Hitchcock academy programs.
Who would imagine that so much could be going on inside (and outside) one building right in the middle of Brimfield? From African Coiling Pottery to Yoga, Grant-Writing to Theater Production, there is always something new at Hitchcock, and something for everyone, even the family dog.
Check out a stellar new program for ages 10 - Adult: "Movement as Metaphor" taught by world-class circus artists from The Hybrid Movement Co. This intensive class features Circus Arts training in aerial acrobatics on silks, straps, hammock and lyra, as well as floor acrobatics - and more. Limited spaces are left; for further information or to register, contact Joanna Duncan at (413) 883-2715 and visit www.thehybridmovementcompany.net
Hitchcock offers some free programs and events as well; in addition to free Playgroup for Preschoolers, we again have three free Concerts on the Brimfield Common (thank-you to the Brimfield Cultural Council and Country Bank for Savings!). We're looking forward to Radio Ranch on July 17, New England Weather on July 23, and Flamingo Swing Band on July 31.
HFA's Farmers' Market Festival has grown each year; this summer's event on July 7 will include live music, a drumming circle, Freestyle Dog Dancing and Dog Rescue Nose Training demonstrations, artisans' and authors' booths, Orbitron gyroscope rides, free henna, and more, in addition to farmers with fresh, local produce. Vendors' tables are half-price for this special event, sponsored in part by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.
For more information about all the programs offered at Hitchcock Free Academy, call (413) 245-9977, or visit www.hitchcockacademy.org .
July 9: New "Musical Theater" classes at Hitchcock Free Academy, starting July 9. Greene Room Production's Mini-Musical is a fun-filled and enriching summer program in which students will have the opportunity to act, dance and sing in a short musical - as well as work on sets and costumes. Kids ages 7-15: get ready to rock the house! There are 10 classes held 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 9-20; class on July 20 is 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a performance from noon - 1 p.m. The instructors are Erin Greene and Elisabeth Weber, and fee is $200 for Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge, and Wales residents; all others please add $5.
July 9: New "Sprouting Melodies" program for young children at Hitchcock Free Academy, starting July 9 and July 13. This parent-child program provides fun musical experiences tailored to your child's age, while nurturing connections and promoting growth and learning. Newborns to 5-year-olds can enjoy songs, play instruments, and experience movement to enhance their development - and just have fun! There are 6 classes per session; check online or call to choose a session appropriate for your child's age. The instructor is Renee Coro, Board-Certified music therapist, and fee is $149 for each session for Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge, and Wales residents; all others please add $5.
July 11: Free Preschool Playgroup at Hitchcock Free Academy. This parent/child playgroup includes music and movement as well as a focus on literacy. During the summer, the class meets 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 11-Aug. 8, The instructor is Karen Distefano; call (508) 867-2232 for more information. This program is free and provided by the Union 61 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Program.
July 12: New Greene Room Productions presents: The GRP Improv Players at Hitchcock Free Academy, starting Thursday, July 12. Students learn the art of comedic improvisation, using their wits to respond to unique, individualized situations. There are 7 classes to be held on Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 30. Ages 7-15 meet from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; ages 16-adult meet 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. On Aug. 30, both sessions meet from 5:30-7 p.m., with a special joint performance at 7 p.m. The instructors are Erin Greene and Abbie Gregory. The fee for the adult program is $50 and $100 for the youth program, for Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge, and Wales residents; all others please add $5.
Call (413) 245-9977 or visit www.hitchcockacademy.org for more information.