Valley Light Opera
Every November the Valley Light Opera puts on a high-quality production consisting of entirely of volunteers, so ticket prices are always quite reasonable. Productions almost always are Gilbert and Sullivan. The 2007 performance was The Mikado. Everyone must audition. I have heard performances are just as good as professional ones.
Until he passed away from cancer in December of 2008, my Dad loved to be a part of this each year. He even managed to perform as late as November of that year.
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Don't pronounce the "H"
Locals are very touchy on this subject. They insist that the "H" in their town's name should not be pronounced. It's actually a good way to tell the eastern Massachusetts folks from residents of western Massachusetts. Those in the east pronounce the town's name "am-hearst," while western residents proudly pronounce it "amrrst." Locals claim it's the way one tells the difference between Amherst, Massachusetts and Amherst, New Hampshire (the latter is indeed pronounced "am-hearst").
Paradoxically, the former town of Greenwich, Massachusetts (now underneath the Quabbin Reservoir) was/is pronounced "green-witch."
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