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May
20
Mon
ARROWHEAD OPENS FOR TOURS @ Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
May 20 @ 10:00 AM

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead is open daily for tours May 22 through mid-October.  Take a house tour, explore exhibits and the nature trail.  This year we feature “Enchanted Berkshires: Where Fairies Dance.”

Homeschool STEAM Spring Program: Robotics @ Berkshire Museum
May 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Homeschool STEAM Spring Program: Robotics @ Berkshire Museum

Fascinated by LEGO bricks and technology? Over the period of four weeks, learn how to build and code a LEGO Mindstorms robot to execute every command. Utilize reading and math skills to design and implement the programs.

This series of four 1-hour sessions is designed specifically for homeschool families. A space to eat lunch will be made available so families can eat and mingle after each program. Recommended for, but not limited to, children ages 8 to 12.

May
21
Tue
Homeschool Day: Hidden Hancock @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 21 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Homeschool Day: Hidden Hancock @ Hancock Shaker Village

Meet the Shakers who lived at the village.  Explore the village and find out more about the people who made this community their home.  Look for objects made at Hancock, examine journals, study maps, and even venture into the cellar of the Trustees’ Office to see grave markers.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED

WeMuse Littlest Learners @ Berkshire Museum
May 21 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
May
22
Wed
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop @ Berkshire Community College
May 22 @ 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students

Berkshire Community College is excited to host a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop on its main campus. At this training, attendees will better understand how to help under-resourced college students.

May
23
Thu
Farm Friends @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 23 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Farm Friends @ Hancock Shaker Village

Get to know the farmyard. Each week, young children ages 2-5 and their caregivers meet one of our farm animals, enjoy a special story, and do a simple craft in the Discovery Barn.

May
24
Fri
da Vinci Docent Hours @ Berkshire Museum
May 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
da Vinci Docent Hours @ Berkshire Museum

Learn more about Leonardo and his innovative designs from our knowledgeable exhibition docents and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of many of his machines, including mechanisms that are usually do not touch!

OLLI: Berkshire Performing Arts Previews @ Berkshire Museum
May 24 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
OLLI: Berkshire Performing Arts Previews @ Berkshire Museum

Hear the stories behind what awaits us on stage this summer at some of the Berkshires’ premiere venues, as well as some award-winning “outliers.” Each week we’ll hear from the movers and shakers at Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshire Opera, the Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage, and more, as well as our annual Critics Roundtable.

WeeMuse Adventures (Ages 18mo – 3yrs) @ Berkshire Museum
May 24 @ 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
WeeMuse Adventures (Ages 18mo – 3yrs) @ Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our weekly e-news for each week’s theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome!

WeeMuse programs are generously sponsored by the Berkshire Bank Foundation.

OLLI: Our Ever-changing and Complex Healthcare System: What You Need to Know @ Berkshire Museum
May 24 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
OLLI: Our Ever-changing and Complex Healthcare System: What You Need to Know @ Berkshire Museum

The third in a series of OLLI courses focusing on our complex healthcare systems and institutions, this course will once again endeavor to highlight and take an in-depth view of selected healthcare subjects in the news and confounding all of us as we work to navigate the maze of our health “system.”

OLLI: Objects and Their Stories @ Berkshire Museum
May 24 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
OLLI: Objects and Their Stories @ Berkshire Museum

Inspired by the Berkshire Museum’s popular rotating exhibition, “Objects and Their Stories,” join the museum’s Chief Experience Officer and guest staff for an in-depth exploration into the Berkshire Museum’s collection. Each session will feature multiple objects and the details pertaining to their geographic, spacial and iconographic relationships.

May
25
Sat
Nia Dance Fitness with Diane Firtell @ Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
May 25 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Chowtime @ Berkshire Museum
May 25 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion After Hours @ Berkshire Museum
May 25 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion After Hours @ Berkshire Museum

Explore Leonardo’s imaginative inventions at a reduced ticket price during extended evening hours every Saturday night. Use cranks, levers, and pulleys to test da Vinci’s mechanisms after family dinner,  bring your date to see a wooden battle tank, or spend some time marveling at flying machines before catching a Little Cinema screening.

May
26
Sun
Goat Yoga @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 26 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Goat Yoga @ Hancock Shaker Village

Show mom why she’s the G.O.A.T. Bring a mat and your mom.

Discovery Tank Program @ Berkshire Museum
May 26 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Discovery Tank Program @ Berkshire Museum

Meet the residents of the Berkshire Museum Aquarium’s tide pool tank in this guided, hands-on educational program for all ages. This drop-in experience will be led by a member of the Museum’s staff who can answer your questions and help you interact with the exciting sea creatures in the tank.

EXHIBITION OPENING – Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 26 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
EXHIBITION OPENING – Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey @ Hancock Shaker Village

Painter Barbara Ernst Prey has an affinity for light; specifically, capturing the fleeting luminosity within built and natural environments. Borrowed Light presents a new body of watercolors depicting scenes from the village. Taking its title from the Shaker principle of “borrowed light,” or the incorporation of windows and skylights into interior walls as a way to refract light from the outside in, Prey’s exhibition is inspired by visits across three seasons where she immersed herself in the buildings, historic artifacts, and landscape of this site. Her voice brings new consideration to the visual and haptic experience of this site, historically and today.

EXHIBITION OPENING – While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 26 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
EXHIBITION OPENING – While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers @ Hancock Shaker Village

The Shakers estimated twenty-five thousand songs received to date and approximately ten thousand survive – more than all ballads and spirituals combined.  From American anthems like Simple Gifts to lesser-known hymns, ballads, and laboring songs, music continues to occupy a central role in Shaker life and worship. While Mighty Thunders Roll explores and expands this musical legacy through a display of historic objects and ephemera shown alongside newly commissioned a capella renditions of Shaker songs performed by a selection of popular musicians including Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Natalie Merchant. Displayed on video and audio installations throughout Hancock Shaker Village, While Mighty Thunders Roll enlivens the history of Shaker music, and illuminates the power of voice as a fundamental expression of spirit.

Shaker Barn Music: The Suitcase Junket @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 26 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Shaker Barn Music: The Suitcase Junket @ Hancock Shaker Village

From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket is a one-man virtuoso, Matt Lorenz, whose signature sound is a mash up of mountain ballads, original rock anthems, blues manifestos, and dance-hall festivity.  It is magnificent, rousing songwriting, played out on instruments built from broken bottles, thrift store forks, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, and more.  Named to Spotify’s Best of Folk & Americana and Blues & Blues Rock playlists (he has combined streams of 1.25 million), he caught the attention of NPR (who chose his album Make Time as one of the year’s favorite sessions).  Make time for this one.

May
28
Tue
WeMuse Littlest Learners @ Berkshire Museum
May 28 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM