Greasy Cuffs, Idols, Poems, Proposals + Hard Hats

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Turners Falls River Culture
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Starting Friday: Valley Idol Karaoke Competition to benefit Shea Theater

Auditions Friday, May 6th, 6 pm; $35 registration fee; register online  or call Shea Theater at 413-863-2281 (must be 18 or older)  Will you be the next Valley Idol? or Valley Idol Jr?

Performance Nights
Round 1: May 7, 7 pm
Round 2: May 14, 7 pm
Grand Finale: May 21, 8 pm

Audience Admission: Auditions $3, All other evening performances 5/7 - 5/21; $10 in advance/$12 at the door; Tickets available in advance at World Eye Bookstore and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant or online.

Saturday: Peskeomskut Park afternoon concert and more

Greasy Cuffs Song Tour: Zak Kirwin, Jamie Matson and Sasha Pearl are on their bicycles, with guitars, ukes, toy xylophones and tambourines in tow, circling around New England playing their sweet music, unplugged. Regularly solo performers, they have joined together for this tour to form one collective band, Greasy Cuffs Song Tour, taking turns as lead. Their first show is in Hudson, NY. Then they are gearing up, getting their thighs tuned up to ride, and taking off for a three week tour to Albany, North Adams, Brattleboro, Montague, Northampton, Boston, Providence, and ending in Zak's stomping grounds, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This tour is to promote love of life, and how music can inspire a good work out. They will be sweatin’ it out old school, up hills, across bridges, and parking their bike's in your mom’s driveway while they take a shower.

Rain location at the Carnegie Library across from the park.

Saturday, May 7, 1 pm, Peskeomskut Park, 7 + Ave A, Turners Falls, info here 

Also on Saturday:

10:30 pm - Flower Fairies and Root Children with Dawn Ward for families - Carnegie Library.  For more information, call the Carnegie Library, 413-863-3214.

3pm- Re-dedication and re-painting of the poem at the Woven River Pathway public art project with artist Sebastian Gutwein.  Email Sebastian or call him at 631-241-1018 for info and details. Info on the Pathway here.  Read about Woven River in the Montague Reporter here.

All day - 2nd Street Baking Company Cake Contest, Winning cake will appear at the Feast for the Arts in the evening! 69 2nd Street, Turners Falls,

See more Crabapple Blossom Festival events here

Saturday evening: Feast for the Arts

You are invited to choose and fund Turners Falls' next temporary participatory public art project from proposals we have received for the Turners Falls Producer’s Series. They are:

Doors + Windows into Turners Falls, By Daniel Hales
Pyramids of Hope, By Tony Palumbo
River of Lights by Kathryn Greenwood Swanson, Hunter Greenwood Swanson and Alexis Arcaro
River of Words Stream of Conscience, by Christine Destrempres

Full proposals can be read here.

For a minimum donation of $10, you will have the opportunity to vote on submitted proposals, while meeting your community, enjoying a fabulous meal provided by local venues and hearing music from local musicians.

The evening will consist of a cocktail hour with live music by Caleb Wetherbee and Shag the Band, followed by dinner and a short presentation of proposals, after which you will be able to informally discuss the ideas and vote on your favorite.  Votes will be tallied by the end of the evening and a winner announced.  Your dinner fees will go directly to funding the winning proposal. 

Tix available here and at the door

Saturday, May 7, 6 pm, Montague Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Ave (near corner of 7 + L Streets), Turners Falls. Email Lisa with questions or call 413-230-9910

Hard Hats on display starting tomorrow!

We have several hard hats back from artists and will start to display them in storefronts in Greenfield starting tomorrow followed by storefronts in Turners Falls in June.  The hats will be auctioned off at our event on June 25th, 7 pm at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Check out these windows when you are in downtown Greenfield this month:

May 6-13: Greenfield Savings Bank lobby
May 13 – 21: Wilson’s
May 21 – 27: Design Nails
May 27 – June 3: World Eye Bookshop

A playful riff on the ongoing construction of the Gill-Montague Bridge, RiverCulture's “Under Construction” event will feature a live fashion show and live auction of one-of-a-kind hard hats designed by area artists, including Nina Rossi, Jack Nelson, Laura Herbert, Tony Polumbo, Rachel Teumim,  Fafnir Adamites, Daniel Brown, Donna Estabrooks, Louise Minks, Becky Caplice, Dick Little and many many others.   Live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a late-night dance party are also on the evening’s schedule.

This is the perfect opportunity to “pass the hat” for RiverCulture’s behind-the-barricades work essential to a creating a connected and vibrant community.  If this is not the most talked about event of the year, we’ll eat our hats!

Contact Lisa if you are interested in volunteering, contributing silent auction items or sponsoring this event. She can also be reached at 413-230-9910.

Turners Falls RiverCulture

RiverCulture is the recipient of the 2011 Commonwealth Award, honoring exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. For more information, visit

We are community supported and sustained through contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations.  We'd like to thank our major supporters who have taken a significant investment in the vibrancy and livability of our community:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Town of Montague

Western Massachusetts Electric Company

Hillside Plastics




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