Arts & Life

Artists contribute sidewalk murals for Juneteenth celebration in Greenfield

06-14-2024 2:34 PM


Greenfield is putting an artistic twist on its Juneteenth celebrations this year with the unveiling of a downtown sidewalk mural project celebrating the city’s abolitionist history.There will be a guided tour through the 12 historic sites on...

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He may have been America’s first Black composer: Juneteenth concert at Historic Deerfield to feature music of Sawney Freeman, among others

06-14-2024 2:31 PM


In celebration of Juneteenth, folks are invited to join a star-studded group of early American musical performers at Historic Deerfield, as they take on a wide variety of music from regional African American composers and band leaders.Kicking off a 7...

Faith Matters: How to build relationships across vast differences: We must be curious, venture out, welcome in, stand tall, stand with

06-14-2024 11:15 AM


One of the greatest joys in my 20 years of ministry has been getting to meet, learn from, worship with, and befriend those who identify as religiously different from how I name myself — a Unitarian Universalist. First on Long Island, then in...

Earth Matters: A brief history of our soil: Why the Valley land produces such amazing crop

06-14-2024 11:14 AM


There is a stretch of road that runs north along the Connecticut River from the Whately/Hatfield line to the foot of Sugarloaf. It is no surprise its name is River Road. Leaving Northampton I often take “the river road,” the long way home. Over the...

A different kind of road trip: ‘Ezra’ explores the challenge of raising an autistic child

06-14-2024 11:12 AM


Among a number of very good lines in “Ezra,” a film about the challenge of raising an autistic child, there’s one that really encapsulates the problems parents and caretakers can face.Bobby Cannavale plays Max Bernal, a struggling comedian with his...

Sounds Local: Where there is celebration there is music: Saturday’s Franklin County Pride Fest will be full of great live music

06-12-2024 2:27 PM


This upcoming weekend is a big one for music fans with many choices to be had from the opening of the Mohawk Trail Concert series on Sunday afternoon to the a birthday party for Robin Lane at Flood Water Brewing in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 7...

A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish

06-11-2024 2:31 PM


I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...

Speaking of Nature: Too slow to survive? All porcupines want is a peaceful life in the country woods

06-10-2024 6:01 AM


I was on my way to work the other day and, at least initially, I was enjoying the morning drive. The sun rises just after 5:00 a.m. these days and the approach of my last day of school added a little buoyancy to the otherwise monotonous commute. I...

Rejoice in our authentic selves: Franklin County Pride kicks off June 14 with dance party premier of Carrie Ferguson’s queer anthem, ‘The Many I Am’

06-07-2024 11:48 AM


“We are beyond betweenWoman and manThere’s not enough wordsFor the many I am”Carrie Ferguson, “The Many I Am”Franklin County Pride will take place on Saturday, June 15, and this year is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. The festivities will...

Issues with our education funding formula: Three factors that put our cities, towns and students at an unfair advantage

06-07-2024 11:14 AM


Our public school system — the backbone of democracy, the great equalizer, the means by which we can level the playing field — is itself unequal, undemocratic, and badly underfunded. Though education is one of the most significant responsibilities of...

Sounds Local: A party for the whole neighborhood: Good Music Makes Good Neighbors fest returns to Montague this Saturday, June 8

06-05-2024 4:10 PM


Get ready for the village of Montague to be transformed into a mini music festival when Good Music Makes Good Neighbors returns on Saturday, June 8. The fest went on hiatus for a couple of years, but now festival organizers Nicole Nemec and Matthew...

Hero in aisle five: Wendell author’s new book, ‘Food Margins,’ delves into the anthropology of groceries

06-04-2024 1:40 PM


This article was originally slated as a book review. The book I was going to review, “Food Margins” by Cathy Stanton of Wendell, cried out to be moved to the Food & Farms page, however. Instead of reviewing the book, then, I interviewed the author and...

Planting seeds of sustainability: Greenfield Garden Club encourages horticulturists of all ages

06-03-2024 2:24 PM


The Greenfield Garden Club is not just for Greenfield residents: “We welcome people from Franklin County and beyond,” said Club President Laura Schlaikjer. Let’s take a look at two ways the group encourages gardening, and hopes to continue for years...

Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest youth winners

05-31-2024 2:17 PM

Youth Co-winners, 12-to-14-year-olds“Lessons from the world” by Summit Wicks-LimOnce upon a time the girl could not hear her own heart,So she stayed quietandsoftly spoken, speaking only to her heart which had no answer.On most days she would look at...

Stepping onto summer stage: Silverthorne Theater Company debuting three plays in its first full summer season

05-31-2024 2:09 PM


Time was when summer theater in the Valley was typically produced by a number of mainstays, including Chester Theatre Company, New Century Theatre, and the Ko Festival at Amherst College.But New Century Theatre shut down a few years ago, as did the Ko...

Sounds Local: Uncovering local music lore: Wendell Historical Society offers month-long ‘Valley Rockers’ history course this summer

05-29-2024 2:44 PM


When it comes to our local music scene, the Pioneer Valley has a deep and rich history that covers just about every musical genre imaginable. If you are interested in diving into the area’s musical past and perhaps have a favorite artist you’d love to...

‘Everyone loves our whoopee pies’: Over the Top Bakery in Orange enjoying a successful first year in business

05-28-2024 1:50 PM


Fran Bates is busy. She and her husband Mike are entrepreneurs on New Athol Road in Orange with three businesses to date. The most recent is Over the Top Bakery.The pair didn’t start out to run a bakery, Bates told me. They leased the property because...

Grown by the whole community: History and roots of the Greenfield Farmers Market, now in its 50th year

05-28-2024 9:16 AM


The people who started the Greenfield Farmers Market — with iconic local surnames like Kretzinger, Clark and Nelson — might not have imagined a 50th season, nor that it would blossom into a thriving three-season spot in Greenfield’s center where...

Speaking of Nature: The telltale song of summer: Singing green frogs welcome me back to the Thinking Chair

05-27-2024 6:01 AM


For most people, Memorial Day marks the first day of summer. The official first day may not actually be observed until three weeks later, but the three-day weekend gives people a chance to get outside and fire up the grill, or perhaps even go camping....

Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts

05-24-2024 1:31 PM


Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...

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