Arts Calendar: Week of 3/17

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    "Syrup: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival" presented by Piti Theatre Company on Sunday will include “Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History," featuring the Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe, Ballet Renversé, musician-in-residence Carrie Ferguson and other local talent. The festival starts at 1 p.m. and takes place at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Courtesy of Piti Theatre Company

  • Brooks Williams will perform at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton on Friday at 7 p.m. Courtesy of Musicalou Productions

  • Banish Misfortune performs traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, airs, polkas, songs and craic from 3 to 6 p.m. ever Sunday at the Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. Courtesy of Banish Misfortune

Published: 3/16/2016 6:20:00 PM
Thursday 17Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers’ Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544. 

MONTAGUE CENTER LIBRARY, Montague Center: Music and Movement with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson. 10 a.m. Thursdays from March through the end of June. For more information call 863-3214.


BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER’S Oncology Departments will offer a free writing workshop, Spirit of the Written Word, for Western Mass. residents touched by cancer. The 10-week workshop takes place at Artspace, 15 Mill St., Greenfield from today through May 26. No class April 21. Promote your own healing and experience the therapeutic benefits of group writing. No writing experience required. To register or for more information, contact facilitator Pam Roberts at 625-2402 or


OPEN MIC at the Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Kevin Parry hosts. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information and to sign up, call 802-257-7563.

PIONEER VALLEY JAZZ SHARES presents Andrew Drury’s Content Provider. 7:30 p.m. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Content Provider includes Drury, percussion, Briggan Krauss, alto saxophone and Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone. Tickets $15 at and at the door. 


 “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” presented by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School, 222 Turnpike Road, Montague. 7 p.m. Continues Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets $5 for students and seniors, $7 adults/community. tickets available at the door or call 863-7217 or email

“OTHER DESERT CITIES” by Jon Robert Baitz presented by Next Stage Arts Project and The April Theater Company. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. Repeats Friday, Saturday, Sunday and March 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 20. Set in Palm Springs over Christmas weekend, “Other Desert Cities” centers on the powerful Wyeth family. Tickets $15 general admission. Available online at or call 802-387-0071 or at the door.

Friday 18Coffeehouse

 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. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748.


GUIDING STAR GRANGE, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Contra dance 8 to 11 p.m. Calling by Ron Blechner to music by Just Around the Corner (David Kaynor, fiddle; Becca Bosworth-Clemens, clarinet, banjo; Becky Hollingsworth, piano, with guest Joe Blumenthal on bass. All welcome, with or without a partner. All dance taught; no experience necessary. Sliding scale admission $10 to $5 or help with cleanup. 367-9380.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 10 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. In the LeVanway Room. ■ Writers’ 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 space to work.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ Preschool Story Time begins 11 a.m. Head of Youth Services Kelly Daniels Baker will lead 45 minutes of fun that includes theme-based stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. For children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Free. Through Fall. 


THIRD FRIDAY OPEN PROSE and Poetry Reading. Arms Library, Bridge and Main Streets, Shelburne Falls. 7 p.m. Arrive before 7 to sign up for five-minute open mic slot; one 10 minute slot available. Free. Refreshments; handicap accessible. 625-0306.


BROOKS WILLIAMS in concert at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 p.m. He creates a super-charged music that is electrifying and fighting fit

KEVIN PARRY, singer/guitarist, will play at the West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover, Vt., on Fridays during ski season. 7 to 10 p.m. Continues March 25.

RAY MASON performs rock and roll at the Thirsty Mind, 23 College St., Village Commons, South Hadley. 7 to 9 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated. 538-9309.


“LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“OTHER DESERT CITIES” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 19Coffeehouse

WENDELL FULLMOON COFFEEHOUSE, Old Town Hall, center of Wendell. Open mic at 7:30 p.m. The Gypsy Wranglers perform their unique brand of acoustic swing music. Come experience the Valley’s only Dessert-O-Rama $7 to $15. For Open Mic sign up, directions and more information go to, 978-544-5557. 


MONADNOCK TRI STATE DANCE, Elmm Community Center, Durkee Street, Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Rachel and Western Partners.


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Life-sized Candyland. 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers invited to come play the biggest game of Candyland and enjoy sweet treats.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ Saturday Playgroup. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. For babies, toddlers and children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Informal play, interactive literacy activities and conversations with other families. Free. ■ Lego Club. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program allows children to come and explore the wonderful world of Legos with other interested children. A different theme is picked each session, children can put their Lego creations on display until the next club. The program is geared for elementary school children with an adult, but open to children of all ages. Final meeting.


