Berkshire Family Fun: November 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2016

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


North Berkshire

Adams | Cheshire | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

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ADAMS

Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street.
Adams Visitor’s Center
. 3 Hoosac Street.
Adams Library
. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street.
Adams Lions Club
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, November 5, 9am-4pm
NATURAL HISTORY
Want to learn more about naturalist careers and scientific studies in environmental fields? Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is offering a Berkshire Natural History Conference full of fun and educational presentations by regional naturalists, including Pam Weatherbee, Joan Edwards, and Alyssa Bennet, in addition to local field biologists and naturalists. This conference is targeted toward novice naturalists, and is thus a great opportunity for homeschoolers and self-directed teens. Lunch is included. Registration is required. Call 413-236-2127. Rain date is November 19. 375 Church Street. North Adams, MA. ($$; Students $)

Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm
THEATER/PUPPETRY
Theatrical performances can kick-start meaningful discussions and educate audiences. This puppetry show, The Chronicles of Rose, tells the story of Nazi plundering of art during World War II. This tale is based on the true story of Rose Valland, curator of the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris which was commandeered by the Nazis during the occupation of France. Local theater artist David Lane will perform this piece and lead a discussion at Congregation Beth Israel. 413-663-5830. 53 Lois Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Windsor Lake. Kemp Avenue and Bradley Street.
The Maker’s Mill. 100 Eagle Street.
DownStreet Art
. Main Street and downtown.
North Adams Farmers’ Market
413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.
Houghton Mansion 413-358-5239. 172 Church Street.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Thursday, November 10, 12pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Émile Bernard and Odilon Redon are two 19th century painters who influenced the styles of that time. In this talk, “Women with Flowers,” collector Dr. Heinrich Medicus will discuss these two artists, their similarities and their impacts on art history.Clark Art Institute. This talk is free with the cost of museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adult non member$; Members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/GEOSCIENCE
Families are invited to celebrate the reopening of the Manton Research Center at the Clark Art Institute with hands-on activities. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi and The Architects Collaborative in the early 1970s. Attendees will have the chance to make a granite mosaic picture frame, contribute to the community message board and learn about the center’s iconic red granite with Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus. 1970s sitcoms will stream in the auditorium, from 2:30–5 pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/NUTRITION
Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book , the film In Defense of Food investigates food and health, shedding light on misconceptions. Learn about chronic diseases associated with the modern American diet, and learn the truth about certain foods. This free screening at Images Cinema will be followed by a discussion with Williams College Professor of Biology Hank Art. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 18, 7pm
ART HISTORY
Many famous artists of history interacted with one another, in positive and negative ways, during their lifetimes. These interactions between artists, and the ways in which personal relationships affected artwork, are a vital and important facet of art history. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee is author of the recent work, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art. He will be discussing rivalries between artists such as Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet, in a presentation at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 20, 3pm
ART HISTORY/PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is an art form as well as an innovative, human invention. Photography as a scientific idea stems from the discovery that substances can be altered by exposure to light. Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities at Harvard University, will be discussing photography in his talk, “Finding Remains: The Process of Discovery in Early Photography.” This is the opening lecture for the special exhibition Photography and Discovery at the Clark Art Institute413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE).

Wednesday, November 30, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/SILENT FILM
Images Cinema in Williamstown is a historic theater, converted a former Williams College fraternity house in 1916. The cinema will be exploring the 1910s and 1920s era of silent film through this showing of silent film accompanied by live music. Donal Sosin will provide accompaniment to the 1923 film, Safety Last, directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

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

WINDSOR

Saturday, November 12, 9:30am-12:30am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Do you love to ski? You can help prepare for an excellent skiing season by helping clear the trail at Notchview. Cleared trails make for safe and reliable skiing throughout the season. This is also an opportunity to meet other skiers and learn about upcoming programs. Call 413 684-0148 with questions. Register on the Trustees of Reservations website. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, November 19, 10am-1pm
DENDROLOGY/ECOLOGY
For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, each and every season is a good time to learn how to identify trees and plants. Ecology is constantly changing with weather. You are invited to explore a Spruce-Fir Forest on a plant and tree identification hike at Tamarack Hollow and adjacent conservation lands. You will learn about the ecology of this high elevation forest. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for registration info. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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

 

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Central Berkshire

Becket | Dalton | Hinsdale | Lee | Lenox | Peru | Pittsfield | Richmond | Stockbridge | Tyringham | Washington | West Stockbridge

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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

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, November 5, 3:30pm
HISTORY
Did you know that when Susan B Anthony was trying to get women a say in government, there were more women who called themselves Anti-suffragists than women who were Suffragists? Join Colleen Janz, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum, at Ventfort Hall, for a discussion about what Susan B Anthony had to overcome to change the mindset of so many. For information or reservations call 413-637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($$)

