Berkshire Family Fun: July 2013

Berkshire County Highlights for Families: July 2013

July in the BerkshiresFind out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of July. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week.

North Berkshire
Central Berkshire
South Berkshire

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events


North Berkshire

AdamsClarksburg | Lanesborough | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

The 2013 Northern Berkshire Summer Guide, sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and The Family Place, is filled with activities, programs, events and fun things for kids and families to do in North Berkshire County this summer.

ADAMS

Friday, July 5th at 6pm – OUTDOOR FAMILY FILM: As part of their Summer of Fun in Our Town film series, there will be a screening of “E.T” on the town hall lawn. Raindate: 7/6. Adams, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, July 23rd from 10am-4pm – HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is holding a four day program for kids in grades 3 through 8, titled “Life in 1825 Adams.”  The program runs from July 23 to July 26 and will include games, 19th-century technology, stories, hands-on learning, and more.  Call ASAP to register.  413-743-7121.  67 East Road.  Adams, MA.  $$$

Saturday, July 27th from 12noon-1pm - HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Learn about what life was like for a young Susan B. Anthony at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.  Performed by local children and adults, this production will take you through a typical day of Susan B. Anthony as a six year old in Adams, MA and teach local history and what the town was like in the 1820s.  413-743-7121.  67 East Road.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

CLARKSBURG

Thursdays in July from 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Clarksburg State Forest on one of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s “Land, Water, Air” Eye on Nature family walks. Get outside and spend time with the whole family while learning new things about nature. Meet at the Park’s pond. 413-663-6312. 1199 Middle Road. Clarksburg, MA.

LANESBOROUGH

Wednesdays & Saturdays in July at 9am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Great opportunity for grandparents to take their grandkids on a morning adventure! Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturdays from 8am-2pm - FARMERS’ MARKET: The Berkshire Farmers’ Market sells local food and goods from all over Berkshire County. Old State Road & Route 8. Lanesborough, MA. MARKET/SALE

Sunday, July 7th at 5pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn West African and Caribbean hand drum styles with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center at the summit of Mt. Greylock!  This class is appropriate for all ages and will be fun for the whole family.  You will learn about different cultures while playing exciting instruments and percussion styles.  To register, email aimee@gaiaroots.com.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  $

Wednesday, July 10th at 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of Mount Greylock and John Bascom, the namesake of Bascom Lodge. Visitors will learn about Bascom’s life and what led to the lodge being named after him. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 11th from 10am-12noon - NATURE STUDIES: Kids who are interested in nature and learning about the outdoors can participate in the seven-week-long Junior Ranger program at Mt. Greylock.  Participants will learn about ecology, geology, water, climate, plants, and animals to gain a well-rounded understanding of local natural areas.  This program is for kids ages 8-12 and you must register in advance.  Program runs every Thursday from July 11 through August 22.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, July 11th at 3pm – STORYTIME: “Dig Into Reading” at the Lanesborough Public Library with storyteller Mary Jo Maichack!  Kids will enjoy her show, “The Bookworm BOP,” which features music, stories, and interactive comedy.  This show is great for kids of all ages, so bring the whole family and engage in some summer reading fun!  413-442-0222.  83 North Main Street.  Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, July 13th at 12noon – HISTORY/CELEBRATION: The Bascom Lodge, located atop Mt. Greylock, is celebrating 75 years! Join them for a celebration including live music, a tepee raising, blessing the mountain, fly-casting workshop, and more. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 14th from 3pm-7pm - CELEBRATION/CONCERT: The Bascom Lodge’s 75th anniversary celebration continues with a jazz concert. Several different musicians will perform to bring the celebration to a close. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 17th at 6pm – MYCOLOGY: Join John Wheeler, founding member of the Berkshire Mycological Society, at the Bascom Lodge for a mushroom workshop.  The workshop will focus on identification, seasons, and typical habitats for local fungi.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesday, July 24th from 6pm-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Civilian Conservation Corps existed from 1933 to 1942 as a conservation- and environment-based work relief program for young men.  The CCC was responsible for upgrading and maintaining many state parks, including Western Massachusetts’ Mt. Greylock State Reservation.  There will be an illustrated lecture on the role of the CCC on Mt. Greylock and the building of Bascom Lodge.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 28th from 1pm-3pm - NATURE STUDIES: Join naturalist Lisa Provencher at the Bascom Lodge for an afternoon of bugs, bones, and birds. Families and kids of all ages can go for a walk around Mt. Greylock exploring its flora and fauna while enjoying the mountain’s incredible views. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

NORTH ADAMS

Wednesdays & Friday from 9am-11am – ART: MASS MoCA is holding Boredom Buster art classes for kids ages 5-12 in conjunction with Kidspace’s Words and Images project.  Each week will focus on a different word to get kids’ minds off the thought of boredom!  Example words include gooey, magical, windy, and others.  Runs every Wednesday and Friday until August 16.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $

Thursdays from 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy outdoor music and dinner with family and friends at Noel Park behind the Steeplecats field.  North Adams’ Party in the Park features live music and a variety of food vendors, so you can pack your own picnic or get food at the show.  Runs through the end of August.  413-664-6180.  State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th from 2pm – HISTORY: As part of their Civil War: 150 Years series, Western Gateway Heritage State Park is giving an illustrated lecture on Gettysburg – the site of the war’s pivotal battle and Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.  Confederate General Robert E. Lee will “come to life” and share his story of how and why the Confederacy lost this battle and subsequently the war itself.  413-663-6312.  115 State Street #4.  North Adams, MA.

Friday, July 12th from 3:30pm-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Think you need a beach to have a beach party?  Think again!  Specialty Minerals is donating 250,000 pounds of sand to the City of North Adams to cover the entirety of Eagle Street.  This annual event is known as the Eagle Street Beach Party and features community activities and family fun.  Adults can stay from 7pm-10pm for the adult-oriented party.  413-664-6180.  Eagle Street.  North Adams, MA.

Saturday, July 13th at 8:30pm – FILM STUDIES: The Black Pirate (1926) is a classic, silent adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks, and the first to be shot in two-tone Technicolor!  Alloy Orchestra will be performing a live score to accompany the film at MASS MoCA.  Older students and adults will love the film as well as the orchestra’s accompaniment.  A great opportunity to view and study a classic film and experience live music!  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 20th at 10am – NATURE STUDIES: In July of 1844, Henry David Thoreau walked from Concord, MA to Mt. Greylock.  Retrace Thoreau’s ascent up Mt. Greylock on a guided hike that will let you experience all the natural beauty the mountain has to offer while learning about Thoreau and his experiences hiking to the highest point in Massachusetts.  This event is appropriate for teens and adults.  413-499-4262.  Notch Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 20th from 11:30am – MUSIC STUDIES/INNOVATIVE MUSIC: Bang on a Can is a music organization that performs classical, eclectic, and innovative music in a festival at MASS MoCA each year.  The whole family is invited to play along with Bang on a Can faculty and fellows at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10.  They will bring unique and everyday instruments to demonstrate and let you play along with.  Learn about different musical styles and techniques at this exciting performance.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  >$

WILLIAMSTOWN

Mondays in July at 3pm – FILM STUDIES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a film series entitled “Homericana: Films of the Artist’s Times and Places” as part of their Winslow Homer exhibit. Alternating each week, the Clark will screen a film set in Homer’s era or an in-depth documentary on the artist’s life. The screenings run every Monday until August 26. For a full list of the dates and films, please see the museum’s calendar. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Mondays-Sundays in July from 11am & 2pm - MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays in July from 2pm-6pm – ART: Stop by the Clark Art Institute for an all-ages watercolor workshop. Open to people with all skill levels, this workshop helps you learn the art of watercolor painting while translating the natural beauty of the Clark onto paper. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays in July at 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Clark Art Institute is hosting concerts on their South Lawn every Tuesday in July & August! Check their website for a list of performers. Pack a picnic dinner – or purchase barbecue food at the Clark – and enjoy the show while spending time with family. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays in July at 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday beginning July 9th until August 13th. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturdays in July from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Williamstown Farmers’ Market is a great place to find local produce, meats, cheeses, crafts, and jewelry. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. MARKET/SALE

Sundays in July at 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Come to Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars, Images Cinema’s outdoor film series. Families are invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy these free outdoor movies. Concessions will be available for purchase. 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 2nd from 2pm-6pm – ART: Stop by the Clark Art Institute for an all-ages watercolor workshop. Open to people with all skill levels, this workshop helps you learn the art of watercolor painting while translating the natural beauty of the Clark onto paper. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 4th at 11am – PARADE/CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Theatre Festival holds their annual Fourth of July celebration today. There will be a parade at 11am, followed by a hotdog cookout, and then you can hear Williamstown Theatre Festival actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British response, and see Williams College’s Founding Documents collection. 413-597-3400. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 7th at 1pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Join the Trustees of Reservations and local naturalist Pam Weatherbee for a “Discovering Butterflies” event at Mountain Meadow Preserve.  Search for butterflies and learn about the ecology and behavior of these amazing insects.  Meet at the lower Mountain Meadow parking lot.  If you want to learn more about butterflies, you can visit the Amazing Butterflies exhibit at the Springfield Museums too.  413-458-3135.  Mason Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 7th at 4pm-8pm – ARTS: IS183 Art School of the Berkshires invites all to Summer Sundays in Williamstown, a celebration of the arts in our communities.  There will be art projects for the whole family and artists will be present for discussions, lessons, and to sell their work.  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 13th from 12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, July 13th from 1pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is leading an interpretive hike through a northern hardwood forest.  The hike will be mild to moderate and will take you through a characteristic New England forest where you will learn about the many different plant and animal species and get to see a beautiful waterfall view.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, July 13th at 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s free performance this year is Dracula, or the Un-Dead.  This family-friendly adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale will be performed outdoors at Poker Flats Field on the Williams College campus.  Bring the whole family and a picnic and enjoy this classic story.  More information and garlicky recipes to keep Dracula away can be found on the WTF website.  413-597-3400.  45 Stetson Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19th from 10am–4pm – The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will hold a week-long teen mural workshop in July. “Paint It BIG! Paint It PUBLIC!” will be held daily Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 from 10 am to 4 pm. The program is open to children ages 12 to 16. Tuition is $250 ($225 members) including all materials. Space is limited; registration is required. To register, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524. Williamstown, MA ($$$)

Saturday, July 20th from 1pm-4pm – COMMUNITY EVENT: Wild Oats Market is hosting an ice cream social to benefit the North Adams Public Schools’ Garden Mosaics program, which connects kids, gardening, and service-based learning.  There will be ice cream and toppings from local businesses and you can create your own sundae.  413-458-8060.  320 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  >$

Sunday, July 21st at 3pm – ART HISTORY: “The Call of the Once-Wild: Winslow Homer and the Adirondacks 1870-1910 is the first talk in a three-part lecture series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.  The lectures focus on Homer and the different places that were important to him as an artist.  Homer used the Adirondacks as a setting for many of his works, several of which are on display at the Clark.  The lecture, by David Tatham, will discuss these paintings and others to help visitors understand Homer’s connection with the Adirondack region.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, July 26th from 4pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill for an ice cream social and open house!  Activities include crafts, an interpretive hike, frog-catching, and more!  Explore Sheep Hill and learn more about WRLF and what they do.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  >$

Saturday, July 27th from 12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, July 27th at 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Stone Hill Center, a gallery space on the grounds. Families are invited to explore the Center, tour the Kidspace exhibition Lions, and Tigers, and Museums, Oh My!, and to build their own fairy houses in the woods. There will also be a cookout and free cake and ice cream at 3:30pm. Explore the museum and grounds and celebrate one of the Berkshires’ architectural gems. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th from 1pm-4pm - NATURE STUDIES: Explore the trails surrounding Sheep Hill with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.  Fitch Trail is just above Sheep Hill and has hemlock groves, ferns, and a stand of old growth maples!  Explore the beauty of Fitch Trail on this moderate hike, which is appropriate for all ages.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th at 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Stone Hill Center, a gallery space on the grounds.  Families are invited to explore the Center, tour the Kidspace exhibition Lions, and Tigers, and Museums, Oh My!, and to build their own fairy houses in the woods.  There will also be a cookout and free cake and ice cream at 3:30pm.  Explore the museum and grounds and celebrate one of the Berkshires’ architectural gems.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm - LAWN CONCERT: The Clark Art Institute is hosting concerts on their South Lawn every Tuesday in July!  This week’s performer is The Jammin’ Divas.  Pack a picnic dinner – or purchase barbecue food at the Clark – and enjoy the show while spending time with family.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

WINDSOR

Saturday, July 6th at 10am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Come out to Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a volunteer work day. Tamarack Hollow is a newly-formed non-profit and needs help clearing land and trails so they can build their center in the near future. 413-522-1505. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 13th from 10am-1pm - NATURE STUDIES: High-elevation forests in Massachusetts contain unique plant species, such as balsam fir, red spruce, tamarack, and hobblebush, among others.  See these species up close and learn how to identify them with Mass Audubon at Tamarack Hollow.  You will also learn about their edible, medicinal, and craft purposes.  The hike is two miles and is suitable for children over 10.  Registration is required.  413-584-3009.  1515 Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.  $$

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Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Lee | Lenox | Pittsfield | Stockbridge | West Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

BECKET

Wednesdays-Saturdays at 6:15pm – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out Performances are popular with all ages. Enjoy a variety of dance companies and styles on the new Henry J. Leir Stage at the breathtaking Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 6:15pm. 413-243-9919. 385 George Carter Road. Becket, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 4th at 12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONJacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a National Historic Landmark, home to America’s longest-running dance festival, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, will offer an international fusion of events for the whole family.  Pillow grounds are open throughout the day and evening for picnicking and leisure, offering a picturesque setting for the holiday. The dance Archives and exhibits open at noon and festivities begin at 5pm with the Fourth of July Kids Corner which offers a variety of dance games and activities for all ages, including the young at heart. The opportunity to observe classes at The School at Jacob’s Pillow is also available throughout the day.  A special “kids friendly” tour will also depart at 5:30pm from the same location. Dance performances begin at 6:15pm. Picnicking is welcome and the Pillow Pub and Café open at 5pm. 413-243-9919. 385 George Carter Road. Becket, MA (FREE)

Friday, July 12th from 4pm-7pm – DANCE STUDIES: It’s Free Fun Friday at Jacob’s Pillow!  Families can participate in dance games and activities, attend a PillowTalk, go on a guided tour, or just wander the grounds.  This is a rare opportunity to explore Jacob’s Pillow for free.  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

DALTON

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm – STORYTIME: Kids ages 5-10 are invited to the Dalton Free Public Library for a storytime with a discussion and crafts.  The story will be related to summer and will be ongoing, running each Tuesday until August 8.  413-684-6112.  462 Main Street.  Dalton, MA

Monday, July 8th from 1:30pm-3pm – ART/LANGUAGE ARTS: Does your kid love picture books?  At the Dalton Free Public Library, kids can take a week-long class learning all about picture books.  With help from library staff, children will study the art and text of their favorite picture books and learn how to draw and write their own.  This class runs from July 8 to July 12 and is for kids ages 7-12.  Space is limited, so please register ASAP.  413-684-6112.  462 Main Street.  Dalton, MA.  (FREE)

LEE

Tuesday, July 2nd from 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Lee Library Association invites children to a special story time to hear author Carol L Levy read her children’s picture book Elphy Grey a story about a little boy who discovers the power of imagination to change his life. The author will also talk about the true life inspiration for writing the book. Ages 2-12. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th from 11am-12:30pm: FAMILY FUN: Bowey the Clown will be at the Spectrum Playhouse. 20 Franklin St. Lee, MA (FREE)

July 11th-20thSHAKESPEARE: The Spectrum Playhouse hosts “I Hate Shakespeare!” Older kids will learn to love Shakespeare after seeing this performance by the students from CIP.  With zombies, talking cows, and an appearance by Jerry Springer, I Hate Shakespeare! is a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist. Check their web site for dates & times. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA

Saturday, July 20th from 11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Are you interested in learning about llamas?  The Lee Library is hosting Debbie Elias of Country Quilt Llama Farm to come teach about llamas, share stories, and introduce you to one of her llamas.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 21st from 9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Learn all about Wahconah Falls, including talc mines, glacial erratics, waterfalls, and more, with Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center’s Aimee Gelinas.  This state park has an interesting history that you can experience and learn about on this hike.  Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.  Route 9.  Dalton, MA.  (FREE)

LENOX

Mondays in July from 7:30pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information and to buy tickets. Runs every Monday until the end of August. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Tuesdays in July at 11am – KIDS CONCERT: Dance, laugh, and sing with Terry A La Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library’s Roche Reading Park! The band will play classic kids songs, folk tunes, and Terry’s own original songs. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are welcome to participate in the fun and even request songs! 413-637-0197 x105. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursdays in July from 5pm-8pm – MUSEUMS: The Mount has extended their Thursday hours until 8pm for the months of July, August, and September. Explore the house and gardens and enjoy food from the Terrace Cafe. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $

Fridays in July from 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy exciting live music, wine, and light fare while spending date night at The Mount’s “Music After Hours” free weekly concerts. Runs every Friday until the end of August. Please see website for more information, including each week’s musical act. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday July 2nd at 11am – KIDS CONCERT: Dance, laugh, and sing with Terry A La Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library’s Roche Reading Park! The band will play classic kids songs, folk tunes, and Terry’s own original songs. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are welcome to participate in the fun and even request songs! 413-637-0197 x105. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 5th from 7:30-9pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Bats are the only flying mammals and among the most misunderstood animals. Join Rene Laubach to learn about bats found in our region at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The program will begin indoors for an overview of the ecology and diversity of bats, and will conclude outdoors with a search for bats, weather permitting. A bat detector will be used to eavesdrop on the bats as they hunt for food. Best for kids ages 5yo and older. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (>$)

Tuesday, July 9th at 11am – KIDS CONCERT: Dance, laugh, and sing with Terry A La Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library’s Roche Reading Park! The band will play classic kids songs, folk tunes, and Terry’s own original songs. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are welcome to participate in the fun and even request songs! 413-637-0197 x105. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 11th at 11am – MAGIC: Join the Lenox Library for a magic show with magician Scott Jameson.  Held in Lilac Park, this show will engage young audience members with exciting magic tricks.  413-637-0197.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

Thursday, July 11th from 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate the cultural vitality of the Berkshires with trombone master Craig Harris and friends at The Mount.  There will also be barbecue food available for purchase.  Bring the entire family and enjoy great music and food as part of the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and The Mount’s summer programming.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, July 11th from 7-8:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary!  Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effect that beaver ponds have upon habitats.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

Thursday, July 18th at 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the Lenox Library for Jackson Gillman’s “Riot in the Garden.”  Gillman’s performance is fun-filled and educational, focusing on science.  He will use stories, comedy, and music in his performance.  Held in Lilac Park.  413-637-0197.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

Saturday, July 20th from 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy exciting live music, wine, and light fare while spending date night at The Mount’s “Music After Hours” free weekly concerts. Runs every Saturday beginning 7/20 until the end of August. Please see website for more information, including each week’s musical act. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 20th at 12:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by Shakespeare & Company on the outdoor Dell Stage at The Mount.  Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy this timeless romantic comedy.  More information, showtimes, and tickets can be found here.  The show runs until August 17th.  413-637-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  $

Thursday, July 25th at 11am – FOOD: Join Lenox Library for a summer reading dessert bake-off!  Call the library for more information on this event.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

Saturday, July 27th from 10am-1pm - COMMUNITY SERVICE: Celebrate the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s newest trail at Yokun Ridge Reserve – Brothers Trail.  Come by the Reserve for a day of trail work and learn how to build and maintain forest trails.  A sandwich lunch will be provided.  There is no prior experience needed and all abilities are welcome.  Register here or by emailing aletoile@bnrc.net.  413-499-0596.  Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, July 27th from 1 10am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: The 26th Annual Church on the Hill Fine Arts and Handmade Crafts Fair starts today and ends on Sunday July 28.  The Fair takes place at Lilac Park and features children’s activities, a luncheon, a pancake breakfast (Sunday only) and many different local artists and crafters selling their work.  From handmade soaps and lotions to sculptures, toys, and hand-blown glass, the Fair has an incredible selection of goods.  413-637-1001.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

PITTSFIELD

Mondays-Fridays, beginning July 8th from 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday in July at 1pm – ORIGAMI: Learn some new paper folding skills and techniques at the Berkshire Museum! Held in conjunction with the museum’s PaperWorks exhibit, the event will feature new projects each week in July & August. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

Thursdays in July at 1pm – PHYSICS: Experiment with paper airplanes and learn about basic principles of physics at the Berkshire Museum as part of their PaperWorks exhibit! Each week in July & August, a new plane design will be featured – instructions and materials are provided for families to come and build their own. Test the design to learn what factors affect the plane’s ability to fly. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Come to the all-new Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market! This market features fresh, local food, live music, dance, and performances, and is open to all members of the community. 413-443-6501. First Street parking lot. Pittsfield, MA. MARKET/SALE

Sundays at 11am – PUPPET SHOW: The famous Robbins-Zust Marionettes perform every Sunday through July and August at the Marketplace Cafe.  Performances include Firebird, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and Jack and the Beanstalk.  Kids of all ages will enjoy these unique and entertaining performances.  413-358-4777.  53 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA. 

Tuesday, July 2nd from 1pm-2pm – ORIGAMI: Learn the art of origami and other paper arts at the Berkshire Museum. This event is held in conjunction with the museum’s PaperWorks exhibit, which focused on the many different things that can be created with paper. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 2nd at 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Children ages 5-12 are invited to a craft activity all about worms! The Berkshire Athenaeum is hosting this activity as part of the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program. It offers a chance for kids to do a craft related to the greater theme of the program. Please call ahead to register. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, July 3rd at 1pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Want to learn more about dinosaurs and fossils? Paulette Morin, a storyteller and scientist, will teach kids all about earth’s exciting prehistoric past at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, July 4th at 10am – PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Pittsfield at their annual parade. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful – The Land That I Love.” Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th at 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about wild animals from all over the world at the Berkshire Museum’s Animals Up Close event!  The Granite State Zoo is bringing an African serval cat, a Moluccan cockatoo, and Argentine tegu to this presentation that will both teach about these animals and about the importance of conservation around the world.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 6th, 13th & 20th from 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about water and ecology at Science in the Parks with science educator Lisa Provencher! This a great chance for kids to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) during the summer months. Students will have the opportunity to collect water samples and run pH tests, identify aquatic plants, and look for insects and amphibians. This program also teaches the importance of environmental stewardship and the value of local parks. 413-499-0692. 210 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th at 8pm – THEATER: Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! will take center stage at the Colonial Theatre thanks to Berkshire Theatre Group.  The show runs until July 20.  See the schedule for all showtimes and ticket prices.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$$

Monday, July 8th at 10am – MAGIC: Magician Scott Jameson will perform music, juggling, and magic at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  The entire family can come and enjoy this entertaining show.  413-499-9480 x5.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, July 9th at 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5-12 can come to the Berkshire Athenaeum to make and decorate construction hats.  Registration is required.  413-499-9480 x5.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesdays beginning July 10th from 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Bring a blanket and enjoy live music at Burbank Park on the beautiful Onota Lake at Pittsfield’s Live on the Lake concert series through the end of August. This is a great chance to have fun with the whole family while enjoying a picnic dinner and listening to different types of live music. 413-499-3333. Valentine Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, July 12th from 5pm-7pm - SCIENCE/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn all about wacky science and carry out fun experiments at the Berkshire Museum’s “WeeMuse: Night of Science!”  You can walk on water, eat liquid nitrogen ice cream, make glowing slime, design a hovercraft, and more.  This is a fun opportunity for kids to explore the science museum at night and do exciting experiments that keep them engaged in science.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesday, July 17th at 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn about Ancient Egyptian shabtis and create your own shabti bookmarks at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  This event is best for kids ages 5-12 and space is limited, so pre-register ASAP.  413-499-9480 x5.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, July 17th from 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Bring a blanket and enjoy live music at Burbank Park on the beautiful Onota Lake at Pittsfield’s Live on the Lake concert series.  This is a great chance to have fun with the whole family while enjoying a picnic dinner and listening to different types of live music.  413-499-3333.  Valentine Road.  Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 18th from 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, returns for its 7th year! This Thursday’s theme is “Under the Sea.” Come celebrate all things aquatic and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, July 18th at 1pm – KIDS’ WORKSHOP: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for Earth Rhythm, an educational workshop about dinosaurs and fossils.  The workshop will be lead by Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell, who will use storytelling and music to teach about these topics.  The event is part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, July 19th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays Program, Hancock Shaker Village will open its doors and welcome families in for free. Situated on a picturesque expanse of farm, field, and woodland, Hancock Shaker Village is an outdoor living history museum and center for the study of principled living in the 21st century. The fully restored Village includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes that depict daily life at the Shakers’ City of Peace through its 220 years, as well as heritage breed farm animals and spectacular hiking trails. There are daily tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops, and a variety of activities for children and families, as well as a Museum Store and Shaker-inspired cuisine at the Village Harvest Café. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for kids of all ages to try their hand at chair seat weaving, working at a loom, trying on Shaker-style clothing, or milking a life-sized replica of a cow. An interactive audio tour is available in English, French, Italian, and German. 800-817-1137. 1843 W. Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, July 19th & 26th at 8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The City of Pittsfield screens film outdoors at Clapp Park as part of their family-friendly Friday night summer movie series. Bring blankets and snacks and enjoy the show! 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 20th from 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Family Fun Day at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market.  Kids can come to the market and enjoy fresh food while participating in fun activities!  413-443-6501.  First Street parking lot.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)/MARKET

Saturday, July 20th from 12noon-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 40th annual Gather-In Festival is taking place at Pitt Park.  Held by the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP, Gather-In is the Berkshires’ only traditionally African-American festival.  There will be music, games, activities for kids, dance, food vendors, raffles, and more.  The event is open to all.  413-841-0542.  Columbus Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, July 25th at 1pm - KIDS’ WORKSHOP: Storyteller Diane Edgecomb presents “Digging Dinosaurs: Stories of Humorous Dinosaur Adventures” at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  This workshop is fun and educational, complete with stories, songs, and more, all about dinosaurs and fossils!  For kids ages 5 and up.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th at 9am – SPORTS: Kids ages 8-14 can become acquainted with track and field sports at Pittsfield’s Track and Field Games at the Taconic High School track.  There will be warm-ups and track and field components for kids to participate in.  413-499-9370.  96 Valentine Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th from 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Gather the whole family for one of Berkshire Environmental Action Team’s Housatonic River Cleanups! Spend quality time together while doing community service, learning about a local watershed, and volunteering to do good for both the river and its surrounding human and nonhuman communities. Meet at Wahconah Park. 413-230-7321. 143 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th at 10am & 3pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum.  The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance.  For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum!  The performance is for children 5 and up.  413-236-8888.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 27th from 11am-12noon – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

Saturday, July 27th from 10am-10pm – FESTIVAL: The Pittsfield City Hoopla features hoola hoop activities, art, music, yoga, dance, and more.  There will also be a hoola hoop competition and performances.  There is no entrance fee, although some of the workshops do have a cost.  Takes places at Springside Park.  413-281-6734.  North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th from 11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is the fourth annual Tyler Street Fair!  The Fair will have live music, kids activities, vendors, and will showcase all Tyler Street has to offer.  Bring the whole family and discover Tyler Street!  413-448-6257.  Tyler Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday & Sunday, July 27th & 28th at 7pm – FILM STUDIES: Directed by Jem Cohen, the film Museum Hours is the story of a museum guard who befriends a visitor to the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna.  The film follows them through crossroads in their lives and leads them to explore.  This event is best for adults and older students interested in film studies.  It screens at the Berkshire Museum.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $

STOCKBRIDGE

Tuesdays from 10am-12noon – ART: Every Tuesday until the end of August, kids ages 7 and up can participate in an on-location drawing and painting class at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Children are encouraged to be creative and experiment with different styles of drawing and painting.  Please bring your own sketchbook or drawing pad.  Classes take place outdoors.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$

Fridays from 5pm-7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Chesterfest Americana Music Series runs every Friday until August 30.  Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live bluegrass, folk, and country music on the West Porch of Chesterwood.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  413-298-3579 x25210.  4 Williamsville Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $

Saturday, July 6th from 1pm-6pm – ART HISTORY: Norman Rockwell was one of the most well-known and prolific artists of the 20th Century.  He based many of his paintings on current events and relied heavily on the use of models for his works.  You can meet some of these models and talk with them about Rockwell’s art and its historical significance at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Visitors to the museum can also participate in art making events and get works signed by Rockwell’s models.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 6th at 4pm: LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents. This month’s theme is, “The People Who Created Those Famous Stockbridge Sites.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, July 9th at 1pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in grades 5-8 can join the Stockbridge Library’s summer book group, Book Mates.  Participants will learn to think critically about books, share their thoughts via discussions, and do fun activities.  This is a great way to keep kids engaged in summer reading and teach them language arts skills by encouraging thoughtful discussion relating to books.  Please register in advance.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 13th from 9am-6pm – BOOK SALE: The Stockbridge Library’s annual book sale features thousands of used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs. Proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library and the Historical Museum and Archives. Donations accepted at the library’s front desk. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. MARKET/SALE

Hilltown Families and the Berkshire Theatre Group have partnered up to offer a free family 4-pack of tickets to see the Group’s Acting Apprentice Co. performance of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” in Stockbridge at The Ellenoff Stage on Saturday, August 3rd at 11am! To enter for a chance to win, email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com with “Just So Stories” in the subject line and your full name and town in the subject of the email. We will randomly select a winner on July 31st for the Aug 3rd performance.

Thursday, July 18th – August 10thTHEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.  Kipling’s stories answer questions like, “how did the leopard get its spots?” with witty and whimsical answers sure to entertain audience members of all ages.  The show takes place outside on the Neil Ellenoff Stage and runs from July 18 to August 10.  See here for the full schedule and list of showtimes.   413-298-5576.  6 East Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 20th at 12noon - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate summer at the Stockbridge Library’s ice cream social! Bring family and friends to enjoy ice cream and relax on a hot summer day. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, July 27th from 5pm-8pm – FAMILY EVENT: Enjoy a special evening for families at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Held in conjunction with their exhibit, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic,” “An Enchanted Evening for Families” features dancing, an ice cream social, and live Disney music performed by The Limb Shakers.  Bring a picnic dinner or buy dinner at the museum cafe and make a night of it.  This is a fun way for families to spend time together while engaging in art and celebrating a classic Disney favorite.  Free with museum admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, July 13th from 10am-2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the West Stockbridge Parks and Recreation Commission for Party at the Pond – a celebration taking place at Card Pond!  There will be food, drinks, games, activities, face painting, music, and more.  Route 41.  West Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

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Egremont

Sunday, July 21st from 12noon-3pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: The Friends of Egremont History invite the public to the Egremont 1865 Basket Picnic on the lawn at the Egremont Village Inn. Celebrating the end of the Civil War, re-enactors in costume will march, drill and tell stories.  Families are invited to BYO picnic basket and blanket and compete like the women of the late 1800′s who packed and presented amazing picnic baskets to sometime be auctioned off. Try an authentic 1865 picnic recipe and prepare Rochester Pickle (pickled green tomatoes),  celery salad,  fried chicken, or one of three different pies & cakes, including  Scotch Pie, Ribbon Cake or Washington Cake for your picnic basket.  Carrying on this tradition, bring a basket for competition, or just one to enjoy with your family on the lawn with live music, surrounded by history.  After your picnic (or on a different day) take a walking tour of North or South Egremont and discover local gems in this small Berkshire County town. 413-528-3919 Egremont, MA (FREE) – Raindate: 7/28

GREAT BARRINGTON

Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Great Barrington Farmers’ Market’s 25 vendors all come from Western Massachusetts and eastern New York state. They sell veggies, jams, maple syrup, meat, seedlings, eggs, cheese, and so much more! 413-528-8950. Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. MARKET/SALE

Saturday, July 6th at 7pm - SING ALONG: Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady, but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those poodle skirts or grease up your hair in a rockabilly style, and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the star in Sing-a-Long Grease at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Belt out songs like “Summer Lovin’” and “Greased Lightning” as the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John plays, complete with on-screen lyrics. Fun for kids and adults alike, this interactive show features a costume competition, goody bags, and plenty of laughs. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA ($$)

Saturday, July 6th from 11:30am-12:30am - ARTS & CRAFTS: Have you ever wanted to create your own fairy or elf house?  Enter the world of fairies, elves, and goblins at the Mason Library – bring natural materials to make houses for fairies and elves and search for goblins in the garden.  Best for kids 7 and up.  Registration is required.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, July 12th from 11:30am-12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/CRAFTS: Want to learn about an interesting animal? The Mason Library is holding an event all about honey badgers! Learn about the animal, create a rhythm band, make a mural of the African savannah, and take home a honey dip recipe. Best for kids 7 and under. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, July 15th at 6:30pm: PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Do you love food?  What about movies?  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents food historian Francine Segan, who will present her lecture “Food Talk for Movie Lovers,” to be followed by a screening of Big Night (rated R).  This event may also be appropriate for older students interested in food studies, anthropology, and/or film.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$

Saturday, July 20th at 10am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can come learn to make refreshing summer soups at the Berkshire Co-Op!  Seasonal fruits will be used to make these delicious soups, which are great dishes for a summer picnic.  Call or stop by front desk to register.  413-528-9697 x10.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, July 25th from 11:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 6-10 are invited to make seashell dishes at the Mason Library. Decorate your one of a kind shell to store treasures and knick knacks. Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, July 27th from 10am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the Mason Library Centennial! For 100 years the library has been of service to the community.  Come hear talks on the history of the library, along with treats, readings, crafts, music and and ice cream social. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, July 27th from 11am-1pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Celebrate the Mason Library’s centennial at their children’s author celebration. There will be readings, signings, drawing demos, and other fun activities with children’s authors You Byun, Frank Dormer, Adam Gudeon, Cort Rosen Schwartz, and Mark Teague. This exciting event is for families and kids of all ages. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, July 29th from 10:15am-12:15pm – COMICS: Explore the Mason Library’s collection of children’s graphic novels and learn how to make your own comics and zines with Joey Chernila of the Montessori School of the Berkshires.  This is a four day camp (July 29 – August 1; 10:15am-12:15pm) for kids ages 8 and up.  Registration is required.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, July 29th from 7pm: PARENTS NIGHT OUT/FOOD HISTORY: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents food historian Francine Segan, who will present her lecture “Virtual Food Tour of the Berkshires.”  This lecture takes you on a tour of the local foods of the Berkshires.  Appropriate for older students interested in food studies, specifically local foods.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$

Wednesday, July 31st from 4pm-5pm – BOOK CLUB: Learn the ways of Artemis Fowl at the Mason Library – make spy gear from recycled materials and translate Gnommish. This is an activity-based book club for kids ages 9-12. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, July 6th, 20th & 27th from 9:30am-10:30am – ENTOMOLOGY: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn more about Lepidoptera by gaining skill in finding and even identifying butterflies and by learning to identify host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.

Saturday, July 20th from 10:30-11:30am – MAGIC SHOW: The Ramsdell Library hosts Magician Debbie O’Carroll for a morning of magic at the library.  Lots of audience participation, magic, comedy and introduction to some of the  legendary and mythical creatures and monsters that are found underground. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA (FREE)

MONTEREY

Saturday, July 6th from 1pm-4:30pm - LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Bidwell House Museum for “Township No. 1 Day,” a celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history.  The celebration is named for the earliest official designation of the settlement in 1737.  The history of the two towns, which were one until 1847, will be celebrated with live music, kid’s activities, a baking contest, historic craft demonstrations, and more.  What a great way to have fun while learning about your town’s history!  413-528-6888.  100 Art School Road.  Monterey, MA.  (FREE)

OTIS

Saturdays from 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Come to the Otis Farmers’ Market for fresh food and local goods! This market is known for its special events, such as Tie Dye Day, Hot Diggity Dog Day, and petting zoo days, which occur throughout the season. 413-357-9919. 2000 East Otis Road. Otis, MA. MARKET/SALE

Saturday, July 13th at 7:30pm – MUSIC: Celebrate the Berkshires and gain a sense of place through music performed by Graham and Barbara Dean, presented by the Otis Cultural Council.  “Songs of the Berkshires and Beyond” will engage audience members in story-songs and songs of social and historical importance, all while celebrating the Berkshires.  413-269-4400.  1898 East Otis Road.  East Otis, MA.

Saturday, July 27th from 9am-3pm & Sunday, July 28th from 10am-4pm – ARTS FESTIVAL: Browse art and crafts created by local artists at the sixth annual Otis Arts Festival.  There will be jewelry, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more.  413-269-4251.  555 North Main Road.  Otis, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 28th at 11am – PUPPET SHOW: Enjoy a performance for the whole family, filled with puppets, music, and clowns, performed by Nutshell Playhouse at the Knox Trail Inn.  This event is presented by the Otis Cultural Council, and is a fun live theater experience for kids and adults of all ages!  413-269-4251.  1898 East Otis Road.  East Otis, MA.

SHEFFIELD

Saturday, July 27th from 10am-12noon – HERPETOLOGY: Join the Trustees of Reservations for an exciting herpetology walk with 13-year-old Eugene Dolan!  The walk is part of their Young Naturalist Walking Series, and Eugene will introduce you to reptiles and amphibians around Bartholomew’s Cobble.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  $

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