100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: July 13-26, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Featured Events

Jul 12 – 14

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts’ most family-friendly music festival, happens at Greenfield Community College on July 12-14 in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Rhiannon Giddens, and Angelique Kidjo, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at The Art Garden tent and stage, A-Z’s Yo-Yo Team, a family sing, and drum circle, Curious George, PaintBox Theater, the yearly Mardi Gras Parade tradition, tethered hot air balloon rides, an instrument petting zoo, and more. For a full lineup of music and activities visit www.greenriverfestival.com.

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Jul 5 – Aug 4

The 2019 Ko Festival of Performance (July 5 – August 4) has been curated on the theme of “HABITAT” – the humankind. It’s a season for Teens/Adults/Seniors about displaced persons, the effects of sudden habitat change, and endangered & vanished cultures — all original, professional work, created by the artists who come to Ko. Performers range from Samite and his extraordinary African music & personal stories to a Rat (a puppet) in love with a deported Berlin cabaret star. And for all ages, The Mettawee River Theater Company returns with an Indian tale, “The Ring Dove.” Tickets for Shows, Story Slam & Workshops (jumpstart your creativity!) are available at kofest.com and at the Box Office 413-542-3750. Special prices for SNAP/EBT cardholders.

Wed in Jul

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this July at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include: “Summer, Seashore, Ocean” songs and stories with folksinger & storyteller Tim Van Egmond on July 10; Living Statue with Linda Peck on July 17; “Dragonflies of the Connecticut Valley” with Dave Small, president of Athol Bird & Nature Club, on July 24; and “Bouncy Jazz & Klezmer Tunes” with Brian Bender and friend on July 31. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Jul 12

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA presents a FREE show with the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular on Friday, July 12th at 10am. The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy family-friendly flurry of fun! Indulge your curiosity and celebrate your senses as our troupe of acrobats, aerialists, and circus specialty artists bend, twist, flip, and fly into your hearts and minds! Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation, this event is part of the Mahaiwe’s ongoing Free Fun Friday tradition. All ages welcome, general admission — first-come, first-serve. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-0100. mahaiwe.org.

Jul 20

Did you know Dickinson wrote around 100 poems about bees? Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum(280 Main St., Amherst, MA) on July 20 for “Buccaneers of Buzz,” their annual Children’s Circus! This family-friendly event celebrates the important role pollinators played in Dickinson’s poetry and in our lives today. Learn more about the continued significance of pollinators from educators from Book & Plow Farm, crafts, games, and an interactive, musical puppet show with Tom Knight at 1:30pm. Perfect for children ages 3 to 10, this event is $5 for families or free for Friends of the Museum. Stop by between 12 and 3:30pm to see what all the buzz is about! For more information, email EDMprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or visit their website.

Jul 20, 21, Aug 7

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre celebrates its Sweet 16th Season by hitting the high seas with their favorite band of pirates, Everybody Wants To Be A Pirate! They areeeeeeee back with more jokes, more treasure, and more shenanigINs-and-OUTs. Kelsey Flynn, Troy Mercier, and Myka Plunkett will be holding strong this summer on deck with all new jokes. You’re always welcome to join the crew for the third installment of the saga that is PaintBox PIRATES! Shows are: July 20, 10:30am & 1pm, July 21, 10:30am & 1pm, and again on Wed., Aug 7, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Jul 23, Jul 30, & Aug 6

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Steve Corning will get you jazzed to start the day on July 23rd with his juggling act. On July 30th, Bowey the Clown will have everyone laughing and on August 6th, Ed the Magician will be back to dazzle families once again! For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Jul 24 – Aug 10

Barrington Stage Company: Ragtag Theater’s Hansel and Gretel. Book by Sam Lafrage; Music and Lyrics by Lewis Flinn and Sam Lafrage. For ages 3 to 103, Ragtag Theatre Company (creators of the smash hits Cinderella and Rapunzel) is creating a hilarious, interactive, fractured musical version of the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, featuring Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre Company in Pittsfield, MA. This slap-happy, reimagined romp through this beloved fairy tale is guaranteed to be a great time for all! Dates: July 24–August 10. Tickets: 413-236-8888. barringtonstageco.org

Aug 4

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on August 4 from 5-8:30pm for a special Cider Pairing Dinner fundraising event! Dine al fresco while enjoying the breathtaking views at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, MA, with dinner prepared by Wheelhouse paired with locally made hard cider by Artifact Cider Project and Headwater Cider. Tractor tours of the orchard and grounds included! Visit foodbankwma.org/cider-pairing-dinner for tickets and more information.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 13-26, 2019

Saturday, July 13Sunday, July 14
Monday, July 15Tuesday, July 16Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, July 18Friday, July 19

Saturday, July 20Sunday, July 21
Monday, July 22Tuesday, July 23Wednesday, July 24
Thursday, July 25Friday, July 26

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16 Books for Summer Reading

HFVS Songs About America Episode with Guest DJ, Rocknoceros (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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 Songs About America Episode with
Guest DJ, Rocknoceros

Rocknoceros joins us as our Guest DJ with a Songs About America Episode. The musical trio explore their record collections to find tunes that celebrate, illustrate, and even criticize the Land of the Free.  Starting with the Chuck Berry-inspired rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, the selections quickly span the decades that followed and the various styles that continue to thrive today.  Join in the fun as the band members discuss the people and places that help make American music what it is, with a few asides about lemonade stands and Irving Berlin.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 6th & 7th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared.” – History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special


