Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013
Berkshire County Highlights for Families
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.
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.
Sunday, October 13th from 1pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Town of Adams kicks off RambleFest at the Adams’ Visitors Center today with live music, food, drinks, trolley tours, kids’ activities, and more! The fun continues on 10/14 with the annual ramble up Mt. Greylock. 4 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
Monday, October 14th from 8am-4pm – HIKING/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: RambleFest continues today with the Annual Greylock Ramble, from the Cheshire Harbor Trail all the way to the summit of Mt. Greylock. This moderately strenuous hike is open to all ages, and awards will be given for the first, the youngest, and the oldest hiker to get to the top. Leashed pets are permitted. There will be a shuttle from the Adams Free Library (92 Park Street) to the trailhead from 8am-1pm, as no parking will be available at the mountain. Adams, MA. (FREE)
Adams Library — 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street.
Fridays from 3-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every weekend until October 31st! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, face painting, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. Runs Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.
Saturday, October 5th from 10:30am-4:30pm – ART: 413 Glassworks is holding their second annual Fall Arts Festival! The festival will feature local and regional art, including glassworks, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, ceramics, wood, and more! This is a great opportunity to see wonderful local art, explore 413 Glassworks, and become acquainted with many different mediums for creativity. 413-443-4864. 37 Nobody’s Road. Cheshire, MA.
Saturday, October 12th – Monday, October 14th from 9am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: This weekend is Jiminy Peak’s Fall Festival (10/12-10/14). It features a craft fair, the Hancock Fire Department ski and snowboard sale, a job fair, and more. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA.
October 11-31: 6:30pm-10:30pm – HALLOWEEN: 13 Nights at Jiminy is a haunted tour of Jiminy Peak, focusing on its haunted past as the Plantation of Jericho. These tours are scary and are recommended for kids age 10 and up. Open 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 10/29, 10/30, and 10/31 from 6:30pm-10:30pm. It is encouraged that you get tickets in advance. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. $$$
Saturdays 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)
Saturdays from 1pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about waterfalls and explore some of Mt. Greylock’s on this hike with Park Interpreter Steve Linscott. Many of the trails are very steep, so this is recommended for older students or adults. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA.
Sundays at 1pm & 3pm – HIKING: Join Park Interpreter Steve Linscott for a “summit ramble” atop Mt. Greylock. Explore the landscape and ecology of the highest point in the state. All ages welcome. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. >$ FOR PARKING
Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm – ASTRONOMY: Are you interested in learning about astronomy but aren’t sure where to begin? Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association presents a “Virtual Tour of the New England Sky” at Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock. Collins will discuss the Comet Ison, which is set to pass earth in November, and could rival Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. He will also tell visitors about some of the local astronomy clubs and how to go about joining them. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, October 9th at 6pm – NATURE STUDIES: Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center is leading a Boreal Forest Ecology Walk (and slideshow) atop Mt. Greylock. Gelinas will introduce visitors to many of the unique plants and indicator species of boreal forests. This program is ideal for older students interested in ecology and will teach you all about the many fascinating plants that grow in these forest types. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at Bascom Lodge. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, October 13th at 5:30pm – CONCERT: C. Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries will perform atop Mt. Greylock! Come enjoy this exciting and otherworldly musical experience at Bascom Lodge. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA.
Sunday, October 20th at 6pm – MUSIC/DANCE: Come to Bascom Lodge for an evening of salsa on the porch with Johnny Salsa. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th from 8am-10am – ORNITHOLOGY: Learn about what birds are around the Berkshires this time of year with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on an early morning walk at Constitution Hill. Explore the shrubby fields, wetlands, and hardwood forests of this preserve on a leisurely walk while searching for migratory and resident birds. Discover what types of local habitats are important for their survival and the different types of seeds they feed on. Older students interested in birds or local habitat would find this program interesting. Bring along a Birds of Massachusetts Field Guide, notebook and binoculars too! 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesborough, MA.
Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.
Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road
Sunday, October 6th at 1pm – PARADE: The annual North Adams Fall Foliage Parade takes place today, starting on Route 8 and going through downtown. The theme for this year is “Haunts, Legends, and Ghost Stories.” The 2013 parade will celebrate the rich history of the Berkshires, including local legends, ghosts, and folklore. This exciting fall tradition is not to be missed! 413-499-4000 x126. Downtown. North Adams, MA.
Saturday, October 12th from 10am-2pm – CLOTHING SALE/FUNDRAISER: The North Berkshire Community Coalition has organized a clothing sale to benefit the food pantry. The sale will have reasonably priced men’s and women’s t-shirts, pants, jeans, and shirts. Takes place at All Saints Episcopal Church. Please call for more information or if you are interested in donating clothing. 413-664-0130. Summer Street. North Adams, MA.
Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th from 10am-6pm/4pm – ART: This weekend is North Adams Open Studios! Local artists – emerging, mid-career, and established – working in a variety of mediums will open their studios to the public. This is an excellent way to learn about many different types of art and discover new local artists. Kids can see artist studios and learn how local artists work and make a living in their profession. North Adams, MA.
Saturday, October 26th at 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: MASS MoCA invites you and your family to their Family Art Quest, a museum-wide scavenger hunt complete with art-making activities, snacks, and hidden treasures! Kids of all ages are invited to dress up as mythical creatures in honor of Chinese artist Xu Bing’s gigantic found-material phoenix sculptures, which are only on view through Sunday, October 27. Integrate your family into the museum with costumes and exploring the museum for clues and treasures… building a love for art and local community art resources like the Museum. 413-662-2111 x1. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $$
Saturday, October 26th at 8pm & Sunday, October 27 at 2pm – THEATER: Mary Chase’s comedy production Harvey is at Mill City Productions this month. The play is about a man and his imaginary friend, a six-and-a-half rabbit named Harvey, and the problems that stem from their friendship. Older students interested in theater may enjoy this performance. More information available here. Located in Western Gateway Heritage State Park’s building 4N. State Street. North Adams, MA.
Childcare of the Berkshires — 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Downtown North Adams — 413-662-3000. Main Street.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — 413-664-4821. Church Street.
Mill City Productions — 115 State Street, Building 4.
Minerva Arts Center — 413-346-4502.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road.
Song Sailor Studio — 413-664-6109. 215 Richview Ave.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park — 115 State Street, Building 4.
Mondays from 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running 10/21-11/18 – no class 11/11. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found here. Pre-registration is recommended. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. $
Fridays 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, October 5th from 11am-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come have fun with cardboard at the Berkshire Cardboard Challenge! In honor of the International Day of Play, and inspired by Caine’s Arcade, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is hosting this family-friendly, creativity-oriented event at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Williamstown. Don’t miss this fun chance to exercise your creativity by making cardboard creations! 413-298-5252. 32 New Ashford Road. Williamstown, MA.
Thursday, October 17th at 2pm – THEATER: The Clark is screening London National Theatre’s Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale will entertain theater and Shakespeare fans. Best for adults or older students interested in theater. Get tickets in advance here. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. $$
Saturday, October 19th from 1-4pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Wild Oats Market is having a Halloween party this afternoon! Stop by to carve a pumpkin, make a special mask, get your face painted (it’s like a temporary mask!), bob for apples, and more! 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th from 6:30pm-9pm – POTLUCK/CULINARY ARTS: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Williams Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program are holding their annual Pie Potluck and People’s Choice Competition today! Bakers and pie-lovers are invited to bake pies to bring and share, participate in the People’s Choice pie contest, see a crust-making demonstration by Williams Dining’s lead baker Michael Menard, make candlefloats, sing, and more. This event brings community members together over homemade food. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$
Saturday, October 27th from 12-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: In the spirit of the major construction activity under way at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as it enters the final phase of its expansion project, the Institute will hold a free construction-themed Family Day. Children of all ages will delight in the activities planned for the day, including: “Great Big Cardboard Building Challenge,” in which kids of all ages can create large-scale buildings using sturdy cardboard; Tonka Truck play area, complete with all kinds of toy construction vehicles and large piles of wood chips, gravel, and dirt to spark building and excavation ideas; Sketching gallery artwork on cardboard at Stone Hill Center; Trail walks up Stone Hill, culminating in hayrides, jack-o’-lantern carving, free cider, and enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the expansion project. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Monday, October 28th from 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running 10/21-11/18 – no class 11/11. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found here. Pre-registration is recommended. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. $
Field Farm — 413-458-3135. 554 Sloan Road.
Images Cinema — 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street.
Milne Library — 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.
Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.
Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.
Saturday, October 19th from 10am-1pm – GHOST TOWN HIKE: Ghost town storytelling hike at Tamarack Hollow & Windsor Jambs. Celebrate the season of Halloween and learn about life in the highlands, see cellar holes, water wells, sluiceways & apple orchards from the 1800’s still intact. Hear stories about the Windigo (the “big-foot” of the hilltowns!), the Babbit Ax factory and the dairy & maple farms that provided income for these remote dwellers. Look for “Witches Butter” and “Dead Man’s Fingers” among other ghoulish forest treasures! 3-mile one-way moderate hike. 413-584-3009. Windsor, MA. ($)
Saturday, October 26th 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)
Tamarack Hollow — 413-584-3009.
Becket Arts Center — 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road.
Becket Land Trust — 413-623-2100. Quarry Road.
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)
Sunday, October 27th from 3-5:30pm – LITTLE GOBLINS FUN HOUSE: The Dalton Youth Center will host a Little Goblins Fun House for a not-so-spooky fun time for kids age 6yo and younger. Candy & health snacks with be distributed. 413-684-0260. 400 Main St. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 1st from 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Tuesday from 10/1 to 10/29 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 5th from 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will be at the Spectrum Playhouse telling spooky stories about ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. This is part of the Playhouse’s Family First Series of entertainment for kids and is Halloween-themed but not too scary. Kick off the Halloween season with this fun storytime! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.
Friday, October 18th from 8-10pm – FILM STUDIES: The Spectrum Playhouse presents a Halloween-themed Berkshire Shorts Film Festival. The Festival features scary and entertaining local and independent short films from the Berkshires and around the world. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to see short films made from up-and-comers all over the world! 413-394-5023 x12. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.
Thursday, October 24th–Saturday, October 26th from 5-8pm – HAUNTED HOUSE: Spectrum Playhouse’s “Haunted Playhouse” is open from 10/24-10/26. The haunted house features a Ghoul’s Tea Party, a chance to waltz with ghosts in a Haunted Cemetery, and more! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. >$
Thursday, October 31st at 5pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT: The Lee Premium Outlets is hosting a trick-or-treat! Participating stores will display a pumpkin sign on their window and kids in costume can go and get treats. 17 Premium Outlets Boulevard. Lee, MA.
Tuesdays from 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Every Tuesday is toddler storytime at the Lenox Library! Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. For kids 18 months to 3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Thursdays from 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Sunday, October 6th from 2pm-5pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike along Yokun Ridge North to Baldhead Vista. The hike will take you through a beautiful part of the Berkshires and will give you an opportunity to explore some of the BNRC’s trails. This is a moderate 4.5 mile hike. Meet at Olivia’s Overlook. 413-499-0596. Richmond-Lenox Road. Lenox, MA.
