Suggested Events 06/07/08-06/13/08

June? Already!

Can you believe it’s June already? One week until Father’s Day; two weeks until summer; and only three weeks until the last day of school! Just like that (snap!). And then it’s sum sum summertime!

DAY TRIPS

If you’re itching to get out of town and take the family on a short day trip, and you can’t wait for summer vacation, this is a great weekend to do so. Lots of exciting events happening just down the road. The 3rd Annual Rockport Fairy, Gnome & Mermaid Celebration is happening in downtown Rockport, MA (and it’s free!). And the 7th Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival is happening in Brattleboro, VT. Both events happen all weekend long. And for the next two weekends is the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival in Charlton, MA. And the 29th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the largest Asian American celebration in New England, is happening on Sunday in Boston, MA (it’s free too!). All events are listed below with links for more information.

AROUND TOWN

Closer to home, a few weekend events that grabbed my attention include the performance Foodplay at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst on Saturday, Fiddler on the Roof in Northampton (also on Saturday), and the Hilltown Food Pantry Open House in Goshen on Sunday. And if the heat gets to you this weekend, there’s free ice skating at the Mullins Ice Rink at UMass on Sunday. Their last public skate for the season.

We’d love to know what our readers are up to. What are you doing for Father’s Day? Summer Vacation?

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
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(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 06/07

Lemonade Days

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 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

WILDERNESS SKILLS FOR PARENTS – (Location TBA) Runs from Sat. a.m. with an overnight until Sunday at noon. [Adults] ($$) MORE INFO

FIELD TRIP: FAIRY FESTIVAL – (Rockport, MA) 3rd Annual Rockport Fairy, Gnome & Mermaid Celebration. Downtown Rockport, Mass. 978-546-3976 http://www.RockportFairyFestival.com (All Ages) [Free] MORE INFO

8:30am-4:30am – JUST FOR BOYS – (Leverett) A day just for boys. We’ll do chores, build a pen and a birdfeeder to take home…maybe even bake some cookies. This one’s just to give a few kids who’ve not been here a taste of the farm and our programs. [Ages 6-12] ($$$) LINK

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-4pm – HISTORIC GARDENS – (Deerfield) Join Historic Deerfield for a celebration of the role of “the garden” in the lives of New Englanders past and present. Participate in special tours of the Cooks’ Garden. Watch open hearth cooks prepare dishes using herbs and produce from the Cooks’ Garden. Stroll through the Channing Blake Meadow Walk to the Deerfield River. Explore botanical themed tours of historic houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Gain access to advice from and pH soil testing by members of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association at a Garden Clinic. Included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

10am – FIELD TRIP: AGRICULTURAL CELEBRATION – (Brattleboro, VT) 7th Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival. This year’s theme: Live Green! http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com (All Ages) MORE INFO

10am-6pm – FIELD TRIP: RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – (Charlton, MA) For the next two weeks the family can pick and take a field trip to Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. http://www.kingdomfestival.com [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

10:30am-11:30pm – SIGN LANGUAGE – (Greenfield) REACH Program will be offering sign language classes at the Greenfield YMCA. [Adults] (Free) MORE INFO

11am – HEALTHY FUN – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum see Foodplay, an award winning live theater show helping kids take charge of growing up healthy and fit. Healthy snacks to follow. 658-1100 [Families] (Free with museum admission) LINK

11am – CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS – (Pittsfield) Families can discover Native American crafts through a hands-on art program at the Berkshire Museum. This Saturday make moccasins from socks. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

11am – FAMILY CONCERT – (North Adams) Father Goose will be performing at MASS MoCA. Jamaican-born Rankin Don Father Goose laces contagious rhythm and enthusiasm into his shows to get young and old grooving. You’ll find music that blends folktale, Reggae, rap, calypso, pop and traditional children’s styles into a rollicking stew. [Families] ($) LINK

1pm – HEALTHY FUN – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum see Foodplay, an award winning live theater show helping kids take charge of growing up healthy and fit. Healthy snacks to follow. 658-1100 [Families] (Free with museum admission) LINK

7pm – MUSICAL – (Northampton) Take the family to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Academy of Music. 584-9032 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

