100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 8-21, 2019

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This summer, the New England Air Museum offers a range of events for families and adults in addition to its interactive offerings and collection of aircraft. Helicopter Day and Father’s Day Open Cockpit takes place on Sunday, June 16. Soar into Summer is an eight-week series of hands-on activities including open aircraft cockpits, flight science demonstrations, family hangar tours, computer flight simulators, and more! Another Open Cockpit Day takes place on August 17. The Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT to Bradley International Airport. For more info, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

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Jun 11, 18, 25

Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Jun 9

No more monkey’s jumping on the bed…because they’ll be jumping at Bounce House Bonanza at Look Park in Florance. Join us on June 9th for a day of boisterous bouncy brilliance. 15+ bounce houses (plus one for adults), food trucks and more! Wristbands for unlimited bouncing: $15. Individuals Tickets $.50. Vehicle parking fee does apply. For more information visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

All Summer

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is a summer destination rich in cultural and educational fun for families. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. Bring your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Merry-Go-Round, a picnic in the Holyoke Heritage State Park, and a visit to the Children’s Museum of Holyoke and Volleyball Hall of Fame. Bring your swimsuits and cool off in the brand new Splash Pad! Ticket prices: $2/ride or 6 rides for $10. Discount rate for daycare, summer camps & nonprofit groups. Open Sat & Sun in June, 12-4pm; Tues-Sat in July & Aug, 10:30am-4pm; 12-4pm on Sun. Closed Mon. 221 Appleton St. www.holyokemerrygoround.org

Jun 13 – 15

The Taste of Amherst on the Amherst Town Common is a celebrated annual Welcome Summer event. For over two decades, the Taste is a fun way to eat your way around town in one spot for an affordable $5 per serving. From ice cream to oysters and everything in between, enjoy new tastes and savor your favorites; A great way to spend a Thursday or Friday evening or the entire Saturday afternoon before Father’s Day. Music stage is filled with local musicians performing original music from a variety of genres from reggae to bluegrass swing. Bring a blanket & chairs for a front row picnic! Horse-drawn carriage rides, animal petting zoo, and fun activities for kids make the Taste a fun event for all ages. Visit Taste of Amherst for info and updates.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 8-21, 2019

Saturday, June 8Sunday, June 9
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Events Happening in the Hilltown

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Saturday, June 8, 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO/COMMERCIAL-FREE: Every Saturday, Valley Free Radio offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am. Tune in on your FM dial to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA), or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. From 9-10am is the Hilltown Family Variety Show: Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew. HFVS Guest DJ this weekend is none other than New York City’s singing-est cowboy, Hopalong Andrew, aka Andrew Vladeck. Learn what it’s like to herd cattle, battle pirates, work on the farm or factory, and ride the rails late with the mail — all in the form of story songs traded around campfires by folks from all walks of life. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons! Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

Saturday, June 8, 8am-2pm – FOOD/RHUBARB FESTIVAL: This time of year farm stands all over the area are selling rhubarb. A local delicacy, rhubarb has been enjoyed all over the world for thousands of years in both sweet and savory dishes. In China, rhubarb has also been prized for its medicinal properties. For most people, the most common application of rhubarb is paired with strawberries in crumbles or pies. Many 19th century cookbooks even refer to rhubarb as the ‘pie plant.’ Come learn all about things you can do with rhubarb and taste some delicious sweet and savory rhubarb dishes at the Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival. Plants and cookbooks will also be available for sale. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 9am-4pm – In Bloom in Western Mass at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

Saturday, June 8, 9:30am-4:30pm – HERBALISM/SERVICE BASED LEARNING: Are you passionate about herbalism? Want to learn more? This is the event for you! In the 10th century Anglo-Saxon poem “Nine Herbs Charm,” it is written: “A snake came crawling, it bit a man. / Then Woden took nine glory-twigs, / Smote the serpent so that it flew into nine parts. / There apple brought this pass against poison, / That she nevermore would enter her house.” This poem is a perfect example of the intimate knowledge of herbs and plants that human communities have cultivated since time immemorial. Among the nine herbs listed in the poem are many that are still actively used by herbalists today. Come get to know some of the plants and herbs, as well as the humans who harvest and work with them, at the Clearpath Herbals Garden Work Day. All ages and skill sets welcome. Clearpath Herbals. 115 Old Sunderland Road, Montague, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 8, 10am – EMERGENCY SERVICES/LITERACY: Fire Engine Storywalk. Join the Westhampton Public Library as they welcome the Westhampton Fire Department who will be bringing a fire engine to the library for storywalk fun! Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Featured book: “Fireman Small” by Wong Herbert Yee. Snacks and prizes, rain or shine. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10-11:30am – INTERPRETIVE WALK/LOCAL HISTORY: Morning Canal Walk at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block, stopping at points of historical significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historical or contemporary topic. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels. Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome). Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10am-12noon – HYDROELECTRICITY/FISH MIGRATION: Canal Walk to HG&E’s Robert E. Barrett Fishway at the Holyoke Dam, hosted by Holyoke Heritage State Park. Learn the history of the Holyoke canal system on the way to Robert E. Barrett Fishway at the Holyoke Dam. Observe and learn about migrating fish as they migrate upstream and are assisted over the dam by fish elevators. There are many birds that fish below the dam, so bring binoculars. The walking tour is 2.2 miles. Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome). Heavy downpour cancels. Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10:15-11am – CONTEMPORARY ART/TODDLERS: Art Babes at SCMA: Contemporary Kids. Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. Find out what happens when you put toddlers into a gallery full of contemporary art. Spoiler alert: lots of fun! Space is limited. Registration required. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2777. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10:30-11:50am – LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY: Smith’s Ferry Cemetery and Neighborhood Tour. Join Bob Comeau on a tour of Smith’s Ferry Cemetery that was owned by Northampton until 1906. Learn about Holyoke’s illustrious military and historical citizens as well as the purposeful landscape and remarkable monuments. Learn about the Smith’s Ferry and the neighborhood. See the restoration efforts of the Friends of Holyoke’s Historic Cemeteries and Monuments. Park in Delaney House lot off of Route 5. Smiths Ferry Cemetery. Route 5. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:30pm – ART STUDIES/CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: Chinese Brush Painting with Zhong-Hua La at the Whately Town Hall. Chinese Brush Painting is about the balance of nature and the inter relatedness and complexity of all things. Students will learn philosophical, cultural and technical aspects of this ancient art. Registration required. Limited space. 413-665-2170. Whately Town Hall. Whately, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 10am-3pm – LANDSCAPING/GARDEN TOUR: Home gardens seem to have become popular in the 13th and 14th century in Europe. What started as a trend among rich landowners spread to the working classes in Elizabethan England. Some theories for how and why gardens became so popular at the time revolve around the Black Plague, which drastically increased the availability of land. If you are passionate about gardening you won’t want to miss the Annual Northampton Garden Tour! Check out some of the Northampton’s most amazing gardens, learn some new gardening techniques, and support the Forbes Library, while you’re at it. Get your tour tickets from the Friends of the Forbes Library. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 11am-12noon – FOOD & MEDICINE/WILD EDIBLES: Native & Wild Edibles and Medicinals. Are you interested in contributing to the wild foods movement? Are you interested in relieving some of the burden on our food systems, while learning to control native and invasive plants? In this class, discover skills and knowledge you can take home to your edible landscape. Learn about the abundance of wild foods growing in our area, while still being mindful and taking consideration for the species that rely on these very plants to live. Recipes provided! Meet at Acadia Herbals and take a walk down the bike trail together. Best for ages 10+ w/guardian. Preregister. Hosted by SageCo Wellness Coaching at Acadia Herbals. 413-584-8198. Maplewood Shops. 2 Conz Street, Suite 46. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 11am-2pm – STEM/PHYSICS: Take on the coolest gravity based physics experiment around at the Great Holyoke Brick Race! This annual community event can be used as a means of providing hands-on physics learning. Each car will need to be carefully designed and built with attention to the basic principles of physics. Depending on the age of participants, car-building can lend itself nicely to in-depth explorations of mathematical ideas and the principles of design, too! Find out more at www.thegreatholyokebrickrace.com. 80 Race Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 12-5pm – PLACEMAKING: Cottage Street Cultural Chaos. There’s something for everyone at Cultural Chaos! Puppets, stilt-walkers, circus acts, dancers, musicians, and performance artists – plus a variety of restaurants, artists, makers, poets, and literary figures. Creative hearts from every discipline line the street and open their businesses’ doors to share their unique wares and imaginations. 100 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 1pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY: Foam Fest! Foam pit, Inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and slide, hosted by Deerfield Recreation Department. Memorial Field. 8 Conway St. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 1-6pm – CREATIVE PLACEMAKING/MURALS: Fresh Paint Block Party. Celebrate the installation of over 20,000 square feet of breath-taking mural art across downtown Springfield. During the first week of June, 17 professional muralists created 10 large murals, and local artists painted pianos and smaller murals. At this event, participate in live painting, tours of the finished murals, opportunities to meet the artists, food trucks, and live DJ. 227 Bridge St, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 8, 2pm – SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS/YOUTH IN THEATER: Gasping Whiteness. Gasping Whiteness is a play and community workshop that explores white supremacy’s impact on parenting in progressive, middle class communities. The creative team includes playwright Will MacAdams and social justice educator and theatre maker Trenda Loftin, along with two child actors from Western Massachusetts, and Atlanta-based visual artist Angela Davis Johnson. Gasping Whiteness runs for one hour and is followed by a one hour facilitated dialogue designed to explore how the themes of the play speak to our lives and stories. 100% of the proceeds from the show will support the purchase of a house for black queer and trans freedom fighters, an effort coordinated by the reparations campaign of Western MA SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). This show offers audience members an opportunity to witness how the power of theater can be used to elevate social awareness while inspiring us to take an active role in creating positive change in our community and in the world. The performance will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. (SLIDING SCALE)

COMMUNITY MEAL/STRAWBERRY & ASPARAGUS: Skip the dishes and have dinner with your neighbors! This time of year, look for annual community meals hosted by local service organizations, churches, and community centers for an intergenerational community meal that celebrates the seasonal harvest of asparagus & strawberries. These community-building events often times take place Friday or Sunday evenings. Check your local town website or look for signs in your neighborhood for one happening near you. Community suppers are often fundraisers and a delicious way to strengthen a sense of place while engaging with neighbors and making new friends. Western MA.


