Suggested Events 09/12/09-09/18/09

Circumzenithal Arc

Circumzenithal Arc spotted in the morning sky in Haydenville, MA by Barbara Tomawski while waiting at the school bus stop with her granddaughter.


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  • Jamie Bishop of Plainfield, MA writes: Throughout the year 4-H Youth have worked on projects to bring to the Fair.  The Big E offers the opportunity to highlight their work to all of New England.  You can find out more information at:
  • CONTEST WINNER: Thanks you to everyone who signed up for a chance to win tickets Alegria! We had a great response and loved hearing from everyone.  Using the random number generator over at we have selected a winner:  Angie Gregory of Northampton, MA. She is the winner of a family 4-pack of free tickets to see Alegria on its premiere night, Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30pm, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA.  If you did not win, we will have more giveaways in the very near future! So be sure to check back or join the Hilltown Families Emailed Newsfeed (Sign up!)
    MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  The Third Annual Ashfield FilmFest will take place at 7:p.m., on September 26th at Town Hall, Ashfield, Massachusetts.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Third Annual Ashfield FilmFest will take place at 7:p.m., on September 26th at Town Hall, Ashfield, Massachusetts.

  • FREE SUPPORT GROUPS: Free Positive Parenting and Kin Caregivers groups starting in the valley.  More info here.
  • COMMUNITY CHORUS: The Hilltown Choral Society welcomes new singers and will hold rehearsals for their Holiday Concerts and Winter Concert on Monday evenings beginning September 14th, 2009 from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the Worthington Historical Society Building (intersection of Routes 143 and 112) in the center of Worthington, MA.  More info here.
  • HOMESCHOOL DAY: Homeschool families are invited for an educational celebration of the fall harvest on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at the Historic Deerfield Museum in Deerfield, MA.  More info here.
  • DENTAL CARE FOR KIDS: “Gator Grins”, the dental outreach program serving students in the Gateway Regional School District, will open the school year by seeing Littleville Elementary School students in Huntington, MA who are due for their six month checkups, beginning September 14 at the school.  More info here.
  • MARKET YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS: The Hilltown Business Directory will list 350 local businesses in 20 towns, by category, by name, and by town. This 160 page reference book will be used all year by local residents. The Directory makes it easy for residents to support their neighbors by using locally available products and services, thereby strengthening the hilltown economy and preserving and creating local jobs.  More info here.
    FEATURED EVENT:  On Saturday, in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the Highland Communities Initiative’s (HCI) fifth biennial conference to celebrate the Highland’s rural nature and to share ideas from area residents that may hold the keys to its future.  Click on image for more info.

    FEATURED EVENT: On Saturday, in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the Highland Communities Initiative’s (HCI) fifth biennial conference to celebrate the Highland’s rural nature and to share ideas from area residents that may hold the keys to its future. Click on image for more info.

  • PUBLIC FORUM: To further his goal of being fully accessible to constituents from all cities and towns in his district, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is bringing his rolling series of open monthly meetings, dubbed Coffee & Conversation to the hilltown Peru, MA on Friday, September 18th. Downing hosts these public forums in rotating communities across the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Senate District ten months out of the year. More info here.
  • MARKETING WORKSHOP: Hilltown CDC announces a three-session workshop on Marketing Your Website, on Sept. 16, 23 and 30, at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington, taught by Peter Pelland. Each three-hour evening session will be from 6 to 9 PM. The total cost is $90, with tuition waivers available for low and moderate income people, and with $5 off per session for Hilltown CDC members. More details are available at, or by calling 413-296-4536 ext. 12.  More info here.


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3 Comments on “Suggested Events 09/12/09-09/18/09

  1. Thursday in Northampton, MA


    Everyone is invited to the Harvest Party this Thursday night, September 17th, from 5-8 pm. Featuring:

    * Local River Rock Farm burgers (Brimfield, MA) and local fixin’s
    * Veggie burgers too
    * Sweet local corn on the grill
    * FREE popcorn
    * FREE samples of Snow’s local ice cream (Greenfield, MA)
    * Entertainment from Trevor the Games Man
    * LIVE music with former Jazz and Blues singer Samirah Evans and Friends
    * Door prizes and surprises

    Don’t miss the fun as we wrap up a great month of local eating with Eat Local, America!

