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Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit 

Hilltown Families: Traveling Photography Exhibit



♦ Feb/March in Florence, MA:

Cup & Top Cafe 

♦ April in Haydenville, MA:

Bread Euphoria 

♦ May/June in Ashfield, MA:

Bullitt Reservation

♦ July in Northampton, MA:

Northampton Center for the Arts 

♦ Sept in Williamsburg, MA:

Meekins Library 

♦ Oct in Ashfield, MA:


♦ Nov/Dec in Shelburne Falls, MA:

Mocha Maya's 


Each exhibit is a unique showcase of images that correspond with the season and venue and have been featured on Hilltown Families over the years.   


Contact us to inquire about hosting this fundraising exhibit for Hilltown Families in your town/venue.



Hilltown Hybrids
Hilltown Tree and Garden
Lui Collins' Upside Up Music

Bread Euphoria
Clean Air Lawn Care
Yes Computers
Signature Sounds

Blazing Star Herbal School
Red Gate Farm
Tekoa Mountain Outdoors
Cup and Top Cafe
Mother Woman








Black History Month 

Top 10 of 2010 

Peace Episode 

2010 in Review 

Folk Songs: Fox & Frog  



Guest DJ: David Weinstone 

Guest DJ: Charity & the JAMBand 

Guest DJ: Daddy A-Go-Go 

Guest DJ: Josh Watchel 

Guest DJ: Joanie Leeds 

Guest DJ: Keller Williams 

Guest DJ: Bill Harley 

Guest DJ: Caspar Babypants 

Guest DJ: Dream Jam Band  

Guest DJ: Flannery Brothers  

Guest DJ: The Verve Pipe  



Gustafer Yellowgold

Randy Kaplan  

Jay Mankita  

Ben Rudnick  

The Harmonica Pocket  

Dog on Fleas  

Uncle Rock  

Steve Weeks  

Gwendolyn Sanford  

Monty Harper

Happy Easter & National Arbor Day 

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Fife and drum music during the Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade at Historic Deerfield. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
We are so lucky here in Western MA to have a bounty of living museums we can explore with our children while learning about our local history.  Places like the Hancock Shaker Village, Historic Deerfield and Old Sturbridge are great family destinations.  My daughter has recently been studying American Colonial history, so when we heard that Historic Deerfield was having a family day last Saturday with a Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade, we made a day of it!

Fires keep families warm during cooking demos. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
In one of the open fields at Historic Deerfield, Nathan Hale Ancient Fife and Drums of Coventry, CT had set up a Colonial-era encampment  and the kids were running around playing games like children did over 200 years ago.  Hoop trundling, jumping rope and playing tag were some of the kids favorite activities while adults stayed warm by the fire, learned about food from the Colonial era and watched the cannon be loaded and fired.

Hoop trundling was on of the favorite Colonial-era games kids played. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
Find out about other games children played during Colonial times here (pdf), and be sure to visit these local treasures.  Museum passes are often available at your local library. Click here to find out what museum passes your town library might have for lending.

At the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield now through May 8th, take the family to their annual spring celelbration, Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm.  There's scores of baby lambs, piglets, calves, goats, ducklings and chicks making all sorts of cute noises in their historic Round Stone Barn... yet another reason to get out and explore Western MA living museums!




  • On Saturday, April 24th, your family can celebrate Earth Day at multiple locations, including an Earth Day Fair in Pittsfield, Eco-Fair in Northampton, Sustainability Festival in  Amherst, and an Earth Day Festival in Easthampton.  All details listed under our Saturday events here.
  • On Sunday, April 24th from 2-4pm - FARM ADVENTURE: Winterberry Farm's Lambs' Open House! Visit newborn baby lambs, as well as (maybe) some baby rabbits, ducklings, and/or goslings. There will definitely be chicks! Donations will be collected for Right Sharing of World Resources. 21 Teawaddle Hill Road. 413-548-3940. Leverett, MA. (FUNDRAISER)



Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival! Three music stages 16 fabulous musical performances, including family concerts with The Nields, Mister G, Ben Rudnick and Friends, Sarah Pirtle and Lui Collins! - Great local food! - Kids-Made Craft Bazaar! - Solar powered stage! - Sustainable vendors! - May pole & Morris Dancers! - Kids under 12 free. All others only $5 per person!
  • Saturday, April 30th at 10am, 12Noon & 3pm- FAMILY TRAIN RIDES: Take a ride on a train from Pittsfield to Lenox and back on the historic Housatonic Railroad as part of Pittsfield's 250th anniversary celebration. Pre-ticketing only- tickets can be found at City Hall, the Colonial Theater, or the Berkshire Atheneaum. 232 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-7201. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • In the Hilltowns on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-12Noon - FAMILY DAY: Take the kids to Guyette Farm to build a blue bird house with the Franklin Land Trust. Call to register 413-625-9151 x108. Plainfield, MA ($)
  • Sunday, May 1st at 10:30am - MAY DAY FESTIVAL: Join the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School in celebrating May Day! There will be all sorts of celebratory activities including a puppet performance, dancing, games, and a BYO picnic! 35 West Plain Road. 413-528-4015. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • In the afternoon on Sunday, May 1st at 2pm - FAMILY THEATER: Ja'Duke presents the musical "Doctor Dolittle" at Greenfield High School. 1 Lenox Avenue. 413-863-0001. Greenfield, MA. ($)




GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE: The Great Cloth Diaper Change Western Mass happens on Sat., April 23rd at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St.). This event promotes the joys of cloth diapering, celebrates Earth Day, connects families, & will set a WORLD RECORD! Bring your child & a cloth diaper and be a part of history! There will be extra cloth diapers on hand if needed. - Doors open at 11:30am and the change happens PROMPTLY at 12:30pm, synchronized with thousands of changes around the globe! - There will be prizes, snacks, speakers, music & local vendors. $1 Donation to Real Diaper Association. For more info email Sponsors of the GCDC: Mother Herb Diaper Service, Cradle, Motherwear, Second Chances, Cup & Top Caf´┐Ż, Warm Welcome Birth Services & Loveybums.


OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to their Open House on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-12noon. Come and meet their dedicated teachers who create a warm, loving environment for your children. Located in the heart of the hilltowns of Western MA, near the center of Ashfield, the preschool is a child centered, creative and loving environment surrounded by a large playground and enchanted woodland trails. The preschool is accepting applications for their summer and fall programs at this time. Full and half days available. For more information call 628-3248 or stop by on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-12Noon at 103 Baptist Corner Road, Ashfield, MA.  


Deadline to enter to win: May 6th
KID-GEAR SALE: On May 7th from 8am-12noon, the South Hadley Family Center will host their 4th annual Mom-to-Mom Sale, an event where moms (and families) get the opportunity to sell clothes, toys, books, etc. that their children have outgrown. Table rental is $15, and proceeds will go directly to the Family Center. If you have items to get rid of but don't want to participate in the sale, you can drop them off at the Family Center and they will be sold to raise money for the center. For more information, please contact


POSTPARTUM SUPPORT: On Saturday, April 30th from 12noon-1:30pm, there will be a initial meeting of the Berkshire County Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Coalition. The meeting is an opportunity for care providers in Berkshire County to discuss how to best create a support network for mothers that utilizes all of the resources available in the area. Contributing organizations include Berkshire Children and Families, MotherWoman, Gathered Resources of Women, and more! The meeting will take place at the Redfield House at 48 Elizabeth Street in Pittsfield. To RSVP, contact


HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative has scheduled their spring collection events. The first paint and oil collection is Saturday, April 30th from 9-11:39am at the Great Barrington Recycling Center, and there will be six more to follow. Families must register in order to drop off your hazardous waste. To do so, contact Avie Maloney at 413-445-4556. For more information, visit  

Deadline to enter to win: May 6th

TUESDAY MARKET: Northampton's beloved Tuesday market will be awakening from its winter slumber on May 3rd! However, before then the market, alone with Grow Food Northampton, needs to raise $4,000 in order to ensure that the food stamp (SNAP benefits) program offered at the market last summer can remain. The program not only allows the market to accept food stamps but offers double benefits- shoppers can use $10 of benefits for $20 of local food. To make a (tax deductible) donation of any amount, checks can be made out to Grow Food Northampton (include "FoodStampsx2 Program" in memo line) and mailed to PO Box 849, Northampton, MA 01061. 


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This week on the HFVS, Rodney Lee from Groove Kid Nation is our Guest DJ with funky tunes by Stevie Wonder, Charity and the JAMBand, King Cole Trio, Sugar Free Allstars, Rufus Thomas, Jackson 5, and Groove Kid Nation! 


Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!
  • Sponsorship & Enhanced Publicity 

    Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Hilltown Families has been serving & supporting our local community for over 5 years! Help us continue to serve our community by supporting the work we do! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and enhanced publicity. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email for more information. - Help us help you!
    Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network serving thousands of families in the Highlands Region of Western Massachusetts, including the Hilltowns, Pioneer Valley and parts of the Berkshires.  Through a dynamic web site, social networking, listserv, podcast, online bulletin boards, and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of the Highlands region. With your support, we help area residents to share ideas, organize activities, support their children's education and increase participation in community life.


    Sienna Wildfield
    Founder/Director, Hilltown Families





    (with any purchase)

    1 North Main Street

    Florence, MA  



    Give Yourself a Time Out! 


    Hilltown Families sponsor, Cup & Top Cafe of Florence, MA invites you to stop in to the cafe for a free small cup of certified organic, fair trade coffee from Dean's Beans, or a small loose-leaf tea from the Tea Guys. 
    Bring the kids in to play in the playspace or enjoy a free Tuesday afternoon puppet show! Present this coupon and enjoy a warm cup of joe or tea with your purchase.  


    Offer Expires: Friday, April 29th, 2011

    Not valid on speciality beverages.

    One coupon per person.