Berkshire Family Fun: August 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
August 2017

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


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ADAMS

Saturday, August 5, 10am-9pm
PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life that have been cherished and passed on for generations. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture, local history, and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The Adams Agricultural Fair will feature live music, sheepdog demonstrations, truck pulls, line dancing and much more. Visit their website for a full schedule. Bowe Field. 371 Old Columbia Street. Adams, MA. (<$)

Sunday, August 6, 9am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life that have been cherished and passed on for generations. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture, local history, and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The Adams Agricultural Fair will feature live music, sheepdog demonstrations, truck pulls, line dancing and much more. Visit their website for a full schedule. Bowe Field. 371 Old Columbia Street. Adams, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, August 22, 10am-7pm
LITERACY
Library book sales allow community members the chance to support their favorite local library even as they shop for books to own. The Adams Free Library book sale on August 22 through August 24 will feature nearly new, used and donated adult and children’s books, paperbacks, magazines and other items. While library books are a wonderful, money-saving resource, personally owned books can be marked up and highlighted, gifted to others, or loaned to a friend. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 23, 10am-4pm
LITERACY
Library book sales allow community members the chance to support their favorite local library even as they shop for books to own. The Adams Free Library book sale on August 22 through August 24 will feature nearly new, used and donated adult and children’s books, paperbacks, magazines and other items. While library books are a wonderful, money-saving resource, personally owned books can be marked up and highlighted, gifted to others, or loaned to a friend. 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

Monday, August 28, 1pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Hiking can easily connect you with learning about topics like zoology, ecology, and plant identification. But exploring nature can also be an outlet into the humanities. Park interpreter Mike will explore the human side of Mount Greylock, providing information about local history, literary inspirations, poetry, and maybe even a ghost story on this all-ages guided hike. Bring a snack, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. For more information call 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 1 10am
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Mount Greylock has many exciting features including waterfalls, old growth forests, and historic sites. You don’t have to go hunting for these spots either. A park interpreter will be leading participants to these hidden gems on a “Discover Greylock” guided hike. This hike will incorporate outdoor skills, environmental stewardship and bear awareness. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear; bring a lunch, bug spray and drinking water. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call 413-499-4262. 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

Hoosac Valley Train rides are for families, groups, and couples. Travel 10 miles on a one-hour scenic train trip through history. Staff are excited to share this rail experience with you. Their authentic Budd railcar is from 1955. Gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Group size 20+ are asked to make reservations one week in advance. Summer train rides are every Sat and Sun thru Labor Day at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Cost $8/10/12. Cabaret Trains are Saturday Aug 26, Sept 9 & 23. Cost $20. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. See www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org.

Wednesday, August 2, 6:30pm-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Concerts at Windsor Lake feature all the family fun of an outdoor musical event, with the beautiful natural landscape of the lake! In addition to picnicking and enjoying music, families can take this opportunity to swim, fish, kayak or canoe around the lake! August 2 brings you performers from the Bang on a Can Music Festival, an annual MASS MoCA event which is “dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music,” featuring impressive musicians and composers. 413-662-3000 ex 3047. Bradley Street and Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 6, 3pm-4pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you and your teen enjoy yoga? You can practice for free, outdoors in Colgrove Park at a weekly All Levels Yoga Class. Devin Kibbe of North Adams Yoga will lead everyone in traditional yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. This class is best suited for ages fourteen and up. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. 24 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 9, 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. The JP Murphy Band will perform. 200 Windsor Lake Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 13, 3pm-4pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you and your teen enjoy yoga? You can practice for free, outdoors in Colgrove Park at a weekly All Levels Yoga Class. Devin Kibbe of North Adams Yoga will lead everyone in traditional yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. This class is best suited for ages fourteen and up. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. 24 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 12pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/ASTRONOMY
In New England, there will be a partial eclipse on August 21. You can view this eclipse while enjoying a guided nature hike of the Hoosac Range. Meet others who enjoy explorations of nature and astronomy as you hike six miles along the ridgeline trail. The halfway point will be the open rock summit of Spruce Hill, where participants will witness the peak of the solar eclipse. Bring a snack, water and appropriate footwear. Visit the Berkshire Natural Resources Council website for further details and directions. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 23, 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 August 23, One Way Out and Matchstick Architects will perform. 200 Windsor Lake Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 25, 10am-7pm
CONTEMPORARY ART
MASS MoCA is a leading center for both the showcase and creation of contemporary artwork. The museum features both well-known and emerging artists across mediums, including music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art which may be difficult to classify. You can peruse all the museum has to offer free of charge on August 25, a Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday! 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. 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, August 1, 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)

