50 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 18-24, 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.
Save 20% in May! Oak Meadow’s Annual May Sale runs from May 12 through May 27 and includes all items in our online bookstore. Save 20% on our K-12 curriculum, which provides challenging and inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase their craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.
Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ email@example.com ♦ www.worthingtongolfclub.com
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Featured Summer Programs
YMCA Camp Apex in Shelburne, MA, the Y’s traditional Summer Day Camp, provides kids activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4pm with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; email@example.com; www.ymcaingreenfield.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 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ www.ohanaperformingarts.com.
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 ♦ email@example.com ♦ barringtonstageco.org
Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Charlemont, MA ♦ The 2019 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 9th outdoor, traveling spectacle, The Princess Bride. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 15 – Aug 7, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 3-6. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. Dates: Jul 15-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ hilltownyouth.org
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Featured Birthday Party Venue
The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; email@example.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.
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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.
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 18-24, 2019
Events Happening in the Hilltown
Saturday, May 18, 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: STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 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 18, 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 18, 8:30am-2:30pm – GARDENING/PLANT SALE: As botanist and indigenous storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, “In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’” Indeed, the plants that surround us give us innumerable gifts and that relationship is meant to be reciprocal. Human beings have co-evolved with all of the other living organisms on this planet. In other words, we are what we are as a species precisely because of our interconnectedness with other species. The Garden Club of Amherst Annual Plant Sale is a great opportunity to take home a perennial to develop your own loving, caring relationship with. Care for the things that care for us! Amherst Common. Amherst, MA
Saturday, May 18, 9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Starting a backyard garden can help your children forge a connection to place…especially if you buy the plants locally! Plant sales connect botanists, horticulturalists, gardeners, and general nature lovers as they exchange their knowledge and their wares. The Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale at Wistariahurst also supports historical learning as the proceeds will benefit ongoing care and maintenance of the historically-inspired Wistariahurst grounds and garden. Arrive early as many plants sell out quickly. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (MARKET/SALE)
Saturday, May 18, 9am-2pm – 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,they will learn about habitat and ecology as you pick out plants that will thrive in the conditions of your home and yard. To read more about the benefits of plant sales and potential family activities surrounding gardening, read our post Plants Sales Support Multidisciplinary Learning in Your Backyard. Annual plant sale is today at the Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 9am-4pm – TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/PLACEMAKING: Chester On Track celebrates the anniversary of the coming of the railroad to Chester, MA, nearly 200 years ago! Chester became a significant railroad hub during the age of steam where 150 men worked around the clock at the roundhouse maintaining the “pusher” engines to move passengers and freight up and over the Berkshire Hills westward. This all-day festival is centered around the antique Chester Railway Station and is perfect for all ages. Stop by the railfan train show at the depot. Marvel at the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers ‘one-lung’ steam & gas engine demos, and classic cars. Displays include a number of 1920’s-era freight cars and caboose. Other features might include carriage rides, live entertainment, craft fair, and local food. Take some time away from downtown to hike the Keystone Arch Bridge Trail along the Wild and Scenic Westfield River to see the actual historic railroad bridges. Tour a working quarry and much more! Held rain or shine, Chester on Track is a must-see Hilltown event that happens every spring. Attendance and parking are free. Chester Railway Station. 413-354-7878. 10 Prospect St, Chester, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 9am-5pm – CULINARY ARTS/CHEESE MAKING: What is fromagère? How about an affineur? Or cheesemonger? Folks who make and age cheese! Learn how to make soft cheese, and gain an understanding of the food chemistry involved in the process of this culinary art. Making Soft Cheeses is an all-day, hands-on workshop hosted by NOFA/Mass and is ideal for the beginning cheesemaker. Using fresh grass-fed pastured raw milk from Upinngil farm, Cliff Hatch, veteran farmer, and cheese artisan will guide participants through the process of making a number of simple cheeses such as Camembert, Chevre, Brie, and Blue cheese. Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, discern what kinds of milk are appropriate for soft cheeses and choose what kind of bacteria to use as a starter. Along the way, participants will learn about the process and history of cheese making and how different cheeses are made. Participants will be given samples of cheese to take home and practice aging. Cliff invites those wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese. With your palette sharpened and techniques honed, you’ll be ready to make your own artisanal cheese. Upinngil Farm. 413-863-4431. 411 Main Rd. Greenfield, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10-11am – STEM/ROBOTICS: Interactive Robotics Demo. A 60-minute demonstration with a 140-pound mobile robot. Students from WPI/Mass Academy’s FIRST Robots Team, along with their professor, will do a combined age-appropriate guided demo/discussion and then engage spectators to operate the robot. Presented by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics Resource Center. Dickinson Memorial Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10am-1pm – LOCAL HISTORY/WALKING TOUR: Members of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee are offering a free guided tour of Florence’s African American Heritage Trail. “Take a Walk in Sojourner’s Shoes” will be an excellent opportunity to explore the Florence of the mid-1800s, when Sojourner Truth lived in this small Massachusetts community. On this special tour, stop midway at the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History for a BYO bag lunch to talk about how Sojourner Truth’s life values can impact current discussions of social justice, equality, and racism. Register online. Free. Rain date: May 19. Meet at the Sojourner Truth Statue, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm – HISTORIC HOMES: The Folly at Field Farm in Williamstown, MA, is New England’s youngest historic house museum is an award-winning architectural gem. As its name suggests, The Folly is both a whimsical and daring structure, designed in 1965 by noted post-modernist architect Ulrich Franzen. Its three bedrooms dance around the form of a pinwheel-shaped guest cottage that still contains its original, contemporary furnishings. Situated on 316 pristine, conserved acres, The Folly is paired on the property with The Trustees’ Mid-Century Modern structure, the Guest House at Field Farm (one of two B&Bs owned and managed by the organization). Field Farm. 413-298-3239. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10-4pm – HISTORIC HOMES: The William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA. The bucolic setting of this homestead provided critical inspiration to one of America’s foremost 19th-century poets and newspaper editors, William Cullen Bryant. In 1865, Bryant converted the two-story farmhouse that once served as his boyhood, summer home into a rambling three-story Victorian cottage. Now a National Historic Landmark, you’ll discover colonial and Victorian pieces from the poet’s family, as well as exotic memorabilia from his extensive European and Asian travels. Outside, you can follow Bryant’s footsteps on this 195-acre pastoral estate, exploring 2.5 miles of hiking trails around the property and ponder how the landscape, portrayed in his poetry 150 years ago, helped inspire the 19th-century land conservation movement that involved Frederick Law Olmsted and his protégé Charles Eliot, founder of The Trustees. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm – HISTORIC HOME: Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA. A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish glimpse of life and design from a golden time. Just a stone’s throw from downtown Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark is both a rare surviving example of a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage” and host to several of the few, publicly accessible landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele. Naumkeag’s many gardens “rooms” and outdoor landscape features—including Steele’s famous Blue Steps—are a pure delight for all ages to explore. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm – HISTORIC HOMES: The Mission House Stockbridge, MA. Down the street from Naumkeag (mentioned above), the Mission House (ca. 1740) harkens back to an even earlier time, when John Sergeant built the structure in his role as the first missionary to the local Stockbridge Mohican tribe. This National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding collection of 18th-century-period furnishings and decorative arts, as well as a small Native American museum that tells the story of the Mohicans. Outside, the property boasts a Colonial Revival garden designed by Fletcher Steele, as well as a charming and bountiful kitchen garden containing 100 herbs, perennials, and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. Mission House. 413-298-3239. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA
Saturday, May 18, 10am-5pm – LIVING HISTORY/FESTIVAL: When the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established in 1629, there were only 400 settlers. By 1640, 20,000 more had arrived and settlements had begun to spring up all over the region. During this period the area around the Connecticut River was settled and the town of Longmeadow was first established in 1644! Come celebrate Longmeadow’s rich colonial history with a weekend-long festival on the Town Green. As a fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society, the annual Long Meddowe Days features historical reenactments, vendors, architectural tours, and fun for the whole family. Town Green. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
Saturday, May 18, 10am-12noon – HOROLOGY/HISTORY: Hour in the Tower at Holyoke City Hall a once in a lifetime Holyoke adventure. Climb the stairs and reach the top of the Holyoke City Hall Clock Tower. Get up close and see the newly repaired clock as well as the 2.5-ton bell which were installed in 1875. If you are brave, you can climb a bit higher and take pictures of Holyoke and beyond. Attendees must be 17 or older. Holyoke City Hall. 536 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10am-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 10:30am-12noon – POETRY WALK: Emily Dickinson is a well-known and well-loved poet, whose life and work help us connect to nature, history, and place. The Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at historic sites in Amherst. Learn about Emily Dickinson’s life in Amherst by visiting sites that were significant to her, while listening to her poetry read aloud. The Poetry Walk will begin in the Homestead garden and proceeds through Amherst, concluding at the poet’s grave in West Cemetery. 413-542-2947. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, May 18, 11am – BUDDHISM/FESTIVAL: Flower Festival to celebrate the birth of the Buddha at the New England Peace Pagoda. Buddha’s birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Come curious, ask questions, and learn more about Prince Siddhartha Gautama and his eastern enlightenment. Blessings, ceremony, musical offerings, and light lunch. New England Peace Pagoda. 413-367-2202. 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 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 18, 1pm – GRAPHIC NOVELS: Meet author-illustrator David Small as he talks about his graphic novel, Home After Dark. Small’s first graphic novel since his best-selling and award-winning memoir, Stitches, Home After Dark delves into the impact of adolescence devoid of positive male models and the often-murky moral decisions boys must make at school, around their community, and inside the home. Best for ages 16+. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 1pm & 4pm – YOUTH CIRCUS/FUNDRAISER: Youth Rise Together is putting on a second Circus for Change fundraiser, an all-youth circus performance by area youth who have trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts and other circus studios in the area! All money raised will be given to the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a local organization helping workers, especially immigrants. The performance will take place at the Circus Barn in the center of Montague. Montague Circus Barn. 2 North St., Montague, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 1-2:30pm – MYCOLOGY/FOOD: Specialty Mushrooms: Curiosity, Cuisine, and Cultivation. Join Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally in an exploration of the magical world of specialty mushrooms at Mycoterra Farm. Discuss the basics of what specialty mushrooms are and why use them in the kitchen and medicine cabinet. Willie will help unveil some of the mystery around medicinal mushroom products and the secrets behind cooking these delicious fungi. Excited to grow them at home? This workshop will discuss growing at home with a mushroom grow kit. Also, tour a specialty mushroom farm and see how sawdust is turned into mushrooms. 978-844-1811. Mycoterra Farm. 75 Stillwater Rd., South Deerfield, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 1-3pm – NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: The Great Falls Massacre occurred on May 19 1676, during King Philip’s War. Near a falls on the Connecticut River, a group of English colonists slaughtered many Native Americans. To commemorate and honor the anniversary of this tragedy, the Nolumbeka Project Day of Remembrance will teach participants about Native American culture and history through multi-media. Attendees will have the chance to walk the area and reflect. Members of the Tribal and non-Tribal public are welcome. Open to all. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, May 18, 2-3:30pm – PARENT CLASS/BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Baby Sign Language Class at the Forbes Library Community Room. Review research and benefits, learn and practice several signs, and learn how to teach American Sign Language to your baby! Participants will learn everything needed to know to get started right away. Benefits of Baby Sign Language: Reduces frustration for everyone; Gives babies the ability to express themselves before they can speak; Accelerates babies’ development of speech; Enhances early literacy skills; Can be more content; and Deepens bonding. Space is limited.Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 3-4pm – IMPROV: Happier Family Comedy Show at The Eric Carle Museum! This hour-long show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. Program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies! The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6336. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Sunday, May 19, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 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 19, 10am-5pm – LIVING HISTORY/FESTIVAL: When the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established in 1629, there were only 400 settlers. By 1640, 20,000 more had arrived and settlements had begun to spring up all over the region. During this period the area around the Connecticut River was settled and the town of Longmeadow was first established in 1644! Come celebrate Longmeadow’s rich colonial history with a weekend-long festival on the Town Green. As a fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society, the annual Long Meddowe Days features historical reenactments, vendors, architectural tours, and fun for the whole family. Town Green. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
Sunday, May 19, 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 19, 12-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/GUIDED TOUR: In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join the museum as they explore the history of the Skinner family, the industrial history of Holyoke, and all of the nooks and crannies of the historic estate. Meet in the Carriage House Visitor’s Center upon arrival. Last tour begins at 3pm. Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA.
Sunday, May 19, 12-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.
Sunday, May 19, 1-2:30pm – LOCAL HABITAT/WILD EDIBLES: The Great Falls Apple Corps is hosting a Wild Edibles Walk. Come get a peek into the abundance of spring edibles, and maybe even have a taste! Food is everywhere if you know where to look. Meet at 1pm at the Unity Park Community Garden (next to the skate park), and head off as a group on a loop around the park and rail trail, ending at the fish ladder (which will be open!). The route is fully paved and accessible. Free event. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Unity Park. Turners Falls, MA.
Sunday, May 19, 2-3pm – FAMILY MUSIC: Mr. Dave at the Arms Library! Celebrate the reopening of the library with a free show for families and kids of all ages. Arms Library. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.
Sunday, May 19, 2pm & 6pm – CLASSIC TALES/MUSICAL: Peter Pan, Jr. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, the fierce Flower Folks, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan, Jr. is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Performances will be held at Jewish Community Center. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)
Monday, May 20, 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 20, 1:30pm & 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.
Monday, May 20, 6-7:15pm – MINDFUL PARNTING: Mindful Parenting Drop-In Group at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA.
Monday, May 20, 6:30pm- BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Starting Your Own Business with Julia Volkman, Founder and President of Maitri Learning, an educational publishing company in Westhampton. She started the company 15 years ago when she was trying to find the perfect materials for her Montessori classroom and discovered that no one made them. She has run Maitri Learning in her home, in a rented office, with contractors, with employees, and with perpetual help from her family and friends. Hear the story of how she started and navigated through the world of sole proprietorship, LLCs and S-corporations to get Maitri Learning where it is today, the gold-standard producer of print-based Montessori early childhood materials. Bring your business ideas and questions for a lively conversation. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Tuesday, May 21, 10:30am-12:30pm – CIVIC ORGANIZATION/FIRE STATION: Wash the Fire Truck and Picnic with the South Hadley Family Center. Join other families for an annual trip to the South Hadley Fire Station to wash the fire truck and then picnic in the grass. The family center will be open from 9:30-10:30am, walking to the fire station (across the street) at 10:30am. (Rain Date: 5/23) South Hadley Family Center. 413-283-7594. 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA.
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/MILL RIVER: The Mill River: History, Transformation, and Why it Matters. Environmental historian John Sinton will talk about the Mill River. His latest book, Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River through Landscape and History tells the multifaceted tale of the Mill River in Western MA, from its emergence after the glaciers 20,000 years ago to the present. This history is, in fact, the story of New England, and much of America. The book takes us on journey, from the creation of the landscape and the contrast between English and Native ways of managing the land to the transformations wrought by war, floods, and industrial disasters to the extraordinary role of the Mill River in the Industrial Revolution, all told through the arc of the Mill River’s history—beloved, abused, diverted, and ultimately reclaimed as an integral part of the landscape.Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.
Wednesday, May 22, 9am-12noon – BOTANY/WILDFLOWERS: Join botanist Connie Parks for a morning of wildflower discovery at beautiful High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary. Noted for its fabulous views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock, this sanctuary is home to an extraordinary variety of native flora and fauna. Enjoy a floral rainbow as spring comes to full flower at High Ledges, where we expect to see bluets, black raspberry, wild red raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, black huckleberry, pink azalea, red columbine, and black snakeroot, among many others. Don’t miss this invigorating walk and the view from the famous ledges. Bring a hand lens and a field guide if you have them. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes and bring insect repellent for better tick protection. High Ledges. Shelburne Falls, MA.
