Sponsor: Dickinson Memorial Library (Northfield)
Location: Northfield Elementary School gymnasium (104 Main St)
Presenter: R-Cade Entertainment
Interactive shoulder-to-shoulder game playing on multiple giant-screen projections, with ability to have more than 10 participants competing at once, and quick competitions so everybody enjoys playing, watching, and cheering. Team competitions facilitated by R-Cade Entertainment give the event a game-show feel in which everyone participates, and non-violent games are appropriate for all ages 6 years old and above. Games are easy to learn, hard to master. Middle-age participants will enjoy a blast from their past on retro consoles like Nintendo and Sega Genesis, and everyone will enjoy new platforms like Xbox and Wii. Learn good sportsmanship, patience, learning through failure, and of course have a blast playing video games!
No need to pre-register.
Questions? Please contact the Dickinson Memorial Library at (413) 498 - 2455.
7:00-9:30 pm, and all are welcome. Admission sliding scale $7-10. Robin Hayden & Laura DeCesare will be calling, with music from Pat MacPherson, Corey Walters, and Peter Barnes. And we'll be continuing our celebration of the CDSS Centennial by debuting Gary Roodman's new English dance written in honor of the Centennial, Double Jubilee!
Hope to see you all there!
The Monday Dance Committee
Robin, Art, Dan, & Lissa
Musical Diversity and Harmony.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 | 7:30 PM | $15
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 | 7:30 PM | $15
Winterpills are an Indie Rock band from Northampton fronted by Philip Price and Flora Reed. Their sound is characterized by acoustic folk-pop, male-female harmonies and melancholic songwriting. Theyâ€™ve been received warmly by critics, garnering comparisons to The Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Their albums have received high praise from major print media including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Boston Globe.
Just a last minute reminder that the Lonesome Brothers (Jim Armenti, Ray Mason & special guest Jason Smith on drums) will be appearing tonight (Friday July 12th) at the Great Falls Discovery Center Coffeehouse (2 Avenue A) in downtown Turners Falls, MA! (413) 863-3221. www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org . Celebrating the release of their brand new 14-song CD "Check Engine". Early show. 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Thanks for supporting live music!
2nd St Baking Co Benefit for Affordable Farms December 15
Affordable Farms Benefit at 2nd Street Baking Company, December 15 All Day!
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 7:00am - 6:00pm
Where: 2nd Street Baking Company-104 4th Street in Turners Falls
Opened in 2007 on 2nd Street in Turners Falls (hence the name), 2nd Street Baking Co. has now moved 2 blocks uptown to a new building on 4th Street. They make homemade bread, breakfast pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and amazing baked confections and cakes.
10% of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Campaign for Affordable Farms-Red Fire Farm Campaign. Stop by any time between 7am and 6pm on Saturday, December 15 to meet Mount Grace staff and enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, and amazing baked goods!
Besides raising money for the Campaign, this event is also helping the food bank at the Franklin Survival Center. We are encouraging people to bring nonperishable food to donate, or even better, buy a loaf of bread to donate to the pantry....To sweeten the deal, the staff of Mount Grace and the good folks at Sirum Equipment of Montague will buy a loaf of bread for each loaf someone purchases for the pantry (up to $500 worth of bread in total). So come down to the 2nd Street Baking Co and buy a loaf of bread for yourself and one for someone in need and support the Campaign for Affordable Farms all at the same time! PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE - THE PANTY HAS A SEVERE BREAD SHORTAGE!!!
Hey all... make sure to come out to see Welcome Yule at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. It's a wonderful show of music, dance, songs and stories to chase away the cold and dark of winter. Definitely worth the cheap ticket price of only $10. http://welcomeyule.org/
Beatles For Sale tribute band at the Shea - This Saturday, 9/15!
Come Twist and Shout with New England's #1 Beatles Tribute band for a ONE NIGHT ONLY performance at the Shea Theater. From "I Saw Her Standing There" to "The End" on Abbey Road, Beatles For Sale will take you on a muscial journey through the Beatles entire performing/recording career, including the biggest Beatle hits and some great Beatle B-sides. All songs are performed completely LIVE with no pre-recorded "studio" tricks.
