Supporting Seasonal Learning in the Late Summer with Community-Based Educational Resources & Opportunities

Late Summer Resources & Opportunities that Support Seasonal Learning Through Community-Based Education

Photo credit: (c) Sienna Wildfield

For many, Labor Day marks the end of the summer, but warm days extend well beyond the first Monday in September. Take advantage of the full summer season by engaging in community-based resources that support your interests, education, and community values before the cold weather sets in.

Resources like conservation organizations, local waterways, harvest meals, and even cornfields are just a few resources that can support both self-directed and facilitated learning during these last few weeks of summer.

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5 Featured Culinary Art Resources in Western MA

Hear Me Roar: Culinary Arts in Western Massachusetts

Art You Can Eat
By Cheryl Allan Carlyle

Food is fundamental. At its core, it is our life source; something required for survival. But anyone who’s ever bitten into that perfectly balanced bite, or those fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls knows that it’s so much more complex than that! Food has always been a cornerstone of our traditions, as we pass recipes down from one generation to the next, sharing age-old secrets and creating memories across the dinner table. For example, if a dish tastes like it’s “missing something” and you can’t figure out what it is, I was taught that a pinch of salt most often times does the trick (the art of a simple fix!).

To talk about cooking in a column about discovering artistic inspiration feels only natural. I grew up in a family rooted in culture, where food was honored and appreciated. When we think of food as art, it goes beyond just tossing some ingredients in a pan and stirring. The act of preparation is an art within itself. Whether it’s learning proper knife skills, allowing the dough to proof long enough to create the perfect loaf of bread, or knowing the difference between minced, chopped, and julienne, the culinary artist has as much to learn about their medium as does the painter or sculptor.

I’ve spoken to individuals who have a desire to increase their culinary creativity, but feel overwhelmed in the kitchen. They don’t know where to begin, or doubt their ability to create something they can truly be proud of. We live in a state rich in culinary history – the first culinary arts school was founded in Boston in the 1800s. This month, I encourage anyone who has ever dreamed of joining the ranks of Julia Child to let the inspiration lead. Our Western Massachusetts community offers abundant opportunity to connect with local chefs who are passionate about sharing their secrets with you! Here are a few I recommend: Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Surprise Episode with Guest DJ, Surprise Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Surprise Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

Sometimes things happen that aren’t quite what you’d expect.  Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, known in the children’s music business as Randy & Dave, bring you songs that are full of surprises.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 17 & 18, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

• Randy & Dave – “Absolutely Nowhere to Go” [Snorkel]
• Connie Francis – “High Hopes” [Connie Francis Greatest Hits Volume One]
• Justin Roberts – “Henrietta’s Hair” [Pop Fly]
• Kare Strong and Josh Goforth – “The Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
• Katherine Dines – “The Goobaws” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Boo-2]
• Randy & Dave – “Squirrel” [Snorkel]
• Eric Ode – “Bobby Brought a Skunk to the Pet Parade” [Trash Can]
• Val Smalkin and Silly Goose – “Itsy Bitsy Spider” [live in studio]
• Bill Harley – “I’m Busy” [Dinosaurs Don’t Say Please]
• Randy & Dave – “Mixed-Up Day” [Snorkel]
• Jonathan Sprout – “Washington’s Hat” [American Heroes]
• Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “Ballet Dancing Truck Driver” [Changing Channels]
• Dana Cohenour – “Cow in the Car” [Dana’s Best Travelin’ Tunes]
• Randy & Dave – “Snorkel” [Snorkel]

[Original broadcast: July 28 & 29, 2018]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Starfish to Glass Art. Social Movements to Rural Heritage.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsRural HeritageNew England HeritageAgricultural HistoryTextilesAgricultural Fair4-HSustainable LivingArt StudiesTeen ArtInstallation ArtVan GoghSocial MovementsPicture Book ArtGlass ArtMusic StudiesShape Note SingingSymphonyA CappellaClassical MusicCommunity ConcertLawn ConcertDance StudiesContemporary DanceFolkloreTheater StudiesShakespeareOutdoor PerformanceFairiesStarfishRabbitsBeaversAmphibiansGeologyAstronomySTEMComputer CodingArchitectureEconomicsCulinary DesignCommunity MealTea TimeBlueberriesPeachesHarvest SupperCreative Free-PlayParanormalRoller DerbyTai Chi & Aikido

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 17-23, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: August 17-30, 2019


Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Class Directory

Reserve your spot today!