Wednesday, May 22, 4:30-5:30PM – STEM/ STORY HOUR: Reading Ada Twist, Scientist and doing a Volcano experiment. Grades K-2nd. Register here. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/ZINES: Forbes Library Zine Club. Northampton, MA.
Thursday, May 23, 3:15-4:15pm – PODCASTING/TEENS: Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters. For teen sound enthusiasts of all skill levels: learn how to record and edit audio! Make a piece of sound art or start a podcast! Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. Sign up required: email email@example.com or call 413-587-1010. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.
Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7pm – PARENT CAFE: Being a great parent is part natural & part learned … what is a Parent Café? At the Parent Café, parents share information and ideas that help them take care of themselves, build strong relationships with their kids and raise children who thrive. Together parents can talk about the challenges of parenting and build the resilience needed to be good parents. Create a community that supports safe and strong families! Childcare and supper will be provided for free. This event is open to parents with young children. RSVP 413-587-1471. Bridge Street School, 2 Parsons St. Northampton, MA.
Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Check their website to see who is performing this week! Bring a blanket/lawn chairs and have a picnic dinner with family and friends while enjoying live music as the sunsets. Skip the dishes and opt for creating lasting memories and intergenerational connections that strengthen a sense of place in the park! 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm- DEATH/DYING: Green Burial Presentation sponsored by the Council on Aging. Are you caring for your aging parents? Have you thought about being environmentally friendly even after you are gone? Natural or “green” burial is the internment of the dead in a simple coffin or shroud without the use of embalming fluids, allowing natural decomposition of the body. Curious and want to learn more? Speakers Kate Mason, a retired hospice nurse, and Joan Pillsbury, a retired nurse, are both involved with the Funeral Consumers Alliance of WM and Green Burial Massachusetts will give an overview and answer your questions. Sponsored by the COA. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Thursday, May 23, 7pm – PLAY READING/LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT: The Restoration Room. This reading is the third in Silverthorne Theater’s new play reading series. The Restoration Room was written by Northampton playwright Harley Erdman, who is also a professor in the UMass Theater Department. The play follows two academics who struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual and physical attraction. Play readings give a platform for new work to be heard, while offering audience members a chance to assist in the development of new work in our community. Drawing upon direct audience feedback, playwrights are able to gain new insight into how their script translates to a live audience while the theater company is able to consider whether a particular piece will be brought to full production. This reading is free and open to the public. UMass Fine Arts Center (Room 204) 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Friday, May 24, 10-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Zoo on the Go, a live animal program presented by the Zoo in Forest Park! Town Hall. Shutesbury, MA.
Friday, May 24, 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 24, 12-4 pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Countdown to Summer Reading, a combined craftfest and bookfest in one action-packed afternoon. Make a galaxy necklace or keychain, design your own summer reading tote, try your hand at fanfiction and fanart, swag bags and raffles. All free! Pre-registration is required. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.
Friday, May 24, 2:30pm – MINDFUL WALKING: Springtime is a magical time at Mount Greylock, when everything in nature begins to wake up, bloom, and be born. Join Jacqueline Gero on a unique Mindful Outdoor Experience as we wander softly along the wooded trail. Taking the time to breathe in and relax will allow us to truly notice the sights, smells, sounds, textures and feelings of the forest during this exceptional time of spring awakening! Please dress appropriately for early spring weather conditions and wear sturdy boots as trails may be muddy, wet and/or still icy in spots. Meet at the Visitor Center. This program is free and open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.
Friday, May 24, 5:30-7pm – HIKE/BOTANY: Hike & Plant ID in the Williams’ Forest. Explore the springtime forest and beaver ponds on this privately owned land. Nancy Goodman will lead hikers in identifying plants along the way. (Rain date 05/28.) Hosted by Hilltown Land Trust. Free, preregistration required HLTlandsteward@thetrustees.org. 413-628-4485 x4. Plainfield, 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.