Arts & Entertainment Calendar, Sept. 5 through 11

  • The Franklin County Fair next year will be headed by Fred “Pete” Steiner, who grew up attending the cattle shows at the annual fair as a child. Submitted Photo

    The Franklin County Fair next year will be headed by Fred “Pete” Steiner, who grew up attending the cattle shows at the annual fair as a child. Submitted Photo

  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Beer lovers rejoice!<br/>The Hilltown Brewfest returns to New Salem Saturday and those who attend will encounter a tasting menu of more than 30 brands of beers, most of them from our region, including Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co. of Deerfield and Lefty’s Brewing Co. of Greenfield (Pictured, Lefty’s owners Bill “Lefty” Goldfarb and Melissa Forostoski, at right, during the August release of the brewery’s new Imperial Porter). There will also be wine, cider and mead, food and live music at the BrewFest. You’ll find all the details under “Potpourri.”  www.hilltownbrewfest.com. While we’re on the subject of beer, readers will find a Life & Times feature on Lefty’s in Saturday’s Recorder.

    Recorder/David Rainville
    Beer lovers rejoice!
    The Hilltown Brewfest returns to New Salem Saturday and those who attend will encounter a tasting menu of more than 30 brands of beers, most of them from our region, including Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co. of Deerfield and Lefty’s Brewing Co. of Greenfield (Pictured, Lefty’s owners Bill “Lefty” Goldfarb and Melissa Forostoski, at right, during the August release of the brewery’s new Imperial Porter). There will also be wine, cider and mead, food and live music at the BrewFest. You’ll find all the details under “Potpourri.” www.hilltownbrewfest.com. While we’re on the subject of beer, readers will find a Life & Times feature on Lefty’s in Saturday’s Recorder.

  • Submitted photo<br/>Arts & crafts movement talk next week<br/>Beginning in 1896 and continuing for a half-century, Deerfield was an epicenter of artwork and crafts sold coast to coast. On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Suzanne Flynt, author of the recently published hardbound “Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield” (Hudson Hills Press; 235 pages; $60) will profile that era in a presentation at Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum. Flynt, a museum curator, has produced a new, one- gallery exhibit “Skilled Hands and High Ideals” displaying the jewelry, metalwork, basketry, photography and decorative art created by one of the nation’s earliest craft communities. The Memorial Hall Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday through October from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: adults $6, youth and students age 6 - 21, $3. 413-774-7476 ext. 10 or www.deerfield-ma.org. Pictured, “Rabbits in the Pea Patch” by Ellen Miller, 1907 dyed linen.

    Submitted photo
    Arts & crafts movement talk next week
    Beginning in 1896 and continuing for a half-century, Deerfield was an epicenter of artwork and crafts sold coast to coast. On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Suzanne Flynt, author of the recently published hardbound “Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield” (Hudson Hills Press; 235 pages; $60) will profile that era in a presentation at Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum. Flynt, a museum curator, has produced a new, one- gallery exhibit “Skilled Hands and High Ideals” displaying the jewelry, metalwork, basketry, photography and decorative art created by one of the nation’s earliest craft communities. The Memorial Hall Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday through October from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: adults $6, youth and students age 6 - 21, $3. 413-774-7476 ext. 10 or www.deerfield-ma.org. Pictured, “Rabbits in the Pea Patch” by Ellen Miller, 1907 dyed linen.

  • Submitted photo<br/>Largely unknown, not to be missed<br/>Pothole Pictures concludes it summer series of classic films at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Friday and Saturday with a screening of “Goodbye Solo,” an award-winning independent movie that organizers say is wonderful but largely unknown. See “Films.”

    Submitted photo
    Largely unknown, not to be missed
    Pothole Pictures concludes it summer series of classic films at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Friday and Saturday with a screening of “Goodbye Solo,” an award-winning independent movie that organizers say is wonderful but largely unknown. See “Films.”

  • Eilen Jewell

    Eilen Jewell

  • Photo credit: Stephen Ide, thirstylizards.com<br/>Tool Town closes out big<br/>Ethan Stone, the force behind Tool Town Live, a series of free concerts in Athol, is pretty excited about the main act for Saturday’s concert, which is the final one this season. Here’s what Stone sent us, in part, “Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends ... such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night — songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.” See “Music.”

