Suggested Events 02/26/11-03/04/11

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


Western MA Sugar Shacks are opening up this weekend serving breakfast and fresh maple syrup! Click on the photo for a list of Sugar Shacks in Western MA. Give them a call to see if they've serving up sweet goodness this weekend! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield - Sap drips from a tapped maple tree in the hilltowns.)

Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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In the early afternoon on Saturday, February 26th at 1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Deedle Deedle Dees will be a Flywheel in the old Town Hall, with a special Black History Month show featuring tunes about Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Henry Box Brown, and other folks worthy of song. Presented by Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock. Doors open at 1pm. Easthampton, MA ($)

Later in evening on Saturday, February 26th from 5-8pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Participate in Red Gate Farm’s Fire and Ice celebration. Go sledding under the lights and warm up by the fire afterward. Dinner and cocoa provided- fun for all ages! 4 Norman Road. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (>$)

After brunch at one of the local sugar shacks on Sunday, February 27th, from 2-4pm – SINGALONG: A community singalong happens at the Jones Library in the Amherst Room, lead by Rise Up Singing songbook creators, Peter Blood & Annie Patterson. All are welcome. 43 Amity St. 259-3090 Amherst, MA. (FREE)


Friday, March 4th at 7pm- FAMILY THEATER: See “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” at The Academy of Music. Knuffle Bunny is the story of a simple family trip to the laundromat and the things that go unexpectedly horribly wrong. The show is full of adventure, songs, and, of course, gigantic dancing laundry. 274 Main Street. 584-9032. Northampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm – BIRTHDAY BENEFIT BASH: Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash at Bread Euphoria!  A celebration to bring the community together while supporting Hilltown Families with a birthday party!  Family concert with Mister G.  Pizza and birthday cake from Bread Euphoria. Save the date now.  More details to come! Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)


Deadline to enter to win: Feb. 28th.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FAIR: Looking for that perfect summer program for your 4- to 19-year-old? Come to the 8th annual Pioneer Valley Summer Opportunities Fair at The Williston Northampton School on Sunday, Feb. 27, 12-3pm. There will be over 35 local, national, and international programs for elementary, middle & high school students. Programs include language, service, academic, sports, leisure, or cultural specialties. Ask programs questions, hear about scholarships/financial aid, and collect brochures. There will be 3 workshops: Choosing the best program for your child ages 4-10, Maximizing summer experiences for college admission, and How to find and land a great summer job or internship. 40 Park St., Easthampton (FREE)

LIBRARY CLOSURE: The Forbes Library Children’s Department in Northampton will be closed from Saturday, February 26 – Monday, March 7 while new carpet is installed.

DONATIONS WANTED: Two hilltown farm families recently lost their barns. The Howe’s barn roof collapsed under the snow load killing a heifer, and the Joyner’s barn and hay was lost to a fire. Donations to assist our neighbors can be sent to The West Cummington Church, P.O. Box 148, Cummington, MA 01026

Deadline to enter to win: March 2nd

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts invites you to attend a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, February 26th. Anyone who is interested in getting involved with The Food Bank, might want to volunteer in the future, or just wants to learn more about The Food Bank can attend. Orientation sessions will introduce you to the work of The Food Bank and the variety of volunteer opportunities we have available. A form is available on The Food Bank’s website where those interested can RSVP. Orientation sessions are held regularly on the second Tuesday and fourth Saturday of every month. 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA. 247-9738.

THE KITCHEN GARDENER: A free clinic at the Worthington Library on Saturday, February 26th at 4pm will explore low cost strategies for season extension, increasing yield, increasing plant vigor, mitigating pests, disease and predation, reducing water usage, the practical possibilities of a four season harvest in our climate, on site fertility programs and more. You can increase yields, flavor and nutrition without spending a lot of money. Bring your ideas and experiences to share and bring an open mind. This program is part of the Worthington Library’s Omnivore’s Dilemma Program and is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Deadline to enter to win: Feb. 28th.

COOKBOOK SWAP/BOOK DISCUSSION: On Wednesday, March 2nd, Hilltown Sustainability will host a cookbook exchange and discussion of the book, The Vegetarian Myth. The meeting will be at the Village Congregational Church in Cummington at 7:30. The Vegetarian Myth was written by Lierre Keith, a former vegan of 20 years, and addresses food, justice, and sustainability. Come to share your thoughts and insights, and trade for some new cookbooks, too! For more information, contact Leni Fried at 634-5591.

Lynne Guyette, Easthampton Family Center Coordinator writes: The Easthampton Family Center will hold its first parent meeting this year on Friday, March 4, 2011. The meeting will take place at the family center during its egular playgroup time from 10:30am to 12:00pm. All family center members are invited to attend this meeting. There will be extra supervision and activities for the children while the meeting takes place. I hope to see you all there on the 4th of March. This is your opportunity to be heard and to help support the growth of the Easthampton Family Center.

Deadline to enter to win: March 9th

OPEN CALL FOR ARTWORK: Artists from Berkshire County (and beyond!) are invited to submit artwork (both 2- and 3-D) for the upcoming group exhibit, “Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland and Irish Culture.” The show will appear at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield from March 12th-April 9th. Work of any type is welcomed, and submissions should be fully prepared for display. For more information, visit or call 499-9348.



Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week Josh Wachtel of Radio Free Earth Guest DJs the Hilltown Famiy Variety Show, spinning tunes by Harry Nilsson, The Holy Modal Rounders, The Blazers, The Mills Brothers, The Gardenias, Michelle Shocked, Merle Travis, Radio Free Earth, and many others! Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


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    Saturday, February 26th, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at

    SUGAR SHACK FUNDRAISER: Visit Steve’s Sugar Shack for opening day. The sugar shack will be donating a portion of their profits on Saturday to the Pioneer Valley Humane Society, so bring your appetite and order as many pancakes as you want- it’s for a good cause! Steve’s will be open Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast through April 10th. 34 North Road. 527-0294. Westhampton, MA.

    8am-3pm – WINTER FESTIVAL: Annual Winter Festival happens in downtown North Adams. This family fun event includes hay rides, ice sculpting, carnival games, refreshments, crafts, music, ice skating and more. 664-6180 North Adams, MA (FREE, >$)

    9am-5pm – BOTANICAL STUDIES: 2011 Amherst Orchid Society Show at Smith Vocational High School. Visit to see tons and tons of orchids of all kinds of varieties! Plants will be judged- see if you can predict the winners. Northampton, MA. (>$)

    10am-1pm – OUTDOOR FESTIVAL: Five College Outdoor Festival happens at Hampshire College to celebrate outdoor sports and adventures. Demos with Zoar Outdoor, pancake brunch, adventure race, climbing competitions. 559.5536 Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Animal tracking and winter wanderings with Earthwork Programs at the Bullitt Reservation. A fun family outing, go tracking with Frank on the Pebble Trail and enjoy the outdoors with snow games. Register in advance: 628-4485 Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    10am-9pm- GIANT SANDBOX: Didn’t get to go south to enjoy a sandy beach for school vacation? Visit the Eastfield Mall for a healthy dose of sand! A giant sandbox has been built in the mall’s food court, containing more than enough sand for you to get your fix of summer. 1655 Boston Road. 543-8000. Springfield, MA (FREE)

    10:30am – MUSIC SERIES: Music series at the Jones Library. For kids of all ages. 43 Amity St. 259-3090 Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    11-11:45pm – KIDS YOGA: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 727-8143 Northampton, MA ($)

    11am-1pm: INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES: A historic and cultural adventure of Pakistan, inspired by Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, will take place at the Town Hall. Kids ages 9-12 can learn to write their name using Urdu letters, leaf through text books used by children in these mountainous schools, dress-up in their traditional clothing, enjoy Nan and tea, partake in a Pakistani craft, and listen to traditional music. 259-1213 Shutesbury, MA.

    11am – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime at the Northfield Public Library. Enjoy what’s left of school vacation by lounging in comfy clothes and listening to stories. 115 Main Street. 498-2455. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

    12Noon – YOUTHFILM: The Northampton Arts Council will host a YouthFilm Fest at the Academy of Music, featuring films directed, crafted, written and starred by local children and teens. Films screened early in the afternoon are suitable for young kids. Films screened later in the day are more appropriate for older kids. To see the schedule of films visit Northampton, MA. (KIDS FREE, ADULTS >$)

    1pm – MOVIE SCREENING: Despicable Me (PG) will be screened at the Whately Public Library (202 Chestnut Plain Rd.). 665-2170 Whately, MA (FREE)

    1pm – CUPCAKES: Decorate cupcakes with Dona at Huntington Public Library. All supplies will be provided, and children ages 9 and up are invited to attend. Please pre-register. 7 East Main Street. 667-3506. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

    1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Deedle Deedle Dees will be a Flywheel in the old Town Hall, with a special Black History Month show featuring tunes about Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Henry Box Brown, and other folks worthy of song. Presented by Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock. Doors open at 1pm. Easthampton, MA ($)

    1:30pm – KNITTING/CRAFT GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees & Crafting a Elmer’s. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – OPEN HOUSE: Visit Sheep Hill for the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s winter open house. Enjoy simple crafts, mulled cider, and a roaring fire, as well as outdoor activities like showshoeing and sledding! 671 Cold Spring Road. 458-2494. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

    1-4pm – ANIMALS STUDIES: Fox Fun for Families Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center (99 Millers Falls Rd.). Observation of mounts, skulls, books and outdoor tracking. For ages 7yo+ Indoors and outdoors. (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

    2:30pm – THEATER: The Piti Theatre Company presents the nature fable Elmer and the Elder Tree at the Orange Town Hall. The show is interactive, and includes music and dance. 6 Prospect Street. 978-544-1100. Orange, MA. (>$)

    3:30 PM – FAMILY THEATER: Visit the Williston Northampton School for their annual February vacation children’s performances. This year’s show is Story Theater: Journeys of Transformation from Around the World and Beyond, and is based on a collection of folk stories. 18 Payson Avenue. 529-3434. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

    4pm – SPORTS ADVENTURES: The Mt. Holyoke Lyons hockey team takes on their rival team, the Smith Pioneers, at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke. This is one of the biggest games for the two teams- come cheer them on and see some great women’s hockey! 575 Maple Street. 532-2929. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

    5pm – HISTORICAL THEATER: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents, “Ain’t I A Woman: The Story of Sojourner Truth.” Actress Debra Zull performs a one-woman show that chronicles Truth’s life as an abolitionist, evangelist, and civil and women’s rights leader. Great for older students! 9 Route 183. 298-4100. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

    5-8pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Participate in Red Gate Farm’s Fire and Ice celebration. Go sledding under the lights and warm up by the fire afterward. Dinner and cocoa provided- fun for all ages! 4 Norman Road. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (>$)

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