JAN. 3 – LAST CHANCE TO SEE ‘BRIGHT NIGHTS’ AND ‘WINTER WONDERLAND’ THIS YEAR
Jan. 3 is the closing night for the 2020 Bright Nights display in Forest Park, Springfield, MA, and the Eastern States Exposition’s “Winter Wonderland” lights and holographic display in the Better Living Center, Big E grounds, West Springfield, MA.
Info: tickets: https://www.brightnights.org/ and https://www.easternstatesexposition.com/winterwonder
JAN. 6 – SAMPLE THE HISTORY, MYSTERY OF CHOCOLATE IN NEW ENGLAND – ONLINE’
Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Historic Deerfield presents the first of three sweet Zoom-based events on the introduction, medicinal, military and social use of chocolate in old New England. Free to museum members, $10/session non-members.
Info: register: https://www.historic-deerfield.org/calendar
JAN. 7 – LEARN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CORSELETTES AND SUFFRAGETTES ‘BACH TO THE BEATLES’ CONCERT BY GUITARIST SCOTT SANCHEZ
Jan. 7. at 12:15 p.m., the Springfield Museum’s Museum a la Carte presents a Zoom-based centennial salute to Suffragettes and the role women’s underwear played in the vote. Cost: $2 museum members; $4 non-members.
JAN. 13 – YOU CAN GET ORGANIZED THIS YEAR! MARIE KONDO SEMINAR SHOWS THE WAY
Jan. 13. at 7 p.m., The Westfield Athenaeum presents a Zoom seminar with Maile Shoul, a certified instructor in Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo’s method. Event is free, but registration is required due to limited Zoom capacity.
JAN. 25 – TAKE A LOOK AT “FACING ADVERSITY” IN JANUARY NONFICTION BOOK CLUB
Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. over Zoom, the Agawam Library Nonfiction Book Club examines ”Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy”
by Sheryl Sandberg. Registration required; contact Library for info on how to obtain a copy of the book prior to the discussion.
Info: https://www.agawamlibrary.org Search under Calendar of events for link
JAN. 27 – MAKE AN ARMCHAIR ‘CALL’ TO ELEANOR ROOSEVELT’S HYDE PARK HOME
Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum hosts a virtual visit to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home, Val Kill. Hosted by 20-year site veteran, Park Ranger Kevin Oldenburg. Free, but reservations
6 things... you need to know
1. YES YOU CAN START A BOOK CLUB THIS YEAR
The coronavirus may continue keeping us apart for awhile yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start that book club you’ve been dreaming about - online! Discover Books, an online retailer of gently used novels, textbooks, nonfiction reads and more, has real-life tips from readers - all avid book club members - on how to start - or join - a book club on its blog. Get the info at: https://discoverbooks.blog
2. YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD TO BE SOMEONE NEW
There’s a whole group of Instagram granfluencers - like 92-year-old Helen Ruth Elam of Knoxville, TN - who are showing the kids that social media isn’t just for them! Elam reinvented herself – and became an Internet sensation – at 85 – as a way to overcome the grief of losing both her husband and son. Find her on Instagram at @baddiewinkle.
3. IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO PLAN A ROAD TRIP
When the vaccine comes, who won’t be ready to get out and do a little traveling? If you’ve always dreamed of a cross-country road trip, Road Trip USA is the guide for you! There’s 11 great trips, broken down by state. Did you know the Oregon Trail runs through Massachusetts? Check out the long – or short – trips you can plan at the Road Trip USA website: www.roadtripusa.com
4. CAN YOU TYPE? BE A CITIZEN ARCHIVIST!
All you need is a computer, some typing skills, an interest in history and some time to help to preserve handwritten - and sometimes typed - historical documents as a Citizen Archivist! Programs exist at the Smitsonian Institution (https://transcription.si.edu), Library of Congress (https://crowd.loc.gov/) or even a local museum may need your help!
5. LEARN SOMETHING NEW! ELEARNING FOR SENIORS
This website offers courses on a variety of subjects from mindfulness to database design to online dating. Each course is individually priced, you can
purchase as few or as many as you like. Learn more at https://elearningforseniors.com .
6. A TIME TO CASH IN ON YOUR FASHION
Cleaning closets? Those beautiful pieces you no longer wear might turn into cash at Cinderelli’s Consignment Boutique, 183 West Street, Granby, MA. Call 413-530-0311 to discuss an appointment to have those like-new fashions evaluated for consignment.