Berkshire Family Fun: March 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
March 2017

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of March. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!

There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, story hours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale-Peru, Pittsfield, Sandisfield, Windsor, Washington, and Mt. Washington 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

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

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, March 18, 5:30pm-7pm
ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
How have social media shaped friendships, relationships, and self-image? In a world where many of us have hundreds of “friends” online, this is an important cultural question to address. Maine-based artist Tanja Hollander explored these questions through artwork, as she traveled all over the world on a mission to photograph all 626 of her Facebook friends. The resulting multi-media art project Are You Really My Friend is now on view at MASS MoCA. You are invited to the opening reception to see hundreds of photographic portraits, travel ephemera, and a short documentary. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (Adult $; children 6 to 16 <$; children 5 and under FREE)

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7pm
FINANCIAL LITERACY
Most states in the U.S. do not require financial literacy courses and these topics do not appear on standardized tests. For now, the task is left to parents and the community, but some parents do not feel comfortable talking to their kids about money. These conversations can be difficult as they may alert your child to harsh realities and difficult choices of adulthood. Parents of children in kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to the Family Center for a presentation by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Presenters will give parents useful tips for teaching their children about money. Child care and transportation are available. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 30, 6pm-7pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/CULINARY ARTS
Did you know that Koreans sometimes say “kimchi” when they get their picture taken, the same way that Americans say “cheese?” Come to a Fermented Foods Workshop to learn all about the origins, cultural significance, and health benefits of kimchi. Participants will learn how to make kimchi, from finding the right vegetables to the process of canning and fermenting. The first ten people to register will leave with their own jar of kimchi! Call 413-663-7588 ext. 28 for more information. UNO Community Center. 157 River Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Wednesday, March 1, 6pm
FILM STUDIES/CULTURE STUDIES
Screening foreign films is an entertaining way to gain insight into a culture different from your own. The animated drama Only Yesterday was the highest grossing film in Japan when it was released in 1991. This animated film was targeted to adults, rather than children, but with its PG rating and animated style children may also be interested in seeing it. Only Yesterday tells the story of 27-year-old Taeko as she wrestles with her career and romantic life, with frequent flashbacks to her childhood in the late 1960s and 1970s. This film is being screened at the Clark Art Institute as part of “Anime Wednesdays,” a series celebrating the art of contemporary Japanese animation. All ages are welcome. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Friday, March 3, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
Astronomy is a natural science which applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Astronomers use various mathematical and scientific methods to answer questions such as the distance between celestial bodies, their physical movements, and even their origins. Studying astronomy formally can appeal to people with strong mathematical and scientific inclinations. At the same time, nearly anyone can appreciate the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Whether your interest is scientific, artistic, or spiritual in nature, you can learn about astronomy by attending free shows for the public held at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students will use the Zeiss Skymaster to demonstrate phenomena such as retrograde motions of planets, phases of the moon, and locations of neighboring galaxies. They will teach audiences about mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, artificial satellites, and much more. Shows run Fridays through May 12, with the exception of March 17, 24, and 31. Call 413-597-2188 for reservations. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 4, 2:30pm and 4:30pm
AGRICULTURE/FILM STUDIES
Do you know where your food comes from? Agriculture is a business which affects all of us, whether we realize it or not, and it is a business currently undergoing drastic changes in conjunction with political and cultural shifts. “Fresh Fest 2017” is a film series at Images Cinema, featuring documentaries about agriculture. On March 4, you can see the 2015 film A Small Good Thing, a story set in the Berkshires. This film analyzes a cultural shift from a “more is better” philosophy toward a more holistic conception of happiness. Then, at 4:30pm, you can view the 2016 film, Peter and The Farm, which depicts the legacy of a Vermont farmer, relaying the agricultural wisdom he has gained through many years as proprietor of the 187 acre Mile Hill Farm. Attend the festival and learn more about agriculture, an important business and cultural staple in Western Massachusetts. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm
AGRICULTURE/FILM STUDIES
