Berkshire Family Fun: December 2014

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
December 2014

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

“We can’t possible participate in all the wonderful events that are happening in our area but to have a web site where you can find the one that is right for you or your family is invaluable. I find just reading about all the exciting things that are happening in my area gives me a boost. I think what a vibrant and amazing place I live in, how lucky my family is to have all these options. It is a rich and varied resource that I have grown to depend and rely on. Thank you Hilltowns Families for keeping us connected and growing.” – Meredyth Babcock (Becket, MA)


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ADAMS

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

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Wednesday, December 31, 10pm – TORCHLIGHT PARADE: The New Year’s Eve celebration is a tradition at Jiminy Peak. A Torchlight parade will wind down the mountain shortly after the close of the lifts at 10pm and will be immediately followed by a fireworks display. Families can then make their way into Christiansen’s Tavern to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year! 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA.

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

LANESBOROUGH

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

Saturday, December 27, 3pm – TECHNOLOGY: Discover the role of robots in the future at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Suitable for older students interested in technology. 413-663-6312. 115 State 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

Monday, December 1, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES: Williams College presents the South Asian Film Series: Highlights of Indian Cinema 1955-2013. Film fans can come see key films from the past six decades at this series. On December 1, see Deewar (1975), which is considered a landmark Hindi film. Older students will enjoy this film series, and can learn about both the history of film and Indian culture through the screenings. Takes place in Paresky Center Auditorium. 413-597-3131. 39 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 4, 6:30pm-9pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Support 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)

Friday, December 5, 10:15am – 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)

Friday, December 5, 5pm-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun with Songs, Shopping, and S’mores at the Clark Art Institute on December 5. All ages can visit the Clark to roast s’mores, see ice carving demonstrations, do some caroling with Williams College a cappella groups, and check out the Museum store for unique gifts for the holidays. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, December 6, 3pm-5:30pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: Williamstown’s 31st Annual Holiday Walk includes fun activities for the whole family! The Walk kicks off with the Reindog Parade, where Williamstown’s cutest dogs stroll down Spring Street in their holiday best. You can then go see Santa, a holiday bake-off at The Log, do some cookie decorating, see the tree lighting, and more. There will also be live music throughout the day, a toy drive, caroling, and more. A full schedule and list of events can be found here. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, December 6, 4pm – CHORAL MUSIC: The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College takes place this weekend in the Thompson Memorial Chapel. Choral music will be performed by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, and there will also be congregational singing of carols. In addition to music, this program features a reading of the traditional “lessons” derived from the Biblical Christmas story. Please bring non-perishable food to donate to local food pantries. 413-597-4277. Route 2. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 7, 4pm – CHORAL MUSIC: The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College takes place this weekend in the Thompson Memorial Chapel. Choral music will be performed by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, and there will also be congregational singing of carols. In addition to music, this program features a reading of the traditional “lessons” derived from the Biblical Christmas story. Please bring non-perishable food to donate to local food pantries. 413-597-4277. Route 2. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 14, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food and goods for the holidays 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)

Saturday, December 20, 12midnight-11:59pm – BIRD STUDIES/CITIZEN SCIENCE: Search for birds this December at the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count in northern Berkshire County. This citizen science project takes place around the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. The Bird Count is 24 hours, midnight to midnight, and is open to volunteer bird watchers of all ages and experience levels. This is a cool opportunity for anyone to participate in a citizen science project, learn about birds, and meet community members who are also interested in birds and birding. There will be a potluck dinner at Sheep Hill (671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA) at 6:30pm. Email lre@wrlf.org or call for more information and to sign up. 413-458-5150. Northern Berkshire County. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, December 30, 11am – YOGA: The Clark Art Institute is offering an intergenerational beginning-level yoga class open to ages 10 and up. This is a great opportunity for tweens and teens to learn some basic yoga and discover its benefits. Please bring your own mat or towel. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, December 30, 2:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Clark Art Institute is holding a school vacation week film festival for families on December 30, 31, and January 2. On the 30th, come see Frozen (2013; rated PG). 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 31, 11am – YOGA: The Clark Art Institute is offering an intergenerational beginning-level yoga class open to ages 10 and up. This is a great opportunity for tweens and teens to learn some basic yoga and discover its benefits. Please bring your own mat or towel. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 31, 2:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Clark Art Institute is holding a school vacation week film festival for families on December 30, 31, and January 2. On the 31st, come see Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009; rated PG). 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. 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

Sunday, December 7, 2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Windsor Historical Commission for the dedication of the town flag and an accompanying celebration. Senator Ben Downing and Representative Paul Mark will be in attendance to accept the flag, which will hang in the Great Hall in the Massachusetts State House. A flag will also be hung in the Windsor Town Hall. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

Saturday, December 13, 10am-1pm – NATURE CRAFTS: Join Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for “Boreal Forest Winter Treasures: Balsam Fir Tree Seasonal Wild Crafting.” Learn how to make simple crafts like balsam balm and evergreen sachets with materials you can harvest yourself. These would make great holiday gifts! Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more info. Windsor, MA.

