Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 1-7

  • Recorder file photo/Trish Crapo<br/>Franklin County Community Chorus spring concert<br/>The Franklin County Community Chorus, directed by retired Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari, will perform at Blessed Sacrament Church, Federal Street, Greenfield. Handicapped accessible parking available in the front of the church. Sunday, 3 p.m. Free-will contribution. Pictured, a performance last year.<br/>

    Recorder file photo/Trish Crapo
    Franklin County Community Chorus spring concert
    The Franklin County Community Chorus, directed by retired Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari, will perform at Blessed Sacrament Church, Federal Street, Greenfield. Handicapped accessible parking available in the front of the church. Sunday, 3 p.m. Free-will contribution. Pictured, a performance last year.

  • Submitted photo<br/>John Sheldon’s ‘Red Guitar’ <br/>We told you about this performance a few weeks ago, so we just want to remind you that it comes to the Arts Block Friday and Saturday. When we checked Wednesday, it looked like there were still tickets. See ‘Music.”

    Submitted photo
    John Sheldon’s ‘Red Guitar’
    We told you about this performance a few weeks ago, so we just want to remind you that it comes to the Arts Block Friday and Saturday. When we checked Wednesday, it looked like there were still tickets. See ‘Music.”

  • MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Friday, 8 p.m. Ari and Mia, Boston-based string band. They have opened for Cheryl Wheeler and toured with national Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. They are on tour to support their latest album “Land on Shore.” $7 and $10. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com <br/>

    MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Friday, 8 p.m. Ari and Mia, Boston-based string band. They have opened for Cheryl Wheeler and toured with national Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. They are on tour to support their latest album “Land on Shore.” $7 and $10. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com

  • Submitted photo<br/>Reprobate Blues Band<br/>This local band plays a fun blend of hard-rocking blues, but you don’t have to just take our word for it. Critic Joey Edwards writes:  “The Reprobates rock the blues hard, skillfully and naturally.  They masterfully deliver the goods with soulful, pounding authority, all night long.”  See Friday’s “Music.”

    Submitted photo
    Reprobate Blues Band
    This local band plays a fun blend of hard-rocking blues, but you don’t have to just take our word for it. Critic Joey Edwards writes: “The Reprobates rock the blues hard, skillfully and naturally. They masterfully deliver the goods with soulful, pounding authority, all night long.” See Friday’s “Music.”

  • OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>

    OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

  • OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>

    OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

  • Recorder file photo/Trish Crapo<br/>Franklin County Community Chorus spring concert<br/>The Franklin County Community Chorus, directed by retired Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari, will perform at Blessed Sacrament Church, Federal Street, Greenfield. Handicapped accessible parking available in the front of the church. Sunday, 3 p.m. Free-will contribution. Pictured, a performance last year.<br/>
  • Submitted photo<br/>John Sheldon’s ‘Red Guitar’ <br/>We told you about this performance a few weeks ago, so we just want to remind you that it comes to the Arts Block Friday and Saturday. When we checked Wednesday, it looked like there were still tickets. See ‘Music.”
  • MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Friday, 8 p.m. Ari and Mia, Boston-based string band. They have opened for Cheryl Wheeler and toured with national Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. They are on tour to support their latest album “Land on Shore.” $7 and $10. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com <br/>
  • Submitted photo<br/>Reprobate Blues Band<br/>This local band plays a fun blend of hard-rocking blues, but you don’t have to just take our word for it. Critic Joey Edwards writes:  “The Reprobates rock the blues hard, skillfully and naturally.  They masterfully deliver the goods with soulful, pounding authority, all night long.”  See Friday’s “Music.”
  • OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>
  • OCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>

Thursday 1

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Collected Poets Series featuring Patricia Fargnoli and Dennis Finnell. 7 p.m. Fargnoli, from Walpole, N.H., was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won the May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book Award, the N.H. Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Finnell has published four books of poems, including “Ruins Assembling,” winner of the Things to Come Poetry Prize from Shape&Nature Press, 2014. The most recent is “Pie 8,” winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is “Red Cottage,” which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Admission $2 to $5 suggested donation. Please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

