Suggested Events 07/12/08-07/18/08

Catch the Sippy Cups at the Iron Horse on Saturday @ 3pm!

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Kids afternoon rock show with THE SIPPY CUPS and special guest Ulysses S. Dee of The Deedle Deedle Dees! Click here for more info.

The Sippy Cups return to the national stage this spring and summer with a musically fresh, theatrically ambitious whirlwind of a show for kids and families. The Sippy Cups’ engaging live shows feature a beloved cast of juggling unicyclists, oversized puppets, sensitive super-heroes and other comedic characters. Acrobats and aerialists add to the spectacle on some dates. A new repertoire expands the unique combination of recast cult classics and winning pop-rock originals that originally garnered the band its loyal, multi-generational following.

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Saturday – 07/12

Henry David Thoreau (writer) was born in 1817.

7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

Green & Healthy Living Expo this weekend in Great Barrington, MA. LINK

9am-4pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR – (Greenfield) Glenbrook Gardens hosts a Daylily Festival. Mini Market Place & Painting in the Garden. Name the Daylily Contest. Work Shops. Daylily Dining. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

9:30am-4:30pm – CULINARY HISTORY – (Deerfield) Histoic Deerfield offers open hearth cooking demos with their program “Warm Weather, Cold Hearth” every Saturday in July. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER – (Northampton) Paintbox Theater presents The Princess and the Pea AT Mendenhall Center for the Perfoming Arts on Smith College Campus in Theater 14. (413) 587-3933 [All ages] ($) MORE INFO

1pm – SWIMMING – (Leeds) Family Beach Day at Musante Beach. Sand castles, games and other activities. [All Ages] ($) LINK

3pm – KIDS ROCK SHOW – (Northampton) Grab the kids and head on over to Pearl Street Ballroom for a pint-sized rock show with the Sippy Cups, and special guest Ulysses S. Dee of the Deedle Deedle Dees. [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. Todd Reynolds, violin. 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

5pm-8pm – ART WALK – (Easthampton) Art Walk. Locations all over Easthampton host free visual, music and performance art events in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. Just look for large, yellow Art Walk banners outside each participating venue. Free Shuttle. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6pm-10pm – PERFORMANCE POTLUCK – (Shelburne) All-ages performance potluck at Art Bridge. [All Ages] (Donation) LINK

Sunday – 07/13

Check out the Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington. LINK

11am-4:30pm – CHICKEN COOP TOUR – (Hatfield, Florence, Northampton) Has your family been thinking about getting chickens but you’re not sure how to house them? There will be a chicken coop tour scheduled today to discover how other families in Hatfield, Northampton and Florence are housing their flocks. Organized by the The Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

Monday – 07/14

Bastille Day

9am – SPORTS – (Northampton) Soccer Skills and Drills begins. One week long. Call NOHO Rec Dept for more info.: 413-587-1040 [Ages 7-12] ($$)

10:30am – THEATER – (Easthampton) – Williston Summer Theater Traveling Show at the Emily Williston Library. 413-529-1605 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

10am – INTERACTIVE PLAY – (Florence) UNH Little Red Wagon: The Green Team Adventure at Look Park as part of their Family Entertainment Series. This new format, interactive play will have a story that focuses on issues connected with sustainability and the environment. The piece will likely include such theatrical elements as audience involvement, music, movement, clowning and puppetry. [All Ages] ($) LINK

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. Brad Lubman, composer and electronics with ensemble. 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

7pm – SPORTS – (Pittsfield) Take the family to see an old-fashion baseball game at Wahconah Park in the birthplace of baseball, Pittsfield, MA! Wahconah Park is located at 105 Wahconah Street. 447-3853 [All Ages] (>$) LINK

Tuesday – 07/15

Rembrandt Van Rijn (painter) was born in 1606

10am-11:30am – FATHERS GROUP – (Amherst) Please come to talk about fathers’’ issues, meet other dads and have coffee with us at this drop-in fathers’ group. You will be able to find out any common issues you face and just talk with other dads. Held at the Amherst Family Center in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building. Childcare provided. [Free] (Father’s)

10:15am-12:15pm – POSTPARTUM STRESS SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Every Tuesday there is a drop-in support group at 56 Vernon Street, sponsored by Mother . Free child care and snacks. A welcoming group for all mothers to share the adjustment to motherhood, especially those experiencing postpartum stress, anxiety or depression. Find support, connection with other women. 413.253.8990 [Mothers & their children] (Free)

