Suggested Events for July 30th – Aug 5th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Jul 30

Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. Performances are at 11am, 12pm and 1pm on Saturday, July 30th rain or shine. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the audience travels through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Nineteen shows are scheduled throughout the summer and early fall. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance at www.thetrustees.org.

Jul 30

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold a Fire Truck Show on Saturday, July 30th. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with all aspects of the firefighting industry including over twenty fire trucks to view. During your visit you will also learn more about the Fire Truck Museum collection along with local Fire Departments equipment & vehicles. Don’t miss your opportunity to sit in a real fire trucks, try on fireman’s turnout gear, watch fire hose demonstrations, maneuver through a kid’s maze using a fire hose and take home a souvenir fire hat. For the convenience of all, food and refreshments will be available for purchase. CTM is located in East Windsor, CT. For more info visit ct-trolley.org or call 860-627-6540.

Mon, Tues, & Thurs in Aug

Learn in Motion believes that physical activity plays the most important role in a child’s academic success, offering a variety of fun and educational sports classes for children ages 3-5! They provide an innovative, comfortable and engaging environment where kids can explore movement and be stimulated intellectually and socially. Register For Classes: Thursday’s (8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1) from 4:30-5:30pm & 5:30-6:30pm at Look Park in Florence; Monday’s (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29) or Tuesday’s (8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30) from 5:30-6:30pm at Wilbraham Middle School. They also offer birthday parties, school and after-school programming and more! Visit www.learninmotionma.com to sign up and to find out more! Contact chrisgibaldi@gmail.com

Weds in Aug

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this August at River Valley Co-Op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon from different local organizations and performers, including: Bugs, Birds & Beasts with musician and storyteller Tim Van Egmond on Aug 3; Cats & Dogs: Sing-Along Songs & Stories with puppeteer Anna Sobel from Talking Hands Theatre on Aug 10; Live animals on Aug 17 with Kelly More from North King Animal Clinic, Aug 24 with Lori Swanson from Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, and Aug 31 with Northampton Animal Control Officer, Shayla Howe. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history or nature. 330 North King Street.

Starting at 18 months at the Montessori School of Northampton: The Montessori School of Northampton is pleased to announce that it is now enrolling toddlers beginning at 18 months of age for fall 2016. The school offers full or half day programs with schedules available for as little as two or as many as five days per week. Small class size, a Montessori-trained toddler teacher, and a beautifully prepared child-centered environment make MSN the perfect place for your toddler to experience independence while engaging in enriching activities including self-care, singing, creative movement, cooking, and outdoor play. For more information, call 413-586-4538 or visit northamptonmontessori.org

Exploring educational options for your family? Check out Oak Meadow’s flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12, or enrollment in their teacher-supported distance learning school. The K-8 curriculum is child-centered, experiential, playful, and nature-based. High School offers challenging courses, exciting options for earning credit, and college counseling for teens who wish to pursue their passions and interests while earning their diploma. And for parents new to homeschooling, Oak Meadow offers a new online teacher training program, Foundations in Independent Learning. Ready to make a change this fall? Visit Oak Meadow’s website to learn more: www.oakmeadow.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!

Aug 2

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday, August 2nd at 3pm: Decorate Your Own Name Bunting! Campers will make and decorate their own name banners. With a flag for each letter of their name, campers will get to go home with the perfect banner for bedroom doors or above the bed! A nonrefundable $5 supply fee per child or the purchase of related 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 3 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!

Aug 5-7

Peter Pan! How, you may ask, how is everyone going to fly? Have no fear! This is PaintBox Theatre, where imaginations thrive. In fact, in our version the entire audience gets to fly. PaintBox favorite Troy Mercier (Zorro, Tarzan, and Roscoe, the dog) IS Peter Pan and Connor Paradis (last season’s Jim Hawkins) has reluctantly agreed to play Tiger Lily. This is going to be a rollicking good time. Performances are Fri. August 5, 7pm, Sat.-Sun. August 6 and 7, 10:30am & 1pm at the Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 30-August 5, 2016

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Saturday, July 30, 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. Kevin and Casey of The Whizpops have put together a fun educational show about wildlife and imagination seamlessly weaving songs about animals both real and make-believe. Join them on a musical journey through endangered species, mustaches, and even unicorns! 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 30, 8am
WATER SKIING/PHYSICS
Learning how to balance well on two skis in water takes practice and determination. But the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team can do much more than that, with pyramids 3-4 people high, flips through the air and other tricks. Come see what they, and other teams, can do at this Eastern regional water ski show. In addition to being dazzled and entertained, integrate the excitement into learning about physics by thinking deeply about water skiing and certain concepts of physics, including Newtown’s Third Law of Motion, Reynolds number, and gravity. The competition will take place on July 29th, 30th, and 31st. 413-626-1913. Oxbow Marina. 180 Island Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 9am-12pm
PUBLIC HEALTH
It’s always a good time to learn more about safety with your children. The Kids Safety Expo will have entertaining and educational activities covering topics such as fire safety, bike safety, and resources for lost or missing children such as fingerprinting and dental impressions. There will also be clowns present, and giveaways. Check the Kids Safety Expo website for more information. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 9:30am-12:30pm
DENDROLOGY/GEOLOGY
What do rocks and trees have to do with each other? Find out on a three mile hike of Mount Holyoke. You will learn how rocks affect trees, and how you can tell by looking at the trees what kind of rocks you might find near them. This program is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 9:30am-4:30pm
CULINARY ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
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 30, 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 30, 10am-4pm
HISTORY
History is essentially the story of people, and thus it covers innumerable sub-topics. “History Camp Pioneer Valley” will allow adults to explore such topics as the Revolutionary War, ice harvesting, quilt making, cemetery studies, pottery, pie, and much more. Go to the History Camp website for a full schedule. Sessions will take place at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. 303 Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 10am-5pm
HISTORY/FIREFIGHTING INDUSTRY
Lots of kids look up to firemen and like to explore fire trucks. The Connecticut Trolley Museum’s Fire Truck Show will have over twenty fire trucks to view and will educate attendees on all aspects of the firefighting industry. You can learn about the Truck Museum collection along with local Fire Departments equipment and vehicles. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more info visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website or call 860-627-6540. East Windsor, CT. (<$)

Saturday, July 30, 10:30am
NATURE WRITING/ART STUDIES
Writing intersects with the natural world in many ways. Genres of nature writing include science writing, environmentally inspired literature, and works of environmental advocacy. Nature lovers of all ages are invited to the Clark Art Institute to hike stone hill and record their thoughts and observations. Conservation biologist, artist, author, and nature journalist Jennifer Lovett will lead this outdoor expedition and journaling event. Lovett has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and is author of the children’s book, Beavers Away! This program is free with museum admission. For more information call 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $. Children 18 and younger, students with valid ID, and museum members FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 10:30am
MAGIC
Ed Popielarczyk’s performances combine magic, comedy, storytelling, and tons of audience participation. Ed is a professional magician, balloon twister, and entertainer. He will be performing outdoors, on the Village Commons in South Hadley, as part of the Odyssey Bookshop’s Summer Family Entertainment series. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 10:30am-11:45am
YOGA
The potential benefits of yoga, including pain relief, relaxation, strength, and flexibility, attract people from many walks of life. This yoga class, running on Saturdays through August 20th, will have the added benefit of supporting placemaking and local history learning- as it will take place in the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Visit the museum website for more information including a full price breakdown. In the event of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Cancellations will be posted on the EDM Facebook page by 9AM on the day of class. 413-542-2947. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (Drop in class $)

Saturday, July 30, 10:30am and 1pm
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 Shea Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets call PaintBox Theater at 413-923-7159. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 30, 11am
PLACEMAKING/HISTORY
Community celebrations bring people together, supporting placemaking. Buckland Summer Day will also provide music, storytelling, and opportunities for historic learning. The Buckland Public Library will host a storyteller at 11am. At 1pm there will be a concert. Throughout the day there will be book and art sales, historic walking tours, self-guided cemetery tours, self-guided garden tours, and more. For more information call 413-628-3231. Buckland Center Common. Upper Street. and Cross Street. Buckland, MA. (DONATION for dance. )

