Spark Your Imagination

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Seating Area at Avenue A and Third Street, Turners Falls
Sculptor, Tim de Christopher (2017)
The winning proposal for public art, “Rock Paper Scissors” incorporates elements of Turners Falls’ natural, social and industrial history. Tim de Christopher used local red sandstone for the “rock” and Indiana limestone for the paper mill and barber shop, representing the town’s industrial and social history. The figure in the barber shop door is former Town Administrator, Frank Abbondanzio.

About the Artist: Tim de Christopher is a sculptor working primarily in stone and steel. His work is deeply rooted in the tradition of architectural stonework and sculpture. De Christopher was trained at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, The Cooper Union School of Art, and through apprenticeship in Italy. Through his experience as a carver for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City (1990-92) de Christopher perfected centuries-old traditions while exploring new ways to re-dress traditional forms with contemporary sensibilities.

Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls
The Great Falls Discovery Center is a Massachusetts State Park on four acres of rolling lawns and gardens. The Discovery Center interprets the Connecticut River, watershed and wildlife. Free and wheelchair accessible. Download a copy of the self-guided walking tour On a Roll: The Story of Paper in Turners Falls.

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On stage at the Shea Theater Arts Center

Shea Theater Arts Center
71 Avenue A, Turners Falls
In the heart of the Turners Falls Cultural District.
This 330 seat non-profit theater offers diverse local, regional and national performances.

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Ja’Duke Theater
110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls
Ja’Duke Theater is a brand new state-of-the-art 540 seat theater with the largest stage in Franklin County!  Ja’Duke Theater is proud to offer live theater, concerts, recitals and more in the heart of Turners Falls.  Our full season of events can be found online at jaduketheater.com

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The Turners Falls Cultural District

The boundaries of the Cultural District extend along Avenue A from the Great Falls Discovery Center to the Carnegie Library, and North of Third Street to the Connecticut River.

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Carnegie Library
201 Avenue A, Turners Falls
The Montague Public Library system has three branches: Millers Falls, Montague Center, and the grand Georgian-style Carnegie Library in Turners Falls, built in 1906 by Andrew Carnegie. Montague is a member of the MLS (Massachusetts Library System) allowing patrons to borrow books, CDs, DVDs and tapes from any partner library in the system. Try Kanopy! It’s like Netflix for libraries! Anyone with a Montague Public Libraries library card can now enjoy thousands of free videos on the streaming service.

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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Unity Park Riverfront, Turners Falls
August 7-8, 2021
A celebration of Native American art, music, and history held on the banks of the Connecticut River the first weekend in August. Video: Mishoon burning 2019. Mishoon launch 2020. Event produced by the Nolumbeka Project.

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Barbes in the Woods
Bartlett Farm, 27 Center St., Montague
August 21, 2021
Barbès in the Woods is an eclectic world music festival in homage to the bar/performance space/musical incubator of the same name in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Video: Kaleta and Super Yamba. Event produced by Laudable Productions.

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Montague Bookmill, Montague Massachusetts

Montague Bookmill
440 Greenfield Rd., Montague
“Books You Don’t Need in a Place You Can’t Find”
The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, set on the banks of the Sawmill River. The mill is also home to Sawmill River Arts and Turn It Up! music and movie empire. There is great food and drink all day at the Lady Killigrew Café and Alvah Stone, voted 2019 best restaurant in Western Massachusetts.

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Sawmill River Art Gallery
440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center
Celebrating its 11th year as an artist’s collective, the Sawmill River Art Gallery gallery currently includes 15 member artists and 18 guest artists who are all exclusively local to the Western Massachusetts. Shop our collection of work that includes jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery, gourds, collage, note cards, hooked rugs, wearable fiber art, as well as creations in wood and metal.

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Montague Soap Box Races
Unity Park Hill, Turners Falls
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Come join us and race for fun and the glory of gravity powered cars! Build a car, race in the event, and possibly win in one of three age categories, Kids (8-12), Teens (13-19), and Adults (20+). There will also be prizes given for car creativity and design. The Montague Soap Box Races is a fund raising event for Montague Parks and Recreation.

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Dance troupe Great Falls Festival-Pumpkinfest

Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)
Avenue A, Turners Falls
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Bring a carved pumpkin to the Great Falls Festival, one of the largest fall festivals in Western Massachusetts. This free family event features street food, craft vendors, a 21+ beer tent and live entertainment on three stages.

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