Suggested Events 05/16/09-05/27/09

Plant Sale in Worthington, MA (May 16th)

Worthington Gardeners Plant Sale (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.


The Ashfield Community Preschool will hold a May Fair Celebration and a benefit concert with The Nields at the preschool on Saturday May 16th in Ashfield, MA. At 10 a.m. the grounds will open to Maypole dancing, a woods walk through a fairy forest, a baby animals barnyard, crafts, music and food. The event is meant to celebrate spring and the preschool’s 25th anniversary. Lady Spring herself will greet the children wearing her long, green cloak. Other cloaked figures will guide visitors through the activities.  Click here for more info.


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 the Lunch Sack 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!

What we’re listening to:

  • Recess Monkey – Lunch Sack
  • Mary Kaye – Music Box

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 05/16

Sunday – 05/17

Weekdays 05/18/09-05/27/09

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.

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    Friday: Opening Night at Wahconah Park

    After hosting the 150th Williams vs. Amherst game on ESPN at a rejuvenated Wahconah Park last week, the U.S. Military All-Stars make their much anticipated Pittsfield debut facing off against the Latin Stars followed by fireworks. In preparation for the historic 20th Annual “Red, White and Blue Tour” visiting 45 states and 8 countries, the U.S. Military All-Stars will conduct spring training at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy and play almost every night at Wahconah. The program, which was founded in 1990, has expanded to include five teams at every level of baseball including the Pittsfield American Defenders.

    Friday, May 15 | 6:30pm-11pm |Wahconah Park | 105 Wahconah St | 603-883-2255 | $8/$1 for 12 & under

    Sat: Catch the Buzz at Berkshire Museum
    The Berkshire Museum celebrates the return of the bees after the long Berkshire winter. From 11 a.m. to noon, cake & lemonade will be served in the Berkshire Backyard gallery, and from noon to 2 p.m., a beekeeping workshop with Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association President and Secretary, Tom Stefanik and Tony Pisano, will be held. They will discuss the current state of beekeeping, how to start your own hive, honey harvesting, medicinal uses, differences in honey color & taste, predators, diseases, feeding, extracting, the current colony collapse disorder, bee behavior, and even how not to get stung.

    Saturday, May 16 | 11am | Berkshire Museum | 39 South St | 443-7171| FREE (Hey! Don’t forget: the Berkshire Museum is FREE the whole month of May!)

    Thursday: First 3rd Thursdays of 2009!
    3rd Thursdays is back in downtown Pittsfield, & celebrating its 3rd year! Come enjoy a giant 3rd.Thursdays birthday cake, the return of the Berskhire Bateria, Latin jazz from Lurid Details, performances by Youth Alive, the Rhythms B-Boys, BCD’s steel drum band, and much more as we celebrate youth, community and fun! And the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts the opening reception of Art in Our Schools, which features the artwork of middle school and high school students in Pittsfield. A full 3rd.Thursdays schedule and email preview will be set out early next week. See you there!

    Thursday, May 21 | 5pm-8pm & beyond | Downtown Pittsfield | North St | 499-9348 | FREE

  2. This just in …

    Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA:

    Premiere Screening of New Mo Willems’ Films!
    May 16, 2009

    10:30 – 11:00 am
    In the Reading Library
    Special Storytime featuring books by Mo Willems

    11:00 – 11:30 am
    In the Auditorium
    Mo Willems’ films, Knuffle Bunny and Leonardo the Terrible Monster

    2:00 – 2:30 pm
    In the Auditorium
    Mo Willems’ films, Knuffle Bunny and Leonardo the Terrible Monster

    3:00 – 4:00 pm
    In the Auditorium
    Join us for a screening of the world premiere of animated shorts, plus a Mo documentary!

    * Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (starring Mo Willems with Jon Scieszka as the Bus Driver)

    * Knuffle Bunny, Too (starring the whole Willems clan, Mommy, Daddy, and Trixie)

    * Q&A session with producers Mo Willems and Paul Gagne

    * Getting to Know Mo Willems

    4:00 pm
    In the Great Hall
    Book signing with Mo Willems (occurs during Getting to Know Mo Willems)
    Also on Saturday!
    Frankie Pickle cover
    In The Reading Library
    Special Storytime Guest
    May 16, 2009
    12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Free with Museum Admission

    Join Eric Wight as he tells about his journey to becoming an author and illustrator and shares tales and tidbits from his newest book for children, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom. In this graphic novel meets comic book, Eric’s great mix of art and text result in a romping good read filled with visual enticement. Book signing to follow

    In The Art Studio
    Create Your Own ComicEric Wight
    May 16, 2009
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Free with Museum Admission

    Workshop with Artist and Author Eric Wight

    Space is limited so sign-up in the Art Studio when you arrive. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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