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Cultural Survival Bazaars in Western MA Festivals of Native Art, Music, & Cultures Bring Together Public Support for Indigenous Communities Worldwide The Cultural Survival Bazaar happens this weekend, May 29th & 30th, on the Amherst Common, and then again the weekend of July 17th & 18th, on the Kripalu Yoga Center Field in Stockbridge, MA. [rockyou id=72112182&w=256&h=192] (Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield) The Cultural Survival Bazaars are festivals of Native art, music, and… Read More

Educational & Fun Competition for Students Promotes Awareness About Transportation, Technology and the Environment On Saturday, June 5th, area middle school students will gather at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, MA to race their model solar-powered cars in the eleventh annual Berkshire Junior Solar Sprint (JSS). Participation is open to teachers, home educators and community groups. More than 80 students from Western Mass are expected to participate in the JSS this year…. Read More

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening,… Read More

Lucky Day for Many, Green Success for All At the 4th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival Luck was smiling on Helene and Paul Copp. The couple, who are renovating a house they bought in Chesterfield, were spending time with family last weekend and just happened to be passing the Cummington Fairgrounds during the fourth annual Hilltown Spring Festival. They stopped to take in the sights and sounds of the event—and ended up winning… Read More

Rosemary Wessel of Cummington, MA writes: Arts Alive in the Hilltowns is a networking opportunity, a resource, a way to find places to display and see artwork and artists from all the hilltowns, to publicize your shows, take classes, join a critique group, go on studio tours, hear a lecture, see a performance or demo, or just get together with other artists and art enthusiasts, and enrich the Arts in the Hilltowns…. Read More

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening,… Read More

Hilltown Spring Festival Performance Schedule Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10am-7pm Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA 10:30am Hampshire Chamber Singers Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School Chorus 11:30am The Shapeshifters: Scottish A Capella Happy Dan the Music Man: Family Music Show 12:15pm Maypole: Community Maypole Dance with Morris Dancers 1pm Katherine First & Max Cohen: Celtic Music Duo with Fiddle and Guitar Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra: Ukulele Mayhem 2pm Uklulele Workshop: Bring your instrument!… Read More

Organic Black Bean Burritos to Gluten-Free Coffee Cake Local Fare Served-Up at the Hilltown Spring Festival There will be something for every taste at the Hilltown Spring Festival, coming up this Saturday, May 15th, 2010 in Cummington. From organic black bean burritos to classic mac-and-cheese, this year’s Festival food vendors are offering a wide assortment of eats and treats: Start with a waffle or some gluten-free coffee cake from Blue House Café,… Read More

Follow Hilltown Families on Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that… Read More

Follow Hilltown Families on Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that… Read More

Celebration of New England in the Spring The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host its annual Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown Saturday, May 1st from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The festival is a celebration of spring and our New England heritage, with time-honored crafts and artisans, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. For the 7th year, sheep… Read More

Norman Rockwell Museum to Host 2nd Annual World Rhythms Community Day Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the reopening of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio with the second annual World Rhythms Community Day, to be held Sunday, May 2nd, 2010, from 12 to 4 p.m. Inspired by Rockwell’s “Golden Rule,” a 1961 “Saturday Evening Post” cover emphasizing the importance of cultural and interpersonal understanding, the event will provide an afternoon of family fun with… Read More

The Goal is Zero-Waste at the Hilltown Spring Festival Efforts are under way to move the Hilltown Spring Festival closer to its goal of becoming a zero-waste event. This week, Eric Weiss of the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative (HRMC), which handles recycling at the festival, will be talking with students at Wahconah Regional High School about how recycling and composting are a key part of the sustainability equation. He’ll also be recruiting… Read More

Free Family Day at The Clark in Williamstown, MA on April 25th, 2010 It’s a campus wide family adventure during the People and Spaces Family Day at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 from 12 to 4 pm. This free day will explore how people fit into different spaces, places, and settings. Try to keep your bearings in a maze, create detailed clothespin people, build a… Read More

CET’s 15th Annual Earth Day Clothing and Textile Drive This Weekend On Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, the Center for Ecological Technology (CET) will hold its 15th annual Textile Drive to collect old clothing and household textiles for reuse and recycling. The event will be held in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The collection is open to all Berkshire… Read More

Hilltown families enjoyed African-American soul food during the “I Have a Dream” community celebration at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, on Monday, January 16th, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The “I Have A Dream” celebration was kicked off at 1 p.m. with a reading from King’s famous speech, followed by a performance by the popular Pittsfield step dance troupe, Youth Alive. Youth Alive is a troupe of young dancers from Pittsfield,… Read More

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