Suggested Events 11/27/10-12/03/10

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


Gingerbread houses on display last weekend at the Hartsbrook Winter Fair in Amherst, MA (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.


In the evening on Friday, November 26th from 4:30-10pm  – MOONLIGHT MAGIC: An annual village tradition to kick-off the holiday season.  Stores, galleries and restaurants are open.  Luminaries line the streets.  Parade at 5pm.  This year look for Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns and a Snow Princess.  Music inside and out.  Trolley rides with the SF Trolley Museum.  Read more here! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

On Saturday, November 27th from 12Noon – 4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday gift making at Historic Deerfield. With thread and a needle museum educators will help visitors embroider a small design or initials on a cloth napkin. Make a unique napkin ring to go along with the napkin, and tie it up with a ribbon. Then decorate a card, and put it a gift bag. 775-7127 Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

On Sunday, November 28th from 9am & 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:  7th Annual Gorge aprés Gorge at the Chesterfield Gorge.  5K ($10) at 9am.  Free family/community walk/run at 10am.  A lovely community post-Thanksgiving outing.  Read more here. West Chesterfield, MA ($, FREE)


On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-4pm – WINTER FAIR: Green Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

And in the evening on Saturday, December 4th at 7pm – KIDS’ DANCE: Kids’ Dance Party at the Cummington Community House. Live music with Radio Free Earth.  Dance Scores led by Maureen Shea. Snacks. Cummington, MA (>$)

On Sunday, December 5th from 3-5pm – HOLIDAY STORIES: The Meekins Library will host a holiday reading of classic tales, including: Singer’s Hanukkah tale The Power of Light, O. Henry’s unforgettable short story The Gift of the Magi, and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Everyone is welcome.  Come read or listen and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks. 268-7472 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)


CRAFTY RUMPUS: On Sat. Dec. 4th from 10am-4pm, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages. Musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music. Span of Sunshine and the Carrie Ferguson will also perform.  Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. In addition: free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, and a used childrens’ clothing sale.  All events free. All are welcome! For directions: and check out the Rumpus blog: For more info: 413-773-1700

CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE: For income eligible families with children ages 0-5 residing in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Adult(s) must be working, or in a vocational or educational program during childcare hours to qualify for assistance. If your gross household annual income is below the limits listed, you may be eligible: Household of 2 ($50,050), Household of 3 ($56,300), Household of 4 ($62,550), Household of 5 ($67,600), Household of 6 ($72,600). Contact Jennifer Reagan for application: 230-8552 This Program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Towns of Chesterfield & Cummington.

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. Email for more information. — Help us help you!

CYBER MONDAY: On Cyber-Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving), Hilltown Families will feature five fabulous gifts for kids made by five equally fabulous Hilltown Mompreneurs … and you will be able to enter to win all five!  So when surfing online on Monday, make sure to stop by to enter to win!

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Give to the Forbes Library Annual Giving Tree to benefit children and families in Western MA. Gifts donated to the library will be distributed for the holiday season to family with financial difficulty for children 0-16yo. Bring in a brand new (or like new) unwrapped gift (or gift card) to donate to the Giving Tree. Used clothes not accepted. Drive runs from Thanksgiving through Jan. 4th. Drop off gift at the Forbes Library Children’s Department during open hours in Northampton, MA. Contact Jude McGowan for more info at 587-1010.


Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS is hosted by Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants.  Featured on his playlist Elizabeth Mitchell, Van Halen, Enzo Garcia, Elvis Costello, Ella Jenkins, Mike Seeger, and many other wonderful musicians – even and interview with The Beatles!

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to 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.
  • HFVS Podcast

    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!


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    Saturday – 11/27

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: 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

    9-10:30am – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA (67 Court St.) 562-2277 Westfield, MA ($)

    9am/10am – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Elf Show at Yankee Candle followed by Santa arriving by helicopter. Full day of fun. 877-803-6890 South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

    9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET:Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes through April 30th. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

    10am – HOLIDAY PARADE: From Trinity Row Park the annual holiday parade will preceed towards the Civic Center, with Santa and Mrs. Claus and many others. Florence, MA (FREE)

    10am-2pm – HOLIDAY POTLATCH: The 4th Annual Community Holiday Potlatch happening at the Village Congregational Church. All are welcomed. Bring a gift quality item to share. Find a gift to give. Food welcomed to share during the potlatch too. Cummington, MA (FREE)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET:Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Bule Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Family Create-A-Book at the Huntington Library in honor of National Family Literacy Month. Materials will be available throughout the day for your family to write and illustrate their own keepsake book. 667-3506 Huntington, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

    12Noon – 4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday gift making at Historic Deerfield. With thread and a needle museum educators will help visitors embroider a small design or initials on a cloth napkin. Make a unique napkin ring to go along with the napkin, and tie it up with a ribbon. Then decorate a card, and put it a gift bag. 775-7127 Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    2pm & 3pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 Amherst, MA ($)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    1pm & 4pm – MOVIE SCREENING: The Wizard of Oz (1946) starring Judy Garland will be shown at he Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 528-0100 Great Barrington, MA (>$)

    1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

    ♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 Holyoke, MA ($)

    4pm – BALLET: East Street Ballet is presenting a rendition of Prokovief’s Peter and the Wolf and selections from Swan Lake. 584-5535 Hadley, MA ($)

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