Do you know where your food comes from? Agriculture is a business which affects all of us, whether we realize it or not, and it is a business currently undergoing drastic changes in conjunction with political and cultural shifts. “Fresh Fest 2017” is a film series at Images Cinema, featuring documentaries about agriculture. On March 5, you can view the 2016 film, Seed: The Untold Story, a depiction of the seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. Over the course of the last century, nearly 100 varieties of seeds have disappeared as a result of large agricultural companies who control the majority of the global seed market. View the film to find out more about this agricultural issue, including what can be done. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30pm
ART HISTORY/CHINESE ART
Works of art have always been used to process and express human emotion. Art Jeehee Hong’s presentation, “Framing Affect and Vision in Middle-Period China,” explores the artistic mediums and materials that were used to express emotion during the ninth through fourteenth centuries in China. Images of grieving individuals in funeral contexts are just one example of the types of artwork Hong will be discussing in this lecture at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 8, 8pm
EARTH SCIENCE/CLIMATOLOGY
Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. Educating yourself on the problem of climate change can help you to become part of the solution as an individual, and to brainstorm national, institutional, and global solutions. James Hansen, director of the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions at Columbia University, will be speaking at Williams College about humanity’s impact on the planet, and solutions for protecting the environment. Understanding climate change can also help you to learn about other scientific concepts such as ecology, geology and Earth science. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 10, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
Astronomy is a natural science which applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Astronomers use various mathematical and scientific methods to answer questions such as the distance between celestial bodies, their physical movements, and even their origins. Studying astronomy formally can appeal to people with strong mathematical and scientific inclinations. At the same time, nearly anyone can appreciate the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Whether your interest is scientific, artistic, or spiritual in nature, you can learn about astronomy by attending free shows for the public held at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students will use the Zeiss Skymaster to demonstrate phenomena such as retrograde motions of planets, phases of the moon, and locations of neighboring galaxies. They will teach audiences about mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, artificial satellites, and much more. Shows run Fridays through May 12, with the exception of March 17, 24, and 31. Call 413-597-2188 for reservations. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 11, 10am
ART STUDIES/BOTANY
Art gives preschoolers the chance to express their feelings and practice their fine motor skills. The Clark Art Institute’s “Start with Art” program offers themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities for three-to-six-year-old and their parents. March’s program will center around the theme of flowers and plants. Art project-appropriate clothing is recommended. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 11, 11am-2pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Maple syrup and maple sugar were first produced by Native Americans. Europeans later adopted this practice with their own methods of extraction. At Williams College’s Maplefest, participants can visit a functioning sugar house, observe demonstrations of bottling, try tapping a tree, and taste the final product! There will also be demonstrations of pre-colonial era evaporation methods. This annual event is festive, educational, and delicious! All ages are welcome. Hopkins Forest. Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 26, 3pm
ART STUDIES/JAPANESE STUDIES
“Ukiyo-e” is a genre of artwork which originated in 17th century Japan. The term ukiyo-e translates in English as “pictures of the floating world.” These works, taking the form of woodblock prints or paintings, depict subjects such as beautiful women, sumo wrestlers, landscapes, and scenes from history (Ukiyo-e Wikipedia). University of Pennsylvania Professor of History of Art, Julie Nelson Davis, will be giving a lecture on ukiyo-e at the Clark Art Institute. This lecture coincides with the exhibition, Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, on view through April 2 in the Clark Center. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 29, 6pm-7pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/ART
Children are highly sensitive. Some seek out stimulation and some are overwhelmed by it. For sensory-seekers, messy activities are a blast. For sensory-avoiders, these activities can be challenging but can also help children learn to integrate sensory information and become more comfortable with a wider array of experiences. Young children who are messy, sensory-seekers will love Ooey Gooey Art Night! Young children and their families will be gathering for messy, hands-on, collaborative art activities at The Williamstown Youth Center. These activities are best suited for children ages two to eight. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

WINDSOR

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

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Central Berkshire

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

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main 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

