Suggested Events for August 13th-19th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There’ll be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Aug 12-14

The Middlefield Fair. The 161st Middlefield Fair will run August 12-14 this year. Friday: Gates open 4pm-Diesel Truck Pull, Bingo. Saturday: Gates open 8am-4×4 Truck Pull, Youth Sheep Show, Horse Pulls, Old Time Fiddle Contest. Sunday: Gates open 8am-Pancake Breakfast, Spooner Well Band, Cattle Show, Garden Tractor Pull, Oxen Pulls. Home-style meals Sat & Sun by the Hinsdale Lions Club. Free entertainment and children’s activities throughout the fair: Exhibit Hall, Farm Museum, Petting Zoo, Balloon Animals, Magician, Smokey the Bear. FREE Children’s Bike Giveaway each evening. 7 Bell Road, Middlefield, MA 01243. Parking: $2, Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children under 12 FREE. www.MiddlefieldFair.org

Aug 16

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday, August 16th at 3pm: Make Your Own Computer Game with Odyssey Webmaster Ann Childs. Learn how to make computer games in Scratch with the awesome Odyssey webmaster, Ann Childs. Campers will create a game together on the big screen and will also be able to access and play the game after the event! A nonrefundable $5 supply fee per child or the purchase of the book (for up to 2 children) is required, as well as pre-registration at least 2 days prior to event. Events last for approximately (but not always) one hour. Minimum age is 7 years old. Younger children accepted if parents stay to assist. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA. Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to sign up!

Smith College faculty member Alexandra Burgess, Ph.D., is recruiting families with children ages 8-12 years to participate in a paid psychology study about children’s emotions, thinking styles, and problem solving abilities. Study activities are fun and interactive, including tasks like solving a variety of puzzles, playing memory games, and writing about a favorite game. All caregiver-child pairs are encouraged to participate, and will earn $40 for their time. The study takes place on the Smith campus, with free parking. Participation is a great way to teach kids about the process of science! Please contact Dr. Burgess at childperfectionism@gmail.com or in her office 413-585-3386 to find out more and schedule a time to come to the lab!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 13-19, 2016

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 9 years!

Saturday August 13, 6:30am-11pm
AGRICULTURE
The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference will connect attendees with place and community by connecting local farmers. Workshops, taking place August 12-August 14th, will cover topics ranging from horse care, beekeeping, fermentation, relationship between plants and soil, farming as a business venture, urban agriculture, hoop houses, and much more. NOFA also offers a teen conference, for learners between the ages of 13 and 17. Hands-on activities will teach kids farming, horticulture, culinary arts, and sustainability practices. Visit the NOFA website for more information and to register. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA.($$ – $$$)

