Berkshire Family Fun: June 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
June 2014

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of June. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events


North Berkshire

Adams | Cheshire | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

ADAMS

Saturday, June 14, 3pm-4:30pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum presents a talk by Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Macy will discuss her book and the importance of the bicycle to the women’s suffrage movement and to women’s lives as a whole. This talk is open to all ages and would be best for those interesting in bicycles and women’s history. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA. (FREE)

CHESHIRE

Wednesday, June 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm – LITERACY: Encourage literacy and a love of books in your young children (ages 2-5) with Child Care of the Berkshires‘ Raising a Reader Program. Borrow bags of books for ten weeks, read them, then return them so another family can enjoy them. There will be free family fun gatherings that introduce you to special ways to share reading with your family. Dinner, activities, and transportation included. Program also meets May 7 and June 18. Takes place at Cheshire Elementary School Cafeteria. Call to join the program. 413-664-4821 x16. Cheshire, MA.

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

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

LANESBOROUGH

Wednesday, July 2, 6pm – FUNGI STUDIES: Learn about mushrooms at Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock with John Wheeler, founder of the Berkshire Mycological Society. This talk will focus on identification, seasons, and typical habitats of local mushrooms. Best for older students interested in nature. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

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

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

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

MONTEREY

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Thursdays, 6pm-7pm – PLAYGROUP: Kindergarteners can attend a playgroup at the Haskins Center’s playground from June 19 until August 28! Kids can come enjoy playing, hearing stories, having fun, and making friends. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The North Adams Farmers’ Market opens on June 14 and runs until October 25. Come to the St. Anthony Municipal parking lot for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, flowers, and more! 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 2pm – PUPPETS: All ages can enjoy a performance by the Hudson Vagabond Puppets at MASS MoCA on June 14. These talented puppeteers will perform their version of Esphyr Slobodkina’s classic picture book, Caps for Sale. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $

Saturday, June 14, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, June 15, 2pm; Friday, June 20, 7pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Friday, June 20, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music on the lawn of the North Adams Public Library! On June 20th, Moonshine Holler will perform. Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy the show with family and friends! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 9am-1pm – HIKING: Join Mass Aububon and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a Summer Solstice Hike in the Highlands. On this three-mile, moderate hike you can explore the drowned lands – part of the Berkshire Plateau that serves as headwaters to the Hoosac, Westfield, and Housatonic Rivers. You can see natural springs, 19th-century wells, hear folklore, and more. Best for older teens and adults. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Windsor, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, June 22, 2pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Monday, June 23, 5:30pm – FAMILY CELEBRATION: Kick off summer with a family picnic at Windsor Lake, hosted by the Family Resource Center! Pack a picnic, eat with friends and family, enjoy live music, swim, and have fun! Rain date 6/30. 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, July 2, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, July 3, 8:30pm – MOVIE: Enjoy a classic movie in a unique setting with MASS MoCA at their Movie at the Airport event at Harriman-West Airport. They will screen Apollo 13 (1995; rated PG), the Oscar-winning film about the 1970 mission to the moon. The grounds open at 7pm for food and drinks. 413-662-2111. 836 State Road. North Adams, MA. $$

Friday, July 4, 9:30pm – FIREWORKS: : Annual fireworks celebration following the 4th of July SteepleCats game. North Adams, MA (FREE)

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

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

WILLIAMSTOWN

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 until August 14. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)Friday, June 6, 7:45am – BIRD STUDIES: Discover the birds of Williamstown with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Leslie Reed-Evans at Mountain Meadow. This walk will teach bird identification, wildflower identification, and general ecology. People of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about birds and nature are welcome to attend this walk. 413-458-2494. Benedict Road. Williamstown, MA.

Friday, June 13, 7:45am – BIRD STUDIES: Discover the birds of Williamstown with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Leslie Reed-Evans on Berlin Road. This walk will teach bird identification, wildflower identification, and general ecology. People of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about birds and nature are welcome to attend this walk. 413-458-2494. Berlin Road. Williamstown, MA.

Thursday, June 19, 10:30am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 2.5 to 5 years can do some STEM learning at Sheep Hill Nature Center with Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. “Natural Science: Explore Bubbles and Water at the Pond” gives young kids a chance to learn about the natural world and do some hands-on exploration. Each child will get a STEM packet to take home for further learning! Please call to register. 413-664-4821. Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 1:30pm-4:30pm – FUNDRAISER/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Wild Oats Market is hosting an ice cream social to benefit Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Mass in Motion, a statewide health and fitness program. The ice cream social will feature all local and/or fair trade ingredients! 413-458-8060. 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Thursday, July 3, 8pm – CELEBRATION: Enjoy a hike, live music, and a campfire at Sheep Hill with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation on July 3! All ages can come search for fireflies, hear local musician Mike Quinones, roast marshmallows, and have fun with family and friends. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Friday, July 4, 10am – PARADE/CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Theatre Festival holds their annual Fourth of July celebration. At 10am, hear WTF actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at the Williams College Museum of Art, then enjoy the parade, which begins at 11am. 413-597-3400. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINDSOR

Sunday, June 15, 7am-2pm – FUNDRAISER: “Raise the Roof” to support Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center on June 15th. This fundraiser features a bird walk at Tamarack Hollow with naturalist John Green Jr. (7am-9:15am; registration required), a walking tour of Tamarack Hollow (9:30am-10:30am), a performance by Gaia Roots, Trio Candela, and Berkshire & Valley Rhythm Keeper Drummers (11am-2pm in Savoy Town Park, Route 116, Savoy, MA), and a participatory drum workshop (1pm). This event will help raise money for Tamarack Hollow and will give community members a chance to experience what the organization has to offer. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register for bird walk or for more information. 1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (DONATION $)

Suggest Event


Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Hinsdale | Lee | Lenox | Pittsfield | Richmond | Stockbridge | Tyringham | Washington | West Stockbridge

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

BECKET

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

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

Wednesday, July 2, 4:15pm & 8:15pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow presents Bleu!, an interactive dance performance for all ages by Compagnia T.P.O. Through light, animation, and music, this performance explores an underwater world of mythical sea creatures and ancient legends. Audience members of all ages are welcome to come onstage and participate in the performance. This unique and exciting show can get young kids interested in dance and theater. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$

Friday, July 4, 3pm-7pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Dance is offering an afternoon of free activities for families as part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays! There will be kids’ dance activities, a kid-friendly tour of the grounds, a free outdoor performance by Yin Yue Dance Company, arts and crafts, stories, family dance classes, and more. This is a great chance for families to explore Jacob’s Pillow together! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 4, 4:15pm & 8:15pm – DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow presents Bleu!, an interactive dance performance for all ages by Compagnia T.P.O. Through light, animation, and music, this performance explores an underwater world of mythical sea creatures and ancient legends. Audience members of all ages are welcome to come onstage and participate in the performance. This unique and exciting show can get young kids interested in dance and theater. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. $$

DALTON

Wednesday, June 4-Sunday, June 8, TBA – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more! This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community. 413-684-0260. 258 North Street. Dalton, MA.

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

 Saturday, June 7, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse presents Nutshellapalooza, a live theater performance for families. Nutshellapalooza is performed by Nutshell Puppets, and it features original music, puppets, and clowns. Young kids of all ages will enjoy this fun performance! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Tuesday, June 24, 2pm-3pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the start of summer reading at the Lee Library‘s kick-off party on June 24! Kids can come see “Fire and Ice” with the Mad Scientists and sign up for summer reading. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.

LENOX

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

Saturday, June 7, 10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Head to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for their annual Family Fun Day! Come see live falcons at a presentation by Brian Bradley of Skyhunters, a performance of “Four Season Bear” by the Caravan Puppets, see some snakes with Tom Tyning, enjoy live music by George Wilson, do nature crafts, go on nature walks, and more. All ages will enjoy this super fun, free family celebration! 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

 Sunday, June 8, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

 Wednesday, June 11, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Enjoy an easy two-hour hike at South Yokun Ridge with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. This hike features a nice overlook and a beautiful forest. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Lenox-Richmond Road. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, June 12, 7pm – BOOK TALK/TRAVEL: Bill and Mary Lewis, authors of Through the Heartland on U.S. 20 will be at the Lenox Library on June 12 to talk about their book and sign copies of it. Route 20 runs from coast-to-coast and is the longest road in the country. The Lewises will discuss their travels on this road and the interesting places they visited along the way. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

 Thursday, June 12, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Saturday, June 14, 10am – BICYCLING: Berkshire Cycling Classic and the Lenox Chamber of Commerce present Roll Into Lenox, a fun bike ride for kids. Kids can bring their bikes and helmets and participate in a group ride (10:30am for ages 6-10 and 10:45am for ages 5 and under), play some mini golf, win prizes, and spend time with friends. Please arrive at 10am to register. Meet in parking lot next to Church St. Cafe. 413-637-3646. 65 Church Street. Lenox, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, June 19, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, June 22, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: Boston University Professor of Music Dr. Jeremy Yudkin presents “The Beatles, the Sixties, and Popular Culture” at the Lenox Library. Dr. Yudkin’s talk about the Beatles, how American and English culture in the 1960s was reflected in their music, and what this meant for popular music. Beatles fans and older students interested in music would enjoy this lecture, which will teach audience members all about the group and their music. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $/FUNDRAISER)

Thursday, June 25 – SWIMMING: The Lenox Sunny Beach will open officially on Wed. June 25th at noon. Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10am-4pm. Bathrooms will be locked at 8pm. Please remember NO DOGS at the beach, NO ALCOHOL, and if you plan to kayak, canoe or boating of any kind please use the boat ramp just past the Cork ‘n Hearth. NO CAMPS OR BUSES please. Any questions please contact Kim Graham, Director of the LCC at 413-637-5530.

Thursday, June 26, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, June 29, 11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Families can come to The Mount for a Community Garden Party on June 29. Tour the house, explore the grounds, participate in all-ages activities, meet Curious George, and more! The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market will also be on site selling local produce and goods. Family members of all ages will love getting to explore this local landmark on this day of free fun! 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 30, 7:30pm-9:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

eduKaytion Golf – Junior K-Kamps ♦ eduKaytion golf Junior K-Kamps, under the direction of Kay McMahon, LPGA Hall of Fame, are designed for juniors of all levels wishing to learn the game of golf or improve his or her skills through games, drills, on-course play, and lots of fun. “Developing life skills by developing a game of a lifetime!” Nine K-Kamps are offered weekly M-Th through the summer of 2014.
Dates: Jun 30-Aug 28; Age/Grade Range: 6-16yo
Contact: 518-669-1551 ♦ kay@edukaytiongolf.comwww.edukaytiongolf.com

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

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

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

PITTSFIELD

Saturday, June 14, ALL DAY – VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are needed to help out at Get Outdoors at Springside Park, a community celebration that runs from 10am-5pm. Help is needed manning tables, activities, coordinating parking, setting up, and taking down. Teens and adults who would like to help out can email SpringsideNow@gmail.com or call for more info or to RSVP. 413-441-7922. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 14, 10am-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Springside Park with tons of activities for the whole family. There will be live music, games, relay races, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, nature walks, a dog walk, gardening workshops, sports, yoga, zumba, food, and more. Get Outdoors Day is meant to encourage healthy, outdoor fun for all ages. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “Healthy Pittsfield.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 19, 7pm-9pm – FILM/ART HISTORY: The Berkshire Museum is screening The Mona Lisa is Missing (2012), a documentary about the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia. Discover how Peruggia managed to steal this famous painting and keep it for 2 ½ years. This fun documentary tells of this intriguing, little-known theft of the world’s most famous painting. Older students interested in art history or documentaries would enjoy this film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 10:45am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids and adults can learn to cook traditional Shaker meals at Hancock Shaker Village! Learn about whole grains, eating in season, food preservation, fermentation, and more. This is a terrific intergenerational opportunity for  kids to learn about cooking and Shaker culture. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 28, 10:45am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids and adults can learn to cook traditional Shaker meals at Hancock Shaker Village! Learn about whole grains, eating in season, food preservation, fermentation, and more. This is a great way for kids to learn about cooking while spending time with a parent. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 28, 1pm-3pm – KINDERGARTEN READINESS: Are you or your child feeling nervous about kindergarten starting up this fall? Come to the Berkshire Museum for “WeeMuse: Welcome to Kindergarten” to help you both prepare! Children can ride on a school bus and practice packing their backpacks, spend time in model classrooms, and do activities that replicate the kindergarten experience. Parents can ask Museum “teachers” any questions they may have about kindergarten registration, childhood development, etc. This program is an excellent way to help kids and their families prepare for this exciting milestone. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 29, 2pm-4pm – FILM/HISTORY: The Berkshire Museum presents a screening of Nicky’s Family (2011; not rated), a documentary about Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of over 650 Czech and Slovak children shortly before the outbreak of World War II. This story remained little-known for over fifty years, until Winton’s wife found a suitcase full of papers and transport plans. Older students interested in film and history, especially World War II, would enjoy this screening. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 1, 1pm – STEM: The Berkshire Athenaeum presents a science program by Keith Michael Johnson – “Science Isn’t Always Pretty.” He will do show and tell, share fun facts, and more. This event is great for kids 5 and up and connects with the summer reading theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, July 2, 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a craft activity for kids ages 5-12. “Smart as Einstein’s Hair” is the activity and it is connected to the summer reading program. Registration is required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, July 4, 10am – PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Pittsfield at their annual parade. This year’s theme is “Made in America.” Rain or shine. Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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

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

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street. P

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

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

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

Rock On ♦ All levels and all instruments. Performance. Music. Production. Technology. Music Video Production. To compliment their Performance and Songwriting components, Rock On is expanding its workshops in Music Production Technology for live and digital recording. Students will work in the music computer lab to learn the use of industry standard recording software. They will gain hands on experience using such programs as Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason to create their own electronic music compositions. They will also set up a live recording studio in which students will alternate in the role of music producer, engineer, and performer.
Dates: Jul 14-Jul 25; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-499-1733 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Arrowhead — 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

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

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

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

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

STOCKBRIDGE

Wednesday, June 4, 10am-11am – PLANT STUDIES: South Berkshire Kids is offering a series of programs for kids ages 3-5 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden on June 4, 11, and 18. The programs focus on plants, seeds, pollination, and other plant-related topics. Space is limited; register ASAP. 413-644-0104 x1160. 5 Massachusetts 183. Stockbridge, MA.

 Saturday, June 7, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn basic birding with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council at Old Colonial Road. Explore a local wetland in search of interesting birds to learn about! Students interested in improving their bird identification skills will enjoy this low-key walk. Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some interesting bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s second Cemetery Tour of the season – “The Odd, Quirky, Interesting, and Unusual: Stories You Have to Hear.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to hear some weird tales about Stockbridge in the past. Many different types of stories will be told, from local to international, personal to political. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about the history of Stockbridge and some of its interesting history! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$

Saturday, June 14, 7am-9am – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a bird walk at Jackson Pond. This easy, one-mile walk will take you along field edges, through forest, and through a wetland in search of interesting birds. This walk would be appropriate for students who enjoy hiking and bird studies. Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch. 413-499-0596. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, June 14, 1pm-5pm – CONCERT/AUTOMOBILES: Families can spend an afternoon at the Norman Rockwell Museum enjoying live music and antique automobiles at the Sock Hop and Classic Car Rally. This ’50s-inspired event features live music by The Malibu Brothers, a talk by artist Murray Tinkelman, dancing, and more. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, June 15, 10am-5pm – FATHER’S DAY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Spend time with dad exploring all the Norman Rockwell Museum has to offer this Father’s Day! Explore the grounds and exhibits and hear family-themed gallery talks for this special day. Dads get free admission with a paying child or adult. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 2, 3pm-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River! Families with children ages 6 and up can paddle through Historic Stockbridge and see the Stockbridge Country Club and the Norman Rockwell Museum, learn about the River’s fascinating wildlife, and more. More information available on the Housatonic Valley Association website. Registration is required; space is limited. 413-394-9796. Park Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

TYRINGHAM

Saturday, June 14, 10am – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Bidwell House Museum for “Welcoming Mary Bidwell: A Story of Love, Marriage, and Politics in the 1790s Berkshire Hills” and “The Story of a Portrait” with Sam Herrup and Rick Bidwell Wilcox. Herrup will talk about portrait paintings and artists in early America, and Wilcox will tell a story about the subject of the painting, Mary Gray, and her politician husband Barnabas Bidwell. This talk would be interesting to older students and adults who want to learn more about local history. Takes place at Tyringham Union Church. 413-528-6888. Main Road. Tyringham, MA.

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Thursdays, 3pm-7pm: West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market. Harris Street.

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ALFORD

Wednesday, June 25, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Alford Springs. This moderate hike offers great views of Alford Valley. Best for older teens. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA.

GREAT BARRINGTON

Wednesday, June 4, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a workshop for parents entitled, “Understanding Your Child: Tips and Tools for a Constructive Summer.” This workshop will teach parents to see how simple shifts in perspective can help their children be more cooperative, satisfied, and have more meaningful fun. Takes place at Community Health Programs, Inc. campus. Please pre-register; childcare is available. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 7, 3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/PLANT STUDIES: Kids can do a special DIY project at Berkshire Co-Op Market on June 7! Come learn about ecology and plants and then make your own terrarium. Materials will be provided, including toy dinosaurs and fairies to live inside these mini glass planthouses! Please call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

 Wednesday, June 11, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum and local historian and writer Bernard Drew present “1850s Feud” at the Teague Senior Center on June 11. Drew will discuss a feud that occurred between two local industrialists and what this clash meant for the town and the industries. Those who are interested in local history and industry will like hearing this exciting talk! 413-591-8702. 917 South Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

 Friday, June 13, 12noon-9:30pm – BIOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES: Berkshire Bioblitz is back for its fourth year! Join scientists and community members in taking a biological inventory of the Berkshire ecosystem. The event runs from June 13 at 12noon until June 14 at 12noon – during this 24 hour time block, participants will aim to complete a survey of all living species in the area. There will be family-friendly workshops and activities on topics like mushrooms/fungi, animal tracks and sign, pond life, owls, moths, birds, and more. Berkshire Bioblitz acts as a tool to get community members, especially children, interested in science and nature by doing hands-on activities and accomplishing important work by performing ecological surveys. Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, June 18, 10am-11:30am – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy, 1.5 mile hike at Housatonic Flats. Explore the Housatonic River’s wetlands and unique floodplain forests on this hike. 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 11:45am & 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Mason Library presents a very special visit from the Zoo in Forest Park! All ages can come to the library to meet and learn about fascinating zoo animals. You must sign up for either the 11:45am or 12:30pm show. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, June 27, 6:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see The LEGO Movie (2014; rated PG) at the Mason Library. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 28, 10am-2:30pm – HISTORY/GAMES: Play some interesting historical games at the Mason Library. You can learn about historical miniature games and how to play them. An interesting lesson in the history of gaming! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 28, 10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Support local youth artisans (ages 14-25) at the Generation Handmade Youth Craft Fair at Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington. Support these young artists and crafters at this unique craft fair – most craft fairs charge several hundred dollars for a booth, which makes it difficult for younger artisans to participate, but this one is free for youth artisans to participate in. In addition to supporting local artists and artisans, this is a great chance to check out some cool art and maybe even get a head start on some holiday shopping! 60 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 28, 11:30am-12:15pm – STEM: Families with kids in preschool-3rd grade can come to the Mason Library for SIK Science. Come learn about science and have fun mining for magnets! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, June 30, 10:30am-12:30pm – MAPS: Kids ages 8 and up can attend map camp with Joey Chernila at the Mason Library. Learn how to make artistic and informative maps using the Mason’s children’s book collection for inspiration and Great Barrington’s Main Street for information. The camp is four days long and runs from Monday, June 30 to Thursday, July 3. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, July 2, 10am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from July 2 until July 30(five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

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

Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.

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

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.

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

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

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, June 14, 10:30am-11:30am – FATHER’S DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Do something special for dad this Father’s Day and make him a card at Ramsdell Library. The library will have materials available and kids can come by and make cards. This is a great chance to get creative and show dad you care. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 28, 10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come learn about painting and make a life-size portrait of yourself at Ramsdell Library! Kids who like art will love this program. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Saturday, June 28, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 1, 10am-11:30am – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

MONTEREY

Saturday, June 28, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Explore Bob’s Way with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on June 28. This intermediate hike features a beaver swamp and great views from Dave’s Bench. 413-499-0596. Route 23. Monterey, MA.

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

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Saturday, June 21, 10am – HIKING: Explore Dry Hill and hike to its newly-reopened summit on this morning hike with The Trustees of Reservations. Search for mountain laurel blooms and learn about other plants. 413-298-3239 x3020. North Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

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

OTIS

Saturday, June 21, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Otis Cultural Council and the Community Day Committee present a free Sup’ and Swing Concert with Ed Wirt and the Skeletones at Isaac Walton Field. Bring a picnic dinner and eat with friends and family (6pm) and then enjoy great live music and dance along (7:30pm)! 413-269-4251. Tannery Road & Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Friday, June 6, 3pm-6pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Sheffield Farmers’ Market opens today and runs until October 10. Come by for local fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, dairy, crafts, and more. Takes place at Old Parish Church parking lot. 125 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, June 7, 11am – AGRICULTURE/LOCAL FOOD: Join the Berkshire Co-Op Market for a tour of Wolfe Spring Farm, a certified organic farm in Sheffield. Jim and June Wolfe, who run the farm, will give a tour of the farm and discuss how they grow and manage their fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Special focus will be on their watercress crop; watercress is an aquatic crop that is harvested in May and June. Older students interested in farming and local food would enjoy this exciting farm tour! Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 946 Hewins Street. Sheffield, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 8:30am-11:30am – FATHER’S DAY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Canoe the Housatonic River through Bartholomew’s Cobble on a Father’s Day canoe trip. Participants will learn about the river’s habitats and history while experiencing the many sights and sounds offered by this beautiful part of New England. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $$

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

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