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PLAYLIST

  • Rocknoceros – “United States of America” [Rocknoceros]
  • Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” [The Essentials: Otis Redding]
  • Ramones – “Rockaway Beach (Live)” [It’s Alive (Live)]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lemonade” [In Tents]
  • Chuck Berry – “Sweet Little Sixteen” [20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry]
  • The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Surfin’ USA]
  • Van Halen – “Dancing In the Street” [Diver Down]
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Born In the U.S.A.” [Born In the U.S.A.]
  • Rocknoceros – “Squeakers” [Plymouth Rockers]
  • Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom” [Greatest Hits 1970-2002]
  • Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues” [From the Mars Hotel]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “I’m My Own Grandpa (feat. Riders In the Sky)” [Dancin’ In the Kitchen]
  • Dwight Yoakam – “The Late Great Golden State” [21st Century Hits:  Best of 2000-2012]
  • David Bowie – “Young Americans” [Young Americans]
  • Rocknoceros – “God Bless America” [Plymouth Rockers]

Original broadcast:  June 27th & 28th, 2015

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Beekeeping to Bird Watching. Natural History to Social Issues.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Literature In TranslationLiterary StudiesStorytimeButterfliesBeekeepingBird WatchingGeologyNatural HistoryMarine BiologyBiodiversityPond EcologyZoologyOrnithologyMycologyEcologyInvasive SpeciesApiculturistsService-Based LearningWild EdiblesGardeningCanoeingEvening PaddleGuided HikeAerodynamicsAviation HistoryLocal HistoryFrederick DouglassShakersDance StudiesReligion StudiesNutritional AnthropologyIce CreamTea TimePicnicSocial IssuesLawn ConcertOutdoor Film
Music FestivalFolk SongsMusicalFairy TaleBlack ComedyFamily ComedyCircus ArtsContemporary DanceAquariumMuseum AdventuresLibraryWatershed

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 6-12, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100 Suggested Events in Western MA: July 6-19, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Featured Event

Jul 12 – 14

Green River Festival, Western Massachusetts’ most family-friendly music festival, happens at Greenfield Community College on July 12-14 in Greenfield, MA. Kids 10 and under are always free! In addition to an incredible lineup of music for adults featuring Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Rhiannon Giddens, and Angelique Kidjo, Green River Festival is packed with activities for children and families. Enjoy crafts and music at The Art Garden tent and stage, A-Z’s Yo-Yo Team, a family sing, and drum circle, Curious George, PaintBox Theater, the yearly Mardi Gras Parade tradition, tethered hot air balloon rides, an instrument petting zoo, and more. For a full lineup of music and activities visit www.greenriverfestival.com.

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Jul 5 – Aug 4

The 2019 Ko Festival of Performance (July 5 – August 4) has been curated on the theme of “HABITAT” – the humankind. It’s a season for Teens/Adults/Seniors about displaced persons, the effects of sudden habitat change, and endangered & vanished cultures — all original, professional work, created by the artists who come to Ko. Performers range from Samite and his extraordinary African music & personal stories to a Rat (a puppet) in love with a deported Berlin cabaret star. And for all ages, The Mettawee River Theater Company returns with an Indian tale, “The Ring Dove.” Tickets for Shows, Story Slam & Workshops (jumpstart your creativity!) are available at kofest.com and at the Box Office 413-542-3750. Special prices for SNAP/EBT cardholders.

Jul 9 & Jul 16

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Get ready for lots of laughs on July 9th with Alex the Jester. Bob Bloom is bringing a cargo of colorful and lovable drums for your heart and hands to enjoy on July 16th. Everyone drumrollicks with Bob as he launches legendary songs with enticing melodies and captivating energy. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Wed in Jul

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this July at River Valley Co-op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon. Performances from different local organizations and performers include: “Summer, Seashore, Ocean” songs and stories with folksinger & storyteller Tim Van Egmond on July 10; Living Statue with Linda Peck on July 17; “Dragonflies of the Connecticut Valley” with Dave Small, president of Athol Bird & Nature Club, on July 24; and “Bouncy Jazz & Klezmer Tunes” with Brian Bender and friend on July 31. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli, and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history, or nature. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA.

Aug 25 & 29

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and for talented musicians in middle and high school to make music with other young musicians? Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic and supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle and high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sunday, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thursday, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

Sep 29

Register now for Will Bike 4 Food, a cycling event to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The 9th annual event will start at the Lion’s Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for riders of all ages and riding abilities to enjoy a fun-filled day with other cyclists while helping to feed our neighbors in need. Choose the 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. You can choose to ride as an individual or form a team. Participating cyclists are invited to stay for an After-Party at the finish line. Enjoy a cookout and craft beer, music, games, and more. Register now for the lowest fundraising minimum and to guarantee your free t-shirt. To register or donate, visit willbike4food.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 6-19, 2019

Saturday, July 6Sunday, July 7
Monday, July 8Tuesday, July 9Wednesday, July 10
Thursday, July 11Friday, July 12

Saturday, July 13Sunday, July 14
Monday, July 15Tuesday, July 16Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, July 18Friday, July 19

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Community-Based Educational Opportunity: 4th of July

American History & Holiday: The Revolutionary War & Independence Day

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

The call for revolution in the late 18th-century echoed throughout Massachusetts as the early American colonists sought independence from the British. Massachusetts history is deeply rooted in the history of the American Revolutionary War, from acts of rebellion to the many battles fought on this soil.  Every 4th of July, communities commemorate the patriots of the North American colonies that spoke out against a government that they felt did not truly represent them and their interests. Lasting close to a decade (1775-1783), the American Revolution shaped our country’s early identity as a nation.  The places, spaces, and communities that made up the Massachusetts colony played a major role in the early American cause for Independence.

