Suggested Events for August 24th-30th, 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 Cummington Fair is a gem of an agricultural fair that happens every August in the heart of the Hilltowns. Mark Melhorn, Arjuna Greist and Piet Slaghekke all picked “The Biggest and Best Little Fair in the Country” for our Summer Bucket List!

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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.

Western Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs this Weekend and Next!

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. www.odysseybks.com

Begins Sep 4

The Center School‘s new pilot preschool has two openings available (start date, Sept 4) in Greenfield. One opening is full week, full time. The other slot is full day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classroom will have six children, aged two to five years. The lead teacher is Amy Jackson. Amy started at the Center School as an intern from Antioch University’s Masters in Education Program. In her time at the school she has served in classrooms, taught in the school’s Afterschool programs, run camps, and run a small daycare program for staff children. Amy is an extraordinarily warm-hearted, energetic, and nurturing teacher. For program information, please email info@centerschool.net or call 413-773-1700 ex1.

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.

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Tim May writes: “Organized adult pickup soccer game is being held every Monday evening @ 6pm until 7:30pm @ Pettingill Park, Main Street, Cummington. All skill levels welcome, friendly relaxed game with breaks for water. Mostly adults but skilled older kids welcome. Bring light and dark t-shirt. Contact Tim with questions: timothydavidmay@gmail.com. No fee. Will play even in wet weather unless pouring/thundering at kickoff. Many parents bring younger kids to play on nearby playground during games, however adult supervision there is not provided. Pass it on!”


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 24th-30th, 2013

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Saturday, August 24th, 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 Summer in the City Episode. Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz is the Guest DJ! Join her for Summer in the City, where you’ll hear a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! - 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.

7am-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 145th Cummington Fair continues today with live music, the Marvelous Mutts dog show, a roast beef dinner, oxen and antique tractor parade, oxen pulling, demolition derby, and more!  It continues on Sunday 8/25.  97 Fairground Road.  Cummington, MA.  $

9am-4:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Today is the Shelburne Grange Fair!  There will be a flea market, craft fair, corn husking competition, a performance by the Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, kids activities, a military band, barbecue food, a performance by Amandla Chorus, and more.  17 Little Mohawk Road.  Shelburne, MA. $

9am-5pm –TRANSPORTATION: The first annual Great New England Wings and Wheels show takes place at Westover Metropolitan Airport today and 8/25!  See both vintage and modern aircraft and cars!  Plenty of classic cars and historic planes will be on display for the whole family to see up close.  This is a great way to learn about the history of automobiles and airplanes and it will be fun to see these amazing machines in person.  There will be prizes, music, food, and more.  Children under 12 get in for free.  255 Padgette Street.  Chicopee, MA.  >$

9am-7pm - AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Ware Grange Fair continues today 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. $

9:30am-10:30am – 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.

9:30am-11am  HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Did you that the first female nature guides East of the Rockies worked at Mt. Tom State Reservation?  Come to Mt. Tom to hear about this fascinating history and to learn more about the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore summer wildflowers with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and naturalist Nancy Goodman at Podick Swamp in Amherst.  The walk will take you around the conservation area and explore the many different habitats presents.  You will get to see some late-season blooms and interesting natural areas.  The walk is part of the Center’s 50th Anniversary Field Walk Series.  This event is best for adults or older students interested in plants and nature.  413-256-6006.  Sunderland Road & Route 116.  Amherst, MA.  $$

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)

11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the North Amherst Library at the Mill River Park Pavilion and celebrate summer reading with Jay Mankita.  Summer reading participants and family members can come to the park and enjoy Jay’s exciting and educational music.  413-259-3099.  95 Montague Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, August 24th at 11am & 2pm – 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.  $$

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/CO-OPS: Celebrate co-operatives and Co-Cycle, a cross-country bicycle tour of co-ops, at Green Fields Market under the big tent.  There will be food samples, information tables, music by Pat and Tex LaMountain, raffles, kids activities, and more.  This is a great way to welcome the Co-Cycle crew back to the Valley while celebrating local co-operatives.  413-773-9567.  144 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.

