Berkshire Family Fun: August 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
August 2015

“Hilltown Families helps me keep my family engaged in our community by keeping me up to date on community events. Thank you!” – Brittany Handfield (Hancock, MA)

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


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ADAMS

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am — CARTOONING
Cartoonist Paul Merkin brings his fun, interactive cartoon art show to the Adams Free Library to celebrate super heroes with kids of all ages! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 2pm — READING CELEBRATION
Celebrate this year’s summer reading program with a party at the Adams Free Library. Master storyteller Tom McCabe will be there to entertain audiences with his clever and engaging tales! 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

LANESBOROUGH

MONTEREY

NORTH ADAMS

Monday, August 17. 10am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Have a baby? Whether your day is off to a fabulous start or you’re encountering some challenges, some fresh air and exercise will do you both a world of good! Meet other parents of babies, walk with your stroller along a level track, and refuel with water and snacks at this morning walking program sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires. Attendees will receive a free pedometer to track their daily steps, too! 413-664-4821 x 10. Walking track near Noel Field, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 19. 6pm – 7pm — SCHOOL READINESS
Get your almost-kindergartner excited about the school year ahead with a fun ice cream social at the Haskins Center playground sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires. Rising kindergartners and their caregivers are invited to attend to make ice cream sundaes and meet new friends. A head count helps estimate supplies, so please call if you plan to attend. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 10am – 11am — SCHOOL READINESS
Some children are excited to ride the school bus for the first time, while others face this milestone with trepidation. No matter what your young child’s feelings about riding the bus, s/he will gain important information and experience on today’s “I Rode the Bus” event. Sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires, this program invites rising preschoolers and kindergartners to take a short, fun bus ride with their caregivers. There will also be a circle time, a read-aloud story, and an art project for everyone to enjoy. Each child who participates will receive a free book. Registration encouraged. 413-664-4821. Haskins Community Center, 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 30. 9am-12pm — UPCYCLING
Upcycling is the process of reusing old, damaged, or garbage/recycling-bound materials to create something new! This creative, Earth-friendly craft diverts items from the waste stream. Makers’ Mill is hosting a workshop at which participants can create an upcycled plastic tote. Folks will start out with empty, plastic animal food bags, and will be guided through the entire process to create a cool, useful tote. Sewing machines and other necessary supplies will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own plastic bags if you wish. Previous sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. Intended for older students and adults. Younger students may participate with an adult caregiver. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street, North Adams, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 30. 9am-3pm — VEHICLES & STEM
What is it about big trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, and other vehicles that captures the interest and imagination of so many children and adults? Some folks are drawn to the mechanics of different types of engines, others to aesthetic and aerodynamic designs, and still others to the history behind each model. You and your family can explore any number of these themes at this year’s Motorama, when several streets in North Adams will be filled with vehicles to observe! Rain date: Saturday, September 5. 413-664-6180. Main, Holden, and Eagle Streets, 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

Wednesday, August 5. 8pm-10pm — NATURE STUDIES
Are those crickets you’re hearing at night, or cicadas? Could that be a tree frog in your backyard or is it a peeper? And how can you use cricket chirps to determine air temperature?! Find out at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation‘s “Sounds of the Summer Night” program. S’mores will be served at 8pm, and the sound studies begin at 8:30pm. Rain date August 12. 413-458-2494. Sheep Hill, Route 7 (1 mile south of the Williamstown Rotary), Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. 2pm — FILM STUDIES & LEGOS
Are LEGOs just toys, or are they something more? A LEGO Brickumentary, showing at Images Cinema, will wow all LEGO fans as it explores the history and creative uses of these iconic building bricks. Lots of LEGOs will be available to play with 30 minutes before the show, and a Q & A with Steven Miller, Williams College Math Professor and LEGO-building record-holder, will take place after the show. People are also encouraged to bring in gently-used LEGOs for the LEGO drive to benefit North Adams’ UNO Community Center. Donate LEGOs and receive free popcorn! 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — PAINTING
Plein air painting is the process of painting outdoors in natural settings. Two experienced plein air painters will share their creative process with visitors at the Clark Art Institute, as they paint and narrate their thought processes alongside Schow Pond. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($; FREE for children 18 and under)

Friday, September 4. 3:30pm — ART HISTORY
Familiarly known as Whistler’s Mother, Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 is currently on view at the Clark Art Institute, on a rare loan from the Museé d’Orsay! Attend a lecture by curator Kevin Murphy to learn about the artist’s fine brushwork and distinctive use of line, then view a selection of Whistler’s paintings on site to bring a greater depth to your understanding and appreciation of his artistic techniques. Intended for older students and adults. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE with museum admission; FREE for children under 18)

