Suggested Events for July 16th-22nd, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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The natural water slides at Chapel Falls in Ashfield, MA are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day when the water is high! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, July 16th in the Hilltowns from 7am-4pm & 9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The 4th annual Bryant Day Celebration at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will celebrate local history with poetry readings, nature walks, live music, yoga, and viewing of the moon in the evening sky at 9pm. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a lazy day at this Trustees of Reservation. Hand-cranked ice cream and popcorn provided. 207 Bryant Rd. Cummington, MA (>$)

Also on Saturday, July 16th in the Pioneer Valley from 9am-5pm –SCOTTISH FESTIVAL: Have you ever seen someone lift a telephone pole?  How about men in skirts?  Have you ever eaten haggis?  You can experience all of these things and more at the Glasgow Lands Festival at Look Park today!  It’s a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture- two things that you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy.  Fun for the whole family!  300 North Main Street.  413-584-5457.  Florence, MA.  ($$)

And on Saturday, July 16th in the Berkshires at 11am- BANGLEWOOD: Kids can experiment with instruments and learn about sounds at Mass MoCA as part of the Bang on a Can Festival happening throughout July.  The event calls for audience participation- from kids!- in order to create music.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  413-662-2111.  North Adams, MA.  (<$)

On Sunday, July 17th from 12Noon-8pm – GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL: Happens all weekend long on the campus of GCC. Family stage with music by Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Mister G, Baze & His Silly Friends, R.O.C.K., Alchemystics, and many others. Giant puppet parade on Saturday. Balloon launch and illumination all weekend. Greenfield, MA ($$, Kids under 12 free)

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On Saturday, July 23rd from 8am-4pm – PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaurs take over Greenfield today during the Jurassic Roadshow!  The event is part of Franklin County’s bicentennial celebration, and will include a display of dinosaur footprints, fossils, fish, raindrop impressions, etc.; an opportunity to take a geology tour (beginning at GCC); a chance to meet the author of Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, which is about the first female paleontologist; nature drawing lessons; and more!  Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, July 24th at 8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Pettingill Field. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)

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Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Mister G's CD release party happening on July 26th at the Tuesday Market in Northampton, MA!

LOCAL KIDS MUSIC: Local kids’ hero Mister G will be releasing his irresistible new CD, BUGS, on July 26th at the Northampton Tuesday Farmer’s Market. Mister G will perform two sets (3:30 & 5PM), and kids are encouraged to arrive in homemade BUG costumes. Children will also be able to create bug-related art projects at the Tuesday Market on the 26th. BUGS has garnered rave reviews from critics around the USA with a collection of original songs which include rock, folk, bluegrass, bossa nova, ska and soul influences. The album features a number of bilingual songs inspired by Mister G’s performances for kids in Latin America. The CD also includes fan favorites such as “Shark in my Bathtub,” “Grilled Cheese,” and “Pam the Pug.” Come ready to dance! www.mistergsongs.com

HILLTOWN FARM & GARDEN TOUR: During a farm and garden tour in Williamsburg on Saturday, July 16th from 10am-4pm, residents will showcase their farms and gardens, and share their years of experience, techniques, and stories of trial and error. See how the farmers and gardeners use creative problem-solving techniques such as curbing wildlife damage to crops, using cold frames to extend the growing season, creative trellising, and maximizing the use of small spaces. Talks on pest control, sheet composting, small-garden design, basic introduction to alpacas, beekeeping, and pasture restoration. Demonstrations of beekeeping, maple sugaring, and blacksmithing. Purchase tickets at Meekins Library, or at the Burgy Thursday Market. For more information: www.meekins-library.org

MUSIC EDUCATION: BUTI on Parade Children’s Concert will be presented at the Lenox Library Association on Thursday, July 21st at 2pm. Children will listen to instrumental ensembles from Boston University Tanglewood Institute, talk to the performers and get a closer look at how each instrument works. This program is most appropriate for children ages 5 to 15. The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further information call Lenox Library Youth Department at 413-637-0197 x105.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT: Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Decemberists at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA on Sunday, July 31st! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, July 27th

HISTORY: Storrowton Village in West Springfield presents, “Storrowton and the Civil War,” a storytelling tour that teaches visitors about the affects of the Civil War on small communities in New England.  Rather than following and learning from a tour guide, participants in the tour will make their way through the village and encounter Civil War-era personalities who will share their stories of life during the war.  Personalities included on the tour include an abolitionist, a blacksmith, seamstresses, a shopkeeper, and a farmer.  It’s a unique way to learn about local history- storytelling helps bring history to life and makes the experience all the more real for visitors!  The tour takes place from 6-8pm on Wednesday, July 20th.  In order to take part, reservations must be made.  Tickets are $5, and can be purchased by calling 413-205-5051 or contacting storrow@thebige.com.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION: A wonderful Valley resource for women and children: The New England Learning Center for Women  in Transition offers counseling, safe homes, advocacy, and education to women and children who have survived domestic violence or sexual abuse. All services are free and confidential. They offer advocacy for women, men, and children; for able-bodied and disabled individuals; for straight, lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people; and for speakers of other languages. Free and confidential hotline offering support and resources regarding sexual assault and domestic violence: 413-772-0806 or 1-888-249-0806. For more information: www.nelcwit.org