Sunday, December 21, 12noon – HIKING/SOLSTICE: Explore the high elevation boreal forests of Windsor at Tamarack Hollow and Notchview with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center on a Winter Solstice Hike. On this hike, you will learn how to identify evergreen trees and plants. Snowshoes available to rent (>$). Email aimee@gaiaroots.com or call to register. 413-743-4543. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

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BECKET

DALTON

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

LEE

Saturday, December 6, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse presents “Pirates” by Nutshell Playhouse. This performance for all ages is all about pirates and features puppets, music, masks, mimes, and more. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, December 6, 6pm – SANTA/COMMUNITY MEAL: Enjoy dinner with Santa at St. Mary’s School on December 6! There will be delicious food, face painting, elves, carolers, pictures with Santa, and more. Call for tickets. 413-243-1079. Orchard Street. Lee, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 12, 5:30pm-7pm – THEATER: Community Resources for People with Autism and CIP present their 3rd Annual Variety Show – “A Night on Broadway” at Spectrum Playhouse. These talented young performers will sing, dance, and act scenes and songs from some classic Broadway hits. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, and bake sale. Good for all ages. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Friday, December 19, 7pm & 8:15pm – STORYTELLING/CHRISTMAS: Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will tell Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, at the Spectrum Playhouse on December 19. The show is complete with musical accompaniment. All proceeds benefit the Lee High Drama Department. Tickets available in advance. 413-329-6346. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. ($$)

Monday, December 29, 9am-12noon – MUSIC STUDIES: The Spectrum Playhouse is offering a World Music Day Winter Break Camp on December 29. Kids can explore music and instruments from around the world, get crafty making their own instruments from recycled materials, and play their newly-made instruments in a fun jam session. This camp is a great opportunity for kids to discover world music and to play music collaboratively with their peers. Call for more info and to sign up. 413-394-5045. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 30, 9am-12noon – TRAINS: The Good Purpose Gallery is offering a Trains in Winter Winter Break Camp on December 30. Kids can come make and decorate their own train seats, then return at 4:30pm to watch The Polar Express (2004; rated G). Call for more info and to sign up. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. 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)

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28, 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas!413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Thursday, December 4, 6:30pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Support Berkshire Creative at their annual Sparkle fundraiser. Come to the Ventfort Hall for this exciting evening full of delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, live music, and more – all for a good cause! Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-499-1600 x103. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$$)

Friday, December 5, 6pm – TREE LIGHTING: The town of Lenox will light their Christmas tree in Lilac Park on December 5! Come with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and meet with Santa. There will be cookies and hot chocolate at the Community Center. Route 7A. Lenox, MA.

Sunday, December 7, 6pm – TREE LIGHTING: Santa will arrive by fire engine to help with Lenox Dale’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park on December 7! Kids will have a chance to meet Santa and pose for photos at the Fire Station (Elm Street), where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. This fun community holiday event is sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company. 413-637-5542. Walker Street & Crystal Street. Lenox Dale, MA.

Saturday, December 13, 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, December 14, 1pm-3pm – GINGERBREAD HOUSES: Celebrate the holidays and exercise your creativity at the Lenox Library’s 10th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Silent Auction. This year’s theme is “Nutcracker Sweet Home” and there will be entries by chefs, groups, and individuals of all ages. Judges will award prizes in several categories, and each house will be auctioned off to benefit the library after the competition. To learn more about the competition and how to enter, please contact the library. If you plan on entering, please register by December 8. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 14, 2pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Wednesday, December 17, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids of all ages can make their own holiday ornaments at the Lenox Library on December 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)

