Suggested Events 10/10/09-10/16/09


Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon above the Worthington, MA skyline. (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.


ASHFIELD FALL FESTIVAL:  All the best New England traditions are celebrated at the Ashfield Fall Festival, held in the center of Ashfield, MA on Sat & Sun.  There will be exhibitors of traditional arts, food vendors selling locally grown food, pumpkingames, live music and entertainment.  You can also find a couple of book sales, tag sales and low-cost activities for the kids.  Simply put, you gotta go!  Click here to see a schedule of the events happening there this weekend.


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This weeks episode of the HFVS is Harvest Moon which features music by new music by Sarah Lee Guthrie, Neil Young, Pete Seeger, Dan Zanes, Bob Dylan, Jim Armenti, Uncle Rock, and many others. Families have three ways to tune in:

  1. HFVS Podcast: Listen to our most recent episodes anytime you wish!  Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!
  2. Streaming Audio: Surf on over to on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  3. On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.


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  • Jeanne Weintraub-Mason of Amherst, MA writes: Seeking parents and community members willing to sign a letter of support and/or potential board members for proposed Discovery School of Sustainability, a new charter school to serve K-6 students throughout Franklin County. The prospectus for the school has been approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (biggest hurdle) and we will be submitting the final application in coming weeks. We would like to show support from parents and members of the community in the Hilltowns of Franklin County. Please contact Jeanne at 413-367-9923 or for a copy of the prospectus and additional information.
  • HILLTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Elementary Advisory Committee has announced that parents of school-aged children are being surveyed for input on the possible closing of some elementary schools in the Gateway Regional School District for the 2010-11 school year. Read the rest of this entry
  • SHAKER SUPPER: October 10 and 11, November 7 and 28, 2009 is the Shaker Supper at Hancock Shaker Village. It is a fall tradition for families and friends. Guests come to the Village for a Shaker-inspired candlelight dinner in the historic Brick Dwelling, followed by a Shaker music program. For reservations, call 413.443.0188 x213. ($)
  • SHABBAT DINNERS: Free Shabbat dinners for Jewish and interfaith families with school-aged children. This is a wonderful, intimate way to learn more about the Jewish ritual of taking a rest. Deadline to sign up is October 15th. More info here or at
  • 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. The fee is $35, with tuition waivers available for low and moderate income people, and with $5 off for Hilltown CDC members. More details are available at, or by calling 413-296-4536 ext. 12.
  • HOME ENERGY SAVINGS WORKSHOPS: Free home energy savings seminar on October 13, 7 p.m. at the Ashfield Town Hall, Main Street in Ashfield, MA. This fall, CET is offering free home energy savings workshops in towns throughout western Massachusetts, thanks to funding from the Mass Municipal Association. Attendees will learn a wide array of energy saving solutions, including low-cost and no-cost measures, to common energy concerns. Homeowners will learn how their house works as a system, and how to save money and energy by taking advantage of home energy efficiency programs and incentives. If you would like to host a workshop in your town, please contact Tomasin Whitaker at 413-586-7350 ext. 225.
  • 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

Meekins Library Fall Foliage Book Sale (10/11-12, 2009)

Meekins Library Fall Foliage Book Sale happens on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday – 10/1 0

Goshen Fall Festival (10/11/09)

Goshen Fall Festival happens on Sunday.

Sunday – 10/11

Monday – 10/12

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    New Moms: Beginning the Mother Journey – FREE
    Repeats every week every Tuesday until Fri Jan 01 2010 at Cradle in Thornes Market (Northampton, MA)
    Tue, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

    In addition to all the newborn basics, Cradle’s MotherJourney groups delve into some the deeper changes that often come with motherhood. The warm space and gentle, knowledgeable facilitator of this group offers opportunities to process your birth (or adoption) experience in a safe space, find peace and acceptance of your post-birth body, discuss the challenges that a new baby has on your relationship with your husband/partner, and explore your new relationship to the community as a mother.



    Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA

    In The Art Studio
    Undersea Stories
    October 14 – December 1, 2009
    Inspired by the sea creatures from Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse and A House for Hermit Crab, experiment with plot and puppet making



    Thursday Oct 15th @ 4pm – Noho Pride Fundraiser
    Location: Florence Civic Center
    LAURA DOHERTY with special intermission fun by “The Dancing Monkeys”
    Laura Doherty is a Chicago-based children’s musician and award-winning producer with an ear for a catchy melody. The Dancing Monkeys is Heidi Haas’ children’s improv group.

    Tickets available at the Cup and Top Cafe.
    Advance- $5 ea. or Family $15
    At the door- $7 ea. or Family $21
    No charge for infants
    (Cash or Checks only please)
    *All proceeds to benefit Noho Pride, Inc.*



    Thursday, Oct. 15th in Amherst, MA

    The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a three-day celebration of the poets, poetry, and literary heritage of a state whose contribution to American poetry is unsurpassed in the nation, will have its premiere western Massachusetts launch in Amherst on October 15th at the Amherst Cinema at 7 PM.
    Presented as part of the Going Public Contemporary Lit Series, the Amherst event features readings by award-winning poets James Tate, Ellen Doré Watson & James Haug. Simultaneous readings around the Commonwealth on October 15 will ring in two days of literary festivities in Lowell on October 16 & 17.
    Amherst’s own James Tate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and William Carlos Williams Award, and author of over twenty books of poetry and prose; Ellen Doré Watson, author of three collections of poetry; and James Haug whose third book, LEGEND OF THE RECENT PAST, is recently out, will read from new and selected work.
    The state-wide festival will include readings by renowned and emerging poets, teacher workshops, performance poetry, films & music, programs for children and young writers, literary heritage tours, a small press fair, poetry in the streets, and much more. For more details about the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival visit

    Amherst Cinema Art Center
    28 Amity Street
    Amherst, MA 01002



    Thursday October 15th in Amherst, MA [FREE]

    Tree Medicine – Tree Magic Slide Show

    A slide show of trees that are found in our Valley and in North America, and
    a discussion of their medicinal uses, mythology and spiritual

    With local author and herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman, M.Ed. Ellen teaches a
    six month herbal intensive in Belchertown each year, November to April. She
    is the author of Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (Llewellyn,
    February 2008). The sequel called The Druid Isle will be out in April 2010.
    A Druid’s Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (Inner Traditions – Bear and
    Company, June 2008) is the long awaited sequel to A Druid’s Herbal for the
    Sacred Earth Year (Destiny Books, 1994). Other books include Being a Pagan:
    Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today (with Lawrence Bond, Destiny Books, 2001)
    and Walking the World in Wonder – A Children’s Herbal (Healing Arts Press,
    2000) Visit her online at:

    Thursday October 15 ~ 6 PM to 9 PM
    The Jones Library, Second Floor
    Free Admission
    Ellen Evert Hopman will be signing books after the talk
    43 Amity Street Amherst, MA (413) 259-3168



    Jazzin’ up the Streets: 3rd.Thursdays is October 15th!

    Baby, it might be cold outside, but you can warm up at downtown Pittsfield’s award-winning 3rd.Thursdays monthly street festival when it winds up it’s 3rd season of festivities on October 15 from 5pm to 8pm and beyond. The theme is “Jazzing Up The Streets” to celebrate the 5th year of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival which runs from October 7-18. Due to a forecast of chilly weather, many of the performers will be moving indoors for a more enjoyable experience for all. Enjoy live music, dance, art and fine craft, great food & shopping, fun contests and even politics at the final 3rd.Thursdays of the year.



    Trick-or-Treating, a Haunted House & more for kids in Pittsfield.
    In the spirit of Halloween, the downtown merchants are hosting Trick-or-Treating for costumed kids of all ages that will run from 4 to 6pm. There will also be pumpkin painting at the corner of North and Maplewood during the trick-or-treat event. The downtown YMCA will be hosting a haunted house from 4 until 7:30pm that is sure to be frightening and full of fun. The cost is only $2 for children and $5 for adults.


    Broad Brook Coalition presents: Discovering the Eastern Forest with Bob Leverett
    Friday, October 16, 3;30-5:30
    Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
    N. Farms Rd.

    Bob will be presenting the beauty of Autumn’s Trees at FLCA on Friday afternoon. The development of the forest, its successional past, identification of non-charismatic species, and the age of the forest thru physical characteristics will all be discussed.

    Bob is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Eastern Native Tree Society and co-founder and President of the Friends of the Mohawk Trail State Forest. He is the author of the Sierra Club Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast.

