Suggested Events for October 21st – 27th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“What would we do without all the valuable information and sense of community that Hilltown Families promotes?!” – Tina Cornell (West Chesterfield, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

Bulletin Board

Oct 20

Parent Lecture: “The Conscious Use of Technology, and Media Mindfulness.” How can technology be part of a healthy, balanced life? How can we use technology as a tool, not a distraction? When, and how, do we teach our children to use technology responsibly? Lecture and discussion led by Chip Weems, PhD (Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at UMass and high school science teacher at The Hartsbrook School) and Susan McNamara, MA and (author of Connection At Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children). Join the conversation. 6:30-9 pm, Friday, October 20th at The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley. www.hartsbrook.org RSVP’s appreciated. 413-586-1908.

Oct 21

Looking for a thoughtful approach to education? The Hartsbrook School offers a well-rounded academic program infused with plenty of outside time, a rich, hands-on curriculum, music and art in everyday learning, and a culture of compassion. These components are woven throughout the early childhood, elementary and high school programs, nurturing the creative spirit of each child. Give your child the foundation for life-long learning and enjoy an engaged, vibrant parent community. Learn more at their fall open house, 10am-12noon on Saturday, October 21st. Speak with current teachers, parents, visit classrooms and see student work. All ages are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org

Oct 21

All aboard to all paranormal enthusiasts! Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Spirit Train will be departing North Adams for a lantern-lit walk through Southview Cemetery with psychic medium Julie MacDonald on Saturday, Oct 21. Julie will teach passengers how to tap into the spirit world during this special evening event and will be open to interpret any messages coming through from the “other side.” To enjoy the experience, passengers must be fully ambulatory and be able to climb up and down stairs. Guests are also reminded to dress for the weather. Train leaves promptly at 5:30pm from 98 Crowley Ave in North Adams and will return in approximately 2 hours. Online reservations are encouraged and tickets can be purchased at www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com.

Oct 28

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents Kids Monsters Ball for the 4th year in a row on Saturday, October 28 from 10-11:30am. All ages are invited to come costumed and ready to listen and dance to fun music! Enjoy musical selections that will take you out of this world on this Halloween weekend. There will be an “instrument petting zoo,” where orchestra members circulate among the audience, introducing their instruments. Move around, meet the musicians, and even experience the instruments up close. Tickets sold at the door: $3/child, $5/adults. Adults with groups of 4 or more children are free. Group Offers: 4 child/$10; 10 child/$20. Venue: Abbey Memorial Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley. olson23m@mtholyoke.edu

At JOY ART SPACE students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! JOY ART SPACE offers private art lessons and small group classes for children, teens, and adults in painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion design, and more. Students learn art techniques in a warm, supportive environment. Classes for all experience levels, beginner to advanced. Art teacher Lily Joy Friedling has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University. Located right in downtown Amherst on N. Pleasant Street. Visit www.joyartspace.com or contact lily.joyartspace@gmail.com 413-345-2747 to learn more.

Accepting applications for fall 2018. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209. www.bement.org.

Is your child struggling at school? You have options! Join Oak Meadow for a Virtual Open House (sign up here) to learn about their creative, adaptable homeschooling curriculum for K-12, or enrollment in their teacher-supported distance learning school. K-4 is child-centered, experiential, nature-based. 5-8 encourages student autonomy and intellectual development. High school offers teens the freedom to pursue their passions and interests while taking challenging academic courses. Enrollment in single courses as well as full enrollment are available in our distance school. You can start anytime. Feel free to send questions to info@oakmeadow.com.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Eventsand in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 21st – 27th, 2017

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Pumpkin Harvest: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.

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Let Them Grow: Feeling Fall

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Feeling Fall

Fall is such a busy time for the valley. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and fall festivals. All of these adventures are well worth the visit, but you can also get your kids engaged with nature based craft and sensory activities that are easy and inexpensive. Here are a few:

Prints

You can use any fruits or veggies for prints. When doing veggie prints I find it best to use a small tray with only a dab of paint on it. Using too much will distort the prints and ink-pads can develop mold. I find that using tempera paint in small amounts is ideal. Allow your child to dab or roll the fruit and then splat it firmly onto the print paper (card stock or cardboard). I find that apple, lemon, and corn prints to be some of my favorites. I like the detailed prints that onions create, but they can really burn the eyes. Combining apples and lemons makes a wildly vibrant and vivid print.

