Berkshire Family Fun: August 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
August 2016

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of August. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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

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


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

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


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ADAMS

Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street.
Adams Visitor’s Center
. 3 Hoosac Street.
Adams Library
. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
413-743-7121. 67 East Road.

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School. 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Sunday, August 21, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Oakes & Smith are a self proclaimed “art folk duo,” who perform an acoustic mix of folk and pop with voices blending in close harmonies. Their soulful songs are inspired by nature, love, spirit, art and poetry. You can hear them perform at Bascom Lodge. This show is free and open to the public. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 27, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
What better place to view the stars from, than the summit of a mountain? People of all ages are invited to meet at the summit of Mt. Greylock near the War Memorial Tower, for a “star party!” Members of the Amherst Astronomy Association will share their knowledge about the stars, planets, and constellations. Wear appropriate clothing for cool evenings, bring a flashlight. This program will be cancelled if it rains or if there is heavy cloud cover. Call 413-499-4262 for day-of questions about program status due to the weather. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 28, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Moonshine Holler is a two person musical duo drawing upon southern roots music and using more instruments than they can juggle, including: fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. You can hear them perform at Bascom Lodge. This show is free and open to the public. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.
Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.
Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30pm-9pm
PLACEMAKING
Street festivals offer citizens the chance to celebrate the unique culture of their town, through an exploration of the food, businesses, and entertainment their downtown has to offer. This year’s Downtown Celebration in North Adams will feature local merchants, vendors, restaurants, and shopping. There will also be plenty to keep children entertained including face painting, balloon animals, hula hoops, and a special family music performance by Terry A La Berry and Friends. This placemaking event is a chance to connect your family with your neighborhood culture and make memories together. 413-664-6180. Main Street. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, August 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Railways provide insight into the history of American industry and infrastructure. Friday Night Cabaret train rides provide a scenic view of the Berkshires, with live music and dancing. Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay will play popular Broadway hits, classic standards and contemporary/ popular tunes. Tickets can be purchased on the Hoosac Valley Train Ride website. Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Hoosac Valley Service departs from the North Adams platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. These are round-trip rides which return to the platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 20, 8pm
FILM STUDIES/MUSIC STUDIES
The BQE Project at MASS MoCA will take a 90-year-old film, Sherlock Jr., and revamp it will an original live score. This event combines the study of classic film with live music, perfect for audiences interested in multidisciplinary performances. Those interested in learning more about the history of film should check out our post, Community-Based Resources for Film Studies in Western MA. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 21, 2pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Placemaking is a practice and a philosophy. It is an approach to both the creation and use of public spaces, aiming to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Lawn concerts are one type of event which supports placemaking, by drawing people together and strengthening a connection to neighbors via community spaces. The North Adams Music Series will be running through October 16, with free live music every Sunday. Check the Levitt Foundation website for a schedule of musicians. On August 21st, rock trio Wild Adriatic will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 25, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Art walks are an opportunity to showcase local art, meet artists, and get inspired by local culture. DownStreetArt will once again be providing that opportunity, this time with the theme of “Meet your neighbors.” Attend local gallery openings, see live music, and make new friends. Downtown. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 26, 9am-3pm
AUTOMOBILES
Car and transportation shows can teach people about automotive technology. The presence of vintage cars provides insight into technological history. Motorama, North Adams car show on August 26th-28th will feature not only cars but trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. This event is free to attend, but requires a registration fee to display a vehicle. The main car show will take place on August 28th when Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic for the show. For more information call 413-664-6180 or email tourism@northadams-ma.gov. Downtown. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 26, 6:30pm-7:30pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Railways provide insight into the history of American industry and infrastructure. Friday Night Cabaret train rides provide a scenic view of the Berkshires, with live music and dancing. Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay will play popular Broadway hits, classic standards and contemporary/ popular tunes. Tickets can be purchased on the Hoosac Valley Train Ride website. Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Hoosac Valley Service departs from the North Adams platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. These are round-trip rides which return to the platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 27, 9am-3pm; Sunday, August 28, 9am-3pm
TRANSPORTATION
Car and transportation shows can teach people about automotive technology. The presence of vintage cars provides insight into technological history. The North Adams car show on August 26th-28th will feature not only cars but trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. This event is free to attend, but requires a registration fee to display a vehicle. The main car show will take place on August 28th when Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic for the show. For more information call 413-664-6180 or email tourism@northadams-ma.gov. Downtown. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 28, 2pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Placemaking is a practice and a philosophy. It is an approach to both the creation and use of public spaces, aiming to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Lawn concerts are one type of event which supports placemaking, by drawing people together and strengthening a connection to neighbors via community spaces. The North Adams Music Series will be running through October 16, with free live music every Sunday. Check the Levitt Foundation website for a schedule of musicians. On August 28th, blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Windsor Lake. Kemp Avenue and Bradley Street.
The Maker’s Mill. 100 Eagle Street.
DownStreet Art
. Main Street and downtown.
North Adams Farmers’ Market
413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Tuesday, August 2, 8pm; 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)

