T3F series' in Turners Falls to bring together arts, culture, business

Jun 20, 2013

By Cori Urban, Published by Masslive/The Republican on June 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM, updated June 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM  

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The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is one of the venues for the T3F series. (Cori Urban file) Cori Urban

MONTAGUE –Third Thursdays in the Turners Falls section of Montague will bring together three aspects of community life as arts, culture and downtown business combine to highlight art exhibits, open studios, musical performances, walking tours, theater, invited artisans and other attractions.

Some venues will have extended hours.

“There have been a number of new annual events and an increase in cultural activity as well as many new businesses opening in Turners Falls, and it was time to have an event that happens more frequently and consistently to engage the community as a whole,” said Turners Falls RiverCulture Director Lisa B. Davol. “We'd like people to come downtown during the week not just for annual events.”

Input from several public meetings for the town’s livability plan indicated people want more activity in the downtown village, especially after hours and during the week.

The T3F series will complement the annual events and festivals in the village and encourage people to get in the habit of going downtown during the week “and be taken in by how lively and interesting Turners Falls is every day,” she said.

Each T3F event will have a different theme. The June 20 theme is “Knights! Camera! Action!” It will highlight the work of the graduating class at Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls and include Shea Theater’s Movies in the Park series featuring The Princess Bride at 8:30 p.m.

“All the downtown stakeholders have come to planning meetings, and we all decided on themes together and different parts of the downtown we'd like to highlight,” Davol said. “It is really the first time in RiverCulture's programming that there is a way to actively engage our downtown stakeholders on a consistent basis.”

Though “everyone benefits from the annual events (such as a block party) and from the public art pieces…this is a way to highlight what's here every day,” she added. “Having Turners Falls downtown be busy with people consistently every month creates a festive atmosphere in people's minds and increases its positive perception. It is also helpful because it gives everyone the opportunity to take advantage of cooperative marketing dollars.”

June 20 T3F event offerings include:

Mutton and Mead teaser: You may just run into a fairy, minstrel, jouster or knight. Learn about this medieval festival happening the following weekend. Advance tickets will be available.

Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A 6:45 p.m.: Learn how you can become a friend of the Great Falls Discovery Center. 7 p.m.: Special museum tour with Frank Gregory, the artist who painted murals in the Great Falls Discovery Center exhibits. Learn how the museum began. Light refreshments provided in the Great Hall. All evening: Art in the Great Hall with Nicole Werth and her exhibit, “Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley. An Exploration of Native and Non-native Species from Canada to Connecticut.”

Allen Fowler Studio, 24 Second St. (behind building) Open studio, display and sale of artwork.

LOOT, 62 Avenue A Featuring artwork by Hallmark students Christian Goulette, Zachary Laing and Brandon Kane. Chef Stephen S. Cobb will prepare a crispy polenta cake appetizer topped with produce from Red Fire Farm.

Red Fire Farm, sidewalk cart in front of LOOT, 62, Avenue A Fresh strawberries on local maple ice cream, strawberries dipped in chocolate, fresh popped popcorn.

Jake's Tavern, 64 Avenue A Photographs from Hallmark students Alea Ahrens, Danielle Sykes, Kartik Suryanarayanan, Ryan Brantley. 6-ounce Angus burger with fries $6.99.

Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A Photographs from Hallmark students Krissy Ramsey, Jon Cospito, Andrea House, Bear Stanley, Sadie Slocum.

3rd Street Studios, 36 Third St. Artists Max Armen, Loran Burke and Wes Talbot will be presenting current work in an open-studio setting.

FUNK*SHUN - 38 Third St. This is a new retail space featuring fun, funky, functional art wares and activities for children. Play a couple games in the alley and make an old-fashioned paper Robin Hood hat.

Madison On The Avenue, 102 Avenue A Art exhibit of new work by Wes Talbot (paintings in acrylic and charcoal and charcoal drawings). Photographs by Hallmark students Deegan Lemieux, Megan Leo, Melinda Herrera. Original music by singer songwriter Taryn O.

The Rendezvous, 78 Third St. Ongoing art show by Halie Theoharides, Element Brewing beer tasting, with raffle prizes.

Gary's Coins and Antiques, 115 Avenue A Display of photographs by Hallmark students Karissa Sease, Braham Singh, Beau Bernatchez, Sarah Hoder, Sienna Clough. Saxophone player Gavin Curtis will perform outside the shop.

Nina's Nook, 125 Avenue A Open late with medieval-inspired art and accessories. Refreshments in the cranny and acoustic guitar with Caleb Wetherbee (both weather permitting.)

Black Cow Burger Bar, 125 Avenue A Photographs from Hallmark Students Ben Richardson, Aniruddh Kothari, Marco Colucci, and Katie Brill

After Party, Shea Theater Movies in the Park series iPeskeomskut Park featuring The Princess Bride at 8:30 p.m. Rain location: Shea Theater.

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