PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: 4 Tickets to See Chris Smither @ Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls

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Chris Smither at Memorial Hall
Shelburne Falls, MA
Friday, June 4th, 2010 @ 8pm

On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and we have a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT CHRIS SMITHER

Chris is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music draws deeply from the blues, modern poets & philosophers. His most recent CD is Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds). He has released 13 albums and 3 DVDs and tours clubs, concert halls, and festivals across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His songs have appeared in films & TV and have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Diana Krall.

ABOUT THE PIONEER VALLEY CHINESE IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL

PVCICS prepares K- 8th grade students for academic and personal success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with the state and federal government standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS’s goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region. The school is currently accepting applications for K, 1st, and 6th grade for Fall 2010 enrollment. For more information about PVCICS go to www.pvcics.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a 4-pack of free tickets (and a signed CD) to see Chris Smither 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 (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Friday, 05/28/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are $22adv/$25door, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the fundraising efforts at The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) in Hadley, MA.  Purchase tickets online or in person at Elmer’s/Ashfield, Mocha Mayas/Shelburne Falls, World Eye Bookshop /Greenfield.

Suggested Events 10/31/09-11/06/09

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Rag Shag Parade in Ashfield, MA (2007)

Rag Shag Parade in Ashfield, MA, 2007. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

HALLOWS’ EVE EVENTS

Loads of  events for families this Friday night.  Click here to see our listed of Friday events.

BULLETIN BOARD

  • Workshop Giveaway with Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield

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    CAMPAIGN FOR A COMMERCIAL-FREE CHILDHOOD: Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO screen time for children under the age of 2? And that the Boston-Based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood successfully filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission forcing companies to stop claiming that videos are educational for infants, resulting in a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD in the last five years.

  • SAVE THE DATE: CHARLES NEVILLE, ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO PERFORM: Third and four grade students attending Gateway elementary schools will hold a concert on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Huntington, MA. At 7 p.m., Charles Neville will perform with The Skeletones, and will do a couple of numbers with the children.
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    WORKSHOP ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: The Gateway Family Center in Huntington, MA is offering Caro Lambert, a Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist from Lambert Speech and Language on Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Family Center. Lambert will give a workshop for parents on the typical developmental stages and ages for acquiring speech and language skills, as well as warning signs. Activities to promote speech, language, feeding and oral motor development will be discussed. Free and open to the public. Please register with Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 3 or email at ksavery@hchcweb.org

  • FOOD SECURITY: The Central Connecticut River Valley Institute (“CCRVI”) will be taking the next step in its Shelburne Falls Food Security Project this fall and winter. They will be creating a set of standard designs for small, family-oriented, perennial food garden plots which can be easily used by families wishing to create their own perennial food garden. More info HERE.
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    WEST COUNTY RESILIENCE CONVERSATION: The next meeting is on November 3, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Shelburne Senior Center, 5 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. They will be discussing and planning our group’s future directions. Among the topics we’ll discuss: Reskilling, West County Time Bank, Outreach and Education, Ideas for a Resiliency Fair, List of Resources and Next steps. More info HERE.

  • HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool Fall Fair will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2009 in Arlington, MA. More info HERE.
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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

RAG SHAG PARADES ON HALLOWEEN

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  • Ashfield, MA Parade kicks off at 6:15pm from Neighbor’s and ends up at the fire station for donuts and cider.
  • Cummington, MA Parade begins at 5:45pm at Berkshire Elementary School on Main Street.
  • Conway, MA Parade at 6:30pm.
  • Plainfield, MA Followed by bonfire.
  • Florence, MA Gather at 5:30pm at Triangle Park. Parade kicks off at 6pm. Free and open to all. Kids will march from Trinity Row Park to the Civic Center for costume judging and treats.
  • Shelburne Falls, MA Parade marches over bridge. Gathers around 5:30pm, but not confirmed.
  • Westhampton, MA Gather in the Hampshire Regional parking lot at 6:15pm.
  • Williamsburg, MA 6:00pm starting at Mill Street and ending at the Williamsburg Fire Station for games and refreshments.
  • Worthington, MA Rag Shag Review a the town hall at 7pm.

SATURDAY

  • 10am-1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / PET: “Dog-O-Ween” will be at the Eastfield Mall. Bring your four legged friends for a day of doggie games, a costume contest and more! All dogs must be leashed and friendly while in the mall, event proceeds benefit Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. 413-543-8000 Springfield, MA (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / NATURE STUDIES: Haunted Hawleyween: Festive and Educational Event for the Whole Family at Kenneth Dubuque State Forest on West Hawley Road. There will be games, treats and forest adventures – help the animals of Hawley rescue their treasure. Open to all ages. Hawley, MA
  • 7pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / HAYRIDE: McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery will have a Haunted Hayride. Zombies are on the prowl for the 19th “Anniverscary” of the Monster Mash Haunted Hayride at McCray’s Farm. Rides start at 7 p.m. and end when the last rider runs screaming. South Hadley, MA

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Suggested Events 10/25/08-10/31/08

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Pumpkins from the Goshen Halloween Haunted Village.  And just so you know ... it is SUPER scary!

Pumpkins from the Goshen Halloween Haunted Village. And just so you know ... it is SUPER scary!

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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FEATURED EVENT: Monster Mash Dance Party to Benefit The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst this Friday night, October 24, 2008, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Show your Halloween style by wearing your costumes early and do the Monster Mash. Dinner available in the cafe; family-friendly fun in the art studio; spooky-silly activities and simple door prizes will keep your goblin safe, happy, and ready for bed by 8:30. Children must be accompanied by an adult, limit four children per adult. Kids Free! All others $10 (in advance); $15 (at door). Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Admissions Desk, by calling (413) 658-1126, or online.

Saturday – 10/25

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Suggested Events 10/18/08-10/24/08

The Cummington Family Center Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival.

The Cummington Family Center Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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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FEATURED EVENT: BLOOD & GUTS AT LILLY LIBRARY

Blood & Guts: A hands-on science learning experience for students and their families will happen tonight, Friday October 17, 6-8 pm at the Lilly Library in Florence (Sponsored by Baystate Franklin Medical Center).  This event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments and raffle.  See actual patient X-rays; look at cells under a microscope; touch real human bones; learn about healthy eating; test your balance on a physio ball or rocker board; test yourself on how well you wash your hands; talk with Baystate Franklin Medical Center professionals about their careers in health care; and much more!

Saturday – 10/18

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Suggested Events 10/27/07 – 11/02/07

IS WESTERN MASS HOME TO THE RAG SHAG PARADE?

Ashfield Halloween Haunted House 2007 (c) Sienna WildfieldHere’s a challenge for our readers, what are the origins of the “rag shag parade?” I had never heard of a rag shag parade until I moved to Western Mass. And as far I can tell, this style of parade is a local phenomenon. You don’t hear about rag shag parades happening in Minnesota or Louisiana. Not even Boston! Correct me if I’ve overlooked something, but they seem to take place largely in Western Mass, with at least eight ELEVEN happening this week. So what gives? How did they originate, and why Western Mass? I’ll throw in a free HFVS T-Shirt Review T-Shirt for the person that can come up with an answer, or at the very least a clever response.

AND JUST WHAT IS A RAG SHAG PARADE?

Judging from my limited experience, rag shag parades are free-for-all community events where families dress-up in costume and loosely parade down their local town’s main drag. Sometimes fire engines lead the way, sometimes fire engines close up behind. At at the end of the parade there are typically refreshments, activities and/or a bonfire. The kids run around, the adults hide behind masks, and often times trick-or-treating begins. I’m certain there are variations to this format. We’ve been to four rag shag parades since our daughter was born. All in Western Mass and all followed a similar pattern. Share with us your favorite rag shag parade stories below in the comment box.

SUGGESTED EVENTS

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

SATURDAY – 10/27

8am – FAMILY RADIO – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. [All ages] (Free)

11am-3pm – FALL FESTIVAL – The Community SOL 4-H is holding a fall festival craft fair with bake sale and free activities for kids. Join families, including members from the Hilltown Families Listserv, to make straw dolls, wands and witch hats, or play dress up in the costume corner. Being held at the North Hall (40 Searle Road) in Huntington, MA. [Families] (Free/$)

11am-4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Hairy Scary Halloween at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA. 413.263.6800 x420 [Families] ($, Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

Noon-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni2pm & 3pm – FAMILY THEATER – Picture Book Theater performs Tico and the Golden Wings at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts in Amherst, MA. [Families](>$, Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

