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Club One in Agawam becoming live music venue


OHN JOYCE OF DOUble J Presents is the new talent buyer for the Club One Entertainment Complex in the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, and it looks like he’s doing a great job. I’ve mentioned the club before, but today we’ll look at some of the bigger upcoming shows Joyce has coming into the venue. The club is in the middle of transforming into a live music venue as opposed to just a regular bar. Coming up on Sept. 21 is Celtica Pipes Rock, a unique blend of rock and pipers. Then on Oct. 4, Club One will present an ’80s Night, featuring The Pop Rocks, who call themselves the ultimate 1980s band. That will be followed by the second annual LORM (Local Original Rock Music) Festival, which was inaugu-

• The Rendezvous in the Turners Falls Section of Montague has a few great shows coming up this month. Today, the Andrew DiRuzza Trio will play at 8:30 p.m. Next week on Sept. 26, The Hallas Cowboys take the stage at 9:30 p.m. The month wraps up with three straight nights George Lenker of bands: Masala Jazz at 8:30 Club Scout p.m. on Sept. 26, Bluegrass and Beyond at 9:30 p.m. on rated last year at The WaterSept. 27, and Ultra Mammoth front in Holyoke, on Oct. 6. at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. The The month rounds out with Rendezvous is at 78 Third St. Gentle Hen will play Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton tomorrow River of Dreams, A Billy • StompBoxTrio will bring Joel Tribute on Oct. 20, and at 8 p.m. its mix of funk, blues and soul Donna Lee and Landslide: A to Progression Brewing in Lounge will feature Science- Northampton tomorrow at 7 Tribute to Fleetwood Mac on Club One is located at 60 fight, Mothman Apparatus, Oct. 27. p.m. Progression Brewing is at North Westfield St. Haunting Titans and Vining Tantric will play the club 9 Pearl St. Scouting report Hill tomorrow. There is a on Nov. 14. Do you have a cool event • Gentle Hen will play Lu- $10 cover charge. The 13th Joyce told me he has three coming up at a local club? Send thier’s Co-op tomorrow at 8 Floor Music Lounge is at 99 other national acts lined me a note about it at least two up, but can’t advertise them p.m. Luthier’s Co-op is at 108 Main St. (above JJ’s Tavern) weeks in advance to geolenker@ Cottage St. in Easthampton. in the Florence section of until all the contracts are and I’ll try to get it • The 13th Floor Music Northampton. signed. So stay tuned. in this space.


Longmeadow Rafters: Karaoke with Highnote Productions. 422 Amity St., Amherst


Shadow Lounge: DJ with classics. 278 Worthington St., Springfield

Anthony’s Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 500 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley

Shakago Martini and Piano Bar: DJ karaoke, featuring a full dinner menu and over 150 martinis. 21-23 Hampden St., Springfield

Buccaneer Lounge: DJ with rock and Top 40. 86 Maple St., Agawam

Center Stage Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 267 Dwight St., Springfield

Club Castaway: Nude ladies dancing. Routes 5 and 10, Whately

Mid-Life Crisis will play American Legion Post 266 in Granby on Saturday. (THE REPUBLICAN FILE PHOTO) Vol. II. 92 Race St., Holyoke

Delaney House: Italian Music with Hot Shot Billards: DJ JR. 1440 North Main St., Palmer Luke Baillargeon. 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke Iron Horse Music Hall: Boyfriend. Doc’s Place: Karaoke. 1264 Granby Road, Chicopee

Donovan’s Irish Pub: Live entertainment. 1655 Boston Road #C6, Springfield Froggy’s Saloon: DJ karaoke with songstress Shorty. 846 Airport Industrial Park, Westfield Gateway City Arts: Vinyl Session

Alina’s: Emery Smith. 96 Russell St., Hadley Anthony’s Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 500 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley Aud Pub: The Chase. 52 Gladdu Ave., Chicopee

Boston Boston: Live acoustics. 16 Southwick Inn: Open mic hosted by Steve Piper of Roadhouse Band. Bolduc Lane, Chicopee Center Stage Gentlemen’s Club: 479 College Highway, Southwick Nude dancing. 267 Dwight St., Tavern Restaurant: Tim CeccheSpringfield telli. 2 Broad St., Westfield

Cabot Comedy Club: Cabot Comedy Club: Live Comedy. 66 Cabot Street, Chicopee

Christy’s Lounge: DJ. 278 Main St., Indian Orchard


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J.J.’s Tavern: Karaoke with Highnote Productions. 99 Main St., Florence Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant and Distillery: Karaoke. 916 Suffield St., Agawam Mardi Gras: Nude female dancing. 91 Taylor St., Springfield

Mattie’s Cafe: DJ Aaron, reggae, old school, R & B. 750 Boston Road, Springfield Mike’s East Side Pub: Karaoke J & M Productions. 535 Page Blvd, Springfield My Brothers Place: DJ with rock. 185 Grove St., Chicopee Paisano’s Pub: Dave’s acoustic jam. 138 College Highway, Southampton Pizza Shoppe: Open mic with John O’Neil. 134 Shaker Road, East

The Magic Lantern: Nude female dancers. 399 Wilbraham St., Palmer The Still: Drink specials. 858 Suffield St., Agawam Theodores’: The Outcrops. 201 Worthington St., Springfield Turtle Pond: Live entertainment. 349 Wilbraham St., Palmer Waterfront Tavern: Karaoke with DJ Gavie and the Karaoke Mafia. 920 Main St., Holyoke West Springfield Fish and Game Club: CD jukebox, pool table. 329 Garden St., Feeding Hills Whip City Brew: DJ with dance. 287 Elm St., Westfield

Christy’s Lounge: DJ. 278 Main St., Indian Orchard

Club Castaway: Nude ladies dancing. Routes 5 and 10, Whately Club One Entertainment Complex: Summer Rewind 2: an All DNB event W/S/G Mampi Swift & Digga. 60 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills Danger Zone Saloon: Live entertainment. 948 Main St., Warren Delaney House: Live music with Jon O’Neill. 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke Doc’s Place: Karaoke. 1264 Granby Road, Chicopee





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VFW Post 8428: Karaoke with Highnote Productions. 41 Pelham Road, Belchertown

Donovan’s Irish Pub: Live entertainment. 1655 Boston Road #C6, Springfield

West Springfield Fish and Game Club: CD jukebox, pool table. 329 Garden St., Feeding Hills

Florence VFW: Karaoke with DJ Greg. 18 Meadow St., Florence

World War II Club-The Deuce: Karaoke. 50 Conz St., Northampton

Frankie B’s: DJ. 2957 Boston Road (Route 20), Wilbraham Froggy’s Saloon: DJ karaoke with songstress Shorty. 846 Airport Industrial Park, Westfield Iron Horse Music Hall: Riders on the Storm: The Resurrection of The Doors. 20 Center St., Northampton

SATURDAY 350 Grill: The Architect (DJ). 350 Worthington St., Springfield Alina’s: Emery Smith. 96 Russell St., Hadley

The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center: Swing Dance with 2 Great Bands!. 289 Main St., Greenfield The Magic Lantern: Nude female dancers. 399 Wilbraham St., Palmer Theodores’: Kosher Kid & The Amplifires. 201 Worthington St., Springfield Turtle Pond: Live entertainment. 349 Wilbraham St., Palmer Underground Pub at the Crown Plaza: Karaoke with Highnote

Donovan’s Irish Pub: Live entertainment. 1655 Boston Road #C6, Springfield Frankie B’s: DJ Lady Di. 2957 Boston Road (Route 20), Wilbraham Froggy’s Saloon: DJ karaoke with songstress Shorty. 846 Airport Industrial Park, Westfield Iron Horse Music Hall: Black Pumas. 20 Center St., Northampton Iron Horse Music Hall: Dicey Riley featuring Zoe Darrow. 20 Center St., Northampton Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant and Distillery: King Kountry. 916 Suffield St., Agawam Lighthouse: Karaoke. 108 Sewall St., Ludlow Mardi Gras: Nude female dancing. 91 Taylor St., Springfield

Theodores’: Tommy Whalen & the Jagged Edge. 201 Worthington St., Springfield Underground Pub at the Crown Plaza: Karaoke with Highnote Productions. 1 West St., Pittsfield VFW Post 8428: Karaoke with Highnote Productions. 41 Pelham Road, Belchertown Whip City Brew: DJ with dance. 287 Elm St., Westfield World War II Club-The Deuce: Acoustic music, karaoke. 50 Conz St., Northampton

SUNDAY 350 Grill: Sunday Night Jazz: Linda Ransom. 350 Worthington St., Springfield

My Brothers Place: DJ with rock. 185 Grove St., Chicopee

Anthony’s Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 500 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley

Open Door: DJ with karaoke. 247 Cady St., Ludlow

Boston Boston: Open mic. 16 Bolduc Lane, Chicopee

Patti’s 410 Lounge: Karaoke with Peter Kennedy. 32 Quincy Ave., Chicopee

Shadow Lounge: DJ Redd. 278 Worthington St., Springfield

Tavern Restaurant: Leo Doherty. 2 Broad St., Westfield The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center: Duke Robillard Band. 289 Main St., Greenfield The Magic Lantern: Nude female dancers. 399 Wilbraham St., Palmer The Stone Church: Opal Canyon (Deb DeMuth, Dave Houghton,

Club One Entertainment Complex: The Blues Jam. 60 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills Club One Entertainment Complex: Western MA Songwriters Open Mic. 60 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills Doc’s Place: Karaoke. 1264 Granby Road, Chicopee Gateway City Arts: Flash! A Tea Dance for Women!. 92 Race St., Holyoke Gateway City Arts: Becca Mancari with Workman Song. 92 Race St., Holyoke Iron Horse Music Hall: Wanda Houston Bad featuring Juke Joint Jazz. 20 Center St., Northampton Mardi Gras: Nude female dancing. 91 Taylor St., Springfield Mattie’s Cafe: DJ Aaron, reggae, old school, R & B. 750 Boston Road, Springfield Pizza Shoppe: Kids nite with John O’Neil. 134 Shaker Road, East


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R-Bar: DJ Bosco. 269 Worthington St., Springfield

Shakago Martini and Piano Bar: DJ dance, featuring a full dinner menu and more than 150 martinis. 21-23 Hampden St., Springfield

Center Stage Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 267 Dwight St., Springfield

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American Legion Post 260: Karaoke with Larry. 1 Bridge St., Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant and South Hadley Distillery: Chalk Dust. 916 Suffield American Legion Post 266: MidSt., Agawam Life Crisis. 74 Pleasant St., Granby Mardi Gras: Nude female dancing. American Legion Post 266: Vari91 Taylor St., Springfield ety nights, comedy, live music and Matador: Karaoke and DJ. 300 pool. 74 Pleasant St., Granby East St., Ludlow American Legion Post 338-The Michael F. Curtin VFW Post Wick 338: Karaoke with Chris. 46 8006: Karaoke with Reil EnterPowder Mill Road, Southwick tainment Productions. Florence American Legion Post 351: KaraRoad, Florence oke with DJ Chris. 50 Saint Kolbe My Brothers Place: DJ with rock. Drive, Holyoke 185 Grove St., Chicopee Anthony’s Gentlemen’s Club: Open Door: DJ with karaoke. 247 Nude dancing. 500 New Ludlow Cady St., Ludlow Road, South Hadley Patti’s 410 Lounge: Open mic. 32 Boston Boston: Live acoustics. 16 Quincy Ave., Chicopee Bolduc Lane, Chicopee Polish American Citizens Club: Center Stage Gentlemen’s Club: Karaoke. 515 Granby Road, South Nude dancing. 267 Dwight St., Hadley Springfield Pulaski Club: Karaoke with HighChristy’s Lounge: DJ. 278 Main note Productions. 79 Maple St., St., Indian Orchard Easthampton Cindy’s Sports Bar: Live entertainRaven Hollow Winery: Ray ment. 1620 North Main St., Palmer Mason. 436 Russellville Road, Club Castaway: Nude ladies dancWestfield ing. Routes 5 and 10, Whately Shakago Martini and Piano Bar: Dave Brinnel. 21-23 Hampden St., Club House Lounge: Open mic comedy. 250 Westfield Road, Springfield Holyoke Shakago Martini and Piano Bar: Danger Zone Saloon: Karaoke. Featuring a full dinner menu and over 150 martinis, DJ Dance. 21-23 948 Main St., Warren Hampden St., Springfield


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UPCOMING CONCERTS A look ahead at some of the most-anticipated concerts in western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut. Steve Martin & Martin Short: Today, 8 p.m. – Symphony Hall, Springfield Crash Test Dummies, Spin Doctors: Friday, 8 p.m. – MGM Springfield Plaza Brynn Cartelli: Friday-Sunday, 3 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield AJR: Friday, 7:30 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Miranda Lambert: Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. Loverboy: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - The Big E, West Springfield Bowling for Soup: Saturday, 8 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull: Sunday, 8 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena,

Brynn Cartelli, winner of season 14 of “The Voice,” will play the Big E tomorrow through Sunday at 3 p.m (CHARLES SYKES / INVISION / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Uncasville, Conn. Skillet: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Blue Oyster Cult: Sunday, 8 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Rave On: Sept. 16-17, 3 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield

The Georgia Satellites: Sept. 16-18, 8 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield +LIVE+: Sept. 18, 8 p.m. – MGM Springfield Plaza Ambrosia: Sept. 18 and 19, 3 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Lettuce: Sept. 19, 8 p.m. – The Big

E, West Springfield The Waterboys: Sept. 19, 8 p .m. – Calvin Theatre, Northampton Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes and Missing Persons: Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield The B-52s: Sept. 20, 8 p.m. – Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. Dropkick Murphys: Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. – MassMutual Center, Springfield Scott Stapp of Creed: Sept. 20, 8 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield The Waterboys: Sept. 20, 8 p.m. – Calvin Theatre, Northampton Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.: Sept. 20-22, 3 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield Adam Ant: Sept. 21, 8 p.m. – Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. Sugar Ray: Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. – The Big E, West Springfield The High Kings: Sept. 21, 8 p .m. – Calvin Theatre, Northampton

Ticket information: Academy of Music, 413-584-9032; Calvin Theatre and Mountain Park, 413-586-8686; Foxwoods, 800-200-2882; MassMutual Center, 855-278-4667; Tanglewood, 888266-1200; Ticketmaster (serves DCU Center, MGM Springfield Plaza, Mohegan Sun, Mullins Center, Oakdale, Symphony Hall, Xfinity Theatre and XL Center), 800-745-3000

Nightclubs CONTINUED FROM PAGE E3 Longmeadow Shakago Martini and Piano Bar: Featuring a full dinner menu and over 150 martinis. 21-23 Hampden St., Springfield Southwick Inn: Blues Jam hosted by Cold Shot. 479 College Highway, Southwick The Magic Lantern: Nude female dancers. 399 Wilbraham St., Palmer

AmVets Post 12: Open pitch. 754 Montgomery St., Chicopee Anthony’s Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 500 New Ludlow Road, South Hadley Center Stage Gentlemen’s Club: Nude dancing. 267 Dwight St., Springfield Doc’s Place: Karaoke. 1264 Granby Road, Chicopee Mardi Gras: Nude female dancing. 91 Taylor St., Springfield The Magic Lantern: Nude female dancers. 399 Wilbraham St., Palmer

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Juliano and Anne-Alise Pietruska, co-founders of Mellowship Entertainment, which handles talent buying for the fair, thought they were finished with the “booking” part of their duties after rounding out the daily schedule on three separate stages (Pietruska alone had booked 60 acts for the E-Stage) over the 17-day event. “We called everyone,” said Juliano. “We reached out to every agency we knew and everyone was booked.” Juliano and Pietruska ended up finding the answer in their own back yard.

Pioneer Valley band Trailer Trash will now headline opening day of the fair tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Court of Honor stage. “They have been on our radar before,” said Juliano. “In fact, we have some fans ask us why they haven’t played here yet.” White had to cancel after being diagnosed with a brain arteriovenous malformation, which mayoclinic. org describes as “a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.” Trailer Trash describes itself as a “Modern Country” cover band and has established itself as one of the premier club draws in the area. “There isn’t anyone at the fair that won’t be entertained by this group,” said Juliano. The Big E runs from tomorrow through Sept. 29 in West Springfield. For the complete entertainment lineup with times and ticket information, visit

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Music, food and family fun on tap for 17-day fair

Fairgoers slide down the McDonald’s Giant Slide at The 2018 Big E. The 2019 fair kicks off tomorrow and will run through Sept. 29. (HOANG ‘LEON’ NGUYEN / THE REPUBLICAN FILE PHOTO)


By Keith O’Connor

Special to The Republican

hen The Big E opens its gates tomorrow morning, it’s all about the entertainment and, of course, the food.

Andrew Reed, of Westbrook, Conn., tries the Big E’s signature turkey leg at the 2018 fair. (HOANG ‘LEON’ NGUYEN / THE REPUBLICAN)

“We’ve dramatically increased our musical encounters for fairgoers this year and we are very excited about that, including being able to bring local girl-made-good Brynn Cartelli to one of our three stages,” said Gene Cassidy, fair president. Cartelli, from Longmeadow, is the season 14 winner of “The Voice,” who opened on Kelly Clarkson’s headlining tour this year. Three Big E stages will present some 80 shows during the fair, with music for all tastes. “It’s such a big lineup, some

The Big E’s original Cream Puff is getting a chocolate makeover this year with an option to have it topped with chocolate ganache. (MASSLIVE FILE PHOTO)

80 shows throughout the fair, that you really need to go to our website to see the complete schedule,” Cassidy said. Opening weekend entertainment includes AJR tomorrow, Loverboy on Saturday, and Skillet on Sunday at The Big E Arena. The Court of Honor Stage will host Trailer Trash tomorrow, Bowling for Soup on Saturday, Blue Oyster Cult on Sunday, and Cartelli and Mariachi Mexico Antiguo all three days. The E-Stage also returns, with over 50 local and emerging talent performing into the night each day. Even Sesame Street Live! is coming to The Big E Arena, but it won’t be until Sept. 22 at a family-friendly time of 4 p.m. “It is my understanding that this is the first time they are performing at a big outdoor venue such as ours,” said Big E director of marketing Noreen Tassinari.

