Weekly Suggested Events for October 30 – November 5, 2021

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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? 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 fun events for all ages, each week!

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Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Mister G’s Halloween Fiesta!

Calling all ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches! Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist and children’s book author, MISTER G, will be hosting his annual Halloween Fiesta concert outdoors at The Common School in Amherst (521 S. Pleasant Street). Showtime is 11am on Sunday, October 31, 2021. (Moved from: October 30). Special guest stars include percussionist Marcos Carreras and his students from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts. Come ready to dance and sing along to MISTER G’s spooky, original, bilingual songs. The concert is made possible by the generosity of local businesses and major sponsors, River Valley Co-op and the Community Foundation of Western MA. Admission is FREE and costumes (for kids and adults!) are encouraged. 


The Ski and Winter Gear Sale, held annually by the Amherst Historical Society & Museum, returns on October 30, 2021, from 9am-2pm, under the big tent at 67 Amity Street, in downtown Amherst, with deals and choices so big – it is scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats), all in adult and youth sizes. This event will observe strict safety guidelines with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required. Costumes are appreciated! For information visit, their website: amhersthistory.org.

FEATURED EVENT: CiderDays: November 6-7, 2021

The 27th Annual CiderDays will celebrate all things cider, apples, and orchards with the 2021 CiderDays Cider Trail, featuring local orchards and cideries in Western Massachusetts that you can drive to in the safety of your car. With over 20 venues on the trail, some will have special offerings, including cooking demos at Clarkdale Fruit Farms, apple and cider tastings at various orchards, special cider blend sale for hard cider making at Pine Hill Orchards, spectacular views, tastings and picnicking at West County Cider and New Salem Preserves and Cider, campfire and warm mulled cider at Cameron’s Winery and so much more. CiderDays takes place November 6-7, 2021. Check CiderDays.org often for new activities being offered.

The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Beautiful outdoor classrooms, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. PreK thru high school. Begin your exploration with an individual Zoom meeting. Call 413-586-1908 x116 to schedule your appointment and imagine the potential for your child. Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-6yrs. For more information: admissions@hartsbrook.org; 413-586-1908; www.hartsbrook.org.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events


ORNITHOLOGY. 8am. Waterfowl on Berkshire Lakes and Ponds with Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. 

HALLOWEEN. 9am-1pm. Crafts, games, and Halloween treats at the Chesterfield Library. 413-296-4735. 408 Main Rd, Chesterfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 9am. Trick or Treat at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ EXERCISE. 9:30am. Spooktacular Stroller Strides Class at Agawam Spray Park. Agawam, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ BOARD GAMES. 10am. Spooky Board Games at the Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY. 10am. Exploring Northampton Series: Wandering in Ward 3, A Walking Tour with Co-director Laurie Sanders. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ STEM. 10am. Sweet Treats and Mad Science Halloween Party at the Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-5pm. Halloween Weekend at the Haunted Hall at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ AVIATION. 10:30am. Haunted Hangars: Halloween Trick or Treat Event at the New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT. 

HALLOWEEN/ SCAVENGER HUNT. 11am. Halloween Treasure Hunt at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

LITERACY/ PreK. 11am. Story Walk Series: Many Voices, One Story at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE/ CORN MAZE. 11am. Corn Maze Open at The Apple Place. 413-348-9628. 540 Somers Rd. Rt. 83, East Longmeadow, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PARTY. 11am. Halloween Boo Bash at United Way of Pioneer Valley. 1441 Main St, Springfield, MA. 

ZOOLOGY. 12:30pm. Chow Time at Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

FOOD FESTIVAL. 1pm. Wine and Cheese Festival at Glendale Ridge Vineyard. 155 Glendale Rd. Southampton, MA. 

HIKING. 1pm. Hike to Rose Ledges at Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/ SCOTTISH. 1pm. The Softer Side of Celtic at the Milne Public Library. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PARTY. 1pm. Family Halloween Party with Live DJ at the Springfield Central Library. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 1pm. Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat at the Wilbraham United Church. 500 Main St, Wilbraham, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 2pm. Trunk or Treat at Crossroads Church. 92 New Athol Rd, Orange, MA. 

HEALING/ SOUND. 2pm. Singing Bowl Sound Healing Workshop at the Bushnell-Sage Library. 413-229-7004. 48 Main St, Sheffield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 2pm. Trunk or Treat with the Whately PTO at the Whately Elementary School. 273 Long Plain Rd, South Deerfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/PreK. 2-4pm. Trunk or treat, pumpkin painting, balloons & bubbles with Ed Popielarczyk + cider & donuts! Outside of the Lily Library. 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 3pm. Annual Trunk or Treat with the Wilbraham Children’s Museum at Fern Valley Farms. 758 Main Street Wilbraham, MA.    

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 4pm. Trick or Treat and Rag Shag Parade. Downtown Greenfield, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ SHOP LOCAL. 4pm. Hallow’s Eve Night Market at Depot Square. Holyoke MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 4pm. BrattleBOO- Trick or Treating in Downtown Brattleboro, VT. 

HALLOWEEN./ TEENS 4:30pm. Teen Halloween at the Palmer Public Library. 413- 283-3330. 1455 N Main St. Palmer, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATSTrick/Trunk or Treating in Berkshire County, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 5-7pm. Drive through Trunk or Treat in the parking lot at the Hadley Safety Complex. 1 East Street. Hadley, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 5:30pm. Trick or Treat Haunt. 81 McArthur St, Pittsfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ FARM. 5:30pm. Halloween Party at Red Gate Farm. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 5:30-7:30pm. Truck or Treat in the parking lot of New Hingham Elementary School. Prizes for best-decorated car & costume. Chesterfield, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 5:45pm. Rag Shag Parade. Line up at Joe’s Garage on S. Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ WALKING. 6pm. Macabre Pittsfield: A Walking Tour at The Common Park. 100 First Street. Pittsfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ WALKING. 6pm. Pumpkin Walk at the Adams Visitors Center. 413-743-8358. 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 7pm. Guided haunted walk. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ DATE NIGHT. 7pm. Wooly Bully: Halloween Patio Party at Patria. Northampton, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ SCARY. 7pm. Terror in the Maze at The Apple Place. 413-348-9628. 540 Somers Rd. Rt. 83, East Longmeadow, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ EXERCISE. 7pm. Saturday Light Fright at Altitude Trampoline Park. Holyoke, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PUPPETRY. 4pm. 6pm. 8pm. Halloween Show with Skeleton Crew Theater at the Shea Theater. Turners Falls, MA.


Self-Directed Learning: Thin Places

Among the ancient pre-Chcaristian 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 where 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 bookstore or art gallery? Under a specific tree by the riverside or nearby park? A mysterious moss-covered boulder deep in the forest? A specific bench on Main Street? A cafe that illuminates your senses? The ways that these places work upon us are genuinely mysterious. We may never know why a particular place profoundly moves us.

Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Mister G’s Halloween Fiesta!

HISTORY. 10am. A Walking Tour of Bridge Street Cemetery with Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 10am-4pm. Halloween Weekend at the Haunted Hall at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am. Halloween at Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA. 

HALLOWEEN. 11am. Halloween in the Garden at Unity Skate Park. Turners Falls, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ CULINARY ARTS. 11:30am-1pm. Witches’ Ball with live music and a Halloween buffet. Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern. 81 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 1pm. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Northampton, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 3pm. Drive-thru truck or treat event, hosted by the Bernardston Recreation Department. Church St, Bernardston, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE.3pm. Halloween Rag Shag Parade and more with the Erving Recreation Commission. 2 Care Dr, Erving, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 3:30pm. Children’s Halloween Parade + Haunted Theater with the Adams Lions Club at the Adams Community Bank. Adams, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 4:30-7:30pm. Trunk or Treat in the parking lot, the center of town. Goshen, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS.  Trick/Trunk or Treating in Berkshire County, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ FALL FESTIVAL. 5pm. Fall Family Festival at Bethany Assembly. 580 Main St, Agawam, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 5pm. Rag Shag Parade on Depot Street (Buckland Side). Shelburne Falls, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ PUMPKINS. 5-6pm. Jack O’Lantern display & treat bags at the library. Plainfield, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 5:30-8pm. Truck or Treat on the Town Common. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ TREATS. 5:30-7pm. Trick or treating. Plainfield, MA

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 5:30pm. Rag Shag Parade + Trick or Treating. Depart from Hampshire Regional High School parking lot towards the center of town with Trick or Treat spots along the way. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 5:45pm. Rag Shag Parade. Line up at E Main St. Williamsburg, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE. 6pm. Rag Shag Parade. Step off at Trinity Park and end at the Florence Civic Center. Florence, MA.

HALLOWEEN/ PARADE.6:30pm. Halloween Rag Shag Parade with the Belchertown Lions Club. Meet at Chestnut Hill Community School. Belchertown, MA. 

HALLOWEEN/ PUMPKINS. 7pm. Jack o’Lantern display/photo opportunity. On the steps of the Town Hall. Ashfield, MA.


Self-Directed Learning: Halloween-Based Learning

Halloween, like most celebrations, holds an abundance of learning opportunities for the curious-minded. Self-directed learners can explore the history of Halloween through the tradition of trick-or-treating and by learning about local haunted places. Interests in arts and crafts can guide learning by making Halloween pinatas, origami ghosts, and even costume design. Halloween also offers a learning lens through community service, hands-on science, language arts, food science, culinary arts, mythology, osteology, and so much more! Let this “spooky” celebration grab your curiosity and lead your learning this season!


Self-Directed Learning: Day of the Dead

Diá de los Muertos is rich in history and traditions and can inspire learning through traditional celebrations and the making of alters that honor ancestry! Food traditions, including sugar skulls and Pan de Muerto (bread), can support an interest in confection arts and pastry arts. An interest in arts and crafts is supported by learning how to make paper marigolds, costumes, and make-up artistry.


Self-Directed Learning: Candy Chemistry

Use Halloween candy for mad science experiments in your home kitchen! Families can use Skittles to examine density, M&M’s are great for chromatography experiments, certain Lifesavers include a chemical combination that can produce sparks. Families can use a variety of other candies to explore scientific topics like density, melting points, and states of matter. The website Candy Experiments offers directions for lots of easy experiments, and kids can invent some of their own, too!


Self-Directed Learning: Halloween Candy/ Manufacturing

Halloween candy is an excellent catalyst for learning about the history and manufacturing of candy! Families can learn why M&M’s “melt in your mouth, not in your hands,” how a candy factory supports a local economy, the history and difference between red and black licorice, and how Halloween’s most popular candy is manufactured!


Self-Directed Learning: Apple & Pumpkin Butters

November is the time of year for the slow rendering of both apple butter and pumpkin butter in your home kitchen. Gathering locally grown apples and pumpkins from nearby orchards, farm stores, and co-ops, lessons in the kitchen await self-directed learners! Discover the history of apple butter, how to make pumpkin butter, and the difference between apple pie and pumpkin pie spices. Get curious and research where these spices are naturally grown, their history and impact of culture, and other foods made to taste better with their introduction to different recipes.


Self-Directed Learning: Cave Art

Thirty thousand years ago, during the Aurignacian period, early modern human beings in Europe experienced a period of rapid cultural growth. The earliest known examples of cave art were created around this time, as well as the oldest discovered musical instrument. Moreover, some of the examples of cave art suggest the first evidence of religion. There is no finer site for Aurignacian art and culture than the Chauvet cave in southern France. The walls of this ancient cave are covered with detailed drawings of horses, mammoths, lions, bears, and hyenas, made in black and red ochre. Most intriguing by far is the strange and mysterious image of a woman with the head of a buffalo. Surrounded by peculiar markings and unidentified bird-like creatures, this haunting image has led archeologists to speculate that this was an important ritual site.  

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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, Hinsdale/Peru, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Westhampton, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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