100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: August 24-September 6, 2019

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Fall Sales

Shop local and smart! Stock up and save at River Valley Co-op this Fall at their three sale events. Get huge deals on full case discounts and more. August 21-September 3, Back to School Sale: Everything you need for back-to-school for you or your little ones. September 4 -17, Stock Up & Save with Co-Op Basics: 10% off over 300 everyday items and savings on cases. September 18-October 1, Squirrel Away Savings: Great deals on items perfect for the pantry or freezer. Stock up and enjoy them for months to come! For information on these amazing sales and more, visit River Valley Co-op online at www.rivervalley.coop or call 413-584-2665. Or better yet, stop by! Open from 8am-10pm. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King St. in Northampton.

Aug 24

Ice Cream, Hot dogs, Tacos OH MY! The Look Park Food Truck Festival is back for it’s 3rd year on Saturday August 24th from 12pm to 6pm. 20+ Food trucks, music and more! Grab the kids and enjoy some of your favorite snacks or try something new! Entrance to Food Truck Festival is FREE! Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457 for details.

Open House: Sep 4

Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for its 2019-2020 Season. PVB offers 11-week pre-professional ballet training sessions in the fall, winter, and spring, plus community dance classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults. FALL KICKOFF: Fall Session begins September 9. Get to know PVB at its Open House on September 4. Then get excited for The Nutcracker at the “In a Nutshell” party on September 7. Join the cast: Nutcracker Community Auditions (ages 5-10) will also be held September 7, for performances December 13-15. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. Visit them online to explore classes and events and to register. 413-527-6363 ♦ www.pioneervalleyballet.org

Miss Leticia Music School. Amherst, MA Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, a Capella, and Voice lessons, all in one location for all ages. Beginning Groups include Beginning Ukulele I & II, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Rock Band, and Girls Rock Band. Intermediate/Advanced Groups include Ukulele, Guitar/Ukulele, Intermediate Boys Rock, Adv Girls Rock Band. Adult classes include Beginning & Intermediate Guitar, Beginning & Intermediate Ukulele, and Rock Band. Many more private and group lessons available. Teachers include Leticia Davies (Guitar/Ukulele, Voice); Rusty Daniels (Rock Guitar, Bass, Drums); Gruff Davies (Rock Band); Rhys Davies (Rock Band). After school, evening, and weekend classes. For complete schedule & to register: www.missleticia.commissleticiamusic@gmail.com

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought Youth Dance Program in Northampton is an all-inclusive movement program designed to ignite creativity, curiosity, and individuality in children and teens through a mutual love of moving our bodies! This program is intended to bring together students of all backgrounds in a safe space in which they can learn together and from another while doing what our bodies were made to do…move! Classes are offered for different ages and interests, and provide a structured platform for age-appropriate technique, improvisation, composition and play! SCDT Youth Dance is an ideal place for students of all levels interested in developing their knowledge of dance and movement, while having a whole lot of fun doing so. Learn more and enroll at www.scdtnoho.com.

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August 24-September 6, 2019

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Saturday, August 24, 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 Family Vacation Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner. Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time. 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, August 24, 7am-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life that have been cherished and passed on for generations. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture, local history, and a connection to place. The agricultural fair’s long-standing presence in New England history reminds people of the importance in gathering to celebrate and share, even during difficult times, in order to foster a sense of community and collaborative spirit. The Cummington Fair, a four-day agricultural fair in the Hilltowns, has been a local tradition since 1868, when it began as the Hillside Agricultural Society. At the time, the stated goal of the society was “the attainment and diffusion of scientific and practical knowledge in the cultivation of the soil and the raising of its various and useful production as comprehended in The Department Of Agriculture, Horticulture and Pomology.” Over the last 150 years, the Fair has stayed true to its roots, while adding a wide variety of vendors, live music, community meals, midway, and activities for children! The horse and ox pull is a real favorite, and don’t forget to check out the prize winning livestock. Cummington Fair. 413-634-5091. 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 9am-8pm – AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE/GRANGE FAIR: Ware’s annual Grange Fair happens this weekend, unlike a contemporary agricultural fair with midways and performances, a grange fair focuses on the fruits of the labor of community members from the agricultural season and handiwork created throughout the year. The Ware Grange Fair invites all ages to participate in exhibiting (see website for details). The day of the fair, fairgoers can spend the day perusing exhibits, watching demonstrations, enjoying freshly baked goods and a community meal, buy second-hand goods and local produce, and spend quality time with family and neighbors among live music. Ware Grange Fair. Ware Grange #164. 413-284-1135. 297 Belchertown Rd. Ware, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 9am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE/GRANGE FAIR: The annual Shelburne Grange Fair is an exhibition of the production outcome of our community and showcases all levels and ages. Shelburne Grange Fair welcomes entries from the whole family. Activities include vendors, exhibit hall, music, bake sale, kids games, corn husking competition, family activities, community meal, and more. Visit them online for a full schedule. Shelburne Grange Fair. Fellowship Hall. 17 Little Mohawk Rd, Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 10-11:30am – FOOD HISTORY/GRAHAM CRACKERS: Did you know that the Reverend Sylvester Graham (think graham cracker) called Northampton home? Known by many as the Father of Vegetarianism” in America, Graham was not only a dietary reformer but also an American Presbyterian minister involved in the temperance movement. This weekend, Historic Northampton hosts the Sylvester Graham Olympics. Families can learn about impacts Graham had not only on national culture but also our local heritage. Embrace your inner Graham-ite – compete in a Graham cracker toss, build a Graham cracker tower, and challenge your Graham cracker-wielding dexterity. Learn about Sylvester Graham and how his philosophy influences the food on our plates, then participate in brain-teasing events to put that knowledge to the test! Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 10am-1pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/BACK TO SCHOOL: Springfield Public Schools Community Celebration. Getting ready to go back to school can be both exciting and stressful for children. Help your child generate (or maintain) positive feelings about the start of a new school year in a back to school celebration at Blunt Park, hosted by the Springfield Parent & Community Engagement Division. There will be a barbeque, entertainment, and representatives and resources from many community organizations. Learn about school-based programs and arrive early and receive a backpack filled with school supplies! Blunt Park. 413-787-6440. 2460 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Two events today at Mt. Tom. The first is “Life Around The Lake: Mammals” at 10:3oam. Mammals are relatively common around the lake, and participants should see signs of deer, beavers, and other critters that come to the lake looking for a drink or a meal. Meet at Bray Lake. The second is a 1-2 hour hike starting at 1pm on the McCool Trail. The terrain is mostly easy and the pace moderate. Various parts of nature are explored along the way. Bring water and bug spray. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 11am-1pm – GUIDED WALK/LOCAL HISTORY: Join Park Interpreter Mike as you explore the forgotten site of the former 1930s-Era Civilian Conservation Corps work Camp (CCC) on Sperry Road in the “Heart of Greylock.” Buried deep inside the park’s primitive camping area, folks will discover the remnants of Company 107, Camp SP-7 of the First Corps. For seven years (1933-1941) this was home to thousands of “boys,” young men ages 17-25, who lived in barracks, earned a dollar a day working on projects throughout the mountain, and enjoyed a variety of recreational activities in their off-hours. This easy walk will retrace the story of the camp recruits and features archaeological artifacts. Walking distance is approx. 1 mile. All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under age 18. Meet at the CCC Dynamite Trail parking area on Rockwell Road, 5.5-miles north of the Visitor Center in Lanesborough. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 11:30am-7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/IRELAND: Lughnasadh, pronounced “lunasa,” is the ancient Gaelic harvest festival, celebrated among Gaelic communities throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The festival is named for the god Lugh, one of the central deities of the Gaelic pantheon, who governs arts, crafts, and law. Like most holidays, Lughnasadh has its roots in ritual worship of the god. In ancient times, the holiday was celebrated with feasts, athletic competitions, music, and storytelling. In Ireland today, many still celebrate Lughnasadh with a mountain pilgrimage to honor Lugh. Come commemorate this ancient harvest festival with a full day of Irish music, dance, lectures, and, of course, soda bread! For a full list of events, visit Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. 413-333-4951. 429 Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 12-2pm & 4-6pm – COMMUNITY MEALS/ARGICULTURAL FAIRS: Roast Beef Dinner in the Dining Hall at the Cummington Fair today! Intergenerational opportunities to gather around the table for a community meal with friends and neighbors are available at nearly every agricultural fair. From blueberry pancake breakfast to BBQ chicken dinner, there’s something for everyone! Visit fair websites to see what’s being served this year and make plans to sit with your neighbors and start up conversations. Let your children learn about local history through stories your elderly neighbors might share, make new friends, and walk away with new community connections. Read more about community harvest meals and festivals in our Late Summer/Early Autumn Season issue of Learning Ahead.

