Suggested Events for July 16th-27th, 2016

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Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) presents 4 Free Concerts in beautiful Kendrick Park for four consecutive Thursdays. July 14 starts the series with World Music by The Pangeans & The Alchemystics, July 21 is Lord Russ & Grammy-winning Children’s Performer Mister G, July 28 is Sprit Ghost & Carinae and August 4 is Salvation Alley String Band & Llama Lasagne. Concerts run from 5:30-8pm. Order take-out from our diverse and delicious downtown cafes and restaurants and enjoy the show in the park. Bertucci’s offers Free Delivery to the Park. For more info: www.amherstdowntown.com

Fridays Jul 15 – Aug 16

Shabbat Shabloom! Fridays at 10 am on Abundance Farm in Northampton. End the week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer – especially for ages 0-5. Tour the farm, sample what’s in season, and take flowers home for Shabbat. Every Friday morning at 10 am until the end of August. First visit free, suggested donation of $5/family thereafter. All are welcome. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, across the street from the YMCA. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! facebook group.

Jul 22 & 23

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at The Mahaiwe Performing Art Center in Great Barrington on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23rd – featuring 3 New England Premieres and a $20 per FAMILY Saturday matinee! One of the seminal artists of our time, Paul Taylor continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance that he has helped define since becoming a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. For tickets, call the box office at 413-528-0100 or go online at www.mahaiwe.org/Dance.

Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There’ll be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Jul 9 – Aug 13

Summer Entertainment Series at the South Hadley Village Commons: Saturdays at 10:30am, July 9th-August 13th. For a lively Saturday morning full of music, magic, and lots of fun, visit the Village Commons in South Hadley! Performances run throughout the summer, beginning July 9th, and include Tom Ricardi and his birds of prey, Trevor the Games Man, music from Roger Tincknell and Dorothy Cresswell, and magic by Ed the Wizard and Ed Popielarczyk! These hour-long events are free and held outdoors in the courtyard in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. In case of rain, entertainment will be held inside the bookstore. For a detailed schedule, call the Odyssey at 413-534-7307, or visit their website, odysseybks.com!

Jul 16

On Saturday, July 16, the Emily Dickinson Museum will present its annual 19th Century Children’s Circus from 1 to 4 pm on the Museum lawn. Especially perfect for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults), the cost is $5 per family, with free admission for Museum members. The Circus will feature performances and storytelling by TheatreTruck, a visit from The Goat Girls, a juggling workshop, a reading with author Burleigh Muten and her students, face-painting, 19th-century playthings such as stilts and balance beams, “mini” tours of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom ($1/ticket), gingerbread treats from “Miss Emily” herself and lowered from her bedroom window, crafts, and more. For all the details, visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/circus2016.

Jul 16 – 17

July 16-17, 2016. Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders – Fun for the entire family at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield! Build a spirit or fairy house along the Village’s winding Farm and Forest Trail. Create a spirit drawing inspired by Hancock’s premier collection of Shaker gift drawings. Explore the house-like sculptures of artist Robert Hite. Join their “Parade of the Spirits,” with HSV farm animals and dancers from Cantarella School of Dance. Enjoy special activities in the Discovery Barn. Included in regular admission (children 12 and under on family visits are always free). Hancock Shaker Village is located at 1843 West Housatonic Street. For a complete schedule, visit www.hancockshakervillage.org or call 413-443-0188.

Jul 19

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday, July 19th at 3pm: Color Tamer Masks with author/illustrator Julia Denos. Amazing Boston-area author and illustrator Julia Denos will teach campers how to make their very own color tamer masks, based on her book Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color! A nonrefundable $5 supply fee per child or the purchase of the book (for up to 2 children) is required, as well as pre-registration at least 2 days prior to event. Events last for approximately (but not always) one hour. Minimum age is 4 years old. Younger children accepted if parents stay to assist. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA. Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to sign up!

Jul 20-23 Aug 3-6

New Century Theatre Kids presents A Year with Frog and Toad book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale. Join NCTKids this summer for a tuneful re-telling of Arthur Lobel’s beloved classic children’s books Frog and Toad. Follow best friends–worrywart Toad and confident Frog–as they sing and dance their way through a year in the swamp with all their hopping, crawling, flying friends. All the gentle joy and fun of Lobel’s books come to life in this charming musical for kids of all ages! Directed by Cate Damon with Musical Direction by Mitch Chakour. July 20-23 & August 3-6 at 10:30am in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Northampton. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220. www.newcenturytheatre.org

Jul 22-24 & 29-30

It’s the greatest sports story of all time! Welcome to The International Raceway. Our contestants: The Tortoise—PaintBox Theatre newcomer Michael King vs. The Hare—PaintBox favorite and Valley icon Kelsey Flynn. Yes, Kelsey’s coming out of retirement! She is dusting off her rabbit ears and hopping into the race. We promise lots of cheering and excitement as we present this folktale dash for glory. Performances are Fri. July 22, 7pm, Sat.-Sun. July 23 and 24, 10:30am & 1pm at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton, and Fri. July 29, 7pm, Sat. July 30, 10:30am & 1pm at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

Jul 30

Celebrate the eighth Harry Potter book with a Hogwarts Reunion and Midnight Book Release Party at Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA! On Saturday, July 30th, at 10pm, The Odyssey Bookshop, seller of fine wizarding books and wares, is delighted to welcome all wizard- and muggle-folk for a special reunion and Midnight celebration of the latest book about the life of one of Hogwarts’s most famous alumnus, Harry Potter class of ’98! Enjoy participating in a costume contest, browse wands at Ollivander’s, pose at the photobooth, sample some of Harry’s birthday cake (he’s turning 36), and much more! RSVPs are required! Visit http://bit.ly/1sJ8fDb to register, preorder the book, and view an activity list!

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July 16-22, 2016

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week, Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas brings us a great show as our guest DJ! Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 9 years!

Saturday, July 16
LOCAL HISTORY/SELF-INITIATED
Throughout western Massachusetts are many reminders of the past. From cellar holes to quarries, the region’s ruins speak volumes about its history. Families can explore old hotels, drowned towns, abandoned quarries, and old mill sites safely to learn about life in the past and to explore the ways in which nature can reclaim spaces. Read more in our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture.

Saturday, July 16, 9am-1pm
ART STUDIES/WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Watercolor is an ancient art form which has existed since at least ancient 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, July 16, 9am-5pm
CULTURAL STUDIES/SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
Celebrate Scottish culture by listening to pipe bands and enjoying Celtic pub food at the 23rd Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival. The event will include clan tents, merchant vendors, Highland Athletic and Dance competitions, children’s games, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. Celebrate your own Scottish heritage or learn new things about Scottish culture. Look Park. Northampton, MA. ($. Ages 6 to 12 <$. 6 and under FREE)

Saturday, July 16
NATURE STUDIES/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Scattered throughout western Massachusetts, local nature centers offer valuable educational programming that bridges the gap between self-directed exploration and formal learning. Catering to naturalists of all ages, nature centers host year-round opportunities for nature-based learning. Read more in our post, Local Nature Centers Connect Families to Nature Through Interpretive Programs.

Saturday, July 16, 9:30am-4:30pm
CULINARY ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Discover local history and self-resiliency through skillsharing! Learn about New England history in a participatory way, and learn practical skills for your own life, through open hearth cooking demonstrations at Historic Deerfield. Saturdays in July, experts will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages and foods, such as pickles, jam, and lemonade, through techniques used in early New England. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 6-17 <$. 6 and under, Deerfield residents, and museum members FREE)

Saturday, July 16, 10am-11am
FILM STUDIES/FAMILY FILM
Amherst Cinema will be bringing you the best of children’s films from all over the world with a marathon of short films. Kids will be mesmerized by narrative, music, and animation from many different cultures and adults & older students will be able to think critically about film techniques. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 16, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. These markets provide locally grown items, teaching buyers about their habitat through seasonal variation in what is available. This Easthampton farmers’ and makers’ market will also offer locally made items, bringing artists and crafters into the mix. See what you can find, every Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 24th. For more information, visit the Easthampton Farmers’ and Makers’ Market website. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, July 16, 10am-4pm
ART/SCULPTURE
Spirit houses are shrines made to protect spirits of a particular place. The Hancock Shaker Village currently has a collection of house-like sculptures, and invites you to draw inspiration from them to build your own spirit or fairy house. This day of family activities will also include a “Parade of the Spirits,” with farm animals and dancers from Cantarella School of Dance, as well as special activities in the Discovery Barn. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $. 13-18 <$. Children 12 and under, and members, FREE.)

 

Saturday, July 16, 10:30am
BIRDS OF PREY/RAPTOR REHABILITATION
Often, in Western Massachusetts, you can glance up at the sky and find a red-tailed hawk soaring above. Hawks and other raptors live throughout the Pioneer Valley, but face threats due to human activities. Come to the The Odyssey Bookshop to learn more about predatory birds at this presentation by internationally renowned raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 16  10:30am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/HILLTOWN HISTORY
Celebrate agriculture in the Hilltowns during Bryant Day at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead with guest lecturer Brian Donahue, an old growth forest walk, contra dancing with The Muddy Roads String Band, a historic quilt show, raffle and tours of the  Homestead. Local historical societies and agricultural products will be on display. Come curious about local history, William Cullen Bryant, and ready to share the day with new friends and neighbors.  413-532-1631 x3110. 207 Bryant Rd., Cummington, MA (>$)