Toddlers love industrious work. Let them enjoy the print making, but also exploring the fruit, taking out the seeds and even tasting it! Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: October 16 – 20, 2017

Weekdays in Western MA:
October 16 – 20, 2017

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!


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

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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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
October 14th & 15th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured VideoStory 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]

Original broadcast: September 20th & 21st, 2014

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 7 & 8, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 14th – 20th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Suggested Events for October 14th – 20th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

Bulletin Board

Oct 14

The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House will take place on Saturday, October 14, from 11am-3pm, at the school’s north campus at 51 Bates Street in Northampton. The fair will feature a bounce house, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, spin art, face painting, a dance party with DJ Quin, hula hooping, Taekwondo demonstration, drumming with Tony Vacca, and more. Admission is free; there is a nominal charge for activities. Food will be available. Tours of the school, which enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years, will also be available. For more information, visit northamptonmontessori.org or call 413-586-4538.

Oct 14

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9-11am and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 14

Help The Common School kick-off its 50th anniversary at its largest Children’s Carnival ever! The Children’s Carnival is open to the public, with no admission fee and will feature several free activities and treats, including: a magic show by Flippo the Juggling Clown a performance by Senegalese dancer, Abdou Sarr; music by the EZ Band, the School’s student rock band; and a giant 50th anniversary cake. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats, such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies, will also be available for purchase. This year’s Carnival takes place on Saturday, October 14, from 10am-2pm, on the School’s campus at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. For more information go to www.commonschool.org.

Oct 14

Shop local, shop small! OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 14 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. More than 60 of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans! Free admission; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 15

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11am. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org.

Oct 20

Parent Lecture: “The Conscious Use of Technology, and Media Mindfulness.” How can technology be part of a healthy, balanced life? How can we use technology as a tool, not a distraction? When, and how, do we teach our children to use technology responsibly? Lecture and discussion led by Chip Weems, PhD (Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at UMass and high school science teacher at The Hartsbrook School) and Susan McNamara, MA and (author of Connection At Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children). Join the conversation. 6:30-9 pm, Friday, October 20th at The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley. www.hartsbrook.org RSVP’s appreciated. 413-586-1908.

Oct 21

Looking for a thoughtful approach to education? The Hartsbrook School offers a well-rounded academic program infused with plenty of outside time, a rich, hands-on curriculum, music and art in everyday learning, and a culture of compassion. These components are woven throughout the early childhood, elementary and high school programs, nurturing the creative spirit of each child. Give your child the foundation for life-long learning and enjoy an engaged, vibrant parent community. Learn more at their fall open house, 10am-12noon on Saturday, October 21st. Speak with current teachers, parents, visit classrooms and see student work. All ages are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Eventsand in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 14th – 20th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Fall Foliage: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.

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Literature Guide for “Shy Mama’s Halloween” (Supports Immigration Studies)


Click on the image for the full, downloadable literature guide in .pdf format.

Shy Mama’s Halloween beautifully illustrates the experience of learning a new and unfamiliar culture. Though the book is set in the past (mid-20th century), the story itself is timeless, capturing the uncertainty, nervousness, and even excitement that accompany new experiences.

In the story, an immigrant family prepares for Halloween – a holiday that they’ve never celebrated before because they’re new to the United States and, in their home country of Russia, Halloween wasn’t part of the culture. While Mama is willing to help her four children prepare their costumes, she’s equally wary of both going door to door in her new neighborhood and a holiday whose theme is centered around sinister characters. It is decided that the children’s father will bring them trick-or-treating, but when he comes home from work sick on the evening of Halloween, it is up to shy Mama to supervise the family’s Halloween outing. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: October 9 – 13, 2017


JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

Weekdays in Western MA:
October 9 – 13, 2017

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Monday, October 9, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB

Chicago duo Wendy and DB are back guest DJing HFVS! In this episode, Wendy and DB will take you on an aquatic adventure, as they dive deeply into the rivers, lakes, and oceans of our planet and explore some of the creatures that live there. We’ll learn a little bit about Wendy’s experience on Pete Seegar’s Hudson River sloop and then sail away until next time!

Wendy and DB work with an organization called A Better Life for Kids, which helps children and families in Ghana. Learn more here: abetterlifeforkids.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 7th & 8th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Water Song

 


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PLAYLIST

  1. Live song (Wendy and DB Vocal & Guitar) : Wendy & DB Water is wide
  2. Jimmy Buffet, It’s All about the Water – Don’t Stop the Carnival
  3. Wendy & DB, Water song – HomeEarth
  4. Ella Jenkins, Wade in the Water – African American Folk Rhythms
  5. Joanie Leeds, Ferry Nice – Brooklyn Baby
  6. Raffi, Down by the Bay – Singable songs for the very young
  7. Ella Jenkins, Come Dance by the Ocean – Come Dance by the Ocean
  8. Beatles, Octupus’s Garden – Abbey Road
  9. Wendy & DB, Olly Orca – HomeEarth
  10. Mister G, Cocodrillo (Crocodile) ABC Fiesta
  11. Tim Kubert, Superhero – Anthems for Adventure
  12. Wendy & DB, Girl Superhero – HomeEarth
  13. Pete Seeger, Michael row you boat ashore – Sing out with Pete!
  14. Jazzy Ash, Down by the Riverside – Swing Set
  15. Richie Haven, Of time and River Flowing – Where have all the flowers gone?
  16. Okee Dokee Brothers, Can you Canoe? – Can you Canoe?
  17. Christopher Cross, Sailing – Sailing
  18. Dan Zanes, Sail Away – Turn, Turn, Turn
  19. Randy Newman, I will go sailing no more – Toy story

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 7 & 8, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

October 7th – 13th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Suggested Events for October 7th – 13th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I love getting the Hilltown Families emails so I can give my parents ideas of where to take my son. The eNewsletter provides me with ideas both for fun and educational activities in which they can take my son to. Grandma, Grandpa and grandson have enjoyed the local museums, parks, libraries, several of which I did not know existed if not for the eNewsletter. In today’s society a lot of grandparents take care of their grandchildren. This eNewsletter is a great resource for ideas, both indoor and outdoor activities. The weekend activities, as well, are great ideas for my husband, son and I to attend.” – Victoria Valenti (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

Bulletin Board

Oct 6 – 29

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 6th and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat, & Sun including Monday, Oct 9th for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3).

Oct 7

The Great Greenfield DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre and PVMA on Sat. Oct. 7 is a celebratory day of performances, food, activities for children, a panel discussion, chalk art, dino films with live music and more starting at 9:30am outside the Second Congregational Church on the Town Common. The festival is inspired by the life of Dexter Marsh who discovered dinosaur tracks before the word dinosaur had been invented in 1835 while laying sidewalk outside Town Hall. Highlights include Piti’s musical “Dexter and the Dinosaurs” at 11am and DinoFilms Through the ages, 7pm. Free. Piti’s next family event is the acclaimed solo physical comedy + children’s workshop “Sammy and the Grand Buffet” at the Shea Theater, Nov. 18 at 3 pm. www.ptco.org

Oct 7

The New England Air Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm. Special activities include climbing aboard in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” See the new view of our collections from our mezzanines in two exhibit hangars. Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. www.neam.org.

Oct 7

This Saturday, October 7 get inspired at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Meet artists from the exhibition Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes. Find out who inspires Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Bryan Collier, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, and Mo Willems! There will be storytimes, panel discussions led by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi, a drawing demonstration by Sandra Boynton, and book signings with all the artists. See the exhibition and get inspired! Free with Museum admission. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for schedule. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online, call 413-559-6333, or shop@carlemuseum.org.

Oct 8

Magic is afoot! The Center Dance Studio invites community members of all ages to audition for A 21st Century Nutcracker, an exciting spin on a timeless classic. Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 8th at The Center Dance in Amherst (321 Main Street). Visit The Center’s Nutcracker page for details. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944. Let’s play with tradition! www.thecenterdance.com.

