HFVS Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Love & Social Consciousness Episode
with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake

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Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated kid rock band Milkshake talks about love and social consciousness in this musically diverse hour. With a song list that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, the Civil Wars, Adele, Lucienne Boyer and a sprinkling of Milkshake tunes from the band’s CD,  Got a Minute?, the show is sure to reward big ears and inspire discussion.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “I Love You” Music Video: A compilation of clips from Real Look Autism, with the song “I Love You” by Milkshake. – www.milkshakemusic.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Milkshake – “Enemies” (Great Day)
  • Beatles – “All You Need is Love” (Yellow Submarine)
  • Recess Monkey – “The Sandbox Song” (Tabby Road)
  • Lucienne Boyer – “Parlez-Moi D’Amour” (The Moderns movie Soundtrack)
  • Adriana Caselotti – “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Snow White Soundtrack)
  • Civil Wars – “Poison & Wine” (Barton Hollow)
  • Adele – “Turning Tables” (21)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Everyday People” (Crooklyn – Soundtrack)
  • Milkshake – featuring Alex Handy – “More Than Me” (Got a Minute?)
  • Brady Rymer – “Love Me For Who I Am” (Love Me For Who I Am)
  • Max Velthuijs/Anthea Bell – “Frog In Love” – (story)
  • Carpenters – “(They Long to Be) Close to You” – Interpretations – Carpenters
  • Johnny Cash – “Further Up the Road” (American V: A Hundred Highways)
  • Billie Holiday – “God Bless the Child” (Ken Burns’ Jazz)
  • Simon & Garfinkel – “The Sound of Silence” (Old Friends)
  • Milkshake – “Let ‘em Know” (Got a Minute)
  • 23 Skidoo –“Gotta Be You” (Make Believers)
  • Milkshake – “I Love You” (Great Day)

Ticket Giveaway: Milkshake at MASS MoCA

Win a family 4-pack of free tickets & museum passes to see…

MILKSHAKE
A Family Concert at MASS MoCA
Saturday, November 23rd

Win a family 4-pack of free tickets & museum passes to see Grammy-nominate Milkshake in concert at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, on Saturday, November 23rd at 11:30am. Deadline to enter to win: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm (EST).

Hilltown Families and MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) have partnered up to offer a family 4-pack of free tickets and museum passes to one very lucky family to see the Grammy-nominated band, Milkshake, live at  MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, November 23rd at 11:30amFind out how you can enter to win below:

ABOUT MILKSHAKE

Milkshake began in 2002 as a musical experiment on the part of vocalist Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl , longtime bandmates from Baltimore’s indie rock group Love Riot, who vowed to “grow” their music right along with their own young children. Since then, Milkshake and the band’s legion of fans have been living an exciting, real life, growing up adventure, moving from early childhood through the early elementary years, as the group toured the country and produced several multi-award-winning CDs, a DVD, and a multitude of music videos seen all over the kid-friendly networks. Along the way, as the kids grew and the music grew with them, Milkshake grew from a duo to a six-piece band.

Known for their pop-rock style that fairly crackles with energy, Milkshake indeed has a following of all ages…

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HFVS Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake (Radio Show/Podcast)

Love & Social Consciousness Episode
with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake

LISTEN TO PODCAST:

Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated kid rock band Milkshake talks about love and social consciousness in this musically diverse hour. With a song list that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, the Civil Wars, Adele, Lucienne Boyer and a sprinkling of Milkshake tunes from the band’s brand-new 33-song Got a Minute? CD (featuring the long-lost 13 songs written for PBS KIDS), the show is sure to reward big ears and inspire discussion.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 16th & 17th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “I Love You” Music Video: A compilation of clips from Real Look Autism, with the song “I Love You” by Milkshake. – www.milkshakemusic.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Milkshake – “Enemies” (Great Day)
  • Beatles – “All You Need is Love” (Yellow Submarine)
  • Recess Monkey – “The Sandbox Song” (Tabby Road)
  • Lucienne Boyer – “Parlez-Moi D’Amour” (The Moderns movie Soundtrack)
  • Adriana Caselotti – “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Snow White Soundtrack)
  • Civil Wars – “Poison & Wine” (Barton Hollow)
  • Adele – “Turning Tables” (21)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Everyday People” (Crooklyn – Soundtrack)
  • Milkshake – featuring Alex Handy – “More Than Me” (Got a Minute?)
  • Brady Rymer – “Love Me For Who I Am” (Love Me For Who I Am)
  • Max Velthuijs/Anthea Bell – “Frog In Love” – (story)
  • Carpenters – “(They Long to Be) Close to You” – Interpretations – Carpenters
  • Johnny Cash – “Further Up the Road” (American V: A Hundred Highways)
  • Billie Holiday – “God Bless the Child” (Ken Burns’ Jazz)
  • Simon & Garfinkel – “The Sound of Silence” (Old Friends)
  • Milkshake – “Let ‘em Know” (Got a Minute)
  • 23 Skidoo –“Gotta Be You” (Make Believers)
  • Milkshake – “I Love You” (Great Day)

HFVS Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Moon hugs and star kisses! Our friend Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband in San Francisco wishes us all a Happy Valentine’s Day in this archived episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show which originally aired for Valentine’s Day on Valley Free Radio in 2012. – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 13th & 14th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

Archived Valentine’s Day Podcasts:

  • Feb 8, 2014 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Laura Doherty — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Feb 16, 2014 — Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Feb 12, 2008 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock — PlaylistPodcast

HFVS Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

 Guest DJ Jason Didner, a children’s musician, leader of the Jungle Gym Jam, spins a  collection of holiday music that he and his family enjoy. You’ll hear performances by   independent children’s musicians and a few household names too. You’ll hear   timeless holiday classics and some original numbers written by some of these   performers to get you in the spirit. Songs will celebrate winter fun, Christmas,   Hanukkah and the joy of an occasional “snow day” off. — www.junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 26th & 27th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

Hullabaloo – Frosty the Snowman [Holiday Hullabaloo]
Sugar Free AllStars – Funky Christmas [Single]
Groovy David – The Great Dreidel Tournament
Rob Thomas – A New York Christmas [Single]
Milkshake – Christmas in Baltimore [Single]
Andrew & Polly Featuring Mista Cookie Jar – L.A. Christmas [Other Days]
Danny Weinkauf – Wonderful Christmas Day [Single]
Dan Zanes – Angels We Have Heard On High [Christmas in Concord]
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – Summertime Santa [Single]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [Single]
Justin Roberts – Snow Day [Jungle Gym]
Judy Pancoast – The House on Christmas Street [Single]
Little Rockers Band – Hanukkah Is Here [Yule Be Cool]
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles [Learning to Crawl]
Josh and the Jamtones – This Lil’ Lite of Mine [Amen!! Holiday Singles Collection]

HFVS Funny Girls Episode with Guest DJ, Kelly Donohue (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Funny Girls Episode with Guest DJ, Kelly Donohue

Kelly Donohue of the kindie band Here Comes Trouble is our guest DJ this week!  — www.herecomestrouble4kids.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 5th & 6th 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:   “Gingerbread Man” by Lunch Money off of the album, Spicy Kid


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jimmies – “Gonna Get a Hampster” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Little Red Car” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Good Egg” [Good Egg]
  • Andrew and Polly – “Grapes” [Grapes (Single)]
  • Karen K and the Jitterbugs – “Big Ol’ Truck” [Big Ol’ Truck]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Bubbles In My Bath” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Lori Henriques – “Heisenberg’s Aha” [Science Fair]
  • Big Block Singsong – “Princess” [Greatest Hits]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Imagination” [Make Believe]
  • Jennifer Gasoi – “Pizza Man” [Songs For You]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Spill The Beans” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Lunch Money – “Gingerbread Man” [Spicy Kid]
  • Milkshake – “Recipe” [Great Day]
  • Cheryl Wheeler – “Potato” [Sylvia Hotel]
  • Anita Renfroe – “Momisms (To the William Tell Overture)” [Total Momsense – Single]
  • Ethel Merman & Howard Keel – “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” [I Got the Sun In the Morning]
  • Laura Doherty – “If All Of the Raindrops” [Songs for Wiggleworms]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Don’t Eat the Mailman, Doggie” [Goo On My Shoe]

HFVS Back to School Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Back to School Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 29th & 30th, 2015 (rebroadcast)
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Official video for song “Champion of the Spelling Bee” from album No School Today by Danny Weinkauf. Lead vocals by an 11 year old Kai Weinkauf. Video by Vanessa Appleby.


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PLAYLIST

  • Imagination Movers – “First Day of School” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Pre-School Punk” [Rock the House]
  • Milkshake – “School” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Go to the Playground” [One Size Fits All]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Chuck Berry – “School Day” [His Best, Volume I]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “School Bus Driver” [Rock of All Ages]
  • Rocknocerous – “School Bus” [Dark Side of the Moon Bounce]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Homework Blues” [Rock the House]
  • Tom Paxton – “What Did You Learn in School Today?” [Best of Tom Paxton]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “The Teacher’s Lounge” [The Teacher’s Lounge]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Crazy ABCs” [Snacktime]
  • Little Monster Records – “ABC” [Soulville]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Consonants” [Jerzy the Giant]

HFVS Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Listen to Podcast:

Moon hugs and star kisses! Our friend Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband in San Francisco wishes us all a Happy Valentine’s Day in this archived episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show which originally aired for Valentine’s Day on Valley Free Radio in 2012. – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb. 14th & 15th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

Past Valentine’s Day Podcasts:

  • Feb 8, 2014 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Laura Doherty — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Feb 16, 2014 — Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Feb 12, 2008 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock — PlaylistPodcast

Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 14th & 15th, 2015

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 14th-20th 2015 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 41 Community Highlights: Straw Rockets to Storytelling. Candyland to Bread Baking., our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our reader recommended list of 50 Winter Suggestions for families in western MA.

February 14th-20th, 2015

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Animal StudiesTrackingCreative-Free PlayCulinary ArtsSTEMOrnithologyHistoryStorytellingFamily PerformancesService-Based LearningAviationPreschool Highlights

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Ice Skating in Western Massachusetts 
  2. DIY: How to Make Swedish Paper Hearts 
  3. 50 Winter Suggestions: Things to Do & Places to See in Western MA
  4. Children’s Literature & Resources that Support Math
  5. Language Play: Winter Activities & Talking with Your Kids Encourages Language Development

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HFVS Birds of Spring Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Birds of Spring Episode

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This week’s archived episode is a celebration of SPRING! It finally feels like winter’s death grip has loosened here in the Hilltowns of Western MA, and the birds and buds are finally starting to appear.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Original Broadcast: April 2008
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Gaia She Know” by The Hipwaders. An ode to Mother Earth. Inspired by a real-life 6 year old named Gaia and animated by Planet Sunday.


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PLAYLIST

  • Imagination Movers – “Springtime!” [Eight Feet]
  • Peter Himmelman – “My Green Kite” [My Green Kite]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Springtime Fantastic” [Electric Storyland]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Come On Out” [Special Kind of Day]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Winter’s Come & Gone” [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Dan Zanes – “Hey Little Red Bird” [House Party]
  • Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Mr. Ray – “When the Spring Comes” [Family Ride]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Coming of Spring (Instrumental)” [Grace’s Bell]

The Ripple: The River Will Rise

The River Will Rise

Bridge remains at Chesterfield Gorge. (Photo credit (c) Sienna Wildfield)

This shivery month of melt, please bring your family to the upper neck of the Chesterfield Gorge and look across the Westfield River. You’ll see a twenty-foot tall stone wall tower— the remains of an old colonial bridge, a massive abutment built in 1769 by meticulous stackers of dark granite schist.

I remember looking at it a few years ago, marveling at the brawn and artistry of the backwoods engineers who made it. They must have believed their incredible backaches were worth it, that their bridge would stand for centuries, and they and their progeny would make a living collecting tolls where hemlocks now cluster and choke.

Over two hundred years have gone by, the bridge is long gone and the road it extended is a deer and porcupine highway. Another two more centuries will go by, I imagined then, and the abutment will remain unstaggered, a gratifying, even beautiful, example of our manipulation of the biome to achieve economic goals. And aside from this, I thought, the imperturbability of the stacked stone next to the swift and crashing rapids is, itself, a story that offers a lesson… Read the rest of this entry »

Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 1st & 2nd, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! Best Blog is listed under the “Information Age” category. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 12th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors Here’s the link to vote: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot.

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 1st-7th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Thumb Piano to A Cappella. Telescopes to Time Travel., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Want to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

February 1st-7th, 2014

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday


SportsMusic StudiesLiteracyImmigrationAstronomyNature StudiesOutdoor AdventuresNew England HistoryCommunity ServiceValentine’s DayOrnithologySTEM/Physics

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Check out our upcoming family events & featured posts from the archives…

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: BEST BLOG
Vote for Us by Feb. 12th!

As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014!

Best Blog is listed under the
Information Age” category.

Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 12th.

Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors (listed in the left-hand column)?

Spread the word & share the ❤ love!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement.  We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement.

