Suggested Events 05/08/10-05/14/10
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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.
SUGGEST AN EVENT
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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.
Friday, May 7th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Cowboy Steak (bone-in ribeye) with roasted garlic mushrooms, chipotle and goat cheese mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus – or – Mediterranean couscous-stuffed eggplant with yogurt mint sauce and asparagus. BYOB 628-4003
Sunday Brunch, May 9th at Remington Lodge in Cummington: Fresh fruit plate, Freshly baked muffins and breads, Eggs Florentine with home fries, Chocolate-dipped strawberries, Juice, coffee, and tea and . . . spring posies for all the mothers!. BYOB RSVP 634-5493
HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong family-friendly celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the fourth annual Festival will feature 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, maypole, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. – (LISTEN TO PSA)
FAMILY CONCERT: Brady Rymer will be performing a Sunday matinee concert for families at the Iron Horse on Sunday, May 16th, 2010 at 2pm in Northampton, as part of the No Nap Happy Hour Series. More info here.
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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families? Find out how to be a sponsor! Inquiries can email email@example.com for details
Debra J’Anthony, Executive Director of the Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, MA writes: We continue to accept registration forms for our Summer Musical Theater Workshops for ages 7-14. Our first session, Encore, Glee Club, begins July 5th and is offered for children ages 11-14. The second session, First Act!, begins July 19th, running for two weeks for children ages 7-11. Call 584-9032 for more info.
MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family! Click here to find out how you can win a copy of his newest release!
RECYCLING BENEFIT: There will be an Electronic Recycling Collection May 15th, 2010 from 9-12 at Smith Vocational High School. The location is 80, Locust Street, Northampton, MA. The collection is open to the public- you do not need to be a Northampton resident. Recycling fees run between $2-$10 and benefit Northampton Public Schools. There is no charge to recycle printer cartridges or cell phones. Unable to accept refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or any appliances containing freon at this collection. Co-sponsored by the Northampton DPW, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and WRSI. Special thanks to Duseau Trucking.
FISHWAY: Each spring when the shadbush blooms, New Englanders have the opportunity to view an incredible natural phenomenon – the return of the American shad. The fishways on the Connecticut River help migrating fish over the dams and provide an opportunity to view these fish at underwater viewing windows. FirstLight Power Resources’ Turners Falls facility will open Saturday, May 15 and close Sunday, June 20. The migration season happens quickly, so plan your trip soon! For directions, hours of operations or to schedule a school program, please call (800) 859-2960 or Click here to download a fishway brochure which also contains information about Holyoke Gas and Electric’s Barrett Fishway.
CALL FOR KID CRAFTERS: Crafty kids up to 13yo are invited to participate in the Kids-Made Craft Bazaar from 1:30-3:30pm at the Hilltown Spring Festival on Saturday, May 15th. The Hilltown CDC’s goals are to allow children to participate directly in the Festival, to reward them for their creativity, and to give them some real-world experience showing and selling their work. The Kids-Made Crafts area will be highlighted in a central covered area on the fairground, and all crafts and art must be hand-made predominantly by children and is only $5 per table. For more information and registration, click here.
RECALL: Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare is implementing a voluntary recall of infant and children’s liquid products due to manufacturing deficiencies which may affect quality, purity or potency. Following McNeil’s recall announcement on Friday evening, the FDA is providing additional advice to consumers. More info here.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jennifer Page of Amherst, MA and Elizabeth Brooke-Willbanks of Easthampton, MA. Both families have won a pair of free tickets to see Dan Zanes performing with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G at First Churches in Northampton on Mother’s Day (May 9th).
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Amherst Survival Center. Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and clean up after meals; to help sort donations and drivers to pick up produce and baked goods for daily distribution. Call 549-3968, ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.
- Amherst, MA from 9-11am: Plant Sale and Swap at the NACF/Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant Street
- Huntington, MA: The Community Events Committee is sponsoring a Mothers’ Day plant sale at the transfer station and auction house (the former hardware store).
- Northampton, MA from 9am-1pm: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
- Florence, MA: Ryan Road School
- Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Botanical Gardens
- Williamsburg, MA from 8:30am-2pm: Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the town center (Route 9). 268-7307
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA
Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:
Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio. On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
SATURDAY – 5/8
6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Mother’s Day Episode! 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 www.valleyfreeradio.org.
9:30am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Grab the family and come dig up and learn now to eat Garlic Mustard: Learn how to properly identify, pull and dispose of garlic mustard plants. As an alternative and fun means of disposal, edible wild plant expert Blanche Derby will lead a demonstration and tasting of some easy recipes for garlic mustard that will take place afterwards on the beautiful grounds of the Bryant Homestead. 268-8219 Cummington, MA (FREE)
10-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Fascinating Frogs: Exploring Life Cycles with Rachel Roberts at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. A program about life cycles. Variety of hands-on science and art activities connected to life cycles with a focus on frogs, including a story time about the life of tree frogs and time to look at books about other frogs and life cycles. This class will reinforce participants’ understanding of animal behavior and the cycles of nature around us all year long. Ages 4 and older. 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)
10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Falconry Up Close at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Chris Davis, Master Falconer, provides the opportunity to observe up close the handling and free-flying of a trained hawk. Experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation. Appropriate for ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; please call 256-6006 www.hitchcockcenter.org Amherst, MA ($)
10am-12Noon – CRAFTS: Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement at the Whately Library. Drop in for an all ages craft project. Adults and children are welcome to make a spring wreath or arrangement for Mother’s Day. Fiona will guide you and all materials will be provided. Feel free to bring additional flowers, ribbons, or containers you would like to use. Funding for this program has been provided from the Friends of the Library. Whatley, MA (FREE)
10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The Art of Shelter with Earthwork Programs. Learn the skills to make your own shelter in the wilderness, using all natural materials. 522-0338 www.earthworkprograms.com Northampton, MA ($$)
10am-2:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Youth Fishing Derby. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Office (300 Westgate Center Drive) will hold a Free Youth Fishing Derby for children14yo and under. Participants will fish in a stocked pond. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and casting demonstrations. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories. Refreshments on sale by local Boy and Girl Scout Troops. Hadley, MA (FREE)
10:30am-12Noon – ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES: Students and adults can discover local architectural styles with local historian and retired city planner Robert McCarroll who will lead a walking tour to see Springfield’s Art Deco-style buildings. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums. Art Deco was a modernistic, streamlined, sleekly decorative style that was popular between the two world wars. McCarroll will discuss the Art Deco features of several Springfield buildings, including the state office building on Dwight Street, the Community Music School building on State Street, and the art and science museums at the Quadrangle. For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413-747-1830 or email email@example.com Springfield, MA (>$)
10:30am-12Noon – CRAFTS: Painting with Wool Worksop: An Introduction to Felt Making. A 2-hour workshop at the Wistariahurst Museum with Sue McFarland. Learn techniques along with the history of felt making. Students 12yo & older. RSVP 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA ($)
11am – PUPPET SHOW: Watershed Waltz, a puppet performance for kids 5-12yo at North Hall. Music, storytelling and shadow puppetry. Explore the dynamics of a healthy watershed with an 11-year-old boy as he teaches his mother about the watershed. 667-5543 www.northhallhuntington.org Huntington, MA (KIDS FREE, Adults donation)
11am – MEMORY WALK: Empty Arms Mothers Day Walk at Look Park. This walk is a fundraiser, but also stands as an opportunity for the community to come together to honor all mothers on Mother’s Day Weekend. Donations are optional but your presence is worth so much to the families involved. 529-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org Florence, MA (Fundraiser)
11am-1:30pm – COOKING: Mother’s Day Lunch, a hands-on For kids (8-12yo) at Different Drummer’s Kitchen Co. Cooking School. Here is every mom’s dream: drop off your kids for a wonderful cooking class with talented cooking teacher Barbara Morse. Then go shopping, get a manicure, do whatever you fancy. When you return an hour and a half later, you will be treated to a delicious meal prepared by the young chefs. What better gift for Mother’s Day! 800-375-2665 www.differentdrummerskitchen.com Northampton, MA ($$)
11am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Stories from Nature’s Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main Street). Join The Trustees of Reservations horticulturalist Anne Gannon for a free program of indoor stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)
