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
The United Nations Program for the Environment has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Get kids excited about science and the natural world by participating in the many events and activities that explore nature and the outdoors in Western MA. Increase your families awareness and appreciation for the biodiversity in our own backyards! (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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.
DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS:
Friday, May 21st at Remington Lodge in Cummington: Salad, and Song with Sarah Stockwell Arthen. Come share an evening of delicious spring soups, fresh salad, home-baked bread and cookies, followed by a house concert with the marvelous songstress, Sarah Stockwell Arthen (www.sarahstockwell.com). Josh Wachtel, of Radio Free Earth, may stop in for a few songs, also! BYOB RSVP 634-5493
Friday, May 21st at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Ginger Sesame Tofu with Bell Peppers, in our homemade sauce. Gluten-free and vegan. BYOB. Steve Nelson, Singer/Songwriter, will be performing at 6:30pm. 268-7441
Friday, May 21st at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Spicy Thai Coconut chicken or tofu with stir-fry veggies and rice. BYOB 628-4003
Saturday, May 22nd at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Korean Braised short ribs with Glazed Sesame carrots and fried shallots. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!). Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757
Saturday, May 22nd, 9am-4pm,Chester on Track 20th Anniversary in Chester, MA. The annual Chester Railway Station celebration will include a parade, helicopter rides, train show, craft fair, live entertainment, a blacksmith, historic re-enactments, live steam and classic-car displays, and more! Dine in a wooden boxcar, ride on a wagon, tour the Keystone Arch Bridges. For more information, call 354-7878, or visit chesterrailwaystation.org
Sunday, May 23rd, 2pm, Academy of Music, Northampton CARTOON-A-PALOOZA to benefit the renovation of the Forbes Library Childrens and Teens area. Enjoy a special screening of award-winning animation by Mo Willems, from Sesame Street and Nickelodeon shorts to Carnegie Award-winning adaptations of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny, and the world premiere of the adaptation of The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! Mo Willems, a 3-time Caldecott honoree and Northampton resident, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening, and will be signing limited-edition Forbes Library posters featuring Elephant and Piggie. To purchase tickets, visit the Forbes website or the Academy box office. (Listen to PSA)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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 HERE.
SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families? Find out how to be a sponsor! Inquiries can email email@example.com for details
Irene Branson of Ashfield, MA writes: There will be a clothing swap on Saturday, June 5th from 10am-3pm at Ashfield Community Hall. “Ashfield Needles and Threads” will sponsor this one-day opportunity to clear out some of your clothes in a way that redirects and recycles them right here in the community. All remaining clothing will be donated to area shelters, the Salvation Army, etc.
HILLTOWN PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM: The Ashfield Preschool is planning an exciting summer program. From July 6 to August 13 the Preschool will offer 6 weeks of age-appropriate learning and adventure. During these weeks the preschool will host a cast of animals from Red Gate Farm, Dr. Jane Willis of West County Physicians, and Warren Kirkpatrick, Animal Control Officer. Karen Sullivan will demonstrate basket weaving, Beverly Duncan will give illustration lessons, Dawn Fessenden from Claydance Pottery will build with clay, and Julie Messervy will inspire with music. The program includes walking field trips to Country Pie Pizza, New England Cheesemaking, Gloriosa Garden Tea Party, Spring Hill Acre Sheep Farm, Ashfield Hardware and the Ashfield Fire Dept. Register your child now for one, two, or even all six weeks! For info call 628-3248.
RECOMMEND A SUMMER CAMP: Holly is looking for a summer camp recommendation in the Greenfield Area. Read her inquiry and make a recommendation over on our Facebook page.
SUMMER BOWLING: Does your family like to go bowling? Airway Lanes in Springfield, Chicopee Lanes and Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton are participating in a summer bowling program that allows kids to bowl for free, all summer long. For more info go to www.kidsbowlfree.com
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: Read 10 books, get one free! We double-dog dare you! Challenge is open to kids 12 and under. Read any ten books that you like. Record them on the downloadable form. Bring the completed form to any Borders Bookstore by August 26, 2010, and get a free book! It’s that easy! Happy reading!
FRIDAY NIGHT OUT: Hey parents, if you can get out to see this one, you’ll love it. Gaia Roots world music ensemble CD release party at The Jae’s Spice Ballroom, Pittsfield at 9:30pm on May 21st. This inspiring and lively performance will feature an 11 piece ensemble performing folkloric Afro-Caribbean and West African percussion and drumming rhythms accompanied by vocal harmonies, traditional and contemporary dance, original music and unique arrangements with special guests on guitar, bass and drum set. They were a big hit this past weekend at the Hilltown Spring Festival! Here’s your chance to see them again! For info email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.gaiaroots.com.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: 4-H Youth Program seeks adult volunteers with skills in science, environment, creative arts, foods, sewing and working with animals. Spend two hours each month serving as leaders for local 4-H clubs. Call 545-0611 or visit www.mass4h.org.
SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.
Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. 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.
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!
PLANT SALES FOR SATURDAY, MAY 22ND, 2010
- ASHFIELD: 9am-1pm at Gloriosa & Co. 628-4567
- GREENFIELD: 8:30am-1:30pm on the St. James Church lawn. Hands on children’s activities.
- HAWLEY: 9am-12Noon at 108 West Hawley Road.
- NORTHAMPTON: 9am-12Noon at 24 Nonotuck St.
- SHELBURNE FALLS: 9am-12Noon at the Bridge of Flowers
- SOUTHAMPTON: 10am-2pm at the First Congregational Church. 527-9480
- SOUTH DEERFIELD: 9am-12Noon at the Tilton Library 665-4683
- WILLIAMSBURG: 9am-12Noon at the Williamsburg Congregational Church
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
SATURDAY – MAY 22
6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan on the HFVS! 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.
8am-3pm – SALE: All 4 Kids Consignment Sale happens at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Kids’ clothing, toys, DVDs, baby gear, sports equipment. Click here to see flyer. Easthampton, MA (SALE)
9am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Nahorniak Five Mile Pond Family Fishing Festival. Volunteers will be on hand to help novices cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited amount of fishing equipment will be available for loan. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 Springfield, MA
9am-3pm – BOOK SALE: Stock up on summer reading for the kids at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. 527-1301 Easthampton, MA (SALE)
9am– 4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Chester on Track 20th Anniversary. The annual Chester Railway Station celebration will include a parade, helicopter rides, train show, craft fair, live entertainment, a blacksmith, historic re-enactments, live steam and classic-car displays, and more! Dine in a wooden boxcar, ride on a wagon, tour the Keystone Arch Bridges. For more information, call 354-7878 chesterrailwaystation.org Chester, MA (FREE)
9am-4pm – SALE & SWAP: Tag sale and Frock Swap to benefit the Great Barrington Waldorf High School. Will be held at Pete’s Motors. 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA (FUNDRAISER)
10am-2pm – BOOK SALE: Stock up on summer reading for the kids at the First Congregational Church. 527-9480 Southampton, MA (SALE)
10am-2pm – TAG SALE: The Goshen Historical Society will host a tag sale at the town offices (route 9). Goshen, MA (SALE)
10am-5pm – HISTORIC EXPLORATIONS: Visit the 48-acre Naumkeag Estate in the Berkshires from and view Miss Choate’s tree peonies and tour her 44-room Berkshires Cottage, given intact to The Trustees of Reservations 50 years ago. Children will enjoy the “Kipper” activity pack as they explore the magical Blue Steps, Chinese Garden, Oak Lawn, Peony Terrace, Afternoon Garden and Evergreen Garden. Location: Naumkeag Estate, 5 Prospect Hill Road. 298-3239 Stockbridge, MA ($, KIDS FREE)
10am-12:30pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Springfield Museum School will offer Hodge Podge of Science for kids ages 8-12. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413-263-6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA
11am – MAYFAIR: Ashfield Community Preschool is holding a Mayfair and Benefit Concert with Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey. Ashfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)
11am & 1pm – THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Co. presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the New Stage Theater (55 North Street). 429-1505 castlehilltheatre.org Pittsfield, MA ($)
11am-3pm – BIKE: Commuting and repair clinic at Pulaski Park. Northampton, MA (FREE)
11am-4pm – MUSIC: SPRINGFEST – Students and faculty of the Northampton Community Music Center will take to the streets for a day of public performances and festivities. www.ncmc.net 585-0001 Northampton, MA (FREE)
11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Family Farm Day at Red Gate Farm. Discover how animals help gardens grow and explore the ponds to see who has hatched this spring. Ages 2 – 8, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies and older children welcome. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA ($)
12Noon-5pm – ART ADVENTURES: Canal Gallery’s Artists’ Market, between 2 canals next to the Childrens’ Museum. This Artist Market comes alive with music, food, and color. Inspired by markets of a 100 years ago; also those in warmer more colorful places and early Americana circuses & carnivals. 532-4141 Holyoke, MA
1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)
2-9pm – SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL: Sustainable Communities Family Festival at the All Souls Church (29 South Street). An afternoon and evening of kid-friendly entertainment to benefit ReNew Salvage and Brattleboro’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Activities for kids, including crafts, puppets, theater, music and more. Dancing from 6-9 to the funky horn sounds of local favorites Simba. Food, drink, sustainability info and much more. West Brattleboro, VT ($)
3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Farm Chores are Fun at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to come help the farmer with Saturday afternoon chores. Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. All are welcomed. Buckland, MA (FREE)
7:15pm – 10:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Community Contra Dance at the Munson Library. Beginner-friendly dances start early and progress into a full-fledged contra dance. 256-0673 South Amherst, MA ($)
7:30pm – CONCERT: The Nields will perform at the Cummington Village Church. 268-3828 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)
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