The 2nd annual Upper Valley Music Festival is a multi-venue, 12 hour music event in downtown Turners Falls, MA to benefit The American Cancer Society.This year’s line-up includes 30 local, regional and up and coming artists as well as an Irish music session and contra dance. Admission is just 10.00 for the whole day. Come see acts at the Shea Theater, St. Kazimierz, Great Falls Discovery Center, The Rendezvous, and Burrito Rojo and help fight cancer. Purchase wristbands at any of the concert locations.
New Exhibit Opening at Nina’s Nook: "Fervor From the Truth" April 5
"Fervor From the Truth: Obsessively Spiritual Works by Edite Cunha, Gina Vernava with Pam Allan, Lauren Paradise and Elise Vegliante" Opens April 5 at Ninas Nook, a tiny artspace in downtown Turners Falls. The opening reception will be held at nearby Burrito Rojo, 50 Third St, from 4-6pm on Saturday, April 7.
Cunha and Vernava combine mosaic techniques with repurposed and recycled materials to create unique commentaries on their religious and spiritual cultural experiences.
Cunha’s series of “AlterVirgins” are an “artistic response to my early Catholic upbringing combined with more recent spiritual explorations. My AlterVirgins are not virgins in the carnal sense. One might say they are emancipated virgins. They are funny, cheeky, sassy and they have fun on their way to eternity."
Vernava’s pieces deal with “the absurdities of Spirituality. Some are humorous, all are political commentary due to my own personal opposition to the rise of the Political Christian Right.”
Hours at Nina's Nook at Thurs, 4-6pm and Fri-Sat 1-6pm. For more info see www.ninasnook.com or call 413.834.8800
WELCOME YULE at the Shea Theater this weekend, starting tonight!
Music, Dance, Songs and Stories to drive the dark away
Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA, 01376
Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2pm
General Admission is $10
Seniors and Children are $7
You can reserve tickets at The Shea Theatre box office, (413) 863-2281
In the darkest time of the year, people everywhere gather for songs, stories, and celebrations. Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration brings those traditions alive at the Shea Theater December 9th, 10th, and 11th. This year, a huge polar bear and a fairy tale cast of puppets join the Welcome Yule chorus of adults and children. Stories and dances are interwoven with a mix of traditional English carols, boisterous pub songs, and rousing four-part shape note songs.
"I come for the music," says long-time audience member Rita Reinke of Pelham. "Welcome Yule is an integral part of my family’s December. It lifts our spirits; it feels like a genuine celebration, not a performance. I love the way that the songs are mixed with stories and dances, but most of all I like the sense of the performers’ joy in doing this together. It feels like I’m a part of that in the audience."
The show's chorus of musicians, dancers, and puppeteers of all ages transform the theater into a midwinter village. While adults sing, dance, and gossip, children make mischief, act out stories, and create their own traditions. A talented cast of older children and young teenagers, many of them Welcome Yule veterans, support adult storytellers, younger children, and magical puppets in the retelling of an old story of a quest for love and companionship. An appearance by the rowdy Blue Willies and a traditional mummer’s play round out the performance.
The songs, stories and plays in Welcome Yule highlight the pleasures of passing on seasonal traditions of family and community. Join us as we sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warmth of spring.
Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration will be at The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Dec. 9th and 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children five through sixteen; four and under free. Reserve tickets at (413) 863-2281 or purchase in advance at Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton, the World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield, Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, or online at Brattleborotix.com. For information, call 413-665-3206 or visit http://www.WelcomeYule.org
It is once again softball season. Montague still taking registration sign ups for The Small Towns Girls Softball League.
The Small Towns Girls Softball League opens it's season Monday April 25. The Montague Diamond Dusters and Purple Panthers will have their games posted on the Local Entertainment calendar tomorrow. There are still open slots to play. Sign up today!!!
Aerial Fabric is an expressive and acrobatic art form that involves climbing, wrapping and supporting one’s self in fabric, it is used as a performance art and originates from other circus arts.
Winter 2011 Classes Start in Mid January:
Explore your creative and artistic expression
Learn Aerial Fabric technical skills
Build physical strength and flexibility
Inspire and be inspired
Winter Class Schedule
Mondays 7-8:30 pm, January 24th~March 28th
This class is ideal for people learning fabric for the first time, and for those who have learned the basics and would like to build on that foundation.
