Suggested Events 09/26/09-10/02/09



Decorative pumpkins at Clarksdale Farm in Deerfield, MA. (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


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  • WORKSHOP FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES: A free workshop is being offered by Adoption Journeys in Amherst, MA on October 1st to help adoptive parents and professionals learn about special education law, both federal and state, and how it plays out in the schools. Click here for more info.
  • VIDEO CONTEST: Learn more about Whole Foods Market School Lunch Makeover Video Contest here.
  • LOCAL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: Hilltown CDC announces a new workshop for small businesses on How to Get the Media to Tell Your Business Story.  More info here.
Chesterfield Library Book Sale (September 26th, 2009)

Chesterfield Library Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9am-1pm. (Photo Credit: Sienna Wildfield)

  • AVAILABLE GRANTS: The Chesterfield Cultural Council seeks proposals from schools & youth groups. Click here for more info.
  • WHAT’S UP IN HOLYOKE?: Discover Holyoke, MA on Saturday, October 24th from 10am-4pm during Passport Holyoke.
  • DINNER ON US: 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 UMass Student Union Building in Amherst, MA. 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
  • 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!
  • STREET PERFORMANCE: If you’re in Northampton on a Saturday night with the family, look for Bubble Ben in the alley between Thornes Marketplace and the parking garage:

  • A CALL TO ARTISTS: Create unique installations for Festival of Trees The Berkshire Museum 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, we are looking for local artists to create unique artworks for installation that can be free standing, hang on the wall, or from the ceiling in the exhibition, keeping in mind the galleries are big and we are interested in large scale work. Deadline for submissions of proposals is October 2, 2009. For full guidelines or for more information contact Maria Mingalone at
  • 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:

  • POLL:  Did you get a chance to take our poll?  As our 1,001 post we’ve posted a poll to help HF better serve our readers.  Please take a moment to answer a questions.  Pretty please with a cherry on top! Click here to go on.

  • 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 – 09/26

September 26th, 2009: Ashfield FilmFest

7pm - FILM FESTIVAL: The 3rd Annual Ashfield FilmFest happens at the Town Hall. Ashfield, MA

Sunday – 09/27

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    Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA

    Moonlight Hikes

    Thursday, October 1, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Thursday, December 3, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    Come for a prowl in our moonlit woods and fields! The moon will light our way as we discover twilight and night time in the outdoors. We will listen for owls and other wildlife and use our senses to explore the natural world at this special time. Young children are welcome, but should be accompanyied by an adult.
    All ages welcome.
    Please call the Farm Office for hike confirmation.
    Free for all.
    Red Gate Farm Office (413) 625-9503

  2. Sunday

    Fall Foliage Festival in North Adams, MA

    Children’s Road Race – 11:30 AM – Joe Wolfe Field, Noel Field Athletic Complex Registration begins at 11:30. Races begin at 12:30 PM. Five age categories for boys and girls, including Tots, three years old and under; to seniors up to eleven years of age. Trophies awarded for top finishers in each category. The event is free. Call 664-6180 for details.

    Fall Foliage Festival Family Day – 12:30 – 3:30 PM – at Joe Wolfe Field, Noel Field Athletic Complex. Entertainment, low priced refreshments, games and attractions will be provided for an enjoyable afternoon for kids aged up to the mid-teens. Call 664-6180 for more information.


    This Saturday is the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of the Universally Accessible Playground at Springside Park! The Rotary Club is sponsoring a Fun Fair Birthday Party with children’s activities for you and your family to participate in while enjoying the park, including a miniature horse to pet, a bounce house, face painting, DJ, balloons and more! There will also be agencies, programs and civic groups celebrating with us.
    Saturday, Sept 26 |10am-2pm | Boundless Playground | Springside Park | 442-1562 | FREE

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