MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Music Collection from Uncle Rock!

Uncle Rock Returns to the Pioneer Valley
Saturday, March 10th at 10am
At Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA

Saturday Morning Music Party Presents a Family Concert with Uncle Rock at Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, March 10th at 10am in Easthampton, MA. Enter to win Uncle Rock's entire collection of fabulous music CD's & DVD! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Hilltown Families, the No Nap Happy Hour and Flywheel are proud to present a family concert with Uncle Rock as part of the Saturday Morning Music Party in Easthampton at the Flywheel Arts Collective!  On March 10th at 10am Uncle Rock will rock the house and have all members of the family on their feet dancing away the winter blues!  Fill up on free pancakes before the concert, and for a suggested donation of $5 per person ($10 per family), enjoy a fun filled morning with the family!

Leading up to his performance we’re giving listeners of the Hilltown Family Variety Show the opportunity to enter to win Uncle Rock’s entire collection of music CDs & DVD.  One lucky family will walk away with a fabulous collection to add to their family music/video repertoire!  Find out how to enter to win below. Deadline to enter to win is midnight, March 9th!

And the day of the performance while driving on over to Flywheel, be sure to tune into the Hilltown Family Variety Show (103.3FM WXOJ) from 9-10am as Uncle Rock will be our guest DJ!  Encore on Sunday, March 11th from 7-8am and podcast anytime following Saturday’s broadcast right here at www.HilltownFamilies.org!

ABOUT UNCLE ROCK

Uncle Rock has shared stages with Joe Cocker, Vassar Clements and Hanoi Rocks. Hilltown Families has presented Uncle Rock here in Western Mass for performances at the Florence Civic Center in 2008 and at the Children’s Art Museum in 2007, and have had him as our Valentine’s Day guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. And our friends over at Spare the Rock have brought Uncle Rock to the Northampton Community Music Center in 2009, the Music Meltdown in 2009/10, and to the Iron Horse in 2010 … Uncle Rock is no stranger to our area, and much admired by many families.

Uncle Rock (a.k.a. Robert Burke), is a musician with a “rock of all ages” persona who blends an inventive rock sound for families. His offbeat approach, plus a dynamic live show, has won critical praise from the L.A. Times & the New York Times. Before his nephew dubbed him “Uncle Rock,” Robert Burke Warren performed as a bass player in many rock and roll bands, including international garage rock titans The Fleshtones. He portrayed the title character in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in London’s West End. He’s also co-written songs for multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.

Uncle Rock’s CD, The Big Picture won a Parents Choice Award, and he was voted Best Children’s Performer of 2011 by Hudson Valley Magazine. Uncle Rock has participate in several collaborative efforts, including Healthy Food For Thought, which was nominated for a Grammy, and Many Hands: Family Music For Haiti, which has raised over 40k for Haitian relief! – www.unclerock.com.

GIVEAWAY: 5 MUSICAL ADDITIONS TO YOUR FAMILY MUSIC COLLECTION!

Here’s Uncle Rock’s entire catalog of CD’s and DVD which we’re giving away to one very luck family:

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Uncle Rock – AKA Robert Burke Warren – has lost count of the number of parents who have expressed relief and gratitude that a CD has been created that they can enjoy WITH their kids. The former globe-trotting bass player stumbled onto his most satisfying creative endeavor yet as a teacher’s assistant at the rural School Of The New Moon in Mount Tremper, New York, where Uncle Rock was born.

UNCLE ROCK U: Uncle Rock U, a collection of 17 songs, explores the joy, excitement and imagination of childhood. The album also reflects Uncle Rock’s indie-rock background (former bassist with The Fleshtones), his theatrical gifts (the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and his knack for connecting with children (being a Dad himself, as well as a preschool teacher).

THE BIG PICTURE: Shel Silverstein meets Buddy Holly! The eco-rock on Uncle Rock’s fourth CD is a salute to his musical heroes, with stylistic nods to Bowie, the Stones, Cat Stevens, and Johnny Cash. Cross-generational toe-tappin’ tunes for kids from 2 to 92!