It’s time to reserve your spot in Hilltown Families’ annual Class Directory! Advertise your class, enrichment program, or private lesson in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts! Reach thousands of families in the region with our 2019-2020 Class Directory which will featured classes, enrichment programs, and private lessons happening across Western Massachusetts for children, teens, and lifelong learners. Add your listing at any time.
Take advantage of our special advertising package (pdf)!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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Ice Cream, Hot dogs, Tacos OH MY! The Look Park Food Truck Festival is back for it’s 3rd year on Saturday August 24th from 12pm to 6pm. 20+ Food trucks, music and more! Grab the kids and enjoy some of your favorite snacks or try something new! Entrance to Food Truck Festival is FREE! Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457 for details. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this August at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include, Angora Bunnies! with Laurel Ledge Farm Fiber on August 21. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

Register now for Will Bike 4 Food, a cycling event to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The 9th annual event will start at the Lion’s Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for riders of all ages and riding abilities to enjoy a fun-filled day with other cyclists while helping to feed our neighbors in need. Choose the 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. You can choose to ride as an individual or form a team. Participating cyclists are invited to stay for an After-Party at the finish line. Enjoy a cookout and craft beer, music, games, and more. Register now for the lowest fundraising minimum and to guarantee your free t-shirt. To register or donate, visit willbike4food.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 17-30, 2019

Saturday, Aug 17Sunday, Aug 18
Monday, Aug 19Tuesday, Aug 20Wednesday, Aug 21
Thursday, Aug 22Friday, Aug 23

Saturday, Aug 24Sunday, Aug 25
Monday, Aug 26Tuesday, Aug 27Wednesday, Aug 28
Thursday, Aug 29Friday, Aug 30

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

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Sing About Science and Math

University of Washington’s Sing About Science and Math Project: Songs for Teaching, Learning & Fun

For many young learners, rhythm and repetition can be a very effective way of learning new words and remembering the names of things. Children easily learn commonly sung songs with lyrics of all kinds, and we use their ability to learn lyrics as a way to share information. Take the ABC’s for example – it’s a song that we use to teach the letters of the English alphabet, it’s fun and easy to sing, and matching the names of letters to different parts of the rhythm helps to support children in remembering the order that the go in.

Songs don’t just have to be used to convey basic ideas to the youngest of learners, though – there are educational songs for kids of all ages and about all kinds of things! The University of Washington’s Sing About Science and Math Project offers an online database of over 7,000 songs that cover an immense variety of topics in technology, biology, environmental science, physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and medicine. The database, which has been growing since 2004, includes tunes for kids of all ages – meaning there are songs about the periodic table for kindergarteners, high school sophomores, graduate students, and grandparents, too, like this one by They Might Be Giants:

The site’s search function allows for parents and educators (and older students) to search by more than just topic… Read the rest of this entry »

Using Community Resources to Support and Inspire an Interest is Art

Local Resources Support Community-Based Studies of Art

Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton is home of “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulutre,” the orchard features the work of dozens of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall.

Art is ever-present in life, and serves as an important means of communication and self-expression. Much of childhood is spent adding art to the world, and there is much to learn from exploring art and engaging in methods of creation!

Resources abound for learning about everything from art history to art materials, and here in western Massachusetts, the bulk of art-related learning resources are community-based.

From museums to community organizations to art spaces, there are endless ways for families to learn about and engage in the arts… and we have a great list for you!  Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Evening Edition, August 11, 2019

HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Food Episode with Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen

From Beans to Pancakes to Egg Salad, all tastes are considered in week’s episode. Learn about how corn is in your car, your home, your clothes, and your medicines. Songs about sharing food, renting food, and even calling food will keep your toes tapping and your mouth watering. — www.GunnarMadsen.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Aug 10 & 11, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Egg Salad in the Sun” by Gunnar Madsen


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PLAYLIST

  • Cab Calloway – “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [Hi De Ho Man]
  • The Bobs – “Food To Rent” [Songs For Tomorrow Morning]
  • Chops – “I Like Cereal” [Ping Pong Playa Soundtrack]
  • They Might Be Giants – “John Lee Supertaster” [No!]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “I Am Your Food” [I Am Your Food]
  • Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention – “Call Any Vegetable” [Absolutely Free]
  • Dave Van Ronk – “One Meatball” [No Dirty Names]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “In My Soup” [I Am Your Food]
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – “Farmer’s Market” [The Hottest New Group In Jazz]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “Egg Salad In The Sun” [I Am Your Food]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology]
  • The Presidents Of The United States Of America – “Peaches” [The Presidents Of The United
  • States Of America: Ten Year Super Bonus]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “10,000 Pancakes” [I Am Your Food]
  • Monty Python – “Spam” [Monty Python Sings]

[Original broadcast: July 21 & 22, 2018]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Chinese Painting to Bike Repair. Meteor Showers to Sturgeon Moon.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

New England HeritageAgriculture HistoryAgricultural FairsRural HeritageFarmers’MarketCountry FairApple OrchardBook SaleDowntown CelebrationLawn ConcertZoologyMammalsBatsBeaversReligious StudiesKirtanFolk TraditionsBike RepairTheaterShakespeareHansel & GretelMother GooseArt StudiesChinese PaintingVan GoghPicture Book ArtSocial MovementsReading To DogsLiteracyLiterary StudiesMusic StudiesMusic FestivalSymphonyClassicalContemporary DancePlacemakingCollaborative ConsumptionSustainabilitySkillshareCreative Free-PlayCommerceArchitectureAviationSTEMPhysicsYo-YoNatural HistoryAstronomyPlanetariumMeteor ShowerConstellationsSturgeon Moon

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 10-16, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: August 10-23, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!


Class Directory

Dead-line: Aug 30

Reserve your spot today!

