Suggested Events 12/08/07-12/14/07


Dog sledding in West Chesterfield with Marla BB & Lightening. (c) Hilltown FamiliesThis past Monday kids and teachers across the valley and throughout the hilltowns cheered “HOORAY!”, for it was the first Snow Day of the school year. Being only in Kindergarten however, our daughter was disappointed that she didn’t get to go to school to play.”But mommy, who will I play with?” she whined while rubbing her sleepy little eyes… well, at least I was happy. I didn’t have to pack a lunch, figure out what she was going to wear, get myself dressed and presentable, nor cart her over the hill to the next town. I could stay in my PJ’s all day … and play! Once the indoor stir-crazie’s started to settle in, we did eventually venture out to our neighbor’s house for a little dog sledding! The kids loved it!


I spent a portion of Monday morning putting together a “cheat sheet” for School Closings and Delays in surrounding districts that I’ve posted here. You can also find it on the side bar under “HF Pages to Peruse.” Unfortunately the GazetteNet Hotline is not in service right now (as of 12/06/07). Does anyone have the skinny on why it’s not working and if there is another number we should be calling?

A FEW UPCOMING THINGS WORTH NOTING:Ruby catching snowflakes on her tongue. (c) Hilltown Families

  • Outdoor Adventures for Kids in the Hilltowns: Hilltown Families has collaborated with Tekoa Mountain Outdoors to offer a ten week Monday afternoon (4pm-5pm) adventure program for kids ages 5-7 at the TMO Base Camp in Chesterfield, MA, starting January 7th and ending March 31st, 2008. Led by Program Coordinator, Timothy Vogel of Tekoa Mountain Outdoors. If you’re interested in participating be sure to sign up soon. Click here for more information.

  • Gustafer Yellowgold is coming to town! A family concert will be on Sunday in Florence at 4:30pm. Click here to read more.

  • Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Tuesday (12/11/07) at 7pm to hear Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold doing a guest DJ set with Persephone. If you can’t listen then, come back here to listen to the archived show.

  • The Children’s Art Museum is having a fund-raising raffle. The grand prize is a tote bag filled to the top with quality art and craft supplies, projects and creative play games (including Stockmar beeswax crayons, Haba games, a Harrisburg Peg Loom and Usborne Art Book and much more). Click here to find out how you can enter into their holiday raffle.


Tekoa Mountain Adventures

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 12/08

    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)

    9am-11am – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Cummington Recreation Department will be sponsoring breakfast with Santa at the Cummington Community House in Cummington, MA. [Families] (Free)

    10am-11:30am – ANIMALS – The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, MA, will be having a Small Animals Up Close and Personal workshop. Call to register. 413.256.6006. [Ages 5-8] ($)

    10am-3:30pm – HOLIDAY CRAFTS – Make a personalized Christmas ornament at the Huntington Library in Huntington, MA, with the kids.413.667.3506 [Families] (>$)

    10:15am & 11:30am – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – At the Garden House at Look Park in Florence, MA. Two seatings. Call to reserve. 413.584.5457. [Families] ($, under 2 free)

    Noon-3pm – KIDS HOLIDAY PARTY – The Firefighters Association will be hosting their annual kids holiday party at the Congregational Church in Chesterfield, MA. Santa will arrive around 12:30pm. [Families] (Free)

    1pm – LIVE BIRDS – See live birds of prey at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, and learn about their habits. 413.658.1100 [Families] ($)

    2pm-3pm – KIDS COOKING & CRAFTS – Whole Foods in Hadley, MA will be hosting a Kids’ Winter Wonderland Class: Crafts & Cookies, creating edible gifts for the holidays. 413.586.9932 [Ages 12 & under] (>$)

    3pm – HOLIDAY BALLET – The Nutcracker, presented by the Pioneer Valley Ballet, will be at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. 413.584.9032 [Families] ($$)

    5pm-8pm – HOLIDAY HAYRIDES – Look Park in Florence, MA, is offering a tour of their holiday lights display on a horse drawn hayride. [Families] (>$)

    6pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – The Snow Queen’s Masquerade Ball at Art Bridge in Shelburne, MA. Potluck, performance, dance. Click here for more info. 413.625.8275 [Families] (Donation)

    7pm – WHIRLING DERVISH – Take the family to see this traditional dance at the Lichtenstein Center in Pittsfield, MA. 413.499.9348[Families] (Free)

    7:30pm – HOLIDAY BALLET – The Nutcracker, presented by the Pioneer Valley Ballet, will be at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. 413.584.9032 [Families] ($$)

    7:30pm – CHRISTMAS CHORUS – The Hilltown Choral Society will be holding their holiday concert at the First Congregational Church of Worthington, MA. [Families] (Donation)

    8pm – SQUARE DANCING – Date night. Round up your partner and head over to the Town Hall in Goshen, MA for some dancing. Ralph Sweet is the caller. [Adults] (n/a)

    Sunday – 12/09

    11:30am & 2pm – CHANUKAH PERFORMANCE – The Magic Dreidel, performed by the Grumbling Gryphons, will be at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. 413.256.4900 [Families] ($)

    1pm & 4pm – HOLIDAY BALLET – The Nutcracker, presented by the Pioneer Valley Ballet, will be at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. 413.584.9032 [Families] ($$)

    2pm – THEATER – Neil Simon’s play Lost In Yonkers, is being produced by the Ashfield Community Theater Co. at the Ashfield Town Hall in Ashfield, MA. Take the kids to the matinee. [Families] ($$)

    2pm & 4pm – FAMILY TIME THEATER – Flat Stanley will be at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. Click here for more info. [Ages 5 & up] ($)

    4:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT – Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA (next to the Lilly Library), presented by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Click here for more info. [Families] ($)

    5:30pm – CHANUKAH PARTY – The Jewish Community Center of Amherst, MA, invites families to bring their menorah and candles and come dance, eat, sing and hear stories. 413.256.0160 [Families] (Donation)

    Monday – 12/10

    2pm-5pm – COOKING WITH KIDS – Whole Foods in Hadley, MA, has kid-friendly demos every Monday in December. 413.586.9932 [Families] (Free)

    Tuesday – 12/11

    3:30pm – HOLIDAY CRAFT – At the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, learn how to make a scarf from an unwanted sweater. 413.587.1012 [Ages 5 & up] (Free)

    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. Guest DJ set with Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold and Persephone. [Families] (Free)

    Wednesday – 12/12

    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 – 12/13

    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)

    6pm – CRAFTS FOR KIDS – At the Huntington Library in Huntington, MA, there will be a craft workshop: How to Make a Clay Pendant. 413.667.3506 [Ages 5 & up] (>$)

    Open till 8pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – Did you know the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, 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 – 12/14

    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] ($)

    5pm-8pm – HOLIDAY HAYRIDES – Look Park in Florence, MA, is offering a tour of their holiday lights display on a horse drawn hayride. [Families] (>$)

    6pm – HOLIDAY CHORAL FESTIVAL – Northampton Community Music Center will be sponsoring a Holiday Choral Festival at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton, MA. 413.584.3198 [Families] (n/a)

    6:30pm-7:30pm – KIDS SCIENCE – Mad Science will be having a Scien-Triffic Friday Workshop: Detective Science, in Northampton, MA. 413.584.7243 [Ages 5 & older] (>$)

    Anyday – Anytime

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    One Comment on “Suggested Events 12/08/07-12/14/07

    1. There’s this too…

      Saturday & Sunday: Burning Man & Babes in Toyland

      This Saturday get the chance to meet A. Leo Nash, the author and photographer of Burning Man: Art in the Desert. In his San Francisco Chronicle review critic Kenneth Baker wrote, “Nash’s moody pictures, all in black-and-white, evoke the sort of creative madness that he and others say propels them into the desert.” Nash will sign copies of the book, available for sale in the Berkshire Museum Shop. Come back to the Museum on Sunday to see The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents the magical musical tale, Babes in Toyland, featuring all of Mother Goose’s gang!

      Babes in Toyland | Sunday, December 9 | 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South St | 443-7171 ext. 10 | $

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