40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 11-17, 2019
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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!
Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.
In Bloom in Western Mass, June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, email@example.com
Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.
Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hike & Picnic Through the Seasons at Notchview, a property of The Trustees, on Saturday, May 11, from 11am-12pn in Windsor, MA. What is Notchview’s forest like during the spring? What is in bloom? Who do you see? What are the trees like? What sounds do you hear? Find out at their seasonal hike & picnic! Explore the woods, look for wildlife, and learn about the plants & trees that call Notchview home. Afterward, folks will return to the lodge to make & draw in their nature journals. The hike ends with a woodland-inspired story & light snack. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy with the group or order one through Notchview for additional $15. Register at least 2 days in advance. Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20. Info email@example.com.
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Featured Summer Programs
Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; email@example.com; baypath.edu.
KidsAct! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting theatre program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 7-14yo. Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ barringtonstageco.org
Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, LOL Surprise week creating dance routines for music videos and a daily fashion show, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996 ♦ email@example.com ♦ www.ohanaperformingarts.com.
Camp MacDuffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. firstname.lastname@example.org. summer.macduffie.org
Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ email@example.com ♦ www.bhninc.org
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Featured Birthday Party Venue
Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.
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MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.
ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at email@example.com for more information on how you can be added at any time.
LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 11-17, 2019
Events Happening in the Hilltown
Saturday, May 11, 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO/COMMERCIAL-FREE: Every Saturday, Valley Free Radio offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am. Tune in on your FM dial to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA), or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. From 9-10am is the Hilltown Family Variety Show: HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons! Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!
Saturday, May 11, 7:30-11am –ORNITHOLOGY: Bird Walks with long-time birder, Charles B. Quinlan. This weekly bird walk steps off at the Old Creamery. BYO binoculars or borrow a pair. 413-634-0334. 445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 8am-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL/PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Community meals are great intergenerational opportunities to sit down with neighbors of all ages, making connections and nurturing relationships across the generations. Participating in a community pancake breakfast does more than filling your belly… it strengthens the social fabric of the community by developing a sense of place in our children! Celebrate the founding of Springfield (May 13, 1636) at the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast. This event features pancakes and family entertainment and allows families to meet and spend time with community members of all ages. For more information, visit the Spirit of Springfield website. State Street to Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)
Saturday, May 11, 9am-1pm – TOUCH A TRUCK: Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH. Brattleboro, VT.
Saturday, May 11, 9am-1pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/GARDENING: Now that winter is finally over, it’s time to break out the trowels and start gardening! Instead of tossing out your pots or stacking them up in the garage to let them molder for decades, bring them down to the Annual Garden Pot Exchange so they can be put to good use. Hosted by Northampton ReUse, promoting waste reduction through reusing, recycling, and sharing as part of their annual plant sale. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, May 11, 9am-5pm – PLANT SALE: Tending to a family garden or even just watering house plants can teach kids about responsibility and various branches science at the same time! Plant sales offer the opportunity to support local horticulturalists as well. Bringing your child along to a plant sale, he or she will learn about habitat and ecology as you pick out plants that will thrive in the conditions of your home and yard. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale will provide thousands of woody and herbaceous plants for purchase. The plants will be displayed by habitat and include plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals, and vines. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)
Saturday, May 11, 10-11am – ENTOMOLOGY/LADYBUGS: Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Ladybugs! After waking up from their winter sleep Ladybugs are very hungry! Learn what ladybugs want for lunch and what they do in spring. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hadley, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 10am-5pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy Day! Get ready for out of this world fun in the Science Museum. Test your knowledge of the solar system, tour our rooftop observatory, and hear presentations by astronomy experts. Plus–space projects and book giveaways. Free with museum admission! Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 10:30-11:50am – LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY: Calvary and Elmwood Cemeteries Tour. Join Bob Comeau on a tour of two prominent side-by-side cemeteries in Holyoke. Learn about Holyoke’s illustrious and not-so-illustrious historical citizens as well as the purposeful landscapes and remarkable monuments. Park in Calvary Cemetery. Wear comfortable shoes. Calvary Cemetery. Northampton Street. Holyoke, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 11am – ART TECHNIQUE/ACRYLIC PAINT: Learner’s Lab: Acrylic Art. Join the Berkshire Museum’s own Alliey Pevay for an introduction to acrylic pouring as an easy technique for creating abstract works of art. Experiment with colors and consistencies to create your own abstract masterpiece and learn how to start pouring at home without breaking the bank. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 11am-12pm – HIKE & PICNIC: Hike & Picnic Through the Seasons at Notchview, a property of The Trustees, on Saturday, May 11 from 11am-12pm in Windsor, MA. What is Notchview’s forest like during the spring? What is in bloom? Who do you see? What are the trees like? What sounds do you hear? Find out at their seasonal hike & picnic! Explore the woods, look for wildlife, and learn about the plants & trees that call Notchview home. Afterward, folks will return to the lodge to make & draw in their nature journals. The hike ends with a woodland-inspired story & light snack. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy with the group or order one through Notchview for additional $15. Register at least 2 days in advance. Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20. Info email@example.com. Windsor, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 11am-1pm – GUIDED HIKE/BOTANY: Take a walk on the wildflower side of Mount Greylock with a Park Guide exploring the burgeoning forest for spring ephemerals that bloom for a brief time from late-April through mid-May. Along the way, discover and identify a stunning diversity of seasonal flora like Carolina spring beauty, trillium (wake-robin), Dutchman’s-breeches, trout lily, Jack-in-the-pulpit and Pink Lady’s-Slipper. Easy trail walk. Free and open to ages 8+. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 11am-4pm – TRADITIONAL ARTS/BLACKSMITHING Storrowton Village Museum will host its annual Blacksmith Collective. Take a look at the trade and artistry of blacksmithing, from medieval time to the 21st century. Live demonstrations of blacksmithing tools, techniques, and tradition. Stories of how blacksmiths played a major role in helping to build places where people lived and worked. All age welcomed! See toys made by blacksmiths and try an activity that teaches the science behind molding metal. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 12-3pm – KNITTING CLASS: Learn to Knit in Three Hours. Northampton Wools’ signature class designed to teach the long tail cast on, knitting, purling and casting off as you make your first fingerless mitt. Bring or purchase a size 9 straight needles and a ball of yarn. Northampton Wools. 413-586-4331. 29 Pleasant St, Ste 101, Northampton, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 1-2 pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary presents: The Wonderful World of Birds. Learn about the wonder of birds through hands-on activities. Observe different feathers, sing like birds, and explore different species. Meet in the Great Hall. For families and all ages. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 1-2:30pm – CONSUMERISM/SUSTAINABILITY: Workshop: Zero-waste Grocery Shopping with Brigid Lundy. Have you heard? The U.N. has stated that by 2050, there will be the same amount of plastic as there is fish in the ocean. Would you like to help keep our waters and land clean for future generations? Little by little, we can all do this by reducing our own consumption of food, drink, and personal care packaging. Join Brigid Lundy, otherwise known as the “Cape Cod Minimalist” from Instagram and YouTube, as she shares her own strategies for reducing her waste at home and on the road! River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 1-3:30pm – DENDROLOGY: Holyoke Tree Tour. Join Tom Kass, Licensed Forester, on an escorted bus tour of many of Holyoke’s notable, vintage and historic trees. The tour will take participants through neighborhoods, a cemetery, and Mt. Tom Reservation to observe and learn about a wide variety of trees. Space is limited. Note that walking/hiking is involved so wear appropriate footwear and bug spray. Bring water. Comfort facilities are available for use at the library and reservation. Free. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 2pm – STORYTIME/COSMOLOGY: Special Storytime: Matt Phelan, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and Jane Yolen. A Kite for Moon, co-written by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and illustrated by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, tells the heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this book pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first US moon landing. After the storytime, guests will create their own flying kites, machines, and orbiting planets to add to Bobbie’s Meadow. Book signing to follow the program. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, May 11, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CHORUS: Music on Main presents Hampshire Young People’s Chorus in its Twentieth Anniversary Concert. The concert features newly commissioned works by three local composers. Additionally, the choir will perform folk song settings, spirituals, and pieces from Canada, Norway, Israel, Kenya, Ghana, Australia, and China. First Congregational Church. 165 Main St., Amherst, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!
