HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with Guest DJ, Again Again (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with
Guest DJ, Again Again

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Anne and Jen from Again Again take you on a sweet musical journey exploring how sugar and treats make their way into song. Keep your ears open for some tidbits on fruits and veggies, just to keep the hour balanced.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 26th & 27th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What can kids do when they’re bored?  Use their imaginations and let a whole exciting world come to life! “Bubble Gum and Cheese” by Again Again.


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PLAYLIST

  • The Chordettes – “Lollipop”  [Lollipop/Baby Come-A Back-A]
  • Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” [Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)]
  • Again Again – “Bubble Gum and Cheese” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Beach Boys – “Vegetables” [Smiley Smile]
  • The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Again Again – “Camping (Lullaby)” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Here’s Little Richard]
  • Renee and Friends – “Starfish and Coffee” (ft. Maya Rudolph)- [Simpatico]
  • Again Again – “Dinosaur Party” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Archies – “Sugar Sugar” [Everything’s Archie]
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Spoonful of Sugar” [We Love Disney]
  • Again Again – “Families Come in Blended Way” [Listen. Love. Repeat.] 
  • Sammy Davis Jr. “Candy Man” [Sammy Davis Jr. Now]
  • Neil Diamond –  “Sweet Caroline” [Sweet Caroline] 
  • Abba – “Honey Honey” [Waterloo]
  • James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” [Gorilla]
  • New Edition – “Candy Girl” [Candy Girl]
  • Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” [American Beauty]
  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes” [In Between Dreams]Save

CBEdu Resource: Bees and Flowers

Native Species: Community-Based Educational Resources

Human beings have been harvesting honey and keeping hives for around nine thousand years. Traditional cultures in Africa, Northern Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean have worshiped bee goddesses as a way of venerating these amazing creatures. In Lithuania, for instance, the traditional bee goddess is known as Austeja. It is said that in traditional Lithuanian communities, it is forbidden to argue or quarrel in the presence of a bee, and if one comes upon a dead bee, it is buried ceremonially. Closer to home, the custom of “telling the bees” was practiced as a tradition in early America, a custom brought over from Europe. After a death in the family, the beekeeper would “tell the bees” so they too could enter proper mourning. It was thought that otherwise the bees might not produce honey or leave the hive to pollinate our crops. — And why is it that bees are so revered across cultures and time? Could it be that their contributions towards pollination is vital to the survival of 80% of the world’s plant species? Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?” Find out in this video by It’s Okay to Be Smart:

“Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.” Want to learn more? Check out a copy of More Than Honey from your local library, a documentary that explores the effects of colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon responsible for bees’ recent scarcity.

 

Rowan Jacobson wrote a book, published in 2008, called Fruitless Fall. He identifies multiple causes of stress to the bees, showing how they all work together to contribute to colony collapse. He also interviewed several beekeepers (some local to him in Vermont) who are having success at building stronger and more resilient colonies. Superb book, very readable and informative about bees in general, and groundbreaking in its approach to colony collapse.

Other resources to check out from your library include these titles: The Life and Times of the Honeybee [Ages 5+]; Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive [Ages 11+]; and The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden.


“Bee Song” written by Lui Collins, music by Lui Collins and Anand Nayak,
©2009 Lui Collins, Molly Gamblin Music/BMI and Dizzy Dog Music/ASCAP

Community-Based Events for the Solar Eclipse

Partial Eclipse Visible on Monday, August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse which will be visible throughout the United States. In western Massachusetts, this event will be visible as a partial eclipse, as the moon will not entirely obscure our view of the sun. In fourteen states across the country, it will be visible as a total eclipse! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the United States in this manner was June 8, 1918!

Since the sun will still be visible to us throughout the eclipse, viewers will need to acquire eclipse glasses in order to view it safely. Various organizations will be offering these tools, as well as fun educational activities, at eclipse viewing events on Monday, August 21, 2017:  Read the rest of this entry »

Bees & Ants: Symbiotic Relationships with Plants

Bees & Ants: Symbiotic Relationships with Plants

“Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees in order to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?” Discover more with this short video by It’s Okay To Be Smart.

But not only do bees have a symbiotic relationships with plants… so do ants!

29 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Economics to Psychology. Nature Walks to Migration.

Want to organize a Monarch Butterfly tagging effort? Monarch Watch has instructions and kits with tags for tracking.

Economics to Psychology. Fall Foliage to Graveyards. Songbirds to Coding. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured community highlights this week:  You can become a citizen scientist on Wednesday, September 14, 4pm-6pm by helping to tag monarchs before they head south to the overwintering grounds in Mexico. Jennifer Unkles has been tagging monarchs since 1997. She will be teaching participants at the Hitchcock Center about the monarch’s life cycle, their epic annual migration, how the tagging program works, and how to tag any monarchs you’re able to catch and release. Registration is recommended. 413-256-6006. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)


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Canines Breed Community-Based Service Learning and Citizen Science Opportunities

Canines Breed Community-Based Service Learning and Citizen Science Opportunities

Affectionately dubbed man’s best friend, dogs have a special place in human society. Through museum exhibits, opportunities for service-based learning, and psychology-centric citizen science, families can engage in meaningful studies of all things dog!

Lovingly known as man’s best friend, dogs have lots to offer to humans. Not only are they great companions, but they’re fascinating subjects of study, and can teach us a lot about ourselves – despite differences in genetics. By utilizing a range of resources, families can use dogs as a lens through which to explore service learning, citizen science, and the evolution of human society.

Currently, the Springfield Museums are hosting a special dog-centric exhibit. Titled, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs, the exhibit chronicles canine history all the way from its lupine forefathers to its close connections with modern humans.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Guest DJ, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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GUEST DJ, MORGAN TAYLOR OF GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD EPISODE

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 12th & 13th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Video:  Our hero Gustafer builds a cakey robot with a surprising personality in another classic hand-drawn music video from Gustafer Yellowgold. Music and Art by Morgan Taylor. Co-produced and performed with Dean Jones. — www.gustaferyellowgold.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Beatles – “Hello Goodbye” (Magical Mystery Tour)
  • Bread – “The Guitar Man” (The Guitar Man)
  • John Sebastian – “Welcome Back” – (Welcome Back)
  • Meco – “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Four Leaved Clover” (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)
  • Hot Butter – “Popcorn” (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Earth Wind and Fire – “Got To Get You Into My Life” – (Greatest Hits)
  • Recess Monkey – “Jet Pack” – (The Final Funktier)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Dream In Green” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s ‘Have You Never Been Yellow?’)
  • Paul McCartney and Wings – “Let ‘Em In” – (Wingspan)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Werewolves Rock” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)
  • Harry Nilsson – “Me And My Arrow” – (The Point)
  • Lobo – “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo” – (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Pilot – “Magic” – (Have A Nice Decade)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “New Is The New Old” – (Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day)

Teach with Movies: Pairing Films with Learning Guides & Lesson Plans

Teach with Movies

Teach with Movies encompass more than 390 Learning Guides and lesson plans, as well as articles on using movies to further education.

Children love stories, and they love to learn from them. Stories take many different forms – they might be found in a picture book, told aloud from memory, read in a chapter book, or played out in real life, on a stage, or on a screen. Wherever they come from, stories help children to learn about the world around them. As adults, we make a conscious effort to help our children recognize what they’ve learned from a story, and the most common place to find stories meant for learning is in a book – but there are stories all around us, just waiting for their educational value to be taken advantage of!

Using resources offered by Teach with Movies, families can utilize the educational potential found in hundreds of movies for kids of all ages. Offering support specifically designed for parents, teachers and homeschooling families, Teach with Movies’ site is filled with movie guides that include ideas for lessons, conversation starters, follow-up activities, and more – all designed to encourage and support students’ learning… Read the rest of this entry »

Crash Course: 100+ Episodes in 6 Online Courses

Crash Course: 6 Courses. 112 Episodes.

Crash Course… six courses in one channel with 112 episodes! John Green teaches you US History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology too!

Research has shown that students can lose two months (or more!) worth of their learning in mathematics and language arts during the summer if they aren’t exposed to meaningful and enriching learning activities while they’re out of school. Of course, informal learning can take place for students in almost any situation where they have a little bit of freedom. They’ll learn while climbing a tree, they’ll learn while watching cars you pass on the highway during summer travel, and they can even learn while watching food cook on the grill at your 4th of July party. But when (and how) will they get to learn about things that they won’t or can’t experience? Perhaps they’ll read a book about a time in history or a scientific concept that interests them, but the knowledge that they can gain from reading is limited by their reading level and the accessibility of such materials.

This summer, try supplementing your child’s informal summer learning with some educational videos online. YouTube channel Crash Course! offers a plethora of educational videos focused on U.S. & World History, Biology, Ecology, English Literature, and Chemistry.  Created using fun and funky graphics, bright colors, scientific charts, and historical photographs paired with fast-paced, high-energy narration, the videos are dense but exciting. Viewers are exposed to a huge amount of information fairly quickly (hence the name!), and may need to watch the video again in order to fully absorb all of it. However, kids watching the videos just out of curiosity will retain basic information about the War of 1812, stoichiometry, entropy, and the emergence of political parties in the United States…

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A Day at the Westhampton Fall Festival

Suggested Events 07/27/07 – 08/10/07

UNCLE ROCK – ROCKS!

Join Hilltown Families for an intimate performance with Uncle Rock in the beautiful Hilltown of Shelburne Falls, MA, on Saturday, July 28th at 10am at the Children’s Art Museum (same building at the Trolley Museum). Click here to get directions.

