Suggested Events for July 27th-August 2nd, 2013

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Western Massachusetts’ very own Oxbow Water Ski Show Team host the 29th Annual Eastern Region Ski Show Tournament this weekend in Northampton on the Connecticut River. Sunday is the day to go! Four teams put on an hour show each starting at 9am. Great family fun! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Weekend of July 27th & 28th in Hampshire CountyWATER SKI SHOW: Did you know Western MA has it’s very own water ski show team?  The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team, established over 30 years ago, is hosting the annual Eastern Region Water Ski Show Tournament this weekend. Four teams from New England come together to compete, each putting on a one hour water ski show the whole family will enjoy!  Saturday are individual acts, including Swivel, Adagio Doubles, Freestyle Jump, and Team Jump. On Sunday (the day to go!) each team will put on a one-hour show starting at 9am including barefooting, swivel skiing, jumping, ballet lines, doubles, and of course the impressive human pyramids, 3-4 people high!  Where else are you going to see something like this outside of Florida? BYO blanket & chairs. 413-626-1913. Oxbow Marina. 100 Old Springfield Road. Northampton, MA (FREE, >$ PARKING)

Hilltown Families and the Berkshire Theatre Group have partnered up to offer a free family 4-pack of tickets to see the Group’s Acting Apprentice Co. performance of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” in Stockbridge at The Ellenoff Stage on Saturday, August 3rd at 11am!

Saturday, July 27th in Franklin County from 12noon-12midnight – MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Upper Valley Music Festival returns for its third year in Turners Falls.  The Festival features live music and is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Franklin County Relay for Life.  There are several venues around town, but the main stage is the Shea Theatre.  See here for more information, including the full schedule.  Kids under 12 get in for free.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  $

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

Saturday, July 27th in Hampden County from 2pm & 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland.  Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves!  Registration is recommended.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  $

BULLETIN BOARD

Jul 27th

Starlight Youth Theatre is excited to announce their summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat featuring Starlight Alumni, friends, teens & the talented youth chorus. This hilarious show by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice tells the story of the trials and triumphs of Jacob’s favorite son which is told entirely in song blending 50s Rock-n-Roll, Country Western, Calypso & Pop. The shows are at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Saturday July 27th at 2pm & 7pm. Tickets are available online – Academyofmusictheatre.tix.com, at the Academy box office or by phone 413-584-9032. For more info, visit: starlights-youth-theatre.com. Starlight’s summer shows are a special treat for the whole family – come join the fun!

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

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.

Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to an Expeditionary Learning School in September. This cutting-edge program transforms a traditional classroom environment into a vibrant learning community where students are authentically engaged, energized, focused, challenged, and having fun! The program’s successful, ground-breaking strategies are project based, hands-on, creative and authentic — with proven academic results for students in reading, numeracy, research, writing, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. School choice openings are now available in grades Pre-K through five. For more information, call Berkshire Trail Elementary School at 413-634-5327 or visit online.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 27th—August 2nd, 2013

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

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

9am-3pm – SPORTS: The 29th annual Eastern Region Ski Show Tournament takes place at the Oxbow Sports Center July 27 and July 28.  Saturday is the individual act competition and Sunday is the team competition.  The tournament is exciting to watch and may teach you about a sport you don’t know too much about!  100 Old Springfield Road.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)/>$

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

9am-5pm – 4-H FAIR: The Hampden County 4-H and Youth Fair is back for its 60th year!  Come by the Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex for steer, sheep, poultry, dog, goat, rabbit, and beef shows, as well as raffles, a fun run, a 60th anniversary celebration, and more!  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-10:30am –  ENTOMOLOGY: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Butterfly 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.

10am & 7pm – MUSICAL: Ja’Duke presents “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. 413-863-9901. 110 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA ($)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ed Popielarczyk will enchant audiences at the Village Commons with magic, balloon shows, and family comedy.  He is known for his exciting live shows that entertain family members of all ages.  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, 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 – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

11am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Stop by the Forest Park Zoo to learn about the indigenous animal species of Massachusetts and Connecticut and what to do if you meet them in the wild!  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

11am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the Chesterfield Gorge and discover the creatures that live in and around the river with naturalist Aimee Gelinas and the Trustees of Reservations.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  The hike is easy and time will be spent in the river, so come prepared to get wet!  Please register.  413-684-2182.  River Road.  Chesterfield, MA.  >$

