Suggested Events 09/19/09-09/25/09


Chicken Lawn Ornaments in Ashfield, MA (collage)

What the cluck is up in Ashfield? Chicken lawn ornaments are all the rage in Ashfield, MA... or are our Ashfieldian neighbors up to something else? (Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield)

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  • BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER:  Friday, Sept 18th in Amherst, MA. Check out the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater performing at Amherst High School’s Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 18, at 7pm. This is a benefit performance for the South Amherst Conservation Association.  Bread and Puppet Theater accomplish  creative political theater the entire family will enjoy.  More info HERE.


Retirement Party for John Cotton in Williamsburg (Sep. 20th, 2009)

Retirement Party to honor & thank Chief John Cotton for his service to the town of Williamsburg on September 20th, 2009 at the Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club. Click on image to find out more info.

  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteers are needed for a Bread and Puppet event this Sunday, September 20th (admission is free). Bread and Puppet will be performing The Dirt Cheap Money Circus at 1 p.m. at the Red Barn Lawn at 893 West Street in Amherst, MA. Volunteers are needed to perform with the B&P puppeteers, and the rehearsal schedule is Saturday, 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. If interested in volunteering, please contact
  • CLASSES FOR KIDS: Don’t forget to check out our Suggest an Afterschool or Homeschool Class bulletin board.  Lots of great classes have been shared so far.  Share with us a class you’d like to suggest to local families too!
  • PARENT DISCUSSION SERIES: In Amherst there will be a free weekly roundtable discussion series for campus and Amherst Family Center families with young children called Dinner on Us, Monday evenings during the academic year in the Student Union Building. As far as I know it’s open to all, but if they run into over enrollment, I’m sure that they will prioritize UMASS students, staff, and alums, as well as AFC families.  Sessions are free and include: dinner, supervised children’s activities and parking. Family Dinner: 5:15-5:45pm, Supervised Children’s Activities: 5:45-7:30pm, Roundtable Discussion: 6:00-7:30pm. Space is limited. To pre-register call: 413-545-4466 OR email

    Massachusetts Harvest for Student Week (09/21/09-09/25/09)

    Massachusetts Harvest for Student Week: September 21st-25th, 2009 Join in as schools and colleges across the state purchase, serve, and engage students in hands-on activities to celebrate the bounty of Massachusetts agriculture! The goal for Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week is to spur new buying relationships between schools and farms, as well as increase existing purchasing in schools around the state. Schools are also encouraged to focus on the benefits of locally grown foods through educational activities, such as creating school gardens, taking trips to farms, and integrating agricultural themes into the classroom.

  • LOCAL FOOD: This fall as the local harvest peaks and thoughts shift toward winter eating, NOFA/Mass presents their first annual statewide Fall Food Preservation Day. On September 19, there will be food preservation workshops spread throughout the state, including in Cummington and Northampton, MA. Preserving food that we grow or purchase locally at the height of its freshness and flavor can save money, lessen our dependence on the global corporate food chain, and provide wonderful flavor and real food all year round. Isn’t now a good time to learn skills to do this? More info HERE.
  • MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Festival of Trees this year from Nov. 14 to Jan. 3. As many know, the Festival of Trees is a Berkshire County tradition where local businesses, schools and community groups decorate trees to display in the Museum galleries. To accompany these trees, they’re looking for local artists to create unique artwork to be on view through the exhibit. For more information contact Maria Mingalone,
  • ENERGY SAVINGS: This fall, CET is offering free home energy savings workshops in towns throughout western Massachusetts (Gill, Amherst & Ashfield). Attendees will learn a wide array of energy saving solutions, including low-cost and no-cost measures, to common energy concerns. More info HERE.
  • SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: Hilltown CDC announces a new workshop for small businesses on “How to Get the Media to Tell Your Business Story.” This three-hour evening workshop, on October 14 from 6 to 9 PM, will take place at Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road, Huntington, MA. More info HERE.
  • STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Every Wednesday at 10:30 am is Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong.
  • AUDTIONS FOR KIDS: The Piti Theatre Company seeks performers (actors & dancers) ages 5 & up as well as adults for their interactive, outdoor theatrical event “Salmon Falls” which tells the story of the Deerfield River through movement, song and storytelling. The audition will be from 12:30 –3:00 pm behind the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, Sept. 27th. The performance will take place on three Saturdays afternoons, Oct. 3– 17th behind the Arms Library at 1:30. For details go to To register, email or call (413) 625. 6569.
  • COMMUNITY PROJECT: As part of the local 350 Neighbors project, the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA will be collecting 8 ½” x 11″ photos or drawings of the bountiful diversity of life here in the hilltowns to be shared in a display at the Old Creamery through October. More info HERE. Check out the gallery of digital images already submitted HERE.

  • SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families.  Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser,  business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events.  Serious inquiries can email us at for details.


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

SATURDAY – 09/19/09

Rosh Hashanah

Deedle Deedle Dees in Northampton, MA (Sept. 20th, 2009)

Sunday at 2pm - KIDS CONCERT: The Deedle Deedle Dees will be at the Iron Horse. Northampton, MA ($)

SUNDAY – 09/20/09

2 Comments on “Suggested Events 09/19/09-09/25/09

  1. Thursday

    On September 24th at 7:30 the Ashfield Community Hall , present’s Ireland’s own Barry McCabe, featuring Danny Vlaspoel. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Barry McCabe teams up with Danny Vlaspoel, the former lead guitarist with Laundromat, to bring their style of acoustic blues with a Celtic twist on a USA tour. Ireland’s McCabe will present a show consisting of an acoustic version of his material plus some personal McCabe and Vlaspoel favorites. Better known for their electric work these two internationally renowned musicians share a love of acoustic music, be it Irish folk or any other type of roots music. Tickets are available at ELMER’S Store, Boswell’s Books, Worldeye Books, Broadside Books, Maude’s Music and at $$



    1st Western Massachusetts Hunger Summit: Making the Connection

    Thursday, September 24 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM at the MassMutual Center, Springfield. Register in advance for a discount!

    You are invited to join us at the first ever Western Massachusetts Hunger Summit: Making the Connection.

    To what extent does hunger exist in western Massachusetts? Who is hungry? What’s being done about hunger in our communities and nation-wide? Learn about all these questions and more through conversations with local, regional, and national experts on hunger and food security.

    Guest speakers include Joel Berg, author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?; The Honorable Domenic Sarno, Mayor of Springfield; and Elizabeth Clay, Director of Commonwealth Corps and Grassroots Governance for Governor Patrick.

    Advance registration is advised and offers a discounted entry fee, but you can also register at the door.

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