Saturday, August 13, 8am-7:30pm
PLACEMAKING/HISTORY
Old time county fairs are a part of history, often dating back centuries. These fairs are a celebration of local businesses, community, and agriculture. The The Middlefield Fair will feature many ways of connecting with agriculture and animal science, including a sheep show and horse pull. Other events include Bingo, live music and a fiddle contest. Explore the Hilltown Misfits 4-H Club Petting Zoo, exhibit Hall, museum, and more! Check the fair website for a full schedule and more information. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA. (<$. Children under 12 FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Do you have old clothing you’d like to recycle? You’re invited to drop off clean clothes, shoes, bedding and towels in excellent condition in the entryway of St. John’s Church between Sunday afternoon, August 7 and Friday August 12th. You can also come to the free clothing swap on August 13th. Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family for this community recycling event. Please bring reusable shopping bags. Congregational Church. Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 10am-2pm
GEOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Gorges or canyons are typically carved into the landscape by the erosive activity of a river. Join naturalist John Burns for a celebration of local rivers corridors. Explore Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook, and learn about how you can protect these local, natural resources. For event details, register with Meredyth Babcock, 413-623-2070, volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. These markets provide locally grown items, teaching buyers about their habitat through seasonal variation in what is available. This Easthampton farmers’ and makers’ market will also offer locally made items, bringing artists and crafters into the mix. See what you can find, every Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 24th. For more information, visit the Easthampton Farmers’ and Makers’ Market website. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, August 13, 10:30am
MAGIC
Great magicians perform seemingly impossible feats through the magic of psychology. Professional magicians hone their ability to subtly influence decisions and attention. Easy to study at home and at community events, magic can be an entry point for studies of psychology and, in addition to gaining a better understanding of the human brain, perhaps families can learn a few tricks for themselves in the process! Ed The Wizard’s magic show at the Odyssey Bookshop will strongly emphasize the importance of reading. All ages are welcome to attend this program. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 10:30am
ART STUDIES/GUIDED HIKE
Henry David Thoreau is among many famous writers who were heavily inspired by nature and place. You are invited to reflect on Thoreau’s writing on a guided hike of Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute. This hike will take place in conjunction with the current exhibit, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, and will be led by Mark C. Taylor, co-curator the exhibition. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students with valid ID, and members, FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 10:30am-1:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Raptor rehabilitation is a veterinary field focused on nursing sick birds of prey with the hope of returning them to the wild. Tom Ricardi is a licensed raptor rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. His presentations teach people of all ages about the natural history of raptors, their unique behaviors, and interactions between rehabilitator and bird. You can learn about these topics through his presentation at the Zoo in Forest Park. 413-733-2251. 293 Summer Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 13, 10:30am-11:30am
ENTOMOLOGY
Dragonflies can be beautiful, colorful creatures. The iridescent or metallic look of their coloration is caused by “structural coloration,” a type of color production dependent on microscopic structures and reflection of light. The brilliant, iridescent color of peacock feathers is also the result of structural coloration. Children between the ages of three and six can learn much more about dragonflies during this program at Great Falls Discovery Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Friends and siblings are welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Children ages four and up, and their caregivers, are invited to learn about insects through a story and a craft. Come to the Gaylord Memorial Library for a reading of Insects by Adele Richardson. Then participants will be creating and painting paper butterflies. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 11am
FAMILY MUSIC/LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
Educational songs help children learn about all sorts of topics while singing and dancing along. José González’s performance at Historic North Hall, will feature original songs, sung in Spanish and English, from his “Caribbean Fiesta for Kids” album. Topics covered in his music include animals like frogs and baby chicks, and counting. The hall is wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned. All ages welcome. 40 Searle Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 11am-1pm
PLACEMAKING
The Springfield City Library invites you to the quadrangle behind the Central Library for games, facepainting, music, giveaways, and a maze! All ages are welcome to this summer celebration. Come together and make good use of public, city spaces. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 12pm-4pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Pop-up playground adventures encourage not only creative free play but collaborating among young people. Provided with huge cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, string, bales of hay, and other items, children will design their own playground and direct their play within it. This event encourages children to get outside and shows them that their creativity can be implemented to turn an ordinary stretch of grass into a playground! The most engaged age range for this program is roughly ages three through eleven. For more information, check The Play Workshop website. 413-588-2208. Maine’s Field. 550 Riverside Drive. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 2:30 and 3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
The taking of tea was a common and important social ritual for Americans in the 18th century. You can celebrate local customs and culture of the past and present at one of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum’s “Perfect Spot of Tea” programs. These events, featuring live music and locally sourced pastries, will be held each Saturday through August 27 with seatings at 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the museum’s back veranda. On August 13th, Bella Voce will be present to perform a wide variety of pieces—from Opera to Broadway. Tours will be given for an additional fee. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($)

Saturday, August 13, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/AMERICAN HISTORY
Some people are not interested in history, but almost everyone enjoys listening to music. You and your family may be interesting in exploring American history through American musical genres. Where did these genres originate? What was going on historically and culturally during their inception? Moonshine Holler will be performing American roots music including hillbilly blues, ballads and breakdowns, for people of all ages in Northfield. This program is sponsored by the Dickinson Memorial Library, and will take place at the Stanley Wicke Pavilion at Town Hall. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow will be impressing audience members of all ages with their repertory works to live music. Come see them perform on August 13, or 20th at the Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 9 years of archived shows.

