100 Suggested Events in Western MA: June 15-29, 2019

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Featured Event

Summer Series

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.

Bulletin Board

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.

Jun 25 & Jul 2

Join us at Look Park every Tuesday starting on June 25th until August 6th for the Franklin King Children’s Series! Shows start at 10am and are $5 per person. Ed the Magician will be there on June 25th to dazzle us with all his tricks. On July 2, Mister G will have everyone dancing the morning away! 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

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Featured Summer Camps

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Jul 22 – 26

The Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp. Gill, MA. Open to students and non-students alike, the Four Winds School Summer Writing and Art Camp is a fun and safe place for 10-13-year-olds to develop their creativity. In the mornings, campers will engage in both free and structured writing and art activities, including workshops to help campers build on their creative abilities, explore themselves, and bond with their peers. After a break for lunch, campers will enjoy free time, swimming, and group games at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area. In the event of afternoon storms, campers can play board games, continue their morning projects, and play other fun writing and art games. Families are invited to a potluck party and gallery viewing on the last day. Registration ends July 15th. Dates: Jul 22-26; Age Range of Campers: 10-13yo. Contact: 413-863-8055. fourwindsteachers@gmail.com. fourwindsschool.info/summer-camp

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA. The Living Rivers School brings students onto the river & into the conservation biology research of Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving our CT River shortnose sturgeon. For aspiring scientists and activists who love nature and are devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist Dr. Kynard and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides hands-on life experiences that prepare youths for the Anthropocene. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 9-15yo. Contact: 413-320-0522. info@biocitizen.org. biocitizen.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 15-28, 2019

Saturday, June 15Sunday, June 16
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Events Happening in the Hilltown

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 annualmysterious link between fairies andFestival! 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, 11am-3pm – LIVING HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY: Storrowtown Village is a living history museum unlike any other. In 1926, Helen Osborne Storrow constructed a recreation of an early American kitchen and was intrigued by the idea of housing it in an actual historic building. An acquaintance offered up his 18th century farmhouse, which Storrow purchased for 200 dollars, dismantled, transported, and rebuilt on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Over the years, Storrow had other historic homes transported there and Storrowtown Village was born! Kick off the beginning of the village’s summer season with a day of free guided tours and craft demonstrations. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, 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-7pm – FATHER’S DAY: Did you know that the origins of Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages? First celebrated by European Catholics as a feast day for Saint Joseph on March 19, the holiday has now been adopted by most countries and is celebrated in many different ways. In Germany, for example, it is customary for fathers to be pulled in a wagon while they drink beer and eat ham. Coincidentally, alcohol related accidents increase by three times across Germany on that day. This custom originated from a previous tradition in which the mayor of a town would award a giant piece of ham to the man in the village with the most children. However you celebrate Father’s Day, consider coming down to Look Park, where fathers can enjoy free mini golf and unlimited train rides. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Sunday, June 16, 10am-3pm – 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)

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.

Friday, June 21, 5am & 7:30pm – SUMMER SOLSTICE: UMass Sunwheel in Amherst holds two events on the Summer Solstice, honoring the coming and going of daylight. Early risers can attend the sunrise event (arrive at 5am) at the Sunwheel, and those who prefer to enjoy sunset can attend a similar event held at 7:30pm. Each event will include descriptions of the scientific reasons for the solstice, as well as stories about the creation of the UMass sunwheel and other sun-honoring landmarks around the world (including Stonehenge in the United Kingdom and Chichen Itza in Mexico). The events differ only in that the morning event will be much more ceremonial and reflective, and will include meditation, poetry, and song in addition to the educational elements. UMass Sunwheel. Rocky Hill Road (near UMass McGuirk Stadium). Amherst, MA.

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. ($$)


SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Saturday, June 22,6-10am – 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: Rock and Get Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston. 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 22, 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.

June 22-30, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: Propeller Week at NEAM! Climb inside a World War II era propeller plane and create a pinwheel propeller to take home. 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.

Saturday, June 22, 10am-5pm – ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING: For a largely rural area, the Hilltowns region is home to a surprising number of amazing 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. The Hilltown Arts Alliance organizes an Open Studio Tour, during the summer featuring artists from across the hilltowns working in diverse mediums throughout the Hilltown region of Western MA. 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, visit hilltownartsalliance.org. 413-238-0481. Hilltowns, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 10am-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 1:30-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY/STATE PARK: The Evolution of the Summit House. The first “prospect” or Summit House was a small “refreshment” hut built in a little over a day in 1821. Learn about the evolution of the historic Summit House over the years, ranging from a pair of “dueling saloons,” to a small inn, to a grand hotel, to becoming the featured site—preserved by DCR—anchoring and located within a state park for all to enjoy. Meet on the Summit House deck. Wheelchair accessible. Suitable for all ages. Joseph Allen Skinner State Park. 413-596-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 4-10pm – PLACEMAKING/COMMUNITY PICNIC: Celebrate our beautiful hilltowns while connecting with neighbors! What better way to appreciate where we live than gathering a community to share food, play together, and listen to great local music? The Hilltown Bash and Cummington Town Picnic will feature live music, a community potluck, and lots of dancing and playing. There will be balls and a playground for the kids. Everyone is welcome! Pettingill Memorial Park. 14 Main Street (behind firestation). Cummington, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 5pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks, live music, games, food, and hot air balloon rides, at the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration at Look Memorial Park. Fireworks go off at dark, approximately 9:15-9:30pm. See their website for traffic, parking, and transportation information. (Rain date: 6/23). Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 6pm – 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 game plus fireworks tonight with the Pittsfield Suns! Wahconah Park. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, June 22, 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. ($$)


SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Sunday, June 23, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. Rock and Get Rolling Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Seston.. 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 23, 10am-5pm – ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING: For a largely rural area, the Hilltowns region is home to a surprising number of amazing 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. The Hilltown Arts Alliance organizes an Open Studio Tour, during the summer featuring artists from across the hilltowns working in diverse mediums throughout the Hilltown region of Western MA. 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, visit hilltownartsalliance.org. 413-238-0481. Hilltowns, MA.

Sunday, June 23, 10:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Birding for Beginners at Mt. Tom! This one hour program is meant to help beginners learn the basics of birding. The use of bird guides, lists and binoculars are used to learn about the local feathered inhabitants. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Sunday, June 23, 11am-3pm – CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS/TOUCH A TRUCK: Touch a Truck Summer Carnival at the Springfield Jewish Community. In a carnival-like atmosphere, there will not only be a ton of trucks for your kids to explore, learning how these vehicles are used and contribute to our quality of life, but also balloon art, bounce houses, face painting, music, food, and other fun family activities. Springfield Jewish Community Center. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson St, Springfield, MA.

Sunday, June 23, 12-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 23, 1pm – ENTOMOLOGY/SPIDERS: Toddlers love bugs and insects or they are terrified of them! Either way, the curiosity that bugs and insects evoke in young children is endless. Here’s a post from our archives, “How Bugs Can Teach Toddlers Kindness & Tolerance.” Test it out with spiders! Mt. Tom State Reservation will host a family program, “Spiders and their Webs.” Stop in to discover different types of web, their uses, and which spiders made them. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. (FREE/>$PARKING)

Sunday, June 23, 4pm – LABYRINTH: Open labyrinth walk with the Community Labyrinth Coalition. All are welcome to walk a large canvas labyrinth accompanied by soft music. The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. 8 Church St, Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, June 23, 5pm – 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. ($$)

Sunday, June 23, 6pm – 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.


MONDAY, JUNE 24

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

Monday, June 24, 10am-3pm – 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)

Monday, June 24, 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.


TUESDAY, JUNE 25

Tuesday, June 25, 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 25, 10am – MAGIC: Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments at Look Park! Ed Popielarczyk is a professional magician, balloon twister, entertainer. After the show, enjoy the many attractions at Look Park! Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Tuesday, June 25, 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 25, 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.

Tuesday, June 25, 9:30-11:30am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Nonotuck Park. 413-587-1471.1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, June 25, 4pm – NAUTICAL HISTORY: Tragic Story of the Majestic Normandie Ocean Liner at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. A child with happy memories of crossing the Atlantic on ocean liners with his parents, author René Silvin will focus on the subject of his latest book the Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner. The French Line’s glorious and glamorous flagship first set sail from Le Havre on May 29, 1935, and died an inglorious death on February 10, 1942, at a New York dock on the Hudson River, two months after Pearl Harbor and with war raging throughout Europe. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

Tuesday, June 25, 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. ($$)


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Wednesday, June 26, 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 26, 2pm – STEM/STORYTELLING: Science Tellers-Aliens: Escape from Earth. Throughout this intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world! Ages 4+. Emily Williston Memorial Library. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 26, 2pm & 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. ($$)

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8pm – NATURAL HISTORY/BEAVERS: Did you know that during the 17th century the Roman Catholic Church ruled that for the purposes of dietary laws, beavers should technically be considered as a species of fish? This ruling meant that the ordinary prohibition on meat consumption on Fridays did not extend to beaver meat. Beavers, the second largest rodent in the world, are probably best known for nature’s engineers with their amazing ability to alter their environment by constructing dams and lodges. These structures serve a number of important functions for beavers, including protection from predators and storing food for the winter. Spend an evening searching for beavers and learning all about these industrious critters at Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley. Participants will learn about thier natural history and contribution to changing our local landscape ater being reintroduced to the area in the mid-1900’s. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8:30pm – ZINES: Forbes Library Zine Club. Northampton, MA

Wednesday, June 26, 7pm – LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING: Shelburne Falls Military Band Annual Outdoor Concert and Ice Cream Social! Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket for this popular event. Ice cream, popcorn, and lemonade will be sold at historically low prices. SFMB continues to be the longest operating military band in the country! The museum is open during the event. Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

Wednesday, June 26, 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 ($$)


THURSDAY, JUNE 27

Thursday, June 27, 3:15-4:15pm: PODCASTING/TEENS: Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters. For teen sound enthusiasts of all skill levels: learn how to record and edit audio. Make a piece of sound art or start a podcast. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. Sign up required. Forbes Library. 413-587-1010. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, June 27, 3:30-4:30pm – STEM/MAGIC: Jungle Jim: A Ballooniverse of Stories, a space-themed balloon magic show which will feature: rocket propulsion science; celebrate the moon landing; offer Star Wars Jedi Training; and, include a 6-foot galaxy explosion! Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, June 27, 4pm – ENTOMOLOGY/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 can 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 essential 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 they have so entranced cultures around the world. Not only can fireflies inspire a love for literature, but also support interests in biochemistry, entomology, and zoology. Join the Edwards Public Library for “Hands on Nature: Fireflies!” Bring a glass jar and curiosity. Ages 3 & up. Edwards Public Library. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

Thursday, June 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 28

Friday, June 28, 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)

Fridays, June 28, 9:30-11am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Indoor playgroup. Bridge Street Elementary School. 413-587-1471. 2 Parsons St, Northampton, MA.

Fridays, June 28, 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 28, 1:30-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY/SUMMITS: The Prospect House/Mt Holyoke Hotel was the first summit house in the region – was it the only? By 1900 it had a lot of company! Come find out who the competition was. 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 28, 2pm & 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 28, 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)


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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