Amherst Wire

Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Maureen Meyer and Sarah Robertson

February 10, 2015


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The campus has since been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. The floors are scattered with documents from years past, stating the names, medications, and conditions of former patients. Trespassers have covered the walls with graffiti that only adds to the asylum's eerie aura.

New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

Julie Shamgochian and Kerry O'Connor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

This past Sunday, November 23rd, everyday writing pencils were replaced with different styles of painting brushes, displayed in cool colored mason jars, and a palette of Christmas colors. Under the instruction of Annalise Ritter, a group of aspiring painters put their creative energy into designing advent calendars for the holiday season.

The buzz on All Things Local

The buzz on All Things Local

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

But inside, you'll find a fresh take on over 200 local producers providing everything from organic spinach to handmade baby shoes.

Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Zach Hammer, Contributor

October 19, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

You can hear the grinding of beans, the hissing of the machines, the low murmur of conversation as well as the occasional shaker mixing some type of special, adult beverage. Jazz plays at a low volume in the background, creating the perfect environment to do your work.

June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

Hae Young Yoo, Writer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music

"The noise from upstairs heightened as friends, family, and fans settled into seats and ordered their drinks and meals. The band recommended the pulled pork sandwich."

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Andrea Comerford, Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The more it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, the closer you are to this hidden gem in Hadley, MA. As you pull off the road into the dirt parking lot of Flayvors of Cook Farm, an instant sense of comfort washes over you. You can either walk up to the window for some of their delicious homemade ice cream, or you can venture inside to choose from their lunch menu.

The Works Bakery Café has it all

The Works Bakery Café has it all

Paul Bagnall, Writer

April 14, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Coffee makers with beans imported from Costa Rica stand proudly in front of the food counter at The Works Bakery Café.

Bringing the taste of Africa to Amherst

Bringing the taste of Africa to Amherst

Kaitlin Boyer, Writer

April 14, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

A colorful mural of a West African beach stretches across the wall in Baku’s, located at 197 North Pleasant St. In the mural, three African women are depicted: The woman on the left holds a basin of water, the woman in the middle carries papaya and mango, and the woman on the right carries a large yam....

Nerd Nite: Interesting ideas, local presenters

Nerd Nite: Interesting ideas, local presenters

March 31, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley

by Elizabeth Geffre Imagine going to a local bar with some friends to listen to a twenty minute presentation about something that quite possibly might blow your mind. You can enjoy a few drinks while learning about new ideas. Think: local TED Talks, but with alcohol and friends. Nerd Nite has birthed...

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

March 4, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

By Kristina Kulyabina Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is blaring through the speakers as four energetic women maneuver individual strip poles early Saturday morning. “Up! Good job, that’s it. Awesome, look at that she’s got it!” says Tekla Kostek, also known as T.K., class instruc...

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Wendy Brown, Writer

March 3, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

It’s a place you stumble upon, a place that exudes a sense of an older time. As you walk in the door the distinct, musky smell of well-loved items surrounds you.

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Wendy Brown, Writer

February 17, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The kind of outdoor fun that sends a shiver up your spine.

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