Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2013

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of November. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events


North Berkshire

Adams | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

ADAMS

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

  • Jiminy Peak  — 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road.

LANESBOROUGH

MONTEREY

NORTH ADAMS

Friday, November 1st at 8pm – FILMMass MoCA will screen he New England premiere of A Birder’s Guide to Everything as part of the Williamstown Film Festival. Following in the tradition of films such as Stand By Me and The Sandlot, this Tribeca Film Festival audience favorite follows a group of friends as they set out on an adventure to find a bird that is thought to be extinct. Along the way they search for answers to universal teenage questions while coming to terms with recent loss in this heartfelt coming-of-age story. 413-662-2111. Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA ($)

Friday, November 15th from 4-9pm – TEENS/ART: The Summit… MASS MoCA and MCLA are bringing together artists, college students, museum staff and local teens for five hours of fun and brainstorming action, to talk about arts programming for young people. Berkshire teens ages 13-19 are invited to join in and brainstorm possible programs in visual and performing art and to create art themselves. Sign up in advance.  413-664-4481 ext. 8131. 49 Main Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 16th from 10am-2pm – MYO HOLIDAY GIFTS: Alchemy Initiative is hosting a holiday card printmaking workshop.  MYO holiday cards to send or give as a gift. Giving handmade during the holidays trumps anything made by machine or out of the area/country.  Handmade holiday cards YOU make says you care to take the time for those you care about. Each card is a one-of-a-kind work of art and made on a Vandercook lettterpress.  Come with your teen and have time well spent together while getting creative in the gallery. Call to register (limited space). 49 Main Street. North Adams, MA ($$$)

Saturday, November 23rd at 11:30am - KIDS CONCERT: Grammy-nominated Milkshake will perform at Mass MoCA. This rag-tag, fun-loving group of kid-centric troubadours brings a family-friendly show. Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, formerly of the indie rock band Love Riot, Milkshake has popped up everywhere from PBS KIDS to Nick Jr. to the Emmy Award-winning cartoon ToddWorld, amassing fans, young and old, with its catchy, kid-friendly songs and electrifying live show.  49 Main Street. North Adams, MA ($$) – Lisa Mathews of Milkshake was a guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show this past February with a Love & Social Consciousness Episode.  Check it out:  Playlist/VideoPodcast

Sunday, November 24th from 10am-2pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike along the Hoosac Range to the cliffs of Spruce Hill.  The hike offers beautiful views of the area, including Mt. Greylock.  It is a moderate, 4.5 mile hike on rocky terrain with significant elevation gain – this hike would be best for older teens and adults.  Directions and more information available here.  413-499-0596.  Route 2.  North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, November 27th at 5pm – TREE LIGHTING: Kick off the holidays at the North Adams Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays!  There will be live music by the Drury Band, a visit from Santa, and other holiday fun.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this beautiful display of lights.  Main Street.  North Adams, MA.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Fridays at 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show this evening.  You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188.  829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 3rd from 1pm – NATURAL HISTORY/HIKING: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a guided natural history hike at Pine Cobble.  This three-hour, moderately strenuous hike traverses the newest section of the Pine Cobble Trail, as well as some of the lesser-known parts of the property.  Those who attend will see rock ledges, Bear Spring, and two ancient shorelines, and will also learn all about the history and geology of the property!  This event would be best for older students and adults interested in hiking and natural history.  Sign-up is suggested.  413-458-2494.  Pine Cobble Road.  Williamstown, MA.

Monday, November 4th & 18th from 10am-11:30am - NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running 10/21-11/18 – no class 11/11.  The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration.  This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends.  A parent or guardian must accompany every two children.  You may sign up for one class, or for all.  More information can be found here.  Pre-registration is recommended.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  $

Tuesday, November 12th from 7pm-8:30pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you concerned that your child or teen may have anxiety?  Lynn Lyons, LICSW, presents “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” at Mt. Greylock Regional High School’s Meeting Room.  Lyons will speak about anxiety in kids and teens, how this affects them and their families, and parents and family can do to help.  413-458-9582.  1781 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, November 16th from 1pm-3pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn to cook popular holiday foods with instructor Leanne Yinger at Wild Oats Market.  This Holiday Cooking Class will teach you new skills and prepare you for the upcoming holiday season!  Best for older teens and adults.  Please register in advance.  413-458-8060.  320 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  $

Sunday, November 24th from 10am-2pm – HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET: The Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market features holiday ingredients and gifts from local farmers and artisans, and cooking classes for kids.  Support local agriculture and craftspeople this holiday season!  Takes place at Williams College Towne Field House.  413-528-0041.  Latham Street.  Williamstown, MA.

