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Turners Falls RiverCulture (TFRC): Press Releases

Today: Great Falls Farmers Market

Rain or shine on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A, Turners Falls. Annuals, Perennials, Fresh Farm products in season are always offered. New vendors are welcome. Contact Suzette at 413-863-9026.

June 6, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Avenue A + 2nd Street

Today: Antiques Appraisal Fair

Do you love the Antiques Roadshow on PBS? Then bring your treasures to an Antiques Appraisal Fair in Turners Falls. Douglas P. Bilodeau, professional appraiser and auctioneer, owner of Douglas Auctioneers of Deerfield, will provide you with an appraised estimate of your heirloom’s resale or insurance value. Appraisal fee for the first item is $3.00 and subsequent items will be $1.00 each and there is no limit. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. Please note that large pieces of furniture can not be accommodated and for more information please call Carol Kosteckia at 413-367-2402

June 6, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, St. Kazimier Hall, 197 Avenue A, in Turners Falls, 413-367-2402

Thursday Night: Nature in Danger

Books that made a difference: Rachel Carson - Celebrate the pioneering contributions of famed conservationist Rachel Carson at our exciting discussion group. We will be linking with the USFWS online book club and setting up discussion times throughout the summer.

June 7, 7 PM, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Free and open to the public. Accessible facilities. For more information, call 413-863-3221.
Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center website for more info

Friday: Sense of Wonder - Summer

Come explore the activities and beauty of wild things in honor of conservationist Rachel Carson by touring our gardens, parklands, waterways and woodlands. Each of these trips will be short and the places we go will be easy to access.

Hand lenses and binoculars will be available to share and will make some observations clearer to the eyes. We will also do some sketching and listening to the sounds of nature. This series is in celebration of the work of Rachael Carson. The Great Falls Discovery Center, visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, is sponsoring this series for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Sense of Wonder Series - Friday and Saturday June 8 & 9, 2-3 p.m., Saturday July 7, 10-11 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 10-11 a.m., Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. For more information, call 413-863-3221
Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center website for more info

This Weekend: Pioneer Valley Institute Plans Free Daylong Program

Come and enjoy a day long program of events exploring the history of Turners Falls and learn about some of the many ways the community is undergoing revitalization.

This Pioneer Valley Institute program is free and open to residents as well as those who want to learn more about the community, how it’s dealing with growth, and what changes are on the horizon. The program consists of a morning presentation and discussion at the Shea Theater, and a choice of three different walking tours in the afternoon followed by an opening reception and art show at the Great Falls Discovery Center. People are free to go to either the morning or afternoon events or to both.

June 9th, 10 A.M - 5 P.M, Shea Theater, Great Falls Discovery Center and and throughout downtown.
Full schedule on the Riverculture website

This Weekend: Evening of One-Act

Arena Civic Theater presents An Evening of One Acts. Hedda Gabler Has Left the Building a one-act comedy by local author Jessamyn Smith and several short works by Richard Ballon.

June 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 8 pm. 413-863-2281.
Visit the Shea website here.

This Weekend: Franklin County Geocaching Tournament

Put on your outdoor gear, dig out your GPS, and join Franklin County’s First Geocaching Tournament. This "treasure" quest usually leads the seeker to a hidden container with a log book and possibly a small item the finder may trade for something in return. Caches placed throughout Franklin County including several in Turners Falls. The tournament is based at Kamp Keewanee.

June 9 +10, Kamp Keewanee,
contact Ann Banash from the Greenfield Visitors’ Center at 413-773-9393
Click here for detailed info

Next Tuesday: Seed Scenes

Garden Series for Children 1 of 4. Turners Falls-Seeds are amazing little ’packages’ that really are quite magical to watch come alive. Seeds come in ALL shapes, sizes, and colors. Use their beauty to design/create your own seed "scene". Will include story and hands-on activity. Program series geared towards preschool aged children, all are welcome. Sponsored by the Gill-Montague Community Partnership for Children with grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

June 12, 10:00 AM, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. Information: 413-863-3221.

Turners Falls Block Party Parade ’07!  August 11th!

Paraders wanted as part of a celebration of Turners as a walking community. Participants can decorate anything non motorized including but not limited to pushed or pulled floats, bikes, wagons, wheelbarrows, yourself on skates, anything imaginative that is not motorized (except motorized wheelchairs.) Bring noisemakers, loud instruments for the march. Parade will march down Ave A starting at 3 pm.

Following the parade, Ave A will be blocked off between 3rd and 5th Streets for a full afternoon and evening of food and live music until 10 p.m. Local restaurants, fire fighters and school PTOs will have food stands. Live bands will be performing on a flat bed at 4th Street.

For parade details contact Sharon Cottrell at or 413-863-9433. Contact Laurie for other questions at
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Posted by RiverCulture - June 13, 2007