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Arts & Entertainment Calendar, Dec. 6 to Dec. 12 

  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, left, and Tooth, voiced by Isla Fisher in a scene from "Rise of the Guardians."  (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation)

    This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, left, and Tooth, voiced by Isla Fisher in a scene from "Rise of the Guardians." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation)

  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, left, and Tooth, voiced by Isla Fisher in a scene from "Rise of the Guardians."  (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation)

Thursday 6

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Last week to qualify for Patriots ticket giveaway, one chance with each Bud Light purchase tonight, drawing Dec. 13. Thursday Night Foot tonight at 8:20 p.m., Broncos at Raiders, halftime giveaways and Maddden 13 games starting at 7 p.m.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Naia Kete, whose “music is a personal/political soup trip as grounded and articulate as it is emotive.” $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
∎ 10 p.m. And the Kids. Belle Amies open. $8, $10.
www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Falltown String Band. 8 p.m. Free.
863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL football: Broncos vs. Raiders at 8 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVS. Thirsty Thursdays and college night hosted by Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Beer Pong Tournament. Wear your college shirt or show your college ID to be entered in end of the night prizes. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Deborah Brown and Abbot Cutler. 7 p.m. Live poetry reading. Brown’s book of poems, “Walking the Dog’s Shadow,” was the winner of the 2010 A.J. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions and winner of the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Awards for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Cutler is author of “1843 Rebecca 1847” and “The Dog Isn’t Going Anywhere.” $2 to $4 suggested donation. Please tip the bartenders. 625-6292, info@mochamays.com.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. the library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Friday for a Writer’s Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details.

Music

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet. 7:30 p.m. $15. Part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares series. The sextet features Ho Bynum (cornet), along with Jim Hobbs (reeds), Bill Lowe (trombone, tuba), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).
theartsblock.com.

CHAPEL JAZZ AND JAZZ LAB Ensembles concert. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Tickets $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors and children under 18; $10 general public. 545-2511, www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT featuring Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano and Jerry Noble, pianist.
7:30 p.m. St. Valentine’s Church,
127 King St., Northampton. $10 suggested donation.

ENTER THE HAGGIS, Toronto roots rock band, in concert
7:30 p.m. Jezebel’s Eatery,
26 West Main St., Wilmington, Vt. $26. Fundraiser for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. Tickets available at
www.wilmingtonconcertgigs.com.

FACULTY CONCERT at Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. 7:30 p.m. The NCMC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to foster the love and pursuit of music within the community through quality musical education, performances, and activities that are accessible to all.” Suggested donation of $10 general, $5 students/seniors at the door.
585-0001.

THE FLOATING CITY: Music of 16th Century Venice” for voices, winds and strings presented by the Five College Collegium. 8 p.m. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 9 East Parkview Drive, South Hadley. Free.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: ∎ Heritage Holiday. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop in any time. Visitor Center at Hall Tavern. Daily holiday programs and enjoy seasonal decorations in the Hall Tavern. Open hearth cooking demonstrations or hand-craft a gift. (See below). The Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore features heritage gifts made by hand using historic methods and tools. Included with museum admission. ∎ Open Hearth Cooking: Sugar and Spice. 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Traditional holiday treats have their origins in rarity. Though today it is easy to go to the store for chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, ginger or sugar, in the past such ingredients were the expensive results of trans-oceanic trade. To use these ingredients during holiday times signified a willingness to splurge in honor of the occasion. Join Hearth Cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice. Included with admission. Continues through Dec. 30. (Excluding Dec. 24 and 25). ∎ Giftmaking. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Chose one of three special gifts to make by hand for someone special. Choose from Woodland figures made from natural materials; a paper quiltwork ornament or a spiced hot chocolate mix in a decorative package. Included with general admission. Daily through Dec. 30. (Excluding Dec. 24 and 25).

