Berkshire Family Fun: November 2018

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2018

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

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

Monday, November 5, 10-11am
STORYTIME/FREE PLAY
Listening to stories is a great way for children to build language acquisition and literacy. On the most basic level, children learn language by hearing language. Seeing the relationship between words and pictures, and how books work, is a key part of literacy. This special storytime, featuring crafts and free play, is designed for children ages 3 to 5. Clarksburg Town Library. 711 West Cross Road, 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

Sunday, November 11, 11am-12pm
ART STUDIES/NATURE STUDIES
The late 18th and early 19th century Romantic period in music, art, and literature was primarily marked by an emphasis on the emotional state of the artist. As a reaction against the rationalism and industrial logic of the so-called Enlightenment, Romantic artists privileged the intuitive realm and portrayed the natural world as the site of sublime revelation. Thus, artists of this period were drawn to extreme natural phenomena, such as storms, mountain peaks, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Join curator Michael Hartman for lecture on the fascination with extreme nature found in 19th century art. The Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE W/ MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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

Friday, November 9, 9:30-10:30am
STEM/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Calling all scientists ages 2 to 8! Berkshire Museum is taking its science and culture program on the road to the South County. The November program, held in Lenox, will be focusing on fun, icky, messy, gooey experiments. Lenox Community Center. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA (FREE)

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

Thursday, November 1, 10am
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/PLAYGROUP
Looking for a fun morning activity for children ages 3 to 5? Preschool Play and Learn at the Berkshire Athenaeum has got you covered! Sing songs, play games, and tell stories. This event is designed for children ages 3 to 5 but siblings are welcome to attend. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 9, 5:30-7:30pm
STORYTELLING/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Nothing is more snuggly and cozy than a pajama party! Every fall, authors, artists, and educators, and community members come together to encourage literary and family story time. Listen to stories, go on a story walk, and even take home a free book. This event is a real community favorite! For more information, please visit Free Community Pajama Night. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 16, 6-8pm
GAME NIGHT
Games are universal. Every human community in history has had some kind of game played by children and adults. When you think about it, it’s no surprise: in addition to fun, games teach us a lot about positive social interactions. Games teach problem solving, dramatically increase communication skills, foster cooperation, and reduce stress. Establishing a family game night can also be a great way to build new family traditions. Even better, come have a game night with your whole community and create a new tradition for everyone to share! Family Game Night at Berkshire Children and Families is a great opportunity to gather with old friends and make new ones. Berkshire Children and Families. 480 West Street, 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

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

Tuesday, November 6, 1:30-3pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS/FESTIVAL OF TREES
Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees is an annual event that creates a fabulous indoor forest in the museum with handmade decorations that transform holiday trees into objects of whimsical imagination! This Tuesday, come craft ornaments for the Children’s Tree, to be featured in this year’s festival. This event is appropriate for children ages 7 and above. Mason Library Children’s Room. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Monday, November 12, 7am-11pm
ART STUDIES/IMMIGRATION
As thousands of migrants walk north through Central America seeking better lives, the Walk Unafraid project is working to empower marginalized communities and build solidarity through art. Art That Speaks, an exhibition by Guatemala born artist Clemente Sajquiy, is part of the Walk Unafriad project, featuring handmade lawn signs addressing a number of social justice issues. Sajquiy’s work will be on display until November 15. For more information about Art That Speaks and Walk Unafriad, visit Art That Speaks. Fuel Bistro. 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

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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