Suggested Events for June 16th – 22nd, 2018

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The Hoosac Valley Train Ride is a great experience for families, groups, and couples. Travel on a one-hour narrated train trip through the Hoosac Valley countryside. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable, friendly and excited to share this railroad experience with you. Summer train rides run Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cost is $12/adult, $10/seniors or military, $8/child (4-14 yrs). Adults-only Cabaret Trains with live music and BYOB run select Saturdays June through September. Cost is $20 per each. Purchase pre-sale tickets to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. See www.berkshiretrains.org or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org.

June 16

The Connecticut River Conservancy invites the entire Connecticut River community to their annual River Celebration. The family-friendly event will be held at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, June 16. Activities include a paddling adventure in the Meadows, a freshwater mussel ecology workshop, and a fly casting workshop. While the adults are engaged in our Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers,” the kids can attend an ice cream-making workshop! Enjoy live music by River Rhapsody and lunch by Tito’s Taqueria & Vermont Country Deli. Retreat Farm features a Children’s Farm and encompasses 500 acres of conserved forest, farmlands, trails, waterways, and an historic Farmstead. All who love our rivers, near and far, are encouraged to attend! Get your tickets at www.ctriver.org/celebration.

Jul 16 – Aug 3

Led by dedicated instructors, Museum School Youth Summer Programs are limited to 12 or fewer participants and will take place in the Springfield Museums educational studios, classrooms, planetarium, galleries, and special exhibits. Visits to the Art, Science, History, and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will enhance the experience. Morning students bring a snack and a brown bag lunch. Afternoon students bring a snack. Dress for mess! Dates: Jul 16-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-15yo. For more info: 413-314-6477; nmues@springfieldmuseums.org; springfieldmuseums.org.

The Montessori School of Northampton, located on Bates Street, is entering the rolling admissions phase for enrolling students for the fall of 2018. Limited openings are available for students from 18 months (toddler) through 14 years (middle school). The Montessori School of Northampton (MSN) is the only school in Northampton to offer continuous education for students from 18 months through 14 years. The school is celebrating its 41st year of educating children to be self-motivated learners and active community participants. Alum (and their parents) often cite the skills honed at MSN as the basis for their success at college and beyond. For more information, call (413) 586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 16th – 22nd, 2018

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Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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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. In 1910, inspired by the already established Mother’s Day, the first Father’s Day was proclaimed. It wasn’t until 1972 that it became a federal holiday to be observed on the third Sunday in June. This week, musician Frank Gallo brings us a musical celebration of Father’s Day! 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, June 16, 9am
PLACEMAKING/PARADE
Help Sunderland celebrate its 300th birthday! Sunderland was first settled in 1713 and it was incorporated in 1718. At the time, the community was known as Swampfield but since few people wanted to move to a town that was named for a swamp, it was changed to Sunderland. To this day, the town is famous for being the home of the so-called Buttonball Tree, a 113 foot tall sycamore tree, which is thought to be perhaps the oldest tree on the East Coast. The tree was likely seeded before 1665, thus predating European settlement by some years. Come celebrate Sunderland’s tricentennial with a day full of parades, games, live music, craft sales, and sheep herding demonstrations. Sunderland, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 10am-6pm
LIVING HISTORY/MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Do you long for the days of heroic deeds, courtly glamor, chivalry, and magic? It’s time again for the annual Mutton and Mead Festival! Journey back in time to 13th century Britain, where Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion are locked in a struggle with the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. This is a magical world inhabited by jousting knights, minstrels, merchants, fairies, and jugglers. Enjoy a delicious smoked turkey leg or try your hand at archery and see if you measure up to the legendary Robin Hood himself. There is no better way to learn about medieval history than to see it brought to life before your very eyes. 210 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA ($)

