Berkshire Family Fun: November 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2015

“What we enjoy most about Hilltown Families is… Great articles, plus you keep us in the know about fun things happening for kids in the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. It’s been a super ten years and I wish you all the best in the next 10.” – Shana Levine (Pittsfield, MA)

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

We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!

There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.


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


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


North Berkshire

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

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

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ADAMS

Saturday, November 7, 11am — MUSIC/PUPPET THEATER
Nutshell Playhouse presents “Nutshellapalooza!” a scrumptious mix of original music, puppets, and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language), and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!). Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Featuring Alexia Trainor, Stefanie Lynx Weber, and Paul McNeil, with live music by Don Jordan. 413-212-1416. Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

HANCOCK

LANESBOROUGH

MONTEREY

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, November 21, 8pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
One of America’s greatest living songwriters, Magnetic Fields mastermind Stephin Merritt is a lyrical genius known for a melancholy yet witty repertoire of seriously good indie-pop that recalls influences from David Bowie to Belle and Sebastian. Catch Merritt in a rare live performance in MASS MoCA‘s Hunter Center. He is accompanied solely by collaborator and cellist Sam Davol. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($$)

WILLIAMSTOWN

Sunday, November 1. 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)

Friday, November 6, 10:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 7:30pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES
The Clark Art Institute presents a performance by cellist Edward Arron, pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Jesse Mills, and violist Ara Gregorian on November 6th. This chamber music concert will feature pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn, Bohuslav Martinů, Joaquin Turina, and Antonín Dvořák. Older students with audience skills and an interested in music would enjoy this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-3pm — LOCAL FOOD/CULINARY ARTS
Come see how the folks at Cricket Creek Farm make their award-winning cheese, Maggie’s Round. Experience the science and art of cheesemaking demonstrated in the farmstead creamery. This “Artisan Cheesemaking in the Berkshires” workshop is perfect for home cheesemakers, avid cooks, cheese lovers, food enthusiasts, or anyone looking to witness a fascinating day in the life of a cheesemaker. Each participant will leave with a Maggie’s Round cheese to enjoy at home. Registration required. 774-678-9644. 1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, November 12, 4:30pm — ART/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
What will you learn with your own personal guide at the Williams College Museum of Art? Walk through the galleries with a Williams student and discuss highlights of the collection during “Student Guides in the Galleries.” 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 4:30pm — ART/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
What will you learn with your own personal guide at the Williams College Museum of Art? Walk through the galleries with a Williams student and discuss highlights of the collection during “Student Guides in the Galleries.” 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm — FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES/ACTIVISM
Images Cinema presents He Named Me Malala (PG-13, 2015), a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl-education activist shot by the Taliban when she was 15. “Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, He Named Me Malala is the rare documentary that plays as a family film…. That Malala is a real-life teenage girl, a bookish Pakistani sister to Katniss Everdeen, is yet another welcome gift.”– LA Times. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 21, 3pm — ART HISTORY/WORLD HISTORY
In celebration of the publication of The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk (Minnesota University Press), the Clark Art Institute will hold a panel discussion on the political and aesthetic history of Surrealism and its continuing relevance today. Panelists include Berlin-based philosophers Rita Bischof and Elizabeth Lenk, translator and editor Sarah H. Gillespie, and Samantha Rose Hill, the Hannah Arendt Center Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Bard College. Christian Thorne, associate professor of English at Williams College, moderates. A display from the Clark’s rare books collection of materials on Dada and Surrealism will accompany the presentation. In 1962, a politically active Elisabeth Lenk moved to Paris, joined André Breton’s Surrealist group, and persuaded Theodor W. Adorno to supervise her sociology dissertation on the Surrealists. Adorno, though critical of Surrealism, agreed. The Challenge of Surrealism presents their correspondence, written between 1962 and Adorno’s death in 1969, as well as essays authored by Lenk. The letters offer a fresh look into Adorno’s view of Surrealism and the student movements in 1960s France and Germany, while Lenk’s essays and Bischof’s introduction argue that there is a legitimate connection between Surrealism and political resistance that still holds true today. Appropriate for life-long learners and self-directed learners. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 10am-2pm — FARMERS’ MARKET/LOCAL FOOD/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Williams College Towne Field House. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 82 Latham Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 1pm — FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES/ACTIVISM
Images Cinema presents He Named Me Malala (PG-13, 2015), a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl-education activist shot by the Taliban when she was 15. “Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, He Named Me Malala is the rare documentary that plays as a family film…. That Malala is a real-life teenage girl, a bookish Pakistani sister to Katniss Everdeen, is yet another welcome gift.”– LA Times. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Monday, November 23, 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, November 14, 9am-12:30pm — VOLUNTEERISM/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Join the Trustees of Reservations for Notchview Fall Work Day. Head for the fresh mountain air and help care for this New England winter recreation destination. Clearing the trails creates the essential base for great Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Bring gloves, water, and snacks. 413-532-1631 x19. Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 15, 9am-12pm — NATURE STUDIES
One of the first features we notice about trees are their leaves, which are great tools for identifying different species. What happens, then, when the leaves drop and we’re left with bark, bare crowns and canopies, and, perhaps, some buds? Learn how to identify local trees using these features on a hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas at Notchview, a Trustees of Reservations property. In addition to learning how to identify trees, participants will learn about factors that affect tree health, such as available space, light, soil quality, and insect pests. 413-532-1631 x 10. Notchview Visitor Center, Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE for children; < $ for adults)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURAL HISTORY
Explore the Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest on a late fall hike offered by Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. What animals live here that don’t live in the hardwood forest found at lower elevations? What adaptations do they have for living here? Bring those questions, and some of your own. 1515 and 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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Central Berkshire

