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Highland Communities Initiative’s 5th Conference Celebrates People’s Place in Protecting Our Region’s Rural Nature On September 12th in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the Highland Communities Initiative’s (HCI) fifth biennial conference to celebrate the Highland’s rural nature and to share ideas from area residents that may hold the keys to its future. A program of The Trustees of Reservations, HCI supports and connects the people… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending CUMMINGTON FAIR, AUGUST 27TH-30TH The way I see it, there is only one… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS: Stargazing at Notchview in Windsor, MA at 9pm…. Read More

Nancy Hoff, co-owner of Ashfield Hardware in Ashfield, MA writes: Mama Mia Reunion and Reenactment in Ashfield!  I would like to submit a five minute film for the Ashfield Filmfest and need a cast of thousands of women and children! The five minutes will be our own rendition of the “Dancing Queen” scene of Mama Mia where Meryl Streep and girl friends dance through the streets as village women cast their work… Read More

Mettawee River Theater Company to Perform New Outdoor Production in Western Massachusetts Beyond the High Valley: A Quechua Story Beyond the High Valley: A Quechua Story is a Peruvian folk tale where Imposing Condor and Resourceful Hummingbird do battle, to be performed by the Mettawee River Theater Company in both Shelburne Falls and Cummington, MA. This free outdoor theater production will incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending MARK YOUR CALENDARS Sunday, July 26th: Community Day at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket,… Read More

Update on Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE) By HHuGE Coordinator, Kathy McMahon WHAT IS HHuGE? In a nutshell Bringing family gardeners together to donate their excess bounty – in trade or just to help local families in need. Nature is abundant, just not evenly distributed. Sharing fresh, wholesome produce is the neighborly thing to do! UPDATES: A few quick updates about the happenings with HHuGE Our Grand Opening is Monday, July 20,… Read More

Notes from Nan: And to think it happened at Elmer’s! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Man! You just never know who you’re gonna see at Elmer’s. Last week at this time we had Sonya Kitchell, Erin McKeown and Erica Wheeler all sitting around at breakfast with their guitars and gorgeous voices, jamming together on a theme of pancakes. And just now I walked in to talk to Jim and there was… Read More

Look Park Offers Half-Price on Wednesdays and Family Entertainment Look Park announces that all Wednesdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be 1/2 price for all paid attractions. Paid attractions include: Train Rides Pedal Boats Miniature Golf Bumper Boats Click here to see prices Free attraction include: Water Spray Park Walking/Biking Paths Playgrounds Tennis Courts Baseball Fields Volleyball Sand Pits Zoo Family Entertainment Also on Wednesday in June at Look Park… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS & PARADE SCHEDULE Click HERE to see the schedule… Read More

Click HERE for the 2010 4th of July Schedule 2009 Fireworks & More in Western Massachusetts Here is a schedule of firework displays and parades happening in Western Massachusetts.  Click on the listing to find out more information. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening. Looking for family events during the day on the 4th of July? Check the comment box below for… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending BULLETIN BOARD CONCERT SERIES IN FLORENCE: Every Thursday night is a free lawn… Read More

Lisa Downing of the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA writes: Free admission to area museums is as easy as a visit to the Forbes Library. Now in the fifth year, the library’s museum pass program enables patrons to borrow a free admission pass to the Children’s Museum of Holyoke, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Historic Deerfield, Mass MoCA, Massachusetts State Parks, Norman Rockwell Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Springfield… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending FEATURED EVENT SATURDAY, JUNE 20th: Summer Solstice Celebration with Erica Wheeler in Conway,… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending BULLETIN BOARD The Franklin County Huger Task Force is encouraging home gardeners and… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending BULLETIN BOARD OZ COSTUMES SOUGHT: The Drama Club at R. H. Conwell Elementary… Read More

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, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending. FEATURED EVENT This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Massachusetts Sheep and… Read More

Hilltown Spring Festival Music Schedule Saturday, May 30th, 2009 from 10am-6pm Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA 10:30 Hampshire Chamber Singers & Hampshire a Capella Marla BB Kids rock ‘n’ roll band – KIDS SHOW http://www.marlabb.com Marla BB has sung her Sassy Mama Blues across the country for over two decades. She chose the Hilltowns as her home to raise a family. She started the Hilltown Kids’ Rock ‘n Roll Band for her daughter… Read More

Sean Chapel writes: How do we know when a good night will be to see salamanders hatching at a vernal pool? Sheri Rosenblum of Plainfield, MA replies: Trying to guess what night spotted salamanders eggs will hatch would be similar to guessing the day of a first snowfall or when that last pile of snow behind the house might melt.  Many factors will influence the timing of this event. While the date… Read More

Winton Pitcoff of Plainfield, MA writes: Growing the Valley is a new online forum for farmers and gardeners in the Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns to share ideas and resources. It’s a place to go to ask questions, help others find solutions Divided into categories – livestock, crops, classifieds, events, etc. – users can post questions or ideas, and other members can respond. The sky’s the limit as to what can be discussed…. Read More

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. FEATURED EVENT CFC Family Contra Dance: This Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30pm the Cummington Family Center will host their 2nd Annual Family Contra Dance at the Cummington Community House on Main Street in Cummington, MA.  Steve Howland and his band… Read More

Happy Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and all other seasonal celebrations! 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. Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Get Directions | Free Museum Passes | School Closings and Delays | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Facebook Events Happening in… Read More

Path of the Otter Program in Ashfield Path of the Otter will be offering a summer program in the hilltowns for children ages 5-7. This program is a playful introduction to earth awareness, nature exploration and naturalist and wilderness living skills. Kids participating will: Learn to recognize, identify and follow animal signs Learn to listen for and understand birds and bird language Be introduced to exploration and survival skills Learn to identify… Read More

‘Focus on Sustainability’ to Highlight the 2008 Hilltown Spring Festival In addition to featuring new family activities (click here to read), a ‘Focus on Sustainability’ will also highlight the Hilltown CDC’s 2nd annual Hilltown Spring Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Nearly twenty local enterprises and organizations have signed up so far to offer information and demonstrations about a wide variety of… Read More

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2010 HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL 2008 Hilltown Spring Festival To Feature New Family Activities The Hilltown CDC’s 2nd annual Hilltown Spring Festival will feature a host of new family activities for children of all ages on Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds. New this year will be the launch of the Highland Unusual Games Triathlon, a multi-generational event for 5-member teams including… Read More

Notes from Nan: Crafted in the Village BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Enjoy an old-fashioned kind of Christmas this weekend in Ashfield with Crafted in the Village A Weekend-Long Celebration of All Things Fun About the Holidays! Shop for hand-crafted, well-made works of art and usefulness at sites throughout the village Choose and Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree Visit the Congregational Church’s Fair-Trade Bazaar Eat at one of 3 Locally-Owned… Read More

What to do on Columbus Day Weekend in Western Mass? It’s Columbus Day weekend, which means my daughter has Monday AND TUESDAY off from school next week. While there’s plenty to do this weekend and on Monday … what to do on Tuesday? I did run into Lui Collins at the Meekins Library in Worthington who told me about a Kids’ Jam she’s offering for older kids, starting this Tuesday that runs… 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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