Saturday, August 24, 12pm-4pm – CULINARY ARTS/LOCAL HARVEST: Learn how to cook from locally sourced ingredients in workshops taught by local chefs! The Red Fire Farm Annual Tomato Festival will feature workshops on topics such as home preservation, smoothie making, and shakshuka. Shakushka is an Israeli stewed tomato dish. Learn about various cultures through food while connecting to your community. There will also be wild edible plant walks, kids activities, opportunities to pick your own vegetables, and more. Red Fire Farm. 413-467-7645. 7 Carver Street. Granby, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 12- 6pm – CULINARY ARTS/PLACEMAKING: While the modern food truck finds its historical antecedent in the rustic ‘chuckwagon,’ which provided simple food to Texas ranchers while herding cattle for months at a time, food trucks have now become a cultural phenomenon. Effective utilizing social media by informing customers precisely where the trucks are going to be at any given moment, the food truck movement is enormously popular. The prestigious “Zagat Survey” has even started rating food trucks. Part of the popularity of food trucks is due to the innovative menus they tend to feature, the Los Angeles Korean-Taco fusion trend being perhaps the most famous example. Discover delicious treats at the annual Look Park Food Truck Festival, where there will be 20+ food trucks, music, and more! Grab the kids and enjoy some of your favorite snacks or try something new! Entrance to Food Truck Festival is FREE! Vehicle entrance fees apply. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 2-6pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SINGING: We all have the innate capacity of knowing how to share song. This “playshop” presented by Linda Stonestreet is intended for those who wish to discover more about how to connect and collaborate with others via song to carry and grow value with purpose and intent. It is an introduction to vocal improvisation, is a descriptor of an ancient way of singing. Participants will be guided skillfully and lovingly to making spontaneous music in the moment through methods which are unique, universal, and key to collaborative sovereignty. Potluck follows. Bring your favorite dish to share. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-584-7327. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 24, 2:30pm – NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/HISTORY: We all associate “afternoon tea” or “tea time” with British culture but as it turns out, the custom only originated in the 1840s. This relatively recent tradition was first adopted by British upper classes as a meal take in between lunch and dinner. Observance of afternoon tea was held between 3:30 and 5:00pm and typically featured cucumber sandwiches, egg sandwiches, and small pastries. Afternoon tea, however, is only one of many important tea traditions in Great Britain and abroad. “Cream tea,” or “Devonshire tea,” is a custom, which originated in the West Country, which is to say Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset. Cream tea is served with thick, clotted cream spread over scones and topped with strawberry preserves. A source of bitter strife between the Cornish and Devonians, the former insists that the cream should be spread on top of the jam, while the latter has it reversed. However you take your tea, come enjoy a pleasant afternoon light meal with tea, pastries, and live music at the Porter-Huntington-Phelps Museum’s “A Perfect Spot of Tea.” Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley MA.

