Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013
Berkshire County Highlights for Families: September 2013
Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of September. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week.
Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd, the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area presents Heritage Walks, which celebrate the communities, natural areas, history, and different cultures of the many places recognized as part of this National Heritage Area. Heritage Walks take place on Saturday 9/21 and Sunday 9/22 at many different sites throughout the region. For example, you can tour the Historic Colonial Theatre, watch hawks at Bartholomew’s Cobble, explore local cemeteries, tour historic homes, see the W.E.B. DuBois National Historic Site, and explore the Housatonic River. Because the Heritage Area designation is about the intersections between nature, culture, and history, each walk offers something different and it is likely you will find one that fits your interests! A full list of Heritage Walks can be found here. 860-435-9505. Berkshire County.
To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.
Every Saturday at 10am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. Runs until October 16. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 1st from 11am-12noon – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Join Marafanyi Drum, Dance, and Song at the Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock for a family drum workshop! This interactive workshop is for kids and adults of all ages and will teach about West African drumming, music, and dance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per family. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. >$
Sunday, September 1st from 6pm-7pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: International performers and teaching artists Lara Gonzalez and Yael Shacham make up Marafanyi Drum, Dance, and Song, a group dedicated to performing traditional West African rhythms and dance through original songs and spoken word performances. This free performance atop Mt. Greylock at the Bascom Lodge will entertain people of all ages and allow them to experience music from other cultures. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, September 4th at 6pm- LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the charcoal industry atop Mt. Greylock at this special presentation by Shirley Sutton. The presentation will go into the history of charcoal, the process of wood distillation, and the effects of charcoal on ecology and industry in the area. Visitors will also learn about the uses of charcoal today and how the industry has changed over time. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 8th at 6pm – POETRY: Poets Ellen Doré Watson and Jeffrey Harrison will read from their collections of poetry at Bascom Lodge. The reading is presented by Orion Magazine and Tupelo Press and will be followed by a signing. Older students with audience skills and an interest in poetry would enjoy this event. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, September 11th at 6pm – DANCE STUDIES/TAP DANCE: Tap dance master Tony Waag will be at the Bascom Lodge tonight for a special tap performance! Waag is a performer, choreographer, teacher, director, and producer, and has been referred to as the “Mayor of Tap City” and the “Pied Piper of Tap Dance.” This exciting tap performance is not to be missed! 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 22nd at 6pm – POETRY/MUSIC: Join Bascom Lodge for an evening of poetry and song with poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies. They will entertain with stories and songs on a variety of instruments, including guitar, dulcimer, rattles, flute, and chimes. This family-friendly event will acquaint you with poetry, music, and nature atop Mt. Greylock. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, September 25th at 6pm – THEATER: WAM Theatre, based out of Pittsfield, is a theatre organization that benefits women and girls both locally and worldwide. Many of their productions focus on women and/or girls, and they are giving a sneak peek of their November production, Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, at Bascom Lodge. The show is about Emilie Du Chatelet, a physicist and mathematician in the Age of Enlightenment. Members of the cast will read segments of the performance. The event at Bascom Lodge would be interesting to older students who like theater, science, or history. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 7th & 14th at 2pm – HISTORY/ARCHAEOLOGY: Learn about the history of human beings at “Becoming Human: A 500 Million Year Fossil Journey” at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. This is part of a two-part series (second event on 9/14 at 2pm) on the evolution of modern humans, as seen through fossils. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street, Building 4. North Adams, MA.
Saturday, September 15th – Berkshire Food Festival in North Adams.
Thursday, September 19th from 5pm-8pm – WORKSHOP: In conjunction with Berkshire United Way, the American Legion in North Adams is hosting a “Let’s Strengthen Our Communities Together” workshop. The workshop includes training on Asset Based Community Development and Results Based Accountability and will be facilitated by consultant Dan Duncan. All are welcome to attend, and learn together how to build a stronger community (though this workshop is recommended for adults). Light dinner refreshments will be served. Click here for more information and to register. 413-442-6948. 91 American Legion Dr. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
Mass MoCA — FreshGrass 2013 happens September 20-22. For families, Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell will be performing! 413-662-2111. Mass MoCA Way.
Saturday, September 21st at 2pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn about astronomy and extraterrestrials at Western Gateway Heritage State Park’s Autumnal Equinox astronomy lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street, Building 4. North Adams, MA.
Saturday, September 7th from 8:30am-1pm – CLOTHING SALE: The Williamstown Elementary School PTO is holding a gently-used clothing sale in the school’s gymnasium. For the first time, the school will hold just one super-sale in September, instead of two smaller sales during the school year. Shoppers can expect a large selection of quality clothes, with everything from winter wear, dressy styles, foot wear and school clothes on offer. Sizes from infant to teen will be available for boys and girls, as well as a maternity section. Items will be half-price from 12noon-1pm. In addition to raising funds needed for school enrichment and activities, PTO organizers are excited to offer the community a chance to recycle clothing for a “go-green” shopping experience. 115 Church Street. Williamstown, MA (FUNDRAISER)
Saturday, September 7th from 8am-6pm – DAIRY: The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Raw Milk Dairy Days take place 9/7 and 9/8. Dairies that sell raw milk will open up for tours and other activities. Cricket Creek Farm is open today for tours at 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Visitors can observe a milking at 5pm. This is a great way for families to explore a local dairy, learn about raw milk, and discover the importance of local farms. 413-458-5888. 1255 Oblong Road. Williamstown, MA.
Saturday, September 14th at 12noon & 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for a tour of the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home. 413-684-0148. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. $
Saturday, September 14th at 10am – FUN RUN: Today is the sixth annual Williamstown Community Chest Fun Run! You can participate in the 5K race or the one-mile kid’s run/family walk. The race is open to everyone, including families with strollers and pets. The money raised goes to the Williamstown Community Chest and the many agencies they help support. You can register to run on your own or as a family. Get some exercise with friends and family while helping out a good cause. More information and registration forms can be found here. The race begins at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-458-2443. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FUNDRAISER)
Friday, September 20th & Friday, September 27th at 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show this evening. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th from 1pm-3pm – GEOLOGY: Field Farm’s “disappearing stream” is a natural wonder of the Berkshires. Join the Trustees of Reservations and learn how this stream manages to disappear and where it goes. Geologist Dick Hamilton will teach about Field Farm’s karst geologic formations, which are shaped by bedrock dissolutions. Why does this happen? When did it happen? These are among the many questions Hamilton will address on this moderate two mile hike. 413-458-3135. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 29th from 1pm-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Today is the Hopkins Forest Fall Festival at Williams College. Celebrate fall with woodworking demonstrations, apple butter and cider production, the canopy walkway, shake splitting, a crosscut saw competition, live music, kids activities, and more. The Festival is a fun and educational way to welcome fall to the Berkshires. 413-597-2346. Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA.
Saturday, September 28th from DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join the Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 29th from 11am-3pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Today is the Windsor Historical Commission’s annual Pie Sale, Craft Fair, and Harvest Festival! There will be a chili and cornbread lunch, museum exhibits, craft vendors, a book sale, live music, and more. What a great way to kick off fall and celebrate Windsor! Route 9. Windsor, MA.
Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm – HISTORY STUDIES/PERFORMANCE: Nationally-renowned storyteller Judith Black will perform a preview of “Our Heritage To Save” at the Becket Arts Center. Commissioned by the Morton Museum of Collierville History, it is the story of 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad, a passionate Confederate supporter, and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in the Yankee-occupied town of Collierville, Tennessee in 1863 – revealing a different perspective on the events surrounding the Civil War. “Our Heritage To Save” explores “the differences of opinions within just one family, certainties that have been denied us in history books, and the resilience of the human spirit to learn and love and grow.” The performance will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration, and is recommended for ages 11 and up. Donations are welcome. 413-623-6635. Main Street & Brooker Hill Road. Historic North Becket Village, MA. (FREE)
Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)
Saturday, September 21st at 6pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Dalton CRA celebrates 90 years of community service at their annual gala! This year’s theme is the roaring ‘20s, featuring live music by The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors. The gala will honor several individuals and offers ample time for dancing and enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Come out, dress up, and support the CRA for this fun event! Takes place on the Dalton CRA Memorial Lawn. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA. $$
Saturday, September 7th – Family First Saturday Series at the Spectrum Playhouse with Linda Peck & Roger the Jester in Lee.
Saturday, September 7th from 11am-11:45am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse’s year-round Family First Saturdays program starts today with a performance by Roger the Jester. Roger will entertain family members of all ages! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.
Saturday, September 14th at 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the Lee Library for a screening of Super Buddies (2013; rated G), about a team of puppy super heroes! This film is cute and fun for the whole family. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.
Friday, September 20th-Sunday, September 22nd ALL DAY – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Lee Founder’s Weekend! The weekend includes sidewalk sales, an art show, a cook-off, plant sales, a parade, kids activities, live music, food, and much more! Stop by the festival this weekend to celebrate Lee’s birthday and engage with your community. 413-243-1705. Downtown. Lee, MA.
Saturday, September 21st from 2pm-4pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Basin Pond. Explore this little beaver pond and learn all about its history, including two attempts to dam it, in the late-1800s and again in the mid-1900s. This hike is 3 miles and is recommended for older students and adults. Please call to register. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA.
Tuesday, September 3rd from 7-8:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effect that beaver ponds have upon habitats. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($)
Saturday, September 7th from 10am-4pm. – NATURE ADVENTURES: Berkshire County residents and people who work in Berkshire County are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for free. The sanctuary offers a well-maintained and clearly marked seven-mile trail system that takes visitors around beaver ponds, through hardwood forest, and to the summit of Lenox Mountain. Pleasant Valley also offers an All Persons Trail that makes the sanctuary universally accessible. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($)
Wednesday, September 11th from 5pm-7:30pm – CONCERT: Ventfort Hall’s outdoor concert series goes throughout September and features live music, craft beer, and great views. This week, folk duo Oakes & Smith will perform. These concerts are a great way to kick off fall and enjoy lovely views and music with family and friends. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, September 18th from 5pm-7:30pm – CONCERT: Ventfort Hall’s outdoor concert series goes throughout September and features live music, craft beer, and great views. This week, Moonshine Holler will perform. These concerts are a great way to kick off fall and enjoy lovely views and music with family and friends. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 21st at 11:30am – HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES: Behind the scenes tour of Tanglewood. Join a guide from the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers for an interpretive walking tour of the Tanglewood campus. The tour will include visits to the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall and other music facilities. Your guide will tell you about the historical background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. Register here. Meet at the Main Gate of Tanglewood, Rt 183 (297 West St.). Lenox, MA (FREE)
Sunday, September 22nd at 4pm – AMERICAN HISTORY/ART STUDIES: The Lenox Library kicks off its seventh season of Distinguished Lectures with a talk by Thomas Daly, Curator of Education at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Daly will discuss the changes in American society between the present day and the America that Norman Rockwell depicted in his paintings – and will explore the question: “in an age of technology, globalization, and economic downturn, is Rockwell still relevant?” The lecture will take place in the Lenox Library’s Sedgwick Reading room, and is free and open to the public. Those studying American history, art, culture, and even technology will find this lecture particularly engaging; recommended for middle-school-aged students and up. 413-637-2630. 18 Main St. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, September 24th from 7-9pm – ADOPTION WORKSHOP: Educational session about adoption to be held at the Lenox Community Center. This informational session will be relevant to parents considering adoption, as well as health care professionals, social workers and psychologists in the community. Lawyer/Social Worker/Director of Full Circle Adoptions, Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW, will discuss the latest trends in open adoption, legal developments and dilemmas faced by professionals, as well as the current status of domestic adoption. RSVP requested, but not necessary. 1-800-452-3678. Can’t make it? A second session will be held in Pittsfield at the Brien Center (334 Fenn Street location) on Tuesday October 8, from 6-8pm. Lenox, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, September 25th from 5pm-7:30pm – CONCERT: Ventfort Hall’s outdoor concert series goes throughout September and features live music, craft beer, and great views. This week, Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws will perform. These concerts are a great way to kick off fall and enjoy lovely views and music with family and friends. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th from 11am-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Today is the 34th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze and Harvest Festival! Celebrate fall in the Berkshires with food, rides, live music, shopping, and more at this lively street fair. 413-637-3646. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th from 2pm-5pm – MYCOLOGY: Explore the Berkshires and learn about fall mushrooms with Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Adults and older students can come see a presentation on local fall mushrooms and then explore and collect some for study. This event will help you become better acquainted with local fungi and ecology. Please register in advance. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$
Every Saturday at 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: It’s chow time at the Berkshire Museum! Come watch museum staff some of the aquarium’s most exciting residents. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