12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges.  This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home.  413-684-0148.  554 Sloan Road.  Williamstown, MA.  $

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

12noon-5pm – LOCAL FOOD/FESTIVAL: The Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival is today!  The Festival kicks off with a 5k race – the “Tomato Trot” – and continues with guest chef demonstrations, a wild edibles workshop, flower arranging workshop, tomato canning workshop, live music, kids activities, food and craft vendors, and a tomato tasting event.  The Festival celebrates local organic farms and, of course, tomatoes!  Tomato Trot starts at 10:30am and you can register in advance or on location.  413-467-7645.  7 Carver Street.  Granby, MA.  >$

12noon-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is the 9th annual Uruguay Family Picnic at Hampton Ponds State Park.  There will be food, refreshments, games, sports, swimming, live entertainment, music, raffles, and more!  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  413-736-2288.  1048 North Road.  Westfield, MA.  $$

1pm – HIKING: Explore the Phelps Trail with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.  The Trail starts in Williamstown and connects with the Taconic Crest Trail.  The hike is a strenuous, four-mile hike with a 1,300-foot climb – you will walk through meadows, a pine grove, fern glades, and see interesting geologic features.  Meet in Dietze Interpretive Center, where you will carpool to the trailhead.  Due to the strenuous nature of the hike, it is best for adults or older students.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – ART: MASS MoCA invites families to a special event with artist Michael Oatman – Space… The Final Frontier?.  Oatman is responsible for the museum’s installation all utopias fell.  You can climb aboard the installation’s spaceship and make your own space gear for a trip to the moon.  Oatman will be there to answer questions, lead a discussion, and read from his children’s book, Tiny Pie.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $

1pm-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know the Great Falls Discovery Center because of their environmental programming in and around Turners Falls, but did you know they also focus on local history?  The Great Hall, located on the Discovery Center’s property, is an old machine shop from the town’s industrial days, but is now used for events, exhibits, and more.  Join the Discovery Center in learning all about the Great Hall’s history – hear and share stories about the Hall, learn about Turners Falls’ industrial history, and discover how historic preservation has affected the Hall.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Author David Rowinski and illustrator Dea Lenihan will read from their book The Open Pillow at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  They will share stories about the creation of the book and how words can inspire pictures, and vice versa.  A signing will follow the storytime.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

12:30pm - MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL MUSIC: Today is Tanglewood’s annual Family Concert!  The concert will be “Musical Storytelling” featuring a wind quintet.  There will also be pre-concert activities, including a composition exercise, crafts, and an instrument playground where kids can try out instruments.  This event is great for family members of all ages and offers a chance for kids and adults to experience the beautiful Tanglewood venue while learning about different types of music and instruments.  Concert starts at 2:30pm.  Please place ticket orders by phone to get free kids tickets.  888-266-1200.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  >$

3pm-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Listen to great live music from nine different bands, buy crafts and food from local vendors, see live entertainment, and have fun with your community at Great Barrington’s SummerFest!  Bring the whole family to this exciting event, where there will be activities for everyone.  413-528-4284.  Downtown.  Great Barrington, MA.

4pm-10pm – CARNIVAL: The St. Mary’s School Carnival features games, rides, food, and more, all to benefit the school.  It also runs on 8/22 and 8/23 from 6pm-10pm.  This annual carnival is great fun for the whole family.  413-243-1074.  Housatonic Street.  Lee, MA.  

6:30pm – MOVIE: See the movie Airplane! (1980; rated PG) with MASS MoCA at the Harriman-West Airport in North Adams!  The Airport offers great views of the Berkshires and the movie, a comedy classic, will be screened on the hangar.  There will be grilled food, ice cream, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, antique cars and planes, and balsa wood toy planes for the first 100 kids!  This unique event will be exciting for the whole family.  Tickets sold at the gate.  Gates open at 6:30pm, movie starts at 8pm.  413-662-2111.  836 State Road.  North Adams, MA.  $

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Sunday, August 25th, 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.

7am-8pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 145th Cummington Fair continues today with live music, the Marvelous Mutts dog show, a lawn tractor contest, the lumberjack championship, and much more!  97 Fairground Road.  Cummington, 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)

9am-3pm – TRANSPORTATION: North Adams’ Motorama event is back for its third year!  Streets will close so cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors, and more fill the streets.  Pedestrians can stroll around and look at all the different vehicles on display.  413-664-6180.  Main, Holden, & Eagle Streets.  North Adams, MA.

