Suggested Events for November 25 – December 1, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Nov 24-26

The Carle Museum Bookshop Holiday Sale! Shop local and save 15-50% off Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 on unique toys, art supplies, and books signed by your favorite authors and artists. The museum has items for the whole family—picture book art t-shirts, tote bags, even Very Hungry Caterpillar socks and The Pigeon socks! They make it easy. Enjoy free parking. There is no admission price to shop in what Parents’ Choice calls “the very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world.” Become a member and save an additional 15% off. Save this weekend at The Carle – and give books – the gift that keeps on giving. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W. Bay Road, Amherst, MA. www.carlemuseum.org

Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA, has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday after Thanksgiving, and weekends in December. Come by the farm between the hours of 9am-4pm to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature their very own artisanal maple products for sale. Also, handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm are available. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com.

Dec 2

Saturday, Dec. 2nd: The Center School Open House: Rumpus & Yggdrasil, 9am-2:30pm. Center School, serving children 18 months – 14 years of age in Hampshire & Franklin counties will open its doors for their annual Rumpus & semi-annual Yggdrasil event. Classrooms will be open & teachers are all offering nature-based activities for all ages. Make a fairy house, print a t-shirt, create a power staff, & more. Meet teachers, parents, & students & learn about the Center School community, approach & philosophy. Visit their indoor, enchanted forest, Yggdrasil, complete with 9 magical realms including the Dragon Academy, Transfiguration, Archery, Sensorium, & more. Activities are free. All families are welcome. Rumpus Cafe offers snacks for purchase.

Dec 2

Winter Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. As an alternative to traditional holiday shopping, visit the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s Winter Fair on Saturday, December 2 from 10am-3pm at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a variety of crafts including wreaths, pendant necklaces, sun catchers, gingerbread people and more. Concurrently with craft-making will be the annual Scholastic Book Fair, special performances by the Student Chorus, a bake sale and a raffle. All proceeds from the event support the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School library and educational programs. For more information, contact Deirdre Arthen at 413-529–7178 or visit www.hilltowncharter.org.

The Common School, serving children ages 3-12, is accepting applications for Fall 2018. The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and a deep commitment to the natural world. The Common School provides admissions tours Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, please contact Dana Kadish, Director of Admissions at outreach@commonschool.org or visit their website at www.commonschool.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 25th – December 1st, 2017

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  Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week, the podcast features songs about the sky and everything in it, with guest DJ Jess Penner. From shooting stars to big jet planes, rainbows, birds, and hurricanes… and everything in between. 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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Deadline: Saturday, November 25
GINGERBREAD HOUSES
Gingerbread houses first appeared in Germany in the early 1800s, perhaps inspired by the edible house in Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Even today they are part of our end of the year holiday traditions. Building a gingerbread house is a fantastic way to include creative folks of all ages in creating a delicious, well-engineered work of art, along with skills in architectural design, engineering, communication, and collaboration. The Old Sturbridge Village’s annual Gingerbread House Contest is one of the most popular events at their Christmas by Candlelight. Create and register your own gingerbread house in one of several categories or simply view the creative handiwork of others when you visit the Village during Christmas by Candlelight. Entry forms must be submitted by on or by November 25, 2017. Finished entries must be delivered to the Village November 28 , 29 or 30. Old Sturbridge Village. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA

Saturday, November 25, 9am-4pm
AGRICULTURE/CHRISTMAS TREES
 Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees! Bring the family to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature artisanal maple products and handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com. Worthington, MA

