Suggested Events for July 15-21, 2017

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Jul 20

July 20th at Kendrick Park in Amherst: Free concert with Mister G & In the Nick of Time. Headliner Mister G is a Latin Grammy Award winner. A former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) tours internationally headlining major venues such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Central Park SummerStage. When was the last time the whole family agreed on something to listen to? With a blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz & funk, Nick Deysher & In the Nick of Time delivers music for all. His clever lyrics & cheerful tunes will catch your ear & have you tapping your toes & singing along. More info at amherstdowntown.com.

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Support Science! Participate in the Children’s Social and Emotional Experiences Study. Amherst College is reaching out to families with children to participate in research studies on social learning and peer relationships this summer on campus at the Merrill Science Building. Children and parents visit the Amherst College campus for one two-hour study visit during the summer. Parents and children complete questionnaires about social relationships and emotions. Children also complete a social interaction task and cognitive measures while their physical response (e.g., heart rate and breathing) is recorded. 2 hour study, $50 compensation. Children 10-12 years, with parents. Call 413-542-5619 or peerstudy@amherst.edu.

Jul 21-23, 26-27

Based on the beloved picture book! Jeremy Jacobs dreams of becoming a pirate, so he joins a pirate crew to learn their ways. By the time the show is done, everyone in the audience will be pirates too! Callum LaFrance is J.J., the captain is Troy David Mercier, and Kelsey Flynn and Myka Plunkett play the rest of the crew. Performances are Fri. July 21 at 7pm and Sat. & Sun. July 22 & 23 at 10:30am & 1pm at Easthampton’s Williston Theatre and Wed. July 26 & Thurs. July 27, 10:30am at Turners Falls’ Shea Theater. Sat. July 22 is Pirate’s Day: activities include a treasure hunt, pirate workshops, and a Pirate Picnic!Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets. Group discounts (12+): $7, call 413-341-0320. PaintBoxTheater.com

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July 15-21, 2017

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Cowboy Andy, lead singer and songwriter for the family friendly band The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. Here he shares a collection of western classics from the 1930s, 40’s and 50’s along with a sampling of a few tunes from his band written to get your toes tapping and family dancing. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Saturday, July 15, 10am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
This summer, there are many opportunities to get outdoors and learn alongside your young children at Mass Audubon sites across the pioneer valley. At Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden, families are invited to join naturalist Kevin Kopchynski on a guided nature hike to discover signs of wildlife. Young ones in the group will be invited to play a game of camouflage and discover how animals use this technique to protect themselves from predators. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 15, 10am-12pm
THEATER
Does your child aspire to be a playwright or actor? Thespians ages eight through twelve are invited to two workshops with the Piti Theatre Company for a crash course in contemporary drama. On July 15, a playwriting workshop will lay the groundwork for a complete “Play in a Day” production. The following Saturday, July 22, this play will be rehearsed and performed. Both events will take place at the Greenfield Public Library. Experience all of the excitement of playwriting and acting in just two weekends. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 10am-12pm
ENTOMOLOGY/ECOLOGY
Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata, meaning “toothed one.” (Yes! These carnivorous insects have serrations on their strong jaws!) While they have many shared characteristics, there are important differences that allow us to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly. Learn all about these beautiful creatures and learn tips on how to identify the common species in our area, in a program for beginners at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Suitable for ages eight and up. Call 413-584-3009 to register. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

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)

Saturday, July 15, 10am-4pm
CULINARY ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
How did people living in early New England keep cool in the summer? You can learn about early American foodways and summer preservation techniques through demonstrations at Historic Deerfield. Stop by during open hours on Saturdays in July to learn about switchel, a once-popular, homemade sweet beverage, as well as early techniques for cooling beverages and foods such as lemonade, pickles, and jams. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 10am-4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
The sixth annual Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music offers opportunities to enjoy music you might not encounter elsewhere, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish culture. This festival at the Yiddish Book Center will feature performances of Klezmer, traditional Jewish music of Eastern Europe, as well as modern Yiddish music. These genres will also be explored through presentations throughout the festival. Purchase tickets on the Yiddish Book Center website. Space is limited and tickets may sell out. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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)

Saturday, July 15, 10:30am
FOLKTALES
Studying the folktales of various countries can teach us a great deal about cultural values, and human nature in general. Eshu Bumpus is an entertainer who captivates audiences by telling a variety of African, African-American, and World folktales with music, humor and mystery. Eshu is a renowned storyteller as well as an accomplished jazz vocalist. Eshu will be entertaining families in the courtyard between the Odyssey Bookshopand PeoplesBank at the Village Commons. This is the second event in the Summer Family Entertainment Series, taking place on Saturdays in July. Contact the Odyssey Bookshop with questions. 413-534-7307. College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 11am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER/SUSTAINABILITY
Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure tells the story of the main characters’ mission to save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus. The performance features movement, live music, masks, and puppetry. The storyline introduces children to sustainability concepts and the balance of nature, opening up the possibility for important, educational conversations among families. Nutshell Playhouse will present two performances for children and families at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 15, 12pm-4:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY/POLLINATORS
Bees have played an integral role for humans in Deerfield since colonial times, up to the present. “Get the Buzz on Bees” at Historic Deerfield will provide historic information on pollinators, as well as up-to-date information on honey bee decline and its possible causes. These bee-related educational activities will be fun for everyone. Visitors can make wax candles, taste honey, create a honey bee art project, and plant pollinator-friendly flowers. This program will take place daily through August 13. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($; Ages 6-17 <$; Member or Deerfield Resident FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 12:45pm-7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Green River Festival is an annual, three-day showcase of local and national music. Did you know there is also an array of children’s activities scheduled during the festival? From art making with The Art Garden, to ukulele lessons, there are plenty of intergenerational activities to keep children entertained and learning during the festival. Visit the Green River Festival website for a full schedule of activities. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $$ – $$$; children ages ten and under FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 1pm-3:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY
American biologist E.O. Wilson, who studied ants extensively, once dubbed them “the little things that run the world.” The Hitchcock Center will be teaching attendees about ant biology through a slideshow and a trip outdoors. This program is led by a coauthor of Field Guide to Ants of New England. Register via the Hitchcock Center website. 413-256-6006. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 15, 2:30-4:30pm
FILM STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
You can stay cool and learn a bit of history by attending the Jones Library Saturday matinée series in July. All films in the series were chosen in conjunction with the 2017 summer reading program theme of “Build a Better World”. On July 15, you and your teen can see the 2014 historical drama, Selma, which chronicles the civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, to secure voting rights for black Americans. This docudrama will teach you about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the movement he helped to lead. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 15, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
The taking of tea was a common and important social ritual for Americans in the 18th century.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, an historic house museum dating to 1752, invites you to celebrate local and historic customs by enjoying an afternoon tea on their back veranda. The “Perfect Spot of Tea” program at the museum will take place on Saturdays in July and August, featuring locally sourced pastries, Earl Grey tea, and live music. On July 15, alternative folk-rock trio Show of Cards will perform. Reservations will not be taken in advance. Tours will be given for an additional fee every hour on the half hour; at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley 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. (<$)

Saturday, July 15, 8pm
THEATER
The solo theater performance, TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis, is a story “about all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. The hour-long show tackles the taboo and unspoken aspects of motherhood with humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation. This show is part of the 26th Annual Ko Festival of Performance. All Ko Festival events will take place on the Amherst College campus. For more visit the Ko Festival of Performance website. 413-542-3750. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime – click here to select from over 10 years of archived shows!

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)

Sunday, July 16, 10:30am-12:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY/LITERATURE
“Butterflies and Books” at the Bullitt Reservation is the perfect event for lovers of entomology, nature studies, history, and books! Participants will meet librarian Mike Kelly and naturalist John Body to explore view Lepidoptera (butterfly) and entomological (insect) books from Amherst College’s rare book collection, and then hit the trail to search for creatures found in those books. Call 413-628-4485 ext 4 or email hltoutreach@thetrustees.org to register. Rain date is July 22. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. (Member <$; Non member $)

Sunday, July 16, 10:30am-5:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
The sixth annual Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music offers opportunities to enjoy music you might not encounter elsewhere, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish culture. This festival at the Yiddish Book Center will feature performances of Klezmer, traditional Jewish music of Eastern Europe, as well as modern Yiddish music. These genres will also be explored through presentations throughout the festival. Purchase tickets on the Yiddish Book Center website. Space is limited and tickets may sell out. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 16, 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. (<$)

Sunday, July 16, 12:30pm-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Green River Festival is an annual, three-day showcase of local and national music. Did you know there is also an array of children’s activities scheduled during the festival? From art making with The Art Garden, to ukulele lessons, there are plenty of intergenerational activities to keep children entertained and learning during the festival. Visit the Green River Festival website for a full schedule of activities on July 14, 15 and 16. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $$ – $$$; children ages ten and under FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 1pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Bisbee Mill in Chesterfield is a still-working 1800s grist mill. It originally ran on water power but now an engine is used. If you have an interest in local history, industry, or agriculture, stop by the Bisbee Mill Museum to learn more! Corn is usually ground around 2pm. 66 East Street. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 1:30pm-2:30pm
CARILLON
A carillon is a musical instrument involving at least twenty-three bells, typically played by striking a keyboard. Automated music can also be played on certain carillons, similar to a player piano. You can hear these bells played by a carilloneur in Stanley Park. All are welcome. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 2pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for a famous act of civil disobedience, his intentional nonpayment of the state poll tax, as well as his life at Walden pond. Thoreau’s essays and books from the 19th century are still widely read and discussed today. His “transcendentalist” philosophy and his love of nature helped inspire a movement of people experimenting with time spent alone in the woods. You can honor Thoreau’s influence on American culture by celebrating his 200th birthday with a group reading of his essays at the Meekins Library. The reading will be followed by a leisurely walk outdoors. Wear appropriate footwear and attire for woodland trail walking. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 26, 2pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Video games? Television? View-Masters? No. Not yet. Take a step back in time to the late 1800s at the Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop to see some really basic entertainment. Stereoscope viewers were all the rage and those fortunate enough to own them planned parties around showing their newly arrived images. The ruins of Athens and Scottish castles were very popular themes, but local images such as those taken of the aftermath of the 1874 Mill River Flood also quickly made their way to the western Mass. marketplace. After a few weeks, friends, cousins, and neighbors would swap collections for some variety. Come to the museum and see what you can see through their stereoscope viewer! 413-527-3209. 5 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 4pm
THEATER
The solo theater performance, TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis, is a story “about all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. The hour-long show tackles the taboo and unspoken aspects of motherhood with humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation. This show is part of the 26th Annual Ko Festival of Performance. All Ko Festival events will take place on the Amherst College campus. For more visit the Ko Festival of Performance website. 413-542-3750. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 16, 4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL
Lovers of classical music can hear Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, and the great American composer, George Walker in a concert featuring Emmanuel Feldman on cello and Joy Cline Phinney on piano. Feldman has been called “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist” by composer John Williams. Phinney holds a Master’s degree from Juilliard, a doctorate from Peabody, and collaborates regularly with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and many others. They are performing as part of the 50th season of the Sevenars Music Festival. Historic Academy building, South Ireland Street and Route 112. South Worthington, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, July 16, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Elvis Prestley’s music shaped rock and roll as we know it today. He left a ripple through American culture, and left behind countless impersonators and tribute artists. Ray Guillemette Jr. is one of today’s leading, premier Elvis Tribute Artists. He is a 10 time International Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist and has outstanding vocal range. Experience his musical abilities and commitment to his act, by attending his concert in Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 16, 7pm
THEATER
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed at the Globe Theater in London, a partly open, outdoor theater. Outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays, and the plays his works have inspired, keep this history alive. For Shakespeare lovers, the 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead offers an absurdist, comedic take on Shakespeare’s most famous work, Hamlet. This play reworks the story from the perspective of two minor characters. You can see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead performed by Hampshire Shakespeare Company under the direction of Calvin Atkinson, at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. In the event of rain, the performance will be held indoors. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

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)

Monday, July 17, 10am, 1pm and 6:30pm
FAMILY THEATER
Do your kids love halloween? You don’t have to wait until October to celebrate all things spooky! Bring them to the Majestic Theater’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for a family-friendly performance of silly and spooky (but not too spooky!) action and fun. The story follows goofy schoolmaster Ichabod crane to the small New England town of Sleepy Hollow, in his search for a good life and a wealthy wife. Meet the Headless Horseman and other mysterious spirits haunting the town. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

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)

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Tuesday July 18, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware & West Springfield.

Tuesday, July 18, 10am
FAMILY THEATER/PUPPETRY
Caravan Puppets are a family-friendly performing group who put on multi-cultural shows of completely original tales. They incorporate hand-crafted puppets in their performances which also feature original music. See them perform in Look Park and spend some quality, outdoor time with your children. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

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. (<$)

Tuesday, July 18, 10am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Do your kids love halloween? You don’t have to wait until October to celebrate all things spooky! Bring them to the Majestic Theater’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for a family-friendly performance of silly and spooky (but not too spooky!) action and fun. The story follows goofy schoolmaster Ichabod crane to the small New England town of Sleepy Hollow, in his search for a good life and a wealthy wife. Meet the Headless Horseman and other mysterious spirits haunting the town. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, July 18, 10:30am-11am
YOGA
Want to introduce your infant or toddler to yoga? The Jones Library offers a Kiddie Yoga class for ages birth through six. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Guide your kids through simple movement and stretching under the guidance of a professional. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, 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, 5:30pm
HISTORY/BOTANY
Join Ruth diBuono, Pelham resident and Old Sturbridge Village Lead Interpreter of Countryside Gardens, in discovering 19th century applications of medicinal woodland plants. Learn through personal accounts of 19th century families and period advice books while exploring Buffam Falls. Practice skills in plant identification and botany with Ruth’s guidance. Following the presentation, there will be a walk at Buffam Falls. Come along for the presentation, walk, or both! For more information contact Cynthia Weigel at 413-256-4606. Pelham Library. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 18, 6pm-7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/HARMONICA
The harmonica is one of the most portable instruments out there! You can fit it in your pocket to bring to a campfire with friends, or practice just about anywhere. Rob Fletcher will be at the Erving Public Library teaching workshop participants how to play the harmonica. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants. Call 413-423-3348 or email library@erving-ma.org to register. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 18, 6pm-7pm
SHADOW PUPPETS
Shadow puppet performance is the most portable form of puppetry…all you need is a light source and your hands! Shadow puppet performances inspire great feats of human creativity and can teach young children about cause and effect, and the physics of light and shadow. Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet show at the Sunderland Public Library will be a blast for children ages three to nine. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (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)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.

Wednesday, July 19, 10am-11am
FAMILY MUSIC
Musical performances designed specifically with kids in mind can instill an interest in music studies early in life and teach kids about all sorts of educational topics through song! Families with children under ten are invited to family musical performances in Buttery Brook Park on July 19 and 26. On July 19, John O’Neill will perform. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are moved indoors to the auditorium at South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main Street. For information, contact the DPW at 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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. (<$)

Wednesday, July 19, 10am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Do your kids love halloween? You don’t have to wait until October to celebrate all things spooky! Bring them to the Majestic Theater’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for a family-friendly performance of silly and spooky (but not too spooky!) action and fun. The story follows goofy schoolmaster Ichabod crane to the small New England town of Sleepy Hollow, in his search for a good life and a wealthy wife. Meet the Headless Horseman and other mysterious spirits haunting the town. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, July 19, 10:30am
INTERGENERATIONAL/CERAMICS
Rick Hamelin’s “Amazing Magical Potter’s Wheel” performances are part art demonstration, part hands-on fun, with a touch of history as well. He teaches people of all ages about ceramics through his impressive pottery wheel demonstrations. He will be at the Chesterfield Community Center for a free program, open to the public. 413-296-4007. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 1pm
ENGINEERING
Does your child enjoy playing with blocks and other building toys? These activities can teach even young children basic engineering skills. Breta Yvars-Petraccia will be offering a workshop at the Erving Public Library for youth between the ages of six and ten to learn about engineering by building bridges. Registration is required and space is limited. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 1pm-3pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum features classic and contemporary artwork of all kinds of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, photography and more. Visitors of all ages are invited to the museum for the Family Workshop Series. These programs will feature hands-on art-making opportunities, storytelling, short film screenings, and other activities inspired by the objects of the collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 19, 5pm-6:30pm
S.T.E.A.M/MAKERSPACE
Want to encourage your kids to create and experiment with STEM? Bring them with you to open working time at Amherst Media. You can bring whatever you’re working on as a maker, or participate in the weekly theme. On July 19, participants are invited to a “Lights & Crafts” workshop which will serve as an introduction to using Chibitronics’ Electric Stickers. All experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, 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)

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, 6:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
Wednesday Folk Traditions at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum have been bringing together with fans of music and local history for thirty-six seasons. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House was built in 1752 and was central to the 600-acre farmstead known as “Forty Acres.” Today, the property is surrounded by over 350 acres of protected farmland, forest and river frontage. You can visit the property and enjoy some of New England’s finest ethnic folk music ensembles at a Wednesday Folk Traditions event. On July 19, Gideon Ampeire will play a fusion of Ugandan folk music with contemporary influences, featuring instruments such as the enanga, adungu, and kalimba, 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive. Hadley MA. ($)

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. (<$)

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.