  2. Sunday in Chesterfield, MA

    The Historical Society will offer “School Days” at the Bisbee Mill Museum in Chesterfield from 1-4pm. Take a look at images from historic school in the area. The grist mill will begin to grind corn around 2pm. Refreshments.

    Sunday in Hadley, MA

    Amherst Orchid Society will be having a sale. Great opportunity to take the kids to exam orchids while meeting area orchid enthusiasts. From 10am-3pm at the Hadley Garden Center. 549-4521


    Saturday in Northampton

    Join Valley Land Fund on Saturday, September 12th to hike in the East Meadows of Northampton, with Harvey Allen and Bob Bieda as leaders. We’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Shelden Field commuter parking lot off route 9, 1/2 mile west of exit 19 (I-91). Come on out with these two hot birders and join the search for fall migrants! Co-sponsored with Hampshire Bird Club. Heavy rain cancels.


    Saturday in Easthampton

    Second Saturdays 5-8pm
    Art Walk September 12, 2009

    The Scavenger Hunt on the Art Walk is back! Solve riddles hidden within the Art Walk exhibits and Bear Trail. Individuals, families or teams are encouraged to participate. Pick up ‘clues’ at any Art Walk venue at 5:00 sharp on Saturday, September 12. Completed scavenger hunt sheets are due at 7:30 at Nashawannuck Gallery where prizes will be awarded. See the locations below or print a map at


    Saturday in Pittsfield

    Sat: Neighborhood Block Party!
    This FREE annual community event features a bounce house, rock climbing wall, various carnival games, and many exciting performances from youth groups including Youth Alive, Girls Inc., and Pittsfield High. There will also be gifts and giveaways, music, food, and live entertainment. Food items are only $1 and will be provided by UNICO and Knights of Columbus. Social Service Agencies will also be in attendance. Live entertainment begins at noon, adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club, and consists of six local youth acts.

    Saturday, Sept 12 | 11am-3pm | Melville St | 448-9678 | FREE


    Saturday in Pittsfield

    Sat: Afternoon of Dance, Drum, and Fun
    On Saturday in the Berkshire Museum Theater, Youth Alive and the Berkshire Museum present step and hip-hop dance featuring Youth Alive, Soul Step, Ecstatic Dance Team and Rhythms B-Boys, with a short reception to follow. Having Youth Alive and accompanying dance groups to the Berkshire Museum is an exciting event. Tickets include museum admission including current exhibitions such as Frogs: A Chorus of Color and Color and Form: The Language of Abstract Art.

    Saturday, Sept 12 | 3pm |Berkshire Museum | 39 South St | 443-7171, ext. 10| $

  3. Thursday in Pittsfield, MA

    SPLASH! 3rd Thursday is back!
    The theme of September’s 3rd.Thursdays is Splash! A celebration of all things aquatic. Playful puppeteer Michael Wolski will be found sailing up and down North Street. Former Pittsfielders Hector on Stilts return to perform in their latest incarnation. Alternative pop star Ben Karis-Nix and the Berkshires own jazz-funk-fusion all stars Unfulfilled Desires will perform, along with the a capella singing group the Sweet Adelines and the down home acoustic roots music of Moonshine Hollar. On the lawn of St. Joseph’s Church the Berkshire Bateria will rouse the crowd with Brazilian rhythms, accompanied by the Nagiowaci fire dancers. There will also be a water-balloon contest and an “all things aquatic” costume contest, so start planning your costume ideas today!

    Thursday, Sept 17 | 5-8pm+ Beyond! | Downtown Pittsfield | North and South Streets | 499-9348 | FREE


    Friday in Amherst, MA

    Please come to see the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater performing their Cabaret on Friday, Sept. 18, at 7pm at Amherst High School’s Auditorium. This is a benefit performance for the South Amherst Conservation Association. For more information, please visit our website at:

    They do really creative political theater (— they are definitely for adults as much as, maybe more than, for kids). I asked if it was kid-friendly and was told the kids would probably be interested in a lot of the puppets but some of the acts are also very serious.

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