You are invited to witness FEATS OF STRENGTH and moral commitment…
...Observe CONTORTIONIST SPECTACLES of state law…
...And marvel at VERTIGINOUS VERBAL ACROBATICS.
Please attend the most PERILOUS FEAT of our time,
ARON SZAPIRO and ALEXANDRA BLOOM will be recognized as legally MARRIED.
PLACE AND TIME
The wedding will begin at 5 PM on Sunday, May 27, at the Smith College Conference Center, at 51 College Lane, in Northampton, MA.
The ceremony will be followed by hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dinner. Parking is available at any campus lot, and there are handicapped spaces directly front of the venue.
Please see the maps page with the location and parking maps.
Hotel Northampton: We have arranged for a special group rate for the night of the wedding at the Hotel Northampton (413-584-3100), which is within walking distance of the ceremony. There are two types of rooms for which we negotiated a discount: “run of the house” (queen, full, or two full size bedded rooms), or king-sized. Please mention you are making a reservation for the “Szapiro and Bloom Wedding Block” and reserve before April 27.
Other Lodging options include (roughly in order of geographic distance):
Autumn Inn, Northampton, (413) 584-7660;
Quality Inn and Suites, Northampton, (413) 586-1500;
Comfort Inn, Hadley, (413) 584-9816;
Country Inn & Suites, Holyoke (413) 533-2100;
For a really long list of hotels and bed and breakfasts within 10 miles of the wedding, please see this complete list of nearby accommodations.
Flying: Hartford/Springfield Bradley International Airport (airport code BDL) is your best bet, from which it is a 40 minute drive to Northampton. The airport tends be fairly inexpensive, and is served by American, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, U.S. Airways, and others.
Train: There is a train station in Springfield, MA, about 20 minutes from Northampton, and near the station are Avis and Enterprise car rentals.
Driving: Northampton is 3 hours from New York City, 7 hours from Washington, and about 2 hours from Boston.
Welcome to Alex’s hometown. The main drag is called Main Street, which is refreshingly straightforward. But, because this is New England, the street changes names to Bridge Street after it intersects King Street (which itself changes its name to Pleasant Street). So, the center of town is the intersection of Bridge, Main, Pleasant, and King streets. At least it isn't a quadrant system.
There are an abundance of nice restaurants and bars, but the most important is Packard’s, which Aron believes was the site of his and Alex's second date, while Alex believes it is a gritty bar of little personal significance. Tunnel Bar, in Northampton’s old Union Station, is actually very classy, and has special significance inasmuch as it offers some very good martinis and is located in a tunnel.
Just read Eating Animals and want to eat vegan food and talk about it? The Haymarket Cafe is your best bet. Want surprisingly good Moroccan food? Try Cafe Amanouz. Want something good and healthy, but in Spanish? Try Bueno y Sano. Want noodles? Eat at Noodles.
There is a lot of good shopping, and we never leave without browsing Thornes Marketplace, The Mountain Goat, and Faces. If you seek books, try Broadside Books. Actually, as you are in Northampton, just walk into any shop: there is a 72 percent chance it is a book store. Apart from offering a lot of old copies of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Northampton also leads the Northeast United States in concentration of affable hippies with dreadlocks.
The Smith College campus is elegant and we recommend visiting the art museum, as well as the college greenhouse on College Lane (yards away from the location of the ceremony). A 10-minute drive away is Look Park, a surprisingly large park with entertainment options that include a tiny trolley, minigolf, and bumper boats.
The New York Times reviewed Northampton and basically agrees with everything we say. Also it has a picture of where we're getting married (to each other).