Sunday, September 1st at 2pm & Tuesday, September 3rd at 7pm – OPERA: Enjoy a screening of the opera La Traviata at the Berkshire Museum. It is based on La dame aux Camélias (1852) by Alexandre Dumas. This particular performance was directed by Liliana Cavani and conducted by Lorin Maazel. La Traviata is appropriate for adults or older students with audience skills who are interested in opera or European history. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Sunday, September 1st at 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Berkshire Museum is screening This is Martin Bonner (2013; not rated). This Sundance Award-winning film is about an unlikely friendship between two men, one who works as a volunteer to help ex-prisoners transition back into the world, and the other who was just released after 12 years in jail. Make date night a little more interesting by seeing this award-winning film! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
Saturday, September 7th from 11am-3pm – FAMILY CELEBRATION: Hillcrest Educational Centers is holding HillcrestFest, a kids fair for the whole family! There will be performances by David Grover & Grover’s Band, Mason Zink, Bowey the Clown, and Hillcrest Drumming Group. There will also be pony rides, mini golf, face painting, bounce houses, balloons, food, and more. 413-499-7924 x133. 788 South Street. Pittsfield, MA.
Saturday, September 7th from 9am-3pm – FUNDRAISER: Huge Tag Sale to benefit Animal DREAMS Feline Rescue at Bousquet Ski Area. To donate clean, quality items to this fundraiser and help us in the ongoing effort to bring safety and dignity into the lives of homeless and abandoned cats within Berkshire County, call 413-997-2287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 101 Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)
Thursday, September 19th from 5-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, continues this month with the theme “Festa Italiano.” Enjoy activities for the whole family in the Upstreet district of Pittsfield, including vendors, food, and entertainment. The 3rd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Fundraiser will also take place. See here more information on the fundraiser. 413-499-9348. Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Friday, September 20th from 1:30pm-4:30pm – WORKSHOP: In conjunction with Berkshire United Way, the Barrington Stage Company at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield is hosting a “Let’s Strengthen Our Communities Together” workshop. The workshop includes training on Asset Based Community Development and Results Based Accountability and will be facilitated by consultant Dan Duncan. All are welcome to attend, and learn together how to build a stronger community (though this workshop is recommended for adults). Click here for more information and to register. 413-442-6948. 36 Linden St. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 21st at 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Family Fun Day at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Kids can come to the market and enjoy fresh food while participating in fun activities! 413-443-6501. First Street parking lot. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)/MARKET
Saturday, September 21st at 2pm – ORIGAMI: Origami is a fun way for kids to engage with an activity that supports their discovery of geometry. Learn some new paper folding skills and techniques at the Berkshire Museum! Held in conjunction with the museum’s PaperWorks exhibit. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Saturday, September 21st from 7pm-11pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a ballroom dance with a free rumba lesson! Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music. 413-684-1510. 116 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Sunday, September 22nd at 10am – HISTORY/THEATER: Tour the historic Colonial Theatre. Journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre as our historians, Bob Boland and Bill Munn, share the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening! Call to register: 413-448-8084, ext.31. 111 South St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.
Saturday, September 28th from 11am-12noon – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Saturday, September 28th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, the Berkshire Museum is offering free admission! Visit the museum and explore all it has to offer on this special day that aims to honor museums nationwide. More information can be found here. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th from 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 16th Annual Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village celebrates fall, local history, and the harvest with loads of activities for visitors of all ages. There will be agricultural demonstrations, wagon rides, a farmers market, face painting, craft vendors, a quilt show, a pie contest, and much more! Don’t miss this special opportunity to celebrate fall in New England. Free with admission to the Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
Saturday, September 28th from 12:30pm-2pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids age 5 and up and their families are invited to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary for an afternoon of learning about fish and cold water streams. Participants can catch and release fish and learn about the importance of cold water streams to reptiles, amphibians, fish, and macro-invertebrates. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th at 2pm – PHYSICS: Experiment with paper airplanes and learn about basic principles of physics at the Berkshire Museum as part of their PaperWorks exhibit! Instructions and materials are provided for families to come and build their own. Test the design to learn what factors affect the plane’s ability to fly. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Sunday, September 29th from 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 16th Annual Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village celebrates fall, local history, and the harvest with loads of activities for visitors of all ages. There will be agricultural demonstrations, wagon rides, a farmers market, face painting, craft vendors, a quilt show, a pie contest, and much more! Don’t miss this special opportunity to celebrate fall in New England. Free with admission to the Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
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Wednesday, September 11th from 9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s newest reserve, Perry’s Peak Road Reserve (formerly Shaw Property). Perry’s Peak is 139 acres of field and forest, adjacent to Sleepy Hollow Brook and with views of Yokun Ridge. The hike is an easy 3-4 miles on grassy paths and roads and would be appropriate for adventurous kids and adults. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA.