Sunday, May 12 – ICHTHYOLOGY: Community-based educational opportunity available for all ages as fish lifts and ladders showcase a broad species of fish and the environmental challenges they face. Critical thinking is an essential by-product as children view the efforts made to maintain a river’s natural flow at the Turners Falls Fish Ladder (Opens this weekend!) and the Robert E. Barrett Fishway in Holyoke. Read our post, Fish Ladder & Lift Elevates Local Learning & Critical Thinking, and make plans for a visit this weekend or next week!
Sunday, May 12, 9:30am-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Old Sturbridge Village offers free admission to all mothers on Mother’s Day. Family events are planned throughout the day, including demonstrations of cooking, special performances of stories and poetry, and more. You can also ‘meet’ a 19th-century midwife! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 11am-5pm – PALEONTOLOGY/DINOSAURS: Last day to catch the exhibit, Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas at the Springfield Museums. Using a combination of captivating computer simulations and incredible lifelike models, this interactive exhibition reveals how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed and highlights new research by leading scientists from around the world. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 11am & 1pm – MOTHER’S DAY/POETRY: Looking for something nice to do with mom on Mother’s Day? Mothers’ Day Tea and Poetry at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will include a proper afternoon tea in the parlor, complete with pastries, scones, and sandwiches. There will also take guided tours of the historic house. Bryant’s poetry will be read aloud in the library. Visiting the homestead could be the perfect mother’s day for moms and families interested in local history, poetry, and tea! 413-532-1631. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. ($$ – $$$)
Sunday, May 12, 11am-3pm – NATURE-BASED SCAVENGER HUNT: Adventurous “seek and find” treasure hunts designed as a self-guided activity. Discover the fascinating cultural and natural landscape of the Park as you explore the base or Summit of Mount Greylock. Scavenger Hunt Fun Sheets at either the Visitor Center or Summit. This program is free for all ages and skill levels. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 12:30pm – ART STUDIES/VAN GOGH: Art on Screen: Van Gogh: of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies. Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 1-4pm – MOTHER’S DAY/FOOD TRADITION: Shelburne Historical Society hosts Mother’s Sweetheart Tea. Bring your mother or grandmother, or special lady who has been a mentor, for an English-style cream tea! Sweet and savory snacks, including some from Alice Brown’s original recipe book for the Sweetheart Teahouse, will be served along with a performance of live harp music. Spring hats and corsages are encouraged but optional. Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.
Sunday, May 12, 5-6:30om – COMMUNITY SING: Earthdance is holding a community sing and potluck with Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder. Penny brings community members together through song. She is a dynamic and energetic teacher whose love of music is infectious anthe d ability to lead and teach is unsurpassed. Bring your favorite mother to sing rounds of songs rich in history and lore. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.
Monday, May 13, 10am-3pm – FINDING YOUR WAY STATION: Discover ways to navigate outdoors while having fun exploring a hands-on activities-based investigation station featuring useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass and traditional methods of pathfinding in the forest or your back yard. Learn a few tricks for identifying wildlife signs and trees by their leaves or bark. Make your own map and enjoy related scavenger hunts. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may be led by a Park Interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Monday, May 13, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM STUDIES/IRANIAN CINEMA: Screening of Ill Fate. This long-overdue documentary explores the role and image of women in Iranian cinema from the introduction of the moving images around 1900 through the Iranian Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic government in 1979. Fascinating research and insight illuminate dozens of clips from rare and classic titles. [Documentary, not rated, 1 hr. 28 min., 2018. Persian with English subtitles.] Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP/MENTAL HEALTH: Parent Workshop, Anxiety/Depression Training. East Longmeadow Public Library is offering an informational training with Madison Bull, M.Ed, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. When a parent suffers from anxiety/depression how that can affect your child. At this workshop, learning: How to identify symptoms in your child; What resources are out there and how to access them; Books & referral information & how to navigate and advocate for your child when school-aged; Question and Answer allotted time for specific questions. Register here. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.
