Suggested Events for December 2nd – 8th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Bulletin Board

Dec 2

Saturday, December 2nd: The Downtown Northampton Holiday Stroll! 5-8pm, Main Street, Downtown Northampton. Bring your friends and families and join our downtown community in celebrating the holiday season. You’ll find Main Street closed to vehicular traffic, and filled with free family-friendly entertainment: Face painting, s’mores, hot chocolate, holiday balloon animals, martial arts demonstrations and more! Live music performances– on sidewalks, in front of City Hall, in stores and at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Performances are FREE; voluntary contributions will go to the Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless. Look for specials, giveaways and more at your favorite stores and restaurants as well. info@northamptondna.com

Dec 1-2, 16-17

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.

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.

Dec 8-10

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, and then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring guest artists from Carolina Ballet & Festival Ballet. Live on stage December 8-10 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. New this year: Our Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 8 has lighting and sound accommodations for reduced sensory experiences, and a narrator will assist the audience at the start of the performance. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Dec 8-10

Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set on Solstice Eve until the sun returns in the morning. The theme is the mythology and the natural world at this point in the annual round. Songs of animals, trees, and spirits join the wassails, carols, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Friday & Saturday Dec. 8 and 9, 7:30pm & Sunday Dec. 10, 2pm. Shea Theater, Turners Falls. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and children 5-16 years. Tickets: Amherst Books, in Amherst, Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, at the door or online. For information and reservations, visit welcomeyule.org.

Dec 10

Grab your holiday shopping list and join OnTrend on Sunday, December 10, for their fun and festive Holiday Market! They will be returning to the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA between 10am and 4pm. They’ll have 55 of the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, house wares, ceramics, apparel, and much more. Be sure to stop by their activity booth and take home a free gift! Free admission. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

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.

Dec 10

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, December 10, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.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.

Perform in a musical, delve into a marine biology intensive, write and deliver a Lyceum Lecture, participate in the Harvard Model UN, create a unique stone carving, travel on a foreign exchange, explore environmental sustainability. The Hartsbrook High School offers a well-rounded curriculum including Literature, Math, History, Science, the Arts, Land Stewardship, Service Learning, and Athletics. In all areas, teachers incorporate academic, practical, and artistic components, immersing students deeply into their subjects. Come and see for yourself. Schedule a private tour at 413-586-1908. 193 Bay Road, Hadley. Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. For more information visit www.hartsbrook.org.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 2 – 8, 2017

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

  Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, December 2, 2017

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. On this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, Kid Pan Alley is featuring not only songs from their album One Little Song Can Change The World, but also songs from some of their favorite artists about that very important subject. We’ve all felt transformed by a great song at some time in our lives. The hope is that this week’s show will leave our listeners inspired and rejuvenated with a collection of great songs to add to your family’s music library. 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!

Saturday, December 2, 8:30am-12:30pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/CHRISTMAS
Westfield State University’s 34th annual Breakfast With Santa event combines a community meal with entertainment, giving, and pictures with Santa! Connect with your community while engaging in cultural traditions, and supporting local charities! The event will be held in Scanlon Banquet Hall. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 2, 9am-2:30pm
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. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2, 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, December 2, 9:30am
SANTA/COMMUNITY MEAL
Start off the holiday season with a visit from the quintessential Christmas icon: Santa Claus! This wonderful intergenerational holiday event features a buffet style breakfast with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Located at Look Park’s beautiful and scenic Garden House, this event is the perfect opportunity to take pictures with Santa and enjoy a lovely meal with the community. Call right away to reserve tickets at 413-584-5457. Look Memorial Park. Florence, MA ($)

Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL
 Saturday and Sunday the village of Ashfield becomes transformed into a spectacular celebration of local art, crafts, food, and fun! Stop in at one of the open studios to learn about how local artists create their work. Grab a bite to eat or attend a cider tasting. And you won’t want to miss the long-standing tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree at one of Ashfield’s famous evergreen tree farms. This amazing winter festivals also features dogsled demonstrations, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a variety of musical and theater performances! Visit Ashfield Winter Festival for more information. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

Saturday, December 2, 10am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/WINTER FAIR
As an alternative to traditional holiday shopping, visit the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s Winter Fair! 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. 1 Industrial Parkway. Easthampton, MA (MARKET)

