Berkshire Family Fun: July 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
July 2015

“I love receiving Hilltown Families as it give me ideas to share with my family and others around me. We should all support Hilltown Families so they can continue and be an asset to our community. ” Susan Robert (Cheshire, MA)

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


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:


Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Monterey, Northern Berkshire, Pittsfield and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


North Berkshire

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ADAMS

Tuesday, July 7. TBA — ANIMALS
The Zoo in Forest Park’s Zoo on the Go program will be at the Adams Public Library for an engaging hour of animal fun. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 3pm — MAGIC SHOW
Ed the Wizard brings his amazing magic show to the Adams Free Library for a show to entertain all ages! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

LANESBOROUGH

Sunday, July 26. 2pm-5pm — FORAGING
Learn how to identify, prepare, and use wild plants for food and medicinal applications in this workshop with Aimee Gelinas, founder of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Pre-registration required. Mount Greylock, Lanesborough, MA. ($)

MONTEREY

NORTH ADAMS

Friday, July 3rd. 8:30 pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
Mass MoCA has a great idea to get you in the Fourth of July spirit: an outdoor screening of Top Gun (PG, 1986), projected on the side of an airplane hangar! BBQ food, popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase; just bring your own lawnchair(s). The first 100 kids get free gliders. Gates open at 7pm. Raindate is 7/5. 413-662-2111. Harriman-West Airport, 836 State Road, North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 4, 9:30pm – FIREWORKS: : Annual fireworks celebration following the 4th of July SteepleCats game. North Adams, MA (FREE for viewers outside of stadium; <$ for ballgame entry and stadium seating for fireworks)

Saturday, July 25. 9am-12pm — HIKING
Do your kids love scavenger hunts? Combine their enjoyment of seeking out treasures with a fun family hike on the Hoosac Range hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. All ages are welcome, and there will be prizes for everyone! The hike is approximately two miles long, and participants are asked to bring a camera to “collect” the scavenger hunt items. 413-499-0596. Route 2, immediately past the Wigwam Cabins, BNRC Hoosac Range Reserve trailhead, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

BASEBALL: See the North Adams Steeple Cats play at Joe Wolfe Field for a close-to-home summer baseball game. See their schedule for a full list of games. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (>$)

WILLIAMSTOWN

Saturday, 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. Take in a performance of June Moon at 4pm before heading over to The Clark for fireworks! 413-597-3400. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 5. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 2012). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features five-piece honky tonk band, Girl Howdy, with its blend of legendary covers and inspired original songs. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 12. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG, 2009). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 14. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features Grammy-nominated funk and jam band, Primate Fiasco. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 19. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Viva Las Vegas (1964). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features Daddy-O!, a band that plays a plethora of rock and roll, doo wop, R&B, and pop tunes that you’re sure to recognize! 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 11am-4pm — MULTI-ARTS CELEBRATION
The Clark Art Institute is hosting its popular Family Day! This year’s theme is Van Gogh and Nature, and includes activities for all ages such as terrarium making, drawing, group mural creation, a Provence-inspired market, and live jazz. Food vendors will also be on site. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Pretty in Pink (PG-13, 1986). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 28. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features gypsy swing, jazz, and fusion band, Occidental Gypsy, a band named by the Boston Globe as a “best bet for weekend entertainment.” 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

WINDSOR

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)

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Central Berkshire

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

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BECKET

Tuesday, July 7. 7:30pm-9pm — LECTURE & CONCERT
How did Shakespeare, a man of modest means and little formal education, become the most widely read and performed author in history? Find out at the Becket Arts Center‘s presentation “Shakespeare: Life, Times, and the Music of his Plays”, featuring songs performed by David Neill and his Brass Quintet. 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)

DALTON

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

Saturday, July 11. 10am – 12pm — HIKE
Explore the rich river habitat that lines the Housatonic River with a knowledgeable guide from the Housatonic Valley Association. Look for interesting native plants and animals and enjoy the beauty of a walk through nature! This hike along the Old Mill Trail is not strenuous and is suitable for families with young children. Preregistration required. 413-394-9796. Old Dalton Road (off rt 8), Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)

