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Upcoming Events

Candlelight Tour of Wistariahurst Museum

Tour ghostly Wistariahurst by candlelight! Creep down shadowed hallways and darkened rooms of the Skinner Mansion on a rare guided tour at night! Reservations necessary. Admission $15 general/$10 members

when: Friday, October 31, 2014
Tours at 7pm and 8:30pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $15 general/$10 members
info: wistariahurst.org/events-2/
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Bus Trip to See the Revival of "The Belle of Amherst" in New York City

The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) Victory Theatre is pleased to partner with the Emily Dickinson Museum for a New York Bus Trip to the off-Broadway performance of The Belle of Amherst, William Luce's acclaimed one-woman play.

The play stars Joely Richardson (Emily Dickinson), known for her roles in the television dramas Nip/Tuck and The Tudors. Richardson has also appeared in a variety of films, including The Patriot, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Red Lights.

Richardson is the daughter of acclaimed actress and MIFA Victory Theatre Honorary Chair Vanessa Redgrave.

"The Belle of Amherst" is directed by Steve Cosson at the Westside Theatre and produced by Don Gregory, who brought the original 1976 production to the stage.

Don Sanders will offer commentary about Emily Dickinson and the play on the trip. There will be time for lunch on your own in New York before the show.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to support two Valley arts organizations.

Limited seating available - make your reservations today!
Please call 413-540-0200.

Accessibility considerations: Please note that the theater is located on the second floor and does not have an elevator. The theater is accessible only by a flight of 21 stairs.

when: Saturday, November 1, 2014
The bus leaves Amherst at 8am & Holyoke at 8:30am for the 2pm matinee
The bus will leave New York City at the show's conclusion (~4pm)
where: Westside Theatre
407 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY
price: Day package: $98 per person (includes round-trip bus and ticket to performance).
New York City area residents may join the group (without transportation) for $54 per person
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Cynthia Sayer & Her Hot Swing Trio: “Banjo Jazz”

Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, and a founding member of Woody Allen's jazz band, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Sayer's vocals are divine and her banjo a force of nature - think Django Reinhardt meets Bela Fleck - as she swings through a repertoire of hot jazz, tango, virtuoso classics and more.
Cynthia Sayer is joined by Matt Glaser on jazz/roots violin and Mike Weatherly on string bass and vocals. This is sure to be a sold out show! Reservations a must! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Cash Bar and Merchandise will be available. This event is sponsored by New England Public Radio and the NEPR News Network.

when: Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Tickets $20 general / $15 members.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/cynthia-sayer-her-hot-swing-trio-banjo-jazz/
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Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: Twilly, Willy, Jenny and Jack and the Northeast’s Earliest Water Powered Textile Machines

Dennis Piccard’s discussion is geared to the layman who is interested in learning more about the machines most of our ancestors operated when they immigrated to this area. It will also be interesting to those who come across these machines in manuscripts and historical novels and would like to better understand them.

when: Monday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m.
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: $7 general / $5 members, pay at door.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/historical-lecture-series-threads-that-bind-textiles-in-the-connecticut-river-valley-twilley-willy-jenny-and-jack-and-the-northeasts-earliest-water-powered-textile-machine/
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Traditional Felting Techniques 101: Water + Wool = Artful Fabric!

Are you feeling creative? Want to learn something new about textiles? Local fiber artisan, Sue McFarland will conduct a felt making workshop. Participants will learn basic traditional felt making techniques to make a piece of colorful flat felt, beads and rope--all out of wool fibers using water and soap. Materials provided. Appropriate for ages 12 though adult. Reservations necessary as space is limited.

when: Saturday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m.
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Fee $20 per participant.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/traditional-felting-techniques-101-water-wool-artful-fabric/
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Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: Twilly, Willy, Jenny and Jack and the Northeast’s Earliest Water Powered Textile Machines

Dennis Piccard’s discussion is geared to the layman who is interested in learning more about the machines most of our ancestors operated when they immigrated to this area. It will also be interesting to those who come across these machines in manuscripts and historical novels and would like to better understand them.

when: Monday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m.
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: $7 general / $5 members, pay at door.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/historical-lecture-series-threads-that-bind-textiles-in-the-connecticut-river-valley-twilley-willy-jenny-and-jack-and-the-northeasts-earliest-water-powered-textile-machine/

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Funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

This project was made possible by a grant administered by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.