    Photo credit: Stephen Ide, thirstylizards.com
    Tool Town closes out big
    Ethan Stone, the force behind Tool Town Live, a series of free concerts in Athol, is pretty excited about the main act for Saturday’s concert, which is the final one this season. Here’s what Stone sent us, in part, “Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends ... such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night — songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.” See “Music.”

  • Submitted photo<br/>Wings of Freedom Tour<br/>David Bramhall of Phillipston will step into the role of an Army Air Corps officer to reenact the Feb. 3, 1945, mission briefing given to the Army Air Corps’ 379th Bomb Group on the morning of its 275th bombing mission. This is part of Operation Kimbolton 2013/Wings of Freedom Tour being held at the Orange Municipal Airport, from Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 13.  See “Potpourri” for the details.

    Submitted photo
    Wings of Freedom Tour
    David Bramhall of Phillipston will step into the role of an Army Air Corps officer to reenact the Feb. 3, 1945, mission briefing given to the Army Air Corps’ 379th Bomb Group on the morning of its 275th bombing mission. This is part of Operation Kimbolton 2013/Wings of Freedom Tour being held at the Orange Municipal Airport, from Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 13. See “Potpourri” for the details.

  • WEDNESDAYS at West Whately Chapel, Conway and Williamsburg roads, Whately. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Tonight: Karrin Allyson. Four-time Grammy nominee for jazz vocalist returns to the chapel for her third time. She takes phrasing, poise, and feeling to the highest level, say promoters.  $18. For ticket information: www.watermelonwednesdays.com. Buying tickets in advance is recommended because this venue often sells out.<br/>

    WEDNESDAYS at West Whately Chapel, Conway and Williamsburg roads, Whately. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Tonight: Karrin Allyson. Four-time Grammy nominee for jazz vocalist returns to the chapel for her third time. She takes phrasing, poise, and feeling to the highest level, say promoters. $18. For ticket information: www.watermelonwednesdays.com. Buying tickets in advance is recommended because this venue often sells out.

  • The Franklin County Fair next year will be headed by Fred “Pete” Steiner, who grew up attending the cattle shows at the annual fair as a child. Submitted Photo
  • Recorder/David Rainville<br/>Beer lovers rejoice!<br/>The Hilltown Brewfest returns to New Salem Saturday and those who attend will encounter a tasting menu of more than 30 brands of beers, most of them from our region, including Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co. of Deerfield and Lefty’s Brewing Co. of Greenfield (Pictured, Lefty’s owners Bill “Lefty” Goldfarb and Melissa Forostoski, at right, during the August release of the brewery’s new Imperial Porter). There will also be wine, cider and mead, food and live music at the BrewFest. You’ll find all the details under “Potpourri.”  www.hilltownbrewfest.com. While we’re on the subject of beer, readers will find a Life & Times feature on Lefty’s in Saturday’s Recorder.
  • Submitted photo<br/>Arts & crafts movement talk next week<br/>Beginning in 1896 and continuing for a half-century, Deerfield was an epicenter of artwork and crafts sold coast to coast. On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Suzanne Flynt, author of the recently published hardbound “Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield” (Hudson Hills Press; 235 pages; $60) will profile that era in a presentation at Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum. Flynt, a museum curator, has produced a new, one- gallery exhibit “Skilled Hands and High Ideals” displaying the jewelry, metalwork, basketry, photography and decorative art created by one of the nation’s earliest craft communities. The Memorial Hall Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday through October from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: adults $6, youth and students age 6 - 21, $3. 413-774-7476 ext. 10 or www.deerfield-ma.org. Pictured, “Rabbits in the Pea Patch” by Ellen Miller, 1907 dyed linen.
  • Submitted photo<br/>Largely unknown, not to be missed<br/>Pothole Pictures concludes it summer series of classic films at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Friday and Saturday with a screening of “Goodbye Solo,” an award-winning independent movie that organizers say is wonderful but largely unknown. See “Films.”
  • Eilen Jewell
  • Photo credit: Stephen Ide, thirstylizards.com<br/>Tool Town closes out big<br/>Ethan Stone, the force behind Tool Town Live, a series of free concerts in Athol, is pretty excited about the main act for Saturday’s concert, which is the final one this season. Here’s what Stone sent us, in part, “Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends ... such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night — songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.” See “Music.”
  • Submitted photo<br/>Wings of Freedom Tour<br/>David Bramhall of Phillipston will step into the role of an Army Air Corps officer to reenact the Feb. 3, 1945, mission briefing given to the Army Air Corps’ 379th Bomb Group on the morning of its 275th bombing mission. This is part of Operation Kimbolton 2013/Wings of Freedom Tour being held at the Orange Municipal Airport, from Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 13.  See “Potpourri” for the details.
  • WEDNESDAYS at West Whately Chapel, Conway and Williamsburg roads, Whately. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Tonight: Karrin Allyson. Four-time Grammy nominee for jazz vocalist returns to the chapel for her third time. She takes phrasing, poise, and feeling to the highest level, say promoters.  $18. For ticket information: www.watermelonwednesdays.com. Buying tickets in advance is recommended because this venue often sells out.<br/>

