Suggested Events for June 23rd – 29th, 2018

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The Hoosac Valley Train Ride is a great experience for families, groups, and couples. Travel on a one-hour narrated train trip through the Hoosac Valley countryside. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable, friendly and excited to share this railroad experience with you. Summer train rides run Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cost is $12/adult, $10/seniors or military, $8/child (4-14 yrs). Adults-only Cabaret Trains with live music and BYOB run select Saturdays June through September. Cost is $20 per each. Purchase pre-sale tickets to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. See www.berkshiretrains.org or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org.

Tu-Sa 6/19-8/18

Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com

July 30 – Aug 10

Learn, play & unplug at Storrowton Village’s Early American Summer Days for ages 7-12. Their unique hands-on approach to history will help 21st century children learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1800s. This year will feature two different sessions, each with fun and educational themed activities, making it possible for children to attend and enjoy both weeks. Register online or stop into the Museum Office to register in person. Invention Week runs from 7/30-8/3; Toys & Games Week from 8/6-8/10. For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com/summer-days.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 23rd – 29th, 2018

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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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. Exploring a single word through music can uncover the many ways we use language on an everyday basis. In Rock and Keep Rolling the word “roll” is used to describe the movement of waves, wheat fields, and a manatee. It describes the fun of rolling down a hill to the more sophisticated meaning of letting something roll off you back. A roll can be a food item, or a drum sequence, or quite simply the partner of rock. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Saturday, June 23, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Saturday, June 23, 10am
HEALTH AND WELLNESS/GOATS
Everybody loves yoga and what’s not to love? It’s meditative, relaxing, and great exercise. Well, some mad genius came up with a way to make a great thing even greater: by adding goats! That’s right, goat yoga is the latest health and wellness craze that has people lining up by the hundreds all around the country. Goat yoga is, well, just what it sounds like. You do yoga with goats. As Oregonian Lainey Morse, the creator of goat yoga, says, goat yoga is not just a gimmick. Snuggling up with adorable baby goats during a yoga practice can be profoundly therapeutic for people who struggle with depression, anxiety, or disabilities. Morse says that her goats helped her through many of her own health issues and personal struggles over the years: “I would come home every day and spend time with my goats, and it was so therapeutic for me. It’s hard to be sad and depressed when there’s baby goats jumping on you.” Goat yoga is coming to the Hancock Shaker Village so don’t miss your opportunity to experience this delightful and unique combination. Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, June 23, 10am
STEM/ASTRONOMY
Did you know that astronomers believe that the moon was created not long after the creation of the earth around 4.5 billion years ago, when an enormous planetary named Theia collided with Earth? While Theia’s core and much of its mass merged with the earth, the debris that was thrown into orbit coalesced to form our moon! The mysterious moon is full of fascinating secrets and this Saturday, children will have the opportunity to learn all about the moon with a variety of fun activities including using recycled materials to design and build a spacecraft, using Oreo cookies to demonstrate the phases of the moon, and watch a video of the 1969 lunar landing. Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 23, 10am-3pm
ART STUDIES/NATURE STUDIES
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is honoring the memory of the late Barbara Carle, the museum’s co-founder and Eric Carle’s wife, by dedicating its new outdoor space to her. “Bobbie’s Meadow” will be a site for museum guests to connect with the natural world, as well as hosting scavenger hunts and film screenings. To celebrate the opening of this special new addition to the library, the museum is offering a day filled with special storytimes, dancing, and animal visits from the Hitchcock Center. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, June 23, 10am-5pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
For a largely rural area, the Hilltowns region is home to a surprising number of artists and creative people. The Hilltown Arts Alliance is dedicated to creating community in the Hilltowns by bringing together local artists to collaborate, share their work, and support each other. Residents from more than a dozen towns work together to provide spaces for artists to show their art to the public. Now, for the first time, the Hilltown Arts Alliance is organizing an Open Studio Tour, featuring more than 25 artists in 20 locations throughout the Hilltowns region. See what kinds of creative work local artists are doing, attend workshops and demonstrations, and celebrate our amazing community! For a complete lists of artists and locations, please visit https://hilltownartsalliance.org/open-studio-tour/. Worthington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 23, 10am
LOCAL HISTORY/PARADE
Can you imagine what it would have been like to be one of the first settlers of Shelburne in 1756? Deerfield had been settled almost a hundred years earlier by colonists from Dedham and it had only been fifty years since the disastrous raid on Deerfield by French and Abenaki forces, in which 56 settlers were killed and more than a hundred were captured. By the time Shelburne was settled the region was still politically turbulent, as the French and Indian War raged throughout the Northeast. Much has changed since those early days but this weekend Shelburne will be celebrating its 250th anniversary and remembering its rich history. All day long, visitors will have the opportunity to tour some of Shelburne’s farms, many of which are relatively unchanged. Crafting enthusiasts can check out the quilt show and learn about colonial crafting. The historical society will be hosting a Civil War Reenactment. And you won’t want to miss the parade, beginning at 3pm. The festivities will conclude with a fireworks show at 9:30pm. For more information and a complete list of events, please visit Shelburne’s 250th Anniversary. Shelburne, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 23, 11am-12pm
STEM/KITCHEN EXPERIMENTS
You’d never believe how easy it is to create fascinating and exciting science experiments with common kitchen supplies and ingredients. The famous baking soda volcano experiment is just the tip of the iceberg! If you love science and are interested in learning about how regular household items can be used to demonstrate scientific principles, this is the event for you! To learn more, please visit Kitchen Ka-Boom. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, June 23, 11am-1pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART STUDIES
Once upon a time, six blind men come upon an elephant standing in the middle of a dusty road. The first man touches the elephant’s tale and proclaims that it must be a rope. The second man touches one of the elephant’s legs and declares it to be a tree. The third man touches the elephant’s ear and says that it’s a fan. Each man is convinced that the part of the animal he can perceive is an accurate depiction of the whole. Eventually the men begin to fight with each other until finally the king arrives and insists that the men listen to each other and only then are they able to comprehend the totality of what they perceive. Musician Sally Taylor, daughter of folk music legends James Taylor and Carly Simon, tells this story to illustrate the motivation behind her Consenses project. Consenses has been described as an artistic version of the game “telephone.” For several years, Taylor has worked with artists from around the world for this project. It may begin, for example, with a musician interpreting a photograph. A dancer may then interpret the song. A painter might then interpret the dance. A perfumer might interpret the painting in the form of a fragrance. And a poet might interpret the perfume. The process continues until each of the five senses are represented and each artist is given seven days to create their interpretation. During the entire process, the artists identities are unknown to each other. Beginning this Saturday, Kidspace and MASS MoCA are joining up to present a selection of works from Taylor’s Consenses project. MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA ($)

