Celebrate Japanese Girl’s Day with a Mother/Daughter Tea

CELEBRATE GIRLS DAY IN SHELBURNE FALLS
at the Children’s Art Museum

Kokeshi DollsHilltown Families and CAM present a special Mother/Daughter Tea this Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National Girls Day at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA (same building as the Trolley Museum).

This Mother/Daughter Tea is a community celebration to honor happiness and health of our girls. Peach Blossom tea and symbolic snacks will be served. Participants are encouraged to dress festively and to bring a snack to share, especially snacks that are pink (implies peach flowers), white (implies snow), and green (implies new growth) foods, fruit, sweet rice cakes, and vegetable sushi.

Collectively, participants can create a display to honor girls with small objects, pictures or poems brought from home. All are welcome to add to the display and to offer a word or two about their contribution.

Japan’s National Girls Day is also know as the Japanese Doll Festival, or Hinamatsuri. Girls are welcomed to bring along their favorite doll. Our craft will be Kokeshi Dolls, traditional wooden Japanese dolls (pictured above). All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030.


Suggested Titles:

  • Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns And Stars!
    by Betty Reynolds
  • Tea Ceremony: Asian arts & crafts for creative kids
    by Shozo Sato, Alice Ogura Sato, Masturah Jeffrey (Illustrator)
  • Best-Loved Children’s Songs from Japan
    by Yoko Imoto
  • Girl’s Day in Hawaii with Yuki-chan
    by Tokie Ikeda Ching, Sets Arai (Illustrator)

Suggested Events 02/02/08 – 02/08/08

IT’S THE HALF WAY POINT OF WINTER … LET’S CELEBRATE!

We’re starting off February with several fun and exciting events to shake those winter blues away!

On Friday (02/01) over at the Children’s Art Museum is a Sand Mandala “playshop” for families to discover Tibetan culture through art. The playshop is from 4pm-6:30pm in Shelburne Falls, MA. Give Tony(a) a call at 413.625.2030 to reserve your spot. This is the first of three in a series of cultural explorations through art. The next one is Discovering Russian Culture with Matryoshka Dolls on Feb. 10th. Be sure to sign up straight away. (Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families). (Update: Postponed until Sunday, 02/03 @ 10am due to inclement weather.)

Then on Saturday (02/02) it’s Uncle Rock at 10:30am at the Florence Civic Center (90 Park in Florence, next to the Lilly Library) with a kid/family concert. You can hear Uncle Rock live on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child before the concert too. Tickets are only $6 per person and infants are free. Gather up your families and friends and come celebrate the mid-point of winter with a rockin’ kids concert! For more information call 413.296.0096. (Sponsored by Hilltown Families)

And on Sunday (02/03) join Marla BB for some dog sledding. Did you see last week’s article in the Hampshire Gazette about Marla’s adventures in Alaska, both at last year’s Iditarod and training for this year’s? She’ll be at DAR in Goshen from 10:30am-1:30pm Sunday (and from 1:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday) offering kids and their families an opportunity to mush with a full dog sled team. She’ll be MC-ing at the Uncle Rock concert on Saturday. Come by and find out more about her adventures. If you have a subscription to the Hampshire Gazette, click here to read last weeks article.

But that’s not all …

  • Peruse our list of Suggested Events below for a load more of fun and educational things to do with the family, include events for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
  • Click here to see photos from the Deedle Deedle Dees concert last Saturday at Lyman Hall. Check out lead singer and stand up bass player Lloyd Miller rockin’ the house with his 2-year old daughter Hazel (what a trooper!).
  • Scroll down and check out our Groundhog’s Day links in the left-hand column under “the outside world.” This list of 100 web sites is added to nearly every day, offering new places on the web worth exploring.  We add educational web sites, curriculumn ideas, fun sites for kids, craft projects, articles, blogs, recipes … you name it.  So get off your blog reader and come check it out!

THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

GRENDEL BOOKS (www.GrendelBooks.com)

  • Become a Sponsor
  • To find out how you or your business can help support Hilltown Families by becoming a sponsor, drop us an email or give us a call at 413.296.0096 for more information. By having individuals in our community and area businesses become sponsors, Hilltown Families can continue to offer a weekly list of suggested events, a weekly podcast, updated resources, articles and much more.