Thursday 5

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Ravens vs. Broncos at 8 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. Win $500 cash this year by watching Thursday Night Football at BTU. The more you watch at BTU, the better the chance of winning the cash. Stop in for giveaways, drink specials, prizes and snacks. No open mic during football season. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. The Roosters. Classic rock dance music by Bruce Scofield and Mark Feller. 8 to 10:30 p.m. 978-544-2739. No cover. www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. 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. Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees at 7 p.m. NFL football Ravens vs. Broncos at 8:30 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.

Fairs & Festivals

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR, 89 Wisdom Way, Greenfield. Today: Gates open at 3 p.m. Midway at 4 p.m. 35th annual Franklin County Fair parade kicks off at 5 p.m. through downtown Greenfield and ends at the fairgrounds. Fair continues Friday with gates open at 11 a.m.; Midway at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday gates open at 8 a.m.; Midway at 11 a.m. Gate prices: Adult (18-59) $9; senior (60 plus) $6; Youth (9-17) $7; 8 and under free. Inside parking $4; outside parking $3. Friday only: Senior citizens park free until 1 p.m. Midway and ride specials: Reithoffer Shows offer a “pay one price” $20 special Thursday, 4 to closing, Friday, 4 p.m. to closing, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to closing. Saturday rides will be tickets only. Daily attractions: Reithoffer Shows Midway, Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show, Robinson Racing Pigs, Flying High Frisbee Dogs, Sylvia Fletcher Comedy Ventriloquist, Shriner’s Clowns, New England Center for the Circus Arts, Franklin County Sherriff’s Office K9 Demos, Agricultural Exhibits, Animal Exhibits & Competitions, Baby Barnyard, Commercial Exhibits, The Fair Museum, Fish & Game Exhibits, musical entertainment and more. Building Hours: Roundhouse, Museum, Fish & Game, Youth Hall and Baby Yard. Thursday 3 to 9:30 p.m. (Roundhouse opens at 5 p.m.) Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dole and Grandstand Buildings: Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Demolition Derby is Sunday 5:30 p.m. Tickets ($5) pre-sold, limited number available day of show. 774-4282, www.fcas.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 Thursday 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.

MILLERS FALLS LIBRARY, Millers Falls: Music and Movement for Young Children series with Laurie Davidson and Tom Carroll. Thursdays at 10 a.m. Through Dec 19. For more information, call 863-3214.

Music

EILEN JEWELL, singer-songwriter, with Jerry Miller in concert. Jewell’s latest CD, “Queen of the Minor Key,” showcases seamless blend of rockabilly, surf-tinged country, rock and folk, say promoters. The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Shows at 7 and 9 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at the door. 665-4036.

Potpourri

THE NORTHFIELD FARMERS MARKET: 3 to 6 p.m. 105 Main St., in front of Northfield Coffee and Books. (New location). Vendors will offer a variety of vegetables and fruits, meat, eggs, baked goods, plants, crafts and more.

Theater

“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” presented by Shakespeare & Co., in the Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Set in the small village of Leenane, County Galway in Ireland, the play tracks the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter who are locked in a dance of mutual loathing. 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10 to $50. 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org. Through Sept. 15. No Sundays or Mondays.

Friday 6

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar with Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. followed by all the hottest hits to dance to in the Extra Point Nightclub with DJ Drew at 10 p.m. No cover. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. The Equalites. Reggae Fantastico! 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739. No cover. www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Juke Joint Jazz and The Barbara Weene-Joe Belmont Band. $12.50, $15. ∎ 10 p.m. PitchBlak Brass Band. The Interlopers open. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Drew Paton’s 1940s and ’50s Hit Parade. 7 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

SHUTESBURY ATHLETIC CLUB, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury: Lonesome Brothers. 8:30 to 11 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated. 259-1474, www.shutesburyac.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, Main Street, Greenfield: Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees at 7 p.m. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

Coffeehouses

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Lisa Marie Ellingsen. Guitarist Ellingsen formed her trio, The Ellingtones, in the Fall of 2009, looking to combine her love of traditional American blues and early rock and roll, with her own unique singer-songwriting talent. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

AFRICAN DANCE at the Putney Community Center,
10 Christian Squiare, Putney, Vt. 7 to 8:30 p.m. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by living drumming. $15.
www.africandancevt.com.

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.

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. The Butterfly Swing Band is hosting a night of dancing and swing music, stating at 7 p.m. A swing dance lesson by Emily Fox of Dance Northampton and Greenfield Community College is included with admission. The dance lesson starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and are available before the event online at www.theartsblock.com for $7. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D4.

FACULTY DANCE CONCERT at 7 p.m. Kirby Theater, Amherst College, Webster G27, AC2248, Amherst. The concert will feature “Waypoing,” a duet for actor and dancer looking for the horizon. Free. www.facebook.com/amhersttheateranddance.

FIRST FRIDAY MOSTLY WALTZ, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Music, Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy. 7 to 7:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop, 7:30 to 8, intermediate workshop, 8 to 10:30, open dancing. $10. www.guidingstargrange.org/

Fairs & Festivals

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR continues. Highlight: 6:30 p.m., Texaco Country Showdown in the Grandstand. See Thursday’s listing.

Films

POTHOLE PICTURES, Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, presents “Goodbye Solo,” a wonderful but largely unknown indie gem from 2008, say promoters. 7:30 p.m. Live music at 7 by Paul Crook and Carol DeLorenzo playing Celtic tunes and fun songs. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, it is the story of a relentlessly sunny Senegalese cabbie hoping to build a new life in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the fascinating, moving relationship that develops between him and the depressed 70-ish white passenger who enters his cab and his life. Repeats Saturday at 7:30 with music at 7 by Rebecca Hartka, solo cello. Air-conditioned. $4 kids, $6 adults. 625-2896.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. ∎ Mother Goose on the Loose. Happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap sit story hour for children ages 3 and under. Rhymes, songs and movement games. 11 a.m. ∎ Writers’ Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Fridays. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion and an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. No charge and registration not required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ■ Open for Business. 2 p.m. Reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace in the LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Music

COLLEEN KATTAU, bilingual singer, songwriter and political activist performs at 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Valley Cohousing Great Room, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, Amherst. Latin-influenced folk and socio-environmentalist music. Tickets $10 to $20 sliding scale. First come, first served. Tobacco, fragrance and pet-free space.

ESPRESSO JAZZ performs at Chandler’s At Yankee Candle’s Wine, Food & Jazz Spectacular. Routes 5 & 10, South Deerfield. 6 p.m. “Support Our Local Heroes.” Reservations: 665-1277.

LURAY AND SETH WALKER in concert at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 8 p.m. $12 advnace, $15 door. 665-4036, flora@signaturesounds.com.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Focus Fridays: Furniture.” 2 p.m. A new Focus Friday Series will pair inquisitive visitors with experienced guides to discuss an individual object in the Historic Deerfield collection. If you are a curious person who would enjoy conversation and guidance looking at an object with focus, join a Master Guide to examine a favorite piece in the furniture collection. 775-7127,
www.historic-deerfield.org.

SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton: 4 to 6 p.m., Hands-on! Art-making for ages 4 and older with adult. 6 to 7 p.m., Gallery Talk with Steve Waksman, professor of music and American studies, Smith College. Museum Shop open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Theater

“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“COUNTY FAIR” 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem. 7:30 p.m. Community musical in which the stage, auditorium, vestibule and lawn will transform into a 1939 fairgrounds replete with chorus and a parade of engaging characters straight out of pre-war lore. Featuring a 50-member cast directed by Dorothy Johnson and Andy Lichtenberg. Continues Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 14 and 15. $10 adults and seniors; free for children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door or at www.1794meetinghouse.org, at New Salem General Store, and Bruce’s Browser, 1497 Main St., Athol. See our cover story, Page D1.

