Suggested Events 10/03/09-10/09/09


Garlic and Arts Festival

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. (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

  • FEATURED EVENT: North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival happens all weekend in Orange, MA. Kids under 12 get in free. Visit for more info.


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  • Victoria Worth of Ashfield, MA writes: The Smith soccer team will be holding 30-minute clinics for children after games on Oct 3 and Oct 10th. The kids will get to play in some fun activities and interact with the College varsity players. The games are held on the athletic fields at the college. Check the website for game times.
  • Frank Grindrod of Ashfield, MA writes: I just started a blog and we have our first post with a guided tracking walk in Alaska! Please share with the community. Thanks. The link is here.
  • Katarina Noyes of Hadley, MA writes: Volunteer Parent Aides reach out to Hampshire County parents looking for support. 3-5 hrs/wk makes a difference in the life of a family. If you are caring, non-judgmental and a good listener, then you can be a Parent Aide. Fall training now! Call Katarina at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley, at (413) 584-5690 ext. 140 or email
  • OPEN HOUSE: Amy’s House Childcare will be hosting an open house both this Saturday and on Tuesday from 9am-Noon on Main Street in Cummington, MA.  Come explore a new option to childcare in the hilltowns.

    Conway Festival of the Hills (Oct. 4th, 2009)

    Conway Festival of the Hills this Sunday, October 4th, 2009.

  • Kim Edgar writes: Please plan to join us and invite others to attend the Northeastern Girls Collaborative (NEGC) Western MA Fall Forum being held at the brand new Engineering and Nanotechnology Ford Hall at Smith College, Northampton, MA on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 4:00pm. to 6:00pm. Click here for more info.
  • AVAILABLE GRANTS: The Chesterfield Cultural Council seeks proposals from schools & youth groups. Click here for more info.
  • Claire Morenon writes: CISA is working on organizing a Winter Fare market this year in Northampton, and we need help! Click here for more info.
  • CALL TO ARTISTS:  Submit your photo or kids art work.  Do you have a great photo of life in Western Mass, or a fabulous work of art your kids have created that you’d like to submit to Hilltown Families?  Send your jpg or link to
  • 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!
  • 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

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival (October 3-4th, 2009)

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival (October 3-4th, 2009)

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    The 8th annual Green Buildings Open House Tour
    Saturday, October 3
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Don’t miss the 2009 Green Buildings Open House Tour! From roof-integrated solar PV to pole-mounted PV, evacuated tube solar hot water, passive solar design, and extreme energy efficiency, there will be much to see and learn this year. After you’ve canvassed Berkshire county from North to South, relax at the Barrington Brewery with a solar-brewed beer and conversation with renewable energy expert Chris Vreeland, PE, of Precision Decisions at 2 p.m. This event is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. For more information contact Cynthia Grippaldi at 413-445-4556 ext. 25.



    Spinning and Weaving Week
    October 4-10, 2009
    As part of National Spinning and Weaving Week, Hancock Shaker Village highlights Shaker textiles. Vistors will see historic demonstrations and have opportunities to try a hand at tasks that would have been accomplished by Shaker Sisters at Hancock. Fiber artists from the Village and local guilds will bring traditional cloth-making to life—flax processing, spinning, dying, and weaving. Shaker textiles from the Village collection will also be on display. This event is free with regular admission.



    Mondays in Northampton (FREE)

    Knitting & Crochet Circle
    Forbes Library
    Mondays from 10 to noon

    Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, or some other type of yarn craft or
    would you like to start or improve on a yarn craft? You are invited to
    the Forbes Library’s Knitting & Crochet circle. This group is a casual
    place to meet other yarn crafters of all kinds and experience levels and
    share crafting tips and pleasant conversation. Bring your projects in
    progress or ideas for new ones.

    This group is starting up again for the fall and will meet weekly on
    Monday mornings from 10-12 in the cozy Arts & Music magazine lounge.

    This circle is facilitated by Nancy Pulley who has experience in
    knitting, crocheting, sewing and numerous varieties of crafts, both
    personal and for shows. In Nancy’s own words, “I started when I was 12,
    so I have been doing these hobbies for 52 years now. WOW, am I old. I am
    extremely active, walk everyday, play tennis, bike ride, line dance,
    zumba, yoga, watercolor, colored pencil and an avid reader and love
    being in a library environment. Can never stop learning!”

    Location: A&M Magazine Lounge



    Hello, everyone!

