valley, you should help out if you can!
Wednesday, November 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Measuring for Improvement
“How is your team continuously improving? Is it? How can you tell? What are you measuring and how are you using that to improve? Kelly Albrecht will discuss continuous improvement and demonstrate ways to think about it and to accomplish it as part of regular teamwork. 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. PLEASE Make sure to register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-measuring-for-improvement” But please, consider… what will happen if your team never STOPS improving? What if it improves so much that it can’t be contained!?
Thursday, November 15th
Northampton Community TV [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
“• Current projects (20 minutes) – Introduce yourself, tell us what you are working on at the moment and what you are learning about. • Problems and Solutions (30 minutes) – Bring us your current problems and we’ll use groupthink to try to solve them. If you have a laptop to demonstrate your issue, bring it and we’ll plug you into the projector. • Troubleshooting WordPress (60 minutes) – We’ll look at the 40 most common WordPress errors and how to fix them, including the horrible white screen of death. Curiously some of these are caused by your web host and can be related to third party security tools. Learn what to do when bad things happen and how to recover your site if necessary. We’ll also get a Gutenberg editor update. There is a lot of flux as to when it will be officially rolled out. • Decide next meeting topics (10 minutes)”

Teens:

Tuesday, November 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan 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, November 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Movie Night for Teens with Special Needs
Big screen showing of Mary and Max, a touching claymation movie about characters with Autism! Recommended for ages 14 and up, people of all abilities are welcome! There’s popcorn too!
Thursday, November 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Friday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Yarn Painting
Create a work of art out of a canvas and some yarn! This is intended for people ages 10 – 17. Create some art in the style of Mexico’s Huichol Indians!

Video Games:

Tuesday, November 13th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

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November 5th – November 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Vote

Donate to Monte’s March

Donate to the National Center for Transgender Equality

Donate to the Center for New Americans

Do whatever you’re able to make sure the Valley is a nice place for you and all your neighbors.

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


AAAAAAAAA!:

Tuesday, November 6th
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE at 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
VOTE! FOR THE LOVE OF HELL’S SWEET BELLS YOU MUST VOTE!
Check out more info here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/vote_info.htm, find out where you vote here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/, and vote YES on 3! VOTE! If you CAN vote, you owe it to your community to do so. Basic human rights are on the ballot, and not bothering because you’re pretty sure Massachusetts will wind up doing okay is evil.

Art:

Monday, November 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, November 6th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
16th Annual Miller Lecture—”Family Matters: Art, Race and the Black Atlantic from Madame Benoist’s Portrait d’une femme noire (1800)” by Prof. Anne Lafont
“Anne Lafont is professor (directrice d’études) at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Professor Lafont will speak about gender, art and race during the Enlightenment and the Atlantic Revolutions with a particular focus on the representation of African women’s agency in the Colonies. She will present Madame Benoist’s painting (below), Portrait d’une femme noire (Portrait of a black woman) in conversation with the exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection.”
Wednesday, November 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Coffee and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Friday, November 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art-making from 4pm to 7pm! Stitch words or symbols with plastic needles and embroidery floss. Then take a look at a wonderful museum and have some complimentary refreshments! Also maybe donate anyway, the SCMA is just a very nice museum it deserves your support!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Saturday, November 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Drop-In Craft Table
“Come to the library to make a craft or bring the supplies home to complete. No registration is necessary. While supplies last.” Why not use the library as a site for your next crafting project?
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Family Arts & Crafts
“Children and families are invited to attend Family Arts & Crafts day at the Holyoke Public Library on Saturday, November 10. We will be starting around 11:00 with a read-aloud of Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell before creating our Thanksgiving decorations. The activity room will be open the rest of the day, so feel free to drop-in anytime after 11:00 am until closing (4:00) to create your Thanksgiving art. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Gregg Mitchell at gmitchell@holyokelibrary.org.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
“Led by Forbes Writer in Residence, Emeritus, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.” Win a prize! Also win: your novel!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games! Specifically, this night is for Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride! Great games well-loved by all who play them. You can also give $5 to eat some pizza. Also it says here that you get 15% board games that evening… so… hm. Uncertain what that means. 15% of all board games? You just… lop a piece off? You’ll need to ask!

Books:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Thursday, November 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Edward Carey, Little
“The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. ” Neat! We feel like that’s a person we are absolutely unfamiliar with despite learning the name a long time ago and knowing about the museum obviously.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friends of the Athenaeum Toy and Book Sale
Toys and books! Two great things that taste great together. Eat toys and eat books, chow down on them!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation with author Skip Desjardin
“A compelling new Massachusetts history book will be published on August 28 to mark the 100th anniversary of the events it chronicles. September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series is the unimaginable story of that late summer month, in which a division of Massachusetts militia volunteers led the first unified American fighting force into battle in France, turning the tide of World War I. Meanwhile the world’s deadliest pandemic—the Spanish Flu—erupted in Boston and its suburbs, bringing death on a terrifying scale first to military facilities and then to the civilian population. At precisely the same time, in a baseball season cut short on the homefront and amidst the surrounding ravages of death, a young pitcher named Babe Ruth rallied the sport’s most dominant team, the Boston Red Sox, to a World Series victory—the last World Series victory the Sox would see for 86 years.”
Saturday, November 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Erin Dionne, Captain’s Log
“When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results. The Captain’s (our young protagonist) belongings start to go missing while home-bound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow.”

Card Games:

Monday, November 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 9th
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.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.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”

Comics:

Saturday, November 10th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flywheel Comics Fest
“Flywheel Comics Fest is an awesome day of comics, art, and possibly other nerdy things! Local (and beyond!) artists will be tabling, so stop by and check it out! Interested in tabling? We still have tables available! Although the focus is on comics, other art-related and/or nerdy things, including prints, games, etc are also welcome. If you’re interested in tabling, the form to sign up (with info about table sizes and rates) is here: https://goo.gl/forms/SOJvyCY22W7zOrfg1” Amazing! Flywheel is great and comics are great!

Computers:

Tuesday, November 6th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] 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.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: WWII Letters
“Join Corinne Smith at the GPL for a fascinating look at her own family’s history in Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters. After Corinne found 100+ letters from 16 WWII servicemen that her mother had written to, she traced the men’s family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. Learn about this on-going project and hear some of the stories of the men & their relatives.”
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching My Hero Academia right now and it is very fun, if slightly melodramatic!
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.” What a delightful evening!
Saturday, November 10th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Time for Pie
“Who doesn’t love pie? As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes both— with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie” You can put ‘come and learn about pie’ at the end of any paragraph and we’re there. “Step into this pit full of knives! Come learn about pie”
Sunday, November 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Free Sunday Admission for Veterans and Military Personnel
“Prodigy loves our military personnel and vets! Please… have a day of gaming on us. It’s the least we can do for your service. Thank you.”

History:

Saturday, November 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Remains of a War: Exploring WWI Battlefields
“Libby and Ed Klekowski have been researching World War I for over ten years and have spent many happy hours walking through the battlefields of Verdun, the Meuse Argonne and St Mihiel. Their work has resulted in three books and they have produced two WW1 documentaries for public television. This special lecture will take the audience for a walk “on the wild side”, where the dross of war still litters the woods.”

