Berkshire Family Fun: October 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2015

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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.


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

Saturday, October 24. 11am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE
Nutshell Playhouse will presents a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation. A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. 413-212-1416. Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School (BART). 1 Commercial Street. Adams, MA (FREE)

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

Every Friday & Saturday night through the month of October as well as Thursday, October 22 and Thursday, October 29 6:30pm-10:30pm – HAUNTED TOUR
13 Nights at Jiminy is a haunted tour of Jiminy Peak. Haunts begin at dark and run every few minutes with the last tour departing at 10:30 pm. 6-8 people in a group. These tours are scary and are recommended for kids age 10 and up. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$$)

LANESBOROUGH

Sunday, October 4. 6:00pm-7:00pm — CULINARY ARTS
Fall is in the air and we turn our thoughts to tasty home remedies to carry us through the cold winter ahead. Bascom Lodge hosts a presentation (with tastings!) about the restorative qualities of two such remedies: Fire Cider and Bone Broth. Presentation will be followed by a special prix fixe dinner with a menu sourced and designed by Red Apple Butchers. Reservations required for dinner. 413-743-1591. Bascom Lodge – Mt. Greylock, 30 Rockwell Rd., Lanesborough, MA. (Presentation is FREE)

MONTEREY

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, October 3, 8:00pm — JAZZ CONCERT
Henry Butler is a renowned jazz pianist from New Orleans. As we move into the cool of fall, warm up with the sounds of the Big Easy and with music, culture and hospitality at a performance with Henry Butler at MASS MoCA. New Orleans food and cocktails available in the venue. Hunter Center, MASS MoCA,1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 4, 1:00pm PARADE
The community of North Adams has been celebrating the beauty of fall in the Berkshires for 60 years with an annual Fall Foliage Parade. This year’s theme is the history of the sixty-year long parade. The festival features a children’s fair for some family fun, crafts, a well-attended road race, and several performances. The parade will commence at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot, and conclude on Ashland Street after passing though downtown via Main Street. 413-499-1600 x126. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 7, 11am-2pm — PARENTING SKILLS
Parents and guardians have a lot of child-related papers to manage! From progress reports to IEPs to doctor reports and more, these important papers are important to keep track of but can get lost in the shuffle of our busy lives. Participate in the Let’s Get Organized workshop to build a customized binder to sort and store your child’s important documents. Financing health care and navigating the health care system in general are other responsibilities that may seem daunting to parents/guardians as well. The second workshop of the day, Making Sense of Healthcare Financing, will explain MassHealth/CommonHealth eligibility, how to access benefits and services, and how to figure out associated costs. Both workshops, offered by United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, are open to parents/guardians of children ages 0-19. Registration required. 413-664-9340 x 20. 535 Curran Highway, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 8, 5:00pm — ARTIST TALK
Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw’s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock. His Entertaining Doubts exhibit is currently on view at MASS MoCA, where the community can attend a discussion of his career, practice and the exhibit. Tickets required. MASS MoCA members free. Club B10, MASS MoCA,1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 10, 2pm – FILM/ART STUDIES:
MASS MoCA is screening Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010), a documentary about German industrial artist Anselm Kiefer. Learn about his alchemical processes and tour the museum’s Kiefer gallery. Best for older students interested in contemporary art. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 10, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Indie-rock group Dr. Dog is performing at MASS MoCA on October 10. The concert would be a fun date night activity for those who enjoy indie and psychedelic music. Tickets available in advance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$$)

Friday, October 16, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – FILM STUDIES: MASS MoCA presents the Wind-Up Fest, formerly the Williamstown Film Festival. The festival is focused on documentary film and creative nonfiction, and socially engaged participatory art. At 2:30pm, attend an interactive variety show, “The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up,” and at 3:30pm see a screening of Abandoned Goods and other shorts, followed by a screening of Very Semi-Serious, which is about New Yorker cartoonists, at 7:30pm. Older students interested in documentary film and art would enjoy the festival. Cost is per each event. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 17. 2:00pm. KIDS’ CONCERT
It is always nice when parents and children can enjoy music together! Randy Kaplan, a songwriter known for his “not-JUST-for-kids” music, will bring songs from his latest album, Jam on Rye, to Mass MOCA . Reservations required. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 17, 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 18, 10am-5pm – OPEN STUDIOS:
The Eclipse Mill in North Adams is holding an Open Studios event on October 17th and 18th. Come meet artists, see their work, and get a head start on holiday shopping. Studio visitors can see paintings, pottery, fine art tapestries, collage, sculpture, photography, and more. This is a great chance to discover local artists and artisans and to ask them about what they do. 243 Union Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 18, 12noon-4pm – FOOD FESTIVAL:
The annual Berkshire Food Festival takes place on October 18th! Come downtown and enjoy food from local restaurants, beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards, live music, and more. This event is a great way to learn about many of the exciting restaurants and breweries in Berkshire County. 413-663-6567 x15. Main Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, October 19, 5:30-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:
Active Parenting of Children Ages 1-4 Years. Mondays, October 19, 26 and November 9. This series will cover positive discipline methods, developmental stages, how to prevent tantrums, routines to make life easier and ways to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of your family. Parenting classes are an ideal place to meet other parents, share and discuss ideas and come away with a new perspective on parenting. Call 413-664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation available upon request. Haskins Center. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 2pm-5pm – PUMPKIN CARVING
Community members can join the Makers’ Mill for a pumpkin carving event on October 24th. Carving tools and supplies for painting will be available. Bring your own pumpkin. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, October 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm — PERSONAL FINANCE
Learning how to manage money is an essential life skill. Whether you are looking to improve your own budgeting skills or have a young adult in the family who is ready for an introduction to money management, the Berkshire Family Center‘s Dollar Cents: Learning to Stretch Your Dollar workshop is a great place to start! Topics will include banking basics, managing accounts, and how credit works. Transportation and child care available upon request. 413-664-4821. Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 29, 5:30pm-8:30pm – PUMPKIN WALK
The 1st Annual Pumpkin Walk will be held Halloween weekend at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Community members can visit the park and stroll the walkways looking at carved and decorated pumpkins made by people of all ages! If you’re interested in donating a pumpkin, email contactmillcity@gmail.com. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm – PUMPKIN WALK
The 1st Annual Pumpkin Walk will be held Halloween weekend at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Community members can visit the park and stroll the walkways looking at carved and decorated pumpkins made by people of all ages! If you’re interested in donating a pumpkin, email contactmillcity@gmail.com. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

WILLIAMSTOWN

Sunday, October 4. 10am-5pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Every first Sunday of the month, The Clark Art Institute offers free admission! The Clark Art Institute, located in north Berkshire County, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 4, 1pm-4pm —STEAM
Thomas Schütte’s Crystal, an outdoor contemporary art installation specially designed for the Clark Art Institute, makes for a striking aesthetic experience and provides fabulous opportunities to examine the basic physics behind light’s movement. Visitors can create mirrored boxes, learn about crystals, witness the ways light reflects and refracts, and experience how these phenomena create fun perceptual idiosyncracies. Seasonal refreshments will be served as well. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 7, 4:10pm — TAI CHI & DANCE
Have you heard music performed on an erhu or a zhongruan? Experience traditional Taiwanese and Chinese musical sounds and themes in modern compositions performed by Sheng Dong, a Taiwanese performance group in residence at Williams College this October. As a part of its residency, the group will lead a tai chi and dance workshop. Tickets are required for this free workshop; please make reservations in advance. It is possible that the ticketing plan may change for this event in the days ahead. Please contact Williams College for more information. 413-597-2425. ’62 Center’s Main Stage, Williams College, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 8, 7pm — CONCERT
Have you heard music performed on an erhu or a zhongruan? Experience traditional Taiwanese and Chinese musical sounds and themes in modern compositions performed by Sheng Dong, a Taiwanese performance group in residence at Williams College this October. As a part of its residency, the group will perform for the community in their unique style, which has been described as “joyous, evocative, and enchanting.” It is possible that the ticketing plan may change for this event in the days ahead. Please contact Williams College for more information. 413-597-2425. Adams Memorial Theatre, Williams College, Williamstown, MA. (< $)

Saturday, October 10, 2:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE
As part of their Bright Young Things film series, Images Cinema presents “Fantastic Journeys: Animated Shorts” on October 10 and 11. They will screen a variety of fun animated shorts with many different themes and from all over the world. Films are either in English or are nonverbal. The screening is a fun opportunity for families to enjoy animated shorts together and engage in discussion after the screening. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 11, 1pm – FAMILY MOVIE: As part of their Bright Young Things film series, Images Cinema presents “Fantastic Journeys: Animated Shorts” on October 10 and 11. They will screen a variety of fun animated shorts with many different themes and from all over the world. Films are either in English or are nonverbal. The screening is a fun opportunity for families to enjoy animated shorts together and engage in discussion after the screening. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Friday, October 23, 10am-5pm – ART STUDIES:
Williams College Museum of Art’s new exhibition, The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art, 1689-1913, opens on October 23rd. The exhibit features work from WCMA’s collection that highlights the political, cultural, and economic tensions of the times, and features works from Britain, France, Holland, Italy, and Spain, juxtaposed with ones from the Americas. Viewing this exhibition would be an excellent opportunity for those interested in history and art. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 23, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/PIANO:
Celebrated American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will join the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra in concert in Chapin Hall at Williams College. The concert will be the first event in Chapin Hall since extensive renovations began last spring. 413-597-4277. Williams College. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 3pm — CONCERT
Williamstown composer Stephen Danker will present a concert of his String Quartets Nos. 13, 15, and 18 at The Clark. The renowned Borealis String Quartet from Vancouver, British Columbia will perform the quartets. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 26, 2pm-4pm – CAREGIVING/ART STUDIES: People with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are welcome to attend a special gallery talk at the Clark Art Museum. “Meet Me at the Clark” takes place when the museum is closed to the public in order to create a private, calm atmosphere, and consists of a viewing and discussion about the art. This gallery talk is great for both the person with dementia and the caregiver – both can enjoy seeing and experiencing art and spending time together in a meaningful way. Call to register in pairs. 413-458-0410. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

WINDSOR

Saturday, October 17, 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 24, 9am-12:30pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Enjoy a crisp morning at Notchview as a part of the largest group ever to clear the trails and help prepare the property for the upcoming Nordic ski season! On this Trustees of the Reservations “Make a Difference Day,” everyone will be able to enjoy autumnal views, wildlife watching, fresh air, and the intrinsic reward of making a positive difference in our region. Please bring a snack and water bottle, as well as gloves and small clippers if you have them. Participants should dress in layers to best accommodate a variety of types of work. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE/VOLUNTEER)

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BECKET

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

DALTON

Friday, October 16, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, October 17, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 17, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE:
Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 23, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, October 24, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 23, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE:
Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 24, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

  • 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, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

LEE

Saturday, October 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm – ART OPENING: Join the Good Purpose Gallery for the opening of their new exhibit, “Dancing with Colors,” on October 10. The show features the art of Olga Gernovski and Margaret Buchte, and runs through November 17. Come to the reception to get a first look at these beautiful, colorful paintings, and to meet the artists. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 22, 5pm-8pm – HAUNTED HOUSE: Spectrum Playhouse’s annual haunted house features a monster maze, haunted graveyardzombies, ghosts, and more in a carefully crafted haunted house. Best for ages 10 and up, but younger children can attend and the actors can tone down the scare factor. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (>$)

Friday, October 23, 5pm-8pm – HAUNTED HOUSE: Spectrum Playhouse’s annual haunted house features a monster maze, haunted graveyardzombies, ghosts, and more in a carefully crafted haunted house. Best for ages 10 and up, but younger children can attend and the actors can tone down the scare factor. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (>$)

LENOX

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

Saturday, October 3. 7:30pm — THEATER
Shakespeare & Company presents An Illiad, a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles, told through the eyes of a single narrator whose gripping monologue captures both the heroism and horror of war. Crafted around the stories of Achilles and Hector, this powerful piece vividly drives home the timelessness of mankind’s compulsion toward violence. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, October 4, 10:00am-5:00pm — HISTORY
What better way to learn about the Middle Ages than to immerse yourself in the daily life of that period? Head to the 7th annual Medieval Faire, where you will see The Barony of Bergental, a branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism, one of the world’s largest medieval living history organizations, present Crestfallen Tourney – a spirited knightly competition engaged in by combatants wearing creatively decorated helmets. Madigrals, food, crafts, children’s activities and more. 413-637-3206. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum,104 Walker St., Lenox, MA ($$)

Friday, October 9, 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY
You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored 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 10, 4pm-5:30pm – LANDSCAPE DESIGN/HISTORY: Writer Jeanne Mackin will present a talk on landscape designer Beatrix Farrand at Eastover Estate and Retreat on October 10th. “Imagined Landscapes: Beatrix Farrand and A Lady of Good Family” focuses on Farrand and her work designing the gardens and grounds at Eastover as well as her work designing the grounds for her aunt Edith Wharton’s property, The Mount. Farrand is also known for being the first woman to become a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Call for reservations. 413-637-3206. 430 East Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 16, 5:45pm-7:15pm & 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored 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 17. 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 Pizzazz. 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, October 23, 5:45pm-7:15pm & 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored 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 24. 10am-12pm – NATURE STUDIES
Leaves are falling, birds are migrating, squirrels and chipmunks are gathering food, and plants and other animals are preparing for winter. Join naturalists from Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided After the Frost Walk as they explore Canoe Meadows, observe Sackett Brook, and search for signs that cold weather is coming to the Berkshires. Dress for the weather, and wear footwear that can get wet. 413-637-0320. Lenox, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 24, 5:45pm-7:15pm & 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored 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. ($$)

Friday, October 30, 7pm-8:30pm & 10:30pm-12midnight – HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored 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. ($$)

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PITTSFIELD

Saturday, October 3, 7-10pm — DANCE
Did you know that 19 U.S. states have designated square dancing as their official state dance, including Massachusetts? Celebrate this knowledge by dancing the night away with Cliff Brodeur and the Square One Band at the Berkshire Museum. All are welcome from beginners to experienced dancers. Members of Square One have toured internationally, and appeared with artists such as Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt and John Denver. Refreshments available. Tickets available in advance. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA.($$)

Saturday, October 10, 10am-3pm – PAPERMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY
Families can head to the Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab on October 10th for “Pulp! A Day of Papermaking.” In addition to hands-on papermaking, museum visitors can learn about the history of paper in the Berkshires and hear stories of local people who were employed by the mills. This fun program blends science, crafts, and history to teach about papermaking and the importance of paper to the region. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 17, 10:30am – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/FILM & THEATER
Talk My Fair Ladies: Female Robots and Androids in Movies, Television, Photography and Art. Julie Wosk, professor and author of the new book My Fair Ladies, takes us on an amazing tour of artificial women—robots, dolls, mannequins—throughout history at the Berkshire Museum. From The Twilight Zone to The Stepford Wives to today’s robot females in television and film, these females reveal men’s fantasies about creating the perfect artificial woman who mysteriously comes to life. Included with regular Museum admission. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

Saturday, October 17. 2-3pm — SPORTS HISTORY/BASEBALL
Larry Moore, Educational Consultant – Museum and Outreach Educator for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, will present his program, “Tools of the Trade” – the changes in technology of Baseball Equipment, on the lawn at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. Families can come see 75 baseball artifacts, from balls and bats to uniforms, which will be showcased and shared with the attendees who will be able to swing bats, toss balls, don historically accurate uniforms and literally “get into the game.” 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Wednesday, October 21, 7pm – HALLOWEEN/PARANORMAL
Jeff Belanger, host of the PBS series New England Legends, presents a “Supernatural Evening” at the Berkshire Athenaeum on October 21. Hear strange New England tales at this fascinating talk. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 23, 10-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP
Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under. Explore and connect with others. Guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 23. 10am-5pm — HISTORY/HOMESCHOOL
Hancock Shaker Village will be open only to homeschoolers and their families for this special day of demonstrations, songs, hands-on activities, and more. Visitors will learn about the Shakers’ use of water and solar power, visit the farm’s animals, and view woodworkers and blacksmiths crafting their wares, all while being able to enjoy the grounds at a leisurely pace. 413-443-0188 x 100. Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 10am – HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Learn how to do Halloween makeup at the Berkshire Museum‘s Learner’s Lab on October 24th. Director Kara Demler and makeup artist Rachel Fedderley will share tips and tricks for awesome Halloween makeup. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, October 30, 11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a preschool and toddler Halloween Parade, stopping at the various departments in the library for treats. Come in costume and tour the library! 413-499-9480. One Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 7pm – HALLOWEEN PARADE: Pittsfield will come alive tonight with all sorts of Halloween excitement! The super fun, annual Halloween Parade features spooky, scary, and exciting floats. 413-499-9370. Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

