Eric Carle Book Festival, June 25th


12th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Dig It! Build It! Dream It!

June 25, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

10:30 am
Groundbreaking Celebration (Orchard)

11:00 am
Special Storytime with Tom Lichtenheld (Auditorium)

11:30 am
Book signing with Tom Lichtenheld (Great Hall)

12:30 pm
Cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Happier Family Comedy Show (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

Rehearsal, July 9th at Maines Field

July 9th from 12:30-2:30 we will be rehearsing at Maines Field in Florence, MA. Rehearsals are open to the public and potential band members.

Dr. Seuss Museum Opening, June 4th

The Expandable Brass Band will be leading a parade Sunday morning June 4, starting at 10:30 am in the Sculpture Garden in the Springfield Museums quadrangle. FREE!  Come join the parade!  We’ll end up in front of the Dr Seuss Museum just before the museum doors open at 11:00 am.

We are honored to be participating in this Grand Opening weekend of the Dr. Seuss Museum!

If you want to enter the museum, be sure to reserve your tickets online in advance. The new museum is small, and tickets are for specific TIMES.  Tickets for Springfield residents are free. Tickets for non-Springfield adults are $25 (less for seniors and youth).  “All reservations include general admission to the art, history and science museums, as well as timed entry to the Dr. Seuss Museum.”   See https://springfieldmuseums.org/seussinspringfield/

Ashfield Town Spectacle & Culture Fair , June 3rd

Join us at 4:30pm at The Inn Yard in Ashfield.

Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extends this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance will not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town will be the stage map—and the ensemble will be joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community.

The event is free and open to the public, and spectators will be free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle Fair will take place each day from 1-7 with parade down Main Street at 7, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake.

Unveiling Event: Rock, Paper, Scissors, June 17th

Join us at 1:15pm in downtown Turners Falls.
Join Turners Falls RiverCulture in celebrating the newest and most prominent public art in downtown Turners Falls, Saturday, June 17th.

Tim de Christopher is an internationally recognized artist and ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is a much anticipated addition to downtown Turners Falls. The sculpture was selected last Spring from about 30 impressive proposals from throughout the country.

The sculpture is located at the seating area on the corners of Avenue A and Third Street. The afternoon’s activities will be set up on Third Street from the sculpture site to Canal Street. Throughout downtown shops and restaurants will be offering rock-paper-scissors specials!

10:30am
Geology Walking Tour with Steve Winters. Meet at the corner of Avenue A/ Third Street.
Amble your way back 200 million years when Turners Falls was nothing more than a huge muddy lake sitting on a cooled bed of lava! And then, there’s the story of the famous Armored Mudballs – claimed to be found nowhere else in the world but Turners Falls. Steve’s geo-tour of the village should take about 90 minutes.

1:00 pm
Free Hotdogs and Veggie Dogs!
Live Music by The Expandable Brass Band! Sidewalk Sales and downtown specials!
Geology Exhibitions by Ed Gregory and Jurassic Roadshow! Kids can make and decorate their own stone-carver hats!

2:00 pm
Formal ceremony and unveiling of ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

2:30 pm
Music by DJ Shannon
Rock Paper Scissors competition according to International Regulations.
$200 Cash Prize for the Winner and $50 for the Runner-up!
Participants must be age 8+.
$5 donation per person covers the prize money.
Dressing in costume is HIGHLY recommended. Prize for best TEAM COSTUME!
Participation is limited to 64. Please check in your team by 2:30 pm at the festival.

4:00pm
Tim de Christopher will speak about his work. Meet at the sculpture.

Photo at Eastworks Jazz Fest

As we prepared for our gig at Eastworks, a visiting jazz fan and photographer from Connecticut observed us and took photographs. Days later, after developing his film, Dan Castelli sent this delightful black and white photo. He titled it, “Music should be fun.”  Yes!  Thank you, Dan!

Photo by Dan Castelli, March 4, 2017

Life in the 413 New Century Theater Benefit


New Century Theatre presents the third annual LIFE IN THE 413 production. An evening of live radio plays and music to benefit our 27th anniversary season. We are playing.

Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Academy of Music
Northampton, MA 01063

Rehearsal, April 23rd, Williamsburg Library

We will be rehearsing at the Meekins Library, 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA, on Sunday April 23rd from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Rehearsals are open to all (especially potential members). Contact us via this web site if you would like to get advance copies of music.

Noho Pride Parade

May 6th, 2016 rain or shine

Noon to 5pm, Tri County Fairgrounds

Northampton, MA

Parade kicks off at noon marching from Main Street, Northampton to the Tri County Fairgrounds where the Pride event stage starts at 1:30

Plus lots of vendors and a Youth craft area!

River Roll and Stroll

Join us for the River Roll and Stroll.

May, 7th 2017
Veterans Memorial Bridge
South Hadley & Holyoke

The Veterans Memorial Bridge will be shut down to traffic May 7 and open for residents of both communities to mingle on foot during the River Roll & Stroll. Musicians and artists, as well as community groups, will line the bridge with stations for residents to interact with. Food trucks and tables will be parked at each end of the bridge, adding to the festival. Artists will encourage chalk drawings, there will be a bike decorating station and old fashioned kids activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marching bands will lead a kick-off parade.

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