Weekly Suggested Events for August 21-27, 2021

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Late August in Western Massachusetts is an opportunity to take in the last lawn concerts, reading programs, and summer family fun events before we turn the corner into September! Enjoy!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

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Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!
Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.
FEATURED PROGRAM: Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Shutesbury, MA.

Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.

Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA,  is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are "writ large" in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton's environs, focusing on places they don't usually have access to, and learn about our "place" in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: kheidinger@biocitizen.org; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.
FEATURED CLASS: Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures

Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA, is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are “writ large” in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton’s environs, focusing on places they don’t usually have access to, and learn about our “place” in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: kheidinger@biocitizen.org; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.

FEATURED MUSEUM
Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, MA

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in Northampton, MA, announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be FREE all weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy, and enjoyable as possible. 

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in Northampton, MA, announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be FREE all weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy, and enjoyable as possible. 

FEATURED MUSIC CLASSES
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Experience the joy, creativity, and connection found when making music! Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for in-person and virtual music lessons, classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will help you accomplish your personal musical goals. Offering instruction in over 30 instruments and voice, their registration team can help you decide whether to rent or purchase your instrument. Getting started is easy – your music lesson or class is just a click or phone call away! For more info: 

Experience the joy, creativity, and connection found when making music! Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for in-person and virtual music lessons, classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will help you accomplish your personal musical goals. Offering instruction in over 30 instruments and voice, their registration team can help you decide whether to rent or purchase your instrument. Getting started is easy – your music lesson or class is just a click or phone call away! For more info: 
info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Hadley, MA

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.
Virtual, In-Person/Indoors

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst
Amherst, MA

Good News! After a long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Skating Club of Amherst will be resuming their full ice schedule in September. The Skating Club of Amherst figure skating club offers professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays at 5:50pm. Additional instruction is offered in free-skate, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills further. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms for Sept, Nov, Jan & April are online. For more information: SCofAmherst@gmail.com; 413-253-6388; www.scamherst.org.

Good News! After a long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Skating Club of Amherst will be resuming their full ice schedule in September. The Skating Club of Amherst figure skating club offers professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays at 5:50pm. Additional instruction is offered in free-skate, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills further. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms for Sept, Nov, Jan & April are online. For more information: SCofAmherst@gmail.com; 413-253-6388; www.scamherst.org.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED MUSIC LESSONS
Downtown Sounds Music School
Northampton, MA

Virtual, Private Tutoring & Coaching

Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer online lessons seven days a week for guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, brass and woodwind instruments, mandolin, and more. Whether students are just starting, looking to expand their abilities, or learning to play a favorite song, their teachers are passionate about working with students of all ages to meet their musical goals! For more information: lessons@downtownsounds.com; 413-586-0998; downtownsounds.com.

FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Hinsdale, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: growwildlearning@protonmail.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School Virtual Coffee Hour. Join the admission office for a coffee hour starting September 16. Drop in to ask questions about their program as you begin to consider educational options for your child. Each Thursday morning at 8am, a member of the admission office will be available to talk and share with you what makes Bement an incredible educational opportunity. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom invitation. They are accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their coffee hours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

FEATURED EARLY EDUCATION
Community Action’s
Head Start & Early Learning Programs

Virtual Program. Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021

HIKING/GEOLOGY. Dawn-Dusk. Fifteen minutes from downtown Northampton exists a special place that seems a world apart from the nearby bustling cultural center. The Mineral Hills is a hilly forest with dramatic ridge-top views, wetlands, beaver ponds, and an abandoned rock quarry. Kestral Land Trust has a map to guide you! 398 Turkey Hill Rd., Northampton, MA. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Sunrise-Sunset. Donated to the Commonwealth in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), this state forest has two lakes, camping opportunities, swimming, a beach, and 15 miles of hiking trails available for all to enjoy. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest. 413-268-7098. 78 Cape St., Goshen, MA. 

ASTRONAUTICS. 9am. Space Expo at New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

DENDROLOGY. 9am. Summer Ecology Series: Trees at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

FARMERS’ MARKET. 9am-1pm. There are so many lessons to be learned and information to share at a farmers’ market. Every Saturday is the Pittsfield market, the first teen-run market in the region. Get curious (and hungry) and bring the kids! Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street Common. Pittsfield, MA. 

