Suggested Events for July 21st – 27th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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July 19

The Amherst BID offers free summer concerts, four consecutive Thursday nights in July & August. On July 19th, MISTER G, a Latin GRAMMY Award winner and superstar returns to perform at Kendrick Park. Mister G tours internationally, headlining major venues such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Central Park SummerStage, and more. We are lucky to have him back! Opening for Mister G is In the Nick of Time who deliver music for all, big and small. Children enjoy the imagination and whimsy of Nick’s music, which transports them to outer space in one song and then back in time to stomp with the dinosaurs in the next. Concert starts at 6pm. For details, visit amherstdowntown.com or contact ann@amherstdowntown.com

July 21, 22, 25

PaintBox Theatre—the Valley’s theatre of imagination and improvisation—presents Pirates! They swash. They buckle. They crack very bad jokes. Last summer’s cast of corsairs will bring even more silliness and pirate antics to the shores of the PaintBox stage. Be prepared to sing, dance, and roll your arrrrs like a pirate. Captain Braidbeard says, “Mateys, dress on up and sail on down to PaintBox Theatre.” Join us for Pirate Day on Sun. July 22 after the 10:30am show! Shows are Sat. July 21, 10:30am & 1pm, Sun. July 22, 10:30am at Easthampton’s Williston Theatre and Wed. July 25, 10:30am at the Easthampton Band Shell. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets. Season Tickets: $24. Group discounts (12+): $7. paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Become an Amherst College Research Family! The Child Learning and Development Lab of Amherst College is looking for families with kids birth to 5-years-old to participate in upcoming research on trust, communication and visualization. Our short, one-time studies are run by trained college students and kids earn simple prizes for participation! Support science and contact the Amherst College Child Learning and Development Lab at cladlab@amherst.edu.

This summer enjoy the beautiful outdoors at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Bobbie’s Meadow is a new space that invites guests to connect and be inspired by art and nature. Read with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs! Get moving with Little Kids Yoga, or join Creative Movement with the Center Dance Studio. Plus special storytimes, art making and a new outdoor scavenger hunt. Bobbie’s Meadow, a new space to explore, relax and enjoy. The museum is open Mondays in July and August; see carlemuseum.org for days, times and sign up information. All activities are free with Museum Admission. Become a Member and come free every day!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 21st – 27th, 2018

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Saturday, July 21, 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. From Beans to Pancakes to Egg Salad, Guest DJ, Gunnar Madsen considers all tastes in week’s episode. Learn about how corn is in your car, your home, your clothes, and your medicines. Songs about sharing food, renting food, and even calling food will keep your toes tapping and your mouth watering. 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, July 21, 9am-9pm
HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES
In the late 17th and 18th centuries, the Scottish Highlanders mounted a series of wars and rebellions against British rule, known as the Jacobite Risings. After the final revolution was put down in 1746, the British government enacted a series of laws designed to pacify the Scottish by undermining their communities and traditions. It was forbidden to wear tartans and kilts, all weapons had to be surrendered, and clan chiefs were replaced by landlords and tax collectors. Collectively, these policies and their after effects are known as the Highland Clearances. In response to these repressive laws and practices, the Highland Games became a way to affirm and celebrate Scottish Highland culture. The modern Highland Games originated during the Victorian era and have now spread all over the English speaking world. Come celebrate all things Scottish at the 25th Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival! 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA ($)

Saturday, July 21, 10am
LIVING HISTORY/PIRATES
Avast and shiver me timbers! All weekend long, the Cummington Fairgrounds will be swamped with pirates! This year at the Massachusetts Renaissance Faire, the realm of the fairies and the realm of the pirates are crossing over and magical adventures will ensue. Meet the dastardly Captain Hook, his first mate Smee, and a host of other magical creatures. With live shows, a bustling marketplace, and fun activities for children, this will truly be a weekend to remember. Living history events like this are an ideal way to learn about the past, through skilled reenactors. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA ($)

Saturday, July 21, 10am-4pm
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE/FESTIVAL
The theme of this years Annual Children’s Book Festival at the Eric Carle Museum is Seasons and Senses. For the past 13 years, this festival has celebrated children’s literature with a day filled with games, readings, book signings, activities, and special guests. This year, visitors will be able to meet children’s literature legends such as Jane Yolen and Linda Graves. The theme for this years festival is inspired by the ongoing exhibit of Eric Carle’s nature paintings, including several unpublished works. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, July 21, 10:30am & 1pm
THEATER/PIRATES
Do you have a little swashbuckler at home? If you, so won’t want to miss this exciting blend of humorous music theater, featuring a cast of the most dastardly, swaggering pirates you’ve ever seen! As a followup to last year’s popular performance, the PaintBox Theatre is bringing back their pirates for a whole new show filled with bad jokes, songs, and adventures. Williston Theatre. 18 Payson Ave, Easthampton, MA ($)

