Berkshire Family Fun: January 2018
Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of January. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:
Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Sandisfield, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street.
Adams Visitor’s Center. 3 Hoosac Street.
Adams Library. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street.
Adams Lions Club
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road.
Abbot School. 56 North Country Road.
Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188
Saturday, January 20, 11am-7pm
Come in out of the cold for a day of art and music with MASS MoCA’s free day! This is a perfect opportunity to explore the newly expanded museum and its new long-term installations. All day long the museum will be offering a variety of events for visitors; create your own art and discuss the artistic process with MASS MoCA artist Barbara Ernst Prey, attend a sing along where you play the instruments (no experience necessary), and check out a dance performance followed by a workshop where you can learn the steps yourself. Throughout the day visitors will also be able to attend gallery tours, where you can explore the cutting edge and thought provoking art of this amazing museum. For more information and a full list of events, please visit MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA (FREE)
Windsor Lake. Kemp Avenue and Bradley Street.
The Maker’s Mill. 100 Eagle Street.
DownStreet Art. Main Street and downtown.
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.
Houghton Mansion 413-358-5239. 172 Church Street.
Sunday, January 7, 1-4pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/INNER STRENGTH
Start the new year off on a positive note, at the Clark Art Institute. The new year is a wonderful time to reconnect with yourself and gain strength for the times ahead. This event celebrates new beginnings, inner strength, and positive reflection. There will be a guided gallery tour focusing on loving awareness. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend an open studio and create works of art that celebrate their hopes and dreams for the new year. For more information visit Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 10am
Experts agree that exposing young children to art is extremely beneficial in a number of important areas. Boosting creativity is a given but using paintbrushes and other art supplies can build fine motor skills. Perhaps most importantly, creating art can be a huge self esteem boost for young children. The Clark Art Institute would like to invite community members to this session of the popular ‘Start With Art’ program. This event will focus on storytelling and will provide plenty of art supplies and projects for children to create with. For more information please visit Clark Art Institute. This event is suitable for children ages 3-6. Don’t forget to bring art-appropriate clothing; things could get messy! Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Sunday, January 14, 3-4pm
Get ready for a concert unlike any other. If you are interested in music that pushes the boundaries of sound and explores the nature of music itself, this is the event for you! Williams College own I/O Ensemble specializes in cutting-edge music, which challenges our traditional ideas. At this event the I/O Ensemble will be performing American composer Michael Pisaro’s haunting and serene Ricefall, a piece for sixteen percussionists, which is created by dropping grains of rice onto a variety of “resonant materials.” This piece investigates the relationship between sound and motion “like a gentle shower.” For more information please visit Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm
Are you enchanted by opera? Perhaps you’ve considered learning to become an opera singer yourself. This event is a great opportunity to experience opera singing up close and personally. The Williams College Opera Workshop brings together opera singers to hone their skills and develop as artists together. Each season, the workshop culminates in this exciting concert. This special performance includes selections from Mozart’s operas The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. Other selections include modern pieces such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and scenes from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera. For more information please visit Williams College Music. Chaplin Hall. 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.
Notchview Reservation 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.
Tuesday, January 16, 6-8pm
Attention all crafting enthusiasts! If you love learning new crafting skills, this is the event for you. There are plenty of beautiful and useful things to do with recycled textiles, old garments, or scraps of fabric. Textile crafting expert Crispina Ffrench will be demonstrating how to make a charming, cheerful entryway garland. All supplies will be provided, no experience necessary. For more information and to register, please visit Becket Athenaeum. Becket, MA (FREE)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 1pm
The renowned theater company “Shakespeare and Company” is kicking off its Winter Studio Festival with three readings of important contemporary plays. From Carson Kreitzer, TIMEBOMB is a new climate change comedy that illustrates the dramatic risks of ignoring the signs of what’s coming. Liz Duffy Adams’ Wonders of the Invisible World takes audiences back to post-witch hunt Salem for a glimpse into colonial New England life. And legendary playwright Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child is a haunting look at the secrets that threaten to tear a midwestern family apart. All plays will be followed by a discussion with the director and actors. For more information visit Shakespeare and Company. Lenox, MA ($$)
Sunday, January 14, 1pm
Shakespeare and Company’s Winter Studio Festival continues with two more plays by significant voices in the theater world. Audiences are in for a real treat with a newly discovered play by local literary giant Edith Wharton! The Shadow of a Doubt is set in England and tells a story of the darkness that undercuts a world of social privilege and wealth. With Wharton’s trademark wit and social observation, this powerful tale leads its heroine down a dangerous path of extortion and deception. The festivals last show is Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, a humorous and poignant story of a young woman’s struggle with terminal illness, set in the Berkshires. For more information please visit Shakespeare and Company. Lenox, MA ($$)
Lenox Community Center. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street.
Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 472 West Mountain Road.
Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.
Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.
Sunday, January 7, 1-4pm
In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, identified four basic freedoms that everybody in the world ought to be able to enjoy: freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Four Freedoms Coalition has been working locally in the Berkshire region to promote this ideal. Join the Four Freedoms Coalition for an afternoon of songs and spoken word celebrating solidarity and standing against discrimination and hatred. This event will also feature an open house where community members can connect with partner organizations and other groups supporting resilience and connectedness. For more information visit Songs and Sounds of Solidarity. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 11am-12pm
FILM SCREENING/SENSORY FRIENDLY
Berkshire Museum, in partnership with Berkshire Early Autism Resources, is screening family films in a sensory friendly environment for children with sensitivities to light and sound. If traditional movie theater environments are challenging for your child, this is the event for you! This event will be showing “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.” For more information and to register, please visit Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield, MA ($)
Monday, January 15, 8am-2pm
MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to honor one of America’s greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service event – taking place in the Connector building at BCC’s main campus. The National Day of Service event begins at 8am. with registrations and a light breakfast. Then, at 9:am – Dr. Francis Jones-Sneed, a Professor of History, Political Science & Public Policy at MCLA, will give a keynote address about the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and his call for more community service. Then, from 10am-2pm, attendees will go out into the community to volunteer to serve at Habitat for Humanity, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, or Harvest Table in the Berkshires. People interested in volunteering on this day are asked to please register in advance. Contact Charles Stephens, BCC’s Career Center Coordinator, at email@example.com or 413-236-1611. Pittsfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)
Friday, January 19, 8:30am
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to serving his community and society at large. We can take this opportunity to honor his legacy by doing what we can to work for positive change within our communities. Berkshire Community College, in partnership with many local organizations, is offering this annual day of service in celebration of Dr. King’s commitment to making the world a better place. Community members will have the opportunity to volunteer at a number of local charities, including Habitat for Humanity and the Harvest Table, which provides community meals. For more information and to register to volunteer, please visit Berkshire Community College. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Friday, January 19, 7-8:30pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
If you are fan of Vincent Van Gogh or modern art you will not want to miss this extraordinary cinematic event! There may be other films about the life of ‘the father of modern art,’ but Loving Vincent is a biopic unlike any other. The first fully painted animated feature film, Loving Vincent is made up of 65,000 frames, each one an oil painting on canvas, created by over 125 painters, using the same painting techniques as Van Gogh himself. Since the film’s release earlier in 2017, it has been awarded numerous prizes and has become an audience favorite. For the first time ever, audiences will have the opportunity to see Van Gogh’s groundbreaking paintings truly come to life. For more information please visit Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield, MA ($)
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-9pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/PUERTO RICO
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico is still struggling in the midst of a humanitarian disaster. Thousands are still homeless and without electricity. As the American government continues to cut relief funding, the work of nonprofits becomes more and more important. Come support these efforts to help people in Puerto Rico get their lives back together and enjoy a night of food, music, and dancing! All profits go directly to groups working in Puerto Rico. For more information please visit Puerto Rico Fundraiser. Whitney Center for the Arts. Pittsfield, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Beacon Cinema. 413-358-4780. 57 North Street.
Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street.
Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street.
The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.
Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.
Saturday, January 13, 2pm
Are you interested in learning about how to adapt your garden to the challenges of climate change? Water shortages and rising temperatures are just a few of the new problems 21st century gardeners will have to navigate. For renowned author and gardener Ken Druse, the solution lies in strategic uses of shade. Druse writes, “the garden of the future will be in the shade.” Druse is a true gardening celebrity: his 1988 book The Natural Garden was listed as one of the greatest books on the subject of all time by the American Horticultural Society. Since then, Druse has twenty books on gardening. Come listen to Druse speak about how shade can be employed to best protect your garden in an era of unprecedented climate change. For more information and to register, please visit Berkshire Botanical Garden. Stockbridge, MA ($$)
Friday, January 19, 6pm
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase ‘chamber music’? The term refers to music played by a small number of musician, or the number that could comfortably fit in a palace chamber or room. Designed to be intimate in nature, chamber music has been described as ‘the music of friends’ and German romantic author and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described chamber music as “four rational people conversing.” So come in out of the cold and enjoy an intimate evening of chamber music! Featuring some of the brightest young stars of the classical music world, the Berkshire Chamber Players is pleased to offer the second concert of its 2017-2018 season. For more information please visit Stockbridge Library. Stockbridge, MA ($)
Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. 57 Interlaken Road.
Naumkeag. 5 Prospect Hill.
Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.
Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.
West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.
Wednesday, January 17, 11:30am-12:30pm
SELF DIRECTED LEARNING/SPANISH
Spanish is one of the fastest growing language in the United States and learning Spanish also allows you to read some of the world’s most beautiful literature in its original language. Just imagine being able to appreciate all the subtlety and nuance in the evocative poetry of Pablo Neruda or the mind-bending stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Get started with Spanish at an early age with this introductory course for homeschoolers! For more information and to register, please visit Great Barrington Libraries. Mason Library. Great Barrington, MA ($$)
Sunday, January 21, 1-4pm
The music of legendary Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev brings the timeless tale of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to life with the Bolshoi Ballet! This fresh retelling of a classic story preserves all the tragic beauty of this tale of love and family hatred. When the ballet originally premiered in 1938 in Czechoslovakia, it featured a peculiar twist: it had a happy ending! Needless to say, this provoked a massive controversy and the ballet is now known in its revised form. Enjoy the beautiful music of Prokofiev and the stunning athletic display of the Bolshoi Ballet in this special presentation of the “Bolshoi Ballet in HD.” For more information please visit Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Great Barrington, MA ($)
Triplex Cinema. 70 Railroad Street.
Lake Mansfield. 413-528-2810, ext. 30. Lake Mansfield Road.
Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.
Wednesday, January 17, 5:30-7pm
While the medical establishment is only just getting wise to the benefits of fermented food and gut bacteria, traditional communities from around the world have used this method to both preserve their food and build up resilient immune systems. As fermenting enthusiasts know, you can ferment almost anything! At this workshop, participants will learn how to do some basic hot pepper ferments and learn how to make their own hot sauce at home. For more information and to register, please visit Great Barrington Libraries. Ramsdell Library. Housatonic, MA (FREE)
Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Friday, January 19, 7:30-9:30pm
CONCERT/SWEDISH FOLK MUSIC
Scandinavian folk music comes from a very different musical tradition from what we are used to. Using different instruments, including the beautiful and otherworldly nyckelharpa, the sounds of Scandinavian folk music are both familiar and distinct. Come listen to an evening of lively and exuberant Swedish folk music performed by Jaerv, a renowned, award winning quintet that has toured all around the world and is currently in the midst of an American tour. Some of these songs are over 700 years old! For more information please visit Dewey Hall. Sheffield, MA ($)