Suggested Events 06/14/08-06/20/08

Canoeing, Fishing & Father’s Day


This past week the Hilltown Families Outdoor Adventure Spring Program concluded two weeks of canoeing. Under warm sunny skies, families learned about safety on the water and different paddling strokes. We then took to the water and practiced J-strokes and sweep-strokes as we paddled around exploring the edges of the lake and learning a little history of the area. Here are a few links to canoeing resources, instruction videos and articles:


A couple of weeks before our canoeing series we learned how to fish, just in time for fishing derby season. I grew up fishing on the Bayou – catching catfish, baby alligators and snapping turtles, so I had a little experience. I did have to hide the fact that I was baiting the hook with a live worm from my daughter or she would have freaked out! Truth be told, baiting the hook with a live worm freaked ME out … so I had one of the kind instructors bait it for me. We didn’t catch anything, but it was a great opportunity to either learn how to fish with your kids or to freshen up on what was long ago forgotten.


Father’s Day is on Sunday, and many fathers would enjoy a weekend of canoeing and fishing with their buddies families. Others just might prefer to lounge around their parlor reading the New York Times and being served bagels and coffee for breakfast. Whatever the case, if you’re looking for some ideas, how about a free trolley ride at the Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls, a farm experience in Leverett, breakfast at Elmer’s in Ashfield, or a family hike in Shelburne. More information on these ideas are posted below. Happy Father’s Day to all our dad!


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
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Saturday – 06/14

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

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

RIVER FEST – (Shelburne Falls) Riverfest 2008 happens in downtown Shelburne Falls. Children and adults will be able to visit with spectacular birds of prey, learn about local and invasive plant species, discover sustainable energy sources in our local region, listen to musicians and participate in children’s games, storytelling, creative workshops and singing – all leading up to the colorful “Frogs and Flower Parade”. [All Ages] (Free)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Amherst) The Eric Carle Museum kids-off summer with a day full of family fun. [Families] (Free) 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 – CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS – (Pittsfield) Families can discover Native American crafts through a hands-on art program at the Berkshire Museum. This Saturday make musical instruments. [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

5pm – SIDEWALK ART – (Easthampton) A city-wide chalk celebration will be happening at Old Town Hall steps and sidewalk (43 Main Street).  Get the kids and come color the sidewalks.  Chalk will be provided.  [All Ages] (Free)

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

Sunday – 06/15


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

TROLLEY RIDES – (Shelburne Falls) Fathers can enjoy a free ride on Trolley Number Ten on Fathers Day at the Trolley Museum when accompanied by a child. [Families] (Free)

9am – FAMILY HIKE – (Shelburne) A family hike, suitable for families with smaller children. 625-6628 [Families] (Free) 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. [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

1:30pm-4:30pm – FARMING WITH FATHER – (Leverett) Father’s and Kids on the Farm at Winterberry Farm. For dads (or grandpas) and little kids. We’ll feed (and pat) the animals, plant some seeds to take home, grind some flour to make a cake- then have time for a story and a small feast. Space is limitied. [Families] ($$$) LINK

Monday – 06/16

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

Tuesday – 06/17

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, sponsored by Mother . 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)

10:30am-11:15am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – (Northampton) At the Northampton Center for the Arts there will be a family performance with Jody Scalise, a former cast member of “Catch a Rainbow.” 584-7327 [All Ages] (>$) MORE INFO

Wednesday – 06/18

10am – MOVIE DATE – (South Hadley) Tower Theaters hosts a Mommy & Me movie showing for parents and their kids every 3rd Wed. of the month. 413.533.FILM [Families] (>$)

7pm-9pm – LAUGHTER YOGA – (Northampton) Bring your older kids (or just sneak away) to the Forbes Library to practice Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a worldwide social movement (non-religious, non-sectarian, non-political) that aims to promote world peace through laughter. It is based on the philosophy of “acting happiness” and is a physically oriented technique, not a mental practice. Laughter Yoga does not use yoga postures, physical exercises or comedy, only simple breathing techniques, eye contact, and childlike playfulness to elicit laughter, appropriate for all ages and all levels of physical capability. Participants who bring young children will be asked to have children play outside of the workshop space during a brief meditation towards the end of the session. Pre-registration required. Please be willing to laugh with strangers and have fun. No fragrances! Bring a blanket or mat, water bottle, comfortable 413.587.1011 [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

Thursday – 06/19

6:30pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Florence) The Florence Community Band summer series of free Thursday night concerts on the porch of the Florence Civic Center (next to the Lilly Library on Route 9). All concerts are free and begin at 6:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs. [All Ages] (Free)

6:30pm – FILM: CHILDREN’S CLINIC – (Amherst) The Children’s Clinic is sponsoring a series of educational films on selected emotional and behavioral problems that have their typical start in childhood and adolescences at the Jones Library. 253-1482 [Adults] (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 – 06/20


GREEN LIVING – (Amherst) The 2008 Regionbal Sustainable Energy Summit happens Friday & Saturday at UMass Amherst Campus Center. Keynote speaker is David Morris from the Institute for Local Self Reliance. 877-266-7543 [Adults] LINK

11:30am – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Holyoke) Think and Play series at the Children’s Museum. This week it’s Flat Stanley. 536-KIDS [Ages 3-5] (Free) MORE INFO

5pm – CAJUN CELEBRATION – (Ashfield) Elmer’s Big Cajun fest. Authentic Cajun food, Cajun & Zydeco dancing & instruction. [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

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

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

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