September | 2023


Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m.

DoozyDo Parade More information below.

Tuesday, September 26

Fall semester begins

Friday, September 29

Encore! begins

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Thursday, October 5, 11-2

Fall potluck More information below.

Tuesday, October 24

Deadline to submit proposals for Spring 2024 seminars and workshops

Moderator Meetings

Thursday, August 31, 2 p.m.

Moderators meeting

Tuesday, September 5, 2 p.m.

Zoom hosting for moderators

Monday, September 11, 10 a.m.

Zoom hosting for moderators

Monday, September 18, 10 a.m.

Moderators meeting

Monday, October 30:

Deadline for proposals for winter programs

More information below.

A Message From the Communications Committee

Welcome to the first issue of FCLIR's new quarterly newsletter, edited by the Communications Committee and produced with the help of our office manager, Kristin Langevin. 

The Communications Committee coordinates external and internal FCLIR messaging. During 2023-24, the emphasis will continue to be on recruiting new members as well as editing and producing a newsletter for LIR members. If you would like to be part of our team, contact Dick Stonberg or Edie Kirk.


Fall Potluck

Next up on FCLIR's social calendar is the Fall Potluck at the Dow Pavilion in Look Park on Thursday, October 5, from 11 – 2 p.m. This event provides a great opportunity for members to gather and celebrate the kickoff of the Fall Semester. Please contact Suzie Metz for more information.

FCLIR Members Needed to March in the DoozyDo Parade!

Photo by: https://doozydo.org

Northampton Neighbors will host the second annual DoozyDo Parade on September 23rd, starting at 11 a.m. in downtown Northampton. People of all ages will be participating, including groups from many non-profit organizations. 

Special perk: join our team and get a limited edition FCLIR T-shirt!

The Communications Committee is coordinating FCLIR participation in the DoozyDo parade. Contact Dick Stonberg or Edie Kirk to sign up and to give us your T-shirt size. We need to hear from you by September 10 to be sure you will get a T-shirt. 

Hybrid Learning Comes to FCLIR

The introduction of hybrid learning promises to bring FCLIR the best of both worlds—personal interaction for those who are eager to resume in-person meetings and maximum flexibility for those who prefer the convenience of attending class from their own home.

Read full story HERE

 Thanks to the Social Events Committee for the two successful Open Houses at the new FCLIR offices. The large screen, part of the hybrid setup, is displaying a bit of our soon-to-be launched new web site. Credit: Francie Borden


Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee is now accepting proposals for the Spring 2024 semester. New for the spring semester: proposals for seminars and workshops of as few a five weeks, up to the normal ten weeks, will be considered. If you wish to propose a seminar, complete the proposal form on the FCLIR web site. Detailed instructions here. You can also contact the committee co-chairs for more information: Jake or Tom.

The committee is hosting two meetings for moderators and co-moderators in the Fall 2023 semester before the beginning of the semester. If this is your first time moderating, this is your opportunity to ask questions, voice your concerns and get advice from seasoned moderators. If you are a seasoned moderator, please come and share your experiences with us. Please email Jake or Tom and let us know if you plan to attend.

There will also be two practice Zoom sessions for moderators in early September. If you would like to practice using Zoom with a few others before you moderate a seminar on Zoom, now is your chance. Contact Janet Nichols to join one or both practice sections.

Later this fall, the Curriculum Committee will offer a Moderators-in-Training workshop for members who have never moderated. If you do not know how to get started or just feel somewhat hesitant to take the plunge, this is a great opportunity to get information and address your concerns. Dates and times will be announced soon.

Special Programs Committee

The latest proposal in the Special Programs Committee's inbox promises to bring an exciting program to us next March. Folklorists Michael and Carrie Kline will explain the goals of their enterprise, Talking Across the Lines, in a series during which they will perform songs and listen to oral history field recordings with an engaged audience of lifelong learners. The Klines will share excerpts of their multi-voiced, musical audio documentaries, which have included stories and tales of resiliency and love among Queer Appalachians as well as in depth accounts of coal, class, and color. 

March is a long time away, but you can start preparing for this series now! Dozens of examples of the Klines’ audio landscapes are available at https://soundcloud.com/talkingacrossthelines. To learn more about the organization visit https://www.folktalk.org.

Winter Programs

Do you have an idea for a winter program or event? If you would like to make a proposal, please write down your ideas and forward them to the office with a copy to Kathy Campbell. We will work with you on fleshing out your ideas, helping you to find venues, arrange transportation, create a budget, or other details.

To be included in the Spring 2024 catalog, your proposal must be received by October 30.

FCLIR Archives

Are you interested in history? Would you like to learn more about historiography and archiving? If so, FCLIR has a project for you!

In June, we packed up eight boxes of archival materials from our former office and moved them to our new office at the FCI Library Annex in Hatfield. Everything from original documents such as Council minutes to histories compiled by long-time member Bob Grose awaits the attention of one or more interested people, to be unpacked, filed, and indexed. 

In an era where almost all records are "born" electronic, the future of our archival system will be increasingly electronic. Our new electronic archive needs everything from a set of principles and procedures to on-line technological support.

If you are interested in preserving a piece of local history before it fades too far into the rear view mirror, please contact Kathy Campbell, or complete the Volunteer Interest form and check “FCLIR Archives”.


FCLIR depends on its committees and volunteers to produce all of its programming, from seminars to picnics, as well as to support the general health of the organization through outreach to potential new members, writing for its newsletter and web site, and technological assistance. Several committees are actively seeking new members, including Communications, Encore!, and Social Events. And there are non-committee tasks that need doing, including not only archive work but also being available to provide technological assistance for the organization and for individual members.

To find out more about any committee, please fill out the Volunteer Interest form or contact a committee chair or the office directly.

We hope you have enjoyed this first edition of our new newsletter. If you wish to contribute an article or have an idea for an article, send it to Communications co-chair Edie Kirk.

Contributors to this issue: Jake Greenburg, Tom Jones, Ellen Kosmer, Edie Kirk, Kathy Campbell, Suzie Metz, Joanne Locke, Dick Stonberg 

This issue was edited by Edie Kirk and Kathy Campbell and produced by Kristin Langevin.

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