Suggested Events for August 4th-10th, 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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There will be a clothing swap on Saturday, August 4th from 9am-1pm at the Ashfield Congregational Church. “Ashfield Needles and Threads” will sponsor this one-day opportunity to clear out your closets and outgrown kids clothes in a way that redirects and recycles them back into our community. All remaining items will be donated to area shelters and services. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

This weekend of August 4th and 5th from 10am-5pm- MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HISTORY: Hancock Shaker Village hosts the Age of Iron Weekend. For a full weekend blacksmiths from Berkshire, Connecticut, the Capital District, and New England Blacksmith Guilds will be at the village demonstrating the art of blacksmithing and metal work. Families can even have hands-on opportunity to try the art of blacksmithing. There will be several techniques and styles highlighted, including ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, and Viking and Shaker forging. This learning opportunity will afford youth a first hand look at how blacksmithing was an integral part of life in Shaker history. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic. Pittsfield, MA ($$)

This weekend of August 4th & 5th from 9:30am-8pm/5pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Redcoats and Rebels this weekend, a Civil War reenactment! The event is the largest of its kind in New England, and includes demonstrations of cannon firing and battle techniques, live fife and drum music, and more! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

This Sunday, August 5th from 1-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage is hosting a special open house in celebration of the community’s support. Along with the chance to explore the museum and learn about local history, there will be blacksmithing demonstrations, papermaking, walking tours by the Green River, live music, and more! 413-336-8275. 2 Mead Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Next weekend of August 10th-12th in Hampshire Cty.LOCAL FOOD: The annual Northeast Organic Farming Association holds its annual conference this weekend! Each day is packed with workshops on a wide variety of farming-related topics. There are even special workshops each day for kids and teens! Along with workshops, there will be vendors, a farmers’ market, delicious organic food, and more. The event takes place at UMass Amherst – camping and dorm rooms available for the weekend. Pre-register for workshops. University Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE-$$)

Next Saturday, August 11th in Berkshire Cty. from 10am-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate zucchini, a delicious summer treat, at the Zucchini Festival today! There will be zucchini races and zucchini-themed games all day, along with live music (including kids’ performers), zucchini weigh-offs, zucchini decorating contests, a petting zoo and pet parade, delicious food, and more! Takes place in the center of West Stockbridge. 413-232-0222. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Next Saturday, August 11th in Franklin Cty. from 2-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate River Culture at the annual Turners Falls Block Party! There will be a parade, live music, a BMX stunt show, games, locally made goods, and more! Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Next weekend of August 11th-12th in Hampden Cty. – 10am-6pm – GEOLOGY: The Big E is hosting the East Coast Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show next weekend! Families can visit to see and learn about tons of different types of stones, fossils, geodes, and more! It’s a great way to supplement studies of geology and natural history – try identifying some exhibits on your own to test knowledge! 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Call for Youth PhotographersCALL FOR YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHERS: Western MA youth photographers ages 8-18 are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibit titled, “Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western Massachusetts Youth Photographers.” Hosted by Hilltown Families with the support of the Cummington Cultural Council, the exhibit will be on display at the Cummington Community House Gallery in the rear of the Cummington Community House during the month of September 2012. Exhibit gives youth an opportunity to explore their towns and document their findings both in images and a written narrative. Great summer learning opportunity! Participation is free and open to all youth living in Western MA. Deadline for entry: Aug 27, 2012. More info and entry forms here: Call for Youth Photographers.

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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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
August 4th-10th, 2012

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“Enjoying good, local food at good, local restaurants outdoors when the air is warm and the breeze is gentle makes the living easy in summertime. Fortunately for all of us, there is an abundance of all of these in summer in Western MA. My favorites include the Lady Killigrew at the Bookmill in Montague, Ristorante DiPaolo in Turners Falls, and Mama Iguana’s in Northampton. We’re also fortunate to live amidst a number of local “creamies” and “frosties.” We’re big fans of the 5Js in South Deerfield (which also has super-sweet pick-your-own strawberries), and the Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland when it’s a hot-enough-for-ice-cream evening.” — Cheri Karbon (Deerfield, MA)

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. – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

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) ♦

8:30am – AVIATION: The Great New England Air Show takes place this weekend at Westover Air Force Base! Families can visit to learn all about different types of planes, watch flight shows, and see giant Air Force planes and helicopters up close! Chicopee, MA. ($

9am-1pm – CLOTHES SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting a community clothing swap! Clothes can be donated to the event between 7/29 and 8/3 at St. John’s Church, and post-swap, leftover items will be donated to Share the Warmth and the Salvation Army. No donations necessary to participate! BYO bags. Event will take place at the Ashfield Congregational Church. Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

9:30-11am – PUPPETS: The Hatfield Library hosts puppet playtime! Create new characters, perform a show, or just practice puppetry skills. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-8pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Redcoats and Rebels this weekend, a Civil War reenactment! The event is the largest of its kind in New England, and includes demonstrations of cannon firing and battle techniques, live fife and drum music, and more! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Celebrate the tradition of blacksmithing at Hancock Shaker Village! The village will be full of activities and demonstrations related to blacksmithing, and families can take part in a scavenger hunt, hear talks on blacksmithing in Shaker history, tour the blacksmithing shop, and more. There will also be tours of the village highlighting blacksmith-produced items used in Shaker buildings. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

10am-8pm – ART: Spectrum Playhouse and Good Purpose Gallery hosts a full day of family fun, art, and music! There will be arts and crafts on display from local artists, a puppet performance “The Watershed Waltz,” from 11am-12noon (presented by Marmalade Productions, and focused on teaching about watersheds), and three live concerts! 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

10am-10pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Big E for the Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show! Families can watch riders compete in many different events, and can learn about the sport of riding, horse care, and how riders and their horses are judged. Great for kids interested in taking riding lessons! 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Visit the Adams Agricultural Fair! Today’s highlights include sheep dog demonstrations, live music, dance performances, a magic show, along with animals to visit, and opportunities to learn about local agriculture. Howland Avenue. North Adams, MA. ($)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Magician Ed Popielarczyk brings his illusions to Odyssey Bookshop! Prepare to be amazed! The performance takes place outdoors. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Painbox Theater presents, “Zorro!” at Smith College’s Mendenhall Center for Peforming Arts. 413-585-3220. Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

10:30 and 11:15am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Forest Park’s Zoo on the Go will be visiting the Huntington Library this morning! Meet and learn about some of the zoo’s travel-friendly critters. 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

10:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to learn about Letterpress printing, part of the museum’s “Fun With Flax” series. 413-775-7127. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

11am – MARIONETTES: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “Little Red Riding Hood,” at the Marketplace Cafe! 55 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

11am – MUSIC FESTIVAL/REGGAE: The annual Charlemont Reggae Festival takes place today! Reggae historian Roger Steffens headlines the festival, bringing a multimedia presentation on reggae legends, Bob Marley and the Wailers. There will be tons of live music all day, as well as vendors, kids’ activities, and more! Takes place at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. 413-367-9309. Park Street. Charlemont, MA. ($$)

11am-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of families who lived locally between 1650 and 1950 today at Mission House! Kids will learn about the importance of preserving family history, and can create their own family trees and scrapbooks to take home. 413-298-3239. Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

11am-3pm – FIELD TRIP/CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about and celebrate American Indian culture and traditions at the Institute for American Indian Studies’ Green Corn Festival! The festival celebrates the ripening of the season’s first corn, and is a tradition in many different tribes – though timing depends on geographic location. The event will include live music and dance (featuring performers from all over the country), as well as opportunities to learn about the festival and aspects of American Indian culture, both in history and today. 860-868-0518. 38 Curtis Road. Washington, CT. ($)

12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/ART: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for “World of Adventure,” a special family festival day to celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit, which features illustrations by Howard Pyle. The event includes opportunities to learn about American and British history, as well as fun activities that are knight-, pirate-, and dragon-themed. Explore the galleries, meet Civil War soldiers, and make some art! 413-931-2290. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

1-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage is hosting a special open house in celebration of the community’s support. Along with the chance to explore the museum and learn about local history, there will be blacksmithing demonstrations, papermaking, walking tours by the Green River, live music, and more! 413-336-8275. 2 Mead Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

1-4pm – HIKING: 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) ♦

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. ($$)

2pm – HISTORY/FEMINISM: Western Gateway Heritage State Park hosts a program on female soldiers in the Civil War this afternoon. Pair with studies of American History, women’s rights, and feminism. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Tour the Stockbridge Cemetery this afternoon to learn about the town’s so-called “cottage-era” – the tour will include information about the homeowners, architects, and community members who lived in designed, or had ties to historic homes. Students can use knowledge of American history to put what they learn on the tour into broader historical context, and older students can use the tour as an introduction to studies of architecture and design. Parking available at town hall. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

4-5pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn about stars and planets at the Mason Library! Great introduction to studies of outer space for younger students. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

4-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate Barrington Stage Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast at a fancy tea party at the Berkshire Museum! Kiddos (and their grown ups) can enjoy tea and crumpets with cast members, then explore the museum. Wear a costume if you wish! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: 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) ♦

5-8pm – ART WALK: Shelburne Falls’ Art Under the Stars takes place tonight! Venture through the town’s downtown area, and see artwork at numerous galleries and studios from local artists! Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

6pm – TEEN/TWEEN: It’s teen/tween movie night at the Meekins Library! Tonight’s film is Big Miracle (rated PG). Snacks begin at 6, and movie begins at 7. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Participants in the School at Jacob’s Pillow’s Jazz/Musical Theater summer program perform 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 – WORLD MUSIC: The didgeridoo, an Australian instrument rich in Aboriginal culture, will be a music & puppet presented at the Lenox Library in a program called, “Didgeridoo Down Under,” followed by an Aussie Fun Jam Workshop at 7:45pm for t(w)eens. The jam will allow youth to play the didgeridoo, an instrument traditional made by insects (eucalyptus trunk hollowed out by termites). Call to register for workshop. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

7-10pm – FAMILY SQUARE DANCE: Spend the night square dancing at the Montague Grange! Live music accompanies dancing. Kids welcome! Montague, MA. (<$)

7:30pm – SILENT FILM: Kids interested in film studies can see an authentic silent film on the big screen at Memorial Hall. Pothole Pictures will be screening “Wings,” a 1927 B&W tale of two innocents who go off to war and the woman they leave behind. Gripping, melodramatic, yet it does not shy away from the brutal consequences of war. The combat scenes – including breathtaking aerial dogfights – filmed directly, without modern “Special Effects” – have never been equaled. This restored print features an orchestral recreation of the original organ accompaniment. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA ($)

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Sunday, August 5th, 2012

“We love all the different swimming holes in the area! We try to hit up a bunch of different ones all summer long. Some are well known (Puffer’s Pond in Amherst) and other’s are local secrets.” — Avital Norman Nathman (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.

8:30am – AVIATION: The Great New England Air Show takes place this weekend at Westover Air Force Base! Families can visit to learn all about different types of planes, watch flight shows, and see giant Air Force planes and helicopters up close! Chicopee, MA. ($)

8:30-11:30am – CANOEING/HISTORY: Canoe the Housatonic at Bartholomew’s Cobble! A Trustees of Reservations guide will share information with families on the history of the river and the unique ecosystem surrounding it. Best for experienced canoers. 413-229-8600. Sheffield, MA ($$)

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) ♦

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Redcoats and Rebels this weekend, a Civil War reenactment! The event is the largest of its kind in New England, and includes demonstrations of cannon firing and battle techniques, live fife and drum music, and more! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

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 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-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-12noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURE/BIRDS OF PREY: Meet Tom Ricardi’s birds of prey at Bartholomew’s Cobble! Ricardi helps to rehabilitate large birds of prey, and shares his birds for educational purposes. Registration required. 413-229-8600. Sheffield, MA ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Celebrate the tradition of blacksmithing at Hancock Shaker Village! The village will be full of activities and demonstrations related to blacksmithing, and families can take part in a scavenger hunt, hear talks on blacksmithing in Shaker history, tour the blacksmithing shop, and more. There will also be tours of the village highlighting blacksmith-produced items used in Shaker buildings. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

10am-4:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Visit the Adams Agricultural Fair today! Highlights include an ox pull, sheep dog demonstrations, demolition derby, and more! Howland Avenue. North Adams, MA. ($)

12noon-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Pittsfield’s annual Ethnic Fair takes place today! The event includes food, music, vendors, and more representing and sharing parts of many different cultures. Countries such as Ireland, Brazil, Greece, Columbia, Ecuador, and multiple African countries will be represented. Families can learn about the traditions of many different world cultures, and older students can use what they learn to think about international influences on American culture. Park Square and Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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 – 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 ($$)

3pm – CRAFTS/NATURE CRAFTS: Visit Natural Bridge State Park for nature crafts! Make your own creation out of natural objects. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

4pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Silver Knights at Wahconah Park! 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: North Hall hosts folk singer Lui Collins tonight! Called a, “folk singer for our generation,” Collins will play a wide variety of music – everything from original folk songs to Brazilian bossa nova! 413-667-5543. 40 Searle Road. Huntington, MA. ($)

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

6pm – WORLD MUSIC/WEST AFRICAN: Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song Performance with Sanga-of-the-Valley happens at Bascom Lodge. This pioneering group presents an artistic expression that fuses original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance – showcasing indigenous instruments. Atop Mount Greylock. 877-904-2362. Adams, MA (FREE)

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Monday, August 6th, 2012

Bucket List9-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open for a short summer session! Play, socialize, and have snack and circle time! 413-545-2129. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

9am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the day catching (and learning about!) critters at Red Gate Farm! Kids can explore the fields, pond, and forests of the farm to learn about a wide variety of creatures. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($$$)

9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Community Health Programs at Card Pond in West Stockbridge! 413-664-0104. Route 41. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Movies rated G and PG are free for families this morning at Rave Cinema. 413-733-5134. 864 Riverdale Road. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Red Gate Farm for Mornings on the Farm! Kids can explore the farm, meet animals, and learn about farm life through fun hands-on activities. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($)

10am-12noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: The Norman Rockwell Museums summer sketch club meets today! Bring a sketch book or drawing pad, and other art materials will be provided. Class takes place outside, weather permitting, so pack accordingly! (Water, hat, sunscreen, etc.) Ages 7+. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

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

2pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” at the Eric Carle Museum. This special puppet version is even sillier than usual! 413-658-1123. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Cool off in the sprinkler at the Haskins Center! Sprinkly fun takes place on the playground. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – CONCERT: Celebrate Berkshire Children and Families’ 125th anniversary at a live concert! Gershwin Constellation will perform at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center! 413-448-8281 ext14. 36 Linden Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

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, August 7th, 2012

Bucket List9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At Stockbridge’s Town Hall Playground, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 50 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

9am-3pm – FARM ADVENTURE/CARPENTRY: Kids ages 7-15 can spend the day at Red Gate Farm, helping to develop some new infrastructure! The farm needs more gates – kids can learn about styles of gates used on the farm (which vary depending on location and use), then use what they’ve learned to develop ideas for new ones and to help construct some. Basic carpentry skills will be shared, and the finished product will be tested on a sheep pen. Great for kids learning about design and building, interested in construction, or beginning to learn basic algebra and/or geometry. Registration required. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($$)

9am-3pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP/AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM: Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom is offering a workshop for educators on using hobby farming to accomplish learning goals set by the Common Core Standards. Takes place at Rocky Top Farm. Registration required. Otis, MA. ($$)

9:30am-4pm – PUPPETS: Spend the day creating an entire puppet show! Kids will work together to craft their own story, then create puppets of all kinds to portray the story with! Kids can help with puppet making, script writing, choreography, etc. Presented by Marmalade Productions! Takes place at the Becket Arts Center. Registration required. BYO lunch. Show will be presented from 3-4pm. 413-623-6635. 12 Brooker Hill Road. Becket, MA. (<$)

10am – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Look Park hosts Ed Popielarczyk at the Pines Theater! The silly show is full of magic, balloon tricks, and more! 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

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

1pm – FAMILY SHOW: Nutshell Playhouse will be at the Lenox Library with “Tutti Frutti, a family performance mixing pirates, clownerie, music and puppets. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

1pm – IMPROV: Kids can take part in a musical theater improv workshop with JoAnne Spies at the Berkshire Athenaeum. The workshop will focus on improv that uses storytelling, songwriting, and rhythm. Registration required, kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Great opportunity to learn about nontraditional theater performance and to practice creativity! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” at the Eric Carle Museum. This special puppet version is even sillier than usual! 413-658-1123. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Jay Mankita presents, “Big Dream Songbook,” at the Lee Library – the event celebrates the end of the library’s summer reading program, and there will be ice cream after the show! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

4-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: It’s Family Fun Night at the Dalton CRA’s Pinegrove Park! Fun and games for the whole family, plus drinks, snacks, and popsicles! 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

5-7pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: To celebrate National Night Out, the Forest Park Zoo will be open after hours! Families can explore the zoo during the evening, and kids get free admission with paying adults. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)

6:30pm – ENGINEERING – The Griswold Memorial Library hosts “A World of Bridges.” Kids can travel all over the world and throughout history in this interactive engineering event through story and a hands-on engineering activity. Learn how other cultures built bridges, and then construct and walk across a giant roman arch bridge! There will be two shows and families are encouraged to BYO picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the show.  Held at the Foundry Vilage Schoolhouse. Call to register. 413-624-3619 Colrain, MA (FREE)

6:30-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: West Springfield’s annual Town Carnival and Art Show takes place tonight – there will be tons of fun carnival games for families, as well as an art show filled with art made by participants in the city’s summer art enrichment programs! Takes place at West Springfield Middle School. 413-495-1891. 31 Middle School Drive. West Springfield, 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. ($$)

7pm – GARDENING WORKSHOP: The West County Resilience Committee hosts a workshop on lengthening the gardening season! Taking place at the Shelburne Senior Center, the event will share information on harvesting post-frost and growing veggies beginning later in the season. 413-624-3240. 7 Main Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

8:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT/FIREWORKS: Tanglewood celebrates families today! Tonight’s concert is family friendly, and ends with fireworks. 888-266-1200. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

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) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Chicopee Library for an adventure story and craft time. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, 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. (<$) ♦
  • 3-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in crawl time for infants at Treehouse! 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. ♦
  • 3-5pm – TEEN: It’s Teen Tuesday at the Chicopee Library – visit for a new activity every week. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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, August 8th, 2012

Bucket List9-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open for a short summer session! Play, socialize, and have snack and circle time! 413-545-2129. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

9am-3pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Learn about using permaculture as a teaching tool and developing school gardens at UMass at a workshop hosted by Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom! Great for educators of all kinds. Registration required. Amherst and South Deerfield, MA. ($$)

9am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKING: Hike the stream at Red Gate Farm! Dress to get wet – kids (ages 7-15) will hike the farm’s stream all the way to its source! Registration required. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($$)

9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Becket Town Hall, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 557 Main Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs! 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)

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

1pm- MAGIC: Peter Boie presents,”Magic for Nonbelievers” at the Berkshire Athenaeum! This interactive, hands-on workshop will entertain even the most skeptical of kids. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of hand-weaving, a centuries old craft, at Ashley House! Kids will be able to view hand woven pieces and create their own masterpieces. 413-298-3239. Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

2pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” at the Eric Carle Museum. This special puppet version is even sillier than usual! 413-658-1123. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

6pm – CRAFTS: Make your own fancy magnets out of bottle caps at the MN Spear Library! Exercise your ceativity while recycling! Registration required. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, 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 – ASTRONOMY: Kevin Collins from the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association will lead a virtual tour of the New England sky to understand th estars and how to participate in astronomy groups. Held at Bascom Lodge. Atop Mount Greylock. Adams, MA (FREE)

6-7:30pm – SPELLING BEE: The Chicopee Public Library hosts a spelling bee for word-savvy kiddos in grades 3-6. Test out your spelling knowledge! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, 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)

6:30-8pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE/BEAVERS: Search for beavers (and signs of beavers, like lodges, dams, and trees that have been munched on) at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Kids can learn about the role than beavers play in a changing landscape, as well as the other wildlife that beaver-created ponds can attract. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Wilbraham Library hosts, “Stories of the Night Sky,” with Kevin Kopchynski! Kids will learn about what they see every night, and, weather permitting, the event will end with stargazing. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

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) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Live on the Lake, a community concert series, takes place tonight on the shore of Onota Lake! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy great family-friendly live music. Pittsfield, 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, August 9th, 2012

Bucket List9-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open for a short summer session! Play, socialize, and have snack and circle time! 413-545-2129. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

10am – MOVIE: Movies rated G and PG are free for families this morning at Rave Cinema. 413-733-5134. 864 Riverdale Road. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: At Mansfield Lake, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. Mansfield Lake Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

9am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the day playing nature-based outdoor games at Red Gate Farm! The games, such as Predator-Prey, are fun and educational at the same time. Registration required. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($$)

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

2pm – CRAFTS/NATURE CRAFTS: Visit Natural Bridge State Park for nature crafts! Make your own creation out of natural objects. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

2pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” at the Eric Carle Museum. This special puppet version is even sillier than usual! 413-658-1123. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

2-3pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURE: Learn about the science behind bubbles (and do some fun activities) at the Chicopee Library! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

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 (>$)

3:30-4pm – CRAFTS/PAPER DOLLS: Learn how to make ballerina paper dolls at the Mason Library! Call to register. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents, “Zorro!” at Smith College’s 3220Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts. 413-585-3220. Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

4pm & 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. ($$)

6pm – OUTDOOR SKILLS/KNOTS: Learn to tie useful knots at the Bullitt Reservation! Taught by a former sailor, the workshop will teach three easy knots that can be used for almost anything. 413-628-4485. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. (<$)

6-7pm – ART/PLAYGROUP: Enjoy some messy art time on the playground at the Haskins Center! Kids can make as much mess as they want, and create masterpieces while they’re at it! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Jamie Kent and Kingsley Flood perform in Pulaski Park as part of Northampton’s new concert series! Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Masala brings live jazz to the Leverett Library! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

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) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – SCRABBLE: Scrabble Club meets at the Chicopee Library! Practice spelling and vocabulary skills while having fun playing the game! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the New Salem Library! 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – MUSIC: Chicopee Library hosts music and movement class for kids! Best for kids 5 and under. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Hatfield Library! 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the Haskins Center’s playground! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon. Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills! 413-625-2782. 4 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity by doing nature crafts at Natural Bridge State Park. Cancelled in case of rain. 413-663-6392. 107 McAuley Road. North Adams, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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, August 10th, 2012

Bucket ListMUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free admission to the Berkshire Museum, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation! Pittsfield, MA (FREE) 

9-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open for a short summer session! Play, socialize, and have snack and circle time! 413-545-2129. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Tumblin’ Tots playgroup is at the Hillside Park playground this week! Sponsored by Community Action, the playgroup includes stories, songs, and playtime. 413-475-1543. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

10am – KIDS’ CONCERT: Julie & Brownie present “Achoo, Stop the Flu!” at Stanley Park! The show teaches kids about how to avoid spreading germs (and their resulting illnesses) and about making healthy food choices that promote wellness. Takes place in the Beveridge Pavillion Annex. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-5pm – SHOP LOCAL/CRAFT FAIR: Check out locally-made arts and crafts at the annual Berkshire Crafts Fair! There will be creations from nearly 90 different local artists and artisans. Takes place at Monument Mountain Regional High School. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (SALE)

10am-6pm – GEOLOGY: The Big E is hosting the East Coast Gem, Mineral,and Fossil Show this weekend! Families can visit to see and learn about tons of different types of stones, fossils, geodes, and more! It’s a great way to supplement studies of geology and natural history – try identifying some exhibits on your own to test knowledge! 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

11am – ANIMAL ADVENTURES/BIRDS OF PREY: Wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will be at the Berkshire Botanical Garden with several birds of prey, sharing the natural history of these regal birds. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA (FREE w/admission)

11am – FARMING/CONFERENCE: The annual Northeast Organic Farming Association holds its annual conference this coming weekend! Each day is packed with workshops on a wide variety of farming-related topics. There are even special workshops each day for kids and teens! Along with workshops, there will be vendors, a farmer’s market, delicious organic food, and more. The event takes place at UMass Amherst – camping and dorm rooms available for the weekend. University Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE-$$)

2pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” at the Eric Carle Museum. This special puppet version is even sillier than usual! 413-658-1123. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

3-8pm – CRAFTS: Decorate a lantern at Unity Park during a giant lantern decorating party! Your creation will be part of the River of Lights Lantern Parade the following day. Bring a picnic dinner, too! Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (<$)

4pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Middlefield Fair, an old-time country fair established in 1855, happens this weekend.  Gates open at 4pm on Friday, Aug. 10th and the runs through the weekend. A quintessential New England agriculture fair, Middlefield Fair hosts sheep & cattle shows, horse & oxen pull, pancake breakfast, Roast Pork dinner, fiddler’s contest, live music, family entertainment and displays in the exhibit hall and historical museum. 413-623-6027.  7 Bell Rd. Middlefield, MA (>$, Kids under 12 are FREE)

4-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: It’s Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art! Tour the galleries, make some creations, and participate in a guided gallery talk at 6:30. Bedford Terrace and Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

4-8pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Kids can take a walk back into time checking out 200 antique and classic cars slated to arrive in Downtown Pittsfield for Friday On Wheels: Classic Car & Music Show.  Classic cars are a fun way to review the evolution of transportation with young people, and the celebratory environment at this event brings community together for a fun time. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) 

4:30pm – THEATER STUDIES: Learn about theater costuming and props at the Williamstown Theater Festival this afternoon! Try on actual costumes from past shows and see props – and learn about how the costume department works! Great for kids interested in theater and fashion design. Registration required. 413-597-3400. 84 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

5:30-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Stargaze the night away at Naumkeag! Begin the evening with a picnic dinner (or visit later in the evening, once it’s dark), then spend the night gazing into the skies. Stargazing kits including maps and activities available for kids. 413-298-3239. Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE) – HAPPENS FRIDAY, AUG 3RD.

7:30pm – CONCERT/WORLD MUSIC: Village Harmony’s teen ensemble performs on the green at Cummington Congregational Church tonight! Hear South African songs (and dances), Italian Renaissance and folk music, and some shape note singing. 27 West Main Street. Cummington, MA. ($)

6:30-8pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE/BATS: Do you know which mammal is the only one with the ability to fly? Bats! Learn about bats, and their unique characteristics, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary tonight! The event will, weather depending, end with a bat search, complete with a bat detector to listen to their calls. Wear long sleeves, pants, and a hat. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

8pm – OUTDOOR FILM: Watch, “The Secret Life of Arietty,” outside tonight! The movie will be projected onto the side of the South Deerfield Congregational Church. BYO comfortable seating and a snack! 71 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. (<$)

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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