Suggested Events 11/23/07 – 11/30/07

Ready or Not, the Holidays Are Here!

Martinmas 2007 (c) Hilltown Families

Martinmas Lantern (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

There are several events that happen each year that we look forward to. One is a Martinmas Celebration hosted by good friends of ours from Ashfield, MA a couple of weekends ago. Martinmas is a celebration that has elements found in both American Halloween and Thanksgiving traditions, named after St. Martin, the patron saint of beggars, drunkards and outcasts. He was known for his gentleness and hospitality, and his ability to bring warmth and light to those who were previously in darkness..

Martinmas 2007 (c) Hilltown Families

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

Every year family friends are invited to make lanterns in the barns while sharing food, singing songs and toasting marshmallows around a bonfire. Kids make lanterns by coating the outside of glass Ball jars with colorful tissue paper and decorating them with ribbons for a twilight parade down through the fields. For the parade, families follow a path lit with luminaries, holding their glowing candle lanterns, singing traditional (and not so traditional) Martinmas Lantern Songs. It’s always a magical and memorable event.

The Pocket Lady at the Hartsbrook Winter Fair. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR & THE GORGE APRES GORGE

This holiday weekend there are two more yearly events that we look forward to, the Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic Celebration and the Gorge Apres Gorge. This year we’re especially excited about the Moonlight Magic Celebration because our daughter will be participating in the Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar happening at the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum) between 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Come by and take a look at what the kids made and are selling. If you’re kids would like to participate as vendors, click here for an application. Hope to see you at both events!

THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

Spirit of the Heart www.spiritoftheheart.org
Please visit our sponsors web site.

  • 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 413-961-9367 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 hilltownfamilies@gmail.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Friday 11/23

11am-4pm – SCHOOL VACATION FUN – The Springfield Museum in Springfield, MA, is hosting AbraKIDabra: A Magical Day. Go on a scavenger hunt, design a magician’s hat, make a magical craft, watch strolling magicians perform trick, watch a magic show at 2pm, and more. 413.263.6800 [Families] ($/borrow a museum pass from your local library)

Noon-4pm – KIDS CRAFTS – Made-by-Hand Holiday Gift Workshop will be held at the History Workshop at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Families can make presents that they can give for the holidays. 775.7214 [Families] (Included with general admission, $)

3:30pm-5:30pm – KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Hilltown Families (that’s us!) and CAM will be hosting a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar at the Children’s Art Museum (same buiding as the Trolley Museum) in Shelburne Falls, MA. Drop by and take a look at what the kids made and support their experience with cottage industry. 625.6826 [Families] (Free/$)

4:30pm-9:30am – HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – The village of Shelburne Falls, MA, will be holding their town-wide Moonlight Magic Celebration. Click here for details. [Families] (Free,$)

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Gorge Aprés Gorge: A Local Family Tradition

Gorge aprés Gorge Walk/Run: A Family Event
At the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield

Gorge Apres GorgeThis is the time of year families are cooking and traveling and getting ready for their big Thanksgiving feast (= gorge #1). Following a Thanksgiving gorge, this is the time of the year area families are getting ready for the 4th Annual Gorge aprés Gorge at the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield
(= gorge #2)! The GaG is a 3 mile walk/run (out & back) morning event for families to come together for exercise and a fun time, held on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Go as long or as little as you want.

WHEN & WHERE?

  • Sunday, Nov. 25 @ 10am
    Chesterfield Gorge parking lot
    West Chesterfield, MA
    All are welcomed! It’s a family affair

WHAT TO EXPECT

  •  If there is snow, bring your skies, snow shoes, or sleds. Or you can run and walk to make the 1.5 mile trek out to the first gate on a dirt fire road.
  • Photo from 2006 Gorge Apre Gorge
  • If there is sun, come run, bike, and/or walk.

  • Water will be available about 3/4 miles out.
  • Hot drinks will be served back at the parking lot, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and apple cider (bring mugs, if you want).
  • Refreshments from Bread Euphoria and Tanya Rapinchuck (and participants who would like to bring a refreshment to share.


The Gorge aprés Gorge is organized by local resident (and mother of two) Leslie Charles and is supported by a Cultural Council Grant. Email: leslie@lacdesign.com
(Photo (c) 2006 Leslie Charles)

Suggested Events 11/17/07 – 11/23/07

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

As we celebrate the harvest season this week, it would be a great time of the year to show our kids how we can share with our neighbors. Donating food to your local food bank is one fine way to do so. If you’d like to reach out to other families in our area that are in need, there will be a Food Drive to benefit the Hilltown Food Pantry this Saturday (11/17/07). There will be a curbside drop off happening at 5 Bridge Street in Haydenville, MA, of non-perishables to be delivered to the pantry and distributed to local families. Donations can also be dropped off anytime from now through 12/15/07 at the Legion (same address).

THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

GRENDEL BOOKS (www.GrendelBooks.com)

  • 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!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 11/17

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 the winners of the Fids & Kamily Awards will be announced! [All ages] (Free)

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

10am-3pm – HOLIDAY FAIR – At the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA, will be a Crafts Fair and Children’s Festival. Make crafts to give as gifts, be entertained and enjoy music, hayrides and a bonfire. 413.586.1908. [Families] (Free/$)

10am – NATURE CRAFTS – Make edible birdhouses at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA. 413.298.3926 [Families] ($$)

10pm – OUTDOOR ACTIVITY -Learn about numerous wild edibles found in our area at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA. 413.584.3009 [Ages 4-12] (>$)

Noon – ZOOLOGY FOR KIDS – The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, will be hosting a discovery program called “Creatures on the Move” every Saturday through 12/29. Kids can learn how fish, amphibians and other creatures move around. 413.443.7171 [Families] (Free with admission to museum)

Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni

2pm & 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)

7pm – FAMILY DANCE – There will be a Family Folk Dance at the First Congregational Church in Wiliamsburg, MA. Traditional folk dances to the music of Katherine and the Borstals. No partner or prior experience necessary. Refreshments. [Families] (Donation)

7pm – MOM’S NIGHT OUT – A relaxing, women-only evening is being offered at Union Station Restaurant in Northampton, MA, sponsored by MotherWoman. Desserts, cash bar, poetry, auction, and more. 413.586.5366 [Mothers] ($$)

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