Suggeted Events 08/22/09-08/28/09

HHuGE Garden Wagon at the Old Creamery Grocery in Cummington, MA

The Hilltown Home Garden Exchange's (HHuGE) wagon at The Old Creamery Grocery off Route 9 in Cummington, MA. Click the photo to discover more about HHuGE. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


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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


Thank you to all who entered our ticket giveaway to see Justin Roberts at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA this Sunday. And thank you to IHEG for offering tickets and to Beth Benz-Claus for supplying us with two free CD’s to giveaway too. The following folks were chosen via random drawing (

  • TICKETS & CD: Congratulations to Marie Westburg of Williamsburg, MA. She is the winner of a family four-pack of tickets and Justin Roberts new CD, “Pop Fly.”
  • CD: Congratulations to Duncan Laird, also of Williamsburg, MA. Duncan will receive a copy of Justin Roberts new CD, “Pop Fly.”

Duncan Laird of Williamsburg, MA responds: “Awwwwwwwwesome! BTW, I’m good friends with Tom Adams of Reelife Productions, who is a big fan of what you’re doing with Hilltown Families, and recently told me about your organization. What a wonderful thing you’ve done.”

UPCOMING EVENT: Cummington Fair - August 27th-30th, 2009. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

UPCOMING EVENT: Cummington Fair - August 27th-30th, 2009. Click the photo to discover more. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


  • NEW COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD: Are you looking for an afterschool or homeschool class for your kids?  Have a class you would like to recommend to our community of families?  There is a new bulletin board on Hilltown Families that has been created to both post and seek these classes:  Suggest an Afterschool or Homeschool Class.  It’s brand spanking new, so hop on over and post some aftershool or homeschool classes you’d like to recommend!
  • Anna Toth of Plainfield, MA writes: “We have just had a new baby at the end of May and my mother has been here helping us with our toddler and newborn.  She is a cellist and is hoping to stay through the winter and help us as well as play and teach and record some in the area.  As she will be traveling some in midwinter, and be with us much of the time, she would like to rent a large quiet private room with access to a bathroom, but does not need a kitchen.  She is on a tiny budget, and needs only one large room that is winterized where she can practice, sleep, plug in a hotplate and teach occasionally, preferably somewhat separate from a household, such as a room over a garage, or a studio space etc…  We are hoping to find her something within reasonable distance of Cummington where we will be living for the next 9 months.  Please do contact me, Ana, at 718-766-5250, or my mother Elizabeth directly at 203-219-4722 if you have something that might fit her needs, or just spread the word around!”
  • HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES: You are invited to attend Old Sturbridge Village’s Kick Off the School Year Home School Day! on Tuesday, September 15th. This is a great opportunity for you and your children to gain exposure to the life and work of an early 19th century rural New England community. Enjoy the beauty of OSV with home school families from all over New England. Garden talks, demonstrations, and performances are planned for all audiences throughout the day! See the Daily Event Listing (posted two weeks in advance) for performance and program times, Food Services options, and special exhibits. Please pre-register online today. Contact Kathy Kime, Education Coordinator with any questions or concerns, 508-347-0335.

    Farmers Market in Florence, MA. August 16th – 22nd is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week.  Click here to read more. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Farmer's Market in Florence, MA. August 16th – 22nd is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. Click the photo to read more. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

  • CPR CLASS:  Parents wanting to learn or brush up on their CPR skills may be interested in a CPR Class being offered by the Westhampton EMS on Thursday, September 24th from 7-9pm.  It will be held at the elementary school and will include child CPR and choking emergencies. Infant CPR skills will not be covered.To register ($10) call Bob Miller at 413-527-2404.
  • COMMUNITY CHOIR AUDITIONS: The Northampton’s Community Children’s Choir (grades 3-8) will have auditions on Sunday, September 13th starting at 2pm.  Auditions will be held at the Northampton Community Music Center in Northampton, MA. To schedule an audition time call 413-585-0001.  Choir meets on Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm and begins on September 15.  Scholarships available for qualifying families. Joan Cornachio is the director.
  • SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS:  Auditions for strings, horns, trumpet and bassoon on August 25th.  Call for appointment at 413-733-0636 x19.
  • LOCAL FOOD FOR OUR SENIORS: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), announced today that it will launch a campaign to raise funds to save its Senior FarmShare program, which has been providing shares of the local farm produce to low-income seniors in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties since 2004.  Click here for more info.
  • HOMESCHOOL ARTICLE:  For homeschool families, Kathleen McKernan has written an article, “How to Join a New Homeschool Group” which can be read on-line at Home Education Magazine here:
  • FOOD SECURITY: Come to Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, MA at 7 pm on Monday, August 24, when CISA will host Jill Richardson, author of the new book Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It. A food activist and creater of the blog La Vida Locavore, Jill seeks to provide an overview of the current problematic food system and her vision of what a sustainable food system would look like from the soil on up.



