Suggested Events for March 10th – 16th, 2018
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Hilltown Families Events
Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are rounding out the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ fundraising series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall!
As always, we’ll have a community breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. For this special Saturday only, we’ll be joined by talented young performers from Youthful Expressions Dance Studio, who will wow the audience with creative moves directed by Tylor Thomas of Springfield, MA. At Youthful Expressions, their motto is “Perform hard and stay humble,” so you know this will be a show you don’t want to miss! After the dancers from Youthful Expressions inspire us with their moves, all the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party!
These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families. Admission is $6 per person. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piti Theatre’s 9th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, 3/11 starting with pancakes at 11 am! Spring forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance at Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St.. Award winning Sandglass Theater headlines the Festival at 3:45 pm with their puppets-under- an-umbrella tale «Punschi». Piti’s international touring musical «To Bee or Not to Bee» is at 2:30 and join us for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11 – 2:30. Plus, free Real Pickles, Red Sox raffle, and more! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors/$5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800- 838-3006 (no additional fees!). Puppet workshop registration: email@example.com, 413-339–4569.
Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 6 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring two-week themes that include Gardening, Insects & Wildlife, Building & Creating, and Cooking. Infants/toddlers ages 3 and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with lots of outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of Lego building and creativity with thousands of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules to meet the needs of working families. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer a unique variety of summer programs for girls ages 9-18. Summer camps for young riders, debaters, dancers, and artists blend excellent instruction with a uniquely supportive community full of fun and self-discovery. Based on a beautiful, 100-acre campus, Stoneleigh-Burnham camps make use of the school’s outstanding facilities and adhere to the same high standards set during the academic year. Campers live in school dormitories, enjoying campus life with new friends and caring faculty mentors. All Stoneleigh-Burnham summer camps, from riding and dance, to debate and art and animation, emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents. For more information, call 413-774-2711 x256 or email email@example.com.
For over 40 years Montessori School of Northampton has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade, Jun 25-Aug 17. The Toddler program will have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio. Their Children’s House (pre/K) theme based programs also have half and full day options. For elementary and middle school students they offer Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Advanced Painting Technique, Daytrippers, LEGO STEM Challenge, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Mad Science programs, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. For more info: 413-563-4645; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.northamptonmontessori.org.
Rockin’ the Summer 2018. IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (June 27–Jul 1; Aug 15-19) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 6-15; Jul 20-29) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 2-12) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-21 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering. More info: 413-268-3074; email@example.com; www.ima.org.
Marlboro College’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer young adults (ages 15-19) the opportunity to study with Marlboro professors and build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning. Participants spend all day with a faculty member and get an introduction to Marlboro’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to college-level academic work. One-week programs ranging from Do-It-Yourself Chemistry to Explorations in Clay to Awakening in the Wild take place on or near Marlboro’s beautiful southern Vermont campus and run between July 1 and July 28. Students can earn one college credit per week of study for a small fee. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit marlboro.edu/summer.
A week (at least!) in the Berkshires this summer at overnight Camp Bonnie Brae! No prior Girl Scout experience required. One week of day camp available with busing from Lanesborough and Lee. Girl Scouts’ dedication to progression in outdoor programming means that girls practice age-appropriate skills and gain the experience needed to feel confident taking the next step in their outdoor journey. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or sailing, canoeing or paddle boarding (SUP) across a lake. Girls, age 6-18 years, explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature with an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). For more information, call 413-584-2602 or email email@example.com.