Saturday, July 16, 10:30am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Improvisational, all ages performance group, PaintBox Theater, will be taking on the cartoon-turned-children’s-toy character of Raggedy Ann in this new production. Raggedy Ann will be joined by dozens of other characters and woven into many familiar and unfamiliar tales. Audience participation is likely! This performance will take place at the Shea Theater 413-923-7159. 72 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 16, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY/BEEKEEPING
Beekeeping is an educational hobby which can also be a vital part of a sustainable living lifestyle. Just Roots is holding a summer-long beekeeping workshop with Daniel Berry. You can drop by one session, or go attend them all on July 16, August 20 and September 17. This workshop has a pay-what-you-can policy, with the goal of achieving a $10 donation on average, per person, at each workshop. Bee suits will be provided. Register at the Just Roots website. 413-325-8969. Just Roots Farm. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 16, 11am
BIOLOGY
Have you ever wondered why jellyfish glow, or how? Bioluminescence, emission of light by an organism, is a fascinating chemical process. It has many uses in various organisms including attracting mates, communication, defense against predators, and illumination for the purpose of sight. This Young Scientists’ Club gathering at the Gaylord Memorial Library. will teach kids (ages four and up) all about bioluminescence. Attendees will also be able to make a glow in the dark doorknob hanger. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 16, 11am
KLEZMER/MUSIC STUDIES
“Klezmer” refers to a genre of traditional Jewish music which originated in Eastern Europe and continues to evolve today. Klezmer is deeply tied to the historical and current experience of Jewish people. Yidstock 2016 provides opportunities to learn about historical and contemporary Klezmer through concerts, talks, and workshops. On July 16, you can attend a choral workshop at 11am, an instrumental Klezmer workshop at 1pm, and a panel discussion at 2:30pm. Tickets for each event are separate. Space is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Yiddish Book Center website. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$ – $$)

Saturday, July 16, 1pm-4pm
PLACEMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY
Local, historical authors can help you understand the history of your area and see it from a different perspective. The Emily Dickinson Museum is a resource for learning about the history of Amherst, the life of the Dickinsons, and the poetic form. The 19th Century Children’s Circus will engage children in placemaking and historical education through fun activities and performances such as face painting, storytelling, readings, 19th century toys, and a living history appearance from Emily Dickinson herself! 413-542-2947. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (<$. FREE for museum members)

Saturday, July 16, 1:30pm-2:30pm
CIRCUS/LITERACY
Circus arts encourage kids to hone their strength, balance, and flexibility. The learning process also can have a positive effect on self esteem. Bring your children to the Mason Library to learn basic circus acts like juggling. Jill of Berkcirque will teach these skills, and there will be a reading of the classic children’s book, Mirette on the High Wire. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 16, 2pm and 7:30pm
CHILDRENS THEATER/LITERATURE
Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages 8-15. The Lost Bookmarker tells the story of Peter, a boy who hates books and doodles all over them he is punished by having to work at the library. He falls asleep and finds himself called to task for his misdeeds. What follows next is an adventure as he leaps from story to story trying to escape the craziness he has created. The show offers an opportunity to introduce young children to the joys of live theater while cultivating their interest in the art. Summer theatre presented by young people for young people! Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street. Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 16, 2pm-3pm
FAMILY THEATER
The Wizard of Oz is an important story in our culture. Every little boy and girl knows about Dorothy and her adventure, even though the original story was published in a 1900 novel, and the first film adaptation was made over 7 decades ago! Come see what makes this story so enchanting, at this theater production at the Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (Adults $. Students and Seniors <$.)

Saturday, July 16, 2:30 and 3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
The taking of tea was a common and important social ritual for Americans in the 18th century. You can celebrate local customs and culture of the past and present at one of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum’s “Perfect Spot of Tea” programs. These events, featuring live music and locally sourced pastries, will be held each Saturday from July 2nd through August 27 with seatings at 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the museum’s back veranda. On July 16, the 56 String Duo with Bob Markey and Andrew Jenkins will perform a wide range of genres featuring stringed instruments. Tours will be given for an additional fee. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($)

Saturday, July 16, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance and choreography can be a hobby, an interest, or a career. People of all ages can enjoy a dance performance or engage in dance themselves. Jacob’s Pillow Dance hosts, free “Inside/Out” performances on an outdoor stage, the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, providing families with the chance to see professional choreography. Saturdays, July 16, 23, and 30th, you can witness performances by dancers in the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. These contemporary variations were coached by program director Milton Myers and esteemed faculty member and Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. 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, July 16, 8pm-10pm
JUGGLING
Sara Felder’s unique performances combine complex juggling with personal narratives. You can witness her outstanding acting ability and wit in her performance, “If I Can’t Juggle, It’s Not My Revolution.” Felder wrote this solo act and will be performing it as part of the Ko Festival of Performance. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 9 years of archived shows.

Sunday, July 17
ANIMAL STUDIES/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Animals
are a common interest among children. Whether they’re in love with cats of all shapes and sizes or fascinated by the destructive power of a shark’s jaws, children can learn a lot through having an interest in creatures. In utilizing the numerous animal-related community-based learning resources available locally, families can support children of all ages in learning about everything from biological classification to compassion. Summer opens up these opportunities and is the perfect time to seek out animal demonstrations, visit the zoo, or learn about biology through volunteering at a shelter. Read more in our post, Community Resources Support Interests in Animals, Insects, Fish and More!

Sunday, July 17, 10am-4pm
ART/SCULPTURE
Spirit houses are shrines made to protect spirits of a particular place. The Hancock Shaker Village currently has a collection of house-like sculptures, and invites you to draw inspiration from them to build your own spirit or fairy house. This day of family activities will also include a “Parade of the Spirits,” with farm animals and dancers from Cantarella School of Dance, as well as special activities in the Discovery Barn. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $. 13-18 <$. Children 12 and under, and members, FREE.)

Sunday, July 17, 12pm
KLEZMER/MUSIC STUDIES
“Klezmer” refers to a genre of traditional Jewish music which originated in Eastern Europe and continues to evolve today. Klezmer is deeply tied to the historical and current experience of Jewish people. Yidstock 2016 provides opportunities to learn about historical and contemporary Klezmer through concerts, talks, and workshops. On July 17, you can attend The Bernard and Reva Broder Memorial Concert at 12pm, and/or Frank London-Merlin Shepherd Group at 3pm. At 1:45 you are invited to the talk, “Inside the YIVO Sound Archive.” Come to the Yiddish Book Center for a multi-disciplinary learning experience rich in music history, cultural studies, and practical music skills. Prices for each event vary, please visit the Yiddish Book Center website for more information and to purchase tickets. Space is limited. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$ – $$$)

Sunday, July 17, 12pm-4pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Pop-up playground adventures encourage not only creative free play but collaborating among young people. Provided with huge cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, string, bales of hay, and other items, children will design their own playground and direct their play within it. This event encourages children to get outside and shows them that their creativity can be implemented to turn an ordinary stretch of grass into a playground! For more information, visit The Play Workshop website. Pulaski Park. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) [Canceled]

Sunday, July 17, 1pm-2pm
ORNITHOLOGY
“Bird banding” refers to the process of catching birds, marking them with an identifying band, and setting them free again. Why do naturalists do this? The data gathered from this process can assist in ornithological and biological research, and can be part of tracking reproductive success and population rates. In this presentation at the Great Falls Discovery Center, Ashley Green of Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship will teach you about her work bird banding. All ages welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 17, 1:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CARILLON
A carillon is a musical instrument involving at least twenty-three bells, typically played by striking a keyboard. Automated music can also be played on certain carillons, similar to a player piano. You can hear these bells played by carilloneur Norma Hopper in Stanley Park. There are two more chances to catch her perform, on July 17 and August 21 2016. For more information, call 413-568-9312 ext 100. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 17, 2pm
CHILDRENS THEATER/LITERATURE
Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages 8-15. The Lost Bookmarker tells the story of Peter, a boy who hates books and doodles all over them he is punished by having to work at the library. He falls asleep and finds himself called to task for his misdeeds. What follows next is an adventure as he leaps from story to story trying to escape the craziness he has created. The show offers an opportunity to introduce young children to the joys of live theater while cultivating their interest in the art. Summer theatre presented by young people for young people! Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street. Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 17, 3pm
DANCE/FILM STUDIES
Paul Taylor is a dance choreographer whose work includes Duet (1952) and Aureole (1962). His choreography in Aureole combines traditional, technically challenging ballet with everyday gesture. Learn more about his legacy at this screening of the 1998 documentary, Dancemaker, at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This event may appeal to those interested in dance, choreography, theater, film studies, or some combination. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (<$. FREE for members)

Sunday, July 17, All Day
SCIENCE/SELF-INITIATED
Some of the best science learning happens when experiments turn into a big mess – and summer is the best time to do such activities, since they can be done outside. Our list of messy outdoor science covers everything from physics to compost, explosions to egg frying, and natural dye to water filters. Read more in our post, 10 Messy Summer Science Activities for Outside!

Sunday, July 17, 4pm
POETRY
Poetry is a highly open-ended art form. Poems can be deeply metaphorical, or literal retelling of experience. No two people experience the same poem the same way. You’re invited to attend this poetry read at the North Chester Chapel. Bring a poem of your own or a favorite poem to read, or simply listen. Call 413-667-8787 for more information. The Chapel is located in Chester on North Chester road off East River Road across from the Smith Road Bridge. Chester, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 17, 8pm-10pm
STORYTELLING
Listen to some great stories, and possibly tell you own, at the Ko Festival of Performance Story Slam. Stories must be true and told in first person, without notes. If there are not enough slots, participants may have to audition the first line of their stories. Come hear true stories which will move you and amuse you, at the Holden Theater. Call 413-427-6147 to sign up. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 17, 8:15
FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Regulating emotions is a paramount, everyday skill which we work on throughout the entirety of our lives. The 2015 film Inside Out (rated PG) explored the role of emotions in one child’s life through the personification of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. This film is full of important messages for people of all ages. See the film as part of Images Cinema’s Outdoor Summer Films series. Throughout this film series, screenings will take place on the Morgan Lawn at the top of Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, July 18
SPORTS/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Though western Massachusetts isn’t known as a sports mecca, it’s filled with communitybased resources for exploring sports and the history behind them. As the birthplace of at least two major sports and home to teams and clubs engaging in a great many more, the area offers a variety of ways to learn about sports of all kind. Read more in our post, Exploring Athletics and Sports History Through CommunityBased Resources.