As we learn the foundations and skills of Aerial fabric we will work together to create a performance which we will present on the final day of class. Friends and family are invited to attend.
This series of classes runs for 10 weeks
Sing-up for classes one day a week, or come to both, more rapidly building your strength, flexibility and skill.
$165-1950 for the series
Registration is required and payment due by one week before the start of the class.
Tools for Authentic Living www.mytrueplace.com
I'm looking for a couple more people to join my Aerial Fabric class, starting next Monday, January 24th. Class is held at Sirius Community in Shutesbury Ma.
Come fly through the air with us! It's so much fun, makes you strong and is so impressive to watch... Spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!
Skeleton Crew Theater Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Shows run continuously, starting at 6:00 PM; the last show begins at 9:30 PM. Light refreshment and queue entertainment will be offered before each show.
SCT is NOT an attraction which relies on the typical clowns-with-chainsaws that other Halloween events must do. The show is about celebrating the Halloween season, and is more “Nightmare Before Christmas,” than “Nightmare on Elm Street.” We don’t do boo-scares or gore, but rely on set, music, and character design to create the atmosphere. With all humility, it’s an impressive event. And we couldn’t have done it without some very dedicated TFHS students.
These students have worked extraordinarily hard to make it what it is. Remember, this is a benefit for Camp Keewanee AND for the Freshman and Junior classes. Your ticket price goes to the camp; any concessions you buy go to the classes.
Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors. Let’s put some cash into these noble causes and support an emerging local arts scene.
Junkman - I don't think I'll be able to make it, but we'll see. Saturday evenings are mostly out for me, due to a long-standing commitment to the woman I love. Call me a romantic, but first things first .... :-)
THE DADAIST INVASION OF TURNERS FALLS MA
PRESENTS A SALON OF THE AVANTE GARDE OCT 8th,2010
Co-Directors Beverly Richie and John Landino in partnership with RiverCulture are excited to bring you a lineup of experimental artists from Franklin County, the Pioneer Valley, and New York City. The Salon, which begins at 5:00 PM and ends around 9:30 PM, is an evening of performances inside and outside The Hallmark Gallery. Additionally, there will be an exhibit of sculptures by John Landino and of edgy photography by NYC photographer Timothy Feresten. The walls will be bathed in undulating video projections while the gallery will be filled intense live audio soundings.
The lineup includes, in this approximate order (starting around 6:30):
1. NYC Performance Artist, “GLOVE.”
2. Nayana Glazier and Jason Czemich will perform, “Gallery.”
3. Poet Steven Lindow will recite, ”Poetry from the Cave of Absinthe.”
4. Rebecca Migdal will perform, “Pain Relief.”
5. Wendell artists Christine Tarantino and Adrian Montagano will create a piece called, “Circle in Dreams.” Christine has performed in NYC with the internationally acclaimed Fluxus artist, Allison Knowles.
6. The night will conclude with the wild DADA-Orkestra* backing up Andy Laties, Rebecca Migdal, and Steven Lindow reciting the famous DADA artist Kurt Shwitters’ nonsense poem, “Ursanate.” The poem was designed to ”free verbs.”
7. Special musical guest Jack Nelson.
8. And an all-night performance by Bryon James called “Techno-Trash.”
9. Nina Rossi, artist will also be performing
Hallmark gallery is located at 85 Ave A in Turners Falls, MA
Contact: John Landino at 413-588-8308, Experimentalhuman@gmail.com or dadaistinvasion.org
*DADA-Orkestra additional members: James ,”Pronoblem” and Bob Wilson, Glove, j. Landino
a goodtime – kick out the jams – benefit concert & potluck picnic party!
Thank you for posting this to MontagueMa.net- We're working hard to shut
down VY and this year is the most important year. Entergy Corporation is not
going away quietly although Vermont Senate has overwhelmingly voted 26-4 to
NOT grant Entergy Vermont Yankee permission to operate in the Connecticut
River Valley for another 20 Years! Let's tell this corporation to get out of
town! We need your help to do it. Thanks again !
*You are invited to a goodtime – kick out the jams – benefit concert &
potluck picnic party!*
* To raise the money to ensure that Vermont Yankee shuts in 2012 !!!*
*Sunday, August 15 3 - 8 pm*
*on the grass at Organ Barn, at the incredible Tree Frog Farm in Guilford,
*• The Sun Dogs… with Dan Dewalt, Derrick Jordan, & Johnny Yuma.*
*• The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band with Patty Carpenter*
*• The amazing “downtown” Bob Stannard, blues harp player extraordinaire
and the people’s lobbyist working to Shut Down the Vermont Yankee nuke*
*. Deb Katz, executive director of CAN (Citizens Awareness Network)*
The Ghost Quartet will be preforming at the Rendezvous, 78 Third Street in Turners Falls,on Friday night. Music will be starting at 9:30 pm. Enjoy great food, live local entertainment and a wide selection of beverages. Cover charge just $3.00
Dance Party @ Voo
Saturday Jul 17, 2010, 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Go dancing on Saturday night! It’s air conditioned
The Voo Dance Party with "Rock it Queer’ kicks off at around 9;30 pm on Saturday night, July 17th, at the Rendezvous on 78 3rd Street in downtown Turners Falls. You can always call 413-863-2866 for more info on this frequently occurring party and future events.
Sunday Jul 18, 2010, 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
"After Party" at the Voo featuring a full line-up of entertainment.
B.B.GUN with Bridget Kearney and Ben Davis, JEFFERSON HAMER and Friends plus many, many surprise special guests. Cover charge just $5.00
The Rendezvous is located at 78 Third Street in Turners Falls. Also watch for the return of the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange on Wednesday, July 28th.
Irish Seisiún, Live Music
Friday Jun 25, 2010, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
A traditional Irish Seisiún (pronounced "session") music and potluck. Suggested $5 - $10 donation at the door. BYO food and beverage of choice to share. While the seisiún is invitation-only, everyone is encouraged to come and listen, eat and drink, and have a good time.
This is a Friends of the Montague Grange sponsored event, part of a multi-year fundraising effort to repair and rejuvenate the 175-year old hall.
Traditional Irish Music in Wendell - DEJA BREW PUB
Hello! My wife, Amanda, and I play traditional Irish music on the uilleann pipes and fiddle every 3rd Sunday at the Deja Brew Pub in Wendell, MA from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm. From month-to-month, we include friends and guests to come and sit to share some tunes with us.
While this event isn't an open traditional Irish session, it does have more in common with a session and less in common with a formal performance. So come on by to the Deja Brew and enjoy a beer, a pizza, a salad, and some tunes.
I wish... I wish.... I wish the Rendezvous would post their events to the calendar here so we could all see what's happening in town. Great show last night... but who would know unless you were a regular?
Dec. 11-13, 2009; Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration; Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA
Twenty-five years ago a small group of Valley residents began celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. A reunion cast of adults and children, plus a few newcomers, bring this year’s 25th anniversary performance to the Shea Theater for three days in December. The show will feature many of the all time favorite songs from years past, including the Gloucestershire Wassail and Lord of the Dance, as well as dancing of all kinds -- spooky, serious, and riotous -- a mummers play, and stories for all ages.
Artistic Director Jinny Mason selected the songs and stories for this year’s show. “From the first time I saw the show, in 1989, I wanted to be part of it. My kids grew up in Welcome Yule. It’s been a passion for me for nineteen years.” In creating this year’s show, Mason thought about the music, ideas, and joyful community effort that have made cast and audience members return year after year to celebrate together. “We invited every former cast member to return to the show this year. We’re especially pleased to have Welcome Yule founder Rose Sheehan joining us. She’s one of two former cast members who are driving long distances to attend rehearsals -- one bringing her adult sons, and one her eight-year-old daughter.”
As art imitates life, the stories and plays within this year’s show highlight the pleasures of passing on the seasonal traditions of family and community. The children play an important role, welcoming newcomers and making some mischief to make the celebration their own. Audience members can join the singing, laugh at the mummer’s play, and enjoy stories intended to appeal to all ages.
Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration will be performed at The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Dec. 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children five through sixteen, four and under free. Reserve tickets at (413) 863-2281 or purchase in advance at Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton, the World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield. For information, call 413-665-3206 or check http://www.WelcomeYule.org.