Saturday, June 23, 1:30-3pm
GARDENING/SEED LIBRARY
The number of people in America who are gardening and growing vegetables is higher than it has been in more than a decade. This is an exciting and important trend, which could dramatically improve food security for millions of people. The importance of gardening is especially true for urban populations, where gardening is up 37 percent. Perhaps the most encouraging part of these statistics is that increasing numbers of millenials are starting to grow vegetables. If you want to learn how to grow vegetables but aren’t sure how to get started, this is the event for you. Members of the Berkshire Seed Library will be teaching some basic gardening techniques at the community garden at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Experience the joy that comes from growing plants! Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 23, 2-4pm
ART STUDIES/RECEPTION
Hampshire College sculpture professor Thom Haxo first started making whimsical crayon drawings for his family twenty years ago. What began as a card that Haxo drew for his daughter’s seventh birthday evolved over the years into a series, which became an important part of Haxo’s family tradition. The drawings feature a number of fanciful animal characters, based on many of the family’s pets. While Haxo drew these pieces in crayon and focus on light-hearted themes, he feels that these works nevertheless are part of a “serious endeavor.” Haxo’s exploration of the crayon as a medium, the long term scope of the project, and especially the intense personal significance of the drawings for himself and his family, make this series a very special thing to behold. Haxo never intended for these pieces to be viewed by the public but he will be sharing them for a limited time at the Meekins Library. Meekins Library. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 23, 5-11pm
PLACEMAKING/FIREWORKS
It’s time for Northampton’s annual Family Fourth of July celebration! Join the community for an evening of live music, food from some of the area’s most popular restaurants, health and wellness vendors, games for kids, and of course, fireworks. Fireworks show begins at dark, around 9:30. Look Memorial Park. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

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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, June 24, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Sunday, June 24, 9am
SUSTAINABILITY/ARTS AND CRAFTS
Come celebrate the grand opening of Looky Here, a new creative reuse center and workspace in Greenfield! Looky Here is a local organization that seeks to provide affordable access to art and music supplies to the public, as well as offering workshops and instruction. The materials at Looky Here are made up of donations from the community, so by supporting their mission, you are supporting arts and resources for everyone. The grand opening celebration will feature a full days worth of performances and open gallery exhibitions. Looky Here. 28 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 24, 11am-5pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
For a largely rural area, the Hilltowns region is home to a surprising number of artists and creative people. The Hilltown Arts Alliance is dedicated to creating community in the Hilltowns by bringing together local artists to collaborate, share their work, and support each other. Residents from more than a dozen towns work together to provide spaces for artists to show their art to the public. Now, for the first time, the Hilltown Arts Alliance is organizing an Open Studio Tour, featuring more than 25 artists in 20 locations throughout the Hilltowns region. See what kinds of creative work local artists are doing, attend workshops and demonstrations, and celebrate our amazing community! For a complete lists of artists and locations, please visit https://hilltownartsalliance.org/open-studio-tour/. Worthington, MA (FREE)

