Suggested Events for September 15th – 21st, 2018
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After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs
Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. We have put together a directory of after-school & weekend classes and enrichment programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Many of these programs aren’t just for kids, so to all the adults out there – feel encouraged to pursue your interests and honor your callings through these enrichment classes, too!
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The Valley’s hottest farm festival is back! Kitchen Garden Farm’s annual Chilifest is a celebration of hot peppers and all things spicy on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon-5pm at Mike’s Maze in Sunderland. Enjoy great live music, local brews and spicy food all weekend long! Try some of the world’s hottest peppers grown right here in Sunderland. Taste and vote in the Chili Cook-Off Saturday and Hot Sauce Competition Sunday, and check out the new Hot Sauce Alley featuring local hot sauce makers. Plus, chef demos, DIY pickles and screen printing, chili crowns and pepper pops, and fun for all ages. Tickets and the full schedule of events at kitchengardenfarm.com/chilifest.
The Dhira Yoga Center will be offering an 8 class series of yoga classes, for kids ages 9-16, on Tuesdays from 4-5 pm, September 18 through November 6. The cost for the 8 week session is $80. Kids build confidence playing with the yoga poses, chilling out in shavasana and learning tips for quieting the mind. The teacher, Beki, has a playful spirit and extensive experience teaching yoga to kids. Lots of healthy fun. The Dhira Yoga Center is located at 617 College Highway in Southwick. For more information or to register, please visit www.DhiraYogaCenter.com, email info@DhiraYogaCenter.com, or call 413-998-3463.
The Celebrate Amherst Block Party returns for the 7thyear! September 20, 2018 5 – 9 pm on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst. Show Circus returns with acrobats on the high wire and on the ground. Two stages frame either end of the party with live music, performances, and a great DJ spinning tunes and providing time for impromptu karaoke. DJs, cafes, and restaurants set up on the street serving affordable, delicious foods – Thai, Tibetan, Mediterranean, Indian to delicious burgers and slices of pizza! There will be giveaways and prize wheels, face painting, and cotton candy, art projects and demonstrations. For more information please visit www.amherstdowntown.com. This is a free event.
The 20th Anniversary of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 29 and 30, 10am to 5PM in Orange MA. There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, fabulous food, chef demos and skills for local living. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word and dance on three stages. Ample activities for all ages, all weekend. Only $5.00 ($8 weekend pass) adults, kids 12 and under free! Visit www.garlicandarts.orgfor travel/parking info and full program; follow enjoyable festival updates daily on Facebook!
The Movement Observation in Children and Adolescents (MOCA) study is a research study to improve how we measure physical activity using wearable sensors. Participation is Easy! All you have to do is live your normal life while you wear two small activity trackers and we record you using a video camera. Our research staff will come to you and work around your schedule. Anyone from 1.5-17 years old can participate. All you have to do is complete four 1-hour sessions. Receive a $20 Target Gift Card for participating. Have a parent or guardian contact Brett Gramann on how to get involved. Email: email@example.com, call: 413-545-1583, visit: www.umass.edu.
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 15th – 21st, 2018
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Captain Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers takes the helm as our guest DJ for an hour of songs about pirates and the sea. Listen to songs from islands the pirates visited, dance to both the peg-leg jig and the peg-leg tango, and sing along to sea shanties old and new. Captain Tom also gives a brief lesson in how to talk like a pirate, as well as a few words about fine dining on the deep sea. 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, September 15, 10am-4pm
Human beings have been harvesting honey and keeping hives for around nine thousand years. Traditional cultures in Africa, Northern Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean have worshipped bee goddesses as a way of venerating these amazing creatures. In Lithuania, for instance, the traditional bee goddess is known as Austeja. It is said that in traditional Lithuanian communities, it is forbidden to argue or quarrel in the presence of a bee, and if one comes upon a dead bee, it is buried in ceremonial fashion. Also, trees in which bees settled where considered sacred and untouchable. Come celebrate the gift of honey and give thanks to the bees at the twelfth annual Honey Festival at Warm Colors Apiary! This festival will feature demonstrations and lectures on a wide variety of bee-related topics, including cooking with honey, making honey wine, and pollinations. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the things you can create with honey and the importance of bees to our environment. Warm Colors Apiary. 2 South Mill River Drive, South Deerfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 15, 10:30am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/OPEN HOUSE
The Berkshire Music School has a rich history going back to 1940, when it was founded as the Pittsfield Community Music School. Created by community member Winnie Davis Long Crane, the school was designed “to provide quality education in music and musical opportunities to people in the greater Berkshire community regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, or ability to pay.” To this day, the Berkshire Music School honors the memory of its founder by never turning down anyone for inability to pay. At this open house event, visitors will have the opportunity to try out a music instrument, meet with BMS instructors, and even attend a free class! Berkshire Music School. 30 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 15, 12pm
Calling all amateur biologists: It’s time for the 9th annual Berkshire Bioblitz! During this 24 hour period, teams of participants will go out into the beautiful, 2, 600 acre Hopkins Forest preserve, accompanied by an expert scientist, and see how many species they can find from a list. This is a great way to learn about local biology and get hands-on experience assisting with real scientific research. You’ll be amazed how much wildlife there is right under your nose. All ages welcome. Hopkins Forest. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 15, 1pm
Gustav Klimt is one of the greatest figures of the Symbolist movement and created some of the most recognizable paintings of the fin de siecle in Central Europe, especially his sumptuous golden 1907 piece “The Kiss.” Something of an eccentric, Klimt wore nothing but long, flowing robes when he worked and his studio was filled with cats. In an ill-advised experiment, Klimt covered his sketchbook with cat urine, believing that it would act as a fixative. It did not and the stinking sketchbook was literally and figuratively “consigned to the dustbin of history.” Seeing how artists work is an invaluable part of understanding the artistic process. What kinds of environments do they find most conducive? How do their work habits influence the finished pieces? Come check out this Open Studio and Gallery Exhibit and see how local artist Susan Valentine creates her oil paintings. Leverett Crafts and Arts. 13 Montague Road, Leverett, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 15, 7pm
The history of European settlers in Northampton goes back to 1653. Over the centuries, Northampton has played an important role in the Abolitionist movement, transcendentalism, evangelical Christianity, and the Daniel Shays rebellion. Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind called Northampton “the paradise of America” in 1851 and to this day, the city has an enormous cultural impact. In this special collaboration between Historic Northampton and the A.P.E. Gallery, the history of Northampton comes to life through dance! Ten different artists present their work in this multimedia project. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA ($)
Sunday, September 16th, 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, September 16, 10am-12pm
German author Peter Wohlleben’s recent book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate has sold more than 800,000 copies in Germany and is now on the best-seller list in the United States and elsewhere. Wohlleben’s book is popularizing revolutionary new scientific research demonstrating conclusively that trees communicate with each other. Through what some scientists are calling the ‘wood wide web,’ intricate underground fungal networks that connect them, trees actually exist in colonies, which share a collective intelligence, like ants. The fungi, which grow from the tiny tips of tree roots, consume around 30 percent of the sugars that trees gather through photosynthesis, almost like a form of payment. This fungal communication system is vital to the survival of many younger trees, particularly in the darkness of the deep forest. Without access to rain and sunshine, these trees are actually supported by the rest of the colony, by transferring much needed sugars to the youngsters through the fungal network. Finding a massive 500 year old stump in the forest one day, Wohlleben was shocked to discover that it was still alive and pulsing with chlorophyll. The only conclusion, he describes, was that the rest of the colony was continuing to keep it alive long after it had been chopped down. “When beeches do this, they remind me of elephants,” Wohlleben says. “They are reluctant to abandon their dead, especially when it’s a big, old, revered matriarch.” Learn more about trees on this Tree Walk with Hitchcock Center naturalist Ted Watt. Laurel Park Arts. 2 Laurel Park, Northampton, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Sunday, September 16, 10am-1pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Come check out this exciting Pop Up Adventure Playground, featuring everyday objects like cardboard boxes, tubes, tape, rope, and hay. This project is a great opportunity to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity when they play. Reused materials can be transformed into a wondrous landscape of fun and adventure. Experiment and collaborate! Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)
Sunday, September 16, 12-3pm
There is still time to enjoy warm and sun of summer, before the dark, rainy days of autumn are upon us. And nothing says “summer” like a chicken barbecue! Come join the whole community at the Florence Public Chicken Barbecue, this Sunday! Community meals bring us together and help create that sense of belonging that is so vital. Florence Civic and Business Association. 90 Park Street, Florence, MA ($)
Monday, September 17th, 2018
Monday, September 17, 5:30pm
We all know that the United States has always been a nation of immigrants. In fact, the United States is the only nation on earth in which virtually every single resident’s ancestry can be traced to another part of the world. To this day, the United States has the largest immigrant population of any country on earth. In the early days of the American republic, statesmen actually traveled to other parts of the world to actively recruit immigrants. Historically, the United States has had an excellent record in terms of integrating and assimilating immigrants. Can the same still be said? The Pioneer Valley Workers Center and First Church Amherst are inviting community members to come together for a potluck meal and discussion of immigration, with special guest speakers presenting on the history of immigration in the United States and how it relates to the present day. First Church Amherst. 165 Main Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)
Monday, September 17, 6-8pm
