The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Self-Service at Forbes Library is Underway

Forbes Library began offering a self-service check out option at the main desk in August. To date one-third of all adult circulation transactions are being handled through the new self-service kiosks. Patrons are responding positively to the new option which has proven to be quick and easy to use. The library is anticipating a further increase in usage now that non-book formats like DVD and books-on-CD on hold for our patrons are also available on the public holds shelf which was launched at the same time. The public holds shelf utilizes a coded identity system to protect the anonymity of patrons, and items are shelved spine down when feasible to further protect privacy. Patrons have the option to request that their code be changed as well as request that items are held behind the circulation desk. You can learn more about the new service through the FAQ page available on the library’s website,

The library introduced self-service check out to provide better customer service. The library had 60,000 more visitors last year than 10 years ago and inter-library loan (ILL) is popular among the library’s patrons. Last year the library received 40,000 items from other libraries for patron holds. Circulation overall has remained strong including a 5% jump in the number of books being borrowed last year over the previous year.

The library has also expanded its services to include a larger calendar of programs for patrons of all ages, a satellite office of the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, and vastly increased the amount of community outreach it is conducting all while maintaining level staffing. This summer the library reopened on Saturdays for the first time in 10 years which is something the community asked for. “We are very proud of our ambitious service model. We have made it our mission to remain relevant by continually reevaluating our services and increasing our reach to underserved and vulnerable populations,” said director Lisa Downing.

Self-service options raise questions about work force reduction efforts. The administration assures the public that this is not the case at Forbes. “Staff time freed up through self-service will be reinvested in meeting the goals of the library’s strategic plan,” said Downing. The plan was written last year based on extensive community feedback and can be viewed on the library’s website,

Writer in Residence Reading Series #2

WHAT: Our Work and Why We Do It
WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA

Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s new Writer in Residence reading series, which debuts on Wednesday October 17. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric. The dynamic of the public library, open and variegated in its uses, is the ideal space for these questions, as it can so directly reflect the desires of a community that contributes to it’s thriving, operating as an archive of those needs. Regardless of genre, this series believes in the potential for deliberation that writing may produce, a space within the information saturated world we share where we might consider possibilities and deeper questions just beyond what we know.

The series features writers of prose, poetry, nonfiction, and memoir, and beneath these broad categories, constellations of subgenres and forms. The series is motivated by an interest in understanding how writing relates to work, to a sense of a collective project that seeks to respond to the political and social forms that produce it. Against dithering, the series hopes to affirm the role of creative written work as a measure of response to the exigencies that shape our world.

Art Middleton is a writer, educator, and parent interested in exploring the experience of work, time, care, and community, themes that have shown up in his zines, fiction, prose, performance, and curation. His work has been published and performed in many independent presses and spaces, most recently a collaboration with poet Nicole Trigg in the zine Macaroni Necklace out of Oakland, CA. In 2011, he organized the Magic Child Repository, a gallery exhibit celebrating small press and handmade book culture in Providence, RI. Informed by his experience as a nursing/personal assistant, adjunct professor, and food service employee (a wide but not entirely tangential resume), his fiction draws from the mundane and the everyday to ask questions about how individuals orient themselves in history and place. He currently works as a writing instructor and English lecturer with a focus on utopian longing in politics and literature.

You can read a June 2018 Daily Hampshire Gazette article, “Forbes Library’s new Writer in Residence took a winding path back home,” about Art here.

Writer in Residence Reading Series #1

WHAT: Our Work and Why We Do It: Arch Optimism
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA 

In “Please Stand Still the Doors Are Closing” the poet Anne Boyer writes of and as a radical writer who, “will fail to produce what we should, or to write or speak articulately enough, to reason clearly enough, to be always right, to be thoughtful or expansive enough, to be responsible at our work’s distribution…[but] we brave our errors in thought for the possibility that to see them demonstrated will allow others to get toward a rightness we missed.” This sense of getting toward something at work is the theme for this evening’s reading, featuring three writers whose work—restless, sagacious, funny, skeptical, hopeful—captures this essence uniquely.


Arda Collins is the author of It Is Daylight, which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is Special Issues Editor for jubilat and teaches at Smith College.

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the novel Paulina & Fran, the story collection Pee On Water, and the poetry books MOODS and HAIRDO. She was recently named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. She lives and writes in Northampton, MA.

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts, where she is an MA-PhD student at Umass Amherst. She co-curates the But Also house reading series, and co-edits HOLD: a journal. Zoe is the author of Terror Matrix, and is working on a new poetry manuscript and a critical book of trans poetics.

Steve Herrell “Ice Cream and Me”

WHAT: Northampton Neighbors' Speaker Series: Steve Herrel
WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:30 -7:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton

What’s better than hearing Steve Herrell talk about his forthcoming book ICE CREAM AND ME?
How about enjoying a delicious cup of Herrell’s ice cream - complements of Steve -
following his presentation at Northampton Neighbors’ Inaugural Speakers Series.

Free. Open to the public.

Please let us know if you’re coming so we have enough ice cream!

RSVP Today to the Senior Center
(413) 587-1228

The Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series, with the support of the Northampton Senior Center, will feature prominent local and regional personalities whose presentations will entertain and challenge us. Events will take place regularly throughout the year. Hope you can join us.

Saturday Night's Main Event

WHAT: Saturday Night's Main Event
WHEN: Saturday, November 3rd, Doors @ 7pm, Jokes @ 8pm
WHERE: 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St, Florence MA

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

WHAT: Downtown Trick-or-Treat
WHEN: Wednesday, October 31, 3-5pm
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton MA

Our annual downtown trick-or-treat celebration is happening on Wednesday, 10/31 from 3-5pm.  We are hoping for beautiful weather and lots of trick-or-treaters!  If you are interested in ordering bulk candy, Captain Candy is again offering bulk purchases - please click here for additional information.

Request for Proposals to Performing Artists!

O come all ye faithful be part of Eggtooth Productions’ 3rd Holiday Spectacular!
Submissions due by November 15, 2018 to

Eggtooth Productions & Mr Drag and Karl are now taking submissions for participation in the Third Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 14 and 15, 2018.  Performances must be holiday themed.  This can be from any holiday which happens at the end of December including Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  In fact, we encourage diversity!  Performances will be limited to 5 minutes (1 song) for a musical/dance number and 3-4 minutes for a spoken word/other performance.  Try to keep submissions upbeat (remember we are trying to keep it light and entertaining and holiday feeling for the audience), but we will accept some sentimental holiday numbers.

The concept is simple.  Mr Drag and Karl will be hosting.  The set will look like Mr Drag’s living room.  Everyone will be coming on as guests of Mr Drag and Karl and will be performing at their home just like an old TV holiday special.  He may invite the guests to sit on his couch and chat before or after their number.  There is an opening number being performed by Mr Drag, Karl and the Karl-a-like dancers.  Lori Holmes-Clark will be choreographing. There will be a finale.  Anyone interested in the finale, will have to agree to two rehearsals prior to tech.

If interested, please include your name, contact info a brief description of your performance, limited to 3-5 sentences.  Also, if you are interested in being a part of the finale, being interviewed by Mr Drag or being one of the Karl-a-like dancers please mention that in your submission.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

New Round of Cultural Facilities Fund: Grants Now Available

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund is a grant program that supports the planning and implementation of capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. These projects expand access and education, create jobs in construction, benefit cultural tourism, and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Administered jointly by Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment, the Cultural Facilities Fund is open to nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities, and higher education institutions whose cultural facilities serve the general public. Key dates of the program:

Intent-to-Apply Deadline: November 16, 2018
Final Application Deadline: January 11, 2019 5pm (ET)
Grant Decisions Announced: June, 2019

Read program guidelines

News from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Reflecting back: Joan Jonas returns to her alma mater

Revered for her innovations in performance, video and installation, Jonas will give a lecture and direct a performance at Mount Holyoke College, while MHCAM presents an exhibition of her mirror-themed works.

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) is pleased to announce the return of internationally acclaimed artist and alumna Joan Jonas to Mount Holyoke. Jonas, who graduated in the class of 1958, is currently the subject of a focused exhibition at MHCAM, "Promise of the Infinite: Joan Jonas and the Mirror," on view through June 16, 2019.

Jonas will serve as the College's Leading Woman in the Arts for 2018-2019, presenting a public lecture on October 18, 2018 and directing a live performance on campus on January 31, 2019.

Over the last half-century, Jonas has experimented with new forms of artistic expression, blending video, sound, sculpture, drawing, and performance to create immersive viewer experiences that explore ways of seeing. Born in New York in 1936, she received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke before attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Columbia University, where she earned an M.F.A. in Sculpture in 1965. Jonas has performed and exhibited her work internationally since the late 1960s. Tireless in her creativity into her eighties, Jonas has received significant recognition in recent years with major traveling exhibitions in 2014 and 2018, organized by HangarBicocca, Milan and Tate Modern, London respectively. In 2015, she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, and this year she was selected as a Kyoto Prize laureate, Japan's highest private award for global achievement. A hero and mentor to a younger generation of artists, she is professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jonas, who splits her time between New York and Nova Scotia, last visited her alma mater in May 2016, when she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Mount Holyoke. "Promise of the Infinite" is her first exhibition at the College.

"We are truly thrilled and honored to host Jonas's solo exhibition here at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum," says Tricia Y. Paik, Florence Finch Abbott Director. "The opportunity to share her groundbreaking work with our students and community will no doubt foster inspiring dialogue about her lasting contribution to the arts."

Focusing on the recurring theme of the mirror in her oeuvre, the exhibition brings together four works that span Jonas's prolific career. "From her use of looking glasses and mirrored costumes in her earliest performances," notes Associate Curator Hannah W. Blunt, "Jonas has used the concept of the mirror to show that images are not facts, but reflections of our individual imaginations and assumptions."

The four works in the exhibition include one of Jonas's earliest films, "Wind" (1968), recently restored and digitized by the Anthology Film Archive, as well as a sculptural video theater from the late 1990s, "My New Theater II: Big Mirror," and a video projection, "Mirror Improvisation," excerpted from her multimedia performance "The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things," which debuted to critical acclaim at Dia:Beacon in 2004. "Mirror Pieces Installation II" (1969/2014), a recent acquisition by MHCAM in honor of longtime curator Wendy Watson, completes the exhibition and distills concepts and physical components from several of Jonas's early Mirror Pieces into a video installation.

With their various mirrored elements-both tangible and metaphorical-the works in the exhibition distort visitors' notions of space, and also complicate their roles as viewers and spectators. Jonas prompts viewers to consider the difference between looking and seeing, and between reality and its representation.

Jonas to serve as Mount Holyoke's 2018-2019 Leading Woman in the Arts, the first alumna in the program's 12-year history

As Mount Holyoke's 2018-2019 Leading Woman in the Arts, Jonas will discuss her work in a free public lecture titled "60 Years Later" on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. While on campus, she will also facilitate a leadership and careers luncheon with students, attend an advanced studio art class, and meet with the student participants in her January 2019 performance at the College.

The Leading Women in the Arts series was launched in 2006, and is organized collaboratively by Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership and the InterArts Council, comprised of creative and performing arts faculty. The program reflects the Center's support of short-term residencies by internationally acclaimed artists, writers, and practitioners whose influential careers provide inspiration for a new generation of students. Invited guest artists are featured in public discussions about the interconnections between creative expression of all forms and cultural transformations.

