Suggested Events 11/03/07 – 11/09/07

Hilltown Families Presents …

This Saturday at 2pm in the village of Shelburne Falls, Los Angeles based kids music band, Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, will be performing at the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum), presented by Hilltown Families (that’s us!) and CAM.

A recent performance by Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang was described like the second coming of Beatlemania, with kids shrieking and rushing the stage. Their New England fan base may seem a little more reserved, but maybe that’s because this is their first East Coast tour. Lucky for us, they will be making a stop here in the hilltowns for a one-time performance in Shelburne Falls, MA!

So come on down to the village of Shelburne Falls THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON as Hilltown Families (that’s still us!) and our friends at CAM present:

Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang
Nov. 3rd @ 2pm
At the Children’s Art Museum (same building as the Trolley Museum)
14 Depot Street
Shelburne Falls, MA


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

SATURDAY – 11/03

Western Mass CiderDay 2007 – Click here for locations and a map for Cider Day.

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. This week’s episode will have Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang live in studio. [All ages] (Free)

9:30am – MOTHER’S GROUP – Mocha Moms, a nation wide support group for at home mothers of color will be gathering at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, in the community room. 413.587.1017 [Mothers] (Free)

9:30am – HISTORIC FOODS – There will be an open hearth cooking demonstration at the Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Learn how autumn affected the preparation and preservation of foods in historic menus. 413.775.7214 [Ages 6 & up] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

10am – FAMILY BOOK CLUB – A family book club will be forming at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. Click here for more info. [Ages 9-12] (Free)

10:3oam-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

11am – COMMUNITY RALLY – There will be a Step-it-Up Rally on Global Warming in Northampton, MA. Click here for more info. [Families] (Free)

2pm – FAMILY CONCERT – Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang will be performing at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA (same building as the Trolley Museum). Tickets are $6, infants free. 413.625.6826 or 413.296.0096 [Families] (>$)

7pm – LOCAL FOOD – As part of the CiderDays event there will be a CiderDay Dinner in the Blue & White Society Room at the PVMA Teacher’s Building in Old Deerfield, featuring local foods, creating a feast of New England themed cuisine. [Families] ($$)

SUNDAY – 11/04

2am – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME – Spring forward, fall back. Set your clocks back and get an extra hour of ZZZ’s!

10am-4pm – WOMEN IN AVIATION – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, will be hosting Women Take Flight, a special event that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in aviation and aerospace. There will be presentations throughout the day, including theatrical presentations of early aviation pioneers. and bring history to life through theatrical presentations. [Families] (>$)

Noon-4pm – FOOD HISTORY – Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA, will be holding a workshop, All about Apples and Pies in their History Workshop on both Saturday and Sunday. Learn about the different ways that New Englanders used and preserved apples long ago. Hands-on. [Families] (Free with museum admission)

1pm & 4pm – FAMILY CONCERT – The Von Trapp Children will be performing at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, MA. Join The Von Trapp Children, descendants of the famous singing family whose story captivated the world in “The Sound of Music,” in concert. 877.636.7707 Click here for directions. [Families] (Free)

MONDAY- 11/05

11:30am – SIGNING STORYTIMES – Discover ALS (sign language) with your child at the Toy Box in Amherst, MA. Students from Hampshire College will read a story out-loud and in sign language (ASL) for the audience. 413.256.8697 [All ages] (Free)

TUESDAY – 11/06

1pm & 2pm – PARENT EXERCISE – Community Walking Program in the Hilltowns, organized by the Hilltown Community Health Centers. Every Tuesday (weather permitting) meet at Russell Conway School Parking lot in Worthington, MA. Beginner start at 1pm & experienced walkers start at 2pm. Call to register. 413.667.2204 [Parents] (Free)

4pm & 5:30pm- READING & WRITING – Readers & Writers club at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. Click here for more info. [Kids must be able to read & write] (Free)

4pm – KIDS’ JAM – Join Hilltown Music Together director Lui Collins in a new music and movement for “big kids” at the Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, MA. Two different time slots are available. Classes run through 12/11. Scholarship aid is available. Open to home schoolers and other family groups. 413.628.0197 [Ages 5-6+] ($$)

5pm – HILLTOWN FAMILIES PIZZA NIGHT – Treat your kids to pizza at Country Pie in Ashfield, MA, with other families from the Hilltown Families Listserv. 413.296.0096 [Families] ($)

7pm – 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. This week’s episode is hosted by Guest DJ, Gwendolyn from Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, with HFVS co-host, Persephone. [Families] (Free)


9pm – 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 them bring you coffee! To find out what’s happen over at Elmer’s, read Notes from Nan, a weekly update posted here on Hilltown Families. [Parents] ($/Free)

