Events Calendar

MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM  will open weekends in May, starting May 1, 11 am–4:30 pm.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Thank you for helping to keep our community safe by following all COVID-19 protocols. To celebrate PVMA’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to offer FREE admission this season.

INDIAN HOUSE MEMORIAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is also closed for the season. It is typically open weekends August through Columbus Day, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. The first floor is open for hands-on activities. Learn more hereAdmission is a choice on the Memorial Hall Single Building ticket. All others: $6 for adults; $3 for students (ages 13-18); children 12 and under are free. The door is kept locked, please ring bell for admission.

For directions to our Old Deerfield locations click here. See PAST EVENTS here.

 



NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley

"Station Eleven" book cover. Large tents in a field under starry sky.PVMA is launching a new three-season National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program this Spring, exploring themes of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven. The NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley is in partnership with Tilton Library and more than 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. New England Public Media is our media partner. This is PVMA’s 7th NEA Big Read program!

Find the full event schedule here. Some programs are still developing, so please keep checking for updates!

Logo of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, managed by Arts Midwest. Includes website: arts.gov/neabigread
April 27, 7 pm
Keynote Author Event

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“A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel”
SEE DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE.


NEABig Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.



 

COVID-19 UPDATES:

  • CRAFT FAIRS
    In light of the continuing COVID-19 health risk to the public, as well as to our participating crafters, volunteers and staff, the Old Deerfield Craft Fair has decided to cancel this year’s September 19th and 20th Fall Festival in Deerfield. This year’s Holiday Sampler 2020 has been canceled as well. We will miss seeing you! We hope you’ll attend the Fall Craft Fair, September 18 & 19, 2021, and the Holiday Sampler, November 20 & 21, 2021. Thank you for supporting the Old Deerfield Craft Fairs. Learn more here.
  • PVMA TRAVELING EXHIBIT at the GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER
    Fertile Ground: Corn, Cranberries, Tobacco, and Artists
    (The GFDC is currently closed because of COVID-19. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.) Thank you to the GFDC for extending our traveling exhibit timeline until further notice.

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s traveling exhibit at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls explores connections between the Connecticut River Valley’s agricultural landscape and generations of artists in the Fuller family of Deerfield. Imaginary art studios represent three generations—George Fuller’s painting studio, Arthur Negus Fuller’s printmaking studio, and Elizabeth Brooks Fuller’s en plein air (outdoor) studio. Enjoy reproductions of oil paintings, prints, and watercolors from Memorial Hall Museum’s Fuller collection; learn how farming influenced these artists’ work; and create your own art inspired by our local landscape. Designed to engage all ages, with English and Spanish translations.


RECENT PAST EVENTS

The Great Greenfield DinoFest
2020 Festival: Dinos Go Hybrid on December 5 & 6!

DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre and PVMA, is (normally) a celebratory in-person day of performances, interactive exhibits and activities for children, dino films with live music and more celebrating our local dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. Why? Because this is where the first scientific study in the world of dinosaur footprints took place! You can learn more on PVMA’s award winning website “Impressions from a Lost World” . . . This year DinoFest will be on Zoom, with Jurassic Roadshow’s professional paleontologists and scientific illustrators, local knowledgeable fossil collectors (the “Track Pack”), story time with a children’s librarian, an environmentalist/beekeeper from Maine and special videos prepared by local museums!

PLUS we’ll have an in-person screening at 10 am on December 5th at Greenfield’s Garden Cinema of an original dino-themed comedy where emerging fascism meets deep time in “The Mayor of Greenpants: Dino Disaster“, written, filmed and edited by Piti Theatre’s Youth Troupe.

Learn all about it here.


“THE TIME OF MY LIFE” TRAVELING EXHIBIT/DISPLAY
PVMA filled one side of the Deerfield Historic Commission’s display cases at the Deerfield Town Hall with an adapted version of the exhibit, “The time of my life”—Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts, on view from January through Fall 2020. The full exhibit spent the previous year traveling from the Great Falls Discovery Center, to Memorial Hall Museum, to the Summit House at Skinner State Park, and finally to the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center.

“Am having the time of my life.” So wrote Bernice on a postcard sent to her “Ma” in the early 20th century—one among many cards from Memorial Hall Museum’s collection featured in the display. A dozen enlarged postcard scenes take visitors on an imaginary road trip, with stops at Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke Summit House, Sugarloaf, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail.

Visitors can also view a small display of travel-related artifacts, a postal souvenir album filled with reproductions of postcards from imaginary side trips, as well as reproduction View-Master reels with other area postcard scenes that together paint pictures of civic pride and new ideas about leisure and travel. Before cell phones and social media, the picture postcard reigned supreme.


1704 Commemoration, Feb. 29 & March 1

We are celebrating our 150th birthday and one of our gifts to you is free admission to the 1704 Commemoration on February 29 and March 1. Scheduled and ongoing events will be at the Indian House Memorial Museum, Bloody Brook Tavern, Memorial Hall Museum, and at the Bement School from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday, and from 10am-2pm on Sunday. The battle reenactment will be on Saturday 2-3pm on the Deerfield Academy soccer fields. Download map and detailed schedule of events here.


