Berkshire Family Fun: November 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2014

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of November. 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.

“Being new to the area I love that you keep me informed about all that’s going on in the area. I find it so helpful for getting to know our new home.” Brittany Handfield (Williamstown, MA)


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North Berkshire

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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

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

CHESHIRE

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)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-12noon – BABY SHOWER: The 19th Annual Community Baby Shower takes place November 8 at the Berkshire Mall Center Court. This is a fun and educational event for parents, grandparents, and pregnant women and their partners. There will be information on labor and delivery, infant care, breastfeeding techniques, nutrition during pregnancy, lead poisoning prevention, car seat safety, selecting childcare, and more. There will also be fun activities like a StoryWalk and crafts. 413-664-6104 x40. Old State Road & Route 8. 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

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)

Saturday, November 8, 2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Join MASS MoCA for a live concert by Elska, who performs indie pop music for the whole family. All ages will enjoy this fun concert! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 26, TBA – TREE LIGHTING: Kick off the holidays at the North Adams Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays! There will be live music by the Drury Band, a visit from Santa, and other holiday fun. Bring the whole family and enjoy this beautiful display of lights. Main Street. North Adams, MA.

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)

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)

 Sunday, November 2, 1pm-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is offering a Freedom Family Day on November 1! This is a great chance to explore the newly-renovated museum and grounds for free with the whole family. There will be special events, including a family-friendly gallery talk, art-making projects, a calligraphy workshop, a graffiti wall, a sing-along with David Grover and Friends, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 6, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. 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 on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

Friday, November 7, 10:15am-11:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 13, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. 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 on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

Saturday, November 22, 10:30am & 5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Clark Art Institute presents two performances by Japanese shamisen (a three-stringed instrument) players on November 22. At 10:30am, hear Fujii Hirokazu perform a 20-minute piece in the Kyushu regional jiuta style (FREE), and at 5pm, hear nagauta and gidayu styles performed by chanters, shamisen players, and a traditional nihon buyo dancer ($$). These performances can introduce all ages to traditional Japanese music and instruments. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, November 22, 6:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Come to the 2nd Annual Williamstown Pie Potluck on November 22 at Sheep Hill. The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williams Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program are hosting this event, which features a pie demonstration, contest, and tasting. Bake a pie or come to learn about pies and enjoy tasting them at this fun and delicious community event! Registration is suggested. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, November 22, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Williams College Department of Music presents a performance by the Williams Gospel Choir in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. Students interested in singing and music will enjoy this free concert, which is a great chance to hear live gospel music. 413-597-3131. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 23, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food for Thanksgiving at the Williamstown Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Williams College Towne Field House! Here you can find local veggies, apples, bread, cheese, meat, yarn, and more. There will also be music, food, and activities for kids. Come support local farmers and artisans at this special holiday market! 413-528-0041. Latham Street. Williamstown, MA. (MARKET)

Sunday, November 23, 5pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about classical Indian music with Veena Chandra, Devesh Chandra, and Williams College music students who have studied the sitar and tabla. This is a great opportunity to hear this beautiful music and learn about it at the same time. Takes place in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. 413-597-2127. 54 Chapin Hall Drive. 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.

Saturday, November 22, 10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Discover the unique boreal forest ecology of Tamarack Hollow with Aimee Gelinas. This forest, at 2,000-feet elevation, features interesting evergreen trees and plants, including balsam fir, red spruce, Christmas fern, and others. In addition to discovering these unique boreal forest characteristics, you will get to see cellar holes from the 1800s! This is a moderate, three-mile hike that is best for older teens and adults. Please register in advance. 413-584-3009. Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 23, 1pm-3:30pm – SKI SALE: The Berkshire Trails Nordic Ski Club’s annual cross-country ski and clothing sale happens at Notchview on November 23. Cross country skis, boots, poles, and clothing for kids and adults will be for sale. There are knowledgeable skiers at the sale who can also help with your questions about adult equipment and kids’ equipment. If you are interested in donating equipment, it can be dropped off at Notchview on November 22 from 2pm-4pm. Proceeds from the sale go to the Berkshire Trails Nordic Ski Club. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (SALE)

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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.

Sunday, November 16, 12noon – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: The Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network is holding a walk along the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline project in Dalton to raise awareness about the pipeline and the communities and natural areas it would affect. The hike in Dalton is two miles and follows electric transmission lines in a wildlife corridor. This hike would be best for older students and adults interested in learning more about the pipeline project and the areas it would affect. 413-655-2020. Grange Hall Road. Dalton, MA.

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

Tuesday, November 18, 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 11/18 to 12/16 (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)

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)

Saturday, November 1, 3:30pm – LIVING HISTORY: Performer and scholar Rob Velella will portray the great 19th century New England author in “Hawthorne: Shrouded in Darkness” in celebration of Halloween at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. An appropriate Victorian tea for the holiday will be offered after the in-character dramatic reading. Velella’s portrayal (in costume) brings Nathaniel Hawthorne back from the dead – so to speak. Audience will be in for some surprises. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($$)

Sunday, November 9, 2pm-5:30pm – LITERACY/SPELLING: The Lenox Library is holding their 5th Annual Scrabble FUNdraiser – ScrabbleRouser on November 9. This event is open to ages 12 and up, who will compete on teams in a three-round Scrabble competition to raise money for the library. Not interested in participating? Come to watch this exciting competition! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, November 16, 4pm – ARCHITECTURE: This month’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Palladian Architecture and the Beauty of Geometry,” presented by Rachel Fletcher. She will discuss how mathematics factors into the human perception of beauty. This talk would appeal to older students who are interested in architecture. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids of all ages can make their own harvest decorations at the Lenox Library on November 19. This is a fun chance for kids to make something that can decorate their home! 413-637-0197. 18 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.

Saturday, November 22, 10am-3pm – HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about an early Dutch settlement in Peru, MA with Mass Audubon on November 22. Older students and adults can learn about the colonial land grant of Partridgefield, which was settled primarily by Dutch pioneers. They created a self-reliant farming community and made their home in western Massachusetts. Learn about these families and some oddball characters who lived on the land for more than four generations. The hike is four miles off-trail. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Peru, MA. ($$)

PITTSFIELD

Saturdays, 9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October 25 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. $

Wednesdays, 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Mondays, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, November 2, 1pm-4pm – CRAFTS/DIY: Learn how to make a cozy pair of fleece slippers with Alchemy Initiative and Jan Charbonneau of Berkshire Fabrications at the Whitney Center for the Arts on November 2. Pattern, materials, and sewing machines are provided, so come with your creativity and a desire to learn. Best for teens and adults who have basic sewing experience. Please register in advance. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, November 6, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: Come experience the earliest feature-length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), at the Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema. The film features live accompaniment by Ben Model, who will play the film’s score live for audience members. Older students interested in film and the history of film will enjoy this screening. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, November 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME/CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Join the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Pajama Night! Come to the museum in your favorite pajamas and listen to stories read by special guest readers, including Mary Pope Osborne, author of The Magic Tree House series! You can also read stories aloud, make picture book art, enjoy DJ music, and more. This fun story-filled event is in celebration of Family Literacy Month. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kick off the holiday season with Berkshire Museum at their Festival of Trees on Safari Festive Preview Party on November 14. Get a sneak peek of this year’s safari-themed Festival of Trees decorations, eat tasty treats, and enjoy an animal program with Creature Teachers. This a fun way to get excited for the holidays and enjoy some of what the Berkshire Museum has to offer! Please RSVP as soon as possible. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, November 15, 9:30am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Warner Hill. On this moderate hike, you will hike north on the Appalachian Trail to Warner Hill, which has wonderful views of Mt. Greylock and other surrounding ranges. Older students and adults will enjoy this opportunity to explore the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires. Meet at Williams Street Plaza in Pittsfield to carpool. 413-499-0596. Williams Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 22, 11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn all about bears in Massachusetts at the Berkshire Museum with Ralph Taylor of Fish and Wildlife. In conjunction with the exhibition, “Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic,” Taylor will discuss the history of black bears in the state. He will talk about their behaviors, habits, history, and their population boom – since the 1970s, the population has increased from about 100 to roughly 4,000. Older students interested in animals can learn about these fascinating mammals at this presentation. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 22, 11am-1pm – 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 “Home for the Holidays.” 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, November 29, 2pm & 7pm – CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Celebrate Christmas early at the Colonial Theatre! Berkshire Theatre Group presents Mary Verdi, a local singer-songwriter who annually performs for the holidays in the Berkshires. Families can sing along to old favorites, and the show will also feature Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet Troupe, a local children’s choir, Berkshire Music School violinists, and Santa Claus. Families will love this special night of nostalgia and holiday music! Best for kids with audience skills. 413-997-4444. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 30, 12noon-5pm – FESTIVAL OF TREES: Join the Berkshire Museum on a wildlife expedition through the galleries with this year’s “Festival of Trees 2014 On Safari.” This annual holiday event will feature more than 100 twinkling, tantalizing holiday trees decorated to evoke an exotic safari adventure. Visitors can expect to see lots of wonderful trees with animals incorporated into the designs – from cuddly stuffed animals to themes focused on the out-of-doors and wildlife. The Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s educational programs, and it is open every day through Sunday, January 4. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7). 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

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Richmond Craft and Country Fair is on November 1 at the Richmond Consolidated School. Come for auctions, local crafters, food, a Scholastic Book Sale, and more. This is a fun late-fall event for the whole family! 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA.

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Friday, November 14, 4:30pm-5:30pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Educators can explore the connections between art, history, and the American experience at “Imagining History: An Evening for Educators with Mort Künstler” at the Norman Rockwell Museum. This workshop takes place in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibition, “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure.” Call to RSVP. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Sunday, November 16, 2pm-3:30pm – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a talk on listening to birdsong with Professor Bruce Byers of the University of Massachusetts. Learn about the complexity of songbird singing and how scientists are working to study these sounds, as well as the natural history of songbirds. Older students interested in birds will enjoy this informative talk. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 29, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate the art of adventure at the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Family Day! See the art of Mort Kunstler, get books and prints signed, hear music by Wind of the Wilderness, see a fly-tying demonstration, hear adventure tales with storyteller Tony Toledo, and build an action-adventure diorama. Families can have a blast together exploring the museum and its new exhibition. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. 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.

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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ALFORD

GREAT BARRINGTON

Fridays, 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. (FREE)

Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: Shop local and handmade for the holidays at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Holiday Handcraft Fair! There will be a market of beautiful children’s games, toys, and other wares, as well as a gently-used-corner, jump rope making for kids, a performance from Roger the Jester, silent auction and raffles, food, a petting zoo, and more. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s 9th Annual Marketplace Menagerie and Craft Fair takes place today, and features a variety of gift items from Berkshire artists and artisans, baked goods, crafts, and more! Get ready for the holidays by getting a jump start on shopping, and keeping your purchases local! 413-528-5260. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, November 15, 2:30pm – DIY: Kids can make their own pumpkin spice lip balm at Berkshire Co-Op Market. This fun DIY workshop is great for fall and would make a great gift for the holidays. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, November 22, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food for Thanksgiving at the Great Barrington Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School! Here you can find local veggies, apples, bread, cheese, meat, yarn, and more. There will also be music, food, and activities for kids. Come support local farmers and artisans at this special holiday market! 413-528-0041. Monument Valley Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, November 29, 4pm & 7pm – FILM: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (1939) at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center! All ages will love seeing this classic film on the big screen. Tickets available in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 29, 4pm – CHORAL MUSIC: The Berkshire Bach Players are holding a Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington. All are welcome to come usher in the holidays and sign in this informal chorus. You are welcome to bring your own score or borrow one at the Church. This event would be best for older students interested in classical music. 413-528-9277. 251 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS WELCOME)

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

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.

SANDISFIELD

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. >$

Saturday, November 1, 7-9pm – ORNITHOLOGY: . Owls are amazing creatures—come learn about their ways and try calling them using tapes on a half-mile walk after dark during an Owl Prowl at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Please RSVP and get cost information by calling 413-229-8600 or e-mailing bcobble@ttor.org. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA

Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm – CRAFT MARKET: The Sheffield Historical Society’s annual Festival of Holidays craft market kicks off November 8 in the Old Stone Store! Come find handcrafted items made by local artisans and get started on your holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society. The sale runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 21. 413-229-2694. 137 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (SALE/FUNDRAISER)

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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