Sunday, August 14, 6:30am-3:30pm
AGRICULTURE
The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference will connect attendees with place and community by connecting local farmers. Workshops, taking place August 12-August 14th, will cover topics ranging from horse care, beekeeping, fermentation, relationship between plants and soil, farming as a business venture, urban agriculture, hoop houses, and much more. NOFA also offers a teen conference, for learners between the ages of 13 and 17. Hands-on activities will teach kids farming, horticulture, culinary arts, and sustainability practices. Visit the NOFA website for more information and to register. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA.($$ – $$$)

Sunday, August 14,
PLACEMAKING/HISTORY
Old time county fairs are a part of history, often dating back centuries. These fairs are a celebration of local businesses, community, and agriculture. The The Middlefield Fair will feature many ways of connecting with agriculture and animal science, including an ox pull. Other events include Bingo, live music and a fiddle contest. Explore the Hilltown Misfits 4-H Club Petting Zoo, exhibit Hall, museum, and more! Check the fair website for a full schedule and more information. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA. (<$. Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, August 14, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
You can learn about the Golden Age of the Spanish nobility, through the exhibition plendor, Myth, and Vision at the Clark Art Institute. Twice Grammy-nominated Spanish guitarist Jose Lezcano will be performing at 1pm. Families are invited to come hear live music and enjoy performance art. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ()

Sunday, August 14, 2pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Historical societies draw people together who have an interest in preservation of the past. Theis Buckland Historical Society open house will offer tours of the Museum and the Wilder Homestead. The Museum is a former school house which now houses three floors of artifacts and town records. The Wilder Homestead is a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces, a 1779 English barn with antique barn loom, and a shoemaker shop (Rt. 112). 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, August 15, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Do your kids love exploring the backyard? You can help them explore beyond their close surrounding and encourage an interest in nature studies. Young naturalists ages 8-11 are invited to become Junior Rangers at the Great Falls Discovery Center. This four-part nature education workshop, running July 25-August 15th, will teach children about their local habitat. Kids will become experts on the Connecticut River Watershed, and have the chance to earn a Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm
LITERACY
Therapy dogs can calm people down in stressful situations, especially dog lovers. Libraries all over have begun to bring in therapy dogs to help children who are learning to read. Peanut the dog will be at the Whately Library as a gentle, non-threatening listener for children who want to practice their reading skills aloud. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
You can combine an interest in photography and creativity with technology, by building a mobile app at Holyoke Codes. Participants will use App Inventor to create this app for Android devices. There will be plenty of tablets to use. Ages ten and up. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, August 16, 10am
ZOOLOGY
Observing live animals is the most fun way to learn about their behavior. Zoo On The Zo will be visiting the Westhampton Public Library to teach visitors about animals, their adaptations, habitats, diets, and status in the wild. Children will be able to touch, and observe, and ask questions during this educational program. All ages welcome. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 16, 3pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Children who like to play video games may also want to learn programming and engineering skills through creating a game of their own! Kids ages seven and up are invited to the Odyssey Bookshop where they can learn how to make computer games with a program called Scratch. Odyssey webmaster Ann Childs will help participants make a game together on a big screen. Please sign up at least two days prior to this event. Younger children are also welcome if their caregivers stay with them to assist. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, August 17, 11am-12pm
ZOOLOGY
Watching and interacting with animals provides insight into their behaviors. Observing the behaviors of animals can get kids interested in studying branches of science such as biology. You and your family can animals with Kelly More from North King Animal Clinic, durng your lunch at River Valley Co Op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 17, 3pm
FILM SCREENING/SWORDFIGHTING
The classic family film, The Princess Bride, based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, contains a famous swordfighting scene with accurate references to historical swordfighting techniques. Screening this film can be a fun way to see swordfighting in actual while catching references to historically significant fencers such as Rocco Bonetti, Agrippa, and Capo Ferro. You can screen this film at the Storrs Library at 3pm. Then, at 6:30pm, enjoy a demonstration of stage combat and swordplay in a reinterpretation of “the greatest swordfight in modern times” using actual historical technique. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 17, 3:45pm-5pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ART
Messy art isn’t just for kids! Help your kids imagine, build, and create at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with your family while meeting other kids and parents. Attend one, or all four sessions on Wednesday afternoons: August 3, 10, 17 and 24. There will be an optional free play area for siblings under four years old. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 17, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. New York City-based Kilowatt Dance Theater will be performing their high energy swing-era jazz dances at Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. All ages are welcome! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor concerts are a fixture of the summer months, and a chance to appreciate the green spaces in your town with picnics and lawn chairs. This concert in Lilac Park will feature Americana favorites performed by John Davidson on guitar. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, August 18, 6pm-7:30pm
BILINGUAL STORYTIME/STEM
Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. For that reason it is a very practical and enriching second language to learn. The Jones Librarywill be offering a bilingual Math and Science Storytime. This program will feature stories, songs, and activities in both English and Spanish. This program is designed for children ages three through five. Please register in the kids’ room or at 413-259- 3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 18, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Brooklyn-based Elisabeth Motley /Motley Dance will be performing their contemporary show which explores the themes of light, pattern, mass and wave. The show will incorporate improvisation, dialogue, and live music. See them perform at Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. All ages are welcome! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 18, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Seeing live music outdoors can strengthen your sense of community as you connect with other people through listening, talking, dancing, and singing. Lawn concerts are a great way to meet musicians, and fans of local music. This Co Op Concert will feature Sue Kranz and Ben Tousley, Kathy Sylvester and Joe Pod, and Small Change. Energy Park. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 18, 8pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, August 19, 10am
PLACEMAKING/CULTURE STUDIES
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! Fridays until late August, at Abundance Farm, families will gather for music. Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer lead a musical performance especially for young children, encouraging participation and movement. Families are invited to tour the farm, sample what is in season, and take home flowers. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, August 19, 10am-5pm
AVIATION
August 19th is aviation day and the 145th anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, a great opportunity to learn about history and engineering through aviation. The New England Air Museum will be offering an aeromodeling workshop, flight science demonstrations, open cockpit experiences and more. Check their website for more information and a full schedule of activities. 860-623-330. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($. Ages 4 to 11 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Friday, August 19, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Caterpillars are fascinating creatures which camouflage themselves to look like like twigs or snakes in order to protect themselves from predators. The Caterpillar Lab, a nationally acclaimed natural science organization, will be at the Berkshire Botanical Garden teaching visitors about a varity of locally native caterpillars. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, August 19, 5pm-8pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs honor the generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities. A tradition for many generations, agricultural fairs showcase the unique skills and talents specific to rural life in western Massachusetts – and in doing so, fairs offer families the opportunity to not only celebrate local culture, but to actively participate in preserving it. The Heath Agricultural Fair will kick off on August 19th with an exhibit hall, an antique tractor parade, tractor pull, and much more. Visit the fair website for a full schedule of activities. Heath Fairgrounds. Heath, MA. ($. Children 9 and under FREE)