In conjunction with the late-night concerts, she noted they are focusing on the aesthetics of the fairground by adding accent lighting to create additional ambiance. Tassinari also said for those who like to stay late on the weekends, for “the first time ever” the Better Living Center, Young and Stroh Buildings will remain open until 11 p.m. on Saturday. But the Avenue of States will continue its early closing at 9 p.m. Additional new entertainment at the fair this year includes daily performances by Timberworks Lumberjacks, who will be ax throwing, log rolling, cross cut sawing and chainsaw carving at the Avenue ShowPlace. There will also be the Mutts Gone Nuts comedy dog show daily at Mallary Complex Rotunda, and a host of performers at Storrowton Village Gazebo, SEE BIG E, PAGE E7




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The Big E begins tomorrow and runs through Sept. 29. (HOANG ‘LEON’ NGUYEN / THE REPUBLICAN FILE PHOTO)

and everyone are welcome to attend this Sunday’s televised Chalice of Salvation services. Opening Day is “Be A Kid For a Day” when anyone going through the gates can purchase a ticket for $10. Regular ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, and free to those 5 and under. Admission is reduced to $6 after 5 p.m. from Mondays through Thursdays. Also, Mondays through Thursdays seniors 60 and over pay $12. For those who don’t want to face the traffic this weekend, King Ward now offers daily shuttle service from your home to the Big E gates. For details, call 413-593-3939.

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Big E’s Grande Mardi Gras Parade steps off each day Event: The Big E this weekend at 5 p.m. with When: Tomorrow through marching bands, traditionSept. 29; Gates open at 8 ally-designed New Orleans a.m. Buildings and Craft floats, fancy costumes, aniCommon: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. mals and much more. (Saturdays to 11 p.m.) Here are some other things Avenue of States and to do when you visit The Big Storrowton Village MuseE: um & Shops: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Avenue of States: Filled Midway: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Satur- to the brim with informaday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. tion about each state and its Where: Eastern States products, all six buildings are Exposition, 1305 Memorial replicas of the original six Ave., West Springfield New England state capital Admission: At the gate: buildings. Adults: $15. Children (6-12): Storrowton Village: $10 / Children 5 & under: Reconstructed 18th and 19th Free. Six-after-five: $6 after century buildings where his5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. tory and old-fashioned games Senior days: $12 (60 and and entertainment await over) Monday-Thursday. visitors. Opening day: “Be A Kid New England Center: For a Day,” all ages are $10; Military Appreciation Day, ID Home to the creative arts, 4-H demos and contests. required for free admission Shop ’til you drop: All for active duty and retired military personnel, depenkinds of crafts, gadgets, gifts dents of active duty military and more can be found in this personnel, and veterans. year’s newly-expanded Irish More information: 413-737exhibit in the Young Build2443 or ing, with more shopping in the Better Living Center and Craft Commons in Storrowov Quick Change, Kaely ton Village. Michels-Gualtieri Swinging North American MidTrapeze, Hula Hoops by Miss way: New rides alongside old favorites include the Freak Franchesca, Slinko and Duo Chiffons, and more. New this Out for daredevil riders, and a double-decker Merry-Goyear, $10 premium reserved Round. For younger riders seats will be available for there is also a Kiddieland. each performance. Catholic Mass: Catholics For parade lovers, The




including hypnotist Tommy Vee on opening weekend. Then there’s the food, which according to past Big E surveys is one of the main reasons people go to the fair each year. “I’m always amazed at how each year vendors keep coming up with so many new amazing foods. Of course, because you are walking all day, you don’t have to worry about the calories,” Cassidy said. This year’s menu is a veritable feast for chocolate lovers. There will be artisan chocolates created by the Chocolate Moonshine Co. in the Better Living Center, a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich at Moolicious on Springfield Road, gourmet flavored frozen or hot chocolate at Stella’s Milk and Cookies located inside Gate 9A, and more. Even The Big E’s original Cream Puff is getting a chocolate makeover this year with an option to have it topped with chocolate ganache. And, Sept. 22 is Chocolate Milk Day at the fair, sponsored by the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board. Other new treats include: A chicken, bacon and cheese Chomper with a buffalo ranch dipping sauce, outside FarmA-Rama; a variety of fried cheeses with dipping sauces and classic New Orleans-style brick oven pizzas at The Deep South Company on Industrial Avenue; Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a Stick from the Coffee Break in the Food Court; and deep fried Brussels sprouts from EB’s in the Food Court. There is also something new under the big top at this year’s free Big E Circus Spectacular. In fact, the white, red and green big top tent is new and owned by Christian Bellucci of the Bellucci Circus, the largest Italian circus in Europe. Every day fairgoers can enjoy the laughs and thrills of circus performers such as comedians Steve and Ryan, America’s Show Camels, Mario Espana and the Wheel of Destiny, Smirn-





Tony Calabrese of Calabrese Market and Deli prepares kettle corn for customers at a previous Big E. (HOANG ‘LEON’

Friday: Be A Kid For A Day & Military Appreciation Day sponsored by VA New England Healthcare Saturday: Maine Day & 4-H/FFA Day Sunday: Storrowton Day & Chalice of Salvation Sunday Sept. 16: Salute to West Springfield Sept. 17: Rhode Island Day & Salute to Holyoke Sept. 18: Connecticut Day Sept. 19: Massachusetts Day Sept. 20: New Hampshire Day Sept. 21: Vermont Day Sept. 22: Grange Day & Chocolate Milk Day Sept. 23: Salute to Springfield Sept. 24: Salute to Chicopee, sponsored by Westfield Bank Sept. 25: Salute to Agawam Sept. 26: Salute to Westfield, sponsored by Westfield Bank Sept. 27: Harvest New England Day Sept. 28: Junior Achievement Day Sept. 29: Salute to Special Olympics



King Ward also offers Big E shuttles from Enfield Square Mall on Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Connecticut Day, Sept. 18, and from Holyoke Community College on Saturday and Sunday. Connecticut fairgoers can also take Amtrak’s Hartford Line to Union Station in downtown Springfield, where free shuttles will bring them to the fair. Reflecting on this year’s and future Big E fairs, Cassidy said the outlook is “healthy.” “The Big E has grown dramatically in past years and I believe it is due in part to programming ... more concerts for music lovers and things like our Collector Car Live show (this year on Sept. 22) with big names like Mike Brewer who attract people from throughout the country to the auto show,” Cassidy said. “Fairs are thriving throughout the country and I honestly believe people are hungry for wholesome, healthy American experience in today’s climate,” he added. For more information on what awaits fairgoers at what officials are calling this year the “Best Day Ever” at The Big E, visit

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO BIG E MGM Springfield has partnered with The Big E to offer a free daily shuttle service, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., for visitors to the 17-day fair.

ple to downtown and attract sustainable patronage that will lift local businesses with tourist activity,” Mathis said.

“The Big E is a wonderful tradition in Western Massachusetts, and we are proud to support with free parking and free shuttle service from downtown Springfield,” said Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield.

The shuttle schedule is as follows:

The service will allow visitors to park their cars in the MGM Springfield parking garage for free and then catch a free shuttle to and from the fair. “This free shuttle service to The Big E will allow us to provide a more robust travel experience for Springfield visitors. It further demonstrates MGM Springfield’s commitment to develop offerings that will bring peo-

Depart from MGM Springfield / Arrive at Big E and return to MGM Springfield

• 9 a.m. / 9:30 a.m. • 10 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. • 11 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. • Noon / 12:30 p.m. • 1 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. • 2 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. • 3 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. • 4 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. • 5 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. • 6 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. • 7 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. • 8 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. • 9 p.m. / 9:30 p.m. • 10 p.m. / 10:30 p.m. • 11 p.m. / 11:30 p.m.

