July 4th – July 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Happy July 4th, true believers! Let this be the place where we say that no matter how cool it seems, putting any one or goodness forbid multiple of your extremely vulnerable appendages near a thing that explodes is a really bad idea! We can’t emphasize enough that the human body has a very slow update schedule and a lot of the well-known bugs, like a complete lack of protection from sudden concussive force and/or shrapnel, are still extant! Unless you’ve got a brand-new cyber-shell glistening with protective forcewebs, please do not explode things next to your body!

Why not celebrate the Fourth in the most patriotic way? By supporting your local creators! They need money in order to live, and it’s a good idea to provide them with it! Purchase Psy High by local Creator Rebecca Slitt on Steam while it’s on sale, and go to the Valley Creators Page to shop around for cool things!

Also don’t forget that there’s a great new Nerd Nite next Monday, 7pm-9pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton. You can RSVP to it on the Facebook page! It’s going to focus on Philosophical Zombies and some awesome work on digital preservation!

We’ve also got some big news coming up later this week! It’s going to be so neat it will need a separate update!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!



Thursday, July 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
Join your friends at the Dickinson Museum for a night of culture! There will be art in the Homestead by Beverly Duncan and the students from the Hill Institute all night. Beverly Duncan is an award-winning botanical artist! There’s also a poetry open mic at 6pm, followed by readers Floyd Cheung and Gail Thomas,
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Flowers on the Frontier – The Bartram Family
Flora means plants! Learn more about the Bartram Family, scientists, gardeners, and artists in 18th-century New York! They sounds like interesting folks! The lecture will be given by Joel T. Fry, curator of Bartram’s Garden, and part of the John Bartram Association in Philadelphia. So there’s a possibility that Joel really likes Bartram!
Friday, July 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums and also love not having to pay money to enter them? Stop burgling museums! That’s a crime! Instead, go to Free Second Friday for some fun activities and a free look at one of the most wonderful museums in Massachusetts!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mary Bliss Parsons: Accused Witch of Northampton, An Exhibition by Susan Montgomery
Mary Bliss Parsons was accused of witchcraft for a pretty standard set of reasons: she was an intelligent and successful woman who spoke her mind. In this exhibition, artist Susan Montgomery explores the accusations with a selection of watercolor paintings and a sculpture installation as well as some lino-cut print and historical documents. Also, the museum is actually located on the old Parsons family lot! Mary Bliss’s home was just a few hundred yards from the exhibition!

Board Games:

Thursday, July 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Board Game Afternoons
Board games are fun games that you can play in person with friends. Why not do so at the library? We highly recommend Cosmic Encounter because that’s just danged great, or you could play a game from the COIN series if you’d like to move into the library permanently.
Friday, July 8th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Tabletop games! They mostly do Euro-style games, but they’re open to whatever. You should bring one you like! Also to be clear it’s the community room, which is nice, not just like the middle of a Burger King.
Sunday, July 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroes that click! This week, why not try a team of only heroes whose powers originate from their eyeballs? All laser-eyes all the time. Or concussion-beam eyes! Or hypno-eyes? It’s usually lasers or hypnosis with eye-based superpowers.


Wednesday, July 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ariella Cohen, Sweet Breath of Memory
A debut novel! A reception with free Italian treats! All events should have free treats. Ariella Cohen will come to the Odyssey to present a deftly woven novel of several eras in the lives of four friends living in a picturesque New England town. But how would any author around here find inspiration for novels about friendly people from quaint New England towns?
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jungle Jim’s Reading Olympics
We know nothing about this event but the name so we’re imagining a sort of extreme sports event mixed with reading? Can you compete in street luge at the same time as you read War and Peace cover to cover?
Friday, July 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cara Black, Murder in the Quai
You need to RSVP for this event! You also need to buy a book from the bookshop to join the signing line! You can RSVP at 413-534-7307! Cara Black is coming to the Odyssey with a prequel to the beloved Aimee Leduc series! She dips back into the past of her heroine of 15 mysteries in order to show how she became such a super-cool detective!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, July 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Comic Book Creations!
See Eric Fulford, an artist/education/comedian, bring comedy-storytelling-illustration to the library! The audience will get to invent the story of a comic book on the fly! There’s no limit to what can happen on the page! Maybe get really meta-textual with it, and make a comic about illustrator Eric Fulford going to a library to entertain kids with a comic he draws about Eric Fulford going to the library…
Sunday, July 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you an ink gremlin? A pencil cipher? Are you a color cleric? Why not join fellow artists to discuss art? Or just to hang out and play silly art games and chat. The crowd is friendly, the advice is useful, and the shop is pleasant. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!


