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Nov. 9th: You bet your pumpkin

David Rothstein (center), shows off a sweatshirt commemorating his 40 mile journey down the connecticut river in a giant pumpkin.
Joyce Skowyra
David Rothstein (center), shows off a sweatshirt commemorating his 40 mile journey down the connecticut river in a giant pumpkin.

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We discover the inaugural Indigenous Film Festival at Images Cinema in Williamstown. A collaborative effort between Williams College,the Stockbridge-Munsee community, and the movie theater, the event seeks to show a wide range of tribes, tones, and histories across a weekend of both feature films and shorts. Executive director of Images Cinema, Dan Hudson, about bringing those people and themes together to expand all of our knowledges.

And in what is perhaps the most requested story we’ve ever had here on The Fabulous 413, we talk about how one manages to procure and proceed to row a pumpkin down a river. Dave Rothstein has recently accomplished this task, floating inside the gourd over 39 miles. We hear how he’s made all of our fairytale dreams come true, while also bringing attention to the delicate resource we have in the Connecticut River.

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.