Suggested Events for December 10th-16th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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, Belchertown, MA

If you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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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Jan 1

Join us on New Year’s Day at Flywheel in Easthampton from 10am-12noon

Join us on New Year’s Day at Flywheel in Easthampton from 10am-12noon

On New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for kids! This year, we are starting off this family series on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, with a First Day Morning Music Party from 10am-12noon in Easthampton, MA. Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! It takes place at Flywheel in Easthampton’s old Town Hall. This event is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

 

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Dec 9

Montessori Comes to Forbes Library: On Friday, December 9, at 11am, bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include time to explore Montessori materials, circle time and a story. The Forbes Library is located at 20 West Street in Northampton. Free; all families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Dec 9-11

Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Friday & Saturday Dec. 9 and 10, 7:30pm & Sunday Dec. 11, 2pm. Shea Theater, Turners Falls. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and children 5-16 years. Tickets at Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, online, or at the door. For more information and reservations, visit welcomeyule.org.

Dec 10 & 11

Rediscover the enchantment and magic of Christmas at the Bryant Homestead’s Old Fashioned Christmas! A wonderful event that connects the whole community! Come see the beautifully decorated historic rooms of the Homestead decorated by local community partners from the Hilltowns and the Pioneer Valley! Enjoy delicious holiday treats and peruse their gift shop featuring locally made wares. On Saturday, Dec 10 from 1-8pm & Sunday, Dec 11 from 1-4pm. On both days, hear performances by the Hilltown Chorale Society and the Celebration Singers in the parlor! Check www.thetrustees.org for schedule. Trustees Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10, Children: FREE. For more info email acaluori@thetrustees.org.

Dec 11

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, December 11, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Dec 31

Holiday Magic: Annual Gingerbread Exhibit through December 31 at the Springfield Museums. The Springfield Museums’ annual Gingerbread Exhibit is one of the region’s best-loved traditions! This year’s theme is “Holiday Magic,” with gingerbread creations inspired by everyone’s favorite boy wizard. While you’re there, shop the famous Museum Store, enjoy fun weekend activities, and check out new exhibits like Turtle Power! and Cats in Hats. And don’t miss “Boom! Pow! Zap! A Week of Superheroes” during the holiday break! For information, visit springfieldmuseums.org.

Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA, has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday after Thanksgiving, and weekends in December. Come by the farm between the hours of 9am-4pm to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature their very own artisanal maple products for sale. Also, handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm are available. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com.

Dec 16-18

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. Audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Fri. Dec. 16 at 7pm. and Sat. & Sun. Dec. 17-18 at 1pm & 4pm. Northampton High School (380 Elm Street). Tickets: $10 (general seating) at the door or online. Group discounts: $7 for groups of 14+. paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, www.paintboxtheatre.com.

Dec 28 & 29

SHOW Circus Studio announces two days of Winter Circus Camp for children ages 6-12 this December in Easthampton: December 28 and 29. These day camps will run from 9am-3pm and will cover all aspects of circus including trapeze, fabric, juggling, tightwire, acrobatics, human pyramids, stretching, strength, & circus games/activities. A great way to spend winter break! Cost: $65/day. For registration & more information please visit www.showcircusstudio.com.