Friday, December 19, 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, December 20, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, December 21, 2pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Friday, December 26, 3:30pm-5:30pm – MARIONETTES: Puppeteer Carl Sprague will present a marionette production of “Sleeping Beauty” at Ventfort Hall. Learn about antique puppets at this exciting show. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Friday, December 26, 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, December 27, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, December 27, 3:30pm-5:30pm – HISTORY: Tom Hooker Hanford will present “Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town!” on December 27 at Ventfort Hall. In this show, he will present the winter solstice traditions of the British Isles and United States with songs, sing-alongs, audience role playing, and more. All ages can attend this fun performance and learn about these interesting solstice traditions. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 27, 7pm – PERFORMANCE/LITERATURE: Local student actors present “An Evening with Louisa Alcott and her Little Women” at the Lenox Library. This performance of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story is suitable for all ages. Come see the story acted out by talented local students. Tickets available in advance at the main desk. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 28, 2pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a special production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play! The performance is a funny and unique play-within-a-play that tells the classic Christmas Eve tale of It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with live radio commercials, sound effects, and more. This unique performance is a fun way to celebrate Christmas! Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 28. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, December 28, 2pm & 7pm – PERFORMANCE/LITERATURE: Local student actors present “An Evening with Louisa Alcott and her Little Women” at the Lenox Library. This performance of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story is suitable for all ages. Come see the story acted out by talented local students. Tickets available in advance at the main desk. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 28, 3:30pm-5:30pm – MARIONETTES: Puppeteer Carl Sprague will present a marionette production of “Sleeping Beauty” at Ventfort Hall. Learn about antique puppets at this exciting show. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Monday, December 29, 3:30pm – MAGIC: Brothers Pete and Chris will present a super fun magic show on December 29 at Ventfort Hall. Kids will love this slapstick comedy performance! 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

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.

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PITTSFIELD

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.

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 ($)

Friday, December 5, 6pm – TREE LIGHTING: Pittsfield’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is tonight at Park Square!  There will be performances by the Berkshire Hills Chorus and the Taconic High School Chorus before and after the ceremony, an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, free hot chocolate, and more.  Please bring non-perishable food to donate to the Christian Center’s food pantry.  Downtown.  Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, December 6, 10am-11:15am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center is teaching a winter craft activity at the Berkshire Museum on December 6. She will teach you how to make simple crafts like balsam balm and evergreen sachets. Participants can make their own using materials gathered at Tamarack Hollow. Space is limited. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 6, 10am-5pm; Sunday, December 7, 10am-3pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: Shop local and handmade this holiday season at the Alchemy Initiative‘s Handmade Holiday Festival at Berkshire Community College’s Paterson Field House. Here you can find gifts for everyone on your list – the fair includes children’s goods, home goods, jewelry, accessories, fiber arts, ceramics, farm and food products, wellness products, fine art, photography, and paper goods. This annual fair is a great way to support local artists, artisans, and businesses this holiday season. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (MARKET)

Thursday, December 11, 6pm – FILM STUDIES: Learn about film special effects at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema series, “FX in the Berkshires – Middle Earth to the Matrix.” On December 11, come see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001; rated PG-13) and learn about the special effects in the film from Berkshire resident John Nugent, who worked on all three Lord of the Rings films. Older students interested in film studies will love getting to learn about the technology and effects behind this epic film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 13, 10am-2pm – HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: Pittsfield’s Upstreet Holiday Festival takes place December 13 and 20 in the Palace Park parking lot. There will be activities for all, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides from Roaming Railroad, live music, crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, a holiday photo booth, and food for sale. This is a fun way to celebrate the holidays as a community! 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, December 13, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Join the Berkshire Museum for the Festival of Trees Family Day! There will be loads of fun activities for all ages, including Animals Up Close with Rick Roth of Creature Teachers ($), cookie decorating, a chance to see the Museum’s animals get fed, a performance by the Blafield Children’s Chorus, and a Winter Wonderland of Music and Song with with Kids4Harmony, the Pittsfield High School Jazz Ensemble, and Randy & Friends. Most events are free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 14, 2pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, December 18, 7pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Friday, December 19, 7pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, December 20, 10am-2pm – HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: Pittsfield’s Upstreet Holiday Festival takes place December 13 and 20 in the Palace Park parking lot. There will be activities for all, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides from Roaming Railroad, live music, crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, a holiday photo booth, and food for sale. This is a fun way to celebrate the holidays as a community! 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, December 20, 10am-2pm – 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 in the form of a Pet Food Drive at the Super Stop and Shop in Pittsfield. 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. Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, December 20, 2pm & 7pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, December 20, 7pm – FILM/ART: The Berkshire Museum is screening National Gallery (2014), a film that takes you inside the National Gallery in London. See and learn about the works on display in the museum through hearing docents lead tours, seeing restorers at work, and listening in on administrative meetings. This film offers a great opportunity to see the ins and outs of the National Gallery, see its most famous works, and learn how it operates. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 20, 7:30pm – CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Berkshire Lyric Chorus and the Blafield Children’s Chorus come together on December 20 for “Called by Angels,” a Christmas concert at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The concert features classic Christmas songs and is a great holiday event for the whole family. 413-499-0258. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 21, 2pm & 7pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, December 21, 7pm – FILM/ART: The Berkshire Museum is screening National Gallery (2014), a film that takes you inside the National Gallery in London. See and learn about the works on display in the museum through hearing docents lead tours, seeing restorers at work, and listening in on administrative meetings. This film offers a great opportunity to see the ins and outs of the National Gallery, see its most famous works, and learn how it operates. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, December 22, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM/ART: The Berkshire Museum is screening National Gallery (2014), a film that takes you inside the National Gallery in London. See and learn about the works on display in the museum through hearing docents lead tours, seeing restorers at work, and listening in on administrative meetings. This film offers a great opportunity to see the ins and outs of the National Gallery, see its most famous works, and learn how it operates. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, December 22, 7pm – CHRISTMAS/THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents its annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre. All ages will enjoy seeing Dickens’ classic Christmas tale come to life onstage! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Tuesday, December 23, 11am-12noon & 1pm-2pm – 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, December 27, 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. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 27, 2pm – COMMUNITY SING: The Berkshire Lyric Chorus presents a Handel’s Messiah Community Sing at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Come sing along to a professional orchestra with community members. Bring your own vocal score or buy one at the door. 413-499-0258. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, December 27, 7pm-8:30pm – FILM/HISTORY: Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema is screening Diplomacy (2014; not rated) a French and German historical drama film about World War II. Specifically, it is about Hitler’s order to destroy Paris, and Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who tries to persuade the Germans not to destroy the city. The film would appeal to older students with an interest in history. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 28, 7pm-8:30pm – FILM/HISTORY: Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema is screening Diplomacy (2014; not rated) a French and German historical drama film about World War II. Specifically, it is about Hitler’s order to destroy Paris, and Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who tries to persuade the Germans not to destroy the city. The film would appeal to older students with an interest in history. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, December 29, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS at the Berkshire Museum. Come see all your favorite Winnie the Pooh characters played by talented local performers, who will act out the stories and sing songs. All ages will love this performance of A.A. Milne’s classic stories! Ticket cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, December 29, 7pm-8:30pm – FILM/HISTORY: Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema is screening Diplomacy (2014; not rated) a French and German historical drama film about World War II. Specifically, it is about Hitler’s order to destroy Paris, and Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who tries to persuade the Germans not to destroy the city. The film would appeal to older students with an interest in history. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Tuesday, December 30, 11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents a production of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS at the Berkshire Museum. Come see all your favorite Winnie the Pooh characters played by talented local performers, who will act out the stories and sing songs. All ages will love this performance of A.A. Milne’s classic stories! Ticket cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 30, 1pm – PUPPETRY/THEATER: The Berkshire Athenaeum presents a performance of “The Firebird” by the Puppet People. All ages will enjoy this puppet performance inspired by the classic Russian folktale and popular ballet. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 31, 11am-1pm – MAGIC: The Berkshire Museum presents a New Year’s Eve magic show with David Hall. Both kids and adults will enjoy seeing these amazing magic tricks! 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

