PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Dark Star Orchestra at the Calvin Theatre

Dark  Star Orchestra
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see  Dark Star Orchestra, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 12/2/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

 Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 17 years and over 2200 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations creating a sound that truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. — www.darkstarorchestra.net

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HFVS Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Pioneers of Sound Episode with Guest DJ, Elska

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Listen to the modern “Pioneers of Sound!” with Elska as she takes us on a sonic journey into the world of early electronic music, synthesizers, micro-beats, bells and more.  Broadcasting from her Arctic island home, Elska teaches us about the origins of the most innovative sounds in pop music, how they were made, and then she plays us fascinating examples from pop music, art music, classical and some music that defies classification all together.  Get ready for a true sonic journey with “Pioneers of Sound!” − www.islandofelska.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 15th & 16th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Hiddi Hiddi is how one says “hello” on the Island of Elska!


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PLAYLIST

  • Elska – “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • múm – “I am 9 Today” [Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK]
  • Björk - “Frosti” [Vespertine]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in F Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Walter Carlos – “Two-Part Invention in B Flat Major” [Switched-On Bach]
  • Suzanne Cianni – “Buchla Live in 1975” [Lixiviation]
  • Elska – “Hiddi Hiddi” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Devo – “Peek-A-Boo!” [Oh, No! It's Devo!]
  • Kraftwerk – “The Robots” [The Man-Machine]
  • Elska – “Click Click” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Steve Reich – “Music for 18 Musicians: V. Section IIIB” [Music for 18 Musicians]
  • Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place” [Speaking in Tongues]
  • Laurie Anderson – “Walk the Dog” [Big Science]

Original broadcast: March 2014

HFVS with Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants has returned as our Guest DJ playing some of his favorite song from his childhood and talks about people he met and or was influenced by during his long career in music. − www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 8th & 9th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Ice Cream” from Danny Weinkauf’s album No School Today


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PLAYLIST

1. Danny Weinkauf – “Hey” (No School Today)
2. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations” (Endless summer).
3. The Beatles – “Hey Bulldog” (Yellow Submarine)
4. Danny Weinkauf – “The Kidney that lived in four people” (No School Today)
5 . DR. John – “Iko Iko” (The Essentials)
6. The Might Be Giants – “Number Two” (Here Come the 123s)
7. Aimee Mann “Superball” (I’m with stupid)
8. Danny Weinkauf “The Ballad of Ben” (No School Today)
9. Liz,Holly, and the Jolly lollies “I wish I were an airplane” (Wishin” vol 1)
10. They Might Be Giants “Clap Your Hands” (No!)
11.  They Might Be Giants “High five” (Here come the 123s)
12. Carol King “Chicken soup with rice” (Gather Round)
13. Raymond Scott “Powerhouse” (The music of Raymond scott- Reckless nights and Turkish Twilights)
14. Tom Leher “The Elements” (More of Tom Leher)
15. Alastair Moock “Spaghetti in my shoe” ( a cow says Moock)
15.  Danny Weinkauf “Wonderful Christmas Day” (download only single)

Philosophy for Children Class at MHC Supports Community-Based Education

‘Big Ideas for Little Kids:’ PBS Doc Features Mount Holyoke College Class

Each fall, students in Professor Thomas E. Wartenberg’s Philosophy for Children class pack up kids’ picture books and bring big ideas to elementary school students in the Pioneer Valley.

Rather than slogging through philosophers’ names and theories, however, the Mount Holyoke College students are teaching second graders at the Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield, MA, to question their own assumptions, listen to each other’s points of view, and sometimes even change their minds—all through the lens of children’s books.

The class, co-taught by Wartenberg and Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella last year, is the subject of a documentary film that will premiere on PBS affiliate WGBY Channel 57 on Monday, November 3, at 8 pm. Big Ideas for Little Kids will be rebroadcast (see schedule below) and available online starting November 4 at wgby.org/bigideas.

“The second graders learn some of the basic rules for having a philosophical discussion, from what it means to be a listener who respects differences in opinion, to how to build a good argument when making a point,” filmmaker Julie Akeret, a regional Emmy Award winner, says. “These young students are excited to be asked not only what they think, but why.”

When the class was filmed last fall, the Mount Holyoke students used six children’s picture books, each focusing on a different question of philosophy. Frederick, for example, prompts the question, “What is work?” through the story of a mouse who composes poetry while his family and friends gather food for winter. The Giving Tree inspires an impassioned examination of whether a tree surrendered “her whole self” when she gave up her lush branches and towering trunk so her son could build a home. And Emily’s Art incites a debate about whether a judge really knows best in an art contest. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Kids’ music performer Eric Herman serves up a delicious set of tunes for the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Eric digs back into the formative years of family music and highlights some of the songs that inspired him, including early offerings by Trout Fishing, Justin Roberts and Ralph’s World.  Eric also features some tracks from his comedy sketch album and other fun family favorites. — www.EricHermanMusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 1st & 2nd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “November First” off of Eric Herman’s album, Party Animal.


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PLAYLIST

  • Eric Herman – “November First” [Party Animal]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Jump Up (It’s a Good Day)” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Dinosaur in Your Bathtub” [inFINity]
  • The Dream Project – “Old MacDonald” [Bright Spaces]
  • Roger Day – “Mosquito Burrito” [Rock 'n' Roll Rodeo]
  • Beethoven’s Wig – “Beethoven’s Wig” [Sing-Along Symphonies]
  • Ralph’s World – “The Name Song” [Ralph's World]
  • John Lithgow – “You Gotta Have Pep” [The Sunny Side of the Street]
  • Justin Roberts – “Giraffe/Nightengale” [Yellow Bus]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Still the Same Me” [Still the Same Me]
  • Eric Herman – “The Math Game” [The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson]
  • DidiPop – “Way Up High” [DidiPop Goes to Hawaii]
  • Randy Kaplan – “No Nothing” [Loquat Rooftop]
  • The Hipwaders – “Educated Kid” [Educated Kid]
  • Sugar Free All Stars – “Bathtub Boy” [Dos Ninos]
  • Eric Herman – “PSA (Eye Patch)” [The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson]
  • Eric Ode – “This Song Has No Elephants” [When You Smile]
  • Jack Johnson – “We’re Going to Be Friends” [Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George]
  • David Tobocman – “Home” [Very Helpful Songs]

HFVS Power of Music Episode with Guest DJ, The Dream Jam Band (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Power of Music Episode with Guest DJ, The Dream Jam Band

Music has the power to make us feel many different ways. Join Guest DJ, The Dream Jam Band as they play a melting pot of songs that have influenced the band’s music. Dance around to different rhythms, clap your hands and stomp your feet to movement songs. Feel the power of music that will make you smile, laugh, feel love and appreciate the beauty of our world in this hour of classic and current music. — www.dreamjamband.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 25th & 26th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Oliver Raccoon greets the day with hopeful anticipation and is swept away on a fantastical journey, in this animated music video from the album, The World of Nickhoo by the The Dream Jam Band.


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PLAYLIST

  • Raffi- “Rise and Shine” [Rise and Shine]
  • The Cars- “Shake It Up” [The Cars Complete Greatest Hits]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Nicky Nicky Knock Knock” [The Dream Jam Band]
  • Peter, Paul and Mary – “The Marvelous Toy” [Peter, Paul and Mommy]
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Do You Believe in Magic” [Do You Believe in Magic]
  • Ralph’s World- “Dance Around” [Welcome to Ralph’s World]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Great Day” [Leave it in the Soup]
  • Stevie Wonder- “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Bob Marley- “Three Little Birds” [Legend]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Look Around” [The Dream Jam Band]
  • Frances England- “Lady Bug” [Mind of My Own]
  • Dan Zanes- “All Around the Kitchen” [Family Dance]
  • Pete Seeger, “Clap Your Hands” [The Very Best of Pete Seeger]
  • The Bellhops- “Boogie in the Barnyard” [No Reservations]
  • Kira Willey- “Colors” [Dance for the Sun]
  • Donovan- “Jennifer Juniper” [Donovan’s Greatest Hits]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Melanie the Mermaid” [Leave it in the Soup]
  • The Beatles- “Hello, Goodbye” [Magical Mystery Tour]

