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  1. April 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    BABY AT MY BREAST–Reflections of a Nursing Mother
    Readings and Discussion
    Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. at Grow, Northampton
    Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. at the Hartsbrook School, Hadley
    Wednesday, May 20, 4:00 p.m. at Cup and Top Cafe, Florence

    This memoir is the book I wish I could have read, the personal journey of one nursing mother, her questions, challenges, and soul searching. I believe the book can offer support and inspiration to new nursing mothers or nursing mothers-to-be, and fond or provocative memories to those who have been there. Discussion invited. Moms of all ages, dads, children welcome. Great Mother’s Day gift! To learn more about the book and venues, or to schedule other readings, see my website,


  2. April 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Open Mic Nights at the Spectrum Playhouse
    Friday, May 29, 7pm
    Admission $2 / free for all performers
    “A local open mic night hosted by musician Robin O’Herin.
    Snacks and beverages available for purchase.”
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee, MA


  3. April 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Sieger
    May 7 & 8, 7:30pm
    $25, suggested ages 16+
    “Master of Sleight-of-Hand Magic, Carl Seiger is presenting his new show live at the Spectrum Playhouse! Beer, wine & other treats available at 7:00 and during intermission by the College Internship Program.
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee MA
    For tickets: Call 413-394-5023 or email


  4. April 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Families First: Nutshell Playhouse presents Mambo and Nemonee
    Saturday, May 2, 11am
    Free / $5 suggested donation
    Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. Berkshire County actors Stefanie Lynx Weber and Alexia Trainor are the performers, with Don Jordan providing live music.


  5. Layla Hazen said,

    April 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Up Close: Live Birds of Prey
    Saturday, April 25th 1-3PM
    Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield MA

    Conway resident and founder of The Birds of Prey Rehab Facility, Tom Ricardi, knows a lot about birds. He will share his stories, knowledge and arrange for you to meet – in person – the hawks, owls and eagles that he cares for. Afterwards, feel free to hike the nearby Pebble Trail.

    Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $5. Nonmembers: $15. Children 12 and under, FREE.

    Contact Information
    413.532.1631 x 10


  6. April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Saturday, May 23th and Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 41th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA. Fiber and woolcraft vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, fiber and woolcraft workshops for adults and children, sheep shows, fleece show and sale, fleece to shawl competition, and food booths. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information and map, go to


  7. April 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    WRLF announces annual Sheep to Shawl festival Saturday May 2 11 AM to 3 PM at Sheep Hill, Williamstown

    On Saturday May 2nd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host a Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown.

    The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. For the 11th year, legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies.The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day, along with rug-hooking demonstrations.

    Local farms will bring sheep, alpacas, and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

    There will be fiber-arts and printing-on-cloth crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, pottery, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, and sheep and alpaca fiber products. Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will offer fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.

    Tickets for Sheep to Shawl can be purchased at the gate. Non-member tickets prices are $5 per individual and $10 per family. WRLF members and those who come by bicycle pay $3 per individual and $6 per family. Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation ( and its public programming.

    The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road. For more information, visit our website at or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. Sheep to Shawl is supported by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a program of the Mass Cultural Council.


  8. April 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Spring Into Fiber! Food!! Faults!!!

    Pioneer Valley Institute Celebrates Spring with May 17 Bus Trip

    The Pioneer Valley Institute invites you along on its sixth annual “Spring Into…” bus trip, this year heading north to Putney VT and Chesterfield Gorge, NH. On Sunday, May 17, we will leave the GCC campus (bus stop at south end) at 9 AM, for a guided tour of the Green Mountain Wool Spinnery, a lunch at nearby Curtis’s All-American Bar-B-Q and a geology hike at the Chesterfield Gorge in the afternoon. Pre-registration is required and to cover the cost of the bus there is a $35 fee. Bring a friend along and it is just $60 for the two of you. Send a check to PVI, GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St, Greenfield MA 01301 along with your name, phone number and email address. Registration closes May 1, so don’t wait. These tours with Prof Richard Little are always immensely popular! For more information please email or call 413-775-1671.

