Berkshire Family Fun: September 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
September 2016

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

Tuesday, September 27, 6pm
MINDFULNESS/DRAWING
Coloring books provide guidance, allowing people to focus on the creative decisions of color choice and shading without worrying about what to draw. Partly for this reason, adult coloring books have gained popularity as a tool for relaxation. The Adams Free Library will be providing a space for adult coloring. The Library has purchased a small supply of coloring pages and pencils for your use or you can bring your own favorites. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

Wednesday September 14th 6pm
ECOLOGY
Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow & Summit Walk, Bascom Lodge & Mt Greylock Summit. Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal Spruce-Fir forests on a short plant/tree ID summit walk concluding with a narrated slideshow with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder/director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for info. FREE thanks to a Northern Berkshire Cultural Council Grant. Stay for dinner after at the Bascom lodge-visit http://www.bascomlodge.net for info. Visit http://www.tamarackhollow.com or http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org for more info.

Friday, September 16, 10am
AGRICULTURE/PICK YOUR OWN
Picking your own apples as a family helps kids make connections between their food and where it comes from. Staff from the Family Center invite you to join them for apple picking in Lakeview Orchard. Each registered child ages 2 to 5 years old will receive a bag to fill with apples. Space is limited. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 94 Old Cheshire Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 1pm-2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/GUIDED HIKE
The 1930s were a time of significant building for wilderness parks, when the government created many spaces for public recreation. You can learn about this natural trend on a local level, by participating in a guided hike at Mt. Greylock. Meet on the summit in front of Bascom Lodge where Jude Stull, from Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation and Peter Dudek, from Bascom Lodge, will discuss the natural habitat and historic structures. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, 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

Sunday, September 4, 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 September 4th, Bella’s Bartok will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 5, 10am-4pm
HISTORY/INFRASTRUCTURE
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum will be offering train rides at 10:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00 on Labor Day. See the Berkshires and experience a vintage 1955 Rail Diesel Car. An interest in trains can be a launching point for learning about engineering as well as history. 413-637-2210. 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams MA. ($. Under 12 <$. Under four FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 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 September 11th, Olive Tiger will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm-8pm
PARENTING
The first year of a baby’s life is full of learning. For new parents, it’s no different. Women in their last trimester of pregnancy, and/or their partners, are invited to Child Care of the Berkshires for a baby care workshop. Participants will receive a baby box with tons of newborn necessities. Call the Family Center at 413-664-4821 to reserve a spot. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 18, 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 September 18th, rock trio Brooklyn-based folk collective M Shanghai will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 23, 9am-4pm; Saturday, September 24, 9am-4pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/BOOK SALE
Fans of public libraries know the joy of sharing knowledge in the form of free, borrowed books. Sometimes, though, it can be nice to own a book. You may want to lend it to friends, annotate it, or read it again years later. You can purchase books, and other items, while still supporting your public library. Come to the North Adams Public Library Book Sale and search through paper and hardback books, books on CD, DVDs, children’s books, and religious books, all moderately priced. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 1pm-5pm
WELLNESS
Like any other illness, mental or physical, substance abuse causes heartbreak and strife for numerous families. Entire communities are affected when widespread problems remain untreated. The harmful stigma around substance abuse makes it difficult for individuals and families to seek help. For national recovery month, you can make a difference by participating in the Voices for Recovery Rally, Walk and Vigil. For more information visit the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition website or call 413-663-7588. Noel Field. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 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 September 25th, indie folk group DuPont Brothers will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 29, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Artwork benefits people of all ages and can bring people together from across communities. Budding artists and creative people can gather inspiration at the final DownStreet Art night of the 2016 season! Galleries across downtown North Adams will be open to the public and in some cases artists may be present. Pop up galleries will also be installed in other venues, giving visitors the chance to explore even further. Downtown. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FOLIAGE
Do your children like parades? How would they like to participate in one? The annual children’s parade in North Adams invites children to make costumes and walk together in a parade. This year’s theme is “Salute to National Parks and Monuments”. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 2. Groups should consist of 10 or less children. 413-346-7196. Main Street. 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

Saturday, September 3, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER MUSIC
Lyricless music is free to be filled in with various meanings. Composer Charles Ives often drew upon specific memories and emotional experiences, and wrote music to capture these. You can hear his famous Piano Sonata No. 2, rearranged for winds, at the Clark Art Institute. The program will also include compositions by Elliott Carter and Antonín Dvořák, performed by players of The Orchestra Now and Juilliard. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10:30am
GEOLOGY/GUIDED HIKE
Many local nature sites are great resources for geological learning. Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus will be leading a guided hike of Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute. Participants will learn about the area’s 500-million-year geologic history, while taking in the current landscape. This program is free with museum admission. For more geological adventures, check out our post, 4 Outdoor Adventures for Exploring Geology and Local History. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE )

Saturday, September 10, 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)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm; Sunday, September 11, 12:30pm
FAMILY FILM
Going to the movies can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family and older children can look for themes and morals in the narratives. The 2015 film Phantom Boy (rated PG) uses spectacular animation to depict the adventures of Leo. Leo has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city of New York as a ghostly figure. Parents and kids alike will appreciate this film which draws upon film noir cinema to create an impressive visual experience. Images Cinema. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Monday, September 12, 8pm
LITERACY/CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is a reality we must all face and grapple with, and sometimes the first step is a greater understanding of the phenomenon through education. Elizabeth Kolbert is author of the Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, about the future of planet Earth and the possibility of human extinction. Her book talk will offer the opportunity to learn about writing, Earth science, geology, natural history, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Please reserve tickets online at the “The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance page of the Williams College website. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 23, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES
You can learn about art history through the perspectives of several experts at the symposium: “Whose Nudes? Painting, Collecting, Displaying the Body in Early Modern Europe.” Open to the public, this series of talks at the Clark Art Institute is perfect for lifelong learners who want to become more knowledgable on the topic of early modern European paintings. This program is free with the cost of museum admission and is held in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition, Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; Members, 18 and younger, students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 10:30am
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/ART STUDIES
The Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, honors the natural beauty of the land surrounding the museum. The Clark is set within 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails. You can explore stone hill through a guided walk, as well as a visit to the exhibit. Hike leaders will discuss landscape architecture and design, as well as sustainability efforts at the Clark. The moderate hike is open to all ages; participants should wear shoes appropriate for varied terrain. Meet at the entrance of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus. Free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; members, 18 and under, and students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 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, September 25, 3pm
ART STUDIES/MYTHOLOGY
Mythology, explanatory tales full of cultural lessons, appear across the globe in all cultures. These stories often feature gods and goddesses with human qualities, giving narrative explanations for the way the world operates. In addition to mythological storytelling and writing, myths appear in all art forms.You can learn more by attending this lecture, led by Scholars of Northern European art Larry Silver and Aneta Georgievska-Shine at the Clark Art Institute. Each scholar will present their own lecture on the mythological paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. Both lectures are free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; members, 18 and under, and students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 2pm and 11pm
FILM STUDIES/HISTORY
The local, community-supported theater Images Cinema is celebrating its 100th anniversary! This year, the cinema will be participating in the nationwide event, Art House Theater Day with two special screenings. At 2pm, you can come to a family matinee of the animated film, A Town Called Panic: The Specials. Or you can attend a late-night screening of the recently restored cult classic Phantasm. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Friday, September 30, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
While some people lament the shorter days of fall and winter, longer nights provide more chances to learn about astronomy through observations of the night sky! The Old Hopkins Observatory and planetarium at Williams College are rich resources for learning about astronomy, as well as the history of the topic. 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. Astronomy students at the College will host this free show, open to the public. Attendees will learn about topics such as retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, and more. 413-597-2188. Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (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, September 17, 10am-1pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
You can learn a great deal about natural history and ecology through careful observation of bodies of water. You can participate in a hike which will begin at Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and continue through Notchview Reservation and Windsor Jambs State Forest. Along the way, participants will learn about ecology through observation of the drowned lands watershed, streams and beaver pond. Call 413-522-1505 to register. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 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
Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

DALTON

Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/LOCAL HISTORY
Old mills are historic structures built into the natural and economic structure of communities. You can learn about an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill, on this walk along the East Branch of the Housatonic River. Dennis Regan, from the Housatonic Valley Association will run this program. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a drink and snack for this approximately 3 hour, 3 mile hike. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Meet at the Old Mill Trail along the Housatonic River at the junction of Old Dalton Road. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

