Berkshire Family Fun: April 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
April 2017

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

Friday, April 21, 3pm
ECOLOGY
Children are natural scientists and explorers. They can learn a great deal about the world around them simply by observing backyard habitats, collecting rocks or identifying bugs. If your child is a naturally inquisitive explorer, he or she might be fascinated by vernal pools! These are temporary habitats which can be found this time of year. Dale Abrams of the Mass Audubon will present “Vernal Pools are cool,” an interactive slideshow, at the Adams Free Library. After attending this program you may want to keep the learning going by taking a nature walk and keeping an eye out for vernal pools. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

Saturday, April 22, 1pm-2:30pm
ZOOLOGY/ECOLOGY
Mount Greylock is the highest natural point in Massachusetts. What kinds of wild animals live in the fields and forests there? People of all ages can find out through a music and storytelling performance. Naturalist Mike Whalen, prop-master Meshell Bordeleau, and folk trio Wintergreen will be teaching about zoology using a cast of critters and a few humans as well. Children are encouraged to come early for a fun picture coloring session. Newton Memorial Town Hall Community Room. Main Street (Route 7). Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 29, 11am-1pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/HISTORY
Josh Billings was a 19th century humorous writer, born in Lanesboro, Massachusetts. You and your family can learn about his legacy, and local history, on a guided hike of historic Constitution Hill. Cultural historian and naturalist Mike Whalen will tell stories to engage you with local history as you explore the trail. This family-friendly 1.5 mile hike will also involve a scavenger hunt! Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes. Constitution Hill Reserve. For more information call 413-499-9935. Meet at the kiosk parking area. Bridge Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

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

Friday, April 7, 7pm
ART STUDIES
MASS MoCA’s annual Teen Invitational is designed to bring the artwork of local students to the public in a fun and friendly environment. The exhibition organized in collaboration with high school art teachers and artists in the Berkshires. The goal of the exhibit is to reach all students who are engaged in the art world and who have done excellent work in various mediums. This display gives young people the opportunity to support and experience the emerging talents of other students and peers in their community. Come to the opening reception and award ceremony for the 7th annual Teen Invitational to be inspired by young artistic talent and drive. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19, 10am-12pm
AUTOMOTIVE
Touch A Truck events are a fun opportunity for youth interested in automobiles and how things work to get up close with cars, and meet members of the fire department. The Family Center’s annual Touch A Truck event offers youth the chance to explore large and small automobiles and get to know helpers in their communities, by climbing into big trucks, a police car, a fire truck and an ambulance. Families can meet local officials and kids can explore future careers! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 20, 1pm
STEM/ENGINEERING
Introduce your kids to engineering in a fun relaxed atmosphere, at a STEM storytime! The North Adams Family Center staff will team up with a North Adams Public Library youth librarian to offer stories about shapes and building, as well as themed activities. Build with shapes and blocks! Building activities engage kids creativity while allowing them to practice their fine motor skills. This program is appropriate for ages 2-8. 413-662-3133. 74 Church 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

