Celebrate Diá de los Muertos in Easthampton

Dia de Los Muertos

In honor of the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Diá de los Muertos, community members can meet at Brookside Cemetery (Williston Avenue) on Sunday, November 1, 6pm in Easthampton. Dancers and musicians will lead a vigil through Easthampton and perform a reimagined folk dance. Learn about this Mexican holiday and folk tradition at this community-based event.

Interested in learning more about Day of the Dead  (Diá de los Muertos)? Check out our post, “El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources“) to learn about this Mexican celebration. This post is from our archives and includes a short education video, traditional foods, curriculum & activities, history & photos, suggested titles and web reviews.

We also have a terrific DIY tutorial on how to make your own Mexican sugar skulls in our archives.  Learn how to make this traditional Mexican Day of the Dead culinary art in our post, “DIY: Mexican Sugar Skulls.

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Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, takes place Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2. It’s a time when family and friends gather to  remember friends and family members who have passed away. Traditions connected with the holiday include creating altars called ofrendas to remember ancestors, offering sugar skulls, marigolds, and traditional Mexican foods and drinks. Discover resources to learn more in our archived post, El Diá de los Muertos.

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Nov 2

Celebrate creativity through the arts! Everyone is welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s free Afternoon @ My Museum: Creative Kids! event on Saturday, November 2 from 1–4 PM. Kids can explore and create their own Museum masterpieces. Drop-in activities (designed for preschoolers+ with adult) include storytime in the galleries, art making, and a live musical performance (2:30 pm) by Nick Deysher of “In the Nick of Time.” Free admission and snacks; open to all; no registration required. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Questions: museduc@smith.edu. Smith College Museum of Art is located at Elm Street at Bedford Terrace in Northampton, MA. 413-585-2760.

Nov 3

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ‘Inside Story’ Event! 18 children’s books authors and illustrators will be at the Odyssey bookshop on Sunday, November 3rd to share the “Inside Story” about their latest publications. From picture books, middle grade and early readers to young adult this event has something for everyone! Free prizes, a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author and First Book will donate a book to a child in need for every book purchased! Perfect for children, educators and librarians. See website for more details and a list of the authors. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. www.odysseybks.com 413-534-7307

Open Houses: Nov 4 & 11

The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA, will host two open houses in November. Please join them for a Middle School Open House (grades 7 and 8) on Monday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Williston Middle School. The Upper School Open House (grades 9 through 12 and a PG year) is Monday, November 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Reed Campus Center. Meet with their community of faculty, staff, and students, learn about their exceptional academics and afternoon program, and tour their campus and see their classrooms, art spaces, and athletic facilities. For more information and to register, visit www.williston.com/openhouse, call 413-529-3241, or email admission@williston.com.

Begins Nov 4

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

Wed.

Art Alive is offering weekly Wine and Painting classes every Wednesday from 6-8:30pm in downtown Amherst! All ages are welcome in our store, which features an ongoing $5 Craft of the Week and DIY kits in the craft center, but Wine and Painting Wednesdays are strictly for adults. Looking for a Parents’ Night Out? Grab a friend or your partner & enjoy a relaxing evening and bring home your very own painting! Cost is $30; art supplies, snacks & instructor are provided while attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverage. Questions about classes, birthday parties & more: artaliveamherst@gmail.com. Stay current with the Craft of the Week & new items at www.facebook.com/artaliveamherst. Art Alive is located at 35 S. Pleasant St. in Amherst.

Nov Special

Prenatal and Postpartum Support: If you are an expecting mother experiencing morning sickness, insomnia, heartburn, back pain or migraines; know that these symptoms don’t have to ruin your blessed nine months. Window of Heaven Acupuncture & Yoga in Northampton specializes in women’s health, especially the Birthing Year. Chinese Medicine during pregnancy is a gentle, safe way to balance your body and allow you to reconnect with your baby. A stronger, happier mother grows a healthier baby. For more info on prenatal/postnatal care or birth preparation call 413-303-1246 or visit www.windowofheavenacupuncture.com. November Special: Expecting mothers who book appointments in November get $25 off the first appointment and $20 off the second.

Begins Dec 1

In 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson started the Transcendental Club to bring people together to talk about nature, politics and theology—but he didn’t start Transcendentalism. It began in Northampton 100 years earlier when Sarah and Jonathan Edwards felt God’s presence in its people and places, a feeling that generated both evangelical Christianity and Transcendentalism. This Club, playfully descended from Emerson’s, discovers how Transcendentalism begins here, where we live. Readings, 4 seminars, group discussions and 3 field environmental philosophy outings will leave you with an advanced understanding of Transcendentalism, and of our Nonotuck biome. By the time the Club disbands, you’ll be living someplace new: a more beautiful & inspiring “here.”

Dec 6-8

The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from December 6-8. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. There are five identical sessions available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Mavis Staples, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, comes to the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, on Nov 7th… and Hilltown Families has tickets to giveaway! Enter to win a pair of tickets for a parents’ night out!