    A helpful web site to prepare for this walk is:

    Further info: Bruce Hart 584-4176 or e-mail



    Oct 16 in Turners Falls, MA

    Arena Civic Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls on Oct 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00 PM, with matinees at 2:00 PM on October 18 and 25. Tickets are $13 general admission, $11 senior citizens, and $8 for children under 12. They can be purchased at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, The Jones Library in Amherst, or at the door. Reservations can be made by calling the Shea at (413) 863-2281, ext. 3.



    5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Take a haunted train ride at Look Park. The event features a night ride through the spookily decorated Look Park train tracks. Throughout the ride riders are spooked by ghouls and goblins amidst the trees and creatures chasing the train as it goes by. Witches greet the young riders with treat bags filled with goodies! Not recommended for children under 4. Florence, MA



    6pm-10pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Village at the Holy Cross Campgrounds. Participants will walk thru a path lit with over 500 carved pumpkins to each of the individually themed cabins decorated in a variety of scary Halloween themes. There will be a preschool activity cabin staffed with volunteers to leave your little ones that may be too frightened by the main tour. Fundraiser for Goshen Rec. 413-268-0101 Goshen, MA



    Time: October 17, 2009 from 4pm to 7pm
    Location: Pleasant Space
    Organized By: Jonathan Bechard via Commonwealth Center for Change

    Event Description:
    $5 Workshop & Concert 4 to 7pm

    Everything from political rally flyers to church choirs, the power of the press gets your message across. The skill of printmaking can be used to relay a whole spectrum of issues and emotions because it is relatively simple, low-tech, and inexpensive in its basic form using blocks, rollers, and stencils, which we will demonstrate, alongside some pretty amazing original works from posters to prints to T-shirts all centered on the theme of music.

    Block printing and stencil making from 4 to 6
    Performance from 5 to 7pm

    Opel is a band from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with a sound that is “reminiscent of 60’s psychodelic rock with a touch of R&B flavor:” guitar, bass, saxophone, drums, and harmonica.

    Space for this event is made available to the community by McCarthy Properties, Inc. through storefrontART, the residency and exhibition program of Commonwealth Center for Change. To learn about using this and other C3 spaces visit:



    Friday, October 16th in Harvard, MA (>$)

    Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts is planning a visit to the Fruitlands Museum ( and programs for ages 8-18 on Friday, October 16th, 2009. The museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Rd. in Harvard, MA. (Meet at 9:45 am in the Reception Center.)

    Discover our heritage at three renowned galleries of Native American, Shaker and American Art, and an original site of the Transcendentalist Movement. Stroll nature trails and enjoy Fruitlands Museum’s spectacular views of the breathtaking central Massachusetts landscape.

    The 3.5-hour program includes museum tours, activities, admission, and a lunch break. BYO lunch. Choose from one of the following:

    For Ages 8-13: Changes in the Land, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, (MEET AT 9:45 am in the Reception Center)
    Understanding history through archaeology and exploration. This program will focus on comparing and contrasting the ways in which the Native people and the colonists used and changed the landscape. Program includes a mock archaeological “dig” during which students will discover artifacts from Native people and colonists.

    For Ages 13-18: Shakers & Transcendentalists – Comparing and Contrasting Two Utopian Communities, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, (MEET AT 9:45 am in the Reception Center)
    This program will compare and contrast the ways of life of the Shakers and the Transcendentalists. Students will learn about the primary sources that teach us about these two communities and then participate in an activity in which they will use what they have learned.

    Cost: >$, Please pay fee for each person visiting the museum that day.

    Lunch: BYO lunch for lunch break.

    If you want to go: Mail a check made out to Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Please include:
    – the number of children and adults
    – ages of children
    – which program for each person or no program
    – your address
    – email or phone number

    Those with email will receive confirmation about a week before the visit.

    Space is limited; checks must be postmarked by September 18th. No refunds after September 18th. Email for more information or call 781-648-5579.

    The museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Rd. in Harvard, MA. Information and directions at

    Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts
    PO Box 1307
    Arlington, MA 02474

    AHEM is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.



    Hi Hilltowners!
    It’s that time again for Marla BB’s BLUES/JAZZ JAM at the BLUE HOUSE CAFE!
    Friday, October 16th, 6:30-8:30pm in Haydenville, 147 Main Street
    (across from defunct Sunoco)
    Bring an instrument or bring a friend.
    Family friendly, Eat veggie, Coffee, Tea, BYOB…

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