Suggested Events for October 8th-14th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I love getting the Hilltown Families emails so I can give my parents ideas of where to take my son. The eNewsletter provides me with ideas both for fun and educational activities in which they can take my son to. Grandma, Grandpa and grandson have enjoyed the local museums, parks, libraries, several of which I did not know existed if not for the eNewsletter. In today’s society a lot of grandparents take care of their grandchildren. This eNewsletter is a great resource for ideas, both indoor and outdoor activities. The weekend activities, as well, are great ideas for my husband, son and I to attend.” – Victoria Valenti (Shelburne Falls, MA)

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Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Oct 7

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 7 and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat & Sun including Monday, Oct 10 for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth (ages 2-12) and $3 for child (under age 2). East Windsor, CT.

Oct 14-16

An interactive theater family event is being held Oct 14-16 at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. You and your children can free the world from the great dragon by working with the elves, fairies and dwarves to solve riddles that will give the forest back to its people. This will be a Halloween adventure that you and your family will always remember. Shows depart every 15 minutes for a 45 minute production. Please arrive ready to travel 1/2 mile through Valley View Farm’s grounds and bring a flashlight for the evening shows. Show times are Oct 14 & 15 from 5:30-8:30pm and on Oct 16 from 2-5pm. Food trucks will also be there: Holyoke Hummus, Beets & Barley, GoBerry, Mission Cantina! Buy tickets at farmtheater.com, also at State St and Coopers.

Oct 15

The CT River Valley NEA Big Read of Into the Beautiful North kicks-off with a “Spirit of Place” Community Event at Greenfield Community College on Saturday, October 15, beginning with a 10am performance by two-time GRAMMY winning storyteller/musician, Bill Harley; followed by a morning of placemaking: hands-on learning stations exploring our community’s traditions through art, music, dance, history, and literature. All are welcome at a community meal beginning at 11:45am. Meal and morning events are FREE. An afternoon conference for adults begins at 1pm with a keynote by Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, followed by interdisciplinary panel discussions. The afternoon is “Pay as You Can.” Info or questions: marylyonfoundation@gmail.com

Oct 15

Celebrate fall at the Common School’s Children’s Carnival, Saturday, October 15, from 10am-2pm, at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. Enjoy old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house, and live music. Admission is free; games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. (In the event of rain, the Children’s Carnival will be held indoors at Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street.) Info: mainoffice@commonschool.org or www.commonschool.org.

Oct 16

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 16, at 11 a.m. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus a live birds of prey demo with Tom Ricardi, entertainment for kids, and free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at www.kestreltrust.org

Oct 16

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 16, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

 

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 8-14, 2016

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Join the Funkinships next weekend as our guest DJs and a fun Rivers, Critters, and Pirate Misfits Episode. During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 9 years!

Saturday, October 8, 8am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is a hobby (and a career) which can intersect with a love of nature. If you enjoy art, and spending time outdoors, you can learn techniques from a professional photographer while taking in the natural beauty of Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Photographer and naturalist John Green will teach participants how to use natural lighting and other techniques in photography. He will teach about the ethics of photographing in nature, such as how to avoid disturbing wildlife. Meet at Graves Farm Parking Lot. Bring a tripod if you have one. Registration is required. Call 413-584-3009. Adams Road. Haydenville, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 8, 9am-12pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Give the gift of literacy to your family by purchasing a round of books at the Grace Hall Memorial Library Book and Bake Sale. Your purchases will, in turn, benefit the entire community as you lend your support to your local library. Fall and winter are great times for reading, with more time spent indoors. This year, there will also be Montgomery Town T-shirts for sale. The sale will take place at the Little Red School House on the corner of Pitcher Street and Main Road. 413-862-3894. Montgomery, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, October 8, 9:30am-12:30pm
DENDROLOGY/GEOLOGY
What do rocks and trees have to do with each other? Find out on a three mile hike of Mount Holyoke. You will learn how rocks affect trees, and how you can tell by looking at the trees what kind of rocks you might find near them. This program is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, 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, 10am
HALLOWEEN/MAKE UP ART
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)