"It is an absolute privilege to have Joan Jonas '58 return to Mount Holyoke to be our 'Leading Woman in the Arts' this year," says Amy Martin, Director of the Weissman Center. "She is a model for our students and for our entire community, demonstrating to us how being visionary and innovative makes one a transformative leader in one's field.

Past Leading Women in the Arts have included choreographer Trisha Brown, composers Meredith Monk and Kaija Saariaho, visual artists Ann Hamilton and Carrie Mae Weems, architect Billie Tsien, and writer and poet Claudia Rankine, among others.

Jonas is the first alumna in the program's 12-year history.

Early mirror performance by Jonas to be restaged at Mount Holyoke

In an historic, one-night only event on January 31, 2019, Jonas will direct a reconfigured version of her groundbreaking 1969 and 1970 performances, "Mirror Piece I" and "Mirror Piece II." Fifteen Mount Holyoke students will perform the piece at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theater in Kendall Hall.

"Mirror Piece I" and "II" were the first in a series of time-based works that established Jonas as a leading figure in the field of performance art. Motivated by feminist ideas, these pieces explored gender hierarchies, the power of the gaze, and notions of perception and representation.

In the original staging of "Mirror Piece I" at New York University's Loeb Student Center, a group of mostly women performers moved in slow, choreographed patterns while holding oblong mirrors in front of their bodies. Two men walked among the women, periodically interrupting their movements to lift, carry, and deposit them in different positions. Facing out, the moving mirrors continuously revealed the reflections of the audience, complicating the relationship between spectator and spectacle. In "Mirror Piece II," which was staged at New York's Emanuel-El YMHA, the performers carried heavier mirrors and pieces of glass, slowing the pace of their movements and creating a sense of risk and vulnerability to their bodies. For later stagings of these performances at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm (2013), and the Tate Modern, London (2018), Jonas incorporated reworked choreography and musical components.

Nefeli Skarmea, a London-based dancer and curator, will collaborate with Jonas on the performance at Mount Holyoke. The title of the new performance will be "Mirror Piece I & II: Reconfigured (1969/2018-2019)."

About the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) aims to spark intellectual curiosity and creativity through direct engagement with works of art and material culture. Founded in 1876, the Museum's collection comprises more than 24,000 objects, including exemplary Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities; art and artifacts from the indigenous Americas; paintings, sculpture and decorative art from Europe and the United States; photography, prints, ceramics and numismatics; and works by women artists. In recent years, the Museum has made significant acquisitions of global contemporary art, including works by Afruz Amighi, Ambreen Butt, Zanele Muholi, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Lin Tianmiao, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems and others. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, MHCAM serves as a nexus for experiential learning across academic disciplines and as a resource for the broader community.

MHCAM is free, open to the public and fully accessible. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, please visit

About the Weissman Center for Leadership 

The Weissman Center for Leadership, established in 1999, supports students, faculty, and staff in the development of leadership skills inside and outside the classroom. The Center's work is guided by four over-arching themes: inspiration sparked by public events with renowned guest speakers; capacity-building to develop skills and confidence through leadership courses, experiential learning, conferences, and trainings; mentoring and networking on campus and across nonprofit, public service, and business realms to promote opportunities for professional success; and reflection and discovery, the foundation for perpetual leadership growth.

Happier Valley Comedy: Happier FAMILY Comedy Show

WHAT: Happier Valley Comedy: Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
WHEN: October 20 at 3:00 PM
WHERE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst)

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-12 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, October 20th at 3pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members). For more info:

Exit 7 Players presents Sweeney Todd

WHAT: Exit 7 Players presents Sweeney Todd
WHEN: Oct 19-Nov 2 (Fridays/Saturday’s at 8pm, Sunday’s at 2pm)
WHERE: Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Pilgrim Theatre presents Moon Over Dark Street

WHAT: Pilgrim Theatre presents Moon Over Dark Street
WHEN: October 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM, October 21 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls, MA

Moon Over Dark Street, a cabaret of Theatre and Song by Bertolt Brecht gears up with the jazz-hot tunes of Kurt Weill from such theatre classics as “Threepenny Opera” and “Happy End” and the wrenching ballads of Hanns Eisler. The production tracks the devastation of the Second World War and the McCarthy Era. Moon Over Dark Street travels from Berlin to Hollywood, offering songs of love, sex and agitation-with great resonance to today’s political scene!
Tickets: $25 /$18 for students and seniors.
To Purchase Tickets today - call 413-648-7432

“’Moon Over Dark Street’ aims for the moon and hits its mark. The show is a kick-ass mix of songs that pair Brecht’s dark lyrics with the twisted tunes of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Like a top-shelf sipping whiskey, ‘Moon Over Dark Street’ starts off with a teasing bite and kicks in smooth and strong…Belle Linda Halpern and Kermit Dunkelberg, in their solo turns, both perform with subtlety and panache. And together they’re downright intoxicating.”
- Anne Marie Donahue, Boston Phoenix

Double Edge Theatre presents Leonora's World: An Autumn Spectacle

WHAT: Double Edge Theatre presents Leonora's World: An Autumn Spectacle
WHEN: October 19, 20, and 21 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield MA

Performed rain or shine

We are excited to announce that this October Double Edge will present our first Fall Outdoor Spectacle, inspired by the world of Leonora Carrington. This Spectacle will take place in the autumnal landscape of the Farm, traveling across multiple sites.

For tickets:

Smith College Department of Theatre presents WORLD PREMIERE performance of MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC

Music & Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble, Book by Samantha Noble, and Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan
WHEN: October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Theatre 14, 122 Green St, Northampton MA

The campus of Miskatonic U is decked out for Illumination Night. Four alums have arrived for their five-year reunion, only to find creepy goings-on hidden behind the ivy-covered walls, and the terrifying disappearances of students keep happening. There’s a snake in Paradise….or something much, much worse. Based on the super-scary stories of HP Lovecraft, this new musical is about love, friendship, and growing up – and about horrors that lurk very near.

Tickets $10 General, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for Smith Students.

Tickets online or call 413-585-3220.

K and E Theater Group presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

WHAT: K and E Theater Group presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
WHEN: October 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM, October 21 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

Western Massachusetts’ bold, new theater company, the K and E Theater Group presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller, one weekend only, Oct. 18-21 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

Book by Hugh Wheeler and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production of Sweeney features Emily Bloch, Paula Cortis, Paul DiProto, Melissa Dupont, Mimi Goodman, Zach Gray, Tomm Knightlee, Joshua Aaron Mason, Shaun O'Keefe, Christine Voytko, David Webber, and Mallory Wray. Musical Direction by Bill Martin and Direction by KETG President and Artistic Director, Eddie Zitka.

Visit to learn more about our company and the production. We invite you to attend the tale!

Tickets $25

Greenfield Community College presents: FRANKENSTEIN

WHAT: Greenfield Community College presents: FRANKENSTEIN
WHEN: Oct 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee Oct 28 at 2pm, Halloween Night Oct 31 at 7:30pm
WHERE: GCC's Sloan Theater, Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA

A new adaptation by Roddy Barnes, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. This version of FRANKENSTEIN has comedic and poignant dialogue, along with the ever-present eeriness that defines the best of FRANKENSTEIN. Directed by Tom Geha, this production has a cast of eleven characters and a combined cast and crew of over twenty students, alumni, and faculty. Please join us for the excitement.


Friday, October 12, 2018

This weekend @33 Hawley

Northampton Center for the Arts:  David Andrew art opening
Friday, October 12 from 6:00-8:00pm
David is a Chicago born artist currently living and working locally. He calls his work a fluid elegance turning 2D drawings into 3D pieces of sculpture on paper. Here’s his Facebook page, and here’s a great 2016 interview with him by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Northampton Center for the Arts: Shakespeare Stage presents The Complete History of America (abridged)
Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 7:30pm; Sunday, October 14 at 6:30pm
Featuring Emily Eaton, Julian Findlay and Kate Glowatsky. Come dive into America's past and share some laughs.

Tickets: $15

Northampton Center for the Arts Open house
WHEN: Saturday October 13 from 11am to 3pm

The day will feature classes, workshops, and performances for artists and arts lovers of all ages. There will be free theatrical previews, behind-the-scenes dance rehearsals, free introductory classes, and more!

The day also provides a fantastic opportunity for all to look over the new spaces that have opened up on Hawley Street, particularly The Flex, a space designed to hold extraordinary events of all kinds! Community members are invited to discover the Center’s offerings and consider opportunities to teach a class or stage a show.

The lineup of events includes dance: an open rehearsal by Lisa Leizman dance and an open class by Program Director’s Kelly Silliman. You can also take a tango lesson with Western Mass Tango or an advanced dance class with Fritha Pengelly. Two theater companies offer previews of their shows: Shakespeare Stage’s Twelfth Night, and Real Live Theater’s next show. There will be workshops in Alexander Technique by Abbie Steiner, theatrical training by RLT, and a sample of “sacred rage” by Rhythea Lee. Kelly Silliman will present a workshop and videos showing off ArtPlay, her great vacation program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view David Andrew’s art in the Downstairs Gallery.

Admission is free.


WHAT: PeaceMeal
WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm
WHERE: Belly of the Beast, 159 Main St, Northampton MA
How Much? $55/person

Guest chef Teresa Brockriede will present a family-style feast of Middle Eastern cuisine. All ticket proceeds will benefit Safe Passage.

Safe Passage advocates for safety, healing, and justice for our entire  community. They are here for everyone who has experienced domestic  violence or relationship abuse.

Tickets are $55 each. All ticket proceeds go directly to Safe Passage. Drinks and gratuity are not included in the ticket price.

This will be a single-seating dinner. Space is extremely limited. Reserve your tickets by clicking through the RSVP button below.

View Menu Here



WHEN: Saturdays: October 20 & November 18
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA

¡SATURDOOZY! is back!

¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out

6-10pm, ages 7+

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

6-10pm $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]

check out our trailer and spread the word

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, in Easthampton, MA, is scheduling Art
Exhibitions for the 2019 season. We offer a small exhibition space in our Visitor Center.
The deadline for submission is December 15, 2018.

If you are an artist working individually or in a group we invite you to apply for an
exhibition. Paintings, photographs, prints, and mixed-media are acceptable. In general
the artwork of artists who display their work at Arcadia demonstrate their interest in
the intersections of nature, art and science.

Most exhibitions last for one calendar month. Openings, posters and announcements as
well as all framing and hanging of the work are the responsibility of the artist(s). Should
you have pieces for sale, Arcadia will reserve 30% of the proceeds to support the work
of the Sanctuary. Arcadia provides advertising through online and published press

Please send the following application materials to our Exhibit Coordinator, Devorah
Levy, at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Application for Exhibition includes the following materials:
• A description of your proposed exhibition.
• A sample of 3 to 5 artworks that are similar to what you plan to exhibit.
Submit your artwork as a .pdf file attachment.
• Your current resume, phone number, email, and home address.
• All correspondence with Devorah Levy should use the subject tag: Artist Application
2019 “YOUR NAME”

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your applications.

