Suggested Events 08/14/10-08/20/10

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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Pears are coming into season soon. Know of a place to PYO pears, or a farm stand to purchase fresh local pears? Click the photo above to share your favorite place to pick a pear! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BET

NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE: Northeast Organic Farming Association 36th Annual Summer Conference happens at UMass in Amherst from August 13th-15th. Over 200 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading.  Special workshops designed for kids and teens. An educational, fun opportunity for your children to bond with others from the Northeast while you attend workshops and events.  Entertainment for the whole family: Music and dance, an old-fashioned Country Fair, farmer’s market, games and fun. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals. For more information visit www.nofasummerconference.org or call (978) 355-2853.

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LOCAL FOOD: Sixth Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food will be on Sunday, August 22nd from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. All are welcome to join in sharing this truly community celebration event, which features a bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays and a Really, Really Free Market. Read more here.

BULLETIN BOARD

ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Outreach Coordinator for the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington, MA. The Outreach Coordinator will work with the Old Creamery Co-op Steering Committee to develop and implement an outreach plan that will educate the community about the values and principles of a co-op, recruit households and businesses to become owners and supporters of the Old Creamery Co-op, and coordinate volunteers to help with an array of activities designed to help the Co-op achieve its mission. Click here for complete job announcement.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Lezlie Densmore writes: I’m organizing the La Leche League Nursing Mothers’ Booth at the Big E again this year and I’m starting to line up volunteers. La Leche League has been sponsoring the Nursing Mother’s Booth for a few years now and we reach well over 1000 people each year.  I need volunteers to sit at the table and keep an eye on the booth.  All volunteers that help for 4 hours or more receive a free entrance pass and a free parking pass for the day. The dates this year are Sept 17 – Oct 3. We need at least 3 people per day but can have as many as 6, so invite a friend or spouse to come along!  If you think you might be interested, email me (LezlieDen@gmail.com) and I’ll add you to our list.

Deadline to enter to win: Friday, August 18th at 7pm (EST)

DISCOVERING COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND: Family activities continue at Historic Deerfield with “Colonial Colors: Fun with Paint and Dye,” an exploration of the rich and vibrant colors and hues found in everyday colonial New England life through August 15th. This program will look at how fabric dyes were made from local plants, as well as imported dye stuffs. Learn how people colored their houses with paint ground from natural pigments and mixed it with natural materials such as linseed oil or even milk! Historic houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open for visitors to see ways in which people made their interiors stand out with color. Visitors can also create their own colors using natural materials and methods, and make a project to take home.

EDUCATORS WORKSHOP: Project Learning Tree, a prek-8 educator workshop at Mount Tom State Reservation on Friday, Aug. 20th from 9am-3pm. Use trees, forests and human impacts to teach a variety of subjects. Includes curriculum guide, handouts, snack. PDPs earned. Preregister by 8/16. 584-6788 gini.traub@state.ma.us Holyoke, MA (>$)

FUNDRAISER:  Ride Like an Animal benefit motorcycle ride, Thomas J. O’Conner Center Animal Control & Adoption Center, happens on August 14th in Springfield. Riders will take a scenic route around the Quabbin Reservoir before arriving at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks at for an afternoon of music, fun, and delicious food. Local Indie-Folk Rock band, Infinitie August will be performing at the event, and a variety of contests and raffle prizes will be given away to attendees. Registration opens at 8:30 AM, ride begins at 10 AM, afternoon activities begin at 1:30pm.  Click here for more info.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Learn how to be a family farm ambassador. CISA is hosting a training session on Thursday, August 19 at 7 pm for anyone interested in serving as a community outreach volunteer for CISA at local food and farm events this summer and fall. As an outreach volunteer, you’ll help promote small farms and help spread the word about the benefits of buying locally grown food. Plus, you’ll earn free entry into some of the best agricultural events in the area! Anyone interested in attending the training should contact Ann Pemberton, Volunteer Coordinator, at 413-665-7100 x18 to reserve a space.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES: Saturday & Sunday, August 14 & 15, is a sales tax free weekend in Massachusetts.  Great opportunity to shop locally and save!