Saturday, July 30, 11am
SPORTS/HISTORY
Western Massachusetts is known for a great many things, but sports aren’t generally one of them. Nevertheless, the region is filled with opportunities to learn about (and participate in!) sports of all kinds. You can learn all about historic baseball at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site by attending this a 19th century baseball game. The game will follow the rules of 1861 and 1865. Learn old-fashioned baseball lingo, like “hurler,” “stinger,” “dew drop,” “cranks,” rooters,” and “bugs.” You can read about how sports history intersects with local history in our post, Exploring Athletics and Sports History Through Community-Based Resources. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 11am, 2pm, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
For many years, visitors would flock to the summit of Mount Holyoke and the Summit House. You can learn about the history of the summit house and why visitors from all over the world visited it. This talk will take approximately 20 minutes and is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Visitors will not enter the summit house. Families interested in exploring more historic structures should read our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture J.A. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, July 30, 11am, 12noon and 1pm
LIVING HISTORY/THEATER
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Saturday, July 30, 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! The most engaged age range for this program is roughly ages three through eleven. For more information, check The Play Workshop website. 413-588-2208. Courthouse Lawn. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/WITCHCRAFT
Witch trials are an important part of seventeenth-century Massachusetts history. With trials occurred not only in Salem but also in Western Massachusetts. In his talk, The Devil’s Juggles, Michael Thurston will contrast the Salem witch trials with witchcraft accusations which took place in Northampton and other Pioneer Valley towns. This talk is occurring in conjunction with Susan Montgomery’s exhibition “Mary Bliss Parsons: Accused Witch of Northampton.” Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 2pm and 7:30pm
CHILDRENS THEATER/MUSICAL
Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. Frankystein the Monstercal is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages
8-15. This show has taken the classic Frankenstein and turned it upside down! The village people are all monsters out to destroy the creation of Dr. Frank E. Stein. But Frankystein the monster is actually just a normal, young boy. Join us as we sing wacky songs like “Monster-Maker Shuffle,” “Funkystein Slide” and “Monsters Need To Be Loved.” In addition to being a wonderful introduction to musical theater, the reversal of roles in this performance will offer audiences a unique perspective on what it’s like to be different. 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 30, 2pm-4pm
COLLABORATIVE ART/INTERGENERATIONAL
Artwork benefits people of all ages and can bring people together from across communities. You and your family members of all abilities are invited to four creative labs to help compose, choreograph, and arrange a performance of music, art, and spoken word. The performance will be based on Alaa Awad’s mural, “Justice” and will culminate with a DownStreet Art Share. Labs take place on July 30th, August 20th, September 9th, and September 24th. These labs offer the opportunity to learn from the performing artists of Marafanyi, Drum, Dance, and Song and to hone various artistic and performative skills. For more information, and to sign up, please email rootsheartpulse@ureach.com. Labs will take place at Common Folk Gallery. 33 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 2:30pm
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 through August 27 with seatings at 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the museum’s back veranda. On July 30, you can hear Show of Cards perform their folk-rock style compositions. Tours will be given for an additional fee. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($)

Saturday, July 30, 3pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is approximately 20 minutes long and appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 4pm-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Bang On A Can, formed in 1987, is an organization dedicated to contemporary and experimental music of all genres and instrumentation. The Bang On A Can residency program is culminating with a marathon concert at MASS MoCA. With six hours of music and myriad musicians and composers, it is bound to be a unique musical experience. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 30, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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. On July 30, you can witness performances by dancers in the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. These will be contemporary variations 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 30, 7pm-10pm
ASTRONOMY
Although the days are longer in summer, warmer weather and lightened schedules for children can make summer a good time to explore the beauty of the night sky as a family. The Amherst Area Amateur Astronomy Association invites you and your kids to a night of stargazing at Skinner State Park. Rain or chance of rain cancels this event, call the park after 2 PM for the status of the program. The park gate will lock at 8:00 PM. You will need to be in the park before gates lock in order to drive to the summit. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, July 30, 8pm
THEATER
Post-show discussions and small-venue theater performances allow audiences to learn a lot about what goes into a show, from writing and stage direction, to casting, directing and performing. Everett Company’s performance of Freedom Project will feature a post-show “Freedom Cafe,” offering the opportunity to discuss not only the performance itself, but the crisis of mass incarceration. Freedom Project is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. For more information, check the Ko Festival of Performance website. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 30, 8pm
LIVE MUSIC/MUSIC STUDIES
The Fab Faux returns to The Mahaiwe Performing Art Center! With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of Beatles`classics, The Fab Faux are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs – with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles. Imagine hearing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “I Am the Walrus” performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as “Nowhere Man”, and “Paperback Writer”, reproduced only note-for-note! Great for families teens who have an interest in music studies/history and younger children with audience skills. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA ($$)

Saturday, July 30, 8:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY
Moths are a group of insects related to butterflies. Most moths are nocturnal. People of all ages are invited to Moth Night at the Westhampton Public Library. Moth aficionado Betsy Higgins, who has identified hundreds of moths in her own backyard, will take participants outside after dark to view the moths that have been attracted to her mercury vapor and black lights. The rain date for this program is July 31st. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 30, 10pm
LITERACY
Fans of the Harry Potter series are invited to the Odyssey Bookshop for Hogwarts themed activities, and the chance to order the latest installment, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This newest text consists of the script to a stage play which will open in London. At this Harry Potter themed gathering of fans, kids will have the chance to participate in a costume contest, browse wands at Ollivander’s, pose at the photobooth and sample some of Harry’s birthday cake. Registration is required. For more information, visit the Odyssey Bookshop website. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, July 31, 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 31, 7:30am
WATER SKIING/PHYSICS
Learning how to balance well on two skis in water takes practice and determination. But the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team can do much more than that, with pyramids 3-4 people high, flips through the air and other tricks. Come see what they, and other teams, can do at this Eastern regional water ski show. In addition to being dazzled and entertained, integrate the excitement into learning about physics by thinking deeply about water skiing and certain concepts of physics, including Newtown’s Third Law of Motion, Reynolds number, and gravity. The competition will take place on July 29th, 30th, and 31st. 413-626-1913. Oxbow Marina. 180 Island Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 9:30am-1pm
SUSTAINABILITY/CLEAN ENERGY
Interested in learning about the various forms of clean energy? At the Clean Energy Festival you can tour a wind turbine and a solar array. Wind and solar are two major choices of alternative energy sources. Learn about the pros and cons of each energy source and meet others interested in clean energy, at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort. Tours are free of charge. Other activities must be purchased. Check the resort website for more information. Charlemont, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 10am
ORNITHOLOGY/OWLS
Do your kids enjoy watching or identifying birds? You and your children can learn about the owl species that inhabit our region, then play detective and figure out what an owl ate! This program is broken into two 20 minute segments. Feel free to come for either or both. This program is appropriate for ages eight and up.Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURAL HISTORY/GUIDED WALK
Simple structures such as bike paths and sidewalks can tell stories of change and industrialization. Come to the Great Falls Discovery Center for a leisurely walk along the bike path, and a discussion of cultural and natural history of the area. This event is open to all ages. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 11am, 2pm, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
For many years, visitors would flock to the summit of Mount Holyoke and the Summit House. You can learn about the history of the summit house and why visitors from all over the world visited it. This talk will take approximately 20 minutes and is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Visitors will not enter the summit house. Families interested in exploring more historic structures should read our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Sunday, July 31, 1pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The old-time one room schoolhouse is open! Explore the collections of books, documents, maps, artifacts, clothing, tools and other historical items. There will be additional open houses planned for last Sunday of each month until fall. For more information call 413-667- 3453 or visit the Huntington Historic Society website. The Norwich Bridge Schoolhouse Museum Corner of Worthington and Littleville Roads. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 1:30pm and 3pm
CIRCUS ARTS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? You don’t have to leave Western Massachusetts to learn circus skills or witness excellent acrobatic performances. You can witness professional circus performers at the Clark Art Institute. Professional acrobats from the Boston Circus Guild will execute a three-tier human tower during two performances. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students with valid ID, and members, FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 2pm
FASHION/HISTORY
Fashion is much more than a material or superficial interest. An interest in fashion can lead to exploration of cultural trends, fiber arts, and history. In her talk, “Caring for Grace Coolidge’s Gown,” costume conservator Colleen Callahan will discuss her work restoring an evening gown owned by First Lady Grace Coolidge. The restored gown will be on view. This illustrated presentation will take place at Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 2pm
CHILDREN’S THEATER/MUSICAL
Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. Frankystein the Monstercal is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages
8-15. This show has taken the classic Frankenstein and turned it upside down! The village people are all monsters out to destroy the creation of Dr. Frank E. Stein. But Frankystein the monster is actually just a normal, young boy. Join us as we sing wacky songs like “Monster-Maker Shuffle,” “Funkystein Slide” and “Monsters Need To Be Loved.” In addition to being a wonderful introduction to musical theater, the reversal of roles in this performance will offer audiences a unique perspective on what it’s like to be different. 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 31, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 4pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/HERBAL MEDICINE
Guided nature walks can help you develop your plant identification skills, cultivate a deeper connection with plants, and gain knowledge of herbal medicines. The Northampton/Amherst Herbalist MeetUp group will be hosting a guided plant walk at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm. Learn how to use herbs medicinally, and taste some plants! 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 4pm