It’s time to reserve your spot in Hilltown Families’ annual Class Directory! Advertise your class, enrichment program, or private lesson in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts! Reach thousands of families in the region with our 2019-2020 Class Directory which will featured classes, enrichment programs, and private lessons happening across Western Massachusetts for children, teens, and lifelong learners. Add your listing at any time.
Take advantage of our special advertising package (pdf)!
Deadline to register: August 30th.
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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Wed in Aug

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this August at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include: “Animal Tales from Around the World” songs and stories with folksinger & storyteller Tim Van Egmond on August 7; “Modern YoYoing with Team A2Z Science” Eric Koloski, world champion yoyoist on August 14 and LIVE ANIMALS! Angora Bunnies! with Laurel Ledge Farm Fiber on August 21. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

Sep 29

Register now for Will Bike 4 Food, a cycling event to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The 9th annual event will start at the Lion’s Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for riders of all ages and riding abilities to enjoy a fun-filled day with other cyclists while helping to feed our neighbors in need. Choose the 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. You can choose to ride as an individual or form a team. Participating cyclists are invited to stay for an After-Party at the finish line. Enjoy a cookout and craft beer, music, games, and more. Register now for the lowest fundraising minimum and to guarantee your free t-shirt. To register or donate, visit willbike4food.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 10-23, 2019

Saturday, Aug 10Sunday, Aug 11
Monday, Aug 12Tuesday, Aug 13Wednesday, Aug 14
Thursday, Aug 15Friday, Aug 16

Saturday, Aug 17Sunday, Aug 18
Monday, Aug 19Tuesday, Aug 20Wednesday, Aug 21
Thursday, Aug 22Friday, Aug 23

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

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People-Watching! Supporting Language Arts, Theater & Community Awareness

Late-Summer People-Watching as Inspiration for Young Writers and Thespians

A fun way to learn about a local culture, people-watching can serve as a great tool for young writers and thespians too! The observations made in a particular context can help inspire or contribute to the development or portrayal of a character. Visit some of our suggested people-watching locations!

Inspiration can come in many forms for young writers and creators, and the sparks that ignite the creative process can sometimes come from unexpected places. Often, inspiration can come from experience, allowing works to be created as a result of personal experience, but other times, inspiration needs to come from external sources. A great (and always accessible) source of inspiration is people-watching – an activity that can lead to everything from laughter to critical and reflective observations about human nature.

People-watching is especially useful for young writers and thespians, as close observation of human behavior can help with character development in writing, and can help actors, directors, and costume designers draw from experience when portraying characters from a story. Best when done in a situation in which you are not directly involved, people-watching can allow those to participate to gather useful information about how people move and talk, as well as the choices that they make, the clothes that they wear, and the people who they associate with. People-watching can feel a bit like judging people, but when observations are made through careful, critical thought, they are much more useful than the snap judgments that are sometimes made at first glance, and an excellent way to develop an appreciation and acceptance of the wonderful diversity found in our communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Storms: A Reading List

With the heat of August in New England come evening thunderstorms, lighting up the sky, providing a soundtrack, and cooling the earth. This month we are featuring titles exploring summer storms. This booklist includes a variety of titles for weathering storms of all kinds, from thunder and fog to hurricanes and floods. Not only do these storm titles touch upon relevant late-summer themes, but in some cases serve as important reminders of how to take on challenges and meet fears head-on, with the storms serving as metaphors for difficult moments in life. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Guest DJ, Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter and founder of the Camp Lisa Foundation to send kids to summer camp. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Lisa plays some of her favorite songs about summer and camp from her own catalog of music and from other favorites!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 3rd & 4th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Lisa Loeb – “Best Friend” [Camp Lisa]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “You Are My Sunshine (Pt. 1)” [You Are My Sunshine]
  • Lisa Loeb – “The Cookie Jar Song” [Camp Lisa]
  • Super Simple Songs – “Peanut Butter & Jelly” [Humpty Dumpty & More Kids Songs]
  • Lisa Loeb – “When It Rains” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hues Corporation – “Rock The Boat” [Rock The Boat]
  • Ray Anthony and His Orchestra – “The Bunny Hop (Vocal Version)” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • Melanie – “Brand New Key” [Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie]
  • Christopher Cross – “Sailing” [Christopher Cross]
  • The Surfaris – “Wipe Out” [Wipe Out]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)” [Tails]
  • Neil Young – “Love is a Rose” [Decade]
  • Renee & Friends – “Starfish and Coffee (feat. Maya Rudolph)” [Simpatico]
  • The Monkees – “Last Train to Clarksville” [The Monkees]
  • Joni Mitchell – “The Circle Game” [Ladies of the Canyon]
  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [We Are Family]
  • Lisa Loeb – “It’s Not Goodbye” [Camp Lisa]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Fairy Tale to Folk Stories. Cider Pairing to Agricultural History.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Revolutionary WarAgricultural HistoryNative American HeritageShaker FoodwaysBritish CultureBlacksmithingQi GongContemporary DanceMusic StudiesMusical InstrumentsMusic PerformanceClassical MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmTheater StudiesImmersive TheaterFairy TaleFolk StoriesLiterature in TranslationNutritional AnthropologyCider PairingTea TimeLobsterMarine BiologyBeaversOwlsNative SpeciesAstronomyEconomicsUrban EcologyRowingHelicopterBike RepairMagicParanormalRenaissance FairNative American FestivalSkillsharingFolk TraditionsCommunity MealIntergenerationalCreative Free-PlayPlacemakingCommercial Free

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 3-9, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: August 3-16, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!


