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CAROL LOLLIS

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track record for photo tips; I don’t think I’ve ever left without a picture. When I got to the barn, camera in tow, I discovered that he’d cut a hole in the door so the pigs and his dog could see each other. I loved the view I got when I peeked in, and found the piglets peeking right back at me. — Carol Lollis … 0

Art People: Carl Erikson | textile artist

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Erikson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by fabric. As a 12-year-old in a Chicago suburb in the early ’50s he’d take a train into the city on a Saturday and wander, always ending up at a fabric store. At the time, he was a marionette impresario, toting a portable … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘Frankenstein’; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAKE IT TO THE BANK Inspired by the Gothic features of the former First National Bank building in Greenfield, Old Deerfield Productions created an original adaptation of “Frankenstein,” to be performed in the space, with a script by Lindel Hart, who also plays the Creature. Don’t expect a Herman Munster look-alike. This Creature’s unique look is created by Joseph Dulude II, who designed … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Elaine Kahn and Sara Nicholson read from their work July 15, 8 p.m., Flying Object, 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0333. MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Deborah Harkness, author of “The Book … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Maxwell Hughes at the Montague Bookmill and other gigs in the Valley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two hands and a six-string acoustic guitar. Maxwell Hughes starts with those average implements and builds music that lives in the same neighborhood as creative greats like Michael Hedges, Kaki King and Tommy Emmanuel. Hughes uses alternate tunings … 0

Your Time Puffer’s Pond, Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photos and text by Kevin Gutting Puffer’s Pond, created by a 19th-century dam on the Mill River and located in the heart of North Amherst, offers a cool and popular respite from summer’s heat. Among those spending time … 0

Style Stop: Mariela Isaac, cool goth

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In spite of wearing layered skirts and a sweater, Northampton resident Mariela Isaac seemed cool and comfortable when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton on a recent steamy afternoon. nnn Her style: I’m part of … 0

ID: Ken Mondschein

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ken Mondschein is a scholar, college professor and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture. He’s also a fencing master. He received a doctorate in history from Fordham University, and also … 0

Chef’s Best: A summer guide to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it … 0

Review: Value in Amazon Prime goes beyond shipping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. After all, I can usually get free shipping by spending at least $35 on a single order. But Prime’s benefits … 0

Tim Driscoll’s barhopping: Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, and a round of golf was in the near future, but first I wanted to visit Kirsten, who bartends at Hugo’s at 315 Pleasant St. in Northampton; I had been promising … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Rita Bleiman reads from her new novel “Acts of Contrition,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235 FORBES LIBRARY:  Andrew Lam reads from his historical … 0

Style Stop: Vanessa Brewster is ‘30, flirty and free’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vanessa Brewster, of Northampton, was crossing the street downtown with a friend when her bright, summery outfit caught the Style Stop team’s attention. nnn Where to?: I’m going out to breakfast with my lady friend. Today’s outfit: I … 0