Suggested Events for October 29th – November 4th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Thanks Hilltown for the tip about Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum. We’re studying ancient civilizations in homeschool. We planned a trip for Western Mass. Homeschoolers and about 20 kids will be going, not counting adults. We can’t wait to see their exhibit.” -Christa Figueroa, (Holyoke, MA)

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The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at

Open House: Nov 5

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House for prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their parents on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30-11am. Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA.

Open House: Nov 9

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, November 9 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: or 413-586-4538.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100& grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. We raise all of our own animals on our family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork and chicken fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in South Deerfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!

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Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

October 29th – November 4th, 2016


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Donate Now Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at This week, Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the long-running band the Deedle Deedle Dees, hosts this musical exploration of the concept of “playing a character.” We all change how we present ourselves to the world in order to get different reactions, whether we’re putting on a costume for holiday, dressing up to act onstage, trying on different outfits and accessories to present a different persona to our peers, or trying out new modes of behavior (for example, attempting to be an extrovert when you’ve always felt like more of an introvert). Songs by Dean Jones, Rachel Loshak, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, SLV, Weezer, Yo La Tengo, the Deedle Deedle Dees, and other favorite artists of Lloyd’s provide a variety of interesting takes on the topic. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 9 years!

Saturday, October 29, 10am
Yoga is an activity with tons of mental and physical health benefits. Simple poses can be executed for relaxation and to stretch muscles, while some positions can get the heart pumping through their difficulty. This kids yoga session at the Hatfield Public Library serves as an introduction to the practice of yoga. Yoga is an activity you can do with your child for mutual benefit. No registration required. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-11:30am
Families are invited to celebrate the film scores of John Williams, who composed for movies such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and E.T. The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will provide live demonstrations and an “instrument petting zoo.” Feel free to dress in costume! Abbey Chapel. College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-12pm
Pumpkin carving and outdoor scavenger hunts are two ways to engage with nature as it changes around us during the fall season. Families are invited to pumpkin carving and a scavenger hunt of Halloween creatures in the house at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Please call ahead to reserve a pumpkin. For more information, call the Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3.207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-12pm
For dog loving families, “Howl-O-Ween” provides the chance to flex your creativity by making a costume for your dog! This dog park fundraiser will feature a dog costume contest, obstacle course, and parade, in addition to food, music, and more. All dogs and families are welcome. Donations are encouraged. This event is sponsored by the West Springfield Parks and Recreation department. Mittengue Park. 1695 Westfield Street. West Springfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-12pm
The Annual Halloween Party at East Longmeadow Public Library invites children and their parents to enjoy games, face painting, and a spooky art project. Costumes are encouraged. This program is best suited for children ages ten and under, and their caregivers. All proceeds go to the Children’s Department Program Fund. No registration required.413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-2pm
The Cushman Scott Children’s Center Fall Festival will feature craft vendors, a puppet show, a magic show, and more!. Admission is free. There will be food available for purchase. All proceeds support the scholarship fund. 413-549-1167. 71 Henry Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-3pm
This year, combine your Halloween celebration with community engagement and possibly even some historical education! Visit Hancock Shaker Village for trick-or-treating, fortune-telling, and ghost stories. Costumes are welcome but no masks, please. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly celebration. All activities are included in general admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $; 13 through 17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-5pm
Wear your favorite costume to the Springfield Museums! The museum’s full day of Halloween-themed programming will include art projects, science demonstrations, a presentation by Agawam Paranormal, and a costume parade. Activities are designed for a variety of age groups. Programs are free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-9pm
Celebrate autumn weather, the harvest of pumpkins, and local music at Pumpkinfest! This all ages event will feature live local music and dance all day long, as well as a pumpkin judging contest. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest. Live music will include local artists such as Jimmy Just Quit and Curly Fingers Dupree. Visit the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Facebook Page for more information. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 29, 10:30am-11:30am
Celebrate Halloween early with a spooky themed story hour at the Meekins Library. Wendy the Wacky Witch will be telling (not so scary) stories, complete with songs, puppets and crafts. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 11am
All kids are scientists! You can encourage their inquisitive minds from a very young age, helping your children to enjoy science. This Young Scientists’ Club event at the Gaylord Memorial Library will focus on animals: “Mammoths, tigers, and bears, oh my!” The program will begin with a book reading. Participants will learn about prehistoric animals with hands on activities. No registration is required. Ages 5 and up. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 11am and 1pm
A cappella music, a genre of music consisting of vocals without instrumental accompaniment, has its origins in Jewish and Christian worship songs. A cappella, today, exists in a variety of forms. You can hear a cappella groups from Williams College as they perform for audiences of all ages at the Clark Art Institute. Singers will perform a wide range of musical genres, from popular songs and jazz standards to original compositions. Ephoria will perform at 11am, The Octet at 1pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 11am-12pm
Cemetery walks are a spooky and educational activity for fall. This tour of the Forestdale Cemetery, lead by city historian Penni Martorell, will educate you through examples of monuments, markers, crypts, crosses and more. Learn about the history of Holyoke’s founding families, as well as some of the facts of death and dying in the 19th century. The tour meets at the Wistariahurst visitor center. Reservations are required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 11am-1pm
If you’ve put a lot of effort into your Halloween costume, you may want to wear it more than once. Costumes are not just for trick-or-treating, there are lots of community events to celebrate Halloween. “Spooky Safari” at Zoo in Forest Park invited you to come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, prizes, a raffle and more. 413-733-2251. 293 Summer Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 11am-2pm
Chesterwood is the Stockbridge estate once home to Daniel Chester French – the sculptor who created the Lincoln Memorial. Chesterwood offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions, its permanent collections include works that speak to the sculptural genius of Daniel Chester French. All are invited to this program, celebrating the centennial anniversary of French’s final plaster model of Abraham Lincoln for the seated figure of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Visitors can view French’s studio and his model of Lincoln! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 12pm-3pm
Dracula is a well known character and a popular Halloween costume, year after year. Did you know that the story of Dracula can be traced back to Romanian folklore influences. Dracula was written by Bram Stoker in 1897, and later became a play before it was turned into the 1931 horror film. In this presentation, Children of the Night: A History of Dracula in Literature and on Screen, Barry Dietz will illuminate the history of Dracula. There will also be a lunch, and raffle prizes. This presentation will take place in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. ()

