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Katherine Dines (Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music) and James Coffey (Bluevision Music) have worked together for several years. In 2020, our two guest DJs decided on an Earth Day theme and hoped it would be a good fit for listeners during a global pandemic and far into the future. The songs they collected encourage everyone to continue making positive changes and spread happiness, harmony, love, peace, hope, and strength worldwide.

Katherine Dines (Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music) and James Coffey (Bluevision Music) have worked together for several years. In 2020, our two guest DJs decided on an Earth Day theme and hoped it would be a good fit for listeners during a global pandemic and far into the future. The songs they collected encourage everyone to continue making positive changes and spread happiness, harmony, love, peace, hope, and strength worldwide.

HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJs
with Katherine Dines and James Coffey
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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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!
Learn about best practices in nature-based early childhood education!

In Bloom in Western Mass, Saturday, May 14, 2022, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is a full day conference for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students. The workshop sessions provide best practices in nature-based early childhood education, cover relevant topics, and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Ayana Verdi, founder, and director of Verdi EcoSchool, Melbourne, Florida, will address Cultivating Connection: Using the Community-as-Campus to Build Immersive Learning Experiences for Young Children. The afternoon plenary features Anne Stires of Alna, Maine. Anne will speak on Re-imagining and Co-Creating Change: How a professional learning community (PLC) for Maine administrators is implementing nature-based change in PreK–8 schools. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program to see the workshop descriptions. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) offers free, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents. If you are thinking of starting or growing your business, the Hilltown CDC can help! And thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, all of their business assistance is FREE. They have experts in a wide range of areas that can help Hilltown entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax and accounting, legal assistance, and more. For more information, email Hilltown CDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney at MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org, or call 413-354-1055. Sign up for their free virtual classes at hilltowndirectory.com/events

The Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) is based out of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) in Northampton, MA. SPIFFY is a youth substance misuse prevention coalition serving all of Hampshire County. SPIFFY wants to hear firsthand from parents of middle and high school students about what they’re noticing regarding teen substance use and mental health. Parent input will be used to inform SPIFFY’s prevention efforts in the months and years to come, so please join them for a conversation – they would love to hear from you! To sign up, visit http://form.jotform.com/SPIFFY_Research/Screener. For questions, email study coordinator Caroline Johnson, Ph.D., at CAjohnson@collaborative.org

The Recovery Theatre in Charlemont, MA, is a performing and circus arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This pre-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020-21
Dates: July 5-10, 2022; Age Range: 12-18yo & 19-24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.com ♦ hilltownyouth.org

The Town of Amherst and community partners are hosting a community clean-up Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10am-12pm. There is a Spring Celebration to follow on the Town Common from 1-5pm.
The Town of Amherst and community partners are hosting a community clean-up Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10am-12pm. There is a Spring Celebration to follow on the Town Common from 1-5pm.

FEATURED SUMMER CSA
Yellow Stone House Farm
Westfield, MA

Yellow Stone House Farm in Westfield, MA.
Affordable, Local & Fresh Vegetables & Fruit

Yellow Stonehouse Farm, Hampden County’s only certified organic vegetable farm, is offering Summer 2022 crop-shares to Westfield and Hilltown residents. There are different types of shares designed for all households, including Pick-Your-Own veggies, flowers, and herbs at no extra charge. Each share includes recipes, nutritional info, and weekly herbs. Visit on Open Farm Day on April 30, 10am-4pm. How to enroll? Complete a membership form available at 
yellowstonehousefarmcsa.com. Payments by check, EBT, Credit/Debit, and SNAP-HIP are accepted. Call for help with your membership form and payment arrangements at 413-562-2164 or email 
yellowstonehousefarmcsa@gmail.com.

FEATURED CO-OP
River Valley Co-Op

Northampton & Easthampton, MA

Academy of Music Summer Musical Theater Workshops
Spring Sales at River Valley Co-Op!

Springtime events at River Valley Co-op! From May 6-9, 2022, the co-op will have select full cases of popular items available for up to 40% OFF! Household items, pantry staples, meat and seafood, and more. Plus, there will be hundreds of individual items on sale throughout the store! Then from May 9-15, 2022, the co-op will have their annual spring plant sale featuring veggie, herb, and flower starts from local farms available for just 2/$7 (4-packs & 4-inch pots). Both events will be happening simultaneously at each co-op location and held outside in their parking lot. Locations include: 30 N King St, Northampton, MA; and 228 Northampton St, Easthampton, MA. Everyone is welcome! 

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Amherst Montessori School

LEGO + Homestead Camp
Amherst, MA

Outdoors. Indoors.

Amherst, MA ♦ Explore your own creativity and the natural world around you! Amherst Montessori’s well-beloved LEGO camp enters its 14th year this June, where young friends dive into the world of LEGO, crafting and engaging in STEM-based creation. In July and August, Homestead Camp offers participants opportunities to dig deep into the outdoors: planning and building garden and chicken infrastructure, learning about and practicing wilderness survival skills, crafting forts and treehouses, utilizing both foraged and cultivated plant life in cooking and herbalism, and much free outdoor play. Spend the Summer learning skills and having fun while doing it! Registration is per week, days are 8:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Dates: June 13-August 5, 2022. Age Range: 6-11yo. Contact: 413-253-3101; mwiley@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Franklin County’s YMCA Summer Camps
Greenfield, MA

Franklin County's YMCA Summer Camps
Outdoors. Indoors.

Find your fun at Franklin County’s Y summer camps! Camp Apex campers experience outdoor activities and discover new hobbies while surrounded by nature and friends. Kids will gain new interests and develop strong values. From archery to arts & crafts, swimming to gaga ball, campers will leave with full hearts and friends that last. Sports Camp is for kids who love to be active where they will develop strength, endurance, and self-confidence through sports that promote sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy habits. Gymnastics Camp is for kids of all levels looking to develop or learn gymnastics skills. Trying all their equipment, your camper will enjoy the thrills as they flip, tumble, balance, and swing in their Gymnastics Center. Dates: June 20-August 19, 2022. Age Range: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; kyounger@your-y.orgwww.your-y.org.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Hartsbrook Fiddle Camp
Hadley, MA

Academy of Music Summer Musical Theater Workshops
Outdoors. Indoors.

Learn tunes from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, and the Appalachian mountains during this fun-filled week. Have you ever performed for goats and chickens? Or used a handmade “crankie,” a moving picture box with musical accompaniment? Lots of fun and laughter while students collaborate on new songs and even have “concerts” for the farm animals! Playing level: beginning intermediate to intermediate.

Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022
Age Range: 9-14yo
Contact: 413-586-1908
summerprograms@hartsbrook.org
♦ www.hartsbrook.org

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Barrington Stage Company
KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Pittsfield, MA

Barrington Stage Company
KidsAct! & TeensAct!
Indoors.

In search of a fun and creative in-person outlet for your young people this summer? Join Barrington Stage Company for KidsAct! & TeensAct! Look no further than Barrington Stage Company’s renowned KidsAct! & TeensAct! camps. These exciting camps focus on building acting and communication skills through fun theatre games and building performance skills through ensemble-based work, improvisation, and individualized coaching. Students will create an original musical with their peers to be performed on the final day of the program and experience master classes from professional theatre and performing artists. Spots will fill quickly, so sign up early. KidsAct! (7–11yo): June 27–July 9, August 1–12; TeensAct! (12–15yo): July 11–29. Dates: June 27-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 7-15yo. Contact: 413-997-6117;
education@barringtonstageco.org; barringtonstageco.org

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Northampton Parks & Recreation Day Camps
Florence, MA

Northampton Parks & Recreation Day Camps
Outdoors.

Jump into summer fun with Northampton Parks & Recreation! Safety Village, ages 4-6, is a must to learn safety skills & awareness in a fun setting with visits from fire, police, bike safety, plus more. Starts July 5, runs in 2-week sessions, & ends with a graduation! Kidzone, gr. 1-4, & Camp Hamp, gr. 5-6, are held at Look Park. Camp will offer games, swimming, art projects, special events, field trips, & more! Teen Expeditions, gr. 7-10, is an adventure-based field trip camp filled with daily trips that include hiking, biking, & exciting destination trips! These three camps will run for 7 one week sessions. This is affordable fun that offers something for everyone. All camps are licensed by the Board of Health. Check other programs too. Dates: June 28-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-587-1040; recreation@northamptonma.gov; northamptonma.gov/902/Summer-Day-Camps

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Camp MacDuffie
Granby, MA

Camp MacDuffie
Outdoors. Indoors.

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Dates: July 4-August 19, 2022. Age Range: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-255-0000 x110
♦ khamel@macduffie.org
♦ macduffie.org/summer-camp

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Hilltown Sleddogs “Sled Dog” Camps
West Chesterfield, MA

Hilltown Sleddogs "Sled Dog" Camps
Outdoors.

Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, hike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) *New Bonfire/BBQ eve last night Week 4 & Gals Only Week 5, all ages! Successful COVID Safety Protocol continues for 2022. Dates: July 5-August 26, 2022. Age Range: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187;  hilltownsleddogs@gmail.comwww.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Kamp for Kids
Westfield, MA

Photo of adult and child play with text overlay, Behavioral Health Network Kamp for Kids in Westfield, MA.
Outdoors. Indoors. Virtual.

Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. As a fully inclusive summer camp, its mission is to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. This summer’s Kamp experience will be offered both in-person and virtually and includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. Please note they are operating at a limited capacity this summer. Please call for more information.
Dates: July-August, 2022. Age Range: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-562-5678
♦ Anne.Benoit@bhninc.org
♦ www.bhninc.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for certain grades for Fall 2022 are being accepted. They are offering both in-person tours and interviews, as well as online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions about the application process.
Now accepting applications for K-9 for Fall 2022.

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for certain grades for Fall 2022 are being accepted. They are offering both in-person tours and interviews, as well as online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions about the application process.

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Class Directory

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Tap your toes with tunes from tinsel town and music inspired by the golden age of Hollywood with guest DJ, Beth Jean!

Tap your toes with tunes from tinsel town and music inspired by the golden age of Hollywood! Beth Jean guest DJs the HFVS, celebrating her love for theater and the fancy footwork of film stars like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly. — Lights, Camera aaaaaaand Action!

HFVS Hollywood’s Golden Age Episode
with Guest DJ, Beth Jean
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Mid-April in Western MA is full of egg hunts, spring flowers, Earth Day, museum adventures, poetry events, and more! These are seasonal catalysts for learning this week!

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

The Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) is based out of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) in Northampton, MA. SPIFFY is a youth substance misuse prevention coalition serving all of Hampshire County. SPIFFY wants to hear firsthand from parents of middle and high school students about what they’re noticing regarding teen substance use and mental health. Parent input will be used to inform SPIFFY’s prevention efforts in the months and years to come, so please join them for a conversation – they would love to hear from you! To sign up, visit http://form.jotform.com/SPIFFY_Research/Screener. For questions, email study coordinator Caroline Johnson, Ph.D., at CAjohnson@collaborative.org

All aboard for the Easter Eggspress at the Connecticut Trolley MuseumApril 9-10 & 15-16 from 10am-4pm. A great opportunity to visit the Easter bunny while learning about transportation & local history! Take a trolley ride operated by period-dressed motormen sharing historical information about the trolley cars & museum. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds posing for pictures. Children will receive a surprise-filled Easter egg when they complete a Scavenger Hunt, make a Bunny Ear Craft, and visit the Fire Truck Museum. Earn up to 3 filled eggs! Cost: $13/Adults; $11/Kids ages 2-12. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located in East Windsor, CT. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit  www.ct-trolley.org.

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) offers free, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents. If you are thinking of starting or growing your business, the Hilltown CDC can help! And thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, all of their business assistance is FREE. They have experts in a wide range of areas that can help Hilltown entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax and accounting, legal assistance, and more. For more information, email Hilltown CDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney at MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org, or call 413-354-1055. Sign up for their free virtual classes at hilltowndirectory.com/events

In June of 2021, the Center School moved to a beautiful brand new building, situated on 30 acres of land to explore. Admissions season is underway, and the school is booking more tours than ever. Valley families are drawn to the Center School’s approach– weaving justice, joy, collaboration, innovation, and love into a unique educational experience. If you’re looking for a school where kids are immersed in 21st Century curriculum and in the timeless world of nature and play that is so essential to childhood, visit www.centerschool.net to learn more and to book an in-person tour today! Please email Lauren Obregón, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at l.obregon@centerschool.net with any questions.

The Recovery Theatre in Charlemont, MA, is a performing and circus arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This pre-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020-21
Dates: July 5-10, 2022; Age Range: 12-18yo & 19-24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.com ♦ hilltownyouth.org

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Amherst Montessori School

LEGO + Homestead Camp
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
LEGO + Homestead Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Explore your own creativity and the natural world around you! Amherst Montessori’s well-beloved LEGO camp enters its 14th year this June, where young friends dive into the world of LEGO, crafting and engaging in STEM-based creation. In July and August, Homestead Camp offers participants opportunities to dig deep into the outdoors: planning and building garden and chicken infrastructure, learning about and practicing wilderness survival skills, crafting forts and treehouses, utilizing both foraged and cultivated plant life in cooking and herbalism, and much free outdoor play. Spend the Summer learning skills and having fun while doing it! Registration is per week, days are 8:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Dates: June 13-August 5, 2022. Age Range: 6-11yo. Contact: 413-253-3101; mwiley@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Franklin County’s YMCA Summer Camps
Greenfield, MA

Franklin County's YMCA Summer Camps
Outdoors. Indoors.

Find your fun at Franklin County’s Y summer camps! Camp Apex campers experience outdoor activities and discover new hobbies while surrounded by nature and friends. Kids will gain new interests and develop strong values. From archery to arts & crafts, swimming to gaga ball, campers will leave with full hearts and friends that last. Sports Camp is for kids who love to be active where they will develop strength, endurance, and self-confidence through sports that promote sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy habits. Gymnastics Camp is for kids of all levels looking to develop or learn gymnastics skills. Trying all their equipment, your camper will enjoy the thrills as they flip, tumble, balance, and swing in their Gymnastics Center. Dates: June 20-August 19, 2022. Age Range: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; kyounger@your-y.orgwww.your-y.org.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
The Center School Summer Camp
Greenfield, MA

The Center School Summer Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

The Center School is proud to announce its inaugural summer camp! Between cooking and theater, bookmaking and obstacle courses, Dungeons and Dragons, and nature exploration on their campus’ 30 acres, The Center School summer camp is designed to give children space for creative play and mindful exploration. Camp will run for six weeks for children aged 4-12, and families can sign up for as many weeks as they would like. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities and their excited staff, your child is sure to make a summer full of memories with The Center School. Dates: June 21-July 29, 2022. Age Range: 4-12yo. Contact: 413-773-1700; k.mccolgan@centerschool.net; centerschool.net/summer.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Hartsbrook Fiddle Camp
Hadley, MA

Academy of Music Summer Musical Theater Workshops
Outdoors. Indoors.

Learn tunes from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, and the Appalachian mountains during this fun-filled week. Have you ever performed for goats and chickens? Or used a handmade “crankie,” a moving picture box with musical accompaniment? Lots of fun and laughter while students collaborate on new songs and even have “concerts” for the farm animals! Playing level: beginning intermediate to intermediate. Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022. Age Range: 9-14yo. Contact: 413-586-1908; summerprograms@hartsbrook.orgwww.hartsbrook.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for certain grades for Fall 2022 are being accepted. They are offering both in-person tours and interviews, as well as online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions about the application process.
Now accepting applications for K-9 for Fall 2022.

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for certain grades for Fall 2022 are being accepted. They are offering both in-person tours and interviews, as well as online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions about the application process.

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our Class Directory for Western MA

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Farmer Dave from Animal Farm presents an episode of HFVS exploring the theme Free To Be You And Me, with an eclectic mix of affirming songs that encourage self-expression, celebrate pluralism, and honor our shared humanity.

Farmer Dave from Animal Farm presents an episode of HFVS exploring the theme Free To Be You And Me, with an eclectic mix of affirming songs that encourage self-expression, celebrate pluralism, and honor our shared humanity.

HFVS Free to Be You and Me Episode with Farmer Dave from Animal Farm
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With spring holidays, breeding season for many native animals, and wild spring edibles starting to emerge, learning through the season in early April is a rich time to explore food, habitat, and the humanities in western MA

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) offers free, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents. If you are thinking of starting or growing your business, the Hilltown CDC can help! And thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, all of their business assistance is FREE. They have experts in a wide range of areas that can help Hilltown entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax and accounting, legal assistance, and more. For more information, email Hilltown CDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney at MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org, or call 413-354-1055. Sign up for their free virtual classes at hilltowndirectory.com/events

All aboard for the Easter Eggspress at the Connecticut Trolley MuseumApril 9-10 & 15-16 from 10am-4pm. A great opportunity to visit the Easter bunny while learning about transportation & local history! Take a trolley ride operated by period-dressed motormen sharing historical information about the trolley cars & museum. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds posing for pictures. Children will receive a surprise-filled Easter egg when they complete a Scavenger Hunt, make a Bunny Ear Craft, and visit the Fire Truck Museum. Earn up to 3 filled eggs! Cost: $13/Adults; $11/Kids ages 2-12. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located in East Windsor, CT. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit  www.ct-trolley.org.

Autism Connections’ 31st Annual Autism Conference (virtual) on April 28 includes speakers, exhibitors, and breakout sessions on various topics of interest to people with autism, parents, caregivers, education agency, and education professionals. The two keynote speakers are Alix Generous, an #ActuallyAutistic advocate for advancing mental health reform and institutional treatment of autistic people, and Jed Baker, Ph.D., director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. Registration for parents/caregivers/people with autism is $50, and for agency professionals and educators, $100. Registrants will have access to the entire recorded conference until 7/29/22. 

The Institute for the Musical Art’s (IMA) residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (June 29-July3) offers girls 9-12 opportunities to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Teen Performance Program (Jul 8-17) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording, Engineering & Production (Aug 4-14) offers a hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: June 29-August 14, 2022; Age Range: Girls/young women 9-22yrs. Contact: 413-268-3074; info@ima.orgwww.ima.org.

In June of 2021, the Center School moved to a beautiful brand new building, situated on 30 acres of land to explore. Admissions season is underway, and the school is booking more tours than ever. Valley families are drawn to the Center School’s approach– weaving justice, joy, collaboration, innovation, and love into a unique educational experience. If you’re looking for a school where kids are immersed in 21st Century curriculum and in the timeless world of nature and play that is so essential to childhood, visit www.centerschool.net to learn more and to book an in-person tour today! Please email Lauren Obregón, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at l.obregon@centerschool.net with any questions.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
River Bend Farm Camps
Saco, ME

River Bend Farm Camps in Saco, Maine
Outdoors.

Join The Ecology School at River Bend Farm for a week of a lifetime along the Saco River in Southern Maine. With delicious farm-fresh food, arts & crafts, and ecosystem exploration, a summer spent on their 105-acre farm is sure to create quintessential Maine summer camp memories that will continue to inspire and encourage for years to come. Weekly youth overnight camp: June 26-July 23, 2022. Family camp: August 7-10, 2022. Dates: June 26-August 10, 2022. Age Range: 8-15yo & Families. Contact: 207-283-9951;  alex@theecologyschool.orgtheecologyschool.org/camps.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Berkshire Museum Summer Camp
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Museum Summer Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Do you have a junior archeologist? A junior curator? A chef? This summer at the Berkshire Museum, they offer classes to ages Pre-K to Grade 8 for all areas of interest! Each program is a weeklong experience catered to specific age groups. Campers will be led through their program by the museum’s expert educators and be immersed in the world of their choosing. The museum’s Junior Curator camp for Grades 6-8 will work hands-on with its Collections Department, exploring their collection and what it takes to create an exhibit. Or maybe your 1st or 2nd grader would enjoy their Kitchen Ka-Boom class, where campers will explore kid-safe chemistry and get messy! Want to learn more? Check out their website for a complete list of camps! Dates: June 27-August 26, 2022; Age Range: PreK-14yo; Contact: 413-443-7171 x360; erome@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org/programs/camp.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Camp Common Ground Family Camp
Starksboro, VT

Camp Common Ground Family Camp Logo
Outdoors. Indoors.