Saturday, August 24, TBD – ASTRONOMY/CONFERENCE: Calling all amateur astronomers! The annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction is coming to Northfield Mountain! This is one of the largest gatherings of amateur astronomers in the area. Join with other stargazers to learn about important news impacting the world of amateur astronomy, talk to others about their experiences, attend slideshows and presentations, and, of course, lots of stargazing. Participants will also have the opportunity to try out some of the most cutting edge telescopes available. Observation sessions will begin each night at sunset. Registration required. Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 6-10pm – PLACEMAKING/COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Come together in community to celebrate in the park through music, food, and art for the Millpond.Live series. Millside Park. 413-529-1400. 2 Ferry St. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 6:15pm – DANCE STUDIES/CONTEMPORARY: Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. The Hilltowns of Western MA is home to Jacob’s Pillow, “lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine) and ‘one of America’s most precious cultural assets’ (Mikhail Baryshnikov). It is a treasured National Historic Landmark and home to America’s longest running international dance festival. All summer they host free “Inside/Out” performances on an outdoor stage for folks of all ages to enjoy a dance performance together. Performances happen Wednesday-Saturday at 6:15pm, a wonderful opportunity for young children to see dance in an outdoor environment, maybe while enjoying a picnic with the family. Jacob’s Pillow. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 7:30-10pm – CONTRA DANCE/DANCE STUDIES: According to 19th century folklore, Fiddler’s Green is the afterlife to which sailors go if they have served for at least 50 years at sea. It is a place where joy abounds and the fiddling never ceases. As novelist Frederick Marryat wrote in 1856: “At Fiddler’s Green, where seamen true / When here they’ve done their duty / The bowl of grog shall still renew / And pledge to love and beauty.” Well, they don’t have an endless bowl of grog, but Fiddlers Green Contra Dance is a casual, fun, joyful community folk dance where everyone is welcome. Musicians are encouraged to join in and this event is perfect for beginners and all levels of experience. Ages 10 and above suggested. Midway through the event there will be potluck snacks and socializing. Munson Memorial Library. 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, August 24, 8pm – SHAKESPEARE/CLASSICAL THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park will return with a fifth free outdoor production on the First Street Common. Featuring the famously witty on-again-off-again lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of the trials of love in a society dominated by patriarchal traditions. Beatrice’s cousin Hero and the young soldier Claudio meet and fall in love, but when a man spreads nasty rumors about her, Hero’s voice is silenced and their relationship torn apart. Loyalties are tested as the community responds, including a ragtag group of officers who just might save the day. Artistic director Enrico Spada notes how “this play is incredibly relevant in 2019, casting a light on issues that are all too present today. When a man, bent on revenge, swears on a lie about a young woman—why does nobody believe her?” He adds that “Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is a celebration of community, culture, and the joys of sharing stories.” Additionally, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is free for all attendees, providing an enriching and thought-provoking theater experience that is accessible to the community as a whole. Performances will be held at the First Street Common, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Sunday, August 25, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Family Vacation Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner. Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, August 25, Dawn-Dusk – SCULPTURE/AGRICULTURE: Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton is home of “Art in the Orchard,” a biennal orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulutre,” the orchard features the work of dozens of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. Park Hill Orchard. 413-527-6186. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 7am-7pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life that have been cherished and passed on for generations. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture, local history, and a connection to place. The agricultural fair’s long-standing presence in New England history reminds people of the importance in gathering to celebrate and share, even during difficult times, in order to foster a sense of community and collaborative spirit. The Cummington Fair, a four-day agricultural fair in the Hilltowns, has been a local tradition since 1868, when it began as the Hillside Agricultural Society. At the time, the stated goal of the society was “the attainment and diffusion of scientific and practical knowledge in the cultivation of the soil and the raising of its various and useful production as comprehended in The Department Of Agriculture, Horticulture and Pomology.” Over the last 150 years, the Fair has stayed true to its roots, while adding a wide variety of vendors, live music, community meals, midway, and activities for children! The horse and ox pull is a real favorite, and don’t forget to check out the prize winning livestock. Cummington Fair. 413-634-5091. 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 9am-2pm – EQUINE STUDIES: The annual Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show is a partnership between horseback riders and the veterinary experts who care for animals. Riders will participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. This intergenerational show is open to the public. Berkshire Equestrian Center. 413-698-3200. 40 Perry Peak Rd. Richmond, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 9am-3pm – PLACEMAKING/TRANSPORTATION: What is it about big trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, and other vehicles that captures the interest and imagination of so many children and adults? Some folks are drawn to the mechanics of different types of engines, others to aesthetic and aerodynamic designs, and still others to the history behind each model. You and your family can explore any number of these themes at this year’s Motorama! Car Show, when several streets in North Adams will be filled with vehicles to observe! (Rain date: Saturday, August 31) Downtown North Adams, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 10am-4pm – FAMILY DAY: Blue Rider Stables invited the community to their annual “Fun Day.” The mission of Blue Rider Stables is to “offer a holistic educational environment, in which people and animals can safely interact, and through their mutual therapeutic experiences, broaden the scope of their lives.” There will be pony rides, hay rides, a bounce house, wholesome food, games, face painting, and silent auction. French Park. 413-528-5299. 65 Prospect Lake Road. Egremont, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Two events today at Mt. Tom. The first is “Birding for Beginners” at 10:30am. 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 these feathered creatures. The second is “Tracking the Wild Things” at 1pm. This program searches for animals living at Mt. Tom, or at least their footprints! With luck, bobcat, coyote, or the most likely deer prints, will be discovered. If found, everyone has a chance to make a plaster cast of a footprint. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Video games? Television? View-Masters? No. Not yet. Take a step back in time to the late 1800s at the Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop to see some really basic entertainment. Stereoscope viewers were all the rage and those fortunate enough to own them planned parties around showing their newly arrived images. The ruins of Athens and Scottish castles were very popular themes, but local images such as those taken of the aftermath of the 1874 Mill River Flood also quickly made their way to the western MA. marketplace. After a few weeks, friends, cousins, and neighbors would swap collections for some variety. Come to the museum and see what you can see through their stereoscope viewer! Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop. 413-527-3209. 5 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, August 25, 3-5pm – AUDITIONS/YOUTH SYMPHONY: Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition.

Sunday, August 25, 8pm – SHAKESPEARE/CLASSICAL THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park will return with a fifth free outdoor production on the First Street Common. Featuring the famously witty on-again-off-again lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of the trials of love in a society dominated by patriarchal traditions. Beatrice’s cousin Hero and the young soldier Claudio meet and fall in love, but when a man spreads nasty rumors about her, Hero’s voice is silenced and their relationship torn apart. Loyalties are tested as the community responds, including a ragtag group of officers who just might save the day. Artistic director Enrico Spada notes how “this play is incredibly relevant in 2019, casting a light on issues that are all too present today. When a man, bent on revenge, swears on a lie about a young woman—why does nobody believe her?” He adds that “Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is a celebration of community, culture, and the joys of sharing stories.” Additionally, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is free for all attendees, providing an enriching and thought-provoking theater experience that is accessible to the community as a whole. Performances will be held at the First Street Common, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)


MONDAY, AUGUST 26

Monday, August 26, 10am-5pm – ART STUDIES/VAN GOGH: Van Gogh for All at the Springfield Museums’ D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Van Gogh for All immerses visitors in the works of the world’s most famous painter. Designed to engage 21st-century audiences in the 19th-century art of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), this experientially-rich exhibition uses modern technology and participatory learning to introduce audiences of all ages to Van Gogh’s genius, his personal struggles, and his creative process. Visitors can literally jump right into Van Gogh’s artwork to discover the unusual perspective of Van Gogh’s bedroom, get behind the shutters of Van Gogh’s yellow house, or become part of one of Van Gogh’s famous landscapes. The exhibit offers multiple photo ops and opportunities to create your own art—with stations for drawing a still life or a portrait. Many of the elements in the exhibition are interactive, offering the visitor the opportunity to manipulate the artist’s work in new ways, including through a 12-foot-wide, electronic version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

Monday August 26, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Two events today at Mt. Tom. The first is”Junior Rangers” at 10:30am for kids ages 7-9 where children can participate in a 4-week program to become a certified Junior Ranger. Through exploration, crafts, and games, participants can receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Each child must attend 3 out of 4 classes to qualify for this status. The second is “Advanced Hike for Seniors” at 1pm. Seniors and others who want more of a challenging hike can join in on this one-two hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails. The hike on these trails is at a slower pace to accommodate this age bracket. Bring water. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Monday, August 26, 2-6pm – SKILLSHARING/BIKE REPAIR: DIY Bike Repair at Make-It Springfield. Do you have a bike in the basement/garage that could use a little love? Hate spending all that money at a bike shop when you know you could probably do it yourself? Drop-in anytime and get your questions answered and your repairs taken care of by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring a bike or just your questions. All ages welcome. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.

Monday, August 26, 2-3pm – NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/SHAKER: Shaker Foodways. Spend an hour with an expert guide touring the Hancock Sharke Village heirloom vegetable and herb gardens on the oldest working farm in the Berkshires. Explore the 1830 Brick Dwelling kitchen and discover ingenious culinary design and surprising technology. Mix up a Shaker recipe to sample. Learn how the Shakers became highly successful entrepreneurs who sold herbs, seeds, and prepared foods such as canned fruits and vegetables. Advanced registration encouraged. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, August 26, 4:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/WORD GAMES: It is speculated that the highest possible scoring word in Scrabble has probably never been successfully played. If situated correctly, the word “OXYPHENBUTAZONE,” could theoretically score 1778 points! A far more realistic, and still highly effective word, is “ZA,” a recognized slang term for pizza, which can still get you 60 points or so. If you love Scrabble, joing the Scrabble Club for a monthly meet-up and game of Scrabble! Open to everyone, fun is the primary goal. Lily Library. 413-587-1500.19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA.

Monday, August 26, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL: Concerts at 7 is a volunteer run non-profit organization that presents classical music concerts in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Concerts take place at the Plainfield Congregational Church in Plainfield, MA, and each season features a series of three to five classical music performances. A great opportunity to spend the day in this charming region of Western Massachusetts. consider making a day of it outdoors by visiting the sculpture gardens at Three Sisters Sanctuary in nearby Goshen, rafting the Greenfield River with Zoars in Charlement, or the blossoms at the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. Discover how community spaces like our churches, gardens, and rivers can support your interests while connecting you to Hilltown culture. Plainfield Concerts at 7. Plainfield Congregational Church. Plainfield, MA.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30-9am — COMMUNITY BREAKFAST/CIVICS & COMMERCE: Often we read or hear about elected officials, business owners, and other community figures without ever having the opportunity to meet them and gain a better understanding of their lives and community roles. Sit down to a comfortable community breakfast with area legislators, mayors, business owners, select board representatives, and members of the academic communities at the annual Community Breakfast, hosted by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Free parking will be available in the UMass Campus Center Garage. 413-577-1101. UMass Student Union Ballroom, 41 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, August 27, 9am-4:30pm –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.

Tuesday, August 27, 9:30-11:30am – SUMMER PLAYGROUP: Nonotuck Park. 413-587-1471.1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, August 27, 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, August 27, 10:30am & 2pm – NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Two events today at Mt. Tom. The first is a senior hike at 10:30am where seniors can join in on this easy-paced one hour hike. The terrain is mostly easy, and the nature talk quite abundant. Bring water and bug spray. The second is “Explorers Club” at 2pm. This weekly 1-2 hour program lets children ages 10-14 learn map reading skills, trail markings, and proper hiking techniques as we travel on all the trails here at Mt. Tom. Plus of course, nature is observed closely. Bring water and bug spray. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, August 27, 10am-4pm – 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.

Tuesday, August 27, 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS/YO-YO: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611. Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, August 27, 5-6:30pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/BACK TO SCHOOL: Some children are feeling ready to get back into the classroom and to their school-year routines. Others may be more reluctant, wishing for more summer adventures or perhaps anxious about the start of the new school year. Parents/guardians may be experiencing a range of emotions about the end of summer, too. A back-to-school celebration helps get everyone energized about the fun and learning that await! The Town of Amherst and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools invite students and their families to join teachers and school staff on the Common for a First Day Celebration of games, art, and live entertainment. Amherst Town Common, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 28, 10am – MINDFULNESS/OUTDOOR YOGA: Join in for a relaxing meditative outdoor experience at scenic Mount Greylock. Soothe your mind, body, and spirit with easy yoga exercises that infuse elements of forest bathing practices and stimulating physical activity. Classes are designed to be accessible for all ages, levels, and abilities. Beginners welcome! If you have a mat, please bring it, if not there might be extras to use. Wear comfortable clothes. Rain cancels. This class is free and open to the public. Meet at the Visitor Center. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Wednesday, August 28, 10am-1pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Wednesday Drawing Group. Lifelong learners interested in figure drawing can learn about and practice together every Wednesday. Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2-30 minutes. There are no requirements other than a desire to draw, so bring paper and pencil, watercolors, crayons… whatever medium you choose. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels provided. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-336-8937. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, August 28, 4-6pm – COMMERCE/KIDS MARKET: Wednesday Kids’ Market happens in Ashfield Center every Wednesday in the Summer in the parking lot of the Ashfield Hardware Store. Children can have a venue to sell their creations. Can be as simple as lemonade and popcorn, picked flowers, their favorite craft, a budding talent, or even a service – Face Painting? Fortune Telling? No fee and no long term commitment. Come every Wednesday or just once. Let the kids run their own businesses for a few hours and watch them buy, trade, and barter from each other. BYO little table for children’s wares and chair. Ashfield Hardware & Supply. 413-628-3299. 343 Main St, Ashfield, MA.

Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 28, 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, AUGUST 29

Thursday, August 29, Sunrise-Sunset – HISTORY WALK/SELF-DIRECTED: Have you ever walked, biked, or driven through downtown Holyoke and wondered about the history of the city’s numerous old buildings? Each empty mill, towering church, and brick rowhouse tells a story of the city’s past. An exploration of Holyoke’s history reveals a vibrant, diverse, and complicated history. Visitors to Holyoke can now learn about the city’s history themselves – from home or while exploring the city’s streets thanks to the Wistariahurst Museum. The Museum hosts a large online community resource to its repertoire- the Holyoke History Walk, available on the museum’s website, offering a comparative look at the city and many of its streets and buildings as they once were (up to 125 years ago). The program uses Google Maps and provides a map – created by piecing together numerous maps from the museum’s archives – of Holyoke past, layered above a map of Holyoke present. Scattered across the map are over 100 of the city’s landmarks – churches, civic buildings, prominent businesses, and views across the canal, from hilltops, and down various streets in the busiest parts of town. The old photos are shown next to a current image of the location. In some cases, the buildings are unrecognizable; in others, entire blocks are boarded up; meanwhile, some others remain relatively unchanged. Families can use the interactive tour to learn all about local history and can apply what they learn about the city to bring context and more in-depth understanding to American history and changes in industries, technology, and the American way of life. Holyoke, MA.

Thursday, August 29, 10am-8pm – ART STUDIES/SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: Art Exhibit: AlmaThomas: The Light of the Whole Universe. Featuring works from a period that was defined by the civil rights and feminist movements in the U.S. and by anti-colonial and independence movements around the world, including the two-decade long Vietnam War. While artists like Charles White and Wadsworth Jarrell saw figuration as a way to advance political and social causes, others, such as Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Joan Mitchell, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and James Suzuki, embraced abstraction. Whether they made figurative or abstract art, these artists worked both in and against modern art at a time when positions of power and influence were predominantly occupied by white, straight, and Euro-American men. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, August 29, 6-8pm – AUDITIONS/YOUTH SYMPHONY: Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and to make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, the PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year. AUDITIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS will be held in Greenfield on Sun, Aug 25, 3-5pm & Thurs, Aug 29, 6-8pm. Visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra to learn more or register for an audition. Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, August 29, 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)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

Friday, August 30, 10am–5pm – ART EXHIBIT/LEONARDO DA VINCI: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion on view at the Berkshire Museum through Sept 8, 2019. This exhibit features 40 full-size working models of Leonardo da Vinci’s innovative designs, from flying machines to an early robot. Each mechanism is accompanied by Leonardo’s drawings and a descriptive narrative of his life. Before heading over, check this out! The British Library had digitized and made available to the public a compilation of his notebooks, representing “the living record of a universal mind.” Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, August 30, 10am–5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/STEM: Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! at the Springfield Science Museum! Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM-focused exhibit seeks to engage children (2-7yo) and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, August 30, 3:15-4:15pm – ENTOMOLOGY/MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: Much like bees, butterflies play an essential role in our local (and global!) ecosystems. As pollinators, butterflies help to ensure that plants exchange genetic material, something wedepend on to enjoy many of our favorite foods! However, changes in the way that humans live and how we interact with our surroundings have caused butterfly populations to decline (especially the iconic monarch). Learning about butterflies and their role in our ecosystem is essential to understanding and appreciating our surroundings; luckily, opportunities for learning about this beautiful Lepidoptera abound! This Friday afternoon, join the Storrs Library to learn all about their life-cycle. A short storytime which will be followed by local experts sharing their experience collecting Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars and how they raise and tag them for release. There will be a presentation with specimens and a release, weather permitting. For all ages. Register online. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Friday, August 30, 4-9pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Blandford Fair will feature many opportunities to learn about farming and agriculture, along with midway games and rides, live performances, and more! See full schedule at Blandford Fair. 413-848-0995. 10 North Street. Blandford, MA.

Friday, August 30, 4-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Since 1818, the Three County Fair in Northampton has been showcasing local agriculture. America’s longest running agricultural fair was originally established as an agricultural society, designed to promote agricultural knowledge and appreciation. Over the years, the fair has stayed true to its original mission and expanded to include live music, delicious food, and lots of fun activities for children and adults. Livestock demonstrations are still a huge part of the fair experience and awards are given for both agricultural and domestic animals. Don’t miss one of the most beloved local events of the year! For more information and a complete list of events, visit 3 County Fair. 413-584-2237. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

Saturday, August 31, 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 Scrapbooking Spectacular Episode with Recess Monkey. Recess Monkey leads listeners on a wacky, musical step-by-step process for creating photo memory books that will rival any Instagram post.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, August 31, 8am-9pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Blandford Fair will feature many opportunities to learn about farming and agriculture, along with midway games and rides, live performances, and more! See full schedule at Blandford Fair. 413-848-0995. 10 North Street. Blandford, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 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, August 31, 10am-6pm – FOOD FESTIVAL/PEACHES: Peaches have been cultivated in China since the Neolithic period, more than ten thousand years ago! Unsurprisingly, the peach has enormous cultural significance in Chinese society to this day. It is said that when ancient Chinese emperors traveled abroad, they were preceded by sorcerers, who wielded peach rods to dispel evil spirits. Peach wood in particular, has continued to be prized for its protective qualities and has been used to build ‘door gods,’ guardian deities and spirits whose likenesses are portrayed on doors to homes. Among traditional medicine practitioners in China, peach wands are still used to perform exorcisms and cleansing rituals. The vivacity of the peach fruit also inspired many European painters to depict it as a symbol for blossoming health, as seen in works by Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Renoir, and Monet, among others. Late summer is the perfect time to indulge in fresh peaches. Visit the annual Peach Fest at Apex Orchard with live music, local food, vendors, and of course, PEACHES! Apex Orchards. 413-625-2744. 225 Peckville Rd. Shelburne, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 10am-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Since 1818, the Three County Fair in Northampton has been showcasing local agriculture. America’s longest running agricultural fair was originally established as an agricultural society, designed to promote agricultural knowledge and appreciation. Over the years, the fair has stayed true to its original mission and expanded to include live music, delicious food, and lots of fun activities for children and adults. Livestock demonstrations are still a huge part of the fair experience and awards are given for both agricultural and domestic animals. Don’t miss one of the most beloved local events of the year! For more information and a complete list of events, visit 3 County Fair. 413-584-2237. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED/SNAKES & HIKES: Snakes have survived for millions of years, which is amazing since they don’t have legs or arms. Learn just what they need to do live from day to day at 10:30am at “Life Around the Lake: Snakes.” Meet at Bray Lake. Then, at 1pm, join in a 1.5-hour hike on the Quarry Trail. The terrain is mostly easy and the pace moderate. Along the way, quarrying at Mt. Tom is discussed. Bring water and bug spray. Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center. Mt. Tom State Reservation. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 12noon-4pm – STORYWALK/BUTTERFLIES: Monarch Butterfly Story Walk: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Join folks for a migratory journey on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center, as you read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar), who learns to eat milkweed, take a rest in a chrysalis, meet new friends, and fly with new butterfly wings, all the way to Mexico. Everyone is welcomed. If it rains, the story walk and butterfly making will be inside the center. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, August 31, Self-Directed – CITIZEN SCIENCE/BUTTERFLIES: Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys! In this post, we feature an amazing video using Google Earth to track their journey and share ways families can protect them as citizen scientists: Monarch Butterflies: Migratory Patterns & Citizen Scientists Opportunities. Want to organize a Monarch Butterfly tagging effort? Monarch Watch has instructions and kits with tags for tracking.