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

HINSDALE

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/HISTORY
Textile and paper mills are a part of local and agricultural history. You can learn about the thriving woolen mill operation on the East Branch of the Housatonic River on a guided, three mile hike. This program is suitable for families. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink and snack. Walk goes rain or shine. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Old Mill Trail. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)

LEE

Friday, September 23, 1:30pm-7:30pm
ART STUDIES/CONTEMPORARY
Visual art exhibitions connect people to their community through the work of local artists, and teach community members about the work of contemporary visual artists. You can see work from multiple artists at the Good Purpose Gallery opening of a new exhibition. This exhibition will feature the work of artists from the Richmond West Stockbridge Artists Guild. See contemporary work done in various mediums including fiber art, photographs, watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, encaustics, collages, mixed media, stained glass, ceramics and sculpture. 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

Wednesday, September 7, 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 acoustic blues songs by Big and Bigger. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 9:30am
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Invasive plant species thrive and spread to a degree that they begin to do harm to the biodiversity of their habitat. These species can be harmful to human health, or dominate an ecosystem in a dangerous way. Hardy Kiwi is a locally invasive species which kills all other vegetation as it spreads. You can help remove Hardy Kiwi from Kennedy Park, in the area between the West Dugway parking lot and the Arcadian Shop and along the Log Hop trail. Bring gloves, comfortable shoes, water, and snacks–also, best to dress in a way to discourage ticks. 413-637-5500. 275 Main Street, Lenox, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Wednesday, September 14, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Do you love to watch birds? Can you name some of the species that are frequently found visiting backyard bird-feeders? Would you like to know more, or to simply enjoy some time connecting to nature? Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. Jonathan Pierce, caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, will run this weekly bird walk for adults. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm
ECOLOGY/HISTORY
The landscape of the Berkshires has undergone massive changes, largely due to human activity. Come to this program, “From Iron Ore to Orioles,” to learn about how 18th and 19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries impacting the land. Educators will explain the impact these industries had on forests and wildlife. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm; Sunday, September 18, 9am-12pm;
Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm; Sunday, September 25, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
This September and October, Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more! On September 17th, you can learn about the history of the Berkshire through the lens of 18th and 19th century industries such as charcoal, lime, glass and iron. Attendees will travel together to lime and charcoal making sites at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more information. Registration is required. Email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320. Lenox and Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
ECOLOGY/HISTORY
The landscape of the Berkshires has undergone massive changes, largely due to human activity. Come to this program, “From Iron Ore to Orioles,” to learn about how 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries impacting the land. Educators will explain the impact these industries had on forests and wildlife. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 28, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Do you love to watch birds? Can you name some of the species that are frequently found visiting backyard birdfeeders? Would you like to know more, or to simply enjoy some time connecting to nature? Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. The caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will run this weely bird walk for adults. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

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

Saturday, September 3, 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 ($$)

Thursday, September 15, 10am-12pm
GENEALOGY
Genealogy is a topic which connects people to their personal heritage, as well as national and cultural history. It also requires a degree of technological and research skills. This four part beginner workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum will cover various research topics in the realm of genealogy. The first meeting will help participants organize their familial information and glean facts from the census. Workshops take place September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. Registration is required and space is limited. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 5pm-8pm
PSYCHOLOGY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
There are dozens upon dozens of phobias, ranging from the common to the rare, the general to the highly specific. A new exhibition at the Berkshire Museum will explore fears through artwork of various mediums. Get ready for the spooky season of autumn by checking out this exhibition, on view from September 15 through October 31, 2016. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; Museum members FREE; Ages 3 and under FREE)

Friday, September 16, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
You can bird watch year-round, but Spring and Fall are the best times to learn about migrating birds. You can learn to identify newly arrived wood-warblers during this guided nature walk. These birds are small, but many of them are bright and colorful, making them relatively easy to spot. Learn about local ecology while enjoying a walk around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Come each week to observe changes in bird species. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm; Sunday, September 18, 9am-12pm;
Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm; Sunday, September 25, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
This September and October, Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more! On September 17th, you can learn about the history of the Berkshire through the lens of 18th and 19th century industries such as charcoal, lime, glass and iron. Attendees will travel together to lime and charcoal making sites at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more information. Registration is required. Email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320. Lenox and Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 10am-11am
LOCAL HISTORY/THEATER
The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield is an historic and world-class structure. This theatre, movie house, and National Historic Treasure was built in 1903, later restored and reopened in 2006. Learn more about a gilded age structure and the role it has played in the culture of Pittsfield on this one hour tour. Call 413-448-8084 ext.31 to register. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 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 rebuilt by their imagination. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7). Pittsfield, MA. ($ Adults; <$ Children under 18; Members and children under 3 FREE)

Friday, September 23, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
You can bird watch year-round, but Spring and Fall are the best times to learn about migrating birds. Participants will learn to identify newly arrived wood-warblers during this guided nature walk. Wood-warblers are small, but many of them are bright and colorful, making them relatively easy to spot. Learn about local ecology while enjoying a walk around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Come each week to observe changes in bird species. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 23, 2pm-3:30pm
COMEDY/HISTORY
Much has been said about the philosophy behind comedy and what makes something funny. Carol Burnett famously stated, “comedy is tragedy plus time.” But what we consider funny, and the kind of humor which appears in media, differs over time and across cultures. You can learn about the history of comedy at the Berkshire Museum series, “A Serious Look at 20th Century Comedy.” Fridays through October 28 (no session October 7), learn about the impact of silent film, radio, and early television through video clips, photos, illustrations and discussion. Drop-ins welcome, no registration required. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 24, 11am; Sunday, September 25, 11:30am
FIBER ARTS/HISTORY
Quilting is undeniably an impressive art form requiring patience, planning, and fine motor skills. It can also be an entry point for learning math, since quilting requires basic geometric concepts. Further, you can learn about history through a lens of fiber arts by studying quilting. The Harvest of Quilts at Hancock Shaker Village will showcase new and antique quilts, while also providing talks and demonstrations. The Harvest of Quilts takes place during the County Fair, which will provide a farmers’ market as well as live music and much more. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for more information. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($; ages 13 to 17 <$; members and children under 12 FREE)

Wednesday, September 28, 5pm-6:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Grassland birds including bluebirds, boblinks, and meadowlarks, are in need of conservation action. These birds thrive in large fields. Mass Audubon has developed a habitat improvement plan to help these birds at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. You are invited to a presentation and tour to learn more about the plan. Friends and family welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
You can bird watch year-round, but Spring and Fall are the best times to learn about migrating birds. You can learn to identify newly arrived wood-warblers during this guided nature walk. These birds are small, but many of them are bright and colorful, making them relatively easy to spot. Learn about local ecology while enjoying a walk around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Come each week to observe changes in bird species. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 2pm-3:30pm
COMEDY/HISTORY
Much has been said about the philosophy behind comedy and what makes something funny.Carol Burnett famously stated, “comedy is tragedy plus time.” But what we consider funny, and the kind of humor which appears in media, differs over time and across cultures. You can learn about the history of comedy at the Berkshire Museum series, “A Serious Look at 20th Century Comedy.” Fridays through October 28 (no session October 7), learn about the impact of silent film, radio, and early television through video clips, photos, illustrations and discussion. Drop-ins welcome, no registration required. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

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

Saturday, September 24, 1pm-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY/SCHOOLHOUSE
Historic one-room schoolhouses provide a lens into the history of American education. You can learn about local history on a walking tour with Gloria Morse of the Richmond Historical Society. You will see historic structures of the area including the former Branch Tavern, once a popular 18th and 19th century stopover on the stagecoach route. Meet at the Richmond schoolhouse. 981 Summit Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, September 3, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY STUDIES
Autumn is “back to school” season and the perfect time to learn about a local history that is rich in education. The town of Stockbridge has been home to a large number of schools and teachers. You can come to a cemetery walk to learn about the town’s history through the life stories of its educators. For more information, please contact the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives at 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Wednesday, September 7, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesdays, September 7th through September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Thursday, September 8, 2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. During this adult program, visitors are invited to explore the entire campus, learn about the historic buildings onsite, and enjoy the museum’s outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10am
IMMIGRATION STUDIES
Attending a naturalization ceremony is a great way to learn about modern immigration, through a personal lens. The Norman Rockwell Museum will be hosting a naturalization ceremony for Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world! Meet people from various cultures and nations in a celebration of new citizens. Check out the museum’s collection for further learning about American culture and history through art. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 3pm
ART STUDIES/POLITICAL HISTORY
Political cartoons are an art form which can have a real social impact. Opening September 10th, the exhibition “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The show’s curator will offer will gallery tours exploring Nast’s imagery and impact. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesdays through September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum. is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. During this adult program, visitors are invited to explore the entire campus, learn about the historic buildings onsite, and enjoy the museum’s outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Kayaking and canoeing are hobbies which combine fitness with ecological learning. Paddle trips allow you to see familiar spaces from a new vantage point- on the river! Beginners, and families with children six and older, are invited to a 5 mile guided Housatonic River paddle trip through Stockbridge. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more information. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

 

Wednesday, September 21, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesdays through September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Wednesday, September 28, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesday September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Thursday, September 29, 2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum
is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. During this adult program, visitors are invited to explore the entire campus, learn about the historic buildings onsite, and enjoy the museum’s outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission
413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

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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Tuesday, September 6, 6pm
ART STUDIES
Artist talks allow fans of the visual arts to connect more deeply with exhibited work, as well as learn some of the techniques the artist uses. Trailing Off, an exhibition of 5 large-scale oil on canvas paintings, will be on display at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock daily through October 6th. You can meet the artist behind this exhibition, Robin Williams, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and faculty at the School of Visual Arts, at her illustrated talk. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 1pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/FOLIAGE
Time spent outdoors is worthwhile and enjoyable for its own sake, but it can also coincide with learning about birds, wildlife, and plants. You can join a group of naturalists for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail. The guides will focus on early signs of fall foliage, encouraging you to look and listen for birds and wildlife, and identify trees and flowers. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. For registration, directions, and information call 413-528-2810 ext. 10. Meet at the gazebo/trailhead located at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road off Route 7. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 8pm
STEM/OPERA
Science Fair is a unique combination of opera and science experiments! This performance was created as a collaboration between an opera singer and science writers and teachers. Learn about scientific concepts such as the solar system, atomic orbitals, molecules of DNA and more through music and wit. This performance takes place in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (DONATION)

Thursday, September 22, 7pm
LITERACY
Poetry is a highly open-ended artistic medium. Poets can write in strict formats such as sonnets, they can forego meter altogether. There is even a form of poetry called “prose poetry.” Attending author talks is one way to become familiar with the frequently shifting trends and many forms of poetry. Jennifer Barber is the author of three books of poetry: Rigging the Wind, Given Away, and her new, Works on Paper. She will be reading from her work at Blodgett House. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. 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

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30pm-8pm
WRITING
Muriel Rukeyser once posed this challenge: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” The Powder Keg Sessions is a women’s writing workshop at the Ramsdell Library, where women come together to share their truths. The workshops are run by Suzi Banks Baum, an author, artist, and mother who teaches classes on nurturing the habit of daily writing. Come see what writing can do for you, and what your writing can do for others. 413- 274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

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

Friday, September 23, 8:45am-3pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/CITIZEN SCIENCE
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors, and like learning about water ecology? Adults and self-directed teens are invited to assist with freshwater mussel research. You will learn about how the drought affects local animals, plants, and the overall brook. Connecticut River Watershed Council leaders will demonstrate freshwater mussel identification and survey techniques. Contact Andy Fisk at afisk@ctriver.org to register and obtain directions. Volunteers have the options of snorkeling and/or wading during the surveys. If planning to snorkel please bring a wet-suit. Snorkeling is recommended only for those that are strong swimmers and comfortable in the water. Bring water shoes, waders, a towel, a lunch, sunblock, and insect repellent. Otis, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Saturday, September 24, 3pm-5pm
ENTOMOLOGY/POLLINATORS
Bees are pollinators. They are vitally important to the survival of humans and other species because they are necessary for the growth of various foods and flowers. You are most likely aware that pollinator insects are on the decline, and that these insects are vitally important to humans and other species. Veteran beekeeper Kenneth Warchol will be sharing his knowledge of the challenges honeybees face in this presentation at the Bushnell-Sage Library. Ken will also have a variety of honeys to sample. 413-229-7004. 48 S Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 9am-11am
GUIDED NATURE WALK
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 “Lime Kiln Through The Seasons” program will focus on fall foliage, including trees and shrubs. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 6pm
CULINARY ARTS
With the weather changing in fall and winter, you may crave different varieties of comfort foods. In addition, different crops thrive in the colder months. Fall is a great time to learn how to make hearty soup. Marco will be at the Bushnell-Sage Library teaching participants how to make butternut squash soup, a delicious and healthy staple for the colder months. Registration required; space is limited. 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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