Suggested Events 04/05/08-04/11/08


This past Monday was the last day of the Outdoor Adventure Program winter session in Chesterfield (see photos). We ended the program with a tin-can ice cream social. Kids got to make their very own ice cream concoctions by adding ingredients to a small coffee can, nestling it into a larger can, surrounded by rock salt and ice, and rolling the cans (both duct-taped shut) around for about twenty minutes. And in the end we all had ice cream!

The recipe we were given was good for packing in your backpack when camping or hiking. It included evaporated milk, instant pudding and any additional goodies (M&M’s, chocolate chips, etc.). But after reading the ingredients on the back of the Jell-O Instant Pudding box, I picked up a box of instant tapioca instead. Equally easy to transport. And it turned out pretty well too.

That evening, I did a little poking around on the internet looking for other recipes people have used. The one I think I’ll try next with my daughter is a little more “gourmet,” using fresh ingredients. It calls for 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and any additional ingredients (peppermint candies, candied ginger, raspberries). Not so easy for transporting when camping or hiking, but fun to do at home with the kids, and delicious sounding too! Espcially this summer when those raspberries are fresh picked!

This Monday (04/07/08) the spring session of the Outdoor Adventure Program begins. Last I heard there was still room. So if you’re thinking of participating in the next session (which includes canoeing, fishing, hiking and more!) give a call: 413.296.4249.


If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our community bulletin board.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 04/05

7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free)

10am-Noon – WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD – (Northampton) Northampton’s Week of the Young Child Children’s festival happens at the Jackson Street School. Click here for details. [Families] (Free)

10:30am – KIDS CONCERT: POP ROCKETS – (Amherst) The Pop Rockets will be performing at the Jones Library as part of the Be Noisy in the Library Show. This is rescheduled from this winter, canceled due to a snow storm. 413.259.3090 [Families] (TBA)

11am-2pm – KIDS CRAFT PROJECT – (Easthampton) Bring the kids to come make decorative flower pots at Create Art Studio. One hour session. RSVP 413.455.4707 [Ages 5-13] ($$)

Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free)

4pm – 6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

5pm-8pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Williamsburg) Silent Auction for Bonnie’s Program to benefit the after school programs at New Hingham, Westhampton and Anne T. Dunphy Elementary Schools. 413.296.0182 [All Ages] (Free, >$-$$$)

6pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Hadley) Spring Auction World Fusion/Carnivale at the Hartsbrook School. Live music, food from many ethnic traditions, performances and auction items. 413.584.3198 [All Ages] (>$-$$$)

6:30pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Northampton) Green Gala 2008, sponsored by the Budget Crisis Response Committee of the Jackson Street School PTO. This event will include a silent auction, desserts, cash bar and live music and dancing with DJ Tom McCusker. At 7 p.m., Appalachian Still will perform. Proceed go to supporting Jackson Street School. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] (Donation >$-$$$)

Sunday – 04/06


Noon-3pm – KIDS CRAFT PROJECT – (Easthampton) Bring the kids to come make decorative flower pots at Create Art Studio. One hour session. RSVP 413.455.4707 [Ages 5-13] ($$)

Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free)

1pm – FIELD DAY FOR GIRLS – (Northampton) GirlSports Try-It at the Smith College athletic fields. Click here for details. [Girls Grades 1-3] (Free)

2pm-4:30pm – BENEFIT CONCERT – [Northampton] “Raise the Roof – Music for the Meetinghouse,” a benefit show featuring many diverse acts at the Calvin Theater for The First Churches in Northampton. Click here for details. [All Ages] ($, Fundraiser)

2pm-4:30pm – ART FOR KIDS – (Amherst) The Eric Carle Museum will be offering Pull A Print!. Greg and Joseph of Brive-By Press are back for another afternoon of printmaking in the Art Studio. 413.658.1155 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass)

2:30pm-5:30pm – BAG SEW – (Cummington) Make cloth sewing bags for the Old Creamery as they will be going paper-bag free on Earth Day. Cummington Community House. [Families] (Free)

3pm – A CAPPELLA – (Holyoke) Bring the family to discover a capella at an a cappalla concert: The Holyoke Catholic A Cappella Singers, directed by Joseph Toritto. The A Cappella Singers will present a unique repertoire of sacred and folk music celebrating the richness of diverse cultures—from South African rhythms to American Folk; as well as from gospel/spirituals to sacred chant. [All Ages] (>$)

4pm-6pm – ART RECEPTION – (Northampton) Christin Couture & William Hosie will be exhibiting their show, “TOYz n’ TOTz 2” at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The works of Christin Couture and William Hosie might appear widely divergent: She paints eerily telling portraits of infants and children inspired by Victorian photography (consider Edward Gorey crossed with Balthus), while he makes sprawling hybrid constructs from humble materials that can fill large spaces and appear like a surrealistic playground in miniature. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] (Free)

6pm-8pm – EDIBLE BOOK – (Florence) The Friends Edible Book Event at the Lilly Library. Click here for details. [All Ages] (Free)

Monday – 04/07

Tuesday – 04/08

10am-11:30am – FATHERS GROUP – (Amherst) Please come to talk about fathers’’ issues, meet other dads and have coffee with us at this drop-in fathers’ group. You will be able to find out any common issues you face and just talk with other dads. Held at the Amherst Family Center in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building. Childcare provided. [Free] (Father’s)

10:15am-12:15pm – POSTPARTUM STRESS SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Every Tuesday there is a drop-in support group at 56 Vernon Street. Free child care and snacks. A welcoming group for all mothers to share the adjustment to motherhood, especially those experiencing postpartum stress, anxiety or depression. Find support, connection with other women. 413.253.8990 [Mothers & their children] (Free)

11am – JEWISH MOTHER’S – (Florence) A new mother’s group for Jewish women in their 30’s (and beyone) will be having their first gathering at Cup & Top Cafe. Drop in and say hellow. Organized by the PJ Library. [Mothers] (Free)

6pm-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – (Northampton) For the Children is a supportive parent education program that focuses on the needs of children of never married parents. Through videos, discussions and presentations, topics include: vital role of parents, cooperative parenting, pitfalls to avoid, understanding your childs needs, supporting children. Parents with children in common are required to attend separate sessions. Pre-reg is required. 413.586.4597 [Parents] ($$)

7pm – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) 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 – 04/09

7pm – EYE CARE – (Northampton) A lecture, Natural Vision Improvement, will be offered at the Forbes Library. Learn how to improve and care for the eyesight of your family. [Parents] (Free)

Thursday – 04/10

2pm – READING MAGIC – (Chester) Join Ed the Wizard at the Chester Elementary School for a magic perormance. [Families] (Free)

3pm – YOGA – (Northampton) Hey parents, did you know that the Forbes Library has yoga classes every Thursday afternoon? Go check it out and get in the zen-zone before picking the kids up. [Adults] (Free)

4pm – KIDS JAM – (Ashfield) Kids Jam Classes begin with Lui Collins. Click here for more details. [Ages 5-6] ($$$)

6pm – MODERN MARVELS: NATURE’S ENGINEERS – (TV) The History Channel presents, Modern Marvels: Nature’s Engineers. Busy as a beaver is no exaggeration–particularly if those beavers are the ones who built a half-mile long dam in Three Forks, Montana. This enjoyable and informative one hour episode of Modern Marvels explores industrious mammals and insects who build incredible structures all over the world. In this documentary, students will learn about how termite mounds in Africa have been known to reach 20 feet tall and weigh in at several tons, and see how bees work together to build massive hives filled with hexagonal cells aligned according to the earth’s magnetic fields. This documentary provides students with an excellent opportunity to consider how and when engineering principles appear in the natural world, and the process of interaction between the humans and the multitude of creatures all around us. [Ages 7 & older] (Free)

Open till 8pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – (Williamsburg) Did you know the Meekins Library stays open until 8pm every Thursday? 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 – 04/11

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a homeschool skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

6:00pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Haydenville) Blue House Cafe. [All Ages] ($)

Saturday – 04/12

Michael Young

  • Saturday, April 12th, 2008
  • 6:30pm Social; 7:30pm Performance
  • House Concert in West Chesterfield, MA
  • $10 each. All proceeds go to the artist. Seating is limited.

All the way from Minneapolis, fingerstyle guitarist Michael Young ( plays both the six and twelve-string guitar with driving rhythm and groove and will be performing a house concert in West Chesterfield, MA, on Saturday, April 12th starting at 7:30pm. This concert is part of the Hilltown Families House Concert Guitar Series and is open to adults and children with audience skills. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the artist. Seating is limited. RSVP email

Minnesota-bred Young is a world-class picker who shines on 6 and 12-string guitar. There’s something of the Leo Kottke style in Young’s playing, but he also has his own sound, which draws from folk, rock, blues, country and classical. Young knows his way around the guitar classics but also has a bag full of originals that jump. Listen for songs such as Plinko and Indio.” – San Antonio Express News

While in his mid-twenties, Michael has an ageless stage presence, and he displays his technically proficient fretwork by carrying his bouncy and energetic groove from powerful and compelling compositions to soulful ballads. Moving from daunting and alarming to lighthearted and idiosyncratic instrumentals, Michael takes advantage of the guitar’s possibilities by combining standard and alternate tunings with a mix of slide guitar into his playing. He has impressed audiences all over the country including appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the legendary CBGB 313 Gallery in New York City, and the illustrious Knitting Factory also in New York City. While primarily an instrumentalist, Michael also incorporates his warm singing voice into his sets.

Michael’s dexterity, depth and tone will fool you into thinking you’re hearing an entire string section instead of just one dude with a 12 string. He channels real emotion and range in his songs, evoking dozens of moods and sounds out of his instrument.” – Arizona Daily Sun

Impressive . . . fascinating stage presence.” – The Observer (NJ)

Learn more about Michael Young at his official website:

One Comment on “Suggested Events 04/05/08-04/11/08

  1. Arts Night Out in Northampton
    Coming up on April 11, 2008
    Visit 16 galleries and shops between 5 and 8 p.m.

    Participating arts venues are: Artisan Gallery; Basha Oriental Rugs; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; R. Michelson Galleries; Northampton Center for the Arts; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Smith College Museum of Art; Ten Thousand Villages; The Naked Art Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts, (and A.P.E., when it reopens in May).

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