Suggested Events for December 8th – 14th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

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Each week, Hilltown Families taps into your interests and values and gives you the chance to connect with others who want to explore them. By highlighting the learning opportunities that are embedded in the everyday events, activities, and spaces that make up our communities, sharing this information with families via our extensive online network, and supporting your participation in engaging and meaningful ways – together – we are building connections that shape and change lives and communities. Hilltown Families is where families come to connect to the place where they live and the people who call it home.

The beautiful fact is, we can’t do any of this without you. It all comes back to you and your engagement. During this season of gratitude and giving, we are inviting you not only to get out and have some fun while you learn, we’re inviting you to invest in the organization that helps make that possible. Hilltown Families is in the process of redesigning our website and planning new in-person programming for the Spring. We will bring you seasonally-based mindfulness events and workshops for learners of all ages and backgrounds at our founder, Sienna Wildfield’s, new space, Curly Willow on the Westfield River. But we need your help. Please support what you love by donating what you can to Hilltown Families. Consider making it a monthly contribution. For less than what you spend on a cup of coffee, you can make a big difference in the lives of families – just like yours – throughout Western MA! We thank you!

Our Saturday Morning Music Party Series is BACK!

On New Year’s Day (Jan 1st), Hilltown Families, the Flywheel Arts Collective, and the Easthampton Family Center are continuing the beloved ‘Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! This year, we are starting off this family series on New Year’s Day, January 1, with a First Day Morning Music Party from 10am-12noon in Easthampton, MA. Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and fruit, along with The Mr. Fuzznogginz Show – the hippest, coolest, funniest magic show in New England. As always, we close out the morning with an awesome dance party for all ages! It takes place at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall. This event is a fundraiser for the organizers, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

Plus, this year, we’ll be collecting donations of new toys and toiletries to donate to the YWCA of Western MA. This activity came out of one Hilltown Families grandma who wants to get her grandson into the habit of joyful giving at a young age. We think that more really is merrier and decided to open it up to the whole Hilltown Families community! Please join our family in expressing the value of generosity by developing a practice of giving as individuals, with our neighbors, to our communities. You bring the toys and toiletries and we’ll sort, package, and deliver them to the YWCA of Western MA, which, for over 150 years, has provided shelter, support services, and tools for self-sufficiency for women and girls in our community.

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Dec 7, 8, & 9

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. This year, everyone is invited to our village tavern to enjoy traditions from the early Middle Ages to rousing contemporary carols. Come hear ancient songs, see the Abbotts Bromley horn dance, a mummers play and the passing of the yule log! There will be Basque, molly and sword dances! Friday and Saturday Dec. 7 and 8, 7:30pm & Sunday Dec. 9, 2pm. Shea Theater, Turners Falls. Tickets $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 5-16 years, at Amherst Books, Amherst; Broadside Bookshop, Northampton; World Eye Bookshop, Greenfield; at the door or online. Information and reservations at www.welcomeyule.org.

Dec 7 – 9

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 7 – 9 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 7 at 4:00 p.m. has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience, and is also ideal for young children. The 40th Anniversary Celebration Performance that evening features special musical guests and a champagne treat for the adults. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Dec 8

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a Winter Fair featuring musical performances and holiday gift-making on Saturday, December 8. Holiday crafts use recycled and natural materials and include fairy houses, full-sized wreaths, gingerbread people, and more. All proceeds support the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School library and educational programs. The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing mixed-aged classrooms and an arts-integrated approach to curricula. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery and is open to students throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties. For more information about the Winter Fair visit www.hilltowncharter.org or call (413) 529–7178.

Dec 9

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Open House for interested families on Sunday, December 9. The program begins at 1 PM. Meet students, teachers, and current parents and get a feel for their their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, competitive athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership, with daily round trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, Greenfield and the hilltowns, including several stops along each route. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Dec 9

There Will Be Light: A Community Hanukkah Celebration. Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 pm – 7:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton. Join us at 5 pm for two programs: 1. Candle lighting & song circle. Light hanukiot in the main sanctuary and sing songs of light and hope in-the-round with Molly, Aram, and Rabbis Jacob and Justin. 2. Candle lighting & music for families with kids ages 0-5. Join Felicia Sloin & friends for 8th night menorah lighting, story telling, song, and play. At 6:30 pm, a catered dinner will be served. RSVP requested: cbinorthampton.org. $10/person, $7/children 12 and under. We encourage you to bring your own menorah. For more info, contact Merideth Lively: mer@cbinorthampton.org or (413) 584-3593.

Dec 15

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 15th at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.ACelticNutcracker.com.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 8th – 14th, 2018

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for May 24th & 25th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for May 24th-30th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 25 Community Highlights: Backstairs Tour to Paper Lanterns. Corn Worm to Fishways and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: May 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of over 50 summer camps & programs!

May 24th-30th, 2014

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Animal Studies ♦ Agriculture & Fiber Arts  ♦ Local History ♦ Bread Baking ♦ Community Service ♦ Nature Studies ♦ Travel/Transportation ♦ History/Martial Arts ♦ Activism/Performance Art ♦ Architecture ♦ Plant Studies ♦ STEM ♦ Crafts & Culture

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Visit the Hilltown Families Facebook page and Twitter stream for more news and information!

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  1. Oak & Acorn: Forage, Farm and Feast with the Family
  2. Plainfield Historical Society Offers Online Resource, Rich Hilltown History!
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  4. 5 Ways to Prepare Your Child For Summer Camp
  5. 6 Golden Rules for Divorced Parents

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for May 17th & 18th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for May 17th-23rd, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 25 Community Highlights: Community Celebrations to Community Service. Science to Art History. and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: May 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of over 50 summer camps & programs!

May 17th-23rd, 2014

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Community CelebrationsSTEMArt/HistoryCommunity ServiceArchitectureImmigrationPoetryMuseum AdventuresAnimal StudiesBusinessSports HistoryLocal HistoryPlant Studies

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  4. For Over 250 Years, Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Brings Culture & More to the Pioneer Valley
  5. 10 Featured Citizen Scientist Projects for Families

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Columbus Day Weekend

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 12th-18th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Barns to Trolleys. Canoeing to Storytelling., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 12th-18th, 2013

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PollinatorsLocal HistoryIndustryAnimal StudiesStorytellingCanoeingFoodMedieval HistoryCultureScience

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  1. 10 New Picture Books for Halloween
  2. Our Daughters: 5 Ways To Talk With Your Daughter About Technology
  3. Q&A: Home Remedies for Colds and Flu
  4. Lloyd Miller Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)
  5. Family-Friendly Farms for Pumpkin Pickin’ in Western MA

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 5th & 6th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 5th-11th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 33 Community Highlights: River Cleanups to Storytelling. Russian Food to Apple History., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 5th-11th, 2013

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Natural HistoryIndustryEnergyCommunity ServiceLiteracy/StorytellingFire SafetyLocal HistoryCultural StudiesFood HistoryScienceParent Workshops

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  1. HFVS Library Cat Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. Q&A: What Are the Going Rates For a Mother’s Helper or Babysitter?
  3. 5 Ways to Enjoy Shorter Days with Less Light
  4. The Holyoke History Walk: A Virtual Tour of the City
  5. Let’s Play: Alternate Identities

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 28th & 29th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 28th-October 4th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 28 Community Highlights: Hoosac Tunnel to Comet Ison. Community Meals to Local Gardens., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 28th-October 4th, 2013

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Local HistoryClimate ChangeLiteracyScienceIndustryAstronomyMusic & ArtGardeningAnimal StudiesCommunity MealsParent Workshop

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  1. Two Fall Soups for Chilly Autumn Nights
  2. Bring a StoryWalk to Your Neighborhood
  3. 8 Ways to Make Math Fun at Home
  4. 15 Recommended Activities Grandparents Can Do With Their Grandkids in Western MA
  5. HFVS Lucky Diaz Guest DJ Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 21st & 22nd, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 21st-27th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 22 Community Highlights: Chinese Moon Festival to Tibetan Sand Mandalas. Arugula to Grapes., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 21st-28th, 2013

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History & Local CulturePollinatorsLanguage ArtsPlant & Nature StudiesHistoryAstronomyCultural StudiesLocal Food

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  1. HFVS Autumn Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. Local Hilltown History Website is Now “Live”
  3. Citizen Scientists Track Owls in Massachusetts
  4. Tips for a New School Year
  5. Q&A: Where to Pick Local Pears?

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 14th & 15th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 14th-20th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 22 Community Highlights: Coffee to Silk. Watercycles to Watersheds., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 14th-20th, 2013

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Food HistoryOrnithologyHabitat & EcologyLiteracyHistoryMusic Studies ♦  Film/Tech/TeensGrandparentsSTEM

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  1. 7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
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  3. Q&A: Where’s Your Favorite Apple Orchard in Western MA?
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  5.  Music Worth Adding to Your iTunes Children’s Mix

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Community Service, Gardening, Culture & History Highlights for this Weekend

Community Service, Gardening, Culture & History Highlights: May 5th & 6th, 2012

Anyone planning on gardening with their kids this summer? Planting a garden with your children can motivate them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Because a variety of fruits and veggies have lots of health benefits, nutrition educators make a simple suggestion: Eat a rainbow! Grow a rainbow! Planting a garden full of different colored fruits and vegetables will motivate your kids to eat servings of every hue! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Families can volunteer, gather plants to support family gardening, and discover more about different cultures and history this weekend:

FAMILY VOLUNTEERING

If teens are looking for a chance to volunteer for their community, the Friends of the Westhampton Public Library will be hosting a gently used clothing sale to benefit the library and have opportunities for teen volunteers to help sorting and organizing. Other community service projects happening this Saturday, May 5th, that families can participate in include a community clean up & recycling day in Easthampton, outdoor clean up at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, and help cleaning up damage caused by Hurricane Irene at Starseed Sanctuary in Savoy.  — Then on Sunday, May 6th, families can help out the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust in Leverett by clearing debris and helping prep trails for the season’s use.

FAMILY GARDEN

With the approach of May comes the plant sale season!  Planting a garden with your children full of different colored fruits and vegetables can motivate them to eat more healthy foods. Read our post, Grow a Rainbow with Your Kids! for inspiration!  This Saturday, May 5th there are a few opportunities to buy or swap plants for your family garden.  The Grace Hall Memorial Library in Montgomery will have a plant and book sale at the Little Red School House, the Greenfield Public Library is holding it’s annual plant sale on their front lawn, and the Meekins Library in Williamsburg will hold a plant swap.  If you can’t make these events, there will be plenty more sales and swaps happening  through the spring that we will share with you here on Hilltown Families.

CULTURE & HISTORY

There are several events this Saturday, May 5th that support cultural and historical studies. The Twasa Monks from Gaden Jangtse Monastery, located in southern India, will create a sand mandala, a traditional tool for enlightenment, at Hart Yoga in Shelburne Falls. In Shutesbury, families can learn all about fandango, a traditional flamenco dance, at Shutesbury Elementary School.

Also on Saturday, May 5th, it’s Northfield’s History Day, a day to learn about the history of Northfield businesses and about how the local community was shaped.  In Holyoke, families can enjoy a traditional Victorian tea and learn about etiquette at the Wistariahurst Museum. And in honor of National Preservation Month, Historic Deerfield is hosting tours focused on the architecture of the buildings that make up the museum in Deerfield, paired with a discussion of the buildings’ locations and important history.

Then on Sunday, May 6th, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, families can see art telling the story of the experiences of players in the segregated negro baseball league in a tour of the exhibit, “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.”

BEST BETS & MORE

Find out more on these events, our Best Bets, a look ahead, and over 50 other suggested events for this weekend on our list of Weekly Suggested Events!

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