Thursday, March 2, 10am
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
Romeo and Juliet, the story of “star-crossed” lovers from dueling families, remains a popular play to read and to perform today, more than four hundred years after Shakespeare wrote it. William Shakespeare permanently reshaped the English language as we know it today, inventing hundreds of words and phrases in his writing which are now commonly used. Young actors and fans of literature are invited to a performance of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare and Company. This performance is for student audiences. Homeschooled parents are invited to bring their homeschoolers. Performances run for 90 minutes and are followed by an optional 15-minute talkback with the actors. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. (Student <$; Chaperone FREE)

Sunday, MArch 5, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES
In addition to the historical learning offered by Ventfort Hall as a historic house museum, the mansion is also a fitting concert venue with wonderful acoustics. The 35-member Berkshire Concert Choir will be bringing their joy of singing to the mansion, playing a range of songs. The concert will be followed by cake and coffee. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 11, 12pm
FIBER ARTS/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Do you have bits and pieces of textiles left over from holiday craft projects that you’ll likely not use anytime soon, or tattered and torn clothes your kids have outgrown and you don’t want to see them thrown out? Or are you a crafter in search of inspiration (or perhaps some new yarn or fabric) for your next project? Bring your unwanted fabric, yarn, needles, notions, patterns, art materials etc. to the Lenox Community Center. Sharing supplies is a totally green way to start a new project- you’ll be preventing waste and will preserve resources by not buying something new! Meet other fiber artists while swapping materials as well as ideas and skills. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 12, 3pm-5pm
FOLK MUSIC/IRISH CULTURE
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, “Music and Tea with Todd McLeod at Ventfort Hall will honor Irish heritage through music and tea! Singer-songwriter McLeod will play traditional folk songs of Ireland and Scotland, as well as his original compositions which are inspired by his roots living in coastal Maine. Audience members will enjoy a special Irish tea. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 18, 1pm-2:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Not all birdhouses are the same. Different species of birds have different biological needs which can be met by specific types of bird boxes. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary invites families to assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits and take one home. Families who participate in this program will be helping bird conservation efforts while learning about local ecology. The bird boxes are suitable for species such as the swallow, house wren, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, and white-breasted nuthatch. Bringing home a bird box can help families attract birds to their yards, for more ornithological learning at home! 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $$; child FREE)

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

Thursday, March 2, 6pm-8pm
IMMIGRATION STUDIES/CULTURAL PRESERVATION
Immigration stories are integral to the history and present culture of our communities. If you have an immigration story to share, The Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project will be offering assistance with the process of digitizing a chosen object and narrating a personal story. These narratives and artifacts will be shared on the “Your Story, Our Story” website. This workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum is the second in a series of three. Laptops, scanners, digital cameras will be provided, as well as food and drink. There will be writing and translation assistance available. The workshop is open to all. For more information on participating in the project or volunteering: call 413-236-4607. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE/VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, March 11, 10am
FIBER ARTS/QUILTING
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. Quilting, which involves sewing two or more pieces of fabric together with another layer of insulation, is so old that its origins are unknown. You can learn basic quilting techniques and contribute to a small quilting project by attending this quilting Learn’s Lab at the Berkshire MuseumSeating is limited, reservations are requested. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($; children under 18 <$; members, ages three and under FREE)

Sunday, March 12, 11am
FIBER ARTS/QUILTING
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. Quilting, which involves sewing two or more pieces of fabric together with another layer of insulation, is so old that its origins are unknown. You can learn basic quilting techniques and contribute to a small quilting project by attending this quilting Learn’s Lab at the Berkshire MuseumSeating is limited, reservations are requested. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($; children under 18 <$; members, ages three and under FREE)

Saturday, March 18, 10am-12pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum’s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play helps kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. The Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements, allowing children to exercise their imaginations as they build and rebuild the space using big blue blocks. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7). Pittsfield, MA. ($; children under 18 <$; members, ages three and under FREE)

