Annual Day of the Dead Community Altar & Celebration in Williamsburg

El Diá de los Muertos Honored at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

Day of the Dead Altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

Bring your Day of the Dead mementos to add to the community altar at the Meekins Libray in Williamsburg, MA between Oct 22- Nov 10. Day of the Dead is November 1st & 2nd. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Between October 22nd-November 10th, community members are invited to join in the celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, El Diá de los Muertos, by bringing mementos in memory of friends, family and pets to add to the Meekins Library annual community altar. Photos, cards, sugar skulls and real or paper marigolds are welcomed.

On Monday, October 31st, the library will be open for treats and authentic Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread).

The Meekins Library is located at 2 Williams Street (Route 9) in Williamsburg and is opened Tues. 12Noon-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Thurs. 3pm-8pm; and Sat. 9am-3pm. For further information, call the Meekins Library at 413-268-7472.

Find out more about the Day of the Dead (known as El Diá de los Muertos in Spanish) at El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).

Suggested Events 10/30/10-11/05/10

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

The 3rd Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk, hosted by the Royal Frog Ballet on Bramble Hill in Amherst, MA last weekend. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf 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.

BEST BETS

There are so many terrific community events and activities happening this weekend for Halloween scroll down and peruse the list, and don’t for get to check our list of Rag Shag parades too!

On Saturday, October 30th at 1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Kids Gallery Halloween Quest at MASS MoCA. For kids ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Costumes encouraged. RSVP 664-4481 x8112 www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($, FREE FOR MEMBERS)

In the evening on Saturday, October 30th from 5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

On Sunday, October 31st from 11am-4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Supernatural Sunday: Halloween in at Historic Deerfield. Enjoy the fun of Halloween and the beauty of harvest during the fall season with seasonal hearth cooking, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, mask-making, and face painting. Wear a costume and enjoy some early trick-or-treating at select historic houses. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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Next weekend: CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW: The Botanic Garden Lyman Conservatory of Smith College (15 College Lane) will host a Fall Chrysanthemum Show. A sweet event to take the family to. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (FREE, DONATION)

And, CIDER DAYS: An annual celebration of hard and sweet cider. www.ciderday.org Franklin County, MA

BULLETIN BOARD

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

FREE AFTERNOON PROGRAM: Every Tuesday in November, Hilltown Families sponsor, Cup and Top Cafe (1 N Main St.) in Florence, will host a free Puppet Show – Sing Along Time with Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre for families with kids up to 5yo! Meet different puppets every week. Learn hand motions to classic kids’ songs and pick up some catchy new tunes. Anna is a former preschool music teacher and led sing-alongs at Brooklyn cafes for five years. She makes her own puppets and has a magical way of making everything fun and interactive for young children. Donations welcomed. 585-9565 www.cupandtop.com

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Biocitizen is seeking volunteers to begin a long-term stream monitoring project in collaboration w/MA DEP. We use the rapid biotic assessment technique, which involves collecting and inventorying benthic invertebrates (water bugs); the type of bugs we find give us a gauge of the stream’s health. We’re scheduling 4 assessments for these 4 weekend days from 1-3 pm: Oct. 30 & 31, Nov. 6 & 7. Children and families are invited to be trained for free. It’s great for those interested in biology, ecology, environmental protection. It is possible, since this is a long-term project, for families, and their schools, to adopt a stream and watch over it. Contact Kurt Heidinger at bioticitizen@gmail.com.

Leslie Chaison of Greenfield, MA writes: Just Roots, a local citizens’ group, will host a Public Forum in the Town of Greenfield on Sunday, November 7th at 2pm at the Greenfield High School. This forum will be a conversation to help define, as a Greenfield area community, the best use of the Greenfield Town Farm, which includes 31 acres of prime farmland. This conversation will include decision makers, working farmers, community gardeners, social service networks, educators, permaculturists, and you. The forum will be held in the Greenfield High School Cafeteria. The high school is located off Silver Street in Greenfield. Please come and be part of the vision! For more information, contact jaylordjr@gmail.com.

