Greenfield Notebook: Nov. 30, 2022




  • “Enchanted Tree,” a watercolor by Greenfield resident Astrid Sheckels, who is hosting an Open Studio on Saturday, Dec. 3. Contributed Image

Published: 11/30/2022 6:38:27 PM
Modified: 11/30/2022 6:36:04 PM
Human Rights Commission to sponsor ‘She Said’ screening

GREENFIELD — The Human Rights Commission will sponsor a screening of “She Said” at the Garden Cinemas on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

Immediately following the film, the Human Rights Commission will facilitate a question-and-answer session and discussion with the audience, focusing on the content of the film as well as how residents and constituents of Greenfield can strive to eliminate all the forms of sexism, misogyny, sexual and gender discrimination, and stereotyping that are depicted during the film.

“We hope to have a meaningful conversation about sexual harassment and the issues of power dynamics and the struggle for women to claim equity in the workforce and other issues about human and civil rights of women,” a statement from Human Rights Commission Chair Daniel Cantor Yalowitz reads. “Our discussion will follow immediately after the completion of the film, in the theater, and is open to all audience members.”

The run time of “She Said” is 135 minutes and the post-film discussion will be no more than an additional 30 minutes.

Author/illustrator hosting annual Open Studio

GREENFIELD — Author/illustrator Astrid Sheckels will host her annual Open Studio, the first since before the COVID-19 pandemic, at 2 Mead St. on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can peruse her collection of original art, children’s books and more. For more information about Sheckels, visit

Writers Read event set for Dec. 14

GREENFIELD — As part of the monthly Writers Read series organized by Lindy Whiton, The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will share the work of Jovonna Van Pelt, Brian Mooney and Wilson Roberts on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

Van Pelt is a Greenfield-based writer who has retired from the worlds of puppetry and commerce. She is the author of “Unrelated Questions,” a book of poetry from Human Error Publishing, and an upcoming collection of short stories, “Merry and Bright: Christmas Memories.”

Mooney has published essays, fiction and poetry in several literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review. He is the creator of the popular Storymatic family of creative prompts and games.

Roberts is a longtime professor of English and poetry at Greenfield Community College, author of several mysteries and a well-loved member of the community.

There will be a short question-and-answer period at the end. The event is free to attend, though donations to The LAVA Center are appreciated.


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