Saturday, October 29, 12pm-4pm
Wear your Halloween costume to the Holyoke Merry Go Round and ride half price! There will be fun activities for the entire family. Children 12 and under will enjoy a DJ Dance Party from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heritage State Park. The Merry Go Round is a great place for sensory-seeking children who enjoy the feeling of involuntary motion.413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 12:30pm-4pm
Volunteering connects people to place and each other through shared values and interests. Volunteers who enjoy spending time out doors are invited to participate in Volunteer Day at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Take in the beautiful views as you help care for the community gardens and wildlife sanctuary. There are a variety of projects to be done including meadow restoration and fall garden clean up. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Registration requested. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 29, 2pm-4pm
Children of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumed and walk through the haunted house at Heritage Woods Senior Living. This is the 3rd annual haunted house. All are welcome. 413-786-9704. 462 Main Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 2pm-4pm
Meditation does not have to be done sitting or lying down. Walking meditations are an excellent form of stress reduction, especially when paired with time spent in nature. This program will explore ways to reduce stress utilizing mindfulness, gentle breathing, movement and time spent outdoors. There will be a short indoor sessions followed by an outdoor walk. Register by emailing Field Memorial Library. 413- 369-4646. 16 Elm Street. Conway, MA (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 2pm-9pm
Pumpkin carving is a way of celebrating the agricultural bounty of fall, while expressing yourself through your creativity. The seventh annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest will include pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, and costumes. Celebrate the fall harvest and local culture with your Franklin County neighbors. Call 413- 522-0712 with questions. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 4pm
Lots of kids like spooky stories. For older kids in their teens, horror can be a popular book genre. But how do you write an engaging, spooky story for middle grade that is mysterious but not too frightening? You can hear two authors, Natasha Lowe and Erin Petti, read from their Halloween themed middle grade novels at the Odyssey Bookshop. This event is great for parents who like to write, and kids who like to read. There will also be treats and a costume contest! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 5pm
Enjoy the fall harvest with your friends, family, and neighbors at this annual harvest supper. The Westhampton Congregational United Church invited you to a home-cooked meal including chicken pie with biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, onions, rolls, cranberry sauce, and dessert pies. There will be two sittings, at 5pm and 6:30pm. Reserve your spot by calling 413-584-9360. 1 Tob Hill Road. Westhampton, MA. (Adults $; Children 10 and under <$)

