Majestic Threads

25 Apr 19
Hilltown Families

April 27 – May 3, 2019


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Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, or

The Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908,

Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today.

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at, or DM him via Facebook messenger at

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645.

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦

Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797;;

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦;;

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit or email

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

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MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at for more information on how you can be added at any time.

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Chester, Heath, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, South Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Russell, Shutesbury, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

25 Apr 19
Monterey Herald
Nothing says road trip like California in the spring. Except this year the abundance of rain and snow made it difficult to choose between a sundrenched play date in the Sierra Nevada’s epically beautiful white wonderland or feasting on the valleys’ and headlands’ fantastic and fleeting wildflower show. If California was showing off the best of two worlds in one season this year, I greedily wanted to indulge in the silence and solitude of the snow-covered mountain realm and feast on the rare tsunami of color sweeping the landscape below. The answer was for my husband David, our dog Gem and me to set off on a scenic loop journey across the Central Valley over the northern Sierra Mountains to Mammoth Lakes and across the southern Sierra Range to the coast. The brimming San Luis Reservoir and its skirt of green on Pacheco Pass confirmed last winter’s bounty as we hooked toward HIghway 5 north across the Central Valley to Highway 88. The eastward route quickly morphed from verdant knolls to snow-smothered lakes and a panorama of frosted crowns as we crested on Carson Pass. Joshua Tree bloom against a backdrop of goldfields along Highway178 in the southern Sierra. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) The road continued to twist down to the high desert floor, where cattle and sheep munched on an early crop of green along the snow-fed streams in the shadow of snow-capped ridges and pinnacles. We weaved in and out of spring and winter along Highway 395’s vast expanse of sage-covered plains. The Walker River rippled and rushed over boulders tracing the base of the winding canyon as we continued to thread toward Mammoth Lakes. The bleaker dormant desert mesa gradually gave way to undulating hills dotted with deep green pine trees bursting with new growth. Clouds of snowflakes on the crags overlooking Mono Lake cast a moody shade of jade over the ancient lake at the northern edge of the geologically famous Long Valley Caldera and the charming enclave of Lee Vining. My pulse quickened with anticipation as we approached Mammoth Lakes and started the climb into the Lakes Basin’s magnificence with the Sherwin Range, Mammoth Crest and Mammoth Mountain framing the surreal postcard scenery. We checked into our favorite dog-friendly studio cabin at Tamarack Lodge on the shores of the frozen Twin Lakes just before sunset. The queen bed, hardwood floors, kitchenette, tiled shower and corner gas fireplace provided the necessary creature comforts for convenience and cocooning. We spent the next two euphoric days floating through the forest on snowshoes atop 10 feet of pristine white snow. The granite cirques and ramparts created a sort of magical citadel isolating us from real world intrusions in this enchanting domain. I devoured the thin pure air, dazzling sunshine and stunning setting. On the last day, we huffed up to 9,000 feet delighted by how the azure blue skies made light dance on McLeod Lake’s virgin snow and the iced crystal cliffs. The southern Sierra dressed in swirls of purple and yellow along Highway 178. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) The next morning we headed home down along the Owens Valley corridor buttressed by the snow-cloaked Sierra Nevada and White Mountains.  We stopped at Schatz Bakery in Bishop to stock up on their famous hearty turkey and squaw bread sandwich sensing adventure and an ambitious itinerary ahead. Soon after Lone Pine and majestic Mount Whitney, the Sierra’s white crest faded into rocky spines and undulating ridges. The typically arid slopes boasted chutes of mustard yellow buds, while the usually dusty sage was blasted in vibrant green. We veered west on HIghway 14 and up the less traveled Highway 178 over Walker Pass toward Lake Isabella and the Kern River Canyon. This remote 80-mile traverse over the southern Sierra is an amazing transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We were thrilled to see that the plateau was thriving with a pageant of Joshua Trees adorned in white blooms. The road unfurled through valleys fringed with cottonwood groves, where swales were brushed with swirls of purple, mauve and yellow making the occasional outpost look idyllic rather than forgotten. Mother Nature had cranked the spring color wheel to the max. We dropped out of the mountains tracing the Kern River Canyon’s dramatic tumble around boulders accented by bouquets of blue lupine. The Central Valley’s citrus scent permeated the air as we drove north along Highway 99 and west on Highway 46 to Paso Robles. Heading north on Highway 101 would have been the quicker route home, but we were on a bloom high, so we pushed west on back roads through vineyard hamlets laced with hillside honeysuckle, lilac lupine and blue vetch, riding the swell of grassy oak-studded hills to Cambria and Highway 1. The Big Sur coastal plain explodes with California poppies. (David Mullally – Special to the Herald) We had been fortunate to experience the dazzling white of an epic snow year and a kaleidoscope of blooms in one trip, but my wish list was missing the so far elusive California poppy. The Pacific Ocean gleamed against the lush coastal plains beckoning us to stop for a stroll, but sunset was at our heels and Carmel was still more than two hours up the coast.  As the Sand Dollar Beach day use area came into view just north of Gorda, we decided that Gem deserved a stretch-and-sniff stop on one of our favorite coastal trails. We had barely walked a few yards, before I stumbled on a patch of gold petals fluttering in the cloud-chilled early evening breeze. One lucky sunbeam and the meadow brightened into a sea of poppies. We drove home satiated with beauty and filled with gratitude for the privilege of witnessing a sublime California spring from snow to sea. Linda B. Mullally and husband David share their passion for travel, outdoor recreation and dogs through articles, hiking books and photography at, and Facebook        
24 Apr 19