Thursday, October 10th from 6pm-7:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: 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, October 12th from 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Observe birds and learn about bird banding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteers will demonstrate how to use mist nets and what information can be gathered through bird banding. Visitors can come and go from the program as they wish. Free with Sanctuary admission. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$
Sunday, October 13th from 10am-5pm – LIVING HISTORY: Living history at the Medieval Faire at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox! The historic Jacobean-Revival estate in Lenox will revert to days gone by when chivalry and armored tournaments were a way of life. Organized by The Barony of Bergenthal, a branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism, one of the world’s largest medieval living history organizations, the day will include exciting displays of armored combat every hour on the hour, medieval arts, crafts and clothing, and lectures on feudalism and medieval society. Shakespeare & Company will be participating too. Medieval cooking demonstrations can be seen, while several food vendors will be offering their selections. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($)
LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information on dates & times, and to buy tickets. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$
Saturday, October 19th at 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information and to buy tickets. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$
Sunday, October 20th at 4pm – AMERICAN HISTORY/ART STUDIES: The Lenox Library continues its seventh season of Distinguished Lectures with a talk by the Reverend Michael Tuck, Rector of Trinity Church, who will speak on “George Washington’s Church: Revolution and the Founding of the American Episcopal Church.” The lecture will take place in the Lenox Library’s Sedgwick Reading room, and is free and open to the public. Those studying American history or religion will find this lecture particularly engaging; recommended for middle-school-aged students and up. 413-637-2630. 18 Main St. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th at 4pm – HALLOWEEN STORY TIME: Goblins and Giggles: Stories for Halloween with Rona Leventhal at the Lenox Library. Rona is an international Storyteller from the Hilltowns who has put smiles on thousands of faces. Come hear a tale or two that will put shivers up your spine and send you home with a smile! Recommended for ages 4 – 10. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)
Thursday, October 31st at 5pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Lenox Community Centers’ annual Halloween parade begins at St. Ann’s and goes through town and ends up at LCC with treats being passed out. Town wide trick or treating follows from 5:30-7pm. Lenox, MA (FREE)
Thursday, October 31st from 6pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN STORY/LITERATURE: Edith Wharton’s short story “Kerfol” (1916) is one of her most famous ghost stories. Hear this story read aloud at The Mount for a fun and interesting Halloween evening! Free cider will be provided and other refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets can be bought online. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount — 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary — 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road.
Saturdays 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. $
Saturday, October 5th at 2pm – ORIGAMI: 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, October 12th 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)
Thursday, October 17th from 5-8pm – COMMUNITY: This month’s 3rd.Thursdays street festival’s theme is “Monster Mash.” There will be a costume contest, parade, and other activities. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, October 19th from 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, October 19th from 9am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: For the 44th year in a row, Bizarre Bazaar takes place in the Berkshires. This community craft fair is a classic fall tradition in the Berkshires, and features local handmade crafts, fine arts, gifts, food, and more. This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds go towards the Brigham Center. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting a good cause. Takes place at the Brigham Center. 413-442-5174. 165 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$
Saturday, October 19th at 2pm – ORIGAMI: 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, October 19th from 7pm-11pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a “Witches and Goblins” themed ballroom dance with a free waltz lesson! Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music. 413-684-1510. 116 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Saturday, October 19th at 7:30pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Tonight is the 4th annual Berkshire Drum and Dance Fest! Come to Berkshire Community College’s Boland Theater for an evening of rhythm and dance by many musicians and dancers. Some of the featured artists include Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena Dancers, West African Djun Djun & Drum Corps, Berkshire Pulse Drummers, West African / Beatbox / Bucket Drum Fusion, Gaia Roots and many others. There will also be a silent auction (7pm) and an intergenerational community drum jam. The Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center Raise the Roof project and a super energized way to learn about the different dance and drumming performances from various cultures. More information can be found here. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