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  1. Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 in Pittsfield, MA

    Sat & Sun: The Greek Festival is back!
    This weekend, get ready to eat great traditional Greek food at the Greek Festival! Try gyros, chicken and pork souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, dolmades, and Greek salad. Also check out the large pastry selection for baklava, koulouria, kourambiedes, melemakarona, pasta flora, paximathia, ravani, finikia, ahlathakia and loukoumades. There will also be a Greek Gift Shop with t-shirts, fisherman’s hats, and other imported Greek gifts. The Bouzouki Fantasy Band from Springfield, MA will be playing on both days and there will be a Greek dancing group on Sunday afternoon.

    Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 | 11am-8pm | St. George Greek Orthodox Church | 73 Bradford Street | 442-0901 | FREE

  2. Monday in Shelburne Falls, MA (Adults)
    CISA hosts national food systems activist, author and blogger Jill Richardson
    South Deerfield, MA – Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will host Jill Richardson, author of the new book Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It. Richardson is schedule to appear at 7pm on Monday, August 24, at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls (10 Bridge Street). A food activist and creator of the blog La Vida Locavore, Richardson seeks to provide an overview of the current problematic food system in her book and her vision of what a sustainable food system would look like from the soil on up.

    “We are looking forward to hearing more about Jill’s vision of a future that embraces sustainable small farms in the production of healthy food for all,” says Philip Korman, CISA’s executive director. “Once people hear Jill’s message, we hope they will become engaged in the work that CISA is doing in the Pioneer Valley to ensure our family farms are thriving.”


    Wednesdy in Buckland, MA

    At Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA

    Movie at the Farm: Toy Story 2 Wednesday, August 26, 7pm
    Come enjoy a special night on the farm watching Babe or Toy Story 2 on the big screen. Children of all ages are invited, and may also bring their parents (if they are well-behaved adults). Popcorn and lemonade will be available for your movie watching pleasure. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows! Both movies are rated “G”.
    All ages welcome.
    No registration required.
    Free to all.

    Wednesday in Florence, MA

    Free – Cup and Top Cafe

    Wednesday August 26 @ 4pm – Marcy Gregoire,
    Music for Little People – An afternoon of music, movement, and lots of laughter!

    Wed & Thurs in Pittsfield, MA

    Free Outdoor Concerts
    Wednesday, bring a chair or blanket to see Live on the Lake! at beautiful Burbank Park on Onota Lake and enjoy the musical stylings of the band, Grind. Thursday, Dick Mullins is playing behind the Senior Center, so bring your favorite chair and enjoy!

    Live on the Lake!: Grind |Wednesday, August 12 | 6-8pm | Burbank Park on Onota Lake | Lakeway Drive and Valentine Road | FREE

    Dick Mullins | Thursday, August 27 | 6:30pm | Ralph Froio Senior Center | 330 North Street| 499-9346 | FREE

    Thursday in North Adams, MA

    Labyrinth Sing-a-long
    Thursday, August 27, 2009, 8:30 pm
    Courtyard C or Club B-10
    Member tickets are not available via the internet.
    David Bowie in spandex and a spiky blond wig as directed by Jim “Muppets” Henson is the perfect artist to follow Prince’s Purple Rain Sing-a-Long performance on August 13. In Henson’s wild 1986 fantasy a very young Jennifer Connelly plays the girl and the Thin White Duke plays Jereth the Goblin King and also belts out all the music — which rocks, by the way.

    Thursday in Amherst, MA

    The local chapter of Momsrising meets every 4th Thursday of the month. We work on political issues involving families. Some recent issues we have been involved in are:

    Helping to bring back midwifery care at Cooley
    Educating western Mass hospitals in the Babyfriendly Certification for promoting breastfeeding
    The state wide action to pass a paid sick leave bill
    Passing the latest breastfeeding legislation

    We are a small and powerful group, looking for more parents to get involved. Want to be active and make a difference for families in a NOT overwhelming way…COME JOIN US!

    MotherWoman Office
    96 N. Pleasant St.
    Suite 202 Amherst , MA

    email mvandd@gmail for more information

    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

    August 27: Heritage Pops Orchestra

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