Suggested Events 07/11/09-07/17/09
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BRYANT DAY CELEBRATION: Recently revived, the second annual Bryant Day to be held on July 18 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM resurrects a 115 year-old tradition of celebration at the venerable Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA. The first Bryant Day was celebrated in 1894 on the 100th anniversary of poet William Cullen Bryant’s birth. Hundreds arrived by horse and carriage to spend a day listening to poetry, music, and speeches. This July 18th celebration will follow a similar program. Cummington resident and former Poet Laureate of the United States William Jay Smith will read his poetry and architectural historian Bonnie Parsons will speak on the architectural design elements in the Bryant Homestead. Musicians, Rhubarb Pie, will kick off the afternoon and Berkshire Trail Elementary School student Michael Cunningham will recite a Bryant poem. The day will end with a family hike to the Rivulet Forest lead by naturalist Nancy Childs. Refreshments will be sold by the Chesterfield Grange and the Bryant Homestead Committee will provide free popcorn and hand-cranked ice cream. Admission is $5/car. The complete schedule is found below or may be accessed at http://www.thetrustees.org. Information may also be obtained by calling 413-532-1631 x13
FAMILY CONCERT & THEATER: On Sunday (July 12th, 2009) in Amherst, MA at the Eric Carle Museum: Live Concert with Recess Monkey at 12:30pm and Castle Hill Theatre Presents Just So Stories at 2:00 pm. Join us as we welcome the popular Seattle trio Recess Monkey, a kiddie rock/pop musical group influenced by 60’s music. Designed for children but entertaining for adults, the lyrics tell stories that are fun and educational. Don’t miss these catchy tunes and the humor that goes along with them. Just a bit later, Castle Hill Theatre Company returns to The Carle with its latest production, Just So Stories. This inventive and imaginative production, taken from three of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales, is a fanciful explanation of why the world is the way it is. Full of color and humor, it’s the perfect show for theater-goers of all ages. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admission desk or by calling (413) 658-1126. Ticket price does not include Museum Admission. Check out a free museum pass from your local library.
- Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance for three different families to win 4 free tickets to see Victoria Chaplin’s internationally acclaimed theatrical creation, Aurélia’s Oratorio. Click HERE to find out how you can enter to win.
- Downing & Kulik announce funding for a renewable energy site survey at New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield, MA. Read more, Wind Power Site in the Hilltowns. – Here’s an interesting article that Erik Hoffner shares from Orion Magazine: “Hell Yeah, We Want Windmills”
- The Conway Farmers’ Market opened July 8 and will be open every Wednesday from 4pm to dusk through September 9. The market is held in Pumpkin Hollow on Whately Road in Conway, MA and will be open rain or shine, according to market organizer Tricia Vinchesi, who is still looking for produce vendors. If you have some fruit or veggies to sell, contact Tricia at 413-369-4109.
- Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE) Wagon Opens July 20th!
- American Farmland Trust has launched “America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market” contest. Vote for your favorite local farmers’ market and help it win “No Farms, No Food” tote bags to hand out to customers. One small, medium and large farmers’ market with the most votes at the end of August wins. Vote today! Don’t see your favorite market as an option? Make sure that your market enrolls in the contest. Farmers’ markets can register to join the contest by visiting, http://www.farmland.org/marketmanager.
- Nerissa and Katryna Nields of Conway, MA write: This Saturday, July 11, we play a 7:30pm Nields show at my church in West Cummington, MA. This is the third or fourth year in a row that we’ve done this show, and in the past we’ve paid homage to Woody Guthrie since we always perform close to his birthday (7/14/1911). This is one of the best places to see Nerissa & Katryna Nields all year; trust me. The acoustics are great, but what’s really special is the vibe. Quite simply, this is a magical place for our family; William was baptised here, as were both of my kids, and Tom and I were married here. Penny Schultz, the music director, is way up in our pantheon of musical greats, right up next to Pete Seeger and Jack Langstaff. So come! Experience the magic of the Hilltowns in July. Have dinner first at the legendary Cummington Creamery.
- Summer Reading Program: Click HERE if you’re looking for a way to make summer reading even more fun for your kids (offered by TD Banknorth).
- Submit your best blueberry creation to the Blueberry Bake Off on August 1st.
- The special June 29 screening of Food, Inc. sold out before doors opened. If you missed out on the screening you still have time to see the film at Amherst Cinema. Click HERE for schedule.
- Kerri LaPlante writes in response to Does Your Family Use Road Maps in the Car?: We often use the atlas to help the kids name and learn the states. Our 11 and 7 year old like to answer the question, ‘How many states start with the letter A, then B, then C…” Also guessing which bird belongs to each state was fun for everyone. The 11yr old likes to tell us which direction to go in the most. We believe that the fundamentals of learning are slipping by the wayside. How many kids can read an analog clock anymore? or do math in the heads without the aid of a calculator? Navigating and the knowledge of geography are not lost arts in our household and we hope not in others
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
- 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7-9am, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am. Listen via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. SRSC can also be heard on The River from 8-10am.
- 9am-4pm – FARM FESTIVAL: Daylily Festival and Arts Festival at Glenbrook Gardens in Greenfield, MA. Dine on daylilies, see art in the garden, visit the mini marketplace, take a workshop. Call (413) 772-6997 for details.
- 9am-1pm – FARMERS MARKET: Opening Day of Mason Square Farmers’ Market in Springfield, MA. Join The Food Bank of Western Mass and the Concerned Citizens of Masons Square for music, community, food, and the kickoff to a great market season. 11 Wilbraham Rd. (413) 247-9738 (FREE)
- 9am-1pm – ART WORKSHOP: Eric Carle Tissue Paper Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Explore Carle’s paper-painting techniques and how they can be adapted for home or the classroom while creating unique collage papers of one’s own.
- 11am-6pm – FESTIVAL: Pittsfield City Hoopla Festival happens in Pittsfield, MA. (Free)
- 10-11am – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Buckland Library Presents, Stories of the Stars, for kids of single-digit ages. Enjoy a star-studded slide show about our solar system! Whirling, twirling, spinning, hurling, exploding, and burning: it is all happening out there, and you’ll be better off knowing about it! Amateur astronomer Paul Cardone, of East Longmeadow, is a longtime member of the Springfield Stars Club, and is well known for his lively presentations to audiences throughout Western Massachusetts. A constellation of refreshments will be served. You don’t have to reply in order to come to this free event, but adults who email firstname.lastname@example.org with # of kids they plan to bring will be rewarded with ample coffee! (FREE)
- 10am – HIKE: There will be a hike to see the new bridge across the South River in Conway, MA. There will be two hikes from Conway Station. In the morning, we will hike on the railroad bed West a little over a mile to Bardwell Ferry and back. After lunch which we may have on the bridge, we will hike across the bridge and the 2 miles to Hoosac Road in Deerfield. People may join us at for the morning hike and lunch or join us at lunch and the afternoon hike. (413) 625-6628. (FREE)
- 10:30am – THEATER: Paintbox Theater in Northampton, MA: Winnie-the-Pooh. A. A. Milne’s beloved characters Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo Owl are brought to life on the Paintbox stage. Featuring Tom McCabe as A.A. Milne and the audience as Christopher Robin. Will Tigger make an appearance? Of course!
- 10:30am – PERFORMANCE: Ed Popielarczyk, Magical Moments will be at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.
(413) 534-7307 (FREE)
- 10:30-11:30am – PERFORMANCE: Zucchini Brothers Musical Clubhouse at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA. (FREE)
- 11am-1pm – LGBT EVENT: LGBT Parents Pioneer Valley’s 2nd Annual Look Park Picnic in Florence, MA. Please bring something to eat or drink to share. There will be charcoal for grilling.
- 1-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Birthday Party for the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA. Kids invited to lead walk, inviting everyone to stroll, skip or saunter across the Bridge in celebration of 80 years. (FREE)
- 1pm – BIKE RIDING: Everyone Rides! Bike Day at Holyoke Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA.
- 1pm – STORYTELLING: Storyteller, Rona Leventhal will perform Travelin’ Shoes: Stories of Near and Far! at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
- 1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.
- 5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk in Easthampton, MA. Looking for something fun? Come to Art Walk Easthampton on the “Second Saturday” of the month from 5-8 pm. 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.
- 7:30pm – FILM: Pothole Pictures will be showing the classic film The Secret Garden in Shelburne Falls, MA.
- 9pm – FIREWORKS: East Brookfield, MA (Rain date: July 12th)
- 9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Otis, MA (Rain date: July 18th) – Tolland State Forest Beach
- 9am-2pm – FARM FESTIVAL: Cherry Festival at Outlook Farm in Westhampton, MA. Featuring Outlook’s black, red, and yellow super sweet CHERRIES. Home-made Cherry bakery items, Cherry Ice Cream, Tag sale, kid’s crafts and activities, games, music, raffles, and a Summer BBQ. (413) 529-9388
- 12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Recess Monkey at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, along with Just So Stories in the auditorium at 2pm.
- 2-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Foraging for Wild Edibles with expert forager and author Russ Cohen in Belchertown, MA. Join expert forager Russ Cohen as we discover more than 2 dozen of the 150 species of Massachusetts’ edible wild plants. This workshop aims to teach you how to enjoy nature while nibbling on the trail and is not meant for unsustainable commercial harvesting. (781) 894-4358 email@example.com
- 1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA on Saturdays & Sundays. Explore this National Historic Landmark, the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds and trails above the Westfield River. Call (413) 532-1631 x13 on weekdays or 413-634-2244 on weekends for information.
- 1-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: I Spy! at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA. Be a detective and discover the Homestead’s secrets on this self-guided walk using a hands-on spy pack. Call (413) 532-1631 x13 on weekdays or 413-634-2244 on weekends for information.
- 9am-12Noon – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Summer Stewardship: Footprint Workday at Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, MA. Spend this mid-summer morning along the bank of the Connecticut River and the dinosaur track ways, pitching in to care for the property. A variety of tasks possible, depending on the weather and your interest. Please dress in long-pants, a work shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring gloves and a water bottle if you have them. Please call 413-532-1631 x 13 to pre-register for directions and more information. (FREE)
- 6pm – TEEN EVENT: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix PG-13 (in anticipation of the new release) at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
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