NUMBER 1 DVD: “Uncle Rock is a musical Icon in the Woodstock area,” reviews Amazon. When you go to one of his live concerts, the smiling faces and energy flows as much from the parents in the audience as from the kids. Number 1 DVD captures positive, hopeful energy through a live concert shot at the famed Utopia sound stage in Woodstock, NY, plus five videos.

EXPRESS YOUR ELF: Express Your Elf is a holiday CD with a few surprises, including Uncle Rock’s versions of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” plus some rockin’ originals! Sure to be a welcome addition to your holiday CD collection!

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win Uncle Rock’s entire collection of music CDs & DVD is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below,
  • TELL US HOW THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW ENTERTAINS YOUR FAMILY below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Friday, 03/09/12 @ 12midnight (EST).

Ticket Giveaway: The Buzz About Bees Family FunFest

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The Buzz About Bees Family FunFest
Family Concert with Uncle Rock
Bees, Cat in the Hat, Science and More!
Springfield Musuems
Friday, August 27th from 10am-4pm

Win tickets to see Uncle Rock, the Cat in the Hat, Bees and more at The Buzz About Bees Family FunFest in Springfield, MA on Friday, August 27th. - Deadline to enter to win a family 4-pack of free tickets is 8/25/10. Details below.

Hilltown Families and the Springfield Museums have partnered up to offer a family 4-pack of tickets to The Buzz About Bees Family FunFest at the museum on Friday, August 27th, from 10 am-4 pm in downtown Springfield, MA, featuring a family concert with Uncle RockDeadline to enter to win is Wednesday, August 25th at 7pm (EST).

ABOUT THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES FAMILY FUNFEST

The Springfield Museums and WGBY Public Television are pairing up to present The Buzz about Bees Family FunFest to celebrate the launch of the new science-based PBS series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! with activities for kids and families, including:

  • Family concert with Uncle Rock (1pm)
  • Special sneak preview of the premiere episode of the new PBS Kids program The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
  • Meet a bee keeper and learn about a real bee hive in the Science Museum
  • Visit a honey market hosted by local bee keepers
  • Join a scavenger hunt through the museum galleries
  • Make bee antenna headbands
  • Try on glasses that make you see like a bee
  • Greet the Cat in the Hat and costumed bee characters as they travel through the Museums

ABOUT THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!

A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!™ Each episode begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out for themselves by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions — all in a preschool-appropriate manner.

To support the show’s science curriculum, educator-designed parent and teacher resources will be available this fall on PBS Parents (pbsparents.org) and PBS Teachers (pbsteachers.org) sites. A specially prepared The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!™ Explorer’s Guide will empower parents and teachers to engage children in scientific inquiry, nurture their innate curiosity, and inspire them to stay excited and interested in science. The sites will also feature activities, tips, and strategies that parents and teachers can use to help children connect the science concepts in the series with their everyday explorations.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to The Buzz About Bees Family FunFest at the museum on Friday, August 27th, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Springfield, MA is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE A SCIENCE QUESTION YOUR KIDS MIGHT ASK BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 08/25/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win, you should still go! The Springfield Museums are located at the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield. Parking is free in the museum lots on Edwards Street. For more information call 413-263-6800, ext. 488.

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HFVS Music Giveaway: The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

New Music Giveaway
The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

Enter to win Uncle Rock's newest CD, "The Big Picture," and check him out at the Eric Carle Museum this May in Amherst, MA!

Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family! The Big Picture is a socially conscious salute to Uncle Rock’s musical heroes. The 12 original songs (and two covers—Carol Burnett’s theme song and Tom T. Hall’s Sneaky Snake) offer sonic nods to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, the Ramones, Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash and even Billy Idol. Known for his rockabilly style and lyricism inspired by Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein, Uncle Rock offers a musical variety show here with songs about recycling, acceptance of differences and the importance of shopping locally. Some of the songs are just plain whimsical, like My Friend Bigfoot and Leave the Bees Be, which is currently enjoying heavy rotation on Sirius-XM Satellite radio.  Deadline to enter to win is May 17th, 2010. Details below.

