Arts Previews for June 15, 2018

  • Pam Victor

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Great Falls hosts Massachusetts Walking Tour; Bike Path B-I-N-G-O

This Saturday, June 16, the Ninth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour will stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center (2 Avenue A, Turners Falls) for a performance by local musicians, including Greenfield-based guitar, banjo and mandolin player Michael Nix and singer-songwriter Sean Ryder The Walking Tour aims to highlight arts and culture events in towns throughout the state, as well as the beauty of surrounding nature trails. The performance at the Discovery Center is from 6-8 p.m.

On Sunday, June 24, the Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting an event for children and their grownups from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will use field guides and binoculars and play Bike Path B-I-N-G-O. All ages are welcome; meet at the main entrance. For more about both events, visit greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

Eric Carle Museum opens Bobbie’s Meadow

The Eric Carle Museum, located at 125 Bay Rd. in Amherst, will open a new space in the apple orchard next Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. The multi-use area, named Bobbie’s Meadow after Carle’s late wife, will honor her passion for community and the environment. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony there will be story times, nature walks, and special guests. Naturalist Ted Watt will lead a walk for those interested in looking for the insects and animals that live in the meadow, followed by a story read by author and artist Brendan Wenzel. The museum will also be displaying an Eric Carle exhibition on the different seasons along with his personal artwork made for Bobbie. For more information, visit carlemuseum.org.

Happier Valley Comedy Improv Theater

Happier Valley Comedy is getting a new theater. The space on 1 Mill Valley Rd. in Hadley will offer scheduled performances, as well as classes. “I’m beyond thrilled to be building a permanent home for improv comedy in Western Massachusetts. We’ve been calling the theater our ‘clubhouse’ because it’s providing a space our kooky community can call home,” says Pam Victor of Happier Valley Comedy. “After four years of renting out rooms and stages all over the Valley, it’s a monumental step for us … a validation of the work we’ve been doing.”

Slated to open Monday, June 25, the 70-seat theater and classroom space was funded by their Valley Gives Day fundraiser (they received almost $27,000 in donations). After opening day, the group will continue with their weekly summer classes, as well as performances into the fall season. The theater’s family comedy show will continue at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. Once the new space is open, it will host the “Happier Valley Comedy Show,” “More Improv, More Better,” and “We Made a Thing” shows.