Community Events

2015 Tiny House Raffle!

March 9, 2015 - June 6, 2015 - All Day at

Hilltop Montessori School of Brattleboro has launched a “Tiny House Raffle” to benefit the school’s financial aid program and Morningside Shelter. Jamaica Cottage Shop has donated a tiny house kit that Hilltop students and families will assemble this spring. The 7’ x 12’ house is built on a trailer for easy mobility and will be raffled off at 3pm on the Brattleboro Common after the Strolling of the Heifers parade on June 6th.  Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Hilltop Montessori School, Morningside Shelter, and on-line at www.hilltopmontessori.org/tiny-house-raffle-2015.

Hilltop Montessori School is an independent school serving economically diverse children 18 months through eighth grade. For more information visit www.hilltopmontessori.org.

Pauline Productions presents “An Iliad”

April 2, 2015 - April 4, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street

Jeannine Haas and musician John Sheldon present “An Iliad,”adapted by by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s “The Iliad.”

Whenever and wherever the world needs to hear it, The Poet must tell the story of the Trojan War again and again until it does not need to be told anymore. She brings the story up through the ages of wars, Troy to Syria.

John Sheldon brings the genius of his music to the performance.

Performances:

A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA
April, 2, 3 & 4 at 8:00pm. 

Performances also at—First Congregational Church of Ashfield
April 9, 10, 11 at 8:00pm

Tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com : $20 general admission. Tickets $25  at the door.

An Evening with Rudyard Kipling at Naulakha

April 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Naulakha
481 Kipling Road

Benefit Performance at Rudyard Kipling’s House

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Adults wondering how the elephant got his trunk or the camel got his hump should come to Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha on Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 pm. On that night, The Landmark Trust USA will be presenting Jackson Gillman in a benefit performance of Kipling’s enchanting children’s tales, the Just So Stories.

Over the past 15 years, more than 6000 area grade schoolers and their teachers have watched as Mr. Gillman brought to life these timeless tales in the very setting where they were first told by Kipling to his daughter, Josephine. The Trust will again be offering this educational program free of charge to school groups during the week of April 6th. So enthusiastic has been the reception for these stories that the Trust has decided that adults, too, should have the opportunity.

The evening performance will be limited to 25 and the admission charge of $35.00 will include an intimate tour of Naulakha. Fine desserts and coffee will be served after the readings.

Funds raised from this event will be used to support our school program. For information and to reserve tickets please call 802-254-6868 during regular office hours.

 

 

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch, a coffee house opera

April 9, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Sweeney Concert Hall
Smith College

A production of the DÜnya Ensemble, conceived by Mehmet Ali Sanl”ükol based on William Shakespeare (1603), Giovanbattista Giraldi (1565), and Re”ôad Ekrem KoÇu (1933), with music from 16th and 17th century sources from Europe and Turkey and original music by Mehmet Ali Sanl”ükol.
A cast of 11 musicians, singers and actors tells the story of the famous SÜmbÜl, an African slave who was the chief Black Eunuch in charge of the harem of the Ottoman sultan in the 17th century. This is an enduring Mediterranean tale of love and jealousy across racial boundaries, scaled to the intimate and informal setting of a coffee house in the polyglot environment of Constantinople/Istanbul in SÜmbÜl’s day. A traditional Ottoman storyteller (meddah hayal”ü), speaking mainly in English, tells the story, which is interwoven with instrumental music and singing in Turkish and Italian by an ensemble of specialists in European early music and in Turkish music. The love story and the combination of musical styles draws the audience into a reflection on race and slavery, and on the entwined histories of east and west.

Pauline Productions presents “An Iliad”

April 9, 2015 - April 11, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at First Congregational Church Ashfileld
429 Main Street

Jeannine Haas and musician John Sheldon present “An Iliad,”adapted by by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s “The Iliad.”

Whenever and wherever the world needs to hear it, The Poet must tell the story of the Trojan War again and again until it does not need to be told anymore. She brings the story up through the ages of wars, Troy to Syria.

John Sheldon brings the genius of his music to the performance.