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

ENERGY AUDITS: Free energy audits for WMECO homes, performed by Co-op Power. If your electric provider is WMECO, or if your gas heat is provided by Berkshire Gas, call to set up ap free audit, which is much more comprehensive than those offered by utility companies. Contact Jane Anderson, (413) 695-6430, jane@cooppower.coop, www.cooppower.coop

READING MENTOR PROGRAM: The Forbes Library Teen Department in Northampton, MA is looking for tween/teen volunteers to read to younger children once a week or about an hour for their Reading and Mentoring Program. Younger children who may not have older brothers/sisters who would like to spend time with an older friend are wanted too. Call to sign up: 587-1010.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week is our Halloween Episode, with music by Justin Roberts, Jamie Broza, Recess Monkey, The Hobo Nickels, Rosemary Clooney, Caspar Babypants, Mister G and many others!

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Playgroups & Family Centers | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the BerkshiresListen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday – 10/30

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – 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.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Last market of the season and Customer Appreciation Day. Many of the vendors will also be in costume for Halloween. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Rivulet Trail that inspired William Cullen Bryant to write one of his most famous poems needs your help. Old Growth Trees and Trail Work on the Rivulet at the Bryant Homestead (207 Bryant Rd.). After working to control trail erosion in the morning, take a walk with Bob Leverett and learn more about this historic stand of old growth pines. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. Bring your lunch and enjoy a post-work picnic with a spectacular view. Call The Trustees of Reservations 532.1631 x13. Cummington, MA (FREE)

    9:30am-4:30pm – FOOD HISTORY: What’s cooking? Open hearth cooking at the Historic Deerfield. Open hearth cooks will prepare select dishes that are on display as part of the exhibition Dinner is Served!: Dining and the Decorative Arts. Come see “what’s cooking” and learn how these dishes were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The history workshop: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen, will be offered too starting at 12Noon. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    10am – HIKE: The Deerfield River Watershed Association offers a hike in a different part of the Catamount Hills. Led by Colrain historian Muriel Russell. Hikers will pass beaver ponds and lunch at the south end of MacLeod Pond. 624-3311 Colrain, MA (FREE)

    10am-3pm – CHILDBIRTH CLASS: The Hilltown Community Health Center will offer a free childbirth education class. This day-long format will prepare families for the childbirth experience in one session. Ann Buscemi, certified childbirth educator, will talk about what to expect in labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Call Lee at 238-5511 x155 for more information on location and to register. www.hchcweb.org Huntington, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Made By Hand: Trades-by-Hand-Trades of the Past: Letterpress Printing & Gravestone Carving demonstrations at Historic Deerfield. See historic trades demonstrations of letterpress printing with Carl Darrow, and gravestone carving with Karin Sprague. www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    11am-12Noon – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween stories and craft with Robin Foley at the Whatley Library. Children ages 3 and up are invited to come in costume (or not) and share some stories and a craft – decorate a trick-or-treat tote bag! Please call to register 665-2170. Whatley, MA (FREE)

    11am-2pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween party at the Huntington Library. Wear a costume and join in games and snacks. 667-3506 www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org Huntington, MA (FREE)

    11am-5pm – TROLLEY MUSEUM : Kids can ride the trolley and take a hand at pumping the handcar. Any child under sixteen gets free candy on Halloween, while supplies last. www.sftm.org Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

    11am – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Lenox Library Association Youth Department presents haunted, but not too haunting, tales for the young and young-at-heart, told with puppets, props and audience participation. Families will be treated to ghoulish goodies and boo brew. Come dressed in costume (optional) for a howling good time. This program is appropriate for ages 4 to 10. 637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-Dusk - HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Carnival at Burgundy Brook Farm 3090 Palmer St. (Rt 181). Halloween Egg Hunt (3pm), horse-drawn hay rides and pumpkin picking. Show your Halloween spirit! Come in costume! Games and Prizes! All proceeds benefit the horses at Blue Star Equiculture. http://www.equiculture.org Palmer, MA (>$)

    12:15pm & 2:20pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Express at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. Kid-friendly Halloween train rides with fun decorations, treats for the kids, and free pumpkins to all children 12 and under while supplies last. Come in costume. www.berkshirescenicrailroad.org Lenox, MA ($)