Monday, July 18, 10am
HISTORY/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Historical preservation is a rich academic field. Archives in museums, libraries, and historical societies provide an organized and protected record of documents and objects which could be useful for historical learning. You can help the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives preserve Stockbridge history by volunteering to organize clippings. Lunch will be provided. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Monday, July 18, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERACY
All across the country in libraries, schools, museums and other spaces, educators have been bringing in therapy dogs to help children with literacy skills. Children are invited to read to the dogs, providing a stress free reading experience so that reading is purely fun! Children ages 4-11 are invited to do so at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Call 413-559-6307 to register. Space is limited. This program is free with museum admission. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Monday, July 18
NATURE STUDIES/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Scattered throughout western Massachusetts, local nature centers offer valuable educational programming that bridges the gap between self-directed exploration and formal learning. Catering to naturalists of all ages, nature centers host year-round opportunities for nature-based learning. Read more in our post, Local Nature Centers Connect Families to Nature Through Interpretive Programs.

Monday, July 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
PROGRAMMING/ANIMATION
Scratch is a useful website and tool for learning the basic logic of programming. People of all ages can have fun with Scratch, with no prior knowledge of coding. This Holyoke Codes workshop will invite participants to create characters, using the drawing tool, and animate them to tell a story. Ages seven and up. 413-552-4900. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 18, 6:30pm-7:30pm
PHYSICS/PAPER AIRPLANES
How do you get kids interested in science? Lots of activities can be used as examples of scientific properties. This fun science program at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library invites kids ages five and up to learn about physics by creating paper airplanes and rockets. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 18, 6:30pm-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
Learning a musical instrument opens up a world of possibilities for individual expression and collaboration with others. The ukulele is one of the simplest instruments to play, with only three chords needed to play most songs. Join Julie Stepanek for a Ukulele Strum at the Westhampton Public Library. Bring your own ukulele if you have one. Julie will teach you two chords and you can strum along to simple songs. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, July 19
BOTANY/SELF-INITIATED
Despite the damage that invasive flora and fauna do to our local landscape, invasive species can serve as a communitybased resource for citizen science, community service, and studies of environmental science. From identification to eradication, invasive species present unique educational opportunities! Read more in our post, Invasive Species an Unlikely Catalyst for CommunityBased Learning.

Tuesday, July 19, 10am
FAMILY THEATER
Family theater troupes bring the joy of narrative and performance to young audiences. The Little Red Wagon children’s theater group has been doing just that since 1971. You can see them perform their latest act, which brings together fantasy and United States history (real and imagined) as part of the Children’s Series at Look Park. Northampton, MA. (<$. Kids under 2 FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 11:30am-1pm
STORYTELLING
People of all ages like to hear, and tell, stories. Narratives help us make sense of our lives and keep each other entertained. This workshop at the Springfield Museums will give you a few tricks and tips for telling an effectively engaging story. The workshop will be followed by a storytelling session, where you can hear examples and maybe even tell your own! This program is free with museum admission and open to all ages. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 2pm
MAGIC/PSYCHOLOGY
While magic shows are typically targeted to children, people of all ages can enjoy the visual and cognitive challenge of trying to figure out how a trick is achieved. Often, the unexpected answer is psychology. A well practiced magician has the ability to subtly influence decisions and attention. For older children and adults, magic can be an interesting entry point for studies of psychology, providing the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the human brain. Come to Ed the Wizard’s Alchemy Laboratory at the Grace Hall Memorial Library to see this magician perform vanishings, transformations and other feats of magic with household ingredients. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 3pm
ART STUDIES/MASKS
Do your children enjoy crafts? Bring them to the The Odyssey Bookshop where they can make colorful masks. Julia Denos, author and illustrator of the book Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color will run this program. Ages four and up. Please register at least two days prior to the event. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, July 19, 6pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
The HBH&T Band with Wanda Houston plays music that you can sing and dance along to, including blues, R&B, and Top 40. This jazz quartet appeals to a wide audience of all ages. See them perform as part of the Summer Concert series at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 6pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Residents of Whately are most likely familiar with the large cement milk bottle which resides in their town. But do you know the band, “Milkbottle”? Lawn concerts help community members strengthen their connection to their town by gathering with friends and neighbors. There is an even stronger sense of placemaking when the band is local. Milkbottle will be playing familiar pop songs and originals (including the “Whately song”!) at the Whately Library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 6:30pm-8pm
HOMESTEADING
Connect with fire while learning about construction and design by building a backyard, earthen oven! This workshop at River Valley Co Op will explain the construction, use, and modern adaptation of various oven designs. Backyard ovens can be a wonderful gathering space for friends and family, and the perfect way to make artisan breads on your own property. Registration is required. Please call 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 7pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Did you know that paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s through the Civil War? If you want to find out more about the history of paupers in New England, join Leverett historian and artist Louise Minks for an interactive program about paupers in Pelham and surrounding towns. Pelham Library Ramsdell Room. For more information, check out the PHS website . 413-256-4606. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 19, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from a love of mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Observing the stars can be an act of scientific or spiritual curiosity, or both. Once again, the at Williams College is opening for the summer and offering free shows for the public. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.: June 28, 30; July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; and August 2 and 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, July 20
LOCAL HISTORY/SELF-INITIATED
Throughout western Massachusetts are many reminders of the past. From cellar holes to quarries, the region’s ruins speak volumes about its history. Families can explore old hotels, drowned towns, abandoned quarries, and old mill sites safely to learn about life in the past and to explore the ways in which nature can reclaim spaces. Read more in our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture.