Planning the future of Florence Center

WHAT: Planning the Future of Florence Center: A Community Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St, Florence MA

Northampton Film Festival

WHAT: Northampton Film Festival
WHEN: November 15-18
WHERE: Venues in Downtown Northampton (Click here to view full venue map)
Tickets available online here

Screenings and Events:
The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator
Repo Man
Black Maria Film Festival
100-Second Film Festival
Five College Films
The Pain of Others

The Northampton Film Festival is organized by a team of Pioneer Valley-based filmmakers, curators, and organizers who are passionate about building community through film. Originally a corporately-run festival, NFF was taken over in 2015 by members of Northampton Community Television, a community media arts organization, who had their own ideas for its future relevance.

Described by Boston-based news outlet MassLive as “returning with a full quiver of artistic arrows,” last years festival “offered up a broad palette of moving image offerings, from the local to the international, and guided attendees to experiences in art and technology largely unavailable elsewhere in the Valley.”

Although we are a small festival, the unique interests of each of our team members have allowed us to offer a wide variety of thoughtful programming, including over 48 films across 9 venues in downtown Northampton. “This unique festival crosses lines of genre, geography, and medium. It involves the collaboration of a number of community partners like the City of Northampton, the Arts Council, Good Nights Sleep (an experimental film collective), Forbes Library, Historic Northampton, and many other partners.” – festival Director Al Williams.

Northampton Jazz Festival

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Festival
WHEN: OCTOBER 19-21 (view full schedule here)
WHERE: Venues around Downtown Northampton (view venue map here)

We're renewing and refreshing the Northampton Jazz Festival in Western Massachusetts with a rich line-up of jazz artists from around the region and across the globe. We’re staging jazz performances by local and visiting artists at a host of venues around downtown Northampton, and are featuring world-renowned Latin Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera and his Quintet at our main stage concert at the Academy of Music. Come join us as Jazz Abounds Downtown!

The Northampton Jazz Festival, founded in 2011, is dedicated to carrying forward our great American music tradition of live jazz for generations to come. In 2018, we will honor this mission in new and meaningful ways.

We are renewing the popular festival for 2018, with a rich line-up of jazz artists from across the globe and around the region. We are strengthening our tradition of supporting individuals who wish to sing, play, or participate in live jazz by initiating the Jazz in the Schools program in partnership with Claire Williams, Band and General Music Instructor at the JFK Middle School in Florence, MA. We will be bringing professional jazz musicians in to work and play with her jazz band students three times a year.

We are also pleased to be partnering with the Downtown Northampton Association (DNA) directed by Amy Cahillane. Amy’s leadership of several successful downtown Northampton events, such as the Holiday and Summer Strolls and First Night, along with her affiliations with city government and the downtown merchants, gives us the foundation to ensure continued success for the Northampton Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


WHEN: Friday, October 12, 8:30-11:30pm
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th Floor, Northampton MA

October Theme ~ Dancing Our Shadows
It's that time of year when we transition to autumn and the balance of dark and light changes. As we move into the dark time, we illuminate our shadow places, by giving them visibility, compassion, voice, movement and LEVITY!

Inspired by Touch&Play, we present, Dancing with Eros, a monthly dance event with the explicit intention of exploring our erotic energy in the dance. Let’s explore for ourselves and together in community what it means to dance with Eros. As a society, we have been acculturated to have shame about our sexual desires. In many dance communities in the country, we have struggled with issues of consent and sexuality in the dance spaces, so much so that many local dances seek to explicitly keep erotic energy separate from the dance.

This is an invitation to allow and follow our erotic energy, with consciousness and care, consent and healthy boundaries.

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Truth Telling & Physical Intimacy: Contact Improvisation Workshop

WHAT: Truth Telling & Physical Intimacy: Contact Improvisation Workshop 
WHEN: Friday October 12, 5:00 - 7:00p (prior to Dancing with Eros)
WHERE: 25 Main St (Fitzwilly’s Bld.) 4th Floor (Studio 4), Northampton MA

With Lani Nahele and Aaron Brando

We will focus on physical skills and communication technologies to help people dive deep into various layers of physical and emotional intimacy.

Dancing in CI with degrees of touch, connection and creativity can sometimes lead to a range of intimate interactions: highly dynamic to slowed down. We will deepen our awareness of our individual experiences and tune in to those of our partner/s. We will look at how to read, respond and dance with consensual invitations. Let's enjoy our time and get inspired for a night of creative dancing with Eros together!

$20 for individual or come with a friend = 2 for $30

Accessibility Technology Classes at Forbes Library

WHAT: Accessibility Technology Classes
WHEN: Second Friday of each month from 1-2:30PM
WHERE: Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton 

Forbes Library is offering a series of free classes on assistive technology and related topics on the second Friday of each month from 1-2:30PM. Assistive technology helps people with challenges like low vision, hearing loss, or fine motor problems. All classes will take place in the library's Community Room and will be taught by Rick Ely. The classes will provide demonstrations and time for question and answers. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one on one or small group tutoring for hands-on instruction related to the topics covered in each class.

Accessibility Focus: Get Reading Again: October 12, 2018
Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices: November 9, 2018
Discovering Audio Description: December 14, 2018
Enlarged Screen or Speech: Access to your PC, January 11, 2019
Advanced Read Again: February 8, 2019

Class descriptions are below.

“LOST AND FOUND” Judith Inglese and Bernice Rosenthal

Bernice Rosenthal: Cuneiform Diary
WHAT: “LOST AND FOUND” Judith Inglese and Bernice Rosenthal
WHEN: November 8 – December 2
Artist Reception:  Friday, November 9:  5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton MA

A.P.E. Gallery will display ceramic murals by Judith Inglese and assemblages by Bernice Rosenthal for the month of November. The exhibit, entitled “Lost and Found,” speaks to the process of re-incarnation and transformation.