WINDSOR

Saturday, November 2nd from DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand?  Join the Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview!  Please call to pre-register.  413-532-1631 x10.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, November 5th & 19th from 9am-12:30pm; Sunday, November 17th from 11am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEER: Come work on the trails at Notchview today with the Trustees of Reservations.  You can help out with trail drainage structures, bridges, and trail surfacing work.  This fun volunteer opportunity would be best for adults or older students, as it requires physical labor.  413-684-0148.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, November 9th from 9am-2pm – 5K RUN: Kids and adults are invited to participate in the Capital Region Nordic Alliance Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail Fun Run at Notchview State Reservation.  There is a 5K and 10K run, open to both abled and differently-abled participants.  This is a great way to get outdoors during this beautiful time of year in Western Massachusetts.  More information is available here.  315-396-9967.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Discover the unique boreal forest ecology of Tamarack Hollow with Aimee Gelinas.  This forest, at 2,000-feet elevation, features interesting evergreen trees and plants, including balsam fir, red spruce, Christmas fern, and others.  In addition to discovering these unique boreal forest characteristics, you will get to see cellar holes from the 1800s!  This is a moderate, three-mile hike that is best for older students.  Please register in advance.  413-584-3009.  Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.  $$

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Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Hinsdale | Lee | Lenox | Pittsfield | Richmond | Stockbridge | Tyringham | Washington | West Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

BECKET

DALTON

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Saturday, November 2nd from 11am-12Noon – PUPPET SHOW: Spectrum Playhouse hosts a monthly Saturday children’s series, this  month featuring Dr. Marmalade’s Shadow Puppet Workshop. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA (>$)

Saturday, November 9th at 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening Monsters University (2013; rated G), the prequel to 2001’s Monster’s Inc.  This fun family movie is about two friendly monsters, Mike and Sully, and their experiences at Monsters University.  Good for all ages.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, November 10th from 3pm-4:30pm – CONCERT: Come see Eagles Brass Band at the Spectrum Playhouse!  This concert will help the whole family get ready for the holiday season, with traditional brass pieces as well as contemporary and pop arrangements.  A great chance to hear exciting music.  20 Franklin Street.  Lee, MA.  SUGGESTED DONATION >$

Saturday, November 16th from 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventures comes to the Spectrum Playhouse today!  Kids can enjoy masks, music, puppetry, and fun at this exciting performance.  413-394-5023.  20 Franklin Street.  Lee, MA.

Tuesday, November 19th from 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop.  The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Tuesday from 11/19 to 12/17 (five meetings).  The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup.  This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading!  Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session.  413-464-5095.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, November 30th from 11am-12noon – SING-A-LONG: The Lee Library is hosting “Sing-a-long with Old McJOHNald,” an event for families.  Reverend John McKinstry will play traditional folk songs, nursery rhymes, and lullabies on guitar and mountain dulcimer.  Celebrate music and singing with your family and community at this free event.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

LENOX

Saturday, November 9th from 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Observe birds and learn about bird banding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.  Sanctuary volunteers will demonstrate how to use mist nets and what information can be gathered through bird banding.  Visitors can come and go from the program as they wish.  Free with Sanctuary admission.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  >$

Thursday, November 14th from 7-8:30pm – FARMING: Keep Berkshires Farming Community Forum. Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall. 88 Walker St. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 16th from 4pm-7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Get a “Taste of the Berkshires” at Ventfort Hall this evening!  Enjoy food samples from the Berkshires’ finest restaurants and a glass of wine, on the house.  There will also be a cash bar.  Discover local restaurants and make new friends through this event.  Please buy tickets in advance.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  $$$