Wednesday, July 20, 10:30am
FAMILY THEATER
Frog and Toad is a classic story of friendship which has remained relatively popular for children since its publication in 1970. The tales from the Frog and Toad books have been adapted for screen and stage, and soon the production, A Year With Frog and Toad, will be coming to New Century Theater. This musical adaptation will feature a score by Robert Reale. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (call for pricing)

Wednesday, July 20, 11am
PHYSICS/BUBBLES
Kids love bubbles! Bubbles are a great tool for encouraging not only free play, but scientific learning. Some kids may be interested to learn the science behind bubbles. Kids can learn about concepts such as surface tension in this Bubbleology event at the Chesterfield Public Library. 413-96-4735. 408 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 2pm-3:30pm
FILM STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
Learn about polar bears, elephants and humpback whales at a screening of the Disneynature 2007 documentary, Earth. This film screening, part of the Summer Spectacular event series at the Springfield Museums, will educate kids about biology, habitat, and the planet in general through the story of these three specific animals. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 2:30pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING
Figure drawing is a fundamental skill for artists. This type of drawing can be intimidating for beginners, and it is easier to execute with a real model for reference. The Clark Art Institute will be offering the rare opportunity of casual, drop in, figure drawing sessions, to take place on Wednesday afternoons, through August 31. All skill levels are invited to try it out and gather inspiration from the work on view: “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado.” 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. Under 18 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/ROBOTICS
Robotics is a fascinating branch of engineering and computer science which applies these skills in order to create robots. These robots can be made purely for fun, for some practical purpose, and even for artistic purposes. Wednesdays in July, Holyoke Codes will be running a Robotics Lab, creating Artbots. Artbots are robots that involve artistic design or sculptures that include interactive parts. Participants are welcome to come to one or both of the remaining workshops on July 20, and 27 to take place at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Learn about cause and effect, computer science, and engineering, all the while flexing your creativity. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 6pm
MOVEMENT/PERCUSSION
Percussion is a highly physical musical form. Local percussionist Craig Harris with encourage even more physical activity by combining dance and movement with intergenerational music making. This Greenfield Public Library program is part of the “Ready, Steady, Read” summer reading series which is helping families engage with literacy learning, sports, and more this summer. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 6pm
HISTORY/GUIDED WALK
The free app, Pocketsights, provides users with self-guided walking tours. These tours can support placemaking while encouraging historical learning. Come to the Westfield Athenaeum for an introduction to use of the app, followed by an optional guided walking or biking tour. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
The musical group Soulraye treats audiences to a fusion of neo-pop soul and funk with their original compositions.. You can catch them perform in Lilac Park as part of the summer-long weekly concert series. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 20, 8pm
CULTURAL THEATER/LATIN AMERICA
Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul is inspired by magic realism and a plethora of Latin American stories that include Where the Bird Sings by Alejandro Lodorowski, Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, writings by Borges and Marquez, as well as poetry by Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz and many others. Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul reflects an increasingly universal situation in which “progress” displaces people, in this case causing a flood. In a story of memory, culture, and song, imbued with the excitement of Latin American carnival, audience members will traverse the physical and cultural landscape while mingling with the vibrant townspeople of Agua Santa. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, July 21
ANIMAL STUDIES/COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Animals
are a common interest among children. Whether they’re in love with cats of all shapes and sizes or fascinated by the destructive power of a shark’s jaws, children can learn a lot through having an interest in creatures. In utilizing the numerous animal-related community-based learning resources available locally, families can support children of all ages in learning about everything from biological classification to compassion. Summer opens up these opportunities and is the perfect time to seek out animal demonstrations, visit the zoo, or learn about biology through volunteering at a shelter. Read more in our post, Community Resources Support Interests in Animals, Insects, Fish and More!

Thursday, July 21, 10am-4pm
STEM
Educators and parents are encouraging children to develop or sustain an interest in STEM because many exciting career paths require STEM skills. Learn about science, technology, engineering and math at “Science in the Streets!” This STEM festival, part of the Summer Spectacular family programming series at Springfield Museums! , will feature exciting demonstrations by researchers and innovators. This program is all ages and free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE).

Thursday, July 21, 10am-12pm
MAKERSPACE
3D printing is one of the most exciting technological, scientific, and creative innovations of recent years. 3D printers are a type of industrial robot which can synthesize three dimensional objects for a variety of purposes. The possibilities are endless! This makerspace workshop at the Greenfield Public Library will feature demonstrations on how to use a 3D Printer and a CNC Router. Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 8-12. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 10:30am
FAMILY THEATER
Frog and Toad is a classic story of friendship which has remained relatively popular for children since its publication in 1970. The tales from the Frog and Toad books have been adapted for screen and stage, and soon the production, A Year With Frog and Toad, will be coming to New Century Theater. This musical adaptation will feature a score by Robert Reale. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (call for pricing)

Thursday, July 21, 12pm-6pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Shop for locally grown and organic fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, baked goods, relishes, oils, syrup, honey, goat products, fresh made donuts, jellies & jams, flowers, wine, forested pork, selected crafts and more at the Westfield Farmers’ Market. There is a playground for kids and markets often feature live music. On the lawn of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement. 36 Court Street. Westfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Thursday, July 21, 4:30pm-5:30pm
STEM/SUSTAINABILITY
Upcycling, the repurposing of objects, encourages a sustainable lifestyle as well as creative thinking and problem solving. This program at the Mason Library wil combine upcycling with STEM learning! Participants will learn how to make a jump rope out of trash bags, and construct mad scientist catapults. This activity can open up a discussion about the physics behind these tools. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 5:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Come to Kendrick Park to hear a wide range of music played by two musicians with Northampton roots. Lord Russ will kick off the concert with his original rock songs and interesting persona. Grammy-winning Children’s Performer Mister G will follow up with his award-winning, family-friendly tunes. Check the Amherst BID website for more information. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Seeing live music outdoors can strengthen your sense of community as you connect with other people through listening, talking, dancing, and singing. Lawn concerts are a great way to meet musicians, and fans of local music. This Co Op Concert will begin with indie/folk songs by Austin and Elliott, followed by the folk/blues compositions of Michael Orlen. Finally you will hear Katie Clark on guitar, banjo, and vocals. Energy Park. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm
RUNNING/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Do you like to run on outdoor trails? Photographer Ben Kimball is author of the book, Trail Running Western Massachusetts, and will be discussing his knowledge of the subject at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Find out about the best trails for running, and other tips. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from a love of mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Observing the stars can be an act of scientific or spiritual curiosity, or both. Once again, the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College is opening for the summer and offering free shows for the public. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.: June 28, 30; July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; and August 2 and 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 21, 8pm
CULTURAL THEATER/LATIN AMERICA
Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul is inspired by magic realism and a plethora of Latin American stories that include Where the Bird Sings by Alejandro Lodorowski, Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, writings by Borges and Marquez, as well as poetry by Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz and many others. Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul reflects an increasingly universal situation in which “progress” displaces people, in this case causing a flood. In a story of memory, culture, and song, imbued with the excitement of Latin American carnival, audience members will traverse the physical and cultural landscape while mingling with the vibrant townspeople of Agua Santa. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, July 21, 8pm
SHAKESPEARE/COMMUNITY THEATER:
The third annual Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, in coordination with the Office of Cultural Development, presents Shakespeare’s last known work, The Tempest. The play tells the story of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. Pittsfield’s mayor explains that Shakespeare in the Park “provides a way, free of barriers, for the entire community to experience and enjoy amazing theatre in the heart of our city.” Performances are held outdoors on the stage at the First Street Common. 100 First Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, July 22, 9am-11am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY
Volunteering together teaches children positive values like kindness, empathy and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child. You can volunteer with your child at this Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. There will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers at this event. Register online. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Friday, July 22, All Day
SCIENCE/SELF-INITIATED
Some of the best science learning happens when experiments turn into a big mess – and summer is the best time to do such activities, since they can be done outside. Our list of messy outdoor science covers everything from physics to compost, explosions to egg frying, and natural dye to water filters. Read more in our post, 10 Messy Summer Science Activities for Outside!

Friday, July 22, 10am
PLACEMAKING/CULTURE STUDIES
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! Fridays until late August, at Abundance Farm, families will gather for music. Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer lead a musical performance especially for young children, encouraging participation and movement. Families are invited to tour the farm, sample what is in season, and take home flowers. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, July 22, 10am-11am
STORYTIME/MUSIC
Going off to summer camp is a very exciting, if somewhat scary time, for kids. Even kids who are too young for camp can learn about the excitement, as well as important safety concepts, in this performance: Tom Stankus as T-Bone presents T-Bone’s Camp Muckalucka. Through storytelling and music, Tom will keep kids captivated and learning. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 22, 10am-10pm
PLACEMAKING/FAMILY FILM
Kids are often attracted to tales of discovery and adventure involving pirates. An interest in pirates can branch into the world of specific films and novels, or the real history of pirates. Either way, you can experience a full day of pirate-themed, family-friendly adventure at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. Activities will include a costume contest, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, and an 8pm screening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13). All activities are free with a daily pass or season pass. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 22, 10:30am
FAMILY THEATER
Frog and Toad is a classic story of friendship which has remained relatively popular for children since its publication in 1970. The tales from the Frog and Toad books have been adapted for screen and stage, and soon the production, A Year With Frog and Toad, will be coming to New Century Theater. This musical adaptation will feature a score by Robert Reale. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (call for pricing)

Friday, July 22, 11am-11:45am
FAIRY TALES/MARIONETTES
Watch the Tanglewood Marionettes bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through a highly skilled performance, hand crafted puppets, and a colorful set in the shape of a storybook. This show hosted by the Springfield Museums will be accompanied by the Humperdinck Opera. This could be a great introduction to the classical fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. For those who already know the story, Tanglewood Marionettes are sure to provide an interesting new representation of the characters.
413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, July 22, 1pm-3pm
LITERACY/DRAWING
Most children enjoy making art and don’t tend to worry as much as adults do whether their art is “good.” This picture book reading by author Bob Shea will also feature a drawing demonstration. Shea will show you how he draws some of his signature characters in stories such as, Don’t Play With Your Food. He will show you how to draw dinosaurs and unicorns. Shea will also sign your copies of his books. Springfield Museums. Parents can use this as inspiration to draw together with their children. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, July 22, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
Chesterwood is a National Historic Landmark and museum of Daniel Chester’s work. Daniel Chester is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments and best known for the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. You can make a full day trip to Chesterwood to see the museum, and hear live music! If you just wish to come for the music, the grounds open at 5pm and performances start at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to country rock music by Moot Davis. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, July 22, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance and choreography can be a hobby, an interest, or a career. People of all ages can enjoy a dance performance or engage in dance themselves. Jacob’s Pillow Dance hosts, free “Inside/Out” performances on an outdoor stage, the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, providing families with the chance to see professional choreography. This fresh, original performance by The Chase Brock Experience is led by Broadway choreographer Chase Brock. The show combines elements of Brooklyn and bluegrass in, “The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty.” The performance is set to the songs of folk revival group, The New Christy Minstrels. 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, July 22, 7pm
YOUTH THEATER/AESOP’S FABLES
The 2016 season of PaintBox includes one of Aesop’s age old fables. In The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, children will learn the concepts of persistence, an important moral lesson about goals and actions, and how “slow and steady” really can win the race. Welcome to The International Raceway where this competition between the Tortoise and the Hare is taking place. There will surely be lots of cheering and excitement from the audience as they witness one of the greatest races of all time! Performances will be held at The Williston Theater at The Williston School. 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, July 22, 7pm-9pm
STORYTELLING
Celebrating the Clark Art Institute’s current exhibit, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, a community story slam will coincide on Friday, July 22 at 7pm. Community members are invited to The Clark in Williamstown to hear and tell stories that center around the topic of place. Stories about the place called home, a particularly meaningful place, or moments of feeling in place, out of place, or displaced are all welcome at this community story slam. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students, and members FREE)

Friday, July 22, 8pm
CULTURAL THEATER/LATIN AMERICA
Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul is inspired by magic realism and a plethora of Latin American stories that include Where the Bird Sings by Alejandro Lodorowski, Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, writings by Borges and Marquez, as well as poetry by Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz and many others. Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul reflects an increasingly universal situation in which “progress” displaces people, in this case causing a flood. In a story of memory, culture, and song, imbued with the excitement of Latin American carnival, audience members will traverse the physical and cultural landscape while mingling with the vibrant townspeople of Agua Santa. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, July 22, 8pm
SHAKESPEARE/COMMUNITY THEATER:
The third annual Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, in coordination with the Office of Cultural Development, presents Shakespeare’s last known work, The Tempest. The play tells the story of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. Pittsfield’s mayor explains that Shakespeare in the Park “provides a way, free of barriers, for the entire community to experience and enjoy amazing theatre in the heart of our city.” Performances are held outdoors on the stage at the First Street Common, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, July 22, 8pm-10pm
THEATER/PUPPETRY
The performance, When I Put on Your Glove, explores themes of belonging, childhood, and fear of loss, all through the use of puppetry. The show has traveled around the world and been performed in three languages, by Eric Bass. Now, he passes his legacy on to his daughter, Shoshanna Bass. Shoshana is an interdisciplinary performing artist, with a background in physical theater, dance and circus. See the performance as it takes on new meanings through a new performer. For more information, check the Ko Festival of Performance website. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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