50 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 1-7, 2019

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Featured Event

Jun 1

WGBY Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, is hosting its 7th Annual WGBY Asparagus Festival on the Hadley Town Common Saturday, June 1 from 10am-6pm. Celebrate “All Things Local & Agricultural” with nearly 100 vendors and community partners. PBS Kids’ Curious George will be on hand along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kid-friendly band In the Nick of Time goes on stage at noon, followed by folk-, bluegrass-, and blues-inspired acts. Food trucks and local brewers will keep the whole family well fed. Admission is free with a recommended gate donation of $5/person ($20/family). Proceeds benefit local public media. For details, visit wgby.org/asparagus. For more info (or to volunteer), contact Marie Waechter at mwaechter@wgby.org.

Bulletin Board

Jun 2

This is it! Join The Center Dance on Sunday, June 2nd, for their 4th Annual Spring Show: This Is It, inspired by Daria Peoples-Riley’s beautiful children’s book. This family-friendly show features a wide range of dance styles, performed by Center students of all ages. Original choreography and a dynamic soundtrack will have you dancing in your seat! Curtains rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 11AM and 4PM. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the high school on the day of the show. Ticket Prices: Advance: $12/general public, $6/children & seniors; At Door: $14/general public, $8/children & seniors. This Is IT. So don’t miss out!

Jun 4, 11, 18, 25

Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jun 9

No more monkey’s jumping on the bed…because they’ll be jumping at Bounce House Bonanza at Look Park in Florance. Join us on June 9th for a day of boisterous bouncy brilliance. 15+ bounce houses (plus one for adults), food trucks and more! Wristbands for unlimited bouncing: $15. Individuals Tickets $.50. Vehicle parking fee does apply. For more information visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

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Featured Summer Programs

Jul 8 – Aug 23

Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for the school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym/outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, movies, and Dungeons & Dragons. There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August there will be themed weeks, including Anime & Manga, Theater, Adventure Week, and Minecraft. Visit the Whole Children website for more details! Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010 ♦ julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.orgwww.wholechildren.org

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Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; deerfielddinos@gmail.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.

Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Class

Free Classes

A2Z YoYo School. Northampton, MA ♦ Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611. *Note YoYo School takes a break Nov 29-Dec 24.

Free Clinics

Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ dpollard1102@gmail.comwww.worthingtongolfclub.com

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Preschool

Spring Street Preschool. Amherst, MA ♦ Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 1-7, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

SATURDAY

Saturday, June 1, 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO/COMMERCIAL-FREE: Every Saturday, Valley Free Radio offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am. Tune in on your FM dial to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA), or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. From 9-10am is the Hilltown Family Variety Show: Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons! Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

Saturday, June 1, 8:30-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL/CONSERVATION: Get to know your neighbors and community members while enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast and supporting a great local cause! The Friends of Puffer’s Pond is holding their Annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds to supporting their continuing efforts to preserve and maintain Puffer’s Pond. This Amherst treasure is the largest open body of water in the town and is a favorite spot for swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Additionally, Puffer’s Pond gives us a look into Amherst’s industrial past. In fact, the pond was originally known as Factory Hollow Pond. By the mid-18th century there were 6 mills surrounding the pond, mostly textile mills. By the mid-19th century, the textile industry had collapsed and the mills were replaced by paper mills. According to a town survey, by 1865 there were 5 paper mills that were producing 85,000 dollars in paper. Mill River Recreation Park. Montague Road, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, June 1, 9am-1pm – TAG SALE/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION: Northampton Parents Center’s Annual Tag Sale & Bake Sale. Find new-to-you items for your home and family. NPC’s biggest fundraisers of the year held on the front lawn of the Unitarian Society. Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 1, 9:30am-4:30pm – HERBALISM/SERVICE BASED LEARNING: Are you passionate about herbalism? Want to learn more? This is the event for you! In the 10th century Anglo-Saxon poem “Nine Herbs Charm,” it is written: “A snake came crawling, it bit a man. / Then Woden took nine glory-twigs, / Smote the serpent so that it flew into nine parts. / There apple brought this pass against poison, / That she nevermore would enter her house.” This poem is a perfect example of the intimate knowledge of herbs and plants that human communities have cultivated since time immemorial. Among the nine herbs listed in the poem are many that are still actively used by herbalists today. Come get to know some of the plants and herbs, as well as the humans who harvest and work with them, at the Clearpath Herbals Garden Work Day. All ages and skill sets welcome. Clearpath Herbals. 115 Old Sunderland Road, Montague, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 1, 9:30am-5pm – LIVING HISTORY/MILITARY HISTORY: To supplement the meager armed forces, most early 19th-century farmers and craftsmen were required by law to serve in local militia units – the forerunner of today’s National Guard. Every spring these citizen-soldiers were “called to muster” for a day of training in their town. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates a typical Muster Day and celebrates our local military history. Demonstrations will include marching, musket and cannon firing, military martial music, and target practice. Young visitors will get the chance to learn early 19th-century drill and marching with the militia officer’s instruction and a toy gun. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, June 1, 10am-12Noon – ENTOMOLOGY/BUTTERFLIES: Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies. Have you ever wanted to raise butterflies? Not only are they beautiful, but they also enhance our gardens as pollinators. Learn how to raise Black Swallowtails with a presentation on butterfly life cycles, host plants for caterpillars, and nectar sources for adult butterflies and walk away knowing how to set up your own indoor butterfly enclosure to get started at home. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, June 1, 10am-12pm – ANGLING: If you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime…and learn about all sorts of topics! Fishing is a hobby, pastime, or sport which connects the participant to local nature and wildlife. Fishing offers an excuse and opportunity to explore local bodies of water which are an essential element of our habitat. Want to teach your children how to fish? Bring them to the Annual Family Fishing Day for fly tying and fly casting demonstrations and the opportunity for free fishing. Equipment is provided (bring your own fishing equipment if possible). No fishing license is needed. Participants can meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls to take a free shuttle bus to and from Barton Cove. Barton Cove Road. Gill, MA. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 1, 10am-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, June 1, 10am – LIVING HISTORY/MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Do you dream of living in the days of swords and sorcery? Now you can bring your dreams to life! The Society for Creative Anachronism or SCA, was founded in Berkeley, California in 1966. Foundational fantasy writers Marion ZImmer Bradley and Poul Anderson were early members. Since then, it has become an international organization dedicated to recreating and studying aspects of medieval culture. In the culture of the SCA, the entire country is divided up into kingdoms, each ruled by its own king and queen. So come journey to the land of Bergental for a weekend of medieval reenactment and activities. For more information and to register for this event, visit www.facebook.com/bergental. 77 Oak Hill Road, Greenfield, MA ($)

Saturday, June 1, 10am-6pm – PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE: In the Pioneer Valley, late spring is always associated with the harvesting of asparagus or ‘Hadley Grass.’ Hadley, once known as the ‘Asparagus Capital of the World,’ was famous for its asparagus from the 1930s to the 1970s. During this period, in May and June, the whole Hadley community would come together and harvest up to 50 tons of asparagus a day, by hand. While Hadley and the surrounding towns once had several hundred small asparagus farms, in the mid 1970s, a fungus called Fusarium was introduced to the area and decimated the asparagus industry. Local asparagus production may only be a tenth of what it once was, but the asparagus harvest is still an important cultural event for many in the region. Celebrate all things local, including asparagus and our rich local culture at the annual WGBY Asparagus Festival, featuring music, crafts, and food! Hadley Common. Hadley, MA (FREE/$DONATION)

Saturday, June 1, 1pm – HIKE: Hike to Goat Peak at Mt Tom! This one-hour hike travels on the MM Trail to Goat Peak. The pace travels moderately to observe the flora and fauna on the way with a fire tower as an additional viewing spot. The terrain is fairly easy with some moderately strenuous stretches. Bring water and bug spray. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Saturday, June 1, 1-3pm – BIKE SAFETY: Bike Rodeo! Learn how to safely navigate the streets while biking while practicing on an interactive course. The rodeo will include bike safety, helmet safety check, and more. A limited number of free bike helmets will be available. Best for ages 5-14. Held at the Greenfield Middle School. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, June 1, 4:30-5:30pm – YOYO SCHOOL: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611. *Note YoYo School takes a break Nov 29-Dec 24.

Saturday, June 1, 5:30-8:30pm – PLACEMAKING/BLOCK PARTY: Florence Night Out returns with a fun, free event that celebrates community! This intergenerational street festival includes Mobile Art Box installations, open art studios, art openings, live music, dance lessons, modern and cultural dance performances, poetry readings, short film/video screenings, theater performance, art demos, family-friendly activities, extended hours/special menus at local restaurants, and more. Florence Night Out. 413-320-2828. Florence, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, June 2, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith. 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, June 2, 10:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Birding for Beginners at Mt. Tom! This one hour program is meant to help beginners learn the basics of birding. The use of bird guides, lists and binoculars are used to learn about the local feathered inhabitants. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Sunday, June 2, 11am & 4pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: This is it! Join The Center Dance on Sunday, June 2nd, for their 4th Annual Spring Show: This Is It, inspired by Daria Peoples-Riley’s beautiful children’s book. This family-friendly show features a wide range of dance styles, performed by Center students of all ages. Original choreography and a dynamic soundtrack will have you dancing in your seat! Curtains rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 11AM and 4PM. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the high school on the day of the show. Ticket Prices: Advance: $12/general public, $6/children & seniors; At Door: $14/general public, $8/children & seniors. This Is IT. So don’t miss out!

Sunday, June 2 – SELF-GUIDED HIKE/NATURE STUDIES: Ever wonder how the Clam River in Sandisfield got its name? Surprisingly, the river is home to an unusual number of bivalves. You might not think of the Berkshires as a likely place to find mussels and clams but this beautiful, scenic river is an exception. This unique spot is also a great place to learn about local history, with ruins of mills, tanneries and a history of European settlement that goes back to the 1700s. Explore this fascinating and beautiful area with a self-directed hike along the Clam River. Don’t forget to bring snacks and water! Sandisfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 2 – SELF-GUIDED TOUR/SCENIC BYWAYS: June is a month that encourages time spent outdoors, so why not plan an excursion along one of the many Western Massachusetts scenic byways! Along the way, you can stop at different farm stands, take photographs of beautiful country views, take a hike, and enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our many vistas. (See September/October Season issue of Learning Ahead for a list of area vistas.) Scenic byways to explore can be found at www.bywayswestmass.com. While traveling these back roads, look for rivers and their tributaries and see if you can identify their impact on local history as you travel through different mill towns, taking the time to learn about the different manufacturing industries that resulted in the 19th-century industrial age. Note the architecture of the mill buildings, the infrastructure remnants of rail transportation, and the repurposing and transformation of spaces once used for industry. You’re sure to also encounter covered bridges, museums, historic districts, landmarks, and wooded landscapes while traveling, so plan accordingly and arrive feeling curious! Western MA.

Sunday, June 2, 12-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 2, 1pm – ECOLOGY/VERNAL POOLS: Vernal Pools, Puddles of Life. This program explores the many pools of water that is full of life that lives no place else on Mt. Tom. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Sunday, June 2, 1-2pm – MARINE BIOLOGY: Discovery Tank Program. Meet the creatures who live in tide pools in this hands-on gallery program. Experience a tide pool tank and learn about the wonders of hermit crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, and other crustaceans, right in your hands. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, June 2, 3-5pm – OPEN MIC/KIDS: Kids Music Open Mic happens at this local vegan cafe. A fun way for kids to perform in a low-key, supportive, and community-building way. Free and open to kids ages 6-13. No karaoke. Drums and piano provided. salsichannie@gmail.com. 18-852-0255. Cafe Evolution. 22 Chestnut Street. Florence, MA.

Sunday, June 2, 7pm – DANCE HISTORY: Come and experience the history of dance and music from the 19th century as presented by The Victorian Quadrille Orchestra and the Small Planet Dancers. Performances of historic 19th-century dance forms will include the Quadrille, Polka, Reels, Waltz to the music of The Victorian Quadrille Orchestra, a six-piece music group performing the actual dance music of the time. 413-686-5027. Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA.

COMMUNITY MEAL/STRAWBERRY & ASPARAGUS: Skip the dishes and have dinner with your neighbors! This time of year, look for annual community meals hosted by local service organizations, churches, and community centers for an intergenerational community meal that celebrates the seasonal harvest of asparagus & strawberries. These community-building events often times take place Friday or Sunday evenings. Check your local town website or look for signs in your neighborhood for one happening near you. Community suppers are often fundraisers and a delicious way to strengthen a sense of place while engaging with neighbors and making new friends. Western MA.


MONDAY

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/FARMERS’ MARKETS: With the spring comes a resurgence of farmers’ markets. Local farmers have been planning and growing and are now ready to bring their seasonal produce to town commons, squares, and gathering places across the region to enjoy with our families and neighbors. The experience of going to a farmers’ market exceeds the basic transaction of purchasing fresh vegetables. Farmers’ markets are places that bring a community together, affording the opportunity to support local agriculture, make healthy food choices, share stories, and connect with neighbors and farmers. Farmers’ markets are community builders, the American version of the European plaza, and are intrinsically a part of our New England culture and traditions. Learn more in our post, Farmers’ Markets: Engaging Community through Food.

Monday, June 3, 10am-5pm – ART EXHIBIT/LEONARDO DA VINCI: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion on view at the Berkshire Museum through Sept 8, 2019. This exhibit features 40 full-size working models of Leonardo da Vinci’s innovative designs, from flying machines to an early robot. Each mechanism is accompanied by Leonardo’s drawings and a descriptive narrative of his life. Before heading over, check this out! The British Library had digitized and made available to the public a compilation of his notebooks, representing “the living record of a universal mind.” Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, June 3, 10:30am – ECOLOGY/NATURALIST: Nature for the Beginning Naturalist. Children ages 6-8 can learn about nature and how to observe from a Naturalist’s point of view. Habitats, plants and animals species are explored through games, crafts and observation in this one hour program. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Monday, June 3, 1-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: First settled in the early 18th century, the Connecticut River Valley is rich in colonial history. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum gives guests a look into the evolution of the region over 250 years, through the history of one family. Learn about how momentous historical events such as the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, and the women’s rights movement impacted the lives of ordinary people in our region. Spend the afternoon visiting this local treasure! Guided tours available Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. 413-584-4699.130 River Drive, Hadley, MA.


TUESDAY

WRITING CONTEST: Young writers ages 5-18 can participate in the Berkshire Athenaeum’s Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children and Young Adults this spring and summer. The contest is divided up into five age groups and winning authors will be awarded cash prizes. More information can be found on the Berkshire Athenaeum website. The writing contest is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to try their hand at short story writing and to develop their writing style and appeal, write original stories, and improve spelling and grammar. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, June 4, Sunrise-Sunset – SELF-GUIDED WALK/POETRY: Follow the footsteps of earlier Americans and stay active and healthy during the summer by walking. Many of the local woods and trails in Western Massachusetts were common destinations for 19th-century hikers and fueled the creative genius of many writers. Engage with local history and experience the landscape from a literary perspective by reading some of these writers’ works while on the trail or before you embark on your next outdoor adventure. For example: imagine reading William Cullen Bryant’s The Rivulet, with the poet’s description of the prattling water, as you stand by the same rivulet yourself and hear the same sound (featured in the March/April Season of Learning Ahead)! In a way, the poem acts as a time machine, bridging together the woods of Bryant’s life in the Hilltowns with the same forest you can hike today. Take a self-guided landscape tour and strengthen a sense of place through poetry and the countryside. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.

Tuesday, June 4, 9:30-11:30am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Nonotuck Park. 413-587-1471.1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, June 4, 10-11am – STORYTIME/GOATS: Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Tuesday, June 4, 10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/AGRICULTURE: It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the pig in human history. In China for example, the pictograph representing “home” is comprised of the graph representing pig, under a roof. Hence, in China, you literally can’t have a home without a pig. Numerous mythologies and folklore from around the world feature pig gods and the ancient central Asian Kyrgyz people believed themselves to be descended from a wild boar. Part of the reason for the enormous cultural significance of the pig is due to its amazing adaptability. The wild boar, the ancestor for today’s domesticated pig, is thought to have originated during the pleistocene in Southeast Asia. It quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa. Since then the domestic pig has become one of the most numerous livestock animals. What’s more, escaped domestic pigs often return to a feral state and thrive, regardless of the habitat. Come get to know this amazing animal, up close and personal, at the Hancock Shaker Village “Farm Friends” program. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers will have the opportunity to meet a pig, listen to stories, and do craft projects. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2pm – ECOLOGY/NATURALIST: So You Want to be a Ranger. Children ages 9-14 have the opportunity to learn how to present a nature topic to friends and family. Through hiking. guide books and interactive exploration children learn the fundamentals of program creation and presentation. At the end of this 5 week program everyone has a chance to present a topic of their choice through whatever means of expression they desire (verbal, art, music, poetry, photography etc.) Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, June 5, 9am-8pm – SELF-GUIDED HIKE/GEOLOGY: In the 19th-century, outdoor recreation became a popular leisure activity. Summit houses, such as the one atop Mount Holyoke at Skinner State Park, were constructed to accommodate tourists traveling to see mountain views. An interest in the wild landscape and sweeping view of countryside inspired many Americans to explore the natural landscape and value spending time outside. Many writers and artists looked to nature as a creative muse for poetry and painting. Walking through the woods became a pleasurable and meaningful pastime. Contemporary self-guided geology walks are another way to explore this local treasure, with map in hand! Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA. (Parking Fee)

Wednesday, June 5, 10am-1pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Wednesday Drawing Group. Lifelong learners interested in figure drawing can learn about and practice together every Wednesday. Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2-30 minutes. There are no requirements other than a desire to draw, so bring paper and pencil, watercolors, crayons… whatever medium you choose. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels provided. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-336-8937. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 5, 4-5pm – GOATS/STORY HOUR: Goat tales and then a goat-themed craft. It is followed by a goat milk snack! Cushman Library. 413-648-5402. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA.

Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-8:30pm – HERBAL MEDICINE: Materia Medica. Take a deep dive into the world of plants at Acadia Herbals. Learn about five herbs of Western and Asian herbal traditions, traditional and modern uses, scientific and folkloric wisdom. Explore plant descriptions, parts used, plant chemistry, medical applications, contraindications, how to prepare, and how to consume. Must preregister. Acadia Herbals. 413-584-8198. Maplewood Shops. 2 Conz Street, Suite 46. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8:30pm – PARENTS NIGHT OUT/OENOLOGYWine Class: Italy. Did you know that oenology is the study of wine and a Sommelier is a wine expert? Did you also know that Italy is home to vast diversity of grapes and styles of wine? Whether you’re familiar with Italian wine or are a complete novice, this overview class is a great way to learn the basics of wine. Provisions. 413-727-3497. 30 Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, June 6, 10:15-11am – CONTEMPORARY ART/TODDLERS: Art Babes at SCMA: Contemporary Kids. Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. Find out what happens when you put toddlers into a gallery full of contemporary art. Spoiler alert: lots of fun! Space is limited. Registration required. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2777. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, June 6, 11am-12noon – FOOD & MEDICINE/WILD EDIBLES: Native & Wild Edibles and Medicinals. Are you interested in contributing to the wild foods movement? Are you interested in relieving some of the burden on our food systems, while learning to control native and invasive plants? In this class, discover skills and knowledge you can take home to your edible landscape. Learn about the abundance of wild foods growing in our area, while still being mindful and taking consideration for the species that rely on these very plants to live. Recipes provided! Meet at Acadia Herbals and take a walk down the bike trail together. Best for ages 10+ w/guardian. Preregister. Hosted by SageCo Wellness Coaching at Acadia Herbals. 413-584-8198. Maplewood Shops. 2 Conz Street, Suite 46. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, June 6, 12noon-5pm – FARMERS’ MARKET/AGRICULTURE: Due to an increasing interest in healthy, local food and an awareness about the hidden costs of the industrial food system, farmers’ markets are growing all over the country. In fact, in 1994 there were only 1,755 farmers’ markets in the United States. As of 2013, that number has increased to 8,144! Founded in 1979, the Holyoke Farmers’ Market, which begins its season today, is dedicated to bringing fresh local produce to communities in the city. Urban farmers’ markets like this one are especially important because urban populations have significantly less access to farms. Holyoke Farmers’ Market. High Street, Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Check their website to see who is performing this week! Bring a blanket/lawn chairs and have a picnic dinner with family and friends while enjoying live music as the sunsets. Skip the dishes and opt for creating lasting memories and intergenerational connections that strengthen a sense of place in the park! 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 6, 7:45-9:15pm – DANCE STUDIES/HAITIAN DANCE: Haitian dance with Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire (BabbaSeb). BabbaSeb is a Haitian artist who strongly believes in the use of the performing arts to trigger social change. He is the founder of the AfrikAyiti Project and always wishes to promote Africa together with Haiti in sharing his culture wherever he teaches and performs. Hosted by Northampton African Dance at Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts. 25 Main St, 3rd Floor, Northampton, MA.


FRIDAY

Friday, June 7, 4-5pm – ARCHITECTURE/SUSTAINABILITY: Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net-zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Learn what makes our building a unique teaching tool, empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and my community?” Arrive curious with your questions! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, June 7, 4:30-5:30pm – YOYO SCHOOL: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611. *Note YoYo School takes a break Nov 29-Dec 24.

Friday, June 7, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CIRCUS MUSIC: The circus comes to town on when David Neill and his Imagery Circus and the Windjammers Circus Band take the stage at the Agawam Senior Center for a performance for an intergenerational audience. Sit back as the ringmaster introduces the acts while the band performs the famous music of the traditional American circus. Free and open to the public. Agawam Senior Center. 413-821-0604. 954 Main Street. Agawam, MA.

Friday, June 7, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE: Berkshire Ukulele Band Concert at Berkshire South. Led by multi-instrumentalist teacher and performer Rob Sanzone. Family friendly. Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA.

COMMUNITY MEAL/STRAWBERRY & ASPARAGUS: Skip the dishes and have dinner with your neighbors! This time of year, look for annual community meals hosted by local service organizations, churches, and community centers for an intergenerational community meal that celebrates the seasonal harvest of asparagus & strawberries. These community-building events often times take place Friday or Sunday evenings. Check your local town website or look for signs in your neighborhood for one happening near you. Community suppers are often fundraisers and a delicious way to strengthen a sense of place while engaging with neighbors and making new friends. Western MA.


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

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