Annual Spring Book, Plant and Bake Sale

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Sunderland Public Library
20 School Street

Friends of the Sunderland Library hosts their Spring Book, Plant and Bake Sale Saturday May 14 from 9 am to 3 pm. The Book and Bake Sale will be at the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street. The Plant Sale is at the Sunderland Historical Society also on School Street. From 1-3 pm, only, buy a grocery sized bag of books for just $7! Potted or plant donations are appreciated. Please label these and leave them at the rear door of the old Graves memorial Library, ONLY on May 13th. All proceeds go to the Sunderland Public Library.

Great Falls Coffeehouse

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 7:00 pm at Great Falls Coffee House
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls

On Friday May 13, 7 pm,  Moonshine Holler will perform in the Great Hall at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls.


Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, can only be described as “a two person music festival capturing the essence of American southern roots music.”   Featuring Appalachian ballads, blues and breakdowns on more musical instruments than they can juggle –  fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele – with some flatfoot dancing to boot –  the duet has performed across the country and abroad, including two appearances on WAMC’s acclaimed radio program “Dancing on the Air”.  Bradley toured with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl” as well as with banjo innovator Tony Trischka and traditional music powerhouse Bruce Molsky.  She also is a lead vocalist and pianist with Valley honkytonkers “Girl Howdy” as well as with her own combo, “The Twangbusters”.  Dillof is a member of the legendary NYC-based band “Major Contay & The Canebrake Rattlers” who have been at the heart of NYC’s roots music scene for over 30 years.  Together as Moonshine Holler, they are an engaging and entertaining duo  – sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus!

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A, in downtown Turners Falls.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum and museum store are open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12, free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221 or online at

Country Breakfast and Mini Bake Sale

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am at Sunderland Congregational Church
Rt 47 & 116

Sunderland Congregational Church hosts their Country breakfast and Mini Bake sale on Saturday may 14 from 7-10 am. Pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, beverage. One serving adults: $7, All-You-Can-Eat Adults $10, Children $4.

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Home Energy Conservation and Rain Barrels Too!

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Home Energy Conservation and Rain barrels too!
May 14 from 10 AM-Noon
Learn how to save cash, save the environment, and be more comfortable in your home. Reducing consumption is the best way to reduce your energy costs.
The Energy Commission will be presenting a video at the Riverside Building (home on Four Winds School)and an opportunity to purchase a rain barrel. The 60 minute video by Janet Masucci, based on materials developed by Peter Talmage, PE. and a workshop facilitated by local builder, Andy Cole, who specializes in building super insulated homes, condenses key points including a dozen ways to reduce your homes energy use and concludes with a short guiding you through a home energy audit.
The video helps to identify low cost solutions so you can prioritize how to best spend your resources. Zero in on the MOST expensive places your home loses heat. Information on low cost/no cost programs and rebates also covered.
At the conclusion of the video, a limited amount of rain barrels with diverter kits will be available to those who have pre-registered for the low price of $35.
To register contact Janet Masucci at (413) 863-8694 or email
“Like” the Gill Energy Commission Facebook page to stay updated about new postings and offerings.

Northfield Mountain/Barton Cove

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Barton Cove Picnic Area
Route 2

Barton Cove and Its Wonders


On Saturday, May 14th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., join leaders from the Pioneer Valley Institute; Nancy Goodman, a naturalist; Ed Gregory, a historian of local events, and geologist, Richard Little, for a wonderful spring day along the Connecticut River.  Barton Cove is filled with unusual geology, spring wildflowers, local history and dinosaur prints. Bring your lunch and water for this two-mile hike along the forested and rocky trails to the end of the peninsula.  Registration required through or by calling (413) 775-1671.  This program is not handicapped accessible. Price is $10 per person.