Saturday, October 29, 5:30pm
Adaptations of literary texts are a resource for learning about both film studies and writing. Sherlock Holmes is a very famous story written originally in 1887 by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many iterations of the story exist. This performance of Sherlock Holmes by the Hampshire Regional High School drama program is an adaptation of the classic stage comedy version of the story. Hampshire Regional High School Auditorium. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October28, 29, and 30, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 6pm-7pm
There are dozens upon dozens of phobias, ranging from the common to the rare, the general to the highly specific. The Berkshire Museum’s exhibit, “Something Scary,” explores fears through artwork of various mediums. The museum provides a family friendly, somewhat wacky exploration of fears and phobias. Adding to the excitement, the museum is offering this flashlight scavenger hunt, an after-hours adventure in the dark museum with the Something Scary exhibition. Add a ticket for the Little Cinema screening of The Goonies at 7 pm. Get ready for the spooky season of autumn with this full night of spooky adventures. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Celebrate Halloween with a little exercise! Whole Children invites you to an all ages, intergenerational dance. For those who don’t want to dance there will also be games and craft. Costumes are encouraged. Please bring a nut-free treat to share. Children under 13 need an adult present, over 13 can be dropped off with prior permission. If unsure, call ahead and check with staff. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 7pm-8:30pm
You may not think of magic tricks as being tied to the paranormal, spooky activities of fall. But spirit seances were a common theatrical practice for magicians in the 16th and 17th century. You are invited to a magic show with ties to Halloween, and to history, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Acclaimed magician Melies will astonish through magic, mind reading, and comedy. This program is appropriate for children ages 12 and up, and adults. For more information, call the Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 29, 7pm-12am
Do you believe in ghosts? Come learn about them from an expert paranormal researcher. Josh Mantello is the founder of Berkshire Paranormal, and the Paranormal Events Coordinator to the Haunted Houghton Mansion. He will be giving a presentation and conducting a ghost hunt at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are limited. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 9 years of archived shows.

Sunday, October 30, 11am-2pm
The teenage years are rife with neurological changes which can lead to any number of emotional or behavioral changes which parents must address. Motivational Interviewing is a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style aimed at eliciting positive behavioral changes. Motivational interviewing can be used to address issues such as substance abuse and mental health challenges. The Northampton Survival Center will be providing a motivational interviewing workshop, “How to Help Your Teen/Tween Make Healthy Choices.” Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Call 413-587-1365. 265 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 11:30am and 1pm
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Sunday, October 30, 1pm-3pm
Halloween is a chance to meet your neighbors and connect to your community. This year, you can make Halloween an even greater giving experience volunteering with your child! At this Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA there will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. Register online. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, October 30, 1:15pm
Guided hikes are a great way to meet other people who want to spend time outdoors! You can admire the fall foliage on this hike of the M&M Trail, also known as the New England National Scenic Trail. This moderately paced 5 mile hike will cover moderately challenging terrain. Bring water, wear appropriate hiking gear, and plan for an approximately two to three hour hike. Rain cancels. Email with questions. Meet at the service gate at the end of Old Holyoke Road. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 2pm
The spooky fall season leading up to Halloween is a great time to rewatch classic films or see them for the first time. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic 1950s science fiction / horror film. Amherst Cinema is screening this film as part of a 1950s science fiction series, along with an introduction and discussion lead by film expert and filmmaker Nina Kleinberg. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 30, 2pm
In addition to collecting Yiddish books and oral histories, the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst preserves Jewish culture through hosting musical performances and talks.This talk, “Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music,” will explore the origins of Yiddish song in Eastern European culture. Composer, conductor, professor, and activist Daniel Asia will discuss the music of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner in detail. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (Member or Student <$; General Admission $

