Saturday Morning Music Party: The Nields Perform to Benefit Hilltown Families & Flywheel

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, The Nields!

The Nields will perform a special show for all ages at a fundraiser for Hilltown Families and Flywheel on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA.

Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon with alt-rock legends who in recent years have begun performing and recording music for families.

Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more, with proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts non-profits. (Infants-2: Free.)

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Saturday Morning Music Party: The Nields Perform to Benefit Hilltown Families & Flywheel

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, The Nields!

The Nields will perform a special show for all ages at a fundraiser for Hilltown Families and Flywheel on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA.

Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon with alt-rock legends who in recent years have begun performing and recording music for families.

The Nields have released both a well-received kids CD, Rock All Day/Rock All Night, and a book, All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways of Making and Listening to Music as a Family.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting The Nields for a morning of music, singing, dancing and pancakes,” says Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families’ founder and executive director. “Hilltown Families’ mission is to support education through community engagement, and The Nields are a part of our local landscape, bringing families together through a shared interest of music.”

Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more, with proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts non-profits. (Infants-2: Free.)

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Nields Family Concert in Northampton

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets…

Family Concert with The Nields
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 10:30am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in Northampton on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 10:30am. Deadline to enter to win: 01/18/12 by 7pm (EST). Details below.

For the third year in a row, Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Nonotuck Community School Winter Family Concert Series.  This year the school is kicking off their concert series with The Nields, and we have a family 4-pack of free tickets to giveaway to one lucky family! Proceeds from the performance go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a local non-profit preschool! Deadline to enter to win is 01/18/12. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE NIELDS

Nerissa and Katryna Nields grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and in the back seat of the family car. Katryna learned to sing melody with their father, eventually making her an ideal front person for the band. Nerissa, on the other hand, tackled the harmonies; with that skill, she provided a natural counterpoint to her sister’s vibrant lead. As a duo, the sisters have toured nationally for years and been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. They were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes and countless others, all of whom informed and enhanced their musical repertoire.

A most recent influence on their music is children. “Having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way,” says Nerissa. “I’m much more drawn to the honesty of folk music, the simplicity of it. My kids love singing songs from Sister Holler. And I love how, when we sing these ‘Nerissa’ songs in concerts, everybody sings along, even though it’s the first time they’ve heard them. They’re songs that really invite the listener into the music making process.” Find more information about the band at www.nields.com.

ABOUT THE NCS 2012 WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

The NCS Winter Family Concert Series is an annual three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The 2012 season starts off with The Nields in January, followed by A Family Dance Party with DJ Joan Holliday in February and Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem in March.  The family concerts take place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) and the Dance party will be hosted at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Proceeds from this concert series will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 586-5996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in concert at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 10:30am , is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting “Like” below
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONNECTS YOUR FAMILY WITH LOCAL EVENTS  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 01/18/12 @ 7pm (EST).

A Love Song To Mothers

Your House is Strong
By Nerissa and Katryna Nields

MotherWoman wanted to find a unique way to celebrate mothers, so they teamed up with Western MA mother’s, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, and local photographer Sarah Prall and asked families and friends in Western MA to share what they received from mothers that they treasure most. The results… this beautiful and touching video! Share with other mother’s in your life!

MotherWoman is a locally based organization that supports and empowers mothers to create positive personal and social change for ourselves, our families, our communities and the world. www.MotherWomen.org

Ticket Giveaway: The Nields Family Concert in Northampton

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets
Family Concert with The Nields
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 @ 10am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School (NCS) have partnered up to offer one lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see The Nields as they continue their 2011 Winter Family Concert Series in Northampton, MA on Saturday, March 5th at 10am! What better way for families to beat the mid-winter blues! Proceeds from the performance go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, local non-profit preschool! Deadline to enter to win is 03/02/11. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE NIELDS

Nerissa and Katryna Nields grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and in the back seat of the family car. Katryna learned to sing melody with their father, eventually making her an ideal front person for the band. Nerissa, on the other hand, tackled the harmonies; with that skill, she provided a natural counterpoint to her sister’s vibrant lead. As a duo, the sisters have toured nationally for years and been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. They were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes and countless others, all of whom informed and enhanced their musical repertoire.

