Suggested Events for September 29th – October 5, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs

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Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. We have put together a directory of after-school & weekend classes and enrichment programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Many of these programs aren’t just for kids, so to all the adults out there – feel encouraged to pursue your interests and honor your callings through these enrichment classes, too!

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Oct 5 – 28

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 5th and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat & Sun including Monday, Oct 8th for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a FREE pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted (Fri & Sat) & 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).

Sept 29 & 30

The 20th Anniversary of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 29 and 30, 10am to 5PM in Orange MA. There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, fabulous food, chef demos and skills for local living. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word and dance on three stages. Ample activities for all ages, all weekend. Only $5.00 ($8 weekend pass) adults, kids 12 and under free! Visit www.garlicandarts.orgfor travel/parking info and full program; follow enjoyable festival updates daily on Facebook!

Sept. 30

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sun. Sept. 30th from 10 AM-2 PM at 253 Prospect St., Northampton, MA. Come celebrate the harvest with apple cider pressing, cob oven baking, live music, harvest games, nature-based arts and crafts, food and drinks, tea making, seed saving activities, and much more! All are welcome! Rain date: Sun. Oct. 7th. $5 per person suggested donation. To learn more, please visit our Facebook event page or contact info@abundancefarm.org! This event is sponsored in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Oct. 6

The New England Air Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 4pm. Special activities will include Touch A Truck, designed for children of all ages to view some very large vehicles-up close – from the following industries: aviation, construction, 1st responders and the military, along with the chance to climb aboard historic aircraft including a WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, a jet-age F-100 Super Sabre and a F-104 Star-fighter, as well as number of helicopters. Other activities include hands on flight simulators and the opportunity to Build & Fly your own flying machine! Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. www.neam.org.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers Community Dance programs for all children ages 5-18 from Sept. 26, 2018 to May 22, 2019. Director Cat Wagner offers quality creative movement, ballet, and contemporary classes in a nurturing environment. Students build confidence and a sense of well-being through dance. The program’s foundation is on robust skill development, but also brings dance alive using a collaboration. Students build trust, community, and new perspectives. Classes are limited to 15 students and take place in the school’s dance studio in Greenfield. The program ends with a full-length collaborative piece with SBS students at a Spring Dance Concert. Questions: wtherrien@sbschool.org or Register: www.sbschool.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 29th – October 5, 2018

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Saturday, September 29th, 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. Ari and Ezra from The Oot n’ Oots play songs and tell stories to highlight the evolution of rock music from the 1950s to the 1970s, covering major trends and introducing listeners of all ages to a distinctly American musical tradition. 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, September 29, 9am-3pm
ENVIRONMENTALISM/VOLUNTEERING
The Green River, beginning in Marlboro, Vermont, runs for around 30 miles through Colrain, Leyden, and Greenfield until it flows into the Deerfield River and onto the Connecticut. The river is home to a wide variety of fish including eels, lampreys, trout, and perch. The 3 mile stretch of the river that runs through downtown Greenfield is in desperate need of cleanup and this Saturday, community members will have the opportunity to work together to keep our rivers clean. Don’t forget to stick around the river cleanup to enjoy free food, drink, and live music! Green River Recreation Area. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 29, 9:30am-4pm
CULINARY ARTS/LIVING HISTORY
As it turns out the word “pumpkin” does not actually refer to any particular species. In the United States, the term refers to the large, round, orange variety of winter squash but in other parts of the Anglophone world, it may be used to mean any type of winter squash. Native to North America, pumpkins have been an important part of the culinary landscape of the continent for thousands of years. This was especially true for the early colonial settlers of New England, who depended on access to food that could stored easily during the long winter months. Part of the enduring culinary success of the pumpkin is that it lends itself well to both sweet and savory applications. As autumn descends upon us, that can only mean that it’s time for pumpkin pie, soup, or even tempura! Learn all about how this versatile vegetable was incorporated into the colonial diet at this Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, utilizing traditional recipes and heirloom varieties. Historic Deerfield. Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, September 29, 10am-4pm
FESTIVAL/ARTS AND CRAFTS
The turning of the seasons is an auspicious time and it’s no surprise that festivals and community gatherings tend to pop up around this time of year. The transition from summer to autumn inspires us to think of other transitions, of harvests, of projects come to fruition. This is a time when community is more important than ever, with the lean, cold months on their frosty way. This Saturday, on the Amherst Common, come enjoy 32nd annual Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair! With pony rides, petting zoo, games, music, and craft vendors, this festival really has something for everybody. Proceeds benefit the Amherst Family Center. Amherst Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 29, 10am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/FESTIVAL
The most famous garlic festival in the world is likely the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which began in 1979, in Gilroy, California. The idea for the festival came from Rudy Melone, who became determined to host a garlic festival after learning of a village in France that claimed to be the garlic capital of the world. Convinced that the community of Gilroy better deserved that title, Melone organized a celebration of “the stinking rose,” as garlic is occasionally known. At the time, garlic was not commonly used in American cuisine and was generally considered to have an offensive flavor and odor. By persuading a local chef to prepare a number of garlicky dishes for an event at the Rotary Club, Melone was able to build enough support to realize his dream. The first year of the festival was so unexpectedly popular that Melone and his volunteers had to rush back and forth from their homes all day long with fresh batches of pasta, to keep up with the demand! There is no question that without the Gilroy Garlic Festival, garlic would not have the status it currently enjoys in the American culinary landscape. The early days of the Gilroy Garlic Festival have been immortalized in Les Blank’s endearing documentary “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers.” Luckily, we have our own garlic festival to enjoy right here in Western Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has been celebrating local agriculture, art, and of course, garlic! Forsters Farm. 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA ($)

Saturday, September 29, 10am-5pm
TEXTILE ARTS/HISTORY
As part of their ethos of simple living, the Shakers developed a unique aesthetic style, which came to heavily influence modern American art and architecture. Promoting hard work as a form of spiritual experience, Mother Ann, the founder of the Shaker communities, wrote: “Labor to make the way of God your own; let it be your inheritance, your treasure, your occupation, your daily calling.” Thus, treating craftsmanship as a form of prayer, the Shakers created artefacts of austere beauty. Shaker crafts were unadorned and without embellishment or decoration and reflected the principle that “form follows function,” which was later championed by many modernist artists. In addition to furniture, quilts are among the most exemplary Shaker artefacts. Come see a collection of 75 historical quilts at the Harvest of Quilts and check out quilting demonstrations and other quilting activities! Part of the 21st annual Country Fair. Hancock Shaker Museum. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, September 29, 10am-12pm
ARCHITECTURE/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Playing with blocks is a great way for children to develop spatial reasoning, hand eye coordination, and social skills. It may also instil a lifelong interest in architecture and engineering! Kids of all ages are welcome to come build and play with large, blue blocks at this Pop Up Play Day. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, September 29. 10:30am-12pm
FORAGING/BOTANY
Even in New England there is a shocking number of edible wild plants. Purslane, autumn olive, and even plantain are delicious and extremely nutritious additions to your diet. Perhaps best of all, many edible wild plants tend to thrive in areas that have been disturbed, so you may have access to them even if you live in a relatively urban environment. If you are interested in foraging and learning to identify edible plants, don’t miss local expert John Root’s edible plant walk! Simple Gifts Farm. 1089 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 29, 11am-4pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS/SCARECROW WORKSHOP
On the Japanese island of Shikoku there is a strange little village called Nagoro, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The village has only 35 inhabitants but over 350 scarecrows, many of which are shockingly lifelike. For years, villager Tsukimi Ayano has been making lifelike scarecrows of deceased villagers and placing them around the village in realistic poses. At a bus stop, for instance, one may see a group of huddled figures seated on a bench. In the abandoned school house, a roomful of children. Additionally many of the scarecrows are wearing the actual clothes of the people they are meant to represent! Come make your own scarecrow at Atkins Market and who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to make an entire village full of them. Atkins Market. 1150 West Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, September 29, 11am-5pm
LOCAL HISTORY/FERROEQUINOLOGY
 From the Latin, meaning “iron horse,” ferroequinology refers to the love of trains. And if you’ve got a ferroequinologist at home, this is truly the event for you! The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is holding their annual Trolleyfest, celebrating the restoration of Trolley No. 10, originally built in 1896, which ran between Shelburne Falls and the ironically named ‘Colrain City’. This day long event features a wide variety of train and fall related activities, including caboose rides, historical reenactments and demonstrations, cider pressing, and lots more. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the hilltowns. Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. 14 Depot Street, Shelburne Falls, MA ($)