Oct 8

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sunday, October 8th from 11am-3pm at 253 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. Come celebrate the harvest with a bonfire, apple cider pressing, cob oven baking, live music, harvest games, nature-based arts and crafts, food and drinks, tea making, and seed saving activities. Rain or shine! Suggested donation: $5. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/114208499277011.

Oct 14

The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House will take place on Saturday, October 14, from 11am-3pm, at the school’s north campus at 51 Bates Street in Northampton. The fair will feature a bounce house, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, spin art, face painting, a dance party with DJ Quin, hula hooping, Taekwondo demonstration, drumming with Tony Vacca, and more. Admission is free; there is a nominal charge for activities. Food will be available. Tours of the school, which enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years, will also be available. For more information, visit northamptonmontessori.org or call 413-586-4538.

Oct 14

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9-11am and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 14

Help The Common School kick-off its 50th anniversary at its largest Children’s Carnival ever! The Children’s Carnival is open to the public, with no admission fee and will feature several free activities and treats, including: a magic show by Flippo the Juggling Clown a performance by Senegalese dancer, Abdou Sarr; music by the EZ Band, the School’s student rock band; and a giant 50th anniversary cake. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats, such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies, will also be available for purchase. This year’s Carnival takes place on Saturday, October 14, from 10am-2pm, on the School’s campus at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. For more information go to www.commonschool.org.

Oct 14

Shop local, shop small! OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 14 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. More than 60 of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans! Free admission; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 15

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11am. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Eventsand in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


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October 7th – 13th, 2017

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Autumn Hikes: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.

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Off the Mat: Autumn Autonomy

Autumn Autonomy

“Safety is what we want for those we love. Autonomy is what we want for ourselves.”   – Atul Gawande

My childhood yard held ample trees: the willow planted in the wet culvert that didn’t grow gigantic like we’d hoped. The huge blue evergreen. The fragile mimosa we were chastised for climbing. The red maple I practically lived in the summer I turned eight. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: October 2 – October 6, 2017

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!


Weekdays in Western MA:
October 2 – October 6, 2017

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS What I Learned this Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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What I Learned This Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

What did you learn this summer? Did you take any trips? Join Guest DJ, Steve Weeks, as we travel through the Dakotas, the gulf coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, Southern California, the Canadian maritimes, and more! We’ll meet folks from all across the country and discover what’s going on in their local communities. Grab 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 30th & October 1, 2017
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]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: September 27th & 28th, 2014]

Suggested Events for September 30th – October 6th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

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Oct 6 – 29

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 6th and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat, & Sun including Monday, Oct 9th for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3).

Oct 4

The Amherst BID’s 6th annual Block Party is on Wednesday, October 4, 5-9 pm. Portions of North Pleasant Street will be closed to cars and music, food, crafts, entertainers, businesses, and community members will join in the fun. WRSI The River brings the music with DJ Kaliis on the Futurliner stage and Trailer Park, ARHS local student band Glass House and lively traditional Valley favorites, Banish Misfortune. UMass Athletes will be there to meet and greet. A live performance demonstration by UMass bellydancing club on the Futurliner. Fun activities for children, including face painting, balloon art, and games. Show Circus returns to dazzle all ages. www.amherstdowntown.com. ann@amherstdowntown.com. This event is free and open to the public!

Oct 7

The New England Air Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm. Special activities include climbing aboard in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” See the new view of our collections from our mezzanines in two exhibit hangars. Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. www.neam.org.

Oct 8

Magic is afoot! The Center Dance Studio invites community members of all ages to audition for A 21st Century Nutcracker, an exciting spin on a timeless classic. Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 8th at The Center Dance in Amherst (321 Main Street). Visit The Center’s Nutcracker page for details. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944. Let’s play with tradition! www.thecenterdance.com.

Oct 8

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sunday, October 8th from 11am-3pm at 253 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. Come celebrate the harvest with a bonfire, apple cider pressing, cob oven baking, live music, harvest games, nature-based arts and crafts, food and drinks, tea making, and seed saving activities. Rain or shine! Suggested donation: $5. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/114208499277011.

Oct 14

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9-11am and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 15

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11am. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year.  Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 30 – October 3, 2017

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MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Berkshire Family Fun: October 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2017

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of October. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Fall Festivals: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.