Bernice uses found objects that were discarded or forgotten and gives them new meaning and form. Judith’s ceramic murals explore themes of childhood, the time for play, imagination and lost innocence.

Both art forms engage the viewer, using whimsy, detail and storytelling in the murals, and juxtaposition and abstraction of forms in the assemblages. Both artists work with natural materials such as clay and wood, and use bas-reliefs and three-dimensional forms.

Judith Inglese Bio
Judith has worked in various media: wood and welded sculpture, glass and metal screens. cloth tapestries and as a toy designer; however, her love of clay, which she played with as a young child, led her to ceramic murals. Tile making was a way of working incrementally, yet fabricating larger artworks. She was drawn to ceramic murals because they could be incorporated into public buildings and be accessible to many people. She became committed to the importance of public art in creating community as well as personalizing space.

Judith attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she received a bachelor’s degree, and trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Since 1973, she has created commissions for a variety of public use spaces including healthcare facilities, a train station, the National Zoo, Rockville, MD Town Center, schools, libraries, senior centers and other municipal and institutional buildings. She has also created smaller murals for private clients.

Bernice Rosenthal Bio
Bernice Masse Rosenthal graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a concentration in sculpture, particularly carving stone. She completed a fifth year at the school and was awarded the Rebecca R. Joselin and Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Fellowships which she took in Greece.

She has travelled several roads and developed a range of skills since the days of stone. Following her school years, Bernice was a paper conservator with a private practice. As a volunteer at the Carpenter’s Boatshop in Maine, she developed woodworking skills.

These experiences were all grist for the art mill. Paper conservation techniques were easily incorporated in collage which is where she returned to life as an artist. The natural successor to paper collage was assemblages of wood which has been her principle medium for two decades.

She is an inveterate recycler, collecting discarded wood forms presumed worthless. Most recently her work strives to engage the viewer either by presenting the piece with several orientations, kinetic possibilities or through interactive manipulation by the viewer. Bernice’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and venues in Maine and Massachusetts and is in several private collections.


WHAT: Turandot Opera Live
Friday October 12, 7pm Latchis Theater, 50 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Sunday October 14, 2pm Latchis Theater, 50 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Thursday October 18, 7pm Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Turandot is Puccini's final opera, and on-point for the times we live in.

There are riddles to answer, death and torture to avoid, hearts to thaw, barriers of status, race and gender to transcend, so that Love may triumph against all odds. Exile and deportation are real threats, and happening; profound family betrayal and disappointment are 'in our face'.

You will witness powerful community participation, children and adults, a 'SWAT-team' chorus, a 'Rabble' chorus, gongs, clowning, solemnity, terror...

Our principals include Jenna Rae, Roseanne Ackerley, Alan Schneider, Cailin Marcel Manson, James Anderson, Elizabeth Wohl, Michael Duffin, Gary Clay, Charlie Berrios.

Thrilling community additions: specialist Chinese Gongs, child executioners, customized horror-movie special effects, offstage student brass and wind groups, non-ecumenical choral participation, community-sourced costuming of excellence, casting against gender assumptions, quick-witted English titling.

Tickets at $20, $50 premium, $15 student & senior discount, call Academy of Music or Brattleboro Music Center for group discounts

Pong-a-Thon returns Oct. 12 - raising money to help refugee resettlement in western MA

WHAT: Pong-A-Thon to support refugees in Northampton
WHEN: Friday, October 12, from 7am-6:30pm
Zing! Table Tennis Center, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton

Want to do something to help refugees living in Northampton? People who've escaped from the foulest regimes on earth with just the shirts on their backs? 

Come to the Pong-A-Thon!  On Friday, October 12, from 7am-6:30pm WHMP morning host Bob Flaherty is taking on all challengers for nearly 12 straight hours of ping pong at Zing! Table Tennis in Easthampton.   All proceeds from the event support Catholic Charities' fund for Welcoming Refugees Resettlement Project in Northampton.

For $50 people can challenge Bob Flaherty. Locally notable challengers already include Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan. Plus nearly-elected legislators like Jo Comerford and Lindsay Sabadosa. There will be special challenge grants hours funded by Dean’s Beans, Sylvester's Restaurant, and Greenfield Savings Bank. To reserve a challenge time against Bob email him directly,

For $15 people can play with friends on one of Zing!’s state-of-the-art tables. They even have a table for people who use wheelchairs. 

“When I think about young men like Guylain and Olivier Ngoy, who spent 14 years in a sweltering refugee camp in Burundi, I can't help feeling a jolt of pride -- that this is the America they will know” upon moving to Northampton, says Flaherty. “The America of Look Park and the Pedal People and the Young at Heart Chorus. And I know that THIS America is the one that'll show up on Oct. 12.”  

The Pong-A-Thon takes place in Zing! Table Tennis Center, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. All players are welcome to walk in, donate and play. 

For more information visit Donate to support refugee resettlement in Northampton any time:

Juanito Pascual Trio Brings Flamenco Music and Dance to 33 Hawley Street

WHAT: Juanito Pascual Trio Flamenco Music and Dance
WHEN: Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm
WHERE: Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA

Northampton, MA—The Center for the Arts welcomes the Juanito Pascual Trio for a debut appearance in the newly opened Flex space at 33 Hawley Street on Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm. This special performance features highly acclaimed flamenco dancer Neli Tirado. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students $10 children under 12. They are available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

A versatile virtuoso guitarist/composer/improviser, Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade that is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's masterful musical style. His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

The Juanito Pascual Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, New York-based percussionist Guillermo BarrĂ³n and stunning bassist Brad Barrett. By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh, exhilarating and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The 2014 release “Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio” was included in NPR critic Milo Miles’ Best World Music Albums for that year.