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group at the Calvin

Lyle Lovett
& his Acoustic Group
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Thursday, 10/30/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT LYLE LOVETT

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

Lovett has been touring in support of Release Me since its release in February 2012. The album was #1 for several weeks on the Americana charts. Produced by Nathaniel Kunkel and Lovett, Release Me represents the end of an era as it was his last record for Curb/Universal Music Group after being on the label for his entire career. Release Me is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most infectious and fascinating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. His oeuvre, rich and eclectic, is one of the most beloved of any living artist working today — www.lylelovett.com

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HFVS Nature Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann

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Nature Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann

Come join Chicago’s Little Miss Ann as she shares some of her favorite “nature” songs that explore different topics like birds, wind, sun, moon, animals, etc. — www.littlemissann.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 18th & 19th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Echo” by The Okee Dokee Brothers off of their Appalachian adventure CD, Through the Woods.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bruno Coulais, Mathilde Pellegrini, Hélène Breschand, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirard – “Exploration” (Coraline – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Echo” (Through the Woods)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Follow Me” (Follow Me)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “The Little Bird” (Blue Clouds)
  • Steve Elci – “Four Little Birds” (Imagine Nation)
  • Little Miss Ann – “ Mockingbird” (Clap for Love)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Loud and Quiet (Featuring Frances England)” (Sing Along!)
  • Baze and His Silly Friends, – “Fly (A Caterpillar’s Tale)” (The Best Day Ever!)
  • Red Yarn – “Old Blue” (The Deep Woods)
  • Suzi Shelton – “Cinnamon Bear” (Smile in my Heart)
  • Bari Koral Family Rock Band – “Apple Tree” (Apple Tree & the Honey Bee)
  • Little Miss Ann – “I Love the Mountains” (Follow Me)
  • The Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” (American Beauty)
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” (Teaser and the Firecat)
  • Papa Crow – “Daylight in the Swamp” (Full Moon, Full Moon)
  • Dan Zanes – “In the Sun” (Turn Turn Turn)
  • Istvan & His Imaginary Band – “Mr. Moon’s Song” (Sweet!)
  • The New Seekers – “Free to be You and Me” (Free to be You and Me)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Ong Tai Sam (Little Spring)” (Sunny Day)
  • Kira Willey – “Underneath The Rainbow” (Kings & Queens of the Forest)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Goodbye, Goodbye” (Walk with Me)

HFVS Falling into Fall Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton & Emma

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Falling into Fall Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton & Emma

Suzi Shelton returns to guest DJ, this time with her daughter, Emma, with a Falling into Fall Episode. — www.suzishelton.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 11th & 12th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Award winning singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton music video for her hit song “Go, Fire Truck, Go” from her family album, Smile In My Heart.


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PLAYLIST

  • Caspar Babypants “Tumble” [THIS IS FUN!]
  • Suzi Shelton “Banjo Pickin‘ Girl” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Little Miss Ann “Three Little Pumpkins” [Follow Me]
  • The Good Ms. Padgett “Black and Yellow Bee” [If We Must We Must]
  • Randy Kaplan “So Different Blues” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights “Falling” [Bandwagon]
  • The Jolly Pops “Jacque the Magic Peacock” [I Didn’t Do It]
  • Kira Willey “Caterpillar Caterpillar” [Dance for the Sun]
  • Laura Doherty “Butterfly” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Suzi Shelton “Go, Fire Truck, Go” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Laurie Berkner “The Cat Came Back” [Whaddaya Think Of That?]
  • Jon Samson “Why I Love The Seasons” [A New Kids Album]
  • Ingrid Michaelson “Be OK” [Be OK]
  • Baze and His Silly “Friends School Days” [The Best Day Ever!]
  • Bari Koral “Apple Tree” [The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee]
  • Suzi Shelton “I See You for You” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Lenka “Don’t Let Me Fall” [Lenka]
  • Justin Roberts “Red Bird” [Recess]

“What’s the Big Idea?” Challenges Kids to Think Critically & Philosophically

Film Project Poses Intellectual Challenges to Energize the Mind

In order to raise children who will grow up to be critical thinkers, it is essential that we not only present them with intellectual challenges while they’re young, but – as the goal of “What’s the Big Idea?” states – we must also teach them the skills that they will need to tackle complex ideas. By exposing children to philosophical ideas and questions early in life, we create opportunities for them to learn how to think critically about major topics. And if we provide the proper support, we allow them to do this big thinking in a context where they’re supported throughout their learning.

