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Things to do in the Berkshires

Visitors to the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts will never be at a loss for things to do. Discover a wealth of wonderful attractions that will delight young and old alike. Wintertime means great skiing at such family-friendly destinations as Catamount Ski Area and Ski Butternut. Summer brings out music lovers who flock to Tanglewood for memorable outdoor concerts. Anytime of year is perfect to visit Hancock Shaker Village, a beautifully restored and authentic-looking Shaker village.

10th Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival

May 4 – 5, 2013

Experience the natural beauty and bounty of the Berkshires of Massachusetts at the annual Sheep to Shawl Festival. Celebrating its 10th year of farm life in Great Barrington, this fun family event features sheep shearing, herding, spinning and weaving demos that teach kids about rural life in the beautiful Berkshires.  Meet farm animals and shop for farm-fresh produce and vegetables, as well as one-of-a-kind crafts from local artisans.

Held at the Sheep Hill Headquarters in Great Barrington, the 10th Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival also features workshops on rural lifestyle skills – from raising hens tobeekeeping. You will also understand the importance of eating local, fresh, seasonal foods grown in this bucolic countryside. The events happen on Saturday from 11 am to 3pm and Sunday from 9 am to 4pm. Go explore the natural side of the Berkshire Hills.

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Great Barrington Family Spring Activities

Named by the Smithsonian Magazine as No.1 Among Small Towns in the US, Great Barrington,Massachusetts, is a charming and beautiful community where families enjoy springtime fun and adventure. With its rich history and natural beauty, Great Barrington offers exciting family activities and fun things to do – from hiking the Appalachian Trail to the Housatonic River Walk to the Berkshire Botanical Gardens.

As the springtime weather gets warmer, Great Barrington offers a breathtaking landscape of mountains, lakes, streams, and forests to explore. For outdoor adventure, discover Taconic State Park and Bash Bish Falls State Park and hike to one of the highest and most dramatic waterfalls in the Berkshires. Experience a high-flying aerial adventure at Catamount Adventure Park, a 10-acre wooded park with a challenging ropes course and zip lines that soar you though the forest, hiking and mountain biking trails and a fishing pond.

Great Barrington also offers dynamic cultural experiences, including Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Norman Rockwell Museum and Blue Rider Stables, where you can enjoy horseback riding in the scenic countryside. Families love Hancock Shaker Village, a living museum with historic Shaker buildings, farm animals, beautiful gardens, and hiking trails. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with the family at Lake Mansfield, a beautiful spot with a swimming area, a sand beach, a playground, and a picnic area.

So if you’re looking for unforgettable family experiences, Great Barrington is full of surprises and memories of a lifetime.