55 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 23 – March 1, 2019

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Debut deadline:
February 28, 2019

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Home School Sale

Share the love! Take 20% off in Oak Meadow’s bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individual courses for high school or stock up on other supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! To learn more, sign up on our website for a Virtual Info Session, or send questions to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor contact you.

Feb 23

Visit Look Park, February 23, 11am-3pm for the Winter Carnival. Bring your Christmas tree to add to the Christmas Tree Burn. The 413Eats Food Truck and Girl Scouts will be here for all of your snacking needs! To warm up grab a hula hoop from Hoop Joy or send your kids to the bounce houses to jump around for a bit! Enjoy carnival games, cookies, and hot cider! Learn about sled dog racing from the Hilltown Sleddogs with an informational session about sleddog racing from 11am- 12pm and 1pm-2pm, and first come, first serve rides to kids from 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Sleddog rides will end at the time listed to allow dogs to rest. Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Wristbands for unlimited games $10. Individual tickets $.50 cents. $5 Vehicle Entrance Fee.

Mar 9 & 23

Piti Theatre’s 10th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, Mar 9 starting with pancakes at 11am! Spring forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance at Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Award-winning physical comedian Alex the Jester as seen on PBS and off-Broadway headlines the Festival at 3:30pm followed by a teen/adult workshop. Piti’s much-loved musical Olde Coleraine is at 2:30pm and join them for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11-2:30. Plus free Real Pickles and Red Sox raffle! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors; $5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006. Day 2 of SYRUP, Mar 23: new work about electro-sensitivity and the tango. Free.

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jul 21 – 28

Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Amherst, MA ♦ A kind of magic happens when you bring together a group of young people who love to write: Over the course of eight days at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, high school students find access to the writer’s life. Through a curriculum that facilitates wild invention, participants generate new writing, experiment with style and form, access tools for finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives, and learn how to connect with an audience. Learning together in close-knit “pods,” young writers participate in workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Many also earn academic credit while they enjoy a pre-college residential experience on the UMass Amherst campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, an area rich with literary history. Dates: Jul 21-28; Age Range of Participants: 14-17yo. Contact: 413-545-8988 ♦ Juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.eduwww.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

Jun 23 – Aug 19

Rowe Center Summer Camps ♦ Rowe Center Youth Summer Camps have been touching the hearts and minds of young people since 1924. Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires, Rowe Summer Camps offer activities that balance individual freedom & responsibility to the community in a fun, relaxed, creative, energetic environment. The camps are overnight, co-ed, and for ages 8-19: Jr. High Camp (13-15yo) is from Jun 23-Jul 13. Young People’s Camp 1 (ages 8-10yo) is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11yo) is from Jul 21-27; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 1-week session is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 2-week session is from Jul 14-27. Sr. High Camp (16-19yo) is from Jul 28-Aug 17. Camp costs are on a sliding fee scale. Scholarships available. Dates: Jun 23-Aug 19; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo; Contact: 413-339-4954 ♦ cara@rowecenter.orgrowecenter.org; Location: Rowe, MA.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 23 – March 1, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