9am-5pm –TRANSPORTATION: The first annual Great New England Wings and Wheels show takes place at Westover Metropolitan Airport today and 8/25!  See both vintage and modern aircraft and cars!  Plenty of classic cars and historic planes will be on display for the whole family to see up close.  This is a great way to learn about the history of automobiles and airplanes and it will be fun to see these amazing machines in person.  There will be prizes, music, food, and more.  Children under 12 get in for free.  255 Padgette Street.  Chicopee, MA.  >$

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

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

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

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

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-11pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Mount Mineral Music Festival is a celebration of world music and roots reggae, featuring a bonfire, teepee, hammock village, magician, an African craft market, and live music from various performers.  The Festival is a benefit to raise money to plant organic non-GMO seeds in West Africa.  Kids 12 and under get in for free.  Tickets available online or at Wendell Country Store.  413-695-8024.  8 Mount Mineral Road.  Wendell, MA.  $-$$

3pm - LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES: The Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series concludes tonight with a special tribute to Lucy Terry Prince, an African American resident of Deerfield and poet known for her songwriting and storytelling.  The concert is titled, “The Black Man in Song” and features tenor Irwin Reese and pianist Julia Bady.  August 25th is also the anniversary of the 1746 Bar Fights, the last Indian raid to take place in Deerfield.  Prince’s only remaining poem chronicles the raid.  The concert celebrates Prince’s life and legacy through 18th-century songs and stories about Prince and the time period.  Older students interested in history or music would benefit from this program.  Takes place at the Memorial Hall Museum.  413-774-3768 x10.  8 Memorial Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

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

1pm-2:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Come to the Mt. Tom State Reservation to discover summer species around the park.  Bring clothes that can get muddy and come prepared to learn about the many different plants and animals that you can observe during the summer!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

2pm - CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Join the Odyssey Bookshop for the book release party for Ah Ha!, the newest book by children’s author/illustrator Jeff Mack.  The book tells the story of a frog who would like to have a relaxing day at the pond – but some things turn out not quite as Frog expected.  The book uses only the letters “a” and “h” – the story is told through “ahh”s, “ah ha”s, and “ha ha”s, making it a truly unique children’s book.  In order to celebrate the book’s release, Mack will be at the store to read from the book and sign copies.  There will also be a frog jumping contest and frog cake!  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.

7pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Plainfield Concerts at 7 presents an evening of American music, featuring pieces by Amy Beach, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin.  Recommended for adults and older students with audience skills and an interest in music studies.  413-634-5445.  356 West Main Street.  Plainfield, MA.  (FREE)

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 27th, 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)

4pm-9:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Celebrate the end of summer at “Transperformance XXIII: Beyond Bob” at Look Park’s Pines Theater.  This special concert features loads of local musicians covering many of the famous “Bob”s – Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Led Zeppelin (Robert Plant), Grateful Dead (Bob Weir), and so many more!  The full lineup and ticket information can be found here.  This concert is a great opportunity to hear many different types of music, including covers of classic tunes, while spending time with family and friends to bring this beautiful summer to a close.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  $

6:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Family Resource Center of Northern Berkshire is hosting a kindergarten storytime at the Cheshire Library!  Storytime will focus on kindergarten, and kids can ask questions, do art projects, and get new books.  Parents can get informational handouts.  This storytime is meant to get kindergarteners excited about school starting up.  413-663-6593.  23 Depot Street.  Cheshire, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents Cory and the Knightsmen Band, who will be playing some favorite 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 - 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 – 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 28th, 2013

7:30am-9am – COMMUNITY MEAL: The 47th Annual Community Breakfast will be held today in the Student Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst.  The breakfast is meant to encourage community members of all ages and backgrounds (students, business owners, residents, etc.) to interact with one another and meet newcomers.  The breakfast happens every year to signal the start of the academic year.  Tickets $7 in advance and $10 at door.  413-577-1101.  41 Campus Center Way.  Amherst, MA.  $