Kids:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Thursday, November 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Medieval Feast (Ages 8-Up)
“Come one, come all to a jubilee inspired by the worlds of Redwall and Mouse Guard! We will have historical crafts, woodland activities, book discussion, warrior training, plus family-style refreshment. If you’re a fan of history or historical fantasy, join us for this fun autumn gathering. For Ages 8 + Please pre-register at the kids’ desk or 413-259-3091/ kids@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”
Saturday, November 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Grace Lin
“Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? Join Newbery Honor author Grace Lin as she reads from her new picture book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon. Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Movies:

Thursday, November 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Soul Kitchen”
“What to do when the woman you love runs off to China? Well, of course you take action by converting a run-down dive in a funky neighborhood into a swanky restaurant, enlisting the help of your brother, a small-time crook. A real estate mogul has different ideas for the place, and regulars clash with the new hipster clientele in this gritty, deadpan multi-cultural comedy. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.”
Saturday, November 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Special Screening: FILM | Who Will Write Our History?
In Nov. 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back – not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. With an introduction and Q&A by award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Buy tickets here: http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/Calendar?id=7762&view=Detail, $4 Student, $6 Member, $8 General Admission!
Sunday, November 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “1945”
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople—suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning—expect the worst and behave accordingly. Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó, 1945 presents an intimate portrait of a community’s collective guilt. Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Friday, November 9th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 AM
Blessing LARP- Welcome to the Apocalypse!
“Welcome traveler, to Blessing. The last known oasis left on earth. It’s been 118 years since the bombs fell, and humanity is in an all out struggle to survive. Will you be one of the brave few who brings home glory for your faction ? Or will you be the lone wolf that does things by their own sense of right and wrong? Come find out! Blessing is a vitality based, nerf gun / boffer LARP. To purchase tickets visit: https://blessinglarp.com/event-tickets/

Science:

Thursday, November 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Growing Together: Microbes, Humans, and Food
Dr. David Sela will talk to you about microbes! They’re an important part of how humans evolved, and how we exist today! Youc an find out how important microbes are for your health and also making fermented foods! Then stick around for a fermented food festival!

Teens:

Tuesday, November 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan 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, November 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!” Comic books are great, everyone should read more comics! Get those comics from local shop Comics N’ More! They have all the best comics!
Friday, November 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On
“Get you Game On at the library on Friday, November 9 and December 14. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games, snacks and more!” Mario Kart is ideal for hangout fun!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Goblin Quest: A Hilarious RPG Adventure (Ages 11-17)
“Join Corrina for an easy, casual slapstick adventure where players play as goblins (who meet their ends easily). Please pre-register at the Kids’ Desk 413-259-3091/teens@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

 

October 29th – November 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


VOTE!

VOTE!

VOTE NOW YOU CAN VOTE NOW FOR THE LOVE OF HELL VOTE NOW CRIPES!

Find your local early voting location!

Vote YES ON 3!

Also there’s still time to get out the vote! It’s a fun time to see dogs, and you’ve got to love any reason to see a dog. Also it’s a good way to see a neighborhood you’re not usually in!

We know we’ve been mostly focusing on voting for the past couple months but to be clear supporting Democratic candidates and supporting equal rights for trans people is something important you can do to support Valley Creators.

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:

Monday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Danez Smith
“We will discuss the work of poet Danez Smith who is giving a reading at Smith College on October 30th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Craft
Craft Halloween so that folks can have fun! If you don’t do it by the afternoon oh no people won’t be able to trick-or-treat!
Friday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Extra Life Fundraiser Tournaments
Two tournaments! First off: “Warhammer Shadespire Tournament – 12 PM. Requires $10 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3 rounds (best of 3 games) – 1.5 hours per round. Prizes from Quarter 2 Shadespire Prize Kit” Then! “X-Wing 2.0 Tournament – 5 PM Requires $5 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3-4 rounds, based on attendance. Prizes include promo Lando card” There are also “Story encounters for Warmachine/Hordes, Malifaux, 40K Killteams. Free play with a wide selection of board games, or bring your own board games to play with others. Everyone who plays in one one of the organized events, or plays board games for 1 hour or more will receive a raffle ticket toward prizes. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1.00. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30PM”

Books:

Tuesday, October 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suzanne Matson, Ultraviolet
A novel about three generations of independent women, beginning in 1930s India and ending in modern Boston! Suzanne Matson was born in Portland, Oregon and her first novel Hunger Moon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Lilly Library [19 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Edward Maeder
“Local Author Edward F. Maeder will be at the GPL on October 30 at 6 pm to discuss historic shoe collections and his book on them. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer’s extensive private collection, assembled over three decades.” Shoes! We never really think about them but dang would we miss them.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reading Gender and Sexuality in Frankenstein
“Lise Sanders will lead a discussion focusing on gender and sexuality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, drawing on the biographical and historical context of Gothic literature, women’s writing, and feminism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and reading the novel in light of modern scholarship exploring issues of monstrosity, power, and difference.” Ooh we hand’t really thought of this aspect of the novel!
Saturday, November 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
View from a Bridge Book Reading
“Come hear–and see–some of the Valley authors and artists from both sides of the river, whose widely varied personal stories, essays, poetry and artwork in VIEWS tell much about “old age”. (Note: Books will be available at discount price.)” wait are they saying that it tells facts about something that ISN’T “old age” but they’re pretending it is, or are they saying that “old age” is a fake concept? This is confusing!

Card Games:

Monday, October 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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 30th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.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.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Community:

Monday, October 29th
The Arts Block [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trial of the Century: Solidarity in Greenfield
“Twenty-one youth, ages 11 to 21, are suing the U. S. government, contending that through the government’s actions that cause climate change, it has violated their generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources. Concurrent with demonstrations of support at federal courthouses through the nation on that day, Greening Greenfield is holding a rally and panel discussion to inform our local community about the history and basis of the suit, the impact of climate change on local youth, and Greenfield’s own record with regard to safeguarding public trust resources.”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Tetsuo: The Iron Man
WATCH THE FILM FIRST! “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.) Our next movie is the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk horror gem Tetsuo : The Iron Man, written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-mAzGvcJS0 Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also view this film if you have a Forbes Library card on the streaming service Kanopy : https://forbes.kanopy.com/video/tetsuo-i-iron-man
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Frankenstein: It’s Alive with Barry Deitz
“Just in time for Halloween, join local presenter Barry Deitz for an exploration of Frankenstein, the man, the monster, the legend.” We can confirm that Barry Deitz is an old hand at presenting things, Barry will do you proper.
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Spooky Ghost Stories for Halloween!
Dramatic readings by professional actors! Ellen Morbyrne will be reading “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley! Linda Putnam will be reading “The Corner Store” by Cynthia Asquith!
Thursday, November 1st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Tim Maycock
“Tim Mayock of Northfield Music in Granby, CT. Born and raised in Connecticut Tim, has been a student of music, a guitar player and professional musician for more than 30 years. He plays original music and songs from the great American songbook. He was part of a band “The Mayocks” which put out 3 original CD’s and toured New England for over 10 years.” Weirdly they were named after a different Maycock.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
“5:30 pm performance by the Bluestockings a capella group. 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. 6 pm: Open mic begins. Featured readers follow the open mic” Art! Excitement! Fun! Dickinson!
Saturday, November 3rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Diwali Celebration with Bharat Babies
“Join publishing house Bharat Babies for a fun-filled day of programs celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all across the world. Programs will include storytelling, dance, music, and artmaking for the whole family.” Diwali is a lot of fun! There will be performances, music, dancing, workshops, storytimes, and more music, and lights! It’s a fun as heck holiday give it a go you should hang out at more holiday celebrations!
Sunday, November 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dickinson’s Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble
“Join us for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson’s musical, poetic and natural worlds.” A multimedia experience about how neat Emily Dickinson used to be!

