Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of June. 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 email@example.com.
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 Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Saturday, June 11, 11am
Children’s love of stories and jokes is a testament to the fundamental importance of these forms of expression. Taking your children to theatrical performances can open up their minds to the possibilities of storytelling and other art forms. This Nutshell Playhouse performance combines comedy and storytelling with the use of music and puppets. Catch some laughs with your family members and make a lasting memory together as you enjoy this performance at the Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 413-212-1416. 1 Commercial Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 25, 10am
Get outdoors with friends and family! Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, a human service agency which provides services to people with disabilities, invites you to participate in this fundraising walk. Participants will meet at the Adams Visitor’s Center for a lunch before walking a scenic route to Cheshire and back. This is a casual stroll and participants can walk the entire route, or a shorter path. Call 413-664-9382 ext 40 to register. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (Adults $$. Kids <$. Four and under FREE)
Thursday, June 30, 6pm
The Olympics themed summer reading programs taking place at public libraries throughout Massachusetts will bring together two healthy activities- exercise and reading- in the thriving community context of the library. The Adams Library is one of many libraries participating. Come to their summer reading kickoff party to witness a magic show complete with balloon artistry, comedy, storytelling and improvisation. Sign up for the summer reading program and check out the athletic events which will take place all summer long at the library. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.
Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.
Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188
Saturday, June 18, all day
Are your kids curious about all of the many different plants and animals that they find while exploring outside? A “bioblitz” is a community event designed to quickly compile information on biodiversity in a relatively small area. The 24-hour long Berkshire Bioblitz will take place from June 18th through June 19th at Mount Greylock. The BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to gather and complete a formal survey of all living species while seeing first-hand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in their own community. For more information, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 26, 6pm
Want to learn how to start your own beehive collection and find out some of the uses and nutritional properties of raw honey? Come to this beekeeping talk and demonstration with Beekeepers from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association and Honey Pot Apiary. The talk will take place in the lobby of Bascom Lodge. All are welcome. 413-743-1591. Summit Avenue. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, June 8, 6:30pm-8pm
Listen to music while you swim, fish, kayak, or canoe at Windsor Lake. Or, bring a picnic to enjoy on the shore. On June 8th, local musicians Satellite Shine will showcase their acoustic covers of popular songs. Concessions will be available. 413-664-6180. Kemp Avenue and Bradley Street. North Adams, MA
Thursday, June 9, 6pm
Expectant mothers in their last trimester of pregnancy, and their partners, are invited to the Family Center for a baby care and self care parenting workshop. You will receive a free baby box with infant clothing, a baby blanket, diapers, and other newborn necessities. Priority will be given to first-time parents. Registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.
Monday, June 13, 5:30pm
This year, the Family Center’s annual picnic will feature live music performed by Bernice Lewis, Friends and Ukuleles. Bring a picnic to enjoy with your family and others. Cups, napkins, plates, drinks, watermelon and cookies will be provided. No registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 18, 11am-1pm
Do your children enjoy watching sports and rooting for their favorite team? The Duck Derby at the Family Center will be a fun and exciting fundraiser. Hundreds of rubber ducks will race down the river behind Noel Field. Parents can adopt ducks at five dollars each and root for their adopted ducks! Owners of the winning ducks will receive cash prizes. Call 413-664-4821 to get involved. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FUNDRAISER)
Saturday, June 18, 11am-3pm
FAMILY MUSIC/ART STUDIES
Families with an interest in animals, art, or music, will find entertainment at the opening reception for “Here Comes the Sun” at MASS MoCA. This exhibit features animal sculptures made out of many different materials such as leather sneakers or an army helmet. Federico Uribe’s artwork sheds light on the ways in which humans use animals to make products. Instead, he uses products to make animals. After exploring his artwork, you can enjoy family-friendly music performed at 2pm by Grammy-winning folk and blues musician, Dan Zanes. The “Here Comes the Sun” reception is free. Tickets for Dan Zanes can be purchased on the MASS MoCA website. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (Adult tickets purchased on the day of the event $$. Adult advance tickets and under 16 tickets $. Kids 5 and under FREE)
Thursday, June 23, 7pm
The Maker’s Mill in North Adams is a space for inclusive and collaborative learning and creating. You can support this community resource at a fundraising event full of dancing, food, auctions and art at The Elks Club. This auction will include local and locally connected artwork. Support local artwork and get inspired. 100 Eagle Street. North Adams, MA. (FUNDRAISER)
Thursday, June 30, 6pm-9pm
Art walks are a great way to meet local artists and see trends unfold in contemporary art. DownStreet Art in North Adams works to facilitate dialog between the local community and the arts, with the goal of creating social and economic capital as a result. These art walks include monthly gallery openings, street performances, and public art works, the last Thursday of each month starting on June 30th. Main Street and downtown North Adams, MA. (FREE)
North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.
Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm
Fra Angelico (1452-1498) was an Italian Renaissance painter who depicted religious scenes for the Bible. He was also a civic leader in Florence. Francis Oakley, interim director of the Clark Art Institute will discuss Angelico as well as the difficulties historians have had making sense of this artist’s life. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, June 2, 2:30pm-4:30pm
The Roommate, written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, is the story of a single, empty-nested woman forming an unexpected friendship with her new roommate in spite of their differences in personality. This brand new play, brought to you by The Williamstown Theatre Festival, will be performed at The Clark Art Institute with a discussion to follow. Anyone involved in theater or interested in becoming involved could learn from this modern, local performance. Reservations are required. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion at The Clark. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 11, 4pm
ART STUDIES/ART HISTORY
As long as visual art has existed, creators have used the human form as inspiration for their work. This talk will discuss the story behind “Splendor, Myth and Vision Paintings: Nudes from the Prado,” exhibition of nude paintings to be temporarily held at the Clark Art Institute. This exhibit includes twenty-eight Old Master paintings of the nude, twenty-four of which have never been on view in the United States. This is your chance to see this collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings and attend a free lecture which will educate you about the role of nude paintings in European art. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Monday, June 20, 6pm-9pm
ART STUDIES/SUMMER SOLSTICE
Kick off summer 2016 with a celebration of art and movement at the Clark Art Institute. At special after-hours admission to the galleries, you can see the exhibition currently on view, “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado.” Summer solstice celebration activities will include yoga sessions and drum circles. This event is open to all ages. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Non members $. Members FREE)
Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.
Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.
Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.
Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.
Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.
Notchview Reservation 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.
Wednesday, June 22, 6pm
INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE STUDIES
As part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016, free “Inside/Out” performances will take place on an outdoor stage, the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. This first free performance, by The Bang Group, features percussive and contemporary forms and comedic elements. In case of rain the performance will be moved indoors. All ages are invited. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, June 23, 6pm
INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE STUDIES
As part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016, free “Inside/Out” performances to take place on an outdoor stage, the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. This performance by Emery LeCrone Dance features contemporary ballet choreography with distinguished composers, musicians, and designers. In case of rain the performance will be moved indoors. All ages are invited. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Friday, June 24, 6pm
INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE STUDIES
As part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, free “Inside/Out” performances will take place on an outdoor stage, the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. This performance by Urban Bush Women focuses on the perspective of women of the African Diaspora community, bringing their experiences to light through dance. In case of rain the performance will be moved indoors. All ages are invited. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 11, 12pm
Have you ever wanted to take a dance class? Dance is a physical and mental workout involving spatial relationship skills, coordination, and memory. Plus, it’s a fun way to exercise! At Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival you can try modern dance, zumba, and hip hop. You can also watch performances by EarthDance, Berkshire Pulse, Olga Dunn Dance Company, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. This all ages community festival will also involve historic tours, storytimes, scavenger hunts and more. Visit the Jacob’s Pillow website for more information and a schedule of events. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, 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)
Saturday, June 4, 11am-12pm
Laughter may not be the best medicine for every ailment, but it is actually a great pain reliever, since laughing releases endorphins. Bowey The Clown’s performance at the Spectrum Playhouse will have audiences laughing at his humorous ventriloquism, in addition to feeling amazed by his magic and balloon art. After the show families are invited to stay for a healthy lunch at the Starving Artist Cafe at 40 Main Street. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (DONATION)
Saturday, June 11, 7pm
Musical theater requires a highly impressive range of skills, from memorizing lines, to hitting the right notes. The Broadway Cabaret series at the Spectrum Playhouse showcases some of the best of Berkshire County’s musical theater performers. This show will feature Joe Sicotte and Rachel Fedderly. Snacks and drinks will be available. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. ($)
Tuesday, June 14, 2pm-4pm
Do you know a book lover who also loves dogs? How about a dog lover who struggles with reading? Children are invited to come to the Lee Library to meet their next reading buddy, a friendly dog! Learning to read aloud can be nerve racking. Before reading to classmates or teachers your child can practice reading to a furry, non-judgmental, non-threatening friend. Reading is a fundamental skill necessary for learning across myriad subjects and professions. A love for reading will also bring a great deal of joy to your child’s life.Rhino the boxer and Samantha a black lab will be patient listeners for one-on-one reading sessions. Registration is highly recommended. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, June 22, 3pm-6pm
Canoeing offers paddlers a unique vantage point, moving at their own pace across the river. Beginners are invited to learn basic paddling techniques with canoes at this introductory trip down the Housatonic River. Canoes will be provided. Participants will learn everything from how to safely enter a canoe to basic strokes, appropriate attire, and trip preparation. Try out a new activity with friends or family! Families with children ages six and up are welcome. Space is limited. Call 413-394-9796 to register. South Lee, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 12, 3:30pm
In addition to showcasing professional works of art, SculptureNow offers workshops to students in the public schools of the Berkshires, encouraging them to learn from what they see and create their own sculpted works. The Mount will be showcasing this year’s SculptureNow exhibition. All are welcome. A 5pm reception will follow. For more information, please call 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Adults $. 18 and under FREE)
Tuesday, June 21, 12pm
Music transcends age and other identities as something nearly everyone enjoys. This community meal at the Lenox Community Center will bring together people of all ages as 7-year-old Mason Zink and his band perform for seniors. Please inform The Council on Aging whether you would prefer a hot dog or a hamburger. Call 413-637-5535 to make your reservation. Come celebrate the onset of summer and this very talented, young musician. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 21, 4pm
Joseph McArthur Vance was an architect who created over 250 buildings, including homes, hotels, schools, churches, and theaters, in the Berkshires and beyond. Vance is most famously known for the Colonial Theater, although this building was only partly his creation. Find out how this architect’s vision shaped towns in the Berkshires by attending this lecture at Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Friday, June 24, 10am-3pm
Edith Wharton was an extremely prolific and respected author, writing fifteen novels, seven novellas, and eighty-five short stories, poetry and more. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times, in 1927, 1928 and 1930. You can learn about her legacy as you explore her magnificent home at The Mount. At this 8th annual Free Fun Friday program you are invited to explore the gardens, bring a picnic, and listen to hourly talks and storytelling, all free of charge. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm
You can help support nature programs throughout the Berkshires while getting exercise at the Wild Thing Run. This wooded trail run will go through Kennedy Park, starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. There will be 10K and 5K races. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FUNDRAISER)
Tuesday, June 28, 11am
Family musical group Terry A La Berry is back at the Lenox Library this summer! Every Tuesday from June 28 through August 23 he will be entertaining kids and adults with original songs and classics in the Roche Reading Park (weather permitting). On June 28th you can also sign up for the summer reading program and check out the calendar of events to support literacy and learning this summer. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 28, 4pm
Visiting a historic home can feel a little strange. Museums like this allow you to peer into someone else’s home and private life. This feeling can be amplified when visiting the home means passing through large, private gateposts originally designed to keep strangers out. In this talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will discuss the practical and architectural role of gateposts and gatehouses in the Gilded Age. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Wednesday, June 29, 5pm
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into the tightly controlled society of Old New York at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures, writing over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to books she also wrote poetry and short stories. This program, “Wharton on Wednesdays” at The Mount, will focus on Wharton’s short stories. Professional actors will read from some of the author’s best satirical short works. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE. Nonmembers <$)
Through June 30, 2016
SHAKESPEARE/POLITICAL COMEDY: The Taming of the Shrew. Come join Shakespeare & Company as they kick off their summer season with a new spin on a Shakespearean classic! This heightened and cheerful rendition of The Taming of the Shrew spanks America’s sound-bite politics, wrestles with a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes, and proves the point that true debate is hot. In a hilarious red-state versus blue-state comedy, America’s overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses. This show is sure to entertain audiences as it weaves the inspiration of classic Shakespeare into the modern political and social landscape. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm
For Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary you can independently explore the pond, forest, and stream trails, or learn about turtles, salamanders, birds of prey, honeybees and much more in interactive workshops. Bird-spotting and salamander walks will take place at 10am. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about local wildlife through songs, crafts, and a puppet show. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
June 16 through June 29, 2016
CONTEMPORARY DRAMA/MILITARY: Ugly Lies the Bone. This timely and humorous new drama, Ugly Lies the Bone, follows the story of Jess, a combat veteran who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. Bearing deep physical and emotional scars, Jess embarks on a journey of healing through innovative, experimental video game therapy that offers an escape from her excrutiating pain. But can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? Winner of the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, this play boldly explores the concepts of reality with a perspective that’s both humorous and profoundly moving. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
Tuesday, June 7, 4pm
As long as visual art has existed, people have used the human form as inspiration for their work. This talk, “Splendor, Myth and Vision Paintings,” will discuss and give a preview to an exhibition of nude paintings to be temporarily held at the Clark Art Institute. Come to Ventfort Hall to see 28 paintings borrowed from collections of the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid. The collection includes work by Titian, Guerino, Rubens and Velazquez. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 472 West Mountain Road.
Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.
Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.
Sunday, June, 5, 11:30am
Over the past 50 years, New England has lost over 10,000 conventional dairy farms. Family operated farms have been impacted by drought as well as low priced milk and other dairy products from corporate farms. A new documentary, Forgotten Farms, tells the story of conventional dairy farmers who have been affected. The film will premier on June 4th as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival. Screening this film can teach you about local history, as well as national economic trends, from a personal perspective. This showing will take place at Beacon Cinama. 413-358-4780. 57 North Street. Pittsfield, MA.
Sunday, June 5, 2pm
FILM STUDIES/ART HISTORY
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was hugely influential to the impressionist style painting movement and continues to be one of the most well-known impressionist artists. The film Renoir: Revered and Reviled puts his artwork in a broader context, outlining the influence he had on artistic styles to come after his time. You can screen this film at the Berkshire Museum to learn more about art history and see his paintings from an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)
Through June 5, 2016
WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL: Presto Change-O. This exciting new musical features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)
Friday, June 10, 7pm
If you have only read Shakespeare’s plays, and have never seen them performed, you may not be familiar with the music written for these plays. The majority of Shakespeare’s plays were written to include music. This performance at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead will focus specifically on the music of Shakespeare’s plays and popular music from Shakespeare’s era. For more information, call 413-686-5027. 780. Holmes Road. Pittsfield MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 11, 9am-1pm
Do you like to paddle along the Housatonic River? Now is your chance to give back to this recreational and ecological resource, at a river clean up day! Be prepared to be in the river for part of the clean up. Bring a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, water, and sunglasses. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Let the organizers know if you would like to bring your own canoe or kayak to be part of the crew who will be paddling on the water. Meet at Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
Friday, June 17, 4pm and 7pm
FILM STUDIES/NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Don’t judge a restaurant by its appearance. In this 2015 documentary, City of Gold (rated R), Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold looks for little known eateries in Los Angeles, from food trucks to strip malls, aiming to draw attention to them through his writing. Gold explains to audiences how an exploration of local food reveals the diversity of people and cultures in a given city.This documentary delves into the question of how food criticism can tell stories and help communities thrive. You can screen this film on June 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)
Monday, June 27, 1:30pm
The detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in September 2015 is one of the most exciting recent discoveries of science. Gravitational waves were first posited in 1916 as part of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but were not detected until the LIGO picked up on this phenomenon occurring nearly 1.3 billion light years away. In this lecture, Berkshire Community College Professor Matthew Strassler will discuss both Einstein’s indirect discovery of gravitational waves, and the LIGO’s direct detection of them, as well as the implications of this discovery for further scientific inquiry. Room K-111 of the Koussevitsky Arts Center. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
June 17 through July 9, 2016
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY THEATER: American Son. Winner of the prestigious 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Best Play, American Son examines our nation’s racial divide as seen through the eyes of an estranged biracial couple. Over the course of a tense night, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving the police and their missing 18-year old son. This new work is a timely and important play on race in present-day America. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)
Saturday, June 18, 11:30am
Fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, which was told through oral storytelling before its publication in 1812, continue to capture the imagination of children after more than two centuries. Even when they are not read in their original format, imitations and adaptations of these tales persist. Ami and Tami is a modern adaptation of Hansel and Gretel which aims to depict modern life for teenagers and their parents. You can watch this performance with the cost of regular museum admission at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $. Under 18 <$. 3 and under FREE)
Sunday, June 19, 11am-4pm
In addition to the typical learning opportunities at Hancock Shaker Village, the village will have special programming for Father’s Day. Have fun with a father figure and enjoy a guided hike to the old village sawmill and reservoir at 11am. For an additional $10 per person, participants can also attend the Attics and Basements Tour at 2pm and delve into typically unseen areas of the village! 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $. 13 to 17 <$. 12 and under FREE)
Saturday, June 25, 10am-2:30pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Want to kick off your summer with a challenging hike? Participants will hike a six mile trail along the ridgeline to Spruce Hill and witness a great view of Mount Greylock. Hiking is a fun outdoor activity for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Bring a friend or two and meet people who want to hike this summer. Meet at the Berkshire Natural Resource Council parking lot. For more information, email email@example.com. 20 Bank Row. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.
Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.
Saturday, June 11, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LEGAL STUDIES/CIVIL RIGHTS
The history of civil rights movements is inextricably tied to a history of law. Legal changes take many forms, with many participants. This cemetery walk hosted by the Stockbridge Library will tell the stories of lawyers, judges, and slaves who fought an unfair legal system. Learn about the civil rights movement, law, and local history. For more information call 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102). Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)
Monday, June 13, 9:30am-3:30pm
TEDx Talks is an organization dedicated to spreading ideas, changing minds, and sparking change as a result. This TEDx Berkshires program, “The Good Life,” will explore aspects of our daily lives including career, family, hobbies, and spirituality. In addition to these inspiring and thought provoking talks, tickets include a lunch and optional yoga, dance, or meditation. The event will take place at the Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. 57 Interlaken Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 18, 4pm
Paleontology is a fascinating branch of science which analyzes life forms which existed thousands of years ago, during the Holocene Epoch. Paleontologists often use fossils to date organisms and study the evolution of species. For this reason, paleontology overlaps in some ways with both biology and geology. Warren D. Allmon, Director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, will give this presentation, “How Paleontology Can Help Save the World,” at the Stockbridge Library. Allmon’s research focuses on macroevolution and paleoecology. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, June 19, 11am-4pm
A property of The Trustees of Reservations, the Choate family summer estate “Naumkeag” is distinguished by beautifully landscaped grounds originally designed by Nathan Barrett. With its gracious house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. You and your dad can celebrate Father’s Day with historical learning at Naumkeag. One day only, fathers get in free! 413-298-3239 x3008. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Non member $. Member FREE. Fathers FREE)
Saturday, June 25, 10am
The Stockbridge Library Museum and Archives holds over five hundred artifacts and many pieces of fine and graphic art. The Library, Museum and Archives recently underwent renovations and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for this grand reopening. Come celebrate this local resource and learn about Stockbridge history as you peruse the semi-permanent museum display. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.
Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.
West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.
Saturday, June 4, 1:45pm
Over the past 50 years, New England has lost over 10,000 conventional dairy farms. Family operated farms have been impacted by drought as well as low priced milk and other dairy products from corporate farms. A new documentary, Forgotten Farms, tells the story of conventional dairy farmers who have been affected. The film will premier on June 4th as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival. Screening this film can teach you about local history, as well as national economic trends, from a personal perspective. This showing will take place at Triplex Cinema. 70 Railroad Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Sunday, June 5, 9am-1pm
Children up to age 16 are invited to show off their skills by competing in a fishing derby! Fishing gets people out in nature, and teaches patience and hand-eye coordination. Whether your children are experienced anglers, or they want to give fishing a try, they can bring a fishing pole down to Lake Mansfield and compete. Registration will take place at Lake Mansfield beginning at 9:00 a.m. A cookout lunch will follow the derby. For more information, please contact the Youth Development Manager at 413-528-2810, ext. 30 or by email at YIPC@berkshiresouth.org. Lake Mansfield Road. Great Barrington. (FREE)
Monday, June 6, 1pm-2:30pm; Tuesday, June 7, 1pm-2:30pm
Want to improve your writing, public speaking, and improvisational abilities? Sheela Clary will give tips on improving these skills in her two day storytelling workshop at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Clary has been featured on The Moth radio hour. This workshop will be held on June 6th and June 7th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (Members <$. Guests $)
Friday, June 10, 6pm-8:30pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Do you or someone you know need a parents’ night out? Your children between the ages of three and twelve years old are invited to an evening of fun, summer activities at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There will be swimming, a pizza dinner, and a bedtime story. Please drop your children off with a swimsuit and towel, and optionally pajamas for story hour. Registration is required at least 48 hours in advance. For more information, contact the Director of Out of School Programs at 413-528-2810 ext 34 or OOS@berkshiresouth.org. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 11, 10am-2:45pm
