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Easter Events in the Berkshires

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Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

April 13

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St. from 10 a.m. to noon and then again from 1 to 3 p.m. This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations.  Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Reservations are required and seats are limited. Children should be at least 12 years of age.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

 

April 20

Clarksburg: Clarksburg VFW will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for town children and families on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Peter A. Cook Memorial Field on West Cross Road. This event is open to all children up to age 13.

Dalton: The Dalton Rotary Interact Club will host an Easter egg hunt at the Dalton CRA on Main Street from 2 to 3 p.m. There will be small prizes instead of candy. RSVP to 413-684-4255.

Pittsfield: The Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble will be held at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St., for Pittsfield children ages 2 to 9. Hunts will be held at 10:30 a.m. for 9-year-olds, 10:40 a.m. for 7- and 8-year-olds, 10:55 a.m. for 5- and 6-year-olds, 11:10 a.m. for 4-year-olds and 11:25 a.m. for 2- and 3-year-olds. Children should bring their own basket and a camera for a special visit by The Bunny. A prize will be awarded in each age group for those who find the lucky golden egg.

UPDATE: Williamstown: The town of Williamstown will hold an Easter egg hunt at The Spruces on Main Street at 10 a.m. on the rain date of April 27. Children are invited to bring their own baskets and hunt in one of three areas: one for toddlers, one for children and one with sugar free treats. Children also will be able to meet the Easter Bunny.

 

April 21

Pittsfield: Hancock Shaker Village is open all day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Easter Sunday, with fun and games for all ages, including an old-fashioned egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. Children from toddlers to preteens will hunt the fields (or in the Round Stone Barn in the case of rain) for treats. At 2 p.m., visitors will learn about the Shakers and their observances of religious and other holidays.


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