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

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

  • Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.
  • Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Friday, November 27, 10am-4pm — FILM
May the force be with you at the Star Wars Marathon at the Lee Library. Bring your comfy soccer chair; bring lunch. At 10am: A New Hope (PG, 1977). At 12:15: The Empire Strikes Back (PG, 1980). At 2:30: Return of the Jedi (PG, 1983). Children under 12 must be supervised. Brown bag snacks and lunches welcome. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

LENOX

Saturday, November 7, 7pm — CULINARY ARTS/FILM STUDIES
Food historian Francine Segan will go beyond popcorn when she presents “Take One!: Movie Menu Moments.” Segan will amplify the fun with movie food (including a popcorn tasting), film clips (the more hilarious the better), and a movie trivia contest with prizes – a multi-sensory experience for movie buffs and food lovers! She’ll share famous foodie movie moments from such classics as Chocolat, Ratatouille, Babette’s Feast, and Big Night and discuss the role food plays in film. Reservations highly recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21. 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 Les Z Boys. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Sunday, November 22, 4pm — US HISTORY
As presented by author Hugh Howard, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some, it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison — our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of First Lady for all to follow, and would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally. Howard will discuss his book Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War, at The Lenox Library. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

PERU

PITTSFIELD

Friday, November 6, 10am-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, November 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME/CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Join the Berkshire Museum for Pajama Night! In celebration of Family Literacy Month, the Museum will gather authors, artists, and community members for a night of stories, books, and imagery. Children and adults will read to one another, there will be a StoryWalk, books to take home, and a super-fun PJ party. Wear your favorite pajamas and have a blast reading with family and friends at the Museum! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 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)

Monday, November 9, 3pm-5pm — CULTURAL STUDIES/SOCIOLOGY
How are cultural identities formed? As part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Event Series, the Berkshire Community College is screening Empire of Dreams, part of a PBS documentary on Latino history and the Latino experience in the United States. After the screening, Dr. Rouhi of Williams College will lead a presentation and discussion focusing on themes of memory, heritage, and cultural identity. 413-236-2116. 1350 West Street, Room K-111, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 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)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-12pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum‘s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Sunday, November 22, 3pm — CONCERT/ENVIRONMENTALISM
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team is gathering an amazing group of musicians to perform Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia Earth Mass at the First Church on Park Square. This environmental liturgy of contemporary music, first performed in 1982, entwines whale song, wolf howls, and more with instruments and voices in a celebration of our interconnection with the earth. Light refreshments served after the concert. 413-230-7321. 27 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)

Sunday, November 22, 7pm; Monday, November 23, 1pm and 7pm — FILM/DANCE
The Berkshire Museum presents Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Unrated, 2014) in the Little Cinema. Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement, and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time, he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. This film is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance. Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Thursday, November 26, 9am-10:15am — YOGA/FUNDRAISER
On Thanksgiving day, before you belly up to the table, start by giving. Give to yourself a clear mind and strong body through yoga. Give to your community — access to fresh, healthy, local food. Join instructor Gillian Gorman at Radiance Yoga for “ThanksLiving,” a pay-what-you-like community yoga class to benefit the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. 413-822-0508. 401 North Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE-WILL DONATION)

RICHMOND

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, November 14, 10am-4pm; Sunday, November 15, 10am-4pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 22, 10am-4pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

TYRINGHAM

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

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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South Berkshire

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

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

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ALFORD

Saturday, November 7, 10am-1pm — NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
When is cutting down trees good for the forest and wildlife? Learn about forest management as you enjoy a 3.6-mile, moderately strenuous hike at the Alford Springs Reserve, where the Berkshire Natural Resources Council just removed 25 acres of mature forest. Views of Mt. Greylock included! Call for directions. 413-499-0596. Alford, MA. (FREE)