Sunday – 06/0

FIELD TRIP: FAIRY FESTIVAL – (Rockport, MA) 3rd Annual Rockport Fairy, Gnome & Mermaid Celebration. Downtown Rockport, Mass. 978-546-3976 http://www.RockportFairyFestival.com (All Ages) [Free] MORE INFO

BLOSSOMS – (West Chesterfield) Peonies on Parade at 330 Ireland Street. Bring the family between now and June 27th to view these mythical flowers in full bloom. Maybe you’ll even pick one out to take home. 296-4024 [All Ages] (Free)

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)

10am-5pm – FIELD TRIP: CULTURAL FESTIVAL – (Boston) 29th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the largest Asian American celebration in New England. Chinese arts & crafts, dancing, martial arts, Japanese festival drumming, Asian foods. 617.426.6500 x778 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

10am – FIELD TRIP: AGRICULTURAL CELEBRATION – (Brattleboro, VT) 7th Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival. This year’s theme: Live Green! http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com (All Ages) MORE INFO

10am-6pm – FIELD TRIP: RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – (Charlton, MA) For the next two weeks the family can pick and take a field trip to Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. http://www.kingdomfestival.com [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

1pm-3pm – OPEN HOUSE – (Goshen) Lots of family fun at the Hilltown Food Pantry open house fundraiser. Food, music, fair activities, and more. http://www.thensc.org [All Ages] (Fundraiser) MORE INFO

2pm – 5:00pm – FREE ICE SKATING – (Amherst) The last public ice skate of the season at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Admission and skate rentals are free today. 413.545.3990 [Families] (Free) LINK

Monday – 06/09

7pm – SPORTS – (Pittsfield) Take the family to see an old-fashion baseball game at Wahconah Park in the birthplace of baseball, Pittsfield, MA! Wahconah Park is located at 105 Wahconah Street. 447-3853 [All Ages] (>$) LINK

7:30pm – LECTURE – (Northampton) Kyle Pruett, M.D. will be speaking at the Smith College School for Social Work lecture series in Leo Weinstein Auditorium at Wright Hall. Dr. Pruett is Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center and mentored Walter Gilliam. His lecture is entitled “What’s Hot in Child Development”. [Adults] (Free)

Tuesday – 06/10

MUSIC – (Northampton) Django in June, June 10th-15th. 268-0068 ($$) MORE INFO

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)

Noon – CULTURAL CUSTOMS: TIBET – (Pittsfield) At The Colonial Theatre Tibetan Buddhist monks will be creating a sand mandala. School children are invited to come observe and learn how to create mandalas. 997-4444 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6:30pm-8:30pm – CULINARY CULTURE: AFRICA – (Pittsfield) Explore African culture by taking the family to discover the fine cuisine of the Ivory Coast at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. Featuring plantains with tchefary, taguededai nan, an African dinner of chicken and more. RSVP 443-1792 [All Ages] ($$) LINK

Wednesday – 06/11

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)

Thursday – 06/12

Anne Frank’s Birthday

10am-1pm – CAR SEAT CHECK – (Southwick) Free child car seat check up event with Safe Kids of Western MA at Suburban Chevrolet. 794-5435 http://www.baystatehealth.com/safekids [Families] (Free) MORE INFO

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 – 06/13

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)

4pm-8pm – FAMILY ART NIGHT – (Northampton) Smith College Museum of Art invites families to come learn about photography through hands on activities. [Ages 4 & older] (Free) MORE INFO

5pm-8pm – ART NIGHT OUT – (Northampton) Arts Night Out in Northampton.  Take the kids to see art at 16 participating galleries. [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

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] ($)

7:30pm – DJANGO IN JUNE – (Northampton) Smith College’s Helen Hills Hills Chapel hosts the Amsterdam-based Robin Nolan Trio. 268-0068 [All Ages] ($$) MORE INFO

One Comment on “Suggested Events 06/07/08-06/13/08

  1. I just stumbled on this fabulous resource – I can’t believe my luck! Add this to the list of why I love Western Mass!

    Your road trip ideas are perfect. We were heading to Boston on Sunday to visit the grandparents and now we have something fun to do!

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