Scene Here: Atop Long Mountain
Nov14

Scene Here: Atop Long Mountain

Room to Breathe What pairs well with local beer and wine this week? My opinion: some peace and quiet. It’s not always appreciated, or sought out. But after a nightmare of an election season — full of vitriol, lies and low blows — I was feeling a serious need to go high. I found companionship with the Seven Sisters, the series of ridgeline summits along the Holyoke Range between Mount Holyoke and Mount Hitchcock. Last Saturday, my...

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Scene Here: Slippery Slope
Aug29

Scene Here: Slippery Slope

It’s human nature to want to see just how far an idea can be pushed. Take Slide the City for instance,  the 1,000-foot slip-and-slide that transformed Appleton Street into a lazy river for the Celebrate Holyoke festival this past weekend. It’s easy to imagine the thought process that gave rise to the creation of this monstrous rubber ode to summer childhood fun: Perhaps its creator was enjoying the ride on that iconic piece of...

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Must Have More Chaos: Cultural Chaos in Easthampton
Jun06

Must Have More Chaos: Cultural Chaos in Easthampton

More Chaos, Please Flying trapeze artists, puppets, Hula hoop extraordinaires, buskers, artists, crafters, bands, authors, dancers, and performing artists are among the funky folk who will converge on Cottage Street in Easthampton this Saturday for Cultural Chaos. The festival, produced by Easthampton City Arts+, is designed to celebrate unique creation in all its many forms — hence the chaos. From noon to 7 p.m., Cottage Street in...

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15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean
Jun06

15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean

There’s only so many ways to take a group photo of a bunch of musicians — we know this because we see a lot of repetition in band publicity photos. How is it that creative and talented musicians across the planet keep coming up with the same band photo over and over again? Is looking off-camera while your photo is taken somewhere in a musician’s DNA? Or is the publicity pic just the last thing on a long list of taxing promotional...

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Down to Earth: The Meadows as Alien Territory
Mar08

Down to Earth: The Meadows as Alien Territory

By Naila Moreira The Meadows are one of my favorite places to walk, daydream, write, and watch nature change in its numberless daily ways. A swath of agricultural land between Northampton’s downtown and the Connecticut River, they’re within easy walking distance of my home. Wandering the Meadows, I regularly see red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and northern harriers – long-winged predators that swing to and fro like giant boomerangs...

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