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22 Community Highlights: Musicals to Mystery. Day of the Dead to Candlelight Tours.

On Halloween, families can join in the celebration of Day of the Dead! The Southwick Library will have sugar skulls available for teens to come decorate with icing, feathers, glitter, etc., and the Meekins Library in Williamsburg invites families to bring in Day of the Dead mementos to add to their community altar and to sample Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread). — Interested in learning more about Day of the Dead  (Diá de los Muertos)? Check out our post, “El Dia de los Muertos (Video & Resources“) to learn about this Mexican celebration. This post is from our archives and includes a short education video, traditional foods, curriculum & activities, history & photos, suggested titles and web reviews. — We also have a terrific DIY tutorial on how to make your own Mexican sugar skulls in our archives.  Learn how to make this traditional Mexican Day of the Dead culinary art in our post, “DIY: Mexican Sugar Skulls.” 

Musicals to Mystery. Day of the Dead to Halloween. Spiders to Candlelight… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week! Get out into your community and learn while you play! And be sure to check our list of supporting book titles to supplement the learning on the different topics highlighted each week. Purchase them for your family library, or check them out from the public library!

ANIMAL/NATURE STUDIES

Spiders can be a bit creepy – but they’re fascinating, too! Visit Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday morning, Oct. 27th in Easthampton to learn about the many different types of arachnids found all around the world – there will be hands-on activities.  Later in the afternoon families can meet some interesting creatures at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls with Teaching Creatures, a free show-and-tell program that helps kids learn about animals with interesting evolutionary adaptations. The program will focus on the different defense mechanisms that animals have, and how and why they have evolved.

On Sunday morning, Oct. 28th, teens and their parents can explore Bear Swamp with the Hitchcock Center in Amherst! The rocky area includes a pond, which is home to diverse plants and wildlife.

ARCHEOLOGY & ASTRONOMY

Archaeologists must often apply a skill set similar to those used by forensics experts – they look at remnants of lives (caves, basements, stone walls, etc.) and use tiny clues in order to deduce the use of the place, item, etc. On Monday evening, Oct. 29th, older students and their parents can learn how archaeologists have used these skills to determine information about the history of the earliest European settlers in New England at Greenfield High School, where Central Connecticut State professor Ken Feder presents, “Monk’s Caves, Sacrificial Altars, and Wandering Celts.

The Springfield Science Museum will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday evening, Nov. 2nd. Now in it’s 75th year of connecting the public with the night sky, this month’s viewing marks the anniversary of the first public demo of the planetarium with a talk entitled, “The Korkosz Brothers and their Amazing ‘Star-ball.”

THEATER & MUSIC

We’re rich in musical performances this weekend, many of which are performed by local youth:

  • Pinkalicious! The Musical, performed by Ja’Duke Productions in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum, happens on Saturday, Oct 27th in Amherst.
  • The Evolution of Rhythms, an original show presented by Youth Alive on Saturday evening, Oct. 27th, takes place on the Barrington Stage Company’s main stage in Pittsfield.
  • Little Shop of Horrors, a musical present by Black Cat Theater, will be at South Hadley High School on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27th & 28th.
  • The Secret Garden, produced by the Monson Arts Council, will be performed on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, Oct 27th & 28th, and Friday evening, Nov. 2nd at Memorial Hall in Monson.
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical will be performed on Saturday evening, Oct. 27th at Westfield State University.
  • Rumors, Neil Simon’s classic farce, is Williston Northampton School’s fall theater production in Easthampton, with their final performance on Saturday evening, Oct. 27th.
  • The Pirates of Penzance! is a musical comedy presented by Bay Path College in Longmeadow on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27th & 28thth, and Friday evening, Nov. 2nd in the Mills Theater.

STEM

Teens can explore science of all kinds at UMass’ ScienceQUEST on Saturday, Oct. 27th  in Amherst – a free event for high school age youth, where students can visit campus, take part in hands-on science activities, and tour the school’s science labs. Students will learn not only about studying college-level sciences, but can choose to take part in workshops on obscure scientific topics like hidden universes and polymers! Students can learn ways to apply their interests to topics in science that they may not have been aware of, and will learn about the practical applications of many unique scientific studies.

DAY OF THE DEAD

White Square Books hosts “Ghost Stories of the Ancient Greeks and Romans” with UMass classic professor, Debbie Felton on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27th. Felton will lead participants to discover ancient Halloween-type festivals that celebrate the dead in this free event in Easthampton.

On Halloween, families can join in the celebration of Day of the Dead! The Southwick Library will have sugar skulls available for teens to come decorate with icing, feathers, glitter, etc., and the Meekins Library in Williamsburg invites families to bring in Day of the Dead mementos to add to their community altar and to sample Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread).

HISTORY

On Saturday evening, Oct. 27th, tour the spooky Skinner Mansion at the Wistariahurst Museum by candlelight. The tour will be guided by a museum interpreter and families (with older kids) can learn about the history behind this Holyoke museum.  Then on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28th, and Monday evening, Oct. 29th, tour the Forestdale Cemetery – final resting place of many of the families who played key roles in the development of early Holyoke. Lead by city historian Penni Martorell, the tour will teach visitors about the development of their city and community.

PARENT WORKSHOPS

The Amherst Family Center hosts Dinner On Us on Monday evening, Oct. 29th, a free weekly parent conversation series.  This week’s topic is empowering children to be responsible and respectful – parents can gain new insights and gather useful information, and share their experiences with others.

Gateway Middle School hosts, “Guiding Good Choices,” on Thursday evening, Nov. 1, a free workshop series in Huntington for parents on helping teens to develop strategies for keeping drugs and alcohol out of their lives, encouraging family involvement, and helping youth recognize and utilize their own strengths.

MISC

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is hosting yet another round of PechaKucha presentations on Tuesday evening, Oct. 30th! The event is a space for community members to present a series of 20 20-second slides (20×20 is another name for the event) on any topic they choose – audience members can leave having learned about anything from candy bar shapes to native plants. Best for older students (mature tweens and teens), the event is a great way to celebrate diversity in knowledge and experience within the community!

The Westhampton Library hosts, “Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family,” an exhibit featuring photographs and interviews with families whose lives have been affected by mental illness (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, etc.). The exhibit can help students in learning the side of mental illness not often shared publicly – the side that debunks stereotypes and illustrates strength, courage, integrity, and accomplishment. There will be a free author talk on Friday evening, Nov. 2nd from 7-8pm with Jean Beard, co-author of the exhibit’s namesake book.

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Suggested Events for Oct 29th-Nov 4th, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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Happy Halloween, All Souls' Day and Day of the Dead! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf 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. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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On Saturday, Oct 29th from 11am-3pm in Hampshire Co. – HAUNTED MUSEUM: Amherst College’s Mead Museum of Art becomes a haunted museum today!  You can view the spookiest of pieces within the museum’s collection on a candle-lit tour and  participate in fun seasonal activities afterward!  413-542-5123.  12 Quadrangle Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

Also on Saturday, Oct 29th from 2-5pm in Franklin Co. – HAWLEYWEEN: Hawleyween, a family-friendly, eco-educational event happens at the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest on Hallockville Pond with the Student Conservation Assoc. of MA. There will be games, treats and forest adventures – help the animals of Hawley rescue their treasure. Open to all ages. 413-339-6631. West Hawley Road. Hawley, MA (FREE)

On Sunday, Oct 30th at 10am & 2pm in Berkshire Co. – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE:  Take the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Express on the Berkshire Scenic Railroad. Come in costume and take the train to the Great Pumpkin Patch to enjoy seasonal refreshments, play games and enjoy a live family performance with David Grover. Train leaves from the Lenox Station. 413-637-2210. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA ($)

Also on Sunday, Oct 30th at 4pm in Hampden Co. – HALLOWEEN PARADE/HAUNTED HOUSE: The Westfield Children’s Museum invites families to their Halloween Spooktacular!  Come in costume, join the parade, visit the Haunted House, play games, and grab some treats to rot your teeth! Westfield, MA ($)

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November 5th & 6th in Franklin Co: The first weekend of crisp November brings us Franklin County’s Cider Days. Celebrating the traditional drink of New England, Cider Days is for everyone who loves fresh apples, sweet and hard cider, cooking with apples, and enjoying autumn in New England. This is the 17th year of this festival, and there will be orchard tours, cider making workshops, cider tastings, talks by orchardists, and more. Highlights include Saturday’s Apple Pancake Breakfast at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, and the Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, with local artisans and producers, food vendors, and of course, apples!

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CONSIGNMENT SALE: The 9th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale happens on Saturday, October 29th from 8am-3pm and Sunday, October 30th from 12noon to 3pm (1/2 price sale). This year the sale is in a NEW LOCATION at the former Cahillane Dodge Building at 375 South Street in Northampton, MA. Stop in and find new and gently-used clothing for infants through children’s size 20, baby gear, shoes and boots, Halloween costumes, snowsuits, toys, books, DVD’s, games, children’s furniture, and sports equipment. More info at www.sites.google.com/site/all4kidseasthampton

HILLTOWN FAMILIES PRESENTS: “The Importance of Creative Play in a Commercialized World” with Dr. Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe and Consuming Kids on Tues., Nov 15th from 7-9pm at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg (FREE). In the critically acclaimed Consuming Kids, Dr. Linn, the nation’s leading advocate for protecting children from corporate marketers, provided an unsparing look at modern childhood molded by commercialism. In her book, The Case for Make Believe, Dr. Linn argues that while play is crucial to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, the convergence of ubiquitous technology and unfettered commercialism actually prevents them from playing. Dr. Linn will speak about these issues and help generate ideas for preserving non-commercialized creative play, especially around the holidays. A Q&A session will follow.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSES: The Springfield Museums are currently accepting submissions of designs for gingerbread houses for their annual gingerbread house exhibit in December. Designs can be inspired by (or recreations of) homes, historic places, local architecture, and more- design a gingerbread house that looks just like Northampton’s city hall or one that represents your dream house. Designs must be for structurally sound houses, so this is a great opportunity for kids to learn about and practice basic architectural concepts. If they choose to design a house based on a historic building, they can learn about the history behind that place, too. Entry form deadline: Nov. 11th. The entry form is available HERE and guidelines for entries can be found HERE.

