Ticket Giveaway: Family Dance Party with Joan Holliday

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets…

Family Dance Party with Joan Holliday
Saturday, February 11th, 2012 @ 10am-12Noon
at Northampton Center for the Arts

On Saturday, February 11th, Northampton Center for the Arts (17 New South Street, 3rd Floor) will host a FAMILY DANCE PARTY from 10am-12Noon with DJ Joan Holliday from 93.9 FM The River, co-sponsored by Hilltown Families… and we have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is 02/08/12. Find out how to enter to win below.

Families from throughout the Pioneer Valley will don their dancing shoes at this benefit for Nonotuck Community School. Come join kids of all ages under the disco ball and groove to a mix of classics, new tunes, and kids favorites at this all-for-the-family dance party! 

“I’ve loved music since I was an infant (a peace and love British invasion child of the 60s!),” says Joan Holliday. “As a radio DJ at 93.9 WRSI The River, and an events DJ for almost ten years, I am especially excited to get the kids dancing to benefit Nonotuck!  It’s fun for a great cause, and we’re gonna fill that dance floor!


Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the NCS Winter Family Concert Series, an annual three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The 2012 season started off with The Nields in January, followed by A Family Dance Party with DJ Joan Holliday this month, and Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem will conclude the series in March.  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.


Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Joan Holliday’s Family Dance Party at Northampton Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 from 10am-12Noon, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting “Like” below
  • 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, 02/08/12 @ 7pm (EST).

Mark Your Calendars for the River Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash!

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

Uncle Rock tomorrow, plus other updates and an announcement

We’ve had some great turnouts at the shows we’ve had recently, and they just keep on coming…most importantly for right now, here’s tomorrow’s show:

  • Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:00pm: Uncle Rock at Northampton Community Music Center – $5! (net proceeds to NCMC’s scholarship fund) Long time Hudson Valley friend of the radio show and favorite visitor returns to town to rock out. Uncle Rock will appear on tomorrow morning’s radio show (93.9 The River, 101.5 in Brattleboro, also on 103.3 Valley Free Radio). NCMC has highly functional heat, so we’ll keep you warm.

Some other upcoming stuff to note on your calendars is below, including a big announcement of a kids’ music festival in the end of March. You can also follow our calendar at here.
(which is also on our page at WRSI.com) or listen to the show every Saturday morning from 7 to 9.

  • Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 1:00: Harmonica Pocket at Mass MoCA (we’ll have them on our show either that morning or the following week, btw) (this is not a show we’re putting on, but it’ll be fun) Fun indie pop for kids.  You can enter to win free tickets from Hilltown Families here.
  • Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 1:00pm: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at Lyman Hall, First Churches – $7! (a portion of proceeds to the church’s capital campaign) – positive hip hop for kids with a sound that’s all grown-up. SA23’s show last fall was a highlight of the year, and this will be a great pre-Super Bowl show for the whole family. We’ll have you home in plenty of time for the game, I promise.
  • February 11 (and March 11), 2009 – Marcy Gregoire returns to Cup & Top for after-school shows; 3:00 face painting, 4:00 music.
  • Saturday, February 21 at 2:00pm: Elizabeth Mitchell at Northampton Community Music Center – $5! (net proceeds to NCMC’s scholarship fund) Can’t tell you how excited I am for this show. http://youaremyflower.org/home.html if you don’t already know about her.


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Spare the Rock on The River

Indie Music for Indie Kids Now on 93.9 The River
By HF Contributing Writer, Bill Childs

Starting this Saturday, February 9, our long-standing radio show (over 100 episodes!) “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child,” will be airing on The River (93.9 in Northampton and most of the Valley and at least some of the Hilltowns, 101.5 in Brattleboro). We’ll be on from 7 to 9 AM every Saturday on the River; we’ll also still be aired on Valley Free Radio (103.3 in Northampton and immediate environs). Both stations stream (http://wrsi.com for the River, http://valleyfreeradio.org for VFR), and on-demand streams of the show are available at http://sparetherock.com.

We’re very excited about the move. The folks at the River have been terrific – many of them have kids themselves – and the show will be essentially the same, though we’ll now be pre-recording. (This week’s show, which is sort of a soft launch, has a bit less conversation than usual, but that was due to nerves, not an intentional change.) We’ll keep having terrific musicians on the show, we’ll keep playing all sorts of kid-appropriate music, and we’ll keep bringing shows to the area. Just now, we can get even broader exposure for all the great artists!
So if you’re out and about and wanting to hear some great music for kids on Saturday mornings, you’ve now got an option farther out of town.

-Bill, Ella, & Sometimes Liam

ABOUT THE AUTHORBill Childs & Ella Bill teaches law school by day in Springfield, MA. With his kids, he produces a radio show for kids, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, on Valley Free Radio (103.3FM in Northampton) on Saturday mornings from 8am to 10am and online at www.sparetherock.com. He’s also a columnist for regional parenting magazines, covers music for Parenting magazine, and is a bi-monthly contributing writer to Hilltown Families. Contact him at show@sparetherock.com.

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