50 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 2-8, 2019

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Mar 9

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities: Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For info & full schedule of events visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Mar 9 & 23

Piti Theatre’s 10th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, Mar 9 starting with pancakes at 11am! Spring forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance at Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Award-winning physical comedian Alex the Jester as seen on PBS and off-Broadway headlines the Festival at 3:30pm followed by a teen/adult workshop. Piti’s much-loved musical Olde Coleraine is at 2:30pm and join them for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11-2:30. Plus free Real Pickles and Red Sox raffle! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors; $5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006. Day 2 of SYRUP, Mar 23: new work about electro-sensitivity and the tango. Free.

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jul 21 – 28

Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Amherst, MA ♦ A kind of magic happens when you bring together a group of young people who love to write: Over the course of eight days at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, high school students find access to the writer’s life. Through a curriculum that facilitates wild invention, participants generate new writing, experiment with style and form, access tools for finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives, and learn how to connect with an audience. Learning together in close-knit “pods,” young writers participate in workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Many also earn academic credit while they enjoy a pre-college residential experience on the UMass Amherst campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, an area rich with literary history. Dates: Jul 21-28; Age Range of Participants: 14-17yo. Contact: 413-545-8988 ♦ Juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.eduwww.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA ♦ The Living Rivers School brings students into real conservation biology research with Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving the CT River sturgeon. For students who love nature and are considering a life devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist a professional conservationist and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides an enriching life experience that prepares youths to be environmental leaders. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgbiocitizen.org

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
MARCH 2-8, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

SATURDAY

Saturday, March 2, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Louisiana Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing. — Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll “big beat” of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott’s own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12noon – Ninth-generation oxen logger and licensed forester Tom Jenkins will be demonstrating techniques for harvesting timber with draft animals followed by an informational discussion about forestry. Watch the oxen team move large logs with ease and talk with a forester. This event is family-friendly with activities for kids being offered while the Q&A is in session. Hilltown Land Trust. 413-628-4485. 43 Witt Hill Road. Worthington, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12noon – Beehive Design Collective: Mesoamérica Resiste for Educators. It’s not easy to talk about climate change, global capitalism, or ecological destruction in a way that feels energizing. Too often we engage in jargon-filled lectures about these issues that leave us feeling alienated from each other, the land, and the other species that we want to protect. The Beehive Design Collective’s Mesoamerica Resiste graphic is a vibrant storytelling device that can help educators and activists to engage in these conversations with playfulness, creativity, and true, relatable stories. Learn how you can use this graphic to educate, inspire, and organize. Favorite educators in the Beehive network facilitate it. Suitable for educators, homeschoolers, and self-directed learners. Space is limited. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12noon – Come to the Lab and work on a Scratch project with some friends, get some help learning Python, HTML, Javascript, or another programming language, learn how to create your own Minecraft mods, write mobile apps, make things with Arduino, or bring something you’ve been working that you’d like to share! You can learn to create a robot too! All ages. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-1pm – Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market at Four Corners Public School. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-1pm – Notchview Bread ‘n’ Jam Classic: A Berkshire nordic skiing tradition with race prizes include artisanal homemade bread and jams! A fun, local, and home-grown nordic skiing race full of community and fun. Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-2pm – Open Hearth Cooking Classes at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-4pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-5pm – Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, wanted to engage children in reading that was exciting and fun, not like the old Dick and Jane primers most teachers in the 1950s used to teach reading to children. To create a new and better early reader, Geisel considered a list of words for beginning readers. After some contemplation, he decided to begin his story with the first two words that rhymed: “cat” and “hat.” The rest is history. Celebrate the beloved children’s author on his 115th birthday with an action-packed day which includes art and science activities. Borrow free museum passes from your local library. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-8pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 10:30am – Explore how maple trees grow and taste some delicious sap and syrup with “Sweet Trees” S.T.E.M. Best for young children up to age 7. Arms Library. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, March 2,10:30am – Hear the Amherst College Zumbyes, their oldest acapella group. Founded in 1950, the group arranges songs with energy, complexity, and significant jazz influence. A Zumbyes concert is more aptly called a show, with performances constructed equally around musical fare and irreverent humor, with appeal for an audience of all ages. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 11am – Tom Knight Puppet Show. With a collection of original songs and skits with Knight’s engaging puppets, Knight’s performance will debut a new original piece about friendship and adversity “A Circle of Friends,” featuring characters based on simple geometric shapes. Northampton Community Music Center. 413-585-0001. 139 South St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 11am-12:30pm – Monthly Parents Group at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 11am-1pm – Late winter is the perfect time for a seed swap. Start planning your flower and vegetable garden with a bounty of options from your community members’ fields and containers at the Grow Food Northampton annual Seed Swap! A seed swap is a great place to give and receive gardening advice, too, so be sure to come with questions, garden plan ideas, and success stories. Enjoy a hands-on activity for all ages and leave with helpful materials about seed starting and saving. This year there will also be a Gardening Book Swap. Bring spare gardening books to share and/or take some home to read up before the growing season. The Swap will be held at the Northampton Senior Center. 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 7pm – The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them are dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, March 2, 7:30pm – Contemporary musical, dark comedy: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. The Smith College Department of Theatre presents this production. Performances held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, March 3, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Louisiana Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing. — Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll “big beat” of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott’s own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, March 3, 9am-3pm – Featuring New England favorites and unusual South African bulbs at the Fitzpatrick Conservatory. A fantastic collection of blooming South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. The environment created in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory mimics the conditions which would bring these bulbs into bloom in their native Cape Province of South Africa, home to some 1200 species of bulbous plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, March 3, 10am-12noon – Signs of the Season Nature Walk. Enjoy the woods and meadows found at Arcadia’s 700+ acres, exploring the sanctuary and discovering natural history at a relaxed pace. Natural history topics will include ecological relationships among animals and their habitats as well as tips for identifying birds by sight and sound. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, March 3, 1pm & 8pm – Film studies supported with a screening of Spirited Away. Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, March 3, 1-4pm – First Sundays Free at The Clark Art Institute. A special program dedicated to hearth and home. Williamstown, MA