Saturday, December 27, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Families can join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a fun, easy hike at Hollow Fields. Walk through open fields and enjoy great views of Yokun Ridge. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Friday, December 5, 5pm – CHRISTMAS STORIES: The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives presents an evening of Christmas tales at the Taggart House on December 5. Come hear classic Christmas stories and get excited for the holidays. 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, December 6, 11am-11:30am – HOLIDAY STORYTIME: As part of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas event, the Stockbridge Library is hosting a children’s holiday storytime at their train station location. Kids can come hear favorite holiday stories! 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 6, 11am-4pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: Explore some of Stockbridge’s historic homes and properties as part of Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas on this Holiday House Tour. The self-guided tour will take you to Undermountain Mansion, Ventfort Hall Mansion, the Ripley House, Elm Court Estate, October Mountain Farm, and Cherry Cottage. Discover local history and learn about the Stockbridge of the past on this tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Chamber of Commerce or on the day of at the Red Lion Inn. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 6, 3pm-5pm – CHRISTMAS COOKIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun decorating cookies with Santa at the Norman Rockwell Museum on December 6. Santa will be at the museum to help visitors decorate cookies, and there will also be holiday music and gallery talks about Norman Rockwell’s holiday art. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 6, 6pm-7pm – CAROLING: Participate in the Caroling Luminaria Walk as part of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas festivities. Meet in front of the Red Lion Inn with your flashlight or candle, sing carols, and walk to the First Congregational Church with luminarias. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm – CHORAL MUSIC: Celebrate the holidays at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge at the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Holiday Concert. There will be performances by the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, the Blafield Children’s Chorus, and others. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 7, 12noon-2pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Recreation is December 7. Stroll down Main Street and see it as it was when Norman Rockwell painted his famous painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.” Antique cars will be parked along the street, and there will be music, carols, Christmas food, Roger the Jester, kids’ activities, and visits with Santa. This holiday event allows you to get an idea of what Stockbridge was like in the past, while celebrating the present-day town and the upcoming holidays. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Saturday, December 27, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 27, 5:30pm-7pm – FASHION STUDIES: Discover how the writings of Charles Dickens inspired the artwork of Norman Rockwell at “Victorian Holiday: Fashion in the Dickensian Era” at the Norman Rockwell Museum. View Rockwell’s holiday paintings and learn about Dickensian fashions from Linda Meyer of Lynda’s Antique Clothing Loft in Adams, MA. Older students interested in art, literature, and fashion will enjoy seeing how the three are related at this program, which is free with museum admission or $ for just the program. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 28, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Monday, December 29, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, December 30, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, December 31, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. 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

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, December 27, 12noon-2pm – BOARD GAMES: School-aged readers can come to the West Stockbridge Public Library with friends and family to play board games together during winter vacation. 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, December 30, 12noon-2pm – BOARD GAMES: School-aged readers can come to the West Stockbridge Public Library with friends and family to play board games together during winter vacation. 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

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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)

Thursday, December 4, 9:30am – STEM: Join South Berkshire Kids at CHP in Great Barrington for a STEM program. Everyone is invited to come engage in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on activities. 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 13, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food and goods for the holidays 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)

Wednesday, December 17, 10am-11am – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy hike at Housatonic Flats. Explore this beautiful floodplain that is adjacent to the Housatonic River. This hike is on flat ground and is fine for all ages and abilities. 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA.

Sunday, December 21, 7pm – FILM/CHRISTMAS: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is screening It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). This classic Christmas film will delight all ages and get everyone in the Christmas spirit! 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, December 23, 6pm – CIRCUS: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents the Big Apple Circus in HD – Metamorphosis. Enjoy this thrilling circus performance from New York on the big screen. There will be classic circus stunts that will entertain the whole family. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. 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

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, 10am-4pm – CRAFT MARKET: The Sheffield Historical Society’s annual Festival of Holidays craft market happens 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)

Saturday, December 13, 10am-12noon – HIKING/SANTA: Spend this morning on a special half-mile hike with Santa at Bartholomew’s Cobble! Kids can learn about nature and the wonders of winter while spending time friends, parents, and Santa. Adults free; cost for children includes a present. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 13, 4pm – PERFORMANCE: Local composer David Anderegg will present his folk opera, “The Beasts,” on December 13 at Old Parish Church in Sheffield. Based on the European tradition that animals can speak on Christmas Eve, this story includes a parrot, a goldfish, a wolf, a puppy, their owner Joseph and his girlfriend, and an angel. The choral work is performed by Quintessential, and proceeds benefit the Berkshire Humane Society, the Sheffield Food Program, and Breaking Bread Kitchen in Great Barrington. 125 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 27, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING: Join the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a snowshoe trek. Explore the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river, as well as wildlife tracks and signs, on this easy-to-moderate trek. Snowshoes available in kid and adult sizes. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 27, 6:30pm-11pm – CONTRA DANCE: Sheffield’s Mid Winter Contra Dance is on December 27 at Dewey Hall. There will be a potluck at 6:30pm, followed by a beginner contra lesson at 7:30pm, and then the community contra dance begins at 8pm. There will be music by the Eclectic Jam Band and calling by Kathryn Wedderburn. This is a fun opportunity for families to attend a contra dance together, and for those who have never been before to learn. 860-672-6101. 91 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

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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