Berkshire Family Fun: October 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2014

October 4 & 5, the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area presents Heritage Walks, which celebrate the Berkshire communities, natural areas, history, and different cultures of the many places recognized as part of this National Heritage Area. A full list of Heritage Walks can be found here.

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of October. 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.

“I’m relatively new to the Berkshires so I’m mostly familiar with the southern Berkshires. I love finding out about all these lovely little towns north of me, and knowing about all the various events going on ALL THE TIME, from concerts to theater, to apple picking. I moved here to live in the country and Hilltown Families keeps me informed of all the wonderful things country life has to offer.” – Valerie Sheehan (Lenox, MA)


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Family Resource Center, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., has a playground and park guide for northern Berkshire County. They also have a Playground Scavenger Hunt game families has participate in together while exploring the different playgrounds, parks and trails in and around northern Berkshire.
ADAMS

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

FridaysSundays, 11am-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

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

LANESBOROUGH

Saturdays, 10am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. Runs until October 16. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 8am-10am – HIKING/BIRD STUDIES: Explore Constitution Hill with Berkshire Natural Resources Council and search for birds in the reserve’s hay fields, shrub fields, wetlands, and mature hardwood forest. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesboro, MA.

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

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

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Tuesdays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesdays, 11am – NATURE STUDIES: Young kids and their parents/guardians can go on a Tyke Hike every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. These easy hikes will get young kids interested in nature and exploring the outdoors. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesdays, 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 3pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Learn about Mesoamerica at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Archaeology: The (Mesoamerican) World Series” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 1pm – PARADE: The 59th annual North Adams Fall Foliage Parade takes place downtown on October 5. The theme for this year is “100th Anniversary of the Mohawk Trail.” The 2014 parade will celebrate the adventure and culture that the Mohawk Trail helps residents and visitors to experience. This exciting fall tradition is not to be missed! 413-499-4000 x126. Downtown. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 11, 3pm – HALLOWEEN: Learn about the history of Frankenstein at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “It’s Alive!: A History of Frankenstein” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, October 16, 10am – FIRE STATION TOUR: Families can join Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. for a tour of the North Adams Fire Station. See firefighter gear, sit in a fire truck, learn about fire safety, how to fight fires, and more. Call to register. 413-664-4821. American Legion Drive. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 18, 3pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Learn about archaeology at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Archaeology: The World Tour (International Archaeology Day)” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 18, 8pm – DANCE: Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his ensemble of dancers will perform his newest work, The Watershed, at MASS MoCA‘s Hunter Center on October 18 and 19. The piece commemorates 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 20 years since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. Older students with an interest in dance can come see this meaningful performance and Abraham’s unique choreography style. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, October 19, 3pm – DANCE: Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his ensemble of dancers will perform his newest work, The Watershed, at MASS MoCA‘s Hunter Center on October 18 and 19. The piece commemorates 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 20 years since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. Older students with an interest in dance can come see this meaningful performance and Abraham’s unique choreography style. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, October 25, 11am-5pm – HALLOWEEN/ART: Come to MASS MoCA‘s Kidspace to learn all about human anatomy and do a related art project at the ArtBar! Kids can visit Kidspace’s exhibit, It’s Only Human, which examines the human body from the inside, through works by Nick Veasey and Marilene Oliver. See these works and then create some anatomy-related art at the ArtBar! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 3pm – HALLOWEEN: Learn about the history of the Jack-o-Lantern at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on October 25. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 8pm – PARENTS NIGHT OUT: Secret Science Club, a New York City-based gathering featuring science lectures and drinks, is coming to MASS MoCA on October 25. Come watch the film Particle Fever and enjoy drinks, a DJ, prizes, a quiz, and learning about physics. Tickets available in advance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $$

Wednesday, October 29, 10am-3pm – HIKING: Explore the Hoosac Range on foot with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Come check out the fall colors and enjoy 180 degree views of Mount Greylock and North Adams. This hike is moderate and best for teens and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 2. North Adams, MA.

Friday, October 31, 1:30pm-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn to stretch your dollar and improve your budgeting skills with the Family Resource Center at a workshop on how to make your budget go further. Come share tips with others, swap coupons, and learn how to save money more effectively. Takes place at Haskins Center. Childcare available. Pre-registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.

North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.

MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.

Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.

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

WILLIAMSTOWN

Saturdays, 12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $

Mondays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Friday through December 5. 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)

Saturday, October 4, 2pm – FILM: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free film series held in conjunction with “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution,” an exhibition featuring the Magna Carta and other significant historic documents. Each film in the series relates to one of the documents in the exhibition. On October 4, come see 1776 (1972; rated PG), a musical comedy about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Older students interested in film and history will enjoy this free screening. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 12, 3pm-5pm – MUSIC: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free concert by the Dover Quartet at Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on October 12. The quartet, which includes two violinists, a cellist, and a violist, will perform three string quartets by local composer Stephen Danker. Those who like stringed instruments will enjoy this free concert. 413-458-2303. 54 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 23, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

Saturday, October 25, 11am-4:30pm – HISTORY/DOCUMENTARY: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free film series held in conjunction with “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution,” an exhibition featuring the Magna Carta and other significant historic documents. Each film in the series relates to one of the documents in the exhibition. On October 25, come see Constitution USA (2013), a PBS documentary series starring Peter Sagal. The series follows Sagal as he travels the country by motorcycle exploring the ways the Constitution affects our lives today. Hour-long episodes begin at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Older students interested in docuementary film and history will enjoy this free screening. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 30, 10am-11am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is offering an Ages and Stages event for families with children ages 3 months to 5 years. Children will play at activity stations with motor skill and movement activities, and parents will fill out a questionnaire to determine where their child are developmentally. Each child will receive a free book and parents will receive a packet on activities to do at home with their children. Takes place at Williamstown Youth Center. Call to register. 413-664-4821. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 30, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

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

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.

Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring 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

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Sunday, October 12, 10am-2pm – HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY: Join Mass Audubon and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a ghost town storytelling hike at Tamarack Hollow. Learn about local history by exploring 19th Century cellar holes, stone walls, an old dairy farm, and what’s left of the Babbitt Axe factory. Search for “witches butter” and “dead man’s finger fungus.” The hike is one-way and moderate – best for teens and adults. Registration required. 413-584-3009. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. $$

Tuesday, October 14, 9am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for homeschooled teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 18, DUSK – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join The Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations on October 25. Help prep the trails for winter skiing. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, October 28, 9am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for homeschooled teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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BECKET

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Saturday, October 18, 9:30am-12:30pm – HIKING: Explore the Appalachian Trail and Upper Goose Pond with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Berkshire County Hiking Group. This out and back hike will take you from Route 20 to the Upper Goose Pond Cabin along the Appalachian Trail. This moderate hike is 4.5 miles and would be best for older teens and adults. 413-449-0596. Route 20. Becket, MA.

DALTON

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Friday, October 24, 1pm-3pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Berkshire County home school families are invited to a Halloween party at the Pinegrove Park Pavilion! This not-scary Halloween party will feature a costume parade, candy, craft, games, and playground play. Please bring a snack or drink to share, as well as a bag of candy, if possible. This is a great way to celebrate Halloween and meet other home school families! Email monicabliss@aol.com for more information or to register for the craft activity. High Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

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

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

LEE

Wednesday, October 1, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from 10/1 to 10/29 (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. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.

Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Sundays, 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. $$

Tuesdays, 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursdays, 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 9, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Moby Dick (1956). Some say Herman Melville’s classic novel was inspired by the shape of Mt. Greylock. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Friday, October 10, 5:45pm & 7pm – 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. $$

Saturday, October 11, 11am-1:15pm – HISTORY: Columbus Day Weekend is the Berkshires’ bi-annual Coaching Weekend! This weekend celebrates the Gilded Age tradition of coaching – taking rides through the countryside in fancy carriages (or “coaches”) led by teams of horses. Each coach is ridden by men and women dressed in period clothing, and every day of the weekend brings the group to a new Berkshire location! On October 11, see them at the Elm Court Estate. 413-298-3119. 310 Old Stockbridge Road. Lenox, MA.

Sunday, October 12, 11am-1:50pm – HISTORY: Columbus Day Weekend is the Berkshires’ bi-annual Coaching Weekend! This weekend celebrates the Gilded Age tradition of coaching – taking rides through the countryside in fancy carriages (or “coaches”) led by teams of horses. Each coach is ridden by men and women dressed in period clothing, and every day of the weekend brings the group to a new Berkshire location! On October 12, see them at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-3119. Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, October 12, 10am-4pm – LIVING HISTORY: Living history at the Medieval Faire at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox! The historic Jacobean-Revival estate in Lenox will revert to days gone by when chivalry and armored tournaments were a way of life. Organized by The Barony of Bergenthal, a branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism, one of the world’s largest medieval living history organizations, the day will include exciting displays of archery techniques, medieval arts, crafts and clothing, a Flemish Renaissance couture fashion show, performances, live music, food vendors, and more. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($)