Pascual's international touring schedule has brought him to venues that include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center and Blue Note Jazz Club, and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with a lengthy 'who's who' of top flamenco artists including Jorge Pardo in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of musicians: Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw; bassist John Patitucci; pianist Danilo Perez; percussionist Jamey Haddad; virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev.



The Oxbow Gallery: Two Artists in the Back Gallery

WHAT: The Oxbow Gallery: Two Artists in the Back Gallery
WHEN: October 4- October 28
Reception at Arts Night Out: Friday, October 12, 5-8pm
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton

Side by Side:  Collages and Drawings by Linda Batchelor  

Chapters:  Work by Catherine Swift  

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-5pm

The Oxbow Gallery: Two Artists In The Front Gallery

WHAT: The Oxbow Gallery: Two Artists In The Front Gallery
WHEN: October 4 through October 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 12,  5pm till 8 pm
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton

Plein Air and Studio:  Paintings and Prints by Marjorie Portnow

Myself, Coming and Going: Work by Caroline Jennings 

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday  12n till 5pm

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Small Works Gallery 
Holiday Group Show
Deadline to Apply: October 1st
Exhibit: December 3-December 31

Gateway City Arts is proud to be a space that welcomes and encourages all kinds of art forms, and this winter we are thrilled to launch our Small Works Gallery! The Small Works Gallery will feature different artists monthly, and we will be kicking things off with an exhibit that will feature many different artists and mediums just in time for people to purchase art for the holidays.

The Small Works Gallery at Gateway City Arts is a space with limited display surface located in the lobby of the main building. It is suitable to present small size works of art such as drawings, paintings, prints, written poetry, and photography, or small sculptures, wall reliefs, mixed media, and craft objects. The SWG is open to the public during the hours of the Bistro (varies seasonally). Current hours will be listed on our website at

Criteria for the 2018 Holiday Group Show
- Only 1 piece of art submitted per artist
- Works must be no bigger than 12x12 inches
- Submission Fee is $10 (goes towards marketing and installation)
- Can be paid via cash or check made out to Gateway City Arts
- All works must be priced and with descriptions upon delivery
Gateway City Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability,
marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We do, however, reserve the right to select the artwork as we see fit
to meet our quality and artistic standards as well as our curatorial plans. Selected artists will also be invited to participate in our online and in house retail gallery which will offer the art objects to the public beyond the actual scheduled exhibit.

To apply, please follow the below link or fill out the attached application.

We look forward to seeing and sharing your art!


"The Perfect Pitch" & Screenwriting Conference coming to western MA

WHAT: BFMC's Film & Media Exchange, "The Perfect Pitch"
WHEN: Saturday, October 20th, 9:30am - 4: 30pm
WHERE: Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA

Are you a screenwriter, novelist, director, producer, aspiring writer or just have a great idea?
We're bringing Hollywood to you!
Join us at BFMC's Film & Media Exchange "The Perfect Pitch"

Renowned Hollywood script consultant, pitch expert and author, PILAR ALESSANDRA will be teaching two seminars: Character/Dialogue Intensive -providing fun, actionable writing tools that help you create strong characters, heightened motional moments, and memorable dialogue. And "The Perfect Pitch" where you will learn the template for successful pitching. Pilar will guide you through the elements you need to express your story, your inspiration and your characters so that industry professionals lean in and say, "yes!"  Several people will have the opportunity to Pitch to Pilar for feedback.

Plus, learn about the legal aspects of Pitching your Project with Daniel Fierst of Fierst, Kane, Bloomberg LLP.

Saturday, October 20th
9:30am - 4: 30pm
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
Accommodations available. Contact Steve Keegan 413.263.2009

Early Registrations ends October 15th!
Seating is limited!

Click HERE for tickets and more information

A little secret....after the Exchange Pilar will be teaching at the American Film Market in LA to hundreds of people. You don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to be in a small, intimate setting with one of Hollywood's most respected consultants!

The Royal Frog Ballet Surrealist Cabaret Coming Soon

WHAT: The Surrealist Cabaret
WHEN: Friday through Sunday on October 12, 13, 14 and October 19, 20, 21. All performances begin promptly at 5:00 pm.
WHERE: Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA

Strap on your hiking boots and head for the fields! The Royal Frog Ballet returns to Park Hill Orchard this fall with their Surrealist Cabaret, a glittering, contemplative, and hilarious performance set in the apple-kissed orchard at sunset. The outdoor performance and installation event walks the audience through the farm landscape where they encounter a surreal collection of short stories, dance, installation pieces, and roving characters that explore and celebrate themes of season, place, and what it means to be human in these times. It is a folky, comedic, and deeply thought-provoking evening for all ages.

Outdoor performances of The Surrealist Cabaret will take place at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton, MA Friday through Sunday on October 12, 13, 14 and October 19, 20, 21. All performances begin promptly at 5:00 pm. Please arrive early.


Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton

It's been over a year since we last featured the great jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz as our guest soloist. You will not only dig his unique sound but his approach to improvisation is fresh, fluid, explosive and full of surprises and, always swinging. Here is an excerpt from his bio:

Whether blowing bebop over a Mingus tune or freely improvising with Anthony Braxton, Michael Rabinowitz's contributions have changed the conception of what the bassoon can do.  He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. His festival appearances include Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-city, Tanglewood, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl. Michael is a founding member of The Charles Mingus Orchestra which can be heard regularly at the Jazz Standard in NYC.