    We have had tons of fun—and success—with our “Spring Into…” and “Fall Into…” bus trips throughout the years. This one promises to be no different but with a totally new emphasis—natural fibers and their processing. >From the very start of the Industrial Revolution, fiber mills were the basis of our area’s economy, a true mainstay of old New England. We will visit and tour the Green Mountain Spinnery, a worker-owned cooperative spinning mill in Putney VT which not only creates its own selection of yarns and patterns but also is used by many northeast producers of wool, mohair and alpaca. After the tour knitters and weavers will have time to shop for yarns and patterns, books and magazines to their heart’s content!

    Lunch will be at the nearby and justifiably famous Curtis’s All American Bar-B-Q, price not included in your registration fee. There are excellent alternatives for vegetarians just across the road at the Putney Food Co-op.

    Now, fortified with plenty of yarn and sated with ribs or chicken, we will proceed to the Chesterfield NH Gorge for a hike to explore the faux faults found there. Faux faults? As Richard Little will explain, there have been several erroneous interpretations of the formations to be found here. As you hike the path watch the cascades as they disappear into the mist or plunge down through the gorge to the pools below. For the fiber artists among us here is a wonderful opportunity to absorb the colors and patterns in nature—falling water, vibrant colors, rock formations—and to apply these new visions to your next project!


  9. April 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Free May Second Friday
    Friday, May 8, 2015
    Smith College Museum of Art, 4–8 PM

    4–6 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Dance/Draw: using Smith College dancers as live models, practice drawing fromobservation, inspired by Edgar Degas’ Dancer on the Stage.
    6 PM Open Eyes: An informal, guided conversation about an art object.
    6:45 PM: Smith students dance “happening” in the Museum inspired by the work of the late choreographer, Merce Cunningham and by the visual artist, Mary Bauermeister.
    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM.


  10. Jenn Gomez said,

    April 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Taking Cues from Mother Nature: Artist Workshop with Ariel K. Burgess
    Wednesday, April 22; 5pm
    Ages 12+
    $5 (bring your own pad and charcoal)
    $12 (use gallery supplies)
    Must sign up by Tuesday, April 21 at 3pm – call 413-394-5045
    Good Purpose Gallery
    40 Main Street, Lee, MA

    This workshop will lead students through a short walk outside with the expressed intent of paying attention to and noticing nature. In a thought/experiential experience, the students will reflect on a certain aspect of nature that they encounter outside. Then we will return inside and talk about visual and/or literary metaphors, references, themes, and ideas that we could use to talk about what we observed outside. We will then let the students loose with some drawing materials and see if they can work with the ideas that they just brainstormed to create a piece of art about their experience in the natural world.


  11. Kelly said,

    April 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Storywalks in Town – Berkshire Botanical Garden Garden Tour and Story Time
    Free Event

    Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
    Readers begin at page one of the chosen book. Whether walking, skipping or leaping to the next posted page, readers will follow the story accented by colorful pictures. The two-page spreads are posted over the course of the “walk” and end with a live reading and craft.


  12. April 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Cultural Survival Bazaars
    A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures from Around the World.

    We feature Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures. Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.

    The 10th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar in Amherst
    October 10, 11, & 12th, 2015
    Amherst Common
    Boltwood Avenue
    Amherst, MA 01002
    10am to 5pm


  13. April 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Touch a Truck. Wednesday, April 22nd, 10-Noon
    Located in the parking lot behind the Haskins Building, State Street, North Adams. A FREE Community Event for the entire family! Come explore and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks and many more of the community vehicles that participate in this popular annual event. Please stop by the bake sale table to buy or donate baked goods! All proceeds go to Family Resource Center Fundraising.


  14. Emily said,

    April 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Join Sweet Spoken for our inaugural Spring Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week and enjoy Mother’s Day afternoon with your family, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A fun, casual, social ride, participants will come dressed in traditional tweed, seersucker or similar attire, and are encouraged to bring along their vintage bicycles, though any bicycle is welcomed! Kids 12 and under ride free!

    We will meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:30 PM, and will set off on a leisurely paced, family-friendly ride along Northampton’s bicycle trail network, ending at Look Park. There, Sweet Spoken will serve light refreshments, similar to an afternoon tea. Riders will be able to have their portraits taken with their vintage attire and bikes, and we’ll have live music to enjoy as we socialize.

    We have set up the ride to benefit our local non-profit, Friends of Northampton Trails & Greenways (FNTG). FNTG has done a tremendous amount over the years to support the improvement of our trail system for the residents and visitors of the Pioneer Valley, and this is our modest way to offer something back to them. Riders will be able to choose from our registration options, which offer a range of donation levels to FNTG, all of which include a complementary one-year membership. Visit for more information on the group.

    Register at:

    Please check out our Sweet Spoken Facebook page at for more Tweed Ride inspiration, and consider joining our Tweed Ride “Event” on Facebook for more updates!


  15. April 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Sunday April 19th at 1pm :
    Team up with your dog at a Dog Agility “Try-it” and Demonstration event !! Presented by The Hilltown Hounds Agility Club and by The Friends of Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter.

    We are pairing up with our pups to help raise money for the shelter! Come join us! Bring your friendly pup on a leash, bring a smile on your face and try a go at the fun way to team up with your dog, Dog Agility! We will have a demonstration of the game for you to watch first and then have all the equipment there to try with your dog! It’s a $10 donation… All donations go to The Friends of Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter!

    This event will take place at Roaring Brook Farm on Roaring Brook Road in Conway MA. For directions see the “getting there” tab at Or go to Conway Center, then to Whately road, turn Left on Roaring Brook and go .4 mi and turn left and park! Keep your dog on a leash and please pick up after your dog! Any questions email sue and carol at with Try-it in the subject line.


  16. April 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Whole Children holds race and carnival for all ages and abilities

    Whole Children is bringing some inclusive family fun to Look Park with its “Wild Goose Chase” Run and carnival on May 17. To ensure that every age and ability can get in on the fun, the running events include an age-graded start 5K race, a 1-mile run/walk, and kids races. The day isn’t all about running either! There will be a carnival including horse-drawn hay rides, face painting, live music, train rides, hula hooping, and much more. All young entrants will receive a t-shirt along with other goodies like ice cream gift certificates and, of course, medals for completing the race.

    Whole Children is a grassroots organization started by parents of children with disabilities that offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children of all ages and abilities. With over 75 classes a year, Whole Children provides everything from theater to sports programs for close to 800 families in the Valley. All of the proceeds from The Wild Goose Chase and carnival will support Whole Children’s programs, including the scholarship fund.

    Although the race is in May there are major benefits to early registration including free entry to Look Park for the first 100 families. All registered participants receive a Bueno Y Sano gift certificate, a horse-drawn wagon ride, and random drawings for more than 25 gift certificates. Emily Ayr of Massage Junkees will be on hand to give chair massages to weary runners.

    For more information call (413) 585 8010 or visit


  17. April 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Generations Camp (Memorial Day Weekend)
    May 22-25 Fri. eve to Mon pm.)2015

    Intergenerational- Grandparents and grandchildren 6-13

    Led by Rachel Gibson and Walter Cudnohufsky – skilled teachers!
    Great fun, productive and shared life memories!
    Rowe Camp and Conference center Rowe MA
    (affordable food lodging and registration inquire)

    walter Cudnohufsky


  18. April 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Multi-Arts: theater . art . storytelling . dance . mime
    SPRING BREAK CAMP 2015 for children 4-13 years old

    April 20 – 24 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Amherst
    One-day option

    Also, join us for a Fun-filled Family Afternoon with Multi-Arts! Sunday April 12, 2015 1:30 pm,. Jones Library. Open to children of all ages and parents/caregivers. Free admission

    Multi-Arts enabling young people to become published and presenting artists in the community.


  19. Don Jordan said,

    April 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm


    Nutshell Playhouse Presents: Pirates!

    When: April 19, 2015, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

    Where: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA

    How Much: $5 (Members $4.50)

    Do you like pirates, treasure maps, chests of gold at the bottom of the sea, mysterious riddles, and other seafaring stuff? Then join Captain Fangle, Shipwreck Sally, First Mate Fumble and Taco Caramba (the most ferocious pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas) for an hour of fun and adventure.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

    Or visit Nutshell Playhouse on Facebook


  20. April 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Prevent Senior Hospitalizations: Workshop for Seniors & Caregivers

    Whether an adult is going to the hospital for the first time or facing re-admission, a hospital stay can be devastating.

    This workshop will help you:
    •Learn the risk factors for hospitalization and re-hospitalization
    •Discover steps for a successful transition to home
    •Understand the five important ways to keep seniors out of the hospital
    •Share resources that can help seniors stay safe and healthy at home

    Presenter: Suzanne McElroy, MSW of Home Instead Senior Care.

