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Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day affair with dozens of bands and solo artists — not to mention the hot-air balloon rides the festival offers. So what’s new …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members …

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: SMITH COLLEGE: Don Horton and Susan Cocalis read from their work Sunday, 3 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room, at the college in Northampton. Part of the “Gallery of Readers” series. UNIVERSITY …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …

A LOOK BACK

Thursday, June 25, 2015

50 Years Ago  The president of the Barbers’ Union, Local 34, announced today that the price of haircuts will increase as of July 6. The cost of a regular adult haircut will be raised from $1.50 to $1.75, while crew cuts will be upped to $2.  …

Adv26 For release Friday, June 26

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BC-History, ADV26 Adv26 For release Friday, June 26 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 26, the 177th day of 2015. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was …

PBS: Affleck episode of ‘Finding Your Roots’ violated standards

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — PBS put its “Finding Your Roots” series on hold Wednesday after determining an episode that omitted references to Ben Affleck’s ancestor as a slave owner violated its standards. The public television service said it is …

Playin’ the blues: Keb’ Mo’ brings songs from his latest album to Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keb’ Mo’ got pegged early in his career as a modern link to historic bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy. With a smooth vocal style that offered just a hint of grit, and an acoustic guitar …

Full Disclosure: New theater festival aims to engage audiences

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linda McInerny thinks a lot about the brain. “I love neurology and I love the study of the brain and consciousness, and who we are as human beings,” McInerny said recently. The Old Deerfield Productions artistic director had …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Easthampton gets its groove on with 2nd annual ‘Cultural Chaos’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afternoon near-summer sun ablaze, I stood on the closed-to-traffic Cottage Street in Easthampton, blinking, getting accustomed to the tide of happy people moving around me. Because even brighter than the sunshine was the community spirit on this special …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

50 Years Ago  Northampton’s playground supervisors will meet at the recreation office on Prospect Street tomorrow to begin a two-day orientation, instruction and workshop program. Robert A. Young will again act as general supervisor of the summer play program. Miss Geraldine Mann will assume the duties of …

Adv25 For release Thursday, June 25

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 25, the 176th day of 2015. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. On this date: In …