These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!
Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!
Featured learning highlight this week takes place in the Hilltowns at the Becket Arts Center. Nationally-renowned storyteller Judith Black will perform a free preview of “Our Heritage To Save” on Wednesday afternoon, September 18th. This is a story of 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad, a passionate Confederate supporter, and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in the Yankee-occupied town of Collierville, Tennessee in 1863 – revealing a different perspective on the events surrounding the Civil War.
Food History ♦ Ornithology ♦ Habitat & Ecology ♦ Literacy ♦ History ♦ Music Studies ♦ Film/Tech/Teens ♦ Grandparents ♦ STEM
This weekend, September 14th & 15th, visit Old Sturbridge Village for their Agricultural Exhibition. This is a great chance to explore Sturbridge Village and experience an old-fashioned agricultural exhibition. There will be demonstrations of early New England farm equipment, vegetable displays, farm animals, and hands-on experiences for visitors, including knitting and using traditional plows.
On Saturday, September 14th, stop by Historic Deerfield to learn all about foods for the fall harvest at their open hearth cooking demonstrations. Families can discover how early American kitchens made use of the fall harvest by processing and preserving foods for winter. The demonstration will focus on traditional fall foods like pumpkins, apples, and corn.
On Sunday evening, September 15th, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke continues their fall lecture series, “Historical Culinary Incidents: An Exploration of Food and Culture in the Pioneer Valley.” This week, Elyse Moore will discuss Skinner Coffee House and how Belle and Katherine Skinner (“The Skinner Sisters”) helped women and girls who worked in the Holyoke mills.
Kestrel Land Trust and ornithologist Dave King will lead a hawk watch in the Holyoke Range on Sunday morning, September 15th. BYO binoculars and a bird guidebook and prepare to see migratory hawks and raptors and learn about their behavior, life cycles, migratory patterns, and conservation efforts.
Staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke will offer a free guided birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders on Monday morning, September 16th. Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.
Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for a free birds of prey program with Tom Ricardi on Friday afternoon, September 20th in Turners Falls. Ricardi is a raptor expert and will teach participants all about these amazing birds and their unique traits. He will also discussion raptor conservation efforts in the Connecticut River Watershed.
Take a closer look at one of our local watersheds at the Great Falls Discovery Center’s “Watershed Investigators,” on a free Saturday morning during a family program where kids can learn new ways to look at and understand the world around them using games, crafts, exploration, etc. This week’s program allows kids to build their own water turbines! Designed to best fit students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome. Turners Falls.
Learn all about watercycles at Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke on Friday afternoon, September 20th. See how the watercycle works and learn how to understand water systems at Mt. Tom.
On Saturday, September 14th, LittleFest happens at the Springfield Museums! This special event, presented in conjunction with WGBY and the Springfield City Library, is all about literacy for young children Meet the star of the popular PBS Kids series WordGirl. Mister G, a popular children’s entertainer, will perfomr from his new bilingual album about his life-long delight in books (two shows: 10:30am & 12:45pm). This event is great for young kids who are just learning to read, as well as the whole family.
Families can join the Great Falls Discovery Center for a free exploration of the Connecticut River Watershed in Turners Falls while learning about the history that goes along with it on Saturday afternoon, September 14th. This program focuses on “The Patch,” the small piece of land between the River and the power canal. This strip of land has a rich history, which you can learn about with the Discovery Center on this leisurely walk.
Stockbridge History Museum hosts a free cemetery walk on Saturday afternoon to tour and learn about local history through past residents. This month’s theme is, “Back to School; 250 Years of Education in Stockbridge.”
Nationally-renowned storyteller Judith Black will perform a free preview of “Our Heritage To Save” at the Becket Arts Center on Wednesday afternoon, September 18th. This is a story of 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad, a passionate Confederate supporter, and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in the Yankee-occupied town of Collierville, Tennessee in 1863 – revealing a different perspective on the events surrounding the Civil War.
Historic Deerfield is offering a new art program, “Art and Craft: Painted Silk.” On Friday, September 20th, museum visitors can view silk objects in the museum’s collection, learn about how silk is made, and paint their own silk items. This is good hands-on activity for those interested in early American textiles.
Earthdance, an artist-run community and retreat center in the Hilltowns, invites families to their monthly Community Sing, a celebration of the simple lessons and pleasures of life, on Sunday afternoon, September 15th in Plainfield. Attendees will learn, sing, and/or listen to music ranging from South African tunes to traditional rounds, gospel, and harmonic songs from all over the world. No singing expertise is required, and people of all ages are invited to join. Potluck follows.
Teens interested in making movies can come to Springfield Central Library Teen Central for a free iMovie workshop on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, September 17th & 19th. Learn the basics of iMovie and learn to create their own video or slideshow. This is a two-part session.
Are you a grandparent who has custody of your grandchild? Do you act as a full-time caregiver? The Puzzle of Parenting workshop series presents “Grandparents as Parents,” on Thursday morning, September 19th. This is a free workshop for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The workshop is a place to discuss the challenges and rewards that come along with this role and a place to meet fellow grandparent-caregivers. Takes place at the South Hadley Family Center.
- Sheffield at the Bushnell-Sage Library on Wednesday afternoons.
- East Longmeadow at the East Longmeadow Public Library on Wednesday afternoons for youth K-8th grades.
- West Springfield at the est Springfield Public Library on Friday afternoons for youth ages 7yo+.
- Sheffield at the Bushnell-Sage Library on Tuesday afternoons.
- Adams at the Adams Library on Tuesday afternoons for kids 4-8yo.
- Pittsfield at the Berkshire Athenaeum on the 3rd Wednesday afternoon.
Find out about these events and many other events & activities happening all next week in our List of Weekly Suggested Events. All of our listed events are “suggested.” Please take a moment to confirm that these events are happening as scheduled, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before heading out.