THEATER
Post-show discussions and small-venue theater performances allow audiences to learn a lot about what goes into a show, from writing and stage direction, to casting, directing and performing. Everett Company’s performance of Freedom Project will feature a post-show “Freedom Cafe,” offering the opportunity to discuss not only the performance itself, but the crisis of mass incarceration. Freedom Project is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. For more information, check the Ko Festival of Performance website. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 31, 7pm
STORYTELLING
Oral storytelling far precedes the written word in human history, and is still a vital part of all cultures. You can hear local storytellers compete for a spot at the annual WordXWord Festival. This storytelling competition is hosted by The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 31, 7pm
CIRCUS ARTS/UPCYCLING
One Man’s Trash by Cirque Us! combines circus arts such as acrobatics, aerial work, and clowns, with narrative and the theme of upcycling. You can view this performance at the Academy of Music Theatre and see how Cirque Us built their set with recycled, reused, and reinvented trash and discarded items. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 31, 8pm
PLACEMAKING/FILM
Though it is a lighthearted comedy, the 2003 film School of Rock (PG-13) also tells a story about showcasing individual talent and coming together as a group. You and your family can see this 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, August 1, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, August 1, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Do your kids love exploring the backyard? You can help them explore beyond their close surrounding and encourage an interest in nature studies. Young naturalists ages 8-11 are invited to become Junior Rangers at the Great Falls Discovery Center. This four-part nature education workshop, running through August 15th, will teach children about their local habitat. Kids will become experts on the Connecticut River Watershed, and have the chance to earn a Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Read more in our post, Community-Based Organizations & Workshops to Support Coding for All Ages. Lab nights at Holyoke Codes offer unstructured time for participants to work on any project, independently or in groups. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Visit the Holyoke Codes website for more information. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, August 2, 10am
FAMILY MUSIC
It’s your last chance to attend a Children’s Series musical performance at Look Park this summer. Grammy-award winning musician Mister G will be performing his original compositions of rock, bluegrass and reggae. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, August 2, 3pm
CRAFTS
Do your kids like arts and crafts, or decorating their rooms? Kids ages three and up, and their caregivers, are invited to the Odyssey Bookshop to decorate their own name bunting. Registration is required at least two days prior to the event. For more information, visit the Odyssey Bookshop website. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, August 2, 4pm
THEATER/OPERA
Opera fans may be interested in seeing the upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Berkshire Opera Festival on August 27th, 30th, and September 2nd. To learn more about this performance and where it fits in the wider context of opera, you can attend a talk at Ventfort Hall. Berkshire Opera Festival General Director, Stage Director Jonathon Loy, and Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Garman, will discuss their roles in this production. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, August 2, 6pm-8pm
WRITING
Writing workshops offer a chance to meet other writers, share inspiration and prompts, talk about your favorite books, and offer constructive feedback. Adults and self-directed teens may be interested in Make It Springfield’s two hour, weekly writing workshops. Register on the Make It Springfield website. 168 Worthington Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 2, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in 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. Catch one of the last two shows on August 2 or August 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, August 3, 9am-10am
YOGA
Yoga is spreading in popularity due to its myriad physical and mental benefits including pain relief, relaxation, strength, and flexibility. Yoga practices can intersect with mindfulness practices. If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness and meditation opportunities, read our post, Resources for Mindfulness in Western Massachusetts. You’re invited to engage in a gentle yoga session hosted by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Shutesbury Town Hall. 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 10am-11am
FITNESS
It’s not hard to see why athletics are good for children. Sports require not only physical exercise but mental strategy, friendly competition and collaboration with peers. Formal sports can be intimidating and put mild pressure on kids. Silly Olympic Games at the Westhampton Public Library will give kids the chance to test their balance, aim and coordination in a fun, informal environment. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 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, August 3, 11am-12pm
MUSICAL STORYTELLER/COMMUNITY MEAL
Tim Van Egmond is a musician and educational storyteller. You and your family can enjoy a performance by Egmond with lunch from the deli at River Valley Co-Op. His musical performance, Bugs, Birds & Beasts, will explore concepts of animal studies through song and story. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 2pm-3:45pm
OCEANOGRAPHY
Although most of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, humans have explored less than five percent of our oceans! Deep ocean is practically as mysterious and foreign to human eyes as outer space. Documentary footage provides a rare insight into parts of the ocean which have been explored and captured on film. You and your children can explore the ocean together with a screening of the 2010 Disneynature film, Oceans (rated G) at the Springfield Museums. This program is free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 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, August 3, 3:45pm-5pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ART
