Hilltown Families

Notes from Nan: And the Music Continues BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati To those of you who found yourselves at the wrong end of grouchiness at Elmer’s on Sunday or...

Notes from Nan BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati When the Moon is in the seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then love will rule the planets and peace will...

Notes from Nan: Come watch the Inauguration at Elmer’s Tuesday morning! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati We will have our big screen TV back for Inauguration Day! Tuesday from 8am...

Notes from Nan: Power to the People! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati To our long-lost brethren who are still without power (and feeling powerless) Free coffee and a hot shower...

SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An...

Notes from Nan: Greetings from Ohio! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Good gracious, y’all—gas in Ohio is $1.79 a gallon! I am actually in Ohio, which is how I know...

Notes from Nan: Good Fest!  Good Fest! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I do not know how one little festival about four blocks long can stomp my butt so soundly,...

SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An...

Notes from Nan: Fall Festival and a Black Gospel Choir, All in Ashfield on the very same weekend ! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Okay— First off, you know that...

Notes from Nan: Damn Plates Keep Falling Off BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat Remember on Ed Sullivan the guy with the plates? He maneuvered tall poles with plates spinning wildly...

Notes from Nan BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat First of all, I want to wonder aloud about the phenomenon of people in such a tiny and remote section of the...

Notes from Nan BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat The other day I was traipsing home from Elmer’s through the Town Common when I happ’d upon a flurry of yellow flowers...

Notes from Nan BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat On Saturday I went to the Heath Fair and the girl with all the hoola hoops was there. I had seen her...

Notes from Nan: Good Advise is Good to Get! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Pecan Pies! Pecan Pies for sale! In New Orleans there used to be a man named...

Notes from Nan: Whew! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Oh did we have fun! At noon, Karen and Sturgis from Klondike Sound arrived to set up their gear for the...

Speculators suspect that Parati is jealous of Taft’s meteoric rise in readership and speculate some more that she did it on purpose just so no one would read his column. Parati...

Notes from Nan: A Real Blues Festival! Really and Truly! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Blues Festival Okay! I finally know all the details! And here they are presented in...

Notes from Nan: Look What We Got! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati You probably wonder what I’ve been doing all week since we didn’t have dinner last Friday night. Well,...

A Different Kind of Playdate Victoria Worth of Ashfield writes: In Ashfield yesterday at Elmer’s, I approached Nan’s father about arranging a playdate with my mother. I didn’t expect his answer,...

And then the sun came out—really hard! With strong, harsh, x-ray-type rays and lots of humidity (that I actually found quite pleasant, but apparently I’m the only one around here who...

If you have ever been to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans and had some of Skippy and Wanda’s cochon de lait po-boys, you will be here before you even finished...

We’re frying turkeys (first you inject them with the Cajun Injector, then you fry them, whole in the big rig Gus is bringing with him!) Cajuns like to cook and when...

Summertime and the Porkchops are Grilling . . . BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Ice cream man! Ice cream man! Ice cream man’s gonna be at Elmer’s this Friday night!...

Notes from Nan: Run For Somebody’s Life BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Hey! Don’t forget the RELAY FOR LIFE at the Franklin County Fair Grounds, in Greenfield on Friday and...

Later that day at my other job, I decided to conduct an informal poll amongst my older coworkers. I would walk up to them, show them a marker and ask “what...

And speaking of authentic good food from other places, we have our guest chef Neftali from Mexico (who makes our El Jardin bread) coming back to cook for us this week!...

Path of the Otter Program in Ashfield Path of the Otter will be offering a summer program in the hilltowns for children ages 5-7. This program is a playful introduction to...

Notes from Nan: Big Elmer as a Real Girl! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Those of you who can remember me probably never thought of me as a girl-girl. Or,...

Notes from Nan: Weather’s Good, We’re All Out to Lunch BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I want you to know that for two days last week, the weather in Ashfield...

I don’t know HOW Peggy is going to write all of that on the blackboard! This is what I can lie awake wondering about tonight while all that dang ambient light...