Suggested Events 10/17/09 – 10/23/09


Holy Cross Haunted Halloween Village in Goshen, MA

Haunted Village in the Hilltowns happens this Friday & Saturday nights. More info below.

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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.


  • UNCLE ROCK AND THE PLAYTHINGS: Uncle Rock is returning to Western Massachusetts! Uncle Rock has played to an intimate crowd at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, and to a rockin’ full house at the Civic Center in Florence, but back then he was flying solo. Now he’s bringing in his band, The Playthings … and they rock! Come out to hear him play with his band on Sunday (10/18/09) at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. Concert begins at 2pm. Doors open at 1:30pm. Ticket info here.
  • WESTHAMPTON FALL FESTIVAL: Support the Westhampton Town Library Project! Come to their annual fall festival on Sunday (10/18/09) for some New England harvest fun! More info here.


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This weeks episode of the HFVS is an encore of the Harvest Moon episode 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. We’re working on having our Halloween Podcast up this coming week!

Families have three ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  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.


 Win Tickets to see Dan Zanes and Friends

Deadline to enter to win: October 19th, 2009

  • Brigid Gillette of Washington, D.C. writes: My family is considering a move North. We currently reside in Maryland, originally from NY. I am fascinated by the progressive movement up there and love it. We currently own a deli in Chevy Chase, DC which is right next to Chevy Chase, MD. I like what I read on the Hilltown Families website. I would like to get some information on the quality of life; the school system; why so many homeschoolers; are there lacrosse teams my son can join; my daughter is very artistic … My husband and I would finally like a laid back life though we would still like to own a deli somewhere is the area. Can the area sustain a deli or could we buy an existing one? Do folks in the Hilltowns buy food in deli’s on a consistent basis? If anyone could give me some great info, help, guidance I would greatly appreciate it. Post your comments here.
  • HELP WITH SUGGESTED EVENTS: We’re putting together a list of RAG SHAG PARADES happening during Halloween. Can readers help out by emailing when their town is hosting a parade? Towns that had them in the past: Haydenville, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Worthington, Greenfield, Westhampton, Plainfield… Can anyone confirm dates & times? Our current list is here. And, if you know of any other Halloween or Day of the Dead events happening in the area, please post on our Suggest an Event page. Thanks to everyone so far responded with their town event!
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Deadline to enter to win: October 21st, 2009

  • FREE FINANCIAL WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES IN THE HILLTOWNS: Learn how to manage your family finances at a free workshop offered by the Hilltown CDC: “Money Management for YOU.” Click here for more info.
  • HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection for area hilltowns is on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 from 9am-12Noon at the RH Conwell School in Worthington, MA. Pre-register to dispose of your families hazardous waste. More info here.
  • HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: The Kitchen-Lipski family of Plainfield, MA has a heap of costumes and accessories they’re looking to unload on potential Halloween fans. They has twin boys and they love to dress up and have loads of costumes left over from previous Halloweens. They have all sorts of stuff, so don’t assume she just has gender specific items. Give her a call at 634-2124 to see what she has. She’s willing to lend, give, barter or sell. Whatever feels fair and doable to others interested or in need of Halloween costumes.
  • 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, 10/17

Learn how to make Mexican Sugar Skulls

DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

Sunday – 10/185K For Farmland (October 18th, 2009)

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    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


    Monday October 19th in Northampton, MA

    Understanding Real Food: What to Eat and Why
    Forbes Library
    Monday October 19, 2009
    7:00 PM

    Join Craig Fear, NTP, certified Nutritional Therapist for an in depth
    discussion examining the dangers of modern foods and their connection to
    our escalating rates of chronic disease. We have changed our diets more
    in the past 50 years than the past ten thousand! Using the diets of
    traditional cultures as a model for what to eat and why, Craig will help
    you sort through the bewildering maze of conflicting modern day dietary
    information. Learn why the USDA food pyramid is causing unintended yet
    harmful health epidemics and how to make healthier, more sustainable
    food choices for you and your family.