Sunday, June 24, 1-2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CLASS
Often when we think about the lives of wealthy Victorians, we forget that their opulent lifestyle was made possible by an enormous number of servants and staff members. Bringing attention to the stories of these men and women, of course, is one of the reasons that shows like “Downton Abbey” have been so popular and culturally significant. At the Skinner mansion “Wisteriahurst” in Holyoke, for example, 32 servants and support staff ran the household and cared for the family. This lecture will focus on the work that went into maintaining one of the areas grandest estates. Wisteriahurst Museum. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA ($)

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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, June 25, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Monday, June 25, 8-9am
SOCIAL ISSUES/POLITICS
In theory, democracy is form of government in which the people determine how society is structured and organized. The term literally means “rule by people.” Progressive democrat Mindy Domb is running State Representative for the 3rd Hampshire District and will be available for coffee and conversation in locations around Amherst throughout the month. Come ask questions, voice concerns, play an active role in democracy. This is a great way to learn about local politics! The Black Sheep. 79 Main Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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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, June 26, 11am-3pm
HEALTH AND WELLNESS/GOATS
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Tuesday, June 26, 10am
THEATER
All summer long, Look Park will be offering fun and educational events for children as part of the Franklin King Children’s series. This tuesday, audiences will have the opportunity to see the Marvelous Marvin perform his special blend of entertainment and education. With exciting shows focusing on math, insects, and science, the Marvelous Marvin is sure to be a hit with kids. Look Memorial Park. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA ($)

Tuesday, June 26, 5-7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/SINGING
It’s fun to sing in the shower or in the car but there is a special kind of joy that comes from singing and making music with others. Music in Common Community Meet-Ups creates opportunities for teenagers to make connections, foster community engagement, and develop their creativity through art, music, and singing. Participants will learn through workshops featuring special guests and even have the opportunity to share their gifts with others in performances. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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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, June 27, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Wednesday, June 27, 6pm
LITERARY STUDIES
Sunderland Public Library’s popular Short Story Series features professional actors performing dramatic readings of some of history’s best short stories. P.D. James and Arthur Conan Doyle are two of the greatest mystery writers of all time. Best known for their detectives Adam Dagliesh and Sherlock Holmes, respectively, these two authors were masters of suspense and psychological intrigue. These stories will be read by local actors Linda Tardif and Kermit Dunkelberg. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, June 27, 6:30-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CONCERT
Naia Kete is a true Valley celebrity! As one of the top ten contestants on the TV show “The Voice,” Naia has received national attention for her dynamic fusion of rock and reggae. Currently based in Los Angeles, Naia and her brother Imani will be back in the Valley performing live at a special show for the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum’s Wednesday Folk Traditions series. Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA ($)

Wednesday, June 27, 6:30-8:30pm
MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES/CURRENT EVENTS
The 1967 Six-Day War resulted in Israel capturing the West Bank (from Jordan) and the Gaza Strip (from Egypt) and the establishment of the Occupied Territories. The film Censored Voices is based on censored audio recordings made by Israeli soldiers following the war and features contemporary interviews with many of the soldiers, now 50 years later, reflecting on their experiences and the many atrocities they witnessed and were forced to participate in. Among those interviewed is Amos Oz, one of Israel’s leading anti-war authors and activists. To mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Israeli state and the ‘nakba,’ or ‘catastrophe,’ in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcefully expelled from their own land, the Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars will be screening Censored Voices this wednesday. Forbes Library. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, June 27, 7:30-9:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LITERARY STUDIES
Edith Wharton once described the human psyche as “a great house full of rooms: there is the hall, through which everyone passes in going in and out; the drawing-room, where one receives formal visits; the sitting-room, where the members of the family come and go as they list; but beyond that, far beyond, are other rooms, the handles of whose doors perhaps are never turned; no one knows the way to them, no one knows whither they lead; and in the innermost room, the holy of holies, the soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.” It’s easy to imagine that this description was inspired by Wharton’s country estate in Lenox. The Mount was home to Wharton and her husband for nine years, as her husband Edward sought to recover from an acute depressive episode. Over the years the Mount has developed a reputation for paranormal activity, a subject which occupied Wharton since her childhood. She wrote that as a little girl she was “haunted by formless horrors” and went on to write her own highly acclaimed ghost stories. According to some locals, Wharton’s restless spirit continues to wander the halls and corridors of the Mount. If you dare, come participate in a Haunted Tour of the Mount, and perhaps you’ll have a chance to see the lady of the house herself! This event is appropriate for ages 12 and above. The Mount. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA ($$)