Performances:

First Congregational Church of Ashfield
April 9, 10, 11 at 8:00pm

Performances also at—A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA
April, 2, 3 & 4 at 8:00pm. 

Tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com : $20 general admission. Tickets $25  at the door.

Randall Deihl & Nancy Hill: Sideshow

April 10, 2015 - April 30, 2015 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at R. Michelson Galleries
132 Main Street

R. Michelson Galleries presents

Randall Deihl & Nancy Hill: Sideshow

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10th from 6 to 8pm in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out

Gallery Hours:  Mon-Wed: 10-6pm; Thurs-Sat: 10-9pm; Sun: 12-5pm

Sideshow is an exhibit featuring all new oil paintings of old-time carnival nostalgia by husband and wife Randall Deihl and Nancy Hill.

Sunderland Congregational Church Breakfast & Bake Sale

April 11, 2015 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am at First Congregational Church of Sunderland
91 South Main Street

The Sunderland Congregational Church is hosting a Country Breakfast and Mini Bake Sale. Breakfast consists of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, bacon, and maple syrup.

All you can eat for adults: $8.00
One serving for adults: $5.00
Children $4.00

The Big Night – Vernal Pools Special Event

April 11, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary – Mass Audubon
127 Combs Rd.

The Big Night – Vernal Pools Special Event – Enchanted Family Evening

Guided tours will leave the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45 minute lantern-lit forest trail where participants will meet costumed characters from Vernal Pools.

Vernal pools are spring ponds that dry up in the heat of summer.  These pools are the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp can be found.

Meet some of these critters and learn about their lives through short animated and humorous skits.

Indoors, learn more about vernal pools through games, slide presentations, and live pond critters.

Prepaid registration is required. Call 413-584-3009

$6.00 Audubon member – $8.00 non member

This program is appropriate for children ages 4 and up accompanied by chaperones. 

Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. Be sure to allow for time before and after your walk to enjoy indoor activities.

 If it is extremely cold or there is heavy rain, the outdoor portion of this program will be brought indoors.

Spaces fill quickly, especially for the early slots, so call today.

 Hike times: every 15 minutes beginning at 5:45 pm and  last one at 7:45 pm.  Be sure to request a time slot for your hike.

Leo & Anto of The Saw Doctors: Acoustic Show

April 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Munich Haus
13 Center Street

The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College invites you to a special evening with Saw Doctors guitarist Leo Moran and sax player Anthony “Anto” Thistlethwaite. With The Saw Doctors taking a break from touring the world after twenty five years, Leo and Anto have put together an acoustic show that includes fresh takes on Saw Doctors’ fan favorites and lesser-known songs, and some brand new tunes. The evening promises to be full of great laughs and stories as well.

Leo and Anto take the stage at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 11 at the Munich Haus, 13 Center Street in Chicopee, MA, in the second floor event hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are general admission, table seating. Advance tickets are $25 for Irish Cultural Center members, and $30 for non-members. All tickets are $35 at the door. Those who wish to eat at the Munich Haus before or after the show will receive 10% off their food order by showing their ticket or purchase confirmation.

Please visit www.ElmsIrishCenter.org to buy tickets online, or download an order form. You can also call the Irish Cultural Center at 413-265-2537.

The Irish Cultural Center, Inc. is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Spring Serenade

April 11, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Sweeney Concert Hall
Smith College

The Smith College Choirs present their annual Spring Serenade, featuring the Smith College Chorus and Glee Club, Groove A Cappella, and special guests the Rutgers University Men’s Glee Club.

SECOND Sunday Concert: Nota Bene

April 12, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
650 East Pleasant Street

Sunday, April 12th from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents its final Sunday concert of the spring semester. Nota Bene, an a cappella ensemble featuring Annie Phillips, Elizabeth Chilton, and Nina Wurgaft, will be performing. Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. For more information on Nota Bene, please visit their website at www.facebook.com/singnotabene.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF APRIL SO AS NOT TO CONFLICT WITH EASTER

Howard Frank Mosher: An Evening on The Great Northern Express

April 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm at Next Stage
15 Kimball Hill Road

