100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: November 23 – December 6, 2019

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Nov 23

Saturday, November 23rd – REVIVE! A Center School Open House and Community Upcycling Event. Join the Center School as they make old things new again. Teachers will be offering fresh, cool, upcycling projects—make a no-sew t-shirt bag, create a key rack using old keys, design felted woolens accessories, build an invention with recycled materials, weave a jump rope from old sheets, and more. All classrooms will be open, and teachers will be on hand. Explore the campus, buy a sweet, warm or savory snack in their pop-up cafe, meet current students and parents, and see what the Center School is all about. Join them from 10am-2pm. All welcome! The school is located at 71 Montague City Road in Greenfield. For more info, visit centerschool.net.

Nov 29

On Friday, November 29th, the New England Air Museum will host jolly St. Nick! Come and have a “Selfie with Santa” aboard a Sikorsky Seaguard helicopter between 11am and 12noon. Santa is not coming empty-handed – his bag will be filled with a special gift for each child. Also, the museum will be conducting its popular “Behind the Scenes” Tour, which allows visitors to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects, including the wide-bodied Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, Kaman HOK-1 helicopter, some vintage engines, and more. Tours start at 10:30am (the last tour begins at 2:30pm). Learn more about this and other programs and events at www.NEAM.org. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Dec 4

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas. Wednesday, December 4, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. This holiday season join award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy for an intimate and unique Christmas concert. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas welcomes the audience into the wonderful world of their family holiday celebration. Come early, wear your ugly sweaters, and create your own holiday photo. $25-$45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/macmaster or call 800-999-UMAS.

Nov 29 – Dec 31

Springfield Museums, home of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, invites you to celebrate with the Gingerbread: Hollywood and the Holidays exhibit and Family Fun Holiday Happenings/Countdown to Christmas from November 29 through December 31, 2019. An annual event, the Gingerbread exhibit puts everyone in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread features a multitude of artistic culinary creations accented by creative murals, festively decorated trees, and other enchanting elements. Stop in also to view Sweet: A Tasty Journey for a history of candy and a chance to experience hands-on FUN while learning. And don’t forget to visit the Grinch, the beloved curmudgeon who helps us all remember, “Maybe Christmas means just a little bit more!”

Nov 23

Nourish your senses at the Hartsbrook Holiday Fair! The beauty of handmade crafts, the joy of children’s games, the warmth of a bonfire, and the friendship of community: these are what make the Hartsbrook Holiday Fair a favorite in the Pioneer Valley. Enjoy candle dipping, jump rope making, cookie decorating, festive live music, artisan vendors, and a marionette show. All are welcome to this magical annual celebration, taking place this year on Saturday, November 23, from 10am-3pm at the Hartsbrook School, located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley. Admission is free; events cost extra. Park at the Hadley Flea Market and take the free shuttle to the Holiday Fair. www.hartsbrook.org

Pre – Order

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to pre-order your local turkey and pies from River Valley Co-Op! Jillian, Patrice, and their entire Prepared Foods team are ready to help make your holiday special, offering up a full Thanksgiving dinner à la carte style. All of their freshly baked in-house desserts are made from scratch using non-GMO ingredients and available for pre-order. Pre-order your fresh local turkey to pick up between Nov 24-27. River Valley Co-Op is located at 330 N King St. in Northampton and is open every day from 8am-10pm. For more information, visit them online at www.rivervalley.coop or call 413-584-2665.

Nov 24, 29-30

Picture Book Theatre presents its final season with performances at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Don’t miss their final show, The Littlest Matryoshka: NOV 24, 2:30pm; NOV 29, 1pm & 2:30pm; NOV 30, 11am. A special Behind the Scenes program precedes the 11/24 show at 1:30pm. The 40-minute family program brings this delightful picture book to life with music & large string puppets. Recommended for ages 5+, the story features Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls and her journey home to her sisters. Tickets: $5/person (Members $4.50) & may be purchased in advance at the museum or by calling 413-559-6336. Admission is not included or required. Book signing with author Corinne Demas to follow the program.

Dec 7

Winter Fair! An alternative to traditional holiday buying, this fun and participatory Winter Fair on Dec. 7, 10am-3pm, at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton offers a chance to create homemade gifts and enjoy crafting, musical performances and delicious food! Many crafts use recycled and natural materials – including fairy houses, full-sized wreaths, jewelry, herbal sachets, and more. HCCPS is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing an arts-integrated approach. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery for students in Hampshire and Franklin counties. All proceeds from the Fair support the school’s library and educational programs. For information about the Fair or the school: www.hilltowncharter.org

Dec 13-15

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 13 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience and is also ideal for young children. Select performances will have special guest entertainment and the chance to participate in a pre-show Storytime with Clara. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Dec 13 – 15

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a show full of music, dance, song, and story to drive the dark away. A myth of the importance of music in our lives is told with the help of magical beasts in the form of puppets. The show includes traditional songs and dances along with new material from Rose Sheehan, Welcome Yule’s founder and Colin De la Barre. Enjoy the Abbots Bromley Horn dance, a sword dance, the now-familiar carols, a mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13th &14th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec.15th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $15, children 5 – 16 years and seniors $12. For reservations and information, see www.welcomeyule.org.

Sale

Nikki Gardner Photography is offering a sale on a Fall Mini Portrait Session through December 6th. These fun 30-minute sessions (in their Northampton studio or on location) are great for holiday cards and family portraits! The price of a mini session is $150 and includes 5 digital files; a non-refundable deposit of $50 saves your session date/time, and $100 is due at the session! Press-printed holiday cards: 25 cards for $50. Additional files, albums, and prints available. Nikki Gardner Photography offers boutique portrait and commercial photography for the artistic soul. For more info and to book your mini session: www.nikkigardnerphotography.com; nikki@nikkigardnerphotography; 978-684-2294.

6 Week Program

Six-Week Ski & Snowboard After-School & Homeschool Program at Ski Blandford in Blandford, MA. Designed for the novice through the advanced, ages 6-17. Learn the basics and develop skills by purchasing the whole package! Packages include lift tickets, rentals, helmet, and lessons. Or, build-your-own custom package! Lessons are one hour long, once a week. An After-School Program is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and a Homeschool Program is available during the day on Wednesdays and Fridays. Costs of the program: $90 Lift Tickets; $90 Rentals; $120 Lessons; and $40 Helmet. For more info or to register: www.skiblandford.com; office@skiblandford.com; 413-848-2860. Build confidence, have fun with friends, and make lifelong memories!

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November 23 – December 6, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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Saturday, November 23, 9:30am-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: New England Thanksgiving. During November, Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving – the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. In particular, you can learn about the many foods that would have been prepared, even weeks in advance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-12noon – DANCE STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL WORKSHOP: Family Dance Workshop. In this workshop, participants will be playing with choreographic structures, movement games, writing/ drawing, props, and choreographic principles. Families will be invited to collaborate, making work that draws on stories, movement through space, emotion, laban technique, and of course imagination. Families will perform for each other and create from one’s creative landscape and the other members of their brood. Eventually, each family group will bring their creations to the broader family community, enabling a larger choreographic piece to be developed. This memorable workshop will be bonding and fun for all ages, but particularly appropriate for youth older than 6 to elder. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-2pm – UPCYCLING/MYO GIFTS: REVIVE! A Center School Open House and Community Upcycling Event. Join the Center School as they make old things new again. Teachers will be offering fresh, cool, upcycling projects—make a no-sew t-shirt bag, create a key rack using old keys, design felted woolens accessories, build an invention with recycled materials, weave a jump rope from old sheets, and more. All classrooms will be open, and teachers will be on hand. Explore the campus, buy a sweet, warm or savory snack in their pop-up cafe, meet current students and parents, and see what the Center School is all about. All welcome! For more info, visit The Center School. 413-773-1700. 71 Montague City Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-3pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: Nourish your senses at the Hartsbrook Holiday Fair! The beauty of handmade crafts, the joy of children’s games, the warmth of a bonfire, and the friendship of community: these are what make the Hartsbrook Holiday Fair a favorite in the Pioneer Valley. Enjoy candle dipping, jump rope making, cookie decorating, festive live music, artisan vendors, and a marionette show. All are welcome to this magical annual celebration. Admission is free; events cost extra. Park at the Hadley Flea Market and take the free shuttle to the Holiday Fair. Hartsbrook School. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-3pm – STEM/MAKER JAM: Maker Jam is a place for the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other people interested in making things. At the Maker Jam, you will find microelectronics, wearables, 3D modeling and printing, virtual reality, drones, and more! Celebrate technology, education, science, arts, crafts, and creativity and curiosity of all kinds. Holyoke Media and the Print Shop will be there too. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-4pm – ARTISAN TRADITIONS/GLASS BLOWING: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear, and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s when glassblowing was raised to the level of art, led by German artist Hans Godo Frabel. This month families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glassblower in their glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This glassblowing opportunity is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend, where 200 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. For ages 8+. Snow Farm-New England Craft. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Rd, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 11am – SKILLSHARING/SEWING: Sewing Machine Essentials. Learn sewing machine operation, parts and function, methods and techniques, troubleshooting, and basic repair. Bring in your sewing machine or learn with one on-site. RSVP required. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 11am-2pm – SPORTS/COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UMass Football vs. BYU. Come out to McGurik Alumni Stadium to support the UMass Minutemen as they take on the BYU Cougars in there last regular season game of the year! McGuirk Alumni Stadium. 300 Stadium Dr. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 12noon-4:30pm – PALAEOGRAPHY/COLONIAL HISTORY: Palaeography is the study of historical handwriting. Explore this interest further during “Written by Hand: The Art and Fun of Writing with a Quill Pen” at Historic Deerfield in the History Workshop Building. Learn to write with a quill pen. Practice cursive or printing with a goose quill, write on special “aged” paper using Historic Deerfield’s ink and take home a writing sample! Learn about the ingredients of ink, how quill pens were made and sharpened and read some quill pen writing from Historic Deerfield’s manuscript collection. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 1pm – STORYTELLING/CHRISTMAS: A reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Candy canes will be handed out to all the “good little girls and boys.” Buckland Public Hall. 15 Upper St. Buckland Center. Buckland, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 1-3:30pm – WALKING TOUR/CANALS: Holyoke Canal Walking Tour. A walking tour of the Holyoke Canal. Meet at Dwight Street at the upper corner of Holyoke Heritage State Park. Walk to various points along the canals. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 2-4pm – MYO WREATH: Holiday Wreath Making Class. Enjoy festive holiday music while making a fresh evergreen wreath from scratch to add to your holiday decor! Materials provided: metal wreath frame, evergreens, wire to secure the greens, and ribbon for the bow. There will be clippers and wire cutters, as well. Bring your own work gloves if desired. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Center for Inner Wellness. 26 Main Street, Suite B. Chester, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 2-4pm – AGRICULTURE/SEED SWAP: Saving and sharing seeds helps to make sure that massive corporations are not able to control food production. The fact that private companies can own patents on food is extremely troubling. If companies can legally own a crop, that means they can dictate how and where it is grown. Thus the production of food becomes a part of a for-profit enterprise, as opposed to the rightfully shared gifts of the natural world. Seed sharing helps to maintain a strong local, independent food culture, in which local farmers and consumers make decisions about what to grow and how to grow it. Join your local community for the Annual Hilltown Fall Seedswap! Cummington Community House, 33 Main Street, Cummington, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 3:30-6pm – LOCAL FOOD/GUIDED TOUR: Explore Easthampton Food Tour. Explore the food, arts, and culture of Easthampton, a city reinventing itself from its former textile mill history. Participants will walk in the shadow of Mount Tom, stop for delicious food, visit imaginative shops and galleries, and experience the city’s creative energy. Easthampton is a destination for inventive food and drinks in the Valley, with some of the best ice cream, locally distilled spirits, distinctive craft breweries, and remarkable restaurants. Don’t miss this 2.5-hour walk through Easthampton’s innovative food, art, and cultural district. Explore Easthampton Food Tour. 20 Cottage Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 4-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Creamery Community Dinner. Join the co-op for a Community Dinner. Enjoy a delicious entree, salad, and side dish made right in their kitchen. No tickets necessary, stop in for dinner and sit down with all your neighbors and friends! Old Creamery Co-op. 413-634-5560. 445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 5-8pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/POTLUCK: Community gathering and potluck with music by Radio Free Earth. This is a chance for folks of all ages to gather, talk, eat, and boogie in the old grange hall at the center of town. Families are especially welcome! Josh and Kim Wachtel of Radio Free Earth will be joined by their band, Justin Tomsovic on drums and Dave Christopolis on bass. Williamsburg Grange. 413-340-1313. 10 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 6pm – THEATER STUDIES/MUSICAL: Annie. With pluck and positivity in equal measure, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Audiences will delight in seeing this classic children’s tale come to life on stage! Rated G. Performances held at Ja’Duke Theater, 110 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, November 23, 7:30-10pm – CONTRA DANCE/DANCE STUDIES: According to 19th century folklore, Fiddler’s Green is the afterlife to which sailors go if they have served for at least 50 years at sea. It is a place where joy abounds and the fiddling never ceases. As novelist Frederick Marryat wrote in 1856: “At Fiddler’s Green, where seamen true / When here they’ve done their duty / The bowl of grog shall still renew / And pledge to love and beauty.” Well, they don’t have an endless bowl of grog, but Fiddlers Green Contra Dance is a casual, fun, joyful community folk dance where everyone is welcome. Musicians are encouraged to join in and this event is perfect for beginners and all levels of experience. Ages 10 and above suggested. Midway through the event there will be potluck snacks and socializing. Munson Memorial Library. 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