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

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

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

12noon-2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Transition Northfield’s third annual Community Picnic is here!  Stop by Kiwanis Park for grilled food, ice cream, watermelon, games, live music, and more.  Dickinson Memorial Library’s summer reading celebration takes place at the Picnic and includes raffles, a treasure hunt, and more!  413-498-0027.  School Street.  Northfield, MA.  $

12noon-12midnight – MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Upper Valley Music Festival returns for its third year in Turners Falls.  The Festival features live music and is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Franklin County Relay for Life.  There are several venues around town, but the main stage is the Shea Theatre.  See here for more information, including the full schedule.  Kids under 12 get in for free.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  $

12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join Berkshire Museum staff in the aquarium and watch them feed some of the aquarium’s interesting residents.  This is a cool way to learn about what different animals eat!  Free with museum admission.  Happens every Saturday. 413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $

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

1pm-6pm - 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)

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

1pm - 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.  $$

2pm – STORYTIME: Children’s book author/illustrator Steve Light is doing a special storytime at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Light will read from his books Zephyr Takes Flight and Trains Go, in addition to reading one of his “Storybox Stories,” complete with props and characters.  There will also be a discussion with Light and a book signing following the reading.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

2pm & 7pm – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre’s summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat stars Starlight alumni, friends, teens, and youth.  The show features an exciting blend of musical styles and tells the trials and triumphs of Jacob’s favorite son.  Performance takes place at the Academy of Music Theatre.  Tickets available here.  413-584-9032 x105.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $$

3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/READING: The Caldecott Medal is awarded to distinguished picture books for children, and this year the Medal celebrates 75 years!  In honor of this, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art offers a tour of their exhibit, The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration, which includes dozens of high quality prints from books that have been awarded the Medal.  Guest curator and author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art, Barbara Elleman, will highlight Burton’s work and life and show a film on the Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator of The Little House.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

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

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

7:30pm – FILM STUDIES: Come see the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933; not rated) at Pothole Pictures.  The film is a comedy and satire on war, politics, and government bankruptcy.  It is best for adults and older students interested in film.  413-625-2896.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  >$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5pm-8pm – TASTE TESTING: Valley Free Radio is hosting a Local Beer & Wine Tasting with local brews, local food and live music performed by the Women’s Songwriter Collective.  Do something special for date night and enjoy great LOCAL food, drinks, and music while your community radio station.  Event takes place at the  Florence VFW.  Tickets can be purchased here.  413-584-1160.  18 Meadow Street.  Florence, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

6pm-8pm – LOCAL DINNER: Whole Foods Market in Hadley is celebrating their 25-year partnership with Enterprise Farm and the 20th anniversary of CISA.  In honor of these, they are hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner at Enterprise Farm, featuring lots of local food.  Celebrate local food on date night and go out for this very special dinner!  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  413-586-9932.  72 River Road.  Whately, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, July 28th, 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.

8am-2pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is hosting their second annual Biking for Buddies event.  Experienced cyclists are invited to do 10, 15, or 50 mile routes (register here, by 4pm on July 26).  Kids and non-cyclists are invited to a ride around the Northfield Mount Hermon School campus and can stick around for lunch.  This event supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and helps encourage intergenerational bonding, fundraising, and outdoor activities.  The ride begins and ends at Northfield Mount Hermon School.  413-772-0915.  1 Lamplighter Way.  Gill, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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-3pm – SPORTS: The 29th annual Eastern Region Ski Show Tournament takes place at the Oxbow Sports Center July 27 and July 28.  Saturday is the individual act competition and Sunday is the team competition (see Best Bets above).  The tournament is exciting to watch and may teach you about a sport you don’t know too much about, or even existed here in Western MA!  100 Old Springfield Road.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)/>$

10am-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: The 26th Annual Church on the Hill Fine Arts and Handmade Crafts Fair starts today and ends on Sunday July 28.  The Fair takes place at Lilac Park and features children’s activities, a luncheon, a pancake breakfast (Sunday only) and many different local artists and crafters selling their work.  From handmade soaps and lotions to sculptures, toys, and hand-blown glass, the Fair has an incredible selection of goods.  413-637-1001.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

