Berkshire Family Fun: August 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
August 2014

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of August. 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 info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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.

“We love that Hilltown Families keeps us updated on events in the larger area, in both the Berkshires and the Valley…We use the calendar section, the camp guide, the school guides, and much more.” – Caitlin Loverin (Pittsfield, MA)


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Family Resource Center, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., has a playground and park guide for northern Berkshire County. They also have a Playground Scavenger Hunt game families has participate in together while exploring the different playgrounds, parks and trails in and around northern Berkshire.

ADAMS

Saturday, August 2, 10am-8pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 3 at Bowe Field. The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, live entertainment, birds of prey demonstrations, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities. The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and the many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about. Old Columbia Street. Adams, MA.

Sunday, August 3, 8am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 3 at Bowe Field. The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, live entertainment, birds of prey demonstrations, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities. The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and the many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about. Old Columbia Street. Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 9th Annual Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow takes place August 9 and August 10 at Bowe Field at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. This is a celebration of American Indian music, dance, and culture, and features live music by Arvel Bird, a performance by the Aztec Dancers, other entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, storytelling, educational activities, and more. The whole family will enjoy this event dedicated to American Indian cultures. 413-443-2481. 1 Columbia Street. Adams, MA. >$

Sunday, August 10, 10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/FESTIVAL: The 9th Annual Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow takes place August 9 and August 10 at Bowe Field at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds. This is a celebration of American Indian music, dance, and culture, and features live music by Arvel Bird, a performance by the Aztec Dancers, other entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, storytelling, educational activities, and more. The whole family will enjoy this event dedicated to American Indian cultures. 413-443-2481. 1 Columbia Street. Adams, MA. >$

Tuesday, August 26, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm – BOOKS: The Family Resource Center Summer Book Mobile will be at Cheshire Elementary School (Cheshire, MA) at 1pm, at CT Plunkett Elementary School (Adams, MA) at 2pm, and at Emma L. Miller School (Savoy, MA) at 3pm. Kids can stop by for a free new or lightly used book. Families can discover new-to-them books at this great event. 413-664-4821. Berkshire County. (FREE)

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

Tuesday, August 26, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm – BOOKS: The Family Resource Center Summer Book Mobile will be at Cheshire Elementary School (Cheshire, MA) at 1pm, at CT Plunkett Elementary School (Adams, MA) at 2pm, and at Emma L. Miller School (Savoy, MA) at 3pm. Kids can stop by for a free new or lightly used book. Families can discover new-to-them books at this great event. 413-664-4821. Berkshire County. (FREE)

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Monday, August 25, 12:30pm & 1:30pm – BOOKS: The Family Resource Center Summer Book Mobile will be at Hancock Elementary School (3080 Hancock Road, Hancock, MA) at 12:30pm and at the New Ashford Town Hall Parking Lot (199 Mallery Road, New Ashford, MA) at 1:30pm. Kids can stop by for a free new or lightly used book. Families can discover new-to-them books at this great event. 413-664-4821. Berkshire County. (FREE)

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Wednesday, August 6, 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. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Constitution Hill. Explore this beautiful natural area and learn some Berkshire history! This easy hike takes place on wood roads and paths. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesborough, MA.

Sunday, August 17, 3pm – THEATER: Nutshell Playhouse will perform at Bascom Lodge on August 17. Kids will enjoy this fun puppet performance featuring original music, puppets, clownerie, and more. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 17, 6pm – CONCERT: Enjoy a performance by Moonshine Holler at Bascom Lodge. They will perform American southern roots music on fiddle, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, Hawaiian guitar, and other instruments. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 20, 6pm – CONCERT: Enjoy a performance by Bruce Mandel at Bascom Lodge. He will perform contemporary folk and Americana music. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.

Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.

Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Saturday, August 2, 4pm-7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate the Berkshire Summer School of Art at the Bidwell House Museum‘s Garden Party on August 2! Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music by the Plein Air Trio, see artists at work, and spend time having fun with friends. Tickets available in advance. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road. Monterey, MA. $$$

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Saturdays, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The North Adams Farmers’ Market opens through October 25. Come to the St. Anthony Municipal parking lot for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, flowers, and more! 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 2, 2pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Civil War’s Battle of Mobile Bay at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on August 2. Attendees can learn about this important battle, which took place 150 years ago, and how it resulted in a Union victory. Best for older students interested in history. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Friday, August 8, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert by Colour 9 with Paul DiLego at the North Adams Public Library! This is part of the library’s Music at the Mansion summer lawn concert series. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 2pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Atomic Age at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on August 9. Attendees can learn about this “war that never was.” Best for older students interested in history. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 9, 8:30pm – FILM STUDIES: Alloy Orchestra returns to MASS MoCA to perform a live score to He Who Gets Slapped (1924), a film about a scientist who loses his research and wife and then becomes a clown. Best for older students interested in film and music. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $$

Saturday, August 16, 2pm – HISTORY: Learn about and commemorate Fort Massachusetts at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on August 16. Best for older students interested in history. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, August 21, 11:30am-12:30pm – SWIMMING: Families can join the Family Resource Center for a beach day at Windsor Lake. Come have fun in the sun with friends! Tell the attendant that you are with the FRC and the parking fee will be waived. 413-664-4821. 10 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 22, 10am-11am – KINDERGARTEN READINESS: Families can come to an “I Rode the Bus” event at the Haskins Community Center. Incoming kindergarteners can ride a bus, learn school bus manners, participate in circle time, listen to a story about school, and do an art project. This is a great program to help get kids ready for kindergarten. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 22, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Pack a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert by Bernice Lewis at the North Adams Public Library! This is part of the library’s Music at the Mansion summer lawn concert series. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 23, 2pm – HISTORY: Learn about and commemorate the 120th anniversary of the B&M Freight House at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on August 23. Best for older students interested in history. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

Western Gateway Heritage State Park — 115 State Street, Building 4.

North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.

MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Saturdays, 10am – NATURE STUDIES: Come to Sheep Hill on Saturdays in August this summer for free drop-in nature programs with our summer interpretive naturalist, Maria Dunlavey! Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Come to watch the birds, catch pond critters, identify butterflies and wildflowers in the meadow, or explore the old farm buildings and the Dietze Interpretive Center. General schedule is for pond activities at 10am and meadow walk at 11am. Times and activities are flexible and subject to participant interest. The programs are free and open to the public. You can also check out their guided nature hikes to WRLF properties on most summer Saturday afternoons. For more information visit www.wrlf.org . 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 4, 10am-11:30am – SWIMMING: Families can join the Family Resource Center for a beach day at Margaret Lindley Park. Come have fun in the sun with friends! Tell the attendant that you are with the FRC and the parking fee will be waived. 413-664-4821. Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 7, 1:30pm – STEM: Professor Daniel Aalberts of the Williams College Physics Department will talk about his work and show some experiments at the Milne Public Library. This is a great chance for kids to learn about science and what scientists do. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 7, 8:30pm – INSECT STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is holding a Sounds of the Summer Night program at Sheep Hill on August 7. All ages can learn about amazing insects like katydids, grasshoppers, crickets, and other bugs that sing at night. Walk around Sheep Hill and learn about these insects and why they make night sounds. Rain date 8/14. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 8, 10am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Families can explore the Clark Art Institute for free this Friday thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series! This is a unique opportunity to explore this great local museum and its exhibitions. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 10:30am – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Saturday Morning Live family workshops are back for a third season! Kids ages 8-14 and their families can attend free, hands-on workshops that explore the artistic and technical aspects of the Festival. Please call for reservations. Takes place at Main Stage Lobby. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for an interpretive hike at Hemlock Brook. Learn about the natural history of the brook, as well as the geology, plants, and animals of the surrounding area. This hike is free and open to all ages. Meet at Sheep Hill. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 10, 3pm-5:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting with The Trustees of Reservations’ Second Sunday Lawn Concerts at Field Farm. Each month features a different musician and style of music. From 3pm-4pm, you can attend a guided nature walk (no cost) and explore the grounds and trails at Field Farm. 413-532-1631 x11. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Saturday, August 16, 1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for an interpretive hike at Pine Cobble. Learn about the natural history of the site, as well as the geology, plants, and animals of the surrounding area. This hike is free and open to all ages. Meet at Sheep Hill. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 21, 2pm – THEATER: The Clark Art Institute presents a screening of National Theatre Live’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the bestselling book by Mark Haddon. The play is about a teenage boy who is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, who then does detective work to find the true killer. Older teens and adults will enjoy this fascinating mystery story. Tickets available in advance. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, 1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for an interpretive hike on the Phelps Trail. Learn about the natural and human history of this historic area of the Taconic Range. This hike is free and open to all ages, but please note, it is strenuous at times. Come to Sheep Hill from 10am-12noon for drop-in, informal nature programming for all ages. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.

The Clark 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Milne Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.

Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.

Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.

Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Sunday, August 10, 7pm-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Notchview at night on a full moon hike with the Trustees of Reservations and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. You will learn about the summer moon and what the forest is like at night. This is appropriate for all ages. 413-532-1631. Route 9. Windsor, MA. >$

Saturday, August 16, 9am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Go for a ghost town hike through Tamarack Hollow and Windsor State Forest. Learn about local history by exploring 18th Century cellar holes, stone walls, an old dairy and maple sugar farm, and more. Best for older students and adults. Registration required. 413-584-3009. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, DUSK – 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)

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BECKET

Wednesdays-Fridays, 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 5pm – DANCE: Join Jacob’s Pillow Dance for a free PillowTalk every Friday and Saturday until August 23. Hear choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts give behind-the-scenes insight into the Festival and the world of professional dance. Free and open to the public. 413-243-9919. 258 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 3, 9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Buckley-Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest with Mass Audubon! Learn about the beavers and herons that live there, see the pond’s coves and inlets, see boreal plant communities, and look for animals like moose and porcupines. This program is open to ages 10 and up (with an adult). Registration is required; directions given upon registration. 413-637-0320. Becket, MA. $$$

Sunday, August 3, 2pm – DANCE: Australian performers Circa will perform “S” at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on August 3. This performance of 21st Century circus arts focuses on aerobics, aerial work, and amazing feats of strength. Discounted youth tickets (>$) for ages 17 and younger are available with the purchase of each adult ticket. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$$

DALTON

Tuesday, August 5, 10am-11am – STEM/ARTS: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for a weekly program focused on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. There will be storytime, arts and crafts, and a snack. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 6, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 7, 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy storytime at the Dalton Free Public Library every Thursday from July 10 until August 7. Come by for stories, snacks, and crafts. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 13, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 20, 9am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a canoe/kayak trip in Ashmere Lake! You can bring your own boat and personal flotation device or use one that belongs to the BNRC or to Berkshire Community College (RSVP required if borrowing a boat). This is a great chance to explore this beautiful lake! Meet to carpool. Call or email mleavitt@bnrc.net for more information or to RSVP. 413-499-0596. 484 West Housatonic Street. Dalton, MA.

Wednesday, August 20, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 21, 6:30pm – PLANT STUDIES: Naturalist John Root will lead an edible wild plants walk at Holiday Brook Farm on August 21. All ages are welcome to come learn about some of the edible plants that grow wild in the area. 100 Holiday Cottage Road. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

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, August 2, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can enjoy a performance by Terry A La Berry at the Spectrum Playhouse on August 2! Come dance and sing along! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 2, 11am-12noon – HEALTH/SAFETY: The Lee Ambulance Squad will have an ambulance parked at the Lee Library for demonstrations and a tour. This is a great chance for kids (and adults) to learn about ambulances and how they work/look inside. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 6, 2pm-4pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE/CELEBRATION: Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Lee Library with a performance by Meredyth Babcock of Marmalade Productions! Kids can bring reading logs for certificates and prizes – the grand prize is tickets to The Big E! There will also be ice cream sundaes. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 6, 3pm-6pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River! Adults and kids ages 6 and up can paddle a section of the river in South Lee. Enjoy the river and explore this section, which is “ponded” by the Willow Mill Dam. More information available on the Housatonic Valley Association website. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-394-9796. South Lee, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 10, 11am – AGRICULTURE: Join the Berkshire Co-Op Market for a tour of Leahey Farm. The Farm has been producing and selling milk for nearly 100 years, and you can come learn about its history, how the farm expanded into meat production, what it’s like to be a dairy farmer, and more. This farm tour would be best for older students interested in agriculture and local food. Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 189 Reservoir Road. Lee, MA.

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.

Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Everyday – SWIMMING: The Lenox Sunny Beach is open. Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10am-4pm. Bathrooms will be locked at 8pm. Please remember NO DOGS at the beach, NO ALCOHOL, and if you plan to kayak, canoe or boating of any kind please use the boat ramp just past the Cork ‘n Hearth. NO CAMPS OR BUSES please. Any questions please contact Kim Graham, Director of the LCC at 413-637-5530.

Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/HISTORY: Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount‘s terrace and hear Edith Wharton’s short stories read aloud by professional actors. Runs through August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)

Sunday, August 3, 1pm – MUSIC: The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood presents Watch and Play, a program designed to engage kids ages 3-10 in Tanglewood’s musical experience. Musicians will present an interactive musical performance in order to teach kids about musical concepts, instruments, and concert themes. This program is free with tickets to the Sunday afternoon performance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$

Wednesday, August 6, 9am-3:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Lenox youth, adults, and seniors are invited to “I Walk in Beauty,” a workshop on Navajo culture, arts, and history. From 9am-11am, participants will design and construct a talking or prayer stick, and then from 1:30pm-3:30pm, participants can design a prayer and protection feather. All materials will be provided and each workshop has a separate cost (>$). Participants are also welcome to stay for lunch. Call to RSVP. 413-637-5535. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. >$-$

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30pm-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effects that beaver ponds have upon habitats. This event is appropriate for all ages. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $

Thursday, August 7, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Come to the Lenox Library for BubbleMania! Casey Carle will perform this science, art, and comedy filled how. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 7, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000; not rated), a film about a famous English actress who lived in Lenox and her marriage to a plantation owner. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Sunday, August 10, 1pm – MUSIC: The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood presents Watch and Play, a program designed to engage kids ages 3-10 in Tanglewood’s musical experience. Musicians will present an interactive musical performance in order to teach kids about musical concepts, instruments, and concert themes. This program is free with tickets to the Sunday afternoon performance. 617-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $$-$$$

Monday, August 11, 7pm – 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Tuesday, August 12, 1pm-6:30pm – LITERATURE: Come to The Mount for a marathon reading of Edith Wharton’s Summer, which is a coming of age story about a young woman who finds love and loss in the summertime in New England. Stop by to hear a chapter or two, or stay all afternoon to hear the entire novel. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Come to the Lenox Library for “Mambo and Nemonee’s Adventure,” by Nutshell Playhouse. Kids will love this fun performance! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see All This, and Heaven Too (1940; not rated), which is based on the book by Rachel Field, who grew up in Stockbridge. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Monday, August 18, 7pm – 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, 2:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Tanglewood’s annual Family Concert takes place August 23 at Ozawa Hall. The Boston Cello Quartet will perform “Telling Stories Through Music,” which includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Debussy’s Reverie, and parts of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Arrive at 12:30 for pre-concert activities. Introduce children of all ages to classical music at this event. 888-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. $

Monday, August 25, 7pm – 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. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, August 28, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “<b.Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Ethan Frome (1993; rated PG), which is based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

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Berkshire Montessori Summer Wonder ♦ Explore the wonder of summer! Building on Montessori methods, the summer programs inspire joyful learning and exploration. The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered. The summer program encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Create culinary delights from the organic gardens and make masterpieces using nature’s palette. The Montessori School of the Berkshire’s summer program features two-week sessions for Children’s House ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for Elementary ages 6-12. Session themes include: Fantastic Flora & Fauna, Digging the Great Outdoors, Passport Around the World, The Stories Within Us, Wellness Warriors, Camp Zig Zag, and more.
Dates: Jun 23-Aug 15; Age/Grade Range: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-637-3662 ♦ kehr@berkshiremontessori.orgberkshiremontessori.org/summer

The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

PITTSFIELD

Saturday, August 2, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 2, 10am-5pm – HISTORY/BLACKSMITHING: Hancock Shaker Village presents the “Age of Iron Blacksmithing Weekend” on August 2 and August 3. Blacksmiths from the Berkshire, Connecticut, Capital District, and New England Blacksmith Guilds will be at the Village to showcase their work and demonstrate historical and contemporary blacksmithing techniques. Visitors can learn about ironwork from the 17th to the 21st Century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, Viking and Shaker forging, and more. There will also be an ironwork scavenger hunt for children. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about this historic trade and how it has evolved over time and across cultures. Free with museum admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 2, 12:30pm & 3:30pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 3, 10am-5pm – HISTORY/BLACKSMITHING: Hancock Shaker Village presents the “Age of Iron Blacksmithing Weekend” on August 2 and August 3. Blacksmiths from the Berkshire, Connecticut, Capital District, and New England Blacksmith Guilds will be at the Village to showcase their work and demonstrate historical and contemporary blacksmithing techniques. Visitors can learn about ironwork from the 17th to the 21st Century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, Viking and Shaker forging, and more. There will also be an ironwork scavenger hunt for children. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about this historic trade and how it has evolved over time and across cultures. Free with museum admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 3, 2pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 3, 4pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Wednesday, August 6, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join the Berkshire Athenaeum for “Library Boogie,” a performance by Tom Knight Puppets. All ages will enjoy this fun puppet show! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 6, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, August 6, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, August 7, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, August 7, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Friday, August 8, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 8, 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 8, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, August 9, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 12:30pm & 3:30pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 9, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 10, 2pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Monday, August 11, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, August 14, 10am & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 15, 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 16, 9am – 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.

Saturday, August 16, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 16, 10am-4pm – FAIR: The third Saturday of June, July, August, and September, attend the Country Fair at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. There will be crafters, food, activities, and music. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, August 16, 11am-8pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Celebrate Greek culture with St. George Greek Orthodox Church at Greek Fest 2014! There will be Greek food and pastries, music, dancing, raffles, a church tour, and more. 73 Bradford Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 16, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 16, 2pm – THEATER: The Barrington Stage Company is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Dancing Lessons, a romantic comedy about a young man with Asperger’s and his relationship with an injured Broadway dancer. This sensory-friendly performance is designed to be accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum or to those with sensory sensitivities. This performance is appropriate for ages 16 and up. See the Barrington Stage Company website for more information on the performance and tickets. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 16, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, August 17, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Seussical at the Colonial Theatre. This is the 9th annual production of the play, which combines Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into one fun musical starring local actors of all ages. Fans of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, and others will enjoy this unique and exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, August 21, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “Art + Industry.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching theater performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, August 22, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is offering free admission on August 22 as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series. Come explore the museum, see their exhibitions, do fun activities, and more. This is a great chance for families to experience the museum for free! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 22, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Museum presents a production of Snow White by Berkshire Children’s Theater, starring young performers from the area. This musical version of the classic tale will delight all ages! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 23, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Museum presents a production of Snow White by Berkshire Children’s Theater, starring young performers from the area. This musical version of the classic tale will delight all ages! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, 6pm-9:30pm – POETRY: The Berkshire Museum‘s poetry slam finals take place tonight as part of WordXWord. Come see poets compete for prizes onstage and hear some great slam poetry. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Barrington Stage Company’s KidsAct! Summer Theatre Camps ♦ KidsAct! gives kids, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they write, rehearse and perform in their own original plays & musicals. NEW this summer KidsAct! is offering a special two-week program, DramaKids! (7/7-18), which will focus on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The second session, BroadwayKids! (7/21-8/8) will add the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn music and choreography to Broadway songs, which they will perform as a part of their original musical. Register for both sessions and save $100! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield.
Dates: Jul 7-Aug 8; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-499-5446 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org/education/kidsact