TRIVIA NIGHT at Gill Tavern, 326 Main Road, Gill. 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Charlie Edwards. Come with a team or by yourself. Free popcorn and discounts on pizza and beverages. $5 to play. Winning team gets a gift certificate to the Gill Tavern. All proceeds donated to a local charity to be determined. 863-9006.

Theater

“ANNIE,” the popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Presented by New England Youth Theatre,
100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. 7 p.m. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16. $12 students, $14 adults. Tickets available online at www.neyt.org or at the box office or by calling 802-246-6398. Accessible theater.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL,” Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday after a Christmas Eve haunting, features all of Dickens’ beloved characters: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ghosts take flight and soar across the stage, carols are sung and snow falls capturing the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Presented by Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, Conn. Through Dec. 29. Weeknights and weekends at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances Sunday and selected weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $26.50, $41.50, $56.50, $73.50, $83.50. Students; $26.50, $41.50, $58.50, $68.50. For schedule and ticket information call the box office at 860-527-5151 or
www.hartfordstage.org.

Friday 7

Clubs

BELLA NOTTE RESTAURANT, 199 Huckle Hill Road, Bernardston: DJ Tom Mayo, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday. Free apps at 11 p.m.
No cover. 648-9107.

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Top dance tunes in The Extra Point Nightclub with DJ J-ill starting at 10 p.m. No cover.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Chris Smither. $25. ■ 10 p.m. the Big Sway and Richard James and The Name Changers. $8, $10. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: ∎ 7 p.m. Drew Paton’s 1940s Hit Parade. In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Drew plans a Commemorative USO Victory Show, circa Friday, Dec. 7, 1945. He will dress in a uniform from that period and urges others to also wear “vintage duds.” We’re told that Pearl Harper, aka Miss Hap, will be the hostess, hat-check girl and hat-passer on the break. Any World War II vet who shows up will get one free drink on Drew’s tab. Free. ∎ 9:30 p.m. Bela’s Bartok and guests tba $5. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, Main St., Greenfield: Celtics vs. Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

WEST DOVER INN, Route 100, West Dover, Vt.: Kevin Parry on guitar and vocals takes requests. 7 to 10 p.m. 802-464-5207,
www.kevinparrymusic.com.

WINTERLAND, 76 Hope St., Greenfield. Primer Showcase and Winterland present Birthday Bash/Metal Night. Local metal bands. Music starts at 9 p.m. $5, 21 and older; $8 under 21.
772-0111.

Dance

AMHERST INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Every Friday night, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst Center. Dances from the Balkans, Middle Eastern Europe, more. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748.
www.amherstfolkdancing.org.

CONTRA DANCE at Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 8:30 p.m. Mostly waltzes; 8:30 to 11:30, contra dances. Music by The Moving Violations with Linda Leslie calling. $10. $8 students. Wear soft-soled shoes and refrain from wearing scented products.
www.guidingstargrange.org.

PIONEER VALLEY BALLET presents “The Nutcracker,” Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. “The Nutcracker,” says promoters, “is a ballet for all those who love the magic of theatre. First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it is now performed around the world by countless ballet companies.” This will be the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s 33rd annual production. It is under the artistic direction of Maryanne Delisle Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti. All seats are reserved seating. Senior discounts available in person only. Friday, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ; Saturday, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. and
4:30 p.m. Tickets: Friday at
4 p.m. only, $30, $25, $20; Friday evening and all Saturday and Sunday shows, $40; $35, $30. (The Friday 4 p.m. show has special school group discount rates. All shows have discounted high school and college student RUSH seats available one half-hour prior to each performance at the box office window. RUSH seats are restricted to upper balcony only. Call for details. Academy of Music Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday,
3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032,
ext. 105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com.

VERMONT JAZZ CENTER BIG BAND GALA and dance featuring saxophonist Houston Person. 8 p.m. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill,
No. 222, Brattleboro, Vt. Dance concert with free dessert buffet, cash bar (beer, wine, soft drinks). Tickets $25 per person, $28 including table seating. Tickets: www.vtjazz.org, 802-254-9088 or In The Moment Record Shop, Main Street, Brattleboro, Vt.

Fairs & Festivals

BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER’S annual Employee Artisans and Craft Fair. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s main conference rooms and lobby, 164 High St., Greenfield. Featuring unique hand-crafted items, created by present and retired BFMC employees and volunteers. Silent auction.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield.∎Mother Goose on the Loose. 11 a.m. Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this story time style popularized by author Betsy Diamand-Cohen.
Writers’ Lunch. Noon to
2 p.m. Self-directed. The meeting room will be open Tuesdays through Fridays for any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Friends of the GPL Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continues Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Music

AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents a concert by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble. 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center, Amherst College. Free.

BLUE ROCK FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ, Blue Rock Restaurant, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Interplay Jazz Band. Adam Call on sax; John Michaels on guitar; Mark Dunlap on bass. 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. No cover. Reservations recommended. 625-8133.

FRIENDS OF MUSIC AT GUILFORD presents “Christmas Cometh Caroling.” 8 p.m. Christ Church, Melendy Road and Route 5, Guilford, Vt. The title of one 15 Alfred Burt Carols composed in the 1940s and 1950s. Nearly 20 Guilford Chamber Singers will perform. Free. Donations encouraged to support Friends of Music programs and the preservation fund of historic Christ Church which is now open only for special events.

TRACY GRAMMER, award winning folk artist and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury. 8:30 p.m. Grammer, formerly of Greenfield, is a celebrated folk musician who, along with the late Dave Carter, captured the hearts and souls of thousands of fans nationwide. Grammer has long been a staple on the national music scene, touring with Joan Baez, sharing the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin and others. Her songs continually top Americana radio and she is currently touring in support of her new album “Joy My Love.” Opening will be India Meyer and Ruby Henry, two up-and-coming young female Shutesbury singer-songwriters. Doors open at 8. Tickets $12 and can be purchased at the club, via PayPal (send payment to
jim@jimhenry.net) or by emailing jim@jimhenry.net for cash or credit card orders.

WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT at Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 8 p.m. Program will include: Evan Hause’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble”; the world premiere of Jeffrey W. Holmes’ “Continuum for Trumpet, Trombone and Wind Ensemble”; Paul Hindemith’s “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis”; Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles”; Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Solitamessu (Soldier’s Mass).” www.umasstix.com/musicanddance, 545-2511. Tickets $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors, children under 18; $10 general public.

Potpourri

SKI SKATE SALE, 4 to 8 p.m., hosted by Girl Scout Troop 40143. Featuring ski, snowboards, and more. Credit cards accepted. St. James Church, 7 Church St., Greenfield. Consignment, Thursday Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m. Sale Friday, Dec. 7, 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. For more information,
413-824-1420.

WELCOME YULE: A MIDWINTER CELEBRATION. Music, dance, songs and stories celebrating the return of the light. The 28th annual show with songs about feasting and festivities, a lively Mummer’s Play, and a traditional folk story. Bring a non-perishable item for the Franklin Area Survival Center and receive a free snack at intermission. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, 4 and under free. Reserve tickets at 413-863-2281 or purchase in advance at Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton, the World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, or online at Brattleborotix.com. For information, call 413-665-3206 or check www.welcomeyule.org

Theater

“ANNIE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD Heritage Holiday and Open Hearth Cooking continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“RENTED CHRISTMAS — THE MUSICAL” presented by the Barre Players, 64 Common St., Barre. 7:30 p.m. Repeats Fridays and Saturdays at
7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. through Dec. 9. Things don’t go quite as planned when a prosperous but lonely bachelor decides he would like the perfect Christmas. He wants to rent a Christmas, complete with a wife, a family and all the happiness for which he has secretly been longing. For ticket information and reservations, call 978-355-2096, 800-733-2096 or
barreplayerstheater.com.

