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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
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Plenty of Valentine activities happening this weekend for families, including opportunities to learn about the history of Valentine's. See your list of Weekly Suggested Events below. - Click on the image above to learn about the history of Valentine's over at History.com. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending
FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS
Nan Parati writes: Local Food Potluck at the Congregational Church in Ashfield this Friday, February 12th @ 6:00pm. Will and I finally attended a Winter Farmer’s Market in Greenfield last Saturday and were delighted! The High School was teaming with customers eager to buy local products from the 30 farms that were selling their carrots, potatoes, apples, greens, meats, jams, juices, pickles, yogurt, and more! We heard a rumor that the next Winter Farmer’s Market will be in Turners Falls, so keep on the lookout for the time and place. This Friday night there is another opportunity to be involved in a locavore activity. The Ashfield Congregational Church is hosting a Local Food Potluck, February 12th at 6:00 pm. The idea is to gather together with other people to share food that was grown locally. So use as many local ingredients as possible in your potluck dish and come and enjoy to flavors of Ashfield!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FAMILY CONTRA DANCE WITH WILD ASPARAGUS: On Sunday, February 28th, from 2:30-5:30pm, bring the family to the Guiding Star Grange (401 Chapman Street) in Greenfield, home to some of the best contra musicians in the country, for contras, squares & singing! Are you wondering what Contra dancing is? Contra dancing is New England Folk Dancing with lines and reels, and a caller of course! Fiddles, guitars, keyboards, base, bombarde and singing. What’s a bombarde? You’ll have to come and find out. – A family dance is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to learn. $8 adults, $6 students & seniors, $4 kids, under 5 free All proceeds benefit the Greenfield Center School. For more information please call the Center School at 773-1700.
FEBRUARY FARM CAMP IN THE HILLTOWNS: Winter is always a special time at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. Whether exploring animal tracks in the snow, feeding hay to hungry sheep or warming up inside in a cozy circle to listen to a story after lunch, there is always lots of fun! The farm offers two programs this coming week: Sprouts Vacation Days for kids 4-6yo, and Winter Farm Fun for kids 7-10yo. Both will be held 02/16-02/18 from 9am-3pm. Help them care for the animals, go snowshoeing, sledding learn fire building and play great games. Each day will be unique, so come for one day, or all three. Cost is $55 per day or $140 for all three. Discount for members. Deadline to register is Friday, 02/15. Call to reg. 625-9503. www.redgatefarm.org
- Check out other camps happening in the area on the Hilltown Families Suggest a Camp Bulletin Board.
SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events. Serious inquiries can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP IN THE HILLTOWNS: Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA is now taking applicants for their Tuesday Apprenticeship for Beginner and Intermediate Students. This innovative program based on becoming a community herbalist by weaving experiential learning about healing herbs with seasonal rhythms and timeless elements of traditional healing. Program begins 04/20/10 from 10am-4pm and ends 02/11. Total Tuition is $1750. Options for a payment plan are available. For more information contact Tony(a) Lemos at (413) 625-6875, email@example.com. – Blazing Star Herbal School is located in the heart of Western Mass and is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all members of the green world and shows respect for the integrity of nature.
CELEBRATING LOCAL FARM HEROES THROUGH MUSIC AND SONGWRITING: Three days of music fun, free for children during the February school break. At the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls from 10am-3pm, Mon (2/15), Wed (2/17) & Thurs (2/18). Children ages 7 to 13 who like singing are welcomed. There will be games, lots of laughter, and we will meet local farmers and write songs about them. Led by Sarah Pirtle, who has directed the Discovery Center for Peace Education since 1992. To sign up contact Sarah at 625-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up at Arms Library at 625-0306. The children will write songs about them to be presented at the public concert on Thurs at 2pm.
VALENTINE BAKE SALE - The Hilltown Birdbrains 4-H Club will be setting up a Valentine Bake Sale on Saturday, February 13th from 10am-2pm in front of the Tractor Supply (2 College Highway) in Southampton, MA. Drop by and support the kids of 4-H with a purchase of a sweet for your sweetie. They will also have handmade Valentine Cards available to go with your sweets.
Jim Lobley of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Theater is holding open auditions for this season’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a wicked, dark Irish comedy set in 1934 on a remote isle off Ireland’s west coast. Auditions will be held: 02/21 from 1-4 & 02/23 from 6-9 at the Belding Memorial Library. Performances will be in Ashfield Town Hall on May 28 & 29, and June 4 & 5. All are wheelchair accessible. – There are roles for 4 woman and 5 men, ages 15-80. Previous acting experience is not necessary. The auditions will involve reading scenes from the play in an Irish dialect; dialect coaching will be part of the rehearsal process. We’re also looking for sound crew, a stage manager, etc. For more info email email@example.com, or call 628.4574 or 628.0084.
SUPPORT THE WORTHINGTON LIBRARY: Friends of the Worthington Library book sale happens at the town hall from 10-2pm. Donations are welcomed at the town hall leading up to the sale. Profits support the library.
MEDIA LITERACY FOR PARENTS AND KIDS: If you watched last weekend’s Superbowl with your kids, you saw a lot of beer commercials. For parents who are trying to delay the age at which their child starts drinking, take a look at the SAMHSA Website on Media Literacy. Parents are children’s most effective teachers on drugs, alcohol and other high-risk behaviors. Doing the 5 simple media literacy steps with your child can help you challenge some of the messages you DON’T want children to take in just yet.
SUMMER VACATION AT FARM CAMPS: With the annual February school vacation just days away, many parents are starting to plan summer activities for their children. Several of our local farms are putting together summer day camp opportunities for kids young and old. The CISA has put together a listing on their web site and will update the information throughout the spring as we learn about different options.
KIDS ICE FISHING DERBY IN THE HILLTOWNS: Ashfield Rod & Gun Club’s annual children’s ice fishing derby. This year’s annual children’s ice fishing derby will be held on Saturday, February 13th on Ashfield Lake, from 8am to 12Noon. All school age children are invited to attend and take part in this fun event. Prizes will be awarded. After the fishing derby there will be a spaghetti dinner held at Sanderson Academy ($5 for adults). Following the dinner a presentation will be given by Native American Chief Leroy Truehart at the School cafeteria. for more info call Joe Miraglia at 828-4400 or Ken Magdycz at 634-5585.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Suggest an Event | Rain or Shine? | School Closings and Delays | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
Saturday – 02/13
6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.
8:15am-4pm – NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting this year’s NGWS Day. athletics.mcla.edu North Adams, MA (FREE)
9:30am-4:30pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Bring th efamily to the Historic Deerfield Museum annual American Heritage Chocolate Celebration. www.historic-deerfield.org -775-7214 South Deerfield, MA ($)
10am – OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: Winter Nature Walk at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Explore the world of mammal tracks and ways to recognize trees and shrubs in winter. Bring binoculars and dress to be outdoors in the cold. Pre-registration is required. www.hitchcockcenter.org 256-6006 Amherst, MA ($)
10:30am – KIDS CONCERT: The Nields will be performing at the Jones Library. www.joneslibrary.org 259-3090 Amherst, MA (FREE)
11am – VALENTINE EVENT: Valentine’s Day Story and Craft Hour with children’s author, Corinne Demas at the Odyssey Bookshop. www.odysseybks.com 534-7307 South Hadley, MA (FREE)
11am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free family day at MASS MoCA. Hip Hop dance demos, screening of The Way Things Go, photo booth, creative projects for kids, ice cream & cake, and more. www.massmoca.org 662-2111 North Adams, MA (FREE)
11:30am-3pm – NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: Presented by Williams College Athletics for girl 6-13yo. Learn from coaches and players in several sport clinics. 597-2366 Williamstown, MA (FREE)
1-3pm – VALENTINE EVENT: Valentine Crafts at the Wistariahurst Museum. This fun and creative program is appropriate for all ages, inspiring the artist in everyone with hands-on projects from collage to paper-cutting and original crafting of valentines.Learn about the history of Victorian valentines too. Reservations are suggested. www.wistariahurst.org 322-5660 Holyoke, MA (>$)
5pm – VALENTINE EVENT: Fancy chocolate Valentine dinner at Elmer’s. RSVP www.elmersstore.com 628-4003 Ashfield, MA ($)
5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)
6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)
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