Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 4 & 5, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 4th – 10th, 2017

Saturday • Sunday
Monday • Tuesday • Wednesday • Thursday • Friday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 28 & 29, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 28th – November 3rd, 2017

Saturday • Sunday
Monday • Tuesday • Wednesday • Thursday • Friday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 21 & 22, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 21st – 27th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 7 & 8, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of List of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of 2017 – 2018 After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western Massachusetts. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! Hilltown Families is currently recruiting our newest Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer. Click on the banner above to see the full job descriptions, as well as a slew of other available volunteer and intern positions. We look forward to hearing from our community!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 14th – 20th, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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

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The Nields “Organic Farm” Debut Party & DVD Giveaway

The Nields Organic Farm DVD Debut Party
@ Northampton’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market

Join in the celebration at the June 15th "Organic Farm" DVD Debut Party in Northampton - and enter here for a chance to win your very own copy. Details below.

On Tuesday, June 15th from 2:30-5:30pm, join in the free celebration of The Nields Organic Farm DVD Debut Party at Northampton’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market (located outside between Thornes Market & the Noho parking garage). There will be live music, DVD viewing, snacks and a Meet & Greet with Nerissa & Katryna Nields. Several supporting cast members will also be present for autographs and photos.

Organic Farm DVD is a project that celebrates music, family and community in Western Massachusetts. Much of the DVD was recorded in a studio with a good number of Western MA kids in the audience, with additional scenes shot at Town Farm, the Smith Vocational High School barn, and at Hootenanny, Nerissa and Katryna’s weekly kids music class. The DVD has lots of local family connections, and the event should be some good clean fun for kids and their bigger sidekicks!

At the DVD Debut Party on the 15th, there will be live music, DVD viewing, snacks and a Meet & Greet with Nerissa and Katryna. Several supporting cast members will also be present for autographs and photos! .

Nerissa & Katryna write: Our greatest goal is to pass on all the music and musicality that was given to us. We hope that our family music convinces you to dust off that old guitar in the corner and play again. The DVD should encourage this kind of behavior. Though our dear friend and professional filmmaker, Ed McKeon, was at the helm of Organic Farm (along with his twin 5 year old boys) we also called upon every member of our families to help us out. Along with the Cracker Jack band, we were joined by our father and mother, all four of our kids and both of our husbands. Most of the DVD was recorded in one day at the TV station at the University of Hartford. But we wanted to add a little joy and chaos to the whole experience. So, Henry Chalfant, (father of Nields guitarist and producer Dave Chalfant, and grandfather to Amelia and William, and also incidentally an award winning filmmaker ––Style Wars), drove up from NYC with a fancy camera and shot footage at Nerissa’s organic CSA, Town Farm, and on Nerissa’s front porch. Our mother, Gail Nields, historian and author, brought her grandchildren and Nerissa’s little digital camera over to Smith Vocational-Agricultural School to film the real Molly the Donkey. We topped it all off with a visit to Drury Lane. Wait until you see the breakfast boy. He is adorable.

We were almost done then, but we realized that we still needed a little more joy, so we called upon the families who take our HooteNanny music classes here in the happy valley. They obliged beautifully, dancing up a storm in the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse; jumping up and kicking a hole in the sky with Anna and wiggling with glee while thinking about mangos on the Mango Walk.

We are so pleased with the end result. We recommend making every member of your family a guitar out of cardboard. Strap it on before the movie begins and play along the whole time. That’s how we do it chez Nields.

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF ORGANIC FARM

We have a copy of Organic Farm DVD to give away to one of our readers. Your chance to win is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!

To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 06/22/10 @ 7pm (EST).

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