FAMILY MUSIC/PODCAST: Click here select from over 13 years of archived episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, produced by Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Deadline: Saturday, November 24: GINGERBREAD HOUSES – Gingerbread houses first appeared in Germany in the early 1800s, perhaps inspired by the edible house in Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Even today, they are part of our end of the year holiday traditions. Building a gingerbread house is a fantastic way to include creative folks of all ages in creating a delicious, well-engineered work of art, along with skills in architectural design, engineering, communication, and collaboration. The Old Sturbridge Village’s annual Gingerbread House Contest is one of the most popular events at their Christmas by Candlelight. Create and register your own gingerbread house in one of several categories, or view the creative handiwork of others when you visit the Village during Christmas by Candlelight. Entry forms must be submitted by on or by November 24, 2019. Finished entries must be delivered to the Village December 3, 4, or 5. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 9:30am-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: New England Thanksgiving. During November, Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving – the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. In particular, you can learn about the many foods that would have been prepared, even weeks in advance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 10-11:30am – Be Kind Party with PJ Pals. A kindness party to celebrate the new book Be Kind by local author Naomi Shulman. Stations will be set up with fun activities for preschoolers that promote kindness. Lander~Grinspoon Academy. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 10am-4pm – ARTISAN TRADITIONS/GLASS BLOWING: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear, and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s when glassblowing was raised to the level of art, led by German artist Hans Godo Frabel. This month families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glassblower in their glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This glassblowing opportunity is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend, where 200 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. For ages 8+. Snow Farm-New England Craft. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Rd, Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 11am-12:30pm – ECOLOGY/BEAVERS: The Busy, Beneficial Beaver at Briar Hill: An Ecology Walk. Have you ever wondered what we would do without our semiaquatic rodent friend, the beaver? From improving water quality, trapping and storing carbon, to counteracting some of the worst pollutions from agriculture and ­fossil-fuel emissions… the beaver does it all. Join Hilltown Land Trust and beaver naturalist Drew Johnson on a visit to the Briar Hill Conservation Area to learn more about the considerable positive effects beavers have on our ecosystem. The Briar Hill Conservation Area. Briar Hill Rd. Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 12noon-4:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Youth Short Story Writing at Historic Deerfield. Compose your next literary masterpiece at Historic Deerfield with this facilitated writing exercise. Historic Deerfield staff will help children ages 10 and up learn the elements of fiction, and then write a story: will they rewrite a famous work of literature? Will they create their own story set in atmospheric Old Deerfield? Let your imagination flourish in Historic Deerfield unique setting. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 1-2:15pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/SAWING: Stephen Holt and Mark Gould, local woodsmen from Westhampton, will provide a history of crosscut saws, show different saw styles, demonstrate how to use them, and give attendees a chance to try using a crosscut saw to buck a white pine log. The two have competed as a team in Woodsmen competitions throughout New England for more than a decade. In addition to the crosscut saw demonstration, Steve will use his portable Alaskan sawmill to cut sugar maple trunks into slabs, which Historic Northampton will later use to create benches and tables. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 1:30-4pm – FOOD HISTORY/GUIDED TOUR: Northampton Food Tour. Sample the best the Pioneer Valley has to offer, from a local coffee roaster to a quirky brunch spot to indulge in sweet potato fries to favorite ice cream parlor. Together with a friendly local guide, participants will sample some of Northampton’s most delicious eats while learning about the rich history of the Pioneer Valley. Organized by Off The Beaten Path Food Tours. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 2pm – CLASSIC STORIES/BROADWAY THEATER: Annie. With pluck and positivity in equal measure, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Audiences will delight in seeing this classic children’s tale come to life on stage! Rated G. Performances held at Ja’Duke Theater, 110 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 2-4pm – AGRICULTURE/STORYTELLING: Food connects us to each other and the world in which we live. For better or worse, the food we consume is a reflection of where and how it was produced. Local food connects us to the people in our community and the land around us. Enjoy an afternoon of stories from some of the farmers and chefs in our community at Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling. Ever wonder what it’s really like to be a farmer? Curious about what goes on behind closed doors at your favorite restaurant? These stories give us a glimpse into the lives of the people who produce our food. Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 2:30pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/PICTURE BOOK: Picture Book Theatre presents its final season with performances at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Don’t miss their final show, The Littlest Matryoshka. Come early for a special Behind the Scenes program is at 1:30pm. The 40-minute family program brings this delightful picture book to life with music and large string puppets. Recommended for ages 5+, the story features Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls and her journey home to her sisters. Tickets are $5 per person (Members $4.50). Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336. Museum admission is not included or required. Book signing with author Corinne Demas to follow the program. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 3-4pm – CULTURE STUDIES/THANKSGIVING: Allegiance to Gratitude, Braiding Sweetgrass, Community Reading. Join friends and neighbors in a community reading of the chapter “Allegiance to Gratitude,” focusing on the Thanksgiving Address. The book is Braiding with Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Potowatomi Nation. The Thanksgiving Address expresses gratitude for the bounty the land gives to us. Participants will be sharing snacks and drinks, so please feel free to bring finger food. Arms Library. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 3-5pm – RELIGION STUDIES/BUDDHISM: “The Sure Heart” a Buddhist Group for Children. Explore Buddhist teachings in the space of loving-kindness, awareness, and acceptance. Tell stories, and do simple steadiness-building and heart cultivating exercises. This is a pilot program designed for children ages 8-12 taking place on Sundays through 12/15. Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. 413-527-0388. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, November 24, 7-9pm – DANCE STUDIES/BELLY DANCING: Belly dancing has a long and rich history dating back to the ancient Middle East. The dance first became popular in the United States after the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where a group of Egyptian dancers stole the show. Following the Fair, imitators began popping up all over the country, and the dance became popularly known as the ‘Hoochie Coochie.’ Thomas Edison immortalized some of the most popular belly dancers of the day in a series of films during the late 1890s and early 20th century. Sahina Bellydance will be performing the annual Dancing into the Dark Student Showcase, featuring a variety of group and solo works by Sahina’s students, plus live music provided by area musicians! Florence Community Center. 140 Pine Street, Florence, MA.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES/SPORTS: Though western Massachusetts isn’t known as a sports mecca, it’s filled with communitybased resources for exploring sports and the history behind them. As the birthplace of at least two major sports and home to teams and clubs engaging in a great many more, the area offers a variety of ways to learn about sports of all kind. Read more in our post, Exploring Athletics and Sports History Through Community-Based Resources.

Monday, November 25, 7-9:30pm – DANCE STUDIES/FOLK: Weekly English Country Dance with Amherst Area English Country Dancers. All dances feature live music, new people always welcome, and no need to bring a partner. Takes place at the Munson Library. 1046 S East St. Amherst, MA.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Tuesday, November 26, 1-6pm – VOLUNTEER/FOOD SECURITY: Located at Edwards Church, the MANNA Soup Kitchen welcomes volunteers to help prepare for their Thanksgiving meal. Teens ages 15 and older can sign up for a volunteer shift with their families. (Families with children under the age of 15 can help with home deliveries on Thanksgiving Day. See listing below.)Single shifts are available, and volunteers can sign up online. MANNA Soup Kitchen. 413-584-1757. 297 Main St, Northampton, MA.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Wednesday, November 27, 10am-1pm – VOLUNTEER/FOOD SECURITY: Located at Edwards Church, the MANNA Soup Kitchen welcomes volunteers to help prepare for their Thanksgiving meal. Teens ages 15 and older can sign up for a volunteer shift with their families. (Families with children under the age of 15 can help with home deliveries on Thanksgiving Day. See listing below.)Single shifts are available, and volunteers can sign up online. MANNA Soup Kitchen. 413-584-1757. 297 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, November 27, 1-2:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/POTLUCK: All are welcomed to join the Amherst Survival Center for their annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Meal/Potluck, which is always held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Donations of food are welcomed, but be sure to register with the ASC ASAP and before delivery so they can be sure to keep perishables fresh. In addition to the traditional turkey meal, vegetarian options will be abundant in this delicious community served and shared meal/potluck. This annual community meal/potluck takes place at Immanuel Lutheran Church. 867 North Pleasant Street. Amherst Survival Center. 413-549-3968. North Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, November 27, 6pm – PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING: Tree lighting ceremonies are a form of placemaking, encouraging community members to meet and utilize common spaces in town. The North Adams Annual Tree Lighting Celebration is one such example which always takes place the Wednesday befor Thanksgiving and features a holiday window decorating contest. Prior to the event, local businesses decorate their storefronts, and local non-profits decorate empty storefronts. Come see North Adams decorated for the season, get infused with holiday cheer, and see examples of urban placemaking in action all holiday-season long! (Rain date: 12/6, 6pm.) North Adams Tourism. 413-664-6180. 10 Main Street. North Adams, MA.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

PODCAST/THANKSGIVING: HFVS Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn. Through music and story, Hilltown Family Variety Show culminates in a vision for world peace where everyone finally has enough food, shelter, community, and love. Incorporating songs by Snatam Kaur, Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, and many others, the music and commentary weave a gentle yet thought-provoking meditation on gratitude, generosity, love, and compassion to inspire folks of all ages this holiday season:

HERITAGE/RECIPES: Dinner on Thanksgiving Day is a meal when extended family and friends come together to celebrate and share the harvest. It’s a holiday when we talk a lot about food, sharing cooking tips and family recipes. In year’s past we ask our readers to share what they serve for their Thanksgiving Dinner and to offer cooking tips, starting with kitchen tips on how to cook a turkey, followed by a request for favorite vegetarian dishes to cook up too. Read more in our post, Thanksgiving Dinner: Tips & Recipes.

SELF-GUIDED HIKES: In Western MA we are so fortunate to have easy access to nature in our communities through local trails, nature preserves, and forests. This diversity of options inspires naturalists and conservation-minded enthusiasts to lead guided walks, hikes, and river paddling trips, teaching the richness of our local landscapes and biodiversity. Find our about guided & self-guided hikes and Vistas in our Sept/Oct Season edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western MA.

Thursday, November 28, 6:30am-5pm – VOLUNTEER/FOOD SECURITY: Located at Edwards Church, the MANNA Soup Kitchen welcomes volunteers to help prepare and serve their Thanksgiving meal. Families with children under the age of 15 can help with home deliveries. Teens ages 15 and older can sign up for a volunteer shift with their families. Single shifts are available, and volunteers can sign up online. Volunteers wanting to deliver meals to homes do not need to sign up; just come in the State Street side door of Edwards Church at 9:45am on Thanksgiving morning to pick up a delivery. MANNA Soup Kitchen. 413-584-1757. 297 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, November 28, 9am-4:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/VOLUNTEERING: Not Bread Alone offers a free community feast on Thanksgiving Day. This meal is in addition to their regular meals every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. Volunteers are needed, and everyone is welcome to enjoy this Thanksgiving celebration and any of its weekly meals! The meal is serve at 1pm. Volunteers shifts are between 9am-4:30pm.Bread Not Alone. 413-256-0128. Meals served in the lower level of the First Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, November 28, 9:30am-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: New England Thanksgiving. During November, Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving – the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. In particular, you can learn about the many foods that would have been prepared, even weeks in advance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Thursday, November 28, 12-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/VOLUNTEER: Stone Soup Café host a community Thanksgiving meal. Their model of service helps build a “diverse, inclusive community through a high-quality dining experience with healthy, delicious food and cultural offerings.” Community meals are great intergenerational opportunities to sit down with neighbors of all ages, making connections and nurturing relationships across the generations. According to Feeding America, “Many people facing hunger are forced to make tough choices between buying food and medical bills, food and rent, and/or food and transportation. This struggle goes beyond harming an individual family’s future; it can harm us all.” Volunteering and dining with Stone Soup Café does more than fill bellies … it strengthens the social fabric of the community by developing a sense of place in ourselves through shared experiences. Community meals also offer implicit learning opportunities by providing an intergenerational environment for community members of all ages to share stories and make connections at the “kitchen table.” Thanksgiving allows us to establish nourishing connections by reminding us that we are interwoven with one another. These connections can help carry us all into the darkest time of the year with a bright light of compassion and caring. No reservations are needed. Pay-what-you-can donations welcomed. Stone Soup Café. 413-475-0072. Meals at the All Souls Church. 399 Main Street. Greenfield, MA

