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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Learn About Our Region's Unique History of Furniture-Making

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

The exhibition, Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts, will open to the public on Saturday, September 28th, and will highlight 150 years of furniture-making in the region, from the 1680s to the 1830s. Nearly 60 objects from Historic Deerfield's collection will help to tell the story of the region's contribution to American design history and the emergence of a national identity.

World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down

Adapted from a Boswell's Books press release:

Northampton-based author, poet, and workshop leader Christian McEwan will be appearing at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, at 6:30pm, on Thursday, September 26th.  She will read from and discuss her book, "World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down", which examines the trade-offs one makes in life: the cost of maximizing achievement and financial and material gains versus the pleasures of the slow life. No matter your personal lifestyle and choices, she will offer discussion of ideas that we all should contemplate.

Historic Deerfield Has a Lot to Offer

Adapted from two Historic Deerfield press releases:

Historic Deerfield will host a special lecture entitled "The Line of Forts and the Consumer Revolution", on September 21st, and is introducing two new programs this fall that will bring visitors up close to the museum's collection.  "Focus Fridays" is a monthly program that gives visitors the opportunity to study in-depth an object in Historic Deerfield's collection. The program runs on the first Friday of the month and examines a different type of object among the furniture, ceramics, silver, and textile collections.  "Art & Craft" gives visitors who are of a creative nature the chance to study an object in the collection and make a project inspired by the visitor's own take on the past.

Pop Up Park

Adapted from a joint press release:

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), Greenfield's Sustainable Master Plan Committee, and the Greenfield Business Association (GBA) will be temporarily transforming a metered parking space on Main Street into a public park as part of an annual worldwide event on September 20th called “PARK(ing) Day".  These groups will convert the parking space into a public park for the day and promote local sustainable and alternative transportation activities that are occurring in Franklin County. Greenfield Mayor William Martin says about the event, “This is a great way to allow people stop and enjoy our downtown, while learning about the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan effort and the Franklin County Bikeway.”

Soapbox Derby '13: One Week Left to Enter

Adapted from two Montague Soapbox Races press releases:

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!  The racer deadline to register is next Monday, September 16th.  Don't let it pass you by, racer applications will NOT be accepted on the day of the race.

Montague Center Supper & Contra Dance Returns

Adapted from a press release by Tim Van Egmond:

The tradition of a Sunday evening potluck supper, followed by a contra dance, will take place once again on September 15th, at the Montague Common Hall (formerly the Montague Grange), on Main Street, in Montague Center.  The potluck will begin at 6PM and the dancing will start at 7PM, with lively music provided by the “All-Comers Band” and dance instruction and calling by renowned caller/fiddler David Kaynor. Admission will be by donation and all proceeds will help pay the running expenses of the Montague Center Hall, a valuable community center. Dancers are encouraged to bring soft-soled shoes.

Reminder: Youth Orchestra Auditions Next Month

Adapted from a Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) press release:

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for student musicians on Saturday, September 8th, and Wednesday, September, 11th.  These are open auditions for winds, brass, percussion, and strings and students from elementary through high school are welcome to audition.

Buckland Historical Society Once Again Opens Doors

Adapted from a Buckland Historical Society press release:

On August 25th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Buckland Historical Society will be holding two open houses to showcase their collections.

Reminder: Joyce Maynard to Read in Shelburne Falls 8/22

Adapted from a Boswell's Books press release:

Bestselling novelist Joyce Maynard will be talking about her brand new book, "After Her", on Thursday night, August 22nd, at 6:30pm at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls.  Boswell's Books is very proud to host Ms. Maynard once again.  She was here last year talking about her novel "Labor Day", which was adapted into a film starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslett that was filmed in Shelburne Falls and other area towns. That film will be released on a limited basis at the end of this year and then in general release in January of 2014.

Pioneer Valley Ballet Offers Free Classes for Young Children

Adapted from a Pioneer Valley Ballet press release:

Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) is hosting its Fall Open House on August 24, 2013.  This free event will take place from 11am-1pm at their ballet studio in Easthampton, at the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 155.  Attendees will have opportunities to meet staff, tour the studio, register for school-year training programs, register to audition for The Nutcracker, and observe PVB’s advanced dancers in rehearsal.