Matt Lee & Ted Lee | An excerpt adapted from Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business | Henry Holt and Co. | April 2019 | 19 minutes (5,059 words)   I have one job — building the Pepper-Crusted Beef on Brioche with Celery Root Salad, an elegant little bite to be passed during cocktail […]

24 Apr 19
News Bakerrs

Matt Lee & Ted Lee | An excerpt adapted from Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business | Henry Holt and Co. | April 2019 | 19 minutes (5,059 words)   I have one job — building the Pepper-Crusted Beef on Brioche with Celery Root Salad, an elegant little bite to be passed during cocktail […]

24 Apr 19

The unsung heroes of the food world battle against time and chaos, cooking haute cuisine over lit cans of Sterno in the gloomy back hallways of New York’s civic landmarks.

24 Apr 19

Bann bairagi is nadi ki tareh!  Varanasi, a city with an eccentric combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements amidst of raging politics flows with the sacred waters of India- Ganga, spreading expansively its sentiment of fidelity. The Hindu belief is that fire and water are bridges between the spiritual and protean worlds. The city […]

24 Apr 19
Original Stories, Articles, and Entertainment by Author Pedro Cristobal

(Link to Chapter 1)   Project H The FICTIONAL but AWESOME Story of the Creators of Intelligent Life at The Milky Way (Let’s find out about the creators… from the Andromeda Galaxy, to the Milky Way, and Beyond…) *Note: The creator of intelligent humans is one of the protagonists in this epic series.   Part […]

23 Apr 19
Russia News Now

It’s time for another Q&A article! I think I’m going to make these a regular feature that I put out every so often, so if you have any questions for me email me at and I’ll get to them the next time I write another of these. Let’s jump right in. “I’d love to […]

23 Apr 19
Russia News Now

It’s time for another Q&A article! I think I’m going to make these a regular feature that I put out every so often, so if you have any questions for me email me at and I’ll get to them the next time I write another of these. Let’s jump right in. “I’d love to […]

23 Apr 19

SYNOPSIS: A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though […]

23 Apr 19
NS reviews

Deer by Calm Water, by Alex Livingston, archival pigment ink print, 47 ” x 65.5,” at Studio 21 Fine Art, 5431 Doyle St., Halifax. Alex Livingston’s new digital paintings of deer in landscapes play with the mind. What is real and what isn’t? These beautiful, pastoral images created solely on a computer refer to traditional […]

23 Apr 19
Miranda Johansson

Introduction I know that this assignment is to look at a certain culture or country to study the art within it, to explore non-Western art forms. I instantly wanted to analyze some form of Alaskan art, and I thought about beading. Beadwork is a common art form that is widely used within Alaska Native and […]

23 Apr 19
custom lanyard

Our common zipper lanyard, the commonly used zipper type is a resin zipper. The resin zipper lanyard is a type of zipper. The teeth are color-coded with polyester plastic and dyed through an injection molding machine.

23 Apr 19
Wandering to find my way home

I will finish this! I just have been super busy school wise and most of my mind has been occupied with that. So enjoy! I’ll try to post more of it soon. When I was (almost) twelve, I was setting out ice cream for spring solstice and at the same time reading a variety of […]

22 Apr 19

Where others greenwash, Wilderness Safaris has been providing luxury travel with a purpose for the past 35 years.

22 Apr 19
Books bounty hub

I made this video. Disclaimer: I was provided an early copy of the book but it hasn’t affected my opinion. Thank you very much Penguins Classic for providing me with the proof copy.I am deeply grateful for this. Details: Publication date: 25 April 2019 Format:Paperback, Ebook Publisher: Penguin Classic Length: 240 pages ( Poem: 146 […]

22 Apr 19

Sedra Summary

[Please scroll down for Chol Hamoed Readings] Pesach Readings II 21-22 Nisan 5779 THE SEVENTH DAY  FROM THE TORAH Exodus 13:17-15:26 THE INITIAL EXODUS 13:17-22 When Pharaoh lets the Children of Israel go out from Egypt, God does not lead them by the more direct route through the land of the Philistines, lest they retreat […]