Suggested Events for July 6th-12th, 2013

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Click here to listen to our Summer Essentials Episode on the Hilltown Family  Variety Show!Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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.

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Happy 4th of July! So many places to see fireworks and parades in Western MA!

Saturday, July 6th from 10am-5pm in Hampshire County - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate music, art, summer, and the Hilltowns at the third annual Hilltown Arts Festival!  There will be live music, art for sale, a silent auction, kid’s activities, children’s performance, arts and crafts, and so much more!  In addition to fun activities and performances, there will also be food for sale.  413-238-0192.  Route 112.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th at 4pm-10pm in Franklin CountyFIREWORKS: The Greenfield Independence Day Celebration features live music, dance, food, and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:35pm. Rain date 7/7. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 6th from 4pm-10pm in Hampden CountyFIREWORKS: There will be fireworks, food, and music at Stanley Park, sponsored by the Westfield Rotary Club.  Rain date is 7/7.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

60 Summer Suggestions: Things to Do & Places to See in Western MA

Saturday, July 6th at 7pm in Berkshire CountySING 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 ($$)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jul 13

It’s Circus Time at the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, July 13, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus” from 1 to 4 pm. Especially appropriate for children ages 3 to 10, this Family Day is free and open to all. Activities include folksongs and stories with Tim Van Egmond; a performance by Henry the Juggler; the Circus Parade; and special bedroom tours (nominal fee). Other activities include a scavenger hunt, “tightrope” walking and other games, and kid friendly crafts – music makers and fairy houses. For details and complete schedule, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org. With questions, contact Valerie Gramling, program coordinator, at 413-542-2034.

Jul 3-6; Jul 17-20; Jul 31 – Aug 3

PaintBox Theatre is a theatre of improvisation and imagination for the whole family. Start with a children’s classic. Add three actors. Add the Paintbox stage & a screen. Add artwork (by kids). Add lots of audience participation & improvisation. Stir well. There you go: Paintbox! This season: Little Red Riding Hood, July 3-6; Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, July 17-20; and King Kong, Jr., July 31- August 3. All shows are presented in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus in Northampton, MA. Call for more information: 413-585-3220. Or visit online at www.newcenturytheatre.org/paintbox.html.

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SUMMER CAMP: Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

Green River Festival 2013

The 27th annual Green River Festival happens again this year on July 20th & 21st, 2013… and Hilltown Families has a pair of tickets to giveaway for either day! Deadline to enter to win: This Sunday, 6/7/13.

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Children’s Literature Festival Features Local History. The annual Children’s Literature Festival sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation will be held mornings 8:30am-12noon from July 28 to August 2, 2013 at the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls for children in grades K-6. The theme this year is local history & the program will feature special stories, arts & crafts, poetry, music, old fashioned games & much more. Local history will be highlighted by special guests. The $50 registration fee covers all materials & snacks. Scholarships available. To register or for more details call Toni Wilcox at 413-863-9418 or Sue Samoriski at 413-625-2555 or email booklady2@hotmail.com. Space is limited & this program fills up quickly.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 6th-12th, 2013

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

6-10am – 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.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. – Rebroadcast of our Summer Essential Episode, celebrating all things summer! - Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived shows.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The 31st annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers’ Conjunction is on July 12 and 13 at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, but you must register by July 6.  The conjunction includes guest speakers, observing, and much more!  Learn all about astronomy and telescopes, meet local experts, and become familiar with identifying astronomical features.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  $

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.   If you want to learn more about butterflies, you can visit the Amazing Butterflies exhibit at the Springfield Museums too. 413-274-3433.  342 North Plain Road.  Housatonic, MA.

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)

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)

10am-4pm – HISTORY/COOKING: Are you interested in learning how early New England settlers stored summer produce and kept cool during the hot summer months?  “Hot Weather, Cold Hearth” is the theme for July’s open hearth cooking demonstrations at Historic Deerfield.  The open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cool summer beverages and teach about summer gardens and the best ways to preserve the garden’s bounties.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $

10am-5pm - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate music, art, summer, and the Hilltowns at the third annual Hilltown Arts Festival!  There will be live music, art for sale, a silent auction, kid’s activities, children’s performance, arts and crafts, and so much more!  In addition to fun activities and performances, there will also be food for sale.  413-238-0192.  Route 112.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Paintbox Theatre, known for their interactive family-friendly performances, is putting on a production of Little Red Riding Hood.  This is the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood vs. the Big Bad Wolf, but with some audience participation worked in.  Performance is Theatre 14 in Smith College’s Mendenhall Center.  413-585-3220.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

10:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Learn about the amazing world of birds of prey and see some up close at the Village Commons!  Tom Ricardi, who helped restore the American Bald Eagle to the Northeast, will give this fascinating presentation and handle the raptors.  Live raptor shows are an exciting place to learn about birds of prey and their behavior.  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

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.

