Community Events

Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 3

March 7, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Elks Lodge
3-5 Church Street

Come join us for an old-fashioned spaghetti supper fundraiser to support Greenfield’s Cub Scout Pack 3. Tickets are $10 for age 12 and up, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger.

House Concert at Wistariahurst Museum: Matthew Larsen and The Documents + Kevin O’Rourke (of Lo Fine)

March 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at

As part of the intimate, low lit Dark Dining Room House Concert series, Matthew Larsen and The Documents and Kevin O’Rourke of Lo Fine will be performing sets in the amazing music room at Wistariahurst Museum, a former 28-room mansion in the city of Holyoke. Light refreshments will be provided by Holyoke Hummus Company and beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.

Matthew Larsen has been a member of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene for a few decades, attracting audiences with introspective piano rock songs. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet, and other times building into wall-of-sound catchy harmony-celebrated anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in 2005). Greg Saulmon, Alex Peterson and Mark Schwaber join Matthew on stage to contribute multi-part harmonies and quiet percussion.

Matthew and Greg coordinate the Dark Dining Room House Concert Series. Greg is also an avid photographer, authoring The Birds Downtown and producing news content for a prominent Western Mass newspaper.

Over the past 15 years, Kevin O’Rourke and Co. have been consistently writing and releasing beautiful, literate, contemplative and meditative material that has been described as “committed to the notion that there’s a place for popular music that values the sublime and restrained over the raw and showy.” (Boston Globe). Beginning with the self-titled debut EP in 1999, and the first full length, Nine the following year, Lo Fine has been well received, described as “utterly beautiful alt-country that has earned them a devoted following in New England, where newspapers regularly name them one of the region’s most treasured acts.” (Hybrid).

O’Rourke recently held a well-attended listening party at Montague Bookmill for the vinyl release of “Want Is A Great Need”

Spring Oratorio: Mendelssohn’s Elijah

March 7, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at

The Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, Directors, welcome the Pennsylvania State University Men’s Glee Club, Christopher Kiver, Director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; Jonathan Lasch, bass-baritone.

A conversation about the Boston Olympics 2024 proposal

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Florence Community Center
140 Pine St

A Conversation about Boston’s Proposal for the 2024 Olympics with Evan Falchuk, recent Independent candidate for Massachusetts’ governor and founder of the United Independent Party. Mr. Falchuk will be joined by Andrew Zimbalist, Smith Professor of Economics and author of Circus Maximus: the economic gamble behind hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. Free and open to the public on Sunday, March 8, 2 PM to 4 PM Florence Community Center auditorium, 140 Pine St., Florence.  For more information: 585-5795.

Stavros 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert featuring FAT and HVGO

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Academy Of Music Theatre
274 Main Street

Two locally born music groups come together for a splendid performance at the Academy of Music in Northampton on March 8th, 2015 at 2pm. This unique concert will feature the talents of one of the Pioneer Valley’s favorite rock bands FAT, known for producing albums with RCA and Atlantic Records and collaborating with producers behind artists such as David Bowie and Blue Oyster Cult. Also performing will be the truly avant-garde Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, directed by internationally acclaimed virtuoso arch guitarist and composer, Peter Blanchette. The orchestra is comprised of twenty talented electric and acoustic guitarists, whose debut album in 2010 received the Springfield Republican’s annual “Live Wire” Award. These original groups promise a concert sui generis in support of Stavros Center for Independent Living.
For 40 years, Stavros has been providing services for disabled members of the community. “It is through events such as this concert that we raise awareness for those we serve,” says event organizer Norman Blain. Proceeds from this exciting event will go towards Stavros and their mission to make life safe, healthy, and independent for all. Stavros a non-profit, is the third oldest independent living center in the USA. Stavros is a member agency of the United Way at Hampshire & Franklin Counties that serves more than 6,000 individuals each year in the three counties of the Pioneer Valley.

Tickets: $20 per Adult, $8 per Child (12 & Under)
Purchase Tickets:

Academy of Music Box Office
Business hours: Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
Online Tickets Click on Show Desired:
http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=722456

The Big Broadcast! 10th Anniversary

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Chapin Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College

present 

 

THE BIG BROADCAST !

10th Anniversary Edition

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2PM and 7PM

Chapin Auditorium

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 01075

 

The Show

 

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College’s 10th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman, among others.

 

South Hadley Performances

 

Sponsors to date include: Mount Holyoke College, Baystate Medical Practices, Peoples Bank, Loomis Communities, New England Public Radio, The Westfield News Group, and WWLP-22News.

 

Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available (beginning January 15, 2015) at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box-Office in Amherst, at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley, and at the door (subject to availability).  For phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. For online orders:https://fac.umass.edu/Online/MHC

 

Refractions of the Baroque Cello

March 8, 2015 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at

A variety of titular spellings provide us with a colourful map of the violoncello’s development in the Baroque era: Violoncino, Violonzino, Violonzell, Viulunzelo, Bassel, Bassettel, etc. Jennifer Morsches takes us on a journey highlighting those pioneering cellists and composers who made an indelible mark on the cello, and contributed to its development as an instrument of expression and authority.

Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Steve Alves, documentary film “Food For Change”

March 8, 2015 - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at

On March 8th, as a combined benefit and membership drive event, the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman St. in Greenfield will show the full length documentary film Food For Change by Steve Alves. Prominently featured in this film is the story of Green Fields Market as it is born and grows as well as the history of the coop movement in the United States as a whole.

Pay according to your means, suggested donation:$10

Lecture and Master Class: Edward Klorman

March 9, 2015 - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm at

Music theorist and violist Edward Klorman presents a lecture that explores the possibility of using norms of cultured social conversation in late 18th-century Austria as a model for interpretation of Mozart’s chamber music. Following the presentation, Klorman will coach Smith College music students in a Mozart chamber work.

Brahms & Joachim, An Intimate Portrait

March 10, 2015 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm at

Music in the Noon Hour
Edward Klorman, viola and Liza Stepanova, piano celebrate an important musical friendship between composer Johannes Brahms and violinist Joseph Joachim by performing works by both masters, including Brahms’ autumnal Viola Sonata in E-flat major, op. 120 No. 2.

Basic Mediation Training

March 13, 2015 - March 28, 2015 - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church
8 Church Street

Learn simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements; gain skills and confidence in handling challenging situations; help others work with their conflicts. Whether you intend to be a formal mediator, or want to develop skills you can use in other professional and personal situations, basic mediation training is a great place to start. Training runs March 13, 14, 20 and 21 (March 28 optional), 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, in Greenfield. For info or brochure, see www.communityaction.us/upcoming-trainings-events or contact The Mediation & Training Collaborative (mediation@communityaction.us, 413-475-1505).

The Big Broadcast! 10th Anniversary

March 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm at The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre

Friday, March 13, 2015

7PM

The Colonial Theatre

111 South Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

THE BIG BROADCAST !

10th Anniversary Edition

The Show

 

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College’s 10th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman, among others.

 

 

Pittsfield Performance

 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10.00 for students. Tickets are available (beginning January 15, 2015) at The Colonial Theatre Ticket Office, by phone at 413-997-4444 and online at http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/

 

The Pittsfield performance of “The Big Broadcast” will benefit BTG PLAYS!. Education and training programs are a fundamental component of Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission to serve our community.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group is one of the largest and most exciting arts organizations in Berkshire County. Created by the merger of two of the oldest Berkshire County establishments, Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, it presents the finest in theatre, music and the performing arts. Berkshire Theatre Festival was founded in 1928 and The Colonial Theatre opened in 1903. Serving over 100,000 patrons each season and 17,000 students with its wide range of education programs, Berkshire Theatre Group brings the best of the arts to the residents of Berkshire County and beyond year-round. For more information, please visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/.

Mass West Home Show

March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015 - 11:00 am at Smith College Indoor Track
106 Lower College Lane

Are you looking for ideas for your next home project? Plan on attending the

Mass West Home Show, March 14th & 15th at the Indoor Track & Tennis at Smith College in Northampton.

It’s this region’s FIRST home show. Meet the professionals in home building, remodeling, landscaping, energy savings and more.

See kitchens, baths, sun rooms, appliances, home centers, flooring, garage doors, HVAC, building materials and more.

Win a FREE Kohler standby generator from Paciorek Electric.

Don’t miss Jelly Belly’s Pools & SpasGIANT” spa sale, Contractors Home Appliances and see Amherst Landscapes Spring “Welcome Garden”.

There are seminars plus gardening tips by the Western Mass Master Gardener Association and “GREEN” energy exhibits.

Support the Northampton Survival Center. Bring in canned goods and get a discount to the show.