A most recent influence on their music is children. “Having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way,” says Nerissa. “I’m much more drawn to the honesty of folk music, the simplicity of it. My kids love singing songs from Sister Holler. And I love how, when we sing these ‘Nerissa’ songs in concerts, everybody sings along, even though it’s the first time they’ve heard them. They’re songs that really invite the listener into the music making process.” Find more information about the band at www.nields.com.

ABOUT THE NCS 2011 WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

The NCS Winter Concert Series is a three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The season started off with Mister G in January, followed by The Alchemystics (Saturday, February 12th @ 10am) and The Nields (Saturday, March 5th @ 10am). All three concerts take place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street). Tickets are sold only on the day of the shows (doors open 30 minutes before each concert): adults $7, children $5, and one and under, free. Proceeds from this concert series will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 586-5996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in concert at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 @ 10am , is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

     

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW
  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  6. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.
  7.  

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 03/02/11 @ 7pm (EST).  If you don’t win and still really want to go, tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show.  See above for details.


ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN TIXS TO THE NIELDS: On Saturday, March 12th from 7:30-10:30pm, there will be a “Mom’s Night Out with The Nields!” A benefit for MotherWoman in  Easthampton, MA… and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to that show too! — Hootenanny has been a smashing success and is now a Valley institution for mothers and young children. Many mothers have said “I want a Hootenanny for grownups!” That’s exactly what we’re doing. Join Katryna and Nerissa for an evening of singing, great food, pampering and fun. MotherWoman will honor parent educator, Maria Curtin-McKenna that evening. To win a pair of tickets, please submit a story, with photo, about how Maria has made a difference in your life over on the Hilltown Families Facebook page by 3/9/11. You must “Like” Hilltown Families Facebook page to be able to participate.  Good luck!

The Nields “Organic Farm” Debut Party & DVD Giveaway

The Nields Organic Farm DVD Debut Party
@ Northampton’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market

Join in the celebration at the June 15th "Organic Farm" DVD Debut Party in Northampton - and enter here for a chance to win your very own copy. Details below.

On Tuesday, June 15th from 2:30-5:30pm, join in the free celebration of The Nields Organic Farm DVD Debut Party at Northampton’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market (located outside between Thornes Market & the Noho parking garage). There will be live music, DVD viewing, snacks and a Meet & Greet with Nerissa & Katryna Nields. Several supporting cast members will also be present for autographs and photos.

Organic Farm DVD is a project that celebrates music, family and community in Western Massachusetts. Much of the DVD was recorded in a studio with a good number of Western MA kids in the audience, with additional scenes shot at Town Farm, the Smith Vocational High School barn, and at Hootenanny, Nerissa and Katryna’s weekly kids music class. The DVD has lots of local family connections, and the event should be some good clean fun for kids and their bigger sidekicks!

At the DVD Debut Party on the 15th, there will be live music, DVD viewing, snacks and a Meet & Greet with Nerissa and Katryna. Several supporting cast members will also be present for autographs and photos! .

Nerissa & Katryna write: Our greatest goal is to pass on all the music and musicality that was given to us. We hope that our family music convinces you to dust off that old guitar in the corner and play again. The DVD should encourage this kind of behavior. Though our dear friend and professional filmmaker, Ed McKeon, was at the helm of Organic Farm (along with his twin 5 year old boys) we also called upon every member of our families to help us out. Along with the Cracker Jack band, we were joined by our father and mother, all four of our kids and both of our husbands. Most of the DVD was recorded in one day at the TV station at the University of Hartford. But we wanted to add a little joy and chaos to the whole experience. So, Henry Chalfant, (father of Nields guitarist and producer Dave Chalfant, and grandfather to Amelia and William, and also incidentally an award winning filmmaker ––Style Wars), drove up from NYC with a fancy camera and shot footage at Nerissa’s organic CSA, Town Farm, and on Nerissa’s front porch. Our mother, Gail Nields, historian and author, brought her grandchildren and Nerissa’s little digital camera over to Smith Vocational-Agricultural School to film the real Molly the Donkey. We topped it all off with a visit to Drury Lane. Wait until you see the breakfast boy. He is adorable.

We were almost done then, but we realized that we still needed a little more joy, so we called upon the families who take our HooteNanny music classes here in the happy valley. They obliged beautifully, dancing up a storm in the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse; jumping up and kicking a hole in the sky with Anna and wiggling with glee while thinking about mangos on the Mango Walk.