Monday, March 3, 10am-4pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs!
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.


MONDAY

Monday, March 4, 2-6pm – DIY Bike Repair at Make-It Springfield. Do you have a bike in the basement/garage that could use a little love? Hate spending all that money at a bike shop when you know you could probably do it yourself? Drop-in anytime and get your questions answered and your repairs taken care of by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring a bike or just your questions. All ages welcome. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.

Monday, March 4, 5:30-6:15pm – Open, facilitated meditation sitting. Optional discussion follows. Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. 413-527-0388. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA.

Monday, March 4, 6:30-8pm – Northampton Area Pediatrics host a monthly Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. Join other area parents and caregivers to: Receive ADHD information and support; Be heard without being judged; Hear how others cope with similar issues and challenges; Learn about local resources for families; Hear from area specialists on pertinent topics; Learn new strategies to try at home; Leave feeling empowered and hopeful. Light refreshments will be available. ValleyADHDfamilies@gmail.com. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-584-8700193. Locust St., Northampton, MA

Monday, March 4, 6pm – Like chocolate? Like history? Join cookbook author and Bon Appetit magazine editor, Dédé Wilson for “Chocolate Tasting: From Bean to Bar to Palate.” Dédé will lead participants on a virtual tour of cacao production, from choosing and harvesting beans, to drying and fermentation techniques, to creating the “recipe” that leads to the chocolate bars that we eat. Learn how to truly appreciate and assess chocolate with all of your senses with a tasting of different varieties and sources from around the globe. Learn why two 70% chocolates taste different from one another, how to read a label to assess chocolate quality, why one chocolate that is good for eating might not be for baking and what makes a chocolate “best” in its class. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Monday, March 4, 7pm – See how the documenting of stories can come alive! Celebrate Women’s History month with Historical Performer Sheryl Faye, as she brings to life the story of Anne Frank at the Agawam Library! Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA.


TUESDAY

Tuesday, March 5, 10am-4pm -Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs!
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30pm – GPL Tween/Teen Movie Night: Teen librarians invite all middle and high school kids in the library’s LeVanway Meeting room for pizza and a movie! Ages 10-18. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 5, 3:15pm – Burgy BagShare Sew. The Williamsburg Senior Center will have sewing machines, fabric, and everything needed to sew bags for the Meekins Library and the Burgy Market. There are lots of jobs for non-sewists too. Great opportunity to learn and practice sewing skills in an intergenerational environment. This service-learning opportunity provides reusable bags for free to these locations for residents to use and return. Williamsburg Senior Center. 413-268-8407. 141 Main St, Williamsburg, MA.

Tuesday, March 5, 5pm – Community Soup & Bread Nights at the Old Creamery. The Creamery and guest chefs will provide hot vegetarian soup and bread, and community members are invited to eat for free. During the evening, artists and performers, storytellers, comedians, and poets are invited to share their open mic. Old Creamery Co-op. 413-634-5560. 445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington, MA.

Tuesday, March 5, 11am-12noon – Yoga for parents & babies at Sunflower Yoga and Mindfulness for parents of babies birth to crawling, focusing each week on the needs of the parents in the room. Sunflower Yoga and Mindfulness. 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA.

Tuesday, March 5, 4:30-5:30pm – Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Open to all ages. Read how Yo-Yo school encourages understanding of physics alongside tremendous manual dexterity. Northampton, MA.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, March 6, 9am-12noon – Homeschool Farm Program in the Hilltowns. Explore the fields and woods of Red Gate Farm to learn about natural history, farming and living close to the land. Farm chores are an integral part of each day, working together caring for the farm animals, spending most of the time outdoors participating in activities that incorporate the skills of leadership, communication, and teamwork. Ages 7-12.Red Gate Farm. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA.

Wednesday, March 6, 10-11:30am – Wednesday Parents Group. It Takes a Village. 413-650-3640. 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA.

Wednesday, March 6, 10am-4pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs!
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 6, 6-8pm – Crafts Nite & Social Circle at Sheep & Shawl. Bring a portable craft or start a new project. South Deerfield, MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, March 7, 9am-4pm – Featuring New England favorites and unusual South African bulbs at the Fitzpatrick Conservatory. A fantastic collection of blooming South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. The environment created in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory mimics the conditions which would bring these bulbs into bloom in their native Cape Province of South Africa, home to some 1200 species of bulbous plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Thursday, March 7, 10am – Taiko Drums performance at UMass, supporting an interest in world culture, world history, music, and dance. Kodo is the world’s foremost professional taiko drumming company that has singlehandedly played the most important role in popularizing this Japanese art form. Forging new directions for the traditional Japanese drum, Kodo brings a display of raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery to U.S. audiences with their cutting-edge and ever-evolving production, Evolution. All ages. UMass Fine Arts Center. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA

Thursday, March 7, 10am-4pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs!
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 7, 5-6:30pm – Lecture “Where Did Buddhist Monks Live, Meditate, Translate the Sutras and Perform Rituals in Yungang?” Art historian Joy Lidu Yi discusses the significance of new archaeological discoveries in and around Yungang, a 5th-century rock-cut court cave complex, one of the most significant Buddhist monuments of all time. Lidu Yi is associate professor of art history at Florida International University. Smith College. Graham Auditorium, Hillyer. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8pm – 42nd Street. 42nd Street is the ultimate show-biz musical, celebrating Broadway theater, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre! A Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet, this musical bubbles over with energy, humor, and show-stopping production numbers. Academy Youth Productions bring the magic of Broadway to our own backyard and are performed by area youth ages 9-15. The performance will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA.


FRIDAY

Friday, March 8, 9am-4pm – Featuring New England favorites and unusual South African bulbs at the Fitzpatrick Conservatory. A fantastic collection of blooming South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. The environment created in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory mimics the conditions which would bring these bulbs into bloom in their native Cape Province of South Africa, home to some 1200 species of bulbous plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Friday, March 8, 10am-4pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs!
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 8, 10:30am – Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bobcats! Learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. The program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, March 8, 2:15-3:30pm – Makey Makey : Inventing Coding Creating. Did you know you can make music using bananas and other fruits as your energy source?! Learn what’s needed to do so and the science involved. Limited space for kids ages 8-12. Dickinson Memorial Library. Northfield, MA.

Friday, March 8, 6:30-8pm – 42nd Street. 42nd Street is the ultimate show-biz musical, celebrating Broadway theater, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre! A Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet, this musical bubbles over with energy, humor, and show-stopping production numbers. Academy Youth Productions bring the magic of Broadway to our own backyard and are performed by area youth ages 9-15. The performance will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 8, 7pm – Slated for a Fall production, The Double Edge Theatre is performing a preview of SUGA, an original solo performance. This piece was conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe, who began working on SUGA as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This show is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds — personal, artistic, societal, and political — one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself — as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run – toward freedom. Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Chester, Heath, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, South Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Russell, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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