The time of my life” Traveling Exhibit

After traveling from the Great Falls Discovery Center, Memorial Hall Museum, and the Summit House at Skinner State Park, “The time of my life”–Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts, an interactive exhibit looking at 20th-century postcards, is at the Holyoke Heritage State Park, on view October 5 to December 1.


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September 14–October 31
The Living Landscape of Robert Strong Woodward

on view in the Music Gallery, presented by the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward

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JULY 7 – AUGUST 25, 2019
2019 OLD DEERFIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES
Beautiful chamber music performed in the lovely Victorian setting of Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room—newly renovated and air-conditioned—at 3 p.m. on Sundays July 7th through August 25th, 2019Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door.  See schedule below.

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July 7th
The Deerfield Trio
Mark Fraser,
Cello
Anthony Berner
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Yu-Mei Wei
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July 14th

Bella Voce
Lisa Woods
, Mezzo-Soprano
Teri LaFleur, Soprano
Jerry Noble, Piano

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July 21st
Music of Beethoven & Chopin
Ken Forfia, Piano
Amy Gates, Piano


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July 28th
Carol Hutter and Friends
Carol Hutter,
Viola

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August 4th

Alex Kollias, Clarinet
James Maes, Piano
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August 11th

The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo
Gregory Valtchev,
Violin
Lora Tchekoratova, Piano

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August 18th
David Kopp
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August 25th

Michael Nix, Banjar
Chris Devine, Violin

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PAST EVENTS

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OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATES ARTWEEK!

May 4, 5 2019

Memorial Hall Museum opens for the season with an ArtWeek celebration of the sights, sounds, and tastes of Our Living Landscape. Our beautiful river valley provides a wealth of inspiration for a FREE weekend of art-making, tastings, and other sensory experiences on May 4 & 5.

Inside the museum galleries, make your own mini souvenir album with scenes from our early 20th-century postcard exhibit, emboss soft metal with landscape designs, and create nature-themed paper quilt squares. Outside, ongoing “drop in and stay a while” activities include wet-felting and collage workshops inspired by landscapes, bird-call identification led by the Great Falls Discovery Center/DCR, and tastings of local food and drink. Engage all your senses!

Admission to the museum’s 19 rooms of history, culture and fine art (including landscapes) and all special activities is offered FREE on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2:30 pm. For adults and school-age children. Outdoor workshops will be moved inside if inclement weather. The museum is open free both days from 11 am to 4:30 pm.

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THREE DAYS ONLY
November 10–12, 2018
11 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for this special exhibit
Memorial Hall Museum will open for Veterans Day weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Get a rare glimpse into the lives of the local men and women on the front lines. Uniforms, official correspondences, personal letters, and other artifacts bring the reality of the war and the Armistice to life.

Learn about memorial poppies and pin one on the board to honor someone special.

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JULY 8 – AUGUST 26, 2018
2018 OLD DEERFIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES
Beautiful chamber music performed in the lovely Victorian setting of Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room—newly renovated and air-conditioned—at 3 p.m. on Sundays July 8th through August 26th, 2018Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door.  See schedule below.

 

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July 8th
Music of Beethoven and Chopin
Ken Forfia,
Piano
Amy Gates,
Piano
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July 15th
Bella Voce
Lisa Woods
, Mezzo-Soprano
Teri LaFleur, Soprano
Jerry Noble, Piano

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July 22nd
The Deerfield Duo
Mark Fraser,
Cello
Anthony Berner, Violin
Yu-Mei Wei,
Piano

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July 29th
Carol Hutter and Friends
Carol Hutter,
Viola
Lisa Woodard,
Violin
David Siegel,
Violin
Jennifer Allen,
Cello

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August 5th
James Winn, Flutist
David Kopp, Pianist
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August 12th
The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo
Gregory Valtchev,
Violin
Lora Tchekoratova, Piano

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August 19th
Piper Pichette
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August 26th
Michael Nix, Banjar
Chris Devine, Violin

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July 4, 2019 – 3 pm
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT
FREE!

Please join us for our annual Fourth of July concert featuring the wonderful Westmoreland (NH) Town Band at 3 pm in the Blue and White Society Room  (all-purpose room) of the Deerfield Teachers’ Center at 10 Memorial Street in Deerfield. This always-fun, free event is held rain or shine, and a wonderful way to celebrate the day with the whole family.

 


Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 3 pm
Memorial Hall Museum Music Room
Admission: $10
A CONCERT OF SONG IN HONOR OF JUNETEENTH! *
Spanning many centuries, from the Renaissance period to African American art music of the 20th century, there will be toe-tapping songs from Broadway shows as well as soulful spirituals.

Featuring: Metropolitan Opera tenor Irwin Reese and local pianist Julia Bady

*Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.