ABOUT UNCLE ROCK

Uncle Rock’s band The Playthings features musicians who have shared stages with Joe Cocker, Vassar Clements and Hanoi Rocks. We’ve presented Uncle Rock here in Western Mass for performances at the Florence Civic Center in 2008 and at the Children’s Art Museum in 2007, and have had him as our Valentine’s Day guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. And our friends over at Spare the Rock have brought Uncle Rock to the Northampton Community Music Center in 2009, the Music Meltdown in 2009/10, and to the Iron Horse in 2010 … Uncle Rock is no stranger to our area, and much admired by many families.

Before his nephew dubbed him “Uncle Rock,” Robert Burke Warren performed as a bass player in many rock and roll bands, including international garage rock titans The Fleshtones. He portrayed the title character in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in London’s West End. He’s also co-written songs for multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.

Read reviews about Uncle Rock’s newest release on Common Sense Media, Zooglobble, Cool Mom Picks, and Out With The Kids.

UPCOMING CONCERT AT THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM

Celebrating his fourth family music CD, The Big Picture, Uncle Rock will be performing at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA on May 15th. The concert is part of the family fun at the Museum’s Margaret Wise Brown. Uncle Rock’s show is sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Uncle Rock’s new CD, The Big Picture, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, May 17th, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

Suggested Events 01/17/09 – 01/23/09

Uncle Rock in 2008 - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Uncle Rock in 2008 - (c) Sienna Wildfield

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This week we are offering four free tickets to see The Harmonica Pocket at Mass MoCA on Saturday, January 24, at 1 PM in North Adams, MA.  Click HERE to discover more.

FEATURED EVENT

Uncle Rock in Concert.jpg

Uncle Rock returns to Western Mass for a rockin’ family performance at the Northampton Community Music Center in Northampton this Saturday, 01/17/09 at 2pm. It’s a fun family concert everyone will enjoy!  Tickets are only $5 per person and net proceeds go to the NCMC’s scholarship fund.  Come to the cozy warm NCMC for a great time for all! Visit Uncle Rock at www.unclerock.com.

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Saturday – 01/17

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Upcoming Family Concerts in Northampton

Upcoming Family Concerts in Northampton
By Bill Childs, HF Contributing Writer

Hey! Don’t forget! This Saturday, 2:00, it’s Aric Bieganek‘s CD release show benefiting the Northampton Community Music Center! Just $5, and every penny goes to the scholarship fund at NCMC.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette calls Aric “the Jack Black of kids’ music,” and here’s your chance to find out why. His lyrics are clever, his songs catchy, and his shows irresistible, and you can be among the first to hear some of the songs on his new kids’ release, “Bright Lights, Big Kitty”! http://www.myspace.com/recessrock

Some other great shows coming up (all are on that calendar over to the right, too):

Sunday, Nov. 9, 4:00 pm – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo brings positive hip hop for kids to Northampton! Lyman Hall, First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). $7 at the door. 23 Skidoo will be on the radio show this coming Saturday, with the world premiere of a song done with Egg.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2:00 pm – Dog on Fleas plays the second in our series at NCMC, again benefiting the scholarship fund. $5.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2:00 pm – Uncle Rock makes his triumphant return to Northampton with the third show in our NCMC benefit series. $5.

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm – Elizabeth Mitchell finishes up the series at NCMC. I cannot express how excited I am about this show; we’ve been trying to set something up with Elizabeth Mitchell since we started the show. You. Must. Go. $5.


