Berkshire Family Fun: October 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2016

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


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

Thursday, October 27, 6pm
MAGIC/HALLOWEEN
Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, scary stories….and magic! Ed Popielarczk’s performances encourage audience participation and celebrate individual powers of imagination. All ages are welcome to this Halloween themed magical performance at the Adams Free Library. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Library events are free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Adams Free Library at 743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 30, 3:45pm
HALLOWEEN/PARADE
The Adams Lions Club’s annual Halloween Parade for Children has been going on since 1945! Come be a part of a local fall tradition. Children, in costume, are asked to gather at 3:45 pm at the Adams Community Bank Center Street parking lot (across from Big Y). There will be cider for all, and prizes for the best costumes! For more information, visit the Adams Lions Club Facebook page. 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

 

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

Saturday, October 1, 9am-1pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. This special North Adams Farmers Market invites you to bring your dog to the market! Vendors will include animal rescue agencies and animal-themed products. Call 413-664-6180 for more information. To support more local makers, you can also stop by the Fall Foliage Craft Fair on Main Street from 9am-3pm. The farmers’ market will be set up in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot. Intersection of Route 88/Marshall Street/Saint Anthony Drive. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, October 2, 1pm
PARADE/PLACEMAKING
The Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade is a celebration of changing seasons, fall harvest, and community. Attending the parade is a chance to appreciate the natural beauty of New England and the Berkshires. The parade is entering its 61st year. All past grand marshals are welcome to join in the parade. The parade will commence at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot, and conclude on Ashland Street after passing through downtown via Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 2, 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 October 2nd, singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 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 October 9th, Americana/rock and roll guitarist Peter Mulvey will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 10, 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 Columbus 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, October 16, 2pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
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 October 16th, funk rock band the Seratones will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 19, 10am
FIREFIGHTING/AUTOMOBILES
It’s no surprise that little boys and girls want to grow up to become firefighters. Firefighters are local heroes, keeping us safe, not to mention they get to ride around in fire engines! Families with children ages 18 months to five years old are invited to take a four of the North Adams Fire Station, meet a local firefighter, explore the fire engine and learn important safety tips. Registration required. Call 413-664-4821. meet at the Fire Station on American Legion Drive. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 31, 6pm-8pm
HALLOWEEN/PARANORMAL
Tours at Houghton Mansion combine historic learning with spooky ghost tales! Participants ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The mansion will be holding tours every Sunday in October and November in addition to Halloween night. 413-358-5239. 172 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (<$)

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, October 1, 8am
FITNESS/PLACEMAKING
Competitive running events don’t have to be about competition. Sometimes they can just be a way to exercise as a family, or as a community, and to explore new terrain. The first-ever 5K Trailblazer Run at the Clark Art Institute is a great way to explore the Clark’s campus trails and the interconnected trails maintained by the town of Williamstown. This event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. This event is also a way to take a closer look at Stone Hill, the focus of the Clark’s current exhibition: Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, open through October 10, 2016. To register call Berkshire Running Center at 413 344 4472. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$; ages ten and under FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 10am-1pm
PLACEMAKING/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. Now, a symposium at the museum will provide further opportunity to consider the connection between artwork and a strong connection to place. Keynote speaker Michael Goven, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), will discuss the role of place in art, literature, philosophy, cultural geography, and environmentalism. Speakers from various disciplines and backgrounds will discuss the topic. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 12am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FESTIVAL
Fall festivals are a local tradition which can connect you to your town as well as New England history. The Williamstown Fall Festival will feature educational, hands-on activities including traditional shake-splitting and a cross-cut saw competition. The event, held at the 2600 acre Hopkins Forest, will also have music, apple butter and cider production, refreshments, a canopy walkway, an active honey bee hive, and children’s activities including a crafts table. For more information call 413-597-4353. Hopkins Forest. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 2, 11am-2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Clark Art Institute Family Day invites people of all ages to come appreciate artwork on display, as well as making artwork of their own. Family Day offers tons of free activities in addition to touring the collection and current exhibit, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill. There will also be poetry readings, eco art-making projects, dancing, and music. The event also marks the return of Kite Day, a Williamstown tradition. Bring a kite to fly on Stone Hill. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 4, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES/LEGAL STUDIES
Art history encompasses many sub topics, including the issue of provenance, meaning the artwork’s place of origin. Art historians trace artworks’ geographic histories and various ways in which they make their way from one owner to the next. In addition to ownership, art history covers issues of authorship. Martha Buskirk will be discussing these topics in her lecture, “The Convenient Fiction of Authorship (On the Interwined Fortunes of Art and Copyright),” at the Clark Art Institute. The lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 7, 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)

Saturday, October 8, 10am
ARCHITECTURE/FOLIAGE WALK
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 tour the award-winning Folly guest house. On this guided walk of the farm you will also be able to see the brilliant colors of fall foliage. For information call the Trustees at 413 458-3135. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (Non members <$; Members FREE)

Saturday, October 8, 2pm; Sunday, October 9, 12:30pm
FILM STUDIES/FAMILY FILM
The 2016 animated film Kubo and the Two Strings (Rated PG) is an action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. The kindhearted Kubo tells enchanting stories to the people of his seaside town, and accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past and must flee and battle gods and monsters. Families are invited to Images Cinema to join Kubo on his journey. Older children and adults may be interested in the stop motion animation style of the film, a cinematic technique which combines movable models with photography. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Friday, October 14, 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)

Saturday, October 15, 11am and 1pm
MUSIC STUDIES/A CAPPELLA
A cappella music, a genre of music consisting of vocals without instrumental accompaniment, has its origins in Jewish and Christian worship songs. A cappella, today, exists in a variety of forms. You can hear a cappella groups from Williams College as they perform for audiences of all ages at the Clark Art Institute. Singers will perform a wide range of musical genres, from popular songs and jazz standards to original compositions. The Ephlats will perform at 11am, The Springstreeters at 1pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 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)

Saturday, October 22, 1pm
DENDROLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Enjoying spending time outside in fall? You can learn to identify trees while exploring the grounds of the Clark Art Institute on this free, guided hike. Grounds manager and horticulturist Matthew Noyes will lead participants, teaching them how to identify trees by their leaves, bark, leaf buds, structure, and texture. Hikers should meet at the Clark Center and are advised to wear shoes appropriate for covering varied terrain. All ages are welcome. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
ART STUDIES/HALLOWEEN
Celebrate Halloween with a supernaturally themed evening of art education at the Clark Art Institute. This event will include live music, ghost stories, and gallery talks. Topics include “The Phantom Image,” “The Real Game of Thrones,” and “Apocalypse and Vision.” This Clark After Hours event is designed for young professionals. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 28, 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)

Saturday, October 29, 11am and 1pm
MUSIC STUDIES/A CAPPELLA
A cappella music, a genre of music consisting of vocals without instrumental accompaniment, has its origins in Jewish and Christian worship songs. A cappella, today, exists in a variety of forms. You can hear a cappella groups from Williams College as they perform for audiences of all ages at the Clark Art Institute. Singers will perform a wide range of musical genres, from popular songs and jazz standards to original compositions. Ephoria will perform at 11am, The Octet at 1pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South 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

 

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

 

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

HINSDALE

 

LEE

Saturday, October 1, 10am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/NATURAL HISTORY
Guided hikes are a great way to learn about local, natural history while taking in the scenery and getting exercise. Basin Pond, which is a beaver pond and wetland area, has a sad history. In 1886 and 1968, attempts to dam the pond led to loss of life and significant property damage. A guide from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will teach you about the history on this interpretive hike. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. From the intersection of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee (at exit 2 of the Mass Pike), drive east on Rt 20 for 4 miles, turn left on Becket Rd (across from LuJohn’s Auction Gallery). Drive uphill 0.3 mile to the BNRC sign/parking area for Basin Pond, on the left; or a little further up the road is a bigger parking area. Call 413-499-0596 to register. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 11am-1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Theater performances can be a nice break from the ordinary for families looking for entertainment. Nutshellapalooza at Spectrum Playhouse, part of the Families First performance series, is a show which features original music, puppets and clownerie! Some memorable characters include , the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, October 22, 7pm-8pm
FAMILY THEATER
This Broadway Cabaret Series “The Villains” explores characters you love to hate! Featuring some of Berkshire County’s most talented musical theater performers, this family friendly showing at the Spectrum Playhouse is a great addition to your weekend. Kids and adults with an interest in music and acting should come out and get inspired. Refreshments will be available. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (<$)

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

Saturday, October 1,
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! Paddling trips, self-guided tours, and craft projects will allow people of all ages to connect with their community through a greater sense of place. 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, October 1, 11:30am-12:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Tanglewood is an historic music venue, as well as the location for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer academy for advanced musical study. As such, it has a rich musical history. You can join a BSO guide for a tour of the Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and Ozawa Hall. This half mile tour will take approximately one hour. Call 617-638-9390 to register. 297 West Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 2pm-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Lenox Historical Commission was formed to protect historic documents and educate community members about their historical heritage. Lucy Kennedy of the commission will be teaching citizens about their heritage through highlighting historic buildings. Join her on a one mile walk and learn about the historic development of the town. Email lenoxhistory@gmail.com to register. Meet at Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 7pm-9pm
STEM/ASTRONOMY
One great thing about the earlier sunsets of fall and winter is that those longer nights means more time for exploring the night sky. Amateur astronomer Rick Costello will be at the Lenox Library with his 16 inch reflecting telescope. Attendees are invited to an informative lecture, “Our place in the stars,” in the Welles Gallery, followed by an outdoor participatory viewing. Check for planets, stars, and the Orion Nebula. All ages are welcome. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 5, 5pm-6:30pm
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. (<$)

Friday, October 7, 5:45pm and 7pm
PARANORMAL/HISTORY
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 8, 7pm
THEATER/HISTORY
Before television, video games, and the internet, people of all ages turned to radio for entertainment. Today, you may primarily think of radio as something to listen to in the car, but without other forms of media, families would gather around the radio listening to stories as well as news. This show at Ventfort Hall, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band, will consist of classic sound effects and a real 1930 radio script performed by four actors playing seven parts. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (Adults $; Children under 12 <$)

Wednesday, October 12, 5pm-6:30pm
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, October 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
In addition to being a well-respected novelist, Edith Wharton wrote several works on topics ranging from architecture and interior design, to travel. As part of the Literary Roundtable series at The Mount, you can attend this discussion on Wharton’s travel writing. A museum interpreter will present, “A Connoisseur Abroad: The Travel Writings of Edith Wharton.” This lecture is free with museum admission. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($; 18 and under FREE)

Friday, October 14, 5:45pm and 7pm
PARANORMAL/HISTORY
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-4pm
ART STUDIES/NATURE STUDIES
Nature has been a form of inspiration for artists all throughout the history of artwork. Nature photography allows you to capture your experiences in nature for further contemplation. You can see excellent nature photography from Mass Audubon’s 2015 photography contest “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” on exhibit in the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The exhibit will be on display through October 30., 2016. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 2pm-3pm
POETRY/ART STUDIES
Visual art is one form of inspiration for the written word. This poetry reading at The Mount will focus on poetry inspired by sculpture. SculptureNow artist Murray Dewart is the editor of the book, Poems About Sculpture, and she will be leading this reading. Listen as materials such as clay, wood, glass, marble, granite, and bronze are reflected and transformed by lines of verse. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Thursday, October 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton wrote numerous ghost stories and murder tales. Wharton was fascinated by the murder case of Lizzie Borden, a Fall River woman accused of murdering her parents. Adults not put off by macabre subjects may be interested in learning more about the local history of this trial as well as the literature it spurned. As part of the Literary Roundtable series at The Mount, you can listen as a museum interpreter leads the discussion, “A Taste for the Macabre: Edith Wharton and Lizzie Borden.” This lecture is free with museum admission. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($; 18 and under FREE)

Friday, October 21, 5:45pm and 7pm
PARANORMAL/HISTORY
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 22, 12:30pm-4pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Volunteering connects people to place and each other through shared values and interests. Volunteers who enjoy spending time out doors are invited to participate in Volunteer Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Take in the beautiful views as you help care for the native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. There are a variety of projects to be done. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Registration requested. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, October 27, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Halloween can be an educational holiday, intersecting with topics such as local history and literature. You can celebrate Halloween early by attending this final Literary Roundtable event of the season at The Mount. A museum interpreter will lead the lecture and discussion, “An Agony of Terror: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton.” This program is free with museum admission. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($; 18 and under FREE)

Friday, October 28, 5:45pm and 7pm
PARANORMAL/HISTORY
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 29, 7pm-12am
PARANORMAL/HALLOWEEN
Do you believe in ghosts? Come learn about them from an expert paranormal researcher. Josh Mantello is the founder of Berkshire Paranormal, and the Paranormal Events Coordinator to the Haunted Houghton Mansion. He will be giving a presentation and conducting a ghost hunt at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are limited. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Monday, October 31, 5pm
HALLOWEEN/PARADE
The Lenox Rag Shag Parade begins at St. Ann’s at 5pm, heading through town and arriving at the Lenox Community Center where goodies will be passed out. Trick or Treat in Lenox will take place after the parade, from 5:30 to 7pm. 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, October 1, 12am-11pm
DANCE/CULTURE STUDIES
You can celebrate diversity through dance, performance, art, cuisine and more at the Harvest of Hope festival and dance party! One goal of this event is to create a greater sense of unity through the catalyst of creativity. Community members will come together to share and enjoy storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. Events will take place on The Common and at The Whitney Center for the Arts.. 413-841-0298. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, October 1, 12pm-6pm
PLACEMAKING/PARENT’S DAY OUT
Brewing beer is a culinary art. Locally made craft beers are often unique to a particular area. The 9th Annual Berktoberfest is an opportunity to support local businesses by trying local craft beers. This event also supports local charitable organizations, Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House. McKay Street Lot. Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 1, 1pm-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY/SHAKER STUDIES
The Shaker Trail in Hancock Massachusetts is a spiritual “feast ground” for the Shaker community, and a resource for historical learning about both the town and the Shakers. You can participate in a moderately difficult hike of significant sites including remains of mill sites, the North Family dwelling site (active from 1821-1867), and the summit of the mountain, where the Shakers held special celebratory services in the mid-19th century. Call 413-443-0188 x-0 to register. Meet at the Hancock Shaker Village Visitor Center/ticket desk. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 6pm-7pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
There are dozens upon dozens of phobias, ranging from the common to the rare, the general to the highly specific. The Berkshire Museum’s exhibit, “Something Scary,” explores fears through artwork of various mediums. The museum provides a family friendly, somewhat wacky exploration of fears and phobias. Adding to the excitement, the museum is offering this flashlight scavenger hunt, an after-hours adventure in the dark museum with the Something Scary exhibition. Add a ticket for the Little Cinema screening of The Goonies at 7 pm. Get ready for the spooky season of autumn with this full night of spooky adventures. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 2,
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! Paddling trips, self-guided tours, and craft projects will allow people of all ages to connect with their community through a greater sense of place. 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, October 8, 10am
HALLOWEEN
Burgeoning cosmetologists, chemists, filmmakers, costume enthusiasts, or simply curious people, are invited to the Berkshire Museum to learn about, and make, high quality costume makeup. Rachel Fedderly will be teaching techniques of applying professional quality spooky makeup just in time for Halloween. This program is included with museum admission. Participation is limited. Call 413.443.7171 x360 to register. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $; 4 to 17 <$; 3 and under FREE)

Friday, October 14, 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. (<$)

Friday, October 14, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/DANCE STUDIES
West African drum and dance combines percussive instruments with choreographed movement. This is a highly collaborative art form. The 7th annual Berkshire Drum and Dance Festival will bring together over 75 drumming artists to captivate audiences. Proceeds from this event benefit t the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Doors open at 6pm for the Tamarack Hollow Trading world marketplace, silent auction, nature info displays and showing of the Tamarack Hollow video in the theater. Berkshire Community College. Boland Theater. Pittsfield, Ma. (DONATION)

Friday, October 21, 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. (<$)

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm-8pm
HORTICULTURE/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
You can participate in a citizen scientist project, while maintaining a local park, at “Weeding Wednesday!” Participants will weed, water, measure growth rates, and engage in general orchard maintenance at Springside Park Chestnut Seed Orchard needed. No experience is necessary to participate. This project will help restore resilient chestnut trees to the forests of Massachusetts. For more information, call 508-667-9685. Benedict Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
Robert Hite is a painter, sculptor, and photographer, and much of his work includes elements of all three artistic mediums. His exhibition, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, was recently on view at the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum. Now, Robert Hite will be present at the Berkshire Museum during a screening of town films about his life and work. Little Corn follows Hite during a trip to Central America, while Living on Earth documents his preparations for this summer’s dual museum exhibitions. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, October 28, 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. (<$)

