Suggested Events 05/03/08-05/09/08


Last week’s concert with Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could was rockin’! These folks are just the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and they put on a heck of a show. I loved them and the kids loved dancing and running around.

We’re looking forward to their return to Western Mass for another rock ‘n’ roll casserole party (and for another round of Bridgett’s quinoa salad and Bill’s to-die-for guac! Yum!).

Click here to see photos. For families on high-speed, check out this low-fi video we took during the Friday’s performance of Jump Up! (It’s A Good Day).


Saturday is the official move of the Hilltown Family Variety Show to Saturday mornings from 9-10am, so be sure to tune in and check it out.


If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page.

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

Saturday – 05/03

7am-10am – FAMILY RADIO PROGRAMING – (Airwaves) Tune in to WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7-9am and The Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am for three full hours of commercial-free, quality family music and entertainment. [Families] (Free)

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORIC COOKING – (Deerfield) Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Historic Deerfield Hall Tavern Kitchen. All are invited to experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Visitors can also see what’s growing when they visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske. Demonstrations are included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

11am – HIKING – (Ashfield) Hike In Bear Swamp. Deerfield River Watershed Association is co- sponsoring a hike with the Appalacian Mountain Club to enjoy the early Spring flowers. The hike will be of slow pace to enjoy and identify the flowers in this diverse setting. 413.625. 6628 [Ages 5 & up] (Free) LINK

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

1pm-5pm – PARADE/MARCH – (Northampton) PRIDE march/parade. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

1pm – HISTORIC FASHIONS – (Westfield) A Century of Wedding Dress and the Women Who Wore Them willbe at the Westfield High School: antique wedding photos, vintage bridesmaid dress, period bridal bouquets and more will be displayed. There will be a show of wedding dresses from circa 1875 to the present, accompanied by period music and a history of the women who wore them, presented by the WHS students. 413.572.6463 [All Ages] ($$)

1pm – KIDS SCIENCE – (Florence) At the Lily Library their monthly family programing will be Rocket Building. Pre-register. [Families] (Free) LINK

1pm-3pm – FARM ACTIVITY – (Buckland) Farm Babies at Red Gate Farm. Feel the fuzzy wool of a young lamb or gently cradle a young chicken in your hand. Learn more about our youngest members of the farm family and how they are raised. This is an experience that every young child will remember. [All ages] (>$) LINK

1pm-3pm – LIZARDS – (South Deerfield) Lizard Show at the Butterfly Museum. [All Ages] ($) LINK

2pm-4pm – CRAFTS FOR KIDS – (South Hadley) The Odyssey will be hosting a Kids Crafternoon. 413.534.7307 [Families] (Free) LINK

2pm – PERFORMANCE THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Velveteen Rabbit will be at The Colonial Theatre. 413.997.4444 [Ages 5 & up] ($) LINK

7:30pm – MUSIC – (North Amherst) Soar with Wings! will be at the North Congregational Church. 413.422.1010 [All Ages] (Fundraiser) LINK

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Cookin’ Up a Rock ‘n’ Roll Casserole with Brady Rymer!

Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Present …


Friday, April 25th @ 5:00pm in Northampton

Brady RymerBrady Rymer and the Little Band that Could are cookin’ up a rock ‘n’ roll casserole for their Northampton debut: a musical potluck supper!

Might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music.Stefan Shepherd of, heard on NPR’s All Things Considered

Multi-award-winning indie musician and From Good Homes founding member Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could invite families to share a meal and share the music at a high-spirited musical potluck supper at:

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 25
  • Lyman Hall at First Churches of Northampton
  • 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA,
  • Potluck contributions are welcome but not required.
  • Tickets are $7 per person. Infants free.

Co-presented by the local kids’ radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child (93.9 The River, Saturday mornings from 7 – 9) and Hilltown Families (

Brady Rymer toured and recorded with the RCA roots/rock band From Good Homes for thirteen years — sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir — before parenthood broadened the scope of his music. Five albums and countless live shows later, this veteran performer has established himself as one of the country’s most captivating creators of music for kids and families. Combining a feel-good R&B foundation with traditional acoustic arrangements and a scoop of sunny 70’s optimism, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could have created a distinctive, modern American roots sound for families raised on rock ‘n’ roll. Every generation connects to this band’s strong, straight-ahead grooves, catchy choruses and irresistibly down-home, hip-shakin’ vibe.

Brady RymerPresenting music with the whole family in mind, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could are sure to play some of their songs about the joys of eating (“Cookin’ Saturday,” “Look at My Belly,” “Eatin’ Animal Crackers,” and more). They’ll also showcase rollicking, roots-y new tunes like “Road Trip,” a boogie-woogie piano-driven rocker about piling into the car and driving through the heartland on a family adventure, and “Jump Up (It’s A Good Day),” whose percolating groove and rich harmonies are as uplifting as they are infectious, bringing audiences to their feet – and some into the air!

Brady Rymer draws on his folk, country, pop and blues roots in songs for pint-size fans and their parents. Rymer and his Little Band That Could get the whole family groovin’. – The NY Daily News

In an era of character-driven entertainment for children, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could are the real deal, a soulful and spirited band bringing great musicianship, superb songwriting and pure joy to their performances for kids and all generations.

Lest anyone think this is musical Pablum, think again. His music has a rock ‘n’ roll heart. – The New York Times

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