    Free and open to the public!
    Light refreshments will be served.

    PLEASE PRE-REGISTER online or contact 413.737.2601.


  21. Amy Kotel said,

    April 7, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Monkey Doodle Dance
    Thursday April 23rd (Vacation Week) From 3-4!!!
    A Super Fun Time Dance Movement Class for Kids 4-8
    This class will combine Creative Movement, Dances Games, Group Creations and Choreography, parents are welcome to stay and participate if they would like. Suggested donation 5-10 dollars, but no one will be turned away if they do not have money.
    All levels welcome!!!


  22. Amy said,

    April 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    SOUTH HADLEY CHILDREN’S CHORUS concert, “Spring Turning, Music from the River.” Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley. All are welcome! Admission is free.

    The South Hadley Children’s Chorus, founded in 2001 by the South Hadley Chorale, enrolls girls and boys ages 7 and up from towns throughout the Pioneer Valley (this season from South Hadley, Chicopee, Ludlow, Shutesbury, Belchertown, and Ashfield).

    For more information on the chorus:
    On the web: Facebook: South Hadley Children’s Chorus


  23. April 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The Family Film Series at Amherst Cinema Continues!
    Join us this Saturday, April 11 for

    A beloved classic in France for 35 years, a newly restored version of The King And The Mockingbird has just been released for US audiences. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, the film is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli.

    Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical The King And The Mockingbird follows a shepherdess and a chimney sweep who seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

    Our Family Film Series screens Saturday mornings at 10am with a mix of classic, international, independent, and historically significant films great for any age. Special $5 ticket price for everyone.

    Future Family films include:
    Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” Saturday, April 18
    Charlotte’s Web – Saturday, April 25
    Ponyo – Saturday, May 2
    Howl’s Moving Castle – Saturday, May 9
    Porco Rosso – Saturday, May 16
    Spirited Away – Saturday, May 23

    Check out our website for more information, trailers, and to buy tickets


  24. April 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Berkshire Fine Arts Presents: An Evening Of Poetry and Jazz
    Friday, April 10, 7:30 – 10pm
    $10 adults, $5 students with valid ID
    “During the dead of winter Berkshire Fine Arts sponsored a contest to write poems responding to the theme of elevators. It was inspired by an e mail exchange in which photographer Jonas Dovydenas notified publisher/ editor Charles Giuliano that it was not possible to compose a poem about an elevator.

    In an email blast Giuliano took up the gauntlet while informing readers of the prohibition from Dovydenas. Within a matter of minutes the first related poem, by Arnie Reisman, the poet laureate of Martha’s Vineyard was submitted. In all 26 poets posted 33 Elevator poems.

    This has inspired a special event that will be held at Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Mass. On Friday, April 10 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Berkshire Fine Arts Presents an Evening of Jazz and Poetry. There will be a music charge of $10 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID. Complimentary wine, soft drinks and snacks will be served. All are invited to attend what should be a lively and fun evening. For more information:

    Spectrum Playhouse 20, Franklin St, Lee, MA


  25. April 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Open Mic Nights at the Spectrum Playhouse
    Friday, April 24, 7pm
    Admission $2 / free for all performers
    “A local open mic night hosted by musician Robin O’Herin.
    Snacks and beverages available for purchase.”
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee, MA


  26. April 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Writer’s Read (FREE)
    Thursday, April 23, 5:30pm
    Featuring Elizabeth Thomas and Djelloul Marbrook
    Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main St, Lee, MA


  27. April 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Nutshellapalooza (FREE)
    Saturday, April 18, 11am – 12pm
    A scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Unearth your imagination!
    Spectrum Playhouse 20, Franklin Playhouse, Lee, MA


  28. April 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Opening Reception for Shared Planet Art Show
    Friday, April 10, 5pm – 7pm
    Come meet the artists and see their new art in a group show that celebrates the earth. The four local artists are Ariel K. Burgess, Melissa Lillie, Laura Christensen & Bryan Powers. Open to the public with snacks!, 40 Main St, Lee, MA
    Good Purpose Gallery