Saturday, September 21st at 1pm – HISTORY: Meet the old residents of Richmond Center Cemetery. Join Gloria Morse, from the Richmond Historical Society, for a walking tour of the oldest part of the town burial grounds to learn about the people who once made Richmond what it is and find out about some of the early carvers of the unique head stones. Call to sign up: 413-698-2560. 1101 State Road (drive to the back of the cemetery). Richmond, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 28th from 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s “Birding Beyond Your Backyard” events offer aspiring birders the chance to learn more about birds of field, forest, and feeder. This birding walk is geared towards beginners, so don’t worry if you “can’t tell a robin from a crow”! This event would be appropriate for older students interested in birds or nature. Meet at Bartlett’s Orchard. Group will then carpool to Richmond Pond. Please pre-register. 413-655-8594. 575 Swamp Road. Richmond, MA.
Every Day from 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
Every Saturday at 11am – HISTORY: Learn about the world of servants at Naumkeag’s Gilded Age Mansion. This “Maid’s Tour” takes you around the mansion and teaches about the lives of the mansion’s many maids. Every Saturday until October 12. Please make reservations. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Sunday, September 2nd at 11am, 12noon, & 1pm – HISTORY: Explore the colonial-era Mission House and learn about the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant. View the Munsee-Mohican exhibit and go on a guided tour. This is a great way to learn some local history while exploring an interesting historic landmark. Every Saturday and Sunday until September 2. 413-298-3239 x3013. 19 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$
Friday, September 6th from 2:30pm-3:30pm – ART HISTORY: Norman Rockwell was one of the most well-known and prolific artists of the 20th Century. He based many of his paintings on current events and relied heavily on the use of models for his works. You can see some of these models as they discuss their experiences and Rockwell’s art at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Saturday, September 7th at 10am – NATURALIZATION CEREMONY: The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Immigrant Center will be a hosting a naturalization ceremony in the galleries of the Museum. Berkshire residents who immigrated to the United States will be sworn in as naturalized citizens in front of Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings – “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom of Worship,” “Freedom from Want,” and “Freedom from Fear.” The paintings are based on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, in which he outlined those four freedoms as essential human rights to be protected. This is the second annual naturalization ceremony at the museum – last year 23 Berkshire residents became citizens in front of the “Four Freedoms.” This is a rare opportunity to witness members of the Berkshire community become recognized as U.S. citizens against the historic backdrop of some of Rockwell’s most famous works. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Saturday, September 7th from 10am-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Today is Berkshire County Residents’ Family Day at Chesterwood, meaning all Berkshire residents get free admission! Come explore the garden, wander the grounds, enjoy views of Monument Mountain, and tour the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibit. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, including a scavenger hunt. Feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy a meal with family and friends on the museum grounds. 413-298-3579 x25216. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, September 8th at 2pm – HISTORY: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents a talk by Rockwell Center curator Dr. Joyce K. Schiller – “Food at Home and at War During WWII.” The illustrated lecture discusses food, supplies, recipes, and rationing both at home and for the troops during the second World War. Schiller will use war posters and magazines to illustrate her main points. There will be tea at this talk, which is best for adults or older students interested in history. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Friday, September 13th at 2:30pm – ART HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly for “Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts.” This program is geared toward adults, but may be appropriate for older students interested in art history or biography. The talk celebrates Rockwell’s unique style of humor and explores his journey as an illustrator. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Saturday, September 14th at 4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents. This month’s theme is, “Back to School; 250 Years of Education in Stockbridge.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 14th & Sunday, September 15th from 10am-5pm – PLANT STUDIES: Celebrate the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) at Naumkeag’s Autumn Crocus Celebration. You can learn about the flower through workshops, lectures, and demonstrations. There will also be a plant/bulb sale, prizes, and more. The festival continues on September 15. Free with admission. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
Sunday, September 22nd at 10am – HISTORY: Tour Main Street Stockbridge. This tour of Stockbridge’s Main Street will show you the parallels to American History in this picturesque New England town. Hear some unique behind the scenes stories of this noted community, nestled in the Berkshire Hills. Learn about the people, places and connections in this historic crossroads. Tour leader is Tom Daly, from the Norman Rockwell Museum. Register here. Meet at the Chimes tower on the village green on Route 102 / Main St. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
Berkshire Botanical Garden — 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Mission House — 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge Library — 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street.