My daughre & I met Uncle Rock last year while sailing aboard the Sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River. We’ve been smitten ever since! Our well loved copy of Plays Well with Others has been played at pancake breakfasts, community dances and on the HFVS. It’s always a big hit! Your kids will love him too. See you on Saturday in Shelburne Falls!

SUGGESTED EVENTS THIS WEEK (Next two weeks)

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

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Friday – 07/27

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesAn organized local weekend camping trip for families is being offered by the CFC. Click here for details.

10am – PLAYDATE – Bridge Street School playground in Northampton, MA. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATRE – New Century Theatre presents The Frog Princess from 07/25-07/28. General seating. Show begins promptly at Theatre 14 in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts of Smith College in Northampton, MA. Click here for more info. 413.587.3933 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

 

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HFVS Farmyard Jungle Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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FARMYARD JUNGLE EPISODE

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
Northampton, MA
July 27th, 2007 @ 7pm

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SWIMMING MONKEYS & BARKING FISH

This weeks episode was inspired by the simplicity of Eric Herman’s song, “I Like Elephants.” Let the kids check out the video above. Herman travels through a list of animals familiar to any five year old and sings about their basic character traits and habits. Only he puts the character traits with the wrong animal and his kids correct him with the right one. So simple it’s sweet.

PRINCESS  & FARMER BEN

(c) Hilltown Families - The Princess and Farmer BenLast week my daughter went to camp at Red Gate Farm Education Center in Buckland, MA. On her last day of camp she wore her tiara all day. ALL DAY! It was the beginning of what has now become a “must have” for any activity she participates in, even bath-time. To the right is a photo of her holding court with “Farmer Ben” and to the left (your other left) she’s with one of her camp counselors. She always has a great time visiting the farm. In addition to youth camps, they have an exciting Seed Saving Program, along with workshops and opportunities to volunteer. Ben Murray, the director of Red Gate (“Farmer Ben” as she calls him), has expressed his interest in being a guest blogger on Hilltown Families. I’m sure he’ll have a lot of insight to share regarding his adventures with kids. We’re looking forward to his submission. In the meantime, visit them on-line at www.redgatefarm.org and go by for a visit.

Next week we are heading to Maine to stay with a dear friend of mine. We’re sending our kids to day camp for the week and having five days of Mommy Time! MOMMY TIME!!!!

CONTEST: NAME THAT TUNE

Road Trip by Rebecca FrezzaThis week we offer up a contest to all our listeners. Name which song in this weeks playlist has the following quote: “We can not use little monkeys who don’t do as they are told.” The first correct answer posted below in our comment section will win a copy of Rebecca Frezza’s CD Road Trip. Road Trip is a winner of the Children’s Music Web Award and a recommended Parents’ Choice. This album includes one of our featured songs this week, “Space Dog.” If you did not get to hear the show on WXOJ 103.3FM Tuesday night, then listen to our podcast or download an archived show.

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Video Review: 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

My 4yo daughter and I have watched this video a couple dozen times. She is fascinated by it. I love it. The first time she saw it she asked, “Mommy, are they angels?”

The video is truly other-worldly.  Cello music by Bach plays while portraits of women painted over the past 500 years by many great painters are morphed from one into the other:

Web Review: What’s Cooking Grandma?

What’s Cooking Grandma?

Small collection of video clips of grandmothers “sharing their special recipes.” Features selections such as “Nana Ruth’s Jam and Scones” and “Nannie Webb’s Apple Crumble.” Includes information about sending in a recipe and brief tips for recording audio and making a film. From the design collaborative Human Beans. (LII) www.humanbeans.net/whatscookinggrandma

Nana Ruth’s Blackcurrant Jam and Scones (8:21 minutes)

Nana Ruth from Arneside, UK shows grandaughter Lauren how to make blackcurrant jam and the scones to spread it on. Read the rest of this entry »

Annual MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair @ Cummington Fairgrounds

Ba Ba Black Sheep…

This past weekend saw the 33rd Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair. There were lots of animals, woolcrafts and workshops at the fair.

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Several children’s workshops were offered throughout the weekend, including Family Felting and Kumlhumo, Stick Weaving, Beginning Spinning, Felting Treasure Bags and Kool-Aid Dying. Read the rest of this entry »

Snap-Shots & Juice On-The-Rocks at Jalopy’s

Snap-Shots & Juice On-The-Rocks @ Jalopy’s

The Brooklyn Hootenanny was F-U-N! Bill & Audra did a swell job putting it together. My daughter & I are still tired! But it was well worth it. I’m too tired to really write anything creative, so instead I’ll offer a photo montage and videos from our adventure.

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Lots of cool musicians, and even cooler kids. Click here to see a list of all the performers. You can be sure to hear many of these musicians on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, premiering this Tuesday at 7:00pm on WXOJ!

Read on and discover a couple of videos from the evening, and read what other’s are having to say about the Brookly Hootenanny:

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