  29. April 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Families First: Peter Pan Puppet Show performed by the CIP Puppetry Troupe
    Saturday, April 4, 11am
    Sail away on a musical trip to Neverland with Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell and all their friends!
    Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St, Lee MA


  30. April 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Free Science STEM Festival for Children 0-8 and their Families! Saturday, April 11th, 10:30-12:30 at Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, MA. Join Us for a free festival, with many Science and STEM activities for children, including: Up, Up and Away Mad Science Show, tour an ambulance, dig for root vegetables and learn about composting, find out where bugs hide in the winter, magnet play, and much, much more! Call Karen Green at 413-665-1151 X 46 with questions. Sponsored by Frontier Regional CFCE which is funded by the Mass Dept of Early Education and Care and Sunderland Elementary School.


  31. Molly Cantor said,

    April 2, 2015 at 8:06 am

    The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
    April 25th & 26th, 10am to 5pm

    A self guided driving tour of 9 pottery studios (there will be 21 potters in all) in western MA.
    Artists will be showing and answering questions about their craft, with some studios featuring demonstrations. This event may be best suited for older children, teens and adults with an interest in art or ceramics.
    This event is free and open to the public. See for maps and information.


  32. March 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    FREE Slide Show Eagles Clapp Memorial Library Belchertown

    EAGLES OF 2014 with Bill Dean

    Eagle at Quabbin Reservoir, swooping down to nab a fish.

    Wednesday, April 1 2015, 7pm Clapp Memorial Library

    Join us for an evening slideshow of breathtaking photographs and video of the local eagle population.

    Monson resident and photographer Bill Dean has studied local eagles for 8 years and

    monitors individual nests for New Hampshire Audubon by following the incubation

    through the fledging stage of eaglets, documenting their development through photos and

    videos. Dean documented the Barton Cove eagle nest in Gill, MA, where in 2013 — for

    the first time in its 25 year history — a nesting pair successfully bore and fledged 3

    eaglets. Dean is mentioned in the 2015 March/April issue of Yankee Magazine.

    Clapp Memorial Library (CML)
    P. O. Box 627
    19 South Main Street
    Belchertown, MA 01007-0627
    Phone: (413) 323-0417

    Fax: (413) 323-0453


  33. March 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    We’ve got a lot of exciting events for April planned here at The Carle!

    Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz
    March 14 – June 14, 2015
    The Carle is pleased to announce Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the work of the acknowledged master Uri Shulevitz in celebration of his 80th year. Organized by Curator Emeritus, Nick Clark, the exhibition will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artist and will include a selection of his independent art. Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott medal for his Fool of the World and the Flying Ship in 1969 and won Caldecott honors in 1979, 1999, and 2009—most recently for his How I Learned Geography, a poignant memoir of the trials of his early life and how a map fueled his curiosity and imagination. Working in a wide variety of media, the artist demonstrates remarkable versatility, as he interprets an equally wide range of literature. A profusely illustrated catalogue with an essay by Clark will accompany the exhibition.
    Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group.

    The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies and Other Bugs
    April 7 – August 30, 2015
    As a child, Eric Carle became very interested in small animals, a curiosity sparked by his father, who would take him on walks in the woods and fields, exploring the tiny creatures that lived there. In Eric’s own words, “I remember the excitement of lifting stones or peeling back the bark of dead trees to discover the living things that crawled, crept, and scurried about there.” In Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies, The Carle celebrates the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared throughout his work, ranging from allergy tab advertisements he created in the late 1960s to familiar picture book favorites including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

    A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston
    Through May 3, 2015
    Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children’s book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940).

    For more information visit

    Special Storytime: Author Julie Sternberg and Illustrator Adam Gudeon
    April 4, 2015
    Free with Museum Admission
    Join us as award-winning author Julie Sternberg and illustrator Adam Gudeon introduce their new picture book, Bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s, in which two bunnies at bedtime will NOT behave the way their Mama wants them to. Julie will read the story and share how she gets the ideas for her books, and Adam will present his illustration process. Book signing to follow.

    Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Youth Chamber Orchestra and Ukulele Choir
    April 11, 2015
    Free; Museum Admission extra. Limited seating; early arrival recommended
    Please join us to see this delightful group of young musicians perform their annual concert. Conductor Tyson Peelle will lead the Youth Orchestra in performing a wide range of works in classical, folk, and rock genres. To be followed by a playful ukulele ensemble directed by Adam Bosse, showcasing fun tunes for all ages!