Saturday, August 31, 12:30-1:30pm – MARINE BIOLOGY: Ever wonder what fish, turtles, and lizards eat when they live in aquariums? How do human beings determine what to feed these creatures, who have evolved over millions of years to hunt for food in the wild? And who actually prepares the food for these animals? All these questions and more will be addressed during Chow Time at the Berkshire Museum, where participants can assist museum staff in preparing meals for some of the inhabitants of the aquarium. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 1-4pm – COMMUNITY MEALS/ARGICULTURAL FAIRS: Community meal at the Blandford Fair. today: Ham, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Coleslaw & Cornbread! Intergenerational opportunities to gather around the table for a community meal with friends and neighbors are available at nearly every agricultural fair. From blueberry pancake breakfast to BBQ chicken dinner, there’s something for everyone! Visit fair websites to see what’s being served this year and make plans to sit with your neighbors and start up conversations. Let your children learn about local history through stories your elderly neighbors might share, make new friends, and walk away with new community connections. Read more about community harvest meals and festivals in our Late Summer/Early Autumn Season issue of Learning Ahead.

Saturday, August 31, 2-3pm – ZOOLOGY/BONES: Call all naturalists! Have you ever wanted to see the skull of a deer? Or maybe find out how to tell male and female fishers apart? Bones may not be able to talk, but there is still more to learn from them. Mt. Holyoke State Park is offering a 1-hour class on bones! “Speaking with Skills” is an intergenerational opportunity for lifelong learners and families with kids 8yo+, an informal program with skulls from different species. Held outdoors. Insect repellent recommended. Meet at the picnic tables. In case of rain, meet inside the Notch Visitor Center. Mt. Holyoke Range State Park. 413-253-2883 . 1500 West St. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 6-10pm – PLACEMAKING/COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Come together in community to celebrate in the park through music, food, and art for the Millpond.Live series. Millside Park. 413-529-1400. 2 Ferry St. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, August 31, 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/TRAIN RIDE: Hoosac Valley Train rides are great for a special date night. Travel 10 miles on a one-hour scenic train trip through history. Staff are excited to share this rail experience with you. This evening is one of their select Cabaret Train Rides with live cabaret singers Ron and Samantha. BYO beverages & snacks. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 413-663-4189. Adams Welcome Center. 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Sunday, September 1, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Scrapbooking Spectacular Episode with Recess Monkey. Recess Monkey leads listeners on a wacky, musical step-by-step process for creating photo memory books that will rival any Instagram post. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, September 1, Dawn-Dusk – SCULPTURE/AGRICULTURE: Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton is home of “Art in the Orchard,” a biennal orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family from dawn to dusk any day of the week. Bringing “Culture into Horticulutre,” the orchard features the work of dozens of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. Park Hill Orchard. 413-527-6186. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 8am – SUSTAINABILITY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION:  The annual UMass New2U Tag Sale supports sustainability by providing students and community members with everything from futons, televisions, clothing, decorations and more- all secondhand. This event is open to the public and will take place at the UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom. 280 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 8am-9pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Blandford Fair will feature many opportunities to learn about farming and agriculture, along with midway games and rides, live performances, and more! See full schedule at Blandford Fair. 413-848-0995. 10 North Street. Blandford, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 10am-6pm – FOOD FESTIVAL/PEACHES: Peaches have been cultivated in China since the Neolithic period, more than ten thousand years ago! Unsurprisingly, the peach has enormous cultural significance in Chinese society to this day. It is said that when ancient Chinese emperors traveled abroad, they were preceded by sorcerers, who wielded peach rods to dispel evil spirits. Peach wood in particular, has continued to be prized for its protective qualities and has been used to build ‘door gods,’ guardian deities and spirits whose likenesses are portrayed on doors to homes. Among traditional medicine practitioners in China, peach wands are still used to perform exorcisms and cleansing rituals. The vivacity of the peach fruit also inspired many European painters to depict it as a symbol for blossoming health, as seen in works by Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Renoir, and Monet, among others. Late summer is the perfect time to indulge in fresh peaches. Visit the annual Peach Fest at Apex Orchard with live music, local food, vendors, and of course, PEACHES! Apex Orchards. 413-625-2744. 225 Peckville Rd. Shelburne, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 10am-9:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Since 1818, the Three County Fair in Northampton has been showcasing local agriculture. America’s longest running agricultural fair was originally established as an agricultural society, designed to promote agricultural knowledge and appreciation. Over the years, the fair has stayed true to its original mission and expanded to include live music, delicious food, and lots of fun activities for children and adults. Livestock demonstrations are still a huge part of the fair experience and awards are given for both agricultural and domestic animals. Don’t miss one of the most beloved local events of the year! For more information and a complete list of events, visit 3 County Fair. 413-584-2237. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED/BIRDING & BEAVERS: Birding for beginners starts at 10:30am. 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 these feathered creatures. Then at 1pm is a family program, “Beaver Dress Up.” Beavers are amazing with all their adaptations to help them survive. This program delves into the different “tools” beavers have to be nature’s engineers. A brave person from the audience dresses up as a beaver to illustrate the adaptations and how they work. Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center for both programs. Mt. Tom State Reservation. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 11am-5pm – ART STUDIES/VAN GOGH: Van Gogh for All at the Springfield Museums’ D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Van Gogh for All immerses visitors in the works of the world’s most famous painter. Designed to engage 21st-century audiences in the 19th-century art of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), this experientially-rich exhibition uses modern technology and participatory learning to introduce audiences of all ages to Van Gogh’s genius, his personal struggles, and his creative process. Visitors can literally jump right into Van Gogh’s artwork to discover the unusual perspective of Van Gogh’s bedroom, get behind the shutters of Van Gogh’s yellow house, or become part of one of Van Gogh’s famous landscapes. The exhibit offers multiple photo ops and opportunities to create your own art—with stations for drawing a still life or a portrait. Many of the elements in the exhibition are interactive, offering the visitor the opportunity to manipulate the artist’s work in new ways, including through a 12-foot-wide, electronic version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

