Suggested Events for July 30th – Aug 5th, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

With the axiom “If You Grow it, You Can Show it,” the staff of Berkshire Botanical Garden invites backyard gardeners throughout the region to show what’s growing in their family gardens by entering the GROW SHOW August 6-7. Details below. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf 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.

SPONSORSHIP: Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and enhanced publicity.  Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout Western Massachusetts while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, July 30th from 10am-10pm in the BerkshiresHULA HOOP FESTIVAL: Pittsfield City Hoopla festival returns to Springside Park for a day of festivities inspired by the craft, craze and creativity of the hula hoop. There will be workshops ($), slacklining, drumming, mandalas, hiking, hooping contest, food & vendors. Bring the kids for a day of hula hooping madness in the park! 874 North St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) 

Also on Saturday, July 30th at 12noon in the Pioneer ValleyCOMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Laurel Park celebrates this weekend with the annual Chataqua Revival!  There will be live music (including local heroes the Lonesome Brothers), food, hula hooping, a chance to meet Pedal People and try out their equipment, and a talk on local soil science.  The event ends with a community cookout in the evening.  2 Laurel Park.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

And in the evening on Saturday, July 30th from 7-9pm in the HilltownsBENEFIT CONCERT: The Nields, a local hero sister singer-songwriter duo, will perform tonight at The Village Church.  The show is a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the West Cummington Congregational Church.  413-634-2160.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

On Tuesday, August 2nd at 2pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL:  Tanglewood on Parade, the venue’s annual day of musical activities, welcome families to come and enjoy the day!  There will be live music throughout the day, with the event ending with the 1812 overture.  Alongside performances there will also be fun children’s activities such as an instrument playground, a magician, stargazing via telescope (after dark), and free tours of Tanglewood!  413-637-1600.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, August 6th at 10:30am in the Pioneer Valley – FAMILY THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents “The Sword in the Stone”- a show just for kids!  The show takes place at Smith College’s Mendenhall Performing Arts Center.  413-587-3933.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($) 

Also on Saturday, August 6th from 12noon-8pm in the Berkshires – CORNFEST: Enter a corn-eating contest, hop around in a sack race, make dolls from corn husks, and more at Whitney’s Farm today as part of CornFest 2011!  413-442-4739.  1775 South State Road.  Cheshire, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

HILLTOWN POTTERY TOUR: The Hilltown 6 will host its annual pottery tour and sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 10am-5pm. This is a great chance to see firsthand the tools and techniques behind eight nationally recognized clay artists who live and work in our very own hilltowns. Check out the studios, kilns and settings of these talented potters and step inside their worlds to see how their surroundings inspire their individual voices. This year three studios will feature guest artists. The studios and guests are: Robbie Heidinger with guest David Leith, Michael McCarthy, Constance Talbot, Christy Knox with guest Karin Noyes, Hiroshi Nakayama, Sam Taylor, Eric Smith, and Mark Shapiro with guest Jeffrey Lipton. For a detailed map go to www.hilltown6.com.

THERAPY DOGS WANTED: The Good Dog Foundation, which works to find pups who can be trained as therapy dogs, will be at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge every Monday through September 12th to search for dogs to join their therapy program!  If a dog (and their human) is chosen to participate in the program, they get the opportunity to go through training to learn to provide canine therapy for healthcare, social services, and in educational and community facilities.  Dogs must be at least 3 ½ months old to be screened.  Screenings will take place from 1-2pm and are free.  For more information, visit thegooddogfoundation.org.

Redcoats & Rebels

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tix to "Redcoats & Rebels" at Old Sturbridge Village for the weekend of August 6th & 7th. Deadline to enter: 8/3.

GROW SHOW: Does your family love to garden?  If so, the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Grow Show in Stockbrige is for you!  There are numerous divisions to enter and the show is open to all ages!  Plants, flowers, and vegetables can be entered into the horticulture division- anything from a stem or single flower to a basket of fruit and veggies is accepted.  There are also divisions for garden design, plant photography, and a special youth division where plant-themed artistic entries can be created before the show (kids can enter other divisions, too).  The Grow Show is an opportunity for families to showcase their green thumb(s) or to just learn more about horticulture!  Whether you enter or not, the Grow Show is a great learning opportunity for families– think of the plants you’ll see!  Entering the show is free, and it takes place on August 6th and 7th.  For more information, visit berkshirebotanical.org.

