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Turners Falls RiverCulture (TFRC): Press Releases


Tonight! Evolution Trio at the Rendezvous

Playing standards and originals grown out of the soil of the rich jazz tradition and conditioned by the contingencies of the modern era, Northampton based Evolution Trio brings their talent to the Rendezvous in Turners Falls Friday night for a harmonically intriguing performance.  The trio -  Doug Abrams on keyboard, Alec Derian on bass, and Alex Snydman on drums - will be returning to the Rendezvous on a somewhat predictable basis.

May 1 • 9:39 PM • FREE • The Rendezvous • 78 Third Street • Turners Falls
Check out upcoming events at the Rendezvous here.

Crabapple Festivals Starts this Weekend!

The festival kicks off Saturday with a GeoTour led by geologist Steve Winters. Starting in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center, the guided interpretive walk will be slow paced and over mostly level terrain.  Turners Falls has some of the most interesting geology of the Pioneer Valley-most of it is visible from sidewalks, footpaths, and bike paths.  Unless you stop to look, and maybe talk about what you see, you’ll never notice the wonder beneath our feet. Free copies of his Geologic Walking Tour booklet will be given to participants.  This is the first event of the annual Crabapple Blossom Festival, which runs from May 1- 17

May 2 •  1 - 3 p.m. • Meet at Great Falls Discovery Center • 2 Avenue A •  Turners Falls •  For more information, call the Carnegie Library, 863-3214. 

The festival continues Tuesday with  a Cinco de Mayo Children’s Festival in Peskeompskut Park featuring Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson performing a bilingual concert from 10 - 11 a.m. along with  a parade around the park and arts and crafts activities. In case of rain, it will be held inside the Carnegie Library.

May 5 •  9:30 AM - noon. • Free • Peskeomskut Park in downtown Turners Falls
Find out more events in the festival here.

Saturday: Landscape Photography Reception with Regis Paris

Several years ago, while flying over the Green Mountain State before settling in Massachusetts, photographer Regis Paris realized that from above, nature could be seen as red. Taking pictures of his surroundings, which often ended up being conservation lands, he was dazzled by New England landscapes and quickly hooked on photographing nature with a particular passion for the trees of New England and their reflections in water. He will share this passion all month with his exhibit at the Great Falls Discovery Center to be on view through May 31.

Starting, Monday, May 4th, the Great Falls Discovery Center will be opened 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Meet the Photographer May 2 •  1 - 3 PM •  Great Falls Discovery Center • 2 Avenue A • Turners Falls
More info about Regis Paris here.

Sunday: Montague Art Movement Show

A new group of artists from Montague have come together to create an opportunity to show their work and will have their first show this Sunday to coincide with the Annual May Day celebration in Montague Center.  Work from 12 artists will include acrylic and oil paintings, drawings, black + white and color photographs, mixed media works, and sculpture with an affordable price range up to $150. 

If you would like to find out more about the Montague Art Movement or this show, please contact Claudine Mussuto 413.367.2687 or

May 3 • 10 AM - 3 PM. • Free Admission •   above the Montague Library in the old town hall •  Montague Center.

Wednesday: Great Falls Farmers Market Opens for the Season!

It’s finally the much anticipated first market of the season featuring produce and plantings as well as crafters, baked goods, meats, fresh eggs, preserves and a chance to see your neighbors and hang out. On some days you can catch live entertainment!  The market happens every Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 3 - 6 PM. through October 28. If you are interested in participating in this mid-week market please contact Don Clegg at or or write to Don @ G.F. Farmers Market, 63A  Fourth Street, Turners Falls.  01376

May 6 (and every Wednesday) •  3 - 6 PM •  corner of 2nd Street + Avenue A•  Turners Falls right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Start Preparing Now! Shea Theater’s 2009 Valley Idol

Are you the next Valley Idol? Register for the Shea Theater’s 2009 Valley Idol competition on the Shea website,  -- singer registration fee: $35, limit 100 entrants, 18 years and older. Auditions are Friday night, May 8th. First prize $1,000; Second prize $500; Third Prize $250.00; Audience Favorite $250. Don’t want to compete? Come on down to the Shea (71 Avenue A, Turners Falls) and root on your favorites at the auditions on May 8th at 6:00 PM, the competition on May 9th and 16th at 7:00 PM and the finale on May 23rd at 8:00 PM. Tickets: Adults $10.00 ($12.00 at the door), Children 10 and under $5.00, available at World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield, the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Gill, the Shea Box Office at 413-863-2281 or order online at Call 413-863-2281 for more information.

2nd Annual Valley Idol Jr. Singing Contest

Is your son or daughter the next Valley Idol Jr.? Register them for the 2009 Valley Idol Jr. singing competition on the Shea Theater website, Auditions are May 9th. $300 savings bond prizes for three age categories: 8 - 10 yrs, 11 - 14 yrs, 15 - 17 yrs. Come on down to the Shea (71 Avenue A, Turners Falls) to watch the contestants compete on May 9th, 16, and 23rd at 9:30 AM. Tickets: $5.00, buy online at, at the Shea Box Office at 413-863-2281 or at the door. Call 413-863-2281 for more information.

More info on the Shea’s website

Katie Clarke & Friends at the Great Falls Coffeehouse

With a little help from her friends, Katie Clarke will perform original material mixed with select covers of fine and often little-known songs of the old-time country and bluegrass genre accompanied by guitar, banjo & other instruments. Often compared to local talent Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem and nationally renowned singer-songwriters such as Gillian Welch, Katie’s music appeals to many audiences from young hipster 20-somethings to older folks who grew up with Patsy Cline, the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash & Hank Williams.

The performance is part of the Friends of the Discovery Center’s coffeehouse series happening every second Friday of the month.  Performances take place in the acoustically rich historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery, next to the Connecticut River in downtown Turners Falls.  Doors open at 6:30 PM - coffee & homemade baked goods will be available. The museum and Museum Store will be open during intermission. The suggested sliding scale donation benefits the Discovery Center.  The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221 or visit

May 8 •  7PM •  $6-$12 sliding scale •  Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center •  2 Avenue A • Turners Falls
Visit the Discovery Center’s website here.

Find out about more events happening in Turners Falls on the RiverCulture calendar.

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Posted by RiverCulture - May 02, 2009