100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 15-28, 2020

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Share the love! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-29. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school; or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-29, 2020, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Feb 17

The Academy of Music Theatre is bringing Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s most wildly popular story, The Rainbow Fish, to the Academy stage as part of the 19.20 Season Series on Monday, February 17 at 1pm in Northampton, MA. With innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, this experience is sure to be a family hit that will enchant even the youngest child with the magical glow-in-the-dark tale of the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Stay directly after the show for a Q&A session with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.aomtheatre.com or by calling the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105.

Feb 25

Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. More at fineartscenter.com/neverland or call 800-999-UMAS.

The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

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Start- ing Feb 15

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

Jun 24 – Aug 1

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. For a summer they will talk about forever — clowning is encouraged, flying is the norm, and climbing on your friends is a success! Aspire, express, and be strong at NECCA’s new facility with world-class coaches, a foam pit for flipping, indoor flying trapeze, and a trampoline wall. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 1; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo. Contact: 802-254-9780. ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org. www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Jul 6 – 31

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA. Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 6-July 31. Themes this year are: July6-10 (Radio Hits); July 13-17 (1960’s-70’s); July 20-24 (1980’s-90’s); July 27-July 31 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $425 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 10 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Gruff Davies, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com. www.missleticia.com

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for 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, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a 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 some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

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.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 15-28, 2020

Saturday, Feb 15Sunday, Feb 16
Monday, Feb 17Tuesday, Feb 18Wednesday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 20Friday, Feb 21

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Monday, Feb 24Tuesday, Feb 25Wednesday, Feb 26
Thursday, Feb 27 Friday, Feb 28

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! 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 peek 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, February 15, 9am-4pm – WINTER FESTIVAL/PLACEMAKING: North Adams Winterfest 2020. Events Include farmers’ market, a chowder cook-off, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores, kids’ winter carnival, games and activities, ice skating, and more. North Adams, MA.

February 15, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 10am-3pm – AVIATION/DRONES: Drone Day & Open Cockpit Event at New England Air Museum. Drone Day will feature drone specialists from the FAA and local organizations along with our historic aircraft. There will be displays of WWII target drones and engines with recreational and professional use drones, in addition to drone demonstrations. This event will also include climbing aboard experiences in select historic aircraft, flight simulators, and hands-on Build & Fly themed challenges. A variety of select aircraft that will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, Kaman SH-2F Seasprite helicopter, North American F-100A Super Sabre, Coast Guard Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard helicopter, and our Boeing B-29A Superfortress. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Saturday, February 15, 11am-12noon – PUPPETRY: Puppet Show with Tom Knight at Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe. Tom Knight has been delighting children and their grown-ups with his original, interactive, musical puppet show since 1988. His unique blend of musicianship and puppetry celebrates reading, the environment, and science, with hand-made puppets, catchy songs, and a high degree of audience participation. The strong visual elements appeal to children as young as 2, while fun lyrics engage children up to twelve, and adults alike. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 11am-12noon – WOMEN’S HISTORY/BLACK HISTORY: The Springfield Museums hosts a new exhibit, Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move, in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month 2020. Voices of Resilience celebrates the intersecting lives of women in Massachusetts and beyond who have changed the course of history. Through highlights of diverse “hidden figures” and narratives, this exhibition explores the collaborative and interconnected stories of social, educational, and cultural change as defined by women, women of color, and others on the move to a more inclusive and just world. An official opening of the exhibit will be celebrated today, with guest curator Janine Fondon, Bay Path Assistant Professor, and Chair of Undergraduate Communication. Tours of the exhibit will follow the opening. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 11am & 1pm – BUBBLES/PHYSICS: Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer at the Berkshire Museum. Jeff will create a bubble volcano, bubble roller coaster, even a kid in a bubble, taking bubbles to the max in this one-person bubble extravaganza. He will juggle bubbles, sculpt and build with bubbles, make fog-filled bubbles, and more by mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 1-3pm – CULINARY ARTS/BUTCHERY: Pork Fabrication Class, an interactive, butcher-led demonstration. Participants will break one side of a locally raised pig, have questions answered, identify and discuss the attributes of each cut of meat, and receive pointers on how to best prepare them. In addition to instruction on seam butchery technique and whole muscle utilization, each student will take home a generous supply of mixed pork cuts. Must preregister to reserve limited space. Best for lifelong learners. Sutter Meats. 413-727-3409. 65 King St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 2pm – HISTORY/MARRIAGE: Join Amanda Goodheart Parks for her presentation, Sweethearts at Sea: Love & Marriage in the Age of Sail. During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging love match marriages became popular in New England society. In the 1840’s, a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships. This presentation will focus on one of these remarkable couples – Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts, using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea. Admission is free. Springfield Technical Community College. 413-781-7822. Building 2 (Scibelli Hall), Café Room 112. 1 Armory St, Springfield, MA.