    1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Kids Gallery Halloween Quest at MASS MoCA. For kids ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Costumes encouraged. RSVP 664-4481 x8112 www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($, FREE FOR MEMBERS)

    1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino lerading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween decorating party at the town hall.  Decorate cookies, make crafts.  Russell, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: No Nap Happy Hour continues with Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs, along with local band School for the Dead, performing a family concert at Flywheel (43 Main St.). Costumes are encouraged. www.flywheelarts.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    2pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    2pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Hokey Halloween with Susie Magoozy. Silly scary stories for all. Reg. 562-6158 x5 Westfield, MA (FREE)

    2-4:30PM – RESKILLING: Traditional Pickling at the Cummington Community House kitchen (33 Main St.) with Sarah Stockwell. Preserve vegetables the old-fashioned no-vinegar, no-heat way with friendly bacteria cultures. music@sarahstockwell.com 634-8062 Cummington, MA ($$)

    2-3pm – RESKILLING: Food Preservation 101 at the Hancock Shaker Village. 443-0188 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    5-6:45pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Munchkin Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s Farm (55 Alvord St.). Gentle, exciting ride for families with children 7yo and younger. 533-0775 www.mccrays-farm.com South Hadley, MA ($)

    5-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Town of Worthington Rec. Dept. hosts a townwide trick-or-treating, Wicked Wickets, DJ,and food. Click here for more info. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Train and Lights Display at Look Park. Train ride for 5yo+. 584-5457 www.lookpark.org Northampton, MA (FREE ENTRANCE, >$)

    6-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Blandford Recreation Committee will be putting on a Halloween party at the former elementary school with music, crafts, food and magic.848-2459

    6-9:30pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. www.skeletoncrewtheater.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    6:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween dance and party at Whole Childen (41 Russell St.). 585-8010 www.wholechildren.org Hadley, MA (>$)

    6:30-7:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Celebration around the Campfire with Roger Tincknell through songs, stories and dance. Dress warmly and bring flashlights and blankets or chairs for seating. Program meets behind Visitor Center at the Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. Pre-registration required (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

    7-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Animals and Night Hike at Arcadia. Learn the truth about animals we associate with Halloween through games and crafts, indoors and outdoors. 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    7pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Family Friendly Haunted Hayrides at Echo Hill Orchards. 267-3303 Monson, MA

    7pm – 10pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: 8th annual 3D Haunted Trail at The Panek’s Woods (17 Cedar Glen). Belchertown, MA (DONATIONS)

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    Suggested Events 10/23/10-10/29/10

    Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Day of the Dead altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. This year the Meekins Library will have their community altar for the Day of the Dead on display from 10/23-11/3. All are invited to bring a small token of remembrance of a person or animal they have loss, marigolds, sugar skulls, etc. to add to the display. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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.

    BEST BETS

    On Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 11am-4pm - SCIENCE ADVENTURES: “What Is It? Day” at the Springfield Science Museum. Visitors are invited to bring in unusual artifacts or mystery objects they have found for identification and information. Scientists and experts will be on hand to look at and identify fossils, rocks, and minerals as well as prehistoric and historic artifacts. “What is It? Day” has been planned in conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month. 263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    Later on Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 6-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm. A festive Halloween Celebration complete with a “not-so-scary” haunted barn, games, food, treats, and a haunted hay ride! Put on your costume and come on over! The only scary part is how much our farm animals are looking forward to Halloween! Ages 3 – 12. No registration necessary. Please call the Farm Office for more information. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)

    On Sunday, Oct. 24th at 5:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: The 3rd Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk, hosted by the Royal Frog Ballet on Bramble Hill (S. Pleasant St.). Starts promptly at 5:30pm. Dancing grannies, hooting from tree tops, and much more. Bring mug, wear walking shoes, dress warmly. www.theroyalfrogballet.com Amherst, MA ($)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Learn how to make Mexican Sugar Skulls

    Learn to make Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated on November 3rd.

    On Saturday, Oct. 30th from 5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    On Sunday, Oct. 31st from 11am-4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Supernatural Sunday: Halloween in at Historic Deerfield. Enjoy the fun of Halloween and the beauty of harvest during the fall season with seasonal hearth cooking, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, mask-making, and face painting. Wear a costume and enjoy some early trick-or-treating at select historic houses. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.orgDeerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MAHERBAL CLASS SERIES: Herbal Medicine for Children and Babies in Ashfield at Blazing Star Herbal School. The class will begin with pre-conceptive health care and continue throughout childhood, covering pathologies and common and uncommon states. The class will discuss methods to help prevent compromised immune systems and ways to strengthen the terrain. Cultures around the world will be compared and contrasted. Clarity will be given on appropriate dosage for children and methods of administration. Explore creative medicine making and making nourishing condiments. Students will leave with a complete Materia Medica for Children’s Health. Dates: Friday Mornings Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19th Last date TBA .Cost for 4 classes $130

    MOTHER-DAUGHTER PROJECT:Anticipating Adolescence: Renee Schultz, co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project invites you to explore many of the commonly held beliefs about mothers and daughters while offering a new model of connection. On Thursday, October 28th at the Anne T. Dumphy School in Williamsburg, MA at 7pm. Geared toward mothers of girls ages 6-12. Childcare will be provided. More info HERE.

    Deadline to enter to win: 11/3/10

    Cherylann Richards is the Outreach Coordinator for the Old Creamery Co-op writes: Your views are critical to our effort. Please take our survey online. or pick up a paper survey at The Old Creamery. As our thanks for completing the survey, we will hold a drawing with a Grand Prize of a $100 Old Creamery gift certificate and 5 runner-up prizes of a Creamery-made pie or cake. The drawing will be held on Nov 1, deadline for responses is Oct 29. To be entered, you must provide your contact information. All responses are confidential, and we will not share your contact information. If you have questions, please contact our Outreach Coordinator Cherylann Richards at cherylann@oldcreamery.coop. Thank you!

    RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: Littleville Elementary School in Huntington, MA is participating in this free fundraiser. Please donate your empty printer cartridges and used cell phones to the school. They will recycle them through the Funding Factory to earn new playground equipment, books and other items for the school. Last year, more than 300 million cartridges were thrown away and 30 million cell phones were tossed or replaced. Help the environment and help Littleville!

    DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

    DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Parent Aide Program (serving Hampshire County) Trained volunteers provide weekly home visits to families in need of support. The program encourages parents to set their own goals, and Parent Aides partner with parents to attain them. Parent Aides provide both concrete and emotional support to improve coping and life skills and connect parents to needed community services. Through their involvement with the Parent Aide program, families become more connected to both formal and informal community supports, enabling parents to experience less isolation, depression and family violence. The service typically lasts about one year. Training forming now. Please contact Katarina at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley at (413) 584-5690 ext. 140 or knoyes@bcfcma.org

    Bobbie Knox of Williamsburg, MA writes: Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries is having a Move it for Meekins (Library) and Chili Fest on October 24th from 12noon-3pm during the Williamsburg Fall Festival. The Move it for Meekins has a Trick or Treat Walk (in costume) with cookies and cider served at the turn around point, among funny tomb stones, spooky music for families, and a Woodland Trails 2 hour walk for the more hardy walker. Right after the walks starts the chili fest with great chili and corn bread, drinks and desert. Dining is on straw bales on the library lawn. Register before walks at Meekins Library. www.meekins-library.org

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

    This week on the HFVS, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold is our Guest DJ, playing excellent tunes from his childhood plus great music from current albums, including Bread, John Sebastien, Caspar Babypants, Pilot, Recess Monkey, and many others!

    Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


     

    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Playgroups & Family Centers | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday -10/23

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – 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.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKETOn the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9:30am-4:30pm – FOOD HISTORY: What’s cooking? Open hearth cooking at the Historic Deerfield. Open hearth cooks will prepare select dishes that are on display as part of the exhibition Dinner is Served!: Dining and the Decorative Arts. Come see “what’s cooking” and learn how these dishes were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The history workshop: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen, will be offered too starting at 12Noon. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    10am-2pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Pumpkin painting and scarecrow building with the police and fire departments at the Williamsburg Snack Shack Parking Lot (Route 9). Rain or shine. Haydenville, MA (FREE, DONATIONS)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Bird banding demo at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (472 W. Mountain Rd.) 637-0320 Lenox, MA (>$)

