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A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist …

Music Review: Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony with verve, aplomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most important concert of the year was performed Saturday in Buckley Hall of Amherst College by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of …

Unpublished letter written by Deerfield militiaman describing Shays’ Rebellion battle sells for $35,000

Saturday, April 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — An unpublished letter describing an account by a Deerfield militiaman of the principal battle of Shays’ Rebellion sold at auction last week for $35,000. An unidentified private collector bid on the 228-year-old letter written by Epaphras …


Friday, April 17, 2015

50 Years Ago  More than 1,000 children between the ages of four and nine, were treated to one of the season’s highlights Saturday afternoon, thanks to the Northampton Jaycee-ettes. The children participated in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of Look Park, where 1,200 colored …

Adv20 For release Monday, April 20

Friday, April 17, 2015

BC-History, ADV20 Adv20 For release Monday, April 20 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 20, the 110th day of 2015. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil …

Archaeology event in South Deerfield showcases artifacts from 2013 industrial park dig

Friday, April 17, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Over 12,000 years ago, the land at the base of Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield is believed to have been the site of one of the largest Paleolithic encampments in North America. According to Dr. Richard Michael Gramly, a Harvard-educated archaeologist from North Andover, the …

Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade at Historic Deerfield Saturday

Friday, April 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — Ready! Aim! Fire! Ordered by that cry, the crack of muskets and the boom of cannons will be a common sound in Old Deerfield during Historic Deerfield’s Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday. At the event, held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will …

Weekend-long sale of 20,000 antique books kicks off Friday at Eastworks in Easthampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — What does it take to move 25,000 books from Neversink, New York, to Easthampton? For Rich West and Peter Luke, it took 2,500 boxes packed on 50 pallets driven by three moving trucks. In December the …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Spring Arts Festival’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst College’s weeklong “Spring Arts Festival” closes with a medley of presentations and performances by arts faculty Sunday at 3 p.m. in the college’s Kirby Theater. Amherst composer-in-residence Eric Sawyer will collaborate with theater and dance professor Ron …

Weekend Planner — Reading: The Florence Poets Society

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Florence Poets Society was founded in 2004 by firefighter Tom “Twilite” Clark and attorney Carl Russo, who met because they had children in the same kindergarten class and who became fast friends when they discovered they shared …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Eminent Domain,’ ‘Lichtstark’ at Historic Northampton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In “Eminent Domain,” a documentary short by Brian Comfort, we are introduced to Jim Bishop, a man who has been building a castle in the mountains of Colorado for more than 40 years and whose seemingly limitless capacity …