The Big E’s Midway promises games and fun for all ages. (HOANG ‘LEON’ NGUYEN / THE REPUBLICAN FILE PHOTO)

- Elizabeth Román,

Above, a newly hatched chick takes some of its first steps in Farm-a-Rama chick hatchery during a previous fair. At left, fair-goers enjoy a ride at a past Big E. (THE REPUBLICAN FILE PHOTOS)





Schubert works to be performed in Smith College series Pianist Jiayan Sun explores composer’s work with ‘Schubertiade’

and unruly behavior, Schubert was affable and well-liked; Beethoven was a preacher of music while Schubert was a wanderer.” Schubert was chiefly known during his lifetime as a By Clifton Noble Jr. composer of songs. In fact it Special to The Republican was this repertoire that Sun first encountered in his native With pianist Jiayan China. Sun’s masterful cycle “I even sang a few of them (Schubert’s songs) in Chiof Beethoven piano nese!” Sun said. “But I didn’t sonatas still ringing in play his piano work at all in China. When I came to the their ears, hearts, and U.S. and attended a summer minds, music lovers piano festival on Long Island will be delighted to at age 17, I played pieces like the “Fantasie in F minor” for learn that Sun is emfour-hands and the “Imbarking on a similar Pianist Jiayan Sun will explore promptu in C minor.” They Franz Schubert’s compositouched me profoundly, until exploration of Franz tions with “Schubertiade,” a this day.” Schubert’s composiseries of eight concerts taking “When I was freshman at tions in Northampton. place on Thursday evenings; Juilliard,” Sun continued, beginning today and running Sun will continue his “(pianist) Richard Goode, through April 16. residency at Smith College who was my mentor, gave a as the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting series of masterclasses on Artist in Piano and lecturer in their lifetimes) that Schubert Schubert’s late sonatas. These music with “Schubertiade,” a was a musical successor to extraordinary pieces instantly series of eight concerts taking Beethoven. became my favorites.” According to Sun, “though place on Thursday evenings; By design (and out of necessity due to the sheer volume of beginning today and running Beethoven cast enormous music), Sun’s Beethoven cycle influence on Schubert, the through and April 16. He borrowed the collective two composers were polar focused on the sonatas. His title for the project from the survey of Schubert includes opposites in many ways: intimate house-concerts in Beethoven was an acclaimed three programs of Sonatas on which Schubert played his Sept. 12, Oct. 24, and April 16, piano virtuoso and a celebrated composer, Schubert music for and with friends interspersed with concerts was largely unknown beyond containing the two sets of beand colleagues. “At these events,” Sun said, a small circle of intimate loved “Impromptus,” as well “people were bonded through friends; Beethoven was as selections for piano fourSchubert’s music: they wannotorious for his fiery temper hands, (in collaboration with dered with his curious heart, they laughed together, they shared each other’s tears…. I am eager to delve into this kind of connection with the listeners.” Like Mozart, Schubert accomplished a great deal in his brief lifetime of 31 years. He flourished in the shadow of Beethoven (1770-1827), playing second violin in the master’s “Symphony No. 2” as a student, and later dedicating a set of variations for piano four-hands on a French melody to Beethoven. Evidence that the two men met is scarce and hard to corroborate, but scholars agree (and it was said during 63 Cabot Street, Chicopee Center (413) 592-0220


pianists Judith Gordon, Monica Jakuc Leverett, and student players) and a program of songs featuring tenor William Hite. Sun will also collaborate with Smith College colleagues Joel Pitchon, violin, and Volcy Pelletier, cello, in Schubert’s “Piano Trios” in B-flat and E-flat, his “Violin Sonata” in A and his “Rondeau brilliant” in B minor for violin and piano. “I adore the artistry of my colleagues at Smith,” Sun said, “and Schubert’s work is perhaps the best vessel for collaborations.” On April 2, Sun and Monica Jakuc Leverett will present a generous selection of music for piano, two- and fourhands, played on Leverett’s Paul McNulty-built replica of a 19th century Conrad Graf fortepiano. The repertoire includes three “Marches militaires,” the “6 Moments musicaux,” “Op. 94,” and the vast, sweeping “Wanderer-Fantaisie.”

“I always believe in the value of historical instruments,” Sun said. “For me, a meaningful interpretation of Schubert’s piano music is impossible without intimate proximity with the sonorities of the pianos of Schubert’s time. Instead of fetishizing on ‘historical correctness,’ I am more fascinated by a deeper understanding of the musical notation in the light of the historical instruments. It only opens the doors to uncharted territories to get closer to Schubert’s wondrous imaginations.” Sun’s “Schubertiade” occupies eight Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College (Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 24, Dec. 5, Feb. 6 and 27, April 2 and 16). All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information on the project, visit about-smith/performingarts/news/celebratingfranz-schubert

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Film capsules 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED rrss (PG-13) A diving adventure of four teenage girls (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne Tju) exploring a submerged Mayan City turns deadly as they find themselves prey for great white sharks. (89 min.) ANGEL HAS FALLEN - not yet reviewed - (R) When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. (114 min.) THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 rrss (PG) The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level when a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger. (100 min) BLINDED BY THE LIGHT rrrs (PG-13) Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani house-

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OVERCOMER rrss (PG) Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. (115 min.)

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD rrrs (PG) Dora (Isabela Moner) leads her monkey, Boots, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents, played by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña. (102 min.) GOOD BOYS rrrs (R) A coming-of-age comedy. Much of the movie’s fun is in how bite-size the hijinks are. In the world of “Good Boys,” three sips of a beer is an unfathomable extreme. A game of Spin the Bottle holds all the drama of the Super Bowl. (90 min.) HOBBS & SHAW rrts (R) Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, take on a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba). (136 min.) HUSTLERS - not yet rated - (R) Jennifer Lopez, Cosntance Wu, Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer star as

From left, Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Jay Ryan appear in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “It: Chapter 2.” (BROOKE PALMER / WARNER BROS. PICTURES) a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. (107 min.) IT: CHAPTER 2 - not yet reviewed - (R) The conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel. (169 min.)

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD rrrs (R) Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969 and changes in the film industry. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. Margot Robbie co-stars as doomed actress Sharon Tate. (159 min.)

READY OR NOT rrrs (R) A young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. (95 min.) SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK rrts (PG-13) A Frankenstein of a movie that stitches together tales from the beloved 1980s book series by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Rated PG-13, the movie falls somewhere in between Amblin and Blumhouse. (120 min.) (Star ratings based on The Washington Post, Associated Press, Rotten Tomatoes aggregation and Advance Digital reviews)






The Big E among fall food fests

ITH THE change of seasons almost upon us, the region’s attention is shifting away from beach and barbecue to refocus on a fair-and-festival assortment of food-related pastimes. The crown jewel of September’s food and dining events is, of course, The Big E, which opens tomorrow. Each annual edition of New England’s Great State Fair brings a host of intriguing eating experiences, and 2019 promises to be no exception. The fair’s signature Big E

Cream Puffs can be enjoyed this time around with a glossy topping of chocolate ganache, while vendors like the Deep South Company will tempt fairgoers with fried cheeses and New Orleans-style pizza. Porky’s Barbeque will be featuring its new Barbeque Split, which features mashed potato, pulled pork and sliced beef brisket all garnished with two St. Louis ribs, cherry tomatoes, and a generous drizzle of barbecue sauce. Local restaurants such as the Student Prince, 1105 Main, and the Delaney House will


The blues guitarist is coming to the Iron Horse Music Hall for an Oct. 12 show at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the Northampton Box Office at 413-586-8686 and online at Johnson was a touring guitarist with both Magic Sam and Muddy Waters, and appeared in the movie “Blues Brothers” backing up John Lee Hooker. During his association with Muddy Waters, Johnson also shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter.


• Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced four more shows to its farewell tour, including a stop in Boston. The classic rock band will perform at the TD Garden on Oct. 24. Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets and locations including and by phone at 800-7453000. Seger’s “Roll Me Away Tour” will wrap up on Nov. 1 in Philadelphia.






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• Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson will be celebrating his 80th birthday with a tour that features a stop in Northampton

• Country group Little Big Town has booked two Boston dates for its 2020 tour. The band will play the Boch Center-Wang Theatre on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8. Tickets for the shows are on sale beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets and locations including and by phone at 800-7453000. Little Big Town is readying its ninth studio album “Nightfall” for release. Formed in 1998, the group has generated a slew of country hits including No. 1 singles “Pontoon,” “Girl Crush,” and “Better Man.”

