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.


      All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.  No reservations, First come, first served
Please note:
As April 1st is Easter Sunday
and is the first Sunday of the month, there will be
First Sunday Concert.

 The First Series has concluded for the Spring 2018

Our Spring Lecture Series

Please note for UMass Weather Related Closings
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If UMass is closed the
AFK Renaissance Center is closed


Wednesday, March 21 @ 4

Dave Ziomek, Hadley Garden Center,

Topic: Bird life at the Center

This event is free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. No reservations, First come, first served.


Wednesday, March 28th @ 4

Brian Ogilvie, UMass

Topic: " Insects in the Renaissance"

This event is free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. No reservations, First come, first served.


Five College Renaissance Seminars

Thursday, March 8th, 4:30 p.m.

Margorie Rubright - UMass


Thursday, April 5th, 4:30 p.m.

Jeun Cho - History Department - Amherst College
"Of Keepers and Stewards, or the Princely Business of a Northern Renaissance Court"


Five College Seminars in Book History

March 1st @ 4:00 p.m.

Nancy Bradbury - Smith College
 Topic: “Healing Charms in the Lincoln Thornton Manuscript”

March 22nd @ 4:00 p.m.

Ilan Stavans, Amherst College
 Topic: “Popol Vuh: Latin America’s Book of Creation.” 

April 19th @ 4:00 p.m.

Kate Singer - Mt. Holyoke College
 Topic:  "Hot Links and the Old Post: Keats's Epistolary Imagination in the Digital Age"


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









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16th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

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


We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, 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.





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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


The Meadow of

The Arthur F. Kinney Center


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.