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Turners Falls RiverCulture (TFRC): Press Releases

Economic Impact Analysis of Cultural Events

Turners Falls RiverCulture contracted the UMASS Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis to complete a report on the economic impact of cultural events by the RiverCulture partnership. The findings show that cultural programming makes a significant contribution to our local economy and is an important part of the vitality of Turners Falls. The report also shows that these events foster a positive image of the downtown.
Click here for more info and to download the full report.

Tonight! Interplay Jazz Band at DiPaolo’’s

Each Monday night, Ristorante DiPaolo hosts a jazz series showcasing talent from Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Each week a soloist, duo or trio act will perform straight-ahead jazz, classic American standards, sophisticated blues, New Orleans funk, and modern Latin jazz as well as original music. This week, Interplay Jazz Band features John Michaels-guitar, Mark Dunlap-bass and Juan Carlos Carpio-percussion.

Every Monday • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM • Ristorante DiPaolo • 166 Avenue A • Turners Falls • 413.863.4441

Friday: Michael Nix at Great Falls Coffee House

Special Chocolate Reception!

If you love good music, or nature, or chocolate, or all of the above, the Great Falls 2nd Friday Coffeehouse is the place for you. Musician/composer Michael Nix will celebrate the release of his CD Barton Cove in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, located next to the beautiful stretch of the Connecticut River after which the CD is named. Nix will perform on the seven string Banjar, an instrument he designed which combines elements of the five string banjo and classical guitar. The performance will include styles and textures drawn from classical guitar, banjo, jazz, blues , folk and world music. Nix has performed on guitar, lute, banjo, and mandolin throughout the United States and Asia. His compositions have included solo music, songs, chamber, symphonic, electronic music and opera and have been heard on NPR’’s "Weekend Edition" and WGBH’’s "Morning Pro Musica".

To add to the festivities for the CD release, the concert will include a special "chocolate reception" as well as the drawing for the Friends’’ of the Discovery Center’’s annual Holiday Raffle.

December 14 • 7pm doors open at 6:30 • sliding scale donation $6 - $12 (free to children) • Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center • 2 Avenue A • Turners Falls • fully accessible • For info (413)863-3221 X3.
Visit the Discovery Center website here

Did you miss the Fashion Show?

Suzee’’s Third Street Laundry hosted its third annual Lost and Found Fashion Show Saturday, Dec 1st in Turners Falls. The show consisted of new designs made from clothes left behind in the laundromat over the past year. Five designers were given a trash bag full of clothes and other items found in the laundromat with which to work. Tickets were hard to come by but the event was simulcasted on a big screen at the Rendezvous bar two doors down.

Before the show, the back room of the laundromat was transformed into a performance space with music performed by the lower case g’’s and Iganic Sound System.

Pictured left, Cheri Monette in one of Sarah Pruitt’’s stunning tango inspired designs.

Click here for a recap.

Winter School Program Opportunities at Northfield Mountain

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is offering a variety of environmental education opportunities this winter. Programs for schools and organized groups explore winter ecology through hands-on activities. Our experienced educators provide learners the opportunity to explore subjects and habitats through focused, inquiry-based programs in a fun, outdoor setting. Programs support the Massachusetts Science Frameworks and are filling up fast so early registration is recommended.

"Winter World" for Pre-school to first Grade, uses games, puppets, songs and a variety of activities to explore the world of winter. Through sensory exploration, students will develop an awareness of winter and the challenges that this season poses to animal survival. A special focus is on shelter and the challenge of staying warm. "Pine Cones and Pizza" is for Grades 2 and 3. Games such as Eat and Run, Pizza Bingo and Hurry Up and Hunt introduce students to the difficulty of finding food during the cold season.

For students Third Grade and older, "Twigs and Tracks" focuses on the adaptations that enable plants and animals to meet the challenge of winter survival. As twig and track detectives, students search for signs of wildlife on snowshoes (snow permitting). "The Hunter and the Hunted", for 4th Grade and above, uses games, role playing and outdoor exploration to study the ecological relationship between predator and prey. Using detective skills, students learn how to interpret skulls and read the signs these creatures leave behind in the winter woods. Weather permitting, snowshoes are used in this program as well.

These educational opportunities are available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during January and February at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Fees range from $6.00 to $7.00 per student. For more information or to schedule a program for your class please call Kim Noyes at Northfield Mountain at (413) 659-4462.

More info here on Northfield Mountain’’s programs.

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Posted by RiverCulture - December 13, 2007