7 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered seven holiday episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show from over the years to share with your family as we celebrate the season. Enjoy these hour long, commercial-free podcasts that celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, the New Year and the spirit of peace and giving. Choose a podcast here…

6 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Holiday Radio Shows/Podcasts

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered six holiday episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show from over the years to share with your family as we celebrate the season. Enjoy these commercial-free podcasts that celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, the New Year and the spirit of peace and giving.


The Heart of Chanukah with Guest DJ, Doni Zasloff Thomas
(The Mama Doni Band) ◊ Playlist/Video



Doni Zasloff Thomas (Mama Doni) brings The Heart of Chanukah to the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a lively program of songs and stories for Chanukah, including musical selections from Sha Na Na, The GrooveBarbers, and Woody Guthrie, along with Mama Doni Band originals, including “Chanukah Fever,” “Latke Man,” and “Honey. This Ain’t Money.” She also reads a Chanukah story, offer some great family activities for the holiday, and share some of her favorite Chanukah recipes, such as Judah Mac-N-Cheese and Choco-latkes. – Story: “Too Many Latkes” by Richard Codor


Hilltown Family Variety Show Holiday Episode
Playlist/Video



HFVS producer Sienna Wildfield hosts a holiday show celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa. Music from years past by artist like The Jackson, Burl Ives, Gene Aurty and the Vince Guaraldi Trio, interwoven with kindie artists like Uncle Rock, Recess Monkey, Ben Rudnick & Friends and Laurie Berkner make a fun show for the whole family!


Christmas Show with Guest DJ, Ashley Albert
(The Jimmies) ◊ Playlist/Video



Ashley Albert of The Jimmies Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show for Christmas, spinning tunes by Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Smithereens, Granvile Williams Orchestra, The Drifters, The Ramones, The Enchanters and songs off of her holiday CD, Mama Said Nog You Out. – Story: “The Fridgeville Chronicles: Jelly and Peanut Butter” by Ashley Albert


Winter Solstice Show with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn
(Charity and the JAMBand) ◊ Playlist/Video



Charity Kahn of Charity and the JAMBand Guest DJs a holiday show for the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Winter Solstice theme of light, love, community and music! – Story: “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen


Hilltown Family Variety Show Holiday Peace Episode
Playlist/Video



HFVS producer Sienna Wildfield and co-host Persephone (6yo) host a post-holidays pre-New Year’s Day show with music reflecting the season and songs of peace by great musicians, including Lui Collins, Timmy Abell, The Hullabaloos, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, and many others. – Story: Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story” off of Peace in the World Smiling


Hilltown Family Variety Show New Year’s Day Peace Episode
Playlist



HFVS producer Sienna Wildfield and co-host Persephone (5yo) host a New Year’s Day episode with music about both world and inner peace for the New Year.  Music by Babtunde Olatunji, Cat Stevens, Elizabeth Mitchell, Sweet Honey in the the Rock, Michelle Shocked, Pete Seeger and many other amazing musicians. – Story: Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story” off of Peace in the World Smiling

3 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Holiday Radio Shows/Podcasts

Originally broadcasted out of Northampton, MA on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Valley Free Radio) for the holidays, we’ve gathered three holiday episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show that aired this December to share with your family as we finish out the year. Enjoy the podcasts!


Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn
(Charity and the JAMBand) ◊ Playlist/Video



Charity Kahn of Charity and the JAMBand Guest DJs a holiday show for the Hilltown Family Variety Show about light, love, community and music! – Story: “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen


Christmas Show Guest DJ, Ashley Albert
(The Jimmies) ◊ Playlist/Video



Ashley Albert of The Jimmies Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show for Christmas, spinning tunes by Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Smithereens, Granvile Williams Orchestra, The Drifters, The Ramones, The Enchanters and songs off of her holiday CD, Mama Said Nog You Out. – Story: “The Fridgeville Chronicles: Jelly and Peanut Butter” by Ashley Albert


The Heart of Chanukah with Guest DJ, Doni Zasloff Thomas
(The Mama Doni Band) ◊ Playlist/Video



