Berkshire Family Fun: September 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
September 2017

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

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

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, story hours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

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Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale-Peru, Pittsfield, Sandisfield, Windsor, Washington, and Mt. Washington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


North Berkshire

Adams | Cheshire | Florida | Hancock | Lanesborough | Monterey | North Adams | Williamstown | Windsor

Central Berkshire | South Berkshire

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ADAMS

 

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

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

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

LANESBOROUGH

 

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

MONTEREY

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

NORTH ADAMS

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.

Saturday, September 9, 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm
HISTORY/AUTOMOTIVE
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. There is gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Groups of more than twenty are asked to make reservations one week in advance. There are Cabaret Trains on Saturday Aug 26, September 9 and 23. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. Visit or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org for more information. North Adams, MA. ($)

Tuesday, September 19, 5pm-7:30pm
PARENTING/SUPPORT
Grandparents raising grandchildren can benefit from meeting others in the same position, in a supportive environment. The Family Place is offering a workshop on this topic, inviting grandparents and kinship caregivers to meet. guest speaker will talk about Grief and Loss for Kinship Families. A light dinner and dessert will be provided. Child care can be available for those who register ahead of time. To register, contact Colleen Pritoni at colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us. 413-663-7588. 61 Main Street, Suite 218. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 23, 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm
HISTORY/AUTOMOTIVE
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. There is gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Groups of more than twenty are asked to make reservations one week in advance. There are Cabaret Trains on Saturday Aug 26, September 9 and 23. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. Visit or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org for more information. North Adams, MA. ($)

Thursday, September 28, 6pm-7:30pm
LITERACY
Does your fifth or sixth grade daughter like to read? Bring her to a Book Club at the UNO Community Center to meet other girls who love reading. Books will be provided free of charge to all participants so that they can build their own libraries! Snacks and refreshments are also provided. To join, email Regina at regina.velazquez@storey.com. This month’s book will be Space Case by Stuart Gibbs, a humorous and suspenseful murder mystery which takes place on the moon. 157 River Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 29, 11am-12pm
PARENTING
In a “Brain Building” workshop at the Family Center, parents will learn easy, hands-on activities that they can use every day in their own home. Learn ways to turn any moment into a Brain Building moment. Participants will gain information on brain development and ideas for field trips that build little brains. Every family will receive a Brain Building bag of goodies to take home! Onsite childcare will be provided if needed. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
Matthew Jesse Jackson, Beinecke Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, will be sharing his unique take on contemporary art in a lecture entitled, “everythingism.” Jackson argues that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation). Instead, he asserts, the true art of our time might best be described as being distinguished by activities that employ everything to evoke everything by means of everything. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 14, 8pm
LITERACY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Community Read programs, whether they take place at colleges, schools, or public libraries, are a great way to encourage literacy while fostering community-wide dialogues on important topics. The Williams College community read book selection for 2017 will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson who is founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. This New York Times bestseller explores notions of compassion, justice, and mercy through Stevenson’s career within the context of the criminal justice system. You can learn more by hearing Stevenson speak on these topics in a lecture at Chapin Hall. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA.

Monday, September 18, 2pm
ART STUDIES/LIFELONG LEARNING
People with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are welcome to attend a special gallery talk at the Clark Art Institute. “Meet Me at the Clark” takes place when the museum is closed to the public in order to create a private, calm atmosphere, and consists of a viewing and discussion about the art. This gallery talk is great for both the person with dementia and the caregiver – both can enjoy seeing and experiencing art and spending time together in a meaningful way. Call to register. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 22, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
Studies of outer space can be intriguing to young minds – particularly due to the mysterious nature of the sky. In plain sight all day and all night, the sky is filled with fascinating things both big and bright that are impossible to touch and nearly impossible to experience. An interest in this topic can branch off into other scientific and mathematical areas of inquiry. You can support an interest in astronomy by taking your child to the Milham Planetarium, in the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, for a planetarium show run by astronomy students. The observatory’s high precision Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more. 413-597-2188. Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 29, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
Studies of outer space can be intriguing to young minds – particularly due to the mysterious nature of the sky. In plain sight all day and all night, the sky is filled with fascinating things both big and bright that are impossible to touch and nearly impossible to experience. An interest in this topic can branch off into other scientific and mathematical areas of inquiry. You can support an interest in astronomy by taking your child to the Milham Planetarium, in the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, for a planetarium show run by astronomy students. The observatory’s high precision Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more. 413-597-2188. Main 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

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

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Central Berkshire

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

North Berkshire | South Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

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

HINSDALE

LEE

Friday, September 15, 5pm-8pm
LOCAL FOOD CULTURE
The town of Lee, Massachusetts is turning two-hundred and forty! You can celebrate by attending the Taste of Lee food festival, featuring food from Lee’s best local purveyors, as well as live music, vendors, face painting, hayrides, and a baby goat petting zoo. There will be contests, raffles, and games at this intergenerational event. Johnny Mystic will perform street magic. The event will culminate in a fireworks show. 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

Saturday, September 2, 9am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Want company for your next hike? Join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams for a moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain. This hike follows the Trail of the Ledges and Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood and hemlock forest. Participants will look for signs of wildlife and learn about native trees and shrubs. Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 3, 8:30am-11:30am
CANOE/ECOLOGY
Anyone with an interest in ecology and zoology may be interested in participating in a naturalist guided canoe trip through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. Participants will watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. Registration is required. New Lenox Road. Lenox, MA. ($)

Tuesday, September 5, 4pm
HISTORY
Join Ulysses Grant Dietz at the Ventfort Hall for a look at the meteoric rise of jewelry wearing in the period after the Civil War. This phenomenon was triggered by unprecedented wealth in an industrialized America. Dietz will explore the idea of the aspirational symbolism of jewelry, an aristocratic model for a nation without any established social hierarchy. He will also touch on the parallel jewelry worn by everyday Americans during the Gilded Age, which echoed the styles of the 1% social class, but on a more modest scale. Dietz has been a curator at the Newark Museum since 1980, where he oversaw the restoration and reinterpretation of the National Historic Landmark Ballantine House of 1885. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, September 6, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker will lead adults on a weekly, guided bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 6, 5pm-6pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into the tightly controlled society of Old New York at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures, writing over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to books she also wrote poetry and short stories. The “Wharton on Wednesdays” program at The Mount, focuses on Wharton’s best satirical short works, as they are read by professional actors. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE. Non members <$)

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
ECOLOGY/BEAVERS
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent and their relationship within our ecosystem by visiting the beaver ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is suitable for ages three and up. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Friday, September 8, 5pm
POETRY
How can poetry provide guidance, emotional solace, and create social change in times of turmoil and uncertainty? Poets Vijay Seshadri, Rosanna Warren, and Major Jackson will discuss the ways in which poetry has given them voice, in a lecture, “Words That Move: Poetry and the Active Citizen.” The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 13, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker will lead adults on a weekly, guided bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 16, 10am-12pm
ECOLOGY/HISTORY
The landscape of the Berkshires has undergone massive changes, largely due to human activity. Come to the program, “From Iron Ore to Orioles,” to learn about how 18th and 19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries impacting the land. Educators will explain the impact these industries had on forests and wildlife. Participants will will travel by van to lime and charcoal making sites at a nearby part of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and then to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox. Registration is required. Meet at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 16, 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 7:45. Contra dancing takes place every third Saturday of the month. 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, September 17, 8:30am-11:30am
CANOE/ECOLOGY
Anyone with an interest in ecology and zoology may be interested in participating in a naturalist guided canoe trip through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. Participants will watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. Registration is required. New Lenox Road. Lenox, MA. ($)

Wednesday, September 20, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker will lead adults on a weekly, guided bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 20, 6pm-7:30pm
ECOLOGY/BEAVERS
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent and their relationship within our ecosystem by visiting the beaver ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is suitable for ages three and up. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 23, 10am
PLACEMAKING
The 38th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze is a long-standing tradition in Berkshire County, and a harbinger of the fall season. You can join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands, and performers as Lenox celebrates the apple harvest with a fun and engaging street festival for all ages. The lineup will include The SteelDrivers, Wild Adriatic, Sierra Hull and many more on September 23 and 24 on three stages around town! Rain or shine. Go to the Visit Lenox Facebook page for more information. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 24, 10am
PLACEMAKING
The 38th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze is a long-standing tradition in Berkshire County, and a harbinger of the fall season. You can join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands, and performers as Lenox celebrates the apple harvest with a fun and engaging street festival for all ages. The lineup will include The SteelDrivers, Wild Adriatic, Sierra Hull and many more on September 23 and 24 on three stages around town! Rain or shine. Go to the Visit Lenox Facebook page for more information. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 27, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker will lead adults on a weekly, guided bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 27, 6pm-7:30pm
ECOLOGY/BEAVERS
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent and their relationship within our ecosystem by visiting the beaver ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is suitable for ages three and up. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

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.

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PITTSFIELD

Friday, September 8, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, bird watchers can find wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more as they observe wetlands, walk through meadows and woodlands. A guided bird walk at Canoe Meadows is offered weekly such that adults can observe changes in bird species over time. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 10, 10am
ANIMAL STUDIES/FUNDRAISER
Dog lovers, and animal lovers of all kinds, are invited to the Berkshire Humane Society’s annual Woofstock! This event invites participants to raise money on behalf of BHS’s shelter animals and register to walk a loop around downtown with or without their dog. Meet other dog owners and learn about the work of the humans society. Senior Greyhound and adoption alumna, Gabby, will serve as the Grand Marshal. Downtown common. 413-477-7878, ext. 131. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm
ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Why are some immigrants, or long-standing residents for that matter, seen as more “foreign” than others? It is an unfortunate double standard and prejudice that Asian Americans are often seen as foreign, regardless of how many years and generations of Asian individuals have lived in this country. A presentation from the Human Rights Commission, “Asian-Americans: No More Perpetual Foreigners,” will explore these issues. Helen Haerhan Moon, DeepikaShukla, Setsuko Winchester, and K. Scott Wong will discuss what it means to be Asian American, in this talk at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 15, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, bird watchers can find wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more as they observe wetlands, walk through meadows and woodlands. A guided bird walk at Canoe Meadows is offered weekly such that adults can observe changes in bird species over time. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 16, 9:30am-11:30am
HUMANITIES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. On September 16, you can join John Dickson of the Berkshire County Historical Society, for a tour of the urban mills of 1800s Pittsfield. The walk will take place along the Housatonic River and it’s tributary, Onota Brook, passing by the buildings and remnants of 7 “major and once thriving” mills. Meet at the Pontoosuc Lake boat ramp on Hancock Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 17, 9am-1pm
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. On September 17, join author of “50 Hikes in the Berkshires” book, Lauren Stevens, for a hike to the Hancock Shakers’ Holy Sites. Participants will follow Shaker Brook past their old water system remains, pass by foundation remains and up Shaker Mountain, the Hancock community’s holy site, then travel back down into the valley and up Holy Mount, which belonged to the New Lebanon Shaker community. Stonewalls and some other artifacts will be visible. Bring lunch & drink and wear sturdy shoes/boots. Meet at the parking lot of Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 22, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, bird watchers can find wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more as they observe wetlands, walk through meadows and woodlands. A guided bird walk at Canoe Meadows is offered weekly such that adults can observe changes in bird species over time. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 23, 10am-11am
LOCAL HISTORY
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. Visit their website and choose between several walks ranging greatly in the topics they explore. On September 23, for example, you can join Bill Munn on a journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, as he shares with you the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 24, 9:30am-11:30am
LOCAL HISTORY
Along the Housatonic River there are buildings and remnants of seven “major and once thriving” mills. You can join John Dickson of the Berkshire County Historical Society to walk this area and examine the connection between the flowing water and industrial activity in the 1800s. Participants will take a step back in time to discover important aspects of Pittsfield’s history and hear about these buildings’ origins, as well as the story of our ancestors who worked in them. Visit the Housatonic Heritagewebsite for more details on this event which takes place as part of 2017 Housatonic Heritage Walks. Hancock Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 29, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, bird watchers can find wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more as they observe wetlands, walk through meadows and woodlands. A guided bird walk at Canoe Meadows is offered weekly such that adults can observe changes in bird species over time. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, September 2, 1:30pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Painting demonstrations are great for art lovers who want to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Illustrator and painter Dan Howe will be offering a painting demonstration and discussion to illuminate the artistic process of famous artist Norman Rockwell. This program is included with admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Artists may be interested to try out the techniques they see demonstrated. This program is for adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$.)

Saturday, September 2, 4pm
CEMETERY STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY
For almost 300 years, the headstones in the Stockbridge cemetery have left final messages using both words and symbols. Volunteers from the Stockbridge Library Procter Museum & Archives will explore these messages in the cemetery walk, “Final Words, Lasting Images: Headstone Meanings and Messages.” learn which words and images were chosen at different times; what they meant in their own time period; how and why they changed over time, and what those changes represent. 413-298-5501. Meet at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 7, 2pm
ART STUDIES
In addition to learning about the life and work of Norman Rockwell, a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum can also connect participants with architecture, sculpture, and history. Interested adults are invited to participate in Historic Property Walks of the museum’s bucolic 36-acre campus. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Saturday, September 9, 10am
IMMIGRATION STUDIES
Often, immigration is taught to students in a way that focuses on the history of immigration in the United States. Central to the development of our country and responsible for bringing people from all over the world to be part of communities across America, immigration is discussed with students mainly in the past tense. By examining modern immigration, students can develop an understanding of what immigration means in modern times. In order to begin examining what immigration looks like today, families can attend a naturalization ceremony at the Norman Rockwell Museum, honoring new U.S. citizens as they take their oath surrounded by Norman Rockwell’s paintings. Note: seating is reserved for new citizens and their families; visitors may observe from adjacent galleries. Check out the museum’s collection for further learning about American culture and history through art. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 11:30am
ART STUDIES/SCULPTURE
Chesterwood’s artist-led programs in conjunction with current exhibition Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, offers the public opportunities to learn about the physical mechanics as well as the figurative aspects on sculpture art. On September 9, artist Amy Podmore will discuss the development and fabrication processes involved in the making of her work, “Whiplash.” This talk is free with museum admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 13 FREE)

Wednesday, September 13, 1:30pm
ART STUDIES/ILLUSTRATION
A thorough study of Norman Rockwell’s work is essential for understanding American art history as well as the medium of illustration. A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum provides a great crash course in all of those topics. Adults visiting on September 13 can also take part in Curatorial Conversations: an informal gallery conversion focusing on the museum’s summer exhibitions, with Museum curators. Free for Museum members, or included with admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Thursday, September 14, 2pm
ART STUDIES
In addition to learning about the life and work of Norman Rockwell, a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum can also connect participants with architecture, sculpture, and history. Interested adults are invited to participate in Historic Property Walks of the museum’s bucolic 36-acre campus. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

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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ALFORD

GREAT BARRINGTON

Saturday, September 9, 10am
ECOLOGY
Trail Building is a complex and rewarding process. This is especially true for trails in the riverfront area. Great Barrington Land Conservancy invites you to learn about the planning and implementation of riverside trails from expert trail builder, Peter Jensen. Peter has been building trails for over 30 years, and River Walk was one of his early projects. Learn how this National Recreation Trail grew from a garbage filled bank. Attendees will see the steps that allowed for a rehabilitated riverfront area and a peaceful walkway celebrating the beauty and history of Great Barrington and the Housatonic River. Register by emailing info@gbtrails.org. Saint James Place. 352 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 16, 11am-11pm & Sunday, September 17, 8am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. On September 16 you can join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff and experts in the natural sciences for a Bioblitz. The Bioblitz is an opportunity for the general public to engage with biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to survey as many species as possible in a given area within a 24-hour period. You will see firsthand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in your own community. Berkshire Bioblitz offers a variety of family-friendly, interactive, nature-oriented nature walks and talks taking place throughout the day. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for full details. Thomas & Palmer Brook Reserve. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 17, 10am-11am
ECOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
The Housatonic River Walk is a local resource for environmental learning. Educator Elia Del Molino will be offering a guided, interpretive walk at DuBois River Garden Park. Tour this National Recreation Trail to discover its historic, cultural and ecological significance. Email info@gbtrails.org to register. Church Street and River Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 23, 8:30am-4pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. Visit their website and choose between several walks ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estate. Walks take place in the Berkshires and beyond. (FREE- $$)

Saturday, September 23, 1pm and 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
W.E.B. Du Bois, the great African-American author and civil rights leader, was born and raised in Great Barrington and returned frequently throughout his life. Join David Glassberg, from the Friends of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, for an interpretive tour on a level woods trail, leading to the foundation of Du Bois’ boyhood home–the first destination in the United States to tell the story of his life and legacy. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more details on this event which takes place as part of 2017 Housatonic Heritage Walks. 612 South Egremont Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

EGREMONT

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, September 16, 7am-4pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more through their annual, guided nature walk series. Visit their website and choose between several walks ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estate. Walks take place in the Berkshires and beyond. (FREE- $$)

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Saturday, September 2, 9:30am-3pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
The annual Otis Arts Festival brings the best local artists and craftspeople together in a form of collaborative consumption and placemaking. Connect with your local arts community and support local artists by perusing, purchasing, and engaging in discussions at the event. 413-269-4674. Farmington River Elementary School. Otis, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Saturday, September 23, 8am-10am
GUIDED NATURE WALK/ORNITHOLOGY
Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including fields, forests, swamps, and abandoned lime quarries. These habitats make Lime Kiln a great place to learn about varieties of local plant and animal species. You are invited to join Lime Kiln’s education coordinator during the height of spring and fall migration for a morning bird walk on the trails. Participants will listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. If time permits you may check other nearby birding hot spots. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.
Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.
Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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