Suggested Events for August 19th-25th, 2017

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Sat & Sun thru Labor Day

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.

Aug 19

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a day-long festival featuring students, alumnae, and faculty including: And the Kids, Christine Ohlman, Felixis Jinx, June Millington, Kalliope Jones, Kristen Ford, Leah Kunkel, Lioness, Mal Devisa, Naia Kete, Parlicium, SpaceKase, Whoda’ Funk It?, and Wishbone Zoe. Takes place on Saturday, August 19th at IMA’s Big Barn lawn at 165 Cape Street (Highway 112) in Goshen, MA. Gates open at 11am. Family friendly. Festival seating. Food & drink vendors on-site. Picnicking allowed. For tickets & information visit www.ima.org.

Ohana means family! Ohana School of Performing Arts in South Hadley is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance. It’s a place where you can experience life-enriching, all-inclusive classes that inspire children and adults to express themselves through movement, dream big, and change the world. Ohana believes that each and every human being deserves the chance to experience dance. Join their family and help them to spread peace and positivity through performance. Email them at Ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com or call 413-539-9996 for more information. Located at 470 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. www.OhanaPerformingArts.com

Sep 24

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its seventh year on Sun., Sept. 24 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by forming a team of four or more friends, family or co-workers. Riders can choose from any of the four scenic routes (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles) through the Pioneer Valley. Enjoy a fun and exciting day with your team while raising funds and awareness of hunger in our region. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Looking for summer options? Check out our featured post, 2017 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 19th-25th, 2017

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Saturday, August 19th, 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. Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants. The theme of this show is “songs that make you happy.” Through a variety of styles and genres Caspar Babypants takes the listener on a smile generating ride through some of his favorite happy tunes that lift spirits and make people dance and sing or just happily groove along.. ncore 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, August 19, 8am-10pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Attending an agricultural fair is a great way to explore the domestic arts and learn the quality of items made by hand. Exhibition halls are filled with different handmade crafts and culinary arts, such as quilts, preserves, knitwear, canned goods, and pies – all tokens from our past that still have a place in our present. The 100th annual Heath Fair continues on Saturday, August 19 with an exhibition hall, sheep, cattle, and herd dog demonstrations, live music, a goat parade, and much more! Visit the Heath Fair website for full details and schedule. 9 Hosmer Road. Heath, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 19, 9:30am-10:15
MINDFULNESS/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Mindfulness is a complex topic with a long-standing, cross-cultural tradition. Simply put, mindfulness is a form of awareness, often cultivated through meditative attention to your breath. While meditation can take place anywhere, meditating in nature can be a particularly pleasant and relaxing activity. People of all ages are invited to a “Mountain Mindfulness” session at Skinner State Park. Participants will join a park interpreter in a meditation and mindful walk. Bring something to sit on or a yoga mat. Meet on Summit House deck .413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, August 19, 9am-4pm
ART STUDIES/PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Plein air painting is an artistic tradition in which painters work outdoors, drawing inspiration from the landscape and using natural lighting as they create. A Park Hill Orchard painting class offers artists the opportunity to utilize the breathtaking view of Mount Tom and engage in a step-by-step instruction suitable for any skill level. The instructor will clearly explain how to simplify the subject into manageable parts and build your visual vocabulary of composition, value, color theory, and brushwork. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

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)