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowLocal musician, Mister G, will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend show playing tunes by Gustafer Yellowgold, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Debbie and Frieds, Bill Harley, Patty Griffin, Manu Chao, Justin Roberts, and several others, including tunes off of his new CD, BUGS.

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS:
JULY 16th-22nd, 2011

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011

“I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old — we love to spend time outdoors exploring nature and history. My son’s ideal family day is a hike/bike ride to look for rocks, eagles, and dinosaur tracks at Barton’s Cove in Gill, followed by either lunch at the Wagon Wheel (also in Gill), burritos at Burrito Roso (3rd Street in Turners) or a picnic off the bike trail (also in Turners). We sometimes stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center or head over to Laurel Lake at Erving State Park for an afternoon swim, hike, and salamander search (we know they are there, but have yet to find any). If it’s too rainy, we head over to French King Entertainment Center for some family bowling.” - Breta Petraccia (Erving, MA)

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

7am-4pm & 9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The 4th annual Bryant Day Celebration at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will celebrate local history with poetry readings, nature walks, live music, yoga, and viewing of the moon in the evening sky at 9pm. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a lazy day at this Trustees of Reservation. Hand-cranked ice cream and popcorn provided. 207 Bryant Rd. Cummington, MA (>$)

9am-5pm –SCOTTISH FESTIVAL: Have you ever seen someone lift a telephone pole?  How about men in skirts?  Have you ever eaten haggis?  You can experience all of these things and more at the Glasgow Lands Festival at Look Park today!  It’s a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture- two things that you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy.  Fun for the whole family!  300 North Main Street.  413-584-5457.  Florence, MA.  ($$)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Today is Fire and Ice day at Old Sturbridge Village!  The event celebrates the history of firefighting, as well as the history of ice cream, a necessary summer treat.  There will be activities all day, including a parade of antique fire trucks, live music, musket firing, ice cream making, and more!  All firefighters get in for half price.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-733-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the outdoors on a nature walk at Berry Pond!  1041 Cascade Street.  413-442-8992.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)  

10am – NATIVE AMERICAN: Learn about Native American traditions and cultures firsthand at a Pow Wow at the Indian Plaza!  There will be intertribal drumming, dancing, songs, and storytelling, and food will be available for sale.  1475 Route 2.  413-339-4096.  Charlemont, MA.  (FREE)

10am – NATURE HIKE: Hike the route of famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau up the Bellows Pipe Trail on Mount Greylock!  Best for teens and parents, the hike begins at the Notch Road gate parking lot.  Sponsored by the DCR.  Notch and Reservoir Roads.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – NATURE HIKE: Do you know why there is a sand plain in Montague?  Learn what fire and ice have to do with it on this hike lead by a representative from the Great Falls Discovery Center.  Registration required- meet at the Discovery Center to carpool to Montague.  2 Avenue A.  413-863-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – NATIVE AMERICAN: The Plainfield Rec department will host Kids Day at the Plainfield Ballfield with Native American activities by OverHill Cherokee Indian Descendant Nation. Kids can see a bow & arrow demo and try their hand at shooting arrows.  They can also see artifacts with Chief Truehart WomanBearSpirit and make their own Dream Catcher and necklace. Food for sale. 413-634-5418 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – GARDEN TOUR: Tour the farms and gardens of Williamsburg today as part of an event sponsored by the Meekins Library!  There will be eight different locations as well as scheduled talks throughout the day.  Williamsburg, MA. ($)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Hear Roger Ticknell perform children’s music live at Odyssey Bookshop!  9 College Street.  413-534-7307.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Bring the story of Peter and the Wolf to life by making Peter and the Wolf nesting dolls at the Mason Library!  231 Main Street.  413-528-2403.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTELLING: Hear some international folk tales with storyteller Diane Edgecomb at the Huntington Public Library!  There are tales about animals and people, and each story takes place within a different world culture.  7 East Main Street.  413-667-3506.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

