Suggested Events for July 21st-27th, 2012

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

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It’s time to PYO blueberries! Benson Place in Heath, MA has low bush berries that are a lot of fun to gather using a blueberry rake. They will be open for PYO this weekend and next. – Find other places to PYO blueberries here: Where’s Your Favorite Place to PYO Blueberries in Western MA

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Things to Do & Places to See in Western MA this Summer!

Saturday, July 21st from 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Saturday is Bryant Day at the Bryant Homestead!  The event celebrates William Cullen Bryant, beloved 19th century author, editor, and conservationist.  The day is full of opportunities to learn about Bryant’s work and the history of the homestead, as well as live music, poetry readings, and a lecture on crafting short stories.  Families can pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the homestead’s grounds, tour the building, and learn about an important part of local and literary history.  413-532-1631 ex10.  207 Bryant Road.  Cummington, MA.  (<$)

Sunday, July 22nd from 2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is hosting an open house today. Located in a former schoolhouse, the Historical Society is home to artifacts of local importance – families can learn about the history of their community, and kids can help place their knowledge of American History in the context of their surroundings by learning about the history of their town. 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, July 28th at 6pm – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: Main Street Stage is doing a whirlwind backyard tour this summer with their production, “The King Stag,” a play chronicling a queen-finding quest.  The story is told through puppets, masks, music, magic, stilts, and more.  Next Saturday’s performance takes place at the Adams Visitor Center.  3 Hoosac Street.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 29th at dusk – OUTDOOR FILM: The hills are alive with the Sound of Music! Quite literally, in fact – Images Cinema screens the film outside tonight on the Morgan Lawn!  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Meet the creator of Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon!  Author and illustrator Mo Willems is coming to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m, to present his new films Knuffle Bunny Free:  An Unexpected Diversion and Edwina:  The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct! Enjoy the films, chat with Mo and get your favorite Mo Willems books signed.  Free with Museum Admission.  For details visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1100.

Handmade for Kids Holiday FairCALL FOR CRAFTERS: Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Cummington Family Center’s 3rd annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair. The fair is the center’s annual fundraiser and an excellent opportunity for community members to find commercial-free handmade items, many supporting creative free play. This year’s fair will be held on November 3rd at Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington, MA. Registration is now open for crafters who make handmade, commercial-free items for kids of all ages.  Spaces are also open for anyone interested in leading hour long gift-making workshops for children and/or adults. This is a great family-friendly event. If you are interested in learning more, email Stacey at cummingtonfamilycenter@yahoo.com.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: RH Conwell CEC is seeking to employ a certified individual to teach ELA to students in grades K-6. RHC is a small privately funded school, whose staff teaches students to their specific abilities within multi-age settings versus to their age or grade level. RHC staff relies heavily on differentiated instruction and creative hands-on learning, and the staff holds students to high expectations within their individualized learning plans. If you feel you may be a good fit to the team, please apply today. This position is part-time with the possibility of additional hours contingent on enrollment. Flexibility is a must. RHCCEC is an EOE.  Send resume packet to: RHC Attn: J. Dupont 147 Huntington Rd. Worthington, MA 01098 or JDupont@rhccec.org

INFO SESSION: The Academy at Charlemont will host a summer information session August 1, 7 – 8 PM at the Forbes Library in Northampton.  At The Academy, rigorous academic and artistic exploration are nurtured by a supportive community, governed by an Honor Code.  The curriculum develops skills to prepare students for Senior Independent Projects culminating in presentations to the community.  Studio Block classes connect students with local artists, musicians, and writers.  Academy students are stretched by leadership, citizenship, and athletic requirements.  Everybody plays, everybody learns, everybody matters. Meet students, staff, and parents on August 1 and learn what it means to “Find your voice, speak your mind”.  Details at www.charlemont.org.

FOR SALE: Are you interested in building your own home on land trust land? Want to live in rural Wendell in the center of “town?” Only $19,000 for antique school house, well and septic. Use the school house as an accessory building or restore it for a dwelling. Land owned by non-profit member organization – Valley Community Land Trustwww.vclt.org for more information.

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too.

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Have you ever wanted to learn about herbalism but can’t find the time for classes? This summer Hilltown Families is partnering with Blazing Star Herbal School, offering our readers the opportunity to enter to win a correspondence course from their Do-it-Yourself Herbalism Series (valued at $150). Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, July 25th.

FAMILY CAMPING REGISTRATION OPENS: Families who would like to try out camping this summer are encouraged to sign up for the Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Weekend to be held on Aug 4-5, 2012 at the Otter River State Forest in Templeton. This is a partnership program between the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Dept. of Conservation & Recreation and North Face. No prior outdoor experience is necessary; this weekend is especially designed for families new to camping. The focus will be on learning basic camping skills, such as outdoor cooking, fishing, archery, and hiking. Some camping equipment is provided. Registration deadline: Jul 27. Some scholarship assistance is available. Registration materials are posted at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/bow/bow_calendar.htm.

CAR SEAT SAFETY: Get your child’s car seat inspected and checked for proper car installation by certified technicians at the Amherst Fire Department this Saturday, July 21st.  A seat check can help families identify potential problems with their car seats and ensures that children are traveling as safely as possible!  Call to schedule an appointment (each lasts about 30 minutes).  413-259-3355.  68 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
July 21st-27th, 2012

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“I love to take a picnic to Greenfield Energy Park with my daughter and enjoy the music. She loves the music, play structure, and trains. Buckland Recreation also has movies out by the pool at night during the summer. Next best thing to the old drive-ins! (Northfield Drive-In is also a great summer activity….)” — H Loomis

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. – Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – This week join acclaimed musicianer/songster (that’s what they called ’em in the olden days) Randy Kaplan as he guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show. In addition to spinning songs by Bluegrass, Folk, Calypso, and Broadway masters, he’ll be introducing his new Country-Blues & Ragtime CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie! – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8am-12:30pm –COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The annual Becket Community Fair happens today, with a firemans’ breakfast, book sale, pony rides and live music.  The Becket Arts Center will be hosting Village Harmony at village church at 11:30am. Becket, MA

9am-4pm – LOCALLY GROWN/DAYLILY: Visit Glenbrook Gardens for the Daylily and Arts Festival!  View and learn about lillies, and check out locally created art and other products.  56 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. 

9am-5pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/SCOTTISH: Dig out your kilt and your claymore, have a breakfast of haggis, and head to Look Park for the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival!   There will be pipe bands and highland dancers (of all ages and abilities!) competing and performing throughout the day, men’s and women’s highland games (a traditional Scottish strength competition, involving telephone pole-throwing and stone slinging), Scottish food both modern and traditional, informational booths, and tons of vendors selling everything from UK treats like Cadbury and Irn Bru to hats and scarves made of clan tartans.  Families can celebrate their Scottish heritage or learn about Scottish history and culture!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($$)

9am-8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Connecticut River Valley Astronomer’s Conjunction takes place today at Northfield Mountain!  There will be a variety of different learning activities, appropriate for many different ages. Younger students can attend an observation session to check out the skies or use a special filtered telescope to view the sun, while older students can attend talks on colonial astronomy or amateur contributions to modern astronomy.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – LOCAL HISTORY/UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: The city of Northampton played an important role in the Underground Railroad and the efforts to abolish slavery – today, families can take a walking tour of the Northampton Association’s important sites and see and learn about important documents.  The tour begins at the Sojourner Truth statue, and will include many important locations throughout town.  The tour can help students understand the ties that their community has to the radical societal changes created during the Civil War, and can, for younger students, provide a means through which to begin a conversation about slavery.  Park and Pine Streets.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Join the Hilltown Land Trust for a hike!  Explore the Strasburg Conservation land, a forested area being restored to old growth quality.  The hike will be 1.5 miles, approximately.  Kids can learn about forestry, as well as reasons for changes in the forest’s nature.  413-628-4485 ex 2.  175 Patterson Road.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Parents and their nature-curious pre-schoolers are invited to explore the pond and meadows of Sheep Hill at a nature observation class sponsored by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation!  Kiddos will learn how to properly observe and respect wildlife, while parents will learn how to help kids discover nature.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

10am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center is celebrating its 10th birthday today!  The center will be open, and there will be special fun, too!  Dance to live music, become a fish in the pool, bounce to the moon and back in a bounce castle, trek in the woods on a guided hike, and have birthday cake.  413-528-2810.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is Bryant Day at the Bryant Homestead!  The event celebrates William Cullen Bryant, beloved 19th century author, editor, and conservationist.  The day is full of opportunities to learn about Bryant’s work and the history of the homestead, as well as live music, poetry readings, and a lecture on crafting short stories.  Families can pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the homestead’s grounds, tour the building, and learn about an important part of local and literary history.  413-532-1631 ex10.  207 Bryant Road.  Cummington, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Historic Deerfield’s open hearth cooking program is celebrating its 25th anniversary!  Throughout the month of June, cooks will be preparing traditional food and drink enjoyed during celebrations in early New England.  Visitors can learn about the history of food and cooking, and think about how food preparation has changed over time.  413-775-7127.  80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-6pm – SWIMMING: War Memorial Pool is celebrating their grand re-opening! Events for kids: Cannonball Contest; Watermelon Roll; and Coin Hunt. Open to everyone. War Memorial Pool is located at the Community Field on Triangle Street in Amherst, in front of Amherst Regional High School. Amherst, MA (FREE)