Saturday, August 19, 10am-10:30am
NATURAL HISTORY/DINOSAURS
Here in western Massachusetts, dinosaurs play a huge role in the history of our landscape. Future paleontologists, fossil lovers, and generally science-curious children may be interested in a family program, “Dinos in The Valley,” where participants will discover dinosaur tracks and learn about the life of dinosaurs in the Connecticut river valley. This program is best-suited for ages eight and up. Meet at the Stone House at Mount Tom State Reservation. 413- 534-1186.. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 10am-11am
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Introduce your child to nature confidently on a “First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk” at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Exploring nature promotes creativity and problem-solving and is a great bonding activity for families. This one-hour guided hike will give you the skills and confidence to explore nature with your child on your own. Dress for the weather. For ages birth-5. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (Adult <$; child FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 10:30am-11:30am
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE/ECOLOGY
Even people who aren’t particularly interested in plant identification have a vested interest in recognizing poisonous plants, such as poison ivy. Poison ivy varies in appearance seasonally. Urushiol, a liquid in the plant’s sap, causes a rash in most people who come into contact with it. A DCR park interpreter will be offering a poison ivy identification lesson on a walk alongside the Canalside Rail Trail and and the Great Falls Discovery Center grounds. Participants will learn how to recognize the plant and will learn interesting facts about its ecology. Bring water for the walk and meet at the main entrance. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 11am
MUSIC STUDIES
For the past thirty years, The Institute for the Musical Arts has been supporting young women along their musical journeys. They invite you to their celebration and day-long music festival, “Lady and the Amp.” The festival will feature students, alumnae and faculty including: And the Kids, Christine Ohlman, Felixis Jinx, June Millington, Kalliope Jones, Kristen Ford, Leah Kunkel, Lioness, Mal Devisa, Naia Kete, Parlicium, SpaceKase, Whoda’ Funk It? and Wishbone Zoe. Big Barn lawn. 165 Cape Street. Goshen, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 19, 1pm-2:30pm
ANIMATION/CREATIVE WRITING
Creating comic books and graphic novels utilizes both narrative and visual creativity. Teens are invited to a workshop by the Springfield City Library to learn how to choose color, create motion, and develop characters in their own comics. This is the final workshop in a series and will be held at the Mason Square Branch Library. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 19, 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 August 19, The West County Jazz Trio will perform mainstream jazz as well as some original tunes. 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, August 19, 3pm-4pm
PERFORMING ARTS/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turn in the spotlight, or relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show.” The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs and games. If your child does a great job making people laugh, you can take pride in the fact that humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity (and requires a degree of fearlessness to try!) The show is best suited for five to twelve-year-olds, and their caregivers. On August 19, the group will be perform at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for the first time. They will be returning on the third Saturday of every month. Show attendees do not need to pay museum admission fee to see the show, but this new collaboration offers the opportunity for one-stop learning and family fun. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

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)

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. ($)

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Sunday, August 20th, 207

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, August 20, 8am-6pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Attending an agricultural fair is a great way to explore the domestic arts and learn the quality of items made by hand. Exhibition halls are filled with different handmade crafts and culinary arts, such as quilts, preserves, knitwear, canned goods, and pies – all tokens from our past that still have a place in our present today. The 100th annual Heath Fair continues on Sunday, August 20 with an exhibition hall, live music, an oxen parade, wagon rides, and much more! Visit the Heath Fair website for full details and schedule. HeathAgSociety@gmail.com. 9 Hosmer Road. Heath, MA. (<$)

Sunday, August 20, 9am-10am
GEOLOGY
What do people mean when they refer to “geologic time?” The geologic time scale is a system of dating used by geologists, paleontologists, and other Earth scientists. This system conceptualizes time in relation to geological events in the Earth’s history. Adults and families with children ages ten and older are invited to travel through geologic time as it relates to the local landscape, in the program “Making the Connecticut River Valley,” at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. See our home transform between ocean, mountains, lava, and ice. The talk will end with trail recommendations for exploring the geology on your own. Meet at the picnic table behind the kiosk. In case of rain, meet in Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 20, 10am-2pm
AUTOMOTIVE/INTERGENERATIONAL
Car shows can get children who like automotive topics, whether they are junior mechanics or young children who like to play with toy cars, interested in historical learning. An aesthetic interest in classic makes and models of cars can grow into an interest in the industries and cultural factors which produced these cars in American history and worldwide. All kinds of cars, trucks and motorcycles will be present at the fourth annual Buttery Brook Park Car Show. Enjoy live music by Decades, New England’s premiere oldies dance band. 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 20, 10:30am-11:30am
BOTANY/PLANT SCIENCE
Plants are beautiful, often delicious, sometimes medicinal, but sometimes deadly. Any of the above may be a sufficient reason for you to learn how to identify plants. A four part series at Great Falls Discovery Center will cover visual patterns to help you make connections and identify plants. This is the final session of four, but you do not have to have attended the previous sessions to participate. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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)

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. (<$)

Sunday, August 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/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 a professional carilloneur play the bells in Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 20, 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)

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Monday, August 21st, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

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)