Saturday, September 29, 12-4pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL/AGRICULTURE
Come celebrate the gift of the harvest at Nuestras Raices Farm in Holyoke! In addition to live traditional music and dance, you will absolutely not want to miss the lechon, or traditional whole roast pig. Lechon is the national dish of Puerto Rico and occupies a place of enormous importance in Puerto Rican culture. Like many of the world’s best dishes, lechon is deceptively simple. A simple whole pig is slowly roasted, while basting the skin, resulting in a uniquely crispy texture. Lechon is wildly popular across the Latin American world and though there are regional differences, the essence remains the same. Get to know the people who are responsible for producing the local food that we enjoy and connect with the community. Nuestras Raices Farm. 24 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 29, 4-6pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/VEGANISM
The ancient vedic concept of ‘ahimsa’ is one of the principal values of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Ahimsa means “not to harm” and it refers to a total commitment to nonviolence, including nonviolence towards non-human beings. Vedic texts from over 3000 years ago refer to abstaining from eating meat as a part of ahimsa and many of the classic Indian works of philosophy and spirituality discuss the question of whether or not a human being can live without causing suffering to other forms of life. These texts are nuanced enough to recognize that wanton destruction of plants in service of a vegetarian diet certainly violates the principle of ahimsa. Ultimately, the vedas acknowledge that ahimsa can be applied to diet in a variety of ways. For many hermits and saints, for instance, a fruitarian diet was recommended so as to avoid destroying the plants when they ate from them. In some passages, it is said that the most noble life is the one that eats only flowers and fruits. Elsewhere it is said that a warrior may eat meat, if he has hunted for it. In any case, debates over what constitutes an ethical and compassionate diet continue to this day. The Valley Vegan Society is holding an All-Valley Vegan Group Picnic this saturday! Bring a vegan dish and share a meal with likeminded people. Mill River Recreation Park. Montague Road, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 29, 5pm
SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY MEAL
 The Local Food, or ‘Locavore’ movement is built on the premise that food is powerful and important. It is not merely fuel and it is not merely entertainment. Everything we eat becomes a part of ourselves and everything we eat comes from somewhere. In today’s global, industrial food system, we are separated from the source of our food. An enormous amount of money and energy goes to moving food products around the globe. We don’t know how it was produced, under what conditions, or by whom. As agrarian philosopher Wendell Berry puts it: “The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical.” The locavore movement seeks to restore that ancient tradition binding humans and human communities to the earth, through food. From an insistence on only consuming food that was produced within a one hundred mile radius, to shopping at farmers markets, to joining a local Community Supported Agriculture farm, there are many ways to put this belief into practice. If you are a devout locavore or would like to learn more about the connection between food, agriculture, and community don’t miss the Shelburne Grown Biennial Locavore Dinner! Proceeds go to benefit 4-H and other programs designed to teach the next generation about the importance of agriculture. Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA ($)

Saturday, September 29, 6:30-7:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHEOLOGY
It is thought that humans first settled in New England around 13,000 years ago, some 2,000 years before the end of the last ice age. Located in 2015, the Kell’s Pasture area in Greenfield was an important site for ancient peoples 7,000 years ago and remained culturally significant throughout the years. Over thousands of years, five separately dated geological layers have shown evidence of human activity at Kell’s Pasture. Stone tools have been recovered from this site and give us a unique look into the lives of the early human settlements in the Connecticut River Valley. Come learn all about this amazing find with archeologist Nathan Scholl. Fans of history, archeology, and geology won’t want to miss this fascinating presentation! Historical Society of Greenfield. 43 Church Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, September 30, 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, September 30, 10am-2pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL
The ancient Jewish holiday of sukkot is an end of the year harvest festival that is referred to in the Book of Exodus. Also known as ‘the Feast of the Ingathering,’ sukkot takes its name from the walled structure covered by a roof of palm fronds that is most associated with the holiday. Jewish families all around the world typically build these structures during this time and may eat or sleep in them during the period of the holiday. Join Abundance Farm for their 7th annual Sukkot Harvest Festival this sunday and enjoy a day of apple cider, live music, and nature based arts and crafts! Abundance Farm. 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, September 30, 10am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/FESTIVAL
The most famous garlic festival in the world is likely the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which began in 1979, in Gilroy, California. The idea for the festival came from Rudy Melone, who became determined to host a garlic festival after learning of a village in France that claimed to be the garlic capital of the world. Convinced that the community of Gilroy better deserved that title, Melone organized a celebration of “the stinking rose,” as garlic is occasionally known. At the time, garlic was not commonly used in American cuisine and was generally considered to have an offensive flavor and odor. By persuading a local chef to prepare a number of garlicky dishes for an event at the Rotary Club, Melone was able to build enough support to realize his dream. The first year of the festival was so unexpectedly popular that Melone and his volunteers had to rush back and forth from their homes all day long with fresh batches of pasta, to keep up with the demand! There is no question that without the Gilroy Garlic Festival, garlic would not have the status it currently enjoys in the American culinary landscape. The early days of the Gilroy Garlic Festival have been immortalized in Les Blank’s endearing documentary “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers.” Luckily, we have our own garlic festival to enjoy right here in Western Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has been celebrating local agriculture, art, and of course, garlic! Forsters Farm. 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA ($)