Founded in late 2005 by long time activist, artist and mother, Sienna Wildfield, the Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA, and is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts last year, currently awaiting the approval of 501(c)3 status. Serving thousands of families living throughout the region, Hilltown Families connects, collaborates, and creates community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

See this TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, where Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, shares the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families:

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser of Northampton, MA writes: “Sienna has an idea that community can be found through community events—to learn, to play and to serve. She’s worked hard to form meaningful partnerships to support all these areas. From citizenry in field science to winter wear swaps to Valentine card making to festivals for the springtime, there’s a place that’s not a place but is rooted in our community. It’s Hilltown Families. I am grateful to be part of this family, and this place.”

Kara Kitchen of Plainfield, MA, writes:“ “Hilltown Families keeps us connected with all the amazing educational and cultural activities and resources that abound here in W. Mass and curates them in a way to let us know just what’s out there for the many varied interests of our young families and communities, while creating networks of support and growth.”

Seth Isman, Economic Developer, Hilltown CDC writes: “Hilltown Families is a model resource for the community. When we want to know what’s happening in the hilltowns, we turn to Hilltown Families first.”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

What we’ve been chatting about…

Suggested Events for November 23rd-29th, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in western Massachusetts, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

“Hilltown Families has been a huge help to our family! It’s a wonderful resource to find out what is happening in our community (and surrounding communities). We have learned about many things in the area that we were unaware of as well! Thanks Hilltown Families! – Renee Hill (Easthampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families… help us help you! Click HERE to find out more.

BULLETIN BOARD

Nov 23

Art Supporting Music – The Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to Franklin County Technical School on Saturday, November 23rd, 9am-4pm. Proceeds from the show benefit the FCTS music department and award winning Drumline! This juried craft fair features artists from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, selling unique handcrafted products. Crafts include woodworking, naturals, soaps, creams, salves and lavender, fiber arts and felted creations, jewelry, oil paintings, upholstery, hooked rugs, photography, pet gifts, books, soft toys, quilts & much more! Free admission, plenty of free parking, held indoors, completely ADA accessible. Raffles, refreshments & bake sale courtesy of FCTS student chefs. Find them on Facebook, or at http://www.fcts.org.

Open House Nov 23

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-12noon. Offering independent, progressive education for children age 3-12 in the Pioneer Valley, The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and commitment to the environment. Parents and children are welcome to come to the Open House. Come meet the faculty, play in classrooms, and explore the beautiful campus. Accepting applications now for fall 2014. To schedule a visit call 413-256-8989. Find out more at www.commonschool.org

Nov 23

Hartsbrook Winter FairVisit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair this Saturday, November 23rd in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the performance, The Snow Maiden: A Marionette Show, performed by The Cobb Meadow Marionette Troupe. Storyteller/musician, John Porcino, will perform Celebrations of Light: Stories and Songs to Celebrate the Holiday Season. Come experience the magic that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday November 23rd. 10:00am – 4:00pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Dec 1

Community Chanukah Celebration at Congregation B’Nai Israel in Northampton, MA on Sunday, December 1st. Party from 4-6pm and movie screening from 6:15-8pm. All are welcome to CBI’s family friendly, Chanukah celebration which will include a live band and dancing, menorah lighting, homemade latkes and treats, and beer for the adults. The party will be followed by a family friendly movie around 6:15. Please bring your own menorah if you have one! For more information contact rabbijacob@cbinorthampton.org or visit www.facebook.com/events/671743382859860.

Open House Dec 2

Gan Keshet Jewish Community Preschool: Open House on Monday, December 2 from 9:30-11:30am (Snow date, Mon., Dec 16), 253 Prospect Street, Northampton. Come visit their preschool classroom & meet their experienced staff. Gan Keshet is a play-based, discovery-oriented preschool that offers: Part/Full Day Options until 5:15, gardening and summer program. They are accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Ask about the HGF Right Start Grant- your family could be eligible to receive $500-1000 towards your child’s tuition! The Preschool values diversity and welcomes all families in the community. Contact their Director, Wendy Stein, at 413-584-3593 x204 for additional details. cbinorthampton.org/education-2/preschool/general-information

Dec 5

Come to the Odyssey Bookshop on Thursday, December 5th at 4pm to meet someone very special. The Grinch himself will read aloud from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Enjoy free giveaways, stickers, snacks and more! There will even be a photo opportunity with the Grinch himself— so parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras! Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. www.odysseybks.com 413-534-7307

Dec 6-8

The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from December 6-8. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. There are five identical sessions available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

Dec 30

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in our Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to our Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

This holiday season, Hilltown Families is hosting a Virtual Holiday Food Drive in support of food security in our region! Every $1 donated through the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive equals $13 worth of food distributed to families in need (the equivalent of nearly 10 meals!). Please take a moment to participate in the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive, and consider organizing a food drive in your community too.

On Saturday, December 7th, from 9:30-11am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too. Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.

A Serving of Art: A Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night: Engaging your family in community service teaches kids positive values while opening up channels of communication between parent and child, and can increase their participation as future volunteers in their community! Join us for an evening of community service on Friday, December 13th from 4-7pm in Shelburne Falls at The Art Garden, for A Serving of Art: Placemat Making, the first in a series of five free family community service nights!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 23rd-29th, 2013

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 16th & 17th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 16th-22nd, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Unquomonk Mountain to Ice Glen. Medieval Music to Rock ‘n’ Roll., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

November 16th-22nd, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday


Animal StudiesLocal HistoryNatural HistoryMusic StudiesPresidential HistoryCultural StudiesArtWomen’s HistoryCommunity ServiceParent Workshop

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Under the Hat: All About Guitars
  2. New Book by Louise Erdrich Continues the Story of An Ojibwe Family
  3. Postcards: A Pint-Sized Geography Lesson
  4. Kettles Full of Apple Chutney!
  5. HFVS with Guest DJ, Dennis Caraher (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Suggested Events for November 16th-22nd, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in western Massachusetts, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families… help us help you! Click HERE to find out more.

BULLETIN BOARD

Nov 16, 23, 29-30

See Eric Carle Books Come to Life in Amherst, MA! Picture Book Theatre presents: Mister Seahorse and A House for Hermit Crab. Featuring a talented cast of young dancers from Amherst Ballet, Picture Book Theatre features costumes, large puppets, and stick puppets, all in the style of Carle’s vibrant illustrations. The 45-minute performances will take place at the following times: November 16th at 2:00 pm, November 23rd at 2:00 pm, and November 29 – 30th at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved in advance by calling The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 413-658-1126. Museum admission is not required to see the performance. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for details.

Nov 17

On Sunday, November 17 at 4pm David Grover and Grover’s Gang will present a FREE concert for the entire community at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. To hear this pied piper is to become a “Grover Groupie.” Grover has been compared to Mr. Rogers, Paul Simon & James Taylor. He has won countless awards – a 2009 winner of Berkshire Eagle’s Best Singer/Songwriter award, plus Emmy and Grammy nods, Parents’ Choice, (NAPPA) and others. Bring the entire family and listen for your self! Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school that welcomes children of families with a wide range of backgrounds, traditions and practices, is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. For more info email GLansky@LGASchechter.org.

Nov 21

Cooley Dickinson/Massachusetts General Hospital Lecture Series: Healing Wars’ Invisible Wounds: How Our Community Can Help. More than 45,000 men and women from Massachusetts have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s estimated that more than 450,000 military family members have been affected by the wars. For the health of our community, everyone has a role in keeping our veterans and their families strong. Healing Wars’ Invisible Wounds: How Our Community Can Help, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-7pm in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Speakers will discuss the challenges and issues facing returning veterans and their families. Free and open to the public, registration required: www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888-554-4234.

Nov 23

Art Supporting Music – The Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to Franklin County Technical School on Saturday, November 23rd, 9am-4pm. Proceeds from the show benefit the FCTS music department and award winning Drumline! This juried craft fair features artists from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, selling unique handcrafted products. Crafts include woodworking, naturals, soaps, creams, salves and lavender, fiber arts and felted creations, jewelry, oil paintings, upholstery, hooked rugs, photography, pet gifts, books, soft toys, quilts & much more! Free admission, plenty of free parking, held indoors, completely ADA accessible. Raffles, refreshments & bake sale courtesy of FCTS student chefs. Find them on Facebook, or at http://www.fcts.org.

Open House Nov 23

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-12noon. Offering independent, progressive education for children age 3-12 in the Pioneer Valley, The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and commitment to the environment. Parents and children are welcome to come to the Open House. Come meet the faculty, play in classrooms, and explore the beautiful campus. Accepting applications now for fall 2014. To schedule a visit call 413-256-8989. Find out more at www.commonschool.org

Nov 24

DIY Menorahs! Spend a fun Sunday morning using unconventional materials to create a unique and beautiful menorah at Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse at Eastworks in Easthampton. This is a one hour project that is perfect for a parent and child to work on together. All the materials & the design will be provided — participants supply the creative inspiration! Sunday, November 24: 9:30-10:30am OR 11am-noon. Appropriate for ages 6+ (with parent or guardian). Workshop taught by Amy Meltzer (support is provided in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation). Cost: $18 per menorah (pairs of 2 may enroll together as this activity is perfect for a parent/caregiver & child to do together). info@knack.org. www.knack.org/blog/menorahs

Dec 6-8

The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from December 6-8. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. There are five identical sessions available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

Academy Hill School, an Independent school in Springfield, serves students (early learners-eighth grade) from 21 communities. The mission is to provide a challenging, safe, caring, respectful and flexible learning community for children who show early signs of exceptional academic ability, creativity, and /or leadership. AHS provides challenging and personalized learning programs where children experience a variety of academic subjects as well as the arts, world languages, and Latin. AHS guides students to develop a lifelong love of learning, strive for excellence, and provides curriculum and instruction that responds to academic, emotional and social interests. For further information contact 413-788-0300, www.academyhill.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

This holiday season, Hilltown Families is hosting a Virtual Holiday Food Drive in support of food security in our region! Every $1 donated through the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive equals $13 worth of food distributed to families in need (the equivalent of nearly 10 meals!). Please take a moment to participate in the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive, and consider organizing a food drive in your community too.

On Saturday, December 7th, from 9:30-11am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too. Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 16th-22nd, 2013

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Berkshire Family Fun

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Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2013

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of November. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events

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HFVS Halloween Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Listen to the Podcast:

HALLOWEEN EPISODE

Saturdays from 9-10am & Sundays from 7-8am
October 19th & 20th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Boo!” by Trout Fishing in America. Keith and Ezra engaged the creative folks at TweedVideo.com to produce this video and they did not disappoint! From the new Trout Fishing in America release, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, and just in time for Halloween!


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  • The Citizens of Halloween – “This is Halloween” [Nightmare Before Christmas]
  • The Candy Band – “Monsters” [Calling All Kids]
  • Vintage Commercial: Remco’s Baby Laugh A-Lot
  • Ella  Fitzgerald – “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” [The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books]
  • Justin Roberts – “Maybe the Monster” [Meltdown!]
  • The Hit Co. – “Werewolves of London” [Halloween Party Favorites]
  • Noggin – “I Don’t Like Candy Corn”
  • Recess Monkey – “Wolfman” [Tabby Road]
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Punky Punkin” [Novelty & Children’s Songs]
  • Gene Simmons – “Haunted House” [The Complete Jumpin’ Gene Simmons]
  • Andrew Gold – “Spooky Scary Skeletons” [Halloween Howls]
  • Richard Perlmutter – “Here Lies Homer Jones” [Beethoven’s Wig 3]
  • Waco Brothers – “Them Bones” [Rudy’s Rockin Kiddie Caravan]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • STORY: “Winchell’s Donut House Halloween Record” [Hear the Monsters (Spooky Sounds and a Spooky Tale]
  • Steve Weeks – “4 Little Girls” [Alphabet Songs, Vol. 1]
  • Uncle Rock – “Picnic in the Graveyard” [Plays Well with Others] VIDEO HERE
  • Little Tibia and the Fibulas – “The Mummy” [Mad Monster Party]
  • Starlite Singers – “Theme from the Munsters” [Halloween Party for Kids]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “What a Wild Tune” [Snacktime]
  • The Hobo Nickels – “The Cottleville Crickety Bridge” [Cooper County]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Bela LaGoldstein – “Old Boris”
  • The Who – “Boris The Spider” [A Quick One]
  • Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” [Dead Man’s Party]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Milkshake Music – “Scared” [Happy Songs]
  • Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” [The Best of Bow Wow Wow]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Recess Monkey – “Under My Bed” [Tabby Road]
  • The Who – “Batman” [A Quick One]
  • The Sippy Cups – “The Day After Halloween” [One Day Soon]

Maple Syrup Time: Eight Featured Sugar Shacks in Western MA

Maple Syrup Season

The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Maple Syrup Time!  The ground is thawing and the sap is running… maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to learn about the maple sugaring process while enjoying the first harvest of the year!

Below, I have listed several sugar shacks where there is a restaurant and the sap run is a sweet and joyful event.  However, do not disregard the people around the corner or the trees in your own back yard! A directory of sugar shacks in Massachusetts is available at www.massmaple.org. Check to see if there is someone making syrup in your neighborhood that you do not know.  Call ahead to see if they are boiling and if you bring your kids to come watch the process.

Sugar Shacks with Breakfast

If you want a list with highlights, this is the list for you:

  1. Williams Farm Sugarhouse in Deerfield serves breakfast weekdays 8am-1pm, and weekends 8am-3pm, through April 13th. Their menu includes pancakes, Belgian waffles, and maple frosted donuts.
  2. North Hadley Sugar Shack is open weekdays 7am-1pm, and weekends from 7am-3pm. They are known for their great pancakes.
  3. South Face Sugar Shack in Ashfield is open 8:30am- 3pm, weekends only, through March 30th. They have homemade pancakes, waffles, corn fritters, maple milkshakes and many other special maple goodies.
  4. High Hopes Farm Sugar House in Worthington serves weekends from 7am- 2pm. They are the home of the exclusive “All You Can Eat” Sugar House Buffet.
  5. Red Bucket Sugar Shack in Worthington is open 8am-2pm on Saturdays and 8am-3pm on Sundays through mid-April. on weekends.  They have a lot of wonderful variations on the pancake, including carrot cake and zucchini bread pancakes.
  6. Gould’s Maple Sugarhouse in Shelburne is open on weekends.  Call to find out the particular hours. They have candy, cream, fudge and syrup in addition to a full breakfast.
  7. Pomeroy Sugar House & Restaurant in Westfield is open Fri-Sun 7:30am-1pm through the first of April. In addition to breakfast, there are farm animals to meet and pet.
  8. Hanging Mountain Farms & The Strawbale Cafe in Westhampton is open Fri- Sat 7am-1pm, and Sun. 8am-1pm. They have a full menu, including buttermilk, multigrain and gluten-free pancakes & french toast! Yum.

For a quick, complete, and unannotated list, with hours, dates and directions, check out the Mass Maple Sugar House with Restaurant directory.  And while there is a definite joy in celebrating the harvest with comrades and pancakes, have you considered tapping a tree or two yourself?  Here is a quick guide from the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association to get you started: Make Your Own Maple Syrup.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theresa Heary-Selah — Theresa is a teacher and a freelance writer, making her home in Greenfield, MA and Wright, NY with her family.  She teaches at S.H.I.N.E. (Students at Home in New England), a social and academic support program for middle school students in the Pioneer Valley, and writes about home-schooling and technology.  Theresa’s interests include home-schooling, gardening, cooking, hiking, and dancing.

Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Feb 23rd, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and upcoming week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 23rd – March 1st, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 30 Community Highlights: Spotted Salamanders to Orchids. Afro-Cuban Dances to Purim Celebrations., and our bi-weekly column, Berkshire Family Fun for Late February – Early March, 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

This week we’re also featuring 15 Purim Events in Western MA, 2013.

February 23rd – March 1st, 2013

SaturdaySundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

History | Outdoor Adventures | Plant, Animal & Nature Studies | Fiber Arts
Astronomy | Parent Workshops | Cultural Studies
Museum Adventures | Science, Film & Sign Language

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. How to Organize a Food Drive
  2. The Northampton Parents Center: A Welcoming Oasis For Families with PreK Kids
  3. Must-Hear Music Monday: In the Pursuit of Poetry
  4. 3 Soup Recipes for Winter
  5. HFVS Mid-Winter Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

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Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA Cup & Top in Florence, MA

HILLTOWN FAMILIES WINTER RESOURCES

Winter Bucket List
Ice Skating in Western MA

Suggested Events for February 16th-22nd, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

School playgrounds might be quiet next week, but there’s still a whole lotta fun going on during school Winter Vacation Week! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

Children’s Theater at Williston Northampton performs “Wondrous Tales of Old Japan,” and Hilltown Families has a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway for the opening day!

Saturday, February 16th from 9am-1pm in Hampden County – SPORTS: Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Springfield College!  Girls will be able to try out and learn about new sports, and will learn about playing higher level sports from some dedicated female college athletes.  After the event, participants can cheer on the Springfield College women’s basketball team as they take on MIT.  Registration required.  Open to girls in grades K-6.  413-748-3000.  Alden Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, February 16th at 12noon in Berkshire County – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Show off your snow-building talents at the Lee Cabin Fever Festival’s Children’s Snow Sculpting Competition!  Build, stack, and scrape away until you’ve created a beautiful, icy masterpiece.  Takes place on the Town Green at 1:30pm, participate in (or watch!) the annual Strut Your Stuff Stroll down Main Street, where participants bare their skin in the cold – the event features swimsuit-clad walkers and runners!  Main Street.  Lee, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 16th at 2-3:30pm in Franklin County – MARDI GRAS: Celebrate Mardi Gras as a family at the Winklepicker Ball!  The family-friendly event will feature live music from the Primate Fiasco, the valley’s own New Orleans-style street band.  Takes place upstairs at Ashfield Town Hall.  413-628-4003.  412 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

Saturday, February 16th at 2pm in Hampshire County – THEATER: Piti Theater Company – just back from a tour in Switzerland – brings their popular show To Bee or Not to Bee to the Northampton Center for the Arts!  Their original show teachers audiences about the important role that bees play in the production of food.  Beekeepers worldwide have been experiencing trouble maintaining bee populations in recent years – the show’s topic is timely and important.  Kids will learn positive ways to support bees while enjoying the show!  413-625-6569.  South Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, February 23rd at 11am & 1pm in Hampden County – FAMILY CONCERT: SteveSongs is coming to the Springfield Museum for a family concert sure to get the kids dancing way! A “meet and greet” will follow each concert. Check out these videos to get ready for next weekend. Springfield, MA ($)

Saturday, February 23rd from 10am-4pm in Berkshire County – WINTERFEST: City of North Adams’ 16th Annual WinterFest will have your family shaking of cabin fever!  All of downtown will turn into a winter fun-land with activities happening all day, including horse-drawn wagon rides, ice sculptures, culinary delights, ice skating and many performances. 413-664-6180. Downtown. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Sunday, February 24th at 2pm in Hampshire County – VARIETY SHOW: The Really Big Show, the Pioneer Valley’s very own Ed Sullivan show, takes place at the Academy of Music Theatre.  Monte from The River will MC and the show will include a variety of talent, including s contortionists, poets, jugglers, opera stars, comedians, child prodigies, animal acts and many other forms of entertainment.  1-800-838-3006. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Feb 16

Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “Hot Choco LA LA LA.” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own Mister G! “Kid-friendly, bilingual rockstar…Mister G and his guitar will surely make you feel like bailando!” – The Washington Post. “Mister G is the musical equivalent of a tasty chocolate bar infused with a spicy chili kick!” -Scholastic Family and Children. Warm up with yummy hot chocolate, coffee, and pizza. Chill out by doing art with your friends. Join Sunnyside on Saturday February 16th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St. Florence MA). Tickets just $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Scholarship Fund. www.sunnysidekids.org

Feb 18-22

February vacation at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Open Monday, Feb 18! Join the museum for storytimes, art making, scavenger hunts & live performances! See your friends, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Babar, Shrek, and many others in their galleries. Plus, The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School presents, Goldilocks & the Three Bears: An Epic, Feb 19-22 at 11am, 1pm & 3pm [$6 (Members $5). Museum admission extra.]. So you think you know this tale? Think again! In this epic adaptation, there’s a lot more in store for Goldy than three bears, some chairs, and bowls of breakfast food. Fun for the whole family! Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk. 413-658-1126. www.carlemuseum.org

Feb 23 & 24

Beginning beekeepers will learn everything they need to know to keep bees in natural top bar hives when they attend a Gold Star Honeybees Weekend Intensive. The class is two full days, and packed with information! The class covers hive inspections, bee biology, wax and honey harvesting, problems like CCD, and why bees matter so much! Give your honey the sweet gift of beekeeping for Valentine’s Day! Location: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA in the Cafe. Dates: Feb 23 & 24. Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm. Local/organic meals are included. Register online at www.goldstarhoneybees.com or call 207-449-1121. Instructor: Christy Hemenway, author of “The Thinking Beekeeper.” For more info: classes@goldstarhoneybees.com

March

Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA is offering half-day Saturday workshops in March for students ages 13+. Try flameworking (glass beads and small sculpture), ceramics, digital printing on alternative surfaces, or stained glass with upcycled materials. A great parent/teen opportunity – or some creative alone time for mom or dad. Our instructors are fun, encouraging, and wildly talented. Our studios in a historic New England farm setting are comfortable and professionally equipped. Treat yourself! www.snowfarm.org/intergenerational-workshops.html. 413-268-3101. info@snowfarm-art.org.

Guess what’s growing in Pelham? A Preschool! One of the Valley’s pre-eminent elementary schools is growing to include a preschool in the fall of 2013! Pelham Elementary is renowned for its MCAS scores, respected for its staff, and revered for its reputation of being a caring, nurturing place for our youth. Open to residents of all towns, with a number of slots reserved for Pelham residents. Full day program, hours and prices competitive. Options for before and after school care. Make your child’s first experience in the world of education one to grow on. For details call 413-362-1101 or email Principal Lisa Desjarlais at desjarlaisl@arps.org.

ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT OR OPEN HOUSE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your community event, open house, auditions, afterschool class, homeschool program, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the bulletin board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how we can help with your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Advertise your Summer Camp with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET 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 Sunday, March 24th, Hilltown Families will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA.  Find out more about our marketing package and early bird discounts HERE.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 16th-22nd, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter

Berkshire Family Fun

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HFVS Halloween Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Listen to the Podcast:

HALLOWEEN EPISODE

Saturdays from 9-10am & Sundays from 7-8am
October 20th & 21st, 2012
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • The Citizens of Halloween – “This is Halloween” [Nightmare Before Christmas]
  • The Candy Band – “Monsters” [Calling All Kids]
  • Vintage Commercial: Remco’s Baby Laugh A-Lot
  • Ella  Fitzgerald – “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” [The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books]
  • Justin Roberts – “Maybe the Monster” [Meltdown!]
  • The Hit Co. – “Werewolves of London” [Halloween Party Favorites]
  • Noggin – “I Don’t Like Candy Corn”
  • Recess Monkey – “Wolfman” [Tabby Road]
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Punky Punkin” [Novelty & Children’s Songs]
  • Gene Simmons – “Haunted House” [The Complete Jumpin’ Gene Simmons]
  • Andrew Gold – “Spooky Scary Skeletons” [Halloween Howls]
  • Richard Perlmutter – “Here Lies Homer Jones” [Beethoven’s Wig 3]
  • Waco Brothers – “Them Bones” [Rudy’s Rockin Kiddie Caravan]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • STORY: “Winchell’s Donut House Halloween Record” [Hear the Monsters (Spooky Sounds and a Spooky Tale]
  • Steve Weeks – “4 Little Girls” [Alphabet Songs, Vol. 1]
  • Uncle Rock – “Picnic in the Graveyard” [Plays Well with Others] VIDEO HERE
  • Little Tibia and the Fibulas – “The Mummy” [Mad Monster Party]
  • Starlite Singers – “Theme from the Munsters” [Halloween Party for Kids]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “What a Wild Tune” [Snacktime]
  • The Hobo Nickels – “The Cottleville Crickety Bridge” [Cooper County]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Bela LaGoldstein – “Old Boris”
  • The Who – “Boris The Spider” [A Quick One]
  • Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” [Dead Man’s Party]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Milkshake Music – “Scared” [Happy Songs]
  • Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” [The Best of Bow Wow Wow]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Recess Monkey – “Under My Bed” [Tabby Road]
  • The Who – “Batman” [A Quick One]
  • The Sippy Cups – “The Day After Halloween” [One Day Soon]

HFVS Back to School Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Back to School Episode

Saturday from 9-10am
Original Broadcast: August 20th, 2008
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Imagination Movers – “First Day of School” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Pre-School Punk” [Rock the House]
  • Milkshake – “School” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Go to the Playground” [One Size Fits All]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Chuck Berry – “School Day” [His Best, Volume I]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “School Bus Driver” [Rock of All Ages]
  • Rocknocerous – “School Bus” [Dark Side of the Moon Bounce]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Homework Blues” [Rock the House]
  • Tom Paxton – “What Did You Learn in School Today?” [Best of Tom Paxton]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “The Teacher’s Lounge” [The Teacher’s Lounge]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Crazy ABCs” [Snacktime]
  • Little Monster Records – “ABC” [Soulville]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Consonants” [Jerzy the Giant]

Hilltown Family Variety Show Archived Podcasts

Tune in every Saturday morning from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA) for an hour-long, commercial free, family program. Encores air Sunday mornings from 7-8am. Listen anytime to our podcast.  See our list of archived episodes below.

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“I love the radio show! My son and I are so appreciative to be
able to access shows online as we are in Switzerland and missing
some of the music we get back in the states!
” – Laura W.

Upcoming Guest DJs:

  • Nov 17/18 – Ukes and Harmonies Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies
  • Nov 24/25 – Over Our Heads Episode with Guest DJ, Jess Penner
  • Dec 1/2 – One Little Song Can Change the World with Guest DJ, Kid Pan Alley
  • Dec 8/9 – Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer
  • Dec 15/16 – Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Mister G
  • Dec 22/23 – Christmas Episode
  • Dec 29/30 – New Year’s Episode
  • Jan 5/6 – New Year Dance Party with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Alitzah Wiener)
  • Jan 12/13 – Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame

Want to join us as a Guest DJ? Send your query to swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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2016

2015

  • Dec 26/27 – Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Dec 19/20 – Mexican American Music Episode with Guest DJ Sonia De Los Santos— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Dec 12/23 – Guest DJs, Joshua & Robyn of Sugarcrash Kids— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Nov 28/29 — Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Nov 7/8 — Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall of The Bazillions— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Oct 31/Nov 1 — Dance Like a Monster Episode with Greg Attonito and Shanti Wintergate of Play Date— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Oct 10/11 — Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus of Hot Peas ‘N Butter— Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Sept 26/27 — Guest DJs, Don, Stephanie, Paul & Mark of Nutshell Playhouse — Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast
  • Sept 19/20 — Good Eats. Good Arts! Episode with Guest DJs, Stephanie Richards and Brian Arbuckle of Sunshine Collective — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Sept 12/13 — Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole  — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Sept 5/6 — Funny Girls Episode with Guest DJ Kelly Donohue  — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jul 18/19 — Awaken Joy Episode with Lucy Kalantari — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jun 27/28 — Songs About America Episode with Guest DJ, Rocknoceros — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jun 20/21 — All Kinds of Families Episode with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jun 13/14 — Songwriting Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jun 6/7 — New Beginnings Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • May 23/24 — Everyone Together Now Episode with Guest DJ, Amelia Robinson — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • May 16/17 — Silly Words Can Make Serious Music Episode with Guest DJs, The Dream Jam Band — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • May 10/11 — Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes with Guest DJ, Andy Z — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • May 2/3 — Guest DJ, Shawn & Paul of Earthworm Ensemble — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Apr 18/19  — Guest DJ, Nathalia — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Apr 4/5 — Funk Music Episode with Guest DJ, Mike Whitla, of Rock ‘n’ Rainbow — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Mar 28/29 — Twofers & Threefers Episode with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Mar 21/22 — Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Feb 28/29 — Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf  — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jan 31/Feb 1 — African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand   — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jan 24/25 — Take Pause to Celebrate your Flaws Episode with Guest DJ, Billy Jonas   — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jan 17/18 — Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Nutshell Playhouse   — Playlist/VideoPodcast
  • Jan 3/4 — Kickin’ It Old School Episode with Guest DJ, Nick Deysher  — Playlist/VideoPodcast

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Unexpected Last Days of Summer Play

Running on Empty

He runs—five to ten miles per day with his cross country team. He jumps-before and after cross country practice-on a super charged pogo stick. He flips-on a trampoline before sunrise and way after sunset. He skates, scats skedaddles—up and down the street and around the block on a skate board, on a long board, on a bike, on two feet. He never stops; not even to fuel all that movement with food or drink.

It’s a typical summer scenario. Gannan, the quintessential boy, wakes up at the crack of dawn to soak up every single second of play time that he can wring out of a sweltering sunny day. Breakfast, if eaten at all, is usually a piece of fruit or a granola bar that he can shove down his throat as he’s whipping open the backdoor (only to throw the wrapper on the lawn as the back gate slams.) At lunch time, I scream my voice hoarse trying to locate my Prince-of-Playtime. He comes reluctantly, shoulders slumped, smelling of sweat and dirt and grass, but will stubbornly stay out on the front porch until the food is absolutely ready–not wanting to let one second of fresh air miss his awaiting nose. Somehow it is as if all that playing has caused his legs to forget how to bend him to a seated position. So he stands…and bounces…up and down… and wolfs a half a sandwich in one bite. He runs toward the front door. I yell “Halt” and hand him an 8 ounce glass of milk. Foot tapping, he drinks half and then those tapping feet bolt him out through the portal-of-play. Dinner is much the same. Even though I require that he must spend at least ten minutes at the family dinner table, he still will eat a half of a hot dog in a great big chomp and shovel a handful of fries into his mouth so that they stick out like the whiskers of the Energizer Bunny. Feigning a stomach ache he says he can eat no more and then bounces his right leg up and down, keeping the engine revving, looking at the clock, sighing with head in hand, blowing his long bangs out of his eyes, doing whatever it is so that he can get away from that table and back out to paradise. As he bolts once more, I again demand he drink “at least SOMETHING!” He dramatically takes in a gulp of milk and dashes off to greener pastures with his mother smiling after him, marveling at his energy.

Okay, so to some of you this description of a boy and his love for summer will conjure some smiles and make you wistful for the days of Andy and Opie walking to the “crick” with their fishing poles slung over their shoulders. However, after what happened this week, the description makes me feel ashamed. Yes. That’s right. I said ashamed. Not sunny. Not whistly. Not reminiscent of days gone by….nope. Ashamed. Here’s why.

Last Saturday, I awoke to a very ghostly looking boy standing at the foot of my bed asking me where the thermometer was. His arms were holding his comforter tightly around him, pathetically and weakly whispering, “I don’t think I feel good.” Since this is not a phrase that typically is spoken by Gannan because he knows it is one that would seal his fate INSIDE for the day, I immediately pop the thermometer in his mouth. It reads 103 degrees, and so I begin all the “mom” things that we do when we have a sick kid. Get him set up on the couch, ply him with Advil, coo and coddle. I suggest to him that he sip a little ginger ale and I wait for the protest. But to my surprise, he doesn’t. Instead he asks for water, and I give him water; glass after glass after glass. It seems as if he is a bottomless pit and can’t get enough H2O. That’s not the only thing that is unusual. He practically begs for food. I question my husband….”What’s that saying? Feed a cold-starve a fever. Or is it–starve a cold and feed a fever?” No matter. He wanted food; an egg and cheese sandwich to be exact, and then a bowl of cereal, and then a strawberry milkshake, and then another. All eaten in the span of two hours. He was ravenous. He was severely parched, very odd behavior for a sick kid. Or was it?