    Special Sundays in the Studio: Drawing Day
    April 12, 2015
    All day
    Free with Museum Admission
    With the goal of bringing together people of all ages through something as simple as drawing, join us for our annual day of family-friendly projects designed to celebrate drawing and foster new and imaginative ways to draw.

    Butterflies & Caterpillars: A Springtime Family Workshop
    April 19, 2015
    10:30am – 12:30pm
    $25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)
    (Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
    Celebrate spring with open-ended butterfly-themed activities for the whole family! We’ll discuss the migration of the Monarch, create and personalize handmade nature observation journals, put together insect sculptures with natural materials, and create paper butterfly gardens to give as gifts or display at home. Workshop does not include Museum Admission.
    Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

    Nutshell Playhouse Presents Pirates!
    April 19, 2015
    1:00pm and 3:00pm
    $5 (Members $4.50)
    A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. The performance features Berkshire County actors Alexia Trainor, Mark Hohlstein and Chris Brophy, with live music by Don Jordan. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

    CactusHead Puppets Presents Little Red Riding Hood
    April 21, 2015
    11:00am and 2:00pm
    $5 (Members $4.50)
    Little Red Riding Hood’s mother sends her off into the woods with some treats for her dear old grandmother, but to get home safely she and her grandmother will have to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf. Are Little Red and Grandmother in trouble, or has the wolf bitten off more than he can chew? Join CactusHead Puppets for their modern adaptation of this classic story, told with hand puppets and shadow puppets.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

    Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!
    April 24, 2015
    11:00am and 1:00pm
    $8 (Members $7.50)
    Popular, international children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for a concert! A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. His CDs have been named best albums of the year by People magazine, Parents magazine,, and The Washington Post. Learn more about Mister G at Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

    Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers Hilts
    April 25, 2015
    Free with Museum Admission
    Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators, the Brothers Hilts, for a storytime as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique Spider. The Brothers Hilts will also give an illustration presentation in which they discuss their illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating illustrations for Seaver the Weaver.
    Book signing to follow. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or


  34. March 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    2nd Annual Spring/Summer Women’s Clothing Consignment Sale Saturday May 2, 2015 from 8 am to 2 pm.

    St. Philip’s Episcopal Church,128 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027.

    Gently used spring and summer clothing and accessories for women. Proceeds from the sale will allow the church to continue its mission of Christian outreach and community giving. All are welcome. St. Philip’s is handicap accessible and there is ample free parking.

    For more information, please contact Betty Snow at


  35. March 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    One Mind Zen Sangha begins Zen Buddhist meditation & services April 2, and every Thursday thereafter. We meet from 6:45-8:00 PM at:

    Studio (r)Evolution #422
    Arts & Industry Building
    221 Pine St
    Florence, Mass

    Please call 413-341-6785 or email

    Rev. Eunsahn Citta of the Five Mountsin Zen Order leads practice. All are welcome.


  36. March 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    BABY AT MY BREAST–Reflections of a Nursing Mother
    Readings and Discussion
    Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. at Grow Northampton
    Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. at the Hartsbrook School, Hadley

    The author will read from her memoir, which recounts the personal journey of one nursing mother, her questions, challenges, and soul searching. The book can offer support and inspiration to new nursing mothers or nursing mothers-to-be, and fond or provocative memories to those who have been there. Discussion is invited. Moms, dads, children welcome. To learn more about the book and venues, or to schedule other readings, see


  37. Burns Maxey said,

    March 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    One City / One Story event with Patricia MacLachlan
    Easthampton BookFest
    April 11
    2:00 – 3:30 pm
    Community Event, Family Oriented, Book is for children ages 7-11. Book is also appropriate for a family read.
    Contact information (name, phone, email, web)
    Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, rm 160, Easthampton
    Are you a dog-lover? Author Patricia MacLachlan is, too! Her most recent book, White Fur Flying, is about a family that cares for foster dogs and finds them permanent, loving homes. One day, a young boy moves in with his aunt and uncle across the street, but he won’t talk. Not a word. Join us for a conversation with Ms. MacLachlan about White Fur Flying and more, moderated by Tamsen Conner, director of the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Read the book beforehand! Copies of the book can be purchased from White Square Books for $5 after March 19th or borrowed from your local library. Book signing to follow; limit three books from home.


