Turners Falls RiverCulture kicks off new T3F series

Jun 06, 2013

Introducing Third Thursday Turners Falls! An arts and culture night out in downtown Turners Falls.


June 6, 2013

Lisa Davol, Turners Falls RiverCulture, Phone: 413-230.9910
riverculture@montague-ma.gov      www.turnersfallsriverculture.org


Turners Falls RiverCulture kicks off new T3F series

Third Thursday Turners Falls - Exponential fun!
Knights! Camera! Action!
Thursday June 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Downtown Turners Falls

Turners Falls RiverCulture presents T3F. Third Thursday Turners Falls is a monthly arts, culture and downtown business night featuring art exhibits, open studios, musical performances, walking tours, theater, invited artisans and other attractions in the village as well as extended open hours at participating venues.

“Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in new arts and culture activity, shops, restaurants and new ideas,” said RiverCulture director, Lisa Davol, “and it was really time to start showcasing this concentration of offerings on an ongoing and consistent basis.”  Davol notes that this is a great complement to the large annual events and festivals and hopes to get people in the habit of coming downtown during the week and be taken in by how lively and interesting Turners Falls is every day. 

Inspired by similar events in other communities like Brattleboro, New Bedford, North Adams,  Pittsfield, and building on the success of past events like the Turners Falls art walks and the past holiday night out, this event provides a platform for community engagement while stimulating economic activity.  For example, Davol says artists and those with business ideas approach her routinely asking  if there are ways they can tie in to the community to get exposure.  This is a great way to work them into the fabric of the downtown.  It is also a great way for existing businesses to take advantage of cooperative marketing dollars and to partner with creatives to increase visitation to their establishments.

Each T3F event will have a different theme.  The June 20th theme is Knights! Camera! Action! and will tie in with the upcoming Mutton and Mead festival as well as highlight the work of the graduating class at Hallmark Institute of Photography, now that they moved their gallery back up to the school.  This give Hallmark a downtown presence.  The evening will be capped off with Shea Theater’s Movies in the Park series featuring the Princess Bride starting at 8:30pm

The next T3F event will happen Thursday July 18th with the theme of Music in the Air, with a nod to the Green River Festival and the Upper Valley Music Festival happening next month.

June 20th T3F event offerings include:

*Mutton and Mead teaser:  All the way from the Shire of Nottingham to Turners Falls, minstrels, a mounted knight, some jugglers and and several good Shirefolks shall come the streets of Turners Falls as a preview of some of the wonders to be found at the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival.  Mayhaps the good, kind, generous Sheriff of Nottingham will show, or even perhaps that villainous rascal Robin Hood. (You say I have that backwards? Not with the Sheriff's Guards standing behind me... Where was I?) Tickets will be available for purchase for the festival the coming weekend, your ticket to Nottingham! Performers making an appearance include GIACOMO the JESTER,  BELOW the Gaff, a few Bonobo members and more!

*Great Falls Discovery Center - 2 Avenue A
6:45pm – Learn how you can become a friend of the Great Falls Discovery Center
7:00pm - Special museum tour with Frank Greogry, the artist who painted murals in the Great Falls Discovery Center exhibits.  Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born!  Light refreshments provided in the Great Hall.
All evening: Art in the Great Hall: 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 2nd Street (behind building)
Open studio, display and sale of art work

*LOOT - 62 Avenue A
Featuring artwork by Hallmark students Christian Goulette, Zachary Laing and Brandon Kane. Chef Stephen S. Cobb will be preparing a crispy polenta cake appetizer topped with the finest produce in the valley from Red Fire Farm.  Meet "Sir Heinrich of the Falls"!

*Red Fire Farm - Sidewalk cart in front of LOOT, 62, Avenue A
Strawberries! Fresh Strawberries on Local Maple Ice Cream Strawberries dipped in chocolate, Popcorn fresh popped.

*Jake's Tavern - 64 Avenue A
Photographs from Hallmark students: Alea Ahrens, Danielle Sykes, Kartik Suryanarayanan, Ryan Brantley. 6 oz 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 Street
Artists Max Armen, Loran Burke and Wes Talbot will be presenting current work in an open studio setting.

*FUNK*SHUN - 38 3rd Street
New retail space open!  Fun, Funky, Functional art wares for you and your home.  Activities for kids.  Play a couple games in the alley and make an old fashioned paper Robinhood 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 Street      
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 in Peskeomskut Park!  The Princess Bride. 8:30pm.  Rain location in the Shea Theater.

RiverCulture works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community through innovative partnerships and cultural programming.  Our work is made possible by a grant from the Adams Art Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council along with our major sponsors: Town of Montague, Hillside Plastics, Judd Wire, Republic Services and individual donations.  Details at www.turnersfallsriverculture.org

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