Saturday, December 2, 10am
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY WALK
The northern Berkshires kick off the holiday season with Williamstown’s Holiday Walk. Marking the 34nd year that this event has taken place, this year’s Holiday Walk will feature old-fashioned caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, and a visit from the jolliest of holiday icons, Santa Claus. A special Reindog Parade will take place at 3pm, featuring furry four-legged friends wearing festive antlers and other holiday canine garb. New this year will be a Run with the Reindeer Fun Run at 9:30 m, holiday crafts for everyone, Souperbowl Chili and Soup Cook-Off featuring local restaurants, gingerbread cookie decorating, and an ice carving demonstration. For details on specific events and more information please visit Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAYS
Downtown Amherst fills with light and song during the holidays. 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. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2, 11am-4pm
YULETIDE/LIVING HISTORY
Come learn about historical New England life at a special holiday festival at Storrowtown Village! Storrowtown Village is a hands-on educational setting that offers guided tours and unique seasonal events centering around 19th century life. Beginning in 1926 at a venue for handicrafts exhibits, Storrowtown Village is comprised of several antique buildings, which are transformed into a winter wonderland during this magical event, created by local designers, florists, and master gardeners. In addition to tours led by costumed volunteers, this event will feature a number of musical performances, ice-sculpting demonstrations, puppet shows, and historical lectures. This is a great opportunity to learn about what the holidays in New England would have looked like over a hundred years ago. For more information visit Yuletide at Storrowton Village. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2, 11am
PLACEMAKING/CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Norman Rockwell’s iconic New England Christmases of yesteryear come to life! All weekend long, the town of Stockbridge comes alive with holiday magic and the warm, comforting nostalgia of Norman Rockwell’s idyllic Americana. This festival celebrates the old fashioned joys and simple pleasures evoked by Rockwell’s painting of the town from 1967. Local residents are proud that little has changed in Stockbridge since then. Enjoy a tour of Stockbridge’s historical houses and buildings, bring the kids to storytime, and listen to some classic Christmas carols! Learn more at Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2, 11am
SKILL SHARING/MAKERS SPACE
Save some money this holiday season by creating your own unique works of art and gain some amazing arts and crafts skills from local experts while you’re at it! Make-It Springfield is a community project that promotes creativity and self-directed learning by building a space for community members to come and learn with local artists and craftspeople, who are passionate about sharing their skills with others. This is a dynamic and exciting way to make connections and build community. We all have so much to offer and even more to learn! Paint a holiday picture, create your own ornament, or take a professional studio quality holiday photograph. For more information go to Make-It Springfield. 168 Worthington Street. Springfield, MA (DONATION)

Saturday, December 2, 2pm
CAROLING
Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines will be caroling at the following 4 locations in Lenox; Visitors Center, Church on the Hill, Nejaimes Wine Cellar, and Church Street Cafe porch. Lenox, MA (FREE)


Saturday, December 2, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY STROLL
Bring your friends and families and join our downtown community in celebrating the holiday season. You’ll find Main Street closed to vehicular traffic, and filled with free family-friendly entertainment: Face painting, s’mores, hot chocolate, holiday balloon animals, martial arts demonstrations and more! Live music performances– on sidewalks, in front of City Hall, in stores and at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Performances are FREE; voluntary contributions will go to the Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless. Look for specials, giveaways and more at your favorite stores and restaurants as well. For more information visit The Downtown Northampton Holiday Stroll. Main Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, December 2, 6-8pm
PLACEMAKING/ART
 The Art Garden evolved out of the question: what would it look like if we adopted a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model for the creation of art? Since 2009, this unique project has been bringing local artists together to build community through art. The Art Garden treats art like food, something that nourishes and provides for the community through the collaborative efforts of everyone! Come visit the Art Garden for an evening of local art, music, and poetry centering around the theme of resistance and resilience. For more information visit the Art Garden. Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 2nd, 6:30pm
ASTRONOMY/CULTURE STUDIES
James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College and active in the International Dark-Sky Association, will be facilitating Viewing the Night Sky at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Telescopes will be provide to help participants view constellations, planets, galaxies, and stars from the Hitchcock hilltop. Discuss what you are viewing, including science facts, as well as legends from other cultures that teach deeper lessons about how we can connect with the sky. No matter what the sky conditions, there will be additional activities planned to teach participating families more about the sky. Dress for the weather. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration appreciated. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Sunday, December 3, 2017

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, December 3, 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 ($$)