Camp Common Ground (CCG) is an intergenerational family camp designed to provide families with a healthy and happy bonding experience while weaving in elements of nature education, arts, wellness, sports, and fun! CCG is dedicated to celebrating all families and cultivating a sense of community among campers. CCG’s 700-acre site in Starksboro, Vermont, provides campers with hiking trails, streams, ponds, and a low carbon footprint main campus to explore. Sliding scale fees include lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian) and all activities. There is something for everyone’s taste – whether you want to ‘rough it’ or are more into ‘glamping’ – CCG has you covered! Dates: July 23-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 0-99yo. Contact: 802-453-2592; info@cgcvt.orgwww.cgcvt.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Photograph of three boys posing on the top of a play structure.
Outdoor. Indoor.

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer Program dates are listed on our website. Sign up now as sessions are filling fast!

Dates: Summer 2022. Age Range: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-774-7061; summer@bement.org;  www.bement.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends. Celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a songs from his album, The Best Day Ever.

Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends. Celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a songs from his album, The Best Day Ever.

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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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

Autism Connections’ 31st Annual Autism Conference (virtual) on April 28 includes speakers, exhibitors, and breakout sessions on various topics of interest to people with autism, parents, caregivers, education agency, and education professionals. The two keynote speakers are Alix Generous, an #ActuallyAutistic advocate for advancing mental health reform and institutional treatment of autistic people, and Jed Baker, Ph.D., director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. Registration for parents/caregivers/people with autism is $50, and for agency professionals and educators, $100. Registrants will have access to the entire recorded conference until 7/29/22. 

The Institute for the Musical Art’s (IMA) residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (June 29-July3) offers girls 9-12 opportunities to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Teen Performance Program (Jul 8-17) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording, Engineering & Production (Aug 4-14) offers a hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: June 29-August 14, 2022; Age Range: Girls/young women 9-22yrs. Contact: 413-268-3074; info@ima.orgwww.ima.org.

Living Rivers School students assist world-renowned river fish expert Dr. Boyd Kynard as he completes his second year of small fish habitat- and sea lamprey- data collection. He concludes three studies to determine the extent & quality of the Connecticut River fish habitat between the Holyoke & Turners Falls dams. Living Rivers School students are credited by name for their service in reports Dr. Kynard publishes in juried academic journals. They are invited to share their experience & findings with their schools & communities. This is a rare opportunity for students to get real conservation biology research experience & nurtured as future environmental leaders. Living Rivers School is Biocitizen’s best program—a life-changer & career-inspirer!
Dates: August 2-13, 2022; Age Range: 10-16yo
Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ kheidinger@biocitizen.orgma.biocitizen.org

All aboard for the Easter Eggspress at the Connecticut Trolley MuseumApril 9-10 & 15-16 from 10am-4pm. A great opportunity to visit the Easter bunny while learning about transportation & local history! Take a trolley ride operated by period-dressed motormen sharing historical information about the trolley cars & museum. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds posing for pictures. Children will receive a surprise-filled Easter egg when they complete a Scavenger Hunt, make a Bunny Ear Craft, and visit the Fire Truck Museum. Earn up to 3 filled eggs! Cost: $13/Adults; $11/Kids ages 2-12. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located in East Windsor, CT. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit  www.ct-trolley.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Photograph of three boys posing on the top of a play structure.
Outdoor. Indoor.

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer Program dates are listed on our website. Sign up now as sessions are filling fast! Dates: Summer 2022. Age Range: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-774-7061; summer@bement.org;  www.bement.org

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Roots Summer Camp
Westfield MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Roots Summer Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Roots Vacation Camps provide a safe, fun place for kids to go when schools are closed and all summer long! Roots Vacation Camps include full access to the amenities of all facilities on the Roots Campus. Summer activities include swim lessons, gymnastics, soccer & other turf sports, water activities, dance, plus so much more like S.T.E.A.M. activities, games, crafts, and countless outdoor activities.

Dates: June 20-August 26, 2022;. Age Range: 5yo+. Contact: 413-729-0740 
♦ info@rootsvacation.com
♦ www.rootsvacation.com

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Journey Camp
Deerfield, MA

Journey Camp
Outdoors, Indoors.

Girls Week: Friendship Camp” takes place June 27-July 1, 2022, from 9am-4pm for ages 6-10 ($300-350, sliding scale) at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, MA. This week is a time of shared fun, kindness, and supportive new friendships among all ages. Each day participants will build stick houses on the Pocumtuck Ridge, play games, sing, hear stories, and learn how to talk things out. A choice of workshops will include art, dance, hikes, writing, and story-building. Journey Camp also seeks girls ages 12-16 who can support friendships among younger girls to apply to be a Counselor in Training ($150-175, sliding scale). Staff and CIT’s will help participants feel included and have a strong sense of belonging and social safety. Contact for more info. Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022. Age Range: 6-16yo. Contact: 774-280-2490; melissadelo.journey@gmail.cosarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Berkshire Museum Summer Camp
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Museum Summer Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Do you have a junior archeologist? A junior curator? A chef? This summer at the Berkshire Museum, they offer classes to ages Pre-K to Grade 8 for all areas of interest! Each program is a weeklong experience catered to specific age groups. Campers will be led through their program by the museum’s expert educators and be immersed in the world of their choosing. The museum’s Junior Curator camp for Grades 6-8 will work hands-on with its Collections Department, exploring their collection and what it takes to create an exhibit. Or maybe your 1st or 2nd grader would enjoy their Kitchen Ka-Boom class, where campers will explore kid-safe chemistry and get messy! Want to learn more? Check out their website for a complete list of camps! Dates: June 27-August 26, 2022; Age Range: PreK-14yo; Contact: 413-443-7171 x360; erome@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org/programs/camp

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Camp Common Ground Family Camp
Starksboro, VT

Camp Common Ground Family Camp Logo
Outdoors. Indoors.

Camp Common Ground (CCG) is an intergenerational family camp designed to provide families with a healthy and happy bonding experience while weaving in elements of nature education, arts, wellness, sports, and fun! CCG is dedicated to celebrating all families and cultivating a sense of community among campers. CCG’s 700-acre site in Starksboro, Vermont, provides campers with hiking trails, streams, ponds, and a low carbon footprint main campus to explore. Sliding scale fees include lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian) and all activities. There is something for everyone’s taste – whether you want to ‘rough it’ or are more into ‘glamping’ – CCG has you covered! Dates: July 23-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 0-99yo. Contact: 802-453-2592; info@cgcvt.orgwww.cgcvt.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

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Join Anne and Jen from Again Again for a very special Hilltown Family Variety Show as they guest DJ and banter all about the topic of friendship! Hear quotes about friendship written by noteworthy people in history and enjoy a memorable music set, including The White Stripes, Bruno Mars, and Bill Withers.

Join Anne and Jen from Again Again for a very special Hilltown Family Variety Show as they guest DJ and banter all about the topic of friendship! Hear quotes about friendship written by noteworthy people in history and enjoy a memorable music set, including The White Stripes, Bruno Mars, and Bill Withers.

HFVS Being a Good Friend Episode
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It's the last week of March and the first whole week of spring! In western MA, vernal pools are coming alive this time of year, spring birds are arriving or migrating through, and the light of a new beginning brightens with the change of seasons. Check our list of suggested community-based educational events and seasonally-based self-directed learning opportunities and resources.

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

Hilltown CDC (HCDC) seeks to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, education, social, & community needs while preserving the rural character of the area. Thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, the HCDC offers FREE, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents! If you’re thinking of starting or growing your business, HCDC can help. They have experts in various areas who can help entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax & accounting, legal assistance, & more. Sign up for free virtual classes: hilltowndirectory.com/events. For more info, contact HCDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney: MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org; 413-354-1055

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Roots Summer Camp
Westfield MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Roots Summer Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Roots Vacation Camps provide a safe, fun place for kids to go when schools are closed and all summer long! Roots Vacation Camps include full access to the amenities of all facilities on the Roots Campus. Summer activities include swim lessons, gymnastics, soccer & other turf sports, water activities, dance, plus so much more like S.T.E.A.M. activities, games, crafts, and countless outdoor activities.

Dates: June 20-August 26, 2022;. Age Range: 5yo+. Contact: 413-729-0740 
♦ info@rootsvacation.com
♦ www.rootsvacation.com

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Journey Camp
Deerfield, MA

Journey Camp
Outdoors, Indoors.

Girls Week: Friendship Camp” takes place June 27-July 1, 2022, from 9am-4pm for ages 6-10 ($300-350, sliding scale) at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, MA. This week is a time of shared fun, kindness, and supportive new friendships among all ages. Each day participants will build stick houses on the Pocumtuck Ridge, play games, sing, hear stories, and learn how to talk things out. A choice of workshops will include art, dance, hikes, writing, and story-building. Journey Camp also seeks girls ages 12-16 who can support friendships among younger girls to apply to be a Counselor in Training ($150-175, sliding scale). Staff and CIT’s will help participants feel included and have a strong sense of belonging and social safety. Contact for more info.

Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022. Age Range: 6-16yo. Contact: 774-280-2490; melissadelo.journey@gmail.comsarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Adventures in Music with
Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield, MA

Adventures in Music with 
Berkshire Music School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Play outside this summer! Designed for young music lovers ages 5-9, Adventures in Music gives your budding musician a solid foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in introduction to music, chorus, creative movement, and puppetry on the tented lawn of Berkshire Music School’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, drama, visual arts, and more! Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Mini Session: June 27-July 1, Session 1: July 11-22, Session 2: July 25-August 5.

Dates: June 27-Aug 5, 2022. Age Range: 5-9yo. Contact: 413-442-1411; cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
and Songwriting Camp

Amherst, MA

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
and Songwriting Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp offers three levels of instruction for three weeks in July, with a beginning group (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums), intermediate, and advanced Rock Band. Week 1: Beginner group, Interm & Adv Rock band- Radio Hits July 11-15, 9-3pm; Week 2: Beginner group, Interm & Adv Rock Band- Rock Week, July 18-22, 9-3pm; Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp: July 25-29 Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm.

Dates: July 11-29, 2022. Age Range: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-246-7338
 missleticia@missleticia.com
 www.missleticia.com

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Amherst Recreation Summer Day Camps

Amherst Recreation Summer Day Camps
Indoors. Outdoors.

Spend the summer with Amherst Recreation! At Amherst Recreation Summer Programs, children will have the opportunity to participate in sports clinics, arts, science, crafts, games, nature activities, swimming lessons, and more. Their caring and experienced staff will make this a summer to remember. Learn more and browse all of their exciting programs on the Amherst Recreation website.

Dates: July 27-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-259-3065
♦ rec@amherstma.gov
♦ www.amherstma.gov

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

The Academy at Charlemont is a community-oriented independent day school for grades 6-12. For 40 years, Academy students have become engaged learners and articulate leaders through small classes, rigorous coursework, diverse electives in the arts and beyond, inclusive athletics, personalized advising, and student leadership. Learn more about The Academy at a Virtual Info Session on Tues, March 29 (7-8pm), and join them for a personalized visit day. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Rolling admission for select grade levels is now open. Ready to learn more about The Academy family for your family? Find details and Info Session registration at www.charlemont.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn. Spring returns this week 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.

HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn. Spring returns this week 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.

HFVS Spring Equinox Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn
[Originally aired: 2011]
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PLAYLIST

  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]


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The impermanence of winter and its long cold nights is made evident with the change of seasons towards the welcoming arms of summer through these micro-seasons of spring. This week, discover maple events that celebrate the year's first harvest, high school musicals, spring equinox, vernal pools, and much more in western Massachusetts!

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

Hilltown CDC (HCDC) seeks to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, education, social, & community needs while preserving the rural character of the area. Thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, the HCDC offers FREE, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents! If you’re thinking of starting or growing your business, HCDC can help. They have experts in various areas who can help entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax & accounting, legal assistance, & more. Sign up for free virtual classes: hilltowndirectory.com/events. For more info, contact HCDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney: MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org; 413-354-1055

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Adventures in Music with
Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield, MA

Adventures in Music with 
Berkshire Music School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Play outside this summer! Designed for young music lovers ages 5-9, Adventures in Music gives your budding musician a solid foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in introduction to music, chorus, creative movement, and puppetry on the tented lawn of Berkshire Music School’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, drama, visual arts, and more! Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Mini Session: June 27-July 1, Session 1: July 11-22, Session 2: July 25-August 5. Dates: June 27-Aug 5, 2022. Age Range: 5-9yo. Contact: 413-442-1411; cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs “Sled Dog” Camps
West Chesterfield, MA

Photograph of sled dogs with text and graphic overlay for Hilltown Sleddogs summer camps.
Outdoors.

Dates: July 5-August 26, 2022. Age Range: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187
♦ hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com
♦ www.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps

Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, hike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) *New Bonfire/BBQ eve last night Week 4 & Gals Only Week 5, all ages! Successful Covid Safety Protocol continues for 2022.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
and Songwriting Camp

Amherst, MA

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
and Songwriting Camp
Outdoors. Indoors.

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp offers three levels of instruction for three weeks in July, with a beginning group (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums), intermediate, and advanced Rock Band. Week 1: Beginner group, Interm & Adv Rock band- Radio Hits July 11-15, 9-3pm; Week 2: Beginner group, Interm & Adv Rock Band- Rock Week, July 18-22, 9-3pm; Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp: July 25-29 Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm.

Dates: July 11-29, 2022. Age Range: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-246-7338
 missleticia@missleticia.com
 www.missleticia.com

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Amherst Recreation Summer Day Camps

Amherst Recreation Summer Day Camps
Indoors. Outdoors.

Spend the summer with Amherst Recreation! At Amherst Recreation Summer Programs, children will have the opportunity to participate in sports clinics, arts, science, crafts, games, nature activities, swimming lessons, and more. Their caring and experienced staff will make this a summer to remember. Learn more and browse all of their exciting programs on the Amherst Recreation website.

Dates: July 27-August 12, 2022. Age Range: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-259-3065
♦ rec@amherstma.gov
♦ www.amherstma.gov

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Outdoors.

Academy Summer Programs tap into The Academy’s artistic, outdoor, and academic communities by enabling students to explore areas of interest in a safe, in-person, outdoor environment. Offerings are week-long, half or full day for rising 4th-10th graders.

Dates: July 29-August 5, 2022. Age Range: 9-16yo. Contact: 413-339-4912
♦ summer@charlemont.org
♦  www.charlemont.org/2022-summer-programs

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

The Academy at Charlemont is a community-oriented independent day school for grades 6-12. For 40 years, Academy students have become engaged learners and articulate leaders through small classes, rigorous coursework, diverse electives in the arts and beyond, inclusive athletics, personalized advising, and student leadership. Learn more about The Academy at a Virtual Info Session on Tues, March 29 (7-8pm), and join them for a personalized visit day. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Rolling admission for select grade levels is now open. Ready to learn more about The Academy family for your family? Find details and Info Session registration at www.charlemont.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

2022 Class Directory

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Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens.
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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self-empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This episode will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to this Jewish holiday's true meaning and message.

Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self-empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This episode will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to this Jewish holiday’s true meaning and message.

HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni
[Originally aired: 2013]
Listen Now

PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim


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HFVS Heart of Chanukah Episode

HFVS Community & Neighbor Episode

HFVS You, Me and Our Community Episode

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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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB) inspires children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment. Serving children aged 15 months through grade 8 on 40 wooded acres, MSB supports each child’s innate curiosity and helps them develop focus and motivation, and embraces collaboration and cooperation. Engaging materials, designed for hands-on learning through all senses, are continually adapted to meet each child’s needs, interests, and development, so they are best prepared for the next level of education. Open 7:30am-3pm; extended coverage until 5:15 pm. Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-8th grade. For more information: info@berkshiremontessori.org; 413-637-3662; www.berkshiremontessori.org.

Hilltown CDC (HCDC) seeks to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, education, social, & community needs while preserving the rural character of the area. Thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, the HCDC offers FREE, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents! If you’re thinking of starting or growing your business, HCDC can help. They have experts in various areas who can help entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax & accounting, legal assistance, & more. Sign up for free virtual classes: hilltowndirectory.com/events. For more info, contact HCDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney: MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org; 413-354-1055

FEATURED PreK NATURE PROGRAM
Nature Sprouts
Deerfield, MA

Nature Sprouts
Openings for this spring for ages 3-5.

Nature Sprouts is a morning program and takes place at The Bement School in Deerfield, MA, every Tuesday from April 5 – May 10, 2022, from 9-10am. Children and their families are invited to spend mornings connecting with nature through stories and hands-on activities with Nature Sprouts, a meaningful way to build a sense of discovery and wonder. Children ages 3-5 learn about colors, shapes, textures, and more! Email jcraig@bement.org to RSVP and for more information.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs “Sled Dog” Camps
West Chesterfield, MA

Photograph of sled dogs with text and graphic overlay for Hilltown Sleddogs summer camps.
Outdoors.

Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, hike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) *New Bonfire/BBQ eve last night Week 4 & Gals Only Week 5, all ages! Successful COVID Safety Protocol continues for 2022.

Dates: July 5-August 26, 2022. Age Range: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187
♦ hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com
♦ www.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Outdoors.

Academy Summer Programs tap into The Academy’s artistic, outdoor, and academic communities by enabling students to explore areas of interest in a safe, in-person, outdoor environment. Offerings are week-long, half or full day for rising 4th-10th graders.

Dates: July 29-August 5, 2022. Age Range: 9-16yo. Contact: 413-339-4912
♦ summer@charlemont.org
♦  www.charlemont.org/2022-summer-programs

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs
Greenfield, MA

Summer Programs at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Welcome to Summer 2022 at Stoneleigh-Burnham school. Here is the list of their camps for this summer and a brief overview of what they will offer. Animation Camp: an introduction to computer animation for girls ages 12-18, with no experience necessary. Speak Up: an introduction to debate & public speaking for girls ages 10-15, with no experience necessary. Performing Arts Camp: a co-ed program for students ages 10-18 with an interest in dancing, singing, and acting, but no experience required. Bonnie Castle Riding Camp: a riding program for girls ages 8-16 with experience who can tack up, walk, trot, and canter independently. Horsemanship Day Camp: a co-ed riding program for novice and beginner riders ages 9-12, with no experience necessary.

Dates: June – August, 2022. Age Range: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-774-2711 x256
summerprograms@sbschool.org
sbschool.org/summer

FEATURED STUDENT EXCHANGE
SUMMER PROGRAM
Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families
Valencia, Spain

Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families
Student Exchange

Looking for an exciting, fun, and natural way for your teen to learn Spanish this summer? What if you share your home with a Spanish student and then have your student spend time in Spain? Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families organizes reciprocal exchanges for students ages 13-18 for 4-6 weeks. They match up families with similar objectives and characteristics, and the students participate in a direct exchange. Students participate in normal summer activities, whether it be camps, trips, or just hanging around the neighborhood. Student exchange is a fantastic way to share your culture and for your teen to experience and learn the Spanish language and culture from others. What are you waiting for? ¡Las familias españolas les esperan!

Dates: June-August 2022. Age Range: 13-18yo. Contact: 608-334-7053
♦ shefamiliesusa@gmail.com
♦ shefamilies.com/indexeng.html

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Photograph of three boys posing on the top of a play structure.
Outdoor. Indoor.

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their schedule by choosing from a wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for the youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying summer camp fun. Summer Program dates are listed on their website. Sign up now, as sessions are filling fast!

Dates: Summer 2022. Age Range: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-774-7061
♦ summer@bement.org
♦ www.bement.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Sugar Season!  The ground is thawing, and the sap is running. Maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to sing about all things maple!

The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Sugar Season!  The ground is thawing, and the sap is running. Maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to sing about all things maple! Along with sugar season comes the shearing of the sheep. Two seasonal markers of the coming of spring in the northeastern region of the United States. In this week’s episode, learn songs not only about maple syrup but sheep shearing and spring traditions in New England. — Download Hilltown Families Season: March & April issue of Learning Ahead to discover more about the seasonal markers that connect us to place in Western MA.

HFVS Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode
[Originally aired: 2009]
Listen Now

PLAYLIST

  • Lunch Money – “Wake Up, World” – Dizzy
  • Pete Seeger – “Maple Syrup Time” – Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger
  • Kitty Donohoe  – “Maple Syrup” – Bunyan and Banjoes
  • Phil Rosenthal – “Buffalo Gals” – This Land is Your Land
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band & Kid Pan Alley – “Extra Hand” – Kid Pan Alley
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Carla Sciaky – “Sheep Shearing” – Spin the Weaver’s Song
  • Justin Roberts – “Field Trip” – Pop Fly
  • The Hipwaders – “Field Trip” – Goodie Bag
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • L. Frank Baum – The Story of Baa-Baa Black Sheep
  • Teresa Doyle – “The Shearing” – If Fish Could Sing … and Sheep Could Dance
  • Matt Nathanson – “Starfish and Coffee” – For the Kids Too
  • Moxy Fruvous – “Maple Syrup Time” – If I Had a Song: Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2
  • The Hipwaders – “Things You Want” – Goodie Bag


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HFVS Adapted Story Episode

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With March comes spring events and learning opportunities, like baby farm animals, maple syrup, and vernal pools!

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas! ♦ New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

Hilltown CDC (HCDC) seeks to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, education, social, & community needs while preserving the rural character of the area. Thanks to a generous grant from the MGCC, the HCDC offers FREE, confidential business assistance to Hilltown residents! If you’re thinking of starting or growing your business, HCDC can help. They have experts in various areas who can help entrepreneurs get on their feet, including website help, social media marketing, business tax & accounting, legal assistance, & more. Sign up for free virtual classes: hilltowndirectory.com/events. For more info, contact HCDC Economic Development Director Michele Kenney: MicheleK@Hilltowncdc.org; 413-354-1055

For over 40 years, Montessori School of Northampton has offered exciting and engaging summer workshops for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full-day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio, theme-based programming, and an expansive playground. Elementary and middle school workshops include Rock Band, Podcasting, Robotics, Digital Animation & Game Making, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Film & Videography, Visual Arts: Magical Creatures, LEGO Engineering w/ Minecraft and Unplugged Gaming, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art.
Dates: June 27-August 19, 2022; Age Range: 18mo-14yo 
Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.org ♦ msn.coursestorm.com

Living Rivers School students assist world-renowned river fish expert Dr. Boyd Kynard as he completes his second year of small fish habitat- and sea lamprey- data collection. He concludes three studies to determine the extent & quality of the Connecticut River fish habitat between the Holyoke & Turners Falls dams. Living Rivers School students are credited by name for their service in reports Dr. Kynard publishes in juried academic journals. They are invited to share their experience & findings with their schools & communities. This is a rare opportunity for students to get real conservation biology research experience & nurtured as future environmental leaders. Living Rivers School is Biocitizen’s best program—a life-changer & career-inspirer!
Dates: August 2-13, 2022; Age Range: 10-16yo
Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ kheidinger@biocitizen.orgma.biocitizen.org

Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB) inspires children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment. Serving children aged 15 months through grade 8 on 40 wooded acres, MSB supports each child’s innate curiosity and helps them develop focus and motivation, and embraces collaboration and cooperation. Engaging materials, designed for hands-on learning through all senses, are continually adapted to meet each child’s needs, interests, and development, so they are best prepared for the next level of education. Open 7:30am-3pm; extended coverage until 5:15 pm. Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-8th grade. For more information: info@berkshiremontessori.org; 413-637-3662; www.berkshiremontessori.org.

FEATURED PreK NATURE PROGRAM
Nature Sprouts
Deerfield, MA

Photograph of three boys posing on the top of a play structure.
Openings for this spring for ages 3-5.

Nature Sprouts is a morning program and takes place at The Bement School in Deerfield, MA, every Tuesday from April 5 – May 10, 2022, from 9-10am. Children and their families are invited to spend mornings connecting with nature through stories and hands-on activities with Nature Sprouts, a meaningful way to build a sense of discovery and wonder. Children ages 3-5 learn about colors, shapes, textures, and more! Email jcraig@bement.org to RSVP and for more information.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs
Greenfield, MA

Summer Programs at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Welcome to Summer 2022 at Stoneleigh-Burnham school. Here is the list of their camps for this summer and a brief overview of what they will offer. Animation Camp: an introduction to computer animation for girls ages 12-18, with no experience necessary. Speak Up: an introduction to debate & public speaking for girls ages 10-15, with no experience necessary. Performing Arts Camp: a co-ed program for students ages 10-18 with an interest in dancing, singing, and acting, but no experience required. Bonnie Castle Riding Camp: a riding program for girls ages 8-16 with experience who can tack up, walk, trot, and canter independently. Horsemanship Day Camp: a co-ed riding program for novice and beginner riders ages 9-12, with no experience necessary.

Dates: June – August, 2022. Age Range: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-774-2711 x256; summerprograms@sbschool.org; sbschool.org/summer

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
River Bend Farm Camps
Saco, ME

River Bend Farm Camps in Saco, Maine
Outdoors.

Join The Ecology School at River Bend Farm for a week of a lifetime along the Saco River in Southern Maine. With delicious farm-fresh food, arts & crafts, and ecosystem exploration, a summer spent on their 105-acre farm is sure to create quintessential Maine summer camp memories that will continue to inspire and encourage for years to come. Weekly youth overnight camp: June 26-July 23, 2022. Family camp: August 7-10, 2022.

Dates: June 26-August 10, 2022
Age Range: 8-15yo & Families
Contact: 207-283-9951
♦ alex@theecologyschool.org
♦ theecologyschool.org/camps

FEATURED STUDENT EXCHANGE
SUMMER PROGRAM
Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families
Valencia, Spain

Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families
Student Exchange

Looking for an exciting, fun, and natural way for your teen to learn Spanish this summer? What if you share your home with a Spanish student and then have your student spend time in Spain? Student’s Home Exchange (SHE) Families organizes reciprocal exchanges for students ages 13-18 for 4-6 weeks. They match up families with similar objectives and characteristics, and the students participate in a direct exchange. Students participate in normal summer activities, whether it be camps, trips, or just hanging around the neighborhood. Student exchange is a fantastic way to share your culture and for your teen to experience and learn the Spanish language and culture from others. What are you waiting for? ¡Las familias españolas les esperan!

Dates: June-August 2022. Age Range: 13-18yo. Contact: 608-334-7053; shefamiliesusa@gmail.comshefamilies.com/indexeng.html

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Photograph of three boys posing on the top of a play structure.
Outdoor. Indoor.

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their schedule by choosing from a wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for the youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying summer camp fun. Summer Program dates are listed on their website. Sign up now, as sessions are filling fast!

Dates: Summer 2022. Age Range: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-774-7061; summer@bement.orgwww.bement.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

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Summer Camps in Western Massachusetts

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!

New listings are added each week, so check back often and be sure to subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter!

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Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens.
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Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll "big beat" of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott's own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)!

Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll “big beat” of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott’s own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)!

HFVS Louisiana Dance Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing
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PLAYLIST

  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” (Floating World/Retroworld)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Bamboula Rhythm” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Shirley and Lee “Everybody’s Rockin’” (EMI Records)
  • Meters “They All Asked for You” (Warner Brothers Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “J’ai vu le loup, le renard et la bellete” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Papillon “Sugar ‘Sugah’ Bee” (Music for Little People)
  • Fats Domino – “Jambalaya” (Imperial Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Lemon Nash “Bourbon Street Parade” (Arhoolie Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mississippi River” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Louis Prima “Pennies From Heaven” (Capitol Records)
  • Pete Fountain “When the Saints Go Marching In” (Decca Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mudbug Boogie” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil “P’tit Galop Pour Mamou” (Rounder Records)
  • ReBirth Brass Band “Do Whatcha Wanna” (Rounder Records)


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With the beginning of March comes the season of maple and mud in western MA. Discover ways to engage in our community that connect with the season while strengthening a sense of place and supporting interests and education.

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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Love your learning! Oak Meadow’s K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for an entire year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Take 20% off all Oak Meadow’s bookstore items from February 14-28, 2022. Purchase complete curriculum packages for PreK-8 or individual courses for high school, or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Plus, they’re offering free shipping on all orders over $499! Shop February 14-28, 2022, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

For over 40 years, Montessori School of Northampton has offered exciting and engaging summer workshops for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full-day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio, theme-based programming, and an expansive playground. Elementary and middle school workshops include Rock Band, Podcasting, Robotics, Digital Animation & Game Making, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Film & Videography, Visual Arts: Magical Creatures, LEGO Engineering w/ Minecraft and Unplugged Gaming, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art.
Dates: June 27-August 19, 2022; Age Range: 18mo-14yo 
Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.org ♦ msn.coursestorm.com

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their schedule by choosing from Bement's wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for the youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Prospective families can find summer Programs dates on their website.
Outdoor. Indoor.

Dates: Summer 2022
Age Range: 4-15yo
Contact: 413-774-7061
♦ summer@bement.org
♦ www.bement.org

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their schedule by choosing from Bement’s wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 6-9. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for the youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Prospective families can find summer Programs dates on their website.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Adventures in Music with
Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield, MA

Play outside this summer at the Berkshire Music School! Designed for young music lovers ages 5-9, Adventures in Music gives your budding musician a solid foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in introduction to music, chorus, creative movement, and puppetry on the tented lawn of BMS’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, drama, visual arts, and more! Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Mini Session: June 27-July 1, Session 1: July 11-22, Session 2: July 25-August 5. Contact: 413-442-1411; cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org
Outdoors. Indoors.

Play outside this summer at the Berkshire Music School! Designed for young music lovers ages 5-9, Adventures in Music gives your budding musician a solid foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in introduction to music, chorus, creative movement, and puppetry on the tented lawn of BMS’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, drama, visual arts, and more! Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Mini Session: June 27-July 1, Session 1: July 11-22, Session 2: July 25-August 5. Contact: 413-442-1411; cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Early American Summer Days
West Springfield, MA

Early American Summer Days combines 19th-century history with 21st-century fun! Designed for ages 7-12, all sessions give children who have completed grades 1-5 a glimpse into the museum’s historical spaces and an opportunity to do themed activities and craft projects. Children will have a choice of four themed days to create their own 19th-century adventure. Children will also get to interact with a range of special guests, from farm animals to theater people! Staff and volunteers will aid in hands-on learning with a variety of activities.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Early American Summer Days combines 19th-century history with 21st-century fun! Designed for ages 7-12, all sessions give children who have completed grades 1-5 a glimpse into the museum’s historical spaces and an opportunity to do themed activities and craft projects. Children will have a choice of four themed days to create their own 19th-century adventure. Children will also get to interact with a range of special guests, from farm animals to theater people! Staff and volunteers will aid in hands-on learning with a variety of activities.

Dates: August 2-5, 2022; Age Range: 7-12yo; Contact: 413-205-505; storrow@thebige.com; www.storrowtonvillage.com

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for Fall 2022 are now being accepted. Bement offers both in-person tours and interviews and online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or schedule a campus tour.
Applications for Fall 2022

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. Applications for Fall 2022 are now being accepted. Bement offers both in-person tours and interviews and online opportunities to connect and learn more about Bement. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or schedule a campus tour.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the long-running band the Deedle Deedle Dees, hosts this musical exploration of the concept of "playing a character."

Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the long-running band the Deedle Deedle Dees, hosts this musical exploration of the concept of “playing a character.” We all change how we present ourselves to the world to get different reactions. Whether we’re putting on a costume for a holiday, dressing up to act onstage, trying on different outfits and accessories to present a different persona to our peers, or trying out new modes of behavior (for example, attempting to be an extrovert when you’ve always felt like more of an introvert). Songs by Dean Jones, Rachel Loshak, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, SLV, Weezer, Yo La Tengo, the Deedle Deedle Dees, and other favorite artists of Lloyd’s provide a variety of interesting takes on the topic.

HFVS Character Episode
with Guest DJ, Lloyd H. Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees
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PLAYLIST

  • Billie Holiday – When You’re Smiling
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Feel the Ice Melting
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Every Time I Stand Up (I Feel Like Falling Down)
  • Dean Jones – I Tried to Make a Friend
  • Francis and the Lights (featuring Bon Iver) – Friends
  • Weezer – My Best Friend
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Tesla v. Edison
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Secret Superhero
  • STORY
  • Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Super Strong
  • Vered – Something Other Than a Mom
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Typhoid Mary Tells Her Side of Things
  • SLV – History
  • Lucy Kalantari – Fantastic


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