Event Planning Open House
Sunday Nov 15, 2009, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Event Planning Open House- FREE admission
Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club
30 Country Club Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Representatives for the following businesses will be on site to discuss your special event:
The Style Inn
Bobby C’s DJ Service
Creative Memories Scrapbooking
2nd Street Baking, Co.
Bagpiper, Eric Goodchild
Royal Coach Limousines
Ink & Paint Printing
The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe
Jen Burdick Photography
Dance Tune Disc Jockeys Ent.
Kathleen Miller Photography
A Turning Point
Bresciano Food Services
Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club
Now booking: Holiday parties, reunions, business meetings, weddings, anniversaries, showers, birthday parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties & golf tournaments.
A light lunch menu & full bar will be available.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd.
Broadway performers from New York City will join 25 local talent for Broadway in Greenfield on Friday & Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd, 2009 at Greenfield High School. The song & dance celebration, which benefits GHS Music Parents Association and the GHS Alumni Association, will feature songs from over a dozen Broadway shows including The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Hairspray and Wicked, and will be backed by an orchestra of four New York City musicians.
Led by Greenfield High School Alum Kevin Duda, the Broadway cast of Broadway in Greenfield includes Leslie Becker (Nine w/Antonio Banderas); Shane Bland (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams); Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde); Patrick Wetzel (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers); and Natasha Williams (Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple). The show will also feature special guest star and fellow GHS Alum Kristy (Putala) Hays who has toured the nation in Anything Goes. The evening will feature musical direction by Jonathan Larson Award Winner Matt Gould.
Duda made his Broadway debut last year featured opposite movie star Laura Linney in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Other credits include the national tour of Little Women starring Maureen McGovern, and Cinderella at Madison Square Garden starring Eartha Kitt. Internationally Duda has been seen in Guys & Dolls (China) and The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Europe).
Duda credits his success to his early training at GHS. “I am where I am today because of the music education I received while at GHS. I want to do whatever I can to ensure that Greenfield retains such a strong program. Paul Calcari, the school’s Music Director, gives 100% to each student. He’s one of the main reasons I continue to succeed.”
The local performers for Broadway in Greenfield include Christina Ashenden, Jacob Balcanoff, Rachel Balcanoff, Devin Bouthillette, Emily Butynski, Lesley Cotter, Hayley Descavich, Vera Farina, Katherine Flavin, Rochelle Gorts, Fallon Guin, Emma Henderson, Jerri Higgins, Jessica Holton, Randi Humphrey, Kyle Mercer, Tom Neilson, Keleigh Pereira, Cayla Plasse, Sami Wonderlite and Kyle Woodcock
Greenfield Businesses, like Cohn & Company & WHAI, have made Broadway in Greenfield possible. Additional support has been provided by Bank of Western Mass, The Textile, Sandri & Millitech. Many sponsorship levels are still available.
Performances will be held on Friday & Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd, 2009 at 8pm at the Greenfield High School Auditorium, 1 Lenox Avenue in Greenfield, MA. For tickets, please call (413) 772-5592.
two area filmmakers are going out on a US tour, screening their work. come by the Brickhouse this Friday & check it out...
Filmmakers Ben Balcom and Josh Weissbach present Heap Us ‘Round Our Ruins: An Interstate Film Circuit, which is a sixteen state (and counting) film tour that will encompass all regions within the continental U.S.
The conceptual premise of Josh Weissbach’s film work, all shot on Super 8 and 16mm film, is based on the notion that as all humans inhabit space, space simultaneously inhabits humans, and within this, the main question that is raised is how does the relationship between intimacy, trauma, and space function in the life of every human being? Most recently, Weissbach completed interiors of the liquid gap, a 45-minute experimental documentary that focuses on Cuban exiles and the intimate sites of their lives before, while, and after crossing the liquid divide between Cuba and the United States. This film was made possible in part by The Cary Grant Film Scholarship from The Princes Grace Foundation. In addition, Weissbach has been working on The Addresses, a global film series that examines how humans experience the act of dwelling within the confines of a single address. The Addresses Part 0 – 4 have taken Weissbach to Havana, Cuba, Venice, Italy and Montclair, New Jersey.
