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Sounds Local: Broadway star returns to Greenfield for concert: Kevin Duda to sing with Franklin County Community Chorus this Sunday

05-01-2024 3:39 PM


There’s nothing like the powerful sound of voices joining together in song, and you can experience that when The Franklin County Community Chorus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a concert on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Greenfield High School...

Sharing the gift of spring: The tradition of making May Baskets for May Day

04-30-2024 2:25 PM


May 1, May Day, arrives almost halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. Although spring officially arrives on the former day, our weather often doesn’t feel springlike until April … and, as recent weeks have shown, it can sometime...

Tips for planning a successful garden: Creating a healthy garden is all about maintaining good habits

04-29-2024 2:23 PM


Despite late snowstorms that dumped deep snow over much of New England, spring is finally here. Let’s take a look at some keys to a successful year in the vegetable garden.Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Yes, I grow about 40 tomato plants each...

Speaking of Nature: Bird of my dreams, it’s you: Spotting a White-tailed Tropicbird on our cruise in Bermuda

04-29-2024 7:01 AM


It was the morning of April 16 and I was up early. It seems to be impossible for me to sleep late at this time of year because I am so excited about seeing the first birds of the season, but this particular morning was a little different. It was the...

Proof that it’s never too late: Solo exhibit and free workshops honor the late Frederick Gao, a Belchertown resident who became a painter in his last five years

04-26-2024 12:18 PM


For the months of May and June, the Sunderland Public Library’s Lane Family Reading Room Gallery will turn into a fount of inspiration, as the library honors the work of a late-blooming artist.Through “Awing & Honoring Frederick Gao,” the library will...

Self-expression on display: See ServiceNet members’ artwork at Greenfield Public Library

04-26-2024 12:17 PM


Mental health and human services provider ServiceNet will host a display of its members’ artwork at the Greenfield Public Library from Saturday, April 27, until the end of May.The nonprofit’s exhibit will display a collection of paintings,...

Embracing both new and old: Da Camera Singers celebrates 50 years in the best way they know how

04-26-2024 12:16 PM


Da Camera Singers Director Sheila Heffernon wasn’t hiding her exasperation in addressing her tenor section after a recent rehearsal preparing the group for a 50th anniversary concert coming up May 11 and 12.“Watch me! Watch me! Watch me!” she wrote on...

Faith Matters: A pastor celebrating Passover: Unmasking false theology that has been used to justify antisemitism

04-26-2024 12:15 PM


This weekend, Jews are celebrating the feast of Passover. Passover began at sundown this past Monday and ends at sundown this coming Tuesday. Usually, Passover and Easter coincide on the calendar. However, this is a Jewish leap year. The Jewish...

Time to celebrate kids and books: Mass Kids Lit Fest offers a wealth of programs in Valley during Children’s Book Week

04-26-2024 12:14 PM


Just in time to coincide with Children’s Book Week, a national event established in 1905, the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has created a children’s literary showcase right here in the Valley.The Mass Kids Lit Fest, a new book festival...

Sounds Local: A rock circus returns to Turners Falls: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams brings the fun Friday night at the Shea

04-24-2024 3:26 PM


The circus is coming to town, and not the kind with elephants and clowns. I’m talking about the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a rock group from the Hudson Valley in New York that makes music as unique as its name. The band, which has frequently...

Rescuing food and feeding people: Rachel’s Table programs continue to expand throughout western Mass

04-23-2024 12:46 PM


My great-grandmother’s oak dining table has graced my kitchen ever since my parents built the house in the 1980s. Looking at it makes me happy. The table — actually, almost any table — signifies history, nourishment, family and community.The...

A day to commune with nature: Western Mass Herbal Symposium will be held May 11 in Montague

04-22-2024 2:46 PM


This week’s feature is my 100th Home & Garden column for the Recorder, and I’m pleased to celebrate by sharing the plans of two local women who are organizing a remarkable event for anyone interested in learning about herbal remedies and natural...

Speaking of Nature: ‘Those sound like chickens’: Wood frogs and spring peepers are back — and loud as ever

04-22-2024 6:01 AM


During a recent lecture on evolutioin I had to explain the differences between three different processes known as geographic, temporal and behavioral isolation. Geographic isolation is the easiest of these concepts to understand because it involves...

Hitting the ceramic circuit: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail turns 20 years old, April 27-28

04-19-2024 11:32 AM


A lot can change in 20 years: Presidents and other politicians come and go, new cultural fads and technologies emerge, clothing styles morph, and music and movies take on different dimensions.In these parts, one tradition hasn’t changed. Since 2005,...

Best Bites: A familiar feast: The Passover Seder traditions and tastes my family holds dear

04-19-2024 11:21 AM


Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The Passover Seder my parents host annually in my childhood house in Northampton has been the most festive and joyous meal of the year for as long as I can remember.My dad’s childhood Seders were...

Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many

04-19-2024 11:13 AM


“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...

Painting a more complete picture: ‘Unnamed Figures’ highlights Black presence and absence in early American history

04-19-2024 10:53 AM


In partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, Historic Deerfield is presenting an exhibition on the unexplored histories of Black people in early America.“Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North” explores Black...

Earth Matters: From Big Sits to Birdathons: Birding competitions far and near

04-19-2024 10:51 AM


A few months ago, headlines flared that Peter Kaestner had seen his 10,000th bird species. This could have been anticlimactic, as Kaestner has been renowned for years among birders for traveling worldwide and seeing more species than anyone.However,...

Sounds Local: Spring is singer-songwriter season: A host of local performers celebrate new work

04-17-2024 2:27 PM


We are fortunate to live in an area where we can experience all types of music, and when it comes to singer-songwriters, we are fortunate to have so many talented ones living among us. Any given weekend, you can head out to one of the local breweries...

Crunch time for matzo: An easy-to-make sweet treat that’s Passover Seder-friendly

04-16-2024 4:08 PM


Passover begins this coming Monday night. This eight-day holiday means many things to many people: the survival of the Jewish people in the book of Exodus, the overall history of Judaism, and even the last supper of Jesus.This year Easter came more...

Your Daily Puzzles


An approachable redesign to a classic. Explore our "hints."


A quick daily flip. Finally, someone cracked the code on digital jigsaw puzzles.

Really Bad Chess

Chess but with chaos: Every day is a unique, wacky board.


Word search but as a strategy game. Clearing the board feels really good.


Align the letters in just the right way to spell a word. And then more words.

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