Weekly Suggested Events for May 1-7, 2021

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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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

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.

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Celebrate Earth Week at River Valley Co-op and get 15% OFF all items in their expansive Bulk Department from April 21st through May 4th! Buy only what you need, from a pinch to a pound, and do your part to reduce excess packaging and food waste. Come stock up on beans, rice, granola, flours, herbs and spices, household cleaning supplies, and so much more. Everyone is welcome to come stock up and save! Sale excludes pre-packaged items. 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. www.rivervalley.coop

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. prelude@communitymusicschool.com 413-750-9560

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp MacDuffie
Granby, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 2, 2021
Age Range: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-255-0000 x110
khamel@macduffie.org
summer.macduffie.org

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Barrington Stage Company’s
KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors.

Dates: June 28-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.org
barringtonstageco.org

Join Barrington Stage Company for KidsAct! & TeensAct! This summer, BSC is doing things a bit differently to safely accommodate the campers: by holding TeensAct! & KidsAct! as two separate three-week camps, held outdoors, location TBA. This will allow BSC to focus attention fully on one group of young people, to maintain a more contained pod-style environment with one group of campers at a time, and most importantly, to put the energy into creating the best and wackiest pieces of original musical theatre that can possibly be created! Students create an original musical with their peers to be performed on the final day of the program. Winner of the 2019 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Virtual.

Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 11-16yo
Contact: 413-774-1405
jbechtold@deerfield.edu
bit.ly/dasac21registration

In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
Community Action’s Head Start &
Early Learning Programs

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs (HSELP) provides quality early education & care and comprehensive services to pregnant women and children birth to five in Franklin, Hampshire, and Western Hampden Counties, MA. Every day, their mission is front and center: they partner with families in all they do and believe that parents are the experts on their children. Together, they build a solid foundation for resilient and resourceful caregivers; caring, confident, and curious children; and responsive, invested communities. All of their services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.  www.communityaction.us or call 413-387-1250 

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. 
www.rivervalley.coop

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021
Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7am. Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Graves Farm with Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Williamsburg, MA) 

MAY DAY. 9am-1pm. May Day outside activities at the Chesterfield Library. All supplies will be provided. (Chesterfield, MA) 

BOTANY. 9am-5pm. Opening day at the Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)  

ART STUDIES. 10am. Let’s Plant a Flower Baby! at Lenox Library (Lenox, MA) 

YOGA. 10am. Outdoor Family Yoga with Lisa Katz, sponsored by Pathways for Parents at Storrs Library (Longmeadow, MA) 

ECOLOGY. 10am. Spring Ecology Workshop: Spring Wildflowers and How to Find Them with Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley at Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Sheffield, MA) 

WORLD HISTORY. 11am. Real Pirates of the Caribbean (Virtual) 

PERFORMANCE ARTS. 11am. Saturday Salon at LAVA at The LAVA Center (Greenfield, MA) 

GARDENING. 11am-1pm. Double Digging and Bed Preparation with Grow Food Northampton (Northampton, MA) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 12pm. UMass Wind Ensemble with UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance at Sweetser Park (Amherst, MA) 

RACISM. 3pm. Anti-Racist Educators Forum with The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 6pm. Tour of Machu Picchu (Virtual)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021
Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Western MA  

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

PreK MUSIC STUDIES. 10:30am. Sing With Your Little Ones with Pelham Library (Virtual) 

LITERACY. 11am. Kindergarten Write and Read (Great Barrington, MA) 

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program (Great Barrington, MA) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am & 2pm. Storytime at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield, MA) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am. Spring Story Time on the lawn at the Hubbard Library (Ludlow, MA/Hybrid) 

GARDENING. 3:30pm & 6pm. Start Gardening: Hampden Hampshire Conservation District at Storrs Library (Longmeadow, MA) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 4pm. Guitar workshop for beginner with Emily Williston Memorial Library (Virtual) 

CINCO DE MAYO. 7pm. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Southwick Public Library (Virtual) 

LANGUAGE ARTS. 7pm. Poets and Writers Café with The LAVA Center (Virtual)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021
Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Western MA  

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 8am. Birding at The Mount at The Mount (Lenox, MA) 

NATURE-BASED PreK. 9am. Nature Sprouts at Bement. Connecting with nature through stories & hands-on activities (Deerfield, MA) 

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Playgroup with Hatfield Library. (Email for Zoom link) kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 10am. Story Hour with Greenfield Public Library (Email for Zoom link) librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

CULINARY ARTS. 12:30pm. A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with Institute of Culinary Education (Virtual) 

STE(A)M. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

PreK LITERACY. 5:30pm. Musical Storytime with Pelham Library (Virtual) 

CULINARY ARTS. 6-7:30pm. Tuesday Night Supper Club with Johnny Bossuot. For lifelong learners looking to sustain healthy dietary changes or simply want to have community and support around eating healthy. (Virtual) 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY.6:30pm.  Australia: Above and Below with Storrs Library (Virtual)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021
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NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7am. Birding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (Lenox, MA) 

BOTANY. 12-1:30pm. Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk with the Hilltown Land Trust (Huntington, MA) 

ECOLOGY. 1-3pm. Vernal Pools at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton, MA) 

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
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PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Western MA  

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

PreK DEVELOPMENT. 9:30am. Grow Play & Learn Weekly Group with Hubbard Memorial Library (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

PreK MUSIC. 11am.  Music Classes for Families with Young Children with Northampton Parents Center (Virtual) 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield, MA) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 12pm. Springfield College Virtual Band Concert and Music Student Showcase with Springfield College (Virtual) 

STE(A)M. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

STE(A)M. 3:30pm. Magnetic Mini Tiles (gr. K-2) with Storrs Library (Virtual)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021
Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Virtual) 

PARENT GROUP. 9:30am. Stroller Stroll at Storrs at Storrs Library (Longmeadow, MA) 

BOTANY. 12-5pm. Plant sale at the Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA) 

ASTRONOMY. 7pm. Stars Over Springfield with Springfield Museums (Virtual) 

FASHION HISTORY. 7pm. The Victorian Lady: 1890s Gilded Age with Agawam Cultural Council (Virtual) 

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

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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.

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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.

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