Class Directory

Dead-line: Aug 30

Reserve your spot today!

It’s time to reserve your spot in Hilltown Families’ annual Class Directory! Advertise your class, enrichment program, or private lesson in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts! Reach thousands of families in the region with our 2019-2020 Class Directory which will featured classes, enrichment programs, and private lessons happening across Western Massachusetts for children, teens, and lifelong learners. Add your listing at any time.
Take advantage of our special advertising package (pdf)!
Deadline to register: August 30th.
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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Aug 3-4

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on Aug 3 & 4. Enjoy all-day entertainment! Cheer for your favorite knight at the joust, watch as dancers flirt with fire, laugh with fairies, enjoy Renaissance music and much more. There are plenty of activities for children and adults to create memories together. Test your strength against a knight, listen to stories by an Auld Celt, shoot a real bow and arrow, and shop over 50 mystical vendors. Stay late on Saturday for their Adult-Only shows. Sunday, Aug 4 is Pet Day! They would love to see your well-behaved buddies at their faire. More info, including for overnight camping, at MassRenFaire.com.

Aug 3, 4, 6

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre closes out its Sweet 16th Season by asking a prehistorically puzzling question, How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? Beloved Author Jane Yolen asks, “How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?” in her beloved children’s book. They’ve tasked themselves to try and answer that very question. PaintBox takes this ‘tail’ and twists it PaintBox style. Callum LaFrance tackles this feat, short arms, long neck, and all. Shows are: Aug 3, 10:30am & 1pm, Aug 4, 10:30am & 1pm, and Aug 6, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Wed in Aug

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this August at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include: “Animal Tales from Around the World” songs and stories with folksinger & storyteller Tim Van Egmond on August 7; “Modern YoYoing with Team A2Z Science” Eric Koloski, world champion yoyoist on August 14 and LIVE ANIMALS! Angora Bunnies! with Laurel Ledge Farm Fiber on August 21. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

Sep 29

Register now for Will Bike 4 Food, a cycling event to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The 9th annual event will start at the Lion’s Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for riders of all ages and riding abilities to enjoy a fun-filled day with other cyclists while helping to feed our neighbors in need. Choose the 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. You can choose to ride as an individual or form a team. Participating cyclists are invited to stay for an After-Party at the finish line. Enjoy a cookout and craft beer, music, games, and more. Register now for the lowest fundraising minimum and to guarantee your free t-shirt. To register or donate, visit willbike4food.org.

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August 3-16, 2019

Saturday, Aug 3Sunday, Aug 4
Monday, Aug 5Tuesday, Aug 6Wednesday, Aug 7
Thursday, Aug 8Friday, Aug 9

Saturday, Aug 10Sunday, Aug 11
Monday, Aug 12Tuesday, Aug 13Wednesday, Aug 14
Thursday, Aug 15Friday, Aug 16

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Summer Camping Adventures Promote Nature-Based Play and Learning

Summer Camping Adventures Promote Nature-Based Play and Learning

Camping is one of the most classic outdoor adventures of childhood, and thanks to the wealth of state parks and forests found locally, there are endless camping adventures to be had in western Massachusetts! From exposing young campers to sleeping outside to allowing children to experience all aspects of the local landscape, camping trips are full of meaningful experiences.

The long days and warm nights of summer provide the perfect conditions for family camping, a tradition that serves as one of childhood’s most classic summer adventures. Camping trips not only allow children to learn how to live outside of their homes, but provide them with the opportunity to engage in experiential learning about their surroundings during all hours of the day (and perhaps the night, too). From afternoon playtime in the woods to an evening of fireflies and campfires to the misty early morning hours that bring endless bird songs, camping trips offer ceaseless exposure to the sights, sounds, and smells of the world. As an added bonus, children who connect with their surroundings are many times more likely to practice environmentally friendly and conservation-minded behaviors as adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Fibonacci Sequence & Golden Ratio Drive Nature-Based Education

Nature’s Patterns Reveals Mathematical Reasoning

The Fibonacci sequence describes the pattern in which flowers fit the most seeds possible into their centers.

Nature is filled with patterns – spirals, in particular, are especially noticeable in species of plants and animals. Sunflowers, for example, seem to spiral their seeds from their centers in some sort of mathematical pattern. Snail shells, too, show growth rings that become gradually larger as they spiral away from the shell’s center. Evergreen cones, heads of broccoli and cauliflower, and tree branches all display noticeable iterations of this spiraling pattern, too.

The spirals that appear all around us are no accident of nature – while they’re beautiful to look at, their purpose is much more important than vanity alone. Beneath the aesthetically pleasing shapes of petals, seeds, and branches are two fascinating mathematical concepts that explain nature’s tendency to expand in spirals. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Rock and Keep Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Rock and Keep Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston

Exploring a single word through music can uncover the many ways we use language on an everyday basis. In this episode of the HFVS, the word “roll” in Rock and Keep Rolling is used to describe the movement of waves, wheat fields, and a manatee.  It describes the fun of rolling down a hill to the more sophisticated meaning of letting something roll off you back.  A roll can be a food item, or a drum sequence, or quite simply the partner of rock. – www.frompagetoplay.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 27th & 28th 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Tim Seston – “Here to Play”


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PLAYLIST

  • Tim Seston – “Bring on the Thunder” [On a Roll]
  • Doobee Brothers – “Black Water” [Best of the Doobees]
  • Fran Friedman – “The Colors of the Earth” [Dreams for Tomorrow]
  • Justin Roberts – “Rolling Down the Hill” [Lemonade]
  • Tim Seston – “Rolling in the Mud” [Here to Play]
  • Little Richard – “On Top of Spaghetti” [A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs]
  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs – “Slow Roll” [Blue Bike Chronicles]
  • Dorothy Cresswell – “Mary Manatee” [More Songs for Curious Kids]
  • Keith Boynton – “Be Like a Duck” [Philadelphia Chickens]
  • Tim Seston – “Jelly and Coral” [On a Roll]
  • Andy Z – “This Land is Your Land” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
  • Ratboy Jr. – “Bill” [Champions of the Universe]
  • Wayne Potash – “Seven Nights to Rock” [Don’t Forget the Donut!]
  • Liz Buchanan – “Rockin in the Rabbit Hole” [Once Upon a Tune]
  • Uncle Devin – “Drum Roll Call” [Drum Tales!]
  • Tim Seston – “On a Roll” [On a Roll]

Original broadcast: June 15th & 16th, 2018

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Motorcycles to Skateboarding. Youth Theater to Family Concert.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsSkillsharingPreserving FruitPotteryFarmingTextile ArtsAgricultural HistoryLocal HistoryTransportation HistoryAviationBucklandDeerfieldSpringfieldMiddle AgesRenaissance FairGather In FestivalBlock PartyArt WalkMusic FestivalFamily Outdoor ConcertLawn ConcertJazzKlezmer MusicMusical InstrumentsBotanyEcologyFernsBirdsNative SpeciesStargazingSolar SystemTheater StudiesAutobiographicalMusicalYouth TheaterClowningPuppet TheaterMarionettesGhostsLiterature in TranslationContemporary DanceReading to DogsCanoeingLabyrinthSkateboardingBaseballMotorcyclesJetsChessKnitting

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 27-Aug 2, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: July 27-August 9, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jul 27-28 & Aug 3-4


The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is coming to the Cummington Fairgrounds July 27 & 28 and Aug 3 & 4. Enjoy all-day entertainment! Cheer for your favorite knight at the joust, watch as dancers flirt with fire, laugh with fairies, enjoy Renaissance music and much more. There are plenty of activities for children and adults to create memories together. Test your strength against a knight, listen to stories by an Auld Celt, shoot a real bow and arrow, and shop over 50 mystical vendors. Stay late on Saturday for their Adult-Only shows. Sunday, July 28 is Hilltown Day! Hilltown Kids (0-15) are FREE with purchase of an adult ticket (Limit 2 children/adult pass. Adult ID required). More info, including for overnight camping, at MassRenFaire.com.

Aug 1

On Thursday, August 1, from 5:30-7:30pm, get set for two amazing bands with an international fan-base that call the Pioneer Valley home! Latin Grammy winner Mister G travels internationally with the message of protecting our planet, integrating blues, soul, and roots to his repertoire for a foot-stompin’ good time. In The Nick of Time is a group of talented musicians for all ages, described as “Jack Black meets Dr. Seuss.” This annual family concert is always a packed show. Come out and enjoy a new location of Amherst Downtown’s historic town common. Bart’s Ice Cream Cart will be on hand with delicious samples to purchase. Go to amherstdowntown.com and follow the tab for Free Summer Concert. Check the weather and website.

Aug 3, 4, 6

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre closes out its Sweet 16th Season by asking a prehistorically puzzling question, How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? Beloved Author Jane Yolen asks, “How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?” in her beloved children’s book. They’ve tasked themselves to try and answer that very question. PaintBox takes this ‘tail’ and twists it PaintBox style. Callum LaFrance tackles this feat, short arms, long neck, and all. Shows are: Aug 3, 10:30am & 1pm, Aug 4, 10:30am & 1pm, and Aug 6, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 27-August 9, 2019

Saturday, July 27Sunday, July 28
Monday, July 29Tuesday, July 30Wednesday, July 31
Thursday, Aug 1Friday, Aug 2

Saturday, Aug 3Sunday, Aug 4
Monday, Aug 5Tuesday, Aug 6Wednesday, Aug 7
Thursday, Aug 8Friday, Aug 9

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Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science

Monarch Butterflies: Migratory Patterns & Citizen Scientists Opportunities

Tagged Monarch Butterfly

What to organize a Monarch Butterfly tagging effort? Monarch Watch has instructions and kits with tags for tracking.

Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys. Though their long trek can sometimes take up to four generations to complete, it spans an almost unbelievably large portion of North America. The butterflies begin high in the mountains of southwestern Mexico, and, come springtime, gradually work their way as far north as Saskatchewan, Canada and as far east as Maine and the southernmost parts of New Brunswick. The distinctive black-and-orange butterflies lay their eggs along the way, and depend on the availability of milkweed-filled habitat throughout their journey. While no one butterfly makes the round trip from Mexico to Maine and back again, the pattern of monarch movement across the continent is incredibly sophisticated and, at times, beautiful.

Because the monarch needs such specific habitat – young monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed – the opportunity to stop and lay eggs has become much more limited than it once was. Due to human development of land and genetically engineered farming techniques, meadows with milkweed can be rare, and the butterflies must try much harder in order to complete the full cycle of their journey. In order to track the changes in population and the preferred landing grounds of monarchs, a number of Citizen Scientist initiatives have been developed. All around the United States (with the exception of states west of the Rockies), butterflies are being tracked and studied – and your family can help as a citizen scientist…

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Food Bank of Western MA Cider Pairing Dinner

Ticket Giveaway!

Hilltown Families and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts have partnered up to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to their fundraiser, Cider Pairing Dinner, for an evening out that supports a good cause (a $170 value)! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

CIDER PAIRING DINNER

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on August 4 from 5-8:30pm for a special Cider Pairing Dinner fundraising event! Dine al fresco while enjoying the breathtaking views at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, MA, with dinner prepared by Wheelhouse paired with locally made hard cider by Artifact Cider Project and Headwater Cider. Tractor tours of the orchard and grounds included! Visit foodbankwma.org/cider-pairing-dinner for tickets and more information.

HOW TO ENTER

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner, or good friend for a delicious al fresco dinner. To find out how to enter to win, check our weekly eNewsletter which goes out every Thursday morning.

Deadline to enter to win: 8/1/19 @ 3pm (EST).

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If you don’t win, you should still go! It’s the price of a date night, only for a good cause! Visit foodbankwma.org/cider-pairing-dinner for tickets.

HFVS Love and Togetherness Episode with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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 Love and Togetherness Episode
with Guest DJ, Alina Celeste

Nature, dancing and good friends and family are some of Alina Celeste‘s favorite things. In this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show as our Guest DJ, Alina shares some of her favorite songs in Spanish and English (and both!) that make you want to move your body and appreciate the world around you. So get dancing and celebrating!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 20th & 21st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Gloria Estefan “Hablemos el Mismo Idioma” [Mi Tierra]
  • Alina CelesteCoquinas” [Love Is Te Quiero]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Pajarito” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Mister G “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Hector Lavoe “Che Che Cole” [Hector Lavoe Greatest Hits]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats “Una Gran Familia” [Hold Tight, Shine Bright]
  • Alina CelesteBaila Conmigo” [Love Is Te Quiero ]
  • Mi Amigo Hamlet “Laila” [Happy Land Is Tierra Feliz]
  • Antonio Machín & Cuarteto Vocal Tropicana “El Manisero” [Vintage Cuba Selection From EPs Collectors]
  • Feist “Sea Lion Woman” [The Reminder]
  • Maná “Se Me Olvido Otra Vez” [MTV Unplugged]
  • Mister G “Fireflies” [Fireflies]
  • Alina CelesteStardust” [Love Is Te Quiero ]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Blueberry Pie to Tea Party. Nature-Based Learning to Placemaking.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Outdoor AdventuresWaterwaysCanoeingStargazingMountain HikeBoat CruiseBaseballCultural StudiesScottishShakerRural LivingIndigenous Heritage60s Pop CultureFolk TraditionsCanningEmily DickinsonEdith WhartonMary PoppinsStorytellingIce Cream SocialTea PartyBlueberry PieLocal HistoryColonial HistoryLiving HistoryAgricultureCanalsAstronomyAviationJetsPollinatorsMothsNative SpeciesWildlifeBeaversStarsOrnithologyEcologyMarine BiologyZoologyEntomologyRiversFamily PerformanceTheater StudiesExperiential TheaterFamily TheaterYouth TheaterMusicalImprovShakespeareContemporary DanceMusic StudiesLawn ConcertKlezmer

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 20-26, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: July 20-August 2, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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July 20 & 21

Blast into the Past: Live a Day in 1805 at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10am-4pm. Experience rural living, home life, and community in Western MA from the 19th century as the Homestead recreates a 19th-century farm community for families to discover and explore. Participate in a barter economy and learn about the various skills and trades of the early 1800’s. Meet different 19th-century craftspeople, tradespeople, and farm workers as they demonstrate historic skills such as blacksmithing, shoemaking, straw braiding, cooking, timber framing, and more! William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413-634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.

