Community Events

Ashfield Farmers Market

May 17, 2014 - October 25, 2014 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Ashfield Town Common
Main Street

The Ashfield Farmers Market is a market for farmers, and by farmers.  We gather weekly on the Ashfield Town Common to vend vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, plants, bread, baked goods, prepared foods, maple products, honey and more. Artist of the week every week, and live music too.  Come and join us in the sun, on the common, it’s always a hoot!

Portraits- Photography by Anja Schutz

September 5, 2014 - October 31, 2014 - 7:00 pm at The Rendezvous
78 Avenue A

Portraits, Photography by Anja Schutz
at
The Rendezvous

78 Third Street
Opening Reception Friday, September 5 at 7 pm
Coincides with the 7th Anniversary of The Rendezvous.
Drew Paton’s 1940’s Hit Parade kick’s off the evening

Through November

Soak up the Rain Demonstration Workshop for Homeowners and Businesses

September 20, 2014 - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at Central High School
1840 Roosevelt Avenue

Come learn how to better manage rainfall at your home or business.  Workshop presenters include Landscape Architect Thomas Benjamin, Ecological Designer Keith Zaltzberg, and Stormwater Specialist Patty Gambarini.  The workshop will cover a range of techniques appropriate for residential and commercial sites, including: rain gardens, cisterns, and porous pavers.  The workshop is brought to you by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and Connecticut River Stormwater Committee under contract with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1.  Register by September 16th with Patty Gambarini at pgambarini@pvpc.org or 413-781-6045.  Visit soakuptherain.pvpc.org to see the workshop agenda and learn more about stormwater management practices in the Pioneer Valley.

Amherst Community Co-op’s Groff Park Community Potluck

September 20, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Groff Park
72 Mill Lane

The organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op (a proposed full-service grocery co-op for Amherst) invite you to a community potluck at Groff Park from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, September 20th. The event will be an opportunity for members of the co-op to come together with their friends, families, and potential new members while enjoying an afternoon in the park with good food and conversation. We will be signing up new members right there in the park, and with your new membership you will receive a free Amherst Community Co-op tote bag! People are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and there will be free childcare provided by Evan Curran of Shiprock and Anchordog. If you want to be able to do your groceries in Amherst while keeping your dollars in the community and furthering the cooperative movement, now is the time to show your support by becoming a founding member of the Amherst Community Co-op!

The Ha-Ha’s Wow Warwick

September 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Warwick Town Hall
12 Athol Rd

Improv comedy show for the whole family! Admission is free though donations for the Warwick Arts Council gratefully accepted.

T.S. Monk Sextet at the Vermont Jazz Center

September 20, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222

T.S. Monk Sextet at the Vermont Jazz Center

Saturday, September 20, 2014

8 pm

T.S. Monk is a drummer, and heir to his father, Thelonious Monk’s legacy.  He  plays his own great music while paying homage to the immense contributions his father made to the music.

T.S. is co-founder and chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, one of the world’s most highly regarded schools and jazz competitions.

The Monk Institute’s impact extends globally in collaboration with UNESCO, with the celebration of International Jazz Day facilitates  thousands of performing and educational activities.

T.S. Monk’s performs with his well-oiled, hard-driving, hard-bop sextet comprised of New York’s first call talent,  including his tenor player of many years, Willie Williams.

$20-40 sliding scale admission, $15 students w.ID. Available at door, on line, reserved by phone, and at In the Moment Records, Brattleboro VT.

$1 per ticket extra on MC/Visa orders.

Please call ahead for handicap access.

Vermont Jazz Center

72 Cotton Mill Hill #222

Brattleboro VT 05301

802 254 9088

www.vtjazz.org

Bake Sale Fundraiser

September 21, 2014 - 7:30 am - 6:00 pm at Vermont Welcome Center on I-91
1235 Broad Brook Rd

Brattleboro Time Trade provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services for the benefit of the community.  The Time Trade creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. By promoting the skills and knowledge of each member and enabling reciprocity, the organization empowers each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy.

