Suggested Events 05/03/08-05/09/08

CASSEROLE RECAP

Last week’s concert with Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could was rockin’! These folks are just the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and they put on a heck of a show. I loved them and the kids loved dancing and running around.

We’re looking forward to their return to Western Mass for another rock ‘n’ roll casserole party (and for another round of Bridgett’s quinoa salad and Bill’s to-die-for guac! Yum!).

Click here to see photos. For families on high-speed, check out this low-fi video we took during the Friday’s performance of Jump Up! (It’s A Good Day).

HFVS MOVES!

Saturday is the official move of the Hilltown Family Variety Show to Saturday mornings from 9-10am, so be sure to tune in and check it out.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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 “Suggest An Event” page.

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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 – 05/03

7am-10am – FAMILY RADIO PROGRAMING – (Airwaves) Tune in to WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7-9am and The Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am for three full hours of commercial-free, quality family music and entertainment. [Families] (Free)

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORIC COOKING – (Deerfield) Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Historic Deerfield Hall Tavern Kitchen. All are invited to experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Visitors can also see what’s growing when they visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske. Demonstrations are included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

11am – HIKING – (Ashfield) Hike In Bear Swamp. Deerfield River Watershed Association is co- sponsoring a hike with the Appalacian Mountain Club to enjoy the early Spring flowers. The hike will be of slow pace to enjoy and identify the flowers in this diverse setting. 413.625. 6628 [Ages 5 & up] (Free) LINK

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

1pm-5pm – PARADE/MARCH – (Northampton) PRIDE march/parade. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

1pm – HISTORIC FASHIONS – (Westfield) A Century of Wedding Dress and the Women Who Wore Them willbe at the Westfield High School: antique wedding photos, vintage bridesmaid dress, period bridal bouquets and more will be displayed. There will be a show of wedding dresses from circa 1875 to the present, accompanied by period music and a history of the women who wore them, presented by the WHS students. 413.572.6463 [All Ages] ($$)

1pm – KIDS SCIENCE – (Florence) At the Lily Library their monthly family programing will be Rocket Building. Pre-register. [Families] (Free) LINK

1pm-3pm – FARM ACTIVITY – (Buckland) Farm Babies at Red Gate Farm. Feel the fuzzy wool of a young lamb or gently cradle a young chicken in your hand. Learn more about our youngest members of the farm family and how they are raised. This is an experience that every young child will remember. [All ages] (>$) LINK

1pm-3pm – LIZARDS – (South Deerfield) Lizard Show at the Butterfly Museum. [All Ages] ($) LINK http://www.magicwings.com

2pm-4pm – CRAFTS FOR KIDS – (South Hadley) The Odyssey will be hosting a Kids Crafternoon. 413.534.7307 [Families] (Free) LINK

2pm – PERFORMANCE THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Velveteen Rabbit will be at The Colonial Theatre. 413.997.4444 [Ages 5 & up] ($) LINK

7:30pm – MUSIC – (North Amherst) Soar with Wings! will be at the North Congregational Church. 413.422.1010 [All Ages] (Fundraiser) LINK

Sunday – 05/04

10:30am-11:30am – KIDS CONCERT – (Northampton) The Pop Rockets will be at the Hampshire Regional YMCA performing at the Walk/Run to Remember event. [Families] (Fundraiser) LINK

2pm – PERFORMANCE THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Velveteen Rabbit will be at The Colonial Theatre. 413.997.4444 [Ages 5 & up] ($$) LINK

11am-3pm – FUN FESTIVAL – (Amherst) Play and Healing Spring Festival at Sweetser Park on Main Street. Fun activities for the family. 413.253.3562 [Families] (Free) LINK

11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – (Amherst) The meadow at the Renaissance Center at UMass Amherst will be alive with all the color, drama, music and fun of a traditional Renaissance Festival, at the Center, located at 650 East Pleasant Street. Performances, refreshments and lunch items will be available, along with special hands-on activities for children, including mask-making and games. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume! 413-577-3600. [All Ages] (Free)

2pm – DANCE – (Holyoke) On Silken Threads: Isadora Duncan Dances at Wistariahurst Museum. [All Ages] ($) LINK

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

Monday – 05/05

6am – DOCUMENTARY: CINCO DE MAYO – (TV) The History Channel will be airing Time Machine: Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is a one-hour documentary which outlines the historical events surrounded the Mexican military stand-off with France and explains why the victory was such a key turning point in the nation’s history. This documentary also traces the creation of the holiday which is heralded with such patriotic passion from Puebla, Mexico to New York City. This documentary gives students the historical background necessary to understand the outpouring of celebration surrounding Cinco de Mayo, a date and holiday that grows in prominence from year to year. Educators may want to use clips from this program to explain this holiday and its importance to their students. [Ages 10 & up] (Free) TEACHER’S GUIDE

Tuesday – 05/06

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-2pm – HERBFEST – (Amherst) Herbfest opens at UMass. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences will showcase a variety of products made directly from herbs in the Student Union Ballroom. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

7pm – DOCUMENTARY: FARMING TECHNOLOGY – (TV) The History Channel will be airing Modern Marvels: Farming Technology. Modern Marvels: Farming Technology is a one-hour documentary that peels back the layers of farming history and brings the story of technological transformation in farming up through the present. This program explores the evolution of tools used to produce food, traces the steps in the cycle that bring food to the table, and examines the future of farming. This is an excellent documentary for providing insights into changes in American agriculture over the past several decades, and the role farms play in the everyday life of students. It also provides students with an opportunity to learn more about how their food arrives at the table, and the issues as stake in the coming decades as farms continue to transform. [Ages 10 & up] (Free) LINK

Wednesday – 05/07

6:30pm – BOOK CLUB – (Northampton) All Things Medieval Bookclub at the Forbes Library. 413.587.1011 LINK

Thursday – 05/08

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 – 05/09

9am-5pm – ANXIETY & DEPRESSION SCREENINGS – (Amherst) Psychological Services Center is hosting screenings as part of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. This event is FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND UMASS CAMPUS. The Psychological Services Center is located in Tobin Hall, Suite 123 on the UMass Campus. [Adults] (Free) LINK

4pm – DOCUMENTARY: PIRATES – (TV) The History Channel will be airing Time Machine: True Caribbean Pirates, a two hour documentary which steps back into the 17th and 18th centuries to retell the actual stories of real life pirates, separating the fictionalized accounts from the true tales of the sea. With colorful commentary from historians, images of artifacts, and first person insights from journals and diaries, True Caribbean Pirates focuses on the Caribbean’s most notorious pirates and the evolution of their dark trade. It examines how, despite the images of invincible and swash-buckling pirates, their lives were full of danger and apprehension as they attempted to seize valuable cargo from the ships they attacked. This documentary features several stories and incidents which explain the tactics pirates used and the people they encountered as they attacked ships across national lines. Students will explore the development of nationalism, the formation of international law, and the real significance of piracy in the Caribbean and beyond. [Ages 10 & older (Free) 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] ($)

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