Sunday, September 30, 10am-5pm
HISTORY/AGRICULTURE
Come celebrate local farmers, artisans, and craftspeople at the 21st annual Country Fair at the Hancock Shaker Village. Events like this help keep traditional skills alive and remind us of our connection to the earth. This is also a great opportunity to appreciate the incredible natural abundance, farmers, and artisans of the Berkshire region. Attend workshops and demonstrations, try your hand at the egg toss, and don’t miss the chicken race! Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Sunday, September 30, 1-3pm
VOLUNTEERING/NATURE STUDIES
The Hitchcock Center is such an amazing community resource. From classes and workshops to the living building itself, the Hitchcock Center is doing vital work in promoting connection to the natural world and increasing the understanding that human beings are part of the natural world. Spend an afternoon giving something back by helping out with digging, weeding, mulching, and hauling, as the Hitchcock Center expands its nature play and learning spaces. This event is the perfect opportunity to help maintain an important community institution and get your hands in the dirt and learn, at the same time! The Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Sunday, September 30, 2-3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/THEATER
Angeline Palmer was a freeborn African American girl born in Amherst in the early 19th century. After being hired out to a Belchertown couple, Palmer was embroiled in a plot to kidnap and sell her into slavery in Georgia. Several Amherst residents worked together to save Palmer and hide her in Colrain. After they were apprehended, the judge offered to drop the charges if they disclosed Palmer’s location. They refused and served several months in jail. This story serves as the inspiration for the play “Saving Angeline Palmer,” a testament to the legacy of social justice in Amherst and the Pioneer Valley. This original play is presented by the Multi-Arts Center. Amherst History Museum. 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, September 30, 4-7pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC/CONCERT
Many are familiar with the tragic circumstances of Mozart’s short life, but the story of Franz Schubert is perhaps even more heartbreaking. Schubert, who has been ranked as the fourth greatest composer of all time by some music critics, died in obscurity, sick and impoverished at the age of 31, four years younger even than Mozart. In his short life, Schubert produced a staggering amount of work, including 600 vocal pieces, seven symphonies, operas, and an enormous amount of chamber music. According to legend Beethoven on his deathbed was said to have looked at pages of Schubert’s music and proclaimed: “Truly, the spark of divine genius resides in this Schubert!” Schubert’s music was only performed in public once during his lifetime, on the anniversary of Beethoven’s death. This faculty concert will feature two of Schubert’s masterworks. Bezanson Recital Hall. 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Monday, October 1st, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, October 1, 9:30-11am
PLAYGROUP
 Playgroups are incredibly important for parents and caregivers with young children. To be able to gather with other families and spend some time together outside of the house can be extremely nourishing. Come play, sing, and learn together at this Parent/Child Playgroup! Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School. 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 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, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm
FILM SCREENING/FANTASY
The 2001 animated film “Spirited Away” is one of the highest grossing Japanese films of all time and is generally considered to be one of the greatest ever animated films, winning an Academy Award in that category. The film tells the story of a young girl named Chihiro, who accidentally enters a magical netherworld with her parents, who are promptly transformed into pigs. Chihiro gets a job at a bathhouse for spirits, where she learns all about the lives of the mysterious creatures of that realm. The film centers of the theme of liminality, or being at the threshold of two worlds or states of being. Like many similar tales such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Chihiro’s journey to the spirit world can be seen to represent her transition from childhood into adulthood. The events of the film’s plot symbolically represent the destruction of Chihiro’s identity as a child and the rites of passage, which accompany her entrance into adulthood. This endlessly charming and visually stunning film beautifully weaves together Japanese folklore, profound concern for the degradation of the environment, and a subtle but searing critique of capitalism. Middle and High school students are invited to come enjoy a screening of “Spirited Away” and delicious pizza! Greenfield Public Library. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-8pm
BICYCLE REPAIR
