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New Year’s Day Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective

Dec 31 2019
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On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party , a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective located in the old Town Hall (43 Main Street) in Easthampton , [continue reading]

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Dec 27 2019
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December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020 Saturday, Dec 28 Sunday, Dec 29
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2019 Thanksgiving Meals & Volunteer Opportunities in Western MA

Nov 21 2019
As Thanksgiving approaches, families can integrate food-related community service into their schedules to honor the role that food plays in the holiday’s celebration. From community meals to food pantries to other food-related community resources, opportunities abound for families to engage in service or to participate in a community-building meal.
To learn more about how [continue reading]

Learn Local. Play Local.: Halloween to Dia de los Meurtos. Owl Banding to Ghosts Stories.

Oct 28 2019
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Spooky Safari Spooktacular Monsters Ball Haunted Hangar Haunted Train Ride Rag Shag Parade Trick-or-Treat Gravestone Carving Haunted Farm[continue reading]

Halloween Inspired Hands-On Science Ideas

Oct 14 2019

In the spirit of the creepy, gruesome, and vaguely terrifying elements of the Halloween season, why not engage in some similarly creepy, gruesome, and relatively terror-free hands-on science experiments! From candy chromatography and glowing drinkables to flying ghosts and gooey eyeballs, click here for 8 Halloween science ideas which [continue reading]

25 Children’s Books For Back-to-School

Sep 2 2019
“Back to school!” These words can evoke a variety of emotions in the hearts of children everywhere. For some, this time can be full of anxiety and concerns over making friends, fitting in, and finding their way around a new school or classroom. Even self-directed learners and homeschool families can feel the jitters associated with [continue reading]

Summer Camping Adventures Promote Nature-Based Play and Learning

Aug 7 2019
Camping is one of the most classic outdoor adventures of childhood, and thanks to the wealth of state parks and forests found locally, there are endless camping adventures to be had in western Massachusetts! From exposing young campers to sleeping outside to allowing children to experience all aspects of the local landscape, camping trips are [continue reading]

2019 Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Jul 23 2019
2019 Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour Saturday & Sunday, July 27&28, 10am-5pm
Get the map and schedule for this self-guided tour here:
“Nine potters at eight locations will open their studios to the public. There will be twelve guest artists, demonstrations and local foods. Participating potters include Robbie Heidinger, Christy [continue reading]

Learn Local. Play Local.: Independence Day to Summer Concerts. Geology to Zoology.

Jul 1 2019
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Summer Reading Literary Studies Literature In Translation Reading To Dogs Farm Animals Native Species Watershed Ornithology Nature-Based Learning[continue reading]

What to Know About Poison Wild Parsnip

Jun 26 2019
I’ve been seeing more poison parsnip (also known as wild parsnip, an invasive species) when driving along Route 9 in the Hilltowns. Its already prevalent in New York and Vermont. This plant contains oil that reacts with sunlight and can cause severe blistering burns.
This article give useful information about how to identify this [continue reading]

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