3 Historic Homes Host Family Programming in the Berkshires this Summer
Family Programming with the Trustees of Reservations this Summer in the Berkshires
This summer, the Trustees of Reservations (TOR) are offering a set of family programming at three historic locations in the Berkshires. There will be numerous events taking place through July and August, each focusing on a different topic and offering hands-on activities for kids. The family events series marks a first for TOR – the majority of programming at these locations has, in the past, not been designed specifically with families in mind.
The events will be taking place at Naumkeag and Mission House in Stockbridge, and Ashley House in Sheffield. Some themes of the event include plants and gardening, Berkshire history, astronomy, and the history and historical significance of crafts like pottery and weaving. Visiting a historic site for one (or all!) of the special programs will also offer kids an opportunity to learn about the history of their community, the historical and cultural significance of the home, and maybe even a little bit of architecture and design (think about why the building looks the way it does based on when it was built).
Their first event this year is at Naumkeag, “Croquet on the Lawn,” which happens every Thursday in Stockbridge through August from 3-5pm, beginning this Thursday, June 28th. Open to all ages, families can enjoy a relaxed game of croquet, the leisurely sport of Edwardian high-society. Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “Cottage.” Free admission for children & TOR members. Lemonade, ice tea, and cookies will be served.