RICHMOND

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 21, 10am-12noon – HIKING:
Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Hollow Fields. Enjoy the beautiful fields and views of Yokun Ridge on this moderate three-mile hike. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, October 3. 4pm – LOCAL HISTORY
Discover some interesting bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s final Cemetery Tour of the season – “Above and Below: The Cemetery and the Gravediggers.” Learn about the lives, work, and relationships of the gravediggers in the 1800s and 1900s, and see a part of the cemetery that is usually not available for exploring. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about the history of Stockbridge and some of its interesting history! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 10, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL
The 81st Annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is on October 10th and 11th from 10am-5pm! Celebrate fall with a hay jump, pumpkin toss, cider pressing, local food, a craft sale featuring local artisans, live music, gardening and food-related workshops and demonstrations, a tag sale, and much more. This is a fun fall activity jam-packed with activities for families in a beautiful setting. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 10, 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 at the Haunting Gardens of Naumkeag event. These family-friendly performers blend performance, visual art, music, and movement to create an exciting experience for all ages. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 11, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 81st Annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is on October 10th and 11th from 10am-5pm! Celebrate fall with a hay jump, pumpkin toss, cider pressing, local food, a craft sale featuring local artisans, live music, gardening and food-related workshops and demonstrations, a tag sale, and much more. This is a fun fall activity jam-packed with activities for families in a beautiful setting. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Monday, October 12, 2pm-4pm – HALLOWEEN: Get in the Halloween spirit at a special pumpkin carving event at Chesterwood, free with one adult admission! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Friday, October 23, 5:30pm-8pm – NATURE STUDIES/HALLOWEEN STORIES: Families can explore Naumkeag’s Pumpkin Trail this October. Come in costume and meet nocturnal woodland creatures and learn about their lives through storytelling. This is a fun non-scary Halloween activity for families, as well as a great chance to explore the grounds of Naumkeag and learn about local critters. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Norman Rockwell Museum presents “Back in Time,” a family cruise-in festival. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the film “Back To The Future,” the event will feature a classic car show (including a DeLorean, and original car used in the movies); music from the 1950s to 1980s; talks on the movie series, locally-produced Ride Film, automobiles, and the art of both Norman Rockwell and Drew Struzan (who designed the movie series’ iconic posters); seasonal art activities; vintage costumes; and a screening of “Back in Time,” a new documentary that examines the cultural phenomenon of the time-travel trilogy. Support for the event has been made possible by the Pittsfield Piston Poppers; and R.W.’s Inc., offering full service towing, repairs, and car rentals in the Berkshires. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (FREE w/Museum Admission)

Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm-8pm – NATURE STUDIES/HALLOWEEN STORIES: Families can explore Naumkeag’s Pumpkin Trail this October. Come in costume and meet nocturnal woodland creatures and learn about their lives through storytelling. This is a fun non-scary Halloween activity for families, as well as a great chance to explore the grounds of Naumkeag and learn about local critters. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, October 29. 5-6pm – HISTORY/CEMETERY
Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery. Join Norman Rockwell Museum Curator of Education, Tom Daly for a walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery, which boasts the burial sites of such luminaries as Norman Rockwell and Elizabeth Freeman. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (>$)

Friday, October 30, 6pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: The Stockbridge Library’s 5th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About, as well as the Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Party, takes place October 30 at 6pm. 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. (FREE)

TYRINGHAM

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

WASHINGTON

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Washington’s annual John F.X. Keator Memorial Pumpkin Walk takes place October 30 in Washington Town Park. There will be trick-or-treating, hay rides, refreshments, and a bonfire. Celebrate Halloween at this annual town tradition! Route 8. Washington, MA.

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ALFORD

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

EGREMONT

Saturday, October 3. 7-9pm — STARGAZING
Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff and Williams College astrophysics student, Sarah Stevenson, in an evening of hands-on learning for all ages (but especially geared toward young learners and their families). Begin the evening with an indoor educational session before going out to the wide open spaces of the Kellogg Conservation Center to observe the night sky. Please bring warm clothing and a camp chair/blanket to sit on. Hot tea and hot chocolate and healthy snacks provided. PreRegister: 413-528-8002. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Kellogg Conservation Center. 62 Undermountain Road/Route 41. South Egremont, MA (FREE)

GREAT BARRINGTON

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

Sunday, October 4, 8:00am — RACE
What better way to promote land conservation, farm preservation and community trails than by a benefit run through farms and woods on the beautiful country roads of the Berkshires. Participate in Run for the Hills (5K, 10K and a 1K kids fun run), and all proceeds will benefit the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. Kilpatrick Athletic Center – Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington, MA ($$)

