Suggested Events for August 11th-17th, 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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The Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference happens this weekend at UMass with workshops for kids of all age and an old-fashioned country fair with games like watermelon seed spitting (pictured here from last year’s country fair) and ox plop bingo!

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Friday-Sunday, August 10th-12th in Hampshire Cty.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)

Saturday & Sunday, 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. ($)

Saturday & Sunday, August 11th-12th in Hampshire Cty. from 8am-4pm – HISTORY: Look Park hosts The Battle of the Seven Pines, a weekend of Civil War reenactment!  Today’s highlights include tours of soldiers’ campsites, meeting soldiers and learning about Army life, battle reenactments (including a takeover of the Look Park train!), and opportunities to learn about Civil War medicine and artillery, and the role that women played in the war.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($)

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)

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

Next Friday-Sunday, August 17th-19th in Franklin Cty. – AGRICULTURAL FAIR:  The annual Heath Fair kicks off on Friday, Aug. 17th from 5-11pm!  Highlights for Friday night include live music (including Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem!), cheese making demonstrations, and family square dancing!  All day Saturday, families can learn about local agriculture and meet animals of all kinds (there’s even an ADGA goat show!), go on a wagon ride, hear live music, see demonstrations of sheep herding, beekeeping, and herbal medicine.  On Sunday events include youth sheep and cattle shows, a performance by the Heath School Strings, live music from the Sweetback Sisters and the Shelburne Falls Military Band, wagon rides, a community parade, and more!  9 Hosmer Road.  Heath, MA.  ($)

Net Saturday-Sunday, August 18th-19th in Berkshire Cty. – CULTURAL STUDIES/GREEK: OPA! Spend the weekend in Greece, without the travel!   St. George Greek Orthodox Church is hosting their annual Grecian Festival this weekend, 11am-8pm on Saturday and 12noon-6pm on Sunday – families can visit to enjoy a day filled with Greek food, music, dance/dancing, a marketplace, and more!  Kids can learn about Greek culture, as well as the role that religion plays within it, at the festival, and will also be able to learn about Greek-American life and the prevalence of Greek culture within the local community.  413-441-8113.  73 Bradford Street. Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Join Easthampton City Arts+ and the Easthampton Bear Fest in a Teddy Bear Picnic—a summertime community picnic around Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton on August 11, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Bring your family, friends, teddy bears and neighbors, and share a seat on a large gingham picnic blanket that will be provided by Bear Fest. The cupcake truck, SugarBakers Cake Truck, will be stationed nearby to provide sweet treats. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite Teddy bear to share in the festivities and the band  Shiprock and Anchordog Acoustic Greatness will be performing live for picnic goers. Pack a picnic basket and join the community fun!

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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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SCREENINGS: The Family Resource Center in North Adams offers FREE Ages and Stages Screenings. Infants and young children have so many developmental changes and milestones in the early years, it’s helpful to know where your child is developmentally and how to best support their growth. Ages and Stages is a well respected screening tool that will guide families in understanding their child’s development. The FRC staff will spend an hour with you and your child to go through this screening tool. Please contact their office for more information or an appointment at mzepka@ccberkshire.org or 413-664-4821.

BACK PACKED FOR SUCCESS: The Family Place is hosting a back-to-school event for kids entering 1st grade through 6th grade at local northern Berkshire schools.  Kids & their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies  and meet their school principal.  The event for families living in Florida & Savoy will be located at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School (56 North County Road) in Florida on August 21st from  5:30 -6:30 pm .  The event for families living in Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Adams, & Cheshire will be located at The Family Place (61 Main Street) in North Adams on August 23rd from 12:30pm – 2:30 pm. Pre-registration required. Contact Sara or Amber at 413-663-7588  or email at smcdonald@nbccoalition.org to register by August 20, 2012.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
August 11th-17th, 2012

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is a local gem. You can ride the trolley all day long and try out the pump car!” — Kate Gerrity

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. – Chuck Folds and his band Big Bang Boom guest DJ the HFVS this week, putting together a show on helping each other out, being good friends and getting along together with GREAT music! – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

All Day – 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)

All Day – 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-$$)

8am-4pm – TAG SALE: Town-wide tag sales in Adams today!  Start your back-to-school shopping the recycled, eco-friendly way – find some great new-to-you goodies.  Adams, MA.

8am-4pm – HISTORY: Look Park hosts The Battle of the Seven Pines, a weekend of Civil War reenactment!  Today’s highlights include tours of soldiers’ campsites, meeting soldiers and learning about Army life, battle reenactments (including a takeover of the Look Park train!), and opportunities to learn about Civil War medicine and artillery, and the role that women played in the war.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($)

8:15am – ROAD RACE: The Bridge of Flowers Race takes place today!  There is a 3k Run/Walk, great for families, at 8:15, followed by a 10k race at 9am.  Proceeds from the race support four different local charities, and race participants are able to vote for a favorite community organization to receive funds.  Get some exercise, enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning, and support community organizations!  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  ($$)

9am-3pm – SHOP LOCAL: Hinsdale Dayz hosts their 6th annual craft fair today at the Wayne Walton Pavillion behind the Hinsdale Fire Station!  See what local artists and craftspeople are creating, and find some treasures for yourself!  413-281-1394.  95 Maple Street.  Hinsdale, MA.  (SALE)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Hike the Fire Road Trail at Mt. Tom – the adventure is guided by a park ranger, and will have a moderate pace and level of difficulty.  413-527-4805.  Route 5.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

10am-1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Much like humans, animals need their sense in order to survive, but they also have unique adaptations!  Learn about interesting animal adaptations and how they use them to survive in their environment today at the Zoo in Forest Park.  293 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – SHOP LOCAL: 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.  ($)

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. ($)

10am-7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICA: Learn about Native American culture at the Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow!  The event is an explosion of Native American culture – families can listen to drumming, try out traditional foods, learn about the creation of arts and crafts such as pottery and beaded items, participate in community dances, and more!  Takes place at the Wirtes Farm.  413-443-2481.  45 Greylock Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  ($)

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)

10:30-11:30am – HABITAT STUDIES/WATERSHEDS: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center to participate in, “What’s Wrong in the Watershed?”  The fun, family scavenger hunt takes participants through the center, exploring each of the watershed habitats to find out what’s wrong!  413-863-3676.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/GEOLOGY: Learn about the geology of the Holyoke Range and how the range (and the Pioneer Valley) was created at Skinner State Park!  The event is a guided hike that will cover 3-3.5 miles – wear appropriate footwear and bring water and a snack.  413-586-0350.  Hadley Street (Route 47).  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Huntington Library for owl-themed storytime!  Along with stories, there will be an owl craft and a tasty snack.  413-667-3506.  7 East Main Street.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

1 & 2pm – HISTORY: Visit Ashley House to learn about Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a natural healer and midwife.  Families can sew their own medicine bags to collect plants in, and explore nearby Bartholomew’s Cobble as well.  413-298-3239.  Cooper Hill Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE) [CANCELLED]

1-2pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Visit Mission House for a program on folklore and stories of Native Americans!  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, 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) ♦

2pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Learn about insects, some of the toughest of creatures, at Western Gateway Heritage State Park!  115 State Street, Building 4.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Mass MoCA hosts a performance of 500 Clown’s Trapped, a show with an ensnaring set.  The clowns spend the silly show trying to get out of the trap they’ve made themselves – it’s full of silly stunts and vaudevillian comedy.  413-662-2111.  Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA.  ($)

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)

3-3:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Skinner State Park was once home to a tramway that brought visitors up the mountain.  Visit the park to hear firsthand accounts of travelers who took the tram, and to learn about the engineering behind the unique form of transportation.  413-586-0350.  Hadley, 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.  ($$)

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) ♦

4:30-5:30pm – COMMUNITY PICNIC: Join Easthampton City Arts+ for a Teddy Bear Picnic at Nashawannuck Pond!  Pack dinner, bring your favorite teddy bear(s), and enjoy live kids’ music from Shiprock and Anchor Dog!  413-527-8278.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm – ART WALK: Easthampton’s Art Walk takes place tonight!  Explore local businesses and see local art with the family.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Dancers participating in the School at Jacob’s Pillow’s summer jazz/musical theater dance program present a show on the Inside/Out stage tonight!  413-243-9919.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – ASTRONOMY/STARGAZING: Visit the summit of Mt. Greylock to stargaze with the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association!  There will be a variety of telescopes on hand, and families can learn to identify stars, planets, etc.  Rain or clouds cancels.  413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

DUSK – ASTRONOMY/STARGAZING: Go stargazing at Notchview with the Trustees of Reservations and representatives from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center!  Kids of all ages can gaze through telescopes and learn to identify planets, stars, etc.  Use as an introduction or supplement to space studies. Rain date: Aug 12.  413-532-1631.  Old Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012

“Picnic dinner at the DAR in Goshen, followed by an evening canoe tour of the lake. The perfect after-work/after-camp end to a summer day.” — Jennifer Grow (Florence, 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.

All Day – 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)

All Day – 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-$$)

8am-4pm – HISTORY: Look Park hosts The Battle of the Seven Pines, a weekend of Civil War reenactment!  Today’s highlights include tours of soldiers’ campsites, meeting soldiers and learning about Army life, battle reenactments (including a takeover of the Look Park train!), and opportunities to learn about Civil War medicine and artillery, and the role that women played in the war.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, 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.  (VOLUNTEER)  ♦

9am-3pm – BENEFIT/AUTOMOBILE SHOW: The 6th annual Wheels and Whiskers Car Show takes place today!  The event, which will include a plethora of antique autos, is a benefit for the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no-kill cat and kitten rescue program.  Attendees are asked to bring cat or kitten food to the show to donate to the project. Kids can learn about the history and evolution of transportation (and changes in technology) by observing the changes in cars over time!  Takes place at Mestek Field.  260 North Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

10am and 2pm – HIKE/BOTANICAL STUDIES: Go on a medicine 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, 11am, 1pm & 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Natural Bridge State Park hosts Marvelous Marble Walks on both Saturday and Sundays, where visitors can learn about the marble quarry that once operated nearby.  Kids can learn about important local and natural history!  413-663-6392.  McCauley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE, >$ FOR PARKING) ♦

10am-5pm – 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. ($)

10am-5pm – SHOP LOCAL: 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.  ($)

10am-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Learn about Native American culture at theRock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow!  The event is an explosion of Native American culture – families can listen to drumming, try out traditional foods, learn about the creation of arts and crafts such as pottery and beaded items, participate in community dances, and more!  Takes place at the Wirtes Farm.  413-443-2481.  45 Greylock Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  ($)

10:30-11:30am or 1-2:30pm – ART: Make wearable art at Bascom Lodge!  Robin Brickman will teach visitors how to use basic materials to create wearable masterpieces.  Earlier workshop is for ages 12 and under, while the later workshop is for teens.  Participants in the later workshop should bring watercolors and brushes if they have them.  E-mail robin@robinbrickman.com.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  ($$)

10:30-11:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Hone your birding skills at Mt. Tom  Rangers will help visitors learn to search for birds, and visitors will get to try out their new skills around the park.  413-527-4805.  Route 5.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE: Visit Naumkeag for an interactive tour, designed just for kids!  Become a member of the Choate family, who once lived in the historic home, while learning about the building’s history and the stories it holds!  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

12noon-2pm – CHEMISTRY: Visit the Zoo in Forest Park experiment with different types of goo – learn about what goes into each one, and how the substance changes based on its ingredients.  Tons of icky, gooey fun!  293 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

1pm – MUSIC/ORCHESTRA: Learn about orchestra instruments, music styles, and musical concepts at Tanglewood’s Watch and Play program!  The event is specially designed to make kids’ visit to Tanglewood educational, and to provide them with background information that will help them make sense of what they hear.  Takes place in the Chamber Music Hall.  Tickets to afternoon performance required.  866-266-1200.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$$)

1-1:15pm or 3-3:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Skinner State Park to learn about the history of the Summit House – once a tourist destination, the house is now undergoing renovations to once again be used to bring visitors to the park for the magnificent views.  413-586-0350.  Hadley Street.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

1 & 2pm – HISTORY: Visit Ashley House to learn about Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a natural healer and midwife.  Families can sew their own medicine bags to collect plants in, and explore nearby Bartholomew’s Cobble as well.  413-298-3239.  Cooper Hill Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE) [CANCELLED]

1-3pm – CHESS: An informal Chess Club is beginning 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) ♦

1-3:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Hike to the Holyoke Range’s Horse Caves!  The guided hike begins at the Notch Visitors Center.  413-253-2883.  1500 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

2-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Shelburne Historical Society this afternoon to learn all about local history!  Housed in a former school building, the historical society is home to artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the community’s history.  Kids can learn how their town evolved, and put American history into a local context.  413-625-6150.  Church and Maple Streets.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – QUIZ SHOW: The Odyssey Bookshop host Brain Quest Challenge for kids 8-12yo.  This quiz show styled game allows kids to compete by answering questions part of the Brain Quest series.  Sign up: 413-534-7307. 9 College St. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

2pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Eagles Band presents a concert at the Wayne Walton pavilion behind the Hinsdale Fire Station!  BYO blanket or chairs for comfy seating. 95 Maple Street.  Hinsdale, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Berkshire Museum host a production of “Beauty and the Beast” by Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre. Final performance. Best for children with audience skills, ages 5yo and older. 413-443-7171 x40. 39 South Street, Rte. 7. Pittsfield, MA ($$)

2pm – MUSICTanglewood offers Kids Corner, an interactive learning experience, before Sunday afternoon shows!  Kids can try out many different music and craft activities, before hearing the concert later on.  Tickets to Sunday show required.  866-266-1200.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Chesterfield Historical Society will be hosting an ice cream social at 4pm at the Edwards Memorial Museum, featuring a Victorian Parlor and old organ, as well as period dresses and costumes. Located behind the Chesterfield Library. Chesterfield, MA (FREE) 

2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is having an open house today!  Visit the society’s building, a former schoolhouse filled with three floors of locally relevant displays and artifacts.  Kids can learn about the history of their community, and learn about how major world events (wars, cultural change, etc.) have effected and been reflected in their community.  413-625-9763.  20 Upper Street.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – 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, >$ Parking) ♦

4-6pm – CONCERT/BARBADOS: Celestial Voices, a choir from Barbados, performs at St. Peter’s Church!  The group will perform a variety of music, including folk, Broadway, and traditional Caribbean music.  45 Buckingham Street.  Springfield, 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) ♦

7:30pm – CONCERT: Village Harmony’s Teen Ensemble presents a concert of South African song and dance, Italian Renaissance music, and shape-note singing on the green at Grace Episcopal Church.  14 Boltwood Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

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Monday, August 13th, 2012

Bucket List

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)

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

11am-12noon – GEOLOGY: Learn about the rocks of the Holyoke Range at the Notch Visitors Center!  Designed for kids ages 3-6, the program includes basic geology information, as well as hands-on activities.  413-253-2883.  1500 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – ENGINEERING/LEGOS: It’s LEGO time at the Chicopee Library!  Kids can experiment with the blocks to begin understanding basic principles of architecture, design, and physics.  Call to register.  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

6-7pm – KINDERGARTEN: Is your child beginning kindergarten this fall?  Kick off the school season with Childcare of the Berkshires at a special ice cream party – kids can make their own sundae and meet other kids who will also be starting school this fall.  Call to register.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Storrs Library is hosting a special Fancy Nancy pajama storytime!  Dress in your fanciest nighttime wear and head to the library for bedtime stories.  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, 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, August 14th, 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)

10am – PUPPET SHOW: Tom Knight Puppets will be at Look Park Pines’ Theater this morning. (Rain site: Garden House Tent). Through songs and skits, Tom performs to the themes of animals, food, environmental science, and the importance of reading. 413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($)

10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/RABBITS: Learn all about wild rabbits at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Where do they live?  What do they eat?  And what are they doing in your backyard?!  413-863-3221.  Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – NATURE STUDIESMt. Tom hosts Trail Kids, a program for kids ages 7-9 to learn about the many different plants and animals they find at the park.  413-527-4805.  Route 5.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

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

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Lenox Library hosts an all-Beatles afternoon concert, featuring Tom Raider and Rockalicious’ Ivy Vale and Rick Reil. Classic music that’s fun for the whole family!  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack performs at the Berkshire Athenaeum as part of the library’s summer reading program!  The show will include music and dancing, as well as audience participation.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Today is the first meeting of the Family United Network’s Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery – the support group is a 16-week series, meeting through October.  Takes place at the Salasin Center. 413-774-4307.  474 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum’s Pecha Kucha Night (their second one!) takes place tonight!  The event is a unique opportunity for community members to share their ideas, information, work, and more with others through short presentations.  Each presenter may share a story, a skill, a video… anything!  Families can learn lots of new information by attending, and will also be able to see the diverse skills and knowledge present within their community.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, 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. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE, <$ Parking) ♦
  • 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)

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Bucket List

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

10am – MAGIC SHOW: The Adams Library hosts magician Ed Popielarczyk for their end-of-summer reading party!  Registration required.  413-743-8345.  92 Park Street. Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10-11am – SWIMMING/PLAYGROUP: Swim at Windsor Lake with the Family Resource Center!  Free parking if you let the attendant know you’re with the group.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, 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)

10am-3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Woven Roots Farm and experience a day of farm life!  Visitors (of all ages and abilities) will be able to take part in daily farm activities, like weeding, picking, and caring for crops.  There will be a special Q+A with the farmers, and participants will get to see firsthand (and pick, firsthand!) where some of the local foods available at the Berkshire Co-op come from.  413-528-9697.  Tyringham, MA.  (FREE)

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

12noon-1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Stanley Park hosts Forest Park Zoo’s Zoo on the Go!  Kids can meet small travel-friendly zoo animals and learn all about their zoo habitats!  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – CRAFTS: Make a garden critter craft at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  Registration required, space is limited.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess for all ages and abilities at the Forbes Library.  Playing chess can help kids work on logic and strategy development.  Bring your own set or use one from the library, and enhance your skills by practicing!  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

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.  (<$)

5:30-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The annual Downtown North Adams celebration takes place tonight!  Part of downtown will be closed to traffic – visitors can hear live music, enjoy delicious locally prepared food, peruse vendor tables, play games, and celebrate all that North Adams has to offer!  Main, Eagle, and Holden Streets.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – SCOTTISH MUSIC : Bascom Lodge hosts the Berkshire Highlanders for an outdoor Scottish concert!  The Highlanders are a traditional pipe band- they’ll play highland classics while clad in traditional kilts.  413-743-1591.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – COMEDY/MAGIC: Magician (for non-believers!) Peter Boie performs at the Whately Library tonight!  His magic and humor is fun for all ages.  413-665-2170.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – GAME NIGHT: It’s Family Game Night at the Storrs Library!  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – TEEN: The Westhampton Library screens sci-fi classic, “Star Trek!”  413-527-5386.  1 North Road. Westhampton, 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 16th, 2012

Bucket List

10:30-11:30am – ENGINEERING/LEGOS: Create a LEGO wonderland at the Storrs Library!  Kids can experiment with the blocks and learn about architecture, design, and physics!  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums are offering a special hands-on activity cart full of artist’s tools, art activities, and more!  Kids can examine tools used for art making and try their hand at a few activities.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

11am – ANIMAL STUDIES/REPTILES: Do your kids wonder if snakes actually slimy, or why snapping turtles snap? Or better yet, what even makes a reptile, a reptile? The Museum of Science’s Reptiles! live animal program is at the Lenox Library this morning.   The best way to become acquainted with reptiles is to meet animals from the Museum’s Live Animal Center.Kids ages 5+ can meet and learn about all sorts of scaly, creepy crawly critters!  413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

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

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

10am-1pm – CRAFT WORKSHOP: Learn to make a spoke-bottom rattan basket at the Becket Arts Center!  The workshop, designed for parents and children, will be taught by basketmaker Wendy Jensen.  Call to register.  413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road.  Becket, MA.  ($$)

1pm – CULTURE STUDIES/WORLD MUSIC: Percussionist Karim Nagi brings traditional Arab and Muslim instruments and music to the Springfield Museums!  The show features traditional costumes, dances, and some Arab words – kids will learn all about Arab culture. 800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA. ($)

2pm – 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, >$ Parking) ♦

3-5pm – FARMERS MARKET/STORYTIME: The Monson Farmers Market takes place today!  Along with locally grown and produced foods, there will be a special story and craft time with librarians from the Monson Library.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (MARKET)

4:30pm – FAMILY PICNIC: Play and picnic with the Family United Network at the Federal Street Playground!  PB+J, watermelon, and drinks for kids provided.  413-775-0100.  414 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

5-6pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts a family dance workshop!  Kids ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  ($)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Third Thursday in Pittsfield!  Visit the city’s downtown area for live music, art, and more – numerous local businesses will be open and offering special programs, great art, activities, and more.  Explore all that Pittsfield has to offer!  First Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into pajamas, grab a teddy bear, and head to the Monson Library for pajama storytime!  Tonight’s storytime also includes a special teddy bear sleepover – drop your stuffed animal off at the library for the night, then pick them up the next day and see what fun and mischief they had without you!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, 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. (<$) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Hatfield Library! 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the Haskins Center’s playground! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon. Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills! 413-625-2782. 4 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity by doing nature crafts at Natural Bridge State Park. Cancelled in case of rain. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE, <$ Parking) ♦
  • 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 17th, 2012

Bucket List

7am-6pm – SALE: Crane Paper’s annual paper sale at the Dalton CRA begins today!  Tons of different paper and stationery products will be on super sale, and all proceeds benefit the CRA.  The sale continues daily through Monday 8/20, with the final day being teacher discount day.  413-684-0260.  400 Main Street.  Dalton, MA.  (SALE)

10-11am – KINDERGARTENChildcare of the Berkshires is offering kiddos a chance to ride the bus before their first day of kindergarten!  Riding the bus in advance can help kids get familiarized with bus riding, and can help them be more comfortable once school starts.  Call to register.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

11am – ANIMAL STUDIES/BIRDS OF PREY: Tom Ricardi brings his birds of prey to Natural Bridge State Park!  See live birds of prey and learn all about their habits, habitat, and more!  413-663-6392.  McCauley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE, <$ for parking)

1pm – MARIONETTES: The National Marionette Theater presents, “Peter and the Wolf,” at the Springfield Museums!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

1-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/BATS: Learn about bats, and the role that they play in the local ecosystem, at the Notch Visitors Center  413-253-2883. 1500 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-4pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The  Chicopee Library screens, “Dolphin Tale,” this afternoon!  Get out of the heat and spend the afternoon indoors.  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – GARDENING: Kids can make their own potted herb plants to take home at the Berkshire Coop this afternoon!  DIY Kids will lead a pot-making and herb-planting workshop, which will help kids to learn about the value of home-grown foods.  413-528-9697.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

5-10pm –  AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Visit the Westfield Fair!  There are animals to visit and learn about, midway games, locally made arts and crafts, live music, and more!  Runs Fri-Sun. Fair Lane.  Westfield, MA.  ($)

5-11pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR : The annual Heath Fair kicks off tonight, running through the weekend!  Highlights for the night include live music (including Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem!), cheese making demonstrations, and family square dancing!  A family friendly fair with no midway. 9 Hosmer Road.  Heath, MA.  ($)

5:30-7:30pm – COMMUNITY DINNER/SHABBAT: Celebrate Shabbat at a special family celebration tonight!  The event takes place at the Green River swimming area, and will feature puppets, swimming, and a brief service.  BYO vegetarian dinner.  413-439-1954.  Nash Hill Road.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – THEATER: Minerva Arts Center will present a community performance of “Rapunzel” at Union Street Station. 69 Union St.  North Adams, MA (FREE)

8pm – OUTDOOR FILM: Enjoy an outdoor movie at the Adams Town Hall!  The lawn opens for seating at 7:30, and tonight’s screening is, “Kung Fu Panda.”  8 Park Street.  Adams, 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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