Saturday, November 12, 3:30pm
HISTORY
Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, became famous following her father’s presidency. Alice formed a rivalry with her cousin Eleanor. Their politics and personalities were in conflict and liked to play up their rivalry under the public eye. You can learn more about them in this presentation, “Hissing Cousins,” at Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 12, 6pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/VETERANS’ DAY
Veterans are invited to enjoy a community meal at the Lenox VFW’s annual Veterans’ Day dinner. The dinner will take place at St. Ann’s Parish Center. Call 413-822-4343 to reserve your spot. 134 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 25, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This year, as a Black Friday alternative to shopping, you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, November 26, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 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

Friday, November 4, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Autumn landscapes often serve as inspiration for landscapes and plein air painting. You can engage with art and artists this fall by attending First Fridays Art Walk in Pittsfield. There will be over fifteen different art shows to peruse, featuring work by over 3 dozen accomplished regional artists. A guided tour will start at 5pm at the Intermodal Center. 1 Columbus Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 4, 5:30pm-7:30pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LITERACY
Reading, talking, and singing with your children are activities which improve vocabulary and literacy skills. Pajama Night at the Berkshire Museum will feature storytelling, as part of November’s Family Literacy Month. Throughout the museum, community members will read stories to families. All children in attendance will receive a free book to take home. There will also be poetry stations for kids and multilingual reading stations. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adults $; Children <$; Museum members and children age 3 and under FREE)

Tuesday, November 8, 10am-5pm
STE(A)M/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Science, technology, engineering, art, and math topics can engage children in acts of invention, innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration. The Berkshire Museum’s new space, LAB 102, is designed to encourage collaborative learning for children and families. Science-based activities will be available, as well as art-making projects using recycled materials. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; Museum members and children age 3 and under FREE)

Saturday, November 19, 1pm-4pm
MAKERSPACE/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate the holidays this year with artistic creativity, intergenerational bonding, and, of course, giving! The annual Community Make Day at Shire City Sanctuary’s makerspace invites people of all ages. Participants will learn how to create garlands and wreaths out of recycled fabrics. The holiday season is the perfect time to learn about creative repurposing. All decorations made will be used to decorate Shire City Sanctuary out for the upcoming 10th Annual Holiday Shindy. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, November 5, 4pm
IMMIGRATION
Immigration is not just a political issue and it does not just take place in other areas of our country. The book Words in Transit is a collection of first-person narratives by immigrants of New England. Contributors to this book will be giving a presentation at the Stockbridge Library followed by questions and discussion. Hear individual voices of immigration with a local focus and contemporary focus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Naumkeag, the former home of the Choate family, was built at the height of the Gilded Age and is a local resource for learning about history and architecture. Veterans and their families can visit free on Veterans Day! Enjoy guided house tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Learn about the Choate family who built Naumkeag and hear about what was happening on the farm. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Non members $; Members, Veterans and Veterans’ families FREE)

Wednesday, November 16, 3pm
ART STUDIES/POLITICAL HISTORY
Political cartoons are an art form which can have a real social impact. Opening September 10th, the exhibition “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The show’s curator will offer will gallery tours exploring Nast’s imagery and impact. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, November 19, 1pm-5pm
ART HISTORY
Willie Gillis is a fictional Army private created by artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell. Gillis was a popular character during World War II and was used to represent American culture through art. In celebration of this character’s 75th anniversary, the Norman Rockwell Museum will be hosting various afternoon of talks, art making, tours, and a Willie Gillis look-a-like contest. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members 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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South Berkshire

Alford | Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

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ALFORD

GREAT BARRINGTON

Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
CULTURE STUDIES/POLITICAL SCIENCE
Racism is a complex problem in the United States. It is embedded in institutions as well as individual minds. Facing Our Truth is a performance which addresses these issues from cultural and political standpoints. You can attend a staged reading at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and further educate yourself about racial issues. Daniel Arts Center. McConnell Theater. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

HOUSATONIC

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, November 2, 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, November 6, 2pm-4pm
ANIMAL STUDIES
Moose are amazingly large creatures sharing our environment in Western Massachusetts and far beyond. This talk and guided walk with Westfield State University wildlife expert, Dr. John McDonald will teach you all about local moose. Participants will learn about how moose interact with their habitat, and find out about the current state of their population. For more information please call 413-298-3239 x3013. Bartholomew’s Cobble. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, November 9, 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)

Friday, November 11, 10am-4pm
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Bartholomew’s Cobble is a national landmark and open space preserve, named for its rocky terrain. It is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, geologists, and families to explore outdoors. Veterans and their families are invited to visit for free on Veterans Day. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 20, 7pm-9pm
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
Thanksgiving is a time to learn the truth about past and current relations between European immigrants and Native Americans. The Wampanoag continue to live on their native homelands. Learn about their history and the current cultural revival that is taking place by viewing the documentary, We Still Live Here, at Bartholomew’s Cobble. For more information call 413.298.3239×3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Non members <$; Members and children 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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