Hilltown Families

Note 10, Our Famous People are Cool (& Give Back) There’s little question that Rachel Maddow’s rise is something many Valley folk feel a kind of personal cheerlead-y excitement over. I...

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets… Family Dance Party with Joan Holliday Saturday, February 11th, 2012 @ 10am-12Noon at Northampton Center for the Arts On Saturday, February 11th, Northampton Center...

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets… Family Concert with The Nields Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 10:30am at The First Churches of Northampton For the third year in a row,...

Note 9, There Are No Office Buildings ❥ At some point during his early elementary years, Lucien, my second boy, wanted to visit an office. You know, a real office, the...

Note 8, Friends Who Also Love Paradise Amongst the nifty things about living in a nifty place is this one: you are not alone in your love of the place and...

Volunteer Opportunity: First Night Northampton First Night is a Northampton tradition enjoyed by the community every year- families love all of the fun events that take place all day (especially the...

Note 7, Buying Local, Fairs, Markets, Stores ❥ By the time this goes up, the fall’s Twist Fair will have taken place. Don’t worry, though, you can still buy local crafts....

African Children’s Choir at Academy of Music The Academy of Music in Northampton will host the African Children’s Choir on Friday, October 14th at 7:30pm. The choir is made up of...

Note 6, Living in a College Town In the mornings, I drop my kids off and walk a loop around the Smith College Campus, passing Paradise Pond and continuing up the...

Note 5, Weather ❥ I wrote myself a note about the next Mash Note a few weeks ago. I put down one word: weather. My thought process went I should write...

Nothing Like a Swim Summer for us means a few trips away, a week of camp for each boy and many days of waking up in the morning and figuring out...

Note 4, Local Radio When I go back to Philadelphia, my hometown, there are only a few things that make me the least bit wistful for the place (besides some people,...

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Our most pristine days have been reserved for traditional summer activities like turning on the sprinkler, slurping popsicles and tossing food on the...

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit At the Northampton Center for the Arts in July & August 2011 Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm On Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm...

New Monthly Farmers’ Market: Jackson Street Farmers’ Market Debuts Friday, July 8th from 3-7pm Ben James of Town Farm in Northampton, MA writes: We are very excited to announce Northampton’s newest...

Barbara Black, Northampton Public Schools Early Childhood Coordinator, writes:  StoryWalk™ is an exciting initiative that combines a children’s story with a popular walking route. The idea was developed in September, 2007...

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit At the Northampton Center for the Arts in July & August 2011 Opening Reception: Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm On Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm...

The Tuesday Market Northampton’s Tuesday Market is one of the many things we love about living walking distance from downtown. However, it’s a treat we have to wait for Spring and...

JAM FOR THE FANS: 20th Anniversary Family Concert with The Nields Saturday, June 11th @ 10:30am At Northampton Center for the Arts Jam For The Fans, the 20th Anniversary celebration of...

Note 1, Tuesday Market Here’s my one-time awkward greeting: I’m a local writer (and blogger) and community-minded do-gooder besotted by so many things about this place I call home. For Hilltown...

Northampton Public Schools Join Together to Make a Giant Earth Day Ball! Charlotte Causton on Northampton, MA writes: All Northampton Public Schools will work together in April to make the largest...

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child: April 9th-16th, 2011 Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator of the Northampton Public Schools writes: Northampton joins hundreds of local organizations around the country that...

Back and Better Than Ever: Children’s Department at the Forbes Library Make no mistake that spring is coming, but until it stays over 55 for four days in a row, my...

Ready to Melt Down? That’s right, it’s the end of March so it must be time for the River’s Family Music Meltdown & Book Bash! It’s this coming Saturday, March 26,...

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets Family Concert with The Nields Saturday, March 5th, 2011 @ 10am at The First Churches of Northampton Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School (NCS)...

An Almost Farewell Ode to the Northampton Parents Center Theo, my youngest child, turns five in a just two months. The fall will mark the beginning of his school career as...

The Gift of the Arts in Northampton Musical, Ballet, Puppets & Chinese Acrobatics 5 Performances at the Academy of Music Theatre For February we’re continuing our five year celebration with another...

Win a Family 4-pack of Free Tickets The Alchemystics in Concert Saturday, February 12th, 2011 @ 10am at The First Churches of Northampton Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School (NCS) have...

Northampton Winter Fare: Eat Locally Year Round It is possible for families to eat locally year-round, and there is a lot of amazing local food to be had even in the...