History:

Thursday, November 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Black Cats of Amherst: The Story of a World War I Ambulance Unit
“Shortly after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, a group of Amherst residents, including townspeople, students, and professors, enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in an ambulance unit supporting French soldiers. Driving Model T and Fiat trucks, this unit, nicknamed the Black Cats of Amherst, served with distinction in France and Belgium during the last year of World War I. Jim Hamilton has recently completed a book on the Black Cats and will describe their exploits using contemporary photographs, diary accounts, and letters. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.”
Saturday, November 3rd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activity Hour
“Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and a craft. Registration required, space is limited. Ages 4 and up.” Contact pbrose@westath.org! Good times!
Wednesday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Families are invited to participate in a town-wide scavenger hunt on Halloween! Visit the Sunderland Public Library any time the week before or on Halloween to pick up your scavenger hunt cards and clues. Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations, return to the library having visited at least half of the locations for a special prize!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trick-or-Treat at the Library!
Add the library to your Northampton Trick-or-Treat route! They’ll have a ton of great candy and they’re all really excited to see your excellent costumes!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Storytime and Parade
“Show off your halloween costume at the library. Join us for this story time followed by a parade and trick or treating through the library. Registration is required.” Contact mregan@westath.org! Candy, costumes, damned souls! All the best Halloween stuff!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Saturday, November 3rd
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame [1000 Hall of Fame Ave Springfield, MA 01105] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WGBY Kids Fan Day
“WGBY Kids Fan Day brings your favorite PBS Kids characters to life. At WGBY Kids Fan Day, children get to meet (and hug!) some of their favorite characters. This year, PBS Kids visitors include: Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat! PLUS! Dress up in PBS Kids-themed costumes and join a Costume Parade. PBS Kids-inspired songs in Spanish and English from Jose Gonzalez *AND* a special performance from Community Music School of Springfield. See original drawings from some of the best storytellers in children’s literature. Community partners, such as Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries, present children’s literature and illustrations. Activity stations are set up throughout the venue. Each station is themed to a PBS KIDS show or children’s book author/illustrator. Each station is hosted by an education-focused community or cultural partner.” Also Lisa Yee, author of the DC Super Hero Girls series will be in attendance!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
“Meets first Saturday of the month in the Teen Area. Beginners welcome, materials provided and free! For ages 13-18.” Learn how to sew! What a good thing to know.
Sunday, November 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween Haunting Movie @ the Library
“A special viewing of the 1963 classic, The Haunting. For adults who love Halloween but not the trick or treating.” Don’t you dare ask for candy!
Saturday, November 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Coco
Coco! It’s supposed to be really good, it looks gorgeous. It’s about guitars! Everyone loves guitars. It’s also about death! Fewer people are fans of that, but we figure there may be some necromancers in our audience.

RPGs:

Saturday, November 3rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Technology:

Thursday, November 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others.” High speed internet! A bunch of the rest of the world has it, why don’t we?

Teens:

Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Casper
The newest Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) choice is Casper, the film that’s about a dead child but it’s supposed to be cute instead of sad all the time! But it’s still mostly sad!
Thursday, November 1st
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

October 22nd – October 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Voting! VOTING! We love it, so do you! Did you know that you can VOTE MONDAY? That’s TOMORROW! You can vote and you will vote because you’re not awful, starting Monday. Check where you can go for Early Voting, which generally goes from about 8am to 4pm, and allows you the peace of mind that you haven’t been purged from the rolls. It’s going to be a danged Blue Wave and you should not be left out. Vote YES on Question 3!

Also, vote for Jay Gonzalez. He’s got solid policy positions for improving the lives of folks in Massachusetts. Charlie Baker is actively fundraising for the RNC and dragging his feet on measures that the Massachusetts public has voted for because despite the fact that he smiles a lot he is actually still a Republican and still terrible.

You know what else you can do? Canvass! It’s very fun and good, and all of the coolest people are doing it. Mostly it’s about walking, because you’re only going to be going to confirmed supporters and they’re spread out across neighborhoods. All you need to do is say hi, thank them, pet their adorable dogs and/or wave to their cute babies, and then help them figure out when they’re going to vote!

Also! This is our favorite news of this week: someone called the police on some danged ghosts and/or witches in Amherst. Don’t narc on ghosts or witches, folks. Halloween is like the one time they get to feel comfortable.

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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:

Monday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pioneer Valley Assets for Artists Peer Network
Don’t know what this actually is, but it sounds positive! Get some assets, artists!
Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines for green machines, clean streams, bean dreams, jean meanies, and more! Make your own zine at this excellent club!
Friday, October 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Visiting Artist Series: Charcoal Bird Stacks
Make stacks of birds and then cover them in charcoal! Or probably we guess you’re making charcoal images of stacks of birds. They look neat either way!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Queering Reproductive Justice: Art & Activism with Megan Smith
“Join the Mead and the WGC for a day of art and activism with Megan Smith, the artist behind Repeal Hyde Art Project. Repeal Hyde Art Project draws attention and creates intersectional dialogue about the Hyde Amendment, which blocks people from using Medicaid to pay for abortion. The project educates through collaborative art-making and shareable graphic arts.” Donate to NARAL, folks.
Saturday, October 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint a sugar pumpkin! The liar pumpkin that is way less tasty than it sounds. You can basically do whatever, they’ve got supplies! You shoul contact the library to register though, so you can guarantee a space!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”

Board Games:

Saturday, October 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Assorted Games
Play board games! Bring your own, even! Have a good time with friends in the Teen Room!

Books:

Monday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Tuesday, October 23rd
Gamble Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amy Siskind, The List
“Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.” Terrify yourself this Halloween with the reality of America’s political system!
Wednesday, October 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sharon Saline, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
“What if you could work with your child, motivating and engaging them in the process, to create positive change once and for all? In this insightful and practical book, veteran psychologist Sharon Saline shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD—and a blueprint for achieving lasting success by working together. ” ADHD is rough! it’s a good plan to figure out how to help your kid out with their troubles as much as you can.
Thursday, October 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Joanne V. Creighton, The Educational Odyssey of a Woman College President
“Concentrating her scholarly work on authors William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Drabble, Joanne V. Creighton is the author of four books of literary criticism. Her writings also include public commentary on educational policy issues and unwavering advocacy for the liberal arts and the education of women worldwide” She’s the president of Mount Holyoke! What does a college president even do, anyway? Is it mostly twitter and golfing?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday Morning Club: Tinky Weisblat, a Life in Food
“Writer and singer Tinky Weisblat will talk about her journey as a food writer and her belief that food and recipes can serve as a bridge between people. She will discuss the genesis of her books, serve a few nibbles, and (if pressed—but it won’t take much pressing) sing a song or two. Tinky is the author of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook, Pulling Taffy, and most recently Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb.”
Sunday, October 28th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Author Talk | Whitechapel Noise, with Vivi Lachs
“Whitechapel Noise tells the story of London’s Yiddish popular culture through an historical lens. Lachs provides a window into Anglo-Jewish history, English socialist aesthetics, and music-hall culture. Archival material from the London Yiddish press, songbooks, and satirical writing help to illustrate the untold cultural life of the Yiddish East End. “

Card Games:

Monday, October 22nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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 23rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 25th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 26th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”
Saturday, October 27th
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.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.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Comics:

Saturday, October 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Halloween ComicFest and Free Comic Book Day
“Greenfield Public Library is celebrating Halloween ComicFest with a full line up of free comics, artist demonstrations, comic book making workshops, a costume contest, trivia contest, games and much more! Bring your friends and family to the library for a fun time! Spookiness, too!” Wonderful! Meet new friends and read new comics, a perfect day!