SATURDAY

Saturday, February 23, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Grow your family’s love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! Jason Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, features songs inspired by storybooks, like “The Brown Bear Rap,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “The Dot Song.” Jason also reads “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” by children’s singer/songwriter, Justin Roberts. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Saturday, February 23, 9am-5pm – Friends of the Worthington Library will offer a Bread and Basket workshop. Led by folks from Kneading Life/Mindful Homesteaders, participants will create a round bread basket using reed and wild shoots. The secrets of flaky biscuits and scones using sourdough starter will be demonstrated too. Take home a sourdough starter! Fundraiser for the library. Call to register: 413-358-3184. Worthington Town Hall. 160 Huntington Road (Route 112), Worthington, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 9am-5pm – Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Bulbs, planted in the fall, come to life and bloom just as the dreariest time of year begins to relent. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, they present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Beginning in February and continuing through the first few weeks of March, three different annual flower shows will be open to visitors in the Pioneer Valley. The first of the three is the Orchid Society’s annual show, which happens this weekend! Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 10-11am – Saturday Storytime with Comet! Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 10am-12noon – Our region is full of wildlife, but most of the time, it’s difficult to see where the animals are or what they’re doing. In the winter, however, the evidence of animals often becomes easier to see and to interpret. Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs in your backyard winter tracks at “Who’s There? Tracking Wildlife on the Move” with naturalist John Body. Mineral Hills Conservation Area. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 10am-12noon – Hike Griffin Brook Road at the Chester Blandford State Forest. Chester, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 10am-2pm – Open Hearth Cooking Classes at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23,10:30-11:30am – Hear stories about inventors and their inventions at the library, followed by a hands-on program to craft and build designs of your own! Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 11am-12noon – Toe Jam Puppet Band. Interactive live music, bubbles, and a puppet show. Check out a museum pass from your local library and attend for free. The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 11am-3pm – Winter Carnival at Look Memorial Park. Bring your Christmas tree to add to the Christmas Tree Burn. The 413Eats Food Truck and Girl Scouts will be here for all of your snacking needs! To warm up grab a hula hoop from Hoop Joy or send your kids to the bounce houses to jump around for a bit! Enjoy carnival games, cookies, and hot cider! Learn about sled dog racing from the Hilltown Sleddogs with an informational session about sleddog racing from 11am- 12pm and 1pm-2pm, and first come, first serve rides to kids from 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Sleddog rides will end at the time listed to allow dogs to rest. Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Wristbands for unlimited games $10. Individual tickets $.50 cents. $5 Vehicle Entrance Fee. Florence, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 12:30-2pm – BYO Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop at Pleasant Valley. Hands-on, family-friendly workshop will teach you build something that will improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood and where to place the boxes in ideal habitats. Ages 5-12. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 1-3pm – Blanket Fort Future Dialogue at Fort Future. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 1-3pm – Winter Wildlife Detectives! Join educator Kathy Richards for a fun, outdoor adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Using detective skills, learn how to read the stories written upon the forest floor. Games, activities and outdoor exploration will ensure a fun time for all ages. Whose tracks are these? How do wild animals survive the winter? Discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. Ages 6+. Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 2-3:30pm- Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 2-4pm – 3D Printing: An Introduction at Make-It Springfield. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 5-8pm – Fire & Ice at Red Gate Farm. Shake off those winter blues and come on over to the farm’s perfect sledding hill. RGF will serve dinner, provide sleds, and light a warm fire for folks to enjoy. Under the spotlights, sledders young and old go for epic runs in the snow before climbing to the top where they can enjoy a treat of cocoa and s’mores by the roaring fire. Red Gate Farm. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 7pm – Internationally renowned wildlife tracker and photographer Sue Morse will give a presentation on her recent work, “Arctic, Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them?” Learn ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead. Morse’s stunning photographs of polar bear, moose, marten, caribou, artic fox, as well as arctic marine mammals and waterfowl drive the show. 413-429-6416 Berkshire Community College. Robert Boland Theater. 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 7pm – The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them are dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 7:30pm – Contemporary musical, dark comedy: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. The Smith College Department of Theatre presents this production. Performances held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 23, 7:30-10:30pm – Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian Symphony’ captures, according to its composer, the supreme joy of life in Italy. This sentiment is undeniably felt from the first moment of the symphony to the last. Prolific celebrity violinist, and SSO audience favorite, Rachel Barton Pine returns to Springfield to play Brahms’ only violin concerto on an instrument chosen by Brahms himself! Springfield Symphony. 413-733-2291. 1441 Main St. Springfield, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, February 24, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Grow your family’s love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! Jason Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, features songs inspired by storybooks, like “The Brown Bear Rap,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “The Dot Song.” Jason also reads “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” by children’s singer/songwriter, Justin Roberts. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, February 24, 10am – Winter Concert featuring Little Roots. Join Sunnyside at Flywheel for music and dancing, with music from local band, Little Roots. Opening show by John from the Yo-Yo show! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 10am-4pm – Learn about botany and the art of growing orchids at the Orchid Society’s annual show. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 12-4pm – Stained Glass Workshop at Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 1-3pm – During February, Sheep and Shawl work to raise awareness of local fiber farmers, their products, and fiber artists during their celebration, FIBERary, with demos and open house. Visit with folks doing crafts demos for spinning, rigid heddle weaving, and knitting. Sheep & Shawl. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 2pm – Native Voices: Recovering American Histories at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 2pm – The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them are dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA.

Sunday, February 24, 2-3:30pm – Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Pittsfield, MA.


MONDAY

Monday, February 25, 12:30-2pm – Lunchtime cookbook club! Pick up a copy of this month’s cookbook, Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson at the library, select a recipe to prepare at home, and then bring it in for a taste testing and book discussion. This popular cookbook club meets monthly; new members and novice cooks are welcome. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, February 25, 1-4pm – Basic Nature Drawing Skills at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, February 25, 3-4pm – Art Makerspace for Teens! Have you been meaning to draw a comic? Make a handmade birthday card? Learn how to paint with watercolor? Now’s your chance. Teens are invited to explore the Forbes Library Childrens’ Department new teen maker cart with materials to make a collage, sketch, paint, sculpt, or whatever else you can think of. Snacks and materials always provided, no sign-up required. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, February 25, 6pm – “Reducing Pain and Inflammation with Essential Oils.” Essential oils can decrease inflammation, soothe nerve pain, heal wounds and minimize the need for strong pain medications. The Greenfield Library hosts Nora Zinan, RN, Holistic Nurse for a series of workshops on Essential Oils as part of their Winter Self-Care Series. In this class, participants will look at pain holistically and learn how essential oils can address the many paths that lead to pain. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Monday, February 25, 6:30-7:30pm – ‘In Flew Enza’: the 1918 Flu Epidemic & Beyond, medical history with Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette. An informative hour of historical show and tell, local historian Shaw-Pichette will present amazing information and surprising facts in a unique and entertaining style. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.


TUESDAY

Tuesday, February 26, 5:30-7:30pm – Do you love to draw? Mix paint? Invent colors? Getting creative is easy! Sarah Ahearn Bellamare, author of Painted Pages, will be on hand to lead an art, color, pattern, and fun workshop. This month have fun with embroidery thread! Open to all middle school and high school students. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 26, 5-8:30pm – A Taste Of Puerto Rico! Longmeadow Community House. 735 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow, MA

Tuesday, February 26, 6-8pm – Learn how to identify tree species in urban spaces. Winter and summer methods for identification will be introduced during the interactive sessions. All materials, resource books and tools will be supplied free of charge. John Shea Education Center at Forest Park Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 26, 7-8:30pm – Populations of Lymantria dispar dispar (aka Gypsy Moths) have been building in the Valley during these last several years. Learn from a UMASS Professor in the Dept of Environmental Conservation about this insect, its life cycle, and preferred food tree species; what are the predators and diseases that can control this moth; what can be done to reduce infestations; what can you can do as property owners for your own trees and woods. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February 27, 11am – British Tea Time! The library will host, serving a proper British cream tea, complete with tea sandwiches and scones. Learn about the history of the British tea and practice British dialect. Enjoy our posh display of British literature and films. A jolly good time! Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 12noon-3pm – The Mending Café, hosted by Art & Soul and First Churches of Northampton. The Mending Café follows in the story-cloth making traditions of African-American, Native American, Hmong, Mexican, Amish, and Hawaiian women. Quilting expert, Sherril Willis, will work with all levels of experiences to design and make a unique story cloth using a wide variety of fabrics and textiles. RSVP: artandsoul.wm@gmail.com or call/text 413-348-2385. First Churches of Northampton. 129 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 1-2:30pm – Hands-On STEM activities for homeschoolers of all ages at the Carnegie Library. Call to register. Carnegie Public Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 3:30-4:15pm – Kids’ Book Club: Sweep. Forbes Library new Kids’ Book Club for ages 8-12 will discuss Sweep by Jonathan Auxier. Read more about this title here. Feel free to come even if you haven’t finished the book. Snacks will be provided! Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 6pm – Lively discussions of Jane Austen’s six published novels at the Greenfield Public Library. Persuasion was Austen’s last published novel, and in it, she created Anne Elliot, a heroine unlike any of her others. Sessions will be held every other month on Wednesday evenings. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm – Forbes Library Zine Club. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30pm – Westfield State hosts “When Two Worlds Meet: Native Americans of Western MA,” a lecture which will focus on what daily life was like for the Native American inhabitants of Westfield before, during, and after European populations settled in the area, including the Woronack, Pocumtuck, and various Eastern Woodlands tribes. Also, the lecture will highlight how the tribes retained their cultural identities from 1620 through 1750. Westfield State University. Scanlon Banquet Hall. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, February 28, 10:30am – Music in the Morning: live, interactive music by professional musician and educator Marcy Gregoire, accompanied by movement specialist, Hilary Lake. Puppets, costumes, musical instruments for ages 0-8. Learn a new song, make new friends! Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 413-774-0150. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, February 28, 2:30-4pm – Skillsharing at the ASC sewing repair workshop. Learn sewing and fiber skills, bring in special projects (clothing repair, curtains, etc.), get expert guidance, and have access to sewing machines and needed supplies.Amherst Survival Center. 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm – Contemporary musical, dark comedy: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. The Smith College Department of Theatre presents this production. Performances held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA.


FRIDAY

Friday, March 1, 8am-4pm – Queer Conf: YOUTH DAY at Hampshire College. Amherst, MA.

Friday, March 1, 9:30am-4pm – Homeschool Day at OSV! Explore women’s history through hands-on activities and in-Village activities. Participants will learn about well-known women of the 1830s as well as the not so famous. Bake a cake with maple sugar and explore the contributions women made to the abolitionist movement, imitate the style of women artists, and more. In the Village, engage with the stories of 19th-century ladies and see women’s journals and books from the museum’s library up close! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Friday, March 1, 10:15am – New Parents Gallery Talk welcomes parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal, guided gallery talk. The program is designed to give parents a break from thinking about “all things baby” and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Friday, March 1, 3-4pm – DIY Bath Fizzy for Teens. With a few simple ingredients, you can relax in a warm bath with an awesome fizzy DIY creation. Makes a great gift! Ages 11-16. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.

Friday, March 1, 6pm – Back Porch Festival: Family Night at The Academy of Music. Family show to celebrate four iconic figures in American Roots and Country music: Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton! Performed by Little Roots, Liam Hurley, and Nick of Time! Fundraiser for the Northampton Parent Center. Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 1, 6-9pm – FrogWatch Citizen Science Evening. Learn about frogs and toads, and how to identify their calls. Discover how you can participate in Frogwatch USA, a well-known citizen science program that invites folks to learn about their local wetlands to help protect amphibians. Best for older students and lifelong learners. Discuss how the whole family can get involved. We will spend a small amount of time outside, weather permitting. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Friday, March 1, 7pm – The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them are dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA.

Friday, March 1, 7:30pm – Contemporary musical, dark comedy: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. The Smith College Department of Theatre presents this production. Performances held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, Chester, Hatfield, Heath, Montgomery, Rowe, Russell, South Hadley, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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