While visitors to Eastern Massachusetts can walk the Freedom Trail, learn about the Boston Tea Party, or tour the home of Paul Revere, folks in Western Massachusetts can explore the history of the American Revolution by witnessing historical reenactments of major battles, visit memorials to the cause’s courageous soldiers, and commemorate the war for American Independence through community celebrations such as fireworks, parades, annual events, and local resources. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle Time (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with
Guest DJ, Twinkle Time


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Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families. Twinkle Time will be performing at The Big E Fair in Springfield, MA, September 19-23, closing out the summer. She looks forward to seeing you there!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Twinkle Time, “Fun In The Sun” [Official Music Video]


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PLAYLIST

  • Twinkle Time -“Fun in the Sun” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Tim Kubart – “Jump Right In” [Building Blocks]
  • Recess Monkey – “Beach Ball” [Deep Sea Diver]
  • Saul Paul -“Hula Hoop WeMix” [All Star Anthems]
  • Arrow – “Hot -Hot-Hot” [Lambadas Interncionais- As Melhores]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Paletero Man” [Made in LA]
  • Joanie Leeds -“Sunglasses” [I’m a Rock Star]
  • Pinkfong -“Baby Shark” [The Best of Baby Shark]
  • Andy Z – “Boogie Board Boogie” [Summer in Andyland Remastered]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Are You Ready for the Summer” [Camp Lisa]
  • Gloria Estefan – “Conga” [Miami Sound Machine-Greatest Hits]
  • Nathalia – “Pop Pop Pop” [Dream a Little (Suena un Poquito)]
  • Twinkle Time -“Diversion en El Sol” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • The Not- Its! -“Vacation” [Tag,You’re It!]
  • Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Grease Live Cast – “Summer Nights” [Grease Live]
  • Recess Monkey – “Bouncy House” [In Tents]
  • Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince -“Summertime” [Will Smith Greatest Hits]

Learn Local. Play Local.: Independence Day to Summer Concerts. Geology to Zoology.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Summer ReadingLiterary StudiesLiterature In TranslationReading To DogsFarm AnimalsNative SpeciesWatershedOrnithologyNature-Based LearningLavender FestivalGarden TourManufacturing HistoryTextile HistoryLiving HistoryNew England HistoryAviation HistorySolar SystemStar GazingDinner TheaterMusicalPlayFairy TaleMary PoppinsInto The WoodsGuided HikeZoologyFamily ConcertCreative Free-PlayPlaygroupBaseballFireworks4th of JulyParadesFood Justice

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 29-July 5, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 29-July 12, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jun 28, 29, 30, Jul 2

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre celebrates its Sweet 16th Season by taking to the skies with their season opener, Mary Poppins! Drop on in for this fun and exciting satirical PaintBox twist on that High Flying Lady in the sky. Linda Tardif will be bringing the fun with her take on this classic tale. Shows are: June 28, 10:30am & 1pm, June 29, 10:30am & 1pm, June 30, 10:30am & 1pm, and July 2, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

Jun 28

Teen Hiking Club with The Trustees at Notchview! On Friday, June 28 from 10am-1pm, teens ages 13-16 are invited to join in a FREE monthly summer hiking club meeting at the Budd Visitor Center before traveling out to hike Notchview’s beautiful trails. After the hike, participants will head back to the lodge for a snack and work on a Notchview service project. For more information, email Andrea at acaluori@thetrustees.org. To register, click here. Notchview is a property of The Trustees and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jul 9 & Jul 16

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Get ready for lots of laughs on July 9th with Alex the Jester. Bob Bloom is bringing a cargo of colorful and lovable drums for your heart and hands to enjoy on July 16th. Everyone drumrollicks with Bob as he launches legendary songs with enticing melodies and captivating energy. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Sep 29

Register now for Will Bike 4 Food, a cycling event to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The 9th annual event will start at the Lion’s Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This event is a special opportunity for riders of all ages and riding abilities to enjoy a fun-filled day with other cyclists while helping to feed our neighbors in need. Choose the 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. You can choose to ride as an individual or form a team. Participating cyclists are invited to stay for an After-Party at the finish line. Enjoy a cookout and craft beer, music, games, and more. Register now for the lowest fundraising minimum and to guarantee your free t-shirt. To register or donate, visit willbike4food.org.

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA. The Living Rivers School brings students onto the river & into the conservation biology research of Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving our CT River shortnose sturgeon. For aspiring scientists and activists who love nature and are devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist Dr. Kynard and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides hands-on life experiences that prepare youths for the Anthropocene. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 9-15yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. biocitizen.org.

Jul 22 – 26

The Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp. Gill, MA. Open to students and non-students alike, the Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp is a fun and safe place for 10-13-year-olds to develop their creativity. In the mornings, campers will engage in both free and structured writing and art activities, including workshops to help campers build on their creative abilities, explore themselves, and bond with their peers. After a break for lunch, campers will enjoy free time, swimming, and group games at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area. In the event of afternoon storms, campers can play board games, continue their morning projects, and play other fun writing and art games. Families are invited to a potluck party and gallery viewing on the last day. Registration ends July 15th. Dates: Jul 22-26; Age Range of Campers: 10-13yo. Contact: 413-863-8055. fourwindsteachers@gmail.com. fourwindsschool.info/summer-camp

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Holyoke, MA ♦ Host your next event at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! The Merry-Go-Round was built in 1929 for its home in Mountain Park and relocated to Holyoke Heritage State Park in 1993. Families return to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round year after year to celebrate their children’s birthdays and take a whirl on the carousel. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round offer parents a fun, unique party venue for an inexpensive kid’s party. They do the setup and the cleanup. All you do is send the invitations! Private rentals for family & corporate parties, weddings, bridal/baby showers, reunions, school field trips, and private photo shoots are also available. Discount rates for daycare, summer camps, & nonprofit groups available. 413-538-9838 www.holyokemerrygoround.org


June 29 – July 12, 2019

Saturday, June 29Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1Tuesday, July 2Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6Sunday, July 7
Monday, July 8Tuesday, July 9Wednesday, July 10
Thursday, July 11Friday, July 12

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Blackout Poetry: The Creative Process of Deconstruction, Reconstruction

Hear Me Roar: Creative Ways to Connect with Your Inner Artist

A Unique Twist on Poetry
By Cheryl Allan Carlyle

Last month, I asked readers to begin considering which forms of art they’re drawn to. I was delighted when a woman named Hannah reached out to say, “I enjoy reading poetry and ideally, I’d love to create my own. But writing isn’t exactly my ‘thing.’ Any suggestions on how to break through that barrier?” Yes! Hannah’s inquiry is the inspiration for this month’s column where we will dive into the unique and creative concept of Blackout Poetry!

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The term ‘poetry’ is often synonymous with the likes of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman and Sylvia Plath. We think of poetry as brief story telling using profound and melodic words. While all of that is true in the traditional sense, blackout poetry allows you to create beautiful, aesthetic works of poetry without writing a single word. I was introduced to the concept a few years ago when my daughter came home from school, excited to show me a new art project they’d done in class. I’d never heard of blackout poetry but as she explained the idea, I was hooked. So many things about this art form fascinated me! Beyond the ability to create a poem without actually writing anything, blackout poetry also transforms itself into stunning visual art. Furthermore, I learned that blackout poetry has been used by writers to help them push through writer’s block and to get those creative juices flowing! How had I not heard of this before?! Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, community-based education specialist and Hilltown Families’ Founder, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, June 24, 2019 with Sienna and Danny talking about hos Independence Day can support both interests and education as well as strengthening civic pride and a sense of place.

Click on the video below to view.

  • NATIONAL HOLIDAY: Annual events that celebrate the 4th of July support learning and community values.
  • EVENTS: Look for annual events to engage in, including parades & community firework displays.
  • RESOURES: Notice what community resources support these opportunities, including main streets, town commons, parks, stadiums, and civic organizations
  • SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: Learn about the world and national history behind fireworks and US celebrations and why we have parades and firework displays. Integrate STEM by exploring the science and chemistry behind pyrotechnics.
  • VALUES: Participating in annual events supports many community values, including civic pride, intergenerational engagement, placemaking, shared history, and sense of place.

Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).

HFVS Bicycle Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Bicycle Episode

Kids just learning how to ride a bike? Our readers have great advise to lend parents in our post, How Are You Teaching Your Kids to Ride A Bike? Need a bike? Our readers also have recommendations on Where to Get New/Used Bikes for the Family in Western MA. – Can’t get enough bikes? We have another episode of the HFVS from 2007, Summer Bike Riding Episode!


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PLAYLIST

  • Parker Bent – “Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club” [Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club]
  • Lunch Money – “Tricycle” [Silly Reflection]
  • Asylum Street Spankers – “Training Wheel Rag” [Mommy Says No!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Different Spokes for Different Folks” [The Pod Squad]
  • The Pop Stars – “Your Life as You Know it is Over” [The Pop Stars (Pink)]
  • Joe West – “If the World Was Upside Down” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • Tom Paxton – “Ride My Bike” [I’ve Got a Yo-Yo]
  • Recess Monkey – “Pedal Power” [Tabby Road]
  • Ralph Covert – “Banana Seat Bike” [Ralph’s World Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mr. Saxaphone – “Go Go Go” [Songs from the Treehouse]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Bicycle Ride” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Artichoke – “Rattlesnake” [26 Animals]
  • Ani DiFranco w/ Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends – “The Great TV Rebellion” [Ask the Planet]
  • Herbie Tree – “Change” [Putumayo Kids Presents European Playground]
  • The Jellydots – “Bicycle” [Hey You Kids]
  • The Hipwaders – “My Green Bicycle” [The Hipwaders]

[Original Broadcast: June 2009]

 

 

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Strawberries to Salsa Dancing. Lavender to Labyrinths.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Wild FoodsAstronomyAviationTransportationSTEMCollaborative ConsumptionOpen Studio TourState ParksCommunity PicnicLavender FestivalLabyrinthNaturalist ProgramCivic OrganizationsLocal HistoryColonial HistoryNautical HistorySummitsZinesPicture Book ArtsLiterary StudiesArt SuppliesFireworksBaseballTheater StudiesPodcastingMusicalLiterature In TranslationLawn ConcertGeologyInterpretive WalkOrnithologyEntomologySpidersFirefliesGoatsPigsCowsBeaversMagic

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 22-28, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 22-July 5, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With nearly 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jun 25 & Jul 2

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Ed the Magician will be there on June 25th to dazzle us with all his tricks. On July 2, Mister G will have everyone dancing the morning away! For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Jun 28

Teen Hiking Club with The Trustees at Notchview! On Friday, June 28 from 10am-1pm, teens ages 13-16 are invited to join in a FREE monthly summer hiking club meeting at the Budd Visitor Center before traveling out to hike Notchview’s beautiful trails. After the hike, participants will head back to the lodge for a snack and work on a Notchview service project. For more information, email Andrea at acaluori@thetrustees.org. To register, click here. Notchview is a property of The Trustees and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jun 28, 29, 30, Jul 2

Voted “Best Summer Theater,” PaintBox Theatre celebrates its Sweet 16th Season by taking to the skies with their season opener, Mary Poppins! Drop on in for this fun and exciting satirical PaintBox twist on that High Flying Lady in the sky. Linda Tardif will be bringing the fun with her take on this classic tale. Shows are: June 28, 10:30am & 1pm, June 29, 10:30am & 1pm, June 30, 10:30am & 1pm, and July 2, 10:30am & 1pm at Williston Theater (18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA.) Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets (children under 2 are free.) paintboxtheatre@gmail.com, paintboxtheatre.org.

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Holyoke, MA ♦ Host your next event at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! The Merry-Go-Round was built in 1929 for its home in Mountain Park and relocated to Holyoke Heritage State Park in 1993. Families return to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round year after year to celebrate their children’s birthdays and take a whirl on the carousel. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round offer parents a fun, unique party venue for an inexpensive kid’s party. They do the setup and the cleanup. All you do is send the invitations! Private rentals for family & corporate parties, weddings, bridal/baby showers, reunions, school field trips, and private photo shoots are also available. Discount rates for daycare, summer camps, & nonprofit groups available. 413-538-9838 www.holyokemerrygoround.org

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Program

Jul 22 – 26

The Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp. Gill, MA. Open to students and non-students alike, the Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp is a fun and safe place for 10-13-year-olds to develop their creativity. In the mornings, campers will engage in both free and structured writing and art activities, including workshops to help campers build on their creative abilities, explore themselves, and bond with their peers. After a break for lunch, campers will enjoy free time, swimming, and group games at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area. In the event of afternoon storms, campers can play board games, continue their morning projects, and play other fun writing and art games. Families are invited to a potluck party and gallery viewing on the last day. Registration ends July 15th. Dates: Jul 22-26; Age Range of Campers: 10-13yo. Contact: 413-863-8055. fourwindsteachers@gmail.com. fourwindsschool.info/summer-camp

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA. The Living Rivers School brings students onto the river & into the conservation biology research of Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving our CT River shortnose sturgeon. For aspiring scientists and activists who love nature and are devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist Dr. Kynard and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides hands-on life experiences that prepare youths for the Anthropocene. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 9-15yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. biocitizen.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 22 – July 5, 2019

Saturday, June 22Sunday, June 23
Monday, June 24Tuesday, June 25Wednesday, June 26
Thursday, June 27Friday, June 28

Saturday, June 29Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1Tuesday, July 2Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4Friday, July 5

Weekly eNewsletter | Advertise/Sponsorship | Cultural Itineraries | Berkshire Family Fun
Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| en Español

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HFVS Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer


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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Brady Rymer invites you under the big umbrella! A place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day! Come on under and sing and dance with us. There’s “room for everyone!”

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 15th & 16th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Three-time GRAMMY nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could invite you Under the Big Umbrella, a place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day. This vibrant and colorful song is from Rymer’s most ambitious album yet, a collection of songs full of hope for a future with “room for everyone.”

 


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Under the Big Umbrella” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Kira Willey – “Real Girl” [Every Voice]
  • Alastair Moock – “It Takes All Kinds” [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Emily Arrow – “Follow Your Arrow” [Storytime Singalong, Vol.1]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (featuring Sonia De Los Santos) – “Don’t You Push Me Down” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Prince – “Starfish and Coffee” [Sign O’the Times]
  • Josh and the Jamtones – “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” [We Are O.N.E.!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Snowpeople” [Winterland]
  • Bo Diddley – “You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover” [His Best]
  • The Pop Ups – “Costume Party” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Mil’s Trills & Amelia Robinson– “This is the Body” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (featuring David Gibb) – “With a Little Help From My Friends” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • David Gibb – “From A to B” [Letters Through Your Door]
  • Renee & Jeremy – “Kindness is Cool” [Kindred]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo- “Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
  • The Laurie Berkner Band – “I’ve Got So Much to Give” [Superhero]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Different is Beautiful (Like A Rainbow)” [Under the Big Umbrella]

Conversation Highlights: The Saturday Evening Edition, June 15, 2019

Learn Local. Play Local.: Strawberries to Summer Solstice. Father’s Day to Community Celebrations.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Town CelebrationCommunity DayRiver CelebrationFaerie FestivalPride FestivalFather’s DayBaseballSummer SolsticeCommunity MealSkillsharingSustainabilityMedieval StudiesWorld StudiesMusic StudiesFolk MusicFiddle MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmFilm StudiesLiving HistoryExperiential LearningWalking TourArchitectureCulinary ArtsWild FoodStrawberriesFarmers’ MarketTheater StudiesImprovMusicalGeologyEgyptTransportationAviationHelicoptersTrolleysBeaversPigsDogsNaturalistPoetryMuseumsPlasticLeonardo da VinciPaleontologySolar EnergyService-Based LearningExperiential LearningSewingSummer Camp

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 15-21, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 15-29, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Featured Event

Summer Series

This summer, the New England Air Museum offers a range of events for families and adults in addition to its interactive offerings and collection of aircraft. Helicopter Day and Father’s Day Open Cockpit takes place on Sunday, June 16. Soar into Summer is an eight-week series of hands-on activities including open aircraft cockpits, flight science demonstrations, family hangar tours, computer flight simulators, and more! Another Open Cockpit Day takes place on August 17. The Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT to Bradley International Airport. For more info, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

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Jun 13 – 15

The Taste of Amherst on the Amherst Town Common is a celebrated annual Welcome Summer event. For over two decades, the Taste is a fun way to eat your way around town in one spot for an affordable $5 per serving. From ice cream to oysters and everything in between, enjoy new tastes and savor your favorites; A great way to spend a Thursday or Friday evening or the entire Saturday afternoon before Father’s Day. Music stage is filled with local musicians performing original music from a variety of genres from reggae to bluegrass swing. Bring a blanket & chairs for a front row picnic! Horse-drawn carriage rides, animal petting zoo, and fun activities for kids make the Taste a fun event for all ages. Visit Taste of Amherst for info and updates.

