Today's Events

Title:Watercolors by Walter Cudnohufsky
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:All Day Event
Presenter:Arts and Music Department
Location:Hosmer Gallery

Ashfield artist presents landscapes.

For more information see the Hosmer Gallery website.

Title:Permaculture in Your Backyard
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:One-Time Events
You can apply Permaculture Design to any backyard, big or small, sunny or shady. Ashley uses examples from his projects around the Pioneer Valley to show how you can use Permaculture Design to grow food, nourish a healthy ecosystem, and build a deeper relationship with your land. His explanation of the design process, specific examples, and knowledge of design strategies helps you focus in on your goals, learn useful strategies, and creatively problem-solve in your landscape. 
Ashley Schenk has seven years of experience as a natural builder and permaculture designer. He co-founded  Broadfork Permaculture, a permaculture landscaping cooperative, and has been working throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties designing and implementing healthy backyard landscapes. 
Broadfork Permaculture provides edible landscapes and ecological designs for backyard and commercial landscapes, including annual beds, native plant gardens, edible perennials, and energy-wise landscapes. Find them on the web at:
Title:Antique Appraisal Day
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:11:30am - 4:30pm
Presenter:Friends of Forbes Library
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Friends of Forbes, One-Time Events

Professional  appraisers from Skinner Inc. will be on hand to evaluate your items -- anything from books to fine and decorative arts, toys, furniture, Americana, and folk art.

Participants are limited to 2 objects each at $10 per item. Prohibited items are coins, stamps, jewelry, and musical instruments.

Hours are 11:30 to 4:30, in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library.

Appraisals will be offered by:

Karen Keane

As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses. Under her direction, Skinner has grown from a New England specialty auction house to a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of Skinner as a world-class auction gallery in Boston, as well as the company’s expansion into specialty areas that include Fine Musical Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Fine Wines, and Judaica.

Devon Eastland

Devon Eastland joined Skinner in 2012 after more than twenty years as the co-owner and founder of James & Devon Gray Booksellers in Harvard Square. Devon is widely known for her expertise in books printed prior to 1700 including those from the Pre-medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods. She is much in demand as an appraiser and cataloger of antiquarian books, and has served in an advisory role to individual and institutional collectors, including Harvard University, The Shepard Historical Society, Boston College, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Department of Special Collections.

George Lewis

George Lewis established and ran his business, George Thomas Lewis & Co., for over 35 years. The business specialized in estate liquidations and antiques, and Lewis built a strong reputation in the region for integrity, thoroughness, and professionalism. Karen Keane, Skinner CEO, said, “George has years of experience working with objects of value and is known for his courteous demeanor and personal service. We are delighted to have him represent Skinner in Western Massachusetts.”

For more information contact .

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Forbes Library.

Title:Western MA Humanists
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Western MA Humanists
Location:Community Room
Categories:Meeting, Recurring Events

Please note that this month's meetup has a change in time. 

A Meetup discussion group for local humanists, agnostics, and atheists. Low key and friendly- all are welcome.

Title:Spanish-English Conversation Club
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Bak Study Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Spanish/English Conversation Circle

Join our FREE Spanish-English conversation club where you can learn, improve or practice English and Spanish language skills. This group is open to all levels including beginners. Join us to have fun and learn a new language or improve your language skills. 

Clases GRATIS de Español Inglés conversacional donde se puede aprender, mejorar o practicar el idioma inglés y español. Este grupo está abierto a todos los niveles, incluyendo principiantes. Únase a nosotros para divertirse y aprender un nuevo idioma o mejorar sus habilidades lingüísticas. 

Title:Gail Thomas Book Launch
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Gail Thomas
Location:Community Room
Categories:Author Event, One-Time Events

Book Launch and reading by poet Gail Thomas to celebrate the publication of her third book, Waving Back.

Title:Big Read Dance
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Off Site
Categories:All Hamptons Read, One-Time Events

Come learn popular dances from the 1920s at the Big Read Dance and dance the night away! Instructors from Dance Northampton will be on hand to demonstrate and teach some of the most popular dances from the 1920s. This event is being held at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, MA. 

This program is preesnted by All Hamptons Big Read. The communities of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton are coming together for this project to present discussions and events in March through May of 2015 based on the noir classic, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. All Hamptons Read has been awarded a “Big Read” grant by the National Endowment for the Arts which will assist us to purchase copies of the book and offer programming in each community. 

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.