Friday, August 4, 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 August 4, the production Lempicka, with music by Matt Gould, book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, will tell the story of a character who flees a violent revolution in Russia to start a new life in Paris alongside the two great loves of her life. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 7, 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 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, August 7, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/POSTMODERN ART STUDIES
In celebration of the summer exhibition, Picasso: Encounters, the Clark Art Institute is offering a free film screening series. Learn about various artists of different styles through film. On August 7, the Clark will be screening the 1996 biographical drama, Basquiat, which chronicles the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat created collage-style paintings as well as graffiti. He was a friend of Andy Warhol’s, who is played by David Bowie in the film. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 8, 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)

Friday, August 11, 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 August 11, the production Overjoyedwas written by Ethan Lipton, directed by Oliver Butler. The play follows Stacey, a new mom. Stacey likes to take her baby to the park. Stacey also happens to be ninety-three years old. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 13, 7pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, a product of Williamstown Theater Festival’s “Community Works” initiative, will make its world premiere beginning August 13 and running daily through August 16. The play, written by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber, is a tale of heroism. In this work, three three children ask their grandmother to tell a story about a time long ago. A magical tale unfolds featuring music, dance, star-crossed lovers, and warriors. The “Community Works” initiative brings together local residents and professional theater artists to make family-friendly plays for and about the Berkshires. Attend one of the four showings for a uniquely local, community-centered theater experience.’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 14, 9am
YOGA
Through stretching poses and sometimes concentration on the breath, yoga can relax and center you. Practicing yoga outdoors has the added benefits 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, August 14, 7pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, a product of Williamstown Theater Festival’s “Community Works” initiative, will make its world premiere beginning August 13 and running daily through August 16. The play, written by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber, is a tale of heroism. In this work, three three children ask their grandmother to tell a story about a time long ago. A magical tale unfolds featuring music, dance, star-crossed lovers, and warriors. The “Community Works” initiative brings together local residents and professional theater artists to make family-friendly plays for and about the Berkshires. Attend one of the four showings for a uniquely local, community-centered theater experience.’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 15, 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, August 15, 7pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, a product of Williamstown Theater Festival’s “Community Works” initiative, will make its world premiere beginning August 13 and running daily through August 16. The play, written by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber, is a tale of heroism. In this work, three three children ask their grandmother to tell a story about a time long ago. A magical tale unfolds featuring music, dance, star-crossed lovers, and warriors. The “Community Works” initiative brings together local residents and professional theater artists to make family-friendly plays for and about the Berkshires. Attend one of the four showings for a uniquely local, community-centered theater experience.’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 16, 7pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, a product of Williamstown Theater Festival’s “Community Works” initiative, will make its world premiere beginning August 13 and running daily through August 16. The play, written by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber, is a tale of heroism. In this work, three three children ask their grandmother to tell a story about a time long ago. A magical tale unfolds featuring music, dance, star-crossed lovers, and warriors. The “Community Works” initiative brings together local residents and professional theater artists to make family-friendly plays for and about the Berkshires. Attend one of the four showings for a uniquely local, community-centered theater experience.’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 18, 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. Come to the reading series for a chance to experience theatre for free. On August 18, the series wraps up with Screenplay by Stalin by Tom Fontana, directed by Laura Savia: “Vasilij and Fyodor have been hired for a very important project. They just need a little more time-and vodka-to complete it.” 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 3:15pm
MUSIC STUDIES/ART STUDIES
Studying aesthetic trends and artistic movements- such as neoclassicism, romanticism, and post-modernism to name a few- can be a way to approach art studies across disciplines. For example, one could ask what kind of music was popular during the abstract expressionist period around the 1950s. The Clark Art Institute will do exactly that, with a showcase of the New York City ensemble Contemporaneous. In conjunction with the Helen Frankenthaler exhibitions, As in Nature and No Rules currently on view, the performance will showcase music of that era with works by Frederick Rzewski, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, and Pauline Oliveros. Audience members can feel free to draw connections between the art and music of the time period. A musical prologue will take place at Thomas Schütte: Crystal, followed by a concert at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 4 pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 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, August 22, 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. 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)

Monday, August 28, 9am
YOGA
Through stretching poses and sometimes concentration on the breath, yoga can relax and center you. Practicing yoga outdoors has the added benefits of connecting you to nature. The Clark Art Institute is offering an outdoor yoga class. 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)

Wednesday, August 30, 7pm
HISTORY/LITERATURE
A book club at the Clark Art Institute, held in conjunction with the exhibition Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, has been helping people draw connections between literature, and the architectural history. The book club focuses on novels set in or inspired by the Gilded Age in New York, making connections to Henry Gurdon Marquand’s elegant music room designed by artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The final meeting will feature a discussion of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel, which was considered scandalous in its time, tells the story of artist Basil Hallward and one of his painting subjects, Dorian. Dorian sells his soul in order for the portrait to age while he stays young and beautiful. Reservations are required. 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, August 12, 9am-11am
GUIDED NATURE WALK
There are many different ferns and woodlands to discover in high elevation, boreal forests. Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center invites interested participants to learn how to identify plants on an easy, guided walk of the forest. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register. 1516 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. (<$)

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

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DALTON

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

HINSDALE

LEE

Saturday, August 5, 11am
FAMILY THEATER/PUPPETRY
As part of the Families First series, Caravan Puppets will performing selections from their multi-cultural puppet show, “Timeless Tales,” at the Spectrum Playhouse. This performance brings together folktales from all over the world, as well as original stories. There will be a wide diversity of puppets, puppetry styles, staging, and original music. Some stories are interactive; all have positive messages. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (<$)

Wednesday, August 16, 3pm-6pm
NATURE STUDIES/CANOE
The Housatonic Valley Association invites community members on a paddle trip to learn about river ecology, enjoy views of the Beartown Mountains, and look for signs of wildlife. Some experience is preferable. Canoes and equipment provided. Call HVA at 413-298-7024 to register and recieve full details. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm
ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
What makes a photograph exciting and dynamic? There are lots of factors to consider when taking a photograph, including composition, balance of exposure, and your own personal viswion and preferences. A two hour, hands-on, walking workshop will begin at the Lee Library and travel about the town of Lee. Participants will examine five main composition formats, experiment with exposure and depth, shutter and aperture, all to support individual creative visions. Thad Kubis will lear this workshop. DSLR, SLR’s, Smartphones and Tablets are welcome. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

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, August 1, 1pm
HISTORY/GILDED AGE
The historical house museum, Ventfort Hall, provides visitors with great insight into the Gilded Age in America and beyond, an important factor of American history and architectural study. During this time, William Henry Vanderbilt left to his four sons and four daughters a fortune of $200 million (today $230 billion). The heirs and heiresses went on a building spree that demonstrated the excesses of the Gilded Age and drove upward the sheer scale of American residential architecture in the process. Historian Dr. Gary Helm Darden will be relaying this history in his talk, “Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Gilded Age Architectural Rivalries,” followed by a Victorian tea. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 2, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Soulraye will be playing neo-pop-soul music 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)

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Lenox’s “Concerts in the Park” bring together families, community members, and local musicians with free performances throughout the summer months. Pittsfield’s finest country and southern rock band, 5 Gun Draw, will be performing. Concerts take place in Lilac Park. In case of rain the event is moved to the auditorium at Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 12, 9am-2pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRD LANGUAGE
How come some birds just seem to vocalize simple chirps while others have elaborate, melodious songs? Bird songs evolve socially, and although species sing the same song, dialects develop regionally. “Bird language” is a term referring to the combined chirps, songs, and behaviors which allow birds to communicate with each other. Humans can learn these cues too! A workshop, “Understanding Bird Language,” at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will teach participants about bird language with a mapping activity. The kids’ group will learn on their own and then rejoin the larger group to share observations at the end of the day. Birders, naturalists, educators, conservationists and nature-lovers will leave with new eyes and ears for the world of birds. 413-637-0320. 472 W Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 13, 8:30am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/CANOE
Canoeing allows you to learn about local ecology and natural history from a new vantage point while getting exercise through a fun activity. A canoe trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds aill allow participants to explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Participants will paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life. Registration is required through the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary website. Previous canoe experience is recommended. Suitable for ages ten and up. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($)

Tuesday, August 15, 10am
LITERACY
Bringing your children to a storytime is a fun, simple way to connect them with literacy and broaden your community connections by meeting other families. The “Books and Blooms” storytime at The Mount also gets you and your children outdoors, gathering in the Italian Garden. How many flowers and other plants can you identify? This program is best-suited for ages 2-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. This drop-in program is weather dependent. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Lenox’s “Concerts in the Park” bring together families, community members, and local musicians with free performances throughout the summer months. On August 16, Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will do what they do best, “build peace through music,” in Lilac Park. In case of rain the event is moved to the auditorium at Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 7:45pm-11pm
DANCE STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Contra dance is a group folk dancing style with multiple European origins. It consists of lines of couples. Whether you are a seasoned contra dancer looking for a new venue, or you want to try it for the first time, you can come to a contra dancing night at the Lenox Community Center. The ballroom is handicap accessible and has a beautiful wood floor. Dances begin with a beginner introduction at 7:45pm. On August 19 the live music will be provided by Spare Parts. 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Tuesday, August 22, 10am
LITERACY
Bringing your children to a storytime is a fun, simple way to connect them with literacy and broaden your community connections by meeting other families. The “Books and Blooms” storytime at The Mount also gets you and your children outdoors, gathering in the Italian Garden. How many flowers and other plants can you identify? This program is best-suited for ages 2-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. This drop-in program is weather dependent. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 22, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LITERATURE
Edith Wharton came to Lenox in 1900, as an aspiring novelist in her thirties. Along with her husband Teddy, she planned a classical villa. She had high standards as a hostess and designer as well as a writer. She delighted many important locals including Ambassador Joseph Choate and sculptor Daniel Chester French. Her novel The House of Mirth became a best-seller in 1905, but she was not without her troubles. Her writing also alienated figures such as Emily Vanderbilt Sloane and Georgina Welles Sargent. In her new book, Edith Wharton’s Lenox Cornelia Brooke Gilder details Wharton’s position in her community and her impact on the town. You can hear her elaborate on this topic in a talk at Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Lenox’s “Concerts in the Park” bring together families, community members, and local musicians with free performances throughout the summer months. On August 23, the Eagles Big Band, founded in 1936, will showcase big band jazz standards in Lilac Park. In case of rain the event is moved to the auditorium at Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 27, 9am
EQUINE STUDIES
The 25th annual Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show is a partnership between horseback riders and the veterinary experts who care for animals. Riders will participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show will take place at Overmeade Farm. This intergenerational program is open to the public. 413-499-2850. 940 East Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 29, 10am
LITERACY
Bringing your children to a storytime is a fun, simple way to connect them with literacy and broaden your community connections by meeting other families. The “Books and Blooms” storytime at The Mount also gets you and your children outdoors, gathering in the Italian Garden. How many flowers and other plants can you identify? This program is best-suited for ages 2-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. This drop-in program is weather dependent. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 29, 4pm
HISTORY/ANTIQUE RESTORATION
Join Master Restorer Frank MacGruer for a presentation where he will reveal his techniques for caring for antique furniture. MacGruer will cover basic principles for taking care of antique furniture. With an eye towards the sustainable nature or conservation of well-made furniture of any age, he will discuss the environment of the home, the physical-functional condition of the piece, the surface and reflective qualities, and how these are evaluated. MacGruer will provide photographs for discussing repair work in progress and illustrations of “before and after” restoration work. He will have examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade. Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, August 30, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Lenox’s “Concerts in the Park” bring together families, community members, and local musicians with free performances throughout the summer months. On August 30, the series wraps up with a performance by Wanda Houston in Lilac Park. Wanda Houston is a professional singer and actress who performs jazz, Gospel, R&B, blues, folk and rock. In case of rain the event is moved to the auditorium at Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 30, 7pm-8:30pm
ZOOLOGY
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 program at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Attendees will look for beavers and other wildlife, learn about the natural history of beavers including the ways in which they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction. 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

