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Turners Falls River Culture

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Tonight! The Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Moonmeadow

Sophisticated melodic pop music featuring sonorous vocal harmonies sweeping instrumental textures and a captivating rhythmic groove that will move you.

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in downtown Turners Falls.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum and museum store are open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12, free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming-for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible.     

Friday, May 10, 7-9 pm, Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376, 413-863-3221, Laurel_Carpenter@fws.gov

Opening Tonight! A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Shea Theater presents A New Renaissance Players production of A Midsummer Night's Dream Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Anthony Manica

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a Comedy, is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

May 10,11,17,18 7:30 P.M., May 12,19 2:00 P.M., Adult Tickets $10, Under 18 FREE! Shea Theater, 71 Ave A, Turners Falls, MA 01376, Website (click here), Get tickets here

Crabapple Blossom Fest continues this weekend!

Produced by the Carnegie Library

Sat. 5/11- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Used Book Sale at the Carnegie Library- $2 a bag for all items! 

Sat. 5/11- 10:30 a.m.  Frogs and Friends at the Carnegie Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to learn about frogs and other amphibians with Dawn Marvin Ward.

Sat. 5/11- 10:30 – 12 a.m. Watershed Investigators: Bird Songs and Homes at Great Falls Discovery Center, 863-3221

Sat. 5/11- 9 a.m.  5 p.m.  Turners Falls Fishway opens for the season and will be open Wed. – Sun. from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., through Sun., 6/16, 659-3714. Entrance is located on Gate Way Drive (the gatehouse) across from Unity Park

Thurs. 5/16- 6 – 8 p.m. Artist Reception for Celestial Café's Emily Goodwin at Nina's Nook 

For individuals wishing to enjoy exploring downtown Turners Falls at their own pace, the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Geological Walking Tour and Downtown Attractions & Outdoor Recreation guides will be available at the Carnegie Library, Great Falls Discovery Center, and the Town Hall. 

Saturday: Bingo at Greenfield Savings Bank

Come one, come all for Bingo at GSB, in Turners Falls!  Branch Manager, Linda Ackerman will be our caller. GSB will provide cards, prizes and light refreshments; all you need to bring is yourself.  Seating will definitely be on a first call, first reserve basis.  Place your call Christina or Kerri at 413-863-4316.  Saturday morning bingo is a monthly event with different callers each time. No one will be admitted without a reservation…

Saturday, May 11,  10-11:30am Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376,  free

Saturday: Tawdry at the Rendezvous

Tawdry is an evolutionary work in progress, rooted in Americana but always open to new possibilities. Comprised of three reincarnates of an old-fashioned era, Tawdry moves a new beat to traditional folk and jazz styled tunes

Saturday, May 11, 9:30pm, Rendezvous, 78 Third Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376, free, 413-863-2866.  Check out more events at the VOO here.

Monday: Cathe Janke's Trip to Myanmar

Local artist Cathe Janke will be showing art and photos from her recent journey to Myanmar (Burma) at the The Brickhouse Community Resource Center.  Advocates of democratic reform are divided as to the benefits foreign visitors bring to the people of Myanmar, with some maintaining a call for a boycott, and others arguing that building connections between people can only be helpful. The US government has begun to reduce its economic sanctions on the country.  Anyone who received art or postcards from Janke's trip is invited to bring them along to share.

Monday, May 13, 7pm - 9pm, Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third Street, Turners Falls

Every Wednesday! Great Falls Farmers Market

Fresh in season local produce, perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, crafts and baked goods.  The market is located at the corner of Avenue A. + 2nd Street in Turners Falls from 2pm - 6pm, next to the Great Falls Discovery Center, Rain or Shine. Entertainment is frequently provided. For more information, join the Great Falls Farmers Market on Facebook.

Reception at Nina's Nook: Celestial Cafe  

Three Dimensional Collages by Emily Goodwin grace the walls of the gallery through June 22. Emily Goodwin grew up in Protestant New England, but her intricate works have been inspired by Catholic and Latin American art.  She often combines religious elements with packaging, mythic, and fairy tale iconography to make 3-dimensional collages which she calls "Veronica's Icons" (after Saint Veronica.

Emily also writes short fiction and poetry, and sells antique books. She collects odds and ends at flea markets, thrift stores, book stores and rummage sales.  If a book can't be salvaged and sold, it can be made into art. (Likewise, if it's not a good time, it can still be a good story.)

Thursday, May 16, 5:30-8:30, Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls MA


Igniting Innovation! 3rd Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award!

Our region depends on small business owners who take the risk to make our communities a desirable place to live and work. "The Haas Award, highlights positive examples of entrepreneurship based on years of hard work, community involvement and success of Dick and Janet Haas, owners of Hillside Plastic founders of Sugarhill Containers.” noted Business Assistance Director Amy Shapiro.  The CDC is pleased to have honored our wonderful nominees for their hard work, dedication to our community, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Thursday, May 16, 6pm, Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376, Info at The Franklin County Community Development Corporation


Fitness Hike on the New England National Scenic Trail

The woods should be bursting with birdsong and late spring wildflowers on this 5.5 mile hike along the trail formerly known as the M-M trail. The hike begins in the town of Erving and travels through hemlock forests to the oaky woods on the ledges above the Millers River with a view of the River and east to Mount Wachusett. The group will then continue to Briggs Brook above the village of Farley, where a connector trail leads to the Northfield Mountain trail system. A second viewpoint atop the Mountain looks north to Southern Vermont with a view of the Northfield Mountain Station upper reservoir. Hikers will finally descend along the scenic Rose Ledge foot trail to the Northfield Mountain Visitor Center. Participants will meet at Northfield Mountain and carpool to the hike start location and should wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and bring lunch, water and trail snacks to enjoy along the way. Long pants, sleeves, a hat and bug spray may also be desired. People who participate in aerobic exercise three times per week or more will be a good fit for this program.

Saturday, May 18, Northfield Mountain Visitor Center , For ages 12 and older, FREE! Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960, Website

J.Masics @ the Bookmill

It's all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era's signature songs, albums and styles. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums and vocals have driven a long string of bands: Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Gobblehoof, Velvet Monkeys, the Fog, Witch, Sweet Apple and he has guested on innumerable sessions.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 (8:00pm - 11:00pm) $10 in advance - $12 at the door, Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center, MA 01351

GFDC opens for summer hours!

Starting May 19, 2013, The Great Falls Discovery Center will be open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm.  All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.  Facilities are accessible.  FREE!

Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

An invitation from the Nolumbeka Project

The Nolumbeka Project invites you to the Turners Falls Discovery Center for a brief, respectful ceremony on Sunday, May 19th, at 2 p.m., on the 337th anniversary of the Great Falls massacre in 1676.

The ceremony will be conducted by Nolumbeka Project President Joe Graveline, Native American flute musician Barry Higgins and Strong Oak, Circle Keeper of the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle.  Help them celebrate their stewardship of Wissatinnewag Village. Following the commemoration and reception, all are invited to visit the Wissatinnewag property. Please dress appropriately.

Plan to arrive early so the ceremony can  promptly begin at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a guest. (Young folks encouraged to attend.)
For more information, contact (413) 772-3747 or email us at: nolumbekaproject@gmail.com

Movies in Peskeomskut Park!  Field of Dreams

The Shea Theater is proud to present a very special 'Movies in the Park' screening of Field of Dreams to benefit the Boston One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon attacks.

Please join in contributing to an important cause while enjoying a classic family film. Field of Dreams is a fantastic movie to highlight so much of what makes Boston, our state and the entire country such a remarkable and wonderful place to call home.

The screening will take place at 8:30pm on Thursday May 23rd. The film will end at 10pm. The park will be open for seating beginning at 6:30pm. The rain location for the screening will be The Shea Theater in Turners Falls.

Admission is free and open to everyone, with a suggested donation of $5 per adult. Everything collected will go directly to the Boston One Fund to benefit the victims and families of those most impacted by the recent tragedy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 08:30 pm until 10pm, Peskeomskut Park, Turners Falls, MA (Rain location: The Shea Theater 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA)

Last Saturday Performances: Marc Black

H'Art & Soul Presents the Last Saturday performance series at the Brick House Community Resource Center.  This month's performer, Marc Black, is an eclectic folk-rocker who carries the Woodstock tradition of dealing with life with all its social and political challenges one song at a time. He's been hailed by noted folk artist Happy Traum for his "timeless” songs featuring "deep grooves, excellent playing, and top notch guitar and vocals

Saturday, May 25, 1-2PM, The Brickhouse Community Resource Center. Suggested donation $10. Age 17 + Under Free.

Open Mic at Between the Uprights every Thursday!

Open Mic every Thursday night with Dan, Kip and Schultzy from Curly Fingers Dupree Band. So come check it out. FREE. Look for BTU on Facebook and get schedule updates

Every Thursday, 8:30pm - 11:30pm, Between the Uprights, Avenue A + 2nd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376


Karaoke at the Rendezvous 2nd + 4th Sundays!

On the second and fourth Sunday Nights of each month, the Rendezvous offers you a chance at showing off your singing ability,(or lack of) at Karaoke night, which is presented by TNT Productions. There is never a charge to sing away or just listen.

Next one: May 26, 9pm - 1am, Free, The Rendezvous, 78 Third Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Check out the RiverCulture Calendar for even more fun in Turners Falls!

Turners Falls RiverCulture

RiverCulture works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community, through innovative partnerships and cultural programming. We believe that experiencing arts & culture significantly enhances quality of life and is a vital component to a healthy community. By highlighting our heritage and local assets as we cultivate creative endeavors, we intend to engender a strong sense of place.

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


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