11am – KIDS PERFORMANCE: Have an imaginary day at camp filled with songs and activities at the Eastfield Mall!  With T-Bone’s Camp MuckaLucka, kids get to be participants in a musical presentation about the many lessons learned at camp.  1655 Boston Road.  413-543-8000.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – BANGLEWOOD: Kids can experiment with instruments and learn about sounds at Mass MoCA as part of the Bang on a Can Festival happening throughout July.  The event calls for audience participation- from kids!- in order to create music.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  413-662-2111.  North Adams, MA.  (<$)

12Noon-8pm – GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL: Happens all weekend long on the campus of GCC. Family stage and giant puppet parade. Balloon launch and illumination all weekend. Greenfield, MA ($$, Kids under 12 free)

12:30-2pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Visit the Indian Orchard Branch Library to learn about customs and culture surrounding hats with artist Numa Navarro!  Kids ages 7-11 are invited to attend, and an RSVP is required.  44 Oak Street.  413-263-6846.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – MOVIE SINGALONG: Pothole Pictures presents a Mary Poppins Singalong at Memorial Hall!  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

1pm & 6pm- CIRCUS: See Circus Smirkus at Mount Greylock Regional High School!  It’s a fundraiser for REACH Community Health, so it’s for a good cause!  1781 Cold Spring Road.  413-664-5073.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

1-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Family with older kids interested in local history can join the Ashfield Historical Commission for a walk and talk about stone cairns, animal effigies, balanced rocks and mystery walls of Ashfield’s past with Jim Vieira. Several mile hike and strenuous walking/scrambling. Come prepared. Meet at 1012  Bug Hill Rd. No pets. 413-768-7989 Ashfield, MA (FREE)

1-6pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Blue Skies! Family Day at the Norman Rockwell Museum- enjoy this special day of events centered around the museum’s exhibit of Blue Skies! Studios’ digital animation work.  There will be family gallery tours, a chance to meet the artists, and ongoing art activities.  9 Route 183.  413-298-4100.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

2pm – INSECTS: Insects are fascinating creatures- learn more about them and the roles they play withint different ecosystems at Western Heritage State Park.  115 State Street.  413-663-6312.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

3pm & 4:30pm – SOFTBALL: As part of the Colrain 250 celebration, there will be two softball games at their new ball field. BYO picnic and chair. 51 Main Rd. (around back) Colrain, MA (FREE)

5pm-Midnight – BLOCK PARTY: Hinsdale Fire Depart. hosts their 13th annual block dance, with six bands on two stages and a firework display at 9:30pm. 413-655-8084. Route 143. Hinsdale, MA (>$)

5:30pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Create works of art with recycled materials at the D.A.R. State Forest!  This week’s craft is wind chimes.  The program will take place at the Nature Center Pavillion and is great for younger children and toddlers, accompanied by parents.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See students at Jacob’s Pillow perform contemporary dance on the Inside/Out stage!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Hear the Lonesome Brothers perform live at the Westhampton Library!  1 North Road.  413-527-2040.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – TEEN/TWEEN: The Meekins Library will screen “True Grit” tonight as part of their summer teen/tween movie series!  There will be treats on the patio beginning at 6.  2 Williams Street.  413-268-7472.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, presented outdoors at Poker Flats Field!  45 Stetson Road.  413-597-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – OUTDOOR STORYTIME: Listen to and share campfire stories at the D.A.R. State Forest!  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – MOVIE SINGALONG: Pothole Pictures presents a Mary Poppins Singalong at Memorial Hall!  Bart Bales will perform show tunes before the show (at 7).  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)


Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

“We love to head to Stanley Park in Westfield at any time of year, walk the dog on the great wooded trails and let him swim, then hit the duck pond and the playground (with a huge covered sand pit). Then head off to Northside Creamery for great ice cream and 50′s music, or to Zuber’s for a cone and playing on the playscape.” Karen Jaiclin (Westfield, MA)

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are invited to a weekly trial run along the Westfield River. This no-pressure run is a great way to start running or easy back into running, or to pair up with other long distance runners. Walkers welcomed too. Organized by Leslie Charles of Chesterfield, MA. 413-296-4753 West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

8:30am-Midafternoon – OUTDOOR MARKET: Every weekend through October, there is an open-air market in Easthampton. It takes place at the former Fedor Pontiac dealership- there are amazing views of Mt. Tom! This new market will offer tag sale tables to food from local farms, and more. Easthampton, MA ♦

9am – HORSE SHOW: Hampshire County Riding Club host Old Time Gymkhana, old fashioned fun on horseback.  Food, vendors and horse shows in their outdoor arena. 413-268-3372. 140 Ball Rd. Goshen, MA (>$)

9am-4pm – MOTORCYCLE HISTORY: Today is the 2nd annual Indian Day at the Springfield Museums!  Visitors can see the entire collection of vintage Indian brand motorcycles from the former Indian Motorcycle Museum and learn about the brand’s history in the area.  There will also be live DJ music and food vendors.  21 Edwards Street.  800-625-7738.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

10am and 11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kids and parents interested in geology can tour a 19th-century quarry at Natural Bridge State Park!  To go on the tour, meet at the Visitor Center- there will be a short walk to the quarry.  Tours also take place at the same times on Saturdays.  McCauley Road.  413-663-6392.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦

11:30am-1:30pm – LGBTQ POTLUCK: The LGBTQ Parents Pioneer Valley group is hosting their third annual potluck family picnic today!  Bring a dish to share to the gazebo at the Jackson Street School playground.  In case of rain, the potluck will take place next Sunday.  120 Jackson Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

12Noon-8pm – GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL: Happens all weekend long on the campus of GCC. Family stage with music by Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Mister G, Baze & His Silly Friends, R.O.C.K., Alchemystics, and many others.  Balloon launch and illumination all weekend. Greenfield, MA ($$, Kids under 12 free)

1pm & 6pm – CIRCUS: See Circus Smirkus at Mount Greylock Regional High School!  It’s a fundraiser for REACH Community Health, so it’s for a good cause!  1781 Cold Spring Road.  413-664-5073.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

2pm – MOVIE: Head to Amherst Cinema to see To Have and Have Not as part of the cinema’s summer Humphrey Bogart festival!  28 Amity Street.  413-253-2547.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

5pm – POTLUCK: Full moon potluck at Crimson & Clover Farm. Bring a dish to share (and plates/utensils), blankets, outdoor games, instruments, and your good company!  All welcomed. 215 Spring St. Florence, MA (FREE)

8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Ko Festival of Performance College Observatory Lann. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Amherst, MA (FREE)

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Images Cinema presents Raiders of the Lost Ark outdoors under the stars!  In case of rain, the movie will be screened indoors at the cinema.  Spring Street.  413-458-1030.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)


Monday, July 18th, 2011

"Hilltown Families is a great resource! Every time my toddler is getting restless I check the website for fun activities and ideas. Thank you so much!" - Elena Langdon (Holyoke, MA)

10am, 1pm & 6pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Peter and the Wiley Wolf- Unplugged, a music-themed interpretation of the traditional story.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon – CRAFTS: Make a fairy house at the Williston Memorial Library!  This event is open to all ages, even adults!  Pre-registration requested but not required.  9 Park Street.  413-527-1031.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

12:50-2pm – JAZZ: UMass hosts a live jazz performance and history discussion as part of Jazz in July, a performance series showcasing recent graduates and up-and-coming jazz musicians.  The event takes place at the Bezanson Recital Hall.  37 Mather Drive.  413-545-3530.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – COOKING: Take your kids to a cooking class at Whole Foods Market!  The theme this months is Japan- kids will learn to make sushi and make veggies tasty!  Registration required.  327 Russell Street.  413-586-9932.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-6:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Meet up with other area families at the Haskins Center playground for a night of sprinkler time sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires!  Kids can run around in the water, and the event will end with circle time and snack.  210 State Street.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY CONCERT: See Dick Hensold live in concert at the Montague Grange!  He performs on the Northumbrian small pipes, as well as other “strange beast” instruments.  The music includes traditional Scottish music, as well as Scandinavian, Irish, and medieval.  34 Main Street.  Montague, MA.  ($)

MONDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Hear some great stories with Ellie in the Forbes Library Children’s Department!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

MONDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See a movie at the Berkshire Athenaeum! There’s a new movie every week, but they all are related to the library’s summer reading program. “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-5pm – LEGOS: Kids can participate in Lego BrickWars, the game that combines Lego building with a fantasy land of chaos and destruction.  Open to kids ages 7-10.  Materials provided.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) 
  • 5-6pm – HULA HOOPING: Learn to hula hoop at the Greenfield Energy Park with Shenandoah of Alotta Hooplah!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 6-10pm – GAME NIGHT: Head to Owl and Raven for a night of games of all kinds!  Pick from the space’s selection or bring a game to share.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Explore The Mount… in the creepiest way possible!  The tour takes visitors through the most haunted parts of the mansion- you’re sure to be scared.  Reservations suggested, as tours frequently sell out in advance.  2 Plunkett Street.  413-551-5111.  Lenox, MA.  ($)  ♦

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

“We love going to the weekly concerts at the Greenfield Energy Park. We sometimes get food to go from Mesa Verda and enjoy a picnic while listening to great local musicians. My kids also like to play on the cool wooden train, and if we are lucky a real train will come trough while we are there.” - Stephanie Gale (Easthampton, MA)

