Raise Your Glass: I’ll Have a Glass of Ernest and Julio Gallo Wine — No, Seriously
Apr21

Raise Your Glass: I’ll Have a Glass of Ernest and Julio Gallo Wine — No, Seriously

When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few lines from television commercials. We memorized a lot of them. One ad I still remember is “What’s the word? Thunderbird,” an ad for cheap, fruit-flavored, fortified wine named for the Ford sports car. It sold for 60 cents a bottle and was marketed to those in poverty in the inner city and to misguided high school and college students. I drank some awful...

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Where to Bike: Area paths are plentiful if you know where to look

Western Mass is home to more than a dozen bike paths making up more than 80 miles of riding trails from Connecticut to Vermont. Next time you’re in the mood for a long ride in the woods, check out one of these paths:

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Tantalized: Foods we’re psyched to try during Springfield Restaurant Week
Apr21

Tantalized: Foods we’re psyched to try during Springfield Restaurant Week

Did someone say “Restaurant Week”? Woo-hoo! We’re all over it. Sign us up! The City of Homes is holding its first Restaurant Week, April 23 through May 2. The event, organized by the Springfield Young Professional Citizens Committee, gives restaurants a chance to showcase their chow for cheap. Bold move, Springfield. Sharing the city’s downtown food scene is a very good thing, especially since the 18 participating restaurants range...

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Living By The Stars: It’s Complicated:  Midheavens, sun and moon signs
Apr21

Living By The Stars: It’s Complicated: Midheavens, sun and moon signs

I understand that right now, fellow star-gazers, you may miss Rob Brezsny. When I was younger I’d run and grab copies of Metroland — the Hudson Valley’s version of the Advocate — just to read the latest from the astro guru. I don’t attempt to fill those shoes. I’m here to start an astrological discussion. Once a month, the Advocate astrology section will feature “Living by the Stars,” a column about what it’s like to incorporate...

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Scene Here: Over King Street and Through the Woods
Apr21

Scene Here: Over King Street and Through the Woods

Two or three lonely shopping carts litter the entrance to the Northampton-to-Leeds section of the bikepath. I’m sitting on a stone marking the entrance to the path taking notes when a 50-something man named Peter meanders my way. “Does your name start with an ‘A’?” he asks. It does. “Are you psychic?” He shrugs and asks if I’m going to take photos of the trees. Not today. “There’s a lot of cool trees along the path, windy-like. They...

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Change on the Way: Northampton’s Pulaski Park has undergone a number of renovations, but for many, its always been ‘my spot’
Apr21

Change on the Way: Northampton’s Pulaski Park has undergone a number of renovations, but for many, its always been ‘my spot’

In a Northampton park where Kira Coe and her friends spend a spring day in 2015, young men and their families met in 1775 before marching off to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. During much of the 1800s, the Main Street space held a livery office — a place where townspeople gathered for carriage service to destinations around the Valley, and since the early 1900s, the area has filled the explicit communal desire for a...

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