SUNDAY, JUNE 9

Sunday, June 9, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. Guest DJ, Hopalong Andrew. HFVS Guest DJ this weekend is none other than New York City’s singing-est cowboy, Hopalong Andrew, aka Andrew Vladeck. Learn what it’s like to herd cattle, battle pirates, work on the farm or factory, and ride the rails late with the mail — all in the form of story songs traded around campfires by folks from all walks of life. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, June 9 – SELF-GUIDED TOUR/SCENIC BYWAYS: June is a month that encourages time spent outdoors, so why not plan an excursion along one of the many Western Massachusetts scenic byways! Along the way, you can stop at different farm stands, take photographs of beautiful country views, take a hike, and enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our many vistas. (See September/October Season issue of Learning Ahead for a list of area vistas.) Scenic byways to explore can be found at www.bywayswestmass.com. While traveling these back roads, look for rivers and their tributaries and see if you can identify their impact on local history as you travel through different mill towns, taking the time to learn about the different manufacturing industries that resulted in the 19th-century industrial age. Note the architecture of the mill buildings, the infrastructure remnants of rail transportation, and the repurposing and transformation of spaces once used for industry. You’re sure to also encounter covered bridges, museums, historic districts, landmarks, and wooded landscapes while traveling, so plan accordingly and arrive feeling curious! Western MA.

Sunday, June 9 – SELF-GUIDED HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: The Williamstown Historical Museum offers resources to support self-guided historic tours of Williamstown and South Williamstown. A town rich in historic sites, WHM offers a detailed reference map to use to tour the area by foot and vehicle, acquainting participants with the story of local cemeteries, historic homes, sites of historical significance, and much more. Download your map for free at www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, June 9, 10am-5pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Community Day Open House & Studio at Chesterwood, a 50th-anniversary celebration as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dances by Isadora courtesy of Berkshire Pulse. Art activities throughout the day. Free. Chesterwood. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, June 9, 1-1:30pm & 3-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE: Western Massachusetts was a popular destination for 19th century Americans with many of the outdoor places and summits still available for today’s hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore. In the 19th-century, outdoor recreation became a popular leisure activity. Summit houses, such as the one atop Mount Holyoke in Hadley, were constructed to accommodate tourists traveling to see their landscape with mountain views. An interest in the wild landscape and sweeping view of countryside inspired many Americans to explore the natural landscape and value spending time outside. Take a guided tour of the restored, 1861 version of what has since become known as the Summit House at J.A. Skinner State Park. Compare and contrast the view today to the view in the late 1800’s. What has changed? What has remained the same? How do views from summits help us connect to the places we live and visit? Guided tours of the Summit House are suitable for all ages. Joseph Allen Skinner State Park. 413-596-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

Sunday, June 9, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ & JEWISH: Renowned jazz singer Wanda Houston and clarinetist Paul Green will present a program that fuses jazz and Jewish music and reflects the longstanding fellowship between the African American and Jewish communities. The concert is a benefit for Clinton Church Restoration, which is restoring and repurposing the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in downtown Great Barrington as an African American heritage site, visitor center, and community space. A reception will follow the program. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire. 270 State Road, Great Barrington, MA.


MONDAY, JUNE 10

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/LOCAL FOOD: Create a meal with friends from start to finish! Learn where your food comes from, meet the farmers, and prepare a meal together. On the day of a farmers’ market, get together with friends or your family and peruse the market to see what produce is available. Based on the seasonal produce you find at the market, be inspired to create a meal together. Cooking seasonally with ingredients found at a farmers’ market help to connect to the seasons and the history of New England by understanding when and how local produce impact our meals and food traditions. Read more in our post, Farmers’ Market & Meals: Explore, Gather, Share.

Monday, June 10 – Sunday, June 16 – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: Django Reinhardt is considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time. Born into a Romani community in 1910, he was already a world-renowned guitarist by the age of 17. Tragically, he was horribly burned and almost killed when his caravan caught fire. His right leg and left hand were paralyzed and doctors intended to have them amputated. He was told he would never play the guitar again. Django refused the surgeries and walked out of the hospital days later. Amazingly, Django managed to teach himself to continue playing the guitar despite his handicap, by using only his thumb and two fingers on his left hand. To this day, countless celebrated guitarists have acknowledged Django’s influence on them and he remains the greatest jazz guitarists ever to come out of Europe. Northampton’s “Django in June” concert series honors Django’s legacy with five days of performances and gypsy jazz workshops. Smith College. Northampton, MA.

Monday, June 10, 1-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: First settled in the early 18th century, the Connecticut River Valley is rich in colonial history. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum gives guests a look into the evolution of the region over 250 years, through the history of one family. Learn about how momentous historical events such as the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, and the women’s rights movement impacted the lives of ordinary people in our region. Spend the afternoon visiting this local treasure! Guided tours available Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. 413-584-4699.130 River Drive, Hadley, MA.

Monday, June 10, 6:30pm – VETERINARY SCIENCE/DOGS: Dog Health, Safety, and First Aid. With furry friends being outside more this time of year (and even joining families on vacation!) it helps to know how to keep them safe. Barbara of the Barking Basement in Westhampton will talk about Dog Health, Safety, and First Aid. All are welcome to learn about how to care for their pets in the warmer weather. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Monday, June 10, 6:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the origin of the barbershop quartet is “obscure.” This style of a cappella music is particularly known for its use of ringing chords, in which overtones from the singers reinforce each other. While it’s clear that this style of music was very popular in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is considerable debate over what it has to do with barbershops. It is certainly true that in the late 19th century it was common for African American men to gather informally to sing quartet music, since they were excluded from theaters and concert halls. But it’s possible that this tradition goes even further back. In the 17th century, English statesmen Samuel Pepys described a type of amatuer music known as “barber’s music.” This apparently reflected the custom of holding community gatherings at barbershops, where barbers were traditionally musicians. Whatever the origins of the barbershop quartet, it is a highly recognizable genre of American music, especially with its gaudy matching costumes. Come enjoy an evening of barbershop quartet music at the library, featuring songs from the 1880s to the 1960s. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.


