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Sounds Local: New year, new releases: Local artists release singles ahead of buzzed-about new albums

01-24-2024 1:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

With a new year comes new music, and 2024 looks like it will be an excellent year for both recordings and live music. Now that the holidays are over, some local musicians have dropped new singles in recent weeks as they gear up for full-length...


Speaking of Nature: Drama at the feeders: The arrival of winter means the arrival of some foul-weather friends

01-22-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It appears as though winter has finally arrived. November and December (most of which is technically autumn) were very mild and all through the Christmas break the high temperatures were consistently above freezing. This resulted in little to no snow...


Northampton’s new poet laureate lives in Greenfield: Franny Choi is 10th person to hold title

01-19-2024 11:43 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — After a delay caused in part by the pandemic, the city has a new poet laureate.Franny Choi, who was nominated last year for a Massachusetts Book Award, has written for the New York Times and the Atlantic, and been interviewed on NPR, has...


Hitting it big for wrong reasons: In ‘American Fiction’ at Amherst Cinema, writer’s pastiche hailed as authentic

01-19-2024 11:39 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it had only an initial limited theatrical release, and did not appear until December, “American Fiction” has already popped up on a number of critics’ “best films of 2023” lists, and the movie has been nominated for a slew of awards.The buzz is...


Valley Bounty: Farming in a winter wonderland: Lombrico Farm in Whately coaxes fresh produce from soil year-round

01-19-2024 11:38 AM

By JACOB NELSON

‘The best carrots you’ll ever eat are picked in January or February,” says Erik Debbink, owner of Lombrico Farm in Whately. In the dead of winter, their sweetness shines through.Lombrico Farms is one of a growing number of local farms working hard to...


Faith Matters: The gospel according to baseball: It is never too late for each of us to have a great 9th inning

01-19-2024 11:36 AM

By BISHOP DOUG FISHER

As you are reading this column, we are 35 days away from the official start of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training.So it is only fitting that I begin this column with a couple of inspirational baseball stories.Growing up in the 1960s, like many...


Focus on Your Health: Where and how to donate blood: Baystate to host monthly blood drives in Greenfield

01-19-2024 11:36 AM

By ANITA FRITZ

January is National Blood Donor Month, and beginning Jan. 17, the Baystate Blood Donor Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield will be hosting monthly blood drives. Throughout the year, Baystate Franklin invites and encourages people...


When greed takes over: Greenfield writer pens ‘a cautionary tale for all ages’

01-19-2024 11:35 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The Green Palmers ChronicleBy Jon HuerAustin Macauley PublishersReaders of Jon Huer’s commentary in this newspaper may be surprised to see a slightly different side of the Greenfield writer in “The Green Palmers Chronicle.” Huer calls the novel “a...


Sounds Local: From the Balkans to Jamaica: Inaugural klezmer and reggae events happening in Franklin County this Saturday

01-17-2024 2:54 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

On Saturday night, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Montague Center Common Hall will host a special concert and workshop featuring music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Orkestar Banitsa and Myrtle Street Klezmer, local bands who play different styles of...


In the kitchen with Fannie Farmer: A brief history of the ‘Mother of Level Measurements’

01-16-2024 11:42 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Like many American home cooks, I own more cookbooks than I can use.Over the years, hand-me-downs from family members, birthday gifts, and impulse purchases have brought more than 100 volumes to my kitchen shelves.When I decide to try preparing a dish...


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...



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