2020 Winter Activities

Welcome to 5CLIR 2020 January/February Activities!

To register for these programs, print and complete the

2020 Winter Activities registration form
and send with your check (made payable to Five Colleges, Inc.) to the office.

All events are open to 5CLIR members and one guest.

All payments must be received by the office at least THREE WEEKS before the event.
For theater events, please see the deadline in the listing.
Reservations are not made by phone, and are not confirmed until payment is received.

Please be sure you can attend before registering; tickets are non-refundable.
For more information about an event, or if you cannot attend an event for which you
have registered, please get in touch with the contact person listed.

We look forward to seeing you at all these events.

—The Activities Committee

Memorial Program

Date:  Thursday, January 9 (snow date, Friday, January 10)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Place: Amherst College Alumni House
Cost:  Free
Contact person:  Ellen Kosmer (413)253-7690 or

Join your fellow LIR members in remembering those whom we have lost during the past year.  We appreciate the many talents of these folk who have helped make our organization so interesting and informative. Refreshments will be served.

Magic Wings

Date:  Wednesday, January 15 (snow date, Wednesday, January 22)
Time:  10:30
Place: 281 South Deerfield Rd. (Rte.5), South Deerfield
Cost:  $12.50
Lunch:  Deerfield Inn
Contact person: Honore David (413)538-4972 or

Go on a group tour of Magic Wings Butterfly Sanctuary where you can wander amongst exotic butterflies in a garden, in the warmth of summer, and enjoy their color as they perhaps will land on your hand!  Fully accessible.


Date:  Sunday, January 19
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Place:  Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts
Cost:  $22 adult; $18 senior or student; $12 children, age 10 and under
Contact person:  Lenore Miller :(718)450-0199 or

Join your grandchildren and their parents for an afternoon of musical entertainment by Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) on the UMass campus.  ALSCT is known for its annual high quality theatrical performances.

Matilda was highly successful in its long run on Broadway, winning 5 Tony awards in 2012.  Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, it tells the story of a precocious girl with special powers.

A Visit to Historic Northampton

Date:  Friday, January 24
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place:  Historic Northampton. Parking is limited on Bridge St. Sharing a ride is suggested.
Cost:  $10.00 (limit 25 people)
Contact person:  Karen Tatro (413) 584-7746 or

Historic Northampton is highlighting a new exhibit “Making it on Main Street: 400 years of History”.  The exhibit displays many of the changes on Main Street over the years.  Instead of concentrating on Northampton’s famous and well-known figures, the exhibit focuses on small landowners, artists, artisans and activists, who, over the decades have changed the face of Main Street to one of a regular public forum for protests and activists.  The exhibit is a first at the museum in its newly refurbished space, an 800 square foot multi-purpose room.

Chena River Marblers

Date:  Mon, January 27 (snow date, Tuesday, Jan. 28)
Time:  10:00 to noon
Place:  Off East Hadley Road, Amherst
Cost:  $15
Contact person:  Sheila Klem (413)548-7045 or sfklem@comcast,net

Enjoy a workshop at Chena River Marblers where we will witness the talents of Regina and Dan
St. John as they demonstrate traditional and innovative methods of marbling…the art of capturing an intricate pattern by applying color on a liquid surface.

We will participate and create our own one-of-a-kind paper or fabric piece resulting from the process.  Many of their products are available in their gift shop.

A Tour of the Yiddish Book Center

Date:  Monday, February 10 (snow date Tuesday, February 11)
Time:  10:30 a.m. to noon
Place:  Yiddish Book Center (on the campus of Hampshire College),
1021 West Street, Amherst|
Cost:  $6.00
Lunch: On your own (Atkins Farm cafeteria is nearby)
Contact person:  Faina Zilberberg (413) 727-3610 or

Founded in 1980, the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst is dedicated to recovering, celebrating and regenerating Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.  The million books recovered by the Center represent Jews’ first sustained cultural encounter with the modern world.  The Yiddish Center is the recipient of the National Medal for Museums and Libraries.