Saturday 7

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, Turners Falls: College Football on 14 HDTVs all day and night featuring Notre Dame vs. Michigan at 8 p.m. plus Dancing in The Extra Point Nightclub at 10 p.m. with favorites spun by DJ Drew. No cover. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. the Mark Nomad Band. Highly danceable mix of blues, funk and beyond. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739. No cover. www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Gad Elmleh. $35, $40. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. Voo 6th Anniversary Dance Party with DJ Cool Breeze. 9:30 p.m. Free. 9:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees at 1 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Kristen Hoffmann with guest Alan Williams of Birdsong at Morning. 7 p.m. Hoffman is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. Her musical influences are eclectic ranging from Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel to Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Peter Gabriel and Radiohead. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

FIRST SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Wild Asparagus with George Marshall, David Cantieni, Becky Tracy, Ann Percival and guests. 8 to 8:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop; 8:30 to 11:30, contradance.

$10 / $8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org.

Fairs & Festivals

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR continues. Today’s highlights: 4:30 p.m., Texaco Country Showdown Regional Finals; 6 p.m., Brian Clayton and The Green River Band perform on the Grandstand Stage; 8 p.m., Lost in the Groove performs in the grandstand. See Thursday’s listing.

Films

“DAMNATION ALLEY,” Wendell Free Library, located in the center of Wendell, Saturday, 7:30. Free. A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War III attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect

them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other

dangers along the way.

POTHOLE PICTURES: “Goodbye Solo” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

Literary

“ROCK AND WRITE,” experiential writing workshop lead by Ann Forcier. 10 a.m. Gate 35 at the Quabbin Reservoir. In an unhurried, unstressed, unwinding space participants will use late summer woodlands, archeological remains and waterfronts to access deep creativity. For all levels of writing skill. Bring a lunch, tick repellent, journal and pen and something to sit on such as a towel. Follow Old North Dana Road off Route 122 in New Salem. The beach is a half mile in. Repeats Sept. 14 at Gate 40 which is off Route 32A, Hardwick Road in Petersham. This gate opens to a 2 1∕ 2 mile hike along Old Dana Road to the Dana Common. Maps available at www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/watersupply/watershed/maps/quabsystem.pdf. Call 978-544-2662 and leave a message.

Music

SESSION AMERICANA with Bow Thayer perform at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 and 9 p.m. $15. 665-4036, flora@signaturesounds.com.

SONG & STORY SWAP at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst. 7 p.m. Sing, tell, lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Guest performer will be Jay Mankita, adroit guitarist, singer and songwriter whose songs are a masterful blend of wit, whimsy and poignancy, say promoters. Free; donations requested for the performers. 687-5002.

TOOL TOWN LIVE concert series concludes in 10th year at Fish Park, at 141 Union St., in Athol, with singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards. Ethan Stone, the series organizer, opens. The concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. Free for all ages. Concessions open at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will take place in Memorial Hall, 584 Main St., Athol.

Potpourri

ASHFIELD FARMERS MARKET on Ashfield Town Common. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 21 vendors offering a variety of locally grown and locally made farm products. Annual and perennial plants, vegetable starts, organic eggs, mixed greens, flowers, honey, maple syrup, pork, beef, elixirs, full selection of vegetables, hard cider, mead, bread, pastries and coffee. Turkish prepared food, apples, peaches, blueberries and weekly musical entertainment. 625-6365. Every Saturday through October.

CABARET NIGHT and a buffet of homemade Mexican specialties using fresh local produce at First Parish Unitarian Church, Main Street, Northfield. The buffet will be followed by cabaret-style entertainment at 6 p.m. Master of Ceremonies Lenny Zarcone will host a program of local entertainers including Carey Baskowski, Stephanie Ciccarello, John Hann, Chris Harris, Sam Hoisington, Charles Hunting, Lily Kitfield-Vernon, Ann Linge, Ruthanne Paulson, Deb Potee, Mandy Oliver and Lynne Walker offering a little bit of everything from popular show tunes and American Songbook favorites to tap-dancing and duets. Buffet $10 adults; $5 children. Entertainment is by donation. Proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the historic Firsth Parish Unitarian Church of Northfield. For more information, call Potee at 498-0212.

