October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 (Thursday)
Sunderland MA

Mike's Maze

Open weekends through Nov 5. Mike’s Maze is an 8-acre corn maze and family entertainment destination! Visitors will encounter countless activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Every year we concoct a brand new maze, along with a themed game that will challenge you to solve puzzles and problems! This year's maze is a visible postcard sending a cosmic message from the surface of the planet "Greetings from Earth: The Pale Blue Dot."

Somers CT

Sonny's Place Harvest Happenings

Through October 29. Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds of lit pumpkins on display throughout the course. Our Corn Maze is 7-acres of twists and turns you can explore day or night (with flashlights!) on the weekend. Hitch a ride on the Spooky Hay Ride and don’t forget to stop at the Pumpkin Patch Field to search for the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibition: The Famous Artists School

On View to November 19. Learning from the Masters will include original artworks, studies, photographs, archival films documenting live demonstrations and commentary by the artists, contemporary interviews, and lesson plans. The exhibition is organized into seven sections that explore the major instructional themes that the famous illustrators identified as foundational for artists.

Smith College, Northampton MA

Smith College Museum of Art EXHIBIT: A Dangerous Woman

Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer September 29, 2017–January 7, 2018. Honoré Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is the first exhibition to reveal the voice of this artist.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Historic Trades Demonstrations

Weekends, September 30-November 25, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet talented craftspeople and observe their work up close each weekend this fall with our Historic Trade demonstrations. Learn how a printing press was important to communication in colonial times. See a joiner use a series of tools to square, shape, and join separate pieces of wood into a single, strong window sash. Working with the head of fiery coals, watch the blacksmith deftly transform hard, shapeless metal into a graceful, functional object. See schedule ....

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Exhibit: Jeweled Objects of Desire

On view through December 31. Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by extraordinary gems, beautiful jewelry and fantastically embellished creations from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The special exhibition also features the work of internationally renowned jewelry designer Sidney Mobell, celebrated for crafting common utilitarian items into unique artworks through the use of gold and precious gemstones. Free with museum admission.

Springfield MA

Springfield Museums à la Carte Lectures

The popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures are held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. This month’s lectures includes: Oct. 5 The British Crown Jewels: Triumph & Tragedy, Oct. 12 Cyprus & Malta: Coveted Islands, Complicated Histories, Oct. 19  Springfield’s Fred T. Ley, the Springfield Man Who Built the Chrysler Building, Oct. 26 Mirror at the Gate: Greek Buddhist and Christian Art and Archaeology.

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Tower Square & Native American Exhibition

In what is said to be the first-of-its-kind “show of force” of Native American art and culture ever in New England, representatives of Art for the Soul Gallery, are announcing the opening of 7th Generation: Contemporary Native American Artists of the 21st Century set to run from October 5 to December 31. Artists from the Mohawk, Pueblo, Ashiihii Salt Clan, Oneida, Choctaw, Shinnecock, Montauk, Abenaki, and Cherokee nations will have their work on display at Art for the Soul Gallery curated by Billy Myers, who himself is from the Mohawk nation.

East Windsor CT

Connecticut Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch Ride

Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child can pick out a FREE pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted, enjoy the outside play area and the entire museum. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays until October 29th.

East Windsor CT

Connecticut Trolley Museum Rails to the Darkside

Ride the rails into the dark country side to hear the story of the cemetery on the property and what happens when you dig it up. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights until October 28th. Hours are 7pm-9:30pm and reservations are not needed, tickets can be purchased on the night you attend. Admission is $18 per person and recommended for ages 16+. Rails to the Darkside last year attracted over 4,000 visitors.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibition: Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol

Two of America’s most important visual communicators, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol embraced populism, created enduring icons, shaped national identity, and opened new ways of seeing during the twentieth century. Norman Rockwell Museum will present the first exhibition to examine the artistic and cultural influence of these celebrated image-makers and the continued influence of their indelible legacies. The exhibition will explore such themes as the elevation of the ordinary; notions of an idyllic past; the culture of celebrity; and mass media and the power of visual communication. FINAL WEEKS Through October 29.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibition: Out of the Darkness

Through Oct 27, 2019. Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to renowned comic book artist whose award-winning work helped to transform the comic book industry and redefine the look and feel of today’s superhero films. The exhibition will examine Miller’s distinctive style for specific characters, such as Wolverine, Daredevil, Elektra, and an aging, vengeful Batman who battles Superman. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by comic book and pop culture historians, as well as Mr. Kowalski.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village, HAUNTED BY HISTORY

October 18-29. Guests gather outside The Center Meeting House where they meet Dr. Lantornia, a mysterious showman who promises them he can conjure spirits from New England's past in his "Phantasmagoria." He leads them into the darkened meeting house, where they participate in a séance, encountering the ghosts of several New England figures who died in the 19th century with unfinished business. The séance goes awry when we find out all is not as it seems and Dr. Lantornia has ulterior motives for his Phantasmagoria. Through October is 2-for-1 Adult admission on weekdays only.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery

Oct 26, starting at 5 p.m. A walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall. $5; free for Museum members and children 12 and under.

Mullins Center UMass, Amherst MA

UMass Mullins Center & Annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times, will deliver the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture on Oct. 26, at 6:00 p.m. The lecture, “What’s the Matter with Economics?,” will explain how basic macroeconomics has been a very good guide to world events since the 2008 global financial crisis, and will question why economists seem unwilling to build on the success they have found using its concepts. The event is free and open to the public, tickets required.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village, Talk

"King Philip’s Indian War” with author Michael Tougias. Thursday, October 26, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. An illuminating slide presentation at the Village on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76. Slides include battle sites, period sketches, historic markers, maps, and suggestions for visiting road-side history.

Eastern States Exposition, W Springfield MA

Eastern States Exposition Presents Octoberfest Horse Show

Oct 26-29. 9am-10pm. ADMISSION: Free. Open horse show featuring many breeds of horses, 2 medal finals, Halloween themed decorations and costume contest. The New England Western Seat Medal Finals will be held in Mallary North on Oct. 27 & 28.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

Connecticut Science Center, Artificial Intelligence Discussion

October 26, 6PM-8PM. This program is part of the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative. Dr. Susan Schneider is an associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut, proposes a test for determining whether artificial intelligence can be conscious. Her work wrestles with vexed issues such as the nature of the mind and preparing for artificial general intelligence (AGI), super-intelligent AI, and futuristic brain enhancements, such as brain chips and uploading. Admission: $10.

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

The Eric Carle Museum After-School Printmaking Class

October 26, 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Entering Grades 3-5. Curious about printmaking and experimenting with paint? Join us for a three-week long class where you will go in-depth into the printmaking process and create a series of your own prints to keep, display, or give away! Participants will look closely at original artworks in The Carle’s collection, and create their own artwork using a variety of printing techniques.