The instructors at Falcetti Music are all accomplished musicians who share a passion for music. No matter the student's interest, whether it's classical, heavy metal, or anything in between, they work with students to cultivate talents and musical goals during lessons for guitar, drums, voice, piano, violin, saxophone, and bass guitar. The comprehensive lessons provide technical guidance and feedback to aspiring musicians in any style. When students are ready, the school presents them with opportunities to perform and compete in music festivals throughout New England.
The outdoor decor store peddles a plethora of washable pole-top flappers and beautiful banners to brighten any abode's outer appearance. Use today’s deal to stock your stockyard with high-quality, hand-stitched appliqué flags, magnetic mailbox covers, durable doormats, and more.
The seasoned instructors at Parsons Sewing Connections draw upon years of experience to introduce groups of up to 20 beginners to the basics of sewing. During four evening classes, which begin in January, students create stitches on a provided Husqvarna Viking sewing machine or their own machine, and learn to perform fundamental tasks, such as filling a bobbin with thread or churning a thimble's worth of butter with a needle. Enrollees start on four simple projects that they can then complete at home, all the while honing skills such as how to sew a straight seam, add buttonholes, and stick Velcro in their hair.
Valley Art Supplies stocks palettes and pencil cases with paints, brushes, canvases, and other creative accouterments for artists of all levels. Artists can slather a rainbow of hues from the Chroma A2 line of art students’ acrylic paint ($6.21 each) onto a 16”x20” studio canvas ($13.19 each) to create a lifelike portrait of their imaginary poodle, Stu. Alternately, scrawl charcoal sketches on 22”x30” Stonehenge paper ($4.10 each), and then proudly nail it to the refrigerator door with Valley’s bevy of framing supplies.
Owners Patrick Pezzati and Chandra Hancock opened their first Turn It Up! store in 1995 and now oversee four Western Massachusetts locations of the Valley Advocate reader-approved music emporium. Physical media of all shapes and sizes lines store shelves, including rare and out-of-print CDs, vinyl, DVDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes, and customers can trade in their own collections in exchange for cash or a fully functioning kinescope. Music lovers can also peruse a collection of posters and accessories to assist in public displays of band devotion. Select locations host in-store performances by area musicians, providing more appealing background music than store poltergeists’ attempts at doo-wop harmonies.
Broadside Bookshop feeds brains an eclectic array of fiction, history, mystery, children's volumes, and works by local authors, snagging the Valley Advocate award for Best Independent Bookstore four consecutive years. Youthful word crunchers can tickle funny bones by reading The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy ($15.95 hardcover/$6.99 paperback), a work of fiction by local author Jeanne Birdsall that garnered the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, or the paperback edition of Elijah of Buxton, a humorous yarn about a boy's adventure to catch a thief ($7.99). Adults can quell appetites for a captivating tale by scanning a classic work of fiction, such as Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle ($15 paperback) or a Rules of the Road pamphlet by the DMV. Or, keep a bookshelf from floating away by stocking it with a compelling historical paperback, such as Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II ($19.99). Broadside Bookshop also carries a cache of bookmarks, stationery, greeting cards, and blank journals, which can be filled with drawings of baseball players reading to children.