Join us at the Vermont Welcome Center on I-91 in Guilford (just  before Exit 1 in Brattleboro) for tea and coffee and a wide assortment of professional and homemade baked goods including muffins, cookies, brownies, sandwiches, fudge, popcorn, and whole pies. And of course, we’ll have fresh apples, apple cider, and cider donuts! All proceeds to benefit Brattleboro Time Trade.

Alumnae Chorus Homecoming Event

September 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Sage Hall, Sweeney Concert Hall
144 Green Street

ALUMNAE CHORUS HOMECOMING EVENT
Sunday September 21, 2:00 PM
The Smith College Alumnae Chorus presents A Weekend of Song in Celebration of Alice Parker Class of ’47. Alice Parker and Jonathan Hirsh will share conducting duties; the repertoire will include Parker’s settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elinor Wylie, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Autumn” from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. Join us for this autumnal weekend concert as we celebrate one of Smith’s most notable alumnae.

Music in the Noon Hour

September 23, 2014 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm at Sage Hall, Sweeney Concert Hall
144 Green Street

Ronald Gorevic on Violin.

BENEFIT ART AUCTION – Tilton Library

September 26, 2014 - October 24, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Tilton Library
75 North Main Street

Friends of the Tilton Library Art Auction to raise funds for library programs.  Works by 30 local artists displayed in library for one month. Opening Reception, start of bidding: Friday, September 26, 6-8 PM, in library. Closing Celebration: Friday, October 24, 6-8 PM.

Benefit Wine Tasting at Forbes Library

September 26, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Forbes Library
20 West St.

The Friends of Forbes Library will hold its fourth annual fall wine tasting benefit at the library on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A large array of wines will be offered along with hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at Forbes Library, the library’s website at forbeslibrary.org, and Liquors 44 on King Street.

The wines and food will give the benefit an international flair. Wines available for sampling, include both whites and reds from the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, and other countries. A variety of sakes, ports, and beers will be offered as well. Appetizers include cheeses, sushi, stuffed grape leaves, salmon, hummus, and pakora. Among the local restaurants and merchants providing the fare are River Valley Market, India House, Ibiza Tapas Bar, Paul & Elizabeth’s, and Sylvester’s Restaurant.

All proceeds from the gala will benefit Forbes Library in support of children’s and young adult programs, staff computer training, music and lecture series, preservation of Special Collections, and the library’s book and media fund.

For more information, contact Lisa Downing at 413-587-1017 or ldowning@forbeslibrary.org.

Community Music/Swing Dance event with Butterfly Swing Band

September 26, 2014 - 8:30 pm at

Butterfly Swing Band and Dance: Friday night September 26th, The Arts Block, 289 Main St. Greenfield, MA. Free Dance lesson 7:30 with Emily Fox, music and dance 8:30 to 11:00. $7 on-line www.theartsblock.com $10 at the door. Dance lesson included. Listen and dance to great swings tunes to get you movin’ and schmoozin’. www.butterflyswingband.com

Chicken Barbecue, Hatfield Congregational Church

September 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at

Chicken Barbeque, Hatfield Congregational Church, Sat, Sept 27. 5pm take out, 5:30-7:00 pm sit down supper. $12 Adult, $6 Child. 41 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. Call 413 247-9624 or 413 210-3965 or tickets at the door. All welcome.

Strauss String Quartet

September 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm at

The first concert of the season given by the Sage Chamber Music Society. This concert commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss and the 300th anniversary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach. The concert will feature the rarely heard Piano Quartet and a set of extraordinary songs R. Strauss, and an unusual sonata for violin and keyboard written collaboratively by J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach. The Strauss songs will be performed by the rising star, soprano, Laura Strickling with the award winning pianist Liza Stepanova. Members of the Sage Chamber Music Society will perform, Joel Pitchon, violin, Ronald Carbone, viola, and Volcy Pelletier, cello.

Sean Dorsey Dance: The Secret History of Love

September 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm at

The Secret History Of Love is a dance that reveals the underground ways LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920’s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids, and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.

The Elders in Concert: Presented by the Irish Cultural Center

October 3, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Holyoke Elks Lodge
250 Whitney Avenue

The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College invites you to an evening with The Elders, one of the most critically acclaimed American Celtic folk rock groups touring today. Learn more.

The Elders take the stage at 8:00 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Avenue in Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are general admission, table seating. Cost is $22.50 advance, $20 for Irish Cultural Center members, and $25 at the door. 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.

Don’t miss this group’s only New England appearance this year. This is a special opportunity to see one of the most exciting bands in the Celtic folk rock world – get your tickets today.

Since forming in 1998 in Kansas City, The Elders have set the music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful blend of American roots rock and amped-up Celtic folk. They are established as one of the top American Celtic rock bands, headlining some of the biggest Celtic festivals in North America and Europe, drawing faithful crowds and earning new fans wherever they go. Guitarist Steve Phillips is enthusiastic about their return to New England, and says “It’s been a long time since we’ve played in Massachusetts and we’re super excited about returning and sharing some new music!”

The Elders are fronted by vocalist and percussionist Ian Byrne, a native of Ireland’s County Wicklow, with guitarist Steve Phillips, bassist Norm Dahlor, keyboardist and fiddler Brent Hoad, drummer Kian Byrne, and fiddler Colin Farrell.

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

Noah’s Ark Animal Festival

October 4, 2014 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Greenfield Second Congregational Church
on the town Common

The Annual Noah’s Ark Animal Festival takes place rain or shine at Greenfield Second Congregational Church on the Common, Saturday October 4, 2014 from 10am to Noon. This free event features many fun and exciting children’s activities including a K-9 Demonstration presented jointly by the Belchertown and Sheriff’s Department, and animal dances and songs presented by Karen’s Dance Studio of Greenfield. Children can visit and interact with many different live 4H animals, including a llama, play games for prizes, and make animal theme crafts to take home. There will be a drawing at 11:45 featuring Noah and animal-related prizes. For more information contact the church at (413)774-4355 or office@greenfieldsecondchurch.com.

Daniel Hales: Book Launch Reading | CRVPT Dramatic Reading

October 4, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm at

Tempo Maps by Daniel Hales, the newest release from Philadelphia’s ixnay press (a small press dedicated since 1998 to publishing new and experimental poetry), is a tough one to pin down… but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun trying. A hybrid of poetry, prose, music, drones, peepers, cars, beats per minute, trains, ghosts, idling 18-wheelers, dying fire alarms, love, exploratory crafts, sex, wind, violas, snow, sitars, rain, hula-hoops, PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, and a cat of many names. Longer than a chapbook, but not long enough to be a full-length volume, attempts to map its tempos are further complicated by the book’s two covers, two possible points of entry, two alternate beginnings and ends, two equally correct orientations. The initial run of 250 books is accompanied by a 46-track cd of Hales reading the poems, sound design segues and instrumental interludes, and culminating in the Miner Street Symphony. Tempo Maps is a truly beautiful, unique object to read, to listen to, to have and to hold–both right side up and “upside down.”

CRVPT (Stella Corso and her CT River Valley Poet’s Theater), open with a dramatic reading of the hilarious: “Make-Up: A Short Dramatic Reading of The Dramatic Student’s Approach.”

$8 cover includes a copy of Tempo Maps | http://www.replaymusicgear.com

Whole Children Fall Festival

October 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Whole Children
41 Russel St.

Whole Children, an afterschool center for kids of all abilities, including those with special needs, is kicking off its 10th Anniversary with a Fall Festival! We welcome any and all families to help us celebrate a decade of friendship and growth with a day of free games, demo classes and performances, including local musician Jamie Kent. We will open our doors on Sunday October 5th 1-4 pm at our location in Hadley at 41 Russell St (Rte 9).

 

For more information call (413) 585 8010 or visit www.wholechildren.org

Diggity Dogs Service Dogs’ Fall Fundraising & Public Education Campaign is kicked off at Hope & Olive’s Free Soup & Games Night

October 6, 2014 - December 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Hope & Olive
679 Mohawk Trail

On October 6th at Hope & Olive’s Free Soup & Games Night Diggity Dogs will launch a fall fundraising and public education campaign that will culminate in the placement of multiple service dogs at no cost to the recipients.

The event will include a raffle, door prizes, entertainment and, as always, great company!

Come on down and bring a friend or twelve.

We need your support!

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