Friday, August 19, 5pm-10pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs, primarily established by agricultural societies for the purpose of agriculture promotion, science and education, celebrate New England history and local culture in communities all over western Massachusetts throughout late summer and early fall. The Westfield Fair will feature live music, truck pulls, and more from August 19th to August 21st. Visit the fair website for a full schedule of activities. 413-222-4067. 137 Russellville Road. Westfield, MA. (<$. Children under 12 FREE)

Friday, August 19, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
Chesterwood is a National Historic Landmark and museum of Daniel Chester’s work. Daniel Chester is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments and best known for the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. You can make a full day trip to Chesterwood to see the museum, and hear live music! If you just wish to come for the music, the grounds open at 5pm and performances start at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to folk music by Caroline Cotter. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, August 19, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/OUTDOOR CONCERT
Hear live music in the heart of downtown Northampton as you eat, shop and explore! Drunk Stuntmen and House of Waters will be entertaining outside the Hampshire County Courthouse. The A2Z Science & Learning store’s Yo Yo team will also be present showcasing their best tricks. 99 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 19, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. You can see Courtney Giannone and current Broadway performer Jonathan Windham perform at Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. Their show, Spun, is a blend of dance, physical comedy, and Cyr wheel. All ages are welcome! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 19, 6:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Do you enjoy orchestral music? This mini orchestra of brass and string instruments will play both popular songs and classic songs at Sweetser Park on June 16, July 15, and August 19th. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and settle in to hear the Amherst Community Band , led by Timothy Anderson (Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band). This concert has been organized by the Amherst Business District. Rain location is the First Congregational Church. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 19, 8pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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  1. homeshuling said,

    August 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    edit to Aug 19th Shabbat Shabloom: Shabbat Shabloom PLUS a taste of Tinkergarten.

    Local Tinkergarten teacher Laura Bertran will offer a free sample mini-class at 9:30. Tinkergarten will be offering activity-based classes in the great outdoors for young children and their parents on the Lander Grinspoon Academy campus beginning in the fall.

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