Suggested Events 03/13/10-03/19/10

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.


FEATURED EVENT: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. Now through March 21st, 2010. Hours are 10am-4pm with special Friday hours (6-8pm) this Friday (3/12) and next (3/19). Photo credit: Norm Walsh.

Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending


6:30pm-8:30pm – MUSIC: Chris Jenkins will be performing at the Blue House Cafe in Haydenville, MA.

8pm – DINNER THEATRE: Dinner and show w ith “Parallel Lives” at Elmer’s General Store & Restaurant. 628-4003 Ashfield, MA ($$)


Marie Westburg of Williamsburg, MA writes: Transition Town Information Meeting in Williamsburg! Sunday, March 21st at The Williamsburg Grange (Route 9 in the center of Williamsburg) from 3-5pm with a community potluck from 5-7pm. Please come learn about this grassroots movement which originated in the UK and is rapidly spreading in the US snd around the world. This movement is about building resiliency in communities in these times of economic turmoil, global environmental changes and the peak oil crisis! For questions, information or to RSVP about childcare for this event, please email Marie Westburg at

FAMILY CONCERT FUNDRAISER: Nationally acclaimed family music artists Debbie & Friends will perform at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst on Saturday, March 20th at 1 pm. Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs. This interactive “variety show” includes rock, pop, country, reggae and Broadway-esque tunes. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $6 (cash only), and museum admission is free that day.


Sangha Farm in Ashfield, MASPONSORSHIP, 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.

Laura Porter of Haydenville, MA writes: Tony Vacca is having a drumming fundraising event for the Senegal-America project at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA on Saturday April 3rd at 8pm. For more info click HERE.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jessica Morris of Northampton, MA and Lyza Fennell of Southampton, MA. Both of these families have won a family 4-pack of tickets to see Gustafer Yellowgold at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA this coming Sunday at 2pm. Thank you to everyone for participating in our giveaway. Tickets are still available to see Gustafer Yellowgold at the Northampton Box office, online at, or by calling 413-586-8686.

GREEN ENERGY WORKSHOPS PLANNED FOR EDUCATORS AND YOUTH GROUP LEADERS: A workshop to prepare educators and community youth group leaders to teach and empower youth about renewable energy and to reward them for becoming agents of positive change is planned for April 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield. The Center for Ecological Technology (CET) is hosting the workshop, which will be presented by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).  More info HERE.

HELP WANTED:  Full-time, Temporary Day Camp Director in Lenox, MA. Direct nature day camp. Must work well with children, adults. Day camp experience, degree in environmental sciences/related field required. Duties: Curriculum development, staff hiring and training, oversight of re-accreditation process. For more information, email

GREEN DAY IN LENOX: The Lenox office of Legacy Banks (25 Main Street) will celebrate Green Day on St. Patrick’s Day, Wed. March 17 from 9am-4pm . Members of the community are invited to bring in old ink cartridges and cell phones, which Legacy Banks will collect and dispose of in an environmentally safe manner. The Center for Ecological Technology in Pittsfield has volunteered to dispose of the ink cartridges, and Legacy Banks will donate the cell phones to organizations that assist those in need. Additionally, Legacy Banks invites the public to bring in any documents they would like to have shredded so that unneeded personal information may be destroyed and the paper may be properly recycled. For more information call 800-292-6634.

MASSSAVE: MassSAVE, the utility-funded no-cost home energy audit program, has just added FREE air sealing to their services. More info HERE.


An encore of our Folk Series: The Fox & Frog Episode will air this Saturday from 9-10am. Click here to see our playlist, video and extended podcast. . Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • 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!
  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.


