April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 (Monday)
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum South Hadley MA

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War

Experiencing the Civil War: From the Battlefield to the Home Front, at the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Exhibit- will be on display until the 150th anniversary of the war’s end, in April of 2015.

Springfield Museums Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents The Republican Reports the Civil War

At the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History Through April 2015

Springfield Museums Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Sentinels and Nomads: Imaginative Sculpture by Don Porcaro

Museum of Fine Arts from August 27, 2013 through June 1, 2014 - whimsical sculptures created by New York –based artist Don Porcaro

Springfield Museums Springfield MA

Springfield Museums host an exhibit of evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas

The exhibit, titled Fiesta: Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico, will be on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from September 10 through May 11, 2014. The artist will be in Springfield for a special reception on Saturday September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the D’Amour Museum.

Eastern States Exposition W Springfield MA

Storrowton Village Museum Presents Storrowton School Programs

Storrowton Village Museum “Look Back School Program” “Little Red Schoolhouse” Children in grades 1-5 dress in period clothing and experience what life was like for children in the 1800s. AND “Storrowton Sampler” (Grades 4-6) Throughout the School Year (through June 14, 2014). One class daily; by appointment only. Call for exact program dates.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents The Connoisseurship of Currier & Ives

Museum of Fine Arts through – June 15, 2014. This exhibition traces the connoisseurship of Currier and Ives over the last century. The images which inspired 20th century artists and collectors to create Currier & Ives themed works will be juxtaposed against original 19th century influences for the firm’s designs. A special section of the show is dedicated to authenticity and explores the differences between original and reproduced Currier & Ives lithographs.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Wendell Minor's America

through May 26, 2014. Wendell Minor’s America celebrates the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his twenty-fifth anniversary as a preeminent illustrator of children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Original artworks, artifacts, and references will be on view. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by many of the noted authors and editors whom Minor has partnered with.

Eric Carle Museum Amherst MA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Leave Your Sleep

November 26, 2013 through May 4, 2014 Barbara McClintock and Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep. Natalie Merchant’s hit album Leave Your Sleep transformed children’s poetry into a collection of original songs, which Barbara McClintock reworked in watercolor in a picture book. Come see a selection of illustrations as well as drawings of the poems.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Restoring Springfield Armory’s Historic Viewscape

Walking Tour: Offered every other Sunday April 13 – September 28. Program begins at 2pm. Join us for this unique tour of the Springfield Armory’s grounds and learn about recent efforts of park staff to restore the historic site back to its magnificence of the 1940s. Tour will include a walk through a portion of the woodlands. Wear comfortable shoes. 60 minutes.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries

January 21 – April 27, the exhibit features works by some of the world's most notorious art forgers, illuminates their dubious legacies, and examines how their skills beguiled the art world for much of the 20th century. The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is also hosting two companion exhibits that explore art fraud, forgery and authentication of art work.  The Real Deal: The Art of Authenticity, and The Connoisseurship of Currier & Ives, features a special section dedicated to authenticating lithographs published by Currier and Ives.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley MA

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Presents New Worlds

El Anatsui: New Worlds January 21 - June 8 2014. This exhibition features six recent works by internationally acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. Bridging the traditional definitions of paintings, textiles, and three-dimensional sculpture, these monumental installations transform recycled liquor bottle caps into shimmering surfaces deeply embedded with issues of cross-cultural exchange, consumerism, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Rainforest Adventure

Young visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will be able to take a virtual excursion deep into the rainforest, thanks to the Museums’ newest traveling exhibit, Rainforest Adventure. The exhibit, designed by Stepping Stones Museum for Children, will be open January 25 through May 11, 2014. There is a special exhibition fee of $5 for all visitors ages 3 and up to view Rainforest Adventure in addition to museum admission.

Smith College Northampton MA

Smith College Museum of Art Presents The Eye is a Door

January 31–August 31, The Eye is a Door showcases the photographic work of world-renowned writer, scholar, and landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn.  This is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn’s photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy–the ability to read and analyze visual information. This approach to learning allows people to question and interpret what they see, which has broad implications across many fields of inquiry and design.  

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Presents Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork

March 1, 2014 - February 15, 2015. Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century. The village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts & Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. This exhibition will feature more than 25 pieces from Historic Deerfield's collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers.

Wistariahurst Museum Holyoke MA

Wistariahurst Museum Presents Work and Culture Exhibition

Work and Culture. Admission to gallery $3 / members free. Gallery Exhibition: Work and Culture Artist Deborah Baronas finds that the combination of art and history is especially potent as it can inspire and educate a broad audience. Her hand stenciled scrims depict 19th century textile workers in different moments of service. Works on view through April.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles

Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman. March 15 through June 15. Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than six decades.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

Connecticut Science Center Presents Lost Egypt

NEW Traveling Exhibit: Lost Egypt. Journey thousands of years back in time to ancient Egypt without ever leaving the Science Center. In Lost Egypt you'll see real mummies and ancient artifacts, dig for clues, build a pyramid, read ancient hieroglyphics and much more. It's hands-on fun for aspiring Egyptologists of all ages! Lost Egypt is included with a Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. On view Feb 1–May 4 in the Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery

Eric Carle Museum Amherst MA

The Eric Carle Museum Presents Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends

March 18 through June 8. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of Bernard Waber, author and illustrator of more than thirty picture books including Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp!, Lorenzo,and The House on East 88 Street. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard exhibition will honor Waber’s life’s work, featuring 85 of his witty and imaginative illustrations.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents“Steampunk Springfield”

“Steampunk.”Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City will take place from March 22 – September 28, 2014, with exhibits in both the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Additional events related to the Steampunk Springfield project will also be hosted by the Museums and other partner organizations, including the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and CityStage & Symphony Hall, among others.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Evolution of Firearms Program

Offered every other Saturday, March 22 – September 27. Program begins at 1pm. Springfield Armory is proud to reintroduce our Evolution of Firearms Programs that highlights the technological advancements of the weapons that were manufactured at the Springfield Armory.  Program begins in the Armory Museum with a Ranger-led presentation followed by a black powder firing demonstration outside on the Armory’s historic grounds.

Springfield MA

Theodores List of Events for April

April 1 Brian Chicoine & Friends.  April 2 Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic.  April 3 Jamie Kent & The Options.  April 4 Chris McDermott.  April 5 Mike Law & The Playboys.  April 9 Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic.  April 10 Maxxtone - LIVE KARAOKE.  April 11 Lydia Warren.  April 12 Eran Troy Danner.  April 16 Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic.  April 17 Leaf Jumpers.  April 18 The Willie J. Laws Band.  April 19 Professor Harp.  April 22 Chris Merenda.  April 23 Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic.  April 24 Maxxtone - LIVE KARAOKE.  April 25 Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts.  April 26 Blue Devil Bluez.  April 30 Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic.

Delaney House, Holyoke MA

Delaney House Presents Link to Libraries

April 30, 5:30 p.m. Book a Trip Around The World. Link to Libraries is the passport to literacy for thousands of children in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. On April 30 a selection of ballrooms and suites will be transformed into different global destinations, complete with music, cuisine, décor and local flavor. Join us for the event of the year and help us make those journeys possible for children all over the region. $25 per person. 100% of ticket sales go to support the cause. RSVP by April 15.

MassMutual Center, Springfield MA

MassMutual Center Presents 5 Narratives: Art at the MassMutual Center

5 Narratives: Art at the MassMutual Center. The exhibit features artwork from 5 local artists throughout Western Massachusetts and is the first time art is being displayed inside the MassMutual Center Convention Center walls. Admission to this event is free. On view until October 2014.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Blast from the Past

Visitors can learn about Springfield Armory's historic weapons through the senses of sight, the sounds of rifles blasting, and the acrid smell of burning gun powder. National Park Service Volunteers and Rangers will describe and then fire reproductions of historic Springfield Armory weapons that include a flintlock musket, the percussion rifle musket, and the "Trapdoor" breech-loading rifle. Mark your calendars for April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30, and Sept 13 & 27.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Steampunk Exhibit

Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry brings together the authenticity of the nation’s largest collection of military shoulder weapons with the imagination and ingenuity of some of today’s most inventive, contemporary Steampunk artists. Artists featured in the exhibit hail from Massachusetts and Vermont and have created a variety of pieces that are sure to amaze. Exhibition will be on display through September 28, 2014.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Monthly "mini" Tours

The Springfield Museums’ informal half-hour “mini-tours” every Sunday at 1 PM by volunteer docent educators. The tours highlight a different element of the unique collections of one of the four museums, and are free with Museum admission. Topics for this month are: April 6 (special time: 11am and Noon) – Festival of Flowers – D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, G.W.V. Smith Art Museum. April 13 - Made in the Valley-Machining and Metal Working in the Pioneer Valley.  April 20 – Easter Sunday, no mini-tour. April 27 - Steampunk Springfield: Humachines.