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YA Book Review: Back to School for the First Time in This Girl is Different

This Girl Is Different by J.J. Johnson. Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2011.

For lots of kids, parents, and young adults, September signals time to re-adjust to the schedule and lifestyle of school. For a homeschooler attending school for the very first time, this transition is much more difficult…and exciting! J.J Johnson’s young adult novel This Girl is Different centers around Evie, a homeschooler, entering school for the first time as a high school senior. This book flips the typical high school narrative on its head. Evie has to beg her mother to go to school. She wants to meet more people and experience a lifestyle she has only seen in movies. Before school even starts, Evie happens to befriend kindhearted Jacinda and Jacinda’s cute cousin Rajas, both seniors. But Evie quickly discovers that she knows less than she thought she did about the rules and cut-throat culture of public school. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: September 25-29, 2017

Weekdays in Western MA:
September 25 – 29, 2017

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


See your banner here! Sponsor Weekdays in Western MA!

 

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HFVS Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

LISTEN TO PODCAST:  

Danny Weinkauf guest DJs this week, demonstrating though song examples and commentary his love of science and education, and how it has influenced his favorite songs and personal writing style. − www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 23rd & 24th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:   “I am a Paleontologist” from They Might Be Giants album Here Comes Science.


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Help!” (Help!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Archaeology” (No School Today)
  • Fountains of Wayne – “Hat and feet” (Fountains of Wayne)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” (Here Comes Science)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Haul Away Joe” (A Mississippi River Adventure Album)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Champion of the Spelling Bee” (No School Today)
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” (A Night at the Opera)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “ice Cream” (No School Today)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Alphabet Lost and Found” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” (Recess)
  • The White Stripes – “My Doorbell” (Get Behind Me Satan)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Electric Car” (Here Comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Marsupial” (No School Today)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Kangaroo” (I Found You)
  • Laurie Berkner – “Fireflies” (Laurie Berkner Lullabies)
  • Lincoln “To Build a House” (Lincoln)
  • The Ramones ” I Want to be Sedated” (Road to Ruin)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I am a Paleontologist” (Here Comes Science)

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired May 2014]

Suggested Events for September 23rd-29th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

Click HERE to discover classes. Click HERE to find out about other community events. Click HERE to leave a comment about upcoming events.

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

Bulletin Board

Sep 23

Get ready for a new Elephant & Piggie adventure! Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst on Saturday, Sept 23 for Elephant & Piggie Art-ventures with Mo Willems & Tom Warburton! In We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, Mo Willems & Tom Warburton have created the first-ever Elephant & Piggie activity book, full of drawing, coloring, gaming, & other hands-on fun! Meet Mo & Tom. Get books signed. Take your photo with Elephant & Piggie, watch films, & create art in the Art Studio! Book signing from 12:30-2:30pm. Limit 1 book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization nor signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to event? Reserve signed books online, call 413-559-6333, or shop@carlemuseum.org.

Sep 23 & 24

The 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 23 & 24 from 10am-5pm in Orange, MA. There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, fabulous food, chef demos and skills for local living. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word and dance on three stages. New! ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe in the kid’s activity tent- add your vision and join the celebratory parade at the end of each festival day. Plus hula-hooping, horse-drawn hayrides, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5.00 adults, Kids 12 & under are free! More for travel/parking info and program visit www.garlicandarts.org; Follow festival updates daily on Facebook.

Sep 25

Monday, September 25, 2017, 10am-3pm: Soar into spring with Homeschool Day at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. Open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families, and featured activities include: hands-on build & fly challenge activities, interactive flight science demonstrations, open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft, aircraft quests, fight simulators, and more! Virtual Flight Center access available for additional $5 per person. Tickets available for purchase on the day of your visit on a first come first served basis. Pre-registration required. Children ages 3 and under admitted free. www.neam.org for an online registration form. Please call 860-623-3305 x313 for questions.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year.  Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Eventsand in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 23rd-29th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an EventCultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

Donate Now Read the rest of this entry »

Apple Harvest: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place.