Have you always wanted to learn how to do bicycle repairs? Well, now is your chance! Laughing Dog Bicycles is holding a free monthly bicycle repair workshop. Come learn how to fix flat tires and perform basic bike maintenance. This is a great way to become more self sufficient and learn new skills. Materials provided. Laughing Dog Bicycles. 63 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 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, October 3, 1:30-3pm
ART STUDIES/GAMES
In 1938, Dutch historian Johan Huizinga coined the term ‘homo ludens,’ or ‘playing man,’ as a play on the notion of homo faber, ‘working man,’ and homo economicus, ‘economic man.’ These terms distinguish conflicting concepts of what constitutes humanity’s primary characteristics. For Huizinga, play is a primary and necessary element in the development of culture. Though he recognizes, of course, that “animals have not waited for man to teach them their playing.” Much of Huizinga’s book on homo ludens deals with the linguistic variations around the concept of play and if you think about it, it can be quite hard to strictly define what is play and what is not. Similarly, the concept of a game is both illusive and profound. The Mead Art Museum will be presenting an interactive art installation, inspired by the idea of the game. Visitors are free to play or simply observe! Mead Art Museum. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, October 4th, 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, October 4, 4-6pm
HISTORY/LITERARY STUDIES
Disgusted by the Vietnam War and horrified by the world of suburban conformity, Yvonne Daley and her husband moved to Vermont in 1967. Among the mountains and forests, they found a community of like minded individuals and sought to create a way of life that was separate from the rampant consumerism and close minded prejudices of mainstream American society. As Daley describes in her book, Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont, the interactions between the local Vermonters and the new transplants were occasionally strained but ultimately led to the creation of a new culture and the state of Vermont that we know today. In addition to authoring five books, Daley is the founder and director of the prestigious Green Mountain Writers Conference, and worked as a journalist for 18 years. Daley will be discussing the early days of her life in Vermont at this talk, sponsored by the Social Change Colloquium. W.E.B. Du Bois Library. 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Thursday, October 4, 7pm
CULINARY STUDIES/NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
All culture is the product of different communities interacting with and influencing each other. Nowhere is this truth more visible than in food. To even trace the source of various elements in a single dish requires the work of a historian. From ingredients, to spices, to cooking techniques, to flavor profiles, all food is the end product of hundreds and thousands of years worth of cultural movement and change. And of course, there is no cuisine that has finished growing and shifting and changing over time. Cuban food is no exception. As the Caribbean has been a melting pot of indigenous, European, African, Asian, and Central and South American cultures for hundreds of years, the food scene in Cuba is extremely dynamic and reflects a vast array of influences. Cuba has gone through an enormous amount of change in the last century and all of those changes are reflected in its culinary culture. The new film “Cuban Food Stories” explores the rich food traditions of this island, by the producer of the popular film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” This film is a great opportunity to learn about how food can teach us about society and history. The Academy of Music. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA ($)

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Friday, October 5th, 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, October 5, 10:30am
STORYTELLING/ARTS AND CRAFTS
The brilliant Ursula Le Guin once remarked: “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” There are few human activities that are as fundamental as storytelling. Stories connect us to each other, to ourselves, and to the world. Storytime in Katie’s Korner is a weekly storytime event, blending stories with arts and crafts and music, for children ages 2 to 5. Lenox Library. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 5, 9:45-11:25pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/FILM SCREENING
It’s hard to imagine a better film for this time of year than the chilling 1973 pagan horror film The Wicker Man. This haunting tale follows a devout but naive police officer on his quest to find a missing child on a strange Scottish island. As officer Howie explores the charming and picturesque island, he becomes more and more unsettled by the peculiar habits and customs of its residents. Ultimately, he finds himself playing an unexpected and terrifying role in arcane rites, which he thought had long since vanished from the British isles. This brilliant, unforgettable film features an awe-inspiring performance by film legend Christopher Lee and an unnervingly beautiful soundtrack, which will linger with you. This film is rated “R.” Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, 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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