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Art inspired by nature’s relationships: Montague resident shares artworks and tidbits about our natural world

01-16-2024 10:46 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Contra dance enthusiasts and Montague May Day fans may recognize today’s guest star as Jeanne Weintraub, while people who met the Montague resident following her marriage to Chris Mason — whose sustainability and alternative energy work merits a...


A cheery chalk surprise: Deerfield resident creates driveway art to uplift students and families each week

01-12-2024 11:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As Deerfield Elementary School students and their families walk, drive or take the bus to school every Friday morning this school year, they can often expect a chalky surprise just steps from the building.Like clockwork — except on nasty weather days...


‘A People’s History of Colrain’: Library produces new podcast to tell local stories

01-12-2024 11:31 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Griswold Memorial Library is getting local people to tell their own stories in their recently launched podcast, “A People’s History of Colrain.” “We are trying to collect local history in people’s own voices,” explained Griswold Memorial Library...


Sounds Local: Dancing into the new year: Zydeco dance fest returns to Hawks & Reed this Sunday

01-10-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

For local musician Michael Pattavina, hosting a dance festival during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend has become a tradition that started 20 years ago and continues to this day.This year, he is hosting a mid-winter and Zydeco dance fest at Hawks &...


‘A world of enchantment and sorcery’ awaits ‘The Tempest’ audiences in Turners Falls

01-05-2024 2:29 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Young Shakespeare Players East theater program promises to transport audiences to “a world of enchantment and sorcery” during four performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” next weekend.The play, which lasts two hours and 45 minutes,...


Sounds Local: Trae Sheehan kicks off residency at Element Brewing

01-03-2024 4:00 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Singer-songwriter Trae Sheehan is new to performing here in Franklin County, but that’s about to change. After living in Nashville for a few years, Sheehan moved to the Berkshires this past September. A devoted road warrior, he has played hundreds of...


Sounds Local: Music options abound for New Year’s celebrations

12-27-2023 5:12 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s time to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024. Whether your idea of ringing in the New Year involves a fun time with the kids or dancing away into the wee hours of the morning, here are a few suggestions for a New Year’s Eve that will include...


Rachel Maddow’s new book examines American fascism in the WWII era and the fight against it

12-22-2023 12:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The conventional story of World War II in the United States is the one about how the country, shrugging off the hardships brought on by the Great Depression, rolled up its sleeves to defeat the fascist forces of Nazi Germany and Japan and make the...


Sounds Local: The perfect gift for music fans

12-20-2023 6:50 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

As we enter the final crunch up to the holidays, it’s time to start thinking about those last-minute gifts. I’m guessing that you have music fans on your shopping list, and they are the easiest to shop for because they only need one thing: more...


Book Review: ‘The Cat Who Walked the Camino’

12-16-2023 7:00 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Kate Spencer of Montague is a woman of many talents. She is a musician and has also manufactured banjos professionally. Her first love, though, and one she is currently pursuing perhaps more than ever, is art.“I grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and...


Sounds Local: TapRoots returns for second annual Winter Ball

12-13-2023 7:05 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Matthew King, the leader of the band TapRoots, feels that during this time of year, there are many reasons for people to come together to celebrate — celebrate spirit, celebrate community, celebrate the arts. This is why he is hosting the Winter Ball...


Book Review: ‘Words to Live By’ anthology gives cancer diagnosis a voice 

12-08-2023 4:12 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Book Review: “Words to Live By,” created by John Bos, Pam Roberts, Keith Carver, and James McDonald (Cancer Connection, 130 pages, $20)John Bos first met Pam Roberts almost two decades ago when he took part in one of her “Spirit of the Written Word”...


Sounds Local: Holiday shows to benefit education, medical fundraisers

12-06-2023 7:21 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s that time of year again, and no matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, there are plenty of live concerts and music to help you get in the spirit of the season.This weekend, Música Franklin will host its second annual Holiday Cheer...


Following his guiding star: The Rev. Doug McGonagle, a former astrophysicist, explores mysterious Star of Bethlehem in new book

12-02-2023 8:00 AM

By MARY BYRNE

About 20 years ago, the Rev. Doug McGonagle — a former astrophysicist — discovered a book by the late astronomer Michael Molnar that explored the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, also known as the star that guided the three wise men to baby Jesus,...


Open to anyone who can carry a tune: GCC Community Chorus will host a free holiday concert on Dec. 8

12-01-2023 11:53 AM

By MARY BYRNE

After a three-and-a-half-year COVID-related hiatus, Greenfield Community College’s choral group has re-emerged this year in a new form.  Formerly the GCC Chorus, GCC Community Chorus was the endeavor of Margery Heins, who had directed the college’s...


Sounds Local: A band that formed by accident: Poor Monroe headlines Whately’s first annual bluegrass showcase, with Mamma’s Marmalade and Mile Twelve

11-29-2023 3:25 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

The local bluegrass band Poor Monroe played its first formal gig together at the Whately Town Hall in 2022 in celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary. At the time, the members didn’t even consider themselves a real band — they were just a group of...


Jump for joy: The Lindy League of Western Massachusetts makes swing dance accessible and fun

11-24-2023 10:25 AM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

As snow mingles with rain this Tuesday evening, the door to Spare Time Northampton is cool to the touch. But inside the bowling alley’s City Sports Grille, the cracks of falling pins fade into the warm pulse of swing music. The Lindy League of Western...


Evoking nostalgia: Welcome Yule returns for 39th year with a reprise of best-known songs

11-24-2023 10:24 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

It’s been nearly four decades since the inception of Welcome Yule, a theatrical spectacle of song, dance and storytelling that has since become one of the village’s most beloved holiday customs. Before the tradition hits 40 years old, though, those...


Sounds Local: Honoring a local music legend: Stone Coyotes tribute celebrates the late drummer and artist Doug Tibbles, this Saturday at the Shea Theater

11-22-2023 1:27 PM

By SHERYL HUTNER

It will be a special night of music and memories when a group of local musicians come together at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. to celebrate the 25-plus year career of the Greenfield-based band the Stone Coyotes and...


Book review: ‘Northern Comfort’ by Joan Livingston

11-17-2023 12:02 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The first scene of “Northern Comfort” paints a bleak but memorable picture. It is mid-winter, and Willi Miller is trying to keep the circulation going in her fingers as she hangs laundry outside her home in a hilltown here in western Massachusetts....



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