Nestled in the woods, Camp Lewis Perkins puts the focus on leadership development through fun, traditional camp activities. Prior Girl Scout experience in not required. Girl Scouts’ dedication to progression in outdoor programming means that girls practice age-appropriate skills and gain the experience needed to feel confident taking the next step in their outdoor journey. Girls explore nature, learn how to build a fire and cook over it, create works of art, swim in the pool, practice archery, try their hand at a new sport, and more. Busing available from many Pioneer Valley locations. Camp Lewis Perkins is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) for its commitment to health, safety, and program quality. For more information, call 413-584-2602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids, Art & Nature Summer Program! Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the creative, intellectual and emotional growth of the children in their care. Visual arts, storytelling and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer 2018 session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus, and includes classes on making art with nature, faeries & myths, toymaking, superheroes, kites, dinosaurs & spaceships, ceramics and using Minecraft ideas to create real world environments. Much of the day is spent outside, art-making, exploring, and playing noncompetitive games. For more information, email email@example.com or call 413-367-0186.
Rock On is a three week music program for youth held annually at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. Rock On welcomes all levels and ages and offers training for voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano, horns and winds. Workshops include songwriting, recording and music production, rapping, band coaching, and large ensemble rehearsals in classic rock and jazz. Friday performances are held in the Boland Theatre in the Koussevitzky Arts Center. Rock On students also perform off campus at open mics, Pittsfield’s downtown 3rd Thursday celebrations, and in partnership with regional theater and performing arts organizations. With an emphasis on mentoring through music, Rock On offers a nurturing environment for kids to learn from a professional faculty while playing in bands and making friends and memories for a lifetime. For more information, call 413-329-2280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancers of all ages can enroll in Massachusetts Academy of Ballet Summer Camp sessions, from July 16 – August 17. The Pre-Ballet Workshop (July 16-20) is geared for ages 5-8 and teaches primary ballet with improvisation, acting games and storytelling. Intensives for older and more experienced dancers include pointe, pas de deux, repertory, modern, jazz, and yoga. Adult open classes also available. Located in Open Square, part of Holyoke‘s Innovation District, MAB studios feature state-of-the-art sprung floors, a dressing room, and reception area. All MAB classes emphasize classical ballet technique, musicality, artistry, and creativity. For more information, email email@example.com or call 413-536-6200.
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.
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 10th – 16th, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Liz DeRoche is our Guest DJ with Musical Diversity Episode. Liz will take listeners on a musical adventure exploring diversity in music. She showcases a wide variety of genres that are as unique and diverse as we are. 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, March 10, 9am-3pm
Did you know that during the Civil War abolitionists used maple syrup instead of sugar because sugarcane and molasses were largely produced using slave labor? For hundreds of years, dating back well before colonization, the northeast has been the center of maple syrup production in the United States. And for 33 years, the town of Chester has been celebrating maple syrup season with a day of delicious food, local arts and crafts, and of course, lots of maple syrup. Visitors can also enjoy live music and wagon rides up to the sugar houses to see how maple syrup is made. Chester, MA ($)
Saturday, March 10, 10-11am
Vernal pools, also known as ephemeral pools, are temporary pools of water that occur in the spring, hence the name ‘vernal.’ They are caused by winter snow melt or seasonal rain. Despite being dry for most of the year, these pools are a vital part of the ecological landscape. Because they are temporary, fish do not live in them, which allows for reptile, amphibian, and insect species to thrive. Many species of amphibians travel to the vernal pools for mating. They lay their eggs in the pools and then when they hatch, the creatures travel out of the pools. Due to this, vernal pools can be one of the busiest ecosystems in nature. New England is home to many vernal pools and are especially active at this time of year. Join the folks from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment for this special class on vernal pools, designed for parents and their children. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)
Saturday, March 10, 11am-2pm
FARMERS MARKET/WINTER FARE
Did you know that the first Community Supported Agriculture garden was founded in Great Barrington in 1986? The movement was started by Swiss biodynamic farmer Jan Vander Tuin, who came to the United States in the 1980s and assisted with the creation of the Great Barrington garden. The goal of the CSA movement is to create direct relationships between farmers and consumers. This relationship can help to create fair trade policies and livable wages for farmers. Additionally CSA farms often employ organic and biodynamic approaches to agriculture, which promote ecologically sustainable farming. Celebrate Community Supported Agriculture at the City Soul Winter Farmers Market in Springfield! 765 State Street, Springfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, March 10, 11am-2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MAPLE SYRUP
Come visit a working sugar house and learn all about the production of maple syrup! As everybody in the region knows, March is maple syrup season. As winter is winding down and the weather gets warmer, sugary maple sap begins to move up from the winter reserves in the roots. By collecting and boiling this sap, New Englanders for countless generations have been able to enjoy one of nature’s sweetest treats. This Maplefest celebration will provide visitors with an opportunity to see how syrup is produced and attend demonstrations of colonial and pre-colonial methods of evaporating sap. And of course, everyone will get to taste some of the delicious syrup. Hopkins Memorial Forest, Rosenburg Center. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Saturday, March 10, 1-5pm
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Ever since its first observance in 1909, International Women’s Day has been a special day to honor the struggles of women and others for justice and equality. It was first made into a national holiday by the Soviet Union in 1917 and it wasn’t until 1975, when it was adopted by the United Nations, that it spread around the world. Come commemorate this important day and the principles of justice and equality that it represents at this International Women’s Day Celebration, hosted by AfriKque Limited. Boland School. 426 Armory Street, Springfield, MA ($)
Saturday, March 10, 5:30-7:30pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/CORNED BEEF
Corned beef has become synonymous with Saint Patrick’s Day and Irish American culture but the history of this dish is much more complicated than one might think. First of all, the name “corned beef” simply refers to the preserving of the beef in coarse salt, which is known as “corn” in old English. While some version of salted or “corned” beef can be traced back to 12th century Ireland, any version of the dish that would be recognizable today is derived from a product that originated in the 17th century. Until the late 19th century, Ireland was the world’s largest producer of canned corned beef, which became a major tradeable commodity due to the fact that it was nonperishable. Irish corned beef was traded across the Atlantic to the French to be used in their sugar plantations in the Caribbean as well as many other British and French colonies. Despite the huge amount of corned beef that was being produced in Ireland, however, the vast majority of the product was exported and not consumed by Irish people. Moreover, the corned beef industry played a role in the Irish Potato Famine. As more and more farmland was taken over for the production of corned beef, Irish farmers were pushed onto smaller and poorer quality plots of land, where potatoes became the only sustainable crop. Nevertheless, corned beef has become an important part of Irish American cultural heritage, linked to the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. In Ireland, to this day, bacon and cabbage remains the traditional dish eaten at this holiday. Come enjoy a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner at the First Congregational Church of Westfield. First Congregational Church. 18 Broad Street, Westfield, MA ($)
Saturday, March 10, 6pm-12am
FAMILY IRISH NIGHT
Beginning in the early 1800s, thousands of Irish immigrants, mostly from the area around Dingle in County Kerry, immigrated to Chicopee and Holyoke, which at the time was known as Ireland Parish. They found work in the textile mills and paper plants and became an important part of the local community. To this day, the area’s Irish heritage in alive and strong. Kick off the week of Saint Patrick’s Day, known colloquially as Irish Week, with a celebration for the whole family! The Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is hosting a Family Irish Night this Saturday, featuring food, music, and face painting. American Legion Post 452. 37 Exchange Street, Chicopee, MA ($)
Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm
Since the 18th century the Pioneer Valley has been a major literary destination. From Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson to Dr. Seuss and so many others, some of the most well known and loved figures in American literary history have passed through the region at one time or another. All of these authors have influenced our local culture in important ways, helping to create the unique blend that makes our home special. The Valley Letters Project is new series that pays homage to the literary figures that have helped to shape our regional culture. This event will feature community members reading letters written by some of the important literary and cultural figures that have impacted the Valley. All funds will go to support The Academy of Music Theatre. The Academy of Music. Northampton, MA ($$)
Saturday, March 10, 8pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
Since its creation in Montreal in 1994 Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been one of the leading acts in the experimental scene. What began as a trio has grown to a collective of up to 14 musicians, creating earth-shaking, awe-inspiring music soundscapes. At times meditative, haunting, dreamlike, chaotic, and explosive, the band uses a variety of field recordings, sampled vocals, and instruments to build their signature post-rock aesthetic. From the beginning, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been highly political, writing songs about the second Palestinian intifada or ‘uprising’ and including the links between various record labels and the military industrial complex in their liner notes. At this concert at MassMoCA, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will be playing with celebrated Bhutanese musician Tashi Dorji, in what promises to be an enthralling and mind-bending performance. Hunter Center. Mass MoCA. 1040 MassMoCA Way, North Adams, MA ($$)
Sunday, March 11, 2018
7-8am – 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, March 11, 11am
MAPLE SYRUP AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Once again, the maple sap is flowing in the groves and forests of our hilltowns. We know that means spring is right around the corner. All over the region, people come together to celebrate the coming of spring and our most delicious local specialty. In this spirit of celebration and welcoming the changing seasons, the Piti Theatre Company is once again holding their beloved Syrup Festival, mixing maple syrup appreciation with live theater, puppet shows, and even a puppet making workshop! Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, live music, and fun events for the whole family. Shelburne Buckland Community Center. 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA ($)
Sunday, March 11, 11am-1pm
In recent years, as our culture becomes increasingly technological, there has been a resurgent interest in learning traditional or so-called ‘primitive’ skills. These skills, such as carving, weaving, working with animal hides, and learning how to make fire, were common knowledge among all human beings until very recently. Learning these kinds of skills makes us resilient, puts us back in touch with our shared ancestry, allows to create beautiful and practical objects, and is super fun! Come on down to this Earth Living Skill Share and meet new people and learn something new. Montague, MA (FREE)
Sunday, March 11, 1-3pm
The town of Shelburne was first settled in 1756, at the time it was part of the town of Deerfield and was known as ‘Deerfield Northwest.’ In 1775 it became incorporated as a town. Beginning in 1795, 8 district schools were established in and around the town. Take a journey through the 19th and 20th centuries, through the lens of local history. This event will focus on the history of the Shelburne school from 1795 until the present. Listen to stories from former students and check out slides and archival photographs. Shelburne Historical Society. Arms Academy Building. Corner of Maple Street and Church Street, Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)
Sunday, March 11, 1-4pm
Did you know that Tyrian purple, one of the most valuable and ancient natural dyes, is actually created by grinding up the shells of tens of thousands of sea snails? The color produced by this dye is a vibrant reddish purple that actually becomes brighter over time! This dye was being used by the Phoenicians in the Eastern Mediterranean as early as 1570 BCE and was a major status symbol for members of the Roman and Byzantine nobility. As a matter of fact, at certain periods, the only people allowed to wear clothing dyed with purple were members of the imperial family itself! Natural dyes can create a wide variety of bright and colorful hues. At this workshop, local artist Brece Honeycutt will demonstrate how she uses plant based dyes in her work. Bartholomew’s Cobble. 105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls, MA ($)
Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm
PARENT’S NIGHT OUT/IRISH MUSIC
For five decades The Chieftains have been one of the leading voices in modern Irish music. By blending traditional elements with modern styles, The Chieftains have been able to continue gaining new fans while pleasing purists. Many of their songs feature the uilleann pipes, a traditional Irish form of bagpipes. The uilleann pipes, like the Scottish bagpipes, are derived from the ancient warpipes that Gaelic peoples played during battles. In order to play the uilleann pipes, a bag around the waist must be manipulated by a bellows and notes are played through the mouthpiece or ‘chanter.’ Come enjoy an evening of Irish music with the most well-known and beloved band in the genre today. For more information please visit The Chieftains. Springfield Symphony Hall. 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA ($$)
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, March 12, 6-7pm
Many famous authors began writing when they were young adults. To get in the habit of expressing oneself in written language is the most important part of learning to become a writer. On top of that, some writers even end up publishing their work as teenagers! This monthly creative space for young adult writers and artists will provide snacks, writing prompts, and a special visit from local author Bailly Morse, who wrote and self-published her first novel when she was fourteen. This quiet, supportive environment is the perfect setting to do creative work and share your ideas with other young adults. Westhampton Public Library. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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, March 13, 10am-4pm
In 1923, Cicely Mary Barker published her first book of flower fairies, Flower Fairies of the Spring, for which she was paid 25 pounds. Since that time, her series of flower fairy books has been enormously popular and Barker has been compared to legendary author Beatrix Potter for her detailed botanic illustrations and fanciful narratives. Because of her epilepsy, Barker was unable to attend school and taught herself, spending most of her days drawing and painting and learning about flowers and folklore. The beautiful paintings of children that accompany each flower in her books are drawn from portraits she made of children in her sister’s kindergarten. The beauty of flowers continues to capture our imaginations and inspire our creativity. At the Spring Bulb Show at Smith College, visitors will have the chance to explore a wide variety of beautiful and inspiring flowers. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of a flower fairy out of the corner of your eye! Lyman Conservatory. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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, March 14, 5pm
BOOK LAUNCH/CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Jane Yolen is a true local celebrity. A long time resident of the Valley, Yolen has written hundreds of beloved children’s books, including the favorite Owl Moon. After decades of writing, Yolen shows no sign of slowing down! Come celebrate the release of her new book Meet Me at the Well, which focuses on stories of women from the Old Testament. While the books of the Old Testament are filled with courageous kings and heroes, they also contain stories of powerful female characters that are often overlooked. Each story in Meet Me at the Well is accompanied by commentary that clarifies and expands upon the themes of the story. Southampton Public Library. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA (FREE)
Thursday, March 15, 2018
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, March 15, 3:30-4:30pm
Legos can be a great way for children to play and express themselves while building developmental skills! They allow children to really explore their curiosity by building nearly whatever they can imagine. Legos also promote hand-eye coordination and encourage children to work with others. By reading the instructions, children can also boost their literacy skills and working on large-scale lego construction projects can teach children how to plan ahead. Come enjoy an afternoon of lego play at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Thursday, March 15, 6-7:30pm
Come out to celebrate the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day with dinner and a show at the Early Bird Cabaret! Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and show tunes, performed by local musical theater veterans. And tuck in to a delicious three-course Irish dinner, featuring soda bread and beef stew. Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA ($)
Friday, March 16, 2018
Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.
Friday, March 16, 7:30-10pm
OWL PROWL/NATURE STUDIES
Massachusetts is home to eight different species of owl, including the enormous, fearsome Great Horned Owl, also known as the Tiger Owl, to the mysterious and haunting Barn Owl. Long time residents of the area will no doubt have heard owl calls in the forest at night from time to time. The signature “who cooks for you” call of the Barred Owl or the bizarre and off-putting vocalizations of the Screech Owl. Join naturalist Rene Wendell in searching for owls on this moderate nighttime hike. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight, water, and appropriate footwear. The Boulders. Dalton, MA (FREE)
Friday, March 16, 8pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/AMERICANA
Americana, as a music genre, refers to a mixture of the unique trends within American music including blues, country, folk, and bluegrass. These distinctively American musical traditions continue to influence contemporary musicians and resonate with audiences. Los Angeles based band The Dustbowl Revival has been making serious waves in the Americana community over the last several years. Their debut album was ranked #1 on Amazon’s Top 200 in Americana and Alt-Country. In their most recent work, the band has begun incorporating more jazz and rhythm and blues into their sound, making for a truly eclectic mix of American musical styles. Come see this exciting ensemble performing live at Gateway City Arts! 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA ($)
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Plainfield, Shelburne, Westhampton, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.