August 2009 Happenings
REENACTING OUR REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT Nearly 5,000 visitors and 800 historic military re-enactors will converge on Old Sturbridge Village Aug. 1-2 to watch the action at the seventh annual Redcoats and Rebels event the largest such re-enactment in New England. More than 40 units portraying British, Hessian, Irish, Welsh, French and Colonial troops will conduct mock battles and demonstrate canon and artillery fire. Visitors can enjoy fife and drum music and mingle with the troops around campfires on Sat. evening during "Twilight Encampment." For information visit www.osv.org or call the Village at 1-800-733-1830.
Through Aug. 8, "Acadia" at the New Century Theatre, Northampton. A comedy of manners set in England at the start of the 19th Century, this play was dubbed "the richest, most ravishing comedy to date" by the New York Times. In the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith college, Green St. Northampton. Performances Tues-Sun eve., Sun matinee. Ticket prices: $28/$26 for seniors. Info: 413-585-3220
Aug 1, Turkey Hill Brook Farm, Spencer, MA, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Visit this four-acre central Mass. horse farm landscaped as a sanctuary for horses, people, and wildlife. Learn how homeowners Ellen and Robert Sousa have "rehabbed" their farm's landscaping by using sustainable gardening methods, removing invasive plants and replanting with many native plants to provide food and housing for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Fee: $20 New England Wildflower Society member; $25 non-member. Registration necessary; 508-877-7630, Ext. 3303.
Aug 3, 4, Taking It to the Next Level: Painting Intensive Seminar with Robert Masia, 6-9 p.m. Painters, from beginner to advanced, are welcome to join this series covering such subjects as composition and design, use and control of color and light, and execution of such techniques as under-painting, glazing and more. Bring unfinished works that you wish to continue or that may pose problems or "opportunities" for change. Bring blank canvases, panels or primed paper for experimenting with new techniques. Cost: $90 plus materials list provided upon registration. Call Masia directly at 625-8382 with questions. Workshop at The Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., third floor, Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons.
Aug 6, The Rowan Brothers come to PACE. 8 p.m. at the Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton, 41 Union St. Tickets:$13 general admission, $11 members.Come celebrate 30 years of music with a duo that has traveled to the cusp of fame and back again. The pair recently released a two-dis retrospective.
Aug. 8, Ride Like an Animal Fundraiser for Thomas J. O'Conner Animal Control & Adoption Center. Begins at 8 a.m. at TJO Center and ends at Elks Lodge in Holyoke at 1 p.m. Food, fun, live music by Equinox, raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit TJO Center, 627 cottage St., Springfield. Contact center for info.
Aug. 10-11, Drawing Immersion: Two Evening Workshops with Robert Masia, 6-9 p.m. Experiment with a variety of drawing materials and learn about the techniques for handling them. Techniques and concepts of value, line, composition, chiaroscuro (the juxtaposition of light and dark) and perspective to name a few. Cost: $90 plus materials list provided upon registration. Call Masia directly at 625-8382 with questions. Workshop at The Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., third floor, Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons.
Aug 11, Round-Trip Bus Trip to Boston Red Sox. Bus trip from Springfield to see Boston Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers. Seats are located in right field, section 90. Bus leaves parking lot of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. at 3:30 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game. Cost is $110 members, $120 general public. Price includes ticket, transportation and driver gratuity. To register stop by the JCC or call 739-4715.
Aug. 16, Cakes in a Landscape: A Pastel Workshop Intensive with Jane Lund, 4-7 p.m., and August 17-21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. During this week-long pastel workshop, we will be using cakes as our subject matter, but super-imposing their image into a landscape of each student's choosing. Numerous photographs of landscapes will be available, or students can provide their own. Workshop beings on Sunday evening with three hours of warm-up exercises. All levels of students are encouraged to participate. Cost: $375 plus materials list provided upon registration. Workshop at The Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., third floor, Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons.
Aug. 16 , Stanley Park On Parade-Longest Birthday Table Event. This family-friendly event includes a parade and a party! Call 572-2900 for information.
Aug. 16 Sweet Adelines in concert at Stanley Park. 6 p.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion at Stanley Park. Enjoy the sweet harmony of these women who come from all walks of life! For more information on the Adelines, visit www.soundsofnewengland.org.
Aug 17, Mohegan Sun Trip, just $25. Take a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Aug. 17. Bus will leave the parking lot of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person; includes round trip fare, free buffet, two free bets. For info call Carlin Trietsch, Adult Services Director at 739-4715, Ext. 325.
Aug. 23 Deerfield Lion's Club Antique Auto Show. On the grounds or Channing L. Bete Co. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission: $5. Info on showing cars: Peter James: 413-665-7104 Show car charge:$10. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Aug. 29, Hangar Dance/Cruise-In and Fly-In. 5-11 p.m. at the Pioneer Valley Military & Transportation Museum on the grounds of Barnes Airport, Westfield. music by Cory & The Knightsmen, food by B'Shara's Runway, trophies for top three vehicles, raffle, rides in vintage aircraft. Tickets: $20 person or $35 couple. Call 413-562-1813.
Aug. 21-23, Classical High School class of 1949 Reunion. 60th reunion at the Marriott Hotel, downtown Springfield, For more info call 733-3441 or 788-4424.
Aug. 30 The Interplay Jazz Band at Stanley Park. Concert, featuring The Valley Jazz divas, begins at 6 p.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion, Stanley Park. Classic, American Jazz, New Orleans funk, Brazilian Sambas,and bosssa are among the sounds you'll enjoy in this night of music.
Aug. 30, Mastering Goldenrods, Nasami Farm, Whateley, MA, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Goldenrods (Solidago and Euthamia) have historically been among the more difficult species of native plants to identify in the field; different species share many common characteristics. Instructor Arieh Tal focuses this workshop on identifying 15 of the most common species. A sampling of species from different parts of our region and from diverse habitats included. Field trip to a natural area close to classroom follows two hour lab. Fee: $55 New England Wildflower Society member; $65 non-member. Registration necessary; 508-877-7630, Ext. 3303.