Saturday, July 21, 12-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/DANCE STUDIES
Come celebrate Bryant Day with an afternoon of history and literature at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead! Learn all about 19th century history with lectures, guided tours of the Homestead, and a special performance of Civil War era ballroom dancing by the Small Planet Dancers. If you are a dancer or a dancing enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to experience traditional 19th century dances. There will also be a wide variety of food and craft vendors. For more information and a complete list of activities, please visit Bryant Day. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA ($)

Saturday, July 21, 12:30pm
ART STUDIES/FILM SCREENING
Vincent van Gogh is now considered one of the foundational figures in the history of modern art, producing more than 800 oil paintings, mostly done in the final two years of his life. During his lifetime, however, van Gogh was regarded as an outsider, a madman, and a failure. His earliest works are uninspired still lifes that show very little indication of the genius he possessed. It wasn’t until he moved to Paris in his early thirties and befriended the great Paul Gauguin that he began to develop his avant garde impressionism, for which he is remembered today. The incredible creative output of his final four years came at a great cost. Utterly neglecting his health and frequently refusing to eat, van Gogh suffered from numerous nervous breakdowns, which ultimately claimed his life. This film screening will present the documentary “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing,” featuring interviews with the curatorial staff from the Van Gogh museum and shedding light onto the troubled and brilliant world of this incredible genius. Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, July 21, 7-10pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
It’s something of a cliche to say that Shakespeare’s work was ahead of its time. But then again, cliches are cliches for a reason! In terms of race and gender, particularly, Shakespeare’s writing seems shockingly contemporary. In Othello, for example, he presents one of the most powerful early modern analyses of racism and “the other,” although the play is certainly not immune to the rampant racism of 17th century England. As scholars have noted, the Protestant Reformation in England promoted the idea of a strictly ordered society and projected its own repressed neuroses onto the figure of “the other.” In the case of Othello, a North African or Middle Eastern captain in the service of the Venetian navy, his outsider status is consistently emphasized and reinforced by being called ‘a moor.’ The term, which is racially and religiously ambiguous, could be used in Shakespeare’s day to refer to anyone from Africa, the Middle East, or even India. It also had religious connotations, suggesting any non-Christian. Thus, Othello finds himself in a precarious position simply by being an other. Iago, the play’s truly evil villain, exploits Othello’s painful awareness of his outsider status, in order to push him to the brink. This can also be seen as a commentary by Shakespeare on the work of his contemporaries, who generally used racially othered characters to represent treachery and dishonesty. Come see Othello this Saturday, performed by the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA ($)

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Sunday, July 22, 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. 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, July 22, 8:30am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/NATURAL HISTORY
As Nobel-prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney once wrote, in his collection of bog poems: “I lay waiting / on the gravel bottom, / my brain darkening, / a jar of spawn / fermenting underground / dreams of Baltic amber. / Bruised berries under my nails, / the vital hoard reducing / in the crock of the pelvis.” There is something about bogs that always stirs the imagination. Dark water, never knowing whether what you see is solid ground or merely a shifting spot of moss drifting over the murky depths. What secrets and mysteries lay hidden beneath centuries of mud? If you are enchanted by bogs, you won’t want to miss this journey to the Hawley Bog, with naturalist Ted Watt. Learn all about how 30 foot thick mats of moss float over a deep glacial depression and find out about some of the strange and fascinating plant species that live in the bog, including orchids and other carnivorous plants. Hawley, MA ($$)

Sunday, July 22, 10am
LIVING HISTORY/PIRATES
Avast and shiver me timbers! All weekend long, the Cummington Fairgrounds will be swamped with pirates! This year at the Massachusetts Renaissance Faire, the realm of the fairies and the realm of the pirates are crossing over and magical adventures will ensue. Meet the dastardly Captain Hook, his first mate Smee, and a host of other magical creatures. With live shows, a bustling marketplace, and fun activities for children, this will truly be a weekend to remember. Living history events like this are an ideal way to learn about the past, through skilled reenactors. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA ($)

Sunday, July 22, 10:30am
THEATER/PIRATES
Do you have a little swashbuckler at home? If you, so won’t want to miss this exciting blend of humorous music theater, featuring a cast of the most dastardly, swaggering pirates you’ve ever seen! As a followup to last year’s popular performance, the PaintBox Theatre is bringing back their pirates for a whole new show filled with bad jokes, songs, and adventures. Williston Theatre. 18 Payson Ave, Easthampton, MA ($)

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Monday, July 23, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, July 23, 11am
ART STUDIES/SUSTAINABILITY
As we all know, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! If you’ve got kids at home who love to tinker, this is the event for you. Deconstructing objects and putting them back together in creative ways teaches children to use their imaginations and gain a better understanding of how things work. This event will focus on using objects that others have thrown away to create new works of art. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Monday, July 23, 11am-12:30pm
LIVING HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Travel back in time to the 19th century and experience what daily life would have been like for a child in a Shaker community. Visitors will learn about the kinds of work and play that Shaker children experienced, including gardening and baking. This is a great way to learn about how self sufficient communities were in the 19th century and how young people played a vital role in the village economy. This event is appropriate for children ages 3-12. Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Monday, July 23, 1-1:30pm
ART STUDIES
As Bohemian lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote: “In any case, it is very important to be idle with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy. The days when even our hands do not stir are so exceptionally quiet that it is hardly possible to raise them without hearing a whole lot.” Indeed, idleness can be a profound thing and can guide us towards powerful realizations and vivid dreams that forever alter the course of our lives. Needless to say, however, in 18th century Protestant England, this view was not shared by many. Master satirist William Hogarth’s series of twelve prints entitled “Industry and Idleness,” for instance, tells the story of two young apprentices. One, who is industrious and hardworking, becomes rich and successful. The other, who is lazy and idle, becomes a criminal and is eventually executed! The message here is not very subtle. For all his moralizing, Hogarth remains one of the greatest comic artists and social critics of the 18th century. Come learn all about Hogarth’s rather heavy handed, but nevertheless fascinating, moral allegory “Industry and Idleness,” at this special talk. The Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, July 24, 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, July 24, 10am
ARTS AND CRAFTS/STORYTIME
Everybody loves story time! Storytelling is an ideal way to introduce young children to language and develop literacy skills. Arts and crafts also builds fine motor skills and other important cognitive steps. This Preschool Storytime event combines storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. All ages are welcome. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Tuesday, July 24, 1-3pm
TEA PARTY/MUSIC STUDIES
In many stories, the princess plays the role of the ‘damsel in distress,’ who needs to be rescued by the brave prince. In reality, however, history is full of princesses who were more than capable of taking care of themselves. Rani Lakshmi Bai, a princess from 19th century India, grew up learning archery, horse riding, and sword fighting. When the British seized her lands following the death of her husband, Lakshmi Bai raised an army, including many women warriors, and went to war against the mighty British empire. Legend has it that Lakshmi Bai even rode into battle with her infant son strapped to her back! Come celebrate princesses of all types at the Princess Songs and Tea party, this Tuesday. Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Tuesday, July 24, 6-7pm
LIVING HISTORY/LITERARY STUDIES
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series has delighted readers for almost a century! Wilder’s fond recollections of her childhood on the frontiers of the American midwest are touching, nostalgic, and filled with historical details of what everyday life was like for the pioneer settlers. The books, originally written for elementary school aged children, are an absolute delight for readers of all ages. Now fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder will have the chance to meet the author herself, in a special performance by historical interpreter Rosalie Silliman! Ask questions and learn all about the facts and fictions of Wilder’s extraordinary life. Lilly Library. 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, July 25, 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, July 25, 10:30am
THEATER/PIRATES
Do you have a little swashbuckler at home? If you, so won’t want to miss this exciting blend of humorous music theater, featuring a cast of the most dastardly, swaggering pirates you’ve ever seen! As a followup to last year’s popular performance, the PaintBox Theatre is bringing back their pirates for a whole new show filled with bad jokes, songs, and adventures. Easthampton Band Shell, Easthampton, MA ($)

Wednesday, July 25, 6:30pm
FOOD JUSTICE/SOCIAL ISSUES
Food insecurity is a problem that impacts millions of Americans, and despite the amazing local produce in our area, we are not immune to this problem. If you would like to learn more about how food insecurity impacts our area and discuss its causes and possible solution, don’t miss this opportunity to have a conversation with candidates for the 1st Hampshire District. Access to healthy food is a basic human right. WWII Club. 50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, July 25, 7-8:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY
Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is one of the greatest figures in modern African music and the South African Anti-Apartheid movement. She was one of the first African musicians to become internationally popular and performed with many of the greatest performers of her day, including Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone. While Makeba’s role in popularizing afropop and ‘world music’ was pivotal, she remained committed to the struggle of South Africans against apartheid. As an outspoken critic of the regime’s racist policies, Makeba was exiled in 1960 but continued to work to dismantle racial segregation in her country. Makeba spoke at the United Nations against apartheid and, after settling in the United States, also become a key member of the Civil Rights movement. After marrying Black Panther leader Stokely Carmichael, Makeba was then targeted by the United States government and finally she and Carmichael moved to Guinea in 1968. Makeba only returned to her homeland in 1990 when apartheid was finally dismantled. The documentary “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba” tells the story of this amazing woman and her lifelong struggle for justice through music. Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Wednesday, July 25, 7-9pm
CRAFTS/KNITTING
Knitting circles have been an important part of traditional community life for millennia. In modern history, knitting circles have often been associated with politically subversive activities. In the early days of the United States, for example, the Daughters of Liberty organized a boycott of all British goods, especially including textiles, as a way to reduce the young nation’s dependence on foreign goods. The Daughters of Liberty promoted knitting and weaving, as a way to demonstrate the kinds of political actions available to women. Since women were often excluded from political action, knitting circles became a vital space to work together, discuss important issues of the day, strategize and organize, all under the guise of so-called ‘women’s work.’ Nowadays, of course, it’s not only women who are discovering a passion for knitting! Come make new friends, meet members of the community, and work on your knitting together at the Library Knitting Group in Shutesbury. Local knitting enthusiasts will be there to answer questions and offer help on your knitting project. M. N. Spear Memorial Library. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, July 25, 7:30pm
PLACEMAKING/FILM SCREENING
There is something so lovely and charming about going out to see a movie on the town common on a warm summer night. These kinds of events are a great opportunity to see friends and meet members of the community. Coming together to have fun and getting to know each other is what community is all about. This Wednesday, come check out this public screening of Toy Story. Don’t forget the popcorn! South Amherst Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, July 26, 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, July 26. 5:30pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
The Bridge: Family Resource Center is dedicated to providing support to individuals and families facing a wide variety of circumstances and challenges. The ultimate goal is to help community member become empowered and self sufficient. Come learn all about the amazing work being done in our community by this organization at their Summer Potluck. Bring a dish and make some new friends! The Bridge: Family Resource Center. 101 University Drive, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 26, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FOLK MUSIC
Daughter of legendary folk musician Arlo Guthrie, Annie Guthrie’s first love was actually dancing rather than music. When a knee injury forced her to stop dancing, however, she started playing the guitar and was immediately hooked! In addition to recording her own albums, Annie also often plays with her other siblings in a Guthrie family band. Come listen to Annie Guthrie play her own fusion of folk-punk this Thursday as part of the Florence Music on the Porch series. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics! Florence, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 26, 6:30pm
INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY/MUSIC STUDIES
In 1199, the Catholic Church declared a crusade against Slavic and Baltic pagans. For nearly two-hundred years, Catholic armies ravaged Eastern and Northern Europe, forcefully converting millions. Nevertheless, pagan spirituality in the region persisted, as it did in other parts of the world, by secretly adapting the Catholic cults of the saints as a way to continue to worship local deities. In the late 1990s, however, the ancient Lithuanian pagan folk traditions were revived in the form of the modern Romuva religion. Today the Romuva movement continues to grow, both in the Baltic region, and around the world. Romuva, like most indigenous spiritual practices, places a primary emphasis on ecological stewardship and veneration of ancestors. Music plays an important role in Romuva, especially in the form of ‘Sutartines,’ a type of song that expands in a circle. Anyone with an interest in indigenous folk traditions will absolutely not want to miss this concert and potluck, featuring Artūras Sinkevičius, a Lithuanian musician, who specializes in ritual Romuva music. Sinkevičius will be performing as well as teaching songs from the Romuva tradition. Williamsburg, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

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Friday, July 27, 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, July 27, 5:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
The summer is a perfect time for the community to come together and enjoy the beautiful weather. And what could be better than adding live music into the mix! All summer long the Northampton Arts Council will be bringing free live music to the community, every Friday at Pulaski Park in lovely downtown Northampton. These are the kinds of events that remind us how great our community is. This Friday, come listen to performances by King Radio and The Chandler Travis Three-O. Pulaski Park. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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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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