Friday, February 15, 4-8pm – FOOD HISTORY/TAVERN FARE: Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooks is a class which teaches a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on how food preparation has changed over time, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. In this class, Supper at the Hall Tavern, participants will prepare hearty tavern fare, including “luscious pieces” of beef or pork roasted in front of the flame, and enjoy supper by the fire. The class will be held in the kitchen of the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern that dates to 1786. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 6:30-8pm – NATIVE SPECIES/COUGARS: The Cougar Returns to the East. There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, but some are also attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Learn more in this magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. For more info at this talk, call 413-230-7321. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: McBride Commission Concert: Jihye Lee and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble. This year’s composer of the 16th composition in the Jazz Commission Series is New York City-based Jihye Lee. Her 13-piece Jazz Orchestra performs her new work “Try Out,” and the ACJE performs music from Les Hooper, Gil Evans, and Peter Pan. Admission is free; no tickets are required. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. 413-542-2199. 53 College St, Amherst, MA.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! 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 peek 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, February 16, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th-century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, February 16, 11am–5pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Bring the family to Hancock Shaker Village for The Big Chill, an action-packed day of old-fashioned outdoor (and indoor) fun. Activities include maple tree tapping, ice harvesting talks, a tour of the Ice House, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with farm animals in the Round Stone Barn, crafts, blacksmithing, and baking demos, snowman making, cider tastings, and cozy board games. Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, a self-described “honky-tonk, roots rockin’ country music band,” takes the stage in the Believers’ Room at 4pm, led by Wild Bill on the acoustic guitar and The Flying Sparks on pedal steel, lap steel, electric guitars, bass, accordion, piano, and drums. Pittsfield’s own Eagles Brass Band will play throughout the day. Bring your snowshoes and hike the trails, too. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, February 16, 5-6:30om – COMMUNITY SING: Earthdance is holding a community sing and potluck with Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder. Penny brings community members together through song. She is a dynamic and energetic teacher whose love of music is infectious, and the ability to lead and teach is unsurpassed. All the songs are drawn from many different musical traditions and will be taught by rote. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music, and singing in an intergenerational environment. Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.

Sunday, February 16, 1-3pm – FIBER HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND: Fiber & Fabric in Colonial New England at Sheep & Shawl, a discussion about fiber production in Colonial New England, from the mid-18th century onward. Topics will include the steps involved in making raw wool into yarn & then cloth, flax & hemp production, & how the resulting cloth was made into clothing. Examples of typical fabrics will be on display, as well as an assortment of apparel made using 18th-century techniques. Call to reserve your seat. Sheep & Shawl. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, February 17, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10am-12noon: CLAY/HAND-BUILDING TECHNIQUES: Using hand-building techniques kids ages 7yrs+ can participate in a clay workshop building, decorating, glazing, and firing a log cabin out of clay. Light incense and watch the chimney smoke, or a candle to light the windows. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10am-3pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield during Winter School Vacation and take on the role of a child in the past. In the 1786 Hall Tavern, people of all ages can wear colonial dress-up clothes, write with a quill pen, play outdoor games, make different take-home crafts, and experience a hearth cooking demonstration, among other fun activities. This is a drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10:30am-12:30pm – JEWISH FOLKTALES: Dreams and the Wind: Puppets, Crafts, Stories, and Songs at the Yiddish Book Center. Puppet show by Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre, arts and crafts, songs and stories, and a dance party… inspired by Jewish folktales! All are welcome, and the program is free. No prior knowledge of Jewish culture or Yiddish required. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10:30am-2:30pm – AERODYNAMICS/ORIGAMI: Can you make the perfect paper plane? Using a variety of papers and techniques, visitors to the New England Air Museum will discover the science of paper plane flight. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Monday, February 17, 11am-12noon – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: Records and Burpee Zoo Show at the Berkshire Museum. Meet live animals and learn about their adaptations, how they survive in the wild and the consequences of keeping wild animals as pets. All ages are welcome to attend. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, February 17, 1pm – PERFORMANCE/PUPPETRY: The Academy of Music Theatre is bringing Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s most wildly popular story, The Rainbow Fish, to the Academy stage as part of the 19.20 Season Series. With innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, this experience is sure to be a family hit that will enchant even the youngest child with the magical glow-in-the-dark tale of the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Stay directly after the show for a Q&A session with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.aomtheatre.com or by calling the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, February 17, 3-5pm – ANTI-RACISM/SELF-DISCOVERY: Family Workshop: This Book is Anti-Racist, hosted by High Five Books and Art Always. Join anti-bias educator Tiffany Jewell, author of the recently published guidebook, This Book is Anti-Racist, for a special afternoon of reflection and creation for all ages. Participants are invited to grow their anti-racist consciousness, share who they are, and start building their identity map! With their identity maps, participants can see the parts of ourselves that change over time and the parts that stay the same. High Five Books. 413-200-0197. 29 N Maple St. Florence, MA.

