Suggested Events 09/08/07 – 09/14/07

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 09/08

8am – NATURE & ECOLOGY – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will be conducting a bird walk in Easthampton, followed by a Monarch Butterfly conservation project at 11am. (see next) Pre-registration is recommended. 413.584.3009 [Ages 7 and older] ($)

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)

10am – MAKING ART – Free puppet workshop for kids and adults in Pittsfield. Click here for details.

11am – NATURE & ECOLOGY – Following a bird walk at 8am, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton will be offering a hands-on monarch butterfly conservation. Participants will be lead through catching, banding and releasing butterflies. Call to confirm. 413.584.3009 [Ages 5 & up] ($)

BALLOON FESTIVAL – On Saturday & Sunday at Look Park in Florence, music and hot air balloons will fill the park for a weekend balloon festival. Head on over following a morning at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413.584.5457. [All ages] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesGRANGE FAIR – Stop by the Williamsburg Grange Fair on Main Street in Williamsburg for displays of local food, handicrafts, things for kids, and an Italian Smorg supper at 6pm. [All ages] (Free/$)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesREGGAE FEST – The annual Charlemont Reggae Fest happens all day in Charlemont. Click here for more details. 413.367.9309 [All Ages] ($)

5pm – ARTWALK – Easthampton Artwalk. Come see Carrie Ferguson, SingerSongwriter & native-Northamptoner, perform in PACE’s cafe, and stroll around town and take in all the art from Main St to Union St to Cottage St in Easthampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families7:30pm – COMMUNITY BIG BAND DANCE – After a fun day at Look Park or at the Charlemont Reggae Fest, head over to Ashfield for Elmer’s Big Band Dance. Fun for the entire family. Click here for details. [Families] ($)

Sunday – 09/09



Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesNoon – TOWN PICNIC – The Town of Cummington will be hosting a town wide picnic at Pentingill Park off of Main Street in Cummington, MA. [Families] (Free)

1:30pm – CULTURAL CELEBRATION – Great Shofar Blast, a family-friendly Jewish New Year celebration will be happening at the Springfield Jewish Community Center in Springfield, at 1160 Dickinson St. 413.737.4313. [Families] (n/a)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families2pm-4pm – HISTORICAL MUSEUM – Every Sunday through 10/21 families can take their children to the Blacksmith Shop Museum in Westhampton, MA, to explore their collection and learn a little about the history of our area. (Ages 5 & up) (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families2pm – LOCAL FOOD – Today is Raw Milk Dairy Day in Massachusetts. There are seven farms participating, including Sidehill Farm in Ashfield. Join them for a two-hour guided tour, including a tour of the pastures and the town’s oldest milking parlor. Come early and have a picnic lunch and sample their raw milk and yogurt. [Families] (Free)

2pm – OPEN HOUSE – The Northampton Music Center will be holding an open house with free demo classes, children’s choir auditions, instrument petting zoo, along with a Celtic fiddle peformance in Northampton, MA. [Ages 4-7] (Free)

Monday – 09/10

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Tuesday – 09/11

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – HERBAL PROGRAM – Hey parents, come learn how to make a High C Syrup and an Elderberry Syrup at Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield before the winter months bring in the sniffles and snotty noses. Plus, make an herbal honey to sooth the throat. Potluck lunch. 413.625.6826 [Adults & older homeschoolers] ($$)

3:30pm – THEATER – Children’s theater classes begin in Florence, MA. Call 413.584.5562. [Ages 8-10] ($$$)

(c) Hilltown Families7pm – FAMILY RADIO – Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 09/12

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9pm – PARENT COFFEE BREAK – After dropping the kids off at school or their homeschool program, drop into Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA. Not only do they have great coffee, they have a fantastic breakfast menu too. Connect with other parents. If you’d rather do some work, bring your laptop (they have wireless!) and let wait on you! To find out what’s happen over at Elmer’s, read Notes from Nan, a weekly update posted here on Hilltown Families. [Parents] ($)

Thursday – 09/13



Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families3:30pm – SPORTS – Take the kids to see a boys high school soccer match at Hampshire High School in Westhampton, MA. [Families] (Free)
6:30pm – AFRICAN DANCE – African Dance from Senegal with Tala Ngom at the Northeast American School of Dance in Northampton, MA, are offered every Thursday. 413.584.8521 [Ages 10 & up] (n/a)

3:30pm – THEATER – Children’s theater classes begin in Florence, MA. Call 413.584.5562. [Ages 6-7] ($$$)

Friday – 09/14

10am – PARENTING WORKSHOP – Gateway Family Center (GFC) in Huntington, MA, is sponsoring a workshop entitled Keeping Our Children Safe, at the GFC. This workshop will focus on recognizing and dealing with child sexual abuse. Free childcare provided. 413.667.2203 Click here to see flyer. [Parents] (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] ($)

5pm – ARTWALK -Northampton Arts Night Out. Bring the kids to open galleries through out downtown Northampton, MA.

6pm – LOCAL FOOD – The CISA’s Annual Fundraising Feast in the Garden House at Look Park in Florence, MA. Celebrate the local harvest! Silent and not-so-silent auction. [Families] (Fundraiser $$$)

THE BIG E – Runs through September 30th in West Springfield, MA. – [Families] ($$)

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