Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Evergreens as a Catalyst for Learning

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Evergreens as a Catalyst for Learning

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, community-based education specialist and Hilltown Families’ Founder, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, November 26th with Sienna and Danny talking about explore the changing seasons through the lens of evergreens

Click on the video below to view.

Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).

Sienna’s next visit to the Mass Appeal studios will be Monday, December 31st, 2018!

Suggested Events 12/01/07 – 12/07/07

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter

CCL (c) RcktManIL When I was growing up, we always put our Christmas tree up the weekend following Thanksgiving. A family tradition I’ve stayed true to with our daughter. The only difference is we don’t unpack our tree from a box we keep in the attic the way my folks did (nor do we have a cat to knock the tree down six or seven times like we did when I was a kid).

Growing up I had longed for a real Christmas tree… that smell of pine and fallen needles dusting the packages underneath. Between my childhood and my daughter’s, I forewent putting up a tree, artificial or real. Largely because I was living out of a backpack or in a tiny apartment, but I still longed for that real tree experience. So on our daughter’s first Christmas, we put HER in the backpack and went out on Christmas Eve and cut down our first ever REAL CHRISTMAS TREE! Never-mind that it was Christmas Eve and all the “good” ones were gone. It was REAL! It smelled of pine and needles fell to the ground, which were chewed on by the baby … and we kept it up long past all social graces, because it was REAL! And we had pine needles all over the house to prove it. Now we have a new family tradition that we take part in every year, the debate over colored lights vs. white lights. (Out of all the issues in the world to tackle, this one comes up same time, every year.)


This will be our 6th Christmas Tree, a full seven-foot Balsam Fir. Standing on stools, our daughter and her best friend hung the ornaments. They even created a little hammock out of ribbon for an angel missing a loop for hanging. We’re fortunate to have an abundance of local tree farms in our area to take our kids to for choosing the perfect Christmas tree. Click here to find a local tree farm near you.


Elmer's Store, Ashfield, MA

  • Become a Sponsor
  • To find out how you or your business can help support Hilltown Families by becoming a sponsor, drop us an email or give us a call at 413.296.0096 for more information. We’re offering very reasonable rates throughout the holiday season. By having individuals in our community and area businesses become sponsors, Hilltown Families can continue to offer a weekly list of suggested events, a weekly podcast, updated resources, articles and much more.

    • Submit 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, 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

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 12/01

    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. Tune in this week for a live interview with DAN ZANES! [All ages] (Free)

    10am-5pm – CRAFTED IN THE VILLAGE – Enjoy an old-fashioned kid of Christmas with the family in Ashfield, MA. Elmer’s Store has information and maps on where to go. Click here for details. 413.628.4003 [Families] (Free/$$)

    10am – FAMILY BOOK CLUB – A family book club will be forming at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. Click here for more info. [Ages 9-12] (Free)

    10am-4pm – FAMILY CRAFT FAIR – The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will be having their 4th Annual Family Winter Craft & Book Fair at the Brassworks Building in Haydenville, MA. click here for more info. [Families] (Free/$)

    10am-4pm – HOLIDAY SHOW – The Hilltown Artisans Guild will sponsor their annual Holiday Show & Sale at Worthington Town Hall in Worthington, MA. Music and refreshments. [Families] (Free/$)

    2pm – ART WORKSHOP FOR KIDS – Turkish Printmaking at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. 413.499.9348 [Ages 5 & up] ($$)

    2pm-3pm – FAMILY CONCERT – The Pop Rockets will be performing in South Deerfield, MA, at Yankee Candle. Click here for more info. [Families] (Free)

    5pm-8pm -FAMILY MUSEUM NIGHT – It’s family night at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, featuring Yo-Yo People and the Silver Swimmers. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($)

    5pm-8pm – HOLIDAY HAYRIDES – Look Park in Florence, MA, is offering a tour of their holiday lights display on a horse drawn hayride. [Families] (>$)

    Read the rest of this entry »

    %d bloggers like this: