Suggested Events 11/28/09-12/04/09

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.


Bittersweet growing in Western Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending.


Many activities happening on Friday, including the Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler, outdoor explorations in Ashfield, theater for kids in Amherst, glassblowing in Williamsburg and Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls. Click HERE for details.

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  • Jason Trotta, Executive Director of Northampton Community Music Center writes: “Dear Parents, After several weeks of discussion and planning, I am pleased to announce that the Northampton Community Music Center will be offering a “Fundamentals of Music” class designed specifically for home-schooled students in the early afternoon on Fridays beginning January 22, 2010. Class size will be 10-15 students, and we will offer two different classes for two different age groups. It will also be very affordable – only $100 for a 15-week course. If you have any questions, so not hesitate to e-mail or call. (413) 585-0001”

    Friday night in Shelburne Falls

  • SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 5th from 9-11am is the Easthampton Family Center‘s Pancake BRRRReakfast with Santa at the Pulaski Club Hall in Easthampton, MA.  For more info call Mindy at 563-7672.
  • TURKEY DINNER ALTERNATIVE: Families can Adopt a Turkey for Thanksgiving at
  • VOLUNTEERS WANTED: 4H Youth Program seeks adult volunteers with skills in science, environment, arts, food, sewing & working with animals. 545-0611
  • CALL FOR YOUTH PARTICIPATION: Seventh Annual Young Composers Festival on Saturday, January 30th , 2010. Click here for more info.
  • HILLTOWN SKIING FOR KIDS: Register by December 15th for Bill Koch Youth Ski League, held on Sundays, 2-4 pm, Notchview Reservation, Windsor, MA.  This cross-country ski program introduces young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing. Have a winter of fun with relays, games on skis, and age-appropriate races to develop cross-country ski skills for ages 5 to 13. Parents and children participate in league activities.  Contact or call Notchview at 413-684-0148 for information.


    Sunday morning in West Chesterfield

  • HOMESCHOOL SKI PROGRAM: Otis Ridge Ski Area is offering a program for home schooled kids. 413-269-4444
  • R. H. CONWELL FOOD DRIVE: Students at R. H. Conwell in Huntington, MA are collecting food for the Gateway Hilltown Food Pantry, as part of a larger community effort to collect 1000 food items for the pantry. These donations help local families who are currently struggling to provide adequate food to their children. Please be as generous as possible. The food drive will run from November 23 to December 21. Items may be brought to the school.
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: 2009 Pioneer Valley Fleece Fiesta on Saturday, December 5th from 1-5pm. Share in cocoa and holiday music as volunteers help Pioneer Valley homeless families with the 2nd annual Fleece Fiesta at First Churches in Northampton, MA. Volunteers will create warm, durable fleece no-sew blankets, and collect non-perishable food. Help do your part to make sure our neighbors don’t go cold or hungry this winter. No talent necessary. Anyone can help. All proceeds will go to benefit Servicenet, Inc., Western Mass’ largest mental health and human service provider. For more information on how you can help by donating fleece, food or time, contact Michael Busack at (508) 641-1546


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

SATURDAY – 11/28/09


Deadline to enter to win: December 9th, 2009

SUNDAY – 11/29/09

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  1. November 27, 2009 at 7:30 am


    Saturday: Celtic Bluegrass McKrells @ Berkshire Museum
    The acclaimed Celtic bluegrass band The McKrells return to Pittsfield with traditional and original holiday songs in their distinctive folk/bluegrass newgrass hybrid sound. Metroland named The McKrells “Acoustic Band of the Year” for three consecutive years, and Bluegrass Now describes The McKrells as having “a sound that can best be described as Irish bluegrass. Yes, it’s bluegrass, mostly, but there’s a lilt to the tunes, a bouncing drive to the melodies, the trace of an accent in Kevin’s vocals, and here and there a touch of melancholy that seems to go hand in hand with the Irish persona.”
    Saturday | 7pm | The Berkshire Museum | 39 South St | 443-7171 ext. 10 | $20/$15 for members



    Homeschool mornings at Serious Fun in South Deerfield has changed times. It will now take place from 12 to 2:30pm on Mondays and Fridays. and/or contact Gaby : (413) 665-7186



    Twelve Days of Christmas
    Monday, November 30, 2009, 7 P.M.
    Forbes Library in Northampton

    The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas song which people generally sing with great gusto but with almost no understanding. The basic premise of Dr. Bernard’s book is that there is a logic to the twelve sequences. His hypothesis is that the lyrics reveal a cartographic code of an esoteric route map by which pilgrims in the Middle Ages could make the long journey from England to Jerusalem.

    Dr. Thomas L. Bernard was born and raised in Scotland, and received his education in Wales, and in the USA where he earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and a postgraduate certificate from Harvard University. His professional career as an educator, professor, administrator and lecturer has spanned over 50 years with service on five continents. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred books or articles, and takes particular pride in The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning, which he feels is the first significant attempt to explain by translation the underlying message of the twelve
    parts of this popular Christmas song.

    This lecture is free and open to the public.
    Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060
    Phone 413-587-1017



    Men’s Groups – The Men’s Resource Center holds a facilitated drop-in support group for men every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at North Star in Hadley, located at routes 9 and 47. A support group is also held every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Network Chiropractic, 21 Mohawk Trail, Greenfield. At the Synthesis Center, 274 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, a group for gay-bisexual-questioning men meets Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and a group for men who have experienced childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect meets Fridays from 7-9 p.m. Participants in the Amherst groups are requested to park on the side of the lot closest to the Synthesis Center or at the parking meters on the street (free after 6 p.m.). All groups are led by trained volunteer facilitators; $5-10 donation suggested. Call 253-9887, ext. 10, or email or go to


    Mom’s Group – The Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative (MOCAI) holds a free weekly drop-in group for mothers of color on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 96 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. Babies in arms and expectant mothers are welcome. For more information, email


    Worthington Health Center will be offering free infant massage classes at the Worthington Library. Open to all families with babies under 1yo. Free childcare for older kids. And transportation assistance is available. 413-238-5511 x155



    Valley Time Trade Begins! Building community in the greater Northampton area through reciprocity. C3, The Pedal People and Community Action, Women Building Bridges and Class Action invite you to become a member of the new Valley Time Trade, a local TimeBank.

    Tuesday December 1st, 5:30-8:30pm
    at A.P.E. Window Gallery, 126 Main St. Northampton, Ma 01060

    Come to this event to learn more about how the Valley Time Trade works and sign up to become a member and start trading time with your community. PLEASE RSVP to:


    Amherst Family Center – A free drop-in program for parents, grandparents and their children 0 to 5 years of age meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Church, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. An English-Language Learner Parent Group meets on Fridays from 9:30-11 a.m. 256-1145.


    Music of Josquin des Prez (c.1450 to 1521)
    Tuesday Dec. 1, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, 8:00 PM AMHERST
    Wednesday Dec. 2, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, South Hadley 8:00 PM
    Sublime motets, chansons and instrumental works by the great master of the High Renaissance, performed by the voices, viols and winds of the Collegium, directed by Robert Eisenstein.Josquin was recognized as a towering genius in his own time, beloved by Martin Luther and recognized by another contemporary as the equal of Michelangelo. In his music we find a rare combination of sheer beauty, sophisticated compositional techniques and powerful expression.



    Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

    Every Wednesday at 10:30 am (FREE)
    Preschool Storytime
    with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong



    Literary Arts 7pm at the Forbes Library in Northampton

    Northampton poet laureate Lesléa Newman issued a challenge to the poets of the Pioneer Valley: write 30 poems in 30 days to raise money for literacy.Newman got the idea from National Novel Writing month. “Fiction writers write a novel during November,” she explained. “So why not have poets do something similar and raise money for a worthy cause at the same time?”

    On Wednesday, December 2nd there will be a public reading and celebration at Forbes Library and all poets who participated in the project are invited to come read a poem that came out of the project.”It’s a lot of fun,” says Newman, who has written 30 poems in 30 days before. “Remember, they don’t have to be great poems. They just have to be poems. But you may very well surprise yourself.” This reading is free and open to the public.