DRUG TAKE-BACK: Do you have leftover prescription drugs?  Get them out of your house and have them recycled.  Drop-off locations are all over Western MA from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 29th.  (FREE)

JOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including DIY posts, seasonal cooking, and community-based educational opportunities. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.


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Annual Day of the Dead Community Altar & Celebration in Williamsburg

El Diá de los Muertos Honored at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

Day of the Dead Altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

Bring your Day of the Dead mementos to add to the community altar at the Meekins Libray in Williamsburg, MA between Oct 22- Nov 10. Day of the Dead is November 1st & 2nd. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Between October 22nd-November 10th, community members are invited to join in the celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, El Diá de los Muertos, by bringing mementos in memory of friends, family and pets to add to the Meekins Library annual community altar. Photos, cards, sugar skulls and real or paper marigolds are welcomed.

On Monday, October 31st, the library will be open for treats and authentic Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread).

The Meekins Library is located at 2 Williams Street (Route 9) in Williamsburg and is opened Tues. 12Noon-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Thurs. 3pm-8pm; and Sat. 9am-3pm. For further information, call the Meekins Library at 413-268-7472.

Find out more about the Day of the Dead (known as El Diá de los Muertos in Spanish) at El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).

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The 3rd Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk, hosted by the Royal Frog Ballet on Bramble Hill in Amherst, MA last weekend. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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There are so many terrific community events and activities happening this weekend for Halloween scroll down and peruse the list, and don’t for get to check our list of Rag Shag parades too!

On Saturday, October 30th at 1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Kids Gallery Halloween Quest at MASS MoCA. For kids ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Costumes encouraged. RSVP 664-4481 x8112 www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($, FREE FOR MEMBERS)

In the evening on Saturday, October 30th from 5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

On Sunday, October 31st from 11am-4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Supernatural Sunday: Halloween in at Historic Deerfield. Enjoy the fun of Halloween and the beauty of harvest during the fall season with seasonal hearth cooking, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, mask-making, and face painting. Wear a costume and enjoy some early trick-or-treating at select historic houses. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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Next weekend: CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW: The Botanic Garden Lyman Conservatory of Smith College (15 College Lane) will host a Fall Chrysanthemum Show. A sweet event to take the family to. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (FREE, DONATION)

And, CIDER DAYS: An annual celebration of hard and sweet cider. www.ciderday.org Franklin County, MA

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FREE AFTERNOON PROGRAM: Every Tuesday in November, Hilltown Families sponsor, Cup and Top Cafe (1 N Main St.) in Florence, will host a free Puppet Show – Sing Along Time with Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre for families with kids up to 5yo! Meet different puppets every week. Learn hand motions to classic kids’ songs and pick up some catchy new tunes. Anna is a former preschool music teacher and led sing-alongs at Brooklyn cafes for five years. She makes her own puppets and has a magical way of making everything fun and interactive for young children. Donations welcomed. 585-9565 www.cupandtop.com

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Biocitizen is seeking volunteers to begin a long-term stream monitoring project in collaboration w/MA DEP. We use the rapid biotic assessment technique, which involves collecting and inventorying benthic invertebrates (water bugs); the type of bugs we find give us a gauge of the stream’s health. We’re scheduling 4 assessments for these 4 weekend days from 1-3 pm: Oct. 30 & 31, Nov. 6 & 7. Children and families are invited to be trained for free. It’s great for those interested in biology, ecology, environmental protection. It is possible, since this is a long-term project, for families, and their schools, to adopt a stream and watch over it. Contact Kurt Heidinger at bioticitizen@gmail.com.

Leslie Chaison of Greenfield, MA writes: Just Roots, a local citizens’ group, will host a Public Forum in the Town of Greenfield on Sunday, November 7th at 2pm at the Greenfield High School. This forum will be a conversation to help define, as a Greenfield area community, the best use of the Greenfield Town Farm, which includes 31 acres of prime farmland. This conversation will include decision makers, working farmers, community gardeners, social service networks, educators, permaculturists, and you. The forum will be held in the Greenfield High School Cafeteria. The high school is located off Silver Street in Greenfield. Please come and be part of the vision! For more information, contact jaylordjr@gmail.com.