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

1pm-1:30pm – ART HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about Commander Perry’s opening of Japan in the 19th century and how that influenced trade and life in the Springfield area.  This is a mini-tour that takes place at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.  Free with museum admission.  1-800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, 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-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join naturalist Lisa Provencher at the Bascom Lodge for an afternoon of bugs, bones, and birds.  Families and kids of all ages can go for a walk around Mt. Greylock exploring its flora and fauna while enjoying the mountain’s incredible views.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: In honor of the 2,500 residents that were displaced and the four towns that were flooded in order to create the Quabbin Reservoir 75 years ago, the Swift River Valley Historical Society is hosting an ice cream social and offering free admission to their museum.  Visitors can bring picnic food and blankets and lounge around the museum grounds while enjoying delicious local ice cream and recognizing an interesting bit of history.  978-544-6882.  40 Elm Street.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

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)

2pm & 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland.  Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves!  Registration is recommended.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  $

6pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: At the Bascom Lodge, Tomás Murmis will take visitors through the many different musical landscapes of South America, specifically Argentinian folk music.  This event is appropriate for all ages and is a great way to learn about music from other cultures.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

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

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

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

ART/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Art Picnic is a two-week community arts project intended to beautify Springfield, and it begins today at the Springfield Museums and runs until August 9.  Artists and art students will design and decorate picnic tables to be placed around Springfield.  Visitors to the Museums can see the project in action and learn about this interesting and fun community service project, as well as learn about how artists work and the process of art-making.  The tables will be unveiled at a community picnic at the Museums on August 10 from 11am-2pm.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.

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

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

3:15pm & 7pm - FILM STUDIES: Directed by Jem Cohen, the film Museum Hours is the story of a museum guard who befriends a visitor to the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna.  The film follows them through crossroads in their lives and leads them to explore.  This event is best for adults and older students interested in film studies.  It screens at the Berkshire Museum.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $

6:30pm – PARANORMAL: Join Rob Goff of Agawam Paranormal for Ghostology 101 at the Westhampton Public Library.  Learn the basics of ghost hunting and discover how you can become a ghost hunter yourself!  This event is for kids and teens.  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 performers are Jay Stryker and Jack Cavacco.  413-665-4683.  75 North Main Street.  South Deerfield, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

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

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)
  • 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 30th, 2013

10am – BIG RIG DAY: The Lilly Library is hosting Big Rig Day with the Northampton DPW. Kids can see construction equipment up close. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

10am - KIDS CONCERT: Kids and adults of all ages, come see Mister G perform at Look Park!  Mister G will play songs from his Grammy-nominated album, BUGS.  His musical styles include rock, ska, bluegrass, and more, and if a favorite of Hilltown Families!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  >$

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

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 –  MUSIC STUDIES: Learn about world drumming, songs, and stories at the Hatfield Public Library with renowned drummer Otha Day.  Day will facilitate a drum and rhythm circle at the Library.  All are welcome.  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)

1pm – CRAFTS/FOOD: Teens participating in the summer reading program can come make gummy worms in “dirt” desserts at the Forest Park Library.  This event is purely fun and teens will enjoy getting their hands dirty while making a tasty dessert.  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

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-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 – DANCE: The Floralia Children’s Company of the Huntington Dance Centre is putting on a youth dance performance at the North Hall Arts Festival.  The performance is a “Dance Collage” and will feature many different dance styles, including pointe, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and more.  413-667-5543.  40 Searle Road.  Huntington, MA.  DONATION

6pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Old fashioned ice cream social at the Lilly Library. Free book for everyone. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) 

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

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents Fran Liptak and Friends, who will be playing country and oldies tunes.  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 – GARDENING WORKSHOP: Are you interested in composting but don’t have the space outdoors?  Perhaps worm composting, or vermicomposting, is right for you!  Amy Donovan of Franklin County Solid Waste Management District will teach you how to create and maintain a worm bin, what worms are best, what to feed them, and how this compost can help your garden or houseplants.  This is a great way to learn about worms, improve your composting skills, and exercise your green thumb!  Event takes place at the Whately Library.  413-665-2170.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.

6:30pm - BIRDS OF PREY: Wingmasters, a local raptor rescue and rehabilitation group, will hold an educational raptor event at the Leverett Library.  Visitors will learn about owls, eagles, and others, and Wingmasters will bring several birds with them to the event.  This is an educational opportunity for the whole family that gives you the chance to see some of these exciting birds up close!  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.

7pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 12-17 can come to Jones Library for a summer reading craft night!  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

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 31st, 2013

10am – STORYTIME: Join Davis Bates at the Westhampton Public Library for a song and story celebration.  Bates will entertain the audience with musical stories about nature and family.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.

10am – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids in grades K-3.  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 – FAMILY MOVIE: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse has $1 movies for kids and adults, all rated G or PG.  This week’s movie is Rio.  Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie.  1-800-326-3264.  327 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  >$

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents King Kong, Jr., a production of King Kong with a twist for kids!  Performance takes place in the Smith College Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14.  413-585-3220.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

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

11am – GAMES: Join the Chesterfield Library at Chesterfield Town Hall for parachute games!  This event is related to the summer reading program.  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 magnets, jewelry and more from bottle caps.  Some materials will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own.  Registration is recommended.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  >$

1pm – KIDS PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse is performing a special kids summer reading show at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  There will be clowns, mimes, puppets, and music, sure to entertain kids of all ages!  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum.  The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance.  For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum!  The performance is for children 5 and up.  413-236-8888.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

4pm – CRAFTS/FOOD: Teens participating in the summer reading program can come make gummy worms in “dirt” desserts at the East Forest Park Library.  This event is purely fun and teens will enjoy getting their hands dirty while making a tasty dessert.  413-263-6836.  122 Island Pond Road.  Springfield, MA.

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

6pm – OUTDOOR FILM: Outdoor film series on the Amherst Town Common. Madagascar 3 will be screened for a relaxing evening on the lawn.  BYO dinner and blanket/chairs. Live music at 6pm. Film begins at 8:15pm. Town Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about how the Civil War impacted the northeast and how northerners felt about it at Storrowtown Village.  Meet townspeople and hear their opinions on the war, slavery, the current economy, and other topics.  You will also learn about the role women played in the war.  This exciting storytelling event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Due to mature subject matter, this event is only appropriate for older students and adults.  Registration is required.  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  $

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.

6pm-10:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/FAMILY MOVIE: On the Amherst Town Common you can hear music and then see a screening of Madagascar 3 (rated PG) at 8:15pm!  Bring the whole family and enjoy music and a family film.  413-259-3333.  South Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – SUMMER READING: It’s time to wrap up summer reading!  Come to the Pelham Library for a grand finale party and celebrate all the great books you’ve read this summer.  Bring your summer reading log and participate in games, enjoy treats, and maybe even win prizes!  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, 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: 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, August 1st, 2013

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10am – KIDS PERFORMANCE: Kids age 3 and up are invited to the West Springfield Public Library for a flea circus!  See these tiny fleas perform acrobatic stunts and wow you with their circus tricks.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents King Kong, Jr., a production of King Kong with a twist for kids!  Performance takes place in the Smith College Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14.  413-585-3220.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

10:30am-11:30am – BIRDS OF PREY: The Worthington Library is holding an educational birds of prey event with Tom Ricardi.  Ricardi will teach about different kinds of raptors and even bring some to the event.  This is a rare opportunity to see some of these magnificent birds up close!  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

11am – MAGIC: Learn the underground secrets of magic with magician Jim Snack.  This event is part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program and takes place at the Lenox Library.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, 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: Join Ed Popielarczyk for a balloon sculpting workshop at the West Springfield Public Library and learn to create balloon shapes and animals.  For ages 8 and up.  Please register in advance.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

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

3pm-4:30pm - FAMILY MOVIE: Stop by the Jones Library and continue to “Dig Into Reading” by seeing a special screening of The Land Before Time (Rated G)!  This classic kids movie follows a group of dinosaur friends on an adventure and is sure to entertain kids of all ages.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

3pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Make natural clay ornaments at the Bushnell Sage Library.  This event is part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program and teaches kids about clay and some of its uses.  413-229-7004.  48 Main Street.  Sheffield, MA.

5pm-8pm – ART: Connect art and culture at downtown Amherst’s Art Walk.  Learn about the many different works of art that can be seen around town, meet local artists, and explore galleries and shops.  Downtown.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm-6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for an a cappella evening with Quintessential, an all-men’s a cappella group.  They will perform Disney songs and others to go along with the Museum’s special exhibition, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic.”  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.

6pm – STORYTIME: Bring a favorite stuffed animal to this special storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum.  Kids ages 3-6 can come hear a story and do crafts with their stuffed animal friends.  Stuffed animals are invited to spend the night at the library for a “stuffed animal sleepover” and then be picked up Friday.  Registration is required.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Roland LaPierre, Charlie Conant with Maple Ridge, and Pat & Tex LaMountain Band.  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 - LAWN CONCERT:  Westhampton Public Library’s Field of Dreams summer concert series continues tonight with a performance by Acoustic Brew.  The group will perform bluegrass, classic rock, blues, swing, and country tunes.  Bring a picnic dinner and relax on the lawn behind the library while hearing great live music.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.

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)

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

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)
  • 2pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: Enjoy a tour of the Mission House’s Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and learn about their historical significance.  The tour is followed by croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm.  Every Thursday until September 26.  413-298-3239 x3013.  19 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm – HISTORY: Kids and their families are invited to tour Naumkeag and explore the Gilded Age Mansion’s many rooms through the eyes of those who lived there.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about this historical site!  Runs every Thursday until October 10.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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 – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy an outdoor concert for the whole family at the Florence Civic Center’s Music on the Porch event.  Bring a picnic, blankets, and chairs and enjoy live music with family and friends.  Every Thursday until August 29.  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Huntington’s summer concert series 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, August 2nd, 2013

10am – DANCE: Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for “Wiggles and Giggles,” a dance class for young kids.  All Stars Dance Center sponsors this event, which will introduce your child to the exciting world of dance.  Pre-registration is required.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – THEATER: It’s Free Fun Friday at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, brought to you by the Highland Street Foundation.  This day will be all about Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House children’s book series.  There will be a performance about the magic of reading (11am, 1pm), as well as arts and crafts activities, movement explorations, and Spanish-language activities throughout the day.  Free Fun Fridays offer a rare opportunity to participate in special events at museums across Massachusetts, and today’s event at Mahaiwe is no exception.  Bring the whole family and experience all the Center has to offer.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents King Kong, Jr., a production of King Kong with a twist for kids!  Performance takes place in the Smith College Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14.  413-585-3220.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

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.

11am & 1pm – PUPPET SHOW: CactusHead Puppets will perform Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  They will perform adaptations of classic animal stories like How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhino Got His Skin, and The Beginning of the Armadillos.  Call ahead or stop by the Museum to purchase tickets.  413-658-1126.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, 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.  $$

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum.  The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance.  For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum!  The performance is for children 5 and up.  413-236-8888.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

2:30pm-3:30pm – ART HISTORY: Norman Rockwell was one of the most well-known and prolific artists of the 20th Century.  He based many of his paintings on current events and relied heavily on the use of models for his works.  You can see some of these models as they discuss their experiences and Rockwell’s art at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Free with museum admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

3pm-4:30pm – GENEALOGY: Learn the basics of genealogy at the Wilbraham Public Library with Dave Robison.  He will teach you how to find records, find useful websites, create a pedigree chart, and more.  This series is appropriate for adults or older students interested in learning about genealogy.  This four-week series runs on 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, and 8/23.  Registration is required.  413-596-6141.  25 Crane Park Drive.  Wilbraham, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 91st Annual Littleville Fair starts today!  There will be rabbits and poultry, raffles, fair food, crafters, vendors, rides, games, a petting zoo, live music, and more!  Throughout the weekend, there will also be horse, oxen, and cattle shows, truck and tractor pulls, clowns, puppets, and loads of other great activities.  15 Kinnebrook Road.  Chester, MA.  $

5:30pm-7:30pm - JEWISH TRADITIONS: Rekindle Shabbat is an organization that aims to “support the joy of celebrating Shabbat together” in communities around Western Massachusetts.  In order to do so, they are hosting “Shabbat Under the Sky,” a family potluck picnic with a musical service and storytelling.  Open to everyone. Bring the whole family and enjoy a community-centered Shabbat dinner.  Event takes place at Groff Park in South Amherst (Route 116.) and  the Jewish Community Center Picnic Grove in Springfield ( 1160 Dickinson Street.).  413-439-1941.   (FREE)

8pm – PUPPET SHOW: Tonight a scruffy kid of no particular talents will be suddenly transformed by an accidental dose of a powerful elixir into Taliesin, an incredibly wise, amazingly strong hero able and willing to challenge a corrupt king for the good of all. This rousing rendition of an ancient Welsh myth is presented by the renowned Mettawee River Theater Company with a flourish of creative masks, imaginative puppets, several giants and an original dulcimer musical score. On the lawn. BYO chairs or blanket. 413-625-0306. Buckland-Shelburne School. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The City of Pittsfield is screening The Muppets 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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