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

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Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm
James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars[...]
at the Daniel Arts Center – McConnell Theater In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or[...]
Gt. Barrington, MA–Food Security in Insecure Times @ Bard College at Simon's Rock--Lecture Center
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm
Join Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap, Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas, for a conversation about changing the food system. As a writer on food issues, Winne’s work has appeared in[...]
Gt. Barrington, MA–Like Water for Chocolate @ The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Theater
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
In a tale of forbidden love, Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi) are barred by a family tradition. Magical realism comes into play when Tita learns of her supernatural abilities through cooking. “The food[...]
Gt. Barrington, MA–Uncommon Journeys: John McWhorter ‘81 @ Bard College at Simon's Rock--Daniel Arts Center
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for a freewheeling conversation between renowned linguist John McWhorter and professor Brendan Mathews about John’s life, career and longstanding association with Simon’s Rock. A prolific writer, his work appears in The New York[...]
Help monitor the water quality of tributaries in the Housatonic and Hoosic watersheds this year. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, with two watershed partners – the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and the Housatonic Valley Association[...]
Appropriate for all experience levels for ages 11 – 14 years old The workshop will be followed by a short performance/opportunity to share our work, and pizza! What is Poetry Slam? Poetry Slam is built on[...]
  Free event April is National Poetry Month and every year we throw out a challenge – we supply a prompt-a-day for 30 days and you create a poem in response to the prompt. Who[...]

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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