Northampton MA

Historic Northampton's Arts Night Out

Historic Northampton's Arts Night Out will host two art exhibitions this month. Jenni Sussman's "Crowns" and "The Art of the Hooked Rug: Contemporary of a Traditional Technique." Both will begin their run April 11 at 46 Bridge St. with opening receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibit is open from April 11 to May 2. The hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays , noon to 5 p.m. Concurrent with this exhibit will be an event in the gallery on Sunday, May 4, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Route 47, Hadley MA

New England Falconry Open for Season

New England Falconry is located on open meadows and forestland in beautiful Western Massachusetts. You will experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation. Introductory Session. Duration: 45 Minutes. Experience handling and flying of a trained Harris' Hawk while learning about the special adaptations of raptors and the need for their conservation. $65 per participant. $15 per *non-participant

Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke MA

Volleyball Hall of Fame Open

Open Thursday through Sunday Noon to 4:30 PM, year-round, or by special pre-arranged appointment. We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Six Flags, Agawam MA

Six Flags Presents Spring Break Hours

Open Special Hours Every Day of Spring Break. Here’s a pro tip: you don’t even have to be a student to enjoy Spring Break at Six Flags New England. With special hours every day from April 18-27, everyone is invited to share in the springtime fun. Your homework can wait. It’s time to get serious – about having fun!

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents "Home Run for Bunny"

Gerald Purnell's original pastel paintings for Richard Anderson's "Home Run for Bunny," go on view April 18, through Sept. 14, at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The children's book, by Anderson tells the story of Ernest "Bunny" Taliaferro, and his 15 Springfield team mates, on a junior baseball team of 1934, who agree to withdraw from an tournament, when officials there would not allow Taliaferro to play, because he was African American.

Springfield MA

Spring-Cleaning Downtown

The Spirit of Springfield and the Springfield Business Improvement District are looking for a few volunteers willing to help with some spring-cleaning downtown before the annual pancake breakfast. The cleanup is planned for Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will be in Court Square, and from there volunteers will be handed trash bags, brooms, gloves and be assigned a section on Main Street.

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge Presents New Lambs

New Lambs/Spring School Vacation Week April 19-27 Spring break at Old Sturbridge Village offers visitors a unique glimpse into 19th-century New England on the cusp of seasonal change. The plants are blooming and baby animals are on the way (be sure to check out the newborn lambs). The Hands-On Crafts Center is open daily with a variety of crafts for visitors, including making tin candleholders and dipping candles.

Look Memorial Park, Florence MA

Look Memorial Park Presents School Vacation Week

April 19 – 27 - School Vacation week, Attractions open daily! (Train, Mini Golf, VC, Sweet Shoppe, Look Park Grill).

Yankee Candle Village, S Deerfield MA

Yankee Candle Village Presents Spring Fling Week

Saturday, April 19 JaDuke presents a “Fairytale Adventure”! Visit the Easter Bunny! 12-3. Sunday, April 20 Scavenger Hunt. Visit the Easter Bunny! 12-3. Monday, April 21 & Tuesday, April 22 Trevor "The Games Man" 12:00 and 4:00 Paint with Santa! 10:15. Wednesday, April 23 Trevor "The Games Man" 12:00 and 4:00 LEGO- Build and take a Lego home! 10:15. Thursday, April 24 Trevor "The Games Man" 12:00 and 4:00. Paint Your Own Breyers Horse 10:15. Friday, April 25 Trevor "The Games Man" 12:00 and 4:00. Klutz Fuzzy Project 10:15 Saturday, April 26 JaDuke presents a “Fairytale Adventure”! Showtimes at 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30. Scavenger Hunt. The Zoo in Forest Park, Zoo on the Go traveling exhibit! 12-2. Sunday, April 27 JaDuke presents a “Fairytale Adventure”! Scavenger Hunt.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Nat’l Parks and School Vacation Weeks

April 20-26, Begin celebrating with author Julia Lynam, of the recently published book, Treasures on Your Doorstep, on Thursday, April 24 at 2pm. A power point program showcases hundreds of hidden National Park gems across the country. Participate in the Jr. Ranger program; complete Museum searches, outdoor explorations, and watch National Park Service movies. Earn badges and prizes.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Animals Galore!