Howard Frank Mosher will read from his most recent book, The Great Northern Express, and speak of his journey as a writer. The author of ten novels and a travel memoir, Mosher was born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942 and has lived in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom since 1964. He has won many awards for his fiction, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the New England Book Award and, most recently, the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Three of his novels, Disappearances, A Stranger in the Kingdom, and Where the Rivers Flow North, have been made into acclaimed feature movies by Vermont independent filmmaker Jay Craven. Carl Hiaasen said of the author, “Mosher calls to mind the best of Mark Twain—mischievous, touching, and very funny,” and Richard Russo said, “Howard Frank Mosher is, for my money, the most natural storyteller around.” Booklist wrote of The Great Northern Express: “Hilarious, poignant, and honest, this bittersweet memoir is a sheer delight to read.”

This event is free and part of the Landmark College Academic Speaker Series. For more information, please see http://www.landmark.edu/academics/academic-speaker-series/.

Music in the Noon Hour

April 14, 2015 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm at Sweeney Concert Hall
Smith College

Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Judith Gordon, piano, performs works by Rachmaninoff and Schubert. Free and open to the public.

Wailing Banshees Spring Concert

April 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Earle Recital Hall
Smith College

The Wailing Banshees play their Spring Concert. Jigs, reels and the best craic on campus!

Located at the Earle Recital Hall on the Smith College campus.

Pot Roast Dinner

April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am - 7:00 pm at Our Lady of the Hills Parish
Route 9

Our Lady of the Hills Parish will be holding its annual Pot Roast Dinner with all the fixings, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Tickets may be purchased after Masses or at the Rectory at 413-268-7212. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and younger. Children under 3 eat free. Takeout is available.

The 5 College Relay for Life

April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015 - All Day at Umass Amherst Track and Field Complex
41 Campus Center Way

The Relay For Life movement features a campus and community event that offers an opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in your life, promote how you can reduce your cancer risk, and raise money to help find a cure. Today, with the support of thousands of student volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we end cancer once and for all!

It is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk where teams of people camp out around the track. There is a variety of food, games and entertainment. Overall, it is an opportunity to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who lost their fight to cancer, and fight back.

Yankee Pot Roast Dinner

April 18, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church
91 South Main Street

The First Congregational Church of Sunderland is hosting a Yankee Pot Roast Dinner at the Chapel next to the church. Adults eat for $10.00. Children under 8 are $4.00. Dinner consists of an appetizer, pot roast, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw, dessert and beverage.

For reservations, please call, 413-665-2890 and leave your name, phone number and number of people in your party.

Community Swing Dance at Workshop 13

April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Workshop 13
13 Church St.

The Gypsy Wranglers, six times voted Best Swing Band in the Valley Advocate poll, will play for a free swing dance at Workshop 13 ion Ware Massachusetts on April 18th from 7:30 until 10. Workshop 13 is a wonderful artist studio and gallery with a fine performance space. Paintings and sculptures by the artists will be on display and for sale. Professional instructor Sharon Ashe will provide a brief dance lesson at the beginning of the event, giving even the beginner enough swing steps to have a great time.

 

ENC A Capella Choir

April 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Faith Community Chapel
485 East Street

Eastern Nazarene College’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will present a concert at 6:00pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Faith Community Chapel in Ludlow. The concert will feature a wide variety of songs – including classical, folk, and contemporary arrangements – under the direction of Dr. Timothy Shetler. ENC’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers tour regularly in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. In addition to performing internationally, the choirs have performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. A love offering will be taken during the concert. Faith Community Chapel is located at 485 East Street, Ludlow, MA.  For more information, please contact the website, www.faithcommunitychapel.org or Pastor Douglas Fish at 413-583-7875.

Up Close: Live Birds of Prey

April 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Bullitt Reservation
332 Bullitt Road

Conway resident and founder of The Birds of Prey Rehab Facility, Tom Ricardi, knows a lot about birds. He will share his stories, knowledge and arrange for you to meet – in person – the hawks, owls and eagles that he cares for. Afterwards, feel free to hike the nearby Pebble Trail.

Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $5. Nonmembers: $15. Children 12 and under, FREE.

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