A project of Mt. Holyoke College professor Tom Wartenberg and local filmmaker Julie Akeret, “What’s the Big Idea?” introduces middle school students (12-14yr) to philosophy through film. Pairing commentary with pertinent clips relating to the themes addressed by the project, “What’s the Big Idea?” takes common tween-age dilemmas and presents them to students in a way that not only allows them to learn how to handle such situations, but encourages them to think deeply about the larger ideas that lay behind common life experiences and situations. Clips from iconic movies including The Karate Kid, Mean Girls, Liar Liar, and even High School Musical help to teach students to think critically about peer pressure, bullying, lying, and friendship. The project even offers resources for developing discussions and activities after tackling each theme – resources that can easily be used by educators of all kinds.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Calvin

Mary Chapin Carpenter
plus: Tift Merritt
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Mary Chapin Carpenter, plus Tift Merritt, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, October 24th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 10/20/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter, a Pioneer Valley favorite, returns to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA, for a unique and intimate acoustic show. She will be joined e by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki). Carpenter spent 2013 performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder). In March, she performed two milestone concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza who also arranged the album. She was joined by Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, & Tift Merritt (Tift joins her on this tour). Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal and universal of life’s details. — www.marychapincarpenter.com

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HFVS Good Character Episode with Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin

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Good Character Episode with Guest DJ, Dave Kinnoin

With songs, stories, jokes, and quotes, Dave Kinnoin takes us on a journey to discover what it means to have good character. Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship are highlighted without being the least bit preachy. — www.songwizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 4th & 5th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Sarah Geltz – Something Good
  • Friendly Little Neighbor – Dave and the Boombox featuring Kate Josway and Ryan Koch [Make Some Noise]
  • Dave Kinnoin – Caring Avenue [CHARACTER COUNTS! Strikes a Chord]
  • quote by Edward E. Hale
  • Judy Pancoast – Walk Away – [Are We There Yet?]
  • Dave Kinnoin – Any Other Kid [Teaspoon At a Time]
  • poem (Emily Dickinson)
  • Les Julian – Donkey In a Ditch [Color Outside the Lines]
  • Jonathan Sprout – Hall of Fame [American Heroes #4]
  • Randy Sharp and Maia Sharp – You Gotta Love ‘Em [not on an album yet]
  • quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jack Pearson – Just Don’t Kick the Cat [The Merry Pirate School]
  • Jack Pearson – Mi Casa, Su Casa [To All Purple Tree Trunks]
  • Jack Pearson – Circle Sam and the Tambo Tree (STORY)

Under the Hat: Let Your Imagination Fly Through That old Art of Reading

Love to Read

Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time touring around the US and Latin America. No matter where we go, we see kids playing video games and watching lots of television. Whatever happened to reading?! It’s not just kids, of course. All of us are spending more time in front of screens than we used to.

The songs I wrote for my new Mister G album, The Bossy E, are meant to reconnect kids with their innate love of learning and being creative. All of us love being transported by a great story. When I was a kid I used to stay up past bedtime reading under the covers with a flashlight. Does that happen these days? I certainly hope so.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think it’s a fundamentally different experience to read a book (and use your imagination to envision the characters), versus watching a movie (where everything is explained for you). Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS On the Road Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Radio Show/Podcast)

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On the Road Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Come join us as the Hilltown Family Variety show goes on the road with Steve Weeks.  We’ll be visiting the Dakotas, the gulf coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, Southern California, the Canadian maritimes and more as we hear from folks all across the country and discover what’s going on in their local communities.  Bring your map, buckle up, and tune in for a Hilltown Family Variety Show road trip!” —  www.steveweeksmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 27th & 28th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Change of Heart”by Steve Weeks


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PLAYLIST

  • Scribblemonster - “Our Summer Song” [Shark Sandwich]
    • Interview: Traci Juhala of North Dakota
    • Interview: Marivel Zambrano-Esparza of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Steve Weeks – “Dog Beach” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Megrez Rudolph of Fairhope, AL
  • Peter Mulvey – “Sympathies” [Silver Ladder]
    • Interview: Ellis Rice of Las Vegas, NV
    • Interview: Rachel of Oak Ridge, TN
  • The Osborne Brothers – “Rockytop” [Appalachian Stomp]
    • Interview: Celeste of New Orleans, LA
  • Steve Weeks – “Once I Lived Upon the Sea” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Gary LaFranier of Lame Deer, MT
  • North Bear – “Daddy’s Girl” [Feelings & Emotions]
    • Interview: Elia of Yuma Arizona
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Telephone Called” [Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom]
    • Interview: Cindy of Gulfport, MS
  • Steve Weeks – “My Grandpa Gave Me a Hammer ” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Caleb Miles of Bridgetown, NS
  • Caleb Miles – “Satya” [Long Dark Road]

HFVS Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie

Autumn means harvest time in the northeastern United States. But what are people harvesting in other parts of the country, and around the world? Join guest DJ Story Laurie for some lively songs (including two that were written by elementary school kids!); a crazy tale about a girl sailing around the world on a cabbage; and we’ll even check in with some folks in the Philippines, Finland and Korea about what they’re harvesting right now. —  www.storylaurie.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 20th & 21st, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Story Laurie & Friends – Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch


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PLAYLIST

  • Holy Modal Rounders – “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [The Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Who Grew My Soup?” [single]
  • Taj Mahal – “Quavi, Quavi” [Shake Sugaree]
  • Palo – “Quimbombo” [This is Afro-Cuban Funk]
  • Harmonica Pocket – “Apple Apple” [Apple Apple]
  • Doug Elliott – “Creasy Greens” [Crawdads, Doodlebugs & Creasy Greens]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Ugly Fruit” [Bestest of the Best]
  • Mike & Peggy Seeger – “Oh, John The Rabbit” [American Folk Songs for Children]
  • Story Laurie – “The Cabbage That Sailed Around The World” [Live in Studio]
  • Field recording of a group of girls from Michoacan, Mexico, recorded by Henrietta Yurchenko – “La Bella Hortelana” [Latin American Children Game Songs]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch” [single]
  • Leadbelly – “Pick a Bale of Cotton” [Leadbelly Sings for Children]
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason – “Bound for Another Harvest Home” [Harvest Home]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Homegrown Tomatoes” [Groovin’ in the Garden]
  • Taj Mahal – “Annie’s Lover” [Giant Step]

Clark Art Institute Exhibit Stars in Film Series

Film Series Pays Homage to “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution” Exhibit; Gives Context in Popular Culture

In conjunction with the Clark Art Institute’s recently opened exhibition, Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution, the Institute offers a series of three free Saturday films beginning Saturday, September 20 at 2 pm. “Documents of Freedom: A Film Celebration” features three films centered around some of the documents in the exhibition, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an original 1215 Magna Carta alongside the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other key documents in the founding of America.

The family-friendly matinees are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin

An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 09/30/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT ESPERANZA SPALDING

Esperanza Spalding was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo followed in 2008 by Esperanza which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, becoming that year’s best selling jazz album worldwide. She was invited by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. She performed at the 84th Academy Awards and on the Late Show with David Letterman. (Letterman and Paul Shaffer proclaimed the young musician the “coolest” guest in the program’s three-decade history.) Spalding collaborations include with Wayne Shorter, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Mae, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Her latest album, Radio Music Society (see video) featuring a mosaic array of guest artists, is another expectation-defying chapter in the Esperanza Spalding story, as she continues on her journey of new musical horizons. — www.esperanzaspalding.com

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Learn the Ways of Pollinators and then Support Them!

The Berkshire Museums BeMuse Program Series Tells all on Pollinators and how you can get Involved!

The Berkshire Museum will present a workshop and documentary screening with landscape designer and filmmaker Kim Smith on Saturday, September 20, 2014, as part of the Museum’s BeMuse program series. The slide-illustrated talk, Creating a Bee, Bird, and Butterfly Garden, begins at 10am and the screening of the film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail, will follow the talk, beginning at 11:30am. Both programs are part of the Museum’s BeMuse program series. Come learn about these local pollinators, what habitats they thrive in, how you can support them and join Kim in a Q&A discussion following both the workshop and screening. Come curious and bring your questions!  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Alex Mitnick (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Love Episode with Guest DJ, Alex Mitnick

Alex Mitnick guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend! Best known for his work as leader of the kid’s band, Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, and host of the kid’s TV show, Alex & The Kaleidoscope, Alex explores the theme of LOVE in this fun and squeeze them real tight and tickle their toes hour of music! Alex will play songs from his new album, Love Songs For My Baby, as well as some of his favorite artists including Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin and kids music stars Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights and Bari Koral and the Family Rock Band. Get ready for lots of smiles and hugs as we explore this most precious of themes… Love! — www.lovesongsformybaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 13th & 14th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Feelin’ Fine” from Love Songs For My Baby


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PLAYLIST

  • Alex Mitnick – “Alex & The Kaleidoscope TV show Theme Song” [Alex & The Kaleidoscope TV show]
  • The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Only Thing” [Pockets Full Of Joy]
  • Alex Mitnick – “Feelin’ Fine” [Love Songs For My Baby]
  • Bari Koral Family Rock Band – “Sisters and Brothers” [The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee]
  • Paul Simon – “Father and Daughter” [Shine]
  • John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” [Double Fantasy]
  • Alex Mitnick – “Music In My Heart (Miles Smile) ” [Love Songs For My Baby]
  • Bobby McFerrin – “Gracious” [SpirituALL]
  • Steve Pullera – “I Will Always Love You” [Another Happy Sole]
  • Alex Mitnick – “Love Is All It Takes” [Love Songs For My Baby]
  • Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band – “Tu Eres Amor” [Agui, Alla]
  • Alex Mitnick – “Having A Party” [Love Songs For My Baby]
  • Joanie Leads – “I Love You” [The Good Egg]
  • Bob Marley – “One Love” [Exedus]
  • Patrice Jegou – “This Little Light Of Mine” [Speak Low]

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Tweedy at the Calvin

Tweedy
plus Hospitality
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Starting off our fall promotions we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Tweedy plus Hospitality at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 09/23/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT TWEEDY

As the founding member and leader of Wilco and before that the co-founder of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. His latest project is Tweedy, a musical collaboration with his 18 year old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. The father/son duo’s debut album is called Sukierae and features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy. With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboards and backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-­-band Lucius. — wilcoworld.net

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HFVS National Parks Episode with Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin (Radio Show/Podcast)

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National Parks Episode with Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin

Join Guest DJ, National Parks Service Ranger Jeff Wolin (aka Ranger Jeff) from his ranger station in the mountains of Colorado for a musical tour of our National Parks. While families are dancing and singing, everyone will get a musical exploration of our country’s great natural and cultural treasures. From a polka about a revolutionary war hero to sea turtles in the Gulf Islands, this national park themed show will keep you moving and perhaps inspire you and your family to visit a park near you!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 6th & 7th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Let’s Move Outside” by Erica Falls from Songs for Junior Rangers


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PLAYLIST

  • Bruce Barnes – “Humps, Hooves, and Horns” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Lucky Diaz (featuring David Lee Garza) – “De Colores” [Aqui, Alla]
  • Jim Gill – “California” [Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times]
  • Dee Dee Graves – “Spelunca Funka” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • The WhizPops – “Manta Ray” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Turtle Up, Turtle Down” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Thaddeus Kosciuszko Polka” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks” [Big Round World]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “River Song” [We All Live Downstream]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Beach Party at High Altitude” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Erica Falls – “Let’s Move Outside” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Bruce Barnes – “New Orleans Jazz” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Billy B. – “The Peregrine” [Nature in the City]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Explore, Learn, Protect” [Songs for Junior Rangers]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants has returned as our Guest DJ! Danny plays some of his favorite music including songs related to Monkeys, Sports, and other fun stuff! − www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 30th & 31st, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Marsupial” from Danny Weinkauf’s album No School Today