Saturday, October 8, 10am-4pm
PUMPKIN FEST
In addition to pumpkin painting, Pumpkin Fest at Look Park will feature bounce houses, carnival games, and live entertainment! Ed Popielarczyk will perform magic, followed by Tom Knight’s puppet show. This event is great for children, who will have a blast playing carnival games. Celebrate fall with other families at this year’s Pumpkin Festival. Ball Field. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 8, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FESTIVAL
The Ashfield Fall Festival will take place up and down Ashfield’s Main Street all weekend – rain or shine. The annual festival offers craft and art exhibits by more than 50 exhibitors, locally-grown and prepared foods, live music and dancing, face-painting and other children’s activities, and book and tag sales. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 8, 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)

Saturday, October 8, 10am-11pm
PLACEMAKING/ART
Celebrate art, music, and local food culture in Holyoke! Next Stop Holyoke on October 7 through October 9, will provide activities for people of all ages. Next Stop Holyoke will connect residents and visitors with the rich culture of Holyoke through tours of historic buildings, an artist marketplace, performances, a community picnic, crafts for kids, more. You can view architectural works of art at Wistariahurst, bring your children to the Children’s Museum, the Holyoke Merry Go Round, or the Volleyball Hall of Fame. For a full schedule of events taking place at these, and other locations, visit the Next Stop Holyoke website. Holyoke, MA. (FREE admission. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, October 8, 11am-6pm
HISTORY/ANTIQUES
Antiques provide historical insight on a highly personal level, teaching us about how people once lived through the everyday objects they used and possessed. 2016 ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show will bring together antique dealers from across the country. Browse fine art and rare objects –from furnishings to carpets to quilts. Admission to the show includes access to the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and the Apprentice’s Workshop at Dwight House. Deerfield Academy Hockey Rink. 413-774-5581. Albany Road. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 8, 12pm-2pm
FOLK ART/SCARECROWS
Scarecrows are an old and practical invention, used to frighten away birds which harm crops. This practical invention has also made a strong cultural impact and led to people creating scarecrows for decorative purposes, particularly in the spooky fall months. You can engage with this local agricultural history and cultural tradition by attending this Scarecrow Stuffing Party! There will also be a bake sale. Call to reserve your scarecrow. 413-863-2116. Unity Park. 56 First Street. Turners Falls, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 8, 12pm-6pm
LOCAL FOOD CULTURE
Food contests give community members, whether they are professional chefs or amateur food enthusiasts, the chance to show off their culinary skills and share their talent! The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival will feature a BBQ contest featuring cooks from all over New England. Guests can sample tons of great barbecue, and hear live blues including the Wildcat O’Halloran Band, B Street Blues, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, Janet Ryan, Blue Devil Bluez, and Blue Cat Groove. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 8, 1pm-3pm
FITNESS/HOCKEY
Do you have a daughter who enjoys rollerblading, biking, or skating? Maybe she would like hockey too! Hockey is a fast-paced, exciting sport combining skating skills with other feats of strength and hand-eye coordination. Girls ages four and up can try hockey, no experience necessary, at Try Hockey for Free Day! Skate rentals will also be provided. Bring winter gloves and a bicycle or hockey helmet. You can register in advance online. For more information, contact Karen Skolfield at skolfield@engin.umass.edu. UMass Mullins Center Community Rink. Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 8, 1:30pm
WRITING/PUBLISHING
Self publishing is currently on the rise, and there are many appealing reasons why a writer would want to publish independently. Independent publishing allows authors to control creative aspects of their work which would otherwise be altered by the publishing company. The Forbes Library will be hosting a mixer and webinar for independent authors and those interested in learning about the field. Share ideas, meet other writers, and celebrate the first national Indie Author Day! There will be a webcast Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 8, 2pm
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. (<$)

Saturday, October 8, 3pm-3:40pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is approximately 20 minutes long and appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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 $; Children under 12 <$)

Saturday, October 8, 7:30pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
Amazingly, Shakespeare’s poetry and plays from the 16th and 17th century are still read and analyzed regularly, and appear on required reading lists in high school and beyond. The world seems to agree that he is one of the greatest writers of all time. You can get a crash course in the plots of Shakespeare’s plays by attending Silverstone Theater Comany’s performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This play is a comedic take on Shakespeare’s work, representing all 37 of Shakespeare’s works (poems included) in one evening’s entertainment. The performance will take place at The Arts Block. Reserve over the phone at 413-768-7514. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. ($)

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

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

Sunday, October 9, 10am
ORNITHOLOGY/OWLS
Do your kids enjoy watching or identifying birds? You and your children can learn about the owl species that inhabit our region, then play detective and figure out what an owl ate! This program is broken into two 20 minute segments. Feel free to come for either or both. This program is appropriate for ages eight and up. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, 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)

Sunday, October 9, 10am-5PM
PLACEMAKING/FALL FESTIVAL
The Ashfield Fall Festival will take place up and down Ashfield’s Main Street all weekend – rain or shine. The annual festival offers craft and art exhibits by more than 50 exhibitors, locally-grown and prepared foods, live music and dancing, face-painting and other children’s activities, and book and tag sales. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 10am-8pm
PLACEMAKING/ART
Celebrate art, music, and local food culture in Holyoke! Next Stop Holyoke on October 7 through October 9, will provide activities for people of all ages. Next Stop Holyoke will connect residents and visitors with the rich culture of Holyoke through tours of historic buildings, an artist marketplace, performances, a community picnic, crafts for kids, more. You can view architectural works of art at Wistariahurst, bring your children to the Children’s Museum, the Holyoke Merry Go Round, or the Volleyball Hall of Fame. For a full schedule of events taking place at these, and other locations, visit the Next Stop Holyoke website. Holyoke, MA. (FREE admission. MARKET/SALE)

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)

Sunday, October 9, 10:30am-11:30am
DENDROLOGY
Ever wonder what kind of trees live near you? Naturalists from Great Falls Discovery Center can teach you about local trees, their names, and their identifying characteristics. Meet at the entrance. Recommended for children ages 4-8, accompanied by an adult. Friends and siblings are welcome to join in an exploration of the Canalside Rail Trail.Please bring water and wear layers and sturdy shoes. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 10:30am-4pm
WOODWORKING/HISTORY
Carpenters not only build furniture, but all sorts of artistic and functional works. Woodworking has been around for centuries. Learning the woodworking techniques and styles of a particular time period can be an interesting way to engage with history. Come to Historic Deerfield for a demonstration of 18th-century woodworking techniques. Craftsman Craig Farrow will teach you how early New Englanders made and obtained furniture. For more woodworking and blacksmithing resources, check out our post, Inspiration for Aspiring Woodworkers & Blacksmiths. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 11am
LOCAL HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS
According to The Record Book of the Ladies Aid Society of Hawley, Massachusetts, at one time there was a contest for the women sawing wood and the men had a pie baking contest.The town of Hawley will be bringing back the Gentlemen’s Pie and Tart Extravaganza! While the judges deliberate, starting at 11:15, tours of nearby historical sites will be available for contestants and fans.This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about local history through a revival of town tradition. 413-339-4747. Meeting house. Hawley, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, October 9, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm
LIVING HISTORY/THEATER
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Sunday, October 9, 11am-5pm
HISTORY/ANTIQUES
Antiques provide historical insight on a highly personal level, teaching us about how people once lived through the everyday objects they used and possessed. 2016 ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show will bring together antique dealers from across the country. Browse fine art and rare objects –from furnishings to carpets to quilts. Admission to the show includes access to the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and the Apprentice’s Workshop at Dwight House. Deerfield Academy Hockey Rink. 413-774-5581. Albany Road. Deerfield, MA. ($)

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. (<$)

Sunday, October 9, 1:30pm-2:30pm
FILM STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY
Even people who are otherwise not interested in history, can often be intrigued by historical images of familiar places. This movie matinee at Great Falls Discovery Center provides a rare opportunity for residents and visitors of Montague to see images of the town circa 1929. Not only that, but you can witness aspects of everyday life in action such as the Franklin County Fair and scenes of life in Montague Center. A short meeting of the Montague Historical Society will conclude the event. Those interested in learning more about the Montague Historical Society are cordially invited to attend. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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)

Sunday, October 9, 2pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spending time outdoors can connect us with our senses as we watch and listen to animals, and take in the smells and sensations of being in nature. Animals, too, use their senses to find food and survive. Kids ages six and up, and their caregivers, are invited to a guided hike to learn about local animals and their survival techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is about 2 ½ miles long, and covers easy terrain. Please bring water, bug spray, and sun screen, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 9, 2pm-5pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Historical societies help to preserve our collective memory and strengthen communities by educating community members on local history. You can learn about 16th century life with a visit to the 1775 Wilder Homestead. Participants will learn about history through activities and demonstrations of Colonial era tasks such as open hearth cooking, weaving, spinning, chair caning, spinning, quilting, folk painting, and cider pressing. There will also be music of the 1700s and Morris Dancers. Contact the Buckland Historical Society for more information. 413-625-9763. 32 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 9, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/PUMPKINS
Pumpkin carving isn’t just a seasonal tradition, it’s an art! Local artists, students, volunteers, and other community members will hand-carve 150 pumpkins to be displayed at Wistariahurst during Next Stop Holyoke. In addition to seeing their work, you can engage in crafts, games, and snacks on the lawn as the sun sets. All are welcome! 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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)

