Suggested Events 04/26/08-05/02/08

Boxcars Full of Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Be sure to catch Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could at Lyman Hall in Northampton this Friday, April 25th @ 5pm! It’s a family dinner (potluck) concert … a rock ‘n’ roll casserole. And Bill will have his handy-dandy recorder on site to record kids who are “prepared to rock!It’ll be loads of fun. Click here to read more (and welcome Valley Advocate readers!).

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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 – 04/26

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) LINK

10am-Noon – LANGUAGE ARTS – (Williamsburg) The Williamsburg Shade Tree Committee and the Friends of the Williamsburg Library are sponsoring an Arbor Day poetry reading at the Meekins Library. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

10am-2pm – HIKE – (Goshen) The Goshen Open Space Committee invites families to come life in the vernal pool. View aquatic life through a microscope and identify species. Activities for kids too. Guide hike to a nearby vernal pool. on the Tilton Farm Trail Loop. Meet at the Goshen Town Dump. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

11am – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, at the Berkshire Museum. When a princess falls prey to the ultimate mistress of evil, the fate of the kingdom depends on three small fairies and a courageous princess. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($) LINK

1:30pm-3:30pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Softball at Amherst College vs. Williams (doubleheader). Take the kids to the ballpark! [All Ages] (Free) LINK

3pm – HISTORIC TEA – (Deerfield) Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting an Afternoon Tea at the Deerfield Inn. Enjoy afternoon tea at Deerfield Inn Children and adults alike are invited to experience a traditional tea at the elegant Deerfield Inn. Enjoy a delicious and beautiful array of freshly baked scones with clotted cream, finger sandwiches, cookies and biscuits with your tea. Learn about the many ways people have enjoyed tea over time. RSVP 413.774.5587 [All Ages] ($$) LINK

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] ($) LINK

Sunday – 04/27

10am-2pm – HIKING – (Windsor) Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas and historian Mike Whalen for a day hike at the beautiful Windsor Jambs State Forest, through the deep evergreen forests to the Jambs, a winding stream with spectacular ice formations and a deeply cut rock gorge. The trek does include some uphill climbs and is rated as moderate to difficult. Learn both natural and cultural history while enjoying this pristine area. Registration required. 413.584.3009 [Ages 10 & up] ($$) LINK

10am-5pm – YO-YO CONTEST – (Northampton) At JFK Middle School. 413.586.1611 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

2pm – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, at the Berkshire Museum. When a princess falls prey to the ultimate mistress of evil, the fate of the kingdom depends on three small fairies and a courageous princess. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($) LINK

2pm – DANCE – (Northampton) Terpsichore and Friends will feature the Terpsichore Ensemble, NEDQ Performance Troupes, NEDQ Hip Hop Troupe and Cadance. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] ($) LINK

3pm – 4:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

Monday – 04/28

Tuesday – 04/29

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)

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. www.valleyfreeradio.org. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 04/30

National El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) LINK

9:30am-8pm – MUSIC – (Amherst) Outdoor Music Festival at Amherst College at the Keefe Campus Center. 413.542.5773 [All Ages] (Free)

10am – MUSICAL EDUCATION – (Amherst) Imani Winds: Rhythm and Song, The Influence of African Diaspora on Classical Music at the University of MA in the Bowker Auditorium. This young ensemble of African/Latin American heritage has established a distinct presence in the classical music world for dynamic playing, innovative programming, and inspirational outreach programs, which they have brought to communities throughout the country. This engaging program will introduce the origin of each musical instrument, provide an extensive breakdown of rhythmic and melodic elements of African music and trace the elements through North America, South America and Europe. [Ages 7-11] ($) LINK

3:30pm-5:30pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Baseball game at Amherst College vs. Springfield. [All Ages] (Free)

6:30pm-8:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP – (Northampton) Behavior FUNdamentals with Jeanine Fitzgerald at the Jackson Street School. Free childcare may be available. 413.582.2636 [Parents] (Free) LINK

Thursday – 05/01

MAY DAY

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) LINK

Friday – 05/02

1pm-3pm – MAY DAY CELEBRATION – (Amherst) May Day Celebration at the Hartsbrook Schook. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy maypole dancing, cupcake walk and other activities for young children. 413.584.3198 [Families] (Free) LINK

3pm-5pm – FARM ACTIVITY – (Buckland) Farm Fix-it at Red Gate Farm. Farmers have to learn how to fix EVERYTHING. Children are invited to join Farmer Ben for the afternoon as he works on some farm fix-it projects. Learn the satisfaction of putting things right on the farm as we repair the latch on a door, fix a fence, or finish some other important farm project. [Ages 8 – 10] ($) LINK

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] ($) LINK

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

1 Comment

  1. April 25, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Sleeping Beauty – Children’s Theatre

    The Berkshire Children’s Theater performs Sleeping Beauty at the Berkshire Museum this weekend, the tale of a princess who falls prey to an evil spell, while the fate of their kingdom rests with three small fairies and a courageous prince…

    Friday-Sunday, April 25-27 | Fri & Sat: 11am, Sun: 2pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171, ext. 10 | ($)


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