    The Gateway Regional School District extends a warm invitation to area senior citizens for the Annual Holiday Luncheon and Concert at the Gateway Regional Middle/High School complex, 12 Littleville Rd. in Huntington. This event will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 with a student concert in the performing arts center at 11:30 a.m. A holiday luncheon will follow at approximately1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. This event is free of charge to all hilltown seniors.

    Parking will be available at the complex on Littleville Rd. Each town has a luncheon volunteer, who will keep count of the number of people who plan on attending. Those planning to attend should contact one of the following to r.s.v.p: Jo Taudell, 848-2235 (Blandford); Barbara Sanderson, 354-9655 (Chester); Winnie Smith, 667-5213 (Huntington); Susan Baker Donnelly, 623-6080 (Middlefield); Jane Thielen, 862-4482 (Montgomery); Sandy Epperly, 238-5584 (Worthington); or the Council on Aging Reservation Line, 862-6205 (Russell).

    Anyone planning to attend should call their town contact person by November 23rd. Please note that auditorium doors will not be open before 11:00 a.m. In case of bad weather, the snow date will be Thursday, December 3.



    Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. in Plainfield Town Hall

    A Screening of “Food, Inc.: You’ll never look at dinner the same way again. How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer – And What You Can Do About It” . Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.

    Discussion sessions featuring members of the local agricultural community will follow on December 10 at 7:00 at the town hall, and in January. People interested in participating in the follow-up discussion sessions are encouraged to read the companion book of essays, “Food Inc.: A Participant Guide.” A limited number of copies will be available at the Cummington Creamery for half the retail price and the Plainfield Library will have copies to lend.



    Thursday: Pittsfield High String Orchestra @ the Athenaeum. The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum present a free holiday concert by the terrific and ever-popular Pittsfield High String Orchestra, directed by the renowned music teacher Alla Zernitskaya. Ms. Zernitskaya, a native of Russia, teaches at both Pittsfield High School, where students come from all over Berkshire County to study with her, and at Berkshire Music School. She also leads violin workshops internationally.
    Thursday, December 3 | 7pm | Berkshire Athenaeum | 1 Wendell Ave | 499-9484 | Free


    Moonlight Hike in Buckland, MA at Red Gate Farm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    Come for a prowl in our moonlit woods and fields! The moon will light our way as we discover twilight and night time in the outdoors. We will listen for owls and other wildlife and use our senses to explore the natural world at this special time. Young children are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult.
    All ages welcome.
    Please call the Farm Office for hike confirmation.
    Free for all.
    Red Gate Farm Office (413) 625-9503



    Friday, December 4th in Williamstown, MA

    New parents are invited to a free gallery talk at the Clark at 10:15 am. Moms and dads, along with their babies, will enjoy a relaxing hour discovering and discussing art in the Clark collection. Parents may bring strollers or carry their infants in the galleries. Backpack-style infant carriers are not permitted in the galleries. Front-hanging carriers are welcome. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA., 413-458-2303.



    Homeschool mornings at Serious Fun in South Deerfield has changed times. It will now take place from 12 to 2:30pm on Mondays and Fridays. and/or contact Gaby : (413) 665-7186



    Heron Cove Twilight Winter Concert Series, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire & Topia Arts present a performance with Trio Candela

    Friday December 4th at 8pm at Topia’s Stone Soup Café on Park Street in Adams, MA. Trio Candela performs traditional, folkloric Latin music from the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico), Mexico, Central & South America and original creations. The performance includes live music with Guitar, Conga, Vocals, Maraca, Guiro, Shekere, Cajon and traditional songs in Spanish/Creole. The trio features guitarist and vocalist Juan Basillio-Sanchez from Nicaragua, Congera, percussionist and vocalist Aimee Gelinas and lead guitarist and percussionist Daniel Cohen-both from Windsor, Ma. Trio Candela has performed at the opening reception for the Mexican Ballet at the Colonial Theatre, Festival Latino in Lee, the Becket Arts Center annual Summer Solstice Event and the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. They were formerly known as “Trio Hispanico”. Donations for the café will be accepted at the door. Visit or for more information. Email to book a show.


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