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December 10th – December 16th, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 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. 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, December 10, 9am and 11am
COMMUNITY MEAL/SANTA
Gather with other families for Breakfast with Santa at Pulaski Club! The buffet will include breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast sticks, sausage, a pancake topping bar with chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and syrup, along with coffee, and juice. Every child in attendance will receive a small gift from Santa. Reservations are required. This event is a fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program. Tickets are available at Pulaski Club. 79 Maple Street. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 10, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas-themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-1:45
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/DENDROLOGY
 This year, if you plan on buying a Christmas tree, you can combine this with time spent in nature and education about trees. Kids and their parents are invited to learn about conifer trees on a guided walk with a Trustees naturalist. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Christmas Tree sale to cut down their own Balsam or Fraser Fir. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 ext 3. Notchview. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Non member <$; Member FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm
HOLIDAY/LIVING HISTORY
 Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm and 4pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The NutcrackerPioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker for a total of six shows through December 11. Performances take place at the Academy of Music Theatre, and tickets can be purchased in advance through their website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 10, 2pm
CHRISTMAS/HISTORY
Holiday celebrations often bring community members together by throwing events which gather people in common, outdoor spaces. Even in the cold winter months, people gather in downtowns and parks, including national parks. This program, “Christmas In Our National Parks” will teach you a little about the history of events celebrating Christmas in National Parks, including light displays, decorated houses, and Polar Express-themed train rides. There will also be holiday music and light refreshments during this program, at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 2:30pm
HOLIDAY/MUSIC STUDIES
Holiday traditions, including songs, lend insight into the values of a culture. Have you ever wondered about the deeper meaning of Christmas carols? Dr. Thomas Bernard, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Springfield College, has done extensive research into the hidden symbolic meanings of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” He compiled his research of the carol’s lyrics into a book  entitled, The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning. He will be discussing his findings in this talk at the Jones Library. This is a great opportunity to add some historical learning to your holiday season. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 4pm
CAROLS
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-8pm
HOLIDAY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Kids grow up fast, their interests change, and they often grow out of old toys. If you have extra gifts around your house this season, bring them to the 6th annual Holiday Toy Exchange! Some examples of what to give include musical instruments, dolls, sports equipment, bicycles, books, games, puzzles, cars, trucks, electronic toys, baby and preschool toys. Make sure your donations are clean, in working order, and have all their pieces. The exchange will be held at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-11pm
CHRISTMAS/LIGHT DISPLAY
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7pm
THEATER/HISTORY
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Centennial House. 94 Main Street. Northfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm
THEATER/WINTER CELEBRATION
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

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Sunday, December 11, 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, December 11, 8am-11am
COMMUNITY MEAL/SANTA
Enjoy a meal with your family, and introduce your children to the real life Santa Claus! Operation Santa Pancake Breakfast will take place at the West Springfield Senior Center. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Operation Santa, a community program for residents of West Springfield. 128 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 11, 10am-12pm
NATURE-BASED LEARNING/CHRISTMAS
Scavenger hunts and puzzle games help children practice their critical thinking skills while having fun! Bartholomew’s Cobble needs your family’s help finding Santa! He is lost at the cobble and you need to find him so that Christmas doesn’t get cancelled this year. Participants will hear the story of how Santa got lost and will be given tools to help find him. This program is ideal for children ages five and up. For more information please call 413-298-3239 ext 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 11, 10am-3pm
CHRISTMAS
Teach your children about giving this holiday season by contributing to a toy drive. The 5th annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Festival at Palmer Historical and Cultural Center will provide this opportunity. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Lions Club of Palmer Toy Drive and you will receive one raffle ticket. The festival, taking place December 3-4 and 10-11, will feature musical entertainment, activities for kids and of course, trees and wreaths for raffle. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/HOLIDAYS
 Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm and 4:30pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The NutcrackerPioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music TheatreTickets can be purchased in advance through the Academy’s website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm
OPEN HOUSE/EDUCATION
The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, December 11, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
THEATER/WINTER CELEBRATION
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHORAL
The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is all dressed up for the holidays! Visit the festive mansion and hear a performance by the eighteen woman choral ensemble, The Berkshire Concert Choir. The group will be singing a wide range of songs including “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz,”“Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, “Silent Night” by David Haas and Lori True, and many more. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm-5:30pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/SEWING
In Massachusetts, the “season of giving” is also a frigid one. That’s why donations of warm clothing is so important, and why this is a great time of year to sew! The Bagshare Project invites you to its Holiday Sewcial to enjoy a community meal and sew hats or scarves. Please bring your own silverware, plates, and cups if you can, as this is a plastic free event. If you have fleece fabric you are willing to donate for the sewing please bring that as well. The event will take place in Eastworks, Studio #330. 413-527-1000. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (DONATION)