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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 03/13/10

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at

    7am – NATURE SCIENCE: Search for signs of spring with the Hoffmann Bird Club.  Meet at the Berkshire Museum. 443-9456 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    All Day – FILM FEST: Farm Film Fest in Williamstown, MA (>$)

    9:30 – 11:30am – FAMILY FARM DAY: Join Red Gate Farm to learn about maple sugaring. Learn to identify a Sugar Maple in winter, how to tap trees, and how the thin sap is made into thick, sweet syrup. Prepare yourself for a sweet treat! Ages 2 – 8, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies and older children welcome. Space is limited, Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 Buckland, MA (>$)

    9:30am-3:30pm – PERFORMANCE: Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Child-friendly.  Come and go as you please. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    9am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Shearing Day at Winterberry Farm. Leverett, MA

    10am-4pm – BULB SHOW: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. 585-2781 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Bird Banding Demo at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Here’s a chance to observe hand-held birds. Join us as we demonstrate the proper use of mist nets and band the birds that are captured. You will learn what valuable information can be obtained by this fieldwork. Participants will help gather data and release the birds unharmed. Free with regular sanctuary admission. Participants are free to come and go during the program. Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Organized hike to the Sanderson Brook Falls (about 4 miles). 564-0895 Chester, MA (FREE)

    10:15am – 1pm – IRISH MUSIC WORKSHOP/JAM: Workshop to learn to play the Tin Whistle at the Community Music School of Springfield. Open to all ages. A limited number of tin whistles will be available for purchase, or bring your own instrument to jam with the musicians in this fun-filled, toe-tapping program.  Followed by an Irish Jam Session with Ellen Redman and the BlackSheep Band from 11:30am-1pm. 732-8428 Springfield, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – HOW IT’S MADE: Take the kids on a field trip to how one local business, snackTAXI, manufactures their product during an open work-shop.  A great opportunity to see how a hilltown “mamapreneur” creates her eco-friendly products and conducts a locally based business. 634-0253 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-1:30pm – FATHER WORKSHOP: Join David Ettleman for a free monthly meeting for dads and dads-to-be. Upstairs in Thornes Market at Cradle. 341-5282 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time at the Berkshire Museum. Gather in the Museum aquarium to watch as staff feed lizards, turtles, snakes, fish, and other animals. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: In conjunction with their current exhibit, the Berkshire Museum rolls out the Battle Ready! cart for an interactive demonstration of replica weaponry from the common sling to the deadly crossbow. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (Free w/museum admission)

    1pm – ART FESTIVAL: Syrup: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall. 625-6569 Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

    1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Bat Buzz: The Latest News on White-Nose Syndrome of Bats at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171, ext. 17 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – CLOTHING SWAP: Community clothing swap to benefit the Prison Birth Project takes place at the Northampton Friends Meeting Center. 863-9197. Northampton, MA (Fundraiser)

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Iron Horse for a family matinee performance. 586-8686 Northampton, MA ($$)

    3pm – CONCERT: Organist and Hilltowner Matthew Phinney will perform works by Bach, Vierne and Mendelssohn at the Haydenville Congregational Church to raise funds to restore the exterior of this historic church. Haydenville, MA (Fundraiser)

    3pm – BABIES & BUTTERFLIES: Join other local parents at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory for a casual meeting of families with young kids. Greenfield, MA ($)

    3-5pm – MAPLE: Maple Day at Sheep Hill. Demonstrations, sampling, seasonal crafts, showshoeing, sledding, fire, tea, much more. 458-2494 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – MAPLE & ART POTLUCK: Hilltown artist Leni Fried will have her show “Trees of New England” on exhibit at The Old Creamery from 3/3-3/31.  A potluck to celebrate all things Maple will be this evening.  Bring maple syrup samples to share.  Learn about the Asian Longhorned Beetle too. www.lenifriedprintmakingcom Cummington, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    7pm – MUSIC: The Fryolators will perform at the Wahconah Country Club as a fundraiser to benefit youth activities in Dalton. 684-3579 Dalton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    8-11pm – SQUARE DANCE: Community Square Dance at the Goshen Town Hall with the Falltown String Band & caller Bill Wiles. Goshen, MA (>$)

    Turn the clocks ahead before bed!

