Berkshire Family Fun: May 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
May 2017

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


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ADAMS

Tuesday, May 2, 6pm
HISTORY/LITERACY
Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for a famous act of civil disobedience, and his life at Walden pond. Thoreau spent one night in jail for his intentional nonpayment of the state poll tax. His essays and books from the 19th century are still widely read and discussed today. Writer and educator Corinne H. Smith will be discussing Thoreau’s enduring popularity, his work, and his life, in a talk at the Adams Free Library. She will explain some of Thoreau’s “transcendentalist” philosophy and the ways in which these ideas continue to resonate today. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 14, 8am-11:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL/MOTHER’S DAY
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a community meal! This holiday honors the importance of a mother’s impact in both the nuclear family and wider society. The Berkshire Lodge of Masons will be offering a breakfast including pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more. Celebrate the impact that mother’s have on families across generations. 63 Center Street (The Elks Lodge Building). Adams, MA. (<$)

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

CHESHIRE

Thursday, May 4, 1pm-3pm
EDUCATION/PARENTING
Do you homeschool your children? You’re invited to the Berkshire Homeschoolers’ Curriculum Swap to trade textbooks, teacher’s manuals, workbooks and other educational materials for all subjects and grade levels. This is a great way to pass on materials you’re no longer using and get involved in the local homeschooling community. If you’re new to homeschooling you don’t need to bring anything to participate in the swap. If you have questions about any area of homeschooling, there will likely be someone who can answer your questions and give advice. For more information contact: amynajimy@yahoo.com. First Baptist Church. 32 North Street. Cheshire, MA. (FREE)

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Saturday, May 27, 12pm-4:30pm
INTERGENERATIONAL
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with hands-on learning and entertainment at Bascom Lodge. The festivities begin at 12pm with a beekeeping demonstration led by Richard Clapper from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeper’s Association. At 1pm, families can enjoy Nutshell Playhouse’s performance of Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure, an original production featuring masks, movement, live music, and puppetry. From 2:30pm to 4:30pm, children of all ages can engage in writing poetry, chants, and incantations inspired by mountain creatures. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 28, 6pm-7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/SOUTHERN ROOTS
Musical duo Moonshine Holler draws upon southern roots music and uses more instruments than they can juggle, including: fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. Their music incorporates a variety of genres including mountain blues and ballads. They have played across the country and abroad. Hear them play mountain blues by the mountain at Bascom Lodge! 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, 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

Tuesday, May 9, 5pm-6pm
HORTICULTURE
Even if you don’t have space or time to dedicate to a huge garden, you can learn how to grow delicious vegetables on your own. Jen Munoz from the Growing Healthy Gardens Program will be teaching a workshop on how to grow foods in small containers. Participants will leave with a small container of soil planted with vegetable seeds. Space is limited; the first 12 people will receive garden containers. Register by calling Bret Beattie at 413-663-7588 ex 28. UNO Community Center. 157 River Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 12, 6pm-7:30pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
Want to meet other families where you live? Community meals are a great way for both kids and parents to make new friends. The Family Place invites you to an evening of music, dancing, pizza, and a raffle. Spend some quality fun time with your family. For more information call The Family Place at 413-663-7588. Family Fun Night will be held at the North Adams Armory. 206 Ashland Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 10:30am-11:30am
LITERACY/READING DOGS
Reading skills are important for children to succeed in many different subject areas. Learning to read out loud is an important skill which can be a difficult and self-conscious experience for kids. Having a friendly animal present can help calm children down so that they can focus on improving their reading. Children of all ages and abilities are invited to the North Adams Public Library to read to and spend time with special furry friends, Inky and Seymour. Children may bring a favorite book from home or choose one from the library’s collection. The dogs are certified as therapy dogs, and their owners/handlers will be present. Call the Youth Services Department for more information. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 2pm-6pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/ART STUDIES
In nature journals, people draw inspiration from the natural world to draw sketches, write, or track observations and scientific recordings. You can learn the basics of nature journaling and watch it transform your experience outdoors! Art instructor Jennifer Lovett will be guiding participants on an exploration of the Hoosac Range. The terrain is moderate and the pace will be reasonable. Children are welcome. Registration is required. Visit the Berkshire Natural Resources Council website for full details. Hoosac Range. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 30, 5:30pm
LITERACY/WRITING
Does your teen like to write? Creative writing can help us process emotions and express our opinions. Your teen can gain inspiration and meet fellow young writers at a showcase of writing. The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Teen Writing Workshop will be reading their best material from the year, including poetry and short stories. Check out the next generation of writers. Gallery 51. 51 Main 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