• Country star Brantley Gilbert will release his fifth studio album “Fire & Brimstone” on Oct. 4 and the corresponding tour is coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino. Gilbert will play the Grand Theater in Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. It is his sole New England date on this leg of the tour. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets and locations including and by phone at 800-745-3000. Gilbert’s “Fire’t Up” tour includes performance by Dylan Scott and Brandon Lay.

brewery tents will additionally be part of the festival experience. A day pass is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, combo passes that are also good for admission to Mike’s Maze are also being offered. Tickets are available at The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns to Newport, Rhode Island, for its 14th year Sept. 19 through Sept. 22. Highlights of the festival

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Tickets starting at $39 for Michael Carbonaro Live! are on sale through Ticketmaster. His appearance is sponsored by MGM Springfield. A performing magician since his youth, Carbonaro went on to study experimental theater at New York University with the aspiration of entertaining audiences through a variety of theatrical mediums, including hidden-camera magic, which he later showcased frequently on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He also has been seen on television in shows such as “Happily Divorced,” “30 Rock,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Miami.” Carbonaro’s extensive list of accolades includes the “OUTFEST Best Actor” Award as well as the “Magician of the Year” honor from the Academy of Magical Arts in 2015. In 2016, he was the inaugural recipient of the Copperfield Prize which recognizes an individual for elevating the art of magic.

also maintain tasty presences at The Big E during the fair’s 17-day run. A preview listing of the food experiences waiting at The Big E can be found at the fair’s web site, Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland will be sponsoring its annual Chilifest on Saturday Hugh Robert and Sunday. Celebrating all Off The Menu things spicy, the event is held at Mike’s Maze on South Main Street in Sunderland from incorporate a chili cook-off noon to 5 p.m. both days. on Saturday, and a hot sauce In addition to live music, competition on Sunday. chef demos, and plenty of Food vendors and local fun for the kids, the fest will




DINE & WINE Fran Bellamy | Restaurant Review

Cocochi Asian Cuisine a ‘hidden gem’ found in Agawam


O CALL COCOCHI Asian Cuisine in Agawam a hidden gem may be an overstatement, but the fresh sushi, hibachi and Chinese specialties that the eatery serves are certainly belied by its humble appearance. Cocochi is located in a three unit strip mall-like building that has recently benefited from a fresh coat of paint, but lacks other viable occupants to share the space. The property does not have a dedicated parking lot, but we had no problem finding a spot on the side street just outside. The interior consists of booth seating for twenty, but given the lack of dine-in or takeout customers and the busy phone lines we surmised that the bulk of its business comes from delivery orders. Sushi is front and center on the menu at Cocochi, with dozens of options in the form of hand rolls, special sushi rolls, sushi entrees and a la carte sashimi. The ‘Sushi and Hand Rolls’ section consists of the usual single item rolls including vegetables (Cucumber or Avocado for $3.95); and raw fish (Tuna or Salmon for $4.95). Classic combinations such as California Roll and Boston Roll also make an appearance ($4.55 and $5.55 respectively). The chef ’s creative flair with Japanese cuisine is evidenced in the 19 different Special Sushi Rolls that range in price from $8.95 to $13.95. My hesitant, meat-loving guest decided to go all in with the Pink Lady Roll consisting of tuna and salmon alongside avocado rolled in pink soybean paper then topped with eel sauce, masago (Capelin fish roe) and scallion. Cocochi uses the pretty pink soy paper in many of its rolls in place of nori, which may please those who shy away from the sometimes

“Sashimi Deluxe” sushi bar entree, served at Cocochi Asian Cuisine in Feeding Hills. (DON TREEGER / THE REPUBLICAN)


An order of NY Strip Steak Hibachi at Cocochi Asian Cuisine. (DON TREEGER / THE REPUBLICAN)

strong flavor of the pressed seaweed, but may displease the sushi purists. The roll that came to the table was indeed pretty in pink, but unfortunately lacked its advertised toppings of masago and scallion. Nonetheless the fish was fresh and the roll tasty enough that my timid tablemate enjoyed a full half of the generously apportioned roll – albeit dragging it through the generous stripes of sweet eel sauce and topping it with a sinus-clearing heap of wasabi and a mound of pickled ginger. Our Super Spider Roll also featured the soy paper, this time wrapped around shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, spicy tuna, and soft shell crab with spicy crab on the top.

The showy roll was adeptly assembled and a textural success with its crunchy shrimp contrasting the minced spicy tuna in the center and the shredded imitation crab on top. But alas this roll also suffered from an absence of truth in menu as there was no soft shell crab to be found. The Appetizer column of the menu is a nod to the usual Chinese restaurant starters, along with like-minded Japanese specialties mixed in. Egg rolls ($1.55 for one) and Japanese Spring Rolls ($2.95 for two) share space, as do Fried Chinese Dumplings ($5.75 for eight) and the Japanese dumpling Gyoza ($4.95 for six). Chinese American favorites chicken fingers, boneless ribs, beef teriyaki and crab

Address: 760 Springfield St., Agawam Telephone: 413-786-2777 Website: cocochiasian. com Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m., Entree prices: $6.95 – $25 Credit cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa Handicapped access: Accessible; unisex rest room equipped for wheelchairs Reservations: Accepted

rangoon can be enjoyed a la carte or as part of a Pu Pu Platter for two for $19.75. The Shrimp Tempura we ordered from the same list far exceeded our expectations and could have easily served as a full meal. Four crisp fried shrimp sticks (shrimp cut lengthwise and fried with tails on) were artfully stacked upon a bed of large scale tempura vegetables that included round slabs of sweet potato, three-inch broccoli florets, planks of zucchini and summer squash, onion rings and button mushrooms. Noodles make an appearance in two areas of the menu in the form of Yaki Soba (lo

Bowls of Miso soup. (DON TREEGER / THE REPUBLICAN)

mein) and Mei Fun; either available with vegetables, chicken, beef or shrimp. Our dinner plate sized portion of Chicken Mei Fun noodles for $8.25 consisted of thin rice noodles grilled with similarly sliced bok choy and carrots along with tender small chunks of chicken breast, all generously seasoned with white pepper. The recent preponderance of flashy national hibachi chains may leave prospective guests walking through the door of Cocochi expecting gleaming steel hibachis surrounded by bar stools and manned by teppanyaki chef-actors. Such is not the SEE COCOCHI, PAGE E13





How much does a wine’s vintage really matter? Cocochi


finish compared to the more robust, full-bodied finish of most Left Bank Bordeaux red wines.) The four red wines reviewed this week from Chateau Hourtin Ducasse are: • 2015 Chateau Hourtin Ducasse ($17.99 at Table & Vine in West Springfield) • 2014 Chateau Hourtin Ducasse ($16.99 at Table & Vine) • 2013 Chateau Hourtin Ducasse ($15.99 at Table & Vine) • 2010 Chateau Hourtin Ducasse ($19.99 at Table & Vine) Wine tasting notes All four wines were tasted blind at the same time. That means I didn’t know which vintage I was tasting when evaluating the wines.

2015 Chateau Hourtin Ducasse Grape Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Tasting notes: This wine was one of my favorite wines of the tasting. And as I explained above, it was the only wine that I guessed the correct vintage. The youngest of the four wines, this wine’s flavors have a fresh,


case as hibachi also simply references the style of cuisine and its namesake cooking surface, and the entree we ordered was cooked on the hibachi located in the kitchen before being brought to the table. Hibachi Dinners consist of one or two proteins alongside fried rice and vegetables and come with a choice of salad or one of three soups (Wonton, Onion or Miso). The New York Strip Steak meal ($13.95) featured well-seasoned, soy-marinated chunks of beef cooked to our desired temp of medium and served atop similarly flavored griddled vegetables. The rice that took up half the dinner sized plate was an unfortunately bland accompaniment that lacked any of the usual fried rice ingredients and required a generous splash of soy to kick up the flavor. Drinks at Cocochi are limited to canned soft drinks or water, but dine-in patrons can bring their own alcoholic beverages. Several discounts are routinely employed including 10% off any purchase of $20 or more; free General Tso’s Chicken or Chicken Fingers with a purchase of $25 or more; and a free sushi roll with a purchase of two or more rolls.

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Goulet is one of three founding members along with Aaron Saunders and Todd Snopkowski. “Lots of exciting things happening right now. We’re well on our way to opening a brewery,” Goulet said in an email. “Targeting very late this fall, or early this winter to open.” He said the place will be a “large-scale production George Lenker brewery” with brewhouses Beer Nut that include a ½-barrel system, a three-barrel system, a 20-barrel system, with plans and as the main beer guy at for Phase 2 that will include a Smith’s Billiards, Jeff has had 60-barrel system. There will his finger on the pulse of the also be a taproom that will seat Western Massachusetts craft beer scene for a long time. He’s 200, with another 50 seats on helped a lot of people with their an outdoor deck, as well as live dreams and now it’s his time to music. Along with brewing its own beers, Loophole will offer shine. contract brewing services, and a Enter Loophole Brewing, program for aspiring brewers. which already has a beer out — There will be a launch party at contract brewed at Building 8 in Smith’s Billiards on Tuesday at Northampton — and will soon have a brick and mortar building 8 p.m. Smith’s is at 207 Worthof its own at a former warehouse ington St. in Springfield, located above Theodores’. in Holyoke.

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vibrant, exuberant quality. A little bit funky at times as well, everything about this wine is bright and lively and youthful. Let me add that the wine tastes great now and will likely evolve over the next three to five years.

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berries at first, this austere wine has a long, full, robust finish. As the wine evolves in the glass, roasted cherry flavors gradually emerge. My favorite wine of the tasting for drinking right now. Definitely the most distinct vintage of all four wines.

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has a bit of a funky flavor and the dry fruit flavors seem to drop off fast in the glass. Before the tasting, this was the wine I thought would be the best of the four since 2010 – and 2015 – are widely regarded as great vintages for this part of Bordeaux. But that can also sometimes be a 2010 Chateau bad thing since the 2010 vinHourtin Ducasse 2013 Chateau tage probably needs another Hourtin Ducasse Grape blend: Unknown. 3 to 5 years to fully mature. Grape blend: 76% CaberTasting notes: Tasting this That might explain the funky net Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, wine blind, the oldest of the flavors midway through the 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% four vintages, I thought the tasting. Petit Verdot. wine was the 2014 vintage. Overall, I will say it was Tasting notes: Another Looking back now, I’m not sometimes difficult to tell one of my favorite wines of sure why. This wine also the difference between one the tasting, I thought this seemed to change the most vintage and another. But like wine was the oldest wine, the in the glass compared to the many things, if you pay close 2010 vintage. I should have other three wines. Initially, attention, you will notice known that this delicious the wine has a clear, clean interesting, subtle differences between wines from one wine still has a few, great crisp finish. Then the wine years left to mature. Slightly spicy with a hint of ripe rasp413-209-8297 1404 Boston Road Springfield, MA 01119

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Events THURSDAY Art & Recyclables Makerspace: Thu.-Sun, Sixteen Acres Branch Library; This creative space for kids and their families is full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new. Available during all open library hours; Free. 1187 Parker Street, Springfield; 413-263-6858.

visit, At The Gate (September 13-29): Adults $15, Children (6-12) $10 / 5 & under are Free. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 413-737-2443 or "Bye-Bye Birdie": Fri.-Sat, 7:30 p.m. Granite Valley Middle School; Tickets available by contacting the Monson Parks and Recreation Department at 413-267-4105, picked up at the office at 110 Main St. or through cast member sales; $15. 21 Thompson St., Monson. 413-2674155.

EST.HER "Royal Banquet": Fri, 6 p.m. Castle of Knights; The purpose of this event is to esteem women with "Royal" honor from all walks of life. $40 plus fees. 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee; castleofknights. com.

Jen Durkin and The Business: Fri, 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre; At The Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby). Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show. Jen Durkin’s funk band, Deep Banana Blackout (DBB), set her on the path to attain her dreams. After "The Tuna Goddess": Today, 7:30 selling out clubs like Irving Plaza and Chirsta Clark Open Lecture: Fri, p.m.; Fri.-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. 1:20 p.m. Smith College-Hillyer Hall; Wetlands in NYC and the Gothic Majestic Theater; $26-$34. 131 Elm Members of the Smith College com- Theatre in Denver, DBB became a St., West Springfield. 413-747-7797 festival favorite and propelled Jen munity are invited to join this open or class lecture for MUX 119: “Museums on stage with legends like Gregg in Society.” Christa Clarke, a respect- Allman and Metallica. Jen’s new band, Jen Durkin and The Business, ed scholar and curator of African FRIDAY is keeping up the funk, packed with art, will present an overview of the Art & Recyclables Makerspace: See history and challenges of displaying tradition and new inspiration. Jen Thursday listing was one of the four featured artists African objects in museums. After in “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha The Big E: Fri.-Sun, Eastern States the talk, participate in an informal Franklin” at the Colonial last NovemExposition; Fair returns with live talk-back session with Dr. Clarke in ber; $10-$15. 111 South St., Pittsfield; music, performances, food, games, SCMA's African art gallery that will 413-997-4444 or thecolonialtherides, Avenue of States, Storrowhelp inform her development of a ton Village, crafts and much more. new installation for that space, 69 Gates open at 8 a.m. For a complete Paradise Road, Northampton. smith. Late Nights at Amherst Cinema: list of hours, admission and events edu. Fri, 9:45 p.m. Amherst Cinema; "9 to


include a Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines, celebrity chef appearances, and a number of education seminars led by wine and food experts. An elegant Vintner Dinner as well as a series of special dinner events, many of which sell out early, are part of the festival program. More details can be had at the festival’s website, new wine-and-food-festival. The Northampton Rotary Club will be hosting its second annual Chowder and Wine Festival on Sept. 21 from noon until 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton; tickets, which entitle holders to sample all the chowders available, are $12. Tickets can be ordered at For more details go to

Side dishes • Bistro Les Gras in Northampton will be presenting a Never Ending Summer Dinner on Sunday. A family style event, the dinner will have reservations (which are required) available from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $45 per person. The menu reprises warm-weather food favorites: lobster bisque, crab rolls, baked quahogs, and fish and chips. Slaw and buttered local corn will be offered as sides, while fresh oysters and desserts will be available for a la carte purchase. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 413-320-4666.

• In a gesture designed to say “goodbye to summer,” Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar locations across New England are promoting a mixed drink special, the $1 ADIOS. The drink is Applebee’s version of a blue Long Island Iced Tea. Made with vodka, rum, tequila, and gin, it’s flavored with blue curacao,

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Opera House Players Presents "Bright Star": Fri.-Sun, Enfield Annex; Showtimes: Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets available at or call 860292-6068; $23 adults, $19 seniors, The Ha-Ha's & Friends: Sat, 7 p.m. children under 12, students with Happier Valley Comedy Theater; Lovalid ID. 124 North Maple St., Enfield. cal favorites since 2003, The Ha-Ha's "Ropes": Fri.-Sat, 7 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. perform alongside special guests each month. Tickets: $13 online and Memorial Hall Theater; $12 except at the door. For more info: happierfor the matinee, which is $6. 51 1 Mill Valley Road Suite Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. sfmh. B, Hadley. org.

SATURDAY Gator Jazz Presents Walter Beasley Live: Sat, 8 p.m. CityStage, tickets $40-$50; For tickets, go to Walter-Beasley-Tickets.eventbrite. com,; 1 Columbus Center, Springfield. 413788-7033 or Granby Agricultural Commions hosts annual Open Farm Day: Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lost Acres Vineyard; Go farm hopping at over a dozen farms in Granby, Connecticut, to see a Sepe farm sheep be shorn,

be holding a “Brunch at the Vineyard” from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The menu is to include a pastry basket, seasonal fruit, a frisee salad, egg shakshuka, and local bacon. A glass of Black Birch’s own “Epic” mimosa is included. Catering is • Chef Enrico Giovanello of the Table 3 Restaurant by Blue Door Gathering, and Group in Sturbridge will be live music will be part of the presenting “Cooking with brunch experience. Rico: Northern Italian CuiTickets, which are available sine” on Sept. 19. at, are $40 Influenced by the region’s plus a 10% service fee. Alpine climate and traditions, Black Birch Vineyard is the cookery of Italy’s northern located at 108 Straits Road in reaches is more about butter Hatfield; they answer at 413and cream than olive oil; rice 247-3300. and corn are equal in importance to wheat-based pasta. • Figaro Restaurant in Giovanello will share some Enfield will be presenting “A of his favorite “northern Night of Motown” on Sept. 29. cuisine” recipes during this Starring Irv Lewis, Darryl demonstration and sampling Carter and Donald McCall, session, which will begin at the tribute show will begin at 7 6:30 p.m. p.m. Tickets for the show only Cost to attend is $55 with are $25. wine pairing and $42 withFigaro Restaurant will be out. Reservations, which are presenting a buffet of Italian-American favorites before essential, can be made by calling Avellino in Sturbridge the performance, with seating to begin at 5:30 p.m. at 508-347-2321. Call the restaurant at 860• On Sept. 29 Black Birch 745-2414 to get more information or to make reservations. Vineyard in Hatfield will

sweet and sour mix, and PepsiCo’s Sierra Mist soft drink. Served in a 10-ounce mug, the ADIOS will be available for the month of September at participating Applebee’s restaurants.

how Sweet Pea Farm turns milk into cheese, and taste a new Lost acres Vineyard wine or beer from The Brewery at Maple View Farms. For more information visit GranbyAg. org; Free. 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby.

Hamp Crew Brew & Wine Fest: Sat, 4-8 p.m. The Lion's Club Pavilion; Northampton Community Rowing will sponsor a brew and wine fest with local beers, wines, ciders, and distilleries. There will be food trucks from Cathie's Kitchen and El Comalito, and more. We will also have games and live music from milkBottle and CH'CHUNK. Open to the public. More information available at Northamptoncommunityrowing. org; $20 online. $25 at the door. 15 Billings Way, Hatfield. James Taylor and Simon & Garfun-


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has announced that its Sunday Homestyle Chicken dinner, previously a Sunday-only offering, is now available on an everyday basis. The chain has also introduced a Homestyle Chicken BLT sandwich. Served on a soft roll, the BLT features a battered and fried chicken breast, maple glaze, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a slather of “sweet-smoky” mayonnaise. Praline Pecan Bread Pudding will be a limited-time-only (through Oct. 13) feature on Cracker Barrel’s dessert menu. There are Cracker Barrel locations on Whiting Farms Road in Holyoke and on Route 20 in Sturbridge. Hugh Robert is a faculty member in Holyoke Community College’s hospitality and culinary arts program and has over 40 years of restaurant and educational experience. Please send items of interest to Off the Menu at the Republican, P.O. Box 1329, Springfield, MA 01101; Robert can also be reached at