THURSDAY – 11/08

9am-7:30pm – HORSE LOVERS – Equine Affaire, a 10th annual equestrian gathering, will be taking place at the Big E in West Springfield, MA, through Sunday. The Youth Pavilion will be open, offering free events for the horse enthusiasts. They also have an evening horse performance set to music that begins at 8pm. 740.845.0058. Click here for a schedule of events. [Families] ($, Free)

9am – PARENT SOCIAL – Hilltown Families invites parents to gather at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville after dropping off the kids. Get yourself a scone and tea and chat with other area parents before heading off to work or to accomplish your never-ending “to do list.” [Parents] ($, Free)

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL HAPPENINGS – Join other homeschoolers at the Greenfield Library in Greenfield, MA, to learn about Ancient Greece. Runs through 11/15/07. For more information call 413.772.1544 x5. [Ages 7 & up] (Free)

5:30pm – READ TO DOGS – The Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA, will be resuming their special program Reading to Dogs. Animals are ideal nonjudgemental reading companions that are less intimidating than peers. Children sign up for 20minute slots. All dogs are registered therapy pets. 413.268.7472 [Ages 6 & up] (Free)

Open till 8pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – Did you know the Meekins Library in Williamburg, MA, stays open until 8pm every Thursday? A great thing to have as the winter months approach. Take the kids in their PJ’s and spend time at the library before bed time reading stories or getting help with homework. [Everyone] (Free)

FRIDAY -11/09

9am-7:30pm – HORSE LOVERS – Equine Affaire, a 10th annual equestrian gathering, will be taking place at the Big E in West Springfield, MA, through Sunday. The Youth Pavilion will be open, offering free events for the horse enthusiasts. They also have an evening horse performance set to music that begins at 8pm. 740.845.0058. Click here for a schedule of events. [Families] ($, Free)

11am-12:50pm – HOME SCHOOL ICE SKATING – Mullins Center at the University of MA in Amherst, MA, is starting up a Home School (Ice) Skates. Ice skate rentals are free and accompanying parents are free. The Mullins Cafe will be open serving coffee and assorted foods. [Ages 5 & up] (>$)

5pm – 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] ($)

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4 Comments on “Suggested Events 11/03/07 – 11/09/07

  1. The Cup and Top Cafe invites you to meet two talented artists at two separate events.

    Aliene de Souza Howell is responsible for our current exhibit which will close at the end of this week.

    Ruth Daniels is our next featured artist. Ruth’s exhibit begins next Monday (Nov 12) and runs through mid-January. Both of these events are free and open to the public. Munchies and beverages will be served.

    Friday November 9th, 7pm-9pm (after the café’s regular hours)

    Closing Reception, Aliene De Souza Howell – Paintings, Prints and Drawings

    Monday, November 12th, 4pm-6pm (during the café’s regular hours)

    Opening Reception, Ruth Daniels, tropical-themes, ink and watercolors,

    And a reminder… The Cafe’s new hours are:


  2. 26th Anniversary HOLIDAY FAIR

    The Hartsbrook School, Hadley, MA

    The Pocket Lady, King Winter, Gingerbread Houses, Hayrides, Marionettes, Musicians and more — It’s the 26th Anniversary Holiday Fair at The Hartsbrook School in Hadley — Saturday, November 17 from 10am to 3pm.

    This fair is magical for kids! Magic for all the family! The Pocket lady has hundreds of pockets each containing a hand crafted gift. The regal King Winter will preside over the bonfire. The Children’s Bazaar is off limits to adults. The gingerbread houses are works of art, made by school families and up for auction. There is continuous entertainment, games, crafts including candle dipping and stained glass, music and a raffle.

    Performances by the silk marionettes, family storyteller, musicians, dancers and many more.

    All are welcome.

    There is no admission fee.

    Hot lunch and delicious baked goods on sale.

    The fair will be at the Piening Hall campus at 193 Bay Road in Hadley.

    The Hartsbrook School is celebrating over 25years of Waldorf Education in the Pioneer Valley.

    For more information, contact Jacqui DeFelice, Enrollment Director at (413) 584-3198

  3. ~~Sunday, November 11, 6:15 p.m., River Valley Market Annual Meeting. A dessert potluck event for “you, your kids, friends, relations and favorite River Valley member-owners (and member-owners-to-be).” This free, family-friendly meeting will be open to the public as well as member-owners as a celebration of the construction and imminent opening of the brand new cooperative grocery store. At 7:30 p.m., laugh local with the Ha-Ha Sisterhood, the Pioneer Valley’s own all-woman comedy improv group.

  4. Somehow an email I sent out with this info was eaten by the computer!!!

    So if you are planning on coming to see “Gwendolyn” at CAM today and you have a minute please consider bringing something for our bake sale. The proceeds of the bake sale benefit CAM directly- please be generous so we may be able to continue to bring you quality events. Thank You.

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