The relationship between music and storytelling is an ancient one, indeed. In Ireland and the British Isles, the tradition of balladry developed as a form of narrative song well before the 13th century. Nowhere was the ballad tradition more rich and beloved than the border region between Scotland and England. As historian A.L. Lloyd writes: “The bare rolling stretch of country from the North Tyne and Cheviots to the Scottish southern uplands was for a long time the territory of men who spoke English but had the outlook of Afghan tribesmen; they prized a poem almost as much as plunder, and produced such an impressive assembly of local narrative songs that some people used to label all our greater folk poems as ‘Border ballads.'” Enjoy an evening of music, storytelling, and history with musician Jeff Snow. Greenfield Public Library. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, September 18th, 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, September 18, 10:30am
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Verbal, physical, and social activities are key for children’s growth and development. Come read, sing, and play with your 6 to 18 month olds at the WeeMuse Littlest Learners program at Berkshire Museum! Children will be able to move and play and caregivers will have the opportunity to share stories and discuss their experiences. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)
Wednesday, September 19th, 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, September 19, 6-8pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS/TEXTILE ARTS
Historically, trade guilds were highly structured and hierarchical. These organizations often held considerable political power and enforced a high level of craftsmanship through a rigorous series of apprentice examinations. In recent years the resurgence of traditional arts and crafts has led to a growth in crafting guilds once again. Unlike the guilds of yore, however, today’s craft guilds are much less formal and authoritarian. Motivated by a desire to share a love of crafts, educate younger generations, and keep traditional skills alive, today’s guilds tend to be more democratic and diverse, while still more formal than a local crafting group. This Wednesday, the Mohawk Trail Quilting Guild will be holding their monthly meeting! Come learn all about the guild and the amazing quilting work that’s being done in your community. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Historic Society of Greenfield. 43 Church Street, Greenfield, MA ($)
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30-8pm
NUTRITION/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
In 1997, 39.4 percent of Americans were considered overweight by the World Health Organization. Today that number is above 75 percent. During roughly this same period, the consumption of sugar has increased dramatically, while consumption of animals fats has actually radically decreased. In the past few years, there has been more and more awareness of the impact of sugar upon the human, including its influence on fatigue and mood. If you would like to learn more about how sugar impacts us and what kinds of foods can be used to naturally boost your energy, check out this free workshop, with certified integrative nutrition health coach Elyse Langer-Smith. River Valley Co-op. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20th, 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, September 20, 4-5:30pm
As human beings struggle to adapt to the new risks and dangers of a rapidly warming planet, architecture will continue to play a vital role. Coming up with creative new approaches to construction is a huge part of this adaptation, particularly in parts of the world where temperatures are already reaching dangerous levels. The tropical island nation of Singapore, for example, lies one degree north of the equator and has a year round temperature of 90 degrees with close to 90 percent humidity. As such, Singapore has become famous for its innovative, green building design. Particularly through the use of green roofs and vertical planting, many buildings in Singapore are able to stay cool using cross ventilation and exterior shading, rather than relying on air conditioning, which consumes massive amounts of energy. It’s no surprise that many of the greenest buildings are built in colleges and universities and UMass is no exception! Come learn all about some of the new green buildings on campus on this special tour, sponsored by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis. W.E.B. Du Bois Library. 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20, 5-7pm
The island of Puerto Rico has been called “The World’s Oldest Colony.” For more than five hundred years, the island has remained under Spanish and American rule. The American government, which has occupied and controlled Puerto Rico since 1898, officially refers to the island as “unincorporated territory of the United States.” Playing off this theme of the world’s oldest remaining colony, and a popular Puerto Rican soda called “Old Colony,” artist Pablo Delano’s installation “The Museum of the Old Colony” presents historical materials in the form of an ironic museum to the so-called accomplishments of Imperialism. Delano’s work functions as a meditation on the past and present of Puerto Rico. Hampshire College Art Gallery. 893 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20, 6-7pm
Among the ancient pre-Christian communities of the British Isles, there was a term for special places where the veil between our world and the other was particularly thin. These so-called “thin places” were often sites of sublime natural beauty, islands, for example, or rocky mountain peaks. These are places where the individual soul is able to slip free from the historical and the contingent and enter the stream of the undying and eternal. Writers have used many words to describe this transcendent experience. For some, thin places are sites were the individual can truly be at peace. For others, it’s where we learn important things about ourselves. One thing is for certain, everybody has their own thin places. What’s yours? A particular book store? Under a specific tree by the riverside? A mysterious moss covered boulder deep in the forest? The ways that these places work upon us are truly mysterious. We may never know why a particular place moves us so deeply. For some members of the community, the Common Ground garden in Florence has become such a place. Come experience the joys of community by sharing a meal with others, at the Common Ground annual harvest potluck dinner. Childcare available. Bring an autumn dish, plate, cup, and utensils. 140 Meadow Street, Florence, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
Globalism is a vexed concept and plays a particularly polarizing role in today’s political discourse. In recent history, the terms ‘globalism’ and ‘globalization’ were often used as a stand-in for American imperialism, global capitalism, and global free trade. Anti-globalization movements in the past have argued in favor of universal human rights, fair trade, and sustainable development. In the present, however, anti-globalism has morphed into a much darker phenomenon. The rise of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, for example, has depended largely on a new variant of populism, which positions itself against ‘globalism’ in the form of anti-immigration movements, nationalism, and economic isolationism. In this ‘point/counterpoint’ style discussion, author and professor Ilan Stavans will be joined by sociologist and scholar Saskia Sassen, to explore this complex web of political and historical developments. Stirn Auditorium. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20, 7:15-10pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/FILM SCREENING
“The Dude abides.” These three little words have had an enormous cultural impact since the release of the cult film The Big Lebowski in 1998. Since then, the film has inspired a religion known as ‘Dudeism,’ which for all intents and purposes is the same things as Daoism, with over 220,000 ordained Dudeist priests all around the world. The film has also been preserved by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Some might also be surprised to learn that the film has inspired a number of social and political analyses, with some seeing it as a critique of Reaganomics, neoconservativism, and the Gulf War. It even inspired a Shakespearean adaptation entitled: “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.” Come watch this hilarious, endearing, and thought provoking film on the big screen! Parents be advised that this film is rated “R.” Look Memorial Park. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA (FREE)
Thursday, September 20, 8pm
Every few years the Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival brings some of the very best puppet theater from all around the world to southern Vermont! The theme of this year’s festival is “Opening the Doors,” focusing on stories of access and inclusion. From performances centered on the current refugee crisis to exploring the experiences of marginalization, these shows are designed to inspire engagement and connection. Part of the festival’s goal is to carry these explorations and conversations beyond the theater and into the community at large, by partnering with various community groups and organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to see incredible contemporary puppetry and theater, for children and adults, from around the world. New England Youth Theater. 110 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT ($)
Thursday, September 20, 8-10pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/CLASSICAL MUSIC
It is impossible to overstate Beethoven’s significance in the history of classical music. His contributions are perhaps even more incredible given the tragic irony of his degenerative hearing loss, which began in his 20s and led to the composer being completely deaf during the last decade of his life. Beethoven never stopped composing, however, and some of the last works are among his best loved. Among Beethoven’s oeuvre, his piano sonatas have been particularly influential. Historian Hans Von Bulow described them as the “New Testament of classical music,” while Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was considered the “Old Testament.” Pianist Jiayan Sun will be playing through some of Beethoven’s masterworks in a series of recitals this season, beginning with the first four piano sonatas. Sweeney Concert Hall. 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)
Friday, September 21st, 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, September 21, 7-8:30pm
As one of the original seven members of Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner was one of the greatest comedians of her era. Her autobiography, It’s Always Something, also described her lifelong health struggles and her relationship with Gene Wilder. Tragically dying of cancer at the age of 42, Radner wrote in her autobiography: “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” The documentary “Love, Gilda” tells the story of the comedian’s life in her own words, drawing from her autobiography, diaries, and home movies. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)
Friday, September 21, 8pm
Every few years the Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival brings some of the very best puppet theater from all around the world to southern Vermont! The theme of this year’s festival is “Opening the Doors,” focusing on stories of access and inclusion. From performances centered on the current refugee crisis to exploring the experiences of marginalization, these shows are designed to inspire engagement and connection. Part of the festival’s goal is to carry these explorations and conversations beyond the theater and into the community at large, by partnering with various community groups and organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to see incredible contemporary puppetry and theater, for children and adults, from around the world. Next Stage Arts Project. 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT ($)
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.