Bill Childs & Ella

Bill Childs

Bill teaches law school by day in Springfield. With his kids, he produces a radio show for kids, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, which airs on Saturday mornings on 93.9 The River (7-9 AM, 101.5 in Brattleboro) and 103.3 Valley Free Radio (7-9 AM). He’s also a columnist for regional parenting magazines, covers music for Parenting magazine, and is a bi-monthly contributing writer to Hilltown Families. Contact him at show@sparetherock.com

HFVS Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock (Radio Show/Podcast)

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VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock

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

Feb. 12th, 2008

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Uncle Rock in Florence, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

PLAYLIST:

  • Beatles – “All You Need Is Love” [Love]
  • Art Garfunkel – “I Only Have Eyes For You” [Break Away]
  • Uncle Rock – “Everyday” (by Buddy Holly) [Live in Studio]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Jump Up” [Family Dance]
  • Van Morrison – “Have I Told You Lately” [The Best of Van Morrison]
  • Woody Gutherie – “My Dolly” [Nursery Days]
  • Uncle Rock – “You Look Good in the Rain” [Live in Studio]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Honey Baby” [When I Get Little]
  • Uncle Rock – “Love in My Food” [Live in Studio]
  • Beatles – “Because” [Love]

Following his performance last weekend at the Florence Civic Center, Uncle Rock (www.UncleRock.com) came on down to the radio station to do a Valentine’s Day Episode. Uncle Rock performed three songs live in the studio. Click here to listen to the last time he was our guest (back in July when it was 110-degrees in the production studio!).

If you’re looking to pick up a copy of Uncle Rock U, stop by Cup & Top in Florence, MA, or click here to order a copy from CD Baby. Or you can win it …

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

This week we’re offering the chance to win Uncle Rock’s newest album Uncle Rock U, along with the t-shirt he submitted to the HFVS T-shirt Review:

“Heavy duty.” wrote Rae (mom). “Subversive & nasty. Way cool!” commented Bill (dad). Not the reaction I would assume Uncle Rock was looking for when he decided to use a drawing his son made of his daddy for a t-shirt design. But his local fans still loved it simply because it was an Uncle Rock t-shirt. “I love Uncle Rock!” beamed Persephone (age 5). “I have this shirt at home!” said Kiah (age 4) of Ashfield, MA.

HOW TO WIN: For your chance to win, simply post us a comment below. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 02/19/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Ellen Ferris from Hadley, MA, for winning last weeks contest. She will receive Steve Week’s latest CD, Alphabet Songs Volume III (Rabbit Run), and the original, one-of-kind t-shirt SW’s submitted to the HFVS T-Shirt Review.

I Love You! Spiderman! Rock n’ Roll!

Kids Rock ‘n Roll with Uncle Rock at the Florence Civic Center

Wow! The Florence Civic Center was rockin’ on Saturday to a full house with Uncle Rock, at a mid-winter kids concert sponsored by Hilltown Families (click here to see photos). It was an excellent performance with new music from his third CD release, Uncle Rock U, plus many favorites from his past two CD’s. Thanks to all the folks that came out to celebrate Groundhogs Day with great music, and a special thanks to all the HF Volunteers for making the morning go so smoothly!

The title of this post , “I Love You! Spiderman! Rock n’ Roll!”, is an inside joke to families that were there on Saturday. Uncle Rock had me in stitches as he explained the different ways of exclaiming this same phrase in different sequences, all with variations of the same hand gesture. You had to be there – but just in case you weren’t, this one’s for you … Here is a short low-fi music video of “It’s Hot,” one of my favorite songs off of his new album:

UNCLE ROCK ON AIR IN WESTERN MASS

(WXOJ) Hilltown Family Variety Show
Tune-in next Tuesday (02/15/08) to the Hilltown Family Variety Show for our special Valentine’s Day episode with co-host Persephone and Uncle Rock as our guest DJ as he serenades us with live music.

(WXOJ) Spare the Rock, Spoil the Rock
Uncle Rock was live in studio Saturday morning (02/02/08) pre-concert on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with Bill, Ella and Liam. Click here to access the archived show.

(WHMP) Vannah and Collins
And on Friday morning (02/01/08) Uncle Rock did a live call in interview with Vannah and Collins on WHMP in Northampton, MA. Click here to listen to that interview.

Suggested Events 02/02/08 – 02/08/08

IT’S THE HALF WAY POINT OF WINTER … LET’S CELEBRATE!

We’re starting off February with several fun and exciting events to shake those winter blues away!