Sunday, December 3, 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

Sunday, December 3, 3pm
MUSEUM/ART STUDIES
Considered one of the pillars of French Impressionism, American-born Mary Cassatt is perhaps best remembered for her powerful yet subtle portrayals of mothers with their children. Cassatt’s long collaborative relationship with Edgar Degas contributed to some of her innovative techniques, including her ground-breaking printmaking. The latter will be the subject of this lecture by Professor Emerita Nancy Mowll Mathews. Professor Mathews talk, entitled “Mary Cassatt’s Prints: Experiments in Understanding,” will focus on the ways that Cassatt’s printmaking work defined much of the Impressionist aesthetic. The lecture coincides with the Clark’s exhibit The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec. For more information visit the Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Sunday, December 3, 4-5:30pm
FAMILY CONCERT/VESPERS
The word “vespers” comes from the Latin word for evening and originally meant the daily hymns and prayers that were recited in the evening as opposed to the morning or midday prayers. Over the centuries, vespers became a great inspiration to classical music composers from Mozart to Vivaldi to Rachmaninoff. Start the holiday season off with a bang with an evening of beautiful music brought to you by the Smith College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, and Handbell Choir. This annual recital of carols and other holiday music has been a great local favorite for decades! To learn more, visit Smith College Performing Arts. John M. Greene Hall. Smith College. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, December 3, 5pm
FAMILY CONCERT/BRASS INSTRUMENTS
 Are you interested in brass music? A fan of live Christmas music? Come hear an evening of rousing holiday favorites with the Fanfare Brass Choir! This ten part ensemble features a wide variety of brass instruments including trumpets, tubas, trombones, and french horns. The Fanfare Brass Choir has been bringing lovely music to the Western Massachusetts region since 2008 and features some of the best local brass musicians. Playing music that ranges from the sixteenth century to today, the Fanfare Brass Choir is sure to get you in the holiday mood. To learn more visit the Fanfare Brass Choir. Huntington Congregational Church. 6 Searle Rd. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 3, 6-8pm
PLACEMAKING/CAROLING
Come celebrate the holidays with some good old fashioned caroling and relive a piece of local Valley lore! Legend has it that beloved Western Massachusetts native Dr. Seuss modelled the town of “Whoville” from his 1957 classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Easthampton! While Dr. Seuss scholars argue that there is nothing definitive to prove this hypothesis, locals have seized on the idea and this charming holiday celebration has been going strong for several years. There will be singing, dancing, free hot chocolate, and lots of holiday cheer! You’ll also have the chance to pose for pictures with the Grinch himself! Learn more about the Easthampton “Whobalation” at the 5th Annual Easthampton Holiday Whobalation. Millside Park. Easthampton, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

• Return to Top


Monday, December 4, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, December 4, 6pm
CULINARY ARTS/LIFELONG LEARNING
Are you a die-hard foodie who loves to challenge yourself by learning new techniques and recipes? Or maybe a novice cook who is just beginning to learn how to cook? This event is perfect for both and everyone in between! The Longmeadow Storrs Library’s Cookbook Club has become extremely popular and is an amazing way to learn about cooking, make connections in your community, and eat some delicious food! Everyone checks out the same cookbook, chooses a recipe, and then brings it to the event, where everyone gathers to eat and discuss the book and their recipes. This month’s book is Everyone is Italian on Sunday by Rachel Ray. To register please call 413-565-4181 or go online at Longmeadow Library. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

• Return to Top


Tuesday, December 5, 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, December 5, 3-4:30pm
HEALTH & WELLNESS/CHEMISTRY
As parents and family members, it can be hard not to wonder about the impact of chemicals in our environment. We are currently exposed to a wide range of chemicals in our everyday lives, without knowing how they are interacting with our bodies and impacting our health. This talk, by environmental chemistry professor Damian Shea, will focus on the new technological approaches to analyzing how environmental chemicals impact us. Dr. Shea ultimately hopes to be able to develop new ways of understanding the risks we are facing and provide quantitative measurements of our exposure to certain types of chemicals. This lecture is made possible by the Center for Research on Families. For more information visit the Center for Research on Families. University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

