Suggested Events 06/28/08-07/04/08

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY – 2008

Here’s a Fourth of July firework schedule of upcoming firework displays in Western Mass. Do you know of another display not listed here? Post it below in our comment box and let us all know.

Saturday – 06/28

  • Easthampton

Thursday – 07/03

  • South Hadley
  • Westfield

Friday – 07/04

  • Springfield
  • Amhert

Details & raindates are below in our Suggested Events list. Does anyone know if Pittsfield or North Adams are having fireworks this year?

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 – 06/28

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 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

LOCAL AGRICULTURE: FARM & GARDEN TOUR – (Ashfield, Plainfield, Hawley) Take the family on a self-guided tour to private gardens & working farms and discover secret places in the hilltowns while learning about local history, agriculture and sustainability. The Franklin Land Trust’s 20th Annual Farm and Garden Tour will provide a complete tour guide and a detailed map. 413-625-9152, ext. 8. Happens on Saturday & Sunday. [All Ages] ($) LINK

9am-6pm – CELTIC CULTURE – (Greenfield) The 15th Annual Western Mass Highland Games and Celtic Festival happens at the Franklin county Fairgrounds. 584-9182 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

10am-4pm – LOCAL AGRICULTURE: LAVENDER FESTIVAL – (Buckland) Saturday and Sunday come see how the folks at Johnson Hill Farm distill lavender. Local crafts and artisans on hand, in addition to workshops: Pounded Flower Art, Lavender Wand Making, Gather wild flowers and make a Wreath, Lavender Lemon Hand Scrub and Cook with Lavender Cooking School Workshop. Happens n Saturday & Sunday. [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

11am – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (North Adams) MASS MoCA will host a gallery scavenger hunt. Kids can explore the art on display n this guided hunt through the exhibitions. [Families] (Free with admission) LINK

11am & 1pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Check out Jack & The Beanstalk at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] ($) LINK

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

Evening – 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – (Easthampton) Performances begin at 5pm. Fireworks at dark. Rain date: 06/29. [All Ages] (Free)

Sunday – 06/29

8am-9pm – HORSES – (Springfield) The Arabian Horse Show of New England happens at the Eastern States Exposition Coliseum. Happens from 06/27-06/29. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

11am-3pm – DOG WASH – (Sunderland) Grab the kids and the dog(s) and head over to the Sunderland Animal Hospital for a dog wash to benefit the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. [All Ages] (Benefit) LINK

Noon – 6pm – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Pittsfield) Opening Celebration at the Berkshire Museum. Family activities from 12:30pm-3:30pm. [All Ages] ($$) LINK

12:30pm-4:30pm – HERB WORKSHOP – (Ashfield) Blazing Star Herbal School is offering a hands on workshop: Herbal Remedies for Summer Remedies. 625-6875 [Inquire About Age] ($$) MORE INFO

1pm – PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Check out Jack & The Beanstalk at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] ($) LINK

2pm-4pm – POETRY – (Cummington) Bring the family on over to the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a poetry reading while enjoying the lemonade and cookies. 584-5914 [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

5pm – 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

Monday – 06/30

Things to Do, Places to See

Tuesday – 07/01

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)

1pm – KIDS CONCERT – (Pittsfield) Jay Mankita will be performing at the Berkshire Athenium Library. [Ages 3-10] (Free) LINK

2:30pm-6:30pm – FARMER’S MARKET – (Easthampton) Union Plaza.

Wednesday – 07/02

11am – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Theatre Festival will present the family performance Hercules at the Berkshire Museum every Wednesday through Saturday from June 25 through Saturday, July 26. 443-7171 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

12:30pm – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum offers “What’s the Buzz?” a discovery program that explores bees. Offered every Wed through August 27th. [All Ages] (Free with paid admission.) MORE INFO

2pm-6pm – FARMER’S MARKET – (Florence) Florence Civic Center.

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

7pm-9pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – (Chesterfield) Take the kids in their PJ’s and spend time at the library before bed time reading stories. [Everyone] (Free)

Thursday – 07/03

5pm-8pm – ART WALK – (Amherst) Gallery walk in Amherst. [All Ages] (Free)

Evening – 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – (South Hadley) Fireworks at dusk at the Smith Middle School. [All Ages] (Free)

Evening – 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – (Westfield) Celebrate the 4th at Stanley Park with food, music and fireworks at dusk. Rain date: 07/06. [All Ages] (Free)

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)

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

Friday – 07/04

10:30am – 4TH OF JULY PARADE & BBQ – (Chesterfield) The Spirit of Chesterfield will be the theme for the 61st annual Independence Day parade. Since 1947, the town has hosted this event that has grown in popularity to be a Hilltown tradition and favorite. Click here for MORE INFO [All Ages] (Free, $)

3pm, 5pm & 9:30pm – 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – (Amherst) Parade at 3pm from Route 9 & 116 through downtown; Family fun at UMass at 5pm; Fireworks at 9:30pm. Rain date: July 6th. [All Ages] (Free)

6:30pm – 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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