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PLAYLIST

  • They Might be Giants – “”Roy G Biv” (Here comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “No School Today” (No School Today)
  • The Flaming Lips – “She don’t use Jelly” (Transmissions from the Satellite Heart)
  • The Little rockers band – “Fortune Cookie” (Count me in!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Our Love Fits” (No School Today)
  • Stacey Peasley “Little Soccer Player” (Lucky Day)
  • They Might be Giants – “One Everything” (Here come the 123s)
  • Justin Roberts – “Obsessed by Trucks” (Jungle Gym)
  • Recess Monkey “Braces” (Wired)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “The Moon is made of Cheese” (No School Today)
  • The Monkees “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (The Best of the Monkees)
  • Candy Butchers “Making up Time” (Making up Time)
  • The Davenports “Everyone’s talking about Baseball” (Hi-tech lowlife)
  • Jonathan Coulton “The Princess who saved herself” (Many Hands – Family music for Haiti)
  • Caspar Babypants “Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my Monkey” (baby Beatles)
  • R.E.M. “Superman” (Life’s Rich Pageant)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Oh No Oh Yeah” (No School Today)

HFVS Ocean Episode with Guest DJ, Casey Schaefer of The Whizpops (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Ocean Episode
with Guest DJ, Casey Schaefer of The Whizpops

The Hilltown Family Variety Show presents Casey Schaefer of The Whizpops. Casey will take us on an exciting thematic adventure underwater, playing a wide range of music that will help you learn about the importance of ocean wildlife and the fascinating world of symbiotic relationships. — www.thewhizpops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 23rd & 24th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Sea Turtle” by The Whizpops


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PLAYLIST

  • The Whizpops! – “Manatee” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith – “Rowing In The River” [Everyone Loves To Dance]
  • Sisbro Studios – “The Peg Leg Song” [The Riddle Solvers - EP]
  • Otis Redding – “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay” [Dock Of The Bay]
  • Raffi – “Down By The Bay” [Singable Songs For The Very Young]
  • The Whizpops! – “Sea Turtle” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • The Whizpops! – “Coral Reef” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • Sisbro Studios – “The Parrot Fish Poop Song” [The Riddle Solvers - EP]
  • Recess Monkey – “The Hermit” [Desert Island Disc]
  • Weezer – “Island In The Sun” [Weezer (Green Album)]
  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” [Alone in IZ World]
  • The Beach Boys – “Surfing USA” [Endless Summer]
  • Bill Harley – “Pirate Song” [Big Big World]
  • Sisbro Studios – “The Great White Shark Song” [The Riddle Solvers - EP]
  • The Beatles – “Yellow Submarine” [Revolver]
  • The Whizpops! – “Octopus” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • The Beatles – “Octopus’s Garden” [Abbey Road]

HFVS Favorite Songs in the Classroom Episode with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Favorite Songs in the Classroom Episode
with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan

The Hilltown Family Variety Show presents Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award winning band Grenadilla,(pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit). Debbie is also a Teaching Artist in a school, enjoying singing and making music with children in parent/child classes through 4th grade. This week, Debbie will share some of her student’s favorite songs. — www.grenadillasings.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 16th & 17th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Smiling” by Grenadilla.


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PLAYLIST

  • Grenadilla “Sunday Afternoon” [Grenadilla]
  • Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers “Give a little love” [For Our Children]
  • Ella Jenkins “An Arabic Chant that means welcome” [Call and Response]
  • Kathleen Hannan “Ancient Green” [Bodies and Voices]
  • Pete Seeger “Put your finger in the air” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Doris Brasch “Brave Brave Mouse” [Pollywiggle]
  • Grenadilla “Arabella Angelique” [Grenadilla]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell “Little Bird Little Bird” [You are my little bird]
  • Laurie Berkner “The Goldfish” [Victor Vito]
  • Larry Gros “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith” [Children’s Favorites Volume 2]
  • Grenadilla “Got Light” [Grenadilla]
  • Pete Seeger “The Foolish Frog” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • They Might Be Giants “7 Days of the Week” [Here come the 123s]
  • Sheb Wooley“Purple people eater” [20th Century Rocks: 50's Rock 'n Roll, At The Hop]
  • Max Bygraves “Katzenellenbogen by the sea” [Vintage Children’s Favorites]
  • Grenadilla “Doodle doodle doodle doodle doo” [Can’t Wait]
  • Cheryl Wheeler “Potato” [Sylvia Hotel]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock “I love to laugh” [Still the Same Me]
  • Bill Withers “Lean on Me” [The Best of Bill Withers]

Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science

Monarch Butterflies: Migratory Patterns & Citizen Scientists Opportunities

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What to organize a Monarch Butterfly tagging effort? Monarch Watch has instructions and kits with tags for tracking.

Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys. Though their long trek can sometimes take up to four generations to complete, it spans an almost unbelievably large portion of North America. The butterflies begin high in the mountains of southwestern Mexico, and, come springtime, gradually work their way as far north as Saskatchewan, Canada and as far east as Maine and the southernmost parts of New Brunswick. The distinctive black-and-orange butterflies lay their eggs along the way, and depend on the availability of milkweed-filled habitat throughout their journey. While no one butterfly makes the round trip from Mexico to Maine and back again, the pattern of monarch movement across the continent is incredibly sophisticated and, at times, beautiful.

Because the monarch needs such specific habitat – young monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed – the opportunity to stop and lay eggs has become much more limited than it once was. Due to human development of land and genetically engineered farming techniques, meadows with milkweed can be rare, and the butterflies must try much harder in order to complete the full cycle of their journey. In order to track the changes in population and the preferred landing grounds of monarchs, a number of Citizen Scientist initiatives have been developed. All around the United States (with the exception of states west of the Rockies), butterflies are being tracked and studied – and your family can help as a citizen scientist…

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HFVS Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Summer in the City  Episode
with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 9th & 10th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960's vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1″ [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Ben of Mister G (Radio Show/Podcast)

GUEST DJ, MISTER G

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 2nd & 3rd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  Mister G released “The Bossy E” this summer with songs celebrating reading, learning and unplugged creativity, including “Love To Read” in our featured video. www.mistergsongs.com


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Under the Hat: Energize Your Child’s Imagination through Literacy

Reading Supports the Development of a Creative Mind!

Reading is fun

Reading requires imagination and can inspire creativity.

I was a lucky kid: my mom was a children’s book author and illustrator and I grew up surrounded by books. For years, my mom and I had a weekly date at the library. I’d always check out the maximum number of books and couldn’t wait to get home to start reading. I loved everything, but my favorite stories were the really scary ones.

Not too much has changed over the years; I still have a stack of books on my bedside table and I still love learning about all sorts of things just by lying still and reading.

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HFVS Animals Episode with Guest DJ, Jacob Stein of The Pop Ups (Radio Show/Podcast)

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ANIMALS EPISODE
GUEST DJ, JACOB STEIN OF THE POP UPS

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 26th & 27th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “All These Shapes” from Appetite for Construction by The Pop Ups – www.thepopups.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Frances England – “Jacques Cousteau” [Mind of My Own]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • Cat and a Bird – “Lion and the Challengers” [Cat and a Bird]
  • Miriam Makeba – “The Naughty Little Flea” [Pata Pata]
  • Todd McHatton – “ I Think I’m A Bunny” [Galactic Champions of Joy]
  • The Pop Ups – “Box Of Crayons” [Radio Jungle]
  • DinoRock – “Dinosaur Rock” [Dinosaur Rock]
  • Justin Roberts – “Willy Was A Whale” [Yellow Bus]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pop Up City” [Radio Jungle]
  • Cathy & Marcy Feat. Christylez Bacon – “Hip-Hop Humpty Dumpty” [Banjo to Beatbox]
  • DinoRock – “We All Came From the Sea” [Dinosaur Rock]
  • Lucky Diaz – “Blue Bear” [Luckiest Adventure]
  • The Pop Ups – “Connect The Stars” [Radio Jungle]
  • DinoRock – “Moms to the Rescue” [Dreamosaurus]
  • Recess Monkey – “Super Stuffies” [Flying!]

HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show

WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 19th & 20th, 2014

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “World of Wonder,” the title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children World of Wondera paean to the natural world and all its mystery. Animated by filmmaker Danny Plotnick. – www.alisonfaithlevy.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

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