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” performed at Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. 8 p.m. Continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. with special 4 p.m. matinee Dec. 8 and 15. Through Dec. 16. Ralphie is back scheming and hoping for his much longed-for Red Ryder 200 Shot carbine-action range model air rifle. He has to put up with his brother, parents and teacher. His adventures with his schoolmates also pass the time until the big day. $17 adults, $15 seniors 65 and older, $8 students 12 and young. For information and reservations call 508-347-9005.

Saturday 8

Clubs

BELLA NOTTE RESTAURANT, 199 Huckle Hill Road, Bernardston. DJ Tom Mayo. From dinner music to today’s hits. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover. Every Saturday. 648-9107.

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, Turners Falls: Live music in the Sports Bar with Chuck N Biscuits, aka Chuck and Danny from Lake Side Drive, playing music from all eras. 8 p.m. to midnight. No cover. In the Extra Point Nightclub at 10 p.m., hot dance tunes with DJ MIA. No cover.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Catie Curtis. Singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot opens. $20, $23.
∎ 10 p.m. The Sun Parade. Eytan and The Embassy. $10, $13.
www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Eitan. Singer-songwriter from Boston. Here Comes the Foxes. (debut! folkie stuff from Sam French and Dana Osterling). 9:30 p.m. Free.
863-2866, thevoo.net.

SITZMARK, West Dover, Vt.: Kevin Parry on guitar and vocals. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. 802-464-3384, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: College football. Celtics vs. Philadelphia at
7:30 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 7 p.m. Kristin Hoffmann with guest Stephanie Carlin. Free. Please tip the musicians.
625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

FINAL SQUARE DANCE for the winter at Chesterfield Senior Center. 8 to 11 p.m. Music by the Fall Town String Band with Bill Wiles calling the squares. $8 donation. Bring some munchies for intermission. Coffee and soda free. 773-8936.

TOPHILL MUSIC CONTRADANCE PARTY with Stringrays — Rodney Miller, Max Newman, and Stuart Kenney — with Linda Leslie calling. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. $10. For more information, Alice Kenney, 413-773-1671,
tophillmusic@aol.com

PIONEER VALLEY BALLET, “The Nutcracker,” continues. See Friday’s listing.

Fairs & Festivals

“GIFT OF ART at the Sawmill River Arts at The Montague Mill, Montague. Noon to 8 p.m. Varied fine art and fine craft from local artists. Refreshments. www.sawmillriverarts.com. Continues Dec. 15, noon to 6 p.m., Dec. 22, noon to 6 p.m. Regular hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Also open Dec. 24,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
www.sawmillriverarts.com,
367-2885.

Libraries

CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Children of all ages invited to make easy gingerbread houses with Ruth.
10:30 a.m. All materials supplied. Free.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY: Friends of the GPL Book Sale concludes. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Literary

VOLUNTEERS from Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol will be on hand at Bruce’s Browser, “the back room” in Athol with information about the program and ways to help. 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Bruce’s Browser will donate 20 percent from all sales from all sales throughout the day to Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol. Light refreshments.

Literary

HOPE & OLIVE DECEMBER WORD: Hope and Olive streets, Greenfield. Give thanks and celebrate another year with the writing community. Readings begin at 3 p.m. Arrive by 2:45 for the reading. Three-minute slots. Those who would like to read, paul@humanerrorpublishing.com.

MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR, Montague Book Mill,
440 Greenfield Road, Montague. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brendan Flannelly-King is a children’s illustrator living in Ashfield and his first picture book is coming out! Come celebrate “Good News Nelson” (written by Jodi Moore and published by Story Pie Press). He will do both a reading and sign books.
www.storypiepress.com. A portion of proceeds will go to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane society. 413-367-9206.
www.montaguebookmill.com

Music

THE AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents the Amherst Symphony Orchestra’s third installment of its yearlong survey “Epic Journeys: Famous Fifth Symphonies.” 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center, Amherst College. Featuring Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op., 67 by Ludwig Van Beethoven. $10 general public; $5 seniors, students with ID and children 12 and under; free for Five College students with ID. Tickets available at the door. www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

THE HARTFORD CHORALE presents “Christmas with the Hartford Chorale.” 8 p.m. Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford, Conn. Featuring the Chorale Chamber Singers, an array of vocal soloists and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Coffey and Colin Britt. For tickets and information: 860-547-1982,
hartfordchorale.org.