“DANCES IN THE PARK,” On the lawn outside the Great Falls Discovery Center. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. This double feature will showcase two Turners Falls dance groups. Aorta, a new, contemporary movement group, will show its first work, “Mess,” a dance to welcome in the spring that’s currently being shown at the Muck Boot Banquet in Easthampton. Awesome Art in Motion, a children’s dance company run through the dance school Great Falls Creative Movement, will show its newest work, “All in a Day.” This show will be picnic style, so bring warm clothing, a blanket to sit on (or a chair if you’d like). Free.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday. This is a self-directed, free-writing time open to any writer looking for a place to work through their lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Mini Golf from 4 to 5 p.m. Students in grades 5 to 8 are invited for a rowdy round of mini golf in the library. Run by high school volunteers. Prizes and pizza. Registration required by calling 665-2642. Free.

Literary

GREEN WRITERS PRESS BOOK RELEASE PARTY at 7 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. “Giving Voice to Writers and Artists Who Will Make the World a Better Place.” $10 donations accepted at the door. Meet the publisher Dede Cummings and two authors from the new press and help launch one of their newest titles “The Beavers of Popple’s Pond” by Vermont nature writer Patti A. Smith and “Winter Ready,” poems by seventh generation Vermonter Leland Kinsey.

Music

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Thursday Night Jazz with Ted Wirt and John Harrison. 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner jazz. 774-0150.

KEVIN PARRY hosts Open Mic every Thursday at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information or to sign up, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Potpourri

BENNETT MEADOW BLOOMS: Enjoy an evening immersed in the magic of spring at Bennett Meadow Wildlife Management Area, Northfield. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center naturalist Beth Bazler. The habitats there include floodplain forests with spring flowers, farmland with the hills of Northfield in the distance, beaver ponds hosting nesting waterfowl and spring peepers. Includes collecting and preparing fiddlehead ferns to eat. The two-mile walk may include bushwacking and muddy, uneven terrain. Free. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. To register, call Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center at 800-859-2960.

“POWER OF WOMEN” community gathering hosted by the Friends of NELCWIT. 5 to 7 p.m. Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. Speakers, social change conversations, food. Fundraiser for NELCWIT. Free; donations accepted.

WHATELY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING at 7 p.m. Silvia Nye will speak about her experiences growing up in Whately. Her talk is part of the society’s oral history project. Refreshments.

Theater

“CHICAGO THE MUSICAL,” presented by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap … until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Advance: adults, $21; senior/military, $15; students $9. At the door: adults, $23; seniors/military, $17; students, $11. 413-584-9032 ext. 105, http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” musical drama presented at Majestic Theater in West Springfield. 7:30 p.m. The play, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, is a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show about a seemingly typical suburban American family — Diana and Dan Goodman and their teenage daughter, Natalie — who face great challenges because of Diana’s bipolar disorder and how it affects their lives. Tickets $23 to $29. For tickets, call 747-7797. Through June 1.

Friday 2

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Pamela Means. 8 p.m. She plays a snarling energetic guitar and her voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace, say promoters. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY MOSTLY WALTZ, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Series hosted by Richard Wyatt. Music this month by Swallowtail. Schedule: 7 to 7:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop; 7:30 to 8 p.m., intermediate workshop; 8:15 to 10:30 p.m., couple dances. $10. www.guidingstargrange.org.

ZYDECO DANCE at Dance Northampton, 492 Pleasant St., Northampton. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Zydeco Connection. Beginner dance lesson 7 to 8 p.m. with Teri Anderson. Mix of zydeco, two-steps, waltzes, boogie woogie and a little bit of swing. Louisiana zydeco music is upbeat, infectious and totally danceable. No partner needed. Lil’ Cyn on accordion, Eileen Almeida on vocals and rubboard, Mike Rose on drums, Dave Leblanc on bass and John Leblanc on guitar and saxophone. www.reverbnation.com/zydecoconnection and on facebook.

