Greenfield

  The Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts' favorite music and hot air balloon festival will take place July 8, 9, and 10 on the grounds of Greenfield Community in Greenfield, MA.

Presented by the record label, Signature Sounds, the first Green River Festival took place in 1986 as a free one day headlined by NRBQ, who are returning to the festival this year to help celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Headliners include Dawes, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Shovels & Rope, and Shakey Graves. There will be music on three stages, family events, hot air balloon rides, a new sustainability partnership with Klean Kanteen and more.

Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds and he joins us to tell us more about this weekend’s Green River Festival. 

A long fight over a proposed big box store in Greenfield, Massachusetts will continue in court. After a jurisdictional dispute, the case was moved recently to Franklin County Superior Court in Greenfield. 

For an update, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Al Norman, the founder of Sprawl-Busters, and a grassroots activist against large retail developments.

Walmart has denied any involvement with the Greenfield project.

Weighing in at more than 265,000 words,  the novel Ulysses by James Joyce is, to say the least, a literary challenge to those who attempt to read it. The book, published in 1904, has 18 episodes, extending over 700 pages, and has been called dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. It is often a college assignment, but for some students in western Massachusetts seeking their GED, or high school equivalency degree, Ulysses is on the reading list.

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A first of its kind in the nation transit center opens Monday in western Massachusetts. The multi-modal facility in downtown Greenfield was dedicated Friday in honor of a soon to be retired Congressman.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.