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Let Them Grow: First Day Blues

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Three years ago I wrote a post about (daycare / preschool drop-off) separation and how to make it an adventure. This year, I am the mom, not the not the teacher, and it is far from an adventure; closer to a nightmare.

My three-year-old daughter had no interest in the big adventures her new preschool had to offer. She consistently woke up in the morning adamantly protesting the plans we had made for her. In my mind, I see her sweeping into the classroom with pride and confidence, greeting her teacher and friends. Instead, I was kissing and reassuring, and then ducking through smiling faces trying to escape the sirens of my child calling for me from her teacher’s arms.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nature Table for September is Pupating

Nature Table for September

Every month, Hilltown Families features a new nature table whose contents inspire learning along a common theme easily spotted in our surroundings that month. A tradition carried out by teachers, environmental educators, and nature-curious families, nature tables bring a little bit of the outdoors inside for inspection, dissection, identification, creative play, art projects, and lots of other educational activities. The idea behind a nature table is to help open up children’s eyes to the unique attributes of each season, and to help them learn how to see these things in nature for themselves. A nature table can include a variety of items, and is often accompanied by a set of books and/or field guides so that children can take part in further learning at their own will.

This month’s nature table was inspired by a likely seasonal catalyst, but is filled with very unlikely specimens, given where we started. What began as a discussion of seasonal foods has somehow evolved into the creation of a horde of young entomologists! (Or perhaps it would be more fitting to say that the topic has pupated.)

Rather than a collection of the numerous varieties of both cultivated and wild apples that can be found in orchards, farms, and backyards, this month’s nature table is a terrarium filled almost to capacity with more species of caterpillars than I, the head naturalist, have ever noticed while experiencing nature. We have the classic monarch, the hated hornworm, the fear-inducing hickory tussock, and at least twelve other species – some of whom we haven’t been successful in identifying.

How did we get here?

“Ms. Huntley, I have an apple tree at home!”

Most of us do around here.

“It’s so tall!  And it always drops apples on me while I wait for the bus!”

Mine are up to similar antics, yes.

AND it’s FULL of CATERPILLARS!  They’re eating ALL of its leaves!”

Oh – now we’re interested!

This moment – the one intended to spark a foray into local culture, local history, pollination, and a host of other topics – has steered us in a completely different direction. We discussed the eastern tent caterpillar with disdain, told stories of the browntail moth, and shared opinions on the legitimacy of using woolly bears to predict the severity of a winter. I thought we might return to apples the next day, or perhaps the one after, but young minds are not easily swayed, and now I am responsible for upwards of twenty impossibly small and squashy beings.

As it turns out, caterpillars are a perfect topic of study and are the easiest and most entertaining of all the live specimens I’ve allowed to be kept as “pets.” A simple terrarium with a few inches of dirt and a tightly attached screen lid is a perfect home, though I’ll admit that trial and error during our early caterpillar days lead to the unfortunate death of more than a few specimens.

Together, we’re learning how to watch them, how to identify them, and how to care for them. We’ll watch as some pupate and emerge as winged beasts before the morning chill lasts all day, and we’ll wait to see which ones burrow and make their grand entrance in the spring. We’re exploring new field guides, noticing details, and even conquering our fears – but the best part of our learning is that we are truly learning together. The young naturalists are at this point perhaps even more expert on the subject of caterpillars than I am. We’re truly in this experience together.

Common species in New England include:

  • Monarch
  • Milkweed tussock moth (caution: tussocks can feel like stinging nettle to some hands)
  • Hickory tussock moth
  • Tomato hornworm
  • Gypsy moth
  • Woolly bear
  • Cabbage worm

Tips for keeping caterpillars for study:

  • Collect a small portion of the plant you found the caterpillar on – it’s probably its food.
  • Mist your terrarium a few times a day; otherwise, it will dry out, the food plants will dry out, and your caterpillars will begin to dry out as well.
  • Give your caterpillars a few sticks to climb on.  Many of them like to climb, and others need sticks for their cocoons and chrysalises.
  • Keep a few inches of soil at the bottom for burrowing species.
  • Be sure to put your terrarium outside for the winter, but make sure it’s protected (unheated garage, tool shed, etc.).
  • Be prepared to struggle with identification!  There are many, many species, and it can be very difficult to find names for all of them if you’re not an expert.