Tuesday, May 2, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
American photographer Carl Van Vechten’s photographs provide insight into American history through a traveler’s cross-cultural perspective. Vechten took over one hundred photographs of the Indian dancer Ram Gopal in New York city in 1938, capturing a time and place in history which we can now revisit through his work. Art history, Asian studies, and film studies professor Ajay Sinha will be educating listeners on Vechten’s life and work, in the lecture “An Indian Dancer in American Photographs,” at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 3, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER MUSIC
Aaron Copland’s orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring” first premiered in 1944 and remains popular today. You can hear this composition as well as contemporary orchestral music performed by The Chamber Orchestra of Williams, at the Clark Art Institute. This Spring concert will also feature poetry and art for a multidimensional and innovative performance. All are welcome. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 5, 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)

Sunday, May 7, 10am-5pm
ART STUDIES
Clark Art Institute’s final First Sundays Free program of the season with feature en plein air painting on the Fernández Terrace, and a hike up to Stone Hill. Artists have always been inspired by nature, and outdoor painting allows artists to enjoy the landscape as you capture it on the canvas. Visitors are also welcome to join gallery talks in the Impressionist gallery at 11am and 2pm. Painting activities are weather dependent. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 12, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop a love of 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. This is the last free planetarium show of the season! Call 413-597-2188 for more information. Williams College. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 14, 10am-4pm
ART STUDIES/GLASSBLOWING
Glassblowing is a glass-forming technique which dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. Glassblowing can be used to create practical items as well as purely artistic pieces. The Clark Art Institute has an impressive collection of Early American Blown Glass and other glass items. On Sunday, May 14 the Clark will open a brand new gallery, The Lauzon Glass Study Gallery. The items in this new collection tell the story of the glass industry in early America, featuring both free-blown glass and pressed glass. The collection includes many forms of glass such as decanters, figured flasks, lighting implements, and objects for the table such as drinking glasses and salt cellars. Visit the new gallery to learn how glass was made in early America and admire the beauty of glass as an artistic medium. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Thursday, May 18, 12pm
ART HISTORY
Meet other art lovers by attending a “Looking and Lunching” event at the Clark Art Institute. The May 18 program, “Tricks of the Trademark,” is lead by curatorial assistant Genevieve Hulley. She will examine The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, a print included in the exhibition Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500-1650. Albrecht Dürer work was the subject of a bitter copyright dispute. Tickets to this program include admission to the galleries, careful observation of the print followed by informal discussion, and lunch provided by Café 7. To purchase tickets and select a menu option call 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 20, 9am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
New England’s youngest historic house museum is an award-winning architectural gem. As its name suggests, The Folly is both a whimsical and daring structure, designed in 1965 by noted post-modernist architect Ulrich Franzen. Its three bedrooms dance around the form of a pinwheel-shaped guest cottage that still contains its original, contemporary furnishings. Situated on 316 pristine, conserved acres, The Folly is paired on the property with The Trustees’ mid-century modern structure, the Guest House at Field Farm (one of two B&Bs owned and managed by the organization). You can visit and explore the trails, gardens, sculptures and historic house museum for free on May 20, for The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home Historic Open House Day! Call 413-298-8138 for more information. 554 Sloan Road. 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

Sunday, May 7, 1pm-3pm
MYCOLOGY
Mycology is a branch of biology concerning the study of fungi. Cultivating mushrooms is a great way to learn about the fungi life cycle while harvesting an edible product. Notchview is offering a mushroom cultivation workshop to teach participants about log inoculation, incubation, fruiting, harvesting and growing wine caps on wood chips. All materials are included in the fee. Register by calling 413-532-1631 x 3110. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($$)

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

Monday, May 15, 6:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Learning to identify birds by their calls opens up a whole new world of bird identification. Even if they’re cleverly camouflaged or roosted at the top of a tall tree, if you can hear a bird’s song, you’ve got a good shot at determining who is chattering. With his “Songbirds of the Northeast” presentation at the Dalton Free Public Library, naturalist John Root will teach you bird identification techniques through recordings and photographs. Interested attendees will also be able to purchase bluebird boxes and perennials for edible landscaping and attracting wildlife. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

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

HINSDALE

Saturday, May 6, 9am-1pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Participating in a volunteer day at a local nature center or trail, you can help ensure that the trails are cleared for visitors, and in some cases even help biodiversity by pulling invasive plants! Housatonic Valley Association invites you to their annual spring work party on the Old Mill Trail. Volunteers will help clean up the trail of winter debris, rake portions of the trail of leaves, pick up trash, replace lost markers and hand-pull invasive plants such as garlic mustard, celandine and winged euonymus. Tools, work gloves, and snacks will be provided. Call 413-298-7024 to register. Meet at the trailhead on Old Dalton Road. Hinsdale, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

LEE

Friday, May 5, 7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CABARET
Your voice is the instrument you take with you everywhere! Sherri James Buxton is a skilled vocalist who plays a range of musical genres. Her shows incorporate standards and show tunes as well as jazz. Come to the Spectrum Playhouse to hear her interpret classic songs with her own creative twist. Singers are bound to be inspired by her abilities. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (<$)

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, May 3, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker Jonathan Pierce will be offering a spring bird watching guided walk for adults on Wednesdays in May. Participants will walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to identify warblers, tanagers, orioles, and other species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 10, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker Jonathan Pierce will be offering a spring bird watching guided walk for adults on Wednesdays in May. Participants will walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to identify warblers, tanagers, orioles, and other species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 10am-5pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton was an extremely prolific and respected author, writing fifteen novels, seven novellas, and eighty-five short stories, poetry and more. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times, in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton also designed her elegant home and gardens, which you can visit! The Mount is a 49-acre property featuring one of the most significant formal gardens in New England, including an Italian walled garden, French flower garden, and a lime walk lined with pleached linden trees. You can explore the home and the grounds on Opening Day for the 2017 season. Pay once; visit often! Admission valid for 7 days, and kids get in free every day. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; 18 and under FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 3:30pm
HISTORY/FASHION
Does your mom appreciate history and fashion? Bring her to Ventfort Hall for a tea and talk entitled “1900 to 1925: Revolutionary Fashion.” Learn what fashion looked like in 1900, and how it evolved over the first quarter of the 20th century. Fashion historian and Adams vintage clothing shop owner Lynda Meyer calls this period, “the most revolutionary generational transition in fashion history.” She will discuss how factors such as technology, art a tragic world war and women’s suffrage impacted fashion trends and industry. For information and reservations call 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, May 17, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker Jonathan Pierce will be offering a spring birdwatching guided walk for adults on Wednesdays in May. Participants will walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to identify warblers, tanagers, orioles, and other species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm-8:30pm
ZOOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about beavers’ habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations. The program leader will help attendees look for beavers as well as other wildlife who live in the ponds. This event is suitable for children ages three and up, and their caregivers. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 20, 10am-12:30pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Now is the time to search for early blooming wildflowers! Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a leisurely guided walk. Naturalist Linda Cysz will help you look for meadow and woodland wildflowers, gathering edible plants for snacks and identifying flowers along the way. Bring trail snacks, curiosity, and a hand lens if you have one. This program is for adults. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Monday, May 22, 1:30pm-3pm
CRAFTS/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate spring and the sunshine by learning to create a sun-catcher! You can give this colorful craft item as a gift or hang it in your window. This free program will take place at the Lenox Community Center. Call Sue at 413-637-5535 to register. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 23, 12pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
Social support and community connections help people thrive mentally and physically, whether they are young or old. Meeting your neighbors at a community meal can help you build this social support. Seniors are invited to a Pizza Party, with food from The Olde Heritage Tavern, at the Lenox Community Center. Seniors and their loved ones are also invited to stick around, at 1pm, for an informational talk about Personal Emergency Response Systems. Gina Isenhart from Home Instead Senior Care will provide information and answer your questions. Call 413-637-5535 to make your reservation for the pizza party; transportation is available. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, May 24, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker Jonathan Pierce will be offering a spring birdwatching guided walk for adults on Wednesdays in May. Participants will walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to identify warblers, tanagers, orioles, and other species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 25, 5pm-6:15pm
CREATIVE WRITING/MEMOIR
Over the past several decades and generations, the typical roles and lives of women have changed drastically. While most women would agree that these changes are positive, grappling with the endless possibilities of career, love, and family poses new challenges. Ariel Levy explores this topic through her own story, the story of being “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses,” in her memoir The Rules Do Not Apply. You can hear her discuss her book in conversation with journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick, at The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Wednesday, May 31, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker Jonathan Pierce will be offering a spring birdwatching walk for adults on Wednesdays in May. Participants will walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to identify warblers, tanagers, orioles, and other species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 31, 7pm-8:30pm
ZOOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about beavers’ habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations. The program leader will help attendees look for beavers as well as other wildlife who live in the ponds. This event is suitable for children ages three and up, and their caregivers. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. 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

Friday, May 5, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
The natural environment is changing subtly all the time. If you learn how to look for those changes, your nature walks will be full of learning.You can learn to identify migratory birds such as wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more on spring birding walks at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Noreen Mole will guide participants past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in ecology and bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 7, 2pm-4pm
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Want to do something about islamophobia and antisemitism? The first step to tackling a problem is fully understanding it. Community members are invited to discuss these complex social issues through a panel discussion at the Berkshire Museum. Panelists will be discussing phenomena such as the rise of hate crimes across the United States and the targeting of Jewish and Muslim communities. Spiritual leaders and academic experts will be exploring all sides of these issues. Visit the Berkshire Museum website for more information. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 10, 10am
FAMILY THEATER/LITERACY
Mo Willems’ popular Elephant and Piggie picture books often address themes related to friendship, reconciling differences between fun-loving Piggie and melancholy Elephant Gerald. In spite of their different personalities, Elephant and Piggie are best friends. Families who enjoy the book series can now see these characters come to life in the musical, Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! performed at The Colonial Theatre. Homeschooling families can use this as an opportunity to discuss and learn about literature, theater, and music. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, May 12, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Nature lovers can add the fun puzzle of species identification to their nature walks by learning about ornithology. You can find out how to identify the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more on spring birding walks at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Noreen Mole will guide participants past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in ecology and bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 7pm-10pm
DANCE STUDIES/LATINX CULTURE
Have you ever wanted to improve your dancing by taking a lesson? Stars of Ballet Hispánico will be providing a brief lesson at Shire City Sanctuary before inviting everyone to dance to live music! Los Hancheros will perform modern-day Latin music. This is a unique opportunity to dance among professional company dancers. Purchase tickets through Jacob’s Pillow Dance or buy them at the door- cash only. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, May 19, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. You can learn to identify the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more on spring birding walks at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Noreen Mole will guide participants past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in ecology and bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 26, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spring and fall are the best times of year for birdwatching if you want to learn about migratory birds. You can learn to identify the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more on spring birding walks at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Noreen Mole will guide participants past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in ecology and bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 30, 8am-10am
BUSINESS
Entrepreneurs are often fiercely independent, yet even the most independent among us can benefit from collaboration. Creative business people have the chance to meet up, swap ideas, learn, and network at a 1Berkshire Entrepreneurial Meetup series. The series is returning for the third year, gathering together small business owners and those interested in starting a business for a chance to chat and trade information. Register on the 1Berkshire website. Call 413-499-1600 for more information. Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 444 North Street. 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

Monday, May 1, 9am-5pm
HORTICULTURE
Learn about horticulture, medicinal herbs, and local history at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual opening. There will be scheduled activities from 1-3pm including garden tours and talks. Members of the Herb Associates will serve an assortment of herb-infused cookies. Try a sample of Mai Bowle, a May wine punch originally developed as a medicinal beverage and first documented in the year 854 by German monks. All day long visitors can explore the 15-acre garden featuring blooming crabapple, redbud, and shadblow trees as well as perennials including peony, daffodil, and hellebores. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 5, 3pm
ART HISTORY
In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art. You can learn about America’s favorite illustrator by meeting people who knew him personally. Models who posed for Rockwell will be sharing their experiences. This program is included with regular museum admission. Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, May 6, 10am-12pm
BOTANY
One of the most beautiful harbingers of spring is the emergence of wildflowers. New England’s natural habitats such as forests, meadows, wetlands, alpine summits, and coastal environments, are home to many species of spring-flowering plants. In this lecture, “Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of the Northeast,” Ted Elliman will talk about the wildflowers that you are likely to find in bloom in the forests and meadows of the Berkshires. Attendees are also invited, after the presentation, to hike the trails of the Ice Glen and identify plants along the mossy ravine. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 6, 1:30pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Painting demonstrations are great for art lovers who want to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Illustrator and painter Dan Howe will be offering a painting demonstration and discussion to illuminate the artistic process of famous artist Norman Rockwell. This program is included with admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Artists may be interested in trying out the techniques they see demonstrated. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Friday, May 12, 1:30pm
ART STUDIES
Norman Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator, best known for his Saturday Evening Post covers and his series of paintings, the Four Freedoms. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge hosts the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell artwork, providing local residents with a resource for learning about art and American history. Visit the museum on Friday, May 12 and you can learn even more about this artist through a talk given by Curator of Education Tom Daly. Daly will explore Rockwell’s unique style of visual storytelling. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/ANIMATION
Most parents would rather their children do something more active and educational than watch Saturday morning cartoons. But at the Norman Rockwell Museum, you can enjoy classic cartoons together as a family and reframe this as a historical and artistic endeavor. Cartoon television shows are works of visual art, made up of sequential drawings and stemming from the same foundation idea as physical flip books. At the Saturday Morning Cartoons program at the museum, you can enjoy classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon shows such as Tom and Jerry, and The Jetsons, and explore art history through the museum’s exhibits. If your children are artistically inclined, you could follow up this visit with an art project by making flip books together as a family. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 2pm-4pm
HORTICULTURE
It’s not too late to start planting your garden! Horticulturalist Eric Ruquist will be teaching a workshop at Naumkeag explaining how to pl and plant a garden of seasonal flowers. He will focus in particular on good flower varieties for the southern Berkshires, and explain how to seed a densely-planted garden to grow your own cut flowers. Everyone will leave with a seeded flat of flowers. For more information please call 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Members $; Non members $$)

Sunday, May 14, 2pm
ANIMATION/WRITING
Hanna-Barbera was a successful American animation studio, from 1957 to 2001. Glenn Leopold worked for the company as a writer for thirty years, creating well-known and loved shows such as The Smurfs and Scooby Doo. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of film and animation by attending his talk at the Norman Rockwell Museum. In celebration of Mother’s Day this program will include a delicious tea and treats! 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Tuesday, May 16, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
The average American child spends about thirty minutes of their day in unstructured, outdoor play, and more than seven hours in front of a screen (see this report for more information). Most people intuitively understand the connection between time spent in nature and positive well-being. Fresh air and exercise keep our bodies in shape and our minds focused. But did you know that time spent outdoors in childhood also is correlated with better distance vision? For young, developing children, the benefits are endless. You and your child can increase your time spent outdoors by participating in a nature playgroup at Naumkeag. The playgroup is best-suited for three to six-year-olds. It is not stroller friendly, though babies in arms are welcome. Participants, both children, and caregivers can expect to get very dirty and explore some of the most remote corners of the property. Registration is required. Call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 18, 10am-5pm
ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Taking your children to a museum can be the perfect activity to keep the learning going outside of school. In addition to being educational spaces, museums support the creative economy, build partnerships with school systems, and provide public spaces for community members. You can join in a celebration of the power of museums by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum on Art Museum Day! There will be guided gallery talks starting at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 19, 11am-5pm
BOTANY/PLANT SALE
Tending to a family garden or even just watering house plants can teach kids about responsibility and various branches science at the same time! Plant sales offer the opportunity to support local horticulturalists as well. Bringing your child along to a plant sale, he or she will learn about habitat and ecology as you pick out plants that will thrive in the conditions of your home and yard. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale will provide thousands of woody and herbaceous plants for purchase. The plants will be displayed by habitat and include plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals and vines. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 20, 9am-5pm
BOTANY/PLANT SALE
Tending to a family garden or even just watering house plants can teach kids about responsibility and various branches science at the same time! Bringing your child along to a plant sale, he or she will learn about habitat and ecology as you pick out plants that will thrive in the conditions of your home and yard. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale, Plants and Answers, will provide thousands of woody and herbaceous plants for purchase, as well as expert advice. The plants will be displayed by habitat and include plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals, and vines. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about artistic, as well as practical trends. Changes in architectural styles of homes can reflect changes in lifestyle. Architectural learning can also support placemaking as individuals gain a greater understanding of how their communities have developed over time. You can learn about history through the lens of architecture by visiting any of the ten Trustees historic sites open for free for their Home Sweet Home day! At The Mission House there will be guided tours on the hour, and a Story Book Walk throughout the day. Bring a book to donate to the new Little Free Library. Call 413-298-8138 for more information. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about artistic, as well as practical trends. Changes in architectural styles of homes can reflect changes in lifestyle. Architectural learning can also support placemaking as individuals gain a greater understanding of how their communities have developed over time. You can learn about history through the lens of architecture by visiting any of the ten Trustees historic sites open for free for their Home Sweet Home day! Call 413-298-8138 for more information. Naumkeag, the former home of the Choate family built at the height of the Gilded Age, invites you to tour the Peony Garden and the Chinese garden, view books in the library, and write a poem to hang in the woods for others to read! 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 23, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
The average American child spends about thirty minutes of their day in unstructured, outdoor play, and more than seven hours in front of a screen (see this report for more information). Most people intuitively understand the connection between time spent in nature and positive well-being. Fresh air and exercise keep our bodies in shape and our minds focused. But did you know that time spent outdoors in childhood is also correlated with better distance vision? For young, developing children, the benefits are endless. You and your child can increase your time spent outdoors by participating in a nature playgroup at Naumkeag. The playgroup is best-suited for three to six-year-olds. It is not stroller friendly, though babies in arms are welcome. Participants, both children, and caregivers, can expect to get very dirty and explore some of the most remote corners of the property. Registration is required. Call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 25, 5:30pm
JOURNALISM
Can you trust the media? Is free speech under attack? These are questions being asked by politicians as well as citizens, both liberals, and conservatives. Free speech and a free press are core American values, solidified in the Constitution’s First Amendment. American journalism today is facing great challenges to their reporting. The Norman Rockwell Museum is bringing together expert speakers to discuss this issue. Speakers include Jim Levulis, Associate News Director, WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and Tammy Daniels, Managing Editor, iBerkshires.com. All are welcome to attend. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 26, 5pm-7pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/BOTANY
Berkshire Botanical Garden’s opening reception: PlayDate: Play Houses in the Garden. Meet the designers and builders who have re-imagined playhouse structures and tour the exhibition of 12 installations ranging from an antique aviary tea party to a three-sided rustic fire hut. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 27, 10am-5pm
ART HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
Chesterwood, the summer home, studio, and gardens of American monument sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), offers visitors the opportunity to learn about American history and art history through sculpture and architecture. Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial. On May 27 Chesterwood opens for the season, which will last until October 9. Plan a trip with friends or family. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($; military, and children ages 13 to 17 <$; Children under 13 and Friends of Chesterwood FREE)