Monday, October 13, 11am-1:15pm – HISTORY: Columbus Day Weekend is the Berkshires’ bi-annual Coaching Weekend! This weekend celebrates the Gilded Age tradition of coaching – taking rides through the countryside in fancy carriages (or “coaches”) led by teams of horses. Each coach is ridden by men and women dressed in period clothing, and every day of the weekend brings the group to a new Berkshire location! On October 13, see them at The Mount. 413-298-3119. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, October 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids of all ages can come make their own stained glass at the Lenox Library on October 15. This is a fun chance for kids to make something that can decorate their home! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 16, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935), which was written by Earl Derr Biggers, who resided in the Berkshires. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Friday, October 17, 5:45pm & 7pm – 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. $$

Saturday, October 18, 8pm-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Hear stories about love and marriage at The Mount’s “Love and Marriage: Storytelling at the Mount,” presented by Speak Up. Storytellers Matthew Dicks, Ophira Eisenberg, Barbara Klau, Alan MacKenzie, and Tom Reed-Swale will tell stories about love lost, love found, and love understood at this storytelling event. What better way to spend date night than hearing stories about love in a beautiful historic setting? Tickets available in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, October 19, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES: This month’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “The Brain is Wider Than the Sky: Emily Dickinson,” presented by Cindy Dickinson, Interpretation and Programming Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum. She will present on the poet Emily Dickinson and her life in Amherst in the mid-1800s. Best for older students interested in poetry and local history. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 23, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Before and After (1996; rated PG-13), which was filmed in the Berkshires and is set in western Massachusetts. This screening may appeal to older teens interested in film and local history. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Friday, October 24, 5:45pm & 7pm – 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. $$

Tuesday, October 28, 11am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Preschool-aged children can come to a Halloween celebration at the Lenox Library. Come in costume for story hour, crafts, snacks, and trick-or-treating around the library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Kids ages 6 and up can attend a Halloween celebration at the Lenox Library. There will be snacks, beverages, and a screening of The BFG, based on the book by Roald Dahl. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 30, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see The Cobweb (1955), which is based on the novel by William Gibson, who lived in Stockbridge. This screening may appeal to older teens interested in film and local history. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary 472 West Mountain Road.

The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

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

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

PERU

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

PITTSFIELD

Saturdays, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October 25 in the First Street parking lot! Come by for local veggies, fruits, eggs, meat, dairy, breads, flowers, and other goods, as well as live music, activities, and more. First Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturdays, 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: It’s chow time at the Berkshire Museum! Come watch museum staff some of the aquarium’s most exciting residents. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Fridays, 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Wednesdays, 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 11, 10am-5pm – STEM: Spark!Lab is the Berkshire Museum‘s new hands-on creative laboratory, designed to engage kids in the process of innovation. It opens on October 11 with activities that challenge visitors to solve problems through their own resourcefulness. Kids can do activities like experiment with wind tunnels, invent new moving vehicles, and more, all relating to science, technology, engineering, and math. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 11, 11:30am – INSECT STUDIES: You can get an up-close look at butterflies at the Berkshire Museum‘s screening of In the Company of Wild Butterflies. Learn about butterfly habits, habitats, natural history, mating, and more through this fascinating film. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 11, 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/INSECT STUDIES: Make a butterfly-inspired work of art at the Berkshire Museum after visiting their Butterflies exhibit. Learn about these fascinating insects and then create a butterfly mask or butterfly puppet. This family-friendly art project encourages visitors to make connections between the exhibition the art they are creating. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, October 16, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/HALLOWEEN: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday through October! This Thursday’s theme is “Halloween.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, eating great food, and getting excited for Halloween! 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 18, 9am-4pm – SKI SALE: Bousquet’s 27th Annual Ski Sale takes place October 18 and 19! Come find great deals on winter gear and equipment at this annual event. Looking to get rid of your lightly used gear? Drop it off at the lodge on October 16 or 17 from 6pm-8pm and get money in exchange. 413-442-8316. 101 Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, October 18, 9am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: For the 45th year in a row, Bizarre Bazaar takes place in the Berkshires. This community craft fair is a classic fall tradition in the Berkshires, and features local handmade crafts, fine arts, gifts, food, and more. This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds go towards the Brigham Center. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting a good cause. Takes place at the Brigham Center. 413-442-5174. 165 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$