Sunday, April 2, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES
In sculpture, artists often utilize a metal framework called an armature, around which they build their piece. Armatures are also used in stop-motion animation films. The Clark Art Institute’s First Sundays Free program will focus on sculpture and decorative arts. Family art-making activities in the open studio space will include making armature and sculpture. Admission to the galleries is free all day (1am-5pm). Gallery talks take place at 1:30pm and 3pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 6, 7pm
MEDICAL STUDIES
Individuals who are HIV positive deal with significant stigma and misunderstanding due to vast misconceptions about the disease. Peter Staley is an AIDS activist who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and became involved in ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), helping to push for medical research and lower treatment costs. He will be giving a talk reflecting on this experience, at Williams College, followed by a screening of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, How to Survive a Plague. Paresky Auditorium. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 7, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Planetarium shows at the Hopkins Observatory feature demonstrations of a range of phenomena including retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, and much more. They will be offering free shows on Friday evenings through running through May 12. Call 413-597-2188 for more information. Williams College. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 8, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ STUDIES
Jazz is a genre which lets individual musicians shine through the impressive feat of improvisation. Rather than consisting of a single catchy chorus repeated between verses throughout the song (as in most modern popular music), jazz songs tend to begin with a chorus accompanied by a melody known as the “head.” This melody can be repeated or throughout or played only once more at the end of the song. Jazz musicians tend to know a wide array of “standard” songs such that a group of jazz musicians could get together, call a tune, and play immediately. Saxophonist and composer Kris Allen and his quartet present will be offering a night of jazz standards and original compositions at the Clark Art Institute. For jazz experts and novices alike this is bound to be an enjoyable and educational performance. Allen has performed throughout the United States and worldwide as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 14, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Planetarium shows at the Hopkins Observatory feature demonstrations of a range of phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, and much more. They will be offering free shows on Friday evenings through running through May 12. Call 413-597-2188 for more information. Williams College. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 17, 2pm
ART STUDIES/ELDER CARE
The Clark Art Institute invites persons with dementia and their caregivers to a free gallery talk! Groups are welcome as well as pairs. The Clark, which is both an art museum and a center for research and education, is closed on Mondays, providing a safe and private atmosphere for this tour. Specially trained docents will guide participants in an open-ended conversation about art. Through this program, the museum staff seek to encourage self-expression and a positive social experience for people with dementia and the people who love and care for them. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
Trips to museums can bring out your creative side by showing you a wide range of contemporary or historic art styles. The Clark Art Institute is offering visitors a chance to build their drawing skills, gaining inspiration from the current exhibition and engaging in activities. Visitors can pick up a complimentary sketch pad for drawing in the galleries, self-portrait studio, or figure drawing workshop. The special exhibition Looking North and South features some of the Renaissance’s most famous artists. Improve your drawing abilities by looking, sketching, and learning! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, April 22, 1pm
OPERA/INTERNATIONAL THEATER
Eugene Onegin is a Russian opera, based on a verse novel written by Alexander Pushkin. The 1879 opera was written and composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Fans of international opera and Russian history can view an HD screening of the play performed by the Metropolitan Opera, at Clark Art Institute. This film can expose American theater lovers about Russian culture and classical music composition at the same time. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 28, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Planetarium shows at the Hopkins Observatory feature demonstrations of a range of phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, and much more. They will be offering free shows on Friday evenings through running through May 12. Call 413-597-2188 for more information. Williams College. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 29, 9am-12pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/ECOLOGY
Garlic mustard is an invasive species that threatens butterflies, jack-in-the-pulpit, native oak seedlings, and other important species. Families can learn about ecology through the lens of invasive species, while contributing to their local community, by participating in a volunteer workday at Field Farm. Regional ecologist Julie Richburg will teach families how to safely remove garlic mustard and lead participants in cleaning up the trails. Basic tools will be provided. Bring gloves if you have them. For those who wish to learn more about Field Farm and other volunteer opportunities, stick around for the open house from 12pm to 1pm. For more information, call 413-532-1631 ex. 3119. Field Farm Reservation. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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

Wednesday, April 5, 10am-1pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/NATURAL HISTORY
Learn about local, natural history on a scenic walk along the river! A naturalist will be guiding participants on an easy hike on the Old Mill Trail. Participants can admire the beautiful Housatonic River while learning about the history of the mill. This three-mile hike will be taken at an easy pace. Attendees should bring a lunch and dress warmly in layers. From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left. Email mleavitt@bnrc.org with any questions. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

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

Wednesday, April 5, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event, participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Pleasant Valley’s caretaker. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 5, 10am-3pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/LITERACY
Wordplay requires intelligence and creativity. To tell or even merely to understand a pun requires communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain (Scientific American). The 2017 Lenox Peeps Show invites people of all ages to create a diorama combines humor (in the form of puns), literacy, and visual creativity. This year participants will be creating dioramas using peeps to depict their favorite story or book, with extra credit given to those who use puns in their concept or title. All entries must be delivered to Ventfort Hall before 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 5th. Visit the Ventfort Hall website for full details. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 8, 10am-12pm
EASTER/EGG DECORATING
Egg decorating is an important part of the cultures of Poland, Croatia, Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. People across nations and cultures have found eggs to be an aesthetically pleasing decorative object, symbolizing the possibility and hope of new life. Egg decorating also differs in technique across cultures. People of all ages are invited to learn about this traditional Eastern European craft through demonstrations and instructional workshops at Ventfort Hall. All materials are included in the workshop fee. Children should be at least 12 years of age. Reservations are recommended as the workshop size is limited.413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 12, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event, participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Pleasant Valley’s caretaker. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 12, 1pm-3pm
HEALTH
How can art help us to engage with loved ones affected by memory loss? A community talk, “Every Picture Tells a Story,” will offer positive ways of looking at memory loss and offer ideas for creating engaging moments between caregivers and adults with dementia. Participants will hear from experts who have executed dementia-specific museum and art-making programs including at home museum visits. This workshop is limited to 30 people. Call 413-637-5535 to register. Lenox Community Center. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event, participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Pleasant Valley’s caretaker. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19, 5:30pm-7:30pm
ZOOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Salamanders are amphibians, relying on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Some species of salamander share our local habitat. In early spring, you can find local woodland salamanders under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Experts Gayle Tardif-Raser and Dale Abrahams will be leading nature explorers around Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for salamanders! Get acquainted with these fascinating creatures. This event is suitable for ages five and up. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Saturday, April 22, 9am-1pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Mass Audubon nature centers such as Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary are an essential local resource for education. These natural spaces are a shared place for exercise, relaxation, and learning about nature through participation in workshops or in self-directed ways. You can give back to the Mass Audubon by participating in Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day. Help take care of the native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Register online on the Mass Audubon website. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Monday, April 24, 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)