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

ENERGY AUDITS: Free energy audits for WMECO homes, performed by Co-op Power. If your electric provider is WMECO, or if your gas heat is provided by Berkshire Gas, call to set up ap free audit, which is much more comprehensive than those offered by utility companies. Contact Jane Anderson, (413) 695-6430, jane@cooppower.coop, www.cooppower.coop

READING MENTOR PROGRAM: The Forbes Library Teen Department in Northampton, MA is looking for tween/teen volunteers to read to younger children once a week or about an hour for their Reading and Mentoring Program. Younger children who may not have older brothers/sisters who would like to spend time with an older friend are wanted too. Call to sign up: 587-1010.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week is our Halloween Episode, with music by Justin Roberts, Jamie Broza, Recess Monkey, The Hobo Nickels, Rosemary Clooney, Caspar Babypants, Mister G and many others!

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
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    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Last market of the season and Customer Appreciation Day. Many of the vendors will also be in costume for Halloween. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Rivulet Trail that inspired William Cullen Bryant to write one of his most famous poems needs your help. Old Growth Trees and Trail Work on the Rivulet at the Bryant Homestead (207 Bryant Rd.). After working to control trail erosion in the morning, take a walk with Bob Leverett and learn more about this historic stand of old growth pines. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. Bring your lunch and enjoy a post-work picnic with a spectacular view. Call The Trustees of Reservations 532.1631 x13. Cummington, MA (FREE)

    9:30am-4:30pm – FOOD HISTORY: What’s cooking? Open hearth cooking at the Historic Deerfield. Open hearth cooks will prepare select dishes that are on display as part of the exhibition Dinner is Served!: Dining and the Decorative Arts. Come see “what’s cooking” and learn how these dishes were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The history workshop: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen, will be offered too starting at 12Noon. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    10am – HIKE: The Deerfield River Watershed Association offers a hike in a different part of the Catamount Hills. Led by Colrain historian Muriel Russell. Hikers will pass beaver ponds and lunch at the south end of MacLeod Pond. 624-3311 Colrain, MA (FREE)

    10am-3pm – CHILDBIRTH CLASS: The Hilltown Community Health Center will offer a free childbirth education class. This day-long format will prepare families for the childbirth experience in one session. Ann Buscemi, certified childbirth educator, will talk about what to expect in labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Call Lee at 238-5511 x155 for more information on location and to register. www.hchcweb.org Huntington, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Made By Hand: Trades-by-Hand-Trades of the Past: Letterpress Printing & Gravestone Carving demonstrations at Historic Deerfield. See historic trades demonstrations of letterpress printing with Carl Darrow, and gravestone carving with Karin Sprague. www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    11am-12Noon – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween stories and craft with Robin Foley at the Whatley Library. Children ages 3 and up are invited to come in costume (or not) and share some stories and a craft – decorate a trick-or-treat tote bag! Please call to register 665-2170. Whatley, MA (FREE)

    11am-2pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween party at the Huntington Library. Wear a costume and join in games and snacks. 667-3506 www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org Huntington, MA (FREE)

    11am-5pm – TROLLEY MUSEUM : Kids can ride the trolley and take a hand at pumping the handcar. Any child under sixteen gets free candy on Halloween, while supplies last. www.sftm.org Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

    11am – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Lenox Library Association Youth Department presents haunted, but not too haunting, tales for the young and young-at-heart, told with puppets, props and audience participation. Families will be treated to ghoulish goodies and boo brew. Come dressed in costume (optional) for a howling good time. This program is appropriate for ages 4 to 10. 637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-Dusk – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Carnival at Burgundy Brook Farm 3090 Palmer St. (Rt 181). Halloween Egg Hunt (3pm), horse-drawn hay rides and pumpkin picking. Show your Halloween spirit! Come in costume! Games and Prizes! All proceeds benefit the horses at Blue Star Equiculture. http://www.equiculture.org Palmer, MA (>$)

    12:15pm & 2:20pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Express at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. Kid-friendly Halloween train rides with fun decorations, treats for the kids, and free pumpkins to all children 12 and under while supplies last. Come in costume. www.berkshirescenicrailroad.org Lenox, MA ($)

    1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Kids Gallery Halloween Quest at MASS MoCA. For kids ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Costumes encouraged. RSVP 664-4481 x8112 www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($, FREE FOR MEMBERS)

    1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino lerading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween decorating party at the town hall.  Decorate cookies, make crafts.  Russell, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: No Nap Happy Hour continues with Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs, along with local band School for the Dead, performing a family concert at Flywheel (43 Main St.). Costumes are encouraged. www.flywheelarts.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    2pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    2pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Hokey Halloween with Susie Magoozy. Silly scary stories for all. Reg. 562-6158 x5 Westfield, MA (FREE)

    2-4:30PM – RESKILLING: Traditional Pickling at the Cummington Community House kitchen (33 Main St.) with Sarah Stockwell. Preserve vegetables the old-fashioned no-vinegar, no-heat way with friendly bacteria cultures. music@sarahstockwell.com 634-8062 Cummington, MA ($$)

    2-3pm – RESKILLING: Food Preservation 101 at the Hancock Shaker Village. 443-0188 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    5-6:45pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Munchkin Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s Farm (55 Alvord St.). Gentle, exciting ride for families with children 7yo and younger. 533-0775 www.mccrays-farm.com South Hadley, MA ($)