Sunday, October 20th from 12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Wally, the fiberglass replica stegosaurus outside the Berkshire Museum, is celebrating his 16th birthday today! Bring the kids and come make Wally a card, do hands-on art and science activities (1pm-3pm), sing Happy Birthday to Wally (2pm), and enjoy birthday cake. Museum admission is free on this special day… a extra fun day to visit this Berkshire treasure. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Friday, October 25th at 7pm – PARADE: Pittsfield will come alive tonight with all sorts of Halloween excitement! The super fun, annual Halloween Parade takes place – featuring spooky, scary, and exciting floats. 413-499-9370. Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th from 10:30am-12noon – FALL CELEBRATION: Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a Fall Fun Extravaganza! Includes reading, crafts, stories, a video, and snacks…and of course, many, many books to lend and inspire a love for reading! Pick out a bedtime book for tonight together! 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th from 12noon-3pm – LOCAL FOOD/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is the last day of the Pittsfield Farmers’ Market Inaugural season! Come celebrate at their community Pig Roast Party and End-of-Season Celebration. There will be live music, food, and fun for the whole family following the market (9am-1pm). Celebrate local food with farmers and friends. Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance or at the door. More information here. First & Fenn Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Saturday, October 26th & Sunday, October 27th from 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Berkshire Community College Orchid and Tropical Show takes place 10/26 and 10/27 at the Paterson Field House. This weekend celebrates orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai, and other tropicals. Learn about the different types of environments these plants need to thrive in and their adaptations that support their pollination. With twenty exhibits, features vendors, demonstrations, educational talks, and workshops, find out what types of insects pollinate the different species of plants and how you might be able to grow them in your own home. Discover this exciting world of unique and beautiful plants while learning all about them! More information can be found here. 413-236-2185. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$
Saturday, October 26th from 11am-12noon – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Saturday, October 26th at 2pm – PHYSICS: Experiment with paper airplanes and learn about basic principles of physics at the Berkshire Museum as part of their PaperWorks exhibit! Instructions and materials are provided for families to come and build their own. Test the design to learn what factors affect the plane’s ability to fly. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
Saturday, October 26th at 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Come to Bousquet for a Halloween party! The theme is “Forest of Grim” and DJ BFG will perform. 413-442-8316. 101 Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Tuesday, October 29th from 7-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Tonight is the Berkshire Museum’s Halloween-themed PechaKucha night. PechaKucha is a presentation format invented by an architecture firm in Japan and limits presenters to twenty slides, each twenty seconds long. The 20×20 format helps presenters talk more concisely and for a shorter amount of time, so no audience members lose interest. The format also helps to stimulate creative thinking. Adults are invited to present at PechaKucha night or just watch others give their talks. Free beer will be provided by Wandering Star Craft Brewery. Come in costume and get in for free! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$
Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm – POLITICAL/CULTURAL STUDIES: Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield invites you to the first of their five-part Human Rights Speaker Series of the 2013-2014 season: Lynn Pasquerella, “Revisiting the Promise of Women’s Leadership – Uncommon Women for the Common Good.” Pasquerella is the president of Mt. Holyoke College, a philosopher and an ethicist, and a staunch advocate for both local and global community engagement and social justice. Students interested in gender studies, cultural studies, social justice, and education will find this talk of particular interest. The talk is free, and open to the public. 413-443-6401. 492 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, October 30th at 7:30pm – HALLOWEEN CONCERT: Tonight is the 20th annual Rev Tor Halloween Jam at the Colonial Theater. Rev Tor and Friends, along with loads of other great musicians, will perform at this family Halloween spooktacular! A costume contest, pranks, gags, and the famous haunted bathrooms await families at the Colonial Theater. The concert is a benefit for Moments House, a local non-profit offering free programs and activities to those who have been impacted by a diagnosis of cancer. More information and tickets can be found here. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$
Thursday, October 31st at 11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a preschool & toddler Halloween Parade, stopping at the various departments at the library. A fun way to tour the library! 413-499-9480. One Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Arrowhead — 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.
Canoe Meadows — 413-637-0320. Holmes Road.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village — 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue.
Marketplace Cafe — 55 North Street.
Moments House — 413-443-6800. 194 Fenn St.
Wednesday, October 9th from 9am-11am – HIKING: Explore the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s newest reserve, Hollow Fields Reserve, on this easy 3-4 mile hike. The former Shaw property is 139 acres of field and forest with gorgeous views of Yokun Ridge. This is a good way to become acquainted with this new reserve while exploring a beautiful natural area. 413-499-0596. Perrys Peak Road. Richmond, MA.
Thursday, October 31st from ALL DAY – HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: Come to the Richmond Free Library dressed in your costume and enjoy some Halloween activities, like getting your picture taken, choosing a free book from the book sale, and getting some yummy treats. 413-698-3834. 2821 State Road. Richmond, MA.
Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.
Saturdays 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. $
Saturdays 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. $$
Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th from 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 79th annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival takes place 10/5 and 10/6 from 10am-5pm! Celebrate fall with live music, crafts, food, a silent auction, plant sale, book sale, tag sale, activities for all ages, and more! This is a fun fall activity for families in a beautiful setting. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. >$
Saturday, October 5th 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, “The Gravediggers Tour; Steven Tucker ’s Life and Time.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
Saturday, October 5th from 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: “The Gravediggers Tour” is the last of the monthly Stockbridge Cemetery Tours for the year. The tour explores the lives of Stockbridge gravediggers in the 1800s and early 1900s. This is a great way to learn about local history and about interesting, but not necessarily well-known, residents of Stockbridge. Meet at the cemetery gate. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)/SUGGESTED DONATION >$
Sunday, October 6th at 2pm – HISTORY/ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center curator Joyce K. Schiller presents “Imaging Thanksgiving,” a talk on the popularization of Thanksgiving and how it appears in the popular press. This would be good for older students interested in American history and/or cultural studies. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Friday, October 11th from 2:30pm – ART HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly for “Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts.” This program is geared toward adults, but may be appropriate for older students interested in art history or biography. The talk celebrates Rockwell’s unique style of humor and explores his journey as an illustrator. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Saturday, October 12th at 1:30pm – HISTORY/HOBBIES: Robert L. Markovits of Quality Investors, Ltd., a rare stamp and postal history dealer, will discuss the history of stamps and stamp collecting in his lecture “Good Things Come in Small Packages: Stamps and Their Stories” at the Stockbridge Library. Come learn about how these tiny pieces of paper came to represent so much about our country. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
Saturday, October 19th at 1pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Native American flute player, traditional drummer, singer, dancer, and culturalist Shawn Stevens comes to the Stockbridge Library to present a program of stories and songs. Stevens is a member of the Stockbridge Munsee band of Mohicans in Wisconsin. The Mohicans were the very first residents of the Berkshires. This program would be interesting to older students who want to learn more about Native American culture and traditions. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
Saturday, October 19th from 5pm-7pm – ART HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY: Author Deborah Solomon will be at the Norman Rockwell Museum for the launch of her new book American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. Her book focuses on “the relationship between the artist’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes,” which Solomon learned about through letters and documents in the Museum archives. The evening features author remarks, a reception, and a book signing. This event would be good for older students who are interested in art and U.S. history. Please purchase tickets in advance here. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Wednesday, October 23rd from 5pm-6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting a tour of Stockbridge Cemetery, led by Curator of Education Tom Daly. Discover the burial sites of famous Stockbridge residents like Norman Rockwell, Elizabeth Freeman, the Sedgwick family, and others. Meet at Old Town Hall for cider and doughnuts before the tour. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. >$
Friday, October 25th at 4pm – PARADE/JACK-O-LANTERNS: The annual Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Party, as well as the Pumpkin Walk-About, are happening tonight! Carve a jack-o-lantern and drop it off at the Stockbridge Library between 4pm and 6pm, enjoy the parade (6pm), and then come back and look at all the jack-o-lanterns, including your own! This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween while engaging with your community. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Mission House — 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road.
Stockbridge Library — 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street.
Thursday, October 10th from 4pm-6pm – SCARECROWS: Join the West Stockbridge Parks and Recreation Commission for a scarecrow decorating event at the West Stockbridge Farmers Market! Bring old clothes and something for your scarecrow’s head, and come prepared to have a blast making fall scarecrows! Harris Street. West Stockbridge, MA.
Sunday, October 6th at 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The New York Banjo Summit is coming to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center! Bela Fleck, a master of the instrument, will be there, along with Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny, Richie Sterns, Tony Trischka, and Abigail Washburn. The Summit will feature solos, duets, and banjo jam sessions, and cover many different genres of music. This is a great occasion for music lovers to make date night a little more exciting! Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $$$
Saturday, October 12th at 3:30pm – PUMPKIN DECORATING: Berkshire Co-Op Market is holding a pumpkin decorating event for kids. Come prepared to get messy and to create some exciting pumpkin designs! Please call or stop by the front desk to register. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 19th from 10am-12noon – NATURAL HISTORY/ECOLOGY: Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways for a “Reading the Landscape” hike along the Threemile Hill Trail. This guided hike focuses on the history of the landscape, including charcoal-making and other past uses. Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, where a shuttle will take participants to and from the site of the hike. For ages 6 and up. Please register in advance. 413-528-2810 x10. Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Friday, October 25th from 7:30pm-9:30pm – CONCERT: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School language department presents a performance by Cuban hip-hop group Obsesión. The group is known for their efforts to bring awareness to social justice issues like race and gender equality, domestic violence, and the importance of respect in all relationships and communities throughout the world. Proceeds from the concert go to the GBWHS language department. Takes place at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge. 413-528-8833. 4 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$
Saturday, October 26th from 10am-3pm – SCAVENGER HUNT: The Mason Library is holding Halloween scavenger hunt bingo in the Children’s Room! Come by for some Halloween fun. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th at 4pm – CULINARY ARTS: Berkshire Co-Op Market is holding a special Halloween “Kids Can Cook” event. Learn to make low sugar sweet treats for Halloween, like chocolate pumpkin cups and homemade ice cream! Please call or stop by the front desk to register. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.
Thursday, October 31st from 3pm-4:30pm – HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: The Rudolf Steiner School is hosting “Halloween Tricks and Treats,” an afternoon of activities, games, food, fortune tellers, a haunted house, and more. Hosted by the Eighth Grade Ghouls and Goblins. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Ski Butternut — 413-528-2000 x 273. 380 State Road.
Saturday, October 26th from 10:30-11:30 – PUMPKIN DECORATING: Get creative with the kids and come decorate pumpkins for Halloween at Ramsdell Library! 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.
Project Native — 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Gould Farm — Gould Road.
Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.
Saturday, October 12th from 1pm-3pm – SCARECROWS: The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a “Historical Zombie Contest,” in which families or other groups can make their own zombie scarecrows to be judged as scariest, funniest, and most original. Structural supplies are provided, but groups must bring their own apparel and accessories. Families and friends can spend time together building these fun Halloween scarecrows! Takes place at the Dan Raymond House, where they will remain on display through 10/31. Cost is $25 per scarecrow/group ($15 for Historical Society members). Please register in advance here. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. $$
Sunday, October 13th from 9am-12noon – CANOEING: Enjoy beautiful fall foliage views and look for hawks and eagles on a canoe trip down the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble to the mouth of the Konkapot River. Kids 10 and up can go on this canoe trip with a parent, making this a great way to spend time together while enjoying fall in the Berkshires. All equipment is provided. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $$
Friday, October 18th from 6pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Sheffield Historical Society and the Lenox Garden Club host a preview party for Berkshire Haunts, a flower show at the Old Stone Store and the Education Building (behind Dan Raymond House). This cocktail party hors d’oeuvres, spirits, and a chance to see the flower show. Get tickets in advance here. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. $$$
Friday, October 25th at 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Sheffield Historical Society is screening The Children (1980; rated R) outside the Dan Raymond House. The film is a low-budget horror movie about a nuclear plant leak that turns children into zombies – and it was filmed in Sheffield! Come enjoy this interesting bit of local history. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, October 26th at 2pm – CEMETERY TOUR: The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a “Spiritwalk” through Center Cemetery for kids and adults. Learn about local history through this walk. Rain date is 10/27. Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA. >$
Saturday, October 26th & Sunday, October 27th from 10am-4pm – BOOK SALE: Come by the Bushnell-Sage Library for their book sale and pick up some new reads for the winter months. They will have a great selection of newly donated books at good prices, making this a great way to update your bookshelf without breaking the bank. Let the kids pick out their own children’s titles too, inspiring a love for reading. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
Tuesday, October 29th from 3-5pm – PUMPKIN CARVING: Families are invited to the Dan Raymond House for a pumpkin carving contest hosted by the Sheffield Historical Society. Bring tools and accessories for your pumpkin – the pumpkins will be provided by Howden Farm. Cost is $5 per pumpkin. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. >$
Wednesday, October 30th from 6-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT: The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a trick-or-treating event for kids at the Dan Raymond House. “A Walk on the Dark Side” will feature zombies, pumpkins, cider, and trick-or-treating. Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
Thursday, October 31st from 3-5pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: The Bushnell-Sage Library hosts a Halloween Party for kids 5-10yo. Games, music, magic and more! Call to register. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
Ashley House — 413-298-3239. Cooper Hill Road.