Community:

Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Conversations: Racial Justice Reading Discussion
“For the fall quarter, in concert with the All Hamptons Read selection of Never Caught, we’ll be discussing these four articles. Read as many as you wish! “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label” by Elizabeth Kolbert (National Geographic) “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City” by Nikole Hannah-Jones (The New York Times) “Documenting Hate: The Imam’s Widow” by Rahima Nasa (ProPublica) “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesis Coates (The Atlantic) “

Entertainment:

Thursday, October 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We just watch .hack/SIGN and dang if that was not a super neat show! Odd, interesting, kind to the characters, and true to a lot of the experience of being a kid in an MMO. We recommend checking it out! Also we were told to specifically NOT recommend checking out Sword Art Online.
Thursday, October 26th
Pushkin Gallery [4 Federal St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Escape the Room: Stranger Things Edition
“Part Scavenger Hunt, part Haunted House, escape rooms are an immersive team experience of puzzles and riddles. You don’t have to be a Stranger Things buff to enjoy the mystery! All Proceeds benefit the PVRS Music Department. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a student ID. Please arrive at The Pushkin Gallery lobby on 4 Federal Street 5 minutes before your registered time. Eggo waffles, candy, dessert, and drinks available for purchase.” There’s one room escape per hour!
Saturday, October 27th
Pushkin Gallery [4 Federal St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Escape the Room: Stranger Things Edition
“Part Scavenger Hunt, part Haunted House, escape rooms are an immersive team experience of puzzles and riddles. You don’t have to be a Stranger Things buff to enjoy the mystery! All Proceeds benefit the PVRS Music Department. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a student ID. Please arrive at The Pushkin Gallery lobby on 4 Federal Street 5 minutes before your registered time. Eggo waffles, candy, dessert, and drinks available for purchase.” There’s one room escape per hour!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spirits of New England with Dustin Pari
Dustin Pari, famously of television’s Ghost Hunters, will discuss his favorite New England ghosts! He’s met them over the course of his career, presumably! History and scares! The perfect combo for October!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Black Frankenstein
“Elizabeth Young will explore the racial connotations of the Frankenstein story in the United States over the last two centuries. She will show how authors, artists, and activists — African-American and white — have situated the Frankenstein monster in racial contexts and used the monster’s story for both radical and conservative political purposes. Elizabeth Young is Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. “

History:

Saturday, October 27th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Walking Tour: Florence Underground Railroad
Take a walking tour of the Florence Graveyard! Learn more about all the folks down in those graves.
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground
Deerfield’s oldest burial ground DEFINITELY IS NOT HAUNTED and the guided tour is in no manner whatsoever going to be creepy because it’s during the day, right? What ghost could possibly be smart enough to arrange a day tour of the cemetery in order to trap naive humans? And they’d need to pay off newsletter writers to send folks their way with ancient coins, ridiculous!
Sunday, October 28th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Northampton Underground Railroad – Florence Walking Tour with Steve Strimer
“Local historian Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center will lead a walking tour of Underground Railroad and Abolition sites in Florence. The tour will be followed by a preview of the new David Ruggles Center exhibit, The Underground Railroad in Northampton & Florence: People, Places and Paper and related lecture at 1 pm.” David Ruggles is a proud local figure! Learn more about how he helped the Underground Railroad, before moving to Florence!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Eeens of any sort! Join this club to produce artworks of such staggering beauty that they inspire the adults around you to stop their endless work dismantling the world!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Thursday, October 25th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Experimental Art
Dress for mess! Register at the library, and make some art! For ages 8-12!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Warning This Drug May Kill You
“Warning This Drug May Kill You is a film taking the most unflinching look at the devastating effects of opiod addiction in the U.S. It profiles four families who have seen their lives tragically changed by abuses involving their loved ones, whose addictions arose due to doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers… Post-film discussion leader: Dr. Andrew Larkin, Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, former chair of the ethics committee at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, retired from primary care. Free and accessible”
Thursday, October 25th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Ridicule (1996)
“Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage.” Fancy!
Saturday, October 27th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Hotel Transylvania 3
This one is where they go on a cruise! We’ve honestly heard alright things about this despite the fact that it looks like it was made by tossing some random ideas in a blender. The library will provide snacks and drinks!

RPGs:

Thursday, October 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Friday, October 26th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!
Saturday, October 27th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!
Sunday, October 28th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!

Science:

Monday, October 22nd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Visual Models for Understanding Biology: CryoEM of Bacterial Ultrastructure and Problem Solving with Slime Mold
This sounds incredible! “How are models are used to advance science? If you could shrink down and fly through a bacterium, what would it look like? What can the physical structures inside bacteria teach us about their function and evolution? What is slime mold and how can it help save humans from ourselves?” Learn the answers to these questions and more from Megan Dobro, assistant professor of human biology at Hampshire College. You know there’s a visiting professor at Hampshire who’s a slime mold…
Tuesday, October 23rd
Hooker Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Carl Zimmer, Science Reporting in the Age of Fake News
“Carl Zimmer writes the Matter column for the New York Times and has frequently contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time, and Scientific American, among others. He has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Journalism Award three times, among a host of other awards and fellowships. He teaches science writing at Yale University. His previous books include Parasite Rex, Evolution and Microcosm.” Learn something about how people deal with talking about an already difficult set of topics in an era of increasingly active opposition to actual informational content!

Teens:

Monday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Design a Haunted House
Design a spooky haunting for little kids! So like, not super spooky, but fun. Materials and snacks are provided!
Wednesday, October 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween for Teens!
Did you know that on Teen Halloween, magic is real? Did you know that on Teen Halloween, you can pierce the veil and summon demons, then bind them to your bidding? It’s true! Teens love Halloween for exactly this reason! This particular party in addition to all the magic is going to have a Costume Contest, Crafts… wait no CRAFT, just the one, Snacks, Pizza (a big old snack) and a horror movie viewing at 6pm, A Quiet Place!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Halloweentown 2
Halloweentown 2! The critically evaluated sequel to Halloweentown, the movie that was sort of a PG fever dream about what might happen if one of those Halloween stores that pop up around this time in abandoned mall spaces was hit by a tornado! The Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) has in defiance of the gods selected this for your viewing pleasure!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Live Clue: Spooky Edition
“Come play Live Clue in the library to find out who done it! Prizes will be awarded! For students in grades 5-12” It’s always Colonel Mustard, trust us.
Thursday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Install the Haunted House
Put that haunted house together so some little kids can have a scary good time! You’re like Halloween Santa!
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!

Video Games:

Friday, October 26th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Scary Virtual Reality Night! (With Pioneer VR!)
“Ages: 13+ Cost: $12 (all day admission) Pioneer VR is back to show you a different world… a world without boundaries. This edition of VR Night here at Prodigy will feature games more on the scary side on Oculus Rift, but will have many other fun, less scary games available as well.” Neat! A great opportunity to experience a fun technology that maybe you don’t want to fork out a bunch of cash for just yet.
Saturday, October 27th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:59 AM
Cosplay Night!
“Ages: 13+ Cost: $12, but only $6 if in cosplay! Dress and play in your favorite gaming costume… half off day admission! It’s that simple. 🙂 Come dressed to impress. The more elaborate, the more fabulous!”

 

October 15th – October 21st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Register to Vote! Register to Vote! Register to VOTE! THEN VOTE FOR THE LOVE OF HELL!

Vote yes on question 3! It’s incredibly important!

Have you checked out the extremely neat Puzzled Escape Games [116 Pleasant St #141, Easthampton, MA 01027]? It’s a bunch of fun, and they have a new special Halloween thing!

BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID, IT’S HALLOWEEN AT PUZZLED ESCAPE GAMES, AND WE HAVE A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE FOR THE SEASON OF SCARES. IF YOU HAVE THE GUTS, IF YOU HAVE THE BRAINS,  IF YOU HAVE THE CHUTZPAH, COME PLAY…

In 1926, A NOTORIOUS FREAK SHOW MADE AN UNFORTUNATE STOP IN OLD TOWN, MA TO PERFORM FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY. BEFORE THEY COULD SET FOOT ON STAGE, THEY WERE BRUTALLY MURDERED AND LEFT ON DISPLAY.

IT IS UP TO YOU TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE GREAT PERFORMERS AND FINISH THEIR ACTS. THERE IS A CATCH OF COURSE… FAIL AND YOU WILL REMAIN TRAPPED IN THE HAUNTED TENT FOR ETERNITY.

Let us know if you get trapped forever! It’s wild that this place is allowed to operate, it seems so dangerous.

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:

Tuesday, October 16th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Curator’s Tour
“Join Melissa Hyde for a close-up look at the images and themes of the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Dr. Hyde is Professor of Art History, Distinguished Teaching Scholar and University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Her research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lecture: Women Artists in the Age of Enlightenment
“In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Florida, explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. “
Wednesday, October 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Work and Why We Do It: Arch Optimism
“Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric.”
Thursday, October 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
art babes @ scma: Becoming a Child
“In October, explore images of children in the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, as well as in paintings and sculptures in SCMA’s own collection. Plus, make your own Jumping Jack toy to take home!”
Friday, October 19th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages Gallery Talk with Miloslava Hruba
“This exhibition presents works from a variety of time periods and media to examine the ways in which women have been depicted across the globe. Join us for a gallery talk with European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba to learn how these portrayals of women can pigeonhole their subjects into gendered roles, and in other cases challenge social constructs. This event is free and open to all!” Learning more about art is always useful!
Saturday, October 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
art babes @ scma: Becoming a Child
“In October, explore images of children in the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, as well as in paintings and sculptures in SCMA’s own collection. Plus, make your own Jumping Jack toy to take home!”
Sunday, October 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Our Voice: Gallery Talk with Ekua Holmes, Gordon C. James, and Jerry Pinkney
“Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Board Games:

Friday, October 19th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Local Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local 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 attempting to make great games! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom.”
Saturday, October 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Micah Perks, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape
“Magical and funny, profound and seductive, the linked stories in True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape explore the life-bending power of love. In these interwoven lives, ardent desire meets a keen sense of reality deep in the heart of progressive California.”
Tuesday, October 16th
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!
New York Room [Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jennifer Baker, Alexander Chee, and Nelly Rosario, Everyday People: The Color of Life
“Everyday People is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that presents new and renowned work by established and emerging writers of color. It illustrates the dynamics of character and culture that reflect familial strife, political conflict, and personal turmoil through an array of stories that reveal the depth of the human experience.”
Wednesday, October 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
B.A. Shapiro, The Collector’s Apprentice
“It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris–broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiance, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence–and exact revenge on George.”
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!
Thursday, October 18th
Mills Theatre, Carr Hall [Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA 01106] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Evening with Author Robert Fieseler at Bay Path University
“In this free presentation open to the public, Robert Fieseler will delve into the shocking tragedy as well as the research and production process behind his book Tinderbox. An essential work of American civil rights history, Fieseler’s Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 arson fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community in what was the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge fire has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement.”
Saturday, October 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book & Bake Sale
Between 1pm and 3pm you can get a grocery-sized bag of books for $7! Baked goods! Booked goods! What else do you need?

Card Games:

Monday, October 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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 16th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 18th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 19th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”

Community:

Monday, October 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Thursday, October 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“October’s topic is Charles Cutter, First Librarian of Forbes Library and his classification system”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Movie Sing-a-long
Sing along to a film! We’re assuming that you sing along to a film with songs in it, but it’s possible folks just want to hang out and hum along to the theme music for Avengers.
Tuesday, October 16th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Future of Diplomacy
“A distinguished career diplomat who served under both Democratic and Republican Presidents, Nicholas Burns offers a bipartisan view of foreign and security affairs and global trends in the 21st century.”
Saturday, October 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
My Summer with Bears in Alaska
“Presenter Stacey Schmeidel was privileged to volunteer for the National Park Service at Katmai National Park for six weeks this summer. She’ll talk about her experiences as a volunteer — living in camp, shipping in food, traveling to bush Alaska. More importantly, she’ll also talk about the bears of Brooks Falls!”
Sunday, October 21st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
Free and open to the public, a whole day’s worth of events! All Day | EXHIBIT OPENING | Lost Synagogues of Europe! 11 a.m. | TALK | The Lodz Masterpieces: 3 Jewish Women’s Art Books Revealed, with David Mazower! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Demonstrations in the Center’s reproduction Yiddish print shop! 12 p.m. | Tour the world’s first Yiddish museum! 1 p.m. | Conversation! 2 p.m. | CONCERT | Zisl Slepovitch Trio & Sasha Lurje! So much to do all day long!

History:

Monday, October 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Liberty’s War An Engineer’s Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945
“Will Melton, who edited and helped research Liberty’s War (2017), will bring an engaging presentation based on his father’s memories and primary source materials, followed by a Q & A.”
Wednesday, October 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Witch in Paradise by Kathy-Ann Becker
“Kathy-Ann Becker, author of Silencing the Women: The Witch Trials of Mary Bliss Parsons, will speak at Historic Northampton on Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm. A slide-show enhanced story of the so-called “Witch of Northampton,” Mary Bliss Parsons, will be presented on the very grounds where Cornet Joseph and Mary Bliss Parsons made their early wilderness home in the 1650s. “
Thursday, October 18th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Dirt on Deerfield: Historical Archaeology on Old Main Street
“Join Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator, for this free lecture that will explore the historical archaeology of Old Main Street in Deerfield.” Oddly enough they’ve found a crystalline pyramid on Old Main Street. It was small a year ago but it has been growing at a distressing pace. Soon Deerfield will be nothing before this strange structure.
Saturday, October 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
“Chaotic Freedom” in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image by Bruce Laurie
“In 1863, Northampton newspaper publisher Henry S. Gere (Hampshire Gazette) and Northfield currier and carpenter Marshall S. Stearns served together in the Union army in Baton Rouge.” Learn more about how they worked to bring the image of an enslaved man’s scars to a national audience in the Harper’s Weekly magazine to drive home the brutality of slavery to a distant audience.
Sunday, October 21st
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Walking Tour: Northampton Underground Railroad East
“Meet at Forbes Library. Includes West Street, South Street, and Main Street.”

Kids:

Monday, October 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, October 16th
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!
Thursday, October 18th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Booksworms
“Kids in grades 1 & 2 are invited to join us to read the monthly book together then have some fun with activities based on the book. The first 10 people to register will get a free copy of the book to keep! Sponsored by the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum. Registration is required and space is limited.”
Friday, October 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time with Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn
Join Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department for a special Fire Prevention Story Time! Children can share stories with her and see a real fire truck!
Saturday, October 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Howlarious Halloween Show with Mary Jo Maichack
“The Holyoke Public Library will host storyteller and singer Mary Jo Maichack in a captivating program of ghost stories, songs & jokes for families, especially for children aged 5 and older (siblings who can attend quietly are welcome with caregivers). “Howlarious Halloween is a spooky & silly show.” Spooky and silly, and almost 100% guaranteed that no ghosts will attack!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Bride of Frankenstein
“In this 1935 film, a masterful sequel to the 1931 classic, the mad scientist is persuaded to create a mate for his creature to help fabricate a new race, but all doesn’t go as planned. This film is not rated.” Do they expect it to be rated soon? It’s been 83 years!
Wednesday, October 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hocus Pocus Movie Screening
A 1993 Disney Halloween classic! Three witches come back to life to wreak havoc but in a funny way. It’s weird in that classic Disney Teen Movie way, and remains fun for all ages! Selected by The Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee)!
Thursday, October 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Belle (2013)
“This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait (below) of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. The film imagines Belle’s young life in British society. Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain.”
Saturday, October 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Family Movie Matinee: Frankenweenie (PG)
“Free family movie! Join us for the adventures of Victor and his beloved undead pet dog, Sparky.”