Sunday, November 17th from 4pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Today’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “The Glory Days of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Business: An Insider’s Perspective,” presented by Tom Werman.  Werman produced albums in the 1970s and ‘80s and is an expert on the subject.  He will discuss his rise in the record industry, some of the musical groups he worked with, and how he came to run the Stonover Bed and Breakfast in Lenox.  Best for older students interested in music.  413-637-2630.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

Thursday, November 21st at 6:30pm - THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: The 25th Annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare takes place from 11/21-11/24 at Shakespeare and Company.  This Festival features performances of many Shakespeare classics by local high schools in Western Massachusetts and nearby New York State.  The teens in these plays prepare and train for months in order to put on full-scale productions of plays like Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet.  More information, tickets, and a full schedule of performances can be found here.  413-637-3353.  70 Kemble Street.  Lenox, MA.  $$

Saturday, November 30th from 11am-3pm - HISTORY/HOLIDAYS: Celebrate the holidays at The Mount on 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14 at their “Backstairs” tours.  These tours, inspired by PBS’ Downton Abbey, will highlight the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed the house and property each summer.  Tours will be given at 12noon and 2pm.  Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy these tours.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  $

PITTSFIELD

Friday, November 1st from 5pm-7pm – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum is holding a WeeRead Pajama Party, where kids can come to the Museum in their pajamas for a night of reading and storytelling.  Each gallery will feature a different story and storyteller, and families can receive free copies of the books while supplies last.  This is an exciting storytime opportunity and a chance to explore the Museum.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, November 14th at 7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: “A Caregiver’s Guide for the Holidays” at Berkshire Athenaeum is a workshop for caregivers of seniors, presented by Bob Dean, director of Navigation for Caregivers.  This workshop is meant to help caregivers navigate stressful holiday situations and re-evaluate holiday expectations in order to make new traditions, if necessary.  Caring for an elderly family can be stressful, and this workshop is meant to assist caregivers during this important time of year.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, November 14th & Friday, November 15th at 7:30pm – THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: Taconic Theatre kicks off the Fall Festival of Shakespeare with a production of King Lear at the Taconic High School auditorium.  This Shakespearean tragedy would be best for students interested in theater or Shakespeare.  413-448-9634.  96 Valentine Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  $

Saturday, November 16th from 7pm-11pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a Thanksgiving themed ballroom dance with a free dance lesson!  Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music.  413-684-1510.  116 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

Friday, November 22nd at 12noon – EUROPEAN HISTORY/THEATRE:  The Women’s Action Movement (WAM) Theatre invites students ages 13 and up to its matinee showing of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson.  The play explores the accomplishments and reputation of Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749), who was one of Europe’s leading interpreters of modern physics and a master of mathematics and linguistics, as well as the wife of a Marquis who both embodied and challenged the expectations placed upon French nohttp://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=36059&action=editblewomen during the Age of Enlightenment.  In Emilie, the title character must defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy… and attempting to identify a formula that will convince the world of her worth.  A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Rite of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls.  The WAM Theatre has developed an extensive set of educational resources relating to the play; these resources and more information are available on their website.  518-243-9627.  36 Linden St.  Pittsfield, MA.  $-$$

Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum’s annual Festival of Trees kicks off today and runs until January 2.  This year’s theme is “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” and features trees that represent milestones from the past, the present, and the future.  This is a fun family-oriented holiday event that is ongoing through the holiday season, and is not to be missed!  More information available here.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, November 30th from 11am-12noon – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

Saturday, November 30th at 7pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: Celebrate Christmas early at the Colonial Theatre! Berkshire Theater Group presents Mary Verdi, a local singer-songwriter who annual performs for the holidays in the Berkshires. The show will feature a children’s and bell choir plus a full band for families to sing-along with to old holiday favorites  Families will love this special night of nostalgia and holiday music! Best for kids with audience skills. 413-997-4444. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 30th at 4pm – HISTORY/CULTURE: Make date night extra special and attend a Shaker Supper at Hancock Shaker Village!  Before dinner, there will be a guided tour led by costumed interpreters, a cider and cheese reception, dinner by candlelight, and Shaker music.  This event allows you to experience a traditional Shaker supper and get an introduction to Shaker life in Western Massachusetts.  Reservations are required.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$$

RICHMOND

STOCKBRIDGE

Friday, November 1st from 1pm-3pm; Saturday, November 16th from 10am-12noon – VOLUNTEER/GARDENING: Volunteer to help clean up Naumkeag this fall!  The Trustees of Reservations will need help clearing leaves and preparing the grounds for winter.  A great opportunity for families to volunteer together at a beautiful historic site.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesday, November 20th from  9am-11am – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Discover Ice Glen with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.  This property features outstanding views, an old growth forest, and more.  There will be three hikes – one easy, one moderated, and one strenuous.  You are welcome to join the BNRC for one or all of these hikes.  413-499-0596.  Park Street.  Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, November 23rd from 1pm-4pm – TRAINS: Celebrate trains at this special locomotive-themed family day at the Norman Rockwell Museum, inspired by their exhibition, Wendell Minor’s America.  There will artist and gallery talks, readings, hands-on art activities, music, and more.  Get excited for this event by checking out Hilltown Families’ post, “Railroads and Locomotives: Three Childrens Books About Trains.”  The event at the Norman Rockwell Museum is free with admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

Sunday, November 24th at 4pm – GOVERNMENT STUDIES: Donald L. Robinson, author of Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural New England, will be at the Stockbridge Library to discuss his book and review the history, pros, and cons of the town meeting form of local government.  He will also examine how democratic self-government functions in the modern context.  This event would be best for older students interested in government studies and U.S. history.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.

TYRINGHAM

  • Woven Roots Farm — 413-528-9697.

WASHINGTON

  • Washington Town Park — Route 8.

WEST STOCKBRIDGE


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South Berkshire

Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

GREAT BARRINGTON

Friday, November 1st from 6:30-8:30pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: The Great Barrington Historical Society will host a Haunted Hayride. Leaves the GBHS Wheeler House on Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (>$)

Sunday, November 3rd from 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents “World Blues,” a celebration of American blues music and its global influence.  This exciting performance features the Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown.  Music-lovers will enjoy this event, which brings these talented artists to the stage together for the first time.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$

Wednesday, November 6th from 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids and Molly Bea Ferioli present the workshop “Nutrition for Kids (and Families)” at the Community Health Programs, Inc. Campus.  Ferioli will discuss organic food, vitamins, food labels, healthy recipes, family meals, and more.  This workshop is great for parents who are looking for ways to encourage healthy habits for all family members.  Registration is appreciated.  Childcare available with registration (space is limited).  413-464-5095.  444 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, November 8th at 7pm – DANCE STUDIES: Hip Hop Theatre with Open Thought Productions at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This special performance will be the culmination of a five day joint school residency featuring students from Monument Valley Middle School, Mt. Everett Middle and High School, and Lee Middle and High School performing with the professional dancers from Open Thought Productions. Using music, dance, FreeStyle, Hip Hop and improvisational theater, the evening’s script will draw from the stories of the student participants, transforming them into the art of the theater for an empowering and memorable evening.   413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  >$

Saturday, November 9th from 10am-4pm – HANDCRAFT FAIR: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School invites community members to their 41st annual Holiday Handcraft Fair.  This is a creative way to welcome the holiday season, and features puppet shows, hayrides, candle dipping, carnival games, kid’s crafts, and tons of handmade items.  This event is meant to celebrate community, the holidays, and handmade gifts and treats.  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, November 9th at 6:30pm: FOOD HISTORY: Do you love food and the opera?  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents food historian Francine Segan, who will present her lecture “Opera Lover’s Cookbook.”  Segan will discuss the role of food in opera using film stills and snippets that illustrate memorable dining moments in opera.  This talk would be best for older students interested in food studies or opera.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$

