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The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area includes nine towns in Connecticut and twenty in Massachusetts.

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Free and Open to the Public! Incantation Workshop – Music & Puppet Performance – Beekeeping Demo–Family fun filled day with local artisans! Beekeeping Demo 12-1 pm Richard Clapper from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeper’s Association will discuss[...]
Diane Taraz sings her own songs and others from the folk tradition that tell the true stories of people and events from early America. Enjoy songs about love affairs gone wrong; women warriors in disguise;[...]
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Moonshine Holler performs lively American roots music and dance featuring mountain blues, breakdowns and ballads, with flatfoot dancing to boot, highlighting old-time music’s multi-cultural roots on more instruments than they can juggle, including fiddle, banjo,[...]
Gt. Barrington, MA–Rusted Root Performance @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
May 29 @ 7:00 pm
$40 Mahaiwe Member Discount Event–Members receive $5 off Member Sale: Friday, February 24 at 12 noon Public Sale: Friday, March 10 at 12 noon Having collaborated for two decades, Rusted Root has honed the perfect[...]
May 31 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Also at  6-7 pm with Christine Ward and Sharon Siter Grab your binoculars and join us as we capture spring bird activity along the Housatonic River. From common mergansers to nesting nuthatches, River Walk offers[...]
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding Walk @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 31 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
  Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free, Registration not required. Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks

FREE WALKING TOURS

Tour historic estate gardens and town districts, enjoy nature walks and trail hikes, and experience industrial-site ruins that were once thriving industries. Also included is a canoe trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides along scenic country roads, interpretive walks at the area’s oldest cemeteries, a Native American village walk and many other kinds of walks.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE EXPERTS

Expert regional historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will lead participants on an exploration to learn about our region’s rich heritage. Historical and cultural venues will open their doors to the public for free behind-the-scenes and estate garden tours; and natural resources organizations will provide access to the region’s most interesting outdoor recreational areas, including the Housatonic River.

NEW THIS YEAR: FARM WALKS

This year’s Walks include ‘farm walks’ that offer residents and visitors an insider view of the area’s operating farms and an opportunity to meet the farmers and ask questions. Participating farms include Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, MA, Brattle Farm in Lenox, MA, and Freund’s Farm in East Canaan, CT.

HERITAGE WALKS

Three Autumn Weekends Are Filled With Free, Guided Tours. The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) invites you to the 15th annual Heritage Walks Weekends on three autumn weekends –Saturday & SundaySeptember 17 & 18, September 24 & 25, and October 1 & 2. More than 50 free, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT).

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