Suggested Events 06/22/07 – 06/29/07

Summer Reading 2007

Starting up this week is our state-wide reading program, “Catch the Beat at your Library,” a Massachusetts Regional Library systems 2007 summer reading program. Each library customizes a reading program and public librarians work closely with their counterparts in the local schools. By working together, library staff can build a strong support network to raise stronger readers.

I’ve included some of the events that are happening this week. For a more complete list of library events in Massachusetts, visit For a few on-line reading resources, read this weeks web review, Summer Reading and Resources.

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Friday – 06/22

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – At Stanley Park in Westfield, MA – Puppet Man Dan’s Marvelous Marionette Medley from 10am-10:45am at the Beveridge Pavilion. [Families] (Free)

2pm – KIDSFEST – At Look Park in Florence, MA. A multicultural festival for children of all ages. Live music, bouncy house, carnival games, crafts, food, and much more. 413.582.9508 [Families] ($1)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, is cancelled this week.  Click here to read what Nan has to say.

School Bus Project

5pm – FUNDRAISER – The Hilltown Charter School is raising the funds to purchase a school bus and convert it to run on vegetable oil. 5pm-11pm at the New Gallery at Stone Soup Concrete in Haydenville, MA. Live music, sushi, tapas and beverages. 413.582.0783. [Families] ($$$$)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5:30pm – COMMUNITY BARBECUE – Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA, will be hosting a summer barbecue, a community event open to everyone. Food, friends & farm animals. Vegetarian fare available. (Families) ($)

Saturday – 06/23

8am – MUSIC – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. [All ages] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9am – TAG SALE – Town wide tag sale, fundraiser in Worthington, MA, sponsored by the Friends of the Worthington Library. 413.238.7788

9am – FESTIVAL – Western Mass. Highland Games & Celtic Festival from 9am-6pm. Children’s events, falconry, Celtic goods & music, fiddle workshop, bagpipe competition, Scottish foods, harping circle, dancing, and muc more. Franklin Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA. 413.584.9182 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families11am – TROLLEYFEST – Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. Click here for more information. 413.625.9443.

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesLAVENDAR FESTIVAL – On Saturday and Sunday in Buckland, MA, a gentle weekend of wandering the Lavender labyrinth, the old cemetery, orchard and meadow, attending workshops to create wreaths, pounded flower art, and more. Local artisans and crafters will have hand-made items for sale. Enjoy the Dove Release at the close of each day. Johnson Hill Farm 51 Hog Hollow (Buckland) Shelburne Falls. 413-625-643 [Families] ($$)

Sunday – 06/24

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am & 2pm – ART FOR KIDS – Collage Workshops at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. 10am-11am for Ages 3-6. 2pm-3:30pm for ages 7-11. Click here for more details.

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesLAVENDAR FESTIVAL – On Saturday and Sunday in Buckland, MA, a gentle weekend of wandering the Lavender labyrinth, the old cemetery, orchard and meadow, attending workshops to create wreaths, pounded flower art, and more. Local artisans and crafters will have hand-made items for sale. Enjoy the Dove Release at the close of each day. Johnson Hill Farm 51 Hog Hollow (Buckland) Shelburne Falls. 413-625-643 [Families] ($$)

11am & 1pm – CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Rumpelstiltskin at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. 413.658.1155 [Families] ($)

6pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT -Look Park in Florence, MA, presents Mike Harrington at the Sanctuary at Willow Lake as part of their Sunday evening band concert series. Bring your lawn chairs. [Families] (Free with park pass)

Monday – 06/25

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – PLAYDATE – Bring your swim suits and head over to Ashfield Pond in Ashfield, MA. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesNoon – LUNCH TIME – In between swimming and bike safety, meet at Country Pie in Ashfield, MA, for a little lunch. [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families1pm – OUTDOOR ACTIVITY – Bicycle/Scooter/Tricycle Safety Rodeo at at Sanderson Elementary School, Ashfield, MA, from 1pm-4pm. Click here for more info. t 794-5434 for more information. [Families] (Free)

6:30pm – SUMMER READING – At the Greenfield Library will be their Summer Reading Program Kickoff. Jackson Gillman, a.k.a. The Stand-Up Chameleon kicks off their Family Night Concert Series. 413 772 1544 x5. [Families] (Free)

Tuesday – 06/26

10am – SUMMER READING – Storyhour at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. Registration required. 413.587.1500. [Ages 2.5 and older] (Free)

Noon – LUNCH TIME – Following storyhour at the Lilly Library, join other families at Cup & Top in Florence, MA, for lunch and playtime. 413.584 .8328 [Families] (Free/$)

6PM – SUMMER READING – DJ Brenda Lee is coming to the Lilly Library in Florence, MA, to kick off the summer reading fun with karaoke Star Idol Talent Show. Everyone who performs will be a winner. Registration required. 413.587.1500. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families6:30pm – COMMUNITY SING – Penny Schultz will be leading a community sing at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Rounds, part songs, chants and spirituals from a wide variety of cultures. All ages and abilities welcomed. 413.634.5678 [Families] (Children Free, Adults $5)