    5-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Town of Worthington Rec. Dept. hosts a townwide trick-or-treating, Wicked Wickets, DJ,and food. Click here for more info. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Train and Lights Display at Look Park. Train ride for 5yo+. 584-5457 www.lookpark.org Northampton, MA (FREE ENTRANCE, >$)

    6-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Blandford Recreation Committee will be putting on a Halloween party at the former elementary school with music, crafts, food and magic.848-2459

    6-9:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. www.skeletoncrewtheater.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    6:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween dance and party at Whole Childen (41 Russell St.). 585-8010 www.wholechildren.org Hadley, MA (>$)

    6:30-7:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Celebration around the Campfire with Roger Tincknell through songs, stories and dance. Dress warmly and bring flashlights and blankets or chairs for seating. Program meets behind Visitor Center at the Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. Pre-registration required (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

    7-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Animals and Night Hike at Arcadia. Learn the truth about animals we associate with Halloween through games and crafts, indoors and outdoors. 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    7pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Family Friendly Haunted Hayrides at Echo Hill Orchards. 267-3303 Monson, MA

    7pm – 10pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: 8th annual 3D Haunted Trail at The Panek’s Woods (17 Cedar Glen). Belchertown, MA (DONATIONS)

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    Suggested Events 10/23/10-10/29/10

    Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Day of the Dead altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. This year the Meekins Library will have their community altar for the Day of the Dead on display from 10/23-11/3. All are invited to bring a small token of remembrance of a person or animal they have loss, marigolds, sugar skulls, etc. to add to the display. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    BEST BETS

    On Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 11am-4pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: “What Is It? Day” at the Springfield Science Museum. Visitors are invited to bring in unusual artifacts or mystery objects they have found for identification and information. Scientists and experts will be on hand to look at and identify fossils, rocks, and minerals as well as prehistoric and historic artifacts. “What is It? Day” has been planned in conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month. 263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    Later on Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 6-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm. A festive Halloween Celebration complete with a “not-so-scary” haunted barn, games, food, treats, and a haunted hay ride! Put on your costume and come on over! The only scary part is how much our farm animals are looking forward to Halloween! Ages 3 – 12. No registration necessary. Please call the Farm Office for more information. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)

    On Sunday, Oct. 24th at 5:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: The 3rd Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk, hosted by the Royal Frog Ballet on Bramble Hill (S. Pleasant St.). Starts promptly at 5:30pm. Dancing grannies, hooting from tree tops, and much more. Bring mug, wear walking shoes, dress warmly. www.theroyalfrogballet.com Amherst, MA ($)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Learn how to make Mexican Sugar Skulls

    Learn to make Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated on November 3rd.

    On Saturday, Oct. 30th from 5-9pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Old Sturbridge Village. Includes The Trail of Terror (ages 11yo & up), haunted pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, puppet show with Caravan Puppets, and more. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    On Sunday, Oct. 31st from 11am-4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Supernatural Sunday: Halloween in at Historic Deerfield. Enjoy the fun of Halloween and the beauty of harvest during the fall season with seasonal hearth cooking, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, mask-making, and face painting. Wear a costume and enjoy some early trick-or-treating at select historic houses. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.orgDeerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MAHERBAL CLASS SERIES: Herbal Medicine for Children and Babies in Ashfield at Blazing Star Herbal School. The class will begin with pre-conceptive health care and continue throughout childhood, covering pathologies and common and uncommon states. The class will discuss methods to help prevent compromised immune systems and ways to strengthen the terrain. Cultures around the world will be compared and contrasted. Clarity will be given on appropriate dosage for children and methods of administration. Explore creative medicine making and making nourishing condiments. Students will leave with a complete Materia Medica for Children’s Health. Dates: Friday Mornings Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19th Last date TBA .Cost for 4 classes $130

    MOTHER-DAUGHTER PROJECT:Anticipating Adolescence: Renee Schultz, co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project invites you to explore many of the commonly held beliefs about mothers and daughters while offering a new model of connection. On Thursday, October 28th at the Anne T. Dumphy School in Williamsburg, MA at 7pm. Geared toward mothers of girls ages 6-12. Childcare will be provided. More info HERE.

    Deadline to enter to win: 11/3/10

    Cherylann Richards is the Outreach Coordinator for the Old Creamery Co-op writes: Your views are critical to our effort. Please take our survey online. or pick up a paper survey at The Old Creamery. As our thanks for completing the survey, we will hold a drawing with a Grand Prize of a $100 Old Creamery gift certificate and 5 runner-up prizes of a Creamery-made pie or cake. The drawing will be held on Nov 1, deadline for responses is Oct 29. To be entered, you must provide your contact information. All responses are confidential, and we will not share your contact information. If you have questions, please contact our Outreach Coordinator Cherylann Richards at cherylann@oldcreamery.coop. Thank you!

    RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: Littleville Elementary School in Huntington, MA is participating in this free fundraiser. Please donate your empty printer cartridges and used cell phones to the school. They will recycle them through the Funding Factory to earn new playground equipment, books and other items for the school. Last year, more than 300 million cartridges were thrown away and 30 million cell phones were tossed or replaced. Help the environment and help Littleville!

    DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

    DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Parent Aide Program (serving Hampshire County) Trained volunteers provide weekly home visits to families in need of support. The program encourages parents to set their own goals, and Parent Aides partner with parents to attain them. Parent Aides provide both concrete and emotional support to improve coping and life skills and connect parents to needed community services. Through their involvement with the Parent Aide program, families become more connected to both formal and informal community supports, enabling parents to experience less isolation, depression and family violence. The service typically lasts about one year. Training forming now. Please contact Katarina at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley at (413) 584-5690 ext. 140 or knoyes@bcfcma.org

    Bobbie Knox of Williamsburg, MA writes: Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries is having a Move it for Meekins (Library) and Chili Fest on October 24th from 12noon-3pm during the Williamsburg Fall Festival. The Move it for Meekins has a Trick or Treat Walk (in costume) with cookies and cider served at the turn around point, among funny tomb stones, spooky music for families, and a Woodland Trails 2 hour walk for the more hardy walker. Right after the walks starts the chili fest with great chili and corn bread, drinks and desert. Dining is on straw bales on the library lawn. Register before walks at Meekins Library. www.meekins-library.org

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

    This week on the HFVS, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold is our Guest DJ, playing excellent tunes from his childhood plus great music from current albums, including Bread, John Sebastien, Caspar Babypants, Pilot, Recess Monkey, and many others!

    Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


     

    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Saturday -10/23

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKETOn the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9:30am-4:30pm – FOOD HISTORY: What’s cooking? Open hearth cooking at the Historic Deerfield. Open hearth cooks will prepare select dishes that are on display as part of the exhibition Dinner is Served!: Dining and the Decorative Arts. Come see “what’s cooking” and learn how these dishes were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The history workshop: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen, will be offered too starting at 12Noon. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    10am-2pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Pumpkin painting and scarecrow building with the police and fire departments at the Williamsburg Snack Shack Parking Lot (Route 9). Rain or shine. Haydenville, MA (FREE, DONATIONS)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Bird banding demo at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (472 W. Mountain Rd.) 637-0320 Lenox, MA (>$)

    10:30am-12Noon – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Children’s Halloween Party at the Carnegie Library. Refreshments, games, face painting, and arts and crafts. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. 863-3214 Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

    11am-3pm – FALL FAIR/OPEN HOUSE: The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fall Fair and Open House (51 Bates St.). The full day of fun for families will include children’s games, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, and more. Entertainment will be provided by Hooping Harmony, singer-songwriter Chris Scanlon, clown Peppermint Pattie and storyteller Tom McCabe (of Paintbox Theater). 586-4538 www.northamptonmontessori.com Northampton, MA (FREE ENTRANCE) Rain dates: 10/24.

    11am-4pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: “What Is It? Day” at the Springfield Science Museum. Visitors are invited to bring in unusual artifacts or mystery objects they have found for identification and information. Scientists and experts will be on hand to look at and identify fossils, rocks, and minerals as well as prehistoric and historic artifacts. “What is It? Day” has been planned in conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month. 263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Northampton Community Music Series featuring Gustafer Yellowgold in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino lerading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – DOG PARADE: The Friends of the Dickinson Memorial Library (115 Main St.) are sponsoring a dog show and parade. Bring your dog or come and cheer the contestants on. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org Northfield, MA (>$, FREE)

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    Day of the Dead is Celebrated in the Hilltowns

    El Diá de los Muertos Celebrated at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

    Day of the Dead Altar at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA

    Bring your Day of the Dead mementos to add to the community altar at the Meekins Libray in Williamsburg, MA on Saturday, October 31st. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2nd. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Hilltown Families and ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA have partnered up and joined the Meekins Library‘s Day of the Dead Community Celebration with the culinary folk art, Mexican Sugar Skulls.

    These sweet Mexican culinary folk art pieces were made at ArtStar, an art enrichment studio in Williamsburg, MA. Hilltown Families joined in and documented the craft of making sugar skulls by putting together a do-it-yourself post with photos and directions for people to follow here. The sugar skulls are now on display at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA as part of their annual Day of the Dead Altar (pictured here).

    On Saturday, October 31st, all community members are invited to join in the celebration of this traditional Mexican holiday by bringing mementos in memory of ancestors and lost loved ones to add to this annual community altar. Photos, cards, sugar skulls and real or paper marigolds are welcomed.

    The Meekins Library is opened Tues. 12Noon-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Thurs. 3pm-8pm; and Sat. 9am-3pm. For further information, call the Meekins Library at 413-268-7472.

    Find out more about the Day of the Dead (known as El Diá de los Muertos in Spanish) at El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).

    DIY: Mexican Sugar Skulls

    HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN SUGAR SKULLS
    A Culinary Folk Art for Day of the Dead
    By Sienna Wildfield

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    In the studio with Hilltown Families Guest Artist Marie Westburg of ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    What better avenue for children to explore and discover different cultures than FOOD?!  Right? … We all eat.  And whether it’s a yearly birthday cake, fish on Friday, pancakes on Sunday, or a couple of loaves of challah on a Friday night, most of us routinely and joyfully participate in different food traditions.  The culinary experience of exploring food customs from around the world can bring families an integrated course of study on cultural traditions and arts.

    This time of year in Central and Southern Mexico, in preparation for the Mexican holiday El Diá de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), mounds of Sugar Skulls are sold in open air markets.  The Day of the Dead is on November 2nd and we’ve explored this Mexican holiday in a previous post: El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources).  Making Mexican Sugar Skulls with your kids is a creative hands-on project that can aid in the exploration of this traditional Mexican Folk Art while affording an opportunity to discuss and participate in one of the various customs of this Mexican celebration.

    Hilltown Families Guest Artist Marie Westburg of ArtStar, an art enrichment studio in Williamsburg, MA, recently invited us over to make this sweet Mexican culinary folk art.  In her cozy studio our kids got together and crafted skulls out of sugar and meringue powder and decorated them with bags of colorful icings, beads and sequins.  It’s a fun project to make with a group of friends, but give yourself enough time.  The skulls take 12-24 hours to harden before they can be decorated. To follow is a DIY for this fun seasonal activity:  Read the rest of this entry »

    Halloween Episode on HFVS (10/25/08)

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Halloween 2008 Episode

    Happy Halloween from Hilltown Families!

    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA
    Saturday mornings from 9-10am

    10/25/08 PLAYLIST

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    • The Candy Band – “Monsters” [Calling All Kids]
    • “Theme from the Munsters” [Halloween Party for Kids]
    • Recess Monkey – “Green Monster” [Tabby Road]
    • “Theme from Halloween” [Halloween Party for Kids]
    • Steve Weeks – “4 Little Girls” [Alphabet Songs Vol. I]
    • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
    • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Scare Me, Scare You” Music
    • The Citizens of Halloween – “This is Halloween” [Nightmare Before Christmas]
    • Ralph Covert – “Harrys’ Haunted Halloween Circus” [At the Bottom of the Sea]
    • “The Adams Family Theme”
    • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
    • STORY:  Bill Harley – “Alicia & The Little Monster” [More Favorite Songs and a New Story]
    • Recess Monkey – “Under My Bed” [Tabby Road]
    • Barenaked Ladies – “What a Wild Tune” [Snacktime]
    • Recess Monkey – “Wolfman” [Tabby Road]
    • Uncle Rock – “Picnic in the Graveyard” [Plays Well With Others]
    • Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” [The Best of Bow Wow Wow]
    • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
    • The Hobo Nickels – “The Cottleville Crickey Bridge” [Cooper County] Release

    Click here to check out last years Halloween Episode on HFVS (10/30/07)

    Discovering the Day of the Dead (Diás de los Muertos)

    THE DAY OF THE DEAD (OCT. 31st – NOV. 2nd)
    DISCOVERING RICH MEXICAN TRADITIONS

    In this short low-fi video documentary, Professor José Flores offers his insights about the traditions and mythologies of the Day of the Dead (Diá de los Muertos) celebration in Mexico. This video was filmed at the Rancho La Puerta Spa in Baja, Mexico last year by Stephen Brown, and is a great educational resources for parents and students.

    Traditional Foods | Curriculum & Activities
    History & Photos
    | Suggested Titles | Web Reviews

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    Halloween Episode on HFVS (10/30/07)

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

    Halloween Episode
    10/30/07 Playlist

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    Tomorrow is Halloween, when our family will rag shag it and trick-or-treat. My daughter will be a cheetah, again. And I’ll be a cat, again.  We’re throwing caution to the wind this year! – below I’ve rounded up a few on-line resources for our Halloween enthusiasts (me!). Included in this list are sites with saftey tips, a historical look at Halloween, costume ideas, recipes, celebration ideas, and more.

    Halloween is followed by the Days of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd – another holiday we’re looking forward to celebrating and exploring together with friends. Featured on this week’s episode of HFVS is Uncle Rock’s tribute to this Mexican holiday, Picnic in the Graveyard:

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    El Diá de los Muertos (Video & Resources)

    THE DAY OF THE DEAD (OCT. 31st – NOV. 2nd)
    DISCOVERING RICH MEXICAN TRADITIONS

    In this short low-fi video documentary, Professor José Flores offers his insights about the traditions and mythologies of the Day of the Dead (Diá de los Muertos) celebration in Mexico. This video was filmed at the Rancho La Puerta Spa in Baja, Mexico last year by Stephen Brown, and is a great educational resources for parents and students.

    Traditional Foods | Curriculum & Activities
    History & Photos
    | Suggested Titles | Web Reviews

    Read the rest of this entry »

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