    For the last two years, there has been a vibrant, diverse, and very crowded farmers’ market in Greenfield on the first Saturday in February. A dedicated group of volunteers, including CISA staff, organizes this annual event, which includes workshops on eating and growing locally, a barter fair, and educational displays. The market kicks off a week of local food potlucks, film screenings, and skill-sharing workshops­all in the darkest days of winter. CISA is working on organizing a Winter Fare market this year in Northampton, and we need help!

    We will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30pm in the second-floor meeting room at River Valley Market. My goal is to form a volunteer committee to help with planning the market, but coming to the meeting doesn’t commit you to anything. Anyone with an interest in the market or ideas for making it great is welcome to attend- please tell your friends and spread the word! If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to stay in the loop, please let me know.

    If you’re interested in supporting the effort in Greenfield, you can email me and I’ll add you to that list as well- there’s an established committee there that could definitely use some more help. For more information about the Greenfield market, visit




    Tuesday, October 6th from 7-9pm

    Please Join us for an evening of Social Stitching at ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA.

    “Upcycle” and refresh children’s clothing with an iron on applique….

    Click here for the E-vite:

    or to be sent an E-vite please email:

    Space is limited to 15 participants.



    Tuesdays in Hadley, MA

    Cricket on the Hearth at The Hartsbrook School in Hadley.

    The Cricket on the Hearth Program creates a place for children to play and form relationships in an environment that also fosters support and inspiration for parents.

    Parent Toddler/Parent Infant Programs, 9-11:30 am, Monday through Friday
    The fall session is 12-14 classes beginning the week of September 14. Parent/ Infant Class is available on Tuesday mornings beginning September 15 from 9:30-11am. Please go to for more information or to register for Cricket, or call 413-584-3198.



    Tues-Fri, Oct 6-9th in Hadley, MA

    Hello Everyone,
    I have a last minute opportunity to offer a Roman Archaeological dig with working archaeologist Geof Purcell, at my home in Hadley the week of Oct 6 – 9, 2009.

    If interested please contact me off list to get more details and application packet.





    At Cup & Top
    Thursday Oct 8th @ 4pm
    Come celebrate local singer/songwriter Mister G’s debut album, “Pizza for Breakfast.”



    Friday, October 9th in Hancock, MA (FREE)

    Zephyr Wind Turbine Tour Field Trip
    October 9th 10:00AM till Noon
    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in the Berkshires
    Cost: FREE!!!! (Normally $9 pp)
    Limited to 60 people.

    The tour begins with a 13 minute video on how the Turbine windmill works. After the video, participants take the Grand Slam Chair Lift to view the turbines. The tour involves a strenuous hike back down, approximately 1/4 mile.
    Wear appropriate footwear for the hike back down.
    Bring a picnic lunch.

    RSVP Terry Brayton for more infomation
    @ 568-8619.

    You can check it out by googling zephyr wind turbine.



    Help Us Celebrate!
    October 9, 2009
    5:30 – 7:30 pm

    Join us and over a million children and adults across the country as we read a book very close to our hearts – Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in a record-breaking celebration of reading and service. This special event is part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is your chance to experience the important work Jumpstart undertakes every day in preschools across the United States.

    The Carle is pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable evening. Our guests will participate in Caterpillar -themed activities created by our co-hosts, the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson; see the original artwork Eric Carle created for his much-loved book; enjoy The Very Hungry Caterpillar film in our Auditorium; and best of all, join special guests as they read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There will be visits from the Caterpillar and free cake and pizza, too!

    Free Admission thanks to the generosity of Pearson Foundation.



    A downtown gallery walk on the second Friday of every month. Explore Northampton and be inspired! For more information visit



    Mural Unveiling and Celebration as Part of the Kirkland Ave. Project
    Time: October 9, 2009 from 5pm to 8pm
    Location: Kirland Avenue
    Organized By: Commonwealth Center for Change

    On Friday October 9th from 5-8pm, during Arts Night Out, Commonwealth Center for Change (C3) and Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds, will host a mural unveiling and celebration in Kirkland Avenue. Live music, food and friends will mark the culmination of the first in a series of murals designed to re-imagine and revitalize Kirkland Ave as a site for contemporary art and performance.

    Ebenezer Archer Kling, a recent Northampton transplant and part of the team who organized the successful Papergirl Project Northampton has designed an outrageous and dynamic mural, drawing on the architecture and urban legends of the alley and inspiration from Joe Blumenthal’s love of music. Haley Morgan, C3 Board member and community-organizer-extraordinaire has worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.

    The mural and celebration are made possible with the enthusiasm and support of Joe and Barbara Blumenthal. This program is supported in part by The Northampton Arts Council, Inc. For a full list of supporters and updates on the project visit the Kirkland Ave Project blog at:

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