Hilltown Families


Your House is Strong By Nerissa and Katryna Nields MotherWoman wanted to find a unique way to celebrate mothers, so they teamed up with Western MA mother’s, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, and local photographer Sarah Prall and asked families and friends in Western MA to share what they received from mothers that they treasure most. The results… this beautiful and touching video! Share with other mother’s in your life! MotherWoman is a… Read More

Education Reform, One Video at a Time Hollington Lee of Hatfield, MA writes: You never know what crazy thing listening to someone else’s ideas will inspire. In my case, as a public high school teacher, it inspired me to produce close to 60 short videos (yes, 60!) of MCAS math practice questions for 3rd and 4th graders. A fellow teacher and friend asked me what could have possessed me, a science teacher,… Read More

BFF 2.0: She’s Texting While We’re Hanging Out Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies… Read More

Joanie Leeds Guest DJ Episode Listen Now Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am February 19th & 20th, 2011 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: “C is for Conifers” by They Might Be Giants Podcasts ♦ Radio ♦ Archives ♦ Subscribe ♦ Myspace ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter PLAYLIST Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Give Me A Hug” [I’m A Rock Star] Shirley Temple –… Read More

January 29th, 2011 Show Listen Now Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am January 29th & 30th, 2011 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: The new Sesame Street “Lady Bug Picnic” song.  See the video of the original version here. Podcasts ♦ Radio ♦ Archives ♦ Subscribe ♦ Myspace ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter   Billy Kelly ♦ “We Could Be Pen Pals” [The Family Garden… Read More

Liz Provo writes: This is a little video of the Westhampton, MA Fall Festival and 3rd Annual Road Race which I hope captures the unique nature of this beautiful small town in Western Mass. Thanks especially to the Acoustic Preservation Band, whose music is heard throughout the video.

Western MA moms were asked if they could go back to before their first baby, what would they tell themselves. In this video are their answers, set to the song “Days Away” by Ashton. — What would you go back and tell your pre-baby self? Share your insights too…

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

Check out the Hilltown Family Variety Show Podcast. One hour of commercial-free family radio programming, recorded in the studios of WXOJ 103.3FM, Northampton, MA. This week’s episode features new music by They Might Be Giants, vintage sesame street and season tunes!

The Snowman One my favorite films to watch during the holidays is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, a 23 minute pencil-drawn animation. It’s the purity of The Snowman that I enjoy the most. The film is without words and set to the composition “Walking in the Air” by Howard Blake and performed by Peter Auty. With his wonderful illustrations and a timeless musical composition, Briggs brilliantly captures the innocence of a young… Read More

Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns Here is a quick video (>30 seconds) both kids and parents find interesting.  Through time lapsed imagery, this video shows what happens to a carved pumpkin over the course of three weeks: Here’s another version, just a little bit longer and more dramatic:

Gustafer Yellowgold comes to Florence … each of their songs is a blend of moving illustrations set to minimally animated illustrations that are accompanied by catchy and original story-songs for a truly different multimedia experience. Here’s their performance of “The Mustard Slugs,” off of their brand new, award-winning CD: