Events Calendar -- Spring 2018

Thank you for your support of the

Arthur F. Kinney Renaissance Center


Spring 2018 Calendar of Events

Keep checking our website for concerts, lecture and events.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

No reservations. First come, first served.


The Dan S. Collins Memorial Lecture

Organized by the English Literary Renaissance Journal.

Free and open to the all.

No reservations, first come, first served.

Reception to follow.

April 26th @ 4:30 p.m.

Katherine Eggert, University of Colorado
How to Be Happy in Shakespeare and Hobbes”



May 6, 2018 11:00 am -- 4:00 pm


There will be: theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, fairy glen and more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Free and open to the public, though donations are most welcome.


The First Concert Series has concluded for the Spring 2018

We look forward to seeing you in the Fall of 2018



Community Class for Adults

Informal classes for the community. Offered each semester. Free of charge and open to all. Registration is required by phone at

413-577-3600 or by email.

Dr. Marie Roche - Shakespeare Series: Shakespeare and knowledge

Monday, March th - May 21st Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marie Roche 

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare writes, "The poet's eye, in fine frenzy, rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."  This quote illustrates Shakespeare's intellectual preoccupation with imagination, subjectivity, and the nature of reality; of language and its capacity to both occlude and communicate. This 12-week seminar will focus on three plays: The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, and Love's Labor's Lost, setting them in dialogue with each other and with 16th-century philosophic and scientific discourses on knowledge. There is no requirement for this class; additional resources will be provided. 

The class runs from  March 5th-May 21st Every Mondays from 5-6:30 pm

Note: Class will meet at the AFK Renaissance Center on Patriot's Day, April 16th, evening.



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Shakespeare Under the Stars 2018 Performance Schedule

June 22-26 1st show tech
June 27- July 1, July 4-8 - 1st show performances
July 14-17 - 2nd show tech
July 18-22, July 25-29 - 2nd show performances
August 17-19 - Young Company performances


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Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Thank you Hampshire Shakespeare Co and HSC's Young Company for a magnificent season!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.