Monday, February 17, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FRENCH FILM: Williams College French Film Festival presents, Jean-Philippe Gaud’s Tazzeka (2018). Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother, who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. (Artmattan Productions) – This film explores the individual complexity of the French and Francophone identity today, as well as the contemporary aftermath of France and Belgium’s colonial past. Free and open to all. Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.

 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-9:15pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Drop-In Figure Drawing with Cyndy Sperry & Katherine Weinstein at Bread Euphoria. This 8-week drop-in class begins with a 25-minute warm-up and then progress to longer poses. Cyndy and Katherine will take turns modeling techniques, materials, and strategies in this dynamic investigation of drawing. Both teachers have different yet complementary styles: Katherine approaches the figure more classically through line, form, and space, and Cyndy is interested in the space between the artist and their subject and the reconciliation of the 3D world with the flat plane of the drawing paper. Both are interested in developing the abstract beauty of the drawing elements. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcomed. There will be tables, drawing boards, some easels, and sometimes materials to try and share. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 10am-12noon – COLOR THEORY/ACRYLIC PAINT: In this workshop, kids ages 8yrs+ will do acrylic pour on tiles to create colorful trivets. Learn a little about chemistry and watch cells form and colors mix. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 10am-3pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield during Winter School Vacation and take on the role of a child in the past. In the 1786 Hall Tavern, people of all ages can wear colonial dress-up clothes, write with a quill pen, play outdoor games, make different take-home crafts, and experience a hearth cooking demonstration, among other fun activities. This is a drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 1-2pm – MUSIC STUDIES/INSTRUMENTS: Berkshire Music School’s Instrument Petting Zoo at the Berkshire Museum. See, touch, play and hear a variety of musical instruments with the Berkshire Music School. All ages are welcome. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 4:30-6:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NORDIC SKIING: Family Sunset Ski & S’mores at Notchview – Enjoy a winter sunset at Notchview on snowshoes or skis followed by s’mores at the lodge! Sunset is at 5:28pm, so be sure to arrive by 4pm to get your rental equipment, afternoon ski pass, and hit the trails before heading back to the lodge for 5:30pm and enjoy s’mores at a bonfire outside. Register ahead of time. Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

 


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 10am-12noon: CLAY/HAND-BUILDING TECHNIQUES: Using hand-building techniques kids ages 7yrs+ can participate in a clay workshop building, decorating, glazing, and firing a log cabin out of clay. Light incense and watch the chimney smoke, or a candle to light the windows. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 10am-3pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield during Winter School Vacation and take on the role of a child in the past. In the 1786 Hall Tavern, people of all ages can wear colonial dress-up clothes, write with a quill pen, play outdoor games, make different take-home crafts, and experience a hearth cooking demonstration, among other fun activities. This is a drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 10:30am – FILM STUDIES/ANIMATION: Song of the Sea (2014, Rated G, English, 93 minutes, Animated). From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated, The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. As enthralling for adults as it is for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic. Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 12-1pm – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: The Zoo Show, hosted by M. N. Spear Memorial Library. Meet and learn about wild animals! M. N. Spear Memorial Library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Rd, Shutesbury, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3pm – BAKING/T(W)EENS: Chocolate Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug Class at the library! Health coach Julie Manning will lead participants ages 10-17 through the process of creating their own chocolate chip cookies in a mug! All materials provided. Space is limited. Preregister 413-587-1010. Forbes Library. 413-587-1010. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3:15-5:15pm – SEWING/SUSTAINABILITY: Due to ocean currents, a massive pile of plastic debris has been forming in the Pacific Ocean. First discovered in the late 1980s, it is currently speculated that this mound of garbage is anywhere from the size of the state of Texas to the size of Russia. As plastic is tough to breakdown, the garbage patch continues to grow and wreak havoc on the ocean ecosystem. Unlike organic material, as plastic ages, it simply reduces to the molecular level but never disappears. As it gets smaller and smaller, plastic particles become ingested by marine wildlife. But the indirect effects are even more serious. On the microscopic level, the sheer amount of plastic molecules in the ocean is changing the chemical makeup of the water and spreading toxic pollution all over the world. Do your part to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean by volunteering to make durable, reusable shopping bags for members of the community to use instead of plastic bags. Join folks at the Williamsburg Senior Cafe for an intergenerational bag sew group on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, in partnership with The Bag Share Project. Williamsburg Senior Center. 413-268-8407. 141 Main St, Williamsburg, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: Why Duke Ellington Matters: My 40 Years in Jazz Radio,” a talk about the significance of Ellington as a jazz artist, cultural icon, and personal hero of Tom Reney, host of “Jazz a la Mode” on WFCR/NEPR and nationally recognized broadcaster and journalist. Nearly 50 years after his death, Ellington remains a major influence in jazz as a composer, pianist, and bandleader. Drawing inspiration from folk traditions, dance, and the collective memory of joys and sorrows, triumphs, and tragedies of African-American life as expressed in spirituals, work songs, and the blues, he created an enormous body of music – all cohesive and recognizable as Ellingtonia. Reney, who was 13 when he first saw Edward Kennedy Ellington in concert, will discuss how Ellington inspired his decision to pursue a career in jazz radio and journalism. Free and open to the public. Northampton Senior Center. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA.

 


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 9:30am-6pm – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 10-11:30am – ART STUDIES/ALCOHOL INK PAINTING: In this youth workshop, kids ages 8yrs+ will use highly pigmented, alcohol-based inks to create shapes and patterns. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 10am-3pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield during Winter School Vacation and take on the role of a child in the past. In the 1786 Hall Tavern, people of all ages can wear colonial dress-up clothes, write with a quill pen, play outdoor games, make different take-home crafts, and experience a hearth cooking demonstration, among other fun activities. This is a drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 12-1pm – CARTOGRAPHY/HISTORY: You’ve probably seen a map of the world, a map of your country, and a map of a shopping mall where you were trying to find the food court. But have you ever seen a map where California is an island, where Mars has oceans, or where US states have names like Cascade and Cochise? During this brown-bag lunch learning session in the Great Hall, learn why mapmakers don’t always get things right, and to try making some maps of your own. For teenagers and adults. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 2-2:30pm – STORYTIME/MANDARIN: Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin at the Museum in the Reading Library. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 3pm – PODCASTING/TEENS: Cookies with a Curator: Teen Voices. Are you interested in learning about the podcasting boom, and how teens in our community are using the medium to share their stories? This month, join Callie from the Children’s and YA Department and local teen podcasters. Hear what they have been working on at the monthly podcasting workshops, learn about our recording equipment, and get ideas for a project of your own! For self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 4-6pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/LEGOs: LEGOs are much more than small pieces of plastic that clutter up your living room floor and smart something awful when stepped upon with your bare feet… they are a great creative medium for kids interested in design and architecture and can help them develop their own creative stories based on characters and structures that they build. Kids ages 12 and under can have fun while constructing with LEGOs at the Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 4-5:30pm – BOTANY/NATIVE SPECIES: Introduction to Winter Botany hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team. Learn how to identify plants growing in the Berkshires year-round. Through field observations, learn the most common trees and shrubs in western MA forests and strategies to identify herbs even in the depths of winter. This event is an outdoor walk and talk. Dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot by Springside House at Springside Park. 413-717-1255. Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 5-9pm – FOOD HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND: “Families Cook” is a 19th-century interactive food experience that the whole family can enjoy. Children and adults alike will learn to prepare an entire hearth-cooked meal with the added benefit of being able to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Chicken will be roasted before the hearth and served crisp, juicy, and “done to a turn.” Cranberries will be stewed by the fire to make a delicious sauce, and home-made apple pie will be baked in our wood-fired oven. Please be prepared to roll up your sleeves and then untuck your belts. Join this 1830’s hands-on family-oriented culinary adventure! Best for ages 8+. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 5:30-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION: Art & Craft Supply Swap at Madsahara Art & Design – Are you cleaning out your house/attic/studio? Have a lot of art and craft supplies you’re just not using? At this swap, discover a new art medium, hobby, or craft! Maybe find your favorite trusty art tools in the mix! Or donate it all and see how it makes others happy. For more info, visit the link. Madsahara Art & Design. 76 Hope St. Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 7pm – VOTING/DOCUMENTARY: Screening of Let the People Decide. Nowhere is American democracy more at risk than in the fairness of our elections — a concept explored in-depth in this scathing and insightful look into the attack on voting rights for African Americans in North Carolina. Following the screening will be a Q&A with filmmaker Gavin Guerra and artist Glenn Kaino. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