    • Submit 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, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com, or post your event on our community bulletin board. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns
    The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:
    (>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

    Saturday – 02/02

    Groundhogs Day

    8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with UNCLE ROCK live in studio! [All ages] (Free)

    Uncle Rock on Feb 2nd 2008 at Florence Civic Center

    8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Throughout the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

    10:30am – KIDS CONCERT – (Florence) Indie kids musician UNCLE ROCK will be performing a rockin’ kid’s show the whole family will enjoy at the Florence Civic Center (90 Park Street, next to the Lilly Library off Route 9). Click here to discover Uncle Rock. 413.296.0096 [Families] ($6 per person, Infants Free)

    10am-2pm – LOCAL FOOD – (Greenfield) The Winter Fare begins today at the Second Congregational Church. Click here to read more about this week long event that supports local food. 413.773.5188 [Families] (Free, $)

    10am-2pm – BOYS & READING – (Holyoke) The Dangerous Boys Club will be happening at the Holyoke Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Activities include essential hands-on-activities to keep boys engaged in reading: Worlds Best Paper Airplane, How to Make a Battery, How to Juggle, Navigation, and more. 413.532.3200 [Boys] (Free)

    1:30pm-4:30pm – DOG SLEDDING – (Goshen) Dog sled rides for families will be offered at the DAR with Marla BB from Hilltown Wilderness Adventures. For more information call 413.296.0187. [Families] ($)

    4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    5pm-7pm & 6pm-8pm – PUPPET SHOW – [Easthampton] Come see a magical shadow puppet presentation of Jane Yolen’s classic book Owl Moon and learn about the seven native owl species in Massachusetts. After the show, we’ll take a walk in the dark, brisk winter woods to call for owls. We can’t guarantee that we will see or hear owls, but we will certainly have fun trying. After the walk we will return indoors to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a snack. Dress warmly since we will be outdoors for about 45 minutes. [Ages 5-10] (>$)

    6:30pm-10:30pm – MARDI GRAS PARTY – (Westhampton) Come in costume and celebrate Mardi Gras at the Westhampton Town Hall. There will be finger food, desserts, maskmaking, party favors, and music by The Gypsy Wrangers. [Families] ($)

    7pm-9:30pm – MOONLIGHT SLEDDING – (Buckland) Red Gate Educational Farm will host a special sledding night at the farm. Warm your hands by the bonfire before you go sliding down the hill. Climb back up to enjoy some cocoa and company and then take another run! Bring your own sled or borrow one of ours! No registration is required, but your RSVP is appreciated. [Families] (Free)

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    Suggested Events 01/26/08 – 02/01/08

    DISCOVERING WORLD CULTURES AT CAM

    Families wanting to broaden their children’s global awareness through fun activities like traditional folks arts, folktales and ceremonies, should check out the following series of three Art & World Culture Playshops happening at the Children’s Art Museum (CAM) in Shelburne Falls, MA (next to the Trolley Museum):

      TIBET: SAND MANDALAS & PRAYER FLAGS

      This series will begin this Friday (February 1st) with Sand Mandalas & Prayer Flags of Tibet from 4pm-6:30pm. Sand Mandalas are an ancient Tibetan art form that were used to teach compassion, environmental relations and impermanency. With Tibet being one of the last ancient civilizations, teaching kids the history behind this ancient art form can supplement their global awareness of world civilizations and cultures. Making a sand mandala and prayer flags joins the art and history together into a creative and tactile experience. Click here to see a video of Tibetan Monks making a traditional sand mandala. All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here to reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.  (Postponed to Sunday 02/03 @ 10am)

      RUSSIA: MATRYOSHKA MADNESS

      On Sunday, February 10th at 10am, Russian traditional folk art will be discovered with Matryoshka Madness. Not only can this traditional Russian icon be used to educate your kids about fertility and motherhood, it can also be used to teach them about world culture and customs too. In this playshop, families can discover Russian culture through the traditional Russian Folk Art by painting their own heirloom Matryoshka Dolls. (Please pre-register now for this class to reserve your Matryoshka Doll). All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here to reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.

      JAPAN: CELEBRATING GIRLS DAY

      Then, on Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National Girls Day, CAM and Hilltown Families will be sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Tea, serving Peach Blossom tea and symbolic snacks. National Girls Day is also know as the Japanese Doll Festival, or Hinamatsuri. Our craft will be Kokeshi Dolls. All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.

      SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CONCERTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

      • This Saturday (01/26) check out the Deedle Deedle Dees at Lyman Hall in Northampton at 10am.
      • Next Saturday (02/02) join us for a kids rockin’ concert with Uncle Rock at the Florence Civic Center at 10:30am.

      THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

      GRENDEL BOOKS (www.GrendelBooks.com)

    • Become a Sponsor
    • To find out how you or your business can help support Hilltown Families by becoming a sponsor, drop us an email or give us a call at 413.296.0096 for more information. By having individuals in our community and area businesses become sponsors, Hilltown Families can continue to offer a weekly list of suggested events, a weekly podcast, updated resources, articles and much more.

      • Submit 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, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com, or post your event on our community bulletin board. Comments are warmly welcomed!

      Local forecast | Get directions | Free Museum Passes | School Closings & Delays

      Events Happening in the Hilltowns
      The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:
      (>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

      Saturday – 01/26

      8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with the Deedle Deedle Dees! [All ages] (Free)

      8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Throughout the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

      9am – TRAINS! – (West Springfield) The Amherst Railway Society will be holding a weekend Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition on Saturday & Sunday. Bring your young train enthusiasts to see over 35 operating layouts, visit with historical societies, clinics and more. www.AmherstRail.org [Families] ($)

      10am – FAMILY BOOK CLUB – (Williamsburg) Family Book Club will be at the Meekins Library.Click here for more info. [Ages 9-12] (Free)

      10am – KIDS CONCERT – (Northampton) The Deedle Deedle Dees will be performing at Lyman Hall at the First Churches in Northampton, MA. There will be pancakes, carnival games, live music and dancing! Click here for more information. [Families] ($)

      11am & 1pm – THEATER – (Amherst) In the auditorium at the Eric Carle Musem, Castle Hill Theatre Presents an original adaptation of the Norse myth, Tatterhood. 413.658.1126 [Families] ($, ticket price does not include museum admission. Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

      1pm-3pm – NATURE EXPLORATIONS – (Williamsburg) Mass Audubon will be hosting Nature in Winter at the Meekins Library (indoors/outdoors). 413.268.7472 [Ages 4-8] (Free)

      1:30pm – 3:20pm – ICE SKATING – (Greenfield) The Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Rink will have a public skate. Skate rentals available. 413.772.6891 [Families] ($)

      2:30pm-4pm – FAMILY ART WORKSHOP – (Haydenville) Art Star invites families to come make art together with art projects that celebrate the family. Materials included. 413.896.3709 [Families] ($)

      4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

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      Discover Russian Culture Through Matryoshka Dolls

      MATRYOSHKA DOLLS: A TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN FOLK ART
      by Sienna Wildfield

      (cc) Jeff Belmonte

      “Mommy, where did I come from?”

      By the time my daughter asked me this question, she was four and I had been preparing for a couple of years by collecting Russian nesting dolls. I had been picking them up at tag sales and white elephant sales and they’ve become one of my favorite tools for addressing this simple yet complex question. I start with the big doll, her Great Great Grandmother, open her up and pull out her Great Grandmother, open her up and pull out her Grandmother, open her up and pull out her mother, open her up and pull out, well, her. It has proven to be an effective illustration.

      “The name [Matryoshka] wasn’t chosen by accident… Matryona (lovingly Matryosha, Matryoshenka) was a very popular and common Russian name for a woman. Also, the word was derived from the Latin “mater” (mother) which was perfectly suited for the toy. “* The first time I demonstrated the concept of maternal lineage to my daughter she stared at the dolls, the little gears turning inside her head… “How did I get in there?” I then did it backwards, replacing the dolls, working back in lineage: this is you, you came from me, I came from Gram, and so on. It was the backwards method that got her engine going and put the concept of lineage into form, and gave me some more time to figure out how to answer THAT question.

      UPCOMING WORKSHOP

      (cc) yasmapazMATRYOSHKA MADNESS: Discovering World Cultures in the Hilltowns

      Not only can this traditional Russian icon be used to educate your kids about fertility and motherhood, it can also be used to teach them about world culture and customs too. As with our Sand Mandala Workshop that offers explorations of Tibetan culture, Hilltown Families and CAM will be offering a workshop for families to discover Russian culture through the traditional Russian Folk Art of painted Matryoshka Dolls: Matryoshka Madness.

      On Sunday, February 10th from 10am-12:30pm, families are welcome to come spend the morning making a family heirloom by painting your own Matryoshka Doll. Stories about the Matryoshka Doll will be read and kids can discover Russian tradition and customs while learning about this traditional Russian Folk Art at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required by JANUARY 20TH, 2008 ($). Click here to reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030.

      MATRYOSHKA’S BIRTHDAY

      Russia Today did a short piece during Moscow’s International Craft Fair on the Matryoshka Doll that takes a look at the dolls history and origin:

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      Kids Sell Their Kids-Made Crafts

      KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR

      Last Friday, Hilltown Families and CAM sponsored a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, coinciding with the town-wide Moonlight Magic Celebration. Kids ranging from ages 4-13 participated in the event, giving them exposure to the field of cottage industries. Each young vendor sold and bartered their kids-made crafts, rewarding them for their creative pursuits.

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      For both Rafael (age 13) of Northampton, MA, and Meghan (age 11) of Goshen, MA, this wasn’t the first experience with a craft fair. Meghan expressed her excitement of being able to sell her sculpy clay and beaded jewelry, clothespin people, and cards in a craft fair that was just for kids. “The last craft fair I participated in was all adults and I felt so out of place,” she commented.

      Having a venue for kids to get crafty while having a real world experience and exposure to commerce through the artisan field was the mission of this event. A big congratulations to all vendors for making it a success. And a hearty thank you to everyone who stopped by to shop locally, supporting the event. Hilltown Families and CAM look forward to hosting this event again next year!

      More Holiday Craft Ideas for the Kids

      KIDS-MADE CRAFT IDEAS (PART 2)
      By Tony(a) Lemos, HF Contributing Writer

      Colorful Tissue PaperWe’re getting pretty excited about the Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar (sponsored by Hilltown Families & CAM) that’s coming up the day after Thanksgiving. How is the crafting going? Need a few more ideas? I’ve compiled a few that might help inspire:

      • COASTERS
        Coaster can be made by using ceramic tiles, which can be purchased at Home Depot for next to nothing. I recommend sticking felt underneath them to protect furniture from being scratched. Kids can paint them with acrylic paints. Or they can decoupage a tile with colorful tissue paper or their favorite image. (Remember to coat well with “Modgepodge” to waterproof.) They can also be made with fabric, cardboard or cork. The ideas are really endless.

      • PHOTO FRAMES
        Another project with endless possibilities is the simple gift of photo frames. Again, try decoupage: you can use old photos, newspaper /magazine clippings, used postage stamps, special finds from your nature walks, kids art, etc.

      • STILTS
        For a fun project try Martha Stewart’s Tomato Can Stilts. Click here for a tutorial.

      • CRAYON ROLL (For older kids)
        Over at Skip To My Lou there’s posted a crayon roll tutorial. For variation you could also try a pencil roll, marker roll, knitting needle/crochet hook roll, or even a needle holder book.

      THE KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR

      Please do not forget to let us know that you would like to be part of the Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar. Click here for an application and email me at tlemos@noho.com. I will email you all the pertinent info. Click here to read more about CAM’s Holiday Raffle.

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      Call for Kid Crafters

      KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR @ THE MOONLIGHT MAGIC CELEBRATION

      Hilltown Families (that’s us) and the Children’s Art Museum (CAM) will be hosting a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar during the Moonlight Magic Celebration at CAM in the village of Shelburne Falls, MA, on Friday, November 23rd, 2007 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

      Intended to inspire creativity while affording exposure to the field of cottage industries, children from the up to the age of 13 are invited to participate as vendors to sell their handmade, designed crafts. Crafts ideas will be posted here on Hilltown Families preceding the event, so be sure to check back.

      HOW TO APPLY

      Application fee $5 per child. Click here for an application (pdf file). Print it out , fill it out and mail it in with your application fee to the address on the form. For information call CAM at 413.625.6826 or email info@thechildrensartmuseum.org.

      APPLICATION FORM: Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar

      Making Handmade Holiday Cards with the Kids

      KIDS-MADE CRAFT IDEAS (PART 1)
      By Tony(a) Lemos, HF Contributing Writer

      The Big Book Of Handmade Cards and Giftwrap by Bolton

      Kids-Made Wrapping Paper, Holiday Cars, Gift Tags & Boxes

      Many families use wrapping paper, cards, gift tags and boxes for the holidays! All you need to get started is newsprint, cardstock paper, used magazines, small boxes, paint, crayons, rubber stamps, and embellishments in holiday colors. Then gather the kids and let them go to town!

      These can be decorated and embellished several ways:

      • Wet on Wet Watercolor
      • Wax Crayon Resist (First example; Second example)
      • Collage
      • Stamping using foam stamps or rubber stamps or even creating/carving your own

      Try making sets. A set of 6 matching holiday cards and envelopes. Or make an embellished set that includes an envelope, card and wrapping paper. Take the opportunity to talk about patterns and repetition, technique and style.

      Here are some links to inspire:

      For a more advanced projects try making paper. Here are some links to get you started:


      Tony(a) Lemos Tony(a) Lemos

      Tony(a) is the director of Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA and maintains an herbal practice in Northampton, MA. She is a graduate of Natural Therapy at Raworth College in England and has apprenticed with many influential herbalist, including Susun Weed. She is the vice president of the North East Herbal Association, and has taught at conferences and festivals all over New England, including Green Nations Gathering and the Women’s Herbal Conference. tlemos@noho.com

      Gwendolyn Sanford Guest DJ Episode on HFVS (11/06/07)

      Guest DJ set on HFVS with  Gwendolyn and Persephone
      HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
      with Gwendolyn Sanford
      from Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang

      WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
      Northampton, MA
      Tuesday evening @ 7pm

      11/06/07 Playlist

      listen now | subscribe to podcast | archived shows | contests

      This week’s episode was co-hosted by our special Guest DJ, all the way from L.A., Gwendolyn Sanford from Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang. Performance at the Children's Art MuseumThis West Coast seven-piece band recently finished an East Coast Tour, including a stop here in the Hilltowns! Gwendolyn came by the studio and did a Guest DJ set with us before heading off to Boston to conclude their tour and to face the remnants of Hurricane Noel. (Hey G., Hope y’all got out of Beantown alright.) Super nice person! We look forward to having her on the show again.

      PERFORMANCE AT CAM

      This past Saturday they performed at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, and they ROCKED! Click here to see photos from the performance. I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging and dynamic the band was. The kids just loved them, as you can see here in a low-fi video shot during the concert of “Red Means Stop” off of their album Get Up and Dance, a song which brings the game “Red Light, Green Light” into the rock n’ roll arena:

      My daughter has been singing/playing this song/game ever since Saturday. She’s grown especially fond of singing it when I’m cooking dinner, which eventually leads to food burning or something spilling over before I nix the game. And I’ve found myself taking advantage of her fondness of this song by singing it to her when getting her dressed, brushing her teeth, or any other time I need her to be wiggle-free.

      THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

      We have a new contest this week, featuring Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang. Here’s your chance to win their CD and their infant sized T-shirt they submitted to the HFVS T-Shirt Review (for that baby in your life). All you have to do is post a comment below in our comment box and on Tuesday, 11/16/07 (extended to 11/20/07 due to our fundraising drive at the radio station) @ 7pm we’ll randomly draw from the submitted comments. It’s that easy! So what are you waiting for?… Green means GO!

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      Suggested Events 11/03/07 – 11/09/07

      Hilltown Families Presents …

      This Saturday at 2pm in the village of Shelburne Falls, Los Angeles based kids music band, Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, will be performing at the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum), presented by Hilltown Families (that’s us!) and CAM.

      A recent performance by Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang was described like the second coming of Beatlemania, with kids shrieking and rushing the stage. Their New England fan base may seem a little more reserved, but maybe that’s because this is their first East Coast tour. Lucky for us, they will be making a stop here in the hilltowns for a one-time performance in Shelburne Falls, MA!

      So come on down to the village of Shelburne Falls THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON as Hilltown Families (that’s still us!) and our friends at CAM present:

      Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang
      Nov. 3rd @ 2pm
      At the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum)
      14 Depot Street
      Shelburne Falls, MA
      413.625.6826

      SUGGESTED EVENTS

      • Become a Sponsor

      This weeks list of Suggested Events is sponsored by Grendel Books, ABAA/ILAB, sellers of out-of-print and rare books, including children’s picture books and literature. www.grendelbooks.com. – To find out how you or your business can help support Hilltown Families by becoming a sponsor, drop us an email for more information.

      • Submit 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, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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      Events Happening in the Hilltowns

      SATURDAY – 11/03

      Western Mass CiderDay 2007 – Click here for locations and a map for Cider Day.

      8am – FAMILY RADIO – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. This week’s episode will have Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang live in studio. [All ages] (Free)

      9:30am – MOTHER’S GROUP – Mocha Moms, a nation wide support group for at home mothers of color will be gathering at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, in the community room. 413.587.1017 [Mothers] (Free)

      9:30am – HISTORIC FOODS – There will be an open hearth cooking demonstration at the Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Learn how autumn affected the preparation and preservation of foods in historic menus. 413.775.7214 [Ages 6 & up] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

      10am – FAMILY BOOK CLUB – A family book club will be forming at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. Click here for more info. [Ages 9-12] (Free)

      10:3oam-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

      11am – COMMUNITY RALLY – There will be a Step-it-Up Rally on Global Warming in Northampton, MA. Click here for more info. [Families] (Free)

      2pm – FAMILY CONCERT – Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang will be performing at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA (same building as the Trolley Museum). Tickets are $6, infants free. 413.625.6826 or 413.296.0096 [Families] (>$)

      7pm – LOCAL FOOD – As part of the CiderDays event there will be a CiderDay Dinner in the Blue & White Society Room at the PVMA Teacher’s Building in Old Deerfield, featuring local foods, creating a feast of New England themed cuisine. [Families] ($$)

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      West Coast Kids Music Band Comes to the Hilltowns!

      HILLTOWN FAMILIES & THE CHILDREN’S ART MUSEUM PRESENT…

      Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang

      • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang
      • In Shelburne Falls, MA
      • At the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum)
      • Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2pm
      • Tickets are $6.00 per person (infants free)

      In their hometown of L.A., a recent performance by Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang was described like the second coming of Beatlemania, with kids shrieking and rushing the stage. Developing a following on the East Coast, this West Coast band will be touring through New England with a stop at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, organized by Hilltown Families (that’s us!).

      “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, one of those rare kiddie albums that’s endearing to tots but has enough weirdo musicality to make it appealing to adults.” – LA Weekly

      Both children and pop-art aficionados will enjoy this seven-piece band whose lead singer, Gwendolyn Sanford, dresses like a rag-doll with knee socks and exaggerated blonde pigtails. Their music has aired locally on both the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio shows on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), and their music video “Farm Animal Friends” has been played nationally on Noggin (see video below). They currently have two released albums: Get Up & Dance, and their self-titled album, Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang.

      “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang adds to the kids music genre what the Muppet’s added to the prime time TV landscape when we were kids.” – Hilltown Family Variety Show

      Dr. Marmalade Puppet Shows: Educational and Entertaining

      Puppets Teach Compassion at The Children’s Art Museum (CAM)

      Dr. Marmalade at CAM (c) Hilltown Families

      Photo credit (all photos): Sienna Wildfield

      Last month I took my daughter to see Constant Wonder sing about life cycles and animals at the Eric Carle Museum. She loved it. This past weekend I took her to see Dr. Marmalade perform with her animal puppets at the Children’s Art Museum. She loved that too!

      Whether their shows are educating the children in the audience or introducing social skills, there are a few elements that both shows shared that made the kids respond very enthusiastically: animals, audience interaction, and surprises.

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      Educational and Inspiring Puppetry at CAM

      Dr. Marmalade, A Puppet Show

      (c) Julie McCarthyLearning about nature through music and performance… You have read all about the concept here on Hilltown Families. Coming up on September 15th at 11am will be another chance to participate in a local performance with Dr. Marmalade at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. Dr. Marmalade has traveled the world helping her puppet animals in distress. Her gentle, empowering methods leave everyone with a sense of well-being and adventure. In her plays she introduces the audience to many puppet friends as they all come to her for help:

      • A gorilla with a belly ache
      • A singing dinosaur
      • A snake that wants to be a kitty
      • A giraffe, crow, rabbit and many others

      The children become her assistants, giving hugs, words of encouragement, and even translating for a lost puppy. A beautiful map is the backdrop for Dr. Marmalade’s world, and her traveling “Emerge-And-See” Wagon will surprise and delight.

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