I hope you can join us for this very special treat.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
10/16 - Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon
10/23 - Greg Abate on sax and flute
10/30 - Gary Smulyan on bariton sax

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830
For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at:

Center to Hold Celebratory Open House

Photo of 33 Hawley St. Lobby is by Stephen Petegorsky
WHAT: Northampton Center for the Arts Open House
WHEN: Saturday October 13, 11:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA—The Center for the Arts will hold a festive Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11–3 PM. Free and open to the public, the Open House presents over fifteen brilliant artists and teachers working at the new downtown space at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Arts lovers of all ages can join in the fun! Strut the tango, hop with hip-hop, experiment with modern dance, learn the secret arts of theatre, enlighten your body with Alexander Technique. Or kick back and watch previews for plays by two different theatre companies, an open dance rehearsal, and dance classes.

Kids and families will especially enjoy Kelly Silliman’s participatory class and presentation of the Center’s ArtPlay vacation program, Danielle Smith’s hip-hop sample class, and a Valley Performance Playground mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.

Come explore the new space at Hawley Street. Discover the Center’s offerings. Learn how you can take or teach a class, or produce the performance or event you’ve been dreaming of.

Meet the artists:

·      The Lisa Leizman Dance Company gives you an insider’s view with an open rehearsal.
·      Western Mass Tango. Tango together across the new Flex space!
·      Center Program Director Kelly Silliman holds an open adult modern dance class.
·      Fritha Pengelly. Try out Fritha’s advanced dance class.
Special for Kids!
·      Valley Performance Playground will hold a children’s mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.
·      Kelly Silliman provides a sample creative dance class for kids, and presents with Jayme Winell a description of the newArtPlay vacation program.
·      Danielle Smith. Danielle offers a sample hip hop class.
·      Real Live Theatre presents a scene from She Kills Monsters and a theatre training workshop.
·      Shakespeare Stage enacts a scene from their current production The Complete History of America (abridged), showing the same weekend at the Center.
·      Abbie Steiner shares Alexander Technique’s teachings in answering questions about your circumstances.
·      Forms and Figures, an exhibition of David Andrews’ artwork, may be seen in the Downstairs Gallery. (There’s an opening reception for David’s show at the Center on October 12, 5-8 PM, an Arts Night Out offering.)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Casting Call for Short Film in Western Mass

Thriller Flash Mob

WHAT: Thriller Flash Mob
WHEN: Sunday October 7th, 5-6pm and Wednesday October 10th & 17th from 6-7pm

32nd Annual Pulaski Day Parade

WHAT: 32nd Annual Pulaski Day Parade
WHEN: Monday, October 8th at 11:00am
WHERE: Downtown Northampton

When the 32nd Annual Pulaski Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in downtown Northampton on
Monday, October 8 it will celebrate several items of significance to the Polish community of
Western Massachusetts: the 100th anniversary of Polish independence after World War I, Polish
Heritage Month, the contributions of General Casimir Pulaski to the American Revolution as
father of the American Cavalry, and the significant advocacy of our region made by this year's
co-Grand Marshals who are members of the legislative Polish Caucus, State Representatives
Stephen Kulik of Worthington and John Scibak of South Hadley. These co-Grand Marshals will
be retiring at the end of the current legislative session after long and distinguished careers in the
Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The parade will step off from the former Blyda lot on King Street and proceed to Pulaski Park on
Main Street for a commemorative program. At the post-parade program in Pulaski Park,
Stephanie Kraft, noted local author of books and articles about Polish culture, will be the guest

The parade features many Polish organizations from throughout Western Massachusetts, local
and civic groups, military units to celebrate General Pulaski's military prowess, and farmer and
agricultural groups in recognition of the regional Polish community's strong ties to the land.
Parade music will be furnished by a polka band and five other bands that include those from
Northampton and South Hadley High Schools, Hopkins Academy in Hadley, and two fife and
drum corps, the Windsor Regiment and Marquis of Granby, both from Connecticut.
The day's events begin at 10 a.m. with a Memorial Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on
King Street that will include short comments as well as liturgical songs in Polish and English.
The parade will begin at the conclusion of the Mass.

Representative Kulik was initially elected to represent the First Franklin District in 1993 after
serving 11 years as a selectman for the Town of Worthington and was active in many regional
and statewide organizations promoting the interests of municipal government, particularly in
small towns. This 19-town district is the second largest House district in the state and Kulik has
been a leader on such issues of importance in his district as public education, the environment
and energy, economic development, health care, food and agricultural policy, and municipal

He is presently the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, an influential
position that includes such responsibilities as helping to craft the state's annual budget. He also
sits on the six-member conference committee of the House and Senate which reconciles the two
versions of the budget for presentation to the full legislature.

He is a member of several legislative caucuses that focus on issues of importance to Western
Massachusetts and these include the Small Town and Rural Caucus, the Regional School
Caucus, the Regional Transportation Caucus, the Polish Caucus, Rural Policy Advisory
Commission and the Massachusetts Food Policy Council.

In 2002 Representative Scibak was first elected to represent the Second Hampshire District that
includes Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, and South Hadley. He was a selectman in South Hadley
from 1991 to 2002 and served as President of the Massachusetts Selectman's Association and as
a member of the Governor's Local Government Advisory Committee. He is currently serving as
Chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

Throughout his legislative career, he has been a strong advocate for disabled persons, infant and
youth services, senior programs, veterans' benefits, agricultural issues and reducing the high cost
of prescription drugs. He is also committed to improving the quality of education at all levels
from preschool to higher education and as well as increased access to workforce training and
economic development programs within the region. He is a member of the Oral Health,
Regional Transportation, Library, Polish, and Boating Caucuses.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees in
Psychology, he has held faculty appointments at Indiana University, the University of
Massachusetts, and Westfield State University.

Individuals, groups, or organizations interested in marching in the parade can contact Jerry
Budgar at 584-2964 or at

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