Suggested Events 07/13/07 – 07/20/07

Call for Photographers (Ages 5 to 12)

(c) Hilltown Families - Northampton Community Gardens Mosaic SignOn our route between Northampton and the Hilltowns, we often zoom by the Northampton Community Gardens. Yesterday Persephone and I were passing by and the gardens were bursting in blooms. So we stopped. We wandered around. Horses passed by. Gardeners were weeding. Bees were buzzing. And of course, Persephone and I took photos.

(c) Hilltown Families - Noho Community GardensShe has become quite the budding photographer. I found us fighting over the camera as we discovered colors and compositions. The desire to take pictures pulses through our collective familial veins. It’s in our blood. Runs in the family. Persephone’s grandmother, great aunt and her mother (that’s me) are all photographers of varying degrees. With that collective make-up she’s bound to display signs of the Shutterbug Syndrome.

All I can say is, thank goodness for digital photography! I NEVER thought I’d say that. I was a purist until recent years. Only showing C-prints in art galleries in New England and New York. Scoffing at the idea of digital images. Those days are long gone. Mostly because my film camera disappeared while photographing a friends wedding. (c) Hilltown Families - Noho Community GardensBut also because digital cameras allow for experimental photographing (for adults and kids) without the financial ransom that must be payed to see the results with film cameras.

I highly recommend lending your child (supervised of course) your digital camera. Put it on auto focus and then allow them to wander around and take photos of anything that they are inspired by. You’ll end up with a collection of unique photos, to say the least. We have photos of a dead fish at the shore. The feet of chickens. Self-portraits in the bathroom mirror. Splotches on the sidewalk. My lower backside. And loads of photos of the floor. Main Streets, festivals (“festibals” as Persephone says), gardens and amusement parks always render interesting shots.

(c) Hilltown Families - Noho Community GardensSubmit your child’s favorite photo to Hilltown Families. If we get enough submissions we can have an on-line photo exhibit! If you’re ever passing by the Northampton Community Gardens, stop and let your child run loose with the camera. With over 400 garden plots, it’s the perfect place for your kids to do a visual study of plants and flowers while creating photos.

SUGGESTED EVENTS THIS 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 swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

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. Click here for menu. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – HOMETOWN FAIR – Yankee Doodle Days begins in Charlemont, MA. Click here for a schedule of events happening 07/13-07/15. [Families] ($)

7pm – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – Beavers at Nightfall on Fitzgerald Lake in Florence, MA, with Gini Traub. Learn about beavers with the Broad Brook Coalition. [Ages 7 & older] (Free)

Saturday – 07/14

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families8am – HOMETOWN FAIR – Yankee Doodle Days begins in Charlemont, MA. Click here for a schedule of events happening 07/13-07/15. [Families] ($)

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 Families10am – COUNTY 4-H FAIR – Local 4-H club members show their animals, along with an exhibit hall, baby barnyard and family entertainment. At the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA, from 10am-3pm. [Families] (Free)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT – Children’s musician Lui Collins will be performing as part of the outdoor summer music and family entertainment series on the South Hadley Town Commons in the center of South Hadley. Bring blankets & chairs. Rain location: Odyssey Book Store. [Families] (Free)

1pm – CHILDREN’S BENEFIT CONCERT – The Shriners Hospital is sponsoring a benefit family concert series in Greenfield, MA, from 1pm-7:30pm at Energy Park on Miles Street (off Main in downtown Gnfld). 1:00 The Pop Rockets; 2:30 Intonition; 4:00 Ethan Stone Band; 5:30 The Loose Caboose. [Families] (Free/Donations)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – BLOCK DANCE & FIREWORKS – The Hinsdale whoops it up in the summer time. Tonight is their annual block dance at the fire station (located off Route 143 in Hinsdale, MA). Fireworks at 9:30pm. 413.655.8084 [Families] ($)

Sunday – 07/15

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families8am – HOMETOWN FAIR – Yankee Doodle Days begins in Charlemont, MA. Click here for a schedule of events happening 07/13-07/15. [Families] ($)

6pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT – Look Park in Florence, MA, presents an outdoor concert 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 – 07/16

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

10am – PUPPET SHOW – Little Red Wagon performs “Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf” as part of the Look Park Monday Children’s Entertainment Series at the Pines Theater in Florence, MA. Rain location: Garden House Tent. [Families] ($)

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Winnie the Pooh at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 413.698.2591 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – FAMILY SWIM – Join other Hilltown Families at Ashfield Pond in Ashfield, MA, for a swimming playdate. Bring a picnic dinner. [Families] (Free)

Tuesday – 07/17

Illustration (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 – Story hour at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. Registration required. 413.587.1500. [Ages 2.5 and older] (Free)

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Hansel & Gretel at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 413.698.2591 [Families] ($)

Noon – LUNCH TIME – Following story hour 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 – FRISBEE – The Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, will sponsor a hands on program for kids to discover new talents while learning about the history and science of Frisbees. 413.587.1010. [Families] (Free)

6pm – FAMILY WELLNESS – Learn basic first aid and even a bit about CPR at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA, with an American Red Cross representative. 413.587.1500. [Ages 5 & older] (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. www.valleyfreeradio.org [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 07/18

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

11am – CHILDREN’S THEATRE – The Berkshire Theatre Festival presents Cinderella at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Runs Wed-Sat until 07/28. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families6pm – FAMILY PIZZA NIGHT – Join other Hilltown Families for pizza at Country Pie on Main Street in Ashfield, MA. [Families] ($)

Thursday – 07/19

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] ($)

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Rumpelstiltskin at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 413.698.2591 [Families] ($)

2pm – STORYTIME PERFORMANCE – The Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, will present a special encore presentation with morning DJ’s Mark & Shaggy from KIX97.9FM. 413.587.1010. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families6:30pm – OUTDOOR MUSIC – Every Thursday in July & August there will be a free summer music series in Huntington, MA. Bring lawn chairs and join the community at the gazebo. Rain location: Stanton Hall. [Families] (Free)

Friday – 07/20

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

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – Vic & Sticks Storytime Band 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] ($)

5pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – The Green River Festival happens this weekend, in Greenfield, MA, starting Friday at 5pm. Click here for details. [Families] ($)

Anyday – Anytime

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5 Comments on “Suggested Events 07/13/07 – 07/20/07

  1. The Academy at Charlemont will offer a free mucical: “The Princess and the Pea” on 07/18 & 07/20 at 10am, 1pm & 7pm. Call 413.339.4912 for more info and directions.

  2. CATCH THE BEAT IN COLRAIN

    On Monday (07/16) the Friswold Memorial Library will feature Curious George. There will be adventures, games, crafts and Curious George himself! Bring the kids to this free event from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    (413) 624-3680.

  3. There will be a plant swap of yur extra perennials in Ashfield this Tues. (07/17). Bring your extras and take what you can use. BE SURE TO LABEL THEM!

    Plant Swappers, 204 Spruce Corner Road. Info: (413) 628-3949.

  4. Hey HF! Rockin’ site! A scottish event happening next week that we go to every year is the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival at Look Park. See you guys there!

    Scott

  5. THE NIELDS IN CUMMINGTON

    Nerissa & Katryna Nields will be performing at the West Cummington Church
    (Just off Route 9, Cummington, MA 01026) on Saturday, July 14th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15, and they are worth it!

    Nerissa & Katryna Nields, songs and guitars in a two-woman rolk-rock-art-alternative band, described as “sublime vocal chemistry” and a “musical hot-room yoga,” are in concert featuring new work and old favorites.

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