Saturday, November 16th at 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Klezmatics, a Grammy Award-winning klezmer group, are performing at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight!  The group brought the revival of klezmer into the rock era, and will delight audiences with their exciting live performances.  This performance would also be suitable for older students.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$+

Thursday, November 21st at 7pm – CONCERT: “Warm Up the Winter: A Benefit for Local Fuel Assistance” takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight.  Several Berkshire musicians will perform at this concert, which benefits community members who seek help with fuel assistance during the cold winter months.  This is the 6th annual concert and it’s a great way to engage with your community, support community members in need, and spend time with the whole family for a good cause.  More information is available here.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $

Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-2pm – HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET: The Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market features holiday ingredients and gifts from local farmers and artisans.  Support local agriculture and craftspeople this holiday season!  Takes place at Monument Valley Middle School.  413-528-0041.  313 Monument Valley Road.  Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, November 25th from 10:15am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Mason Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop.  The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers.  It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities.  This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading!  This is a five week session and you must enroll for all five meetings.  Registration is required.  413-528-2403 x4.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

Tuesday, November 26th at 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/THANKSGIVING: Berkshire South Regional Community Center is holding a Community Thanks Supper.  Join together with friends, family, and community members to celebrate the Berkshires and all you are thankful for this season.  This event is free, but reservations are required.  413-528-2810 x10.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, November 29th at 6:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library is screening Monsters University (2013; rated G), about Mike and Sulley, the best friend duo from Monsters Inc.  The movie tells of their college years and all their adventures.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, November 30th at 4pm – FILM/MUSICAL: The longstanding Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tradition of screening The Wizard of Oz on Thanksgiving is on hiatus this year because Warner Brothers is canceling distribution in anticipation of the film’s upcoming 75th anniversary. In its place, the Mahaiwe will screen a 35mm film print of Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain (1952, rated G), starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. 413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $

Saturday, November 30th at 4pm – CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Berkshire Bach Players are holding a Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington.  All are welcome to come usher in the holidays and sign in this informal chorus.  You are welcome to bring your own score or borrow one at the Church.  This event would be best for older students interested in classical music.  413-528-9277.  251 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

HOUSATONIC

Thursday, November 28th at 6pm – CONCERT: Celebrate Thanksgiving at a special performance by Arlo Guthrie at the Guthrie Center!  The concert is a practice gig for Arlo and Guthrie Family’s 46th annual Carnegie Hall performance.  If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans and would like to hear some live music, see here for more information.  Tickets will go fast, so get yours ASAP!  413-528-1955.  2 Van Deusenville Road.  Housatonic, MA.

MONTEREY

Saturday, November 30th from 4pm-7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION/HISTORY: The Bidwell House Museum presents “Our Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving,” a fundraising party including hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, live music, and a silent auction.  Community members can come together to celebrate the harvest in Reverend Bidwell’s historic home from the 1750s.  Reservations are required.  413-528-6888.  100 Art School Road.  Monterey, MA.  $$$

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Saturday, November 16th from 10am-12noon – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is leading a hike through Thousand Acre Swamp, which is a New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust property.  The hike is easy and has very little elevation gain, making this a good activity for all ages and abilities.  Participants can see beautiful views and the remnants of an old mill.  413-499-0596.  Hotchkiss Road.  New Marlborough, MA.

  • Cookson State Forest  — Hotchkiss Road.
  • New Marlborough Library  — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Sunday, November 3rd from 9:30am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Today is the 4th annual Sheffield Kiwanis Harvest Brunch!  Community members of all ages are invited to this tasty community meal, featuring quiche, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, and homemade baked goods.  The meal raises funds for Community Enrichment and takes place at the American Legion Hall.  There will also be a raffle and gourmet nut sales.  This is a great way for the whole family to spend time with community members of all ages.  Route 7.  Sheffield, MA.  $

Thursday, November 7th, 14th & 21st from 9am-12noon – VOLUNTEER: Take part in the Trustees of Reservations’ Eco-Volunteers program today at Bartholomew’s Cobble!  Help monitor and care for the reserve’s trails, plants, and animals by volunteering.  A great way to get older kids involved in community service and volunteering projects.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE)

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