Summer activities at Old Sturbridge Village

Family Fun Days Sept. 1 through 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring games and crafts for the entire family including cart rides, tug-of-war, hoop relay races and more. Hands-on activities include making your family tree, sowing a seed bag and shelling corn.

Family Cook at the Museum Education Building Sept. 1 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Everyone participates in cooking a light meal together over the hearth while learning 19th century manners. Registration is required. Cost is $25 per person. To register, call 508-347-0205.

Celebration of Craftsmanship weekend Sept. 8 through 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy hand-craftsmanship with handmade jewelry, toll paintings and greeting cards, hand sculpted and decorated pins, wooden goods, deluxe creams and soaps, honey and canning goods and more.

An Evening at the Kiln Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch wood loaded into the kiln, smell the smoke and feel the heat of the kiln, as well as see the glow and fire sparks and smoke billow into the dark night. Original pieces of 19th century redware will be displayed as potters reproduce some of the displayed pieces. Try your hand at the potter’s wheel. Each guests will receive a barrel-shaped redware mug copied from an original in the collection. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35 per person. To register, call 508-347-0205.

Home-school Day Sept. 11 from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. A special opportunity for home-school families to gather, socialize and gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. Special performances and demonstrations are planned for all audiences. Hands-on opportunities for home-school families are planned in the Museum Education Building for an additional fee.

Tales for Village Tots Sept. 12 and each Wednesday through March 2008 at 10 a.m. This program offers a 45-minute story and hands-on, take-home crafts for children 3 to 5 years old. Each week is a different theme. Cost is $3 per week for members, $6 nonmembers, fee goes towards admission.

Agricultural exhibition Sept. 29 and 30 from 9:30 to 5 p.m. showcasing the agricultural programs and displays including ox plowing, shelling machines, sew a seed bag, attend painting workshops, meet village animals and more.

Old Sturbridge Village is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is $20, $18 seniors, $6 children 3 through 17, children under 3 are free. For more information on any program above, call 800-SEE-1830 or visit www.osv.org.



Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Learn and play with Farm Friends at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m.

Fishes: Join story time featuring the classic Dr. Seuss favorite “One fish, two fish, red fish blue fish” and make a craft that all preschoolers will love, on Aug. 31.

Back to School: Get help for the transition back into fall schedules and routines with “classroom” time and fun recess games on Sept. 4 and 7.

Silly Goose: Learn all about the goose that laid a golden egg and all the geese on the farm and in the wild on Sept. 11 and 14. Make a silly goose craft to take home and have lots of fun.

Inchworms: Make an inchworm puppet and learn all about the bugs that crawl around at the farm on Sept. 18 and 21.

Cost for programs are $10 per child per session, $7 for members of Historic New England. Each program is limited to 15 children. Reservations are preferred but drop-ins are welcome. For more information or to make a reservation, call 978-462-2634 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.



Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s Spring Classics

Guided Fly Fishing: Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont will be offering guided fly fishing on the Deerfield River and surrounding rivers in western Massachusetts through September. Programs will include guided trips, casting lessons and scenic float trips for full- and half-day sessions. For more information, call 800-532-7438 or 413-339-4010 or visit www.zoaroutdoor.com. For more information, visit www.battleshipcove.org. A complete list of these events and more are available at the MOTT Web site at massvacation.com.

Hunter education: The Massachusetts Hunter Education Program is conducting a free Basic Hunter Education course. Upon successful completion, all students will receive a Massachusetts Hunter Education certificate. Courses are scheduled over five to six weekday nights. Students must attend each session. Students age 10 and older are encouraged to participate. Parental permission is required for all students under the age of 18. For information, call 978-632-7648.

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