OLD FASHIONED CABARET of songs and storytelling. 7 p.m. First Parish of Northfield, Main and Parker, Northfield. Musical numbers from the American songbook  from folk to modern, along with classic storytelling as homegrown talent takes the stage. Suggested donation $10. Homemade refreshments and beverages available after the concert. Free parking.

THE PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY and Chorus presents a concert with guest conductor Allan Taylor. 7:30 p.m. Greenfield High School, 21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield. The program will feature Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3, Brahms Schicksalslied, featuring Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus and Dvorak Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70. Amherst College professor David Schneider will give a pre-performance talk at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium. Talk is free to all ticket holders. Tickets: $25 adult, $20 senior, $6 youth/student. Tickets available online at or by calling 773-3664 and at World Eye Bookshop. Tickets will also be available at the door at slightly higher prices.


“APPLE TREE GRAFTING,” a hands-on Mass Aggie workshop offered by UMass Extension. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St., Belchertown. Participants should dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold and muddy conditions. $100. for more information or to register go to:

CAMERON’S WINERY OF NORTHFIELD, Main Street, Northfield: Put on your Leprechaun. Prizes. 7 to 10 p.m. Limited tickets. $10.

HAPPIER VALLEY FAMILY SHOW: Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family. 4 p.m. Eastworks’ 121 Club (formerly Apollo Grill), 116 Pleasant St., Suite 121, Easthampton. Tickets at the door: $1 adults, $5 children, $20 family max. For more information go to:

STONEWALL FARM in Keene, N.H., will conduct its 17th annual Sap Gathering Contest. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee $5; children younger than 5 are free. All visitors must park at Keene High School’s Alumni field and take shuttle buses to the barn. Spectators will see as many as 20 draft horse teams competing to collect sap in a timed race in which speed and accuracy are critical. Teams consist of two draft horses hitched to a sap sled, a teamster and two sap runners. For more information, contact Jennifer Doyle, 603-357-7278,


“LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

“OTHER DESERT CITIES” continues. see Thursday’s listing.

Sunday 2Music

 BANISH MISFORTUNE performs traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, airs, polkas, songs and craic. 3 to 6 p.m. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 584-9903. Free. Every Sunday.

THE PARLOR SESSIONS, 32 Masonic St., Northampton presents Corey DiMario and Lissa Schneckenburger, Nor’easter. 923-2800.

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF HADLEY and Valley Light Opera presents a community sing of Messiah. 2 p.m. At the church, 98 North Maple St., Hadley. All welcome to sing along. Donation at the door to cover expenses.


CHOWDER FEST at Berkshire East Ski Lodge. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sample a large variety of locally prepared chowders; cast your vote for favorite. 50/50 drawing. $7 at the door. Sponsored by Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD WINTER Lecture Series “In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War,” with “Colonization and Captivity in Native Space,” by Lisa Brooks, associate professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College, Amherst. 2 p.m. Free. 775-7214,

REV. SARAH PIRTLE, director of Youth and Family Education at First Congregational Church of Ashfield, will give a talk “Pete Seeger and Soul Force.” During the 10 a.m. service at First Parish Unitarian, Main and Parker, Northfield. A friend of the late folksinger, Pirtle will discuss how Seeger’s music connects people to a larger impulse of truth telling and love for the earth. 498-5566.

SYRUP: ONE SWEET PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL presented by Piti Theatre Company. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. Piti Theatre Company presents a delicious potpourri of theater, puppetry, music, syrup-tasting, horse and cart rides, maple sweets and free pickles. Starts at 1 p.m. with costumed horse and cart rides along the Deerfield River from Memorial Hall. At 2 p.m., Piti Theatre’s “Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History.” A one room schoolhouse, the Griswoldville Mill, the Coleraine-Shelburne Falls Trolley and the opening celebration of Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls will come to life as we live the years from 1869 to 1898 through the eyes of a group of children. Piti’s Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe, Ballet Renverse, and award-winning Northampton singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson join the theatre in this world premiere inspired by local history. Intermission from 3 to 3:45 featuring syrup-tasting, horse and cart rides, complimentary Real Pickles, a raffle, baked goods and syrup-themed treats around the village. At 3:45 to 4 p.m., Carrie Ferguson, pre-CD release party. At 4 p.m., Puppetkabob’s Sarah Frechette performs “The Snowflake Man.” At 4:45, pop-up puppet workshop. Tickets $5, children 12 and under; $12 general; workshop $5. Free bonus event: “Love Letters from Maud.” East Charlemont native Diantha Wholey and her daughter Martha narrate their film about Shelburne Falls Trolley No. 10 and Wholey’s grandmother’s romance. Full schedule at:

 Monday 21 Libraries 

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. In the LeVanway meeting room. Monday through Thursday. 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. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544. ■ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room. ■ Afterschool Read-Aloud. 4 to 5 p.m. Children’s Librarian Kay or guest reader will read picture books, folk tales or passages from favorite chapter books in a theme each week, with sing-along songs and some puppetry to go along with the theme. Every Monday.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ The Knitting Circle, a free knitting club, meets every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lane Reading Room. This group is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Each week, members meet to receive free knitting lessons, get help with difficult patterns, share ideas for projects, learn new skills and chat while they work. The group often works on charity projects, including knitting and donating hats for babies to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. For more information, call 665-2642.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. ■ Mother Goose on the Loose, Storytime Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For children birth to age 4 and their families. Make music, learn rhymes and sing songs. 

Tuesday 22Libraries

ATHOL PUBLIC LIBRARY: Needle Felting with Nicol Wander. 6 to 8 p.m. In the Large Program Room. Wander will guide participants to make a bluebird, which can become an ornament, pin or brooch. Possibly frame your creation in a shadow box. Includes all materials, instructions and a list of suppliers. this is a two to three hour workshop. Adults or mature teens. for more information Registration required; space limited to 20. Call 978-249-9515.

CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: ■ 10 to 11 a.m. Morning Play Group. Drop in for some informal play and connect with other adults/families. ■ 3:30 p.m., Craft Time on Tuesdays.  Stories, crafts and snacks for children of all ages with Angela. 863-3214.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St. Greenfield: ■ Mother Goose on the Loose. 10 a.m. Jointhe happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap sit story hour for children ages 3 and under with a grown-up. Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to very young children. Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about 15 minutes of visiting time. No sign-up required. Free. ■ The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. for a Writers’ Lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for details. 

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ All ages Chess Club. 6 to 7 p.m. This all ages club starts from square one, so beginners and more advanced players are all welcome. Club leader Andy Morris-Friedman will guide you as you learn how to play the game, different techniques and strategies and how to use all of your pieces to your best advantage. The club will study famous games and will help you discover new ways to improve your play. Children in grade 3 and below must be accompanied by an adult. ■ 6 p.m. Zine Making Event. Zines are little magazines or fanzines that tell stories about a particular subject using mixture of writing and art. Zines an tell any story you want, and can be created in any creative format. Geared towards teens ages 11 to 18. Sign up in advance by calling or visiting the library. 665-2642.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. Rise and Romp Storytime. 11 to 11:45 a.m. For children at birth through preschool and their families. Listen to stories, learn fingerplays and make a craft. Program ends with informal playtime. 978-544-2495. 


CAMERON’S WINERY, Main Street, Northfield: 8-Week Belly Dance and Wine Class. 6 to 7:15 p.m.


THE CONWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo: “What is  Tibetan Medicine?” 7:30 p.m. Conway Historical Society Museum, 50 Main St., Conway. With a history going back more than 2,500 years, traditional Tibetan Medicine is one of the oldest continuously practiced healing systems on Earth. Refreshments served. 

Wednesday 23Dance

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 for more information.


“INHABIT,” a beautiful documentary showing some of the ways humans could save the planet from the effects of climate change will be shown at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. 6:30 p.m. “Inhabit” provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices. Filmed during 2013, filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan documented more than 20 sites in a range of rural, subburban and urban environments. Presented by Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Free; donations appreciated.


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls: ■ Story Time, which includes thematic stories, projects and snacks. Every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. For young children and their parents and caregivers.  ■ Homeschool Science at 1:15 p.m. Weekly hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities and experiments for children of all ages with their families with Angela. 863-3214.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers’ Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for details. ■ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet up with other chess players in the main library. The last Wednesday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament. 

NEW SALEM LIBRARY, New Salem: ■ Teen and Tween News. Wednesdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Try out the new 3D pen. Come make something new or take something apart such as a camera or radio. For more information call 978-544-6334. 

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. Rise and Romp Storytime. 11 to 11:45 a.m. For children at birth through preschool and their families. Listen to stories, learn fingerplays and make a craft. Program ends with informal playtime. 978-544-2495.


BERKSHIRE PIZZERIA, 72 Main St., Charlemont: Weekly open mic from 7 to 9 p.m. Musicians, poets, entertainers of all kinds welcome. Interested performers should contact 337-5501 or for details. Walk-ins welcome.


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