Noon – 4pm – INSECTS – (Deerfield) Historic Deerfield offers “Insect Investigations” every afternoon through August 17th. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. Sqwonk, the San Francisco-based bass clarinet duo, makes their debut at MASS MoCA performing their commission of Ken Thomson’s Undo(2008). Summer fellows Derek Johnson and Andrea Hemmenway star in Thomson’s Throw Back (2006) for solo electric guitar and amplified viola with string quintet and six people playing drumsticks on the gallery floor! And then new compositions for jazz quintet featuring Ken Thomson (alto saxophone, bass clarinet) alongside fellows Andy Kozar (trumpet) and Derek Johnson (guitar), along with faculty members Gregg August (bass) and David Cossin (drums). 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

Wednesday – 07/16

10:30pm & 12:30pm – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum offers “What’s the Buzz?” and “Chow Time in the Aquarium” 413-443-7171 [All Ages] (Free with Admission) MORE INFO

11am – SUMMER READING PROGRAM – (Chesterfield) The Summer Reading Program begins at the Chesterfield Library. Drop-ins welcomed. [Ages 6 and up] (Free) LINK

11am – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Theatre Festival will present the family performance Hercules at the Berkshire Museum every Wednesday through Saturday from June 25 through Saturday, July 26. 443-7171 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

4pm-6pm – KIDS MARKET – (Ashfield) Come support young entreprenuers as they sell their wares infront of the Ashfield Hardware Store on Main Street. [All Ages] (Free, > $)

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. Gregg August, bass. 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

7pm-9pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – (Chesterfield) Take the kids in their PJ’s and spend time at the library before bed time reading stories. [Everyone] (Free)

7pm – THEATER – (Pittsfield) Suessical with the Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre at First Church of Christ. 413.2236.8888 [All Ages] ($)

Thursday – 07/17

10:30am – STORYTELLING – (Easthampton) Jennifer Jacobson will be doing storytelling, “Helpin the Earth,” at the Emily Williston Library. Preregistration required. 413-529-1605 [Ages 9 & Up] (Free) LINK

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. TBA. 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

5pm-6pm – DANCING – (Becket) Dance Together at the Pillow, a multigenerational class led by Jacob Pillow artist-educator Jeff Bliss for kids, families, and friends to discover how simple movements can create an exciting dance. Meet on the porch of Avnet House, across from the Tea Garden on the Jacob’s Pillow campus. Wear loose clothing and bring a snack. 623-6635 [Ages 5-12 w/adult] ($$) LINK

5pm-8pm – ART & MUSIC – (Pittsfield) Third Thursday in downtown Pittsfield: Tropicalismo! Main stage at the Crowne Plaza. 413-499-9348 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6pm-8:30pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Greenfield) The Signature Sounds Green River Festival Preview happens at the Greenfield Energy Park with performers Richard Shindell and Caroline Herring. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

6:30pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Florence) The Florence Community Band summer series of free Thursday night concerts on the porch of the Florence Civic Center (next to the Lilly Library on Route 9). All concerts are free and begin at 6:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs. [All Ages] (Free)

7:30pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Hadley) Summit House Sunset Concerts at Mount Holyoke Summit House. 413-586-0350 [All Ages] (>$)

Friday – 07/18

John Glenn (astronaut) was born in 1921

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL – (Greenfield) On the grounds of Greenfield Community College today and this coming weekend!

Noon – 4pm – INSECTS – (Deerfield) Historic Deerfield offers “Insect Investigations” every afternoon through August 17th. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

4:30pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – (North Adams) Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. world premieres of 4 new works written and performed by festival fellows 413.MOCA.111 [All Ages] ($) LINK

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($) LINK

6:30pm – EVENING CONCERT – (Easthampton) Arts in the Park concert series. Bring lawn chairs & a picnic. 413-529-1440 [All Ages] (Free) LINK

7pm – SPORTS – (Pittsfield) Take the family to see an old-fashion baseball game at Wahconah Park in the birthplace of baseball, Pittsfield, MA! Wahconah Park is located at 105 Wahconah Street. 447-3853 [All Ages] (>$) LINK

7pm – THEATER – (Pittsfield) Suessical with the Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre at First Church of Christ. 413.2236.8888 [All Ages] ($)

8:30pm – GYPSY JAZZ MUSIC – (Northampton) Swing Caravan performs every Saturday at The Yellow Sofa Cafe. 413-585-5877 [Ages 6 & up] (Free)


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