Friday, March 24, 10am
HISTORY/THEATER
Freedom Train tells the story of Harriet Tubman, the woman who escaped her Maryland plantation where she was held captive, hiding and running from slave catchers on the underground railroad. The play explores family and relationships, telling this historical tale through a personal perspective. Tubman had to leave her family behind to escape. She made 19 trips across the underground railroad, guiding more than 300 enslaved people to freedom. This play at  The Colonial Theatre is best suited for youth in grades 3-9. Homeschoolers and their parents may want to see the play as an opportunity to discuss and explore concepts of history, social studies, language arts, and music. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, March 30, 8:30am-10am
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/VOLUNTEER
Though quite unwanted and dangerous to our fragile ecosystems, the numerous invasive species that have become part of the local landscape can serve as a community-based resource for learning. Hardy Kiwi is a locally invasive species which kills all other vegetation as it spreads. Native to Japan, Korea, Northern China, and Russian Siberia, hardy kiwi has been cultivated commercially in the United States since the early 1900s and has only recently begun spreading dangerously in the Northeast. You can help remove Hardy Kiwi from the area around Burbank Park. Volunteers meet weekly on Thursdays at Burbank Park on Onota Lake, off Valentine Road, at the little parking area on the east side, just north of Lakeway Drive. Call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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, March 18, 10am-5pm
ART STUDIES/HISTORY
In his Four Freedoms speech, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a society founded on the following values: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Reimagining the Four Freedoms exhibit at Norman Rockwell Museum features original works from New York state high school students. The students’ works interpret the meaning of these four freedoms for 21st century Americans. The exhibit is on view from March 18 through April 9. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

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

Thursday, March 9, 5pm-6pm
GEOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
Did you know that the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges were once as high as Mount Everest? You can learn all about how tectonic forces shaped local geology over the course of millions of years, in this presentation at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Mike Bergman, a member of the physics department faculty, will discuss glaciers and elaborate on the ways in which geology impacts the local flora and fauna, as well as how it impacts human activity. 413-644-4400. Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 22, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHORUS
Singing releases both endorphins and oxytocin, leaving the singer more relaxed. Oxytocin also causes a feeling of bonding with others. You and your family can get inspired by high-quality choral singing, by attending Berkshire Sings at the Ramsdell Library. This free concert will take place in the Ramsdell Library rotunda. All are welcome to attend. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm
MINDFULNESS/COMMUNICATION
It’s often easy to be an effective communicator during low-stress conversations. During conflict, however, emotions can have a negative impact on our ability to accurately and tactfully convey information. Sharon Coleman, a clinical psychologist, mindfulness practitioner, and leadership consultant, will be offering a workshop: “Conflict as a Doorway to Radical Connection,” to help participants become better communicators. This workshop will explore topics such as nonviolent communication and mindfulness. These principles could help individuals at home, at work, and in all types of relationships. Mason Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

HOUSATONIC

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30pm-8pm
WRITING
Muriel Rukeyser once posed this challenge: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” The Powder Keg Sessions is a women’s writing workshop at the Ramsdell Library, where women come together to share their truths. The workshops are run by Suzi Banks Baum, an author, artist, and mother who teaches classes on nurturing the habit of daily writing. Come see what writing can do for you, and what your writing can do for others. 413- 274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Friday, March 10, 7pm-9pm
NATURE STUDIES/PUBLIC HEALTH
Whether we contemplate it often or not, we humans are animals. We are mammals living in an ecological relationship with our natural habitat. Environmental toxins are one clear example of the environment impacting humans and vicer versa. Living Downstream is an autobiographical documentary about a scientist, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, and her research into the relationship between environmental toxins and cancer. This powerful narrative tells the story of Steingraber’s own battle with cancer. This documentary screening of the film at Bartholomew’s Cobble is part of women’s history month. For more information call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, March 25, 2pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
“Chiaroscuro” is a painting technique which arose during the Renaissance and remains an important artistic technique today. This type of artwork incorporates strong light and shadow contrasts through three-dimensional objects, a principle which is also important to photography. Winter months can be the perfect time to explore such contrasts of shapes and shadows. To learn more about these concepts and apply them to your own photography, come to a winter photography workshop at Bartholomew’s Cobble. An expert photographer will take participants on a guided walk to enjoy the outdoor views of the cobble and capture them through photographs. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Non member $; member <$)

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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