Suggested Events for September 3rd-9th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

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. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Sept 24 – Jun 3

Full Moon Girls – Wild Natured Girls. Monthly Saturdays. Registration is open! Join in woodland adventures, learn practical crafts, and forge friendships through play. Girls immerse in the teeming wonders of nature and the connectedness of community. Learn to build friction fires, harvest wild edibles, climb trees, and more! Explore empowerment and embrace aliveness in this village of girls, guided by women mentors! Monthly in Montague for girls 7-15, (split into two clans). Sept 24th-June 3rd, 9:30 – 2:30, a sliding scale of $45-75/day. Contact FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com or 413-367-6191 or visit online at www.vermontwildernessschool.org/full-moon-girls!

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 3rd-9th, 2016

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

 

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. Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs our Back To School Episode with hand-picked school themed songs. 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, September 3, all day
SUSTAINABILITY/PLACEMAKING
Town wide tag sales are a way of obtaining furniture, clothing, toys, books, and much more at reasonable prices while meeting your neighbors. Tag sales support placemaking by getting people to explore their neighborhoods and talk. They also support sustainability through useful recycling of unwanted items. You can participate in the 5th Annual Town Wide Tag and Bake Sale in Chesterfield. Maps will be available at the Chesterfield Fire Dept. at 5 North Road on September 3, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and September 4, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chesterfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 3, 8am-9pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs are an important tradition in New England, and all across the country. Such events showcase rural skills and traditions, and help to promote a strong connection between communities and their physical surroundings. The Blandford Fair will feature, exhibit halls, giant pumpkins, an art sale, poultry and rabbit shows, and much more! Check the website for a full schedule of events on September 2nd- 5th. North Street. Blandford, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 3, 9am-8pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The 3 County Fair is an almost 200 year old local tradition! The fair showcases several important aspects of Pioneer Valley culture, including agriculture, homesteading, art and music! Visit the fair website for a full schedule of activities and entertainment including animal shows, tractor pulls, and rides. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA. (Basic entry $. Children age 11 and younger, FREE. Wristband for rides $$)

Saturday, September 3, 9:30am-12:30pm
DENDROLOGY/GEOLOGY
What do rocks and trees have to do with each other? Find out on a three mile hike of Mount Holyoke. You will learn how rocks affect trees, and how you can tell by looking at the trees what kind of rocks you might find near them. This program is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 3, 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, September 3, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
Do your kids love animals? You can help nurture your child’s love of animals into a love of science learning. Youth ages three to six are invited to Kidleidoscope programs, on September 3, 10, & 17, at Great Falls Discovery Center. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. At the September 3 program, participants will learn about raccoons, who share our home in the Connecticut River. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 3, 11am and 3pm
LOCAL HISTORY
For many years, visitors would flock to the summit of Mount Holyoke and the Summit House. You can learn about the history of the summit house and why visitors from all over the world visited it. This talk will take approximately 20 minutes and is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Visitors will not enter the summit house. Families interested in exploring more historic structures should read our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture J.A. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, September 3, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER MUSIC
Lyricless music is free to be filled in with various meanings. Composer Charles Ives often drew upon specific memories and emotional experiences, and wrote music to capture these. You can hear his famous Piano Sonata No. 2, rearranged for winds, at the Clark Art Institute. The program will also include compositions by Elliott Carter and Antonín Dvořák, performed by players of The Orchestra Now and Juilliard. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 3, 3pm-3:30pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is approximately 20 minutes long and appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 3, 3pm-5pm
STEM
Youth in grades 3-6 are invited to Smith College for an afternoon of engineering, geology, physics and biology activities! Participants will choose one of four options: Engineering Design with balloon powered cars, Investigating physical properties for rocks and minerals, Exploring electricity and electromagnetism and Investigating food chains and food webs with an owl pellet dissection. Registration is required through the Smith College website. 413-585-3932. Drop off and check in will take place in the lobby of Ford Hall. Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 3, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY STUDIES
Autumn is “back to school” season and the perfect time to learn about a local history that is rich in education. The town of Stockbridge has been home to a large number of schools and teachers. You can come to a cemetery walk to learn about the town’s history through the life stories of its educators. For more information, please contact the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives at 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, September 3, 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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Sunday, September 4, 2016

 

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, September 4, all day
SUSTAINABILITY/PLACEMAKING
Town wide tag sales are a way of obtaining furniture, clothing, toys, books, and much more at reasonable prices while meeting your neighbors. Tag sales support placemaking by getting people to explore their neighborhoods and talk. They also support sustainability through useful recycling of unwanted items. You can participate in the 5th Annual Town Wide Tag and Bake Sale in Chesterfield. Maps will be available at the Chesterfield Fire Dept. at 5 North Road on September 3, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and September 4, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chesterfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, September 4, 8am-9pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs are an important tradition in New England, and all across the country. Such events showcase rural skills and traditions, and help to promote a strong connection between communities and their physical surroundings. The Blandford Fair will feature, exhibit halls, giant pumpkins, an art sale, poultry and rabbit shows, and much more! Check the website for a full schedule of events on September 2nd- 5th. North Street. Blandford, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 4, 8:30am-9pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The 3 County Fair is an almost 200 year old local tradition! The fair showcases several important aspects of Pioneer Valley culture, including agriculture, homesteading, art and music! Visit the fair website for a full schedule of activities and entertainment including animal shows, tractor pulls, and rides. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA. (Basic entry $. Children age 11 and younger, FREE. Wristband for rides $$)

Sunday, September 4, 10am
ORNITHOLOGY/OWLS
Do your kids enjoy watching or identifying birds? You and your children can learn about the owl species that inhabit our region, then play detective and figure out what an owl ate! This program is broken into two 20 minute segments. Feel free to come for either or both. This program is appropriate for ages eight and up. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 4, 1pm-3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Historic House museums provide people with both historic objects and documents, as well as informational texts to put the objects in a personal context. Viewing history through a personalized, biographical lens, can make the information more interesting and memorable. You are invited to take a tour a the Keep Homestead Museum open house! Explore the antique objects and furniture collected by the Keep family who lived there for over 150 years. The museum houses one of the most outstanding antique button collections in the U.S. For more information, call 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road. Monson MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, September 4, 2pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Placemaking is a practice and a philosophy. It is an approach to both the creation and use of public spaces, aiming to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Lawn concerts are one type of event which supports placemaking, by drawing people together and strengthening a connection to neighbors via community spaces. The North Adams Music Series will be running through October 16, with free live music every Sunday. Check the Levitt Foundation website for a schedule of musicians. On September 4th, Bella’s Bartok will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 4, 2pm-4pm
FILM STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst is a resource for learning about Jewish culture through Yiddish books and recorded personal histories. In addition, it can be a place to learn about the act of historical preservation. You are invited to a screening of the film, Sholem Aleichem: A Conversation with Ruth Wisse and David Roskies which was recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center in 2015. This film consists of a conversation between scholars Ruth Wisse and David Roskies, discussing the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. Learn about an important literary figure through a conversationally driven documentary film. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, September 4, 2pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/ZOOLOGY
Spending time outdoors can connect us with our senses as we watch and listen to animals, and take in the smells and sensations of being in nature. Animals, too, use their senses to find food and service. Kids ages six and up, and their caregivers, are invited to a guided hike to learn about local animals and their survival techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is about 2 ½ miles long, and covers easy terrain. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, September 5, 8am-6pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs are an important tradition in New England, and all across the country. Such events showcase rural skills and traditions, and help to promote a strong connection between communities and their physical surroundings. The Blandford Fair will feature exhibit halls, an art show, the dairy cattle youth show and much more! Check the website for a full schedule of events on September 2nd- 5th. North Street. Blandford, MA. (<$)

Monday, September 5, 10am-4pm
HISTORY/INFRASTRUCTURE
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum will be offering train rides at 10:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00 on Labor Day. See the Berkshires and experience a vintage 1955 Rail Diesel Car. An interest in trains can be a launching point for learning about engineering as well as history. 413-637-2210. 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams MA. ($. Under 12 <$. Under four FREE)

Monday, September 5, 10am-6:30pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The 3 County Fair is an almost 200 year old local tradition! The fair showcases several important aspects of Pioneer Valley culture, including agriculture, homesteading, art and music! Visit the fair website for a full schedule of activities and entertainment including animal shows, tractor pulls, and rides. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA. (Basic entry $. Children age 11 and younger, FREE. Wristband for rides $$)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, September 6, 9am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
You don’t have to venture far into the woods to learn about birds. Birds are everywhere! Individuals and families with children ages 6 and older are invited to Holyoke Heritage State Park for a guided walk wherein attendees will look for, and identify, various birds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet in front of the visitors’ center. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 6, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 6, 3pm-4pm
LIFELONG LEARNING
Public libraries can be great local resources for job searching, resume writing, and career readiness skills. The Sunderland Public Library will be providing three job seeking workshops for adults, on September 6, 13, and 20. The September 6 workshop, “How to find a job,” will provide participants with resources and skills for job searching. For more lifelong learning and career readiness resources, check out our post, Lifelong Learning Resources in Western MA. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 6, 6pm
ART STUDIES
Artist talks allow fans of the visual arts to connect more deeply with exhibited work, as well as learn some of the techniques the artist uses. Trailing Off, an exhibition of 5 large-scale oil on canvas paintings, will be on display at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock daily through October 6th. You can meet the artist behind this exhibition, Robin Williams, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and faculty at the School of Visual Arts, at her illustrated talk. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30pm
COMPUTER BASICS/LIFELONG LEARNING
Facebook is a website which can connect you with friends, family members, organizations, and events. This basic introductory workshop will teach users how to set up an account, get started, and effectively use the website. This is part of the ongoing Social Media Evenings program at the Storrs Library. For more resources and opportunities, check out our post, Lifelong Learning Resources in Western MA. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, September 7, 1pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is a resource for local, historical learning. You are invited to the opening of the Waypoint Center at the museum. This will be a place for learning the history of the Connecticut River Valley, from dinosaurs to Ice Age to Native American peoples to colonial settlers, as well as the history of the museum itself, and a list of other attractions for visitors to the area. Learn about the past and present culture of the Connecticut River Valley by attending this opening. All are welcome. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 7, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum
is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesdays, September 7th through September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Wednesday, September 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Read more in our post, Community-Based Organizations & Workshops to Support Coding for All Ages. Lab nights at Holyoke Codes offer unstructured time for participants to work on any project, independently or in groups. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Visit the Holyoke Codes website for more information. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, September 7, 6pm-8pm
LITERACY/FILM STUDIES
Film adaptations of literary texts are a resource for learning about both film studies and writing. Sherlock Holmes is a very famous story written originally in 1887 by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many iterations of the story exist. You are invited to the Greenfield Public Library for a talk by local presenter Barry Deitz about Holmes and his world. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 7, 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 acoustic blues songs by Big and Bigger. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, September 8, 9am-12pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Cleaning could be considered work, or could be considered play, depending on your attitude. Families are invited to help prepare Northampton Parents Center for opening morning by washing the toys together. Participants will listen to music while they clean and have a chance to see each other again. Donations of fruit or baked goods are welcome. Children are welcome. Bring a change of clothing in case you get soapy and wet. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, September 8, 12:15pm
ART STUDIES
LIFE magazine promoted the work of 20th-century artists and architects, including Thomas Hart Benton, Rockwell Kent, Charles Sheeler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth. You can attend a lecture at the Springfield Museums which will explore the magazine’s collaborations with people in the art field, and the impact which the magazine had on the public and critical reception of modern art. 413-263-6800. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, September 8, 2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. During this adult program, visitors are invited to explore the entire campus, learn about the historic buildings onsite, and enjoy the museum’s outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Thursday, September 8, 3pm-8pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Franklin County Fair is a 168-year-old local tradition celebrating food, agriculture, and the culture of Franklin County. The celebration kicks off on September 8th with music, animals, and a parade at 5pm! Come learn about and support the year round work of local farmers.
413-774-4282. Fairgrounds. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $; Senior (60 plus) and Youth (8-17) <$; 8 and younger FREE)