Sunday, October 30, 2pm
In celebration of Halloween, you can support local musicians at Northampton Community Music Center’s Spooky Suzuki Play-In. You will hear students perform on violin, guitar, and cello. Families (both performers and audience members) are encouraged to come in costume! Come support this community resource for music education. 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 2pm
Filled with stone markers that chronicle a community’s history, local cemeteries can provide visitors with a look deep into the past. “Gravestone Studies” is its own academic discipline overlapping with disciplines such as history and anthropology. Terry McMaster’s photography exhibition, “Ancient Gravestones of The Elbow/Palmer, Massachusetts, and Vicinity,” explored gravestones from an artistic perspective. In this closing exhibition lecture, he will discuss the Scots-Irish of the area captured in his artwork. This presentation at Palmer Historical and Cultural Centerwill examine the gravestones of Scots-Irish and will look at the impact those pioneers had on that landscape. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA.(FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 2pm-4pm
Spending time outdoors can connect us with our senses as we watch and listen to animals, and take in the smells and sensations of being in nature. Animals, too, use their senses to find food and survive. Kids ages six and up, and their caregivers, are invited to a guided hike to learn about local animals and their survival techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is about 2 ½ miles long, and covers easy terrain. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 3:45pm
The Adams Lions Club’s annual Halloween Parade for Children has been going on since 1945! Come be a part of a local fall tradition. Children, in costume, are asked to gather at 3:45 pm at the Adams Community Bank Center Street parking lot (across from Big Y). There will be cider for all, and prizes for the best costumes! For more information, visit the Adams Lions Club Facebook page. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 5pm
Everyone is invited to the Chesterfield Rag Shag Parade. Costumed participants will line up at the old Davenport School and march to Town Hall (401 Main Road). A costume contest and games will follow the parade. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 5pm-7:30pm
Trick or treat after hours at the Old Sturbridge Village! This event is perfect for families who don’t live in the best neighborhood for trick or treating, or those who want to celebrate the holiday twice! The event will feature a costume parade, spooky stories, a bonfire, and a hayride. This is an evening event and is not included in daytime admission. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (<$ Members; Non members $)

Sunday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October28, 29, and 30, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 30, 6pm-9:30pm
Why do people enjoy feeling spooked, or scared? In a safe, controlled environment, frightening, spooky, or creepy sights can be exhilarating or even funny. This year, the Chesterfield Haunted House will have a circus theme. Come get spooked! 401 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (DONATION