2pm-4pm- FAMILY CONCERT & HALLOWEEN EVENT – Join the Pop Rocket’s for some extra Halloween fun at Bart’s Ice Cream in Greenfield, MA. Live music and dancing, along with ice cream. Come in costume. [Families] (Free)

5pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Rag shag parade (6:30pm at the Fire Station), talent/variety show, candy swap, and trick-or-treating in Worthington, MA. 413.238.0047 [Families] (Free)

5pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Rag shag parade and trick-or-treating down Main Street in Cummington, MA. Activities at the Community House. [Families] (Free)

6:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. A festive Halloween celebration, with “not-so-scary” haunted hayride, games and treats. Come in costume. [Ages 3-12]

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Suggested Events 10/20/07 – 10/26/07

Halloween Costume Cautionary Tale

Monster Mash Dance 2006 (c) Sienna Wildfield

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like living out their fantasies by dressing up (and then being allowed to parade around town in a socially accepted manner) and having free reign over a plastic pumpkin-bucket full of candy?

While much of my adulthood I have chosen to dress up as a cat, I do remember when I was a kid dressing-up as an Alien-From-Mars-On-Roller-Skates. The roller skates were thrown in to the ensemble so I could hit every single door in our rural neighborhood of East Texas. And to make my character authentic, my mother had the great idea of mixing green food color with a container of Vaseline and then sculpting my hair with the entire contents of the container (note to our readers: Vaseline does not wash out of your hair… at least not immediately). Halloween, that year, fell on a Monday, and at the sensitive age of eleven, I was made to go to school for the entire week with a green grease-head. And it’s not like you can get away with wearing a stocking cap on your head in Texas to cover-up your grease-head, the way I do now when I’m dropping my daughter off at school in the wee-a.m. No. I had to sport that look way past the social grace of Halloween dress-up. Fortunately, I went to a different school the following year…

Pumpkin Carving Party 2006 (c) Sienna WildfieldMy passion for Halloween has hit an all-time-high since having a child. There are always a plethora of festive Halloween events for kids and parents to wear their costumes and attend in our area. I’ve highlighted such opportunities this week in green below. And next week’s list of suggested events will include places to take the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, including the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Cummington, Florence, Northampton, Worthington and more. If you have a Halloween event you would like to let our readers know about, please email me or post it at the end of this post in our comment box.

SUGGESTED EVENTS

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

Local forecast | Get directions | Free Museum Passes | Printable Format (pdf)

Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 10/20

8am – FAMILY RADIO – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. This week’s episode will have the Pop Rocket’s in studio. [All ages] (Free)

9am-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – Kim Payne will be leading the workshop, The Soul of Discipline, at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Call to register: 413.584.3198 [Parents] ($$)

9am-Noon – PARENT WORKSHOP – Halloween costume help at ArtStar in Haydenville, MA. 413.896.3709. [Parents] ($)

9:30am – HISTORIC FOODS – There w ill be an open hearth cooking demonstration at the Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Learn how autumn affected the preparation and preservation on foods in historic menus. 413.775.7214 [Ages 6 & up] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

10am-3:30pm – NATURE PROGRAM – Berkshire Backyard Celebration with the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Hands-on nature science activities and live animal demos. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

10am-5pm – CULTURAL EVENT – A Native American Pow Wow will be on the Quadrangle Green in Springfield, MA at the Springfield Museums. There will be crafts, performance, storytelling, drumming, craft making, and more. 413.263.6800 [Families] (>$)

10am-5pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Magic Forest at Shepherd’s Hollow in Leeds, MA, a yearly fundraiser. A 25 minute walk through enchanting and magical scenes. Timed reservations required. 413.584.2602 [Families] ($)

Noon-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Check out a museum pass from your local library)

1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – The Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA will be hosting a costume party and book reading. 413.268.7472 [Families] (Free)

5pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Enchanted Forest: A Non-Scary, Family Halloween Event in Amherst, MA, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, families can participate in a 45 minute walk along a trail lit with pumpkins. Pre-registration is suggested. 413.256.6006 [Families] ($)

5:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Train Rides & Light Display at Look Park in Florence, MA. Click here for details and for a $1.00 off coupon. [Ages 4 & up] (>$)

7pm-10pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Village in Goshen, MA at Camp Holy Cross, Friday & Saturday. 413.268.3175 [All Ages] (>$)

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