Suggested Events for August 17th-23rd, 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

The 9th annual Free Harvest Supper takes place on the Greenfield Town Common this Sunday evening, August 18th. Families can enjoy a bountiful, locally sourced (event the salt!) community meal!

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up this September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Thursday-Sunday, August 22nd-25th in the Heart of Western MA – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The annual and beloved Cummington Fair takes place all weekend! Opens at 4pm on Thurs/Fri, and 7am on Sat/Sun. Weekend highlights – along with the opportunity to learn about farming and farm animals, local industries, and agriculture – include antique tractor show, the lumberjack championship, Marvelous Mutts dog show, demolition derby, roast beef, spaghetti & turkey dinners, 4H sheep contest, along with midway rides, games. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 26

Ah Ha! Here is a party you won’t want to miss! Come to the Odyssey Bookshop on Monday, August 26th at 2pm to celebrate the release of Jeff Mack’s newest book, Ah Ha!. Join Odyssey staff for an afternoon of silliness, fun and lots of frogs! Jeff Mack will be reading and signing his book followed by games and yummy frog cake! Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will leave young readers guessing, laughing and on the edge of their seats. Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street at The Village Commons in South Hadley. 413-534-7307. http://www.odysseybks.com

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.

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
August 17th-23rd, 2013

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Saturday, August 17th, 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. This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) is our Superhero Episode. Guest DJ Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets plays songs about superheroes, both imaginary, and real. Superhero theme songs get mixed in with contemporary kindie music and classic rock about flying, and saving the day. Also, a story is read about a Super Dad! - 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.

8am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 86th Westfield Fair continues today!  There will be live music, a tractor pull, a horse show, a craft barn, and much more!  413-222-4067.  Russellville Road.  Westfield, MA.  >$

8am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Heath Fair continues today, with live music, bingo, tractor pulls, square dancing, animal shows, food, rides, kids’ activities, car shows, magic and more!  The fair runs from 8/16 to 8/18.  A full schedule can be found here.  9 Hosmer Road.  Heath, MA.  $

9am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join Mass Audubon and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a hike around Windsor, where three watersheds meet on the Berkshire Plateau.  See the springs and streams that feed the Westfield River and hike to the Housatonic River watershed.  The hike is five miles and moderate-to-difficult, so this event is only recommended for older students and adults.  Registration is required.  413-584-3009.  1515 Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.  $$

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

9am-4pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike up Mt. Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts.  The peak of Mt. Greylock offers spectacular views of New England and interesting plant communities, like a boreal forest – the only one in the state!  The hike is over eight miles and will take the whole day, so the event is recommended only for adults and older students.  413-499-0596.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.

9am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Berkshire County Youth Fair is a one-day agricultural fair run by youth for youth and is open to kids ages 5-18.  There will be exhibits, food, games, horses, live entertainment, and more!  Takes place at Berkshire County 4-H Fairgrounds.  413-448-8285.  Utility Drive.  Pittsfield, MA.

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: This weekend is Textile Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village!  This weekend celebrates 19th-century clothing and offers demonstrations knitting, dying, sewing, bonnet-making, crocheting, and more.  A full schedule can be found here.  Textile Weekend is a fun way to learn about 19th-century life in New England and about the many different ways people made a living and provided for their families.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $

10am – HISTORIC GARDEN: Learn about the 14th-16th century through the lens of gardening.  Tour the Massachusetts Renaissance Center’s 16th century kitchen garden and see what types of vegetable and herb would have been grown 500 years ago in England. 650 East Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA (FREE)

10am-11am – FIRE TRUCK WASH: Today is Hatfield’s first-ever Fire Truck Wash!  Kids 5 and under can come get close to fire trucks and wash them.  All you need to bring is a sponge and pail!  This is a fun way for kids to meet firefighters and get up close to some of their favorite trucks.  Takes place at School St. fire station.  Sponsored by the Collaborative for Educational Services Early Childhood Department.  413-586-4998 x 102.  School Street.  Hatfield, 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.  200 West Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12:30pm – FAMILY FUN: Today is an Open House and Family Fun Day at Camp Marion White, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.  There will be fun activities for girls and boys, including nature activities, arts and crafts, tours, and more.  There will be also be refreshments and snacks.  800-462-9100.  20 Swamp Road.  Richmond, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – 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)

10am-3pm – HISTORY/CELEBRATION: The New Marlborough Village Association celebrates Elihu Burritt Day at the Village Green.  In order to celebrate this famous philanthropist, who resided in New Marlborough in 1830, there will be a 5k run/walk, a jester, a juggler, kids crafts, and an antique car show.  The festivities continue from 5pm-7pm at the Firemen’s Pig Roast and Block Dance at the firehouse in Southfield village.  413-229-2785.  Hartsville-New Marlborough Road.  New Marlborough, MA.

10am-5pm – GLASSBLOWING: Rockland Glassworks is holding a Summer Open Studio!  This is a great chance to see glassblowing in action by watching demonstrations on how to make glass pendants, vases, marbles, and turtles sculptures.  Many of these pieces will be for sale at the studio.  413-687-1382.  17 North Leverett Road.  Montague, MA.  (FREE)

11am – ECONOMICS: Greenfield Savings Bank is hosting a financial education presentation for elementary school kids. 413-584-4441. 325 King Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

11am-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 8th annual Nostalgia Day happens in Palmer. BYO for live music, take a historic narrated horse drawn carriage ride, and enjoy food & beer vendors, games and famly fun. Take place at the Legion Field behind Converse Middle School. 413-283-3054. Converse Street. Palmer, MA

11am-8pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Celebrate Greek culture with St. George Greek Orthodox Church at Greek Fest 2013!  There will be Greek food and pastries, music, dancing, a boutique, raffles, a church tour, and more.  The festival continues on Sunday 8/18 from 12noon-6pm.  73 Bradford Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm- MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Are you interested in learning more about the Eric Carle Museum?  Chief Curator Nick Clark will give a gallery tour of their newest exhibition, Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at the Museum and learn more about the Mo Willems exhibit.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

1pm & 3pm –  PUPPETRY: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents Swimmy/Swimmer, a special performance by VT PuppeTree Theatre, based on the picture book Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  The show uses shadow puppets, animation, and projections and features the music of Debussy.  This show is a unique opportunity to see this classic tale brought to life with puppets and music.  Tickets are available in advance.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

1pm-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for a talk on the Grand Trunk Hotel, which stood right next to where the Center is today.  Built in 1872 and demolished in 1968, we must rely on old photographs and testimonials to learn about the Hotel, which played an important role in the Turners Falls of the past.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1-5pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. 413-212-8589. 67 East St. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

2pm-3pm – MUSIC: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents Stockbridge Sinfonia, the Berkshires’ intergenerational community orchestra.  Their performance at the Museum takes place on the Terrace and would be great for older students interested in music.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

3pm & 8pm – CONCERT: Mucca Pazza describe themselves as a “circus punk marching band” and they are known for their exciting and energetic live performances.  The group will perform at MASS MoCA all weekend and these performances are not to be missed!  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $$

3:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: Have you ever wanted to learn to sing?  The Kingman Tavern Museum is holding a shape-note singing school for all.  Shape-note singing originated in colonial New England and the texts used are from the early American Protestant church.  This type of singing exists not for performance, but for one’s own happiness and desire to sing with others.  The class will teach you this unique singing style, celebrate American history, and offer a chance to engage in an intergenerational activity.  Main Street.  Cummington, 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 (>$)

5pm-7pm – KINDERGARTEN READINESS: Are you or your child feeling nervous about kindergarten starting up this fall?  Come to the Berkshire Museum for “WeeMuse: Countdown to Kindergarten” to help you both prepare!  Children can ride on a school bus and practice packing their backpacks, spend time in model classrooms, and do activities that replicate the kindergarten experience.  Parents can ask Museum “teachers” any questions they may have about kindergarten registration, childhood development, etc.  This program is an excellent way to help kids and their families prepare for this exciting milestone.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm & 6:30pm – KINDERGARTEN READINESS/CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Museum, in partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum, presents a City Stage Co. performance of “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten.”  The show is perfect for soon-to-be kindergarteners and their families.  It follows D.W. of Arthur as her family and friends help her prepare for kindergarten.  Tickets are available starting at 5pm.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.

8pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: On Saturday, August 17th, the final event in the series will be a classical Middle Eastern music concert by Massachusetts-based Al-Layaali at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Al-Layaali’s mission is to ‘increase the awareness of Arabic music and culture through concerts, recordings, workshops and lectures and features musicians from four Arab countries; Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco’. The concert begins at 8pm, and will feature a pre-concert talk by the musicians at 7pm, focusing on the tradition of music in the Arab world. 42 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – 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, August 18th, 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-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 86th Westfield Fair continues today!  There will be live music, a tractor pull, a horse show, a craft barn, and much more!  413-222-4067.  Russellville Road.  Westfield, MA.  >$

8am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Heath Fair continues today, with live music, bingo, tractor pulls, square dancing, animal shows, food, rides, kids’ activities, car shows, magic and more!  The fair runs from 8/16 to 8/18.  A full schedule can be found here.  9 Hosmer Road.  Heath, MA.  $

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)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: This weekend is Textile Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village!  This weekend celebrates 19th-century clothing and offers demonstrations knitting, dying, sewing, bonnet-making, crocheting, and more.  A full schedule can be found here.  Textile Weekend is a fun way to learn about 19th-century life in New England and about the many different ways people made a living and provided for their families.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $

10:30am-6pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: The second annual Shelburne Center Music Fest to benefit the Arms Library features live music from a variety of local artists.  Jill Connolly, Strawberry Afternoon, Co-Op Jazz, Short Change, and many more will perform jazz, blues, folk, rock, bossa nova, and other musical styles for audience members.  Bring a blanket, chairs, and pack a potluck meal or lunch for yourself and enjoy this exciting live musical event and help raise money for the Library.  Water and desserts will be available for purchase at the show.  The event is free but donations are accepted and appreciated.  82 Shelburne Center Road.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  FREE/FUNDRAISER

Sunday, August 18th at 12noon & 3pm – CONCERT: Mucca Pazza describe themselves as a “circus punk marching band” and they are known for their exciting and energetic live performances.  The group will perform at MASS MoCA all weekend and these performances are not to be missed!  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $$

12noon-5pm - FUNDRAISER/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Today is the second annual Kane’s Krusade Cookout, a fundraiser for the non-profit.  Kane’s Krusade aims to educate people about misunderstood dogs, like those who are judged solely based on their breed.  They also assist families in caring for their dogs through C.A.R.E. (Canine Assistance, Resources, and Education) Kits.  The Cookout features face painting, a scavenger hunt, a chance to meet Lilly the Hero Pit Bull, food, raffles, music, and more.  Attendees can also donate dog food and toys to CARE Kits.  Kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.  73 Columbus Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  $

12noon-6pm - CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Celebrate Greek culture with St. George Greek Orthodox Church at Greek Fest 2013!  There will be Greek food and pastries, music, dancing, a boutique, raffles, a church tour, and more.  73 Bradford Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm & 3pm – KINDERGARTEN READINESS/CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Museum, in partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum, presents a City Stage Co. performance of “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten.”  The show is perfect for soon-to-be kindergarteners and their families.  It follows D.W. of Arthur as her family and friends help her prepare for kindergarten.  Tickets are available starting at 5pm.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.

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

2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

2:30-4:30 – INSECT STUDIES: For those (ages 8 and up) who want to learn more about insects, Project Native is holding an Advanced Bug Safari!  Participants will learn how to set several types of insect traps, explore different habitats, and learn all about native insects.  413-274-3433.  242 North Plain Road.  Housatonic, MA.

4:30-6:30pm – HARVEST SUPPER: The annual Free Harvest Supper takes place on the Greenfield Town Common!  The dinner brings together over 50 local farms and hundreds of volunteers in order to offer a delicious local community meal.  All are welcome to join in sharing this truly community celebration event, which features a bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays and a Really, Really Free Market. Guests are asked to bring their own place settings, so as to keep the event as waste-free as possible!  Live music this year includes Kevin Jones and iBand, Surprise Medley, and Harmaniacs. Greenfield, 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 (>$)

6pm – NATURE STUDIES/GEOLOGY: Ralph Brill, director of Project Pangaea, will give a talk on the International Appalachian Trail at Bascom Lodge.  Project Pangaea aims to connect the Appalachian Trail on several different continents.  The mountain range was connected during the time of Pangaea and the Project would “link” the trail to others throughout the world.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Joe Graveline, Barry Higgins, and Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves.  Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music.  50 Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5:30pm -COMMUNITY DINNER: The Shelburne Falls Iron Bridge Dinner is modeled after a community dinner in France and takes place on the Iron Bridge over the Deerfield River.  Diners have the chance to chat and meet new people while eating on the bridge and enjoying views of the River and the Bridge of Flowers.  The meal is provided by local restaurants and features many different types of food.  Purchase tickets in advance at the Village Information Center (75 Bridge Street) or over the phone.  413-625-2526.  The Iron Bridge.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  $$$

7pm – PERFORMANCE: Join Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a special evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of Free To Be… You and Me, the classic record/book/theater piece/TV special conceived by Marlo Thomas.  Thomas, along with Alan Alda and Letty Cottin Pogrebin, will be at Mahaiwe for a panel discussion on this iconic work, which challenges gender and racial stereotypes by empowering children.  Tickets are available in advance.  Proceeds benefit the Free To Be Foundation and Mahaiwe Education programs.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$+

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Monday, August 19th, 2013

4pm – FILM STUDIES/JEWISH STUDIES: The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is screening Hannah Arendt (2012; not rated), a biopic about the philosopher and writer of the same name.  The film follows Arendt from New York City to Jerusalem, where she covered the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi who fled Germany after World War II.  This film is best for adults or older students.  Screens at Lenox Memorial High School.  413-445-4872.  197 East Street.  Lenox, MA.

4:30pm – STORYTELLING: Parent’s Choice Award-Winning Japanese Story-teller Motoko will enchant children of every age with folk tales from her native country, leavened with music, mime and humor at the Goshen Library. Stories include, “Sumo Mice & Power Rice” and “Tales and Games from Japan.” 413-268-8236 x111. 42 Main Street (Route 9). Goshen, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Summer concert at the Hoxie Memorial Gazebo with TJ and the Peepers. 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 – MUSIC STUDIES: Plainfield Concerts at 7 presents Aventuras Latinas, an evening of Latin American music.  There will be music by many different composers and musicians, including Astor Piazzolla, H. Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera, Fred Hersch, Luiz Bonfa, and Rodrigo y Gabriela.  Recommended for adults and older students with an interest in music studies.  413-634-5445.  356 West Main Street.  Plainfield, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – FILM STUDIES/JEWISH STUDIES: The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is screening When Comedy Went to School (2013; not rated).  The film is a documentary about the birth and evolution of stand-up comedy.  This film is best for adults or older students.  Screens at Lenox Memorial High School.  413-445-4872.  197 East Street.  Lenox, MA.