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.

12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $

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.  $$

1pm – PUPPET THEATER: Vermont PuppeTree Theatre’s production of Caps For Sale, based on the classic children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina, is coming to the Eric Carle Museum!  PuppeTree has adapted the book, which is about a hat seller who loses his hats to monkeys, into an exciting puppet show that tells the story through the eyes of seven different cultures, complete with upbeat music.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

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)

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.  $$

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.

4pm – FIREWORKS: The Greenfield Independence Day Celebration features live music, dance, food, and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:35pm. Rain date 7/7. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Are you interested in learning more about the history of Stockbridge and the people that helped make it what it is today?  The Stockbridge Library’s Museum and Archives will lead a cemetery tour focused on important Stockbridge residents of the past and the places they have left behind, including many of Stockbridge’s most well-known sites.  Meet at Stockbridge Cemetery.  413-298-5501.  Main Street & Church Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$

4pm-10pm – FIREWORKS: There will be fireworks, food, and music at Stanley Park, sponsored by the Westfield Rotary Club.  Rain date is 7/7.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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 ($$)

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.  $$$

8:35pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is screening Despicable Me 2 (PG) and, after that, Man of Steel (PG-13).  Spend time watching movies with family in a classic setting.  603-239-4054.  981 Northfield Road.  Northfield, NH.  $-$$

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

1pm-1:30pm – ART HISTORY: Learn about ordinary subjects in French paintings at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.  Often overlooked or considered illegitimate subjects, common people (as opposed to royalty or political figures) were not frequent subjects in French art.  This mini-tour will lead you around the museum and show you these rare paintings of ordinary people.  This is a great opportunity to study art history and learn about the social climate in France through time – why was it that ordinary people were not commonly painted?  What does this say about the class disparities present throughout French history?  Free with museum admission.  1-800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

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)

3pm – PUPPET THEATER: Vermont PuppeTree Theatre’s production of Caps For Sale, based on the classic children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina, is coming to the Eric Carle Museum!  PuppeTree has adapted the book, which is about a hat seller who loses his hats to monkeys, into an exciting puppet show that tells the story through the eyes of seven different cultures, complete with upbeat music.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

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)

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.  $

6:30pm - LAWN CONCERT: Westhampton Public Library’s Field of Dreams summer concert series kicks off tonight with a performance by Southern Rail.  The group performs bluegrass tunes and exciting harmonies.  Bring a picnic dinner and relax on the lawn behind the library while hearing great live music.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.

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.  This week’s film is Some Like it Hot.  413-458-5612.  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

8:35pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is screening Despicable Me 2 (PG) and, after that, Man of Steel (PG-13).  Spend time watching movies with family in a classic setting.  603-239-4054.  981 Northfield Road.  Northfield, NH.  $-$$

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Monday, July 8th, 2013

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)

10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland.  Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves!  Registration is recommended.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  $

1:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens participating in the summer reading program can contribute to a walking dead/zombie quilt at Central Library.  Markers and fabric paint will be available for teens to design their own quilt patches that fit with the theme.  413-263-6828.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.

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)

6pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Paulette Morin will teach children all about fossils and dinosaurs at the Sunderland Public Library.  Her multimedia presentation focuses on many aspects of prehistory, which she addresses through song, storytelling, and science.  All ages.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Monday Night Concerts at the Tilton Library are a great chance to have an exciting family dinner – bring chairs, a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring the whole family!  This week’s performer is Michael Orlen.  413-665-4683.  75 North Main Street.  South Deerfield, MA.

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  Runs until August 18.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $
  • 1pm-5pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has extended their hours for the months of July and August to include Mondays from 1pm-5pm!  Stop by the museum and learn about historical trolleys, play with trains, examine trolley-related photos and artifacts, and even ride in one of the Museum’s old trains.  413-625-9443.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  >$
  • 2pm-4pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the The Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie.  Runs through 8/5.  413-562-6158 x5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 6pm – SPORTS: Every Monday in June you can learn to waterski at Oxbow Waterski Show Team’s ski site.  All you need is a bathing suit and experienced Show Team members will teach you to waterski.  413-636-2094.  Old Springfield Road.  Northampton, MA.  $$-$$$
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library has an open knitting group every Monday evening.  Come and learn to knit or if you already know how, come knit with others!  All are welcome.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – CESAREAN SUPPORT:  International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) will provide mother-to-mother support on the fourth Monday of each month at Grow.  These support meetings are to support cesarean recovering, offer info on VBAC’s, and refer mother’s to additional support.  413-341-6882. 3rd Floor, Thornes Market. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 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.  $$

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

10am & 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland.  Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves!  Registration is recommended.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  $

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)

11am – AGRICULTURE: Join the Hatfield Public Library for a Farm and Garden Tour!  Kids can see and touch farm equipment, learn about different types of farming, learn the differences between farming and gardening, and participate in a root veggie taste test.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  

1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens participating in the summer reading program can contribute to a walking dead/zombie quilt at Forest Park Library.  Markers and fabric paint will be available for teens to design their own quilt patches that fit with the theme.  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

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)

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)

2pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS/LANGUAGE ARTS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for Camp Odyssey!  This once-a-week camp features a weekly book and activities to go along with it.  Recommended for kids age 10 and up, this week’s book/activity is a Frankenstein hand experiment.  Come learn about science and make your own Frankenstein hand!  Registration is required by June 16th.  514-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  >$

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)

3pm-4pm – ART: Improve your design and drawing skills at the Emily Williston Memorial Library with local illustrator Zack Rezendes.  This three-part series is on July 9, July 16, and July 23.  Learn the fundamentals of illustration and take the first steps toward creating your own characters.  For kids age 6 and up.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Clark Art Institute is hosting concerts on their South Lawn every Tuesday in July!  This week’s performer is Across the Pond.  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)

6pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come by the Sunderland Public Library for a screening of Escape From Planet Earth (PG).  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents Janet Ryan and Her Singing Stars, who will be performing Broadway classics.  This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 8:30am-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a free arts and crafts table open to children of all ages.  A special craft will be available for kids to make at the library or take home to complete.  Runs every Tuesday through 8/6.  413-562-6158 x5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger.  There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents.  413-256-1145.  16 Spring Street.  Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am - SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time.  Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents.  Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15.  413-256-1145.  16 Spring Street.  Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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.  >$
  • 10am-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Drop by the West Springfield Public Library for “Make-It/Take-It” craft day.  Kids can do a fun craft to take home. Runs through the summer as part of the summer reading program.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under.  Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments.  Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15.  See here for the full schedule.  Free with museum admission.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 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)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  Runs until August 18.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $
  • 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)
  • 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)

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

10am - FAMILY MOVIE: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse has $1 movies for kids and adults, all rated G or PG.  This week’s movie is Dolphin Tale.  Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie.  1-800-326-3264.  327 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  >$

10am & 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland.  Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves!  Registration is recommended.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  $

10am-11am – KIDS CONCERT: The Buttery Brook Children’s Concert Series presents Miss Leticia, who will perform kids songs on an assortment of string instruments.  The concert is best for kids 10 and under but are sure to be fun for the whole family!  413-538-5038.  123 Willimansett Street.  South Hadley, MA.

2pm & 3pm – PHYSICS: Join the Sunderland Public Library and the Boston Museum of Science for “Rockets: There and Back Again.”  This interactive workshop engages kids in physics, science, engineering, and creativity as they learn about rockets and how to build their own.  Best for ages 6 and up.  Please pre-register.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens participating in the summer reading program can contribute to a walking dead/zombie quilt at Indian Orchard Library.  Markers and fabric paint will be available for teens to design their own quilt patches that fit with the theme.  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Indian Orchard, MA.

4pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Shark tooth necklaces are fun to make and a great summer style, so come to the Emily Williston Memorial Library shark tooth necklace-making event!  For kids age 6 and up.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

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)

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.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 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)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Come to Groff Park for outdoor playtime with your child, sponsored by the Amherst Family Center.  There will be toys and snack food for all.  Every Wednesday until August 15.  413-256-1145.  Mill Lane.  Amherst, MA. 
  • 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center’s weekly playgroup for kids 5 and under at Pettinghill Park.  Drop-in for stories, games, songs, and more.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA. 
  • 10am – KNITTING: Every Wednesday until the end of the summer, you can stop by Dickinson Memorial Library for an intergenerational knitting and/or other handiwork group.  Young knitters can come and learn skills from older knitters and exercise creativity.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am - MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum and create art with your child (age 4 and up) at this weekly parent-child program.  Wander the galleries, teach your child about art, and then make some of your own by collaborating with your child on an art piece!  Runs every week through August 30.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.
  • 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)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  Runs until August 18.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $
  • 1pm - CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16.  Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more!  See here for the full schedule.  Free with museum admission.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 4-6PM – ENTREPRENEUR: Do your kids like to create jewelry, are they growing their own gardens, do they like to bake or preserve the summer harvest?  The Kids’ Market is a venue for kids sell their creations or to provide a service (face-painting, fortune telling, etc.). Held in the parking lot in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store under tents, kids can bring their own tables, set up, and sell/barter with one another and visitors to the market. Happens every Wednesday through the end of August. 413-628-3299. 343 Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow.  Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences.  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music and time with family and friends at the beautiful Windsor Lake for their summer concert series.  Food will be available for purchase, but you are also welcome to pack a picnic.  Swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed during the concert, so go for a dip or catch some fish while enjoying live music!  413-664-6180.  Bradley Street & Kemp Avenue.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginning July 17th, beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra!  This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment.  Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session.  Best for older students and adults.  Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month.  99 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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.

10am-12noon – FAMILY MOVIE: Come to the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a matinee movie!  This week, come see The Land Before Time (G), a story about five dinosaur friends who go on an exciting journey.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

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)

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.

3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens participating in the summer reading program can contribute to a walking dead/zombie quilt at Brightwood Library.  Markers and fabric paint will be available for teens to design their own quilt patches that fit with the theme.  413-263-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.

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.

3pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5-10, come to the Jones Library for a summer reading program crafts project!  Learn about rocks and paint your own rock magnets.  This is a fun activity connected to the summer reading theme of “Dig Into Reading.”  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens participating in the summer reading program can contribute to a walking dead/zombie quilt at Mason Square Library.  Markers and fabric paint will be available for teens to design their own quilt patches that fit with the theme.  413-263-6853.  765 State Street.  Springfield, MA.

5pm-8pm – CONCERT: 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)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Bruce Colegrove, Sue Kranz, and Austin & Elliott.  Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music.  50 Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm-8:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Wilbraham Nature and Cultural Center’s summer concert series at Fountain Park presents The Kings.  Bring the whole family and sit on the lawn while enjoying entertaining live music.  413-596-2712.  883 Tinkham Road.  Wilbraham, MA.

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.  ($)

7:30pm – HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Presented by scholar Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, “One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit” follows the life of a colonial woman who kept a diary for most of her life.  This diary may be the earliest surviving diary from this time period by an American woman.  Chandler Coit’s diary offers a peek into everyday colonial life and what things were like for women at that time.  This talk is part of Historic Deerfield’s summer lecture series and takes place at Deerfield Academy’s Garonzik Auditorium.  413-774-5581.  7 Boyden Road.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE) 

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger.  There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents.  413-256-1145.  16 Spring Street.  Amherst, MA.  
  • 9am-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time.  Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents.  Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15.  413-256-1145.  16 Spring Street.  Amherst, MA.  
  • 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)
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids.  The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum.  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.
  • 10am-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Springfield Science Museum have extended their Thursday hours until 7:30pm for the summer!  The Blake House Cafe will also be open late.  Discounted admission after 5pm.  1-800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story hour at the Hatfield Public Library includes stories, finger plays, games, music, and arts and crafts.  Best for kids between ages 3 and 5, but siblings are welcome.  This story hour runs through the summer.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under.  Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments.  Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15.  See here for the full schedule.  Free with museum admission.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 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)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  Runs until August 18.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16.  Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more!  See here for the full schedule.  Free with museum admission.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 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)
  • 3pm-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market has everything from local food to petting zoos, live music, and games for kids.  413-232-4600.  Harris Street.  West Stockbridge, MA.  MARKET/SALE
  • 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.  $
  • 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)
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Every Thursday until the end of August, there will be free concerts in Williamsburg’s Angel Park.  There will be many different musicians and the schedule can be found here.  413-575-9707.  Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow.  Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences.  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Huntington’s summer concert series begins on July 11th and runs throughout the months of July and August.  Musical styles include rock, pop, blues, country, jazz, and more!  Baked goods will be available for purchase.  Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy live music and quality time with family.  Route 20 & Route 112.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday & Thursday 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)

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

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

11am – STORYTIME/ARTS AND CRAFTS: The Sunderland Public Library is offering a story and craft time for kids ages 3-6.  Kids can come hear a story while doing an arts and crafts project.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

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.

3pm-5pm - IMPROV COMEDY: Learn about improv comedy and games with the Easthampton High School Improv Club at the Emily Williston Memorial Library.  For kids 12 and up.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

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.

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)

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)

6pm-8pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn all about fishing at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Jim Lagacy of Mass Wildlife.  Poles and bait will be provided, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and an interest in fishing.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.

6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Arts in the Park Summer Concert Series happens at Millside Park. Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family, and enjoy an evening of live music outdoors on a Friday evening! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

8:35pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is screening Despicable Me 2 (PG) and, after that, Man of Steel (PG-13).  Spend time watching movies with family in a classic setting.  603-239-4054.  981 Northfield Road.  Northfield, NH.  $-$$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 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)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged children can come to the Stockbridge Library for their weekly outdoor storytime featuring songs, stories, and summer activities.  Storytime runs through August.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-8pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center has extended their summer hours until 8pm.  The Center is a great place to learn about the history and ecology of the Connecticut River watershed.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio!  Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio.  Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people.  Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England.  Runs until August 18.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16.  Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more!  See here for the full schedule.  Free with museum admission.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$
  • 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)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow.  Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences.  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

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