EGREMONT

GREAT BARRINGTON

Sunday, November 1, 3pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES
Simon’s Rock trumpet teacher Allan Dean will perform light classics for trumpet and cornetto with Ron Barron on trombone, Ron Gorevic on violin, and Larry Wallach on piano. Older students interested in music will enjoy this performance, which takes place in the Kellogg Music Center. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30pm-7pm – CULINARY ARTS
Learn how to preserve foods at the Mason Library on November 4th. Make apple butter and sauerkraut and discover other things to can. Bring a pint jar and lid, a knife, and a cutting board. Best for self-directed teens with knife skills/cooking experience. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 7pm; Friday, November 13, 7pm; Saturday, November 14, 7pm — THEATER/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Simon’s Rock Theatre Program Presents The Skin of Our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical play by Thornton Wilder that takes the audience on a wild and raucous tour of humanity through the ages. From wooly mammoths to an Atlantic City beauty contest to the aftermath of global war, extinction and survival race to the finish in a joyous, inspiring, and spectacular celebration of people’s resilience. 413-644-4400. Daniel Arts Center. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 15, 2-4pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GEOLOGY/PHOTOGRAPHY
Hike the boulder-strewn trails of Monument Mountain with a geologist and a photographer as part of the workshop “Art & Science of Nature: Mountain Magic, You and Your Camera,” sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Learn about the geologic history of this remarkable spot and how to capture the beauty of the glowing rocks and bare trees in the afternoon light of autumn. Appropriate for ages 14 and up; advance registration required. 413-298-3239 x3013. Monument Mountain, Route 7, Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Wednesday, November 18, 5:30pm-7pm — CULINARY ARTS
Do you or someone you know have food allergies? Are you interested in creating foods that are safe and accessible for a wider range of people? Learn substitutions for dairy, eggs, and gluten, and make a delicious tofu ricotta at “Vegetarian Cooking with Lia Douillet: Food Allergies & Substitutions,” hosted by the Mason Library. Participants are asked to bring a cutting board and knife. Pre-registration requested. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm-8:30pm — FILM STUDIES & DANCE
Ballet Boys (NR, 2014) takes viewers through the disappointments, victories, forging of friendships, first loves, doubt, and faith in a timeless story of finding one’s own way in the world of ballet. This Norwegian documentary, a part of the Ramsdell Library‘s Creative Film Series, highlights the personal stories of three male ballet dancers over the course of the first four years of their careers. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-2pm — FARMERS’ MARKET/SHOP LOCAL/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 21, 12pm-2pm — MARKET/SHOP LOCAL/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Bring home-grown/home-made food stuffs, arts and crafts, books, clothes, jewelry, eggs, plants, herbal tinctures, mushrooms, ferments, services, music, and anything else you can GIVE, SHARE or BARTER to the Berkshire Barter’s Barter Market at the Mason Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, (FREE)

Tuesday, November 24, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm — COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/INTERGENERATIONAL/VOLUNTEERING
Join community friends, both old and new, for the annual Thanksgiving feast at theBerkshire South Regional Community Center. Share delicious food and warm fellowship and swap family stories of Thanksgivings past. Volunteer opportunities available. For reservations, call at least 24 hours in advance. 413.528.2810 ext. 10. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 25, 9:30am-11am — PLAYGROUP/NATURE-BASED PLAY
Children learn things in nature that they just can’t learn indoors. Get into the forest with the Trustees of Reservations in this nature-based play group. Participants will use all of their senses to explore the woods and trails of the Monument Mountain Reservation. 413-298-3239 x3013. Route 7, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 25, 7pm — FILM/MUSIC STUDIES/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Join the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a special screening of Alice’s Restaurant (R, 1969), with an on-stage interview with Arlo Guthrie moderated by WAMC’s Alan Chartock before the film. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that fateful Thanksgiving Day in 1965 when Arlo Guthrie, then age 18, drove to the Berkshires to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends Alice and Ray Brock at their Great Barrington home in The Trinity Church on Division Street. The Trinity Church is where the song “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” began and where the movie “Alice’s Restaurant” was filmed, and continues to service the local and international community as home to The Guthrie Center and The Guthrie Foundation. *Please note that Arlo Guthrie will not be performing and that this is not a live concert. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington , MA. ($)

Friday, November 27, 6:15pm-8:30pm — FAMILY MOVIE
Children may be little, but their feelings are often anything but! Explore the inner emotional world of a child in Inside Out (PG, 2015). This film, screened as part of the Mason Library‘s Family Films program, tells the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is uprooted from her Midwest life to move to San Francisco. Her emotions –joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness– are featured characters in the film, sharing with the audience Riley’s experience with navigating a new city, house, school, and relationships. This movie shares important messages about our healthy, human need to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and provides countless opportunities to exercise empathy. Pre-registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

HOUSATONIC

Wednesday, November 11, 5:30pm-7:00 pm — CULINARY ARTS
Get ready for winter by making and eating a butternut squash soup and a vegetarian chili with Lia Douillet at the Ramsdell Library. Bring a knife and a cutting board. Best for self-directed teens with knife skills/cooking experience. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

MONTEREY

NEW MARLBOROUGH

OTIS

SANDISFIELD

Thursday, November 5, 10am-12noon – HIKING
Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at the Clam River Loop Trail. The easy, 1.5-mile hike will take you through beautiful evergreen forests with nice views of Clam River. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA. (FREE)

SHEFFIELD

Sunday, November 8, 9am-4pm — NATURAL HISTORY
Learn about native insects, rattlesnakes, butterflies, and fishes at the inaugural Berkshire Natural History Conference. Presenters include local and regional naturalists, as well as acclaimed authors and international nature guides Peter Alden and Brian Cassie. There will be exhibits, a book sale, and a raffle. Pre-registration strongly suggested. 413-236-4502. Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center, Berkshire School, 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

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