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

  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, 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)
  • 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. >$
  • 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)
  • 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, August 20th, 2013

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 – 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)

12noon - ICE CREAM SOCIAL: To celebrate the end of summer and the end of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program, the Lenox Library is hosting an ice cream social for those who participated in the social!  Stop by the library for some final summer reading fun.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

12noon-12:30pm – YOGA: Do yoga at Naumkeag with their certified yoga instructor while enjoying the beautiful Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  No prior yoga experience necessary.  Free with admission.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $

2pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS/LANGUAGE ARTS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for Camp Odyssey!  This once-a-week camp features a weekly book and activities to go along with it.  Recommended for kids age 7 and up, this week’s book/activity is paper airplane making.  Create your own paper airplanes and see how they fly!  Registration is required by August 18th.  514-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  >$

5-7pm – LOCAL FOOD/FAMILY DINNER: Savor the abundance of local food grown right here in Western Mass! Already in it’s 10th year, CISA and fifty-two Local Hero restaurants will be paying tribute to the bountiful harvest as chefs highlight local menu items. As your family tastes delicious dishes from new restaurants and old favorites, explain the benefits of eating in season and purchasing locally sourced produce, meats and dairy. Check out the complete list of restaurants in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. ($-$$)

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents the Charlie Galvin Band, who will be playing soft rock 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)

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)

  • 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)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $11am & 2pm - MUSEeM 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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

10am – 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)

11am – GEOLOGY: Learn about rocks and handle specimens at the Chicopee Public Library with Jack Marcy.  Getting to handle interesting rocks is one way kids can learn to love geology!  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.

1pm – SPORTS: Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins, is coming to the East Longmeadow Public Library!  Join Blades for an afternoon of hockey stories, movies, and books.  You can even eat sno-cones, make a goalie mask, and participate in a raffle.  Best for ages 4-12.  Please sign up in advance.  413-525-5400 x1511.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.

1pm-2:30pm – INSECT STUDIES: 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.

2:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Monson Free Library is screening E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982; rated PG), the classic movie about a boy and his extraterrestrial friend.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.

4pm-7pm - LOCAL HISTORY/AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: 2013 marks the 232nd anniversary of Elizabeth Freeman’s famous court case, which helped lead to the end of slavery in Massachusetts.  As a slave, Freeman lived at the Ashley House in Sheffield.  She was among the first slaves to file a freedom suit, which she won, freeing her and recognizing all people as equal, effectively making slavery illegal.  Join the Trustees of Reservations for an Elizabeth Freeman Day celebration at Ashley House.  This annual celebration is open to all.  413-298-3239 x 3013.  117 Cooper Hill Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE)

5-7pm - LOCAL FOOD/FAMILY DINNER: Savor the abundance of local food grown right here in Western Mass! Already in it’s 10th year, CISA and fifty-two Local Hero restaurants will be paying tribute to the bountiful harvest as chefs highlight local menu items. As your family tastes delicious dishes from new restaurants and old favorites, explain the benefits of eating in season and purchasing locally sourced produce, meats and dairy. Check out the complete list of restaurants in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. ($-$$)

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.

7-9pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Protect the future of your children and the planet in your own community! The Northampton Community Energy 101 Forum invites local residents and business owners to join city leaders and discuss a sustainable future including energy efficiency, renewable energy and heating and cooling projects. The Forum provides participants the opportunity to share their idea for the development of a comprehensive, community-wide Clean Energy Roadmap. Northampton Senior Center. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

8:30pm-10:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Notchview at night with the Trustees of Reservations on a full moon hike.  You will learn about the summer moon and what the forest is like at night.  413-684-2182.  Route 9.  Windsor, 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center’s weekly playgroup for kids 5 and under at Pettinghill Park. Drop-in for stories, games, songs, and more. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am – KNITTING: Every Wednesday until the end of the summer, you can stop by Dickinson Memorial Library for an intergenerational knitting and/or other handiwork group. Young knitters can come and learn skills from older knitters and exercise creativity. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am - MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum and create art with your child (age 4 and up) at this weekly parent-child program. Wander the galleries, teach your child about art, and then make some of your own by collaborating with your child on an art piece! Runs every week through August 30. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  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)
  • 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 through Aug 24. 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 through Aug 28th. 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 22nd, 2013

10:30am-11:30am – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Worthington Library.  There will be music, games, and activities for kids.  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

11am – STORYTIME: Join the East Longmeadow Public Library for storytime, activities, and treats at Center Hill Park.  This week’s storytime is bug-themed.  413-525-5400 x1511.  35 School Street.  East Longmeadow, MA.

11am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: The Berkshire Museum presents Charlotte’s Web, performed by Berkshire Children’s Theater.  The play is a musical based on the novel by E.B. White and features a cast of young performers from the area.  Tickets available in advance.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$ [CANCELLED]

1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for a summer reading mime performance by Robert Rivest!  Rivest is a comic mime artist who will tell tales about pirates, paleontologists, and kids digging for buried treasure.  Audience members of all ages will also learn the basics of miming and how fun reading can be!  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm - ANIMAL STUDIES: Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Jones Library!  The Zoo in Forest Park’s “Zoo on the Go” program is coming to the library, along with some exciting animals.  There will also be games, prizes, and food.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

4pm-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 145th Cummington Fair begins today with an antique tractor pull, 4×4 truck pull, the Marvelous Mutts dog show, and much more!  It continues on Friday 8/23, Saturday 8/24, and Sunday 8/25.  97 Fairground Road.  Cummington, MA.  $

4:30pm-5:30pm – LEGOS: Kids of all ages can come to the Monson Free Library for playtime with Legos and Duplos!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.

5:30pm – LECTURE/CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents “The Horror and the Beauty: Folklore, Culture, and Children’s Literature with Maria Tartar.”  This lecture is all about fairy tales, how they have evolved, and where their themes are present (i.e. in television shows like True Blood or Game of Thrones).  Tartar will discuss how the stories have grown and changed across cultures and history.  This lecture is best for adults, educators and older students interested in literature – some of the television shows discussed contain mature content.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Stephanie Marshall and the Annual Band and the 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)

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)

  • 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-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 10am-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Springfield Science Museum have extended their Thursday hours until 7:30pm for the summer! The Blake House Cafe will also be open late. Discounted admission after 5pm. 1-800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story hour at the Hatfield Public Library includes stories, finger plays, games, music, and arts and crafts. Best for kids between ages 3 and 5, but siblings are welcome. This story hour runs through the summer. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 11am & 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)
  • 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. $
  • 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Explore Naumkeag at night every Thursday until the end of September!  These events feature live music, tours, speakers, a cash bar, and more.  413-298-8138.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, 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 through Aug 24. 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)

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

9:30am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Five dollar admission! August 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.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  (<$)

Friday, August 23rd from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Today is Free Fun Friday at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute!  Visitors to the museum can see all the exhibits and collections, as well as participate in special activities and purchase barbecue food 11:30am-2:30pm.  This opportunity is not to be missed!  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, August 23rd at 10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about reptiles and amphibians at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Family Friday event.  Reptile expert Tom Tyning will teach about the many different species that are native to the Berkshire region, and will even have a few for you to observe!  Meet in the Education Center.  Free with admission.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their parents can come to the Great Falls Discovery Center for Discovery Hour!  This week’s event is all about snakes.  Kids will learn about the different snake species in the area and explore the Center.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.

11am & 1:30pm - CHILDREN’S THEATER: The Berkshire Museum presents Charlotte’s Web, performed by Berkshire Children’s Theater.  The play is a musical based on the novel by E.B. White and features a cast of young performers from the area.  Tickets available in advance.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

4pm-9:30pm – FAIR: The 145th Cummington Fair continues today with a kids fun corner, women’s pulling contest, demolition derby, Marvelous Mutts dog show, and much more!  It continues on Saturday 8/24 and Sunday 8/25.  97 Fairground Road.  Cummington, MA.  $

5pm-8pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Ware Grange Fair begins tonight, with the exhibit hall opening to the public.  The fair continues on Saturday 8/24 with raffles, a penny sale, bake sale, and tag sale, a ham and baked beans supper, and a vegetable auction.  413-284-1135.  297 Belchertown Road.  Ware, 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)

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)

  • 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-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 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)
  • 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 through Aug 24. 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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