10am – KNITTING: Kids learning to knit? Have a project your working on? Join other knitters at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Bring any portable craft, knitting, crochet or embroidery project and share tips and techniques with other knitters. An intergenerational opportunity for kids who are interested in these projects who need guidance on a project they’ve started or need to finish.  413-498-2455 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)

10am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Westhampton Library for a Global Safari with World Animal Experience!  There will be several live animals that are important to many different world cultures.  1 North Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am, 1pm & 6pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Peter and the Wiley Wolf- Unplugged, a music-themed interpretation of the traditional story.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

10:30-11:30am – ORIGAMI: Visit the Williston Memorial Library for Storigami, a workshop for kids 8+ where participants will tell a story through origami!  9 Park Street.  413-527-1031.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

12:50-2pm – JAZZ: UMass hosts a live jazz performance and history discussion as part of Jazz in July, a performance series showcasing recent graduates and up-and-coming jazz musicians.  The event takes place at the Bezanson Recital Hall.  37 Mather Drive.  413-545-3530.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Akwaaba Dance and Drum Ensemble performs “African Touch” live at the Springfield Museums!  21 Edwards Street.  800-625-7738.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm and 3pm – TYKE HIKE: Visit Natural Bridge State Park for a Tyke Hike (for kids 8 and under and their parents) followed by nature-themed storytime!  McCauley Road.  413-663-6392.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-6:30pm – MARKET & MUSIC: The Tuesday Market takes place today behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton- and there’s free family music!  Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees will be performing live!  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

2-3pm – STORYTELLING: Hear Jungle Jim tell stories from adventures all around the globe as part of Forbes Library’s summer reading program!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – READING: The Kids’ Reading Club at the Greenfield Library meets today!  New participants ages 7-9 are welcomed- the activities have to do with this month’s book, Seven Wonders of Sassafrass Springs, but it’s okay if you haven’t read it!  Next month’s book will be voted on at the end of the meeting.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – SIGN LANGUAGE: Visit Cup and Top Cafe for an afternoon of sign language and storytime!  Leslie Lewis of Sign Loud and Clear will present this storytime where participants will learn to sign key words from the story Lunch, by Denise Fleming.  There will also be an accompanying songs and an art activity.  This is a great way to expose kids to a new mode of communication!  1 North Main Street.  413-585-0445.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

6pm – CIRCUS: Balloon Man Ed Popielarczyk bring a Flea Circus to the Sunderland Public Library!  An entire big top circus will come to life within the library… fun for all!  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, presented outdoors at Poker Flats Field!  45 Stetson Road.  413-597-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

TUESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Take your kids to Look Park for a performance as part of the Franklin King III Children’s Entertainment Series at the Pines Theater! New performers every week. 300 North Main Street. 413-584-5457. Florence, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for Sketch Club, a time when kids ages 7+ can experiment drawing, painting, and more! Class is outdoors, so please dress appropriately. 9 Route 183. 413-298-4100. Stockbridge, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – SCIENCE: Hands-on learning time about natural science at Kidleidescope, the Great Falls Discover Center’s weekly children’s learning program! There is a new theme each week. 2 Avenue A. 413-863-3221. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:15pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA ($) ♦
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit The Clark for a free lawn concert!  There will be different live music every week, and there will be barbecue available for purchase!  225 South Street.  413-458-2303.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Greenfield Energy Band performs broadway hits live at the Greenfield Energy Park tonight!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center’s playgroup will take place at the playground at Bridge Street School! 2 Parsons Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park! In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel. 30 Lownds Avenue. 413-529-1440. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires’ Tuesday Preschool Group is a playground safari during the summer months! Children ages 2 ½ -5 are welcome to join in the fun, and the group will meet at a different local playground each week. Call the Family Resource Center to find out where this week’s meeting is. 413-664-4821. North Adama, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: It’s Toddler Time at the North Adams Public Library! Bring your little ones for stories and playtime. 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Take pre-k kids to preschool story hour at the Greenfield Public Library! There will be stories, songs, and craft time. 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Story Time for kids 2-3yo at the Lenox Library. Sing songs, finger plyas and listen to stories. Play time follows the story half hour. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE)♦

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

“I regularly check the Hilltown Families blog for ideas for family events. We have attended numerous events that we found out about here. Thanks!” - Amy Hill (Sunderland, MA)

10am, 1pm & 6pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Peter and the Wiley Wolf- Unplugged, a music-themed interpretation of the traditional story.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center at Smith College.  Green Street.  413-585-3220.  Northampton, MA. ($)

12:30pm –NATIVE AMERICAN: Shawn Stevens presents a program with Native American music (drums and flute) and storytelling at the Stockbridge Library.  46 Main Street.  413-298-5501.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

12:50-2pm – JAZZ: UMass hosts a live jazz performance and history discussion as part of Jazz in July, a performance series showcasing recent graduates and up-and-coming jazz musicians.  The event takes place at the Bezanson Recital Hall.  37 Mather Drive.  413-545-3530.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hear Celtic music and stories at the Berkshire Athenaeum with musician/storyteller Jeff Snow as part of the library’s summer reading program.  1 Wendell Avenue.  413-499-9480.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-3pm – AFRICAN CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library to make a beaded masterpiece inspired by traditional African beading!  231 Main Street.  413-528-2403.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-8pm – COMMUNITY BBQ: Red Gate Farm hosts their annual Summer Barbecue tonight!  There will be local food for vegetarians and omnivores alike, and families are invited to explore the farm!  4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA.  (DONATION)

6pm – PLANT SWAP: Got a green thumb?  Bring extra plants to the Wistariahurst Museum to swap them with other gardeners- you’ll come home with some great new stuff!  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – HISTORY: Take part in an educational storytelling tour at Storrowton Village!  The tour will educate participants about life in the north during the Civil War- particularly how families dealt with not having men at home to help with work.  Rather than being lead by a tour guide, the tour will bring participants to different spots throughout the village where they will meet and hear stories from different Civil War personalities.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  413-737-2443.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

6:15pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit the Williston Memorial Library for a night of music with Aric Bieganek!  Best for toddlers through 3rd graders and their parents.  9 Park Street.  413-527-1031.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See the Barker and Tarpanga Dance Project perform live on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, presented outdoors at Poker Flats Field!  45 Stetson Road.  413-597-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LYME DISEASE: Learn how to protect your kids and family from Lyme Disease and other disease transmitted by ticks! Barbara Coughlin, RN and Health Educator will at the Forbes Library discussing with family  about methods prevention measures of exposure to ticks and their diseases. 20 West St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

7pm –JAPANESE COOKING: Make your own mochi, a Japanese dessert, at Owl and Raven!  This is an intergenerational event lead by a volunteer community member.  Donations to help cover materials costs are appreciated.  2 Conz Street #42.  413-341-6494.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

7:30pm – MOVIE: Head to Amherst Cinema to see To Have and Have Not as part of the cinema’s summer Humphrey Bogart festival!  28 Amity Street.  413-253-2547.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Windsor Lake Park. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 North Adams, MA (FREE)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: It’s Half-Price Wednesday at Look Park!  Save on all of the park’s fun family attractions, like the bumper boats, train, and mini golf!  300 North Main Street.  413-584-5487.  Florence, MA.  (<$) 
  • 10-11:30am- ROLLERSKATING: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 413-586-2737 Hadley, MA (>$) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 1pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. Northampton, MA ($) ♦
  • 4-6pm – KIDS’ MARKET: Kids’ Market happens every Wednesday in the Summer in the parking lot outside of the Ashfield Hardware Store. Stop in and support these young entrepreneurs. Main St. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – YO-YO: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. Northampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Live music tonight at Burband Park on Lake Onota!  Lakeway Drive.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦  http://www.onotalake.com/index.php?nav_id=29
  • 6:30-8:30 – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Heritage State Park for an evening of live music! BYO seating. 221 Appleton Street. 413-322-5260. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Lilac Park for live outdoor music! Bring your own seating, and maybe even a picnic! Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-9pm – SKILL SHARE: Visit Owl and Raven for a night of community skillsharing! There’s a new skill every week- check their website or call to find out! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: See live music on the shore of Windsor Lake! George Fairs Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – CONCERT: It’s Watermelon Wednesday at the West Whately Chapel! See performers from different genres every week. Conway and Williamsburg Roads. Whately, MA. ($$)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Informal playgroup at the Cummington Family Center at the Community House (rear) on Main St. Playgroups move to Pentigill Park in July (behind firehouse). Cummington, MA (FREE)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool Storytime at the North Adams Public Library! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Featured books, crafts and visitors for preK kids at the Leverett Library, lead by Georgie Schmid. 413-548-9220 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Head to the Greenfield Public Library for Sunshine Storytime, which includes stories, songs, and playtime! 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for storytime! Picture books new and old will be read, and the stories will be followed by an activity. 9 College Street. 413-534-7307. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Head to the North Amherst Library for preschool storytime! 8 Montague Road. 413-259-3099. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

“Hilltown Families keeps us on board with Kid Culture in the Valley, without it our experience of community would be warped! Often encourages me to attend an event which stretches outside of my comfort zone, as a result my comfort zone has grown!” - Tony(a) Lemos (Ashfield, MA)

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Union #28 Community Network for Children program has set up some summer playdates at our local playgrounds/libraries. This week at Shutesbury Elementary School (Crazy Craft Day). 978-544-5157 Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center at Smith College.  Green Street.  413-585-3220.  Northampton, MA.

10:30-1:30 – SIGN LANGUAGE: Do you know how to say cow in American Sign Language?  How about chicken?  Learn today at McCray’s Farm with Sign Loud and Clear!  Kids will learn how to sign the names of farm animals, the song Old McDonald’s Farm, and their ABC’s, and the event will end with a wagon ride and ice cream from the creamery!  (Wagon ride and ice cream cost extra)  Registration required.  55 Alvord Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (<$)

1:30pm – CRAFTS: Make three different crafts this afternoon at the West Springfield Public LIbrary!  Each craft has to do with a different world culture.  Registration required!  200 Park Street.  413-736-4561.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – CRAFTS: Make monstrous monster friends out of nothing but glue and paper at the Odyssey Bookshop!  The activity is for kids 10-14, and registration is required.  9 College Street.  413-534-7307.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MUSIC EDUCATION: Students from Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute will conduct a workshop this afternoon at the Lenox Library where children will have the chance to hear live music performeed and get an up-close and personal look at how various instruments work.  18 Main Street.  413-637-0197.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – EGYPTIAN CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library to make an Egyptian-inspired craft!  231 Main Street.  413-528-2403.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – CRAFTS: Make a friendship bracelet (or two or three… or ten) at the Orange Library!  172 Athol Road.  978-575-0444.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)

4:30 – JAZZ: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of UMass’ Jazz in July program with a live outdoor jazz concert at the pond on the UMass campus!  There will be performances from artists such as the Christian Sands Trio, Art Steele and Shake it on Down, as well as Jazz in July faculty.  North Pleasant Street.  413-545-3530.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

5-6pm – FAMILY DANCE: Take a family dance and movement class at Jacob’s Pillow!  Learn about simle movements and choreography.  Wear loose clothing and meet in the Tea Garden.  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  ($)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See Abakua, an Afro-Latin dance company, perform on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8pm – DANCE CLASS: Visit the Westhampton Library for an evening of contemporary dance!  Reccomended for kids 8+, this workshop will teach participants some high-energy choreography that incorporates many different dance styles.  1 North Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, presented outdoors at Poker Flats Field!  45 Stetson Road.  413-597-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm – MYCOLOGY: Learn all about forest mushrooms at the Great Falls Discovery Center with a US Forest Service member.  2 Avenue A.  413-863-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

THURSDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 1pm – LEGOS: Join the Lilly Library’s Lego Building Club! Spend time with other Lego enthusiasts and build some great structures. 19 Meadow Street. 413-587-1500. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear some fun live music on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center as part of the Thursday Night Music on the Porch series! Meadow and North Main Streets. 413-584-7891. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music on the South Hadley town common! New and different music each week. Routes 47 and 116. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for some calm, relaxing live music! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear live music on the patio at the Leverett Public Library! 75 Montague Road. 413-548-9220. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing! 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)♦

THURSDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Look Park for the Northampton Parents’ Center’s informal playgroup! Meet at the playground for casual playtime. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Head to the Greenfield Public Library for Sunshine Storytime, which includes stories, songs, and playtime! 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Head to the Jones Library for preschool storytime! 43 Amity Street. 413-259-3090. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:45am – PREK STORY/CRAFT: Kids ages three to five can come to the Lenox Library Association for stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Adams Public Library for evening youth storytime and crafts! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. ♦

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

"Hilltown Families is a newfound little gem that helps connect my bigger city family to our hilltown minds. What a wonderful surprise to find this site!" - Wesley Jillson (Chicopee, MA)

Free Fun Friday! Enjoy free Admission to the following Massachusetts museums:

9am-4pm – JAZZ: UMass presents Jazz in July, a series of concerts in the Bezanson Recital Hall featuring recent graduates as well as up-and-coming jazz musicians!  Today’s concert marks the end of a week of performances for the musicians.  37 Mather Drive.  413-345-3530.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center at Smith College.  Green Street.  413-585-3220.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Figures of Speech Theater performs a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Nightingale at the Springfield Museums!  21 Edwards Street.  800-625-7738.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – REPTILES: They’re scaly, slimy, and crawly… and they’re at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Join representatives from the Museum of Science in Boston for an afternoon of reptilian fun- there will be live animals on hand for observation.  2 Avenue A.  413-863-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

3pm-7pm – FRIDAY FEST: Florence Friday Fest at the Cutlery Building. Live music, family-frinedly, food, kid activities, handmade items… Rain date, 7/29. 320 Riverside Drive. Florence, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

3:30-6:30pm – BEACH PARTY: Get sandy at Eagle Street Beach Party!  The street will be filled with tons of sand, and there will be live music, food, and more!  Eagle Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) (Postponed to next Friday due to excessive heat)

4-10pm – YANKEE DOODLE DAYS: Charlemont’s Yankee Doodle Days are this weekend!  Tonight there is live music followed by fireworks.  There are also local vendors, exhibits, animals, rides, and activities for kids.  Yankee Doodle Days takes place at the Charlemont Fairgrounds.  Heath Road and Main Street.  Charlemont, MA.  (<$)

6pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Movie night for kids at the Ashfield Fire House.”Good Boy!” (PG) will be screened at 6pm; and a teen movie will be screened at 8pm. Popcorn, drinks and snacks provided. Kids under 7 must be accompanied by adult. Main St. Ashfield, MA (>$)

6-7pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Enjoy live music at the Greenfield Energy Park as part of the Co-op Concerts series and Franklin County’s bicentennial celebration!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See Stefanie Batten Bland/sbb birdlegs perform on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: The Williamstown Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, presented outdoors at Poker Flats Field!  45 Stetson Road.  413-597-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-9pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Watch a nature-themed movie at the Nature Center at the D.A.R. State Forest!  Bring your own popcorn.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Hip-hop icon Talib Kweli performs tonight with Lift Ev’ry Voice in Pittsfield at the Colonial Theater!  111 South Street.  413-997-4444.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See “Nanny McPhee” outdoors at Clapp Park tonight!  West Housatonic Street.  413-499-9370.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

FRIDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 9am – MUSIC EDUCATION: Hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Friday morning rehearsal at Tanglewood! Reserved seating is available for families, teachers, homeschoolers, youth groups, parents, musicians, etc.. Along with the rehearsal, there will be a music presentation and demonstration, as well as tours of Tanglewood. Pre-reg by emailing Darlene White at dwhite@bso.org. West Hawthorne Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Bring pre-schoolers to the Berkshire Athenaeum to see a movie related to the library’s summer reading program theme, “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – TYKE HIKE: Family hike for families with kids ages 8yo and under at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Hike and story time. Wear appropriate footwear and clotheS. Bring snack and water. Meet at visitor center. 30 Rockwell Rd. 413-499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join Owl and Raven for Talon Team, an hour-long adventure during which attendees will learn about ancient living that are still useful today and help us be more connected to the Earth. 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Head to Stanley Park for a performance just for kids! New performers and themes each week. 400 Western Avenue. 413-568-9312. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 5:30pm – CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Cruise Night at Buttery Brook Park! See some great antique cars, hear live DJ music, get some dinner, and meet some animals and do craft projects in the kids area! Route 33. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum for a special tour of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.” The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about geckos- and it fits nicely into PBS’s All About Lizards lesson plan. (Keep your kids learning all summer!). 39 South Street. 413-443-7171. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 6-8pm – POTLUCK: Bring your favorite dish to the community potluck at Owl and Raven! Bring your own dishes, too, if possible, in order to cut back on waste! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – CONCERT: Hear live classical music as part of the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer music series at the Federated Church of Charlemont! New performers each week. Mohawk Trail. 413-625-9511. Charlemont, MA. ($$) ♦
  • 8-10pm – FAMILY MOVIE: It’s movie night at Owl and Raven! See a family-friendly movie and enjoy tasty refreshments! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • Dusk – CITIZEN SCIENCE: Help the Museum of Science, the Department of Conservation, and the Berkshire Museum determine whether fireflies are disappearing by counting fireflies at Mt. Greylock State Reservation. Counting takes roughly 15 minutes- BYO stopwatch and flashlight. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. ♦

FRIDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park! In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel. 30 Lownds Avenue. 413-529-1440. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Homeschoolers are invited to a playgroup at the Worthington Town Hall! Bring an activity to share and get ready for fun! Route 112. Call to confirm: 413-238-4424. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

FRIDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Take little ones to pre-school storycraft time at the Stockbridge Library! 46 Main Street. 413-298-5501. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Milne Public Library hosts story time for twos! The program lasts between 20 and 30 minutes (just right for little ones) and consists of stories, fingerplay, and music! 1095 Main Street. 413-458-5369. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Lilly Library! Children 2 ½ and up (and their parents) and invited! 19 Meadow Street. 413-587-1500. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sunderland Public Library for preschool storytime! Ages 3-5 are invited to attend. Stories will be accompanied by crafts! 20 School Street. 413-665-2642. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose lap-sit storyhour is this morning at the Greenfield Public Library! Kids under 3 and their parent(s) are invited to an interactive storytime that includes fun rhymes and songs to learn. 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY SUPPORT GROUPS

  • 6:30-8:30pm – POSTPARTUM: GROW (Gathered Resources of Women) holds a postpartum support group for mothers looking for a safe a confidential space in which to discuss their experiences. Held at the Readfield House Community Room. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION) ♦

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