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, October 31, 2pm
Believe it or not, Halloween can be the perfect time to learn about local history. Even spooky cemeteries can be resources for learning about past residents of your town. You can start your Halloween celebrations with guided tours from representatives of Historic Deerfield. Participants will tour the Old Burying Ground and discover the history of the families that lived in Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 4pm-5pm
Celebrate Halloween with laughter and stories! Howlarious Halloween Stories at the Huntington Public Library will feature lots of Halloween themed tales told by Mary Jo Maichak. Anyone ages five and up is welcome to attend. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 4pm-6pm
Trick or treating downtown can be a safe and exciting option which connects families to local businesses. You can join this tradition by visiting participating shops in downtown Northampton. For more information, visit the Thornes Marketplace Facebook page. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 4pm-6:30pm
Greenfield will be holding a downtown trick or treat at local businesses, followed by a rag shag parade and costume contest! The Rag Shag Parade will begin at 5:30pm in the Mohawk Mall Parking Lot and lead to the Energy Park for costume judging. At 6:30pm, the Garden Cinema will feature a free showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”. Stop by the common for a free reflective trick or treat bag stuffed with dental products. Visit the Greenfield Recreation Facebook page for more information. Downtown. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 5pm-8pm
Florence’s annual Halloween celebration for kids includes a costume contest and a parade. This is a fun way for families to get together and show off their costumes! The Rag Shag Parade will start from Trinity Row Park on the corner of Main & South Main Street. Route 9 will be closed at this time for the parade to March to the Florence Civic and Business Center where kids can pick up a goody bag. Participants should begin gathering at Trinity Row around 5pm for costume judging at 5:30. The parade will begin at 6pm. The parade will be held rain or shine, postponed only in the event of snow. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 5pm
The Lenox Rag Shag Parade begins at St. Ann’s at 5pm, heading through town and arriving at the Lenox Community Center where goodies will be passed out. Trick or Treat in Lenox will take place after the parade, from 5:30 to 7pm. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 6pm-8pm
The Halloween celebration will at the Huntington Public Library will include an all ages party from 6pm to 8pm. For older kids, ages thirteen and up, there will be a creepy and mystical storytelling session starting at 7pm. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 6pm-8pm
Tours at Houghton Mansion combine historic learning with spooky ghost tales! Participants ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The mansion will be holding tours every Sunday in October and November in addition to Halloween night. 413-358-5239. 172 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (<$)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, November 1, 7pm
University presses often publish heavily researched academic materials which delve thoughtfully into contemporary, non fiction topics. Perusing the work of university presses can connect you with the intellectual breakthroughs currently going on in higher education. The University of Massachusetts Press and the Jones Library are partnering together on a reading series showcasing university press authors. This reading will feature Peter Benes, author of For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America. Peter Benes is director of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. This reading will take place at the Jones Library. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 1, 7pm
You don’t have to look further than Franklin and Hampshire county to learn about New England stone chambers and natural history. Monks Cave in Pelham and the Goshen stone tunnels are two locations which will be discussed in this program at the Pelham Library. James Vieira, Ashfield stonemason, writer and Northeast Antiquities Research Association member, will discuss various stonework structures such turtle effigies, serpent walls and cairn fields. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 1, 7:30pm
While it is well known internationally, the Day of the Dead originated in Mexico, where it is celebrated as a public holiday. Dia de los Muertos honors the deceased through the creation of altars and other traditions and ceremonies. You can learn about the significance of this holiday in Latinx culture, and enjoy performances from the Aztec group Xochiquetzal, at Mount Holyoke College. Campus Center Lower Level, 100 Elm Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, November 2, 9:30am-11am
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 2, 9:30am-5pm
Homeschool days at Old Sturbridge Village are a chance for homeschooling families to get together while engaging in hands-on, historical learning. This homeschool day will feature creative workshops such as wallpaper making, knitting, and weaving. Other hands-on activities include a lesson in home cold remedies featuring those used during the 1830s. Visit the Old Sturbridge Village website for a full list of activities and to sign up. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 2, 6pm
Greenfield was once a center for industrial work. This First Wednesday Speaker Series event at the Greenfield Public Library will delve into Greenfield’s history through the perspective of men and women who works in its plants. Tom Goldscheider will relay this history, drawing information from archival materials at the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, November 3, 4:30pm
In the Western part of the world, people are beginning to appreciate the vast healing benefits meditation can have on mental and physical well being. Even short meditations can help sharpen focus throughout the day. Khen Rinpoche, Abbot of Tashihunpo Monastery, leads this session of Green Tara Meditation and Nine Steps to Mental Quiescence at Smith College. This event is open to the public. Dewey Common Room. Dewey Hall. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 3, 5pm-6:30pm
The ability to navigate basic computer tasks can open up a world of educational possibilities. The Sunderland Public Library is offering a series of introductory computer classes in November aimed at helping adults learn more about computers. This first session will provide a basic introduction to computers including computer terminology. This classes is free and open to all, and you do not need to bring your own computer in order to attend 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 3, 5:30pm-7pm
Yantra yoga is a yoga practice that is over a thousand years old. It originated in Tibet and has made its way West, impacting yoga practices across the globe. Martina Kacurova will be teaching a Yantra yoga class every Thursday through November 3rd. Beginners are welcome to this course from the Shang Shung Institue of America. 413-369-4928. Classes take place at the Upstairs Studio. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, November 4, 12:15pm
Western Massachusetts is home to many historic school houses people can visit to learn more about the history of education. The Little Red Schoolhouse on the edge of the Amherst College campus is an eighty year old school house which was slated for demolition in 2012. The school house was preserved through an active effort of community members working in combination with the college. Thus, the structure (which has since been moved) provides insight into the challenges of historical preservation. This “History Bites” lunchtime lecture from the Amherst Historical Society will educate attendees on the history of the schoolhouse. 413-256-0678. Strong House, 67 Amity Street. Amherst. (FREE)