THE MAEVE GILCHRIST TRIO will perform a rare show at The Pushkin, Main Street, Greenfield. 8 p.m. Gilchrist, Edinburgh-born harpist and singer, has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic Harp at the age of 25. With her distinct vocal sound and exquisite harp playing, Gilchrist has brought audiences to their feet all over Europe and North America. Along with her regular collaborator, bassist Aidan O’Donnell (Scottish Jazz Awards recipient), she is joined by fiddler Dunkan Wickel to form a unique and colorful string sound. $7 online, $10 at the door. For more information: www.theartsblock.com.

THE PIONEER CONSORT Holiday Noel Concert featuring American and Celtic winter and holiday tunes, favorites from its “Noel” CD. 7 p.m. First Church of Deerfield (Brick Church), Main Street, Old Deerfield. $10 suggested donation. www.pioneerconsort.com.

THE RECITAL CHORUS presents its annual Holiday Concert. 4 p.m. Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls. The chorus, made up of students from grades 3 to 12, college students and adults from the community, will sing traditional carols and seasonal music, including rounds, spirituals, songs for Chanukah and choral works from the Renaissance to the present. Directed by Margery Heins. Free. Donations (cash or check) will be received at the door to benefit the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry and Hurricane Relief.

Potpourri

“A SPECIAL DAY IN NORTHFIELD HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:” 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Free horse-drawn hay rides leaving the Highland Barbecue parking lot, School and Main streets from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m.; Tom White Pottery Holiday Open House and Studio Sale, 205 Winchester Road,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Make your own snowman from a white carnation and buttons at Fairview Gardens, 8 Main St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free; Dala Bird, Swedish Holiday Handicraft make your own Swedish woven hart basket ornaments at the new pop-up holiday gift shop, 105 Main St.,
10 a.m. to noon, www.dalabird.com; pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St.; marshmallow roast with Northfield Cub and Boy Scouts at the Scout House, next to Northfield Town Hall,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northfield Coffee and Books — music by Grainne Buchanan, acoustic songwriter, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Green Trees Gallery — free holiday craft making for kids and adults,
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bobbie’s Hair and Nail Salon, 75 Main St., holiday raffle, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northfield Mountain Antiques, 1026 Millers Falls Road, Christmas sale, brownies, cider and cocoa from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ruthanne Paulson’s Cardboard Box Theatre performs “The Magi Dreidels” at First Parish Unitarian Church, 12:30 to 1 p.m. Gingerbread cooking decorating, banjo acoustic music at Mim’s Market, 60 Main St., 1 to 3 p.m. Crafts for children and adults at Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St., 1 to 3 p.m. Mrs. Claus reads stories by the fire at Centennial House Bed & Breakfast, 1 to 3 p.m.; tours 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra perform holiday selections, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St. Free mini bus, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking behind Northfield Coffee & Books, 105 Main St. For more information:
www.visitnorthfieldarea.com.