Meredyth Babcock writes, “Teen River Clean program is looking for a few Teens, ages 15-18 who live in Washington, Becket, or Chester, who are interested in helping preserve the Westfield River. We have volunteers who have adopted sections of the Wild & Scenic river that have identified a few problem areas and we need a few strong creative teens to help us address these areas and create a short film of our efforts!! We will be working August 1st, 3rd and 5th. All young volunteers will receive a small scholarship as a thank you from the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory committee. Call Meredyth Babcock, Wild & Scenic Volunteer Coordinator for more detailed information and to apply. 413-623-2070 or volunteer@westfieldriverwildscenic.org, www.westfieldriverwildscenic.org

Find out more about our enhanced publicity options and how you can advertise your event, class, camp - or join our team of amazing sponsors!

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Find out more about our Enhanced Publicity options and how we can with your marketing.

FREE MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, every Friday this summer different museums have offered free admission to families.  On Friday, August 5th, the opportunity to see a museum for free is coming to Springfield- all four of the Springfield Museums will offer free admission for all!  There will be special activities throughout the day to celebrate, including a puppet show, a live performance, art activities, and science demonstrations!  Take advantage of this opportunity and check out all that the museums have to offer- you kids (and you!) can learn about tons of different topics while exploring the museums.  To learn more and to see an exact schedule of the day’s events, visit springfieldmuseums.org or call 413-263-6800.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowSummer fun on the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week as we dig deep into the archives for a summer episode from years past! So many great shows to choose from! Listen in to see what we end up rebroadcasting.

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. 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!

WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS:
JULY 30th – Aug 5th, 2011

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Suggested Events for July 23rd-29th, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Kids' Market in Ashfield

There will be an ice cream social this Wed. (7/27) at the Ashfield Kids Market. Joan Holiday from The River will be there and Barts Ice Cream will be scooping out local ice cream! Happens in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store starting at 6:30pm.(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf 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.

SPONSORSHIP: Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and enhanced publicity.  Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout Western Massachusetts while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, July 23rd from 8am-4pm – PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaurs take over Greenfield today during the Jurassic Roadshow! The event is part of Franklin County’s bicentennial celebration, and will include a display of dinosaur footprints, fossils, fish, raindrop impressions, etc.; an opportunity to take a geology tour (beginning at GCC); a chance to meet the author of Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, which is about the first female paleontologist; nature drawing lessons; and more! Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

On Sunday, July 24th at 8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Pettingill Field. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, July 30th at 12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Laurel Park celebrates this weekend with the annual Chataqua Revival!  There will be live music (including local heroes the Lonesome Brothers), food, hula hooping, a chance to meet Pedal People and try out their equipment, and a talk on local soil science.  The event ends with a community cookout in the evening.  2 Laurel Park.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

Also on Saturday, July 30th from 9am-5pm – 4H FAIR: Learn about all of the hard work that 4H participants do at the Hampden County 4H Fair!  There will be exhibits from 4H participants, as well as livestock showing and other 4H activities.  Non-members are welcome to participate in some events as well- there is a kids’ tractor pull at 11, veggie races at noon, a talent show at 1, and a bottle rocket launch at 2pm, as well as make-and-take crafts all day long.  The fair is held at the Eastern States Exposition.  413-562-3001.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

HILLTOWN POTTERY TOUR: The Hilltown 6 will host its annual pottery tour and sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 10am-5pm. This is a great chance to see firsthand the tools and techniques behind eight nationally recognized clay artists who live and work in our very own hilltowns. Check out the studios, kilns and settings of these talented potters and step inside their worlds to see how their surroundings inspire their individual voices. This year three studios will feature guest artists. The studios and guests are: Robbie Heidinger with guest David Leith, Michael McCarthy, Constance Talbot, Christy Knox with guest Karin Noyes, Hiroshi Nakayama, Sam Taylor, Eric Smith, and Mark Shapiro with guest Jeffrey Lipton. For a detailed map go to www.hilltown6.com.