Friday, November 4, 5pm-8pm
Autumn landscapes often serve as inspiration for landscapes and plein air painting. You can engage with art and artists this fall by attending First Fridays Art Walk in Pittsfield. There will be over fifteen different art shows to peruse, featuring work by over 3 dozen accomplished regional artists. A guided tour will start at 5pm at the Intermodal Center. 1 Columbus Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 4, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Reading, talking, and singing with your children are activities which improve vocabulary and literacy skills. Pajama Night at the Berkshire Museum will feature storytelling, as part of November’s Family Literacy Month. Throughout the museum, community members will read stories to families. All children in attendance will receive a free book to take home. There will also be poetry stations for kids and multilingual reading stations. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adults $; Children <$; Museum members and children age 3 and under FREE)

Friday, November 4, 6pm-8pm
Circle Dance at the West Cummington Parish House draws upon the traditional dances of many different cultures. Sacred Circle Dance was founded by the members of Findhorn Community in Scotland. The dances have a range of pace and style, but no experience is necessary. Every dance will be explained and demonstrated, so this is a great opportunity to learn something new while getting exercise and meeting new people. Call 413 634-0132 for more information. 27 West Main Street. West Cummington, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, November 4, 7pm
Screenings of locally made films connect filmmakers directly with each other and with their audience, helping to build and sustain artistic communities. Tradition Town Film Festival at Greenfield Community College will feature locally made films, focusing on the theme of sustainable living. A filmmakers reception will follow the screening. 413-775-1801. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 4, 7pm-9pm
The Quabbin Reservoir is an amazing local resource for natural learning, exercise, outdoor exploration, nature photography and more. You can see spectacular seasonal images of the Quabbin Reservoir at this indoor presentation at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Photographer Dale Monette worked as an interpreter at Quabbin for many years and participated in the eagle reintroduction project. Photos will feature the wildlife and landscapes of the Quabbin Reservoir. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Friday, November 4, 7:30pm
“Chrysanthemum” is a beautiful word for an equally beautiful family of flowers. The word is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower), though it refers to many different types of flowers in a range of colors and appearances. You can explore various chrysanthemums at Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Show. First, you may want to attend this lecture: “The Lost Wilderness; Rediscovering William Francis Ganong’s New Brunswick,”by Nicholas Guitard. Photographer and naturalist Nicholas Guitard will relay the journey of William Francis Ganong who mapped, photographed and documented the physical geography of the New Brunswick wilderness. A reception at the Lyman Plant House and preview of the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory will follow. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 4, 7:30pm-9:30pm
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Families can share their interest in astronomy with one another by attending a Stars Over Springfield night at the Springfield Museums. These programs are are best suited for families with children ages 8 and older, however younger children are also welcome. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. For more astronomy learning, check out our post, Astronomy Learning this Leading Up to the Autumnal Equinox… and Beyond! 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.







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