Calendar CONTINUED FROM PAGE E16 kel Tribute: Under the Stars: Sat, 7 p.m. Crestview Country Club; Show starts at 8 p.m. dinner reservations available at The View Restaurant. Rain or Shine; $20 advance, $25 at the door. 281 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam. 413-786-2593 or crestviewcc. org. Millpond.Live! Free World Music Concert Series: Sat, 5-10 p.m. Millside Park. Free, grassroots, community-sponsored festival series designed to unite people from all walks of life. On stage, a mix of local, regional, national, and international musicians perform in unique collaborations knit around a different musical theme each week. There will also be local food and drink vendors. Doors open at 5 p.m. for picnicking; music begins at 6 p.m. Sept 14: Irish Fest featuring Arise & Go, Mick Mcauley, and Karan Casey. 2 Ferry St., Easthampton. 413-529-1440 or "Murder is in the Stars": Sat, 6 p.m. St. Patrick's Parish; The South Hadley St. Patrick's Parade Committee presents a comedy/mystery night, "Murder is in the Stars" at the St. Patrick's Social Center, Main St., South Hadley. Food will be provided by Amedeo's of Holyoke. There will be a cash bar of beer, wine and soda. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a raffle table. RSVP to Jacki Reardon at 413-536-7732 or jr080645@, or James Corey at 413250-5246 or wizardnick@comcast. net, $40 per person. Main and School Streets, South Hadley. National Theattre Live's "Hamlet" in HD: Sat, 12:30 p.m. Amherst Cinema; $26 general; $22 cinema members. 28A Amity St., Amherst. or call 413-3248224; $15, children 12 and under are free. Main Street, Brimfield. Upcycled Clothing Workshop/ Clothing Drive: Sat, 1 p.m. Holyoke Heritage State Park; Using bleach, markers and even some simple sewing, you can learn how to turn an old outfit into wearable art. This is a free public event and supplies to alter clothes will be provided, but we ask you bring your own clothes to alter – and if you have them, any old clothes you wish to donate to the community (Clean and bagged). All ages welcome. Rain date set for Sept. 22 from 1-3 p.m. All this is possible thanks to help from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Holyoke LCC, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke; 413-534-1723. White Elephant Sale: Sat, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Amherst Town Common; Featuring small household goods. Friends of the Amherst Senior Center are holding the event. Proceeds from the sale will provide programs and services at the Amherst Senior Center. Donations of goods to the sale will be accepted on the day of the sale, until noon. Donors are asked to bring items to the tables set

up on the Common. Items will not be accepted at the Senior Center. No clothing, jewelry or furniture can be accepted. For more information, call the Senior Center at 413-259-3060, Main Street, Amherst.

SUNDAY Fanfare Brass Choir Concert: Sun, 3 p.m. Second Congregational Church UCC; A concert of classical and light popular music. Reception to follow concert. Free will offering (to benefit organ fund). 487 Western Ave., Westfield.


squash and strawberry cheesecake. Dancing and musical entertainment provided by Richie Mitnick & vocalist Joe Samieri. For tickets, call Loretta Goyette, 413-592-7350; Stacy Laskiewica, 413-593-1172; Leanne Zapala, 413-589-0366; Joan Lupa, 413-265-3157 or Kamila Wnuk, 413583-8566; $45 per person. 355 East St., Ludlow.

The New England Oldsmobile Club: Sun, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Southington Drive In; Rain date is Sept. 22. To benefit the Shriners' Hospital for Children, Registration for cars is $15, free entry for pre-1950 cars. 995 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike (Route 322), Plantsville.


Films of Abbas Kiarostami: Sun, 2 p.m. Amherst Cinema; "Taste of Cherry." Not rated, Persian with English subtitles, Regular admission. 28A Amity St., Amherst. Harvest Dinner Dance: Sun, 4 p.m. Polish American Citizens' Club-Ludlow; Social hour is 4-5 p.m., with cheese and crackers and seasonal fruit, dinner follows at 5 p.m. which will be catered by Tony & Pennys' and served family style. Menu includes: Chicken soup and salad, chicken francaise, roast pork loin, roasted potatoes, butternut

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Tails on the Trail Dog Walk – 7th annual: Sat, Brimfield Town Common; In honor of Strut Your Mutt join Here Today Adopted Tomorrow at its walk to raise money for cats and kittens in the community. Here Today Adopted Tomorrow runs a No Kill Cageless adoption center for local adoptable cats and kittens. Your support will help fund medical care, food, shelter and other services for local homeless and abandoned cats and kittens and help subsidize a $25 spay and neuter program for local owned cats. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. There will be fun for the whole family including contests, vendors, and raffles. Sponsor The Tails On The Trail: Check out sponsorship opportunities and what you get in return at each level by contacting for more information. Make A Donation: If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation, go to For more information contact Katrina@here-



Calendar CONTINUED FROM PAGE E17 South Mountain Concerts: The Calidore String Quartet: Sun, 3 p.m. South Mountain Concert Hall; $40. Route 7 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-4422106 or southmountainconcerts. com. Sundays on the Porch – Lisa Martin: Sun, 2 p.m. Glendale Ridge Vineyard; Take in the view and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to Martin's acoustic performance, Free. 155 Glendale Road, Southampton.


Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden: Dr. Seuss National Memorial is an outdoor sculpture garden of larger-than-life bronze statues of Springfield native Dr. Seuss at his drawing board surrounded by some of his most beloved characters including Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Lorax and others, free on the green.

members, Springfield residents are free with proof of residency. Welcome Center and Museum store. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Museums Amelia Park Children's Museum: Permanent exhibit: Hands-on activities and creative exhibits, the Hurricane Simulator. Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $7, $3.50 seniors, free children 1 year and under, members, teachers and military personal receive $1 off, 29 South Broad St., Westfield or Children's Museum at Holyoke: Permanent Exhibit: The Wiggle and Wash/Vet Clinic, a toddler MerryGo-Round and a state of the art, STEM based cash register for kids. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. $8 adults and children, $5 seniors, children under 1 free, 444 Dwight St., Holyoke or

WEEKEND Turrell, Sol leWitt, and Laurie Anderson" currently on extended view. Fall/Winter hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon, closed Tues. $20 adults, $18 seniors/veterans, $12 students with ID, $8 children (6-16); $2 EBT/ WIC Cardholder; children under 6 and museum members including MCLA and Williams College students, visit for free. 87 Marshall St., North Adams or Mead Art Museum: Permanent exhibit: Various American and European paintings, Mexican ceramics, Tibetan scroll paintings and more. Museum hours: Tues.-Thurs. and Sun. 9 a.m.-midnight; Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. free, 220 South Pleasant St., Amherst or

Memorial Hall Museum: Permanent Exhibit: Featuring a collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles, quilts, dolls and toys, military items, tools, and Native American artifacts. Admission includes Hands-on-History Stations activities for families. Special exhibits: "Our Living Landscape"; "Deerfield Education through the Yards and Edward and Orra HitchLyman and Merrie Wood Museum cock and early Natural Sciences"; of Springfield History: Permanent Connecticut Science Center: Photographs by Frances and Mary exhibit: More than two dozen Indian Permanent exhibit: Hands-on, Allen. Open through Oct. 31, and related memorainteractive experiences with over Sun. 11 a.m.-4:3 p.m., closed on Mon. bilia. 150 exhibits in ten galleries and a range of topics, including space and Admission: $6 adults, $3 youth and Michele and Donald D'Amour students ages 6-21, 8 Memorial St., earth sciences plus more. Hours: Museum of Fine Arts: "People at Tues.-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Admis- Deerfield or Work and Other Environmental sion: $17, $14 children 4-17, $15.50 Mount Holyoke College Art MuPortraits by Tad Malek." Through seniors 65+, free ages 3 and under. seum: Permanent Exhibit: Special July 12. "Van Gogh for All." Through 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford Loans from the David C. Driskell Oct. 14. Museum a la Carte, today or Center on display trough June 21. at 12:15 p.m.: Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe. Cost: Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free, open to the $4, $2 members. Cookies and coffee Art: "The Picture Book Odysseys of public. Lower Lake Road, South provided. Peter Sis." Through Oct. 27. PermaHadley or nent exhibit: Gabrielle Healy Carroll Springfield Science Museum: Storytime Programs are held Tues. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall "Interactive Science Exhibit: Fallen and Fri. 10:30 a.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m. of Fame: Permanent exhibit: Three Log." Permanent exhibit: Family and 2 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., free with ad- floors with dozens of hands-on exScience Adventures, will be premission. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 hibits, a regulation sized basketball sented on weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon- court and more than 900 artifacts on Dinosaur Hall with Tyrannoseaurus 5 p.m. $6, $9, $22.50 for a family of display. Hours: Mon.-Fri. and Sun. 10 Rex, African Hall with elephant, four. "Under the Sea" with Eric Carle a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $19, giraffe and other animals. Solutia Live Animal Center, Native American runs through March 1. 125 West Bay $15 seniors 65+, $14 children 5-15, Road, Amherst or free for children 4 and under, 1000 Hall, animal habitats. West Columbus Ave., Springfield or Historic Northampton Museum The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss and Education: Permanent exhibit Museum: Permanent Exhibit: First hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.- Norman Rockwell Museum: floor exhibition provides opportuniSun. noon-4 p.m. $3 individuals, $6 Permanent exhibit: Gallery talks on ties to explore new sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, invent families, 46 Bridge St., Northampton the second Tuesday of every month or at 1:30 p.m. Hours: Daily Nov.-April stories, and engage in activities that weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends encourage teamwork and creative Holyoke Heritage State Park: and holidays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery thinking, with interactive three-diPermanent exhibit: Holyoke Parks talks daily, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and mensional exhibits. Second floor and Recreation exhibits depict city's 2:30 p.m. $18, $17 seniors, $10 contains Geisel's personal memorahistory. Hours Tues.-Sun. noon.-4 bilia, including never before publicly p.m. Free, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke students, $6 children 6-18, free for members and children 5 and under, displayed art, the original Geisel 413-534-1723. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge or nrm. Grove sign which used to hang in Josiah Day House: Permanent org. Forest Park, and furniture from Ted's exhibit: Featuring guided tours, sitting room and studio, including his Old Sturbridge Village: Permanent artifacts, furniture, clothing and drawing board and armchair. Timed exhibit: Visit Kidstory, a new indoor documents from 1754-1902. Call for tickets required, for reservations visit learning gallery in the Visitor's open house schedule and individual Center where kids ages 3-10 can try tours. $3, $1 children 6-12, free for Quadrangle admission: $25 for adults, members. 70 Park St., West Spring- on period costumes and imagine $16.50 for seniors (60+) and college life in the 1830's; "Neat and Tasty: field 413-734-8322. students with ID, $13 for children ages Getting Dressed in Early New Museum of Contemporary Art: 3-17; free to children under age 3 and England"; apparel in portraiture. Permanent exhibit, "Works by James