GARDENING. 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the Native American practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together at the Native American Three Sisters Garden at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.  

LIVING HISTORY/TEXTILES. 9:30am-5pm. Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate its Annual Textile Weekend. Refashioned & Reused: Remaking Clothing in Rural New England will highlight the frugal and ingenious ways New England women cared for and updated the family’s clothing. Visitors can explore demonstrations of mending, remaking, and refurbishing clothing and accessories throughout the Village, as well as displays of mended and remade clothing from the OSV collection and a look at OSV costuming through the years. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

ARTISAN TRADE. 10am-4pm. Broom-Making Demonstrations. Watch a broom being made by hand, learn about growing and processing broomcorn, and see broom-making tools and equipment. Learn the story of Caleb Salisbury, an African-American man who lived in Deerfield and made brooms, and learn about the role of broom-making and the craft industry in the 19th century. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

FAMILY FUN. 10am. Young at Heart: Roger the Jester at Dewey Memorial Hall. 413-229-2357. 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA.

TRANSPORTATION HISTORY. 10am. Museum Tours at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. 413-637-2210. 10 Willow Creek Rd, Lenox, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY. 10am & 2pm. Easy walking tour with a Park Interpreter. Discover the mysteries of Natural Bridge with short stories that enliven and highlight this unique park. Once the site of a major marble quarry, it is also home to North America’s only white marble dam. The feature attraction of this tour is the “Natural Bridge,” a marble arch spanning a gorge and carved centuries ago by melting glaciers. This tour offers one of the best places in New England to witness the amazing effects of glaciation! Suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Rain cancels. 20-30 minute duration. 413-663-6392. Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA.

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 10am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

LITERACY. 11am. Outdoor Storytime with Cadence the Dog at the Springfield City Library: Sixteen Acres Branch. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker St, Springfield, MA.

ECOLOGY. 11am. Bugaboo Revue presented by Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre at the Whately Library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

MERRY-GO-ROUND/PHYSICS. 12-4pm. Are you someone who always picks a horse on the inside of the carousel, or do you ride one on the outside? All merry-go-round horses make one complete circle in the same amount of time, but the interior horses travel a much shorter distance in that time than the outer ones do, resulting in very different linear speeds. And what happens when you choose a stationary horse versus one that gallops up and down? Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. 

SCENIC SUMMIT TOURS. 1pm & 2pm. Short park interpreter-guided talks along easy walking paths explore the history, culture, and unique mountain ecology of the highest point in Massachusetts. The Tour route is wheelchair accessible. All ages. Meet at the bronze map model at the Summit. A parking fee may apply. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.  

HILLTOWN HISTORY. 2-5pm. Kingman Tavern Museum. 413-563-1981. 41 Main Street. Cummington, MA. 

MUSIC FESTIVAL. 3pm. Barbès in the Woods︱2021 Festivalin Montague, MA.

ANIMAL STUDIES. 4pm. Animal Adventures Program at the Eastfield Mall. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES. 5pm. Music Brings Communities Together at the Becket Arts Center. 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Rd, Becket, MA.

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. The Nields Concert at Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

FILM STUDIESWhat Will People Say: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021

HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY. Sunrise-Sunset. Hike the Hallockville Pond Loop Trail at the Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest, a scenic trail with remnants of a former mill complex. Start at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) camp. Facing the pond, head to the right and follow trail signs. The route goes counter-clockwise along the pond shore. An older dam and mill site is at the head of the pond. On the return, pass by an immense glacial erratic! Cross over the old mill dam to complete the hike. Following your hike, also take a moment and head down the Mill Site Trail. A short distance brings you to impressive stone ruins of a sawmill, tannery, and dam. Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest. 413-339-5504. 466 W. Hawley Road, Plainfield, MA. 

GARDENING. 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the Native American practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together at the Native American Three Sisters Garden at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.  

