Calendar of Upcoming Programs and Events
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Teri O'Brien, Reading and Book Signing
While I Danced Alone with the Moon Across the Front Yard
While I Danced Alone with the Moon Across the Front Yard is Teri O’Brien’s new memoir of growing up in a large family in the small town of Haydenville in the 1950s and 60s.
Teri weaves stories of her daily life and those of her rambunctious seven brothers and sisters as they roam the village making their own fun and sometimes doing and seeing things they shouldn’t. She recollects the telling details and notable quirks of the village personalities and relates the pleasures and anxieties of growing up in a financially pinched but loving family in a small New England town.
Northampton's Masonic Block featured
an ornate water-powered elevator
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 2 pm & 4 pm | Film Screening
The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator
A film by Stan Sherer
Northampton's Masonic Block (sometimes referred to as the “Fitzwilly Building”) on Main Street, which opened in 1898, featured an ornate water-powered elevator, state-of-the-art engineering at the time. But it was more: the elevator and its chatty, cheery operators created a community of building's shops, offices, denizens and visitors. This came to an end in 2017, when the elevator was decommissioned. To preserve this fascinating bit of Northampton's history, documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer interviewed former operators and the repair service person who maintained it from the mid-1980s until the end. We learn how elevators work and why they matter, and what this one, and its operators, meant to the people and the City of Northampton.