Tuesday, July 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Do you code? Create? Design? Make little web pages do the things that they’re supposed to do with some sort of summoning circle and a collection of eldritch salts? Why not speak with your fellow technomancers at a comfortable local bar?


Tuesday, July 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cupcake Decorating (5+)
Creatively enjoy tiny tasty confectionery treats! Frost and decorate a cupcake in your favorite colors! There’s a $5 supply fee that you can’t refund no matter how much it wasn’t your child’s fault that they threw all of their supplies into a river. Or you can purchase a book to have up to 2 children attend! Pre-registration REQUIRED TODAY! Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to pre-register!
Wednesday, July 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Trish Moody-Bourbeau
Trish will be speaking about metal sculpting! Though a hairdresser by trade, Trish has been a part-time metal sculptor for four years, and has been making sculptures from found metal for a while! Hear her talk about presumably metal sculpting because otherwise it’d be a little weird they focused on that so much in the description.
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Do you enjoy Star Wars? Did you somehow miss the new film? Now’s your chance to catch it! Also works if you want to catch it for the 18th time, we suppose!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime club! We’ve been playing enough Love Live on our phones that we feel very confident in recommending that you watch either subs or dubs, never flubs.
Saturday, July 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Summer Family Entertainment at the Village Commons with Roger Tincknell
Sing along with some fun, family-friendly songs performed by Roger Tincknell


Tuesday, July 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Genealogy 101
Uncover your secret backstory with the magic of Genealogy, along with genealogist Kris Schramel!
Wednesday, July 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Misfits: Asperger’s/Autism Young Adult Support Group
A support group for people with Asperger’s or Autism, as well as their friends and family. Get together with other people and share your experiences!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Designing for Climate Change in Your Backyard
Ashley Schenk will help you produce a garden that doesn’t die in the coming Mad Max future. He’s a homesteader and landscape designer who can teach you to develop effective and resilient systems that will help you grow food, reduce your energy usage, and keep your local ecology healthy!
Thursday, July 7th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Information Session: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at the Carle
Interested in children’s literature as a potential career? Learn about the program at the Carle, our own local center of kid lit geniuses!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Free Lunch Program for Children up to Age 18
Any child from birth to age 18 is eligible to receive a free lunch at Palmer Public Library Wednesdays and Thursdays starting July 7th!


Tuesday, July 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lego Scooby Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Scooby Doo is a series that sometimes produces weirdly joyful things like a sequence where John Cena saves the mystery-solving teens from a boulder and sometimes is one of the least interesting shows to have ever existed. Is this movie good? Maybe! Will it probably entertain a child? Likely.
Wednesday, July 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
Are you a teen? Mitigate the unending terror of teendom with this group! Watch a film, talk about sex and dating and all of the things that you 100% need to know more about but which are also super awkward to discuss! It will be a fun time, seriously!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on Silver Screen
See Summer Holiday at Forbes! Rouben Mamoulian directs an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness. It stars Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven…. IN COLOR! Afterward, you can talk about the role of the director in the time of the Movie Factory.
Saturday, July 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: When the Game Stands Tall
An inspiring sports story movie based on a true story! That’s basically a genre by now.


Thursday, July 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie RPG Night
Do you enjoy the strange, the odd, the exciting, the not another danged D20 based game? Give an indie RPG a try! They’re interesting, they’re fun, they’re often local! Sometimes local creators even come by to show you the ropes! We got to play one RPG before it came out and help play-test it and we still feel cool about that. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG club! Your chance to put on a new personality! Try role-playing someone completely unlike you, unlock heretofore unknown aspects of your personality!

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