Mainly Marathon; New England


The Mainly Marathon New England Series Day 4 returns to Northfield for the second year in a row.  Mainly Marathons puts on a race series like no other, from the unique course setup to the unparalleled spread of food and drinks, all mixed up with a sense of fun and family.  Known as the world’s best marathon series, they are proud to include a 5K event in addition to the half marathon option.  Walkers are just as welcome as runners so there is no need to worry about whether you’ll make it or not before the course support has packed up and gone home. For schedule and registration information, go to





Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center provides year-round public programming in conjunction with the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric pumped storage facility’s federal licensing. Northfield Mountain is operated by FirstLight Power Resources and parent company, GDF SUEZ Energy North America. For more information about Northfield Mountain Recreation programming, visit its Facebook page or   



Natural History of Northampton

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 2:00 pm at Historic Northampton
48 Bridge Street

WHAT: Laurie Sanders: Agriculture, art, tourism and the natural history of the Northampton                Meadows: 1654-present WHERE: Historic Northampton WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2pm Laurie Sanders Agriculture, art, tourism and the natural history of the Northampton Meadows: 1654-present Northampton’s extensive and fertile floodplain along the Connecticut River has been continuously farmed and managed for thousands of years—first by the Nonotuck and their ancestors and, since 1654, by English settlers and later immigrants to the Valley. Today, however, this landscape-—once integral and celebrated-—is unfamiliar to many Valley residents. 

In this presentation, Laurie Sanders will explore the important roles that Northampton’s 3,000 plus acres of rich meadowland have played in the City’s settlement and its economic and cultural history. She will also highlight some of the special habitats and species that can be found within its wilder margins and pockets.


Happier Valley Comedy Show May 14th

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at The Arts Block
289 Main Street

This month, The Ha-Ha’s are joined by our special local friends GerryNuggeT, a two-person improv group featuring Mosie McNally and Kristina Smarz and THE HA-HA’S will perform “Shrink: Where Freud Meets Funny”

Saturday, May 14th at 8pm – doors open at 7
Arts Block Cafe
289 Main St., Greenfield, MA
Tickets available online and at the door: $13
(Click the ticket link and scroll to the bottom of the page to choose single or multiple tickets.)

Copper Kettles and Lonesome Pines: Northampton’s Tea Room Era

Sunday, May 15th 2016 - 2:00 pm at Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center
46 Bridge Street

Lecture:     Copper Kettles and Lonesome Pines: Northampton’s Tea Room Era Speaker:     Jan Whitaker Date:         Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2 pm Location:   Historic Northampton Jan Whitaker Copper Kettles and Lonesome Pines: Northampton’s Tea Room Era   On Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m., Historic Northampton will host consumer historian Jan Whitaker, who will present an illustrated talk on the history of Northampton’s tea rooms, and tea and cookies will be served afterwards on the terrace. Northampton was well supplied with tea rooms in the first half of the 20th century. Patrons included students at Smith College, motorists from the Springfield area, and local women’s (and some men’s) clubs and organizations. Primarily lunch places, many of the tea rooms also served afternoon teas and evening meals. Whitaker will present a picture of Northampton’s tea rooms, focusing on the sort of meals served in them and the women who ran them—with special attention to the longest-lasting (Mary Marguerite) and the most colorful (The Rose Tree Inn).

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Baystate Franklin Medical center
164 High Street

– Baystate Franklin Medical Center will be offering a monthly Stroke Support Group starting Tuesday, May 17, 10 – 11 am, in BFMC’s Conference Room C.  The group will meet monthly, on the third Tuesday of the month.  Diane Stephan, RN, BSN, Emergency Department nurse educator and stroke coordinator at BFMC, will facilitate the group.  The group is free, and no pre-registration will be required.  Refreshments will be served.

               The goal of the new support group will be to promote an atmosphere of caring and cooperation, promote new goals and friendships for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers, and to renew hope and encourage independence.  All stroke survivors, their family members and caregivers, are welcome to attend.  Attendees will be invited to share their experiences and discuss their concerns with medical professionals and with others who

               For more information on the Stroke Support Group, contact Diane Stephan, 413-773-2641, or email



Whately Library Movie Tuesday

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 6:00 pm at Whately Public Library
202 Chestnut Plain Road

Tuesday, May 17th -3 and 6 pm –Movie Tuesday-Lady in the Van- Led by a marvelous performance from Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van wrings poignant, often hilarious insight from its fact-based source material.

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