Suggested Events 03/30/07 – 04/06/07

Brooklyn Hootenanny

(c) Hilltown Families - Bill & Ella from Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child at the Brooklyn Hootenanny

Pictured here is Bill Childs and Ella from Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, a local children’s radio show aired every Saturday morning. This past weekend HF headed to NYC for a Hootenanny with nearly twenty-five rockin’ kiddie musicians that Bill and AudraRox organized at Jalopy’s in Brooklyn. Photos will be posted from the event soon, so check back with us for a photo review of our adventures in New York.

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Friday – 03/30

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. On the menu this week is Lasagna (turkey or eggplant) & Macaroni and Cheese. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

7pm – FULL MOON – Full Moon Hike. Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA, will be hosting a full moon hike through moonlit woods and fields. 413.625.9503 [All Ages] (Free)

Saturday – 03/31

8am – ON-AIR – Based out of Northampton, MA, radio program Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child will host guest Dennis Caraher. Tune into 103.3 FM from 8-10am while traveling in your car, or stream live on-line. [Families] (Free)

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – At Cup and Top in Florence, MA, Dennis Caraher will be performing a family concert following his performance on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. [Families] (Free)

10am – BEYOND GREEN! FAMILY DAY – A free family day at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, MA until 3pm. Meet the artists and participate in a solar-powered project inspired by their contribution to the special exhibition, Beyond Green: toward a sustainable art! 413.585.2760 [Ages 4 & up] (Free)

9:30am – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL – An 10am Indonesian shadow puppet performance, cratfs, face painting, multilingual songs at noon, food, and more, until 1:30pm at the Unitarian Society building in Amherst. Pre-performance breakfast at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Amherst Family Center. 413.256.1145 [Families] (Free)

10am – FAMILY FUN FEST – Family Day at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, until 3 pm. Meet characters from Dragon Tales, Between the Lions, watch live performances and participate in a variety of hands-on activities and crafts. Part of the WGBY Family Fun Fest. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($)

Sunday – 04/01


8am – MAPLE BREAKFAST – The Buckland Library will be having a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the library at Mary Lyon Church in Buckland, MA, until 1pm. Along with a breakfast will be a bake sale and crafts for kids at the library. 413.625.8301 [ Families] ($)

11:30am – ROBOTIC PREHISTORIC ANIMALS – From Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Woolly Mammoth and the Saber Tooth Cat, join an exploration of creatures from the prehistoric past at the Springfield Science Museum. Play games, build puzzles, and investigate what just might have caused the extinction of these fascinating creatures. 1.800.625.7738 [Families] ($)

1pm – EDIBLE BOOKS – The Forbes and Lilly Library are hosting “The Friends Edible Book Event” in the community room at the Forbes Library in Northampton. 413.587.1017 [ Families] ($)

1:15pm – FULL PINK MOON – This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. [Farmers’ Almanac]

3pm – GARDENING WITH YOUR CHILDREN – A free workshop will be offered at the Community House in Cummington, MA. Learn how to create a mini-garden, how to make gardening fun for young children, and how yards can be transformed into fun outdoor space. 413.238.5511 x155. [Families] (Free)Rescheduled from last week.

Monday – 04/02Persephone On-air at WXOJ


Tuesday – 04/03

7:00pm – PREMIERE OF HFVS – Hilltown Family Variety Show will premiere on WXOJ 103.3LP-FM out of Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 04/04

9am-ish – HILLTOWN PARENTS SOCIAL – Breakfast at Elmer’s! After dropping your children off at school, Hilltown Families invites you to head on over to Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, for coffee, tea and crumpets. Bring your lap tops and get some work done too. 413.628.4003 [Parents] (Free/$)

7pm – Organic Flowers – Learn methods and techniques for growing perennials and cut-flowers. For kids fifth grade and up. Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. 413.625.9503 [Ages 10 & Up] ($)

Thursday – 04/05

6pm – GIRLS ROCK CLIMBING – From 6-9pm at Westfield State College in Westfield, MA, there will be indoor rock climbing for girls. Learn safety, knots, belay techniques, while exploring rock climbing. Call for more information. 413.667.2299 [Girls 7 & up] ($$)

Friday – 04/06


5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Menu TBA. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

7:30pm – STARS OVER SPRINGFIELD – A stargazing program sponsored by the Springfield STARS Club at the Springfield Science Museum. An astronomical evening of fun and education. The featured speaker for the evening will be Stars Club member Paul Cardone, who will present “What Does it Mean to be Plutoed?”. Cardone will compare Pluto to the major planets in order to understand why it was recently demoted to its current status as a “dwarf planet.” Following the talk, participants will view Saturn and its rings through the telescope. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in the museum’s Seymour Planetarium. 1.800.625.7738 [Ages 5 & up] ($).

Anyday – Anytime

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