Exhibit: Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004–2012 @ Yiddish Book Center
Mar 19 – Oct 15 all-day

A photographic series looking at the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century, by Israeli-American photographer Loli Kantor.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: In a Pickle @ Historic Deerfield
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm

Saturdays in July. Drop-in anytime.

Program will also run on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4.

Pickles and jam. Lemonade and switchel. During the hot summer, learn how people in early New England kept cool, and preserved summer produce.  Our open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages and foods like pickles and jam.

Get the Buzz on Bees! @ Historic Deerfield
Jul 1 @ 12:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 4:30 pm

Daily through August 27

Come to the History Workshop to learn the sweet story of honey bees. From pollination to producing wax and honey, bees have been important in Deerfield from colonial times right up to the present. Currently, there are many concerns about honey bees and we want to provide up-to-date information on honey bee decline and its possible causes.   Our bee related activities will be fun for everyone. Join us for wax candle making, honey tasting, creating a honey bee art project and planting pollinator friendly flower seeds.

Free Fun Friday! @ Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Jul 28 @ 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, special storytimes with authors/illustrators Lita Judge and Brian Lies, films, music by the Harmaniacs, and more!
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Schedule of events
10:00 am – Films: The William Steig Library (50 minutes)

11:00 am – Films: The Robert McCloskey Library (27 minutes)

11:00 am – Special Storytime with Lita Judge (Reading Library)

11:30 am – Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Orchard/Great Hall)

11:30 am – Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (30 minutes)

12:30 am – Films: Robert McCloskey’s Homer Price Stories (49 minutes)

1:00 pm – Music with The Harmaniacs (Orchard)

1:00 pm – Special Storytime with Brian Lies (Reading Library)

1:30 pm – Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Orchard/Great Hall)

1:30 pm – Films: The Ezra Jack Keats Library (52 minutes)

2:00 pm – Storytime (Reading Library)

3:00 pm – Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Orchard/Great Hall)

3:00 pm – Films: The Robert McCloskey Library (27 minutes)

3:00 pm – Films: Stories from Near and Far (35 minutes)
Ongoing throughout the Day

Great Hall
•    Visit our temporary Tattoo Station.
•    Enjoy films in the Auditorium.

Art Studio
•    Create your own game board.

Reading Library
•    Spend time reading picture books or playing with toys.

•    Play with balls, bubbles and parachutes in the courtyard.
•    Enjoy lunch from Foley’s Franks and Holyoke Hummus Company.
•    Enjoy sweet treats from Crooked Stick Pops.

FILM | “Portrait of Wally” @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele’s tender picture of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for thirteen years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. The documentary Portrait of Wally traces the history of this iconic image, from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover; to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna; to the post-war confusion and subterfuge and then the surprising resurfacing of Wally on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997.

Special Art Studio Guest: Susan Schwake @ Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art-making where guests will create their own cityscapes using a variety of tissue and newspapers. This program is inspired by Schwake’s recent book, Art Camp, which is available for purchase in the Shop.

FILM | “Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots” @ Yiddish Book Center
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots is Kenny Mann’s documentary about her parents’ extraordinary lives as Jewish refugee immigrants to Kenya during World War II, and about that country’s turbulent history through the mid-twentieth century. It is also about living multiple lives as a reluctant Jew, a white person in an African country, an anti-colonialist in a British colony, and a “fake” Brit in an Eastern European family.

Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Amherst Arts Night Plus is a free cultural event held in venues around downtown Amherst, MA. Each first Thursday of every month, the Museum hosts an open mic and features visual artists and contemporary poets.

Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Aug 11 – Aug 12 all-day

Click here to register.

In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, The Emily Dickinson International Society 2017 Annual Meeting will be held Aug. 11-12 in our favorite spot, Amherst. “Edenic Possibilities: Reading and Writing about Emily Dickinson” will feature exciting new scholarship by alum of the EDIS Critical Institutes, reading groups facilitated by well-known scholars meeting in the environs of Emily Dickinson’s home and gardens, musical performances, tours of the Dickinson houses, literary walks, and the pleasure of picnicking on the grounds of those homes. This is a fantastic opportunity for meeting new and reuniting with old friends, all fellow travelers in reading Dickinson’s writings, learning about her cultural, natural, and familial surroundings.

The Lord Jeffrey Inn has set aside a block of rooms with special EDIS rates that are offered from August 8-14. To obtain special rates, please use “EDISMGT” when you book your reservation. The Lord Jeff is a delightful place to stay, one frequented by Emily Dickinson’s niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi and other Dickinson luminaries.

Deerfield Bicycle Tour: The River Rolls Through It @ Historic Deerfield
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm

Discover Historic Deerfield and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley from the seat of your bicycle this summer!  Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn are teaming up with River’s Edge Cycling to offer a week full of handlebar-view adventures travelling the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the valley’s vibrant and charming communities.  In addition to great cycling, this tour is rich with opportunities to learn about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions that make this part of Massachusetts so special.  Overnight lodging and most meals are included at the award-winning Deerfield Inn in the center of the historic village.  Learn more and register at