    Sunday – 03/14/10

    • Daylight Savings

    Morning – BREAKFAST: Check out one of our local sugar shacks for an authentic New England sugar shack breakfast with fresh maple syrup.

    10am-4pm – BULB SHOW: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. 585-2781 Northampton, MA (>$)

    11-3pm – MAPLE: Maple Harvest at Storrowton Village.  A celebration of the best part of a pancake/waffle breakfast. Step back in time and learn about the history and folklore of maple sugar making in New England. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA

    10am-4pm – HOW IT’S MADE: Take the kids on a field trip to how one local business, snackTAXI, manufactures their product during an open work-shop.  A great opportunity to see how a hilltown “mamapreneur” creates her eco-friendly products and conducts a locally based business. 634-0253 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

    After Noon – FILM FEST: Farm Film Fest in Williamstown, MA (>$)

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Gustafer Yellowgold at the Iron Horse. Click here for more info and video. Northampton, MA ($$)

    3pm – KNITTING – Yarn Spinners meet at the Meekins Library for a knitting circle.  Open to all.  Come knit a scarf on a wet and rainy day. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    3-4:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Animal Tracking Slide Show at Elmer’s with Earthwork.  522-0338 Ashfield, MA (Donation)

    7:3o-8:30pm – SONG CIRCLE: Jewish Women’s Song Circle. Lead by Felicia Sloin. 737-2601 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    Photo Credit: ccl Norm Walsh

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    1. Monday, March 15th in Conway, MA

      9:15-10:15am – Morning Yoga with Toddlers at the Town Hall with Lisa Schmitt


      Monday, March 15th in Northampton, MA

      6pm – VALLEY TIME TRADE: Orientation at Valley Time Trade in Northampton.
      7pm – TRANSITION TOWN MEETING: At First Churches in Northampton, MA. (enter through the Center Street entrance)


      Tuesday, March 16th in Northampton, MA (FREE FOR KIDS)
      from 10:30 – 11:15 AM
      Young Peoples Performing Arts: Brendan Taaffe

      The Center’s 2010 Young People’s Performing Arts (YPPA) series continues on Tuesday, March 16, with a visit from singer/storyteller Brendan Taaffe. An engaging performer who takes children on a journey through his stories and songs from around the world, Brendan works with children at schools, libraries, summer camps and family dances to bring joy and wonder to life. Child-friendly.
      Tickets: Free for children/$5 suggested donation for adults
      Northampton Center for the Arts


      Wednesday, March 17th in Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

      Meekins Library (Route 9)
      10:30 am – Preschool Storytime with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong


      Wednesday, March 17th in Springfield, MA

      “St. Patricks Day” celebration at the Liberty Central Library Community Room in Springfield, MA for homeschoolers from Noon-2pm. For more info email Jessica Ares at, or call 413 222 1696 for more information.


      Wednesday, March 17th in Hancock, MA

      ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT JIMINY PEAK MOUNTAIN RESORT – St. Patrick’s Day e-coupon on March 17th. Green snow on parts of the mountain along with green beer and other special events. Click here to sign up for your e-coupons. 413 738-5500 Hancock, MA


      Wednesday, March 17th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Jewish Family Jam from 10:30-11:15 a.m.

      Jewish Jam is for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Appropriate for ages 0-3. Together we will sing, drum and dance our way through the Jewish cycles and explore musical play and rituals that your family can enjoy together.

      Leader: Felicia Sloin
      Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA


      Wednesday, March 17th in Hadley, MA (FREE)

      Support Group for Kinship Caregivers

      Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling who is raising your relative’s children? If so, you are a Kinship Care provider! A free ten-session educational and support group for Kinship Caregivers who are parenting at least one child age six or under, will begin January 27th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Berkshire Children and Families 220 Russell St. Suite 200, Hadley, MA. A meal and child care will be provided. For more information call Katarina Noyes at 413-584-5690 ext.140.


      Thursday, March 18th in Hadley, MA (FREE)

      Adoptive Parents Support Group in Hadley

      Adoption Journeys currently has openings in our monthly support group for adoptive parents. This group is FREE, and facilitate by professional staff from Adoption Journeys. We welcome all adoptive families, with children of any age, looking for connection and support. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm in Hadley.

      Please contact Adoption Journeys for information on participating:
      413-320-4680 or

      Free for anyone who qualifies for Adoption Journeys services – that would mean all families formed through adoption or permanent guardianship


      Thursday, March 18th in Goshen, MA

      The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 pm in the Goshen Town Hall, located on Route 9 in the center of town. Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public, with advance RSVP’s requested. The theme of the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting is: “Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times.”


      Friday, March 19th in Huntington, MA (FREE)

      Music with Young Children, Led by Carolyn Mazel, Movement Together teacher.

      Through a grant from the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, the Huntington Health Center is teaming up with the Gateway Family Center to offer a free series for parents and their young children (ages 0-5 years). The series will run at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Road in Huntington, MA) on Friday mornings, 10:30 to noon, from March 12th to May 14th, 2010. Families are welcome to come for as many sessions as they’d like. Scheduled topics include Music with Your Child, Stress Reduction, Chat with a Pediatrician, and Budgeting for Families. Assistance with transportation is available. To register, call Lee at the Worthington Health Center, 238-5511 x155, for more information.


      Friday, March 19th in Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

      At the Berkshire Museum
      10 & 11 a.m.
      Aquarium Adventures
      Each week children can get up close and personal with different animals from our aquarium and watch them eat. Story time is included; recommended for ages 2 – 4. Free with Museum admission.


      Friday, March 19th in South Hadley, MA

      Annual Ziti Supper at the S. Hadley Family Center from 4:30-6:30pm
      at the Mosier Elementary Cafeteria, South Hadley, MA
      A fun night filled with Pasta, Quilt Raffles, Silent Auction Items (including Red Sox tickets & Disney Park Hopper Passes), a Cake Walk, 50/50 Raffle – and Great Musical Entertainment! Visit to preview the evening’s entertainment!
      Dinner Served: 4:30pm till… the pasta is gone! $5 for adults and kids (age 13 and up)
      Cake Walk: 4:30pm till… the cakes are gone! $3 for kids (up to age 12)
      Concert: 5:45-6:30pm $15 max per family
      Raffles & Silent Auction Drawn: 6:30pm This is an important fundraiser for the South Hadley Family Center and all proceeds benefit activities for young children in our local community.


      Friday, March 19th in West Cummington, MA

      Soup, Salad, and Song
      Dinner at 7pm, music at 8pm
      A Friday night event, featuring a light meal of soup, salad, bread, and cookies followed by a house concert by Josh Wachtel (of Radio Free Earth fame) and friends. All for just $20!
      We can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday evening than with a bowl of hot soup and a spot by the woodstove while Josh fills the room with song. Learn more about Josh here:
      Remington Lodge, 21 West Main Street, Cummington, MA 01026, 413-634-5493


      Friday, March 19th in Amherst, MA

      7:30pm – THEATER: Peter Pan will be performed by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School at the Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst Campus. 545-2511 Amherst, MA ($)


      Friday, March 19th in Pittsfield, MA

      Friday: Pittsfield Youth Commission Talent Show!
      Friday night don’t miss poplockers, ventriloquists, rock bands, and dancers, all in middle or high school at the Pittsfield Youth Commission 3rd annual Talent Show at Barrington Stage! Chosen from auditions, the performers will be competing for three great prize bags, including tickets to the Beacon Cinema and the Colonial Theatre, and a chance to perform at the first 3rd.Thursdays of 2010! There will also be a special appearance by Andres Ramirez and his Fresh Trix Crew, the winners of the last Youth Talent Show, and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership will honor five local teens with SAY IT Proud Awards.
      Friday, March 19 | 7pm | Barrington Stage Company | 30 Union St | 499-9348 | $5/$3 Students

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