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 ages 3 and under with a grown-up every Friday morning. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this storytime style popularized by author Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the Picture Book Room today. ∎ Writer’s Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week. No charge; no registration required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace space to work.

Music

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: 8 p.m. John Sheldon will perform “The Red Guitar.” Part storytelling, part live music. Last year, encouraged by Linda McInerney of Old Deerfield Productions, Sheldon submitted “The Red Guitar” to the Double Take Fringe Festival and performed a 45-minute version of the piece to packed audiences at The Red Door in Greenfield in October 2013. He has expanded it to roughly 90-minutes that include more of his life, more of his journey. Though he’s scripted the piece and rehearsed it many times, Sheldon said that if something new comes up while he’s performing, he’ll follow it. $20 online at olddeerfieldproductions.org and at the door (if still available). Repeats Saturday.

CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Beats Antique performs electronic/world fusion dance. Horse Head McGee and Sean Hayes opens. 8 p.m. $21. www.iheg.com.

ESPRESSO JAZZ at Chandler’s at Yankee Candle Wine, Food & Jazz Spectacular, Route 5 & 10, South Deerfield. 6 p.m. For reservations call 665-1277.

MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. 8 p.m. Ari and Mia, Boston-based string band. They have opened for Cheryl Wheeler and toured with national Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. They are on tour to support their latest album “Land on Shore.” $7 and $10. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com

PIONEER VALLEY CAPPELLA presents “Poetry and Prophecy,” a concert of dramatic and reflective choral music featuring Randall Thompson’s “Peaceable Kingdom” and songs by Schumann, Janacek, Sir John Tavener and local composer Karen Tarlow. 8 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, South Hadley. Free will donation. pioneervalleycappella.org. Repeats Sunday at 4 p.m.

THE REPROBATE BLUES BAND will perform an all-ages concert to kick off Friendly Town Live, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Bandstand in Butterfield Park, 83 East River St., Orange. In case of rain, the concert will be at Orange Armory/Family Fun Center, 141 East Main St., Orange. The band plays hard-rocking, authentic, soul-igniting blues.

Potpourri

BEMENT’S GOT TALENT in the Barn, 94 Main St., Deerfield. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. See Bement student body, faculty and staff as they explore the talent and individuality that is in all of us. M.C. Tom Easton, a.k.a. Justus the Entertainer. $5 donation. Proceeds go toward the annual Dominican Republic trip in support of the La Swayza orphanage.

FIRST FRIDAY GREENFIELD: The Poets’ Seats, downtown Greenfield, 5 to 8 p.m. Street performers, musicians, galleries and games. Look for “poets’ seats” outside participating locations.

SPRINGFIELD SCIENCE MUSEUM, 21 Edwards St., Springfield: the museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series. Best suited for families with children ages 8 or older. $3 adults, $2 children 17 and under. Rain or shine. If cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. Last program until September. 263-6800 ext. 318, www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Theater

“CHICAGO THE MUSICAL” continues, see Thursday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 3

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. 4 p.m. On the big screen. Serving Mint Juleps as a drink special and people are encouraged to get dressed up like they do when they attend the derby. For women, that’s traditionally a summer dress and fancy hat; for guys it’s usually khakis and maybe a bright shirt or at least a bright tie. Free; please tip the baristas. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

FIRST SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Wild Asparagus with George Marshall, David Cantieni, Becky Tracy, Ann Percival and guest Mark Murphy on bass. Schedule: 8 to 8:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop; 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., contradance. $10 / $8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org.

MONADNOCK TRI STATE DANCE at Elmm Community Center, Durkee Street, Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Shakin’ All Over.

Music

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: John Sheldon performs “The Red Guitar.” See Friday’s listing.