Monday, October 10, 10am-11am
GUIDED HIKE/NATURAL HISTORY
A love of the outdoors can inspire an interest in local history, as naturalists learn about history through the changing landscape of forests, parks, mountains, and trails. People ages twelve and up are invited to a guided hike to learn how forests in Massachusetts changed since European colonization, and how they continue to change. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, 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)

Monday, October 10, 10:30am-4pm
WOODWORKING/HISTORY
Carpenters not only build furniture, but all sorts of artistic and functional works. Woodworking has been around for centuries. Learning the woodworking techniques and styles of a particular time period can be an interesting way to engage with history. Come to Historic Deerfield for a demonstration of 18th-century woodworking techniques. Craftsman Craig Farrow will teach you how early New Englanders made and obtained furniture. For more woodworking and blacksmithing resources, check out our post, Inspiration for Aspiring Woodworkers & Blacksmiths. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 10, 11am-3pm
PLAY/MOVEMENT
In addition to simply being fun, merry go rounds can be a healthy and effective outlet for sensory-seeking children who enjoy the feeling of body motion. The Holyoke Merry Go Round will be open on Columbus Day, for visitors to take a ride on the carousel, peruse the gift stand, and enjoy autumn in Heritage State Park! Call 413-538-9838 for more information. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Monday, October 10, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm
LIVING HISTORY/THEATER
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Monday, October 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Lab nights at Holyoke Codes
offer unstructured time for participants to work on any project, independently or in groups. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Visit the Holyoke Codes website for more information. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, October 11, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Studying birds is a sensory experience, requiring birders to clear their minds and focus in on particular sounds and sights. On the second Tuesday of the month, through November, Joe Superchi will be running an accessible birding course, for birders of all abilities. For additional outdoor activities, check out our post, Accessible Outdoor Trails in Western MA. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491. 100 Main Street. Athol, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 11, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Spending time outdoors, in natural settings, helps people connect to their senses and to the present moment. You can explore Holyoke Heritage State Park with a group at the “Coming to Our Senses” program. This program is intended for teens age 15 and older, and adults. Siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-534-1723. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 11, 6pm-8pm
LGBTQ
PFLAG, founded in 1972, is an organization for families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ individuals. Thus, PFLAG helps LGBTQ people by providing education to those who love, care about, and want to support them. The Northampton branch of the Franklin-Hampshire Chapter of PFLAG will be meeting to celebrate National Coming Out Day! Come to hear moving, personal stories in a supportive environment. All are welcome to attend. Meeting will take place in The Community Room at Baystate Health Pioneer Valley Family Medicine. 325B King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

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)

Wednesday, October 12, 10:30am-11:30am
ENTOMOLOGY/ZOOLOGY
The sound of crickets, among other bugs and animals, can be relaxing for adults. But children may feel curious and even a little afraid of all those mysterious nighttime noises. Families with children ages 4-7 (siblings welcome) are invited to “Night Noises: WHO is Going Bump in My Night?!” to learn about local, nocturnal creatures. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the visitor’s center in Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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. (<$)

Wednesday, October 12. 5:30-7:30pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
What do gambling slots, marijuana, farm animals, and schools have in common? They’re all tied to important questions that will appear on the ballot when Massachusetts residents vote this November. To help voters understand what a “yes” or “no” vote means for each question, the Springfield City Library will be holding a “Slots, Pot, Veal, and Schools” event. Attendees can expect to hear from speakers on both sides of each issue and will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives. Attendees may also register to vote, check their registration status, and verify their polling place. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 12, 6pm
PARENTING/EDUCATION
Public school is not for every child, or every parent. But homeschooling your child can be a daunting task. How do you learn about homeschooling, and how would you get started if you decide that is the best educational path for your child? This workshop, How To Get Started Homeschooling Wednesday, at the East Longmeadow Public Library, will teach you the specifics of how homeschooling works. Registration is required. This program is presented by Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM). 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
PUBLIC HEALTH/PARENTING
Parents, educators, and anyone who has a significant influence on the life of teenagers can benefit from learning about the current research on teen marijuana use. The teenage years are filled with neurological, as well as physical changes, and substance use has important short and long term effects on this specific population. Dr. Bertha Madras, professor of psycho-biology at Harvard Medical School, will be giving a talk on these issues at Minnechaug Regional High School. This talk is intended for a target audience of adults, but students in grade 9 and older are allowed if accompanied by a guardian. For more information call 413-566-5060. 621 Main Street. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 12, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/CULTURE STUDIES
The 3rd Annual Spanish/Portuguese film festival at Holyoke Community College invites the entire community to learn about Spanish and Portuguese culture through contemporary films, with screenings every Wednesday through October 26. On October 12, you can view the 2011 film, El regreso (The Return). This film tells the story of 30-year-old Antonio’s life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. This screening is open to the public. 303 Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, October 13, 12:15pm-1pm
WORLD HISTORY/ANCIENT GREECE
How civilizations deal with death, dying, and mourning reveals much about their cultural values and beliefs. You can find out about the values of ancient Greeks societies, as well as their beliefs about dying, burial, and immortality, at this Springfield Museums lunchtime lecture. Attendees will see images of ancient objects and monuments from the 8th to the 4th century BCE in the presentation, “Stones & Bones: The Art of Death in Ancient Greece.” The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. This program will be followed by a Museum members-only Continuing Conversation with docent Dave Carlson. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, 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)

Thursday, October 13, 1:30pm-2:45
WELLNESS/SLEEP SCIENCE
Lots of people suffer from insomnia at various stages of their lives. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep can be a good reason to re-focus energy on mindfulness and relaxation as much as possible. Measures which can improve sleep include avoiding work or stressful activities in the bedroom, avoiding screens (television, computer, phone etc.) for an hour or two prior to sleeping, and tons of relaxation techniques. The Forbes Library is offering an ongoing workshop, on Thursdays through December 8, to help people promote better sleep through mindful and creative journaling. Bring a Journal or sketchbook, pens, colored pencils, watercolor paints or your favorite art supplies. Creative journaling doesn’t require any previous art making experience.413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, 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. ($. College students with ID <$)

Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm
YOGA
Yantra yoga is a yoga practice that is over a thousand years old. It originated in Tibet and has made its way West, impacting yoga practices across the globe. Martina Kacurova will be teaching a Yantra yoga class every Thursday through November 3rd. Beginners are welcome to this course from the Shang Shung Institue of America. 413-369-4928. Classes take place at the Upstairs Studio. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, October 13, 6pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Did you know that pollinators can transmit plant diseases? Matthew Boyer will be discussing this phenomenon at the OEB Science Cafe. Science Cafes aim to bring science outside of the university walls. Lifelong learners, unaffiliated with local schools, are encouraged to attend. Kids are also welcome. Nacul Center. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
The famous trumpet player Louis Armstrong is one of America’s most enduring musicians, whose influence persists to this day. Armstrong experienced a difficult childhood in early 20th Century New Orleans, and went on to become a jazz performer in Chicago, Harlem, and Hollywood. The musical group Dixieland Stomp will be telling the story of Armstrong’s life through his music at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 6pm-7:30pm
LITERACY
Talking, playing, sharing books and even singing with your children can help them grow into avid readers. In this four-session workshop at the South Hadley Public Library you will learn why these things are important. There will be lots of time to do fun activities with your child. Each session starts with a light supper. Childcare is provided during parent learning times. (Please plan to bring your child.) You’ll receive a book at each session to take home. Sessions take place on October 6, 13, 21, and 27. Register for this workshop series on the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. 2 Canal Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
ANTHROPOLOGY/PARANORMAL
No matter what their origin is, ghosts and other paranormal phenomenon are present in every region and culture across the globe. Monsters, ghouls, and spirits have appeared in human life across history. Emmy-nominated Host of New England Legends on PBS, Jeff Belanger is an expert on the paranormal and has studied our appearance of these spirits in our culture, folklore, religion, and even our history books. he will be offering a multimedia lecture on his findings at the Jones Library. Get ready for the spookiest time of the year! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
ART HISTORY
Thomas Daly, Curator of Education at the Norman Rockwell Museum, has spent more than 19 years in various roles at the museum and has lectured at several college campuses. He will be giving a talk, sharing his knowledge of 20th century New England history and art history, at Longmeadow High School. This presentation is sponsored by the Longmeadow Historical Society. For more information, call the historical society at 413-567-3600. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 13, 7pm-8pm
ANIMAL RIGHTS
Humans have a sometimes destructive relationship with large cats. You can learn about efforts to solve the issue of human-cat conflict with Panama’s largest cat, the Jaguar. Melva Olmos, a native of Panama and Jaguar Biologist, will discuss proposed projects to assist Jaguars, and why these efforts are important to the species’ survival. People of all ages are invited to this informative event at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, October 14, 10am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
Your children between the ages of three to six can learn about biology, ecology, and animal studies through interactive programs at weekly “Kidleidoscope” Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Through a story, an art project, and activity, kids will learn about local plants and animals. On October 14, participants will learn about brown bats. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 10am-12pm
LOCAL HISTORY/PHOTOGRAPHY
Do you enjoy architecture, photography, history, or all three? Individuals and families with children ages 8 and older (siblings welcome) are invited on a 1.8 mile walking tour which will explore Holyoke’s local history of textile and paper mill industry. Participants will explore the architectural and decorative aspects of old mills and capture them through photography. Bring a camera, smart phone, or binoculars. Meet in front of the Visitor Center of Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 1pm-2:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Did you know that UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Library is home to a pair of Peregrine falcons? You might think that’s an odd place to live, but Peregrines love to nest on tall buildings! You can watch for them any time on the Du Bois library falcolns webcam. Keeping with the tradition of ornithological education, the library will also be hosting Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Facility for an interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey. Among the raptors featured will be a Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-Tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, Kestrel, Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Eurasian Eagle Owl. Lower Level, Du Bois Library. 154 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (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, 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)

Friday, October 14, 3pm-3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Aerial tramways, which transport people up mountains, were an exciting and possibly frightening invention when they were new. Riding one for the first time can be somewhat intimidating, especially for those who are unfamiliar with how they work. People ages twelve and up, and their caregivers, are invited to Skinner State Park to learn about the history of the tramway and the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. Meet at the summit house. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/ART STUDIES
Lots of kids enjoy drawing. Do you ever draw with your kids? You may find that by making artwork collaboratively, you create something you never otherwise would independently. “Big Draw Night” at the Smith College Museum of Art invites people of all ages to create artwork. You can make work independently or collaboratively, drawing inspiration from objects from the permanent collection as well as works on paper in When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900. This event is also part of Free Second Fridays, and includes a guided gallery conversation. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 5:30pm-8:30pm
TRAINS/HALLOWEEN
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 14, 15, and 16, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Friday, October 14, 5:30pm-9:30pm
HALLOWEEN/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate Halloween early with a spooky, intergenerational celebration. People of all ages are invited to Valley View Farm for an adventure on candlelit trails. Participants will free the world from the Great Dragon, with the help of elves and fairies! This interactive theater production departs every 15 minutes for a 45 minute dramatic experience through ½ mile of the farm’s grounds. This show is written by Jessica & James Gelter. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at farmtheater.com. 16 Walpole Road. Haydenville, MA. ($; ages 4 to 12 <$; 3 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. ($)

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 14, 7pm-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/HORNS
Horned instruments appear in nearly all genres of music, eliciting many different musical and emotional effects. You can hear a range of horns at the Amherst College horn faculty recital. This hour long recital will play music ranging from a baroque horn call written in the 1730s by Louis XV, up to brand new, contemporary compositions. You will hear music written to be performed outdoors as well as music written to be performed indoors, on hunting horns, natural horns; players will perform on solo horns as well as collaborating on multi-instrumental pieces. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. 53 College Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 14, 7:30pm
THEATER
Amazingly, Shakespeare’s poetry and plays from the 16th and 17th century are still read and analyzed regularly, and appear on required reading lists in high school and beyond. The world seems to agree that he is one of the greatest writers of all time. You can get a crash course in the plots of Shakespeare’s plays by attending Silverstone Theater Comany’s performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This play is a comedic take on Shakespeare’s work, representing all 37 of Shakespeare’s works (poems included) in one evening’s entertainment. The performance will take place at The Arts Block. Reserve over the phone at 413-768-7514. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, 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)

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

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