10:30am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: On the Village Common in South Hadley, Trevor the Games man will be leading games and entertaining families on stilts during this interactive show, part of the Family Entertainment Saturday Mornings series. College Street, South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Princess Knight – a tale about a fierce female fighting knight!  Shows take place at Smith College’s Mendenhall Center.  413-585-3220.  1 Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10:30-11:30am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/FILM: See new films by Mo Willems, then do a Q+A with the author/film maker!  The Eric Carle Museum is hosting a special premier of Willems’ new films.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

11am – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present Firebird at the Marketplace Cafe!  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: Main Street Stage is doing a whirlwind backyard tour this summer with their production, “The King Stag,” a play chronicling a queen-finding quest.  The story is told through puppets, masks, music, magic, stilts, and more.  Today’s performance takes place at the Abbott School Field.  56 North Country Road.  Florida, MA.  (FREE)

11am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/POTLUCK PICNIC: Prepare a delicious dish to share and enjoy a potluck picnic (accompanied by fun family games) at the Ramsdell Library!  Watermelon, cookies, and lemonade provided – create something to share as a family and help kids learn and/or practice their kitchen skills.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

11:30am – CONCERT/WORLD MUSIC: The Becket Arts Center presents a teen music ensemble, singing tunes from all around the world – highlights include shape-note singing, African folk music, and village music from Bosnia and Bulgaria. Concert takes place in the Village Church.  Becket, MA. (FREE)

12noon-12midnight – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/MUSIC FESTIVAL: Spend the day listening, dancing, and jamming out to music performed (and danced to) by local artists at the Upper Valley Music Festival!  There will be four different venues hosting performers throughout the day, and a wide variety of musical styles will be represented.  The event also raises money for the American Cancer Society – so you can enjoy great concerts for an excellent cause!  413-648-9595.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the waterfalls of Mt. Greylock.  Each weekly hike will take visitors on a hike to explore a waterfall – great on a hot summer day!  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

1-1:30pm – CRAFTS: Make your very own owl to take home out of a recycled egg carton at the Mason Library!  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE/ORNITHOLOGY: Wingmasters visits the Mason Library with live owls!  Kids can learn about the animals’ amazing powers of flight, sight, and hearing.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

1:30 and 3:30pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents, “The Musical Hat,” at the Eric Carle Museum!  In the story, Nemonee and her clown friends have a musical hat whose songs they love to dance to and sing along with.  But when the hat is stolen, they go on a silly, exciting quest to get it back!  413-658-1126.125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA. ($)

2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: Celebrate 10 years of Berkshire Grown’s Share the Bounty, a program that raises money to purchase shares at local farms in order to donate the produce to local food pantries.  There will be local foods to try, farmers to meet, and tons to learn about how climate change is affecting local agriculture.  Takes place at Stonover Farm.  169 Undermountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore rivers, streams, channels, and islands  in the wildlife sanctuary at Stanley Park!  Art O’Leary hosts this afternoon of exploration, during which kids will learn about the unique and interesting habitat created by islands that are semi-isolated by waterways.  413-568-9312 ex 100.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

2:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museum is hosting a special storytime today with children’s author Nicole Tadgell, who will be sharing her book, First Peas to the Table.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS/GAMES: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

5:30-8:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Springfield Armory hosts The O-Tones 14-piece band on the green in front of the arsenal.  There will be swing dancing lessons from 5:30-6:30, and the concert will begin at 6:30.  413-734-8551 ex 236.  Federal and State Streets.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Students from the School at Jacob’s Pillow perform outdoors on the Inside/Out stage as part of the school’s summer performance series.  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westhampton Library hosts the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers live on the library lawn tonight, following the Blacksmith Shop Museum’s Chicken Barbecue (5-6:30)!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Navigators tonight at Wahconah Park!  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

8pm – OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE: Watch, “Robots,” outside at the Dalton CRA’s Memorial Lawn tonight!  BYO snacks, seating, etc.  400 Main Street.  Dalton, MA.  (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6:30pm – Support Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary by spending the evening at the annual gala bonfire!  The Crickets, Critters, and Cocktails event will include live music, delicious food and drinks, and a silent auction.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

“We love to go to Chapel Brook; a beautiful land near Ashfield protected by the Trustees of the Reservation. On one side of the road there’s is a lovely hike where beginning rock climbers can practice their skills. On the other side of the road is a series of cascading waterfalls, one even safe & gentle enough to slide down (with caution!). The water is deliciously icy-cold even on the warmest of summer days.” — Christy Winslow (Northampton, MA)

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden! Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

10am – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy a serenaded outdoor breakfast at the Roce Reading Park.  Students from Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute will perform classical music, and light breakfast will be provided from local restaurants.  What a great way to start off a Sunday!  413-637-2630.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA. (FREE)

10am-12noon or 1-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Natural Bridge State Park hosts nature walks, where visitors can learn about the marble quarry that once operated nearby.  Kids can learn about important local and natural history. 413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE, >$ FOR PARKING) ♦

10am and 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a medicinal plant walk at Mt. Greylock.  The walk will be easy, and will focus on teaching visitors to identify plants with medicinal properties.  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about native flowers of the Pioneer Valley with Nancy Goodman of the New England Wild Flower Society.  The expedition will take place at Mt. Norwottuck, and will include a lesson on using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  Best for older students.  Registration required.  413-256-6006.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/PUPPET SHOW: CactusHead Puppets presents, “Little Red Riding Hood,” at the Eric Carle Museum!  Watch Red Riding Hood outsmart the wolf in this silly version of the classic story, told using both hand and shadow puppets.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA.  (<$)

1-3pm – CHESS: An informal Chess Club happens at the Lilly Library. Participants are encouraged to supplement existing chess boards by bringing their own too. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) ♦

2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about little-known industries that once existed in Holyoke today at, “Born in Holyoke,” a lecture on automobile factories once located in the city and the connections that Holyoke has to Good Housekeeping magazine!  The event takes place at the visitors center at Heritage State Park, and will provide an illustrated look at an obscure part of local history.  413-534-1723.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: The Eric Carle Museum is currently hosting an exhibit of work by Ezra Jack Keats, author and illustrator of The Snowy Day.  Today, the museum is holding a guided gallery tour with the exhibit’s curator!  Visitors can learn about Keats’ work and its relevance within children’s literature, and learn about the creation of the exhibit and the significance of each piece.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA. (<$)

2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is hosting an open house today!  Located in a former schoolhouse, the Historical Society is home to tons of artifacts of local importance – families can learn about the history of their community, and kids can help place their knowledge of American History in the context of their surroundings by learning about the history of their town!  413-625-9763.  20 Upper Street.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Stanley Park’s summer concert series features tons of family-friendly performers!  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

8pm – OUTDOOR FAMILY THEATER: The Mettawee River Theatre Company will present “Communications from a Cockroach: Archy and the Underside” on the lawn in front of St. Joseph’s Church. In case of rain the performance will be moved to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 413-499-9348. 414 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

DUSK: OUTDOOR FAMILY FILM: Images Cinema screens A League of Their Own outdoors on the Morgan Lawn as part of Williamstown’s Summer Sundays!  The movie tells the story of the creation of an all-women’s baseball league – kids can learn about women’s rights and feminism, while enjoying a fun film!  413-458-9077.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREEE)

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” at Saint Paul’s Church!  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

11am-12noon – LEGOS: LEGO Club at the Sunderland Library!  Kids can experiment and learn, through trial and error, about basic principles of design, architecture, engineering, and physics.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Learn all about fireflies – a fun summer bug! – at the Ramsdell Library.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – PUPPETS: Talking Hands Theater presents, “Little Superheroes,” at the Goshen Library!  413-268-7033.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR MONDAYS

  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning.  Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts.  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 10am-4pm – HIKE: Go for a hike at Mt. Greylock.  The trek is somewhat strenuous – wear sturdy footwear!  Bring your own lunch, too.  Meet at the Visitors Center to carpool to location.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills.  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – STORYTIME: At the Eric Carle Museum!  Kids can enjoy a story, then learn about how illustration helps to tell stories, too.  Storytimes take place daily at the museum – check for time changes.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA.  (<$)
  • 3pm – STORYTIME: Mountain View Farm hosts storytime.  Farm-themed stories galore.  413-329-0211.  393 East Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Gym Group at the Haskins Center has moved outside for the summer!  Enjoy group playground time on the center’s playscape.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library hosts a knitting group for knitters of all abilities.  This intergenerational skillshare is great for knitters who enjoy the company of other needle-clacking scarf-makers, or for those in need of some help with dropped stitches.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

RSVP DEADLINE – COMMUNITY DINNER/BLUEBERRIES: It’s blueberry season all of a sudden – get tickets now for the annual Westhampton Blueberry Supper!  The event includes a ham dinner, along with special treats of blueberry muffins and pie.  Takes place at the Westhampton Congregational UCC.  413-527-6498.  1 Tob Road.  Westhampton, MA.  ($)

10am – PUPPET SHOW: Westhampton Library hosts a show by award-winning puppeteer, Deborah Costine: “Woodland Cinderella.” 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

10am – KIDS’ CONCERT: Bob Bloom will rock Look Park this morning with a drum session featuring drums and drumming techniques from around the world.  Audience members will get to try out many different types of drums and participate in the music making!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Literacy-based drop-in playgroup at the Greenfield Family Center.  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10:30-11:30am – ENTOMOLOGY: Kids ages 3-6 can learn about the fascinating role that bees and pollination play in the environment this morning at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” at Saint Paul’s Church!  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

11am-12noon – STORYTIME/BOTANY: The Holyoke Library presents a special gardening-themed storytime at Wistariahurst Museum!  There will be flower-themed stories, croquet, and a gardening lesson.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – STORYTELLING: Storyteller Mary Jo Maichak shares stories about sleep and adventures in dreamland today at the Hatfield Library!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Musical improv in the auditorium at the Berkshire Athenaeum with JoAnne Spies!  Kids can sing along to this silly program.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:30pm – CRAFTS: Kiddos can make their own worry dolls at the Ramsdell Library this afternoon.  Along with making the craft, kids can learn about the history behind the dolls.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – LOCAL FOOD: What can you make with the beautiful hakurai turnips from your farmshare?  And what meal can you add half a beet and a single leek to?  And what on EARTH will you ever do with all of your swiss chard?!  The West County Resilience Committee hosts a workshop on creating healthy, nutritious meals and snacks with a focus on local foods!  The event takes place at the Shelburne Senior Center.  413-624-3240.  7 Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 2:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Forest Park Zoo on the Go is going to be at the Forbes Library this afternoon!  Stop by to find great books, and meet and learn about some amazing animal friends, too! Registration required- call to reserve a space.  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

6-7pm – HISTORY/CIVIL WAR: Storrowton Village will present an interactive, educational tour titled Storrowton and the Civil War presenting a look at how the families in the northeast managed while members of their community went to war. Meet townspeople telling their stories while visiting the Village’s historic buildings- meet residents, farmers, tradesmen. abolitionists, and shopkeepers.  Gain insight to women society during this time too. Spend an hour in this great interactive way for families to discover the rich history and learn about life during this period. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA ($)

6pm – KIDS’ CONCERT: Jay Mankita performs at the Monson Library tonight!  He’ll be performing songs from his Big Dream Songbook collection.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Brockton Rox on their home turf at Wahconah Park tonight!  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street.  Pittsfield, MA ($)

7-8:30pm – LABOR HISTORY: Western Mass Jobs for Justice and Holyoke Heritage State Park present a show of photographs and biographies of child laborers of the early 20th century.  The photographs were commissioned to Lewis Hine by the National Child Labor Committee in 1908; Joe Manning has identified over 250 of the photographs’ subjects and contacted and interviewed their family members to piece together biographies of the young workers.  Visitors will learn about Manning’s process, and will also learn about labor history and the plight of child laborers.  Fits well with studies of American History at any level.  413-534-1723.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) 

SUMMER ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Northampton Parents Center at the Jackson Street School playground.  413-582-2636.  Jackson Street.  Northampton, MA. ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: For kids ages 3-6 at the Greenfield Library.  There will be a new craft every week along with the exciting stories.  413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.  ♦
  • 10-10:40am – PLAYGROUP: At Treehouse!  Lead by a parent volunteer – new activities each week!  For kids ages 2-4, siblings welcome.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Literacy-based drop-in playgroup at the Greenfield Family Center.  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Palmer-Monson Family Network.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Sing-a-long time for pre-schoolers at the Hubbard Library! 413-583-3408.  24 Center Street.  Ludlow, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for Kidleidescope, an environment-themed program for kids.  Interactive learning opportunities and crafts always included.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am-12:15pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a Postpartum Support Group for mothers.  The group is a safe space for those adjusting to motherhood and is lead by trained facilitators.  Takes place at Berkshire Children and Families.  Childcare available.  413-253-8990.  220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills.  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 1pm and 3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Natural Bridge State Park on a Tyke Hike!  The short, kid-friendly expedition is lead by a park interpreter, who will share information on the natural wonders at the park.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE, >$ FOR PARKING) ♦
  • 3-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in crawl time for infants at Treehouse!  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA. ♦
  • 3-6pm – TEEN: The Hubbard Library hosts Teen Anime Club.  Anime enthusiasts can watch movies or episodes of anime shows, and share information (and enthusiasm!) for anime.  413-548-3408 ex 3.  24 Center Street.  Ludlow, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 4pm – BIKING ADVENTURE: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a community bike ride, and explore Holyoke!  Meet at the Holyoke YMCA.  Bikes available to borrow if necessary, all abilities welcome.  413-532-1631 x19.  160 Beech Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Clark hosts live outdoor concerts throughout July! Each week brings a new musical style to enjoy.  Dinner available for purchase.  In case of rain, concerts will take place in the museum’s auditorium.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

10am – STORYTIME: Preschool Storytime at the Northfield Library.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Literacy-based drop-in playgroup at the Greenfield Family Center.  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10-11am – KIDS’ CONCERT: Enjoy a concert of multilingual, high energy music with Miss Leticia at Buttery Brook Park! Part of the South Hadley Family Center’s summer programming, the concert is great for kids of all ages!  123 Willamansett Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: At Odyssey Bookshop!  Includes a fun craft, too. 413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “The Three Little Pigs,” at Saint Paul’s Church!  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/SCIENCE: Science isn’t always neat and pretty – sometimes it’s messy, sticky, icky, gooey, and gross!  The Springfield Museums host Keith Johnson this afternoon, offering a program on science for kids.  Johnson will share information about what scientists do, the process of investigating and discovering, as well as fun science facts and experiments.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Learn about songwriting and interactive music performance this afternoon at the Berkshire Athenaeum – children’s musician David Polansky will present a family concert of original music, where dancing and singing along is definitely encouraged.  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: 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. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

3:30pm – HISTORY: Celebrate Amelia Earhart’s birthday today at the Milne Library!  Kids can learn about feminism, as well as the history of air travel, and enjoy celebratory birthday cake.  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – FAMILY THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents Pinocchio in the Dell at The Mount!  Enjoy the classic tale of a wooden boy who cannot lie (without very, very obvious consequences!) while taking in the beautiful surroundings.  Show runs  Tues–Sat at 4pm and Tues & Thurs at 7pm, through 8/11.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

5pm – LITERATURE: The Mount hosts a reading of work by Edith Wharton, read by a professional actor – use the reading as an opportunity to enjoy writing you already love, or to introduce older students to classic literature.  413-997-4444.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (<$)

6pm- CRAFTS: What’s a grassapilla?  Learn, and make your own, at the MN Spear Library!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Creepy, crawly, buzzing in your ear – insects are everywhere this time of year!  Learn about nocturnal insects tonight at the Pelham Library!  There will even be some live bugs to inspect.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – METEOROLOGY/CLIMATE CHANGE: How is climate change affecting us here in Western Massachusetts?  Find out tonight at the Cummington Community House, where the Trustees of Reservations will be hosting a talk on the effects that climate change will have on local flora and fauna, weather, seasonal changes, etc.  Best for older students and adults. 13-628-4485.  33 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Berkshire Museum host a production of “Beauty and the Beast” by Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre. Show runs Sat.-Tues. & Thurs. at 2pm through Aug 12. Check their web site to confirm time and dates. Best for children with audience skills, ages 5yo and older. 413-443-7171 x40. 39 South Street, Rte. 7. Pittsfield, MA ($$)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS

  •  9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At Pettengill Park!  Sponsored by the Cummington Family Center.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – HIKE: Hike at Mt. Greylock!  Every Wednesday, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail.  Call to find out meeting place.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the MN Spear Library!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool Storytime at the Northfield Library.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Literacy-based drop-in playgroup at the Greenfield Family Center.  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: At Odyssey Bookshop!  Includes a fun craft, too. 413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5.  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  7 Wendell Depot Road.  Wendell, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At the Gateway Family Center.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Monson Free Library!  267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour.  Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – SUPPORT GROUP: New Moms Group takes place at Treehouse!  Intended for moms with babies under 9 months – drop in and get support from others experiencing similar things.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – SCRABBLE: At the Westhampton Library on every second and fourth Wednesday.  Kids can practice spelling, vocabulary, and basic math skills by playing.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Mountain View Farm for a farm activity for pre-school kids.  413-329-0211.  393 East Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4-7pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden.  Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations.  Glenbrook Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series.  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum hosts outdoor music in their sunken garden!  Open to picnickers at 5pm.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music at Lilac Park!  Each week features great local performers. In case of rain, the show will take place at the town hall.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Every other Wednesday at Conant Park.  Rain or shine.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – CONCERT: Watermelon Wednesdays at the West Whately Chapel feature a variety of great bands, musicians, and singer-songwriters. Check the schedule for a list of performers.  Advance tickets suggested.  Conway and Williamsburg Roads.  Whately, MA.  ($$) ♦

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “Carnival of the Animals,” at Saint Paul’s Church!  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

11am – STORYTELLING: The Lenox Library will host storytelling outdoors at the reading park adjacent to the library, telling tales from around the world.  Following stortelling participants are invited to make dreamcatchers.413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

11:30am-12:30pm – SPRINKLER FUN: The Haskins Center hosts sprinkler fun today!  Kiddos can cool off by running through sprinklers on the playground – there will also be circle time and snack.  413-664-4821. 210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-4pm – ART: Draw all over town this afternoon at Northampton Draws, an event featuring drawing workshops of all kinds throughout downtown!  The Northampton Center for the Arts, Dynamite Space, and Thornes Marketplace (in the Tuesday Market area) host workshops on everything from ink drawing to making drawings with yarn, mosaics to homemade drawing utensils! Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – CRAFT: Make your own dreamcatcher, to sweep away evil while you sleep, at the Berkshire Athenaeum this afternoon.  Pair with a study of Native American culture or a visit to the Berkshire Museum’s special exhibit on Native American art.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Sway to the Caribbean beats of the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers at the Springfield Museums this afternoon!  The performance requires audience participation, and teaches kids about African and Caribbean culture and history.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

2pm & 7pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Berkshire Museum host a production of “Beauty and the Beast” by Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre. Show runs Sat.-Tues. & Thurs. at 2pm through Aug 12. Check their web site to confirm time and dates. Best for children with audience skills, ages 5yo and older. 413-443-7171 x40. 39 South Street, Rte. 7. Pittsfield, MA ($$)

3-5pm – LAWN GAMES: Naumkeag hosts an afternoon of “Croquet on the Lawn.” Families can come for a relaxed game of croquet, the leisurely sport of Edwardian high-society. Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate. Refreshments served. Happens every other Thursday, all summer long. 413-298-3239  x3352. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA (>$)

6pm – BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Parents who have lost a child are invited to spend an evening having dinner with other bereaved parents.  Paisano’s Restaurant will be hosting the event, where parents in the group will have dinner in a private area (and can order from the regular menu). Call to reserve a space.  413-527-7353.  Route 10.  Southampton, MA.  ($)

6-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/ART: North Adams’ downtown just got a lot more exciting!  DownStreet Art has created a program to commission murals throughout the area – celebrate the unveiling of the newest mural!  The event includes numerous gallery openings, live music, and more – it’s a great excuse to get out and explore.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – READING TO DOGS: Kids ages 6-10 can practice their reading skills at the Jones Library by reading to therapy dogs. Must register for a 20 min slot. 413-259-3106. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6:30pm –WOMEN’S  HISTORY: Women’s role in society has changed drastically over the course of the past century – the Gaylord Memorial Library hosts, “Women Writing in the 19th Century About Caregiving,” tonight.  The event will feature readings from diaries, letters, etc. from women who lived during the1800’s, and will focus on the role that caregiving played in their lives and how they felt about it.  Best for older students, this event is a perfect supplement for studies of American history, women’s rights, and feminist theory and history.  413-538-5047.  47 CollegeStreet.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents Pinocchio in the Dell at The Mount!  Enjoy the classic tale of a wooden boy who cannot lie (without very, very obvious consequences!) while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Show runs  Tues–Sat at 4pm and Tues & Thurs at 7pm, through 8/11.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Northampton Parents’ Center at the Little Playground at Look Park.  413-582-2636.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the New Salem Library! 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Hatfield Library!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the Haskins Center’s playground!  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity by doing nature crafts at Natural Bridge State Park.  Cancelled in case of rain.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road. North Adams, MA.  (FREE, >$ FOR PARKING) ♦
  • 3-5pm – HISTORY/GAMES: Enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn at Naumkeag!  Every other Thursday this summer, the historic Gilded-Age estate hosts an afternoon of play for families.  Kids can learn about cultural history by visiting.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: At the gazebo in Huntington!  Bake sale available for purchase of desserts.  Lots of great local acts.  Routes 20 and 112.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SCRABBLE: First and third Thursdays at the Westhampton Library.  Kids can practice spelling and vocabulary skills, as well as basic math while keeping score!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: At the gazebo in Huntington.  Bake sale available for purchase of desserts.  Lots of great local acts!  Routes 20 and 112.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Live music tonight at the Greenfield Energy Park!  New acts each week.  Bring your own seating, and maybe a picnic dinner. Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series!  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Music on the porch at the Florence Civic Center!  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for live music. Grab dinner at the Burgy Farmers’ Market across the street, or one of the many restaurants in Williamsburg, and head to the park with your friends and family to enjoy a blissful summer evening! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Russell VFW hosts fun, family-friendly outdoor concerts throughout July!  413-732-4137.  Route 20.  Russell, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Friday, July 27th, 2012

FREE MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays summer program, admission to the Springfield Museums is free today!  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Community Action’s summer Tumblin’ Tots playgroup takes place at the Beacon Field Playground today!  Along with copious amounts of fun, there will be circle time and snack.  413-475-1543.  Beacon Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the playground at Unity Park!  First Friday of each month means free breakfast.  Sponsored by Community Action.  First Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am – OUTDOOR FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Main Street Stage is doing a whirlwind backyard tour this summer with their production, “The King Stag,” a play chronicling a queen-finding quest.  The story is told through puppets, masks, music, magic, stilts, and more.  Today’s performance takes place at the Williamstown Youth Center.  270 Cole Avenue.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: Postpartum drop-in support group, sponsored by MotherWoman, at the Greenfield Family Center.  Childcare provided!  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/SHOP LOCAL:  Greenfield has sidewalk sales this weekend, which, along with great deals on items from local shops, comes with tons of fun – like face painting, dancers, magic, chalk art, and more!  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE/SALE)

10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for a creepy, crawly critter themed storytime!  Kids will also get to go outside and search for critters underneath rocks, then make their own creatures out of stones.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – SCAVENGER HUNT: How well do you know downtown Northfield?  Drop by the Northfield Library to begin a scavenger hunt through town!  Collect treasure on your way back to the library.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

11:30am or 1:30pm- MARIONETTES: See Sleeping Beauty come to life – on strings! – at the D’Amour Museum of Art at the Springfield Museums.  The Tanglewood Marionettes will be performing the classic children’s tale – all of the marionettes are handmade!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

2-4pm – OPEN HOUSE/ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation hosts their annual summer open house & ice cream social this afternoon!  Visit Sheep Hill, a former dairy farm, to learn about the group’s programs, explore the grounds, visit exhibits, and enjoy local ice cream and other treats!  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA. (<$)

4pm – THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents Pinocchio in the Dell at The Mount!  Enjoy the classic tale of a wooden boy who cannot lie (without very, very obvious consequences!) while taking in the beautiful surroundings.  Show runs  Tues–Sat at 4pm and Tues & Thurs at 7pm, through 8/11.  413-551-5111.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

4pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Brockton Rox on their home turf at Wahconah Park tonight!  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street.  Pittsfield, MA ($)

4pm – THEATER: Learn the ins and outs of the backstage happenings of productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival!  Families (ages 8+) are invited to attend the workshop, where they will be able to tour the theater and learn about the many different people and things that make each show happen.  Reservations strongly suggested.  413-597-3400.  1000 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6-7pm – STORYTIME: Visit the Buckland Library for musical storytime!  Lead by Steve Damon, founder of A Natural Music School, the special storytime will have special songs, in addition to stories and snacks.  Kids ages 9 and under welcome with their grown-ups.  413-625-9412.  30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Choreographer Jeremy McQueen brings dancers to Jacob’s Pillow tonight for a performance on the Inside/Out stage.  McQueen choreographed Broadway hits Wicked and The Color Purple!  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-9pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Stanley Park presents Spotlighting Native Americans, highlighting Native American history, traditions and culture through the arts. In the Beveridge Pavilion Annex.  In the morning, kids can come to the park at 10:45am to paint luminary bags. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave. Westfield, MA

7pm – HISTORY/HAUNTED TOUR: Take a spooky mystery tour of  The Mount tonight… beware – you never know what you might encounter!  Visitors will not only be thoroughly creeped out, but will learn some of the building’s interesting history.  413-997-4444.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

7:30pm: HISTORY/FIREWORKS – As part of Sandisfield’s 250th celebration weekend, Sandisfield Arts Center will present “Rascals & Others,” stories, songs and legends about the town’s vibrant history.  Fireworks follow at 9:30pm, at Carr Field. Sandisfield, MA ($)

7-8:30pm: ANIMAL STUDIES/BATS: Twilight World of Bats happens at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids ages 5-15yo can learn about the ecology and diversity of bats in the regions.  Using a bat detector, participants can “eavesdrop” on these flying mammals as the hunt the evening sky for food.  Program begins inside and moves outdoors.  Dress accordingly.  413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (>$)

8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy Music After Hours at The Mount – traditional and modern music, performed by local musicians.  413-997-4444.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦

SUMMER ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS

  • 9-11am – MUSIC EDUCATION: Attend an educational program and a Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at Tanglewood!  There will be a presentation for families, a tour, and, of course, music.  Shed seating is available for groups with kids ages 8+, while younger kiddos are asked to watch with their grown-ups from the lawn.  Happens all summer (No rehearsal on August 17th).  413-637-5274.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the playground at Unity Park!  First Friday of each month means free breakfast.  Sponsored by Community Action.  First Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – HIKE: Take little adventurers on a tyke hike at Mt. Greylock!  The hike is short, and ends with storytime.  Meet at the Visitors Center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park hosts children’s performances at the Beverage Pavillion Annex!  Each week brings a new performer.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: Postpartum drop-in support group, sponsored by MotherWoman, at the Greenfield Family Center.  Childcare provided!  413-475-1553.  90 Federal Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At the Gateway Family Center.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At Northfield Mountain!  Hosted by the Community Network for Children, each playgroup will have a different theme and will include hands-on educational activities for kids.  978-544-5157.  Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Palmer-Monson Family Network at Eager Park (by Converse Middle School).  Bring a picnic lunch.  413-283-6246.  Walnut Street.  Palmer, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-4pm – HIKE: Learn about safe hiking at Mt. Greylock.  Hiking 101 will teach visitors about trail safety, map reading, proper equipment, bear etiquette, etc.  Great for families interested in doing serious hiking, as well as slightly older kids interested in hiking on their own.  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series.  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Easthampton’s Arts in the Park summer concert series features great live music at Millside Park.  Check the schedule for a list of performers.  2 Ferry Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy Music After Hours at The Mount – traditional and modern music, performed by local musicians.  413-997-4444.  2 Plunkett Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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