11:30am-1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Eyes On Owls: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls! They will be holding two live owl presentations at the International Migratory Bird Day celebration at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region Office (300 Westgate Center Drive). The building is located south of the intersection of Route 9 and Route 116 North. Hadley, MA
1-2:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Stream Explorers, a workshop for kids 10yo+. Discover the magic of streams! Wear waterproof footwear, bring bag lunch. Desserts provided. Parents may wait indoors at North Hall. Space is limited. Registration is required: 667-5543 www.northhallhuntington.org Huntington, MA (FREE)
1-3pm – HENNA PARTY: At the Meekins Library, Sangita Desigawill henna your hands with a beautiful flower design. Call to sign up, 268-7472. Williamsburg, MA
1-3pm – GAMES: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)
1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Broad Brook Coalition presents a mid-spring nature hike with botanist, Connie Parks at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Discover ephemeral spring wildflowers and signs of plants to come. Sturdy footwear. Meet at the North Farms Road entrance. Florence, 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)
7:30pm – CONCERT: Mother’s Day Benefit Concert to benefit the Prison Birth Project. A multigenerational feast of song at Edwards Church. 584-3843 www.theprisonbirthproject.org Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER, Under 6yo Free)
8-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Nocturnal Pond explorations at Red Gate Farm. Tromp down to the farm pond and experience the evening come alive! Learn more about tadpoles, peepers and other springtime pond activity as children get firsthand experience with evening pond life and creatures of the wetlands. All ages welcome. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)
7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Mother’s Day Episode! Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.
7:30-10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Broad Brook Coalition presents Birding with David Peake-Jones, editor of the Hampshire Bird Club newsletter, at Fitzgerald Lake. All ages and skill lveles are welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides. Meet at the North Farms Road entrance. Florence, MA (FREE)
9:30am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Old Sturbridge Village tips the hat to mother’s with historical presentations of motherhood, craft-making, animals for the kids and more. Mothers get in free. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA (Mother’s Free, $)
10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk & Tea at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Enjoy a gentle guided walk past blooming wild columbine and other lovely spring wildflowers along the Cobble trails. Afterwards, sample a variety of hot or iced floral teas. Please pre-register. 229.8600 www.thetrustees.org Sheffield, MA ($)
10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Mother’s Day Canoe Trip at Arcadia. Bring your mom and celebrate Mother’s Day on this gentle paddle through Arcadia’s overflowing Mill River and marsh. Paddle through floodplain forest while looking for spring wildflowers blooming along the shore. Coffee and light refreshments served before the trip. This trip is appropriate for all levels. Basic instruction on paddling provided. For ages 10 and up. Cost TBD. Directions provided upon registration. To register call the Mass Audubon Ct. River Valley Sanctuaries at 413-584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)
12Noon – PARADE: Mother Earth and her Endangered Creatures will be taking over the streets of Northampton for the Fifth Annual Mother’s Puppet Parade and March for Peace. 268-3588 Northampton, MA (FREE)
3pm – FAMILY CONCERT:, Dan Zanes will be performing in the Pioneer Valley with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G at First Churches. 585-8010 www.wholechildren.org Northampton, MA (Fundraiser)
3pm – HOUSE CONCERT: The Hilltown Families House Concert series continues with award-winning singer/songwriter Hans York. Community potluck to follow. Email for directions and to RSVP. email@example.com www.hansyork.com Chesterfield, MA ($)
10am in Buckland: Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. Explore the farm together. Participate in fun, hands-on activities, and meet the animals. Explore pond and stream and see who has hatched lately. Ages 0-4, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies welcome. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org ($)
9:15-10:15am in Conway: Morning Yoga with Toddlers at the Town Hall with Lisa Schmitt
10:15 – 11:30am in Northampton: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Get back in shape, connect with other mothers. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Free Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday from noon-1:30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Baby weight check – Information discussed includes but not limited to: latching, pumping basics, introducing bottles, introducing family foods, allergies, weaning. Medela Symphony pumps available to rent by the day or month. Full line of Medela pumps and products are available, including camisoles and bras. Fittings by appointment. 582-2096
6:30pm in Williamsburg: Students and adults can discover hilltown history as the Williamsburg Historical Society presents Williamsburg/Haydenville Schools at the Williamsburg Congregational Church. Potluck social to begin. Program begins at 7:30pm. (FREE)
10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Get back in shape, connect with other mothers. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend. Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
10:30-11:15am in Northampton: Jewish Family Jam. 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. Cost: Free. Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street.
7pm in Florence: Students and adults can discover Florence history with Florence Historian, Steve Strimer. Steve will give a presentation entitled “Bensonville to Greenville to Florence, the Underground Railway Before the Fugitive Slave Law” at the Lilly Library (Route 9). Steve is well known throughout New England for his research and discoveries and those of his colleagues in the Florence History Project that have illuminated the role Florence played in combating the scourge of slavery and becoming a safe haven for insuring the dignity of African Americans. His presentations are always fascinating and informative.
6:30pm in Lenox: Evening at the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy and evening in the valley visiting the beaver ponds. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape more than 75 years after their reintroduction. Open to families with children ages 3 and up. Preregistration not required. Not recommended for children under age 3.
7pm in Amherst: Chocolate Pies and Tiny flies: A Natural History of Chocolate. History & ecology of chocolate at Hitchcock Center for the Environment with naturalist and educator, Faith Deering. Students and adults can learn about the ecology and history of chocolate from its earliest cultivation by the Mayans to its use in colonial America, and its current popularity on the global market. Edible props and chocolate sampling will make this an evening to savor. Pre-registration is required; please call 256-6006 ($)
7pm in Northampton: CISA is hosting a Local Food and Agriculture Forum at the Northampton Senior Center (67 Conz Street) to discuss the important role consumers, farmers and local government play in supporting a healthy, sustainable and thriving local food system. (FREE)
9:30am in Holyoke: Think and Play Friday at the Childrens Museum (http://www.childrensmuseumholyoke.org). The program begins every Friday at 9:30 am and runs for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This program is designed principally for our curious museum visitors who are preschool age and offers valuable guided learning experiences that will introduce our young guests to our exhibits as well as talented members of our museum staff. Be looking forward to music and movement, fun with food, art projects, and more with Ashley! Arrive for the program promptly because it’s only $6.00 per family (this includes admission to the museum) and is free for members. Anyone arriving after 10:00 am will have to pay regular museum admission prices.
10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
10:30am in Huntington: Free Workshop with Pediatrician. The Hilltown Community Health Centers are offering a free parenting workshop with Dr. Naomi Rosenberg at with the Gateway Family Center, 9 Russell Road, on Friday, May 14, from 10:30 to 11:30. Dr. Rosenberg, pediatrician at the Huntington Health Center, will be talking to parents about development of young children and will be available to chat with participants about individual questions. Free child care will be provided. Assistance with transportation is available. Call Lee at the Worthington Health Center, 238-5511 x155, for more information. (FREE)
10:30am in Holyoke: Massachusetts Butterfly Club Outing at Dinosaur Footprints. Join ecologist Julie Richburg in a search for Juniper Hairstreaks! Start at Dinosaur Footprints and hike appoximatley 1 – 1.5 miles onto Little Tom Reservation. Bring lunch and water. Please pre-register for this event. 532.1631 x13 (FREE)