DARK DINING ROOM CONCERT at Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. 7:30 p.m. David Berkeley, acoustic guitarist and Santa Fe-based troubadour. Recently featured on NPR’s “Acoustic Cafe and” on “This American Life” with Ira Glass. $18 general, $15 members. 322-5660, www.wistariahurst.org. Final Dark Dining Room concert.

THE OLATE DOGS, “America’s Got Talent” Season 7 winners at the Mullins Center, UMass-Amherst. Music filled honky-tonk extravaganza. Watch and cheer as the SuperDogs jump, weave, leap and even dance to pop hits. $22, $17. 800-745-3000.

SONG & STORY SWAP at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst. 7 p.m. Guest performers will be Irthlingz Acoustic duo. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, lead everyone in singing or request a song or story. Listeners welcome.

Potpourri

ARTS IN BLOOM SPRING FESTIVAL, fourth annual, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Butterfield Park, East River Street, Orange. Food vendors, May Pole braidings, children’s crafts, artisans. Performances by Eaden Marti, Linq, Who’s in Tune? and more. Free.

ARTISANS OF WMASS will present the first ever Artisan Demonstration Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Healthworks Building next to Yankee Candle Village, 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield. Featuring more than 30 western Massachusetts artisans who will be demonstrating the skills and techniques utilized to create their handmade arts and crafts. Demonstrations will include upright loom weaving, pottery, shoemaking, scroll-saw woodworking, landscape quilting, metal clay jewelry, batik, watercolor technique, flamework and origami. There will be many “make-and-take” stations throughout the event. www.localartery.com.

ARTIST’S OPEN STUDIO: 12 Avenue C, Turners Falls. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Original Watercolors by Juanita. Paintings, note cards, gift cards and bookmarks.

COMEDY ESP/HYPNOSIS SHOW starring Bruce James. (Editor’s note: in the printed edition and previously in this calender, the date was incorrect for this event) 11th annual Turners Falls Hockey Team fundraiser. French King Bowling Center, French King Highway, Erving. Pasta Stations provided by Myers Catering. $30. Must be 18 or older, Reservations for groups of eight or more. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Raffle drawings for Bruins, Red Sox and Patriot items and more. Call sponsors for tickets: Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors 413-665-3771, 104; Don Mailoux, 413-423-3810, 413-834-1524; French King Bowling Center, 413-423-3047; Freedom Credit Union, Misty Lyons, 413-505-5786; Scotty’s Convenience Store, 413-863-9634.

DEERFIELD RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION and Pioneer Valley Institute will co-sponsor a trip to visit the historic Conway Station site. Meet at Conway Station at 10:30 a.m. or at Big Y parking lot in Greenfield at 10 a.m. to car pool. The site was important as the junction of the Conway Electric Street Railway serving the industries of Conway by trolley to the New Haven Railroad and later the Boston and Maine Railroad. The New Haven Railroad built a 550-foot bridge 160 feet above the South River and the trolley later built a lower, shorter bridge across the Deerfield River to the Boston and Maine Railroad.

GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: “North American Birds of Prey” presented by Wingmasters. 12:30 and 2 p.m. Julie Anne Collier will present a live raptor program that incorporates five live birds that may include hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. Her presentation, packed with stories, gives an overview of these different birds and explains predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. All ages welcome. Free.

GREENFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Court Square and town common, Greenfield. Every Saturday, 30 vendors including a great variety of locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Cheese, starter vegetable plants hanging baskets, perennial and annual flowers, herb plants, maple syrup, homemade jams, fresh baked breads, cookies, grass-fed lamb, beef, goat and pork, locally raised poultry, sustainable fish via Bay State Fish Share, kettle corn. As the season progresses, there will be an extensive variety of other vegetables, fruit. www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.

Theater

“CHICAGO THE MUSICAL” continues, see Thursday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND” presented by Stageloft Youth Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $12 adults, $8 students 12 and younger. 508-347-9005.

Sunday 4

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. ∎ 10:30 a.m. Celtic Session every Sunday. Musicians of all levels can sit in and perform traditional Irish music. Professional musicians or beginners welcome. Local musicians Ted Cahill and Ted Soulos oversee the sessions. ∎ 2:30 p.m. Ray Mason, the godfather of the New England music scene. 2:30 p.m. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Literary

CAREGIVERS’ TEA and Reading by Nell Lake of her book, “The Caregivers.” 2 to 4 p.m. St. John’s Corner House, 369 Main St., across from St. John’s Episcopal Church. Boswell’s Books will have books for sale for the signing. For more information, contact Susan Todd at 628-3998.

Music

ALASDAIR FRASER, world-class Scottish fiddler, and Natalie Haas, cellist, will perform at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 7 p.m. Promoters say, “There are haunting, lush melancholic Gaelic laments and airs as well as raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional and recently composed tunes. Acclaimed worldwide, these two outstanding performers engage in musical conversations with wit, verve, imagination and great beauty.” $18 in advance/seniors; $21 at the door. brattleborotix.com. Tickets available at World Eye Bookship, Greenfield, Everyone’s Bookstore, Brattleboro, Vt., and Toadstool, Colony Mill, Keene, N.H.

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS, directed by retired Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari. Blessed Sacrament Church, Federal Street, Greenfield. Handicapped accessible parking available in the front of the church. 3 p.m. Free-will contribution.

P IONEER VALLEY CAPPELLA “Poetry and Prophecy” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

SOUTH HADLEY CHILDREN’S CHORUS presents “Sing for Joy.” 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst. Featuring 30 singers from all over the Valley, ages 7 to 13. The performance includes a variety of music from different cultures, accompanied by piano, organ, flute, drum and shaker. Donations of $10 suggested, received at the door. 253-3456.

Potpourri

COMMUNITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival seeks to strike a balance between fun and education. Lute and vocal concerts by Ayrecraft and Nota Bene, staged reading of David Rowland’s “After the Island” by Silverthorne Theater Co. and a performance of several Shakespeare scenes presented by Hampshire College theater students. The Amherst Renaissance Dancers will dance and teach audience members some basic moves. Demonstrations of leather-working, blacksmith techniques from Hampshire Blacksmithing Guild and loom work of Pioneer Valley Weavers. New England Falconry and Phoenix Swords present falcon and swordsmanship demonstrations, juggler Hannah French will stroll the grounds. Robie Bones will perform Renaissance era bones, tambour and bodhran music at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Children are invited to participate with tambourines, drums and bones. Food from UMass-Amherst concessions.

ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW at Yankee Candle Headquarters, Yankee Candle Way, off Route 5 & 10, South Deerfield. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Vendors, food, raffles, shuttle to Yankee Candle Store. Free admission and registration. For more information, call Craig Gaudry at 834-1677 or Doug Richardson at 665-4735.

BOTANY AT BEAR SWAMP RESERVATION, Ashfield. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore a forest filled with masses of spring ephemerals. The hike is mainly moderate with some strenuous spots. Wear water resistant boots and bring bug spray, field guides and rain gear if needed and a bag lunch. Email botanist Nancy Goodman at wildeyes@rcn.com.

GUSTO D’ITALIA: Italian Wine Tasting and Festa. 3 to 6 p.m. Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant in Petersham. Taste Italian wines in a casual, walk-around party forum. Wines from some of the most prestigious wineries in Italy will be provided and selected by Rob Forman of Dalla Terra-Winery Direct, one of the United States’ most respected importers. Italian inspired homemade dishes will be provided to nibble on. Raffles. Limited to 50 people. Tickets $35. Go to www.1794meetinghouse.org. Fundraiser benefits 1794 Meetinghouse.

