Berkshire Family Fun: December 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
December 2016

Courtesy of Geoffrey Coelho

Courtesy of Geoffrey Coelho

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

Sunday, December 4, 8am-11:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL
Bring your kids to breakfast with Santa! Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and more. Join Santa and other families at the Berkshire Lodge of Masons. 63 Center Street. Adams, MA. (<$)

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

Sunday, December 18, 1pm-6pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Need some warm clothes for winter? Want to get rid of things you aren’t wearing anymore? The North Adams Makers’ Mill is having a swap of unwanted clothing, accessories and more. All genders and sizes are welcome. If you don’t have clothing to swap, feel free to bring a canned item for the food pantry. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, December 19, 5:30pm-6:30pm
PARENTING
Having a strong, community network can help parents through the challenges of parenting. Dads are invited to an informal Playtime and Pizza with their kids at the Family Center. Playtime will include songs and a story, and will take place in the Haskins Center Gym at the center. Attendees are welcome to drop in any time during the event. 413-664-4821. 210 State 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

Friday, December 2, 10:15am
ART STUDIES
It can be difficult for parents with infants to get out of the house! The Clark Art Institute invites new parents and their infants to the permanent collection for a guided talk. This informal event welcomes parents of pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. New Parents Gallery Talks continue on select Fridays through May. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
The first weekend in December, Williamstown kicks off their holiday celebration with the Williamstown Holiday Walk. Friday evening, you can bring your kids to enjoy family friendly music from award-winner and popular children’s music artist Mister G. at the Clark Art Institute. Mister G is a former teacher with a Masters of Education, and won the 2015 Latin Grammy award for Best Children’s Album! He will be performing original songs as well as holiday classics. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adult $$; Child <$)

Saturday, December 3, 9am-7pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY STROLL
The 32nd Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk offers families opportunities to learn, engage in crafts, get some exercise, socialize, shop, listen to local music, and more. The community tag sale offers an alternative, collaborative gift buying opportunity. There will be carols and community meals, with the event culminating in the evening tree lighting ceremony. Visit the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce website for a full schedule of events. Downtown. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10 & 11, 4pm
CAROLS
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 11am
HOLIDAY/THEATER
The well-known ballet The Nutcracker is the final product of many creative minds. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Tchaikovsky wrote the musical score and the story was an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. With so many brilliant creative minds on the project, it is no wonder that The Nutcracker has become a timelessly popular production. All ages are welcome to attend an HD screening of The Nutcracker and enjoy sugar plum fairy tea at the Clark Art Institute! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 27, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Artistic activities help kids to express themselves and think creatively while working on their fine motor skills. More advanced art projects take a great deal of patience and perseverance. For the December school break, kids are invited to visit the Clark Art Institute! In addition to exploring the galleries and engaging in artistic crafts such as snow globe making, families can participate in winter themed activities including as snowshoeing on the 140-acre campus. Complimentary admission is provided to one adult per child participating in the activities. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Wednesday, December 28, 1pm-4pm
Thursday, December 29, 1pm-4pm
Friday, December 30, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Artistic activities help kids to express themselves and think creatively while working on their fine motor skills. More advanced art projects take a great deal of patience and perseverance. For the December school break, kids are invited to visit the Clark Art Institute! In addition to exploring the galleries and engaging in artistic crafts such as snow globe making, families can participate in winter themed activities including as snowshoeing on the 140-acre campus. Complimentary admission is provided to one adult per child participating in the activities. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

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

WINDSOR

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-1:45
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/DENDROLOGY
This year, if you plan on buying a Christmas tree, you can combine this with time spent in nature and education about trees. Kids and their parents are invited to learn about conifer trees on a guided walk with a Trustees naturalist. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Christmas Tree sale to cut down their own Balsam or Fraser Fir. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 ext 3. Notchview. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Non member <$; Member 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

Sunday, December 4, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING
Bring your kids to see Santa in Lenox Dale! Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker and Crystal Streets for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Following the lighting, Santa will greet children at the Fire Station on Elm Street where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Take a photo of your child with Santa and see your friends and neighbors. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 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)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
CHRISTMAS/CHORAL
The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is all dressed up for the holidays! Visit the festive mansion and hear a performance by the eighteen woman choral ensemble, The Berkshire Concert Choir. The group will be singing a wide range of songs including “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz,”“Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, “Silent Night” by David Haas and Lori True, and many more. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Friday, December 16, 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)