Saturday, August 5, 10am-5pm
HISTORY/BLACKSMITHING
The Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum with 20 Shaker buildings. Through the buildings, displays, and costumed historians, the museum depicts the life of an intriguing religious community of people that lived and cared for each other during the 19th century. Visiting the museum at any time provides you with the opportunity to learn about life during the 1800s for this interesting and self-reliant group. Visiting during the Age of Iron Weekend will teach you a great deal about blacksmithing specifically, as blacksmiths from all over New England converge at the village for demonstrations, hands-on activities, and generally fun, educational antics ranging from harpooning to Minecraft. All activities are free with admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adult $; 13- 17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Sunday, August 6, 10am-5pm
HISTORY/BLACKSMITHING
The Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum with 20 Shaker buildings. Through the buildings, displays, and costumed historians, the museum depicts the life of an intriguing religious community of people that lived and cared for each other during the 19th century. Visiting the museum at any time provides you with the opportunity to learn about life during the 1800s for this interesting and self-reliant group. Visiting during the Age of Iron Weekend will teach you a great deal about blacksmithing specifically, as blacksmiths from all over New England converge at the village for demonstrations, hands-on activities, and generally fun, educational antics ranging from harpooning to Minecraft. All activities are free with admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adult $; 13- 17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

Sunday, August 13, 11am
PUPPETRY/FAIRY TALES
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Little Red Riding Hood for audience members of all ages at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 18, 10am-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/STEAM
The Berkshire Museum is a great local resource for learning about several aspects of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), with exhibits ranging in subject matter from geology to the history of the guitar. Explore the art gallery, the aquarium, the Feigenbaum hall of innovation, all in one day! The museum is open free of charge on August 18 as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 9am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Local agricultural fairs provide community members with the chance to gather together and participate in long-standing traditions which support a connection to place. The Annual Berkshire County 4-H Youth Fair is special among these events because all of the exhibits have been created by local youth, between the ages of 5 and 18. There will be entries of arts, crafts, photography, vegetables, fiber art, baked goods, carpentry, poultry, rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs, goats, horses, and more- all created, made, grown, or raised by the entrant. This intergenerational event is perfect for families and an inspiration to children who wish to become involved in their communities. 413-448-8285. Utility Drive. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 20, 11am
PUPPETRY/FAIRY TALES
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Sleeping Beauty for audience members of all ages at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 26, 7pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
The impressionist movement in art history is characterized by visible brush strokes, an emphasis on light, and ordinary subject matters. The American impressionist movement followed its own path over a thirty-year period, taking the lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, yet revealing much about America as a nation. This movement is closely tied to a love of nature and gardens, and a desire to preserve nature amid an urbanizing nation. You can learn more by screening the 2017 documentary, The Artist’s Garden – American Impressionism (not rated) at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 26, 5pm-7:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY/MIGRATION
Nighthawks are impressive creatures which engage in aerial acrobatics, catching insects on their wings! You can search the sky for migrating nighthawks, and learn how they behave in their habitat, during an evening program at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring binoculars and lawn chair. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, August 27, 11am
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Aladdin for audience members of all ages at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 27, 7pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
The impressionist movement in art history is characterized by visible brush strokes, an emphasis on light, and ordinary subject matters. The American impressionist movement followed its own path over a thirty-year period, taking the lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, yet revealing much about America as a nation. This movement is closely tied to a love of nature and gardens, and a desire to preserve nature amid an urbanizing nation. You can learn more by screening the 2017 documentary, The Artist’s Garden – American Impressionism (not rated) at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Monday, August 28, 1:30pm and 7pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
The impressionist movement in art history is characterized by visible brush strokes, an emphasis on light, and ordinary subject matters. The American impressionist movement followed its own path over a thirty-year period, taking the lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, yet revealing much about America as a nation. This movement is closely tied to a love of nature and gardens, and a desire to preserve nature amid an urbanizing nation. You can learn more by screening the 2017 documentary, The Artist’s Garden – American Impressionism (not rated) at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

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, August 5, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Andy Warhol pioneered the “pop art” movement in the 1960s, inspired by the cultural interest in celebrities and advertisements. Families are invited to learn about his work at theNorman Rockwell Museum by exploring his art on view. Visitors can meet James Warhola, the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s picture books, including Uncle Andy’s and Uncle Andy’s Cats. As Andy’s nephew, James has unique insight into his life and work. The afternoon will including storytelling and art making as well as talks. All activities are included in museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, August 5, 4pm-5pm
LOCAL HISTORY
What can a stroll through the cemetery teach you about local history? Find out by attending a Stockbridge Library. Museum and Archives cemetery walk. This walk will focus on the famous and memorable people who lived on Church Street. Learn about the Mahican Indians, the street’s original inhabitants, as well as renowned photographer George Seely, and sculptor Augustus Lukeman. You will also hear the stories of a one-legged barber, a blind cook, a tuba-playing plumber, a jolly nurse, and a door-to-door fish monger. Gather at the cemetery gate. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 10, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES/HISTORY
The art form of portraiture has a lot to teach us about the political, religious, and social status of their subjects, as well as the aesthetic preferences of their era. Art historian Maureen Hickey will be discussing these issues as they relate to American portraiture, in the lecture: “Coming of Age: American Portraits from Copley to Warhol.” Hickey will discuss such early American artists as Rembrandt Peale, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart; nineteenth century masters John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer; Ashcan painters John Sloan, Robert Henri, and George Belows; and the culture of celebrity inspired by Andy Warhol. This lecture is included with admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Friday, August 11, 10am-12pm
ZOOLOGY
Learning about wildlife rehabilitation can teach children to appreciate, respect, and conserve endangered animals in our local habitats and beyond. Tom Ricardi is a raptor rehabilitator. He will be teaching people of all ages about the natural history of birds of prey, demonstrating their unique behaviors and explaining their role in our ecosystem. This intergenerational zoology program at the Berkshire Botanical Garden is part of their ongoing Animals in August Program. Free with museum admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Saturday, August 12, 10am-2pm
CRAFT/INTERGENERATIONAL
Building fairy houses outdoors can be a point of focus for child-directed, creative free play. Children can gather materials out in nature for the homes, which are typically left outside for others to discover and marvel at. This activity can open up conversations about conservation as well, as children learn about their impact on the land around them. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Animals in August program for families kicks off with a workshop/demonstration on how to create fairy houses. All materials will be included. This program is free with museum admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Saturday, August 12, 12pm-5pm
BOTANY/HORTICULTURE
The Berkshire Botanical Garden “Grow Show” is a fun, informative event that highlights local gardeners. Horticulturalists are invited to enter their plants into nearly 80 classes, including annuals, perennials, biennials, herbs, vegetables, bulbs, evergreen branches, container plants, vegetables, berries, and much more. Whether they enter the show or simply look, visitors can marvel at the diversity of plants, investigate their structural details, consider the aesthetics of floral arrangements, and gain new appreciations for growth and conservation of a diversity of species. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Sunday, August 13, 10am-5pm
BOTANY/HORTICULTURE
The Berkshire Botanical Garden “Grow Show” is a fun, informative event that highlights local gardeners. Horticulturalists are invited to enter their plants into nearly 80 classes, including annuals, perennials, biennials, herbs, vegetables, bulbs, evergreen branches, container plants, vegetables, berries, and much more. Whether they enter the show or simply look, visitors can marvel at the diversity of plants, investigate their structural details, consider the aesthetics of floral arrangements, and gain new appreciations for growth and conservation of a diversity of species. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Monday August 14, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY/FAIRY TALES
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Little Red Riding Hood for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 16, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY/FAIRY TALES
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Rumplestiltskin for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 17, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
Have you ever wondered what quintessentially American artwork looks like from a different cultural perspective? Norman Rockwell, for example, is among the most famous American artists, and his artwork typically depicted the values of American life. In a lecture at the Norman Rockwell Museum, noted University of Zagreb humanities and social studies scholar Iva Tijan will join James Kimble, Ph.D, to discuss the impact of Rockwell’s imagery on European perceptions of America. This lecture is free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Friday, August 18, 10am-2pm
FIBER ARTS
The fiber art is a very old art form with many different facets. Fiber art is an art form with strong connections to animal studies and agriculture, as animals are often the source for materials to knit, sew, spin, weave, or crochet. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Animals in August program for families continues with a workshop on spinning angora rabbit wool. Participants will learn how to harvest the wool and will have the opportunity to try spinning it into yarn. This program is free with museum admission. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday August 18, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Carnival of the Animals for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 18, 2pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
The Berkshire Theater Group summer reading series provides community members with the opportunity to connect with contemporary theater as well as social commentary and differing points of view. The 2017 reading series centers around the theme, “No Boundaries in Art.” On August 18, you can see a reading of Pravda, a powerful and provocative play by master playwrights exploring the role of journalism in society. The Berkshire Eagle President, Fredric D. Rutberg; local journalist, Judith Monachina; and Former Acting Dean and Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Columbia University, Sandy Padwe, will lead a talk-back after the reading. 413-997-4444. Fitzpatrick Main Stage. 83 East Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY/FAIRY TALES
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Sleeping Beauty for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 23, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Punch and Judy for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 25, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Peter and The Wolf for audience members of all ages at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 25, 2pm
THEATER/CONTEMPORARY
The Berkshire Theater Group’s summer reading series provides community members with the opportunity to connect with contemporary theater as well as social commentary and differing points of view. The 2017 reading series centers around the theme, “No Boundaries in Art.” On August 25, you can see Awake and Sing! by Dan Dwyer. The play centers around the impoverished Berger family and how generational poverty impacts our humanity and society. Dr. Alan Chartock and Roselle Chartock will lead a talk-back after the reading. 413-997-4444. The Unicorn Theatre. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 26, 10am-2pm
ENTOMOLOGY
Since the 1990s, we’ve been globally aware that bee populations were in danger. Pesticide use is one of the leading causes of this decline in the presence of pollinators, and while there is much being done to raise awareness and change practices, we still have a long way to go before bees will be safe. Building a bee house is a fun, kid-friendly activity for supporting local pollinators. A “bee house” workshop at the Berkshire Botanical Garden will teach participants how to make bee condos. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Saturday August 26, 11:30am
ART STUDIES/COLLAGE
Chesterwood museum is offering artist-led programs in conjunction with their current exhibit, Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Learn from the sculptors themselves! Using drawings, video, and hazy recollections from 2014, the artists will discuss the journey that brought about this work. Free with museum admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($; children 13 and under FREE)

Monday, August 28, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Aladdin for audience members of all ages at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Catch one of their free performances through August 30. Check their website for a full calendar of shows. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 29, 10am-11:30am
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
“Summer Sketch Club” at the Norman Rockwell Museum is an intergenerational program for children and families to hone their artistic skills and meet other aspiring artists. This drawing class will 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, atmosphere. Ages seven and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, August 30, 11am and 2pm
PUPPETRY
The art of puppetry combines theater with sculpting and visual arts, in the case of troupes who build their own puppets or marionettes. Puppet theater can be a fun hobby for children, who can use their own imagination and tools to tell a story with multiple characters. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes group will be performing the story of Rumplestiltskin for audience members of all ages at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. 413-822-0663. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 30, 10:00am-11:30am
ART STUDIES
Do you and your children like to make art? You can socialize with other artistic families by attending a “Kids Create!” session at the Norman Rockwell Museum. While you are there you can explore the museum and gain inspiration from the works on view. This interactive program inspires experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques. This program is for children ages five and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, August 31, 5:30pm
ACAPELLA
It’s not surprising that many visual artists would play music or vice versa. Artists tend to appreciate, and often create, across different art forms, mediums, or genres. The Norman Rockwell Museum invites you to an evening of music performed or written by visual artists. Acapella group Quintessential will perform music by The Kinks, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and John Lennon, among others! Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.

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Saturday, August 12, 1:30pm-2:30pm
PLACEMAKING
Sadly, summer is winding to a close. But that means it’s time for “end of summer” celebrations at many local libraries. The Mason Library event invites summer reading participants to receive a summer reading program certificate of completion and sundae to celebrate your success! Reserve your spot so that you can get ice cream! This event also coincides with the library’s weekly BUILT IT! Family Activity. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-6:45pm
CURRENT EVENTS/NEWS LITERACY
How do you judge whether a news source is accurate or biased? In order to be politically active, you must be up-to-date on political issues and truly understand them. UMass Amherst Journalism Professor Steve Fox, has designed a presentation to help attendees do just that. Fox will discuss the changing landscape of news media over the past two decades as well as more recent changes. There are more news sources today than there ever have been. Attend this presentation at the Mason Library to become a more informed judge of information sources. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

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

Friday, August 4, 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, August 6, 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, August 11, 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, August 12, 7:30pm
DANCE STUDIES
Have you ever wanted to learn how to swing dance? Now’s your chance! Beginner dance lessons will be offered, no partner necessary, prior to a concert in historic Dewey Hall. Learn some new moves, then swing the night away to the sounds of the Versatones. Call 413-717-1255 for more information. 91 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 13, 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, August 18, 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, August 20, 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, August 25, 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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