Thursday, November 28, 12pm-5pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/VOLUNTEERING. The People’s Pint will be holding their annual “Thanksgiving for the People” on Thanksgiving day. They will serve a traditional holiday meal for the whole family and the whole community. Pay what you can. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and other local charities. Whether you need a good meal, want to volunteer, or want to spend Thanksgiving with your community, this is the place to be on Thanksgiving day! Contact them to find out about volunteer opportunities: thepeoplespint@gmail.com. The People’s Pint. 413-773-0333. 24 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, November 28, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

FOLKLORE/CHRISTMAS TREES: What is folklore? Folklore includes the traditions and stories of a culture or community that are passed down for generations. Typically, folklore is passed on through word of mouth in the form of a narration. Over time, stories can change, morph, and transform depending on the place, culture, context and the storyteller. That’s the beauty of a folktale; it has many added layers as the story moves from narrator to narrator, place to place. Storytelling is an art, both the narration and the listening. Some of our holiday traditions today are a result of folklore and myth. For example, the contemporary Christmas tree has an interesting past with a story and history that has been passed down from generation to generation. From its original form with the ancient Norse pagans to its present day form in the houses of those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree, like many folktales, has changed shape and meaning as it has been adapted to new cultures, people and places. Visit your local Christmas Tree farm, learn how contemporary trees are grown while selecting a tree for your holiday tradition.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/CHRISTMAS TREES: In addition to community events for Black Friday, a self-initiated family activity might include visiting a local tree farm and cutting your own evergreen for the holidays. Linking the holidays and environmental science, an examination of evergreen tree farming can help children learn about a non-food related form of sustainable farming. Tree farming contributes to oxygen production, provides food and habitat for variety of animal species, and doesn’t have a huge impact on the location in which it takes place. Read more in our post, Local Christmas Tree Farms: A Lens Into Environmental Science.

Friday, November 29, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HOLIDAYS: Springfield Museums, home of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, invites you to celebrate with the Gingerbread: Hollywood and the Holidays exhibit and Family Fun Holiday Happenings/Countdown to Christmas from November 29 through December 31, 2019. An annual event, the Gingerbread exhibit puts everyone in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread features a multitude of artistic culinary creations accented by creative murals, festively decorated trees, and other enchanting elements. Stop in also to view Sweet: A Tasty Journey for a history of candy and a chance to experience hands-on FUN while learning. And don’t forget to visit the Grinch, the beloved curmudgeon who helps us all remember, “Maybe Christmas means just a little bit more!” Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 10am-4pm – ARTISAN TRADITIONS/GLASS BLOWING: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear, and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s when glassblowing was raised to the level of art, led by German artist Hans Godo Frabel. This month families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glassblower in their glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This glassblowing opportunity is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend, where 200 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. For ages 8+. Snow Farm-New England Craft. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Rd, Williamsburg, MA.

Friday, November 29, 10am-4pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/REDWARE POTTERY: Visitors to Historic Deerfield will meet talented craftspeople and observe their work up close at this Historic Trade demonstration, including Redware Pottery with Stephen Earp. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 11am – PLACEMAKING/BALLOON PARADE: Kick-off the holiday season in Springfield with the annual Spirit of Springfield Big Balloon Parade. Led by the giant Cat in the Hat balloon, the Spirit of Springfield parade will promenade down Main Street from Lyman Street to Margaret Street. Great opportunity to support learning about physics and similar holiday traditions, while joining in with 70,000 visitors to this annual event. Spirit of Springfield Big Balloon Parade. Main Street. Springfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 11am-12noon – SANTA/AVIATION: The New England Air Museum will host jolly St. Nick! Come and have a “Selfie with Santa” aboard a Sikorsky Seaguard helicopter between 11am and 12noon. Santa is not coming empty-handed – his bag will be filled with a special gift for each child. Also, the museum will be conducting its popular “Behind the Scenes” Tour, which allows visitors to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects, including the wide-bodied Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, Kaman HOK-1 helicopter, some vintage engines, and more. Tours start at 10:30am (the last tour begins at 2:30pm). Learn more about this and other programs and events at New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Friday, November 29, 11am-3pm – AGRICULTURE/WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Downtown Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market. Winter farmers’ markets provide a fresh and colorful oasis during the winter months, reminding us that despite the blustery, snow drift-covered fields that surround us, farm-fresh foods of all kinds are still available. Connecting to the local food chain year-round is not only healthy for your body, your family, and your community, but it can be educational as well! Exposing children to the vast array of foods available from winter farmers’ markets can help them to recognize that there are many different methods for growing and producing food while connecting to where their food comes. 1391 Main Street, 1st Floor. Springfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 12-3pm – FOLK MUSIC/FAMILY GATHERING: Teddy Bear Picnic. According to Eli Elkus & Friends, The Teddy Bear Picnic is a ‘Not Just For Kids’ family-friendly folk music and art series. The teddy bears are back for another magical day of inter-generational merriment, music, art, magic, strange happenings, community, and good old fashion fun. Mill 180 Park.180 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, November 29, 12-4pm – PHYSICS/MERRY GO ROUND: Are you someone who always picks a horse on the inside of the carousel, or do you ride one on the outside? All merry-go-round horses make one complete circle in the same amount of time. Still, the interior horses travel a much shorter distance in that time than the outer ones do, resulting in very different linear speeds. And what happens when you choose a stationary horse versus one that gallops up and down? Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry Go Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. Enjoy a ride on the carousel, which will be covered in seasonal decorations. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA.

Friday, November 29, 12noon-4:30pm – MYO GIFTS: “Hand-Made Gift Making” at Historic Deerfield in the History Workshop Building. Get started on your holiday gift list, have fun, and be creative. Learn to make a simple handmade gift that will be treasured by friends and family. Historic Deerfield will give you beautiful paper and a card to decorate too – all set and ready for giving. Gift making choices will be fun and easy for all ages. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 1-2:30pm – FAMILY WALK: Would you rather connect with nature and local history than compete with the Black Friday shopping crowds? How about a leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls? Best for families with children ages 8+. Dress for the weather. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, November 29, 1pm & 2:30pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/PICTURE BOOK: Picture Book Theatre presents its final season with performances at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Don’t miss their final show, The Littlest Matryoshka.The 40-minute family program brings this delightful picture book to life with music and large string puppets. Recommended for ages 5+, the story features Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls and her journey home to her sisters. Tickets are $5 per person (Members $4.50). Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336. Museum admission is not included or required. Book signing with author Corinne Demas to follow the program. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Friday, November 29, 1-2:30pm – GUIDED HIKE: Go Green on Black Friday. Feel better about that Thanksgiving indulgence. Avoid crowds at the stores. Instead, enjoy late-autumn splendor and stretch your legs with friends, family, and others on a DCR interpreter-guided hike at Mount Tom. Take in scenic vistas, see natural springs and vernal pools, peer into the park’s past – a former campground and old gravel and rock quarries. Hike over old roads, trails, hillsides, and occasional mud. Pace and terrain are moderate. The distance is approximately 2.5 miles in total. Free and for all ages. Dress for chilly weather. Wear clothes in layers, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, hats, and gloves. Bring water and a snack if you wish. Inclement weather cancels the hike. Call for last-minute updates. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 617-699-2387. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Friday, November 29, 1-3pm – PLANT BIOLOGY/FERNS: Tree and Winter Fern Hike. The Pioneer Valley Fern Society is leading this hike at Mount Toby Forest, where participants will kike parts of the Robert Frost trail to the famous Sunderland Caves. Identify ferns, trees, and shrubs along the way. Learn about winter ferns, including Christmas fern, woodferns, and maidenhair spleenwort. This guided hike is a 2-mile hike on moderate terrain. Meet at the trailhead parking area on Reservation Road. Sunderland, MA.