Friday, December 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/STORYTELLING
Stories are a bedtime tradition for many families. You and your children are invited to the Lenox Library to enjoy stories at the 2nd Annual Holiday Pajama Night! Refreshments will be served and local community members will read holiday themed stories. There will also be a sing-along. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
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)

Thursday, December 29, 3pm
CHRISTMAS/LIVING HISTORY
Have you ever heard of the term “chatelaine?” It is the feminine version of a castellan. Chatelaine refers to the head of a large household, a woman of many domestic duties. Mrs. George Morgan, known as Sarah to her friends and family, was chatelaine to one of Lenox’s greatest cottages, and she invites you and your family to tea! Actress Anne Undeland will be playing Mrs. Morgan at Ventfort Hall’s Christmas tea event, set in 1894. Reservations are required. Call 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 30, 3:30pm; Wednesday, December 28, 3:30pm
FAMILY THEATER/MARIONETTES
Puppets can offer open-ended, creative play, and give children of all ages the opportunity to re-create favorite stories or new tales. Puppets can be simple or complex, purchased or hand-made. You can get your child inspired by the potential of puppetry and marionettes, by taking them to the Jack and the Beanstalk Marionette Show. There will be holiday refreshments during the performance of this classic children’s story at Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (Adults $; Ages 4-12 <$; three and under FREE)

Saturday, December 31, 3pm
CHRISTMAS/LIVING HISTORY
Have you ever heard of the term “chatelaine?” It is the feminine version of a castellan. Chatelaine refers to the head of a large household, a woman of many domestic duties. Mrs. George Morgan, known as Sarah to her friends and family, was chatelaine to one of Lenox’s greatest cottages, and she invites you and your family to tea! Actress Anne Undeland will be playing Mrs. Morgan at Ventfort Hall’s Christmas tea event, set in 1894. Reservations are required. Call 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

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

PERU

PITTSFIELD

Saturday, December 3, 10:30am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CAROLS
Christmas music lovers are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a free performance of holiday and winter themed music performed by the Berkshire Music School. Singing along is encouraged! No registration required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, December 26, 9am-12pm
STEM/ELECTRONICS
Young people typically adapt very well to “new” technologies, which after all, aren’t so new to them. But there is a difference between being able to use technology, and understanding how it works. If your children like working with gadgets, they may have an interest in hands-on electronics activities. This one-day program at the Berkshire Museum invites youth in grades 3 through 6 to learn how to wire and assemble LED lights. Participants will use these LED lights to create a decoration for New Year’s. No prior electronic experience is necessary. Space is limited. Choose one day, either Monday December 26 or Tuesday December 27. Call 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 27, 9am-12pm
STEM/ELECTRONICS
Young people typically adapt very well to “new” technologies, which after all, aren’t so new to them. But there is a difference between being able to use technology, and understanding how it works. If your children like working with gadgets, they may have an interest in hands-on electronics activities. This one-day program at the Berkshire Museum invites youth in grades 3 through 6 to learn how to wire and assemble LED lights. Participants will use these LED lights to create a decoration for New Year’s. No prior electronic experience is necessary. Space is limited. Choose one day, either Monday December 26 or Tuesday December 27. Call 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 27, 11am
FAMILY THEATER
Pirate stories feed children’s imagination and help them learn good from bad. You can bring your family to witness a pirate story on stage. Nutshell Playhouse presents “Pirates!” a swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This seafaring tale features mime, music, masks, and puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. Whitney Center for the Arts
413-443-0289. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm
KWANZAA
Kwanzaa, a celebration of African communities across the globe, is celebrated over the course of a week. There are seven guiding principles to the holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. These principles are represented by symbolic lighting of seven candles. Women of color are invited to celebrate and discuss the seven principles of Kwanzaa with a panel of community members at the Whitney Center for the Arts. There will be drumming and dinner. 413-443-0289. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, December 31, 11am
MAGIC/POP CULTURE
For families with young kids, New Year’s Eve activities may be just too late at night to attend. Celebrate the holiday with the whole family at this family magic show. Film buffs are sure to love The Nerd Magician’s New Year’s Eve performance at Berkshire Museum. See how many pop culture and classic Hollywood film references you recognize during this hilarious, bold show. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. Adult $; Child <$; Museum members <$)

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, December 3, 1:30pm-2:30pm
ART STUDIES/HOLIDAY
Do you look forward to the enchanting appearance of your town covered in snow? You might enjoy exploring the exhibition, Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays, at the Norman Rockwell Museum. In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum is hosting holiday themed family programming which will include painting demonstrations, a musical performance by Mary Jo Maichak, a Christmas train display, and festive treats! All programs are free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, December 4, 1:30pm-2:30pm
ART STUDIES/HOLIDAY
Do you look forward to the enchanting appearance of your town covered in snow? You might enjoy exploring the exhibition, Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays, at the Norman Rockwell Museum. In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum is hosting holiday themed family programming which will include the opportunity to create your own holiday gifts in the form of stockings and ornaments. All programs are free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Tuesday, December 13, 7pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Stockbridge Library. Find out about the history behind such traditions as Christmas trees and Santa Claus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/CARTOONS
One possible vocation for a talented illustrator is the creation of cartoons. This program at the Norman Rockwell Museum will explore the history of animation with a screening of classic cartoons from Hanna-Barbera studios. continental breakfast will be served. This program is free with museum admission. Young children will likely be entertained while adults will be offered the opportunity to think about the progression of animation over the decades. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Monday, December 26, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/ANIMATION
Cartoons have evolved over the decades from comic strips and comic books, to animations for television and movies. Do your children enjoy cartoons? Bring them to the Norman Rockwell Museum to create their own! Animator Scott Lincoln will teach participants how to develop characters and storylines! Monday, December 26, through Friday, December 30, there will be drop-in art activities inspired by the current exhibition, Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning. This program is free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Tuesday, December 27, 1pm-4pm
Wednesday, December 28, 1pm-4pm
Thursday, December 29, 1pm-4pm
Friday, December 30, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/ANIMATION
Cartoons have evolved over the decades from comic strips and comic books, to animations for television and movies. Do your children enjoy cartoons? Bring them to the Norman Rockwell Museum to create their own! Animator Scott Lincoln will teach participants how to develop characters and storylines! Monday, December 26, through Friday, December 30, there will be drop-in art activities inspired by the current exhibition, Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning. This program is free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, December 28, 1pm-4pm
HERBAL REMEDIES/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
You can discover useful herbal remedies for common ailments, by studying the medical practices of Native Americans and Colonists. Historically, people have turned to nature to fix issues sucha s coughs, headaches, and insomnia. Learn how to concoct herbal remedies this year to ease winter colds. This program is best suited for ages fourteen and up.
Mission House, Stockbridge For more information please call 413-298-3239 ex 3016. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

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

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GREAT BARRINGTON

Saturday, December 17, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
What kinds of vegetables can you buy fresh in the cold months? Find out by shopping and connecting with local farmers at Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers’ Market! Bring along your children to teach them about the changing of the seasons through food. Local meats, cheeses, and vegetables will be available as well as craft items. There will also be live music and activities for kids. 413-528-0041. Monument Valley Middle School. 313 Monument Valley Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

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

Sunday, December 11, 10am-12pm
CHRISTMAS
Scavenger hunts and puzzle games help children practice their critical thinking skills while having fun! Bartholomew’s Cobble needs your family’s help finding Santa! He is lost at the cobble and you need to find him so that Christmas doesn’t get cancelled this year. Participants will hear the story of how Santa got lost and will be given tools to help find him. This program is ideal for children ages five and up. For more information please call 413-298-3239 ext 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, December 27, 4pm-6pm
ORNITHOlOGY
The barred owl is an example of an owl species which you might spot in Massachusetts forests. The barred owl’s distinct call consists of eight distinctive hoots. A mnemonic device often used for remembering this owl’s call is the phrase: “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.” You and your children can learn more at this “Owl Prowl,” at Bartholomew’s Cobble. The program will begin with a reading of the children’s story, Owl Moon, followed by a hike through the fields and forests of the cobble. This program is appropriate for anyone able to be quiet for short periods. Flashlights are strongly encouraged. For more information please call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Adults <$; Kids FREE)

Wednesday, December 28, 10am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/SCIENCE
The unique patterns formed by snowflakes can be inspiration for either artistic creation, scientific exploration, or both! “The Art and Science of Snowflakes” program at Bartholomew’s Cobble invites you and your children to learn about Wilson Bently, the person who first discovered the individuality of snowflakes. The discussion will be followed by art and science projects! This program is appropriate for children ages five and up, accompanied by their caregivers. For more information call 413-298-3239×3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Adults $; Kids 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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