2017 Summer Programs

Summer Programs are open to all 5CLIR members.
Click here to open & print the program registration form.
Deadline for June & July summer programs registration is May 30,
        and for August programs July 7.

Tickets are not refundable, as they are purchased in advance.
Please read the event description for details about what is included in the ticket price.

Wednesday, June 14
Time: Bus leaves Sheldon Field, Northampton at 9:30 am; returns at 6:30 pm
Place: Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams
Cost: $55 (for bus, driver’s tip and admission); not including lunch at the museum cafe      Contact Person: Nancy Denig (413)530-5468 or

It’s always an adventure taking in the array of exhibits at Mass MoCA. Betsy Siersma, 5CLIR Learner and Retired Curator/Director of the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art, will guide us at 11:00 am and at 2:00 pm in ways of seeing and understanding selected installation pieces by Nick Cave, James Turrell, Louise Bourgeois and other notable artists. There will be time, as well, to explore more exhibits and delightful gift shop on your own. Join us!

Friday, July 7
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Place: Sage Hall, Smith College
Cost: $12 (Your name will be listed as a reserved ticket holder.)
Contact Person: Mary Franks (413)548-9487 or

Have you ever wondered how musicians learn their art? Lyra Music Festival invites you behind the scenes with Marlboro Music Festival’s Alexi Kenney and the talented young violinists attending Lyra Music’s Summer Workshop. Hear them perform excerpts from the repertoire and get an intimate look at the process of coaching and development as Mr. Kenney works with each of them individually. Audience members will also have the opportunity to join in a brief Q&A after the performance.

Lyra Music Festival is a classical music event – concerts and workshops – celebrating its 8th year. Go to lyramusic.org for further information and a full calendar listing

Saturday, August 5
Time: Bus leaves Sheldon Field, Northampton at 8:00 am; returns at 3:30 pm
Place: The Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
Cost:  $53 (non-refundable after July 21)
Contact Person: Mary Franks (413)548-9487 or

Enjoy a relaxed Saturday morning rehearsal with the celebrated cellist, conductor Christopher von Dohnanyi and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. They will be working on Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Symphony #2, and Mozart’s Symphony #25. After the concert, enjoy food selected from a Tanglewood café (or your own bagged lunch) and a stroll through the beautiful Berkshire grounds before heading back home.

Sunday, August 27
Time: Game begins at 1:35 pm
Place:  Fenway Park, Boston
Cost: TBD
Contact Person: Bob Barker (413)268-9209 or

Calling all baseball fans: Bob Barker is looking for a few good men (women, too) to join him for an afternoon game at Fenway Park: Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles. Let him know by May 15 if you’re interested so he can arrange for transportation and seats. Costs are yet to be determined, depending upon choice of seating (as low as $35 for bleachers). Be advised that some amount of walking will be required, regardless.




Date: Tuesday, August 29

Time: Bus leaves Sheldon Field, Northampton, at 7:30 am; returns at 6:00 pm

Place: Providence, Rhode Island

Cost: $95 (including bus, driver’s tip, tour, lunch, and museum admission)

Contact Person: Faina Zilberberg (413)727-3610 or or Nancy Denig (413)530-5468 or


Do we have an inspiring daytrip for you in the capital of USA’s smallest state! We will begin with a guided tour of Providence’s architectural treasures and historic districts (Brown University Colonial Hill, Federal Hill, et al.), culminating with lunch at Andino’s, a popular classical Italian restaurant. We will then head to the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Museum to tour (and explore on our own) its 100,000-object collection of worldwide fine arts, textiles and decorative arts.





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