Friday, November 29, 11:30am-1:20pm – ICE SKATING: Are you a homeschool or unschooling family? The Mullins Center offers a weekday public ice skate for families to attend. Great opportunity for physical activity while making community connections. Ice skate rentals are free and guardian’s skates for free. All families are welcome. Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA.

Friday, November 29, 4-9pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will once again kick off the holiday season. The popular annual “festival of lights” features thousands of luminaria lighting up the village filled with an eclectic variety of stores, galleries, and restaurants offering special holiday promotions, in-store treats, and holiday cheer. Vendors from across the valley contribute a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, maple products hand-crafted in the region, arts and crafts, delicious food, and hot drinks. The Iron Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, creating a pedestrian mall so shoppers can stroll back and forth across the Deerfield River, enjoying events and shops on both sides of the river. At 5:15pm, shortly after the town officially lights up, the Parade of Lights will begin in Buckland across from Lamson Factory Outlet Store, featuring Santa, the Grinch and Max, Clifford, and the Snow Princess. The Parade marches down Conway Street, through the Village of Buckland and then crosses the Iron Bridge into Shelburne. Santa and Mrs. Claus continue to Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center on Main Street. Moonlight Magic. 413-625-2526. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Friday, November 29, 5pm – PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY LIGHTING: Holiday lighting ceremonies are a form of placemaking, encouraging community members to meet and utilize common spaces in town. The Lighting of the Springfield Quadrangle highlights the spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of the Quadrangle. This festive holiday celebration features appearances by Santa Claus and the Grinch, rides on a fanciful train, performances of holiday music and special guests, and visits to the Gingerbread exhibition in the Springfield Museums. Free warm beverages and cookies. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, November 29, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Saturday, November 30, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO/FRIENDSHIP: This episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show is a celebration of global holidays, and light with Guest DJs, James Coffey, and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists, as well as fantastic educational content about several of the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali. Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Saturday, November 30, 10am-4pm – ARTISAN TRADITIONS/GLASS BLOWING: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear, and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s when glassblowing was raised to the level of art, led by German artist Hans Godo Frabel. This month families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glassblower in their glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This glassblowing opportunity is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend, where 200 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. For ages 8+. Snow Farm-New England Craft. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Rd, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 10am-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/ARTS AND CRAFTS: 17th Century Life. British historian Eric Hobsbawm, renowned for his scholarship on the rise of industrial capital, coined the term ‘the General Crisis’ to refer to the 17th century. This period was marked by a huge number of massive social upheavals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the New World. In Europe, the Thirty Years War caused a 30 percent reduction in the population of Germany, as over 8 million people died in the conflict. Poland lost a third of its population. In China, as the Ming dynasty collapsed, over 50 million people died in the span of 40 years. Revolts and civil wars led to the destabilization of many of the world’s largest nations. Also, during this period, enormous amounts of material wealth began arriving in Europe and China from the New World, as settlers and conquistadors extracted huge quantities of silver from Mexico and Bolivia. Amidst all this chaos and suffering, scientific and industrial developments surged forward. The 17th-century was the century of Galileo, Isaac Newton, Rene Descartes, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes. During this time, life for the colonists in New England may have felt relatively untouched by these massive events occurring elsewhere. Learn all about what daily life would have looked like for the 17th-century colonists right here in the Pioneer Valley! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 11am – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/PICTURE BOOK: Picture Book Theatre presents its final season with performances at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Don’t miss their final show, The Littlest Matryoshka: NOV 24, 2:30pm; NOV 29, 1pm & 2:30pm; NOV 30, 11am. A special Behind the Scenes program precedes the 11/24 show at 1:30pm. The 40-minute family program brings this delightful picture book to life with music & large string puppets. Recommended for ages 5+, the story features Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls and her journey home to her sisters. Tickets: $5/person (Members $4.50) & may be purchased in advance at the museum or by calling 413-559-6336. Admission is not included or required. Book signing with author Corinne Demas to follow the program. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 11am – SKILLSHARING/SEWING: Sewing Machine Essentials. Learn sewing machine operation, parts and function, methods and techniques, troubleshooting, and basic repair. Bring in your sewing machine or learn with one on-site. RSVP required. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 12noon-4:30pm – MYO GIFTS: “Hand-Made Gift Making” at Historic Deerfield in the History Workshop Building. Get started on your holiday gift list, have fun, and be creative. Learn to make a simple handmade gift that will be treasured by friends and family. Historic Deerfield will give you beautiful paper and a card to decorate too – all set and ready for giving. Gift making choices will be fun and easy for all ages. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 12-7pm – HOLIDAY CELEBRATION/TOWN COMMON: Belchertown Annual Winter Light Night. Celebrate the holiday season with your family, friends, and community members. Belchertown Town Common. Belchertown, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 4-6pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/MUSICAL: L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been called “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale” by the Library of Congress and continues to delight old and new fans. The timeless tale of Dorothy and her little dog Toto and their adventures in the magical land of Oz has inspired sequels, spinoffs, a Broadway musical adaptation, and perhaps most famously, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Since CBS broadcast the movie on television in 1956, watching the film has become an established American holiday tradition. This Saturday, you can watch “The Wizard of Oz” in 35mm film on the big screen at the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 5-6pm – TREE LIGHTING: Hadley Celebration of Lights. Ring in the holidays with your community! The Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation hosts their annual Hadley Celebration of Lights The tree and gazebo lighting ceremony begins at 5pm. Sing along with a musical program and enjoy light refreshments. The Hadley Police and Fire Departments will also be collecting unwrapped toys for the children at Shriner’s Hospital and Bay State Hospital. Free community event, all are welcome. Hosted by the Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation at Hopkins Academy. 131 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, November 30, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Sunday, December 1, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO/FRIENDSHIP: This episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show is a celebration of global holidays, and light with Guest DJs, James Coffey, and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists, as well as fantastic educational content about several of the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali. Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Sunday, December 1, 9:30am-1pm – COMMUNITY HIKE: The Gorge apres Gorge is a local post-Thanksgiving day favorite! Since 2004, families and community members have gathered for a community walk/hike along the East Branch of the Westfield River, starting off at the lovely Chesterfield Gorge. Work off some of that turkey (or tofurky) and extra servings of cornbread stuffing while joining in this beloved local tradition. Free family fun walk begins at 11am. A 5K trail run begins earlier. Proceeds benefit the Hilltown Land Trust. Gorge Apres Gorge. Chesterfield Gorge. West Chesterfield, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 10-11:30am – PASTRY ARTS/GINGERBREAD: Kids Gingerbread Workshop. Create an amazing, one-of-a-kind gingerbread house in this workshop! Theme Cakes by Joelene will supply the assembled house and all the fixings. Theme Cakes by Joelene. 413-279-2253. 2341 Boston Post Rd, Wilbraham, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 10am-2pm – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST/SANTA: Annual Breakfast with Santa at Elms College. This intergenerational community tradition is a festive treatwith holiday music, crafts, elves, and Santa. Elms College Dining Hall. Elms College Alumni. 291 Springfield St. Chicopee, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 10am-4pm – ARTISAN TRADITIONS/GLASS BLOWING: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear, and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s when glassblowing was raised to the level of art, led by German artist Hans Godo Frabel. This month families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glassblower in their glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This glassblowing opportunity is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend, where 200 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. For ages 8+. Snow Farm-New England Craft. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Rd, Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HOLIDAYS: Springfield Museums, home of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, invites you to celebrate with the Gingerbread: Hollywood and the Holidays exhibit and Family Fun Holiday Happenings/Countdown to Christmas from November 29 through December 31, 2019. An annual event, the Gingerbread exhibit puts everyone in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread features a multitude of artistic culinary creations accented by creative murals, festively decorated trees, and other enchanting elements. Stop in also to view Sweet: A Tasty Journey for a history of candy and a chance to experience hands-on FUN while learning. And don’t forget to visit the Grinch, the beloved curmudgeon who helps us all remember, “Maybe Christmas means just a little bit more!” Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 12-3pm – HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Celebrate the winter holidays with children and families in your community! Every year on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Berkshire Theatre Group hosts a Children’s Holiday Extravaganza, featuring face painting, pizza, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free but tickets are required. Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 12-2pm & 2-4pm – MYO WREATHS: Christmas wreaths were originally used in a wide variety of traditional spiritual practices, from the Etruscans in the Mediterranean, to the ancient Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia. In many cases, wreaths were meant as harvest talismans, decorated with ritual and symbolic objects, and blessed by priests. To this day, wreaths are typically made from evergreens and holly because they do not wither in the cold winter weather. This may symbolize strength and endurance in the face of adversity. The Leyden United Methodist Church hosts an annual wreath making workshop, open to all. Come make you own wreath at this workshop and bring any accents you may wish to include, in addition to a bow. Takes place at the Leyden Town Hall. 16 W Leyden Rd. Leyden, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 12noon-4:30pm – MYO GIFTS: “Hand-Made Gift Making” at Historic Deerfield in the History Workshop Building. Get started on your holiday gift list, have fun, and be creative. Learn to make a simple handmade gift that will be treasured by friends and family. Historic Deerfield will give you beautiful paper and a card to decorate too – all set and ready for giving. Gift making choices will be fun and easy for all ages. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 1:30-4pm – FOOD HISTORY/GUIDED TOUR: Northampton Food Tour. Sample the best the Pioneer Valley has to offer, from a local coffee roaster to a quirky brunch spot to indulge in sweet potato fries to favorite ice cream parlor. Together with a friendly local guide, participants will sample some of Northampton’s most delicious eats while learning about the rich history of the Pioneer Valley. Organized by Off The Beaten Path Food Tours. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 2-4pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/POETRY: Straw Dog Writers Guild and Belding Memorial Library hosts, Writers Read/Hilltowns. Bring Your Poetry! Bring Your Prose! Find Your Public! Uplift Our Souls! Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15pm. Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA

Sunday, December 1, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, December 1, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/CAROLING: Celebrate the holidays with some good old fashioned caroling and relive a piece of local Valley lore! Legend has it that beloved Western Massachusetts native Dr. Seuss modeled the town of “Whoville” from his 1957 classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Easthampton! While Dr. Seuss scholars argue that there is nothing definitive to prove this hypothesis, locals have seized on the idea, and this charming holiday celebration has been going strong for several years. There will be singing, dancing, free hot chocolate, and lots of holiday cheer! You’ll also have the chance to pose for pictures with the Grinch himself! Learn more about the Easthampton “Whobalation” at the Annual Easthampton Holiday Whobalation. Millside Park. 2 Ferry St, Easthampton, MA.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Monday, December 2, 4:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/WORD GAMES: It is speculated that the highest possible scoring word in Scrabble has probably never been successfully played. If situated correctly, the word “OXYPHENBUTAZONE,” could theoretically score 1778 points! A far more realistic, and still highly effective word, is “ZA,” a recognized slang term for pizza, which can still get you 60 points or so. If you love Scrabble, joing the Scrabble Club for a monthly meet-up and game of Scrabble! Open to everyone, fun is the primary goal. Lily Library. 413-587-1500.19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA.

Monday, December 2, 5-8pm – LIVING HISTORY/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: “Wreath Making for the Houses of Historic Deerfield.” Wreaths were used by various ancient cultures to symbolize success, eternal life, and victory. In more modern times, a wreath on the front door is a sign of welcome and generosity during the holiday season. Learn to make beautiful natural wreaths, seasonal symbols of hospitality, and help decorate the doorways of Historic Deerfield with handmade natural wreaths. Bring your creativity, enthusiasm, and an extra pair of pruning shears. No experience required. Supplies and refreshments provided. Free, pre-registration required. Historic Deerfield. 413-775-7179. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Monday, December 2, 6pm – STEM/INTERGENERATIONAL: Science Cafes are part of a grassroots movement to open science to everyone and to bring free presentations and engaging conversations into casual community settings. Here in Western MA, a working scientist shares their research with the public every month via SciTech Cafe. All ages are welcome. Allowing self-directed learners to participate in community events such as science cafes can help them to learn how to engage with an intergenerational community of learners while challenging them to learn more about in-depth science topics on their own. Each science cafe is lead by an expert in the field who share their expertise to science cafe participants. The opportunity to learn about a science topic from an expert scientist grants learners access to a pool of knowledge that is both deep and wide. Find out who is presenting this month at http://www.scitechcafe.org. Union Station. 413-341-3161. 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.

Monday, December 2, 6:30-8pm – PARENT SUPPORT/ADHD: Northampton Area Pediatrics host a monthly Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. Join other area parents and caregivers to: Receive ADHD information and support; Be heard without being judged; Hear how others cope with similar issues and challenges; Learn about local resources for families; Hear from area specialists on pertinent topics; Learn new strategies to try at home; Leave feeling empowered and hopeful. Light refreshments will be available. ValleyADHDfamilies@gmail.com. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-584-8700193. Locust St., Northampton, MA.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Tuesday, December 3, 2-5pm – LIVING HISTORY/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: “Wreath Making for the Houses of Historic Deerfield.” Wreaths were used by various ancient cultures to symbolize success, eternal life, and victory. In more modern times, a wreath on the front door is a sign of welcome and generosity during the holiday season. Learn to make beautiful natural wreaths, seasonal symbols of hospitality, and help decorate the doorways of Historic Deerfield with handmade natural wreaths. Bring your creativity, enthusiasm, and an extra pair of pruning shears. No experience required. Supplies and refreshments provided. Free, pre-registration required. Historic Deerfield. 413-775-7179. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Tuesday, December 3, 7-8:30pm – FIBER ARTS/FELTING: Felted Snowman Workshop. Preregistration is required. Cushman Library. 413-648-5402. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Wednesday, December 4, 6-7:30pm – TINY HOMES/RETIREMENT: Backyard Tiny Homes & Retirement Communities. Easthampton Council on Aging will host a forum about how backyard tiny homes and retirement communities can help families. Backyard ADUs and Lathrop Communities will discuss how building backyard tiny homes and senior communities can help families care for their loved ones in old age. The discussion will cover how to build a backyard home legally in Western Mass for family, how to finance, and how MA state programs could make a 525sf tiny home cost less than a new truck. Easthampton Council On Aging & Enrichment Center. 413-527-6151. 19 Union St. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm – CHRISTMAS CONCERT/CELTIC MUSIC: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas. This holiday season join award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy for an intimate and unique Christmas concert. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas welcomes the audience into the wonderful world of their family holiday celebration. Come early, wear your ugly sweaters, and create your own holiday photo. $25-45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. 800-999-UMAS. UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. UMass. Amherst, MA.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Thursday, December 5, 11am-12:30pm – MUSIC HISTORY/ST. NICHOLAS DAY: History of Music for the Advent & Christmas Season. Listen to many genres of Christmas seasonal music from the Middle Ages to modern times. The program will feature a great variety of music largely choral in nature from the most prolific traditions of Britain and Europe. Join for an instructive and enjoyable program of beautiful music of the season. Pre-register online: Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, December 5, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Thursday, December 5, 4-9pm – PLACEMAKING/LIGHT DISPLAY: It’s time for the annual Winter Wonderland Light Display at Look Park. The entire park will be transformed into a magical holiday celebration of light. And don’t forget to wave to the dragon! Sharing traditions like this with the community creates a deeper sense of place and belonging. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Friday, December 6, 11:30am-1:20pm – ICE SKATING: Are you a homeschool or unschooling family? The Mullins Center offers a weekday public ice skate for families to attend. Great opportunity for physical activity while making community connections. Ice skate rentals are free and guardian’s skates for free. All families are welcome. Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA.

Friday, December 6, 11am-3pm – AGRICULTURE/WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Downtown Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market. Winter farmers’ markets provide a fresh and colorful oasis during the winter months, reminding us that despite the blustery, snow drift-covered fields that surround us, farm-fresh foods of all kinds are still available. Connecting to the local food chain year-round is not only healthy for your body, your family, and your community, but it can be educational as well! Exposing children to the vast array of foods available from winter farmers’ markets can help them to recognize that there are many different methods for growing and producing food while connecting to where their food comes. 1391 Main Street, 1st Floor. Springfield, MA.

Friday, December 6, 3-7pm – PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING: Welcome the holiday season with the Annual Lighting of the Merry Maple on the Amherst town common! This beloved local event features an evening of holiday cheer and fun for the whole community. Check out the open house at the Fire Station, go for a hayride around the common, attend crafting and storytelling workshops, and enjoy the parade! Amherst Common. Amherst, MA.

Friday, December 6, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/FESTIVAL: From Hanukkah to Diwali and Christmas, communities all over the world mark the coming of winter with a festival of lights. There is something deep and powerful about creating light in the midst of the darkness, and it is no surprise that this ritual inspires such faith and hope to people around the world. This holiday season, Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights and displays. Embrace the holiday spirit and the continued presence of light amidst the darkness with an evening of music, community cheer, and fun children’s activities. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Friday, December 6, 5-8pm – BOOKS/BOOK ART: Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair. Book fair featuring some of the best antiquarian booksellers, ephemera dealers, and book artists from New England and the Mid Atlantic states. Exhibits & sales, workshop, demonstrations, and speakers. A great event to learn about antiquarian books, maps, and prints, and to discover the art of fine letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, hand papermaking, typography, and more. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Friday, December 6, 5-8pm – ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING: As Henry David Thoreau points out, the root of the word “saunter” comes from “the idle people who roved about the country… under the pretense of going à la Sainte Terre, or the Holy Land.” Thus the act of casually strolling an inherently sacred act. For those who saunter, the entire world becomes their Holy Land. To walk aimlessly is to find a pilgrimage in every step, a temple in every tree, shrub, or blade of grass. What better way to find your temple than to combine walking with art? Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk features a dozen different art shows throughout the Upstreet Cultural District. Happens every month all year (except January). Come check out amazing local art and meet some of the artists! Guided tour begins at 5pm at the Intermodal Center (BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.). Downtown Pittsfield. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, December 6, 5:30-8pm – HOLIDAY PJ PARTYPolar Express Pajama Party! Franklin County Technical School Assembly Hall. 413-863-9561. 82 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, December 6, 6:30-7pm – HOLIDAY FILM/ANIMATED: A Charlie Brown Christmas Free Show on the big screen! Garden Theater. 413-773-9260. 361 Main St. Greenfield, 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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