Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
SUGGEST AN EVENT
One misty morning this week I came upon a string of ponies grazing in the wet pastures along a windy back road of Goshen, home to the Hampshire County Riding Club. This weekend the club will be hosting a tag sale on Ball Road. Many treasure are sure to be found! - And if you love all things equine, the Pioneer Valley Therapeutic Riding Association’s Spring Benefit Horse Show is this weekend too! (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.
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In the Hilltowns on Saturday, May 21st from 9am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Head to Chester for Chester on Track, a community celebration of the town and its history. There will he live music, helicopter rides, quarry tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, train museum tours, blacksmith demonstrations, a parade, and more! Route 20. 413-354-7878. Chester, MA. (FREE)
And in the Berkshires on Saturday, May 21st from 12noon-4pm – WORLD MUSIC : Join the Norman Rockwell Museum in celebrating World Rhythms Day! There will be music, dance, international cuisine, gallery tours, art making, outdoor activities, and more! 9 Route 183. 413-298-4100. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
In the Pioneer Valley on Saturday, May 21st from 3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for a performance from Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, with special guests Mates of State! Proceeds from the concert benefit the Northampton Community Music Center’s scholarship program. 125 West Bay Road. 413-658-1100. Amherst, MA. ($)
Then on Sunday, May 22nd at 10am – BIKES: Celebrate the grand opening of the completion of the Manhan Rail Trail extension to Northampton! The event will begin at 10am with light refreshments and live music at Millside Park in Easthampton, and there will be performers along the trail as well. The event will move steadily down the trail all morning until noon when there will be a ribbon cutting on the bridge over Route 10. The entrance to the trail is off of Ferry and Pleasant streets. This is an exciting occasion for trail-users- only a few years ago, there was a plan for the new trail bridge but no money to build and today there is a beautiful new section of bike path! Ferry Street and Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
Later in Easthampton on Sunday at 1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G and he kid-friendly punk rock band R.O.C.K. (the Royal Order of Chords and Keys) will perform a family concert to benefit Sunnyside Child Care at Flywheel Arts Collective. 43 East Main St. (Old Town Hall) Easthampton, MA ($)
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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Memorial Day Weekend from 9am-5pm – SHEEP & WOOLCRAFT FAIR: Head to Cummington for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair! There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, sheep herding demonstrations, workshops on dying and spinning for kids, weaving, and much more! 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA.
… and from 10am-6pm – CULTURAL BAZAAR: The Cultural Survival Bazaar, an international festival of native arts and culture, happens on the Amherst Common. Artisans, music, demos, educational displays, Native American storytelling, ethnic cuisine and much more. Amherst, M (FREE ENTRANCE)
IRISH DANCE: Irish Dance Camp / Evening Lessons / Fiddle Lessons: Join in the fun of the jigs and reels this summer with The Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance in Greenfield, MA! Camp 1: 6/27-6/30 for ages 4-6 from 9-10:30am ($55); ages 7-8 from 9am-12noon ($110); and ages 9+ from 9am-2pm ($180). Camp 2: For experienced dancers. Camp 3: 7/8-7/10 for ages 7-8 from 9am-12noon ($85); and ages 9+ from 9am-2pm ($135). There is also a 6 week evening lesson workshop beginning the end of July. Class openings still available for ages 4-Adult in both soft shoe and hard shoe. Fiddle lessons will be held on Mondays on a first come first serve basis. For more information visit www.CelticHeelsDance.com
ADVENTURES IN CHINESE: June 20- July 1, 2011. New at The Bement School in Deerfield, campers ages 5-12 years can participate in activities designed to build vocabulary and confidence in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Campers will gain a better understanding of Chinese art, culture and tradition. Highlights include: Chinese food, Chinese stories and songs, brush painting and calligraphy, ancient Chinese culture and history, Chinese hand-drawing animations. For more information call 413-475-3044 www.bement.org/summer. Services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day and bag lunches.
ADVENTURE CAMP: Four two-week sessions, June 20-August 12, 2011. The Bement School Summer Programs in Deerfield offer a preschool program and adventure day camp for boys and girls ages 15 months to 15 years. Adventure Camp provides a traditional day camp experience. Your child will participate in many activities to make his or her summer a memorable one. At the same time, parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe and caring place. A sibling discount is available for siblings who enroll in multiple sessions. For information call 413-475-3044 www.bement.org/summer. Services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day and bag lunches.
SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG: This original musical is a collaboration between local children and artists from around the Pioneer Valley. Shiprock and Anchordog tells the tale of two lovable pups who leave their home in the desert to embark upon an epic quest in search of food security. In the production, the audience will journey across a beautiful piece of farmland, moving through a labyrinth of cargo trains, blueberry fields, oceans, and forests. The adventure incorporates live music, dance, and puppetry. Performances will be held at 81 Rocky Hill Rd. in Hadley on May 27th at 5pm and May 28th & 29th at 4pm. Tickets sold on a sliding scale: $10-25. Picnic dinner included in the price! Children 4 & under free.
Emily Jawadekar writes: I am a certified Children’s Yoga teacher. I teach yoga for ages 3-15 in the Northampton area. I can teach at my house or yours, or outdoors if it is a nice day! $25.00/hour for a private lesson. Groups classes are cheaper. Lessons start asap. Be prepared to have a lot of fun! If interested, please e-mail Emily asap at email@example.com
Cynthia Grippaldi writes: The Junior Solar Spring will be held at Reid Middle School on North St. in Pittsfield on Sat., June 4th. This fun event gathers @ 100 middle school students from the greater Berkshire region who have designed & built model vehicles that operate by the power of solar panels. On June 4, they will be judged on craftsmanship, technical merit, innovation & performance. This is a totally volunteer event, & we could really use some volunteers. We need to check-in teams, staff tables, oversee start & finish lines, help w/repairs, judges, scorekeeping, etc. Registration starts @ 8:30, & the event is usually over @ 1pm. Many tasks do not require you be there the whole time. For more info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-445-4556 x25.
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: Help out with Firefly Watch, a program from the Museum of Science in Boston that tracks the geographic distribution of fireflies as well as their activity during summer months. Participation is simple — all you have to do is count fireflies! After signing up, you can create a description of where you live (geographic and physical) and then report your findings all summer long! The study is also looking at how lawn chemicals affect fireflies, so be sure to include information about your lawn care (or lack thereof) in your description! To sign up, visit the program’s website at www.mos.org/fireflywatch.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW:
THE LUV CLOWNS GUEST DJ
Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.
This week The Luv Clowns Guest DJ the HFVS, spinning tunes by The Dixie Cups, The Olympics, Lee Dorsey, Capt. Groovy and his Bubblegum Army, Johnny Cash, Woody Herman, and many other… including The Luv Clowns!
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.
- 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!
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