Robin Morgan Huntley, Community-Based Education Correspondent

A native to Maine, Robin joined Hilltown Families in early 2011 as an intern and remained over the years volunteering as a community-based education correspondent until moving back to Maine in 2016. Robin is a graduate of Antioch University with a masters in education. Her interests within the field of education include policy and all types of nontraditional education. For her undergraduate project at Hampshire College, Robin researched the importance of connecting public schools with their surrounding communities, especially in rural areas. Robin currently lives with her husband, cats and rabbits in Maine and is a 5th grade public school teacher.

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Weekdays in Western MA: September 18-22, 2017


Weekdays in Western MA:
September 18th – 22nd

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month
with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés share the things that inspire them. Friends, travel, and dreams fill this episode, along with music from different artists… including a zombie! — www.123andres.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 16th & 17th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]


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PLAYLIST

  • 123 Andrés – “Ten Little Birds” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Nathalia – “Que llueva” [Cuando era pequeña (When I Was Your Age)]
  • Orlando Valle “Maraca” – “Almendra” [Formula Uno]
  • 123 Andrés – “Vuela, vuela” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Tu Rockcito – “Cantar En Un Concierto de Rock” [Rockcitis Aguda]
  • Chuchumbé (feat. Zenen Zeferino) – “Conga de San Benito” [¡Caramba Niño!]
  • Poncho Sanchez – “Watermelon Man” [Conga Blue]
  • Los Wemblers de Iquitos – “Sonido Amazónico” [La Danza del Petrolero]
  • 123 Andrés – “Tickles” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Bolacha de Água e Sal” [Especial Dia Das Crianças]
  • 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Rita Rosa y Amigos – “La Rana” [Fiesta en la Tierra Akanamandla]
  • Rita del Prado & Dúo Karma – “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Manuel Garcia – “Acuario” [Acuario]
  • 31 Minutos – “Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Bombi)” [Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Banda Sonora Original de la Cuarta Temporada)]

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Suggested Events for September 16th-22nd, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Bulletin Board

Learn in Motion gets kids playing and learning through enrichment programming for schools, libraries and museums, educational introductory sports classes, and special events. Programs get children off screens, active, learning and having a ball. They encourage children to socialize and practice important life skills such as sharing, listening, following directions, working as a team, and overcoming obstacles. Through their programming, Learn in Motion also teaches traditional academic content such as letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. For more information about their schedule, programs and offerings, visit www.learninmotionma.com, email learninmotionma@gmail.com or call 413-244-2073.

Trial Class Sept 20

A delightful music class for children age 0-5 and their grown-ups, created and taught by national recording artist, Katryna Nields. All songs are hand-selected by Katryna and Nerissa Nields. In HooteNanny, participants sing, play, and dance and make wonderful friendships. Come spend playful, enriching, connected time with your child and be part of the wonderful HooteNanny community. Fall session begins September 27/28, 2017. Free trial class on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10am. For more information go to www.hootenannyfamily.com or write to hootenannymusicclass@gmail.com.

Sep 23 & 24

The 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 23 & 24 from 10am-5pm in Orange MA. There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, fabulous food, chef demos and skills for local living. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word and dance on three stages. New! ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe in the kid’s activity tent- add your vision and join the celebratory parade at the end of each festival day. Plus hula-hooping, horse-drawn hayrides, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5.00 adults, Kids 12 & under are free! More for travel/parking info and program visit www.garlicandarts.org; Follow festival updates daily on Facebook.

Sep 25

Monday, September 25, 2017, 10am-3pm: Soar into spring with Homeschool Day at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. Open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families, and featured activities include: hands-on build & fly challenge activities, interactive flight science demonstrations, open cockpit experiences in historic aircraft, aircraft quests, fight simulators, and more! Virtual Flight Center access available for additional $5 per person. Tickets available for purchase on the day of your visit on a first come first served basis. Pre-registration required. Children ages 3 and under admitted free. www.neam.org for an online registration form. Please call 860-623-3305 x313 for questions.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year.  Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


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September 16th-22nd, 2017

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