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TFMA 7.23.09 Culture Update


Fashionistas Alert: Fabrication @ Block Party

Organized by designer Rachel Teumim, Fabrication is a recycled fashion show featuring works from local designers re-using materials ranging from sweaters re-incarnate to decks of playing cards. Some designers are veterans of Turners Falls’ laundromat fashion show, some are working to make their designs their business, while others are just flexing their creative biceps. Models will strut to the beat of catwalk tracks emceed by Jamie Berger. While items made from re-purposed household items may fall into the less wearable high couture category, others are intended for pedestrian use. Some fabulous one-of-a-kind garment will even be available for purchase! The show will start at 6 pm. click here for an audio snippet of Rachel talking about the show.

August 8 • Block Party 2 – 8 PM • Fashion Show starts at 6 PM • FREE • Avenue A • Downtown Turners Falls

Click here for more Block Party info including band line up and ways to get involved.

Tonight! Jazz at DiPaolo’s and more

Jazz every Thursday night from 6:30 - 9:30 PM at Ristorante DiPaolo.  Tonight - Charlie Apicella Trio featured.

Starting the first Sunday of each month, the bar and patio will be open for a Gay Tea Dance from 1-4 PM. This upcoming Tea Dance will be the debut of DJ Hush’s new CD. 

If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, check out Il Carro, DiPaolo’s new gourmet hot dog cart serving weekdays from 11 AM - 2 PM out on the patio.  The cart will also be open for the Tea Dances. (Denise DiPaolo and Chef Hilton Dotin pictured left.)
Visit DiPaolo’s website for jazz and event lineups.

Tonight! An Evening with Photographer, Robert Hallock

"Nature offers us patterns and designs in many places, if we take the time to notice them.  Some ...images are not what they may appear to be at first look.  And, certain scenes bring forward emotions, if we take the time to feel what is seen." ~Robert Hallock

What inspires you? Are you a photographer or an aspiring photographer? Robert Hallock’s images are stimulating and compositionally exquisite. The Great Falls Discovery Center is honored to host an evening with one of Pioneer Valley’s best! Robert Hallock will share some of his passion, and his thoughts, ideas, and approaches that result in amazing images.

July 23 • 7- 8 PM • FREE • Great Falls Discovery Center • 2 Avenue A • Turners Falls • 413.863.3221
Visit the Discovery Center’s website here

This Weekend: Belated Bastille Day BBQ Bash! Mais bien sur!

Since the end of Prohibition, The Rendezvous bar on Third Street has been called the Rendezvous for all but three years. But before that, in the late 19th, early 20th century, it was the St. Jean Baptiste Society, a club for French-Canadians who moved down to work in the mills in Turners Falls.  To celebrate the building’s history, they are throwing a big party in the Third Street parking lot with musique avec Falltown String Band playing french cafe tunes and more.  If you are among the descendants of the society, come and tell a story or two.  Liberate the Third Street Parking Lot  from the Monarchy!  Rafflee! Drinque! Burgerses! Les Chien Chaud!

July 25 • 3-8 PM • FREE • Third Street Parking Lot • Downtown Turners Falls
Visit the Rendezvous’ website here.

Saturday Night: Christmas in July!

Bring a blanket and a snack and settle in on the grass at Unity Park along the bike trail to watch the Franklin County Boat Club’s annual parade of lit up boats on the water of the Connecticut River at dusk and  fireworks at dark.  There will be a pontoon boat in the water providing music until fireworks begin. While only boat club’s members can view the event at the club, it is visible to the public from Unity Park. Donations for fireworks are always accepted and can be mailed at FCBC, P.O. Box 217, Turners Falls, MA, 01376. 

July 25 • dusk • FREE • Unity Park • Turners Falls

This Weekend: Astronomy Conjunction at Northfield Mountain

Enjoy the camaraderie of amateur astronomers learning and observing together under the dark skies as Northfield Mountain hosts the 27 Annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomer’s Conjunction!  The weekend will be jam-packed full of slide presentations, talks, and Friday and Saturday night sky viewing through telescopes of all shapes and sizes. Talk topics include meteorites, astrobiology and a keynote presentation by Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Thomas Levenson titled, "Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist." Sunspot viewing is also available during the day on Saturday, cloud cover permitting. 

July 24 + 25
Northfield Mountain Recreation Center
Check out the conjunction website for more information and to register for the program.

Quinnetukut II Riverboat Summer Cruises

Northfield Mountain’s Quinnetukut II Riverboat’s 30th year of summer cruises is underway with cruises on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 18th. Cruise times are 11:00, 1:15, and 3:00 p.m. Join captain Steve Larivee and first mate Sarah Doyle for a delightful hour and a half interpreted cruise on the Connecticut River. The cruise offers insights to dinosaurs, glacial activities in the area, river use from prehistoric times to present, as well as a perfect stage for wildlife and bird sightings. The Quinnetukut II is an excellent activity for your out-of-town summer guests and visitors, or a great way to spend some time on the river. Plan to bring a picnic lunch and eat it on board or enjoy the Riverview picnic area at the departure site. The Quinnetukut II is a forty-two foot United Stated Coast Guard documented vessel. It has a capacity of sixty passengers. The roof provides shade or protection from inclement weather. Make reservations and purchase your tickets at the Northfield Mountain Visitor Center. Call 800- 859-2960
Get more info including times fees and directions here.

Visit the RiverCulture calendar for more events

Check the RiverCulture calendar for events including the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange this coming Wednesday, open mics and more at Between the Uprights, nature walks and other programs at the Great Falls Discovery Center, weekly Great Falls Farmers Market on Wednesdays and much more!
Find RiverCulture calendar here.

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Posted by RiverCulture - July 24, 2009