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This is the busiest October for the Turners Falls area in recent memory, especially for the month’s kick off next weekend!  If you are looking for something to do next Friday, you could find something for everyone in your party in Turners Falls.  From the grand opening reception of the Franklin County Fine Art Biennial; to the delightful original theater piece, Can’t Tell from the First Kiss at the Shea; to the to the community dinner at the Brick House; or the start of the ThriveFest activities, you can just show up and wander about. The activities are scattered throughout the evening, so there is plenty of time for some dinner in town!

Tomorrow! Powertown Music
presents Anais Mitchell and
Hadestown Orchestra at the Shea

Anaïs Mitchell’s new album Hadestown is proof that music still has the power to surprise and delight. For starters, the guest list includes some pretty well-known names, including a certain Little Folksinger and a guy best known as Bon Iver. And it’s an honest-to-God album, the kind whose songs tell a story from beginning to end—specifically, the ancient Greek myth of the poet Orpheus and his doomed quest to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld. In Mitchell’s hands, the familiar saga is re-imagined as unfolding in a version of the U.S that simultaneously evokes our Depression-era past, the current financial disaster (though it was written before the stock market collapse,) and a post-apocalyptic future. It’s a land where people hide behind walls in a misguided attempt to preserve their “freedom” and protect their riches.  Get the details of Anais’ performance here.

September 24, Doors open at 7pm with show at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Powertown Music, Shop WesternMass , World Eye Books in Greenfield or by calling 1.413.863.9567 

September 30 – October 3: Thrive Fest!

An extravaganza benefit for the Thrive Project featuring nationally known comedians including Eugene Mirman, musicians and more. Thrive is a brand new organization which helps young adults go beyond merely surviving to pursue careers that they find meaningful, through tutoring, mentorship, apprenticeship, counseling, financial assistance, cultural events, and more - Details on Thrive Fest here.

Throughout October: Confluence Juried Fine Art Show and Confluent

 "If you look at a picture of two of Franklin County’s many rivers coming together; it’s easy to see how that represents a confluence. But how about an assemblage of materials, including a wooden frame, sections of tubing and a piece of a mold or a picture of a sprite-like girl seemingly trapped under a porch? Or, what about a black-and-white painting of blurry figures on a subway platform?  How do these represent confluence?" - Opener for Arn Albertini's feature on the Confluence show in today's Recorder. Click here for more info on the Confluence show and to see a gallery of images.

Friday Evening Confluence Events at the Gallery at Hallmark

  • October 1, 6-8 pm – Opening Reception  
  • October 8, 5-9 pm – Dadaist Invasion Art Salon
  • October  15, 6-8 pm – Walk through and exhibit discussion with jurors 
  • October 22, 5-8 pm- Confluence Convocation curated by Daniel Hales 
  • October 29, 5:30-7:15 pm – Fostering Art & Culture networking event and Water Dance performance by Phyllis Labanowski 

Pick up today’s Recorder to read Arn Albertini’s lavish article on Confluence, or subscribe here 

Read the article in today’s Springfield Republican here. 


October 1-31, Gallery at Hallmark, 85 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-0085 


 October 1 + 2: There's No Way to Tell From the First Kiss 

Benefit for the Montague Reporter at the Shea Theater! 

Thin Ice (Suzy Polucci, Paul Richmond & Moonlight Davis) will be breaking through the Shea Theater stage on Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd in a benefit performance for the Montague Reporter. Come see Dudley Do-Right and Little Nell in a rave up, cross-dressed version of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The cabaret continues with the Couples Classic - a wrestling cum martial arts match where the final contestants are the couple with the highest level of dysfunctional behavior. Barry Bad Boundaries (Richmond) has a black belt in co-dependency. From a completely different mental martial art tradition, Crouching Tiger - Hidden Agenda (Polucci) represents the Passive Aggressive Community and is favored to win.....  More here. 

Friday, October 1 + Saturday October 2, Doors at 7 pm Show at 7:30 pm, $10 Advanced- $12 at the door, Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA , 413-863-2281, Tickets available at World eye bookstore in Greenfield or


October 2: 14th Annual Source-to-Sea Clean-up

Volunteers Needed for Clean-up and Hauling Saturday, October 2.  Meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls.
--Cleanup: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
--Hauling: volunteers with trucks or ATV’s needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Gill, Montague, East Deerfield, and Erving. Call Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, (800) 859-2960.

Elsewhere in the watershed call: Connecticut River Watershed Council (413) 772-2020 x201 or email:

Saturday October 2,  9 am - 3 pm


October 16 + 17:  18th Annual Gill Arts + Crafts Festival

Come and support local Artists, Farmers, Firemen and Musicians! A juried craft fair with over 50 local artists there are many new artists showing wares both fun and functional! Lots of great produce is still available, also wonderful food and hand-cut French Fries by the Gill Firemen, Vegetarian Soup by the Gill Tavern and Apple Pies handmade by the Friends of Gill. Groove Shoes, Derrick Jordan, Ben Karis-Nix and Sonny Crawford will provide toe-tapping tunes powered by the sun! Stop by the children’s’ art activity tent for candle rolling, instant photos, face and pumpkin painting. Demonstrations all day long with Uppingill wheat, drop spindle spinning, also you can up-cycle plastic into useful, everyday items, play the Diamond Bridge game, set some letter type and try on a sari dress/skirt/top! It’s just more fun in Gill!

Saturday + Sunday, October 16 + 17, 10 am - 4 pm, FREE, Riverside Green School Grounds, Route 2 in Gill, Sponsored by the Friends of Gill

October 23: Franklin County Pumpkin Fest

Avenue A in Turners Falls will be magically transformed with thousands of glowing pumpkins. Come stroll the candle lit street, hear some music, indulge in tasty street food and much more.


Turners Falls RiverCulture

RiverCulture works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community through innovative partnerships and cultural programming. Read more about RiverCulture here.

We are a community supported organization sustained through contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations.  We'd like to thank our major supporters who have taken a significant investment in the vibrancy and livablilty of our community:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Town of Montague

Western Massachusetts Electric Company

Hillside Plastics

Fostering Art & Culture Project

Greenfield Savings Bank


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Posted by RiverCulture - September 23, 2010