Thursday, September 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
ART STUDIES
Museum curation is itself an art form. You can see the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, and the collections therein, in a new light with the unveiling of the renovated main gallery. New exhibitions and installations will provide a fresh perspective on the college’s art collection. All are invited to learn about art history and architecture at this opening and reception. 413- 542-2000. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 8, 6pm
ZOOLOGY
You may have heard about a plan to establish a rattlesnake population on Quabbin Island. This is a response to the endangerment of the Timber Rattlesnake. At this OEB Science Cafe night, Anne Stengle will discuss the importance of conserving Massachusetts rattlesnakes. Science Cafes aim to bring science outside of the university walls. Lifelong learners, unaffiliated with local schools, are encouraged to attend. Kids are also welcome. Nacul Center. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 8, 7pm
FILM SCREENING/ACTIVISM
Cultural changes require the work of individuals. Sometimes this work can be as simple as turning inward and addressing personal biases and beliefs. The Jones Library will be screening the TEDx Talk: You Can Help Stop Violence against Young Black Men, as a catalyst for conversation about harmful, unwanted stereotypes. The film will be followed by a brief discussion. This screening provides the chance for interested community members to meet and possibly develop anti-racism action projects. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, September 9, 10:30am-8pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Franklin County Fair is a 168-year-old local tradition celebrating food, agriculture, and the culture of Franklin County. On September 9, 10, and 11, you can witness truck pulls and horse draws, as well as sheep, cattle, and rabbit shows. Youth agricultural exhibits give young people the chance to showcase their work and share their knowledge. Come learn about and support the year round work of local farmers and agricultural workers of all kinds. Check the fair website for a full schedule and details. 413-774-4282. Fairgrounds. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $; Senior (60 plus) and Youth (8-17) <$; 8 and younger FREE)

Friday, September 9, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURAL HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY
Get out in nature while learning about the industrial history of your community! Individuals and families with children ages 8 and older (siblings welcome) are invited to tour Holyoke’s upper and second level canals. In this walk you will learn about the canals’ history, how they were built, how they were harnessed to power paper and textile mills, and how they are used today. Meet at the visitors’ center at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 9, 1pm-9pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Dress for Success is an organization which aims to support the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development resources. You are invited to support this organization by purchasing items at their tag sale. Browse new and gently used donated items, including suits, dresses, pants, blouses, skirts, shoes, accessories and more. Eastfield Mall, 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, September 9, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 9, 4pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Visits to art museums can be great inspiration for artists. You can visit the Smith College Museum of Art on a free, second Friday of the month, and engage in art activities designed to connect you to the work on view. Make your own Solar Snapshots using the sun, natural objects, and light sensitive paper. Then, at 6pm, join a guided conversation exploring a work of art in the collection. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 9, 5pm-7pm
HISTORY/ART STUDIES
As part of Northampton’s Arts Night Out, you can attend an opening reception at Historic Northampton for a new exhibition, Utopia to Paradise? This collection of fiber art and found objects, created by Anna Polesny, provides insight into history and geography through garments. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 9, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Arts Night Out in Northampton will provide people of all ages with opportunities for connecting through an interest in visual and performing arts. This special Arts Night Out will coincide with the seventh annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival, turning the town itself into a canvas for artistic works. You can witness the creation of these sidewalk masterpieces from 10am to 4pm, or view the finished works during the monthly gallery walk from 5-8 pm. Families can also meet teachers and learn about classes at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought’s open house. Try a free class while exploring local galleries! Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 9, 5pm-11pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/GREEK CULTURE
Greek “Glendis” are celebrations, often highlighting Greek culture through traditional food and dance. Every year, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts a Glendi for thousands of visitors from far and near, providing the best in traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and more. All are welcome to this celebration on September 9th through 11th, 2016. Call 413-737-1496 for more information. 22 St George Road. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, September 9, 7pm-9pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FOLK
By attending local music concerts, you can hear brand new original music performed by members of your community. This can be a very inspiring experience for aspiring musicians, and enjoyable for music lovers. Jay Mankita is a singer songwriter of folk, acoustic, and original music. She will be performing at the Great Falls Discovery Center Coffee House. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, September 9, 8pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, 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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