LEE

LENOX

Friday, July 3. 5pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT & BBQ
Enjoy BBQ and music by the Wanda Houston Band at The Mount‘s special holiday weekend kickoff celebration. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 5. 1pm —MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tanglewood‘s Watch and Play program gives children ages 3-10 the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of orchestral instruments and musical arrangements. The setting is casual and welcoming, and children are encouraged to converse with musicians to explore their music-related curiosities. Pre-registration required. 413-637-5180. The Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8. 7pm-8:30pm — NATIVE FAUNA
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a Mass Audubon property. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat, and bring binoculars if you have them. Suitable for children 3-12 years old. 413-637-0320. 472 W Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 18. 8pm – 11:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE
Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Tidal Wave. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Sunday, July 19. 1pm —MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tanglewood‘s Watch and Play program gives children ages 3-10 the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of orchestral instruments and musical arrangements. The setting is casual and welcoming, and children are encouraged to converse with musicians to explore their music-related curiosities. Pre-registration required. 413-637-5180. The Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Summer at Berkshire Montessori

Lenox Dale, MA ♦ The 40-acre campus is home to a variety of natural habitats waiting to be discovered! Summer at Berkshire Montessori encompasses art, movement, music, and science through exploration of the natural world. Each day, children will discover new and fun ways to explore the outdoors, making use of our woodland trails and organic garden. MSB offers two-week sessions for ages 3-6, and one-week sessions for ages 6-12. Session themes include: Comic Book Camp, Glorious Gardeners, Art Imitates Nature, Mapping My World, The Doctrine of Signatures, and much more!
Dates: Jun 22-Aug 14; Age/Grade Range: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-637-3662 ♦ kehr@berkshiremontessori.orgberkshiremontessori.org/summer

PERU

PITTSFIELD

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

Saturday, July 25. 10am-11am — COOKING
Do you love dumplings? Learn how to assemble, shape, and cook a variety of dumplings in a Berkshire Museum-hosted workshop led by chef Sabrina Tan, who owns popular Pittsfield restaurant Flavours of Malaysia. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 25. 1pm — THEATRE
Robin Hood and his merry men bring their mischief and heroism to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a special performance by the Hampstead Stage Company. Suggested for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

8pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Romeo and Juliet is this year’s production for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be performed in the brand new pavilion at the First Street Common. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a night of entertainment under the stars! Runs Thursdays-Sundays through August 2. 413-367-4253. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 29. 1pm — CONCERT
Soprano Beth Canterbury presents a hero-themed concert to enrich this year’s summer reading program at the Berkshire Athenaeum. The performance, Hero Songs: A Family Concert of Songs from American Wars, is suggested for children ages 5 and up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30. 2pm — THEATRE
The Barrington Stage Company presents an autism-friendly, young audiences version of Shrek the Musical. This theatre company’s autism-friendly performances are designed to be more accessible and enjoyable for individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, and are also great for families who prefer a more relaxed, informal environment. In addition, tickets are 100% refundable if a family finds they are unable to attend the day of the performance. Audience members will find that sounds and light effects are adjusted, extra seating room is available, a social story is provided, tablets/smartphones can be used as communication devices, and break spaces are available for anyone who needs time away from the performance space. Ages 5-18. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 31. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The city of Pittsfield hosts family movies at Clapp Park throughout the summer. This week’s movie is The Lego Movie (PG, 2014). Rain cancels. 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah 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)

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps

Pittsfield, MA ♦ This summer the Berkshire Museum presents an exciting variety of summer camp offerings, including hands-on experiences in robotics, theater, animation, forensics, natural science, and even magic! All of our camps reflect the interdisciplinary focus of the Museum by combining STEM skills with creative experiences. Whether your child is a budding star of the stage or a future robotics engineer (or both!) we’ve got the program for them! One week sessions include half and full day options for kids entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. New this summer is a counselor-in-training program for teens age 13 and up.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: K-6th grade
Contact: 413-443-7171 x360 ♦ frontdesk@berkshiremuseum.orgberkshiremuseum.org

KidsAct!

Pittsfield, MA ♦ KidsAct! gives young performers, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they create, rehearse and perform their own original plays & musicals. The two-week DramaKids! program (6/29-7/10 or 8/3-14), focuses on building acting and improv skills through fun theatre games as well as the creation of original plays. The three-week BroadwayKids! program (7/13-31) adds the elements of music and movement as students work with professional theatre artists to learn Broadway songs and dance numbers as a part of their original musical. Register for two or more sessions and save 10%! Classes meet M-F, 9 AM-3PM at: Zion Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield. Extended-care available from 7:30AM – 5:30PM
Dates: Jun 29 – Aug 14; Age/Grade Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6112 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgwww.barringtonstageco.org

