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Family and Kid Friendly History Activities, Events and Things to Do in the Berkshires, Berkshire County Massachusetts

Make Veteran’s Day more than just a day off for your kids

Each year on Nov. 11 the United States honors and thanks those who are serving and have served in the military on Veterans Day. Today, Monday, Nov. 12, the United States will officially observe the holiday with  a day off for many businesses and school systems every where. How can you help your child view(…)

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Plenty to do for families at Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox

Plenty to do for families at Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox

LENOX — Last weekend I took a visit to Ventfort Hall Mansion And Gilded Age Museum in Lenox. Ventfort Hall was built in 1893 by J.P Morgan’s sister, Sarah, to be her summer “cottage.” The mansion became my home away from home when my mom started working there in 2001. I saw every renovation, exhibit and(…)

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Hancock Shaker Village has plenty of summer fun activities for family members of all ages

Hancock Shaker Village has plenty of summer fun activities for family members of all ages

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshires has come a long way weather-wise since I attended a spring press luncheon at Hancock Shaker Village where it looked (and felt) as if snowflakes would appear out of the sky at any minute, and the Baby Animals at the Farm needed their winter coats to keep warm. But summer has(…)

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Adams Library honors African American History Month with “A Shared History of Drumming” family-friendly event

ADAMS — February is African American History Month and celebrations are occurring all around the Berkshires. One such celebration especially geared towards entertaining and informing Berkshire County families and children is set to take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Adams Free Library, titled “African Americans and Native Americans — A Shared History of Drumming.” This(…)

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Ventfort Hall puppet show offers fun, educational school vacation activity

LENOX — As fairy tales go, “Hansel and Gretel” is one of the darker ones, featuring a young brother and sister abandoned in the woods who must escape a witch who wants to eat them. But performed in a traditional Czech marionette theater at Ventfort Hall in Lenox during school vacation week, “Hansel and Gretel”(…)

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Light up the Holidays set for Dec. 8 in Dalton

DALTON — On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., Berkshire County families will celebrate the season as the town of Dalton lights up for the holidays. The evening will start at Depot Street (5-6 p.m.) where children and families can have a balloon creation made by Hobo the Clown at Realty Street courtesy(…)

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Festival of Native American Culture and History set for this weekend at the Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD – Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, the Berkshire Museum will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with four performances featuring music, stories and dance. The Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History will be presented in partnership with Healing Winds and is featured in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit(…)

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The Mount in Lenox will celebrate Coaching Day with horse-drawn carriages and Gilded Age attire

LENOX — On Monday, Oct. 8, The Mount will feature its popular biennial return to the Gilded Age with its Berkshire Coaching Day. Berkshire Coaching Day will feature horse-drawn carriages and Gilded Age-attired drivers and passengers at the Lenox property. This will surely create a fantastic spectacle at the former estate of Edith Wharton, as The(…)

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