Wednesday, August 3, 2:30pm-4pm; Wednesday, August 10, 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, 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)

Saturday, August 6, 3:30pm and 8:30pm; Sunday, August 7, 2pm
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL DRAMA
Poster Boy follows a community of gay men in an online chat room as they come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. The play is inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying. Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. Directed by Olivier Award-nominee Stafford Arima with movement by Danny Mefford, this provocative and moving show lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era. Performances will be held on the Nikos Stage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, August 7, 1pm-4pm
BODY ARTS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Body painting, body modification, dance, massage- all are ancient forms of expression and culture. Come to the Clark Art Institute for a celebration of body, art, and soul. Therapeutic massage and face painting will be available, along with a performance by Grammy-nominated Spanish guitarist Jose Lezcano. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students with valid ID, and members, FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 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)

Saturday, August 13, 10:30am
ART STUDIES/GUIDED HIKE
Henry David Thoreau is among many famous writers who were heavily inspired by nature and place. You are invited to reflect on Thoreau’s writing on a guided hike of Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute. This hike will take place in conjunction with the current exhibit, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, and will be led by Mark C. Taylor, co-curator the exhibition. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students with valid ID, and members, FREE)

Sunday, August 14, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
You can learn about the Golden Age of the Spanish nobility, through the exhibition plendor, Myth, and Vision at the Clark Art Institute. Twice Grammy-nominated Spanish guitarist Jose Lezcano will be performing at 1pm. Families are invited to come hear live music and enjoy performance art. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, August 21, 1pm-4pm
CIRCUS ARTS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? Circus performers have a wide range of impressive skills such as juggling, acrobatics, aerial arts, tumbling, trampoline, tight wire, human pyramids, rolla bolla, rolling globe, clowning and more. You can get inspired by the impressive feats of the Boston Circus Guild as they perform at the Clark Art Institute. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. Children under 18, museum members, and students with valid ID FREE.)

Saturday, August 27, 10:30am
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
When Williamstown, Massachusetts was first settled, Stone Hill was the center of the town. This site was a place for residences, farms, and woodlots. Much of this original subdivision is still visible today. You are invited on a moderate hike of Stone Hill, led by exhibition co-curator and Williams College Biology and Environmental Studies Professor Hank Art, to explore the area and the impact of human land uses over the past 250 years. This program is free with admission to the Clark Art Institute and is held in conjunction with the summer exhibition, “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill.” 13-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Non Members $. Members, students with valid ID and children under 18 FREE)

Saturday, August 27, 12pm and 1pm
ARCHITECTURE/ART STUDIES
Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about stylistic as well as practical and historic trends. Come to Field Farm to see mid-20th century sculptures and tour the guest houses. You will have the chance to view and compare the award-winning Folly guest house (post-modernist) and the American modern style guest house. For information call the Trustees at 413 458-3135. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (Non members <$; Members FREE)

Sunday, August 28, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/HISTORY
The final Summer Sunday program at the Clark Art Institute is your last chance to learn about the golden age of Spanish nobility through artwork and performances. Peruse the artwork on view in the exhibition, Splendor, Myth, and Vision, and see Boston-based troupe Pazzi Lazzi perform outdoors. This program is free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. Children under 18, museum members, and students with valid ID FREE.)

Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.
Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.
Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.
Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.
Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Saturday, August 20, 9am-1pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/FORAGING
Foraging connects people with nature by making them more observant of the plants around them. This Highland “Ghost-Town” Berry Foraging Trek at Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center will offer the opportunity for foraging of wild edible plants, including high bush blueberry foraging. Participants will also explore Cellar holes, stone wells, and “witness trees.” Witness Trees are trees which were alive during the the First and Second Battles of Manassas, making them over 150 years old. Wear long pants, long sleeves, hat, sturdy waterproof boots, and bring a lunch. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register and for directions. 1515 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 27, 8pm-10pm
ASTRONOMY
The night sky changes with the seasons, thus there is always something new to see and learn about. You are invited to explore stars, planets, and more at Notchview. On Saturday, August 27 and September 24, volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will teach you what to look for. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Members FREE. Non members <$)

Notchview Reservation 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

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BECKET

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)

Thursday, August 4, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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)

Friday, August 5, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CHOREOGRAPHY
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)

Saturday, August 6, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow will be impressing audience members of all ages with their repertory works set to live music. Come see them perform on August 6, 13, or 20th at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 10am-2pm
GEOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Gorges or canyons are typically carved into the landscape by the erosive activity of a river. Join naturalist John Burns for a celebration of local rivers corridors. Explore Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook, and learn about how you can protect these local, natural resources. For event details, register with Meredyth Babcock, 413-623-2070, volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 13, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow will be impressing audience members of all ages with their repertory works to live music. Come see them perform on August 13, or 20th at the Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 17, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. New York City-based Kilowatt Dance Theater will be performing their high energy swing-era jazz dances at Jacob’s Pillow DanceMarcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. All ages are welcome! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 20, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow will be impressing audience members of all ages with their repertory works to live music. Come see them perform on at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 24, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. On August 24th, you can witness the work of three dance companies as they perform at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. This show, Women Making Work , will showcase female choreographers of multiple genres based in New York. For more information, visit the Jacob’s Pillow website. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 25, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. On August 25th, you can witness the work of rising collegiate choreographers and performers as they perform at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. For more information, visit the Jacob’s Pillow website. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 26, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. On August 26th, you can witness Philadelphia-based group Just Sole! performing their hip-hop and street dance styles at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. For more information, visit the Jacob’s Pillow website. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 27, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. On August 27th, you and your family can witness expert, contemporary dancing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. New York City-based artist Nico Brown, alumnus of Jacob’s Pillow, will be performing the new work, This is not a letter by my arms around you for a brief moment as well as the solo Nation. Don’t miss this final, free, “Inside/Out” program at Jacob’s Pillow. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

DALTON

Dalton Free Public Library 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.
Crane Museum of Papermaking. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street.

HINSDALE

LEE

Tuesday, August 9, 2pm-3pm
LITERACY
The Lee Library summer reading finale party is the perfect time to discuss what you’ve read during the last few months. Discussing your favorite authors and genres can introduce friends to new books and help you work through what you’ve read and how you feel about it. This celebration will include reading certificates, prizes, ice cream sundaes, and a performance by Bowie The Clown. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
Andrew Novis is a mostly self-taught artist, dedicated to the pursuit of art for art’s sake. Andrew has said, “I was diagnosed with ASD/Aspergers Syndrome in the fall of 2012. Being an ‘Aspie’ artist, I tend to create and conceive my imagery through the left brain, focusing on detail, order, separation and purity of color (very little mixing), and clearly defined lines. This reflects my general need for simplicity, clarity and structure in real life.” You can view his canvas and furniture paintings at the Good Purpose Gallery, August 12 through September 21. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.
Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

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. ($$)

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. (<$)

Tuesday, August 9, 4pm
HISTORY
The gilded age in America took place from the 1870s to about 1900. During this period, an influx of European immigrants were flooding into the United States. This tea and talk presentation at Ventfort Hall will discuss the lives of two prominent figures, Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Renowned architectural historian and writer Francis Morrone will discuss the lasting impact of these two innovators. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 10, 5pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into the tightly controlled society of Old New York at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures, writing over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to books she also wrote poetry and short stories. This program, “Wharton on Wednesdays” at The Mount, will focus on Wharton’s short stories. Professional actors will read from some of the author’s best satirical short works. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE. Nonmembers <$)

Thursday, August 11, 5pm-8pm
LITERARY CRITICISM/FILM CRITICISM
What makes a work of art good, worthwhile, timeless? Some people make a career of exploring that question. journalist Kate Bolick and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will be at The Mount discussing these matters, as well as Scott’s new book, Better Living Through Criticism. Learn about the ups and downs of a life of criticism. This event is part of an ongoing lecture series: Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor concerts are a fixture of the summer months, and a chance to appreciate the green spaces in your town with picnics and lawn chairs. This concert in Lilac Park will feature local Berkshire group, Lady Di and the Dukes, as they play a mix of acoustic rock, blues, and country. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/ECOLOGY
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations.This event is suitable for children three to twelve years old and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Thursday, August 11, 5pm-8pm
LITERARY CRITICISM/FILM CRITICISM
What makes a work of art good, worthwhile, timeless? Some people make a career of exploring that question. Journalist Kate Bolick and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will be at The Mount discussing these matters, as well as Scott’s new book, Better Living Through Criticism. Learn about the ups and downs of a life of criticism. This event is part of an ongoing lecture series: Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor concerts are a fixture of the summer months, and a chance to appreciate the green spaces in your town with picnics and lawn chairs. This concert in Lilac Park will feature Americana favorites performed by John Davidson on guitar. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 20, 10am-5pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Library book sales support the institution of the library, thus supporting literacy for the entire community. The Lenox Library book sale will have a large selection of children’s books at bargain prices, adult and teen fiction, cookbooks, and biography. Smaller but popular categories include gardening, art, poetry, The Berkshires, military history, computers and science, how-to and hobbies, plus CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, and much more! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, August 21, 9am-4pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRD LANGUAGE
How come some birds just seem to vocalize simple chirps while others have elaborate, melodious songs? Bird songs evolve socially, and although species sing the same song, dialects develop regionally. “Bird language” is a term referring to the combined chirps, songs, and behaviors which allow birds to communicate with each other. Humans can learn these cues too! This workshop at the Mass Audubon and Flying Deer Nature Center will teach participants about bird language through storytelling, lecture, slideshows, outdoor activities and field exercises. There will be activities for adults and teens, as well as a separate day of activities for kids ages six through twelve. 413-637-0320. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 472 W Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 21, 10am-5pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Library book sales support the institution of the library, thus supporting literacy for the entire community. The Lenox Library book sale will have a large selection of children’s books at bargain prices, adult and teen fiction, cookbooks, and biography. Smaller but popular categories include gardening, art, poetry, The Berkshires, military history, computers and science, how-to and hobbies, plus CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, and much more! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Monday, August 22, 4pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Shirley Jackson was a popular American author whose works in the 1940s and 1950s have gone on to inspire authors today. Writer Ruth Franklin will be at The Mount discussing her forthcoming biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. This talk will offer insight into writing of the past and present. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, August 23, 4pm
OPERA
Mealtimes are often times of celebration, ceremony, and cultural significance. In narratives, meals and sharing of drinks can have symbolic meaning. Food historian and author Francine Segan will be discussing the role of food and drink in opera, with her talk, “A Toast! To Artful Dining Among the Arias.” Learn about significant opera scenes involving toasts and breaking of bread. Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor concerts are a fixture of the summer months, and a chance to appreciate the green spaces in your town with picnics and lawn chairs. This concert in Lilac Park will feature American Idol finalist Katherine Winston. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm-8pm
ECOLOGY/BEAVERS
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent and their relationship within our ecosystem by visiting the beaver ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is suitable for ages three and up. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Thursday, August 25, 8:30am-9:30am
CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
“Parlez-vous français?” There’s no better way to strengthen and support your knowledge of a language than by using it. Meet other francophones for casual conversation at The Mount. If you are interested in additional resources for foreign language learning, read our post, Language Learning Resources in Western MA. Registration is required. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Tuesday, August 30, 4pm
HISTORY/SPIRITUALITY
Witchcraft is an integral part of Massachusetts history. While witch trials primarily occurred in the 17th century, an interest in the supernatural remains to this day. Learn about the spiritual history of the 1920s by attending this talk, “The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World,” at Ventfort Hall. Author and screenwriter David Jaher will relay the story of Mrs. Mina Crandon and her role in the debate over spiritualism. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Lenox Community Center. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street.
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
– 472 West Mountain Road.
Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.
Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

PERU

PITTSFIELD

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. ($$)

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,” including Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 10am-5pm; Sunday, August 7, 10am-5pm
WOODWORKING/ARCHITECTURE
The Woodworking and Age of Iron weekend at Hancock Shaker Village provides opportunities to learn about woodworking, sculpture, and history through demonstrations and talks. Demonstrations are included in museum admission and no registration is required. This event is occurring in conjunction with the exhibition, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, on view at the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum through October 20th. During Woodworking Weekend you can meet Robert Hite and watch him create his whimsical architectural sculptures. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($. Ages 13-17 <$. 12 and under and members FREE)

Thursday, August 18, 8pm; Friday, August 19, 8pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, August 20, 9am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs are a celebration of local farming, farm culture, and New England history. The 76th Annual Berkshire County Youth Fair specifically features the work of young people! Anyone between the ages of five and eighteen can enter the fair and showcase items they made, created, grew, or raised. Visit the Mass 4H website for information on entering. Come see the youth exhibits as well as animal exhibits, horse gymkhana, crafters, live entertainment, a food booth, and a mechanical bull! Berkshire County 4H fairgrounds. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 20, 10am-12pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum’s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7). Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Saturday, August 20, 11am-3pm
AGRICULTURE/FUNDRAISER
Agriculture is an essential part of our culture here in the Pioneer Valley. You can support our thriving farms and farmers by attending the “Farmer Olympics” at Hancock Shaker Village. Contests and team competitions for all ages will include Moo-Juice Squeeze, the Grain Bag Toss, the Wheelbarrow Waggle, the Hay Bale Stack and more! This celebration of agriculture will directly benefit Greenagers, a nonprofit that provides environmental education for teens and young adults. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for more information. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($. 17 and younger FREE)

Saturday, August 20, 11am-8pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/GREEK CULTURE
Greek Fest 2016 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Berkshires will give you a taste of Greece without the need to travel! In addition to the great dishes and pastries, there will be live music and dancing. This event will take place rain or shine on Saturday August 20th & Sunday, August 21st. 413-442-8113. 73 Bradford Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 20, 8pm; Tuesday, August 23, 7pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

Sunday, August 21, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of The Three Little Pigs for audience members of all ages at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 21, 12pm-6pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/GREEK CULTURE
Greek Fest 2016 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Berkshires will give you a taste of Greece without the need to travel! In addition to the great dishes and pastries, there will be live music and dancing. This event will take place rain or shine on Saturday August 20th & Sunday, August 21st. 413-442-8113. 73 Bradford Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 21, 5pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

Monday, August 22, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of the Three Little Pigs for audience members of all ages at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 24, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Rumpleskiltskin for audience members of all ages at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 24, 7pm; Thursday, August 25, 8pm; Friday, August 26, 2pm
THEATER/COMEDIC DRAMA
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

Friday, August 26, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Peter and the Wolf for audience members of all ages at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 28, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Rumpelstiltskin for audience members of all ages at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 29, 11am-11:30am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Rumpelstiltskin for audience members of all ages at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances at various locations through August 31st. Check their website for a full calendar. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Beacon Cinema. 413-358-4780. 57 North Street.
Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street.
Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street.
The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

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)

Saturday, August 6, 10am-3pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
Panoramic drawings are wide-angle images that span 180 degrees, close to the full range of human sight. In this one day workshop at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Artist and educator John Roman will teach you how to create your own panoramic drawings and discuss the history of panoramic images. This workshop is for teens and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 6, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY
The Red Lion Inn is a historic fixture of Stockbridge. Over the course of it’s history it was owned and operated by women three different times. The Inn was almost closed twice and risked destruction due to fire once. This cemetery walk, presented by the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives, will offer new insight into the history of the Red Lion Inn which remains an important business in Stockbridge. 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, August 12, 11am-12:30am
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Raptor rehabilitation is a veterinary field focused on nursing sick birds of prey with the hope of returning them to the wild. Tom Ricardi is a licensed raptor rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. His presentations teach people of all ages about the natural history of raptors, their unique behaviors, and interactions between rehabilitator and bird. You can witness his presentation at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, August 19, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Caterpillars are fascinating creatures which camouflage themselves to look like like twigs or snakes in order to protect themselves from predators. The Caterpillar Lab, a nationally acclaimed natural science organization, will be at the Berkshire Botanical Garden teaching visitors about a varity of locally native caterpillars. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, August 12, 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 folk music by Alex Smith. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, August 19, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Caterpillars are fascinating creatures which camouflage themselves to look like like twigs or snakes in order to protect themselves from predators. The Caterpillar Lab, a nationally acclaimed natural science organization, will be at the Berkshire Botanical Garden teaching visitors about a varity of locally native caterpillars. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, August 19, 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 folk music by Caroline Cotter. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, August 26, 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 The American. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Thursday, August 25, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
The Real or Imagined? Adventures in Visual Culture lecture series at the Norman Rockwell Museum will feature talks to enlighten museum goers in conjunction with the current exhibition, Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World. Illustrators Marshall Arisman, Anita Kunz, and Thomas Woodruff will provide three perspectives on visual narratives, realism, and Rockwell’s wrks. This program is included with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Friday, August 26, 11am-12:30am
ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY
Learn about amphibians and reptiles at the Berkshire Botanical Garden! Professor Tom Tyning will have a few live frogs on hand for families to see. He will share with visitors interesting facts about the behaviors and the methods which frogs and turtles use to survive and reproduce. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Saturday, August 27, 2pm-4pm
LITERACY
Lewis Carol’s 1865 novel Alice in Wonderland, and the many film adaptations of the story, remain an important cultural tale to this day. People of all ages can get something out of the story of young Alice falling down the rabbit hole into a fantastical world. You and your family are invited to celebrate this tale, at a Mad Hatter themed tea party at Naumkeag. Participants will will decorate hats, read from the story, have tea and cake with Naumkeag’s very own Mad Hatter. Costumes are encouraged. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Non members $. Members and children <$)

Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. 57 Interlaken Road.
Naumkeag. 5 Prospect Hill.
Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.

TYRINGHAM

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

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.

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Friday, August 12, 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,” including the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Triplex Cinema. 70 Railroad Street.
Lake Mansfield. 413-528-2810, ext. 30. Lake Mansfield Road.
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.

HOUSATONIC

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Saturday, August 27, 9am-1pm
ART STUDIES/WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Watercolor is an ancient art form which has existed since Egyptian times. Watercolor had a resurgence during the European Renaissance and has been relatively popular ever since. You can learn watercolor painting techniques from teacher Sylvia Foster in this workshop at the Otis Town Hall. Class size is limited. To register call 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 27, 9am-1pm
ART STUDIES/WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Watercolor is an ancient art form which has existed since Egyptian times. Watercolor had a resurgence during the European Renaissance and has been relatively popular ever since. You can learn watercolor painting techniques from teacher Sylvia Foster in this workshop at the Otis Town Hall. Class size is limited. To register call 772-785-6547. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. ($)

Otis Cultural Council
Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Sunday, August 7, 9am-11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including fields, forests, swamps, and abandoned lime quarries. These habitats make Lime Kiln a great place to learn about varieties of local plant and animal species. This event will focus on butterflies and dragonflies and is open to all ages. Bring your favorite field guide and binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent. Call 413-637-0320 to register. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 27, 3pm-5pm
FOOD SCIENCE
What do you do with an abundance of fresh grown food, such as tomatoes and pickles? When you have too much of a particular food item, you can can them to preserve them. Georgia Barberi will be at the Bushnell-Sage Library teaching participants proper canning technique and helpful hints. 413-229-7004. 48 S Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.
Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.
Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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