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 8/14/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

All Day – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Middlefield Fair: August 13-15, 2010 7 Bell Road. www.middlefieldfair.org Middlefield MA (Kids 12 and under are FREE)

8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

9am-12Noon – FISHING: Fishing Clinic and Children’s Fishing Derby at DAR State Forest. Fishing clinics: learn to fish! There will be poles, bait and instruction available.  This is a chance for newcomers to fishing to learn a new sport from the experts.  Mass anglers association will be at the Day Use Dam and Boat Launch areas. Prizes. 268-7098 Goshen, MA (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Textile Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village.  See demonstrations of popular 19th-century needlework techniques such as whitework embroidery, stitching a sampler and creating a yarn-sewn hearth rug.  Help a costumed historian to begin a stuffed-work bureau cover or make your own thread winder. And more. www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

1:30-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Ponding for Kids: For ages 5-10. Come explore the pond life with hands on activities. Catch and learn about all types of pond creatures. At Holyoke Range State Park.  253-2883 Holyoke, MA (FREE)

10am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Meet Eric Carle at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Gallery scavenger hunts, Storytime, Art Studio activities, films in the auditorium. www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: A Wheelie Good Time on the Manhan Rail Trail – Bring Strollers, wagon, bikes, trikes or just your feet for a child friendly stroll along the Manhan Rail Trail with the Easthampton Family Center. Meet on Payson Ave at the Easthampton Safety Complex. Picnic Snack provided after the stroll. 563-7672 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – CRAFT DEMOS: The 37th annual Berkshire Crafts Fair at Monument Mountain Regional High School (600 Stockbridge Rd.) happens 8/13-8/15.  Saturday will be Demonstration Day, with half-hour crafts demonstrations scheduled throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the fair fund special projects for faculty and staff at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Great Barrington, MA (>$, KIDS UNDER 12yo FREE)

10am-7pm – GEOLOGY East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show.  Great opportunity for young geologists to see a large variety of specimens related to earth science. At the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition (1305 Memorial Ave.) West Springfield, MA (>$; Kids under 12yo are FREE)

10am-9pm – CULTURAL CELEBRATION: The Rock, Rattle & Drum Powwow and Spirit on the Mountain Music Festival.  Pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew and strengthen their culture. There will be American Indian singers, dancers, drummers and storytellers representing various tribes, styles and categories.  In addition, there will be traditional and contemporary native arts and crafts vendors, a children’s Indian tipi village and activities, storytellers, petting zoo and a delicious variety of food vendors. www.healingwinds.net Stephentown, NY (20mins from Pittsfield) (>$, Kid under 10yo FREE)

10am-10pm - ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL: 7th Annual Zucchini Festival. Events and activities include pet parade, kids music, bake off, petting zoo, fireworks, games, contest and much more! 232-0222 www.weststockbridgetown.com West Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:15am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Toe Jam Band at Eastfield Mall Center Court. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:15am - FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: The Village Commons’ Summer Children’s Entertainment Series will host Tom Neilson…Why the Sky is High, outside in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

11am & 2pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Bremen Town Musicians presented by Castle Hill Theatre at the Berkshire Museum.  This funny and imaginative tale of a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster who are forced to leave their homes and make their way in the world. Along the way, they confront robbers and become a jug band. Don’t miss this heartwarming story about self-discovery and friendship. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

1pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer. Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. 256-6234 amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

2-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Wetland explorations at DAR State Forest.  Discover the diversity in a wetland ecosystem. Catch, study/identify and release. Equipment provided. Meet at the nature center.  Dress to get wet. 268-7098 Goshen, MA (FREE)

5pm – BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Bluegrass Festival with music by The Rowan Brothers, local ice cream, and great cajun food!  In the streets of Ashfield. 628-4003 Ashfield, MA

5-8pm - ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

2-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Turners Falls Block Party. Come meet Northfield Mountain pond creatures, like dragonfly nymphs, at this family friendly event. Live music (The Primate Fiasco & many others), yummy street vendor food and lots of fun activities make for a great way to connect with community members from this lively and artistic Town. www.turnersfallsriverculture.org Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

8-9:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Campfire Fun at DAR State Forest. Meet at the nature center field fire ring for stories and head games like scatergories, the ministers cat etc. 268-7098 Goshen, MA (FREE)

8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater call or visit online for Films. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

9am – ASTRONOMY: Star party on the summit of Mt. Greylock. Telescopes will be set up for viewing. 499-4262 www.mtgreylockstarparty.org Adams, MA (FREE)

Sunday – 8/15/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge. All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk. West Chesterfield, MA

9-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Constructing Critter Shelter at DAR State Forest. Make houses out of found forest materials for fairies, gnomes or small forest creatures to visit. 268-7098 Goshen, MA (FREE)

All Day – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Middlefield Fair: August 13-15, 2010 7 Bell Road. www.middlefieldfair.org Middlefield MA (Kids 12 and under are FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Textile Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village.  See demonstrations of popular 19th-century needlework techniques such as whitework embroidery, stitching a sampler and creating a yarn-sewn hearth rug.  Help a costumed historian to begin a stuffed-work bureau cover or make your own thread winder. And more. Sturbridge, MA ($)

10am-6pm – CULTURAL CELEBRATION: The Rock, Rattle & Drum Powwow and Spirit on the Mountain Music Festival.  Pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew and strengthen their culture. There will be American Indian singers, dancers, drummers and storytellers representing various tribes, styles and categories.  In addition, there will be traditional and contemporary native arts and crafts vendors, a children’s Indian tipi village and activities, storytellers, petting zoo and a delicious variety of food vendors. www.healingwinds.net Stephentown, NY (20mins from Pittsfield) (>$, Kid under 10yo FREE)

10am-7pm – GEOLOGY East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show.  Great opportunity for young geologists to see a large variety of specimens related to earth science. At the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition (1305 Memorial Ave.) West Springfield, MA (>$; Kids under 12yo are FREE)

1 & 3pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Bremen Town Musicians presented by Castle Hill Theatre at the Berkshire Museum.  This funny and imaginative tale of a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster who are forced to leave their homes and make their way in the world. Along the way, they confront robbers and become a jug band. Don’t miss this heartwarming story about self-discovery and friendship. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

3pm - CRUIZE-IN NIGHT: Join your fellow Peruvians for the annual Car Cruize-In Night. This event is free to all and offers entertainment, food, and demonstrations in addition to the car show. Peru, MA

3-5pm – SEWING: Ashfield Needles and Threads meets at Elmer’s. Get together and sew, knit, crochet, chat, hook rugs… ibranson@crocker.com Ashfield, MA (FREE)

3-5pm – PLAYGROUP: Join parents from the Northampton Parent Center at the Easthampton Community Gardens with Kate. 582.2636 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

4-6pm – OUTDOOR GAME: Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee at the Ashfield Ballfield. Ages 10 & older. More info call William at 628-3336. Ashfield, MA

8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater call or visit online for Films. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

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  1. August 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

    ONGOING

    10:30am & 1:30pm in Pittsfield: A Young Shaker’s Tour at the Hancock Shaker Village (for kids only!). Runs daily through September 3rd. Children can now see the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child – how they lived and played to where they went to school. This kids-only tour includes a make-and-take craft, visits to areas of the Village that show how Shaker children lived, including the Dwelling, Schoolhouse, and Barn Complex. Children will be returned to their parents with a framed photo of them in Shaker costume. Ages 6-17. 800.817.1137 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org ($)