Jun 25 & Jul 2

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Ed the Magician will be there on June 25th to dazzle us with all his tricks. On July 2, Mister G will have everyone dancing the morning away! For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

All Summer

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is a summer destination rich in cultural and educational fun for families. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. Bring your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Merry-Go-Round, a picnic in the Holyoke Heritage State Park, and a visit to the Children’s Museum of Holyoke and Volleyball Hall of Fame. Bring your swimsuits and cool off in the brand new Splash Pad! Ticket prices: $2/ride or 6 rides for $10. Discount rate for daycare, summer camps & nonprofit groups. Open Sat & Sun in June, 12-4pm; Tues-Sat in July & Aug, 10:30am-4pm; 12-4pm on Sun. Closed Mon. 221 Appleton St. www.holyokemerrygoround.org

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Camps

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Jul 22 – 26

The Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp. Gill, MA. Open to students and non-students alike, the Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp is a fun and safe place for 10-13-year-olds to develop their creativity. In the mornings, campers will engage in both free and structured writing and art activities, including workshops to help campers build on their creative abilities, explore themselves, and bond with their peers. After a break for lunch, campers will enjoy free time, swimming, and group games at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area. In the event of afternoon storms, campers can play board games, continue their morning projects, and play other fun writing and art games. Families are invited to a potluck party and gallery viewing on the last day. Registration ends July 15th. Dates: Jul 22-26; Age Range of Campers: 10-13yo. Contact: 413-863-8055. fourwindsteachers@gmail.com. fourwindsschool.info/summer-camp

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA. The Living Rivers School brings students onto the river & into the conservation biology research of Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving our CT River shortnose sturgeon. For aspiring scientists and activists who love nature and are devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist Dr. Kynard and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides hands-on life experiences that prepare youths for the Anthropocene. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 9-15yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. biocitizen.org.

Featured Directories

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 15-28, 2019

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

Saturday, June 22Sunday, June 23
Monday, June 24Tuesday, June 25Wednesday, June 26
Thursday, June 27Friday, June 28

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20 Children’s Books About Summer Camp

There are so many great books about camp that it’s hard to choose just a few, so here are twenty books that are great for kids who are about to go to summer camp or to bring along to read before bed or on a rainy day. Even if your kids aren’t going to camp, these book featured by Western MA mom, Lisa Woods, are all fantastic summer stories!

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HFVS Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew


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HFVS Guest DJ this weekend is none other than New York City’s singing-est cowboy, Hopalong Andrew, aka Andrew Vladeck. Hopalong Andrew is playing some of his favorite stories ever sung. You’ll learn what it’s like to herd cattle, battle pirates, work on the farm or factory, and ride the rails late with the mail — all in the form of story songs traded around campfires by folks from all walks of life. You’ll also get to laugh and learn from nature itself, with anthropomorphic tales of silly horses, funny felines, amorous frogs and independent mermaids.

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

Featured video:  Hopalong Andrew — Tyrannosaurus (Night at the Museum)


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PLAYLIST

  • Harry McClintock – “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
  • Roy Rogers – “Cowboy Night Herd Song” (American Yodeling 1911-1946)
  • Sam Hinton – “A Horse Named Bill” (Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts and Other Folk Songs for Children)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Tyrannosaurus (Night at the Museum)” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • The Carolina Tar Heels – “Peg and Awl” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)
  • Pete Seeger – “The Coast of High Barbaree” (American Industrial Ballads)
  • Johnny Cash – “Casey Jones” (Blood, Sweat, and Tears)
  • Cisco Houston – “The Cat Came Back” (The Folkways Years 1944-1961)
  • Doc Watson – “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” (Home Again!)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Broadway was a Native American Trail” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • Burl Ives – “The Blue Tail Fly” (I Know an Old Lady)
  • Burl Ives – “The Eddystone Light” (Down to the Sea in Ships)
  • Pete Seeger – “The Fox” (Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes)
  • Woody Guthrie – “Talkin’ Dust Bowl Blues” (Dust Bowl Ballads)
  • The Almanac Singers – “Union Maid” (Talkin Union and other Union Songs)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “I’ve Been Everywhere in New York City” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)
  • Sidney Hemphill – “John Henry” (Deep River of Song – Black Appalachia)
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Thank God I’m a City Boy” (Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke)
  • The Bently Boys – “Down on Penny’s Farm” (Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads)

 

Learn Local. Play Local.: Music Studies to Geology. Creative Free Play to Early Childhood Education.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

PlacemakingCreative Free PlayCommunity MealsCommunity DayCanalsDamsMuralsCemeteryHydroelectricityTransportationFish MigrationLanguage DevelopmentEarly Childhood EducationContemporary ArtChinese Brush PaintingHerbalismWild EdiblesGarden TourFarmers’ MarketRhubarbBeekeepingVeterinary ScienceDogsPigsGoat CareReading to GoatsZinesStorywalkInterpretive WalkHistoric Walking ToursGuided ToursSocial TheaterMusic StudiesJewish/Jazz Music ♦ Jewish/African MusicBarbershop QuartetJazzFiddle MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmPhysics ♦ GeologyArchitectureNaturalistBaseball