Redcoats & Rebels

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tix to "Redcoats & Rebels" at Old Sturbridge Village for the weekend of August 6th & 7th. Deadline to enter: 8/3.

INSTRUMENT DONATIONS WANTED: Have an old piano, violin, flute, or other instrument taking up space in your home? Donate it to the Artspace’s Used Instrument Sale. Donations or consignment both accepted. All proceeds will benefit Strings for Kids, free weekly group lessons for grades 3 – 6 at Greenfield Public Schools. Artspace’s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the arts. Artspace serves 350 students annually with weekly lessons and classes. For more information, call  413-772-6811 , email info@franklyarts.com or visit www.franklyarts.com.

Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Mister G's CD release party happening on July 26th at the Tuesday Market in Northampton, MA!

LOCAL KIDS MUSIC: Local kids’ hero Mister G will be releasing his irresistible new CD, BUGS, on July 26th at the Northampton Tuesday Farmer’s Market. Mister G will perform two sets (3:30 & 5PM), and kids are encouraged to arrive in homemade BUG costumes. Children will also be able to create bug-related art projects at the Tuesday Market on the 26th. BUGS has garnered rave reviews from critics around the USA with a collection of original songs which include rock, folk, bluegrass, bossa nova, ska and soul influences. The album features a number of bilingual songs inspired by Mister G’s performances for kids in Latin America. The CD also includes fan favorites such as “Shark in my Bathtub,” “Grilled Cheese,” and “Pam the Pug.” Come ready to dance! www.mistergsongs.com

FREE AND REDUCED SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: Free meals for children and youth available in Greenfield through the Greenfield Summer Meals Program.  Breakfast and lunch served through Aug. 19th at Greenfield High School, YMCA of Greenfield, Greenfield Gardens, Leyden Woods And Oak Courts. Lunch at Greenfield Swimming Pool through Aug. 12th, and Newtown School offers both breakfast and lunch through Aug. 12th. Available to all Greenfield students who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch. Call Greenfield Public Schools for eligibility and more information: 413-772-1334, or visit www.gpsk12.org.

The Decemberists

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Decemberists at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA on Sunday, July 31st! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, July 27th.

MINDFUL PARENTING COMMUNITY: Margaret Garrett writes, “I am a 40 y/o single mother with a 5 y/o son relocating to the area. We are looking to rent a studio apt or spacious room in a cooperative, cat-free house for under $650. If possible this space could also be where the practice community gathers for regular meetings, meditation sittings and activities that foster deep listening. Child-care could be arranged through pooling resources or rotating members. If necessary, a separate space could be found for gathering in a church or community building. The intention is to come together and work with the challenges of parenting as an opportunity to become wiser and more loving. We pass this on to our children directly and through example. If anyone has a place to offer or would like to join me in practice, I would love to hear from you! Email: Margaret_garrett@hotmail.com

Find out more about our enhanced publicity options and how you can advertise your event, class, camp - or join our team of amazing sponsors!

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Find out more about our Enhanced Publicity options and how we can with your marketing.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowThe Sugar Free AllStars will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend show playing tunes by The Hipwaders, Led Zeppelin, Justin Roberts, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Brady Rymer, and several others, including tunes off their CDs, Dos Ninos and Funky Fresh and Sugar Free.

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. 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!

WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS:
JULY 23rd-29th, 2011

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Farmers’ Markets | Weekly eNewsletter

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Staycation Location: Shelburne Falls, MA

Local Day Trip to Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The summer vacation time is in full swing! And, with frugality more in than ever, more and more vacationers are opting to stay close to home. Within forty five minutes of Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton is the delightful town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Shelburne Falls is located in the Franklin County area of Massachusetts along the scenic Mohawk Trail. It is also home to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. The museum is a great operating attraction for families of all ages. Featuring restored Trolley Number 10, the original trolley which ran across the Bridge of Flowers, plus an operating pump car and steam locomotive display.

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes - Geological Wonder (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes: Geological Wonder (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Besides the operating trolley museum, other town features include:

  • Cafes, such as McCusker’s Market Co-Op
  • Artisan Shops, including handblown glass demos at Angelic Glass
  • Restaurants
  • Historic Bridge of Flowers(photo above)
  • Famed Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River

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