Sunday, September 1, 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, September 1, 1pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/FIREMAN’S BBQ: Throughout history, community has been built through the sharing of food. Shared throughout the world as a universal human need, food provides a common thread through which all people can be woven together. Community meals offer much to families regarding learning opportunities, supporting intergenerational engagement, storytelling, and establishing a shared history. An additional benefit of community meals is that the theme of food serves as a common interest for all those involved, providing a foundation upon which for further connections to be built. During the late summer, community harvest meals are great intergenerational opportunities to sit down with neighbors of all ages, making connections and nurturing relationships across the generations. Participating in a community meal does more than filling your belly… it strengthens the social fabric of the community by developing a sense of place in our children! There are a few annual community harvest meals to check out in the late summer include the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department annual community chicken barbecue. Dinner will be served starting at 1pm. As always, the meal will include a 1⁄2 barbecued chicken, locally grown baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade cole slaw, dinner roll, slice of watermelon and a beverage. Behind the Shaw Memorial Library. Main Street. Plainfield, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 1pm-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE: The Keep Homestead Museum is home to items collected by the Keep family who lived there for over 150 years. The collection includes furniture, silver and cut glass, collections of rocks, minerals and shells, quilts and other needlework done by the women of the family, along with the extensive button collection (the pride of the museum). There are also new printed and framed records, bought at Skinner Auction in August 2017. Community members Are invited to tour the museum and marvel at the bedroom that Charles and Pearl Keep moved into on their wedding day in 1893, that has the original wallpaper, carpet, furniture and the bill-of-sale for the furniture. Keep Homestead Museum. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Rd. Monson, MA.

Sunday, September 1, 2-4pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/POETRY: Straw Dog Writers Guild and Belding Memorial Library hosts, Writers Read/Hilltowns. Bring Your Poetry! Bring Your Prose! Find Your Public! Uplift Our Souls! Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15pm. Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA

Sunday, September 1, 2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Video games? Television? View-Masters? No. Not yet. Take a step back in time to the late 1800s at the Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop to see some really basic entertainment. Stereoscope viewers were all the rage and those fortunate enough to own them planned parties around showing their newly arrived images. The ruins of Athens and Scottish castles were very popular themes, but local images such as those taken of the aftermath of the 1874 Mill River Flood also quickly made their way to the western MA. marketplace. After a few weeks, friends, cousins, and neighbors would swap collections for some variety. Come to the museum and see what you can see through their stereoscope viewer! Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop. 413-527-3209. 5 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Monday, September 2, 8am-6pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Blandford Fair will feature many opportunities to learn about farming and agriculture, along with midway games and rides, live performances, and more! See full schedule at Blandford Fair. 413-848-0995. 10 North Street. Blandford, MA.

Monday, September 2, 10am-7:30pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Since 1818, the Three County Fair in Northampton has been showcasing local agriculture. America’s longest running agricultural fair was originally established as an agricultural society, designed to promote agricultural knowledge and appreciation. Over the years, the fair has stayed true to its original mission and expanded to include live music, delicious food, and lots of fun activities for children and adults. Livestock demonstrations are still a huge part of the fair experience and awards are given for both agricultural and domestic animals. Don’t miss one of the most beloved local events of the year! For more information and a complete list of events, visit 3 County Fair. 413-584-2237. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA.

Monday, September 2, 10:30am & 1pm – NATURE-BASED/TOTS & SENIORS: Storytime for children at 10:30am, their chance to hear some of their favorite nature storybooks read out loud. Plus if your child has a book, they would to share with others, bring it along to add to the story line-up. Then at 1pm, seniors and others who want more of a challenging hike can join in on a 1-2 hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails at Mt. Tom. The hike on these trails is at a slower pace. Bring water. Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center for both programs. Mt. Tom State Reservation. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Monday, September 2, 5-7:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: Soup and Games Night. Hope & Olive Restaurant. 413-774-3150. 44 Hope St, Greenfield, MA.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Tuesday, September 3, Sunrise-Sunset – HISTORY WALK/SELF-DIRECTED: Have you ever walked, biked, or driven through downtown Holyoke and wondered about the history of the city’s numerous old buildings? Each empty mill, towering church, and brick rowhouse tells a story of the city’s past. An exploration of Holyoke’s history reveals a vibrant, diverse, and complicated history. Visitors to Holyoke can now learn about the city’s history themselves – from home or while exploring the city’s streets thanks to the Wistariahurst Museum. The Museum hosts a large online community resource to its repertoire- the Holyoke History Walk, available on the museum’s website, offering a comparative look at the city and many of its streets and buildings as they once were (up to 125 years ago). The program uses Google Maps and provides a map – created by piecing together numerous maps from the museum’s archives – of Holyoke past, layered above a map of Holyoke present. Scattered across the map are over 100 of the city’s landmarks – churches, civic buildings, prominent businesses, and views across the canal, from hilltops, and down various streets in the busiest parts of town. The old photos are shown next to a current image of the location. In some cases, the buildings are unrecognizable; in others, entire blocks are boarded up; meanwhile, some others remain relatively unchanged. Families can use the interactive tour to learn all about local history and can apply what they learn about the city to bring context and more in-depth understanding to American history and changes in industries, technology, and the American way of life. Holyoke, MA

Tuesday, September 3, 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, September 3, 10-10:45am – STORYTIME/CREATIVE FREE PLAY: New England lore holds that the character of Mother Goose was actually based on a 17th century Bostonian woman, who became famous for singing songs and telling stories to children in her neighborhood. Unfortunately there is no evidence that this is true and the first occurrence of the name “Mother Goose,” appears in a volume of collected fairy tales from 1780, entitled Mother Goose’s Melody. Join Kay Lyons for her popular “Mother Goose on the Loose” series of lap-sit story hours for children under 3. This event will also feature games, puppets, and other toys for children to play with. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA..