On Friday (02/01) over at the Children’s Art Museum is a Sand Mandala “playshop” for families to discover Tibetan culture through art. The playshop is from 4pm-6:30pm in Shelburne Falls, MA. Give Tony(a) a call at 413.625.2030 to reserve your spot. This is the first of three in a series of cultural explorations through art. The next one is Discovering Russian Culture with Matryoshka Dolls on Feb. 10th. Be sure to sign up straight away. (Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families). (Update: Postponed until Sunday, 02/03 @ 10am due to inclement weather.)

Then on Saturday (02/02) it’s Uncle Rock at 10:30am at the Florence Civic Center (90 Park in Florence, next to the Lilly Library) with a kid/family concert. You can hear Uncle Rock live on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child before the concert too. Tickets are only $6 per person and infants are free. Gather up your families and friends and come celebrate the mid-point of winter with a rockin’ kids concert! For more information call 413.296.0096. (Sponsored by Hilltown Families)

And on Sunday (02/03) join Marla BB for some dog sledding. Did you see last week’s article in the Hampshire Gazette about Marla’s adventures in Alaska, both at last year’s Iditarod and training for this year’s? She’ll be at DAR in Goshen from 10:30am-1:30pm Sunday (and from 1:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday) offering kids and their families an opportunity to mush with a full dog sled team. She’ll be MC-ing at the Uncle Rock concert on Saturday. Come by and find out more about her adventures. If you have a subscription to the Hampshire Gazette, click here to read last weeks article.

But that’s not all …

  • Peruse our list of Suggested Events below for a load more of fun and educational things to do with the family, include events for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
  • Click here to see photos from the Deedle Deedle Dees concert last Saturday at Lyman Hall. Check out lead singer and stand up bass player Lloyd Miller rockin’ the house with his 2-year old daughter Hazel (what a trooper!).
  • Scroll down and check out our Groundhog’s Day links in the left-hand column under “the outside world.” This list of 100 web sites is added to nearly every day, offering new places on the web worth exploring.  We add educational web sites, curriculumn ideas, fun sites for kids, craft projects, articles, blogs, recipes … you name it.  So get off your blog reader and come check it out!

THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

GRENDEL BOOKS (www.GrendelBooks.com)

  • Become a Sponsor
  • To find out how you or your business can help support Hilltown Families by becoming a sponsor, drop us an email or give us a call at 413.296.0096 for more information. By having individuals in our community and area businesses become sponsors, Hilltown Families can continue to offer a weekly list of suggested events, a weekly podcast, updated resources, articles and much more.

    • Submit an Event

    If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com, or post your event on our community bulletin board. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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    Saturday – 02/02

    Groundhogs Day

    8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with UNCLE ROCK live in studio! [All ages] (Free)

    Uncle Rock on Feb 2nd 2008 at Florence Civic Center

    8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Throughout the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

    10:30am – KIDS CONCERT – (Florence) Indie kids musician UNCLE ROCK will be performing a rockin’ kid’s show the whole family will enjoy at the Florence Civic Center (90 Park Street, next to the Lilly Library off Route 9). Click here to discover Uncle Rock. 413.296.0096 [Families] ($6 per person, Infants Free)

    10am-2pm – LOCAL FOOD – (Greenfield) The Winter Fare begins today at the Second Congregational Church. Click here to read more about this week long event that supports local food. 413.773.5188 [Families] (Free, $)

    10am-2pm – BOYS & READING – (Holyoke) The Dangerous Boys Club will be happening at the Holyoke Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Activities include essential hands-on-activities to keep boys engaged in reading: Worlds Best Paper Airplane, How to Make a Battery, How to Juggle, Navigation, and more. 413.532.3200 [Boys] (Free)

    1:30pm-4:30pm – DOG SLEDDING – (Goshen) Dog sled rides for families will be offered at the DAR with Marla BB from Hilltown Wilderness Adventures. For more information call 413.296.0187. [Families] ($)

    4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    5pm-7pm & 6pm-8pm – PUPPET SHOW – [Easthampton] Come see a magical shadow puppet presentation of Jane Yolen’s classic book Owl Moon and learn about the seven native owl species in Massachusetts. After the show, we’ll take a walk in the dark, brisk winter woods to call for owls. We can’t guarantee that we will see or hear owls, but we will certainly have fun trying. After the walk we will return indoors to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a snack. Dress warmly since we will be outdoors for about 45 minutes. [Ages 5-10] (>$)