Go to masswesthomeshow.com

The Mass West Home Show, March 14th & 15th at the Indoor Track & Tennis at Smith College, opens daily at 11.

Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street

The Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company is excited to celebrate the St. Patrick’s
Day season with you! Their vibrant modern take on the traditional style of step
dancing has entertained sold out crowds in the valley and beyond for many years now. Joined by local Celtic musical group ‘Four Sisters & the Farmhands’ this is sure to be a show that has something for everyone. Come join in the fun of the jigs and reels this season with your family!

Tickets available at www.AcademyOfMusicTheatre.com

Bill Charlap at The Vermont Jazz Center

March 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap performed with many leading artists of our time, like Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

Formed in 1997, his trio with Peter Washington (bass ) and Kenny Washington (drums) is recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.

$20-40 sliding scale, $!5 student
Available online, at door, reserved by phone, or In the Moment Records, Main St Brattleboro.

Please call ahead for handicap access.

Sponsored by a friend of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshop.

From the Blasket Island, Co. Kerry, to “Hungry Hill” in Springfield, Massachusetts

March 15, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Universalist Unitarian Church
121 N. Pleasant Street

Antonia Moore Speaks about Blasket Island Roots for Amherst Irish Association’s Second Event

Amherst, MA: The Amherst Irish Association introduces Antonia Moore, University of Massachusetts Amherst alum, as she discusses her research of the Blasket Island, “Hungry Hill” in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the historical narrative she has shaped along the way.

The community will welcome Moore on March 15th , at the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. at 2pm, for her presentation, “From the Blasket Island, Co. Kerry to Hungry Hill, Springfield”.  No entry fee –suggested donation, $5-10, welcome at the door.

Side entrance to Social Room at rear.

Following the event, from 4-6, complimentary tea and scones will be served, provided by the Amherst Irish Association, accompanied by Irish music and dancing.

The Amherst Irish Association is a community-based initiative, aiming to host monthly events that explore and celebrate aspects of Ireland’s diaspora, culture and society. For more information, “like” us on Facebook, or contact us at amherstirishassociation@gmail.com!

Once Upon A Bog: An Original Musical by Whole Children

March 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater at Smith College
122 Green Street

 

Whole Children is happy to debut Once Upon a Bog, an original theatrical adventure of fantasy, fun and friendship. This upbeat show explores themes of acceptance and teamwork through some uplifting and toe-tapping song and dance. Whole Children is a grassroots organization, started by parents, that offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children of all ages and abilities, particularly those with special needs. Milestones offers similar classes for young adults. This production of Once Upon a Bog is presented by the students of the Theater Studio program, one of the many inclusive performing arts groups at Whole Children. Under the direction of Jeannine Haas, the acting students have created this show together.

 

There are two shows: Friday March 20 at 7pm and Saturday, March 21 at 2pm at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater in Smith College. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at www.wholechildren.org or at the door. All ticket sales benefit the scholarship fund. Whole Children shows are known to sell out fast so make sure to get your ticket soon!


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

Growing Upright

March 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at

Growing Upright

Derek Gardner – Structural Therapist, Restorative Exercise Specialist, and father of three – will give tools and ideas for promoting healthy muscle and bone development in children.

Please contact Derek if you have any questions.

Spaghetti Dinner

March 21, 2015 - 5:00 pm at St. Valentine’s Church
127 King Street

Spaghetti Dinner
St. Valentine’s Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King Street, Northampton, MA will hold a Spaghetti Dinner” on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is $9 for adults; $5 for children under 12.  The menu:  Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Spaghetti with Meatless Sauce, Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad, Coffee/tea/milk, dessert.    For further information and reservations, please call the Rectory Office at 413-584-0133 by Wednesday,  March 18th.

ArtSpark at Eastworks to Benefit Hilltown Charter

March 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm at

ARTSPARK@EASTWORKS
a 20th Anniversary Celebration Benefit for HCCPS

Saturday March 28
7:00 – 11:00 PM
@ Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton

Get your sparkle on for a razzle dazzle adult night on the town…
Something for everyone–
The Best of Hilltown & Easthampton Talents & Treasures Auction & Raffle***
Showcase of Savories & Sweets from Easthampton Eateries
Beer & Wine from Local Purveyors
and a boogie down with The Mike Hooker Experience (featuring 3 Hilltown Parent Alums) from 9 – 11

$15 per person
Special Welcome Back Rate — $10/per HCCPS Student Alum (21+)

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