Friday, October 28, 7pm
HALLOWEEN/PARADE
Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. Pittsfield Parks and Recreation will be hosting this costumed parade on Tyler Street. Watch the procession of spooky, silly, and creative costumes and dress as your favorite character. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 10am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/HALLOWEEN
This year, combine your Halloween celebration with community engagement and possibly even some historical education! Visit Hancock Shaker Village for trick-or-treating, fortune-telling, and ghost stories. Costumes are welcome but no masks, please. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly celebration. All activities are included in general admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $; 13 through 17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 12:30pm-4pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Volunteering connects people to place and each other through shared values and interests. Volunteers who enjoy spending time out doors are invited to participate in Volunteer Day at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Take in the beautiful views as you help care for the community gardens and wildlife sanctuary. There are a variety of projects to be done including meadow restoration and fall garden clean up. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Registration requested. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 29, 6pm-7pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
There are dozens upon dozens of phobias, ranging from the common to the rare, the general to the highly specific. The Berkshire Museum’s exhibit, “Something Scary,” explores fears through artwork of various mediums. The museum provides a family friendly, somewhat wacky exploration of fears and phobias. Adding to the excitement, the museum is offering this flashlight scavenger hunt, an after-hours adventure in the dark museum with the Something Scary exhibition. Add a ticket for the Little Cinema screening of The Goonies at 7 pm. Get ready for the spooky season of autumn with this full night of spooky adventures. 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

 

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, October 1, 4pm
HISTORY/GUIDED WALK
Accompanying fall’s spook-filled Halloween celebrations come opportunities to explore and learn about cemeteries and graveyards across western Massachusetts. Filled with stone markers that chronicle a community’s history, local cemeteries can provide visitors with a look deep into the past. The Stockbridge Library will be leading this cemetery walk, “Stories of Church Street: Home to Both Famous and Memorable.” Learn about local history through a personal lens of known and unknown local figures. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 1, 4pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/CULINARY ARTS
Cider pressing is a fun seasonal activity which connects families to local food culture and New England history. You can visit the the 100-year- old apple orchard at Naumkeag and make your own fresh batch of cider, while also enjoying live music and activities for all ages. For more information, call 413.298.3239 x3008. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 6, 2pm
ART HISTORY
In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art.The exhibit, Build a Better Baby Carriage at the Norman Rockwell Museum features original three-dimensional artworks inspired by Rockwell’s first Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. The exhibit is on view through October 30, 2016. Adult visitors are invited to explore the historic property of the museum, while enjoying a guided talk about this outdoor exhibit. The event is free for museum members, or included with museum admission. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183). Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Friday, October 7, 2:30pm
ART STUDIES/HISTORY
Personal accounts of significant events are primary sources, providing a uniquely personal insight into events that may be of interest. Art historians and fans of Norman Rockwell’s paintings may be interested in this opportunity to meet some of Rockwell’s former models at the Norman Rockwell Museum. They will share their personal experiences and audiences will find out what it was like to pose for America’s favorite illustrator. 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, October 8, 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 9, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest festivals celebrate the bounty of fall. Combined with tag sales, they can be opportunities for collaborative consumption as well as placemaking. The 82nd annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival will feature family fun, great food, local craft vendors, a farmers market, giant tag sales and so much more. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Garden’s education program. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$; Children under 12 and members FREE)

Monday, October 10,
LOCAL HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES
This Columbus Day, engage with local history by visiting a historic site! Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield will offer free visitation for Massachusetts residents. Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be offering free tours for Massachusetts residents. Sheffield and Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 2pm
ART HISTORY
In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art.The exhibit, Build a Better Baby Carriage at the Norman Rockwell Museum features original three-dimensional artworks inspired by Rockwell’s first Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. The exhibit is on view through October 30, 2016. Adult visitors are invited to explore the historic property of the museum, while enjoying a guided talk about this outdoor exhibit. The event is free for museum members, or included with museum admission. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183). Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Friday, October 14, 2:30pm
ART STUDIES
Visual artists can use their talent for still works, animations, graphic novels, cartoons and more. Norman Rockwell became famous as a result of his illustrated Saturday Evening Post covers and his paintings. He also had a unique sense of humor, which is the topic of this adult program run by Curator of Education Tom Daly. Daly will enlighten visitors about Rockwell’s adventures in illustration. This program is free with museum admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 5pm-7:30pm; Friday, October 21, 5pm-7:30pm
GUIDED WALK
Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 5pm-7:30pm
GUIDED WALK
Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 2pm
ART HISTORY
In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art.The exhibit, Build a Better Baby Carriage at the Norman Rockwell Museum features original three-dimensional artworks inspired by Rockwell’s first Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. The exhibit is on view through October 30, 2016. Adult visitors are invited to explore the historic property of the museum, while enjoying a guided talk about this outdoor exhibit. The event is free for museum members, or included with museum admission. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183). Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Thursday, October 27, 5pm-6pm
CEMETERY STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY
The Stockbridge Cemetery is the burial site for well-known figures such as artist Norman Rockwell and Elizabeth Freeman, a woman who set a legal precedent when she was fought for freedom from slavery based on the U.S. Constitution. Norman Rockwell Museum. Curator of Education, Tom Daly will be leading this walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery. Attend to learn more about local history. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall. 413-298-4100. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (<$; Museum members and children 12 and under FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm-9:30pm
HAUNTED HOUSE
Supernatural stories of ghosts or witches sometimes stem from real historical events, and can add to our understanding of our communities. New England is popular fall destination, the perfect time and place to explore cemeteries and other historic spaces. Naumkeag will be offering a haunted house adventure in their carriage house, meant to thrill visitors through spooky, scary sights. For more information please call 413.298.3239×3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Members $; Non members $$)

Friday, October 28, 6pm
PUMPKIN WALK
Pumpkin carving is an all ages activity which allows for the whole family to flex their creativity and learn about the seasons. Younger kids can decorate their pumpkins with markers rather than by carving. If you want to show off your pumpkin carving skills, you can participate in the 6th annual Pumpkin Walk-About. Drop off your Jack O’Lantern at the Stockbridge Library between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. You can celebrate Halloween with a parade and party, including spooky stories. Check out the pumpkins carved by your neighbors and local business members. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 29, 11am-2pm
ART HISTORY/SCULPTURE
Chesterwood is the Stockbridge estate once home to Daniel Chester French – the sculptor who created the Lincoln Memorial. Chesterwood offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions, its permanent collections include works that speak to the sculptural genius of Daniel Chester French. All are invited to this program, celebrating the centennial anniversary of French’s final plaster model of Abraham Lincoln for the seated figure of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Visitors can view French’s studio and his model of Lincoln! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (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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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

 

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Wednesday, October 5, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PLAYGROUP
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 10am-2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The invention of automobiles and other forms of transportation have transformed our landscape in ways which can be difficult to imagine. On a Fall Foliage Wagon Ride at Bartholomew’s Cobble, you will get to experience an earlier mode of travel, while learning about the local history of Native Americans and white settlers, as well as the natural history of the property. Admire the fall foliage from on top of a wagon! 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Non members $; Members <$; Kids FREE)

Monday, October 10,
LOCAL HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES
This Columbus Day, engage with local history by visiting a historic site! Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield will offer free visitation for Massachusetts residents. Naumkeag in Stockbridge will be offering free tours for Massachusetts residents. Sheffield and Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 12, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PLAYGROUP
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 2pm-4pm
PHOTOGRAPHY/NATURE
Have you been thinking about improving your photography skills? Before you run out and buy an expensive camera, see what you can do with what you already have. Bring your smartphone and a seasoned photographer will show you the best settings, techniques, and apps to capture the rocky terrain of Bartholomew’s Cobble. Photography can be a great metaphor for attitude and personality. Two people can capture the same image with a completely different focus, even creating different moods from the same scene. See what your creative lens reveals. 413-298-3239 x 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, October 19, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PLAYGROUP
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PLAYGROUP
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. 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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