May-June Events in Montague and the Turners Falls Cultural District

MAY

Great Falls Farmers Market, Wednesdays 2-6pm Avenue A and Second Street. Through October.

Saturday, May 5
Unsprung Moto Road Rally
Nova Motorcycle, 151 Third Street, Open House! 50 vintage bikes in the shop and on local roads.

Saturday, May 5
Lina Tullgren/Spirits Having Fun/Wendy Eisenberg
The Brick House, 24 Third Street, $7-$10, 8pm

Sunday, May 6
May Day Festivities
Montague Center, 10am-2pm 10am
Procession from the post office to the common. 10:30am Maypole planting. Afternoon picnic in the conservation area. Village-wide TAG SALE starting at 9am.

Thursday, May 10

Readings from Compass Roads at the Montague
440 Greenfield Road at the , Montague Center, 7-8:30pm
Compass Roads, an anthology of Valley poetry edited by Jane Yolen, published by Levellers Press.

Friday, May 11
Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Ukulele Scramble
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 7pm
Songs from rare, obscure and underperformed songs from the past 500 years played on Ukuleles and other small instruments. $6-$12 suggested

Saturday, May 12
Uncommon Open Mic + Special Guests
Common Hall, 34 Main Street, Montague Center
Guest performers at 7pm, open mic at 7:30pm. Come early to sign up for a 10-minute slot. BYOB.

May 12-June 23
Nina’s Nook presents Sculptures by Ron Edwards
125A Avenue A, Turners Falls
Small scale mixed media sculptures on display in this show are made from wood collected along rivers and in forests in western Massachusetts.

Wednesday, May 16
Gill-Montague School District band and choral concert. Elementary, middle, and high school ensembles. Turners Falls High School auditorium, 220 Turnprike Road, 7pm

Friday, May 18
New Perspectives On King Philip’s War:
Guest speakers Lisa Brooks and Christine DeLucia
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 7:30pm
Two new books by scholars Brooks and DeLucia situate the conflict within longstanding indigenous homelands and kinship network, and highlight the strategic decisions made by an array of Native leaders during a period of intense upheaval. Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project.

Saturday, May 19
Anniversary of the May 19, 1676 Great Falls Massacre
Great Falls Discovery Center, 10am-3pm
Keynote speaker Doug Harris, preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes and the Narragansett Indian Tribe, will address the legacy of King Philip’s War and the ceremonial and historical importance of this region. Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project

Saturday, May 19
Sawmill River Arts: A Spring Fling Anniversary Thing
440 Montague Road, Montague Center, noon-4pm
Artist members will provide live art, craft demos, music and refreshments! Free.

Saturday, May 19
4th Annual Good Music Makes Good Neighbors Music Festival
Locations in Montague Center 12pm-5pm, $10-$15
A porch festival with 15 regional bands: Balkan dance, classical cello, piano and trombone, funk, Irish, original pop, country, banjar, traditional, genre-defying cello, banjo, and more!

Saturday, May 19
Migrating Fish, Mills, and More!
Turners Falls Fishway, 15 First Street, 1-2pm
Learn about the amazing journeys of migratory fish as they travel upriver during their spring spawning run. Total length of the walk is 1/2 mile along flat terrain. All ages. No pre-registration is required.

Sunday, May 20
Let the Landscape Speak
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 11am-1pm
A free presentation by Doug Harris (Narragansett) on Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscapes. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council.

Saturday, May 26
FAB Fashion Show. 67 Second Street
Limited collections and one of a kind originals are curated from small-established and emerging designers of ethnic chic. All made by designers and artist from the US and the global village.

The Shea Theater Arts Center
71 Avenue A, Turners Falls
5/4: GCC Music Department Concert
5/5: An Evening with Lake Street Dive (SOLD OUT)
5/11: GCC Dance Department Concert
5/19: Amherst Ballet Presents: Short Works
5/22: Greenfield Center School: One-Act Plays
6/1: Greenfield Police Association: Comedy Night
6/16: Signature Sounds Presents: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

JUNE

Saturday, June 2
Lake Pleasant Village Day Historic Walking Tour, Games, Food. Come celebrate the renovation of the bell tower.

