Suggested Events 01/26/07 – 02/02/07

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Families feeling adventurous to take a day trip up to North Adams can enjoy a free family day at MASS MoCA, or journey over to Amherst to the Eric Carle Museum for music and art this weekend. The Meekins Library in Williamsburg and the Forbes Library in Northampton both offer free museum passes to check out for the whole family, just don’t wait until the last minute to check one out.

A couple of activities hosted by hilltown parents this weekend include a French rendezvous in Ashfield and a Mom’s self defense class in Cummington. If you are a Hilltown Families parent and wish to host, sponsor or suggest an event for other area families with grade school children, email or post your suggestion in the comment field on the Suggest a group/activity event page.

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Friday – 01/26

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 is Lasagna made with local beef and local goat cheese, or vegetarian lasagna with local cheese and spinach. Mac & Cheese too. [Families] ($)

8pm – EVENING CONCERT – After dinner at Elmer’s walk next door to the town hall for a benefit concert by Sonya Kitchell to benefit Ashfield’s town library. Tickets are available at Elmer’s. [Adults or families with night owl children] ($)

Saturday – 01/27

11pm – FREE DAY AT MASS MoCA – In North Adams, MA, from 11-8pm MASS MoCA will throw the doors wide open admitting all comers to the galleries free of charge. From the curious first-timer, to the passionate repeat visitor, kids to seniors, locals to tourists, everyone will find something new at MASS MoCA on free day. (413) 664-4481 [Families] (Free)

1pm – SONGFEST – Songfest with John Sheldon at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Free with museum pass. With songs that are heartfelt and funny, he will have you tapping your feet and smiling while he sings about life and all of its ins and outs. [Families] ($/Free).

2pm – HILLTOWN FRENCH GROUP – An informal, elementary French language learning group will be having their second gathering in Ashfield, MA. For more information email [preK & up] (Free)

3pm – DRIVE THE WINTER COLD AWAY – Performances by That Long Tall Sword: Ritual Dance and Drama Team, The Greenwich Morris Men, Midnight Rapper and Honest Harmony at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Free with museum pass. [Families] ($/Free)

Marla BBSunday – 01/28

10am – SELF DEFENSE FOR HILLTOWN MOM’S – Third degree black belt Marla BB will be teaching non-verbal, verbal and physical techniques for protection for self and family at the Community House in Cummington, MA. Child care is available ($). Reservations are required. Email for reservations and/or more details. [Mother’s] ($)


Monday – 01/29

4pm – SEWING 1-2-3 – A sewing series for school aged children will be offered at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. This is the 2nd class of a 14 part workshop focusing on sewing, learning about needle, thread, fabrics and pattern making. Drop-ins welcomed. Reservations required. (413) 625-6826. [Ages 7 & up] ($$)

Tuesday – 01/30

2:30pm – PRINTMAKING MAGIC – A two hour printmaking class for school aged children at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. Come learn the secrets of drawing backwards, mirror images, and making multiple copies of the same picture! This basic introduction to printmaking will use a variety of methods and everyday materials. Drop-ins welcomed. (413) 625-6826. [Ages 7-11] ($)

6pm – KNITTING CIRCLE – A winter knitting group is underway at Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield, MA, for knitters of all levels. (413) 634-5406 [Ages 7 & up] (Free)

Wednesday – 01/31

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. [Parents] (Free/$)

2pm – DROP IN ART – The Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA, invites children of all ages to drop in between 2&6pm to create and play. [All Ages] ($)

7pm – FULL MOON HIKES – Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA, will be hosting a full moon hike through moonlit woods and fields. (413) 625-9503 [All Ages] (Free)

Thursday – 02/01

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 & up] ($/Check out free pass from your local library)

4pm – YOUNG FARMERS – Young Farmers at Red Gate are invited to help farmer feed animals, check for eggs and take care of other chores in Buckland, MA. Parents and younger siblings also welcome. [Ages 5 and older] (Free)

Friday – 02/02

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share in dinner and conversation this Friday evening. Menu TBA. [Families] ($)

6:30pm – BIRDS OF PREY – At Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA, Julie Anne Collier, a licensed raptor rehabilitator will be presenting this exciting and unique program. Owls, a red shouldered hawk and a very large golden eagle will join the group! Reservations required. (413) 625-9503 [All Ages] ($)

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