Saturday, June 16, 10am-10pm
FOLKLORE/SUMMER SOLSTICE
The word “fairy” derives from the Latin “fata,” which translates to “fate,” and is likely related to the Germanic “fey,” referring to a sort of curse under which one is fated to die. Thus there is a mysterious link between fairies and the concept of fate, or the path that we are destined to walk. Throughout history, European cultures have told stories about the ‘wee folk’ or the ‘fair folk,’ magical spirits inhabiting a shadow world that exists on the fringes of our own. According to legend, the bridge between the Fairy world and our own is strongest on the Summer Solstice so what better time to come together and celebrate fairy folklore and arts at the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival! Bowe Field, Adams, MA ($)

Saturday, June 16, 10:30-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/STORYTELLING
Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of teaching and learning. For countless thousands of years, human beings have used stories to understand themselves and the world around them. Looking back on many of the myths and stories from traditional communities around the world, it’s amazing how well they understood the kinds of processes and cycles at work in our environment. Join Dawn Ward for the final session of her spring Family StoryWalk Series, focusing on turtles! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 10:30am-12pm
BOOKMAKING/SKILLSHARING
As everybody knows, making something small radically increases its cuteness quotient. Whether its cars, dogs, or houses, the smaller, the cuter. The Creativity Caravan, building community through creativity, is offering a special workshop for the whole family on how to make a tiny book, less than 3 inches tall. Learn a fun new skill, which you can share with someone special in your life. Mason Public Library. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY
Storrowtown Village is a living history museum unlike any other. In 1926, Helen Osborne Storrow constructed a recreation of an early American kitchen and was intrigued by the idea of housing it in an actual historic building. An acquaintance offered up his 18th century farmhouse, which Storrow purchased for 200 dollars, dismantled, transported, and rebuilt on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Over the years, Storrow had other historic homes transported there and Storrowtown Village was born! Kick off the beginning of the village’s 2018 season with a day of free guided tours and craft demonstrations. Storrowtown Village Museum. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 12-10pm
PLACEMAKING/CULINARY STUDIES
The Taste of Amherst has been one of the region’s most beloved celebrations of food for decades. More than 20 Amherst area restaurants will be participating in this years event, showing off unique local favorites and innovative creations. If you love to cook, you won’t want to miss the cooking demonstrations and if you think you’ve got what it takes to participate in one of the ‘chow down challenges,’ better bring your appetite! Visitors can also enjoy live music and lots of other fun activities for the whole family. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/ENGINEERING
Our area has an important role in the history of elevators. Elisha Otis, the inventor of the modern elevator, was born in Halifax, Vermont, without whom vertical building construction would be impossible and Northampton’s Masonic building featured a water-powered elevator from its construction in 1898 until 2017. Historic Northampton will be screening the film The Gilded Cage, which explores the history of elevators and features interviews with some of the elevator’s operators. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Northampton and the mechanics of how elevators work. Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 16, 4-7pm
SPORTS/ROLLER DERBY
While its current incarnation is largely a 21st century phenomenon, roller derby’s roots go all the way back to the 1930s. Evolving out of roller skating marathons, roller derby became massively popular in the 1940s, with over 5 million spectators in 50 cities across the country. The sport, however, transformed into a form of entertainment, with scripted games and predetermined winners. Over time, the popularity of roller derby declined until it was revitalized during the last two decades. The Pioneer Valley Roller Derby league has been active for 12 years and this Saturday, fans will be treated to a doubleheader! The Bunker Pioneer Valley Roller Derby. 296 Nonotuck Street, Florence, MA ($)

Saturday, June 16, 5-6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CONCERT
Frankly, there is a pretty strong consensus that Johann Sebastian Bach is the greatest composer of all time. This was not always the case, however. Following Bach’s death, his music was regarded as old-fashioned, as the Baroque movement’s popularity waned. Audiences and composers were increasingly drawn to a more simple, unadorned style in contrast to the staggeringly complex and, at times, painfully ornate flourishes of the late Baroque. It wasn’t until the 19th century that interest in Bach was renewed, due in part to the publishing of a comprehensive edition of his works. In the 20th century, composers from many different genres of music began exploring Bach’s oeuvre, including many foundational jazz musicians. Come celebrate Bach’s 333rd anniversary with a special concert, featuring pieces by Bach and Couperin. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 29 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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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. Enjoy 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, June 17, 8am-7pm
FATHER’S DAY
Did you know that the origins of Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages? First celebrated by European Catholics as a feast day for Saint Joseph on March 19, the holiday has now been adopted by most countries and is celebrated in many different ways. In Germany, for example, it is customary for fathers to be pulled in a wagon while they drink beer and eat ham. Coincidentally, alcohol related accidents increase by three times across Germany on that day. This custom originated from a previous tradition in which the mayor of a town would award a giant piece of ham to the man in the village with the most children. However you celebrate Father’s Day, consider coming down to Look Park, where fathers can enjoy free unlimited mini golf. Look Park. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 10am-6pm
LIVING HISTORY/MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Do you long for the days of heroic deeds, courtly glamor, chivalry, and magic? It’s time again for the annual Mutton and Mead Festival! Journey back in time to 13th century Britain, where Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion are locked in a struggle with the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. This is a magical world inhabited by jousting knights, minstrels, merchants, fairies, and jugglers. Enjoy a delicious smoked turkey leg or try your hand at archery and see if you measure up to the legendary Robin Hood himself. There is no better way to learn about medieval history than to see it brought to life before your very eyes. 210 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA ($)