THE HAPPIER VALLEY COMEDY SHOW with the Ha-Ha’s and Deep Dish, an all-star troupe culled from the Boston comedy scene featuring a never-before-seen comedy show, say promoters. 7:30 p.m. The Arts Block Cafe, 289 Main St., Greenfield. A full evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13. Every second Saturday of the month. $10 at the door; $7 advance.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD:
∎ Horse-drawn wagon rides.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the peaceful setting of the historic village aboard a wagon drawn by the beautiful horses of Karas Farm. Included with museum admission. Continues Dec. 9, 15, 16. ∎ Heritage Holiday. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop in any time. Visitor Center at Hall Tavern. Daily holiday programs and enjoy seasonal decorations in the Hall Tavern. Open hearth cooking demonstrations or hand-craft a gift. (See below). The Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore features heritage gifts made by hand using historic methods and tools. Included with museum admission. ∎ Open Hearth Cooking: Sugar and Spice. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Traditional holiday treats have their origins in rarity. Though today it is easy to go to the store for chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, ginger or sugar, in the past such ingredients were the expensive results of trans-oceanic trade. To use these ingredients during holiday times signified a willingness to splurge in honor of the occasion. Join Hearth Cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice. Included with admission. Continues through Dec. 30. (Excluding Dec. 24 and 25). ∎ Giftmaking. Noon to
4:30 p.m. Chose one of three special gifts to make by hand for someone special. Choose from Woodland figures made from natural materials; a paper quiltwork ornament or a spiced hot chocolate mix in a decorative package. Included with general admission. Daily through Dec. 30. (Excluding Dec. 24 and 25). ∎ Silhouettes. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Silhouette artist Lauren Muney will demonstrate the historic art of cutting likenesses from paper using nothing more than a pair of scissors and strategic lighting. Demonstration. For an extra fee, have her cut your silhouette to take home or present as a genuine and unique holiday gift. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. demonstration today. Repeats Sunday with demonstration 1 to 4 p.m. People who wish to purchase their likeness as a silhouette should register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/266146.

LUCY FAGELLA of Lucia Pottery, 86 Leyden Road, Greenfield, will open her studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for her 10th annual holiday sale. Hot cider, cookies, functional handmade pottery. Salt cellars, apple bakers, citrus juicers, berry baskets, butter keepers, garlic grate bowls, serving bowls, mugs. 522-8370, www.luciapottery. Continues Sunday.

SKI SKATE SALE concludes, see Friday’s listing.

STONE SOUP CAFE, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. Noon to 2 p.m. A unique style of community meal that aims to build an inclusive and diverse community. It blurs the lines between who is serving and who is being served. Every week, healthy and often locally sourced food is served. Music this week performed by Chris Goudreau.
katiesachsmusic@gmail.com, stonesoupgreenfield.org.

WELCOME YULE: A MIDWINTER CELEBRATION continues, see Friday’s listing.

Theater

“ANNIE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL: RADIO SHOW,” continues, see Friday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“THE MET OPERA’S season on the big screen in high definition at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, continues with “Un Ballo in Maschera” by Giuseppe Verdi. 12:55 p.m. David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance, starring Marcelo Alvarez. $22 adults, $11 students. online or at the door.

“RENTED CHRISTMAS ­— The Musical” continues. See Friday’s listing.

Sunday 9

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Sunday at BTU. Food, BTU Wheel, prizes, giveaways and chances to win many prizes throughout the game.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. The Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular. Holiday music from well-loved Christmas carols to classic winter-themed songs to lesser-known country gems. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D4.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Avenue A, Turners Falls. TNT karaoke.
9 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL Sunday Ticket. Watch all your favorite teams play on 11 50-inch HDTVs. Join Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon. Prizes given out throughout the game. Free pool all night with Big Dan in the sports bar. 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Ray Mason. Solo original electric. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Please tip the musicians.
625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

HOLIDAY DANCE AND MUSIC RECITAL in the spirit of Isadora Duncan, with classical music and old-time carols. 2 p.m. Montague Grange, Montague Center. Bake sale. $3.

PIONEER VALLEY BALLET, “The Nutcracker,” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

Literary

BOSWELL’S BOOKS is hosting a reading and book-signing with the authors of the chidlren’s book “Kindness: A Story of All Ages” at the Arms Library at 1 p.m. The book is written by Judith Barnes and Erick James and illustrated by artist Jeff Graves of Shelburne Falls. “Kindness” offers a timely message in a visually compelling and format. This is the second book in a series — called “The Story of Communications” — from this collaboration. “The first installment, ‘Change,’ was very well-received and has been a steady seller at Boswell’s since its publication,” said Boswell’s co-owner Ken Eisenstein. “This book is beautifully crafted has a wonderful message that really does pertain to all ages.”