    11am & 1pm in Stockbridge & Great Barrington: Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes: 2010 Summer Season Schedule. Click Here for schedule (pdf) (>$)

  2. August 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Monday – 8/16/10

    10-11am in Holyoke: Kidleidoscope. Ages 3-6. Come explore nature with a craft, investigation, and discussion about a different aspect of nature each week. Learn about ladybugs, toads, fish, and lots more. At Holyoke Range State Park. 253-2883 (FREE)

    10am in Stockbridge: How did Mohicans and settlers tell time? Join a Trustees of Reservations educator for a hands-on chance to make your own pocket sundial with their program: The Sun, Moon & Stars. For ages 5-12 and up. FREE with one adult admission. Pre-register to 298.3239 x3003. At the Mission House.

    10am in Easthampton: Playgroup with families from the Easthampton Family Center at Nonotuck Park Upper Playground. Snacks will be available, parents are encouraged to bring their own drinks. Parents who attend will rotate bringing fruit or veggies to share. (FREE)

    12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 [FREE]

    1-5pm in Shelburne Falls: Trolley Museum is open for a fun day of trolley car rides, pump car rides and more for the entire family. http://www.sftm.org

    2pm in Whately: Screening of Avatar (PG-13) at the Whately Library. 665-2170

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    2:30-3:30pm in Hadley: Kids’ Passport Cooking Class at Whole Foods. Explore Morocco by creating a variety of hummus with different beans, along with couscous while learning what kids in Morocco eat for lunch. 586-9932 (FREE)

    4:30-5:30pm in Northampton: The Forbes Library hosts a Manga/Anime Club. Drop-ins welcomed. In the children’s department. [FREE]

    5:30pm in Amherst: Cruise Nights at Atkins Farms. Weather permitting.

    6:30pm in Montague: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.

  3. August 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Tuesday – 8/17/10

    8:30am-3pm in Sunderland: Spelunking and Waterfalls at Mt. Toby with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Ages 9-12. 256-6006 [$$]

    9:30-11:30am in Easthampton: Parent-child gardening days with the Easthampton Family Center at the Easthampton Community Garden. (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Parent-child gardening days with the NPC at the Northampton Community Garden. (FREE)

    10am in Stockbridge: Summer Sketch Club at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy on-location drawing and painting classes which encourage self-expression and experimentation. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Summer Sketch Club is held outdoors- weather permitting; bring bottled water, insect repellent, hats, and sunscreen. For ages seven and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

    10am in Greenfield: Sunshine Story Time for kids 5yo and under at the Greenfield Public Library. A weekly hour of stories, songs, puppets,and movement games with Kay Lyons. 772-1544 ext.5 [FREE]

    12:30pm in Pittsfield: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm, and the Battle-Ready! Discovery Program (last day) at 1pm. At the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

    1:30pm in Northampton: Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown Northampton, behind Thornes Marketplace! Food, plants, baby animals, live music, family-friendly from 1:30-6:30pm. 586-7586

    1pm in Lenox: Following Terry a la Berry at 1:00, families are invited to enjoy ice cream, sponsored by The Scoop and SoCo, face painting and games at the Lenox Library. For more information, call 637-0197 ext. 105. (FREE)

    2:15pm in Amherst: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)

    6:15pm in Greenfield: Learn to Hula Hoop with Alotta Hoopla at Greenfield Energy Park. [FREE]

    6:30pm in Westfield: Amelia Park Ice Arena is proud to present “Musical Moments In Amelia’s Garden” every Tuesday this summer. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful flowers, sunset, and music!

    7pm in Plainfield: Plainfield Concerts at 7 at the Plainfield Congregational Church. Reception follows at the town hall. 634-8099 http://www.plainfieldconcertsat7.com (FREE)

    8pm in Lenox: Screening of “Back to the Future” in the Roche Reading Park at the Lenox Library. (Raindate: August 24th) (FREE)

  4. August 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wednesday – 8/18/10

    All Day in Florence: Half-price at Look Park.

    9:30-11:30am in Cummington: Parent-run playgroup at Pettingill Park Playground.

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library.

    10am in Huntington: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

    10:30am in Williamsburg: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

    10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

    12Noon in Westfield: Forest Park brings its mobile zoo to Stanley Park, giving children the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife. They can pet every animal and ask questions about their natural environments and eating habits. Every child, no matter what his or her age, will enjoy this presentation. Held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. http://www.stanleypark.org (FREE)

    12:30pm in Pittsfield: Berkshire Museum Discovery Program: What’s the Buzz? In Berkshire Backyard. Why do bees buzz, dance and wiggle? Find out in this gallery drop-in. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm in Northampton: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)

    1pm in Lenox: Terry a la Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library. Beloved local musical performers, Terry a la Berry and Friends, perform interactive popular children’s songs in our Roche Reading Park. Bring a blanket, picnic and get ready for some fun! 637-0197 ext 105

    2pm in Pittsfield: Metal Ware tour at the Hancock Shaker Village. A rare opportunity to examine up-close some original artifacts from the Hancock Shaker Village collection. Hand-forged iron hardware, copper kettles, tin ware, kitchen implements, cast iron woodstoves, and all types of hand tools… these are some of the heavy and not-so-heavy metal artifacts, designed and crafted by the Shakers, that you will learn about in this session. The tour will also include accounts of the Hancock Shakers’ iron ore mining operations, and a visit to the Village forge to talk with blacksmiths as they carry out their craft in the authentic setting. 800.817.1137 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org (FREE w/admission)

    2pm in Florence: Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center (Route 9) from 2-6pm

    2-3:30pm in Turners Falls: Trash to Treasures at Great Falls Discovery Center (2 Avenue A.) Come join us make fun newpaper necklaces and bracelets while learning about the importance of recycling and conservation! Children ages 4-9 welcome. 863.3221

    2-6pm in Turners Falls: Great Falls Farmers Market. Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    3-6pm in Greenfield: Guiding Star Grange Farmer’s Market (401 Chapman Street)

    3:30pm in Greenfield:
    Animal Adventures: Animal Kingdoms at the Greenfield Public Library, Levanway Room. Join educator Rachel Roberts to learn about the Animal Kingdoms! This class includes a story time with a featured book and multiple hands-on thematic art and science activity stations, focusing on which animals are in each of the six animal kingdoms. Local animals as examples as much as possible to make more meaningful connections to our everyday animal exposures. It is geared towards families with young children but has activities all ages can enjoy. (FREE)

    4-6pm in Conway: Conway Farmers Market. Main Street (Rte. 116) in front of the Filed Memorial Library.

    4:30pm in Northampton: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

    6-8pm in Springfield: Outdoor Concert at the Quadrangle green. (FREE)

    6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out performance. 243.0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    6:30pm in Williamsburg: Outdoor concert at the Angel Park Summer Concert Series (behind the Grange on Rt. 9). In Grange if rains. (FREE)

    7-8:30pm in Florence: La Leche League of Northampton Family Meeting. Come discuss the benefits of breastfeeding. Meeting at Rocky Hill Cohousing Common House. All interested families welcome. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for directions. 537-9755 ( FREE)

  5. August 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Thursday – 8/19/10

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: NPC Playgroup at Bridge Street School playground with Rania.

    10:30am-12:30pm in Greenfield : Meme and Pepe supports grandparents (55+ primary caregivers of children). 475-1553 (FREE)

    10am in Stockbridge: Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience. Children and their parents are invited to explore Norman Rockwell Museum’s galleries together during this series of interactive art experiences. Get inspired by the works on view to create your own personal artwork with a variety of materials and techniques. For parents and children ages four and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

    11am in Lenox: Triple Shadow: Music, Masks & Dance of Bali will be performed for families at the Lenox Library Association. Gamelan percussion music, songs, dance and theater traditions of Bali will be performed; creating masks & movement through masks will also be discussed. 637-0197 x 105

    11am in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) until 1pm. Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    1:30pm in Pittsfield: Gallery Cart Program at the Berkshire Museum: Animal Mummification. Pharaohs and priests of ancient Egypt weren’t the only mummies. Learn how and why animals were mummified alongside their human counterparts. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

    5-8pm in Pittsfield: 3rd Thursdays in downtown Pittsfield. The streets come alive with musicians, artists, activities, sidewalk dining, after hours shopping and much more. 499.9348 (FREE)

    5-6pm in Becket: Families Dance Together at Jacob’s Pillow. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    6pm in Westhampton: Outdoor concert with Acoustic Brew at the Westhampton Library. Bring the family, blankets and a picnic. (FREE)

    6-9pm in South Deerfield: Chandler’s Summer Concert Series & BBQ On the Chandler’s Patio (25 Greenfield Road). 665-1277 ($$)

    6pm in Montgomery: Edible Book Night party with Dan the Magician at the Grace Hall Memorial Library (161 Main Rd.) The Library would like to invite you. Creations can be inspired from books by Aristotle to J.K. Rowlings. An edible book is simply one’s interpretation of a favorite book (using edible ingredients) that is put on display for festive event. After all entries are admired and judged, everyone gets to eat the creations can be made to be inspired go to http://www.books2eat.com, we’ll see you there! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! 862-3894 http://www.gracehallmemoriallibrary.com (FREE)

    6:30pm in Amherst: Spanish storyhour at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. For children 3-8 years of age. 259-3223 [FREE]

  6. August 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Friday – 8/20/10

    7:30am in Lanesboro: Guided hikes on Mount Greylock, followed by an optional breakfast at historic Bascom Lodge. Meet at the Visitors Center (30 Rockwell Rd.) Steve Linscott will lead a moderate to strenuous hike. 499-4262 (FREE HIKE; $ FOOD)

    8:30am-11am in Lenox: Friday Mornings at Tanglewood. A closed rehearsal of upcoming performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra is open to students in 3rd grade and older. This Education Program will be held in the shed. Call Darlene White at 637-5274 to reserve a seat. Younger kids and their families can sit on the lawn. [FREE]

    9am-3pm in Holyoke: EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Project Learning Tree, a prek-8 educator workshop at Mount Tom State Reservation. Use trees, forests and human impacts to teach a variety of subjects. Includes curriculum guide, handouts, snack. PDPs earned. Preregister by 8/16. 584-6788 gini.traub@state.ma.us ($15)

    10am in Westfield: Nutshell Playhouse will present “Dance With a Clown” at Stanley Park. 637-1245 http://www.nutshellplayhouse.org (FREE)

    10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.

    10am in Huntington: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

    11am in Greenfield: Mother Goose on the Loose for Toddlers at the Greenfield Public Library. 772-1544 ext.5 (FREE)

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    5-9pm in Goshen: Family fun at DAR State Forest: Jr. Ranger Program (5-7pm) Nature Center Tours (7-8pm) and Friday Night Movie (8-9pm). 268-7098 (FREE)

    5:30pm in Holyoke: Pavillion Summer Concert Series at the Summit View House. http://www.summitviewbanquethouse.com 538-7431 (FREE)

    5:30pm in South Haldey: Cruise Nights at Butter Brook Park. Plan to join friends for supper—proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements, such as the new playground area now under development. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars, DJ music, refreshments, the company of neighbors and friends, and just being outdoors on a nice summer evening. Cruise nights are free and open to the public. friendsofbutterybrook@yahoo.com (FREE)

    6-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Migrating Nighthawks at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Great time of the year to watch the evening skies for migrating nighthawks: acrobatic flying, insect-eating birds . 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out performance. 243.0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)


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