Suggested Events 07/25/09-07/31/09

Community Day at Jacobs Pillow 2008 (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Community Day at Jacob's Pillow 2008 (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


FAMILY CONCERT: Award-winning singer songwriter from Northampton, Dennis Caraher, will be performing his songs for families at the Angel Park Summer Music Series on Friday (07/24) from 5-6:30pm at Angel Park in Williamsburg, MA. Dennis is a Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal and was our very first guest on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. In the event of rain the concert will be moved to the Grange Hall. (FREE) More information about this Friday night concert series can be found here.


Sunday, 08/02 from 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Family Day at the Clark. Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence will be on view, and the day will feature art activities, Southwestern entertainment, local food vendors, and turquoise jewelry and cactus workshops (fee charged for workshops). Admission to the galleries is free on this festive day. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. 413-458-2303 (FREE)


  • Congratulations to Kim Williams of Northampton MA. She will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to see Lunch Money at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA on Sunday, July 26th at 2pm. Click here to read more about this concert series.
  • The Eric Carle Museum is Now Open on Mondays in July and August!
  • Julie writes: We just moved to the area at the beginning of July and we are starting to venture out a bit. Thanks so much for this post (Summer Fun: More for Your Money on Wednesdays). Yesterday (Wednesday) we were thinking of going to Look Park and since I read your post that paid attractions were 1/2 off, it was the inspiration that got me out the door and looking at the map for directions. We had a wonderful day at the park. Thanks for such a wonderful site!!!!
  • SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES – Northampton‘s streets will again be awash with bargain-hunting shoppers during the city’s annual Sidewalk Sales from this Thursday-Sunday. The four day event showcases Northampton’s eclectic and expansive array of one-of-a-kind stores and offers shoppers refreshing choices and alternatives. The year’s largest sale in the Pioneer Valley’s premier shopping destination, Sidewalk Sales is a not-to-be-missed shopping ritual for local residents and visitors alike. More info here.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 07/25

On Sunday at 2pm - FAMILY CONCERT: Lunch Money will be performing at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA.

Sunday – 07/26

Weekdays 07/27/09-07/31/09

For more events happening this week check below in our comment box or 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. July 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Wednesday in Northampton, MA

    Parks Information Van
    Forges Library
    Wednesday July 29, 2009
    7:00 PM

    Come learn about the Massachusetts State Parks and recreation opportunities. Speak with a park ranger about what is awaiting you for a “staycation” in the many lovely and diverse parks of the Commonwealth.

    Location: On library grounds

  2. July 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Thursday in Florence, MA

    Thursday, July 30, 2009, 6:30pm
    Summer Concert Series on the Porch of the Civic Center
    Florence, Massachusetts, Rt. 9
    Free event: Bring a lawn chair and a dollar for popcorn
    Radio Free Earth & 4-piece band with Dan Lederer and Jordan Russ

  3. July 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Friday in Shelburne Falls, MA

    Mettawee River Theatre Co. Returns to Shelburne Falls

    The Mettawee River Theatre Company presents its new production, Beyond the High Valley A Quechua Story on July 31 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School. There is no admission charge for this event, which every year draws multi-generational crowds to a lively evening of outdoor entertainment.. Sponsored by The Arms Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Held on the lawn of BSE at 8 p.m., in the event of rain Mettawee will perform inside the cafeteria.

    For more info about the Mettawee River Theatre Company, visit the company’s website at:; call 518-854-9357 to confirm specific performance dates. For info about the Arms Library performance contact Laurie Wheeler at 625-0306, or at:

  4. July 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Monday in Pittsfield

    Monday: Free Theatre Performance!
    The award-winning Mettawee River Theatre Company bring their travelling family theatre featuring puppets, masks, live musicians and more to beautiful Springside Park again this summer for a free family-friendly performance of Beyond the High Valley, a folktale from Peru. In case of rain the performance moves to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Not to be missed!

    Monday, July 28 | 8pm | Springside Park | 874 North Street | 499-9348 | FREE

  5. July 24, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Saturday in Pittsfield, MA

    Berkshire Museum
    Garden Lecture with Margaret Roach

    “Making a 365-day Garden, Frogs and All”

    Former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living, creator of the nationally acclaimed blog “A Way to Garden” and overall gardening extraordinaire, Margaret Roach will present her slide-show lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 in the Museum theater. Her lecture will focus on creating a sustainable backyard garden, teach about various New England garden-life and water features.