    Craig Fear, NTP is a certified Nutritional Therapist and owner of
    Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy. The foundation of his practice is to
    educate people about the importance of choosing foods that are raised
    locally and sustainably and to help them transition to a whole foods
    diet. Craig believes that food, as Nature intended, is a form of
    medicine that can heal, prevent, nurture and support good health. He
    works with clients on an individual basis and specializes in weight
    loss, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders and detoxification. For more
    information please visit his website at

    Location: Community Room



    Monday, October 19th in Huntington, MA

    OCTOBER CAREER CHAT FEATURES CULINARY CAREERS: John Slatterly, Chef and owner of Four Main Street in Huntington will speak with students at Gateway Regional High School on October 19th about the job of a chef, how to become a chef, and how to make contacts in the culinary field. Guest speakers will be featured each month by the Gateway Guidance office, which is arranging speakers on careers that Gateway students have expressed interest in. Each will take place afterschool in the Career Center. Students must sign up by October 16 for the chat with John Slatterly.




    A presentation by Ralph Taylor, District Manager, Mass Wildlife Connecticut River Valley. Learn the natural history, population trends, and how best to live with moose

    Where: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton
    When: Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5.00 MAS member, $7 nonmember
    Please pre-register by calling 584-3009



    Tuesdays in Buckland, MA (Ages 0 – 4, with accompanying adult)

    Red Gate Farm

    Mornings on the Farm
    October 27 – November 17
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Come to the farm and see all of the seasonal changes that are taking place. Will the sheep be hunkered down in the barn, or will they be enjoying the foliage near their pasture? When will our youngest chickens lay their first eggs? How thick will the oxen’s winter coat become? What yummy treats await us in the fall garden? And how, exactly, do you put a garden to bed? Join us as we spend four fun filled mornings together exploring the answers to these questions, participate in fun, hands-on activities, and meet the animals!

    If you are an inquisitive youngster between the ages of 0 to 4 years old, grab your favorite adult and come on down to Red Gate Farm! The program runs every Tuesday morning through the fall. Sign up for either (or both) of our four week sessions this fall.

    Please call the Farm Office to register. Register for a four week session • $20/adult, $10/child, babies under 6 months are free

    Red Gate Farm Office (413) 625-9503



    Tuesday, Oct 20th through Dec 8th in Worthington (FREE)

    Worthington Health Center will be offering free infant massage classes at the Worthington Library. Open to all families with babies under 1yo. Free childcare for older kids. And transportation assistance is available. 413-238-5511 x155



    Tuesday, October 20th in Northampton, MA

    From 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Young Peoples Performing Arts: Tom Knight Puppets
    Northampton Center for the Arts

    Tom Knight and his Puppets come to the ballroom in our series especially designed for 2-5 year olds. On the third Tuesday of each month, we invite area preschools plus the general public to join us for 45 minutes of fun. The series is made possible by funding from the Xeric Foundation and the Pediatric Hospitalist Program of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Tickets: Children are free; $5 contribution from adults gratefully accepted.

    Northampton Center for the Arts
    phone: 413.584.7327


    ArtStar:: A Creative Arts Lounge is offering workshops for Williamsburgs and Chesterfield School’s scheduled half-days.
    3 hour workshops Oct.21st-23rd (12-3) for children 7 and up.
    Cost $30 Includes all materials and snacks.

    Oct. 21st- Art and Nature (create 2D & 3D art with materials from nature)
    Oct.22nd-Fabric & Fiber Arts (explore felting, embroidery and sewing)
    Oct. 23rd-Arts Exploratorium (drawing, painting, collage and art games!)

    see or call 413-896-3709 for more info.
    ArtStar is located in the center of Williamsburg, Ma.


    Thursday, October 22nd in Amherst, MA

    UMass Amherst
    Global Arts: Performances for Schools and Home School Families
    All performances start at 10AM and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted*
    Tickets: $6 student; $8 adult
    Please call 413-545-2116 for tickets and information

    Thursday, 10/22
    Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Cuban Jazz percussionist
    An eclectic mix of traditional, Latin and world rhythms
    All ages


    Thursday, October 22nd in Northampton (FREE)

    “Say YES to a Stronger Immune System”
    by Herbalist Carolyn Kelley
    Thursday, October 22
    6-8 pm at River Valley Market Co-Op in Northampton, MA
    Space is limited. Sign-up in advance at the Customer Service Desk or call 584-2665 to reserve your space.
    A strong immune system is of vital importance in today’s world. Conflicting information abounds in these trying times.
    It is time to take charge of our own health! Herbal remedies are the world’s oldest and most honored healing tradition. Tapping this deep knowledge, which is validated by modern research, is vitally important and empowering today. Join Herbalist and “Facilitator of the Journey” Carolyn Kelley as she shares her information about herbs and whole foods as well as essential oils and flower essences that can help us stay healthy, especially during the fall and winter months.



    Thursday, October 22nd in Huntington, MA

    Hilltown CDC presents an innovative workshop on October 22 — Employment Law for Small Businesses. Employers of any number of employees will benefit from this workshop. It will be especially useful for those thinking about hiring employees. The subject will be presented by Attorney Susan Fentin, partner at Skoler, Abbott, specialist in employment law, and Associate Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. The workshop will take place at Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road in Huntington.

    Subjects to be covered include: What are your legal obligations as an employer? Wage and hour issues; Massachusetts Independent Contractor law and Weekly Payment of Wages Act; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act and Equal Rights Act; Sexual Harassment statutes and Fair Employment Practices laws; workers’ compensation; verification of eligibility to work in the US; unemployment compensation; OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act). We will conclude with a brief discussion of what laws will apply to your business as you add employees.


    Thursday, October 22nd in Cummington, MA

    James Howard Kunstler
    “Surviving the Long Emergency”

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 @ 7PM
    at the Village Congregational Church, 32 Main Street, Cummington, MA
    $1-2 Donations gratefully accepted to cover speaker’s fees

    Jim Kunstler writes and speaks about the oncoming end of the age of cheap, plentiful fossil fuels and the ecological and cultural damage caused by the suburbanization of the US. Much more info is available at

    “If I hope for anything…, it is that the American public will wake up from its sleepwalk and act to defend the project of civilization. Even in the face of epochal discontinuity, there is a lot we can do to assure the refashioning of daily life around authentic local communities based on balanced local economies, purposeful activity, and a culture of ideas consistent with reality. It is imperative for citizens to be able to imagine a hopeful future, especially in times of maximum stress and change. I will spell out these strategies…” —JHK, The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change and other Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century

    There will be a potluck dinner at the Church starting at 6PM. Please bring a dish that highlights our local food. Jim is expected to attend.


    HALLOWEEN EVENT – Fri & Sat, Oct 23-24 in Amherst, MA


    Friday, October 23, 5-8:30 p.m.
    Saturday, October 24, 5-8:30 p.m.

    Every October the trails at the Hitchcock Center come alive with a cast of characters from different habitats. This year, you will meet animals that disguise themselves through camouflage and adaptive behavior. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy meeting our magical characters as you are guided along the pumpkin-lit trails of Larch Hill Conservation Area. Walks leave every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes. Inside the Center, there will be simple craft and games and an opportunity to visit with a fortune teller. Seasonal baked goods will also be on sale. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006. This is one of the most popular and fun events we hold all year and often sells out in advance. Reservations for a specific date and time are required. Call early to register by phone. Indoor activities close promptly at 8:30 p.m. so if you are registered for a later walk, please arrive with enough time to participate in the indoor activities before your walk.

    Member: $8 Non-member: $12
    No charge for children under two years of age

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Inc.
    525 South Pleasant Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    (413) 256-6006
    fax (413) 253-2809
    hcenter@crocker. com



    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.



    Smith College Performing Arts Faculty Chamber Music Concert
    Time: October 23, 2009 from 8pm to 10pm
    Location: Sweeny Concert Hall, Smith College
    Organized By: Smith College Performing Arts

    Event Description:
    Festive concert featuring works by Faure, Haydn, Alice Parker, Smith ’47, and Professor Emeritus Werner Josten (1885-1963).

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