Sunday, June 17, 10:30am-12:15pm
FILM SCREENING/IMMIGRATION
In 2017 alone, more than 161,000 migrants and refugees entered Europe from Africa via the Mediterranean. The journey across this turbulent sea has made it the most deadly border crossing in the world by far, with more than 33,000 migrants dying since 2000. As some countries in the region have restricted access to migrants, they are forced to take longer and more dangerous routes across the Mediterranean. The film When Paul Came Over the Sea tells the story of Cameroonian migrant Paul Nkamani, who traveled across the Sahara desert to Morocco and then crossed the Mediterranean in an inflatable rubber boat, a journey in which half of his companions perished. The film explores the complex issues surrounding contemporary European immigration and brings attention to the legacy of colonialism, as African migrants travel to the European nations that colonized their countries. In many African countries and communities, colonial policies continue to contribute to political conflicts and territorial disputes. Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Sunday, June 17, 12-2pm
COMMUNITY DANCE/BELLYDANCING
While it’s clear that belly dancing has a long history in the Middle East, it’s difficult to find much reliable information about its origins. Roman historians in the first century CE described dancers from Asia Minor performing a dance with “undulating movements,” which certainly sounds like a possible antecedent for belly dancing. In the 18th and 19th centuries, references to the dance are much more common and it is well documented that Ottoman Sultans would frequently have both men and women performing belly dancing in their palaces. If you are a belly dancing veteran or just interested in learning more about this beautiful art, come check out this informal community belly dancing event at Pulaski Park! All ages and experience levels welcome. Pulaski Park. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 12-4pm
PLACEMAKING/CULINARY STUDIES
The Taste of Amherst has been one of the region’s most beloved celebrations of food for decades. More than 20 Amherst area restaurants will be participating in this years event, showing off unique local favorites and innovative creations. If you love to cook, you won’t want to miss the cooking demonstrations and if you think you’ve got what it takes to participate in one of the ‘chow down challenges,’ better bring your appetite! Visitors can also enjoy live music and lots of other fun activities for the whole family. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 12-4pm
AGRICULTURE/FARMERS MARKET
Farmers markets are truly to be treasured. Supporting local agriculture helps cut down on carbon emissions, financially supports our communities, and often ensures that our produce is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. Farmers markets are also a great place to meet people who live in your area! Make with others in your community, shop for delicious produce, and you might even pick up some handy tips for growing food yourself. The inaugural season of the Hilltown Farmers Market in Colrain is off and running, every third Sunday of the month. Greenfield Road, Colrain, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 1-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY/HIKE
Come learn all about the rich history of our hilltowns with this history hike, in honor of Father’s Day! In 1874, the Williamsburg Reservoir Company dam failed and destroyed four downstream villages, killing 139 people, all in less than an hour. The poorly constructed dam was built by a group of local mill owners, who decided to design and build the dam themselves to cut corners on costs. The six hundred foot long, 43 foot high dam had to hold back a 100-acre reservoir and on May 16, only a few months after it had been constructed, a particularly heavy rainstorm caused it to collapse. This hike will take participants on a 1.5 mile walk up to the ruins of the dam, while local historian tells the story of the disaster. Hilltown Land Trust. 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 4:30pm
GARDENING/VOLUNTEERING
Come learn how to garden and grow food with some hands-on experience by helping out at Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden! Participants will be weeding, watering, and planting to support the bi-weekly community meals at Common Ground at First Churches of Northampton. Common Ground brings community members together to connect with each other and celebrate the gift of food. Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden. 140 Meadow Street, Florence, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 17, 5-9pm
PLACEMAKING/CONCERT
Celebrate our beautiful hilltowns! What better way to appreciate where we live than gathering a community to share food and listen to great local music? The second Hilltown Bash will feature live music, a community potluck, and lots of dancing and playing. There will be balls and a playground for the kids. Everyone is welcome! Pettingill Memorial Park. Cummington, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, June 17, 5:15-7pm
NATURE STUDIES/FORAGING
Invasive plant species often get a bad rap. It’s definitely true that they take over and crowd out native species and can radically disrupt the local environment but what you might not realize is that many invasive plants are edible and delicious! Come learn how to eat your way through garlic mustard, dandelion, plantain, and many other edible invasives at this workshop hosted by Pittsfield Green Drinks. Local forager Rosemary Wessel will be discussing identification, harvesting, and preparation of wild edibles. Berkshire Environmental Action Team. 29 Highland Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, June 18, 6:30-8:30pm
POLITICS/SOCIAL ISSUES
Only five presidents in American history have been elected despite losing the popular vote, including George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. Electoral politics in the United States is a complicated thing. If you are interested in learning more about electoral politics and its relation to democratic socialism, check out the June monthly meeting of the Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). There will be pizza and drinks and socializing! All are welcome. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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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, June 19, 10-10:45am
STORYTIME/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
New England lore holds that the character of Mother Goose was actually based on a 17th century Bostonian woman, who became famous for singing songs and telling stories to children in her neighborhood. Unfortunately there is no evidence that this is true and the first occurrence of the name “Mother Goose,” appears in a volume of collected fairy tales from 1780, entitled Mother Goose’s Melody. Join Kay Lyons for her popular “Mother Goose on the Loose” series of lap-sit story hours for children under 3. This event will also feature games, puppets, and other toys for children to play with. Greenfield Public Library. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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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.

Wednesday, June 20, 12:30-1:30pm
PLACEMAKING
Holyoke, Massachusetts has the highest percentage Puerto Rican population of any city outside of Puerto Rico, at 44 percent. For decades, the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke has been a vital part of the city’s culture. Join mayor Alex Morse and the City of Holyoke in honoring the contributions of the Puerto Rican community at the 2nd Annual People’s Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony. Carlos Vega Park. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30-8pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LECTURE
Given the heavy presence of agriculture in the Berkshire region today, it may be surprising to learn that it played an important role in the industrial economy of early America. Abundant rivers powered hundreds, if not thousands, of local mills, which produced textiles, paper, glass, and more. The legacy of this industrial center can still be seen in ruins and mill structures. If you are interested in learning more about the industrial history of the Berkshires, you won’t want to miss this presentation, featuring archival historic photographs. Dalton Public Library. 462 Main Street, Dalton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, June 20, 7pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/CLIMATE STUDIES
In a democracy, communities have the opportunity to voice their concerns and share their ideas with elected representatives, and prospective representatives. Community members also have the chance to ask these representatives to provide their positions on topics that are important to them. Residents of Hampshire & Franklin County will be able to exercise their civic rights in a Senate Forum on Climate and Energy for candidates in the Democratic Party primary for Stan Rosenberg’s former State Senate seat. Candidates will discuss what they would do to curb greenhouse gas emissions and the worst effects of climate change. With Jo Comerford, Steven Connor, Chelsea Kline, Ryan O’Donnell, David Morin, and Dave Murphy. Bring questions for the candidates on climate, transportation, and energy policy or tweet them to #gogreenmapoli. For details, visit climateactionnowma.org. JFK Middle School Cafeteria, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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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, June 21, 5-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FESTIVAL
The Make Music Festival started in France 1982 and is now celebrated on the same day in 800 cities in 120 countries around the world. What makes this event so special is that it celebrates the idea that music is accessible to all and can be a force to bring people together. Make Music welcomes all members of the community, young and old, to come together to share their music, regardless of their skill level or experience. Forbes Library. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 21, 5-8pm
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Come celebrate summer with the most delicious of summer treats, ice cream! River Valley Co-op will be hosting an ice cream social, featuring delicious strawberry sundaes from Bart’s ice cream. Gather with friends, neighbors, and members of the community for an evening of live music, picnicking, face painting, and other fun kids activities. Everyone is welcome. River Valley Co-op. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 21, 5:30-8pm
CULINARY ARTS/WORKSHOP
The fashionable Spanish appetizers known as Tapas, from the verb meaning “to cover,” is said to have originated in Andalusia, where sherry drinkers would use a thin slice of bread or meat to cover their drinks in order to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet drink. Another tradition holds that tapas originated in 16th century Castile, where bar owners would mask the poor quality of their wine with pungent, smelly meats and cheeses. However the custom originated, tapas are perfect for warm summer nights. Berkshire Co-op Market will be hosting a seasonal cooking workshop in honor of the summer solstice, focusing on gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian tapas! Berkshire Co-op Market. 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA ($)

Thursday, June 21, 7:30pm
LITERARY STUDIES/THEATER
Since 1958, playwright and novelist Athol Fugard has been one of the leading voices in South African literature. In 1962, Fugard’s vocal support for the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s boycott of South African theaters due to their segregated audiences caused him to be heavily censored by the government and led to many of his plays being performed outside of the country. Fugard’s 1988 play The Road to Mecca, winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, tells the story of an elderly sculptor whose work helps her deal with the “spiritual prison” of Apartheid era South Africa. The Silverthorne Theater Company will be performing The Road to Mecca for seven days, starting on Thursday. Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA ($)

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Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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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, June 22, 5:30pm
HERBALISM
The practice of herbalism takes for granted the notion that human beings and plants are intrinsically linked. This biocentric framework understands that human beings as a species are defined by the interplay between different forms of life, rather than the myth of human exceptionalism. The realization that plants influence us in a myriad different ways thus has profound implications for our relationship with the world, as it undoes the old binary of human and nature. We are nature, and nature is us. Beginning on June 15, Herbalism in the Pioneer Valley will be meeting every Friday, focusing on the work of local herbalists. Everyone is welcome! Hungry Ghost Bread. 62 State Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Friday, June 22, 7-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CONCERT
Sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields are local musical legends. For more than two decades, the Nields have been treating audiences around the Valley and nationwide to their special blend of folk and rock. More recently, the Nields have also become renowned in the area for their fun, energetic children’s concerts. Many Pioneer Valley natives have truly grown up with the Nields. Come listen to Nerissa and Katryna performing live with their full band for a 27th Anniversary Show! Iron Horse Music Hall. 20 Center Street, Northampton, MA ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Plainfield, Shelburne, Westhampton, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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