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Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration features the Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia day this year. Delightful music, dance, songs and stories celebrating the return of the light. 29th anniversary show for...

Looking for 2013 Winter Solstice Events? Click here. Winter Solstice Community Celebrations in Western MA, 2012 Communities in Western MA gather this time of year to celebrate the longest night and...

Winter Solstice Community Celebrations in Western MA, 2011 Communities in Western MA gather this time of year to celebrate the longest night and the shortest day, welcoming the return of the...

Hilltown Families Valentine Social: A Look Back With classroom rosters in hand, several hilltown families set to work on making Valentines during a Hilltown Families Valentine Making Social on Sunday, Feb....

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3rd Annual Community Holiday Potlach 10am-3pm on Saturday, November 28th in Cummington, MA Join us for the 3rd Annual Community Potlatch in Cummington, MA at the Village Congregational Church for a...

Anderson also writes, "The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the...

Happy New Year! How does your family ring in the New Year? First Night Northampton 2007 First Night Northampton 2007 This coming week we welcome in another new year!...

St. Nicholas Center: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus Material about St. Nicholas, “lover of the poor and patron saint of children.” Features background about this 4th-century saint, illustrated descriptions of...

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...

Gorge aprés Gorge at the Chesterfield Gorge This is the time of year families are cooking and traveling and getting ready for their big Thanksgiving feast (= gorge #1). Following a...

"Celebrate the Chinese New Year holiday with great kids' activities and crafts." Crafts include making red envelopes, a Chinese orange tray, and paper plum blossoms. Also includes Chinese-style recipes and a...

One my favorite movies to watch during the holidays is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, a 23 minute pencil-drawn animation. It's the purity of The Snowman that I enjoy the most....

Peggy has passed the grocery torch from her steady, capable hands to my trembling, sweaty ham-fists. Although I have already dropped it a few times, I’m determined to get to a...

Once the indoor stir-crazie's started to settle in, we did eventually ventured out to our neighbor's house for a little dog sledding! The kids loved it!

And the snow came in just in time! I had actually ordered it for Friday, and what I wanted was just a light fluffy bit, not too cold, not too frozen...

Celebrating the Year of the Red Fire Pig By Sienna Wildfield February 18, 2007 is the first day of the Lunar and Chinese New Year, the year of the Red Fire...

A Heart-felt Dance Party by Victoria Worth for Hilltown Families The songs are still humming in my head, and when I look down, my feet are still moving to a recent...

VALENTINE’S DAY 2007 Happenings in the hilltowns and beyond for Valentine’s Day. Discover upcoming events and links for your family that are Valentine-ish, including dances, crafts, chocolate and more…

Hilltown families enjoyed African-American soul food during the “I Have a Dream” community celebration at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, on Monday, January 16th, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The...

With clear winter skies and no snow in sight, you couldn’t have asked for a better day to explore all the family activities happening on Sunday afternoon for Northampton (Noho) First...

The Springfield Museum is hosting a Medieval Faire during the winter school break. On Tuesday, Rosalita’s Puppets performed a marionette puppet show. Keeping in theme with the Medieval Faire, the performance...

Winter Solstice Tradition Begins, 2006 By Sienna Wildfield ASHFIELD, MA (Dec 23, 2006) – Ancient and modern Winter Solstice traditions were celebrated on the town green in Ashfield, MA this past...

Ellen Jackson’s book, The Winter Solstice, (published by Millbrook Press) takes a look at the many different cultures throughout history who have celebrated the Winter Solstice and developed cutoms for this...

Sushi Social in West Chesterfield Hilltown mom’s gathered in West Chesterfield, MA, for a sushi social and Yankee Swap. Women came from miles to celebrate the season, including from Ashfield, Dalton,...

Hanukkah in the Hills Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Hannukah and Channukahis) is the Jewish Holiday known as the Festival of Lights. For eight days Jewish families kindle the light...

Hilltown families feeling adventurous this weekend headed out to Williamstown, home of the Clarke Museum. Images Cinema hosted a special movie screening of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Olive, the Other...

On Saturday morning in Peru the ground was lightly covered with snow, giving promise that a New England holiday season just might make an entrance soon. At the community center in...

The moon was nearly full and the holiday lights were strung about. A beautiful night for a hayride at Look Park in Florence, MA. The kids got to pet the horses...