The Battle of Kadesh, which took place around 1274 BC, is the earliest battle in recorded history about which we known specific battle tactics and formations. The fact that we know detailed history of the battle makes reenactments possible. The Mason Library will be hosting this historical reenactment, in miniature! Come witness the battle between the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli and the Egyptian Empire under Ramses II played out with miniature figures. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 11, 1pm-4pm
What is your favorite New England tree? It’s a tough question to answer if you aren’t familiar with different tree species and how to identify them. This workshop hosted by the Berkshire South Regional Community Center will teach participants about tree identifcation while they enjoy a three mile hike. For registration, questions, and directions, call 413-528-2810 ext. 10. Meet at the gazebo/trail head at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, June 28, 9:30am-11am
Children under five and their caregivers are invited to participate in a garden playgroup, sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Your kids can learn about locally grown vegetables. Interacting with healthy foods in fun ways could help them form positive associations with these foods. Children and their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills to start their own gardens at home. Babies in arms are also welcome. Groups will take place at Monument Mountain every Tuesday until June 28 2016. Registration is recommended. 413-298-3239. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)
Every Tuesday until June 28 2016, 9:30am-11am
Children under five and their caregivers are invited to participate in a garden playgroup, sponsored by the Trustees. Your kids can learn about locally grown vegetables while interacting with healthy foods in fun ways and forming positive associations with these foods. Children and their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills to start their own gardens at home. Babies in arms are also welcome. Groups will take place at Monument Mountain every Tuesday until June 28 2016. Registration is recommended. 413-298-3239. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)
Children under five and their caregivers are invited to participate in a garden playgroup, sponsored by the Trustees. Your kids can learn about locally grown vegetables, interacting with healthy foods in fun ways and forming positive associations with these foods. Children and their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills to start their own gardens at home. Babies are also welcome. Groups will take place at Monument Mountain every Tuesday until June 28, 2016. Registration is recommended. 413-298-3239. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.
Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Saturday, June 18, 9am-1pm
ART STUDIES/WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Watercolor is an ancient art form which has existed since Egyptian times. Watercolor had a resurgence during the European Renaissance and has been relatively popular ever since. You can learn watercolor painting techniques from teacher Sylvia Foster in this workshop at the Otis Town Hall. Class size is limited. To register call 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. ($)
Saturday, June 18, 6pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/LAWN CONCERT
Do you enjoy swing music? You and your family can dance to free, live music at the annual Sup and Swing party in Otis. Bring a picnic meal to enjoy as you listen to music by the Wanda Houston Band. For more information, visit the Otis Cultural Council website. Izaak Walton Field. Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)
Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.
Saturday, June 4, 1pm-3pm
Learn about the wildlife and history of the Housatonic river from a new perspective: paddling down it. Your guide will tell you about efforts to restore species who live in and around the river. You can watch for bald eagles flying over Bartholomew’s Cobble. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($$)
Saturday, June 11, 10:30am-12pm
Do you like to canoe or kayak? Owning these tools can be a great recreational investment. Making your own canoe or kayak takes a physical hobby and turns it into an opportunity for learning about carpentry. This workshop at the Bushnell-Sage Library will cover the very basics of skills involved in making ultra lightweight canoes and kayaks. 413-229-7004. 48 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, June 11, 1:30-3:30pm
Most people don’t have time to make every single meal, including sauces, dips, and dressings, from scratch. It is a worthwhile project to try, one recipe at a time. Taking a product you normally buy ready-made at the grocery store and making it yourself can teach you about the ingredients involved and usually will yield a healthier and tastier product. In this workshop at the Bushnell-Sage Library you can learn how to make your own strawberry jam! 413-229-7004. 48 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)