Suggested Events 12/29/06 – 01/05/07

New Year’s Eve is Sunday night and Northampton will be having their 22nd annual First Night Celebration. The city will be filled with events and activities, with many events for families with school age children, several have been suggested below. For parents lucky enough to get a babysitter for the evening, there are many more performances happening after the sun goes down in Northampton on New Year’s eve.  Have a safe New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year.

Friday – 12/29

1pm – MEDIEVAL FAIRE – Enter the magical world of lords, ladies and knights in shining armor at the Springfield Museum. Diane Kordas will be performing Sir George & the Dragon, a fun and exciting medieval tale with Diane’s trademark humor and audience participation to update this classic. Several heroes save the day: the knight Sir George, brave Princess Petunia, and a gorgeous dragon with very cool but safe smoking effects. There is a kinder gentler ending, when George uses a fire extinguisher to liquidate this dragon. [Families] ($)

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share in dinner and conversation this Friday evening. On the menu this evening includes soup and salad with tea and bread, or the good ole comfort food of Mac & Cheese. [Families] ($)

Saturday – 12/30

2pm – KNITTING GROUP – At Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA. Men and women, young and old are invited to join in this knitting group, who are already knitting socks and scarves and shawls and kittens and things, just a laughing and carrying on! [Any Knitting Family Member] (Free)

pm – MOM’S DANCE NIGHT – Mom’s from the hilltowns will be gathering in Northampton to dance the night away. For more information email swildfield@juno.com. [Parents] ($)

Sunday – 12/31

Noon – CARIBBEAN STREET CARNIVAL – At the Center for the Arts, Northampton. Enchanted Circle Theater presents a Caribbean Street Carnival a rambunctious, interactive performance. Audience members will be swept into the joyous rhythms of Sambia from Brazil, Yanvalou from Haiti, Bomba from Puerto Rico and an original world beat fusion. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join an expanded First Night Family Parade from the Center to Pulaski Park (join in there at about 1:15 p.m.) and onto Masonic, Center and Main streets. The whole shebang will be led by a large, colorful dragon.” [Families] ($ – First Night Button)

2pm – PAINT BOX THEATRE – At Theatre 14, Northampton, Paint Box Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk. [Families] ($ – First Night Button)

3pm – BEAUTIFUL FUTURE BAND – A lively musical journey around the world, filled with joyful songs and games, movement and laughter at First Churches Lyman Hall, Northampton. The band’s charming original compositions and songs from other lands are perfect for children of all ages. [Families] ($ – First Night Button)

4pm – KATRYNA AND NERISSA NIELDS FOR KIDS – At the First Churches Sanctuary, Northampton, these sisters are doin’ it for themselves. And, it’s hard to say what’s most appealing about their show. Is it Nerissa’s sly comments and her way with a guitar? Or maybe it’s Katryna’s boneless dances and spine-tingling voice. Come find out for yourself in these special shows for kids. [Families] ($ – First Night Button)

5pm – TAIKO JAPANESE DRUMMERS – At Theatre 14, Northampton, this high-energy performance combines the thunderous sounds of drums played with inch-thick wooden sticks and the accents of other percussion instruments with moving melodies played on the Japanese bamboo flute. Add synchronized movements and shouts for a sound and look that is both powerful and beautiful. [Families] ($ – First Night Button)

6:15pm – FIREWORKS – Downtown Northampton. [Families] (Free)

Monday – 01-01

9am – NEW YEAR’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Subscribers to Hilltown Families are invited to a New Year’s Pancake Breakfast in West Chesterfield, MA.. Space is limited. For more information email swildfield@juno.com. [Families] (Food Contribution)

Thursday – 01-04

9am – PARENT’S BREAKFAST AT ELMER’S -After dropping your children off at school, head on over to Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, for coffee, tea and crumpets. [Adults]

1:30pm – HOME SCHOOL THURSDAYS – Meet at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, to explore the museum while connecting with other home school families; visit the galleries, explore art making in the Studio, books in the Reading library, and view a short film at 2:30pm. [Ages 5-18]($)

4pm – YOUNG FARMERS – Help farmer feed animals, check for eggs and take care of other chores at Red Gate Farm on 4 Norman Rd. in Buckland. Parents and younger siblings also welcome. [Ages 5-18] (Free)

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