Sunday, December 11, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CAROLS
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
THEATER/HISTORY
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell – from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Deerfield Inn. 81 Old Main Street. Deerfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4-6pm
STORYTELLING
Celebrate the Season:  Read Holiday Stories at the Meekins Library. Join friends and neighbors for the annual reading of holiday classics that celebrate this time of wonder. The first reading will be Maxine Schur’s Hanukkah story, The Peddler’s Gift.  This moving and heartwarming story tells how a turn-of-the century rural Russian boy learns that appearances can be deceiving and about honesty and true acts of kindness. The second reading will be the illustrator mother and writer daughter duo Tasha Tudor and Efner Tudor Holmes’ The Christmas Cat.  This classic brings a lost cat and two young boys together through a small Christmas miracle. The final reading will be James Herriot’s short tale called There’s Christmas—and Christmas. This tells the true story about how the beloved Yorkshire veterinarian comes to his understanding of the peace of Christmas. Everyone is welcome.  Come read or listen and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks.  Please bring a donation of food for the Williamsburg COA Pantry, something warm for the Survival Center or something special for our animal friends at the Dakin Shelter. 413-268-7472 or 413-538-6489.   Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5pm-8pm
LOCOMOTIVE/SANTA
Trains are often incorporated into Christmas village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to Christmas since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular Christmas gift. You can celebrate the history of these symbolic ties to the holidays by visiting Santa’s Trains at Look Park. The Garden House has been transformed into a historic railway station, complete with decorated trees and model trains. Chat with the conductor, meet Santa’s helpers, and enjoy festive treats. Santa’s Trains at Look Park is open to the public daily through December 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on December 24th from 10am-2pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 6pm
HOLIDAY/MUSIC STUDIES
Spread holiday cheer through music! You are invited to the 27th annual Holiday Brass Concert and Carol Sing, featuring holiday favorites and a chance to sing along. The 22-member Valley Festival Brass, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Westgate. Richard S. Matteson, Minister of Music at First Church will join the brass providing organ accompaniment for the carol sing portion of the concert. Donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 11, 7pm-8:30pm
CRAFTS/WREATH MAKING
Wreaths, decorative rings of leaves, twigs, flowers or other natural elements, are used in various ceremonial events across the globe. Wreaths have historically been used as crowns, as memorial items, and as festive holiday decorations. You can participate in this tradition, this winter season, by creating your own wreath. All materials are included and experts will walk you through the process of creating a wreath to last until Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Location will be given upon registration. Call 413-369-6016. Montague, MA. ($$)

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Monday, December 12, 2o16

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, December 12, 3:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CAROLS
 Stop in at the Westhampton Public Library for a free musical performance! The Jolly Jinglers will be spreading holiday cheer for audience members of all ages. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware & West Springfield.

Tuesday, December 13, 7pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Stockbridge Library. Find out about the history behind such traditions as Christmas trees and Santa Claus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.

Wednesday, December 14
CHRISTMAS/SANTA
Do your children have a message for Santa? They can tell him in person at the Cushman Library. Santa’s special visit to the library will include a story, snacks, and pictures. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 14, 5pm-6pm
MYO GIFTS/ORNAMENTS
Making your own gifts for the holidays shows how much you care without breaking the bank. It also encourages creativity rather than consumerism. The Sunderland Public Library is offering the chance to create Harry Potter themed ornaments. Please call to register. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.

Thursday, December 15, 12:15pm-1pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Springfield Museums. Coffee and cookies will be provided; attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, December 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 7pm
CULINARY ARTS/BAKING
 Do you have a great cookie recipe you want to show off? Bring your favorite holiday cookies to the Cookie Exchange at the Grace Hall Memorial Library, to enjoy a festive celebration with friends and neighbors. Please bring 4 dozen cookies and an empty container to fill. You will leave with lots of different types of cookies. This is a great family activity and a chance to teach your children about the history of your family’s cookie recipe and the wider cultural history of holiday foods. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm
THEATER/CHRISTMAS
Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol remains a holiday favorite, in part because of its messages of childhood innocence, family, charity, and community. CityStage will be bringing their performance of A Christmas Carol. Their original production’s version includes haunting special effects and beloved music. This performance is bound to get you in the holiday spirit and help you reconnect with what is truly important. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.

Friday, December 16, 3pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. “Christmas By Candlelight” will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Friday, December 16, 4pm and 6:30pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

December 16, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Friday, December 16, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Friday, December 16, 5pm-11pm
CHRISTMAS/LIGHT DISPLAY
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

Friday, December 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/STORYTELLING
Stories are a bedtime tradition for many families. You and your children are invited to the Lenox Library to enjoy stories at the 2nd Annual Holiday Pajama Night! Refreshments will be served and local community members will read holiday themed stories. There will also be a sing-along. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 16, 7 PM
HOLIDAY/THEATER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. Audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Fri. Dec. 16 at 7pm. and Sat. & Sun. Dec. 17-18 at 1pm & 4pm. Northampton High School (380 Elm Street). Tickets: $10 (general seating) at the door or online. Group discounts: $7 for groups of 14+. paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, www.paintboxtheatre.com.

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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.Save

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