TUESDAY, JUNE 11

Tuesday, June 11, 9am-8pm – SELF-GUIDED HIKE/GEOLOGY: In the 19th-century, outdoor recreation became a popular leisure activity. Summit houses, such as the one atop Mount Holyoke at Skinner State Park, were constructed to accommodate tourists traveling to see mountain views. An interest in the wild landscape and sweeping view of countryside inspired many Americans to explore the natural landscape and value spending time outside. Many writers and artists looked to nature as a creative muse for poetry and painting. Walking through the woods became a pleasurable and meaningful pastime. Contemporary self-guided geology walks are another way to explore this local treasure, with map in hand! Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA. (Parking Fee)

Tuesday, June 11, 9:30-11:30am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Nonotuck Park. 413-587-1471.1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, June 11, 10-11am – STORYTIME/GOATS: Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Tuesday, June 11, 10-11:30am – INTERPRETIVE WALK/LOCAL HISTORY: Morning Canal Walk at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block, stopping at points of historical significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historical or contemporary topic. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels. Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome). Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, June 11 – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/BEEKEEPING: Depending on the climate and local flora, the taste of honey changes based on which flowers in a region the honeybees have pollinated. Honey produced in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts could have a slightly different taste than the honey produced in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fascinating how the flavor profile of the honey changes based on environmental differences; it truly reflects a sense of place, topography, and geography. Read more in our post, The Sweet Art of Beekeeping.

Tuesday, June 11, 6pm – ENTOMOLOGY/ BEEKEEPING: Join local beekeepers for a season-appropriate discussion and demonstration using the Berkshire Botanical Garden apiary. Focus on sustainable beekeeping techniques: raising and sourcing bees locally, managing pests and diseases ecologically, and creating beneficial habitats for honeybees and native pollinators alike. New to beekeeping? Learn how to get started with your first hives. Are you a seasoned beekeeper? Your experience and knowledge will be invaluable to others in the group! 413-357-4657. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30pm – SPORTS/BASEBALL: Be a part of a great American pastime this summer and head to the ballfield! Families can explore everything from art and design to American history by using baseball as a lens through which to explore local museums, online resources, and fantastic children’s literature. Read more in our post, Hit a Home Run with Community-Based Learning this Summer through Local Baseball! Then check out a home baseball game with the SteepleCats tonight! Joe Wolfe Field. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

Wednesday, June 12, 9:30-11am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Outdoor playgroup organized by the Northampton Parents Center at the YMCA playground. Hampshire Regional YMCA. 413-587-1471. 286 Prospect St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 12, 10-11am – NATURALIST PROGRAM: Wandering Ranger at the Holyoke Heritage State Park. Search for the Wandering Ranger to see what has caught her interest in the park for the day. It could be collecting and sorting tree seeds, flagging an orienteering course, or displaying one of the Park’s many natural history curiosities. Wandering Ranger is available for questions such as what is there to do in Holyoke, what are the historical significances of the canal and mills, and many things that have to do with nature. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time. Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, June 12,10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/AGRICULTURE: It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the pig in human history. In China for example, the pictograph representing “home” is comprised of the graph representing pig, under a roof. Hence, in China, you literally can’t have a home without a pig. Numerous mythologies and folklore from around the world feature pig gods and the ancient central Asian Kyrgyz people believed themselves to be descended from a wild boar. Part of the reason for the enormous cultural significance of the pig is due to its amazing adaptability. The wild boar, the ancestor for today’s domesticated pig, is thought to have originated during the pleistocene in Southeast Asia. It quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa. Since then the domestic pig has become one of the most numerous livestock animals. What’s more, escaped domestic pigs often return to a feral state and thrive, regardless of the habitat. Come get to know this amazing animal, up close and personal, at the Hancock Shaker Village “Farm Friends” program. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers will have the opportunity to meet a pig, listen to stories, and do craft projects. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30pm – ZINES: Forbes Library Zine Club. Northampton, MA.


THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Thursday, June 13, 5-9pm – CULINARY ARTS: The Taste of Amherst festival is an opportunity to check out and sample food from tons of restaurants. Taking place on the common, this gathering also supports placemaking in the Amherst community. It is more than just an opportunity to eat food as visitors can meet and converse with chefs, and witness demonstrations. Check their schedule for chef demonstrations, knife skills presentations, and food prepreation demonstrations. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Thursday, June 13, 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Check their website to see who is performing this week! Bring a blanket/lawn chairs and have a picnic dinner with family and friends while enjoying live music as the sunsets. Skip the dishes and opt for creating lasting memories and intergenerational connections that strengthen a sense of place in the park! 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 13, 6:30pm – SPORTS/BASEBALL: Be a part of a great American pastime this summer and head to the ballfield! Families can explore everything from art and design to American history by using baseball as a lens through which to explore local museums, online resources, and fantastic children’s literature. Read more in our post, Hit a Home Run with Community-Based Learning this Summer through Local Baseball! Catch a homegame tonight with the Valley Blue Sox. MacKenzie Stadium. 413-533-1100. 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA

Thursday, June 13, 8:30pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE/PLACEMAKING: Movies Under the Stars at Look Park! Pack a blanket, grab the kids and enjoy a beloved family movie classic outdoors, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Entrance to Pines Theater for movies is free. Parking fee applies. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.


FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Friday, June 14, 8am-10pm – MUSIC STUDIES/TRADITIONAL MUSIC: According to legend, the fiddle has been a part of the American musical tradition since 1620, when English fiddle player John Utie settled in Virginia. Since then, the fiddle has played an important role in many of the most distinctively American musical genres. But what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle, anyway? As it turns out, the distinction may be somewhat arbitrary. Many musicians use the terms interchangeably but there are some common differences in the construction of the two instruments. The fiddle, for instance, is more often played with steel strings. The height of the strings may be lower on a fiddle and the bridge may be flatter. Learn all about fiddling and the rich tradition of American Old Time music at the annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention, hosted by the Hancock Shaker Village! This all day event will feature workshops, fiddling competitions, and square dancing. Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Friday, June 14, 10am-12noon – CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: How does speech and language develop? How can you promote language and communication? When should you be concerned? Renee Riley, Speech and Language pathologist will be at the Hilltown Family Center. Free childcare. Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd, Huntington, MA.

Friday, June 14, 1:30-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Trepidation on the Tramway. A steep tramway once transported Summit House visitors from the Halfway House to the hotel above. Learn about its history and visitors’ reactions to the ride! Meet on the Summit House deck. Suitable adults and families with children ages 6 and older. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

Friday, June 14, 5-10pm – CULINARY ARTS: The Taste of Amherst festival is an opportunity to check out and sample food from tons of restaurants. Taking place on the common, this gathering also supports placemaking in the Amherst community. It is more than just an opportunity to eat food as visitors can meet and converse with chefs, and witness demonstrations. Check their schedule for chef demonstrations, knife skills presentations, and food prepreation demonstrations. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, June 14, 5-11pm – TOWN CELEBRATION/PLACEMAKING: Granby Charter Days! On the second weekend of every June, the town of Granby celebrates its history with an annual three-day community festival celebrating its charter, received in 1768. The celebration includes live music, tractor-truck-and-oxen pulls, pancake breakfast, fishing derby, amusement rides, food, and fun for the whole family. Learn about the history of Granby while creating a shared history with neighbors and new friends at this annual event. Dufresne Park Recreation Area. 413-467-7177. Route 202. Granby, MA.

Friday, June 14, 6:30pm – SPORTS/BASEBALL: Be a part of a great American pastime this summer and head to the ballfield! Families can explore everything from art and design to American history by using baseball as a lens through which to explore local museums, online resources, and fantastic children’s literature. Read more in our post, Hit a Home Run with Community-Based Learning this Summer through Local Baseball! Catch a homegame tonight with the Valley Blue Sox. MacKenzie Stadium. 413-533-1100. 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA


SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Saturday, June 15, 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO/COMMERCIAL-FREE: Every Saturday, Valley Free Radio offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am. Tune in on your FM dial to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA), or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. From 9-10am is the Hilltown Family Variety Show: Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons! Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

Saturday, June 15, 7am-11pm – TOWN CELEBRATION/PLACEMAKING: Granby Charter Days! On the second weekend of every June, the town of Granby celebrates its history with an annual three-day community festival celebrating its charter, received in 1768. The celebration includes live music, tractor-truck-and-oxen pulls, pancake breakfast, fishing derby, amusement rides, food, and fun for the whole family. Learn about the history of Granby while creating a shared history with neighbors and new friends at this annual event. Dufresne Park Recreation Area. 413-467-7177. Route 202. Granby, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 9:30am-2pm – ECOLOGY/CONSERVATION: Connecticut River Conservancy’s River Celebration, a family-friendly community event! Enjoy a day on the river with exciting excursions, activity booths, delicious local lunch, the Bud Foster awards ceremony, and engaging speakers. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, Springfield, MA

Saturday, June 15, 10-11:30am – INTERPRETIVE WALK/LOCAL HISTORY: Morning Canal Walk at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block, stopping at points of historical significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historical or contemporary topic. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels. Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome). Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 10am-2pm – FARM ANIMALS/GOATS: Interested in caring for goats? Baby Goat Day at Easthampton Feed will be offering expert knowledge on goat care for those interested in learning more about raising goats. If this event inspires your family to keep goats, there are 4H Youth Groups in western MA your children can participate in to help them learn about their care and upkeep. Check out UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Program for goats 4-H resources in our region. Easthampton Feed. 413-527-0778. 18 Mechanic St, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 10am-6pm – LIVING HISTORY/MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Do you long for the days of heroic deeds, courtly glamor, chivalry, and magic? It’s time again for the annual Mutton and Mead Festival! Journey back in time to 13th century Britain, where Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion are locked in a struggle with the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. This is a magical world inhabited by jousting knights, minstrels, merchants, fairies, and jugglers. Enjoy a delicious smoked turkey leg or try your hand at archery and see if you measure up to the legendary Robin Hood himself. There is no better way to learn about medieval history than to see it brought to life before your very eyes. 210 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA ($)

Saturday, June 15, 10am-10pm – FOLKLORE/FAERIES: The word “fairy” derives from the Latin “fata,” which translates to “fate,” and is likely related to the Germanic “fey,” referring to a sort of curse under which one is fated to die. Thus there is a mysterious link between fairies and the concept of fate, or the path that we are destined to walk. Throughout history, European cultures have told stories about the ‘wee folk’ or the ‘fair folk,’ magical spirits inhabiting a shadow world that exists on the fringes of our own. According to legend, the bridge between the Fairy world and our own is strongest on the Summer Solstice so what better time to come together and celebrate fairy folklore and arts at the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival! Bowe Field, Adams, MA ($)