MONTAGUE MAY DAY CELEBRATION, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited to walk from the Montague Center post office to the town common. Young children have the honor of carrying the maypole. Singing of May songs and maypole dancing will commence on the town green as the maypole is erected. With ringing bells and the smashing of sticks, area morris teams will “wake the earth and ensure fertility with capers and leaps, amid general merriment and frivolity,” say organizers. Six teams are expected to perform, including the Guiding Star Clog Morris, Wake Robin Women’s Morris, Juggler Meadow Men’s Morris, Hartsbrook and Morning Glories Garland, and Sometimes Y Morris and Johnny Jump-ups. Free. Participants are encouraged to bring along a blanket and picnic lunch. See our cover story, Page D1.

QUABBIN HIKE sponsored by Swift River Valley Historical Society. 11:15 a.m. New Salem Gate 26-27. Meet at New Salem Common, New Salem, New Salem. Led by Marty Howe, along the New Salem Gate 26-27 loop. Return about 3 p.m. Hikers stay with the group, but may leave the hike early if they inform the leader. No smoking and no taking or leaving anything. Hikers should bring lunch, drinks, cameras, binoculars, sun screen and bug repellent and be prepared for ticks, black flies, mosquitoes and deer flies. Steady rain cancels. For more information, call 978-544-6882 or email srvhmuseum@gmail.com.

Theater

“CHICAGO THE MUSICAL” concludes, see Thursday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 and 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

THE PLUNGE at the Marina, Brattleboro, Vt. 3 p.m. Benefit Windham County Safe Kids. Pledge sheets available at the Marina Bar. Register to jump or donate. WTSA 96.7 broadcasting live beginning at 2 p.m.

Monday 5

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. There’s half an hour of story time and a few minutes of visiting and play time for active young children made possible by funding from the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace. Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. ∎ Author reading and talk. 6 p.m. Anne Maxwell, author, therapist and facilitator, will speak about her new books “Would You Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autism” and “The Keys to the Magic” (a book about Play Therapy). For more information, contact Wendy Goodman at Beyond Communication at 773-7899 or wendy@wendygoodman.com. Free.

Tuesday 6

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. ∎ Preschool Story Hour. 10 a.m. Parents with kids 5 and under are invited for a weekly hour of story and craft time fun. Meet other people with small children and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn. In the LeVanway Meeting room. No sign up required. Free. For more information, call the children’s librarian at 772-1544, ext. 5. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. ∎ Creative Nonfiction Writing Group. 6 to 8 p.m. Led by Joannah Whitney 772-1544, ext. 110.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Minecraft at the Library. 6 to 7 p.m. Game with your friends on the library’s speedy new computers, joining in building competitions and more. For grades 5 to 12. Free. Tuesdays through May. 665-2642.

Potpourri

CHAIR YOGA class. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St., Turners Falls. All stretches done on a chair or with the support of a chair. The classes offer a good stretch and strengthening for muscles, moves for bone strength and balance, release for the joints — and fun. Folks in wheelchairs and yoga beginners from anywhere in Franklin County are most welcome. $1 suggested donation. Led by Jean Erlbaum, master registered yoga teacher. For more information, call 773-9744, jean.erlbaum@verizon.net. Tuesdays through June 24.

PLUNGE, 9th annual. The Marina, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 3 p.m. Benefits Safety Kids of Windham County. Come and see community members brave the chilly water.

Wednesday 7

Dance

LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email jokellogg@aol.com for more information.

Libraries

FIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1 Elm St., Conway: Book and Movie Club. 7 p.m. The club will discuss “Absolute Power” by David Baldacci. All welcome, whether or not you have read or seen the whole thing. Light refreshments. 369-4646.

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 Thursday for a Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to 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. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-544 for more details. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact calderrossi@gmail with questions. The first Monday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Felting workshop. 4 to 5:30 p.m. For grades 5 to 12. Sue McFarland, handweaver and traditional felt maker, will instruct. Bring a towel and a Ziploc bag to bring home your still-damp felted items. Registration required. Call 665-2642.

Music

MIDWEEK MUSIC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. A donation of $3 to $10 is appreciated, and helps to support future concerts. Today: Flootissimo. Four talented flute players.

Theater

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

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