GREENFIELD FARMERS MARKET at Court Square, Greenfield. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 25 vendors offering a variety of locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Starter vegetable plants hanging baskets, perennial and annual flower plants, herb plants and culinary herbs, mixed greens, baby spinach, microgreens, honey, maple syrup, homemade jams, fresh-baked breads, cookies, grass-fed lamb, beef, goat and pork, locally raised poultry and, new this year, sustainable Cape Cod fish and more. Check the website at www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com for vendors, entertainment and events at the market. Every Saturday through fall.

HILLTOWN BREWFEST under a tent in the field at Cooleyville Junction, 837 Daniel Shays Highway or Route 202, New Salem. Noon to 5 p.m. Tasting menu features more than 30 mostly regional brand beers, most produced by micro or craft brewers in the Pioneer Valley and Quabbin region. Brewers represented this year include Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co. of Deerfield, Lefty’s Brewing Co. of Greenfield, Smuttynose Brewery of Portsmouth, N.H., and many less-familiar names. There will also be wine, cider and mead. Also food and music with live country, rock and Celtic music performed by The Boothill Express, Evenspeak and Boston Blackthorne. Tickets $25 the day of the event or $22 in advance from the New Salem General Store, The Blind Pig Pub, Stan’s Liquor Mart in Athol or Amherst Glass. Parents may bring young children but not teenagers. Cut off age is around 13. www.hilltownbrewfest.com.

LEFTY’S BREWING CO. weekly brewery tour. 2 to 4 p.m., 301 Wells St., Greenfield. Free to those 21 and over.
www.leftysbrew.com or 475-3449.

SANDGLASS THEATER presents “Puppets in Paradise!” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hayward Gardens, 508 McKinnon Road, Westminster West, Vt. Two days of puppetry and performance in the enchanted setting of landscape architects Gordon and Mary Hayward’s gardens. Walk the gardens and view herbs, flowers and other flora as you meet puppets, theater artists and musicians around each corner and behind every bush. Allow for about 3 1∕ 2 hours to see all the performances. Food and refreshments available. $13 general, $5 general children under 12. Repeats Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 802-387-4051.

Theater

“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“BREATH OF LIFE,” a staged reading of David Hare’s play. 7:30 p.m. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. Shoshana Rihn and Terri Storti as two women with a common need to confront their “shared” past. What they shared was one man. Repeats Sept. 14. All tickets $6. Reservations not required. 877-666-1855, www.atplayhouse.org.

“COUNTY FAIR” continues. See Friday’s listing.

Sunday 8

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Sunday Ticket Opening Day. All NFL fans welcomed. Watch every game from noon until closing on 14 HDTVs. Patriots vs. Bills at 1 p.m. BTU Wheel of Chance, Big Guy Mystery tour tickets, food, giveaways, prizes every quarter, kick it for cash, drink specials and more. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Steve Crow, Peter Kim and Joe Fitzpatrick. Warped Americana. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: Crystal Bowersox, folk-rock-country. Emily Elbert opens. $20, $25. www.iheg.com.

THE MONTAGUE INN, Route 63, Montague: Free Pool Sunday. 768-7336.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: TNT Karaoke. 9 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees at noon. NFL Sunday Ticket is on at Taylor’s. Watch all your favorite teams on 11 50-inch HDTV’s with Kathy in the Sports Bar and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. Patriots vs. Bills at 1 p.m. Free pool all night with Big Dan in the sports Bar. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Ray Mason, “The Godfather of the New England music scene.” 2:30 p.m. Mason tells stories in his songs and has given more sage advice to young musicians than anyone can imagine. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Fairs & Festivals

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR concludes. Highlights: Noon, EMS parade through downtown Greenfield; 5:30 p.m., Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. See Thursday’s listing.

Films

“GREEN FIELDS” shown at the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 2 p.m. Edgar G. Ulmer’s soulful open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein’s classic play. An ascetic young scholar ventures into the Lithuanian countryside searching for “True Jews.” $4 students, $6 members, $8 general admission. 256-4900, yiddishbookcenter.org.

Potpourri

GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Canal-Side Nature and History Walk. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Meet outside the main entrance. Leisurely explore level, paved bike trails to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history. Bring water, bug repelland and sunscreen. Repeats Sept. 15, 22, 29. 863-3676.

“PUPPETS IN PARADISE!” concludes. See Saturday’s listing.

Theater

“COUNTY FAIR” continues. See Friday’s listing.

Monday 9

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Monday Night Football Double Header. 7 p.m. Eagles at Redskins and 10:15 p.m. Texans at Chargers. Watch MNF at BTU and win halftime prizes, drink specials giveaways and a chance to win a major prize the more times you watch MNF at BTU. 863-2882.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Nick Sweet ’80s Movie Night: “Flight of the Navigator.” 9 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL Football Eagles vs. Redskins at 7 p.m., and Texans vs. Chargers at 10 p.m. on 11 50-inch HDTVs. Free pool all night in the sports bar. Country music with Host Kathy and her candy bowl. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar.773-8313.

Potpourri

FREE SOUP & GAMES NIGHT, Hope & Olive, 44 Hope St., Greenfield. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Benefits the GCC Foundation this month. Free buffet of soups & breads. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Hope & Olive, 44 Hope St., Greenfield

Tuesday 10

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer plus Red Sox vs. Tigers at 7 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.

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

PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 8 p.m. Kishi Bashi. $12, $14. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Nora and Martha’s Open Microphone. 8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups). Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open Beer Pong tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m.
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. In the LeVanway Meeting room. For more information, contact Lyons at 772-1544, ext. 5, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Self-directed free writing time. Bring own lunch and beverage. ∎ Open for Business. Reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace in the LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Potpourri

GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Kidleidoscope! 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kid-friendly environmental experience for young children. Each topic is based on the theme “we share our home” and includes story, interactive games, craft activities to help children explore the natural world. For ages 3 to 6, accompanied by an adult. This month’s topics include: snakes, raptors, bats and squirrels.

Theater

“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Wednesday 11

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke with Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. to midnight. Red Sox vs. Rays at 7 p.m.. on 14 HDTVs. No cover. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: acoustic reggae by Simon White and Boo Pearson. 8 to 10:30 p.m. No cover. 978-544-2739.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Quiznite with Quizmaster Alex. 8 p.m. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 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. Sign up for complimentary prizes and giveaways. 773-8313.

Dance

LINE DANCING at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St., Greenfield. 7 to 10 p.m. Beginner to intermediate. Ring the doorbell for admittance. $5 per session. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m. Intermediate at 8. For more information, call Pat at 665-4260, jokellogg@aol.com.

Music

WATERMELON WEDNESDAYS at West Whately Chapel, Conway and Williamsburg roads, Whately. 7:30 p.m. Tonight: Karrin Allyson. Four-time Grammy nominee for jazz vocalist returns to the chapel for her third time. She takes phrasing, poise, and feeling to the highest level, say promoters. $18. For ticket information: www.watermelonwednesdays.com. Buying tickets in advance is recommended because this venue often sells out.

Potpourri

GREAT FALLS FARMERS MARKET, Avenue A and Second Street, Turners Falls, next to the Great Falls Discovery Center. 2 to 6 p.m. Fresh in-season local produce, perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, crafts and baked goods. Entertainment is frequently provided. Rain or shine. More information on Facebook.

WORLD WAR II HISTORY at Orange Municipal Airport, Orange. A re-enactment of World War II bomber pilot mission briefings will be featured when three vintage WWII aircraft anchor a three-day historical event. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the North American P-51 Mustang, along with a Sherman tank and a half track will be on display. David Bramhall of Phillipston will outline the infamous bombing run to Berlin, which was the 275th mission of the 379th Bomb Group. That day, Feb. 3, 1945, the 379th led over 1,000 bombers from 30 bomb groups of the Eighth Air Force stationed at American air bases throughout England to Berlin. Bramhall has researched the actual mission records and will give instructions as they were given to those airmen over 60 years ago. To add to the realism, Alex DiSanto, 91, of Melbourne, Fla., is expected to attend. He was the navigator in the lead plane of this mission lead by Col. Lewis E. Lyle. Local resident Bill Purple of Petersham, who was the lead pilot of a B-17 in the second bomb squadron of that mission, was the 13th pilot in the stream of B-17s to reach Berlin that day. Purple will be at the airport throughout the three days, as he is the “commander in charge” for the event. The briefing will be held at various times throughout the three days to coincide with visiting school groups, and all attendees are welcome to attend and relive the mission briefing experience. There will also be walk-through tours and rides in the Collings Foundation aircraft. A 9/11 commemorative ceremony takes place today at noon; pre-1946 car show today from 3 to 7 p.m. There will also be 1940s musical entertainment Sept. 12, and World War portrait exhibit will be on display Sept. 11 to 13.

Theater

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