Tuesday, September 3, 2:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explorers Club at Mt. Tom for kids ages 10-14. This weekly 1-2 hour program lets kids learn map reading skills, how to read trail markings and proper hiking techniques as they travel on all the trails at Mt. Tom. Nature is observed closely and discussed. Bring water and bug spray. Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center. Mt. Tom State Reservation. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, September 3, 4:30-5:30pm – Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit www.A2ZScience.com or contact Contact@A2ZScience.com, or call 413-586-1611.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Wednesday, September 4, 10am-1pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Wednesday Drawing Group. Lifelong learners interested in figure drawing can learn about and practice together every Wednesday. Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2-30 minutes. There are no requirements other than a desire to draw, so bring paper and pencil, watercolors, crayons… whatever medium you choose. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels provided. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-336-8937. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, September 4, 11am – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/TODDLERS: Listen to stories and songs, move around, and have fun with puppets and bubbles! A longer, more active storytime for ages 18-36 months. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, September 4, 4:30pm – DANCE STUDIES/BALLET: Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for its 2019-2020 Season. PVB offers 11-week pre-professional ballet training sessions in the fall, winter, and spring, plus community dance classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults. FALL KICKOFF: Fall Session begins September 9. Get to know PVB at its Open House on September 4. Then get excited for The Nutcracker at the “In a Nutshell” party on September 7. Join the cast: Nutcracker Community Auditions (ages 5-10) will also be held September 7, for performances December 13-15. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. Visit them online to explore classes and events and to register. 413-527-6363 ♦ www.pioneervalleyballet.org

Wednesday, September 4, 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 their natural history and contribution to changing our local landscape after being reintroduced to the area in the mid-1900’s. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, September 4, 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, SEPTEMBER 5

Thursday, September 5, 3-9pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Franklin County Fair will feature cattle, oxen, poultry, rabbit, draft horse, and sheep as well as a kids’ entertainment tent, live music, a museum, midway, and much more. Visit the website for a full schedule. Franklin County Fair. 413-774-4282. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, September 5, 5-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Naumkeag at Night! Bring your family and friends for an evening of live music by sunset in the gardens at Naumkeag. Pack a picnic and skip the dishes. Enjoy these last days of summer with your community and family in the Berkshires! Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Friday, September 6, 9:30am-4pm — FOLK TRADITIONS: What better way for you and your children to learn about life in New England in the 1830s than to be immersed in a historical reenactment of that time, complete with a village of interesting and talented residents, and to participate in the tasks that filled people’s days back then? Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Home School Day, a special opportunity to explore the village and participate in many hands-on activities and demonstrations relating to the theme of “Artisan Crafts and Trades.” Blacksmithing, spinning, pottery, and basket weaving are among the skills that will be celebrated and explored at this event. Visitors may also spend time at the farm to learn how to make cider and to discover the connections between farm life and the seasons, stop in a house to learn how to cook on an open hearth, try traditional games, and visit the printing press to learn how to set and print type. Advance ticket purchase required. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Friday, September 6, 10am-10pm – LOCAL HERITAGE/AGRICULTURAL FAIR: Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts, and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions, we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The annual Franklin County Fair will feature cattle, oxen, poultry, rabbit, draft horse, and sheep as well as a kids’ entertainment tent, live music, a museum, midway, and much more. Visit the website for a full schedule. Franklin County Fair. 413-774-4282. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA.

Friday, September 6, 5-8pm – ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING: Pittsfield is rapidly becoming known as a center for the arts in the region. Every first Friday of the month, come out and explore the works of some of Pittsfield’s most renowned artists with a leisurely stroll through the city’s Upstreet Cultural District. Most of the artists will be in the studios and galleries from 5 to 8pm and will be available to discuss their work. This is a great opportunity to learn about the artistic process. For more information and a completely list of artists and locations, please visit Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk. Downtown Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, September 6, 5-11pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/GREEK FESTIVAL: Greek “Glendis” are celebrations, often highlighting Greek culture through traditional Greek food, music, and dance. Every year, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts a Glendi for thousands of visitors from far and near, providing the best in traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and more. All are welcome to this family-friendly festival celebrating Greek-American life and a fun way for the community to share local Greek culture. Greek Cultural Center at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 413-737-1496. 22 St George Road. Springfield, MA.

Friday, September 6, 7-10:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SALSA: Let’s salsa, Springfield! El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. World-renowned, Grammy-nominated salsa group, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, will take the stage in MassMutual Center’s Exhibition Hall. Considered to be one of Puerto Rico’s greatest dance bands, El Gran Combo has ignited dancefloors globally for five decades with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. Led by pianist and musical director, Rafael Ithier, El Gran Combo features vocalists, trombone players, saxophonists, bass players, and a rhythm section including congas, timbales, and bongos. Rumba Caliente will get the party started! Standing room general admission + reserved seating. Doors open at 6pm! MassMutual Center. 413-787-6610. 1277 Main St, Springfield, MA.

Friday, September 6, 7:30-10pm – MUSIC STUDIES/KIRTAN: Krishna Das at First Churches. Krishna Das has been recording albums of traditional Indian chants and song since 1996 and has been on a spiritual journey his entire life. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Krishna Das has been at the forefront of utilizing western melodic sensibilities in Hindu kirtan (chanting) and satsang while maintaining its traditional base and structure. He is a master of infusing the Indian tradition with modern influences. While staying true to the path of Bhakti, or Devotional Yoga, his music is energized with modern grooves and melodies to create soulful chanting that is eminently accessible to western hearts. First Churches of Northampton. 413-584-9392. 129 Main St, Northampton, 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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