These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 8-15, 2019. Click through, peruse our list below, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe! Read the rest of this entry »

100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 8-21, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? There’s still time to add it! Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Event

Summer Series

This summer, the New England Air Museum offers a range of events for families and adults in addition to its interactive offerings and collection of aircraft. Helicopter Day and Father’s Day Open Cockpit takes place on Sunday, June 16. Soar into Summer is an eight-week series of hands-on activities including open aircraft cockpits, flight science demonstrations, family hangar tours, computer flight simulators, and more! Another Open Cockpit Day takes place on August 17. The Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT to Bradley International Airport. For more info, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

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Jun 11, 18, 25

Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jun 9

No more monkey’s jumping on the bed…because they’ll be jumping at Bounce House Bonanza at Look Park in Florance. Join us on June 9th for a day of boisterous bouncy brilliance. 15+ bounce houses (plus one for adults), food trucks and more! Wristbands for unlimited bouncing: $15. Individuals Tickets $.50. Vehicle parking fee does apply. For more information visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

All Summer

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is a summer destination rich in cultural and educational fun for families. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. Bring your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Merry-Go-Round, a picnic in the Holyoke Heritage State Park, and a visit to the Children’s Museum of Holyoke and Volleyball Hall of Fame. Bring your swimsuits and cool off in the brand new Splash Pad! Ticket prices: $2/ride or 6 rides for $10. Discount rate for daycare, summer camps & nonprofit groups. Open Sat & Sun in June, 12-4pm; Tues-Sat in July & Aug, 10:30am-4pm; 12-4pm on Sun. Closed Mon. 221 Appleton St. www.holyokemerrygoround.org

Jun 13 – 15

The Taste of Amherst on the Amherst Town Common is a celebrated annual Welcome Summer event. For over two decades, the Taste is a fun way to eat your way around town in one spot for an affordable $5 per serving. From ice cream to oysters and everything in between, enjoy new tastes and savor your favorites; A great way to spend a Thursday or Friday evening or the entire Saturday afternoon before Father’s Day. Music stage is filled with local musicians performing original music from a variety of genres from reggae to bluegrass swing. Bring a blanket & chairs for a front row picnic! Horse-drawn carriage rides, animal petting zoo, and fun activities for kids make the Taste a fun event for all ages. Visit Taste of Amherst for info and updates.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Directories

PROMOTE 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. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 8-21, 2019

Saturday, June 8Sunday, June 9
Monday, June 10Tuesday, June 11Wednesday, June 12
Thursday, June 13Friday, June 14

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Monday, June 17Tuesday, June 18Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20Friday, June 21


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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Colors of Motherhood

Outgrowing

Unremarkable cards to express unending thanks.

Shopping for birthday party supplies, I pick up thank you notes, fairly confident my silly choices will be appreciated. Nope. “Mama, I can’t use these. People judge you on your birthday party, Mama. Please. I just can’t.” I know better than to buy my kiddo clothes without his input. I now know this applies to stationery, as well. Both his mortification and his apology are heartfelt. So with receipt, embarrassing cards, and his chosen, unremarkable, replacement cards in hand, we approach the store’s customer service counter together. I point out the opportunity to learn the exchange process. Along with it, I hope he also learns he can trust me to help him navigate the social obstacle course of adolescence.

Yup, the awkward years are upon us. Almost. As my hubby quips, our kiddo hasn’t left the Garden of Eden yet, but he’s looking over the fence. He’s sprouting hairs and self-consciousness in places where neither existed previously. Outwardly at least, I’m becoming the embodiment of embarrassment rather than the very definition of comfort and safety. Gone are the days of dramatically drawn out drop-offs at birthday parties or camp. Now, if he turns back at all, it’s to scowl and point, body language bellowing, “leave. Don’t watch me!” Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, June 2, 2019

HFVS Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Occupation Episode with Guest DJ, Brandon Smith

LISTEN TO PODCAST: 

Brandon wants to be an astronaut. What do you want to be? Listen for a variety of songs about what you can be when you grow up!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “The Old Wooden Broom” by Brandon Smith


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Money (That’s Want I Want)” [With The Beatles]
  • Brandon Smith – “Sing Along With Me” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Billy Joel – “The Entertainer” [Streetlife Serenade]
  • Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” [Single]
  • The Stampeders – “Sweet City Woman” [Against the Grain]
  • Lemon Pipers – “Green Tambourine” [Green Tambourine]
  • Brandon Smith – “Robot” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Brandon Smith – “I Want to be an Astronaut” [Treasure Hunt]
  • The Beatles – “Paperback Writer” [Single]
  • The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman” [Single]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Rose Royce – “Car Wash” [Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • DEVO – “Working in a Coal Mine [Single]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” [Calypso]
  • Brandon Smith – “Hero” [Treasure Hunt]
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – “Shining Star” [That’s the Way of the World]
  • Frank Sinatra – “That’s Life” [That’s Life]

Learn Local. Play Local.: Scenic Byways to Guided Hikes. Asparagus to Pancakes.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

OccupationsRangerNaturalistAsparagusCommunity MealFood FestivalAgricultureOenologyFarmers’ MarketPancake BreakfastCollaborative ConsumptionPlacemakingBlock PartyLawn ConcertMarine BiologyBeginning NaturalistVernal PoolsWild EdiblesHerbal GardensHerbal MedicineFarm AnimalsBird WatchingGoatsPigsButterfliesPollinatorsScenic BywaysHikeBike SafetySummer PlaygroupStorytimeLifelong LearningToddlersArchitectureLiving HistoryLocal HistoryMilitia HistoryMedieval Studies19th-Century DanceHaitian DanceCircus MusicUkuleleYo YosAnglingEntomologyOrnithologyGeologyPictureBooksLiterature in TranslationWriting ContestPoetryOpen MicArt StudiesContemporary ArtFigure Drawing

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 1-7, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

50 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 1-7, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Event

Jun 1

WGBY Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, is hosting its 7th Annual WGBY Asparagus Festival on the Hadley Town Common Saturday, June 1 from 10am-6pm. Celebrate “All Things Local & Agricultural” with nearly 100 vendors and community partners. PBS Kids’ Curious George will be on hand along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kid-friendly band In the Nick of Time goes on stage at noon, followed by folk-, bluegrass-, and blues-inspired acts. Food trucks and local brewers will keep the whole family well fed. Admission is free with a recommended gate donation of $5/person ($20/family). Proceeds benefit local public media. For details, visit wgby.org/asparagus. For more info (or to volunteer), contact Marie Waechter at mwaechter@wgby.org.

Bulletin Board

Jun 2

This is it! Join The Center Dance on Sunday, June 2nd, for their 4th Annual Spring Show: This Is It, inspired by Daria Peoples-Riley’s beautiful children’s book. This family-friendly show features a wide range of dance styles, performed by Center students of all ages. Original choreography and a dynamic soundtrack will have you dancing in your seat! Curtains rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 11AM and 4PM. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the high school on the day of the show. Ticket Prices: Advance: $12/general public, $6/children & seniors; At Door: $14/general public, $8/children & seniors. This Is IT. So don’t miss out!

Jun 4, 11, 18, 25

Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jun 9

No more monkey’s jumping on the bed…because they’ll be jumping at Bounce House Bonanza at Look Park in Florance. Join us on June 9th for a day of boisterous bouncy brilliance. 15+ bounce houses (plus one for adults), food trucks and more! Wristbands for unlimited bouncing: $15. Individuals Tickets $.50. Vehicle parking fee does apply. For more information visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Programs

Jul 8 – Aug 23

Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for the school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym/outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, movies, and Dungeons & Dragons. There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August there will be themed weeks, including Anime & Manga, Theater, Adventure Week, and Minecraft. Visit the Whole Children website for more details! Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010 ♦ julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.orgwww.wholechildren.org

PROMOTE 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. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; deerfielddinos@gmail.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.

Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Class

Free Classes

A2Z YoYo School. Northampton, MA ♦ Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611. *Note YoYo School takes a break Nov 29-Dec 24.

Free Clinics

Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ dpollard1102@gmail.comwww.worthingtongolfclub.com

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Preschool

Spring Street Preschool. Amherst, MA ♦ Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Partner with Hilltown Families!

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 1-7, 2019

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Berkshire Family Fun: Summer 2019

Berkshire County Summer Highlights

“The Berkshires” refers to the highland region of Western Massachusetts west of the Connecticut River and lower Westfield River. The region is bordered by the Taconic Mountains, the valleys of the Hoosic River and Housatonic River and by the Hudson Highlands. Culturally, the region is a popular area for exploring art, learning about history and discovering the local, natural landscape. Particularly during the summer, the various Berkshire towns feature festivals, art shows, and events to enjoy. Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County this summer with our list below. We’ll be adding to this list as the summer progresses, so be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter to keep up with what’s happening around the region.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!

Jul 24 – Aug 10

Barrington Stage Company: Ragtag Theater’s Hansel and Gretel. Book by Sam Lafrage; Music and Lyrics by Lewis Flinn and Sam Lafrage. For ages 3 to 103, Ragtag Theatre Company (creators of the smash hits Cinderella and Rapunzel) is creating a hilarious, interactive, fractured musical version of the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, featuring Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre Company in Pittsfield, MA. This slap-happy, reimagined romp through this beloved fairy tale is guaranteed to be a great time for all! Dates: July 24–August 10. Contact: 413-236-8888. barringtonstageco.org



Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Tyringham, Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Northern Berkshire, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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11 Books to Help Parents Explain Death to Children


Discussing death with our kids can feel like a difficult subject for many caregivers. Understandig age-appropriate responses to death can help guide us with our expectations of responses from children when discussing what can feel like a scary and unsettling topic. Western MA mom, Lisa Woods, shares what worked for her when talking to her kids about the death of their grandmother and also a family pet. Check out these titles she has selected that deal with a subject that might help your family as well. Read the rest of this entry »

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Food Bank of Western MA Brunch & Brews Fundraiser

 

Ticket Giveaway!

Hilltown Families and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts have partnered up to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to their fundraiser, Brunch & Brews, for an afternoon out that supports a good cause! You pay for the sitter (or take the kids!), we’ll pay for the tickets!

BRUNCH & BREWS

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event at Westfield River Brewing Co. in Southwick, MA! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.

HOW TO ENTER

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner, good friend, or family for a delicious brunch. To find out how to enter to win, check our weekly eNewsletter which goes out every Thursday morning.

Deadline to enter to win: 6/9/19 @ 11:59pm (EST).

Not signed up for our free weekly eNewsletter? Subscribe here!


If you don’t win, you should still go! It’s the price of a date night, only for a good cause and while the sun still shines! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets.

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