Wednesday, June 27, 8:45pm
FILM STUDIES/SCREENING
It is surprisingly difficult to account for Casablanca’s enduring popularity. Generally considered to be one of, if not the best films of all time, Casablanca seems to endlessly delight its die-hard fans and continues to capture the hearts of first time viewers. But for all its popularity, as novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco observes, “by any strict critical standards … Casablanca is a very mediocre film.” Indeed, it’s hard not to acknowledge the overwhelmingly melodramatic tone, the stereotyped characters, and the cliched dialogue. However, the film’s apparent faults are precisely what give Casablanca its timelessness and resonance. While stereotypes as a narrative tool are generally regarded as sloppy, great thinkers such as Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell have observed that narrative stereotypes or archetypes possess a universal quality throughout literature, film, and folklore. It is through such devices that we learn about ourselves and our place in the world. To return to Umberto Eco: “Thus Casablanca is not just one film. It is many films, an anthology. Made haphazardly, it probably made itself, if not actually against the will of its authors and actors, then at least beyond their control. And this is the reason it works, in spite of aesthetic theories and theories of film making. For in it there unfolds with almost telluric force the power of Narrative in its natural state, without Art intervening to discipline it … When all the archetypes burst in shamelessly, we reach Homeric depths. Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred clichés move us. For we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, and celebrating a reunion.” In other words, whether it’s seeing Rick as a representation of Franklin D. Roosevelt or viewing the film as an allegory for the contemporary refugee crisis, Casablanca has that rarest of abilities to speak to any historical or personal moment. See Casablanca on the big screen at this free showing. Forbes Library. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

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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, June 28, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Thursday, June 28, 10am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
19th century Danish existentialist Soren Kierkegaard once wrote “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Indeed, there are few things as salubrious as a good walk, particularly in a natural setting. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods around Pleasant Valley in Lenox and treat yourself to a morning of gentle peace and balance. Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA ($)

Thursday, June 28, 6pm
STEM/BUBBLES
Everybody loves to play with bubbles! But have you ever wondered how bubbles are formed, how they stay together, and why they eventually pop? Bubbleology: The Secret World of Bubbles, Revealed, will teach guests the science behind bubbles and demonstrate some of the amazing kinds of art that can be created with bubbles. Adams Free Library. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA (FREE)

Thursday, June 28, 7-10pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
Written around 1601, Twelfth Night, or What You Will is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. This romantic tale of adventure and mistaken identity features two of Shakespeare’s most memorable comic characters, Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Like many of Shakespeare’s plays, Twelfth Night explores issues of gender and women’s rights, through the cross-dressing hero Viola. Theater lovers won’t want to miss Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s performance of Twelfth Night this summer! The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA ($)

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Friday, June 29, 2018

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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, June 29, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
Storrowton Village tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 6/19 – 8/18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm. $7/person, under 6 free. Hands-on activities for $1/person per activity. Costumed docents will guide your group through the Village on a tour of restored shops and houses, sharing stories about the buildings, artifacts, and the people who occupied these buildings and their way of life in the 19th century. Kids camps & bus tours welcome! For more information, visit storrowtonvillage.com, West Springfield, MA ($).

Friday, June 29, 10am
GEOLOGY/LOCAL HISTORY
The Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams is the only natural white marble arch in North America! The rock which forms the bridge is estimated 550 million year old bedrock marble. The arch itself was created by thousands of years of glacial melt water. Come experience the awe-inspiring majesty of this incredible local treasure with a short walking discussion of the geological forces that created this unique site. For more information visit Natural Bridge State Park. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA (FREE)

Friday, June 29, 6-10pm
FIREWORKS/PLACEMAKING
The City of Holyoke will be celebrating the Fourth of July with their annual fireworks show this Friday! Come early and enjoy live music, delicious food, children’s activities, and local vendors. The fireworks show will begin at dusk. This is a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together to celebrate community and all the things that make Holyoke a special place. Holyoke Community College. 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Friday, June 29, 8-9:30pm
NATURE STUDIES/FIREFLIES
The anonymous 10th century Japanese text The Gossamer Diaries tells the story of one of the wives of a Kyoto prince. While her day to day life is dominated by courtly etiquette and ritual, she occasionally escapes to a small temple, where she is able to enjoy moments of solitude and freedom. During one of these moments, she writes: “The scene was a lovely one. The moon flooded through the trees, while over in the shadow of the mountain great swarms of fireflies wheeled about.” Indeed, fireflies have played an important role in Japanese literature and folklore. From representations of the souls of the dead to symbols of passionate love, fireflies appear in countless songs and poems. Anyone who has seen these magical creatures dancing through the night will not be surprised that cultures around the world have been so entranced by them. Learn all about fireflies and watch them put on their show at this Firefly Watch! Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Pittsfield, MA ($)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Plainfield, Shelburne, Westhampton, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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