Rock On

Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On is launching a new String Chamber Music Program directed by violinist Alla Zerniskaya. For violin, viola, cello & double bass players, String Chamber Music will run parallel to Rock On programs in rock, blues & jazz for guitar, bass, keyboards, brass, winds, & drums. At Rock On, the emphasis is on developing musicianship through ensemble playing. All levels are welcome. Instrument training classes are held daily. Crossover workshops are offered in different musical genres to bring students together in large ensembles to further expand knowledge, increase creativity, & enhance technical skills. Workshops in Songwriting, Recording Technology, & Technical Theater are open to all students. Beginners welcome! Berkshire Community College.
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 24; Age/Grade Range: 8-21yo
Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

RICHMOND

STOCKBRIDGE

Wednesday, July 1. 3pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Many people enjoy visiting historic buildings and locales, but what is it that draws us to these special places? Thompson Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and composer Eric Nathan will address this in their lecture, “Why Old Places Matter.” Come to Chesterwood for the talk and stay for a reception on the studio piazza. Preregistration recommended. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Tuesday, July 7. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Normal Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 8. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 9. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 11. 11:30am – 1pm — SCULPTURE/LANDSCAPE
How do structures–both manmade and natural–inform the work of sculptors? This tour of Chesterwood‘s sculpture grounds will teach participants about the specific connections between these pieces of art and our New England landscapes and buildings. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Tuesday, July 14. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Normal Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 15. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 16. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 1pm-4pm — STORYTELLING
Comic and graphic novel fans of all ages will enjoy an afternoon of talks and workshops at the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Comic Connections program. Several noted cartoonists will facilitate the sessions! 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 19. 5:30pm – 7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Music, family, friends, picnic food, a big lawn blanket…what’s not to love about summer’s outdoor concerts? Each Sunday through the remainder of July and August, Chesterwood will be hosting its annual contemporary American music festival series, Chesterfest! The festival kicks off this week with performers Dan Blakeslee and Jonah Sky. Come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and fabulous tunes! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (Adults = $; 17 & under = FREE)

Tuesday, July 21. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Normal Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 23. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 23. 5:30pm — LECTURE/CHILDREN’S BOOKS
“You Must Be Kidding” is a program at the Norman Rockwell Museum that takes participants on an historical tour through the history of the relationship between children’s books and cartoonists. Author and book historian Leonard Marcus will lead the session. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 26. 5:30pm – 7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Music, family, friends, picnic food, a big lawn blanket…what’s not to love about summer’s outdoor concerts? Each Sunday through the remainder of July and August, Chesterwood will be hosting its annual contemporary American music festival series, Chesterfest! This week’s performance features the music of . Come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and fabulous tunes! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (Adults = $; 17 & under = FREE)

Sunday, July 26. 5:30pm – 7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Music, family, friends, picnic food, a big lawn blanket…what’s not to love about summer’s outdoor concerts? Each Sunday through the remainder of July and August, Chesterwood will be hosting its annual contemporary American music festival series, Chesterfest! Come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and fabulous tunes! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (Adults = $; 17 & under = FREE)Tuesday, July 28. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Normal Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 28. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 29. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 30. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

TYRINGHAM

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

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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South Berkshire

Alford | Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

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ALFORD

GREAT BARRINGTON

Saturday, July 11. 3pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE
The Paul Taylor Dance Company takes the stage at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a fabulous matinee performance with excerpts from Diggity (dancers in the midst of an obstacle course of dog profiles) and Company B (a recollection of the turbulent times of the 1940s). 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 18. 10am – 3pm — CANOEING
What better way to spend a summer day than paddling down a river, taking in stunning views of Western Massachusetts’ hills and farmland and observing native animals? This canoe trip, led by the Housatonic Valley Association, will take you through Great Barrington into Sheffield to see the covered bridge. BYO canoe or use one provided by the HVA. Preregistration required. 413-394-9796. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 30. 2:30pm – 3:30pm — OUTDOOR MUSIC CELEBRATION/HISTORY
Explore America’s musical roots through a community celebration of blues artists at the Mason Library. Percussionist, educator, and author Craig Harris will lead Drum Away the Blues, an all-ages, multicultural, participatory celebration which pays homage to influential American musicians like Louis Armstrong, Pete Seeger, and Ray Charles. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Action Adventures Day Camp

Great Barrington, MA ♦ 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. The 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, $295 Guests. State Vouchers accepted.
Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age/Grade Range: 1st grade-12yo
Contact: 413-528-2810 ♦ rbaxendale@berkshiresouth.orgwww.berkshiresouth.org

HOUSATONIC

Friday, July 10. 10am-12pm — GARDENING
Have you been interested in propagating native plants but unsure where to start? Learn how to propagate garden plants from cuttings, layering, division, and seeds in the Introduction to Propagation workshop offered by Project Native through Berkshire Community College. Attention will be paid to proper soil and container preparation and seedling care as well. Bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes. Rain or shine! Registration requested. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. ($$)

Friday, July 17. 10am-12pm — GARDENING
Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and food supply, yet many face challenges due to climate change and human activities. Learn how to create a pollinator garden of shrubs, trees, perennials, and grasses, with an emphasis on native plants, in the Gardening for Pollinators workshop offered by Project Native through Berkshire Community College. Bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes. Rain or shine! Registration requested. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, July 22. 10am-12pm — GARDENING
Would you like to create gorgeous floral arrangements to adorn your home and share with friends and family? The Native Floral Arranging Workshop offered by Project Native through Berkshire Community College will teach you how to do just that! Learn how to collect, condition, and arrange specimens in a variety of containers. Bring 2-3 containers, pruners, scissors, a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes. Rain or shine! Registration requested. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 25. 11am-4pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Caterpillars possess an impressive array of adaptations that enhance their chances of survival, including warning coloration, inflatable horns, offensive odors, and squeaking noises! As part of its Weekend with Wildlife program, Project Native hosts Sam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab, enabling visitors to learn all about these small but fascinating creatures while viewing them at close range. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (DONATIONS)

Sunday, July 26. 11am & 1pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Julie Anne Collier of Wingmaster will present a birds of prey program (including six different species of live birds) as part of Project Native‘s Weekend with Wildlife program. If you’re not already smitten with saw-whet owls, you will be the moment you set eyes on one! Topics will include food webs, adaptations, and modern threats to the birds’ wellbeing. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (DONATIONS)

Tuesday, July 28. 10:30am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Basic naturalist skills are fun to develop and will serve a person for a lifetime! Learning to use a hand lens helps develop fine motor skills and increases one’s ability to observe, and subsequently, describe objects. Discovering how a field guide is organized and how it is used helps one establish a stronger understanding of systems of classification and allows for lots of practice with comparing and contrasting. Project Native‘s Bug & Butterfly Safaris invite children to develop and practice these skills as they traverse fields in search of eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages welcome; all children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

MONTEREY

Saturday, July 25. 10:30am-7pm — COMMUNITY HIKE & PICNIC
The Appalachian Trail winds its way from Maine to Georgia, with a beautiful stretch through the westernmost part of our state. Come out to enjoy one of four different hikes along the AT (two are “adventurous”, one is moderate in difficulty, and the fourth is an easy, all-ages loop trail) on this third annual Appalachian Trail Hike and Community Picnic, hosted by the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community. At the end of your hike, join your fellow hikers for a potluck picnic dinner beside Benedict Pond. It’s fun to meet thru-hikers (those who start at one end of the trail and hike to the other end in one continuous trip!) here, and if you bring enough food to share, you’ll make lots of new friends with interesting stories! Swimming at the pond is an option, and there will be a big campfire for all to enjoy. Registration required. 413-528-8002. 69 Blue Hill Road, Monterey, MA. (FREE)

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OTIS

Saturday, July 4. 11am-2pm — LOCAL HISTORY & CULTURE
The Nipmuc are one of North America’s First Nations, and for thirty thousand years, they lived in a region that included parts of southern NH, central MA, northeastern CT, and northern RI. Today the Otis Cultural Council presents a Native American Culture Exhibition which will be enriched by the participation of members of the Historical Nipmuc Tribe. 413-269-0100. Mountain View Campground, 1858 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 7:30pm — CONCERT
The Otis Cultural Council presents an evening of traditional and original folk songs performed by Oakes and Smith. Those wishing to enjoy the inn’s food beforehand may arrive at 6pm for a buffet dinner (cash/check only). 413-269-0100. Knox Trail Inn, 1898 Otis Road, East Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 18. 9am-12pm — PAINTING
Artist Sylvia Foster will lead participants in a watercolor painting class that focuses on different techniques for representing snow. Sponsored by the Otis Cultural Council. Registration required.772-785-6547. Otis Town Hall, Otis, MA. (< $)

Saturday, July 25. 9am-3pm — COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
The Otis Cultural Council hosts the town’s 8th annual Arts Festival at Farmington River Elementary School today. Last year’s festival included over 50 artists and makers! Don’t miss Moonshine Holler’s fiddle performance from 12pm-2pm. 413-269-4674. 555 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

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