Jul 20

Did you know Dickinson wrote around 100 poems about bees? Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum(280 Main St., Amherst, MA) on July 20 for “Buccaneers of Buzz,” their annual Children’s Circus! This family-friendly event celebrates the important role pollinators played in Dickinson’s poetry and in our lives today. Learn more about the continued significance of pollinators from educators from Book & Plow Farm, crafts, games, and an interactive, musical puppet show with Tom Knight at 1:30pm. Perfect for children ages 3 to 10, this event is $5 for families or free for Friends of the Museum. Stop by between 12 and 3:30pm to see what all the buzz is about! For more information, email EDMprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or visit their website.

Jul 20, 21, Aug 7

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre celebrates its Sweet 16th Season by hitting the high seas with their favorite band of pirates, Everybody Wants To Be A Pirate! They areeeeeeee back with more jokes, more treasure, and more shenanigINs-and-OUTs. Kelsey Flynn, Troy Mercier, and Myka Plunkett will be holding strong this summer on deck with all new jokes. You’re always welcome to join the crew for the third installment of the saga that is PaintBox PIRATES! Shows are: July 20, 10:30am & 1pm, July 21, 10:30am & 1pm, and again on Wed., Aug 7, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Jul 23, Jul 30, & Aug 6

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Steve Corning will get you jazzed to start the day on July 23rd with his juggling act. On July 30th, Bowey the Clown will have everyone laughing and on August 6th, Ed the Magician will be back to dazzle families once again! For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Jul 24 – Aug 10

Barrington Stage Company: Ragtag Theater’s Hansel and Gretel. Book by Sam Lafrage; Music and Lyrics by Lewis Flinn and Sam Lafrage. For ages 3 to 103, Ragtag Theatre Company (creators of the smash hits Cinderella and Rapunzel) is creating a hilarious, interactive, fractured musical version of the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, featuring Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre Company in Pittsfield, MA. This slap-happy, reimagined romp through this beloved fairy tale is guaranteed to be a great time for all! Dates: July 24–August 10. Tickets: 413-236-8888. barringtonstageco.org

Aug 4

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on August 4 from 5-8:30pm for a special Cider Pairing Dinner fundraising event! Dine al fresco while enjoying the breathtaking views at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, MA, with dinner prepared by Wheelhouse paired with locally made hard cider by Artifact Cider Project and Headwater Cider. Tractor tours of the orchard and grounds included! Visit foodbankwma.org/cider-pairing-dinner for tickets and more information.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 20-August 2, 2019

Saturday, July 20Sunday, July 21
Monday, July 22Tuesday, July 23Wednesday, July 24
Thursday, July 25Friday, July 26

Saturday, July 27Sunday, July 28
Monday, July 29Tuesday, July 30Wednesday, July 31
Thursday, Aug 1Friday, Aug 2

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5 Featured Pottery Studios in Western MA

Hear Me Roar: Pottery Studios in Western Massachusetts

Getting Your Hands Dirty
By Cheryl Allan Carlyle

Pottery, one of the oldest forms of art, has been in existence since before the Neolithic period, dating back to 29,000 BC! These ancient artifacts have been discovered by archaeologists across the world, most notably in Japan, China, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America. The origins of pottery are purely utilitarian in that they were made to serve a specific, useful purpose – cups, plates, and bowls are among the most common items found. Because clay is inexpensive, abundant, and adaptable, it was an ideal medium for creating these necessary items. Beyond its practical use, clay was also used in early cultures to create figurines and vases as a form of artistic expression. Today, pottery remains a timeless and valuable art form. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Funny Country Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Funny Country Songs Episode
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HFVS Guest DJ, Cowboy Andy, lead singer and songwriter for the family friendly band The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. In this week’s episode  he explores humor in music across a wide range of genres and decades!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 13th & 14th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke – “I Love to Laugh” [Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast” [What Makes the Breakfast]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Bowl of Eggs” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • The Hoosier Hot Shots – “I Like Bananas, Because They Have No Bones” [Vintage Novelty Songs For Kids]
  • Roger Miller – “Kansas City Star” [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Roger Miller – “Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd [Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Letter Why” [Put Your Arms in the Air]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • David Seville – “Witch Doctor” [Witch Doctor (Remastered)]
  • Syd Barrett – “Effervescing Elephant” [The Best of Syd Barrett – Wouldn’t You Miss Me?]
  • George Harrison – “It’s Johnny’s Birthday” [All Things Must Pass]
  • Ozomatli & Ozokidz – “Moose On the Loose” [Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz]
  • Donald O’Connor – “Make ‘em Laugh” [Singin’ in the Rain (Original Soundtrack)]
  • Spike Jones – “Jamboree Jones” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Spike Jones – “Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-bye)” [(Not) Your Standard Spike Jones Collection]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwich” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Grover – “Near and Far” [Sesame Street: Grover Sings the Blues]
  • Rhonda Vincent – “Banana Phone” [Sing Along With Putamayo]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater]
  • Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders – “Mom Only Counts to Three” [Put Your Arms in the Air]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Canoeing to Folk Traditions. Waterways to Shakers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsFruit PreservesShaker GardeningMasonryMusic FestivalTown FairBeach PartyCommunity PicnicOutdoor FilmNature-Based LearningZoologyEntomologyOrnithologyEcologyGeologyCosmologyDaytime CanoeingEvening PaddleMoonlight Canoeing Guided HikingBeaversDragonfliesNative SpeciesWetlandsWaterwaysAviationLunar LandingSolar SystemTheater StudiesMusicalBiographical TheaterImmersive TheaterDance StudiesContemporary DanceMusic StudiesSwing MusicLawn ConcertDrummingKirtanReligious StudiesShakerLocal HistoryAgriculture4-HLiterary StudiesStorytellingReading to DogsSummer PlaygroupBaseballPostcardsMagic

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 13-19, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: July 13-26, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Featured Events

Jul 12 – 14

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts’ most family-friendly music festival, happens at Greenfield Community College on July 12-14 in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Rhiannon Giddens, and Angelique Kidjo, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at The Art Garden tent and stage, A-Z’s Yo-Yo Team, a family sing, and drum circle, Curious George, PaintBox Theater, the yearly Mardi Gras Parade tradition, tethered hot air balloon rides, an instrument petting zoo, and more. For a full lineup of music and activities visit www.greenriverfestival.com.

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Jul 5 – Aug 4

The 2019 Ko Festival of Performance (July 5 – August 4) has been curated on the theme of “HABITAT” – the humankind. It’s a season for Teens/Adults/Seniors about displaced persons, the effects of sudden habitat change, and endangered & vanished cultures — all original, professional work, created by the artists who come to Ko. Performers range from Samite and his extraordinary African music & personal stories to a Rat (a puppet) in love with a deported Berlin cabaret star. And for all ages, The Mettawee River Theater Company returns with an Indian tale, “The Ring Dove.” Tickets for Shows, Story Slam & Workshops (jumpstart your creativity!) are available at kofest.com and at the Box Office 413-542-3750. Special prices for SNAP/EBT cardholders.

Wed in Jul

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this July at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include: “Summer, Seashore, Ocean” songs and stories with folksinger & storyteller Tim Van Egmond on July 10; Living Statue with Linda Peck on July 17; “Dragonflies of the Connecticut Valley” with Dave Small, president of Athol Bird & Nature Club, on July 24; and “Bouncy Jazz & Klezmer Tunes” with Brian Bender and friend on July 31. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Jul 12

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA presents a FREE show with the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular on Friday, July 12th at 10am. The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy family-friendly flurry of fun! Indulge your curiosity and celebrate your senses as our troupe of acrobats, aerialists, and circus specialty artists bend, twist, flip, and fly into your hearts and minds! Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation, this event is part of the Mahaiwe’s ongoing Free Fun Friday tradition. All ages welcome, general admission — first-come, first-serve. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-0100. mahaiwe.org.

Jul 20

Did you know Dickinson wrote around 100 poems about bees? Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum(280 Main St., Amherst, MA) on July 20 for “Buccaneers of Buzz,” their annual Children’s Circus! This family-friendly event celebrates the important role pollinators played in Dickinson’s poetry and in our lives today. Learn more about the continued significance of pollinators from educators from Book & Plow Farm, crafts, games, and an interactive, musical puppet show with Tom Knight at 1:30pm. Perfect for children ages 3 to 10, this event is $5 for families or free for Friends of the Museum. Stop by between 12 and 3:30pm to see what all the buzz is about! For more information, email EDMprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or visit their website.

Jul 20, 21, Aug 7

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre celebrates its Sweet 16th Season by hitting the high seas with their favorite band of pirates, Everybody Wants To Be A Pirate! They areeeeeeee back with more jokes, more treasure, and more shenanigINs-and-OUTs. Kelsey Flynn, Troy Mercier, and Myka Plunkett will be holding strong this summer on deck with all new jokes. You’re always welcome to join the crew for the third installment of the saga that is PaintBox PIRATES! Shows are: July 20, 10:30am & 1pm, July 21, 10:30am & 1pm, and again on Wed., Aug 7, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Jul 23, Jul 30, & Aug 6

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Steve Corning will get you jazzed to start the day on July 23rd with his juggling act. On July 30th, Bowey the Clown will have everyone laughing and on August 6th, Ed the Magician will be back to dazzle families once again! For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Jul 24 – Aug 10

Barrington Stage Company: Ragtag Theater’s Hansel and Gretel. Book by Sam Lafrage; Music and Lyrics by Lewis Flinn and Sam Lafrage. For ages 3 to 103, Ragtag Theatre Company (creators of the smash hits Cinderella and Rapunzel) is creating a hilarious, interactive, fractured musical version of the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, featuring Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre Company in Pittsfield, MA. This slap-happy, reimagined romp through this beloved fairy tale is guaranteed to be a great time for all! Dates: July 24–August 10. Tickets: 413-236-8888. barringtonstageco.org

Aug 4

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on August 4 from 5-8:30pm for a special Cider Pairing Dinner fundraising event! Dine al fresco while enjoying the breathtaking views at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, MA, with dinner prepared by Wheelhouse paired with locally made hard cider by Artifact Cider Project and Headwater Cider. Tractor tours of the orchard and grounds included! Visit foodbankwma.org/cider-pairing-dinner for tickets and more information.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

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