Suggested Events 08/24/07-08/31/07

THE CUMMINGTON FAIR IS HERE!

There are a couple of things happening this weekend that we’re pretty excited about. The first is the Cummington Fair, which I mentioned in a previous post. Thursday night was the “Night For Trucks.” We always skip Thursday night. Too loud and too much exhaust! But Friday night is kids night when they sell tickets half price and you can use these tickets all weekend. So Friday we get our tickets, and then Saturday and Sunday we become fair-goers. Click here for a full schedule of events happening at the Cummington Fair. I’m sure we’ll have lots of photos to post, so check back.

CONSTANT WONDER

The other event we’re pretty excited about is a performance by the award-winning singer/ songwriting duo, Constant Wonder at the Eric Carle Museum on Saturday at 1pm. Constant Wonder performances are both educational and environmental and have been promoting respect for all creatures with their GREEN message for 5 years. Audience members will enjoy an interactive performance, which makes learning more memorable for all participants. Below is a video from a live performance at the Long Island Children’s Museum in NY:

Before their performance I will be interviewing them for Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. I’ll be sure to post the interview in days to come.

SUGGESTED EVENTS

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 – 8/24

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesWEEKEND FAIR – The Annual Cummington Fair begins in Cummington, MA, Aug. 23-26. For more information click here or call 413.634.5091. [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families3pm – SWIMMING PLAYDATE – Join other Hilltown Families at Ashfield Pond in for a swimming playdate. [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. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Saturday – 8/25

8am – FAMILY RADIO – 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)

Noon-5pm – LOCAL FOOD – The 7th Annual Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival happens at Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA. Sample dozens of heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties. Workshops, demos, marketplace, live music refreshments and more. 467-SOIL [Families] ($)

1pm – EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE – Constant Wonder will be performing Birds of a Feather at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. Join Connie Gillies and Alice Weiser as they weave books, birds and a fantastic beat into an interactive performance sure to capture your attention and imagination. Free with admission. 658.1105 [Families] (Free with admission)

Sunday – 8/26

NATIONAL DOG DAY

11am-3pm – LOCAL FOOD – At Whole Foods in Hadley there will be a Farmer’s Market & Local Vendor Festival featuring locally grown. 586-9932 [Families] (Free)

1pm-4pm – LOCAL FOOD – PESTOPALOOZA! At Stockbridge Farm in South Deerfield learn how to cook with basil. 665-6918 [Families] (Free)

3pm – READING HOUR – At Barnes & Noble in Hadley, MA, is an End-of-Summer Reading Party. Come enjoy stories and craft making from Japan as part of their Magic Tree House program. 584-2558 [All ages] (Free)

Monday – 8/27

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Sleeping Beauty at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 698.2591 [Families] ($)

Tuesday – 8/28

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM – Bonnie’s Program presents Birds of Prey Program with Tom Ricardi will be at the New Hingham Elementary School in Chesterfield, MA. [Families] (Free)

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Aladdin at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 698.2591 [Families] ($)

4pm-9:30pm – FUNDRAISING PERFORMANCE – Transperformance 17 is the annual end of summer bash produced by The Northampton Arts Council and the PTOs of the Northampton public schools to support arts enrichment in schools and in the community. Northampton High School, J.F.K. Middle School and the four Northampton elementary schools are all beneficiaries of this fundraiser. Performance will be at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton. 587.1269 [Families] ($)

7pm – FAMILY RADIO – Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. www.valleyfreeradio.org This week’s show is hosted by Guest DJ Uncle Rock and Persephone. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 8/29

4:30pm – CULTURAL SING – At the Northampton Community Music Center in Northampton there will be a free demo class introducing kids to the world of Jewish secular and sacred music from a variety of cultures. 585-0001 [Ages 0-5] (Free)

5pm – KIDS CONCERT – Laura Cayer from the kids group, The Pop Rockets, will be performing on interactive dance party in South Deerfield, MA. Reservation required. 665.1277. [Families]

Thursday – 8/30

11am & 2pm – PUPPET SHOW – The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will be performing Carnival of the Animals at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA. On a sunny day, bring a picnic lunch to share with your family. 698.2591 [Families] ($)

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 – 8/31

All Weekend – COUNTY FAIR – Three County Fair happens on Bridge Street in Northampton, MA, from 08/31 – 09/03. Amusements, midway, wild West show, horseracing and more. 584-2237 [Families] ($$)

All Weekend – COUNTY FAIR – Blandford Fair on North Street in Blandford, MA, from 08/31 – 09/03. Horse-Oxen-Pony Draws, entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and more. 848-2888 [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. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Anyday – Anytime

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4 Comments on “Suggested Events 08/24/07-08/31/07

  1. 09/07 – Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Same Page Dance Event

    Homeland(s): India and the Pioneer Valley

    Free dance performance

    “Homeland(s): India and the Pioneer Valley” is an hour-long show especially created for this year’s On the Same Page event. Weaving sound, images and live contemporary Indian dance, “Homeland(s)” shares the stories of six vastly different Pioneer Valley individuals, all of whom have a strong connection to India. Through narratives and dance, “Homeland(s)” is an intimate exploration of life journeys and the memories, images and impressions that influence our conceptions of “home.”

    Dahlia Nayar is a dancer/choreographer based in Northampton. She is a first generation American, born to immigrant parents from India and the Philippines. She creates meditative pieces that explore connections between her heritages and her present context.

    Northampton’s On the Same Page book of 2007 is Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, “The Namesake.”

    Copies of the book are available at Forbes and Lilly Libraries, and local bookstores.

    ; 413-587-1374
    Admission: Free
    Location: Northampton High School (wheelchair accessible)
    Directions
    380 Elm Street, Northampton
    Contact Information
    Forbes Library
    413-587-1017

  2. Check out other Western Massachusetts events at this local, family-oriented web site. Find playgroups, art classes, music, country fairs, local farmer’s markets and more activities for families with young children. Visit http://www.berkshirebabies.com.

  3. Herbs for Children with Lupo Connell, Clinical Herbalist

    Come and learn the many benefits of using herbs for children. Lupo will discuss how to safely and effectively use herbs to increase your child’s health, immunity and overall vitality. Proper dosages, fun ways to administer herbs to kids and homemade herbal recipes will be shared. Back to school health and winter immunity will be emphasized.

    $25-35 (sliding scale)

    Tuesday, September 18 from 6-9 PM
    Goldthread Herbal Apothecary
    Florence, Mass
    (413) 587-0620

    Lupo Connell is a Community Herbalist and an Herbal Educator. She had spent the past decade studying medicinal plants in the Appalachian Mountains. She has lectured extensively on herbalism and holistic health and enjoys teaching simple, natural, and nourishing traditions of healing. Lupo and her family reside in New Milford, CT. For more information she may be reached at plantessence@aol.com or (860) 799-0457

  4. September 16th in Westfield

    STANLEY PARK PRESENTS
    2006 NATURE WORKSHOP SERIES WITH DAVE LOVEJOY SEPTEMBER 16TH

    “The Oak Forest” Field guides to southern New England refer to the forest type common here as the oak forest or oak-hickory forest. On this walk, the typical species of this community, including trees, shrubs, and non-woody plants will be identified and described.

    All walks and workshops will meet at the entrance sign to the Frank Stanley Beveridge Sanctuary, are held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will cancel if there is heavy rain. Bring along your field guides, binoculars and camera.

    For further information on the Nature Workshop Series, call the Stanley Park office at 413-568-9312.

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