 


Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 9:30am-4pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULTURE: Visitors to Old Sturbridge will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!” Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event. While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm. Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time. Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10am-3pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield during Winter School Vacation and take on the role of a child in the past. In the 1786 Hall Tavern, people of all ages can wear colonial dress-up clothes, write with a quill pen, play outdoor games, make different take-home crafts, and experience a hearth cooking demonstration, among other fun activities. This is a drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30am – STORYTIME/LIBRARY: Family Frolic Storytime at the library! Songs, rhymes, stories, and games designed to promote early literacy. Appropriate for preschoolers; all ages welcome. Storytime is followed by an open-ended art project. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/RABBITS: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. The program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Preschool yoga follows! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30am – FILM STUDIES/ANIMATION: Screening of Aya of Yop City (2013, Rated NR, French with English Subtitles, 84 minutes, Animation). Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet. Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 21, 2pm – STORYTIME/OWLS: All About Owls Children’s Program at the library! A reading of A Snowy Owl Story by Melissa Kim and Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, accompanied by a craft activity. Best for ages 6-10. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133 x14. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.

Friday, February 21, 2:30pm – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: Forest Park Zoo On the Go at the library! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit with animals from the Forest Park Zoo, and learn more about them! For ages 3+. Space will be limited.Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 21, 4-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/AUMI: “Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument”: A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas). The Amherst College music department presents this special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies, Sherrie Tucker. All are invited. Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy, and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. Arms Music Center, Amherst College. 413-542-2000. 53 College St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 21, 5:30-7:30pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Ten Days of Play Free Community Night at the Berkshire Museum. Families are invited to explore this year’s engaging, exciting, child-directed Ten Days of Play activities free of charge. All ages welcome. Free and open to the community. Part of Ten Days of Play and Pittsfield’s Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, February 21, 6pm – DANCE HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND: Dancing was a ubiquitous form of recreation, socializing, and courting in early 19th-century New England. It ranged from one or two exuberant people accompanied by singing to informal dances in kitchens or parlors after a quilting frolic, with a fiddler or other musician. Country taverns often had halls, or larger rooms, to accommodate dancing, as did some private “mansion houses.” Roving dancing masters offered evening dancing schools to teach various popular dances. Experience the living history of dancing in early New England at Midwinter Revel Ball. After a buffet dinner, join the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers for a fun evening of music and dancing in the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village. The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers reconstruct, teach, and perform American ballroom dance of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/SEASONS: Hilltown Family Variety Show Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies. Steve and Jenn share some of their favorite songs about all four of the seasons that we all share. Tune is to hear what their favorite seasons are and see how each song is related to your favorite season. 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 peek 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, February 22, 9am-5pm – BOTANY/ORCHIDS: This weekend is the Amherst Orchid Society’s annual orchid show at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Visitors can view a wide variety of orchids – there will be blossoms of all sizes and colors, and families will be able to learn about the proper care for growing orchids at home, as well as the interesting facts about orchids’ unique cycle of growth, how insects pollinate them, and their amazing beauty. After the show, head over to the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College for more orchids, as well as cacti, a chocolate tree and many others. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10am-12noon – STEM/COMPUTER CODING: Scratch Animation and Game Design. Have fun creating characters, stories, and games! With a few colorful blocks of Scratch code and some creativity, participants will be able to design their own character, animate it, and program it to talk, move, and have conversations. Add sound effects, get experience with drawing tools, and code while showcase ideas using this awesome programming language from MIT. Ages: 8+. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10am-12:30pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/MUSIC: An interactive musical event with author, David Hyde Costello, based on his book, Little Pig Joins the Band. Middlefield Town Hall. 413-623-6421. 188 Skyline Trail. Middlefield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10am-2pm – FOOD HISTORY/BEEHIVE OVEN: Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooks is a class which teaches a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on how food preparation has changed over time, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. In this class, Baking in the Beehive Oven, learn how to fire the oven and bake bread and pie in the beehive oven. The class will be held in the kitchen of the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern that dates to 1786. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 11am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures at Mount Greylock State Reservation. This family-friendly outdoor adventure program will consist of an afternoon of winter activities, including snow tubing for the little ones, a snowshoe demonstration, and a self-guided hike along the Bradley Farm Trail. Be prepared for the weather, dress in layers, and wear sturdy snow boots. Traction devices, trekking poles, or your own snowshoes are advisable for the hike. Snowshoes will be available to try out during the Snowshoe Demo for ages eight and up. Rain or inclement weather cancels. This program is free and open to all ages. An adult must accompany children under 18. Meet at the Visitor Center. Program duration of 90 minutes. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 11am-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/TIE-DYE: Coffee Filter Tie-Dye Art. Drop-In to learn how to make beautiful tie-dye style artwork using simple household items. You’ll create an original tie-dye pattern on a coffee filter, which you can take home to turn into paper flowers, a window hanging, or many other forms of art. Examples will be available. Tie-dye artist extraordinary Mary Ann Kokoszyna will lead this program. Handmade tie-dye clothing and other items will be available to purchase. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 1-2pm – NATURE STUDIES/WILDLIFE: Just like us, other animals have lots of ways to live during winter. In this family program, “Get in Touch with Winter and Not Get (Too) Cold,” see and feel how wildlife copes with cold, snow, and wind. Meet in the Great Hall for hands-on experiments and demonstrations that illustrate these discoveries. Weather permitting, participants may investigate outdoors. Bundle up. For children six and up, their grown-ups, siblings, and friends. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 1-2pm – FOOD SCIENCE/ICE CREAM: Ice Cream Science at the Holyoke Public Library – Have you ever wondered how ice cream is made? Find out! Learn the science and how to make your own. This event is open to children ages 8-12 and will take place in the Community Room. Registration is required, as supplies are limited. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 1-4pm – LITERATURE/MARTIN LUTHER KING: Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership Invocation to Martin Luther King, Jr.: Contemplating the Heart of the Matter with Rose Sackey‐Milligan, PhD. Powerful literature highlighting the quest of Black Americans for justice, equal rights, and citizenship serves as a tool to create open and honest dialogue and new ways of thinking about our nation’s history, the enslavement of Black Americans, and the role racism plays in our national discourse. In this seminar, using contemplative (mindful) attentiveness, participants will communally read and reflect on selected writings by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through facilitated dialogue, the significance of these writings, given the current political and cultural landscape, will be explored. 170 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

February 22, 1:30-3:30pm – CARPENTRY/BIRD HOUSE: Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop with Mass Audubon. Get crafty in their cozy red barn and build something that will help improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood. This hands-on, family-friendly workshop will teach participants where and how to place bluebird nest boxes in ideal habitats to attract inhabitants. Build the pre-cut kit together and take your box home in the end. No experience necessary. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 7pm – MUSIC HISTORY/SHAPE-NOTE: Homegrown Harmony: Early American Music on Main Street, A Presentation by Tim Eriksen, Musician & Ethnomusicologist – Northampton was home to some of the country’s earliest choral singing and to one of the most prolific music publishers in early New England. In fact, by the 1790s, the town had become a destination for local and regional composers and tunebook compilers. During the mid-nineteenth century, local senior citizens revived this sacred music of their youth in public performances known as “Old Folks’ Concerts.” Today, thanks to musician, ethnomusicologist, and instructor Tim Eriksen, some of these remarkable songs by local composers are still sung in the “shape-note” tradition. During this presentation, Eriksen will discuss early American music in Northampton and the enduring appeal of this local traditional music. And yes, singing will be included. Northampton Community Arts Trust Building. 33 Hawley Street. Northampton, MA.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/SEASONS: Hilltown Family Variety Show Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies. Steve and Jenn share some of their favorite songs about all four of the seasons that we all share. Tune is to hear what their favorite seasons are and see how each song is related to your favorite season. 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 peek 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, February 23, 10am-3pm – NATURE/SCAVENGER HUNT: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Mount Greylock. Adventurous quests invite visitors to explore various treasures along any forested trail. A self-guided activity, free lists can be picked up at Visitor Center. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Sunday, February 23, 10am-4pm – BOTANY/ORCHIDS: This weekend is the Amherst Orchid Society’s annual orchid show at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Visitors can view a wide variety of orchids – there will be blossoms of all sizes and colors, and families will be able to learn about the proper care for growing orchids at home, as well as the interesting facts about orchids’ unique cycle of growth, how insects pollinate them, and their amazing beauty. After the show, head over to the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College for more orchids, as well as cacti, a chocolate tree and many others. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 23, 3-5pm – BUDDHISM/FAMILY: The Sure Heart: A Buddhist Family Group. A series for families with Bernadine Mellis begins today and runs for five consecutive Sundays. In this weekly group, children and parents/caregivers will gather together to play and explore Buddhist teachings and values in the space of loving-kindness, awareness, and acceptance. This series is designed with younger children, ages 4-7, in mind. Contact Bernadine for more information or with questions. Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. 413-527-0388. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, February 24, 3:15-4:15pm – CRITICAL THINKING/CHESS: Research shows that, when played from a young age, chess can be beneficial to a child’s learning and development. The game requires the use of high-order thinking skills, such as weighing actions and consequences and helps players practice decision making. The Storrs Library offers a Youth Chess where children of all ages and skill levels are welcome to a drop-in game of chess. An instructor will provide help for beginners and tips for more advanced students to sharpen their game. Registration is not required. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, February 24, 5-6:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Songs for Social Justice Movements, hosted by Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership – Evelyn Harris, a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock, is a Grammy‐nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African‐American song canon. A remarkable teacher, song‐leader, and leader in movements for equity and social justice, Evelyn brings her amazing gifts and talents to the Truth School to help individuals and groups find their voice and express their power. Borrowing from the American Civil Rights Movement, Evelyn Harris will teach old and new songs used in the struggle for freedom and justice. All vocal levels, vocal ranges, and formal or informal vocal experiences are welcome to participate in this class. Free, but registration is requested. The event will be held at Nueva Esperanza, Inc. 401 Main St, Holyoke, MA.

Monday, February 24, 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, February 24, 6:30pm – MINDFULNESS: Introduction to Mindfulness. Learn what mindfulness is and how it can be applied to your everyday life to reduce stress and improve your health and happiness. The presenter will demonstrate a few simple mindfulness techniques and discuss how mindfulness practices can be beneficial for people of all ages. This is the introduction to a wider Mindfulness for All Ages series to be hosted in March by Sunderland Public Library, Tilton Library of Deerfield, and Whately Public Library. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Monday, February 24, 6:30-7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: Jazz Jam at the Westhampton Public Library. Dara Adams-Smith is leading a series of Jazz Jams performed by the HRHS Jazz Band at the library. Younger children will enjoy seeing older students following their music passions, and community members are welcome to sit and enjoy the music or to join in and jam with the jazz combo. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Monday, February 24, 7pm – MUSIC HISTORY/FILM: Screening of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004) will be screened at The Parlor Room. Singer-songwriter Townes van Zandt was at the center of Austin’s outlaw country scene in the 1970s. Still, while friends like Waylon Jennings and Steve Earle went on to mainstream stardom, the mercurial Van Zandt retreated into a haze of alcoholism and mental illness. Through interviews and rarely seen live footage recorded throughout Van Zandt’s performing and recording career, this sympathetic documentary traces his work and life, which was cut short on New Year’s Day 1997, when he was 52. The Parlor Room. 413-341-3317. 32 Masonic St. Northampton, MA.

