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!
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 mulledcider 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: email@example.com; 413-586-1908; www.hartsbrook.org.
In June of 2021, the Center School moved to a beautiful brand new building, situated on 30 acres of land to explore. Admissions season is underway, and the school is booking more tours than ever. Valley families are drawn to the Center School’s approach– weaving justice, joy, collaboration, innovation, and love into a unique educational experience. If you’re looking for a school where kids are immersed in 21st Century curriculum and in the timeless world of nature and play that is so essential to childhood, visit www.centerschool.net to learn more and to book an in-person tour today! Please email Lauren Obregón, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: email@example.com; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org
Nonotuck Community School is accepting applications for 2022-23. Nonotuck has served the greater Northampton area for 40+ years. Their school includes five classrooms, art studio, large & sunny indoor play space, and two large & natural outdoor play spaces, including climbing equipment & garden areas. Their curriculum is play-based & inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Children have ample time for free-play, exercise, & outdoor time. Teachers create small group activities that emphasize arts, science & creativity. They have daily large-group circle time for stories, discussion & music. Nonotuck is a parent cooperative, licensed child care center. Teachers meet & surpass state requirements for early childhood educators.
The Berkshires’ Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS), is an innovative nonprofit music-education organization offering online, after-school lessons for students ages 12-18, taught by a world-class faculty of musician-composers, recording artists, performers, and educators. BAAMS’s unique learning system encourages students of any level of experience to learn to compose music and improvise. Their students will express their own life experiences and individual perspectives through their instrument(s). Students are taught trumpet/brass instruments, drums, piano/keyboards, saxophone/woodwinds, guitar, and electric bass (a brief, private audition takes place before admission). Join BAAMS today! For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 718-483-5911; www.berkshiresacademyams.org
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Guided by the expression, “Spring ahead, fall back,” daylight saving time has again dictated that we change our clocks by an hour. Examining the history of daylight saving time illuminates that this worldwide practice is closely tied to human history. Exploring the reasons behind the changes in sunlight that drive daylight saving time can lead to new understandings in history, economics, and horology (study and measurement of time).
Warm bread straight out of the oven with a generous schmear of butter is comfort food for many. Learning how to bake your bread and make your butter takes this comfort food and elevates it to much more. Full of embedded learning opportunities, baking bread and making butter can support learning about food history, pastry arts, science, world culture, nutrition, and much more!
November 11th is Veterans Day, a national holiday that honors American veterans of all wars. The original date has great historical significance – the armistice that ended World War I was on November 11th, 1918. Today, Veterans Day honors all those who have dedicated themselves to serving our country in the armed forces. Given Massachusetts’ rich history and role in the formation of the United States from colonial and Revolutionary War times to our contemporary society today, this is a day to remember the soldiers from the past as well as those today who serve our nation. Let this annual day of remembrance support learning and interests in music, history, and community service.
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, 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.