9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s newest reserve, Perry’s Peak Road Reserve (formerly Shaw Property).  Perry’s Peak is 139 acres of field and forest, adjacent to Sleepy Hollow Brook and with views of Yokun Ridge.  The hike is an easy 3-4 miles on grassy paths and roads and would be appropriate for adventurous kids and adults.  413-499-0596.  Perry’s Peak Road.  Richmond, 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 Earth.  Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie.  1-800-326-3264.  327 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  >$

1pm-3pm – GEOLOGY: Field Farm’s “disappearing stream” is a natural wonder of the Berkshires.  Join the Trustees of Reservations and learn how this stream manages to disappear and where it goes.  Geologist Dick Hamilton will teach about Field Farm’s karst geologic formations, which are shaped by bedrock dissolutions.  Why does this happen?  When did it happen?  These are among the many questions Hamilton will address on this moderate two mile hike.  413-458-3135.  554 Sloan Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

5pm-6:30pm – BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Join Crocker Farm School on the Amherst Town Common for a back to school celebration for students and community members.  Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live performances and police and fire department demonstrations, meet college athletes and mascots, and decorate school banners.  This event kicks of the school year in Amherst and will help get kids geared up for back to school!  Town Common.  Amherst, MA.

6pm-7pm – STORYTIME: The Family Resource Center of Northern Berkshire is hosting a kindergarten storytime at the Williamstown Library!  Storytime will focus on kindergarten, and kids can ask questions, do art projects, and get new books.  Parents can get informational handouts.  This storytime is meant to get kindergarteners excited about school starting up.  413-663-6593.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Learn about the history and nature of Mt. Greylock at Bascom Lodge with DCR Interpretive Ranger Alec Gillman.  Gillman will give a presentation covering the changes the mountain has gone through and how people reconciled their need to shape it and their desire to preserve its wilderness.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, 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.

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)
  • 6:30pm – 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 29th, 2013

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  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)
  • 6:30pm – 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 30th, 2013

ALL DAY – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Three County Fair is back this year, with tons of fun attractions!  There will be rides, games, a demolition derby, a petting zoo, live music, kids activities, jousting, magic, and more.  413-584-2237.  Fair Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

9:30am-11:30am – PALEONTOLOGY: Come to Mt. Tom State Reservation to learn all about the dinosaurs of the Connecticut River Valley!  Are you curious to know about their behavior, appearance, and eating habits?  This program will tell the story of dinosaurs in the Valley – you can even see some of their tracks!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Fun Friday at the Norman Rockwell Museum allows visitors to see the museum’s many exciting exhibits for free!  Their current exhibit, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic,” is an exciting exhibit for visitors of all ages, since it celebrates 75th anniversary of the Disney classic.  Free Fun Friday is open to all, so stop by the museum for a day of family fun!  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Explore The Mount on Free Fun Friday!  Enjoy their exhibits, learn about the mansion, estate, and grounds, and discover the property’s beautiful gardens.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-2:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn all about water at Mt. Tom State Reservation.  See how the water cycle works and learn how to understand water at Mt. Tom.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

3pm-9pm - AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Blandford Fair begins today and features exhibits, an art show and sale, an exhibit by the Blandford Historical Society, an organ concert, truck pulls, “Rosie’s Racing Pigs,” and more!  413-848-0995.  10 North Street.  Blandford, MA.  $

6pm-9pm – HIKING: Enjoy a beautiful sunset atop Crag Mountain and celebrate the end of summer with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on a sunset hike.  Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family (ages 9 and up), and enjoy this evening hike and everything the mountain has to offer, including summer plants and wildlife, as well as views of several states!  The hike is 3 miles and requires some scrambling up rocks.  Pre-registration is required.  Directions to meeting location will be given upon registration.  800-859-2960.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

10pm – FILM: Late Nights at Amherst Cinema begin tonight with a screening of The Room (2003; rated R).  The Room, directed by Tommy Wiseau, quickly became a cult classic after its release, and is widely recognized as the worst movie of all time – but don’t let this deter you!  It is a tragic love story that is truly weird and so bad it will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat.  Get tickets in advance here.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

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 – 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)

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