Saturday, November 25, 10am & 11:30am
SKILLSHARE/PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY
Human beings have been using stone projectiles such as arrowheads for tens of thousands of years. In fact, the oldest stone projectiles found in South Africa date back over 64,000 years! Join indigenous primitive technology expert Rob Leverett for a demonstration on making stone arrowheads and other stone tools. Leverett will discuss the benefits of using different types of stone as well as how indigenous people changed these kinds of technologies as a response to changes in their environment. Pre-register by emailing lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. This event is suitable for children ages 9+ and adults. Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, November 25, 10am-4pm
MYO GIFT/GLASSBLOWING
 Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, tableware and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60′s that glassblowing was raised to the level of art. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. This program is suitable for ages eight and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 25, 10am-4pm
MAKER’S MARKET
Come support local artisans and craftspeople! The New England Maker’s Holiday Handcrafted Market is an exciting new venue for community members to learn about beautiful and unique handcrafted goods from right here in the Valley! Shop for amazing gifts and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere in the lovely Garden House at Look Park. Northampton, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, November 25, 10am-12pm
PLACEMAKING/PARADE
What better way to get in the holiday mood than with a parade? The Florence Holiday Parade is a Valley tradition that goes back almost 30 years! It’s a wonderful way to begin the holiday season and share in the festivities with the whole community. In recent years there have been clowns, bagpipers, local community leaders, and, of course, Santa will be in attendance! And don’t forget to warm up with some coffee, cider cookies, and donuts. Parade begins at the Florence Civic and Business Association. 413-584-5048. Park Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 25, 11am
THEATER/PUPPETS
Ever wish your favorite picture books could come to life? The stories of beloved local author Jane Yolen do just that, through large string puppets and sing-a-long at the Picture Book Theatre, a local theater company that uses puppets, original music, and dance to recreate some of the best known and loved children’s books. This show will feature two of Yolen’s stories, Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for more information. 413-559-6336. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 25, 1pm
TRANSPORTATION/TRAINS
Did you know that ferroequinology is the study of trains? From the latin word for “iron horse,” ferroequinologists are fascinated by all things related to these magnificent machines. If you or someone you know is an amateur ferroequinologist, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to experience a scenic train ride through the beautiful Berkshire hills this holiday season with the Hoosac Valley Train Ride’s “Tinseliner”! The train departs from North Adams and each ride is full of holiday fun, featuring a visit from Father Christmas and gifts for kids. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 25, 1pm-4pm
MUSEUM/STORY TIME
For decades, Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings of mid-century Americana have delighted and inspired adults and children. Now some of Rockwell’s most charming paintings have been paired with rhyming text written by author Will Lach. Come celebrate his two new books, based on Rockwell’s art, with a reading and book signing at the Norman Rockwell Museum. As a special treat, Mary Whalen Leonard, one of Rockwell’s most famous models, will answer questions. This event is an absolute must for any Rockwell fan! Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for more information. 9 Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE w/Museum Admission)

Saturday, November 25, 1:30-4pm
HISTORY/PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY
Following indigenous primitive technology expert Rob Leverett’s arrowhead workshop, Mr. Leverett will be demonstrating how to construct and use an atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing tool that has been used by human hunters 24,000 years ago. The atlatl is an ingenious device that is capable of launching a spear much farther and faster than other means. As a matter of fact, spear-throwers are capable of launching projectiles at speeds of up 93 mph! The word “atlatl” comes from the Nahuatl language, the lingua franca of the Aztec empire as they subjugated much of Mesoamerica in the 7th century. Among the indigenous people of Australia the device is known as a “woomera.” These are just two names for this miraculous feat of engineering that has been used by communities all over the world. At the end of the demonstration, participants will be invited to try throwing an atlatl! Pre-register by emailing lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. This event is suitable for children ages 9+ and adults. Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, November 25, 2:00pm
SILICON VALLEY OF THE 19TH CENTURY
Would it be surprising to learn that Springfield was the original Silicon Valley? It’s true! In 1796, the Federal government began a half-century of patronage for the Springfield Armory. Its presence in the Connecticut Valley, coupled with ready access to high quality steel, competitively priced coal and transportation, abundant water power, and the availability of an educated labor force transformed the region into America’s first high-tech industrial corridor. By the time of the Civil War, Colt’s Armory and the Sharp’s Rifle Company in Hartford, Smith & Wesson in Springfield and both Eli Whitney and Winchester in New Haven made the Connecticut Valley the center of the arms industry in America. Join presenter William Hosley, a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, social media expert, historian, writer, and photographer, to learn more about the Silicon Valley of the 19th Century. Bill Hosley was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, as well as the curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum. Bill has also served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries. Learn more at Springfield Armory National Historic Site. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 25, 2pm-3:30pm
STORY TIME
Aaron Becker’s 2014 Caldecott Honor award winning Journey trilogy is an epic tale told in wordless picture book format. The story follows the magical adventures of a young girl whose miraculous crayon allows her to travel between worlds. Evoking Crockett Johnson’s classic Harold and the Magic Crayon, the Journey trilogy takes readers of all ages into a fantastical realm of pure imagination. Join author Aaron Becker for a reading of Journey and a discussion of his creative process at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Rd, Amherst, MA. (FREE w/Museum Admission)