Science:

Wednesday, October 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Discover the Birds of Costa Rica with Peter Christoph
“Have you ever wondered why over 600 birds call Costa Rica their home year round? Due to its diverse topography, this tropical nation contains several life zones supporting a wide variety of birds, from tiny iridescent hummingbirds to colorful toucans. Discover Costa Rica’s national treasures with a top wildlife photographer as he travels by boat through mangrove swamps and wetlands, and hikes into lush rainforests on the side of a volcano in search of wildlife.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Less Than Human? Perceptions of Immigrants, Refugees, and Muslims
“Join Critical Connections as Professors Linda Tropp (UMass Amherst) and Emile Bruneau (UPenn) discuss groundbreaking social science research around dehumanization of immigrants and other minority groups and its policy implications. Free and open to the public.” After-hours event! Please use back garden entrance!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 16th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Avoiding bespoke schedulers with AWS Step Functions – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
“At tonight’s talk, we will discuss why one should avoid writing their own scheduling system with the same fervent trepidation employed when glancing over the guardrail while on tour at a water treatment plant. A useful tool for complex scheduling is AWS StepFunctions, which allows both short-term and long-term scheduling that is simple to kickoff, features a straightforward DSL to express dependencies and contingencies, and doesn’t require any server management. Presenting this will be Andrew Hannon, an accomplished DIY scheduler sufferer. He currently works as VP of Engineering at Valt, Inc (valt.io), where he doesn’t have to pour through 1000s of lines of code looking for the bug in the bespoke constraint module of the scheduling system.”
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“We are changing this meetup to 10/16 due to scheduling constraints at Common Media. Generally we meet on the second Tuesday of the month. This month we will be working on a new WordPress project for the Miracle League of Western Mass, a Drupal/Backdrop project with BLM, and taking a look at a new Ruby/Rails project with Lighthouse Holyoke. After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Dinner and drinks are on us!”
Thursday, October 18th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress – Gutenberg Edition
This one’s going to focus on: “Mastering Gutenberg – The new WYSIWYG editor for WordPress has arrived in WordPress 4.9.8 and will be the default in WordPress 5.0.0 expected later this year. Gutenberg is arguably the biggest change to WordPress in years. John will walk us through using the new block-oriented editor and provide advice for managing your legacy content.” along with the standard projects and solutions talk! Get better at WordPress!

Teens:

Tuesday, October 16th
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!”
Thursday, October 18th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Saturday, October 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting for Teens
Paint a pumpkin! The simple, less mess way to make a pumpkin look like a grinning severed head.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Writing Workshop
“Spend time writing, relaxing, and sharing with the group. Professor Leah Nielsen is back and encouraging young writers to improve their skills. For students in grades 5-12 Please register by contacting oeberli@westath.org!”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make Your Own App
“Want to learn how to make Apps? Learn how to code with App Inventor, a free online tool that makes it easy to create your own apps. At this workshop we will build an app to take photos and doodle on them. Take a photo or download one, write or draw on it, and share your edited photo with your family and friends! Laptops and tablets will be provided. This event is run by Holyoke Codes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Shurtleff Foundation.”

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Saturday, October 20th
MYsTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Super Mario Party
“We have had Nintendo meetups in the past and had a lot of fun so we’re doing it again. [OPTIONAL TO BRING snacks…but…PLEASE NO SUGAR OR GLUTEN]. If you’d like to bring additional multiplayer games or consoles (I have another TV) feel free.” Check out Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers and give them a ring if you’d like to join the Meetup! https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/255277657/

 

October 8th – October 14th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Register to Vote! Register to Vote! Register to VOTE! THEN VOTE FOR THE LOVE OF HELL!

Vote yes on question 3! It’s incredibly important!

We just finished the Broken Earth trilogy! And it was really good! We highly recommend you check it out because it’s just a hell of a good example of speculative fiction. Also a great example of second-person narration, which is something we don’t really see all that often.

Be sure to check out Nerd Nite NoHo next week too! It’s a solidly fun time every time, because you’re all so nice!

*Bullets are Bad for the Brain: Designing Effective Presentations*

Presentation design software wants you to be boring. This presentation about presentations gives the audience a few simple rules that will ensure that the next time they need to present on a topic, no one will die of ennui.

By Fred Zinn, Associate Director of Program Innovation at the UMass College of Education. The first time Fred presented on this topic, the handout included instructions on how to print overheads from PowerPoint 1.0. He’s been polishing it ever since.
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*Franco-America in the Making. The Creole Nation Within*

A presentation on the French history of America, and the role that France, Quebec and French-descended people have played in United States in the last couple of centuries. Jonathon will discuss the “French” of New England and south Louisiana, and how the French ethnic experience is still little known outside of direct family ties.

Jonathon Gosnell has been working on the topic for more than ten years and teaches French at Smith College. He occasionally gets the opportunity to discuss local French history and culture with students.
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$5 Entry. Guests under 21 years are welcome in the banquet room area, but are restricted from the front bar, so please have your ID on you if you’d like to order alcoholic beverages.

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:

Tuesday, October 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Engagement for Artists Workshop
“Are you an artist curious about creating public art or art for social change projects with your community? Join the UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) for a FREE evening-long Community Engagement for Artists workshop (pre-registration required). Learn about the innovative community-engaged art projects happening nationwide, best practices, and the skills required to create an art project that engages your community.” Snacks and beverages will be served!
Wednesday, October 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Are you a fiend for zines? Go to this club! Write a zine about your favorite game! Or your favorite person! Or your favorite zine!
Friday, October 12th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for all ages from 4pm – 7pm! Create your own color field painting like Helen Frankenthaler, only mess-free because it’s with plastic! There are complimentary light refreshments!
Saturday, October 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.

Books:

Tuesday, October 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, Bury the Lead
“When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.”
Thursday, October 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Eva Paus, Confronting Dystopia: The New Technological Revolution and the Future of Work
“Across a broad and deep set of topics, the contributors explore whether the need for labor will inexorably shrink in the coming decades, how pressure on employment will impact human well-being, and what new institutional arrangements–a new social contract, for example, will be needed to sustain livelihoods. They evaluate such proposals as a basic income, universal social services, and investments that address key global challenges and create new jobs.”
Friday, October 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Literary Awards
View submissions, hear readings, enjoy delicious refreshments, and celebrate their achievements! Literature, folks!
Saturday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Dina Polizzi – Book Reading and Discussion
A short reading from Dina Polizzi’s new book Two Apache Sisters and a Texas Gigolo, followed by a discussion of all topics metaphysical. Which like, covers a lot of ground!

Card Games:

Monday, October 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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 9th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mother-ship: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 11th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”

Community:

Saturday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
League of Women Voters of the Northampton Area
“One in a series of Political Outreach Workshops presented by the Northampton League of Women Voters. Everything you need to send your messages to state and federal legislators is provided: information on state and federal bills, suggested talking points, legislator addresses and phone numbers, post cards, and stamps for your use during the workshop or to take with you. Our collective voices need to be heard by our legislators.”

Entertainment:

Thursday, October 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
To Let Grass Grow Over a Matter: Artist talk with Inas Halabi
“Artist Inas Halabi will lecture in conjunction with the exhibition of her work, Letters to Fritz and Paul (2016-8), at the Smith College Museum of Art.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We watched a bit of ‘Bleach’ and it’s a fun and surprisingly comedy-focused fighty-anime!
Saturday, October 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Westfield Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkins! You can finally congregate for your annual get-together! All sorts of pumpkin fun is planned: growing, rolling, carving yourself into fun shapes, and much more!

History:

Friday, October 12th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chaotic Freedom and the Scars of Slavery: From Baton Rogue to Northampton
“Opening Reception for an exhibition based upon historian Bruce Laurie’s essay, “Chaotic Freedom” in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image. Dr. Laurie’s research into the story revealed by card photographs brought home from Civil War Baton Rouge by Henry S. Gere is paired with photographer Stan Sherer’s large-scale photographs of the original 1863 cartes-de-visite.”
Saturday, October 13th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Tavern Fare
Learn what folks ate at taverns! Hearty meals for hearty folks! That’s right, most people at nothing but heaping plates of fresh hearts, it was a terrifying time happy halloweeeeen!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin
“Discover the design of redware pottery, a very New England ceramic, as Rick Hamelin shows how it was created.”
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground
Deerfield’s oldest burial ground DEFINITELY IS NOT HAUNTED and the guided tour is in no manner whatsoever going to be creepy because it’s during the day, right? What ghost could possibly be smart enough to arrange a day tour of the cemetery in order to trap naive humans? And they’d need to pay off newsletter writers to send folks their way with ancient coins, ridiculous!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: The Fine Craft of Building 17th and 18th Century Furniture
Craftsman Craig Farrow will demonstrate 17th and 18th century furniture making techniques! So you can go off and use those techniques to create an elaborate staged set in order to convince a friend that they’ve traveled back in time!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Letterpress Printing with Carl Darrow
“Learn about letterpress printing from printer Carl Darrow, who will demonstrate at the Wilson Print Shop.”
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Second Saturday Walking Tour
“Join tour guide Steve Strimer from the David Ruggles Center for History and Education to explore the historic neighborhoods of the abolitionist founders, both black and white, who made Florence a center of resistance to the slave power and for the equality of races, genders, and religions.”
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Pomeroy Terrace Historic District Celebration
“The recent creation of the Pomeroy Terrace Historic District in Northampton will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13th in a collaboration jointly sponsored by The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and Historic Northampton. The celebration will include tours of the new district, a community potluck, and the annual meeting of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association. A historic marker denoting the district has been donated to the City of Northampton by The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.”
Sunday, October 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Walking Tour: Northampton Underground Railroad East
“Meet at Forbes Library. Includes West Street, South Street, and Main Street.”

Kids:

Tuesday, October 9th
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!
Sunday, October 14th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Two Towns of Jaspar
“Two Towns of Jaspar is perhaps the most revealing film about race relations ever made. Two filmmakers, one black and one white, who grew up together in one town, co-directed a film about a horrific murder of a black man in their home town. The fundamental difference in their reactions led them to conclude that making a film about the crime would provide an illuminating window on how race is lived in America. This film is widely used in teaching. Post-film discussion leader: Linda Tropp, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Faculty Associate in the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.”
Thursday, October 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Farwell, My Queen (Les Adieux A La Reine) 2012
“In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Adapted from the best selling feminist novel by Chantal Thomas, the film re-imagines three days at the Palace of Versailles leading up to the French Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (fictional) servant and personal reader, Sidonie Laborde. As Sidonie’s attachment to the Queen deepens, Marie Antoinette’s (non-fictional) friendship with Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac intensifies.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Frankenstein
Yeah this seems like an appropriate movie for this festival theme.

RPGs:

Thursday, October 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Saturday, October 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Science:

Thursday, October 11th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Beyond the Gene: How Genes and the Environment Interact to Shape Our Bodies
The gene is the thing?! That’s what we’ve thought for a long time at least. It’s been an influential force in how we think about our bodies and how we treat diseases. But then, how come identical twins are so different so often? How do genetically identical butterflies completely change color patterns? Join Dina Navon as she discusses how important environment is in gene expression!

Technology:

Wednesday, October 10th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Agile Games
Have a favorite game that relates to agility? Bring it in and share! Probably not physical agility, but who knows! Maybe play that one knife game from Aliens? Make sure to register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-agile-games#/!

Teens:

Wednesday, October 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Library Club
A different activity every Wednesday for students in grades 5 – 12! Want to know more? Get in touch with Olivia Eberli at oeberli@westath.org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Writing Group
Play writing games, work on your own pieces, get inspired by your friends at this nice writing group! Contact rdowd@holyokelibrary.org for more info!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TinkerLab for Tweens and Teens
Tinker with stuff we imagine! It’s a good time, and the Library probably has a bunch of fun stuff with which to tinker. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination!
Thursday, October 11th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!” Comic books are great, everyone should read more comics! Get those comics from local shop Comics N’ More! They have all the best comics!
Friday, October 12th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Comic Club (Ages 12 – 17)
“Join graphic artist Madeleine Dye to learn about comics and create your own! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at teens@joneslibrary.org/ 413-259-3091. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Saturday, October 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Button Making
Make some buttons! Out of whatever, it’s all good. Make fun buttons and then wear them to show how cool your buttons are!

 

October 1st – October 7th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Are you interested in helping the Valley using your l33t hax0r skillz? Like the kids still definitely say? You should check out Hack for Western Mass! They just improved the website of a local museum, The David Ruggles Center for History & Education, making it so much more usable we can’t emphasize it enough. And that’s important! People need to know about figures like David Ruggles, someone we should be proud called Florence home.

David Ruggles was an African-American abolitionist, writer, publisher and hydropathic practitioner who was a courageous voice of black freedom. He assisted hundreds escaping slavery, and mentored future abolitionist luminaries Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and William Cooper Nell.

Also, good and bad news. Good news is that the move mostly went well. We now exist as pure energy in a plane inaccessible to all but the most enlightened. The bad news is that because of the difficulty of inter-planar travel, we’ll be unable to remain the host at Nerd Nite NoHo!

We’re really going to miss it. That was a hell of a fun way to spend several years. Plus there’s nothing like getting laughs for the same five jokes on rotation every month! If you’re interested in helping out Nerd Nite NoHo in our stead, just head to Nerd Nite NoHo on October 15th and talk to Ebru, or contact noho@nerdnite.com!

Also, Spider-Man for PS4 is a great game about being Spider-Man, but we agree that Spider-Man’s Take on Police Feels Out of Touch to a vertigo-inducing degree.

Also wow what a packed week, this is revenge for missing last week we think!

ALSO REGISTER TO VOTE IMMEDIATELY AND THEN VOTE WHEN YOU CAN VOTE. AND VOTE YES ON PROP 3!

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:

Monday, October 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Hoa Nguten
“We will discuss the work of poet Hoa Nguyen who is giving a reading at UMass on October 18th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.
Thursday, October 4th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Women, War, and Revolution
“Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Amherst, explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution in conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Professor Heuer is author of The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830.”
Saturday, October 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.

Board Games:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza! Gosh we will miss it now that we’ve ascended to the Over-Plane. Always tip well, too. We’re pretty sure that board gamers get fewer beers than sports fans so you gotta make up for it in the tipping!

Books:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden
“Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn’t make it back home–and who narrates the novel. …. What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.”
Wednesday, October 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Keith, O’Brien, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
“Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.”
Thursday, October 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove: A Poem
“In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, GennaRose Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shape-shifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. ” Weird ours just turned into a normal pigeon.