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. (<$)

Thursday, July 20, 5:30pm-8:30pm
FAMILY MUSIC/PLACEMAKING
Mister G, or Ben Gundersheimer, was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. Mister G has performed concerts and led workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Thanks to his infectious songs and a dynamic live show, Mister G is one of the rising stars of the kids’ music world. Families can hear him perform as part of the Downtown Beats summer concert series. 413-259-3050. Kendrick Park. East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 20, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Warm weather and longer stretches of daylight allow us new opportunities to meet and connect with our neighbors and other community members, many of whom we may not have seen during the cold, winter months. Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family at this Co Op Concert in Greenfield. Sharing a meal, meeting someone new, appreciating the built and natural landscapes, and enjoying live music all play a part in placemaking. You can also explore the gardens, and children will be able to play on the brand new train structure in the children’s area. This concert will feature Jim Eagan, Jennie McAvoy, and Pat & Tex LaMountain. Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 20, 7pm
THEATER
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed at the Globe Theater in London, a partly open, outdoor theater. Outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays, and the plays his works have inspired, keep this history alive. For Shakespeare lovers, the 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead offers an absurdist, comedic take on Shakespeare’s most famous work, Hamlet. This play reworks the story from the perspective of two minor characters. You can see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead performed by Hampshire Shakespeare Company under the direction of Calvin Atkinson, at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. In the event of rain, the performance will be held indoors. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 20, 7:30pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS
Looking for some history to begin your summer? Historic Deerfield is offering three lectures in their 2017 Summer Lecture Series, focusing on the rhythms of life of early America during the summer. The final lecture in the series, “‘Tastes Like Asparagus:’ Summer Eating in Early New England,” will explore seasonal foodways. This lecture will be led by Debra Friedman, Senior President of Old Sturbridge Village. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.

Friday, July 21, 10am
JEWISH CULTURE
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! You can end your week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer. These events are especially suited for children under five, and their caregivers. Families can enjoy homemade challah, join a service project on the farm, and take flowers home for Shabbat. Celebrations take place every Friday morning (except August 4) at Abundance Farm, until the end of August. All are welcome. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! facebook group. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street, across the street from the YMCA. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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)

Friday, July 21, 10am
FAMILY MUSIC/BIOLOGY
Performances by Annie and the Natural Wonder Band take children and their caregivers on a musical adventure from the Arctic Ocean to the beaches of Cape Cod. Their interactive “Whales and Tales” show features sing-along songs which teach children about ocean life and biological concepts such as symbiosis. Their show in Stanley Park is appropriate for ages three through seven. Performances are weather permitting. Chairs are provided. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

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)

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)

Friday, July 21, 4pm-5pm
CRAFTS
Books are beautiful not merely because of the words they contain, but as physical objects. For years, creative people have been using books as objects to morph and sculpt. Teens are invited to a workshop at the Sunderland Public Library to learn how to turn an old book into a beautiful sculpture. Bring your own book if you would like; books will also be available. Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

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. ($$)

Friday, July 21, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Kick off your weekend with an outdoor concert at the Sunderland Public Library! All are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a light cookout as TJ and the Peepers performers their mix of country and pop music. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 21, 7pm
WATER SKIING/PHYSICS
Even just balancing on two skis in the water is impressive, but the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team can do much more than that, building pyramids 3-4 people high, doing flips through the air and other tricks. Check out the beautiful view around the Oxbow marina while you witness the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team perform. In addition to being dazzled and entertained, you can integrate the excitement into learning about physics by thinking deeply about water skiing and concepts such as Newton’s Third Law of Motion, Reynolds number, and gravity. 413-626-1913. Oxbow Marina. 180 Island Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 21, 7pm
FAMILY THEATER
Based on the beloved picture book! Jeremy Jacobs dreams of becoming a pirate, so he joins a pirate crew to learn their ways. By the time the show is done, everyone in the audience will be pirates too! Callum LaFrance is J.J., the captain is Troy David Mercier, and Kelsey Flynn and Myka Plunkett play the rest of the crew. Performances are Fri. July 21 at 7pm and Sat. & Sun. July 22 & 23 at 10:30am & 1pm at Easthampton’s Williston Theatre and Wed. July 26 & Thurs. July 27, 10:30am at Turners Falls’ Shea Theater. Sat. July 22 is Pirate’s Day: activities include a treasure hunt, pirate workshops, and a Pirate Picnic!Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets. Group discounts (12+): $7, call 413-341-0320. PaintBoxTheater.com

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. ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Heath, Holyoke, Ludlow, Montague, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, Russell, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, and Warwick Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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