Suggested Events 05/10/08-05/16/08

It’s All About the Hilltowns This Saturday

The 2nd annual Hilltown Spring Festival happens this Saturday at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Last year it rained. Big bummer. But not his year … this year there is promise of good weather (not a promise that is easily made in New England!). So get yourself to the fairgrounds and discover all the cool things happening in the hills. There will be a ton of fun stuff for families and a wide variety of info/demos on sustainability in the hilltowns and in our larger community. Read the following posts to discover more:

AND HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

All sorts of fun stuff happening on Sunday for Mother’s Day. Take mom for a hike, a canoe ride, a free trolley ride, the museum, or get political at the Mother’s Day March for Peace and Justice.

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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 – 05/10

Pangea Day

Children’s Book Week begins at The Eric Carle Museum. Celebrate Children’s Book Week by planting the seed of literacy. Receive a free copy of Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed when you turn in your completed Gallery Search at the Admissions Desk any time between May 10 – 18. [Families] (Free with Museum Admission) LINK

7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with Sienna & Persephone on The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

9am – FISHING DERBY – (Chesterfield) At the Bisbee Pond. Food & prizes. (Ages 14 & under) (Free)

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE – (Northampton) Plant and garden market at the Smith Vocational Agricultural School. 413-584-1591. [All Ages] (Fundraiser)

9am – BOOK, PLANT & BAKE SALE – (Montgomery) At the Little Red Schoolhouse. [All Ages] (Fundraiser)

10am – PARENTING WORKSHOP – (Northampton) At the Nonotuck Community School with Sarah Getoff. [Parents] (Fundraiser $$) LINK

10am-6pm – HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL – (Cummington) The Hilltown CDC’s 2nd annual Hilltown Spring Festival will feature a host of new family activities for children of all ages at the Cummington Fairgrounds. [All Ages] (Free, >$ for parking) LINK

11am – FAMILY CONCERT – (Florence) Aric Bieganeck will be performing at Cup and Top. [Families] (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

2:30pm – MOTHER’S DAY – (Northampton) Mother’s Day walk to support grieving families. West end of Child’s Park. [Families] (Free) LINK

3pm – RAISE AWARENESS – (Florence) “The World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break” at Cup and Top. Free coffee & chocolate, all fair trade. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6pm-10pm – PERFORMANCE POTLUCK – (Shelburne) All-ages performance potluck at Art Bridge. LINK

7pm-9pm – FAMILY DANCE – (Williamsburg) Family Folk Dance at the First Congregational Church. Traditional contra-dances to the music of Katherine and the Borstals. No partner or prior experience necessary. Refreshments. [All Ages) [Donations]

8pm – DATE NIGHT! – (Goshen) It’s time to square dance! Round up your partner/friend and head over to the Town Hall in Goshen, MA for some dancing. Ralph Sweet is the caller. [Adults] (n/a)

Sunday – 05/11

MOTHER’S DAY

7am-9am – MOTHER’S DAY – (Florence) Mother’s Day Warbler Hike. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

9am-5pm – ECOLOGY – (Holyoke) Help migrating fish over their dams at the Robert E. Barrett Fishway. Underwater viewing windows at the fishways provide a window on the river. Happen between 05/07-06/15 (Wed-Sun). 413-659-3714. [All Ages] (Free)

9:30am-Noon – MOTHER’S DAY – (Easthampton) Mother’s Day Canoe Trip at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring your mom and celebrate Mother’s Day at Arcadia. Begin with a cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate, and a muffin. Then we will get in the canoes and take a gentle paddle through Arcadia’s overflowing Mill River and marsh. Paddle through floodplain forest while looking for spring wildflowers blooming along the shore. Look for returning warblers, herons, and kingfishers. This trip is appropriate for all levels. 413-584-3009 [Ages 10 & up] ($$) LINK

11am-5pm – MOTHER’S DAY – (Shelburne Falls) Free rides at the Trolley Museum. (Families) [Free] LINK

11am-5pm – MOTHER’S DAY – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum will celebrate MD with fun events for their celebration “Kids in Bloom.” [Families] (Free with museum admission) LINK

11:45am-1:45am – MOTHER’S DAY – (Northampton) The Women’s Congress for Peace presents the annual Mother’s Day March for Peace & Justice. Honoring all our world’s children and the women who care. Signs & banners of support welcome. Festive and lively! Begging at 11:30am gather at Bridge Street School. At noon walk though downtown on Main Street with puppets and more to Masonic Street for a speak out. 413-256-1760. [All Ages] (Free)

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

7pm – WORLD CHORUS – (Northampton) Spirit of the Hills Intergenerational Chorus will present Celebratory Songs from the World’s Singing Traditions at Smith college’s Helen Hills Hills Chapel. (All Ages) (Donations, $-$$) LINK

Monday – 05/12

BOOK SALE – (Chicopee) Scholastic books warehouse sale (5/12 – 5/14). LINK

Tuesday – 05/13

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)

7:30pm – INTERFAITH FAMILIES – (Northampton) “Welcoming Interfaith Families: A Dialogue with Four Rabbis” at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

8pm – FREIGHT TRAINS – (TV) The History Channel presents Modern Marvels: Freight Trains. Modern Marvels: Freight Trains provides a unique window into the American railroad industry, traveling back into history to discover how freight trains were created and how they have stitched together parts of the American homeland for centuries. Modern Marvels: Freight Trains connects the past to the contemporary world by showing how the freight train has advanced over time. Modern Marvels: Freight Trains would be useful for high school and middle school classes on United States History, Social Studies, Science and Technology, Economics, Engineering, and Current Events. [Ages 10 & up] (Free) LINK

Wednesday – 05/14

9am-5pm – ECOLOGY – (Turners Falls) Help migrating fish over their dams at the Turners Falls Fishway. Underwater viewing windows at the fishways provide a window on the river. Happen between 05/14-06/15 (Wed-Sun). Across the river is a nesting pair of bald eagles. 413-659-3714. [All Ages] (Free)

10am-2pm – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FAIR – (Northampton) At Pulaski Park. [All Ages] (Free)

8PM – MAD ELECTRICITY – (TV) The History Channel presents Modern Marvels: Mad Electricity. Nikola Tesla arrived in the United States in 1884 with just a few cents in his pocket, carrying several of his own poems and plans for a flying machine. This one-hour episode also uncovers the forgotten ruins of Tesla’s dream experiment– a huge tower on Long Island Sound he hoped would wirelessly power the world. Modern Marvels: Mad Electricity would be useful for high school and middle school classes on Science and Technology, History, Engineering, and Current Events. [Ages 10 & up] (Free) LINK

Thursday – 05/15

5pm – CHILDREN’S OPERA – (Northampton) Nonotuck Community School presents the children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood at the Northampton High School Auditorium. 413-586-5996 [All Ages] (Fundraiser, $) LINK

5pm-8pm – ART WALK – (Pittsfield) Get ready for the first 3rd.Thursdays of 2008 in downtown Pittsfield, kicking off with a south of the border theme this month, and there’ll be live salsa music and dancing, youth performances, a great bossa nova band, the Brazilian drums of the fabulous Berkshire Bateria and much more on the streets of downtown Pittsfield. 424-499-9348[All Ages] (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 – 05/16

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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