Saturday, October 17 at 10am-4pm – CULINARY ARTS:
Berkshire Fermentation Festival. There will be cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, lectures, music and more. Connecting local fermentation educators and businesses with food enthusiasts in a day of education and empowerment! Participate in workshops and lectures, meet local fermenters, check out what our fermentation vendors have to offer, and participate in the social ferment. Great Barrington Fairgrounds. 775 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 23, 6:15pm-8pm – GAMES:
Families can attend an evening of Lotería, or Mexican bingo, at the Mason Library on October 23rd. Similar to American bingo, Lotería uses playing cards instead of numbers and bingo balls. Winners will receive children’s prizes and gift certificates to local Latino restaurants. There will also be a dessert potluck. This is a fun opportunity for a family game night! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 1:30pm-2:30pm – HALLOWEEN HISTORY: Hear some spooky tales at the Mason Library this October! Mrs. Gordon will share scary stories, talk about Harry Houdini, and discuss Halloween traditions from the 19th and early 20th Century! This is a great chance to learn about the history of Halloween. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm – HIKING
Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a full moon hike at Threemile Hill. Hikers ages 8 and up are welcome to attend this fun and exciting hike and will love seeing the forest lit up by the moon! Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810 x10. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 29, 10:45am-1:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
CHP is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular! There will be a special spooky kids’ kitchen, pumpkin painting, and a reading of Room on the Broom. 413-528-9311. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, October 30, 10am-11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE
CHP is holding a Pumpkin Walk on the CHP Walking Trail. There will be jack-o-lanterns decorated by children to see. 413-528-9311. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Kids in grades 5-8 can have some Halloween fun at Berkshire South Regional Community Center‘s Halloween Costume Dance. Come in costume, hang out with friends, and enjoy snacks and drinks. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

MONTEREY

Saturday, October 3. 10am-12:30pm — HIKING
As part of the Housatonic Heritage Hike series, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will lead a hike at Bob’s Way. Explore the trail’s exciting natural and human history on this moderate 2.5-mile hike. Call to register. 413-528-2810 x10. Route 23 East/Route 108 South. Monterey, MA. (FREE)

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

OTIS

Saturday, October 10, 12noon-2pm – PHOTOGRAPHY: Street photographer Ollie Rosengart’s photographs are on display at the Otis Library and Museum for the month of October. Join the library and Rosengart for a reception on October 10th. Best for older students interested in photography. 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

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SHEFFIELD

Saturday, October 3. 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. & Litchfield County, CT. (FREE)

Saturday, October 3-17, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY
The Sheffield Historical Society‘s exhibition, “Few and Evil Were Our Days: The Cemeteries of Sheffield,” is on display at the Old Stone Store every Saturday and Sunday through October 18. Learn about local residents of the past who are buried in Sheffield’s over 18 cemeteries, the carvings on the headstones, and the history of the cemeteries themselves. Learning about the town’s cemeteries is a fascinating way to experience local history and discover Sheffield’s past. 413-229-2694. 137 Main St., Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 4. 9:00am-12pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURE & CANOEING
What better way to view the Berkshires foliage than on a guided canoe trip! Paddle the winding Housatonic to view the beauty of this meandering river as it passes through agricultural fields and floodplain forests. Watch for migrating hawks circling overhead. With your guide, learn about the river’s history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species from its upper reaches in Pittsfield through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. Sponsored by Trustees of Reservations. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Registration required. 413-229-8600. Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, October 4-18. 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY
The Sheffield Historical Society‘s exhibition, “Few and Evil Were Our Days: The Cemeteries of Sheffield,” is on display at the Old Stone Store every Saturday and Sunday through October 18. Learn about local residents of the past who are buried in Sheffield’s over 18 cemeteries, the carvings on the headstones, and the history of the cemeteries themselves. Learning about the town’s cemeteries is a fascinating way to experience local history and discover Sheffield’s past. 413-229-2694. 137 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 23, 4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES:
Learn all about bats at a special program at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Jerry Schneider will teach us about the importance of bats to the environment with a slideshow, and then attendees can decorate t-shirts (bring one from home or buy one at program for <$). This is a fun chance for all ages to learn about these amazing creatures! 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 3pm-5pm – CEMETERY TOUR
The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a “Spiritwalk” through Center Cemetery for kids and adults. Learn about local history through this walk, which features costumed actors playing the roles of Sheffield residents of the past. Rain date is 10/25. 413-229-2694. Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 25, 3pm – PUMPKIN DECORATING
Join the Bushnell-Sage Library for pumpkin painting this Halloween season! Sign up in advance and head to the library to paint pumpkins with family and friends. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

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