Podcast

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!”

 

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July 16th – July 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Into the Breach is really, really good. Spectacular, even. Give it a shot if you’re at all interested in games in which you move around robots on a map and try to destroy gigantic bugs! It’s fun in part because so much of it is just like improvising a solution to a push-pull puzzle.

This week we highly recommend you hit up the Greenfield Games events and tell them – at length – how much you appreciate the fact that they have started posting events to a dedicated website instead of Facebook, the least fun website to visit!

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, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monthly Painting Workshop
Painting workshops with Andrew! All you need to do is show up ready to paint! All materials are provided. Though wait, that seems implausible. Do they mean all paints? All we know about miniatures is that they’re wildly expensive. Maybe they’ve got like extras or plastic ones that are cheaper. Anyway, these are questions you can most easily resolve by attending the event!
Tuesday, July 17th
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 kids, talk to other adults who do the same! Facilitated by Nell Wright, it’s a chance to share tips, discuss skills, and get input about stories!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Rock Painting
Bring a rock! Paint the rock! Bring as many rocks as you like, really. A few practice rocks can’t hurt.
Thursday, July 19th
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.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Stitch Camp (2)
Sew and embroider a cute mini animal out of felt! Be careful not to allow your hubris to overwhelm you, causing you to create a felt animal so real that it comes to life. That’s too much responsibility! Lead by Heather Wynne, a local designer who specializes in textile products! Pre-registration required! Call 413-665-2642!

Board Games:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tanks from GF9
All day on Monday, and possibly future Mondays, the Tanks crew is around to teach people a fun and accessible new miniatures game! It’s about librarians oddly enough. To be fair it’s about librarians who are represented in-game by highly detailed little models of tanks, and re-shelving books is represented as a sort of combat tactics game.
Wednesday, July 18th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Sagrada
Sagrada is great! Kind of a dice-based solitaire you play against several other people that’s about building a nice stained-glass window. Give it a shot at the next delightful Wednesday Games!

Books:

Tuesday, July 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Wednesday, July 18th
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, July 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ben Goldfarb, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Oh that makes a ton of sense: a book about how what we think is a reasonable natural environment is actually the consequence of massive amounts of beaver-hunting for the fur trade. And since beavers literally terraform things in a visible manner even in small groups, it stands to reason that having basically none of them around makes for a damaged environment. Learn more from actual expert Ben Goldfarb at this talk! Register here: https://www.odysseybks.com/event-rsvp
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Local Author Talk – Norman Schell and the Ballade of Mary Reede
“On Thursday, July 19, at 7pm Norman Schell will speak about his new novel, The Ballad of Mary Reede at LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library. The reading and a video presentation will be followed by a discussion of Piracy, past and present, and Slavery past and present. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the novel will be available for those interested.”

Card Games:

Friday, July 20th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
Friday Night Magic! This is one of the best opportunities you have to competitively play a wonderful game that also maybe keep a diary of how much you spend on it. Two tournaments starting at 6pm, $5 for each, one’s going to be Standard Format, one’s Modern! Win packs and promo cards!

Community:

Saturday, July 21st
Building Autistic Community, Inc. [8 Washington St, Westfield MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday Autism and Asperger’s support group
“This group is an opportunity for support and discussion for people on the autism spectrum. This group is a “safe space” for adults in our community and is not intended as a parenting group; family members are encouraged to get in touch with us for relevant resources for their needs. Adults 18+ who identify with autism, Asperger’s, or other murky labels. For a number of reasons, including the difficulty of getting a diagnosis as an adult, a formal clinical diagnosis is not required.”

Entertainment:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Tuesday, July 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
I Was (And Still Am) a Teenage Metal Head
Local rock musician and Academy of Rock instructor and founder Matt kim will share his coming of age story through his love of electric guitar!
Wednesday, July 18th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Event – Johnson Organs: Westfield’s Famous Organ Builder
Johnson Sophia Lorenzo Organs, the famous organ builder of Westfield. Who made a new liver for the Queen of England in 1987? Johson Sophia Lorenzo Organs. Who invented a new organ that’s capable of seeing time as color? Why of course, it was none other than Johnson Organs! Spectacular.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We’ve heard great things about My Hero Academia or as it’s known in Japan “[My Hero Academia]* *translated from Japanese”
Saturday, July 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Developing a Podcast
Do you want to make a podcast? Good news! You actually already have one it’s 2018 we’re all currently interviewing someone on or being interviewed by someone for a podcast. But we could all use two! Talk to this local entertainment and pop culture reporter who’s thinking about starting a podcast and wants to collaborate with someone else in town! Bring your lap top and see what comes out of this brainstorming session!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
13th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Four Seasons, Five Senses
A day celebrating the seasons! An exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild. Drawing demonstrations! Films! Journaling workshops! The Happier Family Comedy Show! It’s going to be a packed day.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Magic Show with Robert Clarke
A magician who has managed to not be destroyed by the crowds of Boston is a magician who has honed their craft to a fine edge. See the magic in person! Also juggling, which is impressive as well though not breaking any laws of physics.
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire: Pirate Weekend!
Pirates! Though not as much of a pop cultural phenomenon as they once were they are still a fun thing to dress up as! You can have a fun time and either eat a big turkey leg because it’s kind of fun or NOT do that because they’re really actually bad as heck. You should hit up one of the actually delicous foods on offer! Turkey legs at these things usually taste like someone brined a sponge.

History:

Thursday, July 19th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Uncovering Hidden Histories through the Portrait of a Woman in Silk
Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware, will help you understand how you can use the Portrait of a Woman in Silk to uncover hidden histories of this world too terrifying and portentious to commit to mundane works. But beware, the Woman in Silk is known to be as devious as she is wise, delve neither too deep nor too greedily into the knowledge she holds!

Kids:

Monday, July 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Tuesday, July 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some delightful animals and learn about how they’re adapted to survive in the wild! Touch and observe these crazy critters, and ask questions of your own!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Family Night: The LEGO Lady
Apparently she’s always a big hit! What does she do, though? Juggling? Maybe dressage. Hm.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Can you solve the puzzles, find the keys, and escape the room? If you can’t, you’re going to be eaten by a dragon! Children… we wish you the best of luck. Open to ages 10 and up, pre-register at Youth Services Desk or by calling 413-283-3330!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Did you solve the 2pm puzzle? Did your parents look oddly distraught? Well… here’s to another success story!
Saturday, July 21st
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:

Monday, July 16th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Movie Monday: The Wizard of Oz
A movie! Snacks! Drinks! Probably non-alcoholic drinks because it’s all-ages, no registration required. The current movie is Wizard of Oz, which is a pretty good movie!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Princess Mononoke
This is one of our favorites! It’s just… very intense, and subtle in a way that we needed as a younger gestalt entity representing the myriad entites writing for this site. Plus we saw it in theaters once and it was really neat as heck, highly recommend seeing it on as big a screen as possible.
Tuesday, July 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie: Wonderstruck
Two kids from different eras set out on their respective journies of discovery that if we know anything about narrative conventions will in no way wind up being related. Also, as far as we can tell from the poster they’re being pursued by spectral wolves.
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Casablanca on the Lawn
A classic movie on the library lawn! It’s a great night that you’ll love, particularly if you bring a blanket and some snacks! Free to all, film rolls once it’s dark.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
“Walk-In Theater” Outdoor Film Series
Matilda is like Carrie, but for kids! Also a great way to convince any smart kids in your life that they should keep reading so that they can eventually manipulate objects with their minds!
Saturday, July 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: La Bamba
This is a biography of Ritchie Valens, a young rocker who made it big and died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The tagline is “Born in Poverty, Destined for Stardom, He Lived the American Dream”, which is kind of eliding over the whole “died in a plane crash tragically young” part.

RPGs:

Tuesday, July 17th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do displacer beasts! Will those do?
Thursday, July 19th
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.

Technology:

Monday, July 16th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monitoring with Prometheus – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Alberto Castro will come to talk about Prometheus! The man we all love, who gave us the fire-gift that stays the wolf and makes meat so tasty and delicious. We don’t understand how that relates to oh it’s a monitoring toolkit that’s open-source that is neat, Alberto will give you a rundown of when and where it might be a good idea to use Prometheus! Door code for the event and slots left are at the Meetup site! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/250097838/

Teens:

Thursday, July 19th
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!

 

August 21st – August 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a wonderful time at Nerd Nite this past week! And guess what we made a special announcement and we’re going to re-make that announcement here, but later! Next time attend Nerd Nite if you want the scoop, folks.

Nerd Nite NoHo is going to have a special show at the Academy of Music! In anticipation of the Academy’s putting on the play Einstein! by Jack Fry on November 18th we’re going to do an Einstein-focused Nerd Nite on Monday, October 23rd! Two local physics professors – Dr. Gary Felder and Dr. Brokk Toggerson – are going to discuss cosmology and how it relates to relativity and the sometimes unsolved mysteries of the physics of the mundane!

