Suggested Events 05/09/09-05/15/09

Learning to fish in Chesterfield, MA

Fishing derbies are happening this time of year. On Saturday (May 9th, 2009) from 9-11:30am, children ages 14 and under are invited to Chesterfield's Annual Fishing Derby at the Bisbee Pond, sponsored by the Chesterfield 4 Seasons Club. Bring your fising poles and bait. Food and prizes will be offered. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


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 ourSuggest An Event page.  The events below are “suggested.”  Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending.


There are several Mother’s Day activities happening in the area (listed below). Here are a few links for Mother’s Day:


In celebration of Book Week and School Library Media Month, Education World presents dozens of book-themed activities, lessons, and projects, from our archive! Included: How to write better book reports, stage a “Literature Day,” compose Harry Potter haiku, plus additional classroom activities for teaching about fairy tales, folk tales, biographies, and more!  Click HERE to discover more.


Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at for our Mother’s Day Episode of HFVS.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!

New music we’re listening to:

  • Spiral Up Kids by Spiral Up Kids
  • Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants.

Music from both CD’s is featured this week on HFVS.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 05/09

Sunday – 05/10

Weekdays 05/11/09-05/15/09

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.

2 Comments on “Suggested Events 05/09/09-05/15/09

  1. Broad Brook Coalition
    Birds Welcome Spring Lisa Rock, Hampshire Bird Club Charlie Quinlin,
    Hoffman Bird Club Saturday, May 9, 7:00 AM Fitzgerald Lake Conservation
    Area –Moose Lodge entrance ( top of Cooke Ave, off Hatfield St.),
    Northampton This will be an early wake-up call for folks who are not
    used to birding at this hour. It is a pleasant awakening though, to
    discover the intensity and beauty of bird sounds and sightings in the
    earlier part of the morning. Charlie and Lisa will offer their
    com­bined 40-plus years of experience, and also take a look at some
    of the habitats and plants at FLCA. They hope to make it out to the
    blind that overlooks the marsh, and possibly the dam as well. Bring
    binoculars. Beginners and children are welcome.

    Further information: Bruce Hart 584 4176

  2. Saturday, May 9
    Goat Raising Workshop
    Little Brook Farm in Sunderland will be holding a hands-on goat workshop from 9am to 2pm. Topics will include bringing home your first goats, selection, handling, nutrition and management. Bring a bag lunch and your own questions and join us at the farm! CISA Community members $40, non-members $50. Register by calling Kristen at 413-665-3802 or by email:

    Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10
    Mothers’ Day Weekend Spring Dig Sale Buy hardy, field grown perennials directly from the grower, directly from the field, at Wilder Hill Gardens (351 South Shirkshire Rd, Conway). Rain or shine from 9am-5pm. Phone: 413-625-9446

    Monday, May 11
    Winter Fare 2010 Meeting
    Open meeting for anyone interested in getting involved in the third annual Greenfield market or in winter farmers’ markets elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley. We’re seeking input and opinions. We hope some folks will volunteer to help organize winter farmers’ markets, but coming to this meeting does not imply commitment to future involvement. The meeting will be held at 6pm on May 11th at the CISA office (1 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield). Help support year-round sales of local food! Visit the Winter Fare website at to learn more about what happened in 2008 and 2009. For more information, email

    Tuesday, May 12
    Food Doesn’t Grow in Aisle 1:
    Bridging the Gap Between You and Your Local Farmers
    A multimedia photo and audio exhibit featuring the lives and voices of local farmers in western Massachusetts. The exhibit is open for one night only. 7pm to 9pm at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton (126 Main Street). This student-directed project is working to put the farmers in the minds of policymakers and voters and to raise general awareness about food policy.

    Thursday, May 14
    CISA’s Women in Agriculture meeting
    CISA’s Women in Ag Network is sponsoring a discussion on “Making the Internet Work for Your Farm.” Sarah Swartz of Swartz Family Farm and Barbara Parry of Foxfire Fiber and Design at Springdelle Farm will talk about their excellent use of the Internet to promote their farm businesses and communicate with customers. Barbara’s blog, Sheep Gal, has been an effective, fun tool for sharing the story of her farm and helping people feel connected to it. Sarah’s online store has helped the Swartzes reach new customers and market their produce year-round. Come hear them talk about how they incorporate Internet marketing into their busy farm lives and unexpected ways that their websites have helped their businesses. Some CISA-developed resources on a variety of online tools will also be available. Open to women who farm or are interested in agriculture, and others who support them. Held at CISA’s office at 1 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield. Begins at 6pm. Cost of $8 for dinner. Please RSVP by Monday, May 11, to Claire at 665-7100 or

    Friday, May 15
    The Making of Mead
    Garth Shaneyfelt of Green River Ambrosia (a Local Hero specialty products business) is talking about mead – a fermented “honey wine” that has been around for centuries at 6 pm at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke (238 Cabot Street). 6 pm. $5 with sampling of local edibles included.

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