More than 40% of the local population has a graduate degree.

More than 30,000 college students call Amherst home during the academic year.

There’s a saying you’ll see on t-shirts and bumper stickers in Amherst that offers both a pronunciation lesson and an insight:

‘Amherst—where only the ‘h’ is silent.’

That captures Amherst—vibrant, opinionated and proud of it.

Life here is also smart, fun, dynamic and somehow laid back all at the same time. Here are two facts backing that up:

Local History, and an Unjust Execution, Take Center Stage in Professor’s New Opera

Submitted on Monday, 9/23/2013, at 10:31 AM

In Northampton, Mass., in 1806, two Irish immigrants, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were hanged in front of 15,000 cheering spectators for a murder they did not commit. This September, Northampton’s Academy of Music staged world-premiere performances of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera that dramatized this miscarriage of justice. The opera featured music by Amherst College’s Associate Professor Eric Sawyer and libretto by UMass Professor Harley Erdman.

We're in Noho, yo!

Hello friends!
This weekend my friend Alda came down to visit me!  We hadn't been to Northampton in quite a while, so we decided to spend our Saturday exploring the lovely Noho.  Northampton is like Amherst in that it has a kind of hippy-ish eclectic vibe, but it's much larger than Amherst.  We ate a quick breakfast at Bruegger's in town and then set off on our adventure! 
There is so much to get into in Northampton, most of it being food or shopping-related, two of my favorite things :)

A Taste of Music in the Pioneer Valley's Puerto Rican Community

To anyone unfamiliar with the Pioneer Valley (and this includes many college students here), it might seem out of place that Puerto Rican folk music could thrive in the area. But it does, and the large Puerto Rican populations spanning from Hartford to Holyoke support many local musicians playing traditional melodies. Victor Rios, shown in our documentary below, made his living for years playing Puerto Rican music as a full-time musician in the Valley.

Artist Richard Yarde To Speak on “Visionary Anatomies” at Amherst College Feb. 8