Suggested Events for July 13th-19th, 2013

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

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Saturday, July 13th from 10am-4pm in Franklin CountyCOMMUNITY EVENT: Summerfest, the Greenfield Sidewalk Sales, is more than just about supporting local economic development… it’s also a terrific community building events and loads of fun for families!  Dance performances, dunking booth, hula hooping, pie eating, kids day at the farmers’ market, magic show, arts & crafts… lots of fun and a festive day with over 40 shops & vendors!  Happens both Friday & Saturday.  See brochure. Greenfield, MA (FREE/SALE)

Saturday, July 13th at 7:30pm in Berkshire CountyTHEATER: 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)

Sunday, July 14th from 11am-1pm in Hampden CountyNATURE STUDIES: Did you know that over 50% of the world’s plant and animal species can be found in rainforests?  These ecosystems are important to the earth for their unique characteristics and beneficial to humans for the natural resources they provide.  You can learn all about these incredible forests at Forest Park Zoo’s Rainforest Day!  Play rainforest games and meet animals that live there up close!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  $

Sunday, July 14th at 8pm in Hampshire CountyTHEATER: The Mettawee Theatre Company will perform Taliesin, based on a medieval Welsh tale.  The play features giant figures, masks, and puppets.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this imaginative and exciting performance.  This is part of the Ko Festival of Performance at Amherst College.  The performance takes place on the Observatory Lawn.  413-542-3750.  Snell Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

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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.

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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.

Culinary Arts & Local Food: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is hosting an opportunity for kids who like to cook: submit your favorite recipe using local ingredients,& your recipe could be featured in an upcoming cookbook! CISA has partnered with local cookbook author Deanna Cook, whose cookbook for kids is scheduled to be published by Storey Publishing in fall 2014. Recipes eligible for the recipe contest should prominently feature seasonal, locally-grown foods. Youth of all ages are invited to participate. Parents are encouraged to help with ideas, skills beyond the age of the lead chef, & writing up recipes, but recipes should be kid-driven & kid-friendly. CISA will also feature appropriate recipes at www.buylocalfood.org.


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July 13th-19th, 2013

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Saturday, July 13th, 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. – Firefighter Episode with Guest DJ, John Joyce of Poochamungas.  - 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.

6am-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is Rowe’s annual Old Home Day!  Join the town for a pancake breakfast, trout fishing derby, parade, classic car exhibit, games, food vendors, historical society exhibits, live music, fireworks, and more!  The full schedule and price information can be found here.  413-339-5520.  Town Common.  Rowe, MA.

9am-6pm – BOOK SALE: The Stockbridge Library’s annual book sale features thousands of used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs.  Let your kids pick out titles they might find exciting to read in the children’s literature section, find the perfect resource book on growing a vegetable garden in the gardening section, or summer reading in the adult fiction section! Proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library and the Historical Museum and Archives.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  MARKET/SALE

9:30am-11:30am – PLANT STUDIES: Discover wildflowers, shrubs, and trees and learn about their traditional lore at Northfield Mountain with naturalist Kim Noyes.  Noyes will share stories about these plants and how they have been used by Native Americans, colonists, and in the present day.  Demon chaser, quaker rouge, and magic water are some of the names that these plants have been given.  Learn the origins of the names and the historical uses of the plants while enjoying a fun walk around Northfield Mountain.  Best for kids 10 and up.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, 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-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.  $$

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)

10am-4pm – COMMUNITY EVENT: Summerfest, the Greenfield Sidewalk Sales, is more than just about supporting local economic development… it’s also a terrific community building events and loads of fun for families!  Dance performances, dunking booth, hula hooping, pie eating, kids day at the farmers’ market, magic show, arts & crafts… lots of fun and a festive day with over 40 shops & vendors!  Happens both Friday & Saturday.  See brochure. Greenfield, MA (FREE/SALE)

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.  $

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE:  Roger Tincknell will perform songs and play games at the Village Commons!  People of all ages will enjoy this performance that features guitar and a variety of vocal styles, including yodeling.  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follow the class.  Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts!  Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

10:30am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Kids can do some hands-on learning about the watershed in which they live at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Aquatic Life is the theme of today’s Watershed Investigators program, an event designed for kids ages 2-5 (though all ages are welcome) including games, stories, explorations, and other fun learning activities.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Mo Willems has been making children’s books for ten years, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is celebrating this through their exhibit “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems.”  In addition to the exhibit, the Carle will have a full day of Willems-related activities, including screenings, signings, storytime, and more!  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

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.  $

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)

1pm-4pm – HISTORY/CIRCUS: It’s Circus Time at the Emily Dickinson Museum!  The Emily Dickinson Museum presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus.”  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.  Best for kids ages 3-10.  413-542-2034.  280 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

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.

2pm & 7pm – SHAKESPEARE: 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. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA

2pm & 8pm – MUSICAL: 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.  $$$

4-8pm – ART WALK: The village of Shelburne Falls comes alive!  Follow the decorated shoes around town on a self directed Art Walk in a New England artisans village.  There will be open shops, galleries & restaurants. New exhibits, artist receptions, interactive art and demonstrations. Enjoy the Bridge of Flowers and Salmon Falls along the Deerfield River… even a trolley ride at the Trolley Museum and art making at the Art Garden (same building). Shelburne Falls, 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)

7pm – HISTORY/FILM: Ron Maxwell’s new Civil War era film Copperhead (PG-13) is screening at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.  The film follows an Upstate New York family during the Civil War.  Maxwell will be at the screening to answer questions and discuss the film.  He has directed two Civil War films before this – Gettysburg (PG) and Gods and Generals (PG-13).  Call ahead for tickets.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $

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)

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.

8pm – MUSICAL: 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.  $$$

8:30pm – 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.  $$

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 14th, 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.

8:30am-9:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature walk.  Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and cultural or industrial history.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, 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.

11am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Did you know that over 50% of the world’s plant and animal species can be found in rainforests?  These ecosystems are important to the earth for their unique characteristics and beneficial to humans for the natural resources they provide.  You can learn all about these incredible forests at Forest Park Zoo’s Rainforest Day!  Play rainforest games and meet animals that live there up close!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  $

1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Broad Brook Coalition needs help clearing Fitzgerald Lake of invasive water chestnut.  The Lake must be surveyed and the plants removed by hand.  This is a great way for older students to learn about nature, get excited about ecology, and help protect a local natural area.  You must bring your own personal flotation device.  See here for more information.  413-584-4176.  North Farms Road.  Florence, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

1pm-1:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the machining and metalworking industry in the Pioneer Valley and how it has changed through time at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.  From early foundries and gunsmiths to current manufacturing businesses, this mini-tour will cover many of the transformations the industry has gone through.  Free with museum admission.  1-800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES/CRAFTS: Magic Wings is an excellent retreat on a rainy day, or the perfect supplement to nature studies involving pollinators & butterflies.  Younger kids will enjoy their craft events that happen every Sunday afternoon through the end of August.  Pair it with a trip to see the Springfield Museums’ Amazing Butterflies exhibit and a review of our post Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science for a well-rounded educational experience for all ages. You might even be able to check out a free museum pass to both Magic Wings and the Springfield Museums from one of our local libraries. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($)

2pm – MUSICAL: 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.  $$$

2pm-4pm - LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is holding two open houses today!  The Buckland Historical Society Museum (20 Upper Street), which is in an old school house and now contains artifacts and town records, will be open to visitors.  The Wilder Homestead (129 Route 112) will also be open.  The Homestead has a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces, a 1779 English barn with an antique loom, and a shoemaker shop.  Visitors to the houses can learn about Colonial architecture and the history of Buckland by seeing the old houses and examining the documents and collections in the Museums.  413-625-9763.  Buckland, MA. (FREE)

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)

4pm – CONCERT: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for a special concert for their friends and volunteers.  Moonshine Holler will perform old-time Appalachian ballads and blues.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA. (FREE)

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 Ghostbusters. 413-458-5612.  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – THEATER: The Mettawee Theatre Company will perform Taliesin, based on a medieval Welsh tale.  The play features giant figures, masks, and puppets.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this imaginative and exciting performance.  This is part of the Ko Festival of Performance at Amherst College.  The performance takes place on the Observatory Lawn.  413-542-3750.  Snell Street.  Amherst, 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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Monday, July 15th, 2013

10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  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-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: This week is National Zookeeper Week!  Join the Forest Park Zoo as they celebrate their zookeepers.  There will be activities, talks, animal feedings, and more.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  $

6:30-7:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Wiggly Worms with Rachel Roberts at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library.  The class includes a story time with a featured book, multiple hands-on thematic art and science activity stations, and educational games about earthworms. Participants will look at the anatomy, life cycle, regeneration, and locomotion of earthworms, learning about the biological, chemical and physical benefits of earthworms, including vermiculture (look it up!).  413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA (FREE)

6:30pm - MUSIC STUDIES: Explore the “Ecology of Sound” with musician Ricardo Frota at the Westhampton Public Library.  Frota will play instruments made from recycled and found materials while teaching the sounds and rhythms of the rainforest.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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 Ashton Lutenegger.  413-665-4683.  75 North Main Street.  South Deerfield, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6:30pm: FOOD HISTORY: 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.  $$

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. $$-$$$
  • 6:30pm – FAMILY TIME: Family night at the Greenfield Public Library runs every Monday until August 5.  Held in the LeVanway Meeting Room.  Call for more information.  413-772-1544 x5.  402 Main Street.  Greenfield, 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 16th, 2013

10am & 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  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 – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Arr, matey!  It’s Pirate Day at the Hatfield Public Library!  Make a peg leg and eyepatch, decorate a treasure chest, and participate in a treasure hunt.  The library will provide maps which you will use to explore and search for hidden treasure.  This activity is part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, 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)

1pm-2:30pm – CRAFTS: Learn the art of felt-making at the Southwick Public Library!  Make your own piece of felt and create beads, ropes, and more.  For kids in 7th-12th grade.  Call ahead to sign up.  413-569-1221.  95 Feeding Hills Road.  Southwick, 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 8 and up, this week’s book/activity is papertoy monsters.  Come create your own monsters and creatures out of paper!  Registration is required by July 14th.  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 Funk in the Trunk.  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 The Neverending Story (PG).  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Did you know that the Pioneer Valley is rich in the history of the Underground Railroad? At the Edwards Library, learn more about this history with Steve Strimer who will talk about the different routes and locales of the URR in the region.  He will also  explore the connection between Southampton and Florence. Find out more about this rich history at the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History & Underground Railroad Studies. Then mark your calendars for a walking tour of the URR happening on Saturday, July 20th at 10am from the Sojourner Truth Statue in Florence. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents the Agawam Melody Band, who will be playing favorites from the ‘30s and ‘40s.  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)

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)

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)
  • 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
  • 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 17th, 2013

10am & 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  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 Mister G, who will perform kids songs on guitar.  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.

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

10:15am – PUPPET SHOW: The No Strings Marionette Company will present “The Treasure Hunt.”  The show will be held in Peskeompskut Park or the Carnegie Library, depending upon the weather. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

11am-12noon – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn the basics of upcycling at the Wistariahurst Museum!  The Museum is holding a craft workshop where kids can use paper to make their favorite toys, like boats, pinwheels, and more.  Registration is recommended.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  >$

12noon-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Want to learn more about your favorite zoo animals?  Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program is coming to Stanley Park!  Kids of all ages can get up close to the animals while learning about their native habitats, eating habits, and behavior.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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.

6pm – PAPER AIRPLANES: Kids 12 and under can participate in the Sunderland Public Library’s paper airplane contest!  Make a plane at home and bring it to the library to see how it flies.  Airplanes must be true paper airplanes – no cardboard, wood, plastic, wire, tape, clips, staples, etc. If they want to continue to experiment with paper airplane, bring them to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield every Thursday at 1pm as part of their PaperWorks exhibit to further supplement their interests and expanding their learning about basic principles of physics. 413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

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)

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)

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)

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-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.  $
  • 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 18th, 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 Holes (PG), a story about a boy and his family’s curse.  Based on the book by Louis Sachar.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: As part of the summer reading program, you can come learn about the many different creatures that live underground!  The West Springfield Public Library is hosting this “Curious Creatures” event.  Best for kids 4 and up.  You must pre-register.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

10:30am-12noon – PUPPETRY: Marmalade Productions will be presenting a shadow puppet workshop at the Worthington Library.  Kids will learn how to create their own shadow puppets and make their own fun.  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

11am & 2pm – THEATER: 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.  $$

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.

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)

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

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)

5:30pm – ART WALK: T3F, Third Thursday Turners Falls, a monthly arts, culture and downtown business night featuring art exhibits, open studios, musical performances, walking tours, theater, invited artisans and other attractions in the village is happening! July’s theme, “Music in the Air,” will feature live music all over town as a nod to the Upper Valley Music Fest and Green River Festival happening this month. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Pint-Size String Band with Michael Pattavina and Strawberry Afternoon.  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 – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents a special concert by the Massachusetts 215th Army National Guard Band.  This event will take place in the South Middle School Auditorium.  This exciting performance is a great opportunity to get the whole family together to enjoy music while having a picnic dinner.  413-568-2503.  30 West Silver Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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

7pm – SHAKESPEARE: 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. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA

7:30pm – HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Presented by author Elizabeth Pendergast Carlisle, “Writing Her Way to Salvation: the Role of the Pen in the Life of Elizabeth Porter Phelps” follows the life and diaries of a woman of the elite upper class in Hadley from the late-18th to early-19th century.  Phelps’ diaries are valuable tools for historians looking to learn about life as a wealthy woman in New England in earlier times.  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)

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)

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 19th, 2013

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)

11am & 2pm – THEATER: 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.  $$

2pm  - SHAKESPEARE: 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. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, 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)

6pm & 6:45pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Want to learn more about your favorite zoo animals?  Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program is coming to the Dickinson Memorial Library!  Kids of all ages can get up close to the animals while learning about their native habitats, eating habits, and behavior.  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)

7pm – SPORTS/BASEBALL: Watch the Red Sox square off with the Yankees live on the big screen at Sunderland Public Library!  The game will be broadcast outdoors in the garden and snacks will be available for purchase.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

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)

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The City of Pittsfield is screening Madagascar 3 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)

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-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.  $
  • 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-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.  $
  • 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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