Doni Zasloff Thomas (Mama Doni) brings The Heart of Chanukah to the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a lively program of songs and stories for Chanukah, including musical selections from Sha Na Na, The GrooveBarbers, and Woody Guthrie, along with Mama Doni Band originals, including “Chanukah Fever,” “Latke Man,” and “Honey. This Ain’t Money.” She also reads a Chanukah story, offer some great family activities for the holiday, and share some of her favorite Chanukah recipes, such as Judah Mac-N-Cheese and Choco-latkes. – Story: “Too Many Latkes” by Richard Codor

 

 

5 New Holiday Music CDs & Songs for Families

Holiday Music For Kids

Do you hear what I hear? It’s holiday music and Christmas cheer! Despite all the stress, I still absolutely love the holidays, and one of my favorite things about the season is all the happy music. Here are some new CDs and songs that we’re enjoying this year….

Ben Rudnick & Friends

Ben Rudnick & Friends are about to play their 9th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Concert at the Regent Theatre (Boston, MA) on December 11th. It’s always a wonderful show full of Christmas and Chanukah songs all wrapped up in that unique BR&F style.

And every year people ask if they have a holiday album… and every year they have to say no, but maybe next year… Until now!

They finally did it! And it was well worth the wait! Their new album, It’s Santa Claus, features eight classic Christmas songs, from Frosty the Snowman to Jingle Bells, and one super cool original song, It’s Santa Claus!

Of course, now they need to put together a CD of all their fun Chanukah songs. OK guys, that’s your assignment for next year!

Daria

Daria’s Songs for Merry Multicultural Mirth is a sweet collection of songs from around the world. We’ve always loved the song Ocho Candelikas, a traditional song sung in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews. What I love about Daria’s version is that she’s added an English verse, too, so we can sing along. Spanish speakers will enjoy seeing the similarities and differences between Spanish and Ladino.

Daria does such a great job of bringing different cultures together! This CD also feature songs in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), German (Ihr Kinderlein Kommet), and English (Rockin’ Jingle Bells). Check out the liner notes to the album where you can read more about each song and download the lyrics.

Phil Cooke

Speaking of Christmas celebrations around the world, Phil Cooke from Australia has just released a new album, Christmas Time is Coming! Is that Santa surfing on Christmas day? Of course! In Australia it’s summer time during the holidays, so why not?

One of my favorite songs on this album is No Worries Mate (Santa Claus He’s a Surfie). It’s fun and playful—like all of Phil’s songs. Did you know Rudolph once forgot to put sun screen on his nose? How do you think he got that burn?

Renee & Jeremy

I am of the opinion that Renee & Jeremy can do no wrong. Everything they do is brilliant! So of course their new cover of Little Drummer Boy is instantly my favorite version of this song ever. Period.

Combine this song with the beautiful art work by Hsinping Pan that always graces their albums and you’ve got perfection. I love the colors and joy displayed on this CD.

And speaking of art work, have you seen the video for Renee & Jeremy’s It’s a Big World? It’s shockingly beautiful.

DidiPop

Another fun Christmas single comes from DidiPop this year. Let’s Make Santa Claus Happy Tonight is simply adorable. Didi sings along with her kids who are soooo excited about Santa stopping by during the night.

The song is upbeat and playful and reminds us adults about how much fun Christmas Eve is and how hard it is to wait for morning.

And is that an ukulele I hear in the song? That reminds me of Didi’s newest album, DidiPop Goes to Hawai’i, set for release on December 14th. You don’t want to miss it!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

Christmas Day Episode on HFVS (12/25/07)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Christmas Day Episode

with Sienna & Persephone

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Tuesday evening @ 7pm

12/25/07 PLAYLIST

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW!

This week is another extended episode of the HFVS, chock-full of holiday classics and soon to become favorites. We’ve pre-recorded and posted it a day early for you to enjoy on Christmas Eve and all Christmas Day.

Thank you to all our listeners who included us on their holiday card list. It’s always great to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and share with us your holiday tidings.

TOO MANY PRESENTS

Here’s a great video by Uncle Rock, one I’m sure every parent can identify with:

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

This week we’re offering two CD’s by Trout Fishing in America, including

  • My Best Day (Grammy Nominee)
  • Merry Fishes To All (Grammy Nominee)
  • plus the t-shirt (youth size small) they donated to the HFVS T-shirt Review.

