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King Philip and the Renegade Skaters Of Warren Falls

King Philip and the Renegade Skaters Of Warren Falls

Instructor: Wesley Blixt
Course time(s): 48021 SEE 276-1X: Th, 2/28, 2:00-4:00 pm
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Senior Symposia classes are designed for ages 50 and older, though persons of all ages are welcome to attend. All symposia take place at the John Zon Community Center located at 35 Pleasant Street in Greenfield.

“The road gets funny.  The pavement gets almost liquid and shifts under your wheels as you drop down the fall line…. That’s the thing about street-skating…”  That’s the thing if you are Boyden “Boy” LaChance, and you’ve smoked a bone and shot-gunned a Colt 45 and have an inevitable date at the County House of Correction.  Skaters brings together two very difficult local historical narratives---King Philip’s (Metacomet’s) War (1675-1678) and the tenure of Franklin County Sheriff Donald “Red” McQuade (1976-1993)--- in the story of a band of renegade skaters in a dying New England mill town.  This reading and discussion will focus on primary sources regarding both narratives, and on the process of re-examining history through fiction.


Wesley Blixt has worked as a reporter, teacher and activist in the Pioneer Valley for more than 40 years.  He earned an M.F.A in fiction at UMass Amherst and currently writes “Of the Earth,” a weekly farm and food column that appears Wednesdays in The Greenfield Recorder.