Museum Pass Giveaway: The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival

The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival
Celebrates Dogs in Children’s Literature

“This event allows a unique face-to-face experience for children’s literature fans and an opportunity for our artists to celebrate their work in a wonderfully festive venue,” said author and illustrator Diane deGroat, one of the event organizers.

Over the next couple of weekends, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will play host to two great family activities. This coming Saturday, June 12th is The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival: Celebrating Dogs in Picture Books! And the following Saturday (June 19th) is a kids concert with Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem.

For this coming Saturday, June 12th, The Carle is offering 4 free museum passes to our readers to come be a part of their Annual Children’s Book Festival. Each pass allows for 2 adults and up to 4 kids! Deadline to enter to win is 6/10/10 by12Noon (EST). Details on how to win are .below


This year’s event is a celebration of dogs in picture books and the artists and authors who created them. Meet authors and artists, including Jules Feiffer, Jeff Mack, and Patricia MacLachlan, watch service dog demonstrations with young pups in training, and enjoy book-signings, readings, presentations, special art studio activities, a raffle, face-painting, and an original art show and sale. Guests can also hear music by Putumayo World Music recording artist José Gonzalez and Banda Criolla. There will be treats from Atkins Farms Country Market and appearances by a variety of costumed canine characters.

Featured artists and authors include:

  • Karen Beil
  • Nick Bruel
  • Stephanie Calmenson
  • Eileen Christelow
  • Corinne Demas
  • Diane deGroat
  • Jules Feiffer
  • Patricia MacLachlan
  • Jeff Mack
  • Barry Moser
  • Katy Schneider
  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Shelley Rotner

Local friends from the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and Canine Companions will be on hand to answer pooch-related questions. Stuffed animal dogs are welcome but please leave your real dogs at home!  Click here for a full schedule of events.


Your chance to win a museum pass (2 adults/4 kids) to The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 12th, 2010 is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  Four winners will be selected. To win simply:

  1. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE TITLE BY ONE OF THE FEATURED ARTISTS/AUTHORS 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 Thursday, 06/10/10 @ 12Noon (EST).

Cultural Survival Bazaars in Pioneer Valley & the Berkshires

Like This!

Cultural Survival Bazaars in Western MA
Festivals of Native Art, Music, & Cultures Bring Together Public Support for Indigenous Communities Worldwide

The Cultural Survival Bazaar happens this weekend, May 29th & 30th, on the Amherst Common, and then again the weekend of July 17th & 18th, on the Kripalu Yoga Center Field in Stockbridge, MA.

[rockyou id=72112182&w=256&h=192]
(Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield)

The Cultural Survival Bazaars are festivals of Native art, music, and culture. Attendees can purchase unique handmade products, meet and socialize with visiting artisans and performers. Read about our day on the Amherst Common a few years ago here, and see photos above. These Bazaars offer free entertainment which includes live world music performances and a variety of cultural presentations.

Walk around and explore the world, learning all about the crafts, how they are made, the cultures they represent, the symbolism in the art, learn about the people who made them. The Bazaars are a world marketplace where you can find handmade jewelry, clothing, décor, area rugs, pottery, sculptures, and many other traditional arts and crafts from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The proceeds support Indigenous Artisans, fair trade companies, and Cultural Survival’s work defending Indigenous lands, languages, and cultures.

For more information about the featured artisans, performance schedule, and other dates, and locations visit the bazaars web pages at

Recycling Captains Wanted for Hilltown Spring Festival

The Goal is Zero-Waste at the Hilltown Spring Festival

Efforts are under way to move the Hilltown Spring Festival closer to its goal of becoming a zero-waste event. This week, Eric Weiss of the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative (HRMC), which handles recycling at the festival, will be talking with students at Wahconah Regional High School about how recycling and composting are a key part of the sustainability equation. He’ll also be recruiting volunteer recycling “captains” to help direct fairgoers to the proper bins on May 15th.

“I think it’s important to always attach the word goal to the phrase, “zero waste,” Weiss says. “Otherwise, you miss understanding how this actually gets done.”

The Williamsburg-based HRMC was created 20 years ago by volunteers from area towns who wanted a regional solution to the problem of solid waste disposal. For more info, contact Weiss at (413) 268-3845,

%d bloggers like this: