Suggested Events 06/13/09-06/19/09

Baby Chick

On Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, a free public screening of the art film, “Mad City Chickens” will be showing at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA at 7 PM. The documentary tells the stories of some backyard chicken people. Refreshments, discussion, and backyard chicken Q&A following the film. Sponsored by the PVBCA and Forbes Library. For more information, click on the photo above. (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 our “Suggest 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 Franklin County Huger Task Force is encouraging home gardeners and others to increase their vegetable plot by at least one row for the benefit of hunger relief programs in the area. Read more …
  • There will be a veggie cart at The Old Creamery in Cummington, MA in July to supply food to anyone who needs it. Anyone can contribute their extra produce. If you want to help contact Kathy McMahon @ 634-0002. Read more …
  • iTunes has selected The Sippy Cups’ new single “Seven Is The New 14,″ featured recently on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, to be their first ever Discover Download in the Children’s genre. The song will be available free from the iTunes Store for one week beginning today.
  • Johns Hopkins University offers resources on “How You Can Keep Kids Sharp This Summer.” Review their handy tools including tips to help parents ensure a memorable summer, a research brief on how to make summer reading effective, and resources to help you find a summer program in your area.


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 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!

This weeks episode is hosted by Ben Rudnick of Ben Rudnick & Friends!


  • If you are looking for summer camp  opportunities in Western Massachusetts, or have a summer camp you would like to recommend, check out the HF Suggest a Camp page.  Featured this week is Spirit of the Heart Marital Arts & Crafts Camp.  There are two opportunities in Northampton, one in Cummington and a girls overnight.  Click here to discover more.
  • A recommended article for parents of girls: Is Summer Camp Good for Your Daughter?
RiverFest 2006 in Shelburne Falls, MA.

Riverfest "Frog & Flower Parade" (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


RIVERFEST:  On Saturday, June 13, the village of Shelburne Falls will once again celebrate the Deerfield River and the surrounding countryside with RiverFest. RiverFest is an annual tribute to the Deerfield River, and the role it plays in people’s lives and the ecosystem of western Massachusetts. Through entertaining, educational displays and demonstrations, a unique “Frog & Flower Parade” of schoolchildren (and adults), art, crafts, tag, book and plant sales, RiverFest helps people of all ages-area residents as well as visitors-gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for a rich natural resource.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “History, Present and Future of our Watershed”, grownups and youngsters will be able to

  • meet some of the spectacular birds of prey that soar through local skies
  • find out about the environmental and health benefits of eating locally grown foods
  • learn about sources of safe, sustainable energy
  • discover how to identify invasive and edible wild plants
  • take a ride on a historic trolley car
  • even spend some quality time rafting on the river

There will be musicians and vendors throughout the village, children’s games, singing and storytelling, creative workshops leading up to the colorful “Frog & Flower Parade,” and much more! 625-6628. (See Lui’s comment below for an update on times)

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3 Comments on “Suggested Events 06/13/09-06/19/09

  1. I will be singing at the Shelburne Falls Riverfest this Saturday, June 13! I’ll be in the back yard of the Arms Library right after the River Creatures Parade, at the end point of the parade. The parade is open to all, and starts at 1 pm. There’s a workshop starting at 10:30 in Malley Park (Buckland side, near Lamson & Goodnow) making masks and things to carry in the parade. Maya Apfelbaum will host the workshop and will lead 3 skits with big puppets and stilt people, at stops along the parade route. I will sing for 45 minutes right after the parade, followed by a river song by David Fersh, and then a play by Jonathan Miren. All very family-friendly – hope to see you there!

  2. PYO Farms for Strawberries this weekend (call to confirm!):

    Deerfield Farm
    218 Greenfield Rd (Rts 5 & 10)
    South Deerfield, MA
    (413) 665-0277

    Joe Czajkowski Farm @ Lakeside U-Pick Strawberries (413) 237-2615,
    271 River Drive, Hadley
    You Pick Strawberries, 7 AM – 7 PM
    Directions: Rt. 47 north about 3.5 miles from Hadley Center. Lakeside offers “you pick” and already picked strawberries from June 9th – July 5th. Local asparagus, peas, jam etc. also available. Open 7 AM – 7 PM.

    Many more local farms will be offering PYO strawberries in the next 7-10 days.

  3. Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA

    Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

    They’re here! They arrived Tuesday afternoon and are now acclimating themselves to the Museum. The show opens to the public on Saturday, June 13. You don’t want to miss these charming amphibians! We have 15 different species from around the world winding as well as our own local exhibit featuring local species.

    Don’t forget the Frogs opening celebration on Saturday, June 20! From noon to 4 p.m. we’ll have a host of activities, educational presentations and refreshments. Don’t miss it.

    The grand opening, free for Museum members, will take place on Saturday from 12 to 4:30 p.m. We’ll have an inflatable frog on our front lawn for kids to jump in, frog face painting from 1to 3 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tom Tyning presents: Why Frogs Are So Fascinating and Frail, a talk exploring the challenges of these precious amphibians and the efforts scientists are making to protect them. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. visitors can head to the Crane Room and enjoy appetizers and drinks.

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