Tuesday, May 14, 6pm – ENTOMOLOGY/ BEEKEEPING: Join local beekeepers for a season-appropriate discussion and demonstration using the Berkshire Botanical Garden apiary. Focus on sustainable beekeeping techniques: raising and sourcing bees locally, managing pests and diseases ecologically, and creating beneficial habitats for honeybees and native pollinators alike. New to beekeeping? Learn how to get started with your first hives. Are you a seasoned beekeeper? Your experience and knowledge will be invaluable to others in the group! 413-357-4657. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8pm – SUSTAINABILITY/SOLAR ENERGY: Solar Batteries with Northeast Solar. Solar and batteries go together like peas and carrots! Learn how a new or preexisting solar array on your property can be paired with a modern lithium-ion battery. When a battery is paired with a solar array, you can run portions of your home during a power outage. Pre-registration required: 413-584-2665. River Valley Co-Op. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.
Wednesday, May 15, 10am – ORNITHOLOGY/BIRD HOUSES: While some birds build nests on tree branches, shrubs, porches, and gutters, others seek an enclosure of sorts. These “cavity nesters” look for holes in wood to build nests and lay eggs. When there aren’t enough holes to go around, birdhouses (also known as nest boxes) come in handy! They provide valuable homes for many species of birds including the Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows that return every year to raise their families in the nest boxes here on Mount Greylock. Join guest presenter and Volunteer Bluebird Nestbox Monitor, Mary Keitelman, for this informative talk and colorful video presentation about bird nest boxes, how to care for them and best practices to protect the beautiful native birds that inhabit them. This program is co-sponsored by Mass Audubon. Meet at the Visitor Center. This program is free for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Wednesday, May 15, 12-1pm – ARCHITECTURE/SUSTAINABILITY: Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net-zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Learn what makes our building a unique teaching tool, empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and my community?” Arrive curious with your questions! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Wednesday, May 15, 3:30pm – NUTRITION/EARLY CHILDHOOD: Join Katie Shepherd, RD for Food Explorers. Parents and children will learn about the food groups in MyPlate and read “I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato” while creating chocolate hummus flower sandwiches. K-2nd Graders. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.
Thursday, May 16, 10am-12noon – PRINTMAKING: Experiments in Printmaking Workshop for self-directed learners. Create a series of prints in this facilitated program designed to introduce printmaking techniques including collagraph, monotype, and stenciling. Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Thursday, May 16, 3:45-5:30pm – GARDENING/TEEN GIRLS: Garden Girls, free weekly gardening program for girls ages 13-17, is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe place to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands-on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID and gardening allows us to connect to each other and the land. Garden Girls will be planting public access gardens and fruit trees throughout Holyoke, transforming ignored and unused spaces into delicious and productive forest gardens! Meet at Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.
Friday, May 17, 10:30am – NUTRITION/EARLY CHILDHOOD: Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian. Parents and Children will learn by using the book “Sometimes vs. Anytime” while sorting foods into the correct food group. Fruit and Yogurt Smiley Face Snacks will be created. Ages 3-5
Register Here. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.
Friday, May 17, 11:00am – 1:30pm – GUIDED HIKE: This popular Interpreter led hike explores many of the exciting hidden features of Mount Greylock. Weekly hikes to waterfalls, old growth forest, scenic vistas, and cultural sites may include suggestions on trail etiquette, flora and fauna identification, environmental stewardship, and bear awareness. Best for ages 8+ with an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Friday, May 17, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/RUSSIAN HISTORY: Meeting Gorbachev. Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, sits down with filmmaker Werner Herzog to discuss his many achievements. Topics include the talks to reduce nuclear weapons, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of his country. [Documentary, not rated, 1 hr. 32 min., 2018. English; Russian, German, and Polish with English subtitles.] Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Chester, Heath, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, South Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Russell, Shutesbury, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.