    HOW TO WIN: For your chance to win, simply post us a comment below. We’ll randomly draw a winner from everyone who leaves a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 01/01/08 @ 7pm (EST).

    CONGRATULATIONS TO

    on winning three book titles that our friend Dawn over at Barefoot Books graciously donated to our weekly contest: The Story of Divaali by Jatinder Verma, Babushka by Sandra Ann Horn and One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith.


    Photo credit: (ccl) drp

    Vintage Holiday Episode on HFVS (12/18/07)


    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
    Vintage Holiday Episode

    with Sienna & Persephone

    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA
    Tuesday evening @ 7pm

    12/18/07 PLAYLIST

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    HOLIDAY CLASSICS & HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY

    Our Vintage Holiday Episode includes several holiday classics, along with brand new music from the Holiday Hootenanny CD. Holiday Hootenanny is a collection of songs by Detroit musicians playing holiday music the whole family will enjoy, all benefit the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Click here to read what these modern day superheros are up to.

    CLASSIC CHRISTMAS STORIES

    This week’s extended episode (listen now) concludes with a twelve minute reading of a Çhristmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. So gather the kids around and tune in for this classic tale. Persephone discovered Mr. Grinch a couple years ago, and last year she even got to meet him at the Springfield Museum. She’s been aching to go back this year. I’m hoping the story will suffice!

    Speaking of Christmas classics, there are a few new titles my friend Dawn over at Barefoot Books has turned me on to. They’re stories that families wishing to expose their kids to celebrations and folklore of other cultures from this time of year might be interested in.

    NEW BOOKS TO DISCOVER

    The Story of Divaali by Jatinder Verma (Nilesh Mistry, illustrator)
    Indian Folklore: Divaali is a five-day festival in India that is similar to our Christmas. Small oil lamps called “divas” (or electric lights) are placed in windows and in doorways and fireworks light up the night sky, casting off the darkness. Gifts are exchanged with friends and families, and sweets are shared. “The Story of Divaali is a beautiful rendition of The Ramayana, an age-old Hindu tale that has been passed down over centuries in many variations.” Including facts about Divaali, this story retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince, Ravana until the Monkey Arm of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them. [Ages 9-12]

    Babushka by Sandra Ann Horn (Sophie Faus, illustrator)
    Russain Folklore: Babushka is Russian for grandmother. In this tale, Babushka has a dream of an angel that tells her of a baby born in a manger. Concerned that this baby will be born into an inhospitable place, she is determined to find him, bringing along a warm shawl, a toy and a bottle of ginger cordial (for the grownups). While on her journey, she serves the needs of strangers she meets along the way by giving away her gifts for the child she has set out to see. Once she comes upon the baby she no longer has any gifts to give, only to discover that the gifts she has given to others are also gift to the baby. [Ages 4-8]

    One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith (Aurelia Fronty, illustrator)
    Middle East Folklore: “Long ago, a river valley curved and curled its way through the land from the hills in the east to the sea in the west … two brothers farmed a piec of land on the flat valley floor between two villages. So begins Solomon’s tale, of two brothers …. after the best harvest anyone can remember, one brother decides to five three of his sacks of grain o the other. When night falls, he loads the sacks onto his donkey and travles to his brother’s village. But the next morning the relaizes with surprise that the three sacks are back in his own store. He sets off the next night in the smae way as the first, and the same thing happens. Only on the third night is the mystery solved – and according to tradition, it is in this place that the city of jerusalem was born.” [Ages 6 & up]

    THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

    We’re shaking things up and this week: we’re offering all THREE BOOK titles mentioned above as our weekly contest offering! Dawn over at Barefoot Books has graciously donated these titles to be part of our weekly contest, and they are excellent books to have in any child’s library:

    1. The Story of Divaali by Jatinder Verma
    2. Babushka by Sandra Ann Horn
    3. One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith

    HOW TO WIN: For your chance to win, simply post us a comment below. We’ll randomly draw a winner from everyone who leaves a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Deadline is 12/25/07 @ 7pm (EST).

    CONGRATULATIONS TO

    on winning the Gustafer Yellowgold contest from last week. He wins a bag of goodies, including GY’s newest CD/DVD release. Boy won’t Ben be surprised! Congratulations!

    UPCOMING GUEST DJ’S ON HFVS:

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