Fairs & Festivals

HANDMADE HOLIDAY FAIR at Whately Public Library,
202 Chestnut Plain Road , Whately. Noon to 4 p.m. gift items include hand knit and sewn items, gifts from Stockbridge Herbs, honey, pottery, jewelry, handbags, wooden toys and more.

Music

BLUE ROCK RESTAURANT, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Lenny Zarcone on vocals, Wes Brown on piano. No cover. Reservations recommended. For information and times, call
625-8133, www.thebluerockrestaurant.

CHRISTMAS IN COLRAIN at Colrain Baptist Church, Foundry Village Road, Colrain. 2 p.m. Featuring Blessed Sacrament Handbell Choir. Rollo Kinsman, Charlie Hunting, Lynn Walker, Marion Woodsomet and other local families will sing solos.

Potpourri

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at the Montague Elks, 1 Elks Ave., Turners Falls. 8 to 11 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hot and cold beverages. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors, 10 and under $3. To benefit Turners Falls High School Class of 2015.

FRANKLIN LAND TRUST holiday open house. 2 to 4 p.m. Arts Block Cafe, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Director Rich Hubbard encourages community members to drop by and say hello. Wine and beer tastings, including some of their signature Preservation Ale created by Berkshire Brewing Co., hors d’oeuvres, music by jazz pianist David Bartley, silent auction featuring work by local artists. Part of the land trust’s year-long 25th anniversary program.
625-9151,
www.franklinlandtrust.org.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Horse-drawn wagon rides, Heritage Holiday and Open Hearth Cooking continues. Silhouettes concludes. See Saturday’s listing.

WELCOME YULE: A MIDWINTER CELEBRATION concludes, see Friday’s listing.

Theater

“ANNIE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“OUR TOWN” continues. See Fridays’s listing.

“RENTED CHRISTMAS” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

Monday 10

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Patriots Monday Night Football. Patriots vs. Texans 8:30 p.m., food, BTU Wheel, Pats Cash, giveaways, qualify to win a Bud Light Patriots Adirondack chair plus other prizes. Watch the game on 14 HDTVs.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Will Hoge. Erick Baker opens. $15, $18.
www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Bingo. 8 p.m. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL football. Patriots vs. Texans at 8:30 p.m. Free pool all night in the sports bar. Martini Monday. Ask your bartender for specials. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar. 413-773-8313.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. ∎ Sunshine Story Time. 10 a.m. Kay Lyons brings a blend of read-aloud, sing-along, play-along fun to families with young children. Call 772-1544,
ext. 5,
www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.
∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Monday through Friday. Contact Jane Buchanan at
772-1544 for more details.

WHATELY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately: the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) will be shown at 3 and 6 p.m. Free popcorn. 665-2170,
www.whately.org/library.

Literary

“NEW ORLEANS STORIES:” author reading and book signing with Fred Contrada. 7 p.m. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Contrada has written several novels and a non-fiction book of road stories. 587-1017, www.forbeslibrary.org.

Music

HOLIDAY CHORAL FESTIVAL presented by Northampton Community Music Center. 6 p.m. Helen Hills Hills Chapel at Smith College, Northampton. The concert will feature performances by the Williston-Northampton School’s Caterwaulers and Widdigers, Northampton High School Chamber Choir, the Hartsbrook School 7th and 8th grade choir, NCMC’s High Definition, Hilltown Cooperative Charter School Chorus, NCMC’s Ku’umba Women’s Choir, Valley Jazz Choir and Valley Rock Choir. Free. Donations accepted at the door to benefit NCMC’s Scholarship Fund.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Open Hearth Cooking continues. See Saturday’s listing.