  6. July 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Thursday in Florence, MA

    Thursday Night Music on the Porch Series in Florence, MA
    Beginning June 18th, every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:00
    Free concerts. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnics welcome. Beverages and popcorn for sale. Florence Civic and Business Association – Corner of Meadow Street and Route 9

    July 30: Radio Free Earth

  7. July 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Friday in Northfield, MA

    Northfield Mountain’s Quinnetukut II Riverboat begins its 30th year of summer cruises starting on June 28th! The Quinnetukut II cruises on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 28th through October 18th. Cruise times are 11:00, 1:15, and 3:00 Join captain Steve Larivee and first mate Sarah Doyle for a delightful hour and a half interpreted cruise on the Connecticut River. The cruise offers insights to dinosaurs, glacial activities in the area, river use from prehistoric times to present, as well as an excellent stage for wildlife and bird sightings.
    The Quinnetukut II is a forty two foot United Stated Coast Guard documented vessel. It has a capacity of sixty passengers. The roof provides shade or protection from inclement weather.

    Make reservations and purchase your tickets at the Northfield Mountain Visitor Center. Call 800- 859-2960

  8. July 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Wednesday in Buckland, MA

    Summer BBQ!
    Wednesday, July 29, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
    A community event open to everyone! Join us for a fun evening of food, friends and music. Children are invited to play games or visit the farm animals. Whether you are a regular visitor of the farm or have been curious to see what it’s all about, the summer barbecue is the place to be. Food will include vegetarian fare as well as yummy dessert, so just bring your appetite and good spirits!
    All ages welcome.
    Please contact the Farm Office to RSVP your attendance for planning purposes.
    Free to all with suggested donations ($20 per family).

    Red Gate Farm,
    Buckland, MA (413) 625-9503

  9. July 24, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Monday in Greenfield, MA
    Greenfield Energy Park
    Pioneer Valley Concert – Solar Series
    Each concert, beginning at 6:00 PM and lasting about an hour, showcases a different group of musicians drawn from the ranks of the PVS and their colleagues.

    Third Solar Series concert, Monday July 27th, brings Michael Nix and friends back to Energy Park. Michael, a Greenfield resident and former member of the PVS board of directors, is well known as a performer on guitar, mandolin, and banjar, a seven-string instrument he invented which combines elements of banjo and classical guitar. Ritchie Davis wrote of Nix in the Recorder that “Listeners will discover a simmering versatility!” That versatility will be apparent in Michael’s program, mixing classical guitar with traditional and jazz styles and works of his own composition.

    The PVS Solar Series concerts are informal. Admission is free, with donations to the Pioneer Valley Symphony most welcome. Listeners should bring blankets or lawn chairs, snacks or picnic suppers, and hats or other means of keeping out the late afternoon sun. Kids will want to check out the train in the park’s play area.

    In the event of inclement weather we expect to move the concert indoors nearby. Specifics to be published before the first concert.

    The PVS is proud to be part of this wonderful summer tradition at Greenfield’s Energy Park. For more information on 2009 Music in the Park, go to its page at

    The Pioneer Valley Symphony has just concluded its 70th anniversary season of orchestra and chorus concerts, educational programs, and other community events serving Franklin and Hampshire Counties.

  10. July 24, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Thursdays in Becket, MA

    Dance Together at the Pillow
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm • Followed by INSIDE /OUT performance 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm

    Ages: 5-12 accompanied by an adult.

    Site: Meet at Jacob’s Pillow on the porch of Avnet House, across from the Tea Garden. Wear loose clothing and bring a snack.

    Family* per class: $10; Non-members $15
    *Family = one household

    Becket Arts Center
    413-623-6635 fax: 413-623-6122

  11. July 24, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Wednesday in Florence, MA

    Look Park – Florence, MA

    Franklin King III Children’s Entertainment Series

    The Look Park Children’s Entertainment Series is a program run by Look Park at the Pines Theater. The series features a collection of children’s performers who sing, dance, and perform a variety of children’s activities on stage. Performances last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour on Wednesday mornings during the summer. The shows have proven to be a great place to take children for fun summer activities. Be sure to hold on to your ticket for a discounted TRAIN RIDE after the show!!

    Time: 10:00 am Wednesday Mornings (PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY!!)
    Price: Adults $4.50 Children $3.50
    Location: Look Park Pine’s Theater (Rain Site: Garden House Tent)

    July 29 – UNH Little Red Wagon Tour
    The Little Red Wagon’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is specifically designed for young audiences. Fairies, maidens, magic and fools abound in this wonderful introduction to the world’s greatest playwright. With audience participation and a good dose of comedy, it’s easy to enjoy Shakespeare’s most popular play. Appropriate for all ages.

  12. July 24, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Wednesday in Hadley, MA

    Birding for Kids – Program for ages 9-12 WEDNESDAYS, 10-11:30 a.m., Mount Holyoke Summit House, Skinner State Park, off Rte. 47, Hadley. Preregistration required. Free. 586-0350.

  13. July 24, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Wednesday in Pittsfield, MA

    What’s the Buzz?

    In Berkshire Backyard, join the Berkshire Museum’s own bee hive every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and learn more about these buzzing, and seemingly furry insects and why they’re so important to us. Just what do they do all day? How do they build such intricate hives and how do they produce such delicious honey? You’ll also be able to bring home a gift from the bees. Free with Museum admission

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