Suggested Events 07/06/07 – 07/13/07

Fireworks, Music & More Summer Fun!

(C) 2007 Hilltown Families- Look Park, Florence, MAWe’re off this weekend to New York for a 07/07/07 Wedding, sorry to miss all of the fun stuff happening this weekend in Western Mass. The evening of the 4th of July was a wet one, so a few firework displays were postponed to this weekend.

We’ll also be missing AudraRox at Cup & Top. (Boy, I wish we were going to be around for that!) Click here to view a video of AudraRox with several hilltown kids at the Brooklyn Hootenanny jamming to “D is for Drum.” AudraRox and Steve Weeks will be a guest bloggers in the coming weeks. Check back for their debut.

Nan Parati (of Elmer’s Store fame) has joined Hilltown Families as a weekly contributing writer, with her column “Notes From Nan.” She’ll be posting Elmer’s Friday menu alongside her southern wit and wisdom every week.

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

Eric Carle MuseumFriday – 07/06

10am – PLAYDATE – Bridge Street School playground in Northampton, MA. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – Fern & Charlie the Chipmunk to perform at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. Click here for more details. [Families] (Free)

4pm – FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE CARLE – At the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. From 4-7pm the Eric Carle Museum invites all visitors to head to the Museum after school/work, grab a quick and casual bite to eat (pizza!) in the Museum’s Café, enjoy a storytime in the Reading Library, drop by the Galleries, take in a short film in the Auditorium, and create a masterpiece in the Art Studio… all before bedtime! First Friday of each month. [Families] ($)

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. Click here for menu and “Notes from Nan.” 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Saturday – 07/07

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. AudraRox will be performing live. [All ages] (Free)

10am – FAMILY CONCERT – Presented by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, AudraRox will be performing at Cup & Top in Florence, MA. [Family] (Free/$)

1pm – OLD FASHION KIDS CIRCUS – “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery”: A Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus, at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. From 1pm-4pm come enjoy a children’s circus. Featuring a magic show, stilts, ring toss, tightrope-walking, and special crafts. Rain date is Sunday, July 8. [Ages 3-10] (Free)

1pm – FAMILY BEACH DAY – Musante Beach in Leeds, MA, join families for sandcastle contests, scavenger hunt, games and more. Click here for schedule of events. 413.587.1040 [Families] (Free with beach pass, $)

Dusk – FIREWORKS – In Pittsfield, MA, following the baseball game, which will begin at 7pm at Wahconah Park. Fourth of July display. [Families] (Free)

Sunday – 07/08

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families1pm – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – Woodland Frolic at The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, in Cummington, MA. Click here for more details. [Ages 6-11] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families4pm – FUNDRAISER – As part of the Catch the Beat At Your Library program in Mass, the Shaw Memorial Library in Plainfield, MA, will be having a ‘Penny Jar’ Fundraiser. There will be music, ice cream and storys read by members of the Plainfield COA. (Families) [Fundraiser]

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

Dusk – FIREWORKS – In North Adams, MA, following the 6:30 pm SteepleCats game at Noel Field Athletic Complex on Route 8. Fourth of July display. [Families] (Free)

Monday – 07/09

10am – PLAYDATE – Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA, next to the Academy of Music on Main Street. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families1:30pm – STORY TELLING – Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will be at the Huntington Library in Huntington, MA, with her new show, “Tattle Tunes,” a participatory family show of stories and songs celebrating music. [Families] (Free)

6:30pm – FAMILY JAM – At the Greenfield Public Library will be a sing-along, play-along musical evening with special visitors from the Land of Oz! Part of the Monday night family concert series. 413 772 1544 x5. [Families] (Free)

Tuesday – 07/10

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesLilly Library (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – LIBRARY PROGRAM Catch the Beat at Your Library summer reading program in Becket, MA. Click here for more info. [Families] (Free)

10am – PLAYDATE – Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA, next to the Academy of Music on Main Street. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

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 or a playdate at Pulaski Park, join other families at Cup & Top in Florence, MA, for lunch and playtime. 413.584 .8328 [Families] (Free/$)

2pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – “Bugs, Slugs & Beaver Chews, Wild Thing Tunes, Wild Thing Clues.” That’s the title of a performance at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, featuring Tom Sieling. 413.587.1010. [Families] [Free]

4:30pm – FAMILY COOKING – The Easthampton Family Center in Easthampton, MA, will be offering a 4 part cooking for the family series. Click here for more info. 413.563.7672 [Families] (Free)

6pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – The Lilly Library in Florence, MA, is hosting Hot Onion 7 Dixieland Jazz Band in and evenin’ and boogie-woogie performance. 413.587.1500 [Families] (Free)

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 – 07/11

Look Park (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – PLAYDATE – Look Park’s big playground & splash park in Florence, MA. See you there! 10am-Noon. [Families] ($)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATRE – New Century Theatre presents Rumpelstiltskin from 07/11-07/14. General seating. Show begins promptly at Theatre 14 in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts of Smith College in Northampton, MA. Click here for more info. 413.587.3933 [Families] ($)

