Weekly Suggested Events for April 17-23, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!
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Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp: it’s not just for fiddles! Bring your cellos, guitars, and ukuleles too. Campers learn tunes from around the world, playing under outdoor canopies on Hartsbrook’s beautiful, spacious campus in Hadley, MA. The experienced instructors bring joy and fun to music lessons, and the school’s donkeys and goats are a receptive audience for practice concerts. For beginner-intermediate through intermediate level musicians in rising 4th through 9th grade. July 5-9, 9am-12:30pm. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org/programs/fiddle-camp.
Programming on Demand at the Springfield Museums is a new way to experience the Springfield Museums. Programming on Demand, or PODs, are field trips for families, friends, and small groups. Customize a field trip to the Museums for your group of five to 30 people (divided into smaller groups of 10). Children & adults will participate in up to three hour-long curriculum-based school programs. Mix and match science, art, history, and Seuss! Summer camp classes at the Museums will include art, nature, and space explorations for children 5 -12yo. Teens will enjoy drawing, painting, and printmaking. July 12-16; July 19-23; July 26-30. All experiences require a mask & social distancing. Classes will be kept small. For more info, call 413-314-6477.
Northampton, MA ♦ Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2021 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Explore Digital Art; Introduction to Drawing and Painting; The Art of Collision Repair and Restoration; Exploring the Field of Automotive Technology. Weekly programs from July 12-July 29. Half-day runs 8:30am-12:30pm. Full-Day runs 8:30am-3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, learn about art, automotive, or law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: July 12-29, 2021; Age Range: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3530; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.smithtec.org/summer.
Bement is open with students attending school in person, and they are accepting applications for fall 2021 as space remains available. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning, and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information, join their virtual open house or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.
Village Hill Cohousing
Village Hill Cohousing in Northampton, MA, invites the community to join their online information session, including a virtual tour of their homes and beautiful community. The date is Saturday, April 24, 11am-12noon (EDT) for the first session or 2-3pm (EDT) for the second one. Please RSVP to MarketCom@villagehillcohousing.org, and tell them which session you want to attend, and they’ll send you a link shortly before the event. Meet members, learn more about this vibrant, growing community, and ask questions. They look forward to seeing you there. www.villagehillcohousing.com
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp: Week 1:Beginner,Rock band-Radio Hits July 12-16, 9-3pm Week 2 Camp Beginner, Rock Band- Radio Hits, British Invasion, Alternative July 26-30, 9-3pm Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp – August 9-13, Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs Summer Camps
West Chesterfield, MA
Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after, and train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog, and swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” (JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Overnight Camps will resume 2022. Covid Safety Protocol will continue for 2021. July 6-August 27, 202
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Berkshire Music School
Adventures in Music and RockOn!
Play outside this summer with Adventures in Music at the Berkshire Music School! Designed for young music lovers, Adventures in Music give your budding musician a solid foundation in making-music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in world music, chorus, and creative movement on the tented lawn of BMS’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, ukulele, and visual arts interpretation. Session 1 (ages 5-9): July 5-16 and Session 2 (ages 10-13): July 19-30. And RockOn returns for pre-teen and teen musicians experienced in guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, and drums. Aug. 2-13.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Kamp for Kids
Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. This summer’s Kamp experience will be offered both in-person and virtually and includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it the mission of Kamp for Kids to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. Please note they are operating at a limited capacity this summer. Please call for more information.
Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.
This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021
THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021
Dive into Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today.
Listen to the modern “Pioneers of Sound!” with Elska as she takes us on a sonic journey into the world of early electronic music, synthesizers, micro-beats, bells and more.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
Online and in-person events and resources shared above are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Dalton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Holyoke, Huntington, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.