Berkshire Family Fun: September 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
September 2014

Housatonic Heritage Walks take place Sept 20 & 21 and then again Oct 4 & 5. Don’t miss these community-based educational opportunities taking place in Western MA this fall!

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. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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.

“I love Hilltown Families for helping us find something to do on any day of the week. We have meet such wonderful people at the various events they have posted. They are a great source for community.” – Alisa Blanchard (Pittsfield, MA)


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Family Resource Center, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., has a playground and park guide for northern Berkshire County. They also have a Playground Scavenger Hunt game families has participate in together while exploring the different playgrounds, parks and trails in and around northern Berkshire.
ADAMS

Friday, September 12, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Movers and Shakers playgroup at the Adams Youth Center on September 12, 19, and 26. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 19, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Movers and Shakers playgroup at the Adams Youth Center on September 12, 19, and 26. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 26, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Movers and Shakers playgroup at the Adams Youth Center on September 12, 19, and 26. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday (2-5pm), and Saturday & Sunday (11am-5:30pm) through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA..

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Saturdays, 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)

Fridays, 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

 

Wednesday, September 3, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Historical storyteller Shirley Sutton will be at the Bascom Lodge on September 3 to present “Berkshire Trails and Tales.” Sutton will talk about the Berkshires’ mysterious and fascinating history, from ghosts in the Hoosac Tunnel to runaway slaves. Families can learn local history and strange stories about the Berkshires at this presentation. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 10, 6pm – SCIENCE/HISTORY: Bascom Lodge presents a talk on the trial of Galileo on September 10. Older students interested in science, history, and the work of Galileo will enjoy this informative talk. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 17, 6pm – NATURE STUDIES: Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will be at Bascom Lodge to teach about the ecology of high elevtation boreal forests, like those found on Mt. Greylock and other elevations over 2,000 feet. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 21, 6pm – ASTRONOMY: Get an introduction to the New England sky at Bascom Lodge on September 21. Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association will present this guide to understanding the stars and tips on finding local astronomy groups. In addition to the talk, there will also be a brief star viewing. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 24, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: This October marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Mohawk Trail. Learn about the history of this historic state highway at Bascom Lodge on September 24. Families can learn about the conception and history of the highway, and how it was affected by the opening of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 28, 6pm – HISTORY: There is evidence that not all stone walls were built in post-colonial times. Come to Bascom Lodge on September 28 to learn about these walls, and what evidence there is to prove that they were built in earlier times. Families can learn more about the unique history of stone walls in North America at this talk, presented by Matt Bua. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.

Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.

Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Saturday, September 27, 7pm-9pm – CONCERT: Ben Grosscup will perform a free concert of songs of struggle and social critique at the Monterey United Church of Christ on September 27. Come hear contemporary folk songs in the tradition of Pete Seeger at this community concert that is open to all. 449 Main Street. Monterey, MA. (FREE)

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Tuesdays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesdays, 11am – NATURE STUDIES: Young kids and their parents/guardians can go on a Tyke Hike every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. These easy hikes will get young kids interested in nature and exploring the outdoors. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesdays, 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

 Monday, September 1, 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 2, 10am – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 2, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do a fun nature craft at Natural Bridge State Park on September 2. Learn how to weave twigs and do creative projects using your new skill! 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 4, 3:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Families can visit Natural Bridge State Park for a family hike and nature bingo! Come explore the park and learn about nature by playing bingo. This is a fun activity to get family members of all ages outdoors spending time together. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 6, 3pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about Japanese culture and astronomy at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Japanese Moon Appreciation Month.” 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Tuesday, September 9, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Join the Family Resource Center at the North Adams Public Library for LEGO Group! Kids ages 4-8 can get creative with LEGOs and have fun building with peers. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 11, 10am – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 11, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do a fun nature craft at Natural Bridge State Park on September 11. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 12, 3:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can learn about different animals that live in the area at Natural Bridge State Park‘s Forest Friends program. There will be a craft or game based on this animal. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 13, 3pm – BIOLOGY: Learn about viruses at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, September 14, 10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Families can visit Natural Bridge State Park for a family hike and sensory hunt! Come explore the park and learn about nature. This is a fun activity to get family members of all ages outdoors spending time together. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 14, 12noon-4pm – FOOD FESTIVAL: The annual Berkshire Food Festival takes place on September 14! Come by Main Street and enjoy food from over twenty local restaurants, beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards, live music, and a raffle. This event is a great way to learn about many of the exciting restaurants and breweries in Berkshire County. 413-664-6180. Main Street. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, September 18, 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 19, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do a fun nature craft at Natural Bridge State Park on September 19. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 20, 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 20, 3pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn about astronomy at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Law and Order: Outer Space Unit” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, September 22, 5:30pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is offering a workshop for parents on September 22, 29, and October 6. “Active Parenting of Children Ages 1-4 Years” covers positive discipline methods, developmental stages, tantrum prevention, routines, and more. This is also a great place to meet other parents and make new friends and connections. Call ASAP to register. Takes place at Haskins Center. Childcare and transportation available. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 23, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Join the Family Resource Center at the North Adams Public Library for LEGO Group! Kids ages 4-8 can get creative with LEGOs and have fun building with peers. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Place and the Family Resource Center are offering a workshop for parents every Tuesday for 12 weeks. “Parenting Journey” is a workshop aimed at self discovery, in which parents can discuss the joys and challenges of parenting and learn how childhood experiences and memories affect parenting. Dinner, transportation, and childcare are provided. Call ASAP to register. Takes place at Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September, 25, TBA – ART/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the local arts scene in North Adams at DownStreetArt, a monthly art event focuses on revitalizing the city through art. September 25 is the last event of the season, so head downtown and check out the museums and galleries. More information is available on the DownStreetArt website. Downtown. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, September 25, 1pm – HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Learn about the history of water power at Natural Bridge State Park on their Water Power Tour. Explore the marble dam and mill site and discuss how water used to run the operations of the quarry. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 26, 3:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can learn about different animals that live in the area at Natural Bridge State Park‘s Forest Friends program. There will be a craft or game based on this animal. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 27, 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 27, 10:30am-11:30am – PARENT-CHILD PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a “Dad and Me Gym Group” program on September 27 in the Haskins Center gym. Dads and kids (walking to age 5) can come for some fun morning gym activities, including riding, climbing, playing with balls, active play, circle time, and a snack. Drop-in anytime. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 27, 3pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about Jewish history at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Jewish Heritage Treasures” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, September 28, 10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Families can visit Natural Bridge State Park for a family hike! Come explore the park and learn about nature. This is a fun activity to get family members of all ages outdoors spending time together. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.

North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.

MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.

Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.

Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

WILLIAMSTOWN

Saturdays, 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. $

Mondays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Fridays, 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Friday through December 5. 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 6, 10am-5pm – HISTORY: The Clark Art Institute’s new exhibition, “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution” opens on September 6 and will be open until November 2. The exhibition brings together six documents of great importance to American history – the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These documents span eight centuries and each is important to the history of the United States. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Sunday, September 7, 1pm – CONCERT: Enjoy a free concert by the Miro Sprague Quintet at the Clark Art Institute on September 7. The group will perform jazz music on piano, trombone, saxophone, bass, and drums. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 7, 3pm-4pm – HISTORY: The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, will present an illustrated talk at the Clark Art Institute to accompany their newest exhibition, “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution.” The talk, titled “Living with Magna Carta,” covers the document’s 800-year history, as well as the history of London, from Roman times up to the present. The Magna Carta on display at the Clark is one of only four surviving copies. Older students interested in history can learn from the talk and the exhibition – this is a rare chance to see this document on display, so don’t miss out! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Sunday, September 14, 3pm-5:30pm – LAWN CONCERT/NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting with The Trustees of Reservations’ Second Sunday Lawn Concerts at Field Farm. Each month features a different musician and style of music. From 3pm-4pm, you can attend a guided nature walk (no cost) and explore the grounds and trails at Field Farm. 413-532-1631 x11. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Thursday, September 18, 7:30pm – THEATER/CULTURAL STUDIES: Actress and writer Elizabeth Liang will perform Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey at Williams College. The show is about Liang’s experiences growing up in several different places and within several distinct cultures, and her attempts at weaving these together to shape the “global nomad.” The protagonist must deal with many big decisions relating to this – to adapt or cope? to build a bridge or merely tolerate? The show also tackles topics like culture shock, language barriers, and self-identity. Older students who want to learn more about what it’s like growing up in several places/cultures, or those who can relate to Liang’s experiences, will learn from and enjoy this show. Tickets available in advance. 413-597-2425. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 20, 2pm – FILM: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free film series held in conjunction with “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution,” an exhibition featuring the Magna Carta and other significant historic documents. Each film in the series relates to one of the documents in the exhibition. On September 20, come see The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; rated PG), which features references to the Magna Carta and its purpose. Older students interested in film and history will enjoy this free screening of a classic film. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 28, 1pm-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Today is the Hopkins Memorial 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. (FREE)

Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.

Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring 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.

WINDSOR

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Tuesday, September 9, 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, September 20, DUSK – 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 21, 10am-1pm – HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY: Go for a ghost town hike through Tamarack Hollow and Notchview. Learn about local history by exploring 18th Century cellar holes, stone walls, an old dairy and maple sugar farm, and more. Best for ages 8 and up (with hiking experience). Registration required. 413-532-1631 x19. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Tuesday, September 23, 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, September 28, 11am-3pm – FALL FESTIVAL: September 28 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! Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more information. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

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BECKET

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

DALTON

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30pm – PLANT STUDIES: Naturalist John Root will lead an edible wild plants walk at Holiday Brook Farm on September 24. All ages are welcome to come learn about some of the edible plants that grow wild in the area. Rain date 9/27 at 1:30pm. 100 Holiday Cottage Road. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

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)

HINSDALE

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

LEE

Saturday, September 13, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see Muppets Most Wanted (2014; rated PG) at the library today with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 19, 5pm-8pm – FOOD/CELEBRATION: Kick off Lee’s Founder’s Day Weekend with the Taste of Lee, an evening of food by local restaurants and vendors, pumpkin decorating, face painting, youth activities, health screenings, gift card drawings, live music, a bounce house, and more. This is a great (and delicious!) community celebration for the whole family! 413-243-1705. Lee, MA.

Saturday, September 20, 9am-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Lee’s Founder’s Day Weekend with tons of fun activities for community members of all ages! There will be a tag sale, carnival, parade, food, children’s performance, crafts, a Festival Latino, Lee Idol, and more. A full schedule of events and activities can be found on the Lee Founder’s Weekend website. 413-243-1705. Lee, MA.

Sunday, September 21, 8am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Lee’s Founder’s Day Weekend with tons of fun activities for community members of all ages! There will be a pancake breakfast, 5K road race, duck derby, tennis, a performance by Bobby Sweet and Beeline Rumblers, and more. A full schedule of events and activities can be found on the Lee Founder’s Weekend website. 413-243-1705. Lee, MA.

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.

Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Sundays, 10am – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Tuesdays, 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursdays, 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 3, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a moderate hike at North Yokun Ridge. Go from Olivia’s Overlook to the Burbank Trail and enjoy stunning views, cool old cellar holes, and Monks Pond. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Lenox Road. Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, September 17, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids of all ages can come make their own wind chimes at the Lenox Library on September 17. This is a fun chance for kids to make something that can decorate their home! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 35th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze and Harvest Festival runs September 27 and 28! Celebrate fall in the Berkshires with food, rides, live music, shopping, kids’ activities, and more at this lively street fair. 413-637-3646. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary 472 West Mountain Road.

The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

PERU

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

PITTSFIELD

Saturdays, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday in the First Street parking lot! Come by for local veggies, fruits, eggs, meat, dairy, breads, flowers, and other goods, as well as live music, activities, and more. First Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturdays, 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. $

Fridays, 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 6, 10am-5pm – ARTISAN TRADE: Learn about woodworking at WoodWorks Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village on September 6 and 7. The weekend features demonstrations on timber framing, portable saw milling, custom furniture-making, historic preservation, restoration, and more; a show and sale of many different handcrafted items; and a chance to meet experts in the field and representatives from different vendors. Students with a strong interest in woodworking can learn a lot from this woodwork-oriented weekend! 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, September 6, 10:30am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 2-5 and an adult can participate in an Art Lab at the Berkshire Museum on September 6. Come build fine motor skills and improve language by using paintbrushes, learning colors and techniques, and more. Space is limited; call to register. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 6, 2pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Study the caterpillars in the Berkshire Museum‘s “Butterflies” exhibition and learn about their life stages at a “Caterpillar Chat.” Discover some of their amazing adaptations at this program. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Sunday, September 7, 10am-5pm – ARTISAN TRADE: Learn about woodworking at WoodWorks Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village on September 6 and 7. The weekend features demonstrations on timber framing, portable saw milling, custom furniture-making, historic preservation, restoration, and more; a show and sale of many different handcrafted items; and a chance to meet experts in the field and representatives from different vendors. Students with a strong interest in woodworking can learn a lot from this woodwork-oriented weekend! 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, September 7, 12:30pm-5:30pm – FESTIVAL: St. Joseph’s Church’s Sharing Our Roots Festival began in 2002 as a way to recognize the events of September 11, 2001, and also to celebrate the diverse nationalities and cultures that make up the parish. The festival consists of a tag sale, food, entertainment, kids’ activities, and more. 413-445-5789. 414 North Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, September 9, 7pm – FILM/ANIMAL STUDIES: See the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013) at the Berkshire Athenaeum. This film is about several non-human animals that live within or have been rescued from the global animal industries – entertainment, food, fashion, and research. The film tackles the question of whether or not animals deserve the same sorts of rights as humans. Older students interested in animals and animal rights will enjoy this film. More information available here. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 13, 10am-2pm – FISHING: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Berkshire Community College, and MassWILD are hosting a Family Fishing Day at Onota Lake. All ages and abilities can try their hand at fishing for the first time and enjoy fishing with family, friends, and community members. This is a great event for first-time fishers to learn and practice. Feel free to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the lake. Equipment is provided and fishing licenses are NOT required. 413-499-0596. Burbank Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, September 13, 11:30am-12:30pm – INSECT STUDIES/ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Butterflies and Bulldozers is a film about San Bruno Mountain and its rare butterflies. The documentary examines the rights of nature vs. the rights of people and what compromises must be made. This film would appeal to older students interested in environmental conservation and insects. Takes place at the Berkshire Museum. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Thursday, September 18, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, happens every third Thursday until October! This Thursday’s theme is “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching theater performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, September 18, 6pm – VOLUNTEER/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Humane Society’s “Humane Hero” program gives kids ages 10-14 the opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society, learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, learn how to be an advocate and educator, and learn how to effectively fundraise in order to create change in their community. The Humane Society is offering a Humane Hero orientation on September 18. More information on becoming a Humane Hero can be found on the Berkshire Humane Society website. You can sign up anytime! 413-447-7878 x29. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, September 20, 10am-4pm – FAIR: attend the Country Fair at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. There will be crafters, food, activities, and music. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, September 20, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 20, 10am-11:30am – GARDENING: Landscape designer Kim Smith will present, “Creating a Bee, Bird, and Butterfly Garden,” at the Berkshire Museum. This slideshow and lecture will teach you how to make your garden welcoming to bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Older students with a passion for gardening can learn a lot at this lecture. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 20, 10:30am-12noon – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION: Celebrate Curiosity Day at the Berkshire Athenaeum! Meet Curious George, hear a special guest reader, do a craft, play a game, experiment, and more at this fun celebration of curiosity and Curious George! For ages 8 and under. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, September 20, 11:30am-12:30pm – INSECT STUDIES: You can get an up-close look at butterflies at the Berkshire Museum‘s screening of Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, 45-minute narrated film about this particular butterfly species. All ages can come to the screening and gain a deeper understanding of butterfly life cycles, the relationship between wildflowers and pollinators, and the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem. There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker after the showing. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 20, 2pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Study the caterpillars in the Berkshire Museum‘s “Butterflies” exhibition and learn about their life stages at a “Caterpillar Chat.” Discover some of their amazing adaptations at this program. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Hancock Shaker Village hosts an old-fashioned country fair September 27 and 28! The fair celebrates fall, and highlights many of the unique, interesting, and educational things that the village has to offer. There will be a farmer’s market featuring local goods, a display of antique tractors and engines, a quilt show (featuring both antique and newly made quilts), wagon and pony rides, heirloom tomato samples, and lots of fun activities for kids, including chicken races, crafts, Shaker games, and more! 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, September 27, 11am – VOLUNTEER/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Humane Society’s “Humane Hero” program gives kids ages 10-14 the opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society, learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, learn how to be an advocate and educator, and learn how to effectively fundraise in order to create change in their community. The Humane Society is offering a Humane Hero workshop on endangered species. More information on becoming a Humane Hero can be found on the Berkshire Humane Society website. You can sign up anytime! 413-447-7878 x29. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, September 27, 11am – 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. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 27, 11:30am – INSECT STUDIES: You can get an up-close look at butterflies at the Berkshire Museum‘s screening of In the Company of Wild Butterflies. Learn about butterfly habits, habitats, natural history, mating, and more through this fascinating film. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, September 27, 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/INSECT STUDIES: Make a butterfly-inspired work of art at the Berkshire Museum after visiting their Butterflies exhibit. Learn about these fascinating insects and then create a butterfly mask or butterfly puppet. This family-friendly art project encourages visitors to make connections between the exhibition the art they are creating. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.

Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.

Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.

Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Sunday, September 14, 11am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock is an annual dog walk to benefit the Humane Society. There will be a pancake breakfast (8am) and vendors, demonstrations, games, and activities, in addition to the walk itself. Come to Camp Russell at Richmond Pond to walk (with or without a dog) in support of the Humane Society. 413-447-7878. Richmond, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Daily, 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day 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 and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Saturday, September 6, 10am – IMMIGRATION STUDIES: 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 third annual naturalization ceremony at the museum – this year, over a dozen Berkshire residents will become 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 6, 10am – IMMIGRATION STUDIES: 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 third annual naturalization ceremony at the museum – this year, over a dozen Berkshire residents will become 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 6, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chesterwood, the former country home, studio, and gardens of famous sculptor Chester French, will offer free admission to families on September 6. Families can explore Chesterwood’s studio, residence and grounds, and participate in activities like hands-on clay modeling and a self-guided scavenger hunt. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a fun-filled day at Chesterwood with the whole family! 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 11, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge Library presents a talk by Gary Leveille, author of the new local history book Legendary Locals of the Southern Berkshires, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on September 11. Leveille will discuss his book and some of the people included in it. The book focuses on Berkshire residents of the past and present who have had a lasting impact on the community, the country, and the world. Older students interested in local history will enjoy learning about these fascinating local legends! 413-298-5501. 29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 13, 10am-5pm – PLANT STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Celebrate fall at The Trustees of Reservations’ Fall-Blooming Crocus Celebration on September 13 and 14 at Naumkeag. There will be bulb and plant sales, refreshments, tours, and a chance to see the fall-blooming crocus. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 13, 11am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to a special train-themed storytime and craft activity with the Stockbridge Library at their new, temporary location at Stockbridge Station. Hear stories and songs about trains and get creative building your own train out of cardboard, tubes, and more. 413-298-5501. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 14, 10am-5pm – PLANT STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Celebrate fall at The Trustees of Reservations’ Fall-Blooming Crocus Celebration on September 13 and 14 at Naumkeag. There will be bulb and plant sales, refreshments, tours, and a chance to see the fall-blooming crocus. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

It’s that time of year again…the Central Berkshire Parent Child Home Program is currently enrolling  for the 2014-2015 school year! Their program is designed for families of children, 18 mos-3 yrs, in the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor, and Cummington. They provide free   home visiting services, books, and toys. They can help YOU, help your child grow! For more information, please call 413-672-2577 or email emorris@ccberkshire.org.

