100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: March 7-20, 2020

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Mar 14

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House: Mar 14

Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Upcoming open house: Saturday, March 14th from 10am-12noon for preschool and kindergarten. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Mar 18

Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard. Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Blizzard is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their relationship with winter, Cirque Flip Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic and tender journey, and invites you to get lost in a moment of winter wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers today, all original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! $20-$45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-$15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/blizzard or call 800-999-UMAS.

Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs. Multiple Locations, MA. Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and offers full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. Call 413-387-1250 or visit www.communityaction.us to apply.

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Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Set-up a tour, explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from partial day to full day with extended hours. Set-up a tour by emailing Susanna at sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or by calling 413-253-3101.

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Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jun 22 – Aug 7

Journey Camp. Deerfield, MA. Their 27th Summer! A treasured place to grow friendships. Directed by Sarah Pirtle. Parents say, “Thank you for creating such an amazing camp!” Camp Sessions for children ages 6-12: Young participants build a stick house village in the woods, create theater, enjoy laughter, games, music, and art. Starseed Week for All (July 6-10); Girls Week One (July 27-31); and Girls Week Two (August 3-7). Camp sessions for teens: Teens have a supportive place to feel appreciated. Sunseed Teen Boys Camp (June 22-24); and Moonseed Teen Girls Leadership Camp (July 13-16). Location for all sessions: Woolman Hill in Deerfield. They assist with carpools. Scholarships are available. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 7; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo. Contact: 774-280-2490. melissadelo.journey@gmail.com. sarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

Jun 22 – Aug 14

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Program 2020. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years, MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children 18 months old up to 8th grade in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9, and I-91, their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full-day options available with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme-based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, JEDI engineering LEGO with Play-Well TEKnologies, Visual Arts programs, Culinary Creations, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art, Musical Theater, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation & Coding workshops presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 14; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org

Jun 22 – Aug 21

Camp Apex. Shelburne, MA. Camp Apex, the YMCA in Greenfield’s Summer Day Camp, provides kids with activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 21; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646. shannon@your-y.org. your-y.org/.

Jun 28 – Aug 22

Rowe Center Youth Camps. Rowe, MA. Since 1924, Rowe Center Youth Camps have empowered young people to play, explore, and learn in a liberating & nurturing environment. Campers balance freedom with compassion and responsibility. Each camper has a voice and a vote at camp. In a fun, creative, energetic environment, we empower campers to be leaders in the world. All camps are overnight, co-ed, developmentally appropriate, and gender-inclusive. Ages and times: Young People’s Camp 1 (8-10), July 19-25; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11), July 26-Aug 1; Young People’s Camp 3 (1 or 2 weeks, 11-13), July 19-Aug 1; Junior High Camp (13-15), June 28-July 18; Senior High Camp (16-19), Aug 2-22. Costs are sliding scale & scholarships are available. Visit our website for details. Dates: Jun 28-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo
Contact: 413-339-4954. info@rowecenter.org. rowecenter.org.

Aug 3 – 14

Summer Program For Children at Eaglebrook School. Deerfield, MA. Holistic learning and play with Bill Stewart. Craft an original show in 2 weeks and perform it on the Percival Theater stage. Students of theater will work on their stage craft through theater games, improvisation, character work, stage combat, and voice. In past summers, this program has worked on plays from ancient myth and classic works with an original twist, such The Odyssey, The Miser, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as new works blending well-known characters and story elements with creative, original arcs. Lunch is included, as is time to relax and splash in the pool. Cost: $590. Limit of 15 children. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield off Routes 5 & 10. Dates: Aug 3-14; Age Range of Participants: 9-14yo. Contact: 413-522-1445. lmciner@gmail.com. eggtooth.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 7-20, 2020

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/PURIM: Hilltown Family Variety Show Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni. Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim, and it’s universal theme: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self-empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This episode will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this Jewish holiday. 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, March 7, 8am-2pm – LOCAL CULTURE/SUGAR SEASON: It’s March. The light is changing, the days are getting longer, and the ground slowly begins to thaw. As spring rounds the corner, March becomes the month of gathering and beginning, re-emergence, and sharing. Early in the month, it might feel like winter outside, but rest assured that spring is stirring underneath blankets of snow. March is sugaring season. This season is a great time of year to visit a sugar shack for a delicious pancake breakfast with freshly made maple syrup. After a community meal of jacks, or while waiting for a seat at a rustic table, check out how maple syrup is rendered and watch the action up close. Red Bucket Sugar Shack is open for the season an a great place to visit for these reasons! 413-238-7710. 584 Kinne Brook Road. Worthington, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 2-4pm – BROADCAST HISTORY/JAZZ: The 15th Annual “Big Broadcast” hosted by Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College is Mount Holyoke’s annual recreation of a 1940’s live radio show, featuring big band swing music, an original radio play, and commercials of the day. Get tickets in advance. Chapin Auditorium. 413-538-2000. 50 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 9:30am-2:30pm – FIBER ARTS/NEEDLE & WET FELTING: Painting with Wool; Landscape Workshop. In this five-hour workshop, students will learn how to create a landscape using both needle and wet felting techniques. Preregister. Wool-ology. 413-350-5158. 242A Greenfield Rd. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 10-11:30am – NATURE CONSERVATION/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Introduction to Arcadia and Mass Audubon. If you are new to the area or have just been wanting to learn more about Mass Audubon’s work in the Connecticut River Valley, take in this overview of how they protect the nature of Massachusetts, what’s so special about Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, and how you can get involved. This is a free indoor talk with beautiful photos of wildlife found at Arcadia. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 10am-12:30pm – FOLK TRADITION/BASKET WEAVINGBasket Weaving with Chris Brown at the Grace Hall Memorial Library. In this learn to weave “Make & Take” workshop series, participants will learn to make two basket designs. Supplies needed: awl, scissors, towel, 5 gallon bucket, pencil, craft knife, clip style clothes pin ans measuring tape. Space limited so preregister. Grace Hall Memorial Library. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 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, March 7, 10am-3pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SACRED HARP: Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention. The Sacred Harp is a centuries-old American singing tradition, sung in four-part harmony from the 1991 edition of the Sacred Harp. This 2-day convention is free, and newcomers are very welcome, no experience at all required. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 10am-4pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY/AVIATION: The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event in commemoration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and lectures. Women Take Flight will also offer visitors the opportunity to meet over one hundred women pilots, engineers, and aerospace professionals. This event will also feature hands-on STEM activities for children, flight simulators, and climb-aboard experiences in historic aircraft. www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Windsor Locks, CT.

Saturday, March 7, 10am–5pm – MUSEUMS ADVENTURES: Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, MA. Celebrate at the only museum dedicated to this beloved children’s book author at an activity-packed Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at the Springfield Museums. During the event, there will be a plethora of Dr. Seuss Birthday edutainment (education + entertainment) opportunities. This action-packed day features birthday cake tasting, puppet shows and sing-a-longs, literacy-based activities, art and science activities, and meet and greets with Dr. Seuss characters. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT/FOLK MUSIC: Children’s Music Series at the library is a free music program that has hosted musical artists representing traditions from around the world over the past 40+ years. Today this series features a performance by The Nields. A local favorite, The Nields, carry on the folk tradition of Pete Seeger with community-minded original songs and traditional tunes for the whole family. This talented duo is known for their soaring harmonies and engaging performances. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 1-4:30pm – GARDENING: Garden Day with Grow Food Northampton at Forbes Library. Celebrate the start of the growing season by spending the afternoon excited and inspired for gardening with activities and workshops for all ages, including Guerrilla Gardening and Pollinator Gardens; Seed Swap (bring seeds to swap); and children’s activities with our Grow Food Kids team. Learn about new gardening techniques and browse gardening books. Stop by for a quick visit or stay for the afternoon. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 1-4pm – CULINARY ARTS/HONEY: Expert Honey at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Every taste of honey is an opportunity to learn something about its floral source, region, and even the beekeeper’s practices. Tasting and evaluating honey is a skill learned through formal sensory training along with experience. Join honey connoisseur and beekeeper, Carla Marina Marchese, to learn the methods of sensory analysis used by sommeliers to taste and evaluate honey like an expert. The art of honey tasting is as complex as skills used by a wine or olive oil sommelier. Improve your knowledge of honey and your tasting skills. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 5-7:15pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/FULL MOON SNOWSHOE: Join Northfield Mountain staff for a Full Moon Family Adventure. Learn how to navigate like nocturnal creatures, pretend to be predators sneaking up on prey, and learn about the shocking scientific mysteries rolled up in Wintergreen Lifesavers! No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Bring water, wear light-weight waterproof pants, warm footwear, and dress in warm layers. All levels of experience are welcome. Ages 8yo+. Snowshoe rentals available. Preregister. Northfield Mountain. 800-859-296. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 7-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES/FOLK MUSIC: Pete Seeger A Life In Song, a fundraising sing-a-long hosted by The Hoping Machine at the Unitarian Society of Northampton. 413-584-1390. 220 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 7, 7:30-9:30pm – BROADCAST HISTORY/JAZZ: The 15th Annual “Big Broadcast” hosted by Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College is Mount Holyoke’s annual recreation of a 1940’s live radio show, featuring big band swing music, an original radio play, and commercials of the day. Get tickets in advance. Chapin Auditorium. 413-538-2000. 50 College Street. South Hadley, MA.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/PURIM: Hilltown Family Variety Show Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni. Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim, and it’s universal theme: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self-empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This episode will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this Jewish holiday. 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, March 8, 8am-1pm: COMMUNITY MEAL/PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Holiday Brook Farm. A pancake breakfast buffet (featuring local meats from their farm!) all you can eat, all the coffee/milk/juice you can drink, and all the time you want to spend with friends, family, and neighbors. After breakfast, check out their sugarhouse to see if they’re making maple syrup, visit farm animals (lambs!), and take a walk around a working farm. Holiday Brook Farm. 413-684-0444. 100 Holiday Cottage Road. Dalton, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 10am-3pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SACRED HARP: Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention. The Sacred Harp is a centuries-old American singing tradition, sung in four-part harmony from the 1991 edition of the Sacred Harp. This 2-day convention is free, and newcomers are very welcome, no experience at all required. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 1-3:30pm – HORTICULTURE/SKILLSHARING: Grafting is the ancient art of binding two plants together so that they can both continue to grow. This practice is most often used in producing hardy fruit trees. The American sculptor Sam Van Aken has taken this practice to extremes with his “Tree of 40 Fruit” series, in which a single tree bears 40 different types of fruit that ripen in sequence from July to October. The tree produces almonds, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, and 35 other varieties of fruit! Learn more about grafting at the Hilltown Seed Saving Network Winter Scion Swap. Experts from local orchards will be discussing grafting practices and offering tips on how to get the most from your trees. Beginners, as well as advanced grafters, are welcome. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 1:30pm – FOLK MUSIC/SING-A-LONG: Arm in Arm: Yearly Pete Seeger Singalong Honoring International Women’s Day. For the 7th year, folksingers will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Pete Seeger with songs that renew us and bind us together. Singing on International Women’s Day, much of the content will relate to raising women’s voices and joining in solidarity in the struggle for a better world. This sing-along will be led by a host of musicians ranging in age from teens to seventies, including Peter Blood, Dave Gott, Annie Hassett, Norma Jean Haynes, Paul Kaplan, Sue Kranz, Yosl Kurland, Jay Mankita, Sarah Pirtle, Elias and Rosa Stegeman, and Ben Tousley. Congregational Church in Ashfield UCC. 429 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 2-4pm – FILM STUDIES/MUSICAL SING-A-LONG: The Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Unitarian Universalist of Pittsfield. A free family-friendly showing of a version The Sound of Music that has the words to all of the songs. Refreshments provided. Unitarian Universalists of Pittsfield. 175 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 4-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: Family Fun Night with Peter Siegel at the Northampton Parents Center. Playtime, optional potluck dinner, and live music. The NPC is designed for children birth through kindergarten age and their families and caregivers. Older siblings and alumni are welcome to join too. If you can bring a dish to share, please do, if not, just show up. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 5-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/PROTEST SONGS: The Windsor Historical Commission is hosting their 4th annual Baked Potato Supper, featuring great food and woman suffrage musical celebration. Singing was a big part of the woman suffrage movement, as with most political movements. Working to win the vote for women, our grandparents and great grandparents sang with gusto in marches, demonstrations, parades, and celebrations. Windsor Town Hall. 1927 Route 9. Windsor, MA.

Sunday, March 8, 4-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: Family Fun Night with Peter Siegel at the Northampton Parents Center. Playtime, optional potluck dinner, and live music. The NPC is designed for children birth through kindergarten age and their families and caregivers. Older siblings and alumni are welcome to join too. If you can bring a dish to share, please do, if not, just show up. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.


Monday, March 9, 2020

Monday, March 9, 9am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/FLOWERING BULBS: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fitzpatrick Conservatory becomes a harbinger of spring when the public is invited to enjoy hundreds of flowering bulbs in an annual exhibition featuring New England springtime favorites, lesser known varieties, and a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. Visitors to the greenhouse will see an evolving collection of blooming plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Monday, March 9, 10am – CIVICS/FIRE DEPARTMENT: Swearing in at the Easthampton Fire Department. This marks a monumental day in the department’s history as they increase staffing with four new firefighters for the first time since the 1970s. Great opportunity for young children to see how community service professionals are honored and to be a part of local history. Easthampton Fire Department. 32 Payson Ave. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, March 9, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 9, 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, March 9, 6-7:30pm – NATURE STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY: Support your interests as a naturalist by learning about capturing images (camera trapping) of native species in this talk, Wildlife Cameras: See What’s Hiding in the Woods. Learn how these cameras work and how you can capture footage of bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, fox, moose, owl, and more in your own backyard. Preregister. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30am-8pm – 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.

Tuesday, March 10, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-8pm – PURIM/LOCAL HISTORY: Purim in the City of Firsts, hosted by Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy. Celebrate Purim in the city where basketball began; the first dictionary was printed; the first gas-powered automobile was manufactured; the home of Dr. Seuss! Come dressed in costume and join the Purim Masquerade Contest with prizes for participants. Live music and dance. A buffet will be served. Last megillah reading will take place at 5pm. Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy. 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, March 10, 6pm – SUGAR SEASON/NATIVE & LOCAL CULTURE: The History of the New England Maple Sugar Harvest with Dennis Picard at the Wistariahurst Museum. Dennis will share the folklore of maple sugar making in New England from Native Americans culture to the end of the 19th century in this history lecture. No advance registration required. Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, March 10, 6-8pm – ART STUDIES/ACRYLIC PAINTING: Acrylic Painting, a 4-week beginner class with Workshop13, begins today. Painting with acrylics can be fun when you know some techniques! Learn basic skills and create beautiful landscapes or still life compositions in this class. Beginning and intermediate painters welcome. Materials supplied. Preregister. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 11, 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, March 11, 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, March 11, 7pm – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/COHOUSING: Berkshire Community Land Trust will host a screening of a short film on the benefits of cohousing called “The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing’s Promise.” This film will explore the concept of cohousing, an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space. Following the film, the Berkshire Community Land Trust will facilitate a conversation about opportunities in our region for housing that’s affordable for young families as well as for retiring seniors. The screening is free to the public with a suggested donation. For more info, call 413-528-4472. The screening will be held at Berkshire Community College’s South County Center. 343 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, March 11, 7pm – ORNITHOLOGY/WARBLERS: Warblers for Beginners at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.Warblers are the jewels of the bird world. Learning some basics can prepare you to enjoy the waves of spring migrants coming our way. Explore the keys to identification of spring warblers; learn some of their songs, and discover how knowledge of their life histories can enrich our birding experience. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 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, March 12, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 2-4pm – CIVICS/VOTING: League of Women Voters at Berkshire Museum. Get a lesson in civics as you submit or update your voter registration, learn the structure of government in Berkshire County, discover how laws are made, and more with the Central Berkshire Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 6pm – SCIENCE CAFE/URBAN ECOLOGY: This month’s Life Science Cafe topic is “How Cities Domesticate Nature” with Dr. Paige Warren. The Nacul Center. 413-256-8025. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 6-9pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/CANDLE MAKING: DIY Candle Making, hosted by Tyler Street Lab with with Shire Fire Candle Co. Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 4134-443-1792. 44 North Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8pm – CAREERS/PHOTO JOURNALISM: Carol Lollis – Photojournalist/Photo Editor at the Westhampton Public Library. Photojournalism is the method of using photos to tell a news story. Carol will talk about her work as a photojournalist of 28 years, as well as some of the decisions she’s made as the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s photo editor. This talk is a great opportunity for teens to learn about this profession from a professional. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9:30pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/BLACKSMITHING: “Basics for Blacksmithing,” an 8-week educational class at Storrowton Village Museum, begins today. The class is an introduction to the craft of metalworking and will be taught in the museum’s Clark Blacksmith Shop, a building that dates back to 1853. The “Basics of Blacksmithing” course will cover fundamental smithing skills such as tapering, spreading, bending, scrolling, and shouldering — techniques present in all levels of blacksmithing, whether creating simple hooks or more complicated projects. Students will also understand shop safety, the differences in working at coal and gas forges, and the working pace of a smith. No previous experience is necessary. Space is limited, so preregister ASAP. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-10pm – PARENT NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER: Northampton Parent Center’s Cocktails for a Cause an elegant fundraiser featuring food, drink, live music, silent auction, and more. Northampton Parents Center is a free nonprofit drop-in community center for families with young children. This fundraising event will be held at the Northampton Country Club. 135 Main St. Leeds, MA.


Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 13, 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, March 13, 4-7pm – ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art gives visitors a special opportunity to explore the collections and engage with art on a deeper level. Create your own work of art, with hands on activities for all ages based on specific works in the museum and go on a special guided conversation tour. Light refreshments. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 13, 7-9pm – PERFORMANCE ART/IMMIGRATION: Finding Home: We Are Stories, a Multimedia Performance. What are our journeys, and what makes a home? Join in a multimedia performance of art, memoir, and Berkshire Immigrant Stories followed by a community conversation. This show is based on four personal immigration stories currently on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. These artists’ visual memoirs are woven with Berkshire Immigrant Stories to invite reflection on our own and others’ stories, and how together we make a community. Finding Home: We Are Stories was created at the Norman Rockwell Museum and is directed and performed by local high school students. All are welcome—Reserve your seat. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, March 13, 7pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: The Broadway musical, Annie, based on the comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” originally opened in the late 70s and ran for nearly six years. The original Broadway production has generated various productions, including Frontier Regional School’s upcoming spring musical production. Annie: FRS March Musical is a high flying musical for all ages. Live music, dancing, singing, acrobatics, and acting right in South Deerfield with local high school teens on stage. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Frontier Regional School. 113 N Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Friday, March 13, 7-9pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: Hampshire Regional High School’s annual spring musical this year is Hot to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This musical performance is based on the book by the same name and an excellent opportunity to see local teens translate literature via acting and singing. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Hampshire Regional High School. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 8am-5pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/CHEESE MAKING: Making Sharp Farmstead Cheeses at Upinngil Farm, one of the best cheesemakers in the Commonwealth. Join NOFA/Mass at Upinngil Farm for a day-long, hands-on cheese making workshop, farm tour, and lots of cheese. This workshop is suited to beginners as well as experienced cheesemakers. During the workshop, attendees can expect to discuss the fundamentals of cheesemaking, including the choice of a variety of milk for particular cheeses, milk handling practices, and starter cultures. Learn the basics of standard creamery procedure for hard renneted cheeses such as Cheddar, Dunlop, and Gloucester. Leave with fresh cheese to finish at home. Space is limited. Preregister. Upinngil Farm. 413-863-4431. 411 Main Rd. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/SOUTH AFRICA: Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award-winning band Grenadilla, (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a,” the South African name for passion fruit) is our host, sharing some of her favorite songs from South Africa, as well as songs from Grenadilla’s CD, Can’t Wait, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award. 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, March 14, 9-11:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Birders Workshop Series: Birding for Beginners at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Winter is perfect to start birdwatching. Birds come to local feeders and become familiar friends. Participants will learn to identify groups and species of birds by shape, size, color, and sounds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 9:30am-4pm – SUGAR SEASON/LIVING HISTORY: Did you know that the production of maple syrup is one of only a few agricultural processes in North America that is not a European colonial import? Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village. Costumed interpreters will answer your questions and show you how maple syrup was tapped, gather, and rendered during the Colonial era. Visitors can also see how sugar molds were made by historic potters and learn how the abolition movement was tied to maple syrup and the use of maple products. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES/INVERTEBRATES: March 14: Backbones Not Required. Ranging in size from microscopic to gigantic, invertebrates make up the largest group of animals in the animal kingdom. Learn about some awesome invertebrates with the Hitchcock Center! Be prepared to get hands-on with one of the Hitchcock Centers spineless teaching animals… Designed for children with their parents. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12noon – FAMILY DANCE PARTY/PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE/PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN: Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. The Hartsbrook School. 413-586-1908. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12noon – NATURAL HISTORY/FORESTS: The Forests of Western Massachusetts: Past, Present, and Future at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Why are the forests of Western Massachusetts so fascinating? Continental collisions, advancing and retreating glaciers, and historic climate patterns have created a varied landscape with a remarkable diversity of forest types and tree species. In this presentation, participants will review the natural history of the forests of Western Massachusetts, the land-use history of the region since European colonization, and the future of these forests in the current era of rapid climate change. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10am-1pm – NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS/TOTEM POLES: Handbuiliding Totems in Clay, an 8-week course at Workshop13, begins today. Totem Poles represent stories or important events with each figure on the totem representing part of the story. In this hand-building course, participants will use a simple mold making technique allowing more time for exploration of surface and form design. They’ll look at a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Hand building experience is helpful, but not required. Preregister. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 11am-1pm – STEM/ENGINEERING: Playful Engineers MakerSpace with Jay Mankita at the Pelham Library. Design, test, and play with a Rube Goldberg “machine,” make an exploding popsicle stick snake, make an elaborate domino maze, and more with Teaching artist Jay Mankita and his Playful Engineers Traveling MakerSpace. All ages are invited for hands-on, STEM-focused engineering fun! Pelham Library. 413-253-0657. 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 2:30pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY/CIVIL RIGHTS: It’s Women’s History Month, and the Amherst League of Women Voters and the Jones Library is hosting a screening of the documentary Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders, followed by a discussion led by Traci Parker, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass-Amherst. In 1965, three ordinary women from Mississippi walked into the US House of Representatives seeking civil rights. This documentary explores a missing chapter in our nation’s record of the Civil Rights movement, by taking us to Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s to discover the courageous women who lived it and emerged as its grassroots leaders. Free and open to the public. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 2:30-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will travel from farm life to the mid-century office and learn the power of raising their voices as they explore the extraordinary stories of the many women featured in She Shapes History. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 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 flames, 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, March 14, 7pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: The Broadway musical, Annie, based on the comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” originally opened in the late 70s and ran for nearly six years. The original Broadway production has generated various productions, including Frontier Regional School’s upcoming spring musical production. Annie: FRS March Musical is a high flying musical for all ages. Live music, dancing, singing, acrobatics, and acting right in South Deerfield with local high school teens on stage. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Frontier Regional School. 113 N Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 7pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: Hampshire Regional High School’s annual spring musical this year is Hot to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This musical performance is based on the book by the same name and an excellent opportunity to see local teens translate literature via acting and singing. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Hampshire Regional High School. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/SOUTH AFRICA: Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award-winning band Grenadilla, (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a,” the South African name for passion fruit) is our host, sharing some of her favorite songs from South Africa, as well as songs from Grenadilla’s CD, Can’t Wait, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award. 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, March 15, 8am-1pm: COMMUNITY MEAL/PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Holiday Brook Farm. A pancake breakfast buffet (featuring local meats from their farm!) all you can eat, all the coffee/milk/juice you can drink, and all the time you want to spend with friends, family, and neighbors. After breakfast, check out their sugarhouse to see if they’re making maple syrup, visit farm animals (lambs!), and take a walk around a working farm. Holiday Brook Farm. 413-684-0444. 100 Holiday Cottage Road. Dalton, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 9:30am-4pm – SUGAR SEASON/LIVING HISTORY: Did you know that the production of maple syrup is one of only a few agricultural processes in North America that is not a European colonial import? Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village. Costumed interpreters will answer your questions and show you how maple syrup was tapped, gather, and rendered during the Colonial era. Visitors can also see how sugar molds were made by historic potters and learn how the abolition movement was tied to maple syrup and the use of maple products. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 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, March 15, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 11am-3pm – SUGAR SEASON/LOCAL HISTORY: Maple Harvest Day & Pancake Breakfast at Storrowton Village Museum. Storrowton’s annual event highlights the history and tradition of maple sugaring in New England. The historic Gilbert Farmhouse will turn into a sugarhouse for the day. Visitors can learn how the “liquid gold” is made and watch 19th-century open hearth cooking demonstrations of maple recipes. Docent-led tours and 19th-century craft demos will also be available in the Gilbert Farmhouse. Make a morning of it by joining the West Springfield Lions Club for their pancake breakfast to benefit Storrowton’s educational programs. Eat pancakes, served with pure New England maple syrup, in the Village’s red Greenwich Barn from 10am-12noon. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 2pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: Hampshire Regional High School’s annual spring musical this year is Hot to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This musical performance is based on the book by the same name and an excellent opportunity to see local teens translate literature via acting and singing. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Hampshire Regional High School. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 3pm – THEATER STUDIES/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING MUSICAL: The Broadway musical, Annie, based on the comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” originally opened in the late 70s and ran for nearly six years. The original Broadway production has generated various productions, including Frontier Regional School’s upcoming spring musical production. Annie: FRS March Musical is a high flying musical for all ages. Live music, dancing, singing, acrobatics, and acting right in South Deerfield with local high school teens on stage. Bring your children with audience skills and let the “big kids” inspire a love for theater, singing, and on-stage entertainment. Frontier Regional School. 113 N Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 16, 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.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 9am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/FLOWERING BULBS: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fitzpatrick Conservatory becomes a harbinger of spring when the public is invited to enjoy hundreds of flowering bulbs in an annual exhibition featuring New England springtime favorites, lesser known varieties, and a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. Visitors to the greenhouse will see an evolving collection of blooming plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Tuesday, March 17, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 9:30am-8pm – 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.

Wednesday, March 18, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 18- Friday, March 20, 10am-4pm – NATURE OBSERVATION/DRAWING CLASS: Bird Nests: Rendering Their Unique Beauty at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. This three-day nature-based drawing course for self-directed teens and lifelong learners begins today and runs through March 20. How many times have you looked in wonder at a bird’s nest and marveled at its construction? Drawing a bird’s nest will invite you to look even closer and discover what nest materials the bird chose to create their unique design and shape. In this class with botanical illustrator Carol Ann Morley, you will learn how to ‘map out’ the nest construction to keep track of where you are. Through close observation, participants will discover the pattern of the weave as you identify horsehair, grass, twigs, and other plant materials. Have fun bringing to life one of nature’s wonders, in your choice of mixed media with colored pencils, pen and ink, and gold paint on toned papers. The instructor will supply the bird nests to draw. Some drawing experience suggested. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 10:30am-12noon – MINDFULNESS/FOREST BATHING: Mountain Mindfulness: Forest Bathing Walk with Jacqui Gero at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Join Jacqueline as we meander slowly and quietly along the forested trail on this unique Mindful Outdoor Experience. When we allow ourselves the time to breathe, notice, and relax, we can truly take in the sights, smells, sounds, textures, and feelings of the forest. By bringing greater awareness to all of our senses, we can explore and be fully immersed in this healthy mind-body experience. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 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, March 18, 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, March 18, 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, March 18, 6-7:30pm – BOTANY/KOKEDAMA: Kokedama Class at Township Four, a Japanese form of gardening which incorporates wrapping moss and soil around roots. All materials are included, and no experience is necessary. Make three mid-sized kokedama. Township Four. 413-347-3244. 419 North Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 7pm – ORNITHOLOGY/WARBLERS: Warblers for Beginners at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.Warblers are the jewels of the bird world. Learning some basics can prepare you to enjoy the waves of spring migrants coming our way. Explore the keys to identification of spring warblers; learn some of their songs, and discover how knowledge of their life histories can enrich our birding experience. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 7-8pm – ORNITHOLOGY/WOODCOCKS: Sky Dance of the American Woodcock at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – When sunsets in early spring, woodcocks take to the sky in their beautiful aerial courtship display, a natural spectacle which only happens this time of year.Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 7-8:30pm – WOMEN’S STUDIES/DOCUMENTARY: The Davis Center at Williams College Presents a Documentary on the Community of Queer Women of Color, The Revival: Women and the Word, a film that grapples with gender, race, and sexuality to represent and provide insight into the community of queer women of color. The film is free and open to the public and will be shown in Paresky Auditorium. A facilitator-led discussion will follow. Tickets are not required. Williams College. 413-597-3131. 880 Main St. Willilamstown, MA.

