Suggested Events 04/19/08 – 04/25/08

Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Present …

A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CASSEROLE MUSICAL POTLUCK
AND DEBUT CONCERT WITH
BRADY RYMER & THE LITTLE BAND THAT COULD!

Friday, April 25th @ 5:00pm in Northampton

Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could are cookin’ up a rock ‘n’ roll casserole for their Northampton debut: a musical potluck supper!

Might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music.Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble.com, heard on NPR’s All Things Considered

Multi-award-winning indie musician and From Good Homes founding member Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could invite families to share a meal and share the music at a high-spirited musical potluck supper at:

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 25
  • Lyman Hall at First Churches of Northampton
  • 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA,
  • Potluck contributions are welcome but not required.
  • Tickets are $7 per person. Infants free.

Co-presented by the local kids’ radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child (93.9 The River, Saturday mornings from 7 – 9) and Hilltown Families (www.HilltownFamilies.org). Click here for more info!
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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 04/19

WESTFIELD RIVER WHITE WATER RACES

7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-11:30pm – FISHING DERBY – (Florence) At Look Park. [All Ages] (>$) LINK

10am-5pm – GREEN FAIR – (Greenfield) Kid-friendly environmental art workshop and parade will be offered at the Franklin County Green Fair 2008, plus much more. [All Ages] LINK

10am-4pm – EARTH DAY CELEBRATION – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

10am – POND EXPLORATIONS – (Easthampton) Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is offering explorations of pond ecology for families. 413.584.3009 [Ages 5 & up] ($)

10:30am – TRAINS – (Shelburne Falls) Volunteer Day at the Trolley Museum. LINK

10:30am – HAT MAKING – (Huntington) For kids at the Huntington Library. [Families] (Free)

Noon-4pm – TEA & REVOLUTION – (Deerfield) Historic Deerfield offers an April School Vacation Week “Tea and Revolution” from April 19, 2008 through April 27, 2008 Recognize Patriot’s Day with a week-long focus on the Revolution in New England, and a key ingredient to the conflict – tea. Learn about the importance of tea, and its role in revolutionary politics. Tour objects used in the storage, preparation and serving of tea. Make your own tea cup design and a tea bag to brew at home. Enjoy a cup of tea and simple bread and butter sandwiches. See Revolutionary-era artifacts including engraved powder horns, a piece of Paul Revere’s silver, and tour the Ashley House—the home of Deerfield’s Tory minister. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1pm – POETRY MONTH – (Amherst) Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poetry in Motion with David Zucker at the Eric Carle Museum. Enjoy puppets, masks, costumes and more. [Families] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LIN

2pm – FAMILY CONCERT – (Pittsfield) Maria Sangiolo performs at the Berkshire Museum. She sings the blues for sharks, rocks out with mermaids, and gently encourages respect for the planet. 413.443.7171 [Families] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

2pm-3pm – CRAFTERNOON – (South Hadley) April is the kick-off month for the Odyssey’s new monthly “crafternoon,” an afternoon in which adults are invited to bring their current craft projects to work on and share ideas. Author Amanda Blake Soule, who will be discussing her new book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. [Parents] (Free) LINK

4pm – 6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

Sunday – 04/20

10am-4pm – GREEN FAIR – (Greenfield) Sunday will feature local farms and food folks to help kick-off the growing season at the Franklin County Green Fair 2008, plus much more. [All Ages] LINK

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY HIKE INTO THE SAWMILL HILLS – (Florence) Northampton Wildlife Committee and Nonotuck Land Fund sponsors: Come celebrate Earth Day with the Wildlife Committee and Nonotuck as we check the three substantial vernal pools and do some trail maintenance along the way. We’ll get to see lots of vernal pool activity and maybe the Pileated Woodpeckers will make an appearance! Meet at the parking lot behind the Arts and Industries Building on Pine Street and we’ll carpool up to the Avis Circle Trailhead. [Ages 7 & up] (Free)

2pm – READING & THEATRE – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum, welcome Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, author and illustrator of the classic Angelina Ballerina books, for a reading and signing. To make the book come alive, our guests will be joined by Aliya Cycon of Amherst Ballet Theatre Company. [Families] (Free with museum pass) LINK

2:30pm-5:30pm – BAG SEW – (Cummington) Make cloth sewing bags for the Old Creamery as they will be going paper-bag free on Earth Day. Cummington Community House. [Families] (Free)

3pm – 4:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

Monday – 04/21

10am-4pm – MUSEUM – (Amherst) Eric Carle Museum is open. [All Ages] ($)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum visitors may create “Litter Bugs,” or found art sculpture. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

2pm-4pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Amherst) Green-inspired activities at the Kid’s Earth Fest Activities at Whole Foods. Discover photosensitization, do some planting, create a bead bracelet, and more. [Ages 12 & under] (Free)

Tuesday – 04/22

EARTH DAY

11am-6pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Amherst) Celebrate Earth Day all day at Whole Foods. [All Ages] (Free)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum the activity is “Wastruments.” Wastruments are instruments made with twigs, beads, bottle caps, pasta, wire, and other recycled items. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1pm & 3pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Hampshire College students will do a performance inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

7pm – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio out of Northampton, MA. http://www.valleyfreeradio.org. [Families] (Free) LINK

Wednesday – 04/23

Noon – 1:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

1pm – NATURE HIKE – (Amherst) Meet at the Notch Visitor Center at the Holyoke Range State Park for a nature hike on the Brook Bank Trail (> 2miles) [Ages 5 & up] (Free)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum visitors may create “Litter Bugs,” or found art sculpture. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1pm & 3pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Hampshire College students will do a performance inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

Thursday – 04/24

12:30pm – KIDS CONCERT & ROCKETS – (Holyoke) Pop Rockets Blast off at the Children’s Museum! Come join the museum in welcoming Greenfield premier rock band, for the under 12 set. The Pop Rockets are the type of music parents secretly play when their children are not nearby. Come enjoy an afternoon concert in the Museum Theater, show up early for a pop rocket craft donated by the band and some exploration of rocketry. [Families] ($)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum the activity is “Wastruments.” Wastruments are instruments made with twigs, beads, bottle caps, pasta, wire, and other recycled items. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1pm & 3pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Hampshire College students will do a performance inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

7pm – FLY FISHING – (Florence) Marla Blair will be presenting fly fishing at the Lilly Library. A great activity to learn about and then explore with your kids. [For Adults and Interested Children] (Free) LINK

Friday – 04/25

11am – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, at the Berkshire Museum. When a princess falls prey to the ultimate mistress of evil, the fate of the kingdom depends on three small fairies and a courageous princess. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($) LINK

Noon – COMEDY FOR ALL AGES – (Amherst) The Eric Carle Museum will hos the Hampshire Shakespeare Company for a fun half-hour performance. [All Ages]

1pm & 3pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Hampshire College students will do a performance inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum, inspired by the Dr. Seuss classic, The Lorax, visitors will learn about composting and plant seeds into pots they decorate with mosaics. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

TBA – GIRLS’ DAY IN THE LAB – (Amherst) Every spring, over 120 middle school girls from all over Massachusetts participate in Girls’ Day in the Lab at Hampshire College. It is a day of exciting science, as well as socializing, mentoring and encouragement by female students, faculty and staff in the School of Natural Science. The workshops offer a wide range of scientific topics, including computer technology, organic chemistry, ecology and archaeology. (413) 559-5659 [Call for time and age range]

5pm – FAMILY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CONCERT – (Northampton) Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could are cookin’ up a rock ‘n’ roll casserole for their Northampton debut: a musical potluck supper! All families are invited to share a meal and share the music at a high-spirited musical potluck supper at Lyman Hall at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA, Potluck contributions are welcome but not required. 413.296.0096 [Families] (Tickets are $7 per person. Infants free.)

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($) LINK

6:00pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Haydenville) Blue House Cafe. [All Ages] ($)

7pm – ART DATE – (Shelburne) The Art Bridge will be hosting a night for friends and parents to make art and dance. For more information call 413.625.8275 [Adults] (Donation) LINK

7pm-8:30pm – OUTDOOR ACTIVITY – (Buckland) The Nocturnal Pond at Red Gate Farm. One of the first signs of spring is the chorus of wood frogs as they congregate in the pond for their seasonal mating. Join us as we tromp down to the farm pond and experience magical moments like this. Learn more about the frogs, peepers and other springtime pond activity as children get firsthand experience with evening pond ife and creatures of the wetlands. [All Ages] (>$) LINK

2 Comments

  1. alan said,

    May 5, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Hi,
    Came across your pages by accident but really enjoyed many of the articles which gave me an insight into your lives so far away from the us in the UK.
    best wishes to you all.
    Alan

  2. April 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    April Vacation Week at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

    April 22, 2008
    1:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    Mouse & More (for all ages). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    April 22, 2008
    3:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    Mouse & More (for all ages). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    April 23, 2008
    1:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    Fables on Market Street (Ages 5 and up). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    April 23, 2008
    3:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    Fables on Market Street (Ages 5 & up). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in avance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    April 24, 2008
    1:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    A Day with Frog and Toad (for all ages). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    April 24, 2008
    3:00 pm
    $3 per ticket. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission.
    A Day with Frog and Toad (for all ages). Each day will feature a different performance by Hampshire College students inspired by the work of award-winning author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

    In The Auditorium
    Frog and Toad Fridays
    April 25, 2008
    2:30 – 3:45 pm
    Now showing! Every Friday in April and May from 2:30 – 3:45 pm A Year with Frog and Toad, the live action film.
    Join Frog and Toad as they navigate through an adventure-filled year and are joined by colorful companions along the way. Set to a jazzy score, this charming musical lovingly captures the spirit of Lobel’s whimsical stories as this unlikely friendship blossoms and grows. Conceived by Arnold Lobel’s daughter Adrianne Lobel, the film features Jay Goede as Frog and Mark Linn-Baker as Toad.

    Coming Together: Comedy for All Ages
    April 25, 2008
    12:00 pm
    Free. Does not include Museum Admission
    Drawing inspiration from art featured in the Museum’s galleries and directed by Steve Henderson of The Hampshire Shakespeare Company, this 30-minute intergenerational performance is sure to prove that laughter IS the best medicine. Sponsored by the Renaissance Center Theater Company.


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