Hilltown Families

Randy returns to the Hilltown airwaves with a set of twofers and threefers: short mini-segments of two or three related songs——songs by the same group, in the same style, or whose...

Springtime is filled with sightings of all kinds of exciting natural wonders. The season’s outdoor appeal makes it a perfect time of year not only for enjoying our natural surroundings, but...

The bird populations in Western Massachusetts have inspired many poets and writers, including William Cullen Bryant and Emily Dickinson, to pick up their pens and compose verses dedicated to our feathered...

Spring returned on March 20. Celebrate it's arrival with our guest DJ, Charity Kahn, sharing music and insights that lift the spirits as spring begins to emerge.

Sing and dance to the beauty of community with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. Featuring songs by Moona Luna, Louis Prima, Alastair Moock, and many more.

Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni LISTEN TO PODCAST: Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up...

If sugaring is something that your family is particularly interested in trying and you’ve got a yard full of maples, try it out for yourself at home! With the right supplies,...

Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington LISTEN TO PODCAST: Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival...

Calling All Massachusetts High School Students... Is there someone in your community who is fighting injustice, organizing action, fostering dialogue, encouraging civic participation or educating about important issues? Create a two-minute...

VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn Listen to Podcast: Moon hugs and star kisses! Our friend Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband in San Francisco wishes us all...

This week, Little Miss Ann, a former Chicago School Teacher, first generation Filipina American, and decade long kids musician, has created a playlist with the theme "Yes I Can!" She chose...

In addition to literary explorations of African Americans’ creativity and contributions to U.S. literature, explore African American History Month in Western Massachusetts through the different cultural organizations and institutions that educate...

The David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History & Underground Railroad in Florence, MA, in another community-based resource in Western Massachusetts to supporting learning about African American History. The center offers...

Listen to Podcast: Jazz for Kids Episode with Guest DJ, David Tobocman David Tobocman guest DJs with a Jazz for Kids show this week that features some of his own swingin’...

Part of a rich history of economic pursuits driven by available natural resources, ice harvesting plays an important role in the history of communities all over western Massachusetts. Throughout the upcoming...

Ice harvesting is embedded within the history and cultural traditions of New England. So much so, in fact, that it also influenced the literary reflections of writers such as Henry...

Doo-Wop Episode with Guest DJs, Michael & Tony Napolitano LISTEN TO PODCAST: Preschool of Rock takes you on a magical musical journey from the late 1940’s to present day music. Michael...

The Importance of Ice Every time there’s a big storm in Miami, the ocean fountains up through the storm-drains and swamps the streets. This happens regularly now, not just in Florida...

The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas. - www.MamaDoni.com

Local museums are an experiential way to explore the history of New England holiday traditions and how our present customs were influenced by the cultural practices of the past. Whether you’re...

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights. For eight days, Jewish families light one more candle of the eight that create the menorah each evening. In Western...

In 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga established an African American and Pan-African holiday, Kwanzaa, based on traditional African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Organized around seven principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility,...

Celebrated in Spanish-speaking cultures around the world (and in many communities in western Massachusetts), Three King's Day celebrates the biblical arrival of the kings in Jerusalem, bearing gifts for the baby...

Danny Weinkauf, of They Might Be Giants and Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band, looks back to the past and forward into the future with old favorites and brand new...

Instead of buying presents for the holidays this year, why not do it yourself, and get the whole family involved! Sienna Wildfield shares non-commercial gift-giving ideas and the value of making...

Some of our holiday traditions today are a result of folklore and myth. For example, the contemporary Christmas tree has an interesting past with a story and history that has...

Where does the Christmas tree come from? Did you know that the origin of the Christmas tree has roots in ancient Norse paganism from Northern Germany? Learn more about the...

Did you know Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December 25th? Get the whole story behind the holiday.

Eric Herman gets downright happy in this week's episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, featuring songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful....

Take the challenge this year by shopping local and non-commercial during the holiday season. The abundance of craft fairs and open studios happening in the area featuring handmade products by local...