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Sounds Local: TapRoots returns for second annual Winter Ball

12-13-2023 7:05 PM


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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....

Sounds Local: Toubab Krewe thrives on stage, not in a box: Band that blends West African and American styles comes to Turners Falls

11-15-2023 3:47 PM


It’s impossible to come up with a simple way to describe the music of Toubab Krewe.Listening to the band’s most recent release, “Stylo,” I wonder is this rock music? Afro-beat? Is it a jam band? There’s no easy answer to these questions. You can’t fit...

Surprising little joys: Gumball machines filled with repurposed art around downtown Turners Falls

11-13-2023 12:37 PM


Nik Perry is a lover of small plastic toys and wants to spread the love. He has placed gumball machines around Turners Falls that contain unusual prizes.Perry began the project nine years ago when he filled up a gumball machine with plastic toys at...

Sounds Local: The Full Moon Coffeehouse finally returns: Beloved volunteer-run music series welcomes audiences back this weekend

11-08-2023 2:01 PM


Coffeehouses have always been a vital part of our local music scene. We’ve seen quite a few come and go over the years, but one has endured — The Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse. The monthly coffeehouse held in the Wendell Town Hall opened its doors in...

A tribute to the force of water: “Torrent,” by Conway artist Bill Brayton, on view at Northfield Mount Hermon gallery until Nov. 17

11-03-2023 10:02 AM


Artists of all mediums know that a work of art doesn’t always pool from a constant flow of ideas. For Conway artist Bill Brayton, it took nearly 20 years and unprecedented storm conditions for one project to finally surface.Brayton, a 1976 graduate of...

A return to music and verse: First Church of Deerfield revives popular “Music & Verse in a Sacred Space” series, Nov. 14

11-03-2023 9:59 AM


For the first time since the pandemic, the First Church of Deerfield is reviving one of its music series, with the return serving as an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.On Sunday, Nov. 14, the First Church of Deerfield, also known as the...

Exploring the patina: Photo exhibit at Greenfield Community Television zooms in on the surface of things

11-03-2023 9:57 AM


For the next three months, the work of a Greenfield photographer will be featured at Greenfield Community Television as part of the studio’s rotating exhibit of “lobby artists.”“I’m very excited about it and very grateful to GCTV for providing me the...

Crafts galore: 20th anniversary Crafts of Colrain tour welcomes visitors into local artist studios, Nov. 11 and 12

11-03-2023 9:56 AM


Skilled craftspeople will open their home studios to the public once again for visitors to see their work and buy art straight from the artists.Crafts of Colrain will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open studio tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov....

Sounds Local: Dust off your dancing shoes: Hilltown Hoedown returns for fifth year with local roots and country lineup

11-01-2023 2:43 PM


This past weekend was a busy one, with Halloween-themed shows happening everywhere. While it’s time to pack the costumes away, the music continues with the return of the Hilltown Hoedown at the Shutesbury Athletic Club on Saturday, Nov. 4. The annual...

Western Mass musicians up for awards: New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards nominate only a handful of local bands this year

10-27-2023 6:58 PM


For the small handful of Pioneer Valley artists nominated between this year’s New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards, the region’s highest musical honor would not merely be an individual accolade, or even a matter of putting the Valley on...

One of region’s largest bookstores is opening in town: Roundabout Books reopening, Nov. 4 and 5, will have music, food, magic and tens of thousands of books

10-27-2023 10:33 AM


Depending on the era in which you drove by, you would have been able to find soap, dolls, popcorn balls, stoves or ironing boards at 85 Pierce St. And starting Nov. 4, you can add new, used and vintage books to that list.Roundabout Books is set to...

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