Hours: Wed.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 children 3-17, free for children under 3, Route 20, Sturbridge or


Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum: Guided tours. Fall hours: Fri.Tues., 1-6 p.m. to Oct. 15. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, known as Forty Acres, is an 18th-century farm on the banks of the Connecticut River that today interprets life in rural New England over three centuries. 130 River Drive, Hadley or

porary Art – Fine Arts Center: Permanent exhibit hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, holidays and spring break. 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

The Clark Art Institute: Permanent exhibit: European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and Pan African Historical Museum drawings, English silver and early USA: Permanent exhibit: Exhibitions by local artists. Hours: Tues.- photography. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 Fri. noon-4 p.m. Free, 1500 Main a.m. to 5 p.m. Free year round for St., Springfield 413-733-1823. members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID, $20 genPolish Center of Discovery and eral. 225 South St., Williamstown or Learning: Permanent exhibit: A living monument safeguarding historical objects representative of Titanic Museum: Permanent exhibit: Exhibits from the collection of the material culture of the Polish people in America. Galleries include the International Titanic Historical Society. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 "Coming to America"; "At Home p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $4, $2 in America"; "Folk Art"; "History." Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-5 p.m. $5 children and students, 208 Main St., donation, 33 South St., Chicopee or Indian Orchard or University Museum of Contem-

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum: Permanent Exhibit: Ride on the restored 1896 trolley car on Sat, Sun. and holidays to Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the TrolleyShop and the Visitors Center and grounds is free. All-day passes for a 15 min. ride on the trolley car are $4 adults, $2 children ages 6-12, children 5 and under are free, 14 Depot St., Shelburne Falls or Smith College Museum of Art: "Object Histories: From the African Continent to the SCMA Galleries." Through June 2020. Exhibition: “Alma Thomas: The Light of the Whole Universe.” Through Dec. 31; 0-$10. “Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi.” Through Dec. 8; museum admission fees apply. Free Second Friday: Friday at the Museum of Art from 4-8 p.m.; 4-7 p.m. Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Animal Etchings: Visit the exhibition, “Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi” to see examples of printmaking techniques. At 6 p.m., Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop will be open and complimentary light refreshments will be served. Free, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton or Springfield Armory National Historic Site: "Art in the Everyday: A Photographer's Perspective at Springfield Armory." Through September. Ranger-led interpretive programs offered in the museum in the afternoon. Junior Ranger programs conducted frequently each day. Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 Armory Square, Springfield or nps.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum: Permanent exhibit: Guided tours of the first and second floors. Victorian Tea & Talk: "Well-Wheeled: How Gilded Age Cottagers Fueled Early Automobiling." Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Berkshire historian Bernard Drew. Seating is limited, reservations strongly recommended. Call 413637-3206. Admission: $28 advance reservations, $32 day of event, 104 Walker St., Lenox or Volleyball Hall of Fame: Permanent exhibit hours: Thur.-Sun. noon-4:30 p.m. $2.50-$3.50, 444 Dwight St., Holyoke or Wistariahurst Museum: Permanent exhibit: "Wisteria Vines in Full Bloom." Carriage House and gift shop open Sat.-Sun, Mon. noon-4 p.m.; Historic house tours are $7, $5 students and seniors, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke or Worcester Art Museum: “Archaic Avant-Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection.” Through Oct. 27. On view Wed.-Sun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Third Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Free with Museum admission, archaic-avant-garde/. 55 Salisbury St., Worcester or Yiddish Book Center: Permanent exhibit, "A Velt mit veltelekh: The Worlds of Jewish Culture." $10, $8 member, $5 student, 1021 West St., Amherst or The Republican is not responsible for unannounced schedule changes. Listings must be received two weeks before the date of the event. Items should be mailed to: Entertainment Guide, The Republican, P.O. Box 1329, Springfield, MA 01102-1329 or e-mail or submit it to



SEPTEMBER EVENTS Berkshire Museum 39 South St, PittsďŹ eld, MA 01201 413-443-7171 MUSEUM CLOSURE Monday, September 9 through Friday, September 13 Berkshire Museum will be closed all day Monday, September 9 through Friday, September 13, to accommodate deinstallation ofLeonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. WeeMuse Littlest Learners, WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM Session, and WeeMuse Adventures will be cancelled. Little Cinema and OLLI: Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel Revisited will continue as scheduled.

IOLLI: Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel Revisited Friday, September 13, 10:30 am Free and open to the community. The Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel returns to the Berkshire Museum for a review of the Berkshire 2019 season. This event is free and open to all OLLI members and the public as an epilogue to the Berkshire Performing Arts Previews class. Hear their thoughts about the winners and losers of this year’s summer theatre season and add your two cents!

Pop-Up Play Day Saturday, September 14, 10 am to noon Included with regular Museum admission. The big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground™ and the colorful Bilderhoos architectural building components encourage children of all ages to build, rebuild, collaborate, and play.

Voices & Visionaries: What Everyone Should Know About the New Brain Science and Our Youngest Citizens Saturday, September 14, 5:30 pm Talk tickets $18, Talk with Beer and Wine Reception $30,  Premier Talk, Drinks, and Dinner tickets $100/ person or $170/couple. Complimentary tickets are available for active educators. Please call 413.443.7171 ext. 318 by Friday, September 13 to reserve. Join us for dinner and conversation with prominent early childhood educator Beth Fredericks and Berkshire Museum’s Chief Experience Officer Craig Langlois. Beth will share intimate and personal insight into her work in Singapore, a country well-known for its early childhood education programs. A global leader in her ďŹ eld, Beth has been living in SE Asia over the past 3 years preparing educators and leaders to design and create strong early childhood infrastructure. The evening will also include a look into the Berkshire Museum’s work in this area as Craig Langlois showcases our publication In Kindergarten, which was distributed to every rising kindergartner in Massachusetts in 2019.   ONGOING PROGRAMS

NOW BOOKING FOR 2019-2020:

UNLIMITED FREE SCHOOL VISITS EVERY CLASS, EVERY GRADE, EVERY DISTRICT! Thanks to the generous underwriting support of Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Beauregard Family, and our community, classes from ALL public and private schools visit Berkshire Museum free of charge!

Plan your class visit today: or 413.443.7171 ext. 336


WeeMuse Littlest Learners Tuesdays, 10:30 am. No program September 10.

WeeMuse Adventures Fridays, 11 to 11:30 am. No program September 13. Included with regular Museum admission. Songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more, geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!

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Included with regular Museum admission. Littlest Learners is for children 6 to 18 months and their caregivers and includes reading stories, singing songs, learning sign language, and stretching both bodies and minds.



The Big E offers the best in live entertainment, with concerts, daily parades, and even a real big top circus! ALSO EXPERIENCE: Bowling For Soup | Sept. 14 Blue Öyster Cult | Sept. 15 Massachusetts Day | Sept. 19 Back to the 80s | Sept. 20





Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sept. 27-29 Tickets now on sale at and The Big E Box Office.

THE BIG E | SEPT 13-29 WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA Check for a full list of performers and to purchase Big E concert and admission tickets. Concert tickets include Big E admission when purchased before the show date.

Tickets at


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