LIVING HISTORY/TEXTILES. 9:30am-5pm. Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate its Annual Textile Weekend. Refashioned & Reused: Remaking Clothing in Rural New England will highlight the frugal and ingenious ways New England women cared for and updated the family’s clothing. Visitors can explore demonstrations of mending, remaking, and refurbishing clothing and accessories throughout the Village, as well as displays of mended and remade clothing from the OSV collection and a look at OSV costuming through the years. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY. 10am & 2pm. Easy walking tour with a Park Interpreter. Discover the mysteries of Natural Bridge with short stories that enliven and highlight this unique park. Once the site of a major marble quarry, it is also home to North America’s only white marble dam. The feature attraction of this tour is the “Natural Bridge,” a marble arch spanning a gorge and carved centuries ago by melting glaciers. This tour offers one of the best places in New England to witness the amazing effects of glaciation! Suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Rain cancels. 20-30 minute duration. 413-663-6392. Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD. 10am–2pm. Easthampton Farmers’ Market. 2350 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

NATURAL HISTORY. 10am-6pm. The Great Falls Discovery Center features exhibits illustrating the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed and Turners Falls. Engaging wildlife habitat dioramas are fully accessible and child-friendly. The center is a preserved historic paper mill building; admission is free and open year-round. Ongoing public programs, cultural events, and community gallery are offered. Four acres of open lawns surround the center with picnic tables and colorful flower gardens. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 11am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

HISTORY WALK. 12pm. Join the Park Interpreter for an easy walking tour to rediscover the working life in a bustling quarry during the 1800s and early 1900s. What was it like to labor in the stone quarry in the heyday of the Industrial Revolution? Who were these tough quarrymen? Explore these topics along the way. Suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Rain cancels. 20-30 minute duration. 413-663-6392. Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA.  

LOCAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY & CULTURE. 12-5pm. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still, on view through January 9, 2022. “We once called this land home and while forced removal may have physically moved us, our hearts remain. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: People of the Waters That Are Never Still showcases the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Communities past, present, and future.” Following the symbolic pathway of water throughout the exhibition, visitors will develop new insights into the history and culture of this Berkshire County Indigenous community through objects from the Berkshire Museum collection and those of partner institutions, contemporary oral histories, and historical profiles of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, timelines, and more. As they travel through the galleries, museum patrons will trace the journey of this region’s first residents from their lands that stretched from the Hudson River Valley to Berkshire County, through forced removal from these lands by white colonizers, to their current home in Wisconsin. Along the way, visitors will explore historical and current-day topics, discover actions they can take to be better allies to Indigenous people worldwide, and unlearn harmful misconceptions and stereotypes. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

MERRY-GO-ROUND/PHYSICS. 12-4pm. Are you someone who always picks a horse on the inside of the carousel, or do you ride one on the outside? All merry-go-round horses make one complete circle in the same amount of time, but the interior horses travel a much shorter distance in that time than the outer ones do, resulting in very different linear speeds. And what happens when you choose a stationary horse versus one that gallops up and down? Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.  

LOCAL HISTORY. 1-4pm. The Shelburne Historical Society museum, library, and archives are housed in the architectural gem that was the Arms Academy in the historic district of Shelburne Falls. The Museum houses collections and exhibits pertinent to Shelburne, the Mohawk Trail, the industrial history of the Falls, and more. Support learning about local history with this seasonal resource located at 33 Severance Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

ARTS & CRAFTS. 2pm. Sunday Crafternoons with Agawam Family and Community Program at Perry Lane Pre-School Park. 413-789-1616. 108 Perry Ln, Agawam, MA.

AGRICULTURE. 2-3pm. Learn the basis and importance of grapes and grape growing that make great wine! Tour a working vineyard and learn how grapes hold a sense of place. Black Birch Vineyard. 413-247-3300. 108 Straits Rd, North Hatfield, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

PLACEMAKING/COMMUNITY. 3pm. Summer Sundays Williamstown in the Williamstown Cultural District. 100 Spring St Williamstown, MA.

COMMUNITY MEAL. 4pm. 17th Annual Harvest Supper Celebration! on the Greenfield Town Common. Greenfield, MA.

SENSE OF PLACE. 4-7pm. Summer Evening Strolls: Listen to the Land in Deerfield. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 8pm. The Roots at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. FILM STUDIESWhat Will People Say: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021

SWIMMING/HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. Mohawk Trail State Forest is one of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts. It covers 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, gorges, and woods, and it is home to a variety of plant and animal life. 413-339-5504. Cold River Road, Charlemont, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

HIKING. 9am-4pm. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. From its peak on a clear day, you can see as far as 90 miles away. The trails at Mount Greylock Reservation vary in difficulty from casual to extremely difficult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA. 

LOCAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY & CULTURE. 10am-5pm. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still, on view through January 9,2022. “We once called this land home and while forced removal may have physically moved us, our hearts remain. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: People of the Waters That Are Never Still showcases the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Communities past, present, and future.” Following the symbolic pathway of water throughout the exhibition, visitors will develop new insights into the history and culture of this Berkshire County Indigenous community through objects from the Berkshire Museum collection and those of partner institutions, contemporary oral histories, and historical profiles of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, timelines, and more. As they travel through the galleries, museum patrons will trace the journey of this region’s first residents from their lands that stretched from the Hudson River Valley to Berkshire County, through forced removal from these lands by white colonizers, to their current home in Wisconsin. Along the way, visitors will explore historical and current-day topics, discover actions they can take to be better allies to Indigenous people worldwide, and unlearn harmful misconceptions and stereotypes. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.  

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY. 10am & 2pm. What were the forces that created these unique landforms? Discover the human elements that altered them through historical photos and fascinating little-known details that illustrate how this geological and industrial marvel came to look as it does today. Suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Rain cancels. 30-minute duration. 413-663-6392. Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA.

COMICS. 3:45pm. Comics Club for Teens with the Springfield City Library. Virtual.

MUSIC STUDIES. 5:30pm. Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center & Gaia Roots World Music offers beginner West African & Caribbean drum and song classes with Aimee Gelinas M.ED. Registration required. Drum rental available: aimee@gaiaroots.com. Town Park. Windsor, MA. 

FAIRY TALES/P ERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

FILM STUDIESWhat Will People Say: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2021

HIKING. 9am-4pm. The 3,000-acre Mount Holyoke Range State Park features a 7-mile mountain ridge line. The park also includes streams, wetlands, woods, and thickets. Visitors can explore more than 30 miles of blazed trails. 413-253-2883. 1500 West St., Amherst, MA.  

HIKING. 9am-Sunset. The summit of Mt. Sugarloaf offers amazing views of the Connecticut River Valley. The park is great for picnics, hiking, and mountain biking. 413-665-2928. 300 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 10am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life througfantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

PARENTING GROUP. 11am. Outdoor Parent Group with It Takes a Village. 420 Main St, Ashfield, MA.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE. 11am. Terry a la Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

LOCAL HISTORY/SHAKER. 11am-5pm. A living history museum in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Share your love of history, agriculture, and design with your children or grandchildren as our costumed interpreters engage them in various activities. Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Through agricultural experimentation and wise use of technology, the Shakers made their farms into models of efficiency and innovation. Hancock Shaker Village is still a working farm today, with vegetables, herbs, and a barn full of livestock. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 12-7pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

FARMERS’ MARKET. 1:30-6:30pm. Northampton Tuesday Market is a vibrant downtown market with the best in local fruits and vegetables, local prepared foods, and the occasional local craft. Entertainment most weeks. Northampton Tuesday Farmers’ Market. 413-320-4799. 1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA.  

SUMMER FUN. 2-4pm. The City of Pittsfield hosts “Make Your Own Summer Fun” at different locations throughout the summer. Drop-in, say hello, pick up supplies for fun summer activity and/or participate when a special activity is scheduled. Pittsfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/ANIME. 3pm. Outdoor Anime Club at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

PUPPETS. 6pm. Create a Puppet Friend with the Agawam Family and Community Program at Perry Lane Pre-School Park. 108 Perry Ln, Agawam, MA. 

CULINARY ARTS. 6:30pm. Cookbook Club at the Southwick Public Library. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA.

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

SOUNDSCAPES. 7pm. Tuning in to Summer Night Sounds. Summer evenings host a natural soundscape that changes with the season. Learn about the creatures making all that racket and how to differentiate between them. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Virtual. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. King Crimson at The Pines Theater at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

PARENTING GROUP. 7:30pm. Tuesday Night Online Parents Group with It Takes a Village. Virtual.

FILM STUDIESWhat Will People Say: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021

HIKING/BIRDWATCHING. Sunrise-Sunset. Mount Tom features wonderful views of the Pioneer Valley in west-central Massachusetts. The area is also a great place to bird-watch, especially for hawks and self-guided hikes. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 9-10:30am. Northampton Parent Center hosts an indoor/outdoor playgroup at Bridge Street School. Northampton, MA. 

GEOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY. 9am-4:30pm. Natural Bridge State Park is home to the only natural white marble arch in North America. According to geologists, the park’s namesake natural bridge, made of 550 million-year-old bedrock marble, was carved into its iconic arch by the forces of glacial meltwater over 13,000 years ago. Today, the bridge spans the bubbling Hudson Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot gorge–one of the best demonstrations of glacial erosion in New England. Inside the park, visitors can also tour an abandoned marble quarry and check out a man-made white marble dam, the only one in North America. Natural Bridge State Park. 413-663-6392. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA. 

EDUCATION/KINDERGARTEN READINESS. 9:30am. “Ready for K” Kindergarten Readiness Class hosted by the Hubbard Memorial Library. Virtual.

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

MINDFULNESS. 10am. Explore healthy, mind-body techniques such as yoga, walking meditation, Qi Gong, and Forest Bathing. Classes are guided by certified teachers and vary in duration (20—120 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages & beginners are welcome. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 10am. Outdoor Knit & Crafts Circle at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

LITERACY. 10am. Story Time Outside at the Montague Center Library. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street, Montague, MA.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 10am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

EDUCATION/KINDERGARTEN READINESS. 11am. Ready for K Skill Building Zoom Group hosted by the Southwick Public Library. Virtual.

MUSIC STUDIES. 11am. Tune in Together: Music Family Engagement with Renee Coro at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.

PASTRY ARTS. 1:30pm. Teens- Henna Cookies at the Southwick Public Library. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 2-4pm. Pick-up playgroup at Peskeumskut Park. Grab a treat from the farmers’ market happening simultaneously and share with new friends at the playground. Peskeomskut Park. Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

ANIMAL STUDIES. 6:30pm. Understanding Your Cat with the West Springfield Public Library. Virtual.

ORNITHOLOGY. 7-8:30pm. Shorebirds. Learn all about the trials and tribulations of shorebirds in this online presentation. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Virtual. 

FILM STUDIES. 7:30pm. Outdoor Cinema Series: Mamma Mia! at the North Square Apartments at the Mill District. Amherst, MA.

FILM STUDIESThe Men’s Room: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021

BIKE RIDING. Sunrise-Sunset. Ride down the Norwottuck Rail Trail and enjoy the scenic views along the way. Level paths allow you to enjoy the trail no matter your abilities. The trail is also open to walking and rollerblading. 413-586-8706 x3. 446 Damon Rd., Northampton, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 9am. Thursday Morning Craft & Play with the Agawam Family and Community Program at Agawam Spray Park. Agawam, MA.

GEOLOGY. 9am-8pm. With many hiking trails and breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley, take a self-guided geology walking tour at Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA. 

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 10am. Music & Movement Outside, for Children at the Montague Center Library. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street, Montague, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am.  Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am.  Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 10am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum. 413-572-4014. 29 S Broad St, Westfield, MA. 

JUNIOR RANGERS. 1-2:30pm. This program captures the imagination of young people ages 8-12 through fun activities that grow future stewards of the environment. Earn a Junior Ranger Patch and Certificate by attending programs and completing the Junior Ranger Activity Guide activities. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA. 

SUMMER FUN. 2-4pm. The City of Pittsfield hosts “Make Your Own Summer Fun” at different locations throughout the summer. Drop-in, say hello, pick up supplies for fun summer activity and/or participate when a special activity is scheduled. Pittsfield, MA.  

AGRICULTURE. 4pm. Cummington Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA.

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. M

USIC STUDIES. 6pm. The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a concert in the Chinese Garden at Naumkeag. The program will include their best music from the past few seasons, including music by Billings, Brahms, Alice Parker, new music by Stephen Paulus, and spiritual selections from our Martin Luther King concert series. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA. 

ANIMAL STUDIES. 6:30pm. Why Does My Cat Do That? with the Westfield Athenaeum. Virtual.

LAWN CONCERT. 6:30pm. South Hadley Summer Concert Series with South Hadley Recreation Department at The Village Commons. 17 College St, South Hadley, MA.

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

LAWN CONCERT. 7pm. West Springfield Summer Concert Series. Bring blankets or folding chairs to relax or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. Morgan Road Pavilion. 413-781-3020. 459 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA 

MUSIC STUDIES/TALENT SHOW. 7pm. Community Stage: A Virtual Talent Show with the Community Music School of Springfield. Virtual.

GARDENING. 7pm. Gardening Workshops with the Springfield City Library. Virtual.

FILM STUDIES. 7:45pm. Outdoor Movie Night: My Spy at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.

PARENT GROUP. 8:30pm. Post-Bedtime Parents Group with It Takes a Village. Virtual.

FILM STUDIESThe Men’s Room: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021
Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in Northampton, MA, announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be FREE all weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy, and enjoyable as possible. 

HIKING. Sunrise-Dusk. The Wahconah Falls Brook flows over several smaller falls before ending in the 40-foot Wahconah Falls. The cascade is scenic any time of year but is especially impressive during the spring runoff. Visitors can also relax, picnic, or fish in the shade of the northern hardwood forest. Hike their half-mile loop along the upper falls. Dogs welcomed. 413-442-8992. North Street, Dalton, MA.  

HIKING/SWIMMING. Sunrise-Sunset. Located deep in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, Windsor State Forest is known for its beauty. Visitors can experience the cascading waterfall at Windsor Jambs, and the Windsor Jambs Brook winds through a wide gorge with 80-foot granite walls. Enjoy hiking and swimming, and bring a picnic to enjoy along with scenic views. Dogs welcomed. 413-339-5504. River Road, Windsor, MA. 

GARDENING. 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the Native American practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together at the Native American Three Sisters Garden at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.  

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

PHOTOGRAPHY. 10am. Photography Hike: Bartholomew’s Cobble (Advanced Level Hike) with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires at Bartholomew’s Cobble. 105 Weatogue Rd, Sheffield, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY. 10am & 2pm. Enjoy an easy Interpreter-guided walk along the 0.6-mile-long Elder Nature Trail. The Natural Bridge and historic quarry are surrounded by 25 acres of ecologically rich northern hardwood forest. A leisurely walk in the woods offers the perfect opportunity to slow down and appreciate the natural world around us. Along the path, discover a few secrets of this landscape shaped by glacial forces and human agriculture. Suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Rain cancels. 30-minute duration. 413-663-6392. Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. 10am-5pm. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, an immersive, interactive exhibit where kids and families explore four animal habitats and the creatures within them, building STEM skills as they play. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/STORYTELLING. 10am-5pm. “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.” Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. See the exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, now through Oct. 31, 2021. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

WATER PLAY. 10am-6pm. Water spray park at Look Park! Cool off in their 5000+ square foot Spray Park complete with ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas, and more. Changing areas and lockers are available. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

ART STUDIESTake a self-guided tour of outdoor public art The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and WCMA (Northern Berkshire Cty.) 

LITERACY/NATIVE SPECIES. 10:30am. Kidleidoscope Story Hour! Kids ages 3-6 can learn about butterflies! Meet at the Great Hall outdoor courtyard, accompanied by an adult. Learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. The program includes a story, activities, and a craft and is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. 

PICNIC PLAYGROUP. 11am-1pm. Pick-up picnic playgroup at Childs Park (Prospect Street side). Pack a basket lunch and picnic blankets, and head to the park to round off the week with outdoor time with family and new friends. Childs Park. 413-584-1991. 71 N Elm St, Northampton, MA. 

DANCE STUDIES. 3pm. Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home with Jacob’s Pillow in this intergenerational 45-minute movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, you are invited to get your whole household moving!  Virtual. 

AGRICULTURE. 4pm. Cummington Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA.

FAIRY TALES/PERFORMANCE. 5:30-8:30pm. This August at Old Sturbridge Village, experience your favorite fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Guests will experience an enchanted farm and meet characters from several beloved fairy tales, all now living beside each other at Fairy Tale Farm. Map in hand, guests will walk to various buildings that become the stage for each performance. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 6:30pm. Chicopee Summer Concerts with the Chicopee Public Library. Virtual.

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

FILM STUDIESThe Men’s Room: Norwegian Film Festival with Images Cinema. Virtual.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Dalton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Hinsdale/Peru, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Westhampton, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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