Saturday, June 15, 10am-Midnight – MUSIC STUDIES/TRADITIONAL MUSIC: According to legend, the fiddle has been a part of the American musical tradition since 1620, when English fiddle player John Utie settled in Virginia. Since then, the fiddle has played an important role in many of the most distinctively American musical genres. But what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle, anyway? As it turns out, the distinction may be somewhat arbitrary. Many musicians use the terms interchangeably but there are some common differences in the construction of the two instruments. The fiddle, for instance, is more often played with steel strings. The height of the strings may be lower on a fiddle and the bridge may be flatter. Learn all about fiddling and the rich tradition of American Old Time music at the annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention, hosted by the Hancock Shaker Village! This all day event will feature workshops, fiddling competitions, and square dancing. Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, June 15, 11:30am-2:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER – Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info. Westfield River Brewing Co., Southwick, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 12noon-4pm – SKILLSHARING/SUSTAINABILITY: Community RePair, organized by the Northampton ReUse Committee. Participants are invited to bring a household item in need of repair. Local “Fixperts,” handy volunteers providing repair know-how, will attempt to fix it free of charge. Great opportunity to learn new skills by watching not only your own broken/ripped item being repaired, but other things too! If you are a successful tinkerer/repairperson/handyperson/maker and are interested in joining their team of volunteer “Fixperts,” call 413-587-1059. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 12-5pm – PLACEMAKING/PRIDE FESTIVAL: Come celebrate Pittsfield’s vibrant LGBTQI community at the 2nd Annual Berkshire Pride Festival! In 2018, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer proclaimed June to be LGBTQI Pride Month in the city of Pittsfield. Berkshire Pride will be celebrating with an afternoon of community speakers, local vendors, community resources, and a full stage show featuring a drag performance, music, and spoken word acts. For more information, please visit Annual Berkshire Pride Festival. The Common Park. 100 First Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 15, 12-9:30pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Community Appreciate Day at Earthdance. Earthdance will open its door for an afternoon of hanging out with old friends and making new ones, stories about Earthdance’s early history and what has fed various connections to Earthdance, a mineral walk around the two quarries, sauna-ing and swimming in the quarry, pizza-making in the outdoor cob oven and, in the early evening, a SING!, followed by a music and movement Jam with favorite musicians/singers playing. Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 12-10pm – CULINARY ARTS: The Taste of Amherst festival is an opportunity to check out and sample food from tons of restaurants. Taking place on the common, this gathering also supports placemaking in the Amherst community. It is more than just an opportunity to eat food as visitors can meet and converse with chefs, and witness demonstrations. Check their schedule for chef demonstrations, knife skills presentations, and food prepreation demonstrations. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 15, 1-2:30pm – ENGINEERING/BEAVERS: Beaver Dam Challenge at the Holyoke Heritage State Park. Take on the challenge of building a miniature beaver dam using objects collected in nature. Also, learn what beavers use their tails for, why their teeth are orange instead of white, and why they build dams. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time. Suitable for families with children ages 4 and older (siblings welcome). Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 15, 3-4pm – IMPROV: Happier Family Comedy Show at The Eric Carle Museum! This hour-long show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. Program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies! The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6336. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.


SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Sunday, June 16, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, June 16, 8am-5pm – FATHER’S DAY: Bring your dad to Look Park on Father’s Day! All dads enjoy free mini golf and unlimited train rides for the day! Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Sunday, June 16, 10am-3pm – AVIATION/HELICOPTER: Helicopter Day and Father’s Day Open Cockpit, a day filled with all-ages fun, plus get inside some of the helicopters and aircraft. The New England Air Museum contains over 100 aircraft ranging from early flying machines to supersonic jets. Over 65 aircraft are on display in three large hangars and an outdoor exhibit. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Sunday, June 16, 10am-4:30pm – TRANSPORTATION/TROLLEY: Father’s Day Behind the Scenes Tour. “Behind-the-Scenes” tour will allow visitors to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including Connecticut Company Car #3001, Brooklyn Rapid Transit #169 & Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. #1500. Additionally, tour the grounds that are typically closed off to visitors with a Museum guide. Dads and Granddads receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult or child. Connecticut Trolley Museum. 860-627-6540. 58 N Rd, East Windsor, CT.

Sunday, June 16 – SELF-GUIDED HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: The Williamstown Historical Museum offers resources to support self-guided historic tours of Williamstown and South Williamstown. A town rich in historic sites, WHM offers a detailed reference map to use to tour the area by foot and vehicle, acquainting participants with the story of local cemeteries, historic homes, sites of historical significance, and much more. Download your map for free at www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, June 16, 10am-5pm – TOWN CELEBRATION/PLACEMAKING: Granby Charter Days! On the second weekend of every June, the town of Granby celebrates its history with an annual three-day community festival celebrating its charter, received in 1768. The celebration includes live music, tractor-truck-and-oxen pulls, pancake breakfast, fishing derby, amusement rides, food, and fun for the whole family. Learn about the history of Granby while creating a shared history with neighbors and new friends at this annual event. Dufresne Park Recreation Area. 413-467-7177. Route 202. Granby, MA.