Monday, August 21, 10am-11am
NATURAL HISTORY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
“Natural history” as a formal field of academic study has existed since at least 1900, but has evolved considerably since then. Natural history overlaps with specialized scientific subjects such as botany, geology, mycology, palaeontology, physiology and zoology. Today, “natural history,” usually refers to the study of changes in ecological landscape over time. Budding naturalists who wish to learn more can attend a guided nature hike, and discover how Massachusetts forests have changed since Europeans first settled the Mount Holyoke Range. This hike will be approximately one mile in length, through easy-moderate terrain. Meet in Visitors Center at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring water and insect deterrents. In case of rain, call to confirm. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, 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)

Monday, August 21, 12pm
ASTRONOMY
Much of what we know about astronomy has been gleaned from outer space exploration. The film Hidden Figures (based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly) illuminates the story of three black female mathematicians who helped shape the NASA space program. These women have been largely overlooked by history books in spite of their contributions. You can view this 2016 film (rated PG) at the Holyoke Public Library in honor of the solar eclipse. After the movie, participants will head outside to see the celestial event. This exciting event combines the topics of women’s history, American history, astronomy, mathematics, and film studies into one! For more information contact Rachel at 413-420-8119. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, 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)

Monday, August 21, 1pm-4pm
ASTRONOMY
Partial eclipses occur in the daytime, when the moon passes in front of the sun and covers part of the sun’s disc. In New England, there will be a partial eclipse on August 21! The Springfield Museums’ Science Museum will be setting up telescopes with safe solar filters on the Quadrangle. In Springfield, the eclipse begins at 1:25 pm and ends at 3:58 pm. At maximum eclipse (2:44pm) 2/3 of the sun’s disc will be covered by the moon. Since part of the sun will always be visible from New England during the event, observers must use filters that are specifically made for viewing the sun. A limited number of safe “eclipse glasses” will be distributed to participants. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 1:30pm-6pm
ASTRONOMY
The Erving Public Library end of summer reading party will coincide with the solar eclipse! All afternoon there will be programs indoors and outdoors including ice cream, games, and reading awards. It’s a time to reflect on your summer, gather with friends and family, and view this rare celestial event. The program concludes with an outdoor movie. Join at any point in the day, no registration required. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 2pm
ASTRONOMY
The Forbes Library’s Scientific Kids’ Club meeting will feature a special treat on August 21, as participants venture outside to see the solar eclipse! Eclipse glasses will be provided, and attendees will learn the science behind this phenomenon. Registration is required. Sign up at the children’s desk by calling 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 21, 2pm-2:30pm
ASTRONOMY/INTERGENERATIONAL
During the solar eclipse, the Springfield City Library will be hosting eclipse parties at all of their branch locations (Brightwood, East Forest Park, Forest Park, and Indian Orchard locations, as well as at Library Express at Pine Point.) Special glasses will be available to help attendees safely view the eclipse. Participating library locations will also provide activities, solar eclipse models, and sun-inspired snacks. All ages are welcome! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 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, 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, 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)

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)

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. ($$)

Tuesday, August 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/ROBOTICS
Robotics is a multifaceted field of innovation and creation. Even young children can get started learning the basics of robotics. Basic robotics can connect them with the engineering skills of creating physical objects, as well as the computer programming skills required to get those objects to carry out tasks. Participants ages nine and up will learn both how to build robots, and how to control them with code, in a series of workshops at Holyoke Codes. You will learn how robots carry out tasks such as detecting and following lines, delivering and retrieving things, and detecting and following walls. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of these workshops (on August 22, and 31). 413-552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 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, 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)

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)

Wednesday, August 23, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
There are lots of opportunities for picnicking and outdoor musical performances over the summer. Orchestra in the Orchard at Small Ones Farm offers the perfect chance to purchase locally grown foods to enjoy while you listen to music. The Valley Winds will perform; the farm’s raspberry pie and local ice cream will be available for purchase. 413-253-6788. 416 Bay Road. Amherst, 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)

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)

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Thursday, August 24th, 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, August 24, 9:30am-5pm
Homeschool days at Old Sturbridge Village are a chance for homeschooling families to get together while engaging in hands-on, historical learning. Workshop activities on August 24 include hearth cooking, corn husk dolls, making a boot jack, sewing and stenciling a seed bag, and more. These activities allow participants to learn about 19th century life while also engaging in skills that are still useful today. Space is limited and registration is required. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, August 24, 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)

Thursday, August 24, 4pm-9:30pm
PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture 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 Cummington Fair kicks off August 24 with an antique tractor and engine show and the opening of the craft barn. Check out the exhibition hall, the truck pull, and live music! The fair runs through Sunday, August 27 at the Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. (Adult $; Ages ten to fifteen <$; under ten FREE)

Thursday, August 24, 4pm and 5pm
ASTRONOMY
Perhaps the solar eclipse on August 21 will spark a desire in you or your children to learn more about astronomy. Three days later, on August 24, the Museum of Science Boston will be bringing their portable planetarium to present the night sky program at the Erving Community Center. You can attend one or both shows at 4pm and 5pm, as long as you register. Register through the Erving Public Library by calling 413-423-3348. 1 Care Drive. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 24, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Meet local music fans and spend some quality outdoor time with your community at a Coop Concert in Greenfield! You can explore the gardens, and children will be able to play on the train structure in the children’s area. Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family in Energy Park. The August 24 concert will feature Small Change, Jim Eagan, and Orlen & Gabriel. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 24, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
The Heritage ‘Pops’ Orchestrais a 19 piece orchestra. The group has been bringing a variety of big band style music to performances across the state for over twenty years. Bring a lawn chair, or picnic and blanket, to the Florence Civic Center and enjoy an outdoor concert performed by the orchestra. Visit the Florence Music on the Porch Series Facebook page for additional information. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 25th, 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, August 25, 9am-8pm
PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE
Attending an agricultural fair is a great way to explore the domestic arts and learn the quality of items made by hand. Exhibition halls are filled with different handmade crafts and culinary arts, such as quilts, preserves, knitwear, canned goods, and pies – all tokens from our past that still have a place in our present today. The Ware Grange Fair will feature a bake sale, raffles, and penny sale along with viewing of the exhibits, on August 25 and 26. 297 Belchertown Road. Ware, MA. (<$)

Friday, August 25, 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 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, 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)

Friday, August 25, 10am-10:30am
WOMEN’S HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES
Bring your children to Mount Tom State Reservation for a day of exercise and outdoor exploring, and you can also learn about women’s history! The program, “First Women Rangers,” will teach attendees about the first female Park Rangers in New England. This program is for children ages eight and up. Meet at the Stone House. 413-534-1186. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 25, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
A love of animals can be a catalyst for all kinds of learning. Spending time with animals can help kids build their empathic skills by understanding the needs of another living being. Taking care of animals at home (even something as simple as putting feed in a bird feeder) can also teach kids responsibility. For the scientifically minded, zoology is a topic which leads to learning about biology and ecology. You can encourage your children’s interest in animals by bringing them to animal focused “Kidleidoscope” programs at Great Falls Discovery Center. These programs are best suited for ages three to six, but siblings and friends are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The August 25 program will introduce children to the topic of rabbits through a story, interactive games, and a craft. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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, 11am-12pm
LITERACY
Book donation programs make literacy more accessible to people who are homebound or have limited transportation accessibility. The Summer Bookmobile program from The Bridge Family Resource Center provides books free of charge- to keep! This is a great opportunity for families to support literacy in the summer months. For more information call 413-549-0471 ext. 6510. 101 University Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 25, 1pm-1:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Hawks are migrating birds. In autumn, thousands can be seen traveling overhead in our region on their way South, especially from good viewing sites such as mountains. An event, “raptors over the range,” at Skinner State Park, will explain why the range is a popular route for raptors. Attendees will also learn to identify raptors by sight. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. This event is for adults and families with children ages twelve and older. Meet on the summit house deck. In case of rain, call 413-586-0350 to confirm. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

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)

Friday, August 25, 4pm-5:30pm
ART STUDIES
For fledgling artists, it is a good idea to try your hand at many different styles and mediums. A teen art series at the Sunderland Public Library has been encouraging junior artists to do so. On August 25, an art-making workshop, “Picking Picasso’s Brain,” will focus on how to create two and three-dimensional abstract artwork with paint, collage, cardboard, and wood. Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Friday, August 25, 4pm-9:30pm
PLACEMAKING/AGRICULTURE
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture 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 Cummington Fair continues with a craft barn, exhibit hall, live performances, meals, children’s activities and more. Visit their website for a full schedule of activities and performances. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. (Adult $; Ages ten to fifteen <$; under ten FREE)

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. ($$)

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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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