Saturday, November 25, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/EXPERIMENTAL
For the past year and a half, the experimental film series A Good Night’s Sleep has been bringing viewers in the valley a curated selection of the best in local experimental film. Sadly, this will be the final edition of A Good Night’s Sleep so fans of experimental film will not want to miss this screening! A Good Night’s Sleep specializes in noncommercial, thought provoking experimental and documentary films. As a part of the collaborative process, many of the films are still works in progress and the screening will end with a Q and A session with the filmmakers, making this event an ideal way for those interested in learning about film to get some hands-on experience with the creative process. Learn more at A Good Night’s Sleep. Studio 4. 25 Main Street, 4th floor. Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, November 25, 7pm
ART STUDIES/DOCUMENTARY
Few cities are as famously and lovingly represented as the city of Venice is in the work of the 18th century painter known as Canaletto. Indeed, it’s hard to think of Venice without images from Canaletto’s sumptuous paintings coming to mind. The shimmering waters of the lagoon, the fleets of busy gondolas, the tower at the Piazza San Marco. This edition of Exhibition on Screen takes viewers on their own tour of some of the sites portrayed in Canaletto’s works. This film features 200 paintings and drawings by Canaletto and offers fascinating details about Canaletto’s life and work. If you have always been enchanted by the city of Venice, you won’t want to miss it! Learn more at the Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, November 25, 8pm
THEATER/OPEN DISCUSSION
What is the role of art in an increasingly divided world? How can art influence the way we think about race, class, and society? The play “Your Voice, Poet” by Haitian playwright Jean Dany Joachim, winner of the Silverthorne Theater Company’s 2016 Playwrights of Color Competition, seeks to answer these questions through three characters, who seek to find a voice for the dispossessed. The performance will be followed by a dynamic open discussion between audience members and performers centering on the questions raised by the performance. Learn more at Silverthorne Theater Company. The Bing Arts Center. 716 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

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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 www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime – click here to select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Sunday, November 26 , 9am-2pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Old Sturbridge Village’s Sunday brunch gets a special visitor on select dates – Santa! Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Please call 508-347-0397 to make reservations. Old Sturbridge Village. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA ($$)

Friday, November 24, 9am-4pm
Sunday, November 26, 9am-4pm
AGRICULTURE/CHRISTMAS TREES
 Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees! Bring the family to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature artisanal maple products and handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com. Worthington, MA

NATURE-BASED SCAVENGER HUNT
BNRC’s self-guided scavenger hunt is here! Download their scavenger hunt and seek out special features on BNRC properties around the Berkshires and win a prize: Scavenger Hunt (PDF)

VALUE-BASED ENGAGEMENT
Engaging in opportunities for collaborative consumption invites the acquisition of knowledge related to many themes through authentic use of community-based resources and community members. Emphasizing togetherness, opportunities for collaborative consumption are often intergenerational, allowing young community members to work alongside and learn from people of all ages, sharing skills, stories and knowledge. Additionally, collaborative consumption emphasizes cooperation, allowing families to learn how to work together and with others toward a shared goal of community resilience – the strength and cohesiveness to survive and thrive through challenges big and small. Read more about collaborative consumption in our post Collaborative Consumption: Learning How to be Resilient Supports Community-Based Education.

COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES
Though western Massachusetts isn’t known as a sports mecca, it’s filled with communitybased resources for exploring sports and the history behind them. As the birthplace of at least two major sports and home to teams and clubs engaging in a great many more, the area offers a variety of ways to learn about sports of all kind. Read more in our post, Exploring Athletics and Sports History Through Community-Based Resources.

ICE SKATING
People have been skating on ice for many hundreds of years, although this “early” skating was pragmatic rather than recreational. “Skate” is derived from the Dutch word “schaats,” which means leg bone, as the first skates were simply lengths of animal bone strapped to the bottom of boots. When wood, and then iron, blades were introduced as a replacement to bone, skaters gained more control and speed, and skating for sport and fun began to rise. Our local skating culture traces its roots to Scottish immigrants, who brought skates with them when they resettled in the U.S., and can be a great topic to explore on and off the ice while learning about world and New England culture and history. Find local skating resources in our post, 24 Ice Skating Rinks in Western Mass.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

SELF-GUIDED HIKES
In Western MA we are so fortunate to have easy access to nature in our communities through local trails, nature preserves, and forests. This diversity of options inspires naturalists and conservation-minded enthusiasts to lead guided walks, hikes, and river paddling trips, teaching the richness of our local landscapes and biodiversity. Find our about guided & self-guided hikes and Vistas in our Sept/Oct Season edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western MA.

GARDENING
By learning to save seeds, children can take an active role in helping beautiful, delicious, and fascinating varieties of fruits and vegetables stick around – in our gardens, on our plates, and in our bellies – for generations to come. And in doing so, they’ll get lots of solid hands-on experience with gardening, plant anatomy, and proper seed (and perhaps food) preservation techniques. A handful of upcoming community events offer valuable opportunities for families to learn about seed saving and to participate in community-based seed saving projects. In attending an event (or two, or three), families are sure to learn skills and information, and will be able to build a foundation of knowledge upon which to begin their own seed saving practices. Additionally, local organizations, Red Gate Farm Seed Bank and Hilltown Seed Savers, are local resources for seeds and seed-saving information, educational programs, and support for beginning seed-savers.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware, & West Springfield.

Tuesday, November 28, 6:30pm
ANGLING/SKILL SHARE
 It’s time to get out your jigs and tilts! Ice fishing is a beloved local winter tradition that has deep roots in New England. If you have ever been curious about ice fishing, this is the event for you. Allan Butler has more than 20 years experience guiding and writing about fresh and saltwater fishing. Allan will cover all the basics including how to be safe out on the ice as well as how to have fun! This event is perfect for beginners and experienced anglers alike. Learn more at Northfield Public Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.

Wednesday, November 29, 6:30pm-8pm
NATURE STUDIES/EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Now that the colder months are upon us, it is important to feel prepared. Do you have questions about what to do in a power outage? Ever wonder what you would do if you were stranded in the wilderness? Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School founder and Survival Guide Frank Grindrod will be answering these questions and many more at his popular Emergency Preparedness Workshop at River Valley Co-op. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.

Thursday, November 30, 12:15pm
ART STUDIES/FILM
Museums à la Carte lecture at the Springfield Museums, Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice. With exclusive access to the highly anticipated exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, this opens the doors of London’s Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and takes cinema audiences through the squares and canals of Venice that Canaletto immortalized through his art. Best for self-directed teens and life-long learners. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, November 30, 2-4:30pm
TEXTILE ART/SKILLSHARE
Few basic skills can be as useful as simple sewing work. Darn a hole in your favorite sock or mend an old sweater that you’re just not ready to say goodbye to! Learning how to repair old clothes is a great way to save money and become more self sufficient. If you are struggling with a clothing repair problem or simply would like to learn some basic sewing, you can bring any clothing repair project to this workshop and get help from experts. Visit Amherst Survival Center for more information. 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 30, 3-4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Sonido Musica is a creative placemaking project brought to you by the Springfield public school system and the Community Music School of Springfield. Through studying and performing music in an ensemble, students improve their social, cognitive, and academic skills, as well as learn valuable ways to creatively build and develop their community. In 2015 Sonido Musica won Yale University’s Distinguished Music Education award. You can see Sonido Musica in action this holiday season at a pop-up concert at Union Station in Springfield! Learn more at the Community Music School of Springfield. (800) 872-7245. 66 Lyman St. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 30, 3-6pm
SENSORY PLAY
Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers at the Gaylord Memorial Library. This interactive program is designed to encourage sensory exploration with several stations containing things to touch, see, smell, and hear. There will be caregiver prompts at each station to help guide investigation and conversation. 413-538-5047. Gaylord Memorial Library. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

Thursday, November 30, 6-8pm
NATURAL HISTORY/CONCERT
Join historian Norman Simms and award-winning musician Ben Cosgrove for an evening of canoes, natural history, and music. Norman Simms will be discussing the natural history of Massachusetts and the Connecticut river valley through the lens of canoeing, followed by a performance by Ben Cosgrove, which inspired by and evoking the long distance hiking trails of New England. Norman Simms will also be signing copies of his new book Canoes: A Natural History in North America. For more details, see Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Thursday, November 30, 7pm
FAMILY THEATER/SCIENCE
Inspired by the famous “Cirque du Soleil,” the Latvian theater production “the Underwater Bubble Show” tells the magical story of of Mr. B, whose life of meetings and work deadlines is transformed when he is transported to an underwater dream-world. This multi art production incorporates juggling, puppetry, mime, and dance. It also features laser technology, snow cannons, and bubble tornados! Also, be sure to stop by at 6pm for a special presentation about how physics and science influences our daily lives. Visit Umass Fine Arts Center for more information. 413-545-2511. FAC Concert Hall. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.

Friday, December 1, 10:15am
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
It can be challenging to be home with a new baby, especially in the winter. The Clark Art Institute is inviting parents to get out of the house and go do something fun with their infants at a special guided gallery tour! This event will be held in the permanent collection, where parents and their infants can explore the Clark’s amazing collection of European and American paintings and sculpture. Visit the Clark Art Institute for more details. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Friday, December 1, 3pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY EVENTS
Downtown Amherst fills with light and song during the holidays. Friday, Dec 1 is the traditional Merry Maple tree lighting celebration with horse-drawn carriage rides, chorus, and marching band parade. The fun starts at 3pm. Saturday, Dec 2 is the Pack the Sack special sales event. Stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a sack and see Santa and his Elf at the Visitors Info Center, at 12noon—enjoy treats and holiday tunes provided by a dixieland jazz band. Stroll through town and see the holiday windows. Remember to vote for your favorite online! Saturday, Dec 16Flash Mob Caroling under the Merry Maple at 12noon—all welcome to sing seasonal songs. Sunday, Dec 17Free holiday concert with Amherst Community Band at the Pacific Lodge at 4pm. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 1, 6pm
TREE LIGHTING/SANTA
Town tree lighting with Santa. Cookies & hot chocolate at the Community Center after tree lighting (with Santa – he’s coming too). Downtown shopping until 8pm. And for parents’ night out, a Santa Pub Crawl begins at 8pm. Lenox, MA (FREE/$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Heath, Holyoke, Ludlow, Montague, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, Russell, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, and Warwick Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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