• Return to Top


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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, December 6, 6pm
HISTORY/FASHION
If you are a fan of Jane Austen or a historical fashion buff, you won’t want to miss this exciting evening with Victorian fashion expert Kandie Carle! Kandie has been acting, singing, and dancing since 1980 and has been giving Victorian fashion demonstrations since 1996. Her one-woman show gives audiences a first-hand look into the importance of fashion in Victorian England. This talk will be specifically focused on the role of fashion in Jane Austen’s beloved novels. Using selection from Jane Austen’s personal letters and novels, Kandie will demonstrate how Austen used her understanding of fashion to authentically represent the class and personality of her characters. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Victorian England, Jane Austen’s fiction, and the history of fashion! Learn more at Greenfield Public Library. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30-7:30pm
ANIMAL STUDIES/SWAMP BIRDS
Are you a bird watcher? Or an aspiring nature photographer? Join award-winning bird photographer and author Peter Christophe for an evening of local swamp birds! Peter’s incredible bird photographs have appeared in several magazines and Peter loves to share his expertise in photographing birds in their natural habitats. Recently Peter has been collaborating with Mass Audubon and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to assist in restoring the local Kestrel population. This presentation will feature a slideshow and discussion of the swamp birds of our region. To register for this event please call 413-565-4181, ext 1620 or go online at Longmeadow Library. Richard Salter Storrs Library. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, December 6, 8-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES/INDONESIA MUSIC
Did you know that Gamelan music is the traditional musical ensemble of the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia? In the Javanese language, the word “gamelan” means “to strike with a mallet” and if you’ve ever had the chance to hear this amazing music, you’ll know why: the ensemble is made up almost entirely of percussive instruments! According to Indonesian mythology, the gamelan was created thousands of years ago by an ancient king who invented the gong to summon the gods. The impact of this beautiful music has been felt throughout the world and several well-known Western composers were so struck by it that they incorporated elements of gamelan into their own music. Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, John Cage, and Bela Bartok are just a few of the Western composers who were inspired by gamelan. Gamelan performances also feature exquisite dance and puppetry. This holiday season treat yourself to an amazing musical experience unlike any other! For more information visit Smith College Performing Arts. Smith College. Northampton, MA (FREE)

• Return to Top


Thursday, December 7, 2017

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, December 7, 12:15pm
AMERICAN HISTORY/POLITICS
Museums à la Carte lecture at the Springfield Museums, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family with Shannon Perich, Curator, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Shannon Thomas Perich, curator of photography at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, culled Richard Avedon images held exclusively by the Smithsonian—and now on display at the Springfield Museums—for her book The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family. Her talk will provide historical background on the sittings within a political and cultural context and critically examine the work of one of the finest photographers of the twentieth century. 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, December 7, 7-9pm
FILM SCREENING/RACISM
Are you wondering what you can do in your community to understand racism? Coming Together is a local project that builds connections between individuals in the community by examining the ways that race impacts us both within our own communities and as a nation as a whole. This screening will be showing the second half of the film 13th, which analyzes the role of race in the United States criminal justice system. The screening will be followed by a discussion on how communities can take action together. For more information visit the Jones Library. The Jones Library. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

• Return to Top


Friday, December 8, 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 8, 11am
STORYHOUR
Montessori at the Forbes: Bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include time to explore Montessori materials, circle time and a story. All families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org. Forbes Library. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Friday, December 8, 4pm
BALLET/SENSORY PRESENTATION
Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, and then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring guest artists from Carolina Ballet & Festival Ballet. New this year: Our Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 8 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for reduced sensory experiences, and a narrator will assist the audience at the start of the performance. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org. Academy of Music. Northampton, MA ($$)

Friday, December 8, 4:30pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/TOY EXCHANGE
Cleaning out old toy bins? Got some well-loved toys that are collecting dust? Or an old favorite that has since been neglected in favor of a shiny new toy? This is an exciting way to save money during the holiday season and cut down on waste in your community. Donate your old toys instead of throwing them away or hoarding them in musty closets, never again to see the light of day! An old toy might become another child’s most beloved friend. Learn more at Toy Exchange 2017. Brought to you by Northampton ReUse. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

Friday, December 8, 7pm
DANCE STUDIES/BALLET
Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, and then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring guest artists from Carolina Ballet & Festival Ballet. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org. Academy of Music. Northampton, MA ($$)

Friday, December 8, 7:30pm
WINTER SOLSTICE/PERFORMANCE
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set on Solstice Eve until the sun returns in the morning. The theme is the mythology and the natural world at this point in the annual round. Songs of animals, trees, and spirits join the wassails, carols, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and children 5-16 years. Tickets: Amherst Books, in Amherst, Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, at the door or online. For information and reservations, visit welcomeyule.org. Shea Theater, Turners Falls. ($)

• Return to Top


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.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: