Berkshire Family Fun: July 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
July 2017

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of July. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week.

If you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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.

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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

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ADAMS

Friday, July 21, 10am
STORYTIME/UKULELE
Attending storytimes is a great way to encourage early literacy in your children while meeting other families. A new storytime at the Adams Free Library, Miss Julie and her Ukulele, will also incorporate music. Julie has been working with area libraries for the past six years, educating and entertaining young and old alike. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. 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

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.
Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.
Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, July 1, 8pm
STORYTELLING/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Storytelling is a unique art form combining theatrical acting ability will narrative style, and often other elements such as humor. RISK! Podcast provides an outlet for a cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes kind of storytelling. You can attend a live recording session of the podcast, at MASS MoCA. The night of storytelling centers around the theme, “you’re never going to believe this,” and will showcase personal tell-all stories. This program is for adults. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Tuesday, July 4, 9:30pm
FIREWORKS
North Adams will hold a fireworks display in Joe Wolfe Field. 310 State Street. 413-664-6180. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Do you like to picnic with your family over the summer? Have your next picnic dinner at Windsor Lake and enjoy family-friendly music, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. You can connect with local musicians and music fans while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake. On July 19, Lita Williams will perform. 200 Windsor Lake Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 22, 9am-1pm
AGRICULTURE
Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to acquire fresh food while supporting local, small agriculture. Bringing your children along can help them form an understanding of where their food comes from. The North Adams Farmers Market provides quality, locally grown produce and products in a safe and fun environment featuring dozens of local farmers and food producers, as well as artisans and live music. For more information or a schedule of market events call 413-664-6180. St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot. Corner of St. Anthony Drive and Marshall Street. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, July 22, 10am
LITERARY HISTORY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
What better way to celebrate the life and work of a naturalist than to spend time outdoors? Nineteenth-century author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau believed in the importance of walking outdoors to nourish the soul and refresh the spirit. Local scholar and environmentalist Lauren Stevens will guide this participants in a hike at Mount Greylock, providing insights into Thoreau’s experience of hiking the same mountain, from excerpts recorded in his book “A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” Hikers have options for 5.5 mile one-way or complete 11 mile routes. Upper sections of the Bellows Pipe Trail are strenuous. Participants should be prepared for the trail and weather conditions. Recommended for ages teen to adult. Participants should meet at the Mount Greylock State Reservation, Notch Road gate parking lot, 300 feet up from the intersections of Reservoir and Notch Roads, off Route 2. For more information call the Visitor Center 413-499-4262. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Do you like to picnic with your family over the summer? Have your next picnic dinner at Windsor Lake and enjoy family-friendly music, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. You can connect with local musicians and music fans while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake. On July 26, The Brave Brothers will perform. 200 Windsor Lake Road. 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, July 2, 3pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Landscapes are one of the most common subjects for painting, along with still lifes and portraiture. Artist Helen Frankenthaler painted natural landscapes throughout her career which spanned from the 1950s through the 1990s; however, her relationship to the tradition of landscape painting could be described as “ambivalent.” Guest curator Alexandra Schwartz will elaborate further in her lecture on the subject, to be held at the Clark Art Institute. This is the opening lecture for a new exhibition, As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Admission: Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Monday, July 3, 9am
YOGA
Through stretching poses and sometimes concentration on the breath, yoga can relax and center you. Practicing yoga outdoors has the added benefit of connecting you to nature. The Clark Art Institute is offering an outdoor yoga class weekly on Mondays, starting June 3 and continuing through August 28. This class is suitable for all experience levels, ages fourteen and up, and will focus on improving strength and flexibility. Classes will be held on the Fernández Terrace adjacent to the Clark Center. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. Rain cancels this event. No registration is required. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 4, 11am
PARADE
The Williamstown parade kicks off at 11 and gathers on Spring Street. At 1:30 PM, make your way to Williams College’s Sawyer Library to hear actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply before viewing the Chapin Library’s Founding Documents of the United States collection. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 4, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Though they of course formed in England, the Beatles’ popularity was and is far-reaching. They are an important part of American history. You can twist and shout with the Bennington-based Beatles cover band, Across the Pond, at an outdoor concert at the Clark Art Institute.This performance is first in a summer concert series at the Clark, continuing on July 11, 18, and 25. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 7, 3pm
THEATER
Viewing contemporary and brand-new plays can connect you with the theatrical community, and possibly even give you the opportunity to watch a work evolve over time. The “Fridays@3” Reading Series, part of the Williamstown Theater Festival, has over the years featured work which went on to become main Festival productions. The reading series showcases new work in development, read by brilliant actors, and will occur weekly on Fridays from July 7-August 18 at the Clark Art Institute. Come to the reading series for a chance to experience theatre for free. On July 7, the production Blue Sky Process tells the story of employees who must brainstorm their way to success at a startup while navigating office politics and alliances. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 8:15pm
FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
It can be hard to choose, in the summer months, between watching a movie or enjoying the outdoors. You can do both by attending Images Cinema’s annual outdoor film series, Family Flicks Under the Stars. The series continues on July 16 with the 1995 teen comedy, Clueless (PG-13). In addition to being purely entertaining, Clueless is in part a satire of the teen comedy genre, and a retelling of the 1816 Jane Austen novel, Emma. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 17, 9am
YOGA
Through stretching poses and sometimes concentration on the breath, yoga can relax your body and calm your mind. Practicing yoga outdoors has the added benefit of connecting you to nature. The Clark Art Institute is offering an outdoor yoga class weekly on Mondays, starting June 3 and continuing through August 28. This class is suitable for all experience levels, ages fourteen and up, and will focus on improving strength and flexibility. Classes will be held on the Fernández Terrace adjacent to the Clark Center. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. Rain cancels this event. No registration is required. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 18, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/CUBISM
You would probably recognize a cubist painting by its style, a distinct blend of realistic and abstract elements, rendered with geometric forms. But did you know that cubist artists also made sculptures, or that cubism as an artistic movement also impacted music, literature and architecture in the 20th century? The Clark Art Institute invites people of all ages to experiment with cubism through outdoor art-making on Tuesdays through August 22. Participants will be encouraged to make visual observations from different angles. This event is weather-dependent. All activities are free, but admission to the galleries will be charged. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Outdoor concerts at the Clark Art Institute allow visitors to take in the beauty of the landscape while enjoying live music. On July 18, young singer-songwriter Sydney Worthley will be performing songs from her debut album, music that incorporates elements of pop, country, rock, and folk. Worthley is winner of the 2014 Capital Region Teen Idol competition. This performance is part of a summer concert series at the Clark, continuing on July 25. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 21, 3pm
THEATER
Viewing contemporary and brand-new plays can connect you with the theatrical community, and possibly even give you the opportunity to watch a work evolve over time. The “Fridays@3” Reading Series, part of the Williamstown Theater Festival, has over the years featured work which went on to become main Festival productions. The reading series showcases new work in development, read by brilliant actors, and will occur weekly on Fridays through August 18 at the Clark Art Institute. Come to the reading series for a chance to experience theatre for free. On July 21, the production Noura tells the story of an Iraqi immigrant living in America, who makes the complicated decision to welcome a young refugee into her home. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 24, 9am
YOGA
Through stretching poses and sometimes concentration on the breath, yoga can relax your body and calm your mind. Practicing yoga outdoors has the added benefit of connecting you to nature. The Clark Art Institute is offering an outdoor yoga class weekly on Mondays, starting June 3 and continuing through August 28. This class is suitable for all experience levels, ages fourteen and up, and will focus on improving strength and flexibility. Classes will be held on the Fernández Terrace adjacent to the Clark Center. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. Rain cancels this event. No registration is required. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 25, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/CUBISM
You would probably recognize a cubist painting by its style, a distinct blend of realistic and abstract elements, rendered with geometric forms. But did you know that cubist artists also made sculptures, or that cubism as an artistic movement impacted music, literature and architecture in the 20th century? The Clark Art Institute invites people of all ages to experiment with cubism through outdoor art-making on Tuesdays through August 22. Participants will be encouraged to make visual observations from different angles. This event is weather-dependent. All activities are free, but admission to the galleries will be charged. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Brass instruments are crucial for many genres of music including jazz and funk, to name a few. Capital Brass is a swinging ensemble who plays everything from Jimmy Buffet to John Philip Sousa, demonstrating the full range and beauty of brass! Hear them perform at an outdoor concert at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 28, 3pm
THEATER
Viewing contemporary and brand-new plays can connect you with the theatrical community, and possibly even give you the opportunity to watch a work evolve over time. The “Fridays@3” Reading Series, part of the Williamstown Theater Festival, has over the years featured work which went on to become a main festival production. The reading series showcases new work in development, read by brilliant actors, and will occur weekly on Fridays through August 18 at the Clark Art Institute. Come to the reading series for a chance to experience theatre for free. On July 28, the production Blue Skies Process by Abe Koogler tells the story of three employees who must brainstorm their way to success at a startup while navigating office politics and water cooler alliances. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

WINDSOR

Saturday, July 15, 10am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/NATURE STUDIES
For lovers of nature and history, the Windsor Grown celebration at Notchview is the perfect opportunity. Get outdoors for a full day of community-building, educational activities including historic walks on the property, nature walks deeper into the woods, crafts for kids, art workshops, teen music and more! Attendees will meet growers and makers from Windsor and peruse their goods, including everything from jam to jewelry to micro-greens and solar design products. For more information call 413-532-1631 x 3110 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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

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Central Berkshire

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

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

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BECKET

Wednesday, July 26, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CONTEMPORARY
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world wherever music is played; even babies like to dance! The Jacob’s Pillow Dance iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage is the perfect place to see contemporary dance this summer, providing the opportunity for intergenerational dance studies. Good Foot Dance Company from West Virginia utilize fast-paced footwork in their high-energy performances. Culturally, they explore American dance from Appalachian flatfooting to contemporary urban styles. Catch them for free at this Inside/Out performance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 27, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/CONTEMPORARY
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and even to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world wherever music is played; even babies like to dance! The Jacob’s Pillow Dance iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage is the perfect place to see contemporary dance this summer, providing the opportunity for intergenerational dance studies. Female choreography is rare in the ballet world. Gemma Bond is a choreographer and has created three new ballets for American Ballet Theatre’s Choreographic Institute, as well as new works for the New York Theatre Ballet. Her Inside/Out program will include “Depuis Le Jour,” a fluid pas de deux (two person dance), danced to an aria by French composer Gustave Charpentier, and “Then and Again,” an ensemble work for Alfredo Piatti’s solo cello piece, “Twelve Caprices.” 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 28, 5pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and even to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world. It makes sense that, as a sport, art, and cultural phenomenon, dance would find its way into museums. A presentation at Jacob’s Pillow Dance, “Curating Performance,” will explore the trend of dance converging with museums in all sorts of exciting ways. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 28, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES/AFRO-BRAZILIAN
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage is the perfect place to see contemporary dance this summer, providing the opportunity for intergenerational dance studies. Ologunde, a U.S. based ensemble, celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador Bahia, Brazil through dance, music, and martial arts. Ologunde’s outdoor performance will feature a diverse repertoire including the rituals associated with “candomblé,” a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions; Capoeira martial arts dance; “maculêlê,” a warrior dance which utilizes sticks and machetes and was originally created by slaves; and the exhilarating “samba de roda,” a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

DALTON

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

HINSDALE

LEE

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.
Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Tuesday, July 4, 3pm
READING
An all-American Independence Day celebration with music and a reading of the The Declaration of Independence. Food is available for purchase on site from Firefly Gastro Pub. Shakespeare and Company. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 7, 10am-4pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HISTORY
Ventfort Hall is a Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. The estate was designed by architects Rotch & Tilden, and is one of approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century. It is now a museum. Visiting can teach you about the history of American life, as well as Gilded Age architecture. You can visit the museum free of charge as part of Free Fun Fridays, brought to you by the Highland Foundation. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Lara Tupper and Bobby Sweet play a mix of originals and folk/pop standards. They will be performing in Lilac Park as part of a free, outdoor concert series. Rain cancels the event. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30pm-9pm
BEAVERS
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent and their relationship within our ecosystem by visiting the beaver ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is suitable for ages three and up. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Last Minute Jazz Ensemble will be playing jazz standards for the public in Lilac Park as part of a free, outdoor concert series. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and make the most of the warm months by getting outdoors in the evening. Rain cancels the event. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

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

PERU

PITTSFIELD

Monday, July 3, 10:30am and 1:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Studying music and music theory opens up a world of artistic as well scientific education. Whether your child likes to jam, sing, and write, or wants to learn about the physics of sound vibration, music is a great subject for S.T.E.A.M-based inquiry. A new exhibit at the Berkshire Museum, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World , offers family-friendly ways to learn about the science, sound, and cultural impact of the guitar. On weekdays starting July 3, attendees will have chances to visualize and manipulate music, and make drawings that can play a guitar solo! You’re never too young or too old to learn about music; this event is a great opportunity for intergenerational learning and exploration. This program is included in regular museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Admission: $; children under 18 <$; members, ages three and under FREE)

Tuesday, July 4, 10am
PADADE
The Pittsfield parade steps off on South Street with a Celebrating Our Heroes theme. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 4, 9pm
FIREWORKS
Fireworks in Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 7, 8pm-9:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY/FIREFLIES
Fireflies, or lightning bugs, use bioluminescence to attract prey or mates. Their twinkling against the night sky is one of summer’s beautiful, natural scenes. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary invites you to a firefly frolic in the community garden pavilion. Visitors will learn fun facts about fireflies, play a game, and take a walk in the meadows searching for fireflies. In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. Appropriate for all ages, and especially fun for families with children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 10am-5pm
HISTORY
Located in Pittsfield, in the central part of Berkshire county, the Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum with 20 Shaker buildings that depict the life of this intriguing religious community of people that lived and cared for each other during the 19th century. On July 15, families can visit the village and take part in “Spirit Houses & Woodland Wonders” activities. Build a spirit or fairy house, and march in the Parade of Animals and Spirits, led by the village animals! These activities are included with museum admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adult $; ages 13-17 <$; children 12 and under FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 9:45am-12pm
ECOLOGY/INVASIVE SPECIES
Though quite unwanted and dangerous to our fragile ecosystems, the numerous invasive species that have become part of the local landscape can serve as a community-based resource for learning. Hardy Kiwi is a locally invasive species which kills all other vegetation as it spreads. Native to Japan, Korea, Northern China, and Russian Siberia, hardy kiwi has been cultivated commercially in the United States since the early 1900s and has only recently begun spreading dangerously in the Northeast. You can help remove Hardy Kiwi from the area around Burbank Park. Bring a refillable water bottle. If you have work gloves, clippers, or loppers bring them. Visit the Berkshire Environmental Action Team website for more information. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Friday, July 21, 10am-5pm
HISTORY
Located in Pittsfield, in the central part of Berkshire county, the Hancock Shaker Village. is a living history museum with 20 Shaker buildings that depict the life of this intriguing religious community of people that lived and cared for each other during the 19th century. The 750 acres of land and buildings that once were home to the Hancock Shaker community were preserved by local citizens who valued their historical and cultural significance. People can visit the Hancock Shaker Village and learn from costumed interpreters about this group’s self-reliant way of living during the 1800s. Families are invited to visit the museum free of charge on July 21, a Free Fun Friday. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic 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

Saturday, July 1, 2pm and 8pm
THEATER/AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
The 1979, Tony award winning play, Children of a Lesser God, chronicles the relationship between deaf former student, Sarah Norman, and her teacher, James Leeds. The drama was later adapted for a 1987 film. This quintessential story about the various forms of human communication will be performed by the Berkshire Theater Group, offering opportunities to learn about both contemporary drama and deaf culture. Open Captioning is scheduled for every performance. A section of the orchestra—house left, close to the stage—is reserved to provide the best sight line for those wishing to use this service There will be ASL interpreted performances on Wednesday, July 12 and Friday, July 21. 413-997-4444. Fitzpatrick Main Stage. 83 East Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 1, 4pm
CEMETERY STUDIES
Ready for a little history and some exercise? Join the Stockbridge Library’s Proctor Museum and Archives on a cemetery walking tour to learn the fascinating – and complex – history of The Red Lion Inn. The walk will explore this beloved landmark from its founding as a store to its place in Stockbridge today as the center of town. Over the years, the Inn has been rescued from closing twice, owned and operated by women three different times, and almost lost to a major fire. For more information, contact the library at 413-298-5501 or ksmarshall03@gmail.com. Meet at the cemetery Gate. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. ($ suggested)

Sunday, July 2, 12pm and 2pm
HORTICULTURE/HISTORY
What can we learn about history through gardens? The world-renowned gardens at Naumkeag were created as a collaboration between Mabel Choate and landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Choate and Steele worked together for nearly thirty years in the creation of the gardens. These are a must-see for anyone with an interest in modern landscape design and those interested in learning about local history through the lens of landscape. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Sunday, July 2, 2:30pm; Monday, July 3, 2:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Naumkeag
is the former estate of the Choate family, including noted lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate. The home was built at the height of the Gilded Age. The tour, “The Guilded Age in the Berkshires,” puts Naumkeag in a historical context of rapid economic and industrial growth following the civil war. At this time of European immigration, the American aristocracy expanded while there was widespread worker poverty. Visitors to the tour will learn how the elite enjoyed their leisure time, and how the Berkshires became a destination for this class. This tour will take place Sundays and Mondays through October 9. For more information call 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, July 4, 11am
CHILDREN’S HISTORY
Learning about how children lived- and worked- in other time periods, is a fascinating way to look at history. Summertime at Naumkeag was fun for some, hard work for others. Naumkeag is offering a hands-on house tour for younger visitors to experience how both guests and servants lived during the Gilded Age, whether playing Parcheesi or stirring the laundry with a large wooden fork. Participants will have special access to family spaces, and try their hand at both 19th century games as well as chores. For more information call 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, July 6, 10am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/DRAWING
Using the natural world as inspiration for drawing is a way to kids outdoors while thinking and creating! Children ages seven and up, and their caregivers, are invited to explore both the outdoors and the works on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum, as inspiration for drawing with pencil, pastel, and other dry media. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, July 6, 1pm
CHILDREN’S HISTORY
Learning about how children lived- and worked- in other time periods, is a fascinating way to look at history. Summertime at Naumkeag was fun for some, hard work for others. Naumkeag is offering a hands-on house tour for younger visitors to experience how both guests and servants lived during the Gilded Age, whether playing Parcheesi or stirring the laundry with a large wooden fork. Participants will have special access to family spaces, and try their hand at both 19th century games as well as chores. For more information call 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, July 18, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering several programs for children, families, and individual adults to hone their artistic skills and meet other aspiring artists. “Summer Sketch Club” on Tuesdays is a drawing class for families, to take place outdoors if the weather permits. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies are provided. Experiment with drawing and develop your skills in an encouraging, intergenerational atmosphere. Ages seven and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, July 19, 10am-11:30am
ART STUDIES
Looking for ways to help your children learn all summer long? Museums offer relatively inexpensive educational opportunities for all ages. In addition to exploring the galleries and museum landscape at the Norman Rockwell Museum, you and your child can engage in interactive art sessions by attending a “Kids Create!” session. These programs inspire experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, July 20, 10am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/DRAWING
Using the natural world as inspiration for drawing is a way to kids outdoors while thinking and creating! Children ages seven and up, and their caregivers, are invited to explore both the outdoors and the works on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum, as inspiration for drawing with pencil, pastel, and other dry media. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 21, 8pm
THEATER/AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
The 1979, Tony award winning play, Children of a Lesser God, chronicles the relationship between deaf former student, Sarah Norman, and her teacher, James Leeds. The drama was later adapted for a 1987 film. This quintessential story about the various forms of human communication will be performed by the Berkshire Theater Group, offering opportunities to learn about both contemporary drama and deaf culture. Open Captioning is scheduled for every performance. A section of the orchestra—house left, close to the stage—is reserved to provide the best sight line for those wishing to use this service This performance, on July 21, will also be ASL interpreted. 413-997-4444. Fitzpatrick Main Stage. 83 East Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, July 25, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering several programs for children, families, and individual adults to hone their artistic skills and meet other aspiring creators. “Summer Sketch Club” on Tuesdays is a drawing class for families, to take place outdoors if the weather permits. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies are provided. Experiment with drawing and develop your skills in an encouraging, intergenerational atmosphere. Ages seven and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, July 26, 10am-11:30am
ART STUDIES
Looking for ways to help your children learn all summer long? Museums offer relatively inexpensive educational opportunities for all ages. In addition to exploring the galleries and museum landscape at the Norman Rockwell Museum, you and your child can engage in interactive art sessions by attending a “Kids Create!” session. These programs inspire experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, July 27, 10am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/DRAWING
Using the natural world as inspiration for drawing is a way to get kids outdoors while thinking and creating! Children ages seven and up, and their caregivers, are invited to explore both the outdoors and the works on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum, as inspiration for drawing with pencil, pastel, and other dry media. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

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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Friday, July 7, 11am
SING ALONG/PUPPETS
Sing Along with The Muppet Movie at the Mahaiwe Performing Art Center’s Free Fun Friday, July 7th at 11am, in Great Barrington, MA. In this Sing Along, IBEX Puppetry leads the audience of cheering, singing fans to renew their Rainbow Connection with our fleecy friends who started it all. It’s full of interactive surprises—and children and adults alike are urged to yell out famous lines, dance in the aisles, and of course, sing along with the movie to forge new or renew connections to a film from another generation. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by the Highland Street Foundation. www.mahaiwe.org.

Monday, July 17, 5pm-6pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
Healthy living begins not with healthy food, but with access to food in general. The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a community supper prepared by some of the best chefs in the Berkshires every Monday. Community meals such as this one help people access food and get people thinking about food security. Join your neighbors and make new friends. Donations are accepted as well as contributions of non-perishable food items for local food banks. No reservations required. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. 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.

EGREMONT

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

Sunday, July 2, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
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. Touring the Ashley House provides insight into the life of both the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived there in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can tour the house on Sundays through August 31. For more information call 413-298-8138. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 7, 6pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/CANOEING
Beavers have spent 7 million years in North America, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve their declining populations. You can learn more about beavers and the ways in which their dams impact the biodiversity of their habitats, on an evening canoe trip at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Participants will meet at the visitor’s center and walk to the river to learn about how these mammals have shaped our physical community as well as the history of our country. Trips will take place on Friday evenings through August 25. Registration is required. For more information call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 15, 5pm-8pm
BLUEGRASS/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Discover some of the finest local bluegrass music while enjoying a picnic with your friends and family at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Hay rides up to Hulburt’s Hill be begin at 4:30. Be prepared to carry your belongings back down the gentle fifteen-minute hike back to the parking lot. Rain cancels the program. For more information call 413-298-3239 x 3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 21, 6pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/CANOEING
Beavers have spent 7 million years in North America, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve their declining populations. You can learn more about beavers and the ways in which their dams impact the biodiversity of their habitats, on an evening canoe trip at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Participants will meet at the visitor’s center and walk to the river to learn about how these mammals have shaped our physical community as well as the history of our country. Trips will take place on Friday evenings through August 25. Registration is required. For more information call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 23, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
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. Touring the Ashley House provides insight into the life of both the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived there in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can tour the house on Sundays through August 31. For more information call 413-298-8138. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 28, 6pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/CANOEING
Beavers have spent 7 million years in North America, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve their declining populations. You can learn more about beavers and the ways in which their dams impact the biodiversity of their habitats, on an evening canoe trip at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Participants will meet at the visitor’s center and walk to the river to learn about how these mammals have shaped our physical community as well as the history of our country. Trips will take place on Friday evenings through August 25. Registration is required. For more information call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($$)

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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