Suggested Events for October 14th – 20th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Oct 14

The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House will take place on Saturday, October 14, from 11am-3pm, at the school’s north campus at 51 Bates Street in Northampton. The fair will feature a bounce house, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, spin art, face painting, a dance party with DJ Quin, hula hooping, Taekwondo demonstration, drumming with Tony Vacca, and more. Admission is free; there is a nominal charge for activities. Food will be available. Tours of the school, which enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years, will also be available. For more information, visit northamptonmontessori.org or call 413-586-4538.

Oct 14

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9-11am and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 14

Help The Common School kick-off its 50th anniversary at its largest Children’s Carnival ever! The Children’s Carnival is open to the public, with no admission fee and will feature several free activities and treats, including: a magic show by Flippo the Juggling Clown a performance by Senegalese dancer, Abdou Sarr; music by the EZ Band, the School’s student rock band; and a giant 50th anniversary cake. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats, such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies, will also be available for purchase. This year’s Carnival takes place on Saturday, October 14, from 10am-2pm, on the School’s campus at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. For more information go to www.commonschool.org.

Oct 14

Shop local, shop small! OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 14 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. More than 60 of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans! Free admission; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 15

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 11am. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org.

Oct 20

Parent Lecture: “The Conscious Use of Technology, and Media Mindfulness.” How can technology be part of a healthy, balanced life? How can we use technology as a tool, not a distraction? When, and how, do we teach our children to use technology responsibly? Lecture and discussion led by Chip Weems, PhD (Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at UMass and high school science teacher at The Hartsbrook School) and Susan McNamara, MA and (author of Connection At Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children). Join the conversation. 6:30-9 pm, Friday, October 20th at The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley. www.hartsbrook.org RSVP’s appreciated. 413-586-1908.

Oct 21

Looking for a thoughtful approach to education? The Hartsbrook School offers a well-rounded academic program infused with plenty of outside time, a rich, hands-on curriculum, music and art in everyday learning, and a culture of compassion. These components are woven throughout the early childhood, elementary and high school programs, nurturing the creative spirit of each child. Give your child the foundation for life-long learning and enjoy an engaged, vibrant parent community. Learn more at their fall open house, 10am-12noon on Saturday, October 21st. Speak with current teachers, parents, visit classrooms and see student work. All ages are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 14th – 20th, 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

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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. Autumn means harvest time in the northeastern United States. But what are people harvesting in other parts of the country, and around the world? Join guest DJ Story Laurie for some lively songs (including two that were written by elementary school kids!); a crazy tale about a girl sailing around the world on a cabbage; and we’ll even check in with some folks in the Philippines, Finland and Korea about what they’re harvesting right now.  —  www.storylaurie.com. 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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Saturday, October 14, 9-11am
OPEN HOUSE/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House and a Harvest Festival immediately following. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about their child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-5pm
HANDS-ON LEARNING
Homeschool days at Old Sturbridge Village are a chance for homeschooling families to get together while engaging in hands-on, historical learning. These activities allow participants to learn about 19th century life while also engaging in skills that are still useful today. Space is limited and registration is required. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-5pm
HARVEST SEASON/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Attending an “Apple Day” at Old Sturbridge Village can teach you about local and New England history through food culture. Taste nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties. Watch the ox powered cider mill in action and tour the cider orchard. Help with the fall harvest. Learn about garden pests and the 19th-century techniques for controlling insects. Watch Village historians cook with apples, learn about apple preservation, and tour the root cellar. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adult $$; 3-17 $; children age 2 and under FREE )

Saturday, October 14, 10-11am
STEM/NATURE-BASED LEARNING
The natural world is full of ooze, goo and slime, and it’s often more than meets the eye. The Hitchcock Center will be offering a community program for families to learn about how different animals and plants benefit from slime, while making your own slime to play with, including Ooblek and flubber. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 10am-2pm
CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL
Help The Common School kick-off its 50th anniversary at its largest Children’s Carnival ever! The Children’s Carnival is open to the public, with no admission fee and will feature several free activities and treats, including: a magic show by Flippo the Juggling Clown a performance by Senegalese dancer, Abdou Sarr; music by the EZ Band, the School’s student rock band; and a giant 50th anniversary cake. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats, such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies, will also be available for purchase. For more information go to www.commonschool.org. The Common School. 521 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 10am-4pm
SHOP LOCAL/SHOP HANDMADE
Shop local, shop small! OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair. More than 60 of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans! Rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com. Hadley Town Commons. Hadley, MA (FREE ADMISSION)

Saturday, October 14, 10am-5pm
FIBER ARTS/WEAVING
Weaving a wool scarf is the production of many hands: from the sheep to the shepherd who raises and shears them, to the spinners at the wheel and the hands that weave the garment. Weaving celebrates this agricultural process and local fiber production in Western Massachusetts. In fact, in the 19th century there was a huge merino wool boom in the Hilltowns when farmers used their pasture land to raise merino sheep and meet the demand for this luxuriously soft wool. Now there are many breeds of sheep raised in the region and other fiber animals that produce different textured wools in which to weave with. Interested in learning to weave or just seeing how other artisans create their beautiful handmade wears? Working Weavers Studio Trail is a self-guided driving tour of 7 weavers in 6 studios along back roads of western Massachusetts at the height of fall foliage. Bring a friend. Discover unique textiles for home and body. Experience how cloth is woven. Franklin & Hampshire Counties. (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 10:30am-4pm
HALLOWEEN/TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch every Fri., Sat., and Sun. in October. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3). 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT ($)

Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm
OPEN HOUSE/CHILDREN’S FAIR
The Montessori School of Northampton‘s annual Children’s Fair and Open House happens today, featuring a bounce house, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, spin art, face painting, a dance party with DJ Quin, hula hooping, Taekwondo demonstration, drumming with Tony Vacca, and more. Food will be available. Tours of the school, which enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years, will also be available. For more information, visit or call 413-586-4538. 51 Bates Street. Northampton, MA (ADMISSION FREE; >$ ACTIVITIES)

Saturday, October 14, 11am-4pm
AGRICULTURE/PUMPKINS
The 19th annual Harvest Moon Pumpkin Festival takes place at North Hadley Sugar Shack & Market. Get a sense of the season through the harvest while connecting with your neighbors and creating memories. Family entertainment and tractor parade celebrates farm culture in the Pioneer Valley. 413-585-8820. 181 River Drive. Hadley, MA

Saturday, October 14, 11am-4pm
AGRICULTURAL HISTORY/CREATIVE-FREE PLAY
Known around the world as mommets, hodmedods, spaventapasseri, vogelscheuche, fugleskremsel, and kakashi, scarecrows have been used to protect crops for over 3,000 years! Studies of this traditional autumn icon can reveal not only the international roots of the straw-stuffed beings, but can lead to creative-free play, intergenerational creative collaboration, and exploration of folk farming techniques used locally and around the world. Find out more in our post, Scarecrow Studies Illuminate Cultural History and Creative-Free Play. With a new found interest and understanding of the history of scarecrows, take your family to Atkins Farms for one of their Scarecrow Workshops. Build your own life-size and lovable scarecrow. Everything is included, just bring your imagination. Happens every weekend through October 22. 413-253-9528. 1150 West St. Amherst, MA ($$)

Saturday, October 14, 11am-1pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest Festival at the Common with free rides, costume fest, pumpkin painting, and more. There will be live music all day long. For more information visit discoverpittsfield.com or email cultural@pittsfieldch.com or call 413-499-9348. The Harvest Festival will be held rain or shine, and there is plenty of free parking in the parking lot across from the Common. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 12noon-6pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL/LOCAL CULTURE
Pumpkin carving is a fun, spooky tradition which connects people to food and place, and the fall harvest. The Easthampton Harvest Festival will feature a pumpkin carving station and contest, as well as a pie eating contest, horse drawn wagon rides, food, drink, a bonfire and more! Bring friends and family. All are welcome. 1 Daley Field Road. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, October 14, 12noon-9pm
POETRY FESTIVAL
Human Error Publishing presents the eighth annual Great Falls Word Festival, October 12- 15, at The Shea Theater Arts Center and various locations in Turners Falls. This four day, community centered, non-academic poetry festival is a multi venue, genre crossing, boundary bending, diverse and inclusive celebration of spoken word. Featured writers include Stawdog Writers, Women Voices In and Out, social justice poet Ngona Hill, and the Exploded View artist collective. Recently named the Beat Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Error Publishing’s founder, Paul Richmond, has a reputation for producing innovative and inclusive spoken word events. The Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA ($$)

Saturday, October 14, 1-3pm
STEM/MOBILE APPS
Learn how to create your own mobile apps at Holyoke Codes! In this workshop, they will show participants how to recreate this classic game with App Inventor. App Inventor allows users to create apps with drag-and-drop blocks. You’ll learn how to animate image sprites, deal with collisions, keep score, and define procedures to make your code better. Ages 10+. Holyoke Codes. 100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 5:45pm & 7pm
HALLOWEEN/PARANORMAL
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Wharton, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing 90-minute ghost tour. Tours starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 14, 4:45pm
OUTDOOR THEATER/SURREALISM
Experience landscape-based art and performance with both humor and drama while you traipse around fields and farmland when The Royal Frog Ballet presents their annual Surrealist Cabaret, this year at Park Hill Orchard. The performance takes audience members traveling through a gorgeous farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking appropriate footwear and layers for a chilly fall evening in farm country. Reservations required. Park Hill Orchard. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 14, 5-6:30pm
RELATIONSHIPS/T(W)EEN GIRLS
Rachel Simmons, the New York Times bestselling author of Odd Girl Out and an expert on girls’ relationships, presents “Navigating Friendships,” a daughter-parent workshop for girls ages 8-14. This interactive workshop provides girls with concrete strategies and scripts for challenging situations and shows parents how to support their kids as they navigate best friends, worst enemies, and everything in between. Complete workshop information is available at www.athenagirls.com. CLICK Workspace. 9½ Market Street. Northampton, MA ($$$)

Saturday, October 14, 6pm
STORYTELLING/GHOST TALES
Be chilled and thrilled as you listen to a trio of ghost tales from the early 20th century by Agatha Christie, Rose MacCaulay and Virginia Layefsky at Gothic GHOST Tales by Candlelight. This is a theatrical storytelling event(not a reading) that you don’t want to miss with Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions. For more information, please contact Peru Public Library at perulibrary@gmail.com. Peru Community Center. 3 East Main Rd. Rte.143. Peru, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 14, 7:30pm
DANCE STUDIES
Have you ever wanted to learn how to swing dance? Now’s your chance! Beginner dance lessons will are offered, no partner necessary, as part of a Second Saturday Swing series in Sheffield. Learn some new moves, then swing the night away to live music. October’s dance will feature The Twangbusters. Dewey Hall. Call 413-717-1255 for more information. 91 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 14, 8pm
DANCE STUDIES/AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL DANCES
 How We Got To The Funk kicks off the Pillow Party Series hosted in the new Perles Family Studio at Jacob’s Pillow. Facilitated by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, this social dance class and dance party is a fun, participatory examination of history through the lens of African American social dances from 1955 through the present. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. 413-243-0745. Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. ($)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Sunday, October 15, 9:30am-5pm
HARVEST SEASON/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Attending an “Apple Day” at Old Sturbridge Village can teach you about local and New England history through food culture. Taste nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties. Watch the ox powered cider mill in action and tour the cider orchard. Help with the fall harvest. Learn about garden pests and the 19th-century techniques for controlling insects. Watch Village historians cook with apples, learn about apple preservation, and tour the root cellar. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adult $$; 3-17 $; children age 2 and under FREE )

Sunday, October 15, 10am-5pm
FIBER ARTS/WEAVING
Weaving a wool scarf is the production of many hands: from the sheep to the shepherd who raises and shears them, to the spinners at the wheel and the hands that weave the garment. Weaving celebrates this agricultural process and local fiber production in Western Massachusetts. In fact, in the 19th century there was a huge merino wool boom in the Hilltowns when farmers used their pasture land to raise merino sheep and meet the demand for this luxuriously soft wool. Now there are many breeds of sheep raised in the region and other fiber animals that produce different textured wools in which to weave with. Interested in learning to weave or just seeing how other artisans create their beautiful handmade wears? Working Weavers Studio Trail is a self-guided driving tour of 7 weavers in 6 studios along back roads of western Massachusetts at the height of fall foliage. Bring a friend. Discover unique textiles for home and body. Experience how cloth is woven. Franklin & Hampshire Counties. (FREE)

Sunday, October 15, 10am-7pm
FALL FESTIVAL/LOCAL CULTURE
 The newest festival in the Hilltowns, the Westhampton Fall Festival, began in 2005 in support of community-based learning and a celebration of local culture and civic organizations. Held in the town center, activities often include tours of the local church steeple and Blacksmith Shop Museum, demonstrations of traditional farming and artisan skills, a community supper, bonfire, sing-a-long, and their trademark event, the Great Pumpkin Roll! Westhampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 15, 10:30am-4pm
HALLOWEEN/TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch every Fri., Sat., and Sun. in October. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3). 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT ($)

Sunday, October 15, 11am
LAND CONSERVATION/5K
Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “Banish Misfortune,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus nature & animal exhibits, and entertainment for kids with Trevor the Games Man. For adults, free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at 5kforfarmland.org. West St. Common. Hadley, MA ($)

AGRICULTURAL HISTORY/CREATIVE-FREE PLAY
Sunday, October 15, 11am-4pm
Known around the world as mommets, hodmedods, spaventapasseri, vogelscheuche, fugleskremsel, and kakashi, scarecrows have been used to protect crops for over 3,000 years! Studies of this traditional autumn icon can reveal not only the international roots of the straw-stuffed beings, but can lead to creative-free play, intergenerational creative collaboration, and exploration of folk farming techniques used locally and around the world. Find out more in our post, Scarecrow Studies Illuminate Cultural History and Creative-Free Play. With a new found interest and understanding of the history of scarecrows, take your family to Atkins Farms for one of their Scarecrow Workshops. Build your own life-size and lovable scarecrow. Everything is included, just bring your imagination. Happens every weekend through October 22. 413-253-9528. 1150 West St. Amherst, MA ($$)

Sunday, October 15, 4-5:30pm
PARENTING WORKSHOP
Parenting Preschoolers with Compassion and Consistency with Jonathan Schwab, M.D. and Sharon Saline, Psy.D at Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-584-8700. 193 Locust St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 15, 4:45pm
OUTDOOR THEATER/SURREALISM
Experience landscape-based art and performance with both humor and drama while you traipse around fields and farmland when The Royal Frog Ballet presents their annual Surrealist Cabaret, this year at Park Hill Orchard. The performance takes audience members traveling through a gorgeous farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking appropriate footwear and layers for a chilly fall evening in farm country. Reservations required. Park Hill Orchard. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 15, 5:30-7pm
MULTICULTURAL/A CAPPELLA
 Join Earthdance co-founder Penny Schultz for an intergenerational a cappella SING in the Dance Barn. Songs, including gospel, English country, African, and Israeli, will be taught by rote, so you don’t need to be able to read music to participate. A SING is an emotionally, physically, and musically connected celebration of the earth, love, and community. All ages/levels welcome. Potluck supper to follow. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. (<$ DONATION)

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Monday, October 13, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, October 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Want to take a yoga class with your child? Children ages ten and up are welcome to yoga classes in Stanley Park! A certified instructor will lead participants of all levels through foundational yoga poses and breathing exercises. Yoga In The Park will take place weekly through October 16. Bring your own mat and any props as needed, wear comfortable and stretchy clothes. You may sign up by emailing gdelmastro@stanleypark.org or call 413-568-9312 ext. 112 or register at the park at your first class where registration forms will be available. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 16, 6pm
TELEVISION HISTORY/SWING BAND
So you think you know your televisions shows that you loved and graced your screens as a child. Test your music skills with a TV music themes. Premier Swing Band to perform, TV Music Theme Trivia Night at the Holyoke Library. Bring family and friends for this great social night for all ages. 413-420-8101. Holyoke Public Library. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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, October 17, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/SOUTH AFRICAN DANCE
Experience a showcase of two distinct South African dance traditions on stage at UMass. Born from the perseverance of the human spirit, these two deeply rhythmic ensembles uplift, unite, and tell a story as they entertain and follow in their historical tradition of spreading awareness of socio economic and political challenges. Pre-show talk in the lobby at 6:15pm with Asst. Professor of Theater Judyie Al-Bilali. Hip-Hop demonstration in the lobby by NYC’s Johnnie Cruise Mercer and local dance crew, Crazefaze, starting at 6:45pm. FAC Concert Hall. UMass. Amherst, M ($)

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pm
LITERATURE/MEDIEVAL PERIOD
Join Bay Path Professor Lisa Ruch, Ph.D. to travel the world through masterpieces of literature, across the globe and through historical eras at the Storrs Library. The Medieval period will bhttps://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=63982&action=edite explored through Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the library. Register online at longmeadowlibrary.org or call 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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.

ANTIQUES
Antiques provide historical insight, telling us about how people once lived through everyday objects they used and possessed. Families, life-long learners and self-directed teens can learn about history, art, and architecture through visiting historic house museums where primary source materials are on display. Here is a list of a few historic house museums in Western MA to add to your itinerary featured in our post, Historical Learning Through Art and Antiques.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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, October 19, 12:15pm
ARCHITECTURE
Museums à la Carte lecture at the Springfield Museums, Springfield’s Fred T. Ley, the Springfield Man Who Built the Chrysler Building with George C. Kingston, Ph.D. The Art-Deco style Chrysler Building in New York City was designed by William Van Alen, an architect from Brooklyn, and built by Fred T. Ley, a general contractor from Springfield, MA. Together the careers of Van Alen and Ley illustrate the revolution brought about by new materials and construction methods in the early 20th century. Best for self-directed teens and life-long learners. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-8pm
PARENTING PROGRAM
Registration for the next session of the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 is now open. This 7-week program for 5-8th graders and their caregivers will run Thursdays starting Oct. 19-Dec. 7 (skip Thanksgiving). Free optional dinner at 5:30 pm, program 6-8 pm. Childcare available. This fun, free and interactive program covers peer pressure resistance, reducing stress, increasing family communication, and more! Register at: EasthamptonCoalition.org. White Brook Middle School. 200 Park St. Easthampton, MA (FREE)


Friday, October 20, 6:30-9pm
PARENT LECTURE/TECHNOLOGY
Parent Lecture: “The Conscious Use of Technology, and Media Mindfulness.” How can technology be part of a healthy, balanced life? How can we use technology as a tool, not a distraction? When, and how, do we teach our children to use technology responsibly? Lecture and discussion led by Chip Weems, PhD (Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at UMass and high school science teacher at The Hartsbrook School) and Susan McNamara, MA and (author of Connection At Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children). www.hartsbrook.org RSVP’s appreciated. 413-586-1908. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

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, October 20, 10:30am-4pm
HALLOWEEN/TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch every Fri., Sat., and Sun. in October. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each person can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 4-12) and $3 for children (under age 3). 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT ($)

Friday, October 20, 4:45pm
OUTDOOR THEATER/SURREALISM
Experience landscape-based art and performance with both humor and drama while you traipse around fields and farmland when The Royal Frog Ballet presents their annual Surrealist Cabaret, this year at Park Hill Orchard. The performance takes audience members traveling through a gorgeous farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking appropriate footwear and layers for a chilly fall evening in farm country. Reservations required. Park Hill Orchard. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, October 20, 5:30-8:30pm
HALLOWEEN/TRAIN RIDE
Look Park’s annual Haunted Train and Light Displays offers a night ride through the spookily decorated Look Park train tracks. Throughout the ride patrons are spooked by ghouls and goblins, amidst the trees, and creatures chasing the train as it goes by. As well as, Halloween Witches, who greet the young riders with treat bags filled with goodies. For children 5 and up. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA (>$)

Friday, October 20, 6:30-8pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY TOUR
An experiential way to learn about local history while satisfying an intrigue for ghost stories is to participate in a guided cemetery tour. Western Massachusetts’ burying grounds are community-based resources filled with primary source artifacts that support an interest in history. Folks wishing to engage in self-guided tours of a historic cemetery can visit Longmeadow’s Olde Burying Yard section of the Longmeadow Cemetery, where a collection of headstones serve as a museum chronicling the town’s history. The Longmeadow Historical Society presents their annual “Ghosts in the Graveyard” this evening. At this event a group of individuals long since deceased arise once again to speak about their life and experiences as early Longmeadow citizens. Consider joining the fun…. this event is a favorite with both kids and adults. Refreshments will be available. Remember to bring your flashlights and proper footwear. Located behind First Church of Christ. 413-567-3600. 763 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 20, 6:30-9pm
HALLOWEEN/HAUNTED HOUSE
Naumkeag’s Haunted House returns with more scares, bigger haunts and new surprises that are not for the faint of heart! This year, we’re moving things into the mansion itself in addition to a new, frightening path through our historic gardens. Don’t miss the Southern Berkshire’s only Haunted House! Recommended ages 12 and up. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Friday, October 20, 6:30-9pm
PARENTING LECTURE
Parent Lecture: “The Conscious Use of Technology, and Media Mindfulness.” How can technology be part of a healthy, balanced life? How can we use technology as a tool, not a distraction? When, and how, do we teach our children to use technology responsibly? Lecture and discussion led by Chip Weems, PhD (Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at UMass and high school science teacher at The Hartsbrook School) and Susan McNamara, MA and (author of Connection At Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children). Join the conversation. 6:30-9 pm, Friday, October 20th at The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley. www.hartsbrook.org RSVP’s appreciated. 413-586-1908.

Friday, October 20, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
While some people lament the shorter days of fall and winter, longer nights provide more chances to learn about astronomy through observations of the night sky! The Old Hopkins Observatory and planetarium at Williams College are rich resources for learning about astronomy, as well as the history of the topic. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Astronomy students at the College will host this free show, open to the public. Attendees will learn about topics such as retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, and more. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. 413-597-2188. Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Heath, Holyoke, Ludlow, Montague, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, Russell, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, and Warwick Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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