Saturday, September 14th from 12noon-7pm – CONCERT/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The seventh annual Hilltown Hoot music festival is today! The concert benefits Central Berkshire Schools and features several local musicians, food, and vendors. Come to the Hoot and celebrate the Hilltowns! Takes place in Washington Town Park. Route 8. Washington, MA. $
RSVP DEADLINE Monday, September 9th is the last day to RSVP for the Harvest Supper at Ski Butternut, taking place on Monday September 16th from 6pm-8pm. The meal is a benefit for Berkshire Grown and features food and drinks from loads of local restaurants, farms, breweries, and more. The event also features a silent auction and would be a great opportunity for an exciting parents’ night out! Call to RSVP. 413-528-0041. Route 23. Great Barrington, MA. $$$+
Tuesdays at 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time, a song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts every Tuesday starting September 10th. All are welcome to this free, weekly drop-in event. Led by Waldorf parent-child teacher Trice Atchison, Rhyme Time engages babies and young children in seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and simple puppetry. 413-528-6911. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
Saturday, September 21st from 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate International Day of Peace with members of the Railroad Street Youth Project at the RSYP Drop-In Center. All are welcome to participate in the day’s free events and activities, including: outdoor yoga, story circle, community art mural design, noon moment of silence, non-violent communications workshop, barter market, and live music. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Railroad Street Youth Project empowers young people by supporting the creation of youth-generated activities that promote self-worth, responsibility and intergenerational respect and communication. 413-528-2475. 60 Bridge St. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Berkshire Co-op — 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street.
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. (FREE)
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — text — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
Saturday, September 7th from 7pm-Dark – INSECT STUDIES: Enjoy an evening with music and moths at Project Native! Using a light trap, participants can see night insects up close. A family event, so bring a chair/blanket and something to grill (BYOB). S’mores and campfire too. A fun way to learn about what creatures living in our local habitat and a bit about entomology. 413-274-3433. 242 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.
Ramsdell Library — 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.
Saturday, September 21st at 10am – ENTOMOLOGY: Hunt for honeybees at the Bidwell House Museum. Learn how farmers of old searched for and captured honey bees, and how you can too. Michael White will explain how to “hunt” for a bee colony and lead a guided walk on the Bidwell grounds and in the woods in search of bees and other pollinators. Wear sturdy footwear. Registration requested: email@example.com. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road. Monterey, MA
Saturday, September 28th at 10am – LOCAL HISTORY/WORKSHOP: Stone walls are a distinct feature of New England, and you can learn how to build your own with landscaper and mason Roger Tryon at the Bidwell House Museum. There will be a hands-on demonstration and those who attend are welcome to help out or sit back and observe. If you wish to do some wall-building, please bring work gloves, hard-toe boots, and eye protection. Although this is geared towards adults, older students interested in learning the skill could attend. Registration is required. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road. Monterey, MA. $$
Saturday, September 28th from 1:30pm-3:30pm – FALL CELEBRATION: Today is Flying Cloud Institute’s Harvest Day! You can harvest apples, make cider, take home veggies, and do arts and crafts activities. This event is free and open to the whole family. Please RSVP. 413-229-3321. 731 South Sandisfield Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
Ashley House — 413-298-3239. Cooper Hill Road.
Bartholomew’s Cobble — 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road.