Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons. Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts. With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 2:00 PM3:30 PM
"The Brush Shop" is a documentary film by Stan Sherer. Through interviews with former Pro Brush people, archival photographs from the collection of Historic Northampton, and commercials and advertisements from different periods, this film tells the story of a vital Northampton industrial history. The company was once the world's largest manufacturer of toothbrushes.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
An exhibit of paintings by Double Edge Resident Designer Michal Kuriata will be held March 2nd through March 29th at Elmer's Store, located at 396 Main Street in Ashfield. Gallery hours will be held during Elmer's regular business hours. The exhibit is part of a series of events exploring the relationship between culture, community, and democracy, in conjunction with Double Edge's Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, June 3 & 4.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 PM9:00 PM
We are dancing, singing, flying, speaking, painting, and acting throughout the Center of Ashfield, from the community hall through the commons, on Main Street, to the Lake! And WE means anyone and everyone in Ashfield, the Hilltowns, and beyond. The Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair will use the whole town as the set, present-day Ashfield life and the town's history as the subject, and YOU, the community, as the performers and creators. A celebration of Ashfield's unique history of acceptance, freedom, and creativity, performed in the heart of the town by the people of this community.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
The Charlemont Forum is hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech, will take place exactly 165 years after its initial presentation. The co-artistic directors of the Double Edge Theater of Ashfield, are partnering with the Charlemont Forum to choreograph an engaging event. Actors from the Double Edge Theater together with approximately nine other readers who have volunteered from the hill towns, will give a dramatic reading of this stirring speech, which dates back to 5 July, 1852. The event will include singing of Negro spirituals and a post-reading discussion of the issues raised in the reading. After the event, refreshments will be served in the Social Hall.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • email:
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities


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