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Your source for WICKED entertainment in Western Massachusetts!

As we go live at the end of March 2020, the world is in the midst of a public health crisis, COVID-19. Initially we will focus on WICKED Ideas to entertain, inform and make your life easier while you practice social distancing.

The WICKED 413 features Western Massachusetts writers Susan Bush and Sharon Leary. Susan is longtime journalist, photographer and educator based in Southwestern Vermont. She has covered Berkshire County for many years for a variety of media outlets. Her blog, The Young and The Best-est will leave you with a smile and warm heart. Sharon is a registered nurse and many years of business experience. She will write about her observations and comments on life in the blog, Confessions of a Practical Blonde. Both will contribute to WICKED Ideas and keep the WICKED Calendar up to date.

We want to hear from you! Tell us about your favorite musicians, performers, museums, places-indoors and out- in the 413. Drop us a line at thewicked413@gmail.com.

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Wicked Ideas

Small Business, Big Impact

Many of us have been struggling with the best way to support local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.  We buy gift cards, eat take-out, participate in raffles and shop locally when we can.  We all know someone impacted by the essential services work order. Right about now is when I would bring the lawn mowerContinue reading “Small Business, Big Impact”

Donate Blood in Western MA

March 31, 2020 By Sharon Leary The need for blood is constant. Even during the current COVID 19 public health crisis, blood is needed for many procedures and therapies. Cardiac surgeries, organ transplants and platelet transfusions for cancer patients are just some of the reasons we are in constant need of blood. Here’s what youContinue reading “Donate Blood in Western MA”

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Wicked Blogs

Oh Baby, it’s a Wild World

Yesterday, March 28, 2020, was Miss Maddison Beatrice Raimer’s BIRTH day. She is one of 350,000 babies who were born on this planet yesterday. I would have been there for her mom and dad if current public health circumstances were not otherwise throwing a wrench into every day life. My good friend Laurie, Miss Maddison’sContinue reading “Oh Baby, it’s a Wild World”

Wicked Teaching From Home

By Susan Bush Rocco, Marissa, and Briar are at home from second grade these days but at 10 a.m. on school days, Clarksburg (MA) Elementary School teacher Colette Klein brings some school day normalcy to them and participating classmates. Klein is hosting online morning meetings, and her students are logging on and chiming in withContinue reading “Wicked Teaching From Home”

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Wicked Music

Feel Good Friday

No better way to begin your Friday then with a little Feel Good Drift! Joe and John Staf kicking it off with “Out of work, Aye” before their Facebook live performance last night. Alex Rohan joins Joe and John in this live Facebook performance from March 21st. The performance features original music including “Crush”, “WhereContinue reading “Feel Good Friday”

Thursday’s Tones

No fooling, we’ve got some great local artists to feature today and two national recording artists. Let’s set the tone with Vicky St. Pierre and Brian Chicoine, from the Brian and Vicky Show. Songwriter John Prine is in critical condition, suffering from complications from COVID-19. John is a Grammy award winning American Country Folk songContinue reading “Thursday’s Tones”

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