Sunday, June 16, 10am-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/TRADITIONAL MUSIC: According to legend, the fiddle has been a part of the American musical tradition since 1620, when English fiddle player John Utie settled in Virginia. Since then, the fiddle has played an important role in many of the most distinctively American musical genres. But what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle, anyway? As it turns out, the distinction may be somewhat arbitrary. Many musicians use the terms interchangeably but there are some common differences in the construction of the two instruments. The fiddle, for instance, is more often played with steel strings. The height of the strings may be lower on a fiddle and the bridge may be flatter. Learn all about fiddling and the rich tradition of American Old Time music at the annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention, hosted by the Hancock Shaker Village! This all day event will feature workshops, fiddling competitions, and square dancing. Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Sunday, June 16, 10am-6pm – LIVING HISTORY/MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Do you long for the days of heroic deeds, courtly glamor, chivalry, and magic? It’s time again for the annual Mutton and Mead Festival! Journey back in time to 13th century Britain, where Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion are locked in a struggle with the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. This is a magical world inhabited by jousting knights, minstrels, merchants, fairies, and jugglers. Enjoy a delicious smoked turkey leg or try your hand at archery and see if you measure up to the legendary Robin Hood himself. There is no better way to learn about medieval history than to see it brought to life before your very eyes. 210 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA ($)

Sunday, June 16, 1-1:30pm & 3-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE: Western Massachusetts was a popular destination for 19th century Americans with many of the outdoor places and summits still available for today’s hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore. In the 19th-century, outdoor recreation became a popular leisure activity. Summit houses, such as the one atop Mount Holyoke in Hadley, were constructed to accommodate tourists traveling to see their landscape with mountain views. An interest in the wild landscape and sweeping view of countryside inspired many Americans to explore the natural landscape and value spending time outside. Take a guided tour of the restored, 1861 version of what has since become known as the Summit House at J.A. Skinner State Park. Compare and contrast the view today to the view in the late 1800’s. What has changed? What has remained the same? How do views from summits help us connect to the places we live and visit? Guided tours of the Summit House are suitable for all ages. Joseph Allen Skinner State Park. 413-596-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

Sunday, June 16, 1-4pm – HISTORY/EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: How Does it Work? This fun program is open to the public and allows fathers with their families to explore a variety of tools and artifacts in the museum’s collection. From antique woodworking tools to vintage typewriters, there will be a lot of hands-on discovery. Young people of all ages shall enjoy touching and trying out antique equipment! Refreshments will be themed to the farmer or plowman, so come to try farmer’s bread, cheese, and historic recipe haying beverages! Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.


MONDAY, JUNE 17

Monday, June 17, 10:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/AGRICULTURE: It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the pig in human history. In China for example, the pictograph representing “home” is comprised of the graph representing pig, under a roof. Hence, in China, you literally can’t have a home without a pig. Numerous mythologies and folklore from around the world feature pig gods and the ancient central Asian Kyrgyz people believed themselves to be descended from a wild boar. Part of the reason for the enormous cultural significance of the pig is due to its amazing adaptability. The wild boar, the ancestor for today’s domesticated pig, is thought to have originated during the pleistocene in Southeast Asia. It quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa. Since then the domestic pig has become one of the most numerous livestock animals. What’s more, escaped domestic pigs often return to a feral state and thrive, regardless of the habitat. Come get to know this amazing animal, up close and personal, at the Hancock Shaker Village “Farm Friends” program. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers will have the opportunity to meet a pig, listen to stories, and do craft projects. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, June 17, 1-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: First settled in the early 18th century, the Connecticut River Valley is rich in colonial history. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum gives guests a look into the evolution of the region over 250 years, through the history of one family. Learn about how momentous historical events such as the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, and the women’s rights movement impacted the lives of ordinary people in our region. Spend the afternoon visiting this local treasure! Guided tours available Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. 413-584-4699.130 River Drive, Hadley, MA.

Monday, June 17, 6-7:15pm – MINDFULNESS/PARENTING: It’s well known that meditation has tremendous health benefits for adults, but it can also be extremely beneficial for children. Several studies have demonstrated that regular meditation can be used to treat behavioral issues such as ADHD, and meditation can also help in dealing with strong emotions. Learn more at the Mindful Parenting Drop-In Group at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA.

Monday, June 17, 6:30pm – SPORTS/BASEBALL: Be a part of a great American pastime this summer and head to the ballfield! Families can explore everything from art and design to American history by using baseball as a lens through which to explore local museums, online resources, and fantastic children’s literature. Read more in our post, Hit a Home Run with Community-Based Learning this Summer through Local Baseball! Then check out a home baseball game with the SteepleCats tonight! Joe Wolfe Field. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA.


TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Tuesday, June 18, 9:30-11:30am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Nonotuck Park. 413-587-1471.1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, June 18, 10-11am – STORYTIME/GOATS: Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Tuesday, June 18, 10-11:30am – INTERPRETIVE WALK/LOCAL HISTORY: Morning Canal Walk at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block, stopping at points of historical significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historical or contemporary topic. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels. Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome). Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, June 18, 4pm – WORLD HISTORY/EGYPT: Egyptomania at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Recognized as a foremost Egyptologist, Dr. Bob Brier (“Mr. Mummy”) will examine the fascination with the ancient world along the Nile and the events that fanned the flames of “Egyptomania” including Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign that led to a new decorative arts trend, the Suez Canal Big Dig, the carting of gigantic obelisks to Paris, London and New York and the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb. The speaker will also present images of the collectibles inspired by this rage. Best for lifelong and self-directed learners. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA

 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

Wednesday, June 19, 9:30-11am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Outdoor playgroup organized by the Northampton Parents Center at the YMCA playground. Hampshire Regional YMCA. 413-587-1471. 286 Prospect St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 19, 12-1pm – ARCHITECTURE/SUSTAINABILITY: Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net-zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Learn what makes our building a unique teaching tool, empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and my community?” Arrive curious with your questions! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, June 19, 6pm – FOLK MUSIC/JEWISH & AFRICAN DIASPORA: The Afro-Semitic Experience, a group dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora, will be performing at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Comprised of African-American and Jewish-American musicians, their performance creates an artistic response to anti-Semitism and racism of all forms, weaving together stories and music as they celebrate and explain the Jewish and African-American sacred traditions. BYO picnic! Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley MA.

