West County Notebook: April 2, 2024

The Pothole Pictures spring and summer film series kicks off Friday, April 5, in the historic 400-seat Memorial Hall Theater, pictured, in Shelburne Falls.

The Pothole Pictures spring and summer film series kicks off Friday, April 5, in the historic 400-seat Memorial Hall Theater, pictured, in Shelburne Falls. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 04-01-2024 12:18 PM

Modified: 04-01-2024 6:05 PM

Sen. Mark’s staff holding office hours

BUCKLAND — State Sen. Paul Mark’s staff will hold office hours on Tuesdays, April 9 and April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Buckland Town Hall, located at 17 State St.

Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire District are encouraged to share ideas on current or potential state legislation, or to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency. Appointments are not required.

Bread and Puppet Theater coming to Memorial Hall

SHELBURNE FALLS — Bread and Puppet Theater brings “The Hope Principle Show: Citizens’ Shame and Hope in the Time of Genocide” to Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

For more details and to buy tickets, which cost $20, visit breadandpuppet.org/product/thps-shelburne-falls-4-4-24.

After the show, Bread and Puppet Theater will serve its signature sourdough rye bread with aioli. “Cheap Art” — books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from Bread & Puppet Press — will be for sale.

Film series kicks of with ‘The Princess Bride’

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Pothole Pictures spring and summer film series kicks off Friday, April 5, with three screenings of Director Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic “The Princess Bride.” There will be screenings at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

These big-screen movies show in the historic 400-seat Memorial Hall Theater at 51 Bridge St. All shows are preceded by a half hour of live music. The Give, 133 Skeele and Wild Bill & Friends are the performers for these first three shows.

Movie tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. Popcorn is sold for $1 per bag.

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For more information, visit shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/pothole-pictures.

April 13: Screening of ‘The Roots of Change’

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church of Ashfield will sponsor a showing of “The Roots of Change,” a 30-minute documentary made by Four Rivers Charter Pubic School students.

The film will be shown at the Curtis House on South Street on Saturday, April 13, at 12:30 p.m. It will conclude the half-day forum “Moving Forward: From Incarceration to Community” presented by St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“Because of their interest in climate change and the criminal justice system, the Class of 2024 has produced this documentary,” the Rev. David Jones, minister of the First Congregational Church, said in a statement. “Through the lens of formerly incarcerated individuals finding a path forward in green reentry programs, the film illuminates the interrelationship of social justice, environmental activism and economic opportunity. Our Young Voices initiative is committed to bringing young people’s concerns and experiences to the attention of hilltown communities. We are happy to sponsor ‘The Roots of Change’ for St. John’s excellent forum about how the incarcerated can find new lives in the community.”

Young Voices is funded by the church’s Mission and Social Justice Committee and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

“The Roots of Change” screening is free to attend. Those who are interested in attending St. John’s half-day “Moving Forward” forum can call and leave a message at 413-628-4402 or email stjohnsashfield@gmail.com.

Metal etching workshop set for April 13

SHELBURNE FALLS — Cyndee Fand will lead a metal etching workshop at Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St., on Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Attendees will create designs on metal using Sharpies and stamps, then put their design in a bath of ferric chloride. After 20 minutes, the design will be etched into the metal. All tools will be provided, though participants should bring an apron or smock.

The registration fee is $35 per person, plus a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. To register online, visit salmonfallsgallery.com.

Fire District election set for April 8

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Fire District will hold its election on Monday, April 8, at the Fire Station, 121 State St. Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m.

There are three positions on the ballot: Douglas Martin seeks re-election to commissioner with a three-year term, Marion Scott seeks re-election to assessor with a three-year term and Gregg Gilmore seeks re-election to moderator with a one-year term.

The district’s annual meeting will also be held on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station. Annual reports are available and can be picked up at the station.

With questions, call 413-625-6392.