Monday, February 24, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FRENCH FILM: Williams College French Film Festival presents Alain Gomis’ Félicité (2017). Franco-Senegalese film-maker Alain Gomis has created a film portrait in an ambient social-realist style, showing us a woman called Félicité, a bar singer in the tough streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son gets into a terrible car accident. To raise the money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa—a world of music and dreams. Gomis leaves it up to the audience to determine the precise level of irony in her name. (Ide, The Guardian) – This film explores the individual complexity of the French and Francophone identity today, as well as the contemporary aftermath of France and Belgium’s colonial past. Free and open to all. Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.

 


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 11am-12noon – GARDENING/TERRARIUM: Kids’ Terrarium Class at Township Four. Make a natural mini-garden that is easy to make and take care of at home. This terrarium is in a 6″ wide and tall glass cylinder. All materials are included: terrarium or succulent plants and accents such as mosses, lichens, apple twigs, and mini pine cones. Space is limited; ages 8-16. Township Four. 413-347-3244. 419 North Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm – MUSICAL THEATER/LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. 800-999-UMAS. UMass. Amherst, MA.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 26, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30pm – FOOD/ARTISAN CHEESE: Cheese Class: Cheese 101. Ever find yourself wondering what’s what at the cheese counter? This relaxed tasting class will provide a well-rounded overview of 10 classic styles. Provisions head cheesemonger will walk participants through the sensory steps involved in tasting all kinds of cheese while delivering knowledge to boost confidence in selecting cheese. Whether you are familiar with or completely new to the world of artisan cheese, each student will go away with a renewed appreciation. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Provisions. 413-727-3497. 30 Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – DATE NIGHT/LIVE MUSIC: Mardi Gras Party with Marcia Ball and Sonny Landreth. Gateway City Arts. 413-650-2670. 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING/INTERGENERATIONAL: Nice and Easy Trail Hike; Easy-paced, one to 3-mile hikes geared toward seniors, but open to all ages. This is an ideal opportunity to join with other hiking enthusiasts! May be staff-led or self-guided. Dress appropriately for winter weather conditions; trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes are recommended as trails may be snow-covered, muddy, or icy. Bring drinking water and a snack. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 2-4:30pm – SKILLSHARING/SEWING: Skillsharing at the Amherst Survival Center sewing repair workshop. Learn sewing and fiber skills, bring in special projects (clothing repair, curtains, etc.), get expert guidance, and have access to sewing machines and needed supplies. Amherst Survival Center. 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 6-8pm – CRAFTING/UPCYCLING: Creative Reuse Craft Club. Repurpose/upcycle discarded materials into handmade art. All materials are included. Free and open to the public (13+). Pre-registration required. Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 7pm – IMMIGRATION/DOCUMENTARY: Screening of Border South. To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death. Following the screening, join a discussion with producer Ellen Knechel, Williams College Professor of Political Science Cheryl Shanks, and Maureen Blennerhassett of the Berkshire Immigrant Center. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 7pm – DATE NIGHT/LIVE MUSIC: Townes Van Zandt Tribute Night. The Back Porch Festival presents an all-star tribute to the legendary Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Confirmed performers include Tracy Grammer, Jim Henry, Winterpills, Suitcase Junket, Mary-Elaine Jenkins, Lisa Bastoni, Zak Trojano, and more. The Parlor Room. 413-341-3317. 32 Masonic St. Northampton, MA.

 


Friday, February 28, 2020

Friday, February 28, 9:30am-6pm – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Friday, February 28, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/COYOTES: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. The program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Preschool yoga follows! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 28, 5-8pm – ART STUDIES/MULTICULTURAL: Black Art Matters Festival at Mead Art Museum, a visual art exhibition and performance showcase highlighting the work and artistic talent of Black student artists across the Five Colleges. All are invited for salon-style viewing of visual art, followed by a night of live music, spoken word, dance, and more. This program is offered in collaboration with the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center, the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College, Student Activities, and AAS. Free and open to everyone. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 28, 5:30-7pm – BREWING/SAKE: Lifelong learners can explore the world of sake in an informal yet intimate gathering in the Provisions classroom. What is sake? According to Wikipedia, “Sake, also spelled saké, also referred to as Japanese rice wine, is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Despite the name, unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit (typically grapes), sake is produced by a brewing process more akin to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars, which ferment into alcohol.” Learn all sorts of things about sake styles, food pairings, and serving techniques. Ages 21+, reserve your seat! Provisions. 413-727-3497. 30 Crafts Ave. Northampton, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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