Wednesday, June 19, 7pm – TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL/FAIRY TALE: Into the Woods. “Anything can happen in the wood.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to life their family curse by journeying into the woods where they encounter the classic fairy-tale characters we’ve grown to love – Rapunzel and her mother, Cinderella, Jack (from the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and more! Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” This wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell, warning “be careful what you wish for!” Come witness the joy and wonders of Broadway. Note: children under 5 years old are not permitted in the theater. Performances will be held at Barrington Stage Company on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)


THURSDAY, JUNE 20

Thursday, June 20, 9am-8pm – SELF-GUIDED HIKE/GEOLOGY: In the 19th-century, outdoor recreation became a popular leisure activity. Summit houses, such as the one atop Mount Holyoke at Skinner State Park, were constructed to accommodate tourists traveling to see mountain views. An interest in the wild landscape and sweeping view of countryside inspired many Americans to explore the natural landscape and value spending time outside. Many writers and artists looked to nature as a creative muse for poetry and painting. Walking through the woods became a pleasurable and meaningful pastime. Contemporary self-guided geology walks are another way to explore this local treasure, with map in hand! Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA. (Parking Fee)

Thursday, June 20, 9:30am & 11am – FOOD & MEDICINE/WILD EDIBLES: Native & Wild Edibles and Medicinals. Are you interested in contributing to the wild foods movement? Are you interested in relieving some of the burden on our food systems, while learning to control native and invasive plants? In this class, discover skills and knowledge you can take home to your edible landscape. Learn about the abundance of wild foods growing in our area, while still being mindful and taking consideration for the species that rely on these very plants to live. Recipes provided! Meet at Acadia Herbals and take a walk down the bike trail together. Best for ages 10+ w/guardian. Preregister. Hosted by SageCo Wellness Coaching at Acadia Herbals. 413-584-8198. Maplewood Shops. 2 Conz Street, Suite 46. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, June 20, 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Check their website to see who is performing this week! Bring a blanket/lawn chairs and have a picnic dinner with family and friends while enjoying live music as the sunsets. Skip the dishes and opt for creating lasting memories and intergenerational connections that strengthen a sense of place in the park! 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 20, 6:30pm – DOGS/FRISBEE: Flying High Frisbee Dogs at the library! These fantastic flying pups show us their world of outstanding skills. Four of the most athletic border collies on the planet will perform on the library lawn. Their handler, Mike, holds the current title of #1 Professional K-9 Frisbee performer in the world. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Thursday, June 20, 8pm –TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL/FAIRY TALE: Into the Woods. “Anything can happen in the wood.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to life their family curse by journeying into the woods where they encounter the classic fairy-tale characters we’ve grown to love – Rapunzel and her mother, Cinderella, Jack (from the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and more! Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” This wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell, warning “be careful what you wish for!” Come witness the joy and wonders of Broadway. Note: children under 5 years old are not permitted in the theater. Performances will be held at Barrington Stage Company on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)


FRIDAY, JUNE 21

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/LOCAL FOOD: Create a meal with friends from start to finish! Learn where your food comes from, meet the farmers, and prepare a meal together. On the day of a farmers’ market, get together with friends or your family and peruse the market to see what produce is available. Based on the seasonal produce you find at the market, be inspired to create a meal together. Cooking seasonally with ingredients found at a farmers’ market help to connect to the seasons and the history of New England by understanding when and how local produce impact our meals and food traditions. Read more in our post, Farmers’ Market & Meals: Explore, Gather, Share.

Fridays, June 21, 9:30-11am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Indoor playgroup. Bridge Street Elementary School. 413-587-1471. 2 Parsons St, Northampton, MA.

Fridays, June 21, 10am-12noon – NATURALIST PROGRAM: Wandering Ranger at the Holyoke Heritage State Park. Search for the Wandering Ranger to see what has caught her interest in the park for the day. It could be collecting and sorting tree seeds, flagging an orienteering course, or displaying one of the Park’s many natural history curiosities. Wandering Ranger is available for questions such as what is there to do in Holyoke, what are the historical significances of the canal and mills, and many things that have to do with nature. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time. Holyoke Heritage State Park. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.

Friday, June 21, 1:30-2pm – NATURAL HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY: Same Ole View, Not! So you think the view from the Summit House deck is timeless? Well, there have been many changes over the past 200+ years, both humanmade and natural. Come and view these changes, look at old images, and see what’s different. Meet on the Summit House deck. Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for all ages. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

Friday, June 21, 7pm – OUTDOOR FILM/PLACEMAKING Movie in the Park at Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. Grab your lawn chairs, BYO picnic, and pack the kids in the car for dinner at dusk while watching a family movie with your community in the park. Creating memories on a summer’s eve while connecting with neighbors and friends! Check their website for film title and description. Nash Mill Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Friday, June 21, 8pm – TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL/FAIRY TALE: Into the Woods. “Anything can happen in the wood.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to life their family curse by journeying into the woods where they encounter the classic fairy-tale characters we’ve grown to love – Rapunzel and her mother, Cinderella, Jack (from the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and more! Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” This wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell, warning “be careful what you wish for!” Come witness the joy and wonders of Broadway. Note: children under 5 years old are not permitted in the theater. Performances will be held at Barrington Stage Company on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Chester, Heath, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, South Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Russell, Shutesbury, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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