7pm – Hilltown Family Variety Show – Tune-in between bath and bed time to the Hilltown Families very own radio show on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 06/27

10am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP – Free weekly breastfeeding support group from 10am-11:30am in Amherst, MA. Click here for more info. [Free]

10am – PLAYDATE – Look Park’s big playground & splash park in Florence, MA. See you there! 10am-Noon. [Families] ($)

Noon – LUNCH TIME – Following a playdate at Look Park, join other families at Cup & Top in Florence, MA, for lunch and playtime. 413.584 .8328 [Families] (Free/$)

3:30pm – SUMMER READING – Catch the Beat: Kids Rock! at the Greenfield Library. This series of musical crafts for kids ages 6 – 10 will run Wednesdays from June 27 – August 8. This program has a limit of 15 and pre-registration is required.413 772 1544 x5 [Ages 6-10] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families6:30pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE – At Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA, bring the family for an informal outdoor setting to see artists from the Doris Duke Studios Theatre, emerging artists from all over the world, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. 413.243.9919 [Families] (Free)

Thursday – 06/28

10am – SUMMER READING – Did you know that newspaper reporters have beats? On Thursday mornings at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA, during the summer reading, come write and edit a community newspaper with former reporter Valle Dwight. Registration required. 413.587.1500. [Ages 8 & Up] (Free)

10am – PLAYDATE – Look Park’s big playground & splash park in Florence, MA. See you there! 10am-Noon. [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families11am – SUMMER READING – Summer Reading Program Kickoff at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. Featuring Frisbee champion Todd Brodeur. 413.268.7472 [Families] (Free)

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)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families4pm – YOUNG FARMERS – Young Farmers at Red Gate are invited to help a 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)

6:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP – “Beyond ‘Because I Said So!’ How to Engage Cooperation from Children.” Workshop in Northampton, MA. Childcare provided. Click here for details. [Parents] ($$)

Friday – 06/29

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – Gary the Silent Clown to perform at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. Click here for more details. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – 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] ($)

6:30pm – CONCERT – Easthampton Arts in the Park offers free concerts on Fridays in Easthampton, MA. Pulaski Park (on rotary near Old Town Hall) Bring lawn chairs. This week, “Musical Cavaliers.” [Families] (Free)

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10 Comments on “Suggested Events 06/22/07 – 06/29/07

  1. Hi Sienna,

    Kim and I are playing a children’s show soon in Plainfield. Here’s the info:

    Sunday, July 8, 2007
    Plainfield Library (outdoors behind)
    Music Concert & Penny Jar Fundraiser for the Plainfield Library
    4-6pm (music 4:30-5:30pm)
    $5 suggested donation
    Event is supported by an Arts Council Grant

    We hear Winton’s going to be there with the ice cream truck and there should be other fun stuff happening as well.

    Radio Free Earth

  2. Saturday, June 30

    Annual summer reading program will continue for 6 weeks. Musically themed activities for kids will keep the library lively all summer. Free.

    Shelburne Free Public Library, 233 Shelburne Center Rd.

  3. Woodland Frolic, a program for children ages 6-11 will be held at The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, on Sunday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m. Majestic Maples! Ancient Hemlocks! Colossal Cherry Tree! Why does the Homestead have huge trees? How old are they? Find out AND get a “Tree cookie”.

    The two-hour program is led by Aimee Gelinas, a naturalist educator with the Trustees of Reservations. Limit 15 children; no pre-registration. Trustees members’ children are $4.00 each. Non-member children are $5.00 each. Adults are free when accompanied by a child. ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

    For more information please call 413-634-2244 or email

  4. Becket Library Summer Reading Program

    In keeping with the statewide Catch the Beat at Your Library summer reading program, this summer’s reading theme at the Porter Memorial Library in Becket, MA, is all about music. The program, open to preschoolers through those entering the fifth grade, will include reading books about music, listening to tunes, making simple crafts and enjoying snacks donated by Blandford Country Store.

    Registration is required and now underway for the 5-week program which will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7. Registration deadline is Saturday, June 23rd. Registration forms are available at the library and will be sent home with all Blandford elementary school students soon.

  5. Hello All,

    We are holding an orientation meeting for Community SOL 4-H on Thursday June 28th, 10:00am at North Hall in Huntington. All interested families are welcome!

    Throughout the summer we will be meeting on Thursdays for informal activities. Our formal program begins in the fall, with registration in August. Attending the orientation meeting, or making alternate arrangements to meet with both 4-H leaders, is required prior to registration.

    We look forward to welcoming new members to our enthusiastic group!

    Feel free to contact us with questions:
    Zina Jayne
    Wendy McDonald

  6. Caribbean for Kids to perform at Stanley PARK’S Friday Mornings for Children on July 13th

    Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children will feature Caribbean for Kids on Friday July 13th in the Beveridge pavilion from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Sing, swing, limbo, and sway with Caribbean for Kids as they perform favorite kids’ songs to a Caribbean beat. Their performance goals are to instill a positive attitude in children through music, movement, humor, and to create a better understanding of basic songs, sound, and rhythms indigenous to the Caribbean Islands. They will have everyone clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and perhaps even dancing in the aisles.

    Friday Mornings for Children are held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided

    For further information on the Friday Mornings for Children Series please call the park office at 413-568-9312.

  7. The Universe: The Moon
    Tuesday, June 26th at 9PM/8c (on the History Channel)

    Since the dawn of time, human beings have found comfort in the
    presence of the moon. A lantern for nighttime travelers, a timekeeper
    for farmers, and a location finder for sailors at sea, the moon has
    guided humans throughout history. For some cultures, the moon is
    considered a god, worthy of worship and reverence. As the only cosmic
    body ever visited by human beings, astronomers have studied the moon
    and its qualities in a quest to understand more about our universe.
    This episode in The Universe series traces the latest findings about
    the moon through conversations with astronomers and research
    scientists. With colorful visual imagery and amazing satellite
    footage, this episode presents up-to-date hypotheses about the moon
    and its origins. Viewers will learn about NASA’s plans to establish an
    outpost on the moon as new technologies expand our ability to explore
    outer space. This episode, and all of the programs in The Universe
    series, offers a wonderful visual accompaniment to course units and
    lesson plans on astronomy and the study of space. Educators may want
    to use clips from this program, or entire episodes, to lend a visual
    component to their lessons and bring history into full color for their

    Curriculum Links:
    The Universe: The Moon is appropriate for middle school and high
    school students. It would be useful for Science, Astronomy, Earth
    Sciences, and Technology courses. It fulfills several National
    Standards guidelines as outlined by the National Council for History
    Education including 1) Civilization, Cultural Diffusion, and
    Innovation, 2) Human Interaction with the Environment.

  8. Hello Everyone!

    Because we are good stewards, good citizens, good people, good friends and good supporters of our neighbors, and because Mary is going to be out of town this Friday night, and because we have noticed that when someone in town is having a major special event everyone in town only attends the event (because they, too are good supporters of their neighbors.), we at Elmer’s encourage you to attend the Red Gate Farm BBQ Fund Raiser on Friday night.

    Elmer’s will not be serving dinner at all on Friday night! Now, it’s not something we plan to make a habit of, but for this week it works well for everyone. And since we aren’t a big chain in a big city, we all have to roll with what’s going on. And this week, Red Gate Farm is holding a BBQ fund-raiser and Mary is going to be out of town, which to me sez: Support Red Gate! Do not compete! (And besides, Mary is going to be out of town!)

    But next Friday night at Elmer’s we’re having real, live Mexican Food!

    Made for you by celebrity guest chef Neftali Of El Jardin—the guy who makes the fabulous bread we sell! He’ll be making enchiladas with Tomatilla Sauce and fresh salsas, and I don’t know what all!

  9. Focus is Our Children youth modern dance recital

    Start Date:6/23/2007
    End Date:6/23/2007

    The annual Focus is Our Children youth modern dance recital is being held on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn st at 3pm.

    Tickets are: adults $8, children and senior citizens $5

  10. “Cinderella”, at the Berkshire Museum performed by the Berkshire Theatre Festival, June 27-July 28.

    Start Date:6/27/2007
    End Date:7/28/2007

    The Berkshire Theatre Festival will perform an original production of “Cinderella” at the Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield from June 27 through July 28. The Family Performance will be offered every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 11 a.m., except July 4. The performance, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale by E. Gray Simons III, will feature the young performers of BTF Plays! Tickets are $10 adults, $7 children ages 3-18 ($5/$3 for Berkshire Museum members), and include Berkshire Museum admissoin. Tickets are available at the Berkshire Museum or by telephone at 413-443-7171, extension 10.

    Cristina Miles directs the fresh and theatrically bold version of the classic fairytale. After Cinderella’s parents die, she is forced to live with her cruel and greedy relatives. Her life is filled with toil and loneliness until one day she is invited to the royal ball. Inspired by the magical spirit of her parents, she seizes the chance to realize her dreams of freedom and romance.

    BTF Plays! is the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s year-round education program, serving area students from kindergarten through high school.

    Family Performances at the Berkshire Museum are underwritten by the Sol and Rita Toscher Memorial Fund and sponsored by Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Upcoming performances include Berkshire Children’s Theatre’s “Hey, Ho, Pinocchio” on Saturday, August 11, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and a performance by the step-dancing troupe Youth Alive on Saturday, August 18, at 11 a.m. The Youth Alive performance will include participants in the Berkshire Museum’s “Stomp and Clap” camp for grades 2-5. Space in the camp is still available.

    The Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street on Route 7 in Downtown Pittsfield. The galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10, or visit

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