Suggested Events 11/07/09-11/13/09


Smith Chrysanthemum Show, 2008

10am-4pm - BOTANICAL SHOW: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College 11/7 through 11/22 in Northampton, 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.


Franklin County CiderDays happens all weekend throughout Franklin Co., along with free family museum days at Smith College Museum on Saturday, and The Clark museum on Sunday. There will be stargazing in the hilltowns Saturday night, and a free circus arts workshop at UMass on Sunday.  And many more great events.  All details below.


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    • The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of CT in Windsor Locks, CT is offering the 2-hour class, “Let’s Build a Crystal Radio.” What better way to experience the early days of radio than by building a crystal set? It’s a fun way for youngsters to make something with their hands, learn how radio works, and experience the mechanics of construction. No batteries or electricity required. Everyone comes away with a working radio. It’s a great way for parents and children to work together on a project too! Get a group together and call to schedule a class. More info here.
    • 2nd Annual Geography Expo is happening on Wednesday November 18th from 6-8PM in the Gym at the Old Plain School (now the Town Offices) in Stockbridge, MA. More info here.
    • Arena Civic Theatre will hold auditions for its April/May production of To Kill a Mockingbird to be performed at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Auditions are:
      Sunday November 15 at Jones Library, Amherst, Ma. 6:30-8:30 (enter by rear garden door).
      Wednesday November 18 at the Shea Theater, Turners Falls, Ma. 7:00-9:00 pm and
      Thursday November 19, at the Jones Library, Amherst, Ma 7-00-9:00pm
      Roles for 1 girl age 9-12, 2 boys age 9-14, adult men and women all ages and roles for African American actors and actresses and gospel singers. For more information call director Sondra Radosh 413-549-1511 or email
    • Amber from Kids Craft Weekly is organizing another holiday card swap. Now in it’s fourth year, the swap involves sending handmade cards to ten specific addresses, and receiving ten cards in return from families all over the world. For all of the information, and to sign up, please visit the Card Swap FAQ and read through the info before signing up. Sign-ups for the swap close at 9am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on November 18, 2009.
    • The National Honor Society of Gateway High School will again join forces with Hilltown Social Services to help families in the seven towns of Gateway Regional School District with holiday gifts for children, newborn through age twelve. The honor society and Hilltown Social Services has collaborated on this community service project since the mid nineties. Local residents, churches and organizations have also helped with providing gifts to area children through this project. Families from Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, and Worthington may come in to complete their wish lists for this holiday help at Hilltown Social Services, 9 Russell Road, Huntington. The sign up period starts on Monday, November 2 and closes on Monday, November 23. The wish lists are assigned a number in order to keep all names confidential. Members of the national honor society raise funds and shop for the gifts. The gifts are then organized by the students and delivered to Hilltown Social Services for distribution on Thursday, December 17, 1 – 4 PM. Anyone interested in making donations for this holiday project should call Diane Meehan at Hilltown Social Services at 413-667-2203.
    • The Northampton Arts Council is excited to present YouthFilm, the fourth annual showcase of cinematic talent from local children and teenagers. The deadline is January 6, 2010. Kicking off our program at the Academy of Music Theatre on February 15th with the eleventh annual international children’s film festival KidsBestFest, the week will culminate with a return to the Pioneer Valley area to look at the films and animations created by our up and coming local superstars. YouthFilm will give them the opportunity to display their talents on the big screen at the beautiful Academy of Music Theatre. More info here.
    • CCRVI seeking Shelburne Falls home owners for Perennial Food Garden Design Project (Shelburne Falls, MA) More info here.
    • Chris Matera write: “Biomass Fuel Plants would require cutting 100,000 Acres of Massachusetts forests every year. In 16 years, 3152 square miles of Massachusetts forests would be logged.” Read more here.
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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – 11/07

    • 11am – LUNCH: Fancy Nancy Luncheon at Chandler’s. 665-1277 South Deerfield, MA.
    • 7pm – CONCERT: HIGH SCHOOL: Students from Northampton H.S., Amherst Regional H.S. and UMass will be part of an “A Cappella” benefit concert: Local Vocal Chord Bowl #3 in the auditorium at Northampton H.S. 336-4859 Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    SUNDAY – 11/08

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    1. Register for the Bill Koch Youth Ski League

      Notchview Reservation, Windsor, MA

      This cross-country ski program introduces young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing. Have a winter of fun with relays, games on skis, and age- appropriate races to develop cross-country ski skills for ages 5 to 13. Parents and children participate in league activities. Visit or call 413-532-1631 x13 for more information.




      From: greg ruth
      Hello again everyone-
      Sorry for the double tap this week on the mass mailings, but I wanted to let everyone know about the opening of a show of work put towards my children’s picture book from Harper Collins, Our Enduring Spirit this weekend here in our fair town of Cummington. The show will run through the month of November and will feature eight framed full color works from the book. At the opening this saturday, we’ll have a bunch of first edition copies to pick up and have signed as well as some of the original drawings and sketches that went into creating the book. We’re also going to try to feature some time to bring the kids over from our local school, Berkshire Trail Elementary to show them what foes into the process of making a book from beginning to end. Should be a lot of fun, and if you’re in the area, we’d love to see you.
      The show is open all day for walk ins, and the opening will be
      Saturday November 7
      Cummington Community House
      37 Main Street
      Cummington, MA 01026-9781
      Feel free to email me with any questions you might have.


      ‘Tis the weekend for stitchers of all sorts to gather at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. We will be there from 3-6pm or so and have tea brewing. We will also have some books to preview and decide which should be in the Meekins collection……
      Hope to see any or all of you there.

      Tom Knight Puppet Show Fundraiser to benefit Sunnyside Childcare Center financial aid.
      10:30 AM
      Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton
      $15 per family

      The newly formed Perennial Food Growing Group will be meeting at 6:30p.m. at Warner Farm in Cummington, MA .


      Free Workshop for Renters: Home Energy Saving Workshop
      Tuesday, November 10th, 7pm
      Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270 Main St. or call 773-7004.

      TUESDAY NOV. 10TH @ 4:00 pm
      TOM KNIGHT (free)
      Come listen to this wonderful local singer/songwriter perform his collection of original songs for kids. This time without puppets.
      View a video of Tom’s last performance at the cafe (with puppets) here:
      Cup and Top Cafe 1 North Main Street, Suite 2 PO Box 60628 Florence, MA 01062 413-585-0445


      Wednesday NOV. 11th @ 4pm
      Marcy Gregoire – Tunes to be Thankful For (FREE)
      Come enjoy Marcy’s music, and let your kids play various instruments and take the stage with Marcy.
      Cup and Top Cafe 1 North Main Street, Suite 2 PO Box 60628 Florence, MA 01062 413-585-0445
      Canceled due to illness


      Local film maker and Northampton native, Nell Marantz returns to Northampton for the Valley premiere of her documentary film about the relationship of Food Choices to Personal Health and Environmental Sustainability. The film, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE. premieres Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30pm at the Academy of Music. All ticket sales proceeds will go to the Northampton Public Schools GREEN Teams and school gardening projects. Associate Producer Nell Marantz will introduce the movie and take questions after its conclusion.

      What’s On Your Plate? is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food
      politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-
      American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah
      talk to food activists, farmers, and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding
      the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, and how many miles it travels
      from farm to fork. Sadie and Safiyah visit supermarkets, fast food chains, and school
      lunchrooms. But they also check out innovative sustainable food system practices by
      going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture (CSA)
      programs. They discover that these options have a number of positive effects: they
      are good for the environment, help struggling farmers survive, and provide
      affordable, locally grown food to communities, especially lower-income urban

      Contact Jackson Street School Principal Gwen Agna for more information or 413-587-1510. Tickets are available at public school offices and at the box office at The Academy of Music. $3/ticket or $5 per family.

      To view the promotional trailer for this film, go to



      Second Friday at Smith College Museum of Art

      Date: Friday, November 13, 4-8pm
      Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
      Address: Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
      City, ST: Northampton, MA

      4-6 PM Second Friday Fun! Create your own Japanese-style mini folding screen (ages 4+ with adult). Also, Student Picks: Kerri-Jean Newsham ‘AC exhibits her favorite works on paper in the Cunningham Center. 6 PM Artist on Art: Gallery talk by Katsumata Cheiko on her artwork on view in Touch Fire.




      From 10 am & 8pm
      Great Barrington, MA
      The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats perform their trademark acrobatics, balancing feats, marital arts displays, and more. A show for all ages, the grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of dedicated training and discipline, but their art has been formed by centuries of tradition. The morning performance will be a special field trip presentation for local school students; the evening performance is open to the general public.

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