Things to do and learn in the Berkshires this week



Celebrate history: "Township No. 1 Day," a free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history, will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bidwell House Museum. There will be live music by Bonner McAllester and Joe Baker, Moonshine Holler, Steve and Pete Adams; flatfoot dancing with Paula Bradley and Bill Dill; Colonial re-enactors, trail walks, a baking contest, children's activities, craft demonstrations, exhibits and more.

For more information, call the museum at (413) 528-6888 or visit The campus is located at 100 Art School Road, Monterey.


Photo contest: Mass Audubon is seeking photos that highlight people in nature and the beauty of Massachusetts wildlife and landscapes.

The contest, which runs through Sept. 30, is open to photographers of all skill levels, and ages, with the exception of Mass Audubon employees, board members, and their immediate family members. Entrants may submit up to five photos in various categories: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Native Plants and Fungi, Landscapes.

The grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card, in addition to being featured in Connections, a Mass Audubon publication. Up to 12 winners (two from each level per category) will win a $100 gift card, and up to six honorable mentions will win a $50 gift card to redeem at a Mass Audubon shop or a wildlife sanctuary.

For information, visit


'Firefly Hike': Williamstown Rural Land Foundation on Thursday will host a Firefly Hike, complete with campfire, s'mores and music by Mike Quinones. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the foundation's Sheep Hill on Route 7 in Williamstown, about a mile south of the rotary.

There's a suggested donation of $3 per person, up to $6 per family. Severe weather cancels the event. For more information call (413) 458-2494 or visit


'Summer Parks Playground Program': The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program will be continuing its free Summer Parks Playground Program at three city parks this summer, for six weeks. The program offers a wide variety of supervised recreation activities, including sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities for city children ages 6 to 13.

The program begins Monday, and hours will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m., through Aug. 15. Playground leaders will be stationed at Clapp Park, Pitt Park, and Deming Park. The program is designed to provide "drop-in" activities for children, and is not a substitute for day camp or childcare. For more information, please contact Rebecca Tefft, recreation activities coordinator, at (413) 499-9370.


Band camp: "Rock On!," a summer rock band camp, will run from July 14 through 25, at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. Young people from ages 10 to 21 are welcome to enroll.

In addition to music performance and songwriting components, the program will offer new workshops in recording technology and technical theater. All levels and all instruments are accepted. Students who do not play a traditional instrument are welcome to enroll as aspiring music producers, audio engineers, or lighting and sound designers.

Students are placed in bands by level and musical interests. Workshops are offered in blues and jazz band, songwriting, and world drumming. Tuition is $250 per week.

To learn more and to register, visit, call Mary Talmi at (413) 499-1733 or (413) 329-2280, or email


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