    10:30am-12Noon – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Children’s Halloween Party at the Carnegie Library. Refreshments, games, face painting, and arts and crafts. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. 863-3214 Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

    11am-3pm – FALL FAIR/OPEN HOUSE: The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fall Fair and Open House (51 Bates St.). The full day of fun for families will include children’s games, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, and more. Entertainment will be provided by Hooping Harmony, singer-songwriter Chris Scanlon, clown Peppermint Pattie and storyteller Tom McCabe (of Paintbox Theater). 586-4538 www.northamptonmontessori.com Northampton, MA (FREE ENTRANCE) Rain dates: 10/24.

    11am-4pm - SCIENCE ADVENTURES: “What Is It? Day” at the Springfield Science Museum. Visitors are invited to bring in unusual artifacts or mystery objects they have found for identification and information. Scientists and experts will be on hand to look at and identify fossils, rocks, and minerals as well as prehistoric and historic artifacts. “What is It? Day” has been planned in conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month. 263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Northampton Community Music Series featuring Gustafer Yellowgold in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino lerading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – DOG PARADE: The Friends of the Dickinson Memorial Library (115 Main St.) are sponsoring a dog show and parade. Bring your dog or come and cheer the contestants on. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org Northfield, MA (>$, FREE)

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    Day of the Dead is Celebrated in the Hilltowns

    El Diá de los Muertos Celebrated at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

    Day of the Dead Altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

    Bring your Day of the Dead mementos to add to the community altar at the Meekins Libray in Williamsburg, MA on Saturday, October 31st. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2nd. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Hilltown Families and ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA have partnered up and joined the Meekins Library‘s Day of the Dead Community Celebration with the culinary folk art, Mexican Sugar Skulls.

    These sweet Mexican culinary folk art pieces were made at ArtStar, an art enrichment studio in Williamsburg, MA. Hilltown Families joined in and documented the craft of making sugar skulls by putting together a do-it-yourself post with photos and directions for people to follow here. The sugar skulls are now on display at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA as part of their annual Day of the Dead Altar (pictured here).

    On Saturday, October 31st, all community members are invited to join in the celebration of this traditional Mexican holiday by bringing mementos in memory of ancestors and lost loved ones to add to this annual community altar. Photos, cards, sugar skulls and real or paper marigolds are welcomed.

    The Meekins Library is opened Tues. 12Noon-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Thurs. 3pm-8pm; and Sat. 9am-3pm. For further information, call the Meekins Library at 413-268-7472.

    Find out more about the Day of the Dead (known as El Diá de los Muertos in Spanish) at El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).

    DIY: Mexican Sugar Skulls

    HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN SUGAR SKULLS
    A Culinary Folk Art for Day of the Dead
    By Sienna Wildfield

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    In the studio with Hilltown Families Guest Artist Marie Westburg of ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    What better avenue for children to explore and discover different cultures than FOOD?!  Right? … We all eat.  And whether it’s a yearly birthday cake, fish on Friday, pancakes on Sunday, or a couple of loaves of challah on a Friday night, most of us routinely and joyfully participate in different food traditions.  The culinary experience of exploring food customs from around the world can bring families an integrated course of study on cultural traditions and arts.

    This time of year in Central and Southern Mexico, in preparation for the Mexican holiday El Diá de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), mounds of Sugar Skulls are sold in open air markets.  The Day of the Dead is on November 2nd and we’ve explored this Mexican holiday in a previous post: El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).  Making Mexican Sugar Skulls with your kids is a creative hands-on project that can aid in the exploration of this traditional Mexican Folk Art while affording an opportunity to discuss and participate in one of the various customs of this Mexican celebration.

    Hilltown Families Guest Artist Marie Westburg of ArtStar, an art enrichment studio in Williamsburg, MA, recently invited us over to make this sweet Mexican culinary folk art.  In her cozy studio our kids got together and crafted skulls out of sugar and meringue powder and decorated them with bags of colorful icings, beads and sequins.  It’s a fun project to make with a group of friends, but give yourself enough time.  The skulls take 12-24 hours to harden before they can be decorated. To follow is a DIY for this fun seasonal activity:  Read the rest of this entry »

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