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE/CIRCUS ARTS: Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard. Blizzard is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their relationship with winter, Cirque Flip Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic and tender journey, and invites you to get lost in a moment of winter wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers today, all original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! $20-$45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-$15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. 800-999-UMAS. UMass. Amherst, MA.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 10am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: Check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 19, 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, March 19, 3-4pm – INTERGENERATIONAL/COMMUNITY MEAL: Afternoon Tea with homemade monkey bread at the Hatfield Public Library. All ages. If you or a member of your family/community can’t have gluten, make this gluten-free version at home with the kids (video below), incorporating kitchen science and math, and bring it to share. Hatfield Public Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA.

Thursday, March 19, 6-8pm – SEWING/SUSTAINABILITY: Bagshare Community Sew at the Westhampton Public Library. Did you know that many libraries are also bagshare locations? Borrow a bag handmade out of upcycled materials to carry your heavy books to and from the library and home. Local volunteers make these bags during Community Sewing events. No prior sewing experience is needed, and it’s an excellent opportunity for age-appropriate skill-sharing. Join the library for their first Community Sew to make bags for the library, an alternative to single-use paper or plastic bags. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 9am-4pm – HORTICULTURE/FLOWERING BULBS: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fitzpatrick Conservatory becomes a harbinger of spring when the public is invited to enjoy hundreds of flowering bulbs in an annual exhibition featuring New England springtime favorites, lesser known varieties, and a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. Visitors to the greenhouse will see an evolving collection of blooming plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Friday, March 20, 10am-8pm – HORTICULTURE/HISTORY: In 1554, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent a handful of tulip bulbs to Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Who could have guessed that this simple act would lead to the world’s first-ever recorded economic bubble? It’s hard to say what caused the initial spike in tulip popularity in Europe and especially Holland. Still, it has been speculated that the vibrant colors of the tulip petals were unlike any other European flower in its hue and intensity. In any case, the popularity of tulips grew and grew over the years. The Netherlands, the world-leading economic power in the 17th century, was hit hardest by what would later be called ‘tulipmania.’ By 1634, the tulip industry had been opened up to market speculation, and in 1636, the Dutch economy was utterly dominated by the humble tulip. Single tulip bulbs were being sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsperson. In one instance, a single bulb was traded for 12 acres of land. Massive fortunes were made overnight. Then, as quickly as it started, the tulip craze vanished. In February 1637, the price of tulips collapsed, and the entire industry fell apart. Modern economists have studied this bizarre episode as an example of the boom-and-bust or speculative bubble phenomenon. Come check out tulips and a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, and lilies at the beloved annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College Lyman Conservatory. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 20, 8:30am-7:30pm – STEM/SUMMIT: Want to learn CSS or HTML? Ready to turn your app idea into a real app? Perhaps you’ve been wanting to make 3D drawings using SketchUp or itching to learn about LEGO EV3 Robotics? Look no further than the NERD (New England Regional Developers) Summit, a 2-day learning camp focused on helping people build coding, web design, and related skills, and to welcome everyone into this interesting industry. Most sessions are intended for self-directed teens and lifelong learners; several sessions are good fits for younger children who have an adult accompanying them. Pre-register online for the sessions that interest you! Held at the Integrated Science Bldg on the UMass Campus. 661 N Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, 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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