It’ll be the best opportunity you have to take your friends and family to a Nerd Nite! You’ll be able to pretend it’s a way classier event! We’re excited!

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, August 22nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
Create a god or goddess to add to the pantheon, young writers ages 9 – 12! Children’s author Burleigh Muten will help you create a new myth! Don’t go too hard on the mythmaking though you don’t want to wake up to a knock on the door from the Un-Council of No-Space, they keep a lid on the power levels of most gods. Pre-registration only, $100, call 413-657-7721 to pre-register!
Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
More gods! The mind boggles at all these ancient deities!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine fiends clean your spleens and eat some greens on the way to the zine club! It’s the most important night of the week! Let us know if you make a zine and we will maybe feature it in the Nerd Watch? Yeah why not that sounds fun. Zines!
Thursday, August 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
We suggest creating a god or goddess of some abstract thought process. Like the goddess of being quite happy but low-key nervous that you’ve forgotten a deadline.
Saturday, August 26th
Unitarian Society [220 Main Street, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Scarlet Professor: An Evening of Discussion & Song
Award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer will describe how they and the librettist Harley Erdman transformed the powerful story of Newton Arvin, a Smith professor who was persecuted in the 60s for ‘possession of lewd photos of men’, into an opera. We’re going to assume they made it somewhat like the Scarlet Letter, because of the name!

Board Games:

Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Thursday, August 24th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award nominated short fiction + dinner
Read a bunch of excellent short fiction works and then talk about them with a group of friendly people at a nice local restaurant! You can find a link to each of the stories discussed on the meetup page! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/242268636/
Friday, August 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet The Author/Illustrator Mark Parisi
Ages 8+! Also their families! Meet an author and illustrator who is lovely and then have a writing and illustration lab and some snacks! What a delightful afternoon this sounds like, good job Mark Parisi!
Saturday, August 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tim Burke Book Talk | Deception
Deception is a book with a cover image of what look like some snappily-dressed mob people pointing guns while competing to be in the most photogenic shadows so we’re assuming kind of a noir adventure/thriller? Really long talk, too! Maybe it’s just someone recording an audio-book while you’re in the room.

Card Games:

Friday, August 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!
Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Human Era Playtest
From the creators of the spectacular DRAGOON, check out and provide excellent and useful feedback about Human Era! It’s a competitive time-travelling card game which sounds pretty neat. Stop by any time from one to four to help out and play a fun game!

Community:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color. Pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional space for Women of Color. Free and open to the public.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Volunteer to Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Are you interested in supporting students in your community? You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.
Saturday, August 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Franklin County League of Women Voters
Get together with the wonderful folks who like to vote! Get informed, get involved, get ready to keep working for your ideals!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
The Northampton Committee to Stop War offers a fee and accessible screening of John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger dives deep into the US’s belligerence toward the world’s second economic power, and why it seems like we’re on the long road to a short and horrific war. Discussion will follow the film!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

SPACE:

Monday, August 21st
America [Earth] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
The Sun Escapes
It’s done it this time, folks, it’s really gone and done it. We had it for a long time, we kept it here to keep us warm and to help us photosynthesize but it’s gone and slipped the chains and it’s taking the first train to anywhere but here. The portal will open and begin swallowing the sun around 1:30pm, and by about 2:30pm we should all begin to freeze into an endless tableau of eternal night, and then at about 4:00pm the Sun will arrive… somewhere a little bit better than here.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Solar Eclipse Viewing
If you can’t make it to the first viewing, they’ll be doing a repeat viewing 6pm – 9pm.

Science:

Monday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club: Astronomy and the Solar Eclipse
Astronomy is the study of how to chain stars. Basically it’s a series of elaborate binding rituals that “Astronemeers” use each day to make sure that a new star is available to power Earth for the day. Learn more about this eldritch scientific pursuit and watch as Astronemeers attempt to keep the sun from escaping!

We’re on podcast The Chairmen of the Boards!

Loyal readers! You’ve yearned to hear us speak, wept at the lack of our dulcet tones tickling your eardrums, thrown yourself bodily out of your seats to protest the fact that text is a medium that robs you of the beauty that you know exists just beyond your grasp.

Well now you can hear us talk to local podcaster Jesse Mayhew of the venerable Chairmen of the Boards! It is a relatively freewheeling discussion of how the Nerd Watch got started and what a danged cool place the Valley is in general but particularly if you’re a big old nerd into board game things.

Nerds gather, and now his watch begins.

It shall not end until his death. He shall take no wife, hold no hands, father no children.

He shall wear no crowns and win no glory. (Unless you count the victory point track In Blood Rage or the Crown Counter In Citadels. These are obvious exceptions that we shouldn’t have to point out.)

He shall live and die at his post, He is the Foam LARP sword in the Darkness. The Watcher on the Wall (of discounted non-mint condition pre-owned games).

He is James Olchowski, Lord Commander of the Nerd’s Watch – and you owe him your allegiance!!

Dethroned and dispossessed, robbed of title and station, our intrepid host Jesse was shackled and marched to the wall where he was forced to take the Black (T-shirt with 3 wolves howling at the moon.)

He decided to make the most of it and interview James about The Valley Nerd Watch, The Pioneer Valley’s weekly newsletter and #1 resource for all things nerd!

Jesse was a lovely host, and we hope you have as nice a time listening as we did recording.

So You Would Like To Be Heard

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Recently we’ve become aware of the fact that several folks in town do interesting podcasts. That’s delightful! Podcasts are after all the radio of the future.

But have you considered the radio… of the past? Which is to say just plain broadcast radio?

Your local low power FM station – 103.3FM WXOJ Valley Free Radio – has resources for you to use, friendly member of the local community! So what can they do for your podcast? Lots!

Scenario 1: I Want to Start a Podcast… But I Don’t Have Any Good Equipment!

Valley Free Radio is happy to help! You can use their brand new community recording studio! They have mics, they have a computer, they have soundproofing that’s better than your living room.

What are the restrictions?

  • You can only record in the studio when a member of the VFR team is there to actually let you in. For the most part, this should not be an issue. But keep in mind that if a sudden illness hits the staff at VFR, you’ll need to make other plans.
  • You need to add a little stinger to the end of each episode of your podcast noting that this was recorded at the VFR studio.

What are the benefits?

  • You can record audio and then take that audio and do what you want with it, delightful!

Scenario 2: I Have a Podcast, But I Want To Be on the Radio!

Valley Free Radio is looking for new programs, so you’re in luck! You can record at the station or you can do live broadcasts if you’d like! Go to http://valleyfreeradio.org/schedule/new-program-proposal and fill out the online form to get started!

What are the restrictions?

  • No racism/sexism.
  • No swears. Thank the FCC.
  • No promoting products. VFR is a non-profit, and there are rules about this sort of thing!
    • You can probably say “Hi, I’m the creator of the Ice Cream Cone and you can find out more about my invention at icecreamiscool.biz” at the end of your show.
    • You cannot say “Go to Herrell’s and buy an ice cream cone, folks!” or “If ice cream cones sound tasty, go pick one up at your local retailer!”
    • Yes, it’s subjective and a bit thorny at times, but the volunteers at VFR are happy to speak with you about the specific implications for the w
  • You need to go to a training on station practices and equipment usage.
  • You need to sign a contract with the station stating you’ll follow FCC and station guidelines.
  • You need to contribute. Either with some volunteer work at the station or with a flat monthly fee of $20-$30, plus a $30 membership fee.

What are the benefits?

  • Access to the airwaves! VFR, as you can see by the map above, has about a 15-mile radius coverage area centered around Florence.
  • Access to the station! You can record any time day or night in either studio, with the caveat of course that you can’t overlap with another person. You can pre-record your shows at a time that works for you!
  • An audience! VFR already has regular listeners and a bunch of people who listen to the stream online, so you’d be able to start reaching people immediately who might otherwise never hear about your podcast. Some VFR shows have a dedicated international following!
  • A neutral professional space! People aren’t always interested in interviews/guest appearances that take place in a person’s living room. The radio station is a comfortable and convenient place to meet.
  • The ability to have call-in guests easily!
  • The thrill of creating live content!
  • Help from friendly volunteers! The people at VFR are capable radio producers who can help you with any issues that pop up in the process of making, editing, and promoting your show.
  • A specialized @valleyfreeradio.org email address so you can easily communicate with fans of your show!
  • Access to a private Facebook group just for VFR programmers where they talk about the station and answer questions about the work.

So there you have it. Whatever you’d like to do with your podcast, VFR can help you do it. Just talk to the station volunteers! You can get in touch with them here.