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps ♦ The Berkshire Museum has something for every child this summer. The exciting array of camps allow kids to express their creative sides, to explore and innovate, and to discover their inner superstar. Each camp runs for one week in either full or half day sessions and focuses on one exciting theme. The 2014 Camp themes are: Animation; Butterflies; On Stage with Berkshire Theatre Group; CSI: Ancient Crimes; Icky, Messy, and Gooey; Movies; Pond; Junior Naturalist; Robot Olympics; and Kitchen Ka-Boom. Camps are designed for children in kindergarten through grade 6.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 22; Age/Grade Range: K-6th
Contact: 413-443-7171 ♦ frontdesk@berkshiremuseum.org ♦ berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.

Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.

Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.

Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

ACT NOW MOVIExperienc ♦ ACT NOW is an exciting and fun improvisational movie-making summer program for girls, ages 10-14, designed to promote self-esteem, problem solving, and teamwork. Guided by professional coaches and program alums, ACT NOW players create an improvised movie through the “MOVIExperience”: improvisation, location scouting, storytelling, casting, and filming their movie. No acting or movie-making experience is required. Each playshop will take place from 9 am to 4 pm, with the movie premiere on Friday afternoon. ACT NOW offers four week-long MOVIExperience Playshops in Richmond (Berkshire County), Amherst, Northampton, & Greenfield. Since 2000, when ACT NOW was founded, more than 700 girls have collectively made more than 40 movies.
Dates: Jul 7-Aug 8; Age/Grade Range: 10-14yo
Contact: 413-584-1310 x302 ♦ cparrish@actnowmovies.orgactnowmovies

STOCKBRIDGE

Thursday, August 7, 7pm-9pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Berkshire International Film Festival present a screening of Babe (1995; rated G). Come see the movie, enjoy popcorn, and meet animals at the petting zoo! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 8, 11am – BIRD STUDIES: Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi at the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a birds of prey program. He will teach about the natural history, behaviors, habitats, and more of these unique birds, and audience members will have a chance to see them up close. This program is appropriate for all ages. Free with Garden admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Friday, August 15, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Rick Roth of The Teaching Creatures will present a program on the “Wonderful Mammals of Fields and Forests” at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Roth will teach about some interesting animals and their natural history and will have several with him – a fisher cat, a grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels, and others. This program is appropriate for all ages. Free with Garden admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Friday, August 22, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Professor Tom Tyning of the Berkshire Community College Environmental Science Department will present a program on the “Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County” at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Professor Tyning will teach all about snakes – their biology, how to identify them, their behaviors, their defense mechanisms, and more. There will even be a live snake or two for audience members to see! Free with Garden admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Wednesday, August 27, 3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Do you want to learn more about the Mission House? The Trustees of the Reservations present a lecture and tour with Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts at the Winterthur Museum, and Louisa Brouwer, an American Decorative Arts Fellow at Yale University. This lecture, which takes place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Main Street), is focused on the architectural, decorative, and landscape history of the home. Following the lecture, there will be a tour of Mission House led by Professor Jobe. Older students and adults interested in history, decoration, architecture, and landscape design will enjoy this lecture and tour. 413-298-3239 x3020. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 31, 7pm-10pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Berkshire International Film Festival present a screening of Ratatouille (2007; rated G). Pack a picnic and enjoy the movie! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

TYRINGHAM

Sunday, August 24, 4pm-5pm – JAZZ: Explore Ashintully Gardens and enjoy jazz music in the studio of contemporary composer John McLennan. Pack a picnic and wander the grounds, taking in the beautiful sights of this property, run by The Trustees of Reservations. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road. Tyringham, MA. $

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Saturday, August 2, 2:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can get ready for the school year by making upcycled notebooks out of old paper bags and scrap paper at the Berkshire Co-Op Market! Come design your notebook and sew it together. Call or stop by the front desk to RSVP. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, August 8, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: The 41st Berkshire Crafts Fair takes place August 8-August 10 at Monument Mountain Regional High School. There will be work by 89 different artists, including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. This is a great place to find work by talented artisans from all over the country. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Friday, August 8, 4:30pm-7:15pm – TEEN MOVIE: The Mason Library is screening a movie for teens – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; rated PG-13). Come enjoy the movie and eat some pizza. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: The 41st Berkshire Crafts Fair takes place August 8-August 10 at Monument Mountain Regional High School. There will be work by 89 different artists, including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. This is a great place to find work by talented artisans from all over the country. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Saturday, August 9, 8pm-9:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a night hike on the Threemile Hill Trail between the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Fountain Pond. This easy, 1.5-mile hike is a great chance to explore the outdoors at night. 413-499-0596. Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Sunday, August 10, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: The 41st Berkshire Crafts Fair takes place August 8-August 10 at Monument Mountain Regional High School. There will be work by 89 different artists, including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. This is a great place to find work by talented artisans from all over the country. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Sunday, August 3, 9am-12noon – HISTORY/LITERATURE: Join the Berkshire Historical Society and The Trustees of Reservations for the Annual Monument Mountain Hike. The hike recreates one taken by Herman Melville on August 5, 1850, during which he met Nathaniel Hawthorne. Best for adults or older students interested in literature and/or history. Meet at Monument Mountain parking lot. 413-442-1793. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 9, 11:30am-12:15pm – STEM: Families with kids in preschool-3rd grade can come to the Mason Library for SIK Science. Come learn about science and have fun making lava lamps! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 18, 7pm – FOOD/AGRICULTURE: Join Berkshire Grown at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for “Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food” with Dan Barber and Elizabeth Kolbert. These two authors will discuss the future of food in America and what it means for agriculture, society, and our diets. Tickets available in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $$

Saturday, August 23, 3pm-9pm – FESTIVAL: Celebrate summer in the Berkshires at Great Barrington’s SummerFest! There will be local vendors, performances by local bands, food, shopping, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more. This is a great end of summer activity for the whole family – come enjoy food, live music, and spending time with community members! Rain date 8/24. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, August 27, 5pm-7pm – CULINARY ARTS: Do you like pickles? You can learn how to make pickled foods at the Mason Library on August 27! Michelle Kaplan will demonstrate basic pickling techniques to help get you started. Best for older students and adults. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 29, 6:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come to the Mason Library for a screening of Muppets Most Wanted (2014; rated PG). Come enjoy this fun-filled movie! Popcorn and drinks provided. Due to the popularity of the movie, registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Action Adventures Day Camp ♦ Join Action Adventures Day Camp this summer for a fun-filled recreational day camp with a different theme each week! For children entering 1st grade to age 12. Each week has its own unique theme that drives the week’s activities. A typical day includes crafts, projects, games, group activities, swimming, sports and outdoor experiences. Their focus is on activities that foster critical thinking and development of self awareness, respect, tolerance, empathy, honesty and kindness. Financial assistance available. Camp runs all summer, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. Price per week: $225 Members, $299 Guests. State vouchers accepted.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 29; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo
Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ rmanning@berkshiresouth.orgberkshiresouth.org

Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.

Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.

The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.

Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, August 9, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm – CULINARY ARTS: Do you like sauerkraut? Want to learn about the science behind fermentation? You can learn how to make it at the Ramsdell Library on August 20! Michelle Kaplan will demonstrate basic pickling and preserving techniques to help get you started. Best for older students and adults. Registration is required. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 23, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 26, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Saturday, August 9, 1pm-3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Otis Cultural Council is sponsoring a concert by Roger Tincknell in the Otis Town Gazebo on August 9. This free performance features children’s songs and singing games and will be a blast for the whole family! 413-269-4251. Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 14, 3pm-4:30pm – STEM: Have fun with physics Bushnell-Sage Library. Kids can come learn all about physics through hands-on activities. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 16, 12noon-4pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Join The Trustees of Reservations as they commemorate the 233rd anniversary of Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman’s famous “freedom suit,” a case she won with the ruling that slavery was illegal. At this event, Tammy Denease will perform a living history performance about Freeman, the Peter Brace Bridge of the Massachusetts 54th Colored Troops Company will present demonstrations and drills, the Town Players of Pittsfield will present “MumBett’s Minute,” there will be a conservation between Freeman and Sojourner Truth, a reading of the Sheffield Resolve, Ashley House tours, and more. MumBett Day is a great chance to recognize this important historical figure and learn about her life and legacy. 413-298-3239 x3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 19, 3pm-4:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Bartholomew’s Cobble with the Bushnell-Sage Library on August 19. Kids in grades 1-5 can come explore nature and learn about plants and animals. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 23, 5pm-7pm – MUSIC: Join The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a Sunset Serenade. Bring the whole family and pack a picnic dinner and watch the sunset while listening to bagpipe music. Email bcobble@ttor.org or call to register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

Thursday, August 21, 3pm-4:30pm – STEM/CELEBRATION: Celebrate the end of summer reading with a kitchen chemistry pizza party Bushnell-Sage Library. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.

Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.

Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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  1. August 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns on Thursday, August 21st with the Art + Industry theme, sponsored by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The event celebrates the city wide Art + Industry initiative with interactive creativity, musical performances and demonstrations.

    One of the main events of the evening is the 3rd Thursday Guardian Art + Industry Fun Zone with an arts and crafts station and giveaways. There will also be a Robotics Demonstration by Mount Everett High School and Herberg Middle School hosted by Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Applied Technology Council and a Berkshire Athenaeum Lego Playland with a chance for kids of all ages to build their own Lego creations.

    The Art + Industry initiative involves more than a dozen events at Cultural organizations around Pittsfield throughout May-October, including events and exhibitions at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and the Berkshire Museum.

    “The Art + Industry initiative is underway and we are very happy to connect it to 3rd Thursday,” Jen Glockner, the Director of Cultural Development said. “There will be several opportunities to merge Art + Industry throughout the evening to create inspiration.”

    Other 3rd Thursday highlights include: the Berkshire Eagle Art + Industry Photo Booth, the Roaming Jazz Ambassadors and performances from 8 Foot River, Berkshire Bateria, Berkshire Music School Build a Band, Berkshire Rocks, Candela, the Phil Grover Band, Zumba on Park Square, demos and performances from the Funkbox Dance Studio. The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone with basketball, bean bag toss and more.

    The band T-Bone Daddy will perform outside at the Crowne Plaza and more performances can be found indoors as well. The Town Players of Pittsfield will present Mum Bett’s Minute at the Whitney Center for the Arts and Ryan Meczywor will be rocking the Marketplace Café. The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the 3rd Thursday events.

    The performances continue inside with the PechaKucha Night at Berkshire Museum, Word X Word Festival’s Poetry Slam Semi Finals at Dottie’s, the Irish Rovers at the Colonial Theatre, Barrington Stage’s Dancing Lessons at the main stage and Romance in Hard Times at the St. Germain Stage. The Beacon Cinema has a special screening of Sharknado 2 and head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky Bastards, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians hosted by Andy Wrba and Chris Merenda.

    “The Art + Industry theme adds to another strong lineup of Third Thursdays this year,” Mayor Dan Bianchi commented. “The art work and performing arts at the Art + Industry theme will be enjoyable to see.”

    The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays goes from 5pm-8pm and is family friendly and open to all. The City Stage will be located on Park Square due to construction at Sottile and Persip Parks. Once again North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, demos, good food and community.

    3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Health Systems, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursdays dates and themes are September 18th: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes and October 16: Halloween. 3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email slemme@pittsfieldch.com or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.


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