Berkshire Family Fun: October 2017

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2017

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of October. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


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, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor 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

Tuesday, October 24, 7pm
PERFORMANCE/LIBRARY ADVENTURES
Nutshell Playhouse presents “Top Bananas.” Join the Adams Free Library and the Nutshell Playhouse for a fun-filled performance of visual and musical delights, featuring a puppet that morphs, a snake that sings, a saw that plays music, tap-dancing, new and old songs and an abundance of silly shenanigans. “Top Bananas” is performed by Berkshire County actors Stefanie Weber, Maizy Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan. This is fun for the whole family. 413-743-8345. Adams Free Library. 92 Park St. Adams, MA (FREE)

Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street.
Adams Visitor’s Center
. 3 Hoosac Street.
Adams Library
. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
413-743-7121. 67 East Road.

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School. 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

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

LANESBOROUGH

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

MONTEREY

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

NORTH ADAMS

Saturday, October 21, 5:30pm
TRAIN RIDE/PARANORMAL
All aboard to all paranormal enthusiasts! Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Spirit Train will be departing North Adams for a lantern-lit walk through Southview Cemetery with psychic medium Julie MacDonald Julie will teach passengers how to tap into the spirit world during this special evening event and will be open to interpret any messages coming through from the “other side.” To enjoy the experience, passengers must be fully ambulatory and be able to climb up and down stairs. Guests are also reminded to dress for the weather. Train leaves promptly at 5:30pm and will return in approximately 2 hours. Online reservations are encouraged and tickets can be purchased at www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com. 98 Crowley Ave. North Adams, MA ($)

Friday, October 27, 6-9pm
PLACEMAKING/HALLOWEEN
Placemaking can happen when we combine downtown districts with community centers and holiday seasons. ROOTS Teen Center hosts a Haunted Harvest Festival in downtown North Adams. Activities will be located in different storefronts throughout Eagle Street and the general downtown. 43 Eagle Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Windsor Lake. Kemp Avenue and Bradley Street.
The Maker’s Mill. 100 Eagle Street.
DownStreet Art
. Main Street and downtown.
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

Friday, October 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
While some people lament the shorter days of fall and winter, longer nights provide more chances to learn about astronomy through observations of the night sky! The Old Hopkins Observatory and planetarium at Williams College are rich resources for learning about astronomy, as well as the history of the topic. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Astronomy students at the College will host this free show, open to the public. Attendees will learn about topics such as retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, and more. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. 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
Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

DALTON

Dalton Free Public Library 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.
Crane Museum of Papermaking. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street.

HINSDALE

 

LEE

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

LENOX

Saturday, October 14, 5:45pm & 7pm
HALLOWEEN/PARANORMAL
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Wharton, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing 90-minute ghost tour. Tours starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Lenox Community Center. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street.
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

Sunday, October 1, 2-4pm
SOCIAL STUDIES/MENTAL ILLNESS
Why does society stigmatize certain individuals, groups, and conditions? How is stigma used to marginalize and silence difference and dissent? What impact does this use of stigma have on people living with mental illnesses? What can we do to challenge stigma in our community? Join in a community conversation, presented by the City of Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission, and hear what a panel of mental health advocates have to share. For more information please contact Drew Herzig – drewherzig@yahoo.com. All are welcomed. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 13, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/DRUMMING
West African drum and dance combines percussive instruments with choreographed movement. This is a highly collaborative art form. The annual Berkshire Drum and Dance Festival will bring together over 75 drumming artists to captivate audiences. The 2017 theme is “Honoring Women in Drum and Dance.” Proceeds from this event benefit the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Doors open at 6pm for the world marketplace, silent auction, nature info displays and at 6:30pm there will be a showing of the Tamarack Hollow video in the theater. Berkshire Community College Boland Theater in the Koussevitsky Arts Center. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 21, 10am-12noon
CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/ARCHITECTURE
It’s Pop-Up Play Day at the Berkshire Museum. Supports creative-free play, children can build and rebuild with the large blocks and colorful architectural building components. Pop-Up Play Day is included in regular museum admission. Pittsfield. ($)

Saturday, October 21, 6-7pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Flashlight Scavenger Hunt at the Berkshire Museum! Explore the Museum’s galleries with only a flashlight in a spooky, after-hours adventure. Go down the rabbit hole and explore the new Morgan Bulkeley show and resident mummy, Pahat, from a darker perspective. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Rte. 7. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Friday, October 27, 7pm
HALLOWEEN PARADE
Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. Pittsfield Parks and Recreation will be hosting this costumed parade on Tyler Street. Watch the procession of spooky, silly, and creative costumes and dress as your favorite character. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Beacon Cinema. 413-358-4780. 57 North Street.
Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street.
Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street.
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, October 7th, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest festivals mark the seasons and tune us to our sense of place. The 83rd annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival celebrates local agriculture and the culture of the Berkshires. A tag sale and and silent auction allow the community to engage in sustainable practices, while the farmers’ market and plant sale support skillsharing and collaborative consumption of knowledge share by local farmers and gardeners. Interested in service-based learning? The festival has opportunities to volunteer, connecting older teens and life-long learners with a community of gardeners that support conservation and nature-based learning. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Garden’s education program. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$; Children under 12 and members FREE)

Sunday, October 8, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest festivals mark the seasons and tune us to our sense of place. The 83rd annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival celebrates local agriculture and the culture of the Berkshires. A tag sale and and silent auction allow the community to engage in sustainable practices, while the farmers’ market and plant sale support skillsharing and collaborative consumption of knowledge share by local farmers and gardeners. Interested in service-based learning? The festival has opportunities to volunteer, connecting older teens and life-long learners with a community of gardeners that support conservation and nature-based learning. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Garden’s education program. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$; Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, October 13, 5-8pm
HALLOWEEN/PLACEMAKING
Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine. Flashlights are encouraged. The trail is not stroller friendly and does have uneven footing. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Friday, October 20, 6:30-9pm
HALLOWEEN/HAUNTED HOUSE
Naumkeag’s Haunted House returns with more scares, bigger haunts and new surprises that are not for the faint of heart! This year, we’re moving things into the mansion itself in addition to a new, frightening path through our historic gardens. Don’t miss the Southern Berkshire’s only Haunted House! Recommended ages 12 and up. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. 57 Interlaken Road.
Naumkeag. 5 Prospect Hill.
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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South Berkshire

Alford | Great Barrington | Housatonic | Monterey | New Marlborough | Sheffield

North Berkshire | Central Berkshire

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ALFORD

GREAT BARRINGTON

Triplex Cinema. 70 Railroad Street.
Lake Mansfield. 413-528-2810, ext. 30. Lake Mansfield Road.
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.

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

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

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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