  38. March 26, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley will be hosting Boston Chef and cookbook author, John Verlinden. Enjoy a mojito and some of Chef Johnny’s delicious Nuevo Cuban cuisin, as he tells us about his new book, To Cook Is to Love, explains the wonderful nutritional profile of thoughtfully prepared Latin food, and shares his thoughts about U.S. – Cuba relations and his experiences visiting Cuba and with the Cuban people.

    Please visit for more information:


  39. March 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Free April 10 Second Friday
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    Museum of Art
    4-8 PM

    Hands-on! 4-6 PM: Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view.
    Make a Mobile: Put your engineering skills to work to create a hanging kinetic sculpture–
    inspired by Alexander Calder’s Mobile, on view now on SCMA’s 3rd Floor.

    Open Eyes 6 PM: An informal, guided conversation about an art object.

    Museum Shop open 11 AM-8 PM


  40. March 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Biocitizen School new course offering!

    Drawing on Nature
    art in the woods
    6 Sundays in Spring

    May 3,10,17,24,31, and June7th
    10 am.- 2 pm.
    9-12 year olds

    Robbie Heidinger 413 695 7994
    $250 includes all materials


  41. March 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Week of the Young Child Festival at Jackson St. School in Northampton, Saturday April 11, 10 am to noon. Free games and activities for young children and their families. Visit a school bus,fire engine, dump truck and police cruiser! Wash baby dolls, make art and get information!


  42. March 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Saturday, April 11th, 11am-12:30pm — GIRLS IN SCIENCE:

    The Hilltown Land Trust is bringing local author Jeannine Atkins to Williamsburg to read from and discuss her children’s book Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists. Following the talk, there will be a guided exploratory hike up Petticoat Hill, where kids will have the opportunity to uncover the natural world—perhaps it will be waiting for you under a rock! Signed books will be available for sale.

    RSVP with Nicole Rhodes at or (413) 628-4485 ext.4. Please see our website for more information:

    Location: Meekins Library and Petticoat Hill Reservation, Williamsburg, MA (FREE).


  43. Kim Zadworny said,

    March 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

    BLOOD DRIVE – Join BJ’s Wholesale and BayState Health Systems in donating blood on Saturday, April 4th. The BayState Mobile Blood Unit will be on-site at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Greenfield from 12:00PM – 5:00PM. All donors will receive a free gift card to a choice of area businesses while supplies last! Sign up in advance at BJ’s, or by emailing All donations for this drive are used locally, and every pint donated can save up to three lives!


  44. February 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Daffodil Fun Run

    We invite you to participate in the fifth annual Daffodil Fun Run on Sunday, April 26, 2015! The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k road race (run/walk) in Amherst that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. New this year, we are partnering with Energia & 50/50 Fitness to bring even more fun! In this fun and festive community event, participants race past many of the thousands of daffodils that were planted throughout Amherst. After the race, there will be a FREE BBQ for all participants provided by the Amherst Pub, and live entertainment! You can register at or in person at Energia Fitness or 50/50 Fitness in Hadley! We are limiting participation to 1,500 runners and walkers this year, so the sooner you register the better! In addition, only those who register before April 1st will be guaranteed a FREE signature event t-shirt!

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    Kate Lockhart

    Kendrick Park
    E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

    The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k run/walk that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Afterwards there will be FREE BBQ and entertainment.

    Online Registration after April 1st: Adult $27, Student $20, Children (12 & under) $12. Day of Event: Please Note: Day-of registration will not be available if we are full! Adults $30, Students $23, Children (12 & under) $15. A $3 per person discount is available for teams, families or groups of 4 or more people.


  45. February 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools 3rd Annual 5K race & 2 Mile Walk
    April 12, 2015 Registration opens at 9:30 – 10:30 race start

    Fun for the whole family! Food, Music, hoola hooping, Zumba, Kung Fu, and more!!

    Over 600 registered last year! Join us this year and enjoy a great community event! The funds raised go towards technology for the Hadley Public Schools. For more information or to register please go to


  46. February 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston
    Gallery exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay R., Amherst MA 01002
    Through May 3, 2015

    Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children’s book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940).

    Visit our webpage below for more details or call the museum at (413) 658-1100.


