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Picking Raspberries July 24, 2007

Picking Raspberries

Picking Raspberries

Originally uploaded by zannestar.

A visit to Summit Farm brought us many, many raspberries. This is the week to pick them! By the end of the week, the blueberries will be ready too. We’re going back in a few days to pick more for jam. Where’s your favorite place to pick berries and what do you do with them?

Ed Stockman
Summit Farm, 131 Summit Street
Plainfield, MA 1070


What are you going to do today? July 19, 2007

Filed under: library,places to visit,stuff to do,williamsburg — zannestar @ 5:27 pm

What about the library? It’s FREE! Yes, free. Your local library is an amazing resource. Not only can you check books out (that’s right, for free), but you can rent movies, go on-line, visit for a story hour, check out local artists work on display, peruse the community board, sit down and read the paper. We visit the Meekin’s Library in Williamsburg. It has a kid’s room with books and a few toys in it. We love books. We read many, many books. And when we need a bookshelf of new books, we just visit the library. I also love that I can order a book from another library in the network, and when it arrives at my local library, they notify me via email and I can go in and pick it up! Did you know that you can also sign out free passes to museums from our local libraries here in Western Mass?

Check out the Meekin’s Events.

Where’s your favorite library? Share…


Take Your Kids To See the World July 18, 2007

Filed under: photos,places to visit,reviews,stuff to do,websites — zannestar @ 3:10 pm


(photo © Trey Ratcliff)

What a great way to show your kids the world.  Click see a new picture from somewhere else, that you may have been or have always wanted to visit.  Read the story, then learn about a distant, or not so distant place and people. (via Design Mom)


French Website for Kids

Filed under: games,links,reviews,stuff to do,websites — zannestar @ 2:48 pm


A CFC member sent this in:  A great interactive website for kids, mine loves it. Check it out!

Go ahead, check it out.  It’s fun for adults too.  It’s a really well done Flash site.  Full of exploring, and updated regularly with new things to discover, Poisson Rouge (Red Fish), will delight all ages.  (Help keep it free – buy a t-shirt or download one of their games to your very own computer).   Enjoy!


Meet the Doulas Day July 12, 2007

Filed under: community,parenting,stuff to do — warmwelcomebirth @ 2:29 pm

Expecting a new addition?

Come and learn how a doula can help you have a safer and easier labor, birth, and postpartum time. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a wide range of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and other professionals who serve families in the childbearing year. Learn about local resources, find answers to your questions, and meet other pregnant families in a fun atmosphere!

*Childbirth education videos, literature displays, and bodywork demonstrations throughout the afternoon *Babywearing demonstrations * Free Raffle: Enter your name for a chance to win great door prizes * Free refreshments * Free 15 minute massages for pregnant women *Children welcome.

Sponsored by the Green River Doula Network, For more information, contact Michelle L’Esperance at (413) 586-3648 or
Saturday, July 28, Noon-3PM, Forbes Library, Northampton.


Hilltown Ice Cream – Debut! May 18, 2007


The truck is full — Black Raspberry, Maple Walnut, White Chocolate
Kahlua with Oreos, Coffee, Butter Pecan, and more — and the window
finally opens on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds!
Stop by for a sundae, cone, root beer float or a snow cone.

Hilltown Ice Cream will be at the Hilltown Spring Festival joining with lots of other local businesses, artists and
organizations to celebrate the Hilltowns and honor the Hilltown CDC for
25 years of service to the region. Rain or shine, shorts or sweaters,
the truck will be there.

Hilltown Ice Cream is  also still taking reservations for the summer, so if you’ve got
events, parties, or other ideas of where the truck should be selling ice
cream, please let Hilltown Ice Cream know. (413.634.5728)

Remember, it’s never too cold for ice cream…..

For more information about Hilltown Ice Cream, you can check out their website, email them at or give them a call: 413.634.5728


Seed Starting at Holiday Farm on June 2nd May 16, 2007

Filed under: places to visit,stuff to do — farmerdes @ 12:36 am

Holiday Farm

Education Program

Summer Saturday Workshop Series

Seed Starting & 3 Sisters Gardening

 June 2nd

Time 9am-12pm

Come and join us as we start vegetables, flowers and herbs for the new Children’s Garden at Holiday Farm. This is a hands-on activity- so you will get dirty as we mix potting soil, fill pots and plant seeds. There will be tips on getting your seeds from the packet to the garden to the table as well as answers to your gardening questions. We will also be planting the 3 Sisters Section of the Garden using traditional Native American planting techniques and seeds. Participants will go home with a pack of seedlings to be. Good for all ages.

Cost is $5/child & adult.

 Please call the Farm office to Register~ 413.684.0444

or email:  All workshops are held at Holiday Farm in
Dalton, Massachusetts. Please call or email for directions or more information.