Messy art isn’t just for kids! Help your kids imagine, build, and create at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with your family while meeting other parents and kids. Attend one, or all four sessions on Wednesday afternoons: August 3, 10, 17 and 24. There will be an optional free play area for siblings under four years old. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 3, 4pm-6pm
SUSTAINABILITY
Studying sustainability is not only a way to learn about nature, earth science, and climate, but also human practices as they relate to environmental issues. Adults and older students interested in sustainability and architecture may be interested in taking a tour of the Environmental Center at Williams College in order to learn about sustainability and green building initiatives. Williams College. All ages are welcome. 413-597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 6pm
HORTICULTURE/GARDENING
It’s not too late to begin gardening! Llani Davidson of Broadfork Permaculture will discuss “Garden Beds in Fall and Winter” at the Greenfield Public Library. Now is the perfect time to get started. Davidson’s talk will include fall crop ideas as well as preparation for the fall and winter months. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 5pm-6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
Playing music has immense benefits for your brain, in addition to being a calming and enjoyable activity. You can find out about the benefits of playing music and ways to build a practice habit in our post, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain! If you are interested in becoming involved in music, you can attend a series of workshops as part of the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. On Wednesday, August 3, Billy Arnold will discuss drums and rhythm. The workshops on August 3rd, 4th, and 5th will offer a constructive learning environment, advice and perspectives from professional musicians, and access to contacts in the music profession For more information, visit the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival website. Springfield’s Court Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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. On Wednesday, August 3, Francine E. Ott/The Walk will be performing a blend of hip hop, house, modern, and African dance. The performance will tell a narrative of loss through choreography. In case of rain the performance will be moved indoors. All ages are invited. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Country music is a genre which grew out of folk, blues, and others, around the 1920s. It has evolved considerably since then and influenced many other types of music. Whiskey City is a local, six piece country/rock band. They will be performing in Lilac Park as part of the summer concert series in Lenox. In case of rain, the event is moved to the auditorium in Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 3, 7pm-8:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY/CHIROPTEROLOGY
Have you ever heard the term chiropterology? It refers to the study of bats and other similar mammals. The word chiroptera refers to an order of mammals whose forelimbs form webbed wings. You and your children between the ages of three and eighteen are invited to a night of birds and bats at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants will listen and watch for these creatures above and around Pleasant Valley. You will learn about the natural history of insect-eating predators which come out at night. This program is open specifically to families. Please wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. Hats and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Call 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, August 4, 9am-5pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
The Amherst League of Women Voters book sale will provide families with used books in great condition. Keep summer reading going through September by purchasing new books at affordable prices. This book sale supports the League of Women Voters as well as local schools and libraries. This year, the sale will take place at the Fort River Elementary School. 70 South East Street. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Thursday, August 4, 11am-12:30am
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/BUBBLES
For young children, bubbles are a fascinating thing to play with, chase, and pop. Older kids and adults may be interested in using bubbles as a means of learning about physical concepts such as surface tension. Whatever your interest, Mr. Vinny: The Bubble Guy will be at the Springfield Museums with his gigantic bubble wants and jokes. This program is free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Thursday, August 4, 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, August 4, 2pm
MUSICAL/YOUTH THEATER
The Barrington Stage Youth Theatre
presents The Wiz, a glorious musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. An infectious, funky and soulful score, with lyrics by Charlie Smalls, The Wiz brings a renewed relevance to a timeless American classic. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to this performance. This particular show on August 4th is an Autism-friendly performance which aims to bring the enjoyment of live theater to all children, regardless of limitations. Performances will be held at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, August 4, 5pm-6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
Playing music has immense benefits for your brain, in addition to being a calming and enjoyable activity. You can find out about the benefits of playing music and ways to build a practice habit in our post, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain! If you are interested in becoming involved in music, you can attend a series of workshops as part of the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. On Thursday, August 4, saxophone player Jayvon Jackson will discuss the skill of improvisation and ways to improve it. The workshops will offer a constructive learning environment, advice and perspectives from professional musicians, and access to contacts in the music profession. For more information, visit the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival website. Springfield’s Court Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 4, 5pm-7pm
COMMUNITY SERVICE/KINDNESS
School supplies can put a financial burden on families. You can help, by bringing one or more backpacks filled with school supplies and gathering with other community members in the garden at Historic Deerfield. Blooming Backpacks is a project of Women’s Way. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (<$. DONATION)

Thursday, August 4, 5:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Come to Kendrick Park to hear two local bands. The Salvation Army String Band plays original country music which draws upon Western Swing, Bakersfield, and Outlaw country elements of music from the 1940’s – 1970’s. Llama Lasagne are a multi-genre group with pop, metal, rock, bluegrass and hip hop elements. Check the Amherst BID website for more information. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 4, 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 folk singer-songwriter Stephanie Marshall and special guest Jim Henry, followed by Sheryl Stanton, and finally Pat and Tex LaMountain Band will close out the show with their folk/bluegrass music. Energy Park. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 4, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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. On Thursday, August 4th, you can witness Kate Wallich + The YC performing excerpts of post-internet generation-inspired show, Splurge Land, set to an original score by Johnny Goss. You will also see the company’s newest work, Industrial Ballet. 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, August 4, 6:30pm-7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
If you’re interested in playing music but don’t know where to start, register for ukulele lessons at the Erving Public Library. Ukuleles are relatively simple instruments with only four strings. They can be a great introduction to other stringed instruments like guitar. For more information and to register, call 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 4, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
From the 1970s through the late 1990s, The Talking Heads shaped pop and rock and roll, leaving their indelible mark on the history of music. The 1984 film, Stop Making Sense documents three live shows at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. This film preserved The Talking Heads’ 1983 performances for future audiences. You can view this film at a one-time-only showing, at Amherst Cinema. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Thursday, August 4, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in 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. Catch one of the last two shows on August 2 or August 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, August 5, all day
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Museums are often an entertaining and educational place for both children and adults, and can provide learning opportunities across many subjects including STEM topics, history, and art. As part of the philanthropic organization Highland Street Foundation’s efforts to encourage education to families, many museum and performance locations will be open to the public free of charge on Friday, August, a “Free Fun Friday!” This is your chance to visit the Springfield Museums, Historic Deerfield, and the Hancock Shaker Village. Check out their websites for more information. Western MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 5, 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, August 5, 10am-11am
STORYTELLING/MAGIC SHOW
Ed Popielarczyk’s performances combine magic, comedy, storytelling, and tons of audience participation. Every audience member who volunteers to come on stage and help with a trick will receive a souvenir. Kids will be fascinated by the magic they help to create. This show is part of the Friday Mornings for Children series at Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 5, 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, August 5, 11am-11:40am
PUPPETRY
Puppetry is an ancient performing art with historic ties to various cultures across the globe. For children, puppetry performances may speak to their desire to animate objects and express their emotion through the use of toys. The Fairy Circus is a turn-of-the-century style performance of trick puppetry. This original Tanglewood Marionettes show will be performed at the
Springfield Museums, free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, August 5, 11am-2pm
CHILDREN’S MUSIC/IRISH FOLK MUSIC
Sea shanties are a type of work song, sung by sailors while they work. These chants helped keep up morale with difficult tasks. Below The Gaff’s performances entertain kids with the humor, while providing examples of traditional Irish folk songs, sea shanties and original pirate tunes for interested adults. You can see them perform at the Springfield Museums, free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, August 5, 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 psych-rock music by CreaturoS and indie-rock songs by Hallelujah The Hills. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, August 5, 6pm-7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
Playing music has immense benefits for your brain, in addition to being a calming and enjoyable activity. You can find out about the benefits of playing music and ways to build a practice habit in our post, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain! If you are interested in becoming involved in music, you can attend a series of workshops as part of the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. On Friday, August 5, Samirah Evans and Miro Sprague will give a workshop on the fundamentals of singing a song and finding your voice. Though geared toward Jazz and Blues, this workshop can be adapted to any genre of music. The workshop will offer a constructive learning environment, advice and perspectives from professional musicians, and access to contacts in the music profession. For more information, visit the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival website. Springfield’s Court Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 5, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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. Thresh Performing Arts Collective, led by Preeti Vasudevan, will perform on August 5. This group’s show will blend Indian dance forms and modern theories of movement, bringing together an opportunity for both dance studies and cultural studies. 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, August 5, 6pm-8pm
DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Circle Dance at the West Cummington Parish House draws upon the traditional dances of many different cultures. Sacred Circle Dance was founded by the members of Findhorn Community in Scotland. The dances have a range of pace and style, but no experience is necessary. Every dance will be explained and demonstrated, so this is a great opportunity to learn something new while getting exercise and meeting new people. Call 413 634-0132 for more information. 27 West Main Street. West Cummington, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, August 5, 7pm
FAMILY THEATER
Peter Pan is a story which appeals to the children in all of us, no matter our age. In PaintBox Theater’s performance of the classic story, the entire audience will be invited to fly along with the cast. Bring your whole family and your imagination. Performances will be held at The Williston Theater of The Williston School on August 5th, 6th, and 7th. For more information or to purchase tickets call PaintBox Theater at 413-923-7159. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, August 5, 8pm
THEATER/POLITICAL AWARENESS
Tenderness, a multi-lingual performance project, offers audiences the opportunity to explore the difficult topics of violence, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison-pipeline through talented acting. This show incorporates music, text, and seven languages: Arabic, Mandingo, Kirundi, Creole, French, Spanish and English. This performance is put on by FIRST GENERATION, an ensemble of artists based in Springfield, whose members range in age from 16 to 25 years old and originate from Haiti, Burundi/Rwanda, Puerto Rico, Guinea, and South Sudan. For more information, visit 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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