Sunday, September 7, 12noon-7pm – FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Hoot, a super fun benefit for Central Berkshire Schools, takes place September 7 in Washington Town Park! Come for live music, a craft fair, food, games, and fun for all ages. More information and a full schedule of events can be found on the Hilltown Hoot website. Route 8. Washington, MA. $$

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Thursdays, 3pm-7pm: West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market. Harris Street.

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ALFORD

Saturday, September 27, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at their new Alford Springs trail. The trail is on the eastern edge of the reserve and consists of trails and wood roads, and is an easy hike. Feel free to pack a lunch to enjoy after the hike. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA.

GREAT BARRINGTON

Wednesday, September 3, 5pm-7pm – CULINARY ARTS: Do you like pickled foods? You can learn how to make kimchi and other pickled foods at the Mason Library on September 3! Michelle Kaplan will demonstrate basic pickling techniques to help get you started. Best for older students and adults. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 5, 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, September 11, 5pm-7pm – MYCOLOGY: The organization Radical Mycology is coming to the Mason Library on September 11! Radical Mycology is focused on accessibly teaching the importance of mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Older students interested in ecology and social justice will enjoy learning about these concepts and how they can be applied. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 15, 6pm-8pm – HARVEST SUPPER: The 16th Annual Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper is September 15 in the Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut. The evening includes delicious food and drink from local chefs and restaurants and a silent auction. This is a great opportunity for a fun and unique date night! Tickets must be purchased in advance, please RSVP as soon as possible. 413-528-0041. Route 23. 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.

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.

Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, September 20, 1:30pm-3pm – PAINTING: Drop by the Ramsdell Library for watercolor painting. This unguided watercolor session is a great chance to come and meet other artists and brainstorm new ideas. Younger watercolor artists can learn from more experience painters at this event. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

ANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm & 2pm – HISTORY: Visit the Ashley House, an 18th-century farmstead that was home to Elizabeth Freeman and the Ashley Family. On this guided tour, you will learn about Freeman’s fight for freedom as a slave in Massachusetts and about the Ashley Family’s holdings in the area and the village of Ashley Falls. 413-298-3239 x3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Friday, September 5, 7:30pm – HISTORY/LOCAL FOOD: Dennis Picard, historian of the lifestyles and folkways of New England, presents an intoxicating lecture on the History of Hard Cider Making. Hard Cider was a much more popular drink in early America than it is now, and the abundance of apples grown in Sheffield and surrounding areas made it a natural choice for home and commercial brewers alike. 413-229-2694. Sheffield Historical Society. Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 7, 10am-3pm – HISTORY/LOCAL FOOD: Exhibit, “Drinking, Distilleries & Prohibition,” opens at Sheffield Historical Society (Old Stone Store). Antique distilling and brewing equipment, bottles and photos will be on display in this exhibit that explores how alcohol production played a part in shaping Sheffield’s economy, politics, and culture. A section on the Temperance movement and Prohibition will trace how alcohol consumption went in-and-out of public favor over the centuries in Western Massachusetts. On display every weekend through October 12. 413-229-2694. Old Stone Store. 137 Main St. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 13, 4pm-7pm – HISTORY/DANCE: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s Sock Hop will transport you to the days of poodle skirts and the twist. This family events will be at the Town Hall parking lot and Historical Society Grounds. Come and check out the souped-up cars at this classic car cruise night and rock out to an oldies concert featuring Jeannie Romeo. There will be burgers, hot dogs and vintage treats for sale, a hula hoop contest and tons more fun for all you greasers and teenyboppers. Rain date is Sun., Sept. 14. 413-229-2694. 159 Main St., Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.

Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.

Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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