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Speaking of Nature: Midnight wail — The call of the Red Fox

02-20-2024 9:22 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was early in the morning.  I had a fresh cup of coffee and a little something to nibble on as I sat down at my computer and tried to make a decision.  What was I going to write about this week?  There were two ideas rattling around in my head but...


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Valley Bounty: CSA season gets jump on growing season next week

02-16-2024 4:07 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Though more weeks of winter lie ahead, National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) week — Feb. 19-25 — marks the symbolic start of the CSA cycle, when member sign-ups start rolling in and participating farmers begin planning for the coming growing...


From Holland with love: Julia van IJken takes up more of the reins with Young@Heart Chorus

02-16-2024 3:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Julia van IJken was at her parents’ home in the Netherlands, unable to travel back to England, where she’d been working on a master’s program in art and communication at the Royal College of Art in...


Music festivals small and large: Jazz Shares mini-fest and a new outdoor indie rock festival are headed to Northampton

02-16-2024 3:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s still winter, but music festivals, small and large, are in the works. Here’s a look at some coming events, one that’s imminent and one further down the road.First off, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is offering a mini-fest next weekend, Feb. 22-25,...


Art Briefs: Classical music in Hadley, jazz in Amherst, and a unique art exhibit in Northampton 

02-16-2024 8:46 AM

Haydn and Hummel in Hadley (with Beethoven) HADLEY — Arcadia Players will give an early boost to spring, or least to the spirit of spring, on Feb. 18 with a performance of chamber works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including...


‘O’ is for Oman: Northampton man completes mission of traveling the alphabet of countries

02-09-2024 12:38 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

More than 60 years after he crossed his first foreign border, Gerard Simonette this month completed a mission of sorts: He checked off the last remaining letter of the alphabet of countries he has visited with a trip to Oman.Simonette, 80, who...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order

02-09-2024 12:36 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...


Taking up long-form fiction: Acclaimed short-story writer Kelly Link is set to debut her first novel

02-09-2024 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Kelly Link has piled up quite a few accolades and honors over the years: a MacArthur “genius grant,” a Pulitzer Prize nomination, several awards for fantasy fiction — a Hugo, a World Fantasy, and three Nebulas — and the kind of praise writers dream...


Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week's winner: Richard B. Newton of Easthampton

02-09-2024 12:32 PM

Along with this photo, Richard B. Newton of Easthampton wrote, “Found today at the Big Y — Turnover opens up about the joy of being raspberry!”How to enter: Snap a pic of something delicious-looking and send it with your name, town and a sentence or...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Single on Valentine’s Day? How to be your own valentine

02-09-2024 12:31 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Many of us are facing Valentine’s Day with a lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. You may be newly single and are feeling raw and shaky. You may have been on your own for a long time and here you are, solo, once again on this holiday. Or you may find...


Art that traveled far, wide: Smith College exhibit showcases venerable art from the Persianate world

02-08-2024 3:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Before it became recognized by its modern name in 1935, Iran was known for centuries — at least in the western world — as Persia, a name that reflected the language of the same name and the culture that was part of it.In the 1970s, academics coined...


Still harmonizing after all these years: Silver Chord Bowl marks its 40th anniversary

02-08-2024 3:21 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s witnessed the start of what have become some longstanding artistic landmarks in Northampton: the Young@Heart Chorus, the downtown New Year’s Eve festival called First Night Northampton, and a good-natured competition involving collegiate a...


The Beat Goes On: Acclaimed dobro player shows her singer-songwriter side in Northampton, an eclectic duo comes to Florence, and more

02-08-2024 1:37 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Parlor Room features a steady stream of singer-songwriters, given the Northampton club’s intimate setting is ideal for acoustic music.The vast majority of those performers come bearing acoustic guitars. But Abbie Gardner will bring her dobro, or...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: A garden is a canvas: “Painting the Modern Garden: From Monet to Matisse” comes to Amherst Cinema

02-08-2024 1:35 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

As the calendar page flips to the short but cruel month of February, I suspect that many gardeners, like me, are getting tired of the somber palette of gray and brown.Just in time to rescue us from seasonal ennui, a wonderful documentary, “Painting...


Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: ‘Money, it’s a gas’: Exploring both sides of the coin when costly bills surprise us

02-08-2024 1:34 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Every time I hear the classic song “Money” by Pink Floyd, I think about my complicated relationship with the almighty dollar.Who hasn’t felt pushed and pulled between the seductive power of our currency and its ability to crush us? Not surprisingly,...


Animal tales: Northampton exhibit of photography and poetry looks at the threats animals face, as well as their beauty

02-02-2024 11:53 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he was growing up in New York City, Florence photographer Stephen Petegorsky was fascinated by the skeletons and diorama displays of animals in places like the city’s Museum of Natural History, developing an early interest in the science and art...


Book Bag: ‘The Sacred Dog’ by Joan Livingston; ‘Mud Pie’ by Lauren Arienzale

02-02-2024 11:52 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Sacred DogBy Joan LivingstonDarkstroke Books Franklin County author Joan Livingston, a former reporter and editor who once covered the Hilltowns for the Gazette, has used her experience to create a series of mystery novels set in similar towns,...


Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Rachel Markowitz of Northampton

02-02-2024 11:52 AM

With this winning photo, Rachel Markowitz of Northampton brings us closer to granola than we’ve ever been before. Her homemade batch “adds the necessary crunch and spice to my morning yogurt-and-fruit bowls.”How to enter: Snap a pic of something...


Valley Bounty: Micro but mighty: At a new farm in South Hadley, small is beautiful — and delicious

02-02-2024 11:50 AM

By JACOB NELSON

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love Leaf Farm in South Hadley, it’s this: don’t judge a farm by its size … or the size of their crops, for that matter.In the words of farmer-owner Michael Fredette, “Love Leaf Farm is a very small, indoor...


Rare views into an earlier age: Clark Art Institute exhibits some 80 original images in paper and photographs

02-02-2024 10:43 AM

By DON STEWART

There are those who see winter not as a season but as a siege. They tire of shoveling white glittering fractals from their driveways and see snow as the unnecessary freezing of water.If you’re among those who don’t consider the frozen monochrome of...



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