MONKS’ CAVES, Sacrificial Altars and Wandering Celts: Archaeological Detective Work in Southern New England” presented by Ken Feder, professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University. 7 p.m. Greenfield High School auditorium, Lenox Avenue, Greenfield. Feder’s primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. Program sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Institute. Postponed from late October. For more information:
www.gcc.mass.edu/creditfree and click “Pioneer Valley Institute.”

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Tuesday 11

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 10 p.m. Latin Night. No cover. Every Tuesday. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Ginevra & Mike’s Open Mike Cabvaret.
8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open Beer Pong tournament with Dan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. 10 a.m. Preschool Story Hour. Parents with children 5 and under. A weekly hour of story and craft time fun. Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn in the LeVanway Meeting Room. No sign up required. Free. 772-1544, ext. 5.
www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Music

CHRISTMAS CAROL SING at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., Northfield. Choose and sing your favorite carols in this family-friendly event. Pianist Lynne Walker accompanies. Free. Refreshments follow. For more information, call 498-2133.

JANE KRAFT will play contemplative selections on the organ at New Salem Congregational Church, New Salem. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This will provide folks with a chance to get off their feet, listen to beautiful music and reflect on the year’s events, say organizers.

MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL’S annual Winter Concert. 6:30 p.m. MTRHS auditorium, 26 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls. A blend of holiday favorites, pop music and jazz will be performed by the High School Chorus, Select Chorus, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Middle School Band and Chorus.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Open Hearth Cooking continues. See Saturday’s listing.

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Wednesday 12

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar with Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. No cover.

PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Pop Evil. Lentner and Charm City Devils. $9.93, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Shout Lulu. Southern string band. 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Celtics vs. Dallas at
8 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Bar/Restaurant Appreciation Night. Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay stub and receive a special prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Free pool for bar/restaurant employees.
413-773-8313.

WINTERLAND, 76 Hope St., Greenfield: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke presented by TNT Productions. Vast array of songs. Something for everyone. Starts around 9 p.m. No cover. 772-0111.

Dance

LINE DANCING at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St., Greenfield. 7 p.m. Beginner to intermediate. Ring the doorbell for admittance. $5 per session. For more information, call Pat at 665-4260,
jokellogg@aol.com.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Reading of the play “You Can’t Take It With You.” 6:30 p.m. Come to read or just watch. No experience necessary. RSVP to Jackie at jaqwalsh@hotmail.com. We may have a few roles to fill, take turns reading and switch genders. Age unimportant. $5 per person. (helps buy the scripts) “You Can’t Take It With You” 1936 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Love sparks between the daughter of the quirky, loving Sycamore family and the son of the straight-laced Kirby banking family. Warm, cuddly and funny. 17 characters.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Sunshine Story Time. 10 a.m. Kay Lyons brings a blend of read-aloud, sing-along, play-along fun to families with young children. In the LeVanway Meeting Room. For more information, contact Lyons at
772-1544 ext. 5, or
www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Music

MID-WEEK MUSIC, Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Pioneer Consort. Chamber music with unique arrangements. Michael Nix, Chris Devine, Greg Snedeker. Suggested donation: $2 to $25. 773-5018,
www.uugreenfield.org.

“HOLIDAY JUBILEE” Winter Showcase, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School’s Music Department presents. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. Wednesday and Thursday shows, both at 7 p.m. Wednesday: Spectrum, the school’s a capella ensemble, and all of its vocal and acoustic music ensembles. Thursday, Dec. 13: High-energy music from the school’s Rock & Soul Review, Rock Ensemble, Pop/R&B Ensemble and “The Groovy Truth” Jazz Ensemble. Advance tickets: adults, $12; seniors/military, $10; students/children, $6. At the door: adults, $14; seniors/military, $12; students/children, $8. Those who come to both shows save 25 percent. Academy of Music Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032, ext. 105 (Service fees will apply with purchase). For online tickets: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Open Hearth Cooking continues. See Saturday’s listing.

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

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