Saturday, May 27, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/ANIMATION
Most parents would rather their children do something more active and educational than watch Saturday morning cartoons. At the Norman Rockwell Museum, however, you can learn about cartoons as an art form, and encourage your children to draw inspiration from their cartoon watching. Cartoon television shows are works of visual art, made up of sequential drawings and stemming from the same principle as physical flip books. At Hanna-Barbera Family Day, families will take part in animation-inspired activities including character design and flip book creation. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Monday, May 29, 1:30pm
MEMORIAL DAY/ART STUDIES
This memorial day, you can learn about military history through an artistic perspective by visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum. Much of Norman Rockwell’s work depicted life in the military, from the American Revolution to the Vietnam era, capturing the feelings of a nation through art. Peruse his work as you contemplate this history and honor the fallen soldiers of all American wars. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Tuesday, May 30, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
The average American child spends about thirty minutes of their day in unstructured, outdoor play, and more than seven hours in front of a screen (see this report for more information). Most people intuitively understand the connection between time spent in nature and positive well-being. Fresh air and exercise keep our bodies in shape and our minds focused. But did you know that time spent outdoors in childhood is also correlated with better distance vision? For young, developing children, the benefits are endless. You and your child can increase your time spent outdoors by participating in a nature playgroup at Naumkeag. The playgroup is best-suited for three to six year olds. It is not stroller friendly, though babies in arms are welcome. Participants, both children and caregivers, can expect to get very dirty and explore some of the most remote corners of the property. Registration is required. Call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 5 Prospect Hill. 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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Wednesday, May 10, 7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
During the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a great migration of music, following the migration of peoples, from Scotland and Ireland to America. This choral concert, “Across the Atlantic,” will explore the impact of human migration on music history through performances of ancient and contemporary music. Various musical groups at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will perform pieces ranging from ancient ballads and folk songs, shape-note hymns, the 50’s folk revival, Celtic Woman, the Wailin’ Jennys and the soundtrack to “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” 413-644-4400. Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER MUSIC
For those of us lucky to live in proximity to college campuses, Spring is a time for concerts! At the end of the academic year, musical groups at colleges often showcase their work for the college community and beyond. All are welcome to attend the Spring Concert of The Simon’s Rock Chamber Orchestra. They will be performing Mozart’s Symphony #40 in G-minor. For more information, call 413-528-7212. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 13, 12:30pm-2pm
CULINARY ARTS/BEVERAGES
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from green or black tea. Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made from grains. You can learn how to make the probiotic drink, kombucha, as well as how to easily flavor and carbonate it at home, in a workshop at the Ramsdell Library. The workshop leader will also teach you about water kefir, an underutilized cultured beverage, including information on how to use it as a starter for other fermented products. Bring a jar if you’d like to walk away with a kombucha mother (the starter culture used to make kombucha). 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 15, 5:30pm-7pm
CULINARY ARTS/BEVERAGES
Soda-like beverages have existed long before the highly processed, sugary drinks we know today. “Switchel” is one example of a once-popular, homemade, American sweet beverage. You can get creative making your own wild sodas with simple ingredients and basic equipment. Trevor Ring will be leading a workshop at the Mason Library, teaching participants how to make wild sodas, as well as kvass, a traditional Russian/Eastern European fermented beverage usually made from stale bread or root veggies like beets. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 16, 7am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
If you have a backyard bird feeder, you may have become familiar with the bird species which thrive in your neighborhood. Guided nature walks can help you expand your ornithological knowledge as you become familiar with the birds of field and forest. “Birding Beyond Your Backyard” is a beginner birding program designed to do just that. Beginners are invited to join the Hoffman Bird Club for a stroll around Housatonic Flats. The terrain is flat, level ground along the Housatonic River. Bring water and a snack. Housatonic Flats is on Route 7, just north of the WSBS radio tower and opposite 434B Stockbridge Road. Contact Doug at dbruce@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596 with questions. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
School music programs constantly face budget cuts. While schools must follow legal standards and requirements for teaching subjects such as English and mathematics, schools are not required to teach the arts. Thus they are the first to go when funds are insufficient. It is important to understand that learning to play a musical instrument is not just a fun, educational activity in and of itself; it can improve competency in other academic subjects and life skills. The “Music Matters” Seminar at South County Center will serve to teach attendees about the importance of music to a child’s growth and development. Parents who attend will learn how to best assist their children in their musical learning. Seminar leaders Karen Berger and David Hodge will reference numerous studies which demonstrate how music education benefits overall intelligence and helps youth perform better in other studies. They will also speak to the social benefits of music, such as teamwork, goal setting, and time management. For more information, call BCC’s South County Center at 413- 528-4521. 343 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, May 17, 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

Saturday, May 27, 9am-3pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
In many ways, warm weather allows for greater opportunities to gather as a community in outdoor spaces. In spring and summer, town-wide and family tag sales begin to pop up throughout the pioneer valley. It’s the perfect time of year to open up your windows, do some spring cleaning, and pass along items you no longer need. Families are particularly prone to go through items quickly as their children grow, physically and mentally, out of their possessions. If you would like to participate in a tag sale, visit the Otis Cultural Council website to apply for a spot. Otherwise, you can simply peruse items at the Otis Cultural Council Tag Sale, featuring furniture, collectibles, household items, crafts and more! Support community members and local artists by shopping locally. For more information call 413-269-4008. Otis Ridge Ski Mountain Parking Center. Route 23. Otis, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Saturday, May 6, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring marks the arrival of warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other migratory birds. Learning to identify them by sight and sound can add a new layer of appreciation to the spring season. Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary’s education coordinator will be offering guided morning walks of the trails to teach participants how to identify species of local birds. If time permits participants may also check other nearby birding hotspots. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. This program is best suited for adults. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (Members FREE; Nonmembers <$)

Saturday, May 6, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
Using animals as subjects for artwork can connect an interest in zoology with art studies. Local artist Karen Danuith will be guiding participants in a drawing session at Bartholomew’s Cobble during which participants will use the bird taxidermy collection for inspiration to draw three-dimensional birds. Birds in flight can be difficult to see and capture on the page. This is a unique opportunity to see the tiniest details of birds up close. For more information call 413-298-3239 x 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Members <$; Non-members $)

Saturday, May 13, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring marks the arrival of warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other migratory birds. Learning to identify them by sight and sound can add a new layer of appreciation to the spring season. Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary’s education coordinator will be offering guided morning walks on the trails to teach participants how to identify species of local birds. If time permits participants may also check other nearby birding hotspots. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. This program is best suited for adults. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Saturday, May 20, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Spring marks the arrival of warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other migratory birds. Learning to identify them by sight and sound can add a new layer of appreciation to the spring season. Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary’s education coordinator will be offering guided morning walks on the trails to teach participants how to identify species of local birds. If time permits participants may also check other nearby birding hotspots. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. This program is best suited for adults. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about artistic, as well as practical trends. Changes in architectural styles of homes can reflect changes in lifestyle. Architectural learning can also support placemaking as individuals gain a greater understanding of how their communities have developed over time. You can learn about history through the lens of architecture by visiting any of the ten Trustees historic sites open for free for their Home Sweet Home day! Call 413-298-8138 for more information. Ashley House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a site of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. Elizabeth Freeman, also known Mum Bett, was enslaved in the Ashley House, and later became the first black slave to successfully sue for and win her freedom. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Ashley Falls. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 28, 10am-12pm
ORNITHOLOGY/HUNTING
Falconry is an ancient hunting technique dating back to at least 2,000 BC. Falconers use hawks or eagles to catch prey. You can learn about the art of falconry, and about the spectacular birds of prey used in falconry, through a series of demonstrations at Bartholomew’s Cobble. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; 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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