Suggested Events for July 20th-26th, 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 20th from 9am-5pm in the Pioneer ValleyCULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 20th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is taking place at Look Park!  There will be live music, animals, games, historical reenactments, demonstrations, activities, and more!  The festival is a fun way for families to celebrate and learn about Scottish history and culture while enjoying all the festival has to offer.  413-862-8095.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  $$

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

Saturday, July 20th from 12noon-10:30pm in the HilltownsPOETRY/HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate poet William Cullen Bryant at the Trustees of Reservations’ Bryant Day Celebration.  Discover the natural wonders of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, hear live music, read Bryant’s poems, do yoga, and participate in a moongazing activity.  These activities will help visitors connect with the Homestead and learn about the history and works of the man for whom it is named.  413-532-1631 x10.  207 Bryant Road.  Cummington, MA.  >$

Sunday, July 21st from 9am-3pm in the Pioneer ValleyLOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Celebrate Springfield history and industry at the Springfield Museums’ Indian Motorcycle Day.  Indian Motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield from 1901 to 1953, and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History has a collection of vintage Indian bikes.  See the classic motorcycles, browse vendor displays, hear a DJ play classic rock tunes, and see a motorcycle best of competition.  This is a fun way to learn about Springfield history while seeing beautiful vintage motorcycles.  413-263-6800 x304.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

BULLETIN BOARD

Sunnyside Child Care Center in Northampton, an award winning early education program, is moving to a new, larger space at 557 Easthampton Road. There are full and part-time openings for toddler and preschool aged children. 3, 4 and 5 day options for morning-only and full-days are available. For 38 years, Sunnyside has been serving the Northampton Community. Their new building offers large, bright classrooms and 8 acres of woodlands to explore. NAEYC Accredited. Call Susan Beemer, Director, at 413-585-2293. Visit their website at www.sunnysidekids.org.

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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!

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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.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 20th-26th, 2013

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Saturday, July 20th, 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. – Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin (a.k.a. Ranger Jeff) will take listeners on a musical tour of our national parks! Tune in and explore Mount Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, and even raft down the Colorado River through song and stories. - 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.

9am-11am – GEOLOGY: Kestrel Land Trust and the Trustees of Reservations are co-hosting a geology exploration of Little Tom Mountain and the Dinosaur Footprints.  The walk will be led by geologist Richard Little, who will teach about the fascinating geological history of the Connecticut River Valley and the glacial events that made it how it is today.  Please pre-register. If you want to further explore the geohistory of western Massachusetts, the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College has several displays featuring the zones of geological history of the region, including the Valley and the mountains in the Berkshires (open late on Thursdays!). 413-549-1097.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Family Fun Day at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. The Berkshire Museum will be serving bicycle-powered lemonade and Berkshire Grown will have an interactive visual quiz on farming.  Kids can also stop by the market manager booth for free gently-used books.  Pick up some peaches while there and veggies for a local food family dinner tonight! 413-443-6501. First Street across from The Common.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)/MARKET

9am-5pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 20th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is taking place at Look Park!  There will be live music, animals, games, historical reenactments, demonstrations, activities, and more!  The festival is a fun way for families to celebrate and learn about Scottish history and culture while enjoying all the festival has to offer.  413-862-8095.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  $$

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

9:30am-12:30pm – INSECT STUDIES: Discover insects in the order Odonata, specifically dragonflies and damselflies, at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.  Learn how to distinguish between the two by knowing their field marks.  This is an introductory course, so it is appropriate for older students and adults with all levels of experience.  413-584-3009.  127 Combs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  $$

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: It’s Fire and Ice Day at Old Sturbridge Village!  Learn about the history of firefighting, enjoy ice cream, and help judge a chili contest.  There will be a demonstration of 19th-century hand-pump fire engines, a fire truck parade, an 18th-century ice cream-making demonstration, a scout’s muster, and more!  See website for full schedule of events.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am – LOCAL HISTORY: Would you like to learn more about the Underground Railroad in Western Massachusetts?  Join the David Ruggles Center for a walking tour of the UGRR, beginning in Florence by the Sojourner Truth statue.  Western Massachusetts played an important role in the UGRR, as several routes came together in Northampton.  Visit several sites around Florence on this walking tour and learn about the local history of the UGRR.  Park Street & Pine Street.  Florence, MA.

10am-11:30am – HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Did you know that the first female nature guides East of the Rockies worked at Mt. Tom State Reservation?  Come to Mt. Tom to hear about this fascinating history and to learn more about the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

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

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

10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore nature using the five senses at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary!  See, hear, touch, taste, and smell what Laughing Brook has to offer and learn how to safely utilize all five senses in nature.  For ages 4 and up.  Registration is required.  413-584-3009.  Main Street.  Hampden, MA.  >$

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.  Columbus Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Streams are home to a wide variety of often overlooked creatures.  By wading in and flipping rocks, netting fish and sorting through leaf packs, discoveries of remarkable critter can be found which can lead to a better understanding our waterways and habitats.  The Franklin Land Trust will be hosting an opportunity for families to explore these stream ecosystems at the Guyette Farm. Josh Morse will lead an exploration of woodland streams and the different aquatic insects that live in these habitats. Families with kids ages 6-12yo will learn how to interpret the health of our streams by the presence of these benthic invertebrates. RSVP 413-625-9151. Plainfield, 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.  $

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Based on Kevin O’Malley’s picture book, Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude follows two kids who set out to create their own fairy tale.  Paintbox Theatre’s production honors the story and adds their own twist to the tale.  Performance takes place in the Smith College Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14.  413-585-3220.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

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

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE:  Talking Hands Theater will perform a puppet show at the Village Commons.  The show will include rod, hand, and tabletop puppets and will engage the audience by including an interactive component.  Talking Hands’ puppet shows are humorous and educational, making them fun for all ages!  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-11:30am – STEM: Learn all about water turbines and the process of turning water into electricity at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center with Rachel Roberts.  Kids 8 and up can engage in science, technology, and engineering as they learn about simple machines through hands-on science activities and observation of Northfield Mountain’s water turbine.  Please call to pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

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

11am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join Mass Wildlife and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center aboard the Quinnetukut Riverboat for a scenic and educational cruise along the Connecticut River.  Learn about rare and important species that live in and around the River, how the River is important to migratory birds and fish, the Bald Eagle Restoration Project, and more.  The Connecticut River is an incredible learning resource and this is a great opportunity to get out on the River and ask any questions you may have.  Best for ages 8 and up.  Reservations are required.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  $

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

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

12noon-11pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual Green River Festival is here!  There is live music, food, craft vendors, hot air balloons, kids activities, and more.  The full lineup and schedule can be found on their website.  Adult tickets are $65-$75 per day, but kids 12 and under get in free!  The festival is 7/20 and 7/21.  One College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  $$$

12noon-1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Come to the Mt. Tom State Reservation to discover summer species around the park.  Bring clothes that can get muddy and come prepared to learn about the many different plants and animals that you can observe during the summer!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

12noon-10:30pm – POETRY/HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate poet William Cullen Bryant at the Trustees of Reservations’ Bryant Day Celebration.  Discover the natural wonders of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, hear live music, read Bryant’s poems, do yoga, and participate in a moongazing activity.  These activities will help visitors connect with the Homestead and learn about the history and works of the man for whom it is named.  413-532-1631 x10.  207 Bryant Road.  Cummington, MA.  >$

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

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

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

1:30pm – PUPPET SHOW: Kids can enjoy a special production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream just for them at the Dickinson Memorial Library.  Talking Hands Theater has adapted the classic Shakespeare play with language more accessible for children, while retaining the show’s humor and original beauty.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.

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 – 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.  $$$

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

5pm – MUSICAL: Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem: A Musical, takes place at The Kitchen Garden. Come see an original work of musical theater  featuring a full band.  Potluck after the show, bring a dish. 81 Rocky Hill Road. Hadley, MA (>$)

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

6:30pm – CELEBRATION: Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society present Cabaret Alive 2, an evening of music, dancing, and local food.  There will also be a cash bar.  All proceeds support Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society, so do something new for date night and support these two local organizations while having a great time!  Please purchase tickets in advance.  413-238-5593.  6 Williamsburg Road.  Worthington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, July 20th at 8pm – FULL MOON HIKE: Enjoy a night under the stars at Hilltop Orchards!  The orchard and winery will take guests on a 1-1.5 hour hike under the full moon.  A bonfire, wine tasting, and live entertainment will follow the hike – making for a fun and exciting evening outdoors!  Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register.  800-833-6274.  508 Canaan Road.  Richmond, MA.  ($)

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Sunday, July 21st, 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)

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

9am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Celebrate Springfield history and industry at the Springfield Museums’ Indian Motorcycle Day.  Indian Motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield from 1901 to 1953, and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History has a collection of vintage Indian bikes.  See the classic motorcycles, browse vendor displays, hear a DJ play classic rock tunes, and see a motorcycle best of competition.  This is a fun way to learn about Springfield history while seeing beautiful vintage motorcycles.  413-263-6800 x304.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

9:30am-11am – BIRD STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

12noon-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

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

12noon-7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/MUSIC: Celebrate modern Yiddish and klezmer music at Yidstock 2013: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, taking place at the Yiddish Book Center.  The festival runs from 7/18-7/21 and the full schedule can be found here.  Many different musical groups will perform and there will also be relevant and interesting lectures.  The Wholesale Klezmer band performs a family concert and 12noon today and kids 12 and under can come for free!  413-256-4900.  1021 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  $-$$$

12noon-8pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual Green River Festival is here!  There is live music, food, craft vendors, hot air balloons, kids activities, and more.  The full lineup and schedule can be found on their website.  Adult tickets are $65-$75 per day, but kids 12 and under get in free!  The festival is 7/20 and 7/21.  One College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  $$$

1pm – ART/STORYTIME: Children’s illustrator Pamela Zagarenski will lead a workshop in the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s studio.  Kids of all ages can come play a drawing-based game and learn how to bind their drawings into a booklet.  The activity continues at 2pm with a special storytime featuring Sleep Like a Tiger, which Zagarenski illustrated.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

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.  $$

1pm & 3pm – PUPPET SHOW: CactusHead Puppets will perform Little Red Riding Hood at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  They will tell this classic story using both hand and shadow puppets.  Call ahead or stop by the Museum to purchase tickets.  413-658-1126.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  >$

1pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center is holding a Habitat Highlights Museum Tour every half hour between 1pm and 3pm to teach visitors about the many different habitats along the Connecticut River.  In order to do so, museum staff will lead a guided tour of the Center’s many dioramas of bogs, estuaries, floodplains, and more.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-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 ($)

1pm-4pm - LOCAL HISTORY: Dive into the past at the Norwich Bridge Schoolhouse Museum open house!  Built around 1800, the schoolhouse can help visitors learn about how schools have changed over the past 200 years and what life was like for children in the past.  You can also explore the many artifacts housed at the museum.  Route 112 & Littleville Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MUSIC: Peter Blanchette, inventor of 11-string archguitar, will perform songs from the golden age of the European lute (15th to 18th century) at the Laurel Park tabernacle, sponsored by the Northampton Center for the Arts.  Music lovers and kids interested in music will enjoy this unique and exciting performance.  413-584-7327.  2 Laurel Park.  Northampton, MA.  >$

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

5pm - COMMUNITY DINNER/LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Historical Society’s Chicken BBQ happens at the library, followed by a lawn concert at 6:30pm.  Bring the family and have dinner together with your community, then lounge on the lawn as the sunsets, enjoying live music. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA ($/FREE)

5pm – MUSICAL: Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem: A Musical, takes place at The Kitchen Garden. Come see an original work of musical theater  featuring a full band.  Potluck after the show, bring a dish. 81 Rocky Hill Road. Hadley, MA (>$)

6:30pm-8:45pm – NATURE STUDIES: Both beginning and expert paddlers will enjoy this sunset/moonrise paddle at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.  Explore Barton Cove while learning about local wildlife, moon lore, and stories about the river from the past.  Free if you bring your own kayak.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  $$ for kayak rental

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 at Pettingill Field.  Main Street.  Cummington, 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 The Music Man.  413-458-5612.  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The Berkshire East Wind Turbine Festival is on July 27, from 10am to 12pm.  You can tour Berkshire East’s wind turbine and take a chairlift ride to the top – 277 feet up!  Learn about the construction and functions of the turbine while getting a close-up look at it.  Visitors to the Festival also have the opportunity to sign up for discounted zipline rides (age 8+; $65/person).  Admission to the festival is free, but tickets are required.  617-524-3950 x142.  66 S River Road.  Charlemont, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-11am – BIRD STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina.  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.  $

12noon-1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Summer concert at the Hoxie Memorial Gazebo with Old Country Road. BYO chairs, picnic dinner & family for an evening outdoors. Sponsored by the Whately LCC and the friends of the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, 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 The Other Brothers.  413-665-4683.  75 North Main Street.  South Deerfield, MA.

7:30pm – ART HISTORY: Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was born 150 years ago, and to celebrate, the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo, have created Munch 150, an onscreen tour of Munch’s work.  Munch 150 takes you behind the scenes of the exhibition to see how it was put together.  This once-in-a-lifetime show allows you to see Munch’s most famous works up close on the big screen.  Amherst Cinema is screening Munch 150 on 7/22 and 7/27.  Please buy tickets in advance.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, 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)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Greenfield Public Library features read-aloud, sing-along, and play-along fun for families!  Runs every Monday until August 5.  Held in the LeVanway Meeting Room.  413-772-1544 x5.  402 Main Street.  Greenfield, 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-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 23rd, 2013

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina.  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-4pm – HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is holding a four day program for kids in grades 3 through 8, titled “Life in 1825 Adams.”  The program runs from July 23 to July 26 and will include games, 19th-century technology, stories, hands-on learning, and more.  Call ASAP to register.  413-743-7121.  67 East Road.  Adams, MA.  $$$

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event!  Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.”  Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – NATURE STUDIES: Learn all about dirt at the Hatfield Public Library with Dr. Can-Do Science!  This workshop utilizes inquiry-based, hands-on science learning to teach kids about soil and what lies beneath our feet.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

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)

Tuesday, July 23rd  at 1pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in grades 5-8 can join the Stockbridge Library’s summer book group, Book Mates.  Participants will learn to think critically about books, share their thoughts via discussions, and do fun activities.  This is a great way to keep kids engaged in summer reading and teach them language arts skills by encouraging thoughtful discussion relating to books.  Please register in advance.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – YOGA: Kids and caregivers can come by the Westhampton Public Library for yoga!  This is a great chance to introduce kids to yoga.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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)

4pm-5pm – 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 – PUPPET SHOW: Kids of all ages are invited to a pirate puppet show at the Sunderland Public Library, performed by Sparky’s Puppets.  Help the pirate solve clues to find the hidden treasure!  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, 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 Incendio.  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)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: BYO picnic dinner and enjoy music on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center every Thursday through Aug 19th.  This week the Heritage Pops Orchestra performs. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents the Slick Pickers Band, who will be playing bluegrass songs.  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)

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: There will be a free talk by therapist Harry Remer at the Jones Library entitled, “From Acting Out to Tuning In: Building Emotional Awareness in Your School-age Son.”  The talk will focus on how parents can help their sons express feelings in healthy, meaningful ways.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, 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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Southern Franklin County Playgroup is happening at Sunderland Elementary School.  Stop by playgroup and meet other kids and parents while enjoying time with your child.  Every Tuesday until August 6.  1 Swampfield Drive.  Sunderland, 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 24th, 2013

10am – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-5.  Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention.  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Tiny Thumbelina.  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 – FAMILY MOVIE: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse has $1 movies for kids and adults, all rated G or PG.  This week’s movie is Oceans.  Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie.  1-800-326-3264.  327 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  >$

11am – PUPPET SHOW: Caravan Puppet Theatre is doing a summer reading puppet show at Chesterfield Town Hall.  They will entertain the audience with a puppet show relating to summer reading books and themes.  413-296-4735.  Main Road.  Chesterfield, 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 make their own kaleidoscopes.  Most materials are provided, but you must bring your own tube for the kaleidoscope, such as a paper towel tube.  Registration is recommended.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  >$

12noon-5pm – READING: School Library Journal presents “SummerTeen – Hot Books for Young Adults,” an online conference featuring popular young adult authors talking about their books in a panel format with a question and answer session.  Authors include Tamora Pierce, Elizabeth Wein, Paul Rudnick, and many more.  The Wilbraham Library is screening the event in their upstairs LOFT, but if you can’t make it, you can watch the event on your own online.  413-596-6141.  25 Crane Park Drive.  Wilbraham, MA.  (FREE)

2pm & 2:45pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Experience fascinating animals at Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” event at the Chicopee Public Library.  Kids of all ages can get up close to the animals while learning about their native habitats, eating habits, and behavior.  For kids 5 and up.  Registration is required.  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street.  Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

3pm – CRAFTS/FOOD: Teens participating in the summer reading program can come make gummy worms in “dirt” desserts at the Indian Orchard Library.  This event is purely fun and teens will enjoy getting their hands dirty while making a tasty dessert.  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)

3pm-5pm – ILLUSTRATION: Children’s book author/illustrator Jeff Mack is teaching a two-day workshop at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Kids ages 8-11 will learn the basics of creating their own picture book, including inventing characters, writing stories, and illustrating.  Space is limited, so you must register in advance.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $$$

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

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)

6:30pm – TRIVIA: The Pelham Library is holding a summer reading trivia night for kids!  Test your knowledge of books and characters and compete for prizes.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES: Wednesday Folk Traditions at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum presents Amandla, a 40-person community chorus advocating for freedom and justice all around the world.  Amandla sings in many different languages and styles, taking audience members all over the world through their music.  Performance takes place in the Sunken Garden.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  $

8pm – THEATER: Double Edge Theatre’s summer spectacle, Shahrazad, begins tonight.  The show is drawn from the tales of Arabian Nights and incorporates poetry, music, and visual arts.  Performances run until August 19.  Please see website for schedule, tickets, and more info.  413-628-0277.  948 Conway Road.  Ashfield, 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-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 – STORYTIME: The Arms Library is holding a Dig Into Reading storytime for kids, featuring stories, crafts, summer reading logs, and a snack.  Runs every Wednesday until August 14.  413-625-0306.  Main Street & Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, 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 25th, 2013

10am – PUPPET SHOW: Enjoy a puppet show about pirates with the Toe Jam Puppet Band at West Springfield Public Library!  This interactive performance will have kids singing and dancing along to pirate songs and stories.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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.  

10:15am & 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” comes to the Wilbraham Public Library with animals who dig to teach kids about these creatures while engaging them in the Dig Into Reading summer reading program!  Pre-registration is required.  413-596-6141.  25 Crane Park Drive.  Wilbraham, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Children’s musician Tom Seiling will perform “Howl at the Moon With a Ground-Dweller Tune” at the Worthington Library.  This exciting live performance is part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program.  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA. (FREE)

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

11am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Wistariahurst Museum will host a Tim Van Egmond storytelling event with the Holyoke Public Library.  Van Egmond will perform songs and stories all about gardens – what lives within them and what lies beneath.  This free family event is not to be missed!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

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

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.  $$

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

2pm – STORYTIME: Join author/illustrator Jeff Mack for a special storytime at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Mack will read his book Good News, Bad News and introduce his new book, The Things I Can Do.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

2pm-3pm – MUSIC: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for Earth Rhythms, an interactive music program that teaches about the environment through songs, stories, and information.  Audience members can participate through dancing and singing.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – CRAFTS/FOOD: Teens participating in the summer reading program can come make gummy worms in “dirt” desserts at the Brightwood Library.  This event is purely fun and teens will enjoy getting their hands dirty while making a tasty dessert.  413-263-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.

3pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 5-10, come to the Jones Library for a summer reading program crafts project!  The project focuses on gnomes and fairies.  This is a fun activity connected to the summer reading theme of “Dig Into Reading.”  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA. (FREE)

3pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Help decorate the Wheeler Memorial Library’s garden by designing and creating cement stepping stones!  You can decorate your stone however you like, and it will go on display in the garden.  Registration is required.  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Orlen & Gabriel, Russ Thomas, and Small Change.  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 Chris Piquette Band.  Bring the whole family and sit on the lawn while enjoying entertaining live music.  413-596-2712.  883 Tinkham Road.  Wilbraham, MA.

7pm – WATER SKIING: The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team puts on an hour show at the Oxbow marina.  See trick skiing, pyramids 3-4 people high, flips through the air, ballet line… all on the Connecticut River as the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team takes to the water and families take to the CT River Banks for a fast paced water ski show!

7:30pm – HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Presented by University of Maryland English professor Vincent Carretta, “Re-introducing Phillis Wheatley: A Genius in Bondage” follows the life of the first published African-American woman and the first published African-American poet.  Wheatley lived as a slave in Boston, where she was encouraged to pursue reading and writing.  Her poetry garnered much attention and she is an important historical figure whose writings have been studied ever since their first publication.  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 – MUSIC & MOVEMENT: The Carnegie Library hosts a weekly music and movement series with Tom Carroll & Laurie Davidson for young children of all ages & their caregivers every Thursday through August 29. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 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 26th, 2013

9am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, the Amelia Park Children’s Museum will have free admission today!  Visitors can explore the museum’s many exhibits, activities, and play spaces.  Please call for more information.  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-11am – PALEONTOLOGY: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation to learn about the Connecticut River Valley’s famous dinosaurs.  Hear about the presence of dinosaurs in the Valley and how to observe signs of them.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

9:30am-5pm – MUSEUM ADMISSION: Five dollar admission! June is an especially popular time to visit Old Sturbridge Village because summer activities are in full swing, with daily stagecoach and boat rides, interactive crafts, fishing in the Millpond and traditional games on the Common – old-fashioned “baseball” and tug-of-war, which was called “French and English” in the early 1800s.  In addition, the Village offers all of its signature craft demonstrations, and guests can see the printer, shoemaker, potter, blacksmith and “tinners” at work. OSV has 40 antique buildings, including three water-powered mills and a working farm. Visitors can meet the Village’s heritage breed animals, and tour one of its five gardens, which have heirloom herbs, vegetables, and flowers in bloom.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  (<$)

10am-11am – DANCE: Join All Stars Dance for a family fitness program at the Westfield Athenaeum.  The whole family is invited to learn about the importance of fitness and learn to love exercising through dance.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their parents can come to the Great Falls Discovery Center to learn about caterpillars, do crafts, and explore the natural world.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am-1pm – SPORTS: Cool off at the Smead Ice Arena’s public skate!  Open to kids and adults.  413-781-2599.  1780 Roosevelt Avenue.  Springfield, MA. ($)

12noon-1:30pm – WATER STUDIES: Discover the role of water at Mt. Tom State Reservation while exploring the park.  Learn about the property’s lakes and why they are important.   413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

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.  $$

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

6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Did you know that many of the buildings in Turners Falls were built using local bricks made from clay found along the banks of the Connecticut River?  Learn all about the interesting industrial and architectural history of Turners Falls with the Great Falls Discovery Center.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Collective Music Summer Concert Series happens every Friday at Pulaski Park through Aug. 30th.  Darlingside + Roosevelt Dime perform this week. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Laurel Park’s Chautauqua Weekend kicks off on July 26 with a Rise Up Singing sing-along.  It continues on July 27 with a cottage tour (>$/person), barbecue, dance performance, and live concert.  This event has been going on since the late 19th Century, making it an exciting, historically-relevant activity for people of all ages!  North King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

8:30pm:  OUTDOOR FAMILY FILM: The Princess Bride will be screened at the Northampton High School Football Field.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this family friendly film. Field opens at 7pm. Concessions for sale. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

8:30pm – OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE: The City of Pittsfield is screening Toy Story 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Kids up to age 8 can come to Northfield Mountain for a weekly playgroup with a nature theme.  There will be stories, activities, and more.  Runs until August 23.  978-544-5157.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, 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)
  • 6pm-8pm - LAWN CONCERT: The Northampton Summer Concert Series runs every Friday until August 30 in Pulaski Park.  Enjoy outdoor music and time with family while experiencing downtown Northampton.  See website for lineup and more information.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, 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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