August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 (Friday)
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.

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. 

Jiminy Peak, 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.

Downtown Springfield MA

Look Up Springfield Guided Walking Tours

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

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. American Moderns features fifty-one paintings and four sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s collections that exemplify how American artists engaged the concept of modernity in the early and mid-20th century. The exhibit also underscores the D'Amour Museum of Fine Art's own outstanding collection of 20th century American art.

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.

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.”

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!

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.

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

Eric Carle Museum Presents Events for August

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs Mondays in July and August, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Free. Bob Staake: Picture This August 2, 1:00 pm. Free. Special Storytime: Greg Pizzoli August 2, 3:00 pm. Free. Nappy’s Puppets Presents Sing-A-Long and Father Goose’s Tales August 9, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. $5 (Members $4). Special Storytime: Author Nicole Groeneweg and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell August 9, 2:00 pm. Free. Countdown to Kindergarten! August 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free. Special Storytime: Lita Judge August 16, 2:00 pm. Free. Tom Knight Puppets August 30, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. $4 (Members $3).

South Deerfield, MA

Magic Wings Open for Summer

The Lepidoptera source in Western Massachusetts, featuring an 8,000-square foot indoor conservatory home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment, Magic Wings focuses on butterfly-related education, recreation, entertainment and gardening needs. Open 7 days a week. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission sold at 5:30 p.m.).

Lenox MA

Tanglewood Concerts for August

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. See Schedule ....

Thornes Marketplace, Northampton MA

Thornes Marketplace Presents Back to School Discount for Students and Teachers!

Acme Surplus in Thornes Marketplace. Stop by Acme Surplus first! Students, with a valid and current college ID, get 10% off their entire purchase August 5th through September 7th. Teachers, with an ID, get 10% off their entire purchase year-round. Save on school supplies- save on dorm supplies- plus thousands of other great bargains.

Park Hill Orchard Easthampton MA

Art in the Orchard

August 9-October 30. Sculpture, events, and more at Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Presents NBA Championship Trophy

Monday, August 25 - Sunday, August 31. Don't miss your chance to have your photo taken with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy.  All week long, the NBA Championship Trophy will be on display and available to the public.  Bring a group, bring your friends, or take your best selfie!

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Free Fun Friday

Admission to Norman Rockwell Museum is FREE to all visitors on August 29, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. Free Fun Fridays is the annual summer program that opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Three County Fair, Northampton MA

Three County Fair

August 29–September 1. 197th Three County Fair. Music, food, midway rides and agricultural events. This year marks the 197th edition of the Three County Fair – one of the longest consecutive running agricultural fairs in the country – which remains true to its original constitution “to promote agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural science in the Commonwealth.” Wine tasting each day, antique engine and tractor show, Melha Shrine clowns, and even Santa Claus!

La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield MA

La Quinta Inn Presents Fair Affair Theme Night

August 29 - Fair Affair Theme Night. Welcome in fair season with food stand favorites!

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Holyoke MA

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Presents Disney Day

August 29th we celebrate the fun of Disney. Wear your favorite Disney characters apparel. And on August 30th we are remembering the Pony Express and how mail used to be delivered.  Come honor your favorite horse on our gorgeous carousel! We will be open Monday, September 1st, 12-4 pm for the Labor Day holiday.

Blunt Park, Springfield MA

Annual Stone Soul Festival

Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. “Friday Night Jazz.” The Stone Soul Festival continues on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a free grits, eggs and sausage breakfast, followed by the festival’s annual tag sale and flea market. The parade begins at 11 a.m. from Mason Square and marches its way to Blunt Park. The festival will conclude on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. with an interdenominational church service called “Praise in the Park.” The actual Stone Soul Picnic, begins after the worship service at approximately 1 p.m.