11am – PIRATES & PRINCESSES – It’s Summer Festival Days at the Springfield Museum. Click here for a schedule of events. [Families] ($)

Thursday – 07/12

Look Park (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – 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 Families6pm – COMMUNITY PICNIC – Join other Hilltown Families for a community picnic happening on Main Street [St. John’s Corner] in Ashfield, MA. Potluck. Hot dogs, burgers and beverages provided. Bring a lawn chair and a game if you wish. [Families] (Free)

Friday – 07/13

10am – PLAYDATE – Bridge Street School playground in Northampton, MA. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

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

Noon – PUPPET SHOW – At the Springfield Museum Romper Rhythm and Puppets will present “Pirates Ahoy.” 413.263.6800 [Families] ($)

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] ($)

5pm – HOMETOWN FAIR – Yankee Doodle Days begins in Charlemont, MA. Click here for a schedule of events happening 07/13-07/15. [Families] ($)

Anyday – Anytime

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7 Comments on “Suggested Events 07/06/07 – 07/13/07


    at The Shriners Hospital in Greenfield, MA
    Children Benefit at Energy Park on Miles Street (off Main in downtown Gnfld)
    In Greenfield, MA on Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    For a complete list of performers, click here! A great lineup…the PRs, Ethan Stone, Maya Firestone and her Gigantic Puppets, Loose Caboose, and Intonation. Lots of family-fun activities too!!!

    It’s a good idea to bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs and an umbrella if it’s sunny. This is a FREE event but donations are gratefully accepted to support this wonderful children’s hospital.


    Rumor has it that there are free children’s movies playing at the West Springfield theater every Monday at 11am this summer (last date 08/13/07). I can’t find any info on-line to verify this, so give them a call before heading over.

    Theoretical Upcoming Movie Schedule:
    07/09 – Shark Tale (PG)
    07/16 – Lemony Smicket (G)
    07/23 – Rugrats Movie (PG)
    07/30 – SpongeBob (PG)
    08/06 – Wild Thornberrys (PG)
    08/13 – Yours, Mine and Ours (PG)

  3. The Hampshire County Riding Club has two events this month, both at their Ball Rd. Club house grounds in Goshen, MA.

    (1) 07/18/07 @ 7pm – An Annual Barbecue, hosted by the Board of Directors. Members and guests are invited. Wendy Warner of Seven Springs Farm will be present to describe her adult horse camp program. For information call 413-268-3372

    (2) 07/22/07 @ 10am – Gymkhana! This will be a fun day for visitors to stop by. For information call 413-339-5592.

  4. The Department of Conservation and Recreation will be sponsoring a Universal Access Program, “Accessible Kayaking Program,” at DAR State Forest (Route 112) in Goshen, MA. For persons with disabilities, their familes and freinds. Everything provided. Cost $5.

    Mondays: 07/9 – 08/30 (Pre-reg: 413.259.0009)
    Wednesdays: 07/11 – 08/29 (Pre-reg: 413.527.8980)

    For more info call 413.545.5353

    Pre-registration required.

  5. Broad Brook Coalition (Northampton, MA) will sponsor Gini Traub, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Regional Environmental Education Coordinator at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (N. farms Rd. entrance) on July 13, Friday 7:00p.m.-9p.m.


    Observe the changing sights and sounds that early evening brings as we walk through the forest to beaver habitat and lodges on Fitzgerald Lake. You are likely to see beaver, but bring binoculars. Gini will demonstrate some of the activities that support the MA Forest and Parks “Beaver Ecology” student program. Appropriate for all ages. Flashlight might be helpful.

  6. The Easthampton Family Center’s Healthy Habits Take Root: From the Garden to Your Table Proudly Presents An Evening of Tasting and Cooking Demonstration with Byron White, former Delaney House Chef and currently Executive Chef of Springfield’s Pazzo’s Ristaurante

    Chef Byron White will be demonstrating ways to use Seasonal Produce to prepare Healthy Family Friendly Meals that are affordable and easy to prepare.

    Join Us July 10 at 4:30 pm
    At the Easthampton Family Center
    271 Rocky Hill Rd (Rt 66) Florence

    We will be meeting downstairs in the Parish Hall/Kitchen. Pre-registration is requested. Free Child Care available, however you must call to reserve your spot. Children are welcome to attend, provided they will enjoy the demonstration. This is the first of a four part series of Cooking Demonstrations.

    Mark Your Calendars


    Aug 22 pending Blue Moon

    Sept 10 CHEF LARRY GUYETTE of Tavern on the Hill

    October 10 CHEF JENNIFER WINICK of Kaleidoscope Institute

    For more information regarding this event or to register please call Mindy at 563-7672 or

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