Third Thursday in Turners Falls kicks off
Recorder file photos/Peter MacDonald Will Robin Hood marry Maid Marian this time? Answers to these and other questions, plus a wide variety of entertainment — jousting knights jousting, stage shows, dancers, jesters, fairies, jugglers, music, food and more — will be in the offering at the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival Saturday and Sunday. An ambitious affair now in its third year, the festival is packed with professional and amateur re-enactors. Don’t worry if your wardrobe lacks medieval elements, you don’t have to show up in costume. See “Fairs & Festivals” for more details. You can also get a taste of things to come by showing up in downtown Turners Falls, which is kicking off its new T3F series (Third Thursdays in Turners Falls) with a theme that highlights the festival. See Thursday’s “Potpourri” for more information on that.
TURNERS FALLS — The RiverCulture program’s latest venture, a monthly downtown cultural evening, begins Thursday with knights and photography taking center stage and closing with a free outdoor screening of “The Princess Bride.”
RiverCulture Director Lisa Davol has described the new series, to be held every third Thursday of the month, as the logical extension of the program’s efforts over the years to strengthen the arts economy.
The theme for this week’s event is “Knights! Camera! Action!” tied in with the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival this weekend at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club off Turners Falls Road and the Hallmark Institute of Photography’s graduation.
The photographs of the graduating class will be highlighted in displays spread among downtown businesses, some open late for the event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Organizers promise a mounted knight, jugglers and other Mutton and Mead ambassadors in the streets and live music in several of the businesses, on Avenue A, Second and Third streets.
The film screening is part of the Shea Theater’s “Movies in the Park” series, and is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. in Peskeomskut Park, at the corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street, opposite the Food City plaza, rain location in the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A.
The 1987 romance-action-comedy features Andre the Giant, rhyming, revenge, miracles, Rodents of Unusual Size, several sword fights, screaming eels, a scheming Sicilian, pirates, poison, a princess and true love. Rated PG.
Venues and events:
∎ Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A: 6:45 p.m. — Learn how you can become a friend of the center.
∎ 7 p.m. — Museum tour with Frank Gregory, the artist who painted the interior nature murals. Light refreshments provided in the Great Hall.
∎ All evening — Art in the Great Hall: Nicole Werth and her exhibit, “Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley.”
∎ Third Street Studios, 36 Third St.: Artists Max Armen, Loran Burke and Wes Talbot present current work in an open studio setting.
∎ Allen Fowler Studio, behind 24 Second St.: Open studio, display and sale of art work.
∎ Loot, 62 Avenue A: Artwork by Hallmark students Christian Goulette, Zachary Laing and Brandon Kane. Chef Stephen S. Cobb will prepare a crispy polenta cake appetizer topped with produce from Red Fire Farm. Meet “Sir Heinrich of the Falls.”
∎ Red Fire Farm, cart in front of Loot: Fresh strawberries on local maple ice cream or dipped in chocolate. Popcorn.
∎ Jake’s Tavern, 64 Avenue A: Photographs from Hallmark students Alea Ahrens, Danielle Sykes, Kartik Suryanarayanan, Ryan Brantley.
∎ The Rendezvous, 78 Third St.: Ongoing art show by Halie Theoharides, Element Brewing beer tasting, raffle.
∎ Madison on the Avenue, 102 Avenue A: Art exhibit of new paintings and charcoal work by Wes Talbot. Photographs by Hallmark students Deegan Lemieux, Megan Leo, Melinda Herrera. Music by singer-songwriter Taryn O.
∎ Nina’s Nook, 125 Avenue A: Medieval-inspired art and accessories. Refreshments in the cranny and acoustic guitar with Caleb Wetherbee, both weather permitting.
∎ Gary’s Coins and Antiques, 115 Avenue A: Display of photographs by Hallmark students Karissa Sease, Braham Singh, Beau Bernatchez, Sarah Hoder, Sienna Clough. Saxophone player Gavin Curtis will perform outside the shop.
∎ FUNK*SHUN, 38 Third St.: New retail space open. Art wares, activities for kids.
∎ Black Cow Burger Bar, 125 Avenue A: Photographs from Hallmark Students Ben Richardson, Aniruddh Kothari, Marco Colucci and Katie Brill.
∎ Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A: Photographs from Hallmark students Krissy Ramsey, Jon Cospito, Andrea House, Bear Stanley, Sadie Slocum.