July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 (Monday)
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum South Hadley MA

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War

Experiencing the Civil War: From the Battlefield to the Home Front, at the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Exhibit- will be on display until the 150th anniversary of the war’s end, in April of 2015.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Restoring Springfield Armory’s Historic Viewscape

Walking Tour: Offered every other Sunday April 13 – September 28. Program begins at 2pm. Join us for this unique tour of the Springfield Armory’s grounds and learn about recent efforts of park staff to restore the historic site back to its magnificence of the 1940s. Tour will include a walk through a portion of the woodlands. Wear comfortable shoes. 60 minutes.

Smith College Northampton MA

Smith College Museum of Art Presents The Eye is a Door

January 31–August 31, The Eye is a Door showcases the photographic work of world-renowned writer, scholar, and landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn.  This is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn’s photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy–the ability to read and analyze visual information. This approach to learning allows people to question and interpret what they see, which has broad implications across many fields of inquiry and design.  

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Presents Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork

March 1, 2014 - February 15, 2015. Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century. The village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts & Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. This exhibition will feature more than 25 pieces from Historic Deerfield's collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents“Steampunk Springfield”

“Steampunk.”Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City will take place from March 22 – September 28, 2014, with exhibits in both the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Additional events related to the Steampunk Springfield project will also be hosted by the Museums and other partner organizations, including the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and CityStage & Symphony Hall, among others.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Evolution of Firearms Program

Offered every other Saturday, March 22 – September 27. Program begins at 1pm. Springfield Armory is proud to reintroduce our Evolution of Firearms Programs that highlights the technological advancements of the weapons that were manufactured at the Springfield Armory.  Program begins in the Armory Museum with a Ranger-led presentation followed by a black powder firing demonstration outside on the Armory’s historic grounds.

MassMutual Center, Springfield MA

MassMutual Center Presents 5 Narratives: Art at the MassMutual Center

5 Narratives: Art at the MassMutual Center. The exhibit features artwork from 5 local artists throughout Western Massachusetts and is the first time art is being displayed inside the MassMutual Center Convention Center walls. Admission to this event is free. On view until October 2014.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Blast from the Past

Visitors can learn about Springfield Armory's historic weapons through the senses of sight, the sounds of rifles blasting, and the acrid smell of burning gun powder. National Park Service Volunteers and Rangers will describe and then fire reproductions of historic Springfield Armory weapons that include a flintlock musket, the percussion rifle musket, and the "Trapdoor" breech-loading rifle. Mark your calendars for April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30, and Sept 13 & 27.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Steampunk Exhibit

Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry brings together the authenticity of the nation’s largest collection of military shoulder weapons with the imagination and ingenuity of some of today’s most inventive, contemporary Steampunk artists. Artists featured in the exhibit hail from Massachusetts and Vermont and have created a variety of pieces that are sure to amaze. Exhibition will be on display through September 28, 2014.

Route 47, Hadley MA

New England Falconry Open for Season

New England Falconry is located on open meadows and forestland in beautiful Western Massachusetts. You will experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation. Introductory Session. Duration: 45 Minutes. Experience handling and flying of a trained Harris' Hawk while learning about the special adaptations of raptors and the need for their conservation. $65 per participant. $15 per *non-participant

Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke MA

Volleyball Hall of Fame Open

Open Thursday through Sunday Noon to 4:30 PM, year-round, or by special pre-arranged appointment. We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents "Home Run for Bunny"

Gerald Purnell's original pastel paintings for Richard Anderson's "Home Run for Bunny," go on view April 18, through Sept. 14, at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The children's book, by Anderson tells the story of Ernest "Bunny" Taliaferro, and his 15 Springfield team mates, on a junior baseball team of 1934, who agree to withdraw from an tournament, when officials there would not allow Taliaferro to play, because he was African American.

Springfield MA

Uno Chicago Bar and Grill Live Music Summer Courtyard Series

The music runs from 6 to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All shows are weather permitting. Mondays Eric Bascom. Tuesdays Gary Jones and Frank Serafino. Wednesdays EagleEyes. Thursdays Good Acoustics. Fridays Emotion. Saturdays Tom Ingram Band. Sundays Ethel Lee Ensemble.

Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke MA

Wistariahurst Museum Presents A Genius for Place

A Genius for Place was a collaboration between author and landscape historian, Robin Karson, and photographer Carol Betsch. Both the book and panel exhibition, trace the development of the American movement and style of landscape design. A Genius for Place will be complemented by garden and landscape designs from the archives at Wistariahurst depicting the Skinner family gardens.

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

Eric Carle Museum Presents Harriet The Spy Turns Fifty

Louise Fitzhugh’s beloved classic Harriet the Spy celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To honor this momentous occasion, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has created Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty, an exhibition of the book’s original art. The exhibition premiered at The Forbes Galleries in New York. It will then be on view at The Carle from May 20 through November 30, 2014.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Norman Rockwell's World: Reinterpreting the American Tradition in the 21st Century

May 20th, 2014 through January 4th, 2015. This exhibition will reflect Rockwell's style that had just the right combination of family values, small-town scenes, celebrations of idyllic childhoods and recognition of American traditions.  This was important especially when he developed his style during a period that involved two world wars, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. 

Hancock, MA

Mountain Adventure at Jiminy Peak Open for the Season

Aerial Adventure Park - Mountain Adventure Park - Mountain Biking. May 24th - Late October. Come join us and find out why the Berkshires is a great destination to relax, play or to live.

Mount Holyoke College, S Hadley MA

Five College Summer Language Program

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages (FCCSWL), is gearing up to provide intensive language instruction to residents of the greater Pioneer Valley. Currently, 11 languages are being offered: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. In addition, special courses in Arabic dialects, written Hindi, written Persian, and intermediate Swahili are also available.The first session runs from Tuesday, May 27 to Wednesday, July 2. The second sessions starts Tuesday, July 8 and ends Wednesday, August 13.

Downtown Springfield MA

Look Up Springfield Guided Walking Tours

Starts at 12:00 at Monach Place Plaza and return 12:45. FREE!

MacKenzie Stadium, Holyoke MA

Valley Blue Sox Game Schedule 2014

The 2014 season will represent the Blue Sox’s 7th season in Pioneer Valley, playing at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke. The Blue Sox have been a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL www.necbl.com ) since 2008, and prior to becoming the Blue Sox they were the Concord Quarry Dogs and a member since 1997. The NECBL is funded in part by Major League Baseball and is comprised of 13 teams throughout all 6 New England States who recruit the elite athletes and premier pro-prospects from around the world.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator

In December 2013, artwork by Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper set the all-time sales records for American paintings at auction, confirming the enduring popularity of these two artists from the twentieth century. This summer, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the early work of these two remarkable artists side by side, offering a rare glimpse into their formative years before they embarked on divergent paths as painters. Through October 26.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice-Age Mammals

Science Museum June 14 – September 14. Life Through Time will cover over 3500  square feet of the Science Museum’s second floor exhibit area.  Visitors will get an up-close view of a variety of large-scale robotic dinosaurs including T. rex, Apatosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, and an adult Maiasaura with eggs and hatchlings. Also on hand will be several robotic Ice Age mammals including a Woolly Mammoth, Baluchitherium, and a saber-toothed cat family of four.

South Hadley MA

Brunelle’s Marina Lady Bea Cruises Open for the Season

The Lady Bea offers an assortment of entertainment and themed cruises each season. These special theme cruises generally sail at 7:00pm, and return to the docks at approximately 9:00pm, though times may vary, tickets are 20.00 each. Daily River Cruise: Thursday-Saturday Departures 1pm & 4pm & 7pm. Sundays 1pm & 4pm. Please Call for reservations. $15 for Adults.

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

Eric Carle Museum Presents What's Your Favorite Animal?

Through August 31. Enjoy a colorful menagerie of artwork which offers a glimpse into the lives and personalities of 14 acclaimed picture book artists. The exhibition features illustrations from What’s Your Favorite Animal?, a new picture book which benefits The Carle, as well as a digital display of animal artwork submitted by the public.

Eastern States Exposition, W Springfield MA

Storrowton Village Museum Presents Open House Tours

Starting June 17, Open House tours throughout the summer, to Aug. 22, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 6. There will be guided tours through the historic buildings and costumed interpreters teaching what life was like during the 19th century.

North Riverfront Park, Springfield MA

Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Presents Free Open House

Join us at the North Riverfront Park for our FREE open house event. Every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm our professional coaches will highlight one of the unique activities we offer here at the riverfront. Try rowing in one of our stable training boats, discover the thrill of the Dragon Boat, see how long you can stand on a paddle board, observe the beauty of the river from the bike trail, or experience one of our indoor fitness classes. Rain or shine, there is something to explore at PVRC. Rowing Dates: May 28, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13

Interskate 91 South, Wilbraham MA

Interskate 91 Presents Summer Camp

Summer Camp, 9 Themed Fun Packed Weeks! Week 1: June 23rd - 27th-(Game Show Mania). Week 2: June 30th - July 3rd-(Cartoon Week). Week 3: July 7th - 11th-(I-91 Kids have Talent). Week 4: July 14th - 18th-(Safari Week). Week 5: July 21st - 25th-(Superheroes Week). Week 6: July 28th -Aug. 1st-(Fear Factor). Week 7: August 4th - 8th-(The "Magic" of Camp). Week 8: August 11th -15th-(Barnyard Palooza). Week 9: August 18th - 22nd-(I-91 Kids have Talent). Camp Time 8am - 5pm Daily.

S Hadley MA

NASH Dinosaur Track Site and Rock Shop Open for the Season

Where is the best place in the world to find dinosaur tracks? In the Connecticut River Valley. It was in this valley that the first dinosaur tracks in North America were found. Open daily - closed Wednesday.

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

Eric Carle Museum Presents Simms Taback: Art by Design

Simms Taback: Art by Design, on view from June 28 through Nov. 2, features Taback’s eight major books, including his Caldecott Medal Book, “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat,” and his Caldecott Honor Book, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”

New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks CT

New England Air Museum to Hold Summer of Engineering Design Activities

A variety of activities will be offered each day such as build and fly challenge activities, flight science demonstrations and the chance to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft. The Museum's Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls. Programs are planned to be held from June 30 through August 22. See schedule.....

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents from the Kitchen Sink: Bob and Phyllis Learn New Tricks

Artist Ricky Bernstein of Sheffield, Massachusetts has created a site-specific installation for the Community Gallery in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, titled Stories from the Kitchen Sink: Bob and Phyllis Learn New Tricks, is on view through June, 21, 2015. Using glass and multi-media objects, Bernstein tells stories in a visual format that bring his self-created comic book imagery to life in vibrant, colorful and emotionally engaging installations.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame presents "60 Days of Summer"

The 60 Days of Summer program offers 60 consecutive days of family oriented interactive museum programming. Starting on July 1 and running through August 31, the Hall of Fame will host various appearances, autograph signings, magicians, trick dribblers and jugglers, mascot days, giveaway days, and much more! Best of all, these appearances are FREE of charge to all museums guests!

Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA


Where's Waldo? In The Pioneer Valley of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. You will find Waldo figures in businesses such as Atkins Farms in Amherst, The Children’s Museum in Holyoke , Jones Library in Amherst, Magic Wings in South Deerfield, four businesses in Thornes Marketplace as well as many more! Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA

Odyssey Bookshop Presents Camp Odyssey

July 1—August 19 ~ Tuesdays at 3pm. Camp Odyssey is a once-a-week camp featuring one book and activity for kids every Tuesday afternoon. Each week we will feature a different book and do an activity that goes with it, ranging from make your own lava lamps and cupcake decorating to making grass hair funny faces! See schedule ....

Deerfield Inn/Champney's Restaurant & Tavern, Deerfield MA

Deerfield Inn Celebrating 130 years!

The Deerfield Inn will be 130 years old this summer, so we have some rooms available as a gift to you in July for just $130! The days can be filled with hiking, biking, antiquing, reading and chatting outside on an Adirondack chair or in a cozy air-conditioned nook inside. The iced tea pitcher is bottomless, we have bikes you can rent for a spin. Afternoon tea and cookies, a full country inn breakfast, and free passes to the museum houses of Historic Deerfield are all part of your stay.
Springfield MA

Theodores List of Events for July

July 2, Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic Starts: 10:00 pm. July 9, Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic Starts: 10:00 pm. July 12, Matthew Szlachetka (of The Northstar Session) **8pm.  Show Starts: 9:00 pm. July 16, Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic Starts: 10:00 pm. July 23, Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic Starts: 10:00 pm. July 30, Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic Starts: 10:00 pm.

Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA

Odyssey Bookshop Presents Summer Fun Book Club

July  - August 20 ~ Biweekly ~Wednesdays at 3pm. And Saturdays from through - August 9th, at 10:30am. Summer Fun Book Club for ages 8-14 reads one book bi-weekly. Lead by one of our children’s booksellers, this book club will include thought provoking questions, free giveaways, fun activities and more! See Schedule .....

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Heartfelt Fine Gifts, Lunch & Paint Classes

Mondays & Wednesdays, noon - 1PM.  $30 Includes supplies, beverage, and dessert.  Bring your own lunch.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

STCC Steampunk exhibit at the Springfield Museums

Students in Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) three-dimensional art class joined forces to create a Springfield Steampunk inspired art piece. The piece is an artistic model of a hypothetical Springfield train station created from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionaries, metal cogs, and wires, and complete with re-imagined trains and people milling about the station waiting to catch their rides. The piece is currently on display in the Steampunk exhibit at the Springfield Museums through September 28.

Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield MA

Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Beautiful chamber music performed in the lovely Victorian setting of Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room at 3 p.m. on Sundays through July and August. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. See the schedule.

Amherst College, Amherst MA

The KO Festival Of Performance Presents 5 Weekends Of Summer

July 5 CARPETBAG BRIGADE with “CALLINGS.”  July 11-13 BEAU JEST MOVING THEATER with “APT 4D.”  July 18-20 JUDITH SLOAN (Earsay) with “YO MISS!  July 20 THE METTAWEE RIVER THEATRE COMPANY with “THE DANCING FOX: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East.”  July 25-27 The INDEPENDENT EYE with “CO-CREATION: 50 Years in the Making.”  July 27 KOFEST STORY SLAM & PARTY.  Aug. 1-3 ALICE EVE COHEN with “WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW.”

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Presents Exploring Plants and People in the Past

Daily July 5 - August 14. 12 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., drop in anytime, History Workshop. Early New Englanders relied on plants for food, medicine, and as raw materials. At the History Workshop learn what an herbarium is, and practice pressing plants to make a lovely botanical keepsake. Collect stickers along the way to receive a prize at the journey's end.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Art Classes in July

Summer Sketch Club Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For ages 7 and up. $6, $4 members. Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10 to 11:30 a.m. For children ages 4 and up, $6 per person, $4 members. Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art Lab: Daily Workshop Experiments Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents "talks" for July

Impossible Craft: The Artist's Biography. Thursdays July 10, 17, 24, 5:30 p.m. July 10: Norman Rockwell: A Life with Biographer Laura Claridge. July 17: Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in a Gilded Age. July 24: Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. Inside Hopper's World: A Contemporary Painter's View An Evening Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. Illustrating the 1920s: An Afternoon with Illustration Historian Murray Tinkelman Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m. Hopper's Drawings: An Evening with Whitney Museum Curator Carter E. Foster Saturday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Jacob’s Pillow, Becket MA

Jacob’s Pillow Free Inside/Out Performances for July

Free Inside/Out Performances. July 11-31. Of the more than 50 dance companies to be presented at Jacob’s Pillow in 2014, more than half can be seen performing on the Henry J. Leir Stage at the Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space, a unique outdoor amphitheater nestled in the bucolic hills of the Berkshires. The free Inside/Out performance series includes presentations of emerging dance companies, artists from all over the world, and informal showings by the professional-track students of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. See Schedule .....

South Worthington MA

Sevenars Concerts 2014 Season

Sevenars Music Festival! Please visit us for our 47th Season in the Summer of 2014! World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers. Concerts are held in the landmark Academy. Sevenars Concerts, a cultural "Acres of Diamonds" is located in the idyllic Berkshire town of Worthington, Massachusetts. Schedule: Sundays, 4PM  July 13 to August 17. Admission: $20 General (refreshments included). See schedule .....

Springfield MA

Max's Tavern Presents Gold Classic

Max's Tavern in Springfield as well as Max Burger in Longmeadow is currently offering "golf ball" icons for every $5 donation made to the Golf Classic's beneficiary, Baystate Children's Hospital. The Gold Classic itself is scheduled for July 31 and will be played at the Crestview Country Club in Agawam. Following the afternoon play, tournament participants will enjoy cocktails at Max's Tavern; a dinner with open bar will follow.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

Connecticut Science Center Events for August

Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD. On view through August 31. Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D, now Showing. Live Gallery Science Demonstrations 11AM–1PM and 2–4PM Daily. Story Time 1:15PM and 3:30PM, Daily. Celebrating Women in Science, August 9: Keshia Ashe of Many Mentors with Regenerative Engineering: Bone and Beyond! Connecticut Sun Day, Tuesday, August 12, 11AM–2PM. Family Harvest Day on the Rooftop Garden, Saturday, August 16, 11AM–2PM. Teachers visit FREE this Summer! Now through August 31.

Theatre 14 Smith College, Northampton MA

New Century Theatre Presents Skippyjon Jones In The Cirque De Ole

Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. He's actually El Skippito, a heroic Chihuahua. With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape, and saves the day while stealing children's hearts. Follow Skippy, his frisky kitten sisters, his frazzled mama and his band of Chihuahua friends as they enter the giant closet of Skippy's imagination into the world of the Cirque de Ole! July 23, 24, 25, 26 and August 7, 9, 10:30 a.m. daily. TICKETS: $10.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents “Summer Spectacular” Family Series

July 28 through August 15, Monday through Friday. The centerpiece of the six-week series is the array of top-tier family performers from around the northeast. This year’s slate includes a mini-residency by the Tanglewood Marionettes, a performance by The Pop-Ups, as well as Mister G, Casey Carle of BubbleMania.  Other highlights include live reptile demonstrations with creatures from the Science Museum’s Solutia Live Animal Center, interactive “Music in the Museums”  programs, Hands-on Activity Carts, and science demonstrations by the Roving Scientist. See schedule....