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Birds of Spring Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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April 10th Episode: From the Archives


Featured Video: Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]

Saturday from 9-10am
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
Valley Free Radio
| Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “I Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Hot Lava” [Easy]
  • Mister G – “Pizza For Breakfast” [Pizza For Breakfast]
  • Mister G – “Pony with a Problem” [Pizza For Breakfast]
  • Imagination Movers – “Springtime!” [Eight Feet]
  • Peter Himmelman – “My Green Kite” [My Green Kite]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Springtime Fantastic” [Electric Storyland]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Come On Out” [Special Kind of Day]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Winter’s Come & Gone” [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Dan Zanes – “Hey Little Red Bird” [House Party]
  • Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Mr. Ray – “When the Spring Comes” [Family Ride]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Coming of Spring (Instrumental)” [Grace’s Bell]

ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENTS

HFVS “2009: A Year in Review” Episode (Podcast)

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
2009: A Year in Review Episode & Podcast
November 7th 14th, 2009

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Saturday from 9-10am
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – “Bright Clear Day” [Go Waggaloo]
  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – “Go Waggaloo” [Go Waggaloo]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “A Frog Named Sam” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Drink it Up” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • Lunch Money – “It Only Takes One Night to Make a Balloon Your Friend” [Dizzy]
  • PSA: Bill Harley – “Wash Your Hands” [Wash Your Hands]
  • Lunch Money – “Ate Too Much of My Favorite Food” [Dizzy]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Billy Jonas – “Brush Your Teeth” [Happy Accidents]
  • Billy Jonas – “Hollow Bamboo” [Happy Accidents]
  • Joe West – “Homemade Rocket to the Moon” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • Joe West – “Anita Pita” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • The Hipwaders – “Birthday Ruckus” [Goodie Bag]
  • The Hipwaders – “Things You Want” [Goodie Bag]
  • Station Id: Peter Himmelman [www.peterhimmelman.com]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Main Dish” [My Trampoline]
  • Peter Himmelman – “Endless Green” [My Trampoline]
  • Captain Bogg & Salty – “Port Side” [Emphatical Piratical]
  • Captain Bogg & Salty – “Purple Tiki” [Emphatical Piratical]
  • The Sippy Cups – “One Day Soon” [The Time Machine]
  • The Sippy Cups – “My Angry Voice” [The Time Machine]
  • Milkshake – “Great Day” [Great Day]
  • Milkshake – “Shake it Up” [Great Day]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Hey-O” [Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin’]
  • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Big Truck” [Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin’]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]

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HFVS Halloween Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HALLOWEEN EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am
October 31st, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • The Citizens of Halloween – “This is Halloween” [Nightmare Before Christmas]
  • The Candy Band – “Monsters” [Calling All Kids]
  • Vintage Commercial: Remco’s Baby Laugh A-Lot
  • Ella  Fitzgerald – “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” [The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books]
  • Justin Roberts – “Maybe the Monster” [Meltdown!]
  • The Hit Co. – “Werewolves of London” [Halloween Party Favorites]
  • Noggin – “I Don’t Like Candy Corn”
  • Recess Monkey – “Wolfman” [Tabby Road] Music
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Punky Punkin” [Novelty & Children’s Songs]
  • Gene Simmons – “Haunted House” [The Complete Jumpin’ Gene Simmons]
  • Andrew Gold – “Spooky Scary Skeletons” [Halloween Howls]
  • Richard Perlmutter – “Here Lies Homer Jones” [Beethoven’s Wig 3]
  • Waco Brothers – “Them Bones” [Rudy’s Rockin Kiddie Caravan]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • STORY: “Winchell’s Donut House Halloween Record” [Hear the Monsters (Spooky Sounds and a Spooky Tale]
  • Steve Weeks – “4 Little Girls” [Alphabet Songs, Vol. 1]
  • Uncle Rock – “Picnic in the Graveyard” [Plays Well with Others] VIDEO HERE
  • Little Tibia and the Fibulas – “The Mummy” [Mad Monster Party]
  • Starlite Singers – “Theme from the Munsters” [Halloween Party for Kids]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “What a Wild Tune” [Snacktime] Music
  • The Hobo Nickels – “The Cottleville Crickety Bridge” [Cooper County] Music
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Bela LaGoldstein – “Old Boris”
  • The Who – “Boris The Spider” [A Quick One]
  • Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” [Dead Man’s Party]
  • Station Id: Yosi & The Superdads [www.yosimusic.com]
  • Milkshake Music – “Scared” [Happy Songs] Music
  • Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” [The Best of Bow Wow Wow]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Recess Monkey – “Under My Bed” [Tabby Road] Music
  • The Who – “Batman” [A Quick One]
  • The Sippy Cups – “The Day After Halloween” [One Day Soon]

Suggested Events 08/15/09-08/21/09

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Fresh locally grown foods served up this Sunday at the Greenfield Local Harvest Supper on the Town Common in Greenfield, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

SUGGEST AN EVENT

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending

FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS:

  • Stargazing at Notchview in Windsor, MA at 9pm. Nebulae, constellations and planets are on view when Arunah Hill Natural Science Center sets up their scopes to view the heavens. Dress for a cool evening. Free to all. Call The Trustees of Reservations at 413.532.1631 x13 for more information.
  • Angel Park (free) Summer Music Series continues in Williamsburg, MA.  Outdoor concert begins at 5pm.  Rain moves concert inside to grange. More info here.
  • At 4pm the gates open to the Middlefield Fair in Middlefield, MA.  Children 12 & under are free.
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Young and old love the food and festivities at the Greenfield Local Harvest Supper, happening this Sunday from 4:30-6:30pm in Greenfield, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

BULLETIN BOARD:

  • River Camp in West Chesterfield, MA begins this Monday, August 17th and runs through the 20th.  Sponsored by Hilltown Wilderness Adventures.
  • ArtStar: A Creative Arts Lounge is planning on reopening in the hilltowns and is looking to connect with local homeschooling famlies.  More info here.
  • Campus Home Exchange can help families arrange exchange of home with visitors to area college campus.  A great alternative to traditional vacation planning.  More info here.
  • Hilltown CDC seeks part time Commonwealth Corps volunteers for a one-year stipend interships.  More info here.
  • Volunteer Opportunity with the Wild & Scenic program on the Westfield River.  More info here.
  • August 15-September 12 is the Eat Local America! Campaign. Pledge to eat meals from primarily local products. Be entered in daily drawing at the River Valley CoOp in Northampton, MA for fabulous local food prizes!

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW (WXOJ 103.3FM)

Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), WXOJ 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at www.ValleyFreeRadio.org.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!  Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

New music we’re listening to:

  • My Trampoline by Peter Himmelman
  • Great Day by Milkshake

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

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Vibrant dishes of locally grown foods are served up at the Greenfield Local Harvest Food Supper this Sunday afternoon. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Saturday – 08/15

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