We are so pleased with the end result. We recommend making every member of your family a guitar out of cardboard. Strap it on before the movie begins and play along the whole time. That’s how we do it chez Nields.

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF ORGANIC FARM

We have a copy of Organic Farm DVD to give away to one of our readers. Your chance to win is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!

To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 06/22/10 @ 7pm (EST).

Ticket Giveaway: The Nields Family Concert in Noho

Win a Family 4-pack of Free Tickets!
The Nields Family Concert
Saturday, April 3rd @ 10:30am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School have partnered up to offer TWO lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of  free tickets to see a family concert with The Nields, the final concert spotlighted in the school’s Winter Family Concert Series.  This family concert will be in Northampton on Saturday, April 3rd at 10:30am at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. The proceeds from the performance go to benefit this local non-profit preschool!  Deadline to enter to win is 03/31/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE NIELDS

Nerissa and Katryna Nields are a favorite of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, with their family CD’s All Together Singing in the Kitchen and their newest release, Rock all Day, Rock all Night.  Their love for music dates back to when they were just a few years older than the children attending Nonotuck Community School. (Nerissa’s daughter, Lila, age 4, goes to school at Nonotuck.) Both sisters remember singing in the kitchen and the back seat of the family car. “I knew I wanted to be a singer and songwriter from the time I was 7,” explains Nerissa. “I remember I wrote my first song that I was really proud of when I was 13, and right away I had a harmony for it, so I dragged Katryna out of her room and taught her the harmony.” And the rest, as the saying goes, is history. For two decades (since 1991), they have been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. Today they are more than singing sisters — they are mothers who love to explore the impact their own children have on their writing and music. (Their new book titled All Together Singing in the Kitchen: The Musical Family, about How To and Why To make music with your family, is due out in 2011.)

Nerrissa and Katryna have also created and teach HooteNanny, a music class in the valley for children up to the age if five (and their grown ups).  Nerissa and Katryna share their encyclopedic knowledge and great love of folk music by handpicking favorite classics and composing new songs.  For information about HooteNanny classes or to get into a class starting the first week of April, write to hootenannymusicclass@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE NCS WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

This musical performance is the final of a three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. This final concert in the series features The Nields on Saturday, April 3rd @ 10:30 am taking place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. Tickets will be sold only on the day of the shows (doors open 30 minutes before each concert): adults $8, children $6, and one and under, free.

Proceeds from this concert series go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 5865996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields family concert at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 10:30a.m. is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 03/31/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win and still really want to go, tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show.  See above for details.



May Fair and Concert with The Nields in Ashfield, MA

HF listserv member, Patricia Donohue of Ashfield, MA writes:

The Ashfield Community Preschool will hold a May Fair Celebration and a benefit concert with The Nields at the preschool on Saturday May 16th in Ashfield, MA. At 10 a.m. the grounds will open to Maypole dancing, a woods walk through a fairy forest, a baby animals barnyard, crafts, music and food. The event is meant to celebrate spring and the preschool’s 25th anniversary. Lady Spring herself will greet the children wearing her long, green cloak. Other cloaked figures will guide visitors through the activities.

Following the May Fair, Katryna and Nerissa Nields, a dynamic sister duo known simply as The Nields, will perform in an outdoor family concert beginning at 11:00. The Sunday Republican calls the Nields: “two of Western Massachusetts’ brightest voices.” The Washington Post describes their harmonies as “tight and soulful.” The sisters have been performing and recording together since the 1980’s, singing both their own original pieces and classic folksongs that they color with their own vibrant hues. In the Fall of 1994, the Boston Globe called them “young…hip…hot.” Now, as mothers of young children the sisters say that “having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way.” In their latest recording, Sister Holler, they playfully recycle favorite folk tunes: “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal,” they admit on the cover.

Following The Nields will be other young performers, some of them Ashfield Community Preschool alumnae. Seven-year-old Clarissa Pollard will play her violin, 15-year-old Irene Soulos will play viola and a trio of teenagers will perform acappella.  Bread Euphoria will sell pizza and baked goods and the preschool will sell smoothies and lemonade. Admission to the May Fair is free. A $1 fee will be asked for some crafts. Admission to the Nields Concert is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the preschool.

Ashfield Community Preschool is located at 103 Baptist Corner Road in Ashfield, MA.  For more information call :  413.628.3248 or email acpres@verizon.net.

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: The Nields New Family Album (Double CD)

The Nields: Rock All Day: Rock All Night (Double CD)

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

The Nield New Double CD for Families

The Nields New Double CD for Families

The second family album from Nerissa & Katryna Nields in two years!

Nerissa and Katryna Nields (www.nields.com) had so much material – some new originals, others updated classics – for their new family CD, that they recoreded enough songs to fill two CDs.  Rock All Day is up tempo, for dancing, dinner making and car trips.  Rock All Night is a lullaby CD, perfect for playing in a nursery for a going-to-bed concert.  Sisters (and two hilltown mothers) Nerissa & Katryna have been hosting “HooteNanny,” a music class in Northampton, MA, for young children since 2006, so many of these songs have been road tested by the most discriminating of audiences.

HF Contributing writer Bill Childs writes, “Your  kids (and perhaps you) will love to go to sleep to the second disc, and the carpool will love singing along to the first.”

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win this double CD is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 09/24/08 @ 7pm (EST).

Be sure to check out: HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre DVD Collection (Deadline is Wednesday, 09/17/08)

Hilltown Moms (The Nields) Announce Their Newest CD

Nerissa and Katryna Nields of Conway, MA writes:

Announcing…Rock All Day Rock All Night, the Nields’ second family CD!! This double CD reflects our work over the past two years running HooteNanny, our age 0-5 parent/child music class, in addition to more of those wonderful songs our parents taught us, and some surprises, too. As with All Together Singing in the Kitchen, our first family CD, we asked our dad John Nields to join us, and because we recorded over Easter weekend, we also got our mom, sister Abigail and her family plus our own families to sing too. The result is two CDs jam packed with music. Rock All Day is uptempos for, well, rocking all day, be you in the kitchen, the car, the living room or the dance floor. Rock All NIght is lullabies for rocking those babes to sleep, with or without their parents present. As usual, Dave Chalfant, our long time producer, guitar player and bass player has done a masterful job producing, playing along, and he even does a cameo as Aquaman. And Katryna did a gorgeous job with the artwork, with the layout assistance of the brilliant Meghan Dewer. This CD is so fun, we haven’t been able to take it off our car CD player. Lila keeps saying, “I want your new CD.” (She really wants to touch the CD on the silver side. I won’t let her. So mean.)

As of this writing, we are about to perform at Falcon Ridge, our favorite weekend of the year. This will be our fifteenth time playing there, and it’s the festival’s 20th anniversary. What will it be like this year? You reading this will know what I do not: whether the thunderstorms will be exciting or cause for consternation and much damp underwear. Who or what will be that wonderful gem discovered fresh this year? What will be the Falcon RIdge hallmark of 2008? What magical onstage combinations will take place?

For me, it’s the hope that 4 weeks before my due date I don’t drop the babe in the middle of the main-stage set. (Though the Gospel Workshop would be pretty cool…) It’s also the hope that in between all the performing, I can witness my daughter and my niece and nephew discover (or rediscover) the joys of face-painting, watermelon and all the different kinds of music represented there. I’ve been saying to Lila, “Five more days till Falcon Ridge!” “Four more days…” and each time she draws her breath in, as though I’ve just shocked her. Mostly she’s excited about seeing her cousins and her grandparents, but I bet she’ll like the music too.

And then we will be laying a bit low for awhile, though as you can see from our schedule, we already have some pretty swell post-maternity leave action on the books. We’ll write you in September to fill you in on our off-season doings. Meanwhile, stay cool, enjoy them dog days and eat lots of peaches, tomatoes, fresh local corn-on-the-cob and take a real vacation.

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: The Nields (book & CD)

The Nields: How to Be an Adult (book) & All Together Singing in the Kitchen (CD)

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

The Nields have a book out titled How to Be an Adult. The book is written by Nerissa Nields and illustrated by her sister, Katryna Nields. Boy I wish I had a copy of this when I was in my 20’s. It’s a must have and the perfect gift for any young adult.

Here’s what Suzanne Wilson from the Daily Hampshire Gazette has to say about How to Be an Adult:

In her introduction, Nerissa Nields writes that this book was originally her younger sister’s idea. Katryna, she says, “had just graduated from college and felt clueless … while trying to figure out things like how to get health insurance and how to pay her taxes on the nonexistent income of a budding folk singer. How are we supposed to know any of this stuff?”

Excellent question. The result is this book, a collaborative work from the sisters who live in this area and have been making music together since 1991. Though the book is written in a breezy, often entertaining, manner, it is in fact packed with practical advice gleaned from interviews the author did with, as she points out, “over 35 actual adults.”

The table of contents by itself is worth the price of admission. Among the chapter headings: “How to decide what you want to be when you grow up”; “Failure”; “Organized religion”; “Eight cheap forms of therapy”; “Trash”; “Finding roommates”; “Should you buy or rent”; “Debt”; “Mail clutter”; “Laundry”; “How to fix a broken toilet”; “How to keep in touch with parents.”

Jill Stratton, associate dean of students at Washington University in St. Louis, writes that, “As someone who works with college students on a daily basis, I have been waiting for this book to be written. Nields is the big sister and coach we all need when embarking on such an adventure.”

They have sent us a promotional copy for this weeks giveaway, along with a copy of their fabulous family album, All Together Singing in the Kitchen.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win free music is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 07/30/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO

on winning our last weeks promotion. They will receive Mr. Saxophone’s newest album, Songs from the Treehouse. Thanks for participating.

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Spring Festivals Are Blooming!

Spring festivals bloom this time of year and are always great fun to take the family to. A couple of weeks ago the Hilltown Spring Festival celebrated life in the Hilltowns, and this past weekend the Sheep & Woolcraft Festival celebrated its 33rd year at the Cummington Fair Grounds. And this weekend there are a couple of fairs and festivals worth checking out too:

MAY FAIR (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER & ILLNESS)

On Saturday (05/31/08) in Ashfield, MA, the Ashfield Community Preschool will be celebrating spring with a May Fair and Family Concert. The fair begins at 10am with Maypole dancing, a fairy forest, baby animals barnyard, crafts, food and music! The Nields will be performing an outdoor family concert beginning at 1:30pm (>$) and Lady May will be roaming the grounds to greet visitors in her magic cloak. HF Listerv members Geri & Mark Pollard of Bread Euphoria will be serving up pizza and their organic baked goods. (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER & ILLNESS)

FAMILY CONCERTS

Earlier on Saturday, HF Listerv members Helen Kahn (Cup & Top) & Bill Childs (Spare the Rock) will be hosting/presenting Dog on Fleas at Cup and Top in Florence. And it’s FREE! Dog on Fleas is a great band. So between The Nields at 1:30pm and DOF at 10am, and The Nields AGAIN on Sunday (see below), families are RICH with great family music events.

CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR

Another Spring Festival happening this weekend worth mentioning is the Cultural Survival Bazaar happening all weekend long on the Amherst Commons. We went last year and loved it (plus, it’s free!). Great music, food and crafts! Here are some photos we took at last year’s festival:

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Saturday – 05/31

7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORIC COOKING – (Deerfield) Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Historic Deerfield Hall Tavern Kitchen. All are invited to experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Visitors can also see what’s growing when they visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske. Demonstrations are included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

10am – FAMILY CONCERT – (Florence) Dog on Fleas will be at Cup and Top. [Families] (Free) MORE INFO

10am – MAY FAIR & FAMILY CONCERT – (Ashfield) At the Ashfield Community Preschool. Maypole dancing, fairy forest, barnyard, crafts, music, food, and more. The Nields will be doing a family concert at 1:30pm. [Families] (Fundraiser) (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER & ILLNESS)

10am-6am – CULTURAL FESTIVAL – (Amherst) Cultural Survival’s 3rd Annual Amherst Common Bazaar [All Ages] MORE INFO

10:30am-11:30pm – SIGN LANGUAGE – (Greenfield) REACH Program will be offering sign language classes at the Greenfield YMCA. [Adults] (Free) MORE INFO

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

3pm – BACKYARD BARNYARD – (Northampton) Learn how your family can keep chickens at the Forbes Library. [Adults] (Free) MORE INFO

4pm – 5:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

6pm – DANCING & ART – (Shelburne) Art Bridge will be hosting a spring dance and art-making party. It’s a potluck. Bring the family. [Families] ($) MORE INFO

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