Card Games:

Monday, October 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Liars, Cheats, and Creeps
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series is pleased to welcome Patricia Peters Martin, Ph. D., and Renee Forte on Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library for a discussion of their book Liars, Cheats, and Creeps: Leaving a Sociopath Behind, written as a lifeline for women who are involved with partners who lie, cheat, and mistreat them.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, October 4th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Ukulele Scamble
“The duo of Robin Hoffman and Richard Perlmutter, based in Western MA, sing and play ukuleles. Their act, called The Ukulele Scramble is funny, entertaining and masterful. It also starts with a repertoire that’s unusual for ukulele players – classical music. Robin and Richard love Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, as well as Renaissance music, and art and parlor songs.” Fun ukulele music played by excellent players!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Puerto Rican Cultural Drawing Experience
“This workshop is designed through a method for creating images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and do by examples of Caribbean mystical ancient art and others Puerto Rican cultural pictographic. Is open to a wide range of ages and skill levels. The materials are simple, it supports relaxation, focus, inspiration, and a sense of well-being and artistic satisfaction”

History:

Monday, October 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Digging at the Dickinsons’: Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historical Archaeology
“View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2018.”
Tuesday, October 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Photographed Letters on Wings: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War 2
“Tom Weiner will speak at Historic Northampton on his book, PHOTOGRAPHED LETTERS ON WINGS: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War II. The book tells the heretofore untold story of the mail – close to 2 billion letters – that was sent to and from the many fronts of the war using microfilm. World-renowned bookbinder Bill Streeter wrote the book’s preface in which he explains why he provided the research materials to Tom Weiner and why he wanted such a book honoring both V-Mail and his cousin, Henry Streeter, who died while serving in the war.” That’s so neat! We had no idea about microfilm use for this sort of thing. The past is so interesting!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
“It took eight years of correspondence before Thomas Wentworth Higginson arrived in Amherst to meet his elusive advisee, Emily Dickinson. Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting, offering audience members an encounter with her words and poems in a remarkably personal theatrical experience.” You can get tickets here, and one or two folks will leave from the museuem every four minutes or so.
Thursday, October 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Friday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Tavern Fare
Learn what folks ate at taverns! Hearty meals for hearty folks! That’s right, most people at nothing but heaping plates of fresh hearts, it was a terrifying time happy halloweeeeen!
Saturday, October 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Blacksmithing with Rick Martin
“Learn how blacksmiths honed their craft with Blacksmith Rick Martin during our Historic Trades series of early American craft demonstrations.” And once you’ve learned the trade, YOU’RE the new Blacksmith!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 2nd
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!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Dinosaur Story Time for Dinofest
“Celebrate the Great Greenfield Dinofest with a Dino Story Time on Wednesday, October 3 @ 4 pm. Kids ages 5 and up are invited for dinosaur themed stories, songs and dino mask making. Make a mask and wear it to the Dinofest!” Ooh ooh if you love dinosaurs check out the absolutely amazing Dinosaur Empire books by Abby Howard! They’re very neat and the best part is they’re far more up-to-date on the actual factual dinosaur facts than a lot of kids books. Feathers everywhere!
Saturday, October 6th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Jon Agee
“Join author/illustrator Jon Agee as he reads and discusses his latest picture book, The Wall in the Middle of The Book, an amusing allegory for our time, ideal for engaging a conversation about what it means to be different, and how the cure for fear may involve breaking down the walls instead of building them up.” A good lesson for an era that could use fewer walls!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals! No idea what movie but we’re going to go ahead and guess they watch that one film about a horse from the start of filmmaking
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 11:55 PM
“Sleep” Screening at the Mead
“Warhol’s Sleep (1963) marks the artist’s foray into durational film and captures John Giorno, Warhol’s lover at the time, as he sleeps. Built on intricate sequences of looped imagery, Sleep is among Warhol’s most formally complex works on film. Join us for an immersive screening of Sleep (4 hours, 45 minutes), with introductory remarks by Guilford. All are welcome to move in and out of the screening throughout the evening. Popcorn will be served!” Wow, that’s a marathon! Sounds interesting though.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
“The Jones Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a Frankenstein Film Fest! In today’s 1948 film, Bud and Lou not also meet Frankenstein, but also battle Dracula and the Wolf Man in this spook spoof featuring monster stars Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney.” Ah, the 40’s, when films still had original ideas!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Hocus Pocus Movie Screening
A 1993 Disney Halloween classic! Three witches come back to life to wreak havoc but in a funny way. It’s weird in that classic Disney Teen Movie way, and remains fun for all ages!
Thursday, October 4th
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Faraway, So Close!”
“There will be two screenings of “Faraway, So Close!”, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe and Peter Falk star in this sequel to Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Find out what happens when angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) renounces eternal life to join his friend, ex-angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz), and Marion (Solveig Dommartin) in post-unification Berlin, only to get caught up in a web of organized crime. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.” Weird! We didn’t know that Willem Dafoe had been in German films! We’re very bad at finding non-US movies.
Sunday, October 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | In A Dark Wood
“Following a musical composition from the writing stage to the world premiere to the first recording, In A Dark Wood charts the path of composer Mathew Rosenblum’s Lament/Witches’ Sabbath, a highly personal concerto written for world famous clarinetist/composer David Krakauer.” It does occur to us that we still have absolutely no concept of how someone begins writing a musical work. Student $4, Member $6, GA $8!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out with a bunch of folks who do some sort of technical work in the Valley. If it’s your first time there, ask where Matthew is and then just sort of surf the wave of his excitement that someone new showed up for a while!
Thursday, October 4th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
A meeting to work on getting Northampton to finally put in free high-speed internet access as a municipal utility! It’s the sort of thing that probably should have been done a decade and a half ago but we can get on it now.

Teens:

Monday, October 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Make Postcards from Vintage Books
Make postcards from vintage books! Materials and also snacks will be given freely. Open only to teens! Only teens can be trusted to craft effective postcards from original copies of the Necronomicon!
Tuesday, October 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!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TinkerLab for Tweens and Teens
Tinker with stuff we imagine! It’s a good time, and the Library probably has a bunch of fun stuff with which to tinker. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination!
Friday, October 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Comic Club (Ages 12 – 17)
“Join graphic artist Madeleine Dye to learn about comics and create your own! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at teens@joneslibrary.org/ 413-259-3091. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Saturday, October 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
Beginners welcome, materials are free and provided for you! It’s for folks ages 13-18, and you should embroider something real cool. That’s not in their description we’re just cheering you on!

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Saturday, October 6th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Lee’s Atari High-Score Challenge Day – Prodigy Gold Star FTW!
“Entry: $12 for all day admission and Atari challenge, For ages 13+, Open from noon to midnight! The goal is simple. At arrival (and you may arrive anytime between noon and 11pm), we will give you a sheet listing 10 Atari 2600 games for you to rack up the highest score you possibly can in a certain amount of tries for each of the 10 games. The person with the most individual game wins at the time of close (midnight), is the grand winner! For your amazing skills, you will be awarded the FIRST official Prodigy Gold Star Metal-of-Skill as well as an official document stating what you accomplished to be such a winner! We will announce the magnificent winner at midnight at Prodigy but also the following morning on social media so you can come claim your well deserved award! “
Sunday, October 7th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Networking and Multiplayer Games
Networking and networking! “This month we’re hanging out at our favorite Choco Taco joint, The Quarters! Come hang out with us and other game developers and talk about things that are game development related. If you have nothing to talk about on that subject, then share a funny story about your belly button. We like meeting new people! We’ll be hanging out and running multiplayer games on the projector from 7 – 10pm so take a break and come visit with us!” Talk about game development with some folks who are also in game development!