Weekly Suggested Events for October 8-14, 2022

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Fall festivals, autumn icons, and outdoor adventures await you during October in Western Massachusetts.

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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Inspired academics, gifted teachers, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: this is the Hartsbrook School. Whether exploring the nearby fields and stream or delving into deep inquiry, Hartsbrook students develop foundational learning skills that last a lifetime. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be, and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Now accepting applications for 2023-24, pre-K thru high school! For more information, call 413-586-1908 x116 to begin your exploration. Visit the school online at www.hartsbrook.org. Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA. 

InfinityEd is an instructional organization devoted to providing students with what they need to succeed by providing an education that goes beyond the limits of the public school system. By fostering an environment that encourages discussion-based learning over lectures, InfinityEd nourishes a student’s love of learning and promotes a deeper understanding of content. Click here to schedule a free trial/consultation and intro lesson for the program of your choice. They offer programs via multiple formats: remote, in-office (Amherst, MA), and in-center (Hampden, MA). Prospective students also have the choice of individualized, one-on-one instruction or working within a small group of similar-minded students. Remember: education makes life better! Learn more at infinityed.us.

The Common School will hold its annual Children’s Carnival on Saturday, October 15, from 10am-3pm., (rain or shine) on the school’s campus at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. Open to the community, the Children’s Carnival will offer old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment with local children’s musician, Latin Grammy award winner Mister G. Admission to the carnival is free. Games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. For more information, call 413-256-8989 or go to www.commonschool.org

Leapfrog Programs presents, the 5th Annual Groundnut Gathering – Earth Living Skills Rendezvous on October 7-9, 2022, in the Hilltowns! Get outdoors with nature immersion opportunities this fall during this ancestral skills gathering 
in Montgomery, MA. Participants will come together on the land to learn and share timeless skills practiced by people on all continents, including animal tracking, hide tanning, friction fires, storytelling, and more! Leapfrog Programs also offers after-school and homeschool programs for K-8. Experience nature immersion and connection, learn foundational skills and routines, and begin a lifelong, meaningful relationship with many species and the land. To register or to learn more, visit leapfrogprograms.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

The Skating Club of Amherst
Prelude Preschool of the Arts offers full-day and half-day programming in Springfield, MA.

There’s still time to enroll your little one in an exceptional arts education offering an innovative and engaging curriculum for preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten age students. Prelude Preschool of the Arts, an arts-integrated preschool in Springfield, MA, provides a nurturing environment for children and families to explore, learn, and create. Offering a flexible, arts-centered preschool programming for ages 2.9-5, children are cared for by a dedicated team of expert artists, musicians, and educators within the walls of the treasured Community Music School of Springfield. To learn more, call 413-732-8428, or visit online at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Music School
Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online.

Start the new school year off on the right note with lessons at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs. Interested in taking a music class with others? Try their fun Community Group Classes, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis! BMS private lessons and Community Group Classes are for students of all ages and levels. Check out why Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “After-School Program.” For more info on how to register & class offerings, visit the BMS website:
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
The Giving Tree
Gill, MA

The Giving Tree
Outdoor Program.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5
For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in their rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition..

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Couples Therapy
Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

Founded in 1975, Oak Meadow is a trusted education option for homeschooling and distance learning that supports your child and follows them wherever their heart leads. 

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 7:30am-1:30pm. Amherst Farmers’ Market – Town Common. Amherst, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-12:30pm. Greenfield Farmers’ Market – Since 1975, the Greenfield Farmers’ Market has provided fresh, locally grown produce, animal products, artisanal goods, and handcrafted items. Court Square. Greenfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-1pm. Northampton Farmers’ Market – Gothic Street. Northampton, MA.

FAMILY RADIO: 9-10am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm.The FINAL Pittsfield Farmers Market – The first teen-run market in the region! Shoppers will find fresh, local, and seasonal foods & products, along with live music, chef demos, workshops, and children’s activities. Town Common. Pittsfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm. Great Barrington Farmers’ Market – Lots of vendors. Freshly grown and produced foods, ready to eat or take home, flowers, plants, and more! 18 Church Street. Great Barrington, MA. 

CORN MAZE/ HERITAGE. 9am-5pm. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm with activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Ride on a horse-drawn wagon, fire the mighty potato cannons, pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and stay for lunch at the Corn Cafe, serving farm-fresh food all day. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA.

DENDROLOGY/ BOTANY. 9:30-11:30am. Tree Identification Walk – Learn key characteristics of common trees in western Massachusetts and get tips to help identify them by species. Lower Bowker’s Woods. 16 Glendale Middle Rd. Glendale, MA.

 FOOD HISTORY/ PIES. 9:30am-4pm. Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Pies – Autumn is a great time to bake pies. Seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, squash, and apples are readily available. Pies were a highlight of the season; a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes with surprising flavor combinations. See them baked without the convenience of a modern oven, learning about history through the lens of food at the Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

NATURALIST SKILLS/ JOURNALING. 10-11:30am. Introduction to Field Journaling – Field journaling, also known as nature journaling, is a way to connect more deeply with nature and increase our observational skills. Through reflection, writing, and sketching, participants will discuss various journaling ways and be encouraged to discover what works best for them. Please note that this is a program that focuses on building our observational skills, not a class on drawing techniques. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA. 

HISTORIC TRADE/ AMMUNITION. 10am-4pm. Historic Trade Demonstration: Powder Horn Carving – Learn about powder horns, a historic device used for storing gun powder, during a carving demonstration with Laurie Semple McCarthy at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

HISTORIC TRADE/ BASKETMAKING. 10am-4pm. Historic Trade Demonstration: White Pine Bark and Ash Bark Basketmaking – Learn about basketmaking in a demonstration with Jennifer Lee at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

FALL FESTIVAL. 10am-4pm. Fall Into Fun – Join the Belchertown Family Center on the town common to celebrate Autumn. There will be a costume contest, vendors, food, various fall activities, and music for the kids. Belchertown, MA. 

FALL FESTIVAL/PLACEMAKING. 10am-5pm. Ashfield Fall Festival – During the autumnal months, communities celebrate the change of season with festivals that bridge agricultural and cultural traditions. These festivities celebrate the harvest season and the cultural traditions that define Western Massachusetts’ unique identity. Since 1970, the Ashfield Fall Festival has taken place on Ashfield’s charming main street and throughout the town in early October, celebrating town culture, artisans, and Ashfield businesses. The annual giant pumpkin and tallest sunflower contests are something to be seen, along with an intergenerational round of pumpkin games! On the town common, carnival games initiated and facilitated by Ashfield youth take place, allowing them to develop their creative, social, and business skills in a real-world application while contributing to their local culture. Admission is free to this two-day event, happening rain or shine. Main Street. Ashfield, MA. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL. 10am-5pm – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival – Harvest festivals celebrate the bounty of fall. Combined with tag sales, they can be opportunities for collaborative consumption and placemaking. The annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is one of the Berkshire’s most iconic fall celebrations, which spreads across their 20-acre Garden campus. The Festival, brimming with activities for kids, is an excellent introduction to this fantastic community-based educational resource for families with young children. Adults love it too! This two-day event includes great food, live entertainment, regional artisan vendors, a farmers’ market, tag & plant sales, and educational opportunities. All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Garden’s education program. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. 

CORN MAZE. 10am-5pm. Get lost in a corn maze, a classic New England tradition! Hicks Family Farm. 1299 Route 2 E. Charlemont MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-5pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ARTS AND CRAFTS/FESTIVAL. 10am-6pm.  Paradise City Arts Festival – Celebrate Autumn, community, and the arts at the annual Paradise City Arts Festival. This beloved local event brings together hundreds of artists and craftspeople from around the country for a three-day festival featuring delicious food, workshops, and demonstrations, and lots of fun activities for kids! Find inspiration, talk with artisans about their craft, learn new techniques, and leave with a handmade treasure from an artisan to give or keep. The Festival is a great time to enjoy the stunning fall foliage in New England while giving thanks for our community’s passion and commitment to the arts. Three County Fairgrounds. 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 10:30am-3pm. Holyoke Farmers’ Market. 164 Race St, Holyoke, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ APPLES. 11am-2pm. Apple Fest at the Co-op – It’s fall in New England, which means apple season is upon us! Stop by River Valley Co-op and learn about local apples, including popular and delicious apple varieties for both pies and munching out of hand. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA. – AND – River Valley Co-op. 413-529-4990. 228 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA. 

AGRICULTURE/ CELEBRATION. 11am-5:30pm. Pumpkinfest – Whitney’s Farm Market & Garden Center. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Rd, Cheshire, MA.

ANIMAL STUDIES/ EQUINE. 12-4pm. Fall Family Fun Day & Open House – Guided tours to meet the horses at Second Chance Stables, alongside crafts, educational opportunities, and festival activities. Second Chance Stables & Draft Rescue. 262 Loop Rd, Savoy, MA.

TEXTILE ARTS/ HISTORY. 12-4:30pm. Weaving Wonder: The Art and Craft of Making Cloth – Families are invited to visit Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop and have fun with weaving: use their small floor loom to learn the basic steps of making a piece of cloth or craft a bright and beautiful woven wall hanging to take home. Everyone can become a weaver! Apply your new knowledge and skills to explore woven textiles in their collection! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.  

MIGRATION FESTIVAL. 1pm. Migrations Festival – A celebration of human and natural diversity of the upper Connecticut River Valley and the Americas. Colorful artworks in Migrations depict scenes integral to village life, Mayan culture, and the history of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. 

JUGGLING. 1-4pm. NOHO Flow & Juggle – Join the playful festival atmosphere of learning, teaching, and playing! A community-run event filled with juggling, flow arts, skill toys, dancing, and more. Childs Park. 71 N Elm St, Northampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 1-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

WORLD LANGUAGE/ SPANISH. 1:30-3:30pm. Spanish Conversation Group – Do you know Spanish and would like to talk to other Spanish speakers? Did you take Spanish in High School and want to improve your skills? Are you just interested in learning another language? This fun one-hour bi-monthly class will help to expand your vocabulary and give you practice in this beautiful language. Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. 

PERFORMANCE/ PUPPETS. 2pm & 7pm. Adventures in Greenwood – Join the creatures of Skeleton Crew Theater for an adventure through the magical Greenwood. Ja’Duke Theater. 413- 63-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA. 

SPORTS/ COLLEGE FOOTBALL. 3:30pm. UMass Football Game – McGuirk Alumni Stadium. 413-545-2439. Stadium Dr, Amherst, MA.  

LIVING PRESENCE/ INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY WEEKEND. 7:30pm. Honoring Native America – Alliance for a Viable Future Presents, Honoring Native America, a one-of-a-kind historic event, during Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend. For the first time, Alliance for a Viable Future welcomes Shawn Stevens and fifteen members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, the original people of the Berkshires, including the GiiTaa’se Singers Traditional Family Drum Group. Takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Harvest Season

During the autumnal months, communities celebrate the change of season with activities that bridge agricultural and cultural traditions. Teaching our children the value of connection with seasonal traditions through self-directed learning can help them learn and grow in endless ways. Children who understand and connect with their local landscape are much more likely to value environmental conservation as adults while building awareness of various cultures represented within a community and across time. Connecting to where we live through the seasons can help children appreciate and understand the places(s) they call home. In addition to participating in seasonal patterns of community engagement, learning about harvest seasons in other parts of the world is a point of entry for self-directed learning that can help us to better understand culture through the harvest lens, including cinnamonpecansseaweedcork, and kalo.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2022

FAMILY RADIO: 7-8am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

CORN MAZE/ HERITAGE. 9am-5pm. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm with activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Ride on a horse-drawn wagon, fire the mighty potato cannons, pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and stay for lunch at the Corn Cafe, serving farm-fresh food all day. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA.

FOOD HISTORY/ PIES. 9:30am-4pm. Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Pies – Autumn is a great time to bake pies. Seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, squash, and apples are readily available. Pies were a highlight of the season; a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes with surprising flavor combinations. See them baked without the convenience of a modern oven, learning about history through the lens of food at the Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield,  

ECOLOGY/ BOGS. 10am-12pm. Hawley Bog in the Fall – At an elevation of 1,800 feet, Hawley Bog resembles the cold bogs of Canada. Learn the history of the area and visit this pristine peatland. An early fall walk before the frosts should enable us to see all three types of Massachusetts carnivorous plants: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. Autumn is also the time to see cottongrass, a glacial relict species. Hawley Bog Preserve. East Hawley Road, Hawley, MA.

HISTORIC TRADE/ BLACKSMITHING. 10am-4pm. Historic Trade Demonstration: Blacksmithing – Blacksmithing Demonstration at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

CORN MAZE. 10am-5pm. Get lost in a corn maze, a classic New England tradition! Hicks Family Farm. 1299 Route 2 E. Charlemont MA.

FALL FESTIVAL/PLACEMAKING. 10am-5pm. Ashfield Fall Festival – During the autumnal months, communities celebrate the change of season with festivals that bridge agricultural and cultural traditions. These festivities celebrate the harvest season and the cultural traditions that define Western Massachusetts’ unique identity. Since 1970, the Ashfield Fall Festival has taken place on Ashfield’s charming main street and throughout the town in early October, celebrating town culture, artisans, and Ashfield businesses. The annual giant pumpkin and tallest sunflower contests are something to be seen, along with an intergenerational round of pumpkin games! On the town common, carnival games initiated and facilitated by Ashfield youth take place, allowing them to develop their creative, social, and business skills in a real-world application while contributing to their local culture. Admission is free to this two-day event, happening rain or shine. Main Street. Ashfield, MA. 

ARTS AND CRAFTS/FESTIVAL. 10am-5pm. Paradise City Arts Festival – Celebrate Autumn, community, and the arts at the annual Paradise City Arts Festival. This beloved local event brings together hundreds of artists and craftspeople from around the country for a three-day festival featuring delicious food, workshops and demonstrations, and lots of fun activities for kids! Find inspiration, talk with artisans about their craft, learn new techniques, and leave with a handmade treasure from an artisan to give or keep. The Festival is a great time to enjoy the stunning fall foliage in New England while giving thanks for our community’s passion and commitment to the arts. Three County Fairgrounds. 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL. 10am-5pm – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival – Harvest festivals celebrate the bounty of fall. Combined with tag sales, they can be opportunities for collaborative consumption and placemaking. The annual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is one of the Berkshire’s most iconic fall celebrations, which spreads across their 20-acre Garden campus. The Festival, brimming with activities for kids, is an excellent introduction to this fantastic community-based educational resource for families with young children. Adults love it too! This two-day event includes great food, live entertainment, regional artisan vendors, a farmers’ market, tag & plant sales, and educational opportunities. All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Garden’s education program. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-5pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

LIVING PRESENCE/INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY. 11am. Indigenous Peoples’ Day Workshop at Mohican Miles – To honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Clark sponsors “A Tribute to Survival, Remembering, and Celebrating,” a workshop offered by JoAnn Schedler, a tribal council member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. The workshop takes place at the Mission House Museum, 19 Main St, Stockbridge, MA. 

LIVING PRESENCE/INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY. 11am. Indigenous Peoples’ Day – FeaturingAnnawon Weeden, MC. Performances by Eastern Sons Drum, Wampanoag Nation Dancers & Singers, Indigenous Artisans, and Local Food Trucks. The Common Park. 100 First Street. Pittsfield, MA. 

LIVING PRESENCE/ NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE. 11am-4pm. 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration – The Shelburne Historical Society presents local Native American artisans, musicians, and performers. Participants & Interactive activities include: Opening ceremony & blessing by Chief Paul Bunnell, Koasek- Abenaki; Helen’s Willow Wind Flute music by Helen Yetman Bellows, Blackfoot; Interactive drum circle with Visioning B. E. A. R. Intertribal Coalition (consisting of members from over 50 indigenous bands); Basket & Jewelry making by Tatanka Gibson, Haliwa- Saponi; Interactive song and dance with Tatanka Gibson & Kerri Helme, Mashpee- Wampanoag …and more! Come in peace and celebrate with us for all the people of our valley’s history! 413-625-6150. 3 Severance Street, Shelburne Falls, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ CELEBRATION. 11am-5:30pm. Pumpkinfest – Whitney’s Farm Market & Garden Center. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Rd, Cheshire, MA.

FALL FESTIVAL. 12pm. Ramblefest – With the majestic ambiance of Mount Greylock, come groove, eat, play, shop, and thrive at Ramblefest 2022. Adams Visitors Center. 413-743-8358. 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA.

TEXTILE ARTS/ HISTORY. 12-4:30pm. Weaving Wonder: The Art and Craft of Making Cloth – Families are invited to visit Historic Deerfield’s History Workshop and have fun with weaving: use their small floor loom to learn the basic steps of making a piece of cloth or craft a bright and beautiful woven wall hanging to take home. Everyone can become a weaver! Apply your new knowledge and skills to explore woven textiles in their collection! Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 1-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

HARVEST FESTIVAL. 1-6pm. Easthampton Harvest Festival – Seasonal activities, food, and family fun. Bonfire at 5pm. Nonotuck Park. 1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.  

PERFORMANCE/ PUPPETS. 2pm. Adventures in Greenwood – Join the creatures of Skeleton Crew Theater for an adventure through the magical Greenwood. Ja’Duke Theater. 413- 63-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA. 

HILLTOWN HISTORY/ MUSEUM. 2-4pm. Kemp-McCarthy Museum in Rowe, MA – Families can learn all about the history of life in the Hilltowns at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, the town of Rowe’s fantastic resource for learning about local history! Its permanent exhibits include an antique store filled with goods that were really for sale. It also consists of an early 1900’s schoolroom, a collection of clothing worn by both children and adults, a music room filled with antique instruments, and an exhibit that focuses on the material culture and pastimes of early 20th-century Hilltowners. Kemp-McCarthy Museum. 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, MA.

LOCAL HISTORY. 2-5pm. Wilder Homestead Colonial Day – A wonderful “living exhibit” of Buckland life as our colonial ancestors lived it long ago. Step into the past at the 1775 Wilder Homestead and sample activities from the colonial era: Open hearth cooking, oxen, folk painting, weaving, spinning, basket making, quilting, Morris Dancers, cider pressing, 1700’s music. 129 Ashfield Rd. (112 S) Buckland, MA.

LIVING PRESENCE/ INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY WEEKEND. 7:30pm. One Heart, One Mind – Join Northeast Native American community leaders Chief Jake Singer, Aaron Athey, Shawn Stevens, and others for this rare and precious dialogue opportunity to honor Indigenous culture. Facilitated by Lev Natan and hosted by Kripalu, this gathering of the Northeast Council on Indigenous Peoples’ Day will discuss how to revitalize the ancient heritage of spirit, wisdom, and knowledge from the Original Peoples of this land, build a viable future for our children and generations to come, and connect the dots between indigenous values and bioregional climate resilience. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. 413-448-3152. 57 Interlaken Road. Stockbridge, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: History/Ruins

Western Massachusetts isn’t threatened to sink into the ocean any time soon; however, plenty of local ruins serve as reminders of the past. The region’s ruins speak volumes about its history, from cellar holes to quarries. Families can safely explore old hotels, drowned towns, abandoned quarries, and old mill sites to learn about life in the past and explore how nature can reclaim spaces. Discover more in our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2022

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/ HIKING. 8am-4pm. 54th Greylock Ramble – Since 1965, people that love fall colors, fantastic views, and a great hike in the woods gather in Adams at the base of Mount Greylock on Columbus Day for the annual Greylock Ramble. It’s the ultimate way to experience Autumn in the Berkshires. Free shuttles take hikers from downtown Adams to and from the base of the Cheshire Harbor Trail from 8am to 4pm. Shuttles start and return to the Adams Visitor Center at 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA. 

CORN MAZE/ HERITAGE. 9am-5pm. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm with activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Ride on a horse-drawn wagon, fire the mighty potato cannons, pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and stay for lunch at the Corn Cafe, serving farm-fresh food all day. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA. 

FOOD HISTORY/ PIES. 9:30am-4pm. Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Pies – Autumn is a great time to bake pies. Seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, squash, and apples are readily available. Pies were a highlight of the season; a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes with surprising flavor combinations. See them baked without the convenience of a modern oven, learning about history through the lens of food at the 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.

HISTORIC TRADE/ POTTERY. 10am-4pm. Historic Trade Demonstration: Redware Pottery – See the creation of Redware Pottery firsthand in the Apprentice’s Workshop at the Dwight House at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

ARTS AND CRAFTS/FESTIVAL. 10am-4pm. Paradise City Arts Festival – Celebrate Autumn, community, and the arts at the annual Paradise City Arts Festival. This beloved local event brings together hundreds of artists and craftspeople from around the country for a three-day festival featuring delicious food, workshops and demonstrations, and lots of fun activities for kids! Find inspiration, talk with artisans about their craft, learn new techniques, and leave with a handmade treasure from an artisan to give or keep. The Festival is a great time to enjoy the stunning fall foliage in New England while giving thanks for our community’s passion and commitment to the arts. Three County Fairgrounds. 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA. 

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

LIVING PRESENCE/INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY. 11am. Indigenous Peoples’ Day Workshop at Mohican Miles – To honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Clark sponsors “A Tribute to Survival, Remembering, and Celebrating,” a workshop offered by JoAnn Schedler, a tribal council member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. The workshop takes place at the Mission House Museum, 19 Main St, Stockbridge, MA.

LIVING PRESENCE/ INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY WEEKEND. 11am-2pm – Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Ceremonial Walk on Main Street in Great Barrington – Fifteen tribal nations, including the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, will join a celebration of Native American culture in South County. The procession begins at the Gazebo behind Town Hall at 11am with Gordon Williams and his Stockbridge-Munsee Powwow Drum Family, GiiTaa’se Singers, playing their powwow drum. The family is traveling here from their reservation in Wisconsin, invited by Shawn Stevens, a Munsee cultural educator. 334 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. 

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Self-Directed Learning: Wheat & Corn Harvest Season

The word “harvest” is originally derived from the Old English “Haerfest,” meaning “autumn.” In ancient Britain and other European communities, the fall harvest marked the reaping and gathering of wheat. Victorian folklorist James George Frazer recounts several northern European’ corn dolly’ customs, corn being an ancient term for any grain: “In the neighbourhood of Danzig the person who cuts the last ears of corn makes them into a doll, which is called the Corn-mother or the Old Woman and is brought home on the last waggon. In some parts of Holstein the last sheaf is dressed in women’s clothes and called the Corn-mother. It is carried home on the last waggon, and then thoroughly drenched with water. The drenching with water is doubtless a rain-charm.” All over the world, harvest time is an occasion to thank the earth for providing us with food. Looking through the lens of the grain harvest, today’s self-directed learning module supports interests in European cultureNative American customs, and colonial food history through the lens of corn & wheat.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. School-readiness program for ages 3-4yo + caregiver. Engagement with young children is modeled through songs, books, circle time, literacy activities, StoryWalks, crafts, STEM activities, free play, cooperative games, take-home activities, and outdoor play. Hilltown Family Center. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10:30am. For ages 0-5 at the Edwards Public Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

STE(A)M/ PreK. 1pm. Pre-School STEAM Program. Learn how to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore, and build at home. Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA.

(ends Nov 8) LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 1:30-6:30pm. Grow Food Northampton Tuesday Market – Held behind Thorne’s Marketplace, next to the parking garage. 99 Armory Street. Northampton, MA. 

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Self-Directed Learning: Weather Folklore

Can Woolley Bears (Pyrrharctia isabella) indicate the severity of the coming winter? Common North American folklore says that a broad brown band calls for a mild winter, and a narrow one calls for a severe winter. While there is no scientific evidence for this prediction, looking for these little guys and examining them closely with your kids opens up channels for learning while connecting to the seasons. For today’s self-directed learning module, learn more about caterpillars and let your curiosity about Woolley Bears and other weather-based folklore lead the way!

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center  

PLAYGROUPSSouth Berkshire County. 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County.

SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/ ECOLOGY. 9:30am-12:30pm. Pleasant Valley Fall Volunteer Day – Help maintain Pleasant Valley’s hiking trails and native wildflower gardens and trails to provide habitat for birds and insect pollinators. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at Stanley Park’s sandbox area. Make not only sandcastles but also new friends at this weekly self-directed playgroup. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly. New babies birth-6mos are at 1pm and older babies 6mos-1 yr are at 10:30am. Amherst, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 0-5 at Goshen Town Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 42 Main St., Goshen, MA.

ARACHNOLOGY/ SPIDERS. 6-7:30pm. SciTech Cafe: How Spiders See the World – How do spiders process visual information with eight eyes and a brain the size of a sesame seed? How do jumping spiders use their vision? How do spider eyes work together? How do we study behavior? Why do we study spider vision? Presented by Professor Elizabeth Jakob, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass. She is an animal behaviorist who studies spiders. Her lab’s current research is focused primarily on perception and learning in jumping spiders. 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Science & Math Songs

For many young learners, rhythm and repetition can be an effective way of learning new words and remembering the names of things. Children quickly learn commonly sung songs with lyrics of all kinds, and we use their ability to memorize verses to share information. Take the ABC’s for example – it’s a fun and easy song that we use to teach the English alphabet. Matching the names of letters to different parts of the rhythm helps children remember the order they go in. But songs don’t have to be used to convey basic ideas to the youngest learners, though – there are educational songs for kids of all ages and about all kinds of things! The University of Washington’s Sing About Science and Math Project offers an online database of over 7,000 songs that cover various topics in technology, biology, environmental science, physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and medicine. Educators and parents supporting self-directed learners can find lesson plans inspired by some of the songs in the database.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center  

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. 

MUSIC CLASS. 10:30am. Caregiver & Child Music Class at the Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly in both Northampton (Thurs) and Amherst (Wed)! New babies birth-6 mos are at 1pm and older babies 6 mos to 1 year are at 10:30am. Northampton & Amherst, MA.  

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

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

CRAFT TIME. 3-6pm. Drop-in Craft for Kids 5+ at the Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. 

CRAFT TIME. 3:30pm. Open Crafting at Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

PARANORMAL. 7pm. Ghost Tours – Do ghosts live at Storrowton? Find out about paranormal investigations in the Village, then take a guided tour of the museum buildings with Village staff and volunteers hearing stories of unexplained occurrences. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 7:30pm. Film and Art: Foragers – In Foragers (2022, 65 minutes), Jumana Manna blends documentary and fiction to profile the age-old Palestinian practice of gathering wild edibles such as za’atar (thyme) and the delicacy’ akkoub. Israeli nature conservation laws have criminalized this indigenous tradition. The film presents a meditative portrait of today’s foragers’ resistance, joy, and deep ecological knowledge.Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA.

ROLLER SKATING. 7-9:30pm. Interskate 91. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street, Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Scarecrows

Scarecrows are known around the world as mommets, hodmedods, spaventapasseri, vogelscheuche, fugleskremsel, and kakashi, and have been used to protect crops for over 3,000 years! Studies of this traditional autumn icon can reveal not only the international roots of the straw-stuffed beings. Still, they can lead to creative-free play, intergenerational creative collaboration, and exploration of folk farming techniques used locally and worldwide. Read more in our post, “Scarecrow Studies Illuminate Cultural History and Creative-Free Play.”

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2022

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

ARTISAN SKILLS/ SOAP MAKING. 10am. Intro to Cold Process Soap Making at LaunchSpace. 978-633-5131. 131 W Main St Suite 342, Orange, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at Stanley Park’s sandbox area. Make not only sandcastles but also new friends at this weekly self-directed playgroup. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: 10am-4pm. The Beneski Museum of Natural History – One of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find: Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna, an extraordinary collection of local dinosaur footprints, geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area, and dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 413-542-2165. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Dr, Amherst, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ SCULPTURE. 10am-6pm. Art in the Orchard – Easthampton is home to “Art in the Orchard,” an orchard-based gallery of outdoor sculptures and installation art to peruse with family. Bringing “Culture into Horticulture,” the orchard features the work of artists whose work is brought to life amongst the apple trees and changing landscape as we move from summer to fall. The trail is an excellent destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket and lounging among the trees. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

CORN MAZE/ HERITAGE. 11am-5pm. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm with activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Ride on a horse-drawn wagon, fire the mighty potato cannons, pick out your own Halloween pumpkin, and stay for lunch at the Corn Cafe, serving farm-fresh food all day. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA.

ART STUDIES/ MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum – Located on the Mount Holyoke College campus, this Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country, dedicated to providing firsthand experience with works of significant aesthetic and cultural value. The Museum offers pre- and post-visit educational materials designed for kids of all ages to maximize their learning potential while exploring the galleries and connecting art with their personal experiences, including walking and activity guides and educator resources. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

AGRICULTURE/ CELEBRATION. 1-5pm. Pumpkinfest – Whitney’s Farm Market & Garden Center. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Rd, Cheshire, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6:30pm. Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market – Drop by for fresh, local vegetables from local growers. Purchase fresh, homemade treats. Pick up local, pasture-raised eggs and meat, and find hand-spun wools and other hand-made gifts. Every week, they will have musicians playing on the green. Families are invited to dance, play, eat or relax and enjoy a Friday evening together. Main and Water Streets. Shelburne Falls, MA.

PLACEMAKING/ ART STUDIES. 5-8pm. Arts Night Out – Northampton’s monthly gallery walk and art event. Downtown Northampton, MA.  

MUSIC STUDIES/ DRUMMING. 6:45pm. The Hilltown Intergenerational Drum Circle – All ages and beginners are welcome to this biweekly drum circle, led by Rosie Fanale. Call to confirm before heading over. Shelburne Senior Center. 413-625-8470. Shelburne Falls, MA.

SPORTS/ HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. 7pm. Home Varsity Game V. Commerce. Frontier Regional School. 413-665-2118. 113 N Main St, South Deerfield, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Mushroom Season

October 15 is National Mushroom Day! The kingdom of mushrooms is truly magical. The fleshy, spore-covered protuberance we see growing above the ground is only a portion of the whole organism. One ancient and massive fungal organism can be found in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon, which is more than 2,400 years old and extends over 2,200 acres! The largest above-ground mushroom, or “fruiting body,” was recently discovered in China. This mammoth mushroom was thirty-six feet tall and weighed more than a thousand pounds. Because the vast majority of its body is underground, mushrooms can often appear and disappear rapidly, with some species that literally appear overnight and then retract by the afternoon of the next day. Mushrooms are mysterious, but we know they play a crucial role in forest ecosystems. Autumn is an excellent time of year to support an interest in ecologybiologynatural history, and culinary arts through the lens of mushrooms.

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