Ben Balcom’s films teeter on the line between reality and dream, characterized by the appearance and disappearance of narrative. The form of these films change from pure experimentation to character-based allegory. These films are trying to discover the relationship between our nature and the representation of this space through a reconfiguration of experience in an artificial medium. anomie compendium is a three-part, hand-processed, 16mm film cycle. every small heart is a miniature inferno, is like a small free-verse poem. celebration of dead leaves uses a combination of optical printing techniques and hand-processing as tools to manipulate, as well as emulate, our experience of seeing and moving through the world. mother-earth-song is a short allegory that speaks to the relationship between male and female archetypes during a state of decline. In addition Balcom just received a grant from The Northampton Arts Council to make his forthcoming film, we are the multitudes. Each of these films is united in their interest in poetry, mythology, and perception, experienced through an interface of silence and the language of the material. This body of work is meant to be eyes seeing humanity hiding, running, lying, tearing itself apart.
Both filmmakers differ in their approach and subject matter, but are unified by an interest in the vitality of the moving images as an experience of communication.
Young Singers of Greater Westfield Invites New Members to Audition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTFIELD, MA, August 25, 2009 - Young Singers of Greater Westfield (YSGW) is kicking off its ninth season, and they are inviting singers in grades two through twelve to join their choruses and share in the fun and excitement of performances, choral festivals, exchange concerts, retreats, and more in one of the area’s most affordable after-school music programs.
Each audition is brief (about 15 minutes), easy, and fun. They give new singers a chance to meet YSGW Artistic Director Janet St. Jean and Assistant Director Elizabeth Dominick and help them determine the best singing situation for each student. Auditions can be scheduled by calling Mrs. St. Jean at 563-5156 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions will be held early in September by appointment at North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA.
YSGW includes approximately 65 singers organized into three chorus divisions by age. The Junior division is for students in grades two to four; they rehearse every Wednesday afternoon from 4:15-5:30 p.m. The Senior division, which is for students in grades five and up, rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Moriah is the group’s chamber choir for grades eight and up; their rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. All rehearsals are held at North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield. They begin in mid September and run through through April, with a winter recess in December.
Each chorus performs a variety of types of music, including folk, jazz, contemporary, and classical. Singers have the opportunity to work closely with professional musicians and educators regularly perform with each other and with other groups in the area, including other choral groups, symphony orchestras, and individual performers. The groups present two concerts annually, as well as attending choral festivals, singing with other local musical groups, and performing at area functions. YSGW offers a terrific way for students to develop their vocal skills and musical knowledge while having a great time.
For more information on joining the Young Singers of Greater Westfield, visit their Web site at http://www.ysgw.org or call (413) 563-5156.
THE RESTORING BALANCE BOOK CONCERT
Featuring: The Rabble Rousing Bards
August 28, 7:00 p.m. Montague Grange Hall
The Rabble Rousing Bards bring a new form of social activism with The Restoring Balance Book Concert. The music for the concert was composed in tandem with the writing of the book, Systems out of Balance: How Misinformation Hurts the Middle Class. The introductory paragraph of that book warns:
“We have an economic system of greed in this country; these essays promote merit for restoring balance. We have a political system of authoritarianism; these essays promote wisdom. We have a cultural system of idolatry; these essays promote harmony. In each case the alternatives are presented as best for the middle class, but misinformation has led us down the wrong path.”
The Restoring Balance Concert picks up where the book leaves off in challenging the middle class to resist misinformation and restore balance to our lives and country. The concert has five sets of music; each set encourages the audience to think about five critical social themes.
Quality of Life
The Rabble Rousing Bards are a tight band consisting of guitarist, keyboardist and drummer. The vocals are clear and engaging with provocative lyrics. You will be drawn into the message of the song; that is the point. The music itself is innovative and varied, drawing from folk rock, hard rock, blues, jazz, country and even reggae themes, whatever it takes to get the message across.
Come witness a truly unique approach to social activism, and leave inspired to do your part for restoring balance.
The Montague Center Firemen's Relief Association will light the
bonfire on Friday, July 3rd. It is located on the outer edge of the ball field on Station Street across from the Montague Center School. There is no rain date, it will be lit around dusk. Some refeshments might be sold, depends on the weather.