Wednesday, April 26, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Pleasant Valley’s caretaker. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm
ZOOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Salamanders are amphibians, relying on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Some species of salamander share our local habitat. In early spring, you can find local woodland salamanders under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Experts Gayle Tardif-Raser and Dale Abrahams will be leading nature explorers around Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to look for salamanders! Get acquainted with these fascinating creatures. This event is suitable for ages five and up. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Sunday, April 30, 2pm-3pm
LITERACY/HORTICULTURE
As a child, were you engrossed by the magical Hundred Acre Wood of the Winnie-the-Pooh tales? A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, was inspired by the forests of southeast England. Garden historian Kathryn Aalto will be giving a presentation at The Mount showing attendees the real landscapes which inspired iconic moments in the stories. Her talk will explore the interplay between landscape and literature. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (<$)

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, April 1, 9:30am-4pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
What can you do to become politically engaged on the local or national level? Running for local office, helping someone else run, calling your legislators, canvassing, using social media, and simply engaging in political conversations are all tangible ways you can help causes you care about. The Four Freedoms Coalition, in partnership with Berkshire Community College, is offering a full day of workshops on civic participation basics.  1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 1, 2pm-3pm
ECOLOGY
Rivers are like the blood vessels of the Earth, and the health of these rivers impacts the entire ecosystem around them. Citizens have a greater impact on the health of local rivers than you may realize. “Be River Smart” month at the Berkshire Athenaeum will help educate community members to become more knowledgeable about river ecology, and better stewards of our rivers. The program kicks off on April 1 with a presentation by Alison Dixon of the Housatonic Valley Association. The presentation will give practical tips on how you can be “River Smart.” Chris Laney will give an introduction to building your own composting bin. (To better understand the connection between rivers and the human circulatory system, check out our post The Ripple: Stewards of Our Rivers!) 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 1, 7pm-9pm
STORYTELLING/POETRY
No Fools Slam at the Berkshire Museum offers an educational and enlightening evening for community members who enjoy spoken word performances. The slam will feature poetry and spoken-word storytelling from performers between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four. These heartfelt and unfiltered stories may involve content challenging for young children. The performances could foster productive conversations between parents and mature teens, or the event could be a unique activity for a parents’ night out. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 5, 7pm-8:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Courtship displays, in which animals attempt to attract mates through a set of behaviors, can take the form of dances, songs, or displays or strength. These displays are more commonly executed by males, or done mutually, though there are a small number of species whose females execute courtship displays. The courtship display of the American woodcock is executed by males, and it is both a dance and a song, designed to both attract a mate and mark territory. Wet meadows and fields in early Spring set the stage for the woodcock dance. Lifelong birder Dale Abrams will be helping community members look and listen for the American woodcock at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. This event is suitable for children six and up. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, April 6, 12:15pm -2:15pm
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 will include writing and translation service, as well as the availability of laptops, scanners, and digital cameras. Food and drink will be provided. 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)

Friday, April 7, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event, participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 8, 9am-6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Berkshire Music School offers classes, workshops, and ensembles for musicians of all ages. All are invited to hear their students play at their annual performathon! All day long musicians will be showcasing their progress and work. There will also be a bake sale and music store. Bring the whole family to check out this local resource for musical learning. 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 8, 2:30pm-4:30pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/ECOLOGY
Adventures in or along local rivers offer the opportunity to learn about ecology. The Housatonic River is one of Western Massachusetts’ many amazing bodies of water. You can become familiar with the Housatonic river by attending a Stream Team Training, and learn how to complete river assessments. Volunteers will walk or paddle a 1 – 2 mile segment of the river and record observations. This training session at the Berkshire Athenaeum will give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to volunteer. Call the Housatonic Valley Association at 413-298-7024 to register. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm-8:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Courtship displays, in which animals attempt to attract mates through a set of behaviors, can take the form of dances, songs, or displays or strength. These displays are more commonly executed by males, or done mutually, though there are a small number of species whose females execute courtship displays. The courtship display of the American woodcock is executed by males, and it is both a dance and a song, designed to both attract a mate and mark territory. Wet meadows and fields in early Spring set the stage for the woodcock dance. Lifelong birder Dale Abrams will be helping community members look and listen for the American woodcock at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. This event is suitable for children six and up. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, April 14, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event, participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 15, 10am-4pm
ZOOLOGY/AGRICULTURE
The opening of Hancock Shaker Village to visitors brings many educational opportunities for children and adults. April 15 through April 23 you can meet newborn lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks and ducklings! Learn about the biology of these animals and their significance in the context of farming life. In addition to history and biology, many people who visit Shaker Village are interested in the architecture of the Round Stone Barn, built in 1826 as a cow stable. Celebrate spring with agricultural learning and by seeing the baby animals. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adult $; Ages 13-17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Monday, April 17, 11am
FAMILY THEATER/PUPPETRY
Kick off April school vacation week with family-friendly theater! Nutshell Playhouse presents Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure, which tells the story of the main characters’ mission to save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus. The performance will feature movement, live music, masks, and puppetry. The storyline will introduce children to sustainability concepts and the balance of nature, opening up the possibility for important, educational conversations among families. Catch this free performance at the Whitney Center for the Arts. 413-443-0289. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 21, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 21, 12pm
POETRY
The pen is mightier than the sword, and social justice can be fought for in all genres. Martin Espada is a poet and essayist as well as an editor and translator. He uses his poetic voice to fight for social justice including Latino rights. His collections of poetry have been finalists for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. You can hear him read from his critically acclaimed poetry at Berkshire Community College.413-236-2103. Koussevitzky Arts Center, Boland Theatre. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 21, 1pm-4pm
ECOLOGY/ZOOLOGY
In honor of Earth Day and as part of “Be River Smart Month,” visitors to the Berkshire Athenaeum can learn about local ecology and see live critters! Children and parents can see up-close many of the creatures who make their homes in our local waters. There will be other water-themed activities and stories. Kids can enter the water Olympics and make river-themed crafts. This program is best suited for ages six to twelve, and their caregivers. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm
ZOOLOGY/AGRICULTURE
The opening of Hancock Shaker Village to visitors brings many educational opportunities for children and adults. April 15 through April 23 you can meet newborn lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks and ducklings! Learn about the biology of these animals and their significance in the context of farming life. In addition to history and biology, many people who visit Shaker Village are interested in the architecture of the Round Stone Barn, built in 1826 as a cow stable. Celebrate spring with agricultural learning and by seeing the baby animals. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adult $; Ages 13-17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Thursday, April 27, 2:30pm-3:45pm
LITERACY
Historical fiction novels can help readers to imagine, relate to, and care about time periods they did not live through. Weeping Under This Same Moon by Jana Laiz is a historical novel about two teenage girls, one American and one Vietnamese, whose paths cross in a way which alters both of their lives. This book can educate readers about the Vietnam War through two different teenage perspectives. Jana Laiz will be discussing her work at the Jonathan Edwards Library. This event is part of the Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project. Berkshire Community College. 413-236-2103. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 28, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Spring is in the air…and so are migratory birds! Beginner and expert bird watchers alike are invited to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary to look for species of wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more, who make their temporary homes here in the warm months. Participants will walk through wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. During this weekly event participants will see how the ecology changes and different birds arrive over time. Please bring binoculars. This program is for adults and will be instructed by Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am-12pm or 1pm-2:30pm