April 21 - April 26, 1 to 4 p.m. Get inspired by the art on view! Find animals real and imagined in the Museum's galleries and create a creature of your own design. Free with Museum admission.

Eastfield Mall, Springfield MA

Eastfield Mall Presents Cupcake Decorating Fun Monday

Cupcake Decorating Fun Monday, April 21st from 1 to 3 pm. Join us in the Food Court for a session of cupcake* decorating fun with the owner of Emma's Creations.  A FREE activity for children ages 5 to 10 years. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Delaney House Holyoke MA

Delaney House Presents Learn to Drink Like a Pro

April 21st: Yuengling Beers. The Delaney House’s monthly Learn To Drink Like A Pro events give you and your friends a chance to have a great meal, share some laughs, and learn how to appreciate our featured beers, wines or spirits like an adult. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. $35.

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge Presents Patriots' Day

Come celebrate the legacy of the New England patriots and their role in our nation’s birth at Old Sturbridge Village on April 21. Hear the music of the fife and the beating of the drum accompanied by cracks of musket fire. Learn the differences between the Minutemen and the loyalists and learn how to march with the militia.

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Holyoke MA

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Open School Vacation Week

Open 11a.m. - 4 p.m. for School Vacation Week. Come enjoy springtime at Holyoke Heritage State Park! Week includes Patriot’ Day holiday on Monday.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Presents School Vacation Week Programs

Visitors to Historic Deerfield during April School Vacation Week will have the opportunity to experience a variety of early New England activities. From exploring the "Lost Art of Letter Writing" (April 21-27) through the use of a quill pen to the history behind the Patriot's Day holiday (April 26), there's something for everyone this April at Historic Deerfield. (April 21-26) Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Colonial Chocolate. (April 26) Silversmithing Series.

Forest Park Zoo, Springfield MA

Forest Park Zoo Presents Zoo Camp

Dates: April 21 – 25. A terrific way to broaden a child’s horizons during their April school vacation week, Zoo Camp takes place Monday-Friday of each vacation week, sometimes starting as early as 7:30am and lasting until about 5pm. Participants get to touch and hold live animals every day, while learning about animal diets and habits, hibernation patterns and how to care for different creatures.

New England Air Museum Windsor Locks CT

New England Air Museum Presents April Break Fun

The New England Air Museum will hold family fun activities April 21st-25th. The Museum's Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls. Monday, April 21st–  Wednesday, April 23rd Open Cockpits & Museum Tours. Thursday, April 24th– Zip Line Challenge. Friday, April 25th, Blimp Maze-Design.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Vacation Week With Puppet Festival

The Springfield Museums have announced their lineup of performances and activities for the upcoming school vacation week, April 21-25, 2014. This year’s Puppet Festival will feature performances by some of the region’s finest puppet ensembles, along with live animal demonstrations, interactive displays, planetarium shows, and hands-on art opportunities. All activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

Amelia Park Children's Museum, Westfield MA

Amelia Park Children's Museum Presents April Vacation Days Activities

We are open all week: April 21 - April 25 | 9:00AM- 4:00PM. Monday - Straw Rockets and Paper Airplane Making 1:00PM. Tuesday - Earth Day 11:00AM- 12:00PM. Wednesday - Craft Day- 10:00AM- 11:30AM. Thursday - Radical Reactions! Chemistry for Kids! 1:00PM. Friday- Electricity with SNAP! Circuits. 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Face painting at various times throughout the week! All programs are free with paid admission.

Wistariahurst Museum Holyoke MA

Wistariahurst Museum Presents Made in the Happy Valley

April 21 at 6:00 p.m. Poetry to the Earth, with lecturer Suzanne Flynt This lecture chronicles the extraordinary story of how Arts and Crafts transformed the western Massachusetts farming village of Deerfield into a leading crafts center. Deerfield's fabled history and rural surroundings created an ideal environment for the Arts and Crafts, a movement that encouraged a return to hand craftsmanship, simplicity of design, and honesty of materials. $7 general/ $5 members.