  47. Carrie Sears said,

    January 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Educator and Homeschoolers:

    The UMass Extension 4-H Program offers a great science program which will add to or improve your curriculum and make it come alive. The 4-H Embryology Program is a four week science program for the classroom or homeschool family which teaches about the development of life and encourages teamwork and responsibility as students care for the eggs in the incubator and the chicks in the brooder. We offer this program for schools and educational groups in Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire County. Prior to each hatch, Dr. Michael Darre, Poultry Specialist for the University of Connecticut will offer a training which will include general information on poultry and embryology; health and safety issues; incorporating language arts, math and art into the science curriculum and how to set up and operate an incubator and brooder. Those participating in the 2nd hatch may come to the training in either February or April. We strongly recommend that educators attend the training if you have never been before or have not attended in a number of years. Some teachers come several times to refresh their information.

    Animal Health Issues in Schools – We always stress the proper washing of hands before and after handling eggs or chicks to protect students and embryo and chicks. Our eggs come from the flock at the University of Connecticut which is tested on a regular basis. The chicks will be the White Leghorn variety.

    We will offer two hatches with the following time schedules:
    Hatch 1 – March 4th to March 25th
    Training – Wednesday – February 25th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Manor House * – Hadley
    Incubator Pick-up – at training or Friday – February 26th at Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Egg Pick-up – Monday – March 2nd – Manor House – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Incubator Returns – Wednesday – April 1st – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Hatch 2 – May 13th – June 3rd
    Training – Wednesday – May 6th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Westfield/West Springfield area
    Incubator Pick-up – at training or Friday – May 7th – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Egg Pick-up – Monday – May 12th – Manor House – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Incubator Returns – Wednesday – June 10th – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • The Manor House is at the UMass Horse Farm, 111 North Maple Street in Hadley. Please contact me at 413-549-3257 if you need directions.

    Registration is on a first come, first come basis. Our second hatch usually fills up quickly so you might want to consider trying the first hatch.

    We have incubators available for rental but if your school/classroom has money available and you would like to purchase a Styrofoam incubator, check with local Feed & Grain Stores to see if they have them available or you may go online and check with these suppliers: in Atlanta Georgia, telephone 1-912-236-0651 or in Ramer, Alabama, telephone 1-800-624-4493

    We are excited to offer this valuable educational program for youth and look forward to hearing from you.


    Carrie Chickering-Sears
    Extension Educator

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  48. January 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Goodwin Memorial Library, 50 Middle St, Hadley (at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Middle Street)
    Every Tuesday throughout the year between 10:00- 11:00 AM. We offer a dynamic and vibrant storytime! You may see an improvised puppet show, play a silly game, hear a story, or dance! We always offer a unique art project. Adult participation is expected. We provide a healthy snack as well as a fun, flexible and friendly place to make friends! No sign up necessary- just come! Free! for more information call 584-7451

    Goodwin Memorial Library, 50 Middle St, Hadley (at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Middle Street)
    Every Thursday throughout the year between 10:00- 11:00 AM. Join Luna in a circle on the floor with your littlest Sweeties! We will sing A-B-C-D and Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, among other well-loved favorites. We will learn traditonal nursry rhymes and simple finger-play stories and songs. Sometimes we will play musical instruments and have a “Noisy Parade”! This is a gentle introduction to how GREAT the library is and how much fun it is to make music together. Parent participation is key. Fun for all is guaranteed! FREE! For more information call 584-7451


  49. January 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

    TOT SHABBAT & Tot Sha-potluck at Beit Ahavah!
    A wonderful, musical hour welcoming the Sabbath & holidays
    for families of kids ages 0-6
    Once a month on Friday eve:
    Feb 6, March 6, April 17, May 1, June 5
    5:15-5:45 p.m. service followed by a relaxing Shabbat dinner

    * healthy Kids’ Kiddush & veggie potluck dinner (no nuts, pizza provided),
    parents shmooze, kids eat and play
    * we welcome interfaith families, GLBTQ families, nursing moms, siblings of all ages, grandparents & special people, new members, first timers, and friends
    * super fun
    * an intimate, caring community to support you
    * grow with us & your children!

    Tot Shabbat is held at 130 Pine Street in Florence. Please visit us at, or call 413-587-3770.
    Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton


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