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Karen Sims photo 
Paula Sayword looks out from the ledge at Chaco Canyon where she and her partner, Karen Sims, created a funeral ritual for their granddaughter, Ashley Sims, who they raised as a daughter and lost to an accidental heroin overdose in December of 2012.

Poets of Franklin County: Soul Chant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Readers can find links to her first column on our website: www.recorder.com Ashley Sims died at the age of 22 of an accidental heroin overdose in her Greenfield apartment on Dec. 11, 2012. It was her grandmother Karen Sims’ birthday. Ashley had planned to come to Leyden that night for a celebratory dinner, said Paula Sayword, Sim’s partner and Ashley’s grandmother. “Instead, she was dead on the floor. She didn’t intend to die,” Sayword continued. “We never questioned whether it was on purpose.” Just … 0

‘Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone’: a poem by Paula Sayword

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone We wanted to give you something you could not lose something that would stun you, tear the sky wide open, take you in so you could begin again, this time with your sadness washed away. But it was not to be, clouds too thick, sodden with an anguish you could not part with, an anguish sitting just inside … 0

Ashfield Film Festival showcases area filmmakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You might think fledgling filmmakers don’t stand a chance at going toe-to-toe with Hollywood pros. If so, you probably haven’t been to the Ashfield Film Fest, where fancy equipment and decades of movie-making experience don’t make you a shoe-in for the win. Now in its eighth year, the festival will begin at 7 … 0

Casting calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run and MUST have an ending date. Items run as space allows. … 0

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to features@recorder.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will be happily run, space permitting. Receptions etc. ARTSPACE, 15 Mill … 0

Book Review: Beyond Words

Friday, September 5, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT “Beyond Words” by Gayle A. Huntress (Createspace, 332 pages, $14.99) At their best, memoirs tell us not just about the lives of the writers who craft them but also about the process of making sense … 0

Sounds Local: New music worth listening to

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall is here and with it comes the release of some new CDs, the first of many that will be arriving in the months ahead. That’s right CDs, compact discs. They have not completely gone the way of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Sunderland professor, his wife, to perform with Paul Winters at UMass

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“I’ve been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years and the possibilities are astounding. It’s up to you, the only limit is the imagination.” — Steve Lacy Proteus was the god of the ever-changing, mutable sea; one … 0

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to features@recorder.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will … 0

Movie Times: Sept. 4-10

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

Casting calls: Creative opportunities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run and MUST have an ending date. Items run as space allows. … 0

Franklin County Fair's Community Stage puts spotlight on local talent

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On a typical Saturday night on Avenue A, dozens of local residents, friends and music enthusiasts gather at the sports pub Between The Uprights to drink beer and dance to the old 1990s pop-rock songs of the millennial … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Aug. 28 - Sept. 3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thursday 28 Coffeehouse MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. The Grownup Noise and special guest Carolyn Walker. 8 p.m. The Grownup Noise’ engaging and unpredictable live show is truly a unique experience, say promoters, who tell us … 0