Hilltown Families


Hilltown Families turned five at the turn of the year … and we are celebrating all year long!  This month we are offering 5 Gift Baskets from 5 Local Food Businesses, celebrating local food and businesses with a sample of products from Dean’s Beans, Tea Guys, Bart’s Ice Cream, Dufresne’s Sugar House, and Appalachian Naturals. Deadline to enter to win is Friday, February 4th.  Five winners will be randomly selected and announced… Read More

Holy Cow! A Creamery Co-Op! The Old Creamery in Cummington began its long presence in the Hilltown community as The Cummington Cooperative Creamery in 1886.  At that time, a co-op of dairy farmers brought fresh cream from their farms to be churned into butter.  During the Co-op’s most active period, 145 dairies produced 20,000 pounds of butter per month. With the advent of widespread refrigeration and motor trucking in the 1940’s, the needs… Read More

Dream Jam Band Guest DJ Episode Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am November 13th & 14th, 2010 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: “Bad Hair Day” by Dream Jam Band from their album, Leave it in the Soup. Podcasts ♦ Radio ♦ Archives ♦ Subscribe ♦ Myspace ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter PLAYLIST The Tornados – “Telstar”  [Ride the Wild Surf – Great Surfing Hits]… Read More

7th Annual Gorge aprés Gorge Sunday, November 28th, 2010 Chesterfield Gorge, West Chesterfield For the past seven year, families have gathered at the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield on the Sunday following Thanksgiving for the annual Gorge aprés Gorge, a FREE community walk/run. New this year is a 5K run to benefit the Trustees of Reservation, and Hilltown Families has two entries and two mugs to giveaway to one lucky reader! Deadline… Read More

Listen to Podcast: Flannery Brothers Guest DJ Episode Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am November 6th & 7th, 2010 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: “Jet Pack” by Recess Monkey from their album, The Final Funktier.  Archived Podcasts ♦Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter PLAYLIST Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life] Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” [Simple Pleasures] Kate… Read More

Sonya Kitchell and the Brooklyn String Quartet At Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA Sunday, October 10th @ 7:30pm Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds Concerts have partnered up to offer a pair of tickets for two lucky couples to see Sonya Kitchell in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, October 10th at 7:30pm. Joining her for this special evening is the Brooklyn String… Read More

Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day Mark your calendars: Smithsonian magazine’s sixth annual Museum Day is this Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. Download your ticket and then head to one of the eight locations in Western MA to explore with the family … for free! Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum… Read More

From our archives, families share their favorite places for pick-your-own raspberries. Take a peek and find a place to pick. Already have a favorite spot you’d like to share? Post in the comment field…

Underground Railroad Talk Museum of Springfield History April 11th @ 2pm Many families emailed to let me know how much they appreciated the Underground Railroad Episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show as a supplement to their children’s studies. Another opportunity for older students to learn about the Underground Railroad will be this Sunday, April 11th in Springfield, MA. At 2pm, the new Museum of Springfield History will host a talk titled… Read More

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