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Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp Demolishing the old Honda dealership on King St. The controversial railcrew housing on the tracks near Market St. Today my travels brought me down to Northampton and as I drove down King St on my way home, I swung into Foster-Farrar so I could get a better look at the demolition taking place at the former Northampton Honda. There have been so many times we drove past this hulking ugly weed-strewn building and asked ourselves why the 0

In the thick of the summer before the sleeping gets terrible

In the thick of the summer before the sleeping gets terrible We're in the thick of summer, but thankfully, we haven't gotten into the mugginess and terrible sleeping weather that lies ahead of all of us. I just watched my neighbors walking by, holding a leash and being pulled along by their black mongrel. One of the middle-aged men was shirtless, the other wore a skimpy tank top. Nobody has ever asked to see that, have they? Oh well, they're good neighbors and so we'll 0

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain   All girl band The Snaz were the youngest musicians playing at the fest. Another Green River Festival is in the history books, and this one was a great one, different in some ways, but the same in how it captured the essense of summer in the Pioneer Valley. Monte from WRSI said that from the stage, so much of what we all love about the event mirrors what we love about living here. This year's 0

The How and the Why answers questions I never asked

Tonight I went to see the latest New Century Theatre production at Smith College, "The How and the Why," by Sarah Treem. It's a serious play about a mother and daughter who come together for a biology conference and find similarities in their adult lives after the mom gave her daughter up for adoption when she was a baby. Lisa Abend and Suzanne Ankrum performing The How and the Why at Smith College. TFor the first 45 minutes of the play, it wasn't at all 0

Easthampton’s Co.lab will bring creatives out of their silos

Easthampton’s Co.lab will bring creatives out of their silos A group of 12 men and women gathered at Eastworks last night to talk about starting a cooperative work space in the building. Last night a group of men and women who work at home gathered to hear details of a new plan to create a cooperative work space to Easthampton. Organizers Seth Lepore and Sita Magnuson offered their vision of a place that not only provides a place to work for creative types, but a 0

Have you got your Green River Festival tickets yet?

Have you got your Green River Festival Tickets yet? Hurry! Heather Maloney and Darlingside will play on Sunday at the Green River Festival July 12-13, 2014 The Green River Festival has been on my calendar for many months. In fact, all throughout the year I make sure that whatever plans I have made for the summer don’t’ get in the way of attending both Saturday and Sunday July 12-13 so as not to miss any of this great event. Have you bought your tickets yet? 0

Summer travel plans: Hidden Pennsylvania, cruising New England and Tanglewood

I've got some exciting travel plans unfolding as we head officially into summer, and that's what makes a life worth living. First off, I am heading off with my daughter and my two grandchildren to an undisclosed location in central The Grand Caribe, Blount Small Ship Adventures Pennysylvania. This place is so great that many who live there have requested that I refrain from blogging about it or sharing its location in my usual exhuberant manner. So I'll just describe it as a giant house 0

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar Stalin has died and Joe McCarthy is saying bad things about General Montgomery. And on stage at Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing arts, an audience of people old enough to get the jokes was laughing along with a cast who could all easily keep up with Neil Simon's deadpan humor with perfect comedic timing. The show has plenty of physical comedy as well as great one liners. In the first show of a their 0

New Century Theatre: paying actors really does make a difference!

New Century Theatre: paying actors really does make a difference! One of the reasons that Northampton has been voted one of America's Best Art Towns is because of our professional theater company, New Century Theatre, which produces a roster of plays each summer. I'm pleased to be sharing news of their first production of the season starting on June 19, Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." Every time I go to a New Century show I am impressed not only with the acting, but 0

Easthampton's Cultural Chaos 2014: more cred for the coolest town in the Valley!

Easthampton is becoming the place to be in Western Mass. On Saturday my friend Jack and I rode our bikes there from Northampton on the bike trail and we joined in the city-wide celebration called Cottage Street Cultural Chaos. Indeed, it was chaos, there was so much going on in a small sector of town, Cottage Street. First we parked our bikes and walked through One Cottage Street, where dozens of artists and craftspeople have studios. It was open studio for many of them, and 1