Saturday, October 18, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION:: 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. This is the last Repair Cafe of the year, so there will also be a party with live music and food. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 19, 2pm-3:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Berkshire Museum and the Pittsfield Jazz Festival present a screening of The Girls in the Band at the museum on October 19. The film is about female big band and jazz instrumentalists and their journeys from the 1930s on. These talented women endured sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities despite their talents. Come hear the untold story of women in jazz at this screening. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, October 23, 5:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Friday, October 24, 7pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: October 18 is the 5th annual Berkshire Drum and Dance Fest! Come to Berkshire Community College’s Boland Theater for an evening of rhythm and dance by many musicians and dancers. This year’s theme is Carnivale! and the Fest is focused on celebratory music from around the world. Some of the featured artists include the Iroko/Nuevo Cuban/Puerto Rican Drum and Dance Ensemble, Berkshire Pulse Drummers and Dancers, Gaia Roots, Marafanyi, Operation Unite, Beat Mob, Fidel Moreno, and many others. There will also be a silent auction and craft marketplace at 7pm. The Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center Raise the Roof project and a super energized way to learn about the different dance and drumming performances from various cultures. More information can be found here. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $-$$)

Saturday, October 25, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 1pm & 3:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 25, 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/INSECT STUDIES: Make a butterfly-inspired work of art at the Berkshire Museum after visiting their Butterflies exhibit. Learn about these fascinating insects and then create a butterfly mask or butterfly puppet. This family-friendly art project encourages visitors to make connections between the exhibition the art they are creating. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

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

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

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.

Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.

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

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

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.

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

RICHMOND

Friday, October 17, 3:30pm – FARM TOUR: Learn about local food, apples, and apple products with Berkshire Co-Op Market on a family-friendly tour of Hilltop Orchards. All ages can attend this fun and informative tour, which includes a hayride, a cider production tour, and more. This is a great chance for families to learn about cider production and some of the other ways apples can be used this time of year. 413-528-9697. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA.

Saturday, October 18, 9am-12noon – PHOTOGRAPHY: “The Exploration of Image Making” is a workshop with photographer Bill Wright and the Alchemy Initiative that takes place at Hilltop Orchards. Bring your smart phone or DSLR camera and enjoy a day of image making, with lessons in light, landscape, and portraiture, as well as the fundamentals of exposure, the rules of composition, manual mode, and more. This workshop would be best for teens or adults who are interested in digital photography and improving their techniques. Registration is required. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. $$$

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Daily through October 15, 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Saturday, October 4, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY: Dr. Homer Meade will present “Remembering the Harlem Renaissance” at the Norman Rockwell Museum on October 4. Dr. Meade will discuss how the Harlem Renaissance influenced every aspect of culture in the 1920s and ’30s, from the art of Edward Hopper to the music of Cole Porter, and how the art forms explored during the time period influenced and inspired each other. He will also discuss how Berkshire native W.E.B. DuBois reached out to many that were involved in the movement. Older students interested in history, art, and music can learn about this important cultural movement at this program. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 80th annual Harvest Festival takes place October 11 and 12. The festival has family fun, great food, craft vendors, a farmers’ market, tag sales, a bounce house, cider pressing, hayrides, animals, face painting, and so much more! Free admission for kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Garden’s education program. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. >$

Saturday, October 11, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some interesting bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s final Cemetery Tour of the season – “The Cemetery’s Story: It’s Life and Times.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to learn about the history of the cemetery, including early issues and concerns surrounding the cemetery, how space was added, what townspeople thought of its care, and its role in the first village beautification society. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about the history of Stockbridge! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$

Monday, October 13, 2-4pm – PUMPKIN CARVING: Pumpkin carving at Chesterwood! Free with admission to Chesterwood, families can carve their own pumpkins for the season! Great reason to visit Chesterwood before it closes for the season. 413-298-3579 x25216. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 11am & 3pm – PERFORMANCE: Explore the gardens of Naumkeag in a whole new way this Halloween season. Meet wacky, magical characters as you tour the gardens with the Royal Frog Ballet. These family-friendly performers blend performance, visual art, music, and movement to create an exciting experience for all ages. Rain date is October 26. 413-532-1631 x10. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Friday, October 31, 6pm – PARADE/JACK-O-LANTERNS: The annual Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Party, as well as the Pumpkin Walk-About, are happening tonight! Carve a jack-o-lantern and drop it off in front of the town offices between 5pm and 6pm, enjoy the parade (6pm), listen to spooky stories at the senior center, and then come back and look at all the jack-o-lanterns, including your own! This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween while engaging with your community. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Sunday, September 7, 12noon-7pm – FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Hoot, a super fun benefit for Central Berkshire Schools, takes place September 7 in Washington Town Park! Come for live music, a craft fair, food, games, and fun for all ages. More information and a full schedule of events can be found on the Hilltown Hoot website. Route 8. Washington, MA. $$

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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

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ALFORD

Saturday, September 27, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at their new Alford Springs trail. The trail is on the eastern edge of the reserve and consists of trails and wood roads, and is an easy hike. Feel free to pack a lunch to enjoy after the hike. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA.

GREAT BARRINGTON

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Scott Noyes will present a two-part workshop on “Helping Children Develop Healthy Sleep Habits” at the Community Health Programs, Inc. campus on October 1 and 8. Noyes will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation on children’s mental and physical health and how inadequate rest impairs our thinking, our ability to handle stress, our immune systems, and our ability to moderate our emotions. Noyes will also give advice on how to help children establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. You may attend one or both sessions. Call for childcare information and to RSVP. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Scott Noyes will present a two-part workshop on “Helping Children Develop Healthy Sleep Habits” at the Community Health Programs, Inc. campus on October 1 and 8. Noyes will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation on children’s mental and physical health and how inadequate rest impairs our thinking, our ability to handle stress, our immune systems, and our ability to moderate our emotions. Noyes will also give advice on how to help children establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. You may attend one or both sessions. Call for childcare information and to RSVP. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 17, 7pm – CONCERT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance by Black Violin, a group consisting of a violinist, violist, and DJ. They perform an exciting blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music, and use their classical instruments to play modern music with a classical flair. All ages will enjoy this energetic concert! Tickets available in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $$

Saturday, October 18, 2:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can have fun with fall foliage at the Berkshire Co-Op Market’s DIY Painted Leaf Animals project! Come paint on fallen leaves to make them into cute critters! Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents of children ages 10-14 can attend the “Let’s Be Honest” workshop at Berkshire South Regional Community Center on October 23. The workshop focuses on helping parents learn how to create trusting environments with their children in which to discuss sex and sexuality. Call for more information. 413-528-2810 x30. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 10am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Shop for used, high quality maternity and children’s clothing, toys, books, videos, baby equipment, and more at this year’s Children’s Attic consignment sale, held by Community Health Programs at their main campus. Do some sustainable and affordable shopping at this annual event. 413-528-9311. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn how to make a variation of the classic fall apple pie at Berkshire Co-Op Market’s Kids Can Cook event! Come bake an apple pie inside an apple. This baked good makes a delicious fall snack and kids can learn the basics of baking at this workshop. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

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

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

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

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

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

OTIS

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

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SHEFFIELD

Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm & 2pm – HISTORY: Visit the Ashley House, an 18th-century farmstead that was home to Elizabeth Freeman and the Ashley Family. On this guided tour, you will learn about Freeman’s fight for freedom as a slave in Massachusetts and about the Ashley Family’s holdings in the area and the village of Ashley Falls. 413-298-3239 x3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Sunday, October 5, 10am-3pm – HISTORY/LOCAL FOOD: Exhibit, “Drinking, Distilleries & Prohibition,” opens at Sheffield Historical Society (Old Stone Store). Antique distilling and brewing equipment, bottles and photos will be on display in this exhibit that explores how alcohol production played a part in shaping Sheffield’s economy, politics, and culture. A section on the Temperance movement and Prohibition will trace how alcohol consumption went in-and-out of public favor over the centuries in Western Massachusetts. On display every weekend through October 12. 413-229-2694. Old Stone Store. 137 Main St. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 17, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society is hosting a presentation by Lisa Johnson of the Stanley-Whitman House (in Farmington, CT) titled, “In a Preternatural Way: 17th Century Witchcraft in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts,” in Dewey Hall. Johnson will discuss the hysteria surrounding witchcraft that swept across western New England a generation before the Salem Witch Trials. This presentation is a great chance for older students to learn more about the history of witchcraft in New England. 413-229-2694. Route 7. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 18, 3pm-Dusk – PUMPKIN PLAY: Carve your Halloween pumpkins at Bartholomew’s Cobble, plus marshmallows and stories around a campfire. Your creations come alive along Ledges Trail by their flickering “fire” light. 105 Weatogue Rd. Ashley FallS/Sheffield. ($)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.

Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.

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

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