SHADOW PUPPETRY
Shadow puppetry allows kids to think creatively, engaging their visual imaginations. Children ages ten and older, and their caregivers, are invited to a shadow puppetry workshop. Meredyth Babcock of Marmalade Productions will guide the group in the creation of hinged shadow puppets for use in a short play that will be presented at the end of the workshop. This workshop will also teach youth about our local brooks, streams, and ponds. This is the final event of River Smart month, a series of events connecting our community members to the importance of local bodies of water. Call the Housatonic Valley Association at 413-298-7024 to register for this event which will take place at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30pm
GAME DEVELOPMENT
Game development is a growing, innovative career path. Game development requires a team of talent writers, artists, computer programmers, and more. Lee Sheldon is a world-class game designer as well as an author and Professor of Practice in the Interactive Media & Game Development Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is not working on his 43rd game! You can hear him speak about writing and game development at the Stockbridge Library. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (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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Sunday, April 2, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES
How many stringed instruments can you name? There are guitars, lutes, ukuleles, mandolins, violins, the list goes on. These instruments vary in all sorts of ways including their pitch, their size, and their tuning. Instruments in the violin family are held along one arm, or placed upright between the legs, as opposed to guitars, ukuleles, and mandolins. Even pianos are string instruments; hitting the keys causes a hammer to strike a string. The next South Berkshire Concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will feature Stephanie Griffin on viola and Cheryl Seltzer on piano. The program includes works by Schubert, Wolpe, Babbitt, Mamlok, Griffin, and a new viola sonata by Roberto Sierra. Kellogg Music Center. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30pm-7pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/ECOLOGY
Adventures in or along local rivers offer the opportunity to learn about ecology. The Housatonic River is one of Western Massachusetts’ many amazing bodies of water. You can become familiar with the Housatonic river by attending a Stream Team Training, and learn how to complete river assessments. Volunteers will walk or paddle a 1 – 2 mile segment of the river and record observations. This training session at the Mason Library will give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to volunteer. Call the Housatonic Valley Association at 413-298-7024 to register. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 8, 11:30am-12:30pm
FIBER ARTS/SEWING
Spring is a great time for gardening, as well as cleaning and decorating both inside and outside. People with intermediate sewing skills are invited to the Ramsdell Library to learn the basics of designing a flag to display outside or inside your home. A colorful flag could be a great addition to a porch or garden. This event could help fiber artists who want to branch out and start a new project. This workshop will show participants how to choose and cut fabric for a flag. Sewing will take place at home. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19, 10:30am-12pm
SINGING/ELDER CARE
There are innumerable reasons why music has a positive effect on individuals with dementia (Read more on the Alzheimers Foundation of America website). All kinds of music can lift our moods, and familiar music can stir up positive associations. Sharon Lazerson is leader of “The Off Key Chorale,” a daily singing group for people with dementia and their friends and companions. She will be bringing the joy of music to the Mason Library with show tunes, great American standards, classic folk songs, and anything else participants might choose. Please register. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 20, 12pm-1:30pm
POETRY
Poetry often utilizes strong sensory details to help the reader to imagine a given scene or idea. Writing poetry can help you connect to the present moment and to the sometimes overlooked sensory details of life. Do you like to write poetry, or want to start writing but aren’t sure how? In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Renaissance Arts Center is offering an adult poetry writing workshop with guided prompts. Kateri Kosek will teach two sessions on April 20 and April 27. Participants are invited to attend one or both sessions. 413-528-9600. 420 Stockbridge Road #11. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, April 26, 10:30am-12pm
SINGING/ELDER CARE
There are innumerable reasons why music has a positive effect on individuals with dementia (Read more on the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America website). All kinds of music can lift our moods, and familiar music can stir up positive associations. Sharon Lazerson is leader of “The Off Key Chorale,” a daily singing group for people with dementia and their friends and companions. She will be bringing the joy of music to the Mason Library with show tunes, great American standards, classic folk songs, and anything else participants might choose. Please register. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 27, 12pm-1:30pm
POETRY
Poetry often utilizes strong sensory details to help the reader to imagine a given scene or idea. Writing poetry can help you connect to the present moment and to the sometimes overlooked sensory details of life. Do you like to write poetry, or want to start writing but aren’t sure how? In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Renaissance Arts Center is offering an adult poetry writing workshop with guided prompts. Kateri Kosek will teach. 413-528-9600. 420 Stockbridge Road #11. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

 

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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