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Trolls, a bridge and goats

Jonathan Chappell with his creation, an animated Burt the Troll which will be used for a halloween event in Northampton
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07/10/22 MacDonald

Jonathan Chappell with his creation, an animated Burt the Troll which will be used for a halloween event in Northampton STORY 07/10/22 MacDonald

TURNERS FALLS — Trolls, goats and downtown businesses have been enlisted for a fresh celebration of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge reopening.

The bridge reopened to two-way traffic in the fall, a help to those trying to get in and out of the village.

The Department of Transportation had planned to complete the renovations this month, but that schedule was again up in the air in recent weeks, with a spokesman saying the DOT and contractors are awaiting a redesigned set of bearings — the structural element allowing bridges to flex safely with changes in temperature.

Regardless, the party is on for Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Avenue A and Third Street. “Troll Fest” will include presentation of the bridge’s history at 7 p.m. in the Great Falls Discovery Center, and an all-ages open mic at the Brick House Community Center, 24 Third St. Also, 36 Third Street Studios will exhibit “Trolls: An Anatomical Creep Show” by painter Patrick MacNab, an international collection of troll videos will loop in The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A.

Skeleton Crew Theater’s giant troll puppets, a ubiquitous presence at downtown events, will be out and about, as will be goats.

RiverCulture director Suzanne LoManto has directed the creation of a video installation, to show at 104 Avenue A, shot in the former St. Anne’s basement and starring trolls with music by Daniel Hales performed by The Ambiguities.

The event is part of the Third Thursday Turners Falls series, organized by village booster organization Turners Falls RiverCulture, and kicking off once again now that spring is here.

A range of downtown businesses will stay open late or otherwise participate in the festivities. At present, Thursday’s forecast calls for sun. Downtown parking is free. Visit www.turnersfallsriverculture.org for more.

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