WINDSOR

Saturday, August 8. 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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BECKET

Saturday, August 1. 2pm — DANCE
Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet will perform works by Robbins, Peck, Kobborg, and Wheeldon at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend. Arrive 30 minutes early for a free pre-show talk with scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe and learn more about the dancers, choreographers, and pieces that will be performed. 413-243-9919 x 125. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 2. 2pm — DANCE
Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet will perform works by Robbins, Peck, Kobborg, and Wheeldon at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend. Arrive 30 minutes early for a free pre-show talk with scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe and learn more about the dancers, choreographers, and pieces that will be performed. 413-243-9919 x 125. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)

Friday, August 21. 2:30pm-7pm — DANCE
Jacob’s Pillow is hosting a number of dance-related activities for children and their families as a part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program. At 2:30, kids can try out an open hip-hop class, at 4pm there will be a swing dance class, and the evening’s finale is a swing dance performance on the outdoor stage. What an amazing opportunity to both watch and learn dance techniques from some of the world’s finest dancers! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)

aturday, August 29. 8pm-12:30am — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Celebrate the work of Jacob’s Pillow‘s executive and artistic director, Ella Baff, as she closes out her final season! This finale event will include performances from the Martha Graham Dance Company and MADBOOTS DANCE, as well as an afterparty with food and drink, a DJ, and opportunities to mix and mingle with members of the dance companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$-$$$)

Jacob’s Pillow – 413-243-9919 x 123. 358 George Carter Road.

DALTON

Monday, August 3. 9am-12pm — CHORAL ARTS
Berkshire Lyric invites children ages 6-13 to join its free, week-long choral camp which runs August 3-August 7. Participants will do musical exercises and fun activities to develop their skills. 413-298-5365. Dalton Congregational Church, 514 Main 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

LEE

Monday, August 10. 2pm-4pm — LITERACY & MUSIC
The Lee Library‘s summer reading program hosts a finale event, “Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man: A Heroic Climb.” Children are invited to dance, sing, wear costumes, and participate in the funny performance of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Prizes and reading certificates will be awarded after the performance, followed by an ice cream sundae party! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

LENOX

Sunday, August 2. 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)

Tuesday, August 4. 4pm — CULINARY ARTS/ART/HISTORY
Chances are, you’ve had at least one picnic meal this summer. When did picnicking come into fashion? Why did people decide to dine outdoors rather than in? Food historian Francine Segan will take us through a history of picnicking in her talk at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. A Victorian tea will follow the presentation. Reservations highly recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

Thursday, August 6. 11am — LIBRARY ADVENTURES
The Science Tellers are back, with “Super Heroes!”   In this original collection of slightly twisted tales, all the teachers at school are suspected to have superpowers! Join the Lenox Library on a hilarious new adventure where, just like in science, things aren’t always quite what they seem. Launch things through the air, send them   plummeting toward the ground, and even make matter transform and disappear right before your   eyes! Throw on your labcoat and buckle in — you are about to experience forces and reactions through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having   fun. Savor each endearing adventure and find yourself transported to a special  place where ‘super’ heroes truly do exist! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Sunday, August 9. 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, August 12. 6:30pm-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, August 15. 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 Spare Parts. 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. (< $)

Friday, August 21. 11am-6pm — BOOK SALE
Have you ever passed along a favorite book to a friend? Are some of the books in your home ones which were important to others before they came into your life? Books are wonderful items to use and then pass along! To this end, the Lenox Library is hosting its 20th annual Giant “Bargains in Books” Sale August 21-23, comprised almost entirely of books donated by the community. This sort of community sale provides an excellent opportunity for children to practice basic financial skills like budgeting and prioritizing. With book prices starting at fifty cents, a child could learn a great deal navigating the sale with $1 of his or her own to spend! The sale will also include music and artwork, and a special selection of first editions, rare volumes, and the like. All proceeds benefit the library’s educational programs. 413-445-5679. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA. (DONATION until 2pm; FREE after 2pm)

Tuesday, September 1. 4pm-6pm — ARCHITECTURE & WOMEN’S STUDIES
Renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright employed female architects well before women were widely accepted in the field. Many of these women later went on to launch impressive careers of their own. At Ventfort Hall‘s “A Girl Is a Fellow Here” Tea & Talk, architect and philanthropist Beverly Willis will introduce two films about the female architects who worked with Wright, addressing the social, cultural, and professional forces that influenced their lives. The films and discussion will be followed by a Victorian tea on the grounds. Reservations recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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, August 1. 4pm-7pm. — ART & LITERACY
A perfect connection with this summer’s reading program theme, the Berkshire Art Association and Comic and Cartoon Art present Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art which runs from August 1-29. The family-friendly opening party will include music, face painting, and, of course, comic art making. Comic-inspired costumes and attire are encouraged. Children can make connections between the art they view and the themes and stories they have encountered in their summer reading adventures! Both local and international comic artists will be featured in the exhibit. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 1. 8pm; Sunday, August 2. 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)

Tuesday, August 4. 1pm — COMMUNITY HEROES
What does a day in the life of a local police officer or firefighter look like? Visit the Berkshire Athenaeum for a special program of real-life hero stories with Chief of Police Michael Wynn and Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski. Suggested for children ages 5 and up. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 6. 1pm — GRAPHIC NOVELS
What does it take to create a graphic novel? Many kids find joy in expressing themselves through writing and drawing in this format once they learn some tools and skills of the trade! Participants in this graphic novel workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum will learn how to create and develop characters, plot stories, and represent their ideas in pictoral form (even if they feel they lack the artistic skills to do so). Open to teens ages 13-18. Registration required. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 7. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
The city of Pittsfield hosts family movies at Clapp Park throughout the summer. This week’s movie is Frozen (PG, 2013). Rain cancels. 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 8. (TBA) — COMMUNITY SERVICE & NATURAL RESOURCES
The Housatonic River (“beyond the mountain place” in Mohican) is a lovely stretch of water for boating, and used to be a wonderful place to fish, as well as to observe native plants and animals. The river is rebounding from intense pollution, and continues to need human intervention to return to a healthy state. Meet up with members of the Housatonic Valley Association to help clean up the West Branch of the river by gathering trash along its banks and shores. Trash bags, work gloves, and drinking water will be provided, and all volunteers can partake of breakfast treats from Panera and lunch from BlueQ! Wear old shoes or muck boots, and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat. 413-394-9796. West Branch of the Housatonic River, Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-12pm — COLLABORATIVE PLAY
Imagination Playground ™ offers unique play equipment that encourages its users to create, communicate, and collaborate. You may have seen the large, blue, dense foam building elements before! Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will be able to play with these fun, interactive pieces during their visit. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 8. 8pm — MUSIC & DANCING
Do you love traditional Latin music from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America? Are you eager to dance when you hear lively music, or are you interested in learning and trying out new dance moves? Trio Candela‘s live performance will entertain and energize you! Thistle & Mirth, 54 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Monday, August 10. 6:30pm-8pm — DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Hand drums can produce a wide variety of sounds in the hands of a skilled master drummer. Beginning and experienced drummers alike are invited to a hand drum class led by Baba Joe Platz. Nigerian, Congolese, and Cuban drum techniques will be addressed. If you have a conga or ashieko, please bring it. If you need a drum, include this information when you register with Aimee at Tamarack Hollow. Appropriate for mature teens and adults. Scholarships available. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 12. 12pm — MOVIE
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG, 2012) will be the feature at this week’s Family Feature Films program at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 1pm —
The Berkshire Music School brings its “Sing Along Fun” program to the Berkshire Athenaeum. This program is intended for children ages 5 and older with a caregiver. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 13. 7pm; Friday, August 14. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. This performance is a preview before the opening night on Friday, August 14. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Saturday, August 15. 9am-5pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
The four H’s in 4-H stand for head (managing & thinking), heart (relating & caring), hands (giving & working), and health (being & living). 4-H members strive to develop these values and skills, with the mission of making a positive impact in their local communities and the world at large. The 75th annual Berkshire 4-H Youth Fair will feature traditional agricultural fair fun for the whole family, including livestock, hall exhibits, games, entertainment, and food. The hall exhibits include many projects created by local youth, from fine art, to baking, to sewing, to science! Be sure to take time to appreciate these impressive creations during your visit. 413-448-8285. Berkshire County 4-H Fairgrounds, Utility Drive, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, August 16. 2pm; Monday, August 17. 7pm; Thursday, August 20. 7pm; Friday, August 21. 7pm – THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Tuesday, August 18. 1pm — STORYTELLING & MUSIC
One of the most powerful ways to learn about another person, place, or time, is through carefully crafted stories. The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, share stories from around the world with their audiences, honoring different cultures through words, traditional instruments, and dances. This program, hosted by the Berkshire Athenaeum, is suggested for children ages 5 and up with an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 7pm —POETRY SLAM
Young Berkshire residents will perform spoken word and poetry pieces at the WordxWord: Youth Speak 413 poetry slam at the Berkshire Museum. Come witness the talent of these local word artists and writers! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 7pm — THEATRE
The lives of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield from 1840-1940 are showcased in rich detail in I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century, a play being performed at Melville’s Arrowhead Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through August 29th. This realistic interpretation, based on written and oral histories, contains themes of ethnic hostility, poverty, and prejudice, and as such is appropriate for mature teens and adults. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-442-1973. The Red Barn Theater, Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, August 21. 11am & 2pm — THEATRE
Talking flowers, a riddling doormouse, the comic duo of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and a rabbit who is running out of time accompany Alice in the Berkshire Children’s Theater’s performance of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, August 21. 6:30pm — POETRY SLAM
The WordxWord StorySlam finalists will perform their stories at the Berkshire Museum. This is live storytelling at its finest! Stay for the second event at 8pm, when five featured performers will share their work. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 7pm — THEATRE
The lives of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield from 1840-1940 are showcased in rich detail in I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century, a play being performed at Melville’s Arrowhead Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through August 29th. This realistic interpretation, based on written and oral histories, contains themes of ethnic hostility, poverty, and prejudice, and as such is appropriate for mature teens and adults. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-442-1973. The Red Barn Theater, Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 29. 1:30pm-2:30pm — LITERACY & BOOK SIGNING
Visitors to the Berkshire Museum may have “met” Old Bill, the moose that was a local legend long ago, and who now “resides” in the museum. Old Bill is the subject of Walter Eaton’s essay, Odyssey of Old Bill–The Famous Berkshire Moose, for which Arlo Guthrie wrote a 75th anniversary poem. This poem has now become a picture book, which Mr. Guthrie will be signing at the museum. Stay on after the signing to explore the museum’s interactive exhibits, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($; FREE for children under 3)

Monday, August 31. 1:30pm — CULTURAL & FILM STUDIES
Watching a film allows the viewer to consider a range of perspectives and experiences he or she may not have been exposed to before. This can be an important component of developing empathy as well as a sense of community on a global scale. Older students and adults interested in exploring themes of identity and community may be interested in A Borrowed Identity (NR, 2015), based on the autobiographical writings of Arab-Israeli author/journalist Sayed Kashua, which asks audiences to consider what it means to belong, what it means to be an outsider, and what happens when one’s identity presents challenges to one’s pursuits. 413-443-7171 x 320. Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (< $)

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.orghttp://www.barringtonstageco.org

RICHMOND

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, August 1. 11:30am-1pm — CARTOGRAPHY
Creating a map requires that we take a different look at our surroundings, examine spatial relationships, recognize landforms, and consider scale. Families can try their hand at cartography, or mapmaking, at Chesterwood‘s “Walking the Line” workshop. Participants will be invited to create maps of both real and imagined places. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 1. 4pm-5pm — LOCAL HISTORY
How has your life been affected by the artists, scientists, inventors, and athletes who hail from Stockbridge? Find out at the Outstanding in Their Fields: Some Surprising Local Experts cemetery walk, led by a volunteer from the Stockbridge Library’s Museum and Archives. 413-298-5501. Cemetery gate, Main Street, Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, August 2. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Wednesday, August 5. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon, as well as songs and stories with John Porcino. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Friday, August 7. 11am-1pm — ORNITHOLOGY
Most days you can glance up at the sky and find a red-tailed hawk soaring above. Hawks and other raptors live throughout the Pioneer Valley, but face threats due to human activities. Learn more about these amazing animals, and how and why to help protect them and their habitats, at Tom Ricardi’s birds of prey presentation, hosted by the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Participants will be able to meet some of the birds Tom has rehabilitated at his local wildlife center, too! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Saturday, August 8. 12pm-4pm — HISTORY & SPORTS
When you think of an Olympic sport, perhaps downhill skiing, diving, or gymnastics comes to mind, but croquet? Yes! Croquet was once an Olympic sport, and it was exceptionally fashionable to play the game on private lawns throughout New England. Learn how to play croquet with the help of representatives from the U.S. Croquet Association at the Stockbridge Library‘s “Wicket Good Fun” afternoon. Equipment for children and adults will be provided. Visitors may also tour the Merwin House and learn about the sports they played. Croquet is free for all; those wearing all white get free house tours, too! 860-928-4074. 14 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA

Saturday, August 8. 12pm-5pm; Sunday, August 9. 10am-5pm — BOTANY
The Berkshire Botanical Garden‘s Grow Show is back! Gardeners of all ages and experience are invited to submit their plants for inclusion in this celebration of horticulture. Visitors can marvel at the diversity of plants, investigate their structural details, consider the aesthetics of floral arrangements, and gain new appreciations for growth and conservation of a diversity of species. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Sunday, August 9. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Sunday, August 9. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Wednesday, August 12. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon as well as an entertaining performance by Talking Hands Theatre. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Friday, August 14. 11am —BIOLOGY
We may live far from tropical rainforests, but these ecosystems have profound effects on our daily lives and overall health. Many are struggling due to oil extraction and climate change-related effects, and their animal populations are facing challenges, too. Learn about some of the creatures who call tropical rainforests home when Rick Roth, the Creature Teacher, brings his animal friends to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Meet a coatimundi, peccary, macaw, kinkajou, and others, and find new ways to appreciate Earth’s biodiversity. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Sunday, August 16. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Wednesday, August 19. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon, as well as an entertaining performance by the Nutshell Playhouse. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Friday, August 21. 11am — LOCAL FAUNA
Have you encountered snakes in your yard or on your hikes? Were you able to determine which species they were? The rattlesnakes may be among the easiest to identify! Get to know the snakes that inhabit Western Massachusetts at this Berkshire Botanical Garden presentation by Professor Tom Tyning. A few live snakes will be on hand, too! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Sunday, August 23. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Sunday, August 30. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

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Saturday, August 8. 10am-2:45pm — HISTORY & GAMING
It is common to encounter battle scenes in movies, tv shows, and books, and some people may have witnessed historical reenactments of battles by trained actors, but have you ever seen famous battles recreated using detailed miniature figures? Here is your chance to do so! Visit the Mason Library and learn about the battles in a whole new way. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 30. 4pm — THEATRE & ART HISTORY
Witness the final years of Vincent van Gogh’s life, as reimagined through the letters he wrote to his brother, Theo, in the Ensemble for the Romantic Century‘s theatrical concert, Van Gogh’s Ear. This performance will complement the van Gogh exhibition that visitors to the Clark have been enjoying this summer (on view through September 13). Advance ticket purchase strongly advised. 413-528-1216 x 3102. Stone House Ballroom, 250 Division Street, Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

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

Wednesday, August 5. 10:30am-12pm; Tuesday, August 11. 10:30am-12pm; Tuesday, August 25. 10:30am-12pm; Saturday, August 29. 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)

Saturday, August 8. 10am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Kids who have fun in nature often report positive feelings about and actions towards the Earth– qualities that are essential to develop as we raise responsible stewards of this planet! On its Family Fun Day, Project Native invites families to come out to the farm for a fun-filled morning of making seed balls, going on bug safaris, exploring nature up close, and more. Rain date: Sunday, August 9. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 29. 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)

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Saturday, August 15. 9am-12pm — PAINTING
Artist Sylvia Foster will lead participants in a watercolor painting class that focuses on different techniques for representing trees and mountains. Sponsored by the Otis Cultural Council. Registration required.772-785-6547. Otis Town Hall, Otis, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 7:30pm — CONCERT
The Otis Cultural Council presents an evening of delta blues and tap, featuring musician Robin O’Herin and rhythm tap artist Stephanie Webber. 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, August 29. 11am-2pm — CULTURE & HISTORY
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. Activities include songs, dances, stories, and dream catcher art. 413-269-0100. Mountain View Campground, 1858 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 1. 12pm-6pm — PHOTOGRAPHY & LOCAL LANDSCAPES
Viewing photographs can inspire one to ask questions (Where was this taken? What is the subject? How does this make me feel? What is the photographer hoping to convey?), make discoveries, and create art of one’s own. When the subject of the art is the land that you call home, the effects can be even more profound. View the Berkshire region through the eyes and artistic sensibility of Geoffrey Coelho, whose photographs of landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and still lifes will be exhibited at the Otis Library and Museum for the month of September. 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

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SHEFFIELD

Saturday, August 1. 8:30am-11:30am; Saturday, August 22. 8:30am-11:30am — CANOEING & NATURAL HISTORY
The Housatonic River and its banks are home to many plant and animal species, but many of these areas are in need of protection and restoration. Learn about the river’s past, present, and future as you explore the meandering Housatonic via canoe with a knowledgeable guide. Bald eagles may soar overhead, and a variety of landscapes will be visible, too. Paddles, PFDs, and boats will be provided. Meets at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Registration required. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 15. 10am-12pm —HIKE & CLIMATOLOGY
Climate change often makes people think of melting ice caps and suffering polar bears, but the effects of climate change reach all parts of our Earth, including the lovely Berkshires. Find out more about how our rapidly changing climate is affecting the land near Trustees of the Reservations property, Bartholomew’s Cobble, on a walk led by ecologist Julie Richburg. Registration requested. 413-532-1631 x 10. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($)

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