Suggested Events 08/16/08 – 08/22/08

LOCAL FOOD BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER

Local Food at the Free Harvest Supper in Deerfield 2007 - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Local Food at the Free Harvest Supper in Deerfield 2007 - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Last year my family went to the Greenfield Free Harvest Supper and had a wonderful time! This annual dinner is a community celebration of local agriculture where families and friends gather to share a delicious locally grown/produced meal. Last year the community atmosphere was rich as folks gathered together to share and celebrate. They served local produce from farms all around Western Massachusetts; Cape Cod salt from North Falmouth, local ice cream from Greenfield, local goat cheese from Colrain, local turkey from Wendell, organic bread from Haydenville, and much more. And there was even enough for seconds! There was also great entertainment, including music and hula hoops, face painting and a free market. It was truly a special celebration.

The good news is this community event is happening again on Sunday at the Town Common. Dinner is served at 5pm, but I recommend getting there a little earlier if you’re bringing the family. And be sure to bring a place serving to cut back on unnecessary trash. If you want more information visit www.freeharvestsupper.org.

Other local food events happening this weeks include the Eat Local America Challenge at the River Valley Market and the Local Hero Restaurant Celebration.

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 – 08/16

Heath Fair & Westfield Fair are this weekend.

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-Noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE – (Cummington) Dam Day at the Bryant Homestead. Be a volunteer on this rock-stacking project to build a number of small stone dams to stop erosion. Gratefully free to all. Please pre-register. Information at 413.532.1631 x13 LINK

11am & 2pm – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp at the Berkshire Museum. (413) 443-7171 [All Ages] ($) LINK

Noon-4pm – INSECTS – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum offers the family activity, “Insect Investigations.” [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

Noon-4pm – FIELD TRIP: LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL – (Concord) Corn and Tomato Festival at the Sample Verrill Farm. http://www.verrillfarm.com MORE INFO

1pm – FAMILY THEATER – (Amherst) King by the Wayward Sea will be at the Eric Carle Museum. Storytelling, costumed musicians and illustrations. (Free with admission) LINK

1pm, 3pm & 5pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – (North Adams) Australia’s Strange Fruit: Swoon will be at Mass MoCA in Courtyard D. [All Ages] ($) LINK

8pm – MOVIE SHOWING – (Pittsfield) Wall-E will be showing at the Berkshire Museum Little Cinema. Length: 97 mins Rated: G [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

Sunday – 08/17

Noon-4pm – INSECTS – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum offers the family activity, “Insect Investigations.” [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY – (Cummington) Experience the firsthand recollections of people who grew up at the Bryant Homestead: William Cullen Bryant’s stories of Early American times, the 1800’s memoirs of Mary Dawes, and a video featuring 20th century recollections of Faith Goddard. Free. Information at 413.532.1631 x13 MORE INFO

2pm & 4pm – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp at the Berkshire Museum. (413) 443-7171 [All Ages] ($) LINK

1pm, 3pm & 5pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – (North Adams) Australia’s Strange Fruit: Swoon will be at Mass MoCA in Courtyard D. [All Ages] ($) LINK

5pm – LOCAL FOOD – (Greenfield) Greenfield’s Free Harvest Supper on the Town Common. This celebration of local agriculture includes a free meal, music, exhibits, and the ‘Really Really Free Market’. All donations are given to the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. Please bring your own place setting. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Florence) Sunday Evening Band Concert Series at Look Park with Mike Harrington. [Families & children with audience skills] (Free with park admission) LINK

6:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING – (Plainfield) Community Sing with Penny Schultz at Earthdance. All ages & abilities are welcome. Followed by potluck supper. 268-3828 [All Ages} (>$, children free)

8pm – MOVIE SHOWING – (Pittsfield) Wall-E will be showing at the Berkshire Museum Little Cinema. Length: 97 mins Rated: G [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

MORE EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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.

1 Comment

  1. Alice K. said,

    August 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for posting all this yummy info about local food in MA. To share the importance of local food with my kids has been an important part of their homeschool education and your site hosts terrific local food resources.

    Alice K.


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