    6:30pm-10:30pm – MARDI GRAS PARTY – (Westhampton) Come in costume and celebrate Mardi Gras at the Westhampton Town Hall. There will be finger food, desserts, maskmaking, party favors, and music by The Gypsy Wrangers. [Families] ($)

    7pm-9:30pm – MOONLIGHT SLEDDING – (Buckland) Red Gate Educational Farm will host a special sledding night at the farm. Warm your hands by the bonfire before you go sliding down the hill. Climb back up to enjoy some cocoa and company and then take another run! Bring your own sled or borrow one of ours! No registration is required, but your RSVP is appreciated. [Families] (Free)

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    Mid-Winter Kids Concert this Saturday with UNCLE ROCK!

    UNCLE ROCK TO PERFORM
    A MID-WINTER FAMILY CONCERT
    ON FEBRUARY 2ND @ 10:30AM
    AT THE FLORENCE CIVIC CENTER

    (c) Hilltown Families - Uncle RockReturning to the Pioneer Valley for a February Family Concert, Hilltown Families (that’s us!) is pleased to present NY based indie kids musician Uncle Rock, performing new music from his most recent release Uncle Rock U. A good time for all ages, this family concert will be held at the Florence Civic Center (at 90 Park Street, next to the Lilly Library who have posted good directions on their web site) on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person, infants free. All proceeds go to the artist.

    • Family Concert (all ages)
    • Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA (next to the Lilly Library off Route 9)
    • $6.00 per person. Infants free.
    • General admission.
    • Email with any questions

    NEW MUSIC: UNCLE ROCK U

    Uncle Rock U, a collection of 17 songs, explores the joy, excitement and imagination of childhood. The album also reflects Uncle Rock’s indie-rock background (former bassist with The Fleshtones), his theatrical gifts (the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and his knack for connecting with children (being a dad himself, as well as a preschool teacher).

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    February Family Concert with UNCLE ROCK!

    UNCLE ROCK TO PERFORM
    A MID-WINTER FAMILY CONCERT
    ON FEBRUARY 2ND @ 10:30AM
    AT THE FLORENCE CIVIC CENTER

    • Click here to print out a poster to post, and help us spread the word!

    (c) Hilltown Families - Uncle RockReturning to the Pioneer Valley for a February Family Concert, Hilltown Families (that’s us!) is pleased to present NY based indie kids musician Uncle Rock, performing new music from his most recent release Uncle Rock U. A good time for all ages, this family concert will be held at the Florence Civic Center (next to the Lilly Library who have posted good directions on their web site) on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person, infants free. All proceeds go to the artist.

    • Family Concert (all ages)
    • Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA (next to the Lilly Library off Route 9)
    • $6.00 per person. Infants free.
    • General admission.
    • Email with any questions

    NEW MUSIC: UNCLE ROCK U

    Uncle Rock U, a collection of 17 songs, explores the joy, excitement and imagination of childhood. The album also reflects Uncle Rock’s indie-rock background (former bassist with The Fleshtones), his theatrical gifts (the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and his knack for connecting with children (being a dad himself, as well as a preschool teacher). Read the rest of this entry »

    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

    Halloween Episode on HFVS (10/30/07)

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

    Halloween Episode
    10/30/07 Playlist

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    Tomorrow is Halloween, when our family will rag shag it and trick-or-treat. My daughter will be a cheetah, again. And I’ll be a cat, again.  We’re throwing caution to the wind this year! – below I’ve rounded up a few on-line resources for our Halloween enthusiasts (me!). Included in this list are sites with saftey tips, a historical look at Halloween, costume ideas, recipes, celebration ideas, and more.

    Halloween is followed by the Days of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd – another holiday we’re looking forward to celebrating and exploring together with friends. Featured on this week’s episode of HFVS is Uncle Rock’s tribute to this Mexican holiday, Picnic in the Graveyard:

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