Saturday, June 2
13th Annual Family Fishing Day!
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 10am-2pm
A day of free family fishing! Fish related activities at the Center and the Fish Ladder. Equipment provided. Free shuttle bus to Barton’s Cove. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or Shine

Saturday, June 2
Awesome Art in Motion Spring Performance
The Shea Theater Arts Center, 2pm
Full-length show of kid-created dances to share: new solo by Bellasky Picone-Louro, The story-dance of Stella Luna the bat, and a group piece set to David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.”

Sunday, June 3
Northern Routes Presents
C. Joynes/Raymond Morin/Wednesday Knudsen
The Brick House, 24 Third Street, $10, 8pm

Sunday, June 8
Great Falls Coffehouse Presents: Sue Kranz & Friends
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 7pm
Original songs, covers, and a sampling of tunes from various traditions accompanied with flute and guitar. $6-$12 suggested donation- Children Free

Saturday, June 9
Uncommon Open Mic + Special Guests
Common Hall, 34 Main Street, Montague Center
Guest performers at 7pm, open mic at 7:30pm. Come early to sign up for a 10-minute slot. BYOB.

Monday, June 11
Montague Community Band Concert, “The Classics” Peskeomskut Park, Turners Falls, 7pm

Saturday, June 16
Creating “Rock, Paper, Scissors”
Great Falls Harvest (front room), 50 Third Street, 5:30-6:30pm.
Sculptor Tim de Christopher will present an animated slideshow and talk about the wonderful public sculpture installation in downtown Turners Falls. $5 donation with refreshments.

Saturday, June 16
Brick House 5 K Race
Unity Park Turners Falls, 10am
Join us for a 5K (3.1 mile) race to raise funds for The Brick House Community Resource Center! The course is flat, fast, and fun.
Race day registration is $25, from 9:00-9:45 am. However, a sliding scale entrance fee will be available at on-site registration, and no runner will be turned away.
Walkers, rollers, skaters, etc. are also welcome. The course for non-runners is 1 mile.

Weekend June 16-17
Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival
Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, 210 Turners Falls Rd., Turners Falls
Adults $15. Youths 6-17 /seniors $12 under 6 free, 10am-6pm. Family friendly festival with a live joust, much music, food and dance. No pets.

Monday, June 18
Montague Community Band Concert, "Songs for America.” Peskeomskut Park, Turners Falls, 7pm

The Rendezvous
78 Third Street, Turners Falls
5/17: Half Shaved Jazz
5/18: Uncle Hal's Crabgrass Band
5/18: Rose Cora Perry and The Untold Truth +Wayfaring Soul
5/19: No Lens and Immortal Jellyfish
5/23: Diana Alvarez and Amber Belle
5/24: David Bartley
5/25: Bluegrass and Beyond Session
5/26: Good Trees River Band
5/30: Caleb Wetherbee
5/31: Kevin Keady and The Cattledrivers
6/1: Drew Paton's 1940's Hit Parade
6/2: The Johnny Memphis Band
6/3: Gypsy Jazz (3pm
6/6: Jim Eagan and Dennis Avery
6/7: Falltown String Band
6/8: Uncle Hal's Crabgrass Band
6/8: The Patti T Blues Band
6/9: Date Night Band
6/10: Traditional Quebecois Music Session (3pm)
6/13: Shout Lulu
6/15: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
6/16: Sunshine Brothers Inc. and Humble Digs
6/21: Half Shaved Jazz

The Montague Bookmill
440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center All Shows 8pm, $10.
5/12: Scott Meyers + Christa Joy
5/19: Big Why + Vimana
6/9: Troll 2 + Austin & Elliott
6/16: Henning

 

 

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