Weekly Suggested Events for September 17-23, 2022

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Mid-September in western Massachusetts is full of learning events through the lens of wildflowers, migrating animals & the apple harvest.

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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The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022!

The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022, with Bonny Light HorsemanBrett Dennen, Heather Maloney, and many more! This 100% solar-powered outdoor festival will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to support the work of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Carrie Ferguson & The Grumpytime Club and ten-year-old Louie Phipps will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities and nature art and craft projects just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local plant-based food, and Makers Market craft vendors will have work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com

Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT, will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Sept 24 and runs every Sat & Sun, including Monday, Oct 10 until Oct 30. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun-filled adventure where families ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field, and each child can pick out a FREE sugar pumpkin. Back at the Museum, they can decorate pumpkins, enjoy hands-on crafts & the outside play area with SPOOKTACULAR Halloween activities. Tickets are also good for the Fire Truck Museum, housed on the same property as the Trolley Museum. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation & to book your tickets. Admission is $14/adults, $13/seniors, $13/ages 12-17, $11/ages 2-11, and under 2 is free. 

Will Bike 4 Food, presented by Stop & Shop, returns for its 12th year on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Lion’s Club Pavilion in Hatfield, MA! For The Food Bank’s 40th Anniversary, the goal is to raise $250,000, which will provide ONE MILLION healthy and nutritious meals to neighbors throughout Western Massachusetts in need of food. Sign up as an individual or team for a 10-, 25-, 50-, or 100-mile bike ride through the Pioneer Valley. Each cyclist gets a WB4F t-shirt and an all-access pass to the CE Floyd After Party with food, craft beverages, live music, and more! Visit www.willbike4food.org for more information, sign-up, or donate to a team. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is taking over the parking lot at Lia Toyota of Northampton at 280 King Street on Sunday, September 25th, 11am- 3pm for the 3 Ring Ruckus Home, Car, & Family Spectacular! This community event brings together home vendors highlighting their offerings, family entertainment featuring the Pioneer Valley Jump Rope Team, juggling from VillageWise, corn shucking contestbubble zone, bike safety rodeo for kids (bring your tike’s bike/helmet), chalk art, pumpkin painting, and much more. Live music by Rosie Porter & The Neon Moons, Local Burgy and Ginger Love Café food trucks, 3 types of raffles, and a New England car show round up the three-ring event. (Severe weather postpones until early summer 2023).

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED EVENT
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Orange, MA

October 1 & 2, 2022 from 10am-5pm!

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival returns Oct 1 & 2! This popular family-friendly weekend is back and not to be missed. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, celebrate community and local living with two days of peace, love, and garlic! Fabulous music & performance on three stages; over 80 exhibitors featuring art, agriculture, healing arts, and local organizations; a terrific kids art tent & games for all ages; glorious garlic cuisine and chef demos; ample inspiration & workshops for a hopeful future. Family-friendly inflation-busting weekend admission! $10 adults, $5 students, seniors, EBT, kids 12 & under FREE! Visit www.garlicandarts.org for parking, shuttle, & full schedule of events. No pets. Follow on FB and Instagram. 

Leapfrog Programs presents, the 5th Annual Groundnut Gathering – Earth Living Skills Rendezvous on October 7-9, 2022, in the Hilltowns! Get outdoors with nature immersion opportunities this fall during this ancestral skills gathering 
in Montgomery, MA. Participants will come together on the land to learn and share timeless skills practiced by people on all continents, including animal tracking, hide tanning, friction fires, storytelling, and more! Leapfrog Programs also offers after-school and homeschool programs for K-8. Experience nature immersion and connection, learn foundational skills and routines, and begin a lifelong, meaningful relationship with many species and the land. To register or to learn more, visit leapfrogprograms.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Prelude Preschool of the Arts offers full-day and half-day programming in Springfield, MA.

There’s still time to enroll your little one in an exceptional arts education offering an innovative and engaging curriculum for preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten age students. Prelude Preschool of the Arts, an arts-integrated preschool in Springfield, MA, provides a nurturing environment for children and families to explore, learn, and create. Offering a flexible, arts-centered preschool programming for ages 2.9-5, children are cared for by a dedicated team of expert artists, musicians, and educators within the walls of the treasured Community Music School of Springfield. To learn more, call 413-732-8428, or visit online at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Amherst, MA

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Group and private instruction in Beginning I & II, Intermediate and advanced Ukulele, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band and Voice.  Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered as well as private voice training. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band), Gruff Davies (Rock Band), Sarah VanElls (Voice). After school and evenings. For more information: missleticia@missleticia.com; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online.

Start the new school year off on the right note with lessons at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs. Interested in taking a music class with others? Try their fun Community Group Classes, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis! BMS private lessons and Community Group Classes are for students of all ages and levels. Check out why Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “After-School Program.” For more info on how to register & class offerings, visit the BMS website:
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED MUSIC OPPORTUNITY
Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Greenfield, MA

First Fall Rehearsal happens
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Play classical music, learn, and have fun! The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently accepting all instruments. The Youth Orchestra (YO) is an ensemble of talented, hard-working musicians ages 10-18, led by Director Nell Wiener. A year with the YO includes many exciting activities, such as presenting live concerts, playing with the Symphony Orchestra, performing music for their peers in local schools, playing in chamber music groups, and special small group coaching from professional musicians. Rehearsals are Sundays 5-7pm at Greenfield High School, Sept 11 – April 13. Tuition is $150 per semester; partial and full scholarships are available. To join the YO, schedule a placement hearing on our website, by email, or by phone. For more information: youth@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022
The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022!

The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022, with Bonny Light HorsemanBrett Dennen, Heather Maloney, and many more! This 100% solar-powered outdoor festival will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to support the work of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Carrie Ferguson & The Grumpytime Club and ten-year-old Louie Phipps will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities and nature art and craft projects just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local plant-based food, and Makers Market craft vendors will have work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 7:30am-1:30pm. Amherst Farmers’ Market – Town Common. Amherst, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-12:30pm. Greenfield Farmers’ Market – Since 1975, the Greenfield Farmers’ Market has provided fresh, locally grown produce, animal products, artisanal goods, and handcrafted items. Court Square. Greenfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-1pm. Northampton Farmers’ Market – Gothic Street. Northampton, MA.

⭐️ NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 8am-11pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.  

FAMILY RADIO: 9-10am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm.Ashfield Farmers’ Market – Fresh produce, meat, bread, and plants on the Town Common. Ashfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm.The Pittsfield Farmers Market – The first teen-run market in the region! Shoppers will find fresh, local, and seasonal foods & products, along with live music, chef demos, workshops, and children’s activities. Town Common. Pittsfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm. Great Barrington Farmers’ Market – Lots of vendors. Freshly grown and produced foods, ready to eat or take home, flowers, plants, and more! 18 Church Street. Great Barrington, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm. Williamstown Farmers’ Market – A setting for community gathering and interaction with local growers, artisans, producers, bakers, and food-makers sharing a wealth of knowledge and skills about local agriculture and production. Spring St. Williamstown, MA.

⭐️ GOVERNMENT. 9:30am-2pm. Constitution Day at the Greenfield Public Library – Stop by the library and pick up a free Pocket Constitution, offered in observance of Constitution Day. Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day in 1787, that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. 

⭐️ FOOD HISTORY/ COOKING DEMO. 9:30am-4pm. Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Waffles and Wafers -Learn about waffles, wafers, and how women historically cooked them at the hearth with special equipment: waffle and wafer irons (they’re different!). Historic Deerfield’s open hearth cooks will experiment with savory and sweet recipes from the past. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY. 10am-12pm. The Ashfield Historical Society Museum – Visit a general store, pottery, photography, and products. Learn about the history of education in Ashfield and citizens who served in local conflicts and wars. And much more! 413-628-0001.457 Main St. Ashfield, MA. 

⭐️ HISTORIC TRADES/ SILVERSMITHING. 10am-4pm. Historic Trade Demonstration: Silversmithing – Learn about this historic trade firsthand at Historic Deerfield’s Silver Shop in their Silver and Metalware Collection Building! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

CORN MAZE. 10am-5pm. Get lost in a corn maze, a classic New England tradition! Hicks Family Farm. 1299 Route 2 E. Charlemont MA.

⭐️ FALL HARVEST/ AGRICULTURE. 10am-5pm. Farm Harvest Festival – Learn about blacksmithing and goat-milking during live demos while celebrating the fall harvest! Take in some local brews, fresh apple cider, and other fall favorites at Simple Gifts Farm. 413-230-3262. 1089 N Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. 

⭐️ LITERACY. 10am-5pm. Fall in Love with Reading – The Springfield Museums will celebrate Springfield’s favorite author this fall! Enjoy a day of Dr. Seuss-inspired activities for the whole family. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

⭐️ LIBRARY ADVENTURES. 10:30am. Curiosity Day – If you love dragons and tacos, come to Curiosity Day! Meet Dragons Love Tacos characters, make your own salsa, create slime, fill up your STEAM passport, take home a free book, and more! Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. 

⭐️ RESOURCE FAIR. 10:30am-12:30pm. Franklin County Community Baby Shower – Come to the Franklin County Community Baby Shower and take advantage of the young family resource round-up. There will be 16 agencies present! All agencies work with young families and are thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with their community. Takes place on the Greenfield Town Common. Greenfield, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 10:30am-3pm. Holyoke Farmers’ Market. 164 Race St, Holyoke, MA.

⭐️ LIBRARY ADVENTURES. 11am. The Pigeon has a PARTY! With Elephant and Piggy too! at the Blandford Porter Memorial Library. 413-848-2853. 87 Main St, Blandford, MA.

⭐️ STEM/ FIBONACCI. 11am. STEAMCraft: Math in Nature –Learn about the Fibonacci spiral and fractals, then create your own at the Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

⭐️ BIKE RIDING/ NATURAL HISTORY. 11am-1pm. Family Bike Program on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail – Explore the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail with a State Park Interpreter and discover many of this popular recreational trail’s fantastic natural and cultural features. Look for signs of wildlife and railroad history. This event also offers an informative clinic on bike safety and a how-to on bike tune-ups. Come out to meet the park Interpreter and a local bike enthusiast from the Berkshire Bike Path Council. 45 Harmony St, Adams, MA  

⭐️ TEXTILE ARTS/ HISTORY. 12-4:30pm. Weaving Wonder: The Art and Craft of Making Cloth – Families are invited to visit Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop and have fun with weaving: use their small floor loom to learn the basic steps of making a piece of cloth or craft a bright and beautiful woven wall hanging to take home. Everyone can become a weaver! Apply your new knowledge and skills to explore woven textiles in their collection! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

⭐️ BIODIVERSITY/ CITIZEN SCIENCE. 12pm-12pm. Berkshire Biodiversity Day – A 24-hour biodiversity survey begins today. Participants will identify every living thing found within 24 hours, starting at 12noon on Saturday and ending at 12noon on Sunday. Meet at the parking lot on Longview Drive. There will be information booths and sign-in sheets to greet you. You can spend as much time as you like (you don’t have to be there for 24 hours. Brattlebrook Park. Pittsfield, MA. 

⭐️ ASTRONOMY/ STAR GAZING. 6-10pm. Star Gazing – Observe stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and other deep space objects. Arrive at dusk and stay as long as you like. Telescopes will be set up on-site with Arunah Hill amateur astronomers who will focus on night sky objects, provide information, and answer questions in a relaxed discussion format. Meet at the Visitor Center lodge. Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

⭐️  FILM STUDIESAshfield Film Festival – The Ashfield Film Festival brings together two of our favorite things: Film and Community. Learn more about this year’s event at www.ashfieldfilmfest.org.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Garden Season Clean-Up

The gardening season is starting to end, and it’s time to start thinking about how to help your garden next year. The end of the season is a perfect opportunity to get your kids thinking about the design of your family garden and the importance of completing the season through fall garden chores. Getting curious about what tasks should be completed and asking why and what to look for next year can make their learning experiential and embedded in the seasons. Consider gathering seed heads for eating or saving and learning about root systems of perennials by dividing and replanting. For a list of garden tasks, read our archived post, The Garden Plot: Season End Learning Through Gardening.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FAMILY RADIO: 7-8am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

⭐️ NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 8am-10pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD/ LOCAL CRAFTS. 10am-2pm. Belchertown Farmers and Artisans Market – Small New England town with local-based farmers supplying freshly harvested produce, animal products, and artisan crafts. Town Common. Belchertown, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

CORN MAZE. 10am-5pm. Get lost in a corn maze, a classic New England tradition! Hicks Family Farm. 1299 Route 2 E. Charlemont MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

⭐️ PUERTO RICAN CULTURE/ PARADE. 11am-2pm. Springfield Puerto Rican Parade – The mission of the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade is to celebrate and raise awareness of Puerto Rican culture and honor the contributions of our community. This year’s parade will depart from Main Street and Wason Ave intersection and march through the city’s North End into downtown, ending at Boland Way. Join in with your family setting up your chair or standing anywhere on Main Street’s sidewalks from Wason Ave to Boland Way. You may also join the celebration at the Main stage located at 1550 Main Street’s Plaza. Springfield, MA. 

⭐️ STEM/ ENGINEERING & PHYSICS. 12pm. Montague Soapbox Races – Back again for the 8th time. Gravity-powered racing carts take their best shot at becoming the champion! Join in for a terrific day of racing. Designing, building, and racing a car can provide a multidisciplinary, hands-on learning experience for kids, making math and science fun, and would be an excellent project to work on this summer! Designing a car requires some basic math, engineering, and design skills, and executing a plan means learning how to use basic tools. The race itself is a physics lesson – racers will learn how to utilize the slope of the hill paired with the size and weight of their car to accomplish the fastest speed possible! Unity park, Turners Falls, MA. 

⭐️ TEXTILE ARTS/ HISTORY. 12-4:30pm. Weaving Wonder: The Art and Craft of Making Cloth – Families are invited to visit Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop and have fun with weaving: use their small floor loom to learn the basic steps of making a piece of cloth or craft a bright and beautiful woven wall hanging to take home. Everyone can become a weaver! Apply your new knowledge and skills to explore woven textiles in their collection! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

⭐️ AGRICULTURE/ APPLES. 12-5pm. Apple Festival – Outlook Farm hosts its annual Apple Festival. This family-friendly event includes live music, apple picking, and BBQ. Outlook Farm Barn & Eatery. 413-539-9388. Rte 66, 136 Main Rd. Westhampton, MA. 

⭐️ ART STUDIES/ SCULPTURE. 1pm. Drop-In Sand-Casting – On the final day of the Rodin exhibition at the Clark, learn about sand-casting, a traditional method for making sculpture that Rodin and his team used for some of the works on view in Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern. Use sand and plaster to create your very own 3-D work of art to take home! Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA. 

⭐️  LOCAL HISTORY/ SLAVERY. 1pm & 2pm. Ashley House Tour – Visit the home where Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman was enslaved and uncover how she helped end the institution of slavery in Massachusetts. Learn about Freeman’s life, slavery in the north, and the impact of Revolutionary-era rhetoric, including that of her enslaver, Col. John Ashley. – Space is limited. Preregistration required. 117 Cooper Hill Road Sheffield, MA.

⭐️ NATURAL HISTORY/ HUMANITIES. 1-3pm. The History and Nature of Mount Greylock’s Summit: A Historic Mountaintop Walk – This special walking tour offers an insightful journey through time and space as participants explore the summit’s early development as a public park to its complete transformation by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. An inside look at Bascom Lodge will follow this 1-hour historic landscape tour. Bascom Lodge. 413-743-1591. N Adams Rd, Adams, MA.

HILLTOWN HISTORY/ MUSEUM. 2-4pm. Kemp-McCarthy Museum in Rowe, MA – Families can learn all about the history of life in the Hilltowns at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, the town of Rowe’s fantastic resource for learning about local history! Its permanent exhibits include an antique store filled with goods that were really for sale. It also consists of an early 1900’s schoolroom, a collection of clothing worn by both children and adults, a music room filled with antique instruments, and an exhibit that focuses on the material culture and pastimes of early 20th-century Hilltowners. Kemp-McCarthy Museum. 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Maize

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan writes, “There is every reason to believe that corn has succeeded in domesticating us.” For thousands of years, corn has been a staple in the diet of countless cultures. Today, corn is the largest produced crop in the world, and the United States is no exception – large-scale agriculture in our country revolves around corn production. What’s so great about corn, though? How have the yellow, red, blue, and white kernels persisted in their importance to humans? How has corn gone from being a sacred plant in Native American culture to becoming a mass monoculture? Learning about what corn used to be like before sweet corn was widely cultivated as a delicious summer crop can provide a concrete example of evolution. By illustrating the concept with something kids are familiar with, families can provide an opportunity for their children to build connections to the idea. Educators can use this teacher-friendly guide to the evolution of maize.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

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BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at the Meekins Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.  

PARENT SUPPORT. 10-11:30am. Parent Chat in the Hilltowns – Refreshments and snacks will be available & childcare is provided, so parents and guardians can sit down and enjoy time with other adults. Held at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Ashfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 10am-8pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Pirates

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This is a fun day to learn about the history of pirate and seafaring expressions while comparing and contrasting these expressions with common phrases with a nautical origin. Take an interest in pirate expressions and use it as a lens to learn about music too! Musician Captain Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers takes the helm as the guest DJ of the Hilltown Family Variety Show with 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 on how to talk like a pirate and a few words about fine dining on the deep sea. Give the show a listen: HFVS Pirate Episode with Guest DJ, Tom Mason of the Blue Buccaneers.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. School-readiness program for ages 3-4yo + caregiver. Engagement with young children is modeled through songs, books, circle time, literacy activities, StoryWalks, crafts, STEM activities, free play, cooperative games, take-home activities, and outdoor play. Hilltown Family Center. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 10am-8pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10:30-11:30am. For ages 0-5 at the Edwards Public Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

STE(A)M/ PreK. 1pm. Pre-School STEAM Program. Learn how to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore, and build at home. Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 1:30-6:30pm. Grow Food Northampton Tuesday Market – Held behind Thorne’s Marketplace, next to the parking garage. 99 Armory Street. Northampton, MA. 

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Self-Directed Learning: Honey

Come early autumn, most local honey has been harvested. You can find sweet amber bottles (sometimes with a slice of honeycomb) at co-ops, farmers’ markets, and roadside farm stands. Depending on the climate and local flora, the terroir of honey changes based on which flowers in a region the honeybees have pollinated. Honey produced in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts could have a slightly different taste than the honey produced in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fascinating how the flavor profile of the honey changes based on environmental differences; it truly reflects a sense of place, topography, and geography. A delicious project your family can try at home is to purchase a few bottles of different types of honey from local hobby apiarists, farmers’ markets, or food co-ops for their very own taste test! Using descriptive language to identify the flavor tones and undertones can integrate language arts into this activity while keeping participants in the present moment through mindful eating. Follow your interests in world culture, culinary artsconfectionary art, conservation, geometry, and entomology through the lens of honey! Let the end of the honey harvest lead your learning for this week.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

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PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County.

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at Stanley Park’s sandbox area. Make not only sandcastles but also new friends at this weekly self-directed playgroup. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 2 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 10am-8pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly. New babies birth-6mos are at 1pm and older babies 6mos-1 yr are at 10:30am. Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6pm. Florence Wednesday Farmers Market – Florence Business and Civic Center Parking Lot. Florence, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 0-5 at Goshen Town Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 42 Main St., Goshen, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6pm. The Great Falls Farmers Market – Held in historic downtown Turners Falls. Vendors may change weekly and include local produce, products, crafts, and activities. Peskeomskut Park. Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Bird Migration

As autumn approaches, birds prepare to migrate south, leaving our local habitat or stopping by as they pass through. Get curious about this seasonal phenomenon. Why do they migrate? How do they prepare? How far do they travel? Which birds stay local and don’t migrate? Finding answers will support learning and make a connection between our avian friends and the seasons. Using a bird migration chart, families can pay close attention to the approximate dates when specific species either depart their neighborhood, appear for the winter, or make a short stopover on their journey to another locale. Paying close attention to the changes in local animal populations and animal habits can help illuminate the subtle and daily climate-related seasonal changes.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center  

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. 

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 10am-8pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly in both Northampton (Thurs) and Amherst (Wed)! New babies birth-6 mos are at 1pm and older babies 6 mos to 1 year are at 10:30am. Northampton & Amherst, MA.  

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum. 413-572-4014. 29 S Broad St, Westfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 12-5pm. Westfield Farmers’ Market – Locally grown agricultural products and hand-made crafts in a festive community atmosphere. Held on the lawn of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St., Westfield, MA.

ROLLER SKATING. 7-9:30pm. Interskate 91. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street, Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Autumn Equinox

Fall is here! The autumnal equinox, the first full day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, is an excellent time to learn about astronomical concepts such as the seasonal positions of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The public is invited to view sunrise and sunset from the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. A UMass Amherst astronomer will be present at 6:30am & 6pm to discuss the significance of the solstices and equinoxes, moon phases, the building of the Sunwheel, and other calendar sites such as the Karnak Temple in Egypt, Stonehenge in the U.K, Chichen Itza in Mexico, and Chankillo in Peru. UMass Sunwheel. Rocky Hill Road, south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Amherst, MA.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

⭐️ COMMUNITY SERVICE/WATERSHED: Healthy waterways are essential to a healthy community. You might be surprised to learn the wide variety of trash polluting our local Connecticut River system. In past years, volunteers have used human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment, and food waste to tires, televisions, and refrigerators. Every year in late September, the Connecticut River Conservancy invites families to help with their annual trash cleanup. During this community event, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA., CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. Families can join an existing group or start one of their own. To learn how to participate, visit www.ctriver.org. Locations vary, MA. (FREE) 

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE. 8am-11pm. The Big E – Each year, more than 1.6 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair: The Big E! This 17-day event provides a one-of-a-kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the region’s sights, sounds, and flavors. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA.

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at Stanley Park’s sandbox area. Make not only sandcastles but also new friends at this weekly self-directed playgroup. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6:30pm. Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market – Drop by for fresh, local vegetables from local growers. Purchase fresh, homemade treats. Pick up local, pasture-raised eggs and meat, and find hand-spun wools and other hand-made gifts. Every week, they will have musicians playing on the green. Families are invited to dance, play, eat or relax and enjoy a Friday evening together. Main and Water Streets. Shelburne Falls, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES/ DRUMMING. 6:45pm. The Hilltown Intergenerational Drum Circle – All ages and beginners are welcome to this biweekly drum circle, led by Rosie Fanale. Call to confirm before heading over. Shelburne Senior Center. 413-625-8470. Shelburne Falls, MA.

⭐️OUTDOOR FILM/ FAMILY DINNER. 7:15pm. Friday Night Movies in the Park – Enjoy a film outdoors on the big screen with family and friends! Movies begin at dusk, but make sure you arrive early for the best viewing spots. Pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Greenfield, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Ruins

Western Massachusetts isn’t threatened to sink into the ocean any time soon; however, plenty of local ruins serve as reminders of the past. The region’s ruins speak volumes about its history, from cellar holes to quarries. Families can safely explore old hotels, drowned towns, abandoned quarries, and old mill sites to learn about life in the past and explore how nature can reclaim spaces. Discover more in our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Becket, Bernardston, Buckland, Chester, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Hinsdale/Peru, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, Mount Washington, Northern Berkshire, Orange, Otis, Palmer, Pelham, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, 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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