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Your Time: Spring vacation, Hampshire County

  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>How did you spend your spring vacation? Addie Mager,7, and Ella Hayes,7, at Amherst Ballet camp.

    CAROL LOLLIS
    How did you spend your spring vacation? Addie Mager,7, and Ella Hayes,7, at Amherst Ballet camp.

  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Taylor Story, 8, at Amherst Ballet camp.

    CAROL LOLLIS
    Taylor Story, 8, at Amherst Ballet camp.

  • JASON PICARD<br/>(From left) Olivia Holcomb, Ben Sackrey, 7, Oliver Sackrey, 7, Kai Nieto-Gonzalez, 11 and Emma Ayres play a game at the theater day camp held at Jones Library, in Amherst, on Wednesday, April 23rd.

    JASON PICARD
    (From left) Olivia Holcomb, Ben Sackrey, 7, Oliver Sackrey, 7, Kai Nieto-Gonzalez, 11 and Emma Ayres play a game at the theater day camp held at Jones Library, in Amherst, on Wednesday, April 23rd.

  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Daniella Sherman,6, at Amherst Ballet camp.

    CAROL LOLLIS
    Daniella Sherman,6, at Amherst Ballet camp.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Owen Wong, left, Ben Carpenter and Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw at Nature Camp

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Owen Wong, left, Ben Carpenter and Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw at Nature Camp

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Children from left, Eden Berry, Ben Carpenter, Ava Richardson, Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw, Jasper Butler-Kurth, Mesfin McManamy and Owen Wong at Nature Camp

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Children from left, Eden Berry, Ben Carpenter, Ava Richardson, Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw, Jasper Butler-Kurth, Mesfin McManamy and Owen Wong at Nature Camp

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Zach Holt, left, Rowan Hodgson at Baseball Clinic

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Zach Holt, left, Rowan Hodgson at Baseball Clinic

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jasper Butler-Kurth, left, Mesfin McManamy and Kyle Rodd at Nature Camp

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jasper Butler-Kurth, left, Mesfin McManamy and Kyle Rodd at Nature Camp

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Audrey Messina at Farm Camp

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Audrey Messina at Farm Camp

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jake DeLisle, center, at Baseball Clinic

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jake DeLisle, center, at Baseball Clinic

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Parent Betsy Young, left, Farm Camp director Nicki Robb, center

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Parent Betsy Young, left, Farm Camp director Nicki Robb, center

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Ava Richardson points to a salamander at Nature Day Camp

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Ava Richardson points to a salamander at Nature Day Camp

  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>How did you spend your spring vacation? Addie Mager,7, and Ella Hayes,7, at Amherst Ballet camp.
  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Taylor Story, 8, at Amherst Ballet camp.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>(From left) Olivia Holcomb, Ben Sackrey, 7, Oliver Sackrey, 7, Kai Nieto-Gonzalez, 11 and Emma Ayres play a game at the theater day camp held at Jones Library, in Amherst, on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • CAROL LOLLIS<br/>Daniella Sherman,6, at Amherst Ballet camp.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Owen Wong, left, Ben Carpenter and Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw at Nature Camp
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Children from left, Eden Berry, Ben Carpenter, Ava Richardson, Anna Cuthbert-Laidlaw, Jasper Butler-Kurth, Mesfin McManamy and Owen Wong at Nature Camp
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Zach Holt, left, Rowan Hodgson at Baseball Clinic
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jasper Butler-Kurth, left, Mesfin McManamy and Kyle Rodd at Nature Camp
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Audrey Messina at Farm Camp
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jake DeLisle, center, at Baseball Clinic
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Parent Betsy Young, left, Farm Camp director Nicki Robb, center
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Ava Richardson points to a salamander at Nature Day Camp

The fourth week of April was spring vacation for students in Hampshire County’s public schools. Among the options for kids were vacation camps offering activities ranging from recreation, to farming, to ballet.

Gazette photographers visited several of the week-long camps, where they found children exploring nature, learning to dance, taking care of animals, playing baseball, acting and generally having a good time.

The same seemed to be true for parents.

“He comes home raving about it,” said Kathy Foley, of Amherst, whose son, Tai Ly, 7, was at The Hartsbrook School Farm Camp in Hadley. “I like how tired he is at the end of the day, and I like that he spends all day outside.”

In addition to the farm camp, the photos on these pages were taken at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature camp in Easthampton, the Northampton Recreation Department’s baseball clinic, at Amherst Ballet, and at the Village Theatre Company’s sessions at Jones Library in Amherst.

To suggest a subject for Your Time, email Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

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