Suggested Events 08/09/08-08/15/08


Locally Grown Sunflowers - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Locally Grown Sunflowers - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Some of the great things about living in Western Massachusetts are all the rich agricultural fairs and festivals that take place nearly every weekend towards the end of the summer and into the fall. In August we celebrate local blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn and event pesto with their very own festivals here in Western Mass. And the local hometown agricultural fairs happen too, including the Littleville Fair, Middlefield Fair, Heath Fair and the Cummington Fair.

This weekend the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will be having their 34th Annual Summer Conference at UMass in Amherst and will be hosting an Old-Time Country Fair on Saturday afternoon, along with wonderful workshops all weekend long for both adults and children. Children can learn how to make butter, how to raise small farm animals, play Victorian games, do yoga, race turtles, and so much more. And while the kids are enjoying a plethora of activities, parents can participate in workshops about native fruits, American Chestnuts, how to prepare raw foods, the trends of local food, peak oil, how to start a school composting program, and a gazillion other fantastic workshops (225+) offered Friday through Sunday this weekend. For more information go to And if you’re looking to carpool, visit our friends over at


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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 – 08/09

Middlefield Agricultural Fair happens all weekend at 7 Bell Road in Middlefield, MA.

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

9am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES – (Buckland) Red Gate Educational Farm will be offering Pond Exploration for the Family. [All Ages] (>$) MORE INFO

9am-1pm – ADULT ART WORKSHOP – (Amherst) The Eric Carle Museum will be offering a tissue paper workshop, exploring techniques and how they can be adapted for home or the classroom. [Adults] ($$$) LINK

10am – FAMILY CONCERT – (Florence) Aric and his Recess Rock Music Show will be at Cup & Top to benefit the Northampton Parents Center. [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER – (Northampton) Paintbox Theater presents Aladdin at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus. 587-3933 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

11am, 1pm & 3pm – RIVER ADVENTURES – (Northfield) The Northfield Mountain’s Riverboat offers a 12-mile cruise of the Connecticut River Fridays through Sundays. (800) 859-2960 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

1pm – MARIONETTE SHOW – (Amherst) The Tanglewood Marionettes present “The Fairy Circus” at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Free with museum admission) LINK

5pm-8pm – ART WALK – (Easthampton) Art Walk. Locations all over Easthampton host free visual, music and performance art events in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. Just look for large, yellow Art Walk banners outside each participating venue. Free Shuttle. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6:30pm-9pm – COMMUNITY GATHERING- (Williamstown) Bring your own picnic blanket and supper to Sheep Hill; WRLF will provide beverages & dessert. Listen to Lui Collins’ songs and poems, make a candlefloat for the pond and watch the Perseids meteor shower! Hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road. [All Ages] (Free)

Sunday – 08/10

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES – (Windsor) At Notchview Reservation take a hike in a boreal forest. 413.532.1631 x13 [All Ages] (>$, Windsor residents are free) MORE INFO

2pm – OLD TIME MUSIC – (Haydenville) The Blue House Cafe will have a lively string band playing and singing old time music. [All Ages]

2pm – 4pm – PALENTOLOGY FOR THE FAMILY – (Holyoke) Identify newly found tracks. 413.532.1631 x13 [All Ages] (Free) MORE INFO

MORE PALENTOLOGY FOR THE FAMILY – (Holyoke) There will be a display of real life dinosaur nests and eggs at the Springfield Museums . 413.263.6800 LINK

6pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Florence) Look Park host their Sunday Evening Band Concert Series with Tom Tisdaell. [All Ages] (Free with park admission) MORE INFO

7:30pm – 9:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES – (Easthampton) A preview of the Perseid meteor shower will happen at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. [Ages 5-16] ($) LINK


For more events happening this week, visit our SUGGEST AN EVENT page. There are also fun suggestions on our THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE page. If you know of an upcoming event that you would like to share with other families, please feel encourage to do so by posting it HERE.

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